10 Days until Nano ends for 2016

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Greetings, Gentle Readers. Well my Nano project Dark World has not gone as planned this Nano. We were moving until the 12th of November. But finally got that done. Then we had a few problems with the house to fix. Sighs. Oh, and did I mention it we have inside stairs. Seven to go down into the basement and six to go upstairs. Now when we rented the house I thought to myself, “Great. I will make myself exercise even if I don’t want to.” Which in theory sounds good right? Wrong. Way, way wrong. My legs have been cramping and charlie horsing at least three times a week since we moved in. Deep sigh. So my body hates me. The other day I could not go into work because my right leg charlie horsed so bad that I nearly fell a couple of times just attempting to go to the bathroom. I had to call work and tell them I was not going to be able to come in. So that was not fun.

 

Back to Nano and Dark World. So far I have a grand total of 2,409 words so far. S Soket,

“Stories unfold at their own pace. Words will come. Remember to write it all down if you can.”

 

o that literally means I have to do at least 5k from today on to finish on time. I can do it but damn. I cheer myself up with the thought that the first Nano I ever did I started two weeks late and finished up with a word count of 51,151 my first time out. So that handicap is not too far from this Nano. I will get that 50k. Will update you all soon.

 

Lady

New Apple Computer

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Well I just got a new Apple computer. I haven’t had it for two weeks yet. Just unboxed it about two days ago and it is worlds different than my Windows machine. I am having to use my old Windows 7 pc to look up tutorials on how to use the new Apple. It most definetly has a learning curve to it. I suspect it will take me several months to learn the ins and outs of the new Apple.

Just for those of you that know me I have been wanting an Apple for years now. Because Jaws Job Application With Speech aka Jaws drives me buggy when I am writing up any kind of document. It starts out fine and then when I open it up to add in more stories or details it drags the first three or so sentences to the bottom of the pages I am working on. I have tried for years and years to figure out how to fix this problem. Usually Jamie just drags and drops my text back into place for me. But I am going to try writing my November Nano project on the new computer. (I would bite my nails at the moment but I have already bitten them into the quick just thinking of doing that.)

 

In other good news Jamie’s new job at Pizza Hut seems to be going slow but hopefully that won’t last forlong. I am hoping he can climb the ladder and get assistant manager in a few months then get General manager in a few months after that.

 

On the job front my job still sucks totally. But I have some time off this weekend. I got to go in for a half day today so that was cool. I am off Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. And I don’t have to be into work on Monday until ten a.m. So get to sleep in till around eight a.m. Monday. I usually work from seven thirty a.m. to four P.m. and get home around five fifteen. On the good side I have Amazom prime for the next year and have plenty of music, movies, and t.v. shows to watch for free and download for free as well. I also brought Jamie his Christmas present and birthday present as well. It is a brand new 65 inch T.V. It has something called Smart Cast on it and it can be run using an I pad which is totally cool. It can also be used as a giant computer monitor which is awesome as well. I figured I got a computer he could have a T.V.

 

Also in the works is moving coming up in October. I will be totally glad to get out of the house we are in currently. It’s ok but I am ready for a change. Jamie is also looking into getting himself a custom computer once he saves up the money for it. His art work is going well. I hope by December he will start getting some commissions for it. Keeping my fingers crossed on that one. I know he would much rather be doing art work than working. And there are a few other things we are working on as well. Time will tell if it all comes to fruition or not. But either way we will get by and are starting to do more stuff we want to do instead of stuff we just have to do to survive and get by. I am gaining a more positive attitude due to my gemstone necklaces. The positive stuff I have been reading and listening to helps out a whole lot. I am also trying to not surround myself with toxic people or friends. I think that will have a big impact on my thoughts and actions. Jamie has always been a positive person. I am the pessimist. But I am working hard to change that attitude and be more productive and positive. Trying to dispel all of the negative junk thoughts in my head like usual. And it works better more and more each day. I just have to keep pushing away the giant boulder of negativity as it enters my mind and tries to settle in. But I am doing that. Whenever I feel those thoughts coming on I tell myself to shut up and be more positive. And It is working so far. If I can figure out the new computer I will be off and rolling with it soon and hopefully get rid of my old Windows 10 laptop as well. I am keeping my Windows 7 laptop as a back up computer.

 

Lady Soket,

“Remember to smile at least three times a day.”

Things are looking up

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Well it’s been five days since my last post. Updates to things are as follows: Still reading Ed’s book My oue. Work still is a pain as usual. Credit card debts are almost paid off completely. Still working on Magic Happens. Really good news is that Jamie got a job last week working for Pizza Hut as lead shift supervisor. He will be making more than me grumbles cheerfully but who does not? Smiles. He will be in training for like amonth and then in ninety days should be able to move up the ladder to assistant manager and then to general manager in another ninety days. He started working today from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. But that is all cool. He really wants to work his way up to higher management. So he is se can still do the things he wants to do and bring in a little money on the side as well.

 

I am vastly relieved to have the credit card debt going away. So while work still sucks things are looking up. I am becoming more positive. And I hope that will be reflected in my own writing soon. And then of course there is All Hallows Eve aka Halloween coming up. I love that holiday immensely. And not just because of the costumes. Smiles. Things are a lot better now. August was a really big pain. But September has turned out to be really good and relaxing so far.

 

I can’t wait for Nano in November as well. Ideas are starting to percolate around in my brain as to what to write on. Not sure yet what that 50k writing project will be about. But will let you all know when it occurs to me. I plan to write a little today and tomorrow. Then on Monday after work. I hope that you all are doing well and having fun with your life.

 

Lady Soket,

“Don’t dream small dreams. Dream big ones. Then make them come true.”tcast Stat

This Giant Leap

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Hello all. This Giant Leap by Ed Schubert is coming in August. He has a signing/reading at 7-8 p.m. in Greensboro, N.C. I urge you all to come to the signing and reading. Jamie and I will be there. I will be buying a copy of his book to support his first new book of short stories in the last few years. I think if you like sci-fi or fantasy you will like Ed’s new book. Look up This Giant Leap on Facebook. I would add in the link here but FB hates me as usual.

Looking forward to seeing you in about two weeks Ed. Great work and am eager to read it.

