New Release Updates & Cover Reveals!

Hello, my dear readers. πŸ˜€ Does anyone read this? I don’t know, but I do like trying to update it, lol. Trying being the keyword there.

Anyway! This post is just a quick update on my new releases coming out soon!

Creepy Christmas Stories #3 is up and entertaining readers! πŸ˜€ It already got a nice four star rating, so I’m super excited about that. Glad someone out there liked my stories. ❀ Link to it:

πŸ˜€ Next up… Creepy Christmas Stories: The Complete Collection! It’s all set and up over on Amazon! πŸ˜€ ❀ The kindle edition available for pre-order and will be live on July 23rd. πŸ˜€ It’ll be only $0.99 for the rest of July, before going up a bit. So get it at this great price while you can. πŸ˜€

As for 101 Horror Drabbles… 😑 something went wrong with my danged file’s format, and I couldn’t get it out when I wanted. Boo! It’s okay, though. I’ve got it fixed now! The new pre-order date as been set:

August 8th! πŸ˜€

i’ll share a link as soon as it’s available! Until then!

Here’s a nice little cover reveal to keep you invested! πŸ˜€

Happy Reading! Love, Lennie!

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Wednesday Writing Update

πŸ˜€ Hello, dear friends and fellow horror and booklovers. πŸ˜€ Do you know what today is?

It’s the last day of June! Which means tomorrow is July. I love July. Independence day! Fireworks, carnivals, way too much soda and junk food. It’s also Harry Potter’s birth month. He’ll be 41 on July 31, 2021. I’m totally rereading the series this month. And watching the movies. πŸ˜€ ❀ And! And! July also has… Christmas in July.

Yes, it’s cheesy and goofy. But I love it. πŸ˜€ I love watching holiday movies and episodes of my favorite shows in the middle of summer. I might even make hot chocolate. XD But the biggest way I’m celebrating Christmas in July is…

❀ ❀ ❀ A big book sale! ❀ ❀ ❀

That’s right! Book sale! I’m setting all my more expensive ebooks to $0.99 and making having free books all month long. πŸ˜€ I’m even setting all the paperbacks to less than usual, so grab those while you can. πŸ˜€

And! And! And!

What I’m most excited about…

πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ New Releases! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

That’s right! New Releases! 3 of them in fact!

Creepy Christmas Stories #3 July 9th, 2021

101 Horror Drabbles (Bite Sized Horrors #3) July 16th, 2021

Creepy Christmas Stories: The Complete Series July 23, 2021

I’m setting up preorders and everything. I’m super excited to finally finish my Creepy Christmas series. I’m super proud of these stories. Especially Crashing and Cooking. That one was probably the most fun for me to write. πŸ˜€ I’m all geared up to share the news of my July Christmas sale and my new releases. πŸ˜€ I’m just feeling really good and motivated. I’m just so pumped to share my newest books with my readers. I loved writing them, so I hope everyone loves reading them.

Happy Reading, everyone! I’ll be back soon with a new post!

Love, Lennie ❀

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Monday Book Reviews! :D

Hello, internet. It’s been… a really long while, hasn’t it? What with work and my mental health… It got hard to keep up with any kind of writing, let alone my blog. 😦 I won’t bore you with the details. Just know I’m feeling good now, and that’s what’s important. I feel good, and I’m ready to jump back into my writing, blogging, and even my reading with full force!

πŸ˜€ That being said, let’s celebrate my return my own little bookish site with something simple. πŸ˜€ A couple of reviews of my most recent reads! πŸ˜€ (I hope to have a writing update on Wednesday, but no promises. Let’s just all keep our fingers crossed, hm?)

My first review goes to…

You Don’t Know Everything, Jilly P! by Alex Gino

Jilly thinks she’s figured out how life works. But when her sister, Emma, is born deaf, she realizes how much she still has to learn. The world is going to treat Jilly, who is white and hearing, differently from Emma, just as it will treat them both differently from their Black cousins.

A big fantasy reader, Jilly makes a connection online with another fantasy fan, Derek, who is a Deaf, Black ASL user. She goes to Derek for help with Emma but doesn’t always know the best way or time to ask for it.

