Thursday, March 27, 2014


Save $2.00 when you buy the great collection of short stories Finding A Voice by Jeffrey Hollar. This super sale lasts for 3 1/2 days. Then the price goes to $1.99 for 3 1/2 days more, and then it reverts back to $2.99. Save some moolah now!

Book Description

January 21, 2014
Finding A Voice is the material realization of one writer's quest to find his place, to establish his identity, to find his niche in the ever-expanding world of independently-published literary offerings.
Format:Kindle Edition
Jeffrey Hollar writes with a twisted point of view that has both made me laugh and cringe, since I read his 2013 horror holiday collection. His prose are like the train wreck you can't help but watch. Now, his publisher, Visionary Press Cooperative, has asked me to review more of his work - FINDING A VOICE.

This 2014 collection doesn't follow one particular theme, unless you count that the narrators of each tale most often find their lives upset, dysfunctional, or beyond redemption. Each tale is only a handful of pages long; just when you get comfortable with the characters, Jeff tosses in a wrench, and the next story begins. Most barely qualify as short-shorts and are more the character sketches authors write to better find the voice of a protagonist, while exploring the idea of writing a novel-length manuscript. Such exhibit excellent character-development and world-building for their length, but few satisfy with a conclusion to the tale's plot. I find these unfulfilled plots frustrating in many instances; I'm not a cliffhanger person.

Sample protagonists:

* Social worker for the mythical races
* Alice-not-in-Wonderland
* Magazine model
* 1960s Small-town couple in love
* Dying child
* Vengeful teenage shapeshifter

The genre of horror isn't all ghosts and demons. Hollar is a master at describing its scope of possibilities to his readers. I'm not generally a horror reader, but he has caught me up in his characters' troubles time and again. I do plan to strangle him for planning so much bodily harm to so many innocents though (Bad Jeff! Bad!).

Yes, I like this author enough to talk to him outside of writing reviews. He is a very witty conversationalist on Facebook and Twitter. I'm always pleased when an author's personality carries over from his work to his social networks. Quirky - That's Jeff!

Jeff's holiday collection is...
Dark Holidays

Jeffrey Hollar was born in Lima Ohio and describes himself as an author/poet, father, husband, and a Klingon/Ferengi hybrid. He considers himself to be a writer without genre and a specialist in short fiction. Developing a love for reading in his early life, Jeff read anything and everything he could get his hands on. Jeffrey left his small-town roots for the U.S. Army and remained there for 14 years, traveling the world.
Jeffrey moved around quite a bit more before moving back to Lima where he met his wife and settled down. Jeffrey works by day and writes by night. He also has a love for cooking and enjoys practicing his culinary skills on his unsuspecting family.

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