Thursday, July 25, 2013

A Quick Summer Read

This summer has been incredibly busy.  I haven’t had much time to write, read or do much of anything I want.  Don’t get me wrong, I am having a blast enjoying my children and family, but if you are a writer or reader, you will understand when I say, I miss books!
I was lucky enough to stumble onto a short story the other day, which I was highly excited about.  I thought it was manageable and I could get a quick fix if nothing else; and hey it only took my three or four days to find the time to look at it.  So last night I got my opportunity.  I’d met my publishing deadline, and though I still have other projects waiting, several books to dive into, and a pile of laundry, I thought, tonight is the night for “The Collector” by Terri Wallace.
I am so glad I did!  This was a fantastic and enjoyable read.  My only criticism is that it was too short.  I would love to have read this as a full length script, rather than a short story.  That being said, I was highly impressed with Wallace’s ability to draw you into the characters so rapidly.  Her use of language and tone swiftly stirred emotion; painting a sometimes disturbing world.
The personalities were easy to connect with, both good and bad, and you really got a taste for how the main character, Junie, absorbed the world around her.  There were several hair raising moments, which I personally love, as well as tearful winces.  The story line is thick with honesty, depth, and a mysterious rhythm you can’t help but crave.
Book Excerpt:
“It took me a while to learn the power of secrets.  Not havin’ secrets yourself, of course, but knowin’ someone else’s.  It’s like carvin’ out a piece of their soul and carryin’ it around with you.  You can either choose to keep it safe, or you can tear it to pieces and scatter it to the winds – your choice.”   ~Junie
“The Collector” by Terri Wallace, is available as an eBook, on Amazon for only $0.99.  It is well worth your time.  I positively recommend it, and highly encourage the author to write more! 

Amazon Book Blurb:
When ten year old Junie Rae Campbell wakes up in the parking lot of a seedy motel, and her mother is found dead inside, she has no choice but to go with the social worker who comes to collect her and take her to the tiny, sunbaked Oklahoma town of Crankston’s Landing to live with Granny Enid. But when lies and lechery threaten Junie and the people she has latched onto, secrets are exposed, untapped abilities reemerge…and a weapon for vengeance is born.

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