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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 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.

https://www.facebook.com/kkrisloomis

https://twitter.com/kkrisloomis

https://www.instagram.com/kkrisloomis/

https://www.kkrisloomis.com/

Book Review & Giveaway: Beyond Forever by D.D. Marx

1 Dec

 Book Title: Beyond Forever (Book #3)

Author: D.D. Marx
Category: Adult Fiction, 200 pages
Genre: Chick-Lit
Publisher: Beyond Dreams Publishing
Release date: December 2017
Tour dates: Oct 16 to Dec 22, 2017
Content Rating: PG 13 (Light sex scenes/not explicit; language (couple f bombs)

Book Description

Just as their life is seemingly back on track, Finn McDaniel’s gets news that sends him into a tail-spin. He is faced with the prospect of losing Olivia Henry forever. He immediately turns to Dan, Olivia’s deceased best friend, who is her loyal and constant guardian angel from the beyond, imploring him for his help. In the midst of all of the chaos a special package is delivered that changes their lives forever.

While Finn is determined to grow his restaurant to new heights by chasing after the coveted Michelin Star, it is Olivia who finally sees her dream come to fruition in a way never thought possible. Finn is determined to support Olivia through her shocking breakthrough and even has a very special surprise up his sleeve that she never sees coming. Just as their plan is set in to motion and they settle in to their new normal, they have an earth shattering encounter. In that moment it is revealed that they have much more than just a spiritual relationship with the beyond.

To read more reviews, please visit D.D. Marx’s page on iRead Book Tours.

 

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I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. I had read Beyond Believing and Beyond Love and enjoyed them so I was looking forward to seeing what happens in the next stage of Olivia and Finn’s journey.

Olivia and Finn are having a baby! Of course, nothing is easy with them but they eventually receive the joy that comes with having a baby. As usual, Olivia and Finn face challenges but they are good at overcoming whatever is thrown at them, especially with the excellent support system they have.

Beyond Forever is one of those books in which I felt like I was reading about old friends. I liked the ending and I’m looking forward to read more books by D.D. Marx.

 

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Meet the Author

 

D.D. Marx is a contemporary romantic fiction writer and blogger, as well as a lover of all things social. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton, as well as the Second City program in Chicago, where she currently resides. A proud aunt and self-described hopeless romantic, Marx has always had a knack for humorous and engaging storytelling. Her pen name is a dedication to her beloved friend Dan, who continues to guide and inspire her in her daily life.

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Book Review & Giveaway: The Space Between by Susan Rooke

7 Nov
 
The Space Between: The Prophesy of Faeries by Susan Rooke
Category: Adult Fiction, 452 pages
Genre: Fantasy, Fairy Tale
Publisher: Holynok Press
Release date: September 12, 2017
Format available for review: ebook (mobi, ePub, PDF)
Tour dates: Oct 23 to Nov 17, 2017
Content Rating: PG-13 (For some violence. There is no sex or bad language)
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About the Book

Mellis, a courageous and resourceful young woman, is kidnapped from the human world and taken to the Space Between by a tribe of faeries called the Penitents. Because of guilt over an ancient sin committed by their angel ancestors against the Maker, the Penitents have cursed themselves with grotesque physical disfigurements. Mellis can help them reunite with the Maker and find their way back to redemption, but she would need to give up the life she’s always known to remain in the Space Between.

As she struggles with this heart-wrenching decision, one of the Penitents, bent on revenge, commits a gruesome attack against the tribe, and they learn he has taken Satan–the Maker’s greatest enemy–as his ally. All in the Space Between are facing grave danger. Will a long-awaited act of vengeance save them?

Susan Rooke builds a rich and fantastical world of angels and demons, monsters, faeries and dragons. Abounding with spirituality and humanity, this faery tale for adults has a cast of vivid characters you won’t soon forget.

 
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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.

This is a difficult book to review. There are stories within this story which made the book confusing, frustrating, and hard to follow. I did like the story of Mellis though. She’s taken from our world to the Space Between to hopefully fulfill a prophecy. Everyone she meets in this new world is good to her. They seem almost normal but each one has a burden to bear and she eventually learns why.

The characters are unique and described so well that I could picture each one as I read. Everyone has their own interesting story. 

I like the author’s writing style which includes vivid descriptions. I could picture everything as if I was there. Even when the story gets slow, her writing makes you want to keep reading, at least when I was reading Mellis’s story. I did have some difficulty making it through the other stories.

The Space Between is a fantasy full of fallen angels, faeries, dragons, and monsters. I will probably read the next book in the series with the hope that it is not as confusing. 

