Marcia Carrington


Marcia Carrington writes about the human condition, exploring what makes people tick, but in an upbeat and optimistic tone. She writes in a variety of genres, mainly romance but also, comedy, suspense, crime, paranormal, mystery, YA and NA. Her collection of thirty-four books vary in length from full-length works to novellas, novelettes to short stories.

Marcia's latest books are short story romance THE FUNERAL, released in September 2019, and venturing again into science fiction/paranormal territory with DREAM STATE, a novelette released in December 2019.

Apart from writing and reading, Marcia also has a great love for 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 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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Linda's Heartbreak
Linda's Heartbreak is a two-part series of romance short stories with part one being MAN ON A MOTORBIKE and its sequel SILAS SAVAGE.
Man On A Motorbike
Price: $0.99 USD.
Silas Savage
Price: $0.99 USD.
Mark's Heart
Mark's Heart is a two-part series of romance novelettes with part one being MARK'S PASSIONATE HEART and its sequel MARK'S RAVISHING HEART.


Dream State
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 16,210. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
David has been seeing nightmares of the murder of a young girl. He believes he may have committed the crime as a youngster, but the fuzzy nature of David's dreams is not providing him with an answer. After several attempts to control his dreams, David’s specialist suggests he undergo music therapy at the Dream State Clinic. Will David’s time at the clinic solve his problem, or make matters worse?
The Funeral
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,870. Language: English. Published: September 5, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Janice is mourning the death of her employer, and fiance, publishing magnate Charles Fallmont. Today she is at Charles’ funeral, watching the proceedings from afar in the church. While Charles’ daughter Maureen welcomes Janice’s presence at the funeral, son Jackson resents Janice. Janice faithfully attends the funeral, but an interruption urges her to leave the ceremony, placing her life in peril.
Grayson's Dilemma
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 30,300. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
When visiting the pier with daughter Mara, Grayson encounters a young woman, Jenna, who saves Mara after she falls into the water. Touched by Jenna’s concern for Mara, Grayson invites Jenna to stay in his guest house, to the discomfort of mother-in-law Evelyn. Jenna’s life is shrouded in mystery, and this causes Grayson angst. Is Jenna a real threat to the March family’s happiness?
Fateful Dreams
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,020. Language: English. Published: October 5, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal » General, Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical
It is one year since Elissa and Marius lost their spouses in a plane crash. On the anniversary of their spouses’ loss they see a dream where their late spouses are pushing them towards each other, even though Elissa and Marius do not know one another. Events brings about the meeting of Elissa and Marius, but their grief may stand in the way of them coming to terms with their lives...
Beautiful Beau Montague
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,040. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
He was handsome, with an alluring charm but one day, he disappeared…Marisa idolizes actor Beau Montague, and has been disappointed since he left show business. Payton, Marisa’s friend, encourages her to find out more about Beau, but Marisa finds nothing but dead ends. Marisa attempts to locate Beau Montague where he was last spotted, but will she actually arrive at the truth, or nothing at all?
Amanda's Payback
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,770. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Transgressional fiction
Amanda loves to shop at Johannsson’s department store, but the staff there, specifically Magda, an older service assistant, have taken a dislike to her. Magda enlists the help of her lover, security guard Bellamy, to shame Amanda into not shopping there anymore. Matters take a turn when Amanda kidnaps Bellamy, aided by her brother Thomas, for a night of revenge Bellamy will never forget...
Champagne Charlie
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,980. Language: English. Published: August 15, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fairy tales, Fiction » Romance » General
Molly is a big fan of model Charlie Castle. There is a competition where first prize is an evening with Charlie which Molly refuses to partake in, but she does a dummy recording with Gina. Molly believes Charlie would never give her the light of day, but Gina has other ideas. Gina sends the recording in, and Molly turns out to be a finalist. Will Molly meet Charlie, or severely blow her chances?
Alicia Day
Price: Free! Words: 2,980. Language: English. Published: March 24, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Naïve Alicia marries the man of her dreams, and high school sweetheart, Armand Day, but their marriage is filled with nothing but negative experiences and horror, until one day Alicia makes a life-changing decision which will stay with her as long as she lives.
Silas Savage
Series: Linda's Heartbreak. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,390. Language: English. Published: December 2, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
