Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: Twenty Four Short Stories: The fourth anthology by Michael Ross

Welcome to my stop on the virtual book tour for Twenty Four Short Stories: The fourth anthology from Michael Ross . This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as a guest post from the author. There's also the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: Twenty Four Short Stories: The fourth anthology
Author: Michael Ross
Publication Date: May 9th 2021
Print Length: 77 pages
Genre: Fiction
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Why can time consumed reliving memories provide enough motivation to carry on? Why keep a diary if you don’t want people to read it? Why let prejudice cloud your judgement? Why do the most simple of smells bring memories back to life? Why is it possible to believe the impossible? What does it feel like to take another person's life? Will the good deeds we do come back to us in different forms?

These are of some of the questions posed in this imaginative collection of short stories involving, amongst others; a private detective with super powers, a loveable car salesman, a dour public health inspector, a vicar’s daughter with a dark secret, a sculptor with a destructive obsession, a young man with a passion for language, a reluctant public executioner, two sisters whose petty disputes hide something deeper, a job hunter with an unusual skill.

There are so many diverse characters and in this intriguing and imaginative collection of stories everyone has a tale to tell.

A collection of stories that will surely leave its mark on the reader.

**The eBook is free.**

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EXCERPT:
From my window, I spot my fellow students grouped in excited conversation, circling around, probing each other with thoughts and words, questions and answers. After two years, we know each other well. I know they all wish they could play the violin as well as me, and in my turn, I wish I could be as happy as them. I wind down by running through scales for twenty minutes, and then I hear the old grandfather clock in the hall strike eleven—my other life beckons.

In Chinatown, it is easy to find a restaurant where you can spend £100 a head on a meal. At my parent’s place, six people can eat like kings for less money.

The walk from the rehearsal rooms takes the best part of an hour. I cast aside my musical mantle as I walk, so that by the time I reach Uncle Wong’s, I am prepared for my twice-weekly four-hour shift. This is the only payment my father and mother have ever asked of me. It is nothing.

Two years ago, my parents ushered me into the tiny lounge area above their restaurant, and wordlessly, my mother passed me my gift. My eyes moved to my father and then back to my mother. I could not speak. It was beautiful. Feeling its dark ebony grain, I turned it tentatively through my fingers, tilting, and twisting—gazing, unsure of my breath.

“Baba. Mamma. It’s beautiful, but you cannot afford it.”

“Shush, my son.” The look on my mother’s face said that my joy was all they required.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Born and raised in Bristol, England. I spent my adult life in business, the majority of that time marketing cars. I eventually owned the largest Saab specialist in the world, before a divorce put an end to that part of my life.

This led me to leave Bristol to live halfway up a mountain in the Welsh Valleys; start a part-time six year English Literature course at Bristol University, and attend creative writing classes in Cardiff. My interest in English literature flourished and I have since won several prizes for my short stories. My first book, 'Twenty Short Stories - Settling a score," reached No 1 in the Short Stories Best Sellers and is still available, as is "Twenty-One (more) Short Stories,” and “Another Twenty-Two Short Stories.”

Also available are the first 5***** crime thrillers in the Tanner and Pin-up series:
Hand over Fist
Hand in Glove

Plus a 5***** light hearted rom-com "Chasing What's Already Gone.”

I still live very happily halfway up that mountain in the Welsh Valleys with my wonderful partner, Mari, and our two rescue dogs, Wavy and Wenna.

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GUEST POST:
- Which of the stories in your anthology is your favorite and why?

Mm - which is my favourite child? Mm... I will select two.

Health and Safety at the Happy Dragon because it is rather whacky, but (I think) a feel-good piece of writing.

A Nice Easy Steal because the ending took me totally by surprise

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GIVEAWAY:
Michael Ross will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter. To increase your chance of winning, leave a comment at a different stop on the tour each day. Good luck!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

50 comments:

  1. I could spend a day reading all these stories.. thank you!

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  2. Your fourth anthology of short stories sounds like a wonderful read.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  3. Congrats on the books release. Sounds like a great book.

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  4. This sounds like a very good book.

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  5. Sounds like a great book. I like the cover and the excerpt.

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  6. Looks like an interesting book.
    Thanks for the contest. 

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  7. This sounds like an interesting book and I also like the cover.

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  8. David HollingsworthMay 12, 2021 at 6:33 PM

    Sounds like a solid and intriging book!

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  9. I like short stories too.
    Especially when I am killing time before an appointment or riding on the bus.

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  10. Nice book cover and the book sounds interesting.

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  11. Cool tour, nice of you to share.

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  12. Where is your favorite place to write at?

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    1. In my 'den' at the top of the house. Overlooking hills and many, many sheep.

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  13. How long was the writing process?

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  14. This has a great cover. Sounds like a great collection of works.

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  15. The excerpt is interesting. Thank you for sharing it.

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  16. I liked the excerpt. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  17. It sounds like an interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

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  18. Tweeted about this -
    https://twitter.com/JalapenoMama/status/1393031433640456192

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  19. I like the cover! It sets the tone for the book.

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  20. I hope your weather is better than ours - rainy.
    Guess we are needing it though.

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  21. I am making rhubarb coffee cake today - yum!

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  22. I enjoy reading all book reviews.
    It helps me to find ones I would enjoy.

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  23. Do you know what your next book will be about?

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  24. Love these style of books!

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  25. It looks like a good read.

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  26. I think I am getting in a rut reading the same authors.
    Time to expand.

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  27. The fiction book sounds great and I always like hearing about new authors.

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  28. I admire your skills in writing.
    I have difficulty writing just about anything.

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  29. sounds like a fun one

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  30. Do you listen to music when you write?

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  31. I can see how the same people win your giveaways all the time. They comment excessively with 1 or 2 words of nonsense. "Great Excerpt" "Looks Good". I guess I'll start doing that also, since the comments are where they are winning in numbers!

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    1. Sorry, Audrey. I am not in charge of the giveaways for these tours. They are tour wide meaning whomever organizes them (in this case, Goddess Fish Promotions) are the ones who put the giveaways together and pick winners. I just post what I am given. To be honest, I don't think they bother checking the comments. The only ones who see them ore myself and the author if the author checks out my post.

      I know it's no consolation, but I enter tons of giveaways...even the low entry ones, and I never win even though I enter every day. I don't get how the same people win.

      Please don't shoot the messenger though =( I have no control over it.

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  32. Thanks for sharing! Have a nice day.

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  33. This looks like a fun collection of stories with lots of characters.

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  34. I look forward to reading this.

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  35. LAST DAY
    Thanks for the contest.

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