Karen Reckard


I love my full-time job as a financial analyst; but if you ask me what I do for a living, it's clear that I am most excited about being a part of the Staccato Publishing team.

I have learned so much about different writing styles and how to appreciate each of them. I have gotten to read work from up-and-coming authors and watched their successes. I still haven’t narrowed down my favorite genre, I just love them all.


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Smashwords book reviews by Karen Reckard

  • Missing Mandy on May 07, 2012

    Danny Deveroux escapes from his former life, and his ex wife, to the small town of Ankleton. Focused on his art and rebuilding himself, he calls a small cottage on the lake home. Danny quickly makes friends with the kind family across the lake, and they fill him in on many of the people around town. But Danny hasn’t asked them about the mystery girl he often sees near his home. His life in his peaceful home takes a turn towards the bizarre after she makes her first appearance. Danny starts hearing strange noises in the basement, to find no one and nothing out of place. Dreams so eerie he begins to question his decision to move here. And the inescapable, intermittent smell of oranges that sometimes has him sick to his stomach. As Danny starts to put the pieces together, he is shocked to learn the secrets of this small town. Missing Mandy was a brilliant little story which kept my curiosity throughout. Simon mixed a dash supernatural with a sprinkle of mystery and suspense all into a pleasant package. I thought the story was on the short side; maybe a couple uninterrupted hours for the average reader. With some good character development thorough edit for grammar, I think Simon could polish this story to excellence. If she felt compelled to, she could turn this into a great little miniseries focusing on Mandy and her new found abilities. Staff Reviewer - Staccato Publishing 3 1/2 Stars
  • Hunted on July 28, 2012

    Eh... It was a free read and since the kids are swimming and the husband napping I thought why not. I guess I should be in the lake with the kids instead. If you read between the lines, you can fill in the details the author clearly missed. Maybe make a game out of it.
  • The Drought on July 28, 2012

    Yes... A short story indeed. This was like overhearing two old men talk about that they did yesterday. Listening to them while on a train or bus, maybe even while waiting for the doctor.... Ugh!
  • Fearless on July 28, 2012

    Plain and simple... I LOVE THIS BOOK!!! It's like Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Monsters Inc. Abby and Demetrius are two totally lovable characters and Rains developed their relationship into something quite believable. Their adventures with Tawa, for whom I think is my favorite character, we're fun and entertaining for all ages. To the author: I fell onto this book while sitting on my deck at the cabin. The kids are swimming, the husband napping, the dog resting at my feet and nature surrounding me all around... I can't wait to read more from you in the future!
  • Chaste (a Short Story) on July 30, 2012

    It reminds us that we all need to be someone else for a day... A fun quick read!
  • I Confess on July 30, 2012

    Very sweet love story. It represents the fairy tale that every girl wants...
  • The Luck of the Irish (In Love) on July 30, 2012

    An entertaining short story that will put a smile on your face.
  • Radio sparx on July 30, 2012

    The whole time I was reading this I had a cliche radio DJ voice in my head... ugh - it wont go away! If that was what the author intended it was a success. Can't say much more for the book.
  • In The Company of Angels on July 30, 2012

    Awww is right... very emotional story and I liked it quite a lot. I plan to read some more shorts by this author.
  • Lost Opportunities on Aug. 01, 2012

    Very interesting story, one that we can all relate to, to some extent anyway.
  • Txt on Aug. 01, 2012

    Really good short thriller! Loved it!
  • At Long Last on Aug. 01, 2012

    Charming story. I enjoyed that it was presented in a way that love can happen anywhere and any point in your life.
  • Taxi (Book 1) on Aug. 02, 2012

    I enjoyed the story well enough, though the ending didn't seem to fit. The irony, if thats what it was intended to be, felt quite out of place.
  • Invocation on Aug. 02, 2012

    This story presents a typical infidelity and break-up; I am sure many readers have felt this characters pain to some extent. However, I didn’t find Colie’s heartbreak or the fact that her ex basically rubbed in her face entertaining at all. Powerful maybe, but I found it to be all too common and lacked the piece that draws the reader in.
  • Fire and Ice on Aug. 02, 2012

    Sweet short story. Simple with a happy ending. The author could have left out the last paragraph to keep the reader guessing...
  • Love those Apps! on Aug. 02, 2012

    Funny and slighly pitible :) And it's not a British thing either... I look down on a bus, train or plane too and blush when I get busted.
  • Soulmates and a Pot! on Aug. 02, 2012

    I liked the drawings..... the story not so much.
  • Climate Change on Aug. 02, 2012

    Refreshing read, none the less. I love the innocence of the main character. I hope my Jess (my 13 yr old daughter) can hold on to that virtuousness as long as possible.
  • Specificity on Aug. 02, 2012

    I liked the story and thought it was fun. The author should consider some basic grammar changes and structure adjustments. I would find replacements for all the times he used "said". Also, I read in the HTML format and I thought it was difficult to read.
  • Small Change on Aug. 02, 2012

    Was this fiction? I didn't get the point.