Kindar’s Cure Review and Blog Tour

It’s rare that I find a book based on description alone that interests me enough to want to review it her. Normally my blog focuses on theater, theater education and arts advocacy (as I’m sure many of you know) but while preparing my own, recently complete blog tour, I read the description to this book, Kindar’s Cure by Michelle Hauck.

High fantasy? I like high fantasy.

Female protagonist? We certainly don’t see enough of those these days.

Rulership is a matriarchy? Color me highly interested!

So I signed up to review the book and got a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

From the top I was almost put off. I was having trouble reading it on my kindle (I like a black background and the formatting for this required the white background). I also wasn’t too keen on the cover (not there there is anything wrong with it, it just…didn’t grab me.) But I had agreed to read this and I’m glad I did.

The story is as follows: Kindar is the middle child The second of three daughters of the queen. She is also beset with a constant cough that makes her ineligible to rule. But that isn’t a problem, she’s the second. But a series of circumstances put her in a fight for the throne from a series of  unseen forces.

Characters grow, change and evolve as they experience life outside the protected castle and learn around a rich setting and terrific world building.

For fans of fantasy or looking for a strong, well written female hero, I recommend KINDAR’S CURE.

KINDAR’S CURE can be purchased on Amazon for $6.95.

What Are The Critics Saying?

I don’t promote this much, because, well I’m still figuring it all out, but I am on Goodreads. I have all my plays listed there and once in awhile I will get a review.

So what are the Reviewers saying about Allie In Wonderland and how are they ranking it?

They like it! They REALLY like it, with an average rating of over 4.5 Stars (out of 5)

Highlights from the reviews include:

“I love how it teaches us that with your imagination and belief in it anything is possible.”

“Allie in Wonderland is a short, charming, and enchanting play…I give Everett Robert credit for taking a tale from childhood, giving it a new spin, and telling us all that it is okay to dream.”

“This children’s play (though not really, it’s for everyone that hasn’t lost important childhood qualities), expertly written by Everett Robert, a master of dialogue, stagecraft and the use of word play)… I came away from reading this play by making two resolutions: (1) to reread the original story; and (2) to make sure my imagination is given time to exercise itself each and every day of my life. Else I too might shrivel up and go looking for Alice to remedy.”

“I enjoyed it.”

Thank you for all the reviews so far. If you would like to read Allie In Wonderland or any of my plays for review purposes, send me an email or drop me a message here.

Blogging Is Weird

Until yesterday, I hadn’t blogged in weeks. A strange combination of not enough time, nothing to say and a general lethargy had kept me from blogging. I wanted to blog, I knew I needed to, but I just had no urge. 

To be fair, it wasn’t just my blogging that has suffered lately. Almost all writing has been down. I’ve entered a few contests, but most of what I’ve been writing has been on the editing stage of things; tweaking an old script, cutting here, adding there. I’ve had ideas but no real drive to write.

Then I had an accident at work and have been unable to work for the past couple of days. I found myself with time on my hands. And, I still didn’t write. Until yesterday. I was going through my Kindle, looking for something to read when I saw that I had finished Crystal Smith-Connelly’s latest short play collection Never Trust An Angel And Other Plays several days prior. I had reviewed her previous work, For I Am Zeus, and knew I should review her new work as well.

The words seemed to flow out of my fingers, opening a well-spring that had seemingly been dammed up. 

No, I didn’t sit down and write the next great Neil Simon comedy or Eugene O’Neill drama. I didn’t instantly become Arthur Miller, Harold Pinter or Lanford Wilson. But I had ideas and a drive to write.

Born out of a review of a play I liked but didn’t love.

So yeah, blogging is weird.

Never Trust An Angel And Other Plays–A Review

I know that I haven’t been blogging as much lately as I had been. The sumer has been moving along fast and I’ve been struggling to keep up. However I did find time to read a new collection of plays by Crystal Smith-Connelly.

ntaaNever Trust An Angel and Other Plays is the latest anthology of short plays from Crystal Smith-Connelly. Smith-Connelly is a talented playwright whose previous work, For I Am Zeus, I really enjoyed. This collection is a little harder for me to judge because I don’t necessarily fit into her target audience with this one.

This collection of plays reexamines and looks to rediscover the God of the Bible and look at him, his Son, his enemy, and his followers in a humorous light. As a person of faith and a humorist, I was intrigued by this idea. And for the most part it worked. I wasn’t as impressed by the overall work as I was by her previous work, simply because it seems to me at times the character of God comes across as Zeus from her previous work. I would have liked to have seen a little different character development there. However the characters of Jesus and Satan are well defined and make up for God. If the collection had focused more on these characters and less on the God/Zeus hybrid, I think I would have enjoyed this work a lot more and would have given it a higher rating.

Yes the play could be argued as being “sacrilegious” but I believe that God isn’t just the creator of the world, but the creator of comedy and at times, we need to poke a little fun at ourselves. In one short play, Messiah Island, is a great look at two different kinds of people who are competing for the role of Messiah via reality television; the hyper-religious and the doing it for the fame. In my opinion, this is the strongest play out of the bunch because it deals directly with God and his followers, something I would have liked to have seen more from.

Overall, this is a strong work and one I would imagine works very well on the stage, I just wish that Smith-Connelly would have branched out a little more in her characterization of God and made him less Zeus like and Zeus-lite.

Never Trust An Angel And Other Plays is now available for purchase through Amazon as a paper-bound book or a Kindle edition.

For more information on Crystal Smith-Connelly, you can check out her Facebook page or her webpage.