November 2017

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Sherlock Herms Purranormal Mysteries
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Kringle Chapter 10 Part 4
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Kringle Chapter 10 Part 3
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Kringle Chapter 10 Part 2
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Kringle Chapter 10 Part 1
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Donate Your Change to Save A Life
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Wonderpurr Garage Band Music
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Sherlock Herms Master Detective – Part 8
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Kringle Chapter 9 Part 5
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Kringle Chapter 9 Part 4

Kringle Chapter 10 Part 4

Holly Kringle has a very full plate. She is Highest Mayor of Polartown and President of Kringle Enterprises–the company that puts the ‘Merry’ in Christmas and the ‘Happy’ in Holidays. She is also the mother of teenagers and wife to Kris Kringle–the World’s Biggest Kid. When the reindeer are poisoned three days before Eve Launch, Holly adds amateur detective to her resume. With just about everyone in Polartown under suspicion, she doesn’t have time to dwell on employee problems, personal family issues, her 50th birthday, or investigate her husband’s highly suspicious behavior. If Dancer dies, her soulmate Dasher won’t want to live without her. And like a pod of whales beaching on the shore, the remaining Famous Eight will surely follow.

Today’s chapter is the final free chapter available to my readers. I’ve been posting ten chapters from my novel, KRINGLE, to ease you into the holiday spirit. I hope you’ve been enjoying the story–enough to want to know what happens!

How will Kris Kringle get Christmas to the World when his reindeer are so sick, and his wife Holly is fed up with his mysterous behavior and seriously considering divorce?

To catch up on the story I’ve added the Links to the end of this post.

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Kris sat up. “Can’t imagine anyone I know capable of poisoning the reindeer, other than Jack Frost, or maybe Krampus.”

Erik slid into the booth, knocking Joost aside. “I felt that way once, but it’s my job to expose a man’s true nature. Not pretty. Not pretty at all.”

Kris steeled himself not to react. If anyone knew how not pretty a man’s nature could be…

“Krampus isn’t responsible,” Erik said. “He’s in Alpine Europe going through a devil of a divorce, pardon the pun. His wife says he’ll be burning in hell—Ha, Ha—before she’s finished.”

Kris wasn’t amused. “Did you interview Frost?” Erik nodded. “And?”

“I’m not ready to give a report. However, I’ve narrowed my focus to an insider instead of an outsider.”

Kris felt his sphincter shrink. You couldn’t get more inside than Santa Claus. “As in, one of my employees?” Erik’s expression revealed nothing. “I’m the boss.” Kris’s voice cracked. Suspicion touched the cop’s face. Erik once said the element of surprise ranked higher than ninety percent of his police training. Kris abruptly lurched forward, snarling, “I should know if it’s someone I employ.”

Erik met him nose-to-nose. “And you will. When. I’m. Ready. To. Give. My. Report.”

Joy brought Erik’s order. “Tomato soup. Pasty, hold the rutabaga.”

Kris gestured to his lunch. “Hey, Joy? Gimme a do-over, eh?” She saluted with her middle finger. Read More

Kringle Chapter 10 Part 3

With Christmas fast approaching, I thought why not ease you all into the spirit of the holiday with ten chapters from my novel, KRINGLE. Yes! Ten free chapters for you to enjoy running Monday through Thursday until November 16th. Hope you enjoy!

To catch up on the story I’ve added the Links to the end of this post.

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He was half-way across the Square when his feet stopped moving. The unnaturally bright E-light stabbed him blind. While waiting for his feet to start up again, he wondered why Santa didn’t wear sunglasses. Sounded like a kindergarten joke.

Q: Why does Santa want sunglasses for Christmas?

A: Because he’s guilty!

He admired the exquisite detail Lars Utgaard used on Candy’s sculpture to capture her perpetual dewy freshness: her pouty mouth, lush eyelashes; the tiny snot droplet trembling at the end of her nose. He told the person beside him, “I destroyed my sleigh and planted evidence to blame Brannoc. He’s going down.” His stomach flipped. He’d just confessed!

“What’re you mumbling about?” Swathed in dramatic black despite the unusual heat, Malkorka snarled, “Candy’s face is destroyed because of you. Her eyes are swollen. What did you say to make her cry?”

“I didn’t make her cry. Brannoc did.”

