Truth, As Strange As Fiction: Man With A Gun
Sunday morning dawned gray and sullen, casting a mood of gloom over the household. We should have been happy to have the family back together. Instead we were muttering to ourselves, listless, unhappy and snappish with each other. The heat was unbearable and the air hung heavy upon us. I heard Cook say to Ana that it was storm weather.
We made our way to Mass on foot, for the chapel was only a short distance from our house. The congregation seemed oppressed by the weather. Even Father Moses was less energetic. His sermon should have been bold and fiery, instead it was damp and musty as a cellar.
Communion, always a time for celebration for me, was merely a duty to be performed. Father Moses ended Mass as quickly as he could without seeming to be unsightly, and we all went home as the first drops of rain began…
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It’s been a long time since I promised The Maker would return and I apologize. With one thing and another, it’s taken longer than I anticipated to get it reader ready.
The Lone Wolf series is especially near to my heart because the core three characters of Wil, Matilda and Marc are based (loosely) on three characters friends and I played in an old role playing game, Traveler. It’s sort of like Dungeons and Dragons, only in outer space. The character of Wil wasn’t initially part of the scenario, that was Matilda (also known as Romance) and Marc. Wil came in later and stirred things up.
Originally, I had intended to chronicle our actual game adventures but early on, things took a turn. Instead, Wil swept in, spirited Matilda away and Marc trailed after to…
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“Well, I have an idea!” Geordie said. He hurried back into his studio. Loud noises came from inside before Geordie shouted, “I have it!”
He came out carrying a sign that read:
“Maybe this will help,” Georgie said. “I have to get back to work. I’m close to a breakthrough. Let me know what happens.”
Cordelia peeked inside the door of the dark studio. She could not see anything. “What are you working on?” she asked Geordie.
“The greatest invention ever,” Geordie said. “It will be a treat for all of us.”
Geordie And The Beam Of Light, Future picture book by J.D. Holiday
March 31, 2017 by dellanioakes
Heirs of Shakazhan is book six in the Lone Wolf Series. Sorry, it’s not out yet, but I’m working on it! Wil and Matilda have just had a spooky late night visitor, an apparition which, they reckon, is a telepathic projection. It attacks Mariah, their daughter, first and goes after her nanny. Wil tries to fight it but can’t, but with Matilda, it’s another story. She fights the entity—and wins. It leaves her shaken.
“He was incredibly powerful, wasn’t he?” his question hung between them unanswered for several minutes.
Matilda didn’t seem to be listening, but suddenly she shook herself and looked in his eyes.
“Powerful? Yes. He is quite adept at projecting himself over great distance. I’m still not sure how he does it or how far away he is….”
“Do you know who he is?”
She looked surprised, her eyes going wide. A slow smile crept across her features as she gazed at him.
“What?” He looked around nervously. This was the precise feeling he got when confronted with a lynch mob.
“You mean you don’t?”
Wil shrugged. Matilda chuckled, shaking her head in wonder. She looked self-satisfied and very cheeky, Wil thought.
“Well? Are you going to share?”
“I’m savoring this moment. It’s not often I know something you don’t.”
“Matilda….” His tone was ominous, his manner intimidating.
© 2017 Dellani Oakes
The Man Who Wasn’t There – Book 2 in the Miracle, Mississippi series, is set in the mystical, made up town of Miracle. The Man Who Wasn’t There picks up not quite a year after He Thought He Saw ends. Jordan and Brian are happily anticipating the annual Halloween Ball, the social event of the season. This one is special, because it marks the 300th anniversary of the appearance of a magical stranger known only as The Peddlar. It also commemorates a major battle between the Circles and a cult of evil witches. Already, things are stirring and Brian’s dreams have grown tumultuous. Something wicked this way comes.
Look for The Man…
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JANOOSE and the FALL FEATHER FAIR
by J.D. Holiday and Luke Brandon Winski
A Sequel to Janoose The Goose: The Fox returns to Free Range Farm and he has a score to settle with Janoose. How will the fox get his revenge?
