Welcome to the second of the Cafe and Bookstore updates this week and the first author with a recent review is Vashti Quiroz-Vega with her latest release – a short story – Memoir of a Mad Woman.
About the book
A novelette from the award-winning author of The Fall of Lilith and Son of the Serpent, Vashti Quiroz-Vega.
Who can explain how madness begins?
This is the story of Emma. Reared by a religious fanatic, orphaned at a young age and sent to a mental institution and an orphanage. Molested and betrayed by the people who should be watching over her…
Who can say that madness has no logic?
During a fight, Emma’s best friend punched her in the abdomen. Since then, Emma has believed there’s something damaged inside of her.
Every month… she bleeds. She tries to fight it all her life, but the pain and the blood return twenty-eight days later… and the cycle begins again.
But Emma, even in her madness, knows how to take care of herself.
She knows how to make things right…
You may not agree… But, who can reason with insanity?
Read this tragic but fascinating tale and traverse the labyrinthine passages of madness.
One of the recent reviews for the book
JKS Disturbing but well-written March 17, 2019
This short story takes the reader on a journey to the dark side. The place inside a mind that had suffered abuse beyond imagination and how she fought back. This author made me care about the character despite her horrible deeds. The abuse started when she was a young child and even though the author never came out and said it, it was known that this child killed and burned her mother. And, felt no remorse. This carried on through the horrible abuse that was inflicted upon Emma and how she exacted revenge.
This is a well-written story that can be read in less than an hour. It draws you in and makes you feel as if you are there watching the events unfold. You want to scream for justice for her, but justice doesn’t come until she makes it happen. I highly recommend this short story! Be prepared for a chilling read!
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Also by Vashti Quiroz-Vega
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and on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Vashti-Quiroz-Vega/e/B00GTXG5W4
Connect to Vashti via her website/Blog: https://vashtiqvega.wordpress.com/
The next book with a recent review the novella Swimming for Profit and Pleasure (The Port Naain Intelligencer) by Jim Webster.
About the novella
Benor learns a new trade, joins the second hand book trade, attempts to rescue a friend and awakens a terror from the deep. Meddling in the affairs of mages is unwise, even if they have been assumed to be dead for centuries.
One of the recent reviews for Swimming for Profit and Pleasure
Robbie Cheadle An interesting and action packed short novella March 22, 2019
I am a fan of Jim Webster’s as I really enjoy his very British humour. In this action packed tale, Benor Dorfinngil is the main character and has a thrilling adventure when he is hired to do some diving by the mysterious and wealthy Westfran family who live in the more rural village of Stone Harbour. We are introduced to the family through Benor’s friend, poet Tallis Steelyard, who was invited to attend one of their soirees and who made it his business to escape from their house as quickly as possible. There do not appear to be any menfolk in the family and the women are all aloof and have a stiff and unyielding way of walking and holding themselves. It is all rather strange.
Benor becomes involved with the family after he takes a job working in a book shop and purchases an interesting box of books, including a 500 year old book written by an ancestor of the Westfran family. It soon becomes apparent that this book holds family secrets and the Westfran women will stop at nothing to get it back.
What has happened to Benor’s friend, Timms, the previous diver hired by the Westfrans and who has suddenly disappeared? What secrets do the harbour hold that it attracts such an unusually high number of male squid and why do the Westfran women all look so similar? Find out by reading this interesting and well written novella.
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A selection of other books by Jim Webster
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And Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Jim-Webster/e/B009UT450I/
Read more reviews and follow Jim on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/22998.Jim_Webster
Connect to Jim via his Blog: http://jandbvwebster.wordpress.com/
And finally today I would like to share a recent review for one of my short story collections – What’s in a Name? Volume Two which I was obviously delighted to receive.
About the collection
Our legacy is not always about money or fame, but rather in the way that people remember our name after we have gone. In these sixteen short stories we discover the reasons why special men and women will stay in the hearts and minds of those who have met them. Romance, revenge and sacrifice all play their part in the lives of these characters.
Kenneth watches the love of his life dance on New Year’s Eve while Lily plants very special flowers every spring for her father. Martha helps out a work colleague as Norman steps back out into the world to make a difference. Owen brings light into a house and Patrick risks his life in the skies over Britain and holds back from telling a beautiful redhead that he loves her.
Meet Queenie and Rosemary who have both lost their husbands and must face a very different future. One that will take courage and the use of new technology.
Sonia is an entitled princess whose father has reached the end of his tether and Theresa has to deal with a bully in the checkout. Usher is an arrogant narcissist with a docile wife and is used to getting his own way and Vanessa worries about the future of her relationship with her teenage son.
Walter is a loner and is happy with just his dog for company, Xenia is the long awaited first baby of a young couple. Yves is a dashing romeo who has the tables turned on him unexpectedly and Zoe… Well she can see into the future.
In one way or another all these characters will be remembered by those whose lives they have touched
The recent review for the collection.
Sometimes the second book in a series or multi-volume collection of short stories doesn’t live up to the first. I can say with certainty that’s not the case with volume 2 of ‘What’s in a Name?’ by Sally Cronin. In this collection of stories of life and romance, following names that start with the letters K through Z, Cronin delivers a plethora of immersive, delightful, and intense characters.
I truly don’t know how she manages to pack such distinct and complex drama in a story that’s usually under ten pages. From the first few lines to the closing words, I was drawn in by each of the tales in this collection. There is something about the power an author chooses in certain words which helps create the proper ambiance for a setting, draw out the intrigue in the plot, and ignite a reader’s passions.
From the descriptions to the connections between a few of the stories (not in terms of characters but themes and approaches to decisions), Cronin provides us with a bevy of situations to consider… how would we react if such a problem found its way into our lives? Would we get revenge? What kind of sacrifices could we live with? What does love mean when it comes with strings?
I highly recommend both collections, as you’ll see some growth and evolution from volume one to two. Now I’ll have to look over her canon of other books to see what might be something else I want to read.
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A selection of my books in E-Version
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I hope that you are leaving with a book or two.. thanks Sally.
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