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April sample: Under the Nazi Heel

As we approach what would have been the hundredth birthday of my father-in-law and the subject of the Eastern Front trilogy, here’s a sample that describes life during the Nazi German occupation of Ukraine, 76 years ago.  Kalush, western Ukraine 1943 The first Friday night dance was held at the newly established Prosvita Ukrainian Reading […]

Sunday sample: Army of Worn Soles

This coming Thursday will be the centennial of the birth of the subject of my Eastern Front trilogy, Maurice Bury. To mark that occasion, I will publish excerpts from the three books in the series all week: Army of Worn Soles, Under the Nazi Heel and Walking Out of War. Most of them appeared previously […]

The best and the worst of D.G. Torrens

This post originally appeared a number of years ago when I hosted my blog on Blogger, and I’m delighted to re-present it to you here today. Bestselling author and blogger DG Torrens. Her blog, My Books and I, covers the writer’s experience as well as book reviews and previews of her own book (kind of […]

Sample Sunday: Dark Clouds

Here is a Sunday treat for you: the opening of the critically-acclaimed occult thriller short story, Dark Clouds. The Mandrake Ruse Matt always knew when his mother arrived in town: the wind would swirl from every direction at once, sending the neighbour’s weather-vane spinning clackety-clack and the yellow and brown leaves whirling along the road like a […]

Undrastormur: An independent book review

The best children’s books are those that also appeal to adults, and they do that by presenting characters with elements that readers of all ages can recognize in themselves. Undrastormur: A Viking Tale of Troublesome Trolls by Roger Eschbacher is one of those books. It continues the author’s oeuvre of middle-grade books based on ancient […]

Friday Nights Don’t Last Forever: Independent book review

Caleb Pirtle III has proven that he’s an original writer. His books do not follow the usual tropes and stereotypical genre tales, whether he’s writing mysteries, sports stories or anything else. He’s not a genre writer — he’s writing modern American literature disguised as genre books. Friday Nights Don’t Last Forever, his latest release, is an […]

Independent book review: The Bonding Spell

By M.L. Doyle Sometimes, a book is just a lot of fun to read. That’s usually because of the author is highly skilled with an engaging style that doesn’t let you go. My latest fun literary discovery: The Bonding Spell by M.L. Doyle, whose The Peacekeeper’s Photograph I reviewed last year. That Doyle is a […]