Twinkle-toes Tucker by Author Ken Kapp

Timothy Tucker was only half awake, the morphine drip dulling both pain and awareness. He was 86 and glad that Tania was not here at the end. He knew at this stage pancreatic cancer was neither forgiving nor pretty. He was nodding off again and pushed the arrow to lower…

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Treasure Hunt by Author Ken Kapp

Bertha and Al were in the kitchen patiently waiting for the pizza delivery. Their grandchildren were coming later, although Al kept elbowing Bertha. “Any second now they’ll be charging in the side door.” Bertha looked at him and clucked, “No, not any second; Betty said not before six and it’s…

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The Family by Author Rochelle Potkar

The season couldn’t be ascertained. It could have been a warm day in winter or a cold day in spring. It was certainly a holiday, because his whole family – wife Bertha and children Clive and Samantha – were in the drawing room watching TV. But as he sat with…

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Hill’s Snare by Author Deena C. Bouknight

“… he who makes his ways crooked will be found out.” Proverbs 10:9 The barking shriek punctured early dawn. Towhees were not yet awake to sing summer’s song. A pause in between, and then another. Demonic screaming registered in Hill Carpenter’s waking brain. But the third boastful bark jolted him…

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The Owl Head Solution by Author David B. Barnes

Dr. Rankin Williamson Shepherd was in his mid forties with graying black hair, a professionally trimmed beard, and was athletically built.  He owned his pharmacy, which was successful, and he hid his upbringing nicely.  He was raised deep in the Blue Ridge by a strict but loving father and grandfather. …

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Breakfast with Allah by Author Mark Scheel

After merging onto I-35 South, I flipped the sun visor around to the side to block the Saturday morning glare, and that’s when I saw the road crews in their orange vests out bagging litter along the shoulders, leaving the full plastic sacks at the edge of the asphalt to…

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Evie’s Place by Author John J. Clayton

One hell of a way to begin a restaurant: When Stan took off with the bimbo from the grocery store, he left Evie with nothing but Lee Anne, their nine year old, and the old house bequeathed Evie by her grandma. This was in Brown Country, Indiana, a few miles…

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Symptoms by Author Karen Alley

The alarm jerked Susan out of a sound sleep, as if she had never even been awake seven minutes ago to hit the snooze button. She slapped the alarm off and rolled back over, snuggling up under the covers for some uninterrupted sleep. “I can’t go to work like this,”…

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