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New Release Available: Book of Accounts

 

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*Excerpt*

This is how I began my morning. First, I slipped on my mourning ring. It was made of a cabochon onyx that covered almost my entire finger. The band was a thin band of gold to secure the stone. No scrollwork. Then, I settled in Uncle’s study to go over my book of accounts.

I’ve kept everything the same. He liked large, substantial furniture and this desk almost dwarfed me. I am a small woman, something that helped in my former career. The mahogany wood of the desk was kept clean and clear except for the set of leather-bound books of accounts to the side.

My tea was waiting for me. It was served on a silver service with biscuits dipped in sugar. As always, tucked along the side of the teapot was card. Constable was certainly persistent. What would a morning be without one of his calling cards?

Mrs. Cooper placed the note and tea in the same arrangement for me every morning at 8:00 a.m. I had decided after Uncle’s passing to dispense with keeping late hours since there was no reason to do so.

I poured myself a cup of tea, held it to my nose for a moment before settling deeper into the chair behind the desk. Next, I went over the numbers. I knew the number of girls who were currently enrolled at the asylum. I knew the approximate address where they were picked up and the date. I could tell you how much money each patroness donated and when. If there was a particular event that precipitated the donation, it was noted. For instance, mornings after operas seem to be particularly fruitful. Perhaps it was all the jubilation that causes the Quality to think of the less fortunate.

So, the knock on the door at 8:07 a.m. came with the knowledge that something was wrong. Mrs. Cooper has known me since I came to live with Uncle as a child. She knew my quirks. Yet, she opened the door, and before either of us could say anything, a sobbing broke my blessed morning silence.

A bedraggled creature made it across the threshold, passing by Mrs. Cooper to deposit herself in a heap at my feet. I think it was a heap. As she dropped down, she slowly faded out of my line of vision.

*End of Excerpt*

Description

Schoolmistress Louisa Wemberley’s school for wayward girls had just started to find it’s footing when one of her charges is accused of stealing a necklace, putting the entire school at risk. It’s up to Louisa to find the culprit while saving her school at the same time. Succeeding at one, does not necessarily mean succeeding at another.

A 4,392-word historical mystery set in Regency England.

Available through Amazon and Apple.

New Release Available: Weddings: Three Short Stories

 

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Cover Art © Kuleczka | Dreamstime.com

A three short story collection about weddings and families – “Wedding Flowers,” “The Dance” and “Common Ground.”

Wedding Flowers: A Miss Lila’s Extraordinary Floral Shop Story

Older bride Elyse thought stopping into the floral shop on a whim was a good idea. She figured that she could easily cross off “flowers” on her wedding to-do list. All the choices, though, gets her questioning what she really wants from the wedding.

A 2,474 word short story featuring a magical floral shop in Atlanta, an unusual florist and a woman who held onto her dreams longer than anyone would say that she had the right to.

The Dance

Forty-something-year-old Melinda doesn’t need a new dad. She had a father. A very good one, thank you very much and she’s not a kid who needs an eager face in the crowd cheering her on at her dance recital.

So when her stepfather-to-be Melvin asks her to participate in a dance with him for his upcoming wedding to her mother, she agrees for her mother’s sake. Because it’s something that her mom would like. She never expected anything beyond that.

A 2,623- word heartwarming short story about stepparents, weddings, older brides and never being too old to welcome someone new into the family.

Common Ground

A Women’s Fiction Short Story around 3,000 words.

Sometimes you find friends in the most surprising places.

Bea wants to find a wedding dress as soon as possible but when her mom gets stuck in traffic, Bea gets stuck wedding dress shopping with her future sister-in-law and perfect Southern Belle Sharon.  Will Bea and Sharon ever find common ground?

Available through: Amazon, Kobo and iTunes.

New Release Available: The Dance

 

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Cover Art Copyright -© Lev Kropotov | Dreamstime.com

Forty-something-year-old Melinda doesn’t need a new dad. She had a father. A very good one, thank you very much and she’s not a kid who needs an eager face in the crowd cheering her on at her dance recital.

