Spotlight: Pieces Like Pottery by Dan Buri now available on Paperback!

26878042Happy Sunday everyone!! I feel like I haven’t posted in awhile but life has been crazy and about to get even crazier because school is starting up in late August but I am hoping to get back on track with the blog shortly!

I wanted to post a spotlight post today to let everyone know that Pieces like Pottery by Dan Buri is now available on paperback! This is something that I am really excited about because I am going to be ordering a copy for my bookshelf collection and I can’t wait to get it. I loved it when I read it. I remember when I read it, immediately after I finished I wished I could buy it in physical form so I could reread it as many times as I wanted. I just like to have books that make an impression on me close by, you know?

It is a beautiful short story collection and you can read my review of it here: Pieces like Pottery by Dan Buri. 

You can purchase your very own copy of this collection on amazon at: Purchase a copy!

Enjoy!

Blog Tour Book Review: Escaping Lucidity by Ty Schwamberger

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Title: Escaping Lucidity by Ty Schwamberger
Genre:  Horror – Anthology
Publisher: Ravenswood Publishing
Page count: 448 pages
Format: Ebook ARC
Publication Date: August 1, 2015
Rating – 4/5

Escaping Lucidity is the complete short works of Ty Schwamberger. Within this tome you’ll be taken on a terror-filled ride through dark woods, the desert, a graveyard and dark streets, where monsters and strange creatures run amok. The other half of this collection is filled with characters driven to the brink of insanity, coping with the loss of loved ones, spousal abuse and fighting crime on the mean city streets. You’ll also find “Author Notes” after each story written by Schwamberger himself giving insight on why he wrote each particular story, interesting facts about characters, the story’s setting and where the work first appeared.

Are you ready for a mind-bending ride?

If not, don’t say you weren’t warned… ‘cause bad things tend to happen when you’re trying to escape lucidity.

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Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Escaping Lucidity! Thank you to both Ravenswood Publishing and Ty Schwamberger for the opportunity to read and review this book for an honest review!

Escaping Lucidity is a collection of short stories in the horror genre. I don’t read too many short story collections so I was excited to pick this one up. I thought all the stories were really interesting and entertaining. There were definitely some that had me a little freaked out because I, of course, read the majority of this book at night in my dark bedroom while everyone else in my house was asleep!

I really love the title of this book and really think it jives well with the collection of stories that comprise this book. It’s a pretty light read as far as length goes and reads pretty fast which I find a lot with the short story collections that I do read although I would say it even more with this one because I couldn’t put it down since I was so entertained by each one of these stories. As with each short story collection, I felt the stories were too short I wanted more! I’d love to read more horror from this author.

I don’t want to go into too much detail on what the stories are about because I think you should read the collection, but I did want to share that I enjoyed them and found them to be unique and interesting. Some of them were gory and some were weird and creepy.  They feature a cast of characters that comprise the horror genre like murderers, psychos, paranormal creatures and the undead. It was super interesting and a good book to stay up at night with. Four stars and a recommend to horror fans looking for a quick read of diverse stories in the genre!

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About the Author

TySchwambergerTy Schwamberger is an award-winning author & editor in the horror genre. He is the author of a novel, multiple novellas, collections and editor on several anthologies. In addition, he’s had many short stories published online and in print. Three stories, “Cake Batter” (released in 2010), “House Call” (released in June 2013) and DININ’ (optioned in July 2013), have been optioned for film adaptation. He is an Active Member of the International Thriller Writers. Learn more at http://tyschwamberger or follow along at @SchwambergerTy.

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Blog Tour Book Review: The Sense of Touch by Ron Parsons

The Sense of TouchTitle: The Sense of Touch written by Ron Parsons
Genre: Fiction – Short Story Collection
Published by Aqueous Books
Page count: 250
Format: Paperback
Rating: 4/5

Sprung from the variously lush, rugged, and frozen emotional landscapes of the north country, this luminous collection of stories captures the progress of a diverse ensemble of souls as they struggle to uncover themselves and negotiate a meaningful communion, of any kind, with the world around them. A brilliant but troubled Bangladeshi physics student searches for balance, acceptance, and his own extraordinary destiny after his father disappears. When a Halloween blizzard immobilizes Minneapolis, a young woman is forced to confront the snow-bound nature of her own relationships and emotions. During an excursion to an idyllic swimming hole hidden in the Black Hills, two old friends unexpectedly compete for the affections of an irresistible, though married, Lakota woman. Like a mythical expedition to reach the horizon or the quest to distill truth from the beauty around us, the revelation confirmed by these imaginative stories – elegant, sometimes jarring, always wonderfully absurd – is that the very act of reaching is itself a form of touch. (Goodreads)

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Sense of Touch! I’d like to thank both Ron Parsons and TLC Book tours for allowing me to be a part of the tour and for providing a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

I don’t typically consider myself a fan of short story collections but I’m finding out fast that it is mostly because I just don’t have a lot of experience reading them. This is the second short story collection I’ve read in the past year and I must admit that I am definitely enjoying this previously unexplored territory. I jumped at the chance to read and review The Sense of Touch because of this and also because the description (as you can read above) just drew me in.

