Marcia Carrington

Biography

Marcia Carrington writes about the human condition, exploring what makes people tick, but in an upbeat and optimistic tone. She is an interested observer of popular culture, and fan of cinema from all eras and countries, especially from the 1930-1970s. She loves the movies and actors of the Hollywood silver screen, but has an express partiality to films from the major studios of this era such as Columbia, MGM, Fox, Paramount, RKO, and Universal.

Marcia is also a long-time soap opera aficionado, watching daytime, and night time serials from a very young age. She is also a food connoisseur, with a particular love of chocolate, and coffee. The morning coffee has always been a staple for Marcia, and something which she cannot do without. There is just something about the fresh aroma of coffee early in the morning, and anytime for that fact, which proves irresistible to her.

Marcia can be contacted on Twitter, and you can also visit her on her Blog at http://marciasbooktalk.wordpress.com/ and on Pinterest.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I have been writing for as long as I can remember. Mostly from the age of ten onwards I began to compose story breakdowns/plans, and then translate these into stories. In high school I began writing short stories on a more regular basis, and have been writing since then.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has been wonderful in offering great exposure to my works, and, apart from this, it is very helpful in advising authors about how they can publish, and offering the tools to do this. The opportunity to have my books on Smashwords, and also distributed through the other ebook websites via Smashwords, gives writers the ability to reach international audiences, and sample their work. It is an excellent website.
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Books

Mandy's Dream Beau
By Marcia Carrington
Price: Free! Words: 4,240. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2014. Category: Fiction
Mandy has just started in a new high school for her final year of school, and is utterly miserable. Mandy's only consolation comes every Friday, when her grade visits the local skating rink. This is also the only chance she gets to see Daniel Parsons from afar, the apple of her eye. Will Mandy have the opportunity to meet Daniel at the skating rink, or will this be a recipe for disaster?
Adam, My Guardian Angel
By Marcia Carrington
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,550. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2014. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
Nancy is at a crossroads - a number of negative experiences have soured her love of life, and she feels as if she has lost the will to live. Will the intervention of a handsome young man help Nancy regain her lust for life, and will to fight, and survive in the world?
Man On A Motorbike
By Marcia Carrington
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,000. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2014. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
Linda is out driving one sunny summer afternoon, and an encounter with a handsome motorbike rider forces her to re-assess her life, and put the events of her marriage to husband Clay into perspective.
What's A Man To Do?
By Marcia Carrington
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 26,670. Language: English. Published: December 4, 2013. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
How much trouble can a handsome man cause without even trying? In this case, lots...Mike Anderson gives the term dressing down a whole new meaning. Mike has just lost his job as a broker after fifteen years, and attempts a complete career change, with farcical results. Will his new job, though, create waves in his relationship with best friend Janie?
The Grandmother's Message
By Marcia Carrington
Price: Free! Words: 4,400. Language: English. Published: June 27, 2013. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
Ariel is a young woman with everything - her life is progressing well, she is a Class A university student, but, she has held a candle for many years for her beloved late grandmother Marni. A twist of fate plunges Ariel into an experience she will never forget, where she will discover the meaning of THE GRANDMOTHER'S MESSAGE.
Looking Back
By Marcia Carrington
Price: Free! Words: 1,220. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2012. Category: Fiction
0.5 star(4.50 from 4 reviews)
Anne Smith looks back on her life and remembers her childhood, marriage, family, and the death of her husband.
The Great High School Love Game
By Marcia Carrington
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 94,020. Language: English. Published: March 23, 2012. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
Love is like a game, but not everyone can win the game of hearts... Put together four high school students, intrigue, jealousy and the result - it's all in the name of love...
The Adventures of Mrs Browning
By Marcia Carrington
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,750. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2012. Category: Fiction
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
This is just one tale of a city...Mrs Browning is a lady with a secret she wants only you to know and what's more, she wouldn't change this for the world!

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Smashwords book reviews by Marcia Carrington

  • A Night to Remember on Nov. 12, 2011
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    Laura's boyfriend Ryan stands her up on New Year's Eve, and she believes that she will just have to celebrate the New Year on her own. She then meets Jason, a handsome stranger, and finds that she gets along with him immediately. Will anything come of Laura's chance meeting with Jason, or, will he turn out to be just another Ryan? This is an intense, explicit, hardcore erotic story with no holds barred in terms of its sexual content, definitely for adults only. While this is a story about fulfilment of sexual desires and finding satisfaction, centered around its female character, the slow, unhurried meeting of the two characters in the first part is perhaps the highlight of the story as a whole.
  • Junior Matchmakers on Nov. 12, 2011
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    This was a brief, but very enjoyable story. It would have been nice if it was longer and explored the characters in more detail, but, nevertheless, the story was short and sweet all the same.
  • From the Heart on Nov. 14, 2011
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    This is a short, intimate, but meaningful story exploring the relationship between two people, and showcasing their chemistry through the use of banter. Easy to read, true to life, and well done.
