Alicia Day by Marcia Carrington

 

I bought this short story (mobi format) from Amazon.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Naïve Alicia marries the man of her dreams, and high school sweetheart, Armand Day, but their marriage is filled with nothing but negative experiences and horror, until one day Alicia makes a life-changing decision which will stay with her as long as she lives.

Genre(s): Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Suspense > Psychological
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thrillers & Suspense > Psychological Thrillers
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thrillers
Series: n.a.
Length: 2,800 words (approximately)
Release date: 2017-03-24

 

Teaser


“As soon as you put that huge diamond ring on my finger in the church, things changed forever. After being your darling from high school and up until our wedding the compliments suddenly ended. Instead of darling you now called me your bitch, your …”


My Opinion

Alicia Day married her high school sweetheart – bad choice.

With Alicia Day, Marcia Carrington has created an intriguing short psychological thriller. It is a story that can be perfect in only two possible lengths: as short as this one – or with at least 500 pages. Marcia Carrington portrays young widow Alicia Day, carefully revealing what has happened in the past. The story is nicely elaborated and has a really good flow; it leaves sufficient room for your imagination. I highly enjoyed reading this story, did not miss further explanations.

This is a book for you if you like short stories with a psychological thrill.

Recommended!

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen: – 😳
Violence 😳
Sexual content 😳 – 😡

 

About the author

Marcia Carrington writes about the human condition, exploring what makes people tick, but in an upbeat and optimistic tone. She is an interested observer of popular culture, and fan of cinema from all eras and countries, especially from the 1930-1970s. Marcia is also a long-time soap opera viewer, watching daytime, and night time serials from a very young age.

Marcia is also a food connoisseur, with a particular love of chocolate, and coffee. The morning coffee has always been a staple for Marcia, and something which she cannot do without. There is just something about the fresh aroma of coffee early in the morning, and anytime for that fact, which proves irresistible to her.

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 Alicia Day?  Or – if you did not yet read Alicia Day – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

Peace, coffee, and a cheesecake, my friends.

 

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New Release: ALICIA DAY

Dear friends and readers,
please note Marcia Carrington’s new short story!

Marcia's Book Talk

My new suspense-thriller short story ALICIA DAY is now available to readers.

ALICIA DAY by Marcia Carrington

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ALICIA DAY can be found on:

AMAZON

SMASHWORDS

BARNES AND NOBLE

I-TUNES

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The Reading Group: December (The Reading Group, #1) by Della Parker

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I downloaded this ‘festive FREE short story’ (mobi format) from Amazon.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Meet the Reading Group: six women in the seaside village of Little Sanderton come together every month to share their love of reading. No topic is off-limits: books, family, love and loss . . . and don’t forget the glass of red!

Grace knows that the holiday season is going to be different this year. No turkey, no tinsel, no gorgeously wrapped gifts under the tree . . . how on earth is she going to break it to her little boys that Christmas is effectively cancelled? And can she bear to tell anyone her embarrassing secret? Enter the Reading Group: Grace’s life might have turned upside down but there’s no problem they can’t solve.

Genre(s): Literature & Fiction > Short Stories
Series: The Reading Group, #1
Length: 17 pages
Release date: 2016-12-01

 

Teaser


‘We’re going to read a book by one of our great British novelists,’ Jojo said producing the book with a flourish. ‘I give you A Christmas Carol by Mr Charles Dickens.’


My Opinion

Grace is not in a festive mood and does not want her reading group to know what troubles her.

With The Reading Group: December, Della Parker has created a nice and heart-warming beginning of The Reading Group series. It is a free and short read, a teaser for the following stories. Della Parker introduces her characters gently, even if they are not described in too much detail. The story is nicely elaborated and has a really good flow. I would have preferred a few pages more to get to know the characters better. As the following stories are longer, I am sure that they are worth reading even more. I like the concept of the reading group’s choice of books and the connection to characters’ situations.

This is a book for you if you like short stories, series, and links between books and real life.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Hopeful
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:
Violence :mrgreen:
Sexual content :mrgreen:

 

About the author

My first short story was published in 1987, when I was about… er hem… six – and since then I’ve sold over 1500 short stories and I regularly write serials, which have been published in both the UK and abroad. I’ve also sold hundreds of features and a handful of children’s stories.

I live Dorset with several dogs, one of whom looks more like a donkey!

I’m often asked for the secret of my success and it’s very simple. If I won the lottery tomorrow I would still write. I live and breathe writing. It has been a part of me for as long as I can remember. I simply cannot imagine a life without writing.

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 The Reading Group: December?  Or – if you did not yet read The Reading Group: December – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

Peace, coffee, and a cheesecake, my friends.

