Now available on Amazon: The Enhanced League by C. S. Boyack

Dear friends and readers,

The Enhanced League by C. S. Boyack is available on Amazon!
Enjoy his great writing.  🙂

Entertaining Stories

It feels like it’s been a long time coming, but The Enhanced League is a genuine book now. I played the usual games with my Mac before uploading it. It generally works like this:

“You’ve been logged out. Please enter your iCloud password.”

I loaded my password.

“You have upgrades.”

I start downloading the newest and greatest to the operating system.

“Your upgrades have just been upgraded.”

I start over. Looks like it will take about thirty minutes. I check back in half an hour. Twenty seven minutes remaining.

Play with he dogs and talk to my daughter before checking back.

“You’ve successfully upgraded your operating system. Please enter your iCloud password.”

When I clicked the keys, nothing happened. Replace the batteries in everything.

“Something went wrong. You have upgrades.”

Start all over again. Repeat the waiting times, and password entry.

“Do you want to activate Siri on this machine?”

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Looking for Something to Read ;)

Dear friends and readers,
Please welcome Trent P. McDonald and enjoy his wonderful short story collection Seasons of Imagination. I already read it – and highly enjoyed it.

Trent's World (the Blog)

It’s a been a while since I’ve done a post about my short story collection Season of Imagination.  I know, I know, people really don’t go for books of short story written by unknown authors.  But, sometimes it’s nice to read fiction and know you don’t have to commit days to it.  Here is a bit about it, for those who don’t know:

Trent P. McDonald’s Seasons of Imagination contains an eclectic mix of stories covering many places, times and even different genre, yet they all hold one thing in common, they are all about people.

Be they silly, serious or speculative, all of the stories are about us.  What makes us tick?  Why do we say the things we do?  Why do we react as we do?

So whether it seems the stories are exploring outer or inner space, in reality they’re always exploring the human space.


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The Experimental Notebook of C.S. Boyack II by C.S. Boyack



The author sent me an ARC of this book (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

(by Goodreads)

A second collection of short stories and micro-fiction. Every story can be read in a single session. This time there are a few tributes to the pulp era. Stories include science fiction, paranormal, and horror.

The stories: Fever, Documentary, Inheritance, Magpies, Questing, Career Move, Just Another Saturday Night, Last Flight of the Rocketmen, Night Bump Radio, Things We Do For Love, The Parade Wave, Jason Fogg, Angel, Holo-Barkers, Practical Geology
[the different colours are meant to simplify reading the titles]

Genre(s): Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Superhero
Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Anthologies & Short Stories
Series: The Experimental Notebook of C.S. Boyack, #II
Length: 141 pages
Release date: 2016-08-31



“When you opened the detective agency you were so happy. You saved my life, and Detective Marsh fed you business. What’s the deal? You haven’t been to your office in two weeks.”

“It’s my special abilities. They ought to be worth something to us, but they’re not all they’re cracked up to be either. A man has to sell his skills, and I can do something nobody else can do.”

My Opinion

This anthology comprises fifteen different stories, taking you on fifteen very different trips; some will make you happy, some will make you sad, others will make you wonder. There is one thing that they all have in common: They are unforgettable. I cannot tell you more about this anthology as it would spoil the fun of reading it yourself.

With The Experimental Notebook of C. S. Boyack II, C. S. Boyack presents us with fifteen little gifts. Each story is skilfully elaborated, has its own great flow. Ernest Hemingway once stated “When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature.” C. S. Boyack shows this masterly with every story – he created living people instead of mere characters. I was drawn into the stories right away, close to the protagonists – sometimes too close for comfort. I could easily envision the characters and locations. I had a great time reading The Experimental Notebook of C. S. Boyack II. It is a very enjoyable read.

This is for you if you like short stories, adventures with a humorous streak, paranormal events, horror stories, a remarkable science fiction story, very likeable characters to cheer on, surprises and food for thought – all packed in micro-fiction and short stories.

This is a book to read again. Highly recommended!

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Suspenseful, dark, fun, thoughtful
Pace Steady
POV Alternating persons
Language :mrgreen: – 😳
Violence 😳 – 😡
Sexual content 😳


About the author

I was born in a town called Elko, Nevada. I like to tell everyone I was born in a small town in the 1940s. I’m not quite that old, but Elko has always been a little behind the times. This gives me a unique perspective of earlier times, and other ways of getting by. Some of this bleeds through into my fiction.

I moved to Idaho right after the turn of the century, and never looked back. My writing career was born here, with access to other writers and critique groups I jumped in with both feet.

I like to write about things that have something unusual. My works are in the realm of science fiction, paranormal, and fantasy. The goal is to entertain you for a few hours. I hope you enjoy the ride.


Connect with the author:

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about The Experimental Notebook of C.S. Boyack II?  Or – if you did not yet read The Experimental Notebook of C.S. Boyack II – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

10 Statements – C. S. Boyack

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Cover Reveal: All of Me by Jonali Karmakar

*** Cover Reveal ***
Title: All of Me
Author: Jonali Karmakar
Length: 69 pages
Publication Date: May 29, 2016

Book Blurb:
All of Me is a collection of thirteen little stories that have been gleaned from real life as well as imagination. Exploring a range of genres, these throb with everything primal to human nature: fear, angst, joy, love, and longing. Some stories are designed to elicit smiles, chuckles, and maybe even a belly laugh or two whereas some are meant as a reality check. Universal in nature, each story provides a glimpse of what women empowerment or a lack thereof can mean in a person’s life.
From a small hamlet in India to the roads of Australia; from a mother’s betrayal to a daughter’s confession; from an extra marital affair to a same sex relationship learn for yourself the what, how and whys.

