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It Will All be Revealed, won’t it?

“Too dark in here,” I said to my son, Paul, who had accompanied me to my father’s funeral in Chicago.

“Hit the light switch, Mom.”

“I did but the bulb burned out.”

“Like Poppa,” he said. “Like Poppa what?” I said.

“Burned out.” “Kaput,” I said in the dark, falling into the old word game we’d played since Paul was a pup.

“Fini.” “Bought the farm,” I said. A shared chuckle from the black humor.

A click in the dark and a narrow beam of light illuminated my Father’s  packed closet; I groped for his favorite jacket and there it was, worn brown leather bomber style. I pulled it off the hook where it hung for easy access by aged hands and hugged it to my chest. “Smell this,” my son, the jacket thrust in front of his nose where he couldn’t escape.

He inhaled and questioned, “what is it?”

“Perfecto Garcia Queens, Poppas favorites he sent me to the corner drug store to buy them, a quarter a piece.”

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Short Story part 2

There he was hanging out with his pals, with no inkling his future was about to be determined. Joyce hurried over to him with only a few minutes to spare before the bell rang. She knocked on his chest to get his attentention, She said, “Hi ,I’m Joyce Cooper. My sorority dance is a week from Saturday. I’d like you to be my date.”

He smiled and then smiled even wider when he checked out this girl who showed up out of nowhere.

“Okay.” And then he said, “What’s your name again?”.

More to follow tomorrow

A love letter to my lost one

We were the best couple ever, always loving and together since high school. Our motto was Marriage is one long conversation. And it was. We had our children, lost two, the Air Force years were remarkable. I was so proud of you, my handsome pilot. Civilian life proved to be tough but we made it, always talking things over, figuring out life’s problems together. The older boys chose to play guitars just as you did. Lessons, the basement arranged for their instruments and then a new era began. The seventies, the dawning of Aquarius, girls stopped wearing bras, and marijuana spread through the schools. We didn’t know it would also spread into our home. Life changed drastically as you went off to work and I was left at home with two little ones and two teens out of control.

My love, they never changed, our older children. After that , it became us, the small kids, and them. A few years later, your heart required a pacemaker. From then on you listened to your heart and forgot about me. Thirty seven years of happiness and suddenly, I was alone with a houseful of kids. You had a fever that wouldn’t go down. Doctor put you in the hospital for examination. After a few days of visiting, we sat together so sad life had changed for us. You looked at me the old way, so dear and loving, and said, “I love you.” We kissed and said goodbye.

2:30 in the morning the doctor called. Hurry, he said. By the time I arrived , you were gone.

How can I express the loss of my dearest? I can’t and it was a long time ago. So I say, “Happy Birthday wherever you are.”

My question is you were 56 when I lost you and I have aged. Have you or are you the same hale and hearty kind of guy I met in high school and we fell in love.

P.S. The older sons abandoned me after taking all the money you left to give me a comfortable life. All gone and so are they. Bad words to them from you and me.

Our two younger kids are all grown-up. Our son is married to an extraordinary woman, a fabulous artist. He continues with his artistic life of performing. They live in Denmark. Our beautiful girl grew up to be a teacher and the dearest daughter. We have a granddaughter you would love to pieces, she’s so smart and delightful. She’s nine and plays on a basketball team. You should see her guard. Or maybe you do. I wonder.

I had a bad fall and daughter and granddaughter saved my life. It’s been a difficult time, my love.

More about She Didn’t Say No

Excerpt: She studied to be a Veterinarian and on Saturday’s the library emptied as the campus prepared for dates that had nothing to do with studious her. One student, I’d seen him before, a guy called the BMOC, Big Man On Campus, glanced over and grinned.

“Hey you, I’ve seen your cute little nose before in the books.”

Me? He spoke to me? This handsome guy, captain of the swim team said my nose is cute.

“Scott Dwyer.” He extended his hand, muscles rippling through his white tee shirt. He pulled me closer. “Don’t be afraid. I won’t bite.”

We talked for a while, the library closed and he drove us to the beach not far from the campus.

