Eternal Road: The Final Stop – John Howell
When I picked up this book, I expected a sombre tale about passing over and a journey to the other side. I didn’t expect a rollicking adventure through time! John Howell’s Eternal Road is one of the more unique titles I’ve come across in recent memory, pitting protagonists Sam and James against historical figures and situations, the reconciliation of their own lives (and deaths), and even against the devil himself.
Howell makes up his own set of ‘rules’ regarding the afterlife (there are no angels plucking harps on floaty clouds here) and sets a cracking pace for James and Sam as they visit immensely important moments in history and learn a good deal about themselves on their journey toward the final stop.
There are moments of levity, moments of drama, moments that tug on the heartstrings, and, as other reviewers have noted, I sense this could easily become the first in a series about wayward travellers and their journey along the eternal road. If you’re looking for a different take on the concept of the afterlife, take a trip down the eternal road.
The Emissary: A Riverbend Spinoff Novella – Marcia Meara
Despite not having read the Riverbend series (yet), I was not at all disadvantaged going into Marcia Meara’s spinoff series, starting with The Emissary. Following the journey of recently passed over, almost-an-angel protagonist, Jake (who I understand played his hand a little too openly in the Riverbend series, managing to come close to revealing his true Divine nature), The Emissary wends through themes of redemption and salvation, as it explores the notions of free will, choice, and temptation.
While put in mind of the television show Highway To Heaven, Meara peppers her ‘intervening angel’ story with shots of good humour, warm friendships, and references to some of the last few decades’ most brilliant music. You can almost hear the soundtrack to this novella playing in your head as you read!
The Emissary unfolds carefully, setting the scene for what will be a series of novellas following Jake and new friend, Dodger. It’s a warm-hearted novella, replete with interesting characters, and well worth a read. Who knows, you might save your soul in the process.
Interludes: A Collection of Short Erotic Fiction – Harmony Kent
I don’t usually read erotic fiction. No, not because I’m prudish (have you read certain scenes in my book?) – but because erotic fiction is usually sandwiched in with romance, which is really not my jam.
Harmony Kent’s collection of short erotic stories in Interludes certainly has moments of romance, but also moments of suspense, drama, and even supernatural themes! The first few tales in Interludes are short and punchy – very to the, er, rock hard point, but as the tales continue, they grow in length (pun intended), and become meatier so to speak. Characters are more fleshed out (again, pun intended), given intriguing backstories, and tossed into some complex plots…all with an undercurrent of hot hot hot sexual tension.
Kent doesn’t shy away from detail in the steamy scenes, which is exactly what you want in a good erotic short story. There’s no innuendo or camera panning to the sunset here! So, if you want a well-rounded bunch of stories that will burn your socks off with their heat, get your hands on a copy of Interludes today!
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