Lorna Smith

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  • The Boy Who Had A Lot Of Toys on Jan. 14, 2014

    Very nice story and a good lesson here.
  • The Blame Game on Jan. 14, 2014

    Oh my, my. I have to admit that I really enjoyed this short, short story. A little scary but I fear there's some truth there. Well written and the synopsis is accurate. Looking forward to reading more from this author.
  • Beyond The Fence on Jan. 14, 2014

    Haaha SPOOKY! Shouldn't laugh it could happen.
  • Isaac's Bible (a flash fiction story) on Jan. 14, 2014

    Wonderful short story with a lot of feeling. I've read a lot of these in my lifetime and this is one of the best. Definitely a 5 star.
  • A Halo Too Deep (a flash fiction story) on Jan. 14, 2014

    Another winner from this author. Definitely sends a chill down your spine. Probably the best horror flash fiction around at the moment is coming directly from this author. Keep up the good work.
  • Crimson Veil on Jan. 14, 2014

    Another 5 star story. I was an editor for many years before I retired and had to read a LOT of 'crap'. In all honesty this author is very gifted. I would love to read a full length novel and I hope there is something currently 'in the works'.
  • Pulchritudinous Book 1 on Jan. 14, 2014

    I'm another one that had this book recommended to me. It's absolutely beautifully written and the pictures keep pace with the story, a great combo. This little boy 'Puck', seems so alone but he discovers two unlikely friends. This is the first lesson he learns but there are many more. He lives in the roots of a yew tree which I thought was lovely. Being a typical little boy he wants to explore his surroundings and this gets him into trouble. This was very subtle but had him thinking about many things. The story progresses nicely and I enjoyed it thoroughly. I will be getting book 2 with no hesitation. Highly Recommended to families.
  • That Moment... on Jan. 17, 2014

    I really don't know what to say about this book! I read it twice in succession. The author, through her writing, has allowed us to see her soul. What we do see is a decent person. Between her own wonderful experiences filled with compassion and the stories she has conveyed from others, I can understand how it has become so highly rated. The title is PERFECT. The content is BRILLIANT, and the author herself is a unique human being. I wish I could give 10 stars.
  • A Vampire in the Vatican 'Brotherhood of the Sword' on Jan. 17, 2014

    Wonderful light reading. The author is very versatile with her writing skills and covers multiple subjects in her books. Like other reviewers I found it believable and showed the Catholic church in a good light. The characters are well rounded without giving us an in depth description of them which leaves some mystery. I agree it was sad in parts and funny in others, a nice balance. A few surprises which added to the intrigue. A good read to start after dinner and finish by bedtime. I am going to make a point of leaving it for a week and reading it again.
  • Sons of Monkeys - A New Study Of The Human Animal By A Down On His Luck Chinaman With A Zoology Degree on Jan. 21, 2014

    Yes, this book is brilliant! It is the most realistic approach I've ever read although it did cost me a nights sleep. (I found myself still reading at dawn even though I started after dinner). MarsQs use of humour combined with his scientific knowledge work in harmony. It is a difficult subject to tackle but the author has succeeded in explaining by example. Every step he takes the reader through is a wonderful experience. Bibliography is very professional and I would expect this from a man with his qualifications. I didn't only learn from this book, I also enjoyed the experience.
  • Smashwords Book Marketing Guide on March 20, 2014

    An excellent and informative book which no doubt helps writers. Written simply for the layperson.
  • Miria's Trial Of Faith on March 21, 2014

    I'm assuming the main character is a cat. It is a little too vague throughout the story and a few more hints could have been given as the story progressed. The alternative could have been extending it to perhaps 2,000 words to allow for this. The story itself is well written and the author has enormous potential as a first rate author.
  • Death on March 21, 2014

    This is a very touching story. The images fit perfectly. A true artist can make the images look simple when in fact they are quite complex, having to fit the mood exactly. A successful graphic novel.
  • S T O L E N - Suspense Short Story on March 22, 2014

    It is important to put in your copyright at the beginning of the book. It also important not to put your cover in the book. After saying that I found this a very good story. Yes, the end seemed rushed and a bit of a let down but a rewrite will fix it.
  • Past Friends - Two Faced on March 22, 2014

    I was an editor for over thirty years and have done more reading than most. It is important to put a full copyright in at the beginning of any piece of work you produce. One letter left out of a word about halfway through your work which is easily fixed. After saying that: This is a wonderful first person, emotional recollection and I do not hesitate for a moment in giving it a 5 star review.
  • Forces Of Evil: The Board Game on April 04, 2014

    A very good concept. Good storyline but would be so much better in a longer form. I did enjoy this story and recommend it.
  • Ruck Nor on May 13, 2014

    Nicely described short story from what appears to be a new author. Very well written and quite adventurous. I also would like to read a continuation. Easy 5 stars.
  • Pulchritudinous Book 2 on July 10, 2014

