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Monday, June 17, 2013

Fabled Firefighters, Faeries and Knights

AUTHOR: Ellen Margret

PUBLISHER: Mélange Books


MAIN GENRE: Contemporary , Paranormal 


TERTIARY GENRE: Paranormal Type:  Shifter, Fairy/Fae, Magic 

SHIFTER TYPES:  Human that can change into any other person or creature, Alien that can turn into any other person or creature

LENGTH: 161 pages





Triple the pleasure, triple the fun, in “Fabled Firefighters, Faeries and Knights”, Ellen Margret offers us three books in one. Hold onto your seats as I whisk you through three entertaining tales that made me fret, swoon, and giggle with delight.

Statue With a Heart
Royce made the mistake of threatening a witch. As punishment, she cast a spell that turned him to stone. He remained that way for over eight hundred years, watching as Della, his beautiful forest nymph, danced naked around him. It was more than he could bear. How he desperately ached to love her as a mortal man!

The first story, Statue with a Heart, features an arrogant Lord Royce, who thoroughly pisses off a powerful witch, Udella, and gets himself turned to stone as punishment for being a whoremonger and a conceited scoundrel. For hundreds of years, Royce is trapped in a tomb of stone, unable to move or interact with the world around him. As the years go by, poor Royce can only watch as the world changes. But there is a light in his dark tunnel, one by the name of Della, whose presence both tortures and tantalizes him at the same time.

Unaware that her statue is alive, Della dreams of his strong arms around her, his smooth lips upon her mouth, and his hard manhood—albeit deceptively small at the present—rising to give her pleasures she’s never known. She dances naked in a rainstorm just for his enjoyment, and kisses him every night while gingerly memorizing each nook and cranny of his stony structure with her fingertips. Oh, if only he were real…

When the reincarnated witch, now Eluned appears and grants Della’s wish, her morbid life takes on new color. Gambling parents, a repulsive fiancé, and a crap-load of debt don’t stand a chance against the destiny of love and one powerful spell.

The Search for Yuala
Rad is a firefighter who also practices Shamanism and is able to turn himself into a cat, wolf or any human being. Eva Valens, a beautiful police inspector, sees possibilities in this and persuades Rad to help in police investigations. Very soon both are in love, but when his ex-wife and Eva's ex-husband show up, things begin to go wrong and their love is tested. Will they ever find happiness together?

Book two, The Search for Yuala, starts off with a laugh as Detective Eva Valens interrogates a not-so-cooperative Jago Radcliff—Rad for short. His quirky responses only get more hilarious as he skillfully evades Eva’s questions. A by-the-books cop, Eva is determined to prove Rad is a criminal. The hilarity continues when she sneaks into Rad’s house and gets an eyeful of more than she ever expected.

Rad has a big secret, one he’s never shared with anyone, not even his own mum. And yet, despite being furious with Eva for invading his home, he finds himself spilling the bean about his ability to metilluse—morph into other things. He’s even able to create the illusion of clothes! Imagine walking around stark naked but others think you’re dressed to the hilt. Oh the possibilities…

All comedy aside, Eva and Rad quickly find themselves in the middle of a kidnapping/blackmail scheme that threatens their lives when Rad’s secret is discovered by some a not so by-the-book cop and a conniving ex-spouse. Miscommunication threatens the tedious relationship between Rad and Eva, but they’ll have to temporarily set aside their misgivings and work together to save those most dear to them.

Ben Enigma and the Faery Princess
Ben Enigma routinely used his shape shifting ability to aid the police in their investigations. However, his biggest challenge was to help Cettia, a banished faery princess, return to her realm and attempt to depose Queen Corvusa, her tyrannical stepmother. This mission was not going to be easy, but falling in love with the faery most certainly was.

