Thursday, June 22, 2017

Alfred C. Bogeyman A Spooky Little Story for All Ages

I've written two YA books in the scary/ spooky genre: Ally Ally Oxen Free and Alfred C. Bogeyman. Both books are just a little scary with a little humor woven in. Now Ally Ally has sold well and gotten quite a few reviews. The story also won a LitPick award.  Alfred C. hasn't gotten as much love.

Alfred C. was first published by Fire and Ice Books, and then when rights reverted back to me, I got a new cover and self-published on Kindle. I think anyone who likes Ally Ally would love this little story. Here are a few reviews and excerpt, and I hope you'll check it out on Kindle. I'll include the one not-so-good review too, so you get a range of reviews. :)


An Excerpt:


Adrian stood in front of the old, ramshackle house. The green mailbox door hung off its hinges on one side. Some of the letters were missing, but he could still make out the last name—Bogeyman.  The memories of that October twenty years earlier when he and his friends joined forces and stood up against the boogieman made him smile. But now that he was older, he had to go back and see for himself. Was Alfred still there? And if so, was he really a boogieman or did he and his friends have overactive imaginations. He chuckled as he thought back to the night during fall break when it all began.

Reviews


Jocelyn Sanchez rated it it was amazing
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This was a very cute and fun story. I really enjoyed reading it and having a few laughs with Ralph, Sean, and Adrian.

This short story is about three children named Ralph, Sean, and Adrian who believe that the boogieman is scaring Adrian's little brother Sam. Adrian is the brave one in the group, Ralph is the brains, while Sean is afraid of everything. Feeling the need to protect his little brother Adrian and the boys go on a mission to find the boogieman and teach him a lesson. They come up with a plan to use Sean's dog Socks to track down the boogieman and scare him. I don't want to give too much away but I'll say I really liked the ending of the story and really enjoyed reading about Sean, Adrian, and Ralph. It was a really good read!
 


Sep 28, 2012Jenny Twist rated it it was amazing
Adrian is the man of the house now so it’s his job to protect his little brother. When the bogeyman starts coming to the house every night and frightening Sam to death he decides to deal with it. Together he, his two friends and Socks the dog set off to find the bogeyman and give him a taste of his own medicine.

A delightful story which takes you straight back to those dreadful childhood fears which had to be tackled alone because no grown-up ever believed you.

Ms Allman has once again come up with a new twist on an old theme – and done it in an entertaining and superbly well-written way. Very satisfying.

I was asked to read this short story by the author. This does not bias my review.

Alfred C. Bogeyman by M. Allman is a short story about a group of boys ready to defeat the scary boogieman that is giving one of their younger brothers' nightmares.

The boys are likeable and it's a quick read. That said, I wanted a little more substance. I know it's harder to get more in a shorter story, but you can really pack a punch in a smaller space if done right. I wanted a bigger twist, or set of twists to unfold. The story has a good frame and can be reworked to really pop.

As it is now, I can see how this could be enjoyable to grade school boys especially around Halloween time. That said, in its current state, this story was not for me.
 




Where'd You Come Up With That?! Wednesdays "Alfred C. Bogeyman"

"Alfred C. Bogeyman" is a fantasy story that might send a few chills up your spine. It's a fun story for all ages. 

Adrian, Ralph, and Sean are three good friends who set out to find the boogie man that is scaring Adrian's little brother, keeping him awake at night.

The story begins with Adrian returning to the old home of Alfred C. Bogeyman because when he thinks back on that time of he and his friends battling the boogie man, he's not sure if it actually happened as he remembers, or if it's just the over-active imagination of a young boy. 

This story started out as an assignment for a class on writing for children in college. It's been through a lot of changes from that first draft. I got the idea for the story because there are so many different names and spellings for the dreaded boogie man.

 My first thought was that they'd find Alfred's address in the phonebook, but then, I got the idea of the boys looking up info on the internet about the boogie man and using Sox the dog to track him. 

