Author Name & Publisher: K. Lynn (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date & Length: September 30th, 2015 — 34 pages
Since the death of his partner a year ago, sci-fi writer James Murphy has lived a quiet, secluded life. But at the urging of his agent, he finally makes an effort to rejoin society. His first step is volunteering for a weekly storytime at the local library. The decision seems like a good one when he meets the children’s librarian, David.
Bright and engaging, David somehow manages to make James feel like everything will be okay. But when mutual friendship leads to a budding romance, the move forward could be too much for James. Leaving his past love behind once and for all might be a step he’ll never be ready to take.
Storytime is a short, sweet story by K. Lynn. Middle-aged James Murphy is mourning his partner. He decides to get involved in the children’s program at the local library, just to get out of the house. There he meets David, the children’s librarian. The story’s setting is realistic as a library, which is refreshing. You wouldn’t think it would matter, but there’s some weird stuff out there. James and David are both enjoyable people. This is a May-December Romance that comes across as sweet and fun. I had to knock off some points for the brevity of the sex scene. But not too many, because what’s there is hot. I had a good time reading Storytime. I can only imagine K. Lynn’s fans will too.
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Title: Notch in Your Belt
Author Name & Publisher: Kayla Bain-Vrba (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date & Length: Aug 17, 2015 — 43 pages
Wyatt’s first album launched him into country music stardom, a shocking success of gay-country. But now he has to record his second album, and all efforts are coming up blank. His manager finally runs out of patience and sends him inspiration: Bryce, who played keys on Wyatt’s tour, and the man that Wyatt is secretly in love with.
Bryce has been in love with Wyatt for a long time, but everyone knows he’s a notorious player, there and gone again as soon as he’s gotten what he wants. Then Wyatt unexpectedly admits his feelings, and Bryce thinks maybe he’s been wrong this whole. But when he wakes up the next morning, Wyatt is gone.
This started out as a cute fast read then at 70% what Wyatt did was a jerk move. After that there was just not enough time to redeem himself and I have to be honest when I say not a huge fan of everything being forgiven in books with out the person who did the wrong actually working for it. So all I ended up feeling at the end of this novella is that Bryce could do better for himself. I would like to say I loved this novella but there was a misunderstanding that made Wyatt look like a huge jerk and not enough time in this book for him to redeem himself. So this novella was just not for me.
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Title: The Adventures of Monkey Girl and Tiger Kite
Author Name: Kai Schalk
Publication Date & Length: March 25, 2015 – 39 pages
High school would be a lot easier to deal with if Sunny Wong did not have to balance schoolwork with superhero shenanigans. But superhero she is, gifted the powers of Chinese folk hero Monkey, and when zombies start appearing it’s up to her and her sidekick, Delia, to figure out who’s responsible for raising the dead and why…
A short novel full of modern cultural influences and references, peppered with the use of Urban vocabulary. Very original in the way it vacillates between past and present. Describes the angst felt by teenagers towards their parents and peers very accurately
I enjoyed the sarcastic use of rhetoric and liked the way it was roughly based on traditional cultural characters. The author also touched on cultural stereo types and self image quite successfully.
I think you will this novel if you enjoy comic characters fighting and beating clichéd villains, written in a colourful and humorous way.
A light easy to read novel with the promise of further adventures. I did feel it lacked a great deal of substance and touched lightly on many subjects without fully covering any in particular depth. The shell was there but not the underpinning.
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