Rori O'Keeffe


Hi, I'm Rori O'Keeffe, and I'm pleased at your interest in my work.

I live in a cottage in the countryside near Perth, Ontario. I've spent the last several years trying to entertain Ebook readers and sum up what it is to be alive in the 21st century.

If you like a wide range of themes in poetry and prose, or if you enjoy fairy tales of the more old-fashioned variety; If you want brief, thought-provoking essays, or erotic comedies with an emphasis on humour, then you've come to the right author.

With thousands of downloads of my Ebooks, I seem to have established what I hoped for: A modest but engaged audience that may be pleased to have found a kindred spirit in the world. I strive to make almost all of my writing relevant and earnest, and I count my successes with every download and every nice review. I can be contacted at

Peace, and be civilized and authentic in all you do. I wish myself the same.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in another world; ergo, my writing.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
In all seriousness, when the world is "another place" and you just sit down and write about what's on your mind, you discover that a sort genius lies within you. We are all creative beings, and yet our lifestyles and vocations tend to work against making that discovery. I feel fortunate to have discovered writing as an outlet, because I have seen some of the most remarkable things.... Communicating my modest repertoire of ideas to willing readers has become a daily joy since I started in July, 2013. Poetry, and fairy tales for the young have been my most rewarding publications so far. I love the fact that I'm part of the written word community now - I've never felt so alive!
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Where to find Rori O'Keeffe online


