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By Jim Allen

Nothing Is As It Appears- It’s All Smoken Mirrors was written by Jim Allen and published by Page Publishing Inc.  in 2014. You may purchase it at


Jim Allen, in this book, takes you on a wild ride through some of the greatest tragedies in American History. With the evidence and logic provided, the reader can come to their own conclusions as to which events exhibit cover-up and conspiracy.­

This book demonstrates that information the general public receives through media sources is often biased and manipulated in content from higher sources.

It’s a fast, easy read and will probably have a profound psychological effect on the reader. It will leave you with an imprint that “nothing is as it appears, it’s all – Smoken Mirrors!

Jim Allen is just another conspiracy theory nut, or is he? If you go anywhere online or offline and mention the subjects that he outlines in his book, you will most likely find someone in the crowd who pushes to the top of the conversation with a swagger and dead on certainty that we are visited by aliens, that the J.F.K assassination wasn’t accomplished by a lone gun man, that the weather is controlled by our government, that 9/11 did not happen the way we are being lead to believe and our monetary system and the wars we fight are not being run the way most of us believe either. We may spend a little time listening to this person and politely nod, say “yeah” and tip our drink to him as he prattles on but then in mere minutes, that can’t come fast enough, we’re back to talking to others about our lives and whether we should pick up cat food at the store or wait a few days. In the mean time this person walks away scratching their head in frustration- wondering if anyone really listened to what he was saying…  This person could very well be the author of this book.

I have said and many more have said that when you are approached by a person with a topic or comment that you don’t know too much about, like how do UFO’s fly and what really happened to that building in Oklahoma City in 1995, do some research!  The problem is…WE DON’T HAVE THE TIME! Which also makes the case that we will suck in and believe or not believe most of what people say today without researching it. Take the bombardment of political ads we see on TV today. For example: Out of 100 people, after watching 30 minutes of political ads on any given day- how many people will sit down and research even just one of them? Think about it…

And this is why we shouldn’t discount Jim Allen and what he is telling us in his book. Sure, the market is flooded with conspiracy books these days and it makes us go ho hum, another one?  Jim Allen has information that I have not seen published before. It’s well worth the read. It will make you think! It’s an easy to read book that will give you another view of these subjects that he talks about. Remember, it is about our history and our country. We should Listen, at least, to what the author has to say.

I give  Nothing Is As It Appears- It’s All Smoken Mirrors 4 stars.

Please visit the author of this post: Tom Riddell:

Jim Allen will be our guest on The Writers Lounge Blog Talk Radio Show on a date to be announced in November.



By Kevin Folliard

Valentine Terror Tales was written by Kevin Folliard and published by Amazon Digital Services in 2013. You may purchase it at Visit the author on Facebook.


Presented as romantic precaution, these fourteen frightening tales of love gone awry will put the chill on any date night. From demons and monsters to criminals and creepy crawlies: nothing is deadlier than the human heart.
For all those moments of relationship woe, these stories of treachery, mistrust, and blind passion will remind readers of all ages that singlehood is safety.

Valentine Terror Tales is a compilation of 14 stories of love gone wrong or love gone spookily and hauntingly right for those of us who hunger for a good scare at this time of year or any time of year.  As I read his latest collection of shivery tales, I realized that this author is still able to entertain at a very high satisfying level.  Being a writer is one thing but being a writer and a good story teller are important skill sets which work hand in hand in producing a book that leaves you wanting for more. Kevin Folliard has definitely delivered in Valentine Terror Tales.

All of the stories in this book maintain a level of interest that will keep your trembling white knuckled hands glued firmly to this book but I did have some favorites that stood out more than the others.  Instructions On Love was an extremely interesting story about Cupid with a different ghoulish slant of course. Bright White Light was another tale of special interest to me- so much so that I would hope that the author might consider the subject novel material one day.  Just a little bit lower on the rating scale: Blind Date was so quirky good it left me wondering:  How did the author come up with this one!?  Love Bites, The Better Half, Karma and Tease also held favorite lofty positions in this review.  

As a reviewer there are some aspects of these books that are hardly ever mentioned but should be. In this case, the illustrations within the book are extremely well done and the cover is exceptionally well done and very attractive to the eye.  The cover alone helps to take the stories within to another level. The saying goes: “You can’t tell a book by its cover” but with this book, you can. The content within is just as pleasing and fun to read as the cover is to look at.

Kevin Folliard is someone who would be great to have to tell stories around your campfire but if that’s not possible, buy his books including this one. You definitely will not be disappointed.

I give  Valentine Terror Tales 5 stars.

Please visit the author of this post: Tom Riddell:

Kevin Folliard will be our guest on The Writers Lounge Blog Talk Radio Show on Monday October 27, 2014 at 7PM Central Time-USA.

By Elaine Chissick

Ties That Bind  was written by Elaine Chissick and published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform in 2014. You may purchase it at the author on Facebook.


As the only daughter of an Italian family living in America, Alexandra Dinapoli has everything she could ever wish for, except what she really wants. Leaving everything behind, Alexandra moves to the City where she bumps into Gabriel Harland, an enigmatic Chief Assistant DA but their love affair is cruelly cut short when someone from Alexandra’s past surfaces in Gabriel’s life, threatening to reveal what she has tried so hard to hide. Will a relationship forged in a moment of panic spark a love that will conquer all? Ties That Bind is an erotic story of romance, told from both sides.

Everyone at some time or another has day dreamed of how we might run into the love of our lives. Fate has a funny way of revealing itself. When Alex literally runs into Gabriel on a city sidewalk hot coffee flies and almost immediately a hot steamy love affair begins. But secrets are kept and the relationship falters. Will the passionate erotic love return or will it be lost forever?

The author of this tale paints a wonderfully detailed story between two people, their families and their beautiful and affluent surroundings. The story flows very nicely and the characters in the story are believable and interesting to follow. Details of place and body movement; especially during the erotic scenes in the story are amazing and breath taking. The emotions will pour over you in this one so be prepared. The only flaw I found in the story was a lack of conflict in the first 25% of the book. But conflict picks up after that making for a very interesting read. This is the authors first novel and her skills as a writer in this first attempt is to be highly praised- it’s just a beginning to a wonderful future as a writer and accomplished author.

I give Ties That Bind 4 stars.


Please visit the author of this post: Tom Riddell:

Elaine Chissick will be our guest on The Writers Lounge Blog Talk Radio Show on Monday October 13, 2014 at 7PM Central Time-USA.