Rori O'Keeffe

Biography

Celebrating the rebel and challenging the unthinking conformist is what my writing and poetry are about, for the most part.
I find that we live in such timid, over-protective times that bravery has become a hallmark of the supposedly antisocial. We need to inspire ourselves and one another to find that human spirit that is capable of thriving and surviving in the wildernesses of the world, and unleash it in our overly-civilized personal lives. Satisfaction with living, even with all the inevitable mistakes and tragedies, is the destiny of the emotionally brave; on the other hand, bitter is the taste of life to the coward.
How has western society become so miserable and sheltered? It all begins with paternalism and contemptuous misuse of people emanating from the real elite of our societies. I dislike rigid hierarchies since they are destructive and undemocratic. I don't see answers in socialism or Marxism, since they have proven to be even worse than what we have. I believe in a very different kind of free enterprise system, and participatory democracy, provided the democracy is well designed and not prone to abusing demographic minorities.

Some see my attitudes and style as unusual for a woman to have, although I think that I reflect what a lot of women think and feel; perhaps I am different in that I have gained the confidence to truly speak my mind. To be a proud woman is to be rebellious - I see it as that simple an equation.

My writing is not everyone's cup of tea - if you come from the unthinking conformist majority, you'll likely be bored or annoyed by the content of most of my work. On the other hand, if you are rebelling against the trends of governance over our societies, you will at least appreciate that I see the need for substantial democratic change in our world.

As a private person, I came up against a dilemma: Should I take what I've learned about life, and simply build a happy little castle to live in, or should I take up my pen and write about what I believe in; the two aren't mutually exclusive, exactly, but involving myself with the affairs of the world takes away a little of my happiness. I'm glad to have made this choice. With well over 25,000 downloads of my free Ebooks and counting, I seem to have established what I hoped for: A small but engaged audience that may be pleased to have found a kindred spirit in the world. I don't expect my work will ever be overwhelmingly popular (there's that disinterested conformist majority to deal with,) but I count my successes with every download and every nice review.

Peace, and be civilized but authentic in all you do. I wish myself the same.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in another world; ergo, my writing.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
In all seriousness, when the world is "another place" and you just sit down and write about what's on your mind, you discover that a sort genius lies within you. We are all creative beings, and yet our lifestyles and vocations tend to work against making that discovery. I feel fortunate to have discovered writing as an outlet, because I have seen some of the most remarkable things.... Communicating my modest repertoire of ideas to willing readers has become a daily joy since I started in July, 2013. Poetry, and fairy tales for the young have been my most rewarding publications so far. I love the fact that I'm part of the written word community now - I've never felt so alive!
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Rori O'Keeffe online