 

Lady Soket,

“Words unread remain silent. Words read can expand your mind to new horizons and events.”

Happy Birthday Kahlan Amnell Rogers

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Today is my eldest daughter’s birthday. So Happy Birthday Kahlan Amnell Rogers. You turn 13 today and officially enter the tenage years. I hope you get everything you want today sweetheart. July 24, 2003 will always be a special day for myself and your father. Hugs and well wishes.

 

Kim And Jamie Rogers

“Children teach you to appreciate the wonders of the world all over again. Through their eyes you experience things for the first time again.”

Dark Desires update Nano 2016

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Hello again Gentle Readers. It has been a few days since my last post. Dark Desires is coming along nicely. I have gone from 10, 153 words on Friday to a total of 25, 421 so far of my 40k goal. I am really whipping my word count goals ass. I wanted to have 24k by the end of tonight. I am very happy that I have blasted that total and am into day 19 of writing as of this post. As I will be off all of this coming weekend for Con-gregrate 3 Geek Summer Camp. It is going to be a blast. I am really, really looking forward to it this year. And next year will be even better as one of my all time favorite authors Barbra Hambly will be there as Author Guest of Honor. If you have never heard of Hambly look up Dragonsbane. Then read DragonShadow, Knight of the Demon Queen, and Dragonstar. I love the whole series. They are great fun reads that make you think about love, loyalty and ultimately what it means to be human and dealing with the choices we make.

 

Any way I wanted to update you all on Dark Desires. It is not turning out to be 30 stories in 30 days as I had first thought it was going to be. But that is ok. World on Fire is ripping right along. So far it is the most fun to write so far. I have a superhero story to write and a harem story for another friend. But I will get to those soon as well. For now I am making very nice progress and stopping to give myself a “You Rock, Kim. Keep it up.” And of course do the silly happy dance of meeting yet another word count goal. I am really having fun with this Nano project and who knows? World on Fire just might become a novel. That would be great. But I have so many characters in it that it will be intresting to see where it finally ends up.World on Fire is a story of conflict and twists between vampires and werewolves. They are fighting to save the last remaining humans alive after The Plague struck. It is an after the end of the world story. How do the humans survive both the werewolves and the vampires? Food is scarce for all. Water is limited. Animals are dying off by the score. And that is just at the start of the story. Hot sex scenes are provided for your enjoyment. Revenge will be a topic as well. Romance is in there as well.

 

And that is enough about Dark Desires for now.I will be posting on it more on the week of July 18. Catch you all then. I will also be reporting on the fun at Con-gregrate.

 

Lady Soket,

“Make people care about your characters. Then kill them off. It always surprises people.”

 

Dark Desires for Nano 2016

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Ok all. I am officially announcing the start of Dark Desires my series of 30 short stories in the month of July. They will range all over the place from horror to fantasy to romance to science fiction. I will also be adding in an erotic story or two as well as some transformation stories. I hope to do well this year and have added a few ideas from some of my work buddies to write on as well. One friend wants a vampire/werewolf horror story. Another wants an erotic mystery/thriller/romance. One wants a superhero story. Another wants a story about why her boyfriend should be good to her. And there are a few other ideas running around in my head as well. So keep your sights on the blog. I will be posting a few of them up here for you all to read and comment on as well. My word count for this Nano is 40, 000 words. We will see if I make it. Off to write.Will update soon.

 

Lady Soket,

“Try to make your readers care about your characters. If you can do that you have them hooked.”

Nano July 2016 coming up on Friday Ready, Set, Write!

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Well Gentel Readers it’s that time again. No don’t go clean the kitchen. Or take out the trash. Or do the laundry that is piling up like a huge shambling mound in the corner of your bedroom. Its time once more for Camp Nano. Get out that keyboard, tablet, or phone and write, write, write. It’s time to have some fun with your cabin mates if you have them. or just challenge yourself to write more than you did in April. Which if you are wondering I did not make my goal for April this year. So it’s a fresh start for myself in July. Also in a couple of weeks is Con-gregrate. I am so looking forward to working there again. It will be so much fun. Look up myself and Jamie in the Con Suite if you all want to. It will be in High Point, N.C. from July 15-17. I plan to buy a few things while I am there as well. I hope to see my friends Allen and Darcie Would once more. I plan to attend Allen’s Plotting workshop. I know that Jamie does as well. I really hope to get some good feedback from the plotting workshop. I also am working on some short stories as well. I am going to plunge ahead nd publish something by the end of the summer. Even if I have to put it up on Lulu.com or something. So a busy few weeks coming up for me. I am sure by the time August rolls around I will be exhausted and ready to take a break from everything. Will update more soon. Take care all.

 

Lady Soket

“Darkness and light are two sides of the same coin. Unless you smudge it. Then it is a nice neutral gray.”

If You Could Be any Disney Character…

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Hello, My lovely Readers. This is a set of two random questions.

 

If you could be any Disney Character who would you be?

 

And why?

 

For question one I have to say Belle from Beauty and the Beast. She was unaccepted by her village for loving to read and being smart. She also had a kind manner and a good heart. And she did not fall for the “pretty boy” Gaston who although he was handsome was more a beast than the Beast actually was.

 

She was a quick thinker and used her intuition well. And let’s face it animated servers and house keepers. What a blast. And she got the whole castle to herself with a kick ass wardrobe to boot. Plus I like the stories where a curse has to be removed.

 

And why? Besides the reasons listed above she had a backbone and could horse back ride well. I have always liked both animals and roses. This movie had both and a happy ending as well as Gaston the lout got killed and the curse got dispelled as well. Although I do often wonder if the Beast ever remembered his own name after such a long time as the Beast.

 

Just as a side note if you love this fairy tale as much as I do do yourselves a favor and pick up Robin Mckenley’s Beauty and Rose Cottage. Very good books. Also read Mercedes Lackey’s The Fire Rose for a unique take on this story.

 

Lady Soket,

“The woods in fairy tales are always dark. That is so the hero or heroine can have some fun out of sight of the parental units sight.”

Last Midnight update and Various Ramblings

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Well the good news is Last Midnight is done as of last Thursday. Once I get Jamie to do an edit on it I will post it up here for you all to comment on and enjoy.

I will be adding in some pictures of necklaces for sale as well.

