Friday, January 31, 2020

Free Friday Finds

Not that we need any more help adding to our overflowing TBR piles but here I will place a few gems I run across each week that I think you may like. These will be FREE at the time I post them but be certain to check before you click the buy now button to be sure!

If you've already read any of them let me know in the comments and tell me how you liked it or if you add any of the following to your TBR list let me know which ones  you chose. As always Happy Reading and have a GREAT weekend!

Soulless at Sunset by Deanna Chase

Synopsis: From New York Times bestselling author, Deanna Chase, comes the first book in the Last Witch Standing series featuring the badass witch, Phoebe Kilsen.

Trouble is brewing in New Orleans. Shifters are moving in and vampires are being picked off in record numbers. And vampire hunter Phoebe Kilsen is right in the middle of the war.

When Phoebe’s best friend goes missing along with the consort of the most powerful vampire in New Orleans, Phoebe betrays her heart and her shifter partner by teaming up with the one vampire she’s never trusted. Now, not only does she have the city's vampires to worry about, but there's a new vigilante shifter pack who claim to be protecting the citizens of the Crescent City. Only they aren't at all who they claim to be. Trust will be broken. Betrayal and secrets will be revealed, and through it all, Phoebe will do whatever it takes to bring her friend home, even if means she might not make it out alive.

Gabby by Sherry Foster

Synopsis: When a strange young female shows up in his territory all alone Trey, and his pack are shocked. But Trey knows his duty, protect the female at all cost. Then he meets Gabby and finds she is his mate. Now he must find out where she came from, what she is running from and then convince her to stay. That may be easier said than done when he finds she has no knowledge of the shifter world.

Gabby found a place to stay. Something deep inside her insists the area is safe, but she has been on the run for five years, she knows no place is safe for long. They always find her. She doesn't know how, she doesn't know who, or even why, she just knows, they will find her. On top of that worry, she is sure she is going crazy, she has no explanation for the events occurring around her. And the wolves, they keep showing up around her cabin. Are they hungry?

Can Trey convince Gabby he is her mate, and she is not going crazy? And what will he do to keep her safe?

 Maid For Love by Marie Force

Synopsis: Maddie Chester is determined to leave her hometown of Gansett Island, a place that has brought her only bad memories and ugly rumors. Then she’s knocked off her bike on the way to her housekeeping job at McCarthy’s Resort Hotel by Gansett’s “favorite son,” Mac McCarthy. He’s back in town to help his father with preparations to sell the family resort and has no intention of staying long. When Mac accidentally sends Maddie flying over the handlebars, badly injuring her, he moves in to nurse her back to health and help care for her young son. He soon realizes his plans for a hit-and-run visit to the island are in serious jeopardy, and he just may be “maid” for love.

 Pretty Little Fliers by Erin Johnson

Synopsis: She talks to the animals. But when they witness a murder, who will squawk first? 

Cursed and almost powerless, Jolene’s definitely down on her magical luck. Forced to disguise her taboo shifter abilities, she barely makes ends meet by working as a pretend pet psychic. So she eagerly says, “Oui,” to a job securing testimony from a parakeet that watched a woman’s fatal fall.

Teaming up with a true blue police officer and his lie-sniffing German Shepherd, Jolene works hard to hunt down suspects. But with an after-hours affair, a disgruntled neighbor, and risqué photos all seemingly connected to the crime, untangling the truth is bound to get hairy.

Can Jolene protect her cover and pluck out the clues before she falls from grace?

Deadly Stillwater by Roger Stelljes

Synopsis: Shannon hustled to her car and dug into her black purse, searching for her car keys.

He quickly put his hand over her mouth as she screamed and thrashed, slid the van door open, and dragged her inside... She tried to scream through the duct tape pasted over her was only the beginning.

