#MondayBlogs – COLD AS ICE – A Short Story

Today I’m sharing one of my short stories from Perspectives, the first book in the Mind’s Eye Series. My mission was to write a story based on the below photograph, taken by Martin David Porter.   Cold As Ice Cold. Bone deep and paralyzing. The frigid wind has sucked all the moisture from my eyes. When I blink, my lids scrape like sandpaper across my eyes. I’ve been walking for hours. Farmland is like that. Read More …

#FridayReads – STRANGERS AT THE TABLE – A Short Story

Sharing one of my short stories today! This is Strangers at the Table, from Tales from the Cacao Tree, one of the books in the Mind’s Eye Series. My mission was to write a story based on the below photo, taken by Martin David Porter.   Strangers at the Table The smell of coffee, strong and pungent, drags me from sleep. I sit on the edge of my bed contemplating the digital alarm clock on Read More …

#MondayBlogs – GENTLY DOWN THE STREAM – A Short Story

  Gently Down the Stream Row, row, row your boat, gently down the stream… Jack bolted upright, the edge of a scream fading with the nightmare. He swiped at the sweat streaming down his face, realized it was tears, and dragged the sheet over his cheeks to erase the wet stains. “Jack?” Lori’s voice was heavy with sleep and concern. He’d woken her … again. He sat stiff, his back to her, and said, “Sorry. Read More …

#MondayBlogs: The Sound of Silence – Short Story

The Sound of Silence Taken from Quiet Fury: An Anthology of Suspense Harry was talking again, blathering on about inconsequential nonsense that fell somewhere in the realm of I don’t give a shit. I put my book down. He took that as a sign of active listening and continued speaking. I stared at the hair sprouting from his ears and suppressed a sigh. We’d been married forty-four years. I should have been used to his Read More …

#BookReview – LOST AND FOUND by Maria Haskins

Somewhere in the vast depths of space, a mission has gone horribly wrong. Now a woman is trapped all alone on an alien planet with nothing but her pain and her harrowing memories. At least, she thought she was alone… Lost And Found is a chilling and evocative science fiction short story from Maria Haskins’ book ODIN’S EYE. Published: November 29, 2015 Amazon / Amazon UK   My Review: Even though the wind couldn’t touch Read More …

There Are 3 Sides To Every Story – TRIPTYCHS – Grab It Free!

Triptychs is free this week! Download it for your Kindle anytime between Monday, November 1 and Friday, November 6. This book is part of the Mind’s Eye Series, a collaboration between authors and photographers. With Triptychs, the photographers provided eight photographs of their choice. Those photos were then randomly assigned to our authors and poets, with each image going to three different writers. Our task was to write a story or poem inspired by what we Read More …

#MondayBlogs – LONELINESS – A Short Story

“What do you see?” Rick asked. “Loneliness,” I replied. I hadn’t meant to say the word aloud. I’d been sitting here by the window, watching the palm trees sway and the occasional car pass by, thinking it should feel peaceful but all it felt was lonely. Rick reached for my hand. I pulled away and said, “No,” in a weary voice I hardly recognized as my own. His fingers grazed my arm. His touch left Read More …

#MondayBlogs: I DIDN’T KNOW HIS NAME – Free Short Story

Last week I talked about the Bestsellerbound Anthology – Volume 1, and shared my story from that collection. Today I’m sharing my story from the BestsellerBound Anthology – Volume 2. First, here’s a look at the book:   A collection of short stories written by authors from the BestsellerBound group. 1. What Was Lost by James Sophi 2. The Art of Breathing by Jaime McDougall 3. Soul Windows by Jaleta Clegg 4. I Didn’t Know His Read More …

#MondayBlogs: YOU CAN CALL ME ARI – Free Short Story

Years ago, when I first ventured into self-publishing, I had the pleasure of meeting some of the nicest, most talented indie authors out there. We had a group, a kind of online author hangout, called Bestsellerbound. Over our few years together, we published four volumes of short stories, all of them free. Life and commitments and the broadening indie community caused our group to disperse, and some of us have since lost touch. But the Read More …

Book Review: UNDERNEATH by Heather Marie Adkins

An ancient city, entombed beneath a museum that seeks to understand the brutal race that once inhabited the underground world. A young woman with special empathic powers offered a job to create an exhibit of the city’s artifacts. Underneath, they wait for her. Underneath is a ten-thousand word novelette, approximately fifty pages. Amazon / Amazon UK / Barnes and Noble   My Review: This story has quite a bit of depth for a short piece. The Read More …