Archive | March 2016

Books I Read In March 2016

The Running Game

by L.E. Fitzpatrick

This book has it all… friendship, courage, intrigue, suspense, murder, betrayal and more, and I loved it.

I was hooked by the end of the opening chapter and the unique plot kept me captivated right up to the last page.

L E Fitzpatrick’s vivid descriptions depict S’aven as a dreary place with a dark and corrupt society, – not a great place to live.

The main characters, both good and bad, are well-rounded and believable with their own traits and behaviours, and I found myself rooting for Rachel, John and Charlie.

The ending was well done, no cliffhanger, but plenty of room for a sequel, and I’ll be waiting for it.


Rachel’s father called it the running game. Count the exits, calculate the routes. Always be ready to run because they’ll always be coming for you. Whatever happens, they’ll always be coming for you.

On the surface, Rachel is just an ordinary doctor, trying to stay alive in war-torn London, but she has a secret. Rachel is a Reacher – wanted by the government and by the criminal underworld – for her telekinetic powers.

Charlie and his brother John had a reputation for doing the impossible. But after losing his family, Charlie is a broken mess and John is barely keeping him afloat. In desperation, they take a job from a ruthless ganglord only to discover the girl they are hunting is a Reacher – one of their own kind.

James Roxton, a conman and thief, is searching for the man who tried to kill his mother. Suddenly embroiled into the plan to kidnap Rachel, he decides he can turn things to his own advantage.

Even with the help of dangerous and dubious allies, can Rachel turn the game around and save herself?


Illusional Reality

by Karina Kantas

An interesting and enjoyable read from Karina Kantas.

This well-written story clipped along at a good and steady pace.

The detailed descriptions let me see the magical land of Tsinia, with it’s tree-top dwellings and it’s friendly and peaceful inhabitants. Senx, the home of her ‘intended’, Kovon and his father, Darthorn, is a much darker and gloomier place.

The main characters are well fleshed out, and Thya/Becky runs through the whole spectrum of emotions, from disbelief to acceptance, anger to peace, and love to heartbreak, and I felt them along with her.

I am hopeful that Illusional Reality is the first book of a series!


Nobody expects to stare death in the face only to find out your entire life is a lie.
Rescued by Salco, marketing executive Becky finds herself in an unknown magical world filled with happy people that try to forget their land is on the brink of destruction.
Becky will soon learn none of this was an accident, and the council of Tsinia are certain her union with Darthorn’s son, Kovon, will create peace. And although her future has been planned out, she gives her heart to another.


The Journey of the Marked

by Rebecca P. McCray

Rebecca P. McCray has a fantastic imagination and her vividly detailed writing brings to life the complex world of Zolei.

The many different species living on the planet are wonderfully described and I have a clear picture of most of them, although keeping them straight was hard at first, I soon figured out who was who.

In some chapters we join the five marked teens; Eros, Tip, Kenrya, Prizene, and Azetan, as they make the dangerous journey to the Miyran training camp. Other chapters follow the family members and friends who were left behind, as they meet up while searching for news of the five. There are also chapters that show the story from the Tyrnotts and Graeliths (the bad guys) point of view. These different perspectives give the story and the characters a great deal of depth.

It’s an amazing book that I did not want to reach the end of, but I have, and now I’m desperate to read the next one!


The mark means honor. The mark invites death.

On a distant planet, Eros thrives in the Human settlement he calls home. Raised to follow his grandfather’s noble footsteps, he studies the details of each species that co-exist here. But when his sixteenth birthday arrives and the mark appears, he’s called to fight, which changes his life forever.

Forced to abandon his home, the mark makes him the hunted. He’s attacked the night he arrives in the city. A tough, street fighter named Kenrya saves his life. When they join others on the same journey, her cynical attitude drives a wedge between the group.

Given the perils facing them, can they put aside their differences and trust each other long enough to survive?