Begging for the Rent
Price: Free! Words: 2,060. Language: English. Published: August 26, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Comedy/Humor, Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
Freshman Markus is new in town, and Priscila is his landlady. She introduces him to the world of hard core adult sex, but leaves Markus questioning his manhood with her dominatrix persona. Can Markus get what he wants - Priscila's ass, revenge, and his manhood restored? If he can do it, it'll take ingenuity and careful planning.... ~ 1950 words.
Deathbed Poems
Series: Memorable Verse, Book 39. Price: Free! Words: 380. Language: Canadian English. Published: August 6, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Female authors
Two poems that explore the bitterness that some experience as death approaches. The first is a person who dies feeling that his whole existence was devoted to the welfare of the one percent. The second is about the feelings of a man who served the purpose of being a scapegoat for the sins of his dysfunctional siblings. There is some profanity. ~320 words.
Series: Unforgettable Fairy Tales, Book 6. Price: Free! Words: 980. Language: Canadian English. Published: July 11, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fairy tales, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fairy Tales
Whether you go along with environmentalism or not, you'll enjoy this timeless tale of a demented sadist getting his comeuppance from a shape-shifter. Megan is astonished to see her new neighbour in the countryside killing snakes on his property, for no good reason whatsoever. She uses her abilities to perhaps teach him a lesson, or more likely, just to be rid of him. Flash-fiction, ~920 words.
Love and the Sublime
Series: Memorable Verse, Book 38. Price: Free! Words: 930. Language: Canadian English. Published: July 10, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Canadian Poetry
Those who can see, love all; those who cannot see wish the blood of misery upon others. Almost anyone can sense the power of love in a life; an appreciation of sublime points of view can lead us to the realization that love is the only true and meaningful value. Is our crowded world ever going to live sanely, so that all can grasp the only meaning of this ephemeral existence? ~820 words.
Poetic Memory
Series: Memorable Verse, Book 37. Price: Free! Words: 1,170. Language: Canadian English. Published: June 19, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Female authors
Poetic Memory is nine poems, ~1,000 words, that deal with memory as the fruit of a life still being lived. Thankfully, we don't have perfect memories - important meanings would be lost in the myriad mundane details of the past. Old memories come to us as poetic memory, where sights can become smells, and events are transformed into stories with crystal-clear meanings. Mature themes.
Naked Sex Love
Price: Free! Words: 710. Language: Canadian English. Published: June 12, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Comedy/Humor, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
I nearly spoiled the dinner on one of my biggest nights in recent years... and I've never been much of a cleaner, until now. Join me for an afternoon of misplaced lust, an evening with inappropriate hugs, followed by my resolution to turn over a new leaf. Good, clean, half-homosexual fun. Adult-only. Flash fiction, ~600 words.
A Tigress in My Heart
Series: Memorable Verse, Book 36. Price: Free! Words: 1,630. Language: Canadian English. Published: June 2, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Gay & lesbian
The rewards of living courageously are lasting and infinite, while it's plain enough what the cautious (cowering) life will yield. The final poem of the ten sums it all up for the reader - in essence, living is an act of courage (cf Hamlet); conversely, without courage, one has barely lived at all (or made much contribution to the world.) Gotta break a few eggs to make an omelette, eh? ~1500 wds.
When We Were Friends
Series: Memorable Verse, Book 35. Price: Free! Words: 1,070. Language: Canadian English. Published: May 28, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Read this poem with a glass of wine and a fresh log in the fireplace. In a world sadly battered by institutional disloyalty, friendships, both old and new, are vital to the sustenance of life within us. Ponder the poignant memories of a long-lost friend, and ask yourself if the heroes really have vanished from our midst. Even better, think about your current friends in a new light. ~1000 wds.
Climbing Mount Everest is not on My Bucket List
Price: Free! Words: 1,210. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2016. Categories: Essay » Sociology, Essay » Author profile
Life is but a dream. Still, not enough of us have taken that chestnut to heart. I hand the torch of hope to another, and spell out, in brief, what an awesome climb is ahead of us humanfolk if we are to survive. Is anything positive in this age just too little, too late? Dig out a couple of scoops of your favorite ice cream and reflect with me for a few moments in this 1100 word essay. Adult.
Silent Wind
Series: Memorable Verse, Book 34. Price: Free! Words: 300. Language: English. Published: May 10, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Canadian Poetry
Does the supposedly unpredictable rise of the far right in the U.S. mean anything for humanity at large? Of course it does. Unless radical changes to our current values and way of living come soon, the Trump card of the rich and connected will be just the beginning of our woes. One poem, ~260 words. No adult-only content.
Taming The Feral Woman
Series: Memorable Verse, Book 33. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,390. Language: English. Published: November 27, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Female authors, Fiction » Women's fiction » Feminist
I'm perplexed as to what to do about our troubled world. In sixteen poems I try to convey what's wrong with civilization as we know it, and point to hope (unfortunately) rather than concrete solutions that could fix the problems. Civilization has been a catastrophe for women's standing in human society, as well as a failure for human happiness; coincidence? I think not. Adult for strong themes.
Humor in Shorts
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 22,110. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
These seven stories from the last two years are sure to get you laughing at problems instead of crying over them. They are: My Charming Slut, The Top 10 Strategies Of Successful Bachelors, Spiralling Out Of Control, I Heard It At The Pub Crawl, My Little Blue Bestiary, One Helluva Lotta Nerve!, and The Philosopher Queen. Get your day on track or your night underway - get Humor in Shorts! 18+.
Quantum Jump
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,260. Language: English. Published: November 24, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian, Fiction » Erotica » Literary Erotica
