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Telephone Killer – 5

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000035_00023]Meet Detective Captain Vince Williams. The Department thinks he has some kind of knack for solving puzzles. And also let me introduce Tori Billingsly. She is Vince’s love. Some not-so-good things are going to happen to her later on and it will be up to Vince to save her.

Oh, dear, I’ve just given away some of the story. That’s OK. Maybe knowing Tori is going to be in some kind of trouble will bring you back to read more next month.

Paul J. Stam


Vincent Williams sat in the corner of the couch wearing a short-sleeved sport shirt and flannel slacks. He was a large man with broad shoulders and white hair. His arm was around Tori Billingsly who sat leaning sideways against him with her knees folded and her long legs and feet up on the couch next to her. She had auburn hair and soft, brown eyes. She was fifteen years younger than Vince which kept him in a certain perpetual state of awe. She was wearing a blue turtleneck sweater and jeans. They were sitting in front of the fire listening to a symphony. He was not sure this was the right time to tell her, but then no time would be right.

‟I’m afraid they’ve thrown the case of the Telephone Killer in my lap,” he said.

‟Telephone Killer?”

‟That’s the name he’s gotten around the department because he calls before he kills. It was not a case I wanted.”

‟Then why did you take it?”

‟You can’t just refuse to take a case. They think I have some kind of knack for solving puzzles.”

‟They call this ‘solving puzzles’?” she said pulling away to turn and look him in the eye. Continue reading

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Robbed!! — by S.M. Senden

My neighbor called the other day to say he had been robbed.  Just the thought sent a shudder through me.  He told me they had broken into his garage, breaking the door, and into the car, prying open the door and doing so much damage the old car was considered totaled by the insurance company, forcing him to get a new used car.  It seems our neighborhood has been the target for thieves as another neighbor said they took the copper from their AC, causing more damage than the copper ws worth.

One of the worst feelings we can experience is being robbed.  Someone violates our sacred space, our home, and takes away things that do not belong to them.  I have been robbed a number of times of late, and it is a feeling that leaves me looking over my shoulder, and has prompted me to keep a hammer close at hand, in the case I have to confront someone who has broken in.  I do not own a gun, and do not want one.

Though I write about murder, I do not want to kill anyone, not even a robber.  I may want to rearrange their knee caps and have them think twice about coming back here again, but I don’t want to kill them.  However, I do want them to hurt for the violation of my space and safety that they breached.  I do believe in Karma, even if I don’t get to see their payback, I believe it will come their way sooner or later.  Karmic payback can he the worst experience!

A sad note to the first robbery I suffered was that my grumpy, drug abusing neighbor sat and watched making no move to call the cops as they hauled off things from the porches.  Mostly they got old tools and ladders.  The thieves came back a number of times to see if I was stupid enough to replace the items and leave them out in the same places for the burglars to come back and take them again.

When I discovered what had happened, I called the police.  I have become good friends with the police recently.  The police say they can do little about this sort of crime unless they catch someone in the act.  We have a good police presence in the area, and my house is three blocks from the police station, yet, they can not be everywhere at once.

I look for the lesson, and for what I can do with this negative experience to turn it into any sort of positive at all.  It is an experience that I do not want repeated; however it can be put to use as I create characters and situations.  My sense of loss, violation and a lingering fear that I may not be safe in my own home are frustrating feelings that can help me write a better character, add depth to a scene and dialogue.

These robberies have left more than the invisible, psychological scars.  Sadly the damage the thieves leave behind in their wake is a problem that leaves the homeowner having to shell out money to replace and repair what they ruined.  As I cry in my beer about my dilemma, I thought some good comfort food would help get through the conflicting emotions firing inside of me as I write this blog.  Below is a great recipe for a pizza that will do less damage than the thieves.


1 (8 oz) package of full fat cream cheese, room temperature
2 eggs
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

1/2 cup pizza sauce
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
toppings – pepperoni, ham, sausage, mushrooms, peppers
Garlic powder

Preheat oven to 350.

Lightly spay a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray. With a handheld mixer, mix cream cheese, eggs, pepper, garlic powder and parmesan cheese until combined. Spread into baking dish. Bake for 12-15 minutes, our until golden brown. Allow crust to cool for 10 minutes.

Spread pizza sauce on crust. Top with cheese and toppings. Sprinkle pizza with garlic powder. Bake 8-10 minutes, until cheese is melted.


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Telephone Killer – Excerpt 4

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000035_00023]Things are going from bad to worse for poor Ralph. First of all he and his wife, Jessica, are not getting along; haven’t gotten along for years. Now the killer who likes to tell people ahead of time who is going to kill next has told Ralph to get his threats on TV. At the same time the police have gotten a court order preventing the station from broadcasting the killer’s threats. Understandably, Ralph doesn’t want to make the killer mad at him. What to do? What to do? – Jessica has an idea.

Following is a short excerpt from The Telephone Killer published by Second Wind Publishing.


Paul J. Stam


‟My God, Ralph, you’ve been sulking around here all evening. What the hell is wrong with you?”

‟I got another call from him today. He told me what he was going to do and he wanted me to be sure and get it on the air, but the cops are tapped into our phones and they got a court order stopping us from broadcasting what he said. The station is fighting it, of course, on the grounds of the public’s right to know. The police are saying broadcasting what he said would just make people frantic and that would create a ‘clear and present danger’.”

‟And exactly what did he say?” Jessica asked.

‟I don’t know if I can tell you. The court order says the station and anyone connected with it is prohibited from disclosing the information.”

