🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Released! "Sons of Taldra: A Science Fiction Adventure" by @DuaneSimolke— Eric Rench - Shay Mills Fiction Author (@IDOBOOKREVIEWS) May 16, 2023
It wasn’t just good — it was truly unique & amazing!
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From the Substack bio of Eric - Author Shay Mills: "After a successful career in the military, I took to telling my tales. I am known for being an eclectic author who writes Horror, Thriller, Crime-Drama, Paranormal, Suspense, and Literary Coming of Age Tales."
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LitNuts Book of the Day: The Acorn Stories. #BookTwitter #BookRecommendation 🍁📙 #CrazyAboutBookshttps://t.co/fu8mCLUrL8— BookTWT and SciFi Geek (@DuaneSimolke) May 9, 2023
“This collection is a poignant look into small towns and the people that make each small town unique. I thoroughly enjoyed reading these stories. Take my advice and grab your copy today. Escape to the small-town life.”Read the full review at N. N. Light's Book Heaven.
I added some of my books and created some Ferch Phrases. They didn’t take long to start appearing in Google search results.
On Bookhylla’s “About this” page, Ray explains, “What makes Bookhylla so powerful is that we can really create unique Ferch Phrases that define our book and make it really easy for readers to find our book. We can create phrases that tie movies to our book, for example.”
Bookhylla Featured Author - Duane Simolke - https://t.co/G0S40o6AQx @DuaneSimolke pic.twitter.com/PtJ6lyoIXA— rayferch (@rayferch) March 21, 2023
Was your home town anything like Acorn? If so, how?
How would setting The Acorn Stories some place other than West Texas change it? What about setting it in the 2020s, instead of the late twentieth century?
How would changing the nonlinear structure of stories like “Knock” and “Mae” affect the stories?
Which characters did you like most in The Acorn Stories? Why? Did any of them remind you of yourself or anyone you know? Are the characters you enjoyed most necessarily ones that you would want to meet in real life?
The stories “Echoes” and “Come With Me” both take their names from paintings, while “Survival” takes its name from a student essay. How do the themes and imagery from those internal, creative works affect the overall stories? Is creativity a theme in any of the other stories?
Why do some of the characters in The Acorn Stories seem to care so much about names, and variances of names?
Does The Acorn Stories glamorize or criticize small-town life?
The Acorn Stories is a story collection, but does it resemble a novel?
Many characters reoccur in this collection. Are there any who seem important to the overall book, rather than just to one or two particular stories?
Texas contains many oddly named towns. Some of those names appear in The Acorn Stories and its spin-off, The Acorn Gathering. Did you catch any?
How do acorns work as a metaphor in The Acorn Stories? Are there other metaphors in the book?
Does The Acorn Stories reflect the diversity of Texans? Americans?
The Acorn Stories is mostly set during the 1990s. If it became a movie, which 1990s songs would work best for the soundtrack?
If you’ve seen the Del Shores play or movie Sordid Lives, how would you relate it to The Acorn Stories?
Which books, plays, or movies would you suggest for people who like The Acorn Stories?
Discuss The Acorn Stories at GoodReads and BookBub.
Read the reviews at Kirkus Reviews, Amazon.Com, bn.com, and Goodreads.
Excerpts from The Acorn Stories
“I swung from sad to happy, angry to laughing out loud,” Jane wrote in a review of my short story collection The Acorn Stories at Tweetables. The review appears just below the interview.
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The Acorn Stories. “A lush tangle of small-town life branches out in this engrossing collection of short stories.” -Kirkus Reviews. * Excerpts from The Acorn Stories * The Individual Stories * Reading Group Questions * Historical Acorn, Texas * Book Trailer
The Acorn Gathering: Writers Uniting Against Cancer. Join the fight against cancer by purchasing this fundraising fiction collection, with stories by Jan Chandler, Shawna R. Van Arum, Huda Orfali, Timothy Morris Taylor, and Bill Wetzel. * Book Reviews * News and Authors * HD Book Trailer * Video: Fight Cancer * Excerpts from The Acorn Gathering * Free Story: Fat Diary: Humor
Degranon: A Science Fiction Adventure. An Iroquois family gets caught in a battle between two oppressive worlds. * Both Taldra Novels in One EBook * We’re Glad Our Son Is Gay * The Maintainers Arrive * Reading Group Questions * Glossary
Holding Me Together counters homophobia, promotes equality, and celebrates life! * Reactions to Homophobia * Home (Gay Romance) * The Bible and Gays * Selected Poems eBook
The Return of Innocence: A Fantasy Adventure blends humor and romance with exciting fantasy action. * Characters * Book Trailer * HD Book Trailer
Stein, Gender, Isolation and Industrialism: New Readings of Winesburg, Ohio examines the best-known work of the influential American writer, Sherwood Anderson.
Now That We’re Grown: A Gay Romance Short Story. Two gay men reunite after college as more than friends, but their past threatens their future together.
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