With only 5 days left in February, I present to you my gift to all of you (since I decided to make you all my belated Valentines) and share my thoughts about the latest book that I have read – Love is Color.
Originally, I had found out about this collection of work via Instagram from its curator, L. Loren (more about this talented writer later). She was looking for submissions from writers at the time and I had expressed interested in sending in one of my short stories. Then life happened and no matter how much I wanted to, I just wasn’t able to send her any of my pieces.
After reading this lovely body of work, I am really glad that I didn’t send in anything though. This way, I was fully able to simply enjoy reading this book as just a reader and not compare or critique myself in any way with the other authors, poets, and/or writers.
It was refreshing! And these stories…Oh my LAWD! They are everything that I needed and more.
So after I finished reading them, I went to social media and begun liking and following everyone that was apart of this anthology.
Seriously, the authors and poets in this collection of work got me like:
Okay – moving on! I know that you all did not come here to hear me fangirl over finding new female writers to read 🙂
I will talk briefly about my top 3 picks for short stories and my top 3 picks for poetry.
Up first is the first story in this anthology – Mate of Fire, by Siren Allen. This short story manages to give me a GREAT backstory, plenty of action, and a fierce female character that I liked – all within the first chapter! That is no easy feat, especially when it comes to paranormal stories. Loved how well the banter was written between the 2 main characters as well.
The second short story that I fell for was Twice in Love, by Brookelyn Mosley. Now, in the beginning of reading this story, I thought that I knew how it would end – a complete ‘Lifetime’ movie meets ‘Hallmark’ syrupy masterpiece. Those two are so not my thing and thankfully this story manages to avoid those trappings, even though the summary of this story seemed to say otherwise. I FLOVE the female lead in this story! She was unexpected and unapologetic in her own way, which added complexity to the overall story. As I continued to read this story and got to know more about her I really connected with her. So much so that when she had her moment, I felt as though I was there with her. A beautifully told story!
My final short story pick is Parasol, by L. Loren. I absolutely love how the backstory and present story collided together (Pun totally intended! Once you read this story, it will make more sense 🙂 ) both of the main characters. And the confidence – cockiness – of the female character for this story had me grinning like a Cheshire cat. My only con about this story is that I would have liked just one more chapter! It was so well written that I immediately went back and read it again.
Honorable mention short story goes to His Secret Pawn, by Cam Johns. All I am going to say is:
Moving on to the top 3 poems!
First, we have Neurotic Behavior, by Candis Johnson. Poetry is where it all started for me on this writing journey, and reading this poem by her took me back to the beginning of where it all started for me. Those nights spent wide awake and writing, not sure if what I wrote would be the work of insanity or a complete masterpiece – this poem took me back to those memories. And it captured those feelings so intimately that I can not thank her enough for sharing this poem with the world.
Second favorite poem is Expedition of Devotion, by Nyikia Nixon. This piece made me confront the feelings that I have been
craving having for months weeks now that I still did not want to admit to just yet. Sigh. I want to experience the kind of love that she is talking about in this piece. Those feelings that a lover brings are described in fascinating detail within this poem, so much so that it is the first piece that I return to after a long day of work to find my calm.
The third and finally poem from this collection that I loved is For Eternity, by Kiana Donae. Lawd! I have heard of ‘happily ever after’ so many times and in so many ways, but reading this piece allowed me to envision a happily ever after for myself. And it was more than I thought possible. Thank you, thank you, thank you for this poem!
Again, thank you L. Loren, for curating an amazing collection of work for your first anthology! There may have been a few formatting issues throughout the eBook (trust me, I know well enough about the challenges formatting a book can bring-lol), but in the end you were able to share with the world your vision of love – in vivid and living color!
And I am already looking forward to reading more of your stories.
Now that you all have heard me rave about Love in Color, please go and check the full collection out for yourselves by clicking here.
Until next time – continue reading, continue writing, and continue to love the process!