No, I didn't die, though I have been absent for quite a bit. Various things going on in my personal life have kept me busy and I honestly haven't been reading as much of late. So in this post, I will share the few indie books I have read since April.
Before I get to that, let me plug my newest release that hit the market in July. Tantalizing Tales of the Horrific and Fantastic is a collection of short stories that span various genres.
Here is the blurb and buy links:
your teeth into this book of fantastical short stories that will leave
you wanting more. This collection mixes fantasy, science fiction,
horror, and more into one big boiling pot of tastiness. Stories may
include princesses, talking birds, alien species, magical items,
terrifying creatures, cyborgs, or assassins. You’ll get your fill of
thrills and chills.
BUY LINKS: Universal link - Amazon - Goodreads - Books2Read
Now on to the indie books!
Valkyrie on Planet Fury
by Lynne Murray
Rating: 5 Stars
Lynne Murray knocks it out of the park again!
had been a while since I read the first book Gravitas: Valkyrie in the
Forbidden Zone. I had almost forgotten what an amazing storyteller this
author is but two pages in and it all came rushing back. Her memorable
characters. Her own sci-fi take on various mythologies. Her amazing
building of complex societies. Everything about this book makes it such a
pleasure to read.
Though there are some editing issues, the
storytelling shines through as we are whisked away on another
edge-of-your-seat adventure with Sybil, our favorite oddball from Planet
Valkyrie. Tension, romance, devious plots, and sexy fun are in store.
We even meet Medusa!
I highly recommend this one.
by Garrison Kelly
Rating: 3 Stars
If you're looking for a
collection of short stories where everyone is pissed off all the time,
look no further. Each story certainly delves into the darkness of
humankind, showing how unreasonable and crazy some people can be. Though
most of the characters are over-the-top and violence is the word of the
day, there is usually a happy-ish ending in store. Be sure to listen to
some angry screamo while reading this one!
Once Upon a Fabulous Time
Rating: 4 Stars
are a bunch of random fairy tale stories from various authors put
together nicely in one anthology. Though I still didn't see how each
story tied into the main story throughout, I enjoyed this book more than
expected. I have to say that both Aliya DalRae stories were my favorite
of the bunch. "Where Darkness Lies" by Joanna Van Leerdam was my next
favorite. Their stories were the strongest and best written.
some of the other stories were okay, my least favorite was Mr. Wizardo.
There was confusing head-hopping as well as scene jumping that would
jolt me out of the story. To be honest, I skipped the rest of the story
after Chapter Two. The author's need to slap the reader in the face with
a Wizard of Oz reference in every single paragraph got really old
really fast, especially when most references didn't come across as
making any sense.
Overall, a nice collection with a few tales I wouldn't mind seeing fleshed out into novel length stories.
Ghostly Writes 2017
by Various Authors
Rating: 3 Stars
entertaining collection of short stories. Only a few of the stories
were scary, though all contained some aspect of the supernatural. My
favorite stories were "A Grave Business" by Michael Lynes and "The Big
Escape" by Marjorie Hembroff.
Happy reading, all!