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The Silver Sphere – A Family Fantasy Read by Michael Dadich

Posted by on Dec 31, 2012 in Authors, Books, Featured Posts, Indie Projects & Promotions, Young Adult & Family Reads | 17 comments

Hell is Empty and all the devils are here…

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Shadows on the Mind – Pavarti K. Tyler Fourth-Wall Friday Finale!

Posted by on Dec 28, 2012 in Authors, Books, Fourth-Wall Friday, Guest Posts, Indie Projects & Promotions | 3 comments

I want to welcome my favorite author of 2012

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Breaking, Broken & Fixed? – a review of BLUFF by Lenore Skomal

Posted by on Dec 27, 2012 in Authors, Books, Indie Projects & Promotions, Novel Publicity, Reviews | 8 comments

What happens when the breaking of the body is what heals the soul within?

The book is riddled with secrets and secret keepers. Some we find out about right away, some we find out only because Jude, the one person who never let anyone in on her own secrets before finally met her match, The Bluff… hears them from the trap of her own head. Some other’s know and others keep, it is a mess. At the center of this our author has put Jude into a vegetative state, basically a host for her unborn child. So broken, so messed up when alive, we have no clue how important she is and how fast things will unravel as well as heal in the end

Lost for so many years our protagonist, Jude finally wakes up, at least from her own walk-about through reality. Ready to deal with it all, the pregnancy  the drugs, a plausible rape, an abusive childhood, bullying, her mothers suicide witnessed, her homosexuality  and to all around everything a mystery. The problem? She wakes up in a vegetative state and cannot share all of her secrets she has kept from her best friend, her sister, the small town she lives in and finally to her own unborn child. Now what? She is awake enough to hear, and as her body dies, her child grows, others begin to die within, without and around…

Before Jude falls from the bluff where she lives through miraculously, alive with her unborn child still healthy while her body broken beyond help. She is stuck  in a medical limbo and becomes a magnet to the lost souls in the vicinity. Skomal has created a world of symbolism and metaphor as well as a story to immerse yourself slowly in. Will she wake up to tell and help with everyone’s secrets? Will the birth of her child uncover another? What about those secrets which need revealing in order to save that of another innocent? Will she finally be able to help, even if it is just being there to “listen”?

Each of our characters seem to have a little tiny wisp of who she is and what she is about. She is like a center of a web, a web in a small town, a strand of which is the controversy of the Roman Catholic‘s take on pulling the plug, or the strand of the  small town, a reflection on many throughout America, and homosexual women. How all and everything compounds these issues. Infidelity, drug abuse, suicide, shall I go on? Oh no, how about abortion… yep I said it, and one thing this book never brings up? Is abortion or adoption which for some reason bugs me the most.

There is a lot going on and I am glad I did not slam through it. It is not one to jaunt through over the weekend, as the author has stated, she wants us to “eat” her books, and I nibbled, ate, put it in Tupperware… zapped it a bit to heat it up and finally finished it with a dollop of whip cream on top.

This is a book about the struggle of one woman with a broken soul, a woman with more secrets than the church in question and the only people who learn the most about Jude are us, the reader! It makes you wonder “what…?”  on so many levels. What would need to break in order for our own damage to be healed finally? I recommend this to anyone who is not afraid to face that question and to those who already have.


To the medical world, I was a host body, surviving only to bring a new life into the world. And while I wanted to die more than anything in the world, I never wanted this. No, I never wanted to cease to exist. This was the worst death of all.

Jude Black lives in that in-between, twilight place teetering on death but clinging to life in order to bring her baby into this world. Only she knows the circumstances surrounding her mysterious fall off the bluff that landed her in the hospital being kept alive by medical intervention. Only she knows who the father of her baby is. In this poignantly crafted literary novel, the mystery unfolds and the suspense builds as the consequences of Jude’s decisions threaten to reveal everyone’s deceptions, even her own.

BLUFF offers a sensitive look at essential questions such as the value of human life, the consciousness of those in a coma and the morality of terminating life support. At the core is the story of a tragically misunderstood woman who finds peace, acceptance, understanding and even love on her deathbed.

Genre – Psychological Thriller

Rating – PG13


My Rating 4/5…….

Lenore Skomal

Lenore Skomal, Author of Bluff


Lenore Skomal wants you to eat her books, especially her new novel, BLUFF, which you can at Amazon. She wants you to chew them in your teeth, savor them on your tongue, breathe them in, and feel her words in your skin. Her passionate desire is to touch your heart, inspire you, and luxuriate in the world of the written word. She finds ecstasy in constructing a perfect sentence and responds willingly to the nagging ache in her heart to create an authentic experience for the reader. She is an award-winning author with the single goal of resonating with others.

Winner of multiple awards for blogging, literature, biography and humor, her catalogue spans many genres. With 30 years of writing experience, over 17 books published, a daily blog and weekly column, the consistent themes in her work are the big issues of the human experience and adding depth and voice to the intricacies involved in living a multi-dimensional existence. She has won many Society of Professional Journalist awards, the Whidbey Island Writer’s Conference honorable mention for best fiction, Writer’s Digest 73rd Annual Fiction Contest, New York Public Library’s Best Books for Teens 2003, and most recently, the 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Award for humor for “Burnt Toast.,” her first anthology of her award winning humor columns. From journalism, to literary fiction, to humor and biography, her writing is consistent, if not in genre, then in message.

As a member of the world community, she is excited by the opportunities presented in today’s publishing climate having started her own publishing imprint in 2011 in order to release her anthologies and her debut novel, “BLUFF.”

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Just hear those sleigh bells.. no wait, that is Silent Night.. no…(upcoming)

Posted by on Dec 23, 2012 in Books, News | 2 comments

HAPPY  HOLIDAZE and all those Jazz Hand Gestures

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A Joyous Yule – How It Begins (Fourth-Wall Friday)

Posted by on Dec 21, 2012 in Authors, Fourth-Wall Friday, Guest Posts, Holiday | 2 comments

The birthing of Naomi’s Chronicler (with Lynne Cantwell)

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A perfect read before the end of the world – Hellfire & Damnation II (review)

Posted by on Dec 20, 2012 in Books, Horror, Reviews | 1 comment

Hellfire & Damnation II by Connie Corcoran Wilson

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Punk Rock Cat – It’s a KittyHawk! Wordless Wednesday

Posted by on Dec 19, 2012 in Books, Photos, Wordless Wednesday | 9 comments

Bad Hair day? Or a Catdo

~KittyHawk the new ‘Do cat’s are sporting, isn’t she lovely? My Punk Rock Cat~

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Holly and Ivy …”when they are fully grown..” – Review of Selah Janel’s latest

Posted by on Dec 17, 2012 in Books, Indie Projects & Promotions, Reviews | 1 comment

The holly and the ivy,
When they are both full grown
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Posted by on Dec 15, 2012 in News, Wordless Wednesday | 0 comments



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Jane George the Queen of the Moon Dial (Fourth-Wall Friday)

Posted by on Dec 14, 2012 in Books, Fourth-Wall Friday, Guest Posts, Novel Publicity, Photos | 2 comments


Ta-Da! Today being the last day of the Book Club Bash, and Fourth-Wall Friday I have a very special treat. Jane George, author of X-It is here today with an amazing lyrical piece one which I decided to dive right in and combine a few pieces from her world and mine. Photos of mine, some other stocks and a lot of hers… meandering around up up up with a crown and on top and ……. oh just read it is so wonderful! What a gift she gave me! So I had a bit to much fun with her theme. All images belong to either Jane George or Kriss Morton, what happened in between? We both ran into each other’s walls… Enjoy!

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