Thursday, January 24, 2013



In appreciation for all of your support of Cruelty To Innocents & Collecting Innocents, we are introducing...


 What we want from you--

--An original character with unique, quirky, or creepy characteristics
 *this includes: name, skin, eye, and hair color, and any back story that is specific to that character*

 --A great tag line for your character (good examples are '"I'll be back!"and "They're Here!")

 Participants will need to submit their entries to me at OR via the 'contact' page on The Innocents website


 --Your character will replace our already-dead first kill, which is set up and carried out in chapter 1!!!
 --We will include your name and your winning character in our acknowledgements, on our dedication page.
 Your character and their tag-line, will go in the synopsis for the book on the back cover!
 So that is all there is to it...

Tuesday, January 22, 2013


Reprinted by arrangement with Viking, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., from
 There Once Lived a Girl Who Seduced Her Sister’s Husband, and He Hanged Himself by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya, selected and translated by Anna Summers. Copyright © 2013 by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya. Translation and introduction copyright © 2013 by Anna Summers.

A Murky Fate
This is what happened. An unmarried woman in her thirties implored her mother to leave their one-room apartment for one night so she could bring home a lover.
This so-called lover bounced between two households, his mother’s and his wife’s, and he had an overripe daughter of fourteen to consider as well. About his work at the laboratory he constantly fretted. He would brag to anyone who listened about the imminent promotion that never materialized. The insatiable appetite he displayed at office parties, where he stuffed himself, was the result of an undiagnosed diabetes that enslaved him to thirst and hunger and lacquered him with pasty skin, thick glasses, and dandruff. A fat, balding man-child of forty-two with a dead-end job and ruined health—this was the treasure our unmarried thirty something brought to her apartment for a night of love.
He approached the upcoming tryst matter-of-factly, almost like a business meeting, while she approached it from the black desperation of loneliness. She gave it the appearance of love or at least infatuation: reproaches and tears, pleadings to tell her that he loved her, to which he replied, “Yes, yes, I quite agree.” But despite her illusions she knew there was no romance in how they moved from the office to her apartment, picking up cake and wine at his request; how her hands shook when she was unlocking the door, terrified that her mother might have decided to stay.
The woman put water on for tea, poured wine, and cut cake. Her lover, stuffed with cake, flopped himself across the armchair. He checked the time, then unfastened his watch and placed it on a chair. His underwear was white and clean. He sat down on the edge of the sofa, wiped his feet with his socks, and lay down on the fresh sheets. Afterward they chatted; he asked again what she thought of his chances for a promotion. He got up to leave. At the door, he turned back toward the cake and cut himself another large piece. He asked her to change a three-ruble bill but, receiving no reply, pecked her on the forehead and slammed the door behind him. She didn't get up. Of course the affair was over for him. He wasn't coming back—in his childishness he hadn't understood even that much, skipping off happily, unaware of the catastrophe, taking his three rubles and his overstuffed belly.
The next day she didn't go to the cafeteria but ate lunch at her desk. She thought about the coming evening, when she’d have to face her mother and resume her old life. Suddenly she blurted out to her office mate  “Well, have you found a man yet?” The woman blushed miserably: “No, not yet.” Her husband had left her, and she’d been living alone with her shame and humiliation, never inviting any of her friends to her empty apartment. “How about you?” she asked. “Yes, I’m seeing someone,” the woman replied. Tears of joy welled up in her eyes.
But she knew she was lost. From now on, she understood, she’d be chained to the pay phone, ringing her beloved at his mother’s, or his wife’s. To them she’d be known as that woman—the last in a series of female voices who had called the same numbers, looking for the same thing. She supposed he must have been loved by many women, all of whom he must have asked about his chances for promotion, then dumped. Her beloved was insensitive and crude—everything was clear in his case. There was nothing but pain in store for her, yet she cried with happiness and couldn't stop.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Book Review of THE OVERTAKING by Victorine E. Lieske

The Overtaking was written and published by Victorine E Lieske copyright@2011 and may be purchased through  You may read more about Victoria and her work at

Shayne Barlet goes to a great school, has great friends and lives in a nice place. He also has a girlfriend he loves, but she knows the truth and so does his best friend. His life is all a lie… Shayne has been kidnapped; his powers disabled and his memory changed.

Danielle didn't mean to fall in love with Shayne. She was only supposed to watch him and report his movement. But now that he was in trouble, she just had to help him even though it meant danger to herself.

This YA/science fiction was a very interesting read and difficult to put down. I don’t normally like books like this, but I really enjoyed this one. It had the mystery, adventure, and romance that kept me guessing all the way to the end and the characters were so real and easy to relate to. I will be very interested to see how this series plays out. Ms. Lieske is doing a wonderful job and I’m giving this book a 4 spider rating.