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Book Review: Buckingham Palace Gardens by Anne Perry [15 Oct 2016|09:59pm]
Originally posted by authornwolf at Book Review: Buckingham Palace Gardens by Anne Perry
Thomas Pitt and Victor Narraway investigate a prostitute murdered in Buckingham Palace during after a dinner party at which four prominent men sought support from the Prince of Wales for their railroad project in Africa.  Each man, their wives, and the Prince of Wales, could have murdered the woman.  Justice must be served discretely and before Queen Victoria arrives to avoid a national scandal.        

Besides having a short amount of time, penetrating an opaque mist of secrecy surrounding each inhabitant and solving additional mysteries arising from each clue make solving the case more difficult for both men.  As Pitt tries to make sense of his discoveries inside Buckingham Palace, he finds himself entangled in a web of moral decay in which the most respectable of men will compromise himself for selfish interests.  He is appalled to find the epitome of propriety teeming with greed, hedonism, and personal suffering.  Meanwhile, Narraway seeks additional help from contacts who take him into the Africa wilderness where a scandal from years ago proves to be his most significant clue.

By illustrating how her characters of all classes grapple with following their consciences or their professional duties, and how some people will disregard human life for personal gain, Perry, again, provides a lot of insight into human psychology and social customs of Victorian England.   
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Book Review: A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr. [20 Sep 2016|02:00pm]
Originally posted by authornwolf at Book Review: A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr.
Miller, who was Catholic, foreshadows the devolution America as people become increasingly secular in his novel from 1959 A Canticle for Leibowitz.  Set in the 3100, A Canticle for Leibowitz addresses the onslaught against Catholicism that is relevant today.

This novel begins with Brother Francis, who is in isolation during Lent.  A stranger leads Brother Francis to a subterranean vault created by the founder of his order Isaac Edward Leibowitz.  After searching in vain for his wife Emily, Leibowitz founded an order of monks dedicated to preserving civilization by copying smuggled books of history; sacred writings; literature; and, science.  Brother Francis believes that Leibowitz wrote the documents his search uncovered, and that the skull belonged to Emily.  However, his superiors question the authenticity of these artifacts.  Brother Francis then fears that the beatification process of Leibowitz, already in place, may be threatened.  Eager that Brother Leibowitz achieves sainthood, Brother Francis obeys a summons to New Rome where the Pope resides.  Along the way, he is forced by a robber to relinquish his reproduction of scared manuscript.

Eventually, a secular regime dominates the country and wages an attack against Christian values.  What started as isolated incidents, the robbers lay in wait for travelers to New Rome, including Brother Francis, exploded into a federal policy of preserving power by force.  This regime even refuses to take responsibility for violating Divine and international laws by prevaricating when confronted with allegations of committing atrocities.  In time, victims of nuclear warfare compromise their faith by relying on euthanasia instead of God to end their pain, and the Catholic Church becomes an anomaly in an increasingly secular world.
Overall, Miller illustrates how society devolves as the role of Catholic values in daily life diminishes.  For instance, Miller uses discourse in Latin to emphasize the weakening presence of Christian principles, at least in America.  Latin, once the universal language in Catholicism, is now incomprehensible to many readers.  Furthermore, Dom Zerchi shows that members of the clergy understand the trials of those to whom they minister.  The clergymen grew up in the same world and experienced the same suffering.  However, they usurped their tribulations by deepening their relationships with God.
This novel is important for learning more about Catholicism plus the underlying reasons behind positions of the Catholic Church regarding euthanasia and nuclear weapons.
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Book Review: The Great Divorce: A Dream by C.S. Lewis [20 Sep 2016|01:57pm]
Originally posted by authornwolf at Book Review: The Great Divorce: A Dream by C.S. Lewis
A chance bus trip took the author to Heaven with many other passengers.  When they arrived in perfection, they had the choice of staying or leaving.
Through dialogues, which are rich with imagery and metaphors, Lewis that clarifies tenants of Christianity and explain why people eschewing a better life.  In Heaven, love is a more enriching, encompassing concept than on Earth and worldly possession are worthless.  In defiance of logic, letting go of the lifestyle to which one became accustomed is too overwhelming for many people.
Finally, The Great Divorce: A Dream makes Christian principles easy to understand and glaring the hypocrisy of human nature.
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Fiction Entry [29 Aug 2016|10:44am]

Hi. This will be my first entry in the community...
I am not fluent in english...
But I hope you'll come and check out this half-poem, half-story that I made.
I am unexperienced and this is also my first post in my journal.

I need some people to rate it and to tell me their honest opinions.
If this go well, I will make a novel based on this story.
Is it okay? Please check it out.

