When Is A Dilemna A Dilemma? (Never)

I found little evidence of a dilemma in this short story with what I consider to be a deceptive title. For me, a dilemma is a situation in which I must make a decision that will damage me the least whether that is in terms of material or more abstract goals. With General Rahmini’s Dilemna by Benson Grayson, there were multiple short terms dilemmas. But the General always fortuitously avoided them. He did not escape disaster by clever, well-planned actions; rather unusual opportunities presented themselves. After the first few times this happened, the novel became boring and I read along just to find out what other fantastic pieces of luck would fall out of the sky to improve his life. A reader of this might think a long time about Karma.

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Do You Know Where Your Muse Is Today?

“Ghost Writer” as a profession unfairly has a negative impression attached to it through no fault of the writer. Instead, a large segment of the population considers the person who hires the ghostwriter to be a cheat. In the case of non-fiction, the employer is considered lazy as in the case of a former President of the US publishing accounts of wartime experiences to an audience that largely believed the author was the President. In the case of fiction, the employer may be viewed as a clever business person but one claiming an unfair reputation as a writer. This is not the case with Natalie, our writer protagonist in Ghost Writer by Netta Newbound.

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A Good Story Idea But Needs Editing


Blindsight by Nj Paige (yep, the two letter first part of the name is sometimes listed as two capitals, sometimes as noted here) is a prologue to the Maxi Brown series. The first book of the series is available as a pre-order with a delivery date of 30 Sep 2017. This prequel is available on Amazon for USD 0.99 or free through KU but I got it free through Instafreebie. Based on my read of this prequel I will not read Book One of the series. In general, I encourage the use of KU to read prequels. KU offers longer selections than Amazon free samples; I am more able to avoid accidental purchases. A download through KU is also a verified purchase which I believe supports authors.

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Snowed In With Death by Ruby Loren is described as a Holly Winter mystery. I received it from Instafreebie through an author mailing list but it also available for the purchase price of FREE from Amazon. Seven detectives are scheduled to be at a resort for a detective convention. Holly is not one of the detectives but she is a detective groupie and she has won a contest by which she was invited as a guest observer at the convention. Struggling to get to the convention through a blinding snowstorm and arriving at the resort to face immediate isolation from the outside world gave Holly a feeling of uneasiness. Given that all the detectives would in turn experience either death or near death, Holly will probably rethink further convention invitations.

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Mom Is A Witch

Cecelia and her two daughters, Summer and Winter, moved into a “new” house in the insular community of Mistwood. They had fled from Opalton to start a new life for Dylan, Rain, and Teddy, the children of Summer and Winter. They had gotten the farm at a cheap, almost unbelievably low price. Arriving at the “new place, they could see why. The extensive fire damage made the place almost unlivable. That it needed cleaning was an understatement. Cecelia wanted them to use traditional cleaning methods to make the house livable while concealing their magic powers but a rock through their window and a message on their windshield let them know they might as well use magic. It seems the community knew the witches had arrived.

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Dreams, Time Travel, and Reality

Quantum Lace by Leigh (Bella) St. John is a 102-page read about time travel. Unlike many stories of this genre, this one incorporates research that links the story to historical fact. The story is interesting although there is a cliffhanger for an ending. The story will be continued; the author promises that, but my preference is for closed end stand alone stories. The lack of such an ending did not diminish my interest in this story but my interests may not be typical of all readers. I like language and the way it is used. Ms. St. John writes of Bridgit, the main character whose life experiences occur in 1895. There are vocabulary items and phrasing that are not common today. How many times have you “fossicked around?” The letter written to Bridgit by Dr. Preston (chapter eight) contains phrasing that today might be described as turgid.

Bridgit has a dream in which she is in a restaurant where not only the customers are wearing clothes of a style unfamiliar to Bridgit, so does Bridgit and she has no idea why. She is amazed by sights she sees outside the restaurant window but she does not have time to contemplate all the strange things she sees and hears before she is interrupted by Markus. He addresses her with such familiarity that he must be a friend. Bridget’s amazement over her new setting and her surprise at being spoken to so excitedly by Markus lead Bridget to a nodding acceptance of all Markus says while Bridget is trying to figure out what has happened. Markus describes events that happened in history, from 1914, 2007, and even 2015. However, Bridget lives in 1895 and almost everything he says is strange to her. The one point they have in common is H. G. Wells, a friend of Bridgit’s. Markus calls on many authorities as he tries to explain to Bridgit why time travel is possible.

Bridgit wakes up back in 1895. She, along with the reader, contemplate the reality and feasibility of time travel. Maybe Bridgit wouldn’t have thought more about time travel if her father hadn’t died. The possibility that she could be reunited with him and possibly even with her dead mother spur her desire to believe in the possibilities. Now if she could only remember the directions Markus gave!

This short story will appeal to young adult (YA) readers. There is no violence, no sex, and no bad language. Some readers may be motivated to read more about the authority figures Markus uses to set the background for the feasibility of time travel. Adult fans of time travel stories will appreciate the 102-page story. It can be read on a lunch break.

It’s fun, it’s short, and if you have a KU subscription, it’s free.

Getting a Foot in the Door

After Life by Bones Monroe is a 28-page short story published in September 2016 and available for purchase on Amazon for USD 0.99 or as a free read with a Kindle Unlimited subscription. Such a short story that you should skip this review and go directly to the story, bu only if you have KU. Even at the low price of this one, these short stories become addicting and the costs mount.

Note to my students: These are really short reads that I can recommend to you as being interesting and ones that won’t take much of your time.

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