T. J. Robertson

Biography

Although I’ve made my living as a teacher and guidance counselor, I’ve always had a passion for writing. Thomas Bouregy and Company published my novel, Return to Paradise Cove, under their Avalon imprint. Two of my one-act plays, A Different Kind of Death, and The Flirt, have been produced, respectively, in New Haven, Connecticut, and Sacramento, California. Short stories of mine have appeared in commercial magazines such as Action and True Romance as well as in certain literary and professional ones.

Books

A Circle of Phobics
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Price: Free! Words: 1,950. Language: English. Published: July 21, 2014. Category: Plays » American / African American
When Dr. Rudolph Vardak, a therapist and expert on phobias, undertakes a group counseling session with a bunch of phobics, he comes to the realization that he needs help in dealing with his own phobia before he can hope to help others with theirs.
An American Spring
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Price: Free! Words: 4,110. Language: English. Published: May 9, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » Congress
The uprisings against tyranny and despotism, dubbed the Arab Spring, may not be limited to the Middle East. The government dysfunction, political hatred, and social unrest in this country may be harbingers of an American Spring. When it comes, unlike the War of Independence and the Civil War, it will be a revolution. For more specifics, read an American Spring.
Love Just Happens
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 44,400. Language: English. Published: March 13, 2014. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
No sooner does Susan Simpson, a social worker, start work at a mental health center than Peter Hanson, the director, makes amorous advances. Finally, fearful of falling under his Svengali-like spell and worn out tending to her clients and an alcoholic father and rebellious sister, she reaches her wit's end. Whence comes her savior? Read Love Just Happens and find out.
The Stranger
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 15,900. Language: English. Published: January 28, 2014. Category: Fiction » Historical » USA
Hideo Ishihara, a Japanese-American, arrives in Japan to bury his grandmother just as America declares war on that country. Conscripted into the Imperial Japanese Army, he serves as a guard on the Bataan Death March. The book vividly describes his struggle to help both himself and his prisoners survive the brutality and horror of that historic episode.
Writer's Block
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Price: Free! Words: 3,190. Language: English. Published: December 23, 2013. Category: Plays » American / African American
When a successful author goes to a psychiatrist for help in overcoming a severe case of writer's block, the latter, who is a fan of his, is more interested in discussing the plots of his novels than solving his problem. By the end of this weird, if not absurd, session, however, the writer comes up with ideas for two books and hurries off to put them down on paper.
Good-Bye, Cruel World
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Price: Free! Words: 1,670. Language: English. Published: October 6, 2013. Category: Plays » American / African American
A counselor, sent to dissuade a man from committing suicide, decides to join the latter in leaping from a tall building. And Superman's not around to save him. Or is he?
The Hypocrisy of American Foreign Policy
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Price: Free! Words: 1,950. Language: English. Published: September 21, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » History » American
Herein are some facts about American foreign policy that high-school students seldom learn in their history classes.
Rich Men, Clever Women, and Fancy Cars
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Price: Free! Words: 1,290. Language: English. Published: July 10, 2013. Category: Plays » American / African American
Ella Mentry, a simple country girl, forsakes Rich Feller, her bedridden benefactor and boyfriend, and pursues Ken Hurt, a well-heeled orthopedic surgeon.
Love at First Sight
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Price: Free! Words: 2,550. Language: English. Published: May 6, 2013. Category: Plays » American / African American
When Luke Warm finds breaking up with his fiancée is hard to do, he makes the mistake of going to Dr. Looney, a psychiatrist, for help.
Next Victim, Please
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Price: Free! Words: 3,820. Language: English. Published: April 8, 2013. Category: Plays » American / African American
For Roz, finding a man to date is easy; keeping him, however, is more difficult.
Sound Off With Buzz Berrigan
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,660. Language: English. Published: March 18, 2013. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Parody
On the air Buzz Berrigan, the talk show host of Sound-Off, is courteous, friendly, and unflappable. Off the air, however, he displays a different persona.
From Lake Walden, With Love
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Price: Free! Words: 8,480. Language: English. Published: February 11, 2013. Category: Plays » American / African American
In 1848 Henry David Thoreau, a young man of twenty-one, met and fell in love with Ellen Sewall, a young woman aged seventeen. This play, From Lake Walden, With Love, is based on what is known of their relationship.
Alas, Too Soon The Bloom Is Off The Flowers!
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Price: Free! Words: 510. Language: English. Published: January 13, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Biography » Celebrity biography
(5.00 from 1 review)
The author ponders the transience of the beauty of movie stars.
Winners and Losers
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Price: Free! Words: 2,660. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2012. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
A high-school counselor learns he has to help himself before he can help others.
A Mercedes
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Price: Free! Words: 1,430. Language: English. Published: December 10, 2012. Category: Plays » American / African American
When a young woman, accidentally on purpose, taps the bumper of a businessman's car, sparks--not the romantic kind--fly.
Till All Our Days Are One With Nineveh And Tyre
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Price: Free! Words: 1,030. Language: English. Published: December 2, 2012. Category: Screenplays » Comedy
A lonely, elderly man laments his lost youth and likens living in a senior center to serving time in prison for committing the crime of growing old.
Grand Larceny
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Price: Free! Words: 1,250. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2012. Category: Plays » American / African American
When an old man discovers his most valuable possession is missing, he summons a detective to help him find it. All in vain.
The Field House
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,370. Language: English. Published: October 6, 2012. Category: Plays » American / African American
Jim Conners, who, as a student at Concordia High, broke every athletic record and became a legend, is now the athletic director at the same school. Distraught over the drowning of a student, the inquest that follows, an impending divorce, and deep budget cuts, he drives his car into the field house at night and, with the motor running, awaits his end. Serendipity, however, intervenes.
Dummies and College Applications
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Price: Free! Words: 3,100. Language: English. Published: September 25, 2012. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Parody
As a former underachiever, I would like to offer some words of wisdom to my high-school brethren. The way you fill out the application often determines whether or not you will get accepted into college.
Cupid's Disciple
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 43,680. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
While working with Mandy Danforth, a bright but rebellious sophomore, Susan Colwell, a high-school counselor, meets and falls in love with her father. He, however, is caught between his daughter and Thea Bottomley, his fiancée, who, like oil and water, don’t mix and are vying for his love and affection. In the end, Mandy triumphs and willingly shares her love for her father with Susan.
Foreign Relations
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Price: Free! Words: 1,380. Language: English. Published: August 6, 2012. Category: Fiction » Inspirational
(3.00 from 1 review)
A high-school student comes to realize that the sins of the fathers shouldn't be visited upon their children.
Vanessa
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 60,700. Language: English. Published: July 24, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
At a train depot Jack Shanahan, a lawyer, catches a glimpse of a blond beauty and, in a case of love at first sight, falls head over heels for her. No sooner does he succeed in getting an introduction than she vanishes. As he searches for her, adventure, action, and surprise become his companions. By the time he finds her, two other women have come into his life, thus complicating matters.
Connubial Tintinnabulation
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Price: Free! Words: 1,400. Language: English. Published: July 23, 2012. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Parody
My Aunt Daffy had no trouble finding husbands. Holding on to them, however, was another story--a sad one at that as herein told.
Massacres
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Price: Free! Words: 3,190. Language: English. Published: July 10, 2012. Category: Fiction » Christian » Historical
Just when Aram DerBoghosian has come to believe, as the saying goes, that his cup runneth over with happiness, it shatters.
Cape Cod Blues
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Price: Free! Words: 1,550. Language: English. Published: June 23, 2012. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Family
(4.00 from 1 review)
Often, when a wrongdoer least expects it, the truth comes out.
A Case of Mistaken Identity
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Price: Free! Words: 1,960. Language: American English. Published: June 11, 2012. Category: Screenplays » Comedy
In a case of mistaken identity John Bebekian and Lunesta Bablioni, after a rocky start, find that they have a lot in common.
Why Am I Here?
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Price: Free! Words: 830. Language: English. Published: March 24, 2012. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Religious / Christian / General
(5.00 from 1 review)
A small, weak fir tree, envious of its companion, a tall, strong oak, discovers that everything on earth has a purpose.
A Safe Crossing
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Price: Free! Words: 2,210. Language: English. Published: February 24, 2012. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues
A schoolboy has second thoughts about allowing a bully to intimidate him.
A Cape Cod Love Affair
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 42,190. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
On a Cape Cod beach, Jack Roberts, a college professor, meets and falls in love with a mysterious Asian beauty. When, suddenly, she vanishes, he sets out to find her. In his relentless pursuit of her, adventure, action, and surprise become his companions.
Unrequited Love
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Price: Free! Words: 500. Language: English. Published: February 4, 2012. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(2.00 from 4 reviews)
In this monologue the author laments the vagaries of young love.
The Girl in the Blue Toyota
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 49,100. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2012. Category: Fiction » Adventure » Action
When Gina Jansen is drugged and left to die in an idling car on a remote Cape Cod beach, Ed Gallagher, a jogger, stumbles upon it and saves her life. Together, they set out to find her would-be killer and, after a series of exciting and scary episodes, they succeed.
Advice to the Lovelorn, Forlorn, and Long-Gone
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,910. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2011. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Because love is blind, those who succumb to its charms often need advice--only not the weird and zany kind offered here.
