Sunday, August 28, 2016


Crystal Lake Publishing and Joe Mynhardt have come up with another great collection of horror tales. Tales From The Lake Vol. 3, edited by Monique Snyman, is a fantastic tome! There are a number of authors in this collection I have not read, but while going through the stories, I was pleasantly surprised with their tales. It's always nice to discover new authors.

Crystal Lake Publishing has another win!

Blaze McRob

Book description:

 Dive into the deep end of the lake with 19 tales of terror, selected by Monique Snyman.

Tales from the Lake Vol. 3 features ghosts, monsters, assassins, alternate dimensions, creatures from the deepest depths and the darkest parts of the universe.

Join “Maybelle” by Mere Joyce in a world where books become real enough to cause both pleasure and pain. Avoid the sounds of “The Cruel” by Harper Hull, lest you want to come to a terrifying end. Travel across the world to see what terrors lurk in an abandoned hospital with “Hush” by Sergio Pereira.

This non-themed horror anthology is filled with suspenseful stories, terrifying thrillers, tragic tales, mystifying mysteries, and memorable adventures that will leave you wanting more. Let these modern urban legends prickle your imagination, share it around a campfire, and revel in the magic of Crystal Lake’s exceptional authors.

The Owl Builder by D. Morgan Ballmer
Tragedy Park by Chris Pearce
Enclosures by Sumiko Saulson
Woe, Violent Water by Lily Childs
The Cruel by Harper Hull
Red Scream with Little Smile by Paul Edmonds
Maybelle by Meredith Cleversey writing as Mere Joyce
Rodent in the Red Room by Matt Hayward
The Deeper I Go The Deeper I Fear by Natalie Carroll
The Pigmalion Pigs by Mark Allan Gunnells
Chemical Oasis by Tommy B. Smith
Hush by Sergio Pereira
The Reaper’s Fire by Kenneth W. Cain
Effigy by Kate Jonez
Scents of Fear by Steve Jenner
The Bet by Amy Grech
A Hand from the Depths by Dave-Brendon de Burgh
The Monster of Biscayne Bay by Roxanne Dent
The Song at the Edge of the Unfinished Road by Patrick Bates

Foreword by the editor, Monique Snyman.

Proudly represented by Crystal Lake Publishing.

Format: Kindle Edition
I am going to start off with a confession, I have not read any of the other Tales from the Lake. So what is this book about. It’s a book that holds 19 of the most weird and amazing stories that you will ever read. It caters for all types, ranging from ancient monsters, ghost and even stories that have a sci-fi element. After reading this book you will definitely find a story or stories that you loved. Each story had its own individuality and I loved them all.
So not to spoil your enjoyment of the book, I am just going to write a one-line sentence on each story:
The Owl Builder by D Morgan Ballmer: What a twist at the end
Tragedy Park by Chris Pearce: That is one water park that I would not want to go to, creepy does not give this story credit
Enclosures by Sumiko Saulson: Reginald Henry Moore III a very conscientious body squatter
Woe, Violent and Water by Lily Childs: A short story that ranged from ancient to modern times, Enid was one evil woman.
The Cruel by Harper Hall by Harper Hall: This story gave me goose bumps; I could just imagine being in the school with that noise.
Red Scream with Little Smile by Paul Edmonds: When you start this story it seems pretty normal then the author hits you, is it a happy town at the end.
Maybelle by Mere Joyce: Ancient portals and an origami bird, a great short story that had so much contents.
Rodent in the Red Room by Matt Hayward: This story about an ancient monster, this story wants me to read more about Ben and would love a series.
The Deeper I Go the Deeper I Fear Natalie Carrol: A story about a brave boy and a Kelpie, put you off swimming in the lake.
The Pigmallion Pig: by Mark Allan Gunnells: Joe is fixated on a children’s book but does not expect what where his fixation takes him.
Chemical Oasis by Tommy B Smith: An intense story about a highly addictive drug and the team sent to bring it down
Hush by Sergio Pereira: Set in the surroundings of a derelict hospital, this story is not what you expect, and your introduction to the Dutch witches.
The Reaper’s Fire by Kenneth W Cain: This author draws you in to feeling sorry for Dana, but humans can be monsters or is she a very na├»ve girl
Effigy by Kate Jonez: Not what I expected from a job offer, don’t accept packages from strangers.
Scents of Fear by Steve Jenner: Kept me on the edge of my seat turning the pages quicker and quicker to find out if he got his target.
A Hand from the Depths by Dave De Burgh: Manolo gets abducted, but what was the reason for the abduction.
The Bet by Amy Grech: When a hazing goes wrong, great story.
The Monster of Biscayne Bay by Roxanne Dent: An ancient Indian monster Ishtikini, Lilly and what happened in 1955.
The Song at the Edge of the Unfinished Road by Jack Bates: As you read this story you presume this is about 2 senile men, but the further you get into it, you know something is not right.
I had not read any other stories written by these authors but the way they all wrote, has left me want to read more from each of them. As these are all short stories, you have the choice either to read the book cover to cover or if you have a spare 10 minutes then pick up this book and read a story. Another great publication from Crystal Lake.

