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ANNETTA RIBKIN - WOMAN IN HORROR!




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Annetta Ribkin is my Woman In Horror today! Annetta is not only a great author, she is a super editor as well. One thing I will credit Annetta with also is a savvy business attitude when it comes to publishing. She has .99 cent books which have come from other collections she has published. This allows new readers to be able to sample her work at an inexpensive price. If they enjoy the teaser shorts, hmmn, they will buy the other collections and her novels. I am starting to do the same thing now myself.

Annetta's first novel Athena's Promise(Book One Of The Aegean Trilogy)is a most interesting read. This super read has monsters galore of all persuasions.

Book Description

October 26, 2011
"No matter what it takes."

As the front desk manager of a hotel on the edge of Zombietown, Pallas is used to dealing with angry centaurs, surly trolls, and zombie housekeepers. The trouble really starts when one of her guests ends up dead. But that's not her only problem.

A cop with an attitude – can he be trusted to be more than just a pain in her ass or does he have a more sinister agenda?

A new Guest Services Manager, out for her job and ready to sacrifice anyone in his way – what does he really want?

The attractive maintenance guy, endangering the promise she made out of necessity to the Goddess Athena – does he know more than he's telling?

A mermaid diva, whose show at the Sparkling Butterfly must go on – or else.

Pallas needs to find the killer, and fast, or she'll lose her job, her home, and the ragtag family she's adopted out of her crew of "critters".

In the course of the investigation Pallas uncovers connections to a nasty Oddities dealer deep in the heart of Zombietown, forcing her to expose a trauma from her past which could threaten her future. With everyone and everything she loves in danger, the promise made to the Goddess Athena may well damn her if she breaks it, but she is bound and determined to save her friends, her home, and everything she's built.

No matter what it takes.
5.0 out of 5 stars Hurry up and write the next one, Annetta!! November 1, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is the first "full" story of Annetta's that I've had the pleasure to read. I've read several of her short stories, intros and what not and from the start I "clicked" with her writing style, sense of humor and snarkiness. If I were talented enough to be a writer this is the type of story that I'd write.

Athena's Promise held my interest from the cover page to the end page. Pallas, the central character, rocks!!! Not your typical vampire/zombie story (which I thrive on, by the way). This one incorporates lots of interesting 'critters', not your usual locale, suspense to keep me on the edge of my seat and a plot line which held up throughout the entire story. Don't you just hate it when you see through it all and know the ending before it barely begins? Well none of that here...it will keep you guessing until the end! All of this wrapped up nicely with just enough 'human' emotion, sparks of romance, and a nice punch of "i am woman, hear me roar" strength.

I think i shall have to read this again and again and again until the next installment. Get those fingers moving, Annetta... I am craving more!!!
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A delightful treasure trove of flash fiction is contained in Not Nice And Other Understatements-A Journal Of Flash Fiction. Annetta is a master at these precious tales!

Book Description

December 14, 2010
Sometimes you just don't have the time to read a complete novel. Whether you're stuck in traffic, waiting on a cold table for the doctor, or have a few spare minutes in the grocery line, a collection of flash fiction is the perfect tidbit for your fiction fix. Typically defined as a complete story in under 1,500 words, the collection of flash stories in "Not Nice and Other Understatements" packs a punch in one small story that will rival much longer works.

"By the first paragraph, you're hooked on the story, hungry for more, and by the time you finish, you're left with an odd yet satisfied calm that sends your mind racing. You'll love it." ~ Angie Nikoleychuk

"The author's ability to grab and hold my interest with less than a thousand words, to get me interested, keep me that way, and leave me satisfied by the end is nothing short of astonishing." ~ Joshua Guess, author of  "Living With the Dead"

Annetta Ribken's collection of flash fiction has been likened to a "jalepeno-laced jelly doughnut". The author shines a light in the dark corners, and you will be moved in ways you don't expect from these gems of flash fiction. The stories in this volume will make you laugh, make you gasp, make you cry...and make you look at the people around you in a whole new light.

