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Even as a writer I still read... ALOT! Sometimes as many as four or five books at a time. I don't bang 'em out like I used to, mostly because of the time I spend writing. But every night, before bed, I pull the cover open on something that's caught my attention for one reason or another.

Genres? I've no favorite. I read everything from horror to contemporary to classics. Though this year I've made a vow to help my fellow indie writers, and read "mostly" their work, setting aside reads coming from the tradition publishing houses. Truth be told... I'm discovering some great, raw writing talent. It's that talent I want to share with you!

So look below, and find your next indie read!

P.S. BTW... I almost NEVER give a book 5 stars. Why? Because I don't believe in perfection. There is no such thing as a perfect book. That doesn't mean some are absolutely fantastic though. 

Mar 2




Child of Humanity by Alyse N. Steves, was, after reading the first chapter, a massively pleasant surprise! I have to inform you, in case you didn't know, that I am a man in his forties. So the first chapter of this book make me roll my eyes a little bit. NOT because the writing was poor, or the narrative lacked, but simply because it started out seeming very stereotypically "college girl stuff" to me. I almost put the book down. But I am SO glad that I did not.


Following the first chapter or two of Allyson Owen's narrative, her world explodes into something so much larger. This is a scifi tale handled with great efficiency. Other-worldy, and unlike some, I never once got lost in the connection of Allyson's human life, versus her "other" life. She paints both worlds with a defining stroke; colorful and original.


It runs rampant and headlong into an exciting tale, rarely slowing. I think this book is a big accomplishment for a first-time indie author, and Alyse has much to be proud of.


I give Child of Humanity 4 stars. Check it out!


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