Format: Kindle Edition
There are a number of horror anthology publishers out there who regularly pump out collections of stories that lack imagination or are incapable of stirring one's emotions. The Tales From the Lake anthologies published by Crystal Lake Publishing are a prime example of exactly the opposite! The stories contained within these anthologies will not only make one's blood run cold, they might even be able to cause some quite intense emotional reactions for the readers of these well-selected tales.

Volume 3 of Tales From The Lake continues the tradition of bringing together a collection of extremely engaging short stories that cause the reader to think and shudder at the same time. From the get-go, this volume presents stories that carry readers into the heart of darkness and keeps them there, presenting narratives that are so intense, one tends to hold their breath as they read these accounts of the horrors that can descend upon the unwitting. Be warned, the emotions that this collection can elicit from readers may result in many a sleepless night, not only while reading it, but for some time to come!

Crystal Lake Publishing has done it again with Tales From The Lake Volume 3. Honestly, you owe it to yourself to read this newest assortment of horror fiction that will make your skin crawl while at the same time making it hard for you to put it down. This one will get your attention, and keep it until you finish the final page. Get it now, and be one of the first to get the daylights scared out of you!

Saturday, August 27, 2016


Devils in Dark Houses, by B. E. Scully, packs some powerful punch, filled with intrigue, fantasy, and delightful horror. B. E. and I share space in a number of anthologies and collections, and I am well versed in her skills at the craft. This book is one of her finest. Don't miss it!

Blaze McRob

Book description:

 Devils in Dark Houses featured 4 connected novellas, each a case featuring a pair of old school cops in the Pacific Northwest.

The new millennium is getting downright bizarre. From high tech games of sabotage to vigilante murder and ghosts who may or may not have their own dark agendas, Detectives Shirdon and Martinez must put their 20th century street smarts to work on four 21st century cases in which nothing is what it seems, and every answer reveals more questions.

Case 1: The Eye That Blinds

When three college friends graduate with plans to conquer the world, they find out that the world has its own plans. As their supposed “real” lives spiral further out of control, they retreat into the one place they still reign—the online kingdom of fantasy and masquerade. After a seemingly random accident puts Shirdon and Martinez on their trail, the trio’s tangled web of lies threatens to unravel into consequences more real than any of them could have imagined.

Case 2: Each Castle Its King

When Cal and Rachel Goodman flee their high-volume life in Los Angeles for the peace and quiet of rural Oregon, they sink both their savings and their hopes in a fixer-upper the locals call “Blood House.” But their dream turns into a nightmare as they discover that their marriage is as cracked and crumbling as Blood House—and hiding just as many sinister secrets. Just when they think things can’t get any worse, they meet their next-door-neighbor…

Case 3: Nostri

For sixteen-year-old Emma Kaster, summer vacation is turning out to be as boring and lonely as the school year—until she meets a charismatic street kid named Senz with an obsession for the Roman philosopher Seneca and an itch to put his theories to the test in modern times. What starts out as a series of pranks soon turns deadly as Emma and Senz confront the ultimate revolutionary question—are you willing to die for your beliefs? And just as important, are you willing to kill for them?

