Jack is a fellow member of my writing group whose entertaining, satirical and sometimes disturbing short stories have long left us enthralled and I'm delighted that he now has put fifteen together in this first collection. They are described thus:
Here are fifteen stories of the weird and wonderful, the tragic and the vengeful, with a Scottish flavour. Sometimes satirical, sometimes lyrical, the collection makes some scathing comments on commercialisation and political correctness in contemporary society. Don`t read on unless you are prepared to accept “a willing suspension of disbelief” in things that should never happen.
Three's a Crowd by Kate Blackadder
I've known Kate for many years through the Scottish Association of Writers and have enjoyed many of her published short stories in women's magazines. She has recently been a guest author at the People's Friend short story workshops in various parts of Scotland. This is Kate's first collection of family stories previously published in The People's Friend, Woman's Weekly, and Woman's Day (an Australian magazine). A reviewer said the following:
These are superbly written, with great characterisation, and I found myself immediately drawn into the story, which is always the sign of a skilful writer at the top of their game.
When Planets Slip their Tracks by Joanna Campbell
Joanna has been a blogging friend for many years and I've been following her writing career ever since first reading her wonderful stories published in various women's magazines and Writers' Forum. She has since won several prestigious prizes and this is her first collection of short stories. This is part of the description on Amazon:
Tracing the fragile paths of people who desperately want to belong, Campbell catches her characters in the moment where they find themselves floundering. These are characters at the edge of their endurance, experiencing the moment when life threatens to tip out of their control. With a light comic flair, Campbell follows them through the twists and turns of their experiences.