Short Story Review: Dreams of Lake Drukka & Exhumation by Mike Thorn

“Dreams of Lake Drukka” and “Exhumation” explore the unearthing of horrific, long-buried family secrets. Journeying into the darkest recesses of the past, these stories depict the dire consequences of discovering the truth.

Writing about this duology, author Mike Thorn says: “It was only in retrospect that I could see the connections between these two stories. When I revisited them for publication, it struck me that they work well as companion pieces. Both plots depict unfulfilled pacts with supernatural undercurrents, both include journeys to uncover unresolved familial trauma, and both pivot around the revelation of repressed memories. I wanted to explore the relationship between setting and atmosphere in these pieces, and to depict horror within internal and physical ‘sites of trauma.’ The characters are grappling with painful memories / experiences that have held them back, consciously or unconsciously. One story focuses on a character who is the agent of her own revelations, whereas the other story sees someone whose agency is quickly and brutally taken away.”

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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.

Dreams of Lake Drukka and Exhumation are for fans of horror. Both stories deal with family secrets and the consequences of actions in the past.

Dreams of Lake Drukka was my favorite of the two stories. Sharla insists that she and her sister Jeannette go to the lake where their mom drowned several years ago. She knows that something wasn’t right and needs to find out what actually happened. Or should she have just left it alone?

In Exhumation, Abel is attending his cousin’s funeral. He meets another man, Norm, who claims to be a cousin as well; but he has no recollection of Norm, probably because when he met him, it was during the years Abel was on drugs and alcohol. Norm insinuates that Abel was there when something terrible had happened to Alan, and even though Abel has no desire to found out what it was, he may have no choice.

This was a quick read but as a fan of horror, both stories definitely kept my interest.

About the Author

Mike Thorn is the author of Darkest Hours and Dreams of Lake Drukka & Exhumation. His fiction has appeared in numerous magazines, anthologies and podcasts, including Dark Moon DigestThe NoSleep PodcastTurn to Ash and Tales to Terrify. His film criticism has been published in MUBI NotebookThe Film StageThe Seventh RowBright Lights Film Journal and Vague Visages. He completed his M.A. with a major in English literature at the University of Calgary, where he wrote a thesis on epistemophobia in John Carpenter’s Prince of Darkness. Visit his website, follow him on Twitter or contact him by email.

Book Review: The Incredibly Nosey Cat Flap Pony by Libby Lake

Title: The Incredibly Nosey Cat Flap Pony
Author: Libby Lake
Release Date: 28th November 2019
Genre: Picture Book
Page Count: 30
Publisher: Clink Street Publishing

The tiddliest of ponies with wondersome wings was buzzing around examining things. What would you do if a teensy tiny, flying pony busily bustled into your house? This hilarious, heart-warming story shows how being inquisitive can be a good thing!

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48908167-the-incredibly-nosey-cat-flap-pony

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Incredibly-Nosey-Flat-Cap-Pony-ebook/dp/B07YMZ6GWF

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 Incredibly Nosey Cat Flap Pony is a cute story about a small flying pony who enters the home of a family through the cat flap. He’s so excited that he gets into everything and makes a big mess! What are they going to do with this crazy cat flap pony?

This book has rhyming verse, some uncommon (but interesting) words, and colorful illustrations that are bound to bring a giggle or two. The Incredibly Nosey Cat Flap Pony is a fun book for young children, especially to read aloud!

About the Author

Anna was born in St Albans in Hertfordshire.  She studied law at Aberystwyth University prior to qualifying as a solicitor.  Since then Anna has worked in the City in headhunting/coaching, set up a charity and helps build tech start-ups. 

Her writing career began in 2010 when she wrote her first play, ‘Trial by Ego’ which was first produced in 2011.  ‘The Incredibly Nosey Cat Flap Pony’ is Anna’s first children’s book.

Anna has two teenage children and lives on the South Coast.

Book Review & Giveaway: Lottie Sparkles’ Magical Discovery by Petra Quelch

Who wouldn’t like a magical jacket?

