Often Overlooked by Cary Polkovitz

Publication Date: July 24, 2013

 

Often Overlooked by Cary Polkovitz

In Often Overlooked by Cary Polkovitz, the author has compiled a book of pictures comprising his own work and submitted pictures of things around which he has built 70+ short stories. From a pair of shoes abandoned in the grass to a weathered fence around which he has built a historical tale, Polkowitz builds new legacies for items often overlooked.

 

 

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Such Is Life by Jeri Walker-Bickett

Publication Date: January 29, 2013

 

Such Is Life by Jeri Walker-BickettSuch a Life by Jeri Walker-Bickett contains five short stories exploring varied aspects of modern life. In Pretty Girl, a young girl meets up with a Carny Worker and in For the Love of Dog, a woman’s connection with her dog proves stronger than any bond of moral code.

 

 

 

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The Barber’s Conundrum and Other Stories: Observations on Life From the Cheap Seats by John Hartnett

Publication Date: January 12, 2013

 

[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”0615741150″ locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51szYdLcVyL._SL160_.jpg” width=”107″]This is a collection of 37 short pieces laced with humor and real-life references dealing with a multitude of topics including parenting, shopping and even proof of life on other planets.

 

 

 

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A Plague of Dreams by John Gregory Hancock

Publication Date: December 29, 2012

 

A Plague of Dreams by John Gregory HancockA Plague of Dreams by John Gregory Hancock is a book of ten short stories that vary widely in style and genre. One story is an online R.P.G. that turns very real, another story has a dragon living a number of lives in a few pages, a further story features a space traveler talking to a higher power, and yet another story is a chilling tale of a killing in a time when education is illegal. I was given this anthology by the author in exchange for a review. I thoroughly enjoyed the different types of stories as well as the writing style. What follows is a short break-down of the individual stories (composed by Rangewoman Inc):

 

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Black Sacrament (Part 1 Creatures of Fire Serial) by J.B. Brooklin

Publication Date: July 28, 2012

 

Black Sacrament (Part 1 Creatures of Fire Serial) by J.B. BrooklinIn Black Sacrament (Part 1 Creatures of Fire Serial) by J.B. Brooklin, Alexander is a fire demon sent to kill Harold Baldwin when he meets Harold’s ward, his niece, Sariel. He has a deep and immediate attraction to the teenage girl. Distraction could mean death for Alexander. Can he survive and save Sariel from a danger she doesn’t yet realize she faces?

 

 

 

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Alien Invasion of the Zombie Apocalypse by Ford Forkum

Publication Date: May 2, 2012

 

In Alien Invasion of the Zombie Apocalypse by Ford Forkum, alieAlien Invasion of the Zombie Apocalypse by Ford Forkumns who are bored decide to attack a planet and enslave a few hundred people just for the kicks, choose Earth. They arrive to find the planet in the midst of a Zombie Apocalypse and themselves no match for zombies. The lone survivor, Ursa Minor, teams up with students that he finds on the roof of a building and their vapid and affectionate vampire friends to find a way out of the ultimate invasion gone wrong.

 

 

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Tales of Suruale: Davi by R. Booth, B. Woods and D. Morgan

Publication Date: March 31, 2011

 

Tales of Suruale: Davi by R. Booth, B. Woods and D. MorganIn Tales of Suruale: Davi by R. Booth, B. Woods and D. Morgan, Davi is a human swordsmith living in a Middle Earth-like world. When his own people burn him out of his home and send Davi to try to open a trade route with a nearby Kingdom of Dwarves, Davi must survive by his wits and decide where his loyalty lies.

 

 

 

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ER Smackdown on Novellas!

This weekend my husband had an unfortunate allergic reaction which landed us in the ER for a few hours. In the time that we were there, I read five novellas.

Let me set the scene for you–cushy reclining chairs (our ER has really come up in the world), a Sharon Stone/Robert DeNiro movie playing on the big screen featuring multiple baseball bat inflicted deaths, 3- and 5-year-old blond boys sitting with their parents and a woman who is trying to propel her lungs out of her mouth in coughing fits. Could I lose myself in a good book? Let’s find out.

 

Book1: [easyazon-link asin=”B007ZSC2BU” locale=”us”]Physical Attraction (Romance Short Story)[/easyazon-link] by Leighann Dobbs.

Publication Date: May 1, 2012

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Olivia is a single mom who hasn’t had a date in a while. She’s hesitant when Jordon, a hot new trainer at the gym, approaches her for a date but can’t resist accepting.

Despite the title, this novella was a straight-up, sweet romance. Jordon also turns out to be a single dad, and SURPRISE, they have kids the same age. There’s a little sub-plot of jealousy but mostly it’s kind of a true-to-life rendering of a romance. Would I have bought this novella? No. If you like romance novels and you see it free, it’s a quick read and fun. I’d take the time.

