S. J. Qualls
I didn’t begin my years with aspirations of becoming a great writer. Writing stories is a relatively new thing in my life, but I have always been a writer, a letter writer. My sister used to call my fat letters to her manuscripts. How I wish I had them all, they would have made some great stories.
I was born to two artists, in St. Paul, MN. I have lived in many places. I would love to call them all “home.” Artists can live anywhere, and we did, literally, from Northern Minnesota, to Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, and Los Angeles, California to New York City with many places in between.
I am a storyteller. My English education ended over half a century ago. Think of me as a simple spinner of tales and enjoy the stories for what they are.
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Smashwords book reviews by S. J. Qualls
- Moonlight and Roses
on Oct. 19, 2012
An enjoyable way to spend a gloomy afternoon, curled up in my chair reading. I found the story interesting. It was smooth reading that didn't require a dictionary by my side.
- Daddy's Little Princess
on June 28, 2013
At first I was a little confused by first person for two characters, but once I got my head together... well, all I can say is... This writer does crazy really well! I thoroughly enjoyed it!
- Tortuous Shadows
on June 29, 2013
I am useless at writing reviews. That said, I loved the book and when is the next one coming out? I would love to know where they are! I was pleased that nothing glistened that doesn't naturally.
- I'm Sorry
on June 29, 2013
I really liked this, not the subject, of course, but the complete story told in a manner that moved me right along. Great job! Thank you!
on July 01, 2013
Once I started, I couldn't stop until I finished. A definite good read. Not 'run of the mill'.
- A Substitute for Murder
on Aug. 01, 2013
This story had me guessing, with so many suspects... just my cup of tea!
- Free Writer
on Aug. 03, 2013
Wow, this was a good short story! You have to read it for yourself, I wouldn't want to give anything away. It doesn't take long and you will be glad you read it. It made my day!
on Aug. 06, 2013
I really got into this, it has been a while since I read this type. I wish you had said this was part of a series, some of us may not live to see the end. Very entertaining though, wish I knew the end, before mine.
- Wing Beaters
on Aug. 13, 2013
This is really different! Was waiting for them to be asked for lunch! ;-) How do you dream this stuff up?
on Sep. 03, 2013
Surprising little story, loved the end. Could have been a little longer, but it was a great pick-me-up for a rough day.
- Forever Chocolate
on Sep. 13, 2013
Normally, I don't read erotica because it's long and drawn out to the point of stupidity. This little short was surprisingly fun and the ending was a flipper! However, I will have trouble eating chocolate for a while.
- Payback - (You Will Pay For Leaving Me)
on Oct. 17, 2013
I just spent a pleasant, yet suspense filled afternoon, reading this book. Good stuff, I am happy to have found it. You did that so well! Thank you very much!
- The Blackhearted Saint
on Nov. 29, 2013
Interesting piece, not my usual read, lots of names and a few things I had to look up, but - I really got into it. Thank you for the opportunity to read it. I always thought there were some odd things about history. Amazing story.
- Quinn Checks In
on March 17, 2014
It would seem that Liam Quinn started out right and then took a slight dalliance to the left of the right path. After spending time in prison, he does his best to use his talents to get headed straight again. You have to give him credit for his brain power... and his ability to bounce back. As an insurance investigator, he does find his trouble. You can only like him.
Highly entertaining and well written!
- Murderous Relations
on July 04, 2014
Great who-done-it. I did not have this one pegged at all. Problems still with typos, wish I could give it a 4.5. I don't generally rip into typos, I'm sure I have them myself. I found it thoroughly entertaining, a little heavy on the descriptive side, but that's just me.Thanks, Martha!
- Storms in Jars
on Oct. 02, 2014
Last night, I happened on this little eBook. I thought to kill a little time, I did not want to get all caught up in some long read.
I wanted something with an edge.
I wanted something out of the norm.
Yes, I wanted something creepy.
Storms in Jars - Perfect!
Good reason to wrap up under your covers to stop the chill factor.
I enjoyed this very much.
- Marriage by Mistake
on Oct. 05, 2014
A bit of a stretch thoroughly entertaining, except for the extra couple. I did not care for Troy or Felicia's characters, they were an intrusion in the read as a bothersome fly.
- Lucky in Love
on Oct. 06, 2014
To those who gave this less than a four or five - I send a raspberry. You read the premise, yet still read it. Why find fault?
A story or novel is to enjoy or take you away from this lack-luster life we have. This is a good story, it's a funny story, and it's a dramatic story. Only a couple of times was I befuddled for reasons of word usage, but it did not stop me from reading until midnight and the finish of the book.
- Only Love Can Break Your Heart
on Oct. 25, 2014
Good short read that brought back my own memories of a similar time period, right down to the Studebaker. (Though not the drug use) Days of sibling rivalry, losing people we love, and finding the uglier side of life, all told well and with sincerity.
- 13 Horror Bundle
on Oct. 31, 2014
I concur with Lambodar Ganesh. I was thoroughly entertained and it made my Halloween complete. I especially liked the first one - he so had it coming to him. I enjoyed the stories and think the author is a wonderful storyteller. I thank him for this gift.
