Sneak Peek Wednesday: Hellfire and Brimstone

Today I thought I would do something special. What is that you ask? I thought I would tease you with my latest novel – a re-write of my first attempt at novel writing. What you are about to read is raw and still needing a few more polishes, a spell check, and possibly a few more things. However, you can read it here now in order to get a taste for what it might become at a later date. Enjoy, and please feel free to leave comments about it if you so chose. I have thick skin, so don’t worry about me.

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            That shut Tom up, because she was right about that.  He knew he didn’t do enough to help them out.  It was with luck (or divine intervention) that he married two outstanding women.  They always cut him some slack when it came to the kids, probably more than he deserved, but he at least made something of an effort for them. Sure, he could have been at all of their birthday parties, their plays, their football games, whatever they had been involved with at the time. He could have been there, and he hated missing so much of it, he really did. He was just bad at being a typical dad. He wasn’t a P.T.A. guy and he wasn’t a “buy a house in suburbia, mow the yard in the summer, rake the leaves in the fall” kind of guy either. He always had a gypsy soul and marriage wasn’t a place where he belonged. Marriage was death for guys like him. He couldn’t conform to the strictness that a ring on each finger created, and if marriage confined him – what about kids? Tom just thought it was best to stay out of his wives way once it all fell apart.

“What time is the play tomorrow?”  Tom wanted to be done with this conversation.  He was ready to get drunk and stoned.

“Eight.”

“At night?”

“Of course.”

“Where?”

“The church auditorium, Methodist Church on the corner of Eighth Street.”

“I’ll see what I can do.”

“Goodnight Tom and watch out for the devil.”

The phone went dead.  Tom stared at the phone for a moment or two then went to the couch.  He sat down hard and tried to run that last part through his head.  That was twice today that he had heard that statement – watch out for the devil.

E-Book Review: Casting Shadows Everywhere by Tim McBain and L.T. Vargus

This is a well written story from start to finish. It is a book that starts out calm and even, kind of stays that way for a bit. That isn’t a bad thing though, because it hooks you early on, makes you want to come back to see what will happen next to Jake as he contemplates life, his struggles, and everything going on around him. It really is just a simple story about growing up and finding your place in the world, and then, man, they hit you with a bomb-shell I dare say few will see coming. Then it builds off of this bomb shell into other shocking moments. I couldn’t stop reading it because I just had to learn more. I had to know how it all came to a close. After finishing it, I have come to the conclusion that this is a great E-Book and one I can recommend without any pause or hesitation. I really enjoyed this one. I will have to read more by this duo in the future.

So, read anything great lately, E-Book or Paperback? Let me know below.

Casting Shadows

Find out more about this E-Book here: At first, adopting Nick’s callous worldview helps Jake get over his fears and confront his tormentors, but he also unleashes an aggression in himself he never thought possible. And as he learns more about his cousin, he realizes that Nick’s crimes go way beyond burglary. In the end, Jake must face not only the monster in his cousin but also the one in his own heart. via Casting Shadows Everywhere – Kindle edition by L.T. Vargus, Tim McBain. Literature & Fiction Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.

Teaser Tuesday: Casting Shadows Everywhere by Tim McBain and L.T. Vargus Part 2

teasertuesdays2014eTeaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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Casting Shadows

“The smell of the decaying bodies still clung to my nostrils.”

“The weirdest thing was how indistinguishable it was from a possum festering on the side of the road.”

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When I read this one, I had to stop reading just to post it for today’s challenge. It really is a great tease for a great story.

Find out more about this story here: At first, adopting Nick’s callous worldview helps Jake get over his fears and confront his tormentors, but he also unleashes an aggression in himself he never thought possible. And as he learns more about his cousin, he realizes that Nick’s crimes go way beyond burglary.

In the end, Jake must face not only the monster in his cousin but also the one in his own heart.

via Casting Shadows Everywhere – Kindle edition by L.T. Vargus, Tim McBain. Literature & Fiction Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.