"These are not hearts-and-flowers, happily-ever-after, Lassie-saves-Timmy stories. Annetta Ribken escorts you deep into the twisted, cobwebby parts of her characters' minds... and if you're very good and don't make any sudden moves, she'll bring you back out again. Probably. But these stories will stay with you for a long, long time." ~ Lori Whitwam, author of "Make or Break" and "Monsters Unmasked - A Living With the Dead Novella"

"Each story is like being "the mouse in the room" giving you the insight into what makes people feel, think, and act the way they do." ~ Terry Ferris

The stories in "Not Nice and Other Understatements" are perfect for the fiction fan and will take you places you've never been. Be prepared for a reading experience like no other.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Rich, Dark, Thought-Provoking Collection December 21, 2010
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When I got my hands on this manuscript I started reading and couldn't stop. Yeah, yeah, I read a lot. But here's the thing... I don't read short fiction. I don't write short fiction. My brain isn't wired that way. I'm a long-format person when it comes to reading and writing, but I Could. Not. Put. This. Down.

These are not hearts-and-flowers, happily-ever-after, Lassie-saves-Timmy stories. Annetta Ribken escorts you deep into the twisted, cobwebby parts of her characters' minds... and if you're very good and don't make any sudden moves, she'll bring you back out again. Probably. But these stories will stay with you for a long, long time.

She takes you into the hidden corners of people's psyches, the places where they are broken, damaged, and sometimes strong beyond all belief. Occasionally the jagged edges find a counterpart, similarly broken, and the possibility of salvation... and sometimes they are left to patch themselves up the best they can, and survive.

Writers are like shattered mirrors, the spiderwebbed cracks fragmenting and distorting the image... but there has to be an image there to start with, doesn't there? Sure, from time to time a crazy idea pops into our heads, seemingly out of nowhere, and we might get an incredible story out of it. But a lot of what we create comes from some kernel we carry inside us. It might have been a fleeting encounter, one specific incident, one person or place or thing... or it could be whole sections of our lives, what we've seen, experienced, enjoyed or endured. This author's stories made me wonder. Which parts are pure blasts of creative instinct, sparked by a writing prompt on a flash fiction site, and which are things that originated with a dark moment in her own life or the life of someone she loves? You'll wonder, too. With every story.

You'll also wonder about the person behind you in line at Starbuck's or across the desk at a job interview. What are their true stories, and is the face you're seeing who they really are?

Don't get me wrong. Annetta is not some Gothic figure skulking around a ruined carriage house eating bugs and small children. I don't think. But she's gifted when it comes to writing dark, disturbing tales that make you wonder about good and evil, and the scope of the things people are capable of inflicting on each other. Sometimes the line between good and evil is not entirely clear.
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In the anthology Allegories of the Tarot, Annetta was both the editor and has a story titled Squashfest within the tome. This is a most complex undertaking in my mind and has some remarkable authors in it.

Book Description

October 24, 2013
22 cards…each an individual splinter of the human psyche. 22 writers…honing each splinter into a story of triumph and decay, arrogance and humility. Stories of the brightest lights and the darkest corners of the weirdest minds. 22 cross-genre worlds. 22 portals into the Universal. Only one way to get there. Come with us. Cross the portals. The Universal awaits.

REVIEWERS ARE RAVING:

"... this project was a great read. There was not a single tale I did not enjoy, and that is quite a feat given that there were twenty-two stories in all. ...ALLEGORIES OF THE TAROT is the genuine article - a five star read." -John Dolan, author

"All twenty-two stories in this volume are, in a word, superb. I found myself scouring the Internet as I read it; every story made me want to go find more work by its author. The ultimate compliment I can give Allegories is to say that when I finished it, I thought how I envy those who haven’t read it yet." -Lisa Millraney

"Allegories of the Tarot Anthology is a magical book. Magic that will keep you turning the pages. There are muses, demons, psychics, evil, and more! I shivered, I laughed and I even cried. Magic, I tell you. Magic. Absolutely loved all the stories. I can't say it enough--I loved it!" -Julia Affleck

"Reviewing an anthology is slightly more difficult than discussing a book or comic because the tone varies from author to author. However, Allegories somehow flowed together as a well-matched whole. The project ended up feeling like several beads strung together to form a beautiful necklace that were more amazing for being paired together." - Jodi Scaife

