When Colors Bleed (Short Story Collection) [NOOK Book]


"[A] sinister story that fully engulfs you in a firestorm of fascinating characters, twisting plotlines, and an explosive ending."
-Jon F. Merz, bestselling author of The Kensei

Arson was terrific. Ashes is even better! If you aren't reading Vega's stuff, start doing so as soon as possible."
-Cliff Graham, author of Day of War

"Vega is setting himself up to be a vanguard ...
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"[A] sinister story that fully engulfs you in a firestorm of fascinating characters, twisting plotlines, and an explosive ending."
-Jon F. Merz, bestselling author of The Kensei

Arson was terrific. Ashes is even better! If you aren't reading Vega's stuff, start doing so as soon as possible."
-Cliff Graham, author of Day of War

"Vega is setting himself up to be a vanguard in the realm of speculative fiction. His stories are bizarre, out of the box, and brilliant. Ashes is a strong testament to Vega’s ability
as a Storyteller—he keeps getting better, which means I can’t wait to see what’s next."
-Josh Olds, Lifeisstory.com

"It’s a testament to his talent that Estevan Vega can turn a dark, disturbing story into an intriguing page-turner."
-Robert Liparulo, bestselling author of The Dreamhouse Kings

A short story collection that features three unique colors: love, loss, and regret. Both palpable and haunting, each story is a glimpse into human frailty and desperation.

Casey never had any luck with men, even though she was employed by one of the finest clothing stores in New England and saw attractive, “sure kinds” strolling through her section every day like clockwork. At twenty-three years old, she has given up on her dreams of the spotlight, of finding love, and of ever getting out of the small town she reluctantly calls home. But one rainy afternoon, Thomas Rayford, a very unusual and kind stranger, stumbles into her life looking for an odd, baby blue suit. One thing is certain: Casey, the twenty-three-year-old dreamer stuck in a line, will never be the same.

From his cold hell in Block C, a nameless man unfolds this twisted tale. This is the story of a man who becomes something else. A man who had a father once. A man who loved once. “They want to know why. They want a reason,” he confesses. “But nobody likes the reasons. They’re like unwanted children or cancers with no cure. A reason is a justification, an excuse so we can’t be blamed. But I know what it is I’ve done, and there is no reason that can take it back.” So begins Vanilla Red, a confession, a story, a prayer, or perhaps a drip of dark truth in the batter of humanity. Take a look inside and tell me what color you see.

Colin awakens in a room, jittery, afraid, and confused. He knows not how he got here, who brought him, or why. And the only thing waiting for him is a hot cup of coffee and a seemingly flawless room that bleeds colors. As an architect, he understands that no room is perfect, but somehow this anomaly has crawled through the cracks and pushed the limits of perfection. No seams. No lines. No windows. Enter a bald man in a suit. Once he steps through the door, he makes the colors disappear with the push of button. His name is Jack, and he claims to be a friend. Still unsure of anything, Colin wages war with his mind, with a dark truth he isn’t ready to accept, and with Jack. In the moments that follow, Jack asks Colin a series of questions, questions that will reveal the where, the how, and the why of his arrival.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013396791
  • Publisher: StoneGate Ink
  • Publication date: 9/22/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 1,357,676
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

“Close your eyes. Close your eyes and picture this.” To a ten year old, the simple task of sitting still and closing your eyes is almost as complicated as summoning an imagination after a lengthy reprieve from the world of make-believe. But both were required in order to bring Estevan Vega to where he is today. These simple words forced a disinterested child into writing. And the good grades and attentive audience that seemed to follow didn’t hurt.

Vega was born in 1989 in Connecticut, where he currently resides. Growing up, he fell in love with sketching comic book superheroes, watching movies, and listening to rock music. While his passion for art still remains, he now focuses his time on creating rather than copying someone else’s work through a picture. When he was 12, he knew he wanted to be a writer, so he began Servant of the Realm, what would become his first published book. Though the book wasn’t a national best-seller, it became the catalyst for everything that was to come. The Sacred Sin, a dark, psychological thriller about a soul-stealing madman, was released three years later to considerable acclaim. These two published titles spawned a number of radio and television interviews, along with a blog tour and a book tour.

But still Vega felt there was a more important story lurking inside of him, one that wanted out.

His slow and intense rise into the literary world is rather fitting, considering the slow and intense burn that remains long after the final page of his latest and most personal novel to date, ARSON. Compared to Jumper, Twilight, even Stephen King’s Firestarter, there is no question that it will be the tour de force of the summer. Part realistic, part supernatural, it is a beautiful and breathtaking blend of regret and redemption.

Estevan Vega’s ultimate goal as a writer is to walk the red carpet at a Hollywood premiere…stay tuned.
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  • Posted March 25, 2011

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    wonderful story telling

    My thoughts: I was asked by Estevan Vega to review this collection of short stories and seeming how I loved his book Arson I felt honored to do so . The first story Baby Blue gave me such a lump in my throat. It tells you the story of a unique relationship developed over a suit but the end is so very heartbreaking. The characters made me realize that even someone you meet in such a short time can change your life forever and you shouldn't be afraid to take chances. My heart broke for Casey in the end. Then we move on to the second story Vanilla Red which is total opposite storyline and quite might I say creepy. It takes you into the mind of a guy who has murdered a woman. Let me tell you his mind is a mess but makes you think ,do alot of other murderers think like him. I was at loss for words after reading that story but not in a bad way. The Man in the Colored Room was the last of the stories and kind of surprising at the end. All the stories have similar themes like loss,hurt,and rethinking themselves. Estevan did such an amazing job making them very realistic and making you want to know more about their stories. I can not wait to read more of Estevan Vega's work. What an amazing storyteller....