The kiss, tentative at first,  made me tingle all over. My first kiss, oh yes. Later, on the way home I asked him to come up to my private apartment and I didn’t say no to anything.

We became the most unlikely couple on campus so in love until one month I didn’t get my period. I also didn’t tell Scott. Instead, I packed up my clothes and books, wrote him a love letter and left not to see him again for many years.

I short’nd this snippet because there’s so much more. Love to all. If you have a chance, read She Didn’t Say No, a fascinating tale of what is possible. It comes in a 3 volume ebook and a single story. You will love it, I promise and do leave a review on Amazon or Barnes & Noble and let me know. For every review, I have a personal gift for you.

Happy Holiday to our country.

She Didn’t Say No-a story to love

Hi folks, I’m pleased to introduce a book titled She Didn’t Say No

Blurb:  Nineteen year old Grace Meredith didn’t say no to the Big Man On Campus, Scott Dwyer; and then her life changed. Grace makes her way to a new town and with the kindness of strangers, establishes a business called The Pet Emporium where she grooms, what else? Dogs and cats.

Years later, a too close encounter of an unpleasant kind with a skunk and Scott’s German Shepherd reunites the former lovers.

What happens in between are their stories 0f  beginnings and endings and love lost, then found.

 

This book has been looked at for a special movie to add to the true story.

Do check it out on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and more. You’ll love it. Me at my writing best.

Before the Final Curtain + an Omnibus of 3 books

When last seen, as in last week, the phone rang disturbing Becca’s peaceful homecoming moment.

excerpt:

When she heard a voice say Becca, her heart beat faster in recognition; Randall Sloan, the powerful director she’d worked with many times in the old days when he was called Randy apropos of his philandering days.

“Becca, love, I’ve written a new play perfect for you; the FAX is on the way.”

Fingers crossed, she said, “Don’t tell me my character is the faithful companion or the housekeeper.”

His voice deepened to a sexy growl; “You are the lead, Titled Honor Thy Mother, Please,” a poignant comedy, small cast.”

“The lead, oh, oh, oh what’s the part,” and she danced naked on the patio ready to sing and carry on. “You know me, Randy, tell me something, anything.”

“Oh, all right; she’s a lonely widow who lets her daughter and son-in-law move in with her and they abuse the privilege so she goes to a bar and meets a man but just one thing. Are you still in good shape?” “Why do you ask?”

“Why do you ask?”

“Your costume in part of Act one is a towel.”

“I’ve kept in shape, thank you;” as she raced to the FAX to watch pages of a new script drop into the tray to change her life.

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The short story is one of three fun stories titled: The Beginning . . .Not the End

And now for a quick announcement:

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              Stories of Women Who Survive…and Thrive

 


 

 

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6
Tom Donnelly, once known as The Catch – every woman’s dream
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hard to climb. On New Year’s Day, he realizes just how far he’s fallen,
and makes a list of resolutions to change his life. He vows to regain
the trust lost from his family, his law firm, and his friends – and maybe
even find the right woman this time.
Mature Romance and Suspense

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The Life of the Party

The proud Aunt sat at the back of the theater, fingers crossed because her triple threat niece was about to turn Broadway upside down.
“Next,” the hoarse voice of the stage manager called; “Candace Scott, you’re next” as he turned to the eager new assistant nearby. “Last one up; then we eat, discuss the auditions, make decisions and go home, and Jimmy, take notes.”
Candace Scott hurried to the desk to sign in, heart thumping yet she knew she had what it took. Deep breaths, she told herself, be confident ’cause she’d been to enough auditions since her move to New York from way upstate and this musical was right up her alley so go to it and don’t hold back; so what if you’re nobody from nowhere.
“Hi, I’m Candace Scott.”

The new assistant said; “Take a moment; you have your music and I see you have your tap shoes on; they like when you’re ready and you’re very cute.”

“Sir, this is titled The Life of the Party; I found it in Mom’s piano bench under a stack of music and fell in love with it.” She nodded to the pianist; the music began and she took center stage; “You gotta have me there, the life of the party, The Life of the Party, to Bring Every Party to Life.” The last few words hit the ceiling; a light bulb broke as her voice reverberated.

This is a WIP thus far.

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