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Meet Kara Reisen & Thomas Demeut – The Spirit Of…

The final two members on Matthew Stevens’s team are similar in many ways: they both joined about the same time, they both have a history in hunting ancient artifacts that may have some connection to the Bible, and their pasts are haunted with pain and regret. They also became real fast friends. In fact, when I first met them, I could swear they were a couple. Hey, they’re both pushing forty and have no significant others to speak of. It was an honest mistake. But they’re good sports. They could laugh at it.

Let’s break it down for you. Learn more about Kara Reisen and Thomas Demeut

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Meet Henry Green – The Spirit Of…

Talking to Henry Green, one of Matthew Stevens’s archaeology students, is… how do I say this? Interesting? He seems like a decent guy when you first meet him, but once you get to know him a little, things aren’t so cut and dry. It doesn’t help that his life before joining Matthew’s team is unknown. Whenever I brought up his past — that is any time before his first meeting with Matthew during a freshman arrival banquet at Yale — he’d remain allusive, changing the subject or feigning ignorance. I’m not saying he’s trying to hide anything, but I know the same question hides in the back of Matthew’s mind. Learn more about Henry Green

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IndieBook Review – I Am the Lion

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I Am the Lion — A Novel by Andrew Toy

All artistic endeavors can have real emotional power. Whether it’s film, sculpture, art or writing, artistry at its core has the potential to latch on to a piece of you and push you to burst out with laughter, or crash to the floor in a pile of tears. Usually, you never know what to expect, or when it might happen, but when it does, it feels like a breath of fresh air. The real magic lies in the fact that no one piece of art will affect any two people the same, as art triggers subconscious feelings and emotions, tapping into the background, the personalities and the state of mind of each individual viewer. Everyone’s past experiences — our joy and pain, our dreams and failures — are different, and thus what may cause one person to laugh may cause another to cry or be offended. At the same time, their are some works of art that are universal in nature, meaning that the majority of people have experienced what the artist is attempting to convey in some form or another. In relation to Andrew Toy’s coming-of-age novel, I Am the Lion, it’s hard for me to believe that anyone wouldn’t somehow be affected by the story of grief and loss, and the journey to find a way to live without a love you once possessed. Read Full Review

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Meet Lauren Mead – The Spirit Of…

Next up in my series of character introductions for my new novel, The Spirit Of…, is Lauren Mead, best friend and fellow archaeologist of Matthew Stevens. The two met nine years ago as part of the same expedition to Egypt and have been basically inseparable (professionally, that is) ever since. My theory for this is her deference for Matthew. Lauren’s history with men hasn’t been remarkable — in fact, it’s been downright brutal — and there was a kindness in Matthew I believe Lauren became attached to, and hasn’t been able to give up since.

Learn more about Lauren Mead

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Meet Matthew Stevens – The Spirit Of…

As you may know, my new novel, The Spirit Of…, is being released on June 3, so in an attempt to build some anticipation for the book, I’ll be introducing you all to the major characters over the next three months.

First up is Matthew Stevens, archaeologist and Professor of Archaeology at Yale University. At least he was a professor before he squandered all of his grant money on a fool’s attempt to locate the city of Atlantis. And this wasn’t the first time he’d ruffled feathers in the scientific and archaeological communities. His theories and ideas have never been widely excepted. Some even went so far as to dub them blasphemous. Just reading a snippet of his graduate thesis gives you some insight into why: Learn more about Matthew Stevens

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IndieBook Review – Shizzle, Inc.

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Shizzle, Inc. — A Novel by Ana Spoke

Comedy is subjective. Like snowflakes, no one sense of humor is the same; everyone has their own personal humor thermometer. In essence, you’re either a Simpson or a Griffin; a Murray or a Carrey; a Zucker or a Wayans. I’m aware there are some who love them all equally, and still others who hate them all just as equally. None of it’s wrong; it all comes down to taste.

The reason I mention this is because Shizzle, Inc., the debut novel by Australian author Ana Spoke, is a full-blown comedic romp with plenty of hits and plenty of misses, all rolled into a tortilla that’s oddly offbeat and manic at times, but then heavily structured and realistic at others, leading to a mixed bag of humor that some may find hilarious and whimsical through and through, and some may find too unstructured and chaotic for their tastes. Me? I I fall somewhere in between. Read Full Review

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IndieBook Review – Cemetery Tours

Are ghosts real?

Whether you believe in them or not, we’ve all thought about that question at some point or another. You may have wondered if a dearly departed loved one still watches over you, or perhaps you think that weird noise in the kitchen at night is a poltergeist who became attached to the home after he was murdered by a burglar before you purchased the home. And of course, there’s one heavy existential question behind that very question — is there life after death? I’m sure most of us want to believe there is, and if ghosts are real, then the chances of there being life after death multiply. If they don’t, there’s no way to be sure if existence ends when your lights go out. Author Jacqueline E. Smith explores this concept in her debut novel, Cemetery Tours, a fun, creepy look at what could be there waiting for us on the other side. Read Full Review

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Art Imitates Life: Real-Life Character Creation

From the scrawny hacker with an inferiority complex to the thick-headed jock with an impotence problem, the single mother of quadruplets who desperately needs a spa day to the neighbor who smiles on the outside but cries on the inside, characters are the spine of any good novel. You can have the greatest, most original plot ever, but without well-drawn characters to keep readers interested in what’s going on, no one will ever know about the stunning twist because they’ll have walked away from the novel way before they get to it. And no writer wants that. But how do you write compelling characters that aren’t a boring, cliche-riddled, over-the-top mess that leave your reader turning the next page in fear of their eyeballs falling out of their sockets from too much eye-rolling? Learn How To Create A Character

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A Little Story About Me

It’s been a little over two years since I started this blog, and with some of the changes I’ve been making recently to my social media activities, I thought this would be a good time to give my fans a little taste of who I am and what makes me tick as a writer. Learn About My Journey

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Chaos Ran Me Over – But I’m Healing Nicely

Hey there world!

If you follow my blog on a regular basis, you may have noticed I’ve been missing in action recently. I took a siesta (or hiatus) from movie reviews throughout the month of September, and basically stayed away from really updating anything on my blog except for an article or two here and there whenever I found the time. Part of the reason for this was because of my work – I have to try to make money, after all, so I can pay my bills, which in the long run of course must take precedence over most of everything else. Another part was a fall into the pit of a creative black hole, which basically sucked all of my energy away and led to a long bout of procrastination. And then there’s my recent jump into attempting to engage my followers with a new and improved social media schedule, which I’ve also fallen a little bit behind on. All of these things began to create a massive whirlwind of choas that, as my own blog name suggests, simply led to more chaos. I’ve learned quickly that when you have so much to do and don’t have a system in place to contain and focus all of the projects, your energy can just flutter around in the sea, keeping you from finding the Northern Star and get you back on the right path. It got so bad, I started to become worse than the absent-minded professor, forgetting to do some simple simple things — which included showing up for jury duty! Read More Now!

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