Dingbat Publishing

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Hi, I’m Gunnar Grey. I write books. I’m a historian, a forensics nut, a target shooter, and a retired adventurer and equestrian. I read avidly and post reviews or at least ratings for most of the books I read. In addition, I format ebooks for myself and a few clients, including indie writers and a no-longer-quite-so-small publishing company. If you need an ebook formatted or want to meet my references, check out my blog, Mysteries and Histories.

I live in Humble, Texas, just north of Houston, with four parakeets, the aforementioned husband (who’s even more entertaining than the birds), a fig tree, a vegetable garden, the lawn from the bad place, three armloads of potted plants, and a coffee maker that’s likely the most important item we own.
Death Do Us Part
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 63,510. Language: English. Published: February 20, 2020 by Dingbat Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author
Remember those ground-breaking series from TV’s Golden Age which explored the frontiers of human consciousness and the dividing line between reality and other dimensions? Like those powerful stories, this new collection aims to bend your mind, squeeze your psyche, and maybe pluck a heartstring.
Searching for Lady Luck
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 26,680. Language: English. Published: December 21, 2019 by Dingbat Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
Before the Great Stock market crash of 1929, Charlie Brannigan was hailed as an up and coming artist in Manhattan. But now he’s back at his family home in Wildwood, delivering newspapers in the mornings and selling his paintings on the Boardwalk in the afternoons. He needs some luck in his life, and it seems every time a pretty lady named Rose appears, good things happen.
Love's Refrain
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 16,360. Language: English. Published: December 21, 2019 by Dingbat Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Romance » Historical
Lady Laura Montgomery would much rather spend her summer at the family estate, but instead she must act as her stepsister’s chaperone for the London season. She takes solace in her poetry books and in her love of music. They’re all she has to comfort her as she once again faces the one man who stole her heart ten years ago.
Four Calling Bards
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 27,380. Language: English. Published: December 21, 2019 by Dingbat Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Romance » Historical
Amanda Collins leads a satisfactory but uneventful life as the vicar’s daughter in sleepy Whitecastle. But her sedate days are turned upside down when some of the village’s wealthiest men suddenly show an interest in her. The Lord of the Manor, the village doctor, and the butcher have all made offers, and Amanda doesn’t quite know what to do.
Three French Inns
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 23,140. Language: English. Published: December 21, 2019 by Dingbat Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Romance » Historical
Peter Brown joined His Majesty’s Army in the fight against Napoleon, but when he was wounded, a lovely Frenchwoman tended him. She was a recent widow, and they were on opposing sides of the war, so they went their separate ways. But he never forgot his “bel ange” — his beautiful angel.
Two Tutor Doves
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 20,100. Language: English. Published: December 21, 2019 by Dingbat Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Romance » Historical
When the duchess decides to hold the school’s Christmas party in her home, Robert and Jeanne must put aside their differences and work together to ensure that the holiday celebration goes off without a hitch. Will they be able to endure the partnership, or will their sparks ignite something more?
The Partridge and the Peartree
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 16,680. Language: English. Published: December 21, 2019 by Dingbat Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Romance » Historical
Lady Amelia Partridge has no time for the frivolity of the London social scene. In addition to her work with the Ladies Literary Society, she has a mission — educating poor children in the city. She also has a secret life, one she fears might drive away the young duke who has become increasingly important to her.
Cian and Arin: Beginning
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 26,140. Language: English. Published: December 21, 2019 by Dingbat Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Paranormal
Cian Conn hates hiding what he really is — a young gray gryphon, destined to protect the helpless — but the grays’ ancient rules of secrecy force him to live under cover. When a new sect of gryphons arise, declaring their independence, Cian longs for the same freedom, but he’s leery of risking such change. For their feathers have turned black, and so have their souls.
Lost in Lavender
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 25,000. Language: English. Published: December 21, 2019 by Dingbat Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Romance » Historical
Selina Davison once enjoyed life as a countess, but when tragedy struck, she learned to take care of herself. Thanks to her skill creating hats adorned with realistic silk flowers, she’s built a successful business as a milliner. When a handsome gentleman stumbles into her shop asking for directions, she remembers and yearns for the joy of having someone to share life’s ups and downs.
Seeing You Again
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 17,570. Language: English. Published: December 21, 2019 by Dingbat Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
After twenty-five years with Sam, their lives revolving in circles that barely touched let alone overlapped, was it time Margie consigned their marriage to an album of faded photographs? The Christmas ball at her mother-in-law's retirement home would either be the final straw for their failing marriage or the perfect chance to reignite the old flame.
Voices of the Dead
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 147,120. Language: English. Published: December 21, 2019 by Dingbat Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA
During four terror-filled months in 1878, a yellow fever epidemic in the Lower Mississippi Valley struck 154 towns and cities, killed over 20,000 people, and wiped entire families and businesses from the face of the earth. A determined band of volunteer heroes and heroines fought the virus despite their limited medical knowledge. Some survived. Others paid the ultimate price.
Teach Me Under the Mistletoe
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 46,440. Language: English. Published: December 21, 2019 by Dingbat Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Romance » Historical
According to Caroline “Kitty” Tyndall’s friends, a young lady who’s gone two seasons in London with nary a nibble from a prospective suitor is well on the way to spinsterhood. But what’s a girl to do when she’s never been kissed and the worldly man she wants regards her as a child?
