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review 2015-01-15 15:27
The Rocking Chair Lady
The Rocking Chair Lady - Randy Mixter

Author: Randy Mixter

Published: September 2012

Kindle Edition

Category: Contemporary, Paranormal, Fantasy

 

The Rocking Chair Lady is a fictional short story based on a young boy’s fascination with an elderly lady’s stories of her adventurous, and sometimes magical life. Expect the unexpected.

 

A hauntingly beautiful and engaging short story of an old lady and a young boy exchanging reminiscences. The boy soon runs out of his own stories but the old lady still shares her magical life stories and thoughts with the boy each time he visits. The visits span a few summers, the boy is captivated by the stories and learns a lot about the old woman, her husband and how they met. She tells him of her life and adventures, story by story and year by year. 

 

I was thirteen years old when I first met the rocking chair lady. It was early June and I was helping Andy, a friend of mine, deliver newspapers……

I didn’t wear a watch back then, but I figured it was close to lunch time when I arrived at my last house of the day. It was an old brick house with a long wooden front porch. I noticed several wind chimes hanging from the porch’s ceiling. I knocked on the door several times with no success and was about to put down the paper and leave, when I heard the faint voice of a woman say ‘come in’ from somewhere inside of the house. I was wary and the voice seemed to sense my fear.

 

And so begins an unusual friendship which grows with each subsequent visit and both the old lady and the boy look forward to their brief times together.

 

Randy Mixter always writes with such appeal and sensitivity and manages, in this story, to incorporate a lot into a few pages, giving the two characters distinct and extremely likeable personalities. I couldn’t help but be drawn to them and the old lady’s stories of a life which embraced all opportunities and was full of rich and deep experiences.

 

There are touches of sadness, which isn’t unusual for someone of advancing years, and a wonderfully magical, correlated ending which is a delight, leaving feelings of pleasure in a story skillfully told. 

 

About the author

RMixterRandy Mixter lives in Pasadena, Maryland, with his wife Veronica and their five cats. He writes in a variety of genres including Fantasy, Action/Adventure, Mysteries, and Suspense Thrillers. He currently has several novels and short stories available, with more on the way.

 

Find out about new releases, special discounts, and free book promotions at https://sites.google.com/site/randymi…

 

Check out his Facebook author’s page at: https://www.facebook.com/RandyMixters…

 

Follow him on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Northwooder1


Read his blog at: http://randy-mixter.blogspot.com/

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review 2014-11-11 09:11
Summer’s Passing
Summer's Passing - Randy Mixter

Author: Randy Mixter

Published: June 2013 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Category: Romance, Paranormal, Fantasy

 

Doug Munroe and Rebecca Carlyle are young and in love. He met her when he saved her life, but now he may need to save her again. Someone, or something, wants her and there is no place to hide, and no safe haven from the memories of her troubled past. Before the summer ends, the past and present will meet. Will Doug be able to save the woman he loves one last time? Or will an evil from long ago take her from him forever?
Strange things are happening in Port Grace, Florida.

 

 

Doug has come to Port Grace for the summer in order to write a novel, something he’s always wanted to do but it took a chat with a mysterious stranger to push him into making a decision. Annie appeared at a party, struck up a conversation with Doug and then was gone. He never saw her again.

 

Annie became a part of my life for less than an hour on a cool spring night, but she left me with just enough words to spark my imagination. She gave me the framework for my first book, and with the blueprint came these instructions. “Start slowly. Teach your words how to walk before you teach them how to fly.”

It was Annie’s words that sent me to the Gulf of Mexico when I should have been pounding the pavement in search of employment.

 

During a trip into Port Grace one evening Doug witnesses a terrible car accident. He manages to pull the car’s only occupant, who he later learns is Rebecca, through the smashed window before an explosion turns the car into a fireball. 

 

Beckie and Doug feel an immediate connection, as if they’ve always known each other. Doug takes on the not always easy task of looking after Beckie when she’s released from the hospital and their relationship blossoms.

