#FreeRead Friday: What Happens When You Confront Death In A Shopping Mall?

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In my short story, Cashing In, we see a very determined young woman confronting death – but not in your usual sort of way…


She found him playing pinball in the shabby arcade inside what used to be a bustling mall. It was half-closed down now, stores boarded up and bankrupt, and rumor had it the Mall was on its last legs.
It figures, she thought.
There was still something of a food court – a McDonald’s and two sandwich places next to a few chipped tables and graffiti-spattered chairs. She could see people talking over milkshakes and Happy Meals from her vantage point near the change machine. Oblivious. The world was oblivious.
She, however, was not. Continue reading

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Her loneliness called to him…

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Immortality, for all its plusses, was a solitary thing when all was said
and done. Affection was fleeting, and more so in the context of a life without
end. He stepped closer, feeling a pull to her that wasn’t entirely empathy.

#Love Lines

Free Read on Smashwords or Wattpad

#FridayReads: A New Meaning To “Getting Lucky”

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Here’s a fun FREE read for your Friday entertainment: Meet Caren, who’s taking a trek to escape reality for a little while after receiving a troubling diagnosis. She flees a freak storm and runs straight into a magical creature in the guise of a gorgeous guy name Aengus. Caren gets her wish granted, and redefines the phrase “getting lucky.”

You can read Under The Rainbow here via Smashwords, or download it to any e-reading device.

Some People Try To Avoid Death…And Some People Corner Him In An Arcade

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She found him playing pinball in the shabby arcade inside what used to be a bustling mall. It was half-closed down now, stores boarded up and bankrupt, and rumor had it the Mall was on its last legs.

It figures, she thought.

There was still something of a food court – a McDonald’s and two sandwich places next to a few chipped tables and graffiti-spattered chairs. She could see people talking over milkshakes and Happy Meals from her vantage point near the change machine. Oblivious. The world was oblivious.

She, however, was not.

She approached him casually, sidling up next to him as if she were watching his game. He glanced at her briefly, then his gaze returned with interest. Ten years ago, she would have mistaken that for something sexual, but now there was little chance of that. Not the way she looked. She was wan, her skin tone grey-ish, and she was somewhat emaciated. Her head was wrapped in a bandana that made the bones of her face stand out in sharp relief.

“Hello,” he said, returning his eyes to the game. His voice was a bit wary.

“I’ve been looking for you.”

“Oh?” She had his full attention now. “You have, have you?”

She felt his eyes boring into her, but she didn’t flinch.

“I know who you are. And I’m ready.”

He gave her a sideways glance. “No one’s ready. Not like they think they are.”

“I am.”

“And you think you know who I am?

“Yes,” she said, simply. “You’re Death.” Continue reading

Announcing A New Free Short Story: Atrophy! #FreeReads

When an ancient creature steals your last breath, the consequences can be…severe.

By request! Here’s the short story that got my brain whirling on the path that eventually created Windsinger.

This was originally a contest entry, and one of my first forays into the horror genre. It’s not a terribly long read, but I think you’ll like where it goes.

So sit back in your creaky house and try not to feel that cold chill on your neck as you read Atrophy.

New FREE Read! Check Out My Short Story, “Nimbus” #amwriting

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Nimbus is a story I wrote a few years back, when I was competing in season seven of Live Journal Idol on LiveJournal.com. It’s a little (okay, a lot) dear to me.

So take a moment, and look through the eyes of a child who is more than he appears to be, and discover that there are indeed superheroes among us.

You can download it (or read it online) FREE at Smashwords.com.

Happy St. Paddy’s Day! Enjoy A Free Read of “Under The Rainbow”

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Caren is trying to get her life back together after a devastating diagnosis. When she meets the handsome and mysterious Aengus, she realizes she’s stumbled upon a world of shamrocks and magic in the middle of her harsh reality. He offers her one wish – and she doesn’t waste it on gold.

You can read “Under The Rainbow” for free at Smashwords, formatted for all e-reading devices or for PC, if you prefer. This was one of my favorite short-stories, it really is. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed having them in my head!

“A very well written mysterious short story (book). It was very easy to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment.”

“The ending was very beautiful…I kept rooting for them to be together. “

Psssst! Wanna Read A Free Story (Or Two)?

As you know, I’ve got three full-length adult novels up on Smashwords (and tomorrow, available via Amazon) with a fourth in the works, but I also have two short stories up on Smashwords that are available for complimentary (THAT MEANS FREE, YA KNOW) download to the masses.

Again, these are formatted for all e-reader devices, or if you prefer, you can even read them online. Here’s the info:

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Under The Rainbow 

Caren is trying to get her life back together after a devastating diagnosis. When she meets the handsome and mysterious Aengus, she realizes she’s stumbled upon a world of shamrocks and magic in the middle of her harsh reality. He offers her one wish – and it’s not for gold. Will Caren finally get lucky? Detailed adult content – mature readers only.

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Why run from death when you can make a deal? A short story about a woman who’s looking to make an exit on her own terms.

So feel free to check them out – “Under The Rainbow”  should especially give you a feel for the type of romance and steam that I like to write. “Cashing In” isn’t a romance at all, but I think it’s quirky and soulful and I loved writing it.

And don’t say I never gave ya nothin’….