A Review of Out of Season by Antonio Manzini

Out of Season by Antonio Manzini is a thriller novel as chilling as its snowy cover.  The book begins with a well-described and seemingly random event, more complicated under the surface.  Manzini gives the reader a detective who has personality and humor.
The scenes intersperse for vivid effect between the case as it exists and the true aim of the main character’s course.  The result is dramatic and arresting.  I would recommend Out of Season for readers in search of a well-woven crime thriller.
The writing has its own unique flavor, to boot.

A Note on Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II

The worlds of Batman and the TMNT collide in this richly drawn and well-crafted graphic novel.  To the credit of the authors and artists, this collision is rather seamless.

One of the pleasant surprises in this book is the way classic characters (Splinter, Mr. Freeze) work their way into the story.  Most notable in this use of characters is Bane.

The art is unique, the story works well, and I most certainly recommend this book — a wonderful graphic novel.

Three Questions with Author Erik A. Otto

1.What are you reading now?

I am reading Light of the Stars: Alien Worlds and the Fate of the Earth by Adam Frank. I was drawn to it by an interest in finding thought provoking non-fiction and a historical background of early space exploration. I’m also reading The City and the Stars by Arthur C. Clarke and The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin.

2.What are you writing now?

I am finishing a short story called Transition, which is about family, what it means to be human, and the challenges of interplanetary expansion. I am also editing a trilogy called A Tale of Infidels, which is a fantasy series about prejudice and the distortion of truth (due out late 2018 or early 2019).  In parallel I have begun fleshing out ideas for a sequel to Detonation.

3.What advice would you offer young writers?

I believe good writers aren’t born; they’re made. Your first works will likely be lacking and the response will almost certainly be discouraging, but keep at it. Find people you trust to give you feedback that…

Three Questions with Author Raymond Springer

What are you reading now?

My only reading now is B.V. Larson, Rogue World. I really enjoy space exploration science fiction.

What are you writing now?

I am currently editing the 3rd in my Dawn of The Awakening while at the same time writing the next in the series.

What advice would you offer young writers?

My advice to authors is to keep attending workshops, classes - both in classrooms and online - and read, read, read. Learn what works and what doesn't, what you like and dislike in both popular authors and not-so-well-known, of which you would be surprised the skills they employ in the craft: skills which big authors have long lost because they have deadlines, editors, publishers and fans who place unrealistic expectations upon.

Three Questions with Author Tina O'Hailey

1.  What are you reading now? I am reading three books:

Caught in a Web by Joseph Lewis (when on the treadmill),  The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos by Brian Greene (before bed), Guns of the Dawn by Adrian Tchaikovsky (on back porch)

2.  What are you writing now?  

I'm working on a prequel to "Absolute Darkness" titled "Alexander" and a short story with the characters Brandy and Susan from "Absolute Darkness" for a friend's anthology centered around a mysterious valley. That work is untitled as of yet. I'll post that one for free on my blog when I've finished it.

3.  What advice do you have for young writers?

Read. Write. Repeat. Don't stop. Don't worry about if it is bad. It will be at first. Then maybe it won't all be bad. Then you may start to find some nuggets of goodness.  You're going to hate it. You're going to be sick of yourself and your own words. Find inspiration. Then repeat…

A Note on Excerpts from an Unknown Guidebook: Phases of the Moon by Josef Bastian

Phases of the Moon is all the things a book for youth should be.  There are relatable protagonists, mythyical plot elements, and sound pacing.  The book can also be read and enjoyed by adults, an indication to me that the story works.

I would gladly add this book to my classroom bookshelf and it would have been a recommended choice in my middle school classroom.

Coming Soon: A New Poetry Collection by JD DeHart

Check out this YouTube video for information about a new poetry collection, soon to be published by Dreaming Big Publications:

Reposting an Interview with Author Anlor Davis

This interview of mine appeared in the blog of Love Serving Autism (, "Specialized Therapeutic Tennis Instruction for Individual with Autism Spectrum Disorders".  In my book there is a picture of me playing tennis with a wooden racket!

I started playing tennis around age 5, due to my father’s lifelong passion with it. When younger he had played with the “Four musketeers” of French tennis, who dominated the game in the second half of the 1920s and early 1030s. (Henri Cochet, RenĂ©Lacoste, Jean Borotra & Jacques Brugon). When I was a child Papa was a tennis instructor in a small French provincial town located by the seaside, Les Sables d’Olonne. It is no surprise then that I picked up the game, the surprise is that I very much took to it.

My favorite tournament was the Spring tennis league for adult women, in which as was allowed to play as a teenager. I really enjoyed being in a car on the way to another town’s tennis club with the other four a…

A Review of Dark Nights Metal: The Resistance

It's always exciting the read the new directions that the DC creative team takes with their properties.  As I've probably mentioned before when reviewing their titles, my childhood favorites of The Batman Adventures and the Elseworlds books come to mind. 

Dark Nights: Metal is a full-blown epic, not just a one-shot, and Resistance is an essential volume.  I read several of these books as individual issues, but the uninterrupted reading experience and attractive nature of these collection volumes work well.  Be prepared to be blown away by a story that is creative and draws you in, inviting new visions of old favorites.

A Review of A Festival of Ghosts by William Alexander

A Festival of Ghosts is an engaging story with clever illustrations that brought to mind Ray Bradbury's The Halloween Tree.  This is a well-written book that would easily makes its way into the ready hands of young readers.  As an adult reader, I also enjoyed the text.

I can see this book being a quality reading choice for personal libraries or school bookshelves.  As a former middle grades teacher, I would gladly use this book with that age group, or readers who are slightly younger.  The book is accessible and William Alexander writes that dialogue that keeps the story moving and captures the imagination.

The book is due in August and my unbiased review is based on an advance reader copy.