 

Meanwhile, in another time, Rachel is rescued by Morgan and nursed back to health. Their story parallels Doug and Beckie’s in many ways. Two romances, both women wear a mystical necklace and have cats. Add to that mysterious paintings and an unseen evil stalking both couples and you have the recipe for a great story.

 

Summer’s Passing is two love stories with an underlying paranormal/fantasy thread, woven together with a surprise twist at the end. Randy Mixter has an imaginative and sensitive approach to relationships and creates realistic and likeable characters that bring out the emotional force and intrigue of his stories. Stories which more often than not have an element of the unexpected and extraordinary, allowing imagination to run free with unlimiting possibilities. Well written and engaging with vivid imagery. An easy, feel good and very enjoyable read.

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review 2014-09-21 15:51
Red Moon/Sorcerer
Red Moon - A Jake Stanton Adventure - Randy Mixter
Sorcerer - Randy Mixter

Red Moon

Author: Randy Mixter

Kindle Edition

 

'Jake Stanton, FBI Agent and former member of the U.S. Army’s elite Omega force, is dispatched to Virginia to find the murderer known only as the Red Moon Killer. Together with Silvanus Merlin, a man with extraordinary talents, they track the elusive killer who attacks only on nights of the full moon. They must hurry, for soon the moon will be full once more, and the killer will strike again.'

 

‘The moon is rising, and a killer prowls the night.’

 

After reading the wonderful Swan Loch I wanted to follow Jake Stanton’s story. Before Sorcerer comes a short story, Red Moon, in which we’re introduced to Silvanus Merlin and his daughter, Keira. Jake and Merlin solve a series of gruesome murders which only occur during nights of the full moon. Merlin has an uncanny capability and is able to solve seemingly impossible cases. He is sometimes brought in by the FBI and he and Jake are assigned to the Red Moon case. They are in a race against time to find the murderer before the effects of the next full moon have more horrific consequences. A really good lead in to Sorcerer.

 

 

Sorcerer

Author: Randy Mixter

Published: April 2013 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Category: Mystery, Suspense, Adventure, Fantasy

 

FBI agent Jake Stanton is a wanted man. He is wanted by the same individuals who search for Keira’s father, Silvanus Merlin, his partner in a previous case, and the man who once saved his life. Together, Stanton and Keira will journey to a place dark and dangerous, a place where an amazing discovery awaits and a secret that may change the world as we know it.

 

Keira hasn’t seen her father since the Red Moon case but they communicate regularly through dreams. Merlin is in danger and wants Keira to find Jake and ask for his help. 

 

The danger involves an artefact Keira uncovered at a dig in Egypt. An artefact that could, and probably would, catastrophically change the world if it fell into the wrong hands. Even as Keira and Jake race to find Merlin, men with evil on their minds are on Merlin’s trail and they will stop at nothing to get what they want.

 

From a cave deep in the forests of the Great Smoky Mountains in North Carolina to the heat and dust of Egypt, a trip undertaken by extraordinarily unconventional means, a very descriptive tale of adventure, action and mystery, with a sci-fi twist, pulled me along on a tide of suspense. Whatever thought I had of what was about to happen was turned on it’s head as something completely different transpired.

 

Great character development, and especially interesting is getting a little more of Merlin’s backstory and a slight insight into his amazing powers. 

 

'He leaned on the railing and closed his eyes. He set his mind free to see what it would find. When he oped his eyes an hour had passed and he had found things hidden in the dark, things born in fire, with sharp teeth and claws, crouched and ready to spring. He had been wrong, but there was still time to make the necessary changes. At least he hoped so.'

 

I love how Randy Mixter stretches the bounds of possibility, in different ways in each novel, and compels the reader to consider unimagined concepts. The quote in the front of the book is very apt.

 

‘The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious’ ~ Albert Einstein

 

The epilogue is bittersweet. Will Jake and Emma meet again? I hope so.