  • The Gardener on Nov. 15, 2011
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    This is a stylish piece of erotica which is unpredictable, and with a sense of humor, not taking itself too seriously.
  • An Ordinary Day on Nov. 16, 2011
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    A fast-moving, realistic short story with a sting in its tail.
  • Al's Antique Shop on Nov. 20, 2011
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    A nice, enjoyable short story which is fun to read, and is well written.
  • Janie on Nov. 21, 2011
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    This is a very good short story which maintains its grip on the reader from start to finish, and one feels they have been enlightened emotionally by reading it.
  • Trust on Nov. 21, 2011
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    A well-paced, steamy short story where the scenes flow seamlessly together. The two main characters possess a leisurely chemistry which, overall, makes the story easy to read.
  • No Identity on Nov. 21, 2011
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    This is a thoughtful, realistic short story which does not offer the reader any easy, fairytale solutions to the issues which it raises, and, is all the better for it.
  • A Professional's Four Quarters on Nov. 23, 2011
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    This is a literate, entertaining short story which is witty and fun to read. One thing is for sure - you won't see a dressmaker in quite the same light ever again after reading this.
  • A Not-So-Grimm Fairytale on Nov. 24, 2011
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    An interesting, well-written short story which is a combination of both old-world, and some modern sensibilities, and a story with a good sense of humor, this adding to its readability.
  • The Heist on Nov. 26, 2011
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    Interesting piece of erotica, generally well-done, with an ending which is unexpected, but makes sense overall.
  • Crazy Stupid on Nov. 28, 2011
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    A well-written, likable short story that builds nicely and is never forced in its execution. Good characters and believable situation, written with sympathy for the characters and their feelings.
  • I Need More on Dec. 25, 2011
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    Well-written short story of a needy, vulnerable woman in an impossible situation, which, unfortunately, is all of her own making, and, who uses sex as a weapon in her relationships, which does not quite work out as she wishes.
  • Accidently Married on Dec. 29, 2011
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    A nice, light, bright, humorous short story which is extremely easy to read and enjoyable. The romantic misunderstandings between the characters are appropriate without ever becoming schmaltzy. Well done.
  • He stepped from my dreams on Dec. 30, 2011
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    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.
  • Angry Guilt on Jan. 16, 2012
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    This is a well-written short story where the central character appears to read one way in the beginning, but who, at the conclusion, registers in a surprisingly different manner. A story which is suspenseful throughout, as the reader does not quite know what will happen next, and, which possesses a subtle sense of humor.
  • The Wanderer on Jan. 17, 2012
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    This is a satirical and campy short story which does not take itself too seriously, and is entertaining to read. It is easy to forget just how brief it is as the story itself is well-paced, and not rushed in any way.
  • The Call on Jan. 20, 2012
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    This is a charming, entertaining short story which is never cutesy, and flows well. It would be good to see how the story continues if there is ever a follow up or sequel.
  • Eating Ice Cream on the Subway on Jan. 23, 2012
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    This is a potent short story which is powerful and unsparing despite its brief length. The narration is creepy and spare, letting the reader in on the action as a passive voyeur who can only witness the goings-on. Very well done.
  • A Pond in the Middle of Nowhere on Jan. 25, 2012
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    This is a subtle, romantic short story which left me wanting to see more, and wishing that it didn't end. Luxuriously paced, vivid, and easy to read.
  • The Girl in the Converse Shoes on Jan. 26, 2012
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    A nice, short, fun read with much charm about it.
  • Island Ghosts: A Will Castleton Adventure on Jan. 27, 2012
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    Well-written short story of U.S. Marshal Will Castleton, detailing how history repeats itself for him in Florida after a seven year absence. The descriptions of the landscapes are well-drawn and descriptive, with the reader feeling that they can actually 'see' the various story locales vividly. The conclusion is satisfying, and ends the story at an appropriate time.
  • The End of the Circus on Jan. 28, 2012
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    Another rhythmic, enchanting short story romance from this author, with much atmospheric detail for the reader to soak up - well done.
  • Ne-Fairy-ous Deeds on Jan. 28, 2012
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    This is a highly imaginative, unpredictable short story where the reader doesn't know what is going to happen next.
  • All Night Long, I Remember You on Jan. 29, 2012
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    An unusual, original short story which speaks of love and pain, and makes its points with bold paint strokes. The ending for me was appropriate in keeping with the story's muted tone as a whole, and satisfying in and, of itself.
  • Rubbing the Right Way on Jan. 30, 2012
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    Quite a well-written piece of erotica which is better in the first half than the second, but which, nevertheless, possesses a good sense of humor.
  • Nikki and the Vampire on Jan. 30, 2012
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    This is a vampire story with a difference; while short, it is never rushed, and, with an unpredictable ending which turns out totally different from expectations.
