Monthly Archives: February 2017

A Review of The Dawnstone Tale by Ruth Davis Hays


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The Dawnstone Tale by Ruth Davis Hayes $1.99 eBook

This review was originally written in 2011, but it’s worth sharing again to tell everyone about this engaging fantasy by Ruth Davis Hays

The Dawnstone Tale – Translations from Jorthus: Book One is the first in in Ruth Davis Hays’ fantasy series. In a world where life is enhanced by magic, the magda rule select territories.

Lylith Antinon is the daughter of a magda, or magic user. A magda herself, she lives alone until a strong compulsion to venture into the unknown brings her out of her comfortable, though lonely, tower. Her innocence of the outside world makes her easy prey for one unscrupulous enough to take advantage.

Traveling alone isn’t safe, but on the road she meets the dark and mysterious fae lord, Dharromar. He swears to protect her, but does he have more insidious things in mind for the naïve human? His strange countenance and dark…

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Character Quotes from He Needed Killin’ by Dellani


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Inspiration comes from weird places sometimes. I play a free online game called Forge of Empires. The game allows your neighbors to attack and rob you once a day. It’s quite annoying when you’re constantly the one supplying someone else, simply because he’s stronger. I had one guy who hit me every day. I finally decided I would use him as the murder victim in a story. Thus He Needed Killin’ was born. For fun, I put a game friend, Toria, in as a private investigator.

“He’s not wrong,” Toria said. “I’ve met Lowell. I was investigating the death of one of his clients, which was somewhat suspicious. After he refused to tell me anything about her, he hit on me. Invited me to a foot fetish party he was having at his house. It’s up in Hollywood Hills somewhere. He said there was a…

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The Leaving Fields New From Gary D. Henry




When his wife left him, Sam Martin decided that New York was too crowded and full of bad memories, so he decided to move out west. He bought a huge but inexpensive farm, near a small town called Gateway in Wyoming. Gateway was not on any map, so he knew that he would find the solitude that he desperately needed. Upon his arrival, he noted that the small town was stuck in the 1930’s, not to mention a few other quirks that mystified him. Coming from a farming background, he relished the opportunity to sow his own fields and live an uncomplicated farm life for the rest of his days. A strange black rock jutted out from the middle of the field. It had writing upon it, so he thought that it might be a strange monument to a past farmer of these fields. One night, while admiring the splendor of what he’d accomplished the previous day, he noticed people hovering around the black rock. They stood upon it and then vanished within it. He ran to the rock, but no one was there. Many other oddities occurred to Sam—the town didn’t have a cemetery; there were no modern appliances, modern cars or electricity. Sam navigates these mysteries to find the answers he needs and to determine, whether or not, he owned the Gateway to heaven or hell.


Oh, he’s a nice guy all right, but he’s different from you and me. Everyone in town is different from you and me, including Loryn.”

What are you talking about, Rusty?”

Something is preventing me from telling you what I know. I’m afraid that I won’t be around much longer. They found out that, my memory is intact, and that they haven’t fully assimilated me into their society. These fields are evil. People leave here, and where they go, I haven’t a clue.”

I’ve seen it with my own eyes. Rusty, do you know a George Johnson?”

Shocked at the question, Rusty tried to make a hasty retreat. “I have to go, Sam. No more questions. They are telling me to leave.”

Leave? Who’s telling you to leave?” He grabbed Rusty’s coat and yelled at him, demanding that he tell him who told him to leave. “Tell me, dammit!” Sam felt a stinging pain in his hands as he grabbed Rusty’s coat and the pain persisted well after he let go. “Are you doing this, Rusty?” he probed as he grabbed his hands. Rusty straightened his coat.

