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Ishmael Toffee by Roger Smith #WeeklyShorts



Weekly Shorts is a new meme started by the CabinGoddess.com. The rules are easy, a short story, an anthology of short stories, a novella, or a quick weekend read that is also short on your wallet!

I got this one free this last week on amazon. Sounds like a good read and at only 97 pages clearly a short one. It’s not free any more unless you have prime in which case what are you waiting for? Go get Ishmael Toffee by Roger Smith now. Rest of you should check it out too it’s less than a cup of coffee at Starbucks.


Ishmael Toffee’s knife put him behind bars and kept him there for twenty years as a prison gang assassin until he lost his taste for blood. Paroled, he finds himself with no money and no family. And no knife in his hand.

He gets a job as a gardener at the luxurious home of a prominent lawyer and makes an unexpected friend–Cindy, the lawyer’s six-year-old daughter. When Ishmael discovers that Cindy is being raped by her father he must choose: abandon the girl and walk away, or do what he does best . . .



Weekly Shorts

Weekly Shorts is a new meme started by the CabinGoddess.com. The rules are easy, a short story, an anthology of short stories, a novella, or a quick weekend read that is also short on your wallet!

I was wondering what book I would share in this weeks shorts and then it hit me, well there was no hitting only drooling over a cool cover that is.

Knowing authors online pays off because the one thing you can count on is they get excited about other authors books too. When you see them mention a book it pays to pay attention. Exhibit A.

The cover is cool but then look at the series it’s a part of









These books have me quite fascinated I must admit.  These three are available now all nice short under 100 page novellas. Each a hard boiled detective novel set in the 60’s but with horror/supernatural elements thrown in and all written by a different author.

See that one way up top that is going to be the newest. It’s coming out this month and is the forth in the Sam Truman mystery series. Hard boiled pulp with horror cases for the down on his luck inspector to deal with. All short little nibbles of awesome and each one that is available right now is on amazon for 1.99 or less.

Can you say fantastic? I can. Fantastic. See, I don’t lie. lol :p

Adam Cesare is the author of the latest book and I must say I am most intrigued, such an interesting concept not just the subject but the fact that it’s different authors writing each one. I look forward to checking out this series myself and Adams take on Sam Truman.

Catch my Killer by Ed Kurtz

The Last Invasion by Brandon Zuern

Soft Kiss, Hard Death by Tobin Elliott

Bound by Jade by Adam Cesare 

Weekly Shorts

Weekly Shorts is a new meme started by the CabinGoddess.com. The rules are easy, a short story, an anthology of short stories, a novella, or a quick weekend read that is also short on your wallet!

So my love Kriss the Cabin Goddess has changed the meme around a bit it’s now Weekly Shorts. As much as I liked it the old way who am I to argue with the host so we have switched.

My selection for this week is one that I feel is a natural choice and sooner or later would have come to share this author, it would be quite remiss not to in fact he being the one to start the big ebook focus.

Throttle a short under 50 page story by Stephen King and Joe Hill is a steal at 99cents. I would like to try it out one day and see what kind of collaboration they came up with.

Harvest Treats blog tour

I am pleased to share an interview with Michele Richard one of the authors from Harvest Treats. It’s available now. Thanks to Michele and Jitterbug PR.

Please tell me about yourself –

I’m just your everyday mom and wife who writes obsessively. That’s really me in a nutshell. I live for my family and my books. It’s very rare for me to go a day without writing.

What is your work space and routine like?

I have an office and a desktop I never see. My kids have invaded it. My favorite place to write is the kitchen. There’s no TV to distract me. As for a routine, once the kids are off to school, I start the day with marketing and promotions, then a few hours of writing until the kids are home. A larger part of my writing time is after the kids go to bed. I’ll write until 1 or 2 am and then head to bed.
What are you reading now?

