Excerpt from Book 2 of my upcoming Stephen Stone Trilogy

Clive reached inside his satchel. Stuffed among legal papers, there was a .38 caliber pistol he wasn’t going to use and a pack of Winstons. He retrieved a cigarette and slid the filter between his lips. He lit it, savored the drag because it would be his last.

Broken glass betrayed his footfalls. Good, he thought. He gave the smoke a long pull. Let the nicotine tickle his nostrils. He regarded his tossed living room furniture, the floor covered by a sea of scattered papers, and he wondered how this would feel if he still felt fear, if the finality of death still concerned him. An infant’s shrill petition was the best way to describe his thoughts on fretfulness. As a baby, he cried for milk; he was sure of this. But he didn’t remember it. And he didn’t remember the last time he was afraid. Now, he was sure that a large man was in his house, waiting to harm him, and he chuckled because he couldn’t care less.

— a little sample of this morning’s writing. ‪#‎StephenStoneBook2‬ ‪#‎Heathen‬

James Fant is an author of inspirational romance and suspense. He lives in South Carolina, where the mountains and the beaches have befriended him. His books include:

Fourteen Pages
An Ode for Orchids
Close the Door
The Secret Branch
The Mended Fence

http://jamesfantbooks.com

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Another Masterpiece

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Of course I loved this book. It was written by EJD. Whether in a steamy romance or a comic novel, Eric Jerome Dickey does his thing. His narration is unmistakable. He adds a higher level to the story of Storm, one of an orphan trying to become a young woman. Dying to become a warrior.

Storm loses her parents and is rescued by Teacher, named for teaching children to be pickpockets and safe crackers. But there’s something different about Ororo. Her white hair. Her blue eyes. Her mastery of the wind and rain, mysteriously tied to her emotions. This part of the story blossoms when she meets Tchalla, the Black Panther. A warrior prince who wants to usher her from the realm of street urchin to womanhood. Of course there’s danger and EJD keeps you on the edge of your seat. The illustration tells ten thousand words and draws the reader into the jungle. Into the war.

EJD is one of my favorite authors and I was glad to find a hard copy of STORM on Amazon. Now, on to the next masterpiece.

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Let’s

let'sLet’s love
Let’s let the noon sun bake our skin
Bathe in the warmth of its amour
Let’s lay on fescue drenched in dew
And be imbibed in life’s liqueur
Let’s love
Let’s shower in the waterfall
For towels use the winds of dusk
Let’s dine within a field of maize
And eat sweet corn straight from the husk
Let’s love
Let’s slumber under a canopy
Of countless candles in the sky
Where willows weep and tulips touch
My pillows be your supple thighs
Let’s love

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James Fant is an author of inspirational romance and suspense. He lives in South Carolina, where the mountains and the beaches have befriended him. His books include:

Fourteen Pages
An Ode for Orchids
Close the Door
The Secret Branch
The Mended Fence

http://jamesfantbooks.com

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Happiness or Satisfaction (Classic Chicken and the Egg Question)

chickeneggThis meme is mad funny. Along the same line as the classic question of which came first–the chicken or the egg–I asked a group of friends the following recently: Would you rather be happy or satisfied? Which comes first? It’s just so hard to define happiness. But satisfaction, having everything you need, you can check things off the list on the way to fullness. My cousin Tiya hit me off with this reply, which I thought was so brilliant I decided to share it here.

Satisfaction is a catalyst and measurement to our happiness. They both are temporary states of mind, rather than permanent states of being. Both rely heavily on our current perception and acceptance of ‘where we are in life’ at the time… which in turn for Christians of faith, means our happiness and satiation correlate to our faith and spiritual state, at the time.

I enjoyed Tiya’s reply and it gave my mind much to chew on. In the end, maybe it’s best to be happily satisfied. (Laugh Out Loud). Or more seriously, maybe it’s best to maintain the best possible faith and spiritual state. “And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you” (Phillipians 4:8-9).

What do you think?

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James Fant is an author of inspirational romance and suspense. He lives in South Carolina, where the mountains and the beaches have befriended him. His books include:

Fourteen Pages
An Ode for Orchids
Close the Door
The Secret Branch
The Mended Fence

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Maybe Raindrops are Tears from the Sky

Where the green blades kiss the pond
There’s a fawn sipping the wine
Soon her eyes will see the spawn
Of the hunter’s cruel design
Then her coat will make one warm
And a hunger she’ll deny
Maybe raindrops are tears from the sky

Nothing’s blacker than the hole
From when a star decides to die
Ball of flame give up the ghost
Host of Heaven shield their eyes
But at least that sun can boast
Of how it once made day from night
Maybe raindrops are tears from the sky

When it wakes in its cocoon
Does the caterpillar cry?
Do his little legs complain?
Do they strain against the sides?
Little worm just wants to walk
But with wings it soon will fly
Maybe raindrops are tears from the sky
Yeah, maybe raindrops are tears from the sky
I do believe the sky cries
Maybe raindrops are tears from the sky

fly

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FLAT OUT AWESOME!!!

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AFTER THE DANCE by Lori Johnson is a flat-out awesome book. Lori wows you first with her style of first person—the hero and heroine tell the story and the chapters are either HIM or HER, depending on who’s talking. And then she hits you upside the head with a storyline that just vacuums into Memphis, Tennessee, where two lovers share what turns out to be much more than a dance.

Carl is a working stiff, trying to maintain with three children (one out of wedlock and adultery), an ex-wife, and child support payments. He’ll be the first to tell you that he’s made a lot of mistakes and you can see this when he opens up to Faye about all of his misgivings. Faye, now she was an onion for all of her layers. She’s hard on the outside, but surprisingly soft on the inside. She has her reasons. The relationship, or rollercoaster ride, takes off when Carl steals her steamy romance and Faye steals his soft porn video. From there, Lori takes the reader on an enjoyable stroll of what ifs and regrets. And at some points, you wonder whether or not Carl and Faye will make it.

I really wish I could give this story more than five stars. I couldn’t put the book down and tweeted about it all the way through the story. Some lines made me shake my head and say, “Wow! Ms. Johnson really gets it when it comes to relationships.” The writing is phenomenal; the story is powerful. And now, I am a huge fan of Lori Johnson forever. I can’t wait to read more of her work.

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SIMON’S SPLINTER (the novel) Coming 6/23/14

SIMON'S SPLINTER (the novel) Coming 6/23/14

On Friday nights, Aisha led a bible study class for vibrant elementary school-aged children. Their hearts were pure as gold and they asked the most interesting questions.
“Ms. Aisha, what’s shacking?” Ronnie, one of her students asked.
“Excuse me?”
“Shacking,” Little Ronnie repeated. “What does shacking mean?”
“I don’t know,” Aisha lied. “Why do you ask?”
“My momma says that you’re shacking. Does it mean the same thing as teaching? ‘Cause if it does, then I think you’re an excellent shacker.”
Aisha was speechless.

SIMON’S SPLINTER (The Novel) COMING SOON

http://jamesfantbooks.com

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