Category: fiction

  • Excerpt from Murder: It’s All in Your Head (WIP)

    On a late summer day, Helen walked through downtown Hurston. She sent a telegram to her aunt and uncle in Pennsylvania, updating them on her mother’s health. Her mother hadn’t been well even since coming down with a severe case of pneumonia back in the winter. She spent most of her time lying down these […]

  • Excerpt from Murder: It’s All in Your Head (WIP)

    Her mother was outside feeding the chickens and collecting eggs. She came in with a handful and set them on the table. “Good, you’re up.” “Good morning, Mother.” How did you sleep? Did you hear it last night? How can you sleep knowing that? She glared at her mother’s back, willing her to understand or express […]

  • Excerpt from Murder: It’s All in Your Head (WIP)

    Helen rested her elbows on the surface of the desk and cradled her face in her hands as she returned her gaze to the window. Her eyelids grew heavy, and she drifted to sleep. She was walking through the unused field on Mr. Bender’s farm just outside of town. Wildflowers grew as high as her […]

  • Review of A Motherland’s Daughter, A Fatherland’s Son by Ellie Midwood

    Description: Poland, 1939.  A country, torn by the occupation of two unlikely allies – Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union.  On the border of this newly divided territory, a young Wehrmacht Unteroffizier, Werner and a Soviet Military Interpreter, Kira meet and fall in love against all odds.  Both forced into the military against their will, […]

  • Excerpt from Murder: It’s All in Your Head (WIP)

    “What are they?” Helen stared at the strange cookies in front of her on the table. “I found them when I went into town to get some groceries. They’re called animal crackers.” Helen’s mother kissed her daughter’s cheek and took the bag of groceries to the table next to the sink. Helen picked up the […]

  • Remembering Grandpa by Creating Him

    Remembering Grandpa by Creating Him

    We stood in the basement of my grandma’s old house, the place I visited every Sunday afternoon as a child. I was now an adult. While I knew she had passed away years ago, as had the man with me, the moment felt so real. The security of his arms around me, the steady rise […]

  • Excerpt from Murder: It’s All in Your Head (WIP)

    Cassie walked up her street to the familiar sounds of kids playing. She gazed down at her hands and smiled. They were her hands, not some strange man’s. She was herself again. All those imaginings of being trapped in someone else’s body were just a nightmare. This was real. She skipped with renewed vigor, then […]

  • Excerpt from Murder: It’s All in Your Head (WIP)

    “Make your phone call,” said a balding cop. Cassie stared down at her manly hands, the orange sleeve of her prison uniform brushing against the hair that extended just beyond it. Even her knuckles were hairy. “Well, what are you waiting for? If you’re just gonna waste my time, I can find better ways to […]

  • Excerpt from Murder: It’s All in Your Head (WIP)

    Jimmy closed his eyes, tried to block out the imprisoned world around him. He knew fighting and yelling wouldn’t do him any good. Their notions of his insanity were only reaffirmed when he acted out. He could hear the orderlies breathing as they stood beside him, but he didn’t care. It’s not like they were […]

  • Excerpt from Murder: It’s All in Your Head (WIP)

    “Can I trust you to behave yourself, James?” came the nasally voice of Doctor Winslow. Jimmy lay on his bed, his arms and legs restrained. He had spent the first fifteen minutes thrashing like a fish on land, but then his energy had dropped. He hated this ancient body–yet another reason to feel he was […]