I also had to come up with a good weapon the boys could use to fight the boogie man. (You'll have to read it to find out what that is)

The story was first published by Fire and Ice, a young adult publisher, but once I got my rights back, I had a new cover made and went indie.

 Reviews for Alfred C. Bogeyman from Goodreads. 

This was a very cute and fun story. I really enjoyed reading it and having a few laughs with Ralph, Sean, and Adrian.

This short story is about three children named Ralph, Sean, and Adrian who believe that the boogieman is scaring Adrian's little brother Sam. Adrian is the brave one in the group, Ralph is the brains, while Sean is afraid of everything. Feeling the need to protect his little brother Adrian and the boys go on a mission to find the boogieman and teach him a lesson. They come up with a plan to use Sean's dog Socks to track down the boogieman and scare him. I don't want to give too much away but I'll say I really liked the ending of the story and really enjoyed reading about Sean, Adrian, and Ralph. It was a really good read!
 ~
 Jocelyn Sanchez



Adrian is the man of the house now so it’s his job to protect his little brother. When the bogeyman starts coming to the house every night and frightening Sam to death he decides to deal with it. Together he, his two friends and Socks the dog set off to find the bogeyman and give him a taste of his own medicine.

A delightful story which takes you straight back to those dreadful childhood fears which had to be tackled alone because no grown-up ever believed you. 

Ms Allman has once again come up with a new twist on an old theme – and done it in an entertaining and superbly well-written way. Very satisfying. ~ Jenny Twist



You can read Alfred C. Bogeyman and decide for yourself whether Adrain's and his friends really did encounter the boogie man. Look for it on Amazon, audible and iTunes. 

Happy Reading! (and listening)


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Where'd You Come Up With That?! Wednesdays~ Home Again

So far, I've written about stories that are sort of on the bazaar side, but today, I'll go over where I can up with the idea of "Home Again." This is a flash fiction piece I wrote a few years ago, but just recently published on Hubpages.

This short story is about a woman coming to terms with losing her parents and her childhood home. She is upset and disheartened by the thought of losing the home she and her family made happy memories in together. In the story, she walks through the home replaying some her fondest memories in her head. After going through the house, she thinks about the quote, "You can't go home again."

Is this true? Can you really never go home again. I thought about this same quote when my childhood home was demolished a few years ago. It was sad to see a big empty space where my home once stood, and I thought about all the memories made in that home.

That is the only home I remember growing up, and there were an endless amount of memories made there with my family. After feeling sad for a while, I realized those memories are kept within in me--in my heart, where they can never be torn down or taken away. So, while you can't go home again, you can always revisit the precious memories made in your childhood home.

In the story, the main character also comes to the same conclusion, which helps her comes to terms with selling the home and allowing a new family to live in the home and begin making their own precious memories.

If you'd like to read the story you can find here on Hubpages.

Happy Reading!


Sunday, May 21, 2017

Classic Movies Monday~The Blue Bird

The Blue Bird stars Shirley Temple and since I love Shirley Temple movies, I thought I'd love this. I was wrong!

This movie is not entertaining, the story line seems to go nowhere, and it did hold my attention. I recorded on my DVR so I was able to fast forward through parts or it and watch as much of it as I could stand.

So, what's wrong with this move? Well, the AMC host introducing explained that it was "Fox's answer to the Wizard of Oz." Ummm...NO!

Let's start with Shirly herself. She is quite obviously prepubescent in this film, but she still talks her wittle bitty baby voice with her lips pooched out. Guess what? This doesn't work well when you're 12. It was annoying and one reason I had a difficult time watching this. Shirley should've acted her age. You can see in the photo below how grownup she looks, so she should not be talking like small child.


The storyline itself was bad. I still don't quite know what was supposed to be happening. Shirley's character Mytyl was a bratty child, so a fairy came and sent her and her brother Tytyl on a search through the past, present and future to search for a bluebird of happiness. I still don't understand how this bird ties in with the story, but ok.