Nope, not me. You ask too many questions, and I offered too much information. If I don’t see you again, good-bye.”

gary-d-henryABOUT GARY D. HENRY

A prolific writer, Gary D. Henry is an award-winning author who has penned twenty novels and touts several works-in-progress. Specializing in the field of horror and mystery, Henry is not shy about blending other genres into the mix. Averaging two to four releases a year, Henry’s first publication came in September 2009 with the release of The Westward Journey of the Nebraskan Wind. Since then, several of his books have gone on to win awards, such as: Opulence Among Us, Honorable Mention at the 2012 Los Angeles Book Festival—DIY award; Legacy of the Unsung, First Place in the 2011 Halloween Book Festival—Time Travel Category; Falling Waters, Honorable Mention in the both the 2012 Paris Book Festival Award—General Fiction Category and the 2012 Beach Book Festival Award in New York; and the Abel Conspiracy, Honorable Mention in both the 2012 San Francisco Book Festival Award—General Fiction Category and the 2012 The Halloween Book Festival Award—General Fiction Category. Recently, Henry has dipped his pen in the genre of short stories after being compelled to write a story about Alzheimer’s Disease, which claimed the life of his father Ray Henry.

Previously, Henry’s career spans twenty-three years in the environmental field and an additional twenty years as a government defense contractor, where he continues to work and where he discovered his knack for writing. As a technical writer for many years, he has written countless reports regarding testing procedures and testing results presented to government agencies for review and acceptance.

Among Henry’s writing habits is the playing of old movies in the background, which nudges his subconscious so the words can flow. He is single and lives in Sterling, Virginia, where he has lived most of his life.


Teens, how well do we know them?


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BITTER BETRAYALI’ve recently finished my new YA titled BITTER BETRAYAL. Like any piece that a writer completes some will love it, some hate it, some like it, some agree with it, and will some disagree it. Every person is entitled to their thoughts, but my hope regarding this piece is that my audience receives the important message impressed on me to share while still being entertained through the actual story line.

I have raised a son and still have teen girls living at home, fourteen nearly fifteen, and sixteen, almost seventeen. One an artist, introvert, and the other an athlete who is always surrounded by other teens. Our house is that house, the one where kids often hang out. I don’t mind that; it means I know where my kids are, and that brings me peace of mind. It also gives me a chance to talk to and listen to them…

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Please meet Aly, my creative Kid Reviewer!


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Please meet 6-yr-old Alyssa, one of my “Kid Reviewers”, who proves that a picture is worth a thousand words…

Aly16 copyHer mother adds, “Can you understand what it says?

Though basically it means that she loved it.  Many thanks.”

Just in case:

  1. The brother and sister are looking for something great.
  2. I think they are looking for the ruler but it turned to be a rule
  3. It is important to be nice

Thank you, Sherrill S. Cannon

(Incidentally the “Sherrill S. Cannon” looks just like the font in the title!!)

How about that last line? It is important to be nice

No more words necessary, other than

Thank You, Aly! I love your review… and you!!!

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Meet Amanda Thrasher, One of Our Cereal Authors


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linkedamanda-1024x812Amanda Thrasher is an author whom I have come to greatly admire – not just for her talent, but because she is a lovely, genuine person. Pick up any one of her books and you will feel that quality. I dearly love her Mushroom Patch series and have decided that when I grow up, I want to move to the Mushroom Patch! I hope they will kindly save me a spot. These questions are from an interview a few years ago.

When did you start writing?

I have been writing for as long as I can remember. What sticks in my head, was recognition for a poem that I wrote when I was nine years old and a creative story when I was ten. That poem was saved for years via my mom; it now is hung above my desk. Writing for me, truly is about the love of words…

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Too Many Bobs – Character Quotes

Too Many Bobs – Character Quotes

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FINAL Cat illustration 8-13 SIGNEDToo Many Bobs – Character Quotes from Stories And Imaginings For The Reading Spot by J.D. Holiday

Stephanie frowned. “Robert? Oh, I see,” she said. “Oh, yes. He was here, he bit me and left the room through that archway,” she continued, offering the woman a smile as if to say no harm done and then went on. “I think we can chalk that up to his injury. He’s in pain. When they hurt a member like that, and-and if it’s not kept still it would probably be sore, which could upset him, and-and make him strike out. I’ve seen this before, working part-time at the hospital. He’s had all his shots so there should be no problem.” Stephanie stopped there not wanting to babble anymore.

 The woman’s now shocked and red face puzzled Stephanie. On second look, Stephanie thought the woman was angry.

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