Freeline Productions publishes eerie novel “Waking In The Dark”

Waking in the Dark

Author Michael W. Freeman’s book “Waking In The Dark” is a collection of six eerie stories. (Graphic by Sherrie Smith.)

ORLANDO — Freeline Productions has released a collection of dark tales, based partly on the author’s dreams … and nightmares.

The book explores themes that range from modern day Antisemitism and a rising tide of extreme nationalism, to sexual paranoia, and whether aging historic properties truly can harbor malevolent spirits.

“Waking In The Dark” by author Michael Freeman is now available on Amazon and as a Kindle eBook.



A man at a small cafe comes to the attention of two unemployed factory workers who harass him verbally, at least at first …

… a business executive checks into a historic hotel in South Florida, not fully aware of the disturbing history in the room he’s renting … Continue reading

How To Avoid The Trap Of Using Intrusive Marketing

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Are you using passive — or intrusive — marketing for your website?

ORLANDO — There are different ways to conduct marketing. One of the most controversial ways, and considered by some to be among the least effective options, is intrusive marketing.
Intrusive Marketing has been around as long as businesses have tried to sell products, and have been used in a variety of different ways. The one connection is that consumers appear to get fed up with their methods, and often rebel. Think of consumers who get tired of telemarketing phone calls when they’re sitting down to dinner, or those who turn on their computers or laptops and discover their mail boxes clogged with junk mail spam. Think of travelers getting annoyed with take-out menus hanging on the door knob of their hotel room, or people complaining about large, unsightly billboards.
The concept of intrusive marketing can apply to digital and social media marketing as well. If you want people to know about your products, how do you avoid becoming the latest negative statistic in the field of intrusive marketing?
Good question.

Social Media marketing

A growing number of studies indicate that people are getting increasingly annoyed with marketing messages popping up on their social media feeds, particularly from companies and accounts they don’t follow. Since Facebook and Twitter both allow companies and individuals to use paid messages, that can translate into hundreds of ads bombarding someone’s Twitter feed. Over the course of time, one man’s message can become another man’s unwanted spam. Continue reading

Exploring the surreal world of Layden Robinson’s “The Havoc Tree”

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Layden Robinson’s eBook “The Havoc Tree” takes readers into a surreal and fantastical universe.

As you progress through the short stories that make up author Layden Robinson’s eBook “The Havoc Tree,” you might be initially tempted to tap your finger against the page and say, “Ah-ha!”
At that point, you’ve made an assumption that all of a sudden, the epiphany has arrived, and You get it! Finally, you understand what’s going on here — that is, until the next story throws you decisively off that path.
For example, you might start by reasoning that these stories take you into a mythical alternate universe, a kind of C.S. Lewis fantasy world where anything can happen to the protagonists.
Then again, you might quickly change your mind and conclude that the author spends his evenings jotting down a series of mad ramblings and harrowing stream of consciousness episodes, some eerie, some distinctly twisted, and others downright funny — a theory reinforced by the author himself, who describes his work as “Words, thoughts and manic rantings under the influence of strong drink and fine smoky treats.”
Perhaps, but these nontraditional stories boast far too much in the way of clever imagination to have been born in a drunken stupor.
And frankly, whichever interpretation you settle on, the next story is almost certain to dash it. Continue reading

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