So when her stepfather-to-be Melvin asks her to participate in a dance with him for his upcoming wedding to her mother, she agrees for her mother’s sake. Because it’s something that her mom would like. She never expected anything beyond that.

A 2,623- word heartwarming short story about stepparents, weddings, older brides and never being too old to welcome someone new into the family.

 

EXCERPT:

I WAS JUST AN ADD-ON. It wasn’t like I was a kid who needed to be taken to ballet class or needed a proud papa smiling from the aisle seat at the high school cafetorium when I received a certificate for Straight A’s at the end of the school year. I had a father who had done all of that. Except for the ballet part. It had been piano lessons.

Mother’s wedding colors were blush and champagne. Blush because the faint pink color looked good against her light skin and it was something that she had always wanted. Back when she had married my father, it had been in the preacher’s house. She’d worn a light blue sheath dress the color of a summer sky and dime-store pearls. I’d seen the pictures, yellowing with age, back when photos were square with a white rim that served as the frame. Her hair was flipped up at the end and my dad sported a thick mustache popular of the era, like MLK’s, and his hair was already balding. He was in a dark suit. I suspected it was the only one that he owned.

Now that she had a chance to do it again, it was all blush pink and champagne. Wine and roses were the colors. And the groom? Well, as I watched from the door of the tiny dance studio, the groom was someone who I did not know.

Available through Amazon, Nook and Kobo.

New Release: Don’t Read This If You’re Hungry

 

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© Agneskantaruk | Dreamstime.com

A collection of six short stories about food, comfort and family:

“A Thanksgiving with Family”  – All Sandra wanted was a nice, Thanksgiving away from her country family with her new, sophisticated friends. When her cousin Ree Ree shows up unexpectedly, Sandra finds herself trying to reconcile how she grew up to the person she wants to be.

“Meet the Parents” – Marcus wants to put his best foot forward when meeting his girlfriend’s parents. But can he do that while still being himself?

“Faith and Margaritas” – What’s the difference between saying you have a belief in a better future and real faith? After being stood up by a first date, Rochelle is about to find out.

“Chicken” –   Shy Celina is building up her courage at her favorite diner to attend a new language learning group. When her carefully made plans are interrupted, does she have the courage to take advantage of the unexpected?

“Being Real” –   Aspiring writer Michelle is stunned by the terms in her first publishing contract. But won’t turning it down mean she isn’t a real artist?

“True Calling” –  Urban witch Cat’s plan to throw a surprise birthday party for her workplace crush might be ruined when she can’t find a cake. Her family has warned her against using her hearth magic for her own benefit, but what can be the harm? “True Calling” is a 3,900 word short story featuring a friends, family and a magical cake.

“True Calling” was previously published in the Fiction River: Unnatural Worlds short story anthology.

Available Through: Amazon Nook  and Kobo

 

New Release Available: Miss Lila’s Extraordinary Floral Shop: A Short Story Collection

 

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A collection of the Miss Lila’s Extraordinary Floral Shop short stories 1 – 3:

Wedding Flowers

Older bride Elyse thought stopping into the floral shop on a whim was a good idea. She figured that she could easily cross off “flowers” on her wedding to-do list. All the choices, though, gets her questioning what she really wants from the wedding…

Mother’s Day Flowers

The Mother’s Day bouquet isn’t at all what Melanie expected when she placed the order at Miss Lila’s Extraordinary Floral Shop. The hot pink flowers are way too gaudy for her staid grandmother. Or are they?

Lila

Long-standing Atlanta florist and hearth witch Lila has settled into a nice, predictable life. Predictable, that is, until the mega-grocery store next door hires a retiree with a penchant for bow ties as their new floral manager. The man is messing with her business and the heart she thought she’d packed away.

.A 10,000- word short story featuring an Atlanta magical floral shop and proving that it’s never too late to find love.

Available through Amazon – USBarnes and Noble – USKobo

New Short Story Available: Legacy

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Ten-year-old Angie is a Mouse – a person in her family who is unable to wield magic. To give her the best chance at a normal life, her parents move them to Atlanta in the early 1980s, when opportunities were opening up for Blacks. Instead of making her feel safe, however, the darkness covering the city makes her scared more than ever.

