Today I would like to introduce another worthy cause supported by proceeds of a book:
“Nature Calls” by Bonnie Bernard supports Wildlife Forever, which is America’s leading all-species conservation charity. I am glad that I can recommend the book not just for its cause but also for its contents.
About the Charity:
“From brown bear research in Alaska to artificial reefs off the coast of Florida, from habitat reclamation in Maine to salmon stocking in California, Wildlife Forever has benefited countless species across America. You’ll find our conservation projects in every state. Over 1000 projects and counting. The mission of Wildlife Forever is to conserve America’s wildlife heritage through
conservation education, preservation of habitat and management of fish and wildlife. Wildlife Forever is a 501(c)3 nonprofit conservation charity.”
“Nature Calls” is a 40,000 word anthology of fourteen short stories revolving around the idea, “If Mother Nature and Sister Karma whipped up a cauldron of ‘Double, double toil and trouble’ soup, this might be the result.” From ghosts to goblins to three-legged, one eyed Pomeranians, Nature Calls offers something for everybody who looks at life through cock-eyed glasses. Warning…you may never enter the woods or an outhouse the same way again.
“Nature Calls” by Bonnie Bernard was recommended to me by a good friend and it did not disappoint me. The book is hugely enjoyable for its suspense, the mystery and the dark horror or fantasy tales, some of which are cleverly blended with wit, fun and humour. Some pieces are very short that pointedly explore one idea and then there are longer ones and even one series of stories in which Yeti meets a space alien, a demon, the bigfoot hunters and even the holy man. The Yeti tales are probably my favourite, I laughed out loud when Yeti discusses the inconvenient parking space of the flying saucer. The stories are rarely predictable and with most of them I was surprised and fascinated by the outcome.
The selection covers a broad spectrum of themes and emotions, goblins, fairies, demons, witches, kings and gods. The stories are all well written and skilfully told and as a collection they work very well together. While many such collections are put on the market as soon as the author has gathered a book’s worth of material these seem to have been hand picked to form a great flow and a continuity that I did not expect from such a varied bunch of stories. The quality of both the ideas and the execution of them makes this a great achievement and the author one to watch.