Book Review: Melody 8 – Books 1-3 by Ernie Howard

Chris Fried reviews Melody 8

The Indie Athenaeum

Book Title: Melody 8 – Books 1-3

AuthorErnie Howard

Publication Date: October 7, 2019

Available On: Amazon as an eBook and as a paperback

Indie Athenaeum Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars


Melody is a seventeen-year-old girl living in a post-apocalyptic world where music of any kind is completely banned. A township is ruled over by a brutal warlord and his cohorts. All the while, Melody and her mother try to survive their bleak existence. But when the warlord comes to their home, it’s just the beginning of the changes that will forever alter Melody’s world. And everything that she thought she knew will be upended and thrown out the window.

Melody is processing everything she learned m81about her destiny and what she needs to do to follow through on it. Caught between safety and uncertainty, she decides she must seek out others like her who…

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Grams, A Flash Fiction Story

My father used to mow my grandparent’s lawn. He would plop my Little sister Rachel and I in the living room, with a fudgsicle and an orange crush soda, and go out to mow grass that was always way overdue for a cut. Dad would always leave the front door open, and the screen door closed so we would know where he was at all times.

I can still hear his voice as he was going out the door, “Abby, watch your sister, and no going down in the basement or up in the attic.” These were easy to follow rules because both those places contained monsters. Every kid knew that.

Grandma would pat the couch and tell me to come sit by her. She knew that between my sister and me, my imagination was more developed. I’d get off the chair that Rachel and I would fight over every visit, and my sister would quickly steal it. Getting to talk and sit with Grandma was a treat that only seemed to be bestowed on me.

Grandma always smelled of baby powder and just a tint of something that was unpleasant. I didn’t mind it, though. I loved talking with my Grandmother. She told me about olden times. Times when there were more horses than cars on the road. Times where men wore suits and women wore long dresses and hats so big, they shaded not just their faces but their whole bodies. Hearing about the hats always made me smile.

She would tell me about the day she met my Grandpa. How they’d fallen in love on a summer day. They’d had a picnic next to a pond, and Grandpa had sung to her. She would laugh and always tell me how Grandpa was the worse singer, but she loved him more because of it. Mainly because he dared to do it.

Grandma always knew when dad was just about done with the lawn. She would end our talk the same every time. With a saying, I tell my kids to this day.

She would say, “Death is an illusion for the living, Abby. Love is the only real thing.”

My dad would come in and ask me who I was talking to. A couple of times I had said Grandma, but I quit saying that because it would make my father upset. So, I would say no one. We would close the house up and go home. I really wish I could have met my Grandma when she was alive.

5 Indie Authors you should be reading

5 Indie Authors you should be reading

Ernie Howard's Night Portals

**DISCLAIMER** Some of the links in this post are affiliate links and I do earn a small commission from them.

Happy Tuesday! Once again I have five more indie authors, and once again you should read all they have to offer. We have everything from Science Fiction to Horror to fiction with a message. I hope you enjoy my picks, they are talented and deserve your reading eyes.

Once again these picks are numbered but not in order of brilliance.

5) Michael Patrick Hicks

My book pick: The Resurrectionists (The Salem Hawley Series Book 1)

4) Peter Cawdron

My Book pick: 3zekiel (First Contact)

3) Ann Christy

My Book pick: Between Life and Death: The In-Betweener

2) Philip Harris

My Book pick: Serial Killer Z: Volume One 

1)Samuel Peralta

My Book pick: Memory’s…

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Reading Room: Tales from the Canyons of the Damned: No. 26 – published by Daniel Arthur Smith

The Reading room, Tales From the Canyons of the Damned #26

The Indie Athenaeum

Book Title: Tales from the Canyons of the Damned: No. 26

Authors: Hunter C. Eden, Philip Harris, Jeff Bowles, Ernie HowardDaniel Arthur Smith

EditorJessica West

Publication Date: August 28, 2018

Available onAmazon as an eBook and a paperback

Indie Athenaeum Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars


Canyons of the Damned tells five paranormal-themed tales that will make your hair stand on end while sending an electrifying chill down your spine. This issue features stories about demons, spirits, fortune, glory, revenge, and deception. Check out how these concepts are turned into storytelling gold, starting with:

Hunter C. Eden’s “Catch and Release” – A canyons25demon from hell possesses a thirty-something mother’s body and starts wrecking her life and embracing hedonism. The husband is distressed – what is he going to do to save his wife?

The unbridled chaos this…

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The Night Portals Boxed Set is 99 cents today!

Night Portals Boxed set is 99 cents today

Ernie Howard's Night Portals

I wrote this series of short stories last year. To see if I could publish one story a month. I pretty much succeeded with the exception of writing eight stories instead of the twelve I wanted to. That’s ok though, the eight are longer and the left over four will be in the next Night Portal series.