Discover this epic adventure where an individual’s unique abilities can change the course of the future.


Jade (Three J’amigos, #1)

by Rose Montague

A great start to what promises to be an entertaining and original series.
The writing flowed well making it an easy read, and I enjoyed every minute of it.
It’s fast paced, crammed with action and has plenty of mystery to keep you guessing

Fae, Witches, Shifters, Vampires, they’re all in this well-written and intriguing book, and then there’s Jade, who’s a little bit of everything.
Jade and the cast of supporting characters are well fleshed out and easy to connect with.

I will definitely be reading the next book in the series and I’m looking forward to spending more time with the Three J’amigos.


Three against Three Hundred.

Jade is a little bit shifter, a little bit witch, a little bit Fae, a little bit vamp, and a whole lot of fun. Jade has arranged things so she is partnered with a shifter bear as police detectives on a big case involving vamps killing humans. There is some mystery to the book and many surprises. Jade’s origins, where she came from and why she is here are revealed along the way. A lot of humor, action, and fun involving a visit to Faerie, assassination attempts, adventures in driving, a magical dagger, and a little romance happen along the way. By the end, much of the mystery and her beast is revealed, and her origins and background are explained. All of this with a good deal of humor and some real shockers along the way.


Defying Darkness

by Thanna Setliff

An awesome start to a new series by a new author. This is a great debut from Thanna Setliff.

The detailed and descriptive writing drew me in and I got lost in the fascinating world of the vahmpyr with Máire and Dorian, as they struggled with misunderstandings and their feelings for each other, at the same time as staving off attacks from Maire’s sire.

The characters were multi-dimensional and they all had their own personalities, complete with virtues and flaws.

I thoroughly enjoyed Defying Darkness and hope I don’t have to wait too long for the next installment of Worlds of Darkness.


Máire is being stalked by her Sire, a serial killer unequaled who is using new, otherworldly powers. She, and her former pack, is also being hunted by Vahmpyr ranger, Dorian, whom she mistakenly thinks is an Archangel sent to punish them. Dorian is rapidly attracted to and perplexed by Máire; how does a Master damned retain its soul?–or is it a ploy to capture him? When she leads Dorian into an ambush, he thinks he has his answer, but then the starving vampire uses precious energy to save him. Now she won’t survive teleporting, necessary to elude her Sire, unless Dorian feeds her. Could that make him damned? She’ll die if he doesn’t.


Souls of the Reaper

by Markie Madden

This second book in the Undead Unit series is as good as the first.
Over two hundred pages of action and, edge of your seat, suspense.

Rookie, Kazz, joins Lacey and Colton as they race against time to bring down the rogue reaper, who’s stealing souls.
Kazz fits into the team perfectly and adds an extra dimension to the supernatural crime fighting unit,
while Lacey and Colton’s personalities continue to develop as the story progresses.

I am now eagerly waiting for book 3.


A rogue Reaper is on the loose in the city of Dallas. Su Xiong is a sociopath with no care for human life. He steals souls whose numbers are not yet up in order to become a more powerful Immortal.

While he’s on the prowl to gain power, his soulless victims roam the streets without morals, without inhibitions, without any code of conduct or social mores. Crime has risen tenfold: petty crimes, road rage, prostitution, drinking, and gambling. But for each soul that he captures and keeps, his own mental stability begins to degrade, a fact that Xiong is dangerously blind to.

Can Lacey and Colton, along with Doctors Matthews and Dilorenzo, find him and stop him, before the insanity inside spoils the souls he holds within?


Summer’s Destiny

by Ariel Marie

This short novella is good, quick read, filled with action, and hot and steamy romance.

With some short stories it’s hard to get a feeling for the characters, but not in this case.
The chemistry between Summer and Ryan was great and I liked how her belief in him as a leader, helped him believe in himself and spurred him into action.

I was gifted an ARC of Summer’s Destiny by Ariel Marie – no review required.