As she and Derek meet in person, have some really fun conversations, and become friends, Jilly makes some mistakes . . . but comes to understand that it’s up to her, not Derek to figure out how to do better next time–especially when she wants to be there for Derek the most.

Within a world where kids like Derek and Emma aren’t assured the same freedom or safety as kids like Jilly, Jilly is starting to learn all the things she doesn’t know–and by doing that, she’s also working to discover how to support her family and her friends.

With You Don’t Know Everything, Jilly P!, award-winning author Alex Gino uses their trademark humor, heart, and humanity to show readers how being open to difference can make you a better person, and how being open to change can make you change in the best possible ways.

5 stars! ***** πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ My Review: ( Also shared over on Goodreads & Amazon)

I loved this. I mean I absolutely adored this. I got it in the mail this afternoon, and I devoured it in one coffee-fueled sitting. I cried. You know a book is good when it drives you to tears.

You don’t know everything, Jilly P!” shows us an important story of a young fantasy book-loving tween as she navigates some big life changes as she becomes a big sibling to Emma, who’s Deaf, learns about her privilege, and the racism and microaggressions impacting her friend and family members.

It’s a really powerful book, and I loved reading it. Jilly makes lots of mistakes, but she’s determined to keep trying, to learn, and to do better. And she learns that even when you don’t mean you, you can hurt people. And that sometimes, the very best thing you can do for someone, is to stop and listen and learn.

I can’t wait to read “Rick” I should be getting it in the mail in the next couple of days. Until then, I’ll have to reread “George.” πŸ˜€ I highly recommend this and Alex Gino’s other books to anyone looking for a good and though-provoking contemporary read. Adults and kids alike! πŸ˜€

πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ follow the link over to Amazon (Or pick it up at another bookstore if you like!) And get a copy today. ❀ you won’t regret it!

And for my fellow spooky lovers out there, I just finished reading….

The Haunting of Gillespie House by Darcy Coates

Some houses breathe…
Elle is thrilled to spend a month minding the beautiful Gillespie property. More than an hour’s drive from town and surrounded by forests, the aging mansion is ideal for someone seeking solitude.

But things start to go very wrong, very quickly.

Elle discovers a crumbling graveyard nestled in the woods. It contains a generation of the house’s residents, all with an identical year of death.

Scratching in the walls… slamming doors… whispers in the night… a locked room…

As Elle explores deeper into the house, she begins to unravel the property’s dark history. At its centre is Jonathan Gillespie, a tyrannical cult leader and the house’s original owner.

And as Elle soon learns – just because he’s dead, doesn’t mean he’s gone.

5 stars ***** πŸ˜€ My Review:

I loved this scary novella, yet another great story in the spooky collection of Darcy Coates books lining my physical and audiobooks shelves.

The Haunting of Gillespie House” tells the chilling story of a young woman house sitting in a remote mansion, and the creepy mysteries and goings-on inside it.

Scary noises and whispers, impossibly slamming doors, monsters in the dark, and even terrifying dreams, this scary story as all the classic bits of a standard scary story. And I loved it. I also loved that our main character, Elle, loves reading. Always a plus when a character in a book loves books. πŸ˜€ ❀

I especially like the author’s note at the end, explaining how the novella grew from a short story into something longer. And it even included the original short, “Crawl Space.” which was awesome as well! It was amazing to see how vastly different the two stories were while keep a lot of the same spooky scares.

Like so many of the books I read now a days, I enjoyed this one as an audiobook. (YAY Audible!) And I really enjoyed the narrator. Excellet choice, there. I’m really excited to keep reading and listening to more of Darcy Coates books. I am a dedicated fan now, and I’ll insta buy anything I can. Especially if it’s on a sale. Because, you know, starving artist.

Recommended for my fellow lovers of haunted house novels. πŸ˜€

Thanks for reading! I hope everyone goes and checks out the books. Because they so deserve to be read! ❀ Happy Reading. I’ll try to post again soon. Until then, Happy Reading!

Love, Lennie ❀

Free Book Friday!

Hello, readers and blog followers. πŸ˜€ I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy! πŸ˜€ ❀ I’ve been hard at work learning all the important manager stuff that came with my promotion to store manager. I’m pretty happy. I’ve gotten more workers hired, and I think they’re doing well. And our store is looking amazing.

