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Retirement. Publishers, thank you for the many years of reading pleasure you gave me, but all good things must come to an end. Due to failing eyesight I am forced to retire. I can no longer review your books, and any that you send will be donated to the local library, unread. Do not send any more. I can only read for a couple hours every day, and this does not allow me to finish a book in reasonable time. I will be devoting time to my own books from now on, and reading on a personal level. Books that interest me. I prefer paperbacks and hardbacks, not eBooks. My eyesight has been failing the last few years, and I cannot handle hundreds of review books any more. My books are still available for review. Anyone interested in reviewing any of them, they are found in the Link to Tom’s Books On Amazon. Contact me for pdf copies at

Monday, June 9, 2014



Heroes meets Bridget Jones in this brilliant, hilarious debut novel about a girl who just wants to save the world...
Bremy St James, daughter of billionaire Atticus St James, has been cut off from the family fortune and is struggling to survive in a world that no longer holds its breath every time she buys a new outfit. To make matters worse, her twin sister is keeping secrets, loan sharks are circling, and the man of her dreams — a newspaper reporter — is on assignment to bring down everyone with the last name St James.
Things are certainly looking bleak for the down-and-out socialite until a good deed throws her into the path of the city’s top crime-fighter, Dark Ryder. Suddenly, Bremy has a new goal: apprentice to a superhero, and start her own crime-fighting career.
Ryder has no need for a sidekick, but it turns out the city needs Bremy’s help. Atticus St James is planning the crime of the century, and Bremy may be the only one able to get close enough to her father to stop him.
Now all she needs to do is figure out this superhero thing in less than a month, keep her identity secret from the man who could very well be The One, and save the city from total annihilation.
Well, no one ever said being a superhero would be easy...

Sidekick (Superhero)
By Auralee Wallace
Escape Publishing
249 Pages
Rating 5-Stars

“Exciting, Fun, And Dangerously Addictive.”

Bremy St. James leaves her evil father to make it on her own, but she isn’t doing so well with her life. Within the first month she’s in debt to her Mafia landlord for twelve hundred dollars, and forced to work at the Pink Beaver strip club. To pay the landlord off, she borrows the money from her equally notorious boss; then loses the money to a new master villain in town, Sultana. After stumbling into several bad situations with Sultana, she is rescued by the city’s paladin, super hero Dark Ryder, a masked vigilante who protects the city from evildoers. Deciding she wants to become Dark Ryder’s sidekick leads to even more problems.

In this first adventure we get to meet all the players in Auralee Wallace’s new universe of sexy super heroines and evil villains. Though culled from the Golden Age comic book heroines, the story is pure pulp action at its best in what is now being called New Pulp, which is not a bad thing. Costumed super heroes, whether found in pulps are comic books are a lot of fun, and Bremy St. James, The Sidekick, is going to thrill readers of a new generation. She is to Dark Ryder, what Robin was to Batman. Dark Ryder, the mysterious paladin comes on the scene in crucial moments to save the day, but it’s her Sidekick that we follow through trials and trails to the end of the case. Like those wonderful old Saturday Matinee serials, after this first chapter you will not want to miss the second action adventure in this new series.

Tom Johnson

Author of Pulp Echoes


  1. Thank you for the lovely review Tom!

  2. My pleasure. Thanks for the great read. Can't wait for Sidekick #2 (G).