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When you need a new series to read…

I don't know about you, but this winter has been kind of weird...and long. Snow hit here in February, right after good ol' Punksatony Phil didn't see his shadow. I'm thinking he did, in fact, see it and wanted to play a trick on us. What a prankster! On these long winter days, cold and… Continue reading When you need a new series to read…

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The Crux Anthology Authors Donate Book Profits to Compassion International

This post is overdue as it was promised for January! Sorry for the delay. Better late than never. And today's my birthday, so even better! The Crux Anthology has now been in print for about three months, and thanks to some generous book buyers the anthology was sold in ebook fifty times and in print… Continue reading The Crux Anthology Authors Donate Book Profits to Compassion International

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Rachael Ritchey on The Making of an Anthology.

The Crux Anthology is still looking for support and readers! 😉 Thanks to Gary for sharing about this fantastic project! ❤

Fiction is Food

Last November saw me alongside fifteen other authors published in The Crux Anthology. This is Rachael’s story on how it unfolded.

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#BlogBattle: Loss

Oops! Forgot to share this yesterday. February’s word is LOSS. I hope you are inspired to come up with something fitting or that you’ll read the stories throughout the month. The writers who participate are always pleased to know their stories resonate with someone or bring a laugh or tear or two.



February 2019 Blog Battle

Our word this month is:


You can start writing at any time, but make sure you post your story by the end of the month to be included!

Once you’ve posted your story to your blog, put a link to it in the comments section, and we’ll add your story to the Battle Stories Line-up post.

Make sure to check back and read some of the stories of your fellow battlers. Leave comments to encourage these writers, and share each other’s stories!

Basic Rules:

The Prompt Word will be given the First Tuesday of Every Month.

Post your story by the 30th of the Same Month.


  1. 1000 words max (give or take a few)
  2. fictional tale (or true if you really want)
  3. Any genre that fits within PG-13 (or less) Content – let’s keep this family friendly!
  4. Your story must contain the randomly chosen…

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Fear of Forgiveness by Rachael Ritchey

Have you read this short story before? There aren’t any flowers in it for January’s #BlogBattle, but I did enjoy writing this.

Don’t be afraid to forgive yourself. It’s really hard to move forward in life when we live in our pasts.

I came for the soup...

A hard flick to my hat brim detonated a
cloud of dust into the sweltering, stagnant air, and I hated how the subtle
imagery matched the powder keg of dread ready to bust my chest open. Selena
coughed and punched my hip. I cringed. No doubt she was glaring at me, too, but
I shrugged it off and stepped forward, jamming the Stetson back on my sweaty

“Go get ’em, tiger!” she said.

I rolled my eyes but couldn’t help the
reluctant smile, even if it didn’t last long. Did I deserve a second chance?
Hell no, but Selena convinced me to give it a shot, and I wasn’t going to let
her down.

She kept insisting what happened wasn’t
my fault, but every time I looked at her, crippled and trapped in that godawful
wheelchair, I couldn’t shake the guilt. If only I could take back what happened

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