From the outside looking in, former beauty queen Loralee Montgomery has everything she ever dreamed of, a sprawling Texas ranch, two grown kids, and a wealthy husband. But when greed sinks its clutches deep into the soul of a man, there’s no telling what he might do to keep what is his or take what isn’t.Β  When love draws a woman out of herself into giving away her heart, there’s no telling what she might do if betrayed.

Loralee, The Dimestore Novella
(Rated – R, For Mature Audiences)

Chapter One, A Name Like Loralee

Chapter Two, Oh Henry

Chapter Three, Houston

Chapter Four, Miss Tulsa Pie

Chapter Five, Tangled Web

Chapter Six, The Garden Suite

Chapter Seven, Buffalo Nickel

Chapter Eight, Luxury

Chapter Nine, Shake, Rattle, and Roll

Chapter Ten, Real Estate

Chapter Eleven, That Wears the Crown

Chapter Twelve, Cold, Hard, Cash

Chapter Thirteen, Fresh Molasses


On October 26, 2011, I wrote and published the first chapter of Loralee on my webpage. I had no idea where the story was going, no preconceived plan or outline. I wanted to write a serial, one chapter at a time, to see if I could do it, and just for people to read and enjoy. I wrote it as an exercise in improving my own skills. I wrote it for something fun to do, and it felt a little dangerous, like I’d backed myself into a corner with it starting to write it at all and putting it out there that way, and had to write my way out. I wrote and published the last chapter of Loralee, on December 26, 2012. Then there it was, a complete novella, written one chapter at a time directly on my webpage. I had so much fun writing it that way, just freewheeling and winging it all the way through. Greed, jealousy, sex, betrayal, murder, and intrigue, Loralee has it all. Eventually, I decided I wanted to see the book in paperback form. It’s gone through a couple of incarnations since then. But I’d always intended for it to also remain on my webpage for free reading as well, then I just didn’t get back around to it. Here it is, all this time later. I’ll post it up a chapter at a time, again, and put the links here. I hope you enjoy it. If you decide you’d like to have a paperback copy of your very own, Loralee, The Dimestore Novella, is available on Amazon.Β  ~ TS