Friday, November 30, 2012
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Undying Love Vampire Series: Book 1
By Teresa Mummert
Review by Kathy Bobo
Katie or rather Kat as she prefers to be called is the main character of Kat’s Tale Undying Live Vampire Series by Teresa Mummert. Thinking of Vampires congers memories of the long held myths of Vampires, such as being able kill them with wooden stakes through the heart, driving them away with garlic and crucifixes and their insatiable craving for human blood. In the past, Vampires were always the personification of evil, but not anymore. These forces of nature now enjoy the same constitutional rights of mortals, have their own blood banks, have careers and have romantic relationships. Kat’s Tale opens with the main character Kat’s, dark night of the soul on the edge of a hotel roof about to commit suicide over the murder of her brother, “I stood on the ledge of my hotel’s roof. I kicked my sandals off and watched them flutter to the ground below. They disappeared into the darkness of the night. I hoped I would be as lucky.” Of course Kat changes her mind at the last minute, and that’s a good thing as the entire novel eventually proves.
Kat’s Tale has two romantic interests, her boyfriend Gavin and Caleb. Both Gavin and Caleb are great characters in which Kat finds herself torn between a protective, yet party loving Gavin and the mysterious Caleb. Caleb brings out feelings of sympathy, fright, compassion and love. From the beginning the reader is teased into wanting to know, who in the heck is Caleb and what is he about?
The main character seems to have been living in some sort of bubble that she never knew about vampires. Caleb saves her butt on more than one occasion for what can only be described as the Vampire Mafia. She quickly learns not everyone is what they appear and every person dead is not gone, including her brother, Marcus. Kat learns all debts are due at the door, and payments are to be made in full, “A debt of two vampires for the two he killed.”
Author, Teresa Mummert ‘s Kat’s Tale Undying Love Vampire Series: Book 1 ends in classic cliff hanger style that leaves the reader wanting more of every woman’s ideal man, Caleb.
Saturday, June 30, 2012
Spirit Temple Pentecostal Christian Church has everything a good bible thumping Holy Roller would want, shouting, speaking in unknown tongues, Holy Ghost dancing, fainting and rolling around on the floor in fits of rapture, live music along with a big choir. Membership has reached seven thousand. This is the Easter morning service, and that means it will be very long, and they still have to come back for Evening Service. Evening services can last past 2 A.M, and that is seven days a week. Sunday school is at 8 A.M. and church services start at 9:30 A.M.
The first collection starts at about 10:30 A.M and the Ushers are wearing white dresses. Sister Nadine is an elegant old woman of seventy, and she hands the collection plate to a woman sitting at the end of the pew and she passes it to the person sitting next to her. This continued for about twenty minutes until they completed the ritual, and that’s with almost thirty Ushers. Some people dropped cash into the collection plate while other dropped a collection envelope into the gold plate. This was not Nadine’s Sunday, but the regular Usher was helping someone that over-heated and passed out in the Holy Ghost Room, so the Mother of the Church, Mother Beulah asked her to help with the collections.
Nadine sent the tray down each of her rows without a problem until she got to the end of the last row. She noticed an opened collection envelope on the top, and sticking part of the way out, a lottery ticket.
On musical queue the ushers marched to the end of the church to a waiting Mother Beulah with their collection plates. Nadine whispers to Mother Beulah, “Someone put a lottery ticket in the collection plate.”
Shocked, Mother Beulah asked, “Who did it?”
“There are so many people…I couldn’t tell,” says Nadine.
Mother Beulah informs Nadine, “It’ll be okay. I’ll take it out and throw it away in the counting room.”
Friday, May 18, 2012
Monday, May 7, 2012
The Dark on Fire
Genre: Science Fiction
Reviewed by Kathy Bobo
The treatment, The Dark on Fire's setting takes place after military bomb misfires upon small Ohio town. The protagonist, Jack Hart decides to stay after everyone leaves, but the antagonist, Lillian and Jordan steal the show. Lillian and Jordon are strong convincing characters that any movie viewer would love to hate. The main focus of the story is Lillian and Jordan inkling of a Hart family has a secret. The secret regarding Mrs. Hart and the mysterious Dr. Marianne is sure to offer plenty of mystery and suspense. With development, the treatment could easily become a movie franchise.
Friday, May 4, 2012
By Amy Gerrard
Available at http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/158670
Reviewed by Kathy Bobo
I could visualize the monastery from the wonderful descriptions. One could almost hear the Monk’s at Vespers and chants while reading Amy Gerrard’s short-story, The Monk. The author could have added more to the story. She could have given the reader more information such as his name, what order he belongs to and his location.
The Monk is told from one single point of view and one character, The Monk. It would have added more drama if there had been interaction between the Monk and another character. The author leaves two hanging mysteries, “They had plunged him into darkness, eternal darkness. And he had
remained there until.....”
Amy Gerrard could have added much more to explain the Monk’s relationship with Erin. Such as what happened, “He allowed himself a brief pleasure as he thought of ‘Erin’, one of the girls from the village that he had so loved. Although secret and considered profane before the teachings of the brothers, he had delighted in her company.”
The story so abruptly breaks away, that there is no time to consider whether the main character is saint or a sinner. As a story, The Monk has a good premise, but with more development, it would make an interesting and intriguing full length novel.