Books, Fiction, Short Stories

The Art Contest by Perry Elisabeth Kirkpatrick

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.

The Art Contest by Perry Elisabeth Kirkpatrick

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

(Click the title to find the book description/blurb.)

The Nazi army has swarmed into France. Twelve-year-old Marie isn’t aware at first of her pianist father’s real role in the war, but now she must help him sneak intelligence past their country’s invaders in The Art Contest by author Perry Elisabeth Kirkpatrick.

I appreciate stories that illustrate how sharp-witted and courageous humanity can be in dangerous times, and I really enjoyed this. It’s a quick (but not rushed) read that conveys the gravity of a wartime situation but isn’t super dark. And the perspective that goes into Marie’s decision is nicely realized.

This is one of those stories I’d say is good for readers of any age. I know people sometimes think of short reads as “too little,” but I’d say this is a great example of how I think of well-written short stories: just enough.

 

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Arts and Entertainment, Books, ebooks, Fiction, Short Stories

Tea & Cream Debbie

Tea & Cream Debbie
A Sequel Short to Dream Debbie
(Chick Lit/Romance)

There can be a right way to apply a cliché.

Debbie? She’s always been a dreamer. And some of the bright dreams of her past come back to her mind in the presence of the special man in her life. (Ah. Stuart.) But at this point in their relationship, is the remembrance of those dreams a good thing or not?

This short story also includes a bonus: an excerpt from The “She” Stands Alone, a romantic comedy found in a sweet romance collection, Inspiring Love.

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Tea & Cream Debbie is available as an ebook at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords.

 

Arts and Entertainment, Books, Fiction, Short Stories

Inspiring Love Release Day!

Hope and inspiration in a trio of sweet romances

It’s officially Release Day!
Three of my romance stories are now together in a collection,
Inspiring Love: Three Romantic Reads.

You can find this book at Amazon, (in print and for Kindle), Barnes and Noble (in print and for Nook), and as an ebook at Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords. The ebook editions are available at a limited time price!

 

Arts and Entertainment, Books, Fiction, Short Stories

Inspiring Love: Three Romantic Reads

Now Available as a Collection!

Inspiring Love: Three Romantic Reads

“The depth of Keels’s writing is masterful.” ~Rabid Readers Reviews on The “She” Stands Alone
“A poignant love story that moved me greatly.” ~Amazon Reviewer on Eminence
“It had me hooked from start to finish. I liked the mysterious elements…” ~Amazon Reviewer on Come to Yourself, Mr. Jones

Hope and inspiration in a trio of sweet romances

Come to Yourself, Mr. Jones
A contemporary romance
InTýntz, a favored celebrity, meets a gorgeous and mysterious woman (Crystal?) at a club in his hometown. But he doesn’t know he’s in for a night nothing like he planned, and a morning after he’ll more than remember.

The “She” Stands Alone
A romantic comedy
Is Sheridan’s dateless problem unfixable? Not in the least. This young woman has got a new plan: she’s going to date herself.

Eminence
From another time and place
After their country’s three-year revolution, Ahnna, a village schoolmistress, serves as nurse for Ikenna, an esteemed soldier and tradesman. But in their newfound independence, the fight for worthy governance, both of the nation and of the heart, is not over.

This collection also includes a bonus: an excerpt from World of the Innocent, a contemporary love story.

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Inspiring Love is available at Amazon (in print and for Kindle), Barnes and Noble (in print and for Nook), and as an ebook at Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords.