Courtesy Call

Rated 4.50/5 based on 5 reviews
Peter doesn’t mind his job as a telemarketer for LockTite Security Systems, not since Ann left. At least it fills his days. And he’s good at it. Find the need and fill it—that’s his secret to success. He works hard to keep his world and his heart as safe as a LockTite system. But when he starts getting sales calls from a mysterious woman offering him a “one-time gift of the Christmas sp

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Published by Laurel Fork Press
Words: 5,070
Language: English
ISBN: 9781458023803
About Susan J. Kroupa

Susan J. Kroupa has a degree in music theory and has worked as a music reviewer, arts feature writer, and freelance journalist. She has published feature articles on topics ranging from Hopi Indian culture to environmental issues in The Arizona Republic, High Country News, and American Forests. Her fiction has appeared in Realms of Fantasy, Bruce Coville's Shapeshifters, Age of Reason, Bones of the World, and Beyond the Last Star. She is a first place winner in the Writers of the Future and the Deep South Writing Competition contests, and has also won awards in the Frank Waters Writers of the Southwest, Writers at Work, and the Utah Arts Council contests.

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Review by: Gerald M. Weinberg on Feb. 05, 2011 :
I've had a rough few days, what Peter Mallick would call "disappointment days." Cause of the rough days was the icy weather, colder than it's ever been here in the past twenty years. We have a heater that keeps our well pump from freezing, but the fan expired and the device overheated. So, we had no water for three days, all the stores were out of heaters, and all the plumbers were taking appointments for next week.
But I finally grew clever and rigged a fan for the heater. It was slow going, and one of the frozen lines broke and gave me a shower—fully clothed, in zero-degree weather. More disappointment, but eventually everything thawed and I shut off the broken line. Now we had water. Water to wash people and dishes. Water to flush toilets. And water to drink as I read "Courtesy Call" about Mr. Mallick's experiences trying to thaw some frozen parts of himself.
It was the perfect story for me, and would have been even in mid-summer. Ms. Kroupa is just the kind of magical storyteller who can thaw the coldest hearts without a heater or fan—just with a few more than 5,000 words.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Mary Ann Whitley on Jan. 11, 2011 : (no rating)
This story has the spine-tingling feeling of an old Twilight Zone episode. But underneath that otherworldly aspect is a real life lesson -- open yourself to love, don't repress your emotions and you will reap rewards greater than you can imagine. Loved it!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Elaine Farley on Jan. 07, 2011 :
A great story with a timely,thoughtful Christmas message. The main character receives the greatest gift, just in time for Christmas.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Jack B Nimble on Dec. 17, 2010 :
It was a good story, though it made me a little sad for myself.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Mary Alita on Dec. 16, 2010 :
A quick, fun read. The author does a wonderful job showing how the Spirit if Christmas can heal our sorrows.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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