Oysters and Pearls: Collected Stories

Midnight Rain Publishing
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Acclaimed author Mitzi Szereto explores the many complexities of desire, love and lust in this rich and varied “best of” collection of short stories.

In these 17 provocative and often witty offerings, Mitzi Szereto travels expertly between genres with tales that explore both the light and the dark sides of passion. Oysters and Pearls gives the reader a glimpse into worlds that are as ordinary as they are fantastical and mysterious. Like a skilled lover, this sensuous and imaginative compilation will leave you wanting more.

“Whether it’s gothic, paranormal, fantasy, sci-fi, romance or flat-out comedy, Mitzi Szereto does it with panache. Stories that titillate and entertain, provoke wild thoughts or sensual dreams, they’re all here in Oysters and Pearls. Enjoy!”—Kate Douglas, bestselling author of Spirit Wild and Intimate Relations

“Mitzi Szereto has a quirky and intriguing hold on suburbia, desperation, the loneliness of the human heart and the essential sadness of its yearning, as we seek to express it through sexual contact. It’s a dark and poignant place, of course, but laughter is never entirely absent. Which is just as it should be.”—Niall Griffiths, author of Wreckage and Sheepshagger

“The strength of this collection lies in its imaginative grasp of the wide variety of cultures, landscapes and emotional engagement of the reader as well the sexual.”—Tobsha Learner, bestselling author of Picture This
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About the author

Mitzi Szereto (mitziszereto.com) is an author and anthology editor of multi-genre fiction and non-fiction. Her books include Florida GothicRotten Peaches (The Thelonious T. Bear Chronicles) and Normal for Norfolk (The Thelonious T. Bear Chronicles)—the cozy mystery series co-written with celebrity author bear Teddy Tedaloo; Phantom: The Immortal (co-authored with Ashley Lister); The Wilde Passions of Dorian Gray; Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Lusts; Getting Even: Revenge Stories; Dying For It: Tales of Sex and Death Love, Lust and Zombies; Thrones of Desire: Erotic Tales of Swords, Mist and Fire and Red Velvet and Absinthe.

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Publisher
Midnight Rain Publishing
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Published on
Nov 4, 2016
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Pages
252
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Erotica / General
Fiction / Romance / Collections & Anthologies
Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Fiction / Romance / Erotica
Fiction / Short Stories (single author)
Literary Collections / General
Literary Collections / Women Authors
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