Departure from Durham Road – New Release!

Departure from Durham Road is the second novella in the mini-series based on Steven Konkoly’s Perseid Collapse Series for Kindle Worlds.

The first book in the series, Deception on Durham Road, took a secondary character, Jamie McDaniels, and developed her story into a mini-series. The first book drew fans from both the Perseid Collapse of Steven Konkoly as well as the Graham’s Resolution series by A. R. Shaw. That is why I felt the need to write a second novella in the series and I hope Departure from Durham Road fills the fan craving for more of Jamie’s character.

Departure from Durham Road was a fun deviation from my normal genre. It’s actually a mash-up of several genres. I find her intriguing as both a mother and a survivor and hope my fans will as well.

With this new release, I am now able to focus on both Surrender the Sun, a co-book I’m writing with Steven Bird as well as a stand alone I’m really excited about. Stay tuned this year – there’ree a lot of new and exciting projects underway!

 

The Short Drop by Matthew Fitsimmons a Review

 

The Short Drop by Matthew Fitzsimmons is not only engaging, meaning you can’t put it down to freshen your coffee that you’re at risk of sipping it cold, the story is also complex.

What do I mean by that? You ask…It’s one of those books you read and then days later you thing, yeah, but what about this… 

Again, what do I mean by that? It’s a great book, don’t get me wrong and I hate to list spoilers (so spoiler alert.) And, I wouldn’t review it if I didn’t recommend it. So with that said, I think there might be a plot hole or two. Or, I’m just being picky. I really liked the story and completely recommend it for a good read, however, one issue is the early mention in the story when two investigators compare pictures of the main character and the missing girl. One guys says something like, “you see that,” pointing to the something in the appearance of one of them in a photograph and the other guy say, “yeah, I wonder if he knows.” Though they never explain what the physical comparison was. You’re left to assume a connection later.

(Big spoiler coming,) The missing girl has a baby and sadly this child is the result of incest. Or so the story would have you think because the earlier mention of the similarities is never tied into the fact that perhaps it wasn’t incest at all. The missing girl is possibly the half-sister of the main character though you wouldn’t know that because they never made the connection in the end. And, I hate to think that this fictional baby is living a life thinking she’s the product of incest when she’s not. It’s all terrible and but an interesting story all the same.

This is just one small point in this otherwise excellent mystery that you will enjoy reading in spite of what I’ve said here. Please enjoy the book. 🙂

Oh, and on a side note, I finished the first draft of  Durham Departure. More soon.

Wreckage by Emily Bleeker a Review

Wreckage by Emily Bleeker is a refreshing departure from my normal genre.

Yet, it’s still survival fiction and I’m beginning to think I have a problem. It doesn’t matter the genre I read, there is always some element of survival within those pages. Wreckage is as much about surviving life on a deserted island as it’s about surviving the ‘normal’ life once they’re freed from paradise.

Bleeker’s book is well written and completely different than anything I’ve ever read. The characters are well thought out and the premise is wonderful and heartbreaking at the same time. She did a great job. I totally recommend this book for both male and female readers. There’s something for both sexes in this book though I think female readers would enjoy it more. The emotion exuded by the main characters is strong and believable. And, she wrote the novel in an uncommon first person per character which is also refreshing and a nice change of pace from most third person novels.

Here is the description from Amazon:

Lillian Linden is a liar. On the surface, she looks like a brave survivor of a plane crash. But she’s been lying to her family, her friends, and the whole world since rescue helicopters scooped her and her fellow survivor, Dave Hall, off a deserted island in the South Pacific. Missing for almost two years, the castaways are thrust into the spotlight after their rescue, becoming media darlings overnight. But they can’t tell the real story—so they lie.

The public is fascinated by the castaways’ saga, but Lillian and Dave must return to their lives and their spouses. Genevieve Randall—a hard-nosed journalist and host of a news program—isn’t buying it. She suspects Lillian’s and Dave’s explanations about the other crash survivors aren’t true. And now, Genevieve’s determined to get the real story, no matter how many lives it destroys.

In this intriguing tale of survival, secrets, and redemption, two everyday people thrown together by tragedy must finally face the truth…even if it tears them apart.

Life and Adventures of Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum

L. Frank Baum, the author of that wonderful childhood favorite, The Land of Oz, also wrote The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus. 

I’d never heard of this title before and in light of the season, I made it my mission to read this looked over classic. It’s pretty long and took me more than a week to read through it. It covers everything from his youth and how he was found in the forest of Burzee to how he became immortal.

This classic version of Santa’s life explains a lot of those unanswerable questions we wondered about as a child. Like how did he fit down that chimney? This book also introduces several fairy characters that you may not have ever heard of before.

At times, it reminded me of the Lord of the Rings. At one point Santa is kidnapped by the evil Awgwas and kept from delivering his beloved toys to the children. The Awgwa’s mission in eternity was to whisper in children’s ears and encourage them to be naughty…kind of creepy.

I really enjoyed reading this classic. I’m not certain it’s a great read-a-loud to children though. Perhaps a fourth grader would enjoy the read and as an adult I certainly love the old classics. I think there’s a lot to learn from them and I try to interweave them through my reading list.

It’s also interesting to learn about the great author’s of our past and study what worked for them. For instance, L. Frank Baum wrote over 60 stories and also wrote over twenty stories for young girls under a female pseudonym Edith Van Dyne. This one is The Flying Girl and Her Chum. There are so many to choose from. I can’t imagine why I never ran into these as a girl.

He was a newspaper man and had both successes and failures in life like most. He passed away in 1919 and I find it an honor to get to read his work today. What a wonderful gift he left behind for us. I hope that all of my fans will get to read a classic or two on their Christmas break. I’m now moving on to H. G. Wells’ lesser known works and it’s quite interesting.

