Review: The Heartbeat Thief by AJ Krafton


Haunted by a crushing fear of death, a young Victorian woman discovers the secret of eternal youth—she must surrender her life to attain it, and steal heartbeats to keep it.  

In 1860 Surrey, a young woman has only one occupation: to marry. Senza Fyne is beautiful, intelligent, and lacks neither wealth nor connections. Finding a husband shouldn’t be difficult, not when she has her entire life before her.
But it’s not life that preoccupies her thoughts. It’s death—and that shadowy spectre haunts her every step.

So does Mr. Knell. Heart-thumpingly attractive, obviously eligible—he’d be her perfect match if only he wasn’t so macabre. All his talk about death, all that teasing about knowing how to avoid it…

When her mother arranges a courtship with another man, Senza is desperate for escape from a dull prescripted destiny. Impulsively, she takes Knell up on his offer. He casts a spell that frees her from the cruelty of time and the threat of death—but at a steep price. In order to maintain eternal youth, she must feed on the heartbeats of others.

It’s a little bit Jane Austen, a little bit Edgar Allen Poe, and a whole lot of stealing heartbeats in order to stay young and beautiful forever. From the posh London season to the back alleys of Whitechapel, across the Channel, across the Pond, across the seas of Time…

How far will Senza Fyne go to avoid Death?
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Reblog: Brian Dettmer uses Surgical Tools to Carve Books into Intricate Sculptures

Originally posted on FLOW ART STATION: Brian Dettmer Uses Surgical Tools To Carve Books Into Intricate Sculptures New York-based Artist Brian Dettmer creates impressively intricate multi-layered sculptures from books. The artist calls himself the Book Surgeon because he uses knives, tweezers, and surgical tools to carve the art works out of old medical journals, illustration…

via Brian Dettmer Uses Surgical Tools To Carve Books Into Intricate Sculptures — Chris The Story Reading Ape’s Blog

How It Is With Me

This is my second blog here on WP.  The first one, Illuminite Caliginosus, (RIP) was suspended for violating WP rules about spam- publishing book/author promo posts.  I’m not entirely sure why but it’s their site and their rules, so…

On the bright side it gives me a chance to reboot.  The old blog had gotten kinda stale to me; I’d lost some of my enthusiasm for it and was thinking about an overhaul anyway.  So despite being forced to do so, here it is.

The title and new direction are inspired by a local show that used to run here in New York on ABC called Like It Is, hosted by the late Gil Noble, from 1967-2011; that’s right- 43 YEARS!  It focused on the black community as well as national issues and was a staple feature of my tv viewing for a large portion of my life.

Gil Noble 1932-2012

In today’s socio-political climate, things have gotten… tense.  What was once publicly denounced though privately supported is now playing in the sunshine and dancing in the streets.   What Black and Brown folks have been saying for decades about the state of affairs in this country is now no longer up for debate, and the current trend to try to return these ideas to the mainstream to normalize them and reintroduce regressive policies into law needs to be pushed back against.  By that I mean pushed down the stairs, shoved off a roof, tossed through a window…  You’ll see what I mean.

As far as reviewing goes I enjoy most any type of music, especially Classical, New Age, Native American and African Drums.  Movies I’m up for pretty much anything- particularly something I’m not familiar with to help expand my horizons.  Same goes for reading, but I really like Fantasy/Sci-fi, Romance, Paranormal and Urban Fantasy, and am starting to get into Adult Contemporary, YA and MG as well.  For books, physical copies or epub/pdf/mobi are fine with me.  My reviewing policy is simple: any titles I’ve requested or agreed to accept are given priority.  If the review is needed by a certain date, please include this in your notes: a minimum of a two-week window is requested for this.

Reviews will be placed here on WP as well as Blogger, Twitter, Amazon, Goodreads, Booklikes, Tumblr, my FB page, this blog’s FB page and included in my newsletter.   Movie reviews will also go up on Letterboxd.  Any promo materials/information you’d like added can be sent along in an epk or press packet.  I’m also open to supporting tours and spotlights- but not here on WordPress as it’s against their rules and considered spamming.

Fair Warning: all reviews will be wholly impartial and unbiased, detailing what I did and didn’t like but also explaining why.  If you feel that you’re entitled to kid gloves because you’ve solicited a review, best to move along now.

If there’s anything else you like to ask (or tell me off about), feel free- just hit me up in the sidebar.  Thanks again for your interest.  I’m really looking forward to hearing from everyone.  About everything.

Reblog: African Martial Arts in American Media

Note: This is the first in a series of blog posts I published in 2015. I thought it would be relevant given the release of Marvel’s The Black Panther and its use of traditional African Martial Arts in the Warrior Falls scenes. G.W. Martial arts cinema has evolved over the years to include movies […]

via An unlikely source: African Martial Arts in American Media — The Film Fan Dojo

Reblog: Urban Fantasy 101- Mythology Soup

If you take an introductory anthropology or religion class, chances are that your professor will at some point bring up Joseph Campbell’s theory of the monomyth, boiling it down to “every culture shares these aspects of myth and all stories in mythology share archetypes that are common across time and space”. And since the person […]

via Urban Fantasy 101: Mythology Soup — Stitch’s Media Mix

Reblog: Old Style Tai Chi video

A video surfaced recently of an old performance of Wu style Tai Chi from a gentleman called Cheng Wing-Kwong (1903-1967), who was a disciple of the Wu Jian-Quan, the founder of Wu style Tai Chi. The video is poor quality, but I like the performance – it’s flowing, well coordinated and done at a good pace, […]

via Old Wu style Tai Chi video — The Tai Chi Notebook

Sam Nunberg: the Tempest in a Teacup

Yesterday, media and pundits exploded with the rantings and ravings of a clown and they responded like he was an A-list movie star.


Sam Nunberg, a POI (person of interest) in the Robert Mueller Russia-gate investigation, made the rounds on many of the talking head shows to state his case as to why he felt he shouldn’t have to respond to a subpoena from the Special Counsel, even after already being interviewed once, mainly because he’d have to spend many, many hours sifting through his emails… plus he didn’t want to flip on Roger Stone.  And he was mightily indulged in this.

Seriously.  Granted, it was a breaking story when he first called in to Katy Tur’s show on MSNBC, but as the day wore on it quickly became obvious there was nothing to this other than a chump wanting some tv time.  Even those that know him say he’s an attention whore, so why was so much given to him?  Why?

Nunberg’s a lawyer.  He knows the law.  He knows full well he has to comply with the subpoena or go to jail for as long as eighteen months- the length of a grand jury.  So why the goofball act?  Why go on multiple shows and rant about not complying, how unfairly he’s being treated, scoffing at Mueller’s willingness to put him in jail, daring Mueller to do so and then announce at the end of the night he’d comply but “wouldn’t make it easy for them”?

CNN’s Erin Burnett capped it off nicely, with a couple of direct questions for Nunberg, questions everyone else seemed to miss for some reason.

His stint on The Beat with Ari Melber was the topper.  Some have said this was more like an on-air intervention; journalists stepping up to help Nunberg before it’s too late.  Again, it’s not like he didn’t already know he’d have to comply- and he even alluded to it several times that day- and it didn’t take six interviews for him to finally see the light.  He knew.  He just wanted some face time for some reason.  And you can’t deny that it filled up a lot of airtime- at the expense of everything else that wasn’t covered.  By everyone.

Bullshit like this is why folks get cynical about the media.