 

I am starting to write up “Personal Hells volume 1. Basically the stories there will take people in various professions and put them on the other side of whatever profession they do. Example: A dentist gets to experience being in his own dental chair with one of his clients doing mouth work on him. Example 2: A lawyer gets put on trial for a crime he did not commit. I am sure you all get the idea. I do not know how many stories I will do for the first volume but I will update you soon.

 

Ramblings

 

I really like a lot of music. Anyone who has not heard of Savage Garden go and listen to them on youtube.com. I have been listening to a variety of music while at my deadly boring and slow job. I have been taking in my laptop and writing last week. I will be doing the same this week as well. My section is all caught up which translates to “Seat your ass in your seat and try not to fall asleep from total boredom.”

 

I also can’t wait for Con-gregrate 2016. It will be a hell of a lot of fun. Plan to attend it people. Lots of stuff to buy, way cool authors to meet and socialize with. Allen Would and his daughter Darcie will be there. Jamie and I will be working the con suite once more and hope to see you all there. I plan to raid the Dealers room and talk to as many creative people as I can. I’ll be easy to recognize. I will be the only blind woman there. Smiles. Everyone is friendly and lots of panels and fun stuff to do. I plan to attend Allen’s Plotting Workshop. And I am sure you will see Jamie looking around at different costumes, workshops, and having a good time in general. It is going to be July 15-17 in High Point, N.C. I will most likely have a great time as usual. I just wish it lasted a week instead of a weekend.

 

Anyhow that’s all I wanted to tell you lovely Readers about so far. I have some writing to do. Catch you all later.

 

Lady Soket

“Of course you can kill them. But make your readers care about them first.”

Last Midnight Story

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Ok all. I promised everyone and update on the story I am doing for the Target contest on wattpad.com So true to my word here is part of it to let you read some of it. It is not finished yet. But I thought you might want to look at it. comments are welcome.

 

The Last Midnight
by
Kim Robinson

Rianne hurried into her small, comfortable apartment. She had a date with Erik tonight and she wanted to be prepared for it. She had only known him for a month and she was sure she was fond of him. But what did he think of her? She brushed a strand of her flame red hair back behind her left ear. Then she kicked her apartment door closed. “Time to find out.” She dropped her sensible black purse to the gray carpet and ran to the bathroom to get ready. She had very little time left. At midnight she would be gone. She had to have a vow of love to stay on this material plane.

Soon enough she was showered, changed, and ready to go. The simple silver and black gown she wore accented her gray eyes and slender figure. She wore 3 inch black and silver heels to give herself a little hight. With them on she went from five foot five inches to five foot eight inches. She smiled as she added a bit of red lipstick to her generous mouth. She had swept her hair up in a ponytail and used a fancy scrunchie of black with silver sparkles in it to hold up her hair. Her flowing dress had a deep  daring neckline and she felt somewhat exposed as she looked at it. She wore her simple quartz crystal necklace as usual. She believed in the power of crystals and stones and never went anywhere withoutone on. She put her crystal earrings in her ears and picked up her small silver clutch. “Time to go and knock him dead.” She tried out a confident smile and was pleased to see it did not look as nervous as she truely felt.

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Erik sighed to himself. He had a date with Rianne tonight. He was looking forward to it eagerly. But now his car was acting up. He sighed heavily. “Time for an oil change. Perfect.” He got out of the cherry red camero and gave the keys to the mechanic at Wal-Mart. He would have at least half an hour to wait. He might as well amble around Wal-Mart and see if he could make a few purchases while he waited. He walked into the store and started looking around. He let his intense sea green eyes travel down the asile he was walking down. At six feet four inches and 190 pounds he was a big man. But he used his size niether to intimidate people or push them around in other ways. He was the soul of courtesy and consideration when it came to women and pets. He brought some nice smelling deoderant from Old Spice and a pack of fresh underwear. He gathered up some shaving cream and toothpaste as well. He wanted no  bad breath tonight. He took his purchases to the front of the store and paid for them quickly. Then he looked at the DVDS while he waited for his cell phone to ring. He was looking at the action/adventure movies when his phone rang. He answered it quickly.

“Your oil change is done Mr. Thorn.” The man at the automotive department told him briskly.

“Very good. I will be there in ten minutes.” Erik ended the call and slipped his Apple 6s back into his black slacks. He continued to look at the movies but saw none that appealed to him today. Quickly he turned and went to retrieve his Camero. He took the keys from the man and put his purchases into the passenger seat. He locked the doors and started up the engine. As it idled he wrote down the next oil change and put it on the sticker provided to him. Then he wrote it down on a piece of paper, folded it and stuck it in the glove box. Then he drove carefully out of the parking lot and home to his spacious four bedroom two bath house in the lower hills of Hollywood. He put the car in park and took the keys out of it. His long, curved driveway suited him just fine. He could park the Camro in the driveway and know that no one would bother it. He stretched his long legs and made it to his door. He opened the green door and stepped inside. Once in he locked up and quickly made his way to his bathroom. He had taken the smaller guest room and bathroom as his when he had moved in. He preferred the smaller space. It was cozy and relaxed. He saw no reason to use any of the larger rooms until he had acquired a wife. So he left them bare. His weight bench and treadmill were in the spacious living room. The house itself was done in neutral colors.He liked green, red and bronze. So he had used black furnishings. And the bronze throw pillows he had found at Bed, Bath, and Beyond had also provided him with rugs in green and red to put around the house as well. He had up a few paintings he had done himself as art work on the walls. He was not sure if others would like them but he did and to him that was all that mattered. He was not out to impress others with his paintings. He did them because he had a passion for them.

Erik took his purchases to his small bathroom. There he set them out casually. Then he stripped down and took a shower. He had been sweating today. That happened when you spent half your day working outside. He had been building a house for a friend of his who had lost his in a fire. He made sure to clean his inky black hair thoroughly. It fell in damp waves to his collar bone. He grimaced tohimself as he toweled it mostly dry. He really should cut it. but not tonight. Rianne had told him she liked his long hair. Once he was dry he quickly got into his fresh underwear and then into the casual red shirt and black pants that he planned to wear to the dinner he was taking Rianne to. He had little doubt that she would like the place. He smiled to himself. He was beginning to become rather fond of Rianne. She was a woman he could see himself spending the rest of his life with her.

