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2020 Reviews Revisited

What better way to start the year than looking back at all these awesome reviews from 2020!  If you're looking for new stories to read, maybe one of these reviews from the last year will catch your attention.  Thank you to @Timothy M. for compiling the list of reviews, and thank you to the review team for writing so many great reviews for us to read!   2020 January 13th: 2019 Reviews Revisited - Timothy M. Review comment: I always look forward to reading reviews from the review

Renee Stevens

Renee Stevens

January CSR Feature: All Wet Series by Myr

Welcome to 2021! In honor of the new year, hopefully to be a fun, fast one, I'm featuring several short stories in the All Wet series by Myr. These start off with A Bad Day to be WET... but it's never a bad day to enjoy a story from Myr's Terran Confederation Spaceforce world! Follow Bill's adventure's in all 3 stories for the most enjoyment. Then come back to share your thoughts and enjoy my interview with Myr on our Discussion Day!  All Wet Series by @Myr Length: 11,720 Des

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December CSR Discussion Day: Triple Holiday Feature

Wow, it's the last CSR Discussion day of 2020! Hopefully everyone has had a great holiday season, and enjoyed the stories featured. I asked a few questions of the authors featured this month the same questions. Enjoy the answers I got back, then share any thoughts you had as you read their ficlets in a comment below!   Mikiesboy with The Christmas Cracker How do you celebrate the Holidays?    Usually we have a large reunion in early December with the whole family from around Toron

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December Classic Author Excerpt: Dare by Sara Alva

Monday I featured Sara Alva's short story, Dare. Did you read it? It's just 5k, a story of friends, fun... what more could you want to take a break from your life right now? A holiday time out, a reminder of summer to come if the cold is sapping you, or even just because those memories of carefree days can be so fun to head back to.  And that's just why I picked this excerpt. Did you ever play Truth or Dare? The swing is one thing... but were you ever this dumb?  Want to know what ha

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December Classic Author Feature: Dare by Sara Alva

So half the world celebrates the holidays in the heat. So while this story isn't a holiday tale, I couldn't help but pick a story that features a group of friends and some summer-time fun. This snack-sized tidbit is just right for this busy time of year for readers to enjoy too! Length: 5,064 Description: Mark always takes a dare. A Reader said: This was just a wonderful story, written very well. And I loved the ending!  You are really really good at this. ~ Toast  

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Featured Story: Our Christmas Cookbook

Well, hard to believe, but it's the last review of 2020!  @Timothy M. has picked the perfect story for the holiday season.. Enjoy the review of Our Christmas Cookbook by @aditus @Cole Matthews and @ValkyrieWishing You Happy Holidays and All the Best in the New Year from the Review Team   Our Christmas Cookbook by Aditus, Cole Matthews and Valkyrie Reviewer: Timothy M. Status: Complete Word Count: 56,617 In December 2019 we got this wonderful treat jointly written by three

Renee Stevens

Renee Stevens

December CSR Triple Feature: Holiday Sprinkles

That's right, this month we have a holiday triple feature! These Christmas stories are like sprinkles of joy you can use to brighten your day and hearts. Just the right length for a short read, please enjoy these stories brought to you from 2 of our Signature Authors and 1 of our Classic Authors.    The Christmas Cracker by @Mikiesboy Length: 1,528 Description: Hawken picked up the red Christmas Cracker and offered the other end to Lori-Anne. She grasped it. They pull

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November CSR Discussion: Amafi Coast by CLJobe

Holy cannoli! November is over! The holiday season is upon us, but first we must enjoy and discuss this month's featured story, Amafi Coast by CLJobe. Did you get a chance to read it? Share your thoughts below, or just enjoy my interview with this month's featured author!  Are you a person who makes their bed in the morning, or do you not see much point? Since I am in bed, 100 percent of the time, I have a care giver who helps to change my bed. What is something most people don’t

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Featured Story: How I Accidentally Slept With My...