  • Grace on Jan. 31, 2012
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    A good short story with the only disadvantage is that it ends too early - it would've been good to have seen the story, and characters develop more, but, the glimpse given by the author into these is very proficient.
  • Shannon and Ally Love Fall on Feb. 02, 2012
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    This is an easy-to-read, fast-paced short story which, despite first appearances, would appeal to both children, and adults alike. The photos used within the book do not detract at all from the story's charm, but, only enhance it.
  • Sunrise In The Bedroom Window on Feb. 04, 2012
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    A quiet, nicely paced short story with many great insights into the human condition.
  • Winter Break on Feb. 05, 2012
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    An interesting work which becomes better and better as it progresses, with the reader firmly on the protagonist's side.
  • Catering on Feb. 05, 2012
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    A naughty little carry-on which is not overly explicit in sexual detail, but, instead, has an agreeable sense of humor about it, especially between the two lead characters.
  • Unlocking Love on Feb. 06, 2012
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    Eloquently written erotica which builds well and has a plausible reason for the events taking place, rather than just being an excuse for showcasing explicit sex.
  • About Falling in Love on Feb. 06, 2012
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    A short but pithy story with much meaning.
  • Desire Under the Big Oak Tree on Feb. 07, 2012
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    A thoughtful, introspective play with many moments of great human interaction.
  • But, Baby, It's Cold Outside on Feb. 08, 2012
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    An interesting battle of the sexes where the highlight is the dialogue between the story's couple in question, which was enjoyable to read.
  • Something Romantic on Feb. 09, 2012
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    A slow, sensual romance, more restrained than others of its ilk in the descriptions department, and all the better for it.
  • The New Death and others on Feb. 10, 2012
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    James Hutchings’ book THE NEW DEATH AND OTHERS is an anthology of various poems and short stories covering a wide variety of topics, too numerous to name. This is an irreverent, creative work which satirizes some of society’s ‘sacred cows’ through witty observations. The content is both contemporary in tone, and also, is based upon ancient written texts and mythology, but, the author turns all of these on their head for his own purposes. The author combines humor, black humor, irony, flash fiction, and poetry, just for starters, into the book. It is obvious that the author has put a great amount of work into this anthology, and it is a literate piece which tries to include a little bit of everything within its unpredictable framework. One thing is certain - you never quite know which topic the author will next be tackling, and this lends the book an extra aura of zaniness which keeps the reader guessing who, or what institution, will next be made fun of.
  • Yard Sale! on Feb. 10, 2012
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    A good little short story about the end of one stage of life, and the beginning of a new one, a theme which is very easy to relate to.
  • When Is Ever After? on Feb. 11, 2012
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    A very good short story where the author makes the reader feel for the main character from the get-go. I would've liked to have seen more of the story, as it was a little short, but, it does end at a pivotal point in the story.
  • East Village on Feb. 13, 2012
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    An original short story about some disheveled characters and their tatty lives, which manages to keep them sympathetic to the reader despite their actions.
  • Amber Waves on Feb. 15, 2012
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    A pleasing short story where the character's yearning for the ocean from her childhood memories is palpable and well-explored, and the story overall has a fine attention to physical detail.
  • A Trail in the Snow on Feb. 16, 2012
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    This is another of Bernard Fancher's great short stories, with his usual attention to nuance in character and descriptions in evidence.
  • Cassie on Feb. 17, 2012
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    This is a moving short story which treats the subject of loss and its attendant grief in a graceful,realistic manner, and is never overdone, but very understandable.
  • Crashing? Can we still make Atlantic City? on Feb. 18, 2012
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    A light and humorous short story with some funny moments, complete with a particularly apt ending.
  • Neon on Feb. 21, 2012
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    A good short story with a nice philosophy - that love is not always what you think it is, and what appears perfect always isn't so.
  • Caution! Pupaphobia on Feb. 22, 2012
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    A very good short story which is wickedly funny and in which the situation is understandable.
  • Not Myself: Poetry From the Other Side of Me on Feb. 23, 2012
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    An artistic collection of poems which features insights into various topics such as life, love, relationships, and humanity itself in general.
  • White Christmas Pansies on Feb. 25, 2012
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    This short story seems a little slow in the first half, but the sense of what the author wishes to expresses is successfully realized in the second half when all the pieces come together. In all, a realistic and well-done exploration of family life and marriage.
  • Going Home and Other Stories on Feb. 26, 2012
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    A humorous collection consisting of four short stories which are pleasant to read and observant of people, and life in general, in their own breezy way.
  • First Kiss on Feb. 26, 2012
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    A well-written, lively story where the narrative events build well, and which has sympathetic characters.
  • Veteran of a Thousand Battles on Feb. 27, 2012
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    An extremely well-written short story which is about how fun and games take on a serious turn for the protagonist, and could also be seen as an allegory for society's appetite for violence and mayhem. The story finishes at a moment in the action which makes sense, and is logical to the story's flow.
