Russ Durbin

Biography

Russ calls himself a "Pennsylvania Hoosier." Born and raised in Indiana, he has lived in Bucks County, PA, for 30 years. He began his career as a newspaper and broadcast journalist in news and sports. After a career in corporate communications, Russ has turned to writing fiction, specializing in short stories. Genres include westerns, sports, historical, romance, and character delineation stories.

Books

The Innkeepers
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Price: Free! Words: 960. Language: English. Published: December 9, 2012. Category: Fiction » Inspirational
(4.75)
Abigail and Simon are innkeepers in the tiny town of Bethlehem. They are expecting an important guest who has rented all their rooms. But Simon wants to allow a couple of young travelers to stay because the girl is pregnant. Abigail won't hear of it, but Simon finds a way.
Called to Love
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 22,360. Language: English. Published: September 9, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » General
(5.00)
An old-fashioned love story. David Russell, star reporter for the Indy "Tribune," agrees to help a small rural church as a temporary lay preacher. What he finds is something he doesn't expect--love and a personal crisis. Challenged by the girl he loves and jobs he loves, David begins to understand the meaning of love, faith, and commitment. Ultimately, his future depends on his choices.
Ronnie and Me
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Price: Free! Words: 1,160. Language: English. Published: September 9, 2012. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(4.00)
The first time I saw Ronnie he was alone and looked forlorn. My name is Al. I like to think I'm a nice guy. People who know me say I'm a sucker for a sad story or woebegone looks. I won't deny it. That's why I decided to be a friend to Ronnie and cheer him up. Therein lies the tale.
Freedom
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Price: Free! Words: 1,780. Language: English. Published: July 28, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
(5.00)
He had taken a chance to be first in line to submit his request. If granted, he would finally obtain his freedom. He wondered when They had taken over. In had been so gradual that no one realized until They were in control. After a while, one simply stopped caring. They were here. They ruled. Bill swiped his IdentiCard, made his request and waited. His answer proved shocking!
Pitcher
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Price: Free! Words: 4,370. Language: English. Published: July 22, 2012. Category: Fiction » Literature » Sports
(4.50)
William Hickok Farrell stood on the top step of the dugout and surveyed the meticulously curried infield. In moments, Will would pitch the most important game of his Major League career--game one of the World Series. From the moment he could hold a ball, Big Bill, his dad and coach, had pushed him to the be the best. Now, he was about to achieve his lifelong dream. Dad would be watching.
The Decision
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Price: Free! Words: 2,960. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2012. Category: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
(5.00)
Judge Henry Davis is faced with deciding whether a young man, convicted of murder, should live or die. The case has generated national media attention and opposing forces are lined up outside the court. Adding to the mounting pressure on Judge Davis, himself a candidate for political office, is pressure from a king-making publisher who wants him to duck the decision. What will the judge do?
The Suburbanites
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Price: Free! Words: 2,570. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(4.67)
It was colder inside the car than outside when Jim slid out. He made no attempt to kiss her...Janet slid behind the wheel and backed Jim's classic BMW viciously out of the parking space, her mind still busy on events of the previous evening. It had been "one of those days" for Jim and Janet, but each had a different perspective on the events.
The Crossed Guns
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Price: Free! Words: 2,540. Language: English. Published: March 23, 2012. Category: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
(5.00)
"...the crossed guns in Mr. Howard's parlor drew me like a magnet." That how my grandfather began his favorite story. His pa, my great-grandfather, had been the marshal of a quiet Ozark town that one day erupted in gunfire and an old-fashioned shootout. As a 10-year-old, my grandfather witnessed the gun battle. (This fictionalized account is loosely based on the assassination of Jesse James.)
The Last Stage
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Price: Free! Words: 1,230. Language: English. Published: March 17, 2012. Category: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
(4.50)
The high-wheeled mud wagon stood before the Yuma House behind two spans of mules. John Dudley stepped into the bright moonlight and handed his valise to the driver who tossed it unceremoniously into the carrying rack. Dudley was leaving to catch a steamer in San Diego bound for New York and, ultimately, to the woman he was to marry. But there was a complication...and her name was Margo.
