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Nine Lives [Kindle Edition]

Terry Tyler
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Winner of 'Best Short Story Collection' in the 2014 eFestival of Words, "Nine Lives" comprises nine short dramas in the vein of Terry Tyler’s well-loved novels, some funny, some sad, with her usual unpredictable twists. The first chapter of full-length novel and tale of sibling rivalry, WHAT IT TAKES, is to be found at the end.

The stories:

Angel - The perfect wife of the perfect husband is tempted by the fruit of another.
Shut Up And Dance - Paul says he will love Laura whatever size she is. But will he?
Mia - The threat of ‘the other woman’…
Kiss Your Past Goodbye - Zoe finds out what happened to her first love, who broke her heart.
We All Fall Down - Two old friends meet for a drink – just a swift one, of course!
Bright Light Fright - A tale of vengeance, a burglary, and a nasty shock.
Mama Kin - Emma and Melanie have very different approaches to childcare – oh dear!
Don’t Get Mad – Get Even - Kevin and Marcus have been best friends, yet rivals, since schooldays; who will come out on top?
Happy Birthday - A forty year old woman looks back over her life.

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  • File Size: 234 KB
  • Print Length: 91 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,174,687 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Cast Of Characters! November 26, 2013
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You know that saying, "I wish I could be a fly on the wall", which people say when they want to know how others behave in certain circumstances? In this collection of stories, Terry Tyler allows us to be that fly on the wall. These stories prove things are not always as they first appear. When we look a little closer at people and their lives, we're often surprised by what we see.

Tyler's talent for creating believable and likable characters has quickly made her one of my favorite authors.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Feelgood easy reads that leave you smiling November 19, 2013
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Feelgood easy reads that leave you smiling

In my opinion Terry Tyler is the queen of the feelgood easy read, where realistic characters walk, talk, and step right off the page into your head. She’s got a truly unique way of pulling you effortlessly into her stories, so that the characters feel like friends, and that is a pretty special gift to have. In these 9 stories you feel as if you make a few mates, get some surprises, and garner a little more insight into the lives of all kinds of essentially ordinary people, who have some fairly extraordinary secrets.
A married woman is tempted to infidelity, slimming leads to a surprise, there’s the ramifications of jealousy, disappointment in love, the list goes on. And not all of it is female based: there’s the gritty machinations in a sleazy snooker bar, plus a story all about an actor and an architect and a fairly sinister raven ( I loved the raven). I enjoyed one story in particular, when I’m sure I was supposed to disapprove of a slovenly feckless character, but found her quite endearing. You may not agree. You may not agree with lots of my ideas about all the different characters in these stories, but I promise you they’re all interesting people, many are likeable, and each story has a neat clever idea that leaves you with a little voice that says ‘I never expected that!’
That’s the whole point. You never do know quite what to expect with Ms Tyler’s inspirational stories, and that’s what makes them fun, and fresh. Whether you read these tales to while away a solitary work break or enjoy them on a ride into work on the bus, you’ll put away your kindle with a smile on your face. And not many writers can claim to do that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Authentic slices of life August 19, 2014
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Some authors have that gift. When you read their work and sense the pages drawing to an end, you want to read slower. Put it off. Make it last longer.

Terry Tyler has it. In her short story collection, Nine Lives, she creates real characters and authentic situations that engage you and leave you wanting more.

Some authors have that gift. When you read their work and sense the pages drawing to an end, you want to read slower. Put it off. Make it last longer.

Terry Tyler has it. In her short story collection, Nine Lives, she creates real characters and authentic situations that engage you and leave you wanting more.

I haven't willingly read a short story collection since high school. I'm glad I gave it a go with this one. Short stories are a challenge for a writer because you have such a compressed timeline to connect with the reader through characters that deserve their consideration. You have to fill in the backstory in some way and draw the reader into the current conflict. You have to make them care.

Terry does it in nine scenarios that pluck at many of the reader's emotions.

This is a quick read and a wonderful introduction to her other works. She's writes in a contemporary style, never with pretense but always with heart.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good taster of this author's work...fabulous November 18, 2013
By Bodicia
Format:Kindle Edition
I admit to being a bit of a fan of this author's writing and I was pleased these were up to her usual standard of entertainment.

My favourites are:

'Angel', a tale of lust, jealousy and adultery...always a good combination.

