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Close Call by @EloiseMarch Vadgeventure #booktour & #review


Hi there! Today I have a lovely tour for a book with a character who is having man issues. Also she has a talking vagina. Her name is Doris. The vagina not the person the vagina is attached to that’s Jemma. Still with me? Great 🙂 Doris in the hot, muggy, tropical land that is the nether regions tries to communicate with Jemma to make her realise she is sentient. Will she? Will Jemma meet a man worthy of her and Doris? Will Doris like the penis Jemma brings home to her den of love? Ahhh sweet tantalising mystery awaits and a giveaway! In addition I’ve got a great character interview which should give you all a nice taste of what the book has to offer.


I requested a review for the tour and at less than 100 pages its a quick highly entertaining read. I will start with an issue I had though. Some references were not anatomically correct. Call me a stickler but there is a difference between your vagina and your vulva.

Now aside from this can I say Doris is cool and everyone should converse with their genitals if they can. A lovely line in the book suggests men can communicate with their penis’. Is this really so? I love the idea of my lady parts having ideas on my life, course I’d probably just get asked to dust her. Poor thing.

Really hilarious was when the vagina’s spoke to each other and to penis’s in the room. lmao yeah genital conversation. Seriously just picture at a party your genitals chatting with the others nearby.

Doris is quite witty and charming and wants only the best for Jemma. She also wants to make sure the penis she brings to Doris is worthy. Ahhh what an adventure indeed and this while a wedding with family from hell is going down and you have the makings for a funny, light enjoyable read.

I recommend this for those who enjoy short stories, are open minded enough to not be weirded out by a talking vagina as a character and who want a simply entertaining read. You will get that for sure with Close Call.

As its the first in a series I must say I look forward to the next bit of fun.


Viva la Vadgeventures!


Eloise Chats with Jemma and Doris, an Interview


Hi. I’m Eloise March and I’m here with my characters Jemma and Doris. If you’re wondering who is who, well, Jemma is the timid twenty-four year old brunette and Doris is the bald and outspoken vagina. They’ve been good enough to take the time out of their busy lives to chat with me.


Eloise – Thanks for joining us today, Jemma and Doris. My first question is for Jemma. How did you react when you first realised that Doris was communicating with you and had a mind of her own?


A – I was in shock, to be honest. Before I realised she was actually trying to communicate with me, I was worried I had some kind of muscle twitch that was never gong to go away, because in the weeks leading up to our first ‘conversation’ she had been twitching at me more and more. And you know, it’s just disconcerting when you’re minding your own business and your vagina just twitches for no reason. I’ve spilled more than one cup of coffee.

I guess I felt crazy admitting to myself that my vagina might actually be communicating with me, and when I decided to answer, well, I figured I was definitely a nut case. Imagine what people would say if they heard me talking to my vagina.


Q – Well, people know now that you do talk to your vagina. How have others reacted?


A – My friends and family don’t actually know yet, so I hope they don’t read this. I just don’t know how to tell them. I mean, do I just go up to my boyfriend and say “Hey, my vagina said you’re a nice guy.” I don’t think so. And I’m sure Erin or Sam (my best friend and my sister) would take me straight to the psych ward. I’ve been wondering how to tell them, but the time hasn’t been right.


At this stage Doris jumps in.


Doris I think it’s about time you told them about me. What have you got to hid? Certainly not me? Really, it kind of offends me that you’re ashamed of our relationship. I’m the best thing that’s ever happened to you, and you know my advice has helped you immensely.


Jemma I know, Doris, it’s just, well…. You just don’t understand.


Doris I do understand, and I think you’re being immature. I just want you to know that it hurts my feelings that you won’t mention me in polite company.


Eloise Okay ladies, it seems we’ve hit a sore spot. I think Jemma has to tell people when the time’s right, and I’m sure after this interview, her family might find out anyway. You’re quite the celebrity now, Doris. And I admire how much you care about Jemma and how honest you are with her.


Doris Why thank you, Eloise. Of course I’m honest with her — if your own vagina can’t be honest with you, who can? Admittedly it benefits me if I have some say. Remember that idiot, Aaron’s penis. He was so rude, and diseased. I hate to think what would have happened if I hadn’t scared him off. It would have been minor irritation for Jemma, but I would have been covered in sores and itching like hell. Damned if I’m going to take the fall for her stupid decisions. I don’t know where women get the idea that they have to have a man’s attention at all costs — screw their reputation, screw their health, screw their morals. I’m not having any of it!


