Sneak Peek: Ghostly Summons

Today we have a sneak peek from author John A. Karr’s paranormal suspense novel, Ghostly Summons.

Lars Kelsen doesn’t believe in psychic phenomenon. To him, visions of murder victims are a form of mental illness. Once they begin, options are limited; he can try to ignore them or deal with them by exposing a killer. Only the latter provides any semblance of peace. Temporarily, anyway. Five years into his new life as a programmer, Kelsen—ex-crime beat reporter with a penance he can never fully satisfy—sees a victim.

In person. Upright. Staring.

So begins Kelsen’s return to investigative reporting—complete with attempts on his life, fights, deception, and use of technology such as GPS and computer hacking. And possibly finding a new love interest.

Ghostly Summons is available through, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon UK.

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Common Core State Standards Initiative: Should We Care?


Common Core. Such a simple term. Should we care about it?

Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts & Literacy is a culmination of an extended broad-based movement to create a level of standard in schools across the United States. This new standard, now adopted by 46 states across the country, is an effort to help ensure that all students are career and college ready in literacy no later than the end of high school. Continue reading “Common Core State Standards Initiative: Should We Care?”

Flash Fiction Challenge: Worst Vacation Ever

Photo by K.S. Brooks

Worst vacation ever.

The national parks were closed because of some congressional budget wrangling.

We got lost in Mexico. The car broke down on a stretch of highway 54 in Texas where there is no cellular service.

Thankfully, all that is behind us now. Just gonna grab a little nap here at poolside. What else could possibly go wrong?

In 250 words or less, tell us a story incorporating the elements in the picture. The 250 word limit will be strictly enforced.

Please keep language and subject matter to a PG-13 level.

Use the comment section below to submit your entry. Entries will be accepted until 5:00 PM Pacific Time on Tuesday, April 16th, 2013.

On Wednesday morning, we will open voting to the public with an online poll for the best writing entry accompanying the photo. Voting will be open until 5:00 PM Thursday.

On Friday morning, the winner will be recognized as we post the winning entry along with the picture as a feature. Best of luck to you all in your writing!

Entries only in the comment section. Other comments will be deleted. See HERE for additional information and terms.