Archive for February, 2018



Love and Coffee

Many of us have a particular establishment where we go for a good cup of coffee, tea, and maybe even a pastry.  We might even like to park ourselves at a table, maybe by the window, or in a corner so we can sit, read, do a bit of texting, writing, artwork, or just dream.  But how many of us pay attention to the other folks sharing that space where we like to relax and unwind?

After reading “Love and Coffee” you may find yourself paying more attention to those around you and wondering what roads they’ve traveled down.

“Love and Coffee” is a collection of short vignettes that all take place inside not just any coffee shop,

but a very special one.  It’s run by a woman everyone calls Little Italy, who knows just what you need even before you make up your mind.  She’s assisted by her cohorts Big Red, and Angel, as well as a music box that seems to have come straight out of the more benevolent corners of the Twilight Zone, along with Little Italy who simply has to give it the slightest nod or look of encouragment get the device to bring the just the right song into play at the moment it’s needed most.

All the stories are told through the eyes of the author, who has a wonderful gift for making you feel like you’re there at the same table with him watching each installment unfold.  And although we never learn the real names of the other patrons, he manages to make us feel like each and every one is an old friend and when the next story involving them comes up you can’t help finding yourself sharing their hopes, dreams, and disappointments.

I found myself smiling, laughing, and even shedding more a few tears over a number of these short tales, which I offer as high praise for the author’s handling of each scene.  There are a host of characters waiting for you within the pages of this collection like The Man with the 5 Minute Memory,  Pin Stripe, Mister Tick Tock, The Mouse and so many others.  They’re all waiting for you, so step on with your favorite beverage.  And if you don’t have one, never fear because Little Italy will help you discover it soon enough.

And when you finish never fear, Mr. Main already as a “Refill” in the works and I for one cannot wait to get my hands on it.

Amazon:  

https://www.amazon.com/Love-Coffee-Bryce-Main-ebook/dp/B01DUAPC0Y/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1519742214&sr=8-1&keywords=bryce+main+love+and+coffee

AmazonUK:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Love-Coffee-Bryce-Main-ebook/dp/B01DUAPC0Y/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1519742273&sr=8-1&keywords=bryce+main+love+and+coffee

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As you all know this blog has been undergoing a serious renovation for the past few weeks. The reason for this is the fact that I recently looked over some of our past entries found that this site contained well over 350 posts, which cover a variety of subjects from thoughts on writing, tips, book reviews, updates about our own works, etc.. etc…

I then thought about our readers, especially those who were new to the blog, and how difficult it would be to try and find a particular post or topic.  This would be a daunting task considering the fact that most of the posts were created on my mood at the time, which means they’re are pretty much spread willy-nilly throughout the blog.

Clearly something had to be done.  Some semblance of order was needed to make things easier for all.  So I set about adding menu buttons and linking specific posts to each in order to make the site easier to navigate. To date, the following menu selections are up and running:

“Musings of Two Creative Minds” 

(technically not a button, you just click on the name of the site to get to the main blog)

“About Us”

(Kind of self-explanatory)

“Para-Earth Books” 

(synopsis of our books and links to where you can get them)

“What We’ve Been Reading” 

(links to all the books we’ve reviewed by other authors)

“About Writing and Self-Publishing” 

(Mostly finished – still have 2 years of posts to link to this button:  but this is where you’ll find posts about specific topics, along with our experiences and thoughts on the writing process)

However there are still some buttons that are not fully up and running yet.

“Reviews”

(what others are saying about our books)

and finally

“Coming Soon”

(It pretty much speaks for itself)

Again, there are over 350 posts to sort and get links established, so please be patient.  I can safely say that all this reworking of the blog has given me ideas for at least several entries to share with you all in the near future.  In the meantime, please try the buttons out and give us some feedback on what you think of the new layout.  Is it helpful?  Does it make things easier to find?