Eloise – Good on you, Doris. I have to say, since meeting you too, I’ve been listening to my vagina and she’s really clever. Mine actually gives great financial advice — who would’ve guessed! I have on more question for both of you. What do you want women, or men even, to get from reading this book?


Jemma Do you mind if I go first, Doris?


Doris No, dear, go ahead.


Jemma Thanks. I believe that a lot of women are like I was, and still am I guess. I just feel like I’m not thin enough, or beautiful enough, although because of Doris I’m not as bad as before. At least with my new relationship there are boundaries, and if he treats me like crap, he’s gone. I want other women to feel like they’re worth more than their cup size, their waist measurement, or their ability to twerk (which I am never doing, by the way, but I’ve seen girls do it, and it’s not pretty). I want women to love themselves enough to trust their vaginas and walk away from a situation that is hurting them. Stop worrying about what men think, and be nice to your sisters!


Doris Well said, dear. I agree with Jemma and would like to add that men do think with their penis, and their penis usually tells them to sleep with as many women as possible (if he’s heterosexual, obviously). If you hardly know the guy, don’t buy his crap about how he thinks you’re the most beautiful thing he’s ever seen, and he loves you. Loves you? After a couple of dates, he hardly knows you. And don’t let them call the shots. Demand what you want and see if he can deliver. It will be worth it in the end.


I also want men to pay attention. Respect your woman and for all you misogynistic assholes out there, women have the same brain, feelings, needs and wants that you do, so treat them as you want to be treated. Don’t treat women like objects — they are not bottles of beer, cars or blow-up dolls — they are people. Amazing, life-giving, loving people who brought you into this world and have so much to offer, if you would just open your minds and put your aggressive crap away. And ladies, don’t sabotage your sisters — speak up when your friend is about to go home with an idiot, be kind to her and don’t let her sell herself short. You know there’s power in numbers. And lastly, learn to listen to your vagina, because I guarantee she has your best interests at heart. Thanks so much for the interview, Eloise. It was fun!


Eloise – Thanks ladies, it was awesome talking to you. You are such a wise, wise vagina. I can’t wait to get together with both of you and write the next Vadgeventure book. See you soon. Bye!

Close Call: A Doris & Jemma Vadgeventure

Close-Call-3D-450Close Call is the first instalment of “A Doris & Jemma Vageventure” series.

Think Bridget Jones Diary and The Vagina Monologues.

Twenty-two-year-old Jemma can’t seem to get her life in order. Her track record with men stinks, she constantly worries about getting fat and ending up a spinster at thirty. And to top it off, she has to be a bridesmaid at her most-hated cousin’s wedding. She feels like her life is over, until Doris decides to help out. Who’s Doris? Doris is Jemma’s vagina and she thinks more of Jemma than her own brain does. Doris is on a mission to save Jemma from herself, but is the task too much for one vagina to handle?

TAGS: Fiction, Chick Lit, Humor, Women’s Lit, Romance

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Now available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Kobo, iTunes, and Sony.

Meet Eloise March aka Dionne Lister

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Eloise March is a woman who laughs at her own jokes, swears way too much and breaks any new diet by lunchtime on the day she starts. She believes in women’s equality, and all equality for that matter, and hopes the things she writes touch people in a positive way, and make them think about how they can create a better society for themselves and others.

In her spare time, she enjoys living as her alter ego, Dionne Lister — a suspense and YA fantasy author who is way too embarrassed to talk about vaginas. She likes spending time as Dionne because Dionne has an awesome family, wonderful friends and a cat called Lily, oh, and she has great hair.

If you’re looking for Eloise, or any information about future books in the Doris & Jemma Vadgeventure series, you can visit Dionne’s website, where Eloise has been lucky enough to get her own page http://www.dionnelisterwriter.com. If you’re looking for a chat, you can find Ms. March on Twitter.

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Indie Credible the Sean Hayden experience … and #giveaway


Welcome to the Indie-Credible tour. This is a great event pairing indie authors up with book bloggers to share about the magic of indie. I’ve been paired with author Sean Hayden. We have a great interview, short story from a title prompt that I came up with ( don’t ask where the idea for it came from ) and an international giveaway. Tons of fun for the whole family 🙂


Ever have one of those bad ideas just pop into your head? You know the ones. They seem like a great idea at the time, but if you had stopped to think about it a moment…

I’m talking about those ideas where you just seize the moment and do what your heart tells you to. Then, after the dust settles and you get bandaged up, your parents say, “What the hell were you thinking?”