Last but not least, is book three, Ben Enigma and the Faery Princess. Poor princess Cettia has had an awful time of things with her evil stepmother and equally corrupt step-brothers—one of whom is dying to get into her fairy pants. Accused of a horrid crime she didn’t commit, she’s banished to Earth where it’s expected she’ll perish. But Cettia meets a peculiar man by the name of Ben, who is able to do marvelous things and her life takes a sudden turn for the best. She takes an instant liking to Ben and rewards him with her fairy virginity—a spectacular event for both of them.

Even though Ben is an alien, he’s a nice guy who’s made a decent life for himself on Earth. When he discovers the cowering, broken fairy hiding upon the rooftop of a parking garage, he knows he’s found something spectacular indeed. Moved by her heart-wrenching tale—as well as her luscious fairy body—he decides to help Cettia take back what is rightfully hers and set things right in the fairy world.

The dialect between Cettia and Ben is amusing. Cettia’s naiveté is humorous. Ben proves to be a resourceful fella. His quick wit and willingness to do whatever it takes to save Cettia is refreshing and heartwarming. The queen and her terrible sons are the perfect villains. As a reader, I disliked them from the start—which I presume is the author’s desired effect. Overall, the story was enjoyable and entertaining, a perfect ending to this trilogy of tales. Thank you, Ms. Margret, for giving me the opportunity to read your stories; I thoroughly enjoyed all three, particularly the dialog. While a bit eccentric at times, it certainly kept me laughing.

To find out more about Ellen Margret and her writing, please visit her website.

Monday, April 2, 2012

From Now Until Forever by Sherry Gloag

TITLE: From Now Until Forever

AUTHOR: Sherry Gloag

PUBLISHER: Astraea Press


MAIN GENRE: Contemporary Romance

SECONDARY GENRE: Action/Adventure

LENGTH:  91 pages




For Prince Liam, families meant bad news, unwanted commitments, and the loss of his personal freedom.  Love spawned white picket fences, slippers at the hearth with a wife and kids making demands, so why did those images disappear when he met Melanie Babcot?
Melanie Babcot fought hard to escape the horrors of her youth and vowed to remain single and free, so when paid to protect Prince Liam from insurgents why did her personal pledge fly out the window?
Can’t buy me love…

Like any other spoiled prince, Liam was used to getting his way and getting what he wanted. Until he left his family home, he’d been a bit of a player. His father wanted him to settle down, start a family. But Liam wouldn’t marry for convenience. Heck, he didn’t want to marry at all, until Melanie. She didn’t know his background, didn’t know his status, didn’t know about his wealth—or so he thought. He’d finally found a woman who loved him and shared in what he enjoyed most—horses. But one doesn’t just walk away from a wealthy family targeted by enemies. When the past catches up, he suddenly realizes his wife isn’t who he thought she was. He isn’t even sure she’s legally his wife. Seems they’ve both been keeping some secrets.

Melanie lived for her job. She was good, one of the best. And she never let personal feelings get involved. Yet, all her years of discipline and self-restraint went right out the window when she met Liam for the first time. The wayward prince quickly worked his charms on her and worked his way into her heart. While she knew his safety and protection were her main duties—she’d give her life protecting him if need be—marrying him didn’t fall in the realm of her responsibilities. She’d crossed the line of professionalism. When would be assassins find their location, she has to put all matters of the heart aside and do what she was hired for—protect the prince at all cost.

From Now Until Forever started out strong, with action right at the beginning. I was quickly pulled into the drama and eager to find out what would happen. As the story moves along, though, it loses some of it’s initial bang. It’s a little different in that you don’t meet two characters and watch as the plot unfolds to bring them together. Rather, you’re introduced to them after the fact, then watch as their world gets torn apart. Despite the obvious affection Liam and Melanie have for each other, they’ve built their relationship on secrets and half-truths, one’s that may destroy their young love—if they don’t get killed first.

From Now Until Forever is a story of reckoning for both characters. Melanie must face the decisions she’s made in regards to her relationship with Liam, and the potential consequences they may bring, and Liam must return to the home and family he’d walked away from and take his proper place as delineated by birth. Both of them have to decide if the revelations they’ve discovered about each other are ones they can accept. It’s a touching story in that you see how outside factors can easily destroy the hopes and dreams of a future, but also how determination, love, and commitment can persevere.

