Friday Fictioneers. What’s in the Bread? #flashfiction #amwriting

PHOTO PROMPT © Kelvin M. Knight

The first time Billy met Roma’s grandma,  he’d gone camping with Roma’s family.  They weren’t so tied up in work like Billy’s parents.

Even more a hippy than Roma’s mother, Grandma made homemade bread for the trip.

Roma’s dad cooked eggs on a skillet over the fire.  They used real butter on the bread.

“Wow!  This is good,” Billy exclaimed.

Roma agreed.

They went for a hike, and Billy saw his first sasquatch.

“He won’t hurt you,”  Roma announced.

“How do you know?”

“I’ve seen him.  Grandma’s talked to him.”

“Dude, what was in that bread?”  Billy asked.

“Love.”

*99 words*

Friday Fictioneers Rules:  Write a complete story in 100 words or less based on the photo prompt.  Give it a beginning, middle, and end.  Post the photo, and give credit for the photo to the contributor.  Share your store using the Inlinkz button, and visit and comment on others’ stories.  Friday Fictioneers is a blog challenge hosted weekly by Rochelle at https://rochellewisoff.com/

Thank you for taking the time to read my story!

 

 

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Download this 24 pg., sci-fi short story, free! #scifi

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Follow this link to download my futuristic, sci-fi short story, Salamanca, Gutter Angel for free.

https://instafreebie.com/free/KKWjb

Salamanca is an eighteen-year-old who grew up on the wrong side of the tracks in 2047. What sorts of trouble are impulsive kids getting into in the year 2047? Read to find out.  Is there any hope for the youth of tomorrow?

If you’ve read my most recent novel, Detours in Time, you may recognize Salamanca as the sassy-mouthed girl with interesting body modification that our characters run into on their jaunt to the future.  This short story gives a little more of her background and just what turned this defensive, sassy girl into who she is.

 

We Are, a Haiku #amwriting

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We Are, a Haiku
Hurricane Irma Aftermath
(c) 2017

We are resilient,
Surviving the storm’s effects,
We are Florida.

**I’d like to offer a genuine prayer for the hurricane victims in TX, those enduring fires in the Northwest, and victims of natural disaster all over the world. May your spirits rise you up until circumstances improve.** I was humbled by this woman enjoying her kayak in the flooded street my neighborhood. Her smile touched me.
God bless us all!

Seeking Solitude for the End of the World? Friday Fictioneers. #amwriting

PHOTO PROMPT © Danny Bowman

The end of the road is really not an end.  I embarked on this journey to find a final home in solitude.  Society was in shambles; natural disasters were abundant.

I packed necessities and a super strong tent.  Two flat tires later (I learned to change them myself), I had to rely on a friendly old native Arizona man when I ran out of gas. Darn cars,  I should’ve just walked.  Would I survive?

Now, I find a young fellow encamped over the hill, painting whatever he sees.

We will either be great friends, or I’m on the road again.

~The End~  (In a somewhat open ending…)

*A 100 word story.

**Friday Fictioneers is hosted by Rochelle at https://rochellewisoff.com/ and restarts every Friday with a new photo prompt.  Flash fiction stories are to be 100 words or less, with a beginning, middle, and an end.  Proper credit must be given to the owner of the photo.  Add your own by clicking the Inlinks button at the Sept. 1 post at rochellewisoff.com.  Thanks for visiting my blog!

 

 

Reviews coming in for #scifi novel, Detours in Time

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Detours in Time, my latest book about two friends and their time travel adventures/mishaps, now has 15 reviews on Amazon!  You can preview it at this Universal link: https://bookgoodies.com/a/B0711ZW6XF  The most recent was a four star review, which really brightened my day, since I have struggled with sinusitis for a good week now!  I even cancelled my plan to try a book signing this month.  😦

I still have the internet, though!  Having said that, I’ve been working on improving my newsletter process through Mailchimp.  If you are interested in seeing a sample of Detours in Time, you may click on this Instafreebie link.  You will also be signed up for my author news, but it only comes to your inbox once or twice a month.  You’ll be sure to get word of book deals and news of upcoming books!  https://instafreebie.com/free/RJVlq

Now, as for those reviews, thank you to Joel Thimmell for the four stars:  “I enjoyed this offbeat time travel adventure. The main characters, Pinky and Milt, are quirky and charming with an endearing cuteness in their super-slow-motion romance. The tone is light and humorous and the heroes’ encounters with future technologies are primarily played for laughs.