“But, Dad, I wasn’t!”

I had one of those moments.

I guess if you want to be technical, I had a whole chain of those moments leading up to the big bang moment. The problem was I didn’t have anyone standing around saying, “What the hell were you thinking?”

The moral of this story?

There are several.

First, stores don’t sell black candles for a reason. They’re bad news. If you happen to come across one in the mall that sells questionable items…walk away. Trust me on this one. Black candles are bad.

Second, always know what you want out of life. Coasting along, not caring about anything will get you into trouble. Maybe more than you can handle.

Lastly, if someone offers to grant you your fondest wish, wish for something you really, truly want. Wish for something that will make the world a better place or you a better person. Never ever wish to be a monster…



Please tell me about yourself –


I live in Florida and work as a Fiber-Optic Engineer for the local cable and phone company. That’s my day job. By night, I write books (mostly steampunk, paranormal romance, and urban fantasy) and also publish books for other authors. I am a divorced dad of two wonderful kids and am lucky enough to be engaged to the most wonderful person in the world. She unfortunately lives in Canada, so we give new meaning to the words long, distance, and relationship. She is also an author and the other half of Untold Press.

Please tell me something about you that is top secret and not known  to anyone –

One time, in band camp…

Just kidding. Okay. While I want to be a rich and famous author, my SECRET desire…is to be a rich and famous actor…

I’ve had this recurring fantasy of writing a book, adapting a screenplay, and then acting in the movie. As the lead. With a huge speaking part.

Favourite books and authors ? –

Hands down, Anne McCaffrey (The Dragonriders series) and Mercedes Lackey (Pretty much everything she’s ever written).

Favourite indie books and authors ? –

Well, I’m partial to Jen Wylie and her Broken Ones series… I loved her work so much I asked her to marry me 😉

But honestly there are too many to name. These days I very RARELY read anything that comes out from any of the large publishers. Just to name a few (and I won’t mention any of the ones that we published because that wouldn’t be fair, even though they are truly amazing) Thomas Amo, Rusty Fischer, Darke Conteur, Darcia Helle, Trisha Wolfe, Tiffany King, Hugh Howie, wow. I could go on and on and on.

Can you tell me about your books please? –

My books. I was afraid you were going to ask that… I am the least shy person in the world. Until you ask me about my books :”> <–blushy face.

My Demonkin Series (Origins and Deceptions) is about a girl who was born a vampire in a world where monsters are out in the open. She is a new breed of vampire (or so she thinks) and can only live off the blood of vampires, werewolves, elves, and magical humans. Regular humans just don’t provide any nourishment. She gets into trouble with the local vampires and is saved by the FBI…only to be recruited.

My Rise of the Fallen Series (My Soul to Keep) is about a young boy who promises his soul to the Fallen in exchange for his fondest wish… They take him up on his offer and in a last-ditch effort to save his soul he wishes to become one of the Fallen, a demon. He gets his wish and quickly learns that in the battle of good versus evil, not everything is what it seems and good and evil are just perceptions…

I have a ton of short stories out there, mostly steampunk (some written with my son) and humorous, sometimes frightening pieces.

Tell me about being an indie author please, highs and lows –

If I could go back and do it all over…

I would do it exactly the way I did. I looked for an agent and quickly became disenchanted. I absolutely adore being indie. The upsides are you get to tell the story you want to tell, the way you want to tell it. You don’t have to change anything to suit anyone else.

The downside is that it is a LOT of work with limited funding. Sure it would be great to do a country-wide book tour, pay editors thousands of dollars to edit your manuscript, have world-class cover designers, web designers, marketers, and a distributor to the largest bookstores…

but being indie means you’re independent. You learn to do everything yourself or you’ll never get anywhere. It becomes the driving force behind every book.

What have you learned about the indie publishing world ? –

That it is more of a family than a competition. When one of us succeeds and makes it big, there is no jealousy. You’re extremely HAPPY for that person. The hardest lesson to learn is that just like everything in life, there are things to be careful of. Some small publishers for example. If you go indie, do your research. Ask questions. Make friends. Be sociable. Help others and they will help you.

There is a lot of talk about the indie world, what would you as an indie author like people to know? –

That you are more likely to fall in love with a book written by an indie author than something you picked up at a bookstore with a Starbucks in it.