Franks, Rolls, and Beans
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Price: Free! Words: 6,320. Language: English. Published: October 2, 2011. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
An act of revenge creates a series of humorous happenstances and ends up backfiring on the avenger.
A Redeeming Quality
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Price: Free! Words: 1,210. Language: English. Published: September 9, 2011. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
In this thing called life, one can never tell who his or her savior will be.
The Candidate
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Price: Free! Words: 1,750. Language: English. Published: August 26, 2011. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(2.00 from 1 review)
Even though the chance of a candidate like me getting elected President is remote, just thinking about the possibility is frightening.
The Phantoms of Hough's Neck
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Price: Free! Words: 5,150. Language: English. Published: August 13, 2011. Category: Fiction » Romance » Adult
(3.00 from 1 review)
A young native lobsterman and a summering yacht-club beauty become star-crossed lovers.
Return to Paradise Cove
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 39,360. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2011. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
When Julie Hartwell, a naive and idealistic recent college graduate, takes a job as a congressional aide, she soon gets caught up in both the romantic and political intrigue, so prevalent in the nation's capital.
Beneath the Covers of a Book
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Price: Free! Words: 940. Language: English. Published: July 8, 2011. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
As John Pryor quickly learns, appearances can often be deceiving.
A Christmas-Eve Encounter
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Price: Free! Words: 2,570. Language: English. Published: May 19, 2011. Category: Screenplays » Drama
A tired, disillusioned man in his forties revisits his hometown and runs into his high-school sweetheart, a frank, jaded widow also in her forties, whose wellspring of love has run dry but whose anger at him has subsided. Although they enjoy a pleasant ramble down memory lane, both realize that they can't go back and retrieve the good times they spent together.
The Flirt
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Price: Free! Words: 510. Language: English. Published: May 18, 2011. Category: Screenplays » Comedy
(3.00 from 1 review)
A suave, glib young man with a high--almost stratospheric--opinion of himself believes that women find him worldly and irresistible. He more than meets his match in a frank and unpretentious young waitress with an abundance of street smarts and an uncanny ability to size people up.
Blind Date
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 27,740. Language: English. Published: May 11, 2011. Category: Fiction » Graphic novels & comics » Comics
When Wanda Costa, playing Cupid, invites her best friend, Susan Ross, and her husband's bosom buddy, Mark Roberts, to share a home-cooked dinner in celebration of their wedding anniversary, the antics of some uninvited guests--the newly weds' officious landlady, Susan's pompous ex-fiancé, and a quirky escapee from an assisted-living center--turn their apartment into a theater of the absurd.
Young Love
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Price: Free! Words: 450. Language: English. Published: April 4, 2011. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Humor
(3.00 from 1 review)
A mother, obsessed with cleanliness, inadvertently throws cold water on her son's love affair.
The Big Heist
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,860. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2011. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
The Big Heist is a tale about the strangest, if not most fanciful, robbery of all time
Mayberry R.F.D., the Place I Want to Be
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 820. Language: English. Published: March 6, 2011. Category: Fiction » Inspirational
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
In times of quiet desperation, which sooner or later we all experience in this thing called life, we need to find a refuge. Well, I just found mine. No, it's not Shangri-La, El Dorado, or any of those other pseudo paradises. It's Mayberry, R.F.D.
What the Heck's a Supinian?
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,420. Language: English. Published: February 10, 2011. Category: Screenplays » Comedy
When Will Scribble, a reporter for a local newspaper, finishes interviewing Ferris Wheeler, one of the leaders of the Supinians, he leaves the interview more confused than ever about just what the heck a Supinian is.
Gibberish
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Price: Free! Words: 400. Language: English. Published: January 16, 2011. Category: Essay » Political
To make sense of this piece of gobbledygook I advise the reader to keep a good dictionary within easy reach.
Which Witch is Which?
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,700. Language: English. Published: December 24, 2010. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Read this vignette and discover the scourge of evil witches and the antidote for bad luck.
The Big Wiener
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,860. Language: English. Published: December 2, 2010. Category: Screenplays » Comedy
Doctor Klutz proves to a patient that sometimes the cure can be worse than the disease.
A Different Kind of Death
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Price: Free! Words: 1,060. Language: English. Published: November 20, 2010. Category: Screenplays » Comedy
(2.00 from 1 review)
Often the subject of death is awkward, unpleasant, and even taboo but here it's both amusing and insightful.
College Admissions--The Weird Way
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,130. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2010. Category: Screenplays » Comedy
Mr. Tinkle, a pompous and cantankerous admissions counselor at Proboscis University, gets a lot more than he bargained for when Tim Witt, a naïve and underachieving high-school senior, shows up for an interview.
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