The Toymaker
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 76,760. Language: English. Published: December 21, 2019 by Dingbat Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Romance » Historical
He was a duke who wanted to be a toymaker. She fell in love with a toymaker but her parents wanted her to marry a duke.
The Weatherboy
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 67,710. Language: English. Published: December 21, 2019 by Dingbat Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Paranormal, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
Life turned stormy when Reed Darby, a sixteen-year-old aspiring meteorologist, tapped into a bizarre website called Misfit Books. But once a lightning bolt creates a mystical chunk of glass that helps Reed control the weather and win his girl, things really go haywire.
Love Overcomes
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 68,390. Language: English. Published: September 14, 2019 by Dingbat Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Romance, Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
Since the end of a disastrous relationship, single mother Arabella Mackenzie has been wary of wanting or needing anyone other than her family. But when she meets actor Jeremy Fowlis, she begins to have feelings for a man for the first time since her three-year-old son was born. What will it take for Arabella to overcome her doubts and fears and find love?
A Nettle By Any Other Name
Series: A Christmas Bouquet. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 27,670. Language: English. Published: April 10, 2019 by Dingbat Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
Helen Marie, Lady Stormont, longs to improve educational opportunities for the bluestockings of Highgate. Though her contemporaries scoff at her idea, she plans to open a home just for the girls, where they can study without interruptions. Thinking she’ll be alone in her endeavors, she’s thrilled when her close friend Talbot Yelverton happily agrees to help her.
Gold in the Hills: Stories of Riches in Oklahoma's Mountains
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 200. Language: English. Published: February 13, 2019 by Dingbat Publishing. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » History / United States / 19th Century, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Nature
Caves, outlaws, and… gold? Explore the historic stories and legends of people seeking treasure in Oklahoma’s Wichita Mountains. Coronado, Jesse and Frank James, and the lore of a mysterious Iron Door are among the topics raised for your young history buff to imagine.
Toenail Hero Saga: Part One
Series: The Toenail Tales. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,060. Language: English. Published: February 13, 2019 by Dingbat Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction, Fiction » Children’s books » Paranormal
Dad’s Toenail began the adventure. Toenail Fairy Tales was great fantasy, now is the time for heroes… Join the Dad's Toenail family again as their imaginations cover comics, stories, and a mysterious ride home. Are you ready for the toenail adventure of a lifetime?
Iceas' Victory
Series: Secret Defenders. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 86,910. Language: English. Published: November 23, 2018 by Dingbat Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Paranormal, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
Born magic. Never warned... Iceas Lachlan has crushed on Brendan Donovan forever, but lately he's become overly protective and won't let her date anyone. And considering her new, bizarre dreams, Iceas can’t help wondering if she didn’t inherit some of her family’s weirdness. She isn't so sure Brendan is ready to protect her against things she can’t even imagine.
Beauford the Patriotic Donkey
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,890. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2018 by Dingbat Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Children’s books » Lifestyles / Farm & Ranch Life
Beauford chases the chickens and thinks he’s too good for goats, but he soon learns everybody has to work together when you live on a farm. Beauford The Patriotic Donkey endears itself to the American public by teaching kids the timeless lessons of the farm work ethic, the importance of the flag, and honoring military service.
Double Down Trouble
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 47,980. Language: English. Published: June 21, 2018 by Dingbat Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
Julia Temple, Tennessee's inexperienced lieutenant governor, is at the theater. Partway through, chaos explodes as two busloads of convicts escape and terrorize the town. Somehow they have weapons and explosives, but do they know such a high-profile hostage is there for the taking? Julia needs help. But her security detail are both dead and the only man still standing is a stranger… isn't he?
Without a Body: Forensic Investigations When There's Not a Lot Left
Series: Old Cases. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 18,560. Language: English. Published: March 16, 2018 by Dingbat Publishing. Categories: Nonfiction » True Crime » Murder, Nonfiction » History » History of things
Without a Body presents nine fascinating cases, spanning from the 1890s to the 21st century. How does an investigator capture a killer when the body’s not around for investigating? What clues can be gathered in the body’s absence? And how can a jury convict without that single most important piece of evidence?
Two Moons Waning
Series: Sharp Steel and High Adventure, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 27,820. Language: English. Published: November 29, 2017 by Dingbat Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
Inspired by Robert E. Howard’s Conan and Fritz Leiber’s Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, the Master of Post-Apocalyptic Military Sci-Fi, William Alan Webb, brings us the next great sword and sorcery series! Come with him now to a world of endless possibilities and nameless dangers, where intrepid men and women seek their destinies in a time of sharp steel and high adventure!
Pedro's Problemo
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,680. Language: English. Published: November 23, 2017 by Dingbat Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
Don Pedro Sanchez Elll Puppy Dog has a beeg problemo! No one believes he’s really royalty from Mexico, because Momma Francy Pants rescued him from the middle of the road. Worse yet, the Itty Bitty Wise Kitty Committee says that if he wants to stay, he has to ride Bubba the horse, the one who’s still in training, and prove he’s royalty. Pedro has never ridden a horse before!
The Queen of Death and Darkness
Series: Sharp Steel and High Adventure, Book 2. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 32,630. Language: English. Published: October 12, 2017 by Dingbat Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Part of the Eastmarch once belonged to the desert people, the dreaded Sedanni, and they want it back. Aided by their shaman and the power of their patron diety, they cross the Black River to take it back. As the world explodes in flaming war between two eternal powers, Alden and Dexter fight a desperate battle to save themselves and their friends from the Queen of Death and Darkness.
A Night at The Quay
Series: Sharp Steel and High Adventure, Book 3. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 19,310. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2017 by Dingbat Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Hunted by every Nhojen who can lift a sword, Alden and Dexter take refuge in the tavern called The Quay. With ogres for bouncers and powerful glyphs on its ancient walls, The Quay promises to protect you against any and all dangers for as long as your gold holds out. But the pair learns, to their dismay, that even the mighty ogres cannot stand against an ancient power bent on revenge.
Toenail Fairy Tales
Series: The Toenail Tales. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,670. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2017 by Dingbat Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Sports & Recreation / Camping & Outdoor Activities, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Nobody can forget the adventure of Dad’s toenail, not even on a peaceful camping trip. So it’s only natural that toenail fairy tales abound by the campfire. Who can tell the smelliest tale? Suitable bedtime material for all ages that will have you laughing your toenails off!
Mara's Secret
Series: Secret Defenders. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 87,550. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2017 by Dingbat Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Dougal Lachlan was prepared to spend the rest of his days in prison, but he wakes up in an unexpected place and time with a new mission. Should he be thankful, or terrified? Mara Hess has been unable to speak for the last ten years. Her family believes she is dimwitted. But Mara knows something. A secret she is afraid to share.
Francine the Workin' Stock Cowgirl
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 920. Language: English. Published: August 17, 2016 by Dingbat Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Beginner
Francine has always been told she has to be “itty bitty” to rope, ride, and chase cans. But Flitter the horse, her new best friend, tells her she’s “Workin’ Stock” like him. She’s made to do more than just look pretty and just like him, she can be fast. A fun and inspiring picture book about a girl and her horse with a positive lesson in body confidence!
The Inquisitive Guereza and the Community College Omelette Fundraiser Tragedy
Series: The Inquisitive Guereza Monkey. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 180. Language: English. Published: August 17, 2016 by Dingbat Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire, Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
A placid afternoon walk turns into chaos and meaningless destruction as the aromatic appeal of omelettes proves too difficult to resist for the confused and inquisitive guereza monkey. But will his distracted orange-obsessed owner be able to act quickly enough to avoid disaster or is he just an inane tertiary character to the guereza’s unintentional (and inevitable) havoc?
Dracula, Ergo, Terror!
Series: Public Television Heroes. Price: Free! Words: 15,870. Language: English. Published: August 17, 2016 by Dingbat Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Monsters, Fiction » Children’s books » Paranormal
Deep in a shadowy castle dwells timeless evil and gruesome creepiness. Can Ergo save the universe again or will these dire threats prove too devastatingly terrible and leave our unfortunate hero… drained?
Escucha Means Listen
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 710. Language: English. Published: January 13, 2016 by Dingbat Publishing. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Readers / Beginner, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Foreign Language Study / Spanish
Take a journey through the world—just listening. Escucha Means Listen helps children discover sounds around them in English and Spanish.
Orson's Echoes
Series: The Journals of Orson's Folly. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 42,360. Language: English. Published: November 23, 2015 by Dingbat Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
When Natalie Carter wants to visit the old McGee homestead before she leaves from her Thanksgiving visit, she and Ricky McGee end up in a spontaneous treasure hunt that might cost them their lives. But is it a treasure hunt gone wrong? Or a love hunt gone right?
Well, That Could Have Gone Better…
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 430. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2015 by Dingbat Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Graphic novels & comics » Science fiction, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
Ted and Frank enjoy wasting idle time at work with an inane series of text and chat messages about extraterrestrials. But they get more than they bargained for when the mystery of “are we alone in the universe” is answered in an unexpected way.
Whispers on the Hampstead Road
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 40,000. Language: English. Published: September 30, 2015 by Dingbat Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
When Deborah Kringle receives an unsigned love letter, she can’t wait to share the news with her best friend, George Anson. George might not be the most educated of her set, but he’s the perfect person to help her uncover the mystery of who wrote her delicious letter… if she can just figure out why he’s so reluctant to help. How can the Scoundrel of Mayfair change their friendship into romance?
The Key
Series: Secret Defenders. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 96,140. Language: English. Published: September 30, 2015 by Dingbat Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Paranormal
Everyone else has fun in high school, but not Maddie Clevenger. There’s something so vulnerable about her, shy, orphaned, and with beautiful jade eyes. Air Force brat Chase Donovan just knows taking care of her is his calling in life… but when bizarre, murderous flying monsters begin stalking her, he wonders if he is the key to solving her problem, and what it will cost him to protect her.
Dad's Toenail
Series: The Toenail Tales. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,230. Language: English. Published: September 18, 2015 by Dingbat Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction, Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Beginner
Eww! Dad lost his toenail, but will not throw it away. He thinks it is just too useful. It’s up to the kids to help him decide what he could do with it. A carrot peeler? An ice scraper? Perhaps a really nasty dip scooper? What other uses are there, and how long will Mom put up with the smelly thing?
Public Television Heroes!
Price: $4.49 USD. Words: 29,770. Language: English. Published: June 18, 2015 by Dingbat Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