- A Sinister Grin
on Oct. 31, 2014
I cannot say that I ever enjoyed poetry for Halloween more. This is something else. I could see the whole thing going on in my mind, no question - but I am not sure I was supposed to laugh. I did. I shall not forget A Sinister Grin, every time I think of it, I chuckle! Thank you!
- Matt's Summer
on Jan. 20, 2015
Interesting story about a divorced woman and the man she knew as a boy. It's kind of a when the chickens come home to roost story. I did like it - well enough to stay up until three a.m. finishing it. An alternate name could be Wonder Woman reconnects with a clueless, reluctant to be a Cowboy. Like I said, I was up reading most of the night. Excellent for the first book!
- Kiss of Death
on Jan. 24, 2015
I am sorry, I write crappy reviews. This book is something else, I loved the way the story was written, even though a story of death, it is truly a love story and the end is awesome. I only intended to get a little something to make me sleepy. It kept me awake most of the night because I couldn't put it away. Great stuff!
- Candle's Christmas Chair
on Jan. 27, 2015
I second all reviews. Beautiful story, thank you so much!
- Countdown to Love
on Jan. 29, 2015
Cute - about one of those gals that won't let a guy get a word in edgewise. Enjoyable bit of fluff that I may read again - because I can! Thanks!
- Wicked and Wonderful
on Jan. 30, 2015
I read this a good long while ago. Some parts I didn't remember as well, so I decided to read it again. Top Drawer! Definitely sweet and worthy of the second time around! Thank you!
- Haute de L'amour
on Jan. 30, 2015
Given that I had problems with the colloquialisms of the French Canadians, I cannot leave a fair evaluation of the wording. I will say that it was THE most depressing romance I have read in a long time. The historical parts seemed just thrown in there to say it was historical, I think. I am not a great writer, myself, but I do try my best not to put people off. I am normally a nice person, but this story has brought out the ugly in me.
- Too Far to Whisper
on Feb. 02, 2015
I enjoyed reading this story, I could not put it down - to the point I didn't remember to eat my supper. No "dead" spots or places where you twiddle your thumbs. Thank you very much!
- Be With Me
on Feb. 02, 2015
I had a little problem with pronouncing the names of the characters in my head, but that is my own personal problem. I don't think I have had any instruction on this period in history, it all sounds good. I did enjoy the whole thing and can recommend it highly. This one will stay with me for a while. Thank you!
- The Earl's Inconvenient Wife
on Feb. 05, 2015
With varied reviews, I wondered if they read the same book that I did. I generally skim over the sex scenes, but the non-sex scene of the wedding night was quite interesting. I found myself reading as if I were drunk for several pages after. The story was highly entertaining with the exception of wanting to grab a bucket to catch all the rolling eyes. Thank you so much!
- A Friendship's Love
on Feb. 09, 2015
This is the first 'First Person' story I ever read that didn't feel like it. It was not full of 'I's' and 'me's'. Beautiful narration, awesome even. You feel as if you are right there with the young girl and later as a young woman, as she goes from pain of loss for family and friends to travel to a new land. She felt very real to me.
If you like this time period, well even if you don't, you will fall in love with this writer.
- Two Steps Back
on Feb. 09, 2015
Well thought out book, I enjoyed this story once I got past the dialogue punctuation. Smooth reading and I stayed up late reading this. Thank you so much!
- The Execution
on Feb. 13, 2015
This book needs an extra star or a + or something. Read the blurb and download, you WILL NOT be sorry! You'll need a baby sitter or someone to take care of the pets, as you won't be able to put this down.
on Feb. 14, 2015
While not as first rate as The Execution, Risen is a good read. There were too many flashbacks, I suppose to make it a stand alone book, but a tad boring for someone who finished the first in the series the day before. I realize it was to add more information, but... Redundancy is not my thing. If you just finished the first of the series, wait a while before you read this one. Still a good story.
- The Travellers
on Feb. 16, 2015
Interesting story. I can only agree with Claus Olsen's take on it. Refreshing not to have to put up with sexual drivel. A bit of polish and it will be first rate! Thank you!
- A Love That Never Tires: An Edwardian Romance
on Feb. 21, 2015
Entertaining read about pre-WWI era, a naive yet well traveled girl, and a titled Englishman. I see this author is trying to stay true to the period and I applaud her. The sex scenes are not disgusting or pornographic. A definite must read. Thank you so much!
- Tender is the Knight
on Feb. 26, 2015
Enjoyable look into our fictional past complete with all the trappings of knights, ladies, and keeps. I did not run into any words or phrases that led you to believe it was any other time period. Thank you for the opportunity to read your story.
- Revenge is Sweet, But Love is Amazing
on March 11, 2015
IF it were not for the redundant forced sex, that weird business with the heroine and the sultan, and a desperate need of a re-write - this could have been a very good book. Many sentences are stilted and repetitive, which was annoying. Should have had a good beta reader or two to help before you submitted. I have issues with the time line and question the amount of research the author did. The basic story is a good one, though I did want to quit reading when she had that 'love affair' with the sultan, which ruined the honesty of her 'love' for Jason. Bah!
