2 ecopies of this book will be given away at the November Blog Hop, starting November 17th. Thank you Amy.
Title: Leftover Shorts
Author: Amy Neftzger
Review: This is a quick to read collection of three short stories. I found them to be interesting if not a bit strange. The 1st story took a bit for me to get into, but it hit my funny bone. The 2nd story was a bit more spooky and strange. It dealt with more hard emotional issues that affect many people out there and that was scarier then the witches involved in the story. The 3rd story was different and the writer really has an interesting view on life and how we view ourselves and others.
If you enjoy short stories, I like them because they are fast and kind of break up my reading into small segments every so often, you will enjoy this collection. A quirky, sometimes disturbing look at life as we know it, give this book a chance and I think it will make you Think.
Publisher: Published April 28th 2011 by Fields of Gold Publishing, Inc.
Pages: Electronic Edition
Quick Review: 3 Stars out of 5.
Why I Read it: A request from the author and I like short stories every so often.
Where I Obtained the Book: Sent by the author.
Synopsis: A diverse collection of three short stories: The Marshmallow War, Peripheral Witches, and Parson's Song.
The Marshmallow War is a humorous look at how organizations sometimes push aside older workers and their accumulated knowledge in favor of younger workers with "fresh perspectives." The story is set inside the Merryman Marshmallow Corporation's research and development department where management confuses youth with innovation.
Peripheral Witches combines elements of a fairy tale and the paranormal as a young working mother struggles to discern whether or not she's losing her mind. A trip home at the end of a long, stressful day has Miriam seeing witches that disappear whenever she looks directly at them. The witches reappear in her peripheral vision.
The last story in the collection, Parson's song, is based loosely on the legend surrounding the folk tune "MacPherson's Lament." Set in the rural south, a small town speculates on whether or not a young gentleman named Billy Parson will be a great man or great criminal. According to their superstitious beliefs, he would be legendary whether for positive or negative reasons. Billy also struggles to come to terms with the local superstition surrounding his fate
Author Biography: Amy Neftzger (born June 23) is an American researcher and author who has published fiction books, non-fiction books, business articles, and peer review research. Her works have reached an international audience.
Amy was born in Illinois and graduated from Elk Grove High School in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. She received her bachelors degree from the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida and her Masters in Industrial/ Organizational Psychology from Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. She graduated from both Universities with honors.
She has written numerous business and journal articles, but her fiction works have been the most commercially successful. In 2003 she published Conversations with the Moon, which was also translated into Korean and published in South Korea. In 2005 she collaborated with her husband, guitarist Tyra Neftzger on a children's book called "All that the Dog Ever Wanted." The book was designed to introduce children to jazz music at an early age and included a CD sampler of jazz tunes. In 2007 she worked as an editor on a business fable called "The Damned Company.”