Magic O’Clock & Magical Memories by L.S. Fellows #BlogTour @rararesources @lfwrites Short Story #BookReviews

I’m delighted to be one of the bloggers kicking off the tour for these two books, courtesy of Rachel’s Random Resources.

Magic O’Clock ~ A fictional tale of dementia and hope

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Before And Again by @BarbaraDelinsky A tale of loss, acceptance and new beginnings #TuesdayBookBlog #NetGalley #BeforeAndAgain

Author: Barbara Delinsky

Due to be Published: June 2018 by Sphere

Category: Women’s Fiction, Book Review

Mackenzie Cooper took her eyes off the road for just a moment but the resulting collision was enough to rob her not only of her beloved daughter but ultimately of her marriage, family, and friends―and thanks to the nonstop media coverage, even her privacy. Now she lives in Vermont under the name Maggie Reid, in a small house with her cats and dog. 

In order to survive after the death of her five year old daughter in a tragic road traffic accident, Mackenzie Cooper, now known as Maggie Reid, lives a quiet life in the rural town of Devon, Vermont. The trial, her arrest, time in the media spotlight and the breakdown of her marriage left Maggie feeling increasing stress over the lack of privacy and the intense anguish and guilt that never leaves her. All she wants is to live in obscurity and get through the remainder of her probationary period. Devon seems to attract people who, for one reason or another, have a past they need to move on from. 

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Angels ~ A Short Story

  • IMG_0762Author: B A Spicer
  • Kindle edition
  • Published: September 2012 by B A Spicer
  • Category: Metaphysical Horror
  • four-half-stars

 ‘Angels’ is a story of loss and the human fascination with the metaphysical world. 

A powerful, psychological story. The structural form of the writing is very cleverly done. It takes place in the present and recent past and focuses on a mother’s tragic loss. Her daughter was the victim of bullying but kept it to herself until it was too late for anyone to help her. 

It was only afterwards that she found out. When it was too late. Flora had hidden the bruises and the damaged books. She said she had dropped her mobile phone and caught her bag on a barbed wire fence. Small things. Small things that added up and became big things. So big that it was impossible to talk about them to anyone…

The result of feeling such an intense sense grief causes the mother to take matters into her own hands and the chosen form of revenge relates to a historical event and a short video clip she and her daughter had watched on the internet. 

Even though this is a short story, a very artful and concise narrative engaged me immediately. The mother’s reaction to the situation she finds herself in is drastic and chilling, but conveys the emotional depth of her pain. I was drawn into her utter sadness and hopelessness and could feel her suffering. A story of terrible loss, feelings of guilt and a surprising ending.

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About the author

BevSpicerBev Spicer is the author of six ebooks and two paperbacks. She also writes under the pen name B. A. Spicer.

Bev was born in a small market town in the Midlands, daughter to an observer for the Royal Air Force and her mother, a local beauty queen.

She was educated at Queens’ College, Cambridge and became a lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University in 1997 moving to live in France with her husband and two of her children ten years later, where she writes full-time.

She is widely read and has travelled extensively, living in Crete, where she taught English and learned to speak Greek, and in the Seychelles, where she worked for the government and co-designed materials which were used to teach at secondary school level.

She has recently published ‘Stranded in the Seychelles’, a humorous memoir and sequel to her best-selling ‘Bunny on a Bike’.

I Stood By Your Bed….

 

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I stood by your bed last night, I came to have a peep.
I could see that you were crying, you found it hard to sleep.
I whined to you softly as you brushed away a tear,
“It’s me, I haven’t left you, I’m well, I’m fine, I’m here.”

I was close to you at breakfast, I watched you pour the tea,
You were thinking of the many times your hands reached down to me.
I was with you at the shops today, your arms were getting sore.
I longed to take your parcels, I wish I could do more.

I was with you at my grave today, you tend it with such care.
I want to re-assure you that I’m not lying there.
I walked with you towards the house as you fumbled for your key.
I gently put my paw on you, I smiled and said “it’s me.”

You looked so very tired and sank into a chair.
I tried so hard to let you know that I was standing there.
It’s possible for me to be so near you everyday.
To say to you with certainty, “I never went away.”
You sat there very quietly, then smiled, I think you knew…
In the stillness of that evening, I was very close to you.

The day is over… I smile and watch you yawning
and say “good-night, God bless, I’ll see you in the morning.”
And when the time is right for you to cross the brief divide,
I’ll rush across to greet you and we’ll stand, side by side.
I have so many things to show you, there is so much for you to see.

Be patient, live your journey out…then come home to be with me.

Author ~ Colleen Fitzsimmons

The Road to Yesterday

  • RoadtoYesterdayAuthor: Randy Mixter
  • Published: June 2014 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Category: Contemporary/Paranormal
  • four-half-stars

Sometimes you can go home again. Dave Burke cannot forget his past. Nor can he forgive himself for the tragedy that cost him everything he ever loved, a tragedy he may have prevented.. Now, two years later, strange things are happening, things that suggest there may be hope for him after all. The power of love. Is it strong enough to conquer time itself?

I received a copy from the author as part of Rosie Amber’s book review team

Dave Burke is going through hell, a recovering alcoholic, guilt and loss his constant companions. His story is a sad and tragic one. But all is not as it appears.

This is a very moving and compelling piece written with much feeling and delicacy and, even though it’s a relatively short novella, I found it very easy to become involved in Dave’s life and feel for the pain he is suffering. His character is skilfully written and believable, as are the secondary characters.

The author’s narrative ‘voice’ is strong and I was swept up in Dave’s story straight away, able to visualise what he saw and appreciate what he felt.

His friends told him it would get better. Time heals, they said. Time is a cosmic bandage that protects the wound beneath it, protects it from further injury, and eventually when the bandage comes off, all that’s left is a ragged pink scar…..

…..He had taken the time but the wounds still bled.

I love the magical aspect, how it’s worked through the book and is an integral part of the unexpected conclusion.

I look forward to reading more from this author.

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RMixterRandy Mixter lives in Pasadena, Maryland, with his wife Veronica and their five cats. He writes in a variety of genres including Fantasy, Action/Adventure, Mysteries, and Suspense Thrillers. He currently has several novels and short stories available, with more on the way.

 

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