Case 4: Devils in Dark Houses

Shirdon and Martinez are on the case of a charismatic, controversial homicide detective whose mysterious disappearance eleven years ago comes back to life in the form of a mentally ill man calling himself the Hound. Not only does the Hound know astonishing secrets, he learned some of them from the long-dead figures of Oregon’s colorful frontier past. As the two detectives try to unravel fact from fantasy and truth from lies, the past and present collide in an explosive show-down that will test the detectives’ deepest beliefs not just about the world in which they live, but about themselves, as well.

Format: Kindle Edition
DEVILS IN DARK HOUSES is much more than just the four connected novellas that I was expecting to read. As I started reading the first novella, THE EYE THAT BLINDS, it gave me a start. Why? I read this last year and though it was never released in anything other than a signed/limited version I remembered it fairly well. I enjoyed it quite a bit and gave it four stars. Reviews can be found under the title, but the link can't be posted per Amazon's rules. Back to the review!

This novella of EYE was even better for me having read the first. It tackled the story from a different angle. But if this is your starting point, you should still love it. It's a story of madness...or is it?

I think that my favorite of the four stories was NOSTRII. It's so timely and a perfect story for a book groups. It's sure to cause long lasting heated discussions for some time. It brings so many current events into play, as well as a question of madness...

All four stories are linked by the police that are handling the cases. They play a smaller part in some of the novellas than others. I would class these as psychological thrillers and highly recommend DEVILS IN DARK HOUSES which I received from from the publisher at DarkFuse. 
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I will recommend this fine collection of literary dark fiction to al my friends who say: Oh, I don't read horror or that scary stuff.
This collection addresses many of the troubling issues facing modern society, always in a story setting of course, but the author obviously has a strong intellect, and cares deeply about the issues. Strongly recommended. 
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
With "Devils in Dark Houses", B.e. Scully continues to demonstrate why she is one of the most effective writers of speculative fiction. When engaged, her persuasive literary poise is tribute to the old masters, reassuring the reader that, when taken, the elegance of craft is the far better path than one of least resistance.

Thursday, August 25, 2016


Nurse Blood, by Rebecca Besser, is now up for sale. This is a fantastic mystery, suspense, medical, crime thriller. Ahah! I bet I have your interest now. Rebecca is a great author and comes up with super on the edge of your seat tales. I recommend this novel highly!

Blaze McRob

Book description:

 Sonya Garret roams the bar scene hoping to steal the heart of an unsuspecting victim—literally…

Sonya, better known as Nurse Blood, is part of a team of lethal organ harvesters who seek out the weak to seduce, kill, and part out for profit on the black market. When Sonya meets Daniel McCoy, a young man recovering from a broken engagement, he’s just another kill to line her pockets with quick cash.

Agent David McCoy vows to find out how and why his twin brother Daniel disappeared…

Daniel’s body hasn’t been found, and the leads are slim to none, but it won’t stop David from dedicating his life to solving his brother’s case. When the evidence finally uncovers the shocking truth that Daniel’s disappearance is linked to organ harvesters, David knows his brother is most likely dead. But he’s determined to stop the villains’ killing spree before they strike again.

One last harvest is all Sonya and her team need to put their murderous past behind them…

A family with the rarest blood type in the world is the only thing standing between Sonya and retirement. David McCoy and the FBI are hot on their trail, though, and multiple targets make this the most complicated harvest yet. Will David unravel Sonya’s wicked plans in time to avenge his brother and save an innocent family? Or will Sonya cash in her final kill and escape for good?

Murder for profit stops for no man when you’re Nurse Blood.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016


I'm in the process of trimming down some stuff on my website. Some of my posts are a bit dated. I have written thousands. However, I am finding a few posts that might warrant a second look and I will be re-posting some of them. This is one. I have modified it to reflect life changes.

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I guess I gave myself quite an introduction. I'm not particularly shy. Truth is, I do write horror. Yes, I augment my writing with other genres, but horror is my first love.

This will be a different sort of interview, something I saw on Smashwords and really like. I will be interviewing myself.

Here we go. I hope you find some interesting tid-bits about me here.

1. Why are you doing this interview?

This is part of sharing of myself with the horror community.

2. Who are you?

Blaze McRob, writer of over seventy legacy published horror novels. I was a ghostwriter long before anyone had an idea we were lurking about. Through my adventures in the craft I, or my author alter-egos, have won virtually every award to be won. But awards mean little, don’t they? It is the reader we wish to enthrall, and our souls to purge. So now it is time for Blaze to write as Blaze, and time for previous recipients of my tales to write more of their own material. In addition to my dark novels, I write horror shorts, flash fiction, and poetry. Ah, the sweet rhymes of iambic pentameter intermixed with glorious free-style.

