A Promise to Lena

The room glowed green in rhythm with the flashing neon of Gerry’s Irish bar across the road and two stories down. Frank Daley, fully dressed and lying on his back on the cheap bed, put a period on the light show with the red tip of his Chesterfield.

The sounds and smells of the Brooklyn neighborhood floated through the open window, Antonio’s Pizza Pies blending with the odors of cigarettes, sweat, and sex that filled the fleabag he had rented for the month. It’d have to do. He’d lose his security deposit anyway, once he robbed the joint downstairs.

The hooker beside him stunk of cheap whiskey, her snores a discord of nasal wheezes that drowned out conversations of the restaurant patrons below as they came and went to an irritating bell jangling above the door. He leaned over and pinched her nose until she opened her mouth to breathe. What came out overwhelmed all other aromas, pleasant or otherwise.

She was naked except for a pair of black lace panties and a gold strapless sandal on her left foot, the heel worn on one side. He had noticed it earlier on their walk up the staircase. There was no significance to the worn heel, but it represented something he knew that no one else did. It was one of his better qualities, a keen sense of observation. It had kept him alive and out of jail since the war.

Her breasts rose and fell with her breathing, the air once again escaping through clogged nostrils. Between the bell over Antonio’s door and her nose music, it sounded like a bad Salvation Army band.

Big News

My short story, "The Case of the Burned Wires" didn't make the Margery Allingham short list but was accepted for publication in an upcoming edition of the Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine
I will be at the Florida Library Association Conference at the Caribe Royale, May 10 between 1 and 5 pm. Stop by my table and get a Mr. Goodbar or Krackle.
My short story, THE CASE OF THE BURNED WIRES, has been longlisted for the Margery Allingham Short Story Competition
My short story, IN NOBODY WE TRUST, won the St. Martin's Press "Who Can You Trust Contest" It will be published in the St. Martin's Press Book, A DIVIDED SPY by Charles Cumming in the paperback and eBook editions only, in May.
They'll publish the story in the back of the book.
Some prize money too: $250. Pam get's 10% for typing it up.

Loiacono Literary takes on my new novel, A Promise To Lena 

My interview on Many Books

I'll be at the Meet The Author bookfair in the Eau Gallie Civic Center, Nov 19 and 20. http://tinyurl.com/hmqm3yx

My interview with Donna Seebo of Warriors For Peace. Select 636-2 and click on box

My guest post on writing about other cultures : http://tinyurl.com/hb3b78z

Also, please vist Jackie Minniti's Fabulous Florida Writers blog to read my Nisei guest post.http://tinyurl.com/hqnpscg

Please vist S J Francis Writer's Blog to read my guest post http://tinyurl.com/jy7badm

Enter on Goodreads for a chance to win one of five copies of NISEI. http://tinyurl.com/jeg2bh4

I will be discussing my book, NISEI in the Jane Von Thron room at the Cocoa Beach Library, Wednesday, July, 20 at 6 pm.

Read my guest post about Engineers and Creative Writing on Cecile Sune's Book Obsessed site: http://tinyurl.com/glcy5sg

My psychological thriller, Prodigious Savant,has been reduced in a Kindle Promotion from $3.99 to 99 cents.
http://tinyurl.com/jbjaogx

You can order my new novel, Deviant Acts, on Amazon.

My interview on S.J >Francis' blog :http://tinyurl.com/h97okxg

My interview on Authors Talk About It: http://tinyurl.com/hxstpwa

My guest post on Marilyn's Musings: Five Common Mistakes made by New Writers:

My short story: "Lucky bastard Club" was included in the The Best Short Stories from The Saturday Evening Post Great American Fiction Contest 2016 -

My recent interview on Carolyn Johnson's New Book Review:

http://tinyurl.com/j8vqeq9

My recent interview on Crime Fiction.FM: http://tinyurl.com/pf86654

A guest post I wrote for BookBrowsing: Is The First Page All That Important When Deciding Which Book To Buy?

My short story, "The Lucky Bastard Club," is a finalist in the Saturday Evening Post Great American Fiction Contest.

The Penitent was shortlisted  in the Words with Jam competition.

Excerpt:

http://tinyurl.com/nopazmn

A nice article about Pam and me in the Viera Voice. http://tinyurl.com/mfjcxxa

I will be giving a presentation on "Story versus Style" at the Cocoa Beach Library on Wednesday, May 13 at 2 pm. Ya'll come. All proceeds  from sales of my book, Prodigious Savant, go to the "Friends of the Library." http://tinyurl.com/nwd7krk

Check out an article about me in the Island Reporter  Page 6 http://tinyurl.com/p7gwxcz

Listen to my interview on the Red River Radio-No Limits show with questions from Barbara Hodges about me and my novel, Prodigious Savant. My interview is in the last half hour. http://tinyurl.com/k768fq4

 

Prodigious Savant is now available on Amazon Kindle.

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Prodigious Savant, Deviant Acts , and Nisei have been acquired by Black Opal Books.

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My story,"The Adventures of The Nine Hole League" was published in Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine #13

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Deviant Acts has been selected as a finalist in the CWA Debut Dagger competition.

Nisei has been selected as the Grand Prize Winner in the Columbus Creative Cooperative novel competition.

Great Police Procedure blog by Micki Browning---Plotting The Perfect Crime And Getting Away With Murder

Wonderful poetry blog by Nilanjana Bose--Madly-In-Verse

 
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