Books

Modern Eros
Series: Memorable Verse, Book 31. Price: Free! Words: 1,270. Language: English. Published: August 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Gay & lesbian, Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
All good things come to an end. Faced with the end of my dreams, I woke up and decided to be as brave as some I've known in my life. Who would we be - our authentic selves, or dreary conformists - if we faced the end of everything? These five poems attempt to take on this most important and personal theme, in a way that many, many of us can relate to. Adult themes.
Modern Muse
Series: Memorable Verse, Book 30. Price: Free! Words: 1,540. Language: English. Published: June 12, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
What would you give to escape the poisonous nature of post-modern love that is foisted upon us as "freeing"? I can only offer a muse of sorts to contemplate the search for a healthy, growing love in this world. The entwining of hearts, the struggle to be loved, and spurning the degradations of false love are covered in these seven poems. There is little explicit content, however I rate it as 18+.
Necessities
Series: Memorable Verse, Book 29. Price: Free! Words: 1,430. Language: English. Published: May 25, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Inspirational
Courage; healthy attitudes towards the self; forgiveness of our own errors and those of others; recognition of the reality of our solitary paths in life; and, as always, the acknowledgement that we live in a world that is hostile to true, deep love. Rather than prose and poetry about love, these seven poems look at what is required in ourselves before we can truly love another person. ~900 words.
My Charming Slut
Price: Free! Words: 4,550. Language: English. Published: May 3, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Comedy/Humor, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
Willard and Fiona are made for each other - sort of. He's a handsome, spoiled billionaire; she hates billionaires, and she's exactly what Willard needs. They get together weekly, and she puts him in his place to his tormented delight. Fiona's on a mission to unman every billionaire in their island club, but she needs a little help from Willard to shag one final holdout. Adult-only. ~4,000 words.
The Journey
Series: Memorable Verse, Book 28. Price: Free! Words: 1,550. Language: English. Published: April 27, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Biography
Life is full of magic, if only we look first to what is within. We live in a world that tells us meaning, reality and happiness can be found if we look outside ourselves; this is not so, and these poems trace a journey from the freedom of youth, through the prisons of attempted conformity, back to the freedom of adult anarchy. There is no escaping alienation in this world - so be free of spirit.
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Series: Memorable Verse, Book 27. Price: Free! Words: 1,220. Language: English. Published: April 25, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Canadian Poetry
Against the backdrop of a solitary person's life, I use a little number crunching to compose nine poems, each of nine lines. Reading these poems may lead to hope - or to terror, but probably not ennui. The key answer to our dilemma, I think, is practical - but perhaps not possible to engage in these times. Whether beset by problems, or soothed by solutions, strong action is imperative.
Thin Walls Taboo Orange
Series: Memorable Verse, Book 26. Price: Free! Words: 1,790. Language: English. Published: January 29, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Female authors
These eleven poems use strong themes and dark humor to convey the connection between the inner world and the outer one. Suicide, Shakespeare, external threats and escapism are among the subjects touched upon. Adult for strong and disturbing themes, but no explicit sexual content. ~1250 words.
Loyalty
Series: Memorable Verse, Book 25. Price: Free! Words: 900. Language: English. Published: January 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs, Fiction » Poetry » Female authors
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5 star rating at Goodreads .These two poems, The Rewards Of Loyalty and United, We Stand Shoulder To Shoulder are attempts to echo the sentiments I have felt in the hearts of so many I have known over the years. Loyalty is at the center of our love, and without it, we are left adrift. No adult-only content. ~500 words.
Resurrection Of The Impaler
Series: Memorable Verse, Book 24. Price: Free! Words: 1,100. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Female authors
(4.50)
These three weird poems offer a different spin on the Dracula legend, this time with the Impaler as an aristocrat of sorts, who descends on the world in an age of darkness, and creates - then feeds on, the suffering of those under his dominion. No adult-only content. ~500 words.
A Thousand Deaths
Series: Memorable Verse, Book 23. Price: Free! Words: 1,090. Language: English. Published: December 10, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Female authors, Fiction » Romance » General
Humor, imagery and gossip about myself are what this poem uses to explore the vista that my past now is, in the light of a new, mature love. Adult for mature content. 532 words.
Autumn in the Mind