What's more fun than a Rob Marsh book? How about three of them? They're smart and funny enough for adults, bad enough for kids, and great reading for the entire family. This set includes Unemployed Public Television Vampire Hunters, Mutated Mediocre Public Television Galactic Defenders Save the Universe!, and A Boy Named Ergo, all with illustrations by the very talented author!
One Simple Favor
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 36,190. Language: English. Published: May 14, 2015 by Dingbat Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Tricia Pilgrim reluctantly agrees to pick up a sort-of cousin she’s never met at the bus station and drive him back to town. She might as well. Everything’s already gone wrong with her vacation weekend, there's an emergency at work, and things can’t get worse. Right? Wrong. One of them is a magnet for trouble… of the lousiest kind. The kind with bad guys and guns. Can he get her through it?
The Inquisitive Guereza Monkey and the Post-Soviet East Bloc Abandoned Nuclear Power Plant
Series: The Inquisitive Guereza Monkey. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 200. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2015 by Dingbat Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
The Guereza monkey is old, tired and has a dangerous propensity towards making horrendously bad decisions. If only he’ll listen to his friend, the Orange Obsessed Man, perhaps total nuclear annihilation can be averted…
Martin Hardware: Customer Service in the Real World
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,510. Language: English. Published: February 9, 2015 by Dingbat Publishing. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Customer relations, Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Small business & entrepreneurship
When a “big box” hardware and home improvement store opened in northern Houston, only three and a half miles from Martin Hardware, local residents shook their heads and forecast the old store’s closure. After all, how could a 67-year-old hardware in an old converted barn compete in pricing and advertising against such a Goliath? But something funny happened on the way to the pity party…
The Echoes of Orson's Folly
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 262,760. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2015 by Dingbat Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Western
Three contemporary Western romance and romantic suspense novels in one package! **Lifeline Echoes,** **Elusive Echoes,** and **Abiding Echoes**
Amanda Moore or Less
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 187,670. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2015 by Dingbat Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Two screwball romantic comedies in one package! **Scratching the Seven-Month Itch** and **Curing the Uncommon Man-Cold**
Bootful of Echoes
Series: The Echoes of Orson's Folly. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 47,860. Language: English. Published: December 17, 2014 by Dingbat Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Justin McGee starts playing harmless pranks to keep his daughter-in-laws' spirits up…and finds himself contemplating a second chance at love when his childhood friend Charlotte Hains, abandoned by her own adult daughters, comes to spend the holidays with the McGees. Will all the secrets and surprises work out right? And will Justin ever bring himself to take advantage of the mistletoe?
A Boy Named Ergo
Series: Public Television Heroes. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 53,310. Language: English. Published: December 2, 2014 by Dingbat Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
Ergo is a human-puppet hybrid who wants to be a normal teenager. He’s survived vampires, zombies, aliens, clowns, and dangers in the furthest reaches of space. But can he survive the public school system? Can he endure an onslaught of bounty hunters, defective androids, galactic invasions, and martial arts crazed bullies? Can he win the heart of the most beautiful girl in school?
Love, Unmasked
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 21,160. Language: English. Published: November 27, 2014 by Dingbat Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
When Fidelity Scott realizes everyone knows of her infatuation for the handsome Sylvestre Brightenburg, she's mortified. But before she leaves town, family friend John Greysteil convinces her to attend one last masked ball. Armed with a new, sensuous gown, a full-face mask, and complete anonymity, she's determined to make some scandalous memories. But Grey has other plans…
Abiding Echoes
Series: The Echoes of Orson's Folly. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 113,260. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2014 by Dingbat Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
The patriarch of the McGee clan, Justin, lost his beloved Beth too many years ago. When he's struck down with a heart attack and wakes in the hospital, Beth is beside him, a dose of smiling, golden sunshine. Suddenly it doesn't matter whether she's real or a medical side-effect, because the memories she brings with her, how they met, how they fell in love, take him back in time and it's all real…
Star of Wonder
Series: NATO Rapid Response Team. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 30,870. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2014 by Dingbat Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Fantasy, Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
The gorgeous woman leaned closer. “Do you believe in holiness?” NATO sapper Captain Kenneth Rutland needs something to believe in, and he’s easily sucked in when a beautiful stranger gives him a chance to escape his cynical, disappointing reality. But danger haunts Niviane’s world. Can Kennie fight through the savagery and disbelief, and let the Christmas star work its healing miracle?
Elusive Echoes
Series: The Echoes of Orson's Folly, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 113,510. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2014 by Dingbat Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Sean McGee showed Melanie Mitchell the sun-drenched field where he longed to build a home, the ring he wanted his wife to wear, the heart he yearned to give her. But Melanie's past is complicated and her heart is as full of pain as the Thoroughbred stallion Sean hopes to heal. Can he reach her heart with his, or are they destined to remain caught between friendship and something more?
Scratching the Seven-Month Itch
Series: Amanda Moore or Less, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 95,580. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2014 by Dingbat Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Amanda can’t believe Jason, her new lover, is already cheating — they’ve only been a couple for seven months. But her domineering older friend, Christine, has “proof” and insists Amanda should take it seriously. Does Jason have the seven-month itch? If so, which tramp is scratching it? And is it possible for their relationship to grow even closer despite Christine's worst efforts?
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Series