Title: No One Can Have You
Short Summary: A girl falling for a boy might seem typical but it isn't. When a girl falls in love, she needs to own him. She will have him. No one can stop her. I will have what I want. I will have him. Till death will us part. Will you love me?

Please Click Here If You're Interested.
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Book Review: Tales of the Islanders by Charlotte Bronte [19 Aug 2016|01:09pm]
Originally posted by authornwolf at Book Review: Tales of the Islanders by Charlotte Bronte
Tales of the Islanders is a collection of adventures the Bronte siblings developed while playing with their toy soldiers.  The siblings unleash their vivid imaginations through stories of mythical creatures, lavish castles, and journeys through dark forests. 
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Book Review: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr [19 Aug 2016|12:57pm]
Originally posted by authornwolf at Book Review: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
All the Light We Cannot See is filled with several themes and precise descriptions of Europe from the 1930s to the 1970s.  One major theme presented in the title.  The title inspires hope to shine light a beacon of light in darkness like God always overcomes Evil.  Another major theme is that war only brings suffering to both sides, which is emphasized with graphic details of death and sadness.  A third theme is that humans are connected to each other through their actions.  A fourth theme explores how childhood affects adulthood.

This novel is primarily about Marie-Laure LeBlanc and Werner Pfennig, two children who grow up in pre-World War II Europe.  LeBlanc is a French girl who becomes blind at six-years of age.  Still, she has a happy childhood with her father in Paris.  Werner, a child prodigy, lives with his sister Jutta in an impoverished German orphanage.  The siblings keep each other company until Werner is sent to serve the German army.  Despite stark differences in their upbringings, the worlds of LeBlanc and Werner repeatedly collide through radio frequencies.  Despite the chaos of World War II, a love story unfolds, proving that nothing can extinguish the greatest treasure in life.  Additionally, Doer proposes that even the vilest human beings will exhibit compassion.  First, Werner protects a member of the French Resistance, despite is indoctrination of revealing opposing forces.  Second, Frank Volkheimer, who served with Werner, delivered the personal effects of a fallen fellow soldiers to his survivors.

LeBlanc is the most perceptive character.  Though unable to see military planes flying overhead or those around her fleeing their homes, she smells gasoline from those aircrafts and overhears hushed conversations about the war.  Her other senses also guide her through streets, make her aware of human nature plus the changes around her.  Aware of something terrible afoot, she asks direct questions about what is happening and feels dreadful about the future.

Werner senses that his role in the German army promotes evil but does nothing to stop the horror until his life is threatened.  Yet, Werner constantly compromises himself to avoid working in the coal mines where his father died.  His only hope for a different fate is uncovering enemies to then be annihilated by tracing their radio signals.

The other surviving characters are emotionally lonely in their struggles to overcome wartime trauma throughout adulthood.  They relive behavioral patterns from childhood.  Jutta becomes an algebra teacher who marries an accountant.  Their son particularly likes playing with his train sets.  Calculating numbers and mathematics were common themes for young Jutta, whose brother excelled in mathematics and science.  Werner spent hours teaching himself physics and trigonometry or fixing radios.  Light is present in multiple forms, the most powerful of which was invisible.  For instance, radio signals allowed Werner to locate enemies, though he could not see the air waves.  Through imagery, readers can vicariously feel the fear of being discovered; the pressure Werner imposes on himself to be valuable; the horror of anti-Semitism; the determination of LeBlanc to survive; and the anguish of war victims.  Overall, the female characters are more resilient.  Foremost, LeBlanc survives the German occupation of France.  Plus, Madame Manec, with whom LeBlanc lives while in hiding, organizes a group to defy the German army.
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Book Review: 'Til Death Do Us Part by Amanda Quick [17 Aug 2016|12:33pm]
Originally posted by authornwolf at Book Review: 'Til Death Do Us Part by Amanda Quick
Death, suspense, and romance combine to create an intriguing mystery story about triumph over tragedy, in which two scorned lovers are presented with an opportunity to experience true love.

Calista Langley resigned herself to helping others find companionship or romantic connections, after her former lover Nestor Kettering ended their engagement and married a more endowed woman.  Suddenly, Kettering resurfaces to win her affections again and end his loveless marriage.  At the same time, Langley receives tokens of mourning left by an unknown intruder.  Desperate to save her life, Langley reluctantly accepts the services of renowned novelist Trent Hastings, whose crime-solving skills acquired from writing detective stories may be of assistance.  Together, Langley and Hastings risk danger in the streets of London to uncover her mysterious stalker.  Meanwhile, Langley the growing independence of her brother Andrew, and Hastings tries to forgive himself for his past mistakes, along with the woman who broke his heart.

