Candace Redmayne

USA

Teacher by day, aspiring author and sometime poet by night.

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A Scorching Thriller!

"Ninety Degrees Out" has believable, likeable characters, a plausible conflict, and great descriptive language that would cater to fans of romance, fiction, and sci-fi as well. The author's use of descriptive language is top notch and it is clear that they did their research in terms of how such as disaster would affect the land, animals, and people. As he main protagonist Chay mentioned more than once in the story, you have to work together to survive. While this is certainly about a world-wide disaster, the fact that the author takes the time to flesh out the characters' relationships with one another is what makes "Ninety Degrees Out" a great read. The reader is emotionally invested in what happens to each character--no matter how minor--even though the other 7 billion people on the planet are going through something similar at the same time.

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Soulful Honesty

Ernest Hemingway once said, "There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed." With this collection of poetry, that is precisely what the author has done. "On My Own" is an honest, soul-baring expression of a lifetime of deceit, hurt, abandonment, and being taken advantage of (not to mention being taken for granted as well), but it is not all darkness and strife. The fact that the author was able to turn these obstacles into something productive and creative is testament to both their emotional/personal success and skill as a poet. It is not easy to lay one's innermost feelings, thoughts, and past trials out there for everyone to read, but it is another thing entirely for them to do so in a quietly triumphant manner that, while the title may imply something negative, is actually a testament to their own innate strength. It is not easy to be on one's own, but if you can overcome this initial hurdle and emerge stronger and wiser than you were before, then you can claim victory. I highly recommend this collection to anyone who may be going through a low period in your life, because I promise you that it will afford you some time to reflect on and recognize your own strengths, which will take you one step closer to healing those invisible wounds.

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Secret's Out: This one's a must-read!

Right from the get-go, it is apparent that the "Librarian's Secret" is a page turner. Maggie is someone we can all identify with in that who hasn't gotten lost in a good book or wished that the lives of our favorite characters were our own? Only in Maggie's case, you should definitely be careful what you wish for! The plot is inventive, fun, steamy on all fronts, yet has HEART. This is a must-read for anyone who loves romance, a well rounded plot, believable (and sympathetic) characters, and which truly takes the reader on an adventure.

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A Sweet Treat

I ordinarily shy away from romance, especially the sweet, cozy types--not that I have anything against that particular genre, but like the main protagonist Melissa, love for me is a complicated thing. Right from the get-go I liked Melissa's character and her honest, oftentimes bitter outlook on love and Valentine's Day in general. I've been there, I get it, it was refreshing and funny at times to hear her internal and external take on the whole hearts, flowers, and romance surrounding the holiday. The real fun began when her ex Mason Hart stumbles into her chocolate shop and orders sweets for his current girlfriend, who it turns out, bales on him on V-Day of all days. I couldn't help but grin as I could see Melissa's defenses slipping as she consents to take his current girlfriend's place for the evening (despite her better judgement), but it is obvious the two still have feelings for one another. "Melting Me Slowly" is a sweet romance, but it has heart and substance as well as some very believable and relatable characters. I honestly enjoyed reading it, and it seems that my earlier hesitation to the genre will have to (much like Melissa and Mason's relationship) be revisited.

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A worthy read, if ever there was one

Right from the beginning this story pulls you in: vivid language that evokes an epic scope of the overall plot, imagery that stimulates the imagination, and characters true to their Nordic heritage (mythology). Svava as a Valkyrie is formidable yet oddly endearing--she prides herself on her task of collecting the souls of fallen warriors so that they may feast at Odin's table in the afterlife, yet the fact that Njal has seemingly slipped out of her reach paves the way for a story with numerous twists and turns, high fantasy, and mythological roots in spades. "Wardens of the Worthy" is a worthy read if you love novels with an epic bent and a healthy dose of mythology. You will not be disappointed!

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A Timeless Tale

Being young and in love is never easy, but it is especially trying if the object of your heart’s affection is the boy next door that your family has warned you never to go near, much less fall in love with. The Feud is one of those books that can easily appeal to a YA and adult audience, as just about anyone or everyone can relate at some level with the rush of emotions that accompany your first love. The author skillfully blended in elements of Shakespeare’s classic Romeo and Juliet with a modern-day twist between two families (neighbors), the Sharpes and Tetamores, in the small town of Riverton. Andy (Andromeda) Sharpe and her sister Mari (Marigold) are great characters, and I particularly like the fact that Andy’s is a clever take on the whole “star-crossed lovers” angle of Romeo and Juliet (via the celestial theme of her bedroom). Andy is very down to Earth and represents the rational aspect of reality, whereas Mari—affectionately called the Flower Child—very much has her head in the clouds, though her heart is in the right place, except of course, where it concerns her love interest! I would highly recommend this story to anyone who has a love (appreciation) of the classics, as well as anyone who can appreciate a wholesome romance.