Our heroine in this story finds the true meanings of being, independence, and love all in one dazzling day. Intricately written and subtle to a point, this story will leave the reader wondering: Why not escape the confines of secrecy and just be...proud, alive, and in love. This is a story that captivates and leaves the reader breathlessly wanting more. 1650 words. Adult.
A Growing Darkness
Series: Memorable Verse, Book 32. Price: Free! Words: 740. Language: English. Published: November 16, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Canadian Poetry
Mercy on the innocent - and no mercy for those who have murdered and aim to murder. Many won't have a calm night's sleep now until every last terrorist is dead. We in the west have been misjudged - fools equate tolerance with weakness, and now, I am certain, we are going to deliver the knock-out blows to the Islamic State group, Al-Qaeda, and all who wish to terrorize the civilized. Two poems.
The Delusional Status Quo and the Defiance of Hopefulness
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,120. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2015. Categories: Essay » Political
Democracy faltering, ecosystems under assault worldwide, resources becoming ever more scarce - and what do the elite of our great nations do? They offer the same old delusions about freedom and the sustainability of our way of living. We can't solve all the problems one-by-one with the current setup - what we need to do is get to the kernel of the problems, and begin anew with all our wisdom.
Modern Eros
Series: Memorable Verse, Book 31. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,280. Language: English. Published: August 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Gay & lesbian, Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
All good things come to an end. Faced with the end of my dreams, I woke up and decided to be as brave as some I've known in my life. Who would we be - our authentic selves, or dreary conformists - if we faced the end of everything? These five poems attempt to take on this most important and personal theme, in a way that many, many of us can relate to. Adult themes.
Modern Muse
Series: Memorable Verse, Book 30. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,550. Language: English. Published: June 12, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
What would you give to escape the poisonous nature of post-modern love that is foisted upon us as "freeing"? I can only offer a muse of sorts to contemplate the search for a healthy, growing love in this world. The entwining of hearts, the struggle to be loved, and spurning the degradations of false love are covered in these seven poems. There is little explicit content, however I rate it as 18+.
Series: Memorable Verse, Book 29. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,490. Language: English. Published: May 25, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Inspirational
Courage; healthy attitudes towards the self; forgiveness of our own errors and those of others; recognition of the reality of our solitary paths in life; and, as always, the acknowledgement that we live in a world that is hostile to true, deep love. Rather than prose and poetry about love, these seven poems look at what is required in ourselves before we can truly love another person. ~900 words.
My Charming Slut
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 4,620. Language: English. Published: May 3, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Comedy/Humor, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
Willard and Fiona are made for each other - sort of. He's a handsome, spoiled billionaire; she hates billionaires, and she's exactly what Willard needs. They get together weekly, and she puts him in his place to his tormented delight. Fiona's on a mission to unman every billionaire in their island club, but she needs a little help from Willard to shag one final holdout. Adult-only. ~4,000 words.
The Journey
Series: Memorable Verse, Book 28. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,620. Language: English. Published: April 27, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Biography
Life is full of magic, if only we look first to what is within. We live in a world that tells us meaning, reality and happiness can be found if we look outside ourselves; this is not so, and these poems trace a journey from the freedom of youth, through the prisons of attempted conformity, back to the freedom of adult anarchy. There is no escaping alienation in this world - so be free of spirit.
Series: Memorable Verse, Book 27. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,290. Language: English. Published: April 25, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Canadian Poetry
Against the backdrop of a solitary person's life, I use a little number crunching to compose nine poems, each of nine lines. Reading these poems may lead to hope - or to terror, but probably not ennui. The key answer to our dilemma, I think, is practical - but perhaps not possible to engage in these times. Whether beset by problems, or soothed by solutions, strong action is imperative.
Thin Walls Taboo Orange
Series: Memorable Verse, Book 26. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,860. Language: English. Published: January 29, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Female authors
These eleven poems use strong themes and dark humor to convey the connection between the inner world and the outer one. Suicide, Shakespeare, external threats and escapism are among the subjects touched upon. Adult for strong and disturbing themes, but no explicit sexual content. ~1250 words.
Series: Memorable Verse, Book 25. Price: Free! Words: 900. Language: English. Published: January 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs, Fiction » Poetry » Female authors
5 star rating at Goodreads .These two poems, The Rewards Of Loyalty and United, We Stand Shoulder To Shoulder are attempts to echo the sentiments I have felt in the hearts of so many I have known over the years. Loyalty is at the center of our love, and without it, we are left adrift. No adult-only content. ~500 words.
Resurrection Of The Impaler
Series: Memorable Verse, Book 24. Price: Free! Words: 1,130. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Female authors
These three weird poems offer a different spin on the Dracula legend, this time with the Impaler as an aristocrat of sorts, who descends on the world in an age of darkness, and creates - then feeds on, the suffering of those under his dominion. No adult-only content. ~500 words.
A Thousand Deaths
Series: Memorable Verse, Book 23. Price: Free! Words: 1,090. Language: English. Published: December 10, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Female authors, Fiction » Romance » General
Humor, imagery and gossip about myself are what this poem uses to explore the vista that my past now is, in the light of a new, mature love. Adult for mature content. 532 words.
Autumn in the Mind