The hunters came in the middle of the night. Killing every vampire in sight. Their screams still haunted her. Summer Rayne was one of the lucky vampires to escape the massacre. She did what every other vampire had been doing for the past decade— she ran. She ran as fast and far away as she could, not knowing that destiny would lead her to her future.

He failed his people. Vampire king Ryan Valerian lived in his own personal hell for years. Vampires were no longer the top of the food chain— they were now the hunted. The hunters wanted to eliminate the vampire race, killing them as they hunted them down. Ryan did as other vampires did— he ran. He remained hidden until destiny presented him a small curvy vampire that blew into his life like a hurricane.

Their meeting was destined. Their love was instant. Their chemistry sizzled. Summer was convinced that the vampires would once again rise but would her love be enough to convince Ryan to be the king he was destined to be?

Lycan Heart

by Barbara Chioffi

A quick, easy and captivating read.
This short story is well-written and interesting and the characters are well developed. The instant attraction between Julia and Justin is undeniably passionate and steamy.

This is the first book of Barbara Chioffi’s that I’ve read and I’ll certainly be reading more!


Julia Monroe has been wandering all her life…from one foster home to another, then one job to another. She meets a wealthy man, Robert Flannery, who becomes her employer. His son, Justin, is attracted to Julia, but has a secret she needs to know. One evening, he reveals himself to her; first as his wolf persona, then in his human form. As their relationship develops, Julia learns more about the secrets the Flannerys hold…ones that will lead to love, friendship, and danger. Due to sexual content, recommended for 18 and older.


Half Flashed

by Patrick Elliott

Another journey into the weirdly wonderful imagination of Patrick Elliott.

Most of the stories in this book are fairly dark, although not as dark as the ones in Half Flashed. There is something about each story that keeps you reading and makes you wonder what the author can come up with next. Some stories are only a page or so long, while others cover several pages.

My favourites from this book were a couple of the longer stories: Songs of the Lost and Flames of the Nightand the short story: Snow King, Gypsy Queen, along with Imaginary Friends, which has six linked shorts scattered through the book.

I won a signed copy of Half Flashed in a Facebook Giveaway – Thank you Patrick

A group of short stories and novellas. Great for reading on public transportation if you are trying to save the planet. If you drive this will fill the downtime at work and escaping life at home.


Ghosts in Macau

by H.N. Wake

A short and entertaining quick read, with non-stop action from start to end.

The story was well thought out and sped along at a good rate.

The female agent Mac is a great character who only follows the orders she agrees with and appears to be prepared for any eventuality.


Why is the young mistress of a senior Chinese military leader under constant surveillance? What intelligence is she offering the US? Based on a cryptic note from the US Embassy in Beijing, Mac Ambrose is called back to duty for a last-minute assignment. To uncover the mystery, Mac must trust her intuition and look past Macau’s glitter, into the perilous shadows. She’ll be forced to rely on wits and grit to get the job done.


The Mansion’s Twins

by Rose Channing

An enchanting and enjoyable story, which I imagine, would appeal to younger teens and the simplified writing style suggests that this is the intended audience. Although at just over 400 pages, it may be a bit long for young readers.

There were a lot of different characters, with different magical abilities, which got a bit confusing at times, although they were brought to life quite well. The main characters, Ellie and Savannah, were well written and grew emotionally (and magically) through the book. I’m sure that teenage girls will find them easy to relate to.

The plot was well thought out and had enough action and intrigue to keep me reading.

I received an eCopy of The Mansion’s Twins from Rose M. Channing in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.


A beautiful, magical world has been ravaged by a terrible storm. Homes were destroyed, families torn apart, and even the sweetest magic twisted by darkness. Even years later, the world remains damaged, unbalanced, and dangerous, waiting for someone who might restore what was lost. Only the magic of twins has a chance, but the birth of twins is exceedingly rare.

