The Writer’s Reading Corner: Dan Alatorre #paranormal #thriller #amreading

Happy Friday!  Seems like it’s been a long week – for me anyway, but the weekend is looming large.  So take a breather, sit back, and let Dan Alatorre tell you about a book he read recently, then fill you in on his most recent novel, a paranormal thriller, An Angel On Her Shoulder.  Knowing that it’s based on actual events gets me all tingly inside!

A book I read recently that I really enjoyed was Lucy Brazier’s Sinister Dexter, part of her PorterGirl series. Lucy has a terrific, lighthearted storytelling style, and this is the third book in the series but it stands on its own very well. It has murder, mystery, intrigue, and a lot of laughs as Deputy Head Porter (they call each other by title there, not by name) goes about solving another case at prestigious Old College.

I was fortunate enough to speak with the author recently about her work, and also chat with her on Facebook. It’s a great time we live in where a fan can post with a great author!

My latest release is An Angel On Her Shoulder, a paranormal thriller based on actual events. It’s very eerie. A young family notices serious accidents happening to them around the same time every year, close to the birth date of their three year old daughter. They begin to wonder if they are somehow cursed, possessed, or possibly the victims of something much more sinister at work.

Some of my best characters were created in this book, like Father Frank, who gives the main character advice, and a rogue, gun-for-hire type named Tyree, who tries to help the family.  Readers everywhere have found it truly gripping and likened it to certain works by Stephen King.

I’m most proud of this novel because the first draft was 105,000 words, written in about 41 days. I trimmed it, obviously, and strengthened it, but also added some terrific elements to it. Another character, Dahlia, a voodoo priestess, has been requested by fans to get her own series!

These characters all come together in a fast-paced, page turner that has plenty of twists. Reader reviews say they can’t put it down.

Author Bio

International bestselling author Dan Alatorre has published more than 22 titles in over a dozen languages.

You’ll find action-adventure in the sci-fi thriller The Navigators, a gripping paranormal roller coaster ride in An Angel On Her Shoulder, heartwarming and humorous anecdotes about parenting in the popular Savvy Stories series, an atypical romance story in Poggibonsi, and terrific comedy in Night Of The Colonoscopy: A Horror Story (Sort Of). Dan’s knack for surprising audiences and making you laugh or cry – or hang onto the edge of your seat – has been enjoyed by audiences around the world.

And you are guaranteed to get a page turner every time.

“That’s my style,” Dan says. “Grab you on page one and then send you on a roller coaster ride, regardless of the story or genre.”

Readers agree, making his string of #1 bestsellers popular across the globe.

His unique writing style can make you chuckle or shed tears—sometimes on the same page (or steam up the room if it’s one of his romances). Regardless of genre, his novels always contain unexpected twists and turns, and his endearing nonfiction stories will stay in your heart forever.

He has also written illustrated children’s book and cookbooks, as well as stories for young readers. 25 eBook Marketing Tips You Wish You Knew, co-authored by Dan, has been a valuable tool for upcoming writers of any age (it’s free but only available to subscribers of his newsletter) and his dedication to helping authors of any skill level is evident in his wildly popular blog “Dan Alatorre – AUTHOR” at

Dan’s success is widespread and varied. In addition to being a bestselling author, he has achieved President’s Circle with two different Fortune 500 companies. Dan also mentors grade school children in his Young Authors Club and adults in his Private Critique Group, helping struggling authors find their voice and get published.

Dan resides in the Tampa, Florida area with his wife and daughter.

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Twitter @SavvyStories

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The Writer’s Reading Corner: Kenechukwu Obi #amreading #thriller #suspense

I’m a fan of Harlan Coben (especially his Myron Bolitar series), for exactly the reasons today’s guest, Kenechukwu Obi, describes below.  Kenechukwu’s book, End It By The Gun, was just released yesterday!

One of the books I’ve read and like very much is TELL NO ONE by Halan Coben. What I particularly like about Halan’s suspense novel is his mastery of words and his ability to take a reader through many captivating twists and turns that are all over the story. I discovered a writing style similar to mine in some ways in the novel, and I recommend it to anyone hungry for a thriller/suspense novel that’s simply magical.

The title of my own novel is END IT BY THE GUN. It’s a thriller/suspense novel.

Strong ambition drives Beck Blades, an aspiring writer from rural Nebraska, to become obsessed with having big Hollywood studios make movies based on his fiction stories. Taking a heavy toll on his marriage, Beck’s writing ambition soon proves hard to achieve. However, he is not a man to give up, even as rejections trail his efforts. He continues to write one fiction story after another with no breakthrough, until he writes his eleventh one, the unusual one, which grabs headlines through unexpected route. Success begins for Beck, but little does he know his female literary agent has an extra plan way beyond representation.

