Ghosts on the Sand: and other Chilling Tales by Sandra Thompson #BookReview @ColoradoBrit

Cover: Ghosts on the Sand: and other Chilling Tales
by Sandra Thompson

 

I purchased this book (mobi format).

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)

Plot
(by Amazon)

Ghosts on the Sand is the first in a series of stories about a young girl coming to terms with a frightening and unwanted gift. She sees dead people! Her first terrifying experience takes place on a warm sunny day in Blackpool and opens the floodgates to a lifetime of premonitions and visitations. Guy at the Bar is the second story in the series and portrays a disturbing encounter which takes place in a quiet village on the banks of the river Swale. Does Sheila still see dead people? Sometimes! Does Sheila still have premonitions? Too often for comfort! The writer was born and raised in County Durham and North Yorkshire and most of her stories are based on real life experiences. Her life has been far from dull, and continues its colorful path as she prepares for retirement.

 

Genre(s): Books
> Ghost Fiction
> Single Authors Short Stories
> in Short Stories (Books)
Series: n.a.
File size: 127 pages
Release date: 2018-10-05

 

Teaser


“Sheila, what’s wrong? What is it?”

“This ribbon came form the little girl on the beach. She was real. It wasn’t a nightmare. It wasn’t sunstroke. Something bad happened, Mam – I’m scared.”


My Opinion

This book several paranormal short stories in various lengths.

With “Ghosts on the Sand: and other Chilling Tales”, Sandra Thompson has created a remarkable collection of short stories. If you have read “Dead of July” you will recognise Sheila in some of the stories. Each story drew me in, I got very close to the respective protagonist(s). Sandra Thompson skillfully combines the normal and the paranormal, presenting a slight chill as well as great turns in each of the memorable stories. I had a great time reading this collection; these are stories to read more than once.

This is a book for you if you like suspenseful paranormal stories.

Highly recommended!

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV First person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:  (decent)
Violence 😳  (one blow, several mentions, some detail)
Sexual content :mrgreen:  (mild kissing, mentions without detail)

 

About the author

Sandra was born in Bishop Auckland, County Durham in 1957. The first five years of her life were difficult because of her father who was an angry and abusive man. She would hide behind a chair, terrified as he delivered cruel beatings to her mother. They finally escaped with their lives, taking only the clothes they wore.

Sandra’s mother found work in a beautiful little village called Summerhouse, where they lived frugally, but happily for five years. In 1967 her mother re-married and they moved to North Yorkshire.

Sandra began writing at the young age of twelve and became quite the celebrity at Richmond High School for Girls where she shared her stories with her friends. She was encouraged many times to submit her short stories to magazines, but never did.

In 1977 Sandra married a British Soldier and thoroughly enjoyed the life of an Army Wife. The three years spent in Germany inspired her first novel ‘Dead of July’. Although this is a Ghost Story, it is strongly influenced by the character and humor of those people she met while living and working in Dortmund, Germany.

Sandra now lives in Colorado with her husband, and talented daughter.

Connect with the author:

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about “Ghosts on the Sand: and other Chilling Tales”?  Or – if you did not yet read “Ghosts on the Sand: and other Chilling Tales – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂


Review:  Dead of July by Sandra Thompson

10 Statements – Sandra Thompson

 

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Pemberley: The Next Generation (Longbourn, #11) by Margaret Lynette Sharp #BookReview @MargaretLynett1

Cover: Pemberley: The Next Generation
(Longbourn, #11)
by Margaret Lynette Sharp

The author sent me an ARC of this book (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Almost one and twenty years have passed since Elizabeth gave birth to her first child – a son, Fitzwilliam Edward Darcy. Since then, another child – a daughter, Juliette Elizabeth – has also entered the world, and has grown into a fine young lady. With her son’s birthday drawing nigh, the Mistress of Pemberley devises a plan to give the younger Fitzwilliam a day to remember.

Genre(s): Fan Fiction
Kindle eBooks
> Classic Short Stories
> Classic British & Irish Fiction
> 45-Minute Literature & Fiction Short Reads
Series: Longbourn, #11
Length: 25 pages
Release date: 2018-03-13

 

Teaser


Elizabeth thought this over for a few moments – her thoughts interrupted by the arrival of Juliette, who kissed her cheek. “I am glad to be home again, Mama,” she said in a half-whisper.

“It’s wonderful to have you here. I am sure your Papa misses you as much as I do,” added Elizabeth.


My Opinion

As this book is a work of fan fiction, it takes you back to the places and characters of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice”.

With “Pemberley: The Next Generation”, Margaret Lynette Sharp has created another nice piece of fan fiction. If you have read Pride and Prejudice” or even watched the remarkable TV mini series (1980), you recognize the world of Elizabeth Darcy, née Bennet. The Longbourn series is centred on Elizabeth, whose warmth and intelligence also made Pride and Prejudice” special. Her husband, Fitzwilliam Darcy, develops nicely – a tendency the readers could assume at the end of Pride and Prejudice”. It is a short read, taking you back to Pemberley to further extend your Pride and Prejudice and/or Longbourn/Pemberley experiences. Lady Catherine de Bourgh is not quite her usual traditional self, as we know her from our previous encounters be it in the book or in the already mentioned mini series. True to the title, there are some nice turns. Margaret Lynette Sharp again took up the hard challenge of writing fan fiction on a classic by Jane Austen, aptly enhancing the story without changing the characters’ ways. If you loved Pride and Prejudice, you will appreciate the additional stories this courageous author has to offer.

“Pemberley: The Next Generation” stays true to its title, it is indeed a lovely – and worthy – continuation of Elizabeth, Darcy, and their story.

This is a book for you if you like Pride and Prejudice”, fan fiction, classic reads, and classic reads’ aptly written fan fiction.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (3 stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)
Mood Hopeful, nostalgic
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:  (decent, no swearwords)
Violence :mrgreen:  (none)
Sexual content :mrgreen:  (none)

 

About the author

My name is Margaret Lynette Sharp, and I’m the wife of the creator of the Grand Organ in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House, Ronald Sharp B.E.M. I’m proud to say that I’ve won two literary awards – one each at the 2014 and 2015 Short Story Writing Competition held as part of the Hurstville (in suburban Sydney, Australia) Discovery Festival of Community Arts.
These stories have been published in prizewinners’ anthologies, ‘Write Out Loud’ and ‘The Art of Writing’.

My first venture into Jane Austen fan fiction resulted in the best-selling ‘Longbourn Revisited’.
Next came the well-reviewed title, ‘An Encounter at Longbourn’, followed by ‘A Party at Longbourn’, ‘And from Longbourn, A Wedding Comes,’ and ‘Much Ado at Longbourn’. Recently, these five stories were combined, forming the novel-length ‘From Longbourn, With Love’. To date, I have forty published eBooks, and some of these are also available as paperbacks.

I grew up in an inner city suburb of Sydney, moving to a pleasant, tree-filled outer suburb at the age of ten. Ron and I currently live in this same house, a small Federation brick and tile home.

I’m thankful that we live near a river that has a large, netted swimming baths. I love to swim, and I’ve been a member of the local swimming club for well over thirty years. Our little white rescue dog, Chicki, comes with me and waits patiently while I enjoy the water. Afterwards comes her reward – a walk beside the river, and a chance to play on a little, sandy beach. Who knows what doggy friends she’ll find there…

Connect with the author:

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you? What did you think about “Pemberley: The Next Generation”? Or – if you did not yet read “Pemberley: The Next Generation” – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

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Still Loved…Still Missed! by Mridula #BookReview

Cover: Still Loved…Still Missed!
by Mridula

The author sent me an ARC of this book (pdf format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)

Plot
(by Amazon)

“Still loved…Still missed! The myriad hues of souls” is a collection of 14 short stories and a poem. These stories span characters and emotional states with canny details that touch the depths of your soul. Picturing the complexities of love, misery and mystery, the stories try to gnaw your heart like never before.

• What does a flower teach us we often fail to see?

• “The belly is an ungrateful wretch.” Is it true?

• Ever wondered about the sparseness and illusions in life?

• Does death put an end to true love?

• Have all the ascetics won over their emotions?

With the power of simple language, this book transports the readers to a world scarcely thought of in our bustling lives. The allegories maintain an intense rhythm of life prompting the readers to perceive things from a unique angle.

“A whole bookful to make you think, cry, think again and move on.”

