Book Review: Autumn Paths An Anthology #AutumnPaths #SeasonalCollective #AllanHudson #MoniqueThébeau #ChuckBowie #SCEston #AngellaCormier #PierreArseneault #SandraBunting #JeremyThomasGilmer #JamesetMoi @rararesources


Nine writers – Seasonal Collective – from both sides of the Atlantic, including best-selling and award-winning authors, have created this miscellany of stories.
These tales of family, mystery, intrigue, adventure, and suspense will take you across continents, through time and space in this world and others. With a linking theme of autumn, discover new landscapes, encounter new and intriguing characters, uncover secrets and lies, and witness the
resolution of old enmities.
Take the first step on this roller-coaster of an emotional journey, and you won’t be disappointed.

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My Review

This book is an anthology of nine short stories which feature different genres that take place in different countries which all centre around the theme of autumn. As all of the stories differed in theme this was ideal to pick up after a long day at work when you want to read but are unsure as to how much you want to read. One of my favourite aspects of this book is that after each story there was a little author bio which I quite liked as it helped me to connect with the story and the author. As a mood reader I liked the fact that as this was an anthology of short stories if gave me the opportunity to pick the story I read rather than read the stories in the order that they appeared in the book. In this book, the contents page includes the title of the story and a short description as to what it was about which I found really helpful because I then picked the story that I was in the mood to read. I enjoyed all of stories but the one that stuck out was The Bookseller’s Secret Octavo which I found fascinating and would have happily read a full novel about this story.

The perfect read for autumn or any season for that matter.

Author Bios

Sandra Bunting

Sandra Bunting’s publications include two books of short fiction, a poetry collection, a non-fiction book besides articles, poems and stories in numerous literary magazines. Sandra is on the editorial board of the Irish-based literary magazine, Crannóg, and worked at NUI Galway where she set up the Academic Writing Centre and taught Creative Writing and TEFL teacher training. Now living in Atlantic Canada, she is a member of The Writers Union of Canada, New Brunswick Writers Federation, Words
on Water Miramichi, the Grand Barachois group Women Who Write and the Galway Writers’ Workshop.

Pierre C Arseneault

The youngest of eleven children, Pierre C. Arseneault grew up in the small town of Rogersville New Brunswick. As a cartoonist, Pierre was published in over a dozen newspapers. As an author, he has five
titles published so far:
Dark Tales for Dark Nights (2013)
Sleepless Nights (2014)
Oakwood Island (2016) Poplar Falls – The Death of Charlie Baker (2019) Oakwood Island – The Awakening (2020)

Chuck Bowie

Chuck Bowie graduated from the University of New Brunswick in Canada with a Bachelor Degree in Science. His writing is influenced by the study of human nature and how people behave. Chuck loves
food, wine, music and travel and all play a role in his work. His publisher has just launched his latest novel, set in Ireland and England, entitled Her Irish Boyfriend, fifth in the international suspense-thriller series: Donovan: Thief For Hire. He has just completed and published the second novel in a new cozy mystery series, set in a fictional town in New Brunswick, and is now finishing the follow-up in this series. – Chuck recently completed tenure on National Council of The Writers’ Union of Canada; Acted as Writer in Residence at Kingsbrae International Residence for the Arts, 2019; – Acknowledged as an author of note in the Miramichi Literary Trail installation, 2021.

Steve C Eston

Steve C. Eston always had a conflicting love for the fantastical and the scientific, which led him to write both fantasy and science-fiction. He has three published books: Deficiency (2020), The Conclave (2018) and The Burden of the Protector (2016). He also has several short stories available for free download on his website. He lives in Fredericton with his wife and children.

Angela Wren

Angela Wren is an actor and director at a theatre in Yorkshire, UK. An avid reader, she has always loved stories of any description. She writes the Jacques Forêt crime novels set in France and is a contributing author to the Miss Moonshine anthologies. Her short stories vary between romance, memoir, mystery and historical. Angela has had two one-act plays recorded for local radio.

Monique Thébeau

Monique Thébeau is retired and lives in Riverview, New Brunswick. She has published a murder mystery In the Dark of Winter (which she is currently translating) and a French historical novel of her hometown, Saint-Louis-de-Kent. She is as passionate about building suspense in her stories as she is about gardening and being a grand-parent.