My Author Bio

Kenechukwu Obi was born of Nigerian parents and immigrated to Canada where he gained admission to study business administration at the University of Regina in Canada. He writes in different genres, including novels, plays, poetry, children’s fiction, short stories and song lyrics.

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The Writer’s Reading Corner: John Vance #historicalfiction #comingofage #amreading

It’s been one busy week, but Friday is finally here!  If you’re a regular at this blog, you’ll remember I likened my January visit to Disney World to the Seventh Circle of Hell.  John Vance is here to share his review of Fools in the Magic Kingdom, a satirical take on Disney World (sounds like something I could get behind), and to tell us about his newest release, Tick Cooper.

Recently, I’ve been fortunate to read wonderful indie novels by Tracy Ball, Kristen Jackson, and John Hazen, all of whom I highly recommend.  Most recently, however, I finished a splendid indie satire, Fools in the Magic Kingdom by Michael Hartnett.  As a Disney aficionado I couldn’t resist grabbing this one—and I absolutely loved it.  First, Hartnett has a refreshing and impressive cleverness with language–shaping his phrases and dialogue with a particularly deft hand.  Sections are utterly hilarious as we follow his characters through the Magic Kingdom and the World Showcase in Epcot. But unlike the lines at Disney World, everything flows at a brisk pace through the novel’s pages. In addition, Hartnett’s characters are as whimsical as Peter Pan, disturbing as Maleficent, amusing as Smee, sassy as Sebastian, unstable as Tinker Bell, intelligent as Mulan, violent as Scar, and illusive as Jack Sparrow. Readers who enjoy off-kilter characters who shake us up and push us around will delight in this book.

But it would be wrong to judge this novel as only a vivacious satirical romp through the Magic Kingdom, for in the very best literary satire—from Juvenal through Swift to Vonnegut–important and compelling issues are at the heart of the frivolity and outlandishness.  Here we find ourselves asking important questions about intolerance, nostalgia, traditions, and control. What in life can we find “magical” and how necessary is it to experience that magic? Other significant matters and themes in the book are depravity, vanity, expectation, disappointment, disillusionment, and fear of change.  In brief, we need more satirists with the skill and imagination of Michael Hartnett.


As for me, I’ve wanted to write a young person’s book that would appeal to reader’s of all ages.  Tick Cooper is my attempt to do just that. Tick is a twelve year old Ohio boy who’s about to accompany his Uncle Ned down the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers to New Orleans. It’s the autumn of 1860, right before the election that will send Abraham Lincoln to the White House. With his mother deceased and his father having deserted him for the chance of gold in California, Tick has been most fortunate to receive the care and love of his father’s older brother and his wife—Aunt Clara. Although she has recently passed away, she and Uncle Ned have educated the boy about living a good and proper life. But Tick hasn’t had much of a chance to put what he’s learned into practice—nor to face the moral challenges every young person will face as he or she grows up. But the river journey will provide plenty of those experiences and tests of character. Yet reaching New Orleans does not conclude Tick’s lessons and challenges, for there he witnesses a slave auction, and on the block is a thirteen-year-old freed black girl named Clarissa, whom Tick had briefly met in Ohio. Now Tick faces his most significant challenge. Can he help get Clarissa back to Ohio all the way from New Orleans?

Although set in the nineteenth century, the novel touches on a number of issues affecting young males and females today—and it does not repeat moments from Twain’s Huckleberry Finn, its obvious literary inspiration (in fact, the historical Sam Clemens makes an appearance in the book).  It’s a novel full of fun and adventure—and I’m very confident the reader will love Tick.  Finally, I found it both delightful and therapeutic writing from the perspective of a twelve year old boy.  (Available at

John Vance is a former professor of English at the University of Georgia.  Active in the theater—as an actor, director, producer, and playwright—he had thirty-five of his plays staged.  Now John has turned his creative energies toward fiction and has twelve indie novels published.


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The Writer’s Reading Corner: David Radman #amreading #childrensbooks #indieauthor

Where did this week go?  Not that I’m complaining, because it’s finally Friday!  Today’s author writes children’s books, and is here with his most recent release, When Grandpa Gets Going.  Welcome, David Radman!

