The Not So Nice Mice

The Not So Nice Mice

A Fable By Blanche Day Manos The hundred year-old barn was home to a cow, a rooster, some hens, and a mule who pulled a plow. The days they spent in working; each one did its best, and when the sun sank from the sky, the animals wanted rest. But, when evening fell across the […]

A Close Encounter of the Scary Kind

A Close Encounter of the Scary Kind

In case you’ve forgotten The Cemetery Club, here’s part of an exciting chapter. We find Darcy and her mother Flora driving east toward Fayetteville during a rainstorm. The highway is deserted…or so they think. As we crossed the Ventris River Bridge, rain came down harder. Switching my wiper speed to “fast,” I made sure the […]

A Friendly Face

A Friendly Face

A friend who invites you in for a cup of coffee, someone who puts aside her own problems to listen to yours, the warmth of knowing somebody cares. It’s a cozy feeling, a comfortable feeling to have a friend like this. Darcy, Flora, Ned are like that. A reader can visit them any time; she […]

Murder Under a Full Moon

Murder Under a Full Moon

  An excerpt from my current work-in-progress, the fourth Ned McNeil mystery: The next day, Pat’s and Jackie’s reactions were similar to Cade’s. “Look,” I said, as Janie set our coffee in front of us. “My curiosity was already piqued, so Tom’s request just gives me a good excuse. It’ll be kind of exciting to […]

Blue Sky of February

Blue Sky of February

Happy February! This short month comes in with a blue-sky, frosty morning, full of energy and hope. If you are lucky enough to have been born this month, your birthstone is amethyst and your flower is violet, symbolizing humility and faithfulness. However, you have more: irises and primroses. February’s child is determined, optimistic, creative and […]

Wild and Wicked Wind

Wild and Wicked Wind

We had a night of wicked weather. Rain, rain, and more rain. Wind in abundance and now today, snow is in the forecast. I believe it. The temperature has dropped this morning and it’s cold! A tornado went through part of Arkansas last night too. Nemo and I hunkered down and weathered the storm and […]

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