Lottie Sparkles is a little girl who loves everything sparkly,mainly clothes. Anything plain or dirty is a disgrace in Lottie s mind! When Lottie is sent to spend time with her lovely grandparents in the countryside, she is furious because that essentially means smelly animals, lots of puddles and hard work!But what she certainly didn’t count on was coming face to face with a magical object.

Amazon UK  – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lottie-Sparkles-Magical-Discovery-Quelch/dp/1788784065

Amazon UShttps://www.amazon.com/Lottie-Sparkles-Magical-Discovery-Quelch-ebook/dp/B07X7VSXD7/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=lottie+sparkles%27+magical+discovery&qid=1574647925&sr=8-1

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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.

Lottie Sparkles has only one interest: sparkly clothes. She spends all of her time in her room trying on clothes and looks down on the children outside who get dirty playing. When her mom tells her she’s going to visit her grandparents, she’s mad because she’s sure that they live in a dirty place and thinks she won’t have a good time.

Lottie is not my favorite character. She’s not motivated to do anything but play with her sparkly clothes. Her parents don’t seem to care she does nothing else. And her grandparents don’t say anything to her about it.

Children will probably enjoy this story because of the funny and magical things that happen on Lottie’s grandparents’ farm. I was disappointed, though, with the fact that there was no moral to this story, especially since there was a perfect opportunity for one.

About the Author

The author loves everything sparkly and glittery but hopefully,she says, she is not a diva like Lottie from her book. Aside from all the glitz and glamour,she is a collector of magical books, tea sets, movies and a huge fan of chocolate. She has two little girls also known as “The Little Book-Fairies” with a BIG imagination.

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Book Review: A Picture-Purrfect Christmas by Patricia Fry

A spellbinding story of love, hope, and a child’s innocent Christmas dreams. When Savannah Ivey agrees to teach photography to a group of at-risk children, she doesn’t expect a sweet-spirited little crippled girl to steal her heart and become an important part of her family. Even Rags, the kleptomaniac cat, is captivated by the child named Marissa. When she goes missing, everyone, including Rags, experiences the pain of loss.

Detective Craig Sledge fears that Marissa’s unscrupulous, non-custodial father may be behind her disappearance and the search escalates into high gear. When even a pack of rescue dogs can’t find the child, the detective turns to Rags and everyone prays for a Christmas miracle. Can Rags succeed where the others have failed?

While this story involves some intense drama, it will also make you smile and even laugh out loud. Bring out the tissues for the beautiful ending. A Picture-Purrfect Christmas is one of those feel-good holiday stories you’ll want to read over and over again.

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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 first Klepto Cat Mystery I’ve ever read. It stands on its own so even though it’s #13, I had no problem.

Savannah helps her friend Shelley teach a photography class to troubled children. She becomes close to Marissa, a girl in foster care who has had a troubled life. When Marissa disappears, no one, including Detective Craig Sledge, is sure where to begin searching because there are so many possibilities: her deadbeat father, her foster parents, their nephews, or maybe someone else…

Although this book deals with abuse and kidnapping, it’s a sweet and light-hearted read for the most part. The animals make it even sweeter. Rags is the star animal: he’s a cat who seems to have more than good intuition. He’s super smart. The Iveys’ other animals are amusing too.

I’m glad I finally got to read one of these books. I have three Christmas Klepto Cat Mysteries to read, so my next read will be #22, A Christmas to Purr About.

About the Author

Patricia has been writing for publication for over 40 years, having been fortunate enough to establish a career doing what she loves. Hundreds–maybe thousands–of her articles have appeared in over 500 different publications and she has published books on a variety of topics–grandparenting, local history, youth mentoring, journaling and many aspects of publishing and book promotion. After years of writing nonfiction, in 2012, she decided to branch out and try writing fiction and the Klepto Cat Mysteries were created.
The Klepto Cat Mysteries feature Rags, an ordinary cat with a most extraordinary habit–he’s a kleptomaniac. Currently, Patricia is producing anywhere from three to five books per year in both ebook format and in print. Read the Klepto Cat Mysteries and you’ll laugh, you’ll sit on the edge of your chair in suspense, and you’ll smile at the good-feeling you’re left with when you finish each book in the series. 

Website: http://www.KleptoCatMysteries.com