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Short Story Sunday: Back to December

Author: E.J. Bennett
Published: December 1, 2017
5155 words

Reviewed By: Jessica
Date Read: November 19, 2017
Jessica’s Rating: 5 stars

Short Story Description:

Bella, an old grumpy woman, finds herself in the past. To a time she was happy and loved. Bella must race against time and her mind to change a devastating event if she wishes to save her future.

A white Christmas wedding and the love of her life. Will Bella be distracted?

Can Bella keep her mind set on the task at hand? Or will she fall back into her old life and old ways?

Jessica’s Review:

I am quickly becoming a fan of E.J. Bennett’s short stories.  I like that I am able to read these short stories read during my lunch break!  Bennett is a talented writer: She is so descriptive in her writing that I feel I am there and can see everything happening as I read the story.

Bella is a grumpy old woman, but rightfully so.  She lost the one thing that was important to her. Mysteriously she goes back in time and has an opportunity to change things.  Will she accomplish this or not?  We see the transformation Bella makes over the course of this short story as she went from the grumpy old woman to a young lady I was rooting for that I was wanting to succeed!  This is a short story of 5155 words, so I can’t really say more.  Just go get this short story!

Special thanks to E.J. Bennett for sending an arc copy to read and review. I really enjoyed it!

Back to December is available worldwide on all platforms.  (Barnes and Noble, Amazon, Kobo, Apple Store, etc). The Amazon links are below:

Amazon US
Amazon UK

Solstice: Another Short Story by Dan Klefstad

Dan Klefstad is back with Solstice in another ‘Caretaker’ short story! I read The Caretaker earlier this year and loved it. I wanted more story immediately!!  When Dan contacted me about his second short story, of course I said yes!!  Solstice was published in The Creativity Webzine on November 26th. The link to Dan’s story is here and his is the second story.

Solstice is a short 1600 word story. It is just long enough to leaving you wanting more. This is the point with short stories. I enjoy this world and I hope Klefstad continues his writing of it. I want to know everything about Daniel, Fiona, and Soren’s journey. I want to know what will ultimately happen with all of them. I don’t know why but I am just fascinated with this world!

It is difficult to review something that is so short without spoilers. If you enjoy vampires then you MUST check out The Caretaker and Solstice!

Jessica’s rating of The Caretaker and Solstice: 5 stars
Jessica’s review of The Caretaker is here.

Kim also read and reviewed both The Caretaker and Solstice:

I liked these short stories. I can’t wait to read more as they are written. I like the mystery of the job offer in The Caretaker. It left a lot of questions; it makes you want to read more to find out more. The only real critique that I have is that the characters are just kind of thrown in and I ended up getting confused. Names just appeared without much introduction and I felt like I missed something. But I find the dynamic between Fiona and Soren and then Fiona and her caretaker fascinating. Again, it just wets your whistle and makes you question exactly what is going on. I very much look forward to more stories and learning more.

Kim’s Rating of The Caretaker and Solstice: 4 stars

Again, here is the link to Solstice in The Creativity Webzine. 

Do check these stories out and let me know what you think! I hope you love them as much as I do. If you wish to read The Caretaker the link to my review includes a link to the story.

 

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Short Story Sunday: Dear Aylissa

Today I am sharing my review of the short story Dear Aylissa by E.J. Bennett.

Author: E.J. Bennett
Published: October 14, 2017
5000 words on Kindle

Reviewed By: Jessica
Date Read: October 19, 2017
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars

Short Story Description from Amazon:

Hazel dedicates her life to helping children. A social worker who see’s difficult children everyday. When she unexpectedly ends up with a young girl in her care, Hazel deep down thinks something is wrong.

It isn’t long before she learns the truth. Hazel sets out on a mission. But can she complete her goal or will unforeseen circumstances stand in her way?

Jessica’s Review:

E.J. Bennett is back with another short story for us this Halloween!  Last year it was Find Me and this year it is Dear Aylissa.  She also released another short story House of Horror in February this year.  Dear Aylissa is a short story at just over 5000 words and it delivers!  You have to have talent to be able to write a short story that keeps the reader on their toes and has a beginning, middle, and conclusion.  E.J. Bennett accomplished that!  I was pulled in from the beginning and read it during my lunch break.  Her descriptions are spot on and I could picture everything as I was reading Dear Aylissa!

Dear Aylissa is a well written short story and I didn’t know what direction it was going. It is a good scary Halloween story.  Even with the story being as short as it was, I liked and identified with Hazel: She has a difficult job, is 30 and still single; I did not meet my husband until I was 30.

Since it is such a short story, I won’t say much as I don’t want to give anything away. If you like scary short stories then give this one a try!

Dear Aylissa is recommended.

I received a copy from the author for a review.  Thank you E.J.!

Purchase Links:

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Dear-Aylissa-J-Bennett-ebook/dp/B076GSLZ69/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1508495251&sr=8-1&keywords=Dear+Aylissa

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dear-Aylissa-J-Bennett-ebook/dp/B076GSLZ69/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1508495993&sr=8-1&keywords=Dear+Aylissa

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