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THE SPY GAME
The GREAT SNOWBALL ESCAPADE
A Collection of Short Stories For Adult
STORIES AND IMAGININGS FOR THE READING SPOT
STORIES AND IMAGININGS FOR THE READING SPOT
A Collection of Short Stories For Adults
Review by Christina Giguere
This book of short stories will take you from tears to laughter and back to tears again. J.D. Holiday brings a well-rounded composition of stories with compelling and timely subjects. I personally bought the story after reading an excerpt on the Cereal Authors’ blog. I had no idea what I was getting myself into emotionally as a reader. From her story “The Boy in The Leaves,” which deals with child abuse to “Inside,” that broaches the subject of PTSD. This book had me wanting to kill some characters while wishing to rescue others. This is what reading is all about!
J.D. Holiday manages to take readers on an emotional rollercoaster and manages to do this in short story form all without sacrificing description and character development. I highly recommend this book for anyone who is short on time but wants to get lost in a good story.
My favorite line: “We hold one another close in this, our last moment and kiss. Your goodbye is on our lips, good luck wishes shine in those robin’s egg blue eyes.” Thanks for the roller coaster ride JD Holiday!
~be entertained and amused from Anne and Romanoff’s naughty pack, Stephanie finds trouble with a wounded cat and a remorseful landscaper; and the beach cottage that brings Cheney’s nightmares of the Sci Fi warrior into focus in Stories & Imaginings For The Reading Spot~
The Cemetery Affair ~ This is a tales from here to eternity about love, hate, envy, vengeance, death and maybe murder. Well, not murder, but revenge is sweet!
Dangers of the Wilderness, New York, 1755 ~ What was it like in a young country where the lack of understanding causes people so different from one another to fight for the land, or flee in hopes of surviving.
Spiders ~ Terminal or not, under the right conditions would a little time with your loved ones be asking too much?
Too Many Bobs ~ When a cat named, Bob has his tail bobbed by a remorseful landscaper, Stephanie is sent to return the cat and collect the money for the vet bill. The wounded cat’s injury proves more troublesome than Stephanie could imagine.
The Name Game ~ A young boy named, Kelly becomes famous for ‘one day.’ Having the same name as a famous singer, Kelly is asked to appear on a game show taking the singer’s place.
Where The Heart Is ~ Annie is a cat. She and young Ally from next door make Mae’s decision to move into the Mountain View’s Retirement Home difficult.
Trespasses ~ Life has been a gamble for Jacqueline. People she counted on have left her scarred and wanting solitude. Deciding to avoid any entanglement as her goal she fights an internal conflict when Craig strolls up the deserted beach she considered to be her own.
Inside ~ Left the beach cottage owned by her grandfather in the block leading to the Atlantic ocean, Cheney had no idea selling it would change her nightmares of the Sci Fi warrior.
Captive Memories ~ Sometimes the unthinkable happens in war. No, not just death.
The Boy In The Leaves ~ Max’s friend Tony has a problem. Max believes this problem is a killer like it was for “the boy in the leaves.”
Here is a small part from The Boy In The Leaves.
The One Eyed Wink~ Angie never thought to see Joe again after so many years. After all, he was long dead, wasn’t he? So the day she sees him on TV returning from a lost war, her life comes up against a new problem.
Cherished Dreams ~ Dreams can bring with them memories of loved ones gone. Their visits sometimes are a gift.
ARTWORK for Stories And Imaginings For The Reading Spot
|The One Eyed Wink|
|THE NAME GAME|
|The Boy In The Leaves|
These are some of the paintings for
Geordie And The Beam OF Light
When a beam of light becomes a nuisance, Cordelia, Kit, Ruff and Chirp do not know what to do. The thing races through their playing field spoiling ball games. Not only don’t they know what to do about it, they don’t know what it is. Is it a dinosaur? Or a monster? They only know that it is a bright light, fast and rude. For help, they go to their friend Geordie, who invents things. However, it is Geordie’s latest invention that changes everything.
The Fox returns to Free Range Farm and he has a score to settle with Janoose. How will the fox get his revenge?
Janoose finds her job at the feather factory in trouble! Bags of feathers are disappearing, and Janoose is puzzled over how this is happening. But with help from her true friends at Free Range Farm, she will solve this mystery!