Finally, we want to let you know that we have big plans for this blog and that other new features will be added in the coming months including videos, and possibly some audio-readings as well.  So please bear with us as this will take a little while, especially as we’re moving into a new apartment which is taking up a lot of our time.  But we’ll try to keep posting new things here in the meantime.  We have a little cache of entries which we’ll be parceling out to keep you all amused.

So stay tuned and keep writing!


c3b4c-e-vamp

A Romantically Fang-Tastic Read

5-stars:   

This book surpassed all my expectations.  In an age of sparkling day-walkers, we get some good old traditional vampires who have moved with the times.  They’re powerful, clever, and have built some strong financial power for themselves.  However, a number of them are still ‘monsters’.  Dorian Taylor is an exception.  He does not view mortals as merely play-toys or food, like his associates.  He longs for something more and finds it in Jennifer, he also finds his heart.  

Definitely not a book for anyone under eighteen, but a cracking good read.  Miss Black supplies the reader with a good amount of BDSM and sex.  But even more importantly she provides us with a love story with plenty of danger lurking in the shadows.  There are twists and turns I did not see coming which I found both moving and exciting.  While some situations might seem trite to some people, the author does something else that certainly makes up for it.  She makes us ‘care’ about the characters, including the supporting ones.  

A damn good read, which I highly recommend to others.  


I first encountered Mr. King’s works back in the late 1970’s and quickly became a huge fan.  I even got to meet the man himself in 1983 when I was attending Nassau Community College.  Mr. King had come for a politician who had been running for the Democratic Presidential ticket (the man in question later dropped out after having been caught out by the press for having an affair).

Back to Stephen King, I was in awe of him back then and I still am today.  I will admit some of his books are not always my cup of tea these days, but he is still a brilliant writer whom I look up to and respect.  “Salem’s Lot” is one of the reasons for my admiration.  Check out the review I created for Goodreads.com below and perhaps you’ll get a better picture as to why I love this particular book so much.

5-STARS
Salem's Lot

Possibly one of the best modern-day vampire stories I’ve ever read.

‘Salem’s Lot is a nice little town up in Maine. A charming community where everyone knows their neighbors, but not all their dirty little secrets. Even the most picturesque towns has it’s share of dark tales. Take the Marsten House where Hubie Marsten murdered his wife and then hung himself. No one has lived there for years, but now someone has bought the place.

At the same time Ben Mears, the famous author, has returned to ‘Salem’s Lot to do a story on the old place. He’d gone inside once on a dare and has been trying to reconcile what he saw that day inside the old abandoned place. But while he tries to wrestle with old ghosts, a greater threat has come to town.

First a beloved dog is found hanging on the cemetery gate, mutilated in a most bizarre and ritualistic fashion. Soon a small boy disappears and his older brother contracts a fatal illness with anemia-like traits. Soon darkness spreads across the town, but no one is willing to talk about it. Some ponder but none are willing to acknowledge or admit to the possibility of something ‘supernatural’ taking hold of their community…

I have always loved this story because it felt so believable to me. We are taught to be rational and intelligent. To not believe in bogeymen, werewolves, or vampires. So I could easily see an entire town slowly being turned into the living dead through the old “you bite two friends, and they bite two friends, and so on…” method. And who would believe it if you told them this was happening? The police? The clergy? The newspapers? Or would you have to create your own little band of slayers to fight the threat? People who’ve seen and now believe and are willing to stand with you? Or do you simply turn and run, leaving the town to it’s fate?

For me, this is one of Mr. King’s greatest works


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In case you hadn’t already noticed, there have been changes being made on this site.  I’m trying to make it more easy to navigate for readers by adding New Menu Items such as where to find book reviews we’ve done in the past, learning more about our books, where to find older posts about writing, etc.  I admit I’m rather a novice at doing this sort of thing but I’ve been making progress.  I simply ask that you all bear with me until I get everything sorted out the way I think will be best.  I have over 350 posts to sort through and edit so the process may take a while, but it’s already giving me a lot of material for future posts about setting up a blog to also act like a website.  More soon.

Until then, keep writing my friends.

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