Dark & Fluffy (Vol II)
by Janet Stock
Dark & Fluffy: Volume II
Following on from Dark & Fluffy, this collection is a further nine short fiction pieces. The title Dark & Fluffy II, reflects the general styles of the stories/prose in the book. Some are a bit darker, and may be a bit uncomfortable to read, Death by Testing and The Broken Arrangement fall into this category. Others are happier, feel good pieces like The Disney Club. Whatever your preference, I’m sure you’ll find something that will grab your attention.
If you’re looking for a fun mix of short reads, then you’ve come to the right place! As a collection of stories, this second volume offers up an abundance of entertainment for those times when you’re commuting to work, or when you just need a break from reality.
The first story – The Man Across the Street – drew me in straightaway with the line, “it’s not that I’m nosey, you understand …” and from then on I was intrigued to read on. The author built the tension up with subtlety – which isn’t easy in a short story – and delivered a clever twist at the end. By then, I was ready for more.
The huge variety in story kept me reading on, moving from tension to sweet “Aww!” moments in the Disney Club, and lots of fun (at Dad’s expense) in That Steampunk Vibe.
The author mentioned she’s writing a novel, and introduced us to one of her character’s in the story entitled Gisella – if that’s indicative of the rest of the novel, then I look forward to the publication of The Wait’s Son.
Several years ago I decided to take my writing seriously. I completed an OU course in creative writing and a Writers Bureau course. Initially I concentrated on short story writing, and when I turned fifty this year, I self-published my first book, Dark and Fluffy.
I love writing short stories, but my main goal is to have a novel published. Ten years ago, I started the first book of a trilogy of novels called The Little Servant (The Wait’s Son). I am still working on this, but now I have a serious intent to get this finished this year.
My favourite genre is medieval fiction, Bernard Cornwell is my favourite author. I also like to read Edward Rutherford, Stephen King, and Dean Coontz.
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