Selkies' Skins

Selkies' Skins
Current book in series Temple and Skinquest. Enjoy Castle and Well from Amazon, B&N and Smashwords while waiting for that and the prequel's audiobook "Pearls of Sea and Stone: Book of Seals".

Monday, March 30, 2020

Ame Reads: 170 Chinese Poems Reading #8 (with music)

It is time for the next reading out of 170 Chinese Poems as translated by Arthur Waley. This is reading #8. You can find the book for free on

Friday, March 27, 2020

Flash Fiction Fridays #32: Haiku Month Part 1 and "The Woman In Green" a...

Need to listen to someone read? It's Friday. I do not have a flash fiction of my own right now and no one has mailed any in for the podcast. Instead I am reading a few haiku from haiku month and then "The Woman in Green" from the collection "Strange Stories from the Lodge of Leisures."

This was released a little early on the audio podcast at

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

FFF #32: Haiku Month readings part 1 and The Woman In Green

This episode contains several haiku that I had written this past Haiku Month, as well as a reading of The Woman in Green from "Strange Stories from the Lodge of Leisures," a public domain book available on A goddess visits a man, but what is her true form? A dragonfly is fleeting, and what is the expression of a divine love?

Music track: Shiro (Instrumental) by Aussens@iter (c) copyright 2017 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. Ft: Hans Montgomery Atom

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Sunday, March 1, 2020

Review: With Darkness Comes Trouble by Oscar Wagner II

With Darkness Comes TroubleWith Darkness Comes Trouble by Oscar Wager II
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was able to read this as a beta reader, and was delighted to have the opportunity to read the whole book after reading a sample. I am very happy to see it has finally been released to the public.

It was a good story. I really appreciated the interweaving of the similarities of the various religions touched on so that it wasn't overshadowed too much by one or the other. While reading I was not sure if it was meant for "Elvis Datan" or Zu to be such a caricature at times of himself or not. It was very in keeping with Ichtomi and how he tends to bring about his own downfall in stories though. I do love a comedic villian.

Elvis Datan needs anger management classes, badly. I'd feel sorry for the instructor though giving them.

There were times it was a little hard for me to connect to the story. I'm not sure if it was because of pacing since it read more like a paranormal thriller to me, or my own exhaustion at the time of the reading. Angela was also a character that I was intrigued by. It would definitely be interesting to read a story set after or before so see what other Angelic relations are encountered by the whole family line.

I also was very glad that it was a miner that was the father of the main character, and to see a deaf person as a main character. Those are not tales that I find often.

It is a good read when feeling down but in the strange mindset of needing something both heavy but light.

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Review: "Loggers" by Rick Steber

Loggers (Tales of the Wild West, #7)Loggers by Rick Steber
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was first introduced to these books as a young girl picking out a souvenir from the gift shop at Fort Stevens. The next year I was able to obtain another. I do not yet have the full collection but I do have several of them. Some of them are still unread but on my to read list for this year as my attention turns to short stories and flash fictions, and bettering my own writing in that genre.

Loggers was an awe inspiring look into what logging was like way back "in the day." It never ceases to amaze me what these tough men went through, and how much of it is still going on to this day with our modern loggers. Although I had read part of this one before getting busy and temporarily putting it aside for others rereading those sections does not detract. It adds to my appreciation.

I highly recommend this for those who love history, who have an interest in logging, or who need short reads and good examples of short reads to aspire to.

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Review: Your VIP Biography by Alinka Rutokwska and Kenneth Atchity

Your VIP Biography: How to Write Your Autobiography to Land a Hollywood DealYour VIP Biography: How to Write Your Autobiography to Land a Hollywood Deal by Alinka Rutkowska and Kenneth Atchity
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I read through this book a couple times to fully digest it. I found it well written and easy to follow. Although it was easy to follow it still deserves very careful study. It will certainly help you in crafting your autobiography, but it will also greatly help authors struggling in other book genres as well. It is definitely worth the investment and time to read. Please make sure to have a notebook and writing implement handy both to take notes and to jot down the ideas and realizations you may have as you read through.

This book talks about other books and movies as examples of what is being taught, so those who need examples will find it also covers their learning needs.

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