Wild Darkness, a Short Story, Kindle Single

Greetings to All!

 

Quick note to let you know my short story Wild Darkness is now a Kindle Single on Amazon.com.

Agatha Ashfield, a wise woman in her late years, has long been fascinated by the power of Nature. She meets a ghost called Falling Water who dwells beneath the hickory trees by Mohawk River. As Agatha seeks her destiny, she struggles to overcome fears of her impending death, find a way to trust goodness, the power of Nature, and release her everlasting consciousness. This is a short tale of mystery, love, passion, and spirituality. If you enjoy exploring the spiritual world and its realms, you will enjoy entering the mysterious Wild Darkness.

“Fluent, descriptive, mysterious, and yes, at times creepy, it is an unusual ghost story.” Andrew M. Seddon, author of What Darkness Remains.

Wild Darkness was originally published at literary journal ParABnormal in March 2020.

 

Stop by to read more reviews!  Just released this month.

 

 

On Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Wild-Darkness-Short-Paula-Cappa-ebook/dp/B091ZG227C

 

On Smashwords.com:

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1078098

 

Many thanks to all who follow me here and comment at Reading Fiction Blog.  I now have over 1700 followers. My readers have grown over the past eight years. Much appreciation to everyone!

 

Paula

Leave a comment

Filed under fiction

Author of the Week, Francine Prose, April 12

AUTHOR OF THE WEEK  April 12

 

Francine Prose

(Novels, Short Stories, Essayist, Nonfiction)

 

 

“If we want to write, it makes sense to read—and to read like a writer. If we wanted to grow roses, we would want to visit rose gardens and try to see them the way that a rose gardener would.”

“There are many occasions in literature in which telling is far more effective than showing.”

“The mystery of death, the riddle of how you could speak to someone and see them every day and then never again, was so impossible to fathom that of course we kept trying to figure it out, even when we were unconscious.”

Francine Prose (born 1947)  is an American author of twenty-one works of fiction, including the New York Times bestseller Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 and Blue Angel, a finalist for the National Book Award. She is Visiting Professor of Literature at Bard College, and  formerly president of PEN. Prose is well known for her New York Times bestseller Reading Like a Writer. Her newest book is a collection of essays, What to Read and Why.

Interview with Francine Prose, Harvard Magazine:

https://harvardmagazine.com/2010/09/a-garden-of-prose

 

Interview with Francine at Miami Book Fair:

Reviews

“Francine Prose is a keen observer, and her fiction is full of wryly delivered truths and sardonic witticisms that come from paying close attention to the world.” —The Atlantic

“Francine Prose has a knack for getting to the heart of human nature.” —USA Today

 

Visit Francine Prose Amazon Page: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FJ32YLG

 

Please join me in my reading nook and discover an author every week at Reading Fiction Blog! And browse the Index of Authors’ Tales above to find over 200 free short stories by over 100 famous authors.

Once a month I feature a FREE short story by contemporary and classic authors.

 

Leave a comment

Filed under Book Reviews, family fiction, fiction, fiction bloggers, free short stories, free short stories online, historical fiction, literary short stories, literature, Reading Fiction, READING FICTION BLOG Paula Cappa, short stories, short stories online, short story blogs

Author of the Week, Robert Bloch, April 5

AUTHOR OF THE WEEK   April 5

Robert Bloch

(Short Stories and Novels: Crime, Horror, Science Fiction Writer)

 

 

“Despite my ghoulish reputation, I really have the heart of a small boy. I keep it in a jar on my desk.”

“Horror is the removal of masks.”

“There’s a great desire to communicate, I think, on the part of all of us. And if we are in situations where the communication is difficult due to difficult circumstances or shyness or an introversion, this is a wonderful outlet. And a direct one.”

 

Robert Albert Bloch (1917 — 1994) was a prolific American writer. Bloch wrote hundreds of short stories, over twenty novels of crime and science fiction, but was most famous for his horror fiction Psycho.

Bloch was one of the youngest members of the Lovecraft Circle, a contributor to pulp magazines such as Weird Tales in his early career.  He received a Hugo Award  for That Hell-Bound Train, the Bram Stoker Award, and the World Fantasy Award. A good friend of the science fiction writer Stanley G. Weinbaum, Bloch wrote three stories for Star Trek.

