TWISTED TALES: 15 Literary Lies & Epic Yarns: The Night Passengers by Charlie Flowers and Hannah Haq

  Although I have never read anything by Hannah Haq prior to this story, I have read several of the Riz Sabir thrillers authored by Charlie Flowers. Flowers writes some great action stories, all revolving around the character Riz Sabir (Hard Kill) and his gang of girls who work off the grid for British intelligence. The short story the duo has included in Twisted Tales … Continue reading TWISTED TALES: 15 Literary Lies & Epic Yarns: The Night Passengers by Charlie Flowers and Hannah Haq

TWISTED TALES: 15 Literary Lies & Epic Yarns: Margarita Mix by Joseph Mark Brewer

Joseph Mark Brewer is best known for his wonderful books featuring Japanese detective Shig Sato. The Gangster’s Son and The Thief’s Mistake are insightful crime thrillers set in 1990’s  Japan. I was more than a little surprised with Brewer’s short story in Twisted Tales , “Margarita Mix”. It is a dramatic departure from his usual genre. The story reads almost like a memoir although it … Continue reading TWISTED TALES: 15 Literary Lies & Epic Yarns: Margarita Mix by Joseph Mark Brewer

TWISTED TALES: 15 Literary Lies & Epic Yarns: Skully by C.A. Sanders

C.A. Sanders is one of my favorite fantasy authors. I have read both of his full length books, Song of Simon and Watchmage of Old New York. I was fascinated by his offering in the anthology Twisted Tales. More of a horror story than a fantasy, Skully explores the delightful relationships of childhood when bullies rule the neighborhood and friendships are often based on who’s … Continue reading TWISTED TALES: 15 Literary Lies & Epic Yarns: Skully by C.A. Sanders

TWISTED TALES: 15 Literary Lies & Epic Yarns: “Karmic Odds” by Mark Fine

I must confess Mark Fine is one of my favorite indie author’s. I further confess his short story contribution to Twisted Tales, Karmic Odds, is one of my favorite stories in the collection. With the same adept use of prose he shows in his full length novel, The Zebra Affaire, Fine weaves a tale that is both compelling and disturbing. Beginning with an easy pace, … Continue reading TWISTED TALES: 15 Literary Lies & Epic Yarns: “Karmic Odds” by Mark Fine

TWISTED TALES: 15 Literary Lies & Epic Yarns: Insanitary by Robyn Cain

  Simply reading the tag line for Robyn Cain’s short story, Insanitary, I had the feeling something was not quite right. “Consider carefully where you walk the dog.” I’m familiar with Cain’s work having read a few of her full length books so I know her stories can take a bizarre twist. This short is no exception. When Henrietta takes her dog Scruffy for a … Continue reading TWISTED TALES: 15 Literary Lies & Epic Yarns: Insanitary by Robyn Cain

Twisted Tales: A Man Walks Out Of A Bar by J. Mayerson Brown

The first story in this wonderful anthology is by author J. Mayerson Brown. Her first novel, The Long Dance Home, has been widely acclaimed on Amazon. Her contribution to this collection, A Man Walks Out Of A  Bar, is a fascinating examination of how fate can intervene in most unexpected ways. She skillfully develops her characters in a few short pages. The male protagonist Mitch … Continue reading Twisted Tales: A Man Walks Out Of A Bar by J. Mayerson Brown

The Christmas Promise: A Short Story by Mary Marvella

Normally I would not review a Christmas story in the middle of January. However, “The Christmas Promise: A Short Story” by Mary Marvella is so compelling I think it applies to any time of year. Writing about domestic abuse is not an easy thing. If you have experienced it, it is a painful telling. If you have not experienced it, it can be difficult to … Continue reading The Christmas Promise: A Short Story by Mary Marvella

The Call

Somewhere far away I heard the buzzing of my cell phone. My hand fumbled on the night table, fingers stretching to stop the noise. Beside me my husband groaned. Lifting the phone I squinted at the glowing screen. “Unknown Caller” stared back at me. “What the hell?” I muttered. I was ready to give someone a piece of my mind. An unrecognizable voice said, “There … Continue reading The Call

The Vineyard

My family has been producing one of the finest wines from the Carmargue region for several generations. Although we are a very small vineyard many have said our grapes are the sweetest and our wine has an indefinable “something”. Of course the distinctive color known as “grey of grey” contributes to the uniqueness of our wine. What very few people have had the opportunity to … Continue reading The Vineyard

Monuments to the Dead – Part One

Sitting in the hospital waiting area and listening to the rain hit the huge window and streak lazily down the glass I recalled my mother always saying rainy days were bad luck. At least I think that’s what she said. Or was it rainy days were bad for weddings? I supposed it didn’t matter. I didn’t believe in superstitions and certainly not those spoken by … Continue reading Monuments to the Dead – Part One