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  • Posted March 24, 2011

    Great collection of DARK short stories

    WHEN COLORS BLEED, by Estevan Vega, is a collection of short stories from the author of Arson. I am a huge fan of Arson and I anticipate the release of the second book in the series. So when I was asked to read Vega's collection of short stories I was excited to get started.

    These stories are not happy, so for those thinking they will be can prepare for quite the opposite. These stories are dark and explore the not so nice part of people and situations that humanity faces. My favorite story out of the three was Baby Blue. I was curious about Thomas Rayford and his consistency in returning to visit the baby blue suit and Casey. At times I forgot that this story was written by a guy. Vega got into the head of Casey so well I could have sworn it was written by a female. I applaud his ability to explore and write Casey honestly.

    The other two stories were equally well written but got a bit dark and twisty as the stories unfolded. I definitely stepped out of my comfort zone in that aspect but I was extremely pleased with the outcome of the book.

    You can definitely read this collection in one sitting, and the only thing that I was disappointed in was that the book ended with only three stories, I wanted more!! I look forward to reading more short stories and novels from this young and talented author.

    Cover note: This cover is gorgeous! I love how it shows something beautiful breaking down into something not so nice looking. The rose cracking and bleeding really follows the undertones of the book.

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  • Posted March 19, 2011

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    Review Of When Colors Bleed By Estevan Vega

    I applaud Estevan for writing three amazing short stories. My favorite was Baby Blue because it made me cry and it just made me take stock of my life. All three stories, in my opinion, reminded me of possible episodes of The Twilight Zone. Vanilla Red is a great retrospect into the mind of a disillusioned soul. The Man In The Colored Room ends up being a curious surprise with a twist for an ending. I read this book without reading the blurb because I wanted to read these stories blind, so to speak. I had no clue about love, loss, and regret being a universal theme within the three stories, so I enjoyed coming to that conclusion on my own. I would loved to see these stories played out on t.v. because if they had such a profound effect on me just from reading it, I can only imagine how much more of an impact it would have upon seeing it with my own eyes. Estevan has another hit on his hands, first with Arson and now with When Colors Bleed. To be so young and yet so uniquely talented in his writing is such a great ability and a credit to his craft. On a scale from 1-10 I give this book a 20 because it is such a refreshingly different experience for me that I feel I have gained such a great appreciation for short stories. The macabre like feel of the stories didn't hurt either. I think everyone 18+ (only because of the themes in the stories) should pick up a copy of When Colors Bleed and discover the greatness that is Estevan Vega for themselves.

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  • Posted March 15, 2011

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    Courtesy of Lost For Words.

    Source: Received from author. Many thanks goes to Estevan Vega for sending me a copy of this book for review. I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.

    My rating: 4/5

    When Colors Bleed is a compilation of three short stories by Arson author, Estevan Vega. The stories included are, Baby Blue, Vanilla Red, and The Man in the Colored Room. Each tale features the main character questioning themselves and their surroundings. The themes and emotions portrayed throughout are those of love, loss, and regret. It's up to you to see what colour is bleeding through each page.
    Baby Blue gives us the story of a 23-year-old girl, Casey, who is working in a department store. She forms an unusual relationship with one of the men who frequents her workplace establishment.
    Vanilla Red chronicles the madcap world of a nameless character who is locked in Block C. His reasoning or lack thereof entice the reader in to see what truth he brings to his bizarre and twisted story.
    The Man in the Colored Room brings us to the concluding story. It follows the foibles and recollections of a man, Colin, who finds himself placed in an architecturally perfect room. When he finds that he is no longer alone in the room, his questions, and new reality dawn on him, and the reader.
    Vega has this smoky yet soulful quality to his writing voice that draws the reader in to his work. It perfectly complements the story as it unfolds. All three of these short stories are compelling, and they question the reader in various ways. The pattern to each story has this rhythm and blues feel, and it really makes this an enjoyable read. Each character questions their situations, though some seem perfectly comfortable in the skin they are in. Others want more from the life they are living. Regardless of the outcome, they all are realistic individuals.
    All in all, these stories only whet the appetite for more from Vega. This is the perfect addition to any library. I know I'll be waiting impatiently for Vega's next body of work, be it another short story compilation or the follow-up to Arson. Vega is one to watch.

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  • Posted March 14, 2011

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    A MUST Read!

    Estevan Vega completely blew me away with his novel Arson when I read it last year. So when Estevan contacted me to read his short story collection, When Colors Bleed, I jumped on it immediately - no questions asked.

    Each story is similar in that they have the usual dark undertone (no sunshine and rainbows here), yet they're each unique stories that stand on their own. I found myself completely taken by each of the stories. BABY BLUE had me in tears, VANILLA RED made the part of me that loves reading about murder and mayhem squeal with giddiness, and THE MAN IN THE COLORED ROOM had me guessing what was going on until the very end. While each was vividly different from the others, they all had the same result: they made me fall absolutely in love with the collection itself, eager to read more.

    No matter which story you read, Vega's writing put you right dead in the center of the story. You experience everything that the characters experience. Feel everything they feel. No matter what their story is, or their motives, you somehow are able to empathize with each and every one of them. There's always a trait in each of the characters that you can relate to that makes the story that much more real for you.

    With a little over 70 pages, When Colors Bleed can easily be read in one sitting. Be warned: once you've read these deliciously addicting tales, you'll want more. It can't be helped. That's just the way it is. I'm realizing it's just part of the Vega-effect.

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