“Bunk! Brannoc is wonderful. I quit! I’m dedicating my life to the pageant.” With dramatic flourish, she jumped on her broom and flew away. Read More

Kringle Chapter 10 Part 2

With Christmas fast approaching, I thought why not ease you all into the spirit of the holiday with ten chapters from my novel, KRINGLE. Yes! Ten free chapters for you to enjoy running Monday through Thursday until November 16th. Hope you enjoy!

To catch up on the story I’ve added the Links to the end of this post.

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Once upon a time, Good battled Evil and won, because the Good Guys always won.

Kris Kringle now looked at the world through new eyes. Sometimes the Bad Guy wore a plush red hat with a white puff-ball dangling from the end.

With Joost in tow Kris stumbled through St. Nicholas Square, his palsied hands brushing cat hair from his parka. Unprepared for what to do with the cat after it accomplished his dirty work, he’d given chase, fearful Erik would find it and connect it, not Brannoc, to the sleigh’s destruction. He’d been forced to end his search when Mary-Jane Giften’s calls could no longer be denied. Not for the first time did he want to throttle Holly for assigning him to Sponsor Hell right on the cusp of Eve Delivery. There would be coal in Mrs. Claus’s stocking this year, that was certain.

He’d destroyed Santa’s sleigh.

He—Santa Claus—had destroyed his sleigh! Read More

Kringle Chapter 10 Part 1

With Christmas fast approaching, I thought why not ease you all into the spirit of the holiday with ten chapters from my novel, KRINGLE. Yes! Ten free chapters for you to enjoy running Monday through Thursday until November 16th. Hope you enjoy!

To catch up on the story I’ve added the Links to the end of this post.

 

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THE TITTLE-TATTLE

The truth behind the rumors

Kris Kringle Fights Father Nature for Possession of Santa Heir

 by Nattie Blather

’Tiz the season to be jolly, but is the Kringle family hiding a dark secret behind their smiling faces?

Cooper says he’s the heir to Nature, but after the Oahu incident it’s obvious he doesn’t have what it takes. The boy is his mother’s son, alright. From what I’ve seen of her at the beach, Holly can’t handle lava either.

Pretty and porky Miss Joyous Noël has announced her ‘engagement’ to gorgeous man-fairy, Brannoc. It ain’t gonna happen, honey. He’ll never marry a girl with cotton candy brains. I’ll also bet Santa will have him raking reindeer poo before he lets Brannoc anywhere near his daughter’s sacred boudoir.

Or is he too late? Is that why Candy was seen crying while Brannoc destroyed the East Wing’s holiday tree, decorated in the girl’s honor.

Or should I say, dishonor?

And what’s this? LaRoux Cooper is throwing herself a divorce party? I’ve noticed she’s been swept off her feet by Ice Man Utgaard. Could it be LaRoux has finally shaken the fluff from her brains?

Holly is in full support and was heard telling her father, “You’re an episodic nightmare. An infectious dirt-bag. If you go near my mother again, I will hunt you down and live in your soul until you weep for mercy.”

Brainy but not beautiful Cookie told me, “My grandfather has put my family through years of mental abuse. He’s no longer welcome in our home.”

Father Nature responded, “My grandchildren’s reaction comes from years of mindless anger from their mother. She never accepted her grandmother’s rejection, but she simply cannot grasp the simplest of Nature concepts.”

When pressed for details, Kingston said, “I’ve supported Holly with love, encouragement, and enormous amounts of money, but her jealousy and resentment has pushed her into madness. She’s behind my wife forging ahead with this divorce bull crap.”

Father Nature was also heard to mutter, “If I don’t get some real sugar soon, I’m gonna blast Grimm County off the face of the earth.”

Hopefully, with Santa’s decision to divorce her, Holly Kringle will be knocked off her pedestal and lift the Sugar Ban. Just because she’s a powder addict and fifteen pounds overweight is no reason to punish the rest of us.

