S.M. Boyce


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A Life For Sale: a short poem
Price: Free! Words: 1,030. Language: English. Published: October 23, 2015. Categories: Poetry » Spiritual
(5.00 from 1 review)
“A Life For Sale” is a dark and moving poem about a woman with a final, mournful wish for the living, told through the guise of an estate sale. A special link to a recording of the author reading this poem is available in the back of this short eBook.

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Smashwords book reviews by S.M. Boyce

  • Five on April 30, 2012

    THE SHORT VERSION I fully admit that I stayed up until 6 a.m. reading the last 60% of this book. I tore through it quickly, in only two days, so it’s a fast and light read. Five has humor, spunk, and a thrilling imagination to it. Bits of the story were left unraveled at the end…bits that could have used explaining…but since it’s the first in a series, I’d imagine we find that out later. While our main character’s spunk made me love her, her resolve can be shaky and she occasionally acted in ways I thought were out of character. However, this book is full of sarcasm, quips, sexy men, and a political power play that adds an intriguing twist. THE DETAILS I’m honestly not entirely sure where to start with Five. The Story itself is interesting because Rich has woven together two distinct worlds: ours, and the magical, hidden realm of Faeresia. While I’m not personally a huge fan of the name, her descriptions were delightful and imaginative and her creatures were vivid and real. Our MC, Rayla, is a sassy girl that runs away from home to persue her dreams. She wants to be an artist, and she’s actually really good. Her future is everything to her, and no one is going to take that from her. Well, that is, until several beautiful men start courting her. And by courting, I mean they’re trying to kidnap her in the night because they’re actually magical beings called fae, and she’s the key to making them more powerful. Unstoppable, actually. Scary. Too bad they’re all drop-dead gorgeous. That’s a little distracting. So the characters are pretty well done. Though the men were initially a little bit stereotypical (“latin lover” and “jungle warrior”), they are unique and their personalities develop over the course of the book. Rayla and her best friend, Cassie, are a hoot. There’s a ton of snark and humor that kept me glued to their development, and I loved the side stories that played within the book. The villains are, on the whole, also unique. And, damn it, they’re sexy too. There’s an entire political undertone to Five that makes it more than chick lit and team-whoever reading. We discover why Rayla’s being pursued, and why she’s unique to anyone else that has also had to endure this strange courting process. We learn how some of the men want to use her, and we’re constantly wondering if any of them actually care. I started to lose a little of my fervor when Rayla actually discovers a bit of the fae world for herself (I don’t consider that a spoiler, because it’s vague and come on, you knew it was going to happen). Point is, things felt like they were unraveling. All this choice she was given throughout the story suddenly doesn’t matter, and as much as she fights everything, no one listens. For someone so powerful, she becomes weak. The pacing was pretty good, and any editing issues were minor and mostly unnoticeable while reading. The voice itself was strong and vivid on the whole, with just a few dramatic or flowery bits, and I just loved the imagination of the fae world, the trolls, and the magical beings. Styx is probably my favorite creature, and Zach my favorite character. The ending was slightly off, though, and I’m not wholly sure why. I can’t really discuss it without spoilers, so I reserved those for the toggle below. But in general terms, it left me a tad confused. Granted, this is part of a series, and you can thankfully dive right into the sequel since it’s available now. But in terms of Five as its own book, there could have been more resolution. Rayla, who previously was hell-bent in her conviction, had what I thought was a sudden change of heart that really made no sense to me. I did stay up until 6 a.m. reading it, so I dunno. Maybe I was delusional and sleep deprived, but even as I reflect on it today, I wanted more answers to wrap up the first book before we dive into the new tension introduced at the end to start off book 2. A few nitpicking details aside, this is a good book. I mean, 4 stars and all. There were some plot developments that confused me, or led me astray in a way that was never explained or corrected. But there were several more moments where I laughed out loud, and the characters Rich builds are fun and very sexy. If you’re a fan of a bit of sexual tension, power plays, self discovery, and a look into the magical, I think you’ll enjoy this.
  • From Where I Stand on Dec. 29, 2012

    THE SHORT VERSION From Where I Stand is full of poetry that lingers. The emotion is real. There is a truth in these poems that lets you know you’re not alone in feeling a certain way, and that in unto itself made me smile. THE DETAILS Zimmermann’s poetry touches on everything from the everyday joys of nature to the heartbreaking grief of seeing someone you love in a casket. The range of emotion is a journey, and I’m fairly certain you’ll want to reread several of these poems. That’s the beauty though—you can, and they don’t get old. Considering the raw nature of some of the content, it’s refreshing to see a poet be so brutally honest and open with his readers. For instance, a few of the poems focus on Zimmermann’s fear of becoming like his father, who left early on in the poet’s life. The emotional scars are revealed in subtle ways as the poetry progresses, and never preaches. I never felt as though I was invading anyone’s life, but I did understand. Bottom line—Rob has a powerful voice that bleeds through the page and hooks you from the very start. His work made me start reading poetry again.
  • Winter's Homecoming and Other Poems on Feb. 09, 2013

    SHORT VERSION Winter’s Homecoming is a short collection of poems by Robert Zimmermann to tide us over from his previous collection, From Where I Stand, while he writes more poetry. It’s a fast read, but you’ll more than likely want to reread at least one of these poems once you finish. THE DETAILS You can read through these poems in about ten or fifteen minutes—it’s a really short read. But what I liked best about this collection was that I wanted to go back and reread a couple of them. Namely, Cutting a New Course and The Boarder. The theme of this collection seems to be “snippets of life.” Each poem is a snapshot of a moment in time, complete with vivid imagery or carefully chosen repetition to entice us. Poetry fans will no doubt enjoy this collection, and I think it’s a pretty good teaser collection for those who haven’t yet read Zimmermann’s From Where I Stand. I recommend both. Enjoy.
  • I Would on Feb. 19, 2013

    The Short Version I Would, by Robert Zimmermann, is a poem full of longing and loss. It's a short read—just one poem—but I really enjoyed it. It's the sort of poem you reread, and one I suspect will develop new meaning as you experience new adventures and heartache through life. The Details The poem's basic storyline follows the narrator, who is explaining how much he misses someone. It's built in a way that can lend itself to nearly any close relationship, which I liked. It can have multiple meanings depending on your current walk of life. This is a sad piece that I reread to fully appreciate, and I can definitely empathize with the sense of emptiness the poem creates. It becomes more powerful with each read, which I always admire in a poem. I don’t want to give away too much more, but here's the bottom line: I really enjoyed this poem. I hope you give it a read and maybe a reread, too, because I like to think you'll enjoy it as well. The Disclaimer I received an ARC from the author for an honest review. 4.5 star rating.
  • Breakfast In Bed on Feb. 28, 2013

    Breakfast in Bed is a fast but fun read that has the perfect blend of sexy and sweet. It’s well worth the few cents to buy it. I particularly liked the narrator’s voice. Despite the fact that it’s labeled as erotica, there is a backstory to the lustful elements that makes you smile. It’s only 600 words so I can’t really say much more without spoiling it, but I CAN say that this comes highly recommended.