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Rianne attempted not to fidget as she awaited Erik’s arrival. She was certain that he would pull up in his Camero soon. She peered out of her peep hole in the door. No sign of him yet. Usually he called her to tell her he was on the way. But for some reason he had not had the courtesy to do so tonight. She could not help but wonder if something was wrong. She began to pace back and forth worried. She tried to keep herself from imagining all of the things that could delay him. An accident on the road. He stopped to give someone a jump start. He really did not want to date her so he was waiting until the last possible moment to pick her up. He was simply going to stand her up.

“Get a grip, Rianne.” She spoke aloud to herself. She was being ridiculous. There was no reason to fret so. She stood up straighter and walked to her couch. She made herself set her silver clutch down and then sat down herself. Wearing herself out worrying was foolish.

It was then that the purring roar of the Camero’s engine came to her keen ears. She got up and ran a hand down her black and silver gown. “It’s about time.” She picked up her clutch and walked briskly to the door. Unlocking it she went out to stand on her miniscule porch. She locked the door decisively behind herself. Then she turned and smiled brightly.

Erik was sure that Rianne was going to kill him. After all he had not called her as was his usual routine. She probably thought he had been in an accident or something. He always had been early as well. he drove with reckless abandon to get there sooner. He looked up as he idled in the small parking lot of her apartment building. He was pleased to see her emerging from her apartment and smiling at him. Perhaps he had been wrong. And she had not been worried about him at all. He cut the car’s ignition off. Then he got out of the car and went to meet her.

“Sorry I am late and did not call. I hope you can forgive me?” , he asked as he walked up to her.

“Well I don’t know. Are we going somewhere nice?”, she asked him playfully. “I did not get all glammed up just for a date to the beach.” She took his arm and walked to the car.

“You look great. I was not expecting you to dress up so fancy. I feel a bit under dressed myself.” He opened her door and waited until she got in. Then he closed her door and walked around to his side.

“Gllad you think so.” Rianna flashed him a quick, fleeting smile. For a moment it seemed to light up her whole face. Then it was gone as quickly as it had appeared.

Erik was sure of only one thing. He wanted her to smile more. He started the car and drove away from her apartment complex. “I was working on a friend’s house today. I only have a week to finish it from top to bottom. He is really getting tired of rooming with his mother again.” Erik rolled his expressive sea green eyes. “But then you know Chad. He gets easily bored with real life. He would rather play a computer game than date a real woman. He says online chat rooms are enough for him. I told him he is missing out. And he needs to get a real life fast before he becomes a hair ball and drinks himself into a twenty pound beer gut.” Erik explained to Rianne.

Rianne threw back her head and laughed. “The master of home construction giving advice to the stay at home bum. Lighten up Erik. You know chad’s mother.” She rolled her own gray eyes. “That woman would make me murder someone if I had to stay with her.” She declared boldly.

“Too true.” Erik let out a low chuckle. “I am taking you to somewhere special tonight. It is a small , cozy little place. So it will be both intimate and discreet I hope.” He drove expertly through the low hills. “I got the recommendation from one of my clients.” He shrugged his broad shoulders. “I guess we can only go and see if we like the place.” he paid attention to his driving as he spoke nimbly dodging cars and people with deft movements of his hands and the brakes. He really did enjoy these conversations with her. She was easy to talk to and he liked that about her. She never pressured him for more conversation that he wanted to have either. That was another plus to being with her. Most women that he had dated had talked his ears off. And the conversations all revolved around their lives and what they wanted in a future husband and life style. Rianne was a breath of fresh air compared to those hungry, money grubbing women. And she was Beautiful as well. But he valued her intelligent mind as well. That even more than her beauty drew him to her.

Finally they parked outside of La Rose a small bistro style resterant. He turned off the car and went around to her side to let her out of it. He pocketed his keys after setting the alarm on the Camero. Then he escorted her inside the small bistro with aflourish. “This way Lady. Your food and good conversation await you.” He grinned boyishly at her showing off the twin dimples in his cheeks. He could not resist those little dramatic flourishes at times. He had wanted to be a theater major after all. It was only when his dad Theo had gotten sick with Cancer that he had grudgingly taken over Thorn Construction  and dedicated himself to keeping his dad’s dream of affordable houses for everyone alive. He was glad he had done so now but a year ago he had not been so pleased with the prospect. But the business had thrived and he had kept his construction costs low and reasonable. He brought his mind back to the woman he was escorting. Lucky for him Rianne had not noticed his distraction.

Once inside the small bistro he and Rianne were approached by a waiter in black tie and tails. “I have your table set aside Sir. Ma’am If you will follow me?”, the waiter turned and led them both to a small table with a red cloth draped over it. Two white votive candles in garnet holders shone softly as they sat down.

” I am Frank and I will be your server tonight. What wine would you like to start off with?”, he turned his head and looked at Erik. His deep set brown eyes glimmered in the subdued light. He waited with a fresh white pad in hand and a sleek black pen was poised to write down what ever vintage tthe man might proclaim.

Erik looked at the wine list for a moment. “Tonight I think we will have the 98 red merlot.” he handed the wine list to Frank. “Give us ten minutes to look over the menu and return. Be sure to let the wine breathe and bring an ice bucket for it when you return.” Erik smiled faintly at the man.

Frank nodded. “As you say, Sir.” He turned and walked off with long, loping strides. He knew his business. But certain customers felt it was their right or even their duty to tell him how to prepare the wine. He walked back to the small wine cellar in the back and selected the red the man had indicated to him. He got the ice bucket filled promptly and a new, clean white and green towl to drape over his left arm. Then he took up the wine bottle as well and returned to the table. He held out the wine bottle to show the man. “Shall I uncork it and let it breathe now?”, he asked a bit archly.

“yes, please.” Erik looked at the man. He could tell Frank was miffed. Well he would just have to get over that little snit. He was paid to do a job and Erik would see that he did it.

Frank uncorked the red wine and placed it in the ice bucket. “I will return shortly so you can place your order.” He smiled at Rianne. What was this person doing with such a lovely wwoman? He turned quickly on his heel before he betrayed his intrest in her too keenly. He had some cleaning up to do.

