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Review of Follow the Money by David Fuentes

4 stars!

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Hey, ya’ll! Still feeling really down, but I did manage to finish an audiobook last week, so I figured I could share my review with all my blog followers. (I think I’m up to about twenty followers now! Thanks everyone! I love you all!)

Anyway! Review Time!

I liked this! I listened to the audio version, which I highly recommend. the narrator was excellent & was definitely the highlight of the Audiobook. πŸ™‚

The stories follow different notes/dollars on their journeys throughout London and New York City. it was fun, but definitely not for kids. lots of swearing and adult situations! 

I found most of the tales pretty interesting. especially the very first one. that was my favorite. but sometimes it was hard to keep all the characters straight because there were just so many of them. but I did like the story overall. the very ending was really nice. πŸ™‚ I’ll definitely be listening to it again.

recommended to fans of audiobooks and crime stories.

Hope you liked the review! you should totally check it out! hopefully I’ll have another post/book review for ya’ll soon. Keep checking back, I promise I’ll get a writing update out here soon.

Bare with me. Depression sucks the creativity right out of me, but I’m trying. 😦 All your likes and follows really mean a lot. Seriously, I can’t tell you how much it means to me. πŸ˜€

Happy Reading, everyone! Love, Lennie. ❀

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Writing and Depression

Hey, guys. Bit of an important post today. 😦 I don’t remember if I’ve share it or not, but I suffer from clinical depression and anxiety. And when episodes creep up and hit me, it means my writing and reading, and just about anything else I love doing can just stop in its tracks.

I’m sorry. I wish I had some better news for you guys today, but I don’t. 😦

So, I wanted to have a new novella out around the 20th. “She Watches You Sleep” is my working title. I love the story and the characters, and I really REALLY want to share it with everyone. But it’s just not going to happen as soon as I thought. 😦 sorry, everyone. I want to write, more than anything. but sometimes, I just can’t.

Depression is a real thing, and it’s hard. I don’t know where the cliche that Depression makes writers better and more creative came from, but it’s a load of crap.

my depression doesn’t make me better at writing. it makes me not what to do anything but eat and sleep and cry. (And scream at everyone. anger creeps in at the weirdest times among the sad feelings.) then i feel guilty for feeling that way when my life isn’t bad. I’ll think about how there are people out there with “Real” problems, and I’m not one of them. I’ll think I should just suck it up and keep working. even though I know logically that I can’t help it. chemical imbalances and all that jazz.

Sometimes, I’ll try to force myself to read or write through the depressive episode, but it doesn’t work. nothing I write sounds good to me and I just keep hitting backspace and feel terrible that I can’t work. and this terrible awful cycle continues…

it’s hard. its just so freaking hard.

I want to write. I want to read. I want to do and enjoy the things I love. but sometimes I just can’t. sometimes I just have rough patches, and the only thing I can do is hang in there and wait it out. for me, my depression and anxiety problems are like being stuck on a rollercoaster. there are crazy ups and downs. And sometimes, I’m just stuck on the down parts.

I’ll pull through though. eventually, the depressive episode will lift. and I should be feeling better soon. it’s always darkest before the sun comes out, right?

until then? hang tight, my dear readers and followers. I’ll get something new out to share with you soon. I’ll try and see if I can get some reviews posted, but no promise.

Until then? Happy Reading, my friends. I love you guys. If anyone you all out there struggle with mental illness? I feel you. you’re not alone.

Happy Reading. Thank you for understanding.

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The Infected Manuscript (3 stars)

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This was an interesting short. I picked it up because it was a short horror story. πŸ˜€ Just my cup of tea. πŸ˜€ And it was free. I do so love free things. πŸ˜€ And because both zombies and authors going nuts as they get further and further is uber cool. it’s both frightening and cool at the same time.

the writing style was really nice, and I liked seeing our main character slowly realize how consumed he was getting with his work. (maybe there’s a good message about balance there for writers, huh?)

I think my favorite parts were the snippets of the manuscript itself. I’ve been on a bit of a zombie kick recently, so I really liked the zombie parts. I’d love to see a longer piece of work featuring Jon. πŸ˜€ I’d totally grab a copy of that!

