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Thursday, September 29, 2016 until
Monday, October 3, 2016
Animal Tales is a lovely collection of short stories and poetry about cats, dogs, birds, and even a mouse wins admiration. Most of these tales were inspired by real life events.
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SYNOPSIS: A mermaid turns out to be the perfect bait. A young man in the Badlands discovers the price of business. And a man desperate to escape his life finds out he’s not the only one.
These are just a few of the stories in Honest Fibs, a collection ofspeculative and science fiction short stories that explore our perception of the world around us. Is there more to the world than we can see? How far can we trust our senses? And in a digital society, can any of us tell what’s real?
REVIEW: This is a brilliant collection of short stort stories. I really enjoyed how Rossis skillfully started by telling several stories within a story… that of two men sharing tales while fishing. I liked it so much that I wanted the whole book to proceed in the same manner. Unfortunately, it didn’t and that kind of spoiled the mood for me. Notwithstanding, it has to be said that Rossis has a true gift for storytelling that defies reason…. Or as he would say it, ‘punches holes in the fabric…’
SYNOPSIS: About three-and-a-half years ago, Timmy put his paw to writing a guest post for a blog for the first time, and it turned out to be the most popular post of the year. He hasn’t looked back since.
Most recently, he has demonstrated that it actually is possible to teach an old Cat new tricks. He has recently published a book, and has now converted into an ebook. You are looking at it. Enjoy!
$1 Cdn from each soft cover book sold of the first print run was designated for a local animal shelter – Richmond Animal Protection Society. They provide shelter and new homes for a large variety of animals, and they are home to Canada’s largest cat shelter.
Fifty cents from every ebook sold for the first 100 books will also go to the same shelter. Thank you for your support.
REVIEW: This is a most enjoyable little work that had me chuckling a couple of times. The photos of Timmy the cat are adorable. I enjoyed the presentation, but had hoped for more imagination and possibly a bit of fantasy woven in, especially given the title. However, it was a brave effort and is my hope that the author will take what I’ve shared and make more promising any further adventures from Timmy.
Capital of greatness be
Great wonder for all
Travellers to see
A beacon of greatness
In all that you are
On the isle of the sea
In its beauty afar
One thing truly
Gives you your name
One thing could never bring
Your people shame
Royalty and wealth
Is so manifest
Shows to this world
How much we are blessed
Some loath your own name
It’s called out for charity
It’s called out in blame
You are great London
City of the free
Live long in your greatness
On the isle of the sea
Though you have long
All does not glisten
That is old
You have legends
Still you shine on
In Olympian Gold
With both your
Past and present
With all future banners
Oh great beacon
For the isle of the sea
You give hope
To the rest
Of the world
© Kevin Cooper… Reflections: Poems, Songs and Muses (2013)
SYNOPSIS: Randall Grange has been tricked into admitting herself into a treatment center and she doesn’t know why. She’s not a party hound like the others in her therapy group—but then again, she knows she can’t live without pills or booze.
Raised by an abusive father, a detached mother, and a loving aunt and uncle, Randall both loves and hates her life. She’s awkward and a misfit. Her parents introduced her to alcohol and tranquilizers at a young age, ensuring that her teenage years would be full of bad choices, and by the time she’s twenty-three years old, she’s a full-blown drug addict, well acquainted with the miraculous power chemicals have to cure just about any problem she could possibly have—and she’s in more trouble than she’s ever known was possible.
REVIEW: This is a story of hope that will enlighten and encourage many readers who have had even the faintest brush with an undesirable upbringing, drugs or alcohol addiction.
What I liked about this work the most is Randall’s approach to telling her story; it’s honest, sincere and gives the reader a true sense of how oblivious a child is to the real dangers presented by a dysfunctional family where access to alcohol and addictive prescriptions is wide open in a very aggressive environment the soul begs to escape.
Yet, this is not a story of blame, hate, self-pity, or anything of the sort. It is rather one where the narrator comes to the self-realisation of the mess her life has become and the hope that such realisation can bring.
The writing style is very clear, witty, and comfortable… more down-to-earth which makes it very enjoyable and easy to read. The work is very well written. Though a bit slow to start, the pace is steady, and the story concludes beautifully.
Links To Reviews
SYNOPSIS: Flash fiction with a bonus short story thrown in to lighten an otherwise dark collection of tales.
REVIEW: I’m a big fan of Sue Coletta. Her crime thrillers are
and she puts a huge amount of research into her work… Forensics & Anatomy to name just a couple of the areas she explores. I find her main works to be something like a cross between the psychological thriller and CSI. I can’t wait for her next instalment of the Mayhem series.
That said, I was quite disappointed with this small collection of tales. As a writer of flash fiction and short stories I completely understand the problems with character development and depth so neither of these were an issue. My real issue is the stories simply came across as excerpts from her thrillers, and as they were so graphic and compact, they were hard to digest. They would however be fine as part of larger works where there is plenty of build up and some kind of solution.
I was given a free copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
Diamond Book Awards
As announced in my newsletter at the beginning of this month:
I can’t believe we’ve got there already folks! All the reviews for the first year of the Diamond Book Awards are complete. There were twenty-five submissions, but only twelve were accepted. Selecting the top five from those twelve was a gruelling exercise; far harder than I imagined it would be. From the five I’ve chosen, it must be said… All of them hold equal weight for the DBA. In no particular order, here are the final five nominations with links to each review:
The Improbable Journeys of Billy Battles by Ronald E Yates
Lemon Girl by Jyoti Arora
An Honest House by Cynthia Reyes
The Fantastic Travels of William and the Monarch Butterfly by Christina Steiner
Wings of Mayhem by Sue Coletta
The Diamond Book Award is a tough award to win. All have done incredibly well to get this far. It is now up to the judging panel to decide who the award will go out to. For more information on the Diamond Book Awards please visit: The Diamond Book Awards
The Diamond Book Award winner will be announced in next month’s newsletter during the first week of October. Good luck guys!
Please show your support for the finalists who have done extremely well to get this far, and watch out for this year’s winner of The Diamond Book Awards.
My latest music release, All I Can Say is now available from iTunes and on Googleplay. It will be coming to AmazonMp3 and other retail sites shortly.
All I Can Say is a power ballad (Well… My attempt at on anyway) where the singer is trying to convey that saying, ‘I Love You’ is all that can be said, yet in reality mere words are not enough to express the depth of their relationship.
For those of you who are interested, I have updated my Albums page to include links to my Songcast music profile, Soundcloud, and Youtube where you can also listen to my latest single releases. There are also options to follow me on Soundcloud and/or Youtube.
I know that a lot of my supporters prefer AmazonMp3, therefore I have placed links to all my singles currently available on AmazonMp3 in the widget section for easy access. All I Can Say will be added to these widgets as it becomes available.