Friday, January 22, 2016

Story Accepted for New Anthology!

I'm pleased as a grackle in the Wal-Mart parking lot to announce that a new mystery short story, Cat's Outta the Bag, will be published in the upcoming (mid-March) anthology, BLACK COFFEE---STORIES FROM THE NOIR SIDE OF TOWN (Darkhouse Books).

 It's a dark tale of infidelity, nefarious doings, murder and mayhem set in Texas, right outside Austin. And yes, there's a cat in the story. ;-)

Stay tuned for further news!

Happy trails,

bobbi c.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Light-hearted family fun!

Why not start a tradition of reading aloud a story or novella at Christmas-time? Here's a good place to start, and the price has been reduced to $1.99 for the holiday season for the Kindle e-book. It's also available in paperback.
Think "the Wizard of Oz meets Monty Python." :-)

A delightful tale the whole family will love! Laugh-out-loud funny, this holiday fantasy will warm your heart. When Dorothy Norton (Dot) returns to her parent's home for the holidays and gets bonked on the head by her neighbor's car while out chasing a runaway inflatable, all sorts of strange things are set in motion.

From a traditional Christmas turned upside down to strange toys that come to life and a Santa Claus that is not your typical ho-ho-ho jolly old elf, this hilarious tale will make you laugh out loud and maybe even lose a bit of your eggnog.

And furthermore, it's a heartwarming (or is that heartBURN?), nostalgic holiday tale about Christmas family traditions and the consumer culture and lots of wonderful horrendous puns, British dialect and lots of pop references and what-not. And dreams that come true. (Or do they?)

And yes! There's even Elvis. Of course. How could there NOT be?

A 17,000 word fast-read "clean" story suitable for all ages.

Happy trails!

bobbi c.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Short Stories for the Thanksgiving Season

Dear friends and readers,

Over the last few years, I've written three short stories inspired by the Thanksgiving season. And especially, the foods associated with it. Everybody has a few extra minutes now and then, during lunch, while having afternoon tea, etc. Take a look and see if any of these whet your appetite! And please feel free to share with your special peeps.

Aunt Jewel and the Poisoned Potlikker

Aunt Jewel and the Purloined Pork Loin

Death at Do-Lolly's Diner

I hope you enjoy these as much as you love pecan (or pumpkin) pie!

Happy trails,

bobbi c.

Friday, September 25, 2015

New Mystery Story Published!

My new story, "The Conflagration at the Nameless Cotton Gin" has just been published in the first anthology from the Short Mystery Fiction Society. Published by Untreed Reads and available in all formats.

Pre-order the paperback, or buy and download the e-book version HERE.

Friday, July 17, 2015

New Science Fiction Anthology--STORIES FROM THE WORLD OF TOMORROW: The Way the Future Was!

I'm pleased to announce that my macabre science fiction story, Perfect Progeny, has been published in the new Darkhouse Books anthology, STORIES FROM THE WORLD OF TOMORROW: The Way the Future Was!

Editor Andrew MacRae and Wenda Morrone, fellow Dorothy-L and Short Mystery Fiction Society members, also have stories in the book.

Other contributors are: Thresher Grey, Cassandra L., Michael Chandos, Matthew Pedersen, Michael McAndrews Bailey, Sebastien Mantle, Stephen Hill, Craig J. Ham, Raymond K. Rugg, Deborah Walker, William Stanforth, Rick Bruner, Donna Stephanie Cage and Amanda Bergloff.

This was a really fun story to research and write. The premise was interesting--what ABOUT all those new inventions they touted at the 1939 NYC World's Fair? What happened to them? Did they ever come about? I used the relatively new invention of hydroponics that amazed people at the fair (Growing food in water? Incredible!), coupled with my own contemporary concerns about GMO foods to craft a dark story about the possibilities.

BTW, for some fascinating historical photos, check out this site:

bobbi c.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

New historical short story published--free to read!

I'm happy to announce that my short story, "The Interview," is now available in the online mystery magazine, Over my Dead Body. It's a free read, too!

This is one of those  historical stories that is personal to me because of the location. Make sure you read the Author's Note at the end, too.

There are also eight other free stories there in the new issue.

Thanks for your support!

bobbi c.