In addition to having been the editor or assistant editor of several different e-zines, my book reviews appear at my blog Kevin’s Corner at http://kevintipplescorner.blogspot.com/ as well as at various other platforms online. I also am the book reviewer for the Texas edition of the newspaper "Senior News." My short fiction has appeared in magazines such as Lynx Eye, Starblade, Show and Tell, and The Writer's Post Journal among others and online at such places as Mouth Full Of Bullets, Crime And Suspense, Mysterical-e and others.
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Mind Slices: A Collection of New and Previously Published Stories
by Kevin Tipple
Mind Slices: A Collection of New and Previously Published Stories-- These sixteen scans and dissections of the author's brain reveal that he's afflicted with Genre Versatility, the work displaying his aptitude for fantasy, science fiction, mystery, suspense, and mainstream fiction, with some stories blending genres. The diagnosis? Your reading enjoyment.
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- Drop Dead Zone
on Nov. 05, 2011
Hawaii based private detective Val Lyon has been and done a lot of things in her life. One thing that links them all together is her need for adrenaline. Because of that, she is onboard a Cessna airplane preparing to make a parachute jump as this short story opens.
It is her first jump and she is plenty scared. Onboard the small aircraft with her is a cameraman named Justin, and two others, Art and Lori. While both are training instructors and in a romantic relationship, Art has been her instructor from the start. All that hard work is about to pay off as the four leave the safety of the airplane and begin their fall to earth. Not everyone lands via parachute. Suspicions are soon raised by some and with Val on that fatal flight; she has a very personal reason to investigate.
Nominated for a Derringer Award by the Short Mystery Fiction Society, this story was Val Lyon’s first published story according to the author note at the end. Originally published by Mystery Buff Magazine in 1998, it has recently been released again by Ilium Books. When it was made available for free for a limited time earlier this month, I took the opportunity to pick it up.
I wasn’t disappointed. It is a good one.
As I noted earlier in the month when I reviewed another Val Lyon short story titled “TEED OFF” Mark Troy and I became friends a number of years ago through a local writers group. He has been a huge help to me from a writing angle with my own work as well as personally. This story was published long before I joined the local group. Furthermore, I had never seen it before it appeared free making it available for me to read and review.
I have been writing stories and reviewing since 1998 and that means I have made quite a few friends along the way. I’m not stripping the work of friends from my TBR pile. But, I can and will tell you, the reader, of these relationships when they exist so you can decide whether or not to consider that sort of thing when you read my reviews.
Kevin R. Tipple © 2011
- Criminalities: Three Short Crime Stories and an Essay
on July 09, 2016
Criminalities: Three Short Crime Stories and an Essay begins with “Jewel of Denial.” The owners of the Forest Grove Inn, Lainie Truscott and Frank Truscott, were thrilled when the wealthy widow, Ramona Braithwaite came to stay with them. Mrs. Braithwaite was also quite pleased with her accommodations. That is until the Tuesday after Memorial Day when her diamond-and-ruby bracelet was discovered to be missing. She wasn’t the only one to suffer a loss of valuable belongings.
The local police were called in and could only conclude a thief came in the night. They had no idea who might have been the culprit and had no clues to pursue. Lainie Truscott has a suspect in mind. If she is right, fixing the problem could be a bit tricky in this tale originally published in the June 2005 issue of Mysterical-E.
The 2007 Derringer award winning best flash story, “The Vigilante,” published in the summer. 2006 issue comes next. Weissman isn’t impressed with the young skinhead’s theatrics. It is time to permanently educate the young punk.
Last fall, “Brianna’s Way” was published in the first issue of Flash Bang Mysteries and was one of two stories selected as the “Editor’s Choice.” The tale appears again here in this read. Mr. Rutledge’s ex-wife, Brianna, stands accused of murdering her second husband, Caleb Gillis. For her first husband, now a former detective, neither Brianna nor her lawyer, Hampton Conrad, are people he wants to deal with at all. But, as a matter of curiosity, he agrees to meet with Mr. Conrad just to see what the woman who destroyed his life might want now.
The author’s essay “Impossible Pleasures” brings the short read to a close. First published in Mysterical-E back in 2004 the revised and expanded version that appears here also ran in the May 4, 2013 issue of Kings River Life Magazine. The essay recounts how the author became a fan of the mystery genre especially in regards to “impossible crime” stories.
Those reading influences can be seen in the three short tales in this free book by way of Smashwords. Not only does the book give readers an idea regarding the book the author’s background, the read provides a small sample of the author’s award winning and otherwise work. Plenty of mystery and character development is at work in these tales. Criminalities: Three Short Crime Stories and an Essay is a highly entertaining fast read.
Criminalities: Three Short Crime Stories and an Essay
Free read was picked up by me to read and review.
Kevin R. Tipple ©2016
- The Boy Who Ate Rainbows
on Aug. 28, 2016
Christina and her friends like it when there is a summer shower followed by a rainbow. It is one of the things they love about summer. That was until one day when the rainbow slowly began to disappear as it vanished into the ground. The entire rainbow just kept going over until the other end of the rainbow disappeared.
Nobody has ever seen anything like it. None of the kids has any idea why it happened. Nor did the any of their adult family members. It would be awhile before they could talk to their teachers at school about it as that wouldn’t start until September.
The kids decided that when the next shower happened and the rainbow formed they would ride their bikes to where the rainbow was to find out what was going on. When that happened the kids jumped on their bikes. They rode and rode and eventually had to walk into some woods. The last bit of the rainbow led them to a clearing where they found The Boy Who Ate Rainbows.
They also learned his name is Duncan and a lot more in this cool tale for kids written by Barry Ergang. Originally written as a fourth birthday gift for the daughter of close friends, the read is a cool mystery fantasy that has a number of important teaching moments for children. Not only was the book a hit with a birthday girl, the read was a big hit with her fellow Montessori classmates. That led to four pictures by those students being included in this edition.
A short tale of understanding, compassion, and hope for the future, The Boy Who Ate Rainbows is a fun read for both kids and adults. While the original tale and artwork may be nearly 20 years old, the message contained in these 18 pages is universal and timeless.
The Boy Who Ate Rainbows
Barry Ergang provided me a PDF copy back in May with absolutely no expectations that I would review it.
Kevin R. Tipple ©2016