I also loved the ending. It was a little sad but perfect. it really fits the narrator’s character arc. πŸ˜€

recommended for fans of horror shorts and zombies! I look forward to reading more by Julie Wenzel.

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Broken Fight Songs by Steve Howard

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Broken Fight Songs

byΒ Steve Howard

4 stars! I read this yesterday and forgot to post it! πŸ˜€ so! here we go! πŸ˜€

I liked it! πŸ˜€

I liked this! short stories are kinda my thing. Of course, as a short story writer, I’m a lover of the format. Short stories are just perfect for readers who love good stories but don’t have a lot of reading time. πŸ˜€ Each story had its own charm, but I particularly liked “Don’t Die over a Broken Martini Glass”, “Blood Stains in the Red Dust” and “The Big L” “The Big L.” that one was like a bit of fanfic drabble for “Of Mice and Men” right? because of the mice? it’s been years since I read the book, but I think I’m right. (I read it in a high school English class, and I remember really liking it.) Anyway! I really liked it. you could really feel the character’s pain in that one. Highly recommended for fans of short stories! πŸ˜€

make sure and check this story out! you can find it for download over on: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/broken-fight-songs?open=true

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Tiny Terrors is FREE!

Hello, dear blog followers! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

Sorry I haven’t posted for a bit. Depression mixed with Writer’s Block is a pain. I try my hardest, but some days are just plain harder then others.

I’m gonna pull through though! Don’t worry about me! And don’t worry, I’m done bumming you out! Anyway! I’ve got some good news for ya’ll! My collection of flash fiction, Tiny Terrors, is FREE for the next few days. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

I’m hoping all my free promotions will generate some reviews and ratings shared on Goodreads and Amazon. All I can do right? πŸ˜€

Here’s the link to it on Amazon, so make sure and check it out! And please! Remember to leave a review when you read it! πŸ˜€

I’ll try and post a review or writing update tomorrow! πŸ˜€ Until then? Happy Reading! Love, Lennie!

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New Spirit Finder Files Story is LIVE!!! :D

The Summoning of the Soul Stealer (Spirit Finder Files Book 0) by [Grace, Lennie]

What do you guys think of the cover? Not to shabby for images from KDP’s image gallery. πŸ˜€ Some day, I’ll be able to afford to buy professionally made covers. Until then I’ll be using the royalty free images from KDP and my own limited photography and Photoshop skills. (I think Tiny Terror’s cover has turned out the best so far. :D)

Anyway! I loved writing book one so much, I wanted to keep writing in the world. πŸ˜€ So! Here’s a 11,000 word short story set before the Shadow in the Swing. It tells you a little bit more about the Being! It’s pretty fun if I do say so myself. πŸ˜€

I’m also working on another novel in the series. my working title is The Child From the Closet and will tell how Joe and Nathen started their Spirit Finders group. pretty cool, huh?

Anyway. make sure you get this new one out!

Happy Reading!

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Review of Dark Web by Kelvin T.

3 solid stars! πŸ˜€ Well worth the read if you like Horror! πŸ˜€

Dark Web: A Short Horror Story

a teen who likes exploring the dark web bites off a bit more than they can chew. >:D

I liked it!

It was short, only about 16 pages, but I like short stories. πŸ˜€ especially horror ones. Kinda my thing. LOL. This is a fast, creepy little read, perfect for horror fans looking for quick stories. πŸ˜€ I liked the ending. I bet the author could do a lot with this idea. maybe a whole little series of shorts. that’d be neat.

recommended fans of short stories and horror. πŸ˜€ I picked my copy up for free on Kindle. So make sure ya’ll check it out! πŸ˜€ I’ll have another post for you tomorrow. πŸ˜€ Until then? Happy Reading!

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New Book is LIVE!!!

I am so freaking excited! πŸ˜€ That book on writing a book a week has really inspired me! So! Here’s a book for this week! I had a few micro fiction stories sitting around and I wanted to share them with everyone. πŸ˜€ So I fixed everything up, made a cover and here we are! πŸ˜€

Submitted it to Amazon yesterday & the e-book is ready for purchase. That’s right!