Tragedy has visited Linda’s life again, and unable to cope with the loneliness she moves in with her parents. One day she meets the man on the motorbike one year after their first encounter, and is drawn to get to know him better, despite her parents’ misgivings. Will his moody disposition, and secrets from his past make Linda regret she came into contact with the enigmatic, volatile Silas Savage?
Alby Martin
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 18,420. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » New adult, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Cute, spunky university student Alby Martin encounters Faire one day at the park, a young woman with a troubled home life, and becomes enchanted with her. A central thorn in Faire’s life is stepfather Everett who is suspicious of anyone who comes into contact with her. Will Everett’s interference in their relationship be the ultimate straw, and Alby come to regret his attachment to Faire?
Mariel's Marriage Mayhem
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 21,810. Language: English. Published: August 6, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
On the day of her wedding, feisty Mariel Crain discovers that her fiancé, Duane Davenport, has been carrying on an affair with best friend Melissa Meadows behind her back, and all hell breaks loose at the church. Mariel is comforted by Duane’s best friend Damian Anders, who exposed his shenanigans. Duane will seek revenge on Damian, but will this drive a further wedge between him and Mariel?
Grant's Anguish
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,770. Language: English. Published: June 2, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Adult, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
Grant has returned home to discover his wife has left him, and is devastated. Their marriage has been on the rocks for a while due to their lack of relations, for which wife Marion blames him. One evening Grant goes for a drive, and ends up on the beach. He is spotted there by Samantha, who lives beachside. Is Samantha the antidote to Grant's life, or a fleeting moment of happiness for him?
Maxwell Slade Has Vanished
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 16,590. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Fitness entrepreneur Maxwell Slade goes missing one evening, this devastating his wife Beverley, and loyal staff at company Maxwell’s Fitness. The police suspect he has been kidnapped, but cannot work out why. A staff member at Maxwell’s Fitness, Allison Parker, believes that Maxwell is alive, and delves into his disappearance. Will Allison's intervention in this matter place her life in peril?
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 29,090. Language: English. Published: February 20, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Ethan Wainwright has a habit of loving beautiful young women, bringing them to soaring heights of happiness, and leaving them in a state of utter dismay. He has left a string of broken hearts in his wake, but an unexpected incident brings him crashing back to earth. The sister of one of his victims seeks revenge for his crimes, but will she extract her retaliation upon Ethan, or fall prey to him?
Earle's Grand Despair
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,560. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas, Fiction » Romance » General
Earle visits Enchante restaurant awaiting the arrival of his fiancée. When Bonita leaves Earle via text message, he is devastated. Another patron at the restaurant that same evening, Ria experiences a similar predicament to Earle. Earle and Ria's plights are viewed by Enchante owner Harland. Harland attempts to connect them, but will his intuition about their compatibility prove correct?
Angry Cameron
Price: Free! Words: 8,490. Language: English. Published: October 2, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Diandra has just moved into a new house, and is getting to know her neighbors. She finds out about her new neighbor, Cameron Bassett, from another, Marlena, that he is someone to avoid at all costs. Diandra finds Cameron fascinating, to Marlena's shock, and wants to get to know him better. A confrontation with Cameron occurs one day, but will Diandra live to regret her attachment to him?
Brandy's Summer Idol
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 31,840. Language: English. Published: August 12, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » New adult, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Brandy is spending summer at home after her grandparents' death. As she has just turned eighteen, she is feeling the summer in her veins, but cannot go anywhere. One day the family car has problems, and Brandy’s father Garth calls the workshop, who send out Ryan to fix it. Brandy becomes closer to Ryan, against her mother's protests. Will she cherish this summer forever, or suffer heartache?
The Kidnapper
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,700. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Urban
(5.00 from 1 review)
Katie walks home from work to her apartment every day, and visits a small supermarket on the way home. On two occasions she encounters a duo of petty criminals outside the supermarket who eye her, and kidnap her one late afternoon. Will the valiant Katie's life come to an untimely end at the hands of her kidnappers, or will this be a meeting of the minds in a most unexpected way for her, and them?
Patricia's Holiday Affair
