Short Stories 366:76 — “No Valley Low,” by Alyssa Cole

I love it when short fiction gives us another glimpse of characters we already know and love, and Alyssa Cole does this with "No Valley Low," which returns us to the wonderful Sofronia and Ivan, from Let It Shine, and sets the clock ahead a few years into their relationship. And things... aren't going well. … Continue reading Short Stories 366:76 — “No Valley Low,” by Alyssa Cole

Short Stories 366:67 — “Let It Shine,” by Alyssa Cole

My Audible-available quartet of novellas from Alyssa Cole comes to an (almost) close today with "Let it Shine." Of the four historical novellas, this one comes the closest to present day, set in 1961, when the Freedom Rides are underway and racist anti-black violence is front-page news. Sofronia (or "Sophie") has done everything in her … Continue reading Short Stories 366:67 — “Let It Shine,” by Alyssa Cole

Short Stories 366:58 — “Let Us Dream,” by Alyssa Cole

It's probably obvious by now I've completely fallen in love with Alyssa Cole novellas, what with this being the fourth one I've talked about this month, but yeah. I've fallen in love with Alyssa Cole's novellas. Be they contemporary or historical, they're amazing, but the audio historical novella quartet available on Audible is so well … Continue reading Short Stories 366:58 — “Let Us Dream,” by Alyssa Cole

Short Stories 366:51 — “Be Not Afraid,” by Alyssa Cole

Audiobook novellas for the win again today, with Alyssa Cole's "Be Not Afraid" (which you can get in a bundle of four novellas from Audible, by the way). This is another historical, set during the American Civil War, and the meeting between Kate and Elijah is... well, it's something. Elijah has just been on the … Continue reading Short Stories 366:51 — “Be Not Afraid,” by Alyssa Cole

Short Stories 366:44 — “That Could Be Enough,” by Alyssa Cole

Another novella for today's short story on this yearly trip through short fiction, and once again it's both (a) from Alyssa Cole and (b) available in a superbly performed audiobook. So if you're fans of either, get on that. This story was originally released as part Hamilton's Battalion: a Trio of Romances, "That Could Be … Continue reading Short Stories 366:44 — “That Could Be Enough,” by Alyssa Cole

Short Stories 366:37 — “Can’t Escape Love,” by Alyssa Cole

Okay, Alyssa Cole is fast becoming an audiobook go-to. After listening to Duke By Default, I was curious if Portia's nerdy-and-geeky sister Reggie would get a story of her own, and was super-pleased when "Can't Escape Love" showed up on Audible. We all know I love shorter fictions, and I honestly feel like novellas are … Continue reading Short Stories 366:37 — “Can’t Escape Love,” by Alyssa Cole