Helen Montgomery


Helen Lloyd Montgomery has been a writer since the third grade when she successfully negotiated a deal with her teacher to write stories using her weekly spelling words rather than write them out ten times each. She and her cat Turbo Tasha currently reside in Minnesota, where Helen is driven by the bitter winter weather to keep warm by exercising her fingers over a hot keyboard. She invites you to visit her website at http://www.hlmontgomery.com where you can find discount coupons for Skinwalker Moon, as well as a recipe for delightful little cookies you'll want to keep all for yourself.

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The Osecca Option
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,500. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Gothic, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Osecca del Mar desperately needs Guild backing to survive the medieval world in which she lives. But the head of the Guild declares the job she trained for is strictly a male profession. Does she have what it takes to prove she’s capable of doing the job? Only one thing is certain: her only friend and confidant, Ace Blackthorn, doesn’t think she is.
Sissy the Vampire Hummingbird Slayer
Price: Free! Words: 5,520. Language: English. Published: June 12, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(4.00 from 3 reviews)
Hummingbirds. You know what they are. Tiny emerald speed demons. People used to hang out jars of red sugar-water for them... until environmental disasters rewired their tiny brains and aggressive appetites to prefer the taste of human blood. But they’d better watch out who they mess with, because Sissy has an aerosol can, and she knows how to turn it into a flamethrower!
The Zodiac Bar and Grill
Price: Free! Words: 3,850. Language: English. Published: May 22, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(3.67 from 3 reviews)
Meet Bob Clayborn, a man whose dreams have long been trampled beneath the feet of his elephant-sized wife. Now the long-suffering husband of Clarisse Clayborn has learned the worst: his mother-in-law will soon be moving in with them. But wait! What’s that glow up ahead? Why, it’s the old Zodiac. Abandoned years ago, it’s lit up like a neon lollipop, and Clarisse is eager to join the fun.
Skinwalker Moon
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 57,550. Language: English. Published: January 24, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Sara Sawyer senses there’s more to the killing of a homeless man than meets the eye, but rejects the notion that repeatedly suggests itself: that the cause of death was something supernatural. Now a neighbor is dead, and in rejecting a supernatural explanation, Sara’s forced to realize it may be her lover that committed the murder. Can she clear Hawk’s name or will she be the next to die?

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  • My Sister Shelby on May 31, 2010

    Shelby is an eight-year-old girl whose love and dedication to nature's creatures forges a bond with them that goes far beyond the ordinary. A sweet and touching story, it's a great read for all animal lovers, and anyone who respects the raw power, beauty, and intelligence of nature. Simply written, charmingly realistic, easily believable--for we all have a little bit of Shelby...or the wild desire to be her...tucked away somewhere in our hearts. Highly recommended! -hlmontgomery
  • Vamp.0 on June 07, 2010

    Awesome story! I laughed out loud in places. Vamps as they should be-hard, and gritty. This story contains a nice twist on motive and totally believable characters. Highly recommended-Krider is obviously a versatile story teller, and I am now officially a fan! hlmontgomery
  • Prima Ballerina on Oct. 31, 2010

    Three excellent tales of a lofty and ephemeral world--a world few of us even glimpse--skillfully linked together by common characters who draw the reader indelibly into the story with them. All three ultimately bring both tears and laughter while opening our eyes to lives that are sophisticated, elegant, and fiercely competitive--driven, as they are, by the intense love of dance. While the author has rated these stories as perhaps unsuitable for those under 18, I’d like to note that I read absolutely nothing in them that would seem to warrant such a rating. “Golden Lasses” is a story that is, perhaps, as old as dance itself: the story of two ballerinas who vie for the same coveted role. In this first person narrative, the talented but shy Moira finds herself competing with the darkly beautiful and technically excellent Zita for the role of Princess Aurora in the “Rose Adagio.” Is it possible to win and lose at the same time? In this story, the answer is yes. In “The Last Dance,” a third person narrative goes on to explore the exquisite life of a ballerina as Zita would have it. Though technically excellent, Zita lacks perhaps the one thing that would keep her from achieving perfection: heart. Under the tutelage of the Russian dancer Alexei Rostov, she learns there is more to being a star than simply being the best. But in learning that, Zita loses her heart to Alexei, and must learn on her own how to come to terms with the truth about the man she has come to love. The last story, “The Ladies Who Dance,” treats us to another first person narrative of Moira. Grown now, and with an adult daughter of her own, Moira is both frustrated and intrigued by a different side of dance when she takes over the training of ten middle-aged, inexperienced women who, in their dreams, would aspire to the life a ballerina. But sometimes the best lessons are learned when we least expect them, as Moira finds when she helps the women to find their own places on stage. These three stories of “Prima Ballerina” are beautifully written, refined and romantic, and quite different from the usual short story fare. I highly recommend them as tales that teach as well as entertain. --HL Montgomery