Cover Reveal for The Coming Darkness by Eric Swett

Good morning everyone! I’d like to introduce you to my friend and awesome author Eric Swett’s cover for his upcoming release!

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Justin is a fallen Angel. He just happens to be one of the Horsemen of the Apocalypse, the Grim Reaper himself, Death. A year has passed since he remembered who he was and what he is. He is regaining some of the abilities and memories he lost when he chose to fall to earth and live amongst humans, but he has a long way to go before he can fully reclaim his title. When Justin comes across a young girl being chased by a monster, he does what he can to save her, but he soon discovers this is no normal girl, and failing to save her will change the world forever.


“Something tells me this is the place,” said Samantha.

“I think you’re right.” Justin felt the Power emanating from the place; the origin or intent of the magic cast upon the little building remained elusive.

Justin opened the door and Samantha strode inside. Her sharp business attire and well-manicured look terribly out of place in the shop filled with countless shelves filled with books and dark little trinkets and charms that hung from hooks throughout the room. She sniffed and wrinkled her nose. “It smells like a tomb in here,” she said as she picked up the desiccated corpse of a chameleon from a nearby shelf.

“I’ve smelled worse,” Justin said as he entered the room and shut the door behind him. He stopped when he stood behind her and whispered, “Human magic often requires these sort of physical components, at least until the wizard is powerful enough to eschew such trappings.”

“How…uncivilized,” Samantha said as she placed the dead lizard back on its shelf.

“So true.”

The Angels turned to see a man entering the shop through a doorway behind a broad wooden counter. He was tall for a human, though he fell well short of Justin’s six and a half feet. He wore a dark purple button down shirt that nearly concealed the tattoos that covered his biceps and upper chest. Thick black and grey stuble covered his shaved head. His eyes caught Justin’s attention. He saw that sort of dark fire burning within the eyes of men before. Monuments carved in their likeness and tomes filled with tails of heroism and infamy contained their names.

“Welcome to The Curious Cat. My name is Mathew Finitz, and this is my shop.”

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Eric Swett is the husband of Tracy and the father of Zachary, Connor, and Kaitlyn, and could not be prouder of his family.

He lives in Statesville, North Carolina, spends his daylight hours working in IT and has done so for the past six years.

Being a fan of all things geek, he has spent most of his life reading science fiction and fantasy. He started writing in high school, but it wasn’t until he moved to North Carolina that writing became anything more than a hobby.

You can find Eric online at Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and My Writer’s Cramp.

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A Story A Day Challenge: Checked Out

Checked Out

Julie shifted from one foot to the other while waiting for the door to open.

This was the first time she’d ever asked a guy out, then insisted on picking him up at his place. As bad as it could’ve gone, she was grateful she asked someone that didn’t mind. All she had to do now was tell him he was the subject of her Sociology experiment.

The door opened and her date stepped out, smiling. “Hi. I didn’t think you’d show.”

Julie returned the smile. “Why not?”

He shrugged. “Not many convicts get a date their first day out.”

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A Story A Day Challenge: What a Ride

What a Ride

Kelly leaned back and pivoted, plopping into the passenger seat. “Damn, Hank. I didn’t think you had it in you.”

Hank smiled as he brushed sweaty hair from his eyes. “You know it. Bet you won’t forget this for a long time.”

She shook her head. “You can bet on that. Maybe next time you can get out of first?”

“What?” it took a second for him to understand what she’d meant. “Hey! It’s not my fault! You were teasing me all night.”

“So? Ever hear of self-control?”


“Just drive. Maybe we’ll hit a bump in the road.”

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A Story A Day Challenge: What Limits?

What Limits?

Jason sat swinging his legs, thumping his heels against the sofa. His sister, Janet, looked up from where she sat across from him doing her homework.

“Do you have to do that?”

“Do what?”

“That, you annoying turd.”

Jason shrugged. “No.”

“Then stop it.”


“I’ll tell mom.”

“Go ahead.”

She glared at him, earning her a smile. This is why he loved having an older sister.

After a second, she smiled. “MOM!”

“What, honey?” Their mom hurried in, but Jason spoke first.

“Mom, Janet threatened to kick me in the you-know if I told you about her condoms!”


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In the Books featuring Past Judgment (An Emma Harrrison Mystery) by Wendy Cartmell

Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition on In the Books, featuring Past Judgment (An Emma Harrrison Mystery) by Wendy Cartmell

Disclaimer: I received a free ebook copy in exchange for an honest review.

Past Judgement

About the book: How do you prove your innocence, when everyone believes the judgment made on your past?

Prison governor Emma Harrison befriends ex-soldier Leroy Carter, convicted for killing a drug dealer on a night out, but he’s always claimed his innocence. When Leroy is being transferred to an adult facility in Dartmoor, he makes a desperate bid for freedom. All he wants is for his case to be re-opened so he can prove his innocence and re-join the army. Helping to track Leroy down, Emma comes back into contact with a man from her past she never thought she’d see again. Sgt Billy Williams had been with her on a hijacked train a few years ago, but is there a deeper connection between the two of them? Will Leroy ever prove his innocence? Or is he past judgement?

My review: I’m a huge fan of mysteries, so when I was offered the chance to read this I didn’t hesitate. I enjoyed the characters, and Leroy was my favorite despite the times he drove me a little crazy. To be honest, his reactions were understandable from a guy who’s had everything he loved pulled out from under him multiple times.

I thought the arc between Billy and Emma was interesting and I’m curious to see how it works in the future. While having a mutual history isn’t a new plot/character device, this one promises to be full of spice with both being similar enough to spark a few passionate fights between them in the future. It’s this passion that helps add depth to the story and gave me a reason to cheer each of them on at various points.

While the story flowed well, it did take some adjustment time for me to become accustomed to the bouncing back and forth in time periods for the first half of the book. That doesn’t mean it’s wrong, it was just a little jostling for me, but once I grew used to it, it was fine.

There was one part near the end where I had to scratch my head, but I chalked it up to a mistake by the police (I don’t want to say more as it’s a potential spoiler). It was an unnerving element that I’m sure happens in the real world at times, so take my critism with a grain of salt.

Overall, I enjoyed the book and look forward to checking out other works by the author.

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A Story A Day Challenge: Birthday Boy

Birthday Boy

This is it!

I’m going to get my present! Hurry! Hurry! Hurry!

Casey pranced around the room, his claws sounded like a chittering sound.

“Easy, boy. Give me a sec.” Casey’s human fumbled with the package of treats.

Come on, move it, man! Just gimme!

A ripping sound signaled the package was open before the smell reach Casey.

Casey sat, licking his lips in an effort to control his drooling. It was hard to be good at times. When his human held out the three-foot-long rawhide, he took it without a second thought.

Thanks, Daddy! Love you!

“Enjoy it, buddy.”

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A Story A Day Challenge: Infamous Meeting

Infamous Meeting

“No, really, you don’t have to come in with me.”

Tammy waved off Rachel’s protests. “Please, all you’ve talked about is the stray you found. I have to meet him. I love cats.”

Rachel let out a whimper. “But the house is—“

“A mess. Yeah, you told me. Come on, open up.”

Sighing, Rachel unlocked the door and pushed it open for Tammy.

Taking a step inside, Tammy froze at seeing a mountain lion walk over and nuzzle Rachel’s offered hand. “Uh, Rach, is that…”

“Yep. Tammy, meet Hector. He followed me home after my hike. Isn’t he adorable?”

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