Mac McRyan, a fourth-generation cop, is faced with a brazen daytime kidnapping and a media storm surrounding the case. An abduction is just the beginning in a case of betrayal and revenge that will ultimately strike at the heart and soul of the St. Paul Police Department.

 Stealing Power by Bo Brennan

Synopsis: Stealing women's power is easy ... until you pick the wrong one.

Detective Chief Inspector AJ Colt has lived his life in the limelight. The charismatic star of New Scotland Yard is public relations gold. Everyone loves him. Well, almost everyone. For three years, a serial rapist has been taunting and tormenting him, sending him DVD copies of every drug facilitated rape he commits. It's been one year since he received the last DVD and the trail is stone cold dead. When a new DVD arrives out of the blue, a familiar landmark takes him away from the job and life he loves and back to his home town of Winchester. The last place on earth he wants to be.

Winchester Detective India Kane does not suffer fools gladly, and she's surrounded by them. Obsessively private, she keeps her head down, gets on with her job, and doesn't bother anybody. She likes life that way. When people bother her, things have a tendency to get messy. She's just landed her first lead case - a drug facilitated rape investigation - and doesn't take kindly to the arrogant newcomer parachuted in to snatch it from her.

The hunt is on.

But the serial rapist is just warming up. As he escalates, so does his power. And he won't stop until he's stolen it all, even if it means bringing his own brand of terror directly to those who hunt him.

As they close in on their suspect, Colt and Kane find themselves on a direct collision course with the darkest depths of the human psyche, their own demons, and a web of secrets, lies, and deceit; spun by those they trust the most.

When their lives collide it won't just be the victims' worlds that are torn apart.

Stealing Power is easy, restoring it is hard.

Book Review - The Lyme Regis Murders by Andrew Segal


By Andrew Segal

Crime Thriller

Can innocence ever be an incentive to murder?

Synopsis: A quiet seaside town is thrown into turmoil. Tammy Pierre, London based private investigator, accompanied by her sometime lover, Israeli art dealer and martial-arts coach, Dov Jordan, has just been brought close to tears by police photographs shown to her by an hysterical Eleanor Goldcrest, at the home of three innocent toddlers whose brutally murdered bodies have been found on the beach at Lyme Regis.

Wealthy financier, Eric Goldcrest, alarmed that his partner of three years, together with the local police has him nailed as guilty of murdering the children, now retains Tammy to prove his innocence and
find the real culprit. But has his involvement in all this been misinterpreted?

In this investigation, with no apparant motive or forensic evidence, Tammy’s skills will be tested to the limit. In a twist that muddies the waters, Eric Goldcrest, laments that he’s simply never made it clear to Tammy about his position in the family and his relationship with the children, all of which have been assumed by the investigation.

My Thoughts:  Oh my gosh...the first part of this story was so sad with the foolish death of three innocent baby girls. I had to pause reading as I could almost hear the screams of the mama. The authors writing was just that vivid.. so real. I felt as though I was an observer that the characters couldn't see.

I loved the main character Tammy. She's very complex and complicated as well as tough as nails but then can be so soft and feminine at the same time shown mostly during her more private moments.

Over all I loved The Lyme Regis Murders and the only bits I could say I didn't really like were the very few instances the story just kind of sit and brewed and then ended so abruptly but these were just minor things for me as it didn't take away from the story at all.

*I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.