Tiny Terrors is LIVE everyone!

πŸ˜€ only $0.99 or FREE for Kindle Unlimited members! πŸ˜€ It’s a collection of 9 flash fiction Horror stories. πŸ˜€
So its a very fast read. πŸ˜€ Make sure and check it out! πŸ˜€

I’m really excited to share it with everyone, so I hope ya’ll like it! πŸ˜€ Happy Reading!

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Writing Update!

Hey, my blog followers! πŸ˜€ I’ve got 10 at the time of this update, and I couldn’t be happier! I hope ya’ll are enjoying my little book reviews and talks about writing. I know I have fun writing them. I started this blog because it seemed like a neat way to connect with and share my rambling thoughts with other readers and writers. πŸ˜€ And I really wanted my own website. But, finances being what they are, I can’t exactly afford to be paying to build one and stuff like that. SO! Free blog it is.

Oh well! Maybe someday I’ll get something a bit more professional looking. I’m dream write now is to become a full time write. Like, actually make enough money to contribute to my family’s finances without having to go to day jobs.

I’m not making much right now, but I’m coming along! πŸ˜€ I should be getting my latest check from Amazon soon and it’s a bit bigger than last months. πŸ˜€ and the next couple after that are getting progressively bigger. πŸ˜€ Not that anyone actually needs to know my $ business or anything, but my check for June should be over $20. I know, I know. It doesn’t sound like much, but it’s the best month I’ve had so far! And I’m getting decent reviews on my stories. πŸ˜€

I’m on my way! If I’m blessed enough to keep getting more readers/customers, my dream just might become reality! One can only hope!

And put in hard work. πŸ˜€ Can’t forget that! I’m a very firm believer in the whole “Hard work always pays off” thing. πŸ˜€

Anyway! I rambled enough! let’s get to my point. So, I know it’s later than I promised, but I’m finally given ya’ll and update on my writing. Sorry for the wait, lol. Life just gets in the way sometimes.

Last week, I read this fascinating little Kindle book called “Writing a Book so a Week: How to write quick books under the self-publishing Model” it’s part of the “Write Free Book series” by Alex Foster. I highly recommend it. It has a lot of good advice on how to use outlines and focusing your attention. I found the book really inspiring.

So, I had a couple of days off after I read it. And I really wanted to give some of the suggestions the book had a try. It really underlined how hard it is for indie authors to make any kind of money with only one or two books.

Which is were the whole “Book a week” thing comes in. Basically, the book talks about training yourself to use outlines and simple focused (but still fun of course!) plots to produce, well, a book a week. πŸ˜€ it reminds the reading that quantity AND quality are key.

Here are some of my favorite bits from the book:

If you want to be profitable, you must create quality in quantity.

Persistent writers who push through are the ones who make it.

You need to be consistent and persistent.

The book a week model scales well over time. There is no cheat or easy way.

Success as a Kindle writing is a long-term mindset. The goal is to sell high-quality books consistently over time.

And! My very favorite out of all the quotes I liked is this one:

There is a difference between a book written in a week and a book that takes months/years. A short, direct and to the point book completed in a week isn’t necessarily less valuable or less important than a 300-page, slaved over book that took a year.

That one is particularly important to me, since I believe what’s important is that the readers enjoy the books they read, not how long it took someone to write it. What’s it matter how long it took me to write something as long as I’m proud of it, worked hard on it, and someone somewhere out there in the world enjoyed it?

So! How’d my writing experiment go?

Well, I don’t know if I can write a whole full-length novel in a week, especially when you consider how long the editing part takes. But I think I can learn to reduce the time it takes to write a novel. πŸ˜€ and I can certainly get some short stories and novellas written in a week. the first drafts anyway! Editing it and making it ready for readers might take longer.

