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Special Treat: A Bit of Short Fiction Courtesy of the Talented Jim Callan

So today I have a special treat for you – a very fun piece of short fiction by the talented author James Callan. He sent this tidbit around to those of us on his email list (if you’re not one of said lucky readers, you should definitely do something about that post haste – you can sign up by sending him a quick email at, and I’m reprinting it with his gracious permission. When he’s not sending fun surprise treat emails, Jim writes fun surprise treat books, which you can learn about here. There’s also a blurb about his latest – The Silver Medallion – after the story, definitely check that out too. Happy reading!

The Brain of Will Smith
The law offices of B.D. Suall did not measure up to lawyers’ offices on TV. Joe Smith didn’t notice. He watched a lot of TV, but his tastes ran more to professional wrestling or stand-up comedy shows. He knew B.D. from a local bar, knew he was a lawyer, and that’s all Joe needed to know.
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Yet Another Cool GoodReads Feature – Now You Can See What I Read (if you care)!

How cool is this – it’s a statistical compilation of my GoodReads reading since 2011!

If you click on any of the orange bars (or the “details” tab) you can see the expanded version showing all the books in each given ranking category in each given year. And you can see each and every single book with the “view books” tab. Don’t forget to check out the “pages” and “publication year” tabs – what wildly random, utterly useless, completely irrelevant, yet unfathomably interesting information! How cool is that?? I love GoodReads – it’s a great way to keep track of what you read, what you stop reading, what you want to read, and what you own, and a great way to connect with others who love books. Plus it’s got a ton of cool and interesting statistical and tracking things like these, in case you happen to be an uber-dork like me who finds unusual pleasure in knowing such *useful* information… If you’re on there, let me know – I’m always curious to see what other people read!

Jill Elizabeth

BOOK REVIEW: Prison of Souls by Xander Grey

Today we’re going to delve into seriously creepy land, via Prison of Souls by Xander Grey. My review copy was graciously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Book summary available from Amazon ; book trailer available here. Apparently, I’m the last person in the world to learn that most books have trailer videos now – that’s weird to me. That they exist, I mean, not that I’m the last person to learn of them. That part actually surprises me not at all, since I’m maybe the only person I can think of who hates YouTube. But the former part – that they are a regular part of book marketing – strikes me as unusual, since I tend to think of the YouTube crowd as the exact opposite of the reading crowd. But maybe that’s me being a Luddite. Who knows… Anyway, I digress (as per usual), and shall now stop and refocus.
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Happy Prime Day!

Yes, a bit of shameless self-promotion for Amazon teehee, but it comes with bargains, so I guess it’s ok… 😉

Apparently July 12 is now Prime Day. If anyone is interested in great deals on Prime, books, subscriptions, movies, music, or anything else random, check it out – they’re really offering some significant discounts… I don’t entirely understand the point of Prime Day – I guess it’s no more or less meaningful than other made-up holidays like Valentine’s Day, but who cares when it comes to deals?? 🙂

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A Teaser for The Summer that Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel

“The heat came with the devil.”

So opens the extraordinary book I’m currently reading – The Summer that Melted Everything, by Tiffany McDaniel. I am going a bit off-pattern by telling you (actually, truth be told, teasing you) about it before my review. I was contacted by the author and asked if I would be interested in receiving a free reading copy in exchange for a review and am I EVER GLAD I DID… Admittedly, this one would have sparked my interest by title and cover alone, and the description would have sealed the deal – I’d definitely have picked it up if I’d seen it. But that’s the key, isn’t it – making sure you see the books that resonate the most with you?? SO I’m taking a minute to give you a teaser by mentioning it before my review, since I want to make sure you see it. Yes, it’s that good.

The book will be available July 26. Here’s the trailer. It’s creepy and evocative and leaves you wondering what, exactly, is going on. EXACTLY LIKE THE BOOK. The trailer makes it seem darker than the writing itself to my mind, but as I’ve thought more about it, I’ve decided that was not at all an odd thing for this particular book. There is so much going on here – it’s philosophy by way of character development and classic storytelling and is absolutely gorgeously written (McDaniel won’t give you multiple adverbs in a row, I assure you, her writing sells itself…). I won’t say more for now – this is, after all, a self-proclaimed teaser. But definitely check out the trailer and watch for my review – it’s going to be a goodie…

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