Author Spotlight: Xane J. Fisher
Author Spotlight / August 2, 2016

Originally from the Salt Lake City area, Xane Fisher has spent most of his life living out of a backpack or suitcase. Along his travels, he has been blessed with an amazing family, a college education, and the opportunity to see the world from the skyscrapers of Abu-Dhabi to the third world markets of Angola. From a young age, he has felt compelled to write and share experiences through a pen or keyboard. He is currently living in southwest Germany, serving in the United States Air Force with his wife Autumn and their son Judah. He hopes to have his first novel completed soon. Website: https://poetryforpeopleihate.com Twitter: @XaneFisher Facebook: Facebook profile Blog: https://poetryforpeopleihate.com Book Review BoyzNite Law school wonder student Ian Peters chronicles his first night home for the summer in Piedmont, Washington. What starts with a pleasant drive up the Pacific Northwest Coast leads him into a night of self discovery, contemplative self-assessment, and ultimately the question of what kind of man does he want to be? Along the way, he reconnects with friends, family, and an old flame who changes his world forever. What started as a typical night of partying quickly becomes BoyzNite.        …

Author Spotlight: J.T. Lawrence
Author Spotlight / August 2, 2016

JT Lawrence is an author, playwright and bookdealer based in Parkhurst, Johannesburg. She is the mother of two small boys and lives in a house with a red front door. She has written various plays for SAFM including ‘The Shelter’, ‘Unspilling the Milk’, ‘Every Breath You Take’, and serials, the most recent being the crime drama ‘Jigsaw’. Her short story collection ‘Sticky Fingers’ was broadcast in the last quarter of 2015, and will be available as a paperback and ebook in 2016. Her first novel, ‘The Memory of Water’ (2011), is about a writer who would do anything for a story. Her 2015 offering, ‘Why You Were Taken’, is a pre-dystopian sci-fi thriller starring a synaesthete, and takes place is a futuristic Jo’burg burdened by infertility and a water crisis. It was optioned by the national broadcaster, SABC, for a radio adaption. She is currently working on her new novel, ‘Grey Magic’, slated for December 2016, about an eccentric modern-day witch, accused of murder, who must explore her past lives in order to keep her freedom — and find her way back to magic. Website: Pulpbooks Amazon: J.T. Lawrence Twitter: @pulpbooks Facebook: facebook.com/JanitaTLawrence Instagram: pulp_junkie   Book Review Sticky Fingers Diverse, dark-humoured, and deliciously bite-sized, this compelling collection of 12 short stories by JT…

Author Spotlight: Angela Meadon
Author Spotlight / July 1, 2016

Angela started writing stories when she was 8 years old. Her first story was about Indiana Jones and she wrote it on pages she tore out of her school books. She has come a long way since those early days. She invents her own heroes now, but she tries to keep the sense of passion and wonder that infused her early forays into the craft. When she’s not herding her three children through the garden of their Johannesburg home, Angela surrounds herself with words in all their glorious forms. She is the submissions editor for an online magazine, the lead technical writer for a fast-growing software company, a dedicated author and a voracious reader. She tends to write darker stories, and enjoys experimenting with genre. Horror and fantasy will always be her first loves (yes, she can have two), but she also enjoys science fiction and thrillers. Strong Medicine Book Review  Erin du Toit’s 9-year old daughter has been kidnapped by Johannesburg’s most powerful witchdoctor. Can Erin save her child before she’s chopped up for muthi? Erin’s first instinct is to go to the police, but the South African Police Force is paralyzed by corruption and overwhelmed by hundreds of…

Author Spotlight: Warren Hately
Author Spotlight / July 1, 2016

Warren Hately lives with his children in Margaret River, Western Australia, where he works as a journalist and sub-editor. Previously, he has been a freelance travel writer, photographer and academic. He holds a doctorate in English and Comparative Literature for his dissertation The Discourse of Conflict, which reworked post-Foucauldian semiotics to examine the predominance of language-like models in the resolution of conflict (with the case study of the 1981 prison conflict in Northern Ireland). Warren also has an English with First Class Honours in post-structuralist theory and cultural studies specialising in the work of French philosopher Michel Foucault. Twitter: @wereviking Amazon: Warren Hately Website: zephyr.warrenhately.com Zephyr I Book Review Zephyr is an ongoing series that has been favorably compared to Alan Moore’s Watchmen and similar classics. Like the comic books to which it owes a debt, Zephyr is episodic with an open narrative. It is written for grown-ups. It’s 2013 on the eastern seaboard of the United States. The place is Atlantic City: a sweeping longitudinal metropolis rebuilt following widespread devastation in 1984. Superhumans are not only real, they’re human. All too human, as Nietzsche would say. Zephyr is an alt.superhero adventure influenced by postliterary writing and Sturgeon’s law. The…

