Persistence of Memory , a review

Persistence of MemoryPersistence of Memory by Winona Kent

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Note: I received a copy of this text in exchange for an honest review.

When you sit down to read this book be prepared for a light hearted look at accidental time travel, unexpected romance, a well-envisioned and researched glimpse into the past, and a liberal dose of humor across the board.

This was a fun read that kept me turning the pages, waiting to find out what happened next … or previously … depending on how you perceive the time spectrum. Charlie Lowe, an introvert who happens to be from current times but might as well belong to a bygone era some two hundred years ago for all her intimate knowledge of Stoneford Village where she lives, accidentally manages to travel back in time via a computer virus and quantum mechanics. In the course of doing so she switches places with an ancestor with almost the exact same physical likeness, a Mrs. Catherine Collins. Both women are widows of five years, Charlie losing her husband in a car accident and Mrs. Collins’ husband to a loss at sea.

This switch plunges Charlie straight into her family’s history. A near-expert on her genealogy and those of the families living in Stoneford Village, Charlie swiftly adapts to the change in time, assuming the identity of Mrs. Collins for the sake of ease. Her adaptation is queerly aided by the mysterious presence of a Wi-Fi signal transmitted by the village’s Great Oak, received by her Smartphone which has made the trip with her (but she has no charger, nor is there electricity anyway) – a precious anomaly that enables her to stay in touch with the future and her cousin Nick, a quantum physicist.

This switch also transplants the real Mrs. Collins from 1825 to 2013 but because she looks exactly like Charlie no one believes she’s actually someone from the past. Nick and Charlie’s family think she’s gone on a mental vacation after vandalizing the office of Reg Ferryman, one of the brothers currently trying to bulldoze the village in order to build high priced housing, etc. The truth isn’t realized until Charlie makes contact with Nick via cell phone and a two hundred year old Wi-Fi transmitter.

I loved the back and forth of this book as we hop from Charlie’s perspective in the past to Nick’s perspective in the present. Kent explores the potential for paradox through Charlie’s hesitancy to meddle in the affairs of her forebears only to discover that (LOST fans will relate to this) “What happened, happened.” It’s only a matter of understanding the how and why events occurred the way they did, and being able to witness it first-hand puts much of Charlie’s knowledge into perspective. It’s in this first-hand witnessing that Charlie has the opportunity to make right several wrongs (without tampering with facts as recorded two hundred years in the future) and make a profound and personal connection with her ties to the village.

Mrs. Collins (the real Catherine) had me cracking up at every turn. Her naiveté is charming; she’s almost like an overgrown child thrown into the middle of a world she can barely imagine let alone understand. Technology is naturally a wonder to her but she embraces it, quickly becoming addicted to reality television, music played on an iPod, imbibing a pot brownie, etc. One might question the ease at which she adjusts but Stoneford Village hasn’t changed much in two hundred years. The buildings remain the same; it’s only the people (and technology) that are different.

There’s a great mystery in all of this time travel, the resolution of which brought about a pleased satisfaction. Charlie’s unexpected romance with Mr. Deeley is a rewarding element, helping Charlie heal from the loss of her husband. Winona Kent delivers a well rounded novel in Persistence of Memory. Well worth the read, I recommend it to anyone looking for a light read that doesn’t take itself too seriously but is still chock full of historical fact woven into wonderful storytelling.

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Delectable Things: Special Edition is laid bare to the world

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Today in celebration of Valentine’s Day, the All Authors Family is coming together to present you with the Official Book Release of …

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Here is a little bit about this work.

Blurb:

Satisfy your appetite for spicy sensuality and provocative plots with these dishes of erotica.

Main Course:

Delectable Things

Sabrina can’t believe her ears. The man she’s been fawning over for far too long now has completely turned on her, leaving her with nothing. Sabrina decides it’s time to get up and get away.

Taking a long over due trip far away from her bane, things steam up really quickly and Sabrina discovers all of the Delectable Things that life has to offer.

