Man of Your Dreams is 1 Year!

It’s official, guys!


Man of Your Dreams started one year ago!


In that time I’ve met so many amazing creators and read some really fantastic comics.
When I started this project, it was out of a desire to tap into the creative part of my brain that I don’t use much.


I’ve always been a writer, but with visual arts, it’s a hit and miss.


Last year, I finally dipped into my bucketlist and decided to make my debut novel into a comic.


I never imagined that it would have over 1k readers ❤


I’m so excited to see what future years will bring and I cannot say thank you enough to everyone who has followed/supported me this far!

Check it out if you haven’t already for free on Webtoon Canvas!

Guest Post: Author Kayla Krantz

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I am currently reading What I Did by Kayla Krantz. You will get a review when I finally finish it (long story – but hard to concentrate on reading when you have concussion) but I couldn’t wait that long to give you guys some insight into this wonderful book.

So I’ve asked Kayla if she would give us some insight into how she came up with this intriguing tale. Enjoy!

When it comes to writing books, I find the inspiration for my projects in a number of different places whether that be a picture, a dream, or song lyrics. I have an interesting story behind nearly every story that I’ve written. Of all the projects that I’ve been part of to date, I would say that What I Did is perhaps one of the hardest for me to define. Not just because it focuses on such serious subject manner but…

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Book Review: This is Not A Horror Movie

Title: This is Not a Horror Movie

Author: Sara Dobie Bauer

Narrator: Blake Lockheart

Link: https://www.audible.com/pd/The-Mystery-of-Kelly-Christopher-Audiobook/B093KM6BJY

Summary

Emory Jones loves two things: horror movies and Connor Nichols.

For the past four years, Emory, Connor, and their families have vacationed side by side on Longboat Key, Florida. Eighteen-year-old Emory has pined for his neighbor from behind the covers of Stephen King books, but college boy Connor has never noticed him. Probably because Emory looks like Jack Skellington with good hair.

Emory anticipates another predictable summer of sunburn and disappointment. Instead, he ends up with a mystery on his hands when a beloved beach bum goes missing, and Connor volunteers to help with the search. Turns out it’s not just scary movie cops who are worthless, so the boys start an investigation of their own – leading them straight to an abandoned beach resort.

Despite the danger, Emory and Connor grow closer, but as Emory’s gay dreams start coming true, so do the horror movie tropes he so loves. Even though he knows that sex equals death in slasher flicks, Emory can’t keep his hands off the guy of his teenage dreams.

This Is Not a Horror Movie is a 78,000-word new adult gay rom-com…with a monster.

“In This Is Not a Horror Movie, you have two highly engaging characters and a mysterious and funny horror story that simply oozes summertime spirit.” (Best-selling author Lily Morton)

My Review

5/5 Stars

When Emory Jones arrives in Florida for his family’s annual summer vacation, he can’t wait for it to be over. He dreams of the fall when college will begin and what he thinks will be the start of really getting to be himself. What he expects to be a typical vacation quickly turns into a summer adventure from Hell.

Let me just start this review by saying how much I loved this book. From the characters to the plot to the suspense, this story had it all.

Emory, Liz, and Connor were all amazingly fleshed out characters. Emory was my favorite with his love for Stephen King books and his witty comebacks. The relationship that blossomed between him and Connor felt very real, and blended seamlessly into the main plot. Liz was a charming character with a big personality that several times made me laugh.

Another thing I loved about this book was the way the author played with typical horror movie tropes, using them in refreshing new ways.

This has got to be one of my favorite reads of 2021! Definitely will seek out work by this author in the future.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

The Mystery of Kelly Christopher

Title: The Mystery of Kelly Christopher

Author: Brandon Ford

Narrator: Michael Butler

Link: https://www.audible.com/pd/The-Mystery-of-Kelly-Christopher-Audiobook/B093KM6BJY

Summary

A newly restored special edition of a cult horror film sparks the curiosities of genre devotee Nick Eliot, when he discovers some troubling remarks concerning the lead actress during the director’s commentary track. After a small bit of research, Nick discovers that star Kelly Christopher not only vanished from the Hollywood scene after the film’s release, but has no online presence whatsoever. No social media accounts, personal website, nothing.

Recruiting some close friends and fellow genre aficionados, Nick begins recording a podcast chronicling the making of the film. Upon interviewing members of the cast, he discovers that the shoot was not only troubled, but nearly claimed the lives of certain actors. It is soon confirmed that Stephen Tinkerman, the sadist behind the lens, took a tremendous amount of pleasure in pushing performers to their very limits, thus causing Nick to wonder if Kelly Christopher may have died at the hands of the elusive and misogynistic director.

