The Backside of Heaven is a collection of four short stories. These are all listed below along with a synopsis of each. They are currently available individually at Amazon, Smashwords and Sony.
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1. A Rosebud in December
Hudson and Mastonia Black own a very successful horse farm and enjoy an idyllic life. Their life is a true love story and they cherish every moment; until Hudson’s beloved Mastonia falls from her horse while outriding. It is the day before they are to celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary.
A Rosebud in December follows the unique lives of identical twin girls, Rosemary and LillibudWaric. No one can tell them apart and no one cares, they share everything and think as one. Overtime, they are simply known Rosebud. Their beginnings are humble; they are dirt poor and live in a trailer park where they are regularly subjected to beatings from their angry and drunken father.
With beauty, brains and a few coins in their pocket, the girls finally run away to the
nearest town. While one works in a diner by day and attends night school the other
earns here degree. Every day their lives alternate until they graduate and the next
chapter of their lives unfold when they answer an advertisement posted by Hudson
From severe poverty and abject cruelty to the opulence, wealth and love of life with
Hudson Black ‐ the girls, still living as one, find themselves in a true, life changing, and romantic fairy tale!
2. The Apple
Hero Gustolette lives and works on one ofthe largest apple orchards in the world. Not only is Gustolettes an international supplier of apples, but also the heart ofthe small town. Each year Gustolettes earns many prizes and accolades for the biggest and tastiest apples. Their four prize apple trees are tended and nurtured daily and
grow inside an eight foot fenced enclosure secured by a padlocked gate. It is these very trees and the fruit they bear which are the cause of Hero’s heart being broken, first by Chubby and then twice by Milo.
The morning before the annual apple show the Gustolettes awake to find someone or something has eaten their prize Gala apple. The gate remains locked and there are no sign of entry. Only two people hold keys to the enclosure, Chubby and Bertie Gustolette. It is Chubby’s job to oversee the running of the orchards, cultivate new breeds of apples and ensure their prize apples remain the winners they have always been.
Hero and Chubby are engaged to be married and the wedding isjust weeks away. This year’s prize money is to be their wedding gift and will pay for their own home. However, Chubby is blamed for the disappearance of the prize Gala apple that hung ripe and red on the end of the branch just waiting to win first place at the show. Chubby is first taken to jail and then told to leave town. The wedding is permanently off.Hero knows her happy, law abiding Chubby couldn’t possibly be responsible for the disappearance of the prize apple but, like everyone,
she cannot find another explanation.
Hero shuts herself away in her room for several weeks. She is heartbroken over losing Chubby and life seems pointless. In time, her broken heart heals and some years later she meets Milo Cruzin. Milo’s father owns Cruzin Tree Farms, located several towns away. Soon a loving relationship turns to marriage, but on the day of Milo’s proposal, he tells Hero the story of his first and only visit to Gustolette’s Orchards. While on one knee and holding Hero’s hand, Milo happily recounts how he jumped the fence surrounding four beautiful apple trees and enjoyed the best apple he had ever tasted. He continues to exude its virtues, telling her how big,red, crisp and juicy the apple was. Milo enjoyed itsomuch he saved the seeds. Milo
doesn’t understand why Hero runs from his arms and never answers his calls.Once again,she shuts herself away with a broken heart.
Then, during a short business trip, Hero happens to visit the newest supermarket in town. There amongst the apples is a new breed and the name read’s‘Hero’s gold’. She knows Chubby must have invented this apple. At that moment she knows she really never stopped loving him. That night she spends many hours searching for his telephone number or some clue that he is near, but finds nothing. The very next morning as she prepares to leave town she sees Chubby, tall and handsome, standing just inside the store talking to the owner. Hero’s heart misses a beat as the years fall away and she prepares to run to him only to see, first one little girl, then two blond haired children leap into his arms; shortly followed by her once best friend. She is unable to move as she watches her friend move toward him and knows without a doubt that she is obviously Chubby’s wife! Hero thought her heart couldn’t break again, but it does.
More years pass and after the death of Hero’s father and sister,tragedy strikes Gustolette’s Orchards. The Gala apples contract blight and hundreds of acres of apple trees are lost. It is from those seeds Milo once stole that he grew several strong healthy Gala apple trees. It is these same trees that save Gustolette
Orchards and ultimately reunite Hero and Milo. This time,they live happily ever. after!
3. The Oyster Tapper
The Oyster Tapper takes you into the lives of Soames and Pedro. It all began with
their younger years, growing up in the sixties as best friends. Their shared love of
Dune buggy’s and trail bike races and Pedro’s working life in the oyster factory
shucking oysters each day after school.
Soames and Pedro remain best friends and in their adult years become firm
business partners. Their shared success is not due to their continued friendship
but Saomes great gift.His gift was discovered many years earlier, quite by chance,
in the oysterfactory. But, it is this gift which leads them into a very successful
business and wealthy life. Until, Pedro and Soame’s are each handed a letter after
the death of Pedro’s father. The letter contains a shocking secret that will bond
these two friends forever.
4. The Publisher
Each day with trust and good faith we send our beloved children off to school. We assume they arrive safely,spend time with friends and learn their lessons. We think we know where they are and who they’re with. But life can change in a heartbeat, circumstances, places and people never remain the same. Change is often good sometimes bad but always constant. The Publisher takes you into the lives of the Smelt family.Joe, Suzanne and their two children,six year old Libby and thirteen year old Connor;
It is a normal school day just like any other, until Joe – the publisher – begins reading a manuscripts. In the manuscript he learns that his children are not at school. They have been kidnapped and are being held hostage until the ransom is paid. Each detail of what he must do is precisely laid out as another page of the manuscript unfolds. Suzanne has done someone wrong and if she can right the situation her children will go free, if not,they will die. And so,they sit and wait for the knock on the door and the next installment of the manuscript that holds within its pages their children’s fate.