Welcome to the blog tour for Monique Gliozzi’s collection of short stories, Diversity. Be sure to follow the tour and enter the giveaway below! Read on to find a blurb, excerpt, my review, author bio and purchase links!
Diversity is a delightful collection of short stories taking the reader on a charismatic adventure mixed with suspense, drama, and even humour.
A close shave with death in The Twin, a humorous account of the stubborn character in The Mask, the romantic and comical rendezvous of Burning Love, the ghostly memories of the El Caballo Inn, and so much more!
Gliozzi’s exploration of diverse themes invites us to experience and acknowledge the colourfulness of life itself.
Monique Gliozzi will be awarding a $20 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. The entry link will be at the end of this post.
DISCLAIMER: While some themes in this book may be based on real events, the following stories are fictitious. Certain long-standing institutions, public offices and agencies are mentioned, but the characters involved are entirely imaginary. Any resemblance to actual persons living or deceased is entirely coincidental.
THE GOOD SAMARITAN
Walking into the dining area, I note the bar tender, his back turned to me, busily polishing the glassware. Caroline, the maître d’, is going over the booking sheet when the phone rings.
“Hello? Yes it is…That’ll be fine, Monsieur Cameron. See you at seven.” I overhear her using a slight French intonation. Something catches my eye in the quaint foyer where guests are Diversity requested to wait before being seated. There are several photos and awards decorating the wall, but one particular portrait stands out. It’s of me. I move closer to see the newspaper article under the photo. The headline reads, “Good Samaritan Dies in Freak Accident.”
Suddenly, without needing to read on, disturbing images flood my consciousness. The car by the roadside. A young woman. The flat tire. Me offering assistance, then moving from the shoulder of the road to the driver’s side to unhinge the trunk locking mechanism. The screeching of wheels. The smell of burned rubber. A sudden thud. Then darkness. No pain, just darkness.
Now, I am back in La Petite Cuisine. Still in shock, I take in the surroundings and activity in my restaurant. Everything makes sense. I’ve misinterpreted the behavior of the living. I’m dead.
Gliozzi has done an absolutely amazing job of compiling a collection of short stories that are well written and span a number of genres. While no two are the same, to me, I felt like each story was connected to the last by even a small detail, which made for a truly riveting read.
Short stories, in my opinion, can be quite difficult do to, you only have a small word count to tell your story, and need to ensure that you make it engrossing and enjoyable without spending too much time on minute details. Gliozze really shows her ability in her craft as each story pulled me in and would not let me go. I never had a clue with each story (bar one) how they were going to turn out. From love stories, to found family, to betrayal this collection has it all.
I think what I loved most about this collection was that it really felt like a ‘slice of life’ to me. Each story felt so different to the last though each was written impeccably and with such a distinct voice that changed with each telling.
I cannot recommend this enough, I enjoyed it so much more than I thought I was going to.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Born in Dublin, Dr Monique Gliozzi, a graduate from the University of Western Australia medical school, has a keen interest in forensic sciences and psychiatry. She works as a psychiatrist in Perth, with ties to the UWA School of Psychiatry, where she has had a role as a senior clinical lecturer. Her love for teaching granted her a nomination for an Excellence in Teaching Award in 2016.
Monique also holds an interest in aviation. She trained at the Royal Aero Club of Western Australia, where she obtained a commercial pilot licence. Following this, Monique completed her instructor rating and is now working on a casual basis as a senior flight instructor.
Monique rekindled her passion for writing starting with the fictional thriller Foresight, followed by Hunted and ghostly encounters in Vestige. Her latest book, Diversity, is a compilation of entertaining short stories of different genres.
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