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A change of scenery. A new direction. A break in the weather.
Who hasn’t hoped for something different at some point in their life?

These sixteen short stories offer insights into how people respond when they encounter experiences and events they have not foreseen, or when they discover new horizons in their lives.
Paperback, 54 pages
Published November 6th 2016 by Blurb
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Vicki
Nov 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: short-stories, ebook
This book of short stories made me smile and wonder and think. Just the thing short stories should do. I enjoyed the quirkiness of some of the characters. Some stories are so short and cute that I just had to smile. The princess with a tissue was one such story. I think that Joanne Van Leerdam has a poetic way of writing that comes naturally to her.

She says a lot in a short amount of space. For a small book, this made a big impression on me. Not all had the ending I expected, which made it even
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Michael Gardner
Dec 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
New Horizons features 16 short short stories, flash fiction and prose poetry works connected by the theme of how people react to a moment of change. Sometimes these are subtle, like a teacher showing kindness to a girl with a rotten cold, sometimes they’re more significant. A few have a dark edge. My favourite, Dead Lucky, was the one that concerned the ultimate change in life, told as a mundane but engrossing story about some missing paperwork. I read that one twice. Close second was Karma Trai ...more
Joanne
Nov 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
A change of scenery. A new direction. A break in the weather.
Who hasn’t hoped for something different at some point in their life?

Joanne Van Leerdam has taken a break from writing poetry to put together her first collection of short stories.

These sixteen short stories offer insights into how people respond when they encounter experiences and events they have not foreseen, or when they discover new horizons in their lives.

Connie Lacy
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
For many of us, there comes a time in our lives when we finally put our foot down. Or draw the line. Or turn over a new leaf. Or pack our suitcase. Like the news anchor who’s about to be given the boot in the 70s film “Network,” we “are mad as hell and… not going to take it anymore.” Many of the short stories in this collection capture the moment when we declare our emotional freedom.

In other stories, the page is turned not by the characters, but by fate, perhaps, or maybe dumb luck, or just hu
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J.B. Richards
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In “New Horizons”, Poet Joanne Van Leerdam plies her talent at short story writing and succeeds brilliantly. Each tale contained in this short collection is a gem in and of itself, showing the diversity of the human condition and how the heart reacts to various life situations. From the birth of a child, to the loneliness of old age, to the heartache of lost love, this insightful and touching collection of short stories will elicit strong emotions of resolution and reconciliation in almost every ...more
R.M. Gauthier
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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New Horizons A Collection of Short Stories by MS Joanne L Van Leerdam
Naturally a poet, Joanne Van Leerdam released this collection of short stories and has proven her imagination knows no bounds.

This collection revolves around the same subject—the experience when people find themselves in situations they didn't see coming and how they deal with them.

Hidden treasures found in each story!
Eva Pasco
Nov 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Speculative Fiction at its Finest!

It’s been years since I read a single short story, let alone a collection of them, preferring to hunker down with a novel for its extended and gradual development of characters and plot with a discernible beginning, middle, and end. Hence, I was sorely disappointed after I’d finished nibbling the first literary appetizer in the collection, aptly titled, “New Horizons,” because I hungered for affirmation that Meghan and Andrew would embark on a romantic relations
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Robyn
Dec 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
I’ve not really explored many short story books; I find I avoid them lest their contents are too… well, short. Often times I tend to feel that I’m not given an opportunity to really immerse myself in a story, it starts and as soon as it does, it’s over and I am left feeling rather put out and not entirely satisfied.

New Horizons, as explained by author Joanne Van Leerdam is a collection of "16 short stories offering insights into how people respond when they encounter experiences and events they
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Leonie Schroder
Nov 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I do love short stories and this book is full of them. You know sometimes when you are reading a story and it finishes and you think nooo ... I want more! Yes this book has many of those! It's well written, easy to read and great for when you are at an appointment waiting or sitting in the car waiting for the kids to come out of school or picking them up from the station ... mind you they may have to sit quietly while you finish the story you are on ;) Cant wait to see more from this new aspirin ...more
Laura Berlin
Feb 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
A lovely assortment of short stories.
Each center around a pivotal and decisive moment where the characters are embarking in some way on a new path in their life.
I enjoyed the honesty in which the characters face their situations.

My favorite stories are New Horizons, The Karma Train , Dead Lucky and New Beginnings though
I found myself contemplating, rereading and enjoying all! I look forward to reading more from author.
S.K. Wee
Nov 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Courage to Fall

This is a wonderful assortment of short stories. Many centered around having the courage to pursue new horizons. How does a leaf know when to fall? It just does. The wind will guide our fall.
Nikki
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A series of short stories ranging from one page to several pages. I enjoyed the writer's style and ability to capture emotions in such short pieces.
India
Nov 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: awesome-shorts
A stellar collection of short stories, each one with a different take on the theme. As well as shorts, there's some flash fiction/micro fiction in the collection which I loved. The stories don't necessarily end all neatly wrapped up and that's something else that I enjoyed. As for my favourite, it was "Rube". There was a lot to think about under the surface (a trait with most of the stories, I found). Is he just a "bad seed" or is there something more to things? The way he re-writes his personal ...more
Linda Dunlap
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Extremely well-written short stories!

I don't usually read this type of book, but I am glad I bought it! Some sweet, some sad, even the shortest story had meaning. Quick, entertaining plots will delight readers everywhere.
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And this evening comes with a load of distraction reading! Because I fail as a human being and I'll just continue to read until I feel better. Anyway I've been after this particular for a while, and it's by another indie Joanne Van Leerdam (who is awesome) and well I read this in one sitting and enjoyed it. At least it was a quick read anyway and I'm all for short stories (even though I fail to write them and I might be pushing one back.) There's a slight chance I may be picking up Joanne's othe ...more
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Joanne Van Leerdam is a poet and author of short stories. Her body of work consists of aix poetry collections, one general short story collection, a play, four collections of horror short stories, and a contribution to several anthologies.

When she's not writing, Joanne is a teacher of English, History and Drama/Production. She is an active member and performer in her local theatre company.
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