Tammy was left in no doubt about what was happening when
the interior of the Porsche was lit up by a blaze of lights from a third
following vehicle reflected in her rear-view mirror.
Her pulse raced and a vein throbbed in her neck. The
flanking vehicles gently closed in on her, bumping the sides of the Porsche,
shunting it this way and that. Gila screamed. Caleb swore under his breath.
Tammy’s palms remained dry and she gripped the steering wheel firmly as the two
grey SUVs moved ahead of her so she could neither drive through them nor round
Something like bits of iron junk was thrown from the
windows of both leading cars. The Porsche crunching over the gritty debris,
lurched unsteadily, quickly regaining its poise. Caltrops, she thought.
Four-pronged, palm-sized steel teeth for bursting tyres. Problem: she’d have
thirty miles at best before the run flat tyres gave up on her. Far less if she
pushed the car hard, which was just what she was aiming to do.
The vehicle following moved closer till it touched the tail
of the Porsche, which seemed to literally stagger under the impact. Tammy could
no longer be certain they’d get away. She’d thought the emailed warnings had
been directed at herself. But the situation was more confused than she’d
reckoned. Things were becoming unpredictable.
Junction 10 led to the A3, which they’d aimed for, but
would now be too slow for them to outrun the SUVs. There was no time to
consider options. Gila was screaming hysterically and banging on her side
window as though trying to escape the vehicle. Caleb had pulled what looked
like a plastic gun from the inside of his bomber jacket.
“Put that bloody thing away,” barked Tammy, in the next
moment reaching forward for the switch to the rear fog lamps.
“What the fuck’s she thinks she’s doing now?” scowled
The flash of the rear reds looked like she was braking and
the following motor immediately hauled back, giving her a window to stamp on
the brakes, adding to the eruption of light at the tail-end of the Porsche and
allowing her to fall back herself, out of the clutches of the two big greys.
Now, dragging the wheel left and forced unwillingly onto
the exit slip, with the two SUVs running on her offside wing, she immediately
swung the wheel to the right again, swerving in front of the two big motors and
back onto the main body of the motorway, then she floored the throttle. The car
responded like a SpaceX rocket, roaring ahead of the three following motors,
leaving them stuttering in her wake as she approached 180 mph. Now her palms
ran wet. The tyres could go at any second, and with that, all control of the
Gila was still screaming, Caleb cursing, as Tammy said
softly, “We’re about six miles from Junction 9. There in two minutes. At say,
half our speed they’ll be there in four, that’s three miles behind us. I’m
guessing, or hoping, they’ll reckon we’ll use our greater speed to take us
further round the motorway. But we’ll come off at 9 anyway, then find the A244
to Oxshott.
“And this is us, now,” she said almost at once, and braked
hard. “Dov? Anything?”
“Nothing behind,” said Dov, with obvious relief, looking
over his shoulder. “You should maybe slow down a bit Tammy? The tyres are gone,
you know.”
“I know, Dov. Let’s try to get home first.”
“If you can,” he said quietly.
She was on the rims, sparks flying as the Porsche careered
along the last mile of the A244 to Oxshott village. If she stopped now they’d
not be able to move again, the car simply being carried forward at this stage
on its own momentum and a silent prayer. Tammy suddenly realised that the
wrought-iron gates to the cul-de-sac would need to be opened and that’s where
their journey would end. If they were still being chased, their pursuers would
be with them in no more than a couple of minutes.
As she swung the car left towards where the gates should
have been, her confidence now failing, she saw that the housekeeper had
thoughtfully left them open together with the up and over doors to the double
garage in the safe house, an eight-bedroom red brick mansion at the end of the
cul-de-sac. In the distance could be heard the growl of fast-moving motors.
Through the iron gates, the pair starting to close
automatically behind them, the sounds of the other cars came ever nearer.
They’d be just too late. Glaringly clear. Now, in the
double garage, the up and overs closing agonisingly slowly, the sound of the
other three SUVs screamed at them, then whispered past, just as the doors
clicked shut. Tammy breathed. “Home.”




A contract killer changed my life

The encounter inspired me to become a Crime Thriller writer.

He was a contract killer, and he was in my car!

I’d been lost, looking for West Thurrock in Essex, and asked a little
old man in a shabby coat, on the opposite side of the road, the way. He
offered to show me if I gave him a lift, and whilst I make it a rule
never to give lifts to anyone I don’t know, I reasoned, he could hardly
be a contract killer, could he. Could he? Of course not.

