Saturday, May 29, 2021

Brightly Coloured Horses

 

Twenty-seven tales of betrayal and loss, of dreams and hopes, of lovers, liars and cheats. Stories with a strong sense of place, transporting us from the seashore to the city, from India's monsoon to the heat of Cuba, and from the supermarket aisle to a Catalonian fiesta. We meet a baby that never existed, a car called Marilyn, a one-eyed cat, and a boy whose kisses taste of dunked biscuits.

These stories all have something in common; each is a glimpse of what it's like to be human. We make mistakes, we do our best, and most of the time we find hope.

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This is Huggins’ first anthology, but these are not the stories of a beginner. She is a talented writer of the human state of mind who chooses every single word with care, and makes every single word work hard to convey its meaning. It has to in a flash fiction story; there is no space for indulgence on the part of the writer.
 
magine opening a box of luxury chocolates. There's enough to pick and mix to suit everyone. There's so many choices of times, places and emotions for any mood. Yet here are my absolute favourites. Your Own Children for its wistful sadness, Junk because it shows me how motherhood can go off track, Flight Path because it is classic flash fiction, profound but fleeting and also Blood Red. Tomorrow my choice could be totally different. A stunning anthology. More please, Mandy.  
 
A mind blowing collection of flash fiction stories. So many great windows of life in it, I don’t know where to start. Perfect Word - loved it. Only the Best- brilliant, but sad. To be the Beach -great tension. Twenty Dollar Shoes - too sad. Blood Red - clever.
Sorry just believe me I could tell you my views of the rest but it would be more enjoyable for you to read them yourself.
 
ISBN: 9781910542194 
 

Thursday, May 27, 2021

So Now You're Published, What next?

 


 
 
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Brilliant book great read. Going to be very handy once my novel is published. 
 
I am using this as a step-by-step guide to marketing my first book. There is so much useful information. 
 
Informative and comprehensive. A must have for every writer who hopes to publish their work. Well written and easy to follow   
 
ISBN: 978-1-910542-32-3


 


Monday, May 24, 2021

To Be .... To Become

 

 

To Be… To Become is the theme of the 2018 Waterloo Festival Writing Competition. It is also the title of the e-book, which contains the sixteen winning entries. Some fantastic writing was offered and all of it was potentially publishable. We chose these because they told a good story, had a strong voice and were imaginative in their interpretation of the theme.

Entrants were asked to produce a short story or a monologue. Style was diverse and each story is completely different from the others.

This delightful English language anthology of literary fiction comes to you for under £2.50.

 

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Gail Aldwin, RBN Bookmark, Christopher Bowles, J S Brown, Jenny Gibson,Linda Flynn, Katie Granger, Dawn Knox, Linda Morse, James Morton, Julia Norman, Daniel Paton, Alison Rayner,Paula R C Readman, Allison Symes, Marion Turner, 

ISBN: 978190733524
 



 

Sunday, May 23, 2021

Keepsake

 

Keepsake and Other Stories is an anthology of short stories by one of the growing number of brave women writers. Jenny Palmer brings us stories of otherness, witchcraft and magic close to home and further afield within Europe. We meet all sorts of characters: those who rely on guard dogs, those who shun social media and those who are obsessed. We even meet a Neanderthal man. There are paranormal stories, a story of bad neighbours, and a story of redundancy. And many more. All to be enjoyed.

 

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I loved this little collection of wonderful short stories. Once I picked this book up I couldn't put it down. I heartily recommend it to Amazon customers. I'm going to buy another copy as a Christmas present for a friend. I also recommend Jenny Palmer's other books 'Nowhere better than home' and 'Pastures New' Two volumes in her autobiography which make fascinating and often funny reading. Enjoy  
 
This is an enjoyable collection with some surprising and often magical twists. Recommended. 
 
Brilliant, imaginative and witty tales with unexpected twists and turns. The short stories are variously set in the every day, in many different times and settings and written in a wide variety of appropriate genre.
An excellent read. 
ISBN:
9781907335570

   

Saturday, May 22, 2021

140 x 140

 


This anthology of women's fiction, this collection of very short stories, some might say a flash collection, is thought-provoking and each story is based upon a tweet. Except that each piece is 140 words long and not 140 characters.


They were collected over three years and edited for another nine months.

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A dip in and out sort of a book. Short snippets of life in a easy handbag size book. Ideal book to read if you waiting for a bus, plane or on the move.  
 
a very enjoyable collection and interesting concept. I particularly liked 'Definition of a Writer', as I also get annoyed by the phrase 'aspiring writer'! Thanks for a good read. 
 
