I recently read a book written by Oliver Phipps, The House on Cooper Lane: Based on a True Story. I think this is more of a short story. This is a gem of a story, and here is why.
1. The plot moves along fairly quickly and keeps your interest because you want to read more, and find out what is so odd about this mysterious house.
2. I find good short stories are hard to come by because lack of character development. This one does lack some I feel, but it works for this story because the character is more or less the house. It gives life to this dreary old house.
3. It kept my attention the whole time.
4. I will be reading more of Oliver Phillips stories. I really enjoyed The House on Cooper Lane!
Without giving too much away, I will give you a brief synopsis, so you can decide if this is a good story to add to your reading list.
Bud is in need of an apartment, and he needs to find one quickly. He happens to see a sign covered in brush that says there are apartments, and him and his dog Badger, investigate. It is a beautiful old house broken up into apartments.
What secrets do these apartments hold? Why is no one renting them?
Read more to find out!
Next book on my reading list is Alice Hoffman’s The Story Sisters. She is one of my favorite Authors. I read her book Practical Magic when I was in high school and have been hooked ever since. Another one of my favorites by Alice is The Dovekeepers. I believe it was also made into a mini series I have yet to see!
Find her blog here: Juni Desireé
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Find My Amazon Review and her book here: https://www.amazon.com.au/Fall-Love-Writing-Taste-writing-ebook/product-reviews/B019CDRZXA/ref=dpx_acr_txt?showViewpoints=1
I just wanted to share this book with all of you, and why it is so special to me. In 2014 I started my blog. Juni found some of the things I had written on here and asked if she could use some of the things I wrote on here for her book. I was happy to oblige. Shortly after I started my blog, I gave up writing. I came across her book and started to read it. I was reminded of all the reasons I began writing in the first place. I questioned the reasons why I stopped blogging and began to blog again. However I decided to make a few changes.
I decided I was no longer going to hide behind my pen name, (Victoria Christian; V.C. Christian.) I decided to quit living in fear. I feared rejection, but I also thought,
“Oh God, what if someone likes what I actually write?”
That is one of the reasons I wrote under a pen name. Writing under my real name would help me get over this fear.
Reading this book, inspired me to continue writing. This time I am determined and I am not giving up.
I wanted to send out a personal thank you to Juni for reminding me of all the reasons I picked up the pen in the first place. Thank you for inspiring me to write again!
I love writing prompts! This book has so many good prompts to get your creative Juices going. I wanted to share it with you because sometimes as writers we hit the proverbial writers block, or need something different. Something to get us to think outside if the box. I love this idea, and tomorrow I am going to begin one of the writing prompts.
There are three writing prompts for each day. Morning, Midday and Dinner. I am going to pick a random one, and in the morning try this out. I am excited to delve into this book of writing prompts!
Here is Love in Inks website, and they have a link to their Facebook page on their site as well.