The Secret Casebook(s) of Simon Feximal by KJ Charles (includes Remnant with Jordan L. Hawk*)


Why I read them:  There are three short stories in this series (so far).  The first I bought for $1.99 from Torquere Press. It’s too expensive because it’s less than 15 pages. But the good news is that the other two self-published shorts are free from Smashwords in all the formats.  Taken together, $1.99 is well worth it.  And I think The Caldwell Ghost has possibly my favourite opening paragraph ever.

The Caldwell Ghost

What it’s about: (from Goodreads)  When Robert Caldwell inherits a haunted house, he calls on ghost-hunter Simon Feximal to rid him of the supernatural menace. But the ghost is stronger than either man realizes — strong, angry, and desperate for release. Trapped in a haunted house with a dangerously attractive ghost-hunter and a sexually frustrated spirit, can Robert survive the night intact…and will he want to?

What worked for me (and what didn’t):  This clever little short has an absolute cracker of an opening paragraph.  We are plunged into the action immediately.  It’s only about 13 pages but in that time, the setting – both the time period and the creepiness and the characters are drawn with a deft hand. It’s not a romance, but rather the pair meet and, while fixing Robert Caldwell’s ghost problem, have a sexy interlude which promises to be more.  We know in fact that they go on to have a very HEA because of the letter to the editor at the beginning.  It’s all very cleverly done.


November Round Up

on Paper/eBook

IDreamOfJohnny**NB This review first appeared in the November ARRA newsletter.**

I Dream of Johnny by Juliet Madison – B-  This short story wasn’t what I was expecting.  I thought it would be funny and it was but I also thought something different would happen with the Geek God Mandy conjured with her modern magic lamp.  To know what actually happens, you’ll have to read the story to find out.  The Geek God Jonathan Fortran Schnecklmyer, is every geeky nightmare of bad fashion, bad hair and bad taste one could imagine. But even he has his good points.  The story is probably more “chick-lit” than romance, with the focus being more on Mandy’s journey of self-discovery but it has a hopeful romantic ending and it was certainly a bit of fun to while away a half hour.


Coming Soon

RippedHow I Met Your Father

I’ll have reviews of Ripped by Sarah Morgan and How I Met Your Father by LJ Gregg up in December as well as a post about my most romantic scene.

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