StoryTeller by Nicholas Bylotas


“War fills that basin, Javier. Murder is our past! Atrocity is our heritage and love is our redeemer.”

— Vaks Biblent, StoryTeller (230-231)

StoryTeller is a science fiction, adventure story set in a place where there are steel horses, a vanishing group of people known as “StoryTellers,” time travel and bionic people. The characters are  complicated, with backstories full of hardship and the darkest sides of humanity. Vengeance and love are prominent themes. And drama and violence are definitely not left out.. The ending is a bit of a cliffhanger, really leaving the opportunity for a follow-up novel. In fact, it’s one of those endings where the reader has to decide whether or not the characters died or lived.

Though I personally didn’t connect much with the main character, Vaks, I connected with Cartin. Cartin’s backstory is particularly a sad one; starting off as a miner, she’s set on a dangerous path after her husband’s brutal death.

I normally don’t read science fiction books but this time, I’m happy that I had the opportunity to be the proofreader for this book before it went to print.

Copies available here: Amazon and directly from the publisher.


A Real Daughter Just Published!

A Real DaughterA Real Daughter by Lynn McKelvey is officially published! I couldn’t be happier.

A Real Daughter is a pretty interesting story; a woman named Claire, loses her daughter but, death doesn’t stop her daughter from continuing life with Claire. In fact, Claire’s daughter is still very much alive to her and it isn’t until she inherits a stepdaughter is she forced to face herself and what is truly reality.

A Real Daughter explores the realities of stepping into a blended family,  madness, grief, and death. It questions the concept of motherhood and when a mother’s role truly ends. If death isn’t strong enough to break the tie between mother and child, then what is?

I like the honest take on blended families in this book. In real life, the assimilation of broken families isn’t as smooth as we’d like to admit. In A Real Daughter, the “daughter” Claire inherits is a bit of a monster but, she’s real.

Copies of A Real Daughter are available on Amazon and through the publisher. 

The official synopsis, in case you’re interested:

When her infant daughter Sarah unexpectedly dies, Claire, feeling blame, reinvents herself as a landscape gardener in Los Angeles. Meanwhile, Claire imagines Sarah still alive, marking her birthdays, Christmas, first day of school—as if Sarah never died.

Remarrying, Claire acquires a step-daughter, eight-year-old Mandy—about the age Sarah would be had she lived. Part vamp, part jealous, bossy and troubled, Mandy is nothing like Sarah, who still lives on in Claire’s imagination.

As Claire lives two lives—one real, one imagined—the clash between the two daughters threatens to destroy her, releasing the demons she has managed, so far, to hold at bay. As the story hurtles towards its harrowing conclusion, Claire must choose between her new life and her haunted past.


Beneath Them is Now Available!

It’s finally happened! Beneath Them was just published today!

Beneath Them

This is a great novel for anyone looking for a story that’s out of the norm–something both heartbreaking and scary.

I may be a little biased since I personally edited it but, it’s one title that I’m extremely proud of and have high hopes for. Natalie Roers is definitely a woman going places!

Official synopsis:

Beneath Them–a novel based on the screenplay by Natalie Roers and Mali Elfman–is about Derek Fisher, a teenage vagrant with a troubled past. Beneath Them–a novel based on the screenplay by Natalie Roers and Mali Elfman–is about Derek Fisher, a teenage vagrant with a troubled past.

Interested in a copy? Get Beneath Them.