Karen’s Killer Book Bench #Short Stories #Anthology: REFLECTIONS by J.A. CUMMINGS ETAL


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REFLECTIONS
Short Story Anthology
By J.A. Cummings, Alanna Robertson-Webb, Kally Jo Surbeck, Drew Starling, Sassa Brown, Julianna Rowe, C.L. Williams, C. Marry Hultman, Bob Byrne, C. Marry Hultman, Shashi Kadapa, Julianna Rowe, Katie Jaarsveld, & Luna Black

Blurb

Step into the looking glass for a journey like no other. This anthology features short stories revolving around the theme of reflections… love lost, memories of a bygone era, the person staring back in the mirror, a reflection in the water… expect the unexpected in the pages of “Reflections.”

A portion of proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to the American Foundation for the Blind.

Stories/poems and authors in Reflections

Marjorie’s Mirrors, By J.A. Cummings

BLURB: When her adopted mother passes away, Cynthia inherits more than she ever expected.

BIO: J.A. Cummings was born in Flint, Michigan, and was raised in a nearby town called Clio. Appropriately enough for someone growing up in a place named for the Muse of history, she developed a passion for reading and the past that continues to this day. Her love of poetry and storytelling quickly followed.

Her life has been one of numerous false starts, unexpected endings, and fascinating side trips that lasted far too long. All of that chaos has informed her writing and improved her understanding of what it means to be human, both the sorrow and the glory.

She still resides in Michigan and also writes as Tiegan Clyne

Something is Wrong with My Reflection by Alanna Robertson-Webb

BLURB: What happens when you combine Hawaiian folklore, an old mirror, and a bottle of Nyquil? Something strange, that’s for sure. The narrator finds this out the hard way after purchasing a mirror from a thrift shop. Since then, strange things start to occur in their apartment.

BIO: Alanna Robertson-Webb is a New York author who enjoys long weekends of LARPing, is terrified of sharks and finds immense fun in being the chief editor at Eerie River Publishing.

She lives with a fiancée and two cats, all of whom like to take over her favorite cozy blanket when they think they can get away with it. She is currently an MRO support member by day, and an editor and author by candlelight.

While she has been published before, which is wonderful, she one day aspires to run her own nerd-themed restaurant.

Reflection by Kally Jo Surbeck

(POEM) capitalizing on the power of a rarely used form of  descriptive writing used to evoke emotion in poetry, alliteration.

BIO: Multi award-winning and Internationally Best-Selling author Kally Jo Surbeck writes in several different genres and formats. She has received high praises for her poetry, anthology, and magazine contributions, as well as single title. She can be found on Instagram, Facebook, or http://www.kallyjo.com. Stop by and visit.

There You Are by Drew Starling

BLURB: A mysterious tale from an anonymous guide on the journey of life and death.

BIO: Bestselling author of horror and dark fiction, Drew Starling is a husband and dog dad who loves strong female leads, martial arts, and long walks in the woods with canine companions. He would like to think his plots are better than his prose but strives to make his words sound both beautiful and terrifying at the same time. He listens to Beethoven, Megadeth, and Enya when he writes. His only rule of writing: the dog never dies.

Your Presence Remains by Sassa Brown

(POEM) Your Presence Remains is dedicated to my grandmother who raised me throughout most of my childhood and was always there for me. She greatly influenced the person I became and was a guiding light for me, always pushing me and encouraging me to go after my dreams and to stand up for what I believe in.

BIO: Sassa is a publisher, designer, wife, and mother of two human children and three four-legged children. She has ghostwritten nonfiction books, articles, business manuals, and more. She also spent two years writing articles for online magazines. She loves to read anything she can get her hands on. Some of her favorite authors include Margaret Walker, Eudora Welty, H.G. Wells, Jules Verne, and Neil Gaiman.

 Descent from Home by Julianna Rowe

BLURB: What if no one was here? What if I don’t come back? Where is the reality?

BIO: Julianna Rowe is truly a gifted writer of fiction because of her gift of imagination. She is a spiritual person, also. So, coupled with her imagination comes wisdom and insight into the enjoyment of other humans, the people who also possess the kind of fear that seems to excite the emotions, and yet they cling to a logical outcome to her stories. Those conclusions don’t leave the readers cringing in fear. Instead, they leave the reader excited; yet satisfied.

Julianna is a prolific writer in many different literary genres. In all of her writing, her descriptive words transport the reader directly into the stories, making them part of the literary scenario which completely captures their interest until the end.

Looking Back by C.L. Williams

(POEM)

BIO: C.L. Williams is an international bestselling author living in central Virginia. He’s written eight poetry books, four novellas, one novel, and a contributor to a multitude of anthologies. His most recent poetry book, The Paradox Complex, includes the poem “Sad Crying Clown” that was turned into a short film for MMH Productions YouTube Channel. Williams is currently releasing a series of novelettes under the banner Chaos Fusion. When not writing, he enjoys writing and sharing the works of other independent authors.

The Cord by C. Marry Hultman

BLURB: Mr. Garfield is an ornery educator who most of all would like to be left alone. He is plagued by a slight birth defect, causing him not to fulfill his dreams and viewing those around him with contempt. Although maybe being an educator can give him a purpose in life.