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,070. Language: English. Published: September 14, 2014. Categories: Essay » Sociology, Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration
Autumn reminds me of sleep - not of death. We awake with new awareness, full of hope and bursting with life when springtime arrives. There's no need to mourn the world when autumn arrives - hope is eternal. Can we find the wherewithal to survive in a crowded world with finite resources? I say yes, but the changes need to come from within, not just in governance. Liberty is essential. 1500 words.
Our Anniversary
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,850. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
Is it truly love when we're willing to sacrifice absolutely anything for our lover? Or has something else led us astray? Meet Toni and Marcus, getting together for their eleventh. Toni reflects on the past, deals with the present, and contemplates the future in this suspenseful, heart-wrenching story. 1255 words. Mature for explicit language.
Bob's Eyes
Series: Unforgettable Fairy Tales, Book 5. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,670. Language: English. Published: September 9, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fairy tales, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
How can we see clearly when we are forbidden to see most of what's around us? Meet Bob: He's a coward, and like almost all cowards, he can only see what's on the surface. His "eyes" that he may have been able to see with were removed from his head when he was young, and along with the other Cyclops people, he staggers towards extinction. For the complainer in all of us - approximately 1100 words.
Memorable Verse Volume 1
Series: Memorable Verse, Book 22. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 19,950. Language: English. Published: September 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Anthologies » Poetry - single author
From the labyrinthine heart of one woman come poetry and prose that sizzle with insight, confound with realism, torture the mind with faint hope, and lighten the day with unexpected humor. Nothing is off the table in these 156 poems: Homo- and hetero-erotic verses mingle with worldly defeat, stubborn revitalization, and the anguished screams of a people being destroyed by madmen. Adult reading.
The Bard From The Sea
Series: Memorable Verse, Book 21. Price: Free! Words: 500. Language: English. Published: August 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Canadian Poetry
The poem ends with the bard urging us to demand participatory democracy from our increasingly authoritarian governments, and begins with the end of the only true golden age our world has seen - the time before civilization's scourges began to afflict humanity with seemingly endless suffering. Civilization has been a catastrophe, all propaganda and wishful thinking aside, and it needs a re-think.
All These Years In My Heart
Series: Memorable Verse, Book 20. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,260. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs, Fiction » Romance » General
You don't have to keep your love hidden away forever, I have recently discovered. Someone new to my life has filled my being with all the feelings my heart has been waiting to release, all these lonely years. Like an Adam and Eve, we find ourselves in a world lit by intense meanings that we once held to be improbable. These six poems convey what this mature love means in my life. 652 words.
Late One Summer Night
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,590. Language: English. Published: July 4, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian, Fiction » Erotica » Lesbian Erotica
I awake one summer night to the most beautiful, erotic sight of my life - a woman, tall, curvaceous and athletic, standing in silhouette in the silvery moonlight. The experience I have with her makes me complete, and takes me to a whole new world of love. Mature readers only.
Fools' Cemetery
Series: Unforgettable Fairy Tales, Book 4. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,990. Language: English. Published: June 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fairy Tales, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Jason meets a strange, charismatic toad, who tells him of the dreaded dangers in the woods behind Jason's new family home in the country. The Murdering Ogre, The Hall Of Killing Oaks, and The Fairy Ring are the dangers he faces, and if he doesn't survive, he'll end up in Fools' Cemetery at the end of the woods. Can he make it through? "I'm always right!" the toad insists. For teens+. 2,400 words.
The Music Of Living
Series: Memorable Verse, Book 19. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,380. Language: English. Published: June 10, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Female authors
We are all creatures of feeling within ourselves; music is the universal language of emotion, and so from the serenity of sleep to the cacophony of sounds from around the world, all may be understood as music that fills our beings. These three poems look at the music emanating from within me, the music that surrounds me throughout the day, and the sounds that come from all over. 800 words.
Why Hate Me?
Series: Memorable Verse, Book 18. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,040. Language: English. Published: June 9, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Female authors, Fiction » Poetry » Canadian Poetry
In the name of love, or saviors, or in the pursuit of standards, some can't seem to help but loathe our common humanity. Why? For what good? These four poems explore the theme.
The Enemy Thrives Within
Series: Memorable Verse, Book 17. Price: Free! Words: 530. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Female authors
Would that we could say to the men who lead our world - "You're fired!" Ah, but our founders, bless their privileged souls, thought it might be wise to let money talk, instead of wisdom. The hollowness of materialism, and the pursuit of power for the sake of abusing it, have eaten at the potentially fruitful tree of democracy. If we are the last generation, we ought to plant seeds.... A poem.
The Mediocrity of the Thought Police
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,130. Language: English. Published: March 17, 2014. Categories: Essay » Political, Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » Current affairs
Some of our cultural leaders have decided, ominously, to pick up the club of censorship to deal with words, such as "bossy", that offend them. They make the mistake of believing that words engender feelings, not the other way around; and they commit the ethical crime of proposing attempts at vocabulary control. Are the PC's (authoritarian lefties) going too far again? I let the reader decide. 18+
Beautiful Ways
Series: Memorable Verse, Book 16. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,650. Language: English. Published: March 12, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Inspirational