As we drove he casually informed me that he’d, ‘Done it for the
Kray’s, mate.’ That would have been the notorious East London gangsters
he was referring to, known to kill, or have killed, without conscience.

Once I’d dropped him off and recovered my composure, I realised I was
looking at fodder for a short story. What then followed was a raft of
short stories, including, ‘I am a Gigolo,’ something I told my wife when
I first met her, and which almost ended our relationship before it had
begun. That title is now the heading for a book of short stories.

Jokingly, over lunch, I told a fellow professional I’d once been a
contract killer, and devised a story. He believed every word, and left
me at some pains to disabuse him. That title, I am a Contract Killer,
now heads a further collection of short stories.

Writer of scary short stories and full-length novels like The Lyme Regis Murders.

It’s been a fascinating journey… I hope you’ll want to share with me.



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Book Tour/Giveaway - I Was Murdered Last Night by A.J. Gallant

I Was Murdered Last Night 
Detective Olivia Brown Mysteries Book 1 
by A.J. Gallant 
Genre: Paranormal Mystery Thriller 

Murder mystery thriller & suspense meets the paranormal.

Anita’s vacation in New York City ends tragically when she’s killed in Central Park, but instead of the end, it’s only the beginning. Her soul remains at the death scene trying hard to process what happened. And there are other ghosts here that don’t seem to be much help. And,
of course, the new reality of being a ghost does not sit well with Anita.
What is she supposed to do now?
Why can’t she go into the light? She appears connected to Detective Olivia Brown, the detective assigned to solve her murder. Is she supposed to help her or is something else going on?
Will the crime go unsolved? Does it even matter now that she’s dead? Or can Detective Olivia Brown get to the bottom of what happened that night in the park?

And can there be romance on the other side? 

A. J. Gallant is the best selling author of several books, including Knights of the Dragon (of Knights and Wizards series) and Dracula Hearts series, the first book in the series is Dracula: Hearts of Stone.

Detective Olivia Brown Mysteries is also gaining in popularity. (Anita's vacation in New York City ends tragically when she's killed in Central Park, but instead of the end, it's only the beginning. Her soul remains at the scene trying hard to process what happened. There are other ghosts that don't seem to be much help. And,of course, the new reality of being a ghost does not sit well with Anita.
What is she supposed to do now?)

The author has two cats that make him rise at 5 each morning to keep him on his toes. 

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge for January 29, 2020

Each Wednesday, Long and Short Reviews hosts a weekly “blog hop”. For more details on how to participate, please click here.  This week we were asked Best Couple from a Book, TV, or Movie?

There are so many I could choose but one of my All Time Favorite movie couples would have to be Rose and Jack from Titanic. They were just made for each other and I enjoyed every moment of them! Such a beautiful love story. I get all the feels every time I watch it!

Monday, January 27, 2020

Book Review - Reframing Poverty by Eric Meade


By Eric Meade


Synopsis: We  typically view poverty as a technical problem we can solve with more  money, more technology, and more volunteers. But there is an adaptive  side to the problem of poverty as well. Reframing Poverty directs our attention to the emotional and often unconscious mindsets we bring  to this issue. Meade's approach is as unique as it is challenging. 

Rather than trite tips or tricks, he offers a series of nested insights  from diverse fields like political science, physics, complexity theory,  and psychology. Most importantly, he provides a path of self-exploration for those eager to become the kind of people who can successfully  navigate the tensions of a world in need.





“And because how we feel is intricately tied to how we know, we cannot

feel differently if we don’t know differently. We need a bigger emotional and
cognitive space, one in which we experience that the internal conflicts and
inconsistencies of our adaptive challenge are not inevitable and intractable.”