 

[easyazon-link asin=”B007P6JKPS” locale=”us”]Hurricane-A Short Story[/easyazon-link] by R. Narvaez

Publication Date: March 26, 2012

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Papo is in Puerto Rico for his cousins wedding. He’s asked, after the wedding, to take one of the guests back to San Juan with him and she turns out to not be so honest.

Papo is a criminal jerk, but he’s one for whom the reader can feel because he gets more than his fair share of the bad. There is deep symbolism in this book that never comes off as pretentious, and I enjoyed the flow and the way the characters stayed true to who they were. There were no redeeming moments in this read, and that’s what makes it great.

 

[easyazon-link asin=”B0089P6XZE” locale=”us”]In Waiting[/easyazon-link] by Kathryn Jones

Publication Date: June 6, 2012

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Tabitha has just left a long-term relationship and doesn’t think she’s ready for anything new, but one of her customers at the coffee shop knows better, and suddenly someone she never looked at in that way is looking pretty good.

 

If I said that I didn’t like this story, that wouldn’t be honest. I did think it was cute, but there were a lot of “huh” moments that kind of stopped this reader in her tracks. The ex showing up was a little self-serving and Meg’s motivation for bringing him back. I hear in the storyline that she married her high school sweetheart and thinks that everyone should be married but really, is someone going to make that rationalization about a cheating partner? Is this perhaps another stereotype that we see a lot of places where perhaps women who are committed think you should stick through anything? I don’t buy it. I did like the relationship between the main character and the new man and the date they went on…very unconventional.

 

[easyazon-link asin=”B005SUMEX8″ locale=”us”]The Golden Ketch[/easyazon-link] by Michael C. Lee and William Hesselbacher

Publication Date: October 4, 2011

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This is the story of John Weldon, his wife Mia and the Japanese Commander looking to do them harm. More importantly, this is the story of the Golden Ketch.

This novella is set during WWII and is so raw and violent. The Japanese Commander is killing everyone he sees and raping every girl he comes across. He enslaves people to find gold that had been dumped at the bottom of a harbor and then lines his boat with it. He intends to leave all of his slaves dead but the American, John, lashes out, nearly killing him. The Commander finds himself in the hospital being treated by John’s wife Mia, and threatens to kill her family if she doesn’t have sex with him. She sends her family away from the city and endures the commander’s repeated rapes until John finally finds her, and they flee the city. The Commander wants his gold and he wants John’s life so he chases them in his boat committing atrocities everywhere he steps. This was brutal, and I could not look away. I cheered for John and Mia, and I hoped that the commander would be killed. This was a great read and so well written. I highly recommend it if you’re not squeamish about violence.

 

[easyazon-link asin=”B007MNYMAM” locale=”us”]The Darkness Inside[/easyazon-link] by CR Myers.

Publication Date: March 19, 2012

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Two young children, caught trying to kill their grandfather, accuse their parents of terrible crimes.

This was the winner. This novella kept me entranced the entire time I read it. An officer taking the statements of the young children, brings the parents in for questioning and the next day they’re found dead. What really happened? This is such a short story, so I don’t want to give too much away. The tension and horror of theplotline is just stunningly vivid. This was rough subject matter, but I thoroughly enjoyed this read and suggest that it’s well worth the 99 cents; so pick it up if you like noir! When I closed my Kindle, my heart was racing, and I was filled with the sense that this novella was just one really good read.

 

I wouldn’t want to go to the ER too often but it’s sure good for getting some reading done!

Dumb White Husband Stories by Benjamin Wallace

Publication Date: September 25, 2011

[easyazon-link asin=”B005PK42BS” locale=”us”]Dumb White Husband vs. The Grocery Store (A Short Story)[/easyazon-link]

 

[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B005PK42BS” locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51X3sOwlCQL._SL160_.jpg” width=”107″] John has his day planned—he’s going to watch sports. Plans change when his wife needs a couple of things from the grocery store. Not a big deal, he can be there and back and catch up with the live game in no time. Of course, not everything goes as planned and John may be his own worst enemy.

 

 

Publication Date: October 10, 2011

[easyazon-link asin=”B005UNHDEI” locale=”us”]Dumb White Husband vs. Halloween (A Short Story)[/easyazon-link]

 

[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B005UNHDEI” locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51HKAkGyM%2BL._SL160_.jpg” width=”107″]Chris’s goal every year is to have the most terrifying yard on the block and to give the best candy. What happens when someone not only copies Chris’s idea, but is giving KING-SIZED CANDY BARS?

 

 

 

Publication Date: December 2, 2011

[easyazon-link asin=”B006HDODUW” locale=”us”]Dumb White Husband vs. Santa (A Short Story)[/easyazon-link]

 

[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B006HDODUW” locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51daTIVbPXL._SL160_.jpg” width=”107″] Eric wants his family to have the best Christmas ever but a wrench is thrown into the works when his son meets Santa Chris outside? Can Eric keep the promises Santa Chris made?

 

 

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