A Story A Day Challenge 2017: Right Place

Right Place

A warm breeze blew across the cemetery and caused the weeping willow to sway.

Thomas stood, leaning against a street sign when he thought he saw someone moving under the willow. He thought it odd since the town hadn’t the money for upkeep, and there hadn’t been a groundskeeper for several years.

Curious, he decided to see who it was.

As he stepped through the curtain the willow’s branches provided, he froze, his mouth falling open.

Finding his younger sister cutting into two of her friends with their mom’s butcher knife was unexpected.

“Nel…”

“What? It’s a graveyard, isn’t it?”

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In the Books featuring Crime Scene by Ed Ireland

Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of In the Books, featuring Crime Scene by Ed Ireland.

Ed Ireland

About the Book: In Philadelphia during 1962 the crime family was at its peak. They had their own premiere hit man, Salvatore DeSantos and it seemed as if the world was their oyster.

Behind the scenes there were power struggles beginning to take effect and pressure from the New York and Florida families. Don Angelo Bruno worked to control everything as best he could. Then came the call from New York…they were sending a younger member in to be trained by Sal. There was also a massive plan being implemented that called for Sal’s unique talents.

With young Vinnie Collasimo in tow Sal lands in Los Angeles and a meeting with the three most powerful Dons in America. Also at the meeting are members of the CIA and FBI. Something is in the wind and when his next target is placed in his lap Sal knows his world will never be the same. Not just his world but the entire world!

This stylized fictional account of one man’s part in that dark day in November in 1963 will have you wondering just how much of an involvement there was on the part of the American Mafia, the CIA and other groups. Was Sal the triggerman that day? Would he follow orders even if he didn’t agree with them? Would the Dons be willing to put up with the well-practiced deceit of the government?

Follow Sal as his story unfolds in this tale of double-crosses and lies. Told in the authentic vernacular of the streets of Philadelphia as well as being peppered with euphemisms from the Italian background they came from. Crime Scene is as authentic as a warm soft pretzel or a hot cheesesteak. It will bring a taste of South Philly into your world and an insight into life in the city, the mob and the early sixties.

My Review: I’ve been reading Ed Ireland’s books for a while, and this is the first one that isn’t in the Epic Fantasy genre.

What’s really cool, is he slipped into this genre without any difficulty, and I have to admit, this may be his best work yet. I know, for me, it was among the most entertaining. I loved Sal, and every time he was in a scene, I pictured and heard Joe Pesci’s character from Goodfellas. The author did a phenomenal job at carrying over Sal’s charismatic qualities other characters commented on throughout, as well as giving each character their own soul, so to speak.

The store itself was fast paced and it was hard for me to put the book down. I wanted to see what was going to happen next. The multiple conspiracy theories were woven so tightly together with factual history, it’s difficult to separate the two. The story does an awesome job at scratching both my historian and entertainment itches that I wanted more by the end. Personally, I thought it ended perfectly with lovable mention of a goat. I won’t say any more than that, but it’s definitely a great way to close the tale.

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A Story A Day Challenge 2017: There’s Always Next Time

There’s Always Next Time

Bullets tore into the wall by Sam’s head, forcing her to duck back. “Shit! That’s not going to work.”

Her partner crouched on the other side of the alley. “Suggestions?”

“Blow them out.” After chasing their targets into the dead end alley, they were left with few options.

Sighing, her partner pulled out a grenade.

“Just once, I’d love to bring one of them in alive, ya know?”

“Yeah, tell me about it.” Pressing a switch, her partner tossed the grenade into the alley. After the explosion shook the street and the flash faded, they stood. “Next time.”

“Yeah, maybe.”

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A Story A Day Challenge 2017: Another Minute

Another Minute

Eric rolled over, gasping.

“Damn it, Eric, you didn’t already?” Traci whined, giving him a disappointed look.

He waved her off as he gasped for air. “I… tried. That’s a… long song… babe.”

“It’s three minutes, Eric.”

“Oh?” He glanced at her in surprise. “It felt longer to me, honestly.”

Growling, she grabbed a pillow and started clubbing him with it. “Are you kidding me?”

“Hey! Hey! Stop it.”

She hit him once more before crossing her arms and pouting. “I wouldn’t know.”

“Oh,” he coed, wrapping an arm around her. “You never complained before.”

“That’s because it’s called faking.”

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A Story A Day Challenge 2017: Brotherly Love

Brotherly Love

“Come on!” Luke pulled his hand back, ready to strike the box in his hand. “You piece of sh—“

“Hold it, buddy.” Saul chuckled at him. “You know, if you do that, you’re really screwed. Think Sheila will want that if you break it?”

Luke huffed as he lowered his hand. “Damn thing keeps turning on.”

Saul chuckled as he shook his head. “Why the hell would you buy your sister one of those?”

Luke cracked a smile. “Her boyfriend’s coming over for her birthday party.”

“Poor guy hasn’t a clue how big an ass you are.”

“He’ll learn.”

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A Story A Day Challenge 2017: Foiled

Foiled

Val stretched, arching her back and eliciting a smile from her husband. She returned his smile as she held her pose a few beats longer than necessary before relaxing. “See anything you like?”

He nodded. “Oh yeah.”

“And what are you going to do about it?” She enjoyed this little game of theirs. Every time she bought something new, she liked to tease him. Plus, she learned to time it so they’d miss dinner with the inlaws.

“I can think of a few things.”

“I can’t wait.”

“It’ll have to wait, though. Mom’s coming to dinner.”

Val’s expression soured. “Oh.”

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A Story A Day Challenge 2017: False Awareness

False Awareness

Lucas drifted in and out of sleep for what felt like decades.

No matter how hard he tried, he couldn’t remember where he’d last been or what he’d been doing before waking in darkness. Those omissions consumed him and threatened to drive him insane until a sound found him.

Though he couldn’t utter a sound or move to touch anything, the rhythmic beeping and clicking in his ears became the friend he sought. In time, he forgot his questions. He turned his injuries into his sanctuary, never realizing the beeping came from an implant meant to keep him under control.

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