CSFF Blog Tour – Darkness Follows

Author Mike Dellosso

There’s just something about starting a book that lets you know almost at once whether or not you’re in the hands of a competent storyteller or not. When I discover that I am, I immediately relax and let the story take over.

Without a doubt, Mike Dellosso, author of this month’s CSFF Blog Tour feature Darkness Follows is the kind of storyteller that lets me know I’m in good hands. His command of the scene, his visual imagery created through action, his use of similes that not only describe but set the mood — all this and more helps me trust that the author knows what he’s doing.

Here’s an excerpt from Chapter Two, and you’ll see what I mean:

Molly was down the steps in no time, slippered feet scuffing the hardwood like fine-grit sandpaper. Her hair was wildly out of place, pushed to one side and matted like steel wool, and pillow crease lines marked her left cheek. Her eyes were wide and bleary, her jaw slack.

“Wha-what happened?” The panic in her voice sent spidery legs down Sam’s back.

She stood at the bottom of the steps in her blue flannel pajamas, palms turned up, expecting an answer. But Sam didn’t have one. He had no idea what had happened. He knew the window had exploded — the glass on the living room floor, glimmering like diamonds in the light, testified to that — but the gunshot …

Was it real? Was it his mind playing war games with him?

He looked at Molly. “I, uh, I’m …” He glanced at the floor then back at her. His damaged brain wouldn’t shift into gear.

She took three steps forward, cautiously, as though creeping through a haunted house and expecting a mischievous teenager in a monster mask to jump from he next corner. She looked into the living room, and her hand went to her mouth. “Sam, what happened? The window.”


It was Eva, standing at the top of the stairs.

Sam was still frozen, his mind a block of ice, unable to make sense of anything hat had transpired in the last fifteen minutes.

Molly spun around. “Eva, stay there, baby. Don’t come down.”

“What happened? Did something break?” She was barefoot in her Dora jammies, clutching her worn-out stuffed dog in her arms. Max. There was no fear in her eyes, only questions.

“Yes, baby,” Molly said. She was in take-charge mode, and Sam knew when she had that look it was best to let her do her thing. “The window broke, that’s all. Nothing to worry about. Just stay there, OK? There’s glass all over the floor.”

Molly looked at Sam again. “What happened? Why’s the front door open? How did the window break?”

Too many questions.

Take some time now to read the buzz around the blog tour about Darkness Follows and Mike Dellosso.

CSFF Blog Tour – Vanished

A touring we will go
A touring we will go
Hie-ho the dariole,
A touring we will go.

Well, that’s a blast from the long ago and near forgotten. I’m not sure of the spelling or even of the words in that third line, but that, of course, is immaterial because my point is, it’s That Time again! 😀

Today we participants in the CSFF Blog Tour begin discussing Kathryn Mackel’s latest novel, Vanished.

My primary role during this tour will be to act as facilitator. You may remember that back in April I opted out of a tour for a supernatural suspense novel we featured. Just not my genre. Yet other fans of speculative fiction love those kinds of stories. Consequently we want to include some of the best titles on our tour.

Vanished, first in the Christian Chiller series, falls in that category. However, I did not want to opt out of this tour. I’ve read Kathryn Mackel books before and found her to be a wonderful talent. I want to let others know that here is a writer who has good mastery of the craft of novel writing. If supernatural suspense is the kind of story you enjoy, you don’t want to miss Kathryn’s work. Seriously. I believe in her writing.

But supernatural suspense? Not for me. I’ll read it on occasion, but that type of story precludes my enjoying a book. So what to do? Opt out and not tell blog tourers what a wonderful writer Kathryn Mackel is? I couldn’t bring myself to do that, so I’ve decided to take the middle ground. I won’t be reviewing Vanished, but I will be discussing Kathryn’s reworked Web site and blog. Above all, I’ll be pointing you to some of the best posts on the tour. And in the end, I’ll be awarding the Top Tour Blogger Award. So you’ll want to check back here from time to time during the next three days.

And the participants this month—the updated list:
Brandon Barr
Justin Boyer
Jackie Castle
CSFF Blog Tour
* Gene Curtis
D. G. D. Davidson
Jeff Draper
April Erwin
Karina Fabian
Beth Goddard
Andrea Graham
Todd Michael Greene
Katie Hart
* Christopher Hopper (has an interview with Kathryn Mackel!)
Joleen Howell
Jason Joyner
Carol Keen
Mike Lynch
+ Magma (Note: new member; not on the list posted by other participants)
Terri Main
Shannon McNear
Melissa Meeks
* John W. Otte
Deena Peterson
* Steve Rice
Ashley Rutherford
Mirtika or Mir’s Here
Chawna Schroeder
Stuart Stockton
Steve Trower
Speculative Faith
Laura Williams
Timothy Wise

A “+” indicates a blogger left off the original list
Bold type indicates a site I know has posted.
An “*” indicates “must read” content.
“**” indicates “must read” content, an intriguing discussion you might want to join.

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