Listen to Bloch’s Psycho, an audio preview of the novel (15 minutes):

 

Interested in the backstory, the inspiration for Psycho? Read it here at Galaxy Press about the Butcher of Plainfield:

The Backstory to Robert Bloch’s “Psycho”

 

“Horror is not about supernatural forces or things that go bump in the night; horror is about the fear we have within, buried deep in our brains.”

Read more at Lit Reactor about Robert Bloch: https://litreactor.com/columns/footnotes-psycho

 

 

 

More at Bloch Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/Robert-Bloch/e/B001K6Q4QW

 

Please join me in my reading nook and discover an author every week at Reading Fiction Blog! And browse the Index of Authors’ Tales above to find over 200 free short stories by over 100 famous authors.

Once a month I feature a FREE short story by contemporary and classic authors.

4 Comments

Filed under crime stories, crime thrillers, dark fantasy, dark literature, fiction, fiction bloggers, free horror short stories online, free short stories, free short stories online, ghost story blogs, horror, horror blogs, literature, Lovecraft, mysteries, pulp fiction, quiet horror, Reading Fiction, READING FICTION BLOG Paula Cappa, science fiction, short stories, short story blogs, tales of terror

Hekate, Witch or Goddess?

The Abduction of Persephone

Tuesday’s March Tale   March 30, 2021

Springtime is hardly known as the season of witches, but if you are a lover of supernatural stories—and like me you are fascinated by the myths, history, and fiction about witchcraft—every month is the season for witches. Also, since my birth date is on Halloween, I have both a fear and an attraction to witches. And while witches (associated with the word wicked) are traditionally thought to possess evil powers who communicate with spirits and underworld realms, acting out their powers of womanhood, I am wondering if there is much more to discover about witches than just their dark arts.

Today we are exploring the Titaness deity known as Hekate, or Hecate (pronounced Heck-ah-teh), an ancient witch-priestess. You may have seen images of this well-known witch, deemed the queen of witchcraft, black magick sorcerer, as a three-headed figure (she sees in all directions), standing at crossroads, holding torches or keys, with a black dog at her feet. She is revered as the goddess of magick of the night and the underworld, the moon, ghosts, and necromancy. Pretty hot babe, wouldn’t you say? She is among other dark goddesses like Kali, Morrigan, Brigid, Hel, Baba Yaga, Aradia, Isis, Persephone. 

In the story for this month’s reading, The Abduction of Persephone, Hekate makes a brief appearance in this tale of Zeus and Demeter (goddess of the earth) who have lost their daughter Persephone. Hades has abducted the girl. Hekate hears her screams from the Underworld. When Persephone eats the food of the dead, Zeus and Demeter must make a deal with Hades to get their daughter back.

This is an enchanting flash fiction (10-minute read), totally enjoyable, which symbolizes our shifting earth seasons, grief and loss, and brings meaning to mother/daughter love relationships. Reading myths can answer timeless questions about the value and insights of life, love, trust, good and evil. In the art of storytelling, these human experiences are everything.

Read the myth at Muses Realm:

http://www.musesrealm.net/stories/abductpersephone.html

Hekate has a much more powerful and impressive role in The Golden Ass by Lucius Apuleius (Chapter 47). In this myth, Hekate speaks to us and identifies her qualities. When the narrator Lucius is turned into an ass, it is Hekate who shows him how to return to his human shape.

Read Chapter 47 at Gutenberg.org

https://www.gutenberg.org/files/1666/1666-h/1666-h.htm#link2H_4_0061

In my research about Hekate (for a short story I’m writing and my upcoming supernatural novel Draakensky) I found a mix of good and evil in her mythical history. Hekate knows she has powers to both destroy and create and uses that power wisely. Many believe her to be an intuitive goddess, soul-knowing, who holds both darkness and light within her powers. Hekate favors the color black, lavender, and the Yew tree. She is said to be the Dark Mother. I can’t help align her with Mother Nature who brings us fruit, grain, herbs, flowers, the beauty of sunrise and sunset, but also brings us hurricanes, drought, poisonous plants, pestilence and disease.