Price: Free! Words: 2,030. Language: English. Published: September 14, 2014. Categories: Essay » Sociology, Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration
Autumn reminds me of sleep - not of death. We awake with new awareness, full of hope and bursting with life when springtime arrives. There's no need to mourn the world when autumn arrives - hope is eternal. Can we find the wherewithal to survive in a crowded world with finite resources? I say yes, but the changes need to come from within, not just in governance. Liberty is essential. 1500 words.
Our Anniversary
Price: Free! Words: 1,810. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
Is it truly love when we're willing to sacrifice absolutely anything for our lover? Or has something else led us astray? Meet Toni and Marcus, getting together for their eleventh. Toni reflects on the past, deals with the present, and contemplates the future in this suspenseful, heart-wrenching story. 1255 words. Mature for explicit language.
Bob's Eyes
Series: Unforgettable Fairy Tales, Book 5. Price: Free! Words: 1,640. Language: English. Published: September 9, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Fairy tales, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
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How can we see clearly when we are forbidden to see most of what's around us? Meet Bob: He's a coward, and like almost all cowards, he can only see what's on the surface. His "eyes" that he may have been able to see with were removed from his head when he was young, and along with the other Cyclops people, he staggers towards extinction. For the complainer in all of us - approximately 1100 words.
Memorable Verse Volume 1
Series: Memorable Verse, Book 22. Price: Free! Words: 19,880. Language: English. Published: September 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Anthologies » Poetry - single author
All 156 poems that I've published in 2013-2014 are here for your amusement, contemplation, and frequently for your titillation. Politics, society, the plight of the individual in this world, and love are the recurring themes. Most is free verse, but there's ample rhyme to keep things lively. As I pause in publishing poetry, it's a good time to look back. Adult for mature and explicit content.
The Bard From The Sea
Series: Memorable Verse, Book 21. Price: Free! Words: 500. Language: English. Published: August 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Canadian Poetry
(5.00)
The poem ends with the bard urging us to demand participatory democracy from our increasingly authoritarian governments, and begins with the end of the only true golden age our world has seen - the time before civilization's scourges began to afflict humanity with seemingly endless suffering. Civilization has been a catastrophe, all propaganda and wishful thinking aside, and it needs a re-think.
All These Years In My Heart
Series: Memorable Verse, Book 20. Price: Free! Words: 930. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs, Fiction » Romance » General
You don't have to keep your love hidden away forever, I have recently discovered. Someone new to my life has filled my being with all the feelings my heart has been waiting to release, all these lonely years. Like an Adam and Eve, we find ourselves in a world lit by intense meanings that we once held to be improbable. These six poems convey what this mature love means in my life. 652 words.
Late One Summer Night
Price: Free! Words: 2,320. Language: English. Published: July 4, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian, Fiction » Erotica » Lesbian Erotica
(4.50)
I awake one summer night to the most beautiful, erotic sight of my life - a woman, tall, curvaceous and athletic, standing in silhouette in the silvery moonlight. The experience I have with her makes me complete, and takes me to a whole new world of love. Mature readers only.
Fools' Cemetery
Series: Unforgettable Fairy Tales, Book 4. Price: Free! Words: 2,570. Language: English. Published: June 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fairy Tales, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Jason meets a strange, charismatic toad, who tells him of the dreaded dangers in the woods behind Jason's new family home in the country. The Murdering Ogre, The Hall Of Killing Oaks, and The Fairy Ring are the dangers he faces, and if he doesn't survive, he'll end up in Fools' Cemetery at the end of the woods. Can he make it through? "I'm always right!" the toad insists. For teens+. 2,400 words.
The Music Of Living
Series: Memorable Verse, Book 19. Price: Free! Words: 1,110. Language: English. Published: June 10, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Female authors
We are all creatures of feeling within ourselves; music is the universal language of emotion, and so from the serenity of sleep to the cacophony of sounds from around the world, all may be understood as music that fills our beings. These three poems look at the music emanating from within me, the music that surrounds me throughout the day, and the sounds that come from all over. 800 words.
Why Hate Me?
Series: Memorable Verse, Book 18. Price: Free! Words: 690. Language: English. Published: June 9, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Female authors, Fiction » Poetry » Canadian Poetry
(5.00)
In the name of love, or saviors, or in the pursuit of standards, some can't seem to help but loathe our common humanity. Why? For what good? These four poems explore the theme.