Dessert #1: Simmer

Sweet

It is said that confession is good for the soul. Does it still ring true when circumstances are complicated? Kesha has finally come clean. She has let Teresa know about her feelings. The only drawback is Teresa’s engagement to Chris. Teresa is forced to make a choice between Chris and Kesha. The fallout will be nothing less than a fire of simmer sweet.

Dessert #2:

Handy

Darbi has had her share of bad luck. She is unexpectedly in job purgatory and has no chance of ever getting a promotion. Her online dating profile sat months without any responses. Why should she continue?

As she signed on to delete everything entirely, three responses catch her eye. All are different but each has something about them which makes Darbi want to meet all three. Ade appears to be the guy next door. Boyde looks like a supermodel. Choise looks like the rugged type.

When all is not what it seems, Darbi has concluded that her lovelife is mating with her job status in purgatory. Will anything come in handy to turn her luck around?

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Why read Delectable Things: Special Edition?

There are a variety of reasons why, but we’ll focus on just three of them.

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Author Synful Desire is a proud representative of the LGBT community. As so she eloquently and honestly puts it, she writes “Literature for  unorthodox romantic situations.”

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There is nothing about Synful Desire’s approach to erotica that says “Slam, bam, thank you ma’am“, she writes her stories with depth of character and intensity of plot. There is a realness to her contemporary fiction that brings the reader in and envelopes their psyches. The erotic aspect is just a plus.

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Once you’ve read Author Synful Desire’s work, you’ve immediately become a fan—LGBT or otherwise. She writes erotica for the masses, and her approach is unparalleled. It is a well balanced mixture of literary elegance and in vogue indulgence.

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So, why wait any further? Go pick up your copy of Delectable Things: Special Edition today and read it until your sinful desire has been quenched.

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Get in TIGHT with Allessandra Torre

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I was happy in my small town. In my life as a single, thirty-two year old woman. I had a good job, wonderful friends, my independence.

I also hadn’t been laid in three years. Hadn’t been on a date in two. Had stopped counting calories and wearing makeup… a while ago.

Then Brett Jacobs waltzed in. Caressed my thigh, dug rough fingers into my hair, lowered his soft mouth to my skin, took sexual control of my mind and stirred it all around with what he packed in his pants. He flipped my quiet life upside down and crawled into a place in my heart I thought was dead.

The issues?

His secret.
Her.
The fact that I don’t even know she exists, and he thinks she’s dead.

Everything is about to hit the fan and I can’t hold on to him tight enough.

Please note: this review is based on an advance reader copy provided directly by the author and publisher.

Allessandra Torre never fails to deliver on erotic hotness, soaked panty-reading fiction. I think it’s in her blood. She just knows sex and how to write about it. Born to it, for it, to write about it. What I love about her is that she weaves unexpected stories around the eroticism and in TIGHT she makes good in keeping with tradition.

I’m not a reviewer that includes spoilers so prepare to be disappointed. What I want to talk about is the hype of this book being a rewrite from an original short titled Still. I must be one of the rare few of Ms. Torre’s fans that haven’t read it and after reading TIGHT I’m glad I didn’t. I had a fresh eye to the characters and dynamics between them, to their relationship and its development. I loved what I read but have to admit Brett Jacobs initially reminded me of Torre’s Brad DeLuca of her Innocence series. They share that air of intrigue, wealthy and sexually dominant male. However that’s where the similarities stopped. Brett Jacobs is a whole ‘nother kind of man entirely.

It was easy to picture Riley’s hometown of Quincy, probably being like the Alabama version of the mountainous region I live in. She’s an easy character to get to know, to relate with and to invest in. Riley isn’t the “perfect” woman (whatever that is), but pleasantly rounded in both figure and personality. It’s believable when the small-town thrill at her new boyfriend and relationship starts to wear off. Torre draws the status difference between them clearly, using it as a source of Riley’s insecurities among the many others that plague her throughout the story.

