Circle Three: “The Battle of Gate Pa” (from “Hellfire & Damnation III”)

[This is an excerpt from my new short story collection “Hellfire & Damnation III,” now available for purchase from Amazon in both paperback and e-book versions.] Circle Three: Gluttony The Battle of Gate Pa April 29, 1864

New Short Story Collection, “What Solomon Saw” by Mary Dean Cason

Mary Dean Cason and I were students together in Dr. Barbara Croft’s Short Story Writing Class at the University of Chicago over 10 years ago. The class was full of many good writers with a vast array

Musings on Academy Award Nominees One Day Before They Are Announced

It’s one day before the Academy Awards nominations are officially announced, and I’d like to put my 2 cents’ worth in, before the experts weigh in. It seems a foregone conclusion that we are going to see

Senior Discounts: Read All About It

[ Courtesy of Steve Herman, Aug. 14, 2013] As I was waiting in line behind an older gentleman at Wendy’s recently,I heard him ask for his senior discount. The girl at the register apologized and charged him

Our Health Care System Today from Steven Brill, Who Wrote the “Time” Article

The gentleman who wrote the riveting “Time” article on spiraling health care costs recently had to have open heart surgery for an aortic aneurysm. In the new issue of “Time,” (Jan. 19, 2015) Steven Brill shares some

Two New Route 66 E-Book Offerings Available Now

Some time ago, I traveled most of Route 66 with my husband and wrote 3 volumes of Ghostly Tales of Route 66 for Quixote Press. Years after the initial publication of the paperback ($9.95) and the E-book

New Review from “Legend in Dark Fantasy” for KHAKI=KILLER

[From the online magazine “Nameless” by William F. Nolan (“Logan’s Run”) comes this brand-new review of KHAKI=KILLER]:   Here is book three in Connie Wiilson’s award-winning  paranormal thriller series, following The Color of Evil and Red Is

Most Enjoyable Movies of 2014

Let me begin this rant by admitting that I did not go see “Boyhood,” on purpose. I spoke with a close friend who said it was boring, pretty much unscripted and rambling, although an interesting concept.  I

Both “Christmas Cats” Books #2 and #3 on Sale (E-book) Till Christmas Eve

The E-book versions of “The Christmas Cats Chase Christmas Rats” and “The Christmas Cats Encounter Bats” are both on sale on a Kindle Countdown deal from today (12/17) through Christmas Eve for $1 off the normal ($2.99)

U.S. History’s Most-Insulted President

(*The following editorial opinion was first published on page 31 of the Chicago “Tribune,” an article written by Geoffrey R. Stone, who is a law professor at the University of Chicago.  It is important enough that it