May 272014
 

Hey folks.  If you have seen some of my reviews on here, they seem to have a lean towards my friend Becca J Campbell. Click on her name to go to her blog.

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It is no secret that I am a fan of her fiction.  She writes very interesting characters who don’t kill everyone like most of my characters seem to do.  She has some stories that push the limits of reality like Foreign Identity.  (That link goes to my review).  Her current story is no different, it pushes reality in a cool almost-the-future-but-not-quite, human-interest, love-story, adventure way.

I wrote a review of her last short story Not the Norm (again click for the link), and said that it needed more to the story and more to the world.

Well, now there is.  Unmasked Alloy is the next installment is what I am perceiving as a serial fiction series.  Much in the “feel” of old time radio, this story gives you a sense of a self contained episode in the greater overall story.

Now, before I go any further, I have to pacify the governmental types, I received an advanced copy of this book to review, at no charge.  I am sure that she would prefer a positive review (it is) but it will be honest at any rate.

So, Unmasked Alloy is a story set in the world created in Not the Norm.  It is months later, and leaves me wondering not only what is going to happen moving forward, but what has happened to this point.

There are new characters who can play with fire and another who really could be part cyborg, think Terminator 2.  This story, while not long, does not want for lack of action.  It hits right off and keeps going until the end when you want to say, “What?!?! That’s it??!?!”  Yes, I was not excited to get to the “Tweet that you finished this book” page on my kindle.

So, in conclusion, do yourself a favor and get in on this series.  Not the Norm is at Amazon and Goodreads, with those links, and the new one, Unmasked Alloy, is on Amazon and Goodreads with those links.

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Sep 262013
 

Hello all.  Today I am returning Poetry Tuesday to the lineup!  This poem is one I wrote for my wife not too long after we got married.  I thought it would be appropriate with Valentines Day coming this Thursday.  Let me know what you think, and feel free to share it with your Sweetheart!

All Pales to You

By: Justin Matthews

There are stars alight in the winter night,

But all pales to you.

The Dawn shines golden o’er spring fields,

But all pales to you.

The summer is green, the trees shine with sun,

But none compare to you.

Trees are put to shame, You light the room, the space, the Universe.

My heart glows with thoughts of you,

My life better for having you.

You swell my heart to bursting point,

complete I have become.

Without you, Life is empty, the winter cold.

The midsummer blues can touch me not when I am with you.

You are my sun, my heart, my angel.

My everything is yours, do with me as you will.

I will never leave, nor be cast aside.

You my Dear are my one True Love!

-Justin

Scan of a Valentine greeting card dated 1909.

Scan of a Valentine greeting card dated 1909. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)