The Enemy Thrives Within
Series: Memorable Verse, Book 17. Price: Free! Words: 530. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Female authors
Would that we could say to the men who lead our world - "You're fired!" Ah, but our founders, bless their privileged souls, thought it might be wise to let money talk, instead of wisdom. The hollowness of materialism, and the pursuit of power for the sake of abusing it, have eaten at the potentially fruitful tree of democracy. If we are the last generation, we ought to plant seeds.... A poem.
The Mediocrity of the Thought Police
Price: Free! Words: 810. Language: English. Published: March 17, 2014. Categories: Essay » Political, Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » Current affairs
Some of our cultural leaders have decided, ominously, to pick up the club of censorship to deal with words, such as "bossy", that offend them. They make the mistake of believing that words engender feelings, not the other way around; and they commit the ethical crime of proposing attempts at vocabulary control. Are the PC's (authoritarian lefties) going too far again? I let the reader decide. 18+
Beautiful Ways
Series: Memorable Verse, Book 16. Price: Free! Words: 1,240. Language: English. Published: March 12, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Inspirational
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What is it about life that draws us onward through our days? It is seeing through the eyes of others, enriching ourselves with the experiences and dreams that illuminate other lives. Life as it is seen through the eyes of children, or fish, or partying youth, or a great friend, can give us glimpses of what it is to be free-spirited, and reverential of what is given us. No adult-only content.
The Top 10 Strategies Of Successful Bachelors
Price: Free! Words: 3,610. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor and satire, Nonfiction » Sex and Relationships  » Men's sexuality
There's a stereotype out there of lifelong bachelors as being eternal adolescents - this is just not so! It takes a lot of forethought, planning and acting skill to avoid the dreaded wedlock for a whole lifetime, and I present here my field notes on what it takes to be a successful bachelor. If it's your goal in life to be a hermit crab in romance, then follow these 10 tips for success. 18+.
An Aptitude For Perversity
Series: Memorable Verse, Book 15. Price: Free! Words: 670. Language: English. Published: February 12, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
What could possibly be the rules of the game, when perversity rules? These four poems look at the traps of perversity - and the sense of the perverse that can lead a way out of the dream-labyrinth that we are told is reality. Leaning heavily on prose but with poetic flair, An Aptitude For Perversity empowers the poet (and possibly the reader,) to keep their feet planted solidly on the earth.
Castles In The Desert
Series: Memorable Verse, Book 14. Price: Free! Words: 950. Language: English. Published: January 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Spiritual
(5.00)
We are implored to seek isolation from others through selfishness, paradoxically, in order to find happiness. How can a person overcome the dictates of self-interest and become fulfilled? By looking within ourselves, and by looking to others, and by looking upwards, we may find the cures for one of the great, dismissed ailments of our age: Personal loneliness. These 7 poems point to the answers.
Hope Victorious
Series: Memorable Verse, Book 13. Price: Free! Words: 720. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
There would be no need for hope, were it not for the tragic dimensions of life; and so we hope for many things - and love is at the crux of all we desire. No life can be lived without tragedy; yet, sadly, hope can be lost. To hold onto hope it is necessary to recall what it is we hope for most in this world and beyond - a connection with others through love. Enjoy these four poems, and ponder.
Rori's Poetry 2013
Series: Memorable Verse, Book 12. Price: Free! Words: 14,650. Language: English. Published: November 4, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Anthologies » Poetry - single author
All 118 poems I have published this year are here for your enjoyment. In retrospect, I can see that they are heavy on the themes of love, lust - and what a great world we could live in, if only.... Rated as purely entertaining with just enough substance to keep us on our toes, I can virtually guarantee that the reader will find plenty in here that is memorable - I pulled no punches in 2013. 18+.
The Queen, The Spy & The Troll Below
Series: Unforgettable Fairy Tales, Book 3. Price: Free! Words: 4,230. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fairy Tales, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
There are three fairy tales here: The first is "The Queen And The Lily Pad", in which a wicked, inexperienced queen learns to care for others - not just for herself. The second tale is "A Fly On The Wall," in which a boy is granted his wish to eavesdrop on his parents; he discovers that it's better if he doesn't spy. The final tale is about a purported troll that inhabits a family's basement.
Spiralling Out Of Control
