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Bookshelf #3 and #2 in One

You don’t mess with John Wayne after he had Beef with Potatoes. Ha, ha this meme spawned out of a spontaneous joke I made about the baby’s face last night. I said, “Look at her John Wayne face.” Hilarity ensued.

Ah, the bookshelf . . . what an interesting place these nooks hold in the universe as a reflection of taste, wonder and intrigue. Last week, I started with bookshelf #1 and today we are double dipping with #2 and #3. Bookshelf #2 is . . . no books, but a party amongst toys, only. These toys don’t like books:

If you have any questions about these specifically, please do ask. Otherwise, we will move onto the book-book shelf.
Left of Bookshelf #3
Right side of Bookshelf #3. Below, we are moving from left to right since we are still in the northern hemi-sphere, at least last time I checked.
Book Reviews

Review: Darke Awakening by Lee Hall

Soft edges, again we have a form of bokeh with the snow flakes and that hand along with these forest elements makes for a great cover that rivals really anything I have seen. The finish on the paperback is a glossy one which I didn’t favor as well as matte.

I read the first book in this series titled Open Evening and I can tell you that this writer ( Hall ) has evolved. Toward the beginning of the book, with the rocks and the lake, it reminded me of lofty, floaty feelings I got when reading Storm Constantine’s The Ghosts of Blood and Innocence and while Constantine holds that feeling through her whole book, Hall deviates and moves onto other atmospheric feelings of epic battle scenes and neat accentuation such as secret labs, government agents, supernatural puzzles with pentagrams and a conundrum of imbalance that a slew of different kinds of monsters can bring that includes vampires, witches and other abominations along with vampiric transformations.


Lee Hall Releases Darke Awakening

Darke Awakening by Lee Hall

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Other regions, type this in your Amazon: B08HX1B49G

You might be wondering, or you might not care, either way I’m going to explain anyways why I am featuring this book release. When I first published How LJ and Rom Saved Heavy Metal I wanted to connect with fellow indie authors, and not just with any indie author, one that was active in their presence on the internet, similar in genre, ( some kind of speculative fiction ), and active in other ways besides just self promotion. To be honest, I feel like if you are nothing less than the likes of the most famous authors, you should give us more than just news about your works in progress. Let us into get to know you as a person. Long story short, Mr. Lee Hall was one of the first indie authors I have connected with along with others that aren’t quite receptive as he. We are very busy people and we mostly stick to our guns, but I look up to this guy. So whether you are or aren’t into the indie book scene, ( I know a lot of you follow this blog because I have been connecting with other book review blogs and not just indie books, publishing house reviewers as well ), and if you have just a small grain of curiosity – GO BUY THIS BOOK. I mean, this guy has put his blood, sweat and tears into this thing and all he is asking is for around about the cost of a cup of coffee and I guarantee you can’t digest the book as fast as you would your cup of joe. Check out his Dark Awaking Release announcement and give his blog a follow to see what it’s like to be in this emerging indie book scene.

I am adding this to my Halloween Reading List and you can definitely expect a review coming sometime for Darke Awakening by Lee Hall, and it’s arrived just in time for the Halloween season.

Guys, until next time – may you find all the happiness that your life can fit in it’s happy spot – S.D. McKinley

Book Reviews

Review: The Teleporter by Lee Hall

Book covers don’t get much better than this. A classy bar setting type feel which fits perfectly. I feel like I’m missing an olive and a toothpick? Not quite sure what the review quote on the right is referring to, haha. Fun fact – the defocused effect of the background is called Bokeh.


( Extracted from Amazon )

What if there was a power like no other? What if one drunken slouch happened to stumble where nobody has stumbled before and discovered the ability to teleport!
Just when you thought there were enough super hero stories in this world, we made another one…
Kurt Wiseman is your average mid-twenties slouch with a serial thirst for alcohol, that is until destiny calls upon him to stumble where no man has clumsily stumbled before. By day he works for a familiar sounding, power hungry, media controlling, mega rich American businessman who represents everything wrong with society today. Whilst investigating this politically loaded story arc Kurt accidentally acquires a super power like no other. The ability to teleport!
Before he can think about saving the day, Wiseman must endure a journey of self-reflection by earning the trust of his friends and overcoming his greatest weakness, booze. Even if the path is filled with comic book cliché, inappropriate one liners and genre busting fourth wall action.
Not all heroes in this world are the same and with great power comes the possibility to go viral! This is a story that will unite humanity…
Kurt Wiseman is the Teleporter!


I can’t really pick any two word combination in this whole book that I can scoff at, or three word combination, or four words either. Heck, there isn’t even a whole sentence I don’t like, or paragraph or a chapter. Okay, okay. The whole book is great.

Book Reviews

Book Review: Open Evening by Lee Hall

Very professional cover material here. The dirty textures bring depth to the image. Evidently there is danger…unexpected danger? Yes! Makes for great intrigue and probably violence.

Plot Summary:

( Extracted from Amazon ) Sometimes you don’t get to choose where you are placed in the collective ecosystem of a high school.
Luke Hartford spends his days on the fringes of social inadequacy. A normal day at his small town American High School can be described as horrific. That is until events take a turn for the worse. After a vision, Luke realises there is something other than the horror of trying to fit in lurking just under the surface.


Book Recommendations from Mr. Lee Hall

I’ve been following the blog of Mr. Lee Hall for quite some time. He has written some books, one of which I am reading right now titled Open Evening. I will do a review here on this site soon, so be on the look out for that. He has several other books as well. The Teleporter looks interesting.