Strange & Sweet is Granbury Writers’ Bloc’s 2019 anthology of 43 short stories and 8 poems penned by 17 of its members. There is something for everyone in its 300+ pages including offerings in Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Action/Adventure/Western, Sci-Fi/Paranormal/Fantasy, Young Adult/Women’s Fiction, Literary, Humor, Non- Fiction, and Poetry. Endorsed by such notable authors as Charlaine Harris, James Scott Bell, and John M. Floyd, this delightful collection of stories and poems will be a welcome addition to anyone’s library.
Tall Tales and Timeless Stories were all entries in the 2021 Bloc Bloc Buster Challenge Short Story Contest sponsored by Granbury Writers’ Bloc in Granbury Texas. This contest was open to all genres except erotica, and the contest entries were limited to 1,500 words each. (The tales contained in this volume may slightly exceed the individual 1,500-word maximum due to final editing and polishing.) The stories fall into a wide range of genres, including paranormal, mystery, crime, literary, memoir, historical, science fiction, fantasy, adventure, western, young adult, and children.
Malice in Dallas, Metroplex Mysteries Volume I, is a collection of 10 short stories by 10 authors, edited by Barb Goffman, with an introduction by Charlaine Harris. While these crime-related stories share a common setting in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, their similarities diverge from there. “A Crime Scene” by Joseph S. Walker has been selected by Otto Penzler and guest editor, Amor Towles to appear in The Best Mystery Stories of the Year, 2023. Malice in Dallas is nominated for an Anthony Award for best anthology in 2022 presented at Bouchercon 2023 in San Diego, CA in August.
More Words from the End of the Road (2022) is a follow-up to the Words from the End of the Road anthology published by the Key West Writer’s Guild in 2018. More Words is a collection of 28 short stories and 15 poems written by 24 club members. These stories and poems capture the unique atmosphere of the Florida Keys, and in particular Key West, where writers go to write and absorb the eclectic community spirit of the “Conch Republic.” While all the included works involve the Keys in some way, their genres, moods, and topics vary as widely as the human condition.
Reckless in Texas, Metroplex Mysteries Volume II, is the second collection of 10 short stories by 10 authors, edited by Barb Goffman, with a foreword by John M. Floyd. The same as Volume I, these crime-related stories take place in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Their similarities diverge from there. My story “The Laundry Larceny,” a cozy mystery, takes place in a life-plan community where people ‘age in place.’ When a body is found in the laundry room of the memory care facility, the only witness is a man who thinks he is Xerxes the Great, the fourth King of the Achaemenid Empire. He ruled from 486 to 465 BC.