Wayward Ink Publishing Anthology: Of Heaven And Hell Review

A WAYWARD INK PUBLISHING ANTHOLOGY

Whether you like your angels and demons naughty or nice… Whether you like them angelic or demonic, we have a story for you. Our authors have tuned up their harp strings, and let loose their inner demons. We have demons with inner angels itching to be let loose. And angels teetering on the brink. We have dark. We have light. We have angst. And forbidden love. We have happy endings and not so happy endings… We have the stories OF HEAVEN AND HELL.  

Eddy’s Review:

Disclaimer: Guardian, one of my short stories, is part of this anthology. I will not be reviewing it,  although others undoubtedly will. The following will include my honest impressions:

Included in this wonderful anthology are stories that will make you laugh, make you cry, even make you think. All are well written, some extremely so. There are a handful of grammar/spelling/typo mistakes, but nothing that would really take the reader out of the stories.

Some of the stories deal with power/sexual situations that I was a little uncomfortable with, but I was able to overcome that issue by the sheer fact that I wanted to know how those stories ended.  There are political/religious elements to certain stories that some might find offensive. They were a plus for me (a really big plus).

There is something for everyone, and even though it wasn’t  ALL for me, I would still shout on every mountaintop in order to recommend this anthology as a must read.

4.5 stars

STORIES INCLUDED

Corruption

Tenrael was once a proud demon who carried nightmares to humans. Now he exists in miserable servitude to men who plunk down ten dollars to fulfill their dark desires. Agent Charles Grimes figures a captive demon is just another assignment… That is until he meets Tenrael.

Eddy’s review:

The story includes some very nice descriptions, and wonderful prose. The characters are believable. I enjoyed the fact that the use of vulgarity was limited. The power/sex dynamic between Charles and Tenrael was a bit disturbing for me, but the story is so well told i could overcome my squeamishness.

4 stars

Purgatory

Bailey discovered that losing the person you love can do more than break your heart. It can shatter it into a million different pieces. And have you stepping into darkness. All he wanted was to be reunited with Greyson. He didn’t know his actions would lead him to his nightmare.  

Eddy’s Review:

This story is heart-warming and sad. The premise is very believable. The world created by M.C. Rayne is thought-provoking. There is some absolutely amazing pieces of writing in this. I felt Bailey’s love for Greyson, his anguish, and his heart-break so much so my own heart was aching for a happy ending. I enjoyed the journey so much that I cried.

5 stars 

 SinToGetSaved

Earnest anti-gay evangelical Hubert dies in a freak accident. When a handsome angel named Bartholomew makes brazen overtures in the Afterlife, humble Hubert realizes his soul may have taken a wrong turn. But turning back to the straight and narrow isn’t quite as easy as he hopes it will be.     

Eddy’s review:

Another beautifully written story. I also cried reading this, but it was because I was laughing so hard. There is an incredible mix of sarcasm, irony, and hilarious metaphors. It is a poignant, funny, thought-provoking and meaningful piece of written art. Michael P. Thomas created a wonderful world exposing the fundamental flaws of some religious fundamentalist ideologies, and how innocent people can get confused by them.

5 stars

CardinalSins

Black magic, angels, and decadence bind Jacob and Ozzie together in a twisted web of fascination with each other. Now a new element has risen to test them: Danger.

Disturbingly erotic, the story is well told. It is interesting. There is good character development, and the story arch is well balanced with the right mix of descriptive prose and suspense. I don’t usually like stories with power imbalances, but it is told in such a way that I was mesmerized by it.

4 stars

21stCenturyDemon

It should have been an easy job: a contract signed and a new soul earmarked for Hell. But when suave demon deal-maker Saul chooses nerdy Thomas Ives as his next target, little does he know what lies in store.  

Eddy’s Review:

I know some people will be put off by this so I think it should be said straight out. The story is written in first person, present tense. It very smartly and dramatically breaks the “4th wall”. It is a personal narrative that treats the reader almost like a secondary character. I thought the way Asta Idonea wrote the story was brilliant.It’s as if you’ve run into someone who asks you to tag along. He is the only one that can see you

The story itself is rather cute. Saul is dislikeable at first, because he’s a demon after all, but that changes. One can only feel sorry for Thomas, at first, because he’s being duped. That also changes. The telling is light, personal, and delightfully mischievous.

5 stars

 PurgatoryPink

A fable with no morals . . . About an angel with desires . . . For the demon who torments him. Will they both burn in hell?    

Eddy’s Review:

On first reading, I had a preconceived idea about the content of this story based on the blurb, which is why I didn’t quite get into the story. However, I enjoyed the telling of it so much, I couldn’t bring myself to give this one a bad review, because it doesn’t deserve one, so I read it again.

Eric Gober has written a great contemporary romance based on two flawed characters. I wouldn’t have wanted to go out with either of them, but I can understand why their mutual friend would think they are compatible. I won’t let the fact that I dislike the characters take away from it being a very well written story.

4 stars

FadeToLight

One of them has no past. One has no future.   Loss is inevitable, but when demons come calling, a soul is too high a price to pay.  

Eddy’s review:

I really enjoyed this story so very much. The two main characters are very special. The story has a light, yet suspenseful feel about it. I really wanted Taz and Pix to get together in the end, and had to wait to the very end to find out if they would.

The wait is worth it though. The story has everything I like for its type: a mysterious stranger, an innocent, an evil warlock and ghosts. It is beautifully written,

4.5 stars 

  Guardian

A Guardian Angel’s whole being is controlled directly by God. Callum trusts in that. So when he meets his new human charge—a special college student named Rory—he doesn’t count on feeling attraction. And he certainly doesn’t expect Rory to change his life forever.  

Eddy’s Review: I will leave a review to others.

  DrawingDead

Devin is a demon. James is merely human. But who holds the winning hand is still in question  

Edyy’s review:

Here is another story that needs a disclaimer: there are point-of-view jumps and time shifts. The story is wonderfully complex. If all you want is a lazy read, this may not be for you. I enjoyed it. I find intricacies such as the ones woven through this story a refreshing change. I enjoy having to think.

The love story isn’t quite what it seems, and that is the beauty of it, but a love story it is. The motivations for each of the two main characters are murky, wonderfully so. The ending won’t shock you, but it might make you think.

4.5 stars

 WolfInTheFold

For centuries Carduus followed his incubus nature. Joyfully seducing and draining the life force of his lovers. That is, until the day he met Mark, a lover Carduus didn’t want to kill. Before he knew it, Carduus found himself helping the detective by taking out criminals. But can a demon really work for the side of the angels?  

Eddy’s Review:

I really enjoyed the concept for this story. Carduus is likeable, but Jana Denardo  still allows the reader to realize that he is still a demon. The concept for this work is intriguing. We explore the point-of-view of the two main characters, and throughout the story we the reader find out why each of them wants to stay with the other.

4 stars

  DrippingInSin

Finding an appropriate outfit to wear for an important date is never easy. Not even for a demon Flynn is trying but it’s a hard task  Especially when encounters with his angel usually involve no clothing at all

Eddy’s review:

This little jaunt is seductively sweet and nicely written. An enjoyable exploration of the why’s and wherefore’s behind a relationship between an angel and a demon.

4 stars


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