Friday, July 29, 2022

I Knew It in the Bath by Linda Flynn


The bathtub is the place where dreams and possibilities flow as easily as the tap water – if only they would go to plan.

I Knew it in the Bath is a collection of absorbing short stories which show that no matter how we expect events to unfold, life has a way of confounding us. What will a woman do to save her friend? Do we really know when we’re being watched? Why did Dora throw the iron through the window? What’s the best way to take revenge on a cheating partner?

Settle back for an engaging read through these humorous, sinister and thought-provoking stories, but try not to drop your book in the bath!

Linda Flynn, a frequent contributor to our annual themed anthologies , gives us food for thought in the stories collected in I Knew in in the Bath.

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This author has a way with words, taking often mundane settings and ordinary people then letting them shine in varied and cleverly constructed tales. They surprise, entertain and impel the reader to discover the delights of the next story. Each one is not too long but they all excite the imagination in their unique ways.
I'm not a bath person but I can easily see the attraction of losing yourself in this book surrounded by bubbles and incense.
From hilarious tales of revenge to sad, poignant observations and dark, sinister thrillers, I really enjoyed this eclectic mix of stories. The writer’s imaginative and descriptive style left me entertained and often surprised. Each short story is thought-provoking in its own way and the book covers a wide range of subjects.
I can’t recommend this anthology enough. Linda Flynn has such a way with words. The stories are imaginative and enthralling, and you will find yourself wanting to delve into one story after another. If you are looking for an eclectic mix of stories to delight you, this is it.  

Angels and Devils by William Wilson


Cautionary tales of ordinary mortals doing extraordinary things.

From moral dilemmas to a Nativity miracle, the author takes us on a deeply thoughtful journey through eleven tales of the unexpected. Are the protagonists angels or devils, or even a bit of both? Would you help a friend to die? Would you tell your family if you inherited a fortune? Would you shelter a criminal from the law? We know these people and see their choices. What would we do in their place?

William Wilson makes us reflect in this collection of stories that take us by surprise.

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Short stories, full of intriguing plot twists and dark humour

Monday, July 25, 2022

The Best of CafeLit 11


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Contributors: Michelle Adams, Riham Adly, Swati Moheet Agrawal, Elaine Barnard, Maura Barrett, Jim Bates, Ann Bright, Billie Pritchett,Lynn Clement,  Laura Cody,  Mary Daurio, Dawn DeBraal, Tony Domaille, Glen Donaldson, Alyson Faye, Anne Goodwin, Ken Goldman, Clive Gresswell, Franci Hepburn, Sarah Hills, Lesley James, Amanda Jones, Nazia Kamali, Helen Kreeger, Yvonne Lang, Erin McDougall, Amy B. Moreno, Sandra Nguyen, Sharon Overend, Wendy Pike, Emma Robertson, Allison Symes,Ann Christine Tabaka, Rob Waites, Jamie Wallace, June Webber, P. A. Westgate,Kevin Wood, Nick Young and S. Nadja Zajdman

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Tuesday, July 19, 2022

The Script Challenge


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These scripts are refreshing to read and would provide excellent opportunities for performances with clever witty dialogue and contemporary scenarios. Each of them provide a unique perspective and the very idea of the premise here is great. I especially liked Janet Howson's Cinderella for the setting and fast pace but also Dawn Knox's The Stag Do which was so realistic but cringe-worthy, hilarious and clever in equal proportions. All in all, something for everyone interested in putting on a play or two but also for the joy of reading.
Which comes first, the story or the play? All these plays started life as short stories, and each has been cleverly adapted for the stage or possibly radio. It's not easy to tell a complete story in a ten minute play, but each of these offerings does that exceptionally well. If you're looking for short plays, these are ideal for drama groups, schools, colleges and workshops. Recommended. 
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Monday, July 18, 2022

Where Wild Birds Shriek by Christian Lea



Harry Burden is classically handsome, wildly eccentric and fiercely intelligent – but he is also the single biggest nitwit Charlie Bloom has ever met. And living together in moneyed London has caused Charlie to grow quite neurotic.

So when Charlie is invited away for the weekend, he considers his options: Sit around insufflating hairspray with Harry, or get away for three days of peace and relaxation. Well, it’s no choice at all really.

But when Charlie arrives in The Lake District, he quickly discovers that peace and relaxation are not what’s in store for him.

Where Wild Birds Shriek is equal parts comedy, drama and madcap farce, featuring sword fights, car crashes, blackbirds, antique duelling pistols, several near-death experiences and a Triumph Bonneville motorcycle.


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Christian Lea is one to watch . The book was great and I was hooked after a day. Looking forward to more from this guy.



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