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I am a former bookstore manager turned librarian, and a reviewer for Library Journal.

I mainly devour the fantasy genre (with all its subgroups) with some venturing into science fiction. I have also been know to dally with a historical fiction novel now and then.

I am also always looking for recommendations, so feel free to drop me a line!


  1. Hi April,
    I read your review of Dark Faith and found your comments insightful and intelligent. Perhaps you might be interested in reading my debut novel, A Satan Carol, published recently (12/11) as an ebook by Wild Child Publishing.
    About the book…

    What does the devil really want?
    Nostalgic for the Inquisition and plague, Satan feels neglected by the modern world that no longer blames him for disease and death. He plans to create a new genesis, a place where people will love him. For that, his son needs just the right soul.

    And there is one—unique, powerful, able to heal. To get it, Satan has a plan that begins in Ireland in the famine year, 1848, and 180 years later traps a young girl and her family in demonic forces pushing them to kill.

    A Satan Carol is a horror story with a message for those who want to understand God’s apparent absence as the intersection of freewill and choice. It is a story with religious themes written for a secular reader. It is, in the end, a tale about family values–even if they originate in hell.

    Length: 290 pages
    Author contact: http://www.askessler.com email: alan@askessler.com
    QED Award Winner, 2011, Digital Book World
    Available at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble

    I would be happy to send you a gift certificate for a Kindle or Nook version or PDF, no review required.
    Thank you for your time.
    –Alan S. Kessler

    • wayward drui says:

      Hello Alan!
      I picked up the Nook version of your book this afternoon. I have two other books on deck, but I will get a review up within the next couple weeks. Happy to help get the word out!


  2. Thanks, April, for your willingness to read an unknown writer. I hope you find the story interesting and your investment of time, worthwhile.

    All my best,

  3. April, QW Publishers would love to send you a digital advance review copy of our Southern fantasy / folklore novel, Auraria. Please let us know how to get the file to you. Our e-mail is info@qwpublishers.com.

  4. I hope you don’t mind, but I have nominated you for a Liebster Award!
    Go here for more information:

  5. br guest says:

    Today, I went to the beach with my children. I found a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She
    put the shell to her ear and screamed. There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched
    her ear. She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is completely off topic but
    I had to tell someone!

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