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Short Story Review: The Naked Eye by Angela Kay

18 Jan

At an Aspen ski resort, vacation plans are drastically changed when the body of Lauren Crusher is found in her room. With the ongoing blizzard, everyone is shut in, including the killer.

Since backup is unable to come to Lieutenant Davis’s aid, he must utilize his deducting skills to get to the bottom of the mystery.

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

The Naked Eye is a short story but it has all of the elements of a good murder mystery. It opens with the body of a girl found in a locked room at a ski resort. With a blizzard raging outside, it’s obvious that if her death wasn’t an accident, then one of the people in the cabin is a murderer…and no one can go anywhere any time soon!

There are many characters in this story, all of the people stranded in the cabin, but it’s pretty easy to keep them all straight. Lt. Davis is the main character. He’s the dad of one of the vacationers and is only staying there because of the weather. Little did he know he was going to try to find a murderer. He has to comb through all of the evidence on his own, and it seems that something new comes up at every turn.

Many secrets are revealed during Lt. Davis’s investigation but would any of them be cause for murder? A great read with a good twist at the end.

 

 

About the Author

Equipped with a professional writing degree from Augusta State University, Angela Kay is a southern lady who spends her days and nights dreaming up new ways to solve dark murders of normal people. 

Angela Kay was one of 23 across the United States to win a 2009 playwright contest for her one-act entitled “Digging Deeper.” Because of this, she was able to spend a week in Atlanta at the Horizon Theater Company. 
 

She lives in Augusta, Georgia with her crazy calico, Maggie.

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Short Story Review: Origins by S.M. Boyce

8 Dec

A Ghostly Paranormal Horror Short Story

Mel has a curse: she can see what’s invisible to most humans. We call them ghosts and demons. She calls them living nightmares.

When she was five, she had her own ghost. A good ghost. She swore to never leave his side, but over time, he scared her. She pushed him away. She broke her promise.

Now well into her twenties, Mel meets her old ghost again. And this time, he’s brought the darkness with him to prove his point…

…you don’t break a promise with a ghost.

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My Review

I chose to read this short story after receiving a free e-copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

This story is very short but still packs a punch. Mel promised her ghost when she was young that she’d always be his friend, but she broke her promise. Now she’s in her twenties and he has decided that he doesn’t want to be ignored any longer. Her good ghost isn’t so good anymore…

I’ve always liked S.M. Boyce’s writing and that’s still the case in Origins which gives a little background to her horror novel Ari. I haven’t read Ari yet but I’m going to have to find time to read it. I enjoy a well written horror story!

 

 

About the Author

When S. M. Boyce graduated with a degree in creative writing, she realized that made her well-qualified for serving French fries. It would take years of writing hundreds of thousands of words of all kinds before she became the fantasy and horror novelist she is today.

Boyce specializes in action-packed stories that weave in fantasy, mystery, and heroines with a knack for mischief. All romantic leads are based loosely on her husband, who proves that soulmates are real.

She has a deep love for ghosts, magic, and spooky things. If you’ve already finished her books, check out her blog or twitter feed for a dash of adventure.

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Short Story Review: The Forest Painter by Diane Mae Robinson

1 Dec

A magical fantasy short story by the author of the multi-award-winning The Pen Pieyu Adventures series.

The changing of the seasons has arrived when a young fairy is unwillingly thrown into the role of The Forest Painter. Aura never learned the art of forest painting. Now, she must paint the forest with autumn colors before the frost queen’s arrival or Majestic Forest will be lost forever to the frost queen’s icy touch.

Join Aura in this fantasy tale as she tries to save the autumn.

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My Review

I chose to read this short story after receiving a free e-copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I have read several books by Diane Mae Robinson and enjoy her writing so when this short story was available for free a while back, I downloaded it and then kind of forgot about it. I found it again today and read it in just a few minutes since it’s only 12 pages long, but it was a few minutes well spent.

Aura is the new Forest Painter but she thought she had all the time in the world to learn her craft so now she’s in a frenzy trying to get the forest painted for autumn before the frost queen shows up. When Aura realizes she’s out of time, she asks for Boreal’s help just in time.

The Forest Painter is beautifully written and it’s easy to imagine the Magic Forest and Aura and Boreal’s forest painting. It also teaches about a couple of the seasons, procrastination, and asking for help when needed. It’s definitely a great story for children and adults who like fantasy to read when they have a few minutes.

 

 

About the Author

Diane Mae Robinson is a multi-award winning children’s fantasy author and non-fiction author with fourteen international book awards and one provincial award for The Pen Pieyu Adventures series and, her latest release, The Dragon Grammar Book. 

