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Violet Black & the Curse of Camp Coldwater was written by Kevin Folliard and published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform in 2013. You may purchase it at Visit the author on Facebook

By Kevin Folliard

Violet Black is the 13-year-old daughter of the world’s most renowned paranormal investigator, and she’s about to face the most terrifying ordeal of her young life: summer camp! Fitting in is hard enough, but when a campfire tale about an ax-wielding demon turns out to be more than fiction, Violet and her fellow campers have bigger problems.  The investigation is on! With help from her new friends Hector and Kelly, Violet’s out to thwart the devious Happy Harry and become the most successful ghost hunter to ever enter 8th grade.

This story is perfect for Halloween time or anytime when you need a nice little scare to keep you thinking about what might be waiting for you in the darkness of the trees, beyond the boundaries of a campfires light. In the same flavor as a Nancy Drew drama and all of those wonderful teenage detective sleuths, Violet Black has to engage her investigative skills and ghost hunting experiences when she reluctantly heads off to summer camp. Her dad, a world renowned paranormal investigator himself, heads off on assignment while trying to convince his daughter that six weeks at Camp Coldwater will be good for her and a lot of fun; much different than the dangers she might encounter while tagging along with him on his investigations. Violet resists and argues about going to camp but she soon relents and accepts her fate.  Little does her dad or Violet know but the camp is haunted by a ghostly character named Happy Harry who made a deal with the devil to remain in high spirits and it involves killing innocent kids; so now Violet is forced to face all of the dangers that Harry has planned. Violet meets new friends and together they work to confront Harry- who happens to be more than just a campfire ghost story.

Kevin Folliard once again delivers his own unique brand of shivers and chills which will entertain and spook you during yet another Halloween season.  This story flows nicely as he expertly creates and delivers his readers to Camp Coldwater where you will feel like a kid again while meeting many of his interesting characters.

I give Violet Black & the Curse of Camp Coldwater 4 stars.

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Kevin Folliard will be our guest on The Writers Lounge Blog Talk Radio Show on Monday *October 28, 2013 (*If show is canceled he will appear on November 7th) at 7PM Central Time-USA.



Fireflies  was written by PS Bartlett and published by Mythos Press in 2013. You may purchase it at

However peculiar Ennis Whelan has been for the first six years of his life, not until the day he found the bird, did the degree of his strangeness become so tangible.

Dr. Owen Whelan and his wife Sarah, both Irish immigrants, have been living the American dream, as well as raising seven bright and expressive children. Their youngest Ennis, however, has since birth, been a bit of a mystery. Ennis was always small, meek and frightfully odd but there is so much more to him than anyone could have imagined. His sister Teagan grows increasingly suspicious of his behavior but their mother dismisses her claims, until the day he starts healing people.When Ennis ultimately reveals the gift of sight, he questions his father about visions of his past, including his voyage to America in 1844. Owen prayed he’d never have to share those tragic memories but he will share them, when he realizes he has no choice. Ennis’ life may depend on it.

Ennis has a gift and it begins with giving a sick or lifeless bird the gift of life and flight. The powers within him begin to grow and he moves on to healing friends, neighbors and family members as well as picking up on their thoughts, dreams and  life experiences. It’s an amazing ability that this 6 year old is blessed with and some are in awe of him while others are scared for what it all means- including his own mother and father who fear for what it is doing to their very young and innocent son.  The truth of the how and why will be revealed but not before a whole community is affected.

This is a story that will awe you, comfort you and give you a sense of a miraculous magic that is undeniably living within the world- if only through the natural wonder of a group of fireflies and a small boy. The author is skillfully able at weaving a story that takes place in the 1800′s; breathing life into a time that many have forgotten about. Through courtships, family gatherings and a strong faith in church and community the author takes us back to a simpler time when things were much different than they are today.

Throughout the story the question remains: what is happening to Ennis and why but I was pleasantly moved through the wonderful storytelling that touched on all of the characters in the book and their remarkable lives- and what it must have been like to live back then.

For a debut novel- this was a spectacular, magically filled reading experience that will stay with me for a very long time. I highly recommend that you experience this story. It remained solidly wonderful from beginning to end.

I give Fireflies 5 stars.


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PS Bartlett will be our guest on The Writers Lounge Blog Talk Radio Show on Monday October 21, 2013 at 7PM Central Time-USA.