Winter Solstice: Short Stories from the Worlds of KP Novels (Kindle Press Anthologies Book 1) Kindle Edition
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These are a collection of thirteen stories from Kindle Press, which is an Amazon Imprint for publishing novels which were primarily selected through the Kindle Scout program. According to the Introduction, “the works contained herein are all from selected authors who are published through this program, and these stories are set in the worlds on (sic) those books that were chosen.” As such they are divided into four categories: Romance; Sci-Fi, Fantasy, & Horror; Mystery, Thriller, & Suspense; and Literature & Fiction.
This is a great, diverse collection. It begins with Linda Cassidy’s humorous, light-hearted “Chelsea Does Christmas,” in which Chelsea, not too successfully tries to duplicate in California what her fiance’s Christmas would be like back home in London. As a comedy of errors, it’s enjoyable fluff, and it’s book-ended by another humorous story, Monte Dutton’s “Chance Chills.” The humor here is sharper, and it features bong-hitting participants on a panel discussing such current issues as the legalization of pot and Donald Trump’s candidacy for president. As social commentary, it’s both hilarious and disturbing.
In between these stories, we have an interesting assortment. One of my favorites is Jada Ryker’s long story “Two Tickets to Paradise.” Like her novel, Take the Body and Run, it stars Macey Malloy, a college Employee Relations manager, and a murder mystery. Crystal Monroe, one of Macey’s student workers, turns up dead, and if Macey isn’t careful, she’ll be added to the body count. Good writing, interesting characters, suspense, and humor keep this tale clicking along. I especially like the list of unpleasant jobs Macey keeps on her laptop to remind herself that her own job isn’t so bad. They include Septic tank cleaner, Highway road kill collector, and Wal-Mart greeter.
All in all, this is a darn good collection and would make a dandy stocking-stuffer for Christmas.
It's a nice overall collection of diverse stories. Definitely something for everyone here, so long as you can enjoy short stories.
Free book with good short stories from best selling authors? Yes, I am in!!
I had a good time with this book and I especially loved Jacqueline Ward's women sleuth story.