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Red Desert – Back Home (Book 4) by Rita Carla Francesca Monticelli

Back HomeThe media has stories all the time about how humanity is racing to get to our big red neighbor, the planet Mars. There are government, and private industry, all working on what it would take to reach the red planet. There are also books and major motion pictures that have all shown the potential dangers of man going to Mars.

The book Red Desert – Back Home is the final chapter in the Red Desert set of books by author Rita Carla Francesca Monticelli. As readers of the previous books will know the main character Anna is back on Earth along with Hassan. Their ill-fated trip to Mars had led to a remarkable discovery that could almost be ripped from the headlines. There is water on the planet and in this case past readers have found there is more to that water.

The book will use a combination of o some flashbacks to steps into the future to tell a great tale. There are many characters that readers only saw through talks to Earth that will be tossed into the moment. They all will find a massive challenge as something did come back with Anna and Hassan and it is trouble and may be trouble for those in and outside of NASA.

The book is much like the other three in the series as there are many plots and twists. The characters stay true to much that has been learned through the series. There will also be some surprises in some of the earthbound characters that readers are getting their first big glimpse of. The book will not disappoint anyone who has stayed with the series to its conclusion.

The review could be longer but the fact is I want to make this as spoiler free as possible. Readers really should discover the end of this great saga on their own as it is a great read and an accumulation of a great story. It will capture the imagination and plays so well into the world’s appetite regarding Mars. To consider this series is from an independent author that has captured such a sense of the mystery speaks volumes about her. Author Rita Carla Francesca Monticelli has done an impeccable job and uses her background and love of science to create such a real world that the book will be hard to put down till it’s complete.

 

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Posted by on October 5, 2015 in Reviews

 

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Halloween, Share the Fear–Open Call for Stories

thI’m getting the word out a bit earlier this year as I do love this time of year. The season brings out the fall colors as the leaves turn as summer has ended. A warm fire is a way to chat with others and share stories. Those stories can be timid to frightening and of course TV will have many horror movies on the airwaves.

To me what makes Halloween great is the ability to use the imagination to create that stand out costume or decorations. Even more important the ability to give a jolt or scare to others as it’s the time of year all expect to be scared, no want to be scared. So, I want to give readers of the blog a chance to share something that could give someone that feeling of creepiness like bugs traveling down their body. The feeling of was there something they just saw out of the corner of their eye or was it a shadow. The sense of foreboding like there is someone right behind them about to attack. Those feelings that drive every hair on the body to quiver in nervous energy and is about to activate the flight or fight reaction.

This is why I’m opening the blog up to ALL, from the authors to fans, who wish to submit a story. The story can be from your real life, or completely fiction. My only requirements that it activates the imagination and creates imagery in the mind that will shock the reader. It can be something simple from a ghost sighting or dark like demonic possession.

Rules:

  • Provide a Title to the Story
  • Name of author or “pen name”
  • No longer than 5000 words, although if a bit longer I will still post.
  • Submissions due by 10/23/15 as publishing happens week of 10/26/15.

If interested all you need to do is write the story and submit it to me at knightmist72@gmail.com with a subject line of: Halloween 2015.

You will be notified of the date on which you will find your story posted.

Below are links to stories I’ve written the past few years.

 

Any questions please contact me, and to all good writing and Happy Halloween.

 

 
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Posted by on October 1, 2015 in Short Stories

 

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