Firstly I wish to thank Sarah Hardy of Book on the Bright Side Publicity & Promo for inviting me on the Blog Tour for A Story A Day May Collection 93 Stories and Flash Fiction by Morgen Bailey.
This collection was written from a variety of prompts supplied by storyaday.org and originally published on Morgen’s blog (morgenbailey.wordpress.com – where you can still read the list of prompts), during May 2011, 2012, and 2013.
In this book there are stories of revenge, overcoming obstacles, newfound and lost love, shopping, chocolate, legends of history, and the occasional alien or two.
We have crimes afoot, writer’s block, characters with and without friends, homages, humans and non-humans, scratches, squeaks and barks.
From Chelsea buns to casseroles, we share the highs and lows, but the stories all go to show what can be done with a prompt, a few hours, and a colourful imagination.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
If you love reading but only just seem to be getting into the story when you have to put it away then this book of short stories could well be the answer. Each tale is of various lengths, from just a page to three or four but all perfectly manageable no matter if you have two minutes or half an hour to spare.
Some tales are quirky, some are quaint and all of them leave you thinking about these strange people doing normal things and normal people dealing with strange happenings. All of the stories are unique in their own right with the original concept of each one being inspired by a prompt for each day’s story. Loved this idea as it sparked in my own imagination where I would take certain storylines. The stories cover three years of the month of May, which again I liked. Each one a reflection of where it will go because of how you actually feel on that day too. Nice.
There is one thing for sure there is something that everyone could relate to but you will be left seeing things in a different light than before. After I closed this book these characters kept popping back in my mind with their unusual lives and at times their demise as some made me laugh while others were quite sad.
I wish to thank Books on the Bright Side Publicity and Promo for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Morgen Bailey (Morgen with an E) is an author (of novels, short stories, writing and editing guides), freelance editor (for publishers and indie authors), writing tutor (in person and online),
Writers’ Forum magazine ‘Competitive Edge’ columnist, blogger, speaker, and co-founder of Northants Authors. The former Chair of three writing groups, she has judged the H.E. Bates Short Story Competition, RONE, as well as the BBC Radio 2, BeaconLit, and Althorp
Literary Festival children’s short story competitions. She also runs her own monthly 100-word competition. 2018 events include talks and workshops at Troubador’s Self Publishing Conference speakers, workshops and panels at Delapre Book Festival, interviewing
and workshops at BeaconLit, and NAWG Fest with her ‘Editing your Fiction’ weekend residential course. Morgen can be found on Twitter, Facebook, and many others. Her blog is
http://morgenbailey.wordpress.com, and email address