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There is a place where sorrows pile up like snow and rest in your hair like cherry blossoms. Boys have wings, monsters fall in love, women fade into nothingness, and the bones of small children snap like twigs. Darkness will surely devour you—but it will be exquisitely lovely while doing so.

Mercedes M. Yardley’s Beautiful Sorrows is an ephemeral collection encompassing twenty-seven short tales full of devastation, death, longing, and the shining ribbon of hope that binds them all together.


Mini Review:

4/5 Stars.
This is a touching, moving, confronting and even a little bit twisted (in a good way) collection of creative fiction. I was trying to think of a good way to describe my delight at each new tale. It’s like when you are at Grandma’s house, sneaking a look in her jewellery box. With each new treasure you bring into the light there is that moment of joy mingled with a delicious fear that you will be getting caught out any second. Her characters are beautiful and endearing. Little worlds of hurt and wonder swirl around you. This book made me smile and cry. Mercedes is a very clever lady.

I borrowed these words of wisdom from Mercedes website to share.

1. People will give you terrible advice out of love. They’ll tell you to give up on writing and focus on a more stable career. Thank them, with a smile, for their concern. Then ignore them. Firmly.

2. Enjoy every success. It’s easy to look ahead and work for the next big success to the exclusion of where you are now. Don’t let this happen. It will steal your joy away.

3. There will be controversies and scandals and feuds. Writers like to be heard, and one way to do that is to hop on the bandwagon and shout along with everyone else. This doesn’t make you stand out. It almost always gets you in trouble. If you have a firm opinion on something and want to share it because it is dear to your soul, absolutely go ahead and do so. But instead of taking the time to be part of an argument, use that time to write.

4. If you’re not having fun anymore, go ahead and quit. There’s no shame in it. The rewards for writing are few and far between. Write for the love.

5. You’ll find that much of the wheeling and dealing happens at conventions in hotel rooms after the main event. And for women, you’ll be treated differently in this situation. It is not necessary, ever, to be someplace that you feel even the slightest bit uncomfortable. Writers like to spin tales. Don’t ever put yourself in a situation where you could become a victim or villain in somebody’s story. Be a person of class, and eventually the opportunities you hope for will come to you. You won’t need to chase them.

Good luck!

Posted by Leanne Ellis

Mercedes can be contacted via

on Facebook as Mercedes M Yardley  and Twitter @mercedesmy


nameless (2)Mercedes M Yardley writes bitter sweet so well. Every time I read her books I fall in love with her characters, even the nasty ones. I think she does too. How else do you come up with little gems like a child’s hand looking like a starfish? These whimsical touches bring a smile to my face.

Luna Masterson is the main character. She is a sassy, angry and damaged young woman. She sees demons, has done from a young age, and they have defined her life. Seth, her brother tries to keep a lid on it all by providing her with some normality, but he has his own problems. His daughter Lydia brings joy into both their lives and she is Luna’s loadstone of love and goodness.

This dark suburban fairy tale/love story is easy to read and get caught up in. I will not share anymore and spoil it for you.
This is the first of The Bone Angel Trilogy so we have lots of Luna to look forward to.



Instead of an Author Q&A, which Mercedes has already done, we did some Word Association Fun.

I hope you like this little snap shot into Mercedes’s brain. I agree with her on a few of these.

BCN: FLOWER      —–      MMY: ORCHID

BCN: OCEAN        —–      MMY: SENSUAL

BCN: RED           ——      MMY: LIPSTICK

BCN: RELAX        ——     MMY: BATHTUB

BCN: BLISS       ——       MMY: HUMMING


BCN: ANGRY     —–        MMY: HURTING

BCN: LOVE       —–        MMY: VALIANCE

BCN: FOOD       —-        MMY: CHILDHOODorchid


BCN: MUSIC         —-     MMY: DALLIANCE

BCN: WISDOM      —-     MMY: WOMAN


Thank you to Mercedes for her time.

by Leanne Ellis                                                                          Website: A Broken Laptop
                                                                                                 Twitter: @mercedesmy

MontessacoverWhat a wonderful little book! I enjoyed this so much I read it in one sitting. I keep thinking Bonny and Clyde with a twist. This is not the genre I normally read, but I am glad I tried something different this time. Yes this is a love story, even though these people are basically unlovable. They have both been mistreated and damaged. Lu and Montessa are totally believable characters. I had no problem accepting their behaviour. This is a dirty and nasty story about the dark lives these people live. I am definitely going to get other books by Mercedes M. Yardley