Thursday, July 2, 2020

Short Stories! The dessert in a great meal of fiction!

Hello from the desert of New Mexico!

After wrestling my blogs back from the black hole of the 'net, I'm back.

Over the years, I've written all lengths of things---from a 300,000 word resource guide, to a 50-word flash fiction story, and everything in between. I'm most comfortable with short stories of less than 5,000 words and novellas, which are usually less than 40,000 words.

As a reader, I'm finding that I read a lot more short stuff and less very long novels.

Now, given my attention span and interest, I'm mostly writing short stories. And I love it.

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Interestingly enough, I got back into short fiction after writing a slew of ten-minute plays and monologues for youth theatre, many of which went on to be published, produced and win awards. 
Some of them were then turned into short stories. Writing short stuff seems to suit me well.

Thing is, I've heard people who are avid readers say that they "never read short stories." Or "I only read novels because there's a character arc." Or there are others who read an occasional short story.

I wonder, what would entice you, as a reader, to try more short stories? There's a lot of great short fiction out there these days--from literary stories with ambiguous endings (LOL) to all kind of genre stuff.

And if you have a favorite novelist, chances are somewhere they also have a collection of short stories, or stories in an anthology.

Think of fiction like a good meal. The novels can be the main course, and the short stories can be the dessert. :-)

Why not try one?

Happy trails!

bobbi c.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

New Thanksgiving Humorous Mystery Anthology Available!

I’m pleased to announce that I have a short Thanksgiving caper story, "Nameless Turkey Trot of Terror" in The Killer Wore Cranberry: A Fifth Course of Chaos!

The fifty volume of this new anthology of humorous Thanksgiving murder mysteries is now available for pre-order in paperback and hardcover from the publisher's website. The current release date for print is October 17th, but if you pre-order through these links you will definitely get your copies before that.

If my friends order through the publisher's website, then the authors get quite a bit more from the sale. Just sayin'. LOL.

Also, you can purchase and download the ebook version RIGHT NOW from their website in PDF, Kindle or EPUB formats. In fact, all you have to do is purchase the book once and you can download all three formats at any time. You can also use the special tool on their website to send the ebook version directly to your Kindle or Nook.

The ebook can currently be preordered through Amazon or Apple’s iBookstore, but if readers want it RIGHT NOW they can only get it from the Untreed Reads store or through their exclusive early release with Readers who preorder the ebook at Amazon or Apple will receive the title on October 17th.

Here are the links:

TKWC5 At The Untreed Reads Store (print and ebook):
TKWC5 Ebook At DriveThruFiction (EPUB, KIndle, PDF):
TKWC5 Ebook Preorder at Amazon:

I hope everyone enjoys the anthology!

Happy trails!

bobbi c.

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Friday, September 29, 2017

New publication! Yay!

I'm excited to announce that one of my recent fun stories, The Nameless Turkey Trot of Terror, will be published in Untreed Reads THE KILLER WORE CRANBERRY 5!

There have been four volumes of these popular FUNNY Thanksgiving-time murder mystery anthologies, and I'm pleased to add my name to the list.

Will post pics of the cover ASAP!

Happy trails,

bobbi c.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Where the heck have I been?

Dear friends,

Poppin' in to say that yes, I'm still alive! Barely. One year ago I went in for a "routine" surgery and eleven days later, was diagnosed with a life-threatening (shall we say "flesh eating bacteria?") infection and rushed back into emergency surgery. I had two more surgeries over the next two days. Infected tissue was removed and a horrible Borg-like device was attached to my lower abdomen--a wound vac.

I ended up with an incision about 14" long and 4" wide.

For many, many months after I was able to go home from the hospital, I had visits from home-health-care nurses three times a week for very painful changes of dressings/sponges and the application of a huge sheet of adhesive film holding it all together. I carried around a vacuum pump with  me.

Bottom line, a year later I'm "healed," they say. I have a horrible scar and my belly button is off center. Psychologically, I have good days and bad days. Yes, they admitted I got the infection in the hospital. Yes, I could sue them. Still thinking about that one.

In the meantime, I have a helluva lot of ideas for stories. After all, I do write horror stories, science fiction AND murder mysteries. :-)

bobbi c.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Free Kindle Book--Perfect for reading aloud during the holiday season!

CATTYWAMPUS CHRISTMAS, Christmas comedy novella, is free for the Kindle for a week starting Wednesday, December 7. Like a lot of my short mystery fiction, it's also set in the tiny Texas town of "Nameless," although with some new characters.

When Dorothy Norton (Dot) returns to her parent's home for the holidays and gets bonked on the head by a Volkswagen-wielding neighbor, all sorts of strange things are set in motion. From a traditional Christmas turned upside down to an errant computer to 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. This "clean read" is perfect for reading aloud during the holiday season.

The book is based on one of my prize-winning young adult plays. Think the Wizard of Oz meets Lost in Space meets Monty Python. With no murders. :-)

The Story of this Novella

This story was based on a play I wrote for a competition a few years ago. I wanted to pay homage to the Wizard of Oz, the legend of Santa Claus, and my love for old toys—not to mention play around with a few really bad puns and some pop-cultural references I hope my readers will enjoy. It finally came together in an award-winning play titled "Dot and the (Amazing Technicolor) Quest for the Real Santa Claus." Ever since then, I've wanted to turn it into a novella. While I was editing the manuscript, the characters got busy and expanded the story a bit.

I hope you enjoy the heart-warming trip to the North Pole as Dot takes a journey of the imagination with Cattywampus Horatio Bonaparte, the black cat, Bo Raggley, the stuffed rag doll, Robot and the Christmas Fairy.

By the way, as a young woman, I did make a stuffed doll named "Bo Raggley" for one of my nieces. As far as I know, that doll never talked. But she was always interested in fashion. ;-)

Thanks for looking, and happy holidays!

bobbi c.

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.