Friday Fictioneers 8/20/20 – ‘River of Love’

I had a little extra time this week, so I decided to jump back into Friday Fictioneers. If you’d like to take part and write your own 100-word story based on the picture below, just visit Rochelle’s Blog for the details at this link. The photo is courtesy of Ted Strutz. My story is belowContinue reading “Friday Fictioneers 8/20/20 – ‘River of Love’”

Focus on Coffee – Day 4

I do apologize for my “Focus on Coffee” series being a little erratic where posts are concerned.  All I can say is that we’re living in erratic times, and my muse seems to be following suit. Anyway, I’m finally in the mood to do the next post in the series, so here goes. Today, I’mContinue reading “Focus on Coffee – Day 4”

Laughter Is Good Medicine — Day 1

I think it’s past time for a new series from me, and in light of the heaviness weighing on people all over the world right now, I’m feeling led to offer just a touch of humor on a daily basis — for the next 7 days — in the hope it will help us laughContinue reading “Laughter Is Good Medicine — Day 1”

Thawing The Ice

The following story is an excerpt from my Christmas anthology: STOCKING FULL OF STORIES.  If you’re interested in more stories, you can find the book on Amazon in paperback or digital.   THAWING THE ICE Misty laced up her skates and glided smoothly across the ice. It had been more than a year since she’dContinue reading “Thawing The Ice”

Once Upon A Time: A Story In Any Language

More than three years ago, I did a post discussing how so many of our stories have characteristics and qualities that are both generic and universal. That fact is so true that we’ve even cultivated phrasing and syntax patterns that fit specific themes and plots.  The whole concept is fascinating to me. (Naturally it wouldContinue reading “Once Upon A Time: A Story In Any Language”

During the Lecture

The lecture finally came to an end about 9:20 p.m.  That was almost an hour longer than it should have lasted. I hadn’t realized that there would be so much time in which to carry out my plan, or I would have gone about things much more leisurely. Professor Thomas Crenshaw was known for beingContinue reading “During the Lecture”

A Chapter a Day — 1

In the past, I’ve enjoyed sharing new works as they are in progress — by sharing a chapter a day with my readers and getting feedback. Some of the stories I’ve finished right here on this site — all the way to the words “The End.” But some of them have served to tease theContinue reading “A Chapter a Day — 1”

Belated Goodbye

  “This was your family’s restaurant?” Erica asked. I nodded, silent, reliving that horrible night: My fiance Haydn’s pushing me into the cellar and commanding me to keep silent, no matter what.” Erica understood. “You never saw him again?” I shook my head. “Two survivors said he’d been captured. But I never could find out.”Continue reading “Belated Goodbye”

Don’t Blink

  “Remember, Ronnie. Don’t blink. If you blink, it’s all over.” Those words pounded through my brain right before I took a seat in front of the webcam, preparing to look into the eyes of the most evil scientific mind on the planet. But I knew I had to cleanse those words from my brain.Continue reading “Don’t Blink”

How About a Glass of Wine?

  “What the heck are they?” “They look like candle holders to me.” “Hmmm, I don’t see any candles. Hey this one is open down to the bottom … and so is this one. Maybe they’re fancy vases.” “Well, they sure wouldn’t hold many flowers. Wonder why Aunt Enid left them to us.” “Honey, youContinue reading “How About a Glass of Wine?”

Simon Stone Mystery – Daily Post Prompt

CHAPTER ONE Deanna Forbes sat straight in the uncomfortable wooden chair. She kept her shoulders back and her right leg crossed over her left knee, making sure to hold her foot perfectly still. That effort, along with the pleasant expression on her face, cost her considerable energy, but she was a strong-willed woman and hadContinue reading “Simon Stone Mystery – Daily Post Prompt”

Friday Fictioneers: 7/14/17

To participate in this week’s Friday Fictioneers, visit Rochelle’s site. The picture prompt below is the property of  Janet Webb.   BETRAYED BY TECHNOLOGY He’d done it. He smiled at the perfect job. He’d left her lying across the bed with the pill bottle in her hand. And she hadn’t even suspected that he’d doctoredContinue reading “Friday Fictioneers: 7/14/17”

Sail Away With This Mystery Romance

Well, naturally, I can’t pass up an opportunity like this. Today’s Daily Post Prompt is the word “sail.”  And it just so happens that the main character in my mystery novella Innocent Until Proven Guilty — Homicide Detective Simon Stone — loves to sail. And even though he suspects Deanna Forbes of murder, he can’tContinue reading “Sail Away With This Mystery Romance”

Lost Without A Trace: Daily Post Prompt

  Today’s Daily Post Prompt –Trace — gives me the perfect opportunity to plug one of my newest inspirational novels: SLATE.  The story of Slate and Vanessa plays out over a second story concerning Vanessa’s brother Ken. A private investigator, Ken traces a young girl from her home in Missouri to the Gulf coast ofContinue reading “Lost Without A Trace: Daily Post Prompt”