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,370. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Freshly divorced Patricia has decided to pack up her woes, and take a holiday to an island resort to save her sanity. At the resort she meets a mysterious young man who is interested in her, despite their age difference, and Patricia entertains light thoughts of becoming involved with him. Is this handsome young man hiding something which may destroy Patricia's life forever?
Harvey Handsome
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 20,690. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Harvey is a university professor who piques the fascination of rapacious university student Annalise one day when she sees him at a café she often visits. Annalise takes a shining to the reserved, but virile professor, and schemes to get closer to him by any means possible. Will this be a fanciful dip into the fountain of youth for Harvey, a May-December fling for Annalise, or true love?
The Chauffeur
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,220. Language: English. Published: March 9, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
Emmanuel is Elaine Masterson's chauffeur, and driving her to the will reading for her late husband, Edward. This will be anything but a conventional will reading, as Edward’s wayward, greedy relatives have also been invited, having a sense of entitlement which is larger than the world itself. The will reading will change everyone's lives forever as Edward makes conditions on everyone present...
The Announcer
Price: Free! Words: 15,050. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(5.00 from 1 review)
Casey Abbott has watched her favorite TV personality, William Armstrong, for years on his Home Shopping Bonanza program on the local WSTY affiliate. An unexpected chain of events prompts Casey to meet William in person, where she will discover the real side to William Armstrong, and see him in a light she never expected…
Jeremiah and Georgina's Christmas
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,110. Language: English. Published: November 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas, Fiction » Romance » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
In the week before Christmas, Georgina Allan has been assigned by her advertising company to develop a campaign in the serenity of a lush woodsy hotel. Georgina will be working on the campaign with work colleague Jeremiah Jacobson. Jeremiah is an enchanting lady's man, and Georgina cannot stand his smooth charm. Will Georgina be able to withstand Jeremiah, or will this be a Christmas to remember?
Mark's Passionate Heart
Series: Mark's Heart. Price: Free! Words: 18,910. Language: English. Published: September 14, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Handsome Mark Allan is new in town, seeking change in his life as incidents from his past have made life in his former town unbearable. His seemingly charming, and relaxed manner hides a passionate heart, which seeks to experience love, and happiness, at any cost. Mark enters the lives of two beautiful women, and their lives will never again be the same...
Sabrina's Surprise Visitor
Price: Free! Words: 4,920. Language: English. Published: August 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Sabrina has not had it easy lately; her marriage has been falling apart, and she has become consumed by work to forget the pain. Sabrina finds a man in her bed after work one day, and is livid he has taken residence in her bed. Sabrina has a confrontation with this man she never expected to happen, but has to endure. Will Sabrina emerge from this a changed woman, or be more confused than ever?
Blake's High School Reunion
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,310. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Handsome Blake Matthews was once the most overweight kid in school, the butt of endless jokes from the beautiful but heartless girl he loved so much, Brenda Backus, who never reciprocated his feelings. Fast forward ten years to the high school reunion...have things remained the same for Blake and Brenda, or will Blake turn the tables on Brenda once and for all?
Mandy's Dream Beau
Price: Free! Words: 4,240. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
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
Price: Free! Words: 4,550. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
(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
Series: Linda's Heartbreak. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,000. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories, Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
(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. Linda's Heartbreak is a two-part series of romance short stories with part one being MAN ON A MOTORBIKE and its sequel SILAS SAVAGE.
What's A Man To Do?
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 26,670. Language: English. Published: December 4, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(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
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,400. Language: English. Published: June 27, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational
(5.00 from 2 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
Price: Free! Words: 1,220. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Inspirational
(4.33 from 3 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
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 94,020. Language: English. Published: March 23, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance » General
(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
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,750. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    A fast-moving, realistic short story with a sting in its tail.
  • Al's Antique Shop on Nov. 20, 2011