Erik watched the man walk away frowning. He did certainly seem to be in a snit. Erikshrugged his shoulders. “I don’t know what that guy’s problem is. But he can get over it.” Erik let his gaze linger on Rianne’s lovely form. As usual his small bit of bad temper was fading. She had that effect on him. He smiled at her. “Hungry? I hear this placehas good sea food and pasta.” He opened his own menu and looked at it. he ran a finger down the listings and picked out a steak with aasparagus and a full patato as well. His stomach rumbled with its eagerness to consume the food.

Rianne laughed. “Looks like your stomach is hungry. I am too.” she looked at the choices her menu offered. She chose a stuffed flounder with shrimp and cheese. And she added French fries and grilled squash to her plate as well.

Promptly in ten minutes Frank returned to take their orders. He wrote them down in an elegant hand and went off to tell the kitchens what they wanted. It was a slow night indeed. He was used to seeing more traffic than this. But he would deal with it. Once the orders were in he sat down for a few minutes. He had been on his feet for six hours straight he he deserved both a break and a drink. So he drew himself a Pepsi Max and drank it down slowly. He knew he had at least fifteen minutes before the orders were done. He leaned back in his chair and sighed. It had been a long day already. With reluctance he opened his eyes and drank more soda. Tomorrow was his night off. He was looking forward to it immensely. He needed a breather from work. He finished his soda and ran a comb through his nut brown hair hurriedly. Then he got up to take table six their orders.

Frank set the orders down before them both. “Flounder with shrimp and cheese for the lady. and your steak and asparagus Sir”

Once the niceties had been dealt with Frank with drew to his table. After this couple left he could go home and rest. He silently prayed that no other people would come in and spoil his plans. But he never knew from day to day just how big the rush at prime time would be.

Rianne was enjoying herself and the food. It was a quiet place that Erik had brought her to. She had never liked crowded places. Or loud, obnoxious people that you could hear chatting away four tables away from you because they had no volume control. And the screaming, crying children got on her nerves too. She really did not see how some people put up with all that noise and strife while trying to eat a good meal.

“Thinking deep thoughts are you?” , Erik handed her a glass of the mellow merlot. He waited until she focused on him and handed her the glass. “Try to focus on the good time you are having.” He suggested this last with a small, secret smile.

Rianne took the glass and sipped at it slowly. Red wine was not her favorite by any means. She preferred blush instead. But Erik had not consulted her on the wine so she simply drank it. It was not bad. Just not much to her taste. She set down the wine glass after a few sips. “I will try to have a good time. Although generally that is a given with you.” She smiled briefly. “The food is excellent.” She remarked as she ate more of the French fries. She really was hungry. Part of her wanted to attack the food on her plate like a wild beast. But the more civilized part of her wanted to keep her dress clean. So she compromised. She tore her bread apart and buttered it lavishly. Then she cut up her flounder which was flaky and lightly battered with a faint taste of line juice. She smiled. Better lime juice than the traditional lemon juice. She had always found lemon juice to be both bitter and mouth puckering. This flounder was delicious. She sipped more wine. “It is a really nice place. I am glad your client recommended it to you.” She let her gray gaze rove over the dining room for a moment.

“Glad to hear you like it Rianne. I think it is a nice cozy place myself. And I can see us coming here again.” he gazed at her thoughtfully. Then he took her hand. “I was hoping you would like it. I wanted tonight to be a special night for us both.” He sipped his wine with his left hand. Then he grinned playfully at her once more. “I have a few plans for us tonight. I do hope you will like some of them.” He let go of her hand and resumed his meal.

Rianne blinked. “I am sure I will.” She wanted to rub at her hand. It felt almost scalded by his touch.But she did not.The jolt of electricity she had felt when Erik touched her hand made her fight to keep in her seat. Suddenly she wanted nothing more than to be his. But she knew that if the clock struck midnight and he had not declared his love for her she would have to return to her previous dark existence. Rianne closed her eyes. She had to get a grip on herself and her emotions. She finished off her wine and excused herself to the ladies room. Once inside of the small stalls she used the facilities and then washed her hands and dried them thoroughly. She then returned to the table and Erik. Time to see just where the night would lead.  The Last Midnight
by
Kim Robinson

Rianne hurried into her small, comfortable apartment. She had a date with Erik tonight and she wanted to be prepared for it. She had only known him for a month and she was sure she was fond of him. But what did he think of her? She brushed a strand of her flame red hair back behind her left ear. Then she kicked her apartment door closed. “Time to find out.” She dropped her sensible black purse to the gray carpet and ran to the bathroom to get ready. She had very little time left. At midnight she would be gone. She had to have a vow of love to stay on this material plane.

Soon enough she was showered, changed, and ready to go. The simple silver and black gown she wore accented her gray eyes and slender figure. She wore 3 inch black and silver heels to give herself a little hight. With them on she went from five foot five inches to five foot eight inches. She smiled as she added a bit of red lipstick to her generous mouth. She had swept her hair up in a ponytail and used a fancy scrunchie of black with silver sparkles in it to hold up her hair. Her flowing dress had a deep  daring neckline and she felt somewhat exposed as she looked at it. She wore her simple quartz crystal necklace as usual. She believed in the power of crystals and stones and never went anywhere withoutone on. She put her crystal earrings in her ears and picked up her small silver clutch. “Time to go and knock him dead.” She tried out a confident smile and was pleased to see it did not look as nervous as she truely felt.

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Erik sighed to himself. He had a date with Rianne tonight. He was looking forward to it eagerly. But now his car was acting up. He sighed heavily. “Time for an oil change. Perfect.” He got out of the cherry red camero and gave the keys to the mechanic at Wal-Mart. He would have at least half an hour to wait. He might as well amble around Wal-Mart and see if he could make a few purchases while he waited. He walked into the store and started looking around. He let his intense sea green eyes travel down the asile he was walking down. At six feet four inches and 190 pounds he was a big man. But he used his size niether to intimidate people or push them around in other ways. He was the soul of courtesy and consideration when it came to women and pets. He brought some nice smelling deoderant from Old Spice and a pack of fresh underwear. He gathered up some shaving cream and toothpaste as well. He wanted no  bad breath tonight. He took his purchases to the front of the store and paid for them quickly. Then he looked at the DVDS while he waited for his cell phone to ring. He was looking at the action/adventure movies when his phone rang. He answered it quickly.