I am married to Terri DelCampo, a fellow horror author. Together we have created Blazing Owl Press, a place where we publish only our own tales of horror.

3.What is your motto?

Mediocrity sucks. Let us all do the best we can to avoid it.

4. How do we do that?

Always strive to do your best in whatever you chose to do. If you write, write the best damned story that's ever been written. Believe in yourself. No one can write your story better than you.

5. You gave a brief description of why you write horror above. Tell me the real reason.

As I explained in a post for Nina D'Arcangela a while back, I write about the Dark because it is the truth. Open your eyes and you will see that the spinning rock we live on is inhabited by some nasty creatures who have the nerve to call themselves humans. It’s my job to tell my readers about it, not by writing mamby-pamby puke pieces that make you gag, but by presenting true horror tales where the truth is spread around. No preaching. Simply good stories (I hope) with a message. Not everyone will get the message – I don’t beat anyone over the head with it – but it’s there. Some folks just enjoy the tales. Hey, that’s okay too. Escapism is a great thing. People have it tough in these times.

By writing about the Dark, and expelling it from my soul, I enable myself to leave more room there for good things. That's if any are floating around at the moment. Okay, so that's a negative, pessimistic comment. I'm a pessimistic guy. I root for the under-dog, but she/he don't always win.

6. So, do you believe in God?

None of your business! Blaze McRob does not write stories you discuss in a church book group. My vision of the hereafter belongs to me and me alone. While I discuss God and Satan, as makes complete sense because they are the consummate embodiments of Good and Evil, in my stories, God does not always win. Neither does the Dark Angel.

7. What about Heaven and Hell?

You are a sneaky bastard, aren't you? I wrote a tale called The Enforcer a while back. This is a past lives trip where the protagonist gets closer to perfection with each incarnation. The problem? With perfection comes a lack of empathy for humanity. Selchor, my hero, refuses to go along with what the High Council decrees and tries to help out humans. In this story, when humans die, they go to Heaven if they believe they are worthy, or they suffer in a Hell of their own making if they know they are evil. Maybe that's what I believe. Notice again, I said maybe.

8. You write often about death and rising again from the ashes. Why is this?

My work on Earth is not finished. I have many tales to get out yet. My health sucks, so that is a thought running around in the gray matter all the time. I refuse to roll over and take the easy way out. I'm even trying to figure out a way to get back into running somehow. I walk a lot but want to at least try a walk-hobble trot-walk routine. I miss the old days when I was an animal at the long races I ran.

So, in a way, you could say I am exploring alternatives within my stories which will allow me to continue writing after I kiss off. That would make me a real ghostwriter. My science background also tells me that the energy within a person is never lost. If you die, it doesn't matter. The power still remains. And before you ask me again, this does not say if I believe in Heaven or Hell. Maybe . . . just maybe, Heaven would bore the crap out of me.

9. What is your latest novel '68 Buick about?

Here is a short and longer description of my story:

How does a dead, immortal reaper transport souls to Hell and still wage a battle for good? Read ’68 Buick and find out.

Cover for '68 Buick. Artwork by Sue Midlock
Robert Anderson, a man plagued by a demon trying to get inside his head, is attacked and killed by this evil entity. But is he really? Satan and God are waging a battle for his soul. God loses when Robert kills himself.
Yet, not is all what it seems. A Reaper actually kills Robert, but the Reaper turns out to be Robert himself. Thus, he is doomed to roam in a limbo fashioned by the hand of the Dark Angel, unable to go to Heaven but too good to go to Hell.
This marks the beginning of his new career: bringing the most despicable souls to the portals of Hell in a ’68 black Buick rag top with red interior, dice, and flames on the front panels. This immortal, dead Grim Reaper does what needs to be done through the power of his mind.
’68 Buick has a lesson to teach all of us: it is never too late to do what is right.
Even from beyond the grave.

10. Sounds like a different sort of Grim Reaper tale to me.

That it is. I rather like it. Just saying ahead of time that it has tons of action from start to finish. As you can see, there is a lesson contained within, but I don't attack you with it. My readers are smart people. They don't need a high-pressure attack.