Price: Free! Words: 3,540. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Milky Way Melonie has surveyed the 8 species of the Galaxy besides her own species, the Buffies. She is presenting a paper to her college Master in hopes of obtaining the highest degree recognized by the Buffies, and she has done some hard work! At times hilarious, and at others thought-provoking, this short work represents the finest in contemplation of dystopias, extinction, and fetishes. 18+
The Philosopher Queen
Series: Mystical Blue, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 2,350. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Comedy/Humor, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
(3.00)
Mystical has an ever-growing legion of fans on the web, who love to tune in for her interviews. She conducts a Q&A session in her living room, revealing to her fans that she's not just a bedroom legend - she's a real thinking babe to boot. In her final interview, she answers questions on the theme of a Desert Isle Fantasy, and what it would be like to share a life with her in the tropics. 18+
The Tricks & The Treats
Series: Unforgettable Fairy Tales, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 5,400. Language: English. Published: October 14, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fairy Tales, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
The Tricks & The Treats are three fairy tales for the contemporary teenager to consider, with positive and humane messages in each. Entertaining for adults as well, these fairy tales illustrate the realities of addiction, the earthly benefits of being good in life, and the prize that freedom truly is. I recommend this book at 13+, with no explicit content. Please return and leave a review!
Love Me With Your Flesh {An Erotic Poem}
Series: Memorable Verse, Book 11. Price: Free! Words: 480. Language: English. Published: September 21, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
Lighting the lustful passions of a shy lover can be one of the most erotic experiences imaginable.
On The Way To Paradise
Series: Memorable Verse, Book 10. Price: Free! Words: 1,380. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Canadian Poetry
Paradise is discovered in retrospect, after it is lost. It is the best of all possible worlds - the best we can muster at present. These thirteen poems consider paradise from this vantage point.
Love Eclipsed
Price: Free! Words: 1,570. Language: English. Published: September 13, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Inspirational
Martin has just broken up with Stephanie, the latest in a long line of failed relationships for him. He is in denial about the relationship between his self-destructiveness and his frustration in love. Stephanie may be able to point the way out for him, if he has the desire to straighten up.
Passion & Love
Series: Memorable Verse, Book 9. Price: Free! Words: 4,820. Language: English. Published: August 25, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Female authors, Fiction » Romance » Adult
In this volume are forty-four poems about the lovely passions. There are poems that are sultry, some that are sweet, some sizzle, and some plumb the depths of love's beautiful disappointments. Contemplation on all kinds of love are in here, including the eternal search for the undying love. There is mature content throughout, however very little of an explicit sexual nature. PG is advised. 18+
A Poem For Mother, A Poem For Father
Series: Memorable Verse, Book 8. Price: Free! Words: 460. Language: English. Published: August 7, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Spiritual, Fiction » Inspirational
(4.00)
If they were here today, what would I tell them? With their absence, I know more than ever what they meant to me, and these short poems are the best I could ever say to them.
Love, Death, Chaos, Stars
Series: Memorable Verse, Book 7. Price: Free! Words: 2,750. Language: English. Published: August 6, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
In this volume of poetry, you will find six poems each brought about by contemplation of love, death, chaos, and the stars. Not only do I leave the interpretations to my reader, I also hope to convey all sorts of grounded and inspiring thoughts. There are profound mature themes and a few sexual references, so I would advise parents to read first, before passing these on to their kids.
Out Of The Burning Forest
Price: Free! Words: 2,070. Language: English. Published: August 4, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Mental health, Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration
(3.00)
Based on a true story. Desi's younger brother Ken suffers from a mental illness that has plagued his life since adolescence. Follow Desi on what begins as a routine weekly visit to Ken, who has been diagnosed and on medication for twelve years. The surprise for Desi on that visit is Ken's brief, but powerful description of what it is to have lived his life, and recover from a troubled conscience.
Poems On The Cheap
Series: Memorable Verse, Book 6. Price: Free! Words: 1,000. Language: English. Published: August 2, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Canadian Poetry
(5.00)
I offer the ultimate questions for those who must live with and without God. I leave the meanings and possible interpretations to the reader. 18+
I Heard It At The Pub Crawl
Price: Free! Words: 5,720. Language: English. Published: July 30, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor and satire, Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir
If you like real people - as people really are - then this book is for you. I offer here a free collection of ramblings, wisdom, wit, insights, commentaries, interactions and personal revelations as they've come to my attention over the years as a pub crawler and general witness to the party scene. There's an overall trend I can discern in how it's laid out - and, it's undeniably entertaining. 18+
How To Mix Paints
Series: Memorable Verse, Book 5. Price: Free! Words: 2,280. Language: English. Published: July 27, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Female authors
I offer the reader fifteen poems, each from a different place on the palette of life. There are things taken too far, things not taken far enough, questions about the reality of love, assertions that things never really change, and of course, a dash of humor here and there. Most of the poems are free verse, with ample use of rhyme to keep things going. A good primer for life on the wild side.
Sunrise Wisdom
Price: Free! Words: 2,670. Language: English. Published: July 22, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / General
(5.00)
This book offers forty insights into living that I have found in my journeys. Some I have learned from others, and some I seem to have realized on my own. The overall arc of this inspirational book is that optimism, with appropriate caution, is the best and most rewarding way of living. To be satisfied with our own lives and enrich the lives of others is the goal of living well, I firmly believe.
A Respite From Clarity
Series: Memorable Verse, Book 4. Price: Free! Words: 1,000. Language: English. Published: July 16, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Canadian Poetry
Not knowing is to see clearly; knowing is to see without clarity. In these eight poems I drop back to a knowing point of view, in the hopes of understanding the world and how I fit into it a little better. Written with hesitancy, and comprehensible in only the slightest time, I draw a world in these poems that is doomed to obey the laws of Nature, regardless of what we may wish. (Mature themes.)
Lights That Lead, Lead Astray
Price: Free! Words: 1,460. Language: English. Published: July 7, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration, Nonfiction » Inspiration » General self-help
Aimed at the young adult and older, I offer eighteen pearls I have found in my memory box. Are these pearls of wisdom? That question is best answered by the reader. To get places in life, you need a map - I think I have provided a few roads and arrows for the reader on their journey through life. There is no explicit content whatsoever, however some of the themes are challenging.
One Helluva Lotta Nerve!
Series: Mystical Blue, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 1,860. Language: English. Published: July 6, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Comedy/Humor, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
The new Mystical is buff - and vibrant, and confident, and happy. She has her eyes set on the man of her dreams, goofy ol' Dave with the incredible wit. Her scheme to get Dave to the altar is working perfectly - except for one little hitch.... Adult reading only.
My Little Blue Bestiary
Price: Free! Words: 1,730. Language: English. Published: July 5, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
(4.00)
Nine creatures that inhabit the landscapes around us, described here in all their glory, as well as safety ratings, FWB potentials, and companionship quality scores. You might never be safer and more confident than you will be with my bestiary and a whistle! Adult content and mature themes.
The Sloughing Off Of Edgar Allen Tadpole's Tail
Series: Unforgettable Fairy Tales, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 920. Language: English. Published: July 5, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fairy Tales
A flash fiction fairy tale about an eternal theme in the lives of the young. Edgar Allen Tadpole reaches maturity just as the woman of his dreams arrives at his threshold. He can't believe her charms - nor, in the end, can she believe his.
Berserkers & Bare Naked Babes
Series: Memorable Verse, Book 3. Price: Free! Words: 820. Language: English. Published: July 5, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Female authors, Fiction » Anthologies » Poetry - single author
The political climate is changing! Berserkers, a tongue-in-cheek poem about the serious issue of loss of democracy, tells the story as succinctly as I can tell it. The other fiction poem is all about a little trick the ladies can play on their unfaithful husbands - again, a humorous take on a serious issue: Puerile sex obsessions in grown, supposedly mature adults. 18+ for mature themes.
Emerging Love
Series: Memorable Verse, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 1,030. Language: English. Published: July 5, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
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A cautionary tale about love lost at sea, told from the vantage points of the memory at sea, and an old scotch pine in my yard. Love may fill a heart with its fires at one moment, and at the next strike it cold and unapproachable. Emerging Love is testimony to the incredible power that love has over our lives. 540 words. 18+
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Smashwords book reviews by Rori O'Keeffe

