Friday Recommends – Happy News

First, I have a new short story out! It’s a hard-boiled cozy called “Crumb”, in which a tough broad who opens a tea shop (naturally, there’s a cat in it–I said it’s a cozy) is invaded by a hit-man hired by her daughter’s no-good ex. “Crumb” appears in DARK THINGS II: Cat Crimes: Tales of Feline Mayhem and Murder (Volume 2). All proceeds are being donated to animal rescue charities.

SPEC THE HALLS is still available, with my story “Evergreen Gaze” in it, benefiting Heifer International.

2012 DAILY FLASH is out from Pill Hill Press, 366 daily doses of flash fiction (Leap Year edition), containing my micro story “The Perfect Boyfriend”. Also 365 stories by other people.

And The Book Trailer Showcase is open! This site will … well … showcase book trailers. Today is the Grand Opening, so pop on over and browse around. I don’t think any of my trailers or books are up there yet, but I’m in the queue.

Lots of good newses, yes? 🙂

WRITING PROMPT: Send a character to a Grand Opening. What is it the Grand Opening of? A hardware store? An opera? A death-pit?



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Friday Recommends – Happy News

  1. Red Tash

    December 16, 2011 at 8:44am

    Congra Rats! Woo to the Hoozle! So much awesomeness here today.

    AND, good news for you. You win the Pickle! I will put the prize package in the mail today, just email me your street address, okay, sweet lady? Maybe it’ll be there before you return from the beach.

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      Marian Allen

      December 16, 2011 at 12:32pm

      Yay! I won a Pickle!! As my long-time readers know, PICKLE IN A PEAR TREE is one of the books under construction as part of the Spadena Street
      Series, and features a Christmas pickle ornament. 🙂 Last year, I made one (see Crafting Under The Influence). Now I will have an actual one. Thank you!

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  2. Holly Jahangiri

    December 16, 2011 at 12:37pm

    I know what I’m getting for my nook this Christmas! 🙂 Are you cats silly cats? Because I like funny felines. And I like your writing. I know it’s going to be a great combination – and I’ve been a faithful reader long enough to say that with absolute confidence – BEFORE reading the sample story! 🙂

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      Marian Allen

      December 16, 2011 at 12:55pm

      Thank you, Holly! Alas, my cat in “Crumb” is not a silly one.

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