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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Apologize for the delay. I took the weekend off to spend it with my kids. What a great Easter weekend we enjoyed. It was the first time in probably ten years that all of us, expect Shawn, went to church together. We had a great time and I think the pastor wants me to perform my speech. How cool is that? Okay, let’s get back on track.
 What shall we SPOTLIGHT this week? Well, if you read last week’s post (hoping you did) I made mention of running off into a completely different world. One, where even the brave enter with great tepidity.  Yes, a place divided by time, imagination and parallel universes: Science Fiction! The four authors being featured show just how diverse and exciting this genre cane be. Their works span from great novels to the shortest of frightening stories. If you like what you hear, and enjoy the reviews I’ve written, the next obvious  step, would be to purchase one of their fabulous works and journey through their minds and stories.

T.M. HunterNot familiar with the name? Well, I didn’t know who Tom Clancy was either. I met Tod and his wife at the FenCon convention in Addison,TX. back in February. You know how we say “it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure it out?” Well, Tod can do that, because he is the proverbial rocket scientist. Pretty cool huh? I thought so. I kept listening to him and his wife describing T. M.’s works and decided to give one a try, “The Cure.” That might not be the catchiest title, but once I read the book, the cover and the title truly depict the story. Imagine being in a world run by religious zealots who for the most part frown at science and its abilities to solve the problems of the universe, including death. Ponce de Leon would kill to read this story. Is the fountain of youth a myth? Can science unravel the genes to revive dead cells? If you’re still intrigued, pick-up a copy today and begin the journey.

Issace Hooke has released one of the most original and entertaining stories I’ve come across lately. Now that doesn’t mean I enjoyed the entire story, but his ability to blend unencumbering yet excellent descriptions and dialogue keeps the reader moving forward. The scene where Hooke is climbing a mile high mountain with nothing more than the ropes left in place by explorers before him, will have you shivering with each and every painful move to the top.

Daniel L. Carter. I met Daniel on a FB site: Free reads. He was offering a different type of adventure in the realm. His is a Christian based theme. Now what a minute. Don’t overlook his work if you aren’t faith based. He tells a wonderful, captivating tale. It’s not along the lines of the movie “Courageous,” but it has a great message. So give Daniel a chance and check out his entire series

Next in line would be A. Philipson. He has taken a different take on the apocalyptic world.  His story starts off with current events as a strange force kills off over 90% of the world’s population. I know, we’ve seen this before, but have we seen it with one family becoming the rulers of Earth. Oh, those who survived obtain IQ’s over 150. They build a utopian world, but like all stories, peace can only last so long. The Mathews find themselves in a life and death struggle with an alien force that is as scared of the humans as the humans are of them. Think Star Wars and you get the idea.

Last, but definitely not least is Hugh Howley. For those who have read any of his short stories, you already know he is a master at the craft. Think of Hugh as modern day Rod Serling.  Last I heard, he has signed with a major publishing house and is working on a movie deal. Pretty cool huh? And they say short stories can’t bring you fame.

There are a few others, but I’ll save that for another post. Think John Patin and Linell Jeppsen. Yes, they too have the gift. As always, if you enjoyed what you read about these excellent authors, please feel free to hit the like button. Every little vote helps all of us. 

Next week I’ll be featuring men who have written very compelling stories of love and loss. The authors I’ll be featuring are masters of the craft. Yep, men can write true, heart tugging stories also. Harry Leslie Smith and Shawn Inmon. 


  1. More excellent authors, Jeff. Thanks for posting :-)

  2. Many thanks Tim. Thought I'd try something a little different than doing personal interviews right now. Just trying to give these gals and guys some extra exposure in their respective genres.

  3. Thank you so much for the support Jeff. This means a lot to me.

    Daniel L Carter

    1. My pleasure Daniel. Have a great Sunday


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