Saturday, February 28, 2015

A Special Bull - FREE 2/28 & 3/1

A Special Bull is free on Amazon on 2/28 and 3/1.


All Alyssa wanted was to move to the country and help Jeff with raising farm animals on his small plot of land. Little did she know that this one desire would lead to an entirely "different" kind of life for her and for one special bull.


What others are saying:

No Bull, Good Short Story

Flash writing and singles have become an important piece of the literary industry. There are many short stories that are difficult to digest or enjoy. I found this short story to be a cut above the rest. I mean no bull, it is a well written easy flowing story that will keep you entertained and involved from the first page to the last. It is wonderful how the author has a grasp on everyday life and occurrences. The author expresses herself in a comfortable and wholesome way. The story is light, airy and meaningful. What else could you expect in a short story. The author has a unique style that makes you trust that her material is something you can cuddle up with. I give it 5 stars.

A Special Story

By Jada Ryker (Kentucky, USA) 
I love reading S. A. Molteni's work. Her latest offering, A Special Bull, is an excellent short story. I am from a remote, rural area in Kentucky. Ms. Molteni always takes me back there with her accurate descriptions:

"It was hard to sleep in the quietness of the country, or rather the loudness of it. The frogs and crickets serenaded one another during the entire night, only to quiet down when the hunting dogs started to howl near the light of dawn."

Ms. Molteni offers humor:

They were discussing different kinds of fertilizer and how cow crap gave tomatoes a different flavor than chicken crap. Alyssa wondered if it was all just horse crap, but kept that thought to herself.

The short story has lessons for the reader, whether a "city dweller" or a "country person." It's wonderful story, with laughs and tears and everything in between.

Truly Remarkable
Writing short stories is difficult because everything has to fit so neatly into a small number of pages but S. A. Molteni pulls it off with ease. This simple story, with it’s easy writing style makes it a great read. It tells the story of a remarkable transformation that saves the life of one Special Bull and helps mend the broken heart of a man left behind following the unexpected death of the woman he loved.

I heartily recommend this book.

Book Review Spotlight - September Sky by John Heldt

September Sky by John Heldt is another great time travel adventure novel by this very talented author.

Chuck and his son, Justin are at crossroads in their lives. Chuck has been laid off from his job and Justin has just quit college to find himself. Both have time on their hands, so Chuck takes them on a cruise. On the cruise, they attend a time travel seminar and are intrigued by the possibilities. Once they get home from their vacation, the lecturer (Professor Bell) calls them with an amazing offer to travel back in time to Galveston in the year 1900. Since both men have no jobs or college to contend with, they take him up on the offer.

Professor Bell gives them explicit instructions of what he wants to see, where to travel to and what to record in their journals. Both agree to abide by the rules. But, one thing leads to another and Chuck decides to wants to take care of a personal matter for an uncle of his who lived during the time-frame. Will the actions of Chuck change the future? Will Chuck and Justin and the friends they make in 1900 survive the hurricane that demolished most of Galveston in that same year? The answers to these questions and more are brilliantly laid out in page after page of this suspenseful, page-turning novel.

I love the history in this book and the way that Mr. Heldt weaves such a believable story. The characters are likable and I found myself rooting for them even when they did things that they shouldn't have (changing history for one).

This is the second book that I have read by this author and I look forward to reading more from him in the near future.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Book Review Spotlight - #Catzap: Mission - Rescue the Cats of Earth

#Catzap: Mission - Rescue the Cats of Earth by Cynthia Port is a combination of science fiction and fantasy with a healthy dose of "Schrödinger's cat" thrown in for good measure.

The story begins with the cats of the Earth vanishing without a trace. The experts are at a loss as to why this is happening and cat lovers all over the world go to every extreme and spare no expense to save their beloved felines from the same fate. New inventions to keep the kitties safe come onto the scene every day, but offer no real protection.

Meanwhile, in a spaceship above planet Earth, a team of aliens is on their last mission to free the remaining cat from its imprisonment by humans. But, can they succeed in procuring the last cat on Earth and take him away from the home he loves? Herein lies the conflict and the sub-conflicts of this wonderfully crafted short story - one that will keep your interest from beginning to end and make you laugh quite a bit along the way.

As a short story writer myself, I know how difficult it is to write in this genre. Ms. Port has done an excellent job in delivering a complete story with fully developed characters and a plot that is uniquely different from most other science fiction I had read as of late.

Would definitely recommend this to those who like cats, science fiction and short stories.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Book Review Spotlight - Keith Ramsbottom (Books I, II ) by Scott Pixello

If you are looking for a funny, clean read that is also FREE, then please take a look at:

Keith Ramsbottom (Episode I): Rebel Leader


My review:

Keith Ramsbottom (Episode I): Rebel Leader by Scott Pixello is a hilarious story about an eleven-year-old lad in Roman occupied Britain in 59 A.D. who, along with his friends is planning to overthrow the Roman Empire.

Keith (Rebel Leader) and his friends, Horace and Pulchritude live in a small village and are members of a secret rebel group - SORE. The group has regular meetings to go over the plans for removing the Roman occupation of their village. Oh, but the Romans find out about their secret meetings and their plans.

All of the characters in this wild and wacky tale are full of funny quirks and more hilarious hi-jinx. From Horace painting white graffiti on the white marble Roman monument (um, hardly noticeable to the Romans) as the first act of defiance to the kids refusing to learn Latin, the ultimate act of rebellion, the story has too many laugh-out-loud moments to recount. Will the Romans see the kids as a serious threat to the Empire? Well, read the book to find out.

As an educational tool, the story also weaves the reader through history and vocabulary lessons along the way, which makes it a great read for the middle/grammar school children (and adults as well).

Mr. Pixello has a unique sense of humor and I thoroughly enjoyed this first installment of the six ... in the trilogy ...

I would recommend this to all kids (and adults too) who need a good dose of laughter.

Keith Ramsbottom (Episode II): The Emperor Strikes Back

The second installment is not free, but well worth the price of admission:

My Review:

Keith Ramsbottom (Episode II): The Emperor Strikes Back by Scott Pixello is the second book in the series and one that will continue to have you laughing out loud through many of the chapters.

This second book starts right where the first one leaves off. Keith and his friends, Horace and Pulchritude are still members of SORE and still have meetings in their clubhouse until someone (Horace) burns it down by accident. No matter, after their clubhouse is gone, the kids meet up in different places to keep the Romans guessing.

Near the beginning of this continuing story, the governor Paulinus is suspicious of the kids and is keeping a close eye on them. But, Paulinus is being watched as well. The emperor is not happy with Paulinas and sends an envoy to monitor his government. When the envoy takes a keen interest in Pulchritude for his bride, Keith and Horace must do everything in their power to stop the wedding - including pretending to be gladiators. Hilarious moments ensue. Will the boys be able to save Pulchitrude from the envoy? Will the boys survive the gladiator games? Read it to find out - no spoilers here.

The wry humor and the play on words throughout kept me laughing all the way to the end of the book. Definitely glad that I purchased this second book and am looking forward to the next one in the series.

Keep on writing, Mr. Pixello, this series is wonderful and extremely entertaining!