Title: Soul Games (Anthology)
Authors: Jamie Dougherty, Leah D.W., Deborah Noel, Monique O’Connor James, Sacha Hope, W. H. Nielson, Carly Wallace, Alexia Purdy, Nadege Richards
Formats: E-book and Paperback
Publisher: Bayou Brew Publishing
Cover By: Jamie Lynn Dougherty
Editor: Monique O’Connor James & Theressa M. Branham
Pages: 222 pages
Date Published: April 3, 2013
When the "Higher Power" grows bored and restless games are made. Souls are torn apart for fun, more souls are used in wicked collector games, and souls are twisted in cruel destinies.
This anthology is a collective piece of work to show different and beautifully crafted ideas of the plight ones soul must endure. Simple love and life are tainted and broken in these stories of love, betrayal, longing, and fate.
I always find it difficult to write reviews for shorts and anthologies, so I’ll keep this brief. There are normally some stories that I gloss over or ignore and some that I love – this anthology was different and surprisingly there were none that I skipped over completely. All of the stories were well written, and I enjoyed reading every one, though some intrigued me more than others. It’s a great collection and such a variety - none were even remotely similar but showed how disturbing some of these author’s minds are!
I absolutely loved Haunted Mind, Musical Scares, A Shifted Soul and Broken Lily and had never read anything by these authors before – guess my TBR list just got even longer. I’m hoping that at least a couple of these are just the start of longer books, because they were just long enough to tease.
About the Authors –
I am 21 years old and currently a journalism student at my local university. I live in South Africa in a town called Bloemfontein with my family and two beloved dogs. I have been writing since the age of 13 and my first published work is a short horror story titled Dracula’s Mistress. I am busy working on a number of novels and I am an editor/proof reader for Bayou Brew Publishing.
I love writing in the genres of paranormal romance, fantasy fiction and historical fiction and I am a proud bookworm with a mountain of reads stacked up in my room.
Monique O’Connor JamesMonique is the mother of two beautiful children and lives in a small community outside of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She currently works full-time as an insurance agent, but her favorite jobs are mother, wife, and author. On her ninth birthday, her mother bought her a journal and said, "Write whatever you want. Just write." And so, a love affair with words was born.
She wrote poetry and short stories in high school and college, until 1993 when her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. After her mother's death in 1998, deep in depression, she found herself unable to write. Nine years passed, and only on rare occasions did she attempt to write. Finally, in 2007, under the urging of friends, she sat down and pecked out her first novel. It was raw and unpolished, but the process had been unquestionably cathartic.
The next three years were spent filling her hard drive with seven complete manuscripts. At the beginning of 2011, Monique decided it was time to edit the work and share it with the world. She hopes you enjoy the ramblings of a truly southern girl raised in a state rich with heritage and love.
In June of 2011 her first book, The Keepers, was published by Astraea Press and it has been a whirlwind of excitement ever since. Please check out her website and feel free to contact her at any time via her email, facebook, or twitter.
Alexia currently lives in Las Vegas, Nevada- Sin City! She loves to spend every free moment writing, or playing with her four rambunctious kids. Writing has always been her dream and she has been writing ever since she can remember. She love's creating paranormal fantasy and poetry and loves to read and devour books daily. Alexia also enjoys watching movies, dancing, singing loudly in the car and Italian food.
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Born in New York City and raised in Pennsylvania, Nadege has traveled to five other states and two countries, but aspires to travel the world some day. Her name is of French origin, though she's never been to France. Forever a lover of art and all things pertaining to Literature, she hopes to obtain knowledge from her writing career, rather than popularity or fame. She wrote her first story about aliens and goats in the 8th grade and has had a passion for story-telling ever since. Her friends and family are her biggest inspiration, and the occasional cup of coffee. She enjoys being part of the Indie community and sharing her stories with the world.
Her debut novel, Burning Bridges, is her first completed novel. It isn't her first attempt in the writing world, but it's a tale about two lovers she hopes will change the way people view one another, in both big and small ways.
Carly Wallace is a woman with a dream, living in Texas where the sky is as endless as the heat. Carly pursues her dream of writing while bringing new and talented Indie authors to the front line. She reads and reviews independent books as well as writes promotional blurbs and marketing material. The Paranormal Book Club, Alchemy of Anne's Anomalies, PDMI inc and Injected Ink Publishing comprise her literary family. Carly is an ally and great friend to the some of the best independent authors and freshest voices of today.
Jamie Lynn grew up in Southern California, where she continues to live with her husband and two children. Writing has always been a favorite pastime; recently she grew the courage to self publish a piece of her work. "The Guardian's Kiss"
It is currently released in ebook format available at Barnes & Nobles and Amazon. It can now also be found in paperback at Amazon. com and Createspace. (https://www.createspace.com/3714180 )
Jamie is currently working on the second installment to "The Guardian's Kiss" as well as a second series, "Hearts of Sand"(Trinity Pierce Series). She will also be releasing a Young Adult urban Fantasy book in late 2012.
Born and raised in North Eastern Pennsylvania, i fell in love with writing at the age of 12. I have written plays, short stories and poetry. Married at sunset on Hawii's Maui Island. I am still residing in Pennsylvania with my husband Herb and our Jack Russell Terrier, Rocket. While our demolition business slowed down in the year 2009 Herb encouraged me to follow my novel-writing dream and Tangled Blood Lines is the result.
Wendy Lovetiggi Nielson
Hello I am Wendy Lovetiggi Nielson, or Lovetiggi to some. I am an avid supporter of the the arts. I have 3 Facebook pages: The first is for my reviews and to post fun stuff to, the second, I created just for authors to have a place to post their links to, and the 3rd is forStreet Team work! #I# recently creted another group on Facebook that combines reviews and author links called I Love My Authors.
I am also a Goodreads Librarian, and have a Facebook group established for authors to post their issues in. It is staffed with more than one librarian to help. Sometimes it takes a little bit to resolve an issue, they do get resolved.
I have two blogs as well, First one is for my reviews (Lovetiggi’s Book Reviews)and the second one (I Love My Authors) is relatively new, I use it for Author Spotlights, Release Announcements, etc.