Charlotte: POV Gets Reviewed

Soon after I decided to Make Charlotte: The Price of Vengeance available again, I was contacted by an avid reader by the name of Nici Zalliski who wrote a review and posted it at her blog site. Here’s part of it:

Overall rating: 9 of 10

In summary, Charlotte: The Price of Vengeance by James Moore is a great read, well worth the time. At 126 pages in length some readers my find this to be a short novel at first glance. However, with the lack of unnecessary filler, and annoying repetition, the concept is sound, and the reader is well entertained throughout the books entirety. If you’re looking for a next great read, I would highly recommend this book.

As far as I can tell, James Moore is already working on a sequel, and I can not wait.

You can check out the complete review for yourself HERE.

After you read the review, I highly recommend you check out the rest of Nici’s site. Reviews of other works are available in addition to her own writings. Keep an eye on that site for quality reading recommendations!

Don’t forget, you can enjoy reading Charlotte: POV after downloading the book from this site: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/627373

 

The Second Coming

Major Announcement!

In an effort to promote my three-story Charlotte novel currently in development, I am making story number one Charlotte: The Price of Vengeance available to the public ABSOLUTELY FREE!

That’s right. For a limited time Charlotte: POV will be available at Smashwords.com for free download. Available formats include MOBI (Kindle), epub and PDF.

Download your copy using THIS LINK.

This offer will end without notice but I can promise that it will be available at least until Christmas Day 2016. Enjoy!

Faith, Music and Suicide

What you have been waiting for is finally here!  The link to the audio stream of my interview with Jessica Marie is available HERE.

The title of this post marks some of the subjects Jessica discusses during the interview.  All of it is worth listening to.  In fact you will probably want to recommend it to anyone you know who is going through a difficult time in their lives.

I’d like to thank Jessica for doing the interview and sharing the way she did. Reminder: her album “Set Free” is available at Soundcloud.com.

GREAT NEWS!

Hello readers.  I am sending out this post to let you know I have had the opportunity to interview a talented singer and recording artist by the name of Jessica Marie.  Jessica is what you would call a “New Christian” artist and her music is out of the ordinary.  Her debut album “Set Free” can be heard by clicking HERE.

In her music and in the interview, Jessica has a powerful story to tell.  Check out her album at Soundcloud.com and be on the lookout for the interview post coming soon!

 

Speaking of screenplays…

I am also working with an online group of animators on one to two minute long projects.  They’re works in Minecraft so the script calls for no speech or dialog. I found it an exciting challenge as a writer.  Here is my first effort:

Beware

By James Moore

Main Characters:

  • Burglar
  • Kitty Cat

 

First scene: Breaking In

Fade in to exterior of a large three-story home at night.  Everyone who lives there must be asleep.  A masked burglar dashes across the lawn to run around to the back of the house. He’s dressed in all black.  We follow him to see him duck under a back window. He takes a flash light and a crowbar out of a large black bag he is carrying. Just before he uses the crowbar to pry open the window, he notices a sign near one of the bushes. He turns on his flash light to read it and sees

 WARNING

BEWARE OF KITTY CAT

 

He scoffs at the sign and proceeds to pry open the window.

 Second Scene: Inside

From inside the house we see the burglar prying open the window, taking care to do it as quietly as possible. After the window is open he climbs in awkwardly and ends up snagging his leg on the window, falling into the house. He lands face down.

 We see a close up as he slowly lifts his head to find himself face-to-face with a cute, cuddly kitty cat. The cat runs up to the burglar and uses a clawed paw to slash his nose. There is a muffled cry of pain from the burglar and the cat takes off running out of the room.

 Third Scene: The Chase

Camera is outside the room in the hallway. The cat comes running out followed closely by the burglar. The burglar chases the cat down the hall. The cat turns left during the chase and ducks behind a partially opened closet door. The burglar gets to the door and stops. He places a hand on the doorknob and prepares to pull it open to get to the cat. He yanks the door open in one quick move. He’s then hit in the face with a spring-loaded bowling ball. The impact knocks him unconscious. The kitty cat scampers out of the closet and climbs up on the unconscious burglar’s chest in victory.

And now for something completely different…

In addition to working on the second Charlotte book, I’m writing on other projects too. One is an animated series based on the popular video game Space Engineers.  I’m collaborating with another writer on the screenplay.  Here’s something from the first episode:

Stranded

Characters:

  • Chris Poseidon captain
  • Phillip Poseidon pilot
  • Julia Poseidon scientist
  • Kyle Poseidon technician
  • Admiral Steele Freedom captain

 

First scene: Orbiting Thillion

Fade in to two ships orbiting a white planet (side view of ships). One is Freedom, and one is Poseidon. There is a man (Kyle) working on the side of Poseidon. For the first part of this scene, the camera slowly zooms in on Kyle, who is talking to Chris via radio.

 

Chris: Hey Kyle, you done out there yet? Admiral Steele wants us for a mission brief in fifteen.

Kyle: Yeah, almost ready.  What’s up?  Trouble planet side?

Chris: Yes. Apparently the exploration ship crashed because of high winds before ever reaching the ground, so The Admiral wants something sturdier to go down, look for survivors, and complete the original mission.

Kyle: Okay.  There, I’m done.  I’ll meet you at the airlock in five. Continue reading And now for something completely different…

A Review: Suicide Squad

*SPOILER ALERT!* This review contains story details.

I went to see the latest effort from DC Comics and DC Entertainment, Suicide Squad last night. The short review is, it was not worth my time and money.

The movie starts off with promise.  The introduction of the characters was well done and there was a good build up of tension.  I had my concerns with the casting, but Will Smith  and Margot Robbie put in convincing performances as Deadshot and Harley Quinn respectively.

The problem is the story. Amanda Waller played by Viola Davis, is a government powerhouse who is concerned with national security. She convinces the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs to allow her to put together a team of government prisoners to do super-powered dirty work for the good old US of A. One of the team members is an ancient witch called The Enchantress. She breaks loose from Waller’s control and teams up with her just-as-ancient warlock brother to take over the world.

Enter the rest of the Squad: Deadshot (Will Smith), Harley Quin (Margot Robbie), Diablo (Jay Hernandez), Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), and Slipknot (Adam Beach). Lead by the elite soldier Col.Rick Flagg (Joel Kinnaman) and supervised by Katana (Karen Fukuhara), this rag-tag group of criminals set out to save the world from The Enchantress and her evil control.

Look, I get the concept of the anti-hero story.  The good guys and bad guys are not always clearly defined. But with Suicide Squad, you walk out of the theater not sure who to root for or even if you’re happy or mad about what happened. As you may have guessed, the Squad saves the day but not before going through a weak story line and gratuitous fight scenes. One poor plot move in particular is when Amanda puts a bullet in each member of her mission support staff because “They didn’t have clearance to see any of this anyway.”

A predictable story ruins a good setup of characters.  It looks like it’s going to be awhile before DC catches up with Marvel on the storytelling front.  Suicide Squad gets one and a half stars out of five with me.