After I read Almost Adults by Ali Pantony I read two other books of a similar genre.
Wish Upon a Shell by Kay Correll and Summer at the Comfort Food Café by Debbie Johnson.
I downloaded Wish Upon a Shell purely because I loved the cover. I loved the images, the colours, the memories it evoked. The story wasn’t too bad either. It tells the story about a baker, called Julie and her life as the owner of a bakery on a small island in Florida. Alongside her are two friends, who also run their own businesses. They share the struggles of the hard work that goes into running a business that relies on summer tourist season. Reed Newman is the stranger that has come to the island to take time off work.
It was a very gentle romance. A well written story, with great characters.
Summer at the Comfort Food Café I downloaded a while ago. It was free, so. This story has six weeks of brilliance, it made me laugh and cry in equal measures. It is set near the Jurassic Coast, in Dorset and the whole setting was dreamlike. If I walked into the setting in this story I wouldn’t want to go- home. It sounded perfect. The Comfort Food Café I wish was a real place. Its characters, with their own pasts and stories, were perfect for this story. I liked how grief was a theme and covered loss, loneliness, moving on.
Setting was important in both books. I think a well described setting can make character more real because we can use our imaginations to see ourselves with the characters and it can make reading so much cosier somehow. Like you never want the book to end.
More links love!
Visual – Verse give you a visual prompt to respond to in writing each month. Submissions close on the fifteenth of the month. Elizabeth Gibson’s story Sweets on Neptune absolutely delighted me. Elizabeth has her own wonderful publication Foxglove Journal, which publishes poetry and fiction.
I also found an untitled poem early on in the week by Nichole McElhaney in Rose Quartz Journal
Starry Eyed Collective are a new publication, which aims to empower women and girls. The editor is Orlagh, from Northern Ireland. They welcome any submissions too.
Eunoia Review, a poem called Things only Broken People can Know by the brilliant poet James Diaz. His poetry always makes you feel something.
Speaking of my favourite poets, Linda M. Crate had poetry published at The Gremlin Creative and Spillwords.com
At The Leveler, a Jessie Janeshek poem Toy Gun Commercial
And last, but not least, a blog post by Emma The Little Bookworm about what exactly goes into creating a blog post, and the hard work involved. As she says it’s a complete roller coaster!
Thank you for reading! Did you enjoy any of these links? Do you have any of your own links? Share in the comments.
As always with Peeking Cat there is a varied selection of poems and stories from writers in Scotland to Bangor. I like the travel theme in this issue, particularly as it is coming up to *that* time of year.
The Rush to Relax by David Attree is a delightful rhyming poem on the experiences of travel: what to do with your hoodie, have you got your passport, luggage weight, the body scanner, and so on. Twelve Dark Days of Summer by Michelle Wray is a sombre depiction of a gloomy outdoor scene, of which us in the UK are quite used to. There are also song lyrics in A First Broken down Valise by Chris Rogers, an excellent prose piece in A Study of Frowns by John E. McBride, and a sobering story His Mistress by Rafael Pursley, in gardens, with flowers, used as metaphors for a troubled relationship.
Another fantastic issue of Peeking Cat Poetry Magazine.