Curl up and enter the eclectic world of S. R. Mallery, where sad meets bizarre and deception meets humor; where history meets revenge and magic meets gothic. Whether it's 500 words or 5,000, these TALES TO COUNT ON, which include a battered women's shelter, childhood memories, Venetian love, magic photographs, PTSD, sisters' tricks, WWII spies, the French Revolution, evil vaudevillians, and celebrity woes, will remind you that in the end, nothing is ever what it seems.
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About the Author
Next came a long career as an award winning quilt artist/teacher and an ESL/Reading instructor.
Her short stories have been published in descant 2008, Snowy Egret, Transcendent Visions, The Storyteller, and Down In the Dirt.
Her debut novel, "Unexpected Gifts", and short story collection, "Sewing Can Be Dangerous and Other Small Threads" are both up on Amazon and B&N
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
When you are sitting around just relaxing and you are daydreaming, there are various thoughts going through your head. Nothing specific just random thoughts to entertain your psyche. You can go from happy to sad to outraged to mesmerized but your thoughts never stop working. You may wonder where are all of these thoughts coming from but it really doesn't matter as long as it doesn't interrupt your quiet time. Tales To Count On is a book like your thoughts. It is a collaboration of short stories that don't ties together they just give you a little insight in to many different areas of your thoughts. You have comedy, mystery, drama, history, fond memories and many other different stories that while reading them you might be thinking you know which way the story is going but it never does. It has several stories within the covers and you can jump to any of them without missing something on another story. You will feel completed after each one so you don't have to worry about cliffhangers. I enjoyed the refreshing idea of several shorts in one book, reminded me of my Reader's Digest days when I first became obsessed with reading. Great concept, great reading. I wold gladly read this author again.
Inspiration often is the result of cross pollination between different domains of art. The work of Sarah Mallery are a result of her skills in quite of them: she has been a classical/pop singer/composer, and moved on to the professional world of production art and calligraphy, led a long career as an award winning quilt artist/teacher and an ESL/Reading instructor. all of which enrich her literary work. Her short stories have been published in descant 2008, Snowy Egret, Transcendent Visions, The Storyteller, and Down In the Dirt. In this book, she presents a selection of them. First let me say how much I love the title, which offers a dual meaning to me: First, you can have confidence in the work of S. R. Mallery. And second, the selection of stories here is based on an ascending word count. I have always believed that a story should have as many words as it takes to tell it. There is never a story ‘too short’ or ‘too long’ if it’s woven with skill. In fact, engaging the reader with flash fiction is a great art, similar to capturing the imagination with the essential strokes of a picture. The word count connection allows you to pick a story for the amount of time you have to spend with it, yet it also offers the element of surprise. You never know where it’s going to take you—into a battered women's shelter, back to childhood memories, the intrigue of WWII spies, into the pages of history with the French Revolution. Delve in and expect the unexpected! Five stars.