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 Class Reunion
Price: Free! Words: 1,410. Language: English. Published: April 7, 2016. Categories: Plays » American / African American
As an old man steps to the podium to welcome his classmates to a high school reunion, his son appears and accuses the banquet manager of taking advantage of him.
Fragments of Long-Lost Loves
Price: Free! Words: 2,870. Language: English. Published: March 20, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Adult
When Tom Roberts wanders into the Egyptian Room of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the amber fragment of the lips of Queen Nefertiti brings him to an abrupt halt. As he stands, staring at it in awe, his thoughts drift back to all the girls whose paths, fleetingly, have crossed his. One, however, stands out above all the others--Takouhi Chebookjian. To find out why, read the story.
Get 'Em Up
Price: Free! Words: 1,650. Language: English. Published: February 18, 2016. Categories: Plays » American / African American
When Archibald Ashcroft, an English tourist, mistakenly goes into the ladies' room of a Boston hotel, its occupants, Matilda Battles and her faithful companion, Leticia Echoes, unleash their fury upon him--a fury without end.
Politics, Marriage, and Time
Price: Free! Words: 2,240. Language: English. Published: February 2, 2016. Categories: Plays » American / African American
Are you already sick and tired of all the 2016 presidential hoopla? If so, don't just shrug it off; laugh it off herein with Will Laffalot, a marriage counselor, and Rusty and Barb Dwyer, his clients.
The Jogger
Price: Free! Words: 1,000. Language: English. Published: January 11, 2016. Categories: Plays » American / African American
Moe and Archie, two robbers, accost a jogger. When the latter willingly hands over his valuables, Archie becomes suspicious but not enough so to pass on a McDonald's gift certificate. This blunder leads to his and Moe's undoing.
Presidential Follies
Price: Free! Words: 2,810. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2015. Categories: Plays » American / African American
Because hardly a night passes that Doug Graves, a political consultant, doesn't have a dream or nightmare about one or more of the current presidential candidates, he seeks the help of Dr. Kwack, a psychiatrist, with both surprising and humorous results.
On an Island with a Houghs Necker
Price: Free! Words: 14,520. Language: English. Published: September 3, 2015. Categories: Plays » American / African American
When June Milano arranges a date for her good friend, Sonya Johansen, with her husband's college roommate, Jack Dalton, little does she know she's opening up Pandora's Box. Sonya and Jack turn out to be arch enemies; Elmer Tweedle, a fugitive from a loony bin, arrives, brandishing a gun and looking for his lost love; and Rufus Fenstermacher, Sonya's ex-fiancé, shows up, uninvited.
The Houghs Necker and the Mermaid
Price: Free! Words: 14,220. Language: English. Published: August 11, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
In a close call, while installing gutters on a summerhouse in Houghs Neck, Andy Roberts nearly falls off the roof. Upon meeting its occupant, Robin Peters, however, nothing can prevent him from falling for her. Social class differences and parental disapproval serve only to strengthen their bonds of love.
Boundless Love
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 45,080. Language: English. Published: June 22, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Warding off the advances of a predatory clinical director, counseling clients with serious personal problems, reconciling with an alcoholic father, and communicating with a wild and promiscuous younger sister are just a few of the problems confronting Susan Simpson, a diligent and caring young social worker.
Enough to Make a Patient Lose Patience
Price: Free! Words: 1,920. Language: English. Published: February 23, 2015. Categories: Plays » American / African American
No matter how good their intentions may be, sometimes those, trying to cheer up a hospital patient, cause the patient, family, and friends to lose patience.
Rah, Rah, Buddha; You, Too, Lao Tzu!
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,580. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2015. Categories: Plays » American / African American
When the leader of a new sect preaches tolerance for the religious beliefs of others, he soon finds himself a persona non grata.
The Loiterer
Price: Free! Words: 1,390. Language: English. Published: November 29, 2014. Categories: Plays » American / African American, Plays » American / African American
Nellie Ragsdale's feeling of apprehension about a stranger, whom she observes loitering outside her home, soon turns to one of pity.
A Politician's Apologia
Price: Free! Words: 2,030. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
When Freddie Fibber, a Congressman, who is long on tenure but short on scruples, meets with folks to address their growing concern about his behavior, his response lends credence to the saying, There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.
