Laurel Wilczek lives in the beautiful Pocono Mountain of Pennsylvania. A graduate of Moravian College and a member of Writer's Digest Critique Forum, Writer's Village University, Editor Unleashed, She Writes, and Holly Lisle's Revision Work Group, Laurel's stories have won numerous awards. As a published writer of literary, magical realism and fantasy/sci-fi short stories, Laurel believes that all life is fiction, minus word count. She is currently working a 90,000 word fantasy novel. Laurel shares her writing space with her husband, two daughters, three nosy dogs and a cockatiel named Pipkin.
To read "FAIRY TALES" (First place story in the Editor Unleashed/Smashword Flash Fiction Contest 2009) look for "FLASH FICTION 40 ANTHOLOGY" AT SMASHWORDS:
on Feb. 14, 2012 :
If you like chocolates, romance, and fantasy this is the short story for you. It's creative, the voice of Sami Dawson is comical as well as personable. It sets up a word full of intrigue while standing completely on its own. The author writes with a rare beautiful fluidity and structure that seems to pull you along as if by magical influence. This is funny, cute, and romantic. Everyone loves a good tale about the underdog prevailing and after meeting Sami Dawson you can't help but root for the young man. Fantastic and hilarious characterization. This story is a keeper.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Feb. 12, 2011 :
Thoroughly enjoyed this "different" story. I would love to read more about Sami Dawson. The story sets up a world that seems at first to be like ours, but is evidently in a parallel dimension. The transition from everyday world to magical one is handled in a believable and fascinating way. I sure hope this turns out to be the first chapter of a novel. However, it is a satisfying read as a stand-alone story.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)