Flash Fiction Addiction 22 Short Short Stories

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Flash Fiction Addiction is a collection of flash fiction stories of several different genres. This anthology showcases several previously published works such as "Morning" and "Okay to Drive" as well as new stories such as "Get Well", "Bitten" and "I Love You". More

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Words: 12,430
Language: English
ISBN: 9781466186415
About Garden Summerland

Garden Summerland is a romance, horror, psychological thriller, crime & mystery novelist. She also enjoys writing short stories, screenplays, lyrics, poetry and flash fiction. She collects gargoyles, loves elves and Ireland and when she isn't writing, she enjoys reading and online research.

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Review by: Bonnie Bernard on March 16, 2012 :
Flash Fiction Addiction is 22 short stories, none of which you'll want to lull yourself into "sweet dreamland" with. Revenge, betrayal, anguish, and rage are the order of the day here, and each piece is a graphic flashing moment in time...raw, gripping, and gasp-worthy. But the stories aren't "horror" - even the ones with a supernatural spin feel as real as the first time you were purposely misled, or the last time somebody stomped on your heart. You truly feel the private anguish of the tortured souls in these stories.

This is a well-written book and the author's talent for vivid detail and plunging into the shadows of human consciousness is stunning. I recommend this read to anybody who enjoys bite-sized fiction, and especially to those who like it with a bitter edge. I have nothing but good things to say about this brooding, dark book.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Lee Landon on Jan. 17, 2012 :
I just can't get enough! This collection is just what it says it is, an addiction, because I am hooked. I just got it, and read straight through, it is a roller coaster ride for your emotions! I give this 5 stars plus!!!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Frank Balara on Oct. 25, 2011 :
No one sets out to become an addict.

For me, it all started innocently enough. I found myself in the same circle of Facebook friends as Garden Summerland. Not knowing she was a major dealer, I decided to check out her blog, Wallpaper Dreams http://gardensummerland.blogspot.com/. What I found there were Garden's extremely short, but very complete stories. They ran the gamut from romantic thrillers to paranormal horrors to simple everyday life themes. What made her stories special to me were their ability to make me feel a certain emotion - be it anger, love, hatred, jealousy, fear - in a concentrated form. As I read her stories I felt I was eating the literary equivalent of a Whitman's Sampler. And just like with that treasured box of assorted chocolates, I found I couldn't stop at just one story. I kept coming back for more. Quietly at first, a little embarrassed, because some of the stories had romantic themes that produced those concentrated feelings and it was hard admitting that a big, burly middle-aged man like myself could enjoy stories like that. But I was hooked on all of them (there wasn't a smooshed up green piece in the whole box, to continue with the sampler analogy) and I needed to tell someone, so I told Garden and I became a follower of her blog. Eventually that wasn't enough, though. I broke down and subscribed to Wallpaper Dreams, so each sweet nugget of a story could be delivered to me via email fresh off the presses, so to speak.

Just when I felt these gems weren't coming fast enough, Garden announced her first book. Aptly named, Flash Fiction Addiction is a collection of 22 short short stories; some from her blog and some new ones. It was so popular she quickly released a second collection. After reading this first collection, I hope there's a third, fourth, fifth, etc. because, even with 22 stories, the first book only runs 58 pages and, being an addict, I went right through it. I think for the second collection I may have to ration the stories to make it last longer.

More on Flash Fiction

I asked Garden if she could tell me more about flash fiction in general. "Apparently, it is not a definitive style as yet as far as the industry is concerned." She explained, "there are so many different 'definitions' and not really one set standard for flash fiction. Some people consider it to be under 300 words and the maximum word count that I have ever seen is under 1000 words, so that's what I keep it at."

After researching a few sites on my own, it's clear to see there is an active debate on word count in flash fiction, but everyone seems to agree on one thing: it is a complete short story containing an exposition, climax and resolution. The rising and falling actions just move extremely quickly.

There's a definite challenge and an art to flash fiction. You only have so many words to tell a vivid, compelling story, so you need to choose your words more carefully. It's that challenge that continues to draw Garden. If you pick up one of her books or visit her blog, you'll see she has more than met that challenge. In fact, she's mastered it.

More on Garden Summerland

Garden started writing for fun at the age of ten and "just never stopped. It is deeply ingrained in who I am," she explains. Flash Fiction Addiction Volume I is her first published book. Her experience with self publishing has been "extremely rewarding," and she highly recommends the do-it-yourself process to anyone looking to publish their work.

She is currently working on a novel, Sister Sugar, which is based on a short story you can read on her blog: Wallpaper Dreams: Sister Sugar But there is a glimmer of hope for my fellow addicts and me:

"I would love to say that Sister Sugar is my main focus right now, but I cannot fight my ties to flash fiction." She continues to dedicate her blog to flash fiction and, "due to the unexpected popularity of the first two collections, I may find myself writing a Volume III of Flash Fiction Addiction before all is said and done. Additionally, one day, you just may find my collections in print!"

This is one reader waiting excitedly for his next fix.

Find out more about Garden Summerland and her books, including where to purchase them at:

http://www.gardensummerland.com/
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Lyrical Lit. Publishing on Sep. 03, 2011 :
Flash Fiction Addiction 22 Short short stories by Garden Summerland has got to be one the most surprising finds I have read this year. It was filled with short, I mean 'short' stories, full of mystery/thriller/murder and a touch of paranormal flavors. I enjoyed reading the 22 she included in this collection. Garden Summerland does an excellent job pulling the reader in to become one with the characters and feel their emotions ranging from love, hate, lust, and regret. I found myself at the end faster than I would have liked and really ready for more. My only regret is that it was a really quick read. Definitely a heart pounding, gut wrenching, mind bending journey. Well worth the read!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: David McDonald on Aug. 21, 2011 :
I am very new to Flash Fiction as a reader though I have written some before, I was like a small child in a candy shop with this book. So much to indulge yourself with and such an erotic experience deciding which next. The book contains entertainment in spades but be prepared to indulge all of your emotions. I read it today and i only bought it today (only meant to browse through but could not stop) Great read get it and let your mind, heart and soul roam free
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Saffron Sands on Aug. 07, 2011 :
I simply love this flash fiction collection. It has a bit of everything I enjoy...romance, horror and drama. Some of these shorts gave me that Twilight Zone feeling. In my opinion you can't go wrong with this one!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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