#BookReview Warming My Winter Heart by Michelle Cornish

Warming My Winter Heart by Michelle Cornish is a delightful and sweet romance read!

I’m the kind of girl who likes to curl up on the couch with a blanket, a warm cup of tea and a great contemporary book that will whisk me away into a story. Warming My Winter Heart did just that! This adorably fun romance novel will let you escape and have a little soap opera-esque drama in your life as well.

Lexi Blair is coming home from L.A. because she heard her ex-fiancé has died. Even if they didn’t get along, the poor girl is upset over this. Yet, surprises are bound for this girl because he’s not actually dead… and he wouldn’t mind getting back together. This nasty scheme implemented by people in her close circle is just one of many dramatic plot twists that will have you glued to the edge of you seat and enjoying the soap opera-ness this book has to offer! But it gets better guys! There might be another handsome man waiting in the wings that Lexi can chase after… John is just the guy for her, but he’s got his own problems to deal with.

I really liked this book! It’s a soft, sweet, contemporary book that is easy to read and moves at a fast pace. The romance doesn’t start until about halfway through the book so it’s also quite the slow burn. The world develops, we meet the characters and then we get into the real action.

Other positives in list form:

  1. A puppy named Prince William – because why not? He’s adorable, he’s got an awesome name and he’s quite the trouble maker.
  2. Oh Canada! This book is set in a fictional Canadian city but it’s a great Canadian read regardless! I love supporting Canadian authors and I love reading Canadian fiction. Have I said Canadian enough for you yet? No? How about one more “Canadian” to make a statement?
  3. Accounting and Marketing are mentioned in this book as careers. For some reason, I rarely come across romance novels that have those careers. It’s kind of random, but to me it was a bonus!
  4. The world and characters are not perfect. Don’t you hate those characters that are Mary Sue’s and seem to have it all going for them? These characters have real problems and act real. I felt like I would actually now some of these characters if they magically popped out of the book and came alive. I like stories where the people are realistic and relatable. Not everyone has a perfect, little life!
  5. The best friend’s name is Briar. I am Briar. This is mega cool! Other than Sleeping Beauty (Briar Rose), I rarely see the name Briar pop up anywhere. It’s goofy, but again – you gotta find the small things in life that make you happy.
  6. The book is about 200 pages long, which for me is the perfect length for a dramatic romance. The book doesn’t feel like it’s too short and it doesn’t feel like it drags on. The length is literally perfect in my mind. It’s also not so big and daunting that you don’t want to read it. The book is manageable – which sounds awful in writing but is a huge bonus for readers like me.
  7. You can easily put this book down and jump back into it later. Because the book is not overly complicated, it’s one of those books that if you don’t want to binge read it (why wouldn’t you though? It’s amazing), then you can set it down for a couple days and come back to it. I also like that as a reader who tends to have a lot going on (and I read this over the holidays, so as you can imagine things can get a little crazy).
  8. The cover is adorable! And did I mention there’s a tree farm in the book? Yeah. This book has so many Canadian winter vibes. I love it!

Overall, this book is spectacular, fantastic and marvellous!

I, of course, am a little biased because a character is named after me (yay best friend Briar!) and I was mentioned in the author’s notes (literally one of my life goals!) but I still think it’s an amazing read. I highly recommend it to romance lovers seeking an easy read with lots of drama. Michelle Cornish is a writer to watch out for! Seriously, her books need more attention. I’ll be grabbing more of Michelle’s book as soon as possible. Join me in this adventure! Grab this book and chat (or gossip) with me about it!

Five out of five stars!

I received a free copy of this book from the author, Michelle Cornish, in exchange of an honest review.

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#BookReview Dogversations: Conversations with my Dogs by David Leswick

Dogversations: Conversations with my Dogs by David Leswick is an adorable photography book with amazingly crafted dialogue between David and his puppers.

I was blown away by how wonderful this book was. Part of me was sad that I didn’t get to it sooner, because it’s a hidden gem among the book world. David’s conversations make the book come alive, and made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. If you’ve ever had a dog (or any other furry companion that you loved), this may bring back some tearful memories for you. It sure did for me! The goofy pictures made me smile, the family pictures made my heart warm and I just couldn’t get enough. I ended up going through this book a few times, smiling my way through each time.

