The Howling Winds

Rated 3.83/5 based on 6 reviews
...'the moon darkened...time bled...the grains of a forgotten world'... More
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About Jess Elizabeth O'Connell

❤ I grew up in the countryside, a place with rolling hill, forests, woodlands, acres and acres of fields and hedgerows. I would hear the occasional dog barking or a church bell peeling in the distance.

I found such inspiration there. It fuelled my imagination! I began writing stories when I was as young as 7. My first dabble in this field was a poem, and then went on to create short stories in a school foolscap book.

The writing bug has always been with me and I love nothing more than creating something from my dreams, imagination and life experiences. I have five books published so far. It is such a joy to share my works.

New Interview coming soon!

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Review by: Robert Evans, Sr on Aug. 9, 2013 :
I read this book some time back forgot to review it, says something about my age!

I'm a little shocked at the reviewer below me. Don't know what the hell she's on about! I am happy that Jess published these poems, there are some strong metaphors in there and I would hate to think them gathering dust on some shelf. How would it be if all poets did that?!

Every poet author, writer each has there own influences. I have seen it before in other books I have read.

Now as to 'The Howling Winds' I enjoyed this book. A bit dark for me really, but its flooded with emotions and sorrow. It's like as the first reviewer said it being about the side of life we don't think about or want to look at.

I enjoyed your book Jess. Don't let any critical or negative reviews stop you from writing and publishing more books. You're great at writing. Keep it up.

5 stars but I wish I could give it more. Thank you and God Bless you.

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Review by: Lauren Scharhag on Aug. 9, 2013 :
The author put in the foreword that these pieces had been moldering in old notebooks for many years-- perhaps they should have stayed there. The poems are what I would expect from an angst-y, goth-y teenager who's read too much Poe and other 19th century poets. I know, because I was one of those teenagers, and have a sheaf of these sorts of poems in old notebooks too. Lots of "O!", lots of stilted, old-fashioned language, lots of silly rhymes. The phrase "cease to be" is uttered at least twice, which felt like a Keats rip-off to me.

The short stories might've been interesting, but they were just fragments, and not what I would consider full stories.

Nothing horrible here, nothing offensive. But not exactly a stellar example of the craft.
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Review by: Gerty So on April 5, 2013 :
I loved this book.........Please keep writing........
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Review by: Georgina Woodbury on Feb. 3, 2013 :
Wow that was very deep and full of meaning. I really liked many of the poems contained in this book. It was doom and gloom in parts and thought provoking.

I think the reviewer below me review got her assessment of Jess' book/writing totally wrong. I read this book twice and found the more I read it the more I understood Its the deepest writing I have read so far.

I cannot fault the writing. I wish I could give it more stars.
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Review by: Faye Hollidaye on Feb. 2, 2013 :
I find Ms. O'Connell's poetry very exhausting. I kind of liked "Girl Past, Girl Present, Girl Future," but I'm not sure if I actually liked it of if it was just a short breath of fresh air from the (on average) three-word lines. I started to like her short stories (or prose work), but the endings left me unfulfilled and "hanging" from a ledge-like place. I appreciate this author's creativity, but cannot get much from it myself...
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Review by: Michael Phoenix on April 25, 2012 :
10 out of 10! This is a summary of a full review I wrote. From start to finish, Jess keeps the reader off guard using a variety of styles and genres. She even switches up the style of language. The Howling Winds holds true to her description and the preface. It is dark.

The darkness in the book is on more than one level. Some may see it as depressing and morbid. I hope the majority will see it the way I did. A mirror for the side of life and reality we exist in. The side that people do not like to look at. This is a very unique book and style of writing. Please join her journey in this book. I highly recommend it!!!!! Great Job Jess!
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