The Power of Fear

Myths of the Mirror


“Fear,” the man said. “Fear has long, fine fingers.”

Grigor Phelan found fear intriguing, full of subtleties, an art form one contemplated because nothing of its shape or color or texture was what it appeared. Fear spanned a spectrum from the subtle edge of respect to unbounded terror, and he was most attracted to what lay in between, in the murky hues of human sentiment. He was charmed by the guises of fear, how it hid itself from its host, how it crouched on the rim of consciousness. Like a child’s kaleidoscope, fear proved changeable, multi-faceted, and often lovely as it turned. It might wear the face of generosity or compassion, decency or loyalty, adoration or threat. It could be manipulated by the most benign of words or actions, or pace like a wolf at the edge of a nightfire, seeking a way in.  (Myths of the Mirror

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This Story Goes for the OLYMPIAN GOLD!

Snowman Paul at the Winter Olympics (Volume 2)
Written by Yossi Lapid
Illustrated by Joanna Pasek
It’s especially admirable the way that author Yossi Lapid thinks like a child when writing his charming children’s books–a high compliment for his genre.
Young Dan realizes that he has the smartest snowman in the world. Paul can even read grownup newspapers! And that talent gets him in a bit of trouble. Worse, Dan is shocked to hear that Paul plans on entering the Olympic Games and going for the Gold no less. Typical of little boys, Dan assumes Paul, a grownup snowman, is way too old to win even a Silver Award and might hurt himself trying. This makes Paul laugh. Him, fall on snow? Never, not at all!
So off they go on a bus and Paul proves Dan wrong. A snowman on snow and ice is a beauty to behold as Paul outshines all the rest and goes for the gold. Now you might guess that Paul did win, but something nags at Dan—-something not quite right. Wait until you read what was helping Paul and how he solves the problem the way a true champion might.
Once again author Yossi Lapid writes another story in the Paul the Snowman series which makes adults smile and young children laugh out loud. This story, like the others, teaches a life lesson and moral in the best way—through reading.
As usual, the illustrations are eye-catching and lovely and help to move the story forward. This book is a great choice for pre-schools, daycare centers, and kindergarten. It’s also perfect as a read-to for toddlers, by expanding their learning and word skills. This age group particularly enjoys stories that rhyme. On having read one story in this series, you’ll want to collect them all . . . and so will the kids.
This book was given to me as a gift with no obligation to review it.
Micki Peluso

2nd Halloween Poem Contest – AND THE WINNERS ARE…

Writer's Treasure Chest

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The jury has decided!

Today I’m writing representing the Jury of the 2nd Halloween Poem Contest 2016.

The winners of the contest are:

V. M. Sang with “Hallowe’en”

Micki Peluso with “Scratches”

Kim Solem with “Nightmare at Walmart”

(The names and poems are arranged in no particular order)

Thank you so much for your amazing poems, winners! You will get an email today.

Our three winners of the contest can choose one of the offered e-books.

  1. E-Book of “The truth she knew” written by J. A. Owenby
  2. E-book of  either one of the set of four “Brilliant Disguise“,  “A Good Girl“,  “Criminal Kind“, OR “Sins of My Youth“, written by Mary Ann Edwards
  3. E-book of “The Vampyre Blogs – coming home” by Allan Krummenacker


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Outstanding Paranormal Romantic Thriller

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By Patricia A. Guthrie
A sudden chill sweeps over Elena Dkany as she attends the funeral of her beloved Grandmother, Magda DKany. “I was murdered,” whispers through the surrounding trees. Slowly, vapor rises from the tomb and takes a vague shape right next to her. No one notices except the trembling favored grand daughter, Elena. 
“You must find your son.” The Spirit also warns Elena that her own life is in danger and tells her to travel to Romania to the castle of her ancestors which she now inherits.
And so begins a story richly woven into a tapestry of secrets, deceit and murders. Within days of the funeral Elena is attacked by a hit man. Her life is saved by another ghost, one who strongly resembles her late murdered husband, Janek Ivanov. So many strange deaths and murders. Someone wants Elena, the last of her line, to be dead as well.
The undercover FBI agent, Alex Brancusi, a man she once loved deeply ten years ago has come back for the funeral along with his partner, Tony Donatelli. Alex can hardly believe that Elena is now involved in a case at the very castle being investigated. It becomes imperative, in spite of his disbelief in ghosts, that Alex and Tony escort Elena to Romania–keeping most of their reasons a secret from her.  But not for long. Neither the killers or the ghosts will allow it.
As the three fly to Europe and make their way across the magnificent, yet treacherous Carpathean Mountains, attempts upon their lives follow them. They are being watched without ceasing. Who wants Elena dead and why? What really haunts Alex and Elena is the hazy images and dreams of a young boy appearing to be around nine or ten years old. What secrets is the beautiful old castle hiding from them?
Author Patricia A. Guthrie writes a brilliant romantic, paranormal thriller set in the land of vampire legends and lore. Her characters are well developed and likeable, including the antagonists; especially Gregory Balough, solicitor of Magda’s estate and caretaker of the castle. Descriptions of the picturesque yet deadly Romania makes the reader feel as if there, interacting with the characters who feel like old friends. This writer uses her unique writing skill to entice her readers into this remarkable book. It’s only flaw is that it has to come to an end–albeit it an unexpected, yet satisfying end.
Those enjoying Legacy of Danger as much as I did might want to check out this author’s other works, including, “In the Arms of the Enemy,” and “Water Lillies Over My Grave.”

Micki Peluso