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The Perfect Storm by Harry Margulies

“There’s a mother of a storm on the way.”

“That’s good, honey. Tell me who won the 1948 World Series. Seven letters.”

I glared at my wife, who appeared fully mesmerized by the crossword puzzle in her lap. I was pretty sure that’s what she’d called honey – not me. “Indians. So what’s good about a storm? I’ve got tickets for today’s game, which they’ve just cancelled by the way. Also, the rain always messes with my hair. And I just washed the car.”
“You don’t have any hair. Why would you worry about it? And you called it a mother of a storm. Mothers are good. Mothers are the best, right?”

“Right, dear. But it’s a storm. A mother of a storm is a really nasty storm. I didn’t invent the phrase. I’m just using it. And I still have a couple hairs left. I like them to look nice.”
“Well,” my wife paused, just long enough to draw attention to her insightfulness, “maybe you should start thinking before you speak. You could just as easily have called it a nasty storm, instead of the M word.”

“Aha! You referred to it as an M word. Right there, using just the first letter of a word, that implies it’s something nasty.”

“Stop being such a D. Admit it; a mother of a storm suggests that it’s a nice storm, one that nurtures the earth, makes it happy.”

“Yeah, I’m sure the earth is thrilled, but that’s not the point.” My eyes were trained on my wife, the mother of my children, and, less technically I suppose, the mother of my kitties. Her eyes were still trained on the puzzle. “A mother of a storm is a really bad storm, not a nice storm. I don’t care what you think.”

“Really? So, you’re saying mothers are dreadful and annoying.”

“Absolutely not. Mothers are not dreadful.”

“Just nasty then. And annoying.”

“No, mothers are not nasty, at least not the ones I know. I was only attempting to describe the bad weather that’s rolling in, okay? Mothers are incredible, magic 8MotherswithChildreneven. I am fully aware they should not be lumped together with thunder and lightning. It’s just a phrase, damn it. Why do you have to take everything I say so literally?”

“I’m only trying to point out your mistake. I’ll say it again. You should think before you speak…what is it now?”

“Hang on, I’m thinking.”

“When I’m done with this puzzle I’m going to make some tea. Do you want some, dear?”

“Is it instant?”


“So, you’re brewing, is that what you’re saying?”

“You’re so weird. Yes, I’m making it in a pot. Okay, help me finish this: A real doozy. Six letters.”

“I have no idea.”

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Harry Margulies is the author of The Knowledge Holder and the recently released The Weight of the Moon. When he’s not writing about romance, money, women, and other subjects he thoroughly enjoys but knows nothing about, he’s frittering his precious time as a cartoonist.
Photo Credit: Baseball game courtesy of Jmj1000.


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Crossword Puzzle by Pat Bertram

Yesterday was the 100th anniversary of the crossword puzzle.  To celebrate such a momentous occasion, here is a puzzle for you. Anyone who solves this puzzle will receive a coupon for a free ecopy of one of my books at Smashwords.com. Your choice of title! Send your responses to secondwindpublishing@gmail.com. Offer expires December 31, 2013.  (If you wish to print out the puzzle, you might have to save it as a jpeg and then print it out.)


1. Name of Pat Bertram’s blog (2 words)
2. Prose that describes imaginary events and people
5. Author of A Spark of Heavenly Fire, More Deaths Than One, Light Bringer, and Daughter Am I (2 words)
8. Pat Bertram’s publisher (2 words)
10. The country where Bob Stark from More Deaths Than One lived for eighteen years
12. The treasure that Mary Stuart searched for in Daughter Am I
16. A written or printed work consisting of pages glued or sewn together along one side and bound in covers

3. A formal assessment of a work
4. A person who has written a particular work
6. A fictional person
7. Death notice; the piece in the newspaper that catapulted Bob Stark onto his journey for self-discovery in More Deaths Than One
9. The interrelated sequence of events in a work of fiction
11. Category of a novel
13. The state that was quarantined in A Spark of Heavenly Fire
14. Archaic word processing instrument with delete capabilities
15. A book-length work of fiction
17. A person who uses penned or typed words to communicate ideas or tell stories
18. An electronic version of a book
19. Relationship of James Angus Stuart to Mary Stuart in Daughter Am I


Pat Bertram is the author of the suspense novels Light Bringer, More Deaths Than One, A Spark of Heavenly Fire, and Daughter Am I. Bertram is also the author of Grief: The Great Yearning, “an exquisite book, wrenching to read, and at the same time full of profound truths.” Connect with Pat on Google+. Like Pat on Facebook.

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“Love Notes” Cross World Puzzle with Solution

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It’s Not the New York Times… By Sherrie Hansen Decker (It’s a Contest!)

It’s not the NY Times, but I hope you’ll try my hand at the crossword puzzle I made for my new release, Love Notes. If haven’t read Love Notes (yet), you can find the answers in the sample chapters at Love Notes ~ First Chapter  or at amazon.com.  If all else fails, Google me and check out the blog posts I’ve been writing about Love Notes these past few weeks.

Once you’ve got all the answers, you can scan the completed puzzle and send it back to me at sherrieh@myomnitel.com, or simply send me a list with the numbers for the Down and Across clues,  with the answers listed by the corresponding hint. From among those who complete the puzzle by July 5th, I will draw a winner to be announced on July 6th. The winner will get an electronic copy of whichever of my books he or she wants.

Have fun!

Sherrie Hansen Decker

(While none of my books have been mentioned in the NY Times, jigsaw puzzles, or otherwise – yet, my bed and breakfast, the Blue Belle Inn, has been! Some years ago, when the Music Man Square opened in nearby Mason City, Iowa, reporters asked residents where was the best place to stay in Mason City, to which they were repeatedly told, “The Blue Belle Inn, but it’s not in Mason City, it’s in Saint Ansgar.” That’s how we came to be mentioned in the New York Times.)


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