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Mirrors & Thorns, An OWS Ink Dark Fantasy Anthology

M&T Review

Hello Lovelies,

I am here with another fun book review. This review is part of the release tour for the new OWS anthology, Mirrors & Thorns. While I did have a part in assisting with this publication by providing the layout and the copyediting, I did not select the stories nor provide editing. This is an honest review.

Genre:

Dark Fairy Tales/ legends/ mythology

Synopsis

where the fairy tales ends and the reflection begins….A dark fairy tale collection from the twisted pens of:J.M. Ames, Kerry E.B. Black, J.K. Allen, C.L. Bledsoe, Lucy Palmer, Stacy Overby, T.S. Dickerson, Edward Ahern, Melanie Noell Bernard, S.L. Scott, Sarah Chamma, Paul Stansbury, Cassidy Taylor, and J. Lee Strickland.

My Take:

Mirrors & Thorns is another great anthology to help you get in the Halloween spirit. With stories of corpse queens, Selkies, Angels, Demons, Baba Yaga, yetis, and more. Some of the stories are a quick page or two, and others go on for 5-10 pages and leave you yearning for a deeper immersion into those worlds! 
What I loved most about this collection is that each story was completely unique. A lot of times when you get anthologies, they are so very specific that a lot of the stories feel/ sound very similar. But not so with this collection. Some are clearly based on old-world legends from a variety of different cultures, and others are a unique and wholly original mythos story. Each a delight to read. I found some really fun new authors to follow, and look forward to checking out more of their writing. 


If you enjoy Grimm fairy tales, Edgar Allen Poe, and Supernatural, then this collection is definitely for you.
Until next time, 

Keep Reading!

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Book Review- Tales From Our Write Side an Anthology

Book Review- Tales From Our Write Side an Anthology

Hello Lovelies,

Today I am happy to introduce you to Tales of Our Write Side. Our Write Side is an interesting new small publisher and I am honored to be reviewing their books over the coming months.

Genre

Short story anthology- but there is also a play and some poetry. It is quite eclectic.

Synopsis

From Lewis Carroll and Shakespeare to tales that will keep you up at night, make you cry, and touch your heart comes Tales from Our Write Side, OWS Ink’s debut anthology with 17 authors sharing 17 stories, 2 poems, and one creative screenplay.

My Take

This is an interesting collection by several writers with varying stories. Most were winter-themed which seemed to be part of a writing challenge. Some were a bit heavy with their treatment, but if it hadn’t been in this anthology I don’t think it would have been as noticeable. There were some clever stories in the mix, but my favorite had to be Summer’s Folly by Katheryn J. Avila. I want to read the book this story deserves to develop into!

Then there was a section of dark fiction and try as I might, I couldn’t pick a favorite. They were all SO GOOD, which really set me in the mood for Halloween! The third section was YA, which was ok but not really my cup of tea. The 4th section was kind of a grab bag of stories that didn’t really fit into the other sections. These were a bit off-putting being read back to back as they didn’t really flow. So I stopped and just read one story each night.

Man, some of those stories were amazing. Angel Hands by Wendy Strain made me ball! Patterns by Katheryn J. Avila gave me chills. Another story I want to see the book for! And Portentous Passenger by David Wiley was a delight. I really want to see where that story goes.  


This anthology was a great chance to see a host of writers share their works, and I found more than a few that I plan to keep my eyes on! If you’re a fan of anthologies and like a mix of genres, I am sure you’ll find a few favorites as well.

Until Next Time,

Keep Reading!

**** As of March, 2020 this book has been removed from all sales locations.

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Book Review- Ambrosia, A Poetry Anthology

Book Review: Ambrosia

Hello Lovelies, 
I am sharing this review as part of the Ambrosia Anthology Tour to support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. 

 To see the rest of the tour stops, visit OWS INK’s website.
 Now, on to the review!

​​ Genre:

Poetry

Synopsis: 

Delight in the nectar of the gods. Feed your mind with Ambrosia.

Whispers to the gods are like honey from a poet’s lips. When several poets raise their voices together, it’s a sacred feast of memories and dreams. Poetry is divine food for the soul, full of emotional and celestial feeling. Join us in our longing, our pain and passion, heartache, logic and insanity, fear, faith, confusion, hope, unity, solitude, daily life, political strife, and more.

From the creative minds of Eric Keizer, A.L. Mabry, Sam DeLoach, Alyssa Trivett, Mello Sakia, Stacy Overby, Phillip Matthew Roberts, Veronica Falletta and Stephanie Ayers.

My Take:  

Ok, full disclosure before I even start. I am heavily involved in this project and have been assisting with compiling the works and setting up the tour and arranging things with the charity with A.L. Mabry. (I didn’t write any of the poetry, though, so I feel comfortable in doing an honest review.) 

The poetry in this anthology is an eclectic mix from 9 very distinctive poets. There is a bit of love, a bit of pain, and a lot of tears. Oh, wait, that was my reaction reading it! 
But seriously, it was such an emotional roller coaster! Eric Keizer’s real, yet esoteric, poems dug into my soul. Alyssa Trivett brought to life the mundane world through a poet’s eyes. A.L. Mabry haunted my inner Angell with Broken Angel. Mello Sakia broke my heart with the loneliness echoed in those words. Phillip Mathew Roberts shocks with his raw words demonstrating the darker side of life and the struggle of the LGBTQ community. Sam DeLoach perfects the art of brevity while painting pictures so clear in my mind punching right to the pain. Stacy Overby really struck me with her deep and moving collection ranging from beautiful to haunting (Inner Demons and Exorcism, oh my gosh!) Stephanie Ayers captured me with I am Woman, and delighted me with Adran’s song and the mimicry of Jabberwocky. Veronica Falletta crushed me with The Falling (a memory of The Twin Towers) and His Smile Does Not Help. 
After reading through this collection in a day, the emotional roller coaster was BRUTAL (I highly do not recommend doing this!) I can completely understand why these amazing people chose to donate all of the royalties from this work to AFSP. They all have such deep raw feelings and so eloquently bring them out in the reader.  
If you love raw, deep, emotional poetry, then you definitely want to grab a copy of Ambrosia today, share some amazing poets and support a great cause! Then read S-L-O-W-L-Y. Savor the emotions, but don’t let them overwhelm you. 

Don’t forget to join the tour. There are some amazing stops planned including poet interviews, more reviews, a Poetry Panel, a Facebook Party and more.


Until next time,
Keep Reading!