Overall, I enjoyed the story. I would have like to see a few more loose ends resolved, but I think it’s left wide open for another tale. Ms. Gloag had created a lovely drama of role reversal where the champion is a lady, and the spoiled brat is a prince—an endearing and entertaining combination that’s sure to prove a worthwhile read for anyone.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The Wing Commander by Ellen Margret

TITLE: The Wing Commander

AUTHOR: Ellen Margret

MAIN GENRE: Historical 

SECONDARY GENRE: Military Romance


HEAT LEVEL: Boiling  


ROSE RATING: 3.5 Roses 


Even as a child Pru adored Varian Verney, but he thought  her an irritating little chit, and did not hesitate to tell her so.  She bet him half-a-crown she would one day make it as a pilot but his response was to call her a gormless brat. When she rescued him from occupied France during World War Two, he knew he would have to pay up, but he did more than that. He  fell head over heels in love with the beautiful Ferry Pilot.

Pru wanted two things in life: to be a pilot and Varian Verney. Unfortunately, Varian didn’t share her sentiment. After being shipped off to school and separated from her childhood crush, Pru focused on pursuing her goal of flying. While she developed the skills of an excellent pilot and could outfly just about any man, her love-life didn’t fare so well. An abusive marriage and bitter divorce left a bad taste in her mouth concerning men. Her life as a pilot and her daughter were all she cared about, or so she thought. Taking her brother’s place, she secretly flies into occupied France to rescue a stranded pilot. Little does she know that one trip will change her entire life, in more ways than one.

Varian frequently thought about the little girl he tormented years ago. Despite her devoted affections for him, her red hair and freckles weren’t exactly attractive at the time. Besides, she was far too young and ate far too much toffee for his liking. But as he got older, guilt assailed his conscience. If he ever got the chance, perhaps he’d apologize to the young chit that always managed to drive him crazy. Little did he expect that the pilot who’d come to rescue him would be the very girl—all grown up into a beautiful women—who’d plagued his thoughts over the years. He had a lot of making up to do, and he intended to give it his best. Unfortunately other circumstances in their lives interfere, threatening what promises to be a happy future.

The Wind Commander is a very endearing story. There’s a lot to take into account as you’re getting accustomed to the characters. While the author keeps the mood fairly light, there’s always the understanding that Pru and Varian are in the middle of a war, as are the people they care about. Any given day could bring about disaster and change their lives. Despite being wordy at times, the dialog between the characters proved humorous and entertaining. Pru has a very spunky wit, but makes a few decisions that seemed reckless and out of character, considering what she stood to lose.

Varian starts out a little cocky and arrogant, but as his feelings develop for Pru, he does a lot of growing up and becomes a true hero. A few editing errors caught my attention in the form of missing words or ones that were out of place. Ms. Margret handles point of view fairly well with clearly labeled changes which helps to keep the reader grounded and on top of what’s going on. Overall, I enjoyed the story and look forward to reading more from this author.

For a combination of wit, danger, and endearment, grab a copy of The Wing Commander by Ellen Margret, she’s woven a wonderful tale of what happens when young love grows up.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Shattered Dreams by Anna James


AUTHOR: Anna James

MAIN GENRE: Contemporary  


LENGTH: 84 pages





Natalie and Reed seemed so happy when they got married just a few short months ago, but an unexpected pregnancy and a subsequent miscarriage throw their marriage into turmoil.

Natalie deals with the loss by burying herself in work. Reed is supportive but doesn’t understand why she is spending so much after-hours time with her handsome, sexy boss. And what about their dream of having a family? How can that happen when with each passing day Natalie becomes more distant?

Will Reed and Natalie find a way to work things out, or will all their dreams be shattered?

