As my short stories get picked up by various venues (anthologies, magazines, etc.), I’ll list them here.
Sept. 2021: Stories in 2 Anthologies!
Released 9/23/21, “After the Rush Fades” in Ramblings & Reflections:Winning Words from SouthWest Writers 2021 Contest took 3rd place in the crime/mystery category. A corporate leader rises to the top on the backs of others, so when she is set to receive a prestigious award a small band of employees decide they’ve had enough.
Released 9/10/21, “The Backpack” in SoWest: Love Kills from Desert Sleuths Publishing. Little sets brother against brother more quickly than money. Combine that with the desert and things heat up.
“The Pixie Path Home” will be published by Camden Park Press on 11/23/2021 in the Whimsical Winter Wonderland anthology. It was both a challenge and a delight to write this fantasy about two young children trying to get a Christmas Tree home in time for the holiday and meeting some mischievous pixies along the way.
“Nanoni and shish-Ka-toomi” won Honorable Mention from and will be published by the Bethlehem Writers Roundtable in January 2022.
A 1930s Nebraska farm girl takes her chances in a Nevada casino. “Lucky Seven,” 3rd place winner of the City Limits Publishing short story contest, appeared in *Portraits of the Pen: A Collection of Short Stories.
*Note: City Limits Publishing has closed its doors. Since a number of authors and staff claim not to have been paid for their work (myself included), I will publish the story in another venue and do not encourage you to seek out the book. Your money would likely go into the pocket of the former CEO rather than the deserving staff and authors who are owed money.
Three Viet Nam veterans have a 50-year bond sparked by a song in the trenches of war. How does one keep the other two out of jail when they plan yet another wild scheme? “Spirit in the Sky,” in Peace, Love, and Crime: Crime Stories Inspired by the Songs of the ’60s, released on November 10, 2020 by Untreed Reads. Available from the publisher and other vendors.
A present-day beat cop finds herself in danger as she tries to rescue an abused woman from certain death. “Chains” appears in Busted! Arresting Stories From the Beat, April 2017, available from book retailers.
If cooking is your interest, try any one of the 88 easy, time-saving recipes included in We’d Rather Be Writing from multiple authors. Be sure to check out my black bean and brown rice dish.
I have two long short stories on Smashwords that I’ve pulled from circulation. I’m expanding “Mother’s Mountain” into a novella and will include “Tug-of-War” in a future collection.
There are currently 4 stories at Kings River Life Magazine. KRL is a California-based online magazine with local news for the Kings River community, with an appeal far beyond the Kings River area. They have a strong pet adoption program and an entire section devoted to books and tales. Search for my name to find “Miss Aggie’s Pigs,” “Cheating Death,” “The Drop,” and “A Grave Development.”