INDIE AUTHOR FEATURE: Emily Fluke
Today is exciting! It kicks off a new series of blog posts featuring fellow indie and hybrid authors and their upcoming or already published works! I'm a firm believer that comparison is the enemy of success and that we should be the tide that raises all boats in the indie-sphere (spot those quotes). Please join me in giving a warm welcome to our first Featured Indie Author EMILY FLUKE!
MEET THE AUTHOR
Congenital Heart Defect survivor, Emily Fluke, finds joy and peace through the expression of writing. She is a strong believer that all stories need a little magic and a lot of excitement. Emily and her husband spend their free time wrangling two children and playing video games in their busy California lifestyle. Otherwise you’ll find Emily solving an escape room, running, or writing Magic the Gathering based poetry.
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Are you a fan of Fairytale retellings with an Urban Fantasy twist? What about Mystery books? Check out Death of A Fairytale!
Mari can solve any mystery, except who wants to murder her and why they're leading her to grandma’s house, Death of a Fairy Tale is a supernatural mystery chock-full of classic stories, murders, and sarcasm. Mari is a determined, if not a little frazzled, investigative journalist and brand-new mother. The birth of her daughter sparks strange events that lead into the hidden world of fairy tales. Mari struggles to balance her baby in one hand and her job in another while she hunts her supernatural stalker and uncovers the truth behind beloved children's stories.
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Want To Know What I Thought? Here's my 100% Honest Review <3
Death Of A Fairytale is a scathing commentary of all the ways our society is failing working mothers juxtaposed beautifully with a rich and engaging paranormal fantasy world filled with heart-stopping danger and gripping mystery.
We follow our protagonist, Mari, from the last pushes of labor through the many trials and anxieties of a newly minted first-time mother. Through her experience, we see the multitude of ways several systems (including healthcare, paternity leave--or the lack of its existence-- birth advocates, lactation education, the workforce in general, etc.) consistently fail a mother who is expected to have a full-time career, know instinctively how to raise a child with little to no preparation, be under constant scrutiny from literally everyone outside her immediate nuclear family for every choice she makes, and do all of this while keeping her baby safe from monsters she didn't even know existed before she gave birth.
The writing is whip-smart and funny--to a fault, at times--with a sarcastic edge that will have you rooting for the cynical ramblings of our overly hormonal main character more often than not. The secondary characters, mainly the husband (Kai) were not only realistic but relatable. At times I found that I wanted more refinement in the writing, or that there was too much personality to allow readers to slow down in emotionally tense moments and fully feel the magnitude of them.
Overall, the writing style didn't distract me too much from the enjoyment of the read of this book.
On a personal note; this book made me want another baby SO BADLY! The chaos, the messiness, the strange way your life is upended, all for the sake of this tiny person that you couldn't imagine loving more... It definitely made me nostalgic for the time when my son was an infant and our family was suddenly centered around each silly, giggly, milestone in this tiny new person's life.
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