In our own world, Ellie and Savannah know nothing of this. They know nothing of other worlds, magic, or even each other. Until magic blooms inside, them and draws them together. After years of feeling alone, raised apart and in the wrong world, the twin sisters are reunited at last. They find their way home, and discover their destiny.

The girls are welcomed into a grand mansion, the safest place in the aftermath of the storm. There, they learn who they are and what they have to do. To restore the world, they must travel through the mansion to the center of magic and reset the balance.

They discover their magical abilities, find joy and friendship in the mansion’s family, and face the dangers of the storm’s left-behind magic. The journey to the center of magic is full of twists and turns, magic and excitement. Ellie and Savannah support each other to overcome obstacles along the way, knowing the whole world is depending on them.


The Jacq of Spades

by Patricia Loofbourrow

An intriguing mystery set in a ‘neo-victorian’ world, which was brought to life by Patricia Loofbourrow’s descriptive writing.

Written from the main protagonist’s point of view, Jacqui is fleshed-out, realistic and likeable. However, I found the supporting cast to be somewhat less dimensional.

Jacqui’s investigation into the mystery of the missing boy, was well-plotted and brought to a satisfying conclusion. Her other investigation into the Red Dog Conspiracy was left unresolved, and I presume will be continued in the next book.

I received an eCopy of The Jacq of Spades from the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.


The once-beautiful domed neo-Victorian city of Bridges is split between four crime families in an uneasy cease-fire. Social disparity increasing and its steam-driven infrastructure failing, a new faction is on the rise: the Red Dogs.

Jacqueline Spadros has a dream life: a wealthy husband, a powerful family. But her life is not what it seems. Kidnapped from her mother’s brothel and forced to marry, the murder of her best friend Air ten years before haunts her nightmares. She finds moments of freedom in a small-time private eye business, which she hides in fear of her sadistic father-in-law.

Air’s little brother disappears off his back porch and the Red Dogs are framed for it. With the help of a mysterious gentleman investigator hired by the Red Dogs to learn the truth, Jacqui pushes her abilities to their limits in hope of rescuing the child before the kidnapper disposes of him.


Bad Men & Mad Men

by Anthony O’Brien

The storyline is intriguing and unusual, and is full of twists and turns that keep you guessing. The ending, however, left me with more questions than answers, although maybe that was the authors intent.

For the most part, it was well-written but tended to stray a bit too far into ‘poetic’ descriptions for my taste.
A page-turning psychological thriller. An unexpected phone call from an ex-student and lover, and for Jefferson Davies his life takes on an unexpected, dark and chilling twist.

Casey Lee Jones is a convicted killer, his defense for the murder of two police officers is his knowing, he knows the future, moments, hours, days, weeks or years before it happens, it was kill or be killed. Eve’s the psychiatrist at the prison, and her patient is Casey Lee Jones, and he will only cooperate if Jeff’s involved, yet both men have never met.

Jeff flies out to Colorado convinced that he’s dealing with a psychopath, yet no matter how hard he tries to scientifically explain away the phenomenon, he’s beginning to have serious doubts.

Through a series of mysterious incidents, he starts to question his own sanity, and discovers that by seeking the truth, a Pandora’s Box of paranormal happenings has been unleashed, and that what’s been started cannot be undone.

A fast moving, chilling, dark, psychological thriller suspense novel that will keep you guessing right to the end.



Easy Easter Card

A simple card to make, and all you need is some patterned card, ribbon, double-sided tape, kitchen roll, and a piece of plain card folded in half to stick everything on.
Cut out an egg shape from the centre of the patterned card, then using the egg as a template cut out several layers of kitchen roll. Stick the layers of kitchen roll to the centre of the folded card.

Stick double-sided tape around the kitchen roll, and stick pieces of ribbon over, from one side to the other.
Once all the kitchen roll is covered use more double-sided tape to stick the patterned card over the top. so that the ribbon shows through the aperture. Add a greeting if you like.

