Connections is a new adult romance (short story) by Selena Kitt. In the bygone days before cell phones, lonely Cathy, college dropout, works in a grocery store and makes completely random phone calls to strangers just to make a human connection. When a strange coincidence forces her to actually speak to the person on the other end of the phone, she’s suddenly thrust back into the world, with all its vulnerability. Will Seth be able to draw Cathy back into the land of the living?
- Title: Connections
- Raina Rating: 2 out of 10
- Genre: Contemporary Romance – New Adult Romance
- Author: Selena Kitt
In the description it said that this was a “new adult” short story that was approximately 8000 words. That sounded fine to me. I’ve read more than a few good short stories before. But you know what? There is a vast difference between a short story and the start of a story. A story has a beginning, a middle and an end. This story had a beginning and it was heading towards the middle and then DONE. It just cut off. Who does that? Authors like Selena Kitt who are trying to use Amazon to market their other real books. The author claims to have sold over 1 million books but in the end, that doesn’t hold much water to me because this isn’t a book. This is a first chapter of a story that ended abruptly and left us going huh? In essence this “book” was nothing more than a marketing scam meant to abuse the system which ruins it for those authors who do write actual short stories worth reading.
The story for this book is that a really smart girl, someone who scored very highly on her SATs decides that college wasn’t for her and drops out and takes a job as a grocery store clerk. Her mother is disappointed and wants more for her daughter but her mother’s desire for her daughter’s success in life only seems to drive them apart. Apparently there are some unresolved mommy issues that stem in part from her father’s death when she was 14.
At 21 now the girl sits alone in her little apartment prank calling people. I’ve heard of weird hang ups before like people eating toilet paper so hearing of this girls odd behavior didn’t really shock me like it apparently did some other reviewers. I get it, people have mental issues and they manifest in strange behavior sometimes. To me that could have been the basis for a great story, it made the character quirky and unique.
But instead we get whatever disaster this was.
Authors like Selena Kitt really brother me for one very simple reason and that is because they flood the market with this crap and make it impossible for people who do actually write real short stories impossible to get noticed because Amazon is to flooded with these face story openings who are just trying to abuse the system for marketing purposes.
So when it comes to Connections by Selena Kitt I say don’t waste your time downloading this book, even for free. It’s not worth your time.
There are thousands and thousands of short stories published on Amazon and more than a few of them are really nothing more than an attempt to draw your attention to the authors other work so you’ll buy their real books or buy additional parts to the short story they didn’t finish in the free version. That aspect of Amazon has always bothered me and I never understood why they allowed the abuse of their system to continue. I just don’t think they should allow authors to produce fakies as I call them, for marketing purposes. If a person wants to release a REAL short story then that’s one thing. but that’s not what most people do.
I downloaded 300 “free” stories from Amazon in the last 90 days. Of those 300 less than 5% were real. How sad is that?