Hilde at the Ghost Shore by Paula Cappa ~ Short Fiction Review

Hildie at the Ghost Shore: A Short Story by [Cappa, Paula]A good short story should leave a reader who is also a writer breathless to create their own next piece of short fiction, and this story did exactly that for me! It’s not really my style – mixing in blatant elements of the supernatural – but I totally didn’t suspect a thing or see the ending coming, which always makes me a fan. The writing is enjoyable, the story well crafted – needless to say, Paula Cappa has a new fan and I’d like to read more of her work.

As an added bonus, this short story is FREE on Kindle. As a double added bonus, another short story  – Abasteron House – is included in the free download. I didn’t like the second story as much, but it was again well written and masterfully crafted. 4.5 stars!

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True Grit ~ Tuesday’s Words of Writing Inspiration

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Meme Monday ~ Laughs for #Readers and #Writers

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Not a Sound by Heather Gudenkauf ~ Fiction Book Review

35890573 I’ve had mixed feelings about Heather Gudenkauf’s last few books. I love love LOVED The Weight of Silence. I quite liked a few of her following books. But as she transitions from a kind of literary fiction to a more mainstream mystery and thriller writer, I find myself underwhelmed. The books don’t really seem like they were written by the same author. Does anyone else feel this way?

I suspect that perhaps there’s been a change in editors? The writing seems a little sloppy in places. The story is good. It’s enjoyable. But there are dozens of other authors whose mysteries and thrillers are either on par or superior with a style I enjoy reading more. I wish Gudenkauf would return to her roots and write more books with substance. 4 stars.

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True Grit ~ Tuesday’s Words of Writing Inspiration

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Meme Monday ~ Laughs for #Readers and #Writers

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Blue Ringed Octopus Delight by James W Brown ~ Short Fiction Review

24241631While the premise of this story was certainly interesting, I love the title, and I enjoyed the story, I can’t say that I’ll be reading the novel that this short story was an intro for. The main character is fun – sharp, witty, wry humored – and the writing isn’t bad, but I’m not a huge fan of pulp noir, and that’s what this reads as. This is going to sound sexist, but I have to be honest – while reading this, I thought to myself, “This writer would definitely appeal more to male readers.”

However – if YOU are a fan of this style of writing, I suggest that you give this quick little story a chance. It’s not completely unpredictable, but I smell a writer who’s only going to get better and more inventive with time, which is always a good thing! 3.5 stars!

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True Grit ~ Tuesday’s Words of Writing Inspiration

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Meme Monday ~ Laughs for #Readers and #Writers

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The Lying Game by Ruth Ware ~ Fiction Book Review

The Lying Game: A Novel by [Ware, Ruth]I’ve been a big fan of Ruth Ware since her debut book, In a Dark, Dark Wood found it’s way into my hand. Her next book was a bit of a departure from the first, good, but a little far fetched and missing the dynamic of friendship and secrets she handled so well in the first. I was happy to discover in this book a return to her ‘roots’.

This mystery kept me guessing, not just who did it, but what did they do? What actually happened? Maybe the truth wasn’t a complete surprise (as shocking as it was), but it was impossible to know for sure, and that, my reading friends, always makes me smile. I’m anxiously awaiting Ware’s next book. 5 stars!

 

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