What is it about life that draws us onward through our days? It is seeing through the eyes of others, enriching ourselves with the experiences and dreams that illuminate other lives. Life as it is seen through the eyes of children, or fish, or partying youth, or a great friend, can give us glimpses of what it is to be free-spirited, and reverential of what is given us. No adult-only content.
The Top 10 Strategies Of Successful Bachelors
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,890. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor and satire, Nonfiction » Sex and Relationships  » Men's sexuality
There's a stereotype out there of lifelong bachelors as being eternal adolescents - this is just not so! It takes a lot of forethought, planning and acting skill to avoid the dreaded wedlock for a whole lifetime, and I present here my field notes on what it takes to be a successful bachelor. If it's your goal in life to be a hermit crab in romance, then follow these 10 tips for success. 18+.
An Aptitude For Perversity
Series: Memorable Verse, Book 15. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,040. Language: English. Published: February 12, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
What could possibly be the rules of the game, when perversity rules? These four poems look at the traps of perversity - and the sense of the perverse that can lead a way out of the dream-labyrinth that we are told is reality. Leaning heavily on prose but with poetic flair, An Aptitude For Perversity empowers the poet (and possibly the reader,) to keep their feet planted solidly on the earth.
Castles In The Desert
Series: Memorable Verse, Book 14. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,310. Language: English. Published: January 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Spiritual
We are implored to seek isolation from others through selfishness, paradoxically, in order to find happiness. How can a person overcome the dictates of self-interest and become fulfilled? By looking within ourselves, and by looking to others, and by looking upwards, we may find the cures for one of the great, dismissed ailments of our age: Personal loneliness. These 7 poems point to the answers.
Hope Victorious
Series: Memorable Verse, Book 13. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,070. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
There would be no need for hope, were it not for the tragic dimensions of life; and so we hope for many things - and love is at the crux of all we desire. No life can be lived without tragedy; yet, sadly, hope can be lost. To hold onto hope it is necessary to recall what it is we hope for most in this world and beyond - a connection with others through love. Enjoy these four poems, and ponder.
The Queen, The Spy & The Troll Below
Series: Unforgettable Fairy Tales, Book 3. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 4,660. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fairy Tales, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
There are three fairy tales here: The first is "The Queen And The Lily Pad", in which a wicked, inexperienced queen learns to care for others - not just for herself. The second tale is "A Fly On The Wall," in which a boy is granted his wish to eavesdrop on his parents; he discovers that it's better if he doesn't spy. The final tale is about a purported troll that inhabits a family's basement.
Spiralling Out Of Control
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,960. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Milky Way Melonie has surveyed the 8 species of the Galaxy besides her own species, the Buffies. She is presenting a paper to her college Master in hopes of obtaining the highest degree recognized by the Buffies, and she has done some hard work! At times hilarious, and at others thought-provoking, this short work represents the finest in contemplation of dystopias, extinction, and fetishes. 18+
The Philosopher Queen
Series: Mystical Blue, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,800. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Comedy/Humor, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Mystical has an ever-growing legion of fans on the web, who love to tune in for her interviews. She conducts a Q&A session in her living room, revealing to her fans that she's not just a bedroom legend - she's a real thinking babe to boot. In her final interview, she answers questions on the theme of a Desert Isle Fantasy, and what it would be like to share a life with her in the tropics. 18+
The Tricks & The Treats
Series: Unforgettable Fairy Tales, Book 2. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,820. Language: English. Published: October 14, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fairy Tales, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
The Tricks & The Treats are three fairy tales for the contemporary teenager to consider, with positive and humane messages in each. Entertaining for adults as well, these fairy tales illustrate the realities of addiction, the earthly benefits of being good in life, and the prize that freedom truly is. I recommend this book at 13+, with no explicit content. Please return and leave a review!
Love Me With Your Flesh {An Erotic Poem}
Series: Memorable Verse, Book 11. Price: Free! Words: 480. Language: English. Published: September 21, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
Lighting the lustful passions of a shy lover can be one of the most erotic experiences imaginable.
On The Way To Paradise
Series: Memorable Verse, Book 10. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,780. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Canadian Poetry
Paradise is discovered in retrospect, after it is lost. It is the best of all possible worlds - the best we can muster at present. These thirteen poems consider paradise from this vantage point.
Love Eclipsed
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,050. Language: English. Published: September 13, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Inspirational
Martin has just broken up with Stephanie, the latest in a long line of failed relationships for him. He is in denial about the relationship between his self-destructiveness and his frustration in love. Stephanie may be able to point the way out for him, if he has the desire to straighten up.
Passion & Love
Series: Memorable Verse, Book 9. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,220. Language: English. Published: August 25, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Female authors, Fiction » Romance » Adult
In this volume are forty-four poems about love and its passions. There are poems that are sultry, some that are sweet, some sizzle, and some plumb the depths of love's beautiful disappointments. Contemplation on all kinds of love are in here, including the eternal search for the undying love. There is mature content throughout, however very little of an explicit sexual nature. PG is advised. 18+.
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Rori O'Keeffe's favorite authors on Smashwords

