Tag Archive for Stephen Helmes

Everything You Want Me to Be – a Review

Keeping secrets is not always a good thing. Lying to others in order to use them so that everything goes your way can be deadly. This haunting story of secrets, love, manipulation, and murder is told from three points of view—Del, the small-town sheriff; Peter, the English teach caught in a marriage that is crumbling;…

Valentine’s Day Origins & Writing Prompts

Valentine’s Day is loved by everyone but especially by retailers. Vast amounts of money are spent on gifts such as roses, wine, chocolates, perfume, etc. by men and women looking for that special gift for their significant other. When you first hear Valentine’s Day mentioned, what is the first thing that pops into your head? Perhaps you…

Onyx Webb: Book Four: Episodes 10, 11, & 12 – a Review

Book Four in the twisted and mesmerizing story of Onyx Webb does not disappoint. Each of the many storylines becomes more interesting and surprising. Strange things happen when one is no longer with the living. Onyx Webb is put on trial for the murder of her husband. How is she supposed to appear in court…

Show, Don’t Tell

Writers need to show instead of tell. What exactly does that mean? How does one show what is happening instead of just telling? What are the benefits of doing so? Telling is easy. The room was bare. You need to show the reader that the room is bare instead of just stating it. Showing takes…