Today I am helping in the Blog Blitz for The Lynmouth Stories by L.V. Hay. I share my review for this three story collection of short stories that all have one thing in common: Lynmouth!
Beautiful places hide dark secrets …
Devon’s very own crime writer L.V Hay (The Other Twin, Do No Harm) brings forth three new short stories from her dark mind and poison pen:
– For kidnapped Meg and her young son Danny, In Plain Sight, the remote headland above Lynmouth is not a haven, but hell.
– A summer of fun for Catherine in Killing Me Softly becomes a winter of discontent … and death.
– In Hell And High Water, a last minute holiday for Naomi and baby Tommy becomes a survival situation … But that’s before the village floods.
All taking place out of season when the majority of tourists have gone home, L.V Hay uses her local knowledge to bring forth dark and claustrophic noir she has come to be known for.
Did You Know …?
Known as England’s ‘Little Switzerland’, the Devon village of Lynmouth is famous for its Victorian cliff railway, fish n’ chips and of course, RD Blackmore’s Lorna Doone.
Located on the doorstep of the dramatic Valley of The Rocks and the South West Cliff Path, the twin villages of Lynton and Lynmouth have inspired many writers, including 19th Century romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, who honeymooned there in 1812.
The Lynmouth Stories
Author: L.V. Hay
Published: December 3, 2018
Reviewed By: Jessica
Date Read: June 7, 2019
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars
The Lynmouth Stories is free on Amazon and I had gotten myself a copy then had the opportunity to join the one day blog blitz for it, so I jumped on it! I have been on a few tours for LV Hay, but this is the first of hers that I have read and it will not be the last! These short stories show the talent she possesses as a writer and her knowledge of the real town of Lynmouth.
The Lynmouth Stories is comprised of three short stories that can be read within an hour. They are ‘dark’ stories that have suspense and all take place after tourist season is over for the town of Lynmouth. Even though tourist season is over, things still happen in this town and they may not be pleasant…..
I had not heard of Lynmouth before (possibly because I am an American), so I looked it up once I was finished reading. I was shocked to learn that there had been a flood in 1952, which made the final story feel even more real. This final story Hell and High Water was my favorite of the three: It was a complete story and had a satisfying ending.
After reading The Lynmouth Stories which served as an ‘introduction’ for me to Hay’s writings, I WILL be reading more from her!
Buy The Lynmouth Stories here! It’s currently FREE!
About the Author:
Lucy V Hay is a script editor for film and an author of fiction and non-fiction. Publishing as LV Hay, Lucy’s debut crime novel, The Other Twin, is out now and has been featured in The Sun and Sunday Express Newspaper, plus Heatworld and Closer Magazine. Her second crime novel, Do No Harm, is an ebook bestseller. Her next title is Never Have I Ever for Hodder Books.
Today I am part of the blog tour for The Story a Day May Collection which is a collection of short stories by Morgen Bailey. I will be sharing my review.
This collection was written from a variety of prompts supplied by storyaday.org and originally published on Morgen’s blog (morgenbailey.wordpress.com – where you can still read the list of prompts), during May 2011, 2012, and 2013.
In this book there are stories of revenge, overcoming obstacles, newfound and lost love, shopping, chocolate, legends of history, and the occasional alien or two.
We have crimes afoot, writer’s block, characters with and without friends, homages, humans and non-humans, scratches, squeaks and barks.
From Chelsea buns to casseroles, we share the highs and lows, but the stories all go to show what can be done with a prompt, a few hours, and a colourful imagination.
The Story a Day May Collection
Author: Morgen Bailey
Published: July 5, 2016
Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: June 2- 6, 2019
The Story a Day May Collection was written by Morgen Bailey. It was a challenge that Bailey took to write one short story a day for the whole month of May not just for one year, but three years! Each day was given a ‘prompt’ to write for the short story of the day. These are a variety of stories and some are standalone while others are continuations of each other. The stories can be very brief to several pages.
The prompts for the story to be written were given each morning with no warning ahead of time as to what the story should be about. The story was left to the interpretation of the author and their imagination with what to write.
What results is a wide variety of short stories and you will be sure to find some you enjoy and be touched by. I give Bailey kudos for doing this challenge for three years in a row and challenging herself and her abilities!
About the Author:
Morgen Bailey (Morgen with an E) is an author (of novels, short stories, writing and editing guides), freelance editor (for publishers and indie authors), writing tutor (in person and online), Writers’ Forum magazine ‘Competitive Edge’ columnist, blogger, speaker, and co-founder of Northants Authors. The former Chair of three writing groups, she has judged the H.E. Bates Short Story Competition, RONE, as well as the BBC Radio 2, BeaconLit, and Althorp Literary Festival children’s short story competitions. She also runs her own monthly 100-word competition. 2018 events include talks and workshops at Troubador’s Self Publishing Conference speakers, workshops and panels at Delapre Book Festival, interviewing and workshops at BeaconLit, and NAWG Fest with her ‘Editing your Fiction’ weekend residential course. Morgen can be found on Twitter, Facebook, and many others. Her blog is http://morgenbailey.wordpress.com, and email address email@example.com.