This series is one that I am very proud of. It showed me I could put out entertaining stories quickly.

I’ve discounted the boxed set from the regular 2.99 price to just .99. Amazon only let me do it one day so take advantage of this sale! Thanks my friend.

Get the boxed set for 99 cents. Only today. All three stories for only 99 cents. https://amzn.to/2REpZiz

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Sample of, The Light Through the Water

The sensation is peculiar. Everything is nothing but consciousness. Existing through my memories that pass by on a continuous timeline. I don’t know where my mind begins, and my body ends, or if I even have a body. Once nothing, and now something. Just floating. But I remember my name is Ryan. I existed out there, whatever out there means.


It’s been months since I have opened my eyes, but I see. Each event of my life ticks by in vivid color and meaning. Falling off my bike when I was five. I can feel the skin that goes missing from my knee. I run home with blood running down my legs as my friends look on in shock. I run into my house into my healthy mother’s arms. I can feel the love I feel now as I float when she puts her arms around me. Unconditional, an all-enveloping ether of love. The memory clicks by and is replaced with a hospital bed. I am ten years old and I don’t want to go into the room my father is gesturing towards. Death is in that room. I can sense it in my little body. I can smell it as if it were unpleasant food cooking in a witch’s cauldron. Like in that story the woman in the room used to read to me.

Read The Light through the Water HERE

5 Indie Authors you should be reading.

5 indie authors, you should be reading

Ernie Howard's Night Portals

**DISCLAIMER** Some of the links in this post are affiliate links and I do earn a small commission from them.

This week I chose another five indie authors I think you should read. We have authors that write everything from superhero stories to authors that enjoying scaring the crap out of you. I have read all of these authors and as always I assure you will not be disappointed. Here are my picks.

5) Deidre Gould

My book pick for Deidre: Traveler in the Dark

4) Bob Williams

My book pick for Bob: Blood and Chaos: The Collected Low Lying Lands Saga (The Low Lying Lands Saga)

3) Christopher Valin

My book pick for Christopher: Sidekick: The Red Raptor Files – Part 1 (Volume 1)

2) Patricia Gilliam

My book pick for Patricia: A Superhero’s…

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Sample of The Pool

“There never really was just, nothing. Ya, sure there was a Big Bang, but that was only necessary to push matter into slow revolving balls of rock. It really is a marvelous sight to see. I’d seen the process many times before and never got sick of watching it. Witnessing a new reality set in motion is something I could never forget like much of my ilk did forget.


They went to their chosen balls of rock to live out the illusion of life and death. This human life, as they named it. No longer did they want to know just how old they really were. Kind of like a conscious vacation I guess. I was never one of those that needed a holiday.


In one of these existences or planets, as they would become known, I saw wasted space turn into a walking talking being. Well, I guess they weren’t talking at first. Think of an intelligent hairless monkey. They lacked the spark. The spark had always been there; they just hadn’t decided to use it yet. When they finally did, they only remembered a tiny portion of it, making them human. It was painful to watch, my friend. Watching your kind fail to realize what they truly were was agonizing. I wanted to shout at them to wake up.”


The man takes a long drag from his cigarette, flicking the ash into the air where it floats away on a weak jet stream of wind.


“It’s a pain in the ass being immortal and remembering it all. In a way, I envy those ignorant bastards.” A low horse chuckle escapes lips covered in dust.

Read the rest of The Pool HERE

Book one of my Pool Series is free!

Book one of my Pool Series is free. 01/23/2020

So, the way I originally released this book was in three installments. I later turned it into an omnibus.

The Pool is about a family that is traveling across the United States on a sight seeing trip. That happen upon a sleepy little town with an old motel that has a pool in the center of the parking lot. Weird things start to happen to the family. The story rolls out before you with a shocking end.

I put the first book up for free. The other two can be purchased on Amazon. Or you can buy all three with the omnibus. Links are below.

5 Indie Authors You Should Be Reading

5 Indie Authors you should be reading

Ernie Howard's Night Portals

**DISCLAIMER** Some of the links in this post are affiliate links and I do earn a small commission from them.

We live and breathe words. – Cassandra Clare

Going it alone can be one of the most rewarding and scary things in an authors life. It is a practice that keeps getting more and more popular as publishing gets easier. And I say, Hell Ya!

DIY culture is something I grew up on and embrace today. I myself am an Indie author and I am proud to call myself one. Here is a list of only a few of my indie friends. They are all great writers and I am a fan of their work.

I am going to do this every Tuesday. These list are not in order of who I think is best just numbered for your viewing pleasure. Or something…

5) D.K. Cassidy

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