Short Story Review: The Ties That Bind by R.M. Ridley

3-27-2015 8-17-35 PM


Blondes, Books, and Bourbon is a collection of short stories that we will featuring about over the next week. Each day is featuring one of these stories.

Today’s Featured  Story is:

The Ties That Bind: Can Jonathan Alvey control a poltergeist and maintain his promise to not fall victim to the Dragon Black?


R.M. Ridley lives with his wife on a small homestead in Canada, raising chickens and sheep. He has been writing stories, both long and short, for three decades, the themes of which range from the gruesome to the fantastical.
As an individual who suffers from severe bipolar disorder, Ridley is a strong believer in being open about mental health issues and uses his writing to escape when his thoughts become too wild.

(Book 1, 2014)
Blondes, Books, and Bourbon (anthology,
Bindings and Spines (Book 2, 2015)
Ridley’s work has appeared in two Xchyler
anthologies: “The Case for Custody” in
Shades and
Shadows: a Paranormal Anthology
, and
“Charon’s Obol” in
Legends and
Lore: An Anthology of Mythic Proportions
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I received a free ecopy of of Blondes, Books and Bourbon for an honest review of “Ties That Bind.”
“Ties That Bind” is one of the short stories in this collection about Jonathan Alvey. His friend, Mary, reluctantly asks him to help a client who seems to be having problems with a poltergeist.
Even though this is a short story, and the first one I’ve read about Jonathan Alvey, I learned a lot about him. He’s a unique character: addicted to using magic but he feels that he has to help people who are having paranormal problems. You could say he’s a messed up hero.
I liked this story. I also read the first chapter of the book, Binding and Spines, at the end of this book. It’s supposed to come out this year. Jonathan Alvey is the main character in this book and I can’t wait to read it!


March 22: The Play’s the Thing – Promo, Excerpt
March 23: Cost of Custody – Author Interview AND Author’s Top 10s Favorites List
March 24: Sins of the Father – Review AND Excerpt AND Character Casting
March 25: Legerdelivre – Excerpt AND Character Casting
March 26: Do as I Say Not as I Do – Review AND Author’s Top 10s Favorites list AND Character Casting
March 27: What a Nightmare – Author’s Top 10s Favorites List AND Character Casting
March 28: The Ties that Bind
March 28: Bindings and Spines – Excerpt AND Character Casting

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