So! like the book said, first I focused on making an outline for a new story. then, I started writing. And… I had a really, really productive few days. πŸ˜€ I got out around 10,000 in just a couple of days in one story, a second novel in my Spirit Finders Files series. I added around 3,000 words to a short story and finished the second draft of it. And I have another outline for my latest novella ready to go so I can finish that first draft and 6,000 words started on that one.

Seriously! I feel majorly productive. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ proud of me! lol. ❀

but seriously!

I learned a lot from my writing experiment, and from the book. I really did! I have so many stories I want to share with the world. And I want to be a full time writer. With this book’s advice, hard work, and that determination, persistence, and consistency, I think I can make it happen. πŸ˜€

here’s the link to it if any other writers want to check the book out. πŸ˜€ I really recommend you give it a read!

Happy Reading, Everyone! πŸ˜€

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Review of Catterfly

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Cats are my favorite animal. I needed this in my life.

I saw this in one of my Facebook author groups. they were having a free promotion, so I figured I could grab it and give it a try. πŸ˜€ You might not be able to tell, from some of the messed up stuff I write and read, but I actually have a big soft spot for cute and cuddly things.

and what’s cuter than a kitty with butterfly wings? πŸ˜€

Some of the writing felt a bit awkward. :/ some of the rhymes didn’t flow well, especially when read out loud. but overall, it was a sweet story about celebrating differences. I really like that. πŸ˜€

but my favorite part was the artwork. It was bright and colorful and gorgeous! I adore Catterfly. she’s beyond adorable.

recommended for anyone who loves picture books. πŸ˜€ make sure and share it with a little kid! πŸ˜€

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Review For “Writing A Book A Week”

Writing a Book a Week by Alex Foster

In between my binge listen of the “Mountain Man” series, I picked this up. My dream is to write as a full-time job and make a decent living with it. I figured picking this up couldn’t hurt. especially since it seems that most indie authors need to produce a lot to get up a decent fanbase. :/ I got a long road ahead!

(I’m looking at you, Amy Cross! When I’m talking about producing a lot! over 100 books!)

It actually had some decent advice, so I’m glad I picked it up. It was well written, simplistic and easy to understand. I liked it.

I’m still not sure if I could actually write a long book in a week. Maybe a short novella if I really focus. But it’d definitely need a few rounds of editing afterward! /

Still!

This short little book has a lot of good advice I can take away from it. So that’s good. πŸ˜€ I can totally use the advice on outlining and focusing.

Recommended for all writers. Even if you just glance over it, it might help you. πŸ˜€

Happy Reading!

A Final Note!

I have a few days off of both of my jobs coming up. So, I’m think I’m going to hole up in my apartment like a little literary squirrel riding out the winter. I want to try and work on the second book in the “Spirit Finders Files.” I want to try out the advice in this book, see if it can really work. πŸ˜€ who knows. maybe I’ll get a decent first draft out of it.

Next tuesday’s blog post will be an update on my writing experiment. I’ll let you guys know how it went. Lol. Maybe I’ve unlocked the secret to self-publishing success in a random little free Kindle book.

Anyway! Happy Reading! Join me Thursday for another blog post. it’ll probably be a few reviews of the zombie books i’ve been reading. πŸ˜€

Love, Lennie!

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Zombies On The Brain! >:D

Sorry about the bad pun. I had to. Okay, I’m not sorry. I regret nothing!

Anyway! Surprise blog post time!

So… I recently decided that writing a story about zombies might be really cool to try. πŸ˜€ For my writings so far, I’ve done:
-werewolves
-haunted objects
-ghosts
-demons
-crazy killers
-alien invasion

an end of the world featuring the walking dead seemed pretty horrifying! Don’t know if I’ll put it the next volume of Spooky Shorts or if it’ll be its own Novella yet. But I do know it will be fun!

I came up with a basic idea for a zombie story. No, I’m not giving out details yet! I want it to be a surprise!

I decided on a cool title. Also not giving out that either!