    A nice, enjoyable short story which is fun to read, and is well written.
  • Janie on Nov. 21, 2011

    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.
  • A Professional's Four Quarters on Nov. 23, 2011

    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

    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

    Interesting piece of erotica, generally well-done, with an ending which is unexpected, but makes sense overall.
  • Crazy Stupid on Nov. 28, 2011

    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.
  • Accidently Married on Dec. 29, 2011

    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

    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

    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.
  • A Pond in the Middle of Nowhere on Jan. 25, 2012

    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

    A nice, short, fun read with much charm about it.
  • The End of the Circus on Jan. 28, 2012

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    A quiet, nicely paced short story with many great insights into the human condition.
  • Winter Break on Feb. 05, 2012

    An interesting work which becomes better and better as it progresses, with the reader firmly on the protagonist's side.
  • Unlocking Love on Feb. 06, 2012

    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

    A short but pithy story with much meaning.
  • Desire Under the Big Oak Tree on Feb. 07, 2012

    A thoughtful, introspective play with many moments of great human interaction.
  • But, Baby, It's Cold Outside on Feb. 08, 2012

    An interesting battle of the sexes where the highlight is the dialogue between the story's couple in question, which was enjoyable to read.
  • The New Death and Others on Feb. 10, 2012

    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

    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

    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

    An original short story about some disheveled characters and their tatty lives, which manages to keep them sympathetic to the reader despite their actions.
  • A Trail in the Snow on Feb. 16, 2012

    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

    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

    A light and humorous short story with some funny moments, complete with a particularly apt ending.
  • Neon on Feb. 21, 2012

    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

    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

    An artistic collection of poems which features insights into various topics such as life, love, relationships, and humanity itself in general.
  • First Kiss on Feb. 26, 2012

    A well-written, lively story where the narrative events build well, and which has sympathetic characters.
  • Toward The Sky on Feb. 27, 2012

    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

    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

    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.
  • Memories on March 04, 2012

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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.
  • Love Songs on March 12, 2012

    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

    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

    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

    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

    Humorous short story which has a fitting ending. Well done.
  • Once Upon a Lightyear on March 17, 2012

    An entertaining short story which is fast-moving and witty, leaving a pleasant impression on the mind.
  • Moments From Within on March 19, 2012

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    A poetic short story about forbidden love which contains some beautiful passages.
  • A Quiet Man on April 13, 2012

    A refined, literate short story which has a nice surprise at its conclusion.
  • The Name on My Wrist on April 14, 2012

    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.
  • Falling on April 17, 2012

    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

    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

    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

    A very brief short story which is atmospheric, and contains an extremely unexpected surprise ending. Well done.
  • Interlude on April 23, 2012

    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

    Well-constructed horror short story with a vivid attention to physical detail for those with strong stomachs.
  • Jacob's Cross on April 25, 2012

    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

    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

    A nicely-written short story which has its heart in the right place and is an easy, pleasant read.
  • The Burden on April 30, 2012

    A tightly-focused, compelling short story with a fascinating, mulit-faceted central character at its core. A well-composed character study with some unexpected, but subtle surprises for the reader.
  • Love in the Library on May 02, 2012

    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

    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

    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

    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.
  • Boxes on May 08, 2012

    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

    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

    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

    A beautiful collection of poetry which is nicely composed, and written with much feeling by the author.
  • The Internet "Girl." on May 15, 2012

    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.
  • Midas Crackenberry's Cat on May 16, 2012

    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.
  • The Last Stage on May 18, 2012

    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.
  • Dreamer on May 21, 2012

    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.
  • The Blue Way on May 23, 2012

    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

    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.
  • Mount Good Take on May 26, 2012

    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

    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.
  • The Old Woman from Catspaw on June 02, 2012

    Charming, fast-moving humorous short story which is great fun and never lags.
  • Lust and Honor on June 04, 2012

    A sprightly, well-developed romantic-comic short story which leaves the reader with a great enigma at the very end.
  • Soul Survivors on June 07, 2012

    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

    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.
  • Socks on June 12, 2012

    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

    Well-structured, emotional paranormal romance short story which has enough suspense, and an ethereal and mood atmosphere, to ensure its readability.
  • That's All the Time We Have on June 19, 2012

    Thoughtful, sensitively-written short story which flows beautifully, and with feeling.
  • The Letter on June 20, 2012

    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

    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

    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.
  • Coming Home on Oct. 23, 2012

    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

    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.
  • The Magic Bag on Jan. 18, 2013

    This is a very composed, elegant, and unsettling short story which keeps the reader in suspense until the very end - well done.
  • The Sandbar on April 13, 2013

    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

    This is a well-written, smart piece of flash fiction which has a definite sting in its tail.
  • Steamy Shoppers on June 01, 2013

    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

    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

    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

    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.
  • Dirty Boys on Sep. 19, 2013

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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.
  • The Watchman on Jan. 17, 2014

    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.
  • The Need In Me on March 09, 2014

    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

    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

    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

    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

    This is an eloquent short story which poses some thoughtful concepts on life and living, all delivered with luxurious prose, and beautiful imagery.
  • Words on May 29, 2014

    WORDS is a beautiful, rhythmic poem which very elegantly, through the use of vivid imagery, conveys feelings and thoughts, especially through descriptions of the loveliest times of winter, an allegory for life itself. It is a piece filled with mood and attention to detail which typifies the works of this poet and author.
  • The Best Friend on July 04, 2014

    This is another great story by the author, with the usual deft touches and details, slow but assured build-up of events, and eerie atmosphere greatly in evidence.
  • Murder On The Mountain on Nov. 23, 2014

