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Book Review: The Toll of Another Bell

The Toll of Another BellI am pleased to write to you today about an excellent book of short stories. Pleased because this book has just entertained me so well, and because my own story, Jilted River appears under this same cover. Xchyler Publishing’s new Anthology, The Toll of Another Bell, kept me turning pages all the way to the end, and wishing for more.

I could go through the tales one-by-one, in a linear fashion, shooting verbiage at you like a shotgun, but you can do that just as easily by buzzing the Goodreads or Amazon pages. What I have to tell you is my impression of the stories now, fresh on my mind, as a recent reader.  Continue reading

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Book Review: Love, Imperfectly Known

Love, Imperfectly Known: Beyond Spontaneous Representations of God

Love, Imperfectly Known
by Brother Emmanuel of Taizé

As book reviews go, I think this one is likely to be a little unfair.

Concerning Love, Imperfectly Known by the Christian monk and mystic, Brother Emmanuel of Taizé: it’s hard for me to be objective about a book that I have grown to adore so personally. This disturbs me a little bit. I would like to lay this out to you in its component parts. I should offer you pros and cons, and cross-comparisons. I should not be so dramatically affected by a book, that I cannot help you to make your own, informed decisions.

So, I am apologizing to you in advance, for my bias. If clinical impartiality is what you need in a book review, then you should stop reading now. But, for those who wish to know why this book has so completely captured my heart, then please, read on. Continue reading

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China Doll on

 “China Doll” by Ginger C. Mann – am I allowed to call a tale that includes tragic accidents and death charming? What about one with a kindly mysterious old man who fixes toys with magic, and helps a young girl to realize her own talents in that area? I think that’s ok, right? So a charming little story, drew me right in.   — Jennifer Fetting

Shades and Shadows Reviewed by Jennifer FettingHere’s an excellent review of the entire Shades and Shadows Anthology at  Included:  The stories and authors she would read again.  China Doll made her “favorites” list.

Shades… Continue reading

China Doll, Reviewed by Scott Taylor

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China Doll, Reviewed by Scott Taylor

The first review is in.  Scott Taylor, writer and filmmaker, posted his independent review of China Doll on September 13, 2013.  The launch of the book that features us, along with eleven other authors, is planned for October 31, 2013.

Scott Taylor is one of my sibling authors, appearing with me in  Shades and Shadows, a Paranormal Anthology.   His story, Split Ends rides along with my first published short story, China Doll. Continue reading

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