Review: “The Steam Pump Jump” (Chronicles of St. Mary’s short) by Jodi Taylor

This short story very much needs the context of pretty much all of the novels in the Chronicles of St. Mary’s series so far to understand the detail of what’s going on. But otherwise, it’s a “typical” St. Mary’s lark, full of the usual shenanigans and mayhem (#disastermagnets). And as an added bonus, it’s fromContinue reading “Review: “The Steam Pump Jump” (Chronicles of St. Mary’s short) by Jodi Taylor”

Review: “CTRL Me” by Anna Zabo

Disclaimer: I consider the author a friend; however, I purchased this ebook short story for full price. While I continue my trend of reading everything Anna Zabo writes, I appreciate that they’ve taught me a lot about my romance genre preferences. I enjoyed this particular short tremendously, but I think I prefer my romance inContinue reading “Review: “CTRL Me” by Anna Zabo”

Review: “The Unexpected Infatuation” by Sara Dobie Bauer

Disclaimer: I consider the author a friend; however, I purchased this short story ebook for full price.  I wasn’t sure about this short story at first. I’m not keen on the idea of anyone cheating in a relationship, nor do I particularly find the “gay for you” trope appealing. The writing of this story, however,Continue reading “Review: “The Unexpected Infatuation” by Sara Dobie Bauer”

Review: “Wild Type” by J.K. Ullrich

Disclaimer: I received an electronic copy of this short story as part of the full novel Syzygy from the author in exchange for an honest review. This short story acts as a great supplemental material to the novel Syzygy. I enjoyed the insight into the character of Lily’s life in her youth, especially through effective useContinue reading “Review: “Wild Type” by J.K. Ullrich”

Review: “The Battersea Barricades” (Chronicles of St. Mary’s short story) by Jodi Taylor

Finally, some “history” of the world of St. Mary’s! Taylor’s authorial voice makes pages and pages of expository narrative delightful rather than boring. Even more fascinating, this time she’s not talking about something “real” — this time the historical events are all from her imagination. I loved every intricate detail of it. The more specificContinue reading “Review: “The Battersea Barricades” (Chronicles of St. Mary’s short story) by Jodi Taylor”

Review: Lights, Camera, Cupid! (Bluewater Bay #6)

“Just Another Day” by L.A. Witt: I loved this quick check-in with our first Bluewater Bay couple, actors Carter and Levi. Levi is his usual cantankerous and loveable self, Carter is still too perfect for words, and I’d be jealous of those cats if I didn’t own three ridiculous Siamese of my own. Also, thoseContinue reading “Review: Lights, Camera, Cupid! (Bluewater Bay #6)”

Review: “Christmas Past” (Chronicles of St. Mary’s short story) by Jodi Taylor

Though this review won’t get posted until after the holiday itself, this story was easily one of my favorite Christmas presents this year. Taylor blows me away with her ability to weave humor and heartbreak into the same passages. Though this story didn’t have quite as much of the usual St. Mary’s shenanigans, it wasContinue reading “Review: “Christmas Past” (Chronicles of St. Mary’s short story) by Jodi Taylor”

Review: “A Case of Spirits” (A Charm of Magpies short) by K.J. Charles

This short story was included in my Kindle edition of A Case of Possession (A Charm of Magpies #2). This delightful short story doesn’t add much to the interpersonal relationship between Lord Crane and Stephen Day, but it does show how Crane and his manservant Merrick have become intricately linked with Day’s world of magician justiciars.Continue reading “Review: “A Case of Spirits” (A Charm of Magpies short) by K.J. Charles”

Review: “My Name is Markham” (A Chronicles of St. Mary’s Short Story” by Jodi Taylor

This short story is very different from anything else in the Chronicles of St. Mary’s series specifically for what is says on the tin: The narrator of this story is security officer Markham rather than historian Max. Now, this isn’t the first time this has happened (see “The Very First Damned Thing”, narrated by noneContinue reading “Review: “My Name is Markham” (A Chronicles of St. Mary’s Short Story” by Jodi Taylor”

Review: “The Great St. Mary’s Day Out” (A Chronicles of St. Mary’s Short Story) by Jodi Taylor

While I have to wonder at the logic of involving time travel in a holiday for this lot of miscreants, considering all the things that go wrong normally, I have to admit that the story wouldn’t really work, otherwise. (Though I do have faith that they’d get up to the same sort of trouble duringContinue reading “Review: “The Great St. Mary’s Day Out” (A Chronicles of St. Mary’s Short Story) by Jodi Taylor”