Then I realized something pretty darned important…. I don’t know a whole lot about zombies. lol. I’ve watched “Zombieland” one of my favorite horror comedy movies. “High school of the dead” is one of my favorite mangas and animes. I’ve read a couple of zombie books. the first two “Rot and Ruin” books and “Mountian Man: The prequel” but other then just those few things? yeah… zombies aren’t exactly a horror element I’m familiar with.

ghosts? of course! Seriously, I can’t tell you how many epsodies of “The Haunted” and “Dead Files” I’ve watched. mystery/thrillers? I listen to a lot of those on audiobook. I’m not good at guessing who done it, but I love going along for the ride. I adore movies and books about haunted houses.

but zombies? not so much.

I mean, I get the basic idea of them. infections, reanimated corpses. brains. shot to the head. but as a genre? not a lot i’ve read and watched.

Well! I’m not letting my lack of knowledge stop me! I spent my morning off work researching zombies TV shows, books, and movies. I want to watch and read a whole bunch of different ones, so I can get a better idea of stuff that’s common and uncommon in the genre.

I started on Hulu. πŸ˜€ I watched an episode of mythbusters about zombies. that was cool. according to them, axes work better than guns, to fight off hordes of zombies. less time to aim. you just swing and hope you hit the head.

Then I found a TON of free kindle books about zombies so I could start reading different authors takes on this classic horror/science fiction monster. I downloaded probably 20 or so short stories, novellas, and novels.

I’ve got a couple of different zombie books on my Audible App now, ready for listening.

And I’ve got plans to watch a couple of zombie TV shows on Hulu. Fear the Walking dead is on the top of the list.

I figure if I’m gonna try and write a story about the undead, I should see what other stories are out there first, right? See if I can come up with something fun.

Anyway! I hope you had fun reading this!

Happy Reading! Love, Lennie! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

p.s. if anyone has any good recommendations on zombie books, shows, or moives, let me know!

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FREE DOWNLOAD!

Hello, Readers! My short story “The Broken Hearted Bride” is FREE on Amazon June 15th-19th! πŸ˜€ Just thought I’d make sure my blog followers know! πŸ˜€ I’m love more downloads. & reviews left on bookish sites! ;D

There’s the link, if you’re up for it! I also offer FREE and SIGNED Paperback editions of all of my books, if you’re into that sort of thing. (I know I am!) Just head over to my contact page and message me about it, if you’d like one!

If you read it, I hope you enjoy it! I really enjoyed writing it for you guys! πŸ˜€

Happy Reading! Love, Lennie! ❀

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The Gate Guardian’s Daughter! 4 Stars!

The Gate Guardian's Daughter by K.T. Munson

Darn it, Liam! I liked you! Anyway! 4 solid stars.

This was a wonderful short story. A great prequel. Fun enough on its own, but it leaves the reader with so many questions about what happens next, and about the world that’s presented to. You’ll just have to read the rest of the books! 

Which, I guess, is the whole point of a prequel. πŸ˜€ It certainly got my attention! 

“The Gate Guardian’s Daughter” introduces the readers to Elisabeth, a sheltered ten-year-old girl, who is a lot more special than she realizes. It’s a very good story, well written and creative. 

(And it has nothing to do with the story, but that cover is absolutely gorgeous!)

It’s a very fast read, which I love in a prequel. πŸ˜€ it’s like an appetizer. πŸ˜€ gets you hungry for more. And it’s got a wonderful line at the end, which I loved. Such a pretty quote!

“She cannot change what she is, only who she is. My only hope is that she will make the right decision.” If that won’t get you to read the rest of the series, I don’t know what will. πŸ˜€ 

Recommended for fans of fantasy and science fiction. πŸ˜€ 

P.S. I did notice that at one point, Elisabeth’s father called her Elsa instead of Elisabeth in my copy. It was the only typo I noticed. and it didn’t take anything away from the story itself (God knows my own books are full if them.) but it seemed important to note! It’s the M.C.’s name after all! πŸ˜€ 

Happy Reading! πŸ˜€

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Sneak Peek at a New Story!

Hello, my Loved Readers! πŸ˜€ I’m currently working on a new novella and Spook Shorts #2. πŸ˜€ For today’s post, I thought I’d share a very rough draft of the first part of one of my new shorts which will be featured in Spook Shorts Volume 2.