    This is a tightly-written, tense short story with a surprise at its conclusion. The black humor which is one of the signature features of its writer's oeuvre is again in evidence here, and effective for its allegorical impact.
  • Pamela’s Love Collection on Feb. 25, 2015

    Author Pamela Cummins explores the arena of relationships, specifically love and romance, and self-growth through the use of various essays, and snippets from her psychic radio interactions with people seeking her guidance for their relationship issues. This is an interesting, refreshing approach to the study of human relationships, which makes its points in a clear, and very logical manner. The examinations into self-growth, relationships skills, and psychic insights are also fascinating to read. In all, this is a book that flows easily, and is a pleasure to read.
  • The Mirror on May 05, 2015

    This is another of the author's great works, excellently composed, with attention to detail, and subtle humor displayed to maximum effect, and reading enjoyment.
  • Joy Ride on June 11, 2015

    This is an earthy erotic short story with good characterizations, and attention to physical detail.
  • Nostalgia on Sep. 02, 2015

    A thoroughly creepy horror short story which holds the attention the entire way through, with compelling pieces of story information conveyed in a spare but well-judged manner. A challenging, entertaining work that leaves the reader satisfied but also, emotionally stirred.
  • Out of the Box on Sep. 03, 2015

    Charming short story with nice surprises and a whimsical writing style.
  • The Hitch-Hiker on Nov. 11, 2015

    A clever piece of erotica which has some unexpected surprises, good usage of locale, and sense of humor. The paranormal element is well handled, and balances the sexual content in an appropriate manner.
  • Josh Takes a Plunge on Nov. 17, 2015

    Thought-provoking black comedy whose sheer power hits the reader after completing the story, leaving an unsettling feeling in its wake.
  • Hit the Road, Jack on Nov. 18, 2015

    A great flash fiction piece which seems simplistic at first glance, but has a number of unexpected surprises, and a firm attention to physical detail amongst its strengths.
  • ... and we on Nov. 23, 2015

    Elegant, sensual erotica studded with luxurious prose.
  • Kate and Ben on Dec. 01, 2015

    Touching romance flash fiction with an unexpected surprise at the end.
  • One More Winter: A Short Story on Dec. 07, 2015

    True to life, realistic story of a woman's private family and personal life, and the effect a dog has on her consciousness. The spare, understated range of emotions exhibited by the characters works to the story's advantage, with a war subtheme underlying their coolness towards each other.
  • Winter Thunder on Dec. 20, 2015

    An original, ethereal Christmas-themed short story with a subtle saucy edge, and sympathetic characters.
  • Billion Dollar Daddy on Dec. 21, 2015

    This is a good erotic short story with some unexpected, intricate twists and turns which add pizzazz, and depth, to the overriding sexual content, which makes sense in the context of the narrative and the characters. It leaves the door open with some suspenseful questions posed at the story's conclusion for further instalments.
  • Suburbia on Jan. 24, 2016

    Irreverent, observant black comedy which successfully pokes fun at its subject, and is entertaining from start to finish.
  • Adams and Eves on March 15, 2016

    ADAMS AND EVES is an intriguing fantasy short story which leaves the reader unsettled, and poses questions about the beginning of the world, and exactly what existed before humankind on the earth. Its length works in its favor as it makes its points beautifully, the ending making perfect sense for the book as a whole.
  • With These Words I Give You My Heart on May 18, 2016

    Enjoyable, fast-paced short story with gentle banter between the two characters which is a pleasure to read.
  • A Rift in Time's Regard on May 18, 2016

    A charming, original fantasy short story with a whimsical spirit.
  • Alone on May 24, 2016

    Well-crafted psychological suspense short story with a surprise at the end.
  • A Caller on Christmas Eve on July 14, 2016

    This is a beautiful short story that pulls at the heart-strings in a touching but restrained manner, without excessive sentimentality, but with great warmth.
  • Happy Anniversary (Short Story) on July 23, 2016

    Pleasant short story romance with sympathetic characters and a good ending that wraps up events well.
  • How Much For The Whole Night? on July 28, 2016

    This is a compelling erotic short story which offers deep psychological portraits of its protagonists, with the surprises unloaded in a natural fashion upon the reader. The sexual content is employed sparingly, and serves as a springboard to explore the characters and their particular situations without being unnecessarily explicit.
  • Well-Covered on Aug. 03, 2016

