Review: Drayton ~ The Taker

Read from 3 – 11 December, 2020.


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.

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Foreverland is Dead… or is it?


3 stars

Read from May 22 to 29, 2014

Synopsis: Six teenage girls wake with no memories. One of them is in a brick mansion, her blonde hair as shiny as her shoes. The others are in a cabin, their names tagged to the inside of their pants. Their heads, shaved. Slashes mark the cabin wall like someone has been counting.

Hundreds of them.

There’s wilderness all around and one dead adult. The girls discover her body rotting somewhere in the trees. As the weeks pass, they band together to survive the cold, wondering where they are and how they got there. And why.

When an old man arrives with a teenage boy, the girls learn of a faraway island called Foreverland where dreams come true and anything is possible. But Foreverland is dead. In order to escape the wilderness, they’ll have to understand where they are.

More importantly, who they are.  Continue reading

The importance of cover art

Is cover art important in an ebook world? YES!

One of the authors I speak with on Goodreads recently blogged about this subject and his experiences with it. I think Tony Bertauski sums up the importance of good cover art, even in this virtual world we’re living in quite well. You can see his blog post here. He is just one example of what it is like for hundreds, possibly thousands of independantly published authors out there. When you start writing, do you think about the cost of paying to have someone create a cover for you? Are you one of the lucky few who can do their own, or know of someone who could do the cover for you? How much is acceptable to spend on your first cover? How long will it take you to make it back? Continue reading