Category Archives: Excerpts

short excerpts from my novels

Balard and Sonnet

“Unless he tells me directly that someone else owns his heart, I will see about the purchase for myself.” Continue reading

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Sympathy for the villain

In order to tell a story there should be conflict so the protagonist can get from point A to points B and C through personal growth and struggle. To achieve that goal, the protagonist needs an antagonist to provide the … Continue reading

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An Ant at a Picnic

It was a pleasant summer afternoon in Greater Metropolitan Roopville. The morning was crisp and clear, the dew bringing a brighter glow to the already very green grass and the riot of pink and purple pansies. The sky was so … Continue reading

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Merry Extravaganza!

Jim Dimity, Nancy Sweetanall and I waited on the sidewalk for the Greater Metropolitan Roopville Christmas Parade and Extravaganza to begin. It was a beautiful November day, the kind of day folks would have killed for on July 4th. The … Continue reading

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Xena, Warrior McGuire

Nearly every town in the South has a family of McGuires living in it. For that matter, nearly every town in the contiguous United States has at least one McGuire in it. McGuires are easy to spot: garrulous, sociable and … Continue reading

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The Lion of Clem

At one time Jesse Brassaville was the prize catch of Clem, the Pearl of the Tri-Pasture Area. That was back when he was on the A-string team at school, had a full mane of glossy golden hair and could make … Continue reading

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The Spooky House

Verdie Talley loves to decorate, and every Halloween she tries to outdo herself. She starts fixing up the yard October fifteenth, adding a little bit more almost every day. She drapes the porch roof with orange and black streamers and … Continue reading

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