Merry Christmas!

AR Shaw

Home by Tom Abrahams – The Traveler Series

 

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I just completed reading Home by Tom Abrahams and I’m blown away. This well written, fast paced story is a modern day western.

One that will have you riveted to your reading device. At times, I dodged bullets, cried, and prayed along with our hero who goes by the apt name Battle.

You can feel the emotion within Home. A lot of it’s humor though awful sadness too. It’s one of those books you think about for days later. Home is also a novel of preparedness but not overly so. I think there’s a great balance in Home that will satisfy not only the preparedness reader but also someone who loves to read survival fiction.

More and more readers compare the post-apocalyptic genre with westerns and I’ve got to say, Tom Abrahams proves it with Home. The great thing is, this is only the beginning… Home is the first book in The Travelers series.

Here is the description from Amazon:

HE THOUGHT HE WAS PREPARED. HE THOUGHT HIS FAMILY WAS SAFE. HE WAS WRONG.

Five years after a pneumonic plague killed two-thirds of the world’s population, army veteran Marcus Battle is isolated. He’s alone with his guns, his food, and the graves of his wife and child.

Unaware of the chaos that’s befallen everything outside of his central Texas ranch land, Marcus lives a Spartan life. If anyone steps onto his property he shoots first and never ask questions.

But when a woman in distress, chased by marauders, seeks asylum, Marcus has a decision to make.

Does he throw her to the wolves to protect himself or does he help her and leave the shelter and protection of home?

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If you’ve not heard of Tom Abrahams before, he’s from my home state of Texas. He’s also a news anchor for Eyewitness News in Houston, Texas. I met Tom, virtually, through the collaboration with Steven Konkoly’s Kindle Worlds Perseid Collapse project.  As I wrote Deception on Durham Road, he wrote three novellas, The Pilgrimage Series, as his own contribution. Either I’m a slacker or he’s an overachiever. 🙂 I’m just getting started on the second novella my own series.

He also has a successful three book series out titled, A Jackson Quick Adventure and a stand-a-alone, Sedition.

I know you’ll enjoy Home by Tom Abrahams as much as I did. It certainly is a new twist in post-apocalyptic fiction.

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A Death in Sweden by Kevin Wignall

A Death in Sweden isn’t so much a James Bond thriller as it is a thrilling mystery. I loved it.

I thought it was a refreshing take on the whole spy, revenge killer thing. There’s a bit of humanity lost in our main character, and he not only recognizes this with the aid of a beautiful Swedish agent, and dead college, he dares to overcome that legacy but not before revenge of course. I thought Kevin Wignall did a great job. His writing is certainly excellent and I’ve got to say I thought it was much better than the bestselling thriller currently running, Girl on the Train.

This is a very worthy read. As a writer myself, I’ve learned to ignore other reviews and choose books based on the author’s merit, not other opinions that seem sometimes to become copycats of their predecessors. Bad habit that… thinking for oneself is so much more worthy.

A Death in Sweden doesn’t actually release until January 1st, but I was able to read it early through Kindle First. It’s worth mentioning that if you are a Prime member of Amazon, there is a new monthly perk where you can obtain one book per month that hasn’t even been released yet! Yipee! There is usually several to choose from, and A Death in Sweden was one of them. This is FREE to Prime members, and if you have it, you can already take advantage of this. Cool huh? I know I was thrilled.

If you are not an Amazon Prime member, I encourage you to become one because of all the FREE 2-Day shipping, music, photo storage, books, live stream shows…so many advantages. It’s awesome, and the yearly fee is well worth just the free 2-day shipping alone. You can watch Man in High Castle, which I recommend, for no additional fees…I’m sure I’m only using half of the advantages as it is but my family loves it and the monthly household products we purchase through Subscribe and Ship are well worth it too. You can even give Amazon Prime as a gift.

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Durham Departure – Cover Reveal for a Perseid Collapse Novella

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It’s time for the cover reveal for the short story I’m currently working on. Durham Departure is the second book in the Deception on Durham Road series I’ve written for the Kindle Worlds Perseid Collapse series.

The story is coming along well and as soon as it’s complete, I will let my newsletter fans know first as it’s sent off to my editors. This is a short story about 25 thousand words and it continues Jamie’s adventure after the fall. She’s now responsible for three girls with no family or friends around. How will she make a life for them and what happens when they’re forced to flee. If you think you can predict where this is going, you’ll be surprised as I was writing it. It’s not what I expected. I hope you’ll enjoy the story as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it.

At the same time, I’m working on a co-book story with author Steven C. Bird. We are complete with the first ten chapters and sending it back and forth as we both develop separate parts. It’s a fun project and I hope it turns out well, I’m pretty sure it will. More on that later.

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What She Left Behind by Ellen Marie Wiseman a Review

  
I just finished What She Left Behind By Ellen Marie Wiseman and wanted to write the review before I moved on to the next book on my TBR table. I think it’s a compelling novel retelling wrongs of society’s past. 

We now gasp at treatments inflicted by those given power in the past and it makes me wonder what we’re doing wrong now that those in our future will shake their heads at our ignorance looking back at us.

Perhaps power over another is all too entising for humans. Whatever the case, I hope our science continues to progress and instead of cruelty we see behind us, we’ll see no fault in caring instead.

What She Left Behind is a wonderful novel and I recommend it’s reading. It’s a story of lifelong wrongs for the most selfish of reasons. 

Right now it is only $2.99 for holiday pricing so pick it quickly since Amazon’s prices change without notice.