I do not remember how this author found me, but I am happy he did. His stories are like food for my ever-craving soul. I've got two short stories to share today.
I adore horror short stories; you all know this. But what I love more than anything is when someone finds me and shares some really good ones. Both of these were written well, and kept me reading- hungry for more even! Hungry Ghosts was different and original. It took me to China- a place I've never been interested in visiting, and now I may never go! Labor Day Hunt was pretty cool, because though there was a tragic ending, someone was saved. I can't tell who, because that would be offering up SPOILERS! and you know I don't do that! Ha-ha! But if you enjoy the paranormal, you will enjoy these two stories.
Check out Calvin Demmer. He's on Goodreads.com; add these shorts to your TBR. I promise, you will like them. Cheers!📚
Ratings: 5 out of 5 specs
*Awaken is next.
**eBooks available on Amazon Unlimited by Calvin Demmer.
Because this story is a trilogy, I am not surprised that I walked away from this read a bit confused. It begins with an interview of very unstable prisoner. Then it moves to a grisley murder before he's forever put to sleep by the justice system. Then a woman spots a man, her ex, thought dead for years in a karaoke club in New Orleans, with her current husband- just to discover her daughter (also thought dead) is living too! This woman was a detective on the case of the unstable prisoner, mentioned in th first part of this blurb. THEN, an ex-FBI agent is pulled into a trap, lured by the man who may have gotten everything started with the deranged prisoner, also mentioned first! OMGOodness- your head will spin! It's all a loop, intertwined and forming into something big.
It's all good if you hold tight and wait for the next release. No matter how fractured the read may feel concerning the characters, there's a tie that binds them. The writing is excellent and once you begin, you won't stop until the ending is told. I can't figure any of it out- the author of What Remains, A. Lawrence Haskins, knows what he's doing. Though I've never desired to write something so reticent, Haskins is an artful author that I'd love to emulate.
The story is segmented but with invisible webbing that will eventually bring each piece together in a tale, I believe will be incredibly wicked!📚
Ratings: 5 out of 5 specs
*Hungry Ghosts & Labor Day Hunt is next.
**Short Story was provided by A. Lawrence Haskins.
Here's an amazing story that tricked me! For some reason I thought it would be something totally different than it actually was! I am proud to say, I was pleasantly pleased to be proven wrong. Mark that on your calendars; I don't admit that very often!
When I first received the book, I thought I'd be reading another street fictional tale of abuse, drugs and maybe prostitution. I'm thrilled I was wrong. This book was fantasy and I could tell Reed worked hard on bringing the story to life. Velma was an amazing character who wasn't sure who she was. She felt accepted when she became part of a group called the Taram. It wasn't till they flipped the script that she realized she was supposedly fated for something horrific- something she wasn't sure she could handle... so she ran away.
This story was deep, thanks to great character development. I felt Velma was written to be a strong young lady with a lot to deal with. She questioned and made mistakes but that's what a character's growth is all about, yeah? It made her real and I enjoyed reading her. I did find a difficulty...
I had a hard time seeing the world I was trying to immerse myself. The characters were wonderful but the world building was slightly unfinished. It didn't hurt the story but because I couldn't see everything the way I know Reed was, I felt more like an observer than a participant. That's not too bad though. I can also say that someone VERY important is missing througout most of the tale. I won't say who that is due to SPOILERS, but I was curious as to why they waiting so long. Other than that, I truly enjoyed this story and I think any reader who picks this book up will too! Check out Fair to Hope by the talented Sam Reed, while I move on to the next read! (HEY- I made a funny!)
Hopefully one of those reads will include another Sam Reed novel.
Ratings: 4 out of 5 specs
*What Remains is next.
**Book is by Sam Reed, North Loop Books.
Don't you just love it when a children's book comes along with a strong message? I rarely receive them, so I celebrated when this one was placed in my hands. I met the author of Why Me? Julie Parker, at a meeting and we hit it off. She's the sweetest gal and last Friday, we spent about three or more hours working on her second book! When she found out I reviewed books, she asked if I'd read hers. My reply was something like: "Heck yeah!"
Anyway, you have to take a peek at at this lovely story. The illustrations are bright, yet soft on the eyes. The children encourage you and the book collects proceeds that go to a pediatric speciality hospital: Ranken Jordan. Do yourself and others a favor and get this book! On to the next read📚
Ratings: 5 out of 5 specs
*Fair To Hope is next.
**Book provided by author, Julie Patker, an independent author.
What do you get when you combine dreams, flying and a determined pig? Icarus Swinebuckle by Michael Garland!
This story is adorable, mainly because of the rich illustrations- all done by Michael Garland, the author! The pictures are finely detailed and so alive, you can almost feel the pig's hairs on his pink skin!
The story's about an irresponsible pig and father, Icarus. He's a cobbler, but he's so busy imagining himself flying about in the clouds, he's disappointing his customers and late on his rent... again! But does that stop Icarus from following his dream: finding a way to fly like a bird? Not one bit! He uses a few items to create wings and before you know it- he's doing something crazy and everyone in his London town is there to witness it. I can't tell you what happens but it's a great children's tale! My Ewoks and I loved it.
Check out this beautiful children's book about dreams and how, if you stay determined, you can do ANYTHING! I'm on to the next book.📚
Ratings: 5 out of 5 specs
*Why Me? is next.
**Book is from my personal library.
I am so happy to finally get this book review out! Vulcana: Rebirth of the Champion was written by a great guy- someone I call friend. Brian K. Morris is a man who knows his heroes, how to develop a hero and make you smile the entire read!
I met Morris via a Superman group I follow. I also see him annually at the Superman Celebration that's held annually in Metropolis, IL. He's an awesome writer, supportive and a giver of excellent advice. When I finally got to meet him at Artist's Alley (a spot for comics, artists and authors), I grabbed his book- he even signed it for me. He's awesome but so is this book.
Vulcana: Rebirth of the Champion is exactly what the title states. A hero(ine) is made. Her name is Angelique Forge. She's an average gal with a blog that helps her get by. It's not till she meets up with an old college friend that things take a turn for the absolute worst. She's killed!
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