A Story A Day Challenge: Brothers

Brothers

“Whatcha doing?” George stood on his tippy-toes to see over his brother’s shoulder. It never failed for him to find his brother when Steve was in the middle of something. It was a gift, like him knowing when his parents brought candy into the house.

“None of your business, you turd. Go bug mom, or something.”

“I’m not a turd. Why won’t you tell me?”

“Because.”

“Because why?”

“It’s personal. Now get lost.”

“I bet it’s for Ginny and her cooties.”

“She doesn’t have ‘cooties’.”

“Oh, wasn’t it mono-something?”

“You little—“

Smiling, George called, “Mom! Steve’s swearing at me!”

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A Story A Day Challenge: Can’t Catch a Break

Can’t Catch a Break

“Come on, darlin’. Start for daddy.” Hank turned the keys, filling the car with a grinding sound. He smacked the steering wheel. “Damn it! What else could go wrong today?”

Shaking his head, he sat back and rubbed his head through his hair. Absently, he wondered where he chick was he was supposed to pick up. Didn’t anyone appreciate taxi drivers anymore?

“For the best. It’s not like I could get her anywhere.”

A scruffy man jumped in the backseat and pressed a gun to hank’s head as sirens blared in the background. “Drive or you’re dead!”

Oh, come on!

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In the Books featuring Moon’s Easy Money by Aidan Stone

Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of In the Books, featuring Moon’s Easy Money by Aidan Stone.

Moon's easy money

About the Book: Moon is on a mission that will earn her a tidy sum of credits. It is so simple, four men in one day. What is the worst that could happen? Moon’s story is a steamy romp through several erotic encounters on the same day. However, this story has a noir, TEAR-ABLE ending. Some will cheer, and some will cringe when Moon is finished with her assignment.

My Review: This was written by an author I’ve been wanting to read for some time, and I finally worked my way through my TBR pile to get to him, and it was a fun and interesting read.

I don’t believe in spoilers, so I’ll try not to give any away. I’m a huge sci-fi fan, so I enjoyed the setting being on Mars in the distant future. The story itself seems straight forward and has a few moments scattered throughout that don’t seem to make sense or feel strange in that I couldn’t put my finger on what was wrong, but everything fell into place in the closing pages. I’m good at figuring out what’s going to happen, but this had enough twists that I couldn’t and that made it so much more enjoyable.

The thing that stuck out at me the most was the different style of writing. I don’t see too many books willing to break the third wall and speak to the reader. This not only did that, but speaks at us as well. By the end, the insults thrown out make sense and, depending on your point of view, you’ll cringe. In many ways it was refreshing to see a different and unique style, not to mention that it keeps you thinking (at least it did me) after it’s finished. I love when authors attempt something new and it works out! :)

As for the erotic portions, they didn’t have the verbose wordage many books use to describe the sex. Instead, it was kept to the minimum and a “real-time, real-life” style that moved the scenes at a brisk pace, but kept them interesting at the same time.

If you’re up for an interesting, intense, and fun ride, then this is the book for you.

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Breaking the Writing Rules

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We’ve all been told to obey the rules since we were kids, but remember when we would ask why? I don’t know about you all, but I was regularly told, “Because I said so” and that was that.

One of the things I’ve learned is that when it comes to writing, nothing is that simple. To be honest, roughly 95% of the “rules” so many tout are nothing but opinions. Just look at how many different thoughts are there for POV, passive voice, and so on.

Everywhere we look online, in how-to books, and classes, we’re often told how to do something within set parameters. When it comes to creating art, doesn’t coloring inside the lines seem counterproductive at times? Think of it this way: If you want to stand out from the crowd, how will you do so if you’re duplicating what everyone else is doing?

Continue reading here.

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A Story A Day Challenge: Big Break

Big Break

Walking down the hall, you pause to look at the mirror and marvel at the face staring back at you.

You were never one to care much about appearances, but soon everyone would know you.

Turning, you make your way to the dressing room and knock on your costar’s door.

“Come in.”

You accept her invite and enter, taking a second to notice the picture of your understudy on the side of her mirror.

“Oh, what do you want?”

“Nothing,” you say, pulling a phone cord from your pocket. There’s no one to stop you this time as you lunge.

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A Story A Day Challenge: Taxing Parents

Taxing Parents

Dear Mom,

I’m sure you’ll find out what I did after I reach Uncle Ken’s. Before you get mad, I just want to say I love you. You’ve always been good to me. You never once punished me for something I didn’t do, so I hope you’ll have mercy and wait until I come home Sunday evening.

As for your plant… I’m sorry. I really didn’t know it was fake or that there was a hole in the bottom. Hope those tax documents are okay. You have, what? One more day until they’re due? Until the 16th, right?

Love you.

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A Story A Day Challenge: Helpful Judgement

Helpful Judgement

The last think you’d expect when dealing with a drug dealer is him being upfront and honest. I mean, you know the types you see in the movies and then there are the real life ones that do everything but fit into the cliché.

I wish someone told me that before I went undercover. It’s not that Andrew’s a bad guy, he’s not. He’s just trying to feed his family and here I am, doing my best to throw him in prison for twenty years, give or take.

Do I regret it?

Sure.

Can I help?

Maybe if he’s insured…

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