The Goblin King by Heather Killough-Walden

GoblinKingHeather Killough-Walden has released the much anticipated book four in her most recent series “The Kings,” spinoff of the “Big Bad Wolf” series, “The Goblin King.”

Damon Chroi, one of the most powerful immortals ever born, was banished more than a few millenniums ago over fears that he would use his great powers against the other immortals. Living his life as king of the Goblins, Damon has never used his greater powers against the others or even considered it. But none the less fear has triumphed over good sense and the king, who could be put to better use elsewhere, has accepted his banishment with full compliance, if not good humor.
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Anna Angel: A Short Story by Richard Porter

It is very rare for me to give a poor review to a product I read. Firstly, I am particular about what I chose to read and review and secondly, if it is that poor I stop reading and delete it from my Kindle. But in this case I couldn’t stop reading. I had to finish the 20 or so pages just to convince myself that someone actually published this third grade level short story, advertised as adult reading, in the hopes of building an “Anna Angel” club, which the author encouraged readers to do.
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The Vampire in the Iron Mask by Elizabeth Basque

vampireintheironmaskSet in Los Angeles and Orange County this final short story in the Spinoza trilogy by Elizabeth Basque gives us a new spin on the “Man in the Iron Mask” novel by Dumas. This is a quick read of less than an hour. As always with Ms. Basque’s work it is well written and edited.
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The Encounter by Chrystalla Thoma

theencounterOne of the first things I consider when reviewing a short story is the completeness of the story. Did the author satisfy all the points? I am happy to say the author, Chrystalla Thoma, did. The characters were well rounded, complete, believable and acted in a way that worked seamlessly with the information we had been given about them. The story itself has the requisite beginning, middle and end without leaving parts strewn about and dangling. In fact, this was very well written and edited.
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Birthright by Sue Mydiak

birthright1I seldom give bad reviews because I don’t bother to review books I find of poor quality or just plain not interesting. But this one hit an odd note with me. The story itself had merit, interest and an idea that could be worked through, but the writing was less than stellar.
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The Sexton and the Reaper

sextonandthereaperAuthor Corey Feldman has given us a short story that both intrigues, amuses and leaves the reader hoping for more.

As always with short stories I will try to keep my comments on the story itself brief without giving away the plot line in its entirety.

George, in his responsibilities for the care of the local cemetery, is suspicious that local adolescents are invading and carousing in the area after closing, in the dark of the night. He decides to check out the security late one evening post-Halloween. While there he comes face-to-face with his own mortality, life after death, religious customs and things he did not believe existed.

A rollicking good read. Fun, thoughtful and creative.

★★★★★

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Love Bites by Lisa McCourt Hollar

lovebitesThis small compilation of 5 short stories which are varied in theme is well written, edited and presented. Taking less than an hour to read, I enjoyed each story but was especially taken by “Second Honeymoon.”

The author showed creativity, realism in dialog and character presentation, excellent imagination with good flow which made each story stand out as a page turner.

Highly recommended for those who like paranormal with a little romance, or not.

★★★★★

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Ted and Raymond’s Sea Adventure by Rhonda Patton

tedandraymondsseaadventureI am not sure where to even begin with this offering. Advertised as a children’s story, the characters in the illustrations are adults, other than on one page there is not a child in sight.
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Moon Lake by Billie Sue Mosiman

moonlakeMoving as an adolescent can be a traumatic experience. Leaving friends, school and the familiar behind while trying to fit in and embrace the new can try the soul of even the most adventurous teenager. But for 15 year old Angie, not yet able to work through the death of her beloved mother, nothing could be worse. Leaving the Midwest behind and arriving in the deep south at a time of transition in the 60′s, Angie finds she is not accepted, nor does she fit in with the small town ambiance of her new home on the shores of Moon Lake.
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Love Lessons by Kari Lee Harmon

lovelessonsThis is a short story that is a quick and easy read. About a half and hour would do it for most readers.

Mandy, a math professor, has a go-to person. Her best friend and co-worker, Gavin, Professor of Archeology. Not much goes on in Mandy’s life that she doesn’t share with Gavin. When she begins to receive gifts from a secret admirer Gavin is the first person she goes to for help unraveling the mystery. Since he is leaving for Egypt in just a few days they had better work fast.
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