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Good question. These days I keep my writing in the Western genre. Since I also write paranormal I sometimes have to get creative. Basically, I wiggle my ideas into my settings.
AGAINST ALL ODDS: Book3 of the Crossroads Trilogy by Jacqui Murray
The saga continues. With the help of her co-leaders and wolves, Xhosa leads her people through lands that harbor cannibals, are riddled with wild animals, fire and ice. Through famine and other perils, they journey to their new home.
This figure from our distant past has learned to fight and hunt as an equal with the men of her time, is strong, and leads with courage, strength and compassion.
Like the first two stories, I’ve enjoyed this book immensely. When it comes to prehistory, you can’t beat a Jacqui Murray novel.
I WOULDN’T BE SURPRISED, a short by D. L. Finn
This story is particularly chilling when words uttered without thought take on a Twilight Zone effect.
Evildwels—evil beings that battle angels—have become synonymous with D. L. Finn. If you haven’t tried this author yet, a short story is a great way to be introduced to a new writer.
Both the read and the author are highly recommended.
EMERGING FROM SHADOWS by Balroop Singh
These poems truly show us an emergence from shadows, traversing from gut-wrenching lows and uncertainty into the sunlight of joy and self-reliance. Each page is a journey in discovery. The verse is beautifully written, leaving the reader both at peace and inspired.
NEITHER SEEN NOR HEARD by Alexander Pain
I am not a zombie fan. But I am an Alexander Pain fan. Even though he writes on a subject that I'm lukewarm on at best I really enjoy his stories. His characters are so well-developed I'm drawn in from the first page and held to the last. In this short an eighty-year old must keep his great-grands safe from zombies. One of the things I enjoyed the most in this short: in one scene, his grandsons use skateboards to outrace the zombies. I recommend this read for zombie fans and anyone that just wants to lose themselves in a great short story.
THE WINEMAKER’S WIFE by Kristin Harmel
An amazingly crafted novel that blends the past with the present and held my interest. Here’s the first sentence: “The road snaked over the lush vineyards of Champagne as Ines Chauveau sped southwest out of Reims, clouds of dust whipping ferociously through her chestnut hair.”
SKYWARD and STARSIGHT by Brandon Sanderson
My favorite genre, if it’s well crafted, is YA paranormal, fantasy or sci fi. These two stories fit the bill.
Spensa thinks she’s the only person on earth with special powers till she meets the new boy, only to discover he’s from another world.
These books kept me reading much later into the night than I had planned😉
Good bud and author Sherry Morris is dipping her toes into a new endeavor. She’s creating memes and trailers for authors. She does a beautiful job and is only charging five dollars for memes and fifteen for trailers. You can get in touch with her at sherrymorris.blogspot.com
Chrys Fey has a new self-help out for writers dealing with stress, writers block and burn out.