Monday, May 28, 2012


Welcome to Tuesday Tales! Thank you for stopping by. Please click on the name of the  author to go to their story.
JEAN JOACHIM (Contemporary Romance, Rated PG-13)
"If You Loved Me"
“Now Meg, you know I was only joking…”
She bashed him with the pillow then fell into a laughing fit. 
CATHY GREENFEDER (Paranormal Romance)
"Mistress of Pendragon"
He held the crystal wand to her face and its light swerved and changed to the hologram image of a teenage boy, barefoot and running through a stream. The boy chased a teenage girl who resembled Stefani.
Paul jumped when he heard a loud blaring alarm. The hallway he was in began to flash with red lights. He guessed that he and Silf had triggered an alarm.
KAREN CINO (Contemporary Romance)
“It feels so good to be home.” Alexandra sat on the couch with her feet up on the cocktail table sipping on a latte.  “I couldn’t wait to get out of the community hospital gown.  It feels great to be wearing my own clothes.”
Saturday morning, Little Pee Dee, South Carolina.  
Fourteen year old Leroy Taylor got off the Greyhound several days early at his grandparents than usual. He didn't want company on the bus and his glare kept anyone from sitting next to him.
"The photo that no one else can get"
You’ve been chasing her for days, to get the photo that no-one else can get. She knows you’re there. There’s always someone there.  
LINDSAY DOWNS (Sensual mystery)
After she disconnected the call, she glanced at the laptop opened before her. With a smile she crossed off another item on her ‘Must Do List’.
LEE ANN SONTHEIMER MURPHY (Historical romance)
"A Merry Chase"
On Everett Brown’s arm, Katie strolled through the gates of the Pythian House with far less trepidation than she’d experienced alone.  As they moved toward the majestic structure, she wondered if it might be best to enter through the rear and thus draw less attention to her return.   
He’d imagined it.  He was living a dream, no a nightmare.  He hadn’t come home to find the place locked down against him. 
DAKOTA TRACE (Erotic romance, PG-13)
 If steam could’ve physically come out of his ears, Zeke would’ve had plenty. He couldn’t remember ever being this angry – even in all of his time working as a Deputy Sheriff under Darrell. 

CAROLYN GIBBS (Romantic Suspense)
Claire stood still in the middle of the lobby, oblivious to the people walking around here as she watched the couple disappear into the crowd.  How was it possible the wife was still alive? 
Pacing back and forth Sabrina could only think of the mess she was in because she let Junior assist with Katriana. She should have known that he would fall for Katriana. She looked almost exactly like her.  

Monday, May 21, 2012


Welcome to Tuesday Tales! Thank you for stopping by. Please click on the name of the  author to go to their story.

Chaz took a big swig of the fine champagne when she left the room. Then a big breath and let it out slowly.
Billy got off the elevator with an extra large cup of coffee and a slice of key lime pie.  He had arrived a little too late to the cafeteria to get some real food.  
Ice Queen slipped from her seat and tip-toed her way to the cockpit. She knew or at least expected to be exterminated if she asked the question praying on her mind, but she needed to know.
Mayor Blumenthal was dressed in a three piece suit, heading to another ribbon cutting in Manhattan.  He stood in front of microphones, the place he liked to be the most before he cut the ribbon for the new Barclays building.
LEE ANN SONTHEIMER MURPHY (Sweet Historical Romance)
"The Drudgery of Pie"
Her arrival didn’t create much of a stir.  The director of the Missouri Pythian House, Dr. Patterson welcomed her in a casual, offhanded fashion and turned her over to the matron in charge of the widows.   
Ezekiel “Zeke” St. John jerked out of deep sleep at the muffled shout of pain and the sound of flesh hitting flesh. At first he thought it was nothing more than a vivid flashback from his last mission.
CATHY GREENFEDER (Paranormal romance)
"Moonlight Becomes Him"
Melinda cut her a piece of pecan pie. “So, how’d it go with your sister?”
Kate played with the fork on her plate and looked up at her friend. “Although she agreed to take Janssen’s case as a pro bono, she warned me to be careful. Even with my training in pts disorder, he had serious issues
His gaze went from her high heels up her beautiful tanned legs, past that sexy dress she was wearing today and met her gaze. 
“Well will you look at that?”  Maisie set her champagne flute on the table and stared towards the entrance.
“What?  Where?”  Florence, her grey coffered hair bobbing as she spun round in her chair, then bounced once more when her hand covered her wildly beating heart.
Silf pulled out a short stick that had been stuck at the back of her
clothing and a laser gun hidden below her waist. She tossed him the stick and he caught it in midair.

KATHLEEN TIGHE BALL (Modern Cowboy Romance)
"Summer's Desire"
Snow, glistening snow, blinding snow, blizzard or flurries Summer didn’t care. It was still cold and in abundance. It’d been a long week since Christmas. Every day she hoped that Clare would be leaving. Today she got her wish.  
TAI VICARI (Sweet Fantasy) 
"Please get me something delicious to eat" pleaded Katriana.

Junior flashed his devilishly handsome smile her way and motion to her that he would be right back.  He made his way to the kitchen where the cook Helga was preparing dinner.