Sean Hayden books

Hive Mind
“Did you download OS-8 yet?”

I looked up over my greyish brown cubicle wall at Stevensen, who was holding his ePhone out like it was the greatest treasure in the world. “No. It just came out twenty minutes ago. I’ll do it tonight,” I replied and looked back at my monitor.

“You should do it now, on the company’s Wi-Fi. If you wait ’til tonight it will probably take forever. I remember when OS-7 came out. Took me almost three hours to download it once everybody got home from work. Razberry’s site almost crashed.”

“It’s okay. I don’t mind waiting. I don’t see what the big deal is. I mean, how much different can it be?”

“You haven’t heard about the upgrades?” Stevensen’s voice started at his normal nasally high-pitched whine. By the time he reached the end of his sentence, I was positive every canine in the tri-state area had buried their heads. I’m surprised the glass on my LCD didn’t shatter.


“It. Has. A. Retinal. Scanner! Nobody can steal your phone anymore! Well…unless they gouge your eye out, but I doubt that will ever happen.”

I stared at him like the idiot he was. “How can a software upgrade come with a retinal scanner?”

“They planned the whole damn thing man! They built it into the ePhone’s camera! It took a while to get all the bugs out, but it finally works! Well, mine doesn’t, but I’m sure it will soon.”

“Neato. As I said, I’ll wait. No biggie.”

“No biggie? You’re a special kind of stupid, aintcha, Paul?”

“Excuse me?”

“It is amazing what this phone can do. The icons change color, there’s a flashlight on the home screen. You can control your music by flipping your thumb up…well, mine doesn’t work…but it should soon. This is the most amazing thing I’ve ever held in my hand. Except for Pauline in accounting!”

He chortled. I even think he got some spit on my desk. I curled my lip in disdain and tried to get back to work. Again. “No worries. I’ll do it tonight. I’m trying to finish this report for Davis.”

“I doubt he cares. He’s in his office playing with his phone. Everybody is.”

I laughed. Something struck me as odd. Normally the office had a din to it. People moving. Chairs rolling. People talking. The only noise in the entire office was coming from the moron above me. I pushed my chair back and raised my head over the cubicle wall. Sure enough, those closest to me that I could see, were hunched over and staring at their ePhones. Except for Douglas, but that old bastard had a flip-phone anyway. Probably only used it to call his mother. “Weird,” I muttered. I dropped back down to my seat and started punching keys again. Hoping that Stevensen would get the hint.

“Okay, Paul. Wait. You’re going to come in tomorrow and be the only one not using OS-8.”

“Well I guess I’ll have to sit at the unpopular table at lunch. With the goths and the nerds.”

He laughed and dropped back down below the wall separating us. I silently vowed to punch him in the face if I saw it again one more time in the hour remaining of work.

That hour was the longest of my life. I finished the report, despite seventeen interruptions from my cube-neighbor continually singing the praises of OS-8. I sent the report to Davis, remembered to actually attach it to the email, and hit send right as my ePhone merrily chirped that it was 5 O’Clock.

I left my cubicle and headed for the elevator. Usually it was a mass exodus, but all the other office-zombies were still in their cubicles playing with their phones. “Whatever,” I mumbled and hit the button for the first floor.

The commute home was the shortest in history. The roads were virtually deserted. Even the street I lived on was empty. Usually it was filled with families and kids. I sighed and went inside.

I lived alone. I had never married, nor had any kids. I was twenty-seven and had no immediate plans either. But after spending quality time with my neighbors, I could say one thing they couldn’t. I was happy.

My evening played out normally. I heated up a frozen dinner, watched the news, and then started randomly flipping channels.




“…New Operating System…”

I couldn’t believe it. Not only had my workday revolved around the new release, but now every channel was talking about it, too. Even the evening news had sounded like one giant infomercial. I looked down at my phone and shook my head. “Might as well get this over with…”

I picked up the phone, flipped my finger until I found the settings icon and started the damn download.

Seven hours remaining…

“Well, damn. Asshat was right.”

I did the only sensible thing I could. I plugged my phone in to charge and went to sleep.

* * *

I could hear my phone alarm blaring from across the room. Sleepily, I stumbled from my bed and plucked my phone up from the desk, swiping the alarm off. Silence made me smile. Not as much as coffee would in five minutes, but I still smiled.

Download complete. Install?

I unlocked the phone and hit yes. The little swirly on the homescreen told me it was doing what it needed to do. I used the time to get ready for work.