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A Howling Good Time!

The Day They Emerged is overall a very enjoyable read; there is something for everyone in this work that includes fantasy, action, and of course, a love triangle. The budding chemistry between the main protagonist Ashley and Prince Anatole is a perfect mixture of sweet and spicy. There is just enough action to keep things interesting, and the author’s knowledge of military protocol is not only impressive, but lends enough credibility to the story. Set in the present day, The Day They Emerged sees intense action from the very first chapter. There is an added conflict to the overall plot in the form of Prince Anatole’s betrothal to a mate he clearly doesn’t want, and his instantaneous attraction to Ashley Garrison, a human. Add to this Ashley’s attraction to a close high school friend who happens to be related to Prince Anatole, and the fun really begins! I highly recommend this book to anyone who is into fantasy and romance, because it definitely satisfies on both levels.

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High-flying Fantasy

A Heart’s Crucible is definitely high-level fantasy; set amidst a world in which Dev, sprites, seraphim, and all manner of creatures exist alongside humanity, this story has some extensive world building at its core. There are a plethora of characters that run the gamut between evil and mischievous, but its main antagonist is Ahriman and the Dev he helped spawn. Imprisoned in Mount Kaf until he can capture and feast upon the thousand Peri sprites, Ahriman is a sinister and well-developed character. There are a whole host of Dev with colorful and creative names (i.e. Thirsty Sea), each with their own distinct personalities which inspired their names. As for the Peri, they were created by the falling ashes of saints that were en route to heave at the behest of the Seraphim; they are neutral, mischievous, and by virtue of their desires, missed becoming angels. Each one, like the Dev, is unique and well thought out. The author’s writing style is at times dense, but beautiful and well-crafted. This is a story that requires you to read at a slow pace in order to fully absorb what is going on/keep track of all the characters, but it is well worth the effort.

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Hauntingly beautiful

In terms of imagery and overall mood, this story packs a lot of punch. The author's word choice and use of figurative langue evokes the (deadly) beauty of the frozen landscape in which the protagonist finds himself trapped within. There is both darkness and light in this piece, especially with regards to Vladislov's unceasing optimism in the face of otherwise unforgiving and impossible odds. I can readily appreciate the direction the story went, and as it progressed towards its inevitable end, there was a sense of slowly-dawning horror as the reality of the situation became apparent. In sum,while there is a bittersweet ending to this piece, it is well worth checking out.

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A Million Tiny Things

"A Million Tiny Things" as a stand alone short story, is fantastic. It speaks to the sweet innocence of first love, of the soaring heights being in the presence or our beloved can evoke, yet it also speaks to the crippling and soul-shattering moments when that love is taken away. Yet at the same time, "A Million Tiny Things" also leaves the reader with a hopeful message, that even though our loved ones may be gone, they are still present in our lives even if we are not aware of it. That sense of peace and tranquility you may feel at times when you are at your lowest, that fondness and warmth you feel in your heart when you think back on all the times you spent in one another's company, the "million little things" that bound your lives together ...that is your loved ones come back to you. Time and distance may have temporary separated you, but in time and with much patience you will be reunited. Then you will have the opportunity to experience "a million tiny things" all over again.

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I'm "Hooked"!

James Hook and Captain Pan is a fresh take on an old classic. In Neverland where any and all things are possible, even real-world issues arise: jealousy, love, family, and a longing to find one's place in the world are ever prevalent. In this adaptation heroes now reveal their dark side, whereas those who would be deemed cowardly by others willingly take on responsibilities that few could shoulder. Interwoven within the fantasical elements of the narrative we find an unlikely love story blossom and come to full bloom. When that love is threatened, we see exactly what lengths our main protagonist is willing to go.

