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review 2017-03-16 12:42
A Dozen Truths: 12 Works of Fiction - Lou Aronica,Aaron Brown

A Dozen Truths by assorted authors
When I realized who was involved in this compilation of writings I knew it would be a great read.
What I had not expected was to find so many different genres that I don't normally read and was a good change.
Each chapter has a different author where a short summary of their works and their bio are included.  At the very end there are more indepth excerpts and more about the authors writings.
Enjoyed a large majority of the stories and lessons learned, some leaving a smile on my face at the end. Some genres I just can't seem to get into-sci fic and horror/thriller.
Had never heard of www.authorsfirst.com  site so had to go check it out to understand about it.
Enjoyed many of the stories because I was able to relate to them in my lifetime of things that have happened to me or a family member, brought back a lot of happy memories..
Found a lot of new authors I'll be on the lookout for their works.
Received this book via one of the authors in the anthology via The Story Plant and this is my honest review.

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text 2015-01-16 13:40
It's fourteenth century Italy . . .
The Bronze and the Brimstone - Lory S Kaufman,Lou Aronica

. . . And a young woman is slowly being poisoned to death at the order of the Duke.


a nobleman, a friend of the family but also close to the Duke, stops in at the house, where everyone is upset at the deathly illness that has overtaken Giulietta.  The nobleman sees the "medicine," smells the girl's breath, and immediately knows what is happening here.  Now he's in a quandary.  He's made it this far in this political climate because he knows what is his business and what is not.  And this is not. But these people are his friends.  He puts his head in his hands to think.


"These deals with the devil, these complicities by complacency, were the things that made good men of ability question if there really would be a place in Heaven for them."

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text 2014-11-30 14:00
Monthly Key Word Challenge ~ November {Completed}
Blue - Lou Aronica
The Bluestocking and the Rake - Norma Darcy
The Mistress' House - Leigh Michaels
Falling Into You - Jasinda Wilder
The Last of Lady Lansdown - Shirley Kennedy
My Dear Charlotte - Hazel Holt
The Sound of Munich - Suzanne Nelson
November Key Words: Blue, House, Into, Last, My, Sound


Blue by Lou Aronica ~ 11-5-14


Bluestocking and the Rake by Norma Darcy ~ 11-10-14


Mistress' House by Leigh Michaels ~ 11-6-14


Falling Into You by Jasinda Wilder ~ 11-1-14


Last of Lady Lansdown by Shirley Kennedy ~ 11-6-14


My Dear Charlotte by Hazel Holt ~ 11-7-14


Sound of Munich by Suzanne Nelson ~ 11-8-14

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review 2014-01-22 14:23
Review Differential Equations by Julian Iragorri and Lou Aronica
Differential Equations - Julian Iragorri;Lou Aronica

I had trouble getting into this book. Don’t get me wrong it is skilfully written, it’s just the stories of four different characters in one book seemed too disjointed to me, Not until very late in the book it kind of makes sense, but by then I already was struggling to read on. Never once the book really captured my full attention.

So even if the writing is solid, scenes very well set and characters alive, and fully formed, I couldn’t get into it and was glad when I finally finished reading the book. 

Maybe if there had been more, or better foreshadowing to certain interlinking elements between the separate stories I would have been captured instead of distracted. Just when I was well into Alex’s story, Dro, Vidente, or Khaled took me out of it because they just don’t mesh in the beginning and it just takes too long to get to the point when it does makes sense.

The four stories flow slow and are more focussed on character than actions, which, to me, made it too slow to make me want to keep reading. That and the fact that for a long time it seems as if you are actually reading four books at once that have nothing to do with each other that put me off, and no amount of craftsmanship can make up for the lack of a compelling story.

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review 2014-01-21 00:20
Differential Equations by Julian Iragorri and Lou Aronica
Differential Equations - Julian Iragorri,Lou Aronica
I love a good book that can sweep me away to far off places. To times that I would never be able to go to otherwise. So when I decided to read Differential Equations, I was hoping for a book that would do just that. I was not disappointed in the slightest.
Each character in this story is connected. However, the way in which they are all connected is gradually revealed throughout the entirety of the story. The reader is given small facts that are similar in each story, enough to make one speculate, and ultimately are not really told the true connection between them all until almost the very end. But what a beautiful end it is.
There is a review printed on the back of the book that states, "Like eating a fresh lime sorbet with saltwater in your (sex-tousled) hair." - Smallgood Hearth
And what an accurate description. I mean, I don't even have to use my own words for this review. I could just quote that, and it would sum my feelings up in one glorious sentence. This book refreshed my mind. It left me feeling as if I had just come out of a long meditation period, and my problems were gone with the turn of the last page.
This novel is a phenomenal read. It is a book that I could never get tired of reading. This wonderful book, with its natural beauty, has got to be one of the best I have read this entire year.
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