Unfortunately, in accordance with the unwritten (yet apparently iron-clad and unbreakable) law of time travel stories, some action by any and all time travelers MUST alter the flow of history in potentially disastrous ways. At this point, the tone becomes somewhat somber and the fun quotient drops precipitously. Nevertheless, fans of the genre will appreciate Milt and Pinky’s heartfelt efforts to undo the damage they have caused.

My chief complaint about “Detours in Time,” was the abrupt ending. I know that it’s just the first book in a planned trilogy but for me each book needs to stand on it’s own with a fully satisfying ending. I also know that is extremely hard to pull off.”

Then there’s this, from Dianne at Tome Tender Book Blog (http://tometender.blogspot.com)

4.5 stars (rounded to 5)  “In the spirit of the most adventurous of explorers, Professor Milton Braddock and his best friend, the feisty Tabitha (aka: Pinky) travel through time conducting scientific studies of the eras they visit. An unlikely pair, their personal takes on what they witness and their witty repartee makes Pamela Schloesser Canepa’s DETOURS IN TIME a great way to spend a few hours in both another world and another time!….”

Please go to the Universal link and preview the book and reviews.  Detours in Time is also free on Kindle Unlimited as well as available in Kindle and in paperback!  Thank you to those who have read or who are reading my first full-length novel, Detours in Time!

“You Call this a Vacation?” #amwriting Friday Fictioneers

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PHOTO PROMPT © Roger Bulltot

 

“This used to be a hospital?”  Roma asked, pictures flashing through his head.

“Yes, in fact…” the guide continued.

“Big deal,”  Billy grunted.  He should’ve known better than to come all the way here with Roma and his hippy mother and foreign dad, from, where was it again?  To stay in a room with no cable t.v., no pool, no cell service…

“I love History!”  Roma jogged over to a tour guide in costume.

“Let me tell you the horrors of this inner chamber!” The man said, ghoulishly.

An hour later, Billy emerged from the building a converted History buff.

~100 words~

 

**Friday Fictioneers is hosted by Rochelle at https://rochellewisoff.com/ and restarts every Friday with a new photo prompt.  Flash fiction stories are to be 100 words or less, with a beginning, middle, and an end.  Proper credit must be given to the owner of the photo.  Add your own by clicking the Inlinks button at the Sept. 1 post at rochellewisoff.com.  Thanks for visiting my blog!

From Lost to Loved, now a permafree download on Amazon.com & Smashwords! #doglover #freeread

If your adopted shelter dog could tell his story, what wonders or secrets might you learn? If you’ve ever wondered why your dog reacts with fear when the kitchen timer goes off or gets defensive when he meets a tall man, consider the origin story of Bixby. Read this tale of survival, hardship, hope, and kindness in unexpected places as Pamela imagines the long journey of his life before they found each other and he became part of her family.  (Partial blurb)…

Call it a labor of love, but I wanted to publish something with a clear lesson for younger readers. However, the fact is, readers of all ages can enjoy this story.  It is a free read, 25 pages long, written from the point of view of my beloved dog, Bixby.  It all came to mind as I was waiting on editors and beta-readers to proof my latest sci-fi manuscript.

Download “From Lost to Loved”  for free on Amazon Kindle in the U.S. at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B073XTV2JF. (If not in U.S., it is priced equal to .99.  Use this link:  https://bookgoodies.com/a/B073XTV2JF ). Or you can find it on Smashwords free for your Nook or all other e-reader formats that could be useful on your laptop,etc.  Smashwords download link:  https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/722693

“Heart-warming and moving, well-written!” -Smashwords reviewer

“We recommend it to dog-lovers everywhere!” -Amazon reviewer

Friends and fellow bloggers, I ask that you download this one for free and share a review on Amazon or Smashwords to show readers it is worth their time.  You can also give feedback here.  I am debating putting this one into paperback and what its uses could be for younger readers or charities.  Thanks for giving it a read!

 

 

 

Left:  Before coming home. Notice his facial expression: anxious, a little nervous, and unsure.  Right:  Comfortable at home, after being part of our family for several months.  The lighting is also brighter on the left than it is at home.