All the materials used to make this card were from my stash.


Magnificent Agony by Katie Mettner

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Title: Magnificent Agony
Author: Katie Mettner
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Expected Release Date: April 19, 2016
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Magnificent_Agony_Ebook Eve Darling has learned one very important lesson in her twenty-six years; life never goes according to plan.

The night of her high school graduation her heart was bursting with hopes and dreams for the future, but the universe had other ideas. Instead of New York and culinary school, she stayed in Magnificent, Wisconsin. Barely an adult herself, Eve was irrevocably tasked with becoming a mother to her big brother, Davis, the man with the heart and mind of a five-year-old boy. Now, eight years later, she’s become a successful entrepreneur, chef, and businesswoman. All of those responsibilities came at a price and her personal life was payment. No one was more acutely aware of that than she was.

And then, with one phone call, everything changed.

‘After life organizer’ Abraham Von Sallage was like no funeral director Eve had ever met. He was young, charming, witty, and had a unique perspective on life, because his business, was death. They both carried burdens society couldn’t, or wouldn’t, acknowledge, and in those burdens, they found an instantaneous connection. That night, as Abraham stood in the doorway of her cooking school, she saw hope in his eyes.

And then her world crumbled.

An inexplicably cruel twist of fate calls into question everything she knows about life, and death. With her soul adrift in guilt, she clung to the only person she could trust to save her from the agony her life has become. Shrouded by grief, it would take the love of one man, and the resolve of an entire community, to show her just how magnificent life can be.

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The town of Magnificent doesn’t understand why at twenty-six I’m single with few friends, but then they don’t see the sacrifices I’ve made, and continue to make, for Davis. Those sacrifices are worth it because Davis is the only family I have, and he deserves all my attention. But sometimes I wish others in town would see the late night trips I make to the home to calm him down when he’s sick, the hours I spend trying to track down liquid medication for a grown man who can’t swallow pills, the countless hours I spend keeping my business in the black so I can pay for his care, or the guilt I feel every time I leave him to be cared for by someone else. The people who flippantly judge me aren’t the ones who look in the mirror every single morning and question whether they’re doing the right thing.
I glanced at my brother out of the corner of my eye. His face had relaxed into a peaceful expression as he stroked Spot’s head. Whatever, or whomever, had possessed him to go out into the night had disappeared and left him tired. I fought back the tears that constantly pricked at my lids whenever I was with him. Tonight they were there because I knew I had to take the next step and find him a new home, someplace where he couldn’t wander away because he wants to see Mom, me, or simply because he wants to play outside like any five-year-old would.
I shut the car off and climbed out, taking a few deep breaths on my way around the hood to his door. I yanked up on the handle harder than necessary, but frustration from exhaustion was rearing its ugly head. When the light came on inside the car, he looked up at me, startled.
“I don’t like it here,” he whispered. “I want to go home with you.”
“Davis, you know how much everyone loves you here. There’s Mrs. Littlestead, Mr. Sawyer, and Grandma Sue. What would they do if you weren’t here for them to watch Clifford with?” I asked, coaxing him out of the car.
He stood and clapped his hands, his fear forgotten. “Will you read me a story and tuck me in, Darling?”
I locked the door and took hold of the belt loops on his jeans, something I had done since I was a little girl. I steered him towards the front door as a sigh escaped my lips.
“Yes, I’ll read you a story, Davis,” I promised while a tear slid down my cheek.
My name is Eve Eleanor Darling and this is my magnificent agony.


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Katie Mettner Author PhotoKatie Mettner writes inspirational and romantic suspense from a little house in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. She’s the author of the four part epic family saga, The Sugar Series, The Northern Lights Series, the Snowberry Holiday Series, Kupid’s Cove Series and The Magnificent Series. All of her books are written against the beautiful backdrop of the Midwest and are a mix of new adult romance, romance, and romantic suspense.