Inspired by true events, The Mystery of Kelly Christopher explores the dark side of horror filmmaking and what it is truly like to be a Scream Queen.

My Review

5/5 Stars

Nick is a horror buff. With his extension collection of memorabilia and his ability to recite all the classics line, for line, he finds himself diving deep into his true love of classic horror after a documentary reveals the questionable history behind the making of his favorite movie. When he discovers that one of the actresses, Kelly Christopher disappears, he decides to find out what happened to her.

Like with many of Brandon Ford’s story, The Mystery of Kelly Christopher left me thinking a lot about life in general. While I’m used to Ford’s stories having a horror twist at the end, this one did in a different way. The only true horror in this story was the way that he so beautifully demonstrated that life is not fair. Sometimes, just sometimes, it really can pass us by if we let it. That seemed to be the running theme throughout the story and after the twist at the end, I really had to set the story down and think about just how clever it was.

Narration was perfect.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

Book Review: Progressive Entrapment

Title: Progressive Entrapment

Author: Brandon Ford

Narrator: Michael Butler

Link: https://www.audible.com/pd/Progressive-Entrapment-Audiobook/B08SJFB4H9

Summary

It begins as innocent fun. Tempting, enchanting…even, at times, sweet. It doesn’t take long, however, before things change. You feel yourself being lured. A haunting – or haunted – voice whispers your name in the darkest of hours. Seduces you. Entices you. Beckons you. You’re addicted…and there’s no turning back.

In this collection of 20 stories, Brandon Ford takes the listener on an extended journey, one that begins in a sun-kissed meadow and ends in a shadowed wood, where razor-clawed creatures prey. 

In “The Dinner Party”, a young wife receives some unusual advice from a talk radio host after she discovers her husband’s infidelity. A budding artist and consummate failure realizes there’s only one way to overcome an undying envy of his overachieving brother (”Painted in Red”). In “Popcorn Video”, a high school senior receives a series of mysterious phone calls while working alone in a mom-and-pop video rental shop. As the world comes to a violent end, a young couple and their small child take cover in an abandoned basement bar, realizing only too late that they’ve made a grave error (”Refuge”). 

Progressive Entrapment is a tantalizing and titillating tome that will leave you breathless with emotion, from sadness to glee to jaw-tensing terror. It is a book that won’t allow you to stop listening. Consider yourself warned.

My Review

5/5 Stars

An intense collection of short stories.

When I finished this book, I had to sit for a few minutes to gather my thoughts. It really was an intense emotional rollercoaster. The way the stories are arranged gives us a steep plunge from the suburban sorrows of a dying relationship, to twisted gore right out of a nightmare.

Every story is written in a way that leaves you feeling something, some more than others. I found it hard to really decide which stories were my favorite, but it’s safe to say that the second half of the book held my attention the most since they were more horror-esque stories written in a way that only Brandon Ford can pull off.

Narration was perfect for this collection.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

Book Review: Grave Digger Academy

Title: Grave Digger Academy (Grave Digger Academy #1)

Author: C.A. King

Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07Y4CQ7X6/

Summary


It’s Makayla’s first year in the paranormal academy system. When all three of the schools she applies to deny her entry, there’s only one left. Unfortunately, she’s more interested in finding a way out of Grave Digger Academy than in learning its curriculum.


Gravediggers actually do the digging. Grave Diggers, however, keep buried bodies where they belong—six feet under.


This year’s students are about to learn corpses can be temperamental, and when the dead refuse to cooperate, there’s Hell to pay.

My Review

5/5 Stars

I always love a good story about witches, and this had a definite Harry Potter vibe to it. There are many academies that young people skilled in the paranormal can go, and one that is least desired of all. Grave Digger Academy. With no other options, Makayla finds herself a student of this very academy.

I loved the way that C.A. King introduced the villain and MaKayla’s background in a way that set the foundation for a long-term series. When I start a new series, I’m always hesitate because sometimes authors can info dump in book one or not put any background info at all. Grave Digger Academy fell pleasantly between the two. I was given some information, but definitely not enough to answer all my questions, and those questions are what will keep me intrigued for more books to come.

This was a fun read. Plenty of lighthearted adventures and characters that seem so real, you’re sad to finish the story. I always love a good paranormal academy story, and this definitely left me with that feeling you get from reading a great book.

Book Review: You’re All Mine

Title: You’re All Mine

Author: Ruth Harrow

Narrator: Amanda Parrott

Link: https://www.audible.com/pd/Youre-All-Mine-Audiobook/B0934PNZP2

Summary

The worst secrets are often hidden by the shiniest facade….

