Michelle Birbeck

Biography

Michelle is 29 and has been reading and writing her whole life. Her earliest memory of books was when she was five and decided to try and teach her fish how to read by putting her Beatrix Potter books in the fish tank with them.

Since then her love of books has grown, and now she is writing her own and looking forward to seeing them on her shelves, though they won’t be going anywhere near the fish tank.

When she’s not writing, she’s out and about on her motorbike or sitting with her head in a book.

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Books

Playthings
By
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,400. Language: English. Published: June 25, 2014. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
Finding someone to play with is difficult enough when killing them can mean going to jail. But that doesn't stop this serial killing duo. They've been killing together for years, selecting victims and covering each others' backs. But now one of them has broken the rules, leaving the other wanting for blood.
The Perfect Gift
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Price: Free! Words: 1,620. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2014. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
Finding the perfect gift for friends and family is hard enough, but when your friends have such specific tastes, it can be murder.
The Phantom Hour
By
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,940. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2013. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
Mark has listened to his wife's torments for long enough, and tonight he aims to shut her up for good.
Last Chance
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 94,980. Language: English. Published: May 7, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
With her race saved from the brink of extinction, Serenity’s life could not be better. Married, finally, to Ray, and back in London for the first time in a century, retirement isn’t coming easy. Being a housewife was never in her make up.
A Glimpse Into Darkness
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,220. Language: English. Published: May 7, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Set in the U.S.S.R in 1964, this short accompaniment to The Keepers’ Chronicles explores the missing years from book one.
Survival Instincts
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Price: Free! Words: 2,940. Language: British English. Published: July 15, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
(3.00)
The happiest day of Leanne's life turns sour, forcing her to run for her life.
Isolation
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Price: Free! Words: 6,290. Language: British English. Published: July 6, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
(5.00)
Every six months, Amber and her friends head off to the beach for a night of drinking and fun. But their plans soon change with what appears to be a horrific accident. Things soon turn from bad to worse. And the question that remains is; was the death of their friend an accident? Or is there someone else isolated with them, picking them off one by one?

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Smashwords book reviews by Michelle Birbeck

  • The Secrets of Dreams on Nov. 14, 2011

    Really enjoyed reading this. Have read it a couple of times since the first time, and I still think it is fantastic!
  • The Vampire Hunter's Daughter: Part I on Dec. 29, 2011

    It wasn't bad, if you know nothing of grammar and can get past the constant errors in it. The dialogue needs work and quite a bit of it feels very unnatural and stinted, though some bits are all right. It felt very much like a story being told not shown, and the tense is often confused with the character talking about what is happening before it actually happens. This was actually recommended to me by a friend when I asked for ideas for books for my ereader, but about the best recomendation I can give it is: it passed a bit of time. It was far from a brilliant read and I am regretting buying all three parts, though I will no doubt read them anyway just because I have bought them.
  • Shadowcat on July 05, 2012

    I’ll start by saying I’m glad this was a free download from Smashwords. I double checked the description and nowhere in it did it mention what this book was about, not truly. It is labelled as horror, but what it turned out to be was thinly veiled threats of child abuse in the most disgusting form. However, if you can get past that, or are comfortable reading such things, then there were a couple of other issues with this short story for me. First being the opening. The concept behind it is fantastic, and I’d really like to see more work like this, minus the abuse, but I felt like it needed to be explained a bit more. The concept itself came out as very vague and not very well described. The story also jumped from one time to another, growing with the child in the story, but with very little other than the change in bed, to denote when these changes occurred. I also had an issue with naming in the story. It was done in parts in a very confusing way that left me having to reread parts in order to understand who the author was talking about. This is a 1 star for me. The concept was good, but the content needs to have been stated in the description. Had it been, I would never have read it.
  • Smashwords Style Guide on July 06, 2012
    (no rating)
    Finished reading the guide today, and I had one big issue with it, and that's the lack of Word 2010 instructions. I managed to format my document, but I had to guess and go hunting to find half the relevant things. Might be an idea to see about adding word 2010 to the guide seeing as how windows 7 computers won't support much of anything but word 07 and later.
  • The Seduction of Gabriel Stewart on Aug. 04, 2012