'Mama Kin' is a funny story with a fabulous twist. I could see the horror on Emma's face as the tale unfolded, her mind hardly able to comprehend the implications of what she was hearing.

'Shut Up and Dance' is the girl power one for me; the controlled woman breaking out, flicking her hair, saying 'enough!' and doing it anyway.

'Kiss Your Past Goodbye' is a great bit of 'karma comes back and bites you', a tale with a very satisfying ending.

These nine stories are a great introduction to Terry's writing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars NINE LIVES: An Enjoyable Short Story Collection‏ April 5, 2014
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NINE LIVES is an enjoyable short story collection delving into the lives of various characters who could indeed be described as having nine lives in terms of their resilience.

I liked all the stories, and the subtle comic elements of these gave a depth to the events depicted. The more serious stories, though, were also interesting, and the showcasing of the characters' psychological elements were very compelling.

I also liked the fact that each story had a sting in its tail, but this was not the raison d'etre for these, rather, reflecting a cogent culmination of events. Some of the stories would well do with expansion, as there was the impression that the respective themes could be explored in a longer format. Well done.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant short stories! March 24, 2014
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I thoroughly enjoyed this collection of short stories. A quick, entertaining read. These days with less reading time, I love reading more short stories. I was already a fan of Terry Tyler's novels, and happy to see that she also writes shorts. I love her writing style, and these tales have some clever twists. The characters are all true-to-life and realistic. At the end of the book there is an excerpt from her novel 'What it Takes' and now I'm desperate to find time to read that one too! I'd recommend this collection to anyone who likes to get lost in a good story.
Including tales on topics such as adultery, love, lust, jealousy, karma, relationships, morals, and revenge, this is a collection that will keep you hooked until the end.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Different and original
When travelling, or when wanting a late night read to switch off this is just the ticket!

Not your stereotypical set of stories. Read more
Published 1 month ago by A Reader's Perspective
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Compilation
Wonderful collection of short stories touching on emotions such as love, jealousy, greed, revenge and infidelity. Read more
Published 14 months ago by ngaire
4.0 out of 5 stars little snippets of life
this is a collection of short stories about life. No happily ever after, just a look at little pieces of people's life and truths. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Ctv
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good
I enjoyed this set of stories with their twists and turns and quite unexpected (in some cases). Well written as usual with great characters, which are believable and... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Julie Elizabeth Powell
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Terry Tyler gives us a glimpse of just how talented she is with each short story contained in this collection. Each short story puts a sly smile on your face. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Steven Graham
5.0 out of 5 stars Ms Tyler can do anything.
I love short stories, but was a little bit unsure about reading this particular selection because I love Terry Tyler’s novels so much and very few writers are good at both the full... Read more
Published 15 months ago by jennytwist
4.0 out of 5 stars Nine lives
I'm not much into short stories, but I picked up this collection by Terry Tyler because I luuuurve Terry Tyler's books (and if you don't there's something wrong with you! Read more
Published 16 months ago by Lene Krog
5.0 out of 5 stars Cat O' Nine Tales
Terry Tyler does an excellent job illustrating the lives of nine central characters. Whether they are coping with affairs, going on diets, or avoiding crazy co-workers, the... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Jen Selinsky
5.0 out of 5 stars A great collection!
I finished reading Nine Lives last night. I've been reading these stories most evenings lately and I think I can honestly say I found every one of them neat and truly satisfying. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Rivergirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Nine Lives
I enjoyed reading this collection: each of the stories is very different to the rest; a couple are satisfyingly predictable; one has an unexpected ending in the final sentence; and... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Cathy
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More About the Author

Terry lives in the north of England with her husband, and has published nine books on Amazon. Readers say she has created her own genre, which lies somewhere in the area of contemporary drama and romantic suspense, with the occasional bit of rock fiction thrown in.

A light, summer novella, 'Round and Round' is her latest release; 'Kings and Queens' is her latest of seven full length novels, and is a modern day re-telling of the story of Henry VIII and his six wives. A sequel is in progress.

When she is not writing, she practices housework avoidance, advanced Twittering, and worship at the altars of Jack Bauer, Tyrion Lannister, Deacon Claybourne and the macho blond one in 'Vikings'.

Terry has a blog on which she writes about anything she feels like, and also writes for the UK Arts Directory on a weekly basis about self-publishing. Both blogs are widely read.

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