The Red Gate Review.

The second book of my weekly review is The Red Gate by Richard Sutton. The writing in this book deserves 5 stars alone.

If I were to categorize The Red Gate, I’m not sure if I could do it with only one choice. It is a family saga paired with historical fiction. Usually, I’m not a big fan of certain time periods, but Richard Sutton sent me to the rain filled world of Ireland. The descriptions made me feel the weather around me. The sunlight, the drizzle, and the lone coast of the O’Deirg family farm.

The story is told through the perspectives of a few different characters. Some of them made me squint my eyes in disgust due to the absolute conniving ways, but Finn O’Deirg made me root for the family even more.

The Red Gate focuses on a mysterious relic found on the O’Deirg farm. Inhabited by Finn and his Father, they drive into the nearest town for a supply run. Finn takes the charm with him, and mistakenly runs into a self-absorbed Professor that will do anything to get his name ahead. As Finn asks questions about his find, the Professor’s real intentions are revealed. With a subtle romantic storyline going on in the background, and a surprise twist at the end. I highly recommend The Red Gate if you enjoy intriguing plots and beautiful lyrical writing.

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I’m so happy with the cover of Small Town Unwound: A Dr. Delta Grayson Novel. It should be available on Amazon, Smashwords, and at Barnes and Noble in the upcoming week!

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I finally took aside the time to amp up the blog some. I got links posted, and edited a banner. Hopefully, y’all think it looks much better. I’ve been out of touch for the last few days only because I took an impromptu trip to New Orleans. Ate good and pondered over a sign on Bourbon Street. Big Daddy’s Live Acts of Love. I mean surely that’s not legal, is it?!

I had a blast and celebrated Small Town Unwound: A Dr Delta Grayson Novel being sent to the ebook coders. It should be available for Kindle and Nook readers in the next week, at the latest, in two weeks. If you love vigilante killers that take care of business, you’ll enjoy the mindset of the main protagonist. It is also set in the town of Leighton, Alabama, so it has all the Southernisms in a true fashion.

As some of you from Twitter know, I got a real hatchet job review on Amazon. For those of you that haven’t checked out Bullets, Bourbon & Brass, don’t let it detour you from reading. It has gay themes, drinking, violence, and a whole lot of shooting, but it’s noir in every fashion. If you enjoy these types of reads, don’t pass this novella up. The complete novel is in the works for those of you wanting more Jackie-Daddy Dawson.

Book reviews are pouring in, and I love it! I will be answering e-mails and getting back to you guys this week. Stay tuned for the next review, which is Richard Sutton’s The Red Gate. It should be posted at the beginning of next week. I’m thinking about adding an author interview section as well. Would you enjoy that? Leave me some feedback so I know what the readers/authors would like.

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Shadow of a Dead Star (Wonderland Cycle) Review

This is the first installment of many more book reviews to come. Each week, I plan on posting a thread of requested reviews. I’ve got a lot of promising reads coming up, that I look forward to checking out! Also, check the blog for authors I’ve discovered in my weekly search.

Michael Shean has a new life long fan. Anything with his name on it, I’m going to pick up a copy! His imagination ceases to have an end in Shadow of a Dead Star (Wonderland Cycle). It is cyperpunk with a noir twist that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Agent Thomas Walken has spent his life trying to believe in humanity. Over the span of years, he is slowly trusting in his famous instincts to solve cases that involve new, synthetic drugs made from human juice. Over time, a new cult-like following emerges for special, microchip constructed Princess Dolls. These children are found from the streets of Seattle, including Old City and New City, and programmed to perform lude/cruel acts on their owners.

Before Walken can get to the bottom of the Doll situation, he is thrust into a world he can’t even imagine. New discoveries lead to infinite twists that kept my brain spinning through the entire read. Even when I tried to guess the culprits, I was dumbfounded when learning the various discoveries. The twists in this book are unbelievable and every tiny detail counts toward the big picture.

For a read well worth the money, check out Shadow of a Dead Star. It will keep you guessing all night!

Check him out, he’s the real deal. I know I wasn’t disappointed!

Look for more blogs throughout the week, including more books, new author sections, and my own take on all things writing, editing, and reviewing.

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I’ve learned over the last six months that it is becoming a chore for me to find new authors. It’s not that I don’t search all over Amazon and Smashwords; it’s that I can’t get passed the cracks all these big names leave. When I browse a certain name, no matter what I’m running into James Patterson. Not really, but you get what I’m saying.

I’ve decided to post a book review once a week on my blog. Then transfer it into Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, and

All book genres are open because I love reading everything in general. If you’re interested in having your book reviewed, leave a comment here or shoot me an e-mail.

I may even think of some interesting questions, and add an interview to the end of the review.

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Editors vs. Writers

Editors vs. Writers

I know that before I was introduced to the world of editing, I thought I was waging a war consisting of anxious waiting that would lead to a one line denied e-mail. All editors claim ‘send us stories, send ’em, we need your talent, we can’t make this magazine without you.’ Without a doubt those words get you inspired. Until some months later when an e-mail pops up saying it ‘didn’t fit the publication’.

As a writer, that’s a part of riding the literary wagon. Until a few months ago, I had no idea what an editor truly did. Read stories? We all know that. A perfect job in our eyes, but some of you don’t realize that’s ninety percent of the day. Reading for hours and hours on end. Being sure that you read this story only yesterday. So much work passes through hand after hand only to have the Chief Editor turn it down. I had this idea to make sort of a help blog to mingle editors and writers. Let y’all see behind the curtain.

After you send a submission… What really happens?

Taking time with a piece of work is what editors do best. Dissecting the parts we would change, the parts we love, or maybe the whole thing is junk. Even though I am new to this world, some things grabbed my attention instantly. As assistant editor, I read through the first of the first, but I can’t deny anything. I spend time making notes for the head of the magazine. ‘Great read. Entertaining.’ Even when something is filled with grammatical errors, I finish the manuscript that is still passed on to the higher ups. I used to think when my e-mail or query was opened… I immediately received the denial or acceptance. In truth, it usually goes through two or three hands before the decision is made.

If it has a spark and an unbelievable twist… the acceptance may (usually not) come early. With my writing, I had a lot of things that made it to the top of the pile, but were denied when stories came through that had that extra zest. But, do we ever really know our story almost made it? No, the same letter goes to everything that’s been denied, but my advice to all the writers out there is to not think the denied e-mail is your last chance with the publication.

Politely thank the editor for taking the time to read your work. Think about it, an 8,000 word story takes a big chunk of time to read. Especially, when it’s been passed on to other hands. So, if that nasty denied letter comes, don’t hesitate in replying. Who knows, the editor may explain a little more in detail that it was a close run, but your punchline needed work. Even then, they may tell you to send another story or prose for your polite gesture. This happened to me three different times with the same story ‘Heroes Are Hard To Come By’. It just wasn’t right at any place I was trying to send it. So, I sat at the computer, and really tied myself down to reading through some journals I’d never heard of. I finally found ‘Dew On The Kudzu’. A perfect Southern home for a Southern story. It was accepted within 8 hours of sending it off.

Most magazines, e-zines, and journals don’t bring in any money. If they can’t pay the writers, they sure can’t pay the editors. Most of these people do it out of the love they have for the written word. They aren’t against you. Always remember to follow up on a story. Who knows, it could have been loved by the entire staff but wasn’t quite right for the publication. It’s not the end of the world by any means. Never give up on a story… just find the right place to send it.

This list is genius. It will certainly help find a place suitable for what you’re trying to send. Who knows, maybe even a home for your work…

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