Marshal
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Price: Free! Words: 4,680. Language: English. Published: March 10, 2012. Category: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
(5.00)
Summer was still in the air when Murdock walked down the main street of the town. He was no longer Marshal Murdock. Now, he was John Murdock, rancher and private citizen. But trouble was brewing between a cattleman and a farmer that could end in a gun showdown. And the new marshal wasn't dealing with it. What should Murdock do?
Moment of Glory
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Price: Free! Words: 5,240. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2012. Category: Fiction » Christian » General
(3.00)
Demas could hear the rats scurrying about in a corner of the cell, and he thought, wryly, that Antonia was not particularly noted for its accommodations or pleasant company. His cellmate was sleeping. Amazing how a man could sleep so soundly only a few hours before his execution! Demas had seen these Roman executions before and knew how slow and painful they could be.
Cool As A Cucumber
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Price: Free! Words: 2,150. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2012. Category: Fiction » Literature » Sports
(4.00)
"He's as cool as a cucumber." It fit. Kenneth Cary Coulson was as calm and self-possessed as any rookie pitcher that I had ever seen. With the playoffs on the line, Cucumber was called to pitch. With his dad and his girl friend watching, Coulson calmly reared back and threw two blazing fast balls. What happened next shocked everyone, including me in the press box.
The Test
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Price: Free! Words: 3,310. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2012. Category: Fiction » Christian » General
(5.00)
His knees trembled and he felt weak. The trek through the burning sands had been long, and longer still the climb up the mountain. The breeze that inhabits the high places found him at last as he looked toward the river, now hardly more than a bright ribbon from his lofty perch. Jesus felt very faint; his fast had been long since his baptism by his cousin, John.
A Private Little Affair
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Price: Free! Words: 2,030. Language: English. Published: February 7, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » General
(4.00)
Betsy was in love. From the tips of her toes to the top of her pixie-like brown hair, every fiber of ber being seemed to vibrate with a special kind of joy. But the focus of her admiration was seemingly unaware of her...as a woman, that is. Unknown to Betsy was the fact that her young professor was quite aware of her.
An Irish Love Story
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Price: Free! Words: 35,620. Language: English. Published: February 7, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » General
(4.60)
One Irish Spring (circa mid-1970s) An American businessman on his first trip to Ireland meets Maggie, a brash red-head who has a low opinion of Yanks. Despite her attitude, he invites her to be his tour guide after hearing her passionately describe Ireland's beautiful beaches and mountains. They start out for the beach and wind up lost in the mountains.
A Quiet Man
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Price: Free! Words: 1,070. Language: English. Published: January 19, 2012. Category: Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays
(4.75)
Henry Willeford III was a quiet man. He was tidy and neat. He never varied his daily routine...until today!
The Old Woman from Catspaw
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Price: Free! Words: 1,450. Language: English. Published: January 19, 2012. Category: Fiction » Holiday » Halloween
(4.67)
Felicity Furr was a cranky old crone nobody liked. Known as "the cat lady" in Catspaw, Indiana, she lived high up Devil's Elbow with her black cat, Lucifer. The night before Halloween, young Tommy Wilson and his buddies set out to do mischief at the old woman's cabin. Surprise and mystery await.
The Comeback
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Price: Free! Words: 1,700. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2012. Category: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
(4.00)
The odds are stacked against him, but Jim Roberts, once great pitcher, is determined to make his comeback to the Major Leagues from a devastating injury and an alcoholic limbo that threatened to end his career permanently.

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Smashwords book reviews by Russ Durbin

  • The Pluck of O'Reilly on March 15, 2012

    Interesting story with a delightful twist at the end. Just right for St. Paddy's Day.
  • The Grandmother's Message on July 03, 2013

    Marcia's latest book may be her best work yet. It touches on themes of the importance of heritage, closeness and support of families, and of those experiences beyond our consciousness. It is well worth the few minutes it takes to read this short book.