I recently published a series of short stories (eBooks) on Amazon.com, and I thought I’d share them with you. They can be read for free on KindleUnlimited, or purchased for $.99 and up. Writing is a passion, and this collection of stories were a long time coming from the first spark of an idea to the actual publication. Here is a description of the #CampSeries.
The Mountain itself is truly a majestic place. The beauty of the fields and the woods is astounding. The sunrises and sunsets are breathtaking, especially when viewed from the top of the mountain. And winter, though leaving people without access to the towns, is true winter wonderland. There are places to swim and fish during the warmer months, and places for skiing and sledding in the winter.
A red schoolhouse for children to attend is located at the top of one of the hills, but many families homeschool. There is a small general store anyone can patron, and small communities on the mountain usually have a store and one or more other businesses for their residents’ convenience. Individuals may have businesses they conduct from their homes, such as sewing or mechanics. It is all so rustic. Seemingly the perfect place to live if you want to get away from it all.
The mountain is also a place of dark mysteries, with a history of torture and war. People have died horrible deaths. Others have escaped after being put through horrendous torture. Kidnappings and rapes also occur. These types of things have happened up there for centuries. No one is truly safe, especially after dark.
The horrors that are encountered come in various forms, from people to spirits to creatures of the dark. Those that have dwelled on the mountain longest know that it is essential not to be out after dark in certain areas on the mountain, even when driving in a vehicle. They try to get away from these places before nightfall, but some of them are not always so lucky.
Strangers to the mountain often end up dead, and sometimes their bodies are never found. Search parties find blood splattered areas where these newcomers have been killed, but no signs of them anywhere.
Even established communities within the area can suddenly be attacked by someone or something, causing many deaths and injuries.
It is difficult to know who to trust. There is a family distributed in different locations on the mountain that causes a lot of these problems. People may seem okay at first, but situations with this family turn suddenly dangerous. This might happen after someone in the family has gained a persons trust, but many incidents are random.
Read the main character, Jessica’s, first diary entry The Bear before reading Rascal.
The Mountain itself is truly a majestic place. The beauty of the fields and the woods is astounding. The sunrises and sunsets are breathtaking, especially when viewed from the top of the mountain. And winter, though leaving people without access to the towns, is a true wonderland. There are places to swim and fish during the warmer months, and places for skiing and sledding in the winter.
The mountain is also a place of dark mysteries, with a history of torture and war. People have died horrible deaths. Others have escaped after being put through horrendous torture. Kidnappings and rapes also occur. These types of things have been happening up there for centuries. No one is truly safe, especially after dark.
After befriending a raccoon, Jessica and her cousins learn a disturbing truth about some of their elders. What secret presents itself to the children of the mountain in this first of four stories?
Read Jessica’s diary entry I Told before reading A Trip to the Outhouse.
On the mountain, children are not any more safe than adults. Sometimes, a fabled monster turns out to be real. Other times, something completely unexpected will happen. And when your parents do not believe in something, you can’t change what might happen.
Children learn young to be strong but they are still afraid, wondering if they’ll be the next to disappear. The next child the mountain folks search for during the day, and cry for at night.
In part 2 of The Camp Series, Jessica tells of her biggest fear while visiting the family camp up on the mountain, explaining her emotions and thoughts as the story unfolds.
Read Jessica’s diary entry An Uncle, a Dad, and a Boogie Man before reading Auntie’s Boyfriend.
Sometimes strange things happen on the mountain, like pets disappearing. Or toys. Or even people. No one knows where they go, just that they are gone. Or, at least, that is what the grownups tell the children.
What if the grownups know more than what they are letting on? What if they know where all the missing things and people are, but just wont say? What if they don’t?
After all, it isn’t just children the denizens of the dark take. It can be anyone. Even adults who no longer believe.
Jessica and her cousins learn that even adults are not safe on the mountain, after something happens to their aunt’s boyfriend. Find out what happened in part 3 of The Camp Series, Auntie’s Boyfriend.
There are secrets on the mountain. Things adults know but don’t tell their children. The young hear bits and pieces of conversations and become intrigued. They want to explore. Discover.
Without knowing all the details, they can’t make good decisions. Their curiosity takes them on journey’s they later wish they never went on. It shows them things they wish they never saw.
Some places on the mountain are haunted by those who lived before. People who died violent deaths, or those who did the killing. Bad things do not only happen to adults on the mountain. Children are not safe either.
Sometimes, a fabled monster turns out to be real.
The darkest of The Camp Series stories, Hidden Camp is also the longest. Will Jessica and her cousins learn the truth about the Boogie Man. About, at least, some of the mysteries of the mountain. Follow along on an adventure of frightening truths.
I’m very excited to finally get these stories out, and I hope you enjoy them. If you do, please leave a review on Amazon or Goodreads. Thank you! And feel free to share this post with others who will enjoy the stories.
UPDATE: I now have five other short stories on Amazon.com.
A community rises up to get rid of people they don’t think belong. Witches aren’t welcome, even though they’ve known them for so long. Once the secret is out, residents do anything to get rid of them.
But, through a twist of fate, the young find out they can see a ghost. And that ghost wants to help the witches. Why? How does he know they are in need of help?
What tragedies bring this group closer together? Find out in this story, as friends stick together to do what has to be done.
Sofi is excited about the Halloween party she and Cal have been invited to, but he seems nervous. Is he right to be? He’s heard some things about a party at the same house last year, and isn’t sure they should attend. Sofi blows it all off as overreaction, and convinces him to go.
Imagine waking in the middle of the night to a loud noise, going outside to check out the situation only to be faced with terror you could never have imagined. This was the situation on the mountain one night when Sean and Sidney woke suddenly to noises they weren’t accustomed to hearing. What did Sean find when he ventured outside?
Where do you go when you have to escape a world your government has taken over and destroyed? When you’ve done your best not to let the new society bring you down, but there is so much violence you can’t even spend time outside with your family or feel safe going to the grocery store? How do you escape a world of war?
You’ve watched the members of your family die from a disease they cannot name. One they cannot stop. Then, when no one is left for you to turn to, the disease catches up with you. Do you stay at the hospital knowing they can’t help? Knowing there is no hope? Or, do you follow your instincts and do what you want? It is a lonely world when you are alone.
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