The Bunny Trail-Fiction by N.M. Bunting

Ed Platte, aged forty-two, recent hire to the actuary firm of Steele, Murphy & Fitz, or SMF—pronounced “smif” by long-time employees. A practical and efficient man, Ed is a firm believer that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line. Until today, that belief has gotten him through life unscathed. But until today, he never had to walk the Bunny Trail after dark.

Afraid of the Dark

Emily stared in the darkness, ears straining to pick out the sound that must have woke her. Behind her, Tony rolled to his side and draped his arm over her waist and pulled her closer. She didn’t resist the contact, but she didn’t relax to his embrace, either. Something had pulled her from a deep sleep, and she doubted it was Tony trying to get closer. People had been talking in her dream. Speaking in a language she didn’t understand. The volume had increased until everybody was shouting at her in French, the unfamiliar words piercing her ears like pointed weapons. When she opened her eyes to the dark room, the words were still there. Moving in a steady stream through her mind, nonsensical sounds forming phrases that felt deliberate. That had the rhythm and cadence of an actual sentence with actual meaning.

Book Review: Blood Vice

TITLE: Blood Vice
AUTHOR: Keith Melton
LENGTH: Novel (roughly 93k)
GENRE: Urban fantasy
COST: $5.50

Boston’s criminal underworld is at war, and vampire Karl Vance has chosen a side. As a hired hit man for the Ricardis, he satisfies his bloodlust by preying only on those who deserve it, but when Maria Ricardi decides to make her own play for power within the family, things take a deadly turn. The rival Lucattis have their own vampire to defend them, Alejandro Delgado, who’s in town primarily to settle the centuries-old vendetta between him and Karl. He recognizes Maria as Karl’s weakness, but his strike against her changes the war irrevocably…for everyone.

A vampire as a hit man for the Mafia? How on earth was I supposed to resist a set-up like that? The possibilities of how it could play out were delicious, and with the excerpt detailing him doing a hit, then going off to church to pray for their souls, convinced me to give it a go. I don’t regret the purchase for a second.

Masks and Wings--Fiction by Anne Cain

Halloween, the one time of year when all the masks and costumes come out of the closet, stock in candy companies soar, and pumpkins become the most popular kid in the vegetable aisle. But anyone who knew anything about the other world--the one beneath the often very thin veil of reality comfortably blinding those who weren’t ready to see or accept--also knew that this was the one time of year where the masks and costumes could be safely tucked into the closet for a change.

Ask Aunt Roal

Let's say you know with 100% certainty that a girl likes you a lot, possibly more than anyone because she's had a crush on you for years. But due to your history, you know she'll want to play hard to get with you. That's because she wants to get back at you for things you did in the past. A long chase from you will give her more pleasure than anything. At the same time you know her heart is pounding at the mere sight of you.

So here is what I'm planning to do. I want to sit down with her and tell her how much I care about her. And make it romantic. If she tries to play even a little bit of hard to get, I will wrap her in my arms and tell her to just be my girl. I would think if she's really into me, then it's going to be hard for her to resist.

I can't imagine her pushing me away if she likes me more than anyone. By that time, the feeling she has for me should eclipse her desire to torture me right?

Hopeful Romantic

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