Leap Day

Rated 4.57/5 based on 14 reviews
7 short stories from the world of the weird and unusual.

Every four years we have to add another day to the calendar to make up for the time that we skip over while we carry on with our normal lives. So what happens on that abnormal day when the rules change and tab is a cash only sale? More

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About Mozart

Mozart was born and raised in the desert south west where there was always plenty of sunshine and bare sand to nourish his natural curiosity. After enduring years of mosquitoes and other stinging, venomous insects he moved to southern New Mexico to attend college. His inability to pass even the most rudimentary classes landed him in a bitter, one sided meeting with the Dean of the Arts and Sciences Department. Soon after, he began his writing career in the mid 1980’s somewhere near Las Vegas Nevada after being summarily dismissed from the university for multiple infractions of the student code of behaviour. After being denied employment at every newspaper and publishing company in the state he moved to Colorado where employment records could be enhanced without detection. The tales of his legendary exploits led to a huge contract with a major publishing firm which was unfortunately nullified when the office building and all copies of his masterworks were destroyed in an untimely fire the night before the release of his first book. Since then Mozart has compiled numerous volumes which have been languishing in obscurity waiting for some brave publisher to take the reins and ride this mule to long overdue recognition and wealth.

Leap Day marks the beginning of the new partnership with Twin Wicks Publishing and represents the first step in vindicating a long overlooked and forgotten author who still hasn’t forgotten all the haters who said I don’t have any talent.

Here’s to sticking your tongue out in the face of enduring criticism.

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Review by: Catherine Thomas on March 15, 2013 :
Just finished reading these short stories. Never read anything like this before, the stories were interesting, different & quite good. I would read another by this author.
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)
Review by: Catherine Thomas on March 15, 2013 :
Just finished reading these short stories. Never read anything like this before, the stories were interesting, different & quite good. I would read another by this author.
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)
Review by: bill singleton on Feb. 18, 2013 :
Excellent book.

The stories cover a pretty wide range - you can probably find something here that is your cup of tea or maybe even dinner with all the trimmings.

Everyone has mentioned "The Bridge" and I really enjoyed it as well as "Andrea". These two could have been stretched out into full books and still would have held my attention.

I also liked "DOC-V" but "Wives Tale" really stuck a nerve with me.

I can't wait to see more.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: bailey o'doule on Feb. 16, 2013 :
This was an unexpected collection of strange stories that I really enjoyed. The best part was that you never knew which direction they were going to turn. The Bridge is probably my favorite just because you can't help but love the characters but DOC-V was the best twist in a whole bag of snakes.

I'd recommend this to anyone who enjoys a strange tale.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Ever Star on Aug. 21, 2012 :
I received this book from the author for an honest review.

Each story was unique in its own way. I think the first story really freaked me out because I did not see the ending to be that outcome. Really freaky!

The stories range from scary to bizarre and were a great read. If you have time on your hands and want a quick and unique read give this book a chance. You may enjoy it. The good thing about this book was you could put it down at anytime and pick it right back up.
(reviewed 35 days after purchase)
Review by: Lynn Worton on Aug. 5, 2012 :
I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

This is a collection of seven short stories that uses the one extra day we add on to our calendar every four years to keep our seasons straight. They range from scary to the bizarre. Each story is well written and gave me chills! Although not exactly horror, these tales are quite dark. I especially enjoyed a few of these stories. The first one, Leap Day, made me shake my head at the audacity of the protagonist, Bill. You would think he should know better! The next story I enjoyed was The Bridge. It was a poignant time travel tale that had a twist in the tail.
Lastly, there was the tale called Andrea. It was a ghostly tale that sent shivers up my spine! The other tales were just as entertaining too.

Mozart has a fantastic writing style that flows beautifully. Each story reminded me of the TV shows, Tales of the Unexpected and The Twilight Zone. Those stories used to creep me out when I was younger. However, now I'm older, and hopefully wiser, these stories, although dark, don't creep me out as much and I find them seriously entertaining.

I highly recommend this book, and will keep an eye out for more tales written by this author in the future. If you like your short stories to be on the dark side, this is the book for you.
(reviewed 29 days after purchase)
Review by: Danielle E. Shipley on July 31, 2012 :
“Leap Day” by Mozart: A collection seven short stories with a bent toward the paranormal. Each episode is largely unrelated (though two of the tales, including that which shares the anthology’s title, do specifically refer to February 29th – or “the missing day”, as one story reverently calls it). However, a common thread throughout the book is the unexplained. Many of the plotlines start out as seemingly ordinary, only to unfurl into the implausible, often with more questions raised than fully answered. The result is a surreal climate in which reader imagination has ample room to speculate as to the cause and full effect of the mysteries presented.

As a whole, I found the book to be an interesting journey, reminiscent of a guided tour of a haunted house. I would have preferred that the book include a table of contents. And regrettably, I was frequently distracted by missing commas and other such typographical errors, suggestive of inadequate line editing. I have seen worse in this area, but I should be seeing better. Even so, there was one story which so engaged me that all thoughts of literary mechanics briefly vanished, and that was “The Bridge”. Vying for my second and third favorites are “DOC-V” and “Andrea”, I believe because I felt that these three stories had the most to offer in terms of deep character interaction (whereas other tales dealt more with isolated introspection).

If you like your fiction head-tilting weird, you may want to give this book a read.
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)
Review by: PandorasBox1 on July 23, 2012 :
Haven't quite finished the book yet, but am really enjoying it so far. Very interesting and fascinating read.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: kat c on July 15, 2012 :
I just bought this book this morning and read a few stories in it so far. I cant wait to finish the book. Its a great book for someone wanting to read short stories with a major punch packed in them.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Skyler Luttrell on July 15, 2012 :
This book is great! I loved every minute of it! Every story was completely unique and twistidly great! This book perfectly combines crazy old ladies, man-eating witches, and suicidal men with everything you look for in a good book. I would most definitely recommend this book to anyone who can read! :)
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)
Review by: Jim Rinker on July 14, 2012 :
I had to read it three times just to be sure what I read was actually what the author wrote. The stories start off incredible and continue to get better with every page turn. I was fortunate enough to read some of Mozarts work before these were published and WOW, does this guy have talent!

His imagination toys with insanity and you need to look around when you are done just to make sure reality as you left it really wasn't changed while you read.

I will be standing in line for the next book and will do myself the rare pleasure of purchasing the hard cover if/when they are released in that format.

5 stars isn't enough of a kudos for this book.
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)
Review by: Debbie Robinson on July 10, 2012 :
This was a very interesting read. It made me look at the people around me in a different way. Some of the stories are very dark and some quite twisted and that is part of its appeal.

I would like to see more from this author and I would like to know what happens next in DOC-V.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
Review by: Sally Helms on July 7, 2012 :
The twists and turns in each story keeps the reader engaged and not able to put the book down. Just when the reader thinks they've got a story figured out, the ending blindsides them leaving them in a wake of chills.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Trudy Reed on July 7, 2012 :
This book is well written and makes you think "can this really happen?" It gives you chills, and each story is unique and different. I really enjoyed reading it
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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