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Strange Invaders – Winner of the Facebook Writers Assembled 2018 Spring Story Contest

Dave stuck his head behind the curtain and grinned at his partner. The kid was looking pretty green, and clearly regretting his short trip down the alleyway responding to a stranger’s hoarse call for help. “You doin’ okay, Morales?” Eli looked up from contemplating the bandage on his forearm. “Great,” he said drily. “’Cuz being […]

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Something’s Gotta Give (A Demonic Short Story) Available Now!

  $0.99 on Kindle or for Free on Kindle Unlimited. An assignment in Hollywood? That sounds like Paradise … Ronoven should have known better. In Hell, nothing was ever as easy as it sounded. Take a trip above, they said. Use your human name. Go around as Ben again if you want. Collect a movie star’s soul. It’ll be easy, they said. And he bought it. Hook. Line. And sinker. Then he met her. An innocent; caught up in her own pain, in the whirlwind fame of Hollywood’s heyday. He couldn’t save her life, but if he was willing to play the odds, he might just be able to save her soul. Ben had always been a gambling man. Something’s Gotta Give – Available now. http://mybook.to/somethingsgottagive

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Detour

Another fun little writing prompt that got thrown out there in a group I’m part of and unsurprisingly I immediately thought of our own Ben Brody. – ~ J A character of your choice walks in a city familiar to them. It is the dead of night. They witness a brutal mugging, featuring a nasty […]

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Nightmare

Another writing challenge prompt inspired me. This one happens in the universe of Always Darkest, sometime in the late spring. Think of a word (any word you want) and search it on google images. Write something inspired by the 7th image. The word I chose was ‘nightmare’. This was the seventh image. He woke in […]

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Search and Rescue

Author’s note: Prompt in a writing challenge I’m doing – “Imagine that you are unable to leave the room that you’re in for the next 7 days. Chronicle each of the seven days using only 50 words each.” That sounded boring, so I went fictional. ~ J Day One Don’t know what happened. Maybe an […]

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Dear Diary

I’m participating in a writing challenge this month. The first prompt is, “Put your music player on shuffle. Write 250 words inspired by the first and last lines of the very next song that plays. (Bonus points if you share a link to the song)”. Below is the result. The song is Social Distorion, Angels […]

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On the twelfth day of Fic-mas, shades of present, future, past, try without success to make an impression that will last …

Boiled in His Own Pudding The persistent drizzle made the trip back across the lawn about as pleasant as their visit inside had been. Even the spectacular tree and light display that graced the grounds of the edifice could not make the view appear cheery to the three figures plodding toward the sidewalk. They should […]

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On the tenth day of Fic-mas, someone tries to make a deal, and accidentally his intentions are revealed …

Let’s Make a Deal The well-worn path through the thick forest was dappled with the fading light of the weakening late autumn sun. The sounds of birds chirruping and flitting from tree to tree filled the air. A bubbling brook burbled away quite loudly in the near distance. Lucifer sighed. Why any self-respecting “god” would […]

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On the eighth day of Fic-mas, an angel makes his case, disappointment sets up an eternal chase …

The Letter of the Law Lucifer’s patience drained away more rapidly as the hour drew nearer. Everyone he had gathered together could sense his building tension, and the danger that came with it. When his fingers started to drum impatiently on the armrest of his throne, even those in his inner circle who usually kept […]

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On the sixth day of Fic-mas, we meet a man alone, traveling to fight the darkness far from home …

That the Lord May Love Thee No one seemed particularly inclined to worry about the conditions out here. He hadn’t seen a single plow or salt truck on his long drive back. Maybe they were over budget, he thought. The snow had fallen all afternoon in that soft gently lulling way that could make you […]