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29Mar/18

Closer by F.E. Feeley Jr.

Listen to F.E. Feeley Jr’s latest interview on Episode 155: A Fun Return to the Dark Side!

This book had a lot to live up to. After the sublime When Heaven Strikes, I put a lot of (rather unfair) expectations on this book. The author’s writing skill and storytelling ability isn’t in doubt, but would I feel the same about Closer as I did about Heaven?

The truth is, they cannot be compared, because they are intrinsically different. Yes, there is a new relationship at the heart of the novel, when Hayden moves into his new lakeside house and meets the gorgeous, straight-seeming Tommy, but then the mystery begins. At first, I thought it would be a straight-up ghost story, but the horrors begin to build, and Maplewood, the eponymous small town on a lake, is the centre of some very disturbing activity.

The action and tension builds very nicely. Tommy seems devoid of the angst that straight people can have when faced with unfamiliar feelings for a member of their own sex. It makes a refreshing change and as a result, doesn’t get in the way of the main story. The good people and bad people are established quickly and don’t really change. In the best tradition of horror novels, you kind of know who is going to get offed, yet there definitely some I didn’t expect. I liked the way the characters were drawn, reminiscent of Dean Koontz. (It’s a compliment. I LIKE Dean Koontz’s work. It seems more accessible and human than some of Stephen King’s…) There is a touch of religion without pulpit posturing, some vivid imagery, and an exciting denouement, leading on to another book whilst nicely rounding off this one. The author likes to leave things tidy, and so he does, with very satisfactory results.

The two leads were very personable and believable. Hayden’s grief over losing his partner was raw and handled brilliantly. Tommy’s love for Hayden, being devoid of the gay-for-you angst I mentioned earlier, was very touching without being sugar-sweet. Yes, a leap of believability was needed at the end in regards to both Hayden and Tommy’s incipient powers (no spoilers,) but I was beguiled by the author’s storytelling. If the reader goes with it, they will be well-rewarded.

Finally, there is an alluring ‘To be continued…’ at the end, but this book can easily be read as a standalone. However, this couple are shaping up to be an interesting team, and I’m curious to know what else the author has in store for them!

BLURB

Maplewood, Vermont is a picturesque town filled with unique shops, unique homes, and a quaint familiarity all centered around a lake with an unusual history.

Legends, old as well as Urban, float around like the mist that hovers above the lake at break of dawn.

But they’re just stories, right?

Hayden Moore’s life was destroyed when his husband, Malcolm, was murdered. Giving up his job as an assistant district attorney in Boston, Hayden moved to the little burg of Maplewood to recover.

A new life.

A fresh start.

However, something underneath the water is stirring. Something rotten. A deadly secret wakes underneath the black waters of Lake Veronica so disturbing it haunts the nightmares of the local residents.

It’s coming closer…

29Sep/17

Keelan Ellis

September 29, 2017


It gives us great pleasure to welcome Keelan Ellis as the guest on Episode 131: I Have a Playlist for That!

This week Keelan Ellis returns to the show so we can discuss her latest release The One Thing I know, and its upcoming spin-off Everything I Have. We also delve into writing recent historic fiction and what to do when current media forces you to change your story!

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** To learn more about The One Thing I Know read Jayne’s review: http://www.wrotepodcast.com/the-one-thing-i-know-by-keelan-ellis/

Bio:

Keelan Ellis has been a writer her whole life, but has only recently stopped hiding behind her unexplored potential. Now that the authoring-floodgates are open, she’s got a million ideas about what to write next. Additionally, she’s got an amazing family, and her children astound her on a daily basis.

 

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June 10, 2016

Misinformation AnywhereYouGo It gives us great pleasure to announce Keelan Ellis returning as the guest on episode 061: Keep Your Word Count Up!
Join us as we discuss her past year’s journey, character building and politics, socio-economic elements to character and world building, non-romance mystery writing with a gay protag, and tease the upcoming series she’s co-writing.You can buy Keelan’s work here:

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Bio:

Keelan Ellis has been a writer her whole life, but has only recently stopped hiding behind her unexplored potential. Now that the authoring-floodgates are open, she’s got a million ideas about what to write next. Additionally, she’s got an amazing family, and her children astound her on a daily basis.

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July 3, 2015

I'll Still Be There It gives us great pleasure to announce Keelan Ellis as the guest on episode 006: Ghosts Of Love And The Mighty Blog Tour!
Join us as we talk with Keelan about long lasting love, ghosts, and highly ambitious blog tours.You can purchase Keelan’s premiere novel here:

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