Published by Whispering Legends Press; September 2014
Genres: Short Stories
I got this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis via Goodreads: “Scribbler Tales is a unique mix of genres in one anthology rich with tension, humanity and genuine emotion. Unconventional settings and unexpected twists are bound to leave you pondering long after you close this book.”
In Desperate Measures, Audrey learns of Paul’s duplicity when human cloning experiments go awry. Forbidden Lore beckons Arianna and Ethan into a haunted cemetery where they are confronted by a gathering of witches with evil intent . Adrian must challenge his father to marry Rina or suffer the fate of star-crossed lovers in Forever Lost. In The Hourglass, Flair makes a covenant with the Devil to keep Brice alive. Aaron reflects upon his childhood as a military brat in Sail with Me.
If you’ve been reading a blog, you may have noticed that I am quite a fan of Mary Ann Bernal. Whenever she has something new coming out, I don’t hesitate to hop on that bandwagon and I am never sorry that I do. This trend continues with Scribbler Tales.
Scribbler Tales is a collection of 5 short stories of varying genres. Basically, if you like short stories, regardless of your genre comfort zone, there is something in Scribbler Tales that you will enjoy. (Though I dare you to not enjoy all five. Seriously.)
My favorite story in this first volume is Forever Lost. It’s one I had read before and it made me realize why I love rereading; it’s like coming home to an old friend. Desperate Measures might be my second favorite. It was not the type of story I would expect from Mary Ann Bernal, and it blew me away! So creepy!
I think that this collection really showcases her talent and diversity as a writer. Anyone can make a decent story when they have hundreds of pages to play with, but to create short stories that blow your mind in the few minutes it takes to read them is a true challenge. A challenge that Mary Ann Bernal completes with ease. I am eagerly awaiting the next volume of The Scribbler Tales.