Inspiration for stories can come from a vast array of sources but, in this entertaining book from Gill James, she chose the first picture she saw on her Twitter feed on specific dates. Those dates form part of the stories and, as the title suggests, there are 140 of them, each of 140 words. This is a fantastic achievement.
 
ISBN: 9781910542354

 

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

The Best of CafeLit 7

 

Each story in this little volume is the right length and quality for enjoying as you sip the assigned drink in your favourite Creative Café. You need never feel alone again in a café. So what's the mood today? Espresso? Earl Grey tea? Hot chocolate with marshmallows? You'll find most drinks in our drinks index.

 

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"A small collection of short stories which can be dipped into depending on your mood and time constraints. There is a variety of writing which will suit every taste. Some are simple and cheery whilst others are much, much darker. A nice gift for anyone who enjoys a good story."
 
What a wonderful idea, to collect stories of the perfect length to enjoy over a hot drink. Just like a cup of tea, some of these are good while others are the perfect brew. The variety of topics covered showcases the imagination and creativity of the writers and have been selected from those published on the Cafe Lit website, based on votes and most visited.
I was gifted a copy of this collection in return for an honest review and spent an enjoyable week looking forward to seeing what the next story would bring. 
 

Contributors

Gail Aldwin, Glenn Bresciani, Derek Corbett, Ann Dixon, Sophie Flynn, Laura Gray,Keith Havers, Richard Hough,Gill James,Dawn Knox, Fiona Mills, Roger Noons, Wendy Ogilvie, Paula R C Readman, Penny Rogers, Robin Wrigley 


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9781910542408

 



  

Monday, May 17, 2021

Crackers

 


Every year we pick a very vaguely Christmas-related theme for our annual anthology. Then we invite our writers to subvert it. In this collection, they’ve certainly done that to the extent that we almost had a picture of cream crackers for the cover. Our theme this year is “crackers”. So, we have Christmas crackers, cream crackers, cracking dresses, a cracked antique and many, many other interpretations. We hope you will find this a cracking good read.


Some fantastic writing was offered and the most of it was potentially publishable. We chose the pieces in this collection because they told a good story, had a strong voice and were imaginative in their interpretation of the theme.


This anthology of literary fiction is so apt for the 21st Century.

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Contributors
Sally Angell, Christopher Bowles, M Bulleyment, Elizabeth Cox, Stephen Faulkner, Alyson Faye, Linda Flynn, Boris Glikman, Ian Inglis, Karen Kendrick, Dawn Knox, Stuart Larner, G. Norman Lippert, Kay Middlemiss, Adrian Naylor, Jennie E. Owen, Paula R C Readman, L F Roth, Michele Sheldon, Dianne Stadhams, Steve Wade, Merlin Ward, Clare Weze, Anne Wilson  
ISBN: 781907335594

Sunday, May 16, 2021

The Art of Losing


 

In this internationally-acclaimed collection of contemporary literary fiction stories by Paul Williams we are invited to appreciate what it means to master the art of losing – to let go of things both big and small – whether it be dreams, or love, or houses, or whole continents. Told with wit, humour and pathos, the stories reveal the unexpected narratives that often flow beneath the surface of contemporary lives.

The twenty stories lurch from continent to continent across Australia, Europe and South Africa, from child to teen to adult, from past to present, from war to peace, from me to you.

 

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'The Art of Losing is well worth reading - a fascinating collection of short stories. There’s much variety here and you are bound to find some of them deeply moving and satisfying, or just plain entertaining and funny. '
 
'I read the book today, oh boy. From the Beatles to Baghdad, from bombings in Magoo’s to birthday balloons in Balham, these stories rocked me. The characters suck you in and spit you out. Powerful writing with twists and turns and no sign posts. Fantasy and fact are weaved together tighter than a magic carpet. But maybe that’s the craft. Maybe that’s the autobiography of story telling. The Art of Loss is, perhaps as the author suggests, writing about the pain of loss to ‘unlose’ it, to diminish it, to come to terms with it. A lesson in life that, by default, has value. And the memory of that lesson might indeed be tattooed in the heart. ‘Art as scar tissue.’ I like to be moved when I read. I was.'
 
'The Art of Losing is a collection of short stories set on different continents, in different times and from very different points of view. The exploration of loss is a common thread running through them. Paul Williams is a beautiful story teller, who deftly takes his reader on an emotional journey that will bring them to tears and laughter in turn. Best of all you will leave each story with something to think about, a new perspective to consider. My personal favourites were The Khan Al-Wazir Bookshop, Emoticon, The Art of Losing and Happy Birthday Frank.'   
 
ISBN:  9781907335617
 
 

Saturday, May 15, 2021

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ISBN: 9781907335631

And I Said by Linda Morse

  And what she said is paramount. These accounts from one person’s point of view each contain at least as much story as a long novel or a ...