“Your oil change is done Mr. Thorn.” The man at the automotive department told him briskly.

“Very good. I will be there in ten minutes.” Erik ended the call and slipped his Apple 6s back into his black slacks. He continued to look at the movies but saw none that appealed to him today. Quickly he turned and went to retrieve his Camero. He took the keys from the man and put his purchases into the passenger seat. He locked the doors and started up the engine. As it idled he wrote down the next oil change and put it on the sticker provided to him. Then he wrote it down on a piece of paper, folded it and stuck it in the glove box. Then he drove carefully out of the parking lot and home to his spacious four bedroom two bath house in the lower hills of Hollywood. He put the car in park and took the keys out of it. His long, curved driveway suited him just fine. He could park the Camro in the driveway and know that no one would bother it. He stretched his long legs and made it to his door. He opened the green door and stepped inside. Once in he locked up and quickly made his way to his bathroom. He had taken the smaller guest room and bathroom as his when he had moved in. He preferred the smaller space. It was cozy and relaxed. He saw no reason to use any of the larger rooms until he had acquired a wife. So he left them bare. His weight bench and treadmill were in the spacious living room. The house itself was done in neutral colors.He liked green, red and bronze. So he had used black furnishings. And the bronze throw pillows he had found at Bed, Bath, and Beyond had also provided him with rugs in green and red to put around the house as well. He had up a few paintings he had done himself as art work on the walls. He was not sure if others would like them but he did and to him that was all that mattered. He was not out to impress others with his paintings. He did them because he had a passion for them.

Erik took his purchases to his small bathroom. There he set them out casually. Then he stripped down and took a shower. He had been sweating today. That happened when you spent half your day working outside. He had been building a house for a friend of his who had lost his in a fire. He made sure to clean his inky black hair thoroughly. It fell in damp waves to his collar bone. He grimaced tohimself as he toweled it mostly dry. He really should cut it. but not tonight. Rianne had told him she liked his long hair. Once he was dry he quickly got into his fresh underwear and then into the casual red shirt and black pants that he planned to wear to the dinner he was taking Rianne to. He had little doubt that she would like the place. He smiled to himself. He was beginning to become rather fond of Rianne. She was a woman he could see himself spending the rest of his life with her.

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Rianne attempted not to fidget as she awaited Erik’s arrival. She was certain that he would pull up in his Camero soon. She peered out of her peep hole in the door. No sign of him yet. Usually he called her to tell her he was on the way. But for some reason he had not had the courtesy to do so tonight. She could not help but wonder if something was wrong. She began to pace back and forth worried. She tried to keep herself from imagining all of the things that could delay him. An accident on the road. He stopped to give someone a jump start. He really did not want to date her so he was waiting until the last possible moment to pick her up. He was simply going to stand her up.

“Get a grip, Rianne.” She spoke aloud to herself. She was being ridiculous. There was no reason to fret so. She stood up straighter and walked to her couch. She made herself set her silver clutch down and then sat down herself. Wearing herself out worrying was foolish.

It was then that the purring roar of the Camero’s engine came to her keen ears. She got up and ran a hand down her black and silver gown. “It’s about time.” She picked up her clutch and walked briskly to the door. Unlocking it she went out to stand on her miniscule porch. She locked the door decisively behind herself. Then she turned and smiled brightly.

Erik was sure that Rianne was going to kill him. After all he had not called her as was his usual routine. She probably thought he had been in an accident or something. He always had been early as well. he drove with reckless abandon to get there sooner. He looked up as he idled in the small parking lot of her apartment building. He was pleased to see her emerging from her apartment and smiling at him. Perhaps he had been wrong. And she had not been worried about him at all. He cut the car’s ignition off. Then he got out of the car and went to meet her.

“Sorry I am late and did not call. I hope you can forgive me?” , he asked as he walked up to her.

“Well I don’t know. Are we going somewhere nice?”, she asked him playfully. “I did not get all glammed up just for a date to the beach.” She took his arm and walked to the car.

“You look great. I was not expecting you to dress up so fancy. I feel a bit under dressed myself.” He opened her door and waited until she got in. Then he closed her door and walked around to his side.

“Gllad you think so.” Rianna flashed him a quick, fleeting smile. For a moment it seemed to light up her whole face. Then it was gone as quickly as it had appeared.

Erik was sure of only one thing. He wanted her to smile more. He started the car and drove away from her apartment complex. “I was working on a friend’s house today. I only have a week to finish it from top to bottom. He is really getting tired of rooming with his mother again.” Erik rolled his expressive sea green eyes. “But then you know Chad. He gets easily bored with real life. He would rather play a computer game than date a real woman. He says online chat rooms are enough for him. I told him he is missing out. And he needs to get a real life fast before he becomes a hair ball and drinks himself into a twenty pound beer gut.” Erik explained to Rianne.

Rianne threw back her head and laughed. “The master of home construction giving advice to the stay at home bum. Lighten up Erik. You know chad’s mother.” She rolled her own gray eyes. “That woman would make me murder someone if I had to stay with her.” She declared boldly.

“Too true.” Erik let out a low chuckle. “I am taking you to somewhere special tonight. It is a small , cozy little place. So it will be both intimate and discreet I hope.” He drove expertly through the low hills. “I got the recommendation from one of my clients.” He shrugged his broad shoulders. “I guess we can only go and see if we like the place.” he paid attention to his driving as he spoke nimbly dodging cars and people with deft movements of his hands and the brakes. He really did enjoy these conversations with her. She was easy to talk to and he liked that about her. She never pressured him for more conversation that he wanted to have either. That was another plus to being with her. Most women that he had dated had talked his ears off. And the conversations all revolved around their lives and what they wanted in a future husband and life style. Rianne was a breath of fresh air compared to those hungry, money grubbing women. And she was Beautiful as well. But he valued her intelligent mind as well. That even more than her beauty drew him to her.

