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October Book Blog

October is my favorite month of the year! Fall is usually crackling in the air (yes fall crackles), Halloween is coming, and it’s time for candy apples, hayrides, hot cider, and scary books and movies. It’s also my favorite time to travel. You may have noticed my Book Blog is early. By the time you read this I will probably be in Barcelona, Spain or … Continue reading October Book Blog

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“Crooked Tales” The Final Tale

“ALL HAIL the Short Story!” These 15 short stories come from those shaded corners; the shadowy recesses of our minds where deceit and revenge take refuge. Only to surface when we choose to be most unpleasant to our neighbors, our colleagues, our lovers, and to our families—and even our species. Above all, it’s the unpredictable kinks that catch you unaware that make the ‘CROOKED TALES’ … Continue reading “Crooked Tales” The Final Tale

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“Crooked Tales” The Grande Finale

“A short story is something that you can hold in your mind. You can really analyze how the entire thing works, like a machine.” Chuck Palahniuk Satisfaction of a Full Story (but with fewer words) Despite fewer words, the journey into the imagination is complete, as is the satisfying story arc and memorable characters. For the curiosity tempted, no longer the slow slog to reach a … Continue reading “Crooked Tales” The Grande Finale

Fine Review: “Red Queen Check” by Elizabeth Horton-Newton [Short Story]

Originally posted on Mark Fine | Ruminations:
Virtues of the short story told by an artful author I’ve become extremely fond of the short story as a medium. Life is too busy, yet I enjoy a good read, so an enticing short story is a most satisfying treat. Being a fan of author, Elizabeth Horton-Newton—her two novels “The View from the Sixth Floor” and “Riddle” having… Continue reading Fine Review: “Red Queen Check” by Elizabeth Horton-Newton [Short Story]

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“Carved Wooden Heart” Pre-Order Deal!

“Carved Wooden Heart” is currently available for pre-order on Amazon. As a thank you to those of you who have read my books and choose to read this one I’m offering a free e-copy of “Riddle” if you will send me a screenshot of your pre-order receipt. This offer ends September 23, 2016 at 12:00 AM Eastern Time. “Carved Wooden Heart” is my new release … Continue reading “Carved Wooden Heart” Pre-Order Deal!

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Crooked Tales: Short and Cool

“The cool thing about reading is that when you read a short story or you read something that takes your mind and expands where your thoughts can go, that’s powerful.” Taylor Swift Enrich Relatable Experiences with Short Stories With a Smartphone, eBook, or paperback easily at hand, it is easy to read anywhere. Let us count real reading moments that fill the void of time … Continue reading Crooked Tales: Short and Cool

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More From “Crooked Tales”

“Like some kind of particularly tenacious vampire the short story refuses to die, and seems at this point in time to be a wonderful length for our generation.” Neil Gaiman Crooked Tales: As Crooked As They Want to Be It’s those shaded corners; the shadowy recesses of our minds where deceit and revenge take refuge. Only to surface when we choose to be most unpleasant … Continue reading More From “Crooked Tales”

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“Carved Wooden Heart” Pre-Order NOW!

I’m excited to announce my latest writing adventure, the erotic romance “Carved Wooden Heart”, is available for pre-order on Amazon. This is my first collaboration with new writer Starla Hartless and it’s been a pleasure.             Although we describe the book as erotic fiction it is much more than that. It’s the sometimes romantic and sometimes tragic story of a young woman as she travels … Continue reading “Carved Wooden Heart” Pre-Order NOW!

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More “Crooked Tales”

A short story is a shard, a sliver, a vignette. It’s a biopsy on the human condition but it doesn’t have this capacity to think autonomously for itself. ~Will Self “Ultimate Sampler of Exciting, Talented Authors” “Eager to meet great writers? Well, the short story is the ideal medium to discover new favorites. A single folio of short stories is the perfect platform to display … Continue reading More “Crooked Tales”

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Two More From “Crooked Tales”

Short Story Day is September 21, 2016 Be sure to have your collection ready! “Short stories consume you faster. They’re connected to brevity. With the short story, you are up against mortality. I know how tough they are as a form, but they’re also a total joy.” – Ali Smith “All Hail the Short Story” The dreaded carpool lane at the local elementary school. Halftime during … Continue reading Two More From “Crooked Tales”