Guest Blog: The Man From Cymene

Sometimes I like to daydream of what it would be like to be in a bookstore and overhear the following conversation: “Do you have Toni V. Sweeney’s latest novel?” (That’d be an ego-swelling event. I’d have to fight not to rush over and hug the customer.) And the clerk’s answer: “Toni Who?” (Definitely an ego-deflator! I’d want to deck him/her, and shout, “Me! You ignoramus!” and throw my business card at him/her.) But the conversation goes on: “Toni V. Sweeney. You know, she wrote that great series The Adventures of Sinbad and under her pseudonym Icy Snow Blackstone, she wrote Three Moon Station.” A blank look from the clerk. The customer looks shocked. “You mean you never heard of her?

Let the Naughty One In

“Savagely Yours” by Scerina Elizabeth, 2017 This book is a short story and each chapter has a different narrator. It's a bit of a gimmick, but I find it refreshing from books that slip into first one character's head and in the next sentence, another character. This is an erotic tale of inhuman lust. To say more would give away the plot and various surprises—and those surprises are good. Early on there's a brief sexual encounter that ends with a character vanishing and another character wondering if it was all a dream—reminding the reader of Sheridan Lefanu's classic horror story “Carmilla”. Indeed, this is an interesting theme in the story: the supernatural creatures are able to enter th

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