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The Janitor

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Not your usual superhero tale.

 

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Karen’s Book Buzz Review

Probably the shortest description I have ever come across, which is a shame really. It’s not going to entice readers in, so the only way to do it is word by mouth, and this is it.

A great simple cover and you know precisely what you are getting, a neat little short story which is actually surprisingly good.

It’s horror, paranormal, and a bit of fantasy. Nothing too scary, it clever. I liked it and the imagination of the author. The main character is the janitor, quite a clever man really, that’s his skill, that’s what makes him different, only others with more visual gifts don’t see that. As a result its bye bye to them!

Not much more I can say about it because it is short and I don’t want to give anything away.

It’s also availabe on Kindle Unlimited.

Seventh Daughter

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A short 25 page true story to read waiting for a bus or if you need to, while sitting on the toilet, ha. My bad.
INCLUDES RECIPE on the LAST PAGE of my evening meal with a British Seventh Daughter.
Seventh Daughter reached number #1 in British // Irish reads on 1st November 2017!
“The fire sparked loudly, and spit a burning ember onto the rug. It scared my Heinz57 dog (British for not a purebred) and she ran into the next room. Was it a premonition? Just then someone appeared behind the couch. There was just Auntie and me there.
Who was it and why did it visit us?
You might not believe in spirits but this is a true account….believe it, or not. I saw what I saw and so did my dog.
The Seventh Daughter saw nothing. I tell you, friendly ghosts are real.”

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Karen’s Book Buzz Review

I downloaded this book because I heard it was a short story, and do enjoy shorter reads, especially when I’m so busy doing other things on Social Media, like blogging!

It was a good story and I enjoyed the conversational tone. Haven’t we all sat with a friend drinking wine and getting more and more chatty? It seemed natural and lent itself well to this story. Although I must admit to never hearing of Cherry wine before. Although they were based in the UK, I’ve also never heard anyone say there were going to the rest room either. Only in American films.

The young girl was telling her aunt about a ghost she saw and it was mentioned who it was earlier in the book, then later she said how she was dying to find out who it was. From the talk of ghosts, other interesting things came out in conversation, and it turned out the girl was gifted and hadn’t realised it.

A nice short read to be enjoyed anywhere and also in Kindle Unlimited which is where I downloaded it from.

Other books by Jessie B. Tyson

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A Flash of Horror

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A Flash Of Horror is a collection of short and flash fiction from my two collections Heads & Tales and Undressed.
12 chilling and though-provoking tales that will stay with you for nights to come.
Are you ready to delve into the dark side?

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Karen’s Book Buzz Review

I’ve always said I am not a fan of horror but find myself reading the odd one or two. The last ones I read were also Electric Eclectic books. Because most of them are shorter reads, it tempts me to give them a try.  I have’t been disappointed yet.

A Flash of Horror is another excellent book. Simply because the style of writing was easy to read and the flashes of horror really laid out the scary side.  There are twelve stories in all. Some I’d read in a previous collection and still enjoyed second time around.

Each story was short, just a few pages long and often with a twist in the tail, something you don’t expect, then wham! There is it, the explanation – usually nothing like I imagined. Cleverly written, the stories don’t say much, they leave the inbetween bits out for your imagination to do the work, and it truely does. Don’t read it at night!

Having read a few stories of late that were short and often difficult to get into as I tried to work out what they were saying, where it was going, and if it was worth carrying on. It was so refreshing to read straight forward, straight to the point writing that was clear and easy to understand.

You will finish this book in no time, so it’s recommended for a journey, or the hour to relax into for some me time.


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This book is part of the Electric Eclectic brand of books and they are all shorter reads. Particularly good if you love reading but don’t have a lot of time.  It’s also a good way to find new authors.

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Operation Debt Recovery

A short novelette written exclusively for Electric Eclectic by Ian Welch.

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A short novelette. Brandon is meandering through life. His dreams of a big house, a modern car, and a lovely girl to share it with, is a fantasy. It’s not happening, his job is boring, and his bank account is dismal. Something has to change. Perhaps a holiday in

Las Vegas might provide some inspiration, a kick start to a new future.
Or maybe it’s the start of a trip to Hell. Brandon never foresaw the can of worms an exciting week in vibrant Vegas would unlock.

 

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What harm can a week in fun-city Las Vegas do? Answer – open a can of worms which will change Brandon’s life forever. Now Brandon has the almost impossible task of trying to extricate himself from the deep hole he has stumbled into and restore some normality to his life.

Brandon has three simple aspirations. To own a big house, to drive a late model car, and to marry a gorgeous girl to share all this with. He is failing dismally on all three counts. He feels he is stagnating in his boring bank job. Maybe a week in vibrant Las Vegas is the recipe he needs to kickstart a new focus and to provide a much-needed boost to his meagre finances? Or maybe it is the start of a devastating downward spiral? An out of the frying pan and into the fire situation.

Desperate times calls for desperate measures, Brandon resorts to mixing with unscrupulous people in a desperate attempt to pay off a debt which threatens to destroy his life.


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Undercover Crime Shorts

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Under one cover for the first time a collection of Crime Shorts from Jane Risdon featuring previously unpublished stories which will have you on the edge of your seat.

Seven very different crime stories for you to enjoy.

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Karen’s Book Buzz Review

When I found out this author had written some crime shorts, I knew they would be good as I’d previously read some of her short stories. Jane Risdon has a magic pen. She knows how to write a tale that will intrigue and lure you in.

Seven ‘long’ short that were cleverly inspired by crime and murder.

Sweet Sable: The Red Siren is the first story and set in the thirties, it immediately created an atmaosphere of a times gone by. This crime noir tale was good start to the book.