Jeremy Thomas Gilmer

Jeremy Thomas Gilmer is a writer of short fiction and nonfiction. He has been longlisted for the CBC Canada Writes Short Story Prize, won the inaugural Short Story Day Africa Flash Fiction Prize and was
selected as the writer-in-residence at the KiRA residency in 2018. Jeremy is the Art and Literature editor-at-large for The East magazine. Gilmer has spent over twenty-five years as an Engineering Consultant on environmental, energy, and mining projects. Born in New Brunswick, Gilmer grew up in
Nigeria, Northern Ireland, and Canada and has lived and worked in over forty countries. He splits his time between Eastern Canada and Brazil.

Allan Hudson

Allan Hudson was born in Saint John, New Brunswick. Growing up in South Branch he was encouraged to read from an early age by his mother who was a school teacher. He lives in Cocagne with his wife Gloria. He has enjoyed a lifetime of adventure, travel and uses the many experiences as ideas for his
writing. He is an author of action/adventure novels, historical fiction and a short story collection. His short stories – The Ship Breakers & In the Abyss – received Honourable Mention in the New Brunswick
Writer’s Federation competition. He has stories published on, The Golden Ratio and his blog – South Branch Scribbler.

Angella Cormier

Angella Cormier grew up in Saint Antoine, a small town in south east New Brunswick, Canada. This is where her love of reading and writing was born. Her curious nature about everything mysterious and paranormal helped carve the inspiration for her passion of writing horror and mystery stories. She is also a published poet, balancing out her writing to express herself in these two very opposing genres.
Previous titles include: Oakwood Island – The Awakening (2020), Oakwood Island (2016), A Maiden’s Perception – A collection of thoughts, reflections and poetry (2015) and Dark Tales for Dark Nights (2013, written as Angella Jacob).


Book Review: The Return of Hester Lynton by Tony Evans #ReturnOfHesterLynton @tonyevansUK @lume_books @RandomTTours


Victorian England’s most celebrated lady detective returns in ten new brain-teasing mysteries.

With scheming fraudsters, corrupt doctors, devious forgers and terrible murderers afoot, Hester Lynton, and her trustworthy assistant Ivy Jessop, have their work cut out for them. But amidst the dirt and deprivation of 1800s London, our investigative duo will stop at nothing to catch their criminals.

The Return of Hester Lynton is a collection of ten absorbing cosy detective stories, perfect for fans of Sherlock Holmes, Mrs Gladden and the Lady Hardcastle mysteries.

My Review

Do you like detective stories set in the Victorian era then look no further because this is the book for you.

This is a book of ten short stories which follow detective Hester Lynton and her assistant and colleague Ivy Jessop as they investigate cases brought to them by members of the public and the police. Not to forget Mrs Parsons the house keeper. Each story was fascinating, absorbing and cleverly written. Hester and Ivy deal with a variety of cases involving helping a client obtain their inheritance which involved the use of a book code, missing people, missing jewellery, a famous painting, and famous people including Oscar Wilde. As these are short stories you could read one per day or if you’re like me the book can be read in one sitting as I was captivated by the writing and intrigued by the cases. At times it felt like I was investigating the cases alongside Hester and Ivy. I have to say that I loved both Hester and Ivy. They are clever, strong, independent women. I have always been a fan of Sherlock Holmes and I always wondered what if Sherlock Holmes and Mr Watson had been female. My questions had been answered in Hester and Ivy as they are exactly what I had imagined.

I definitely want to read more about Hester, Ivy and more from this author as I am now a firm fan of the characters, stories and the author. This is a book that I will definitely be reading again.

Author Bio

Tony Evans is a full-time writer. His print publications include eighteen adaptations of classic novels published by Real Reads Ltd. His eBooks include the Hester Lynton mystery series and the Jonathan Harker mystery series. Tony has also written student guides for Hamlet, Dracula and The Murder of Roger Ackroyd: all published by ZigZag Education. He lives with his wife in the Yorkshire Dales.
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Book Review: Always Never, Rarely Sometimes by Alexander Raphael @elraphael @rararesources


An aspiring magician who gets a sinister pleasure playing all kinds of tricks on those around him. Two strangers running into each after 20 years and wondering what they’ve missed. A long-suffering
husband who decides it’s time he started making big decisions. An unhappy child at Christmas struggling to deal with his new surroundings before a wonderfully surprising encounter. All this and more within the seven stories of Always Never, Rarely Sometimes, where a wide range of characters are forced to challenge long-held beliefs and powerful memories, accompanied by a sprinkling of
magic. Always Never, Rarely Sometimes is the third book from Alexander Raphael, following on from his short story The Summer of Madness and his set of conceptual short stories Illusions, Delusions.