A 3,907 word historical fantasy about grandmothers and granddaughters and what it means to feel safe in an insecure world.

Available for $2.99 Through: Amazon, Nook, and Kobo

New Short Story Available: Lila

 

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Cover Art © Seksan Wangjaisuk | Dreamstime.com

Long-standing Atlanta florist and hearth witch Lila has settled into a nice, predictable life. Predictable, that is, until the mega-grocery store next door hires a retiree with a penchant for bow ties as their new floral manager. The man is messing with her business and the heart she thought she’d packed away.

A 10,000- word short story featuring an Atlanta magical floral shop and proving that it’s never too late to find love.

Available through Amazon, Nook and Kobo

New Short Story Available: Mother’s Day Flowers

 

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Cover Art © Liligraphie | Dreamstime.com

The Mother’s Day bouquet isn’t at all what Melanie expected when she placed the order at Miss Lila’s Extraordinary Floral Shop. The hot pink flowers are way too gaudy for her staid grandmother. Or are they?

A 4,409 word short story featuring a magical floral shop in Atlanta where the right bouquet makes all the difference.

Excerpt:

Lord, the thing looked like it belonged to a Vegas showgirl.

Melanie knew that was what her grandmother would say if she saw the floral arrangement on the florist shop counter.

Stargazer lilies with their deep, dark pink petals that were just pointed frilly triangles squashed together were the main culprit. The flowers were so fresh that she could still see the bit of the yellow pollen dusted on the heart of the lilies. Some of the flowers were still closed, like a hand about to make shadow monsters across the bedroom wall. But most of them were full out, open and jarring, their starfish shape drawing you in.

These lilies weren’t the white ones that Grams would be used to giving out in the fellowship hall after Easter service. Oh, no. These were the Easter lilies’ showier cousins, who demanded to be the star attraction and not just a footnote to any event.

There was nowhere in the arrangement to rest your eyes. In between those lilies sat electric-pink roses. And the whole thing was piled up as tall and big as the beehive of her fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Sawyer.

Melanie blinked. Still there? Yep. Then blinked on purpose again. Didn’t help.

Melanie tilted her head, eyeing the arrangement. Well, everything weren’t for everybody. She was sure that whoever would receive that monstrosity would like it. Now she just needed her Mother’s Day arrangement.

But the florist shopgirl just stood there, grinning. Probably a college kid. She had that brown, clear skin of youth and the high energy that matched her hair. Even though afros had come back in style, Melanie preferred to keep her hair in a tight bun at the nap of her neck, mainly for work, but partly for ease. They didn’t look like it, but afros were a hell of a complicated hairstyle and she liked things simple, just like she liked her flower arrangements.

“Well?” the girl asked. Her name badge said “Lily.”

“Yes?” Melanie asked.

Lily jerked her head toward the pink explosion. “What do you think?”

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New Short Story Available: Wedding Flowers

 

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Cover Art © Feferoni | Dreamstime.com – Wedding Flowers Photo

Older bride Elyse thought stopping into the floral shop on a whim was a good idea. She figured that she could easily cross off “flowers” on her wedding to-do list. All the choices, though, gets her questioning what she really wants from the wedding.

A 2,474 word short story featuring a magical floral shop in Atlanta, an unusual florist and a woman who held onto her dreams longer than anyone would say that she had the right to.

Available Through:  Amazon, Nook and Kobo

 

New Short Story Available: Choices and Chances

 

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Three short fiction pieces totaling 3,755 words set in Atlanta about the choices we make and the chances we take.

In “Chicken” shy Celina is building up her courage at her favorite diner to attend a new language learning group. When her carefully made plans are interrupted, does she have the courage to take advantage of the unexpected?

Patrice’s neighbor drops by with some surprising news in “Seeds.”

Lisa learns that dating advice can come from the most interesting places as her friend reminds her in “Pastor Said.”

Available now through

Amazon and Nook