 

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Lucy’s Christmas Miracle (A Frank Rozzani Private Detective Short Story) by Don Massenzio

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I bought this book (mobi format).

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

It’s the Christmas Season and a child is missing. Her parents are frantic. Join Private Detective Frank Rozzani and all of his friends as they search for her in the inclement weather of a cold winter night. It will take a miracle to bring her home safely. Christmas is the time for just such miracles.

Genre(s): Mystery, Fiction, Short Stories
Series: add-on to the Frank Rozzani Detective Novels series
Length: 20 pages
Release date: 2014-12-10

 

Teaser


…You know what I found? There is a lot of good in the world. You just have to stop looking for the bad and let the good find you…


My Opinion

A child has vanished and the parents are devastated. Frank Rozzani, the police, and helpful neighbours start searching for little Ruby.

With Lucy’s Christmas Miracle, Don Massenzio has created a quite intriguing and heart-warming suspense story. It is a short read, an add-on to the Frank Rozzani Detective Novels series, can be read as standalone. Don Massenzio introduces his characters with care, even if they are not described in too much detail. Frank is a likeable guy, and I just love Lucy! The story is nicely elaborated and has a really good flow.

This is a book for you if you like mystery, short stories, and canine characters.

Recommended!

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Hopeful
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:
Violence :mrgreen:
Sexual content :mrgreen:

 

About the author

Don Massenzio was born in Syracuse, New York, to first generation Italian American parents. He is an avid reader. Some of his favorite authors include Harlan Coben, David Morrell, Stephen King, and Hugh Howey. His favorite book of all time is ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’.

Don began writing as a way to combat the long hours of travel and numerous hotel stays that are part of the ‘glamorous’ world of corporate travel. He uses writing as a therapeutic outlet. He recently took the jump to sharing his work with others.

His first published long work is the novel, Frankly Speaking. It is the first in what will hopefully be a series of books focused on the character, Frank Rozzani, a Florida private detective. The book is a throwback to the days of pulp detective novels with a tip of the hat to Jim Rockford from 70’s television and The Rockford Files.

Prior to finishing this book, his published work was comprised of short stories that will be merged into a collection in the near future.

He now resides in Jacksonville, Florida with his wife, children, and three dogs.

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 Lucy’s Christmas Miracle?  Or – if you did not yet read Lucy’s Christmas Miracle – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

The teaser above is one of my favourite quotes of the year; Frank Rozzani and/or Don Massenzio hit the nail on the head.

Peace, coffee, and a cheesecake, my friends.

 

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Simon in Charge (Nigel Cartwright, #2) by Alan Brindley

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My rating:  4  of  5  stars

Plot
(by Goodreads)

As the manager of a Walsall supermarket Simon Williams is in his element. He does what he wants, when he wants and how he wants.

The problem is not everybody appreciates his style of management….

Approx 2300 words

 

Genre(s):  Short Story

Series:  Nigel Cartwright, #2

Length:  12 pages (estimated)

Release Date:  2015-06-19

 

Teaser


“I’m the manager”.

Simon Williams liked to remind people of this fact.


 

My Opinion

This book introduces you to Simon Williams, the manager of a supermarket.

With Simon in Charge, Alan Brindley has created a thoughtful story with a hint of humour. The story comprises only a few characters, Simon being described with sufficient depth. The other characters do not require the same depth as they easily support the story the way they are. I had a good time reading Simon in Charge – it is an enjoyable read, being thought-provoking and humorous at the same time. I was drawn into the story, the invisible spy close by. The story has a good flow and some nice turns.

This is for you if you like short stories, like a touch of psychology and a hint of humour.

The second book in a series – I will have to get hold of the first instalment as soon as possible!  🙂

Recommended.

In brief:

Writing Good
Plot Predictable with some twists
Mood Thoughtful
Pace Steady
Characters Developed
Violence No violence
Sexual content No sexual content (some hints)
POV Third person

 

About the author

Alan was born in Walsall, West Midlands but has also lived in Sheffield, Dudley and Wolverhampton. He currently lives in Rugby Warwickshire. He began writing at an early age and would often spend hours writing stories and songs. Enid Blyton, Roald Dahl and Susan Townsend were early inspirations and Alan would often attempt to imitate their work as a child. After reading a number of Simon Kernick stories in his 20’s Alan began to consider taking up serious writing. 

In his spare time Alan loves spending time with his wife and daughter and is a WWE and Doctor Who fan as well as a supporter of Wolverhampton Wanderers.

 

Connect with the Author:

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/MrAlanBrindley

Amazon (US):  buy link

 

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 Simon in Charge?  Or – if you did not yet read Simon in Charge – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

My question for you cinephiles:
If Simon in Charge was filmed – who should direct it, who could you imagine as actors?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