Shooting Stars: A Teenage Vampire Love Story from a Boy’s Perspective – A Review

Shooting Stars: A Teenage Vampire Love Story from a Boy's PerspectiveShooting Stars: A Teenage Vampire Love Story from a Boy’s Perspective by Philip Carroll
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Philip Carroll Does it again. In Shooting Stars he takes a genre that I don’t normally like or even read, and made me really enjoy this story. And now on with the review.

Being a teenager is hard, really hard. Add to that, moving to a new school, and joining a sports team. Jocks and Cliques that you don’t have a chance of understanding unless you have lived in a place all your life. And don’t get me started on the girls. Chuck has all of these problems and more when he moves to his new school from Washington State. He discovers that not only does he have to deal with all the normal problems of moving to a new school but he has accidentally stepped into the middle of a battle ground on a higher plain.

When his new girl friend Kelsey, turns out to be more than he excepted he finds him self in the middle of a battle that nothing he has ever experienced can prepare him for. He will need everything he has and more if he hopes to get out of this one live.

Part of me wonders if I like this book so much because I was Chuck growing up. I moved to a new school in high school, joined the Cross Country team, did well, and met the girl of my dreams only to have her turn out to be so much more than I thought she was. My girl friend (and now wife) didn’t end up having magical powers or anything but still she was special. But I think that it is more that Chuck’s story is one that a lot of teen aged guys can relate to.

In Shooting Stars : A Teenage Vampire Love Story from a Boy’s Perspective Mr. Carroll gives us an engaging story. More than that, he gives us real characters who you can relate to. They have hopes and dreams, and he drags you down, some times kicking and screaming, into their lives. At one point I found myself yelling at the book, “Oh no Chuck that is such a bad idea!” I really cared about these people, and when the book ended I was really sad that I could not continue to be friends with them.

Mr Carroll does not glorify the demonic forces that are vampires but instead exposes their true ugly nature, and the forces required to do battle with them. This to me was a huge deal, and for a teen aged romance involving vampires it was a breath of fresh air.

In the interest of full disclosure, I have known Philip Carroll for some time, I follow him on social media and I consider him a friend. I was given a Beta copy of an early version of this book and an advanced readers copy (ARC) of the book and enjoyed both immensely. While I probably would not have picked up this book normally because as I said I don’t normally read this genre, Philip has opened my eyes. If you have any doubt, I am going to buy copies for each of my teen aged boys so that they can read it.

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A Mid Summer Night’s Dream


A few years ago I got it in my head that I wanted to direct and produce an all audio, full cast version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. At the time I worked for Flying Island Press, and I had my own little “island” called Pirate’s Cove.

Now Flying Island Press is no more and the Island is all but sunk. I didn’t want the hard work of all the actors, so with permission of Editors of Flying Island Press I have moved the work to a permanent home here.

Click on the links below to hear the production:

Act 1 Scene 1
Act 1 Scene 2
Act 2 Scene 1
Act 2 Scene 2
Act 3 Scene 1
Act 3 Scene 2
Act 4 Scene 1
Act 4 Scene 2
Act 5 Scene 1
The Actors: (Not in any order)

Brand Gamblin
Veronica Giguere
Allison Gamblin
Indiana Jim
David Sobkowiak
Mark Kalita
Mildred Cady
Arlene Radasky
R. Taylor
Elaine Barrett
Laura Nicole
Philippa Ballantine
Scott Roche
Philip Carroll
Peter Katt
Ayoub Khote
Doc Coleman
Valina Cutler
Scott Roche
Richard Asplund 

You can find it on my other projects page.

Thank you to everyone who was involved, I had a great time producing it, and hope that I get a chance work with you all again.

Flying Island Press – A Look To the Past and To the Future

GTPodcastSeal[1]This week Flying Island Press took a few minutes to talk about why we got started. What our mission is and how we are going to go forward.

We have from day one, been about producing quality science fiction and fantasy with a positive spin (so nothing too dark and leaves you feeling better than when you started) In as many formats as possible. “Taking Fiction Where You Want to Go” is not just a motto, it is our goal. Our aim is to let you decide how you want to get your fiction by offering it in as many “E” formats as possible and also in audio.

And can I just say, Free Free Free stories.

Galley Table 88 – Why We Do What We Do.

Please take a few minutes and listen to this weeks episode, and then go grab yourself a copy of this months issue, and share it with your friends.

Why I “Flagship” By Flying Island Press

FlagShipVol2Ish6Resize3Over the last few years I have been working for a company called Flying Island Press. We have a stated goal of presenting positive up-lifting science fiction and fantasy, at a fair price, in a format that lets you take fiction where you want to go.

We have recently gone from a for pay model to a free / donation modle. Last night we sat down and talked about why, and here it is.

Flying Island Press Issue 1

Flying Island Press
Press Contact – Scott Roche
(336) 462-9676

Enjoy Your Sci-fi and Fantasy How and Where You Want

Beginning July 4th, science fiction and fantasy fans will be given a new place where they can discover authors and stories they’ll be able to enjoy wherever they go. Flagship, the new e-zine by publisher Flying Island Press, will soon be releasing short stories every other month in formats for the Kindle, the iPad and iPhone, and other electronic readers.

Flying Island Press also recognizes the increasing popularity of podcasts and other forms of audio fiction. So, in addition to the e-zine, an audio version will be available to listen to on any MP3 player. Stories they release will be available both in text and in audio, allowing the consumer to choose their preferred version.

Zach Ricks, managing editor for Flagship, had this to say. “I wanted to hearken back to what some have called the Golden Age of Science Fiction.” It’s his hope that “FlagShip will be a place for optimistic, entertaining fiction.”

Each issue will cost $1.99 for the text version or the audio version or get both for just $2.99.

Issues will be available starting July 4th, 2010 at