This is a fun read for adults and children. You can make it a family affair or simply enjoy the sweet read for yourself. In times like this, I need more heartwarming and positive books, and this was it. If you’re sick of negativity and just want some good, old fashioned happy times then this book will fit the bill. It’s worth every penny!

David’s love of animals is apparent! If you’re an animal lover, you’ll love it too. Add it for your Wishlist and pick up a copy! Support this fellow Canadian (ehhhh) and enjoy all of the feels.

My personal faves from the collection: Jailbreak, Cardboard, Flip-Flop Debate, Retrospectacles, Waiting for Santa, I Ain’t Afraid of No Ghosts and Bright idea.

So, what are you doing? Don’t “paws” on getting this book! Don’t make me bark up the wrong tree! Be a good boy and buy this book! This book is paw-fect! It’s not far-fetched to love this book.

(Come on, you knew I was going to do some puns. Bad jokes are the best!)

Five out of five stars!

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#BookReview GENMOS: Gathering Storms by Stephen M. Coghlan

GENMOS: Gathering Storms by Stephen M. Coghlan is one of the most underrated and under-read books, in my humble opinion.

For one, I am not normally into a lot of sci-fi books. It’s one of those genres that is really hit or miss for me because they can be slow, boring or too technical (or completely wrong in technicality, don’t even get me going on that one). Then in walks GENMOS and man does it change my opinion on sci-fi. If all sci-fi books were this thrilling and interesting to read then I wouldn’t have such a distaste for the genre.

GENMOS stands for Genetically Modified, which shouldn’t be too surprising if you read the synopsis. If you haven’t, let me fill you in. We have all of these GENMOS subjects, who are people who were genetically modified to have animal characteristics. They were designed to help people have the opportunity to live, but you know how the government and evil corporations get: SUPER WEAPON TIME! So, we end up following a giant band of misfit GENMOS who are being sought after but need to fight to stay alive. There’s a lot of them and they are all mixed with cool creatures and have interesting abilities. This is the first book in their tale.

Dude, this was GOOD! It was fast paced, thrilling and kept me interested the whole time. I normally lose patience and interest in sci-fi books but Stephen kept my attention. I’m totally impressed.

The characters are all different and unique and for sure you will find at least one you adore. I especially loved Kobalt (cool name, eh?) but Anna, Tabitha and the rest of the kooky crew will surely grab your attention. It may just take some time to meet your favourite character as they get introduced one at a time. Also, at the end of each chapter, the characters who are introduced get a little stats card of sorts and I LOVE IT. I’m a nerdy reader and love having a little inventory of characters in case I forget or jump away from the book for a while. I highly appreciate it.

Bonus marks: Ontario locations! St. Lawrence River! I’m sorry, but I’m a sucker for books that actually feature Canada. Proud Canadian, eh?

Overall, this action-packed book is full of familial love, loss and growth. It’s a great sci-fi series to dip into that is good from adventurous middle grade readers all the way up to adults.

Five out of five stars!

I received a free copy of this book from the author, Stephen M. Coghlan, in exchange of an honest review.

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#BookReview The Edge of Whiteness by Joe Montaperto

The Edge of Whiteness by Joe Montaperto is a smashing read all about Joe’s school hijinks in the 1970s.

If you’re looking for a blast from the past, this book is for you! Joe Montaperto’s school life is full of misfits, hijinks, Sicilian heritage, hilarious name calling, amazing references and lots of hilarity.

This book centres around the race riots in high schools during the 1970s. It’s a different time with lots of flashbacks to Joe’s youth. There’s yelling, screaming, cursing, and lots of comedy all packed into this wonderful book. It reminded me of listening to a Director’s Cut of a movie. You see (or read, in the case of the book) all of the action but also get to hear the funny side comments and quips about the situation itself. That’s why this book is so enjoyable – Joe’s witty or snippy remarks about the situation as a whole.

The spiritual awakening part of this book is one of the more interesting parts for me. It all starting with a book, Siddhartha by Heran Hesse, is even more interesting. Throw that in with the struggles of youth in the 70s and it opens your eyes (or reminds you) of how the world was different many years ago.

