Today I’m pleased to be sharing my review of The Story A Day May Collection as part of the blog tour. It’s written with thanks to Sarah Hardy at Book On The Bright Side for inviting me on the tour and for my copy of the book.
This collection was written from a variety of prompts supplied by storyaday.org and originally published on Morgen’s blog (morgenbailey.wordpress.com – where you can still read the list of prompts), during May 2011, 2012, and 2013.
In this book there are stories of revenge, overcoming obstacles, newfound and lost love, shopping, chocolate, legends of history, and the occasional alien or two.
We have crimes afoot, writer’s block, characters with and without friends, homages, humans and non-humans, scratches, squeaks and barks.
From Chelsea buns to casseroles, we share the highs and lows, but the stories all go to show what can be done with a prompt, a few hours, and a colourful imagination.
The concept for The Story A Day May Collection is one that I found very interesting. Bailey has handily provided a list of the prompts at the end of each section, and I enjoyed finding out where her inspiration came from. This demonstrated how creative Bailey is and I would like to commend her for the way she has expressed this in this collection.
There is something in The Story A Day May Collection for everyone: there is crime, love stories and often a little humour. Bailey explores issues that are universal including war, death, relationships and families and I loved being able to meet a wide range of characters who would challenge me and make me smile in equal measure. The prompts often allow Bailey to revisit a character from a previous story and I was intrigued by the way the characters developed or the story was rewritten from a new perspective.
I enjoyed the way each story was able to draw me in and keep me intrigued, no matter how short. Some of the stories ended in a surprising way and this will keep me wondering for some time to come.
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