  • Toward The Sky on Feb. 27, 2012
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    This is one of those short stories where the situation and characters are so vivid and well-drawn that, despite the story's length, it manages to convey, and evoke, many emotions in the reader. The events which bring the protagonists together on that fateful day, also, are well-constructed and plausible, and the ending leaves the reader wanting for more.
  • Once A Woman on Feb. 29, 2012
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    A women's fiction short story piece which is moving and beautifully-written, treating its subject matter with grace and maturity.
  • The Lost Moments on March 01, 2012
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    A short story which manages to make its point beautifully without seeming schmaltzy in any way. I admit the ending brought a tear to my eye, and is well handled by the author.
  • The West Wind Blows on March 02, 2012
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    A good story which would have been even better if the final two pages were lengthened in story detail by about two more pages, and, thereby, would have possessed more build up in the story events.
  • Memories on March 04, 2012
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    This is a touching short story which, while a tad slow in the mid-section, recovers its balance in the last section, and, overall, is written with great sincerity.
  • How Not to Make a Dress on March 05, 2012
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    A literate, amusing, but all-too-brief short story which has its heart in the right place, but would've been even better if it were longer, and explored the main character's 'plight' in more detail.
  • The Black Bag Gang on March 06, 2012
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    An original, wickedly funny short story which is amusing without descending into parody, and makes its points with style and subtle humor.
  • Happy Landings on March 07, 2012
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    Entertaining short story with measured comedic episodes, and some great rapid-fire dialogue between the two main characters.
  • An Absolute Mess on March 10, 2012
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    A good piece of short story fun with some cheeky dialogue amply supporting the saucy goings-on. Brings to mind British film comedies of the 1960s with their broad antics, but, with a degree of updated raunchiness.
  • Only in my Memories on March 11, 2012
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    Intriguing paranormal romance short story with an emphasis on mood and detail which makes for a very interesting, and enlightening, reading experience.
  • Love Songs on March 12, 2012
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    A charming, light romance short story with easy-going characters and an agreeable atmosphere. The opening of the story is consistent with its conclusion, and brings the story nicely to a close.
  • Afterglow on March 13, 2012
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    Thoughtful, stimulating character-centred short story with much insightful content and deft exploration of issues such as life, death, and loss.
  • Arcadian Nights - Initiation on March 14, 2012
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    A vivid, intimate erotic short story which is suspenseful and, as a reader, you don't quite know what is going to next happen.
  • Her on March 15, 2012
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    This is a stream-of-consciousness style short story which explores the innermost thoughts and feelings of the narrator in a revealing, intimate manner.
  • A Chicken in the Outhouse on March 16, 2012
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    Humorous short story which has a fitting ending. Well done.
  • Once Upon a Lightyear on March 17, 2012
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    An entertaining short story which is fast-moving and witty, leaving a pleasant impression on the mind.
  • Moments From Within on March 19, 2012
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    An interesting poetry anthology with well-written poems covering a range of themes and topics pertaining to life, and humanity.
  • The Garden on March 20, 2012
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    This is a suspenseful short story where the plot becomes thicker and thicker until the climax, which is well handled. The story's deliberately leisurely pace only highlights the subtle shocks which the author presents to the reader throughout the narrative. Well done.
  • To Tell the Story of Them on March 21, 2012
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    An excellent short story written with sensitivity, and which has a tight focus, good plotting, and, above all, evokes sympathy for the characters, and the difficult situation in which they find themselves.
  • A Letter From John: The Revelation on March 22, 2012
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    An extremely well-written, enlightening religious short story which is thought-provoking and compelling to read, without ever seeming preachy in any way.
  • A Private Little Affair on April 03, 2012
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    A nicely-composed romance with smooth, well-paced events and a good atmosphere. The ending brings the story to a realistic and suitable close.
  • Three Avenues of Escape on April 04, 2012
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    An interesting, slightly melancholy slice-of-life short story with a sympathetic lead character and a satisfying, dignified conclusion which ties up all the loose ends very well.
  • The Long Road Home on April 06, 2012
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    This is an atmospheric, compelling short story of self-discovery with some subtle paranormal undertones which suit the material. One of the story's great strengths is that, even with the events depicted, it never goes for the flashy or melodramatic route, but, is grounded in human emotion.
  • Digital Manipulation on April 07, 2012
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    Intense short story of a brief encounter which makes its points well and does not linger too much on intimate details, which works to its advantage.
  • Secrets of the Forest on April 08, 2012
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    This is a highly imaginative short story with a labyrinthine, but well-structured sequence of events, and a story where one doesn't quite know what is going to happen next.
  • The Suburbanites on April 09, 2012
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    A perceptive satire of marriage, and married life, with many pertinent points and telling, true-to-life moments. I would've liked to have witnessed the marriage in question explored in even more detail, as it was depicted with great realism, but, this is a minor complaint overall as this is a fine story nonetheless.
