Book Review: John W Campbell: "Who Goes There?" aka "The THING"

Just found this novelette a few weeks ago and was thrilled to get another chance to read it. I'd read it once before many years ago, but I had thought it lost and was delighted to find it was simply among my books in storage. 
Mr. Campbell did a wonderful job of creating a terrifying science fiction tale of isolation and the old '10 Little Indians' theme. In the lonely antarctic, a team of researchers are slowly realizing that the remains they brought in from a wrecked spaceship they'd found in the ice is still alive. Even more alarming is the fact that it can infect and duplicate any life form, by entering the victim's body and replacing every cell in that target body, allowing it to devour and become that person/animal. 

The rest of the humans must find a way to figure out who's been taken over and what this 'thing' wants, before any migrating birds come to stay at the base and move on to other parts of the world. 

John Carpenter's version of this st…

Birth of a Series Part 2 - "What IS a Para-Earth?"

In my last entry I explained how I had settled on the idea of Parallel Realities for the premise of my series.  But what could I do with it that was new and different? Well as Doctor Who would say, "This is where things get a bit tricky."
We all know that a lot of choices are man-made, but events are also a major player in our world and our lives.  There's an old school of thought that says, for whatever choices we make another alternate timeline exists where a version of ourselves exists who follows the path not taken.  I began pondering this concept and asked myself, "What if not just choice could lead to a parallel reality?  What if events that didn’t happen in our reality, did happen in another reality?  And what might be the consequences and effects of that event?"  This idea really intrigued me and I began to think about the concept on a much LARGER and OLDER scale...

     Current theory says that that moon we all know and love was made as a result of an e…

Birth of a Series Part - 1 "It All Started With Dreams"

Having just recently passed the 5 year anniversary mark of the release of our first book "The Bridge", we thought it might be nice to share with you all just how this journey began.  Where did the ideas for the Para-Earth Series come from?  Who and what inspired the concept?  And finally, for those who haven't had the opportunity to actually read any of the books but are curious to know more, what IS a Para-Earth?  To answer all these questions, let's begin with a familiar opening from a very familiar television show from the 1960's...

“Submitted for your approval…” these are the opening words written and spoken for the Twilight Zone by its creator Rod Serling.  In that place, people found themselves facing death, adventure, revelation, terror, or even worse… themselves.   So in the spirit of the late Mr. Serling, today’s entry is submitted for the approval of all our readers (whoever and wherever you may come from) as I guide you through the process of h…

Book Review: Bryce Main’s “LOVE AND COFFEE”

Many of us have a particular establishment where we go for a good cup of coffee, tea, and maybe even a pastry.  We might even like to park ourselves at a table, maybe by the window, or in a corner so we can sit, read, do a bit of texting, writing, artwork, or just dream.  But how many of us pay attention to the other folks sharing that space where we like to relax and unwind?
After reading “Love and Coffee” you may find yourself paying more attention to those around you and wondering what roads they’ve traveled down.
“Love and Coffee” is a collection of short vignettes that all take place inside not just any coffee shop, but a very special one.  It’s run by a woman everyone calls Little Italy, who knows just what you need even before you make up your mind.  She’s assisted by her cohorts Big Red, and Angel, as well as a music box that seems to have come straight out of the more benevolent corners of the Twilight Zone, along with Little Italy who simply has to give it the slightest nod or …

Book Review: "" by Scarlet Black

A Romantically Fang-tastic Read...


This book surpassed all my expectations.  In an age of sparkling day-walkers, we get some good old traditional vampires who have moved with the times.  They're powerful, clever, and have built some strong financial power for themselves.  However, a number of them are still 'monsters'.  Dorian Taylor is an exception.  He does not view mortals as merely play-toys or food, like his associates.  He longs for something more and finds it in Jennifer, he also finds his heart.  
Definitely not a book for anyone under eighteen, but a cracking good read.  Miss Black supplies the reader with a good amount of BDSM and sex.  But even more importantly she provides us with a love story with plenty of danger lurking in the shadows.  There are twists and turns I did not see coming which I found both moving and exciting.  While some situations might seem trite to some people, the author does something else that certainly makes up for it.  She makes u…

Things Are Coming Along Nicely Here...

As you all know this blog has been undergoing a serious renovation for the past week. The reason for this is the fact that I recently looked over some of our past entries found that this site contained well over 350 posts, which cover a variety of subjects from thoughts on writing, tips, book reviews, updates about our own works, etc.
I then thought about our readers, especially those who were new to the blog, and how difficult it would be to try and find a particular post or topic while wading through that many posts which are pretty much spread willy-nilly throughout the blog. Some semblance of order was needed to make things easier for all. 
So I set about adding menu buttons and linking specific posts to each in order to make the site easier to navigate. To date, the following menu selections are up and running:
"Home"  (main blog)
"The Authors" (aka an "About Us" page) 
"Para-Earth Books" (synopsis of our books and links to where you can ge…

Changes are a-happenin'...

In case you hadn't already noticed, there have been changes being made on this site.  I'm trying to make it more easy to navigate for readers by adding New Menu Items such as where to find book reviews we've done in the past, learning more about our books, where to find older posts about writing, etc.  I admit I'm rather a novice at doing this sort of thing but I've been making progress.  I simply ask that you all bear with me until I get everything sorted out the way I think will be best.  I have over 350 posts to sort through and edit so the process may take a while, but it's already giving me a lot of material for future posts about setting up a blog to also act like a website.  More soon.
Until then, keep writing my friends.