A really great collection of short stories. There was something here for everyone. Even though I am a featured author, I absolutely enjoyed all the otA really great collection of short stories. There was something here for everyone. Even though I am a featured author, I absolutely enjoyed all the other authors' works as well. Out of the entire collection maybe I skipped only one story. Seriously: it won't disappoint!...more
The things we do for love, right? Dawit is a five-hundred-year-old immortal who has loved and lost three wives: one in Ethiopia hundreds of years ago,The things we do for love, right? Dawit is a five-hundred-year-old immortal who has loved and lost three wives: one in Ethiopia hundreds of years ago, one who was killed in slavery times, and one he was forced to abandon by his brethren in the 1920s. But never had he loved a wife the way Dawit loved Jessica. One could say he was obsessed with her. Young, brash, and professional, Jessica considered Dawit almost a gift from God, and could never fathom just what this wise older professor saw in her. Jessica's family, however, was concerned by Dawit's monopolization of her time, and especially by his insistence that Jessica quit her job and just stay at home with him. There was something off about Dawit, but they couldn't put a finger on it. In the way of his "people": the other immortals, it was unwise to become so attached to mere mortals, and absolutely forbidden to reveal the secrets of their brotherhood. But at what cost? Faced with the directive to leave Jessica and their daughter Kira, and to come "home" at once, Dawit faces the emotional dilemma of his extremely long life. Can he leave this woman he loves almost more than life itself? If not, what's the alternative? And how far will Dawit go to keep the truth about him and his immortal brethren a secret?
I rarely do this in a review, but in the interest of Truth and Fairness, I'll have to (semi) answer one of the above questions. How far will Dawit go??? Too danged far, that's for sure. Dawit committed an act so atrocious to me that I actually put this book down for almost a year. I mean I HATED this guy, I really did. And I was mad at my daughter for telling me this was a Good Book. If I hadn't committed to giving every book I sat aside another chance this one would still be sitting on my end table collecting dust. I'm very glad I did. By delving further into My Soul to Keep, Dawit's motivation became more and more clear. He, and to a lesser extent Jessica, are such richly drawn, richly layered characters that you have to read the entire book to understand them fully. Black fantasy/sci-fi/paranormal tales are as rare as a Tea Party Republican that wants to raise taxes, so to read a book in a genre I love that actually reflects Me is a Treat. At the end I let out a deep breath, and a faintly whispered Wow. And looked forward to the next installment in this series. ...more
Lily was content with the life she'd carved out for herself after her husband walked off and left her penniless eleven years ago. She sold the house sLily was content with the life she'd carved out for herself after her husband walked off and left her penniless eleven years ago. She sold the house she couldn't afford, opened a flower shop, and moved on. It wasn't a Match Made In Heaven anyway. Then one day a new driver named Alex arrives with her regular flower delivery. Young, sexy and charming, Lily is easily smitten, and it's clear that Alex is too. Only...Alex is several years younger than Lily, and What Would People Think???
YES they go through all of the predictable formulaic Ins & Outs that a story of this nature takes, and you know where the story ends up even before you crack the cover but: WHO CARES??? What a treat this book was: both male and female fantasy rolled into one. At 129 well written, well edited pages, it was a breeze: I finished it in one day. But unlike other "snack foods", this one left me Full & Satisfied. And wanting to read the other books in the Cradle Robbers series.
Disclosure Notice: I've had this book so long I don't remember where I won it, but I believe it came in a gift pack of books I won in an Urban Reviews Yahoo Group giveaway. ...more
**spoiler alert** As one of my characters, Obie One, so often says: Time for a True Confession. I bought a bunch of books from an online friend who was**spoiler alert** As one of my characters, Obie One, so often says: Time for a True Confession. I bought a bunch of books from an online friend who was downsizing and "looking for a Good Home for some of her books." And as the Ex Wife Of A Crackhead, (okay, two Crackheads: my second and third husbands, I Sure Can Pick 'Em) I was Hella Intrigued. Guess I wanted to compare notes or something, I Don't Know.
