Tuesday, 18 December 2012

What makes a young man kill?

The latest shooting incident in Newton shocked the world. Twenty-six people killed in one of the worst mass shootings in the US. I do not know how the families of the deceased will be able to pick themselves up again. For some the reality of what happened has not sunk in yet. Others will experience a feeling of disorientation and despair. 

The question on my mind is what caused Adam Lanza to do this? Perhaps we will never know what drove him, but I am saddened to just think about the pain and hurt his actions caused others. I see people experiencing grief regularly and I am always saddened by the depth of their pain. Some lost their beloved because of natural causes, others because of illness or old age, others lost their beloved in car accidents or other unexplained acts. The loss of a loved one is always a painful experience, but I suspect losing a loved one to a senseless act like this one creates a deeper pain and hurt.

My deepest sympathies to the families of the deceased... may you find peace... someday! 

A Lost Kitten by Jessica Kong

A Lost Kitten

John McCall labels the attack on the Sea-anan Empire as a nightmare.  He escapes the enemy’s invasion.  Stranded on a distant planet called Surreal, he quickly learns the true meaning of nightmare when he discovers his soulmate is of “the mist.”  With a tyrant destroying his empire, and his family missing in action, John must decide whether to remain on the ghost planet with his soulmate or return to the land of the living to locate his family.
 Jasira Eversole is drawn to the powerfully built outlander.  John’srugged good looks and chiseled body compel Jasira to reach out and touch him. Being of the mist, Jasira knows she will not be able to feel John, but she cannot resist his pull. The richness of John’s hair, the firmness of his muscles, and the clean scent of his skin all take Jasira off guard. She swiftly realizes John is her intended mate. Now, Jasira must somehow convince the young warrior that they are two halves of one soul without chasing him off Surreal, leaving her to a lonely existence as mist.

Friday, 14 December 2012

Ring-Fenced: a novel by Zach Abrams

Ring-Fenced by Zach Abrams

Benjamin enjoys sex, he likes money, he loves power and he’s addicted to control.
If you think your life’s complicated then spare a thought for him as he obsessively juggles and controls his five independent lives.
One man, five lives, ring-fenced and separated,
  • Bennie, loving husband and father,
  • Benjie, beloved youngest son,
  • Ben, successful corporate banker,
  • Benjamin, millionaire author and publisher of pornography
  • and Jamie, dynamic part-time lover of a beautiful musician.

Relying on his Blackberry to keep all his personae separate, his life is perfect.
But what if holes begin to appear in the divisions?
When a sequence of events throws his life into chaos, his separate words collide with explosive consequences.

About Zach Abrams
After a successful career in business and finance, Zach Abrams recently started writing fiction.
His first novel 'Ring Fenced' was published in November 2011.  This is a crime story with a difference, having an underlying theme of obsession, power and control. This novel was followed by a collaboration with Elly Grant to produce 'Twists and Turns' a book of short stories and flash fiction. Alike his central character in 'Ring Fenced,' (Benjamin Short), Zach Abrams completed his education in Scotland and went on to a career in business and finance.  He is married with two children.  He plays no instruments but has an eclectic taste in music, although not as obsessive as Benjamin. Unlike Benjamin, he does not maintain mistresses, write pornography and (sadly) he does not have ownership of such a valuable company.  He is not a sociopath (at least by his own reckoning) and all versions of his life are aware of and freely communicate with each other.

Zach has completed his second novel 'Made a Killing' which has recently been published.  This is a fast moving, gripping novel set in the tough crime-ridden streets of Glasgow. More in keeping with ‘Made a Killing,’ Zach was raised in Glasgow and has spent many years working in Central Scotland.

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

The Gemstone Chronicles Book One: The Carnelian

A very nice book written by William Stuart for Young Adults. It tells the story of Aiden an Maggie discovering the magic world of fairies and elves and the story has a similar feel and atmosphere as the Narnia tales. Aidan and Maggie find a fairy cross while rock-hunting with their grandfather, it's just an oddity. But when they discover there is an elf imprisoned in the stone and set him free, they and their grandparents, Nana and Beebop, are attacked by some other elves and have to flee to the magical world of Celahir.

In Celahir, Findecano - the elf the children freed from the fairy cross - leads them on a quest to recover gemstones stolen from the Elven Bow by the Dark Elves. Without the restoration of the gemstones to the Elven Bow, the balance between good and evil in Celahir - and the human world - could tip toward evil.

I really enjoyed this book. There is some very passages that made me laugh. I think most teens will enjoy the mystery of the story and I would highly recommend this book.