Not Another: A story by Ann Fields

Ann Fields’ short story, Not Another, is part of Voices from the Block – a Legacy of African-American Literature.

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Ann Fields transports us into another world where her protagonist, The Young Wife, is determined to make her community a safe place for the children by fighting The Great White – a monster who demands, every so often, the sacrifice of a child as protection for the village.

The nameless Young Wife is the kind of character that one reads fiction for. She brazenly and stubbornly puts aside her own needs in order to fight for a better world where peace dominates evil. Hers is an altruistic world. She is brave and strong and refuses to be defeated. And as all good protagonists, The Young Wife brings us to question our own weaknesses: would we, like her, be willing to give up our cozy lives in order to defeat a malice that does not personally touch us?

In her opening of Not Another Ann Fields writes this dedication:

To the people of Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Syria,

Ivory Coast and others…

America, where is your revolution?

In this world of increasing intolerance Not Another offers inspiration and hope. What more can we ask of literature?

Besides this poignant and relevant story, Ann Fields played a significant role in bringing together this inspiring collection of essays, poetry, short stories and fiction starts by talented and gifted writers.

As a tribute to Black History Month, Voices from the Block is a book you’ll want to read any month, especially in March when Ann is planning to spotlight some of the writers whose works appear in this anthology.

 

TWO RISING STARS

Judy Penz Sheluk and Kristina Stanley have both been featured in my series How I Got Published when they were both starting out – before they established themselves as the respectful mystery writers they have become.

Both are Canadian. Judy Penz Sheluk writing about a small town community outside of Toronto and Kristina Stanley writing about the mountain resorts of British Columbia.

Judy is a member of Sisters in Crime International, Sisters in Crime – Guppies, Sisters in Crime – Toronto, Crime Writers of Canada, International Thriller Writers, Inc. and the Short Mystery Fiction Society. She lives in a small town northwest of Toronto, Ontario. Read more here.

Skeletons in the Attic

 

Calamity (Callie) Barnstable isn’t surprised to learn she’s the sole beneficiary of her late father’s estate, though she is shocked to discover she has inherited a house  she didn’t know existed. However, there are conditions attached to Callie’s inheritance: she must move to Marketville, live in the house, and solve her mother’s murder.

 

 

Skeleton’s in the Attic is the first of Judy’s series but not her first mystery.

I found myself immediately drawn into Skeleton’s in the Attic not only because of the suspense but because of the wonderfully quirky characters inhabiting this novel. The author does a fantastic job managing her characters and making them all come alive with their own distinct personalities and secrets, adding layers to the novel’s core suspense.

As Callie moves into her father’s house and gets to know her eccentric neigbours, clues to her mother’s disappearance begin to emerge. The problem is that the more clues appear the more nothing is what it appears to be and Callie can’t quite trust those providing these clues.

Although warned that the truth can break your heart, Callie can’t stop her relentless quest to discover the truth behind her mother’s disappearance. I particularly enjoyed the protagonist’s search for a mother who abandoned her when she was six and in trying to put together the pieces of her mother’s past she dips into memories of her own childhood.

Skeleton’s in the Attic is a cozy, enjoyable read.

 

Kristina is the author of the Stone Mountain Mystery Series.

Her books have garnered the attention of prestigious crime writing organizations in Canada and England. Crime Writers of Canada nominated her first novel for the Unhanged Arthur award. The Crime Writers’ Association nominated her second novel for the Debut Dagger. She is published in the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. click here for more.

Avalanche

 

On a cold winter morning, the safe at Stone Mountain Resort is robbed, and Kalin Thompson’s brother, Roy, suspiciously disappears. As Director of Security, Kalin would normally lead the investigation, but when her brother becomes the prime suspect, she is ordered to stay clear.

 

 

 

In her third installment of The Stone Mountain Mystery Series, Kristina Stanley begins the novel with her signature nail-biting tension. She immediately plunges the reader into the middle of an avalanche and we find out very quickly that “…Roy’s headlamp burst to life, eerily illuminating his surrounding snow coffin.”

Lovely sentence.

Kristina Stanley maintains tension and suspense throughout the novel, whether it has to do with the protagonist’s decision to take an appealing job offer that might tear apart her newly married relationship with Ben, or, this being a mystery, on solving a murder.

I’ve had Avalanche on my Kindle since last June. When the weather started to turn cold and snow covered the ground I pulled up the novel. Avalanche is perfect to take on a ski holiday or to sit by a fireplace, sipping hot cocoa or tea and getting lost in the tangles of relationships.

In the category of Women’s Sleuth Mysteries, Avalanche was an Amazon Hot New Release.

I’ve now read all three of the Stone Mountain Mysteries and this is my favourite.

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 Hi Everyone,

Thanks for being here. I appreciate it. A lot! ❤

Here are a couple of my latest e-book reads that you might like.

Unhappy Endings is certainly a fitting title for this collection of three flash fiction stories. The endings are also unexpected. In Sylvia’s World a young woman dreams of escaping from a marriage to a man who has little interest in her life. In the middle story, Cleopatra’s Slippers, the author takes us into curfews and the  thorny moral question of the right to die from a teenage daughter’s viewpoint. The last story, Emmaline, lets us  draw our own conclusion on a sixteen year old girl’s pregnancy.

These days, I’ve been  finding myself pressed for time and so the flash fiction format was perfect. Unhappy Endings provided me with my literary fix and boosted my imagination.

This is not the first time Judy has been on my blog. You can read  more about her on my series  How I Got Published and on her interesting website.

Unhappy Endings will be a free Kindle download from Dec. 1 to Dec. 5. Her collection of short stories, Live Free or Tri, will be free on Kindle at the same time. She’s hoping to get some Amazon and Goodreads reviews!

 

 

I was initially attracted to this debut mystery novel  because of its setting. I have been following Jet Eliot’s Travel and Wildlife Adventures blog for some time now and so I felt that I could count on a vicarious Australian escape. The author’s description of snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef is worthy of any good travel book. Then there’s Jet Eliot’s  grasp on Australian nature, the cacophony of jungle sounds in the rain forest and her casually inserting Aussie words such as the chocolate covered pastry named the Lamington – the same name as her protagonist – Anne Lamington – a perky, middle aged-woman whose curiosity leads her to sleuthing.

Wicked Walkabout is a mystery, much in the style of the classic who-dune-its. Lately, I tend to lose interest very quickly on the many novels I’ve been coming across. Not so with this book. The author did a terrific job of holding my interest. I liked the characters in the book and loved the relationship of the protagonist with her police officer son back in America. I suspect that in her 2nd installment of the Anne Lamington series – The Golden Gate Graveyard – we’ll be hearing more about her son.

You can read more about Jet Eliot here.