  • Safe at a Distance on April 10, 2012
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    A poetic short story about forbidden love which contains some beautiful passages.
  • Thaw and Serve on April 12, 2012
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    Well-written short story with much suspense abounding, and a surprise ending. In all, a likeable and fluent piece of fiction.
  • A Quiet Man on April 13, 2012
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    A refined, literate short story which has a nice surprise at its conclusion.
  • The Name on My Wrist on April 14, 2012
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    Introspective short story where the narrative's central relationship is intimately portrayed, sometimes with an uncomfortably realistic level of emotional detail which makes the reader believe they are watching a true story unfold, and that they are intruding on the events.
  • Heraclitus' Daydream on April 16, 2012
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    A perceptive, humorous short story about life, childhood, aging, and how some things never change in life.
  • Falling on April 17, 2012
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    A poetic, thoughtful short story which focuses less on the details of the murder depicted, and more on the inner life of the detective in charge of the case. Beautifully rendered, with a sympathetic, humane portrayal of the detective, and a quiet, slightly eerie atmosphere which suits the material.
  • The Small Things on April 18, 2012
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    A wickedly funny comic short story with a very unexpected ending, and some parts that raise many a chuckle. A fun little read, and definitely a good way to while away five spare minutes.
  • The Window on April 21, 2012
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    An intriguing short story which packs a lot of incident in despite its brief length, but is measured, and very well-written.
  • Lady In Red on April 22, 2012
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    A very brief short story which is atmospheric, and contains an extremely unexpected surprise ending. Well done.
  • Interlude on April 23, 2012
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    This was a thought-provoking short story with various twists and turns which made perfect sense, in light of the characters, and their individual mindsets. The theme of someone trying to find themselves, making mistakes along the way,and, how the messiness of life itself gets in the way sometimes, is well-handled.
  • Frozen Dinner on April 24, 2012
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    Well-constructed horror short story with a vivid attention to physical detail for those with strong stomachs.
  • Jacob's Cross on April 25, 2012
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    An intimate short story of loss and grieving for a loved one, written with sensitivity and grace.
  • Food Fight-A Holiday Short Short Story on April 25, 2012
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    While a seemingly simplistic tale on first glance, this short story is a very good battle of the sexes with a well-staged, realistic fight between the couple in question. What I would've liked to have seen is a little more explanation for the couple's behavior, but, overall, the story's humor makes up for this.
  • The Comeback on April 27, 2012
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    A nicely-written short story which has its heart in the right place and is an easy, pleasant read.
  • The Reunion on April 29, 2012
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    A short story which has an agreeably casual atmosphere and friendly, sympathetic characters. I like how the story presents its events on a more soft-core level in terms of sexual content, as doing otherwise would spoil the breezy nature of the material. In all, a very sound story.
  • Petre and Anna on May 01, 2012
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    A very well-written short story with plenty of atmosphere you almost feel that you are in the same room with the characters. The only possible downside is that while the story ends on a logical note in terms of action, it leaves the further happenings unresolved for the reader, but, this is only a minor issue overall.
  • Love in the Library on May 02, 2012
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    A sweetly-written short story which concentrates on the central relationship of the characters to great effect. It is a story with a playful sense of humor and breezy pace which never drags, and where you quite don't know what will happen next.
  • The Leaves of Departure on May 05, 2012
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    An affecting, realistic short story with some fine moments of raw human emotion which are very tangible.
  • Saving Ordenia - For ages 4 - 14 on May 06, 2012
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    While it might seem innocuous on first glance, this likable short story is a knowing work with subtle philsophical undercurrents.
  • Incompatibility on May 06, 2012
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    A funny short story where things don't quite pan out for the characters, with amusing results. A brief, but pithy story which is full of meaning.
  • Would you remember Me on May 07, 2012
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    A very moving short story which deals with a sensitive topic exceptionally well, with humanity and taste, never becoming maudlin or preachy.
  • Boxes on May 08, 2012
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    Realistic short story with some moments of raw emotional power. Especially good was the depiction of a crumbling family unit, and the brother-sister conflict - overall, very well done.
  • The Kid on May 10, 2012
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    A clever piece of flash fiction with an ironic punchline at the end which will leave you with a smile.
  • A Mother Whispers Goodnight on May 12, 2012
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    An inspirational, extremely moving short story of maternal love which perfectly captures the essence of a mother's love for her children, written with sincerity and grace.
  • Poetry for my Mother on May 13, 2012
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    A beautiful collection of poetry which is nicely composed, and written with much feeling by the author.
  • The Internet "Girl." on May 15, 2012
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    Quite a well-written piece of erotica which has a good build up of events, and where there is suspense as to what is going to happen next in the story.
  • The Beginning of a Life Misunderstood on May 15, 2012
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    This is a short story where things appear one way, but are not quite what they seem. A story which challenges the reader to constantly adjust and readjust their expectations, and achieves this aim very well.
