“Scenes from the Heartland” by Donna Baier Stein

“Scenes from the Heartland” by Donna Baier Stein is a compilation of stories based on artworks that were created by well-known lithographer and artist Thomas Hart Benton.

The theme of this book is one of artistic interpretation and literary translation. It is the balancing of two forms of creativity into one volume of perspective. Have you ever looked at a picture, painting, or lithograph and imagined the story it could tell? Imagine no further! In this book, the stories are woven around each piece of artwork for your enjoyment. … More “Scenes from the Heartland” by Donna Baier Stein

The Last News Vendor by Michael Mirolla

“The Last News Vendor” by Michael Mirolla is an uncanny plunge into the mind of a man (blissfully?) detached from the realities of a changing world. Obsessed with a one-legged news vendor, dissatisfied with his partner, and disconnected from his children, it’s the story of one man’s absurd plan for the next level of his existence – come what may. … More The Last News Vendor by Michael Mirolla

“Gimme the Familiars” by Jessica Mehta

GIMME THE FAMILIARSJessica MehtaMusehick Publications (2019)ISBN 9781944864491Reviewed by Skyler Boudreau for Reader Views (1/2020) “Gimme the Familiars” by Jessica Mehta is a blend of reimagined mythology in short story format and memoir. Told in alternating chapters, each short story leads into the next piece of memoir, connecting each section of the book into one large, … More “Gimme the Familiars” by Jessica Mehta

“Friends of the Library” by Susan Cushman

FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARYSusan CushmanKoehler Books (2019)ISBN 9781633938953Reviewed by Carol Hoyer for Reader Views (09/19) “Friends of the Library” by Susan Cushman is an amazing group of short stories gathered from her journeys to various libraries across the state of Mississippi. Each visit provides valuable vignettes of life—from hopes and fears, to revival and healing. … More “Friends of the Library” by Susan Cushman

“No Apocalypse: Punk, Politics & the Great American Weirdness” by Al Burian

NO APOCALYPSE: PUNK, POLITICS & THE GREAT AMERICAN WEIRDNESSAl BurianMicrocosm Publishing (2019)ISBN 9781621065210 Reviewed by Skyler Boudreau for Reader Views (8/19) “No Apocalypse: Punk, Politics & the Great American Weirdness” is a collection of writing by Al Burian, featuring essays of his that have appeared in publications such as Punk Planet, HeartattaCk Zine, and Skeleton … More “No Apocalypse: Punk, Politics & the Great American Weirdness” by Al Burian

“Love Can Be: A Literary Collection about Our Animals” by Louisa McCune and Teresa Miller

LOVE CAN BE: A LITERARY COLLECTION ABOUT OUR ANIMALS Louisa McCune and Teresa MillerKirkpatrick Foundation (2018)ISBN 9780999699300Reviewed by Rachel Dehning for Reader Views (7/19) “Love Can Be: A Literary Collection about Our Animals,” edited by Louisa McCune and Teresa Miller, includes stories submitted by various authors and published by the Kirkpatrick Foundation. This book is … More “Love Can Be: A Literary Collection about Our Animals” by Louisa McCune and Teresa Miller

“Reaper’s Lament,” by Steven Lane Smith

REAPER’S LAMENT Steven Lane SmithOutskirts Press (2019)ISBN 9781977209078 Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views (06/19) “Reaper’s Lament,” by Steven Lane Smith contains a collection of about 45 spine tingling true stories of pilots who managed to outsmart the Grim Reaper. The stories are presented by pilots from varied backgrounds which include military, airline and … More “Reaper’s Lament,” by Steven Lane Smith

“Thirty Days Later” Edited by AJ Sikes, BJ Sikes

THIRTY DAYS LATER AJ Sikes, BJ Sikes, EditorsThinking Ink Press (2016)ISBN 9781942480105 Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views (6/19) “Thirty Days Later: Steaming Forward: 30 Adventures in Time,” is a collection of steampunk tales created by writers from Authors Row at the Clockwork Alchemy Convention that takes place every Memorial Day in San Jose, … More “Thirty Days Later” Edited by AJ Sikes, BJ Sikes

“Twelve Hours Later” Edited by AJ Sikes, BJ Sikes, Dover Whitecliff, Sharon Cathcart

TWELVE HOURS LATEREdited by AJ Sikes, BJ Sikes, Dover Whitecliff, Sharon CathcartThinking Ink Press (2017)ISBN 9781942480181 Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views (5/19) “Twelve Hours Later,” contains a fantastic collection of twelve paired short stories for a total of 24, with steampunk themes that involve time travel, Japanese myth, demons, magic, mysterious antiquities, and … More “Twelve Hours Later” Edited by AJ Sikes, BJ Sikes, Dover Whitecliff, Sharon Cathcart