Other reports of Hekate are less flattering. She is said to be the high witch of the underworld Hades, her rituals and rites associated with death and secrecy, and she can banish or produce a ghost or ghosts infestations. She holds the ultimate skeleton key to unlock the gates to all realms, including Hades. Does she cast spells? Probably. Does she invoke the devil? Some say yes, some say no. There is a clear uncertainty about Hekate. But truth is like the sun, it eventually shines.

If you are in the season of the Crone, on the wise woman’s journey to deeper self-discovery, or curious to experience the cave of feminine power, Hekate is a woman you might like to explore. The archetype of “the witch” is a seeker and bringer of ancient secrets if not deeper knowledge. Witch, goddess, priestess, queen, crone, healer, medicine woman, warrior, shaman, leader, mentor, whatever you call her, feminine power is on the rise in our society.

For more on Hekate, stop by Keeping Her Keys website by Dr. Cyndi Brannen, a psychologist, author, and teacher who writes from the crossroads of psychology, spirituality, and traditional wisdom merging ancient knowledge with modern practices.

https://keepingherkeys.com/

Interested in reading more about the Dark Goddess?

https://thegoddesscircle.net/dark-goddess-magick/

Also, here is a post about Lilith: Ancient Diety: https://www.ancient-origins.net/myths-legends/lilith-ancient-demon-dark-deity-or-sex-goddess-005908

At this point, I cannot help but wonder where the crossroads meet between wicked witch vs. good goddess and what we might discover there. Is the shadow side of the Crone archetype the wicked witch? Or maybe it’s something else. What is the Dark Mother really about? You can read about The Dark Mother here: https://thenephilimrising.com/2017/06/22/the-dark-mother-lessons-from-lilith/

Do you think the patriarchy is losing power? These days the Divine Feminine is becoming stronger and more visible every day. There are legendary stories inside all of us. What is yours at this challenging time in our world? Is there a warrior woman inside of you?

Please feel free to add your thoughts to this page. I would love to hear from you!

Don’t forget to view the INDEX above of more free reading at Reading Fiction Blog. This is a compendium of over 200 short stories by more than 100 famous storytellers of mystery, suspense, supernatural, ghost stories, ‘quiet horror,’ crime, sci-fi, romance, and mainstream fiction.

Follow or sign up to join me in reading one short story every month. 

Comments are welcome!

Feel free to click “LIKE.”

 Other Reading Web Sites to Visit

Kirkus Mystery & Thrillers Reviews

Books & Such    Bibliophilica   NewYorkerFictionOnline

Fangoria.com      Chuck Windig’s Terrible Minds

Monster Librarian        The Story Reading Ape Blog

For Authors/Writers:  The Writer Unboxed

Literature Blog Directory

Blog Collection

Blog Top Sites

Discover Author of the Week posted on Mondays!

8 Comments

Filed under dark fantasy, dark literature, fairy tales, fantasy, fiction, fiction bloggers, flash fiction, free short stories, free short stories online, horror blogs, literary short stories, literature, Mythology, quiet horror, Reading Fiction, READING FICTION BLOG Paula Cappa, short stories online, short story blogs, supernatural, supernatural tales, Women In Horror

Author of the Week, Anaïs Nin, March 15

AUTHOR OF THE WEEK,   March 15

Anaïs Nin

(Diarist, Short Stories, Novels,  Essays)

“Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death.”

“Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don’t know how to replenish its source. It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals. It dies of illness and wounds; it dies of weariness, of witherings, of tarnishings.”

“We don’t have a language for the senses. Feelings are images, sensations are like musical sounds.”

 

Anaïs Nin (1903 — 1977) was a French-Cuban author and 20th century diarist, based in France and later in the United States.  She began what became her life-long work of art in 1914 at the age of eleven and kept writing until her death 63 years later in 1977. The novelist and short story writer gained international fame with her journals. She is well-known for her relationship with Henry Miller, and his wife, June. Much of her work, including Delta of Venus and Little Birds, was published after she died. Nin believed that consciousness is a stream of images and words that flow from us as long as we live, and something to be shared.

 

The Wisdom of Anais Nin: 5 minutes!