They say love can conquer all things, but misunderstandings and betrayal are equally powerful in their ability to destroy it.

Nicole’s dreams have finally come true. She has a wonderfully loving husband, they’re starting a family, and they’ve found the perfect house. So why is her joy overcast with doubts and fear? She wants the baby, doesn’t she? Reed seems delighted by the pregnancy. And yet, she can’t seem to shake the dark shadow hovering over her happiness.

Despite the suddenness of Nicole’s pregnancy, Reed is ecstatic about the baby. He senses her hesitation, but just figures she’s a little overwhelmed. When she wants to start working, he isn’t thrilled, but doesn’t want to smother her with his concern so he lets her do what she feels is best. When she loses the baby and subsequently begins withdrawing from him and their relationship, he can’t help but think the worst, especially when evidence of her betrayal comes in a shocking form.

But there’s more to the reported sightings of Nicole and her boss than either of them know. Who is betraying who? And can their relationship be salvaged once the truth finally comes out?

Shattered Dreams is a wonderfully touching story about what can happen in a good relationship when outside factors come in to play. I was able to relate to Reed and Nicole, and experienced the myriad of emotions they both were going through. This is a good, down to earth tale that makes you realize how good communication is so very important between two people. As well how badly things can go wrong when stubborness, misunderstanding, and withdrawal can threaten the very foundations of love. Ms. James does an excellent job of giving the reader a glimpse into the lives of her characters—their hopes, their disappointments, and their emotions. I really enjoyed Shattered Dreams and look forward to reading more from this talented author.

If you enjoy stories where sometimes the major dilemmas start within the main characters, and then seem to multiply when outside forces join in, then you’ll love Shattered Dreams by Anna James. She reminds us how it takes more than just love and attraction to make a good relationship work and survive the heartaches and trails of life, as well as the interference of others.


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Thursday, January 19, 2012

A Ranger's Tale by Mysti Parker

TITLE: A Ranger’s Tale

AUTHOR: Mysti Parker

MAIN GENRE: Paranormal * Fantasy 

SECONDARY GENRE: Romance * Adventure   

TERTIARY GENRE:  Fairy/Fae * Magic 

LENGTH: 187 pages


OTHER: M/F * Multiple Partners



Once upon a time an elven noblewoman longed to leave her gilded cage. A half-breed former pirate wanted nothing more than to escape his guilty past. Easier said than done...

In the fantasy world of Tallenmere, the high elf, Caliphany Aranea, nearly a century old, has never been allowed to travel farther than a few miles out of the capital city of Leogard. Her father, Sirius, leads the Mage Academy, and after losing his only son, he expects Caliphany to take his place one day. The trouble is, she doesn't want to study magic and doubts she'll ever be as good a wizard as her father. She dreams of leaving Leogard to explore the world and strike out on her own--lofty goals for Sirius' daughter, who also happens to be King Leopold's niece.

When two brutes at Leogard Harbor attempt to kidnap her while she dreams of faraway lands, half-elf ship captain and ranger, Galadin Trudeaux, comes to her rescue. From their first chance encounter, to the finale, where Caliphany must decide where her heart truly lies, she and Galadin will face more adventure, more love, more heartache, than they ever thought possible. Through it all, they discover the power of forgiveness and of a love that stands the test of time.


And they lived happily ever after…It’s what everyone expects from a fairy tale. But what happens before THE END? The journey there is what makes the story truly exciting.

As the only remaining heir of Sirius Aranea, one of the last great wizards in Leogard, Caliphany is expected to fill her father’s shoes and become a powerful mage. But Caliphany wants more out of life than useless magic and boring scenery. She wants to see the world and the amazing creatures in it. Unfortunately, her father doesn’t share her enthusiasm. The loss of her older brother many years ago has changed her once loving, doting parent into a cold, cruel man. His determination to mold her into his wishes borders on abuse. While her mother tends to disagree with his behavior, she isn’t bold enough to stand up to him, leaving Caliphany to suffer his unmerciful wrath.

