***** Outstanding Entertainment                                  Review by Rox Burkey

Author Karen Black provides a collection of suspenseful stories filled with thrills and paranormal situations in realistic settings. Each tale contains unique twists and turns that set the reader on edge as the pages fly. Each story in this anthology is imaginative, scary, and yet, compelling.

The initial thrill for me started with Yvonne, chased by a hunter with serious intent. Hope arrives in a surprising package when Armond wakens her to flee from the hunter. The suspense builds to tension-filled heights with each story.  This sample hooked me.

Yvonne took the handmade weapon from Armond and ran toward the river. Her lungs were burning. Her mouth was dry. Tears blurred her vision as they poured down her cheeks. She heard the hunters behind her. Somehow she found another gear and increased her distance from them. She saw the rock overhang at the edge of the field ahead. It was exactly as Armond had described, but knew she couldn’t reach the cave without being seen.

The sun was creeping up over the horizon and reflected off the river’s surface. It was almost daylight. She needed a place to hide. As if in answer to a silent plea, the river made a sharp curve to the right and the trees lining the bank briefly hid her from the pursuing hunters.

Karen Black weaves her stories with viable plots, rapid character development, and surprising endings. I’ve enjoyed a couple of the stories in this book as standalone shorts, including Candle in the Darkness. The stories share messages on life, death, love, dreams, and right versus wrong.

Each time I read one of Karen’s shorts, I find myself swept away to a different place and new characters who make my emotions come alive. I highly recommend this for preteens and beyond. Fun campfire read.

About the Author

A former professional dog trainer and thoroughbred race horse owner, the author has a degree in Criminal Justice, and a fascination with the supernatural. She draws from experience and imagination to create stories that are usually within the realm of possibility, but never turn out quite the way you would expect. Most of them have a four-legged character and many include a touch of the paranormal.

Although she writes year around, the author does most of her work in the winter. She devotes spring to planting seeds and nurturing herb plants for the garden. Summer is for gardening and watching the birds that migrate from the south. During the fall, she spends time simply enjoying the weather, but throughout the winter, a computer is her primary companion.

Black lives in the United States with her husband, and two alien creatures disguised as cats. Each of the furry critters is unique, but one is rumored to be ET’s second cousin. The rumor has not been confirmed.

http://www.Storiesbykaren.org

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Author Karen Black provides a collection of suspenseful stories filled with thrills and paranormal situations in realistic settings. Each tale contains unique twists and turns that set the reader on edge as the pages fly. Each story in this anthology is imaginative, scary, and yet, compelling.

The initial thrill for me started with Yvonne, chased by a hunter with serious intent. Hope arrives in a surprising package when Armond wakens her to flee from the hunter. The suspense builds to tension-filled heights with each story.  This sample hooked me.

Yvonne took the handmade weapon from Armond and ran toward the river. Her lungs were burning. Her mouth was dry. Tears blurred her vision as they poured down her cheeks. She heard the hunters behind her. Somehow she found another gear and increased her distance from them. She saw the rock overhang at the edge of the field ahead. It was exactly as Armond had described, but knew she couldn’t reach the cave without being seen.

The sun was creeping up over the horizon and reflected off the river’s surface. It was almost daylight. She needed a place to hide. As if in answer to a silent plea, the river made a sharp curve to the right and the trees lining the bank briefly hid her from the pursuing hunters.

Karen Black weaves her stories with viable plots, rapid character development, and surprising endings. I’ve enjoyed a couple of the stories in this book as standalone shorts, including Candle in the Darkness. The stories share messages on life, death, love, dreams, and right versus wrong.

Each time I read one of Karen’s shorts, I find myself swept away to a different place and new characters who make my emotions come alive. I highly recommend this for preteens and beyond. Fun campfire read.


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