The author lives in central Alberta, Canada. She enjoys riding her horses, playing with her dogs, visual arts, visiting Maui often and, of course, writing. Diane is also an artist, art teacher, writing instructor, children’s book editor, and an international short story competition judge.

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Book Review: The Sea Was a Fair Master by Calvin Demmer

13 Jul

The world’s fate lies with a comatose young girl; an android wants to remember a human she once knew under Martian skies; men at sea learn that the ocean is a realm far different from land, where an unforgiving god rules; a school security guard discovers extreme English class; and a man understands what the behemoth beneath the sea commands of him.
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The Sea Was a Fair Master is a collection of 23 stories, riding the currents of fantasy, science fiction, crime, and horror. There are tales of murder, death, loss, revenge, greed, and hate. There are also tales of hope, survival, and love.
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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

The Sea Was a Fair Master is a mixture of stories that range from predictable to horrifying. I’d read one story and know how it was going to end. Then the next story I’d think, “I can’t believe that happened!” There are also love stories and tales of murder. My favorite story was about an android that has almost found a way to feel like humans do. Another one, Letting the Dead Grow, will stay with me for a while. It amazes me how Calvin Demmer can make the reader feel so much in so few words. I look forward to reading more of his work.

I read this book in one sitting but it would be a good one to have around when you just a few minutes to read here and there. I definitely recommend The Sea Was a Fair Master.  It’s a memorable book of short stories and if you like multiple genres, especially horror, you’ll enjoy it.

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About the Author

Calvin Demmer is a dark fiction author. His debut collection, The Sea Was a Fair Master, was released in June 2018. When not writing, he is intrigued by that which goes bump in the night and the sciences of our universe. You can find him online at www.calvindemmer.com or follow him on Twitter @CalvinDemmer.

 

 

 

 

Book Review: Three Modern Shorts: The Cafe Stories by K. Kris Loomis

31 May

This e-book is no longer available for purchase, but the stories can be found in the collection, The Monster In the Closet and Other Stories by K. Kris Loomis!

No time for novels? Try these Modern Shorts for Busy People!

What happens when two high school friends meet for a good old fashioned gossip session over coffee? Or when two very different people are brought together through internet dating and self-improvement? Or a couple of old friends battle it out over backgammon, secrets, and pecan pie?

In these three modern short stories, author K. Kris Loomis offers us glimpses of universally shared moments in everyday relationships and life. They are humorous, thought-provoking, and written to be read in one sitting.

THE GOSSIP GRIND
SELF IMPROVEMENT
BACKGAMMON BUDDIES

Just because you are busy doesn’t mean that you don’t deserve good fiction in your life!

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. This is the last of the short stories in Kris Loomis’s The Monster in the Closet and other stories. I’ve enjoyed reading all of them.

The Cafe Stories includes three short stories. In “Self Improvement,” Amelia and Jake meet after talking online for a while. They seem to have a lot in common and the results of their meeting is hilarious. Sadly, it’s something that could easily happen in this day and age. This was probably one of my favorites of all the stories because it’s so funny and yet so timely.

“The Gossip Grind” features Beth and Tiffie, long time friends who have always enjoyed some “good” gossip. Something happens one day that may change their friendship forever. 

The “Backgammon Buddies” are Hank and Bob. They have been friends for a long time and Bob has decided he needs to come clean about something before his dementia takes over and he’s unable to apologize. With his revelation comes one of Hank’s own. This story had a nice twist.

Three Modern Shorts: The Cafe Stories are short and can be read in one sitting. Even though they’re short, they’re well written. Some of them make you think and some make you smile.

I definitely recommend The Monster in the Closet and Other Stories. It would be great to have for those times when you have to wait somewhere for a few minutes or for the bathroom if you’re one of those people who keep reading material in the bathroom.

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About the Author

K. Kris Loomis is the author of the humorous travel memoir, Thirty Days In Quito: Two Gringos and a Three-Legged Cat Move to Ecuador. She also writes adult parables and short stories as well as books about yoga and meditation. Kris is a determined chess player, an origami enthusiast, a classically trained pianist, and a playwright.

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Book Review: Three Modern Shorts: The Bus Stories by K. Kris Loomis

30 May

 

This e-book is no longer available for purchase, but the stories can be found in the collection, The Monster In the Closet and Other Stories by K. Kris Loomis!

No time for novels? Try these Modern Shorts for Busy People!

In these three modern short stories, author K. Kris Loomis offers us glimpses of universally shared moments in everyday relationships and life. These stories are thought-provoking, often humorous, and written to be read in one sitting.

JUST GLUE IT TO YOUR BUTT
THE ORANGE SCARF
SAY SOMETHING

Just because you are busy doesn’t mean that you don’t deserve good fiction in your life!