Katie lives with her soulmate, whom she met online at Thanksgiving and married in April. After suffering an especially bad spill on the bunny hill in 1989, Katie became an amputee in 2011, giving her the much needed time to pen her first novel, Sugar’s Dance. With the release of Sugar’s story, Katie discovered the unfilled need for disabled heroes and heroines! Her stories are about empowering people with special circumstances to find the one person who will love them because of their abilities, not their inabilities. Katie has a slight addiction to Twitter and blogging, with a lessening aversion to Pinterest now that she quit trying to make the things she pinned.

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Easter Eggs, Nests & Egg Boxes.

I’ve always  wanted to try making easter eggs, so this year I decided to give it a go.  I bought some silicone egg moulds and cooking chocolate, some milk and some white!

My idea was to make personalised eggs, but I have to say that wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be! 😏

I started off by filling the raised patterns four of the larger moulds in white chocolate. Then I piped the names around the inside of two of them. Once the chocolate had set I added a layer of milk chocolate, which unfortunately resulted in the white chocolate melting slightly and the names bleeding into the milk chocolate. Not the crisp and clear look I was hoping for!

I melted the two named halves back down and tried again. This time, I popped the moulds into the freezer for a short time before repeating the attempt. Those got melted down too.

For my next attempt, I tried a much larger single initial into the mould and filled the raised patterns. This worked out much better.

So I had two egg halves with initials and two without. Yay!

Next, I managed to make four  smaller ‘marbled’ egg halves without too much trouble. Again they weren’t perfect, but not too bad.

I filled the marbled eggs with shop bought ‘mini eggs’ and stuck the two halves together, before placing them into the larger eggs and sticking those together.

So… can I make easter eggs? Yes!
Can I make good looking easter eggs? NO! But it was fun trying!

I mixed some cornflakes into the remainder of the milk choc, and lined the larger moulds with the mix, leaving it to set before adding a layer of white chocolate. I filled the nests with mini eggs and added a chick. I wrapped the nest in tissue paper tied with ribbon.


The nests looked a lot better than my homemade eggs, so I decided to ‘hide’ the eggs by making boxes for them. At least, that would be simple!

For a box, cut 2 circles from patterned card, one slightly bigger than the other, and work out the circumference (C=2πr) of each one. Add 1 cm to the smaller circumference and cut out a rectangle of patterned card to that length by the requirerolledd height plus 2cm for the body of the box. Add 1 cm to the larger circumference and cut a  rectangle of patterned card to that length by 3cm high for the lid.
Score the bigger rectangle along the short edge at 1cm, and both rectangles along the long  edge at 2cm. Then snip out triangles along the long edges (*see pattern), and  cut out an oval from the centre of the larger rectangle. Cover the oval with a piece of acetate.
Form the rectangles into tubes and stick the 1 cm flaps in place, fold up the other flaps along the long edges and stick a circle of card over them. Punch or poke a couple of holes through the centre of the lid and thread some ribbon through, and tie the ends together on the inside.

I scrunched up some tissue paper into the bottom of the box and placed the eggs inside before sticking the lids on the boxes.




Doublemint Gumshoe by Phillip T. Stephens


wind-eggs-headerAuthor of ‘Cigerets, Guns & Beer’, ‘Raising Hell‘ and ‘The Worst Noel‘, Phillip T. Stephens is writing a Twitter novel.

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Is it possible to write a novel one tweet at a time? I decided to find out. When I saw a commercial that said “Some storied can’t be told in 140 characters, I realized I needed to do it now.

For more than a year I tweeted four original Tweet stories four or more nights a week. My followers grew but people were retweeting and liking the stories less. My hashtag game jokes get more retweets. From the literary crowd.

So I wondered if I should try something new, an experiment I’ve toyed with for months: a Twitter novel. As far as I know, it hasn’t been tried. I juggled the idea in the back of my brain, but never committed until I saw a commercial with a cowboy and lariat that said, “Some stories can’t be told 140 characters at a time.” I realized Twitter might actually be opening their format and the time for my experiment was now, before they ruined the game.

