Numbers, Numbers, Numbers!

April 24, 2017

Review of 100 BY 100 by ML Kennedy

by Amanda McSweeney       Reviewer Rating: 4.5 Stars       selected

100 by 100 is exactly that: one hundred stories, each one hundred words long. They tend toward the speculative or strange, often with a twist in the final words. Within these hundred words, author M.L. Kennedy creates universes both hilarious and horrific, sometimes both. Each story feels like a fun-sized candy bar. They’re indulgent and fun. Though you might want a little bit more, ultimately, you’re satisfied. With a hundred entries, you would expect some of them to be hit or miss. While there are a few themes that are overused or twists that don’t quite stick the landing, they are in the minority. Most of the stories are lean, not wasting a word as they set the scene, build the tension, and ultimately resolve.


Review of HARVEST OF EVIL by William Lehman

by Bill Kieffer       Reviewer Rating: 3.5 Stars       selected

One of the most marvelous things about this novel, is how the prose reads like the observations and experiences of a detailed orientated cop without actually feeling that it was written by a cop who writes up so many reports that it’s second nature. I certainly got the feeling who John Fisher was, even if he’s not someone I’d be buddies with. Of course, part of that is I like my were-critters to be sexy. Cool. So, if you are looking for Anita Blake like Weres, John Fisher isn’t one of those.


Author Spotlight: J. Lynn Else

J. Lynn Else is a history buff and ancient Egypt geek. Her book, THE FORGOTTEN: ATEN’S LAST QUEEN was named an Indie Editor’s Choice book by the Historical Novel Society in 2016. Her latest release THE FORGOTTEN: HEIR OF THE HERETIC is now available via Amazon.com and delves deeper into the story of Akhenaten and Nefertiti’s family.



Is 30 the New 60?

by Renee Miller      

As a reader, I used to be VERY anti-novella. I mean, I want the most bang for my buck, so give me ALL THE PAGES. Right? Not exactly. I used to think an entire story couldn’t possibly be told in less than 50,000 words. In fact, many novellas I read “way back then” didn’t feel finished.




Current Sales and Giveaways

This week’s sales include NEW DAWN by Attila Orosz, for 99 cents on Amazon: “Can freedom exist, if being human is a privilege?”



Pitch Perfect Pick Winner

Over the last month, our top submissions were put to a vote. This one came out on top.


PIGMENT

Votes: 8

“You can’t kill a ghost.” Young American Aliya Scott travels to Tanzania to help children with her condition. There, people without pigment in their skin are called “zeru-zeru,” it means “ghost,” and they are believed to possess magical powers. When Aliya goes missing, her father sets out on a mission to find her. Will he reach her before it is too late?



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