Wednesday Writing Prompt #16

Your protagonist is stuck inside a small building with a small group of people during an ice storm. Who are the people, what brought them together, where are they sheltering, what is everyone doing, and how does your protagonist react?

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Georgia Snowpocalypse 2014

Luckily, we’re a little bit more used to snow up here in North Georgia than the folks down in Atlanta and south. Greg and I got home safe and sound, and it only took about 10-15 minutes longer for us to get home than usual when the University closed yesterday. It really didn’t snow too awfully much, not even enough to completely cover the taller springs of grass. So it wasn’t a really pretty snow, but hey! it finally snowed.

I took a few pictures of the snow yesterday as it was coming down. Then this morning, Greg and I bundled up, leashed the dogs, and went for a walk in the winter wonderland.

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Did you survive Georgia Snowpocalypse 2014?

Sharp (Mindspace Investigations #2): A Review

sharpSharp is the second Mindspace Investigations novels written by Alex Hughes. Once again, it is narrated by Adam (whose name notably has a presence in this book), a consulting telepath for the Decatur police department.

The department enlists the assistance of Adam on an unusual case, a strangulation where the victim hardly fought back. Unfortunately, Adam has been burned out and his telepathy is patchy, but he knows that he must make a good impression. His future is in jeopardy. Due to budget cuts, this case could be his last major one. Adam must also deal with his past, in the form of his previous students whom he wronged, and his present in the form of his ever-nagging drug cravings. Throwing a kink into things is Det. Isabella Cherabino, Adam’s partner of sorts. Because of an accidental mental bonding, she is pushing Adam away. 

Sharp  is a detective story, complete with a flawed hero and super-sweet telekinetic powers, with a dash of post-apocalyptic fun. Hughes manages to knit all these aspects together to create an intriguing story.

5/5 Stars 

The Sign of Four: A Review

signof4The Sign of Four is the second Sherlock Holmes novel written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It is gratefully much better than the first novel. Doyle finds his writing grove and a literary hero is born. This is the novel that introduces the audience to many things, including Holmes’s drug use and Watson’s lady love.

Mary Morstan is a young lady who appeals to Holmes and Watson for help with an unusual case. Since her father disappeared several years before, she has received a yearly gift of a pearl. This year, however, she received a letter which urges her to meet with the sender that night. The letter also stipulates that she can bring two non-police friends, so this is where she enlists the help of our heroes.  Through the course of the adventure, there is murder, lost treasure, a peg-legged villain, and other mysteries a plenty. It makes for an exciting tale.

The Sherlock stories are always amusing; they’re also relatively short and can be read (or in this case, listened to) quickly.

4/5 Stars

Stonepile Writers’ Anthology, Vol III

The anthology of poetry and prose that I edited will be coming out later this month!

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Stonepile-CoverStonepile Writers’ Anthology to be released Jan. 30, 2014

Volume III of the compilation of poetry and prose will be available to the public beginning Jan. 30. All three volumes are published and distributed through the University Press of North Georgia (UPNG), and reviews can be found on GoodReads.com. Stonepile Writers’ Anthology, Volumes I though III, are collections from writers exclusively of southern Appalachia. Volume III was edited by April Loebick.

“The Stonepile Writers’ Anthology has grown into a regional phenomenon,” said Loebick, “and Volume III is proving to be the best collection yet.”

This latest edition features works from Ann Hite, 2012 Georgia Author of the Year winner and author of Ghost on Black Mountain and The Storycatcher,  and Tim Westover, author of Auraria, a story about the area between Dawson and Lumpkin counties, a mere stone’s throw from the University of North Georgia, that initiated America’s first gold rush. Further, the Anthology includes works from professors, students and staff at UNG.

Rosann Kent, director of The Georgia Appalachian Studies Center, commented that “In Appalachia, place matters. It forms who we are as well as who we are not, the vessel for kindness as well as the cauldron for hatred. Where is your place? And what is your place in that place? Among these poems and short stories, you may just discover that.”

The release party is to be held at the Vickery House, 24 Vickery Drive, Dahlonega, GA, 30533, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Jan. 30, and will feature readings as well as refreshments. Books will be for sale for $19.95; UPNG will only accept cash or personal checks. More information about Stonepile Writers’ Anthology and UPNG can be found at upng.org

Stonepile Writer’s Anthology Vol. III

ISBN: 987-0-9882237-5-2

The Damsel and the Daggerman: A Review

daggermanThe Damsel and the Daggerman is the latest entry into Delilah S. Dawson’s Blud series. It is an enovella that takes place between the events of the second novel, Wicked As She Wants, and the upcoming novel, Wicked After Midnight. Like all of the Blud stories, it’s deliciously good.

Jacinda Harville is a daring journalist who wiggles her way into Criminy Stain’s caravan. She wants to write a book on the people of the caravan, pinkies and bludmen alike, but there’s something that draws her to Marco Taresque, the devilishly handsome daggerman. He has a mysterious and deadly history, which has all the girls fawning over him.

Dawson manages to develop a wonderfully wicked story in a relatively short amount of pages. It is quite possibly her hottest story to date, and there’s quite the intriguing gender role reversal that had me perking my metaphorical ears.

My only complaint is that it was all over too quickly. Luckily Wicked After Midnight releases later this month!

5/5 Stars

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