Kindle Reads

I’ve created a page devoted to my father’s literary works. Some are available for free with Kindle Unlimited. The first edition of his award-winning novel is a $.99 Kindle download. The second edition is in print at Austin MaCauley Publishers Ltd.

Here is an excerpt:

I gave one last desperate kick and I was there.

Stretching my arm into the bed of shiny pebbles and stones, I pulled loose the bright golden one. The water blurred my eyes so I couldn’t see the stone all that well, but I could tell from the feel that it was a perfect skipper. It was flat on both sides. Allie would love it.

Clutching the stone, I swam out of the deep hole, up toward the sunlight, breaking the surface with a giant smile.

“Got one, Allie!” I cried, sucking in a big breath and holding my prize above my head.

“Let me see!” she cheered, swimming over to me.

Treading water, I inspected the stone.

But what I held in my hand was not a stone.

“It’s a coin,” I observed softly. It glistened in the Missouri sunshine.

It was unlike any coin I had ever seen.

“A…coin?” Allie asked, wrinkling her nose. She squeezed in for a better look.

“Yeah, I think so.”

On one side of the coin were the words United States of America inscribed around the rim. In the center of the coin was a fancy picture of an eagle. Beneath the eagle were the words Twenty Dollars.

“Wicked,” I muttered.

I turned the coin over. On the opposite side was an engraving of a woman’s face—she was wearing a crown. The word Liberty was written across the front of her crown.

“Yeah, Allie, a coin,” I said.

There were tiny stars around the rim of the coin. I counted thirteen. Probably for the thirteen colonies, I guessed. The date was engraved below the woman’s face: 1879. The letters CC were beside the date.

“What kind of coin?” Allie said, her eyes flickering with curiosity.

“Cool,” I said in a hushed voice. “A twenty-dollar gold piece.”



Spoonfed is a new feature I’m testing out. It highlights excerpts of my father’s first published novel, a romantic satire called Santa Fe Crazy. The book is free on Kindle Unlimited. I have set up a separate blog-Spoonfed-devoted strictly to the first four chapters of the story. Warning: Adult dialog.

Here is the synopsis:

Howard Spoon is fed up with his mundane life in Decatur, Illinois. He divorces his wife, sells his dental practice, then moves to Santa Fe, New Mexico, to marry a rich widow. Howard knows Santa Fe is overrun with rich widows because he read it in a magazine. With help from George Bad Toe, a full-time entrepreneur and part-time scam artist, Howard meets Charlie Malpin, a wealthy Santa Fe heiress. What Howard discovers about Charlie, and ultimately himself, throws his satirical world into a tailspin.

I’m currently developing a screenplay based on the novel.

Question: Should I keep the Spoonfed blog separate, or just make a page here on my blog?

I’d love to hear your comments!

Enjoy! ~ Eric