Chapter 1-Part 1  Chapter 1-Part 2.  Chapter 1-Part 3.  Chapter 1-Part 4

Chapter 2-Part 1  Chapter 2-Part 2   Chapter 2-Part 3   Chapter 2-Part 4

Chapter 3-Part 1   Chapter 3-Part 2  Chapter 3-Part 3   Chapter 3-Part 4

Chapter 4-Part 1.   Chapter 4-Part 2  Chapter 4-Part 3  Chapter 4-Part 4

Chapter 5-Part 1   Chapter 5-Part 2   Chapter 5-Part 3  Chapter 5-Part 4

Chapter 6-Part 1  Chapter 6-Part 2   Chapter 6-Part 3   Chapter 6-Part 4

Chapter 7-Part 1  Chapter 7-Part 2   Chapter 7-Part 3   Chapter 7-Part 4

Chapter 8-Part 1  Chapter 8-Part 2  Chapter 8-Part 3    No Chapter 8-Part 4

Chapter 9-Part 1  Chapter 9-Part 2   Chapter 9-Part 3   Chapter 9-Part 4

Chapter 9-Part 5

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Holly Kringle has a very full plate. She is Highest Mayor of Polartown and President of Kringle Enterprises–the company that puts the ‘Merry’ in Christmas and the ‘Happy’ in Holidays. She is also the mother of teenagers and wife to Kris Kringle–the World’s Biggest Kid. When the reindeer are poisoned three days before Eve Launch, Holly adds amateur detective to her resume. With just about everyone in Polartown under suspicion, she doesn’t have time to dwell on employee problems, personal family issues, her 50th birthday, or investigate her husband’s highly suspicious behavior. If Dancer dies, her soulmate Dasher won’t want to live without her. And like a pod of whales beaching on the shore, the remaining Famous Eight will surely follow.

10 KRINGLE chapters will post Monday through Thursday until November 16th. Naturally there is my hope that you will be caught up in the story to want to buy the book, either paperback or ebook, and to make it so much more enticing to you, I’ve dropped the prices. Plus every penny of profit will benefit cats from a local colony. All of my fur babies, except for Herman, came from that colony. While I cannot afford to adopt another cat — when I took in Candy, Elly and Chevy over the past 12 months with Els and Chev being FIV+, that brought the Wonderpurr Gang up to 13 — I would never turn away a hungry animal who wanders into my yard, especially in winter.

Hope that sounds enticing to you Christmas novel readers. And if it does, I have created three ways for you to purchase KRINGLE, if you so desire.

KINDLE eBooks – If you enjoy ebooks, KRINGLE is available on Kindle for $3.99 with a generous royalty profit of $2.73 for the kitties.

Amazon.com – You can purchase the paperback for $7.95 where the royalty is .54 (grrr) and shipping is about $4.59.

CREATESPACE – I’ve set up a Createspace store specifically for KRINGLE readers. There the book is priced at $7.95 with a royalty of $2.13 and standard shipping is about $3.59.

I hope you enjoy the ten free chapters. And if you do, please tell your friends. Better yet…buy a book, either as a gift for yourself, or for someone on your gift list who enjoys campy, funny, holiday mysteries.

Love to you all!

Kim, Herman, Dori

and the Wonderpurr Gang

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Wonderpurr Garage Band Music

I have the World’s Greatest Pet Sitter and when she mentions a change, I jump on it right away. So when she told me she thought Jesse, Nikolas and Chevy, whom she calls the Garage Band, needed music to fill the silence, I went looking for a radio.

No one carries radios anymore. Seriously, I went everywhere and found nothing. I even made the mistake of revealing my age when I asked someone if they carried transistor radios. He looked at me like I’d asked if they carried plutonium. I didn’t want to spend a lot. The Garage Band mostly sleeps when I’m out of town, and ordering on line didn’t appeal to me.

But! Just when I thought Michelle would have to hum Sound of Silence while feeding them, I found my Dad’s old stereo. He passed in 2009 and it ended up in a closet, unplayed for 8 years. Plus the speakers were missing. But after I dusted it off and I plugged a pair of computer speakers into the earphone slot, music poured out.

Right now my cats are listening to NPR. A classical symphony is playing. Michelle suggested Classic Rock, but I don’t think the boys would appreciate Steppenwolf, Steely Dan or The Who.

 

Sherlock Herms Master Detective – Part 8

When Mosey had that fight with Fergus and zoomed without me back to the future, he’d broken our connection, inadvertently erasing my presence in 2017. Like I’d never existed! But me and my mom have a soulmate connection and she’d found me. She’d appeared to me looking like a red laser light, and said Jack and Opie were busy working to reconnect me to Mosey. But until they did… I would remain in 1894.

In order to distract me from totally fweaking out, I’d asked Fergus to teach me how to solve cases like Doyle wrote for Sherlock Holmes. Fergus was a Bedlington Whippet cross. He’s also the real brains behind the Sherlock Holmes detective mysteries. (I know, I’m as shocked as you that my hero is a legend of fiction and not a living breathing detective).