What I didn’t see coming was the twist in all of it – the incredible whallop of plot veering that set off that brakes squeeling, screeching to a halt and then peeling into reverse: did I read that right series of sounds in my head. I thought holy literary muses where does this woman get her ideas? From that point on in the reading I was riveted. I couldn’t put the book down. I just had to know, had to see how it all played out. I’m happy to say I wasn’t disappointed. The conclusion left me sated on a variety of levels and breathless with appreciation for yet another work of art.

Allessandra Torre does the genre justice and gives her readers unique, quality storytelling amidst some of the steamiest yet eloquently described erotica. TIGHT is another addition to the growing list of books the world ought not to miss.

Today is the official release for TIGHT! For the next week (as of this posting on Feb 7, 2015) it’ll be on sale for $2.99 in all digital formats.

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The Hardest Thing … was putting down this book!

The Hardest Thing in This WorldThe Hardest Thing in This World by Nicole Eva Fraser

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


*Note: I received a copy of this text in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.*

Written and told from the perspectives of three women in a family of four, The Hardest Thing in this World is a more-than-worthy read. From page one I was engaged and riveted, absorbed in the writing and the story that unfolded. I simply could not put this book down until I finished, gobbling it up in voracious chunks. I even spent several lunch hours nose-to-Kindle, not even able to go 8 hours without needing to read just a little bit more,need to know what happens next!

Frasier has a beautiful eloquence to her style that enraptures, amuses, and stings like a bruise deliberately poked for that delicious zing of wounded nerves reminding us we are alive and feeling. She brought these three characters to life – Melody (the mother), Kayla (the elder daughter), and Renee (the younger daughter) with such raw honesty that I couldn’t help but relate with each of them.

In the reading I was periodically reminded of another favorite, Wally Lamb. In The Hardest Thing in this World we’re introduced first to Melody in a foreshadowing of events to come and then quickly cast back into the past to pick up where it all began. This is a story about family and how each perspective differs from the next yet still harmonizes with the rest. Frasier throws in an unexpected but wholly appreciated dash of paranormal, giving us the appearance of Renee’s ghost at the forefront of the story. The paranormal element continues throughout although often as a low-key background noise to the otherwise raucous adventures and misadventures of these three women as they navigate their way through life without any guideposts or maps to lead the way.

Frasier pays homage to family dynamics, unafraid to show the ugliness that can sometimes happen behind closed doors, or its ultimate effect on a family already so individually divided. Each character’s voice is unique as is their perspectives, with Melody and Kayla’s perspectives delivered in first person; Renee’s oddly different in third person. I wondered at this difference for much of the book, only realizing why when Renee has her first dissociative break in college. This seemed to me a stroke of genius writing, and this was my overall thought as I devoured this book start to finish. Frasier just has this way of putting sentences together that left me breathless and a more than a little envious of her talents as a writer.

There are no negatives to this read – only one slight discrepancy that might have just been a typographic error but Sebastian’s brothers are listed as the same age but not stated as twins, both being thirty five.

It might be understatement to say that I
thoroughly enjoyed this book
and as such I bestow a much-deserved rating of 5 stars. Frasier is a talent ne’er to be missed!

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Delectable Things by Synful Desire gets a cover reveal

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Not many literary morsels can compare to the tasty treat that is  “Delectable Things: Special Edition” by Synful Desire. Today we are pleased to host this cover reveal on her behalf.

Let’s talk about the scrumptious delicacy that is “Delectable Things: Special Edition” and why you should give it a bite:

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You get THREE—that’s right, THREE—entire stories for the price of ONE.

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Delectable Things: Special Edition” is a compilation of 2 Novelettes and 1 Short Story.

Disclaimer: This book is for ADULT audiences only.

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Blurb:

Satisfy your appetite for spicy sensuality and provocative plots with these dishes of erotica.

Main Course: Delectable Things

Sabrina can’t believe her ears. The man she’s been fawning over for far too long now has completely turned on her, leaving her with nothing. Sabrina decides it’s time to get up and get away.

Taking a long over due trip far away from her bane, things steam up really quickly and Sabrina discovers all of the Delectable Things that life has to offer.