A Christmas Bouquet
Traditional Regency romance
The Toenail Tales
The Toenail Tales
Dad's Toenail
Price: $2.99 USD.
Toenail Fairy Tales
Price: $2.99 USD.
Secret Defenders
Secret Defenders
The Key
Price: $0.99 USD.
Mara's Secret
Price: $2.99 USD.
Iceas' Victory
Price: $2.99 USD.
Sharp Steel and High Adventure
Sharp Steel and High Adventure
Two Moons Waning
Price: $0.99 USD.
A Night at The Quay
Price: $1.99 USD.
The Journals of Orson's Folly
The Journals of Orson's Folly
Orson's Echoes
Price: $0.99 USD.
NATO Rapid Response Team
NATO Rapid Response Team
Shakedown
Price: $1.99 USD.
Star of Wonder
Price: $2.99 USD.
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  • Horker's Law on Aug. 15, 2011

    There's a new breed of novel arising, the self-pubbed novel with a great story that would have benefitted from an equally good editor. This is one of the best examples of that category I've yet read. "Horker's Law" has a solid, well-developed plotline with enjoyable characters. It's clearly set up as the first of a series and a sample of the next book is included at the end. Mike Lee is definitely an author I'll be tracking, even if I did predict one of his twists at the end. At the same time, there's a lot here a good editor could have improved. Some scenes are overly developed and go on for too long. Although it's true you never know when something carefully worked into a previous scene will return to bite you, it's also true that these scenes would read better with some judicious cutting. While there are no misspellings or formatting errors, there are poor grammar choices and obvious outright mistakes. An example is consistently using "it's" when "its" would have been correct. Therefore, grammar purists might prefer to give this book a miss. But if you can allow the author some patience, and prevent the errors and slips from pulling you out of the story, "Horker's Law" is clever and fun. I give it five stars for the story, and four for the book as presented
  • The Night the Lights Went Out on Sep. 05, 2013