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A [Post?] Apocalyptic read that is anything but a disaster

.Reading The Befores is, much like the book's premise, a bit like time travel. Before I knew it I'd zipped through the first five chapters, though to be fair this is due in large part to the author's craft and overall grasp of fully-developed characters. I've never been partial to apocalyptic stories because I tend to find them too formulaic and predictable. This is not the case with The Befores. Rather than the characters muddling their way through the remnants of a previous society that was long destroyed, this story actually takes the characters into a future disaster zone via a mysterious black device wielded by a highly-esteemed doctor who works for the CDC. This plot works amazingly well as Sam, her father and even Joah who is equal parts methodical killer slash gentle giant (with a dash of Mad Max-esque for good measure) navigate through the remains of Hillcrest. From the initial get-go this story pulled me in, from the mysterious Dr. Thorpe to his equally mysterious device to the strange uber humans that populate the futuristic town of Hillcrest. The characters are very believable, the dialogue is natural, and the story clicks along at a good pace that packs a lot of plot punch in a relatively short amount of time. I highly recommend this book to sci-fi afficionados and for anyone looking for a story that will keep you hooked during each "turn" of the digital page.

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An Unexpected Bright Spot

"Soren" was for me, a very enjoyable read. The author's creation of very relatable and likeable characters, coupled with their overall command of language and descriptiveness makes for some unique and wonderful world building. The story unfolds in a very smooth way that is easy to follow, yet the overall plot has some great twists and turns, and it seems that every chapter ends on a cliffhanger. Luna is a very sympathetic character who is warm and giving despite her cold and distant upbringing. Soren, her paramour is equally as warm and endearing and the two balance each other out quite well. The book itself deals with alternate worlds, portals, and abilities above the [human] norm, and in less capable hands would have come off as either overbearing, cliche, or just plain ridiculous. "Soren" pulls these off amazingly well to the point that the reader is fully engaged and eager to read on to delve ever deeper into the story. I would thoroughly recommend this book to anyone who is an afficionado of fantasy or just in need of a great read.

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I'm hooked!

First of all, GREAT first chapter--it really set the overall tone and plot for the book. Secondly, I love the first opening lines of chapter 2, which sets up the character as a "rogue" and gives us her modus operandi. I guess it would depend on who you ask whether she is a rogue or not if she's protecting the helpless which is more of a vigilante/protector and certainly to her own pack she would be seen as a rogue because she injured the alpha. In any event, LOVE this and am looking forward to reading more whenever you update. If I might offer a small suggestion--and believe me, I was guilty of this for a long time--indent whenever each character speaks so that the reader can tell who is speaking and it doesn't appear as one paragraph. I had to keep reminding myself to do this too when I first started writing fic, but other than that, you did a great job!

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Oooh, the suspense!

When I first read your description, I thought: "Having a student take a romantic interest in you their teacher is in and of itself frightening,' but I must say I'm thoroughly enjoying the direction this story is headed. Unfortunately there are students like Axel out there, and when you were describing the things he would say and do to Miss Shaw, I could literally feel myself break out in hives. The fact that she did not report it and let things escalate is not only career suicide (ah, the ignorance and naive optimism of first year teachers) and would be a PR scandal for the school of the worst kind. Draven is a sympathetic character, and while (at first) I was tempted to think his feelings for Miss Shaw were straight out of the movie "Fear," I was pleased to see the mystical elements (especially Egyptian which I love) come into play in a manner that made sense and make for endless possibilities in terms of future chapters. In short, I REALLY have enjoyed reading this and you deserve top marks for an original story line.

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Definitely intriguing

Hmm. I really am very curious as to what exactly Greenery did to become such a social pariah. I mean she did a complete 360 in appearance and personality in such a short amount of time that something terrible had to have happened. I get the sense that yes, she desperately wants to fit in and be desired...perhaps a little too much and things got out of hand with Bash. I like how the perspective changes from past to present and we get very different viewpoints of her life/struggles in public and in private. As the title hints, this is most likely what psychosis feels or seems like. Overall, I like what I've read and I'd love to see more chapters posted in the future.

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Short but spooky

This was rather interesting. It appears that the manor is collecting people/their souls, but for what purpose? I would have like to have seen that developed more,. The cliffhanger could certainly lead to more chapters, but even as it is, this story ended on a suspenseful note. You use great imagery in describing the setting and the manor itself, so kudos there! I could almost envision it and it reminded me somewhat of "The Others" and "The Haunting" (the 1960s one, not the remake). Having lost a spouse would create a very stressful environment, and it would be fair to say that (a) either they are imagining something is after them, or (b) something like a poltergeist (or a manifestation of evil in this case) would be drawn to this particular woman. The first chapter was an instant attention-grabber and it appears that you either did some research or at the very least are well-educated yourself based on your writing style. Overall, I really enjoyed reading this.

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