Amy Moretsele
Latest book: Fuckery 2.0. Published October 9, 2016.
CJ Puccia
Latest book: Farmer's Grove. Published December 29, 2013. (5.00 from 4 reviews)
Helen Morrigan
Latest book: What We Left Unsaid / Poems and Paintings. Published September 27, 2015. (5.00 from 1 review)
Jared Sande
Latest book: The Deformation. Published June 10, 2015. (4.00 from 1 review)
Joanne Elisha Yeo
Latest book: A New Home for Baby Swallow. Published January 13, 2014. (5.00 from 1 review)
Khadijah Holgate
Latest book: Hot Summer Breeze on a Cold Winter Night. Published October 22, 2014. (5.00 from 1 review)
Lindsay Johannsen
Latest book: For The Term Of His Natural Life. Published October 8, 2016. (4.50 from 2 reviews)
Malcolm Torres
Latest book: Sixty-Four Days, A Sea Story. Published April 19, 2015. (4.94 from 96 reviews)
Morgan Smith
Latest book: Easy Meat. Published June 11, 2016. (5.00 from 2 reviews)
Wendy Beach
Latest book: Amina. Published December 9, 2014.
Yasmine Black
Latest book: The Tragedy of Socrates in Pictures. Published August 24, 2016.

Smashwords book reviews by Rori O'Keeffe

  • Dreams of Love and Loneliness on July 03, 2013

    I can't believe how much it's like the journey to lasting love - hope springs eternal in these shining poems, against the backdrop of tragedy and despair. I was moved. A million thanks!
  • Insomnia (A Poem) on July 04, 2013

    I see a question in this - what is sanity? Taken in plain meanings or metaphors, this poem is memorable. Hugely entertaining!
  • To See Yourself Through a Mirror on July 04, 2013

    Satisfying, true, and great!
  • Too Little Too Late on July 04, 2013

    Very well written and evocative, and the characters are drawn as sympathetic with considerable skill. However, I found it to be ultimately quite predictable.
  • Burdened on July 26, 2013

    It is a story that hurtles to a crushing finale - as memorable a short piece as I am likely to read.
  • Half Baked on July 31, 2013

    A witty title and a revealing look at a young woman who seems even more interested in helping others than herself. A very human portrait of suffering and compassion - it has helped me see more than I could before.
  • Coinage on Aug. 02, 2013

    A clever and to-the-point story that, along with the description's promises, also delivers an angle on the frustrations of living with "big" government.
  • Stuck in a Hotel Room Closet on a Friday Night on Aug. 02, 2013

    A very suspenseful and intriguing story with enough humor to keep it entertaining. I liked the portraits of the characters.
  • Hell and the Devil on Aug. 05, 2013

    Some interesting ways of depicting the evils of the world, with many powerful lines in it.
  • Just Friends on Aug. 07, 2013

    Seems like it's all in here - beauty, seduction, curiosity, advancement, friendship, discovery, love, and romance. A beautiful story that's written just the right way.
  • The Man on Aug. 07, 2013

    "The Man" is a powerful story of what goes on daily around so much of the world, yet is virtually ignored by the mainstream media. I would most strongly recommend this short piece.
  • Evil Sun on Aug. 08, 2013

    An incredibly suspenseful, reality-based horror story, that left me wondering how such catastrophes are able to unfold. Death spreads its tentacles if it is unchecked; this is a story for everyone, everywhere, to read and ponder.
  • Poe's Last Day on Aug. 27, 2013

    An atmosphere of unrelenting tragedy and cruel fate for the abandoned make this a very, very good read.
  • Blue Moon on Aug. 27, 2013

    A story that rings true of the author's experience - a common experience that becomes shocking in this telling.
  • Timeout on Oct. 15, 2013

