Fairies, Myths, & Magic – Now Available in Print! – Colleen Chesebro ~ The Fairy Whisperer

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I’m so happy for my Sister of the Fey and good friend and author Colleen Chesebro on the release of her new book – Fairies, Myths. & Magic, now available in paperback! Colleen is the Fairy Whisperer and has combined her magic and talented writing skills with folklore and magical tales and short stories in this entertaining book.

 

 

FAIRIES, MYTHS, & MAGIC – NOW AVAILABLE IN PRINT!

I’m happy to share that Fairies, Myths, & Magic is now available in a paperback version for the low price of $5.99 each on Amazon. I’m still in that 72-hour window on Amazon, so here is my Amazon Author Page where both editions are listed.

This book would make a great gift for all those summer birthday parties you still have to attend. By the way, There will be a second volume dedicated to the Winter Solstice, available in early December. ❤

I would like to thank D. G. KayeDiana PeachDan GreenwellAndrew Joyce, and Balroop Singh for their rave reviews of Fairies, Myths, & Magic. Your kind words found their way into the advanced praise section of this book and on the back cover. Thanks for your kindness! You guys are the best! ❤

 

Source: Fairies, Myths, & Magic – Now Available in Print! – Colleen Chesebro ~ The Fairy Whisperer

Sunday Book Review – The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

Sunday Book Review

Book reviews by D.G. Kaye

 

Today’s Sunday Book Review is on a very short book – a short story titled The Lottery, written by Shirley Jackson. It was first published in 1948 in the June edition of the New Yorker Magazine, which made her famous.

 

I don’t even know how I came across this book while I was visiting Amazon, but I began reading reviews about this book and how it became a literary favorite and part of the reading curriculum in middle and high schools back in the 1950s and 60s, yet people seem to be re-reading it now. As a person who is always interested in ‘what’s all the buzz about?’ I bought the book and read it in less than 45 minutes. Personally speaking, I really don’t get what the buzz is all about, but I share my review below.

 

Biography

Shirley Jackson was born in San Francisco in 1916. She first received wide critical acclaim for her short story “The Lottery,” which was published in 1948. Her novels–which include The Sundial, The Bird’s Nest, Hangsaman, The Road through the Wall, We Have Always Lived in the Castle and The Haunting of Hill House–are characterized by her use of realistic settings for tales that often involve elements of horror and the occult. Raising Demons and Life Among the Savages are her two works of nonfiction. Come Along With Me is a collection of stories, lectures, and part of the novel she was working on when she died in 1965. All are currently in print (Penguin). Two posthumous volumes of her short fiction are Just An Ordinary Day (Bantam) and Let Me Tell You (Random House). A graphic novel adaptation of “The Lottery” by Miles Hyman, her grandson, was published in 2016 (Farrar-Straus-Giroux). Also in 2016: Dark Tales by Shirley Jackson (Penguin Classics) and an authorized biography by Ruth Franklin: Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life (Norton).

 

 

Blurb:

In a small American town, the local residents are abuzz with excitement and nervousness when they wake on the morning of the twenty-seventh of June. Everything has been prepared for the town’s annual tradition—a lottery in which every family must participate, and no one wants to win.

“The Lottery” stands out as one of the most famous short stories in American literary history. Originally published in The New Yorker, the author immediately began receiving letters from readers who demanded an explanation of the story’s meaning. “The Lottery” has been adapted for stage, television, radio and film.

 

My 4 Star Review:

This book is touted as one of the most famous short stories in American literature written by Shirley Jackson. It’s a dark tale about a small town of people who are made to participate in the annual town lottery event.

Jackson undoubtedly has a wonderful writing style, able to draw readers in with tight prose and well fleshed out characters and she takes us into a story about a seemingly average event where everyone is preparing to head to the town’s center to pick out their lottery paper – only one winner? loser? will be chosen.

The story haunts us by the actions of the people and how desperate they are with hope not to be chosen, to the point of selling out their own family members. It leaves us feeling uncomfortable about thinking how and why society should accept this grim event as the norm.

I wasn’t bowled over about this book as many readers were, despite good writing. It left me thinking about the human condition and society. It was creepy and most of all left me wondering – why the lottery at all? Can older days become modern times?

I’d classify this story as early American Gothic Fiction – let’s hope it stays that way.

 

Sunday Book Review #ABRSC – What’s In a Name? Volume 2 by Sally Cronin

Sunday Book Review

Book reviews by D.G. Kaye

Welcome back to the first of my Sunday Book Reviews for the new year. I’m starting the year off with my review for multibook author, promoter and blogger, Sally Cronin’s heartwarming book – What’s in A Name? Volume 2.

 

This review is also a contribution to the Facebook Group #ABRSC (Authors/Bloggers Rainbow Support Club) where I’m one of the host/admins with fellow authors and friends Marjorie Mallon and Colleen Chesebro. The December challenge was to read a book from a fellow author who is part of the group to encourage other readers to purchase and review books. This review and all future reviews I do will be shared to my other newly formed group with my colleague Colleen Cheseboro on Facebook – The Literary Diva’s Library.

 

What's in a Name by Sally Cronin

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Blurb:

 

Our legacy is not always about money or fame, but rather in the way that people remember our name after we have gone. In these sixteen short stories we discover the reasons why special men and women will stay in the hearts and minds of those who have met them. Romance, revenge and sacrifice all play their part in the lives of these characters.

Kenneth watches the love of his life dance on New Year’s Eve while Lily plants very special flowers every spring for her father. Martha helps out a work colleague as Norman steps back out into the world to make a difference. Owen brings light into a house and Patrick risks his life in the skies over Britain and holds back from telling a beautiful redhead that he loves her.

Meet Queenie and Rosemary who have both lost their husbands and must face a very different future. One that will take courage and the use of new technology.

Sonia is an entitled princess whose father has reached the end of his tether and Theresa has to deal with a bully in the checkout. Usher is an arrogant narcissist with a docile wife and is used to getting his own way and Vanessa worries about the future of her relationship with her teenage son.

Walter is a loner and is happy with just his dog for company, Xenia is the long awaited first baby of a young couple. Yves is a dashing romeo who has the tables turned on him unexpectedly and Zoe… Well she can see into the future.

In one way or another all these characters will be remembered by those whose lives they have touched.

 

My 5 Star Review:

 

Beautiful heartwarming short stories sure to grab at your heartstrings. Each story takes us into the life of a character with a significant name leaving us with a heartfelt message and an unexpected ending.

I’ve read the first volume and very much looked forward to and enjoyed Book 2. Cronin’s writing has a way of taking us into the character’s emotions, evoking an emotion in us in return, be it angst, fear, passion or grief. Kleenex warnings should come with this book as each story depicts the human heart and condition,

My favorites: Xenia – A mother’s love, Kenneth – Remembering, and undying love, Walter – Forgotten and found. Each story name in alphabetical order portends a memorable tale. From health and nutrition to short heartfelt stories, Sally Cronin’s books never disappoint.

 

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Books by Sally Cronin

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©DGKaye January 2018