There’s probably a lot of typos and stuff. but remember, it’s a rough draft. πŸ˜€ I just wanted to share this with you all. πŸ˜€ work up a bit of buzz about my works. It’s also my first attempt at a present tense story, so I hope it reads ok.

Happy Reading! Likes, Comments, and Shares are love, ya’ll!

I Love The Screaming

Take a look into the mind of a very distubed indiviual as play with their latest toy.

Part 1: Now

The soundproof room in my basement is dark and dirty. The only light comes from a small, bare bulb hanging from the ceiling. The only way in or out is the door I have just came through. It only locks from the outside. Only I have the key. The room is mostly bare. There is a work bench along one wall, holding all of my toys. In the center of is a metal table And on that metal table, held down with chains, is a naked man.

It smells, this room. Sweat. Blood. Piss. Shit. Vomit. It all mixes together in a smell that can only mean one thing: Fear.

I love it, other people’s fear.

I walk forward slowly. Each step is a loud boom in the quite. He knows I am coming. The only other noises are the man’s ragged breathing and the dripping of liquid as he wets himself. The man hears my steps. His head turns towards me even though he can’t see me. A blindfold covers his eyes. It’s stained with tears, sweat, and blood.

The blood. That part is my favorite.

It makes me happy, when the blood begins to flow. Dark red staining flesh, dripping to the concrete floor. Its intoxicating, better than any drink.

He is crying, the man on the table. He is talking. No. He is begging. Begging and pleading with me, desperate to be set free. Fool. He should know by know he is never leaving this place. He’s to much fun.

β€œPlease… please…” his voice is a rasping croak from lack of water.  He is thristy, I know. But he won’t be getting any water now. He will only be given enough to survive. He doesn’t need it now.

Besides, my needs are more important. It is way he’s here after all.

I smile and run my hand over the man’s bare torso. β€œHello, my friend,” I whisper. β€œAre you ready to play?”

He flinches and jerks at my touch, like it burns him. I laugh softly. We haven’t even begun yet.

β€œPlease… Let me… go!” he pants out as he strugges. β€œPlease!”

β€œOh, but where would be the fun it that?” I say. I smile to myself as I move across the room to the work bench. What toys to play with today?

β€œPlease… I won’t tell… anyone.”

Of course he wouldn’t. He was never leaving. The man had been here for three weeks so far. He would stay until I had worn him out. Then he would go join the others. I don’t respond. I simply take one of the toys from the bench and return to the table. His breathing is panicked. He thrashes wildly.

β€œPlease! No more! No more! No more! No more!” His voice is high and shrill as he babbles.

I tilt my head to the side. I don’t like all this. I want him to scream. I raise the toy I have chosen for today’s session, a fishing knife. Slowly, I run it over his skin. He goes stills and stops talking. He’s barely breathing. I smile.
β€œAre you ready to play?” I repeat.

His lips quiver as he tries to say the word β€œNo.” No sound escapes.

β€œAre you going to scream for me?” I ask. It’s a retorical question. He tries to keep the screams in whenever we first start. They all do. They don’t want to give me the pleasure of their screams. But I always convince them in the end.

I look him over critically until I find just the right spot, a large patch of skin on his upper arm. It’s dark purple from a bruise I gave him a few days ago. Purple is a nice color, but I do so prefer dark red. I grip my knife carefully in my hand. And I begin to cut.

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The Broken Hearted Bride is Out Now!

Hello, Dear Readers! It’s Tuesday! And I am so excited to share news about my latest story with you. πŸ˜€ It’s a stand alone short story, about 37 pages. It’s sort of a mix between crime thriller and physcological horror. The story of a woman who finds out her husband to be is cheating. So she decides to get some revenge. On the wedding day.

Yeah. >:D I think it’s pretty cool, if I do say so myself. πŸ˜€ though I might be a bit bias. lol. Anyway, both the kindle version and the paperback edition are available on Amazon. πŸ˜€ And to get a bit of interest in it going, I thought I would share the first chapter of the story with my blog followers. πŸ˜€

Cool cover, huh? I made it myself. πŸ˜€

Anyway! Here’s chapter 1!

