Short Stories 366:84 — “Awaken,” by Anne Shade

The middle novella of three in Femme Tales (a trio of retellings of fairy tales through a Black queer women-loving-women contemporary lens), "Awaken" brings forth its 'Sleeping Beauty' charm with a softer, and even slightly magical trace than "Beast" did with 'Beauty and the Beast,' but that's neither a bad thing nor a complaint about … Continue reading Short Stories 366:84 — “Awaken,” by Anne Shade

Short Stories 366:80 — “Lead Counsel,” by Aurora Rey

I listened to this audio novella over the course of two days of walking the doggo in the midst of winter, and the setting of a heat-soaked New Orleans was like a balm of relief, frankly. Once again, Lori Prince performs wonderfully, and her voice acting for the various characters left me never in doubt … Continue reading Short Stories 366:80 — “Lead Counsel,” by Aurora Rey

Short Stories 366:74 — “The Diary of a Hounslow Girl,” by Ambreen Razia

This was an unexpected delight from Audible, as part of their Audible Originals series. Originally a stage play, this was performed by the writer (and actress) and as such the level of performance was pretty much set on eleven from the first step. It's about sixteen year-old Shaheeda, a British Muslim teen and begins with … Continue reading Short Stories 366:74 — “The Diary of a Hounslow Girl,” by Ambreen Razia

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

Sunday Shorts – “Merry Christmas, Mr. Miggles,” by Eli Easton

Toby Kincaid loves being the junior librarian in his hometown of Sandy Lake, Ohio. He spends his days surrounded by books and chatting with the library patrons. He especially adores the head librarian, Mr. Miggles, who is kind, witty, knowlegable about everything, and hopelessly addicted to Christmas. Sean Miggles is also pretty cute—especially for an … Continue reading Sunday Shorts – “Merry Christmas, Mr. Miggles,” by Eli Easton