Fiction Friday: Temptation (Eid al-Fitr Special)

My first novella, City of Kaiju, is finally out! Available through Amazon and Books2Read. You can see a preview of the very first chapter here. Help support a fresh new author with a fantastic read this summer.

To begin, I’m not someone who practices Islam. I wasn’t born under it and I barely know anything about it. But I do enjoy stories based around culture outside of the states (especially creative tales) so I figured I’d give this a go.

Today’s story is Temptation, by Karuna Riazi, narrated by Farah Naz Rishi. You can listen here. This is a very good tale about, what else, temptation. More specifically the desire to eat during a fasting period, which most religions are known for. The idea is to basically starve yourself (or give something up) for a set period, typically several hours to a full day.

For healthcare, this is normal. Being tied to religion, however, can have damaging consequences. So let’s get into it. Continue reading “Fiction Friday: Temptation (Eid al-Fitr Special)”

Fiction Friday: The Letter Mage

My first novella, City of Kaiju, is finally out! Available through Amazon and Books2Read. You can see a preview of the very first chapter here. Help support a fresh new author with a fantastic read this summer. Fiction Friday is a series where I talk about what I’ve been reading. Short Stories (and sometimes Novellas) are featured as in-between posts and the first Friday of … Continue reading Fiction Friday: The Letter Mage

Fiction Friday: Second Skin

My first novella, City of Kaiju, is finally out! Available through Amazon and Books2Read. You can see a preview of the very first chapter here. Help support a fresh new author with a fantastic read this spring season.

Warning: This story is not for the faint of heart. Contains language and gruesome moments. You have been warned.

Today, we’re reviewing Second Skin by Pip Coen, as featured in Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine. You can buy an issue here. This is a wonderfully told tale of a mysterious girl that has unique powers that transcend imagination itself. So let’s head into it, shall we? Continue reading “Fiction Friday: Second Skin”

Fiction Friday: A Most Practical Imperative

My first novella, City of Kaiju, is finally out! Available through Amazon and Books2Read. You can see a preview of the very first chapter here. Help support a fresh new author with a fantastic read this spring season.

Fiction Friday is a series where I talk about what I’ve been reading. Short Stories (and sometimes Novellas) are featured as in-between posts and the first Friday of the month will feature a new novel review. Today, I review A Most Practical Imperative by Joe Taylor.

Unreal Magazine: Vol. 1 by [White, Daniel Scott, Wells, Martha, Teng, Tais, Ha Lee, Yoon, Devenport, Emily, Rao, Adithi, Needham, Jessica, Kellebrew, Liz, Salis, George, Grigg, David R.]

Time for something different. It’s another new magazine, freshly printed and just as mysterious. Today’s story is a Most Practical Imperative by Joe Taylor, as featured in Unreal Magazine. You can find it here. This is the magazine’s first issue. They managed to follow me on Twitter and I figured I’d give it a look and hopefully give their cover story a good review.

So let’s check it out. Continue reading “Fiction Friday: A Most Practical Imperative”

Avengers: Endgame Review

My first novella, City of Kaiju, is finally out! Available through Amazon and Books2Read. You can see a preview of the very first chapter here. Help support a fresh new author with a fantastic read this spring season.

Whoo boy. Do I have a review for you. I’m likely going to spend the next thousand words gushing about how epic this movie was and how it exceeded all expectations. Like, this would forever be the gold standard of superhero movies and I honestly don’t know how Marvel Studios, or really, anyone, can top this. So let’s just get right into it.

This won’t spoil the ending, but will contain spoilers nonetheless. Deaths and the like will be omitted, but I will mention the big battle at the end. Just a heads up.

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Fiction Friday: The Bone Flute Quartet

My first novella, City of Kaiju, is finally out! Available through Amazon and Books2Read. You can see a preview of the very first chapter here. Help support a fresh new author with a fantastic read this spring season.

Fiction Friday is a series where I talk about what I’ve been reading. Short Stories (and sometimes Novellas) are featured as in-between posts and the first Friday of the month will feature a new novel review. Today, I review The Bone Flute Quartet by K.J. Kabza.

Beneath Ceaseless Skies Issue #277 by [Kabza, K.J., Duncan, R.K.]

Hello, Witches and Warlocks. Time for our newest short story after an unusually long absence. Life got in the way, but we’re back and ready for some magic. Today’s short story is The Bone Flute Quartet by K.J. Kabza. You can find it here. This time, we have a fairy-tale type story about a girl wanting to be a witch. Ah yes, magic in a world where such is forbidden. Brooms, cauldrons, pointy noses, green skin, warts…okay we could do with out those, but maybe keep the broom.

Anyway, let’s get our magic on. Continue reading “Fiction Friday: The Bone Flute Quartet”