By the time I tightened my tie, the phone started buzzing. “That was fast.”

I grabbed it and my keys and my coffee and headed out the door to my car. I heard the doors unlock as I jabbed the button on the key fob. Sliding in the driver’s seat, I glanced at the screen on my phone.

Update installed. View now?

Since the music in my car was synced to my phone, I had little choice. I was not driving fifteen miles to work without the Mighty Mighty Bosstones.

I hit the yes button.

Welcome, Paul to OS-8.

Please enter your pass code.


The New OS-8 requires a retinal scan to be stored in your phone. This will replace your pass code. You must scan to continue.


I agree

Please hold your ePhone three to five inches from your right eye.

I sighed and did what the damn thing said.

The flash of the camera came on and I head the phone click.

Image scanned. Initiating Sori.


“Hello, Paul. I am Sori. Your personal assistant.”

“Um. Hello, Sori.”

“Please confirm retinal scan.”

I sighed and held my phone once more up to my eye.

There was another flash of light.

The world dropped away.

A million voices filled my head.

There was nothing but darkness.

Sori’s voice drowned out the other voices. “Welcome to Hive Mind 2.0, Paul,”

Author Sean Hayden


Born the son of a fire chief, Sean naturally developed a love of playing with fire. His family and friends quickly found other outlets for his destructive creativity. Writing is his latest endeavor.
Always a fan of the macabre, mythical, and magical, Sean found a love of urban fantasy and horror. After writing several novels in this genre, he found, fell in love with, and immersed himself in steampunk. He has always wanted to rewrite history and steampunk gave him that opportunity.
Sean currently lives in Florida as a fiber-optic engineer as well as an author. He was blessed with the two most amazing children he could ever hope for, has met the absolute love of his life, who coincidentally is his partner in everything. His hobbies include grand designs on world domination as well as a starring role in his own television sitcom.

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Here it is, the goodies up for grabs. Grand prize of a signed copy of My Soul To Keep with original cover, keychain and mini book charm and three winners will receive an ebook copy of My Soul To Keep. All prizes open internationally.

Thanks to Sean for offering these up my readers, its much appreciated

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Seventh Star Press free book week

Seventh Star Press will be offering a ton of their books free this Christmas week. Are you getting a kindle for Christmas or giving one? Fill that awesome new toy with a ton of free books.

I’ve read all but one of these books and highly recommend getting them all if you don’t have them already. Enjoy the free reads and have a bookish good Christmas

From December 24-28th, SSP has an open house on Amazon Kindle including all of its authors who have eBooks available!  Many genres and styles available!  All books include cover art and interior artwork   from the award-winning artists Matthew Perry and Bonnie Wasson! The free books include the following (along with additional titles available for sale from each author):
Spook House by Michael West (horror, a Harmony, Indiana Novel.  Other Harmony Indiana tales include the novel Cinema of Shadows, and th…e short stories Goodnight, and For the River is Wide and the Gods Are Hungry.  Michael’s urban fantasy series The Legacy of the Gods includes Book One, Poseidon’s Children)
Redheart by Jackie Gamber (YA Fantasy, Book One of the Leland Dragon Series.  Book Two, Sela, is available) http://www.amazon.com/Redheart-Leland-Dragon-Series-ebook/dp/B004VFNJIA
Haunting Obsession by R.J. Sullivan (Paranormal Thriller, A Rebecca Burton Novella.  Also available from R.J. is Backstage Pass, a Rebecca Burton Short Story) http://www.amazon.com/Haunting-Obsession-ebook/dp/B008Y2SVS4
The Brotherhood of Dwarves by D.A. Adams (YA Fantasy, Book One of the Brotherhood of Dwarves Series.  Book Two, Red Sky at Dawn, Book Three, The Fall of Dorkhun, and Book Four, Between Dark and Light are also available) http://www.amazon.com/The-Brotherhood-of-Dwarves-ebook/dp/B0076OCAKG
Angelkiller by H. David Blalock (Urban Fantasy, Book One of the Angelkiller Triad.  Book Two, Traitor Angel, is also available) http://www.amazon.com/Angelkiller-The-Triad-ebook/dp/B006CR84AI
Overkill by Steven Shrewsbury (Sword and Sorcery, a Gorias La Gaul Story.  Other available Gorias La Gaul tales include the novel Thrall, and the short stories Author and Finisher of Our Flesh, Beginning of the Trail, and Insurmountable) http://www.amazon.com/Overkill-ebook/dp/B007X0G9IW
Crown of Vengeance by Stephen Zimmer (Epic Fantasy, Book One of the Fires in Eden Series.  Book Two, Dream of Legends, and Book Three, Spirit of Fire, are also available, as well as the short stories set in the same world, including Lion Heart, Land of Shadow, and Into Glory Ride.  Stephen’s urban fantasy series, The Rising Dawn Saga, includes Book One, The Exodus Gate, Book Two, The Storm Guardians, and Book Three, The Seventh Throne, as well as the short story set in the same world, Temples Rising.)http://www.amazon.com/Crown-Vengeance-Fires-Eden-ebook/dp/B0039PU8EQ
The seven titles spotlighted above are free on Kindle the entire week from Monday through Friday!

