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Alexandra Lanc has been writing ever since she could pick up a pen, finishing her first novel at age 12. Writing throughout grade school and college, Alexandra explored the literary arts, graphic design, theatre, and dance as she was getting her education. Further knowledge of the writing craft and a passion for books led her to publish her first book, Clara Claus, at age 19, and she has been publishing ever since.
Since then, Alexandra's books have been on several bestsellers lists, and have been enjoyed by fans all over the world. Her holiday series, The Snowflake Triplet, is a particular favorite, and includes the book that started it all, Clara Claus.
Alexandra currently lives in Florida, USA, with her family and calico cat, Sanura.
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on April 25, 2012 :
Charles Dickens told his tale through the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future. Alexandra Lanc brings her confident schemer to the crossroads through an alien’s presence on a train, an alien who looks with simultaneous abhorrence and adoration on the protagonist, and whose gift is to reveal what the future holds.
The protagonist has a gift of persuasion and a future filled with promises of success. Why waste time worrying about anyone else? But mistakes of the past might have formed her more than she knows, and refusing to learn might fuel even greater mistakes. The stranger doesn’t teach, just shows, past, present and what’s to come. And the lesson becomes clear.
The setting’s intriguing—a future world where alien and human live side by side, and gentle skills might wield unconscionable power. The deceptively simple telling of a new graduate catching a train pulls the reader in. And the mystery of past and future is nicely and intriguingly told. The lesson’s well-learned too in this pleasingly modern, inspirational short story filled with echoes of our own present, past and future.
Disclosure: I received a free ecopy of this short story from the author in exchange for my honest review.
(reviewed 13 days after purchase)