Dustin Reviews: ‘A Masque of Infamy’ by Kelly Dessaint

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000026_00030]A Masque of Infamy is a raucous story of teenage rebellion. But instead of “What d’ya got?” fifteen-year-old Louis Baudrey knows exactly what he’s fighting against

After moving from Los Angeles to small town Alabama in 1987 with his father, his younger brother and Rick, a friend of the family, Louis tries to fit in at the local high school, but the Bible-thumpers and the rednecks don’t take too kindly to his outlandish wardrobe and burgeoning punk attitude. At home, he defies the sadistic intentions of Rick, who rules the household with an iron fist. As Louis begins to lose all hope, he stumbles upon indisputable proof that will free him and his brother from Rick’s tyranny. But just when he thinks his troubles are over, he’s locked up in the adolescent ward of a mental hospital, where he must fight the red tape of the system to realize his dream of being a punk rocker.

A Masque of Infamy was not what I had expected, but in a very good way. The characters were well developed, the descriptions amazing and a story line that made me laugh and angry at the same time. I even got misty eyed a couple of times. My one (tiny) concern was that the story is told by Louis, a fifteen-year-old boy who at times (during his narrations) spoke in a college-level vocabulary. Other than that, many times it felt as if Louis was in my presence telling me his tale of woe.

Kelly Dessaint author of  'A Masque of Infamy'

About the author

Kelly Dessaint was born and raised in Los Angeles, where he lives with his wife, the sculptor Irina Dessaint. Graduate of the welfare system and universities of Alabama, he has lived and traveled all over America since he left home at fifteen. A veteran of the small press, he currently publishes the zine Piltdownlad.

Author web site:http://www.kellydessaint.com

A Masque of Infamy is available at: Amazon


Kindle Length: 320 pages
Publication Date: April 9th 2013 by Phony Lid Books
Language: English
ASIN: 1930935331
ISBN13: 9781930935334

4+ out of 5 stars


Dustin Reviews: ‘Fat Vampire’ by Johnny B. Truant

Fat  VampireFrom the author of ‘Unicorn Western‘ comes a story of fangs and fast food…

When overweight treadmill salesman Reginald Baskin finally meets a co-worker who doesn’t make fun of him, it’s just his own bad luck that tech guy Maurice turns out to be a thousand-year-old vampire.

And when Maurice turns Reginald to save his life, it’s just Reginald’s own further bad luck that he wakes up to discover he’s become the slowest, weakest, most out-of-shape vampire ever born, doomed to “heal” to his corpulent self for all of eternity.

As Reginald struggles with the downsides of being a fat vampire — too slow to catch people to feed on, mocked by those he tries to glamour, assaulted by his intended prey and left for undead — he discovers in himself rare powers that few vampires have… and just in time too, because the Vampire Council might just want his head for being an inferior representative of their race.

 Fat Vampire is the story of an unlikely hero who, after having an imperfect eternity shoved into his grease-stained hands, must learn to turn the afterlife’s lemons into tasty lemon danishes.

Fat Vampire was a fun, change-of-pace read. I felt for Reginald almost from the start of the book. I was rooting for him. Go Reginald! The office staff were the stereo-typical butt-holes one frequently finds in the work place. Not only did I relate to the office staff, but also being “the one” kid picked on in school and other “demons” that haunted Reginald. I was really enjoying the story when it abruptly stopped…. where the heck was the rest of the story ??? Apparently I had downloaded a “teaser” copy and so I only. got a good taste then it was all taken away from me. OK… so I’ll probably never find out what happens to Reginald cause by the time I get through my 500+ digital books, I’ll have forgotten to go back and purchase the rest of Fat Vampire.

Johnny B Truant

About the author

Johnny B. Truant is an author, blogger, and podcaster who, like the Ramones, was long denied induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame despite having a large cult following. He makes his online home at JohnnyBTruant.com and is the author of the Unicorn Western series, the Fat Vampire series, The Bialy Pimps, and a handful of other properties and growing every week.

You can connect with Johnny on Twitter at @JohnnyBTruant, and you should totally send him an email from JohnnyBTruant.com if the mood strikes you.

Author web site:http://www.johnnybtruant.com

Fat Vampire is available at:Amazon


Kindle Length:148 pages
Publication Date: October 2, 2012
Language: English
ISBN13: 1230000132527
ASIN: B009KP93F4

4 out of 5 stars

Dustin Reviews: Big Jack Is Dead by Harvey Smith

Big Jack Is Dead

Jack Hickman is an antisocial software exec who designs team-building applications in the late 1990’s. Controlled and calculating, his world begins to splinter when he learns – in the middle of a corporate meeting – that his father has committed suicide. Returning home to the Gulf Coast, Jack struggles with a host of unresolved feelings as he buries the man he hated most. Interwoven throughout the novel, chapters set in the 1970s depict Jack as a boy, chronicling his relationships with a storm-tossed mother and a menacing father, living in the shadows of the petrochemical plants scattered along the Gulf Coast. The novel highlights the differences between life in California at the end of the Dot-Com era and life in blue collar Texas during the 1970’s, contrasting Jack as a man and as a child, and showing how the people who bring us into the world shape us forever.

