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Outcast

Andrea McKenzie Raine

Rating: 4 Shrimps!

Outcast is a story that went back and forth for me.  Raine does a great job with her descriptions and hitting me in the heart.  The plot took an interesting turn part way through allowing for a fascinating look at what is really important in life.  I struggled a little bit with the very angry main character, but that didn’t stop me from enjoying Raine’s exploration of communication, society, and just life in general.


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Master Pet Sitting with Rover

Sarah Jordan

Rating: 4 Shrimps!

Sarah Jordan’s Master Pet Sitting with Rover covered a variety of subjects encountered when trying to set up a pet sitting business.  I found Jordan’s tips useful, especially the ‘what not to do’ section.  The guide was well organized and an easy read with a lot of voice.  Jordan’s personal pet sitting stories were a lot of fun as well.  It has a bit of a narrow focus since it largely just deals with the Rover app, but Jordan throws in plenty of tips that are useful for pet sitters and business owners at large.


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Tropical Sunsets in Delhian Nights

Kimelene Carr

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Tropical Sunsets in Delhian Nights by Kimelene Carr was just the cup of emotional tea I was looking for.  This collection of poems varied in the emotions it evoked, but it was always beautiful.  Carr tells an incredible tale of love and loss and longing and I look forward to more from this talented poet!


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Not a Drop to Drink

Patsy Collins

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Patsy Collins is a master of taking meaningful snapshots from people’s lives and weaving them into heartfelt stories in Not a Drop to Drink.  Sometimes listless or difficult, sometimes with a gentle smile, every story left me with a fuller heart.  Even though this book is called Not a Drop to Drink, it’ll fill your cup and leave you hopeful.


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If I Could be Like Jennifer Taylor

Barbara Ehrentreu

Rating: 4 Shrimps!

Barbara Ehrentreu’s If I Could be Like Jennifer Taylor follows our somewhat envious, somewhat unconfident main character through her journey in starting high school.  This can be a difficult time of transition and Ehrentreu explores all the challenges of growing up for a girl starting a new school.  I enjoyed the deep feels and the journey of the characters, most for the better, which led up to a satisfying ending.


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Railroad Tracks

Valentin Boubee

Rating: 4 Shrimps!

What would you do if you were kidnapped by an evil spirit train?  Call for help of course!  Valentin Boubee’s Railroad Tracks is a short story letter detailing the creepy account of a man being transported to an evil other world by a malevolent train.  It’s twisty like the tracks and leads to a very deadly ending.


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Sticks and Stones

Alexandra Peel

Rating: 4 Shrimps!

Alexandra Peel’s Sticks and Stones is a collection of short stories that follow different witches throughout history.  Each story was vastly different both in subject matter and style which (no pun intended) kept things interesting.  All around, a fascinating look at witches and their place in history.


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Ten Tales for Tomorrow

Stuart Aken

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Stuart Aken’s short story compendium Ten Tales for Tomorrow explores several possible futures.  Speculative fiction often has the capacity to be a little dry, but Aken’s writing does not suffer from this plague.  Each story was full of life, action, and the capacity to make you think in a way that would make Asimov proud!


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The Creaky Old House

Eileen Troemel

Rating: 4 Shrimps!

Siblings are great about nearly getting each other killed.  When one sister pressures the other into exploring a creepy old house, the tense tale of The Creaky Old House ensues.  Eileen Troemel takes you on a journey to the abandoned old Tate house at the edge of town and builds an anxiety-driven tale towards a surprise ending.


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Etchings

BMB Johnson

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Shortly after the invention of the artist came the invention of the critic.  Apparently in the magical world of BMB Johnson’s Etchings, they take their art seriously.  The worlds of classical skillful art and modern assembly line art collide in a decidedly strange tale.  I enjoyed Johnson’s writing and the quirkiness of it all, and I totally want a dragon that can paint/sculpt.  Just sayin.


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Write Better Right Now

Gary Corbin

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Gary Corbin’s Write Better Right Now is a well written, well organized guide to help improve the writing of any fiction author.  Corbin explains his reasoning well and offers great examples that keeps everything clear.  If you’re looking for tips on how to improve your writing, this is a great place to start.


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