So I am not as avid a reader as I probably should be.  I am very picky when it comes to devoting my time to reading.  I simply have too many things to do.  However, I am currently reading, “A New Ending”, by a very dear friend of mine, Alyssa Dean Copeland.  A well-defined story that combines romance with time travel in a very unique, yet brilliant way.  Copeland has the ability to capture all the emotions of a love story, and mix it with a history lesson in a way I’ve never seen done before.  If you are a fan of time travel or love stories, this one may just be the recipe you’ve been waiting for.

My second published children’s book, “When Grandpa Gets Going”, was just released this February.  It’s a story that celebrates the special relationship that exists between a grandpa and his grandchildren.  Experience the non-stop excitement of having to keep up with your grandpa while he’s in town visiting you on vacation.  It’s a fast-paced, high-energy story, written in rhyme, that questions who is really keeping up with whom?

“And we could not have guessed, there was no way of knowing, just what would all happen, when grandpa gets going”.

Author Bio

I am an award winning author who began writing children’s stories as a single father, when my two daughters were very young.  My love of being a dad inspired me to share my creativity through the magic of storytelling.  My first book, “Santa’s Zany, Wacky, Just Not Right Night Before Christmas”, won the gold medal Moonbeam Award in 2014, and was a finalist in the USA Best Books competition that same year.

I continue to write stories that I hope to be able to share in the future.  I live in Littleton, Colorado with my wife and stepson.

You can learn more about me, or follow me on my Facebook page at

“When Grandpa Gets Going” can be found at

“Santa’s Zany…” can be found at

Both are also available on Amazon.

The Writer’s Reading Corner: Nicole Harkin #memoir #amreading #IndieAuthor

Happy Friday!  You never know which books are going to stick with you – maybe it’s something your parents read to you as a child, perhaps a book that provided comfort during a difficult time in your life, or a novel that kept you up reading until the wee hours of the morning.  For today’s author, it was a book about two men in a middle-aged crisis embarking on a fishing trip.  Welcome Nicole Harkin!

Who would expect a book about men fishing would catch my interest? But Shark Drunk did just that. Set in Sweden, the book follows two middle-aged men as they seek to ward off a middle-aged crisis by fishing for a Greenland shark from a dingy. Almost Moby Dick, updated for a modern audience, the book flew by, as I learned about Greenland shark oil and Norse myths. I won’t give away the ending, which had me on the edge of my dingy until the end of the book. I am honestly recommending this book to every person I meet these days.

Another Swedish author’s book caught my eye recently: The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning. The author is obsessed with death in another form, hers rather than that of a shark. She delineates how to downsize before it is too late, reminding aging seniors, or the rest of us for that matter, to destroy our extra dildos and unfinished paintings. As I read this book, I thought about my grandmother who died last year. She engaged in death cleaning without calling it that. At the end of every visit to her in recent years, I came home with more of her stuff. At the time I didn’t see it as her preparing to die but looking back it is clear. She did not want to be a burden to us. She never was to me. This book will appeal to those interested in The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up.

Nicole’s Latest Release

Start with a family of four children and two parents, add in a sudden catastrophic illness, a secret girlfriend, financial ruin, and divorce; shake with cancer, teenage pregnancy, a bit of humor and resiliency: that’s the recipe for my childhood. Tilting, A Memoir is a story of how one set of parents lived and died—but more than that—it is an exploration of the secrets and lies of childhood and the stories we tell ourselves which mold us into the people we become. The book recently won a gold medal in The Wishing Shelf Book awards!

Author Bio

Nicole Harkin currently resides in Washington, DC with her husband and two small children. She works as a writer and family photographer. As a Fulbright Scholar during law school, Nicole lived in Berlin, Germany where she studied German environmentalism. Her work can be found in Thought Collection and you are here: The Journal of Creative Geography. She is currently working on mystery set in Berlin. Her photography can be seen at Her book, Tilting, A Memoir, won a gold award in The Wishing Shelf Book Awards.

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IG: @tiltingamemoir
Twitter: @harkinna

The Writer’s Reading Corner: Michael L. Wolff #scifi #fantasy #indieauthor

I love to read fantasy novels.  Today’s author shares how Terry Goodkind’s Wizard’s First Rule (a book that’s been in my TBR longer than I’d like to admit) changed his outlook on life.  Welcome, Michael!

I love Terry Goodkind’s Wizard’s First Rule. When you boil it down, it was the first fantasy novel that had a philosophical foundation. The Rule itself (People are stupid) really spoke to me because it stated that the concepts of good and bad are basically an illusion of perspective. Everyone is the hero of their own story; there is no bad guy. I started defining villains by their actions. You really expect me to believe that Emperor Palpatine, the great savior of the galaxy, had to resort to murder to get things done? He couldn’t think of any other solution? He’s not evil because he destroyed democracy. He’s evil because he relied on the easiest things a person could do to get it done. That book shaped my outlook on life.


