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Heart by Oliver Frances, A Collection of Love Stories

Review: When I saw this in my queue, I was looking forward to reading another work by Oliver Frances, whose title “Summer Love,” I had previously reviewed. His writing is often contemplative, and what some might call subtle. Sometimes the concept or actual message by the author isn’t easy to discern. Often there is the suggestion the author is actually speaking to the reader directly in the narrative, yet you question also, whether this is a character’s thoughts and feelings. In this particular case, this set of three tales, the author is telling the stories line by line. Not the most effective way, but you get the sense of what is being presented more readily.

Honestly, for native English readers, if you don’t have an understanding of someone writing in a language other than their mother tongue, certainly one might feel perplexed by the prose. Conversely, one might look at it from another angle, and believe an author should know more exactly what readers might want. I don’t agree with the latter, Oliver Frances has a unique style and voice all his own. Some get it, some don’t. To me, it’s important for each reader to decide this entirely on their own, for when exposed to too few writers from a variety of background and nationalities, I think it’s self-limiting, simply put.

That being said, each story in “Heart” read more like a prologue of a book, or possibly a long description. I wanted the details to be fleshed more, and not simply told that so-and-so happened and this person did this or another. I enjoy short stories more often these days, as many authors can provide a great story with a minimum of words, but I was left wondering what really was the point of collection. The stories aren’t bad but they lacked depth for me even though several interesting ideas were mentioned, but brevity wasn’t the issue. “Heart” would appeal to some, but understandably not to others.


Description: Heart is a collection of three stories about just love. It features “The Little Ugly Duck”, Cynthia’s remarkable beauty makes her gain fame and admiration but not love, consequently disappointment and sadness are the prize for such a comeliness. Unexpectedly she finds love in the most unthinkable place after suffering a terrible accident which turns upside down her own existence.

“The Writer”, a young lady whose big expectations about love are those depicted in fairy tales and simple love can’t fulfill her wish. Ironically a writer that builds worlds of fiction, but whose life isn’t led in the lines of his fantasy, is the man who shows her what true and real love is about.

And the last story that completes the collection is “A Marriage of Convenience”, one story of a girl and boy, from Italian families respectively, who find the most sought in life -without searching for, and they do not by a lovely casualness but by one unpleasant fact.


Published February 10th 2011
ISBN: 0012633860
ISBN13: 2940012633866
Available: Amazon and Smashwords, and other locations online
Source: Publisher


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“What Makes You Happy?” by Faith Folau

The author of memoir “Stoned Honor”, let’s us know some of the things which make her happy at her blog “The Everyday Truth and Justice TS/TG/TV & Others”.  Her book is in my queue, and I very much look forward to reading it.

What makes me happy?

“So today, I was stuck and tried all day to find some kind of inspiring inspiration, to get me in the mood to write an article that everyone can read. I went on twitter to ask people and the first person that answered said, “I want to read what makes you happy.”

It makes me happy to be able to reach out to people all over the world, and to help share my inspirational thoughts and opinions on almost everything. I like to write and have conversations about life situations, and maybe discuss it with people from all over. I am somewhat spiritual because I still have to teach myself the true journey of my higher power. I also like to be engaged at my church to be able to get up and talk and spread my views of my under standings for the gospel.

The highest thing that will bring me full joy is to be able to take care of my whole family. I think that is every ones happiness now days. I do not mean taking care of them all financially, but also to help support some one in the need of support, whatever it is good or bad. I want to be able to have most of the answers to a family member who are young and other young kids. To be able to give love and good advice makes one happy at the end of the day.

Like I mentioned in one of my thank you videos, I stated that my books is about self help, It’s not just me talking about my past, family, drama, friends but it also gives you a better understanding from my point of view and also results to whom ever that might have went through my situations. I am a Libra so holding the scales to life should be balanced. There for I talk about many angles in life as I possibly can.”

Please visit Faith’s site to read her full post on self-healing, love and hope. To purchase your copy  “Stoned Honor” in ebook or print, please visit Lulu.com.


My response to Faith:

I particularly enjoyed the thought that when you write, you don’t think of just one, but for all. Also, it’s very good point that part of what we learn does not involve formal education, for some people it’s even less, yet it doesn’t mean they are unworthy. I would say, being Native American myself, and now working informally with other natives and their children within the school system, many also have low education levels but much to offer if people give them a chance.

You referenced your memoir Stoned Honor, and yes some stories are extremely difficult to tell and some may question why it’s written and what it has to offer. As you say, whatever happened in the past, however painful, that you have come out of it with a positive, strong spirit is the point of writing it. To let others know, trouble elements in the past do not have to equal a negative future. That is also my point in writing my memoir “The Boys Who Died”. The first chapters are here: http://bit.ly/gWc1dY



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The Fortress Series by C.J. Cherryh

Although I love many books, there are few books I can read and reread and never, ever grow tired of them. This is one. It is unique, as exceptionally detailed and “alive” as any other Cherryh book, but it has a special place in my heart although I own each and everyone of her works I can find.

For those who love historical fantasy of a type, epic fantasy, this is spectacular but not in an explosive way, but in the way where you love each and every character presented, good or evil, because they are so well-thought out and realized. You can see them vividly in your imagination.

For me also, this is a beautiful example of what I tried to imbue my own writing with: examples of relationships between a man and another man where they truly love each other for who they are, without having to be sexual or erotic. Or,  conversely, having a romantic and physical relationship as well but not having it explicitly written down to the most minute drop of lubrication. A topic I referenced in my article, “Is there a clear line between M/M fiction and gay fiction?” Please reference Cherryh’s superb description of Tristan and Crissand’s love for each other:

“‘There was love, a reliable and real love grown in a handful of days, and Tristan did not know why it was: friendship had happened to both of them, on the sudden, completely aside from Tristan’s both endangering and saving Crissand’s life. It was no reason related to that, it was no reason that either of them quite knew. Crissand had simply risen on his horizon like the sun of his banner…and that was that….They were together, and there was a great deal right with the day simply in that.’

Classic, courtly, beautiful love with no need ever in this particular story to speak anything of sexuality. Nothing suggestive in the slightest, but you feel their love warm as the summer sun. It’s simply magnificent. This is the difference for me between m/m and gay fiction:  Non-necessities & Possibilities.”

Tristan, the character you will meet if you begin in this book and continue in the series, is one who is ultimately terrifying for his powerful origin and nature,  yet you love him as an example of what is the best in a pure soul which is honest and true. He inspires and surprises love and devotion in special ones simply by existing.

Although it is an aspect of Cherryh’s writing I particularly enjoy, some readers do find her style very dense and too descriptive. An opinion which has also been leveled at my own work at times: overly wordy. This can play both for and against the books, but the style is distinct. There is no brevity and “mini” sentences so many modern writers have resorted to, to make their work move swiftly on electronic screens. The books are rich, heady and classic in tone.

Heroic. Epic. Beautiful. The Fortress series is outstanding in every way for those of us who love fantasy on a grand, world building scale.

Source: Self-purchased all books

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