Heather lives in her dream house, has a handsome husband and a successful career. Famous in her field, she has legions of devoted followers on social media. But all is not as rosy as the Pinterest-perfect picture she lets them see. 

Behind closed doors lurks a more sinister story. Heather would be horrified if people knew about the violent scarlet stain near the fireplace…or the shocking secrets that keep her awake at night and could destroy everything she cares about….

Managing an exciting new project should be a breeze, but when she is forced to work alongside the school bully that made her life hell, a new nightmare starts. Her perfect façade begins unravelling before the watchful eyes of her followers.

Awful happenings start to reach Heather in the one place she should be safe – her home.

Has one of her obsessive fans taken things too far?

Or is the ghost of her distant husband haunting her?

From the best-selling author of the psychological thriller In Her FootstepsYou’re All Mine is a gripping psychological thriller full of twists and turns that you will find hard to put down.

Perfect for fans of Lesley Kara, K.L. Slater, Clare Mackintosh, Teresa Driscoll, and Sarah A. Denzil.

My Review

5/5 Stars

Heather’s entire life is her job. As an interior designer, she’s trying her hardest to be the best she can be. Everything in her house has to be a particular way. Every aspect of her life is scripted. The drawback? In reality, her life is falling apart. What starts as a few things out of place turns into a downward spiral of sabotage and betrayal.

As a workaholic, I found myself relating to Heather on a personal level. She was crafted in a way that made her feel very real, and that was what drew me to keep listening to the story. I really wanted her to succeed, to prevail. The suspense was another aspect of the story that I thought was particularly well done. Every time I thought I had the story figured out, the author would throw in another wrench, and I’d be left just as clueless as before.

If you’re looking for a thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat, I recommend this one. I will definitely be looking for more books by this author in the future.

 This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

Book Review: Murder at Lolly Beach

Title: Murder at Lolly Beach (An Eve Sawyer Mystery)

Author: Jane Suen

Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08QCP533F/

Summary


Eve Sawyer is expecting a fun summer vacation until the chef at a popular food truck is attacked. But he’s not the only victim …

Chef Blake Conway has been stirring up the locals with his campaign for a plastics ban on the quaint town’s littered beach. When Eve’s friend Cassie takes her to visit Blake’s crêpe food truck and they discover he’s being rushed to the hospital, the college journalism student can’t just stand by, especially after Cassie’s beach house is burglarized.

Beach Beat reporter Jake Thorne, who takes Eve on as an intern, mentors her while they race to find the answers. The fuse is running short on suspects who oppose Blake’s proposed ordinance. And a killer is lurking at the small town’s quiet beach, where murders are practically unheard of.

As more suspects are embroiled in this web of mystery and crime, what dark secrets will come to light?


Murder at Lolly Beach is the second book in the Eve Sawyer Mystery series. It can be read as a standalone.

My Review

5/5 Stars

Eve Sawyer is a college student spending her summer break from school at Lolly beach. However, her vacation is cut short when her friend, Cassie, is injured in a home break-in. Plunged into a web of secrets, love, and murder, Eve must catch a killer before more blood is spilled.

I love Eve’s character. She’s very down to Earth, and her inquisitive and brave nature makes her the perfect heroine for this murder mystery. The author did a fantastic job of describing Lolly beach and really putting us in Eve’s shoes. I loved just how many twists this book had and that it wasn’t easy at all to guess who the suspect was.

A must-read murder mystery!

Book Review: Halwyn’s Portrait

Title: Halwyn’s Portrait: A Time Travel Romance

Author: SK Wee

Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08KHPQMSW

Summary


The year is 2015 and a tragic car accident on an icy road in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan sets into motion a series of life-changing events for twins Robyn and Tyler Madison. Determined to rebound from a dead-end job and a failed marriage, Robyn puts her heart and soul into solving a family mystery—a portrait of an unknown man with haunted, melancholy eyes.
On September 14, 1854, during a raging storm, the ship ‘Mighty Molly Raye’ sank off the coast of Grand Island. Robyn’s ancestor, Cecil Dunbar, the lighthouse keeper, managed to rescue the prized cargo but was unable to decipher the instructions for its destination. Robyn, with the use of resources like the internet, feels it’s her duty to solve the mystery.

My Review

5/5 Stars

After a car accident, Robyn finds her life turned upside down. In a series of events, she finds herself obsessed with a family mystery—finding out who the man is in an old portrait. Diving headfirst into the mystery, her journey will take her places she never imagined they could go.

Robyn was a character I found easy to relate to. The way her entire world was written made her seem so real, so easy to understand. This is definitely one of the more enjoyable versions of a time travel romance I’ve read in a while.

Intense and compelling, Hawlyn’s Portrait is the perfect mix of suspense and romance.