1: An Unexpected Text

We need to talk.

It was all the text said. There was no follow up and no explanation.

Something this straight forward and out-of-the-blue must have been important. Susan didn’t want it to be something important.

She saw it late in the morning after she had woken up a bit. She was enjoying a nice cup of coffee with salted caramel flavored creamer and scrolling through her emails when she finally noticed the text icon at the top of her smartphone’s screen. 

She tapped on it and was surprised to find the four-word text from her cousin Tom.

We need to talk. That was it. It had been sent very late at night, around one-thirty. She must have checked and rechecked her messages to see if that was all.

It was. This couldn’t be good.

Tom and Susan weren’t very close. He was several years older than her, and despite their parents’ efforts to get them to spend time together as children, they simply hadn’t clicked. They were friendly though. They saw each other at church every Sunday. They chatted at the family get-together’s. They liked and commented on each other’s Facebook posts. They exchanged Christmas cards. If they saw each other at the grocery store or the post office, they hugged and chatted for a few minutes. But their relationship didn’t go far beyond that. They didn’t hang out at each other’s houses or go out of their way to spend time together outside of church of family events. 

To be perfectly honest, Susan had completely forgotten that they had one another’s phone numbers. They almost never texted or called. The only time she could remember him calling her was when a great aunt neither one of them liked had passed away, and he had been asked to call her and pass along the news.

If he was actually texting her… she wasn’t sure what exactly it meant. But she knew she didn’t like it.

For several hours, Susan tried to ignore it. She tried to go about her day like she normally would. But the text gnawed at the back of her mind all day long. Until, at last, she couldn’t stand it anymore. She responded.

Why? She sent back. Then after a couple of seconds she added, Is something wrong?

He responded in less than a minute. He must have been waiting for her to finally answer. Not something we can talk about over text or call. Can you meet me for coffee or something?

Susan frowned at the texted conversation, then at the clock on her living room wall. It was nearly five. Her fiance would be home from work soon. They were supposed to have dinner and wine and watch a few episodes of Deadly Woman together. It was their favorite show.

But Tom texted her. He’d waited for her to answer.

Is it really that important? She sent, hoping it could wait until tomorrow.

Yes.

That one simple word seemed to glare and yell at her. She hated it.

Fine. Where and when? Susan swore softly as she hit the send button. Then she went to hunt down some shoes and her car keys.

Head over to Amazon and grab a copy if you wanna know what happens. πŸ˜€

OR! If you’d a FREE and SIGNED paperback edition of this short story, I’d be more than happy to mail you a copy. πŸ˜€ All that I ask in exchange is an honest review left on Goodreads, Amazon, your bookish blog, or any other social media you might have. πŸ˜€ Reviews are super important for both the author and readers. πŸ˜€

Authors, because it gets some exposure for our stories out into the world. And for readers, since so many new readers look to reviews to see if they want to read a story. πŸ˜€ If you’d like one, just head over to my contact page and leave me a message. πŸ˜€ I’m constantly online, so I’ll get back to you really soon. πŸ˜€

Anyway! Hope you enjoyed this post! πŸ˜€ join me again on Thursday for a new post! πŸ˜€ Happy Reading, Everyone!

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Review of Friends: 3 stars!

Friends (A Short Story)

Friends (A Short Story)

byΒ Mauro Neaus

What appears to be a man that loves life, his job and seems to have no real problem of his own, nor any problem with anybody turns out to take a grim turn.

I don’t have any big updates on my writings today, so I figured I would share another review of a book I’ve read recently. this one is Friends. A really short horror story. πŸ˜€ my kinda thing.

It was a little rough. I did notice a couple of awkward sentences. And maybe a typo or two, but nothing major. Just the standard little errors you see in a lot of self-published stories. πŸ˜€ (the book gods know, my own books have their own share of typos and errors.)

I didn’t find the errors annoying though. And it didn’t take anything away from the tale. Because the story itself was enjoyable. The author really shows some real promise!

here’s my thoughts I left in a review over on Goodreads.com as soon as I finished the novel last night. πŸ˜€

Short but good!