    Of all the books I've read this year, this is one of the most difficult to rate and classify. It's an intense read, densely written, heavy and realistic; but at the same time it's hopeful and light on its feet. The ending is left open, as if for a sequel, but because of the realism factor there's no other way it could possibly have ended. The climax is strong and satisfying, but the denouement and falling action drag on a bit. It's possible the story would be stronger with a couple thousand words chopped off the end; but it wouldn't be the same book and the effect on the reader would be neither as heavy nor as hopeful. The characterization is excellent. The author could use a professional copy editor or at least a good proofreader, and there are some sentences where I never did figure out a satisfactory meaning. But even when it threw me out of the story, there was never any question but that I'd dive back into it. If you like post-apocalyptic fiction without the tired tropes of nuclear holocaust or zombies, well, I've read worse. Much worse. And I guess that answers the how-many-stars question: this story will stay with me. Knock off one for the lack of proofreading and the questionability of those ending chapters, then let's say four stars and one contented if wondering reader.
  • The Irishman&Other Stories on Sep. 11, 2013

    This is another difficult book for me to rate. The author's writing skills are excellent, fluid and exact; his characters, situations, and themes are utterly real. And therein lies the problem. It seems I'm currently more in a mood for escape than for reality, and at this time these stories simply aren't reaching me. In no way is this the fault of the author; his book description is spot-on, no false claims involved. And allow me to emphasize that this is an entirely subjective assessment. There's no doubt other readers will not agree. With the author's polished skills, it's easy to imagine others awarding this anthology five stars and buying every book he's written. What makes my funk even worse is, I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review, and this is the best I can currently do. My thanks to the author for the opportunity to experience his work — and it's an experience, rather than a read, it's that real — and should this escapism funk ever break, I'll revisit these short stories and give them a better, fairer chance.
  • Falken's Woods on Sep. 23, 2013