Dessert #1: Simmer Sweet

It is said that confession is good for the soul. Does it still ring true when circumstances are complicated? Kesha has finally come clean. She has let Teresa know about her feelings. The only drawback is Teresa’s engagement to Chris. Teresa is forced to make a choice between Chris and Kesha. The fallout will be nothing less than a fire of simmer sweet.

Dessert #2: Handy

Darbi has had her share of bad luck. She is unexpectedly in job purgatory and has no chance of ever getting a promotion. Her online dating profile sat months without any responses. Why should she continue?

As she signed on to delete everything entirely, three responses catch her eye. All are different but each has something about them which makes Darbi want to meet all three. Ade appears to be the guy next door. Boyde looks like a supermodel. Choise looks like the rugged type.

When all is not what it seems, Darbi has concluded that her love life is mating with her job status in purgatory. Will anything come in handy to turn her luck around?

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Without further fuss, we would like to present you with the Cover of “Delectable Things: Special Edition” by Synful Desire.

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Excerpt:

“Girl, I can’t believe he did that shit!”

Sabrina was now on the phone with her friend, Rachel. This day was one of the worst days of her life. She couldn’t believe she had gotten fired and the behavior of Mr. Torrance. He was using his personal feelings to try and justify this decision. The thing that pissed her off the most was that Veronica had set out to ruin her.

“Yeah, I can’t believe it either. Especially Veronica. The bitch had me on tape! I couldn’t say shit to defend myself!”

“So Sabrina, what are you gonna do?”

“Find another job; what else?”

“I mean, do you have enough in your savings to cover the rent? I know the place you are in now is hella expensive.”

“I got enough back in my savings for another four months or so, but after that, I’m going to have to find a new place to live.”

“Well love, you can always move here.”

She and Rachel had talked about this before. Sabrina knew that Rachel had feelings that went beyond friendship. As much as she loved Rachel as a friend, she didn’t have feelings for Rachel that extended past that point. This was why she would usually reject Rachel’s offers for help. However, her back was up against the wall.

She knew it wouldn’t take long before word got back to her father, if it hadn’t already. Her father would not be pleased, since he pulled some major strings for her to work at Joynt Enterprises. It would hurt her greatly if her father’s business got negatively impacted due to her fallout with Mr. Torrance. She didn’t know if she’d be able to face him or if she could live with her father, given the circumstances.

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Review: Scafidi’s The Anchor that Stopped the World

The Anchor That Stopped The WorldThe Anchor That Stopped The World by Agostino Scafidi

My rating: 1 of 5 stars


Note: I received a copy of this text in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

I was excited to start reading this book. With a title as bold and presumptuous as The Anchor that Stopped the World I thought for sure I was going to jump into a literary stunner.

I could not have been more wrong.

It is evident at the onset of the text that either Scafidi submitted his rough draft instead of final product or that he was just an awful writer. The text is plagued by tense changes, passive voice, needless character building (there’s a whole chapter dedicated to the back story of a thug who gets killed by his mob boss), and atrocious punctuation. In addition the formatting of the file I was sent (.epub) looked as if it had been some other file format originally and run through a program like Calibre. There were no paragraphs, only two lines of text followed by a blank line, repeatedly.

There is a story here but not much of one. Scafidi introduces us to a main character named Martin Rizzo but gives us no back story on him until close to the end of the book. There is no explanation as to how Martin is able to perform the physical feats he accomplishes in killing several people throughout the story. I spent most of the reading wondering when and if there was a point to any of it, as I slogged my way through poorly written internal dialog, completely unnecessary physical details, and building of characters that were short lived and entirely unimportant to the plot. There finally came a point where I believed I was reading an outline of a story, since it reads much like the notes I make for my personal work – one of a man unexpectedly drawn into mafia conspiracy. His friend is killed as part of a cover up of illicit mafia activities caught on tape and Martin decides to exact his revenge on the mafia family responsible.