    This is an interesting short story with various elements of comedy, suspense and romance gelling together well in a very readable, entertaining package. It would have been even better with longer scenes exploring the relationship between Ashley and Aaron in more depth, as the mother-son dynamic between Ashley and Josh was depicted realistically, and opened the appetite for more coverage of the former relationship.
  • Grandma's Matinee Bow on Aug. 18, 2016

    This is a reflective short story with much humor, handled in an enjoyable manner, with appropriate amounts of sentimentality and pathos.
  • Lakeside Reunion on Oct. 09, 2016

    This is an easy-read erotic short story that sufficiently delves into its characters' psyches, despite much of the narrative devoted to sexual content. While the ending is not a traditionally happy one, more of an open-ended conclusion, questions are posed to the reader about the situation between the three characters, providing a realistic counterpoint that balances the story as a whole.
  • Rain at Three on Oct. 10, 2016

    RAIN AT THREE is a thought-provoking short story with an odious but well-drawn central character and his harried wife, equally well-defined. The narrative is true to life and unsettling in a tense manner, its subtle layers hitting the reader well after completing the story.
  • Why I Started Smokin' Cigarettes (Or What Happened Th' Night Daddy Went to Hooter's to Git Some Chicken Wings) on Nov. 01, 2016

    This is a vivid, lifelike, humorous short story with a great punch line at the end. I liked the irreverent nature of the material, the author ensuring the tone is kept consistent and engaging throughout.
  • A to Z Collection of Women’s Erotica: Maureen’s Story on Nov. 02, 2016

    While this is a short sample from the author's longer book, relating one character's experience to the reader, this is an assured, well-paced piece of erotica that is not explicit, but more subtle in its workings.
  • The Envelope on Nov. 16, 2016

    This is a thoughtful, emotional short story with some great scenes, well set up by the author for maximum impact. The last quarter of the narrative, while different in tone to the story beforehand, makes sense in terms of the protagonist and his mindset.
  • Like the Taste of Summer on Dec. 09, 2016

    LIKE THE TASTE OF SUMMER is a realistic novelette with vivid attention to detail in terms of its characters, time period, and their physical surroundings. The mixture of pathos, sentimentality and humor is well handled, and balanced throughout the story. The final line in the story sums it up as a whole, putting it into perspective with a light, subtle touch.
  • Mirror Mirror on the Wall on Feb. 21, 2017

    This is an unnerving, dark short story which leaves the reader unsettled, and is constructed for maximum effect through the viewpoint of its protagonist.
  • Mrs Miller on March 16, 2017

    Charming, sincere short story which would have been even better if it was just slightly longer to expand more of the scenes, but is nevertheless very good. The ending was a surprise, but in keeping with the story as a whole. Thank you to the writer for a crisp, meaningful read.
  • Partners on March 24, 2017

    PARTNERS is an atmospheric, enjoyable short story with a surprise at the end which was totally unexpected. The pacing is just right, exploring the characters succinctly even though the story was of a brief length, but it is never rushed.
  • In a Small Compass - Vol. 1 on June 07, 2017

    IN A SMALL COMPASS is a thought-provoking short story collection exploring themes such as telepathy and the paranormal in a suspenseful, entertaining manner. The stories all had something revealing and witty to say about the human condition, making this an easy-read book. I look forward to seeing the next instalment of this collection, and longer standalone stories by the author.
  • A to Z Collection of Women’s Erotica: Volume 1 Amber to Elizabeth on Dec. 22, 2017

    This is an interesting collection of short stories that examine the intimate lives of several women, the common thread being their sexuality and sense of self placed under the microscope. It offers a nuanced, subtle dissection of their lives, presented with candidness, but not exploitative in any way, leaving something to the imagination for the reader to ponder. While I liked all the stories my favorite was 'Connie's Story' which would do well with an expansion into a larger narrative.
  • Newcomer: Chapter 1- A Serial Flash Fiction Novel on Jan. 03, 2018

    This is certainly an intriguing flash fiction piece that holds the attention throughout, and interests the reader in continuing to the next instalments.
  • Throwing Chocolate on Jan. 03, 2018

    Charming romantic short story which would have been even better in an extended version, but its sincerity and sweetness shine through nonetheless.
  • The Observer on Jan. 22, 2018

    This is a fluent and literate suspense short story. Carefully structured, it challenges the reader in their perceptions of what is reality and what is truth, as seen through the eyes of the protagonist.
  • Interruptions on Feb. 02, 2018

