[ARC Review] The Flip Side of Sad by Amber Ashley

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By Amber Ashley

James Letta is a breakout star in the music industry. Despite amazing success as a vocalist, behind the scenes, James is sad. While on a tour, promoting his latest album, James experiences a particularly rough day. That is until he is visited by a ghost who takes him on a tour of his own album. Her goal is to show him the deeper meaning behind the lyrics.

This is Ashley Amber’s debut novellette and I’m excited to read more from her. Framed in a similar style to A Christmas Carole, the story trope is immediately familiar. James is a well-developed character, which is challenging to do in short-fiction but Amber does it artfully. This novellette is cleverly crafted and left me eager to read more.

I look forward to more work by this author. I would also like to thank her for the advanced reader copy in exchange for my honest review.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

More About the Author

Amber Ashley

Ashley Amber grew up in Boston, Massachusetts and wrote her first picture book when she was 9 years old that she entered in a Reading Rainbow contest, earning a certificate from LeVar Burton.

Five years later, she rediscovered her love of writing at the age of 14. A+’s and AP English recommendations in school let Ashley know a career in writing was a possibility, but it wasn’t until she was well into her 20’s that she realized it was her destined career.

The Flip Side of Sad has been over 10 years in the making, an idea Ashley had at age 16. After finding the old story on her computer, she decided to rewrite and edit, turning it into this novelette.

When Ashley isn’t writing, she’s on YouTube making videos as an “Authortuber.”

Ashley is currently on the journey to literary representation and major publishing for her LGBTQ+ NA book series.

Ashley is an active philanthropist, best known for her work with Stand Up 2 Cancer. As part of their top fundraising team – Crush Kids Cancer – Ashley ran fundraising projects and attended the live Stand Up 2 Caner broadcast in Los Angeles in 2012. Ashley is also an advocate for voter registration, volunteering with HeadCount at several events since 2019. In 2020, Ashley participated in Jen Lilley’s Voices That Give competition, personally raising over $5,000 for Project Orphans.

Website: https://ashleyamberauthor.com/

An Interview with Author Ashley Amber

Ashley Amber is a 26-year-old author who calls Boston home. Whether it was her first picture book that she entered in a Reading Rainbow contest at 9 years old, loads of fanfiction as a teenager, or her own novels, Ashley has always been writing. When she’s not writing, she’s making videos as an “Authortuber.” Ashley […]

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