Big Jack is Dead took me back to my own childhood, growing up in a small town in a dysfunctional family. The characters jumped off the pages or I was sucked into the story as I sympathized with the younger Jack. This is not a feel-good read, it’s not a HEA, it’s a story of internal struggle, emotions and questions that may never be resolved in a manner that will suit Jack Jr.

Big Jack is Dead is just one heck-of-a-darn-good-read !!!

Harvey Smith
About the author

BIG JACK IS DEAD is Harvey Smith’s first novel.

Born on the Texas Gulf Coast, Smith spent his early years moving between a handful of Texas cities…Freeport, Angleton, Palestine, and Moulton. After leaving home, he served for six years in the USAF before settling in Austin, TX.

As a videogame designer, Smith has contributed to games such as Deus Ex and Dishonored.

Currently, he resides in Lyon, France.

Big Jack is Dead is available at: Amazon


Print Length: 286 pages
Publication Date: March 31, 2013

Language: English
ISBN: 1482563657

5 out of 5 stars

Dustin Reviews: Bitch Hollywood by Robert Bryndza & Ján Bryndza

Bitch Hollywood
When handsome twenty-five year old Fillip wins the American Green Card Lottery, his dreams of being a Hollywood Costume Designer come a leap closer.

But Hollywood is a huge shock, moving from his cosy, comfortable life in London to the cut-throat world of Tinseltown.

Then a stroke of luck first meeting leads to a job with fading actress Veronica Madison – a movie star on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Soon Fillip is pulled into the dark and hilarious world she inhabits, surrounded by the famous (and infamous) residents of the Hollywood Hills.

Fillip faces a choice, to make his dream a reality should he become a manipulative fame-hungry wannabe? Or should he choose happiness and return to the love of his life he left back home in London?

Bitch Hollywood is a hilarious celebrity comedy about the trials of life and love in the city where dreams are supposed to come true.

Bitch Hollywood was a delightful humorous romp into Fillip’s topsy-turvy reality where if it could go bad, it usually did. Plagued with bad luck, poor timing and a small cast of dysfunctional one-dimensional Hollywood characters, Fillip treads water (so to speak) in an attempt to make his career dream come true in Hollywood. Bitch Hollywood is the cure to cheer any reader on a gray and gloomy day.

About the authors

Robert Bryndza

Robert Bryndza is a British born author and playwright, currently living in Slovakia. He originally trained as an actor, but was bitten by the writing bug when his play Branko & Branka: The Croatian Magic Sensation was a hit at the 2007 Edinburgh Festival.

He was a finalist in the 2010 BBC Drama Writers Academy and has published two novels, The Not So Secret Emails Of Coco Pinchard and Bitch Hollywood (co- written with Ján Bryndza). The latter was inspired by the year Robert and Ján spent living and working in Los Angeles.

Robert is currently working on a sequel to The Not So Secret Emails Of Coco Pinchard – Coco Pinchard’s Big Fat Tipsy Wedding – which will be published in May 2013.

If you fancy getting in contact with Rob visit his website at www.teambryndzabooks.com add him on Twitter: @RobertBryndza add him on Facebook :facebook.com/teambryndza or email him at robertbryndza@gmail.com

Jan Bryndza

Ján Bryndza is published author of bestseller Bitch Hollywood and was born in the magical town of Nitra, Czechoslovakia now Slovakia.

He has worked in the fashion industry his entire life, first as a Model and then a Stylist and Fashion Journalist. His work as a Stylist took him to Hollywood where he lived and worked for a year with his civil partner Robert Bryndza. Their adventures from this time were the inspiration and starting point for Bitch Hollywood.

Ján now lives in Nitra-Slovakia with Robert Bryndza, where they work together as Team Bryndza Books. He has just completed a Slovak translation of The Not So Secret Emails Of Coco Pinchard, which will be published by Ikar in 2013.

Bitch Hollywood is available at: Amazon


Page Count: 251 pages
Publication Date: August 25, 2012 (
Team Bryndza Books)
Language: English
ISBN13: 9781479153947

4 out of 5 stars

Dustin Reviews: If It Ain’t Love by Tamara Allen

If It Aint Love by Tamara Allen

In the darkest days of the Great Depression, New York Times reporter Whit Stoddard has lost the heart to do his job and lives a lonely hand-to-mouth existence with little hope of recovery, until he meets Peter, a man in even greater need of new hope.

