Introduction (from Goodreads.com) A young man is found dead in his bed, with a look of extreme agony on his face and strange tattoos all over his body. His distraught senator father suspects foul play, and knows who to call on. Enter Felix, a professional investigator. In the business of ferreting out dark information for … Continue reading Book Review: Murder in Absentia by Assaph Mehr
Introduction (Description from Goodreads) Jason Dessen is walking home through the chilly Chicago streets one night, looking forward to a quiet evening in front of the fireplace with his wife, Daniela, and their son, Charlie—when his reality shatters. It starts with a man in a mask kidnapping him at gunpoint, for reasons Jason can’t begin … Continue reading Book Review: Dark Matter
Once again, I climb the mountain...Photo by Jason Hogan on Unsplash Way back in November (which feels like years ago now), I posted my first ever blog about how I owned NaNoWriMo on my second try as I devised a system that worked pretty well. Like any first draft born from that event, mine needed a *lot* of … Continue reading NaNo Victory #2: What Worked for Me (Again)
Hanging on... Photo by Jude Beck on Unsplash So it's been a little while. Life has been our own little ball of crisis mode within our house over the past six weeks. We've been far luckier than many: both of us still have paying jobs, albeit working from home is the very definition of organized chaos; we have … Continue reading Quarantine Update #3
Dickens began A Tale of Two Cities with "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..." That was week 2 of my family's shelter-in-place. We spent the overwhelming majority of it inside, although we at times forced the kids outside in the form of wagon rides and chasing each other around … Continue reading Quarantine Update #2 (Or, Absence Makes the Heart…)
This little bastard, eh? Here's a quick mid-hiatus update! First of all, everyone in my family is doing well. None of us have any health issues as of now, and we're blessed to only have upturned schedules and routines to worry about. We're stocked up, still working (from home), and ready to ride this out. … Continue reading Once in a Lifetime
Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com If you haven't followed my social media accounts (Twitter: joedonnewrites, IG: authorjosephdonne), then I have some bad and good news for you. BAD NEWS: I'm taking a break from blogging for a little bit. The combination of work and family time leaves me with only a scant amount of creative … Continue reading Blogging Break: Time to Write!
Introduction This is a book that's right in my wheelhouse (historical fiction) using real people from the time period to tell the story. It's book one of The Sertorius Scrolls, telling the story from the perspective of Quintus Sertorius and, occasionally, his lifelong friend, Lucius Hirtuleius. Sertorius (It's common to refer to people by their … Continue reading 5-Star Book Review: The Man with Two Names by Vincent B. Davis II
Photo by Dilyara Garifullina on Unsplash I gotta be honest: I've been struggling again with a few bouts of Imposter Syndrome (which I've previously documented here). In my quest to read while I prepare to write once again, I've been experiencing some really, REALLY good fiction. I'll be reviewing them later on, but suffice it to say they've … Continue reading MORE CAKE!
Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com As I write this, it is Super Bowl Sunday. Now, I have no dog in the fight (My Panthers are, in fact, in the midst of blowing up and starting all over again). However, I do love the hubbub that surrounds the event: The millions (billions?) of people watching, the … Continue reading Football in Fiction