by Danielle Stewart, fiction I’m so drawn to stories of adoption, fostering, anything involving children. This had me in tears by the end. Stewart sheds light on suddenly needing to find your first roots while still clinging to your grafted family’s roots. She doesn’t shy away from the messy reality of adoptive and birth families meeting.
I’ve taken classes with David Molnar and he’s a great instructor and often has lots of giveaways, including the one I just entered. If you’d like a chance to win the Canon R5 camera that just came out, the #1 camera in the world for photographers (according to David Molnar), go here. I have a sixteen-year-old Canon camera, but would love an upgrade. How about you?
by Regina Jennings, fiction A quick, fun, and clean read. What happens when a caring, feisty woman marries a dying soldier in order to protect his family, only to find out he gave her the wrong name and she’s not actually married into a family she has come to love? These characters are real and likable.
Kakalak 2020 is available for pre-order. I am honored to have my work in the upcoming issue. One poem of mine will be included, along with one of my photographs and I’m excited to see them in print come early December. The cover price is $15, but the current pre-order discount price is $9, (not including shipping or applicable sales tax). Place your order at the Main Street Rag online bookstore, or use this Kakalak Read More
by Eloise Jarvis McGraw, fiction After his father dies, Ranofer is taken in by a half-brother who is likely stealing and stands in Ranofer’s way of becoming the goldsmith apprentice he’s always dreamed of being. If you love history, adventure and stories of overcoming hardships and obstacles and believing in yourself, this is a book for you.
by Jessica L. Randall, fiction This is a decent story with a touch of mystery about family and keeping secrets, though it’s a bit predictable and the ending felt rushed. The title didn’t quite suit the story and it’s missing some depth and nuance regarding relationships and consequences of actions. Some elements didn’t sit well with me.
by Rachael English, fiction This provoking story shows how certain experiences shape us not only in the moment, but for the rest of our lives. It’s a story of birth mothers and their children separated in mother and baby homes in Ireland and its lasting impact. Multiple characters and multiple perspectives, including some poor language choices.
by Stephanie Burgis, fiction This delightful and fun romp of a story is about a young dragon who discovers her passion for chocolate and the consequences of making impulsive choices. A fresh and age-appropriate perspective in believing in yourself and discovering what it means to be a true friend. (I craved chocolate the whole way through.)
by Mary Oliver, nonfiction An entire chapter dedicated to rhythm, to foot, and to meter, explained in a pleasurable way with examples to keep the reader grounded. Oliver’s enjoyment of poetry is evident and seeps through her words. If you appreciate the music and rhythm of language and words in general, then this is for you.
by Erin Bartels, fiction The story inside lived up to the eye-catching cover. Such a beautiful, compelling story of brokenness and finding wholeness, full of heart-tugging moments, life-altering choices, and what it truly means to love and be loved. Bartels expertly weaves between past and present, piecing together the mysteries of the story stitch by stitch.