Why I Write by Anais Nin (2 minutes):

 

Readers, many of you know that I have as special place in my heart for dead authors. Anais Nin is very dear to me because Nin is a part of my novel Greylock in the character of  Lia Marrs. I spent weeks researching Nin’s life, her art, and her feminine brio that dramatizes the complexity of women.  As a bonus, you can read her short story The Houseboat here at Reading Fiction Blog:

https://paulacappa.wordpress.com/2017/02/21/the-houseboat-anais-nins-phantoms-of-truth/

Visit the Anais Nin Foundation: https://theanaisninfoundation.org/

Visit Nin’s author profile on Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/s?i=stripbooks&rh=p_27%3AAnais+Nin

 

Please join me in my reading nook and discover an author every week at Reading Fiction Blog! Browse the Index of Authors’ Tales above to find over 200 free short stories by over 100 famous authors.

Once a month I feature a FREE short story by

contemporary and classic authors.

Leave a comment

Filed under Author of the Week, dark literature, fiction, fiction bloggers, free short stories, free short stories online, literary short stories, literature, Reading Fiction, READING FICTION BLOG Paula Cappa, short stories online, short story blogs

Author of the Week, Richard Yates, March 8

AUTHOR OF THE WEEK   March 8

 

Richard Yates

(Literary Fiction and Short Story Writer)

 

“I’m only interested in stories that are about the crushing of the human heart.”

“Never say anything that doesn’t improve on silence.”

“If my work has a theme, I suspect it is a simple one: that most human beings are inescapably alone, and therein lies their tragedy.”

Richard Yates  (1926 – 1992) was an American novelist and short story writer.  Yates ruthlessly examines the hopes and disappointments of ordinary people with empathy and humor. He is most famous for his novel Revolutionary Road, a nomination for the National Book Award in 1961. He is also revered as a short story author in his first collection Eleven Kinds of Loneliness, The Collected Stories, and Liars in Love.  Kurt Vonnegut said that Eleven Kinds of Loneliness was ‘the best short-story collection ever written by an American’.  He has been praised by such authors as Michael Chabon, Robert Stone, and Richard Russo, and universally acclaimed in reviews across the country. Macmillian Publishers.

We here at Reading Fiction Blog love short stories. We are discovering and rediscovering authors of short fiction. There is a beauty in finishing a story over a lunch time or reading an entire story in one evening. To say short stories are a great break from novel reading is one thing, but honestly the best thing about shorts stories is that they can motivate you back into daily reading of fiction!

 

In this novel,  Young Hearts Crying, sad and funny, Richard Yates  shows his talents about the American Dream and its casualties.

 

REVIEW: “Soft-spoken in his prose and terrifyingly accurate in his dialogue, Yates renders his characters with such authenticity that you hardly realize what he’s done.” —The Boston Globe.

 

The Making of Revolutionary Road (9 minutes)

 

Read Oprah’s interview at O Magazine:

https://www.oprah.com/omagazine/revolutionary-road-interview-with-richard-yates-daughter/all

 

 

Visit Richard Yates’s Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Richard-Yates/e/B001H6NA62

 

Please join me in my reading nook and discover an author every week at Reading Fiction Blog! Browse the Index of Authors’ Tales above to find over 200 free short stories by over 100 famous authors.

Once a month I feature a FREE short story by

contemporary and classic authors.

2 Comments

Filed under Author of the Week, Book Reviews, family fiction, fiction, fiction bloggers, free short stories, free short stories online, literary short stories, literature, Reading Fiction, READING FICTION BLOG Paula Cappa, short stories, short stories online, short story blogs

Author of the Week, Kathryn Craft, March 1

AUTHOR OF THE WEEK   March 1, 2021

 

Kathryn Craft

(Author of Psychological and Women’s Literary Fiction)

“Themes of love, death, coming of age, corruption, survival, and heroism were just as riveting to William Shakespeare in the 16th century as they are to today’s novelists. The window dressing may change, but throughout the ages we’ve all been framing the same big ideas.”

For Writers: “Dancers communicate stories all the time without speaking a single word, and the effect can be stunning. Study how they do that.”

“I turned to writing fiction after my first husband’s suicide, sixteen years ago. I had a lingering need to use my writing to form a more hopeful story from the chaos of those events. Penelope Sparrow was my path.”