I found the complexity of each of Parson’s stories to be rather engaging. I enjoy a story that makes me think beyond the surface…read between the lines. I love stories that teach me something or that can translate it’s meaning into life. Parson’s definitely has this ability. I felt that each story in this book discusses the many ways that people or events touch us, our lives and our thoughts. This book emphasizes the importance of the impact of people and places in our lives even if just for a brief moment, one night or years. The characters really spoke to me as well, although they were not intricately described characters as is possible in a novel, I really felt like they were described in such a way that I could see them clearly and relate to them clearly. I love that the characters are all flawed in their own small ways and searching for something or someone whether it be themselves or just a connection.

I also enjoyed the setting of the stories of this book, the Midwest and I love the ways in which Parson’s describes these settings and the way the characters interact with the environment especially in The Black Hills and Her Heart is Navigated. Parson’s writing is beautiful, elegant and descriptive to the point where I felt like I could touch the snow he described or see the sky as he wrote it. Just beautiful.

While I don’t think that this short story collection (or even short story collections  in general) are for everyone, I loved this collection. I gave this book a rating of 4 out of 5 because of the wonderful writing, the depth of the stories and the fact that I could not stop reading this book!

About the AuthorRon Parsons

RON PARSONS is a writer living in Sioux Falls. Born in Michigan and raised in South Dakota, he was inspired to begin writing fiction in Minneapolis while attending the University of Minnesota. His short stories have appeared In literary magazines such as The Gettysburg Review, Indiana Review, The Briar Cliff Review, Flyway, and The Onion.

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Blog Tour Book Review: Oddities & Entities by Roland Allnach

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Title: Oddities & Entities written by Roland Allnach
Genre: Horror – Short Story collection
Published by All Things That Matter Press
Page count: 256
Format: Paperback
Rating: 4/5
Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge #45

“Set in the mysterious space between the everyday world and an existence just beyond reach, “Oddities & Entities” traces a path through the supernatural, the paranormal, and the speculative. With moments of horror, dark humor, and philosophical transcendence, these tales explore a definition of life beyond the fragile vessel of the human body.”

Welcome to my stop on the Oddities & Entities blog tour! I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review and I’d like to take a moment and thank both TLC Book tours and Roland Allnach for letting me be a part of the tour!

When I read the description above, I was instantly intrigued by Oddities & Entities. The title itself is intriguing as well and I’m happy that I got to read this book during the month of October which is when I like to read paranormal books even more due to Halloween. Surprisingly the only experience I have had reading short story collections has been in undergraduate English classes, other than that this is my first real experience with a book consisting of short stories so I’ve been super excited to read this book.

I found the experience of reading Oddities & Entities to be exciting. Not only was I deeply intrigued by the stories I encountered within the pages of this collection but I found myself biting my nails and trying to guess at where the stories were headed…something I couldn’t do! Although all the stories in this collection subscribe to the horror genre, they deal with vastly different paranormal entities and concepts that can only be described as “odd” or otherworldly. They range from a story about a woman who has grown up in the company of a freaky, paranormal entity called a Curmudgeon to a guy who pretty much snot rockets a gray being out of his brain (you MUST read the book for further detail!). I can honestly say that I have never experienced stories quite like what I encountered in Oddities & Entities which was a wonderfully good thing. I was impressed with the authors style of writing, I love the way he describes the people, places and events in his stories, I think he is a gifted storyteller and is able to craft a narrative that easily transports you into his stories. I was really impressed with the story of Elmer Phelps which is a story about a vampire which is pretty different from any vampire story I have ever read. The vampire is such a pervasive character in the horror genre that when I read a vampire novel sometimes it can feel like a repeat of something I have already read but this story was an entirely different treatment of a vampire that I enjoyed immensely. I almost wish it was a full novel!

I definitely recommend horror fans to check out this collection of horror stories, they are a different breed of their own and I found them immensely enjoyable!

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To read more about the author, Roland Allnach and his works please visit the links below!

Author’s Website

Author’s Blog

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Also don’t forget to add Oddities & Entities to your Goodreads To-Read List!

 

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