Category: fiction

  • Excerpt from Murder: It’s All in Your Head (Introduction of the Villain – WIP)

    The girl stood just beyond the threshold of the entrance into the kitchen. The phone had rang. The mom had answered. In the background, the small T.V. on the counter droned on with the evening news. The girl glanced at the screen and smiled. The mom hung up the phone, unsettled. She turned back to […]

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

    “Mr. Williams, please take your medicine, and we won’t have a problem,” said the middle-aged nurse with the poofy hair. The hair he hated. It drove him crazy. “How many times do I have to tell you, Poodle, that I’m not Mr. Williams?” The nurse sighed. “Please call me Nurse Stephens, Mr. Williams.” Her tone […]

  • Review of The Beat on Ruby’s Street by Jenna Zark

    Synopsis: The last thing eleven-year-old Ruby Tabeata expected to happen on her way to a Jack Kerouac reading was to be hauled to the police station. It’s 1958 and Ruby is the opposite of a 1950s stereotype: fierce, funny and strong willed, she is only just starting to chart her course in a family of […]

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

    Eighteen-year-old Cassie Meadows was riding her bike to Jefferson High that early May morning when a light blinded her. She shielded her eyes as the bike spun out of control. When she opened her eyes, a wall of old books stared back. She blinked, taking in several of the titles: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, […]

  • Excerpt from A Laughing Matter of Pain (Chapter 25)

      “Can you believe it? We’re married.” Her eyes dance in the low light from the bedside lamp. I lean in and kiss her. “I’m the luckiest guy alive.” The smile falters on her lips. Her eyes go glassy. A tear slips past, trailing down her left cheek. “What’s wrong, doll?” I cup that cheek […]

  • Excerpt from Hannah’s Rainbow (Chapter 41)

    While the first year without Edward was the most difficult, Hannah found strength she didn’t know she had.  There were times when she thought everything was fine, and then something would trigger a memory of Edward – a song on the radio, a line from a book, a phrase someone said.  Then Hannah was pulled […]

  • Excerpt from Hannah’s Rainbow (Chapter 40)

    After Tim pulled away, Erik, Lily, and Harry joined Hannah.  She was sad that Irma wasn’t able to make it, but she understood that her sister had her hands full with caring for Ross.  Lily and Erik embraced Hannah before saying they needed to return home. As Hannah watched her oldest brother go, Harry lingered […]

  • Excerpt from Hannah’s Rainbow (Chapter 48)

    “I just don’t get it,” Hannah said, eyeing the many stacks of newspapers in Harry’s basement.  “You have way more stuff than I do, and Abbi is acting like I have a hoarding problem. She’d have a field day over here!” Harry shrugged.  “I’ve thought about cleaning them out, but none of my kids will […]

  • Review of The Other Half of Me by Jennifer Sivec

    Summary: Maggie and Sam’s love was forever, until it wasn’t. Is it ever too late to go back home? Maggie Whitaker had always dreamed about the same boy even though she’d never met him. A loner, with an overly critical mother and a head full of self-doubt, she has spent most of her life isolated. […]

  • Review of Second Week in November by Kathleen Joyce

    Summary: Tucked in a cozy corner of the Pacific Northwest, the charming town of Amelia Bay becomes the focus of the media who have descended on the community seeking a sensational tabloid story. A beautiful young waitress, from Harrigan’s Irish Pub, disappears. Did she simply walk away, was she kidnapped, or worse? Clare Harrigan’s brother, […]