Monday 21 November 2022

For a Few Hours by Yvonne Walus

 How we came to publish this one

We have published several of Yvonne’s stories in our anthologies and we know she works well with our editorial team.  

The title

This so apt. These stories will occupy you for a few hours – except that you’ll hardly notice those hours pass. You will be totally engaged by this work.   

Some notes about the process

This went through the normal three stages of editing . This was a very smooth process because of Yvonne’s professionalism. She worked with editor Allison Symes on this and Linda Flynn completed the final proof-read. We also give all of our books a  technical proof read as we design them.  

The cover

We thought the gold clock parts gave the impression of time passing.  


Some notes about style

Some of the reviews on Amazon give a useful indication of the style:


Author Yvonne Walus creates a captivating collection of slice-of-life stories that will make you laugh, break your heart, and keep your eyes glued to the pages from start to finish. From moving tales that will strike a chord to stories that portray the unexpected absurdities of life, For a Few Hours is a diverse collection that will appeal to readers with a wide array of tastes. The characters are colourful and brimming with life. Their vibrant and distinct personalities pop out of the pages and leave their mark on you. Each story offers something unique. Although I enjoyed every single one of them, I found ‘Revenge of the Redhead’ particularly rip-roaringly hilarious. A fascinating anthology that I highly recommend.

This is a tremendous collection of short stories. A great variety of themes and perspectives, with something for everyone. The writer's prose flows effortlessly and the dialogue is spot on with so many different characters and voices - young, old, female, male... I really recommend this book, with the story 'Never Have I Ever' likely to long remain with me.

The diverse settings, plots and ambience lift these stories above the mundane. These are real characters with strengths and flaws, painted with a punchy writing style that suits the stories perfectly. To me, each offering, whether set in South Africa (like ‘One Wedding and One Funeral’) or New Zealand (‘Where Art has No Place’) or ‘Just Anywhere’, has left me wiser and genuinely satisfied. Interesting and entertaining in their own right, they provoke thinking long after they are read. You’re sure to choose your favourite but mine was ‘Superheroes of Yesteryear’. Thoroughly recommended. 


Who we think the reader is

The reader of this book like to be invited to think. Yet the style is not heavy.  


What else

We have published a record number of books in the last twelve months. We are pleased to have this within our collection.


Review copies

It’s always great if you can buy the book and give us a review. Just click on the link to be taken to Amazon. If you would like to review and you are strapped for cash, just get in touch for a free PDF or mobi-file.   

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