‟For crying out loud, Ralph, I’m your wife. That court order doesn’t apply between husbands and wives. You are such a wimp. Now what did he say?” she asked and he knew he would tell her because he would not have any peace until he did. Continue reading


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A Very Thin Line by J J Dare

I was in the middle of a new work (yes, another one) and my thoughts started drifting away. Not because there was a Deadliest Catch marathon playing all day on Discovery, but because of a mild epiphany.

My mind was wandering and wondering, where am I really going with this? I was writing a thriller with familiar characters and a familiar plot. Woman – Man – Betrayal – Revenge.


Although my story had some interesting twists and the action in the narrative kept me from boredom, the overall synopsis was a bit cliche. Woman – Man – Betrayal – Revenge.

Familiar plots serve a purpose for the writer and the reader. The writer has less of a chance to be doc-blocked because the scenario is familiar. The downside is the writer is less invested, therefore, less inspired. Weak inspiration shows in a story.

Familiar plots allow the reader to read the story without any nasty surprises. The familiar is comforting. The unfamiliar is unsettling. But, depending on the reader, unsettling is sometimes exciting. It’s a toss-up.

I’m thinking of liberalizing my story. Over the years, I’ve written from the viewpoint of women, men, children, cats, dogs and once through the eyes of a three-legged lizard. Digging deeper into the characters who have graced my stories, I’ve written from the standpoint of a motorcycle-riding middle-aged black man, a pot-smoking elderly Asian woman, and a Middle Eastern youth with a mild Yoo-hoo addiction.

As a writer, imagination lets me become my character, no matter who or what they are. I can transcend race and religion, I can immerse myself in a non-human’s struggle, I can even give substance and personality to a wisp of wind. One thing I’ve never done, however, is write from the standpoint of non-stereotypical gender unions.

I’m not sure why I’ve never done this. It has nothing to do with my view of human unions. After all, as I’ve told my friends who live same-sex lifestyles, I believe everyone deserves the right to be as legally happy or miserable as heterosexuals. It’s only fair.

During my writing pause, I wondered, what would happen if my characters were non-traditional? It’s funny because I realized not much would change. The motivation behind betrayal and revenge would remain the same. The only difference would be that the sexes of the innocent and guilty would be identical. Woman – Woman – Betrayal – Revenge. Or, Man – Man – Betrayal – Revenge.

Interesting. I broached the subject with some friends who could appreciate the character changes. Or so I thought. Like people in general, I have gay friends I would push out of the way of a speeding bus, while I have others I would push in front of it. The reactions were evenly mixed.

For now, though, I’ll finish the story with the traditional male/female roles. But, after I finish I plan to make an identical copy of the story with the traditional roles changed to non-traditional. After that, I have a feeling it will simply come down to a coin toss. Human struggle is human struggle no matter what your lifestyle.

Maybe, my next project could be writing through the eyes of a zombie. Now, that’s a story that will burrow into your brain.


J J Dare is the author of two published books, several short stories and triple digit works-in-progress.

Current enthusiasm is sharpening intangible knives and co-authoring at Rubicon Ranch

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Are You Happy? by J J Dare

Happiness is a Warm Mouse on a Cold Winter Day

Experts define happiness as a state of mind. Along with every other emotion experienced by humans, happiness is subjective.

Happiness is letting someone else have the last piece of chocolate cake. Being complimented by a stranger can bring a blushing rush of happiness. The first bite of a my favorite ice cream is heavenly. Hearing from a friend I haven’t talked to in a long time makes me smile. Happiness is upgrading from “starving artist” to “semi-starving artist.”

All of these happy moments depend on the state of the giver and receiver. If I’m not receptive, no amount of ice cream will make me feel better and it won’t matter how many flowerly compliments I receive; in the end, happiness lies within me, not outside.

Writing is like happiness.There is a hit or miss quality when writing a book. Of course, writers only focus on the “hit” part of this equation, because it would be rather silly to purposely write a book that would miss.

Or would it? I think focusing one’s writing energies on a “miss” book helps the writer recognize the winning combination for their next endeavor. It also serves to free up some suppressed emotions.

That is the case with the book I’m working on now. It would probably be a complete bomb. Why? Because the subject matter is very narrow and relates only to a specific set of people.

Then, again, maybe the broader aspect of my latest book is that more people can relate to the subject than I’m aware of. My latest effort deals with petty and not so petty revenge. The only difference between my book and thousands like it is the fiction is loosely based on fact.

In fact (pun intended), some of the “letters” in the book are taken almost verbatim from actual letters. The names have been changed, but the intent has not.

Does writing this type of book make me happy? Honestly, yes, it does. While I’m not foolhardy enough to try some of the things my protagonist does, I have thought of them. If I had actually pursued some vengeful acts, fur would fly and lives would spin apart more rapidly than centrifugal force in a vacuum.

This is how I can get away with murder and keep my hands clean. Well, not murder, but vengeance for a debt long overdue.

I broached the topic with a friend the other day. When I told her a few more details, she immediately knew who the real antagonist was.

“Seriously, do you think that’s such a good idea?” she asked. “You’ll be opening a nasty can of worms.”

“It won’t hurt me,” I replied. “In fact, I feel pretty good about it.”

Yep, it feels damn good and, yes, I am happy. I compare it to the heated rush the assassin feels right after he pulls the trigger, like warm maple syrup on hot french toast.

Morally, my book should not be published because certain people, like the friend I just mentioned, would see right through the murky glass I’ve created and instantly know the real names behind the characters. Sheets would hit fans as some “righteous” people were exposed for drug-addicted charlatans.

WWSCD? Yes, what would Samuel Clemens do?

Publish the loaded weapon, baby. Publish.


J J Dare is the author of two published books, several short stories and about thirty works-in-progress.

Current enthusiasm is sharpening intangible knives and co-authoring at Rubicon Ranch


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