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The Missing Butler and Other Life Mysteries by J. Schlenker
The Missing Butler and Other Life Mysteries
byJ. Schlenker(Goodreads Author)

Release date: Dec 07, 2016
Enter for a chance to win autographed copy of paperback copy of The Missing Butler and Other Life Mysteries (A Collection of Short Stories) Color illustrations by the author.

Sometimes life is absurd. Sometimes life is serious. Sometimes life is sad. Mostly, life is a mystery. This collection of short stories, along with the author’s whimsical art work, humorously explores the absurdness, the seriousness, the sadness and the mysteries of life, or at the very least causes us to pause and think, and maybe even laugh at ourselves. The lead story, The Missing Butler, received Honorable Mention in the first round of the NYC Midnight Competition.

Availability:1 copy available

Giveaway dates:Dec 16 – Feb 16, 2017

Countries available:US

Format:Print Book

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Jessica Lost Her Wobble by J. Schlenker *Spoiler Free* Review

Book Review of my first book: Jessica Lost Her Wobble

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Genres

Fiction, Adult, Contemporary

Goodreads summary

“J. Schlenker’s debut novel, “Jessica Lost Her Wobble,” a finalist in the 2014 William Faulkner – William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition.
“Jessica Lost Her Wobble” is psychological in nature. At mid-life, Jessie, the main character, after many upsets, moves to an island for contemplation of her life and to make a new start. While there she reflects back on her beginnings in the early 20th century in England, her move to New York City and marriage at a young age while making friends with a girl half her age. This friendship opens up a new world for her and helps her explore her own soul. Jessie becomes a part of the island, otherwise known as a local as she re-invents her life there and finds love. But all is not as it seems.”

Characters

Jessica/Jessie: She goes through a…

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Book Review by The Page Turner

Reviewed by: The Page Turner

Book Review: The Missing Butler and Other Life Mysteries, by J. Schlenker

The Missing Butler and Other Life MysteriesThe Missing Butler and Other Life Mysteries by J. Schlenker

  • Publication Date: November 16, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01N41RJP7

My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

My Review:

When I first started this book of short stories I was immediately interested in how J. Schlenker draws such amazing pictures with her words, then I was taken by the actual drawing that accompanied the stories. Each story was rich in detail and there were some delightful images to go along. Frogs, mermaids, beets, all vivid and colorful and unique in their beauty.

The stories were thick with life, The Missing Butler was a story that showed me how much we can misconstrue if we are not careful and thoughtful in our mental processes. It was a great mystery with lively characters and a bittersweet feeling throughout.

One of my personal favorites concerned Oscar and his retelling of his past. He kept me on the edge of my seat just as he did his little listener. Again the pictures were perfect for the story and just as engaging and the tale.

One after the other the tales made me grin, laugh, smile and feel sadness, and compassion. It made me relive moments with my children when they thought I was being odd and unreasonable. There is something for everyone in this book. Some of the comments that the characters want to say are funnier than anything they actually do say. And she has some very funny characters in here. Another personal favorite is the couple in the Conjoined Twins Caper. I can see them in all stages of life and I resembled a few of their moments. My favorite illustration was Master of the Stacks. Loved the image as much as the story.

The stories cover so many different moods and reactions.So many characters in various points of their life. It was fresh and it was delightful. The anthology of short stories is beautifully written with words that stirred emotion, there’s nothing better that can be said about a book than that.

My Recommendation:

Pick up this book and read it slowly, running the words through your brain. Take your time capturing the nectar of each one. There are truly some tasty treats in this colorful book.

Where to Find, The Missing Butler and Other Life Mysteries:

This colorful book is available as Kindle and Nook, by clicking the links below.

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Day Seven – Final Day of Art Challenge

geraniumsI was challenged by my friend, Willena Jeane Belden, to post a painting a day for seven days. This is digital art. I just published “The Missing Butler and Other Life Mysteries” (A Collection of Short Stories). These are illustrations from that book.

Day 7: Skipping ahead to the last story in the book – The Red Geraniums – A young girl runs away from her incestuous father. She finds refuge in an orphanage run by nuns. She only wants to stay and become a nun, and never have to deal with her fear of men again, but the head nun insists she must leave at age sixteen and take a husband.

Yesterday, I goofed, and entitled my post Day Seven, when it was only Day Six. But, this is the last day of the challenge.

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Day Six – Art Challenge

I was challenged by my friend, Willena Jeane Belden, to post a painting a day for seven days. This is digital art. I just published “The Missing Butler and Other Life Mysteries” (A Collection of Short Stories). These are illustrations from that book.melons

Day 6 – Auld Lang Syne – (sixth story in the book) A middle-aged woman meets her ex-lover in the local grocery store.

(Note: This is an okay drawing. Capturing melons was hard for me, considering I love melons and not beets so much and the beets came off excellent. At least I think the beets is one of my best works. One day I will try again on the melons.)

Funny true story, which I wrote into the story – I stopped by a roadside stand about 15 years ago and was looking at the cantaloups. I asked, “Are these organic?”

His response was, “No, dear, these are cantaloups.”

Silly me.

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Day Five Art Challenge

14542411_1780565798886464_1191854482821613060_oI was challenged by my friend, Willena Jeane Belden, to post a painting a day for seven days. This is digital art. I just published “The Missing Butler and Other Life Mysteries” (A Collection of Short Stories). These are illustrations from that book.

Day 5 – the fifth story – The Wickham Just your average field trip for a trio of teenagers from the planet Roma. They visit earth in the 1960’s (earth time) to retrieve the planet’s most authoritative piece of literature. They find it in the unlikeliest of places, the set of Star Trek. Star Trek meet Pride and Prejudice.