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  • Excerpt from Mile Marker 139 (WIP)

    The concrete sidewalk is still wet.  He moves his gaze to the flat, brownish grass, then to the flowerbeds.  The mulch needs to be replenished.  The plants are mostly dormant, but then he sees it: a crocus, the tiniest flower, is smiling back.  “Here, look.”  He gently touches Shelley’s arm, then points. “What?”  She follows […]

  • Excerpt from Mile Marker 139 (WIP)

    Calvin’s words strike Mike straight through.  His mouth hangs open for several seconds, the intake and exhale of breath slow.  He’s lost, disoriented, and can’t seem to find the ground beneath his feet.  There it is–the bench solid under his backside.  The phone–real and clutched in his hand.  He closes his mouth and swallows, trying […]

  • Excerpt from Mile Marker 139 (WIP)

    The coffee shop job and potentially dating a nice guy like Benny are great, but it’s not what she wants.  Five years ago, she had dreams of living in New York and striking it big in the fashion industry.  She imagined having guys ogling her, hanging off her arms.  From their many conversations while working […]

  • Excerpt from Mile Marker 139 (WIP)

    “Well, how’d you meet?” Ed persists. “You ain’t gonna believe this, but she was at one of the rest stops along my route.  Somewhere in Ohio, past Cleveland.” “Sounds romantic.”  Ed chuckles and finishes his beer.  “Sure you don’t want another?  You only turn the big 4-0 once, man.” “Oh, what the hell?  Why not? […]

  • Excerpt from Mile Marker 139 (WIP)

    As she joins her family, although the jovial talk, singing, and laughter ring true, an undercurrent of concern for those who don’t have it so good hangs in the back of Sarah’s mind.  Jon, whose drug addiction has nearly broken his marriage; her aunt Anne who drinks too much; and a mysterious woman at the […]

  • Excerpt from Mile Marker 139 (WIP) – Chapter 9

    Chapter Nine: Russ Jacobs “You know I ain’t gonna be surprised,” Russ grumbles as Brandy drives. “Can you at least pretend?” his sister asks. Russ casts a glance in her direction.  Her wavy brown hair is pulled up in a high ponytail, and she’s dressed up for her, which means her nice jeans and a […]

  • Excerpt from Mile Marker 139 (WIP) – Chapters 7-8

    Chapter Seven: Mike Popkins “What are you doing here, Mike?” Janice asks as she fills the cappuccino machine with fresh espresso beans. Mike steps up to the counter.  “Can I order something?” “You know it’s on the house, Mike,” says Walt at the register. The rest area is almost empty.  Somehow, the cheap decorations hanging […]

  • Excerpt from Mile Marker 139 (WIP) – Chapter Six

    Chapter Six: Russ Jacobs It never fails.  The drive from New York City to Cleveland should take about nine hours at most, not counting breaks.  Russ doesn’t usually have a load to drop off in Cleveland, but with traffic delays that inevitably happen, he’s forced to stop for the night somewhere near the Midwest city. […]

  • Excerpt from Mile Marker 139 (WIP) – Chapter Five

    Chapter Five: Sarah Wilcox A jazzy rendition of “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” plays in the background.  Most people are oblivious to the music, but as Sarah spins out another order on the cappuccino machine, she sings softly and rocks her hips.  Caught up in the love of Christmastime, she whips up peppermint mochas and […]

  • Excerpt from A Laughing Matter of Pain – Chapter 15

    There’s little joy around here.  It’s not like the guards put up greenery along the hallways and wind garland around the bars.  There aren’t any Christmas lights hanging from the ceiling.  It’s just the same dull, dim overhead lights, the kind that make a guy look even more like death than he already does in […]