Friday, December 13, 2013

Gift Suggestions

Still looking for a good present for someone? Here's the thing, since I became a writer I have come to know writers. And since creative people tend to know creative people, I've also come across musicians and people who know musicians (although some of them I have known a lot longer than I've been a writer...).

So! If you're looking for a present and want to support a new artist, as well, here are some suggestions...


Blind Allegiance. Violetta Rand. She'll always fight for what she believes in... Betrayed by a brother she hardly trusted before the bloodthirsty Viking, Jarl Randvior Sigurdsson, attacks her home, Noelle Sinclair is conveniently bartered as a means to save her cowardly sibling's skin. Forced to leave her homeland and accompany the petulant Viking to the untames wilderness of central Norway,, Noelle is ever-aware of the burgeoning dangers around her - including her weakening resolve to resist Randvior. Should Noelle surrender to his resplendent charms and seduction, or fight with every once of strength she possesses to get home?

Bucket Of Blood, Kim Bannerman. Lizzie's mother is dead, and left in the care of her prim older sister, the 15-year-old fears her carefree ways are over. But when tragedy strikes her small community in the summer of 1898, Lizzie discovers a sinister web of lies and deception, of murders past and present. Fierce resentments and racial tensions boil beneath the illusion of civilization. Soon, Lizzie finds herself ensnared in a secret that stretches from the opium dens of British Columbia and the alleys of San Francisco to the jungles of Panama and beyond - and it's a secret that the murderer will do anything to protect. Part BC history, part gothic mystery, Bucket of Blood is a grim journey through losee, self-discovery, redemption, and vengeance.

Rose Jackson-Beavers. Any of her stuff, but Full Figured 5 is her most recent. When Desa Rae Jenkins ended her tumultous relationship with Roc, it seemed like the appropriate thing to do; but now she's second guessing her decision. Roc moved away to Kansas City, leaving street life back in St. Louis up to the brothas who can handle it. he continues to live his life on the edge, though, and when he returns to St. Louis, Desa Rae shows up at his doorstep to reconcile. Roc is reluctant to go there with the one woman who ripped his heart from his chest. He's determined not to let Desa Rae wiggle her way back in, but this full-sized diva is a heavy-hitter who won't give up without putting up a good fight. Win or lose, she refuses to back down, but with Roc's baby mama still in the way, there can be only one winner.

Girl Most Likely To, Jessie Smith, et al. Five Friends. Fiver Yearbook Predictions. Twelve years. Was it destiny? Or the last act of girls ready to take on the world. As thirty approaches so does their Thirty-Years-Old-and-Made-It Reunion Party. Who will have conquered New York? Become a CEO? Be married with a bunch of kids? Which girl will have nailed the lucky Charley Vargas? Is Prince William safe? Because someone is supposed to marry a prince. It's the midnight hour and the scramble is on. Not one of them wants to admit her life hasn't turned out the way she expected. Maybe reaching thirty and living up to friends' predictions is not all it's cracked up to be.

Hollowstone, Dennis R Upkins. Life for Noah Scott changes drastically when he is accepted to Hollowstone Academy, one of the most prestigious boarding school in the country, set in the mountains of Eastern Tennessee. Within the hallowed halls of the illustrious school, Noah soon discovers that the world of the privileged is rife with social hierarchies, politics, depravity, and corruption. It is also there that Noah meets his roommate and best friend, the charming and enigmatic Caleb Warner. Tragedy soon strikes when Cal is brutally murdered in a hold-up. But when Noah is haunted by Cal's ghost, he soon discovers that the random act of violence was in fact a premeditated one. Determined to uncover the truth and find Cal's killer, Noah soon finds that the school and its patrons have more than their share of secrets. Secrets they are willing to preserve at any cost. Through a series of prophetic dreams and visions, Noah also quickly learns that greater supernatural forces are at play. In a race against time, Noah must solve Cal's murder and uncover the truth before he's the killer's next victim.


Bring the Knife. A face ripping metal band from Boston.

Tony B. After you listen to this sound, you can even download it for free!

Ciera, on her youtube channel. Technically, this one's not for sale, or even download, but you can listen. Make a point to remember her name; remembering her voice won't be a problem.

There you have it, friends. Lots of suggestions, lots of talent. Support your upcoming artist this holiday season. You'll thank me, and your friends will thank you.

Those are Pobble Thoughts. That and a buck fifty will get you coffee.