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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

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



Now for the recipe!

1 jar maraschino cherries

½ cup sugar

2 cups heavy cream

1 cup powdered sugar

2 Tbsp vanilla extract

1 pound chocolate cake

Chocolate shavings

Drain the cherries, reserving the liquid. Mix the liquid in a small sauce pan with ½ cup of sugar. Simmer until the liquid becomes thick and reduces to about half. Don’t reduce too much or the liquid will harden later. Let it cool and then mix the cherries back in.

Whip the heavy cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract until it forms stiff peaks. The whipped cream will turn dark in color, but it’s absolutely delicious and still looks beautiful.

Layer the trifle with the cake, cherries, and whipped cream, and then repeat, topping with the whipped cream. Grate chocolate shavings on the top, and top with a remaining cherry, if you’d like.

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Bio: Mercedes M. Yardley wears red lipstick and poisonous flowers in her hair. She is the author of Beautiful Sorrows and Apocalyptic Montessa and Nuclear Lulu: A Tale of Atomic Love.  Her new novel “Nameless” is out on 21st Jan 2014.

Visit her website at


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Mercedes M. Yardley is a dark fantasist who wears stilettos and poisonous flowers in her hair. She can be found in many anthologies and magazines, and was a contributing editor for Shock Totem Magazine. Her short story collection, Beautiful Sorrows, came out in the fall of 2012, and her novella Apocalyptic Montessa and Nuclear Lulu: A Tale of Atomic Love came out in September of 2013 and won the 2013 Stabby Award for Best Short Fiction in December.

Her first novel, Nameless: The Darkness Comes, Book #1 of The Bone Angel Trilogy, is out in January 2014 by Ragnarok Publications

Question 1: Please name your favourite cake

Anything with chocolate. Today I made a wonderful Black Forest Cherry Trifle that was just divine. I’ll include the recipe!

Question 2: Please name your favourite villainMontessacover

It’s a toss-up between Hannibal Lecter and Maleficent. Both are intelligent, cunning villains, and that’s what makes them so scary. That mixture of fine manners and cruelty is delicious.

Question 3: A stranger walks up to you on the street, hands you a briefcase and says “You know what to do”. How do you react?

I immediately toss the briefcase and my beret in the air to celebrate coming to the city/getting a new job or moving from the city/quitting an old job. I hope that briefcase is full of confetti and glitter.

Question 4: What’s your most preferred question from a fan/interviewer?

I love So-and-So as a character! How did you come up with him/her?

Question 5: What’s your least preferred question from a fan/interviewer?

So tell me why I should be interested in your books?


Bonus Question: What are some of the similarities and differences between Montessa, the protagonist in Apocalyptic Montessa and Nuclear Lulu: A Tale of Atomic Love and Luna, the protagonist in Nameless: The Darkness Comes?

Montessa and Luna are both women who have been damaged from girlhood, and have gifts and abilities outside of the norm. Montessa shies away from life. She’s content with just getting by, not believing that there will be anything better. When she meets Lu, they head down a destructive path that’s bloody but full of love. He gives her hope for the first time, and it’s a beautiful and terrible thing.

Luna has a brother and niece that she cares deeply for. She’s sarcastic and rough and socially outcast, but she has somebody to fight for from the beginning, and fight she does. Her demons are literal demons, not human monsters like Montessa is up against. But both women are runners. Montessa runs away from danger and Luna runs toward it. I think they would have been very good, strong friends if they had a chance to run into each other.

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Twitter: @mercedesmy