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Posts published by “Sam (SJ) Hendricks”

Writer, blogger, experienced banker.

“Dreamer” by Ja-Mel Vinson – ARC Review

I received an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of Ja-Mel Vinson’s forthcoming novel, “Dreamer.” Time constraints limit my ability to fully delve into the structural elements of the novel, but I’ll hit all the main points here. It’s ambitious. Vinson builds a complex and compelling world from the first chapter. His imagery is vivid and sometimes…

The Wonderland Effect by Robert Arrington

Hello readers! Have you read Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll or seen the movie adaption(s)? If so, you’ll probably love falling back into the world with author Robert Arrington as your hidden guide in The Wonderland Effect. The story begins with Alice Littleton, a young girl who can access all the powers and characters…

Review: Rebecca Yelland’s, “Dancing at Midnight: The Life of June Parker”

Reviewer’s Notes: Rebecca Yelland is an independent author from California currently living on the east coast. Among other things, she’s worked in human resources for over two decades. She self-published “Dancing at Midnight: The Life of June Parker,” in October 2016. It’s received rave reviews and won an Indie B.R.A.G. Medallion for Literary Fiction. She…

Review of William F. Aicher’s “The Unfortunate Expiration of Mr. David S. Sparks”

Reviewer’s Notes: “The Unfortunate Expiration of Mr. David S. Sparks,” is a science-fiction thriller/cyberpunk novel by William F. Aicher. It was submitted to Peak Story Reviews by the author in exchange for an honest review. Aicher self-published the book in February 2018 to critical acclaim. Over the last 10+ years, Aicher has authored several well-received…

Featured Review: Anne Wheeler’s ‘Asrian Skies’

I can count on two hands how many times an author has really truly surprised me. Anne Wheeler is now on that list. I read “Asrian Skies” at the beginning of the year and again over the last few days. It was true on the first read and truer on the second: Wheeler surprised and delighted me,…

‘Rise: A Blood Inheritance Novel’ is a Blockbuster Movie Waiting to Happen

“Rise: A Blood Inheritance Novel,” hereinafter referred to as, “Rise,” is the first installment in a planned quartet. The author, M. Ainihi, begins the story with a prologue that takes place hundreds of years before most of the events in Rise. It piqued my interest immediately, and from there I finished it in about two…

Review of the ‘Wayfarer Trilogy’ by Nina Romano – Now a Featured Post

Some stories are good, some stories are great, and some stories make you laugh and cry so much you feel it’s not a story anymore. It becomes a world you belong to, a world you don’t want to leave even though your real life is calling. A world that returns to you the next day,…

‘You-Nicorn’ Delights, Inspires, and Succeeds

One of the first fifty submissions to the Peak Story Reviews box was “You-Nicorn: 30 Days to Find Your Inner Unicorn and Live the Life You Love,” by Danielle Vincent, a former Oprah Winfrey Network employee turned handmade soap purveyor and writer. I’m a regular self-help reader who enjoys a reminder every once in awhile,…

Celebrating Pride Month: 5 Books with LGBTQ Main Characters

Here at Peak Story Reviews, we believe in celebrating and lifting up diverse voices.  It’s also June, which means it’s PRIDE month! Here are five stories featuring LGBTQ characters. We’ve read and can attest to the twisty plot in ‘Gone.’ The other stories are new to us and submitted by readers suggesting we check our…

‘Pika Bunny and the Thunderstorm’ Honorable Mention

Hey Peak Story Review readers! It’s Sam, and I’m dropping by the site today to tell our readers who are also educators or have kiddos in their families to check out the Pika Bunny Learning Series, specifically Pika Bunny and the Thunderstorm. I had the honor of receiving a copy in exchange for an honest…