Excerpt from The Book of Jake

The figure wore a white robe, which merged with the surrounding light. Its face was that of an older man, but one whose posture was very erect. His long hair and beard were shaggy and unkempt, and he wore a straw hat with its wide brim turned down in front. In his hand he held a gnarled staff with what appeared to be a Harley-Davidson logo on the handle. Despite the almost four foot elevation of the porch, the figure towered head and shoulders above Jake.

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A Mercy Killing and The Book of Jake published in anthologies.

I am pleased to announce the publication of my story, A Mercy Killing, in Corpus Christi Writers 2019. My story, The Book of Jake, was published in Corpus Christi Writers 2018, An Anthology. Both anthologies are published and edited by William Mays (MaysPublishing.com).

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Excerpt from A Mercy Killing

All Agnes had was her husband and her cat. At least she loved Fluffy. She had been married to Walter for forty-two years and had loved him for the first couple of weeks. She thought so anyway, but it had been so long ago she couldn’t be sure. Walter had never treated her with affection, except once for a few minutes in the back of a Chevrolet.

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Excerpt from Mike, from the Mail Room

If only she could know all the little ways that I make her life easier. Like how I wait in my car until her newspaper is delivered very early every morning. I pick it up out of her yard and toss it onto her porch so she won’t have to walk in the wet grass. She might get her slippers damp. If the yardman would just mow it shorter, it wouldn’t stay so soggy. One time the newspaper guy skipped her house, so I took a paper from a neighbor’s yard and put it on her porch. She deserved it more than they did.

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Mike, from the Mail Room published in an anthology of short stories

Folks,

I am happy to announce that my short story, Mike, from the Mail Room, has been published in An Honest Lie, Vol. 3: Justifiable Hypocrisy. Thank you for your support of my earlier story, Ozzie the Clown, published last year in An Honest Lie, Vol. 2: Delusions of Insignificance. Your support was instrumental in my being awarded a contract for my own book of short stories tentatively to be published in the fall of this year.

If you would like to read Mike, from the Mail Room (a stalker who gets far more than he bargains for) order Vol.3 by going to http://ahlvol3vote.debrincase.com/. To purchase, go down to the list of names at the bottom of the page and click on my name. That way your purchase will be attributed to me (no, there ain’t no extra money in it for me; just credits me with the sale). For now the book is for sale only on Open Heart Press’ own web site. Later, like Vol. 2, it will be available on Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.

There is an interview for Vol. 3 at:  http://lifeatohp.debrincase.com/. It is handled in a simulated round table format. I much preferred the individual interview format of Vol. 2.

If you are interested in obtaining a copy of Vol. 2, in which my story Ozzie the Clown appears, go to http://ahlvol2vote.debrincase.com/ and follow the same instructions as above for purchasing Vol. 3.

If you purchase either anthology and find the quality of its stories worthy of your support, I respectfully ask that you talk it up among your friends and colleagues who are avid readers. Again, thank you for your interest and support.

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I still make my bed because she’d want me to.

On June 17th, I lost my wife, Sharon, to cancer. In the ten months before she died she lost half her body weight, but not an ounce of her faith or courage. Being her care giver was the most difficult task of my life, but also its greatest honor. I will write about her when I am able.

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The Call

Wandering After Will-O'-The-Wisp

Wandering After Will-O’-The-Wisp (Photo credit: garlandcannon)

Hold on to your hats, folks. My friend and writing collaborator, Joanne Eddy, has finished her first novel, The Call. A few final edits remain, but this is a very polished work. A blend of Polish history and folklore, Tolkienesque fantasy, and just plain great story telling, this book is going to make itself heard and establish Joanne as a writing force to be reckoned with.

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