Finally they parked outside of La Rose a small bistro style resterant. He turned off the car and went around to her side to let her out of it. He pocketed his keys after setting the alarm on the Camero. Then he escorted her inside the small bistro with aflourish. “This way Lady. Your food and good conversation await you.” He grinned boyishly at her showing off the twin dimples in his cheeks. He could not resist those little dramatic flourishes at times. He had wanted to be a theater major after all. It was only when his dad Theo had gotten sick with Cancer that he had grudgingly taken over Thorn Construction  and dedicated himself to keeping his dad’s dream of affordable houses for everyone alive. He was glad he had done so now but a year ago he had not been so pleased with the prospect. But the business had thrived and he had kept his construction costs low and reasonable. He brought his mind back to the woman he was escorting. Lucky for him Rianne had not noticed his distraction.

Once inside the small bistro he and Rianne were approached by a waiter in black tie and tails. “I have your table set aside Sir. Ma’am If you will follow me?”, the waiter turned and led them both to a small table with a red cloth draped over it. Two white votive candles in garnet holders shone softly as they sat down.

” I am Frank and I will be your server tonight. What wine would you like to start off with?”, he turned his head and looked at Erik. His deep set brown eyes glimmered in the subdued light. He waited with a fresh white pad in hand and a sleek black pen was poised to write down what ever vintage tthe man might proclaim.

Erik looked at the wine list for a moment. “Tonight I think we will have the 98 red merlot.” he handed the wine list to Frank. “Give us ten minutes to look over the menu and return. Be sure to let the wine breathe and bring an ice bucket for it when you return.” Erik smiled faintly at the man.

Frank nodded. “As you say, Sir.” He turned and walked off with long, loping strides. He knew his business. But certain customers felt it was their right or even their duty to tell him how to prepare the wine. He walked back to the small wine cellar in the back and selected the red the man had indicated to him. He got the ice bucket filled promptly and a new, clean white and green towl to drape over his left arm. Then he took up the wine bottle as well and returned to the table. He held out the wine bottle to show the man. “Shall I uncork it and let it breathe now?”, he asked a bit archly.

“yes, please.” Erik looked at the man. He could tell Frank was miffed. Well he would just have to get over that little snit. He was paid to do a job and Erik would see that he did it.

Frank uncorked the red wine and placed it in the ice bucket. “I will return shortly so you can place your order.” He smiled at Rianne. What was this person doing with such a lovely wwoman? He turned quickly on his heel before he betrayed his intrest in her too keenly. He had some cleaning up to do.

Erik watched the man walk away frowning. He did certainly seem to be in a snit. Erikshrugged his shoulders. “I don’t know what that guy’s problem is. But he can get over it.” Erik let his gaze linger on Rianne’s lovely form. As usual his small bit of bad temper was fading. She had that effect on him. He smiled at her. “Hungry? I hear this placehas good sea food and pasta.” He opened his own menu and looked at it. he ran a finger down the listings and picked out a steak with aasparagus and a full patato as well. His stomach rumbled with its eagerness to consume the food.

Rianne laughed. “Looks like your stomach is hungry. I am too.” she looked at the choices her menu offered. She chose a stuffed flounder with shrimp and cheese. And she added French fries and grilled squash to her plate as well.

Promptly in ten minutes Frank returned to take their orders. He wrote them down in an elegant hand and went off to tell the kitchens what they wanted. It was a slow night indeed. He was used to seeing more traffic than this. But he would deal with it. Once the orders were in he sat down for a few minutes. He had been on his feet for six hours straight he he deserved both a break and a drink. So he drew himself a Pepsi Max and drank it down slowly. He knew he had at least fifteen minutes before the orders were done. He leaned back in his chair and sighed. It had been a long day already. With reluctance he opened his eyes and drank more soda. Tomorrow was his night off. He was looking forward to it immensely. He needed a breather from work. He finished his soda and ran a comb through his nut brown hair hurriedly. Then he got up to take table six their orders.

Frank set the orders down before them both. “Flounder with shrimp and cheese for the lady. and your steak and asparagus Sir”

Once the niceties had been dealt with Frank with drew to his table. After this couple left he could go home and rest. He silently prayed that no other people would come in and spoil his plans. But he never knew from day to day just how big the rush at prime time would be.

Rianne was enjoying herself and the food. It was a quiet place that Erik had brought her to. She had never liked crowded places. Or loud, obnoxious people that you could hear chatting away four tables away from you because they had no volume control. And the screaming, crying children got on her nerves too. She really did not see how some people put up with all that noise and strife while trying to eat a good meal.

“Thinking deep thoughts are you?” , Erik handed her a glass of the mellow merlot. He waited until she focused on him and handed her the glass. “Try to focus on the good time you are having.” He suggested this last with a small, secret smile.

Rianne took the glass and sipped at it slowly. Red wine was not her favorite by any means. She preferred blush instead. But Erik had not consulted her on the wine so she simply drank it. It was not bad. Just not much to her taste. She set down the wine glass after a few sips. “I will try to have a good time. Although generally that is a given with you.” She smiled briefly. “The food is excellent.” She remarked as she ate more of the French fries. She really was hungry. Part of her wanted to attack the food on her plate like a wild beast. But the more civilized part of her wanted to keep her dress clean. So she compromised. She tore her bread apart and buttered it lavishly. Then she cut up her flounder which was flaky and lightly battered with a faint taste of line juice. She smiled. Better lime juice than the traditional lemon juice. She had always found lemon juice to be both bitter and mouth puckering. This flounder was delicious. She sipped more wine. “It is a really nice place. I am glad your client recommended it to you.” She let her gray gaze rove over the dining room for a moment.

“Glad to hear you like it Rianne. I think it is a nice cozy place myself. And I can see us coming here again.” he gazed at her thoughtfully. Then he took her hand. “I was hoping you would like it. I wanted tonight to be a special night for us both.” He sipped his wine with his left hand. Then he grinned playfully at her once more. “I have a few plans for us tonight. I do hope you will like some of them.” He let go of her hand and resumed his meal.

Rianne blinked. “I am sure I will.” She wanted to rub at her hand. It felt almost scalded by his touch.But she did not.The jolt of electricity she had felt when Erik touched her hand made her fight to keep in her seat. Suddenly she wanted nothing more than to be his. But she knew that if the clock struck midnight and he had not declared his love for her she would have to return to her previous dark existence. Rianne closed her eyes. She had to get a grip on herself and her emotions. She finished off her wine and excused herself to the ladies room. Once inside of the small stalls she used the facilities and then washed her hands and dried them thoroughly. She then returned to the table and Erik. Time to see just where the night would lead.