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This was a very interesting book of short stories. There are 7 short stories in total all very different to each other.

In The Prankster, Jimmy likes to play pranks on other people. Are they just pranks or cruel actions of someone trying to get a reaction out of others but ultimately the biggest prank is played on Jimmy himself. Lies and Secrets follows two people who dated but actually knew very little about each other. Lucky/Unlucky follows a second born twin and the issues he faces with his name. Could changing his name change his luck? The ending of this story was one I loved. There, Unthere follows Stefan who is drinking at a bar when he meets a mysterious old woman who seems to know a lot about him. This story definitely gives new meaning to the word karma. In The Beautiful Girl a lady in a coffee shop watches a group of men try to impress a young lady. Motive, Murder, Method follows a couple at the end of their marriage that ends in murder. This was fascinating reading. The final story The Magic of Christmas is a heartwarming story of a young boy who comes to Santa’s rescue. I loved this story and it definitely made me wish it was Christmas already.

This was definitely a book I thoroughly enjoyed. The stories were easy to read and did make me think about the stories, the characters and themes after I’d finished reading them.

I’d recommend this to anyone who likes to read short stories!

Author Bio

Half-Welsh, half-Mexican and growing up in London, Alex Raphael was surrounded by
different influences and interests. But it was always books that spoke to him most and had the greatest impact.

He started writing when at college, where his love of reading evolved into a desire to write, in particular focusing on poetry and short stories. Studying English and American Literature at university meant he took a break from writing, as well as giving him the chance to see more of Mexico on his travels. He concentrated on his journalistic career while working on different writing
projects, but his favourite genre of literature has always been short stories as they are what first inspired him to write.

That’s why his first book was The Summer of Madness, a romantic short story that tells of a guy who goes out to try to win his ex-girlfriend back. Will you be rooting for Kurt and his big public gesture or is it more complicated than that and you don’t want her to date him again? Either way you’ll get to know a memorable set of characters along for the ride.

His second book Illusions, Delusions reflects Raphael’s love of alternative short stories from the writers of his childhood and challenges the idea of the narrative. Will your favourite be the story in the form of a questionnaire, a poem or a set of jokes, among the seven very different styles?

Alexander Raphael’s latest offering is Always Never, Rarely Sometimes, featuring original premises and distinctive characters with his trademark imagination, humour and memorable dialogue. Among others, meet a sinister magician with an array of pranks, a long-suffering husband finally becoming
more decisive and a group of young guys intrigued by a pretty woman on another table.

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Book Review: It Will Be Quick by Karl Drinkwater


A single decision can save – or ruin – a life.

An opportunistic baby theft by a young woman in pain. Two strangers shipwrecked on a lifeless rock, unable to speak the same language. An isolated cycling holiday descends into terror. One woman seeks the courage to destroy her life. A miracle unites a community, and teenagers take a stand against hypocrisy.

Karl Drinkwater presents characters to root for – and characters to dread – in sixteen tales of humanity, endurance, and spirit.

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My Review

This book consists of 16 individual stories of humanity, endurance and spirit. Each story is unique in itself and different to the one that you’ll read before it. What made the stories stand out is that all of the characters are relatable and normal people that you may walk past regularly. The stories just felt very real as did the characters and the situations they found themselves in. Each character is faced with a scenario and their decision will ultimately impact on their future and the lives of the people around them.  

Some of the stories were unsettling, haunting and sinister which made you want to read more and really made you think. The story that stayed with me even after I’d finished the book was recalling the boy.

The author’s notes on each story at the end of the book was a nice touch and it was interesting to see what inspired him to write each story.

If you like short stories that include themes of survival, hope, decisions, loss and realisation then this is the book for you.

Author Bio

Karl Drinkwater writes thrilling SF, suspenseful horror, and contemporary literary fiction. Whichever you pick you’ll find interesting and authentic characters, clever and compelling plots, and believable worlds.

Karl has lived in many places but now calls Scotland his home. He’s an ex-librarian with degrees in English, Classics, and Information Science. He also studied astrophysics for a year at university, surprising himself by winning a prize for “Outstanding Performance”. Karl is an active member of the British Science Fiction Association (BSFA), the Horror Writers Association (HWA), and the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi).

When he isn’t writing he loves guitars, exercise, computer and board games, nature, and vegan cake. Not necessarily in that order.