Haiku Friday – Flare & Steam

Awesome haikus every week and an offering from her work! If you haven’t checked out Vashti Quiroz-Vega’s book, “The Fall of Lilith”, you are missing out! 😉

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Happy Friday, everyone! Welcome!

I hope you are all doing well. It’s a beautiful day here in south Florida, although it’s still a bit chilly and by chilly I mean 70º F––yep, definitely sock weather. 😉

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I’m sharing a section from Chapter 16 from my novel, The Fall of Lilith today. The angel Fornues was a follower of Lilith and Satan and he too was cast out of heaven (Floraison). Fornues was one of the largest and strongest angels yet was easily led by the others, especially Lilith. When he fell to Earth he was transformed and could no longer speak but he had the ability to communicate with his mind. This is his account of his fall from grace.

Oh, one more thing. The language in which I wrote this book is a combination of early modern and contemporary English. If you’ve read any of Shakespeare’s works, seen…

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Random Image Wednesday!-#14

Snow has fallen in Florida, sound the alarm we’re moving from flip-flops to real shoes, with socks! I joke, but we did see some snow in two of our upper north-west counties a few days ago if only a slight dusting compared to the rest of the US. It doesn’t happen often, but when it does, it’s rememberable and marks winter, chillingly and exact.

The holiday season is rapidly approaching the big day and the weather is shifting from howling winds and rain to snow to heat and humidity while we toil around for gifts and spend many an hour baking, burning cookies on accident, and trying to navigate a tangled web of Christmas lights during which we play hide and go seek with the countless delivery drivers in the hopes they manage to drop off that 4 dollar item we bought for a second cousin twice removed. It’s happening and I’m, much like everyone else at the moment, am feeling the frazzle hassle of trying to get it all done.

That brings us to today’s random image. (Sorry for the runaway train up above hehe) It seems that animals play vital roles in many a book and film and many can be found mentioned, featured, or glorified in supernatural, metaphysical, or religious surroundings and settings. They flee danger, are hypersensitive to natural disasters and tend to noticeably pick up on spiritual activity if you are inclined to believe in that sort of thing.

I do and I have to question why my cat suddenly sits in a corner and silently mouths at nothing, why cardinals show up when I’m having a bad day, or rather a crow on the back porch signals bad or good magic and energy. I also have to wonder why everytime I wander into the woods to meditate or just take in the quiet while enjoying nature a random deer wanders into my path, stops, looks at me for several seconds, then wanders off. It’s one of the other reasons why I chose the picture below, it’s happened just like that more than it hasn’t throughout my life.   Regardless of what we know or think, animals can sense things we can not or refuse to overlook and can be a boon in writing, even if sometimes they appear cliched–*cough cough black cat cough*.

It has become evident that animals can sense the invisible world around us and are alerted to the tiniest shift in energy. It also seems that they can feel the good or bad in people more easily than we humans can in our daily lives. If you are writing any fiction, especially if it caters to the supernatural or paranormal genre or contains fantasy of any kind, you can’t go wrong with incorporating an animal into your work. It could be a recurring theme, a one-sentence mention, or become a character all their own. Readers know, readers can feel the energy of your work and by simply mentioning a specific animal or commenting on one, they can quickly get a feel for the direction of the book, the trail of crumbs you leave out heading to the climax.

Like most offerings on Wednesday, it is merely a suggestion. I encourage you to think about many of the movies you have watched, many of the books you have read. Is there an animal in there, showcased, mentioned, interacted with? If so, what did it signify, what did it represent? Think about it, see if you too can add a chubby cat, a curious dog, or a forewarning from a barn owl into your work or any other critter for sometimes they can help speed along our plotlines better than we can, at least we hope, at times. 😉

These posts will be about showcasing a random picture I find in the hopes of inspiring others to create ideas for their writing. I have found that generating a quick 1-3 sentence scenario, a blurb, a scene, or a full novel concept based on a random picture has worked wonders in opening up the floodgates to new ideas and enjoyment in the world of fiction. It is my hope that others will find these images and possibly be inspired to jump into the wild world of writing and become the author they always wanted to be.

Without further ado, our 14th entry!-Photo-1_Magical-winter-in-Quebec-forest-Canada_Gilles-Chênevert-695x420

Photo by Gilles Chênevert.

Added an animal to your work and want to comment, feel free to like and drop a line! Always write, unless you can write than always do that instead!

Random Book Review-“Fear Inducer” by Ellie Douglas

I recently had a chance to read through Ellie Douglas’s titled book, “Fear Inducer” and decided what better way to spice up the holiday season than with gore and terror! Listed below is my review with links to the Amazon page and Goodreads. If you like your reading on the wild and wet side of gruesome, give it a try!


Kester James Finley-

December 10, 2017

Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Ellie Douglas’s, “Fear Inducer” takes readers by the throat at the very start and refuses to let go until the life leaves the body in the messiest way possible. Douglas’s ability to detail the gruesome so expertly will leave many a reader gagging while their toes curl. Ramping the gore up to maximum, Douglas ensures that readers are not only grossed out, but turning the pages out of fear, and out of addiction for what happens next as she strings us along like hooked fish and stuck flies in her web of created horror.

“Fear Inducer” follows the exploits of Dr. Felix Bloom, an intellectual with a penchant for bloodshed as he delves deep into his patients’ phobias. Douglas handsomely crafts the main character of Bloom providing just enough information about him that borders on “aww” moments of care and professionalism before shoving readers into a dark room with “omg” moments of terror. Bloom walks a fine line between the two and masterfully highlights the hard and soft sides of a person’s personality, their wants, desires, and how they present to others, especially when that person thinks they are unstoppable and smarter than every other person on the planet.

Focusing on phobias, Douglas displays Bloom’s inner and outer demons in the most disgusting ways of human depravity I have ever read, and I loved every minute of it. Her ability to detail some of the more common phobias we hear about, and some we don’t, will leave many a reader clutching their chests and turning on every light in the house. She knows what makes you afraid, what makes your stomach turn, and she doesn’t care. Reading “Fear Inducer”, neither will you, especially if you love gore, scares, and thrills.

The only issues with Douglas’s work are that it stays in fast mode the entire time and barely offers up a chance for readers to breathe before thrusting them into more splattering fleshy bits and arterial sprays. Fast-paced throughout with small increments dedicated to outside the office so to speak, it left little time to fully flesh out Bloom, and although there was enough information to fill in some gaps, I wanted more details, more flashback/memories, and more day to day on what and why this character acted like he did, or continued to act that way. He was portrayed as all-powerful and it would have been nice to see weaker moments throughout because after all he is still human. Adding to that were a couple editing mistakes and the missing parameter of a “yin” to Bloom’s “yang” character-wise that made the book more one-sided. The ending came out of nowhere and seemed to only hint at wrapping up the story. My only assumption is that Douglas intends a sequel, after reading through her first offering featuring Bloom, I hope that is the case.

Overall, the book is a great read if you like your gore and splatters. A great read if you like your crazy dipped in psychology with a sprinkling of professional demeanor. If you like horror, if you crave toe curling fun at the expense of people suffering from phobias, maybe even one of your own, you can not go wrong with Douglas’s, “Fear Inducer” just be mindful to wear plastic coverings on your shoes and don’t touch the walls, it’s messy in all the right places.