    Nice YA romance, with mysterious paranormal/horror and coming of age elements extending and strengthening the story line. Strong, believable characters with real development, and if there are traces of instalove in the immediate attraction between H and h, the realistic romantic development makes up for that. One good touch was the common sense shown by the h while she's investigating the mystery; too often an amateur sleuth parks her brain and does stoopid things to move the plot along and set up scary scenes, but this author didn't resort to such measures. That's worth an extra star, right there. Note that this book does need a line editor and proofreader. There are problems with verb tenses, missing and added words, and the occasional clumsy sentence. For the most part, these errors don't detract from the book's enjoyment factor, but readers, if you're sensitive to such, consider yourself warned. Full disclosure: I received a free copy of this book through the Library Thing Member Giveaway program in exchange for an honest review. This assessment would be no different if I had bought the book or nabbed it as an Amazon freebie.
  • Arlo's Epiphany on Nov. 06, 2013

    This is a cute "secret lives of animals" short story. Engaging characters, entertaining storyline, and lots and lots (and lots) of narration. It includes one of the most hilarious chase scenes I've ever read, one of the best feline secret agents ever, and if the narration were trimmed down some this would easily garner four stars. As it stands, let's call it 3.5 stars. I received a free copy of this short story through the LibraryThing Member Giveaway program. Thanks for the fun read, Ms Oldaker.
  • A Day at the Office or The Bastard on Nov. 06, 2013

    A clever short story with a unique twist at the end. I did not see that one coming.
  • The Littlest Spycat's First Christmas on June 16, 2014

    This is an adorable, feel-good Christmas story, and the author is quickly becoming one of my favorites. Her style is unique, both in writing organization and in plots, themes, and characters, and she does more with a talking animal story than any author since Dodie Smith. Although I must admit, that style does take some getting used to. It's well worth the time.
  • Barrenlands on Aug. 24, 2014

    Loved it. Good deep characters with some development, interesting storyline even if the villain was predictable, and fun to read. Also a reasonably professional presentation, with decent proofreading and good formatting and editing. Thanks very much for the read!
  • Dun Lady's Jess on Aug. 24, 2014

    Excellent premise and good story. A magicked horse from a sophisticated fantasy world winds up in modern America, transformed into a human. Love the characters, especially Jess and Carey, but also Jamie, and it's good to see dressage treated as a serious sport. 4.5 stars
  • Upon A Midnight Clear on Oct. 07, 2014

    Heartwarming and realistic sci fi short story, if that's not an oxymoron, and it's firing on all thrusters. Four and a half stars.
  • Outworlder on Nov. 15, 2014

    A well-written sci fi novella that takes a deeper look at an outworlder's unresolved issues. Not my usual shoot-'em-up military sci fi, definitely deeper, and fascinating in the undertones of the male-female relationship that can't be advanced with words. Professionally edited, formatted, and proofed; nothing to get in the way of reading absorption. Four strong stars.
  • The Mighty Peculiar Incident at Muddy Creek on Nov. 25, 2014

    Very clever, Mister Healy, very clever indeed. This is a sci fi-slash-Western short story, with good characterization, good clear writing, and a neat plot. I'd compare it to Cowboys and Aliens, but it's more realistic, doesn't have any aliens, and takes place on a train. A strong four stars.
  • Mitchell Parker's Anniversary Gift on July 06, 2016

    Sweet short story from a good writer.