Lana Axe lives in the Missouri countryside surrounded by dogs, cats, birds and reptiles. She spends most of her free time daydreaming about elves, magic, and far-away lands.
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It's October, but summer doesn't seem to be giving way to fall. This short story recounts the happenings of a less than ordinary October day.
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Smashwords book reviews by Lana Axe
- Stone and the Flower Dragon
on Aug. 15, 2013
This is fantastic. In a few short pages, the author manages to evoke an emotional response. Not only does it warn against the destruction of the natural world, it also warns against the apathy of mankind.This is beautifully written and leaves the reader hungry for more.
- Peter: A Darkened Fairytale
on Aug. 16, 2013
Peter is an average boy until he arrives in a land of fantasy. He enters a magical world where adventure and many surprises await. This story reminds me of Alice in Wonderland, only with some darker elements. This land, however, is quite unique, and Peter's adventures kept me guessing throughout the story.
There are many unique and unexpected characters within these pages. My personal favorite was Hally, who had me laughing aloud as I read. In fact, for over half of this story, I was reading with a silly grin on my face and not caring who happened to see me. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this story and was sad but fulfilled when it came to an end.
This story is charming without being cute. There are many twists and turns that keep a reader intrigued and wanting to know more. Believe me, this is a hard book to put down! There are many fresh ideas presented within this tale, and it is a true pleasure to read. I highly recommend this story to anyone who enjoys reading at all.
- A Short Story from the N'Loron Universe #1
on Aug. 26, 2013
This is a very well written short story that grabs the reader's attention almost instantly. Athena has come to check on the Amazons, and she is not pleased by what she finds. Though this is a short story, it makes a big impact. Well done!
on May 17, 2014
Though this story is very short, it hooked me fast and held my attention. The main characters, Catlin and Florian are players of the game Dragonfire. It is not your average game, though. Players are immersed in this fantasy world which can have consequences in the real world as well.
Catlin's character spoke strongly to me. Not that I would go to the lengths she does, but I do understand that urge to retreat into a fantasy game world. To me, it's an escape and a fun pastime, to Catlin, it's an obsession. I've never quite been in her shoes, but I know people who have had trouble coping with real life after becoming too attached to MMO's. Her character came across as true to life.
The descriptions and writing in this story are top notch. I felt fully immersed in the story, and I got a good look at the characters despite the short length. I was completely surprised at the ending, as I was expecting something different. I won't spoil it, but I will say it is a nice, unexpected twist.
I was given a free copy in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
- Memoirs of a Girl Who Loves God
on March 14, 2016
Young Krystal is only fourteen and dealing with some pretty typical teenage issues. I'm sure we can all remember how hard it was to be a teen, and young adult readers will find a character they can relate to. She is deeply emotional, and the writing to develop her character is top-notch. Every aspect of Krystal is believable, even that she resorts to self harm. This is a widely misunderstood topic, and I had wondered myself at the mindset of a person who could perform such acts. Now I have a better understanding. I would highly recommend this story to a parent whose child has begun exhibiting this behavior.
The religious aspects of the story are woven throughout, but certainly aren't mean to convert anyway to a particular faith. Rather, they illustrate the powers of faith and its profound effect on Krystal's life. It serves to otherwise lighten the load of a teen who has a lot on her plate. Well done.
I received a free copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
- The Red Claw
on April 24, 2016
Xander is a special agent working for an organization known as Catomondo. As a Purrtector, he is called to action whenever the need arises, and his exploits are legendary. Inhibited only by the restraints of his humans and their boat, he is only able to travel where they go. That makes his job more difficult when he's summoned to investigate a catnapping in Jamaica. He has to put all his feline skills to the test to reach his destination and get to the bottom of Esmeralda's disappearance.
I loved the addition of cat lingo in the story (purrtectors, whispurring, purrsonal, etc). The author has done a fantastic job of portraying the feline mindset as well as describing his feline quirks and movements. His disdain for dogs brought amusement to the story, and his sidekick Sharkey was a great addition. Both characters have led interesting lives, and they are presented in a well-rounded fashion.
It was loads of fun to read the emails between the cats. If you've ever wondered what cats might message to each other, this is certainly the book for you! My favorite scene had to be the "fish cleaning". It had me grinning ear to ear. An excellent story, and highly recommended for anyone who would like to experience the world through the eyes of a cat.