The Last Inning, is about a baseball player, who is trying to save his crumbling career. His biggest fear is that he’ll end up selling cars and wearing a suit and tie, six days a week. He... More > becomes surly and difficult with those around him and tries to hide his feelings from his wife, which is his worst mistake. She is the one person who could share what is happening to him, as she knows him best, after 18 years of marriage. Old-fashioned ideas of men and women keep Tom Miller from doing what he needs to and saving what he can, accepting what can’t be salvaged and being mature enough to know the difference.< Less
To all the sad girls: Stop crying, the future looks much better than the past.
When Alicia Monroe is orphaned at seventeen, she... More > leaves the safety of suburban Connecticut, for the unknown of the slums in New York City. Everything that is rightfully hers is taken away one fateful night, and she is left to put her life back together, alone and terrified. Her relatives want nothing to do with her, as the contempt that they felt for her deceased parents, is willed to their only child. Once Alicia establishes herself in the little room that is to become her boundaries for the next three years, she uncovers the supernatural world of a psychic. Astrology, Tarot cards, predictions by the numbers on the dice, tea leaves, and contacting the dead are used, as a psychic’s work is examined.< Less
Lana Peyton dreams of being a star. She meets Jared Barlow who promises to manage her career. Lana can have whatever she wants, as long as she believes in herself and Jared. The music business is... More > hard for a woman on her own, Jared tells Lana, in his cultured English accent. Jared and Lana form their partnership in the world of rock music, overlooking one basic element, trust.
Being a backup singer isn’t good enough for Lana Peyton. She wants to be the lead, and have the spotlight shine on her. Lana will follow Jared to the ends of the earth, across the heavens, and into hell, if he will bring her fame and fortune. It will take much more than a night of spite.< Less
Paul Carlisle has many advantages and contacts. He wants to be an author, but his writing skills are limited. His prose is trite, his verse is hackneyed, nothing sparkles, catches the reader’s... More > attention. He has gone to the finest colleges, taken the best courses, had excellent teachers to guide him, but nothing is happening, and Paul is used to getting whatever he wants, without trying too hard, or waiting too long.
Miles Letterman is gifted. His pen sails across endless pages of paper, effortlessly and instantly. He is a scholarship student who works at menial jobs to keep himself in college and have enough money for the bare necessities.
Miles and Paul will never meet, but they will play a big part in each other’s lives. Paul buys Miles, his writing ability which is for sale. Miles is a ghost writer.< Less
He kicked the empty beer can into the gutter. He had started crushing them in his hands, one at a time, drinking the beer, mangling the cans. The wind whipped at him, like the belt his father used,... More > when he demanded respect from his son. Respect, he wanted to yell, you must be nuts. You’re a piece of crud, how can I respect you?
His mother had picked up this loser, when Lenny was thirteen. First she killed his real father, by working him to death, then she married this garbage; she needed a husband, he needed a man who would be a pal, while he grew up. He kept his last name, Rossiter, that’s all he had left of the man, now dead and buried, the one who would always be his father.< Less
CASINO, stories set in Atlantic City and Las Vegas about gamblers and gambling. Cards, dice, slot machines, something for everyone. One pull of a lever can change your life in a second. The thrill of... More > the coins cascading downward into the silver tray, then scooped up in an oversized Dixie cup. The lights, the bells, the chance of meeting that someone standing at the roulette table. Playing blackjack until dawn, trying to score big, settling for breaking even, night after night. The glitter and glamour, the unhappiness and disappointment, it’s all found at the casino.< Less
Florida, go to Florida. If you’re not going to die, why not go there, it’s warm. She laughed when she thought of being packed off to the land of eternal sunshine, no snow, plenty of that... More > in Rhode Island. She could play cards, knew how to swim, and liked people, she might try Florida. She would make the kids happy, Michael who was sixty, Gina, fifty five, and Frankie, fifty three. Couldn’t they wait a little longer, she wasn’t that rich. She kissed Marco, her dead husband goodbye at the cemetery, and got ready for Florida. When I find the gold, I’ll share it with you, she said to the man who had left her five years ago, on that snowy night in December. Don’t look for gold, that’s when you’ll find it. The plane landed in Florida, Doris Altomare touched the medal around her neck, thanking God that she had arrived. The warm rays of the sun kissed her, she smiled, she was ready to begin her search for Florida gold.< Less
The train comes out of nowhere, a shadowy form catches the last car, almost landing on top of another shadow that is hiding in the darkness. A soft grunt can be heard as they roll away from each... More > other in the straw. A third shadow asks the newcomer for a cigarette, part of a cigar, some shreds of tobacco. He shakes his head that he has nothing for the man, if he did he wouldn’t give it to him. Three shadows come at the man, wanting to see for themselves what he has, and if it is worth taking. They trade punches, curse at each other, as the train cuts a path toward its destination. The hot August night turns the air to steam as the men gasp for it, watching for the man with the flashlight. He will throw them out of the boxcar as if they are broken twigs needing to be swept away with the garbage littering the ground. The train rumbles on through the night. The men will scatter once the light from the sun appears. They are no longer shadows, they have to wait for another midnight train.< Less
Marty Fine kills with a gun, kills with words, everyone who stops him from getting what he wants. He rises up the scale to the top, until he is stopped. Gangster’s proverb, there is always... More > someone rougher and tougher than the one trying to make the climb.
Marty lives his life as if he’s in the middle of a whirlwind. The people who surround him help to tell his story. A true gangster who lives every day as if it’s his last. Bullets, explosions, blood everywhere, a violent man in a violent world.< Less