The Secret To Happiness

a glass of scotch and journalSaturday evening, late summer. The sun is just beginning to set behind the oaks and pines at the edge of our property. I’m sitting on our back patio enjoying the sunset. The birds are twittering all around – mockingbirds, bluebirds, doves, cardinals, painfully bright yellow finches, hummingbirds zooming and chattering between us. Unlike all the other cookie-cutter houses in the neighborhood, we’ve tried to fit flowering trees into every empty square foot we can so that a little paradise appears once you cross the property line. Bumblebees are busy buzzing about the jasmine vines that climb the pergola I built many years ago to dress our patio and break up the hot afternoon sun.

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Review – Selling Steve Jobs’ Liver, by Merrill R. Chapman

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5 out of 5

Title: Selling Steve Jobs’ Liver: A Story of Startups, Innovation, and Connectivity in the Clouds

Author: Merrill R. Chapman

Genre: Science Fiction, Humor, Business Satire

Author Links –
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Merrill-R.-Chapman/e/B001JP7SGO/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1
Book Website: https://sellingstevejobsliver.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/merrill.r.chapman
Twitter: https://twitter.com/rickchapman53

Usually when I write reviews, I try to be as detailed as possible, examining the story with a critic’s eye. The author deserves it; the readers deserve it. But I have to be honest here – there really isn’t a whole lot I can write that the title doesn’t already convey. Selling Steve Jobs’ Liver is indeed a story about a group of tech entrepreneurs led by the, at times, unscrupulous Nate Pennington, who are trying to sell DNA samples of Steve Jobs’s liver as a marketing gimmick for the latest and greatest must-have tech device. Carry the dearly departed on your person and connect with them for all eternity via a very sophisticated Artificial Intelligence app.

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Review – The Collar and The Cavvarach, by Annie Douglass Lima

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4 out of 5

Title: The Collar and The Cavvarach

Author: Annie Douglass Lima

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Author Links –
Amazon Author Page: http://bit.ly/AnnieDouglassLimaOnAmazon
Blog: http://anniedouglasslima.blogspot.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AnnieDouglassLimaAuthor
Twitter: https://twitter.com/princeofalasia
Goodreads: http://bit.ly/ADLimaOnGoodreads
Google+: http://bit.ly/ADLimaOnGooglePlus

The Collar and The Cavvarach is Young Adult Fantasy done right. Despite the dark subject that surrounds the story’s setting (slavery in a dystopian society), author Annie Douglass Lima delivers a message of hope, love, and strength.

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The Steno Chair

The pronunciation was always a point of contention among my roommates, but it really only mattered in terms of how we were going to tell the story later.

In Dave’s room was a chair, rolled and tucked away in the nook of his desk. The box it came in said “Steno Chair.” An honest to goodness office chair in a college apartment. There was no way this chair would see graduation. We weren’t sure any of us would either, but as my favorite Subaru commercial says with wondered amazement, “They lived.”

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Review – The Felix Chronicles: Freshmen, by R.T. Lowe

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4 out of 5

Title: The Felix Chronicles: Freshmen

Author: R. T. Lowe

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Author Links –
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/R.T.-Lowe/e/B010243SZ2/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1
Twitter: https://twitter.com/thertlowe

“The Felix Chronicles: Freshmen” by R.T. Lowe is an urban fantasy novel that brings magic and the occult to a seemingly typical college in the Pacific Northwest. But it is evident from the outset that nothing about this setting or the characters involved is typical.

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5 Mistakes Writers Make With Dialogue

You’ve worked for months and months on your manuscript, edit after edit, until you think you’ve finally boiled your passion down into three hundred pages of gold. Then your readers finally get a chance to lose themselves in this new world you’ve created. They are experiencing everything as you’ve imagined…until the first character speaks. Suddenly, the illusion disappears in a vapor of smoke, and your readers are left with a ringing in their ears.

What went wrong?

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Review – Waiting For Love, by Alexandra Maria Proca

Waiting For Love

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3 out of 5

Title: Waiting For Love

Author: Alexandra Maria Proca

Genre: Teen, Short-story compilation

Author Links –
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Alexandra-Maria-Proca/e/B00JCW8M1G

“Waiting For Love” by Alexandra Maria Proca is a collection of short stories that deals with a lot of different subjects and perspectives. Alzheimer’s, racism, and concentration camp survivors are a few of the specific subjects contained here, but within these stories and others here are more abstract subjects that many teens and young adults struggle with – loneliness, control, longing, and frustration. Read more

Review – Schade of Night, by J.P. Wilder

Schade of Night

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4 out of 5

Title: Schade of Night

Author: J.P. Wilder

Genre: Supernatural/Horror Thriller

Author Links –
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00RNSJC1U/
Author: http://jpwilder.net/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JPWilderAuthor
Twitter: https://twitter.com/jpwauthor

“Shade of Night” by J.P. Wilder is a supernatural/horror thriller that pits the titular character, Schade Lee, against the demonic forces of a brutal psychopath murderer, and also the Sentinels who protect the rest of us from these unseen forces.

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Review – Bigfoot Hunters Never Lie, by Kate E. Thompson

Bigfoot Hunters Never Lie

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3 out of 5

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Title: Bigfoot Hunters Never Lie

Author: Kate E Thompson

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Author Links –
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/0990699803
Book: http://www.bigfoothuntersneverlie.com/
Author: http://www.kateethompson.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KateEThompsonAuthor
Twitter: https://twitter.com/kateEthompson

In Kate E. Thompson’s debut novel, “Bigfoot Hunters Never Lie,” Pastor Noah Cathcart struggles to find happiness while doing everything he believes God wants him to do. I enjoyed the story, for the most part, but did have a few problems with the style, which I’ll explain later.

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