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. I am in the process of reading and enjoying the short stories that Kris Loomis sent me.

The Bus Stories include three short stories. “Just Glue it to Your Butt” is about Ethan and his brother’s friend Luke. They’re waiting for the bus and Ethan sees a different side of Luke other than the older brother’s friend who torments him.

In “The Orange Scarf,” John realizes that there should be more to life than work. 

“Say Something” is about Chuck, a bus driver, and Olivia, a passenger on his bus. The title says it all. Chuck wants to say something to Olivia but will he say something before it’s too late?

Three Modern Shorts: The Bus Stories are short and can be read in one sitting. Even though they’re short, they’re well written. Some of them make you think and some make you smile. I like how Kris Loomis can make you feel so many different emotions in just three short stories. I’m looking forward to reading three more of her short stories tomorrow.

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About the Author

K. Kris Loomis is the author of the humorous travel memoir, Thirty Days In Quito: Two Gringos and a Three-Legged Cat Move to Ecuador. She also writes adult parables and short stories as well as books about yoga and meditation. Kris is a determined chess player, an origami enthusiast, a classically trained pianist, and a playwright.

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Book Review: Three Modern Shorts: The Funeral Home Stories by K. Kris Loomis

27 May

This e-book is no longer available for purchase, but the stories can be found in the collection, The Monster In the Closet and Other Stories by K. Kris Loomis!

No time for novels? Try these Modern Shorts for Busy People!

What happens when two sisters can’t agree on how to proceed with their mother’s funeral? Or when a mortician is faced with a talking corpse? Or when a young boy finds out his grandmother had a secret past?

In these three modern short stories, author K. Kris Loomis offers us glimpses of universally shared moments in everyday relationships and life. These stories are thought-provoking and written to be read in one sitting.

NOW AT PEACE
THE MAKEUP ARTIST
GRANNY GERTRUDE

Just because you are busy doesn’t mean that you don’t deserve good fiction in your life!

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. I am in the process of reading and enjoying the short stories that Kris Loomis sent me.

The Funeral Stories include three short stories. “Now at Peace” is about two sisters who have to make decisions about their mother’s funeral. Jackie lives in New York and usually only comes home for Thanksgiving and Jenny lives in the same town as their mom did. Jackie is the oldest but perhaps there are some things she can learn from her younger sister?

The Makeup Artist” is Mary Catherine and she specializes in making the deceased look good for their funerals. One day someone requests her to do her daughter’s makeup. How will doing the makeup for someone she knows affect her?

“Granny Gertrude” doesn’t have too many people at her funeral because she outlived most of her friends. It’s amazing how much the reader learns about G.G. as her grandson called her just from a few short conversations with others.

Three Modern Shorts: The Funeral Stories are short and can be read in one sitting. They’re short but well written. Some of them make you think and some make you smile. I’m looking forward to reading three more of her short stories tomorrow.

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About the Author

K. Kris Loomis is the author of the humorous travel memoir, Thirty Days In Quito: Two Gringos and a Three-Legged Cat Move to Ecuador. She also writes adult parables and short stories as well as books about yoga and meditation. Kris is a determined chess player, an origami enthusiast, a classically trained pianist, and a playwright.

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Book Review: Three Modern Shorts: The Bedroom Stories by K. Kris Loomis

25 May

This e-book is no longer available for purchase, but the stories can be found in the collection, The Monster In the Closet and Other Stories by K. Kris Loomis!

No time for novels? Try these Modern Shorts for Busy People!

What happens when there really IS a monster in the closet? Or when a disturbed teen discovers a secret notebook? And will Santa really have to wear sweatpants?

In these three modern short stories, author K. Kris Loomis offers us glimpses of universally shared moments in everyday relationships and life. These stories are thought-provoking, often humorous, and written to be read in one sitting.

THE MONSTER IN THE CLOSET
MARKS ON THE CEILING
THE SANTA DEBACLE

Just because you are busy doesn’t mean that you don’t deserve good fiction in your life!

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. After I read The Park Stories, the author offered to send her other modern shorts. Since I liked The Park Stories, I was happy to read the rest of them. 

The Bedroom Stories include three short stories. “The Monster in the Closet” is about a little girl named Hannalee who, like many children, is afraid of the monster in her closet. I thought it was going to be a scary story but I was pleasantly surprised that it turned out to be a sweet tale.

Marks on the Ceiling” was anything but sweet. It’s a story about a girl named Chelsea who’s being bullied at school. It’s a timely story that might make some kids think twice about bullying.

“The Santa Debacle” shows what Christmas has become. When I started reading this story, I didn’t like the characters at all but this turned out to be my favorite of the three stories.