    I got this free from Smahswords and I wasn’t disappointed. Though I’m not a fan of history for the most part, there are parts that I do like, and this is one of them. The story was beautifully written, well played out, and the erotica parts of it were enjoyable. In fact, there was only one thing stopping me from giving this a full five star rating. There were some persistent errors in spelling that detracted from the story. Not enough to stop me from reading, but enough to make me have to stop and think and reread. Having said that, the story was wonderful, the attention to the details of the time wasn’t too overwhelming and still covered enough so that you know it’s set in a historical time. I enjoyed reading it, and when I had to put it down in the middle, I kept thinking about it and was anxious to get back to it and find out what happened. The synopsis is up on smashwords—just click the picture for a link straight there. It’s a free to download story, so if you’re after a bit of flirty fun without breaking the bank or taking forever to read, go download it. Reviewed for Short, Sweet, and Snappy review blog.
  • Musings while in traffic on Oct. 14, 2012

    Not a bad piece of flash fiction. Short and easy to read, and something a lot of people have no doubt done when in traffic. Certainly passed a few minutes!
  • Fifteen on Oct. 17, 2012

    It took me a moment at the end of the book to get what had happened. When it hit me, it was a great ending. The story itself was well written, if with a few too many comparisons used to describe things. However, I wanted a bit more of an explanation as to how the main character, Grub, lured in Kady. This was left vague, perhaps on purpose, and I would have liked to know more about that part. There were a few minor errors, and this combined with the overuse of comparisons got it four stars.
  • Lady Killer on Oct. 17, 2012

    This was a strange one. Horror is something I enjoy reading, so from the description this was right up my alley. And it was, to a certain extent. The storyline was solid, and I really enjoyed the twist at the end. How everything played out in the story made for an enjoyable read. But there were a couple of things that stood out and confused me, which ultimately took away from the reading experience. The first of these being the biggest. There didn’t seem to be any distinction between inner dialogue and speech. All were defined by speech marks, making it appear as though they were all spoken aloud, even though some of them were clearly not. In the areas of the story where it wasn’t so clear whether the words were speech of thought this served to confuse me. Secondly, the dialogue seemed stinted and unnatural. This was mainly because of the lack of contractions used. Lastly is more of a personal feeling regarding horror and murder. It seemed to me that the main character, Rick, should have enjoyed the kill more, taken his time over it more. And certainly if he had killed as much as the story seems to claim, he should have been a lot less anxious over it.
  • Prey for the Beast on Oct. 17, 2012

    Having read Playground by the same author, I went and downloaded this one, too. And it didn’t disappoint. I may not have enjoyed it as much as Playground, but I did enjoy it, and would happily download anything else by this author. The ending of the story was fantastic. The way everything changed and twisted was a delight to read. Though this story felt a bit jumpy in places, there was only one thing that stood out for me, and that was a punctuation issue. Multiple question and exclamation marks shouldn’t be used, and seeing not just one or two but four or five really pulled me from the story. This combined with the feeling of the story being jumpy led me to give it four stars. Having said that, it is well worth a read.
  • Playground on Oct. 17, 2012

    The writing from a child’s point of view was brilliant. The one thing that stood out to me and pulled me out of the story was the use of underlining a word to show emphasis instead of italics. There was also a hint in the direction that the story could have headed that gave me cause to pause, but when I read on, that particular act didn’t happen. The ending, however. Loved it! The twist at the end made me smile and had me wondering. It left me wanting more. So overall, 4 stars. For a free book, well worth the few minutes it takes to read.
  • Companion on Nov. 01, 2012

    I enjoyed this story but what let it down was the grammar issues and the random point of view change towards the end. It went from being first person point of view for most of the story to third person point of view at the end. It would benefit from a good proof read or an editor. However, having said that, it was an enjoyable read.
  • Last Dance of a Black Widow on Nov. 01, 2012

    Though I enjoyed the idea behind the story and the repercussions of a life led in the way portrayed, I felt that it was a story told, not shown, and could have been done in a much better way that gave more details. It may as well have been a list of crimes the woman had committed, detailed by a third party.
  • Creeper; A Short Horror Story on Nov. 20, 2012

    I’m glad this was a short story, as the only thing I enjoyed about it was the twist at the end. The way the twist was done was fantastic, it really made the story. However, having said that, the unevenness of the writing really let it down. Some of the sentences just didn’t make sense, and the constant capitalisation of ‘he’ made me think I was reading some kind of religious text. There was also an issue that it read more like a report of an event rather than an actual story. Having said that, for a quick read, and for free, you could do worse.
  • Hysteria on Nov. 20, 2012

