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An itty bitty ditty of unexpected encounters under the glow of a Harvest Moon. (short story)

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An unidentified individual lets his imagination roam as he weaves detailed fictional stories based on his observations of the folks he encounters during a Friday evening at the Roadhouse Diner. (short story)


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Brooke thought she had read every book in Grandad's collection of fiction until she stumbles upon an unfamiliar title. Curious, she delves into the book, realizing her relationship with her boyfriend of four years parallels the story she is reading of Ezra and Christian. Can a Victorian tale of forbidden love between two men provide the answers to salvage her floundering relationship?


This unusual story is a period tale wrapped inside of a contemporary storyline. The interior tale follows the relationship of two men in 1890 Victorian London, the outer story follows Brooke and Chase in upstate New York in a present-day setting. The manuscript crosses genre-specific lines; gay/hetero and period/contemporary. Definitely not a traditional run-of-the-mill read, but a journey into alternative fiction. (novella)

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What happened to Christian and Ezra from the interior story from the novella entitled MASKED IDENTITIES?

MASKED IDENTITIES - THE REVEAL tells the rest of the tale. A free downloadable short story available exclusively at Smashwords.



Teenage years aren't easy,

especially when the world is out to get you!


FUCK! Shane Aaron Davison, what the hell? You’re eighteen-years-old—by god—sittin’ in a shithole of a bus terminal. There’s nothin’ fancy ‘bout the place. It’s really kinda depressin’, if ya wanna know the honest truth. Lucky for me there’s no one ‘round to look me in the eyes to see I’m breakin’ inside. An icy shiver runs down my rain-soaked back. Everything I own is jammed in a suitcase and I’ve no place to call home. Just hours ago, I was on top of the world—I had a family, a roof over my head, a bedroom of my own, a best friend, and a dream. So, what in the hell happened?

Before I get to answerin’ that question, I gotta warn ya, I’m ‘bout to tell ya some crazy shit. If I hadn’t lived it, I wouldn’t believe it myself. There’s a sayin' that goes somethin’ like—life can be stranger than fiction. At times I wish my life was fiction—then maybe everything would make a helluva lot more sense.

Bear with me while I tell ya the story that’s become my life. It’s not a bed of roses filled with lollipops and unicorns. It’s not anything I’m proud of—it’s simply my life. I didn’t choose it—it chose me. I wasn’t given a choice in the matter—I was thrown into it.

I’m not askin’ ya to believe what I’m gonna tell ya. You can think what ya want. Besides, I’m tellin’ my story more for me, so maybe I can make sense of the crap I call my life.

All stories start at the beginnin’, but I’m not so sure where this story begins. So, I’m gonna start where I think things started goin’ downhill. Hear me out before ya go judgin’ me. Like I said, my life’s been some crazy fucked up shit.

So, back to the question I asked myself earlier, what in the hell happened?

Thinkin’ back, I’ve no friggin’ idea when everything started goin’ to shit. Between you and me, I can’t help but feel it all started on one particular day, three years ago…


Shane reveals a poignant coming-of-age narrative of growing up in ultra-conservative, north Oklahoma in the early 1970s, told entirely from Shane’s teenage perspective. From triumphs to disappointments, his story unravels a tapestry of secrets and lies, exposing deeply hidden skeletons in closets that should never see the light of day. A true, honest-to-goodness southern fictional tale, inspired by actual events.


Small town secrets lead to a roller-coaster read.



Book One


Beta Readers Comments:


"Makes me cry"

"Can feel the anxiety"
"Brings back memories - some good, some not"


Debut Novel Coming in Spring 2021

Rated: ADULT - profanity, adult situations