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October 5, 2011

Random Encounters by Kathleen Walker

 "Random Encounters"  falls in the erotic/romance genre, or otherwise known with a plot!  It's a sweet story of a privileged woman who breaks free of the familial ties that binds her to others in control of her life, and how rebellion and promiscuous behavior leads her on a journey of self discovery. 

My Review:

Random Encounters
Kathleen Walker

I had not known any of the works written by author Kathleen Walker when she approached  me with Random Encounters. I must say it took my breath away from page one with the erotic tactics her character Veronica was engaging in! It caught my attention because by the very imaganative and creative way she described the scene, I knew Veronica had an issue with sex and I could not put the book down until I found out what it was!

As I read the book I found it not only had sex in it, but love, drama, committment issues and insecurities. It was a short read, and I totally enjoyed it from page one to the last page, 120. I look forward to reading more of her work, and I feel honored that she came to me to read and review her wonderful book, Random Encounters.

I highly recommend this book for adult readers with a partner, or if you wish, alone cuddled up in your bed alone. *smile*

I give Random Encounters by Kathleen Walker five stars *****

Reviewed by

Nora Chipley Barteau    
About the author: *Gathered on the author's web site and with author's permission

"Kathleen Walker is a forty-something mom of three terrific kids who has spent the better part of her adult life raising the children and writing fiction and poetry in her spare time. The stories from a very overactive albeit twisted imagination have now come to fruition and are ready for the world to read. Poetry has been read by many all over the world in various poetry forums, publications and contests.

Most recently seen in the March 1 and December 1, 2007 publications of "The Jimston Journal", placed in the top 20 of "The Secret Attic" poetry competition February 1, 2007, featured in the September 10, 2007 issue of "The Cats Meow For Writers And Readers", featured in the maiden issue of "The Far Side Of Midnight" January, 2008, received the prestigious Editors Choice Award in the May, 2008 issue of “The Enchanting Verses International”,  featured in the Summer 2008 issue of,  and featured in the Summer 2009 edition of “The Straightjackets”.  “Undead, Dead And Back 

Again, Or…Hey, Buddy! Can You Spare a Drink of Blood?” is a short story featured in a compilation of horror and dark fiction by an eclectic group of women authors released early 2009.  “The Triumph Of Redemption” is a dark fiction short story appearing in the winter 2010 publication of “Strange Circle Magazine”.  "LifeLoveLust" is a poetry anthology published 2009. "Random Encounters" is the first full length novella published 2011. She resides in the pristine beauty of North Idaho with two shamelessly pampered pooches."

 Her locations as she calls it, her private Idaho. She enjoys writing, reading, writing, music, writing.  Her favorite music is The Refreshments, Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers, & The Toluenes.  What are some of her favorite reads? How about The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe, Jack Reacher novels, and anything by Dean Koontz for starters!

What is Kathleen's Inspiration?

I like to say that life is my inspiration.  I people watch, read other writers blogs, and try to keep up with current affairs.  There are some things that happen in life that seem so far fetched. The old saying is, truth is stranger than fiction and I find that’s often the case. 

Music is a big inspiration for me.  Listening to musicians tell a story in song, inspires me to write my own short (and longer) stories.  If I can see a little mini-movie in my head of the story being painted in song, then it’s really good storytelling and I find myself comparing my own stories to that.  Some set the bar pretty high.  Those who know me know that some of my favorite music is anything by Roger Clyne.  Achieving his first hit song with “The Refreshments” then later forming “Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers”, Roger is such a prolific storyteller in song.  It’s one of the main reasons I was encouraged to write my own stories. Being successful in the independent music world is no easy task.  Roger has turned his passion for storytelling in song into his own way of life recording and being on the road for many weeks out of the year to support his addiction to the music, free of corporate control. Oh, people are skeptical.  They’ll say that he plays hard in order to make a living, but it’s also hard work being an independent musician. Have you seen the obscenely low price of tickets to a Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers show?  I’m not convinced he’s making enough of a living at it to justify the hard work and expense of a road crew. There’s definitely a deep rooted love for what he does and it’s reflected in the finished product.  If you’ve attended a live show, become addicted to the music and be part of the cult audience that follows the band, it’s easy to see why he’s successful at it.  He has a passion for what he does; he truly loves performing music for his fans who adore him and the band.  That ethic is what inspired me to take my scribbled down thoughts of poetry, short stories and now novels to the next level, getting my writing in print for others to read.  

So...what’s YOUR inspiration? Any artistic aspiration you have is a worthwhile outlet, and I encourage everyone to find your muse. Find the artist within you and celebrate it!  I may not make large sums of money selling my writing, and perhaps not appeal to mainstream literary, but I get a wonderful sense of satisfaction and completeness that I wouldn’t have had I not pursued it.  Express your unique self!


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