Month: November 2016

Cover Reveal: Happiness is a Commodity

Novella: Happiness is a Commodity
Author: The Behrg
Release Date: December 1, 2016

The Behrg took over the Bookies Facebook page last month during our yearly Authorberfest and premiered the cover of his novella Happiness is a Commodity. And now I get to do the cover reveal in conjunction with his site!

So there is no more waiting, here is the cover of Happiness is a Commodity:

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Happiness is a Commodity will be available December 1, 2016

Happiness is a Commodity’s Description:

Happiness can no longer be achieved through natural means, but must be purchased from the government for brief 20-minute increments.

And the price is going up.

One man documents his experience as he uncovers a conspiracy by the governing elite. Those who are ALWAYS happy. But he will soon discover that the cost of real Happiness may be far worse than living perpetually in the dark.

Told through blog-post entries, this non-traditional novella explores a world where darkness and misery are the norm. An allegory for living with depression, this story will open your eyes to the millions lost in darkness around you, and may prepare you for a future that is all too likely to come.

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I am intrigued by the description and hope to read this very soon!

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Contact The Behrg:
Website/Blog
Facebook

Flash Stories

Flash Stories are exactly that: very short stories that may be a few pages long at most. They can be listed with a word count instead of page numbers. As mentioned in previous posts, I am an admin of the Bookies Facebook page. Every October we have “Authorber Fest”. Everyday in October a chosen author takes over the page for two hours. And in that two hours they get to interact with the fans of the page. Authors can talk about themselves, their books, and maybe even do a giveaway or more! It is always a fun time on the Bookies page!

During this year’s Authorber Fest two authors mentioned their “flash stories” which I got from Amazon. Those two authors and their stories are:

M.R. Pritchard – The Safest City on Earth (Science Fiction)
Jina Bacarr- Virgin Kiss (Coming of Age)

Both flash stories are reviewed below. You can’t really say too much in a review for stories that are this short without giving away the whole story. I did the best I could with these reviews. I enjoyed and recommend both.  Keep in mind when you read them that they are super short!


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Author: M.R. Pritchard
450 words

Published: December 20, 2014
Date Read: November 12, 2016

My Rating: 4 Stars

Summary from Amazon:

Two men stand below the safest city on earth. Lore dictates it’s Elysium, the last refuge for what’s left of mankind. But what makes it so safe?

A wicked short read at 450 words

My Review:

This is the first I have read from M.R. Pritchard. I have more of her novels on my kindle that I hope to one day read. This was a very good and short read! I read it in just a few minutes.

It seems like it could be in the middle or the start of a good book. These two men arrive at the outside of a city. I can’t really say much more as the story is so short. I was pulled into this flash fiction and then it ended and I wanted more! I know M.R. Pritchard has thought about continuing it at some point and I hope that at some point she does!

My husband also read it. It seemed like something he would be interested in. When he finished it he said, “Wow” and said it was like a teaser trailer. He would rate it four stars.

**The Safest City on Earth is currently FREE on Amazon.


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Author: Jina Bacarr
7 pages

Published: February 10, 2014
Date Read: November 13, 2016

My Rating: 4 Stars

Summary from Amazon:

Riley Murphy is a kissing virgin, waiting for the right guy to come along. Until she joins the Drama Club at Holywell High and has to kiss the class dweeb on stage in front of the whole school on Valentine’s Day.

Virgin Kiss is a very short story…funny and shows how a young woman becomes empowered to stand up for herself.

My Review:

This is a cute, clean short story about a first kiss. There is some humor in this story and I liked Riley. Riley is the narrator and we experience everything from her perspective and feel everything she feels.

I liked Jina Bacarr’s writing style for this short story. I’m not much of a romance reader, which her books are, but I may give more of her writings a chance.

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Always Watching

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 Author: Chevy Stevens
Audiobook

Published: June 18, 2013
Dates Read: October 25- November 9, 2016

My Rating: 3 stars

Book Summary from Amazon:

She helps people put their demons to rest.
But she has a few of her own…

In the lockdown ward of a psychiatric hospital, Dr. Nadine Lavoie is in her element. She has the tools to help people, and she has the desire—healing broken families is what she lives for. But Nadine doesn’t want to look too closely at her own past because there are whole chunks of her life that are black holes. It takes all her willpower to tamp down her recurrent claustrophobia, and her daughter, Lisa, is a runaway who has been on the streets for seven years.

When a distraught woman, Heather Simeon, is brought into the Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit after a suicide attempt, Nadine gently coaxes her story out of her—and learns of some troubling parallels with her own life. Digging deeper, Nadine is forced to confront her traumatic childhood, and the damage that began when she and her brother were brought by their mother to a remote commune on Vancouver Island. What happened to Nadine? Why was their family destroyed? And why does the name Aaron Quinn, the group’s leader, bring complex feelings of terror to Nadine even today?

And then, the unthinkable happens, and Nadine realizes that danger is closer to home than she ever imagined. She has no choice but to face what terrifies her the most…and fight back.

Sometimes you can leave the past, but you can never escape.

My Review:

I listened to the audiobook Still Missing by Chevy Stevens a couple of months ago and I was blown away (I had listened to it several years ago, but did not remember much about it). I decided that I wanted to listen to more of her books since my local library offers hers on audio. Always Watching is another good one by Chevy Stevens, but it does not live up to Still Missing.

Heather Simeon becomes Dr. Nadine Lavoie’s newest patient after a suicide attempt. As Heather tells her story, Nadine realizes they have some similar circumstances in their lives. Heather was part of a commune (a cult) which Nadine was a part of when she was younger as she, her brother, and mother joined. Heather’s story brings to light some of Nadine’s repressed memories. And because of these memories which include sexual abuse, Nadine sets out on a mission to discover if there were any other victims. This decision brings danger to into her life.

Nadine’s daughter Lisa has been on her own for a while and she has been a drug addict. She comes into the story and Nadine also tries to save her in more than one way. Lisa becomes very important to this story.

Will Nadine find out if there are other victims, and will she save herself and her daughter from the dangers that come about in the novel? You will have to read to find out.

Always Watching is written well and I wanted to know what was going to happen. Maybe I expected a lot out of it after listening to Still Missing, but I just wasn’t pulled in to the story as much as I would have thought as I find cult type stories intriguing. I think I just wasn’t as attached to Nadine’s character. Always Watching did not have as much of a shock factor as Still Missing did. There are some intense scenes in Always Watching.

Warning: If you have issues with sexual abuse of a child, you might want to stay away from this book. There are not many scenes, but enough to possibly bother some more sensitive readers. There is also a tough scene involving an animal death.

If you want to check out some of Chevy Stevens’ work, I would say read Always Watching first then read Still Missing. I don’t really like to compare books, but I think having recently ‘read’ Still Missing affected my enjoyment of Always Watching. I do plan to read/listen to more of Chevy Stevens.

I would say overall that I would recommend this book.

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