“There are twenty-seven stories in Every Kiss A War, many of them set around the Mason-Dixon line. Cross-Smith writes flash and short fiction in the voices of both men and women, typically in the first-person point of view. She thrives in this confessional mode, where characters hold nothing back, no matter how shameful or insecure it may make them seem. Simply put, Cross-Smith writes flawed characters who don’t give a damn about your judgment.”
— _Justin Brouckaert reviews EVERY KISS A WAR for HEAVY FEATHER REVIEW. (thank you JUSTIN & HFR!)
1:21 pm • 15 September 2014 • 4 notes
“And when he says I have a mouth like a Christ flower and cheekbones for which the continental kiss was invented, I’ll ask him to prove the heart’s hagiography.”
— NEW STORY POSTED: “Boyfriend Like A Banyan Tree” by Sharanya Manivannan. WhiskeyPaper, September 2014.
9:54 am • 14 September 2014 • 4 notes
Seth Avett reading my book b/c Jeremy Okai Davis was sweet enough to make a couple of my dreams come true @ once. !!!!!!!!! THANK YOU JEREMY! THANK YOU SETH! Ilu. ♥
5:32 pm • 7 September 2014 • 20 notes
“It was foolish as the stories of mermaids and sea serpents he’d spun yarns about for the children. But there were times, out at sea, when he’d see a thing he had no words for. And there were sounds in the bayou, not quite the ghostly voices that had haunted him from the shipwreck but not quite the natural howls of a wolf. Somehow both. There was something out in the bayou, something hunting.”
— _NEW STORY POSTED: “The Voices Captain Brewster Heard” by Samuel Snoek-Brown. WhiskeyPaper, September 2014.
5:29 pm • 7 September 2014 • 1 note
EVERY KISS A WAR is on THIS LOVELY LIST over @ bustle! 15 CONTEMPORARY SHORT STORY COLLECTIONS BY WOMEN TO READ NOW. Thanks so much to ginainterrupted & bustle for including my book! XOXO
Leesa Cross-Smith is the voice of every lost girl; every girl who’s gotten a little too drunk and kissed a stranger; every girl who loves the idea of love. Every Kiss a War comprises 27 beautiful short stories that are so descriptive, funny, and relatable, I just wanted to hug each and every protagonist. A line that stood out to me the most: “How sometimes your body couldn’t tell the difference between not loving someone enough and loving someone too much.” So. Good.
11:15 am • 5 September 2014 • 8 notes