 

Kathryn Craft writes stories that seek beauty and meaning at the edge of darkness. A native of Syracuse, NY she was a dancer, choreographer, and  dance critic before becoming a writer. Craft is an active member of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association and leads writing workshops and retreats. She is published by Sourcebooks Landmark.

 

Cathy Lamb interviews Craft:

Author To Author Interview: Kathryn Craft

The Art of Falling is her first novel. “A sensitive study of a woman choreographing her own recovery.”—Kirkus Reviews.

All Penny has ever wanted to do is dance—and when that chance is taken from her, it pushes her to the brink of despair, from which she might never return. 

 

The Far End of Happy was named as the Ten Books You Should Be Reading by the Huffington Post.

Twelve tense hours, three women, and the suicide standoff that turns one family’s little piece of heaven into a scene from hell.

 

“Craft presents her mesmerizing characters with depth, understanding, and ethos.” – Lana Kay Rosenberg, artistic director, Miami University Dance Theatre

 

Visit Kathryn Craft’s Amazon page here: https://www.amazon.com/Kathryn-Craft/e/B00DLI9GE4

Blog and website: http://www.kathryncraft.com/

You can find her blog posts at Writer Unboxed: https://writerunboxed.com/kathryn/

 

Craft is also a contributor in Author in Progress, from the Writer Unboxed Community.

Please join me in my reading nook and discover an author every week at Reading Fiction Blog! Browse the Index of Authors’ Tales above to find over 200 free short stories by over 100 famous authors.

Once a month I feature a FREE short story by

contemporary and classic authors.

2 Comments

Filed under Author of the Week, crime stories, crime thrillers, family fiction, fiction, fiction bloggers, literature, mysteries, Reading Fiction, READING FICTION BLOG Paula Cappa, short story blogs

Author of the Week, Richard Matheson, Feb. 22

AUTHOR OF THE WEEK   February 22, 2020

 

Richard Matheson

(Bestselling Author of Supernatural, Ghost, and Horror)

“That which you believe becomes your world.”

“I think we’re yearning for something beyond the every day. And I will tell you I don’t believe in the supernatural, I believe in the supernormal. To me there is nothing that goes against nature. If it seems incomprehensible, it’s only because we haven’t been able to understand it yet.”

 

Richard Matheson  (1926 — 2013) was an American author and screenwriter. He is best known  for his novel What Dreams May Come, and I am Legend, a 1954 horror novel that has been adapted for the screen four times.  He sold his first story, Born of Man and Woman to The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in 1950, followed by Third from the Sun (later adapted for the television series The Twilight Zone). From 1959–64, he wrote 14 episodes for The Twilight Zone, with two more adapted from his stories; also contributed to many Western and fantastic television series including Star Trek (The Enemy Within, 1966), His Collected Stories was published in three volumes in 2003–05. Matheson won the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement in 1984 and was inducted into Science Fiction Hall of Fame 2010.

 

 

 

 

Readers, Somewhere in Time is one of my favorite ghost/time travel/romances.  Even today, this novel can hold up as a fascinating study in mystery, love, and the power of desire. The film is also an excellent choice with Christopher Reeve, Jane Seymour, Christopher Plummer.

 

View all Matheson’s books at Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Richard-Matheson/e/B000AQ285E

 

Please join me in my reading nook and discover an author every week at Reading Fiction Blog! Browse the Index of Authors’ Tales above to find over 200 free short stories by over 100 famous authors.

Once a month I feature a FREE short story by

contemporary and classic authors.

2 Comments

Filed under Author of the Week, fiction, fiction bloggers, free short stories, free short stories online, ghost stories, ghost story blogs, Ghosts, historical fiction, historical ghost stories, literary horror, literary short stories, literature, novels, occult, quiet horror, Reading Fiction, READING FICTION BLOG Paula Cappa, short stories, short stories online, short story blogs, supernatural, supernatural fiction, supernatural mysteries, supernatural tales

Ghost Cat

All Cats Are Gray  by Andre Alice Norton (1953)

[aka Andre Norton]

 

Friday’s Tale of Science Fiction,  February 19, 2021

I don’t read a lot of science fiction, but this story strikes with high curiosity and mystery.  We bow before mysteries—those of us who are mystery lovers—and this story All Cats Are Gray has a fascinating hidden mystery.