My only note is that this book may come off as rude. There are offensive terms mentioned in this book that were fairly common back in the 1970s. Nowadays, the terminology is very offensive. So, trigger warnings ahead! Remember, this is a book about the 1970s which was a very different time with a different point of view (generations are all different). N words, fake Arab accents – the works. That is a point to keep in mind when thinking about reading this book.

Four out of five stars.

I received this book for free from the author, Joe Montaperto, in exchange of an honest review.

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#BookReview Winter’s Bone by Daniel Woodrell

In case anyone was wondering, I’m the type of person who likes to read the book before they watch the movie. Yeah, I’m super annoying like that. I wanted to watch this film years ago, but I really really really really really (is that enough reallys?) wanted to read the book yet. It slipped me mind for years (literally), until I found it at a local charity bookshop. So, I picked it up and let it sit on my shelf for a very long time. Pretty normal for me, if I’m being honest.

Time came around where I wanted to branch out and read something a little different, so I finally picked the book up. Yay me!

Dude, I’m impressed but also wildly confused. So, let’s begin:

This book started off super intriguing for me and I was instantly hooked. That changed though, because about half way through it got slower and more boring for me. By the ending, I wasn’t as interested. But mighty me wants to watch the movie, so I trapezed on.

Ree is a sixteen year old living with her Mom and her younger brothers. Her Father is into the drugs and has since ran away from the cops. He’s being searched for because there’s a warrant out for his arrest. Normally, a young sassy girl like Ree wouldn’t care, but her jerk face of a Father put their house up as his bail. And, ya know, he isn’t gonna show up.

So, Ree decides to go on a journey to find him. Along the way there’s triumph and trouble, like anyone expects on an adventurous journey. Oh, and rape and drugs and stuff like that. You know, light hearted stuff (cough cough… sarcasm…. cough cough).

My thoughts?

The setting is stunning. I really love Daniel Woodrell’s descriptive way of writing. I was whisked away into another world trying to imagine the stunning scenery he listed. Seriously, that alone deserves a big star. His writing is beautiful.

The isolated location makes it more interesting though, because there’s meth heads, drug addicts, and this little slice of life book shows how hard it can be in the wilderness and different areas of the world. It gives U.S.A. vibes, maybe in Alaska, but there’s no hard concrete to suggest that. It easily could be up in the Canadian North as well. The language showcases different accents and ways of speaking, which sometimes made it harder to read, but still spoke well of the story. It sent you away to another world for a while, which was really cool.

I liked that a strong female character was in the lead. She does what she needs to do to keep her family safe and doesn’t have a squeaky clean life. Bad things have happened to her and she has mistakes littered around. It made me want to weep for her at some parts, because people are cruel. Yet, she stands tall and goes on her journey. She’s tough and the kind of female character we need. No shiny, blonde perfection. There is lots of courage though. How else can you survive in the situation she’s in?

Overall, this book is really interesting. It’s going to be hit and miss for some people due to the language and storyline, but it’s still worth the read. I can understand why it got turned into a movie, because it’s just so darn good.

Three out of five stars.

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#BookReview The Underground Toy Society: You’re the Illustrator by Jessica D. Adams

The Underground Toy Society: You’re The Illustrator by Jessica D. Adams is a delightful book to pick up if you are seeking some activities for your children.

This series is one of my guilty pleasures. It’s simplistic yet genius, cute yet versatile and just all around awesome. Instead of just a story, this time we have a full out book where you can colour and illustrate the story! I think this is wicked smart and such a fun idea. I would have loved activity books themed to books I love when I was a kid. But, alas, I am an adult now so I must indulge in my childhood fantasies through book reviewing.

This book has some excellent colouring opportunities with the awesome characters being made black and white for your colouring pleasure! There’s also cool pages where you get to add features and details to some of the pictures to spice it up.

The plot is also awesome – it’s introducing The Underground Toy Society but in a more interactive way.

Fans of this series, and fans of activity books, will love this incredible addition to The Underground Toy Society series by Jessica D. Adams. I highly recommend it to bring some fun to you and your children’s lives.

Five out of five stars.

I received a free copy of this book from the author, Jessica D. Adams, in exchange of an honest review.