I didn’t know if I had the attention span, much less the desire to learn about the detective biz, but I was despurrrate to keep my mind busy on something other than the fact that I might never see my Mom or Dori ever again.

“A detective of Sherlock Holmes’ caliber continuously analyzes the details and looks for clues to possible solutions,” Fergus told me. “When Holmes goes about the business of searching for clues, he treats them like a puzzle with a missing piece, going to great lengths to find that missing piece so he can then move on to the next level of success.”

“Sounds complicated.”

“Not at all. I can break it down into simple steps for you.”

We moved to Doyle’s office with the door closed so Mrs. Gray wouldn’t disturb us while Fergus recited the “simple” steps Doyle used to make Sherlock Holmes a Master Detective.

“Pay attention to the details, especially what might first appear to be insignificant,” Fergus was saying. “When you begin a case, start with the basics of what you already know to be certain, without question or exaggeration. Be alert when you’re talking to someone, yet behave in a passive manner so as not to influence the subject into elaboration.”

I know this was important stuff he was telling me, but his flat, Ben Stein-like monotone made it hard for me to keep my eyes open. Clearly he found it as boring to say as it was for me to hear. Read More

Kringle Chapter 9 Part 5

With Christmas fast approaching, I thought why not ease you all into the spirit of the holiday with ten chapters from my novel, KRINGLE. Yes! Ten free chapters for you to enjoy running Monday through Thursday until November 16th. Hope you enjoy!

To catch up on the story I’ve added the Links to the end of this post.

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Outside the Reindeer Complex Kris adjusted his knapsack and nodded to the police guarding against unauthorized personnel. They had not stopped Santa Claus and his monkey. Perhaps they should have. At Dancer’s suite a Do Not Disturb sign had been posted. She’d had a rough night. “It’s about to get rougher,” Joost predicted.

Kris stashed the knapsack in the pantry, then entered the kitchen where the tattersall windows showcased the Sulka Sika Mountains, and the pond with false rocks where he kept his candy-stash. “Any news?” he asked the technicians.

“Dr. Robinson is with Dr. Havelock. Thorne is out to lunch.”

Kris exchanged glances with Joost. “Grab lunch yourselves. I’ll be here awhile.” The techs looked uncertain, but Kris ‘Ho-Ho-Ho’d’ and the kids-at-heart left for lunch. He then returned for his knapsack, but found Yuley-the-goat chewing the straps. With him was Rudy, a white-winged Norwegian Landrace wearing a football helmet and shoulder pads.

“Coach,” the pig squealed. “Can I talk to you about Eve Delivery?”

“Not now, Rudy.” After prying Yuley from the bag, Kris hurried down the corridor with Joost clinging to his neck.

Rudy followed. “Doc Robinson said the reindeer are bad off.”

“They’ll heal in time.” Kris broke into a run. Yuley raced ahead.

“Suppose only two get better? There’s only so much time you can option before you’re sacked with a big loss. Game clock is running. Due to unsportsmanlike conduct, we’re in sudden death. Do we muff, Coach? Do we punt? Or do we take possession and free kick?” Read More

Kringle Chapter 9 Part 4

With Christmas fast approaching, I thought why not ease you all into the spirit of the holiday with ten chapters from my novel, KRINGLE. Yes! Ten free chapters for you to enjoy running Monday through Thursday until November 16th. Hope you enjoy!

To catch up on the story I’ve added the Links to the end of this post.

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From inside a janitor’s closet Kris listened at the door. He had lost Nattie Blather after she had chased him from the elevator, pelting him with questions designed to provoke a reaction:

“If the reindeer die, how will you deliver toys? Rumor has it Candy’s knocked up with Brannoc’s love child. Is it true you caught Holly in bed with Brannoc?”

Nattie didn’t care what kind of reaction she got so long as she could distort it into headlines. He understood her need to print titillation in each edition. All in good fun. Usually. Then he envisioned Brannoc alone with Candy.

“I-I can’t t-talk about it,” she had wept.

“Why? Why can’t you tell me?”

“B-because it’s too horrible.

He had to find Holly. She would know what to do. He opened the closet and ran into Nattie.

“I don’t appreciate your games when I’m on deadline, Kringle. Now, answer my questions or I’ll publish whatever makes good scandal.” Read More

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