One theme is that, even after emotional pain, romantic longings linger like glowing embers, ready to be reignited.  Quick also educates readers on Victorian social customs, particularly those associated with funerals, and reveals how those rules got broken.
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Camp Eventide, a screenplay [30 Jun 2016|09:40pm]

Hi-di-ho! Want to read my screenplay Camp Eventide? You can do so here. Or check the rest of the post for a synopsis and the unofficial soundtrack. Ta.

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Need reviewers for novel. [10 Jun 2016|05:38pm]

[ mood | curious ]

I recently heavily revised my fantasy novel Saga Terra: Odysseus with the online program AutoCrit per a fellow author's guide of suggestions for e-book success, although I haven't been able to get any bloggers to review my story despite perusing several lists and contacting several people. Thus, I'm willing to email a PDF or .mobi (Kindle) copy of my novel to those who would be willing to post a three-star, four-star, or five-star review for my novel on its Amazon page, although I would wish those that would only give it one or two stars to personally contact me with suggestions on how I could really improve my narrative. More info at my book's Amazon page:


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Short Story - Legend Between Two Kingdoms [08 Jun 2016|03:37am]

Author: xXIvyVineXx
Title: Legend Between Two Kingdoms
Length: 1,278
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: G
Summary: A tale revolving around two very different kingdoms, telling of both their times of peace and war, as well as an alliance against a common and greater enemy that proves to weave a never to be forgotton legend.

Legend Between Two Kingdoms
         Once existed two kingdoms, both complete opposites yet somehow in harmony. The kingdom residing in the great, darkwood forest that was known for it’s lively, for lack of a better word, people. Many a nights would one be lulled into sleep by the constant hum of activity coming from the streets, only seeming to slightly fade with the waning hours of night, never to disappear completely. However, it is exactly that constant hum that made the people at peace. They were people of companionship, thriving off of those around them for their happiness.
         The other kingdom was that of the great and wide plains that was known for it’s calm and subdued air that surrounded its people. Far from that of the forest, it’s streets were not silent; however, they were never too loud, the hum of people just enough to let one know that people did indeed reside there. Though that would seem appallingly boring for any of those belonging to the forest, it was just the way those of the plains liked it, a whisper like the winds that swept over their lands. The winds served as a comfort for those of the plains, soothing their spirits and giving them peace of mind.

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Short Story - Memories [08 Jun 2016|03:18am]

Author: xXIvyVineXx
Title: Memories
Length: 1,521 words
Genre: Romance of sorts
Rating: G
Summary: A short story following a nameless women as she remembers fond memories of times shared with her beloved while moving forward to accept a changing and challenging future.

        The irate sound of an alarm piercing through the cool morning air could wake her from her sleep, but it couldn’t free her from her seemingly never ending state of melancholy. In contrast to the sheets warmed by her body, very much alive despite her daze, the morning air of fall was a cool slap to the face, but she remained in her dazed state as she pulled the comforter away from her body and placed her feet on the smooth, wooden floor. Throughout the night it had engulfed and trapped the coolness that was growing with the changing of the seasons, but yet again her state of dazed melancholy could not be cracked.
        With the shuffling of feet being the only sound in the room, she brought herself to the bathroom with the slow and lifeless movements of a zombie. Like the in bedroom, the air bit into her skin, and its bright walls of blue illuminated by the fluorescent lights seemed to mock her for her dark and gloomy state. Only months ago they had shared this room in the mornings; stood side-by-side as each brushed their teeth and silently enjoyed the simple act of being in each other’s company, but now the half-empty room only served to increase the aching.


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Greetings! About me and my never ending endeavor to succeed through my writing [08 Jun 2016|02:47am]

[ mood | tired ]

Seeing as I am a new member, I only see it fit that I introduce myself and all that there is to know about me and my purpose for being here. I ahve been dabbling in writing all of my life. It's become a passion of mine; however, my time is drawn thin between work and school and other varying events of my life so it is becoming increasingly difficult to maintain writing regularly. However, I am still trying to find ways to go forward with my creations, improving those of the past and creating more for the future. I hope to continue writing as a means of living; however, I realize much practice is needed for that as I am still but an inexperienced novice. ^-^ I hope to further my skills in writing with the LiveJournal community's help! I look forward to any and all feedback that I receive and thank you for it in advance!

