Spooky Lane (a short story)

Alexandra Mars

The scorching Hades’ vapors rose throughout the concrete jungle of countless miles of shabby homes, and boarded-up buildings. At the corner, filled with vulgar men and teenagers displaying their herd mentality: sexual gestures, hooting, and hollering to the streetwalkers. The prostitutes moved on, taking their cue; I did too.

Droplets of sweat dripped on my back as I strolled. My mother’s voice nagged at me, wearing Daisy Dukes, a short tight top, and my dirty white tennis shoes. For I was proud of my slender physique and my plump breasts.

But I couldn’t change my clothes. My boyfriend and I had a violent argument when his unstoppable wrath erupted. That’s when I scrammed from our apartment. On my way out, I snatched my purse.

I spotted trouble. Piercing eyes generated a frigid chill, seizing my spine. A shadowy figure emerged a half block away. Creepiness rushed into my skin forming…

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Feb 7, 2019

Yesterday, I was doing my grocery shopping. When a twelve-year-old boy called me weird as a grown man smiled, that was with him. The second man just kept pushing the cart.

I walked and moved differently because of the Rheumatoid Arthritis that affects my joints. I am still human!

This wasn’t the first time that a child made rude comments, but it was the first time made in front of adults. Those two adults taught that boy it is okay to bully somebody. That’s wrong!

Some Parents are not teaching children to respect others in the home.

Respect keeps our society sane. If future generations lose respect, then their future society will be filled with chaos.

It is time to teach respect.

The Lost Starship Review

Ten thousand years ago, a single alien super-ship survived a desperate battle. The vessel’s dying crew set the AI on automatic to defend the smashed rubble of their planet. Legend has it the faithful ship continues to patrol the empty battlefield, obeying its last order throughout the lonely centuries.

In the here and now, Earth needs a miracle. Out of the Beyond invade the New Men, stronger, faster and smarter than the old. Their superior warships and advanced technology destroy every fleet sent to stop them. Their spies have infiltrated the government and traitors plague Earth’s military.

Captain Maddox of Star Watch Intelligence wonders if the ancient legend could be true. Would such an old starship be able to face the technology of the New Men?

On the run from killers, Maddox searches for a group of talented misfits. He seeks Keith Maker, a drunken ex-strikefighter ace, Doctor Dana Rich the clone thief stuck on a prison planet and Lieutenant Valerie Noonan, the only person to have faced the New Men in battle and survived to tell about it.

Maddox has to find a place hidden in the Beyond and bring back a ship no one can enter. If he fails, the New Men will replace the old. If he succeeds, humanity might just have a fighting chance…

I finished The Lost Starship at end of January. It was an intriguing and exciting read, but at other times, it was a slow read.

Captain Maddox was a intriguing who had flaws that landed him in trouble. There were times he wasn’t likeable because of his decisions but I could understand.

I also like the supporting characters it brought out Maddox’s qualities and his flaws. Boy, did Doctor Rich do that. She was a remarkable character.

The New Man concept was interesting. The human race went into space and colonize encountering no aliens until the New Man.

The beginning opened with the urgency of the New Man threat heading towards Earth and surrounded colonies in the solar system.

Maddox accepted a secret mission to locate and bring back an ancient starship from the Beyond. Soon after that Maddox’s troubles started when he was assembling his crew.

There were slow parts and needless stuff that blogged the pace, which started in the second half of the story’s middle. Captain Maddox had assembled his crew to locate the ancient starship that’s when the story’s pace changed.

The climax leading to the ending didn’t have the punch or the wow factor I was expecting. I found it lacking the excitement. When the final battle happened, it felt like a pop from a deflated balloon.

The ending was nicely which wrapped up all the characters’ storyline. That answer all my questions and allows the characters to be in the second book of the series.

The reason I enjoyed the novel because there were a lot of nail-biting scenes kept me on the edge of my sit. I wondered what would happen when I was not reading.

I gave it four stars, and I’m planning to read the second book in the series.

Classified Christmas Mission Review

Alexandra Mars

Lynnette Eason is one of my favorite authors for she keeps me guessing and plants little clues in her stories. I always find myself wondering and pondering her stories when I am not reading them.

She is a Christian Suspense Author. Her stories are clean, free from foul language, and does not preach. She focuses on the characters in tough situations, relying on God to endure.

Classified Christmas Mission by Lynnette Eason is the fourth book in the series Wrangler’s Corner.

It delivered an excellent story. I was hooked from the beginning to the end and read it over Christmas.

Amber Starke had been on assignment for CIA when her friend was murdered; now, she is running for her life with her friend’s six-year-old son when the story opens. Did I mention the little boy is autistic? Amber has her hands full.

She returns to her hometown during a…

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Feb 4, 2019

Today, I reached my goal of 4000 words on my short story. I’m not done yet, for I’m still writing the first section. So far, the story is coming together.

A supporting character took an intriguing turn in her development causing conflict with the main character. It looks interesting. I’m looking forward to completing the story.

This past weekend, I started reading a new romance novel, and the story grabbed me right away. On Saturday, I read 32 pages and on Sunday; I read two more chapters. (Tonight, I’m planning on reading a chapter, before bed.)

Also, I did some editing on a story and book review. Then, I watched the last quarter of the Super Bowl, that’s the only time I watch football. Supergirl’s episode was a repeat, and there was nothing else on tv.

That was my weekend.

The Queen’s Poisoner Review

Alexandra Mars

I enjoyed reading The Queen’s Poisoner by Jeff Wheeler. This book was different from other fantasy novels I have read. The story followed an eight-year-old Owen taken away from his family to live at the castle with the king.

At first, I wasn’t sure about the novel, if I wanted a read about an eight-year-old boy, what he might have to endure without his parents. I am glad I did, for it was an excellent read.

The Beginning

The story opens where Owen’s parents made the wrong choice by going against the king. They lost one child because the King ordered his death. Owen fate was sealed, to be taken away and forced to live at the palace.

After that, Owen’s story started with the journey heading to the king’s castle. I could relate with Owen being terrified and dealing with the pain being separated from his parents.

The Middle

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