Brandi Midkiff


Brandi Midkiff lives on a 500-acre rural property in South Central Texas. She has worked as a visual artist and as a semiprofessional musician in a Celtic/folk band. She is married and has three homeschooled children. She maintains a blog about writing and rural living at

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Pie and Prejudice
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 25,730. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories
Sophia’s Thanksgiving has been ruined before it began. She’s been tasked with looking after her sister Olivia’s future brother-in-law, Sean, a sullen know-it-all who has no place to celebrate the holiday except with Sophia’s family. Sean is arrogant and aloof, and Sophia’s attempts to be nice to him fail. But then Sean surprises her. This might turn out to be the best Thanksgiving yet.
May I Take Your Order?
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,840. Language: English. Published: February 3, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(5.00 from 1 review)
Brett waits tables at an upscale restaurant. His social life is limited to banter with fellow waiters, and his love life consists entirely of imaginary conversations with his favorite customer, a beautiful graduate student. Too shy to do more than serve Ashlyn hot tea, Brett gets his big chance when an accident allows him to make a dramatic rescue, showing her that he’s more than a good waiter.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 20,140. Language: English. Published: January 7, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Fleeing an abusive husband, Hayley returns to her childhood home, an old farmhouse with an ugly past. Alone and penniless, she fights memories of her brother's death and of the boy she loved and never forgot. Even the land itself—hostile, thorny, unforgiving—seems against her. Then she realizes someone else is on the land, someone who doesn't belong, with secrets to protect and murder on his mind.

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  • Trouble Lives at the Back of the Bus on Oct. 08, 2012

    This delightful book is a compilation of the author’s Facebook posts made over years of driving a school bus. The organizational structure is perfect for the subject matter: a loose sequence of quick, pithy anecdotes and observations, distinct but connected, like beads on a thread. In fact, this structure is very much like the bus-riding community itself, a collection of personalities briefly united twice a day by the necessity of getting from Point A to Point B, all bumping up against one another in their energy, individuality, and desire to survive high school (or middle school, or just the first day of kindergarten). The little narrative blurbs are like chocolates in a box; you never know what the next one’s going to be until you bite into it. It might be a brief snatch of overheard passenger dialogue, hilariously baffling in its lack of context, or the driver’s joy at receiving unexpected disciplinary support from a couple of elementary “kingpins”; an affectionate tribute to the big yellow behemoth itself, or a lament over the shortcomings of an antiquated, physically exhausting “sub bus”; a list of prizes to reward good passenger behavior (including a pair of highly coveted cow bicuspids), or what happens when the driver gets the bus intercom confused with the dispatch device used to communicate with other drivers; wellsprings of fondness for the young passengers, or threats to produce an Assigned Seating Chart Where No One Sits By Friends; reminiscences by veteran drivers about the days before air conditioning and paved roads, or a discussion among that same group as to whether all that fancy stunt bus-driving in Super 8 could really happen. Characters recur: the Human Sparkplug, the Mouse, Zombie Warrior, Mr. Pop Tart, and a handsome male high school athlete inexplicably thought of as “Shannon.” All this is recorded by a driver/writer so smart and compassionate, funny and lovable that you just want to sit down and share a pot of tea with her. Trouble Lives at the Back of the Bus is quick and light, but never shallow; humorous, but poignant and insightful. It’s the kind of funny with depth. It’s a treat you’ll be glad you gave yourself.