Review of That’s Paris: An Anthology of Life, Love and Sarcasm in the City of Light


About That’s Paris

If you’ve ever traveled to Paris or dreamed of setting foot on its cobblestone streets, you’ll enjoy escaping into this collection of short stories about France’s famed capital. From culinary treats (and catastrophes) to swoon-worthy romantic encounters (and heartbreaking mishaps), this anthology takes you on a journey through one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

Visit this cosmopolitan metropolis through the eyes of Parisians, francophiles and travelers who fell in love with the city and still hold a piece of it in their hearts. That’s Paris: a glimpse into living, loving and laughing in the City of Light.

My Review

Lovely collection of short stories. Just about everything is covered, from love, heartbreak, cuisine, to dealing with bureaucracy and much more all set in vibrant Paris.

As a self-proclaimed Francophile I thoroughly enjoyed the variety and the unmistakable Paris vibe of each story, knowing the setting is Paris is intoxicating enough for this reader. There is something magical and seductive regarding Paris albeit in person or on paper, I was mesmerized from the start.

Every story was interesting and brought its individuality to the table. The unique writing style of the authors along with their varied perspectives added layers of interest. A story catching me off guard Half past Midnight by Didier Quémener, memorable, haunting.

Short story fans, Francophiles will undoubtedly appreciate this well crafted collection.

About the Authors

That’s Paris is a collection of fiction and non-fiction stories from people who have traveled to Paris, lived in Paris or never even set foot in Paris but dreamed about what it would be like to visit. Among our contributors are: the author of three fashion books, the writer of a recently released book on Rwanda, Amazon best-selling authors, journalists, a personal chef and winners of various blogging awards. That’s Paris features new talent as well as established writers, but everyone has one thing in common—their stories capture the essence of what it’s like to breathe Parisian air.

Check out the full list of contributors and their bios.

Foreword by: Stephen Clarke

Authors: Michael Attard, Audrey M. Chapuis, Adria J. Cimino, Sarah del Rio, DryChick, Leslie Floyd, Jennie Goutet, Amy Lynne Hayes, April Lily Heise, Vicki Lesage, Elle Marie, Cheryl McAlister, Emily Monaco, Lucia Paul, Didier Quémener, Laura Schalk, Brooke Takhar, Marie Vareille, Frédérique Veysset, Lisa Webb, Anna Weeks, April Weeks, David Whitehouse

Author proceeds from sales of That’s Paris benefit the charity Room to Read, which supports literacy and gender equality in education. Thanks for supporting the cause!

Published January 20th 2015 by Velvet Morning Press


Promo Blitz & Giveaway: Inside a String by Tom MacLear

Inside a String
Poetry / Short Stories / Essays
Date Published: June 2014

Inside a String is a collection of Poems, Essays, and Lyrics of one man’s take on the human element of America from the Beat movement of the 50’s to the Counter Culture of the 60’s thru the ‘X’ and ‘I’ generations, “Delivered in Spoken Word, Prose and Transcendental and Spiritual Abstract.”

MacLear, along with his singing partner, Heather Waters won Best Country Song 2014 by the Hollywood Music In Media Awards for last summer’s U.S. Country Radio Favorite: ‘SOMEDAY.’

Mediterranean Calls
Yellow_ teasing_
broken_ alabaster_
Basted blue in a closed pewter pot
Cut the hands of the blade
pour slow the anger
And mind the pages when they’re hot
Slow_ are the mindless minutes after the
‘sorrow’s flight’
…The light’s fine in here, so’s the beer
Yesterday is just a melted muse of lectures_
leering at the multitudes_
_draped ‘long side an overcoat
she wore in another time

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About Tom MacLearInside A String Author

Award winning songwriter, producer, entertainer and poet Tom MacLear has captured a span of life from the east to the west in his new book, Inside a String. Those familiar with Hemingway, Kerouac, Ferlinghetti, Dylan and Ginsberg will enjoy the “Beat” flavor of the poetry in this book as well as some of the more simple, straightforward attacks on our hearts and our senses. These poems speak to the reader and take us on that wonderful journey from the depths of city life in NYC to the beautiful coastlines of California and everywhere in between, wherever our minds choose to travel as we take a magical ride with poet, Tom MacLear.

Connect with Tom MacLear: Website | Facebook | Twitter


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Review: London Road: Linked Stories by Tessa Smith McGovern


On the morning of her release from prison, the hottest day on record in England, Janice Bailey makes her way to a boarding house in London, and discovers a bizarre new world.

This collection of linked short stories begins with ‘When Janice Bailey Walked’, an award-winning story first published in the Connecticut Review, and continues with six more stories as told by the eccentric residents of Number 17, London Road, thus illuminating a little-known side of the most beautiful city in Europe.

McGovern creates such compelling, vivid and fascinating characters under the roof of 17 London Road. These women are dealing with life as best they can, overcoming adversity, some have paid a hefty price, you find yourself rooting for all of them as they attempt to reconcile their choices, hoping to forgive themselves of affronts. Enjoyed all the women, saddened when the stories ended, I admit I wanted more. McGovern whetted my appetite for wanting to know what the future holds for this charming patchwork of memorable females.