 

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review 2014-08-20 16:57
Swan Loch
Swan Loch - Randy Mixter

Author: Randy Mixter

Published: April 2012 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Category: Paranormal, Romance,Mystery

 

'Danger has come to the peaceful New England town of Swan Loch, Maine, in the form of an elusive killer who strikes quickly and then vanishes after each murder, leaving no bodies behind…

Police Chief Chris Hayward, with the help of FBI agent Jake Stanton, tries to solve a crime that seems unsolvable, and now it’s personal. Hayward’s wife has become the killer’s latest victim…

When all hope seems lost a young girl wanders into Swan Loch. She claims the wind brought her there and she has a message for Chris Hayward. Your wife is alive and I know where to find her.'

 

After finishing this book it took me a little while to gather my thoughts enough to write a review, this story elicited so many emotions. It’s a thriller, with suspense and a sweet and compelling love story threaded through, and blended with fantasy, the supernatural and a very dark evil. The concept of a parallel universe where everything is the same and yet not completely is a fascinating one. As is the ‘doorway’ between the two…as the quote (roughly) goes ‘There are more things in Heaven and Earth than are dreamt of.’ And I love the significance of the swans.

 

 

Bodies have been disappearing without trace over several years and judging by the pattern a serial killer is heading towards Swan Loch, a beautiful small town. Chris Hayward and Jake Stanton must work together and try to stop the impending disaster.

 

Chris begins to have vivid dreams as the evasive killer draws ever nearer, causing increasing feelings of dread and forewarning and giving rise to the question, who can predict or explain the power of the subconscious mind? 

 

The passages from the killer’s point of view are quite chilling…

 

'The man with the dead eyes dragged the body across the barren field….This was always his favourite part, disposing of the body. It was so fast, so efficient…..He imagined the confusion on the detectives’ faces as they attempted to figure this one out. Let’s see, he was shot in the head while still in his car……Although a blood trail accompanied the drag furrows, there is no excessive blood where the ruts end….He did like the confusion it caused but it was a time consuming process after all, and it cut into his already short hunting season.'

 

Randy Mixter has a singular and sensitive style of writing shown by the way the delightful relationships and friendships are brought into play. The characters are engaging, well-developed and real, the emotions created, happiness, pain, despair and love are all clearly apparent. Love begins and thrives, is lost and found again in the most curious and extraordinary circumstances which gives this story its strong appeal. It’s heart breaking, moving and uplifting in equal measure. Can love overcome any obstacle, no matter how seemingly final? The answer may surprise you.

 

I look forward to reading more by this author. 

 

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review 2014-07-11 21:04
The Road to Yesterday

RoadtoYesterday

Author: Randy Mixter

Published: June 2014 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Category: Contemporary/Paranormal

 

 

'Sometimes you can go home again. Dave Burke cannot forget his past. Nor can he forgive himself for the tragedy that cost him everything he ever loved, a tragedy he may have prevented.. Now, two years later, strange things are happening, things that suggest there may be hope for him after all. The power of love. Is it strong enough to conquer time itself?'

 

 

 

I received a copy from the author 

 

 

Dave Burke is going through hell, a recovering alcoholic, guilt and loss his constant companions. His story is a sad and tragic one. But all is not as it appears. This is a very moving and compelling piece written with much feeling and delicacy and, even though it’s a relatively short novella, I found it very easy to become involved in Dave’s life and feel for the pain he is suffering. His character is skilfully written and believable, as are the secondary characters. The author’s narrative ‘voice’ is strong and I was swept up in Dave's story straight away, able to visualise what he saw and appreciate what he felt.

 

 

'His friends told him it would get better. Time heals, they said. Time is a cosmic bandage that protects the wound beneath it, protects it from further injury, and eventually when the bandage comes off, all that’s left is a ragged pink scar….. …..He had taken the time but the wounds still bled.'

 

 

I love the magical aspect, how it’s worked through the book and is an integral part of the unexpected conclusion. I look forward to reading more from this author.   

 

 

 

 

 

RMixter

 

Randy Mixter lives in Pasadena, Maryland, with his wife Veronica and their five cats. He writes in a variety of genres including Fantasy, Action/Adventure, Mysteries, and Suspense Thrillers. He currently has several novels and short stories available, with more on the way.  

Check out his Facebook author's page at: https://www.facebook.com/RandyMixters...

Follow him on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Northwooder1

Read his blog at: http://randy-mixter.blogspot.com/

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