 

Genre(s): Books
> Literature & Fiction > Short Stories
Series: n.a.
File size: 78 pages
Release date: 2019-03-07

 

Teaser


“The passing is technically brief. But, once you enter, it appears lengthy, sometimes unduly long that you may think there is no going back. You may feel crippled to move forward, and you may opt to become a part of the passing. You may start accomodating everything into your ‘self’, and in that process, you may forget your very objective…”


My Opinion

This book offers you fourteen short stories and a poem.

With “Still Loved…Still Missed! : The Myriad Hues of Souls”, Mridula has created a collection of short stories and a poem on love and loss. Each story is told from a distance, from an angle that triggers emotions, pain, and that can even be healing. Mridula presents memorable stories which are intriguing and offer food for thought at the same time. The stories may be sad, and even make you cry – but they give you the opportunity to reconsider your usual take on things.

This is a book for you if you like another take on loss, on life, and if you appreciate food for thought.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Mood Sombre
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:  (decent)
Violence :mrgreen:  (n.a.)
Sexual content :mrgreen:  (n.a.)

 

About the author

Mridula enjoys reading and writing short stories on subtle feelings. She was bestowed with the Most Popular Writer Award by the short story publisher Your Story Club in 2012. She is a nemophilist (A haunter of the woods) and possesses a doctorate in agricultural sciences. She works as a government official and lives with her family in Kerala. She can be reached at the email – trailblazer11.22.44@gmail.com

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Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about “Still Loved…Still Missed!”?  Or – if you did not yet read Still Loved…Still Missed!” – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

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News Comes to Pemberley (Longbourn, #10) by Margaret Lynette Sharp #BookReview @MargaretLynett1

Cover: News Comes to Pemberley
(Longbourn, #10)
by Margaret Lynette Sharp

The author sent me an ARC of this book (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)

Plot
(by Goodreads)

How do the Darcys and Lady Catherine de Bourgh react to the steady stream of shocking allegations concerning Her Ladyship’s fiancé, Hubert, as revealed by the letters arriving almost daily at Pemberley House? Will the heavily pregnant Elizabeth give birth to a healthy baby? Is happiness in store for our favourite couple?

Genre(s): Fan Fiction
Kindle eBooks
> 30-Minute Romance Short Reads
> Classic Short Stories
> Classic Romance Fiction
Series: Longbourn, #10
Length: 15 pages
Release date: 2018-02-21

 

Teaser


Elizabeth shook her head, smiling a little as she said in the gentlest of accents, “I can only conclude that, somehow, Hubert de Bourgh has managed to win the heart of Lady Catherine. It would seem to me that this is a feat that must have taken more than mere good manners and flattering words.”


My Opinion

As this book is a work of fan fiction, it takes you back to the places and characters of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice”.

With “News Comes to Pemberley”, Margaret Lynette Sharp has created another nice piece of fan fiction. If you have read Pride and Prejudice” or even watched the remarkable TV mini series (1980), you recognize the world of Elizabeth Darcy, née Bennet. The Longbourn series is centred on Elizabeth, whose warmth and intelligence also made Pride and Prejudice” special. Her husband, Fitzwilliam Darcy, develops nicely – a tendency the readers could assume at the end of Pride and Prejudice”. It is a short read, taking you back to Pemberley to further extend your Pride and Prejudice and/or Longbourn/Pemberley experiences. Lady Catherine de Bourgh is not quite her usual traditional self, as we know her from our previous encounters be it in the book or in the already mentioned mini series. True to the title, there are some nice turns. Margaret Lynette Sharp again took up the hard challenge of writing fan fiction on a classic by Jane Austen, aptly enhancing the story without changing the characters’ ways. If you loved Pride and Prejudice, you will appreciate the additional stories this courageous author has to offer.

This is a book for you if you like Pride and Prejudice”, fan fiction, classic reads, and classic reads’ aptly written fan fiction.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (3 stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)
Mood Hopeful, nostalgic
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:  (decent, no swearwords)
Violence :mrgreen:  (none)
Sexual content :mrgreen:  (none)

 

About the author

My name is Margaret Lynette Sharp, and I’m the wife of the creator of the Grand Organ in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House, Ronald Sharp B.E.M. I’m proud to say that I’ve won two literary awards – one each at the 2014 and 2015 Short Story Writing Competition held as part of the Hurstville (in suburban Sydney, Australia) Discovery Festival of Community Arts.
These stories have been published in prizewinners’ anthologies, ‘Write Out Loud’ and ‘The Art of Writing’.