  • Dreams of Love and Loneliness on July 03, 2013

    I can't believe how much it's like the journey to lasting love - hope springs eternal in these shining poems, against the backdrop of tragedy and despair. I was moved. A million thanks!
  • Insomnia (A Poem) on July 04, 2013

    I see a question in this - what is sanity? Taken in plain meanings or metaphors, this poem is memorable. Hugely entertaining!
  • To See Yourself Through a Mirror on July 04, 2013

    Satisfying, true, and great!
  • Too Little Too Late on July 04, 2013

    Very well written and evocative, and the characters are drawn as sympathetic with considerable skill. However, I found it to be ultimately quite predictable.
  • Burdened on July 26, 2013

    It is a story that hurtles to a crushing finale - as memorable a short piece as I am likely to read.
  • Half Baked on July 31, 2013

    A witty title and a revealing look at a young woman who seems even more interested in helping others than herself. A very human portrait of suffering and compassion - it has helped me see more than I could before.
  • Coinage on Aug. 02, 2013

    A clever and to-the-point story that, along with the description's promises, also delivers an angle on the frustrations of living with "big" government.
  • Stuck in a Hotel Room Closet on a Friday Night on Aug. 02, 2013

    A very suspenseful and intriguing story with enough humor to keep it entertaining. I liked the portraits of the characters.
  • Megan Sue's Story Prosetry on Aug. 02, 2013

    The story of us all in this wilting world - positive, yet real. I found this to be a very good piece of prose poetry.
  • Hell and the Devil on Aug. 05, 2013

    Some interesting ways of depicting the evils of the world, with many powerful lines in it.
  • Just Friends on Aug. 07, 2013

    Seems like it's all in here - beauty, seduction, curiosity, advancement, friendship, discovery, love, and romance. A beautiful story that's written just the right way.
  • The Man on Aug. 07, 2013

    "The Man" is a powerful story of what goes on daily around so much of the world, yet is virtually ignored by the mainstream media. I would most strongly recommend this short piece.
  • Evil Sun on Aug. 08, 2013

    An incredibly suspenseful, reality-based horror story, that left me wondering how such catastrophes are able to unfold. Death spreads its tentacles if it is unchecked; this is a story for everyone, everywhere, to read and ponder.
  • Poe's Last Day on Aug. 27, 2013

    An atmosphere of unrelenting tragedy and cruel fate for the abandoned make this a very, very good read.
  • Blue Moon on Aug. 27, 2013

    A story that rings true of the author's experience - a common experience that becomes shocking in this telling.
  • The Old Hag And The Spider on Sep. 25, 2013

    This is an incredible story that rings true about a painful memory finally coming to the surface of consciousness. Extraordinarily well-written. Thanks for the therapy, Inge.
  • Timeout on Oct. 15, 2013

    This story is well written, timely and to the point. The wealthy character seems to have the observed arrogant attitude of so many - kudos to the man who found his watch!
  • Smashwords Style Guide on Nov. 04, 2013

    Even though I don't use Word - I use another document software - I found the guide amazingly helpful in figuring out what it is I have to do to properly format. It's a lengthy read with lots of info I don't need YET, and if you're patient enough to write a book, you'll have no trouble handling the Style Guide's labyrinth of directions and suggestions. This book seems to have everything covered.
  • Government Corrupted on Nov. 13, 2013

    It's not often I see a poem that directly addresses what most ails our times, and although it's clearly American, it could be written of almost any democracy in the western world. Our leaders cannot see, therefore cannot lead. Excellent!
  • Shoah: Remembering the Forgotten on Nov. 21, 2013

    Well researched and vividly rendered, the words in here can teach us to think before we act - and always remember a time when the world seemed to have no conscience, and God did not seem to care. The humanity of the victims is in stark contrast to the inhumanity of the perpetrators - it's brilliant. I hope to see more from this author.
  • Love Notes on Jan. 18, 2014

    Lovely poems with universal themes. I really enjoyed it.
  • Crossing the Rubicon: A Tale of Julius Caesar on March 31, 2014

    Written compellingly as though she herself were actually a witness to the events, one of history's biggest turning points is rendered in a manner that makes the story both surprising and human. I'd love to see a sequel.
  • Through the Windows on Sep. 09, 2014

