In this one, the author a character, or at least bears the author’s name. The author likes to incorporate herself and her real boyfriend into her stories, so how much of the characters’ behavior and lives are real and how much are fictional? That adds a bit of fun to it.

The narrator is a chiropractor who’s also a master of Shaolin Temple Kung Fu. (Isn’t every chiropractor these days?) His girlfriend (who bears the author’s name) is a palmist. He prefers logical, scientific thinking, she prefers mystical thinking.

A new patient (referred by his girlfriend) dies of a drug overdose in his adjusting room. Turns out the heroin she was using was poisoned. The police visit his girlfriend’s home, and find a baggie of poisoned heroin taped underneath the girlfriends table after she was visited by a notorious drug dealer named Asian Ace. (That strangely enough, the police don’t seem to know what he looks like?)

The whole ‘scientific vs mystic’ thing is pretty simpleminded. If palmistry and such things are your thing, you’ll enjoy this story quite a bit. (Since she’s writing the story, you can guess which side “wins”.)

The story builds to a climax in which Asian Ace is set to poison the girlfriend as the chiropractor races to save her. To find out IF or how he saves her, buy your copy of Dark Paradise: Mysteries in the Land of Aloha, and find out.

This story is by Doris Chu, whom I have known since our Wednesday night writers group was meeting at the now-long-closed Borders store in Waikele ages ago. She’s a genius editor and creatively-imaginative writer with her own unique way of telling a story.

“Haunting Lono” starts out with that imagination. Our narrator is the Hawaiian demi-god Lono. What’s he doing? Paying bills! Yes, he owns a SCUBA diving business. First, he has to deal with a tourist’s daughter who decided she wants to be a mermaid, and knows kung fu so well she can concentrate weight until she’s so heavy no one can lift her from the bottom of the pool … where her dive tank is out of air!

He talks her out of being a mermaid (“Well, you have to eat underwater and poop there, too”), then we’re on to the main part of the story: recovering the body of a friend’s son, whose plane had crashed in the sea off of one of the islands, and figuring out just what happened.

Things are never quite what they seem in a Doris Chu story, and this one effortlessly and enjoyably continues the tradition. So go buy your copy of Dark Paradise: Mysteries in the Land of Aloha immediately and dive into “Haunting Lono”. Yes, I’m so bad that the pun IS intended. 🙂

My friend Dawn’s post about what forgiveness is, in response to that thing going around about how you would explain what forgiveness is without using the words “forgive” or “forgiveness.” Only a few comments, but almost all are gems:

We All Know What Forgiveness Is – Don’t We?

She also writes good stories, check them out at Amazon. Both of her books are great, and I still love Daffodil and the Thin Place.

 

This story is by my beatiful, wonderful wife, a Goodness On The Face Of The Earth™ whom I love more than anything. So some may disregard whatever I say about it because of that fact.
Oh, well. Their loss.

This story is about what happens when you let sleeping secrets lie: They come lunging from the dark to grab you by the throat!

It starts on the windward side, charges through sibling rivalry, kidnapping, assault and battery, Honolulu rush hour traffic (the most horrifying beast in the world), near death on the freeway, then ends in a car crash. All the characters feel like real people. One even channels some of my late mother-in-law’s favorite phrases. Which I think is a delightful touch – my MIL was the absolute antithesis of the stereotye!

So go buy the Dark Paradise anthology, read Shauna’s story, and take another step toward making your life GLORIOUS!

The Guggenheim Museum, in partnership with Archive.org, is making their collection of art books available free for reading online or download in various ebook formats (PDF, EPUB, Kindle, etc).

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Many of them are catalogs of exhibitions, with reproductions of the paintings and what the catalog author had to say about each.

There are currently 205 books available.

So if you’re a starving art student, or someone just wants to learn more about fine art, go check it out.

Subtitled “A Danny Morales Mystery”, this mystery has it all. A murder that looks like the return of a long-thought-dead-but-never-caught serial killer, a PI who can see and talk with ghosts, the PI’s friend whose mother-in-law is murdered, clues and complications, characters who feel their emotions like real people, and a great twist ending. All set in Waikiki.

If you haven’t read a Danny Morales mystery before, you owe it to yourself to buy the anthology now and read this story. You will thank me. You’re welcome!