    INTERRUPTIONS is an enjoyable paranormal short story that builds well, the shifters element handled in a descriptive, but controlled manner. It also has a nice sense of comedy which blends in suitably with the action, never becoming parodic.
  • The Spirit Parlour on Feb. 03, 2018

    THE SPIRIT PARLOUR is a fun, sweet paranormal short story with a good flow and sound sequence of events. Even in its brief form it is atmospheric, the reader able to soak up physical detail thanks to the author's vivid description of milieu and events.
  • Never Spoken on Feb. 14, 2018

    This is a humorous, engaging romance novelette. The love triangle theme is given an updated and surprising angle in this story, delving into its characters' psyches in a revealing, but entertaining manner. Its unconventional structure, moving between different events in the story timeline, keeps the narrative fresh and interesting. I found the ending appropriate for the story as a whole, opening the door to the next instalment.
  • Ben Going Through Them Changes on Feb. 16, 2018

    This is a candid exploration of sexuality and sense of identity which has many surprising twists and turns in the course of the narrative. The introduction makes the story seem more akin to erotica at first glance, but this sets off the chain of events for the entire story. The book settles into a detailing of the main character, Ben's, life, and how his secret double life affects not only his own life but also, that of his family. There are no easy answers for the characters which gives the book a bittersweet, realistic feel.
  • A History of Cats on Feb. 24, 2018

    This is a fast-paced comedy-romance short story with likable characters. I found the depiction of the characters' milieu subtle without being overly descriptive in nature, and the comic, breezy atmosphere worked well, infusing the story with an easy-going charm. It leaves events on a nice note, and wanting to see more from the characters in a further instalment.
  • The Way of All Things on Feb. 25, 2018

    THE WAY OF ALL THINGS is a philosophical short story concerning human existence, seen through the eyes of two characters. The pacing and prose are both first-rate, and the narrative is never rushed in its execution. It prefers the slow and sure build-up to its chain of events before arriving at the satisfying conclusion. Well worth reading.
  • Barely There on March 02, 2018

    BARELY THERE is a dreamy paranormal short story where the best parts of the narrative are the exploration of the relationship between the two main characters. I found the sexual content slowed down the story slightly, taking a little away from the ethereal mood, but nevertheless, the emotional punch the story packs makes up for this.
  • The Final Farewell on March 06, 2018

    THE FINAL FAREWELL is a moving short story that brought tears to my eyes. While brief in length, it is touching, with a lack of sentimentality, but filled with feeling. If you are seeking a story with heart and soul this is the perfect book for its emotionally enriching qualities.
  • Good Breeding on March 14, 2018

    This is a humorous short story which touches on various topics including family, class, snobbery and friendships, in a highly entertaining manner. While some of the characters may appear over the top at times, the story's pathos lends it a dignity and honesty that rings true for the story as a whole.
  • The Staring Stranger on March 29, 2018

    While a very short story, this is a quietly suspenseful, well-written piece with an ending that is surprising, but left me feeling vindicated, and satisfied, as a reader.
  • A Column of Ash on March 29, 2018

    This is a realistic domestic drama of a dysfunctional mother and the fractured relationship with her two sons, one of whom is attending college, the other poised to go. The portrayal of the chain-smoking mother, in particular, is striking and vivid, as is the younger son, through whose eyes the story is narrated. Well done.
  • Fragments of Jenny on March 31, 2018

    This is an intriguing, entertaining character study which has a great opening, delving into the psyche of the main protagonist in a revealing manner. The second half of the story seems to go off on a slight tangent, but on further examination works in terms of the main character, and the author's intentions with the story.
  • The Dinner Guest on April 01, 2018

    This is a flash fiction piece that reads well, at a measured pace, with some enjoyable dialogue exchanged between the characters, but it ended suddenly, which took me by surprise. I had to re-read the final page, but then it hit me, that the key to explaining the incidents in the narrative was there, thus the story made sense as a whole in retrospect.
  • The Takedown on April 02, 2018

    While a large portion of this story is devoted to erotic content, it is an easy read male-male story which has a palpable friendship at its center. The humorous banter between the protagonists provides the sexual content with a context, and reason for being, rather than just bodies mindlessly grinding together.
  • Completing The Puzzle: A Winter's Tale on April 06, 2018