Detective Bob

One of my Tweet characters, Detective Bob, never solved a case. He sees a dead body face down in a bucket of hot dogs at a contest table and declares the town has a holiday killer.  He studies a corpse with “liar,” “slut” and”cheater” carved in his chest and knows the gardener did it. Over dozens of tweets he and partner, Officer Dolton, have fumbled the ball for dozens of Tweet stories. He seemed perfect.

Tweeting a Crime

How do I write a Twitter novel? It would be easy to say one tweet at a time, but there’s more to it, and I will share over the next few of posts. The tweets begin Monday 3/21 and I will update them every Saturday on the Novel in Progress page.

To be continued….


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Dead Batteries Tell No Tales

by Ian Thomas Malone

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Available: March 25th, 2016
Author: Ian Thomas Malone
Genre: Philosophical Fiction

DBTNT cover Public transportation is a new experience for Amber. So is not having access to a cell phone. Luckily, a classmate named Jason is there to help. During their travel, Amber quickly learns that her perspectives on life aren’t quite the same as her peers. As they make their way home, they try to break down the foundation of their social structure in this exciting prequel to Five High School Dialogues.






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Act I – Bus Stop

Amber arrives at the bus stop in a state of disarray as she tries to convince her nanny
to pick her up before her phone dies. Jason is seated reading a book while he takes an
interest in the loud nature of Amber’s conversation. Amber looks to Jason for help, as
she is rather clueless with regard to public transportation.

Amber: Carmen, I don’t know when the bus is coming. Or even if it’s coming. It’s
awful. You don’t understand how long it’s been since I had to ride one of these things.
Well, maybe you would understand if you listened to a word I said. But you need to
come get me. No, I can’t manage. I’m going to get lost. You know that. Ugh. Stop. I’m
scared. Well, I could be. You’d never know. What do you mean you have errands to
run? Do them tomorrow. Father won’t care. He only cares about me and you must
make sure that I’m all right. That should be your number one priority. It is the only
thing that matters. Hold on, my phone is making beeping noises. Crap. Carmen, can
you hear me? Carmen? Ugh, dead battery. Stupid father didn’t get me the upgrade
when it was first available. I told him these phones need to be replaced every year
because the battery never lasts. Now look at me. Can I borrow your phone? I need
to make an important phone call?

Jason: I don’t have one, sorry.

Amber: What do you mean you don’t have one? Is this like when someone asks you
for a stick of gum and you lie because you don’t want to give them one? It’s not
funny. Please let me use it. This is serious.

Jason: I was being serious. I don’t have a cell phone.

Amber: How is that even possible?

Jason: It’s simple really. I’m a freshman. I don’t need one. There’s a payphone a few
blocks down that way, but I’m pretty sure it’s out of commission.

Amber: What is this, 2008? I got my cell phone in 7th grade. Everyone who’s anyone
has one.

Jason: Well, I don’t so I don’t know what to tell you. I know plenty of people who
don’t. My friends that do don’t have the fancy kind like the one you’ve got there.

Amber: Well, then how do they go on Instagram?

Jason: What’s that? Oh, isn’t that the picture website?

Amber: You’re kidding right?

Jason: Yes.

Amber: What?

Jason: I thought that was what you might want me to say. I’m joking, I know all about
it. Here let me dig my phone out of its gold encrusted case. Oh dear. I must have left
it in my other backpack. The one with the diamonds.

Amber: I’m so confused.

Jason. Backtrack then. To the website with the pictures and those things that make
them look all fancy. Like a Photoshop for cell phones?

Amber: Oh dear God!

Jason: Am I mistaken?

Amber: It’s not a website. It’s an app. You look at it on your phone. There’s a difference.

Jason: Can you look at it on a computer?