- Beyond Time
on March 16, 2015
This is my first time-travel read. A woman (Grace), leaves her abusive husband to start her life over. She finds a job right away and rents a hotel room that has a picture of a man from long ago. She seems to see him everywhere. Her nights are filled with dreams of him being with her in front of a fireplace. She finds his grave marker. Eventually they meet and he accuses her of haunting him.
A delightful little read!
on March 16, 2015
This is my second time-travel book. I didn't realize that Book 1 was required to read Book 3, as Book 2 (Beyond Time) seemed to be self contained. It was as if I had gone on a blind date to a dinner party, not knowing a soul. The story would speed up, and then do a slow crawl. It was a case of TMI and then a short bit of info. I only wish that I could have learned to use the computer as quickly and that I didn't have to go through that long, very detailed C-section. This will be my last fantasy time-travel book.
- Mrs. Bambi Knows
on March 17, 2015
I cannot word a review any better than those previous. Great story, wonderful characters, and humor make this a definite must read. I couldn't put it down until I finished reading!
- Dreaming the Chase
on March 20, 2015
I didn't find this all that funny. The main character sounds more like a bitch in heat than someone moonstruck. I did read the whole thing. It left everyone hanging for the NEXT book. I try to stay away from book 1 and book 2 etc. Many writers have given up before they get around to a conclusion. I gave this a "3" because I read on my laptop and the second book is in epub. I couldn't read it if I wanted to. Thanks!
- Absence of Grace
on March 24, 2015
From a rebel in catholic all girl's college, "Clen" tries to remake herself. The story goes through her unsuccessful marriage to finding herself falling in love in Alaska. The story pretty much goes through her life, the ups, but the mostly downs.
I write a horrible review, but seriously, this is worth reading. I enjoyed reading it and felt at if it were a biography - even if it wasn't. Well written (100% better than my attempt at this review) I wanted to give her these stars, she earned them.
- Sea Cliff 104
on March 24, 2015
I enjoyed this story, but the new 'love' on the scene, I wanted to shake him good, dense - she had so many ex-husbands pegged got the dependencies they have on their first wives.
Oscar should have gotten a business end of a cattle prod.
- Ride With Me (A Quaking Heart Novel - Book One)
on March 26, 2015
Good Christian cowboy tale with reality - I remember that earth shattering experience, but to a lesser point, in Livingston. Jessica is the shy type, thinking she is not good enough. Clint is too good looking and I think qualifies equally with Robert as one good looking match for the girl with a heart of gold.
- For King and Country
on April 14, 2015
A most enjoyable read. I never liked history, but told in the first person as a spectator and participant, all I can say is wow. Very interesting. Thanks for the free read.
I might suggest that you chase down your typos. This book is truly worthy of that polish.
- The Littlest Cowboy
on April 16, 2015
I enjoyed this story about a very loving family. The Garrett I saw in my mind as I read it was not the one on the cover. The Garrett I saw was "Hoss", the one from the old Bonanza series, so the romantic stuff was a little hard to swallow. :/
- Disorderly Lady
on April 16, 2015
Regency with a different tone. Bella is drawn to Shaun on a chance meeting and he takes her for a light skirt. She fears if he finds out she is not that he will be gone the same way as a previous admirer. Fun read, made me think of Lucille Ball.
One problem that jerked me out of my fairly smooth read - the epilogue was in 'the first person' as if the writer forgot the last little bits and tacked it on. The ending was fine without it.
- Girl, Conflicted
on April 20, 2015
Very interesting read about 'Thirty-somethings' and love, friendships, and deceptions. Well worth your time. I thank the author for the free read. This will not disappoint.
- Raging Nightmare
on April 23, 2015
I really enjoyed this book. It does stand on its own. Lots of love and heartache - sort of like life. Strong characters. Excellent story!
A few mix-ups with Annie and Alice, very few other typos.
I would have liked the full dream series in a reduced price boxed set. I will have to pass though, I read at least 100K a day and it's not in my budget.
- Blazed Trilogy
on April 30, 2015
WOW... There are times when I wondered if the main character, Emmeline, (who is schizophrenic) isn't the only one with a problem. Emmeline meets Blaze, they kind of connect and he thinks he can 'fix' her. This is a story on a long, rough road with so many curves and bumps, but you won't want to put it down until the end. Fast paced, read it all so you don't miss anything!
I absolutely loved it!
- Heart Matters
on May 07, 2015
I was amazed at how well this was written for a first book. Oh it has a few bits that need polishing, but not bad enough to make it less than a five star.
When a young inexperienced girl gets herself in trouble because of a spoiled rich kid attitude, it can change the outcome of her whole life and how she feels about love and trust.
I enjoyed this book and ended up finishing it instead of going to bed. Yawn!
A good read.
- Wild At Heart! A bird In The Bush.
on May 21, 2015
Great story. Very action packed. Still needs some polish for the American reader, but then everyone is not the same. May be a 4 star for some or a 5 star for others.
Warning: lots of *language*