Book Review

Tantalizing Tidbits: 21 Short Stories to Make You Sigh, Shiver or Blush

tt21ss vaSTORY: A collection of short stories written by bestselling authors, representing an eclectic mix of styles and genres. In a word, this book is a smorgasbord; an opportunity to try a bit of everything.

In the spirit of the smorgasbord, the collection is presented as a menu and authors have shared recipes which accompany each story—some fitting, some funny, some simply old favorites.

Ranging from ultra-short but spine tingling, to meatier tales that are nearly novellas there is a little something for every appetite including comedy, tragedy, fantasy, werewolves, at least one ghost, life, death, and of course love.
Dig in. We hope you find at least one tidbit you enjoy.

Additional Authors: Mary McCall, John Robin, Ria Cantrell, Brenda Margriet, Stephanie Joyce Cole, Kimberly Comeau and Ted Grosch

NOTE: Some stories contain mild to moderate violence. Others contain explicit sexual content (including mild bondage, sensual spanking, and graphic sexual language) which some readers may find offensive. It is intended for mature adults. Stories with potentially objectionable content are clearly identified.

REVIEW: This is a collection of short stories written in different genres and I enjoyed the addition of the different recipes too.

THE MOTORCYCLE by Tarah Scott ~ Paranormal Fiction
A sweet story of friendship that runs deep and lasts forever even after one may no longer be on this earthly plane. A testament that soul mates do exist.

IDA AND THE NOR’EASTER by Victoria Barbour ~ Contemporary Fiction
Every day we have, and the life lessons we learn, make us who we are. It’s a constant ever changing thing. Ida finds, that even after 98 years, the power of love and family are the ties that ground us no matter what upheavals are thrown in our paths. Victoria has me wanting to visit all the Heart’s Ease books.

GARDENS by Stephanie Joyce Cole ~ Literary Fiction
Some times what we yearn for or crave in life is not what we end up with. We learn to adjust and carry on but we can always add some beauty to the monotony and bring our own rays of sunshine into focus. This story shows us to never forget to do things that make us happy, even if others are against it.

ONE WHO WAITS by John Robin ~ An Epic Fantasy
A story about a boy who becomes a man and begins his destiny by losing one who is close to him. This is a prelude to a book John is writing called BLOOD DAWN. A worthy read for those who enjoy Epic Fantasy.

THE HOLE by Ted Grosch ~ Literary Fiction
I was a little confused with this one. Not sure if it’s about someone suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or if it’s about someone who is ready to plot murder when at the same time the other person is plotting against them too. Maybe it’s a mixture of both? It sure leaves you thinking, which I liked.

THE SPIRIT BOTTLE by Ted Grosch ~ Literary Fiction
A story reminding us to grow old and face our end when it comes with dignity.

THE SUMMONS by Ria Cantrell ~ Paranormal Romance
Sometimes our dreams speak to us what is in our hearts that the mind can’t comprehend. When you open your mind to possibilities that reach beyond the normal, your heart and soul may just find what completes them. Two souls reach through time, in dreams, to find their happiness.

THE SEVENTH SISTER by Sue-Ellen Welfonder ~ Paranormal Romance
This is a re-read for me and it touches me deeply each time I read it. I truly believe a part of Sue-Ellen’s soul is a bard as old as time. I believe her stories come from the other side of a thin veil and she puts to print what others want told. People like her are few and far between… those who are in sync with places, times, and people of olde.
It’s a beautiful story of second chances. Maggie and Conall meet in Ireland when Maggie visits the place of her ancestors right before she enters college. There is definitely a soul bond between the two. She goes back to the states and for twelve years they don’t see each other or speak until she revisits to let her past go and they find each other again. There is a beautiful story about the standing stones that weaves it’s tale around Maggie and Conall. Smack full of setting, atmosphere, and love.

FALLING IN TIME by Sue-Ellen Welfonder ~ Time Travel Romance
Lindy and Rogan. Two souls destined for each other and time cannot keep them apart. They keep feeling and seeing each other through dreams and when Lindy takes a trip to Smoo Cave in Scotland, time thins just enough to bring them together. I was left with a warm feeling in my heart when I finished this story.

CLOUDS ACROSS THE MOON by Kathryn Lynn Davis ~ Historical Women’s Fiction
We have to remain true to who we are as we grow and steer away from what others expect us to be for we will never be happy with ourselves if we try to be what others want. Morna learns some life lessons that affect her deeply, on her journey of self awareness.

THE LADY’S PORTRAIT by Kate Robbins ~ Contemporary Romance
Gillian leaves behind turmoil looking for a chance to heal and finds that healing in a place she’s connected to in a deeper way than she could ever have guessed. She is, after all, in the Highlands of Scotland where faerie magick dwells.

HIS HARLOT by Natasha Blackthorne ~ Historical Erotic Romance
(Previously published as A Midsummer’s Sin)
A story of two people who find themselves loving the other but each are struggling with how to accept their differences. Once they let their pasts go, and look at what is in their hearts, their future becomes clear.

ONYX by HD Smith ~ Paranormal Fiction
Indecision and fear have Madison running. Can Onyx find her and right some wrongs that Madison has believed to be true for the last seven years? Communication is always key, no matter the situation.

THE LIFE SHE HAD BEFORE by Brenda Margriet ~ Contemporary Romance
A story of betrayal, lost connections, forgiving oneself or another, and whether it’s worth the fight for a second chance. This story pulls you in and gets you thinking.

MY NAME IS HAROLD by Kimberly K. Comeau ~ A Humorous Short Story
Who would have thought there would be so many ways to get peanut butter out of a jar… laughing here. A fun short story about addiction and the losses a person can go through dealing with the addiction.

THE JEWEL OF GRIM FORTRESS by Victoria Zak ~ Paranormal Historical Romance
A story of danger, death, magic, and visions. I’d love to see more of these characters in future stories. I enjoyed Zak’s writing style and look forward to reading more from her.

BEAUTIFUL STORM by KyAnn Waters ~ Erotic Romance
Chance encounters… sometimes they’re more about destiny. That destiny can also turn into a “beautiful storm.”

WHEN A ROSE BLOOMS by Tarah Scott ~ Historical Romance
A story of the struggle that comes with living while dealing with the loss of a loved one, the healing, and the decision to move on with life.

SORRY FOR YOUR TROUBLE by Ceci Giltenan ~ Memories Of An Irish Funeral
A beautiful, and can I say funny, story of Ceci’s experience at an Irish funeral. I think it’s wonderful how involved the family and friends are during the funeral and I’m thankful that she shared the experience with us. It’s always a blessing when you can find humor in the worst moments.

THE PERSONAL AD by Ceci Giltenan ~ Contemporary Sweet Romance
A quirky story with an ending you definitely don’t see coming that leaves you with a smile on your face.

Leah for b2b


4 thoughts on “Tantalizing Tidbits: 21 Short Stories to Make You Sigh, Shiver or Blush”

  1. Leah, what fabulous comments for each of these stories. I love how you synopsize a storyline that makes the reader want to grab the book right away.

    And welcome back, Leah! I know you have been quite busy but I am so thrilled to have you back here on b2b. I’ve missed you, my friend. 🙂

  2. Hey you prodigal 😉

    It is such a joy to see your name back in here. Welcome back ❤

    As usual, your rev's are to the point and well put together 🙂



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