Honestly, I was relieved to finish it and only did so in order to provide the requested review. If this is the author’s final edit and release, he should reconsider his chosen profession or enroll in some writing classes in order to develop and hone his suspect talent. The work I read is nowhere near novel material or worthy of the label.

I give this story a rating of 1 star as being quite possibly the worst thing I’ve ever read.

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Musings: Creativity is a Sanity-Preserver

Confession time: I haven’t been writing as much lately as I’ve claimed. I fell into a funk, avoiding words because the projects I was working on just weren’t coming together as fast as or the way I wanted them to. Additionally I’ve had a lot of things going on in my personal life that weigh heavily on me. Rumination on things I can’t change or worry about impending events has taken up more of my time than creative endeavors and that’s never good. Depression is hard on the soul.

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I’ve put my novel-work on hold while ideas percolate. Novel writing for me is a slow process, mainly because I am a perfectionist and want all the details right before I start writing, but most of the time the details are what’s slow in arriving. I also dislike having to rewrite something. I put a lot of effort into getting things right the first time and am not averse to editing or rewriting, but I prefer to create and move on to something new. It’s a fault, I’m sure.

A couple of months ago I submitted two erotic short stories (Nature’s Touch, and Caffeine) for consideration in the same anthology, and both were rejected but with encouragement from the editor to answer the next submissions call. Naturally, it was a disappointment but I don’t like to dwell so I immediately wanted to move on, considering expanding the two short stories into longer short stories (they are each around 4200 words) for submission elsewhere. I even tried expanding Caffeine but it just didn’t feel right. I couldn’t get the original vibe back that I was feeling when I originally wrote it, so have just decided to leave it as is and submit where and when appropriate at its current length. I’m pondering turning Nature’s Touch into a series of shorts since there’s a market with a particular publisher that I think this one would fit nicely into. I’ve just been incredibly lazy about doing the prep work for the proposal and submission. I know, tsk tsk, shame on the lazy writer! Time to put the pen to the grindstone (but wouldn’t that ruin a perfectly good pen, and I am so particular about my pens)!

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last week I decided to start something new – a longer short story for eventual submission to yet another anthology. The inspiration came out of nowhere (or somewhere, but I haven’t figured out what the source of all my inspiration is or how it comes about) and the style of it is different from what I usually produce. I like a lot of “show” vs “tell”, as evidenced by some of the work I’ve already self published, but this new project has become an exercise in balancing the two elements, “telling” the extraneous to focus on the immediate but give the extraneous its due accord. It’s been rather enjoyable to flex the stylistic output and explore a longer format that lets me delve into story more so than action. I have yet to title this new one, also a difference since I usually title things first and write to the title, and delaying titling has allowed me a lot more freedom to take it where it wants to go and not where it needs to just to fit a pre-ordained idea.

In starting this new project I realized that avoiding writing does nothing to alleviate my funk. In fact, it was actually perpetuating it. This makes sense since writing is my outlet – different than journaling (which I’ve been doing a lot lately). Creativity distracts, or maybe just refocuses the energy. Instead of ruminating I am processing, turning the darkness to light. It transports me away from everything that weighs me down in reality. My problems mean less when I inhabit someone else’s skin, think their thoughts, and feel their emotions. It is a blessed separation. Sometimes I get tired of hearing myself think about all the same old problems that never seem to get resolved.

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My characters are a haven, an escape inside a brain too active and sprawling for its own good. I feel safe exploring them, given them the emotions I can’t express, the thoughts I don’t want to share as me. My characters allow me to confront the issues that haunt me, inexpressible in the here and now, in my voice, because I don’t have the answers to my current dilemmas but they might give me clues just by solving their dilemmas.

I know they’re all my voice in truth but the distinction is important.

So sometimes it’s not about the content as much as it is the act. Turning one part of my brain off to engage the other is vital. Denying my creativity only deepens the depression. I need the escape, especially now with all this life bs hanging over my every waking moment. The escape helps me cope, helps me buffer. It’s a life-line, a sanity-preserver.

