Charity Mews – Bella Update

Hi everyone, Some of you may remember our story from last year about Bella the cat that managed to eat a whole kebab stick! We are pleased to be back with an update today to let everyone know that she is doing just fine and living happily ever after at her forever home with her […]

via Charity Mews: An update from Bella — Katzenworld

List of Books on Writing in 2017

Welcome to the Distress Signals Blogging Bonanza! What’s that, you’re wondering? Well, you can either go and read this post or read the next sentence. In a nutshell: Distress Signals was out in paperback in the UK and Ireland on January 5 and hits the U.S.A. on February 2, and every day in between I’m […]

via My Top 11 ‘How To Write Books’ Books — CATHERINE RYAN HOWARD

Lucy’s Christmas Miracle (A Frank Rozzani Private Detective Short Story) by Don Massenzio — My train of thoughts on…

I bought this book (mobi format). My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Plot (by Goodreads) It’s the Christmas Season and a child is missing. Her parents are frantic. Join Private Detective Frank Rozzani and all of his friends as they search for her in the inclement weather of a cold winter night. It will take a miracle […]

via Lucy’s Christmas Miracle (A Frank Rozzani Private Detective Short Story) by Don Massenzio — My train of thoughts on…

NEW DOG — Stone City Blog

I was called down to master control today to pick up my new dog. I had a hard time controlling my excitement when I was told to go get him. Another doghandler and myself went together. We each had one waiting for us. His was a 2 yr old Blueheeler Border Collie mix named Cleveland. […]

via NEW DOG — Stone City Blog

Persistence — Live to Write – Write to Live

While I’m hiking The Long Trail, I’m reposting old favorites. This one originally published January 20, 2011. Seeing the galleys for my first book was like seeing a sonogram of a baby that’s been growing inside me for years. I was giddy with excitement to see the cover, the type, and the design of the […]

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Take 2: Thinking About Being a Self-Employed Writer? — Live to Write – Write to Live

This is a reworked post from almost exactly a year ago. The question is evergreen and the conversations it started were quite helpful then, as I think they will be now. If you’re on the fence about making the leap to self-employed writer and how to make a living, perhaps something here will help you […]

via Take 2: Thinking About Being a Self-Employed Writer? — Live to Write – Write to Live

Inspiration Station: When and Why Did You Begin Writing? With Charles Yallowitz — Rachel Poli

Inspiration Station is back, but in a new way! As you know, guest bloggers appear on my site twice a month. For the months of August, September, and October, my guests will be discussing the same topic: When and why did you begin writing? This week we’ll learn a little bit more about Charles Yallowitz. […]

via Inspiration Station: When and Why Did You Begin Writing? With Charles Yallowitz — Rachel Poli

Conjesero by Carl Alves – Paranormal Mystery Review

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Conjesero by Carl Alves
Paranormal Mystery/Thriller
$2.99 Kindle
$12.95 Paperback

My Review

Conjesero is a paranormal mystery/thriller that has plenty of twists and turns to keep readers guessing.  I started out thinking that the murderer was one thing because of a sub-plot, and by the end of the book I found out that I had been wrong for most of the story.  I became invested in the characters and worried for their safety until the end.  It was a riveting story that was a real page-turner.

The characters are well developed, which made it all the more of an emotional rollercoaster ride.  Without giving away too much, one of the secondary characters is killed by the Conjesero and I wanted to get revenge for them!  I usually feel bad when a character is killed off in a story (when they are the good guy), but in this case it went a step further.

As for the gore-factor, it wasn’t so explicit as to turn off some readers.  Yes, it was detailed, but in a medical examiner way of description.  It reminded me of an old-time police procedural.

The only thing I continued to wonder about after the story was over was why did the Conjesero become what it was.  The age old question of why does something good become evil.My take-away:  This book read like a script for a movie.  I could easily visualize each scene and character, though the Conjesero would be a challenge for the CGI folks.  Detective Kevin Russell was a believable character who is dealing with carnage of epic proportions.  Everyone around him is always at risk because of the awful people he interacts with.  It would be an edge-of-your-seat type of movie.

I’ve always been drawn to books with a legend/lore angle, and this story did not disappoint.  It is a book that is written for the mystery lover who likes to ponder all aspects of the story, like a Sherlock Holmes mystery.  Because of this aspect, I highly recommend this book to fellow mystery lovers.

About the Author


Carl went to Boston University majoring in Biomedical Engineering.  Carl graduated with a BS degree, and has since worked in the pharmaceutical and medical devices industries.  He later graduated from Lehigh University with an MBA degree.  His debut novel Two For Eternity was released in 2011 by Weaving Dreams Publishing.  His novel Blood Street was released in 2012 by True Grit Publishing.  His novel Reconquest: Mother Earth is scheduled to be released in 2014 by Montag Press.  His short fiction has appeared in various publications such as Sinister City, Alien Skin and Dark Eclipse.  He is a member of the Horror Writers Association and has attended the Penn Writers Conference.

You can visit his website at and find him on Facebook at

Online Fundraiser for the Hornell Area Humane Society

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Mabel the kitten says: Shop Online for the HAHS Fundraiser at

Hello everyone!

I’m doing an Avon Fundraiser for the Hornell Area Humane Society, which is a no-kill shelter (my favorite kind of shelter).  They do wonderful work for us here in Steuben County, New York, but could use more money to cover operating costs.  Lately they have had a LOT of kittens dropped off and could use a financial assist!

Please consider shopping in my eStore and help us to raise funds for a great cause.  ALL sales in my estore between now and July 10, 2016 will count towards the fundraiser.  If we reach our modest goal of $1500 I will be able to donate 30% of the sales total to HAHS.

There are so many inexpensive things that you can buy on Avon – especially Skin So Soft Bug Guard (perfect for this time of year!), Anew skin products, clothing, jewelry, housewares and more!  Avon has several brochures to shop from, and every little bit helps.

Please shop online here:  Shop for the HAHS Avon Fundraiser
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