STORIES AND IMAGININGS FOR THE READING SPOT
A Collection of Short Stories For Adults
Review by Christina Giguere
This book of short stories will take you from tears to laughter and back to tears again. J.D. Holiday brings a well-rounded composition of stories with compelling and timely subjects. I personally bought the story after reading an excerpt on the Cereal Authors’ blog. I had no idea what I was getting myself into emotionally as a reader. From her story “The Boy in The Leaves,” which deals with child abuse to “Inside,” that broaches the subject of PTSD. This book had me wanting to kill some characters while wishing to rescue others. This is what reading is all about!
J.D. Holiday manages to take readers on an emotional rollercoaster and manages to do this in short story form all without sacrificing description and character development. I highly recommend this book for anyone who is short on time but wants to get lost in a good story.
My favorite line: “We hold one another close in this, our last moment and kiss. Your goodbye is on our lips, good luck wishes shine in those robin’s egg blue eyes.” Thanks for the roller coaster ride JD Holiday!
Christina’s site: https://writingbytheseatofmypants.com/
~be entertained and amused from Anne and Romanoff’s naughty pack, Stephanie finds trouble with a wounded cat and a remorseful landscaper; and the beach cottage that brings Cheney’s nightmares of the Sci Fi warrior into focus in Stories & Imaginings For The Reading Spot~
The Cemetery Affair ~ This is a tales from here to eternity about love, hate, envy, vengeance, death and maybe murder. Well, not murder, but revenge is sweet!
Dangers of the Wilderness, New York, 1755 ~ What was it like in a young country where the lack of understanding causes people so different from one another to fight for the land, or flee in hopes of surviving.
Spiders ~ Terminal or not, under the right conditions would a little time with your loved ones be asking too much?
Too Many Bobs ~ When a cat named, Bob has his tail bobbed by a remorseful landscaper, Stephanie is sent to return the cat and collect the money for the vet bill. The wounded cat’s injury proves more troublesome than Stephanie could imagine.
The Name Game ~ A young boy named, Kelly becomes famous for ‘one day.’ Having the same name as a famous singer, Kelly is asked to appear on a game show taking the singer’s place.
Where The Heart Is ~ Annie is a cat. She and young Ally from next door make Mae’s decision to move into the Mountain View’s Retirement Home difficult.
Trespasses ~ Life has been a gamble for Jacqueline. People she counted on have left her scarred and wanting solitude. Deciding to avoid any entanglement as her goal she fights an internal conflict when Craig strolls up the deserted beach she considered to be her own.
Inside ~ Left the beach cottage owned by her grandfather in the block leading to the Atlantic ocean, Cheney had no idea selling it would change her nightmares of the Sci Fi warrior.
Captive Memories ~ Sometimes the unthinkable happens in war. No, not just death.
The Boy In The Leaves ~ Max’s friend Tony has a problem. Max believes this problem is a killer like it was for “the boy in the leaves.”
Here is a small part from The Boy In The Leaves.
The One Eyed Wink~ Angie never thought to see Joe again after so many years. After all, he was long dead, wasn’t he? So the day she sees him on TV returning from a lost war, her life comes up against a new problem.
Cherished Dreams ~ Dreams can bring with them memories of loved ones gone. Their visits sometimes are a gift.
ARTWORK for Stories And Imaginings For The Reading Spot
|The One Eyed Wink|
|THE NAME GAME|
|The Boy In The Leaves|