I have suffered from bibliophilia since I first learned to read. Writing has always fascinated me. Other people began noticing my prose in the first year of junior high, grade eight for people in school jurisdictions using different terminology. For some reason, however, other people seem to like my writing more than I do myself. Despite that handicap, I have worked, off and on, as a journalist, but never tried to publish any of the literary attempts I was sometimes driven to scribble down in notebooks or on scrap paper, or type into an old computer that would inevitably break down and lose my work. Another expression of my bibliophilia was a short-lived attempt to own and run a used bookstore. That was before the internet and the worldwide web changed publishing and book distribution forever. Whether this or any other story I may publish in the future are any good is up to each reader to decide for his or her self. That is why my first published smashwords stories are free.

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Trick or Trap
Price: Free! Words: 13,280. Language: English. Published: September 17, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
(2.00 from 1 review)
It is Halloween and demons are invading West Hollywood's Carnival. Also known as the Parade, it is the largest Halloween event in the world. The Bikini Girls, a team of bikini models and part-time crime fighters, are summoned to investigate and fight the demons. More spoof than spooky, the story is a treat with a few tricks and a fireworks show thrown in for an amusing Halloween read.
Healthy or Else
Price: Free! Words: 5,210. Language: English. Published: June 18, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(4.33 from 3 reviews)
A speculative satire about the health care industries assuming dictatorial powers in a recognizable near future society. Healthy or Else tells the story of one family's brush with the health care regime and what happens to these good people. The trends are in play; the future may not be as far away as you think.

Smashwords book reviews by A.B.R.

  • Reprieve - a short story on June 27, 2011

    This is as good an explanation for life as any, and a good story to boot. Well worth reading.
  • The Man Who Crossed Worlds (Miles Franco #1) on Dec. 31, 2011

    This ebook is a fun read. It combines urban fantasy with the hardboiled private detective genre. Miles Franco is a somewhat immature, self-effacing tunneler, who manages to alienate almost everybody with a lip that is a target sign. He tells his own story in amusing manner, and the sinuous plot provides more than enough suspense to keep you clicking the page turn arrow.
  • The Meandering Mayhem of Thogron Throatbiter (a short story) on Feb. 20, 2012

    Genocide usually doesn't provoke mirth, but author Tim C. Taylor has accomplished it with a story so over the top it can't help but be humorous. Nor does it detract from the appalling waste of the “meandering mayhem” created by genocidal aliens. A good short story.