Quick and entertaining reads for you. A way to stretch the writing muscles for me.
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This case contains more than mementos.
Third place winner in the Short Story division of the Keats Soul-Making Writing Competition. (Available in audio and ebook formats.)
Clara’s mom has always had a peculiar admiration for other people’s possessions.
At first, it was only small, insignificant things: a shirt, a hair clip, and the like. But over the years Mamma’s tastes have grown.
When Clara discovers an odd suitcase in the back of her mother’s closet and its connection to the objects her mamma adores, she has to ask herself just how far Mamma’s love will go. And whether it can be stopped.
A Case of Mamma’s Love is available as an audiobook on my Payhip Bookstore, Apple (iTunes), GooglePlay, Chirp, Kobo, and many other audiobook retailers. You can also get it as an ebook from my Payhip Bookstore.
A Mortal Tale of Time Management
Published in 2019 in First Line Literary Journal
With her book sales, bake sales, garden club, and the Halloween Hop, Mrs. Morris has no room on her schedule for activities such as dying.
Unfortunately, when Death calls, he can’t take no for an answer…management simply won’t allow it.
Trouble is, with his overwhelming workload, although Mrs. Morris doesn’t want to go, Death might just need her organizational skills if he’s ever going to find a spare moment for the new hobby he’s fallen headstone over heels with.
Second Place winner of the New Deal Writing Competition sponsored by the Genesee Valley Council of Arts.
From the moment his son was born, Frank Miller dreamed of turning his son into a prize-winning boxer. So why not define his son’s future by naming him Champ?
As Champ grows up, he spends every free moment in the boxing ring, and much to his father’s delight, Champ has a natural talent when it comes to boxing. But Champ discovers he also has another talent. Art.
Frank, who has given up everything including his own health to ensure Champ gets the best training possible, refuses to allow Champ to persue anything but boxing. Not wanting to displease his father, Champ goes to great lengths to hide his untamed desire to draw. When a teacher recognizes Champ’s skill she offers him a full scholarship to the best art school in the state.
As he climbs into the ring for a high stakes fight, Champ faces a choice of throwing the fight and going after his own dreams, or of taking the easy win and keeping his father’s hopes alive.
Noise? Corruption? Bugs? This is not the vacation Maya signed up for.
Maya has convinced her husband Joel to forego their usual holiday to take her trip of a lifetime. The company SpaceWalk promises adventure, unparalleled views, and, for those who purchase the Enhanced Package, a chance to take part in an actual space walk.
Eager to experience the final frontier, Maya spends all of her and Joel’s savings on the enhanced package. But when she ventures outside the ship for her first walk, Maya soon discovers she’s not alone. Not in the depths of space, nor within her spacesuit.
Testing the Waters
You can get away with many things in Port Athens. Breaking contracts is not one of them.
The founders of the prosperous fishing village of Port Athens have each agreed to give up certain luxuries and a great deal of power to settle into a new life.
So when one of the founders, Eli P. Marin, returns from the city with a suspicious purchase, the rumor mill churns into action. Is he only showing off? Is it even real? Most importantly, will Eli break their contract and reclaim his former influence despite knowing how harsh the punishment might be?
Find out today as you wander the quaint streets and meet the mysterious founders of Port Athens in Testing the Waters.
Roy owns the only drive-thru funeral home in the state of Maine. With such an unconventional business, Roy’s come to expect the occasional prank – namely students from the nearby medical school leaving cadavers outside his drive-thru window.
But this latest joke isn’t the quite the same. This cadaver appears well-dressed, shows no signs of decomposition, and doesn’t need any support to keep it from flopping over. Even more peculiar? It’s begging to be let in.
Whining, growling, the sound of distressed bagpipes…what’s being kept in the back room?
Rachel’s first trip to England didn’t go as planned.
She didn’t plan on getting ditched by her best friend. She didn’t plan on getting left behind by her tour group. She didn’t plan on visiting a pet shop in York.
And she most definitely didn’t plan for what she would discover when she followed a strange little man into the pet shop’s back room.
From early morning demands for food to missing pets, Samuel has had enough.
But, since it’s illegal to harm a dragon, Samuel’s going to have to find another solution if he ever wants life to go back to normal. Luckily, he might have unwittingly woken up with the key to solving everyone’s dragon trouble. He just needs use it before he becomes a dragon’s breakfast.
Full of off-beat humor, Dragon Trouble pits man against beast with a decidedly different twist.
It’s been in the planning stages for months: a floating convention to bring the elite of the shapeshifting world together.
From canines to ursines to felines, it’s meant to be a show of unity, an event for the ages complete with a tropical-themed meet-and-greet.
The moon might be full, but with the rules of conduct fully spelled out in a glossy brochure and everyone on their best behavior what could possibly go wrong?
Pick up Moonlight Cruise today for a bite-sized, wise-cracking, werecreature-filled break from your day!
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