Read My Latest Short Story on the Saturday Evening Post Website!

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My latest short story, “It’s All About the Cat”, is featured on the Saturday Evening Post website for their #NewFictionFriday! This is the 6th short featuring my character Detective Shaw to find publication – this time in the form of a cozy little mystery! Head on over and read it now for free!

Read “The Heat” in Tough: Crime Stories!

My story, “The Heat,” is out now at Tough: Crime Stories! Read now for free on the website for a limited time or catch it in a copy of the print magazine later this spring!

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Enigma Anthology out now!

Enigma: The Inner Circle Writers' Group Crime/Mystery/Thriller Anthology 2018

My story “Holy Habits” is in the British anthology Enigma  out now!

Even the best of intentions can turn out wrong, but sometimes ill intentions turn out right . . . in a way. Read for yourself and you be the judge!

Publication Announcement!

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I’m pleased to announce that my short story, “The Heat”, has been purchased by Tough: Crime Stories.

“The Heat” will appear on the ezine in February 2019, and in their published anthology in April!

This piece is a suspenseful mystery, part police procedural, part something more – I’ll let you decide what! I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!

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Upcoming Publication Announcement!

I’m thrilled to announce that my short story, “Dying Print”, has been purchased and will be appearing in an upcoming issue of Wild Musette Magazine next year!

Image result for detectiveThis is the sixth mystery featuring the character Detective Shaw to see publication. There are several other Shaw stories kicking around the slush piles out there – my plan is to eventually compile a FREE anthology collection of all the “Shades of Shaw”. If you’re interested in receiving a copy, sign up for my newsletter here so you don’t miss out!

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Ray Bradbury #ShortStories #BookReview

18305955Ray Bradbury was nothing if not prolific. An American author and screenwriter who dabbled in a variety of genres, he’s sure to have written something for everyone.

This anthology was certainly an eclectic mix, and I feel like it gives the reader a good idea of who Bradbury was as a whole, from his likes (Stan and Ollie), to his dreams (flights to Mars), his moral views, his faith, his time spent in Ireland, memories of his boyhood, and everything in between, this man must have always been writing.

Which is why I read this book. Each story didn’t just give you insight into the author, but also his method. The ways in which he made you identify with his characters, his tricks for endearing them to you, investing you in the story and making you care about the outcome even if the story itself wasn’t something you’d normally read. (And let me tell you, I am not a huge sci-fi fan, yet probably 500 pages of this book was about space travel and Mars colonization and a myriad of other subjects I’d usually avoid, and yet I kept reading!) 4 stars!

A Moment on the Edge ~ #Mystery #Anthology #BookReview

6411705I’m not going to pretend that this was some life changing anthology, every story a priceless gem to learn from and cherish for a lifetime. I will say, however, that despite the less than stellar rating on Goodreads (3.86), this is not an anthology you want to read unless you are looking for more authors to add to your ‘to read’ list.

I think that this anthology is underrated (and under read) because many of the stories (and authors) are older. (I’d hate to think it’s because all the authors are women.) Some readers may consider them out of date. But can you ever really say that Shirley Jackson’s talent for creating suspense and Susan Glaspell’s biting insight are any less enjoyable because their stories were written so long ago? Not in my opinion. Not every story in this anthology is great, but there were many that I enjoyed, and I’m glad I read it. 5 stars!

Hilde at the Ghost Shore by Paula Cappa ~ Short Fiction Review

Hildie at the Ghost Shore: A Short Story by [Cappa, Paula]A good short story should leave a reader who is also a writer breathless to create their own next piece of short fiction, and this story did exactly that for me! It’s not really my style – mixing in blatant elements of the supernatural – but I totally didn’t suspect a thing or see the ending coming, which always makes me a fan. The writing is enjoyable, the story well crafted – needless to say, Paula Cappa has a new fan and I’d like to read more of her work.

As an added bonus, this short story is FREE on Kindle. As a double added bonus, another short story  – Abasteron House – is included in the free download. I didn’t like the second story as much, but it was again well written and masterfully crafted. 4.5 stars!

Blue Ringed Octopus Delight by James W Brown ~ Short Fiction Review

24241631While the premise of this story was certainly interesting, I love the title, and I enjoyed the story, I can’t say that I’ll be reading the novel that this short story was an intro for. The main character is fun – sharp, witty, wry humored – and the writing isn’t bad, but I’m not a huge fan of pulp noir, and that’s what this reads as. This is going to sound sexist, but I have to be honest – while reading this, I thought to myself, “This writer would definitely appeal more to male readers.”

However – if YOU are a fan of this style of writing, I suggest that you give this quick little story a chance. It’s not completely unpredictable, but I smell a writer who’s only going to get better and more inventive with time, which is always a good thing! 3.5 stars!