a TeMPLe of WoRDS

I love to read.  Any free moment I have, that's what you'll find me doing.  My taste in books is rather eclectic - so much so that friends have actually commented on it.  I'm honest about what I like and what I don't like.  You can also find e on Goodreads - and on my bookish blog The Gal in the Blue Mask. :)

She who leaves a trail of glitter is never forgotten

Scares That Care 2017

This past weekend was my very first Scares That Care, so I decided to write a blog post (with pictures) to share my adventure.

Source: http://the-gal-in-the-blue-mask.blogspot.com/2017/07/scares-that-care-weekend-2017.html

It's been awhile

I know I know.  It's been awhile since I've been on here.

 

I got really busy working full time in retail... and after the horrors that I dealt with there, well, it's been hard for me to deal with anyone... online or in person.

 

I'm working on coming back out of my shell, so bare with me on this.

 

I do miss y'all... quite a bit.

 

I have started working for a couple of authors as a personal assistant (this may be a thing for me, considering how much I've loved being a PA in the past).  If you're looking for a new book to read, I have a couple from one of my authors (some audiobooks, too, if that's what you're into.  All fall under the horror genre, but with additional sub-genres that make them quite different from each other.  Reach out to me if you're interested. :)

The last two installments of The Gal's 62 Days of Horror...

Today is New Year's Day (I hope everyone had a fun time ringing in the new year), and to finish off The Gal's 62 Days of Horror, we have an Among the Stacks with Lisa Vasquez (author, and owner of Stitched Smile Publications, LLC) and the final Christmas Takeover story, one about New Year's Eve, from the amazing, talented, and oh so gorgeous Stevie Kopas-Starnes!

 

http://the-gal-in-the-blue-mask.blogspot.com/2017/01/among-stacks-lisa-vasquez.html

 

http://the-gal-in-the-blue-mask.blogspot.com/2017/01/christmas-takeover-31-stevie-kopas.html

 

Source: http://the-gal-in-the-blue-mask.blogspot.com

And some more horror short stories from The Gal's 62 Days of Horror Christmas Takeover

#27 All That Glitters from Jon M. Jefferson

 

http://the-gal-in-the-blue-mask.blogspot.com/2016/12/christmas-takeover-27-jon-m-jefferson.html

 

#28 Festival of Lights from Martin Berman-Gorvine

 

http://the-gal-in-the-blue-mask.blogspot.com/2016/12/christmas-takeover-28-martin-berman.html

 

#29 Welcome to Paradise from Glenn Rolfe

 

http://the-gal-in-the-blue-mask.blogspot.com/2016/12/christmas-takeover-29-glenn-rolfe.html

 

Source: http://the-gal-in-the-blue-mask.blogspot.com

The Gal's 62 Days of Horror Christmas Takeover 26: John McNee

Source: http://the-gal-in-the-blue-mask.blogspot.com/2016/12/christmas-takeover-26-john-mcnee.html

The Gal's 62 Days of Horror Christmas Takeover continues...

#19 Slay Bells by Martin Berman-Gorvine

 

http://the-gal-in-the-blue-mask.blogspot.com/2016/12/christmas-takeover-19-martin-berman.html

 

#20 The Gateway to Hell by Luke Gracias

 

He's doing a two book giveaway, so comment here, Facebook, or on my blog to put yourself into the running

 

http://the-gal-in-the-blue-mask.blogspot.com/2016/12/christmas-takeover-20-luke-gracias.html

 

#21 Night of the North Pole Zombies by Chris Kosarich

 

http://the-gal-in-the-blue-mask.blogspot.com/2016/12/christmas-takeover-21-chris-kosarich.html

 

#22 Needful Strangers by Shaun Hupp

 

http://the-gal-in-the-blue-mask.blogspot.com/2016/12/christmas-takeover-22-shaun-hupp.html

 

#23 Christmas Microfiction by Stephen Kozeniewski

 

http://the-gal-in-the-blue-mask.blogspot.com/2016/12/christmas-takeover-23-stephen.html

 

#24 Another Reason for Horror Fans to be Thankful, an article by Jonathan Janz

 

http://the-gal-in-the-blue-mask.blogspot.com/2016/12/christmas-takeover-24-jonathan-janz.html

 

#25 Evans Light has a special gift for his fans

 

http://the-gal-in-the-blue-mask.blogspot.com/2016/12/christmas-takeover-25-evans-light.html

 

I hope you all have a very merry Christmas and a truly wondrous winter holiday season.

The Gal's 62 Days of Horror Christmas Takeover 18: Matt Hickman

Matt Hickman with a story called The Naughty List

Source: http://the-gal-in-the-blue-mask.blogspot.com/2016/12/christmas-takeover-18-matt-hickman.html

REVIEW: Redshift Rendezvous

Redshift Rendezvous - John E. Stith

In my lifetime of reading, there are very few times that I have ever DNF-ed a book. I'm always convinced that, if I put it down and come back to it later, I may enjoy the book more, and I actually have a folder on my Kindle for books that I need to come back and look at later on.

