I’m overjoyed that my short story “Mercy Find Me” is a finalist for the 2019 Derringer Award from the Short Mystery Fiction Society. This story came straight from my heart and was published last year in Fiction River: Justice edited by Kristine Kathryn Rusch. I’m happy that the first-round judges liked the story and look forward to getting it into the hands of more readers. The magazine is available as an ebook from most online vendors and in paperback from Amazon.
Laugh with Odin, the robot vacuum cleaner who narrates my new short story, “Clean and Godly in Denmark”.
You can find my story in Fiction River: Hard Choices available from all major ebook retailers.
As I told the anthology editor, in my little village, Danish seniors have government-supplied robot vacuum cleaners to help them live independently.
My elderly neighbors seem very fond of their tireless helpers, often talking to them like old friends.
To which he replied, “Yeah, what could go wrong there?”
Find out who dies and who survives by clicking on the cover below and following the link to an ebook vendor with a copy of the magazine for you!
Enjoy “Spokane Sting” on line for free. Rookie Washington State Trooper Andrea Clark, a supporting player in my legal thrillers, takes center stage in this short mystery story. Underage college students and other kids in car-dependent Spokane County are using fake IDs to buy legal pot and booze and state troopers are watching the traffic fatalities mount. Andrea goes undercover to catch the counterfeiter supplying the killer driver’s licenses.
You can read the story for free in Kings River Life online magazine.
I wrote the story to get to know Andrea better. The action takes place between Hear My Plea and Judge Me Not. You’ll enjoy getting to know Andrea, too!
Celebrate International Short Story Month with the Short Mystery Fiction Society! Each day in May, you can read a mystery story by one of our members online. A new link will appear daily on our blog.
May Day’s story is “Family Man” by award-winning novelist and Derringer finalist Patricia Dusenbury. My contribution, “Texas Two-Step”, appears on May 3rd.
Enjoy a story every day on us!
“Texas Two-Step,” was a finalist for the 2004 Macavity Award for Best Mystery Short Story. In honor of March Madness, the national collegiate basketball championships, you can read it online for free in this week’s issue of Kings River Life Magazine. Follow this link and enjoy a good read!
Inmate Winnie Yates speaks in “Mercy Find Me”, telling us in her own words about a hearing that happens off-stage in the legal thriller Help Me Nora. Winnie’s been in prison for more than fifteen years. She has one chance to convince her listeners to set her free today.
You’ll find Winnie’s story in Fiction River: Justice, an anthology of wonderful tales by many of my favorite writers.
Digital edition available from most ebook vendors.
Also available in trade paperback from Amazon.
My first venture to the dark side of short fiction is in the current issue of Switchblade: An Anthology of Noir. Let me take you to the seamier side of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania where we watch a wager with life-or-death stakes play out in “Organ Trade Off”.
The editor promises you’ll find fourteen stories that are “twisted and barbed like your ex; sharp and deadly like the femme fatale you know you can’t resist—it ain’t your grandma’s Ellery Queen.”
You can buy Switchblade in paperback or as an ebook from Amazon.
Laugh out loud reading the Funny By Design Bundle. My title, “Shaken, Not Stirred: A Dawna Shepherd Short Story”, is one of 20 humorous tales we put together to chase away your winter blues. A great collection available for only $2.99 from all major ebook vendors and bundlerabbit.com. To choose your vendor, click on the box set below!
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Travel to Poland in 1984 and again in 2013 led me to write “Blown”, an FBI Special Agent Dawna Shepherd short mystery. “Blown” is one of fourteen stories in Fiction River Presents: Writers Without Borders. The anthology crosses the border (and sometimes the galaxy) from a look into the Canadian side of World War II to the streets of London’s East End to worlds altogether alien. Writers Without Borders offers up international perspectives from Fiction River authors living outside the US and spans genre lines from historical mystery to fantasy to science fiction. Click on the cover below to reach an ebook retail outlet offering this entertaining short story collection for sale in your area.