Short, interesting, and highly disturbing. I really liked this. As a writer & lover of short horror stories, I enjoyed this. 😈 the creep factor builds subtly, then really packs a punch there at the end. 

I want a sequel though! I want to find out what happens to the main character and his friends.Β 

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The Shadow in the Swing

MY FIRST NOVEL!!!! πŸ˜€ I’m so excited!!!!

This scary story, began life as a challenge to myself to see if I could finally write a whole novel. Not a short story, novella, or a fanfic. (I’ve written some really long fanfics, but those will never see the light of day!) I wanted to write a whole novel, something between about 40,000 words to 50,000 words.  It took much longer than I thought it would, but I’m really proud of myself. Roughly 47,500 words of spooky fun!

This novel became so much more than I first planned. The working tile was The Empty Swing. At first, I was set on it being a standalone book. But as I continued to work on it, I saw that this was only the beginning. I realized that Storm and London’s supernatural experiences were just one case out of many that the Spirit Finders investigated.

As I continued to work on this novel, questions kept popping up in my mind. Those questions, I realized, would make for some pretty cool, and hopefully, frighting stories!

That camping trip that Judy mentioned? What happened on it, and why was it so scary? Why did Nathen start the Spirit Finders? Where did Joe’s note come from? How did Ellen and Arnold learn they had gifts? What got Judy to join the club? How did the soul snatching demon get stuck in that park?

Those questions led to plans for more stories and books for my little group of ghost hunters. And so, Spirit Finders Files, was born! The Empty Swing became The Shadow in the Swing. Why the name change? Honestly? I just thought it sounded cooler. And I came up some titles for more the series and thought The Shadow in the Swing fit in better with them.

Keep on the look out for more books in the Spirit Finders Files series. These characters have captured my imagination, and they’re not letting go anytime soon.

Happy Reading!

Love, Lennie Grace.

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First Review For My Blog! :D

Dyrwolf

pretty cover, huh? πŸ˜€ This is a fantasy novel, by my Goodreads friend, Kat. πŸ˜€ it was awesome, so I figured I’d share my review here on my blog as well as over on Goodreads and Amazon.

Here it is! πŸ˜€ 4 stars is my rating! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€


Creative and beautifully written! 😁 (& The cover is awesome!) This was a really good book & I very much enjoyed it. I liked the main character, the world the author created, but mostly I loved the writing! It was just so pretty. Wish I could write like that! 

Highly recommended for fans of fantasy.

Happy Reading, Everyone! πŸ˜€

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Free Kindle Book!

Hey, guys! Thursday’s post is pretty late, lol. since its technically Friday morning. Sorry. my day jobs keep me super busy most days. I’m still posting it though! just a couple hours late.

Anyway! It’s the middle of night, so I’ll keep it short. I just wanted to let ya’ll my book Darkness and Bloodshed will be available for free in the kindle store from now through the 27th. πŸ˜€ Just thought i’d let you all know. πŸ˜€ I’m trying to get it a bit more exposure and attention, so I figured a free promo for a few days might help.

πŸ˜€ I’ve already gotten three or four new downloads, so I’m super excited about it. πŸ˜€ If ya’ll do get it, read it, and enjoy it, please! Don’t hesitate to check out my other works!

Tuesday’s post should be one time! I promise! Happy Reading! Love Lennie!

4th of July Treat! FREE BOOK!

Hello, my dear readers and blog followers! πŸ˜€ I got a present for you! The Kindle edition of Deadly Games will be FREE on Amazon from July 4th through the 8th! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

It’s a pretty good little ghost story, if I do say so myself. πŸ˜€ And I’m really excited about the free promotion! πŸ˜€ Make sure and grab a copy! πŸ˜€ and of course, don’t forget to share a review when you finish reading it! I hope you like it. πŸ˜€

Here’s the link to Amazon! Happy Reading! πŸ˜€ Don’t forget, if you’re more into paperbacks, I can also send out free review copies of any of my books. Message if you’re interested!

Happy Reading! and Happy 4th of July! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€