    I loved the fusion of classic and contemporary imagery. Very enjoyable.
  • Life in a Book on Sep. 09, 2014

    Poignant without being too sweet or too bitter. I liked it.
  • The Conversation on Sep. 09, 2014

    Touching and very nicely done.
  • My Lying Bathroom Mirror (F) on Sep. 09, 2014

    ...and I have bafroom scales that can't add. Loved it.
  • Bored At Work on Sep. 09, 2014

    We're cogs in a machine, and we're supposed to marvel at the machinery. This work expresses real thoughts and feelings from a real person. I hope to see more from this author.
  • ISIS: The New Power on Oct. 23, 2014

    Totalitarianism is never justified by faith, scientific accomplishments, or superficially pristine behavior. As an apologia for ISIS and related movements in the Muslim world, this book failed for me.
  • Hot Summer Breeze on a Cold Winter Night on Oct. 23, 2014

    There's a lot of power in these poems, and their overall darkness and truth leave me wanting more. Superb.
  • Why They Do It: Beliefs & Emotional Gratification Lead to Violence on Nov. 04, 2014

    Thank you for the information. We have to break the cycle by acknowledging that our cherished way of life creates the circumstances that feed violence.
  • Evolution Favors People Who Don't Believe in Evolution on Nov. 20, 2014

    A quick overview of recent population trends. Do trends continue indefinitely, however?
  • Chaste on Nov. 20, 2014

    Weird, wry and pointed. I liked it very much.
  • The Definition of Insanity on Nov. 23, 2014

    This poem is a poignant and beautiful expression of life at the edge of darkness. I would recommend it to anyone who wants a glimpse of actual insanity. Thank you, Marissa.
  • The Visitor on Dec. 04, 2014

    Wendy Beach writes with all the authenticity of one who has been there herself. Compact and powerful, this short story is as moving as a story can be.
  • All 28 Freckles on Dec. 04, 2014

    These poems are lucid and evocative memories of who we once were...and still can be.
  • Air Of Midnight on Dec. 10, 2014

    Very enjoyable...a dark poem with a bright ending, and surprisingly atmospheric given the sparseness of the language.
  • Friendships hurt on Dec. 19, 2014

    An excellent story with great character development and a touchingly young, naive narrator. I can't recommend this beautiful story too much - it's mind-blowing in how it evokes the troubled lives of so very many people. Friendships Hurt is a wonderful, sublimely healing short story.
  • Political Correctness - The New Fascism on Jan. 09, 2015

    They are the pious hypocrites of secularism, a sort of counter-bigotry thought police who do much to undermine issues of tolerance and acceptance. They have disgraced the civil rights legacy with their fanatical opposition to free speech. While I don't think that the politically correct are the greatest menace to democracy, their opposition to basic freedoms may prove to be another nail in the coffin of liberty. This brief essay could have gone much farther in exploring their character and the similarity of temperament they share with historical totalitarians. That is my main criticism - it is too short to be a compelling exploration of the left-wing authoritarian's mindset in contemporary democracy.
  • Ten Things Worse Than Rape on Feb. 06, 2015

    Is rape a political act, as some insist? The notion is grandiose compared to the mundane criminality of sexual perverts. I like this poem because it looks at rape for what it is to the individual, rather than as some sort of unified aggression by the male gender against the female. As a liberal sort of person who battles the PC's on the far left and conservatives on the right, I very much appreciate hearing this voice of reason on a delicate subject.
  • Dissonance (A Collection of Poems) on April 08, 2015

    It's so easy to miss great new talents in the hyper-competitive field of Ebook publishing. I'm glad to have found this one. This chapbook is filled with elegant poems that also bring substance and reflection to the tensions between being and non-being. The poems moved me deeply, and left me with a simple, profound question: "Who am I?" This is the very best collection of poems I have read in a long, long, time. I hope to see much more from the superbly talented and thoughtful Brianna.
  • Gossamer Wings and Other Things on Aug. 22, 2015

    Originality at its best. Beautiful images and evocative imagery make this a memorable and unique book.