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So I wonder then: why do I let go of that life-line all the time instead of clinging to it? Do I want to drown in my sorrows, become lost in the darkness? Why is there so much dread in approaching the act (of writing)? If I am only writing for me (but, to be honest, I never just write for me; I always want someone to read it) why must it all be so damned perfect for me to feel satisfied, to reach catharsis? The only answer I can come up with is that I despise repetition; redoing work I already spent so much time completing. I want to write it and be done, move on to the next, and let someone else deal with everything that comes after. It all feels so overwhelming taking it all on oneself in self-publishing – all the work a publisher would do under contract, but I fear relinquishing my stories to someone else’s control. I’m invested in my work, in every story I write. I fear I can sell something only if I completely separate from it – make it not mine in my head. I have a hard time comprehending how to do this so I drag my feet in submitting, afraid to let go.

I want to be successful but I’m also afraid of what that means – the work entailed to get my name out there, or the emotional strife that comes with sending my proverbial babies out into the world under someone else’s control. Don’t change my words; I worked so hard to get them just right! Don’t change my style; I’ve put so much time and energy into honing my output! Take me as I am; show me how to improve without taking away from what I have already done. Is there a publisher out there that will work with a stubborn story-mama like me? I know of one, All Authors Publishing and Promotions. Actually I have an in with them since I work pro-bono under their umbrella for their All Authors Magazine, but due to no fault of their own I’m even hesitant in submitting and/or selling my work to them simply because I’m still figuring out how to let go.

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Starting this new project has helped pull me out of my funk and brought back my excitement of writing. For awhile there I lost the excitement and the drive that propelled me to finish She Will Become. It’s slowly coming back, through sheer persistence in the act which leads to enjoyment of and satisfaction with the content. I guess the key is not to avoid exploring the emotions that plague me but to dive into them, let them teach me about myself and help my characters grow and become people in their own imaginary right. And, not to worry so damned much about what comes after the story is finished but instead enjoy the process of getting there.

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Review: My War With Hemingway by James Charles

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My rating: 3 of 5 stars

My War with Hemingway follows Zach, a post-Iraqi and Afghanistan war veteran hounded by his experiences in the wars and the aftermath of such violence. True to the blurb, Zach contemplates suicide while on leave, still active duty and haunted by the losses he’s suffered, and is visited by a man calling himself Stein. This man turns out to be Ernest Hemingway and turns out to be a consistent character in the book, preventing Zach from committing suicide and setting the stage for the rest of the drama to unfold.

I spent the vast majority of the book wondering about Stein/Hem’s purpose in the story – how Zach continually meets up with him, often in foreign countries, and physically engages with him. Since Hemingway is clearly dead, and Zach knows that, he too is clueless about how it all works, or why he sees Hem at varying ages and at different stages of the writer’s life, and rarely in a linear time fashion. He simply comes to accepts and then comes to expect and depend upon the recurring visitations.

I also wondered about the title. What kind of war was waged between Zach and Hemingway? I’m still not entirely sure, thinking perhaps a greater familiarity with Hemingway’s life as a man, husband, author and a coterie of other titles might have served me well in understanding the psychological symbolism Hem played for Zach.

This isn’t to say I didn’t enjoy the book. Putting all my questions aside, I was quickly drawn in by Zach’s character and the first person point of view. Not an alcoholic or combat duty war veteran myself, Charles writes with such intimate description and familiarity that personal experience is unnecessary in order to relate to Zach and his struggles. Charles brings Zach to vivid emotional life and transports us along as his main character tries to do right for so many others yet can’t seem to stop drinking, or recognize that the alcohol is the biggest reason for his continual downward spiral. I enjoy a book that allows me to emotionally connect with and understand a character even if they come from an entirely different walk of life, and this book did that for me.