 

This book was almost put into that folder. More than once.

 

I found the first 32% of it to be very tedious. It wasn't the "hard science" that was the problem - I actually prefer that over just regular science fiction - but the fact that things about the ship were repeated over and over again, in different ways. It actually became quite annoying, reading an explanation again, wondering why the author kept deciding to explain this, as if his readers were complete idiots. (Hard science fiction readers tend to read a lot of hard science fiction books, and they shouldn't be treated like that.) Sometimes it is really hard for me to read a book without being an editor, and this was one of those times. The story itself needed so much cleaning up that it left me quite frustrated. On top of that, there were several times that the wrong word was used in the manuscript - and not just once, but several times with the same word.

 

There was an "underlying" story - a mystery, an adventure, some bad guys (ones you expected and ones you didn't), and two characters (Jason and Tara) - that kept me coming back to read more. Unfortunately, with all the focus on the Redshift, all of that gets sort of lost, at least for a time, and felt rather secondary, instead of being the main focus of the story. Having finished the book, I realize that what I thought was an "underlying" story was actually the main plot. Unfortunately, with the beginning of the story as it was, it took me until the end to realize all that.

 

The book really picks up once the ship gets close to Xanahalla. The adventure begins before that, and on the way you learn a lot about the two main characters, but once there, what you think you know changes, and I had a hard time putting the book down. There is a bit of romance, but not enough to take away from the story, and it actually drives the characters a little more than they may have been without that.

 

I enjoyed the ending. With all of that buildup, I'm glad that the end wasn't too easy... and that sometimes there's just a little bit more around the corner.

 

At the end of the book, the author includes a "Phenomena Aboard the Redshift" section, which I think would have benefited the reader a lot more had he put it at the beginning of the book, or at least included a page that let them know about this so, if they were curious about certain things, they would know it was there to find. It would have definitely taken away from all that tedious repetitiveness at the beginning.

 

The book has some good and bad moments, but I am glad that I fought through it to find out what happened.

 

Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

The Gal's 62 Days of Horror Christmas Takeover 17: Kevin J. Kennedy

Source: http://the-gal-in-the-blue-mask.blogspot.com/2016/12/christmas-takeover-17-kevin-j-kennedy.html

The Gal's 62 Days of Horror Christmas Takeover 16: Dev Jarrett

A little story called Jimmy Alstrup's Christmas

Source: http://the-gal-in-the-blue-mask.blogspot.com/2016/12/christmas-takeover-16-dev-jarrett.html

The Gal's 62 Days of Horror Christmas Takeover 15: Russell R. James

Russell's story is called Snow for Christmas.  I hope you enjoy.

Source: http://the-gal-in-the-blue-mask.blogspot.com/2016/12/christmas-takeover-15-russell-r-james.html

The Gal's 62 Days of Horror Christmas Takeover 14: Jason White

Jason White is on today with a story called Asleep & Without Peace :)

Source: http://the-gal-in-the-blue-mask.blogspot.com/2016/12/christmas-takeover-14-jason-white.html

More from The Gal's 62 Days of Horror Christmas Takeover...

#9 Craig Saunders with Another Painted Bauble Falling from a Dead Tree

 

http://the-gal-in-the-blue-mask.blogspot.com/2016/12/christmas-takeover-9-craig-saunders.html

 

#10 Jon M. Jefferson with A Mother's Gift

 

http://the-gal-in-the-blue-mask.blogspot.com/2016/12/christmas-takeover-10-jon-m-jefferson.html

 

#11 I. Clayton Reynolds with Duck Man

 

http://the-gal-in-the-blue-mask.blogspot.com/2016/12/christmas-takeover-11-i-clayton-reynolds.html

 

#12 Carol Schaffer with Deck the Halls with Blood & Bodies

 

http://the-gal-in-the-blue-mask.blogspot.com/2016/12/christmas-takeover-12-carol-schaffer.html

 

#13 Christine Morgan with Winter Wolf

 

http://the-gal-in-the-blue-mask.blogspot.com/2016/12/christmas-takeover-13-christine-morgan.html

 

Source: http://the-gal-in-the-blue-mask.blogspot.com

The Gal's 62 Days of Horror Christmas Takeover 8: Ross Baxter

Ross has a story for us called Genealogy 

Source: http://the-gal-in-the-blue-mask.blogspot.com/2016/12/christmas-takeover-8-genealogy.html

The Gal's 6 Days of Horror Christmas Takeover 7: Michael James McFarland

Michael has offered up a story called "Ted, Nolan & Me."

Source: http://the-gal-in-the-blue-mask.blogspot.com/2016/12/christmas-takeover-7-michael-james.html

The Gal's 62 Days of Horror Christmas Takeover 6: Chris Kosarich

Chris has written a story, which will be posted later this month, but he also included Hellf, a story he wrote and shared with some people last year, so that everyone could enjoy it.

Source: http://the-gal-in-the-blue-mask.blogspot.com/2016/12/christmas-takeover-6-chris-kosarich.html