Author Spotlight: Sukanya Venkatraghavan
Author Spotlight / July 1, 2016

Sukanya Venkat is an Indian writer, partial to the fantasy genre of fiction. Currently based in Mumbai, Sukanya lives with her husband and a large congregation of cat and owl figurines collected from all over the world. Sukanya’s first brush with fantasy was as a film journalist in Mumbai, covering the glamourous, yet daunting world of Bollywood with publications like Filmfare and Marie-Claire. Having grown up listening to tales of Indian mythology and folklore narrated by her grandfather, as well as reading western classics from the library in the attic of her childhood home in Kerala, it was but natural that her progression to life as a writer would revolve around gods, apsaras, rakshasas and the like. These days, her waking hours are spent trying to balance out the magical and the mundane. Between painting, tarot reading and writing, she enjoys toeing the fine line between fantasy and reality. She slips through the veil sometimes and brings back tales from elsewhere. Dark Things is the first one.­­­­­ Twitter: @Sunbloom Succubus Amazon: Sukanya Venkatraghavan Dark Things  Book Review Somewhere on Prithvi, a mortal survives a supernatural attack. In the dark realm of Atala, an evil goddess prepares to do the Unspeakable. And a Yakshi finds…

Author Spotlight: David Meredith
Author Spotlight / June 30, 2016

David Meredith is a writer and educator originally from Knoxville, Tennessee. He received both a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts from East Tennessee State University, in Johnson City, Tennessee as well as a Tennessee State Teaching license. He is currently a doctoral student in Educational Leadership. On and off, he spent nearly a decade, from 1999-2010 teaching English in Northern Japan, but currently lives with his wife and three children in the Nashville Area where he continues to write and teach English. Amazon Author Page Facebook Web Site – davidmeredithwriting.com The Reflections of Queen Snow White Book Review What happens when “happily ever after” has come and gone? On the eve of her only daughter, Princess Raven’s wedding, an aging Snow White finds it impossible to share in the joyous spirit of the occasion. The ceremony itself promises to be the most glamorous social event of the decade. Snow White’s castle has been meticulously scrubbed, polished and opulently decorated for the celebration. It is already nearly bursting with jubilant guests and merry well-wishers. Prince Edel, Raven’s fiancé, is a fine man from a neighboring kingdom and Snow White’s own domain is prosperous and at peace. Things could not…

Author Spotlight: Michael Smorenburg
Author Spotlight / June 30, 2016

Michael Smorenburg (b. 1964) grew up in Cape Town, South Africa. An entrepreneur with a passion for marketing, in 1995 Michael moved to California where he founded a business consultancy and online media and marketing engine In 2003 he returned to South Africa. Michael’s published works include: Business Buyer’s Kit (Career Press, 1997), The Everything Sailing Book (Adams Media, 1998), The Everything Sailing Book – Part 2 (Adams Media, 1999). Michael is represented in non-fiction by Keller Media of Malibu, California. Michael’s greatest interest is the ocean, keeping up with the latest breakthroughs in science, understanding the cosmos. FaceBook: MichaelSmorenburgAuthor Twitter: @SmorieTheWriter Amazon: Michael Smorenburg Author website: MichaelSmorenburg The SKA at Carnarvon – A Trojan Affair Book review Dara Singh is seventeen. Gregarious and with an Oxford accent, he carries the dark Indian skin and fine features of his evolutionary psychologist father. He is dangerously innocent to the fundamentalism and dogma of the predicament he’s suddenly thrust into. His American astrophysicist mother, Marsha, has taken on a contract to help build the SKA, the $2.5-Billion Square Kilometer Array radio telescope network. This sees the family relocate to the dusty desert town of Carnarvon in South Africa’s arid Northern Cape. It delivers…