by Barbara Ross
Young Officer Cable drove slowly down Route 9, alert for any motorist who might have skidded in the rapidly accumulating snow. Despite the holiday, at 8:30 in the evening traffic was light, as if New Derby’s citizens had taken stock of the weather and sensibly got where they were going, or even more wisely, stayed home.
by Paula Gail Benson
“Remember, to be an Eve on New Year’s Eve is truly special. Even if you don’t have a date for my party.”
Eve had been listening to Charlotte on her hands-free phone as she drove to the spa. She made a mental note: in the future only take Charlotte’s calls on a land line, one equipped with a heavy receiver Eve could slam into its base.
by KRL Reviewers
KRL reviewed a lot of really good and great books in 2013, but we decided to give our best shot at choosing our top 5 of the year–some of us cheated a little, but here are our choices! And if you are an author who is not on the list, take heart–like I said, they were all good books!
by Jackie Dale
Things at the Cat House on the Kings continue to hum along. One thing that is not humming so much is our adoption rate. Our Petco adoption center rates are good but we have so many cats and kittens at the Cat House, they can’t all go to Petco. The Cat House adoption rooms are full to the rafters with cats, kittens and a few dogs too. We really need more adopters to stop by the Cat House and check out the fantastic assortment of kitties we have to offer. A virtual smorgasbord of feline choices!
by Diana Hockley
The first time I met Cherokee–Kee for short–he was lumbering up and down on the top of the cages of his “mates,’ all of whom he would have torn limb from limb if he got the chance.
by Larry Ham
Looking back on the year in sports is always a little difficult. Not because there’s not much to talk about, but because it’s hard to remember everything that happened, especially events from the beginning of the year.
by Andrew MacRae
It was Saturday morning at the Evans house. Mom was making bread in the kitchen; twelve-year-old Paul sat at the table with her and worked on the comic book he was drawing.
by Deborah Harter Williams
2013 was the year of binge streaming. In the past twelve months we crested the hill and coasted into time shifting, streaming, binge-watching and mobile viewing as day-to-day options for the masses. Not only can we see the latest and preview the upcoming but we can go back in time and revisit series from other eras – whether on TVLand or via Hulu, Amazon et al.
by Terrance Mc Arthur
Madeline Black’s grandpa is Lucifer.
Maddy used to work as an agent of Death.
The Agency wants her dead.
She has wings.
by Cynthia Chow
At a 1982 Washington D.C. lecture by a visiting Mexico City, Egyptologist and assistant museum curator, Sheila Ramsay is stunned and mesmerized. Not so much by the passionate discourse on the criminality and barbarity of museums purchasing artifacts from thieves and pillagers, but by Jeremiah Elliot’s striking looks and obvious dedication to preserving historical treasures. After a day spent with “Jerry” touring the Smithsonian Sheila is so completely smitten, that when her museum offers the seemingly unobtainable opportunity to return a borrowed manuscript to the owning family in Mexico City, Sheila impulsively applies and is shocked to when she is selected.
by Cynthia Chow
After passing on her first choices of becoming either the President or a ballerina, Minerva “Minnie” Hamilton’s dream since childhood has always been to be a librarian. She achieved her dream in Chilson, Michigan, where she now works as the assistant director for the Chilson District Library. And despite the best efforts by the director Stephen to discourage her with as many bureaucratic barriers as possible, Minnie managed to fund and now drives the first Chilson District Library Bookmobile.
by Maria Ruiz
My partner and I ran away from home. Yes, that’s right. We sold everything, bought an old, used motor home and planned to see Mexico in six months.
Silly us. We spent three years and still had a lot more to see.
by Carole Sojka
“Where the hell is Santa?”
“Shh! There’s a line of kids out there.” Maris adjusted her elf costume.
“What am I supposed to do?” Todd, the manager, asked.
by Lorie Lewis Ham
The Desolation of Smaug finds us back with our hero Bilbo Baggins and his Dwarf companions for more of their adventures, based on the book The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien.