By Dave Moore

Lines Along The Wall- The Beginning  was written by Dave Moore and published by Moore Motivation, LLC in 2014. You may purchase it at Amazon.com/Kindle(Click Book Cover to go to Amazon). Visit the author at: http://mooremotivated.com/

 

Lines Along the Wall is a true story, of a boy finding his way to manhood, as Dave pursues his ultimate dream of becoming a military aviator.
In this inspiring story of perseverance, Dave takes you along on the decisions, or “lines” he has chosen in his life—good or bad—in his many adventures, some hilarious, some serious, some you will question, some you will relate to.
Lines Along the Wall is a feel good story that offers a lot of laughs for all generations to enjoy. From playing sports, to rushing a fraternity, a Coast Guard drill instructor straightening his path, and surviving a plane crash, he will make you laugh, cry, or wonder just how hard did he hit his head!

I have often wondered if you took all of the people in this world “who should have died” in an accident – and asked them how their lives have changed from experiencing that one event- how many of them would say that their lives have become more positive and purposeful? I believe that you would find that a good number of these people have moved on to more fulfilling and richer lives than they ever had before “the event”.  I believe Dave Moore is one of those people who not only has a better life than he did before his plane crash but that he appreciates life a lot more than ever before. By reaching out and telling his story, his life now also has a purpose: To help people find strength and to move on, just as he did.

After the plane crashed into some trees Dave, with broken ribs and skin hanging from his face and skull, literally crawled through the woods with another seriously injured man who was also in the plane. It took them 1.5 hours to finally get back to the airport where they finally found help. It was an amazing story of survival where he was later told by several people, including NTSB officials, that he shouldn’t be alive.

Although the story about the aftermath of the crash is a good one- this book is also about Dave’s earlier life and how he moved through his “lines”.  In the first part of the book we find out how Dave learned about integrity and team work from his elders and peers.  And he takes us through the physically painful process of playing football, his problems with alcohol and describes an incident where he was randomly beaten up and put in the hospital by a group of drunken teenagers.  Through it all he manages as most young people do but his desires in life, regardless of his struggles, keeps him moving forward.

This is the first book in the series and I look forward to learning more about Dave’s life and his future aspirations.

I give Lines Along The Wall- The Beginning 4 stars.

 

Please visit the author of this post: Tom Riddell: http://www.tomriddell.com/

Dave Moore will be our guest on The Writers Lounge Blog Talk Radio Show on Monday April 14, 2014 at 7PM Central Time-USA.

By Samuel Hawley

Bad Elephant Far Stream  was written by Samuel Hawley and published by Conquistador Press in 2013. You may purchase it at Amazon/Kindle (Click Book Cover to go to site). Visit the author on Facebook:

 

Bad Elephant Far Stream is an animal story for adults, a novel about the odyssey of a circus elephant, told from her own perspective, through her own eyes. Inspired by the true story of the circus elephant Topsy, the subject of the 1903 Thomas Edison film “Electrocution of an Elephant,” it begins in the forests of Ceylon in the late 1860s with the capture of a baby elephant known to her own kind as Far Stream. She is taken to America chained in a ship, a journey of several months, and sent to the Adam Forepaugh Circus in Philadelphia. There, Far Stream embarks on a new life under the big top, appearing first as “Baby Annie,” then, when she grows bigger, as “Topsy,” part of Forepaugh’s famed elephant dancing quadrille. She crisscrosses North America for thirty years with the circus, experiencing hardships, kidnapping, escapes and adventure. But when she comes to outweigh her keepers by a factor of forty—it’s hard not to hurt somebody. It’s hard not to get labeled as “bad.”

This story will shock you from the start.  It will give you pause to think as to why man will go to all lengths to achieve profit and entertainment value; even when it eventually leads to the brutal death of a mammoth of an innocent animal who has endured over thirty years of confinement and pain.

The old saying, “An elephant never forgets” seems appropriate to the central theme of the story as Far Stream tries desperately to remember the happier times of her youth when she was free with her family in the wild.  Clouding and overshadowing those memories are the years and years of captivity while traveling as a circus entertainer- at the hands of her human handlers.   Swept up in the demanding business of the circus, both human and elephant alike encounter the hard life under the big top where behaviors can go from friendly to mean, cruel and deadly in an instant.

Far Stream captured my heart immediately and her remarkable displays of human emotions touched my soul in a way that I will never forget.  An example of this is when, after a horrible incident, she is seen crying- with tears flowing down her cheeks. She also develops a close bonding, long term relationship with one of her handlers and she becomes friends with a dog near the end of her life, which is very touching.  When the end finally comes for this endearing behemoth- it’s because she can’t control her natural responses to protect herself. It’s a testament to what can sometimes happen when humans and wild animals are brought together in the same venue.

The author tells this tale from the perspective of an elephant.  In presenting the story in this way, Samuel Hawley helped to perk my curiosity about a true story that I may have never read.  I enjoyed this book so much that I had to research the story further- which led me to the shocking and disturbing video where we see the final moments of Topsy’s life. I’ve included the video below.

I give Bad Elephant Far Stream 4 stars.

Please visit the author of this post: Tom Riddell: http://www.tomriddell.com/

Samuel Hawley will be our guest on The Writers Lounge Blog Talk Radio Show on Monday March 3, 2014 at 7PM Central Time-USA.

The above story was inspired by the following video, Thomas Edison film “Electrocution of an Elephant :

 

Talking & Listening- Is It A Dying Art?

Facebook just turned ten years old- so I was wondering: How many of you are ready and willing to parent and feed this child for another ten years or longer? Or the bigger question: Are you content with reading about your friends and loved ones lives- above talking and listening to them?

 

I know, it’s the sign of the times and times are changing and I too engage in social media and text messaging- probably much more than some others but it’s a question that I am struggling with and it’s a question that I believe a lot of us haven’t really thought much about because we have been so caught up in the many positive aspects of social media. After all, who can deny that we haven’t been brought closer together with friends and family, some of them separated from us by thousands of miles- after seeing pictures and videos that chronicle their every day lives?

When we see a status update we sometimes feel compelled to respond and our message is most of the time met with either a “like” or a nice comment. But… then there’s other times when voice inflection, tone of voice, facial expressions and body language, which we receive in a face to face meeting or in part; on the phone, is lost. We lose an important part of that good face to face or ear to ear communication when it is needed most of all: When we are engaged in written messages that can seem more contentious and confrontational than they were really meant to be. When the last word is written in a heated message, many times it will end any further communication between two people; sometimes for months and sometimes forever.  But when you are face to face or on the phone, a patch up or ease in an argument or relationship is much more likely- which is usually prompted by moving onto another subject or activity.  With that being said- it’s during these times when the written word alone fails us and ultimately- it could end a cherished relationship that we have been building for years.

A study that was presented by Ofcom has shown that our long love affair with the phone call has finally gone into reverse as of 2011. Landline usage fell by 10% in 2011 and mobile phone calls fell by 1%. I would also go out on a limb and suggest that face to face interactions are also in decline. 

I would argue that we are no longer talking or listening to each other in the ways that we should be. Myself included. Facebook and social media have enhanced relationships both near and far- but talking and listening have taken a back seat and I think it’s time we pay more attention to that very important part of human interaction.

With this in mind, along with other projects that need to be completed, I have decided to take a leave from Facebook for 2 weeks.  It will be sort of a retreat to re-focus my energies on my life and to decide on where I want to go as I approach my sixth decade.  During this time, I may even pay a visit and or make a phone call or two. I hope you will do the same…

~Peace~

 

Please visit the author of this post: Tom Riddell: http://www.tomriddell.com/

 

By Shewanda Pugh

Crimson Footprints II: New Beginnings  was written by Shewanda Pugh and published by Delphine Publications in 2013. You may purchase it at Amazon.com/Kindle. Visit the author on Facebook:

An eleven-year-old boy hitchhikes 1500 miles from Bismarck to Miami; a prostitute yearns for escape from a prison of her own making, and the horrible secrets of a long-ago murder are unraveled in the shadows of one woman’s dreams. Lizzie Hammond is an ill-fated whore that believes in little, save her own ultimate demise. Kenji Tanaka is a pseudo-architect, content to hide in the shadows of his family’s overwhelming success. Neither can stand the other. But the appearance of a boy only rumored to be true helps them discover that two unlikely halves can fit together as the perfect whole. For Lizzie Hammond and Kenji Tanaka, redemption is found in the most unlikely of places: each other, even as the world around them disintegrates.

This story, as was the case in the first book of this series, points out all of the complexities of life and the conflicts that can arise when people, who have been tossed into a difficult existence, try to mix the extreme pleasures and pains of living- in hopes of coming up with happily ever after. Sometimes it’s like trying to mix oil and water.

When you take the pain and hopelessness of the impoverished and couple it with the comfort and prosperity of the rich, the story which can be told will be one of interest and intrigue. The author measures up to the task and delivers an emotional tale of poverty, wealth, family, love and romance.

Shewanda Pugh brings back many of the same characters we met in her first book and she does it with exceptionally fine tuned writing skills- which is a huge credit to her and her continued success as a writer. She continues to excel as an author and I predict that she will keep climbing up those best seller lists.

I give Crimson Footprints II: New Beginnings 5 stars.

Please visit the author of this post: Tom Riddell: http://www.tomriddell.com/

Shewanda Pugh will be our guest on The Writers Lounge Blog Talk Radio Show on Monday February 17, 2014 at 7PM Central Time-USA.

By- Darlyne Frederick

Queen Of My Immortal Heart was written by Darlyne Frederick and published by Xlibris in 2013. You may purchase it at Amazon.com/Kindle (Click on book image to the left). Visit the author on Facebook:

 

Vampire Princess, Nicoleta Morganthe, has been in love with Luke Sangre for over 300 years. An attack on his pack took him from her side two centuries ago, but she has never forgotten him. On the night of her crowning ceremony, she lays eyes on him once again! However, will he still love her after so much time has passed?

Werewolf, Luke Sangre, is finally back home in Romania after two centuries of being away fighting rogue werewolves and protecting his brothers overseas. His heart is still set on his precious Nicoleta. However, after so much time and no contact, will she still care for him and be the Queen of his Immortal Heart?

Will the deep love shared between Luke, a handsome werewolf and Nicole, a beautiful vampire, stand the test of time after being separated for over three centuries? Will Luke and Nicole be able to defeat the evil ones who are pitted against them- adversaries who are relentless in their attempts at driving them apart? You will find out in this steamy erotic story that has all of the fascination and excitement that is required for a good page turner.

I enjoyed this first book by author Darlyne Frederick. Her expertly detailed descriptions of place and actions are a strong testament to her writing abilities and this enhances and helps the characters personalities to flow nicely in this one. The only ingredient that I see a bit lacking in this story is not enough conflict in the middle of the tale, otherwise this is a good first book by the author and I will definitely look forward to future works by Darlyne Frederick. I give Queen Of My Immortal Heart 4 stars.

Please visit the author of this post: Tom Riddell: http://www.tomriddell.com/

Darlyne Frederick will be our guest on The Writers Lounge Blog Talk Radio Show on Monday February 3, 2014 at 7PM Central Time-USA.

The Storms Of Deliverance  was written by Larry Higdon and published by Tate Publishing in 2011. You may purchase it at Amazon.com/Kindle. Visit the author on Facebook:

 

By Larry Higdon

 

Johnson was living as an alcoholic in denial. He said he could stop anytime he wanted and this attitude prompted Katy, his ex-wife, who he still had feelings for, to write a letter telling him that she would always love him but their relationship was over because of his drinking. While struggling with the finality of the letter, Johnson is involved in an automobile accident that turns his whole world upside down. He soon experiences, what he believes, is time travel which launches him twenty-seven years into the future. There he deals with an “amnesia” that others have told him accounts for his inability to remember the twenty-seven years he has lost. In this new existence of time and place, Johnson has to work at making some sense of his life- and his past. He is haunted by spirits of his past, but he hopes that he can find a way to find worth and contentment in his life.  Then…another tragedy strikes.

Larry Higdon uses his experience as a grade school councilor to delve into the psychology of children and he also uses his knowledge and his writing tools to take us into the mind of an addict. The story flows along nicely and all of us can relate to the characters  in this book.

This story has an emotional appeal that will jerk your tears and enlighten you. This is a good first book debut for Larry Higdon and I can see more good works from this author in the future.

 

I give The Storms Of Deliverance 4 stars.

Please visit the author of this post: Tom Riddell: http://www.tomriddell.com/

Larry Higdon will be our guest on The Writers Lounge Blog Talk Radio Show on Monday January 20, 2014 at 7PM Central Time-USA.

 

The Silent Partner was written by Terrence King and published by Trafford Publishing in 2012. You may purchase it at Amazon.com/Kindle. Visit the author on Facebook.

By Terrence King

Homer, a misbehaving angel, with a tenacious attitude and a mouth that would make Gabriel cringe is sent back to Earth to help a struggling columnist publish a book that will save the world- or so God says. God has removed Homer from nine-hundred years of isolation for her bad behavior and given her this mission of extreme importance so that she may redeem herself but Homer, even after being in isolation for nine-hundred years, is still distrusting of God and she isn’t afraid to let him know it. Yet, it’s her job to find a way to get the book published- but there is one major obstacle: She can’t use her angelic powers to get it done. She has to play by God’s rule of free will which exists in a world of humans- who are seen by her as being violent, self centered brats. Even so, the fate of the world is at stake and Homer is the one who has to save it- and she has very little time to do it.

I enjoyed reading this book. The humor value is good as the interactions between Homer and God gave me more than a few chuckles but it also brings back all of those age old questions of why does a loving, caring God act the way he does? Even Homer, a God sent angel on a mission, has to endure living on the streets and sleeps at night in a cardboard box.

This being the authors first novel- I found it to be easy to read and the characters were likable and interesting. The only thing that kept the star rating hovering between a 3 and 4 was the slowness in developing the plot between a few of the main characters. I really enjoyed Homer a lot and looked forward to the story to swing back to her and her earthly adventures. The book gets better as you turn the pages and it especially delivered it’s best near the end.

I give The Silent Partner 4 stars.

Please visit the author of this post: Tom Riddell: http://www.tomriddell.com/

Terrence King will be our guest on The Writers Lounge Blog Talk Radio Show on Monday January 6, 2014 at 7PM Central Time-USA.

 

My Life Before I Decided To Commit Suicide was written by Jim Murphy and will soon be published through bookbaby.com. Visit the author HERE and help him achieve his goal of being a published author.

By Jim Murphy

Through the course of the last 2.5 years, I have reviewed over 50 books and through the course of the last 57 years I have probably read at least 500 books. In all of those years and through all of those books, there have been a few literary geniuses who were able to get a chuckle and a laugh out of me- and yes, a few have caused me to shed a tear drop or two- but Jim Murphy literally had the tears flowing down my cheeks. As the title would suggest, you’re probably thinking that these were tears of sadness and unrelenting anguish. On the contrary- I haven’t laughed this hard in years; and certainly not from a book! I laughed so hard my sides hurt. I think I pulled a muscle! Good job Jim!!

The introduction to this story starts out like this: I hung myself on September 11, 1978. The same day I was brought into this world twenty-four years earlier…” and then the author takes us through his life before that horrible day in 1978.

Jim starts off by telling us about his early life in Auburn, New York and describes, from a toddlers point of view, his adventures from back then. A defining moment of humorous horror for young James was when he was “.. sucked into child-eating chocolate quicksand..”. He fights and survives this ordeal and realizes at that point that he has super powers; just like his beloved dad.

There is a good amount of religious hilarity in this story and the author spares no congregation from his very unique and thoughtful take on who and what God is.   Whatever the case, he very lovingly refers to his parents as “The Virgin Betty and Bob The Father“.

From Auburn, New York the family finally decides to move to “The Valley” in Syarcuse, New York. This is where Jim learns to ride a bike dangerously and to involve himself in all of the naughty antics that young boys learn as they grow up- including smoking cigarettes for the first time and yes, getting caught by your dad.

Soon, with super powers still intact, his family makes another move just south of Syracuse to a small little community called Nedrow- or as many of its inhabitants like to affectionately call it: “Deadrow” or “Skidrow”.  This is where Jim finally learns how to turn into a bird and fly. He flies over the Onondaga Indian Reservation but eventually lands back down on the ground and his life moves on into his adolescent years. He recounts numerous stories as he grows up in Nedrow and one of the funniest is how he describes the birth of a very dear black friend of his who he occasionally fought with.

 

The Magical Birth Of Charlie Moore (An excerpt):

Charlie, like all of these wondrous creatures who hide their head, had no choice but to slide his head out and greet the day. POP! Charlie Moore was born. As instantly, Charlie’s mom began breathing gently and more deeply as the yellow light beams danced upon her pretty face. Her eyelashes were accented with a glistening pollen. It was a beautiful, magical birth. Charlie was born, his mom was fine; the only thing was, Charlie had this long, pencil-necked head with little curly black hairs on it. He wasn’t ugly or deformed to any great degree; he just had a super elongated football shaped head like the early Egyptians did. He was pretty cool looking. So out in the street you had a big fatheaded white kid fighting an elongated, squshheaded black kid.

 

This book will have you laughing and reminiscing about your own childhood years, but one has to consider this: IF Jim had been successful in his suicide attempt none of  us would have the opportunity to read this wonderfully and humorously told account of his life. But It isn’t just loaded with humor and wit. At the end there is a very serious message there for all of us. Don’t miss this one! It’s a great read and told with a style that you will never forget!!

Please help Jim to get this book published by going HERE.

*The author of this review grew up in Nedrow, New York.

I give My Life Before I Decided To Commit Suicide 5 Stars.

Please visit the author of this post: Tom Riddell: http://www.tomriddell.com/

Jim Murphy will be our guest on The Writers Lounge Blog Talk Radio Show on Monday December 9, 2013 at 7PM Central Time-USA.

 

The Godling Chronicles: A Trial Of Souls (Book 4) was written by Brian D. Anderson and published by Mythos Press in 2013. You may purchase it at Amazon.com/Kindle. Visit the author here: http://briandanderson.blogspot.com/

By Brian D. Anderson

This is the fourth book in the series so I won’t explain much that has happened in the last three books- only to say that as I said in a past review:  “..this reviewer predicts that people will be lining up at their favorite book seller in large numbers to see what happens to this highly likable bunch of characters.”   Gewey and his gang have not disappointed and my prediction still stands- with a staggering number of fans keeping the author busy at the key board. Brian D. Anderson has carved out another work of art with his latest installment.

With the battle of war surging all around him and his responsibilities to  keep his people and loved ones safe, Gewey finds himself maturing but he is also being forced to accept the fact that he is becoming much more than a human. It’s his destiny to be a God but will this drastic change cause a split between his friends and Kaylia, the elf woman that he deeply loves with all his heart and soul?  The battles that Gewey and his friends face will be pivotal in his goal to defeat the Dark Knight.

The author remains in top form in this one and we the readers will be waiting very patiently for book five- to see what happens next. If you haven’t already, I very highly recommend that you go out and buy the first three books in The Godling Chronicles series before you read this one. It’s a collection that you will be proud to have!

I give The Godling Chronicles: A Trial of Souls 4 stars.

Please visit the author of this post: Tom Riddell: http://www.tomriddell.com/

Brian D. Anderson will be our guest on The Writers Lounge Blog Talk Radio Show on Monday November 25, 2013 at 7PM Central Time-USA.

Everett Holmes: Sactuary Of The Damned was written by Erik Ekstrom and published by Vigilante Publishing Group in 2013. You may purchase it at Amazon.com/kindle. Visit the author on Facebook.

By Erik Ekstrom

I reviewed Everett Holmes: The Case Of The Forged Fingerprint Killer in March of 2012. Once more Erik Ekstrom brings back the eccentric and formidable detective  Everett Holmes who becomes involved in yet another horrific crime spree. The great grandson of Sherlock has spent the last ten years of his life searching for the fingerprint serial killer who was once his friend but all leads have dried up and an aging Everett drops further into drug abuse and his disheveled life style seems to be catching up to him.

Everett has been asked by the Chicago Police Department to consult in tracking down another serial killer who is brutally killing his victims at a very rapid pace. Despite Everett’s addictive demons and a flu that threatens to take him to the grave, he is as tenacious as ever in hunting down the demented and mentally warped low life who is playing God and judging his “sinful” victims and sending them to their deaths.

Erik Ekstrom has taken his writing skills to a higher level with this newest installment of the Everett Holmes series. The gruesome descriptions of the murders in this story will make you cringe and the forensic details are so very well laid out that it’s hard to believe that this is a work of fiction.  And above all else- you will find yourself rooting for Everett as he navigates all of the amazing and exciting twists and turns in this story.  Everett is a character that fans of Erik Ekstrom will want to see more of. This book is a solid work of very good writing and it’s a keeper!!

 

I give Everett Holmes: Sanctuary Of The Damned 5 stars.

Please visit the author of this post: Tom Riddell: http://www.tomriddell.com/

Erik Ekstrom will be our guest on The Writers Lounge Blog Talk Radio Show on Monday November 11, 2013 at 7PM Central Time-USA.