I haven’t gotten much writing done recently, thanks to all the extra work, but my schedule is becoming more regular, so that’s good. I have this morning off, so I’m working on the blogging and social media stuff today. πŸ˜€

And since it’s friday, I have some free books for you! ❀

Two of mine are currently free on Amazon this weekend, and I’ve found a couple of free books that seemed fun. So I’ll share them with you. πŸ˜€

First up! The two books that aren’t mine.

The Basement by Chad. P. Brown

Short story approximately 2,800 words. On a dare from her best friends, Heather goes inside the town’s haunted house, where Frank Blackwell killed his wife and then hung himself in the basement. But while in the house, Heather is confronted by a ghost from her past, her mother who died accidentally one year ago. Now, Heather must not only escape from the evil lurking inside the house, but from the demons of her own past.

Sounds neat, right? And I’m all about the short stories, as you, my dear readers, know well! ❀

And now the next one…

The Reality Contagion by Travis Liebert

Jason Kember thinks he’s finally free of his mother’s constant rambling about all things occult. However, after five years of no contact, she calls him in a frenzied state and admits to performing a forbidden ritual. He dismisses her as crazy, but begins to question his beliefs in the face of strange and dark occurrences.

Oooh! This one sounds awesome, huh? The occult is always fascinating. πŸ˜€

And now… For my two free stories! πŸ˜€ The Terrible Thanksgiving and Flashes of Fear #1.

Thanks for reading! I hope you all check out these books and support us short story writers! πŸ˜€ I’ll try and be back soon, but no promises!

Happy Reading! Love, Lennie! ❀

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Writing and Working Updates

Hello, my few little blog followers and readers! I hope you all are staying safe! I have some great news! I just got promoted to store manager at one of my jobs! I’m going to make salary and get benifits! I feel very adult and responsible, and I couldn’t be more excited.

But… the promotion means that I’ll have more responsibilities at work. Which means that I’ll have less time to write at work. 😦 So, I doubt I’ll be able to publish as often. 😦 sad face. But adult store manager job! So smiley face to that! πŸ˜€

So I’ve made some changes to my list of things I’ll eventually be publishing.

Mostly, I won’t be finishing my haunted Bridge series. 😦 I have lots and lots of stories I want to work on (Like my Spirit Finder Files and my Holiday Horrors series) and I just don’t think I’ll have time to give Bob and Brandy the time they deserves.

I might finish their story sometime in the future, but it won’t be happening anytime soon. 😦 I’m working hard on all my writing as always, but I’m just not sure how much I can get done now with extra work stuff. Plus with all the covid stuff, Kindle Direct Publishing is a bit wonky, so that’s been effecting stuff too.

But! Some good news! I should be publishing a new Holiday Horrors short in June to celebrate Father’s Day, so that’s exciting. I’m work hard on it, and I’m probably going to do a pre-order on it, so it should be published on time.

Anyway. I’m sorry about the Haunted Bridge, if anyone was really looking forward to a second installment.

But there’s still lots of books to look forward too! Scary holiday themed stories and at least one or two novels are coming this year. And flash fiction off course! We know how I love my flash fiction!

Thanks for reading! Make sure and check back every Friday for free book updates! I usually have a free book promotions going on weekends, so I’ll share about my books and/or others that are free. πŸ˜€

The Vengeful Valentine and Darkness and Bloodshed are free for this weekend, so make sure and check them out if you don’t have them yet! Just head over to Amazon and search for ’em!

Happy Reading, everyone! Stay safe!

Love, Lennie! ❀

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Free Book Friday!

Check it out! I’m making blog post! I am giving myself adulting points for the day. πŸ˜€ Hello! How is everyone! I hope you’re all staying safe and healthy. πŸ™‚ I’m good. And I’m here bringing back the Free Book Friday post. Where I share neat sounding Free books I found while browsing amazon. πŸ™‚

You know, because I like going down the rabbit hole of Amazon’s bookstore instead of actually writing. Though I did really good yesterday. I think I worked for about three and a half to four hours. That’s really good for me, and I feel like I got a lot done. Proud of me! ❀ I’m shooting for longer today. Maybe six hours total! ❀

So! I bet you’re wondering which cool books I found for ya’ll? πŸ˜€

Well, I have three today. πŸ˜€ My first choice is….