 

I do hope you all enjoy reading it.

 

Lady Soket

“Try something new. You just might like it.”

Holloween

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Well as most of you know I am pagan and I think this All Hallows Eve I will get into the spirit of things by remembering those who have passed away with feelings of gratitudeand well wishes. Halloween is also the time when the veil between worlds is thin. This means that ghosts and other things can cross over easier into the material realm. I have seen a ghost or two in my time but they are generally family members and thus mean no harm to me or mine.

 

I plan to do a little stone work and watch a few Halloween inspired movies as well. We also have to go and sign the papers for our new house. Ok all. It’s finally gonna happen now. You might want to turn away from the screen. (Don’t complain I warned you it was coming.)

 

Jumps up and down like a giddy 8 year old yelling “Yes, Yes, Yes.” I can hardly wait until tomorrow. Halloween is going to be a great day for me. I hope that you all can say the same. What will you all do on Halloween? Tricks or Treats?

 

Lady Soket,

“Being insane requires panache. Otherwise everyone would do it.”

Dark World is Coming Soon!

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Two days until Nano starts in all its glory and furious writing. I am excited to start a new project and really get a jump on fleshing out a whole game world and what happens within it. I have decided to mmake this a diceless game. I will make it out into books so that all information wwill be right at the gamer’s fingertips. I would also like to do an e-book of this as well. I am sure that both a hhardcover and an e-book would do well. I ttthink I will add in short stories at the beginning of each chapter as well. To give a little life to the major characters encountered and for a little variety as well.

 

In other news: We are fixing to move this week into a nice house that we are starting to talk about buying. I am really excited by this as I have never had a permanent plapplace to call mine. I am looking forward to decorating it and getting new furniture. So if no one hears much from me this week it is because of moving into the new house. I would jump up and down with excited glee but for those of you that know me you also know I would never be caught dead doing that. Only in the privacy of my own room thanks. Smile. So lots of stuff this week. Nano starting and moving too. I will be posting an update on both this weekend.

 

Lady Soket,

“Believe in youyourself. Take Risks. Live life to the fullest.”

Dark World is a go for November Nano 2016!

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Hello everyone. Well it is time to start the prep work of writing yet another Nano project. Dark World will be a game world that I will be writing up with horror/supernatural feel to it. I will add in elements of mystery, action, and adventure along the way. It should be a fun project and get my blood pumping for a fun time. I have not abandoned Magic Happpens. Still working on it as well.

 

In other news I am fixing to move soon. Week after next infact. So lots of cleaning to do and packing as well. Still going to be in Winston so no worries on that score. I am working on a one shot session of game play for a friend for tomorrow night. Wish me luck. I have to get back to writing it.

 

Lady Soket,

“If it is not fun and doesn’t hold your intrest then don’t do it. Life is too short to do things we dislike.”

Update on New Apple computer

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Hello all. I have been working with the new Apple Computer. Sighs. I had to get Jamie to fix my accessability features for me. So far I can now navigate the desktop using the mouse. I have been writing a little bit in dribs and drabs. I do not think I have a whole page as of yet. I have to figure out how to save what I am writing. Next move is getting online with the beastie. Whimpers quietly.

 

You know what really sucks? Jamie can do all of this without help on the new computer. Gods there are days when I miss my sight terribly. But I am sure given time and vast amounts of effort on my part I can learn the thing and how to use it. I plan to  watch more youtube videos on using the new computer. It saves automatically or so Jamie says. I suppose I am just lazy and used to Jaws. After all I have used jaws for thinks….late 1999 or thereabouts. I used Zoomtext before that as I had some vision remaining. The real headache is that Zoomtext costs about seven hundred and fifty dollars. Jaws cost about twelve hundred. Which ironically is one of the reasons I got an Apple. Jaws will make you reup your program every three years. Ugh. I don’t have the money to do that every three years. So off to Apple land. It is really different using it. But given time I think I will get the hang of it.

 

As a side note Still in process of reading Ed’s Book Once a Hero. I will let you all know how it goes with the Apple again sometime this weekend. Much love and hugs to you all.

 

Lady Soket,

“Computers are here to annoy the hell out of all of us. Personally I think that they come pre-packaged with demons. Mine is called Kallenx.”

 

P.S. -Any suggestions on what I should write next?

My Outcast State book review

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Ok I just finished reading My Outcast State by Edward Mckeown. I have to say up front that the book surprised and delighted me with its well drawn characters and fast paced plot. It is classified as science fiction but to me personally it was more like hard science fiction due to the tech details and the approach taken with the machines and robots.

 

I thoroughly enjoyed the interactions between Muro and Rick. In her struggles to overcome her inherent programming and defend her friends Muro showed us a core personality trying to emerge from control of her long dead masters. In the process she makes mistakes killing others and putting her friends into extreme danger. As the M-7 robot I certainly would not want to tangle with her. As the Muro personality becomes aware of actions and the harm she does with her actions or inactions she becomes real to the readers. Rick has his own problems as well. A lack of confidence in himself and a driving need to protect others often comes into conflict in the novel. The Collector and Dresko are the other stand out characters to me as well as the cat girl who Rick saves from death.

 

There is violence in the book. Some of the scenes I literally had to stop reading for a bit. Mostly because it took me a few minutes to process the level of sheer destructive power that Muro had at her command. The blood and gore did not botherme. The casual way Muro would rip someone apart unsettled me a bit. But by and large the book is a good fast fun filled ride to the finish. I really enjoyed the comic moments between Rick and Muro. Muro and the cat girl’s interactions soon became some of my favorite scenes in the book. The Collector was a suitable villain for the story and Dresko went from enemy to guarded friend by the end of the novel. I wI will say that I enjoyed the novel immensely and give it a four star rating. Pick up a copy and read it.

 

I will be reading Once a hero by ed next. I will put up a review of it here once I have finished with it as well. Keep up the good work Ed.

 

Lady Soket,

“All of us struggle with good and evil. Finding the way out of darkness is up to each of us.”