Anyway, the book started off well enough, even though the "diary style" where entire pages were a single block without defining paragraphs took a little getting used to. It was alright though, because I understood where the writer was coming from. Even from the beginning though, the lack of "clarifying"/background information was unsettling. Truth is: even if some of the plot holes had been filled in, I still think the story wouldn't have added up. There's one instance where "CC" got sick because she was working two jobs. She had a job before she met this dude. But then at her house closing, she talks about how the real estate agent took a chance on her even though she had "no credit and no job." O...kay, then: Maybe she lost her job after she got sick, I figured. But, no...in the very next diary entry "CC" is back to having two jobs. Huh??? THEN...she states that neither she nor her husband have any idea what the closing costs would be, but Lo & Behold, when the agent says $700 her husband pulls out a cashier's check. Seriously. Cashier's checks have to be made out to a specific amount ahead of time so...How did he know how much to make the check out for if her didn't know how much the closing was???
I don't even want to talk about how her watch disappeared on New Years, her husband went on a three-day crack binge on Valentine's Day, but he only sold the watch to a neighbor on Feb 24th. Uhhh.... NOT Hap'nin, Sister. After a three-day crack binge he'd have been lucky to come back with his drawers, much less with that watch still hidden somewhere. If he stole it on New Year's, it was gone the same night. Ask Me How I Know.
I had other issues with this book besides the lack of continuity and the unrealistic aspects (which lead me to believe this is actually fiction masquerading as fact). Number One was the preponderance of unnecessary commas, which is a function of Grammar Check-ing as opposed to knowing (or finding someone who knows) proper comma usage. Another was the "homemade" cover art. Last But Not Least, the rambling commentary at the end of many of the "entries" got on my last behind nerve. In the end, I just couldn't finish it.
To be fair, I read the earlier, self-published version, which came in at well over 300 pages. The Kensington version, which comes in at only 288 pages, may have corrected these flaws, as it did the cover art. Still...here was yet another book that with a little Time & Effort on the author's part could have turned into Something Better......more
I was at a neighborhood garage sale when a woman started giving away stuff because she didn't want to take it back home. One of the items I picked upI was at a neighborhood garage sale when a woman started giving away stuff because she didn't want to take it back home. One of the items I picked up was this book. Although plenty of other reviews contain overviews of the various stories' plot lines, suffice it to say that none of the stories bored or disappointed me. In fact, I could find no fault with any of them, except that maybe one or two of them were slightly derivative of the other. Slightly. None so much as to take the Bloom off the Rose, so to speak. I don't Love Stephen King per se, but I AM a Fan, and have read many of his books. I'm more a fan of the supernatural (and the TV Show of the same name by the way) and the paranormal. If you're a fan like I am, trust me: this collection won't disappoint. ...more
I read an article recently that said most readers don't care about how well a book is edited, they just care about how good the story is. Well in my eI read an article recently that said most readers don't care about how well a book is edited, they just care about how good the story is. Well in my experience, rare is the story that transcends poor editing. I recently read one, so I know they're out there, but for the most part: how can you tell a story is good if you're constantly tripping over the mistakes in the text?
That being said, this book was horrendous. Seriously. I rarely come down so hard on another author's work, but I think it's High Time folks who call themselves authors took their craft more seriously. I'll be fifty this year, and I've come to the conclusion that I don't have enough days left in my life to waste them trying to read through someone's poorly edited work. Davis changed tenses four times in the first seven pages, the formatting went from single spaced to double spaced three times, many of the sentences were fragments FOR NO REASON AT ALL, and once Davis even had the wrong character talking. But the Piece De Resistance was when "Michael" pulled "Sarah"'s legs, bringing her from a sitting position to a lying position. But her butt was up in the air. C'MON MAN! In the words of my daughter: "Maybe he was watching porn, and there was a change of scene, but he forgot to write the transition into the book." And then I quit. I Just Couldn't Do It Anymore...
Disclosure Statement: I won this book in a Phe Ink giveaway....more