He stepped from my dreams

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After slipping overboard from her father’s expensive yacht, Elizabeth makes it to a small island. She wakes to a man storming up the beach. He’s not happy and orders her off the island. Elizabeth soon discovers his secret of why he wants to be alone.
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Words: 3,230
Language: English
ISBN: 9781458069122
About Mark Stewart

Mark Stewart is an acclaimed author. He loves to write fiction right across the board from romance adventure to crime and onwards to science fiction. His fast paced novels will keep you on the edge of your seat from the first word to the last.
Mark lives in Melbourne Australia and tries to keep to the Aussie lingo and customs. His only gripe is he never has enough time to feed the writing enthusiasm inside him.

Mark lives in the picturesque region of the Mornington Peninsula, a full one hour drive from Melbourne.
He has been married to his wonderful patient wife for over thirty years. He has four adult children and two grand children. Everywhere he looks there is a story waiting to be told.

Contact Mark to leave a comment about one of his books or just to say gidday, (hi) he would love to hear from you.
email: mark_stewart777@hotmail.com or his website www.novelmaestro.com
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To all the readers who follow Mark's work. Thank you.

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Review by: hrhsophia on Sep. 12, 2012 :
Not much of a story really, could have been more to it.
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Review by: Ashley MacGregor on Jan. 08, 2012 :
I enjoyed reading 'He stepped from my dreams,' it's a good short story. I would have liked to have read more about the developments during the period before the end; but it's a great ending
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Review by: Marcia Carrington on Dec. 30, 2011 :
A good short story which is well-paced and developed despite its short length. I would liked the story to have been slightly longer so that we could have found out more about the characters, but, it is well done nonetheless.
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Review by: StreetWise Publications on Oct. 20, 2011 :
I think Kurt's review is a tad harsh. I do believe any spelling errors have been corrected since Kurt read the work as I didn't find anything jarring in my reading. I also think he took some of his 'howlers' out of context. That tired door was resting on a sandhill as the house was underground, or dug out of the hill, so resting is a fair description. He uses commas appropriately so the helicopter isn't beaming, it is the person who rushes to it. As for the sand coloured eyebrows and what have you, perhaps her teenage eyes are sharper than yours, Kurt?

I did notice on Kurt's page his bio has a couple of syntax errors of its own, perhaps English is not Kurt's first language? Either way, people in glass houses and all that. I do agree that eBooks should be taken as seriously as printed versions and that we can all benefit from some proof reading and professional editing but not everyone can afford those services, especially when they give their work away for free.

As for the story, I felt it was a nice piece for the intended audience, besotted teenage girls. It could be enlarged and make a more plausible story, add more details and so on but it is what it is and that is fine.
Perry Gamsby
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Review by: Ernest Winchester on April 10, 2011 :
A sweet, fluffy bit of romance if the reader doesn’t think about the back-story too much.
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Review by: Chantale Reve on March 29, 2011 :
Sometimes the act -- or, as I perceive it, the enchantment -- of falling in love is a fleeting encounter. I don't take issue at all with the length of "He Stepped from My Dreams." One of the facts about flash fiction (i.e., this is a micro short story) is that the story's plot need not be complex as in a novella or, of course, in a novel.

In fact, vignettes, as they are called in the film industry, have grown on audiences. Take "Paris Je T'aime" as one of hundreds of great examples of theatrical anthologies -- in each vignette, there is an entire story told. And, yes, often we're left hungry for more -- that's part of a vignette's appeal. I've found myself returning to certain films and to certain short-story anthologies (published long ago and contemporarily) precisely because I want more ... or I want "it" all over again. Like a fantastic lover, he (or she) may not have endurance, but what he (or she) offers and shares is so magnificent, the lover wants: More, please!

In a handful of pages, the author swiftly transports me seamlessly from my dreary, gray world to a pristine beach. I allow my imagination to blend with the author's, so I become Elizabeth experiencing love at first sight with the would-be "Lord of the Flies" (albeit when he's about 10 years older).

Further, I love atmospheric touches in literature. Of course, Mark Stewart isn't a tease. He doesn't just dab with the tip of his paintbrush for hints of texture. Instead, he fills his canvas with gradations of hues and, where he thinks appropriate, splashes of color. As a result, I feel as though I'm traipsing across the sand, and I can feel the grains between my toes. I can see and smell the ocean, too. Further, the natural ocean breeze flows from the electronic page into my home, and I feel my flyaway hairs tickle my ears and dance on my forehead.

Not only outdoors does the author vividly present the scene and show how the colors reflect in the characters' emotions, but also indoors he places us in a strong sense of place. When Elizabeth opens the door with her slender finger, so am I. The author's deft pacing makes the suspense palpable. Although I'm the kind of woman who would listen when someone says, "Don't open that [insert name of object here]," because I'm all caught up in Mr. Stewart's drama, I give into Elizabeth's youthful, devil-may-care impulses.

Lastly, I feel strongly about commenting on the author's attention to anatomical detail, especially when it fleshes out the character both physically and emotionally. In several instances, the reader receives a treasure chest (pardon the pun) of information about the characters. When I read the phrase "long piano finger" in a description of Miles' action on the beach, I learned in three words so much about the man. For me, I immediately thought: artist (perhaps a pianist or a writer) and starvation. In thinking about the word *starvation*, I gained insight into Miles -- not only possible lack of food on the island, but also starvation of the soul and of sexual needs.

Although I've never been a fan of the often formulaic romance genre, when the characters are portrayed with emotional depth and humor, and when there's special attention to atmosphere and setting -- I find the work more than worthwhile reading.

I have no complaints about "He Stepped from My Dreams." I do wish that I could've learned more about the yearning that Miles experienced. (I don't want to give too much away, as there likely will be readers perusing these reviews prior to reading the story.) I do get a strong sense of Elizabeth's yearning, directly from the narrator's description of her actions.

I also want to point out how subtly Mr. Stewart shows Miles growing on Elizabeth after all the very credible reluctance. The author exhibits this subtlety first by showing how Elizabeth is irked by the the island king's nickname for her. Then he (the author) has Miles calling her "Beth" and -- the following is amazing -- he himself refers to her as "Beth." I'm no feminist, so I accept that Miles renames her. In the *traditional* romance genre, the man has the power, anyway.

Despite arriving home totally exhausted from work this evening, I perked up reading "He Stepped from My Dreams." The tale was an absorbing read; my English Breakfast tea, the perfect accompaniment. Indeed, no man is an island. No woman, either.
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Review by: Jay Squires on March 28, 2011 :
I appreciate what the author is trying to do in this vignette. Only, I think the subject deserves longer treatment. Mark has some quite evocative descriptions on the beach scene, such as the following:

“Get of my island,” called the man, pointing at the water’s edge. The man abruptly stopped and towered over the girl. His short shadow plunged her face into shade. Elizabeth sensed his aggression as he hovered over her like a cloud. “Get off my island,” the man hissed for the third time. “You are trespassing on private property.”

The problem, in my estimation, of such a short story involving such a lofty subject as LOVE is that there is not enough "story time" or physical space to develop the characters to be realistic personifications. This is a pity because the characters are likeable... only they're not on the stage long enough to be truly memorable.
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Review by: Soleil Brando on March 27, 2011 :
A lovely story that make you see the hope and innocence in romance.
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