  • Midas Crackenberry's Cat on May 16, 2012
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    A very good short story that raises the point of never taking people at face value based upon how they act or what they say; that there is always more going on beneath the surface than what first appears, for sure.
  • Crosscut on May 17, 2012
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    A very interesting science fiction short story with many intricate twists and turns, zigs and zags, and a good ending. The odyssey which the main character goes through is well-handled by the author, with some great set pieces. Well done.
  • The Last Stage on May 18, 2012
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    An easy-going western-themed short story with a good ending. It would've been even better if it was longer, and therefore fleshed out the story even more, particularly the story's central relationship, but, this is a minor issue.
  • The Dark, Dark House on May 19, 2012
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    An intriguing short story, well set up, with plenty of atmospheric detail to soak up. The ending is surprising, and while at first glance seems jarring, makes sense once you take all the details of the story into account.
  • Dreamer on May 21, 2012
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    This is an original, successfully-realized short story; it is one of those stories which would have to be read several times in order to be able to tease out all the different meanings amongst the imagery. Well done.
  • Dead in the Woods on May 22, 2012
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    Very good fantasy short story, which, though well done, is a little short, and would've been even better if lengthened considerably. The tenuous relationship between the characters, who are in such dire circumstances, is well-portrayed, and entertaining.
  • The Blue Way on May 23, 2012
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    Quite a powerful short story of a woman coming to realizations both about herself, and where she is going in her life. Poetic, vivid, and well done.
  • Is the Art World Ready for Graffiti? on May 23, 2012
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    Very interesting non-fiction essay about the subject of graffiti artists which shows another side to it, rather than just displaying positive, or negative slants upon it. Written in a fluent and entertaining manner, with a good flow.
  • Muriel and Udolpho on May 25, 2012
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    Excellent literary short story with sad undertones, but written with a subtle humor which is engaging to read.
  • Mount Good Take on May 26, 2012
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    Thoughtful short story character study with some great moments of human introspection, and a surprising, but very good conclusion, which ties up all the loose ends extremely well.
  • Mercy on May 28, 2012
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    This is a very good short story, with well-judged moments of suspense, and drama, in a very readable package. The only slight is that the story is not long enough, and would be dynamite if it was lengthened. Any which way, well done.
  • Pandora on May 29, 2012
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    An easy-read short story which has a definite sting in its entertaining tail.
  • The Old Woman from Catspaw on June 02, 2012
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    Charming, fast-moving humorous short story which is great fun and never lags.
  • Lust and Honor on June 04, 2012
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    A sprightly, well-developed romantic-comic short story which leaves the reader with a great enigma at the very end.
  • The Donor on June 05, 2012
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    An interesting erotic short story of opposites; one reserved and well-spoken, the other earthy and plain-speaking, and how they connect. This story has a good build-up of events, and, is better than what its description suggests.
  • Soul Survivors on June 07, 2012
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    I really liked this short story, which deals with themes of death and spirituality in a very entertaining, believable manner. Even though it is very short, it has not skimped on any details as it makes its points well, and has an unexpected ending.
  • Studio Blue on June 09, 2012
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    Very interesting short story detailing a few hours in the life of a rock star and his girlfriend. The erotic content is appropriate to the characters, is not overly prolonged, and not forced. The highlight, though, is the vivid description of the characters' lives, especially that of the female lead character, and what she sees and feels.
  • The Storyteller on June 10, 2012
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    Poetic, artistic short story which treats its central character with sensitivity and delicacy, and thankfully does not take an exploitative route in terms of adult content, instead, keeping events on a more literary keel.
  • Socks on June 12, 2012
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    This is an intriguing short story which deftly creates its narrative world with sound descriptions, these defining a picture of the sounds and sights very well. The only drawback is that it is too short - it would definitely benefit from lengthening, to thereby explore the elements it briefly alludes to in more detail.
  • Tethered Hearts on June 14, 2012
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    Well-structured, emotional paranormal romance short story which has enough suspense, and an ethereal and mood atmosphere, to ensure its readability.
  • Single-handed on June 15, 2012
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    Charming young adult romance short story with a nice build-up of events, and appealing characters. The bullying sub-plot is well-handled and placed in a proper, and understandable context by the author, by tying it to the main character.
  • That's All the Time We Have on June 19, 2012
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    Thoughtful, sensitively-written short story which flows beautifully, and with feeling.
  • The Letter on June 20, 2012
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    Extremely well-written, chilling, eerie short story which packs a punch at its conclusion. While the ending may seem a little abrupt at first glance, it is in keeping with the story's immediacy, and fast pacing. Good job.
  • Swim With Me on July 14, 2012
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    A personal, introspective short story of a father's tenuous relationship with his son; excellently-written, and sensitively executed by the author.
  • Wishful Thinking on Oct. 18, 2012
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    This is a story which starts in one fashion, and ends in a completely different, and unexpected manner. The conclusion provides a great jolt to the emotions, and is very well-handled, the story as a whole making ample use of its brief length to maximum effect.