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#BookReview Another Five Days by Matt Micros

Another Five Days by Matt Micros is a wonderful, feel good book!

The premise itself is amazing, let alone when you get into the meat of the writing. Matt Micros has crafted a beautiful, heart-warming story about a man who gets to redo five days of his life because of his extraordinary altruism.

Al Sokratis is the kind of guy we want to see in the world: he does amazing things for people. He goes off to war to help protect his buddy, he helps his son with his finances when the goings get tough, and he becomes Mayor to try to better the city for everyone. When he goes to help a man who was in a tragic accident and is killed, he is given a chance to redo five days of his life. To no one’s surprise, he continues to try to help people and is rewarded greatly.

This book literally brought tears to my eyes. At the end (that sweet ending, my goodness) I couldn’t help but feel so warm and fuzzy and let a few tears fall from my eyes. It’s such a feel good and lovely story in such a rough time full of negativity that I can’t help but scream about this book on the top of all the hills. I will be so disappointed if this book doesn’t find an audience. It’s a magical little book that I will be recommending for years to come. To top it off, this book is easy to read, fast paced and a short story so you can binge it in no time.

If you like fiction, want something that will make the world seem better, or you are seeking a short story, grab this book! Matt Micros is an amazing story teller!

Five out of five stars.

I received a free copy of this book from the author, Matt Micros, in exchange of an honest review.

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#BookReview Two Mothers by K. Kris Loomis

Two Mothers is a horrifyingly great book by K. Kris Loomis. It features postpartum depression across generations, with two women (who become Mothers) being connected despite being many years apart.

The first chapter alone having a 15 year old giving birth but potentially having to give that child up is… intriguing. It draws you in and makes you question what’s going on in the book. Then we move to Anna, who seems to be a Mother going through lots of confusion, stress and grief. She doesn’t seem to know what to do with a baby, which has me even more curious on how this book will progress.

There are some goofy, punny jokes in there too that makes this book a little more light-hearted. It’s not dark and suspicious all the time, which is also a nice touch. It makes this book more readable! I like it!

The change between first and third person also makes this book rather spooky. The entire book had me questioning reality, much like I did when reading The Turn of the Screw. I really liked that aspect of the book, because you didn’t really know what was going on until you read the entire thing and connected the dots.

I do love a K. Kris Loomis book. There’s always something unique about them. Psychological horror and fiction is always done right by this author, just saying. They sit up high on my top reads book shelf and I will continue to recommend and enjoy them. I highly recommend this little novella if you are seeking a quick horror read that makes you think.

Five out of five stars.

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#BookRecommendations Top 20 Reads from 2020

I love looking back at all the books I’ve read in the year. It’s always so amazing to see how many good (and sometimes) bad books I’ve picked up! There are so many incredibly amazing books published each year, it’s almost hard to just pick a few to feature. So, as tradition serves, here is my top books from the year. 20 for 2020! This list is in no particular order, because that’d be even harder!