Monday, bloody Monday... Okay, just me whining But what got me looking forward to today is this great review by @aditus from the Review Team!       How I Accidentally Slept With My... by Ethan Reviewer: Aditus Status: Complete Word Count: 29,049 Are you trying to come up with who my... is? I did, and with all the possibilities going around in my mind, I had to know. I’m tempted to begin with a classic first line: Two guys meet at a bar, hook up— Wel

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November Classic Author Excerpt: The Art of Walking in Snow by Libby Drew

Did you catch the blog feature on Libby Drew's story, The Art of Walking in Snow, on Monday? Go download the banner if you want to share you love for this short story. If you haven't read it yet, well, why not? I'm featuring this excerpt because it reminds me SO much of all the years we took our kids out to cut down our own tree. The cold, the cocoa, the fun of picking just the right one... it's definitely Christmas! But this story goes so much deeper than that, so much more into what the season

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November Classic Feature: The Art of Walking in Snow by Libby Drew

Okay, I admit it... the holidays finally have me. It's not quite tree time, but we're sooooo close. So why not enjoy a little early holiday heartwarming with Libby Drew's amazing short story, The Art of Walking in Snow?    Length: 10,023 Description: Jamie doesn't let people get close, but his new employer refuses to play by those rules. Maybe this is the year Jamie will banish the ghosts of Christmases past. A Reader said:  What a wonderful tale as we approach Christma

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Featured Story: Rothenian Tales

Is it Monday already  What happened to Sunday  Well without much more delay, here is a great review on one of my all time favourites here at GA! Thanks for @ancientrichard for bringing this most excellent review!   Rothenian Tales Mike Arram Reviewer: ancientrichard Status: Complete Word Count: 787,516 Michael Arram's Rothenian Tales focus on events in a mythical central European state which the author tells us was inspired by Anthony Hope's Ruritania, though a good dea

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November CSR Feature: Amafi Coast by CLJobe

Well, spooky October is over and now we have November up. Heading into the holiday season, what better time to enjoy stories about compassion, family, and love? So please enjoy this month's selection! Amafi Coast by @CLJobe Length: 12,971 Description: A story of compassion. A Reader said: Awesome chapter, Sad thoughtfull and joyful, and a great end to get another awesome story. Thanks ~ mikedup   Enjoy this month's ready, and don't forget to come back to share

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CSR Discussion Day: Fairyfly by ObicanDecko

Well it's almost over for October, and it's nearly November! How quickly the time does fly. Get it, fly? Like Fairfly, this month's CSR feature by ObicanDecko! Did you read it? Make sure you share your thoughts on the story below! But first, as always, my interview with the author for readers to enjoy!  Do you eat your fruits and vegetables? Yes! I love my fruits (watermelon, peach, strawberry, you name it) and veggies – I could eat broccoli and spinach every day. If you were an a

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October Classic Excerpt: Jack Scribe's Life's a Grind

Did you catch Monday's feature with Jack Scribe's Life's a Grind banner? Why exactly IS there a mask on it? Hmm... answer in the comments if you know! Or share what you thought of the story if you've read it.    I picked this section of the story, a few chapters in, because it gives you a good sense of Jeremy's character. He's pretty smart for a teen, certainly responsible, but wowsers... the curveballs life's bringing his way could be interesting. Well, if you're into that sort of thi

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October Classic Feature Jack Scribe's Life's a Grind

Happy October! Thanksgiving for our Canadian friends, Halloween for just about everyone, or all sorts of festival fun if you're not a follower of the candy trick-or-treats theme. The year is passing by so fast, and we're almost done with 2020 (whew!). I thought the title of this month's feature was apt for how many of us probably feel about this year.... Enjoy! Length: 97,474 Description: Jeremy and his group of friends are seniors at a Chicago high school. He juggles a part-time