Table of Contents
Peter Giglio-The Fool
Lon Prater-The Magician
Billie Sue Mosiman-The High Priestess
Spike Marlowe-The Empress
Kris Austen Radcliffe-The Emperor
Jessica McHugh-The Hierophant
Eden Baylee-The Lovers
Annetta Ribken-The Chariot
Rochelle Maya Callen-Strength
Red Tash-The Hermit
MeiLin Miranda-The Wheel of Fortune
Catie Rhodes-Justice
Matthew Bryan-The Hanged Man
Timothy Smith-Death
Anne Chaconas-Temperance
Patti Larsen-The Devil
Jordan L. Hawk-The Tower
Samantha Henderson-The Star
J.H. Sked-The Moon
Tristan J. Tarwater-The Sun
Jennifer Wingard-Judgment
Laura Eno-The World
5.0 out of 5 stars Great anthology with a wide variety of amazing stories October 30, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I discovered the short story anthology, Allegories of the Tarot through author MeiLin Miranda's Facebook/Twitter request for bloggers to participate in the blog tour. She contributed a story to the book, and the writers and facilitators for the tour were happy to give me, a relatively new blogger, the opportunity to network with their community and share their work. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Allegories of the Tarot is exactly what it sounds like: a series of short stories based around the meanings of various tarot cards. For simplicity and the most obvious symbolism the book only focuses on the Major Arcana. Some of the stories feature a physical representation of their card while others focus on embodying the meaning behind their tarot inspiration. I am not an expert on the tarot, but I still could appreciate the theme that tied the stories together.

Reviewing an anthology is slightly more difficult than discussing a book or comic because the tone varies from author to author. However, Allegories somehow flowed together as a well-matched whole. The project ended up feeling like several beads strung together to form a beautiful necklace that were more amazing for being paired together. The genres represented vary from speculative fiction to horror to fantasy to light sci-fi to simple human interest/true life, but somehow none of them hit a sour note that jerked me out of my immersion into the work.

My favourite stories in Allegories of the Tarot were probably "On The Shoulders of Muses" by Jessica McHugh, "The Moon" by J.H. Sked, and "Transformation" by Timothy Smith, which are vastly different types of stories. However, all three touched a part of me affected by loss and opened me up to feelings I had suppressed. I also loved McHugh's SF feeling interpretation of inspiration and creative muses. I never considered that interpretation of the muses and was intrigued by her world.

Allegories of the Tarot is not an anthology for everyone as it explores a number of alternate universes and mystical ideas. However, if the concept of mysteries beyond the veil protecting this world from the next or realities we cannot fully explain intrigues you give these stories a read. You will come away refreshed and somehow better from the experience.

5 Unique Tarot Spreads out of Five
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Amazon bio:

A professional editor of over ninety novels, Annetta Ribken has also been writing since a tender young age, when letters were chiseled on stone tablets. A precocious student, Annetta earned her Ph.D in the School of Hard Knocks, with honors, in the early Age of Disco. She lives and works just outside of St. Louis with her evil feline overlord, a rescued shelter cat named Athena.


I think it is quite apparent that Annetta has a wide range of talents. Annetta Ribkin is a Woman In Horror!


Blaze McRob



Allegories of the Tarot by Annetta Ribken, Eden Baylee, Jennifer Wingard and Kris Austen Radcliffe (Oct 24, 2013)

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Athena's Promise: Book One Of The Aegean Trilogy by Annetta Ribken (Oct 20, 2011)

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Not Nice: and Other Understatements by Annetta Ribken and Joseph Paul Haines (Dec 14, 2010)

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The Trailer Park Tiara and Goat Incident (The Adventures of Sally Mae Riddley) by Annetta Ribken, Jennifer Wingard and Valerie Bellamy (Nov 12, 2012)

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Athena's Promise (Book One of the Aegean Trilogy) by Annetta Ribken and Valerie Bellamy (Oct 26, 2011)

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The Fantasy - Volume One by Annetta Ribken (Mar 14, 2012)

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The Blood is Not Enough by Annetta Ribken and Laurie O'Hare (Apr 9, 2011)

The Heart - Volume Two by Annetta Ribken (Mar 28, 2012)

Little Rebellions by Annetta Ribken (Apr 8, 2011)

Musical Chairs - A Jamming Bio by Annetta Ribken (Apr 9, 2011)


2 comments:

  1. Thank you so much, Blaze. It's an honor to appear here, and I appreciate the shout-out! Thanks again :)

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  2. I'm glad to have you here, Annetta. Great authors and editors need shout-outs! My pleasure.

    Blaze

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