In my hands! Perhaps soon in yours?! 😀

I am overjoyed to announce the publication of the paperback of The Storyteller Speaks which is now available on Amazon UK or Amazon US.

The past months have been intense and following the release of the ebook version of my book I’ve been overwhelmed by the enthusiastic and positive reception to my collection. Since the beginning of December, I have received ten 5-star and 4-star reviews on Amazon US and five 5-star ones on Amazon UK.  This is absolutely amazing and I cannot thank everyone enough for taking the time to read and leave a review…time is a rare gift and I am touched that so many chose to make space for this in their lives.

Over the next few months, I will occasionally be publishing a review and reblogging posts where I have appeared. I will start with one of the latest reviews by Balroop Singh who blogs at Emotional Shadows. I hope her five-star review will tempt those who haven’t read my book to buy the paperback or Kindlle of  The Storyteller Speaks.

Each story in this book is riveting!

5 out of 5 stars

‘The Story Teller Speaks’ by Annika Perry brilliantly illustrates how short stories can capture your heart, transport you to the scene of action and submerge you in the emotional journey of the characters. Her stories are a little above your expectations…a lot has to be discerned, which she leaves unsaid and therein lies their magic. Only few can create it.

The symbolism of Chillies in my Handbag is chilling, the agony that the words hide slowly spills out as Perry writes in the style of dual timeline, lending a touch of realism to the story, keeping a firm grip on the reader’s attention, actually hinting at profound matters of domestic strife. Carl’s loss too unravels itself gently as you keep wondering where is he heading in snow and who is constantly whispering “keep safe” in his ear. It is the style and the exquisite language that raises this book above an average storybook.

My heart missed a beat when Jake and Ellie got lost in the shroud of mist and snow and it sank with each shout for them. Such is the effect of Annika’s style of writing! It is difficult to pick up a favorite one from this collection of stories because all of them strike some chord somewhere as they are based on varied themes, each one connects us with the complexities of life, giving a subtle message that we are mere puppets or mute spectators in many situations that we wish to control.

(review by Balroop Singh)

About the Book 

It only takes one event to change a life. What is that action, decision, occurrence? Whose life is affected? Changed forever?

In this eclectic mix of 21 short stories, flash fiction and poetry the pendulum swings between first love and murder, from soul-destroying grief to reconciliation. The tales veer from the sweet satisfaction of revenge to new beginnings, from heart-breaking miscarriages of justice to heart-warming Christmas misadventure.

One common thread binds them all; the belief that there is no such thing as an ordinary life; they’re all extraordinary.

Open your hearts and minds as The Storyteller Speaks.

172 thoughts on “IN MY HANDS

  1. Annika, a big hug and warm congratulations! Your writing sounds full of different genres and styles, which takes true versatility! Thank you for sharing Balroop’s review!
    Lovely words by a dear female author. 🎆🎈✨

    1. Robin, warmest thanks for your dear and kind words … I’m beaming away and my heart feels aglow! Balroop’s review is wonderful and I feel lucky to have such reviews of my book! Hugs, my friend and lovely to read your comment. Take care! Xxx ❤️🌻🌺

  2. Annika Perry, I like the way you have presented your book, titled “The Storyteller Speaks”; along with your future aspirations. However what appeals to me even more is the cover page of your storybook, was that designed by You too?

  3. I just finished reading the first story of the book. Queenie and Thomas. I should say I was glued to the story from start to finish. I am glad that it has Happy ending. It brought a smile on my face. I would continue reading. Thanks for sharing wonderful story.

    1. Warmest thanks for letting me your feelings of Biding Her Time!! Wow!! Now I can’t stop smiling and am overjoyed the story touched you so! Thank you for letting me know…Hope you enjoy the rest just as much … not all have a happy ending although there is always a resolution.

  4. It says something gloriously revealing when readers connect with a book. That’s the skill of the writer, Annika. Congratulations on the publication of The Storyteller Speaks – I love the premise of it, it’s on my list of books to purchase.

    1. Shari, I’m overjoyed to read how many connect with the stories, different ones speaker stronger to different people. It is a fantastic feeling and all I could ever have hoped for when releasing the book.Than you so much for your lovely comment and warmest thanks for buying the book – that’s wonderful!! Enjoy! ❤️

  5. Congratulations Annika, it is wonderful news that you have had so many fantastic reviews my friend.. And I said some where before lol, its fabulous that so many are enjoying your words, Having it in your hands must be a marvellous feeling after all the work you put in. ❤ xxx

    1. Sue, thank you so much and yes, you have so kindly said it before! 😀 The book promotion just seemed to have set off by itself, with me clinging along for fun! It is still amazing to hold the actual book; I’m just about coming back to earth this week…alas! Hugs xxxxx

      1. Fabulous, I have not touched my own lately but your enthusiasm keeps showing me the ‘Signs; to keep on keeping on.. And I am determined to make it a reality also 😀 .. So Keep plugging it dear friend, for it reminds me to get stuck in.. 🙂 haha.. xxx ❤

  6. I am looking forward to reading it. Slowly going through my 80-90 books still on my TBR list. It will definitely be within the next couple of months or soon, hopefully. It sounds wonderful! I enjoy short stories. Best of luck with it, my friend! Xo ❤️

    1. Janice, as a fan of short stories I am sure you’ll enjoy my book when you get a chance to read it! 😀 I totally understand about a long TBR list – I never even had one before I started blogging, just an inkling of some books I looked forward to reading. Wishing you lots of success with your books and may this be a year of extra-creativity! 😀❤️

    1. Dominique, thank you very much and I saw your message on your blog and I’m glad that you were able to order this without any problems!! So happy you’ll be reading my book – enjoy! 😀❤️

    1. Julie, I’m so happy you’re reading my book – thank you and enjoy the rest of it! 😀 It is so exciting to have the paperback out for sale and this wonderful review came at just the same time! Hope you’re having a good weekend…light snow today! 😀

  7. Congrats on the book lauch, the great reception and reviews… I absolutely love the cover you have chosen, by the way… Best of luck with “The Storyteller speaks” dear Annika… Love & best wishes 😀

    1. Acqui, thank your so much for your wonderful comment! 😀 It has been an incredible month of a book launch and I’ve been overwhelmed with the reception of the book…the reviews are astonishing and I’m so touched by them all. Yeah!! So glad you love the cover…of course, I’m over the moon with it and it works perfectly…on the paperback the blurb is written within her hair, looks terrific! Love & hugs to you, xxxx ❤️

    1. Robbie, it is an amazing review and left me speechless with tears in my eyes. It captured the whole book whilst also managing to portray a few stories…you did the same and it’s no mean feat! Thank you so much! 😀

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