The HomePort Journals by A.C. Burch

The Homeport Journals, written by AC Burch, is an absolutely lovely story.  There’s romantic love, familial love, and a clear love of the quaint town of Provincetown.  Marc Nugent escaped from a traumatic experience involving his now ex-boyfriend, but he felt a bit lost and alone.  With time and with the hilarious and charismatic Helena, the snarky, yet adorable older ladies, Lola and Dorrie and the efferevescent and artistic aura of Provincetown, Marc overcame his fears and saw his life blossom.  Helena played such a fascinating role in the story.  Not only was she a highly lively character, but one might say she was a master of disguise.  The familial love that Lola and Dorrie developed for the young men in this story was quite heartwarming. When Marc faced the challenges of new suitors, as well as his former boyfriend showing up, the support he discovered in his new “family” was beautiful.

Wow, The Homeport Journals runs deep and wide.  In fact, my brief review just can’t do it justice.  From the very beginning, AC Burch offers readers a clear, flowing description that makes one see the houses, the views and the overall picturesque setting of Provincetown.  This elegant writing style continues through the entire story.  In fact, I fell in love with this little piece of paradise just by reading The Homeport Journals.  On top of that, AC has such skill in the way he writes that the characters are very easy to visualize and remember.  I just didn’t want to put The Homeport Journals down.  I continue to laugh, smile, and chuckle and feel my heart warm as I reflect back on the story as I write this review.  I truly hope that AC Burch releases a sequel to The Homeport Journals because I would love to read the next one.  Highly recommended!

Originally critiqued by the staff of

The HomePort Journals by A.C. Burch



Faolan O’Connor’s Drawing Dead by Brian McKinley

Drawing Dead (Faolon O’Connor Book 1) takes you back to the 1930s era of organized crime when mobsters, gangsters and mafia bosses were somewhat common.  Yet, author Brian McKinley has written a book that is far from stereotypical.  Why?  Because Faolan O’Connor isn’t just a gangster, he’s a freshly turned vampire.  The expectations of those above him aren’t necessarily difficult for this tough-as-nails, cold-hearted killer or are they?  Faolan’s superiors test him, and his so-called friends willingly turn their backs on each other to save their own necks.  Whether or not McKinley’s young vampire will succeed in this new world or whether he’ll finally end up dead remains to be seen.

From the get go, readers will likely be captivated by the cover.  It fully captures the essence of Drawing Dead.  Vampires don’t run around announcing to the world what they are, and the secrets that are fluidly woven throughout Drawing Dead are reflected not only from the cover but from page one.  Admittedly, the scenes do jump around a bit, which can make it a little confusing at times.  But there is so much action and intrigue embedded within the storyline that this is an aspect that can almost be overlooked.  McKinley does a great job offering readers the opportuntiy to take a look at their own values and morals as Faolon seems to reconnect with his humanness.  Of course, this may end up ending his life.  Highly recommended – readers can feel the danger, the excitement and the horror of a vampiric gangster life in this pragmatic tale. 

Originally critiqued by the staff of

Faolan O’Connor’s Drawing Dead by Brian McKinley