  1. GENMOS: Gathering Storm by Stephen M. Coghlan
    So, let’s start off with some fantasy! If you want a sci-fi read about a bunch of genetically modified folks trying to escape in an action packed novel, then this book is for you! It’s a great science fiction novel that doesn’t feel totally sci-fi. I highly recommend it!
    Give it a look see on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34748672-genmos
  2. Little People, Big Dreams Series by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara
    I love non-fiction books and I love picture books, and this series smashes them all together. You can learn about almost anyone: Elton John, Steve Jobs, Coco Chanel, Marie Curie, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Aretha Franklin and more! There are so many books to pick from in this series and they are all a great way to add to your children’s book collection.
    This massive list is available on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/series/244059-peque-a-grande
  3. SPYxFAMILY by Tatsuya Endo
    Time for a graphic novel! I love this series so much because it’s thrilling, funny and highly amusing. What happens when you have two spies who want to get the job done but have to pretend to be a family with a little girl? It’s wild, screams of PG Kingsmen and is just great. I can’t get enough of this series and I want more. You should pick it up too! Maybe it’ll convince the writers to make more.
    Yet another link to Goodreads for all of your investigating needs: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52961491-spy-family-1
  4. Breakfast at Bronzefield by Sophie Campbell
    Non-fiction time, but this time it’s more of a memoir. Sophie Campbell’s tale of how she was in prison in the U.K. is an eye opening one but also magnificently written. It’s a book that I was totally hooked to and obsessed with, which isn’t the norm for my and non-fictions. If you want to read some non-fiction and learn, grab this book. It’s a great one.
    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52998847-breakfast-at-bronzefield
  5. After the Kick by Savannah Adams
    Romance! Ahh, isn’t that sweet? Savannah Adams is one to watch with her contemporary, clean romances. This sports romance is part of a series, so if you love it THERE IS MORE! I absolutely love these books and highly recommend it to those seeking a little love in their life. Also, football!
    Love it or list it: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53715281-after-the-kick
  6. You’re Doing Great by Tom Papa
    This is a mix of non-fiction and comedy, so why not add a little comedy to this list? Tom Papa is a great comedian (and frequent collaborator on Joe Rogan’s podcast, which is where I first discovered him). This book is wild funny and is just an all around great read. It’s also a great read to peck away at. That’s what I did and I loved it!
    Have a good laugh: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/51179533-you-re-doing-great
  7. Naked 2 by Kay Brandt
    Erotica time! If you want some sexy erotica in your life, grab this book! This erotica read is a part of a series and by one excellent woman. She’s talented in the industry she’s in and super nice! Who doesn’t love supporting authors who support reviewers? Give this sexy book a read, or any of the others in her massive collection (pun intended).
    It’s not HARD to pick up this book: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/50538862-naked-2
  8. Blood Rain by Rajeev Singh
    Erotic horror time! Oh yeah, this list is full of all the genres, because who can pick just one book?! Rajeev Singh is a master of erotic horror (in my humble opinion) and is one to watch. He has an interesting collection of books that will both excite and horrify you. If you haven’t grabbed his books and love strange horror, give it a go! It’s worth it.
    I dare ya to open it: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/51989982-blood-rain
  9. Seeing Colour by Amber Faucher
    A fun, contemporary romance following an optician when she ventures off to Europe. Amber Faucher is a new and upcoming writer who is one to watch. This quirky book is a fast paced, fun read to light up your nights with. It was one of my fave 2020 reads and I’m so happy to have come across this book.
    I can totally see you reading this book: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53128440-seeing-colour
  10. Baller Boys by Venessa Taylor
    Middle grade read anyone? Baller Boys is designed for those readers who are picky and don’t enjoy reading. There’s soccer, friendship and fun throughout these pages. I highly recommend this book that deserves all of the middle grade awards.
    It better be your goal to grab this book: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53414463-baller-boys
  11. Donut Disturb by Melissa Williams
    More contemporary romance to fill your shelves! I really liked this sugary sweet series and I can’t wait to jump into the sequel. Baking, romance, hot guys, goofy encounters – this book has it all. It’s a romance readers dream!
    You cannoli resist for so long: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/50046191-donut-disturb
  12. Yara’s Tawari Tree by Yossi Lapid
    This is an excellent children’s picture book focusing on the environment. Yara is one of Yossi’s newest characters who gets her own series and it is a must read! Especially if you loved his Snowman Paul books. They are adorable and worth every penny!
    Insert nature pun here: Goodreads
  13. Fire on the Island by Timothy Jay Smith
    This book is an LGBT thriller that really packs a punch. A Greek FBI agent has a big case on his hands, and it’s going to be one dramatic ride to try to figure it out. Timothy Jay Smith is a great thriller writer, so if you haven’t checked him out yet, give it a go!
    This book is hot: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/49249815-fire-on-the-island
  14. GEO by Kevin Miller
    I know Kevin for his Milligan Creek series (which is INCREDIBLE by the way), but this time around I got to pick up his sci-fi short story. Geo is a great break away from the middle grade books for him and it’s a must read on my 2020 list! A space elevator stuck upstairs with some trouble going on…
    It’s not rocket science to pick up this book: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/51204815-geo
  15. Mighty Coconuts by Deepa Remesh
    Another wonder children’s picture book that focuses on nature and the environment. This is another wonderful series for your reading pleasure. If your children want some awesome picture books, give this a go!
    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33258425-mighty-coconuts
  16. Vanishing Hour by Lisa King
    Up meets the apocalypse is the shortest way to describe this book. Lisa King is a fabulous new author and I totally adore her. This book is a must read, fast paced, exciting ride. An old man trying to find his wife and a young girl trying to find her father make quite the kooky pair.
    It will be the end of the world if you don’t grab this book: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/49809119-vanishing-hour
  17. In Search of Valor by Gary Corbin
    Gary Corbin is one of my all time FAVE thriller and mystery writers. He is an expert at making a fast paced, pull you into the book kind of read. I can’t get enough of his books and this one just seals the deal!
    Don’t need to search for another book: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/51296338-in-search-of-valor
  18. The Never Have I Ever Club by Mary Jayne Baker
    Mary Jayne Baker was introduced to me this year and I just can’t get enough of her absolutely hilarious books. She’s a queen of romance and comedy smashed together. And this book is super U.K. inspired. I adore it.
    Rom-com link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53177623-the-never-have-i-ever-club
  19. The Reluctant Fortune-Teller by Keziah Frost
    This is probably my top 2020 book because it was such an unexpected delight. This contemporary fiction novel follows a widowed man as he takes on a random job as a fortune teller. It’s a heart warming read that will fit perfectly on your shelf.
    A delightful read: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35210380-the-reluctant-fortune-teller
  20. #VeryFat #VeryBrave by Nicole Byer
    One last comedy to seal the deal. Nicole is a great host on Nailed It! and an even better writer. Her experience and opinions brightened up my day and made me remember how great it is to just be ourselves. This book is one for the ages and a must read from 2020.
    #MustRead https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48590973-veryfat-verybrave