But Caliphany isn’t one to just let others tell her what to do. She’s always been what some might consider a difficult child—having her own ideas, speaking her mind, and other things that normal, well-behaved elven noblewomen didn’t do. A chance meeting opens a doorway to an escape out of her situation, and the possibility to experience life as she so desires.

Galadin had everything he once loved ripped from him by the cruelty of pirates. He spent years as nothing more than a slave to the ones who destroyed his life. He learned how to steal and pillage, but he never could accept the killing of innocents. When his captor/mentor invaded a place he once called dear, he decides to leave the carnage behind and change his life. As a mercenary, he trades goods and devotes his life to making up for all the wrongs he’s committed. So when a high elf comes and asks for his help, he feels obligated to assist. Of course, the fact that she’s beautiful and has a handful of gold to offer him helps make his decision a little easier. What he never anticipated is the feelings Caliphany evokes in him. Falling in love was never in his plans.

A Ranger’s Tale is a wonderfully realistic version of the journey of life and love. Despite the characters being fae and a world filled with magic and other non-human beings, the trials and tribulations they go through are easy to relate to. Both characters experience some major emotional and developmental changes. They recognize their own flaws and strengths and slowly grow as individuals. The plot subjects both Caliphany and Galadin to painful life lessons, but it only makes their character development that much stronger.

The tale is written in first person, but the viewpoint changes from chapter to chapter. I’ve never read a story like this and it took a little time to get my bearings. Ms. Parker does a good job of keeping things straight. She clearly specifies whose point of view you’re in at the beginning of each change, typically at the start of a new chapter. If I ever got confused on whose point of view I was in, I’d just go back to the chapter beginning and reorient myself.

I do want to caution the reader on some of the plot changes. There are things that occur that most readers might shy away from. However, that being said, it’s worth sticking with the story until the end. There were points when I felt like it had all just gone downhill, but I can honestly say, it all works out as it should. Despite the bumpy road there, the characters reach a happy ending that’s both acceptable and satisfying.

If you like a story that’s nonconventional, one that doesn’t follow all the rules, then you’re bound to love A Ranger’s Tale by Mysti Parker. Get ready to take a deeply moving trip through the turbulent lives of Caliphany, Galigan, and the people closest in their lives. It one destination that definitely provides a satisfying ride.


North Leogard, the Aranea Estate, 15 Xaviel, LV 259 (The 259th year of King Leopold Vaeloria’s reign)

Fresh hay tickles Caliphany’s nose, and she stifles a sneeze. Hide-and-seek is her favorite game, except Aelendyl is allergic to hay, and she knows it. Below the loft, he runs and calls for her. He starts to climb the ladder and breaks into a sneezing fit. Caliphany giggles and picks a ladybug off her pointed ear. She watches it crawl along her finger and catches her breath when it opens its wings and flies away.

“Come on, Caliphany, I know you’re up there!”

A spark of fire springs to life in Caliphany’s hand. She knows she shouldn’t, but Aelendyl’s been making her play Mage Academy for three hours. If he wants to see magic, she’ll show him magic. She crawls to the edge of the loft and peeks over. Aelendyl’s headed for the stable door. She flicks the flame down toward him, and it lands at his feet with a loud pop.

He screams, “I’m telling!” Then, he runs from the stable.

“No. Please!” Caliphany hurries down the ladder, but trips on the hem of her dress. She lands with a thud on the dirt floor. A spark flies from her hand when she lands, straight into the dry hay at the rear of the stable.

The fire spreads like a plague, and smoke fills the stable. Coughing, she hurries to the stalls, opens them, and shoos their three horses out. By the time she escapes, flames have engulfed the structure, and the heat has scorched her skin like a too-hot bath. Her mother, father, and Aelendyl come running from the manor.

Father’s voice booms, “Caliphany! What have you done?”

Mother rushes to her side. “Oh, my darling, are you hurt?”

