It’s Up to You, the Reader

New Years is almost here and what writer doesn’t include in their list of resolutions a resolve to improve their writing? In 2010, I had the privilege of reviewing many truly good reads, by some really awesome authors. With 2011 just around the corner, I thought it might be beneficial to take a look at those reviews to see what worked and what didn’t. The only problem is I don’t really have an unbiased opinion, so I thought that I’d leave it up to you. So, here are links to twenty-two book reviews, both here and on the Southern Colorado Literature Examiner. Please take a look at them, if you haven’t already,  and then vote for the ones that you think are the best in the comments section. You can choose more than one, but please include a brief explanation as to why you liked each particular review, or why you didn’t, so that I can identify areas that might need some work. If you read the book, do you agree or disagree with my review? I will approve all comments as long as they are not downright nasty. Next week I will publish a list of the top reviews, according to you, the readers. I couldn’t do it without you.

“The Ruby Notebook” holds the key to many secrets

When “Mosquito” gets hold of you, it sucks you in and doesn’t let go

Anna Strong is a force to be reckoned with in “Chosen”

Storyline in “The Truth Comes Out” keeps readers guessing

You’ll think twice about water after reading “Water Hazard”  

“Reprisal! The Eagle Rises” gives readers something to think about

“I’ll Be There to Write the Story” – A true tale that will touch your heart and stir your spirit

“The Last Lie”: a perplexing tale that will keep readers guessing

“Why Did This Happen to Me, Aunt Lou?” Inspires and Delights  

“Killing the Cobra” is packed with action

“The Midnight Ride of Blackwell Station” is delightfully entertaining for all ages

“The Secret to Lying” holds the key to more than one secret

“Raw Edges: A Memoir”: a journey of self discovery and revelation

“Star in the Forest”, a glimpse of reality through a young girl’s eyes

Pamela Clare brings another sizzling romance in, “Naked Edge”

“The Spirit Lens”, a spellbinding tale that will captivate readers

“From the Spleen of Fiery Dragons”, by Mishka Zacharin  

From the Old Blog to the New – Reviews of “Demon Hunter: The Chosen One” and “Demon Hunter: Seek and Destroy”

“The Fishing Trip: A Ghost Story”, by Chris Keys  

“Beneath the Mask of Holiness” depicts the human side of Thomas Merton

“The Secret of Everything” is an absolute must read

“Reprisal! The Eagle Rises” gives readers something to think about

Reprisal! The Eagle Rises, by Chris Keys is a thought provoking action thriller novel, as terrorist forces move to take control of the U.S. and ineffective politicians play right into their hands in a scenario that may be all too possible and too similar to reality for comfort. Keys gives readers a look at what might happen if a force with unlimited resources takes matters into their own hands and takes the action that the government either can’t or is unwilling to take. The politics of Reprisal! are eerily familiar, making one envision how easy it would be for a scenario such as this one to really happen. After reading this book you may even be just a little uneasy, for many of the circumstances reflected seem all too real. When the most recent terrorist attack kills members of General Chip Clarrett’s family, he decides to step down from his government post and climb on board Steven Howard ‘s Kilauea Corporation, and the fight becomes a personal. Can Kilauea Corporation stop the terrorist forces that are trying to infiltrate the U.S.? Can they really be more effective than government entities from around the world? Watch and see, as Kilauea forces swing into action and go after the terrorist cell that has recently wreaked havoc on their homeland. Reprisal! The Eagle Rises is action packed and filled with intrigue. Definitely a must read for action adventure fans.

“The Fishing Trip: A Ghost Story”, by Chris Keys

I recently had the pleasure of editing The Fishing Trip: A Ghost Story, by Chris Key’s. It was a pleasure for three reasons: first, it is a thrill to work with Chris, who has chosen to develop his writing talents, after proving his abilities in several other career areas, including the political arena, and advertising and marketing – experience that he brings to the writing desk with him; second, I consider Chris to be a friend, as well as a colleague; and third, I love a good ghost story. For these reasons also, it is a pleasure to write a review for the e-book story. So even though my opinion might be slightly biased, I will admit that freely, and then present to you my review without further adieu.

"The Fishing Trip", by Chris Keys

A Truly Chilling Tale

If you like a good, old fashioned ghost story, The Fishing Trip is an e-book that you will truly enjoy. It is filled with frightful specters that must be overcome in this classic good vs. evil theme. What starts out to be a beautiful day of salmon fishing, turns into a night of fear and tragedy, as our heroes, two brothers, Bill and Ryan, fight for their lives and the lives of their friends, against the great evil that lies beneath the surface waters of Lake Michigan. The Fishing Trip is a truly chilling tale that will satisfy the ghost lover in all of us. Key’s colorful characters and gruesome ghouls are believable and entertaining; his storyline, enthralling and filled with suspense. You won’t want to stop reading until the very last word.
You can get your copy of The Fishing Trip on Smashwords. It will be available in a week to ten days, for $2.99, which is a really good price, but to make it even better, Chris is offering a coupon to the first 100 readers, so they can get The Fishing Trip for free!