My latest work is a bit of a tangle to describe. Chased By Flame and War were originally two acts in a much bigger book called Smoke & Mirrors. My publisher Reagan Rothe suggested to break the book down into smaller chunks and essentially make each individual act into its very own book. Hence Chased By Flame and Chased By War. There are four other acts left in the original book, and the plan is to treat each act as its own individual book (though I have been toying with the idea to fuse Flame and War together).

Chased By War starts off where its predecessor (Chased By Flame) left off: catapulting protagonist Mykel LeKym into the past. He really comes into his own here. He’s relied on others for most of his life, and his inexperience really shows, especially in the way he fights battles. In the first book he has panic attacks during fighting scenes, and I have him recite historical facts to calm himself down. There’s less and less of that here. He still has no idea what he’s doing, but he slowly learns how to handle himself.

Author Bio

I have cerebral palsy, a birth defect that means I have very little function in my left arm. I consider myself lucky because a lot of cerebral palsy cases have much more severe symptoms. I will always need help cutting my food, but it gives me a unique perspective that a lot of others don’t have. Mykel LeKym is the embodiment that someone can be a cripple and still be a hero.

Wrote the Wolff’s Den entertainment column in both my high school newspaper and for the Meriden Record-Journal newspaper chain.

Wrote and published a dozen articles for, a science fiction and fantasy blog. Articles were educational; describing new television shows, a codex of sci-fi/fantasy slang, and rare video games.

Wrote Smoke & Mirrors, a six-act fantasy in the vein of Robert Jordan’s Wheel Of Time series. Two of the Acts in Smoke & Mirrors have been published as separate novels (Chased By Flame and Chased By War).

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Personal blog: various essays I’ve written.


The Writer’s Reading Corner: Luisa Cloutier #biography #memoir #IndieAuthor

Who hasn’t wished they could contact a loved one on the other side?  To see how they’re doing…to say something you wish you’d told them before it was too late…to get closure.  There could be any number of reasons.  Today, Luisa Cloutier shares her tragic loss and subsequent journey to find peace and healing.  Welcome, Luisa!

I have read Love Never Dies by Dr. Jamie Turndorf,

I chose this book because I needed to know how to connect with my husband on the other side. Brandon had had a heart attack, he was a healthy and handsome man. I needed to reassure myself that he was with me, in another dimension, and that love never dies. I needed his spiritual guidance to make the right decisions for our business. I confirm that I had had signs that Brandon’s spirit was with me and that we were inseparable forever.

Dr. Jamie Turndorf’s book is therapeutic and gave me peace. I highly recommend reading this book to people who have lost their loved ones.


My memoir UNTIL FOREVER will be released on May 24, 2018.

When Luisa’s mother died, Luisa was left to take care of her family. Her dream of leaving Naples for a better life died too. Her life became hard work and sacrifice, leaving no time for dreaming or romance. Then one day she met a U.S Marine stationed in Italy. Though Brandon didn’t speak Italian, he understood what Luisa needed and made her feel like a princess. They fell in love, married and began to build a life together in the United States. For many years they struggled. Because of Brandon’s military service, Luisa spent long periods apart from him. Under the stress, their marriage slowly began to fracture, leading to infidelity and separation. During that time apart, both Luisa and Brandon learned what it took to make a marriage work and came to realize how much they truly meant to each other.  When they reconciled, their love grew even stronger. Until one day when everything changed and Luisa faced something she didn’t think she would ever recover from. Until Forever is the inspiring story of the power of love and the strength that lies within us when we think we have nothing left. 

“Luisa Cloutier’s tribute to her husband Brandon, is a beautifully written and engaging ‘coming of age’ journey, and the author’s distinct personality and perspective are evident throughout, creating a warm and moving memoir.” –Indie Reader

 “The storytelling is raw and honest.” –Nabila Fairuz, author of The Chronicles of Captain Shelly Manhar

Author Bio

Luisa Cloutier is a motivational and inspirational speaker and the owner of a successful personal training business. She has over 25 years of experience in the fitness and wellness industry and is a Nutrition Together Consultant and an ISSA Certified Specialist in Exercise Therapy.  Since 2005, she has been helping clients reach their personal goals and achieve happiness. With dual U.S./Italian citizenship, she divides her time between Massachusetts and the South of Italy.
Twitter:  @LuisaCloutier