    This is an involving male-male short story romance with some moving moments and sweet characters, that builds steadily throughout. It seems like a complete story, covering many events despite its brief length, and lack of dialogue, but provides an enriching emotional experience for the reader.
  • Tec, A Short Story on April 09, 2018

    This is a fast-moving detective short story with a jokey atmosphere, and laconic characters. While the mystery wraps up quickly, and could be seen as a liability, the chemistry between the main characters keeps things on an even, and entertaining, keel.
  • Fire Dodger on April 15, 2018

    This is a very proficient inspirational short story which arouses various emotions in the reader. The descriptions of the physical surroundings and events, mainly the fire in the story, are well-handled, making one feel as if they are there with the characters in their darkest hours.
  • Becca on April 30, 2018

    BECCA is an ebullient comedy-romance short story with a feisty main character, dealing with subjects such as women's rights and equality, family, and true love within its lively framework. The evocation of 1880s Philadelphia is lovingly detailed, and the themes explored are as relevant today as they would have been in the book's setting.
  • Swept Up In Blue on May 09, 2018

    SWEPT UP IN BLUE is a charming, humorous male-male short story romance which eschews overt sexual content, instead delving into its characters' psychologies, and is all the better for it.
  • The Illumination Query on June 04, 2018

    THE ILLUMINATION QUERY by Sarah Baethge is an entertaining, irreverent science fiction novella. At first glance the plot seems simplistic, but the author has created an intricate, labyrinthine chain of events which carried me along with the exploits of the characters until the satisfying conclusion. The scientific terminology was utilized in a proper, but not excessive manner, and not alienating to the reader unfamiliar with these. I also liked the subtle comic tone employed throughout which provided an appropriate contrast to the underhanded goings-on of the characters portrayed.
  • Yesterday on Aug. 23, 2018

    This is an interesting character study, and while brief, explores the central character in a thorough manner. The author paints a vivid picture of the story's milieu, with a number of characters passing through, but they serve a purpose as part of the protagonist's journey in life, describing what brought him to this point in his life. Definitely a page-turning book, but in a subtle, understated manner.
  • If You Believe in Love at First Sight on Sep. 05, 2018

    While the author usually writes science fiction stories, and this is no exception, I enjoyed the detour into romance territory with this effort. The author's off the wall sense of humor is again in evidence here, which works well without seeming out of place.
  • Sisters on Jan. 18, 2019

    On first impression, this is a short story where nothing seems to happen, but, in retrospect, this is one of the secrets, and qualities, that makes it work so well. A touching, well-observed exploration of two sisters through the years that says what it does in its brief but affecting manner, ending on a natural, casual note without any unnecessary melodrama.
  • The Decision on Jan. 21, 2019

    This is a sincere short story which advocates understanding of the legal profession, in this case a judge with a difficult, controversial case to finalize. The story does not go into detail about the crime committed, or the accused, preferring to focus on its protagonist. Crisply written and well-paced, the story explores one side of the argument against capital punishment from the judge's viewpoint with empathy, and restraint.
  • Hudson's Details on Jan. 21, 2019

    This is a striking, fascinating character study with many thought-provoking passages. The whole story has a subtle, tense mood which fits the material well, and the conclusion wraps everything up in a telling, but appropriate manner.
  • Absent Reality - A Short Story on Jan. 22, 2019

    This is a short story that says so much in so few words, but what it expresses is of universal importance. Leaving things too late can have a detrimental effect, especially when it has to do with family and personal relationships, and this story is an exemplar of this. The ending leaves the reader not only surprised but also, expresses the heartbreaking fragility of life.
  • Love Again: A Second Chance Romance Short on March 03, 2019

    This is a gentle, humorous short romance of the possibility of a second chance at love for the protagonists, a man and woman who have not seen each other in years, and reunite at his sister's funeral. The author dives into the material with spirit, and the fast pace works to its advantage, building a central relationship for the reader in so few words, but with much feeling.
  • The Holiday on March 19, 2019

    In this M/M short story romance the author deftly illustrates the characters' lazy-hazy summer holiday through descriptions of the milieu, highlighting sights, sounds, and tastes for the reader in a naturalistic manner. The erotic content is not a major component but a small and important insight into the characters, the story mainly concentrating on unraveling the feelings of the protagonists to the reader.
  • Friday Night (Short Story) on March 22, 2019

    FRIDAY NIGHT is a charming, breezy romance with a bright atmosphere and relatable characters. While ultra short in length, it leaves the door open to a further instalment with the characters, ending at a pivotal point in the action.