“We were playing hide-and-seek. I just…I’m sorry!”

She looks at the little high elf boy. He trembles and rubs his nose on his sleeve. Her parents keep talking of their future marriage. She’d sooner marry a goat, but she never wanted to hurt him.

Father grabs her by the shoulder. “You could have killed Aelendyl, or our horses, or yourself. Stand back!”

The great wizard lifts his hands, chants a familiar spell, and the wind whips above the stable, spinning the fire into a cyclone. A dark gray cloud materializes, heavy laden with rain. One more chant, and the cloud releases its torrent over the inferno. A few minutes later, the burned-out shell of the stable smolders in front of them.

Aelendyl nods and bows to them. “I should go home now.”

When he leaves, father bends toward Caliphany. “Your behavior was inexcusable.” He yanks Caliphany up, tucks her under his arm, and heads for the manor. She screams and kicks.

Mother runs behind them. “Sirius, what are you doing?”

“We’ve coddled her too long, Ellawen. It’s time she learns her place before we lose another child.”

Inside the manor, he puts Caliphany down, grasps her arm, and drags her downstairs. He opens a storage room door. She wails and pulls against him, nearly knocking them both down. With one last burst of strength and a blast of wind from his wizard hands, Father hurls her into the small room, and shuts the door.

The wooden bar slams down, the sound of it sealing her fate. She runs to the door, pounds on it, tiptoes to peek out the window.

Father turns Mother around leads her up the stairs. “Stop crying. I won’t leave her in there forever.”

Caliphany turns, rubs her arms, slides down the door. Lamplight from the hallway makes flickering shadows in the room. Behind the crates, jars, bags, and stored furniture, she imagines ghosts lurking, hairy spiders, and unimaginable things with mouths watering at the thought of feasting on her flesh. She buries her face in her hands and cries, wishing she had never been born.


Be sure to stop by Ms. Parker's blog to find out more about her writing.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

The Inn at Little Bend by Bobbi Groover

TITLE: The Inn at Little Bend

PUBLISHER: Melange Books LLC

MAIN GENRE: Historical 








In antebellum America, life for an abandoned woman was difficult at best. But when young Grayson escapes her sadistic guardian, she finds freedom just as hostile. The lonesome, starving wanderer flees straight into the path of vicious marauders. Only one thing keeps the rustlers from violating the curvaceous, dark-haired beauty but the punishment they intend to mete out for her crimes borders on insanity.

Not far away a lone rover hears the screams, yet continues down the road. He wants nothing more of life than to be left alone. He has his own debts to account for. Once a headstrong irresistible rakehell, the drifter had bolted, shuttered his heart and retreated deep within himself. But now the wafting agony tears at him--his own and the wails of another. Swearing under his breath, he whirls the horse around.

Grayson Ridge struggles to survive her fated trials and conceal the secrets that plague her. Her exploits collide with the life of Drake Somerset, a scraggly yet oddly dashing drifter besieged by dark shadows. Neither realizes their chance encounter could free them both. Their wrangling ignites a turbulent journey and sets their worlds on fire.

Like a moth to the proverbial flame, the Inn at Little Bend draws the broken-hearted, the desolate, and the hopeless.

Grayson, River, Raven, Ridgely, Gracie…five different personalities all rolled into one complicated woman with a desperation to survive. What Grayson doesn’t expect is how complex the simple act of pretending to be someone she’s not will become. Somewhere along the line, she loses her heart to the one man she can’t confide in. But her web of lies has grown so multifaceted, that she fears she will soon be exposed for the fraud she is. Orphan, runaway, murderer…seems fate has left her desolate and alone, just like her parents. When the temptation of love is dangled before her, she yearns with everything in her to grab it and rejoice, but fear and deceit keep her from confessing all and claiming that coveted prize. She’s learned in life that good things come with a price, and she’s not the only one who’s paid.