A Circle of Phobics
Price: Free! Words: 1,950. Language: English. Published: July 21, 2014. Categories: 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
Price: Free! Words: 4,110. Language: English. Published: May 9, 2014. Categories: 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
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 44,400. Language: English. Published: March 13, 2014. Categories: 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
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 15,900. Language: English. Published: January 28, 2014. Categories: 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
Price: Free! Words: 3,190. Language: English. Published: December 23, 2013. Categories: 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
Price: Free! Words: 1,670. Language: English. Published: October 6, 2013. Categories: 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
Price: Free! Words: 1,940. Language: English. Published: September 21, 2013. Categories: 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
Price: Free! Words: 1,290. Language: English. Published: July 10, 2013. Categories: 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
Price: Free! Words: 2,550. Language: English. Published: May 6, 2013. Categories: 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
Price: Free! Words: 3,820. Language: English. Published: April 8, 2013. Categories: Plays » American / African American
For Roz, finding a man to date is easy; keeping him, however, is more difficult.
Sound Off With Buzz Berrigan
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,660. Language: English. Published: March 18, 2013. Categories: 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
Price: Free! Words: 8,480. Language: English. Published: February 11, 2013. Categories: 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!
Price: Free! Words: 490. Language: English. Published: January 13, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Celebrity biography
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The author ponders the transience of the beauty of movie stars.
Winners and Losers
Price: Free! Words: 2,660. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
A high-school counselor learns he has to help himself before he can help others.
A Mercedes
Price: Free! Words: 1,430. Language: English. Published: December 10, 2012. Categories: 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
Price: Free! Words: 1,030. Language: English. Published: December 2, 2012. Categories: 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
Price: Free! Words: 1,250. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2012. Categories: 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
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,370. Language: English. Published: October 6, 2012. Categories: 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
Price: Free! Words: 3,100. Language: English. Published: September 25, 2012. Categories: 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
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 43,680. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2012. Categories: 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
Price: Free! Words: 1,380. Language: English. Published: August 6, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational
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A high-school student comes to realize that the sins of the fathers shouldn't be visited upon their children.
Vanessa
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 60,700. Language: English. Published: July 24, 2012. Categories: 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
Price: Free! Words: 1,400. Language: English. Published: July 23, 2012. Categories: 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
Price: Free! Words: 3,190. Language: English. Published: July 10, 2012. Categories: 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
Price: Free! Words: 1,530. Language: English. Published: June 23, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Family
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Often, when a wrongdoer least expects it, the truth comes out.
A Case of Mistaken Identity
Price: Free! Words: 1,960. Language: American English. Published: June 11, 2012. Categories: Screenplays » Comedy, Screenplays » Romance
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?
Price: Free! Words: 830. Language: English. Published: March 24, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Religious / Christian / General
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A small, weak fir tree, envious of its companion, a tall, strong oak, discovers that everything on earth has a purpose.
A Safe Crossing
Price: Free! Words: 2,210. Language: English. Published: February 24, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues
A schoolboy has second thoughts about allowing a bully to intimidate him.
A Cape Cod Love Affair
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 42,190. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Asian American
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
Price: Free! Words: 500. Language: English. Published: February 4, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
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In this monologue the author laments the vagaries of young love.
The Girl in the Blue Toyota
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 49,100. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2012. Categories: 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
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,910. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2011. Categories: 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
Price: Free! Words: 6,320. Language: English. Published: October 2, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
An act of revenge creates a series of humorous happenstances and ends up backfiring on the avenger.
A Redeeming Quality
Price: Free! Words: 1,210. Language: English. Published: September 9, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
In this thing called life, one can never tell who his or her savior will be.
The Candidate
Price: Free! Words: 1,750. Language: English. Published: August 26, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
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Even though the chance of a candidate like me getting elected President is remote, just thinking about the possibility is frightening.
The Phantoms of Houghs Neck
Price: Free! Words: 5,140. Language: English. Published: August 13, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Adult
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A young native lobsterman and a summering yacht-club beauty become star-crossed lovers.
Return to Paradise Cove
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 39,360. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2011. Categories: 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.
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