Five Tales of Horror and Suspense by CD Wilsher

Cover goals right there. Though, I think I am doing really well with my own. I mean, there’s only so much I can do with a free Photoshop app and my own limited knowledge. But I’m doing okay!

anyway! Blurb:

Five Tales of Horror and Suspense. A young man finds out from a fortune teller that there’s always a price to be paid. A rich man doesn’t quite have the 25th high school reunion experience he expected. Beware of strangers on a train. A dog may not be man’s best friend. An aging hitman takes a trip down memory lane.

The whole book is only 67 pages too, so it’s perfect if you’re like me and a fan of little books.

Book #2 is…

Labor Day: A Psychological Suspense Short Story of Horror, Ribs and Road Rage

Blurb:

Sometimes a Good BBQ Can Kill You

Have you ever had something precious taken from you by circumstances, unexpected situations, or careless or uncaring people?

Who hasn’t had something over which they secretly obsessed?

Jerry Ketchins lives for one day every year: Labor Day. This day, however, will test his mettle. He’s a man fast approaching the edge of his own sanity but will soon find himself with his toes hanging over the precipice that separates light from darkness.

It’s not clear to Jerry now, but a simple incident on the road will determine his fate… forever.

Bonus! This 40 page book comes in a teeny tiny paperback for only $5.95! I love tiny paperbacks! So cute!

And my third and final pick of the day is a full length novel:

The Harvest: Scary Supernatural Horror with Monsters (The Bell Witch Series Book 1)Β 

Also cover goals. πŸ™‚

Blurb!

Amid the sweet sounds of a music box, their darkest fears will haunt them…

In Black River, Tennessee, everyone knows the legend of the Bell Witch… and the alleged curse that hangs like a dark shroud over the town. To some, it is just a local tall tale. But to others, it is terrifyingly real.

For centuries, four families have been forced into the ritualistic tradition of sacrifice and terror. Every year, a member of each family stumbles upon an antique music box they need to lock before the time is up. And a horrible fate awaits them once the boxes open.

Trapped in the witch’s sadistic game, the families’ young offspring are forced to journey into the dark and twisted woods of Black River in search for the keys to their salvation. But as they search for a way to end the curse, a haunting melody echoes through the trees. And each lost soul must wonder…

Will they survive the night? Or will the Bell Witch’s bloody harvest claim more victims?

Spooky! πŸ˜€ I have downloaded this one and it’s going into my massive TBR list. You can also buy the audiobook for just $7.49 when you purchase the Kindle edition, so that’s fun. I’ll probably do that later and listen to the book. πŸ˜€ I do so love my audiobooks.

I hope you liked my post! And I hope you go treat yourself to some free books! Support authors! Even when you download a book when it’s free, it’s still a huge help to the writer. And don’t forget to leave a review for them on Amazon and/or goodreads. πŸ˜€

Happy Reading! I’ll try to be back soon! Love, Lennie! ❀

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Writing Update: The Mad Mother

Hello, my few little blog followers! I hope everyone is staying nice and safe among all the craziness! I’m hard at work on lots of stories, and I’ve been getting lots of reading done. (Thank you audiobooks!)

But I have some sad news. Covid-19 has effected every aspect of our lives, and I’m pretty sure, it’s effecting Kindle Publishing too. 😦 I wanted to have a new holiday themed horror story out now to celebrate Mother’s Day. I even had cover images picked out, and a cool title of “The Mad Mother”

but sadly, it’s not going to happen.

Boo!

I know, I know. It sucks. But this time, it’s not because I’m bad at schedules. though I totally am. I meant to have this announcement blog post up this weekend, and that didn’t happen.

KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) is experiencing delays in their publishing. Something that I haven’t had a problem with until now, and I’ve been publishing for over a year now. (Yay, me!) I released a new short story under another pen name, and even though the paperback is live and ready to go, the e-book is STILL in review, even though it’s been 5 or six days now since I hit the “publish” button.

It’s not just a me issue either, there’s a notice up on the KDP message boards, announcing that authors might experience delays.

Boo!

