There are different components to the writing anatomy which creates Queen of Spades—part passion of a poet and part cadence of a storyteller.
Since the age of eleven, Queen of Spades' blood flowed with the rush of ideas that dripped in a rhythm inundated with stanzas. She first made her writing debut as a presenter and poet in the collective, Soulful Branches: Words and Sounds. Her other poetic writes include Reflections of Soul, the Eclectic collection (Skin Edition and Beyond the Skin), Spaded Truths: Themes and Proclamations, and Private Pain: Amidst these Ashes, as well as being a contributing writer in the April 2014 poetry collection Words of Fire and Ice by Durham Editing and Ebooks and The Sea of Conscience by M.J. Holman.
Reflections of Soul was selected as one of the top books by Koobug, and Private Pain: Amidst These Ashes hit the Amazon Best Sellers List in three categories—Contemporary Poetry, Women’s Poetry, and Biographical Fiction.
Shortly thereafter, Queen of Spades’ desire for storytelling decided to take spotlight alongside its poetic counterpart. Her first independent short story release “Taint on Religion” debuted in May 2014. Two other short stories “Mr. Bradley’s Garden” and “When Summer Lingers” were first in the June 2014 short story collection Summer Shorts II: Best Kept Secrets by Durham Editing and Ebooks prior to being released on their own.
The short story anthology Continuous Drips received distinction as an Amazon Best Selling Book and showcases three of her stories “Misfortune”, “Afro Shock”, and “Útil”. She also made an appearance in All Authors Publishing House’s 1st short story anthology, Concordant Vibrancy: Unity with her piece “The Authentic Snap.” Concordant Vibrancy: Unity joined Continuous Drips in that distinction in May 2015.
In addition, Queen of Spades was included in short story anthology Crackles of the Heart in July 2015, followed by a second poetry joint venture with MJ Holman "Waves to Light" in September 2015.
Future projects by Queen of Spades involve poetry collection Spaded Truths II: Life-o-Suction and participation in the short story anthology Concordant Vibrancy II: Vitality.
Some say Queen of Spades is a Poet of the People. Others label her a Life Writer. One thing remain constant in her delivery, whether it’s a poem or a story—it touches each individual in a sovereign way that lingers well after the diction is complete.
C. Desert Rose
on Aug. 05, 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.
(review of free book)
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.
(review of free book)
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.
(review of free book)
on April 08, 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".
(review of free book)