The End Of Everything – A Flash Fiction

He scared me, with such a profoundness that I knew I would never be the same. Not that he was threatening, this fragile, old man with the broad rimmed hat, but his eyes, gazing at me with the intensitivy of a powerful personality, borred into my soul, and left a mark. His words, as broken as his body, where humblingly simple, yet held within them the moment I had been waiting for, dreading and hoping to never hear anyone say to me.
“It has begun!”

Copyright Claudia H. Blanton 2015

Impact – A Flash Fiction

Flash Fiction: Impact

One day can change everything. I had never appreciated that sentiment until this very moment. A breath, a glance, a decision, all actions that are fleeting, but their impact felt long after, creating waves of changes not to be taken lightly. Until now, standing here, in the midst of the thick, lushious lawn, feeling simutaniously at home and lost, I did not know the depth of this truth. But at the end, all that matters to me now, is that those decisions brought me right here – to you.

Copyright Claudia H. Blanton 2015

Her – A Flash Fiction

She wasn’t supposed to be here, hell she was not even supposed to be in this country, according to his sources, but even the best sources could get it wrong. His heart broke with every step she took toward him, knowing that, no matter what he would say, he could not explain away the pain he had caused her, the pain of him leaving her behind, even if it was to keep her safe.
Her eyes, fixed on his, dark with a deep well of emotions, he brazed himself for a tirade of screams, accusation, and yes, even a slap. But he never expected, that she would place her lips on his own.

Copyright Claudia H. Blanton 2015

 

Book Review: How To Succeed With Continuous Improvement by J. Ahlstroem

Book Review: How To Succeed With Continuous Movement

Title: How to Succeed with Continuous Improvement
Author: Joakim Ahlstroem
Genre: Self-help/Business & Investing
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional
Rating: 3/5 Stars
If you run a business, specifically one that involves more than just your family, this book has value. What it is not, is a self-improvement book for those of us, who are looking for a book based on personal improvement that is for the everyday person.
But even then, with the exception of one concept, this book only repeats the techniques of what others have been already covering over the last few years, truly great coaches like Tony Robbins, or lifestyle experts like Tim Ferris. What both are capable off, unlike the Author of this book, is to speak to everyone, no matter if they own their own companies, are thinking about creating their own business or are working for a cooperation. That relatability is lacking in this book.
That said, this book is written concise and to the point. It has its value in the space of self-improvement and coaching, it just isn’t for a more general audience.

(Disclaimer: This book has been given to me by the Publisher, via NetGalley, in return for an honest review)

Book Review: Dark Prayer by Natasha Mostert

Title: Dark Prayer

Author: Natasha Mostert
Publisher: Portable Magic, Ltd
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Release Date: Oct. 16th, 2014
Rating: 3/5 Stars

 

Eloise Blake is on the run from a life she can no longer remember. And from a killer who will stop at nothing, to protect a secret as old as time. From the award-winning author of SEASON OF THE WITCH, comes a thriller about memory, identity and the murderous consequences of a quest gone wrong. – NetGalley

A Thriller that takes a little long to get to the meat of plot but the story thankfully begins to pick up on speed after the first few chapters. The characters are well-developed, actually too well-developed, which led to the slower beginning. I personally prefer novels that get to the point a lot faster, but after a rocky start, this book became a much more intense ride, that is worth the wait. With the main character in a fugue state, having lost all memory of her past life, and having created a  new identity for herself, the Author managed to make a believable, yet mesmerizing story, with plenty of action.
Dark Prayer is my introduction to  Natasha Mostert, and after this book, I am intrigued to find out more about her work.

 

You can find a list of her books available on Amazon here

(Disclaimer: I have received a free copy from the publisher, via NetGalley, in return for an honest review. This post contains affiliate links, see disclosure page for details)