The two children, along with their dog and cat that became human, went to a variety of places. These were strange fantastic places, and I usually love that type of move. In this movie, they didn't really interest me or make sense. The part where they go into the past and visit their grandparents was just strange. And the grandparents only wake up when the kids come visit and then go right back to sleep. I know strange, right?!

In the end, it all turns out well for the family and Mytyl is not a brat anymore, so somehow searching for a bluebird that symbolizes happiness changed her attitude.

I just don't believe this is worth watching. I don't even think it's entertaining enough to hold a kid's interest. Anyway, watch at your own risk of being bored to death.




Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Where'd You Come Up With That?! Wednesdays "Gordon Bunker~ aka Gorilla Face"

I love writing in a variety of genres, so I experiment in many. I like to try and come up with funny little stories that I hope will bring a smile to readers' faces and Gordon Bunker ~aka Gorilla Face is one of them.

I love Writing.com and have been a part of the site for many years. I'm not as active as I once was on the site because of work, but I'd love to be. This site is where this silly little story got its start. I entered a contest on the site with a writing prompt that included certain words that had to be used in the story. Sadly, I don't remember exactly which words, but from that spark of inspiration, this story was born.

I do recall that the duct tape and the orange vest were most likely some of the contest's must-use items, so I thought about how I could do that. That's when I came up with the idea of a boy using these as protection against a bully. I had to come up with other ideas of course, like the platter to protect his crotch and a reason why the protagonist was targeted by a bully.  But it all came together into a fun piece of flash fiction.

You can the story here.

I hope you enjoy it.

Happy Reading!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Classic Move Mondays~Rebecca

Photos courtesy of Rottentomatoes.com
Okay, this is one of  my all time favorites!! I've watched it many times and will most likely watch it again. For anyone who hasn't seen it, "Rebecca" stars Joan Fontaine (one of my favorites) and Laurence Olivier. It is directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Have I mentioned before how much I LOVE him! Well, I do.

Why do I love this move so much? Well, I love movies with a twist. A story line that you think you know where it's going, but nope, it heads off in an entirely different direction in the end.


"Rebecca" is thriller and mystery that keeps you guessing. Did Maxim kill his ex-wife? Why is the housekeeper lady so creepy, and what is she hiding? What really happened to the first Mrs. de Winter? Does Maxim want to kill his new bride?

And the ending of "Rebecca" doesn't disappoint either. Everything is wrapped up nicely. The inquisition into the first Mrs. de Winter's demise clears up all the mystery surrounding her death. And the fire at the end that burns up the Manderley estate is perfect for a couple of reasons (for me anyway).

First, the old creepy housekeeper pretty much gets what's coming to her. She one of those characters you love to hate.




And second, the fire destroys all the old memories of Rebecca. Her clothes, her stationary, her room and all those little reminders that haunted the second Mrs. de Winter and prevented her from having the happy marriage she so badly wanted. The past is gone. She and Maximum can finally put it all behind them and move on to a happy life together.


I highly recommend this movie. If you haven't seen it you're missing out on a great thriller/mystery.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Hello! I'm Back


Soooo... I've been away a long time. There's been a lot going on, but I have finally stopped writing articles and started working a couple of jobs from home. This means time to write what I love--stories!

You may remember a while back I wrote about having article burnout. Well, I took care of that by finding two part-time jobs that I can work from home. I don't write articles anymore; I moderate content for the internet. This means I don't spend my time writing articles on topics I don't enjoy, and I have more time for my creative writing projects. And oh, believe me, I have many!

This also means I can start blogging again. I plan to start writing my weekly posts for Classic Movie Monday and Where'd You Come up With that Wednesdays. Yay!

One of my first projects is to get Flashes of Fiction Volume 5 available in audio book format by late June early July and start working on Volume 6 for Kindle.

I'm happy to be back, and I hope you check back Monday for the classic movie of the week.

Happy Reading!