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Review: Bird After Bird by Leslea Tash

Bird After Bird by Leslea Tash
Series: The Byrds of Birdseye #1
Genre: Romance | New Adult
Length: 290 pages
Published on 6th April 2014 by Red Tash Books
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Purchased for myself from Waterstones

Synopsis:
BIRD AFTER BIRD is the story of two survivors:
Dear Birdy, Princess Birdzilla von MuffinStuff, Keeper of Dreams, Lover of our Fine Feathered Friends, queen of my life and light of my world, I hope this letter finds you well. If you are reading this then I am gone, and sweetheart, I am so sorry.

Chi-town professional Wren Riley is 25 and a rising star in the business world. She can eat a man alive and laugh about it to her girlfriends in seconds flat–at least according to her reputation. Behind the power suits and the flashing, flirty eyes, however, Wren has a secret, vulnerable side. Following a devastating loss and the discovery of a bird journal she and her father made together years before, Wren sets out to seek peace, closure, and something she just can’t name. Is that something tied to the little paper cranes she keeps finding along the way?

BIRD AFTER BIRD is the story of two warriors:
Laurence Byrd grew up a lanky Hoosier kid with the good/bad fortune of having the same name as the state’s perennial basketball legend. With a better affinity for dogs than sports or school, he ends up in the Army instead of the Chicago art school of his dreams. Still, his service to our country is something he can be proud of–until an argument with the girl who means the world to him results in a series of events that blows his life apart. With no one left to understand him, black sheep Laurie pours out his heart into letters and drawings he never intends to send–then he folds them into paper cranes that he leaves behind like messages in little winged bottles. He never dreams someone might be finding them.

God damn it, Sylvia, for a few moments I tricked myself into feeling really alive. I cut it off before anyone got hurt, but just for a moment or two, I really thought I might feel something again–something like trust. Something like love. Not the kind of love we had, but something new. Something like hope.

BIRD AFTER BIRD is a love story. When Wren & Laurie meet, their lives will never be the same.

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Anthology Review: Let It Snow by Red Tash

Let it Snow! edited by Red Tash
Series: N/A
Genre: Holidays | Short Stories
Length: 170 pages
Published on 1st November 2012 by Red Tash Books
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Purchased for myself from Waterstones

Synopsis:
*2013 eFestival of Words Best Anthology Finalist*

Happy holidays and welcome to our quaint little holiday collection of zombies, crazies, fairies and treasure-hunters (and more)!It’s the end of the year as we know it, and you’ll be feeling fine as you peruse this collection of “season’s readings.”

Let It Snow! is packed to the rafters with thoughtful gifts for you to unwrap from the comfort of your cozy reading chair. After all, there’s snowplace like home for the holidays! Are you ready to branch out beyond the tree’d and true? Stay inside and read and you’ll be saying “Let It Snow!”

Let It Snow!
Season’s Readings for a Super-Cool Yule!
Ten eclectic stories in off-beat holiday settings

A Laurents County Landfill Christmas, by Red Tash
Silent Night, by Jack Wallen
Crazed in Christmas City, by Jessica McHugh
A Manlove & Kickerdick Xmess, by Axel Howerton
The Snow Wolf’s Gift, by Tim Tash
A Serial Killer Christmas, by Mercedes Yardley
Old Mexia Christmas Brew, by Claudia Lefeve
The Pratty Who Saved Chrissmuss, by Marian Allen
Believe, by Connie Roberts-Huth
Hau’oli Hanukkah by T. Lee Harris

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Review: A Unique Rabbit by Red Tash

A Unique Rabbit by Red Tash
Series: Trollogy #1.75
Genre: Fantasy | Young Adult
Length: 14 pages
Published on May 2013 by Red Tash Books
Purchase: Amazon
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eCopy received from Red’s emailing list.

Synopsis:
A short story set between Troll Or Derby & Troll Or Park. Takes place approximately 3 months after the events A Laurents County Landfill Christmas, which was published in Let It Snow! Season’s Readings for a Super-Cool Yule.

Originally released only to Red’s email list (May 2013). Published to Amazon 7/17/13.

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Review: Wizard Tales Vol 1 – 3 by Red Tash

The Wizard Tales Vol I-III by Red Tash
Series: The Wizard Tales #1-3
Genre: Fantasy | Short Stories
Length: 100 pages
Published on 27th April 2013 by Red Tash Books
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | TBD
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Purchased for myself from Waterstones

Synopsis:
Who doesn’t love a wizard?

All three Wizard Tales and two bonus stories featuring the Wizard or his apprentice, Lucian. Get caught up on this wild old man’s wizarding journey before the next Tale.

The Wizard Takes a Holiday is a flash fiction humorous rural fantasy of about 1500 words.

The Wizard Takes a Fitness Class: A wandering wizard with regrets on his mind finds himself in a dance-off against an old enemy. About 5600 words

Lucian’s First Trick is the story of a young man’s last night in the childhood realm of his mundane life. Sometimes when you say โ€œTrick or Treat,โ€ you get what you ask for. Originally published in Sirens Call Issue #5, October 2012. Approximately 3500 words.

The Wizard Takes the Cake: The mysterious Wizard takes a student as his โ€œ+1โ€ to the wedding of an old friend in this episode of the Wizard Tales, the longest yet. About 10,000 words

A Laurents County Landfill Christmas: The Wizard bookends this fantastical tale from ruralfab Indiana. Starring the characters of Troll Or Derby. Originally published as part of the Let It Snow! Season’s Readings for a Super-Cool Yule collection. About 6500 words

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Review: Troll or Derby by Red Tash

Troll Or Derby by Red Tash
Series: Trollogy #1
Genre: Fantasy | Young Adult
Length: 262 pages
Published on 13th June 2012 by Red Tash Books
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eCopy received for review from author.

Synopsis:
In Troll Or Derby, fifteen-year-old Roller Deb is singled out by town bullies for both her skates, and for being different. When her popular homecoming queen of a sister is kidnapped by a scuzzy drug dealer, Deb must flee the trailer park in which she’s grown up, and rescue her. Along the way, Deb becomes enmeshed in the magical realm of trolls and fairies, and the blood-thirsty version of roller derby at which these beings excel. But spending too much time among the fairies comes with a price. Will Deb choose to save her sister, with the aid of a mysterious troll? Or will she be lost to the lures of roller derby, and the blonde temptress April, forever?

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