Did you know that there is a new Abigail short story up on Amazon? In this companion piece to Being Abigail we learn of all the mayhem that went on back home while Abigail was away in Sydney through a series of hilarious voice mail messages from Samuel, Ursula and a few other characters. Find out about how Cedric was abducted by a crazy old lady, what almost ruined Ursula's Christmas Lunch and who um, accidentally propositions Abigail in this short story which is exclusive to the Amazon Kindle Store. (Yep, that means it's free to read for anyone with Kindle Unlimited.) It's a lot of fun, there are plenty of laughs to be had and I hope you will read it.
As fans of V.C. Andrews and followers of my reviews will already know, recently, V.C. Andrews ghostwriter Andrew Neiderman began working on the Diaries Series, a spin-off, or companion series to the Dollanganger Series which is best remembered for its haunting first novel Flowers in the Attic . In the Dollanganger series, we read as four children were kept in an attic by their cruel grandmother and were eventually poisoned by their mother. When Cory, one of the younger children dies, the other three realise that they must escape. The sequel Petals on the Wind tells the story of how narrator Cathy and her surviving siblings Christopher and Carrie adjust to life outside of the attic, along with Cathy's thirst for revenge and two further sequels If There Be Thorns and Seeds of Yesterday introduce the next generation of the family, who too inherit their own share of problems and are haunted by the deep shadows cast by their ancestors. The saga is rounded out with Garden of Shadow
I have to admit, I was secretly delighted when I found this little remembered Garfield comic strip from 2003. Written to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the comic, and therefore, Garfield's 25th birthday on June 19, this strip has the early version of Garfield visiting the modern one. As all fans know, Garfield evolved quite a lot during the first fifteen of the comic until Jim Davis finally settled on the slightly smaller incarnate who could walk and had large and very expressive eyes. (On a side note, his stripes are now far less visible, making him less time consuming to draw.) And, in my opinion, by 2003 the comic had pretty much reached its lowest point. The jokes were no longer funny, none of the characters seemed to do very much and Jon's stupidity was beyond repetitive. The comic seemed little more than a vehicle to distribute the endless, tacky Garfield merchandise that was being churned out by Paws Inc. And then this series of comic came along. The
Exciting Times is the story of Ava, a twenty-two year old university graduate with no money and even less self-esteem who travels to Hong Kong to take up a job teaching English to rich local children. It is also the story of a love triangle between Ava, a wealthy banker named Julian who is trying to get over his ex and allows Ava to stay in his apartment for free, and Eileen, a razor sharp local who is the only genuinely decent person of the lot, or so it seems at first. Initially, I wasn't sure that I liked this story. The first part drags considerably, and there is little to like about a story where the main character basically puts up with being treated like live-in mistress by a man who doesn't love her, simply because her self-esteem is so low that she doesn't think she deserves anything better. And certainly, Ava is an expert in pushing people away. On several occasions, I wrote this off as being just yet another Literary novel that puts the sex life of the dysfunct