Monday, May 14, 2012


Welcome! Thank you for coming. Here is the picture our 13 writers are creating 300-word stories around this week. Click on the name of the writer to go to their blog and read their story.
“Do you know the stone arch in the ramble in Central Park?”
“I try to stay out of the ramble, I always get lost there,” Megan confessed. 
New York City Homicide Detective Rosalie Grimaldi took a walk in Central Park to clear her head from what had been going on with some of her cases.  She kept hearing crime was down in New York, but you wouldn’t know it from the files on her desk. 
SELAH JANEL (Fantasy/Supernatural Romance)
"Beyond the Arch"
One did not go past the Guardian Arch. It was a simple enough rule. 
"A Bad Feeling" 
He had a bad feeling about this one. 'Body under bridge' never brought about a good one but tonight...
LINDSAY DOWNS (Sensual Mystery)
She smiled as the archway came into view. She noticed the way the artisans had positioned the stones reminded her of a similar bridge near her chateau in Saintes-Maries-de-le-Mer.
It had been so many years that Trop had a decent meal. When he first came to the bridge it felt like home, it kept him dry and managed to keep out the cold.
DAKOTA TRACE (Erotic Paranormal - Rated R)
With a pounding heart, Alyssa approached the arch. It was as if her feet were possessed. 
Claire felt the fallen leaves crunch under her sneakers as she and Sam hiked through the Ramble in Central Park. They were taking a break from planning their novel, and also doing research, since the park was prominently featured in their story.
"Running for a Reason"
Running hard and fast, her breath caught but Elizabeth knew the gate must be near.  As familiar with Central Park as with the streets of her neighborhood she’d find it.  And when she did, she’d be home free with the rich woman’s purse in hand.
James strode down the park path until he saw the archway, their archway. He stopped short warring with himself. He needed to see her, yet something held him back. 
KAREN CINO (Contemporary Romance)
Drake leaned against the wall in the arched stone walkway.  Living across the street from Central Park had always been one of his dreams since he was a young lad growing up in Liverpool, London.
She didn't notice him watching her as he stood a distance before the archway. He just wanted to take a moment so he could remember this scene of her beauty surrounded by nature. He swallowed the lump in his throat and took a breath in.
"Darkness and Light"
A bit like her life really, Sharon thought, as she approached the narrow aperture. Shadow and sunlight bathed the bridge in stark contrasts...



Monday, May 7, 2012


Welcome! Thanks for coming. Today we have 13 writers writing short pieces to the word prompt "finger". Click on the author's name to go to the story on their blog. Enjoy the first few sentences to see which story you want to read first.

Megan refreshed her lipstick and straightened her skirt. When she looked up, there he was standing in her doorway.
DAKOTA TRACE (Erotic Romance)
Sitting around the huge dining room table, Kaleb could feel the tension building in the room.  He wondered for the hundredth time if this was wise. 
"Moonlight Becomes Him"
  Janssen clasped her hands. The touch electrified her fingertips. She jumped back.
  “Oh, I’m sorry,” he said. “I guess it’s a bit of static.” 
SELAH JANEL (Urban Fantasy)
Angel craned her neck up and swallowed hard against the acrid smoke taste and the blood that flowed from where she’d bit into her cheek when her car went over the guardrail. Her stomach churned and her legs didn’t feel quite right at all, but those were the least of her problems. 
He had listened intently to her story, only asking questions when necessary. His eyes never left hers, even though her gaze was distant.
KAREN CINO (Contemporary Romance)
Billy slid the card back into the envelope.  Within seconds, he stood at her side.  Alexandra opened and closed her eyes.
LINDSAY DOWNS (Sensual Mystery)
Once advisories, now friends, the two women returned to the hotel. An uneasy truce, at least on her part, existed between them.
“Officers, you have the warrant to search the place.  In fifteen minutes come in, unless I shout or fire my service weapon, then of course you come in sooner.
Beginning: Using the height of the moon as a guide, Tom headed in its direction, the only other company the bare trees of the Australian outback.
Silf pulled out a can from a bag that hung at her waist. It looked
very much like a can of spray paint, she pressed the top with her
finger and sprayed him.
SHERRY GLOAG  (Romantic Suspense)
Something was off. Sacha couldn’t put his finger on it, but his personal alert system had gone haywire. 

Her toes in the too tight buttoned up shoes ached by the time she walked the distance from the train depot out to the Pythian House on the northern edge of Springfield.   Katie wished she hadn’t chosen the shoes but her worn out boots with holes in the soles looked ridiculous with the new black on black striped suit with the pleated skirt. 
 KATHLEEN BALL (Modern Cowboy Romance)
"Summer's Desire"
Summer opened her eyes and looked at the clock. She wished she go could back to sleep. She’d spent a restless night hoping that Clare wouldn’t ruin Rachael’s Christmas.
CAROLYN GIBBS  (Romantic Suspense)
Nancy reached out and grabbed the bed post. She felt light headed and needed to sit. Claire looked over and saw her friend’s reaction, and stopped talking to Sam.