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The Precipice September 27, 2016

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I am standing at the precipice.

Toes curled over the edge, contemplating.

Just a few short feet below the edge floats a swirling bank of clouds. Blocking the way down. Is it a short drop into a safe pool of water? Is it a horrifying plummet with jagged rocks below?

I don’t know. Because I can’t see.

Tomorrow I begin chemotherapy for colon cancer.

What hides in the Stygian unknown? I have no frame of reference for what will happen. I understand the process that will occur tomorrow. But how will it effect me?

I hear stories of the ‘short drop’ variety and others of the ‘screaming and flailing’ flavor. What will be my experience?

I obviously won’t find the answers to these questions until I jump. It’s like life, I think. Sometimes the anticipation–the ‘not knowing’–is worse than the reality.

And if we want to fly, we always have to jump.

I choose flight.

My cancer story started last month and a lot of what I have been struggling with before that discovery makes more sense now. I haven’t been actively writing for a long time. The exhaustion went to the bone. It felt like my very soul was worn out.  So while I haven’t been able to work on the stories I love lately, it looks like I will have a bit more practice in the realm of creative non-fiction.  🙂


WonHundred Word Wednesday: He looked at his phone, turned pale, than quickly left the room. June 17, 2015

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June 17 2015

Today’s prompt is: He looked at his phone, turned pale, than quickly left the room. Here is my take on the 100 word story based on that. 

            The party was running full swing. The bass notes from the music thumped through the whole house.  Melanie glanced at her watch. Still hours until her parents would be home. No worries yet.

            This party would cement her place as head cheerleader. It had too.

            “Hadn’t you guys heard?”

            Melanie brought her attention back to her friend.

            “They said he got a strange text. A picture. The next day he disappeared.”

            “I don’t believe it.” Melanie scoffed.

            Ben’s phone signaled a message. He looked at his phone, turned pale, than quickly left the room.

            Every phone in the room rang.

Now you can check out the other authors’ stories based on the same prompt! Enjoy 🙂 

Miranda D. Nelson

Jenna Eatough

Kaye P. Clark:

Jenifer Lee:


WonHundred Word Wednesday: With him, she’d had some wonderfully stable times June 15, 2015

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June 10 2015

Last week’s prompt was: “With him, she’d had some wonderfully stable times.” My 100 word story on the prompt follows:

            She stretched and patted the side of her horse.

And then did a double-take.

            The horse’s coat was changing from the usual midnight-black, to fire-engine red. She sighed and looked over at her companion, Jeff. He had already dismounted and begun to set up camp. With him, she’d had some wonderfully stable times.

            But stable wasn’t supposed to be her thing, was it. Was she one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, or wasn’t she?

            “War?” Jeff’s voice called across the campground. “Goin’ somewhere?”

            “I guess I am.” She indicated the horse’s color change. “End of times and all.”

Now you can check out what the other authors did with that same prompt! Enjoy 🙂 :

Jenna Eatough

Kaye P. Clark:

Miranda D. Nelson


WonHundred Word Wednesday: It started with a chance meeting on a film-set. June 3, 2015

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June 3 2015


Today’s 100 word flash fiction has a very shiny visual aid. I figured that looked more ‘Hollywood’. Right?  Hmmmm, maybe not. 

Despite the garishness of the glitter, we will move on. The prompt for this week is: It started with a chance meeting on a film-set. This is my take:

            It started with a chance meeting on a film-set. Jake tried, unsuccessfully, to ignore her for hours. But those eyes. And she was so sweet.

            So of course he had to take her home. Who abandons a tiny kitten like that anyway?

            Now grown up, Ginger was the queen of his castle. And she was a viciously good judge of character. Whenever Jake began dating someone, he always had to introduce them to his cat. She would let him know—in no uncertain terms—what kind of person the girl was.

            Kim was the first to pass the Ginger test.

Now you can see what the other authors did with that same prompt! Enjoy-

K.R. Wilburn

Miranda D. Nelson

Jenna Eatough

Kaye P. Clark:


WonHundred Word Wednesday: He had kept their mother alive in their thoughts. Too alive, perhaps. May 28, 2015

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May 27 2015

Day late and a dollar short, but I have my flash fiction! We are doing 100 word stories based on a set prompt. This week’s prompt is: He had kept their mother alive in their thoughts. Too alive, perhaps.  Here is my take on the story: 


Kim entered the kitchen and immediately dropped her coffee. It splashed over her feet, but she didn’t notice. She stared at her brother.

“Tim. This has gone too far.”

He whirled around, threw his hands to his hips, pursed his lips and tapped his foot. “I’m sure I don’t know what you’re talking about.” The tapping continued.

“I miss mom too, Tim.” Kim hesitated. He had kept their mother alive in their thoughts. Too alive, perhaps. “But, you’re wearing her robe. And talking like her.”