Guilt and despair have changed Drake from a life-loving Lothario to little more than a hermit. A tragic accident in his past has robbed his purpose for living. Unable to come to grips with the mistake that cost another their life, he travels the countryside in aimless sorrow. He’s constructed an impenetrable wall around his heart and soul. All he has left is his music and his misery. That is, until a little “peach-fuzz” of a boy enters his life and begins chipping away at the fortress he’s so carefully crafted to keep others out. But there’s more to the scrawny runt than meets the eye. Somehow, the kid worms his way into his life and his heart, he just can’t figure out how or why. There’s something odd about River, but he hasn’t the time for wayward adolescents and feelings, he needs to get moving on. So why can’t he leave?

The Inn at Little Bend was an excellent story. It’s been a very long time since I’ve picked up a book where the characters are superbly penned. Ms. Groover has done a marvelous job with description and emotion. You really get a good feel for the depth of Drake’s misery, as well as the desperation of Grayson’s situation. The secondary characters are equally crafted. There’s a lot of emotion in this book and it’s not one to take lightly. You don’t whizz through the characters, plot, and setting. It’s very deep and intense. Ever so slowly, you see Drake and Grayson change. It’s like watching a flower open its petals, waking up to new life and displaying the beauty hidden inside. The beginning starts out strong and just keeps going. But be prepared to go through the gamut of emotions. There’s a lot of punch packed into these 292 pages.

Other than a couple of missing words, I didn’t find any major editing or grammar errors. Point of view shifts are clearly delineated with asterisks, which is always a plus when there’s so much information to ingest. Over all, this was a wonderful story. Very thorough and expertly crafted. Congratulations to Ms. Groover for penning an excellent historical romance, and thank you for letting me review it.

If you like deeply emotional stories with complex characters and a thorough journey through their change and development, then I highly recommend The Inn at Little Bend. Bobbi Groover most definitely delivers. Drake and Grayson are sure to warm your heart and remind you how much true love is worth fighting for.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Take One At Bedtime by Jenny Twist

TITLE: Take One At Bedtime

AUTHOR: Jenny Twist

MAIN GENRE: Contemporary, Paranormal 


LENGTH: 108 pages




Nobody ever goes upstairs in Margaret's house. So what is making the strange thumping noises up there? And why is there a toy rabbit under the kitchen table?

Margaret's Ghost is just one of a collection of short stories consisting mainly of horror and science fiction, ranging from a classic gothic tale – Jack Trevellyn – to the Wyndhamesque Victim of Fortune, and the modern Waiting for Daddy, with its spine-chilling twist.

There is also the occasional excursion into romance with A Castle in Spain and Jess's Girl.
But most of these tales take you to a place which is not quite as it seems.

It's bedtime now. Time to go upstairs. Time to take a look. Just one look.

WARNING: Do not exceed the stated dose.

Chillers and creepers, fuzzies and weepers—Take One At Bedtime has a little bit of everything.

This charming collection of short stories is difficult to label with just one genre. Some will make your skin break out with goose bumps, while others might just have you reaching for a tissue. For horror junkies to romance lovers—with such a wide variety—there’s bound to be something for everyone in this book.

I think what I liked most about this collection is that each story was different. After the first few, I realized that each held a new surprise. Typically, a collection of stories follows the same genre—horror, romance, mystery, etc. Not with this one. No, Ms. Twist certainly keeps you guessing what each new tale will bring.

Ms. Twist handles Grammar and punctuation well, and doesn’t make any point-of-view violations that distract from reading. If they were there, I didn’t notice. Despite the shortness of each story, the author does a pretty good job with character development. She manages to give enough information to get the reader interested in what happens with the main characters, but not so much that it weighs down the story and you get lost in the details. Kudos to Ms. Twist for successfully keeping my interest peaked with each of her unique tales and her skillful story telling.

Take One At Bedtime…how often have you disregarded the directions and taken more than you should? Beware the urge to overdose on Ms. Twist’s enchanting stories. Once you get started, you won’t want to quit, not until you’ve digested every last enticing tale.