Book Review – Red Boots by Kate Willis

★★★★ 4 Stars

Genre: Short Stories / Fiction
Publication Date: December 6th, 2017
Publisher: Toward Home Press

Red Boots is a Christmas story with a lovely message about generosity. It has a very Dickensian vibe, the shopkeeper protagonist who is not so wealthy himself going out of his way to help a family with a young child.

There is no stress of anxiety over the holidays, it’s the kind of cozy short read that’s perfect for the frosty evenings on the horizon. Red Boots is optimistic and hopeful, and could’ve made a good short novel as well. I wish I had gotten to know more about the shopkeeper, like he doesn’t really elaborate a whole lot on his own situation. I suppose that shows his selflessness, but still would’ve been neat.

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Holiday eBook Giveaway – Day 5

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Again, thanks to all who have downloaded a copy. This may be the last day it’s free on Kindle, so if you’re on the fence… I believe I’ve solved the paperback issue so… finally the paperback ought to be available for purchase by this weekend. Troublesome, but isn’t that life. Anyway, feel free to grab a copy below.

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Holiday eBook Giveaway – Day 4

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Thanks to all those who have downloaded a copy of Loverboy thus far! This is only the beginning of the road. For those who want one, they’re free on Kindle for the rest of the holiday season for anybody.
An interesting little fact I don’t think I’ve noted is that this collection began conception as romance short stories.
I had had like, two or three poetry compilations that were finished and supposed to come out before Loverboy was even decided as poetry, but it ended up usurping them. Kind of like a parasite that becomes its host. Oddly, it was totally thematically different from those two collections. It’s not even very similar to its companion book, Absolute Heaven. In genre only, maybe.

The hardest part of talking about Loverboy at all is that I’m perplexed about where it even spawned from. It just… was all on paper one day, or so it seemed like.
But anyway, feel free to grab a copy and tell your friends if it’s something they might like. Perhaps you will see something perplexing and valuable in it.

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Poem – “Cozy Phantom”

Cozy Phantom

There you are, wrapped around my collar
Cozy phantom ignites the lights I remember
I buried my face in orange and green
In the branches like a homemade portal
Where gold ornaments make their homes
When nights were built from simplistic dreams
Before they all grew up to be discomforting

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Poem – “In the Fir Grove”

In the Fir Grove

Sinister silence in the fir grove
Hearth isn’t lit, no children are home
Echo of no one’s boots crunching the snow
Where the unleashed frost hunts me down
Alone but stalked through the wilderness
The sun has turned off for permanently
Creeping ice webs branches, grasping out arms
Hear reverberating groan of the north wind
Endless, angry as the heads buried in the ice
Safety is dead as the unlucky wanderers
Melting to sludge when the lake thaws at last
Even I may be one of their party by now

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Holiday eBook Giveaway – Day 3

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Thanks to all who downloaded a copy of Loverboy yesterday, for awhile it made it to the Kindle Free Top 10 in the Poetry category, right next to an Edgar Allan Poe compilation! I never dreamed that would happen. It also made it pretty high in the Fantasy and LGBT categories, surprisingly.
Oh, and you shouldn’t, but if you do experience any problems with the eBook, please tell me and I’ll fix it so you can get a new copy. It should look fine on most devices, at least the ones I’ve tested. The paperback should be out by Christmas if interested. It was supposed to be out several days ago but there was a strange delay because of publishing and rights and all that boring stuff you definitely aren’t interested in. I know I’m not. Ugh.

Anyway, I’m posting some frosty new winter and holiday themed poetry here for the week up to Christmas as well, so enjoy! Get your copy of Loverboy below, and feel free to offer your thoughts in a review. Happy Holidays!

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Holiday eBook Giveaway – Day 2

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My poetry debut Loverboy is free as a Kindle download for the holidays. Go crazy, it’s available in all Amazon regions to anybody. You don’t need Kindle Unlimited.
I decided to publish most of my poetry independently, purposefully. It’s not a matter of who publishes it, and if it happens to be picked up by a publisher later, that’s fantastic. I don’t have an issue with that.
It was more the fact that while widely loved, poetry is still niche and you can avoid all the arbitrary nonsense of waiting for somebody to take your project on if you just put it out there yourself. So for now here it is. Please give it a try, and if you miss the giveaway the regular price is pretty low.
If it’s something I’ve put out myself I don’t usually charge more than $7 USD for any of the eBooks. I mean, you don’t even get a physical copy, and as a book collector myself I find it ridiculous to charge much more than that. Share this giveaway with your friends who love to read so they can get a copy as well.

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Holiday eBook Giveaway – Day 1

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This dreamy dark poetry debut is FREE on Kindle for the holiday season starting today. If possible I will try to extend the time it’s free, but no promises, so Loverboy, for now will be free until Dec. 21st! It’s free in all regions, not just the ones below, and you can also borrow it on Kindle Unlimited. After the giveaway, it goes back up to $1USD, so still not too pricey. I’d adore some genuine feedback, from what I’ve seen the end design looked beautiful.
The paperback version has had some annoying technical troubles (it looks stunning but there were some issues with publishing) but should be out soon, along with its companion Absolute Heaven, which comes out later this December.
I should note that my poetry is probably best for mature readers. It’s not explicit but explores some more adult themes.
These books are completely indie by choice, so please help support my work by sharing this post and telling your friends, while they can get it for free! 🙂

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