Janoose and the Fall Feather Fair:
by J.D. Holiday and Luke Brandon Winski
Something has gone terribly wrong for Janoose. Someone has been stealing two bags of feathers from her delivery truck and that is making her boss Mr. Rooster wonder why and it might mean she will lose her job. Now, anyone that knows Janoose knows she is diligent, careful and always has the right total of bags she is to deliver at all times but somehow things have been going down hill and for some reason she loads ten bags on the truck at Free Range Farm and when it is delivered there are only 8! Why? How?
This is serious and she just might need the advice of someone else to help her solve this problem before the Fall Feather Fair. What is they do not have enough feathers? Who could be stealing her feathers and who wants to discredit poor Janoose? Enlisting the help of the Mallard and Margie as both were perplexed, Margie shook her head and Mallard asked how the Fall Feather Fair’s parade float is coming but Janoose was sad and although they were trying to cheer her up by saying how excited they were about the fair and what they would have it did not change things for her. Austin the Horse, Gertie the Hen and of course Dee Dee Duck would be on the float but what about the feathers?
Janoose is observant and as she looks at the Feather Wear Truck she sees something that is supposed to be a painter but just who is it ? So, taking a picture with her camera and realizing that the factory did not need to be painted she had a photo of the painter? But, just who was it and oh my! It’s the fox who just got out of jail for stealing feathers and is supposed to be in a reform program. But, is he reformed? Deciding to collect more bags she drove back to the farm to get more feathers. There were many barnyard friends working in the barnyard on the float for the parade. However, Poor Janoose was out of feathers and once again stated that she was out 2 bags of feathers. But, Gertie is smart and realized that this is serious as does Austin. Well, fox is out of jail and she thinks the painter looks like him but she could be wrong.
Someone wants her job and someone is hoping to get her fired. Someone as Austin stated is stealing her bags of feathers and wants her job or is it someone that was fired and is trying to take what they lost from poor Janoose? This might take a touch of detective work as Gertie uses her head and tells her that they can mark the bottom of each bag with a J for Janoose and if someone steals her bags she can prove it with this special mark. So, instead of brooding and pouting she and her friends collected more feathers, marked the bottom of all the bags and loaded them on the feather factory’s truck and she drove back to the factory.
However, someone got there first and when Mr. Rooster wanted to know if she all the bags this time she said yes but wait until you see what happens to poor Janoose again. How could two bags be missing this time when they were right there? Why is he disappointed in her and what will be her fate? Will he let her go back for more feathers and she tells her friends what happened that the two bags were gone. But, her friends were out on a nature walk for a science project and maybe just maybe that might have captured the thief in one of their pictures. You won’t believe what they saw and who it was but seeing them getting into their old truck just where do you think they were going? You got it to the feather factory but first they stole some of the wheels from her truck so she could not get there before the them.
Poor Janoose was stunned when she saw Mr. Rooster paying someone else for her feathers and he refused to listen to what she had to say and fired her on the spot. Not listening to her will her friends come to her aid? Will they show him the proof and the pictures of the thieves? Sometimes people jump to the wrong conclusions as authors J.D. Holiday and Luke Brandon Winski bring to light this story of trust, loyalty, understanding and friendship. Confidence in someone you never had to doubt is something that Mr. Rooster might have to learn. Will he look at the photos that her friends took? Will the Fall Feather Fair be a success? Check out the amazing life like illustrations by author J.D. Holiday making the story come to life for readers of all ages. So, will there be enough pillows for the fair? Will Janoose ever forgive Mr. Rooster and will he realize he was wrong or does she have to get a new job? The only way you are going to find out is to read this outstanding book that teaches so many things: Honesty, being truthful, owning up to your possible mistakes, asking for help when needed and hoping that the end result will be positive. Teachers, parents, discussion groups and peer readers can really enjoy talking about the many issues presented in this FIVE GOLDEN FEATHERS BOOK.
REVIEW by Fran Lewis: MJ magazine
Janoose & The Fall Feather Fair is a project I’m still doing sketches for and is a sequel for my children’s book, Janoose The Goose.
The Fox returns to Free Range Farm and he has a score to settle with Janoose! How will the fox get his revenge?
This book I co-wrote with my seven year old grandson.