Robert Kegan and Lisa Laskow Lahey

The most constructive conversation about poverty may be the one we’re not

We talk a lot about poverty. Rarely does a day go by without someone
offering a new book, white paper, or article marshaling new data to support a
particular point of view. Experts make definitive statements on long-standing
debates, only to see those debates reopen the next day with a new report issued
from the opposing side. The pace of the conversation seems to suggest that we
are making daily progress toward understanding – and solving – the problem of

Unfortunately, most of this conversation is a rehash of the same old views.
Contrary to popular opinion, “breakthrough studies” and “radical new
perspectives” on poverty are of-ten – for those familiar with the historical
discourse – merely rediscoveries of or variations on arguments and proposals
heard many times before. The same ideas come and go as seasons and public
attitudes change.

But why? Why does so much discussion yield so few genuinely new insights
about poverty? The answer is that we have misunderstood the challenge of
poverty. We have seen it as a technical challenge – one that we can
solve once we learn the right skill or methodology. We strive to determine
“what works” and to apply it as broadly as possible.

Too bad it’s not that simple. We cannot have a straightforward, technical
discussion about poverty because the topic is too emotionally charged, and for
good reason. Until recently, the vast majority of humans were poor. A mere 200
years ago, 83.9 percent of humans lived in extreme poverty, on less than $1 per
day (in 1985 dollars)1, which is roughly equivalent (ac-counting for inflation)
to the World Bank’s poverty threshold today. Poverty is the ground from which
most of us who are not poor have only recently emerged. Most of us would only
have to look back a couple of generations to find a relative who genuinely
struggled to survive. How our own relatives made it out of poverty – or why
they were unable to do so – likely shapes how we think and feel about poverty

Thus, poverty is not just a technical challenge. In the words of
Robert Kegan and Lisa Laskow Lahey as quoted above, poverty is an “adaptive
challenge.” It requires us to change not just what we do but also who we are.
It requires us to change how we think and how we feel, and to work through the
emotions we carry forward from our personal and familial experiences of
poverty. Only then can we shift the focus from the unresolved needs of our own
pasts to what the world needs from us right now.

Prior to that shift, we experience “internal conflicts and
in-consistencies.” In our dealings with others, we cling to our own
limited ideas about poverty at the expense of the ideas of others, preventing
meaningful collaboration and partnership. In our dealings with the poor,
we unconsciously project the difficulties of our own lives, and we offer the
poor not what they need but what we feel fulfilled in providing. In our
dealings with ourselves, we reject new insights and discoveries that
threaten our established identities and our ways of understanding the world.

After we work through our emotions about poverty, how-ever, we become more
potent leaders of change. In our dealings with others, we embrace
multiple perspectives to build collabor-ative partnerships with those we
previously may have avoided. In our dealings with the poor, we respond
to their most pressing needs rather than making them foils for our own
challenges. In our dealings with ourselves, we recognize that the
emotions poverty evokes in us may actually raise issues we need to ad-dress in
our own lives.

These benefits accrue not  only to
those who address poverty on a professional or volunteer basis, but also to all
who are concerned about the state of their own communities. The question we
must address affects each one of us. It is not: How do we eradicate
But rather it is: What am I, as a human being, to do, living
as I do in a world where poverty exists?
This question demands a new
conversation – one in which we look deeply into our own experiences.

This book opens the door to that conversation. Part One explores what our
society has already been saying about poverty, but in a novel way. First, it
shows how our emotions about poverty shape how we think about it. Second, it
explores the range of perspectives on poverty and suggests the emotions that
may be associated with each. Finally, it concludes that all such perspectives
have some validity.

Part Two reframes those perspectives by introducing concepts not currently
included in the poverty conversation. These concepts allow for a way of
thinking about poverty in which all the major perspectives can be true at the
same time. They also highlight and address areas where I believe the poverty
conversation overall has heretofore fallen short.

Throughout the book, I will offer a series of nested insights drawn from my
own experience living in developing countries, consulting to nonprofits,
teaching social enterprise classes at the university level, serving on the
board of a global development non-governmental organization (NGO), and
otherwise living my unique human life. What you will do with these insights, I
cannot say. What I can say is that after reading this book, you will
be able to enter into a new, more constructive conversation about poverty.


