Candace Redmayne

USA

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

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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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An Epic Read

One of the first things that struck me about "A Bond of Silver and Smoke" is the absolute and complete epic feel of the work. From the very first paragraph it is apparent that the author excels at world building. Based on the descriptions of the different realms and the characters that dwell in each, they clearly dedicated quite a bit of time on developing this aspect of their story which accounts for the overall epic feel. I admit that I had to reread each chapter at least twice in order to fully grasp how the plot was unfolding--this is not, however, a fault of the author. Rather, this is indication that their story was engaging enough that I as the reader was willing to take the time to read it again before proceeding. I highly recommend this work to anyone who has a love for high fantasy, theology, culture, and mythology--you will not be disappointed!

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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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Hooked from the very beginning!

From the very beginning Breathe had me hooked. I have limited experience reading the scifi genre, mainly because there are times when the plots are either so outlandish and bloated as to leave my head spinning, or the character development/dynamics gets lost amid the technical aspects. Breathe is not one of those books. From the very first chapter it was apparent that there was a perfect balance of scifi aspects via the nuclear fallout of the Great Nuclear War, and of the dynamics between its two main protagonists Mina and Caleb. The writing flows very naturally as does the dialogue between the characters, and their friendship/relationship is very believable. The overall telling of the story is spaced out in such a way that while it does begin years into the future, it all comes full circle at its current chapter ten length. What kept me engaged the most while reading was the fact that—let’s face it—high school is difficult. Not only is it the pinnacle of self-discovery, but is the jumping off point between childhood to adulthood. At that age we find ourselves questioning the status quo and of the world around us, all while trying to figure out where we fit into it all. Set against the backdrop of an authoritarian state where one’s loyalty affects the quality of one’s life—and consequently one’s future—not only made the plot believable, but the overall interplay of the characters and of their relationships to one another was as sweet as it was heartbreaking. So, with that said, if you are looking for an engaging, thought-provoking read that balances scifi and romance, I strongly recommend this book.

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Binge-worthy!

What a page turner! I loved the slow-burn romance between Ian and Lena and the plot was very entertaining. The last few chapters had me hooked and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this :)

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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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