    This story is well written, timely and to the point. The wealthy character seems to have the observed arrogant attitude of so many - kudos to the man who found his watch!
  • Smashwords Style Guide on Nov. 04, 2013

    Even though I don't use Word - I use another document software - I found the guide amazingly helpful in figuring out what it is I have to do to properly format. It's a lengthy read with lots of info I don't need YET, and if you're patient enough to write a book, you'll have no trouble handling the Style Guide's labyrinth of directions and suggestions. This book seems to have everything covered.
  • Government Corrupted on Nov. 13, 2013

    It's not often I see a poem that directly addresses what most ails our times, and although it's clearly American, it could be written of almost any democracy in the western world. Our leaders cannot see, therefore cannot lead. Excellent!
  • Shoah: Remembering the Forgotten on Nov. 21, 2013

    Well researched and vividly rendered, the words in here can teach us to think before we act - and always remember a time when the world seemed to have no conscience, and God did not seem to care. The humanity of the victims is in stark contrast to the inhumanity of the perpetrators - it's brilliant. I hope to see more from this author.
  • Love Notes on Jan. 18, 2014

    Lovely poems with universal themes. I really enjoyed it.
  • Crossing the Rubicon: A Tale of Julius Caesar on March 31, 2014

    Written compellingly as though she herself were actually a witness to the events, one of history's biggest turning points is rendered in a manner that makes the story both surprising and human. I'd love to see a sequel.
  • Through the Windows on Sep. 09, 2014

    I loved the fusion of classic and contemporary imagery. Very enjoyable.
  • Life in a Book on Sep. 09, 2014

    Poignant without being too sweet or too bitter. I liked it.
  • The Conversation on Sep. 09, 2014

    Touching and very nicely done.
  • My Lying Bathroom Mirror (F) on Sep. 09, 2014

    ...and I have bafroom scales that can't add. Loved it.
  • Bored At Work on Sep. 09, 2014

    We're cogs in a machine, and we're supposed to marvel at the machinery. This work expresses real thoughts and feelings from a real person. I hope to see more from this author.
  • ISIS: The New Power on Oct. 23, 2014

    Totalitarianism is never justified by faith, scientific accomplishments, or superficially pristine behavior. As an apologia for ISIS and related movements in the Muslim world, this book failed for me.
  • Hot Summer Breeze on a Cold Winter Night on Oct. 23, 2014

    There's a lot of power in these poems, and their overall darkness and truth leave me wanting more. Superb.
  • Why They Do It: Beliefs & Emotional Gratification Lead to Violence on Nov. 04, 2014

    Thank you for the information. We have to break the cycle by acknowledging that our cherished way of life creates the circumstances that feed violence.
  • Evolution Favors People Who Don't Believe in Evolution on Nov. 20, 2014

    A quick overview of recent population trends. Do trends continue indefinitely, however?
  • Chaste on Nov. 20, 2014

    Weird, wry and pointed. I liked it very much.
  • The Definition of Insanity on Nov. 23, 2014

    This poem is a poignant and beautiful expression of life at the edge of darkness. I would recommend it to anyone who wants a glimpse of actual insanity. Thank you, Marissa.
  • The Visitor on Dec. 04, 2014

    Wendy Beach writes with all the authenticity of one who has been there herself. Compact and powerful, this short story is as moving as a story can be.
  • All 28 Freckles on Dec. 04, 2014

    These poems are lucid and evocative memories of who we once were...and still can be.
  • Air Of Midnight on Dec. 10, 2014

    Very enjoyable...a dark poem with a bright ending, and surprisingly atmospheric given the sparseness of the language.
  • Friendships hurt on Dec. 19, 2014

    An excellent story with great character development and a touchingly young, naive narrator. I can't recommend this beautiful story too much - it's mind-blowing in how it evokes the troubled lives of so very many people. Friendships Hurt is a wonderful, sublimely healing short story.
  • Political Correctness - The New Fascism on Jan. 09, 2015

    They are the pious hypocrites of secularism, a sort of counter-bigotry thought police who do much to undermine issues of tolerance and acceptance. They have disgraced the civil rights legacy with their fanatical opposition to free speech. While I don't think that the politically correct are the greatest menace to democracy, their opposition to basic freedoms may prove to be another nail in the coffin of liberty. This brief essay could have gone much farther in exploring their character and the similarity of temperament they share with historical totalitarians. That is my main criticism - it is too short to be a compelling exploration of the left-wing authoritarian's mindset in contemporary democracy.
  • Ten Things Worse Than Rape on Feb. 06, 2015