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 Meet the Author

 

Susan Rooke is a Pushcart-nominated poet and author of the forthcoming The Space Between Series. Her short stories and poems have appeared in publications such as The Christian Science Monitor and The Twilight Zone Magazine, among many others. She resides on a square of green, peaceful country not far from Austin, Texas, with her husband Glen, who runs a small cattle operation while Rooke writes fiction about angels and demons, monsters, faeries and dragons. Look for her fantasy novel, The Space Between: The Prophecy of Faeries on Amazon.Connect with the Author: Website ~ Twitter ~ facebookx

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Book Review & Giveaway: A Year in the Company of Freaks by Teresa Neumann

12 Sep

Book Title: A Year in the Company of Freaks by Teresa Neumann
Category: Adult Fiction, 515 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: All’s Well House
Release date: Dec 21, 2015
Tour dates: Sept 11 to 29, 2017
Content Rating: PG + M (Little violence and profanity, no f-words, no sex, but some drug use)

 

Description

It’s 1972 and a seismic clash-of-cultures is rattling northern California. In the redneck town of Trinity Springs, rumors of hippies migrating up from San Francisco have residents bracing for an invasion. When Italian-American hometown boy and Berkeley graduate Sid Jackson is busted for growing pot on his deceased parents’ farm, locals suspect the assault has begun. Will a crazy deferral program devised by the sheriff keep Sid out of prison? Or will a house full of eccentric strangers, a passionate love interest, and demons from his past be his undoing?

A “disarmingly appealing” tale of discrimination, transformation and restoration, Freaks is bursting with intrigue, drama, comic relief and romance. Reviewers agree this five-star, coming-of-age classic “very much reflects the attitude and mood of the times.”

 

My Review

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

I don’t read a lot of general fiction because I prefer other genres but I’m glad I chose to read this book. Since I was a teen in the seventies, I don’t really think of it as historical fiction (am I that old??). It amazes me how the author was able to take a year in the life of 5 strangers and make it so interesting that I had difficulty putting the book down. Talk about a page turner!

Sid just graduated from college in Berkley and planted some pot on his deceased parents’ farm thinking he could sell enough to make money to travel Europe before getting a job. Unfortunately, someone turned him in. Since the farm is in a small town and his parents were loved by the sheriff and his wife, the sheriff is able to get a year of probation for Sid…with some restrictions. He has to stay on the farm and get boarders and take care of the finances as well start fixing up the farm. 

When the boarders start showing up, Sid wonders how in the world he’ll ever get through a year with these strangers. One is a Jesus freak, one is an albino motorcyclist, one is just a little crazy, and one is a Vietnam vet. They’re all so different but as they work together to do chores and get to know each other, by the end of the year they’re good friends. Sid not only learns that there’s more to people than what’s on the surface but the year of responsibility helps him to grow up and appreciate his relationships with friends and family.

The characters in A Year in the Company of Freaks are complex and believable. The turmoil of the seventies is well represented by them. It is full of love, conflict, friendship, loyalty, and drama. 

 

Praise for A Year in the Company of Freaks:

“This coming of age story will draw the reader right in. Teresa Neumann demonstrates how much she values relationships in her writing … a precious skill. I held my breath all the way through to the final few pages. Five stars!” — The San Francisco Book Review

“As it relates to the complicated clash of culture and counterculture, Freaks acts as an authentic, strongly Seventies book. Northern California works as a strong presence in the novel that is vivid and omnipresent, but never overwhelming. Sure to intrigue and entertain, Freaks will have its digs in you before you realize how involved you’ve become.” — The Manhattan Book Review

 

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About the Author

Author of highly-acclaimed “A Year in the Company of Freaks,” Teresa was raised in a large Midwest family and now lives in Oregon. She is also the author of “Bianca’s Vineyard,” and its sequel, “Domenico’s Table.” Both books are based on the true stories of her husband’s Italian family in Tuscany. In addition to enjoying family, writing, reading, meeting her readers, wine tasting, traveling, and all things Italian, Teresa loves playing the fiddle with other musicians.

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Book Review: Short-lived by Michael Pritsos

24 Sep

21897918Title: Short-lived

Author: Michael Pritsos

Genre: Dark fiction

Publication Date: April 5, 2014

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About the Book

(from Goodreads)

Short-Lived is a dark novella set amidst the grittier areas of Phoenix, Arizona. Nine stories tell tales of money, power, life, and death. Short-Lived intricately weaves the lives of a drug addict, his love interest, dealers, and those struggling for power in the streets. Who will come out on top, and who will get left in the dust?

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My Review

I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review.

I started this novella a couple of times but I had trouble getting into it. I opened it today and told myself that I was going to read it this time or give up trying. I’m glad I gave it another chance.

Short-lived was a little hard to get into but once I got into it, I couldn’t put it down because I had to finish it to find out what happened.

Sadly, I think Short-lived is probably realistic. It’s a dark story about gangs, drugs, violence and death. It could have ended in many different ways but the way Michael Pritsos ended it was fitting.

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About the Author

2892946Michael Pritsos has studied English with emphases in both Literature and Creative Writing at Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University. Recently completing his enlistment as a U.S. Marine, Michael plans to return to Arizona State University to pursue a Masters in English. His third book, Severance, is a collaborative effort and the first book in a heroic fantasy series entitled The Sovereign.

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