The Angel Wore Black

The Angel Wore Black

I am thrilled to announce the publication of my newest book!

Private Investigator Jack Fox is not sure how he went from being a freewheeling bachelor to the father of two daughters: a baby girl who is the product of his less-than-stellar life choice of hooking up with a convicted serial killer and 19-year-old Enid Iglowski who is going to her court-ordered anger management counseling sessions with the intelligent and sexy Dr. Melody Stuckley who, unbeknownst to Enid, Jack can’t seem to get out of his mind—or his bed. The past comes back to haunt Jack when his dreaded ex-wife, Stella, who is the Mistress of Phoenix’s hottest S&M dungeon, hires him to find her favorite missing cowboy. He knows the last thing he should do is take her case but, as always, his curiosity sends him chasing after the truth, which sets him and Enid on a collision course with a dangerous killer who is a fugitive from the law—and who just also happens be his current wife!

A fast, fun detective story served up with wit, grit, and shocking twists. C. Mack Lewis offers up a murder mystery with a father-daughter relationship that careens from bad to worse and some unexpected places in between. High-stakes thrills and drama!

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The Toad King, written by C. Mack Lewis

The Toad King, written by C. Mack Lewis

Is it a modern fairy tale from a mind of mayhem, a cautionary marriage tale, or simply an odd little story? Listen to our newest short story on The Hidden Gems Podcast!

Submit your short story of 5,000 words or less to cathydpm@gmail.com for a chance to be featured on The Hidden Gems Podcast.

Thank you for listening!

The Monkey’s Paw, a short story written by W. W. Jacobs

The Monkey’s Paw, a short story written by W. W. Jacobs

A stranger comes bearing a gift – a mummified monkey’s paw that holds a magical spell that allows three people to make three wishes each. What could possibly go wrong?

Listen to our newest story on The Hidden Gems Podcast at https://the-hidden-gems-podcast.simplecast.com/episodes/the-monkeys-paw-written-by-w-w-jacobs

Submit Your Short Story for a chance to be featured on The Hidden Gems Podcast!

Submit Your Short Story for a chance to be featured on The Hidden Gems Podcast!

We are looking for writers to feature on The Hidden Gems Podcast! Our goal is to find the best short fiction from undiscovered writers. We hire a professional narrator to tell your story and our host will do a short bio on YOU and then direct listeners to where they can find more of your writing. There is no cost to you and you retain all rights to your story.

To submit your short story of 5,000 words or less, go to our website at: https://www.thehiddengemspodcast.com/

Listen Now to “Lair,” Written by C. Mack Lewis.

Listen Now to “Lair,” Written by C. Mack Lewis.

A young Vietnam soldier finds himself on his first sweep and destroy mission with a commanding officer who may or may not be up for an Article 15 for making a Charlie eat the mud off his boots. Listen now to the short story “Lair,” which was written by C. Mack Lewis and narrated by John Bell.

https://www.thehiddengemspodcast.com/podcast

So Dance, Ballerina, Dance. By Jack Grenard.

So Dance, Ballerina, Dance. By Jack Grenard.

Aging may have something to do with it. Song lyrics appear in my head, songs I didn’t remember ever knowing. Now those are there, not always accurate, but they fit the rhyme and scheme of the musicians who created them. Take one song that has been buzzing in my brain for the past two weeks, linked slightly to a checkout woman at our local supermarket, who admitted she’d trained in ballet as a kid.
     “Dance Ballerina Dance” was the song. My rusty memory changed the next few words to “Go on with your career, you can’t afford another chance.” That’s not exactly how Carl Sigman wrote the lyrics back about 1946: “So on with your career/ You can’t afford a backward glance.” Close, but no cigar.
    This is a puzzle for those who study the brain. How did the song, once encrypted, stay in my memory cells so long? Why were the words almost correct, almost the way the lyricist wrote them about 75 years ago? How did that alphabetical jumble remain intact despite a stroke I suffered three years ago?
    If you know or can guess, please don’t tell any songwriters, okay?
There’s another connection with the past. One of the best selling vocalists who recorded the song was the late Nat King Cole. Back in the mid-1950s I worked on the stage crew at Michigan State University for visiting special events. One of those was Cole. I got to stand behind a curtain where I could both see and hear him at the piano. His fascinating sound came, it seemed to me, from deep within him. Even cigarettes, which killed him, were not enough to stifle that sound for me. I can hear him now, deep in my brain. 

Written by Jack Grenard   

If you love to listen to short stories…

If you love to listen to short stories…

Our heroine, Ilene, is doing just fine, thank you very much, slinging hash for the locals at the Silk City Diner – until, that is, she receives a rather unusual profession of true love from an even more unusual admirer. Check out the short story ‘Pig Eye Poem’ on ‘The Hidden Gems Podcast,’ which features the best short stories that you’ve never heard!

https://the-hidden-gems-podcast.simplecast.com/episodes/pig-eye-poem