    Is rape a political act, as some insist? The notion is grandiose compared to the mundane criminality of sexual perverts. I like this poem because it looks at rape for what it is to the individual, rather than as some sort of unified aggression by the male gender against the female. As a liberal sort of person who battles the PC's on the far left and conservatives on the right, I very much appreciate hearing this voice of reason on a delicate subject.
  • Gossamer Wings and Other Things on Aug. 22, 2015

    Originality at its best. Beautiful images and evocative imagery make this a memorable and unique book.
  • Diaries of Determination on Dec. 02, 2015

    An absolutely enjoyable glimpse into the rich minds of historical women, yearning and struggling to escape the passive roles imposed on them by tyranny. I highly recommend this to people who appreciate insightful poetry and compelling characters.
  • If Trees Could Talk on Dec. 02, 2015

    Logical and concise, and rendered in a string of sentiments that combine in a simple yet profound truth - If Trees Could Talk is a nice little poem that soothes and inspires. I'll think on this over morning coffee, and use it as an antidote to the effects of socially corrosive competition. If only the trees could talk....
  • My Oldest Memory on Jan. 21, 2016

    Well-written and troubling at a time when the casual use of intoxicants seems to be expanding. Some politicians may want to read this before they facetiously promote and legalize the use of pot. (Note: This reviewer is Canadian.)
  • Fuckery on June 11, 2016

    Fuckery is amusing, nonsensical, and bare-naked honesty. Amy is a victim without the vice of self-pity, and this volume of poems is like junk food with lots of sauce. In the end, I wanted more from this young poet, and I'll keep a copy in my library. I hope to see more honest and twisted work from Amy in the future.
  • What Is Wrong With This World ? on June 12, 2016

    Kennie knows all too well that stupidity is the guiding light of our times - and he knows that things are likely going to get worse. Stupid leaders have turned us all into replaceable pieces in a hate -machine, and Kennie has the sense to see it all. His poetry lays bare the soul of our modern world.
  • Scientific Poems on June 12, 2016

    The poems with political/scientific overtones work well enough, but I found the language dehumanising in the more personal ones. My favourite is Those Who Love Chemicals - it seems to be the right fusion of scientific language and human reality.
  • Eternal Ice on June 12, 2016

    By turns honest and wonderful, these poems leave questions unanswered in just the right ways. The sentiments are authentic and human, and the pace is enjoyable.
  • Insight on June 12, 2016

    A little predictable, but very well written.
  • Gutter Sludge: Poems from Your Scary Ex on June 17, 2016

    I loved the honesty and despair-tinged anger in these poems. My favourite was the poem about the cat - the mysterious circumstances of the separation and the death are nightmarish.
  • A Crooked Shadow: From Five Old Wives' Tales on June 19, 2016

    Witty, amusing and down to earth. I liked it very much.
  • The Eight-Headed Dragon on June 19, 2016

    A great ending to a story that is timeless in its meaning. I enjoyed it very much, and I look forward to seeing more work from this author.
  • Irezlie on July 14, 2016

    A story, in poems, that casts a woman as the cursed destroyer of men. Without giving the two offered endings away, the curse feeds on the unspoken doubts in Irezlie's mind, until the curse is resolved. A wonderful tale with clear but unexplained meanings. (I preferred Ending Two.)
  • Ardency for Animosity on July 16, 2016

    An enjoyable illumination of the dark corners of the human heart. I think the multi-author approach was ideal for this volume. I liked Ardency for Animosity very much.
  • Easy Meat on July 19, 2016

    The pace in this story is quick and enjoyable. What happens before and after this day-in-the-life tale is wisely left to the reader's imagination.
  • What We Left Unsaid / Poems and Paintings on July 19, 2016

    I am thrilled to have this volume in my possession, and it's one of the select few books I keep in my library. I look forward to reading and contemplating the vibrant images over and again. I found the poems to be well-structured and thoughtfully ordered. The paintings augment and amplify the poems' messages beautifully. I can't say I have a favourite poem or painting here - they're all incredible.
  • A Pollie's Progress on Oct. 07, 2016

    Australia has political incorrectness in all its forms! Never quite serious, these poems will have you searching your Aussie slang dictionary and relaxing with plenty of laughs. Show A Pollie's Progress to your Australian friends, then run!