  • Growing Season on Oct. 20, 2012
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    A nice short story which has many plot possibilities, and is well-written despite its brief length.
  • Coming Home on Oct. 23, 2012
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    A well-written supernatural story which has a very interesting opening, and keeps the attention until the very end. It has a keen sense of foreboding atmosphere, and the main character's secret is unexpected, but handled well.
  • The Anniversary on Oct. 29, 2012
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    This is a poetic short story which combines sentiment and eroticism very well despite its brief length. I especially like the ending, which adds poignancy to the story, and makes perfect sense, thereby putting the story's events in a proper perspective.
  • Falling For You on Oct. 31, 2012
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    An entertaining mini-short story which has some interesting passages and fun banter between the characters. The only downside is that it is too short - it would have been better as a longer piece, but the brief glimpse given to readers by the author is sufficient.
  • Yarn on Nov. 20, 2012
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    This is a well-written, compelling horror story which is well-constructed, and which has an unexpected villain. The introductory section may seem out of context upon first impression, but, in retrospect, ties up the whole story nicely, after one reads the conclusion.
  • What He Wants on Dec. 30, 2012
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    Matthew and Aaron work together in an office, and have been longtime friends. Both dissatisfied with their relationships with women, they have an inkling that they are atttacted to one another, but, is this something they really want to pursue, and so, will this irrevocably alter their relationship as best friends forever? This is a literate, well-written examination of two young men who are unsure about whether to take their friendship to the next level, or, maintain it on a more platonic basis. Their uncertainty creates the majority of the drama in this short story, and it is handled sympathetically by the author. The eroticism is not forced and the dialogue throughout these passages, and indeed the entire story itself, focuses upon the characters, and how conflicted they are in their choice. While not a happy ending in the conventional sense, the book's conclusion makes sense in terms of the characters, and their particular mindsets.
  • The Magic Bag on Jan. 18, 2013
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    This is a very composed, elegant, and unsettling short story which keeps the reader in suspense until the very end - well done.
  • Best Night Ever on April 06, 2013
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    BEST NIGHT EVER is one of those books where the story starts one way, but ends in a completely different manner. Its central protagonist is Jordie Michaels, a sexually ambivalent, coarse, bad boy pop star. Sapphire is a young woman who enters, and wins, the local radio station's "Best Night Ever" song contest, where she is granted some of Jordie's private time in his trailer. Will the sensitive Sapphire be able to hold her own with the foul-mouthed, demanding Jordie, or, will he be taught some lessons he will never forget? What ensues is an intimate, no holds barred exploration of these two main characters, which is both explicit, and eye-opening in nature. While a large focus of the story revolves around the sexual attraction between these characters, the story contains a sobering, and realistic, undercurrent where the reader is presented with background information about both Jordie and Sapphire, which makes their motivations clearer, and more understandable, to the reader. Not an 'easy' read in any way, but a satisfying one nonetheless, BEST NIGHT EVER is a story which alternately repels, shocks, charms and surprises the reader, and has two well-rounded characters who hold the reader's attention to the very end.
  • The Sandbar on April 13, 2013
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    This is a luxuriously-paced, introspective, but involving short story with a vividly-sketched setting, and suitably ethereal atmosphere.
  • I Do on May 25, 2013
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    This is a well-written, smart piece of flash fiction which has a definite sting in its tail.
  • Steamy Shoppers on June 01, 2013
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    A surprisingly good piece of erotica which is well-paced, adequately descriptive without going overboard, and which suitably utilizes the peaceful nature of its supermarket locale as a contrast to the heated goings-on.
  • I Would on June 25, 2013
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    This is an insightful, and very beautiful poem whose quiet power and meaning startle the reader after finishing it, and bring to mind many varied thoughts, and sensations. Restrained, elegant, and utterly memorable.
  • Breakfast In Bed on July 29, 2013
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    This is an intimate, well-paced short story of a married couple, and exemplifies their definition of the concept of 'Breakfast in Bed'. The only drawback is that while the story makes its points pertinently, it would have been interesting to have had more back story about the couple, and what makes them tick, but what is presented is sufficient for its purposes.
  • All over again on Aug. 04, 2013
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    This is a beautifully-flowing paranormal romance short story, with just the right elements of dreamy romance and fantasy intricately combined, creating an atmospheric reading experience. I also liked the fact that the story has much vivid description in terms of milieu, and suitably places the characters within this environment.
  • Herr Melby Makes Coffee on Sep. 05, 2013
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    This short story radiates power in its distinctive and understated way, and is rich in symbolism, with great attention to physical detail. The relationship between the two protagonists is handled in such an artistic and understated manner that the emotional impact of their estrangement is subtle, but highly palpable.