Amber: You can look at it, but you can’t post anything unless it’s from a cell phone.

Jason: So what’s the difference?

Amber: Clearly not something you could ever understand. This stuff is important to

Jason: If you say so. Names are important too. Mine’s Jason.

Amber: How am I supposed to remember that?

Jason: It’s not a particularly unusual name. The J’s aren’t particularly well represented.
Guess one of those and you’ll come close enough. There’s no one else around anyway.

Amber: No, I mean, how am I supposed to remember who you are?

Jason: I don’t follow.

Amber: You see, if you had a cell phone, I could put your number in and look at your
photos and text you and then in a couple weeks after the memories of this bench
were in the distant past, I could still remember who you are. A lot of work goes into
remembering someone and you’re not making it easy with your lack of technology,

Jason: Or you could just remember that we go to the same school and that we once
sat on a bench together. Does that make sense?

Amber: How do you know we go to school together?

Jason: I’ve seen you around. Don’t look so surprised.

Amber: Stalker much?

Jason: Whatever. At least I don’t need to use a cell phone to remember a face.

Amber: I don’t need one, it just makes things easier. Psh. Wait. Do we have a class

Jason: I don’t know. Why don’t you check your phone?

Amber: I can’t. It’s dead.

Jason: I was joking.


The Author:

headshotIan Thomas Malone is an author and a yogi from Greenwich, CT. He is a graduate of Boston College, where he founded The Rock at Boston College. He is the grandson of noted Sherlockian scholar Colonel John Linsenmeyer. Ian has published thousands of articles ondiverse subjects such as popular culture, baseball, and social commentary.
His favorite things to post on social media are pictures of his golden retriever Georgie and his collection of stuffed animals.
Ian believes firmly that “there’s more to life than books you know, but not much more,” a quote from his hero Morrissey.
When he’s not reading, writing, or teaching yoga, he can probably be found in a pool playing water polo. He aspires to move to the Hundred Acre Wood someday, though he hopes it has wi-fi by then.

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Chronicle of Chaos by D.M. Cain



Title: A Chronicle of Chaos
Author: D.M. Cain
Genre: Fantasy

a-chronicle-of-chaos-by-d-m-cainA brutal war has raged for centuries. The Brotherhood of Shadow and The Children of Light each yearn to rule the planet and will stop at nothing to defeat the other. Now, from the deepest bowels of Hell, the Brotherhood has summoned demons to fight for them. The demons could end the war once and for all, if only the Brotherhood can keep them under control. Prophecy, destiny, honour, and glory: Chaos, a soldier in The Children of Light, fights in the name of all these things and could achieve them if he wasn’t so arrogant. He believes he is the best warrior in the land, until a fateful coincidence puts him at the mercy of the demon, Anathema. The two warriors, demon and human, strike up an intense rivalry, but their obsession to destroy one another only leads them closer together. When the forces of Heaven and Hell collide, where will their loyalties lie?



“The new book in DM Cain’s epic Light and Shadow fantasy series certainly plunges us in at the deep end. The heart of this book—its true essence—is prejudice and love, persistence, and stubbornness.”

~Stewart Bint, author of In Shadows Waiting and Timeshaft.


Author Bio

img_0816-b-and-wD.M. Cain is a dystopian and fantasy author working for US publisher Booktrope. She has released three novels: The Phoenix Project – a psychological thriller set in a dystopian future, Soren – a middle-grade fantasy, and A Chronicle of Chaos – the first in a dark fantasy series. She is currently working on the next novel in the series, ‘The Shield of Soren’, and a novella to accompany it.

D.M. Cain is also a member of the International Thriller Writers and is one of the creators and administrators of the online author group #Awethors. Her short story ‘The End’ was published in Awethology Dark – an anthology by the #Awethors.

Cain lives in Leicestershire, UK, with her husband and young son, and spends her time reading, writing and reviewing books, playing RPGs and listening to symphonic metal.

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