When Summer Lingers

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Dahna is quite comfortable in her role as an outcast. Her favorite activities are painting her nails and hanging out on the beach. An observation by the quirky Carr leads to an endearing friendship between two unlikely people.

Note: This short story was first featured in Summer Shorts II: Best Kept Secrets by Durham Editing and E-books. More
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About Queen of Spades

The best way to describe Queen of Spades is an Antiquated Hybrid— a contemporary author whose writings have a down-to-earth resonance to anyone who reads them.

Since the age of eleven, Queen of Spades’ flowed with the fire of ideas indicative of rhythm inundated with stanzas. She made her writing debut as a presenter and poet in the anthology Soulful Branches: Words and Sounds. Her other poetry works include: Reflections of Soul, the Eclectic collection (Skin Edition and Beyond the Skin), the Spaded Truths collection (Themes and Proclamations and Life-O-Suction) and Private Pain: Amidst These Ashes.

Queen of Spades also collaborates in subjects she is passionate about. She provided works in the April 2014 poetry anthology Words of Fire and Ice by Durham Editing and E-books. In addition, she partnered with fellow author MJ Holman on two works addressing the stigma of mental illness: The Sea of Conscience and Waves to Light.

Storytelling took spotlight alongside poetry in Queen’s literary evolution. She has written three independent short stories: “Taint on Religion”, “Mr. Bradley’s Garden”, and “When Summer Lingers”. Furthermore, she has participated in a number of short story compilations, such as Continuous Drips, Concordant Vibrancy I, II, and III, and the Divergent Ink series (Crackles of the Heart).

Some tout Queen of Spades is a Poet of the People. Others classify her as a Life Writer. The primary things that remains constant is her dedication to contemporary creativity while remaining true to herself.

To track all things Queen of Spades, check out her Facebook Author Page or follow her on Twitter @authorqspades.

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Review by: C. Desert Rose on Aug. 5, 2015 :
"When Summer Lingers" is the story about the instant connection of two strangers whom subsequently become the best of friends. While some surmise that their friendship is more than, nothing is actually mentioned other than the fact that they grew very close.

The story then takes an unexpected turn, which leads to something else entirely that most wouldn't expect when reading a story such as this.

I fell in love with this short story because of the depth of premise. It amazed me how in such a short span of time, such a full story was told. I'm always impressed when an author can do that.

What an inspiring little story.
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Review by: Adonis Mann on April 18, 2015 :
Before I go into the details and lay out my thoughts on this story, I want to take a moment to address the cover.

I cannot say for sure what it is about this cover that really draws me in. I have got to admit that I’m sort of the type that leans more towards mainstream covers with people on them. Yet this one is far from that and it still captures my attention. Perhaps it is the color scheme: yellow, blue and green. Whatever the case, I really do like this cover. Thumbs up on that.

Now, about the story.

“When Summer Lingers” is the story about Dahna and Carr, two young adults whom consequently met while Dahna was painting her nails on her favorite bench. The story relates that she had gone to her favorite store, to pick out her “seasonal colors” then went back to her favorite place, to paint her nails in her favorite way. She preferred to not be bothered by people whilst she exercised her routine. In come Carr, blocking her sun light and pointing out a faux pas. It was that instant that a beautiful friendship was born.

That’s it. I’ll stop there. I don’t want to ruin the story.

What I loved the most about this story was the symbolism. We love, we fight, we survive, we lose, and we go on. Such are the vicissitudes of life. Change is inevitable, acceptance of that change is of great importance. This does not mean that we forget our past, but utilize that to move into the future.

This is a beautifully narrated short story, presented in a nonchalant and straightforward form. Exquisitely told in a down to earth sort of way that everyone who is anyone can connect to. You don’t have to be a literary scholar, nor do you have to be a middle-schooler, you simply have to be human to understand the depth of this tale.

I am giving this handsomely written story 5 Stars!

Well done Queen of Spade. I am, hence forth, officially a true fan.
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Review by: Da'Kharta Rising on April 14, 2015 :
Truth be told, this is not the type of read I would gravitate towards. Being a person who tends to read works of a darker nature, I stumbled upon this due to a recommendation from a fellow author and avid reader. Yet, I must be fair.

So let's go on elements and story alone.

Visual wise, key things are brought in that tie into the story. The nail polish, mentioned at the beginning and the pencils, towards the middle/end. The author gets a fist pound for that because she could have easily just thrown two teenagers on the cover sitting on the beach and called it a day.

I was preparing for a story of summer love. The twist really caused me to take a second look, like "Did I just read that?" The ability to truly surprise a reader has diminished over the years, so to be able to do that with a reader as seasoned as myself (the main genres I read are crime, mystery and horror--where the element of surprise drives the story) in such a short little tale made me feel bad about my preconceived notions.

Not a word could be considered waste. This author's delivery is like a well balanced meal--all of your basic food groups that leave you feeling full after one plate.
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Review by: Synful Desire on April 8, 2015 :
When I saw the bright colors and the nail polish on the cover, I thought, "Hey that's cute". I thought the story would be just as cute, but cute wouldn't do it justice.

This writer has a way of taking simple interactions between people and amplifying them into significance. Who knew that missing a spot of nail polish could send the reader on such a journey, getting involved in the connection between Dahna and Carr. Even the dialogue made me smile.

I teared up towards the end with what took place. It definitely was not expected, yet the overall symbolism did the job.

Queen of Spades will definitely be a constant in my collection of "simply good fiction".
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