For the Bats

Carrot Ranch Literary Community

INTRO

Bats eat mosquitoes and pollinate many crucial plants, including bananas and agave (a plant used for making tequila). They also occupy the belfries of imaginative minds.

Taking to the bat caves this week, writers emerged with batty stories and stories about bats. This collection promises to be crazy-good.

The following stories are based on April 12, 2018, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes a bat. A bat denotes “extra points” for including a cave. 🦇

PART I (10-minute read)

Bats by Irene Waters 🦇

I came too; lying on the ground, my eyes shut tight. I don’t know if I could have opened them. I didn’t want to. The bright purple light made me feel at peace and the forest that was drawn on this backdrop was calming. Verdant green. Mystical. My breathing slowed. My pulse dropped lower and lower.

Bats. Hordes…

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Candlemoth: How to Spend It By Pauline West Review!

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Candlemoth: How To Spend It (2016) by Pauline West is the second book in the steamy, romantic Candlemoth trilogy following the adventures of Lily and Ry.

 

In this book, there’s a huge love triangle as Lily finds herself the centre of attention with both Ry and musician Casper from book 1. In this book, Lily is trying to save Ry’s foundation and his inheritance and in this she shows how much she cares about him. She even tries to stay away from him for these purposes but that doesn’t last long. 🙂

Lily’s bestie Beren and his boyfriend Chandler are also back in this book and are amazing as always and it was good to see more of how their relationship was going. Love those two. 🙂

This book deals with a few serious issues like Casper’s depression and drug and alcohol dependencies. There is many incidents which don’t paint Casper in a great light in this book but he is at a very bad point in his life and I hope with time he can get it together and find happiness. Not with Lily as she is with Ry but happiness in some way within himself.

Like book one, we end on a cliffhanger. I kind of knew from book 1 that we would but I wasn’t expecting the cliffhanger we did end on to say the least! The end turns into something out of a mystery thriller which I found fantastic because it mixes my two favourite genres romance and mystery together.

An excellent read just like the first book. Very hard to put down once you start reading and a wonderful look at human dynamics from various different angles.

Looking forward to book 3 which I will be reviewing here. 🙂

I received an ARC from the author, with no obligation to review.

For my review of book 1 go to:

https://culturevultureexpress.wordpress.com/2018/02/10/candlemoth-a-holy-city-romance-by-pauline-west-book-review/

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And for more on Pauline West and her work go to:

https://www.goodreads.com/PaulineWest

Writing Links…4/16/18

Where Genres Collide

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Writing Links…4/16/18

Traci Kenworth

 

Fantasy/Dystopian/UF/Paranormal/SF:

  1. http://www.fantasybookcafe.com/2018/04/women-in-sff-month-2018-begins-tomorrow/ “Since 2012, the month of April at Fantasy Cafe has been dedicated to highlighting the wonderful work women have been doing in speculative fiction. When closing last year’s series, I mentioned that it may be the last series of April guest posts—but I’m happy to say that 2017 will notbe the last one and the seventh annual Women in SF&F event begins tomorrow!” I LOVE this event! It introduces me to writers I wasn’t aware of and plus, women writers don’t always get the spotlight, here they do!
  2. https://sistersofthefey.wordpress.com/2018/04/07/were-you-born-between-signs-on-cusp-the-minds-journal/ “Born on Cusp – edge of the Zodiac Signs Cusps are extremely sensitive days as energy shifts into something else. This “in – between” thing is where witches believe that magic is most powerful.” I was born between Aquarius and Pisces.
  3. http://storitorigrace.blogspot.com/2018/04/so-your-character-is-from-czech.html “But the “weirdest” celebration we have is Easter. We…

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Reading Links…4/17/18

Where Genres Collide

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Reading Links…4/17/18

Traci Kenworth

 

Fantasy/Dystopian/UF/Paranormal/SF:

  1. https://legendsofwindemere.com/2018/04/07/chaos-before-the-storm-spring-break-meets-book-release/
  2. https://phsolomon.com/2018/04/07/interviews-with-tordug-part-1-the-bow-of-destiny/ This evening was disturbed by turmoil around Marston’s Station which roused this reporter from sleep. Reports are coming in this evening of a troll attack when travelers approached this very way-station. Events are unclear at the moment, but trolls becoming so bold as to attack as far as the station are ominous.
  3. http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2018/04/12/catherynne-m-valente-five-things-i-learned-writing-space-opera/The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy meets the joy and glamour of Eurovision in bestselling author Catherynne M. Valente’s science fiction spectacle, where sentient races compete for glory in a galactic musical contest… and the stakes are as high as the fate of planet Earth.
  4. http://www.fantasybookcafe.com/2018/04/women-in-sff-month-peng-shepherd/ It’s my pleasure to welcome Peng Shepherdto the blog today! The Book of M, her upcoming debut novel, is partially inspired by Zero Shadow Day, during which peoples’ shadows temporarily vanish in certain parts of the world due to a…

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Tiger Roll Wins The English Grand National!

