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Two 5-star Reviews for Your Reading Pleasure

*****5-stars

When I read this book, I didn’t realize it was the first by this author. I was drawn to it because of the cover and the fact that I enjoy reading about and have also written a novel featuring a lighthouse. I was more than pleasantly surprised by this story.

After a young woman’s mother dies, her father, a detective, takes her to a small town called Seabrook where he’s been assigned a missing person’s case. His hope is to give her a change of scene and help her heal. What follows is a series of odd events that may remind some readers of a Twilight Zone episode.

Without giving too much away, I will say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I could hardly stop reading. There were many surprises, romance, and an interesting ending. And, yes, the lighthouse plays a significant role. If you enjoy paranormal novels with touching characters, I highly recommend this book.

If you’re a lighthouse or mystery fan, you might also enjoy my psychological thriller, Sea Scope (https://books2read.com/u/bQyBgZ), about a murder at a lighthouse. The eBook will shortly be available on several platforms besides Amazon.

*****5-stars

Besides an interesting title, A Flamingo Under the Carousel by William John Rostron is also an interesting book. What makes it unique is the author’s preface to each section and each story in this collection. By providing details on how each published work was inspired and the stories behind the stories, the reader is given a glimpse into the author’s mind and heart.

The book starts with a prologue that explains the title and then includes seven sections and an epilogue. Within the sections are multi-genre stories and essays. Some are new but most have appeared in print elsewhere. Some also feature characters from Rostron’s trilogy (that will soon include a fourth book), Band in the Wind, Sound of Redemption, and Brotherhood of Forever.

There’s something for everyone here along with a list of where each story was previously published. I enjoyed this book and believe it will appeal to a wide audience.

Posted in Cat Writers' Association, short stories

Announcing My Short Story Awards for my Cozy Mystery, Science Fiction Tale, and a True Cat Rescue Story

I’m proud to announce that I’ve received three Certificates of Excellence for my short stories from the Cat Writers’ Association in their annual contest. My stories, all featuring felines, vary in genre and format.

Sneaky’s Summer Mystery is a cozy mystery that’s part of the Cobble Cove story series with the same characters from the books. It’s available as an eBook and is free on Kindle Unlimited.

Cobble Cove is in the midst of an August heatwave. It’s the worst time for the air conditioner at the Cobble Cove library to break down. Alicia has no choice but to close the library and bring Sneaky, the library cat, home with her. After scheduling the air conditioner service with Rudy Gibbs, a technician from Hapnabber’s Repair Shop, she is surprised to learn that John knew Rudy when they were teenagers. When Rudy turns up dead after working on the AC at the library and Alicia learns of it during a barbecue she and John host with Gilly and Ramsay, Sneaky and Kittykai must once again protect their favorite ladies when they conduct their own investigation into the murder.

Purchase Link: mybook.to/SneakySummer

“The Felinedae Mission” is a science fiction tale included in the What Lies Beyond anthology that’s part of the Red Penguin Collection. This story was also featured in Red Penguin’s Stand Out! Volume 1 of the Best of the Red Penguin Collection. Both anthologies are available in print form and as eBooks.

“What Lies Beyond: Sci-Fi Stories of The Future” Edited by JK Larkin

Are You On The Prowl For A Dark, Enticing, and Wildly Imaginative Science Fiction Reading Experience?

Journey through space and time as you read this second installment of The Red Penguin Collection, an anthology series by Red Penguin Books. In our collection of science fiction stories, you will be confronted with aliens, robots, clones, and… cats? When it comes to the ever-expanding universe and the bounds of technology, anything is possible!

Purchase Link: https://amzn.to/3fu4xsc

“The Story of Harry and Hermione” is a non-fiction piece about how I came to adopt my two cats. It’s included in the Second Chance Cats: True Stories of the Cats We Rescue and the Cats Who Rescue Us. This anthology is also available in print and in ebook form.

There’s no feeling quite like that of getting a second chance and a fresh start. When we adopt a homeless cat–or that cat decides to adopt us–we’re not just giving one of earth’s most beautiful and inscrutable creatures a chance at a good life, we’re giving ourselves the gift of companionship, solace, and love. And plenty of laughter too!

This heartwarming collection includes more than 30 true, contemporary stories told by a variety of writers, including Melody Carlson, Lauraine Snelling, and Kristin Billerbeck. Each feel-good story involves cat rescue, some in a typical way and others in surprising–even miraculous–ways. Sometimes the question becomes: Really, who rescued whom?

A thoughtful gift for the cat lover in your life, Second-Chance Cats is the purrfect companion for cozy nights, lazy weekends, and any time you need a pick-me-up.

Purchase Link: https://amzn.to/3ioIdlK

I’m quite honored to have these stories recognized by the Cat Writers’ Association. They are now eligible to win a Muse Medallion, the highest award of the association. This coveted prize will be awarded at their virtual conference in October. For more information about the conference and CWA, a wonderful group of creatives who feature cats in their works. check their website at catwriters.com.