  • Dirty Boys on Sep. 19, 2013
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    This is a well-composed, easy-going erotic short story which has good characterizations, and there is suspense as to what will occur between the characters. The writing is clear and flows very well, and the characters are sympathetic, and understandable in their actions.
  • The End Of Time on Sep. 25, 2013
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    This is another of the author's great works, a short story which grabs the reader from the beginning, and does not let up until the end. The author's customary humorous touches are in evidence here, and are employed to great effect. Well done.
  • When the Family Gathers on Sep. 29, 2013
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    This is a candid, well-drawn drama of a businessman and his family which takes place during a winter stay at their Florida beach house. It is a quietly unsettling story, and the flippancy of the central character under the circumstances makes him all the more real, and multi-faceted.
  • The Innkeepers on Oct. 01, 2013
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    This is a good short story with vivid characters, and deftly ensures that the reader can relate to the points of view of all the characters.
  • Absence on Oct. 03, 2013
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    This is an atmospheric, beautifully-rendered short story which treats its central character with great sympathy, and involves the reader in her dilemma. I also liked the author's depiction of winter, and how this could be seen as an allegory for the protagonist's emotions. The ending leaves the story open for further instalments, but the story in and of itself is highly satisfying.
  • Dirty Fighters on Oct. 05, 2013
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    This is a well-written erotic short story with good characters, attention to physical detail, especially in the fight scenes, and the evocative creation of this atmosphere for the reader.
  • The Shortcut on Oct. 07, 2013
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    This is an evenly-paced, suspenseful short story which has some entertaining surprises at the very end. It builds well, and makes the most of its spare length to maximum effect.
  • Filibusted on Oct. 09, 2013
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    This is an intense, erotic short story which has an unexpected surprise at the very end, and uses humor, and irony, in an effective manner. The central character's vulnerability, and ill-at-ease nature in this situation gives the story a depth which works in its favor.
  • The Watchman on Jan. 17, 2014
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    This is a great short story, with an ending that leaves the reader satisfied, but also unsettled in a quietly eerie manner. A poised and well-judged piece of flash fiction.
  • My Erotic Valentine: Adventures of Maxwell Hunter on Feb. 01, 2014
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    This is a fast-paced erotic short story with an ingratiating protagonist, and devil-may-care atmosphere. While it would have been great if the story explored the central character in more detail, the same applying for some scenes, it is a good read anyway.
  • Death of a Sad Face on Feb. 13, 2014
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    DEATH OF A SAD FACE is an entertaining and well-executed short story in the Serafina Florio mystery series. A young widow investigates the murder of a butler, and is drawn into a web of situations to catch the killer. Things are not as clear-cut as they seem, and Serafina's life may be on the line due to her involvement in this case. The story has plenty of rich period detail which compliments the work, and adds authenticity to it. It also has a serio-comic atmosphere which works to its advantage, and the labyrinthine pieces of the whodunnit are handled in an appropriate manner, and deepen the mystery for the reader, never becoming heavy. DEATH OF A SAD FACE is a fun read for those who like their stories with a touch of humor, and much panache.
  • Letters of Intent (Part One) on March 06, 2014
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    This is an intense, well-structured piece of erotica with an unexpected surprise at the end which leaves the reader with many questions. The mood is tense and foreboding, and the characters well-drawn and clear in their motivations.
  • The Need In Me on March 09, 2014
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    An artist moves into a new apartment in London, and finds that strange occurrences begin to dominate his life, which leave him utterly unsettled. He consequently heads to Cornwall to determine the cause of these, but will he get to the bottom of this, and uncover the mystery? This a compelling paranormal short story with an interesting premise that is well-handled by the author. There are many great set pieces, and the story builds well, with many unexpected events. The erotic elements are appropriate to the theme, and complement the story, instead of detracting from its power.
  • Locked and Loaded on March 18, 2014
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    Six months ago Mara and Davin have a stolen moment in their air station's airlock which Mara cannot get out of her mind. What will happen when they are reunited? This is a readable erotic sci-fi short story with good characterizations, and a vivid description of the milieu in which they find themselves. It largely pays attention to the feelings of the lead female character, with the love scenes taking place after a solid build-up of events, with a rationale for these, rather than just erotica for the sake of erotica.
  • The Invitation on March 27, 2014
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    This is a beautifully-rendered piece of flash fiction which says so much in a very small word length. After an interesting introduction, it settles into a revealing exploration of a male-female relationship which is so well written that the reader is thoroughly absorbed by this interaction. Very well done.
  • The Snow Globes on March 27, 2014
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    This is another of the author's irresistible works, with their trademark subtle humor, and attention to detail in evidence.
  • The Silver Shore on March 30, 2014
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    This is an eloquent short story which poses some thoughtful concepts on life and living, all delivered with luxurious prose, and beautiful imagery.
  • Fifteen Seconds Ago on March 30, 2014
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    This is a downbeat, thoughtful-provoking, but fascinating piece of flash fiction with great attention to physical detail, which leaves the reader unsettled at the end.