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Book Review: Love Unfeigned by Nadine C. Keels [14 May 2016|01:34pm]
Originally posted by authornwolf at Book Review: Love Unfeigned by Nadine C. Keels
The Bible contains stories about enduring, unconditional love between a man and a woman.  Yet, many people believe that true love will always be an unrequited longing.  However, though skillfully-placed, sensory imagery, readers can vicariously experience their hearts’ desires and believe they are capable of true love.
Love Unfeigned is about Lorraine Tyson and Isaiah James, two children, who grow up together and learn to be honest with themselves and others following a series of tragedies.   In turn, they use the lessons from their experiences to become better people.  The character development proves that God is a redeemer through His unconditional love.  There are other Christian themes throughout the novella proving the importance of God.  For instance, the characters who are active in their church lead happier lives.  Additionally, Keels reminds readers that childhood crushes are conduits through which one can bliss by overcoming fear, rather than whimsical emotions to be repressed.  Each chapter has something exciting to discover, which also makes Love Unfeigned worth reading.
Note: This reviewer received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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Southern Grown; A Debut [10 May 2016|11:29pm]

Author: SoftWordsofLove
Originally Posted In: SoftWordsofLove’s Journal
Fiction Title: Southern Grown
Chapter Title: There’s no chapter yet. This is just a taste.
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Romance
Warnings: Language, Adult Language
Disclaimer: This is purely fictional out of my own mind and woven of my own fantasies.
Summary: Delilah Suttner comes back home after years of being away because of her father’s death. Her hometown holds many heartaches and many elations for her. Will she stay and see what kind of live she can build for herself now that she’s older? Or will she go back to the California glamour she’s learned to call home?

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I so look forward to feedback and constructive criticism! I know it's a bit rushed, and I planned on rewriting it, but I wanted to see what others thought first. Thank you for reading!

-Soft Words
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Greetings. [10 May 2016|10:50pm]

Hello, all.

I just joined this community today. I am, well, I'm nervous. I mean, I know I shouldn't be. I'm hidden behind a screen name and a computer. But I haven't shared my written works in a very, very long time. I used to write fan fiction when I was a teenager. As a young adult, I've started writing more and more works of my own making.
It's not something I do lightly, but I would like feedback from people that don't know me. I've always felt a piece of your soul is bared in that of which you write, and for me, that has always been true. I mainly write romances, so I hope that's okay with everyone here.
And I'm going to stop prattling and just start posting my stories before I lose my gumption. Haha.
I look forward to meeting you all and having you critique my works.

Soft Words
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survey [02 May 2016|02:12am]

Hey guys! I'm one of the developers over at Plover and we would terribly appreciate your thoughts on current state of writing as a hobby. Your feedback is important to us and will shape the platform in the months to come, so please take a moment if you can by filling out this survey. Much thanks everyone!
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Happy to have joined... [12 Mar 2016|09:36pm]

I'm new to livejournal. It's about that time in my life for me to start doing things I enjoy. I've forgetten how much I love writing an I hope to be contributing a lot more here.
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Untitled Sci-fi Zombie Horror Story: Chapter 1 [08 Mar 2016|08:16am]
Originally posted by candicedionysus at Untitled Sci-fi Zombie Horror Story: Chapter 1
Title: Untitled Sci-fi Zombie Horror Story
Genre(s): Science Fiction, Far Future, Zombie, Horror
Rating: 18+, full story contains blood, gore, swearing
A colony cut off from Earth for 400 years sends a small political expedition to establish communications and set up interstellar trade routes as a precursor to seeking out the other colonies they have been disconnected from for centuries. What they find when they get there, they were never expecting. Told from the perspective of one of the team members, a nerdy BGW technician with many skills and a love of 20th century Earth media.

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Spam deleted; sorry for the inconvenience [19 Feb 2016|04:20pm]

Hey, everybody! I woke up this morning to find a massive deluge of spam had overwhelmed the community. I made the whole com temporarily "private" to spare you while I banned + deleted everything.

The com is back up, but in order to not accidentally make public posts that were originally f-locked, all of the posts are currently f-locked. If you want to change the status of your own posts, feel free.

Sorry about the inconvenience. Have a great weekend!
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Writing [20 Jan 2016|11:43am]

[ mood | calm ]

I might try to use this place as a way to collectively put up all my stories. They remain fractured on to many websites, computers, journals as of now. Let`s see how this goes.

The stories are:

`By a Thread`- A long term original piece that I write scene by scene in no particular order. But its a story about the twist of dreams, identity, dealing with reality at its worst and the relationships in that reality.

`No Rain`- For those who want a peek of people in the BDSM community, this story is my reflection of those relationships in a more realistic modern light instead of something just sexual. It`s about two friends, Aaron and Devon and how they rekindle an old friendship long torn apart in the midst of trying to maintain their more kink related roles.

`Second Chance`- A Frankenstein based story, interrupting the original book before the creature lets Justine hang for his crime of killing William. I wanted to explore Elizabeth more thoroughly as a character and how she interacts with the creature and Victor.

`Sick Twisted game`-A rewrite of an Edward Scissorhands fanfiction from many years ago that I am working on to see how I`ve improved as a writer. But I also wanted to see how far I could push certain characters realistically.

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