If you’re looking for something to read in one sitting, I recommend Three Modern Shorts: The Bedroom Stories. They’re short but well written. I’m looking forward to reading three more of her short stories tomorrow.

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About the Author

K. Kris Loomis is the author of the humorous travel memoir, Thirty Days In Quito: Two Gringos and a Three-Legged Cat Move to Ecuador. She also writes adult parables and short stories as well as books about yoga and meditation. Kris is a determined chess player, an origami enthusiast, a classically trained pianist, and a playwright.

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Book Review: Wind Walker by Neil John Buchanan

19 May

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 188 KB
  • Print Length: 42 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Stormblade Productions (19 Oct 2014)

 

Something stirs beneath the ice-locked tundra of Snowdonia National Park. An ancient force of unspeakable evil scrabbles at the boundaries between worlds. Its servants creep from sunless caverns and crave the taste of warm human flesh. Ithaqua summons his children home. A new age approaches. Gibbering monsters and nameless horrors await and a blend of man and beast is needed to show the Great Old Ones the way. Dwellers in the deep. Fields of quivering flesh. All await the children of the Wind Walker . . . 

Includes the BONUS STORY Everett Smiles

Sheila is coming . . . 
The sky is brushed through with copper. The land is a frozen ruin. Aliens have slipped through the space between spaces to consume humanity with their endless obscene desires. Rifts in the fabric of the world bleed suggestion. My son waits out there beneath a curious orange sun. 
I . . . I have to find him. 
Sheila is coming . . . 

Available on Amazon

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

It’s been a while since I read straight horror but this one fits the bill. Wind Walker is about a small group of people who are going through Snowdonia National Park when they have an accident. What happens next is unthinkable, at least to most of them. There were times that the story was a bit “out there” and I would have preferred that it was more straightforward but it had a good ending.

Everett Smiles is the bonus story but I liked it more than Wind Walker. I was tickled by the title because Everett always smiles. Everett Smiles is about the end of the world but what a horrible end it is! It also had a good ending.

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Book Review: Unsavory Delicacies by Russell Brooks

8 Jun

For fans of Barry Eisler and Robert Ludlum. A three-course story collection with a side-order of revenge.

Crème Brûlée

Rogue operative, Monique Beauvais, cons a software genius into selling her a coveted technology that would allow its user to control CIA drones while they’re in flight. And she will go as far as killing him in public in order to have it.

To the Last Bite

A renowned food critic–whose scathing reviews have closed down restaurants–gets a savoury surprise.

Shashlyk and Morezhenoe

CIA operative, Ridley Fox, leads a team against one of Russia’s most powerful crime families. He discovers secrets, but not one that he was expecting to find.

Three stories with three consequences. All containing three Unsavory Delicacies.

***Caution*** Readers are strongly advised NOT to eat while reading To The Last Bite.

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Unsavory Delicacies contains three short stories. The first, Crème Brûlée, was good. It was predictable in the way that there could be several ways that came to my mind how it could turn out and one of those ways was correct.

To the Last Bite was my favorite of the three stories. It was a bit of a shocker and I liked the surprise.

I didn’t really understand the point of Shashlyk and Morezhenoe. Fox is a CIA operative and he and his men hone in on a Russian crime family. The CIA has the upper hand but this seems more like a prequel or epilogue than a story that stands on its own.

I definitely recommend the first two stories in Unsavory Delicacies

 

About the Author

Russell Brooks is the author of the thrillers, Pandora’s Succession, Unsavory Delicacies, Chill Run, and The Demeter Code.

Russell has been compared to a young Robert Ludlum in the way that he wrote Pandora’s Succession and Unsavory Delicacies.

After having read an excerpt of Chill Run, here’s what one British reader had to say:

“If you like Elmore Leonard, you will love ‘Chill Run’. Its snappy dialogue evokes ‘Rum Punch’ (filmed as Jackie Brown) and ‘Get Shorty’, and the plot carries the same tonal qualities of the Donald E Westlake thriller ‘The Hunter’ (filmed as Payback). As ever with Brooks, you can expect meticulous plotting and surprising twists. And, as with ‘Pandora’s Succession’ and ‘Unsavory Delicacies,’ the end will have you going straight back to the beginning to ride the rollercoaster again.” –www.fringescientist.com.

Russell is also former Indiana Hoosier Track Champion and Canadian Track Team member in the 100 and 200 metres. He has written several essays on his blog The Big Picture, one of which was published in the online Op-Ed section of the National Post in early 2009. He has also produced his own poetry/novel-themed show, The Russell Show, on YouTube. He currently lives in Montreal, Quebec.

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