•56 pages
•eChook Digital Publishing LLC (March 21, 2011)
•March 21, 2011

Review: Two for the Road (Stories in Pairs, Set 3) by Ekta R. Garg



Ah, summer. Long days full of warm sunshine and one of the most popular times to travel. But what happens when something throws your travel plans off course?

Ekta Garg has returned with more great Stories in Pairs. I simply adore Ekta’s short stories, I look forward to their emergence every few months, always a delight to read, the latest installment is no exception. Such originality in her stories interconnection adding dimension and a puzzle effect for your additional reading enjoyment.

Excess Baggage brings us Allison. I felt empathy and respect for Allison. Overworked, spent, she just wants to unwind from her hectic business travels but…can’t refuse to help her besties sister with a place to stay before she and her boyfriend leave for vacation. A rather disorganized travel duo, I have a feeling Allison will have her hands full as we were left in suspense. I identified with Allison, been in her shoes on one too many occasions. Looking forward to seeing what transpires for the entire trio. Ekta is a master at artfully connecting the first story with the second, subtle but known.

Wrong Way introduces Rachel and Jim. I laughed with this story. Can’t tell you how many Rachel’s I know with the dreaded visit to ‘monster-in-law’ AND the overhearing of Rachel venting on the phone of her feelings regarding hubby and his mom. Need I say tense car ride between hubby and wifey as they visit Jim’s mom.

As always Ekta delivers plausible instances, filled with fabulous dialog and well-developed characters. Every single one of her stories feels as if it’s taking place right in front of you as you utterly relate to what’s being presented. Ekta is original and her creativity is endless evident throughout her Stories in Pairs. Always a joy to read, touching the peruser in one form or another. I’m hooked!!


•Kindle Edition
•Published June 30th 2015 by Prairie Sky Publishing

Review: Airplane Rides: Observations From Above by Jake Alexander


Airplane Rides follows a highly successful, but emotionally isolated, real life finance executive through actual conversations had with seatmates. The work takes place over a ten year period and is multidimensional across both the passenger stories told and the moral evolution of this modern day nomad who serves as our narrator.

As I read each story I chuckled to myself as I toyed with the question of Would I bear my soul to a total stranger 35,000 miles in the sky? NOT. But that’s just me, I’m a privacy nut, very few are privy into my secret garden.

The narrator Jake Alexander comes across as arrogant and elitist. On paper he seems as warm as a polar vortex but… his hard exterior seems to crack with every encounter, the true meaning of the stories those have shared with him over the years sinking in – or so it seems through his voice. Pearls of wisdom, learning through others mistakes, successes, situations appear to slowly penetrate tough guy Jake.

Still I couldn’t shake the fact the stories felt heavily embellished not to mention they carried nothing of great significance, nothing earth shattering. I will say Jake has the gift of writing, his style is elegant and evocative. Perhaps Jake exudes a warmth, a talent for extracting confessions, maybe it’s his eyes forcing people to dig deep within releasing torments causing pain. On paper I find it difficult to believe a stranger would share a shred of depth with good old Jake, guess we’ll never know until we embark to the friendly skies and he’s our seat mate. Entertaining read with a fabricated feel.


•ebook, 156 pages
•Published December 29th 2014 by Smashwords Edition

Review: Mama Cried by Talia Haven

Can’t go into great detail without giving much away. You will find yourself with plenty to consider after reading. I had no idea what I was stumbling upon, best to approach this blindly, adds to its high impact.

Impressive emotional short story addressing mercy vs justice with a stunning twist thrown into the mix. Powerful especially given somewhat detailed content and length.

The reader will certainly ponder the sensitive topic – seeking answers, asking questions, the main protagonist along with her story is gut wrenching. Fragile matter presented in a poignant and creative fashion. Highly suggest. Great for deep discussion.

•Kindle Edition, 12 pages
•Published January 9th 2015 by Sheehan and Haven; 1 edition (first published January 7th 2015)

More for the Heart by Ekta R. Garg


•Published April 7th 2015 by Prairie Sky Publishing

Garg crafts another fabulous short story duo with the exception being these two stories provide a backstory to her previous dynamic duo in Two for the Heart. See full review of Two for the Heart.

Making The Proposal
Pooja and Akshay – one memorable couple with an affecting story. They certainly touched my heart in Two for the Heart. Originally we were given crumbs as to the full disclosure on how these two met and all that followed. Now we know this wonderful couples full story. I loved how Garg filled in the blanks, totally adore this couple even more.

Rose and Helen. Two sisters estranged, reunited through tragedy. Once again Garg fills in the blanks as to the depth of the two sisters estrangement. We have better insight into both Rose and Helen along with their intricate and complicated relationship as sisters and women. Garg closes the veil of mystery surrounding these two as well as the shocking story, all comes full circle.

Once again Garg delivers with pitch perfect dialogue, emotionally compelling characters with spot on narratives. Her imagination and creativity strike gold with her unique theme and link in her stories. An authoress clearly stepping out of the box succeeding. Needless to say I am anticipating her next collection, never disappointing.