June 8, 2011

Revew for The Dark Wizard

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Title: Dark Wizard

Author: John B. Rosenman

Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing

Copyright: 2011

ISBN: 978-1-926931-76-0

Format: Paperback

Genre: SciFi


“Your name. Whatever it is, it ain’t Chester—****—Kan. It couldn’t be.” Thus we are at the crossroads of The Dark Wizard. Mr. Rosenman has weaved a curious tale and this is only the second chapter. Saving children and lifting up cars is not done by an ordinary person. But, who, or what, is Kan? This is not the last of the saving done by this mystery man. Follow the adventure and the cures.


This question would haunt him throughout his journey. He found salvation, at least a form of it. But, there was a darkness to his past and a darker future. Follow Kan as he resolves these issues. This is a book with adult content, but also with some very clear messages.


For lovers of video games, beware for this book puts a thrilling twist on any alien game ever devised. As you read, you’ll wonder if things like this can ever happen. You’ll see the world around you in a new and sometimes bizarre light. Yes, there is an ending but is it good, bad or something else entirely? Is this the first of a series? It could be, it’s written well enough.


For those who like shortcuts, don’t read the first few pages then skip to the end. This is one book where every chapter counts. I recommend this to anyone who likes a good science fiction thriller. Actually, I recommend this for everyone that likes a good book. There is some strong language and adult scenes, but not as graphic to warrant an x rating. It is worth the money and would make a great movie.


Currently Dark Wizard is only available as an EBook but will soon be out in paperback. Read the EBook, but pick it up as a paperback to show your friends the book they need to buy.





January 31, 2011

Review for Harry Mann in the Tangled Web

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Title: Harry Mann in the Tangled Web

Author: Bo Drury

Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press

Copyright: 2010

ISBN: 978-1-60313-914-4

Format: Paperback

Genre: Mystery


Harry needed clients more than he would admit. Jeb Stockton and his nephew Scott were in desperate need of help. It was a match made in mystery heaven. Scott’s visitor had disappeared the same night she showed up. That doesn’t make relationships easy. As told in the prologue, someone is in a very dark place. Fear and foreboding leads the reader deeper and deeper into the story.


Bo Drury has an excellent way with words. It starts like a simple kidnapping but nothing simple happens in Texas. Intrigue grows as you follow Harry around the ranch. There is more deception than meets the eye. Not even Harry’s faithful, yet underpaid, secretary is safe. It is a wet, wild, and cavernous tale that Bo weaves. I recommend this to anyone who likes a good mystery.


How does it end? Ah, that be the mystery of all mysteries. All I can tell you is that it ends on the last page.



November 16, 2010

The Killer Valentine Ball blog tour


Author C. A. Verstraete has written a masterful short story combining two of my favorite holidays. Read the review below and then keep  going to read my interview with her. 

Title: The Killer Valentine Ball

Author: C. A. Verstraete

Publisher: MuseItUp publishing

Copyright: 2010


Format: Short Story                 

Genre: Horror


I am NOT going to any valentines balls with you. With that in mind, MS Verstraete has created a world that Stephen King would love. It’s all so simple, a blind date to make mom happy. I think this is one time that love is blind and the date rather dangerous.  But, read it for yourselves and see how many Valentines balls YOU want to go to.


It’s a short story and well worth the read. I rate this story highly.


Interview questions for C. A. Verstraete

  1. What prompted you to write a Halloween/Valentine story?

Initially I saw a post about a themed anthology and Valentine’s Day came to mind… a natural for horror, wouldn’t you say?

  1. As a writer, I need music in the background. Do you need special backgrounds?

I usually have music on, too, mostly pop or sometimes I confess I put on some old disco tunes. I do admit a weakness lately to watching Hoda and Kathie Lee on TV.

  1. What is your favorite animal, domestic or wild and why?

All kinds. I love animals. I’ve had dogs all my life, have birds, fish, but if I had to pick two, I really like wolves and dolphins. Unfortunately, I can’t have either as the dog pen and the outside pond aren’t big enough. (Well, the dog pen might be.)

  1. What is your favorite holiday and why?

With this kind of story you had to ask? Haa! I like Halloween. I enjoya good scare and like the decorating aspect. I decorate in miniature for dollhouses, too, so that’s always fun (there’s a link for miniatures on my website, http://cverstraete.com). I also enjoy Christmas, both in real life and miniature.

  1. Your publisher has given you the book title, “Dancing with Snakes”. What are your first three sentences?

Do I have to do this? My legs shake. I hate snakes. Hate ’em. (Really.)

  1. Your publisher has arranged for you to be on the first tourist suborbital flight. You have been given a list of required items and are allowed three optional items. What are they?

Required: Makeup, floss, toothpaste (only 3 items? The list would be pretty long.). Optional: Camera, notebook, pen (Personally required.)

  1. You have just returned home from your FUGRETI group meeting (Future GREet The Interterestials). As soon as you step up on the porch, something lands in your yard. From a distance it appears to be a meteorite, but when you pick it up it is something much stranger. What is it?

My first thought? Fossilized dinosaur poop. Ugh, wish I’d brought gloves.

  1. You are going on an Alaskan cruise. You may take any four people along. This includes movie stars and others you may not yet know. Whom do you select?

My, I’m going a lot of places, more than in real life. Haa! Hmm, have to ask my good friend Courtney Mroch who’s already gone on this cruise and family members, of course. The famous will already be on the cruise so I don’t have to ask them, just mingle!

  1. You write in several genres. Where may our readers learn more?

Christine’s website: http://cverstraete.com   Blog: http://candicanine.blogspot.com

10.  Take all the space you want and tell us anything about you, your background or your history. The floor (paper, word, etc), is yours.

Fun questions, Ron, thanks for asking and hosting me.

Christine Verstraete is a Wisconsin author who enjoys writing both fiction and nonfiction. Her recent stories were published in the DAW Books anthologies Steampunk’d and Timeshares. She also is author of a children’s book, Searching for a Starry Night, A Miniature Art Mystery, for ages 9-12. She’s currently working on a follow-up story to her Edison Steampunk characters and a YA zombie book.



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