#BookReview for It Will Be Quick by Karl Drinkwater


My review for It Will Be Quick by Karl Drinkwater, 5/5 stars. It also earns a Pink Quill Book Pick badge (click here for more information.)

Where do I start with this review? I love Drinkwater’s books, I’ve read all of them so far, and each one remains in my mind for a long time after. It Will Be Quick is no different. This collection of short stories held me spellbound, each one cleverly crafted and so well written you feel like you’ve read an entire novel in just a few pages.

It’s not easy to create characters and situations in short stories that capture the reader, but Drinkwater has achieved this and much more. You’re desperate to know what happens to the two strangers stranded on a rocky island in the middle of the ocean, fighting for their lives as hours, then days, pass; your heart aches for the little boy who sacrifices everything for an undeserving mother; you are with a mother as she gives birth, so incredibly written that you’re left stunned at the end; and a story from an era of thousands of years ago, sad, poignant, and frighteningly real, will remain with you for a long time.

These are just some of the stories. There are many more, such as the old man shunned by a society that only listens to money, a woman who finds a computer game gives a much-needed edge to her life, a man whose cycling holiday takes a bizarre turn, and then there is the stunning ‘Miasma’, which you have to read for yourself.

Once again Drinkwater has surpassed himself, proving that anything he writes is a must-read. As with all his books, I highly recommend It Will Be Quick.

Paperback links:
https://www.amazon.com/Will-Be-Quick-Karl-Drinkwater/dp/1911278177/
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Will-Be-Quick-Karl-Drinkwater/dp/1911278177/

Ebook coming soon!

#BookReview for Stickychuck by Brian O’Gorman

My review for Stickychuck by Brian O’Gorman, 5/5 stars.

I love this author’s books, from Dawn of the Spiders to The Roland Sink Hour (a definite must-read), and couldn’t wait to read this collection of short stories.

I wasn’t disappointed. I have no idea what goes on in this man’s head, but whatever it is, it’s scary! It’s not only the stories themselves, it’s the way he creates such realistic characters. Brian O’Gorman has a talent similar to Stephen King’s for creating people you feel like you’ve known all your life. You invest time and emotions into getting to know these people, which makes their fates even more painful to read!

There’s a great selection of short stories, some mere pages, others much longer, some downright creepy, others that will make you think. My favourite is Diabolus Vanitas, it has a completely unexpected ending! Stickychuck, the story that gives the book its title, is one of those twisted tales that make you wonder how the author came up with it!

There are 14 short stories to freak you out, scare you, or show you the dark side of humanity, from a spider that won’t die to a wall that won’t let you leave town, and a chocolate-flavoured salad that’s too good to be true! A great collection that I highly recommend!

https://www.amazon.com/Stickychuck-Short-Story-Collection-English-ebook/dp/B08FJGT435

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Stickychuck-Short-Story-Collection-English-ebook/dp/B08FJGT435

#BookReview for The Black Fire Chronicles: One Magical Day by Kim Rigby, and Amélie by Lisa Hofmann

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My review for The Black Fire Chronicles: One Magical Day (Prologue) by Kim Rigby, 5/5 stars.

What a great addition to the Black Fire Chronicles! The author takes us back to the magical day when Andrew and Ralph meet for the first time, but there’s a dark entity out to stop this ever happening.

We get to see more of Andrew’s parents, and Dorothy and the hare pop up too in this exciting prequel to the series. With plenty of action and some insights to the rest of the series, it’s a great read for children and adults alike. Highly recommend.

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My review for Amélie by Lisa Hofmann, 5/5 stars.

What I love about Lisa Hofmann’s short stories is that you are drawn into the story straight away, as if you’ve been a part of the story from the beginning.

I could picture the castle, feel the terror of the siege, the desperation of the people, and sympathise with Amélie’s distress at having to leave her sick mother.

With a touch of magic and a promise of love, this short story will remain with you for a long time after reading it. Highly recommend.

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Free children’s books!

A few days ago, Sarah Northwood and I launched our new book, Unicorns, Mermaids, and Magical Tales, and were delighted to hit the number one spot in the UK and US! Our website is getting visitors every day too, and many people have already downloaded the free activities for kids.

We’re both mums, and we know how difficult it is to keep kids entertained in normal times, let alone now, so we decided to make our book free for 3 days! With magical poems and short stories, it will (hopefully) keep them quiet for a while!

You can download it here:

getbook.at/MagicalTales

I’ve also put Adventure in Malasorte Castle free, and Dreamland is only 99c/99p. Enjoy!

You can download them here:

getbook.at/MalasorteCastle

books2read.com/Dreamlands

 

#CoverReveal for Unicorns, Mermaids, and Magical Tales by Sarah Northwood and Julia E. Clements

Some time last year, my wonderful friend Sarah Northwood and I began talking about writing a children’s book together. Sarah’s children’s books are for young children to YA, while I write middle-grade books under the pen name Julia E. Clements.

One of the things we have in common is our love for all things magical. Unicorns, dragons, witches, anything and everything goes! Which is why we created a Facebook book a few months ago, called Magical Creatures and Enchanted Forests.

Sarah is also a talented poet, so we decided to put our skills together, and our book, Unicorns, Mermaids, and Magical Tales, was born. The result is a delightful mixture of magical short stories and poems with gorgeous illustrations by Sarah’s daughter Abigail. My son Francesco created the cover, and we think he’s done a fantastic job!

First, the blurb:

Step into a world of enchanted forests and magical creatures, where every page takes the reader on a wondrous journey.

Incredible realms await, with unicorns, fairies, mermaids, and dragons, and so much more. Together with beautiful illustrations, this collection of short stories and poems will capture the hearts of children of all ages and transport them on a magical adventure.

 A fairy stuck in a wishing well. A mermaid who can’t swim. A girl who doesn’t know she’s a witch. A mystical portal that leads to another land. These are just some of the enchanting tales that will spark every child’s imagination.

And finally, the covers, both for the ebook and paperback:

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#BookReview for The Bus Ride: A Zany Busnapping Adventure by Joanie Chevalier

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My review for The Bus Ride: A Zany Busnapping Adventure by Joanie Chevalier, 5/5 stars. It also earns a Pink Quill Book Pick badge (click here for more information.)

What a wonderfully funny, quirky, sometimes sad, often laugh-out-loud novella. Just the idea of someone carrying out a busnapping is enough to make you pick it up, and the promise is fulfilled with the characters the author has created. People from all walks of life, easily relatable, immediately endearing, they add a rich depth to the story.

Each character is given a nickname, and his or her background is slowly revealed as the story develops. What could have been a macabre tale is instead full of emotion, wit, heartache and joy, as the reader is pulled into the characters’ lives, travelling alongside them on their journey of self-discovery.

A well-written novella whose characters will remain with you long after you finish reading it. Highly recommend!

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#BookReview for Terror Bites by Emma Pullar and others

My review for Terror Bites: A Collection of Horror Stories by Emma Pullar and others, 5/5 stars.

A great collection of short horror stories you can dip into whenever you want. Some are creepy, some are gory, and there’s something for everyone who loves horror.

It’s not easy to create a short story that pulls you in and keeps you reading, but these authors have managed to do that!

And even better, proceeds go to a cancer charity – so you get a great read and help donate money to a good cause at the same time.

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