For You I Wear This Mask by C. Marry Hultman

BLURB: A short story told from two perspectives. One of the narrators is faced with the annoying woodworking teacher, Graeme, at an educator’s conference. He views the round figure with contempt. The other perspective is that of Graeme, who struggles with low self-esteem but is determined to be accepted.

BIO: C. Marry Hultman is a teacher, writer, and sometimes podcaster who is equal parts Swede and Wisconsinite. He lives with his wife and two daughters and runs W.A.R.G –The Guild podcast dedicated to interviewing authors about their creative process. In addition to that, he runs the website Wisconsin Noir – Cosmic Horror set in the Dairy State where he collects short fiction and general thoughts.

Find out more about him at: https://linktr.ee/C.MarryHultman

What Lies Within by Bob Byrne

BLURB: Come and sit near the fire as I tell you a tale of What Lies Within.

BIO: Bob Byrne wanted to be either a writer or a time-traveling archaeologist. He decided on writer when he found out that most of the time stream had neither air conditioning nor comfortable seating. The Gift is his first published book and he couldn’t be happier.

Reflections of a British Bride by Shashi Kadapa

BLURB: It is Colonia British India of the 1870s. Kate Middleton comes on a ‘Fishing Fleet’ to trap a husband. She is overwhelmed by the dog-like devotion of her taciturn husband, Martin, and the vivacious, tempestuous Andrew. Will she make the right choice?

BIO: Based in Pune, India, Shashi Kadapa is the managing editor of ActiveMuse, a journal of literature. His short stories have appeared or shortly due in print anthologies of Casagrande Press, Anthroposphere (Oxford Climate Review), Alien Dimensions #11, Agorist Writers, Escaped Ink, War Monkey, Carpathia Publishing, Verses of Silence, and in online publications of Spadina Literary Review, Nymphs Publications, Schlock Webzine, and others. He has written for The Times of India and Debonair.

The Murder of Eden Barker by Julianna Rowe

BLURB: A soul caught in a dream state can reveal the truth. From the lies held in death bring forth the ghosts of responsibility.

BIO: Julianna Rowe is truly a gifted writer of fiction because of her gift of imagination. She is a spiritual person, also. So, coupled with her imagination comes wisdom and insight into the enjoyment of other humans, the people who also possess the kind of fear that seems to excite the emotions, and yet they cling to a logical outcome to her stories. Those conclusions don’t leave the readers cringing in fear. Instead, they leave the reader excited; yet satisfied.

Julianna is a prolific writer in many different literary genres. In all of her writing, her descriptive words transport the reader directly into the stories, making them part of the literary scenario which completely captures their interest until the end.

The Way It Was Told by Katie Jaarsveld

BLURB: It was hearsay. He said, she said, and so on. It started with the lives of the tiniest things.

BIO: Katie started by writing horror, and though that is still her favorite genre, she has also released stories in contemporary, paranormal, supernatural, fantasy, mythopoeia, young adult, and even romance.

Twitter: @katiejaarsveld

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marytink.w

A Life in Review by Luna Black

BLURB: As an author, I have faced many challenges, and there are many still to come. I know that each road leads to a new destination. It was meant for me to be at this store for a book signing because the young teen that was about to enter the store would change my life for the better.

BIO: I started writing when I was in elementary school. I struggled for the most part due to my dyslexia, and people often told me that I would never be a good writer. They told me to give up, but I refused. I gave it everything I had. At one point, I won a young author’s award, and I continued writing as I got older. I recently had three short stories published and a fourth accepted for an anthology scheduled for release on March 1st.

My biggest goal with my writing is that others might resonate with my characters and that my stories might empower them in some way and give them the courage to keep going, even when life gets them down. While not all stories have happy endings or see the characters take a positive path, they do typically follow the theme of acceptance — acceptance of who you are as a person and who you want to be — and the moment where one decides to stand up for themselves.

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Link to REFLECTIONS:

https://www.amazon.com/Reflections-J-Cummings-ebook/dp/B08B6G6WJW/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Reflections+sassa+brown&qid=1597603867&s=books&sr=1-1

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**Special Giveaway** One lucky reader who comments on this Karen’s Killer Book Bench blog will win a paperback copy of REFLECTIONS (U.S. Only) or an ebook (outside U.S.).

Author Kally Jo Surbeck will also give away a signed paperback copy (U.S./International) of REFLECTIONS to one lucky reader who comments.

Happy Reading!

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Thanks, everyone, for sharing your anthology with us!

Don’t miss the chance to read these stories!

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7 Responses to Karen’s Killer Book Bench #Short Stories #Anthology: REFLECTIONS by J.A. CUMMINGS ETAL

  1. Samantha says:

    How interesting. I love how there are little stories and poems. I enjoy reading about the topic of reflections and am definitely interested. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Kathleen Bylsma says:

    This is a unique collection of writings and will be a treat to read.
    Thanks, Karen and J A Cummings et al.

  3. Karen says:

    Good morning, Kally Jo, Sassa, and all, and welcome to Karen’s Killer Book Bench. What a wonderful cache of short stories and poems! I haven’t seen anything like it in ages and I’m sure all of your readers will love this collection. Thanks for sharing it with us today!

  4. bn100 says:

    interesting bios

  5. This anthology sounds wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing it with us!

  6. Alicia Haney says:

    This anthology book sounds like a really good read and I love the cover, it is stunning! Thank you for sharing about this awesome sounding book.

  7. Teresa Warner says:

    Sounds like quite the read, would love to get a copy!

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