2014 – June 30 – The BBQ

On the 30th day, we’re reading “The BBQ” by Joanne Jagoda.

[cryout-pullquote align=”left|center|right” textalign=”left|center|right” width=”33%”]The Tepper twist:  “Beware the guys (guise) of July.“[/cryout-pullquote]

I don’t want to get up. It feels good to stay in bed. It’s so quiet in this old house with the girls at their summer jobs . The graduation party was nice though not my style. Lillian pulled out all the stops as usual. Her caterer set up stations around their big yard with a sushi chef, a taco station and a bar where the kids got virgin daiquiris and pina coladas.

Last month I wrote: “Will he be able to go through Continue reading

2014 – June 29 – What’s Wrong With Her

It’s the 29th day, and we’re reading “What’s Wrong With Her” by Vanessa Wiebler Paris.

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“First was Lizzie,” I start. “Really small eyes, super close together.”

Last month, I wrote: “The author has engaged our emotions through an unlikely vehicle of dueling personal ads.” What in the heck, one wonders, will this author come up with next? Why two pals discussing women over a beer, of course. Only, with a twist.

I feel sick speaking this way, of these women. But when you join a website called Ugly People Dating and then meet up with your Continue reading

2014 – June 28 – Jacaranda Storm

On the 28th day we’re reading “Jacaranda Storm” by Kimberlee Smith.

[cryout-pullquote align=”left|center|right” textalign=”left|center|right” width=”33%”]The Tepper twist:  “I’ll be here for you.“[/cryout-pullquote]

Been exactly a month to the day since Doreen appeared out of nowhere to disturb us in our little slice of nowhere, which my husband Dean and I have determined is what the living refer to as limbo, or purgatory, depending on your religious convictions . The way I grew up, there were two ways to go: up or down. Heaven or Hell. Can’t say it’s refreshing to have debunked that myth, but so here we are.

Last month I wrote: “And then, just Continue reading

2014 – June 27 – Samford Awakens from a Month-Long Coma

It’s the 27th and time for “Samford Awakens from a Month-Long Coma” by Nathaniel Tower.

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Samford flickers his eyes open then snaps them shut, squeezing them tight against the buzzing fluorescent lights.

Last month I wrote: “It gets strange from there.” Ha! Silly me. Here’s where it gets strange.

Samford’s body gyrates on the table . Unable to close his eyes, he pounds his legs and arms to tolerate the pain. For the first time since waking up he feels the shackles on his hands and feet.

“It’s best that you not do Continue reading

2014 – June 26 – Nichole

On the 26th day we’re reading “Nichole” by Gary Percesepe.

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O Sara!

It’s June 26th and this date always reminds me of a woman I once knew. She lives in Brooklyn now, not far from you. I’d take you both to lunch when I’m in town next week, but I don’t know how to reach her, how to find her . She’s in Brooklyn, somewhere. I miss her. I miss her today.

Last month I wrote: “This cycle continues to push boundaries and deliver without fail.” This month extends that tradition with a wistful reflection on friendship, sex, and Continue reading

2014 – June 25 – Morgana Malone and the Miracle of Christmas

It’s June 25 and we’re reading “Morgana Malone and the Miracle of Christmas” by Matt Potter.

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“Be holding this,” Ludmilla says, and pushes a samovar into my arms.

Last month I wrote: “It’s all about attitude don’t you know.” Mr. Potter certainly knows.

Morgana has hit hard times. After the debacle that was supposed to be Grigor’s wedding, she’s lost her job and finds herself alone and hungry. Fortunately(?) Ludmilla has come to the rescue.

Meanwhile, Ludmilla is busy piling things up on the kitchen bench. Continue reading

2014 – June 24 – Flying Solo

Today, we’re reading “Flying Solo” by Teresa Burns Gunther.

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It’s a Tuesday evening and a busy week at work. But, restless at home, with nothing for dinner Rachel goes for a drive and finds herself standing at Sea Cliff on the rim of the Pacific staring out across its unknowable expanse to Japan. She always avoids the places tourists congregate but it’s twenty-eight minutes before sunset and the sky is going wild and Sutro’s at The Cliff House offers a view with benefits.

Last month I wrote: “It’s a really interesting cycle for this reason, as Continue reading

2014 – June 23 – A Frankenstein Storm

It’s June 23, and time for “A Frankenstein Storm” by Darryl Price.

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It’s been storming something terrible all day today , hitting the windows like relentless sopping wet sheets. It’s not scary. Just very, very lonely sounding, if you know what I mean. Monotonous, feels like I’m on a bed on a large boat of some heavy kind, or in a tub boat lost out to sea. There’s one for you, Doc . Consider that a freebie.

Last month I wrote: “This has turned into one of the most fascinating cycles in the books.” This month Continue reading

2014 – June 22 – To the Dogs

It’s June 22nd, time to read “To the Dogs” by Margaret Bingel.

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Jersey’s Cats, Dogs, and Other Strays is always open early on Sundays because, being at the junction of three churches and a synagogue, when the faithful go and hear about God’s love, their hearts tug either towards feeding the homeless, or adopting a pet. There are always volunteers to open early, so scheduling one or two to show up at 5: 00am to greet prospective owners is never a problem.

Last month I wrote: “Ned’s story continues its relentless move toward whatever abyss awaits.” This month’s installments Continue reading

2014 – June 21 – Cobwebs

On June 21st we’re reading “Cobwebs,” by Mandy Nicol.

[cryout-pullquote align=”left|center|right” textalign=”left|center|right” width=”33%”]The Tepper twist:  “Charlie, take it slow with our girl”[/cryout-pullquote]

Mum doesn’t want me to go out tonight because she thinks I met Charlie online. She thinks I’m being foolhardy. I’ve given up explaining that I met him at Angela’s barbecue, that we’ve been keeping in touch by email, that I’ve had coffee with him a couple of times when I’ve driven to Melbourne to fit Angela’s wedding dress . Angela’s free wedding dress. The one I’m now glad my sister twisted my arm to make.Charlie hasn’t kidnapped or murdered or fleeced me yet but Mum won’t be Continue reading