I also have to say I wasn’t satisfied with the ending. While overjoyed at romantic reunions, I found the ending rushed and wrapped up a little too nicely, directly contrasting the lengthy struggles Zach went through. Charles gives us a succinct conclusion; offering up details in the manner of catching up an old friend by glossing over the gory details of a hard life lived, explaining all of Zach’s troubles away through psychological terminology and diagnoses. Even with these diagnoses and a fairly good layman’s understanding of them, I had a hard time digesting and accepting Zach’s motivations for abstaining from alcohol and the truncations of his treatment and efforts at establishing and maintaining his sobriety due solely to the truth of why his beloved Jessica left.

This is an unfortunate read for me. While I enjoyed it, I feel like I missed the point the author was trying to convey, particularly if that point extends beyond an unabashed intimate look into the mind of a war veteran suffering from PTSD and alcoholism. For that I applaud the author for such a raw, candid perspective. What fell short for me was the intimate association with Hemingway and what parallels Charles was trying to communicate in this plot device. This may have nothing at all to do with the author himself or the writing, but, again, a lack of familiarity with Hemingway.

On an editorial note, there were quite a few editing misses.

Page 37: I’m glad they didn’t (missing word, take?) his leg; they gave him a new titanium knee.
Page 39: A Moment (why is this word capitalized?) later the buzzer sounds and I open the door.
Page 57: “Okay. I’ll see (missing word: you) Thursday.”
Page 95: “Your (you’re) conflicted.”
Page 97: We tear one another’s closes (clothes) off.
Page 97: I kiss her belly and explore her with my tongue, her moaning so load (loud) I worry someone will hear and I’ll get evicted.
Page 110: “America did not either. (missing end quotation)
Page 123: I stoke (stroke) her hair and shake my head.
Page 125: “Mug you? “(misplaced quotation mark)You’re joking?”
Page 139: “Some nut shot up a convenience store and is hold up (holed up) there with hostages.”
Page 140: “What’s you (your) name again?”
Page 163: I hail a cab and pay a huge fare to JKF. (JFK)
Page 189: In one dream Sergeant Evans lied (lay) in the middle of the Baghdad street snoring.
Page 193: I shoot Dale a glance, but he has already moved on to the other girl on the another (other) sofa.
Page 201: I’ve see (seen) her too.
Page 208: I received a few job offers, including one in Pittsburg (Pittsburgh) and one in Baltimore,
Page 239: “You’re the one know (who) needs this.”
Page 290: Of course loosing (losing) Jimmy and the others didn’t help.

On a more positive and closing note, this book did pique my interest in Hemingway’s works and life, so bonus points make up partially for what was missing for me.

I give My War With Hemingway 3 stars out of 5.

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It’s official! Concordant Vibrancy is out now! Get your copy!

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Welcome one and all! Thanks for joining us today in the celebration of the release of Concordant Vibrancy: Unity, An All Authors Anthology.

Concordant VIbrancyBlurb:

All Authors Publishing House, a subsidiary of All Authors Publications & Promotions, is pleased to present its first short story anthology, Concordant Vibrancy .

Concordant Vibrancy represents the interweaving of unity and uniqueness through the eyes of eleven incredible writers. Through the array of genres, all of these talents share a phenomenal love of writing which aims to leave imprints in the reader’s imagination.

Short stories in this collection:

Butterfly Mask” by Nicola McDonagh

Messarii’s Blood Hunt” by D. John Watson

Seven Days” by Harmony Kent

Touch Me” by Andrea Houtsch

… and we” by Adonis Mann

Til Death Do Us Part” by A. Lopez Jr.

Coalesce” by Da’Kharta Rising

Her A to Z” by C. Desert Rose

Lester’s Release” by Synful Desire

The Authentic Snap” by Queen of Spades

Alma’s Unsung Angel” by Y. Correa.

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What makes Concordant Vibrancy Different than most Short Story anthologies?

It was best described by Y. Correa, the Founder of All Authors Publications and Promotions …

Excerpt of Concordant Vibrancy:

Once upon a time I sat under a large and old tree—the tree was surrounded by many others like it, all of them contented with one another. I marveled at the wave of wind that passed by, which like an invisible tide drew past the trees making the leaves on them swish like the perfect choreographed symphony—first one, then swiftly and smoothly the rest followed in suit. It was an inspiring thing to behold.

