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Sunday Shorts

Sunday Shorts is a new meme started by the CabinGoddess.com. The rules are easy, a short story, an anthology of short stories, a novella, or a quick weekend read that is also short on your wallet!

 

Amazon clearly wants me to continue this meme as it sent me an email asking me if I was interested in the suggested short stories. Why yes, yes I am. Thank you amazon. Excellent timing you have. While browsing I came across this book which sure looks like it would keep a reader up at night.

Monstrous transplants. Appalling amputations. Bizarre implants. Nightmarish forms of body enhancements. Disturbing, perverse, often gut-wrenching stories–all between the covers of this anthology. Here are 20 tales by some of today’s best horror, suspense, and science fiction writers, including Graham Masterton, John Shirley, Scott Nicholson, Michael Laimo, Lisa Mannetti, L.L. Soares, Armand Rosamilia, Aaron J. French, Christopher Nadeau, Michael Bailey, Adrienne Jones, Charles Colyott, J. Gregory Smith, Michael Louis Calvillo, Jezzy Wolfe, Jonathan Templar, P.I. Barrington, Elliott Capon, Rob M. Miller, and Weldon Burge. The stories are not for those who are faint of heart or squeamish, or who are easily offended by nasty language, bloody violence, and freakish body augmentations. You’ve been warned!

 

Sunday Shorts

Sunday Shorts is a new meme started by the CabinGoddess.com. The rules are easy, a short story, an anthology of short stories, a novella, or a quick weekend read that is also short on your wallet!

I continue this meme because of my love of short stories I am majorly bummed that more people aren’t taking part but then again a meme isn’t “good” because of the amount of people involved but the fun you get out of it and the quality of what is featured.

Today I am featuring a book by an author I just saw interviewed on a blog who’s host I <3 she’s way cool. Check out Stephanie’s interview with author Carolyn Moncel. When I saw short stories mentioned my ears perked right up and I though well there you go feature that book. Once I took a look at what the author had available I said yes I will, the blurb sounds interesting and I don’t argue with Stephanie.

Railway Confessions : A Collection of Short Stories by Carolyn Moncel 

Would you ever reveal a dark secret to a complete stranger – even if you knew you’d never meet that person again? This question is at the heart of author, Carolyn Moncel’s latest work, Railway Confessions – A Collection of Short Stories. As passengers traveling aboard a TGV train from Paris to Geneva one summer evening, three couples casually disclose very intimate, truthful details that could potentially transform their lives either for the better or for the worst. In the story, “My Brother’s Keeper,” a couple must come to terms with the murders that each of them had a hand in committing and their aftermaths; In “A Choice in the Matter,” another couple must address the questions of wanted and unwanted pregnancies and the circumstances for which such requests are ever acceptable; and in the last story entitled, “Pretty Prisons,” a last couple must deal with love, infidelity and all of its complexities. Ellery Roulet and Lola Sanchez from 5 Reasons to Leave a Lover return, and along with four others, confront their deepest fears with unexpected results.

Sunday Shorts

Sunday Shorts is a new meme started by the CabinGoddess.com. The rules are easy, a short story, an anthology of short stories, a novella, or a quick weekend read that is also short on your wallet!

My pick for this week is one that I really need to get. It sounds great and well the cover just has a little something special about it can you tell what it is?

Well, look like someone you may know? Come on guys. It’s me of course

 

 

 

 

Do you like tales of Cold War espionage? Taut psychological thrillers? Science fiction as a metaphor for U.S. foreign policy? How about cute angst-filled teenage vampire toyboys?

 

Well, too bad. None of those things are in this book.

Instead you’ll join a guy in a Viking suit on an absurdly epic quest to figure out the meaning of life. There will be obstacles, of course: rabid gangs of disgruntled grannies, rival cults of pie-enthusiasts, toasters, anti-matter conversion do-hickeys, Shadow Men, bandits, hippies, annoying celestial bodies, the Department of Internationally Sexy Affairs, and probably way too many dick jokes for this book to ever be considered for any serious academic curriculum. You know, the usual.