Cat lovers, this is for you! The story opens on a spaceship with our heroine and hero Steena and Cliff. And a cat named Bat. We have a lost ship, the Empress of Mars, and an invisible alien aboard.  Ghost cats, warrior cats, street cats, wild cats, library cats, Bat is none of these, but will win your heart.

 

Read the short story here at Gutenberg.org

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/29019/29019-h/29019-h.htm

 

You can listen to some of Norton’s other writings here at OpenLibrary.org:

https://openlibrary.org/authors/OL7099704A/Andre_Norton

 

The author Alice Mary Norton (1912 — 2005) was an American writer of science fiction and fantasy. She wrote under the pen names Andre Norton, Andrew North, and Allen Weston. She was the first woman to be Gandalf Grand Master of Fantasy, first to be SFWA Grand Master, and the first inducted by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame. A selection of her stories is available in Andre Norton: The Essential Collection .  She has been called the Grande Dame of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Over the course of her career, she published over 300 published titles read by four generations.

 

“Perhaps it is because cats do not live by human patterns, do not fit themselves into prescribed behavior, that they are so united to creative people.”

“Science fiction appeals to me, as I have always enjoyed reading it, and it is a purely imaginative exercise – though one does have to do a lot of research for each book. I find that the sword-and-sorcery has the greatest appeal for myself – and it is the most fun to write.”

 

Don’t forget to view the INDEX above of more free reading at Reading Fiction Blog. This is a compendium of over 200 short stories by more than 100 famous storytellers of mystery, suspense, supernatural, ghost stories, ‘quiet horror,’ crime, sci-fi, romance, and mainstream fiction.

Follow or sign up to join me in reading one short story every month. 

Comments are welcome!

Feel free to click “LIKE.”

 Other Reading Web Sites to Visit

Kirkus Mystery & Thrillers Reviews

Books & Such    Bibliophilica   NewYorkerFictionOnline

   Fangoria.com      Chuck Windig’s Terrible Minds

      Monster Librarian        The Story Reading Ape Blog

For Authors/Writers:  The Writer Unboxed

Literature Blog Directory   

Blog Collection

Blog Top Sites

Discover Author of the Week posted on Mondays!

1 Comment

Filed under fantasy, fiction, free short stories, free short stories online, ghost stories, ghost story blogs, literary short stories, literature, magical realism, Reading Fiction, READING FICTION BLOG Paula Cappa, science fiction, short stories, short stories online, short story blogs, supernatural fiction

Author of the Week, Lucinda Riley, Feb. 15

AUTHOR OF THE WEEK    February 15, 2021

 

Lucinda Riley

International No. 1 Best Selling Author

 

I believe that our lives, just like fairly tales—the stories that have been written by us humans, through our own experiences of living—will always have a hero and a heroine, a fairy godmother and a wicked witch.”

 

Spirits, ghosts, angels … whichever you wish to call them—Reader, they do exist. I’ve seem them all my life, but I’ve learned to say nothing. And for all you cynics out there, just remember, there is no proof either way. So I choose to believe. In my opinion, it’s much the best option.”

 

Lucinda Riley (born February 1965) is the New York Times bestselling author of over twenty novels (historical, romantic, and family fiction), including The Orchid HouseThe Girl on the Cliff, and the Seven Sisters series. Her books have sold twenty million copies in thirty-five languages globally. She was born in Ireland and divides her time between England and West Cork with her husband and four children. Visit her online at LucindaRiley.com  Simon & Schuster.

 

 

 

 

Visit Lucinda Riley’s Amazon page for all her books:

https://www.amazon.com/Lucinda-Riley/e/B006T8ZBM4

 

Please join me in my reading nook and discover an author every week at Reading Fiction Blog!  And browse the Index of Authors’ Tales above to find over 200 free short stories  by over 100 famous authors.

Once a month I feature a FREE short story by contemporary

and classic authors.

2 Comments

Filed under Author of the Week, fiction, fiction bloggers, free short stories, free short stories online, historical fiction, literature, Reading Fiction, READING FICTION BLOG Paula Cappa, romantic fiction, short stories online, short story blogs