Loralee, Chapter Thirteen, Fresh Molasses

Loralee, The Dimestore Novella Chapter Thirteen, Fresh Molasses Originally published on December 26, 2012   At ten o’clock the next morning, James Nevelle reported Don McCoy missing. Good β€˜ol Don said he was going to visit his sister. He’d never returned to the ranch and that just wasn’t like him. […]

Loralee, Chapter Twelve, Cold, Hard, Cash

Loralee, The Dimestore Novella Chapter Twelve, Cold, Hard, Cash Originally published on December 5, 2012   β€œYou handled that like shit, Hardy.” Nevelle rubbed at his wrists and then stopped himself. They’d kept him handcuffed long enough that he was contemplating escape. β€œWhat would you like me to do?” Hardy […]

Loralee, Chapter Eleven, That Wears the Crown

Loralee, The Dimestore Novella Chapter Eleven, That Wears the Crown Originally published on September 6, 2012   The smell was enough that anyone driving by with their windows open or their air conditioner on would have noticed. Nevelle’s eyes seemed to glow in the dark as he glared at McCoy. […]

Loralee, Chapter Ten, Real Estate

Loralee: The Dimestore Novella Chapter Ten, Real Estate Originally published on June 30, 2012   β€œHenry, I don’t think I can take it anymore.” Loralee was sitting on the bed, slumped. She eased herself to the floor, back against the mattresses. β€œGet off the floor, Loralee.” Henry had had about […]

Loralee, Chapter Nine, Shake, Rattle, and Roll

Loralee: The Dimestore Novella Chapter Nine, Shake, Rattle, and Roll Originally published on June 28, 2012   β€œMalcom, Hardy says you’re not telling him something.” Loralee looked at her hands. She couldn’t bring herself to look at her husband. Her throat was dry. Her chest hurt. Never in her life […]

Loralee, Chapter Eight, Luxury

Loralee: The Dimestore Novella Chapter Eight, Luxury Originally published on May 20, 2012   β€œMalcom’s arraignment is set for Monday morning. Don’t expect them to release him.” Hardy Pattershaw sat down at the head of the conference table in Loralee and Henry’s suite. He opened his briefcase. β€œHardy, I don’t […]

Loralee, Chapter Seven, Buffalo Nickel

Loralee:The Dimestore Novella Chapter Seven, Buffalo Nickel Originally published on April 29, 2012   James Nevelle stood six-foot-five. Reed thin, he was what they called, β€œA long drink of water.” Perfectly silver foxed at the temples, his otherwise black hair combed back to a razor straight line an inch above […]

Loralee, Chapter Six, The Garden Suite

Loralee: The Dimestore Novella Chapter Six, The Garden Suite Originally published on April 29, 2012 Loralee set her drink on the counter, perspiration dripping cold off the sides of the glass. She lifted her hair out of the way. Henry unclasped the thin gold chain, a little gold star dangling […]

Loralee, Chapter Five, Tangled Web

Loralee: The Dimestore Novella Chapter Five, Tangled Web Originally published on March 8, 2012 His blood was spreading out around his body, not quite seeping into the poorly mixed concrete of the budget cut sidewalk at the bottom of the steps outside the police station. He looked to be in […]

Loralee, Chapter Four, Miss Tulsa Pie

Loralee: The Dimestore Novella Chapter Four, Miss Tulsa Pie Originally published on January 27, 2012     Loralee’s phone was ringing on the nightstand. She knocked over an empty glass as she reached for it. Her mascara had congealed, making it nearly impossible to open her eyes all the way. […]

Loralee, Chapter Three, Houston

Loralee: The Dimestore Novella Chapter Three, Houston Originally Published on January 12, 2012   β€œI heard you, damn it. I know who I belong to.” Donna paced on the balcony. β€œThen what are you doing?” Malcom said. β€œDon’t you know it’s you? It’s a big world, I been sitting on […]

Loralee, Chapter Two, Oh Henry

Loralee: The Dimestore Novella Chapter Two, Oh Henry Originally published on October 27, 2011   Static crackled through the radio’s old speakers mixed with the fading strains of β€œAll Shook Up,” part of the New Year’s Day Golden Hits of Rock and Roll countdown, the low volume created an odd […]

Loralee, Chapter One

Loralee: The Dimestore Novella Chapter One, A Name Like Loralee Originally published on October 26, 2011   Loralee had no illusions about herself. Her fingers caressed the edges of the jade rose around her neck, a beautifully carved stone, remembering the day he’d given it to her, before Malcom, before […]


    Remember the “family vacation?” Not the high-end, modern, version so often depicted in television and films, matching luggage and airplanes, but the old-school, load everything in the car and drive there family vacation? Roadside rests, gas stations, fast food, or the deluxe meal at a chain restaurant, sleeping […]