Tim ran his hand over the pearl buttons. “It’s a house coat, not a robe.”


Now you can see what other authors did with the same prompt. Enjoy! :

Miranda D. Nelson

Jenna Eatough

Kaye P. Clark:


WonHundred Word Wednesday: The text message simply said ‘very clever’ May 20, 2015

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May 20 2015

Today’s prompt for our 100 word story is: The text message simply said ‘very clever’.

            Nicola leaned back from the keyboard and stretched—cracking her back and then moving on to all her other joints. She stared at the computer screen with the hypnotic blinking cursor. The blinking cursor signaling the end of her masterpiece.

            This is the virus that will show them. This will show corporate that the lives of those downwind really do matter.

            With a deep breath, she uploaded it onto what had once been thought a secure server.

            And then sat back to watch.

            Her phone buzzed and she hesitated, unsure of her success.

            The text message simply said ‘very clever’.


Now you can see the others’ take on it:

Jenna Eatough

Kaye P. Clark:


Author Interview: Lindzee Armstrong, MISS MATCH May 8, 2015

I have a fun author interview today with Lindzee Armstrong. She is celebrating the release of her latest book (a contemporary romance), Miss Match. But, before we get to the interview, a little about the book!

MISS MATCH is finally here! I’m so excited to share the rest of Brooke and Luke’s story with the world. To celebrate, it’s on sale for $0.99 this week only. Sale ends May 10th!


Billionaire CEO Luke Ryder doesn’t want to hire his best friend, Brooke, as his matchmaker. Not when he’s been in love with her for eight years. Too bad she doesn’t see him as relationship material and is engaged to another man. If the matchmaking company she works for closes, Brooke is out of a job, and Luke is out a best friend. There will be nothing stopping her from moving to Italy with her fiancé. And Luke isn’t about to let that happen.

Brooke’s dream career may be crumbling, and she will do anything to keep Toujour in the black. Even recruit Luke, America’s favorite bachelor, as her next client. Surely his perfect smile and swollen bank account will send clients swarming to their doors. But when matching up Luke works a little too well, Brooke wonders if she’s with the right man. Maybe she should finally forget Luke’s playboy image and admit he’s changed. All Brooke has to decide is if she’s willing to risk her heart.
Because I’m so excited about this book–and to celebrate Mother’s Day–the short prequel novella, Meet Your Match, will be FREE on kindle from May 6th – May 10th. So you can get both the novella and novel for less than a dollar, this week only! Get your copies before the prices go up! And I hope you enjoy Brooke and Luke’s story.

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Now, for our interview!Lindzee Armstrong

(Sticking with questions using the letters from the book title)

Miss Match:

M is for Matchmaking: What drew you to, or gave you the idea of a matchmaking agency?

A few years ago, I saw this commercial for a reality television show about matchmakers. That’s where my initial idea was sparked. I watched the show, and really wasn’t impressed. I thought “I can come up with something way better than this!” and started working more and more on my idea. The show was canceled after only a few episodes, and I don’t even remember the name of it. But I’m glad it was around for a little while or I might never have written this book!

A is for Advice: What life advice would each of your main characters give someone?

I think Brooke’s life advice would be “learn to trust others, even if you get hurt.” Luke’s life advice would be “don’t let fear stop you from making the right choices and decisions.”

T is for Trials: Without spoilers, what do you think you characters have learned through the trails they have gone through?

It’s tied closely to their advice, I think. Brooke learns to trust others, especially men, and to not let her past affect her future. Luke learns that some things are worth taking risks and fighting for.

C is for Continuing: Will this be a continuing series? What will be your ‘continuing’ works (next books)?

Yes! There’s already a prequel novella to the series, Meet Your Match. It tells the story of how Brooke and Luke meet in high school, and can be read before or after Miss Match.

The No Match For Love series will continue for at least two more books, but I’m guessing many more. Book two is tentatively titled Objectionably Matched and will overlap the timeline of Miss Match. That’s Andi’s story. And Book three is Not Your Match, and will be Zoey’s story. It’ll take place a year or so after Miss Match. I’m also hoping to write a few more novellas for this series. The possibilities for this series are really endless! I’ll keep writing on it until I run out of stories to tell.

H is for Hobbies: What are your favorite hobbies?

Wow, hobbies…what are those? 😉 Writing and reading used to be my hobbies, but now they’re my job, and between work and family there isn’t time for much else. But I am a total TV junkie. I love reality TV, dramas, comedies…anything with really compelling characters and an interesting plot. I also enjoy playing the piano, although I rarely have time for that. And I LOVE to travel. We traveled a lot while I was growing up, and my husband and I are doing our best to give our children those same experiences.

Thank you, Lindzee, for visiting with us today! I loved this book (and the prequel novella!). I will be looking forward to the other books in the series too. 🙂



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