11. Some people say you don't use as much description as other authors.

I do that for a reason. Everything that needs to be described is, but over description bores the living shit out of me and I'm sure it does to many readers. I believe my readers want to become a part of the tales I write, and what better way than to allow them to have their own visual perception of what is happening. Maybe they can put themselves in a room I'm in and can drink a beer as they watch me in action. If I leave out one of the senses, maybe they can find a particular revolting moldy odor that they hate. Like I said above, my readers are smart people.

12. So what's on your agenda?

Plenty. I’m starting to publish some of the hundreds of short stories I’ve written over the years. Terri and I have co-authored a number of collections this last year and we have more on the way. I have some of my own collections being published as well. I want these out so I can get more novels out. Mists Of Papoose Pond, an end days, Zombie, action, giant leeches, and more story, came out last October. I want to get a sequel out for it. Ghost No More, another end days novel where the heroes are autistic children, came out in February, and will need a sequel written. Quarter Moon Haunts, Terri's favorite story of mine because I'm a snarky bastard, is about ghosts, death, evil ways of the mob, crooked cops, and the Four Horsemen as you've never seen them portrayed before, came out in May and will get a sequel. It has to: Terri will beat me with a whip if I don't. My Ghoul novella Destiny Changed could see an additional sequel. Also, Club Blaze, an extreme horror tale that Zack Kullis and I are co-authoring for Arcane Whispers Press will be out soon.

All this and a lot more are coming your way!

13. Quite an aggressive schedule.

Like I said, mediocrity sucks. The time for action is now.

14. What do you think of all the political happenings this year?

Let me see. Do they merely suck, or do they suck a lot? They actually suck more than a lot. I see no candidate for any office that I think is worth a damn. They're all out for taking our money. That goes for both parties. Our representatives only care for themselves. The worse part about all of this is the people will suffer. However, we are the ones who elected these bozo's into office and who will put more in. It's our fault. Look at yourselves in the mirror, folks, and say,"I fucked up." I think we need to get rid of the two major parties and start out fresh. We need to stop arguing about the color of a person's skin, gender association, and stupid crap like who uses what bathroom. Let's fix the important things. Take religion out of politics. It doesn't belong there. Outlaw lobbyists: they're nothing more than bribing thieves. 

15. Anything else on your mind?

Only that I hope everyone reads a bunch of great books. While I'm kind of partial to Terri's and my books, there are many others out there. I post about many of them on my website, Twitter, and Facebook pages. 

Happy reading!

Blaze McRob

Sunday, August 21, 2016


Are you an author wanting to get on a podcast? Yvonne Mason is rapidly becoming the Queen of Podcasts. Go to 
and check out what she has to offer. If you like what you see, simply send her a PM on Facebook. She even has a youtube channel. She has had some great shows with more to come. Don't miss out!

Blaze McRob 


Call For Obstruction ( The Courier ) ( Volume 1 ), by W. J. Howard, is available for sale in paperback version. W. J. has all kinds of plans in the mix. To keep current with all she is involved in, go to her website . I can vouch for the fact that Call For Obstruction is a great read. I was fortunate enough to be privy to reading this novel in its earlier stages. Now, W. J. has even improved on that. Alrighty!

This is gritty read that I guarantee you will love.

Blaze McRob

Book description:

 In a supernatural world where Hell's been over capacity since World War II, Satan has no choice but to open the Gates of Hell. When Barry's tricked into signing a contract to serve Satan, he's faced with a choice to help release the damned souls onto Earth or turn against Satan's evil plan. Either choice comes with a price, and with a screw up like Barry at the center of it all, there's no telling if God, Satan, or rogue demons will prevail.

Thursday, August 18, 2016


Daniel Diehl and Mark P. Donnelly present Apparition Atlas: The Ghost Hunter's Travel Guide to Haunted America. This is a huge tome of 541 pages for only $2.99. What a deal! Take advantage of this now before they come to their senses and charge more. It's certainly worth it. All 50 states are represented, so you'll be able to visit one or more no matter what state you live in.

I'll see you on the haunting road, me lads and lassies.

Blaze McRob

Book description:

 Have you ever had an encounter with a ghost? Would you like proof that the deceased continue to visit the world of the living? Do you have the courage to stand face-to-face with visitors from the afterlife?