 

Danger Slater is really cool and wrote what sounds like a really cool book and dammit there is a viking helmet on the cover how could you not want it? Yeah how? See you want it to and for only $1.99 which is like peanuts you can have it from amazon and probably other places but I’m lazy so not going to search other places. Just go to amazon and get it! I know I want it and if I do then be one of the cool kids and want it as well.

Love Me by Danger Slater 

Sunday Shorts

Sunday Shorts is a new meme started by the CabinGoddess.com. The rules are easy, a short story, an anthology of short stories, a novella, or a quick weekend read that is also short on your wallet!

Thanks to a goodreads group I was able to read another of Tony Bertauski’s books. It’s 99cents on amazon so you’d be crazy not to snag this awesome little read. At 44 pages it rocks in a major way. I’ve already read it so here is my review on Drayton, The Taker copied from goodreads.

Drayton once believed he was a vampire. He doesn’t know what he is. Or why he has lived for thousands of years. He takes not his victim’s blood but the silky essence of their soul during their last breath. Often mistaken for the Angel of Death, his victims sometimes ask for forgiveness. Sometimes he delivers. After all, he is not without sin.

Blake Barnes commits suicide by freezing on Mt. Hood. As his life fades, he assumes Death has come to him in the form of a young man. In his last moments, he asks Death to find his family, to tell them he’s sorry. Drayton honors this last request as he absorbs Blake Barnes’ waning essence. He travels to the Lowcountry of South Carolina to find his family. But saying sorry is not always as easy as the words imply. Drayton seeks to unravel the mess Blake Barnes has left behind and the predator he’s unleashed on his family.

 

I take part regularly in a meme called Sunday Shorts. It’s about sharing short stories ones you may not even have read but just ones that sound interesting and you want to try out. Short stories don’t get nearly enough credit I think, people may think you can’t cram all that story into so few pages. Not true I’ve found.

I am amazed in fact about how much story and depth some writers can fit in a story. Tony Bertauski is an author who hooked me with Annihilation of Foreverland. When I had the chance to review another of his books this one a short story I raised my hand and said please Sir, I want some more. Tony is super nice and sent more my way in the form of Drayton a character who doesn’t know who or what he is or remembers where he is from simply knows that he is old and takes the soul of people about to die. The Angel of Death perhaps? Whoever or whatever Drayton is I became fascinated with him and his story.

This is a much more adult story than Annihilation but then that was YA so it’s great to see an author being versatile. I was pleased to find out that Drayton is a series and will make an effort to read the others in it as Drayton is a character that I want to know more about and see where Tony takes him. See if we find out where he came from who and what he is.

Totally worth the read in fact all of Tony’s books should be on every good readers radar.

Sunday Shorts

Sunday Shorts is a new meme started by the CabinGoddess.com. The rules are easy, a short story, an anthology of short stories, a novella, or a quick weekend read that is also short on your wallet!

Being the good girl I am I was browsing books on amazon to feature in my Sunday Shorts post so the Cabin Goddess doesn’t put a hex on me or arranges my kidnapping or untimely death etc. etc.

In my search I came across a book that caught my eye mostly because of the fantastic cover. And they say a cover can’t sell. Ha! What do they know anyway? Nothing I highly suspect or they would know a cover whore like me will latch on to a book with a hot cover like a freshly birthed kid on a nipple. Now check this out and tell me I’m wrong.

Yep it’s freaky in a lady Gaga kinda way which made me click the link and read more, and great reviews, and read more great reviews on goodreads too, and check out the authors site and ooooooohhhhhhh this looks good including a giveaway on Steven Katriel’s site.

So yeah. They know nothing.

According to amazon The Portrait of Alatiel Salazar by Steven Katriel is a 73 page gothic horror novella and at 99cents you know I’m going to buy it. You should too. Maybe then Steven will come on my bloggy and talk about that amazing cover and what’s inside of course.

When Gabriel Holland’s beloved Helena vanishes from his life, he journeys to the home of disgraced artist Cristian Salazar, the man he holds responsible for her disappearance and the death of several friends. Once in the town of Carliton, Gabriel finds only malice and mystery in the tales told by the few brave enough to speak ill of Salazar and the sinister Cousin Beatriz. And within shadows, in the guise of night, walks Alatiel, the creature Helena has become. . . .