    That’s all for 2020@ There will be many more books to read in 2021 and I’m sure I will read a few more as 2020 comes to a close. What were your favourite 2020 reads? Any books published in 2020 that made your heart sing? COMMENT BELOW!

#BookReview 100 Tiny Tales by K. Kris Loomis

This book features one hundred drabbles (stories with one hundred words) by K. Kris Loomis. I had never heard of a drabble before, but man does it sound tough! How does one write a story and perfectly sum it up in one hundred words?! I’m awful at describing myself in little words, so kudos to K. Kris Loomis for making it possible! It’s a real feat!

These stories are really short (well, obviously. One hundred words isn’t actually a lot – it’s just a few paragraphs worth at most!) but they really pack a punch! My favourites include: “The Perfect Ring” with the surprise ending I didn’t see coming, “The Sentry” that reminded me of our former neighbourhood cat and my numerous reactions to him, and “A Knock” where the Grim Reaper makes a mistake (I actually laughed out loud at this one).

Despite the length of these stories, I felt like I related to them (and sometimes wanted a little more!). “She Was Going Dancing” packs a lot of parental disappointment in such a small story. “A Night at the Theatre” had me shivering because I knew what would come next. “I Know He Loves Me” highlights the pain of a woman in a tough situation. “Phobias” highlights Santa Claus at a doctor’s office. “Flowers” had me cringing for the poor lead man. “The Wedding” just broke my heart! “A Great House” left me feeling spooked. “The Flight” reminded me of my childhood. “Kiss a Frog” takes a twist on an old fairy tale. And those are just some of the many stories!

There’s so many good stories in this bunch! There’s at least one that you’ll enjoy. Anthologies like this are always so much fun, especially since they’re quick and easy to read, yet just as easy to jump back into. I also love that there’s so much hinted at – you can just imagine what would go down next. Creativity and imagination are great aspects of drabbles!

This lovely anthology shows how strong K. Kris Loomis is with her craft. She’s a real master of writing, so if you get the chance… pick this book up! It’s well worth the read!

Five out of five stars!

I received this book for free from the author, K. Kris Loomis, in exchange of an honest review.

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Here’s some more books by K. Kris Loomis featured on my blog:
#BookReview The Murder of Leopold Beckenbauer by K. Kris Loomis
#BookReview After Namaste by K. Kris Loomis
#BookReview Survving Revision: How One Writer Finished What She Started by K. Kris Loomis
#BookReview The Sinking of Bethany Ann Crane by K. Kris Loomis
#BookReview The Monster in the Closet and Other Stories by K. Kris Loomis

 

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