    This continuation of 'Pulchritudinous' is getting better and better. Poor little lad is getting into more trouble but with a lot of determination and some help, manages to correct his error. Wonderful things happening with new characters and a few more lessons to be learnt. Always a delight to read these books even though I am not a child and retired a few years ago. I am never disappointed by this authors' work.
  • Casanova's Winning Ticket on Feb. 13, 2015

    A very interesting and informative historical work. I enjoyed it and learned about a significant piece of history.
  • Nun with a Gun on Feb. 14, 2015

    Like Freda Mantor, I agree that the title fits the story perfectly. Once again Linda has written a story that is fascinating and unique. Yes, it is a touching story and the characters play their parts well. The synopsis asks if the priest is a villain or a victim, I believe he was a victim. The photo referred to serves a purpose, I think by putting a face in front of us at the right moment created impact. There are a few 'choice' words in this story but I wasn't offended, they were used in the correct context. I highly recommend this book and I too look forward to the next.
  • Ruck Nor 2 on March 23, 2015

    Well, well, well. This story is becoming quite fascinating. A new sci-fi author is emerging which is wonderful to see. It has only taken 2 flash fictions to have me hooked. Craig West has been taken from the planet earth. He is adapting quite nicely to his new surroundings and the author hasn't given us any indication as to what is in store for him. I look forward, like Bobb B to the continuation. The start of a wonderful story.
  • Beware.....The Moon is Full on April 17, 2015

    Well I am surprised. I read this flash fiction because I am very fond of this authors work. I hadn't noticed the genre was horror. This author is very versatile with subject matter. I have read all her books and have never been disappointed. What can I possibly say about Beware.....The Moon is Full? I found it fascinating to be written from a werewolfs' perspective. I did enjoy it although I say that as one who is not familiar with horror. It does place the reader right there, sharing the mind of the werewolf. A fine piece of writing which is what I would expect from Linda.
  • A Reckless Moon on April 22, 2015

    Once again Linda has given us a lot of story in very few words. I agree it is a gentle story, hidden description to allow your imagination to flow. You do feel sympathy for him although he is a vampire and that's something one should fear. Nicely written and most enjoyable.
  • Ruck Nor 3 on April 30, 2015

    An intriguing continuation in the Ruck Nor story. Craig West is off on an excursion as he has to go to school to learn about this new planet. Seems like he will be stuck here for a while. Looking forward to more from this new author.
  • That Damn Moon on April 30, 2015

    This is a serious topic that Linda has conveyed very well. I agree with Kevin, if you have everything don't throw it away. Well done.
  • Grave Misgivings on May 12, 2015

    I found this collection of short stories at another website otherwise I never would have looked for this book. I agree with the other reviewers, this is a collection of wonderful, bizarre and intriguing stories. Each is unique and the author is a very talented writer indeed. Caroline Wood shows great versatility in her writing skills and I do not hesitate in giving this collective works the highest recommendation. 5 stars is too few.
  • Bipolar Diet And Nutrition : The Basics on May 13, 2015

    This is a very short read that is full of information, more information than the title implies. I know nothing about Bipolar but read this short informative piece in the hope of learning something about this condition. The information is conveyed for the layperson. Very good read.
  • Public Orgasm - Male milking by mistake on May 13, 2015

    It is unfortunate that the author could not put into words what they were thinking and feeling.
  • Noah Quince on May 14, 2015

    Noah Quince is a pathetic little man who doesn't recognize love or friendship that's directed at him. The fears which stem from his childhood are brought forward into his adult life and in turn became part of his delusions and hallucinations. I found this novel a pleasure to read even with the mild adult content, everything fitted nicely. I can understand why Linda Arditto had difficulty putting it down as I had a similar problem. I agree it's a riveting story that's so well written it had me hooked. (It took me all day to read). Another book by Caroline Wood that I thoroughly enjoyed. I look forward, with great anticipation, to more books from this author.
  • The Devil's Dirt Road on May 19, 2015

    A well constructed and interesting story. I enjoyed the dialogue between the characters and the layout of sentences and conversation made it easy to follow. A recommended read.
  • The Weekends of Sally Virtue. May & June on May 19, 2015

    Oh my goodness! Sally Virtue does get herself in some interesting situations. I admit that I haven't laughed so much since reading the flash stories about this young girl. Linda has created a character that is quite amusing even though her situations are created by chance. I must admit that I did laugh from start to finish with this short book and I hope there will be more to come.
  • The Aesinas Codex on July 14, 2015

    Linda has written another suspenseful story that is full of mystery and intrigue. Her main character has evolved nicely through each book and I find him to be a unique and fascinating individual. He interacts more with the pontiff in this story which ties in nicely in regard to the Aesinas Codex. I enjoyed the overall plot, his solving of the missing Codex and his confrontation with the vampires. The Inspectors interaction with Wilhelm made the characters more endearing as we've come to know them. The light humour scattered through the story and the urgency to find the Codex and solve the mystery worked very well together. His analysis of information regarding the fourth Reich and how he dealt with the problem, showed the author has a wonderful understanding of detective writing. I'm curious to know if he finally won the heart of Sofia Graeco, but I suppose we will have to wait for another book to find out. I highly recommend this series, it was an absolute pleasure to read.