Eric Meade is a futurist, speaker, and consultant serving nonprofits,
foundations, and government agencies. He teaches graduate courses on
strategic planning and social innovation at American University’s School
of International Service in Washington, DC. He lives in Superior, CO.

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Book Tour/Giveaway - The Demon Series by Sheila Stewart

Awaken the Demon 
The Demon Series Book 1 
by Shiela Stewart 
Genre: Paranormal Romance 

Publisher: Decadent Publishing Company, LLC
Publication Date: May 18, 2011

Abused for years by a sadistic fiancé, Missy Green has finally had enough. Running away is her only recourse. Wanting a new life, she takes refuge with a group known as the Stargazers. Taken in by the illustrious Draco Starr, Missy is elated to finally find peace. Yet, something doesn’t seem right about her host.

Born in the pits of hell, Draco Starr was once a fearsome Demon. For centuries, he collected soul s for Satan. Having done his time, Draco sets out to start a new life. Even with more wealth and prestige than anyone could ever want, something is missing in his life.


Missy is about to have her world turned upside down. Discovering Draco is a demon is terrifying enough, but finding out she too is a demon is more than she can handle.

Can Missy deal with her new life, and the affection she is beginning to feel for Draco, or will her past come back to haunt her? 

Offer the Demon 
The Demon Series Book 2 
Publication Date: December 27, 2011

Twenty-one years ago a bargain was made for her existence. Twenty-one years ago was the beginning of the end.

Born to serve Satan, Aurora Starr wishes she could lead a normal life. Being a demon, that’s not so easy to do. By night she takes the lives of those Satan chooses. Despite her hatred for her job, she knows she must continue, but all she wants is to live like a normal human.

Enter Scott Monroe.

Tall, blond, and gorgeous, he is more than Aurora can resist. Although mating with a human is taboo, Aurora throws caution to the wind and begins seeing Scott. But when Satan makes her choose between her family or the man she loves, Aurora has had enough.

Will love win in the end, or will Satan damn them all? 

Conquer the Demon 
The Demon Series Book 3 
Publication Date: November 24, 2017

Bad boy rock star, Mick Monroe has never had to work for anything. One of the benefits of Satan giving him a phenomenal singing voice. So when he has a chance encounter with a sexy female officer, Mick is determined to make her his. She, on the other hand, refuses to give in.

Rookie Office, Laci Harris is a single mother with a strong determination to do it all herself. Being scorned by an ex-lover, the father of her son, she’s very jaded when dealing with men. Especially bossy, arrogant men. Despite being a fan of Mick Monroe’s band, she refuses to give in to his advances. Even if he is incredible with her son.

Mick never thought he would fall in love, not just with Laci, but her adorable son as well. But how was he going to explain to them that he’s part demon? When he learns of Satan’s plan to gather souls, using his music, he refuses to give in. But Satan doesn’t take no for an answer and threatens his loved ones. Torn between saving the world and saving his family, Mick puts a plan in motion.

Even if it costs him his life. 

Shiela Stewart is a paranormal suspense author with a writing history that stems back to her youth. Always a dreamer, wondering if her stories would ever reach an audience, she was finally published in 2006 and hasn't stopped since. It is rare to find a stand-alone book as she prefers series stories. Her longest running series to date is her Darkness series which is a vampire romance.
Her joy for scary suspense is evident in each of her books. She has had several accomplishments including fighting for the top spot in rankings with author Stephany Myers, receiving glowing reviews as well as interviews on television.
When not writing, Shiela spends her time with the love of her life, William, and their children and grandchildren. She enjoys getting her hands dirty, working in her gardens and planting flowers. Her strong affection for animals is evident in the many cats, fish and birds she cares for.
Her favorite time of day is at sunset. 

