Introducing: Darren Hogarth

I had the opportunity the other day to meet Darren Hogarth and discuss his books which are outlined below.

Kingston Rock(s):

In Kingston’s toughest ghetto, two forces reign supreme. One is the ghetto’s vicious Don. The other is reggae.
Errol Bowen lives his life torn between the two forces. Necessity pushes Errol into marijuana sales and the Don’s control, but his love of music defines him and keeps him going when all else fails.
Errol establishes himself as a popular DJ, orchestrating a way out of the ghetto, but the Don doesn’t release anyone easily. A white American woman living in Kingston offers aid for Errol’s family, at the cost of social status. When the Don makes an attack on Errol’s family, vengeance is the only option.




Whatever Sticks Most:

Nothing heals the body and soul like moving with the rhythm of life.
Myles is a heavy-duty workaholic. Years of drive and dedication have helped him become a partner in an engineering firm and buy pretty much anything he wants. But it has come at a price. The unrelenting stress on his body has manifested in a herniated disc that has turned a successful thirty-seven year-old man into an old man seemingly overnight—and caused his girlfriend to leave him. It’s clear to all who know Myles that there’s one thing he’s missing, and it is that one thing that can help ease his pain in every facet of his life: balance. To help him find it, his friend Roy convinces him to visit Jamaica and use his home there for a vacation.
Suddenly immersed in the vibe and rhythm of the island nation where “No problem” should be the national phrase, the cares, worries, and pains of Myles’ life in Toronto slowly but surely melt away. Surrounded by the unshakeable kindness and generosity of Miss Pearl and the soulful Rastafarian Moses, Myles experiences a shift in life focus when his vacation for the purpose of healing becomes so much more: a journey of spiritual enlightenment, culture shock, and the humbling confusion of love.
A profoundly moving and deeply spiritual experience, Whatever Sticks Most takes you on a journey that will forever change the way you look at work, life, and love.

More information about Darren and his works can be found on his website

The Expanse Book 6 Babylon’s Ashes

Now available.

Description: The sixth novel in James S. A. Corey’s New York Times bestselling Expanse series–now a major television series!

A revolution brewing for generations has begun in fire. It will end in blood.
The Free Navy – a violent group of Belters in black-market military ships – has crippled the Earth and begun a campaign of piracy and violence among the outer planets. The colony ships heading for the thousand new worlds on the far side of the alien ring gates are easy prey, and no single navy remains strong enough to protect them.
James Holden and his crew know the strengths and weaknesses of this new force better than anyone. Outnumbered and outgunned, the embattled remnants of the old political powers call on the Rocinante for a desperate mission to reach Medina Station at the heart of the gate network.
But the new alliances are as flawed as the old, and the struggle for power has only just begun.

Continue reading The Expanse Book 6 Babylon’s Ashes

Separate Ways: by Mathew Piccirillo

Mathew a longtime patron of Fiction Addiction has just released his first book called Separate Ways (description below). It’s available as a free download on Amazon Apple iBooks Barnes & Noble Google Play and Kobo.

Book description:

Corvus Bakari is a young mechanic that is determined to get him and his younger sister, Sasha off the backwater world of Fares for a better life. When war breaks out on their home world, Sasha is kidnapped by a pair of slave traders forcing Corvus to team up with a mysterious mercenary who seems to be the only chance he’s got to find his sister in a vast & dangerous galaxy. Continue reading Separate Ways: by Mathew Piccirillo

The Fifteenth of June by Brent Jones

Last week I had the pleasure of meeting Brent Jones a local author with a new novel. Below is a brief sample.

Can we lose a loved one without losing ourselves?

Twenty-eight-year-old Drew Thomson is haunted by a troubled past. After struggling for years with alcoholism and antisocial behavior, he ends a stable relationship with his girlfriend and finds himself without a home, job, or purpose. Continue reading The Fifteenth of June by Brent Jones

Book Review: Avenue of Mysteries / John Irving


“…unique humour and even farcical comedy.”
“…a thought and emotion provoking opus.”
“…a classic on its own.”

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In Irving’s hands, reminiscences of a middle-aged author’s early life with a backdrop of poverty, Jesuit Catholicism and a circus full of tragedy, make the unlikely and improbable become wholly believable.  The incidents of crisis are often infused with Irving’s unique humour and even farcical comedy.

While trying to keep a hopeless 40 year old promise to a draft-dodging hippy during an eventful trip to the Philippines, Juan Diego examines his early inauspicious life. As a 14 year old, he lived in a shack next to a garbage dump in Mexico, with his mind-reading and sometimes clairvoyant sister whom only he could understand.

Under the dubious guardianship of someone who may or may not be their father, his sister has developed her own sacrificing rituals for the unique Faith she has evolved but refuses to accept a predestined fate for her brother. Thanks to his sister’s self-sacrificing manipulation of events, Juan is rescued by a would-be priest who finds his own identity with the help of a cross-dressing gay clubber.

Avenue of Mysteries is a thought and emotion provoking opus. Once again using an author as the protagonist, Irving revisits the Vietnam War, AIDS, and changing attitudes marking the last half century. Religious and philosophical quandaries sprinkled with classic literary quotes, mark this, Irving’s 14th book in the last 48 years, as a classic on its own.

E. L. Simon