A Ride on the Petite Ceinture

Train circulaire au départ de la gare de Ménilmontant

From 1852 until its partial abandonment in 1934, the petite ceinture was a circular connection between Paris’s main railway stations within the fortified walls of the city. In 1874 when Serafina was sent to Paris to investigate the death of a countess, it was a good way to get around Paris, especially during high traffic times. In […]

Serafina and Rosa Discuss Calumny


Seated on clouds in the heavens, two immortals talk of calumny: “What’s this word?” Rosa asks, handing me her newspaper. “Calumny,” I say. “It’s a lotion, no?” “Not exactly,” I say. “It’s false and malicious misrepresentation of the words or actions of others, calculated to injure their reputation; libellous detraction, slander.” “You make it sound […]

Review: Nefarious, The Blackwell Files

Nefarious by Steven F. Freeman

Nefarious: The Blackwell Files by Steven F. Freeman is a riveting military/techno thriller with multiple storylines that are skillfully intertwined. With the first flip of the page, I was hooked into the action and the characters in this intriguing novel. When the story opens, the main character, Captain Alton Blackwell, a skilled cryptologist and war […]

Imagination and the Paranormal

Sunset in Scilla_Fortu Tato

For me there is a fine line between imagination and the paranormal. Take characters, for instance, those charming, evil, morose, lovable, laughable, maddening beings more real than the person sitting next to me on the bus. They are the charmers who continue breathing and sparring with one another long after I’ve closed the book or […]

Free on Amazon: The Griffin’s Boy


NOTE: The free days are over, but The Griffin’s Boy is still a great buy!  ….He’ll risk his life, then his soul & finally his heart in his quest to be … “THE GRIFFIN’S BOY“ Julia Hughes, author “The Griffin Cryer” has written another thrilling adventure, this time set on Ella-Earth, which is our world’s […]