I thought …There is no better demonstration of unity than that of Mother Earth. She teaches us that all things are connected—the heavens to the earth, the earth to the ocean, the ocean to the heavens—round and round it goes, dancing without squabble in absolute unison. It truly is a beautiful thing to see.

In addition I pondered … As the matter of fact, the bigger picture is that the entire universe is connected. Whilst our planet is the size of a marble in comparison to the enormity of our universe, that by no means makes us any less valuable. She, Mother Earth, depends on the universe and vice versa. Could you imagine the impact on our solar system if just one planet became misaligned with the rest, just the smallest bit askew? We would all feel the repercussions of that micro-movement. The surface of earth would spin out of control, ravaging humanity with a cataclysm of natural devastation.

And so, I thought further, and said to myself, “Does humanity not realize the impact they have between one another? Do they not see that one action of strife can cause a wave of destruction?”

While it is true that I do not know you, I know this; you and I are linked simply because we are inhabitants of this planet.

Why do I say these things? Because unity was the foundation of the establishment of All Authors Publications and Promotions.

A year and a half ago a thought occurred to me, it was “Why are authors competing with one another? Why can’t they just work together?” Now I’m certain that I was not the first person to think that way, and certainly not the first to act on it, but I did see that while some authors were trying to work together they were doing it in a way that rivaled one another. It was around that time that the idea of the All Authors Blog Blitz crossed my mind. I’d done some research on Blog Blitzes, their use and aim, and I thought, we can all do that together. We can create a tidal wave of recognition if we just work together. What I did not expect was all that would follow after the All Authors Blog Blitz. In less than a year’s time, All Authors Publications and Promotions was born. A place created by an author, for authors, trying to establish unity in this market.

In time the All Authors Magazine was born, then All Authors Graphic Design, then the All Authors Certificate of Excellence, and many more projects.

Some people ask me why I chose the name All Authors. Well, that’s pretty self-explanatory, it’s because we advocate all authors, and try to reach all readers.

So, like leaves on a tree, we are all connected.

Mother Earth, the best example of unity mankind has.

Today, marks the historic event of the RELEASE of Concordant Vibrancy: Unity, An All Authors Anthology. In commemoration of this wonderful day we’ve decided to give 3 lucky people a chance to win a Paperback Copy.

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Cover Reveal: Concordant Vibrancy, the All Authors Magazine anthology

Cover Reveal

Welcome!

Today we are happy to present you with the cover of

Concordant Vibrancy: Unity, An All Authors Anthology

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Before we show you the cover, lets tell you a little bit about Concordant Vibrancy.

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Blurb:

All Authors Publishing House, a subsidiary of All Authors Publications & Promotions, is pleased to present its first short story anthology, Concordant Vibrancy.

Concordant Vibrancy represents the interweaving of unity and uniqueness through the eyes of eleven incredible writers. Through the array of genres, all of these talents share a phenomenal love of writing which aims to leave imprints in the reader’s imagination.

Short stories in this collection:

Butterfly Mask” by Nicola McDonagh

Messarii’s Blood Hunt” by D. John Watson

Seven Days” by Harmony Kent

Touch Me” by Andrea Houtsch

… and we” by Adonis Mann

Til Death Do Us Part” by A. Lopez, Jr.

Coalesce” by Da’Kharta Rising

Her A to Z” by C. Desert Rose

Lester’s Release” by Synful Desire

The Authentic Snap” by Queen of Spades

Alma’s Unsung Angel” by Y. Correa

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It was important to portray both the unification and individuality of each author as well as the theme of this anthology on its cover. In the introduction of Concordant Vibrancy, Y. Correa, the creator of All Authors P&P explains it this way, “… like leaves on a tree, we are all connected. Mother Earth, the best example of unity mankind has.”

Without further ado, we present you with the cover of Concordant Vibrancy created by All Authors Graphic Design.

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