Apartment 206c, couldn’t have been more different as it brings us bang up to date. We’ve all overheard people talking through walls, and China, the main character, hears her neighbours arguing. A fast past, heart thumping story with a twist.

Murder by Christmas – this was very clever. It’s started with the reading of a will, and certain people have to do certain things before they get their money. Very clever story.

The Watchers was a sad crime I felt. Two people who didn’t quite connect up again as we find out all it not what it seems.

The Honey Trap, and we have all heard of them and this one plays out as we meet the assassin.

The Look is similar to the previous one, and another cleverly written story. Although they were both good, I liked this one better because I love a strong female character.

The seventh story is called Undercover and is an extract from the author’s forthcoming book. I didn’t read this one, so you will have to make up your own mind about it.

I enjoy Jane Risdon’s writing and read her book Only One Women, which I absolutely loved. It takes the reader back to the rock n roll sixties. You can read my review here.

Jane also wrote a short story which I featured on the Magic of Stories site called Summer of Love, and is well worth a read.

With the Invisible Pentacle

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The stories Within the Invisible Pentacle may, at first glance, seem a rather eclectic collection, but there are several underlying unifying principles employed in their careful selection.

The titles all have a feminine association as does each story’s individual focus, whether direct or implicit. These stories explore the depths of human character, the quintessence disposition of living and of life itself.

Questions we shy from, the ones we are afraid to ask ourselves are unearthed, revealed and brought screaming into the daylight of recognition.

The prevailing factor is, they are written with consideration for our fragile human disposition, the fears, the dreams and wishes, the uncertainties and self-doubts we all carry inside ourselves, the human element of love, of life and of survival. This is a collection of poignant, emotive, yet entertaining stories everyone should read, at least once.


Karen’s Book Buzz Review

I received this book as a gift from the author and I was thrilled. Paul White is a great diverse writer. His stories are so different from each other, all sorts of topics and genres, so you never know what kind of story you will get.

These were all about females, racy ones, shy ones, murderous ones, and thoughtful ones.  There was only that I couldn’t read, as I was too squeamish. Some were short and a few were longer, although I must admit many were written in the first person, so I found myself carrying that person over to the next story.

Paul White’s stories seemed to create an atmosphere, weaving a haze that took me on a  breeze as if I was circling the characters, listening to them tal and to their thoughts.

A really enjoyable book that you can just grab and read one story at a time.

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Outside The Box

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A little book filled with magic, fairies, music, an angel or two, and even a bit of mystery.

Fly away on the wings of a simple drop of rain with Anna as she follows the music that fills her heart.

Have you ever had a breakdown in the middle of the road and wondered how you’d get home? Read about the miraculous end to what could have been a perilous journey for Bill and his family.

Mystery buffs and techno geeks will love An Unusual Glitch, a story about a countywide technology glitch that threatens to ruin the county’s computer infrastructure if the problem isn’t resolved before it’s too late.  Enjoy a couple of new mysteries along the way.

You may be enchanted by a Christmas miracle that starts with a child’s prayer and a tinkling bell.

Ride in a sleigh carried on the wings of a snowflake, ride the wind on the wings of an autumn leaf or fly away on a swing!

There’s an adventure waiting for readers of all ages in each delightful little story.

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Author Bio

“I am the proud single mother of a beautiful daughter, who is often the inspiration for many of my stories featuring children. I have three nieces and a nephew whom I love from the bottom of my heart.

I have found music to be a great source of healing throughout rough and painful times in my life. I also find it to be a great source of inspiration through traditional means and through the world around me.”

About my blindness:

Although I was not born prematurely, I was placed in an incubator and given 24 hours of oxygen, when I should have only received eight. This excessive amount of oxygen caused my optic nerves not to develop properly, resulting in my blindness. I have light perception in my left eye and none in my right. The right eye was removed when I was eighteen months old and I have worn prostheses since then, until recently. I have used a cane since I was about five years old, except during the period from April 2006 to March 2009, when I worked my one and only guide dog named Star. She was a black lab Golden retriever mix from Southeastern Guide Dogs.

Where I live and work: I currently live in Rochelle, Georgia near my parents and one of my two brothers, when he’s not working on the road. I have worked from home for various freelance clients while writing my novels. These clients include Mia Bysinger from Rushcube, a web development company and Earnest Dempsey’s Word Matters Blog.

Why I write: First of all, I love creating stories that will entertain my readers. Through these entertaining stories, I also hope to either share the message of God’s love or bring back childhood memories, through my Children’s books. I journal for healing and brainstorming. I am writing non-fiction to help aspiring authors self-publish their own books through Amazon

Hobbies: My hobbies include listening to music and podcasts, reading, crocheting and sitting out on the front porch on a warm day.

Music I enjoy: I love listening to classic country music, instrumental pieces such as classical, new age piano pieces and film scores. I also find that the environment is filled with natural music.

Podcasts I find educational and entertaining: I have a variety of podcasts I listen to on a daily basis. Some of my favourites include The Author Stories Podcast with Hank Garner, The Creative Penn, I Should be Writing, Ditch Diggers, Eyes On success, how do you Write and Writing Excuses.

My favourite authors and genres: I love to read books by Karen Kingsbury, Janette Oke, Hope Callahan, and I love finding new authors. My favourite genres include Christian fiction, cosy mystery, sweet romance, Romantic suspense and fantasy. I’ll also read the occasional memoir.

My Faith: I am a Christian. I believe that Jesus died on the cross to save my soul. In God’s word, Jesus said “I am the way, the truth and the life. No man cometh unto the Father but by me.” (John 14:6, KJV)”

Other Books by the Author

Stories Outside the Box: An Electric Eclectic Book
A Journey of Faith: A Stepping Stones Mystery
Inner Vision: An Electric Eclectic Book
Maggie’s Gravy Train Adventure: An Electric Eclectic Book

 

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