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Featured Story: The Answer

Hope everyone had a great weekend!  I've been doing lots and lots of school work!  Ugh!  Anyway, to help you start your week off right, take a look at this review that Parker Owens did on Wayne Gray's story "The Answer". Have a great week!   The Answer Wayne Gray Reviewer: Parker Owens Status: Complete Word Count:  5,848 Short stories can be riveting and entertaining, but they are often immensely difficult to write. An author must craft a compact, yet compelling, story ar

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August CSR Feature: Fairyfly by ObicanDecko

Happy Halloween month! This is a month for fun of the paranormal type. Magic. Were-creatures. Myths. Fantasy. Ghosts. Or whatever else tickles your ghoulish fancy. I'm going with a story by ObicanDecko for the CSR feature, Fairyfly. This is an older story, so you might not have read it or you might be due for a reread. Enjoy!! Fairyfly by @ObicanDecko Length: 65,659 Description: Young Esthor is the best sorcerer in all the kingdom and beyond. When King Norius calls upon him t

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CSR Discussion Day: Forces by Invnarcel

Did you read Forces by Invnarcel this month? A little dark, a little twisted, maybe a journey you weren't quite expecting... just right to get us in the mood for Fall! Enjoy my interview with Invnarcel below, then leave your comments on his story or writing!    Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate. If you had 30 minutes of free time, what would you do?  Meditate and connect with myself. It’s relaxing and great. What brought you to GA?  A love of reading and posting

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September Classic Author Excerpt: Palouse by Rec

Did you catch Monday's feature with the banner for Rec's story, Palouse? Check it out if you want to feature it in your signature. So I live in Washington, so I know how special this region of the state is, how scenic it can be... but just how few opportunities there can also be for anyone who is 'different'. Rec's story has all of that and more. I think you'll enjoy this excerpt as well.  Click here to read more

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September Classic Author Feature: Rec's Palouse

Sometimes you just want to sink into a story, and Rec is an author that lets you do that. His stories always drag you in and don't let you go from beginning to end. Palouse is no different. Have you read it? Length: 110,617 Description: Palouse is a coming-to-maturity story of a half-Navajo boy who is a virtuoso at violin. The story traces his rise, fall, and reemergence in the context of a domineering mother. It is a story also of a developing love between the boy and a gay frie

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Featured Story: Do You Remember

Happy Monday, y'all!  I'm running behind and really should be sleeping, so I'll make this quick! Its time for a new review, if you haven't already read this story, check out spikey's review and then go check out the story! Do You Remember ObicanDecko   Reviewer: spikey582 Status: Complete Word Count: 56,780 Perhaps I’m a bit of a romantic at heart, but sometime I just really need to sit back and enjoy a more lighthearted story, something that has me smiling as I read. Lif

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Renee Stevens

September CSR Feature: Forces by Invnarcel

It's a month of changes, and this story was written to make you wonder... are things what they seem? Are are the characters who they seem? I guess you'll have to read Invnarcel's story, Forces, to find out! Forces by @Invnarcel   Length: 35,514 Description: Phillip Cleckley is a young journalist investigating a murder at Lochdale college. He begins an unfortunate liaison with the prime suspect, the wealthiest family's son Stanley Milton. Both men are different, but together

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August CSR Discussion Day: Electricity by MozLover21

Whew, a long month and a long story! At least they went together, right? I hope you enjoyed the Electricity (and welcomed back football!) this month. Now how about my interview with MozLover21? My questions weren't so easy, so make sure you read the thoughtful answers before you comment with your thoughts on the story below! What’s something personal about you people might be surprised to know? I love horror movies. They’re my guilty pleasure. But somehow my fondness for this genre alw

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Featured Story: The Paladin

It is Monday in most of the world, and what better way to start off the week of blogs than with another great one from the Review Team, this one from Timothy M.   The Paladin David McLeod Reviewer: Timothy M. Status: Complete Word Count: 52,005 Some authors on GA create their own settings, either by mixing magic into our universe or by creating separate worlds. David McLeod does both, although most of his fantasy genre stories takes place in another universe which occasio

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