Consumed by Love review – Erotic horror by Pavarti K. Tyler

 Consumed by Love is the story of a couple who must face one partner’s supernatural transformation. This short piece is written in the style of a classic horror story with a dark take on the addictive nature of love.


One of the great things about being a book blogger is finding books you’d not have read were it not for other book bloggers. Pav has written a book that is unique in so many ways. I love outside the box everything books too of course and boy does this book deliver.

Erotic horror. Lust, passion, hunger ah to be desired so. But is it wise to give oneself so completely? To descend from love to madness?

Pav has such a unique spin on love, on too much love I should say. How blinding it can be and how destructive for all.

As always with a short story done well I am amazed at how much story can be crammed in to so few pages but it has been done here.

I highly recommend checking out Consumed by Love it’s one to read for it’s refreshing uniqueness and for the clear talent that shines.

Pavarti K Tyler is an artist, wife, mother and number cruncher. She graduated Smith College in 1999 with a degree in Theatre. After graduation, she moved to New York, where she worked as a Dramaturge, Assistant Director and Production Manager on productions both on and off Broadway.

Later, Pavarti went to work in the finance industry as a freelance accountant for several international law firms. She now operates her own accounting firm in the Washington DC area, where she lives with her husband, two daughters and two terrible dogs. When not preparing taxes, she is the Director of Marketing at Novel Publicity and busy penning her next novel.

Sunday Shorts

Sunday Shorts is a new meme started by the CabinGoddess.com. The rules are easy, a short story, an anthology of short stories, a novella, or a quick weekend read that is also short on your wallet!

Thanks to a goodreads group I was able to read another of Tony Bertauski’s books. It’s 99cents on amazon so you’d be crazy not to snag this awesome little read. At 44 pages it rocks in a major way. I’ve already read it so here is my review on Drayton, The Taker copied from goodreads.

Drayton once believed he was a vampire. He doesn’t know what he is. Or why he has lived for thousands of years. He takes not his victim’s blood but the silky essence of their soul during their last breath. Often mistaken for the Angel of Death, his victims sometimes ask for forgiveness. Sometimes he delivers. After all, he is not without sin.

Blake Barnes commits suicide by freezing on Mt. Hood. As his life fades, he assumes Death has come to him in the form of a young man. In his last moments, he asks Death to find his family, to tell them he’s sorry. Drayton honors this last request as he absorbs Blake Barnes’ waning essence. He travels to the Lowcountry of South Carolina to find his family. But saying sorry is not always as easy as the words imply. Drayton seeks to unravel the mess Blake Barnes has left behind and the predator he’s unleashed on his family.


I take part regularly in a meme called Sunday Shorts. It’s about sharing short stories ones you may not even have read but just ones that sound interesting and you want to try out. Short stories don’t get nearly enough credit I think, people may think you can’t cram all that story into so few pages. Not true I’ve found.

I am amazed in fact about how much story and depth some writers can fit in a story. Tony Bertauski is an author who hooked me with Annihilation of Foreverland. When I had the chance to review another of his books this one a short story I raised my hand and said please Sir, I want some more. Tony is super nice and sent more my way in the form of Drayton a character who doesn’t know who or what he is or remembers where he is from simply knows that he is old and takes the soul of people about to die. The Angel of Death perhaps? Whoever or whatever Drayton is I became fascinated with him and his story.

This is a much more adult story than Annihilation but then that was YA so it’s great to see an author being versatile. I was pleased to find out that Drayton is a series and will make an effort to read the others in it as Drayton is a character that I want to know more about and see where Tony takes him. See if we find out where he came from who and what he is.

Totally worth the read in fact all of Tony’s books should be on every good readers radar.