    This is the second of Eva Gale’s short stories I’ve read, and I loved it. I’m not one for history, but the occasional historical novel I do enjoy. This is one of those. It isn’t the hot and steamy erotica that 101 Degrees Fahrenheit was, and was more along the lines of The Seduction of Gabriel Stewart, in its slow build and fantastic finale. The only complaint I had, in fact, was that, as with the other stories by Eva Gale, the ending seemed somewhat rushed. Overall though, five stars, and absolutely a recommended read! (reviewed for Short, Sweet, and Snappy blog)
  • 101 Degrees Fahrenheit on Nov. 20, 2012

    I’ve read another short by Eva Gale, The Seduction of Gabriel Stewart, and loved it enough that I went and downloaded the rest of the books she had on offer. This was one of them. And though it wasn’t quite up to the same standard as Hysteria and The Seduction of Gabriel Stewart, it was a very enjoyable read. The twist in the middle caught me by surprise, and the heat between the couple was fantastic. In fact, the only complaint I had was that I thought the ending seemed a bit rushed. Other than that, I would say go download it now! Great if you want something short and hot. (reviewed for Short, Sweet, and Snappy, blog)
  • Dead Girls Don't Dance on Nov. 20, 2012

    I’m a fan of horror, and this one was almost perfect for me. I loved the concept, the way it was portrayed. There was just the right amount of crazy in the main character to make it not only believable but also make it so that the person wasn’t completely off the deep end. So why was it not a straight five star review? Two things. There was an issue with words and phrases being repeated multiple times, and there was a predicable element to it. For me it was obvious what had happened, and that took some of the surprise away, but at the same time added to the gore factor. Overall, worth downloading and giving a read. (reviewed for Short, Sweet, and Snappy blog)
  • Hunter on Nov. 20, 2012

    The ideas and the betrayal in the story made for an enjoyable read. However, I felt like it should have been longer. It left me wanting more from the characters and the story, and because those things weren’t there, I felt it was a bit of a let down. There were concepts and ideas mentioned in this short that were only mentioned. There was a lot of potential that was missed in this story. Back story that would have made for an exciting look into the minds and lives of the characters. History of the characters that would have explained a lot more regarding why they were doing what they were doing. Having said that, I enjoyed the read and as it is a free read it is one that I would recommend. It certainly passes the time and makes for an interesting read. (reviewed for Short, Sweet, and Snappy blog)
  • Hunter on Nov. 20, 2012

    The ideas and the betrayal in the story made for an enjoyable read. However, I felt like it should have been longer. It left me wanting more from the characters and the story, and because those things weren’t there, I felt it was a bit of a let down. There were concepts and ideas mentioned in this short that were only mentioned. There was a lot of potential that was missed in this story. Back story that would have made for an exciting look into the minds and lives of the characters. History of the characters that would have explained a lot more regarding why they were doing what they were doing. Having said that, I enjoyed the read and as it is a free read it is one that I would recommend. It certainly passes the time and makes for an interesting read. (reviewed for Short, Sweet, and Snappy blog)
  • Killer Bedtime Stories on March 02, 2013

    As I sit down to write this review, I am struggling to think of something positive to say about this short story. It isn’t often that I write any review without commenting on something that I liked about it, but in the six pages of this story, I can’t think of much. Had it been any longer, I would have had to put this on my did not finish list. Between the dialogue that no child outside a royal family would ever use, and the constant grammatical errors … this was not a story for me. But I do feel the need to explain exactly why I disliked this so much. I’ll begin with the dialogue. Susan spoke as though she was in her teens, with phrasing and wording that didn’t fit with someone who was supposedly a little girl. Also, referring to their dad as ‘our father’ read as completely out of place. Of all the children I know (and I have a high number of cousins, friends with children, and neighbours with children), not a single one of them ever refers to their parents as mother or father. Those terms are something that might be used in a historical novel, but here they seemed very out of place. Secondly, the grammatical errors. I don’t believe there are many people in the world who are experts on grammar. I know I am not, but I do know my basics. Unfortunately for this story, the basics were lacking. The rules used seemed to change every few sentences, and this more than anything showed a lack of understanding of the technicalities of writing.
  • Twisted Imaginings: Vol 1 on April 18, 2013

    When I mentioned above that this appealed to my twisted sense of everything, I meant it. A disturbed young man well and truly under his mother’s thumb. An event that changed everything. And though where it ended is my least favourite part of this short, it left me smiling. Well written, fast enough moving but not too fast, and horror as I like it best. Partly in the mind, partly in reality and blurring the lines so you’re not quite sure which is which. I’m not sure what else I can say about it other than go get it whilst it’s still free. Get it, read it, and then reread it. Well worth downloading.