And since pretty much everything has gone to hell in a hand basket, I can only assume that the KDP people who give the green light to indiebooks are as overwhelmed as the rest of amazon’s workers. 😦

As such, I’m not going to be releasing a mother’s day short story. Since I don’t know when it will be available, I don’t feel right about releasing a Mother’s Day specific story when I don’t know if it will be out in time for the holiday or not. 😦 What fun would it be if it came out next Thursday or Friday?

So, no new Holiday Horrors this month. 😦 I’m sorry, but hopefully Father’s Day can be better! Maybe I’ll even have a really long short story for Father’s Day to make up for it. (I can dream that all this pandemic stuff with be over by then!)

My mother’s day story is pretty good though, if I do say so myself. so maybe I can release it next year, or I can take out the Mother’s Day specific parts and use it for something else. My newest spooky shorts collection needs a final story. So there my be hope for The Mad Mother yet.

Until, then, I’m maximizing my social distancing time to work on as much writing as I can. Stay safe everyone, and happy reading! Love, Lennie! ❀

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Holiday Horrors Volume #1 is here!

Hello, my dear, wonderful readers! I hope everyone is doing good! πŸ™‚ I’ve had a very productive day so far. πŸ™‚ I got a bunch of writing done, I did some chores, I’ve read two short stories in Sideshow, I did some writing. I even went for a walk with my dog and ate three healthy meals. πŸ™‚ I’m working on becoming healthier. I’m feeling very productive today!

And, today is sunday! So I get to play dungeons and dragons! Woo-hoo! πŸ™‚ Just about an hour before it’s play time. Until then, I’m going to get some more work done, including this blog post.

Because… Holiday Horrors #1 is here! That’s right! It’s here, and I’m very excited. It has the first three stories in my Holiday Horrors series and is available in paperback and ebook. πŸ™‚ ❀ Because I love paperbacks.

I’m quite proud of my little holiday stories, and I’m looking forward to publishing my new story. It’ll be a mother’s day story. πŸ™‚

I’m already hard at work on it, and it should be out next weekend. πŸ™‚ I want have it out well before Mother’s Day, so I can promote it. Which is basically sharing about it here and on Facebook, since my budget is really limited. But still!

Cover time! And of course, it’s a link over to Amazon if you’d like to buy a copy. Please do! I have a kitty and a dog to feed.

Do you like the cover? πŸ™‚ I do. I thought the skulls were just perfect for the bind ups of the Holiday stories, since each little volume will have 3 stories. πŸ™‚

Blurb:

Three Holidays. Three Horror Stories. Three Times the Scares!
This volume contains:
Book #1: The Terrible Thanksgiving
An invitation to Thanksgiving dinner. It’s just a nice gesture from a co-worker. What’s the worst that can happen?

Book #2: The Vengeful Valentine
He said she was too needy, too clingy and controlling. He said she was crazy. Then he left her. On Valentine’s Day! He broke her heart, and he needs to be punished for it. She might not be crazy, but she’s willing to do some pretty horrible things to get her revenge.

Book #3: The Raging Rabbit
There’s a stranger in a rabbit mask outside Krissy’s house. What does she want? And why does she have a knife?

I hope everyone likes the book! ❀ And I’ll try and be back really soon with a new post. Which, will probably be a review of Sideshow. πŸ™‚ I’m enjoying many of the stories in it.

Happy Reading, Everyone! Love, Lennie! ❀

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Review of Robinson’s Dream by Mark Lages

Hi, readers! ❀ Look at this 3 posts in one week! Proud of me! ❀ hope you’re all doing well! I just finished the most wonderful story, so I thought I would share my thoughts about it with you. πŸ™‚

My most recent read is…

Robinson’s Dream by Mark Lages

OMG. Let’s all just enjoy that beautiful cover for a moment. It’s so pretty!

Blurb:

Robinson Cahill is a writer. His wife, Martha, is an attorney, and the two of them have a problem. Their nineteen-year-old son has gone too far, committing a serious crime. Robinson and Martha learn about the crime, and they’re not sure what to do. They decide it would be prudent to sleep on the matter before talking to their son. Robinson goes to bed that night and falls into a dream odyssey of thought-provoking memories and fantasies. This remarkable novel-length dream spurs his subconscious wisdom, becoming the inspiration behind the words he has with his son the next day.