‘Apparition Atlas: The Ghost Hunter’s Travel Guide to Haunted America’ provides seekers of truth with a definitive guide to more than 200 publicly accessible, verified haunted locations in all fifty states. Introductory chapters discuss the many different types of apparitions and explain everything the novice ghost hunter needs to know to search for things that go bump in the night.

Sometimes the spirits of the dead manifest themselves by slamming doors or through blood chilling screams; other times they come as glowing orbs of ectoplasm that float through walls, and occasionally they appear in their human form - fully formed, semi-transparent and terrifyingly real. Let us take you on a journey to places where close encounters with the departed occur with frightening regularity.

Guaranteed to make you doubt everything you believe about death being the end of existence.

Format: Kindle Edition
Apparition Atlas is a very interesting travel guide. The book has many features including help guides, rules, and listings by state. The front of the book contains "A Beginner's Guide to Ghosts and Ghost Hauntings. Following the guide is an index with a comprehensive list of Do's and Don'ts to help anyone from the novice to the expert in approaching the "art" of ghost hunting. Please remember that the buildings included in the book may be owned privately and trespassing is a No-No.

The authors list the states alphabetically with the name of the haunted building, where it's located, and a description of the haunting(s) that take place. There is a bit of history, if it's known, for each location. At the end of each location, the authors included the address information, hours of operation, any fees that may be charged, along with a rating of haunting intensity.

The Atlas is a very nicely put together state organized travel guide. I recommend those wishing to use it actually purchase a hard copy of the book. As much as I'm against writing in books, I would use the hard copy to make notes in about the places I planned to visit or did visit. It would be a nice way to mark off where you've been, which places you've seen, any experiences you had, and if you agree with the rating of the haunting provided by the authors.

Review copy courtesy of the publisher, at no cost, in exchange for an honest review. 

Format: Kindle Edition
Are you interested in the paranormal? Would you like to investigate hauntings like the paranormal groups on the Discovery, SyFy and other television networks do? Maybe you're already conducting some of your own amateur haunted investigations and want to step things up a bit.

Many people all over the world are getting into the ghost "game". There is no shortage of people claiming they've had paranormal experiences. Aside from television shows, there are hundreds of books, magazines and meetup groups devoted to the subject. Some are legitimate professionals and some are out purely for the sensationalism and financial gain. If you truly believe that spirits walk among us and want to find definitive proof for yourself then Apparition Atlas will set you on the right course.

Authors Daniel Diehl and Mark P. Donnelly have compiled an incredibly extensive list of reportedly haunted places throughout the United States. Listings are by state and include skull (scare) ratings and important information on each location. Backstories as to why the locations might be haunted are also detailed. As a Texan, I was happy to see two of my faves listed: Miss Molly's in Fort Worth and Catfish Plantation in Waxahachie. I've been to both and can highly recommend them!

The beginning chapters have some great, practical common sense advice and information for would-be ghost hunters. There are lots of Dos and Don'ts for paranormal investigators to consider before heading out to a location.

I would highly recommend Apparition Atlas as an excellent reference book for any established or newbie paranormal team looking for new haunts. I'd love it if the authors would write a follow-up book that includes some more details on actual hauntings. I'm a paranormal enthusiast and I'd definitely read another one of their books!

eBook Review Gal received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016


This week, W. J. Howard reviews Stitches. This is not a review for a Zombie movie, as is her custom. She breaks from her mold and reviews a clown movie! Okay, I love a great clown movie. Clowns are scary critters. I love a great scare. So, of course I'm always happy to find a new one to watch. W. J., busy lady that she is, has found one. See what she says about this film.

Time to get some popcorn with some blood added to the butter, a cold beer or three, and enjoy a great movie!

Blaze McRob

Monday, August 15, 2016


C. L. Hernandez  has honored me on her website. I am her Author of the Week. Not only does she mention my books, but she has some interesting quirks of mine that might amuse you, or perhaps make you say, "What is Blaze up to?" Remember, though, that we spinners of the dark tales are not exactly mediocre folk. We dwell in a world of what ifs, why, and what lurks in the dark. Such a grand place to be, don't you think?

Thanks again, C. L.

Blaze McRob