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The English Grand National was won by Tiger Roll rode by Davy Russell. Tiger Roll was trained by Gordan Elliott and owned by Michael O’ Leary. He won the race by a head from Pleasant Company with Bless The Wings in third.

It was a very dramatic finish to the race with Tiger Roll beating Pleasant Company by a head with the result going to a photo finish after David Mullins abroad Pleasant Company made a huge rally at the end to attempt to claim glory. Little fighter Bless The Wings made a tremendous effort to take third.

I had no luck today and am hoping for more luck next week in the Scottish National with my birthday coming up next week. 🙂 But my Mum got each way on Bless The Wings so there was thankfully some luck in our house today with the National. Sadly my sister had Pleasant Company to win so there was heartbreak there. My sister got One For Arthur last  year so she almost got two in a row.

Tiger Roll won at 10/1 and is the first English Grand National winner for Davy Russell. Well done to Tiger Roll and all concerned. 🙂

The top 6 in the National was as follows:

  1. Tiger Roll
  2. Pleasant Company
  3. Bless The Wings
  4. Anibale Fly
  5. Milansbar
  6. Road To Riches
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Tiger Roll wins with Pleasant Company second and Bless The Wings behind in third

April 12: Flash Fiction Challenge: 99 Word Prompt – Sue & Chiroptera – Carrot Ranch Literary Community

In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes a bat. You can use an association to the winged, cave-dwelling critter, or you can explore the word for other meanings. Bonus points for including a bat cave. Go where the prompt leads.

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Sue & Chiroptera

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The day Sue met Chiroptera she was sitting in the park eating her sandwiches. 72 and in early retirement, she felt there was not much purpose to her life anymore. Then a gust of wind blew and a bat flew off the tree landing on the ground beside her. She rushed to him and was glad that he was safe apart from a broken arm. She nursed Chiroptera back to health and visited him each day when she had released him back into his habitat. Sue made a friend and regained a purpose in her life. Her little star.

If you want to participate, here’s the link: 

https://carrotranch.com/2018/04/13/april-12-flash-fiction-challenge/

Peril at End House By Agatha Christie Review!

I’m currently taking part in the Agatha Christie Readathon by James J. Cudney from the blog  This Is My Truth Now.

This is second review of four books by Queen Agatha. 🙂

 

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Peril at End House (1932) by Agatha Christie is the eighth Christie book in which Hercule Poirot features. Narrated by Captain Arthur Hastings, the book also features Inspector Japp of Scotland Yard.

The setting for the book is the fictional seaside town of St Loo in Cornwall where Poirot and Hastings are on vacation. Poirot is enjoying his retirement but his retirement is soon a distant memory when he and Hastings meet a young woman called Magdala “Nick” Buckley. Poirot becomes convinced that someone is trying to kill their new friend and his thoughts are further intensified when he finds a bullet which Nick had thought was a wasp shooting past her head when they first meet her. It soon becomes apparent that Nick has been the the victim of numerous strange incidents of late. Then Nick’s cousin Maggie is killed while she is wearing Nick’s shawl. That was a sad moment for me because I really liked Maggie and she wasn’t in it for very long! So now Poirot and Hastings are really on a case full of secrets, lies and deceit.

But there’s a stumbling block throwing our dynamic duo into chaos and confusion. End House is a house which needs to have many repairs and is mortgaged. But Poirot and Hastings plug on with determination and they have many suspects to look into. There’s Nick’s friend Frederica who is known as Freddie, Nick’s cousin Charles who inherits End House if Nick dies, Ellen the housekeeper at End House and the Australian couple the Crofts who are renting the house from Nick.

It is an intriguing book with an excellent twist at the end. I did get the twist, probably because I write mysteries, but like even when the Agatha Christies where a reader gets who the killer/s is, the intricacy of how and why are totally on point. A wonderfully crafted story by our writing legend.

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For more on Agatha Christie and her work go to:

http://www.agathachristie.com/