I am currently not reading. I recently finished reading Michal’s Window by Rachelle Ayala. When I am writing I avoid reading. It’s a treat for once I have finished a new project.

What do you like to do when not writing?

If I am not writing, you can guarantee I am doing something with my kids and husband. One thing we love to do is bake together.

Has writing always been a passion for you? –

It was in my youth. In my teens, I didn’t really do too much of it, and anything I did write, I didn’t share with anyone. I’ve never been one of those people who walked around saying ‘when I get published. . . .’ Honestly, it took a little convincing to get me to submit my books to a publishing house contest. Now I cannot thank those who pushed me along enough.

Please tell me about your story in Harvest Treats –


10 Days to Love is a sweet story of two teens who are about leave each other and head off to college. Dani and Richie have 10 days to get each other to see what’s always been right in front of them. Unfortunately, it’s never as easy as it sounds. They have a hard time getting it done right. As the days countdown so do their chances. Imagine Grease meets Maine at the end of tourist season and everything they hold dear is on the line.



Richie Graham and Danielle ‘Dani’ MacDonald have been best friends for four years. Now that the time has come to leave Old Orchard Beach for college, the countdown begins to say goodbye. The race to close down her family’s motel for the season and for their hearts begins. With ten days left, will they see what’s always been right in front of them? Or is there too much left unsaid?

What do we have to look forward to next? –

My next release is Mocked by Faith ~ Healing the Faith on October 2nd. This will be my 3rd novel being re-released in its 2nd edition. It’s a full novel in the Mocked by Series. Here’s the summary:

Just saying “I do” was only the beginning for Alexia and Justin McNear. Now when their lives, loves, and faith are left in turmoil, they will have to fight even harder to heal themselves and their faith. Can two people already struggling help heal the communities they call home?
How do you rebuild after the loss of a child? After suffering a tragedy, are these two lost to each other forever?
With all the church’s money missing, the hunt for the tyrant ex-minister Mark will take Justin, and his twin cousins away from their secluded, gated community and into the real world while leaving their wives behind to pick up the pieces. Can Justin survive it again?
Or will returning to the retreat that once abused him be his end?
Alexia, Madison, and Ginger will need to be strong and independent with their men gone. Left to raise their child alone, Alexia will make decisions that will affect their marriage and lives. Will they be the right ones?
Raised in a community where the men run everything, these three families will have to fight to survive the coming changes.
The temptations run high in this sequel to Mocked by Faith, but hope is not lost, and they will learn how to heal their faith.

Sunday Shorts

Sunday Shorts is a new meme started by the CabinGoddess.com. The rules are easy, a short story, an anthology of short stories, a novella, or a quick weekend read that is also short on your wallet!

I missed last week but I’m back this week with a book that is of great interest to me. I don’t recall how I heard about it originally but it has grabbed my interest in a big way. I want it super bad so way up there on my must get and must read list.

The Wool omnibus is the one I’m really after though you can get the first story in the series  for free right now. Its about 56 pages, the omnibus is 550 pages so much longer. The omnibus is running at $5.99 on amazon and the only reason I haven’t purchased it yet is that author Hugh Howey is writing more for the series. I hate the idea of buying it falling in love and then having to wait for the rest so I’m going to be tough and hold out. Til then ohhhhh droolfest.

This Omnibus Edition collects the five Wool books into a single volume. It is for those who arrived late to the party and who wish to save a dollar or two while picking up the same stories in a single package.

The first Wool story was released as a standalone short in July of 2011. Due to reviewer demand, the rest of the story was released over the next six months. My thanks go out to those reviewers who clamored for more. Without you, none of this would exist. Your demand created this as much as I did.

This is the story of mankind clawing for survival, of mankind on the edge. The world outside has grown unkind, the view of it limited, talk of it forbidden. But there are always those who hope, who dream. These are the dangerous people, the residents who infect others with their optimism. Their punishment is simple. They are given the very thing they profess to want: They are allowed outside.