Originally written for anthologies and ezines, these stories have been revisited and updated for this new collection.  

About the Author:

Jonali Karmakar is a fiction writer with a Masters in English. Writing is not just her passion but her way of dealing with life. She loves being able to escape into the worlds she creates. Everything that she writes becomes a part of her and she wants her readers to know the woman behind those words. In addition to being an educator, she works as a content editor for a local news portal. She has been providing editing, proofreading and translation services for the past few years.

Jonali’s work has been published in several journals, anthologies and poetry collections both national and international. An avid reader, she loves flipping pages of anything and everything on the table and reviewing the same on her blog Eclectic Moods. She feels that reading and writing are the flip sides of the same coin. Writing is her way of communicating with the world. When she’s not writing or teaching she loves to experiment with her paintings.

She has quite a few accolades to her name.

Contact the Author:
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Halley’s Gift And Eight Other Extraordinary Tales by Carey V. Azzara


The author sent me a copy of this book (pdf format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  4  of  5  stars


Halley’s Gift explores the lives of extraordinary fictional characters and through the stories you will have the opportunity to meet these unique people. Here are some of the characters you’ll read about:

Halley a fifteen year old girl struggles with how to use her powers or whether she even truly has the gift her spirit guide believes she’s obligated to develop.
Commander Hadley has extraordinary flying skills, but will discover what is truly most important when he faces death.
A con artist, Jack lives a flawed life, but he manages to be a hero and be true to himself.
An ex-con as Leslie learns must overcome odds stacked high against her; one simple act of kindness creates a friend that helps.
Mother of two, Kelly will break the law, but you judge for yourself whether justice is served.
Her testimony puts her in the witness protection program. Elysha is brash and brave. She does the right thing, but her reward is an unexpected one.
Some of us are lucky and some are luck itself: Lucky McGregor makes his own luck and if you’re lost he’s the dog you want looking for you.
Genius can be a curse, but William finds a way to harness his extraordinary gift, however, the challenges nearly overwhelms him.
And finally, Victor learns that when forces threaten those you care about most, heroics emerge.

These characters and the people around them provide distinct tales about extraordinary talents, gifts, and skills, coupled with courage.

I hope you will reflect on your own distinct value, your extraordinariness, and learn to use it in the best ways possible.


Genre(s):  Short Story Collection

Series:  n.a.

Length:  250 pages (print)

Release date:  2015-04-15



People generally react negatively to the way Halley interacts with animals. They fear that she has some power over the animals and might use it to do harm, but nothing could be further from the truth. Halley has a kind, gentle soul.


My Opinion

Halley’s Gift And Eight Other Extraordinary Tales gives you the opportunity to dive into the lives of interesting people and their stories; each tale has its own pleasant flow.

With Halley’s Gift And Eight Other Extraordinary Tales, Carey V. Azzara introduces you to the different main characters with their flaws and virtues; each of them described in enough detail to understand why they act the way they do. I was drawn into the tales as an invisible observer, didn’t in the least want to be interrupted while ‘being’ in one of the stories. These tales will stay in my thoughts for quite a while. Halley’s Gift And Eight Other Extraordinary Tales is a great read for readers who appreciate food for thought and/or like to dive into a story and for short story collection fans.

This is a more diversified collection of short stories, introducing you to ten extraordinary main characters and their stories.

In brief:

Writing Good
Plot Some twists
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
Characters Developed
Violence Some violence
Sexual content No sexual content (some hints)
POV Third person

About the author

Life is not a straight path and Azzara has had many a twist and turn during his life, losing his younger sister when he was sixteen and struggling to regain direction. Since then he has accomplished a number of goals such as the pursuit of two graduate degrees, a career in public health, VP of market research, President of a marketing company AtHeath, LLC, raising a family, and rescuing a few dogs. He has published numerous articles, reports, and books. Along the way he has had experiences that have inspired him to author the short stories in this collection. They say writers write. Azzara writes for the joy of sharing his ideas and stories with you.

Mr. Azzara is the author of two collections of short stories – Uncommon Heroes and Cars; and Heroes, Dogs, and Cars (out of print); plus a forthcoming collection of novellas – When Extraordinary Defines You; He also has authored short stories published in Storiacous and the Anthology Swallowed by the Beast. In addition he authored the text Questionnaire Design for Business Research a technical book on marketing research practices.


Connect with the Author:

Amazon:  Carey V. Azzara

Amazon US:  buy link

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about Halley’s Gift And Eight Other Extraordinary Tales?  Or – as you presumably did not yet read Halley’s Gift And Eight Other Extraordinary Tales – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

My question for you cinephiles:
If your favourite story within Halley’s Gift And Eight Other Extraordinary Tales was filmed – who should direct it, who could you imagine as actors?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