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“No one looks up anymore. They’re always looking at their phones or their feet or the back of the person they are stalking.”   ~ Jack Chaser

“Lions and tigers and bears my ass!” ~ Jack Chaser

“There’s a whole different world you see from the rooftops that no one ever thinks about. You can see things no one realizes. Like people fighting trees. Or flying sex toys. Or cougars on the prowl. Baseball games and peanut butter cookies.” 

“Take a look inside. There’s a whole new world to see when you see the things I see up here.”     ~ Jack Chaser


Cougars, Cookies and Construction is written by one of my very favorite WP blogger buddies, Jack Chaser from The Things I See Up Here.

I’ve posted/reblogged some of Jack’s writing here before. His horror story SERIAL was featured during Coffin Hop 2013 – and I’ve been dying to read more ever since! (You can click HERE to read part one of SERIAL, then follow the links to read the additional segments, up to it’s horrifying conclusion!)

I married into a family of contractors, so Jack’s blog has been a constant source of entertainment for me and The Dark Defender. Now we have an entire book filled with seventeen years worth of on the job shenanigans! Read at your own risk – most of these stories could cause you to fall onto the floor laughing, or break a rib trying NOT to laugh in the middle of the night. But… amid the tales of dildo wars & bathroom emergencies are heartwarming insights into human nature – kindness, friendship, family, and A Legacy of Heroes.

Pick up your copy of Cougars, Cookies and Construction: The Things I See Up Heregrab a beer,  and  join us around the campfire… Jack Chaser has some stories to tell!





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THE HOUR OF THE TIME By Vincent Hobbes

A short story by Vincent Hobbes
Charlie is a guy who likes to be on time. No. Charlie likes to be early. To parties, the cinema, the airport…everywhere. He is very obsessive and worried about it. So, today – on the most important day of his life – the day he really wants to be early on…he’s running late!

This story felt like I was watching an old episode of The Twilight Zone. It brought a warm, nostalgic feeling to me, because I enjoyed those very much. If you liked those, you’ll appreciate this. It’s set in a future time, places feel ‘instituional’ and people are more of a number than a name. Not to say that the story is cold. You get to feel just how Charlie ‘is’ – (sign of a good author!) – kind of a nerdy little guy, someone you could work next to for a year, yet forget him completely.

Like with ‘To Read Or Not To Read’ , I had a feeling where the story might be going. That is not a bad thing, because the journey there was well worth it.

A quick read, like I said with the other one… perfect on a cold, dreary day like today. Also available for free download right now on Amazon. I don’t know when the sale ends – but it’s priced at 99¢, less than a cup of coffee! Easy to pick up either way. I’m off to read the last one I downloaded, and the one Vincent told me to save for last.

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THE CABIN By Matt Shaw

The Cabin
Matt Shaw

The Cabin

This is one of the scariest titles I’ve read from Matt Shaw. I could feel that something big was going to happen, and it had me on edge throughout the whole story. I have never jumped from a book, until ‘The Cabin’, and I was hesitant to get out of bed after I finished. I only wish I had ‘The Cabin: Asylum’ ready and waiting for me when I finished. Read this with the lights down low, your feet under the covers, and – trust me – close the curtains!

When Craig was a child, he used to travel to the cabin with his father, a writer, to get away from everything for a bit. These are some of his favorite memories. Now, all grown up and an author himself, he thinks that some time at the cabin is just what he needs to finish his newest book. Unfortunately, his wife, Susan, thinks some time at the cabin with the kids sounds like a perfect family vacation. Not much quiet time for writing now. With his publisher already pushing him about his deadline, and his peaceful getaway turned into an outing, Craig is already on edge. The traffic, whining kids, and smart ass comments from his wife, are pushing him closer every minute – and they’re just barely on the road to Brattleboro. He passes the time telling his family stories his father told him as a child. Tales of the local asylum, insane patients, and suicides, all setting the tone for their arrival. What they find when they get there is not the quaint and peaceful retreat they were expecting. Vandalism, locals, and something sinister await them. And then, the night comes…