My first venture into Jane Austen fan fiction resulted in the best-selling ‘Longbourn Revisited’.
Next came the well-reviewed title, ‘An Encounter at Longbourn’, followed by ‘A Party at Longbourn’, ‘And from Longbourn, A Wedding Comes,’ and ‘Much Ado at Longbourn’. Recently, these five stories were combined, forming the novel-length ‘From Longbourn, With Love’. To date, I have forty published eBooks, and some of these are also available as paperbacks.

I grew up in an inner city suburb of Sydney, moving to a pleasant, tree-filled outer suburb at the age of ten. Ron and I currently live in this same house, a small Federation brick and tile home.

I’m thankful that we live near a river that has a large, netted swimming baths. I love to swim, and I’ve been a member of the local swimming club for well over thirty years. Our little white rescue dog, Chicki, comes with me and waits patiently while I enjoy the water. Afterwards comes her reward – a walk beside the river, and a chance to play on a little, sandy beach. Who knows what doggy friends she’ll find there…

Connect with the author:

Buy links:  books2read.com/u/49Wk7W

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you? What did you think about “News Comes to Pemberley”? Or – if you did not yet read “News Comes to Pemberley” – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

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Treading the Uneven Road by L. M. Brown #RBRT #BookReview @lornakvaternikb

Cover: Treading the Uneven Road
by L. M. Brown

The author sent me an ARC of this book (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review (member of Rosie’s Book Review Team).

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)

Plot
(by Amazon)

The stories in this linked collection are set in a small village in the Northwest of Ireland in the early 1980’s and 90’s. A by-pass around the village has rid them of their once busy traffic. The residents feel forgotten by the world. The need to reach out and be heard is explored in every story, from the young woman who starts to have phone conversations with her husband’s gay lover, to the dyslexic man who confronts his cruel teacher years later.

The collection is not only about the characters need for salvation but it is about a society that is unraveling. In Amends, we hear about the Bishop who has fathered a child. A priest is beckoned by a dying man to be mocked. The world inside and outside the village is changing. In every story the characters need to make a choice on how they might carry on.

 

Genre(s): Books
> Short Stories
> Literary Fiction
Series: n.a.
File size: 208 pages
Release date: >>> 2019-03-15 <<<

 

Teaser


“You must know,” she said. The words were more like an exhale. She hadn’t made a conscious decision to speak them. He seemed to understand. He was looking kindly at her when he shook his head. She thought it was a stupid thing for her to say. Of all people she knew that it was impossible to know everything about a person.

“If you need other references I can give you the number of a woman rom the area. Faith Wheeler, she runs the café in the village. She’s known me for years. You could call her but I’d prefer if no one knew where I was.”

The bag was on his knees and he seemed to hug it close to him.


My Opinion

This book offers you nine interwoven short stories.

With “Treading the Uneven Road”, L. M. Brown has created a collection of interwoven short stories with incredibly authentic characters. Each story kept me very close to the protagonists, taking me back to that time and region. L. M. Brown presents nine well-elaborated stories which are intriguing and offer food for thought at the same time; even if you do not know the Northwest of Ireland at that time you will get a good idea about it. The protagonists are believable, complemented by the aptly written stories. There are some insights into the human behaviour that will make you wonder. It is a pretty absorbing read with authentic characters, interesting turns, and a good flow.

This is a book for you if you like intriguing contemporary fiction, believable characters, and food for thought.

Recommended.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:  (some mild swearwords spread sparsely)
Violence :mrgreen:  (harmless enough)
Sexual content :mrgreen: – 😳  (several mentions)

 

About the author

L.M Brown grew up in Ireland but now resides in Massachusetts with her husband and three daughters. She has a master’s in Creative Writing from Emerson College and is the author of the novel Debris. Her stories have been published in over a dozen literary magazines.

Connect with the author:

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about “Treading the Uneven Road”?  Or – if you did not yet read Treading the Uneven Road” – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

Karen_RBRT

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