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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Midsummer Night’s Steve by Sandra Sookoo

Midsummer Night’s Steve by Sandra Sookoo
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Genre: Contemporary, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (50 pgs)
Heat Level: sweet
Rating: 5 books
Reviewed by Aloe

Three months have passed since Steve Compton's last visit to Crystal Falls. Now he's back, but far from pleased about it. Convinced there is more in the air than clean living, he's a journalist on the hunt for a story that'll launch his career into the stratosphere.

Zoe Nickles loves the small-town atmosphere, the people, and most especially the great hiding places in Crystal Falls. She's heard rumors about the magical aura in the tiny town, and when her powers come to fruition one June night, she knows the whispers are true. She's the Tooth Fairy--with a sexy new look!

But there's a problem: a nosy reporter is on Zoe's trail, with just enough street smarts and cynicism to thwart her ability to practice her newfound skills. Can she convince him Cristal Falls is harmless before he tells the world about the town's"unique" quality, or will Steve blab the news, putting Zoe and all the paranormal residents at risk?

Steve knew there was a big story in Crystal Falls. He just knew there was. But after being humiliated over his story about the leprechaun last time, he knew he had only one chance to prove it.

This author has written a light hearted fun story that will make you smile. She has Steve, poor befuddled Steve, who is on the search for a “big story” that will make him famous. And she has Zoe, who is a dental hygienist and looking for magic. Zoe believes. Steve hopes.

Ms. Sookoo makes her male character, Steve, a bit selfish. She places both characters in the same boarding house, gives Steve a toothache, and starts the dance of romance between them. Her character Zoe is a good hearted woman who cares about people, loves the community and... morphs into the Tooth Fairy!

This sets up Steve playing cat and mouse with Zoe to catch her acting magically. Zoe has rules to follow and can’t talk to him about her new magic. They are at opposite ends in their personal goals, but they care for each other and it’s hard to find a middle ground. I found their banter entertaining. Watching two people spar when you know they are going to fall in love is fun.

I also enjoyed the story line because it was it was outrageous but a great premise for a story. The author grabs your attention in the first few paragraphs and then draws you down through the pages to see what new curiosity she can create to keep the story line flowing.

From the way this story ended, I’m sure the author is already planning a sequel. With her active imagination this story could be developed in any number of ways. Using this story in a creative writing class would be fun. Let your students write the next chapter in the story; that will show you how many ways the author could develop the next book.

Why not get a copy of this book and read it for yourself?