Choice of any two of my published books plus a $25 Amazon gift card 
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Book Review/Giveaway Bulb by Bradley Wind

GENRE: Sci-fi/speculative fiction

If light records everything we do, can even shadows hide our secrets?

Imagine your entire life is available for review.

Imagine each day any event can be watched over and over again - your birth, your first kiss, your recent shower, that private itch - all replayable from any angle. Now imagine these can be viewed by anyone at any time.

Is a world where there is far less ego, little crime, and even the smallest moments are recorded and available publicly through the ‘Grand Archive’ a Utopia or a Dystopia? Traumatized by memories he does not want to recall, artist Ben Tinthawin is recruited by the enigmatic, Grand Archive creator Dr. Mamon, who seeks help for his nextgen designs to enhance the world. Ben stumbles across a secret revealing the doctor’s true scheme in all its surreal splendor and questions whether the doctor really is the benevolent soul he claims to be.As the paths of a broken man and a brilliant revolutionary cross, the world shifts and cracks start to appear. Even our most fundamental codes can be encrypted – or corrupted. If the wrong information is discovered, more than Ben’s life will be in danger of total shut down.

Prepare yourself for full exposure.

My Thoughts: Bulb was different from any story I've experienced of late and at first was a bit hard for me to get into. After the first few chapters I felt I had a better grip or understanding of what was going on but still for me it was one of those stories you have to have no distractions while reading. Meaning  I found out straightaway I couldn't read Bulb with the tv on!

Once I was able to connect with the characters and begin to grasp things better it was a real enjoyable and engaging read. The theory behind it all was kinda creepy though... It really gives one something to think about. Although it's not something I would like to be able to do in my life (reliving moments over and over) I almost have the shivers that something similar to this is already in the works at some secret lab out there in the world.

I totally think anybody who loves sci-fy would eat this up or somebody who is looking for something a bit out of the ordinary!

*I was given a free copy of Bulb in exchange for an honest review.


Someone put the wrong teeth in my mouth last night. The canines poked at the back of my lips as if they didn’t fit. I wanted them either buried deep in the gums or all removed. I hate teeth.

Trash trucks moan like suburban whales while they back down my cul-de-sac. The truck eeping irritated me more than the sharp light. Wallpaper images of two windows beamed sunlight onto my head. BUD programmed the walls and sounds from archives of the room I had growing up for today’s alarm. I needed extra help waking most mornings but especially ones like this.

“Shall I turn the alarm off?”

“Yes. Thanks, BUD.”

My prominent sense of teeth in my mouth dragged me back to the memory of my disturbing dream—another in the monster series.

“Would you care to dictate your dream, or will you be typing today?”

“In a minute.”

Lying among the pillows for the rest of the afternoon would’ve been nice, but morning bladder ousted me. A glass-horn urinal emerged from the wall when the bathroom slid to a greater diameter. A glimpse of myself as the mirror flipped revealed the monster – although I guess there’s nothing new about my dark circles and bedhead hair. The sight prompted me to dictate last night’s werewolf dream while the concern for my mental well-being drained away with yesterday’s juice.

Damn teeth! I could use a drink. The canines still felt glued to the inside of my mouth. In the mirror inspection, my little porcelain cleavers appeared normal. Gross, but normal. Most of the time, it only took the image of lips separating a fraction to think of an opened wound. Beyond the teeth, disgust stemmed from dripping saliva, hordes of bacteria, and raw flesh waves of the palate. It all made me question the stability of dentists.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Bradley Wind was born and raised in Pennsylvania. He is a prolific visual artist whose work has exhibited in the 20th-century wing of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

He worked as a toy designer for K'nex Industries, a manager of IT for Pearl S. Buck International and is currently a director of IT for a child-focused non-profit. He raises chickens and two lovely girls with his wife in Chester County, Pennsylvania.

BULB is his latest novel.

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Bradley Wind will be awarding a $15 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.