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2 Excellent Story Collections from Indie Authors

Here are two more wonderful books by blogging authors:

  1. The Storyteller Speaks — Annika Perry’s debut book  of stories that will win your heart
  2. Caboodle and the Whole Kit — a sparkling collection of creativity that ranges from poetry to fictional interviews to short stories

The Storyteller Speaks: Powerful Stories to Win Your HeartThe Storyteller Speaks: Powerful Stories to Win Your Heart

by Annika Perry
5 of 5 stars

I’ve been a fan of Annika’s blog voice for many years and particularly her ability to say so much with so few words in the short stories she often shares. Annika has a way of saying just enough to engage readers without giving too much away. She dribbles out clues. I hang on every word, wondering how it will unfold. I want to know–but not too fast because I’m enjoying the verbal journey. I need to savor every paragraph, every parsed thought, every surprise conclusion.

In Storyteller Speaks, Annika provides an eclectic mix of short stories, flash fiction, and poetry.  All of these are character-driven explorations into the raw feelings so often part of everyday events and yet, through Annika, I see them in a different light.

You can find Annika at her blog, Annika Perry.

Caboodle & the Whole KitCaboodle & the Whole Kit

by Kevin Cooper

5 of 5 stars

Kevin Cooper’s Caboodle and the Whole Kit (2016) is part fan fiction for lovers of JR Tolkien, Star Wars, Wuthering Heights and other favorite literary characters and the rest a ‘caboodle of the whole kit’. Cooper cleverly puts the reader in favorite literary scenes through the eyes of today’s reader by posing a conversation between favorite characters and Kev. When he’s not chatting with and interviewing the greats in literature, he is sharing folk songs, poetry, and even short stories–all with an eye on fun and entertainment. For example:

Interview with Heathcliff
Place: Wuthering Heights: Near a cliff over by the heath on the North Yorkshire Moors, England. Wanting to escape the heavy downpour and ferocious winds, Kev hammers on the door of a remote farmhouse.
Kev: Tell me a little about yourself, Heathcliff. You are no doubt a gentleman yet live in this squalor of a farmhouse?

This is not the typical read. Enjoy it. Be mesmerized by the creativity. Start and stop as time permits, fitting the entries around and between other activities as a way to forget reality for just a little bit.

Recommended for those who love a non-traditional approach to many of the classics.

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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and the upcoming Born in a Treacherous Time. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer,  a columnist for TeachHUB, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning.

38 thoughts on “2 Excellent Story Collections from Indie Authors

  1. Pingback: Stories You’ll Love | WordDreams...

  2. Jacqui, heartfelt thanks for your wonderful review of my book! ❤️ Wow! This is just brilliant, I’m smiling away and so happy the book touched you so deeply. Your words here are making me see my stories in a new light! Thank you! 😃 hugs xxx

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  3. Annika’s book is really fantastic! She transports you to the scene of action with her words and her stories possess the potential to submerge you in the emotional journey of the characters. So nice to see her featured here! Kevin’s book too sounds promising. Thanks for sharing these wonderful reviews Jacqui.

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