Shayne Silvers

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If It’s Not One Thing, It’s Another

If It’s Not One Thing, It’s Another

Life has gotten in the way. I’m quite behind on my reading and my writing. New job, kids home for the summer, new toys to play with and fix…. It’s all good, but it’s wreaking havoc with my schedule and my routine. I’m also sad. I hate to be interrupted when reading the next book in Shayne Silver’s Nate Temple supernatural thriller series. But life didn’t ask me before it kept me away from Beast Master, which is gearing up to be the most compelling book so far, and the message of the story resonates; if it’s not one thing, it’s another. I know I’m dating myself when I remember Rosanne Rosannadanna, the hilarious character created by the inimitable Gilda Radner on Saturday Night Live. Rosanne was known to go off on tangents and when questioned about the relevance of her comments to the topic at hand, she would state… READ MORE

Using Our Power for Good

Using Our Power for Good

I’m still thinking about Shayne Silvers’ Silver Tongue, one of the Nate Temple supernatural thriller series. The book explores some deep themes, as I wrote about last week, and I’m still exploring its depths. In this post, I’d like to discuss reliance on one aspect of our power—whether that be supernatural power or the more mundane like beauty, brains or brawn. It’s an interesting issue, and a bad habit to which many of us succumb. As Nate Temple tells us, “When you know you can use your powers to get what you want, you can very easily find that you are using it for every single situation. You need to use your mind, values, morals. Your power isn’t the be-all, end-all.” From the mouths of fictional characters… easier said than done, Master Temple.  I was a physically unattractive child, all gangly limbs, sharp angles and a nose that earned me… READ MORE

A Good Man

A Good Man

I’m back to the supernatural world of Nate Temple, and glad to be here with Silver Tongue, the fourth book in Shayne Silvers’ series.  The growing complexity of the series is gratifying and this book tackles some of the most complex issues of all: early in the novel someone asks Nate, “What does being a good man mean to you?”  Nate replies, “It’s becoming more unclear as the years go by.”  This is deep truth—truth in fantasy. As all outstanding fantasy does, Silver Tongue reflects reality, together with a big dose of analytical exploration. What does it mean to be a good man or a good woman? The question brought me up short. Most of us think ourselves to be “good” people, at least deep down. I doubt my readers are comprised of murderers and rapists, kidnappers or professional thieves. So, we can take that kind of black and white… READ MORE

Follow the Leader

Follow the Leader

I’m almost finished with Grimm, the next book in Shayne Silvers’ Nate Temple Supernatural Thriller series. It’s exciting. A lot of bad things happen to our protagonist, billionaire wizard Nate Temple. How he gets out of these messes is still to be revealed and I was hard pressed to put the book down and write this blog. But deadlines are deadlines and here we are. Today I’d like to explore the concept of leadership, what it means, what it requires and its various manifestations. And like Joseph Campbell’s hero, when the call comes, many refuse at first. But destiny rarely takes “no” for an answer, and eventually, we answer the call or get kicked to the curb. Nate is a reluctant hero, but when it becomes obvious that he cannot avoid his fate, he steps up to become the leader we hoped he would be at the start of the… READ MORE

The Hole in the Donut

The Hole in the Donut

I just finished Blood Debts, the second novel in the Nate Temple Supernatural Thriller series by Shayne Silvers. Our hero, Nate Temple, billionaire wizard, has fallen on hard times and spends a majority of the book getting his ass kicked. Over and over. But, like the Energizer Bunny, Nate just keeps going and going. If nothing else, his persistence is admirable, and he reminds me of one of my favorite quotes from Nelson Mandela that exhorts us to judge not by how many times we fall down, but how many times we get back up. But I digress. Today’s rumination involves losing that which defines us and finding out who we are minus our external trappings. Nate loses both his money and his magic in Blood Debts. It was a bad few days for him. He’s left to contemplate who he is without his wealth and his supernatural power. It’s… READ MORE

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