A Goodreads M/M Romance Member’s Choice Awards Nominee

If It Ain’t Love isn’t a typical M/M Romance (cookie-cutter style) novel with in-your-face sex and shallow characters. Instead, Tamara Allen brings “real” characters to life in a well written feel-good story filled with human compassion. Although the story takes place during the Great Depression, it is written in a manner that the reader could easily mistake it for a contemporary tale. Timeless.

If It Ain’t Love is available at::Smashwords & Amazon



Print Length: 44 pages
Publication Date: August 25th 2011 by Tamara Allen
Language: English

4 out of 5 stars

Dustin Reviews: When You Were Older by Catherine Ryan Hyde

When You Were Older by Catherine Ryan HydeRussell Ammiano works on the 104th floor of the World Trade Center. On the morning of September 11, 2001, the phone rings while Rusty is rushing to work. The news is devastating: Rusty’s mother has died of a stroke, leaving his brain-damaged older brother Ben alone. This news also saves Rusty’s life. He’s still at home when two planes hit the World Trade Center–and only one of his friends and colleagues survives. In a single day, the life Rusty built in New York crumbles to the ground.

Rusty returns to his tiny hometown and the brother he was more than happy to leave behind. Ben hasn’t changed a bit, but the town has. Tensions are running high in the wake of the terrorist attack, while Rusty struggles to put the the past behind him and care for the exasperating brother he loves. He finds refuge drinking coffee in the early morning with beautiful Egyptian-American Anat in her father’s bakery.

Rusty is beginning to get his life back…until one awful night threatens to take it all away again.

When You Were Older was a surprise read. I hadn’t expected to be drawn into the story as I was with this read. The characters are absolutely amazing. The story line is unsettling and felt too real, probably because I came from a small town and had similar aspirations as Rusty. I truly felt for Rusty as his reality (as for countless others) was turned upside down on that nightmarish September 11th day.

Catherine Ryan Hyde

About the author

I’m the author of 18 published and forthcoming books.

My newest releases are Don’t Let Me Go, Jumpstart the World , When I Found You and Second Hand Heart. Forthcoming is and When You Were Older (Transworld UK, Spring 2012).

Newer novels are Becoming Chloe, Love in the Present Tense, The Year of My Miraculous Reappearance, Chasing Windmills The Day I Killed James, and Diary of a Witness.

Both Becoming Chloe and Jumpstart the World were included on the ALA’s Rainbow List. Jumpstart the World was chosen as a finalist for two Lambda Literary Awards, received a third place Rainbow Award for Young Adult/Coming of Age Fiction and a tie for first place in Bisexual/Transgender Fiction. Love in the Present Tense enjoyed bestseller status in the UK, where it broke the top ten, spent five weeks on the national bestseller list, was reviewed on a major TV book club, and shortlisted for a Best Read of the Year Award at the British Book Awards.

Older works include the story collection Earthquake Weather, and the novels Funerals for Horses, Pay it Forward, Electric God, and Walter’s Purple Heart.

Pay It Forward was adapted into a major motion picture starring Kevin Spacey and Helen Hunt, chosen by the American Library Association for its Best Books for Young Adults list, and translated into more than 23 languages for distribution in over 30 countries. The mass market paperback was released in October 2000 by Pocket Books and quickly became a national bestseller. It is still in print, and was rereleased in a trade paperback edition in April of 2010.

Author web site:www.catherineryanhyde.com

When You Were Older is available at: Amazon


Kindle Length: 374 pages
Publication Date: November 6th 2012 (first published March 29th 2012)
Language: English

5 out of 5 stars

Dustin Reviews: Pieces of a Puzzle by Jenny Gill

Pieces of a Puzzle by Jenny Gill

Happily married Alison and Mark are chatting about their coming holiday. She goes to the kitchen to finish supper preparations.When she comes out he has disappeared without a trace, taking nothing with him. She never sees him again. Then 17 years later a solicitor’s letter starts her on a search for answers. She needs to piece together the whole puzzle in order to put it behind her and get on with her life.

Pieces of a Puzzle (Southhill Sagas) (Volume 1) is told in snippets of random flashbacks until the story is fully revealed. At times this reader was lost since the flashbacks were not laid out in chronological order. My preferences aside, the overall story was interesting and held my attention.

Jenny Gill

About the author

Jenny Gill lives in beautiful Cape Town, with her husband, two dogs and a cat. They lived in Surrey, England for many years – where her books are set.

She enjoyed her characters so much that she didn’t want to say good bye to them so you will find characters from one book making a cameo appearance in another.

You can follow her blogs on www.jennygill1.blogspot.com and www.babyboomerfictionwriter.blogspot.com

Pieces of a Puzzle is available at: Amazon


Print Length: 254 pages
Publication Date:
November 2, 2012
Language: English

3 out of 5 stars