So what did I think of this novel?

4 stars!

Here’s my review. πŸ™‚ I also shared over on Amazon and Goodreads:

This is my fourth novel by Mark Lages, and it did not disappoint! πŸ™‚ I loved it!

In this novel, a couple discovers that their son has committed a serious crime, and they have to decide what to do. Most of the novel is spent in, you guessed it, Robinson’s dream. They decided to sleep on the matter before acting, and this book is his subconscious working through it. πŸ™‚

“Robinson’s Dream” is a wonderful and imaginative story. It’s a very entertaining and thought-provoking novel. Like Mark’s other novel’s I’ve read. πŸ™‚ There’s a decent amount of humor sprinkled in, too, which I loved.

Mark does a great job of creating a surreal, dream-like feel to the book. It reminded me a lot of the classic stories, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking Glass.”

I loved this book and I highly recommend it for fans of Mark’s other books and anyone who loves a good story.

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So what’s next on my reading list? Well, I’m listening to the Shades of Magic trilogy by V.E. Schwab on Audible, and I’m reading an anthology of short stories called Sideshow complied by Samie Sands. I just finished the first of the short stories in it, and it was great.

I hope everyone is staying safe and enjoying good books! I’ll be back soon! Happy Reading, everyone! Love Lennie! ❀

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Two Book Reviews!

Good morning, my blog followers! Check it out! Second post in a week! Maybe I’ll get this thing back on track. πŸ™‚ I’m going to try to be all positive about it. ❀ I hope everyone is doing okay and staying healthy with all the covid-19 and social isolation stuff.

I’m bored of just going to work and home, I miss going to see my mom and sister, and I’ve been struggling very drepressed days. But overall, I’m doing okay. I’ve been playing Dungeons and Dragons with my sister and some of her friends with internet calls. It’s been fun so far, and I think it’s helping with the social part.

Also, I get to pretend I’m a really big half-orc who doesn’t like to fight, but will totally destroy monsters if they are mean to his sister. Or his pet squirrel. lol. Fun stuff.

Anyway! Let’s move on to today’s post…. book reviews! I’ve read a couple of good short stories, so I thought I’d share about them with you all! πŸ™‚

My first review is of a neat little flash fiction story:

Treehouse by J. Sharpe

A treehouse isn’t always a safe place to play!

When Grace is driving on the highway with two screaming eight-year-olds in the back seat, she’s frustrated to say the least. So when she sees a sign for a Rest Area, she’s more than happy to pull over. The boys see the treehouse first. And when they climb its ladder, it’s already too late.
Then the screaming begins.

Treehouse is a short suspense/horror story. An introduction to the works of award nominee and bestselling author J. Sharpe.

Download the book now, if you dare.

❀ Bonus points! It’s free! ❀ Free books is always something I can get behind. πŸ™‚

My rating: 4 stars!

And my review:


I really enjoyed this little story. πŸ™‚ A great little example of flash fiction. Just long enough to enjoy the story and to want to read more books by J. Sharpe. I highly recommend. πŸ™‚

It’s not a very big review, but it’s honest! πŸ™‚

And my other book is a collection of flash fiction! One of my favorite things to read. And write! So when I find them for free, I’ll have to get them and give them a try. Yep! This one is FREE too!

20 Dark, Scary and Sad Short Stories by A.A. Wray

Blurb: 20 dark, scary and sad short stories to scare you, depress you and make you feel unsettled inside.

My rating: 3 stars

And my review:


Good stories


Like almost any collection of stories, these were hit and miss. Some where awesome. Some were good. And some I just didn’t get or like. But overall, it was a nice collection of stories. A good pick for a lover of flash fiction.

I hope you all check out these two books. πŸ™‚ Both are nice, quick reads, and great for us horror lovers.

I’ll try and post again tomorrow, but no promises, lol. We know I’m not great with that. I’m working on a bind up collection of my first 3 holiday horror stories, to be released this weekend, and I’m working on my next Holiday Horrors installement: The Mad Mother. And the next Spooky Shorts is coming up soon, so keep an eye out for updates here, or follow me on Amazon and Goodreads.

Happy Reading, everyone! Stay healthy and safe! Love, Lennie! ❀