Review: The Genie Hunt by M.C. Tuggle

Buddy Vuncannon, an attorney in High Point, North Carolina, and his friend Coot Pickard are heading out of town for a fishing weekend when they’re surrounded by a SWAT team. Three eyewitnesses have identified Coot as the gun man in the latest of a string of robberies. To defend Coot, Buddy must stand up to a bullying district attorney, uncover the identity of the real robbers, and battle a powerful genie who serves the robbers. Buddy’s investigation implicates an old friend, reigniting long-forgotten friction between Buddy and Coot. Old and new loyalties clash, leading Buddy and Coot to a desperate chase that forces them to seek the help of a madman they both fear.

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If you’ve read my previous reviews, you know I’m not the one to provide a synopsis of sorts, or write about the usual aspects of storytelling.

What matters most about the book, the essence of it, is the after taste, the way it makes you feel after having read it.

Is it worth it? Do you recommend it? Would you read it again?

The Genie Hunt by M.C. Tuggle is a short, fast read. The supernatural adds an interesting twist to a classical suspense storyline.

The main character, Buddy Vuncannon, is tasked with figuring out what the hell actually happened. He has to unravel the way the events actually unfolded.

This novel makes for an enjoyable read. Imagine reading the script for a popular TV show. Something like that.

Entertaining?

Yeah, I guess that is the right word.

A good, fast read, worth your time, especially if you enjoy the usual mystery with a bit of the occult thrown in there for good measure.

The Genie Hunt is available as an e-book on Amazon.

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Review: Tourmaline by Antwan Crump

Tourmaline:(A Collection of Things)- is the debut body of work by author Antwan Crump. Framed by testimonies to the absurdities of society at large, the four stories therein place readers at the penultimate point in the lives of several people forgotten by time.

This description does not do this book justice. It’s rather vague. But let me give you something that will:

She feared retribution enough to keep her nose clean on Sundays. Though that didn’t mean much for her liver.

We are all the sum total of the stories we tell ourselves. We are what we consistently do. All those habits, rituals, and vices. We are more what we fear than what we love.

The stories in Tourmaline teach us one thing: to be alive is a rather cynical business. Double standards and whatnot. The inherent absurdity of this is detailed by the erratic behavior of the characters. Simply put, the act of being alive has no purpose other than the one we give it. And we can give it any meaning we want, even though, looked at by more rational beings, we’re way beyond redemption.

There are no fairy tales here, just people and what people do best.

What do people do best you ask?

Stories, of course. The stories they tell themselves and anyone who’s willing to listen as to why they’re like this or like that. The stories they tell themselves over and over again in order to fall asleep or find a bit of hope.

At this age, I wouldn’t consider myself a runaway. A coward, maybe. I’ve lost enough. I’m not sure what awaits me out there on the country-side. I shudder to think it could be anything worse than what I’m leaving behind.

You can find Tourmaline on Amazon here. Give it a try. At $2.99, it’s well worth.

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Antwan Crump is a Novelist, Essayist, Humorist, Blogger, and Podcaster who can be found and contacted at atcrump.com.

 

Review: Empowerment for Aspiring Business Owners

In today’s world you can do one of two things: find a job or start your own business. To become an entrepreneur, you need to know what to expect. You know, expectation is the root of all heartache, and a lot more people give up because of that than are forced to give up.

This is a book I recommend reading simply because it’s short and easy to read. It gives clear advice… you know, common sense stuff that people often don’t know about when starting a business.

The steps detailed in this book are necessary to know in order to become successful. Do your homework, learn, work like hell, advertise, and take advantage of any connection you might build along the way.

Sounds simple enough, doesn’t it?

But it always help to have it written down. Just when you need it the most.

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You can make a difference in your life today

The book, Empowerment for Aspiring Business Owners provides the tools needed to have you thinking like a business owner. This book empowers its readers to go after their goals. I want each reader to feel, they are capable of achieving their goals and start living beyond their expectations. Stop being afraid to take the leap and just do it. Don’t be afraid to fall and rise to the occasion.

I was inspired to write and publish this book because I felt that inexperienced business women and men need to feel empowered about their business, and know that they are not alone as an aspiring business owner. We have a voice to create a platform for us to share the tools we have learned, even being new to the world of business, so that we can grow together. There is always room for improvement. I encourage you to get started on setting up the foundation for your success, by reading Empowerment for Aspiring Business Owners.

After reading Empowerment for Aspiring Business Owners, you will quickly learn to:
•Broaden your mind
•Think like a business owner
•Grow as a leader
•Learn about business
•Gain knowledge to share with others
•Be confident about your business
•Set crucial goals to achieve the mission of your business

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Review: Frankly Speaking by Don Massenzio

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A 16 year old girl has disappeared. The police believe she is a runaway. Her parents believe she has been taken and is being held against her will. When the parents enlist the services of Frank Rozzani, a former police officer turned private detective, a series of events begins to unfold that implicates a popular local pastor and the religious stronghold of the ultra-conservative community.

The magic of a good detective novel is all about pace. How you create, mantain, and escalate the plot determines the quality of a novel. Continue reading

Friday Review: Don’t Listen to Your Parents by Andrew Krehbiel

Don'tListen_cover (1)Listen. Not hear, listen. Without judgement. I don’t have to believe in everything they say. They’re human. I’m human. I have to remind myself to hear them out. They might give me an idea of how to live.

Andrew Krehbiel is trying to change the world through his writing. His essays on freedom, religion, sex, and so on are compelling to read. After all, we get to see inside someone else’s mind.

But this book is more about thinking for yourself than anything else. It’s about finding your own truth, your own path, your own beliefs. It’s about arriving at a certain conclusion and being damn certain that you’re the one responsible for it.

And, yes, I believe his is right. You can only arrive at the conclusion that you are becoming more than what your environment has shaped when you decide to shape your environment.

A remarkable read indeed.

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Andrew Krehbiel resides somewhere in the United States. He’s a young adult trying to make this world a better place through writing. While he’s not writing, he’s either driving people around town, eating, meditating, or sleeping. His parents loved him as a child, but he’s not listening to their actions any more. 

You can purchase Don’t Listen to Your Parents on Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.

You can also get in touch with the author via social media. His Facebook Page is here. His Twitter account here.

That time of the year

gatsby“Can’t repeat the past?…Why of course you can!”  – Francis Scott Fitzgerald

I’ve been reading F. S. Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby once a year ever since I was seventeen. To say that it’s my favorite novel would be an understatement. It is one of the few pieces of literature that I consider to be perfect in every aspect.

But now, on its 90th anniversary, I don’t want to write a review. I did that a couple of years ago.

In my humble opinion, Gatsby’s story is about the past. It’s a story about obsession, it’s a story about the way we think things are supposed to happen. You know, we all have that story as to how things are supposed to unfold in our lives. The story we develop during our loneliest of nights. Gatsby had a story; one that required Daisy’s love to happen. He wanted to repeat the past just so it wouldn’t matter all the time he spent (and all that he did) after he lost her. He wanted to make so that it would be as if he never lost her at all. Continue reading

Review: Ascension Denied

EPSON MFP image“Welcome to your afterlife, we wish you the very best of luck.”

Ascension Denied is E.A.A. Wilson’s debut novel, set for release in October 2014. I was lucky enough to read the novel now, and what can I say? It’s something.

The story of Alice Shepherd, or should I say, the story of her afterlife, Ascension Denied has the right dosage of humor to make something as serious as death and the afterlife a lot less frightening. Of course, they do say that the most serious issues can only be told in the form of jokes. Continue reading