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Odds & Endings: Fiction Short and Otherwise

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Memories of a Ghost

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Small Things

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Threads (Small Things 2)

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Synopses

Odds and Endings: Fiction Short and Otherwise

This collection contains twelve short stories and one novella in the horror, science fiction, and fantasy genres. In A Stranger with Your Hair, you’ll meet Parker McCain, a womanizer who’s always looking for the perfect partner. He’ll get all that and more when he makes a certain wish. Speaking of wishes, The Wish shows exactly why you should be very careful when you hold someone’s heart in your hands, while Mommy’s Favorite illustrates what can happen when a mother’s love goes too far. In Beside Myself (currently in development with Council Tree Productions as a television series) you’ll find out what happens when you really get to know yourself, and in Merryland, you’ll spend time with Zara Boone, a woman who gets far more than she bargained for when she inherits her dead grandmother’s house. Those are just a few of the stories that await you in Joe DeRouen’s Odds and Endings.

Memories of a Ghost

Claire Summers awoke in a doctor’s office, heart pounding in her chest, blouse hiked up around her belly. She watched in confusion as a dark-haired woman moved an ultrasound paddle over her exposed stomach. “Claire,” said the woman, her badge identifying her as Dr. Greenwald, “your baby’s going to be okay.” She turned her head, scanning the room. They were alone. “I found the heartbeat,” the woman continued. “You were lucky this time. Your baby’s fine.” Claire? Is that her name? She doesn’t remember coming to see Dr. Greenwald, or even being pregnant. She doesn’t remember anything before waking up in the examination room, her life a complete blank. The only thing she really knows is that someone, somewhere is trying to kill her.

Memories of a Ghost tells the story of a young woman’s quest to remember her life. And just when she thinks she’s put all the pieces together, along comes an entirely different puzzle that will make her doubt herself and her sanity. Is she really Claire Summers?

Small Things

Carthage, Illinois, 1975. It’s a hot June morning in a small Midwestern town when fifteen-year-old Shawn Spencer arrives at the church for his best friend Tanner’s funeral. Though his drowning was officially ruled an accident, Tanner’s sister Jenny swears she saw something rise up from the Carthage Lake to pull the struggling teenager beneath the surface.Shawn doesn’t believe in monsters… but he will…

The real threat, however, lies in the man behind the monster, a mysterious old man who has vowed to settle an old grudge and regain something that was stolen from him decades earlier. To survive the dark days and nights ahead, Shawn must not only decipher what the man is after, he must move past his own grief, fears, and insecurities, and learn to trust in Jenny, the disgraced town sheriff, and, most importantly, in himself.

The Small Things trilogy spans forty years and three generations in a tale of murder, betrayal, corruption, sacrifice, love, redemption, faith and magic that culminates in a showdown that will pit the very forces of heaven and hell against Shawn and his family in a battle for the future of mankind and the world itself.

Threads (Small Things 2)

History is changing around nineteen-year-old Ben Spencer, and he’s powerless to stop it. His sister has disappeared, his family thinks he’s schizophrenic, and, worse yet, the girl he’s madly in love with won’t give him the time of day. Enter the mysterious Michael, who, years earlier, helped Ben’s parents defeat a powerful sorcerer bent on destroying them and reclaiming a relic stolen from him years before. With Michael’s help, Ben will travel back in time, to 1977, and attempt to set the past straight. But will he undo himself and the woman he loves in the process?


Author Bios

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Joe DeRouen (joederouen.com) is an Amazon best-selling author of contemporary fantasy and horror novels. His novels include Small Things, Threads, and Memories of a Ghost. His short stories and novellas are collected in Odds and Endings: Fiction Short and Otherwise.

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Joe DeRouen (joederouen.com) is an Amazon best-selling author of contemporary fantasy and horror novels. His most recent novel, Memories of a Ghost, has enjoyed strong reviews and currently has a 5-star rating on Amazon. His other works include the first two books of the Small Things trilogy (Small Things and Threads,) and his collection of short stories and novellas, Odds and Endings. A Pattern of Shadows, the final book in the Small Things trilogy, will be released in 2018. Joe lives in Rogers, Arkansas, with his wife, son, and three cats.

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Joe DeRouen (joederouen.com) is an Amazon best-selling author of contemporary fantasy and horror novels. His most recent novel, Memories of a Ghost, has enjoyed strong reviews and currently has a 5-star rating on Amazon. His other works include the first two books of the Small Things trilogy (Small Things and Threads,) and Odds and Endings, his collection of short stories and novellas. A Pattern of Shadows, the final book in the Small Things trilogy, will be released in 2018.

Joe was born in Carthage, Illinois, and currently lives in Rogers, Arkansas with his wife Andee, their son Fletcher, and their cats Milo, Lucky, and Archer. Joe is a freelance writer, web designer, and substitute teacher, and also serves on the Arkansas Arts Academy school board. In addition to writing, he enjoys purchasing (and occasionally watching) copious amounts of Blu-Ray discs, listening to music, playing video games, and collecting Mego action figures from the 1970s.


Social Media links

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@jderouen


 Reviews

“I marveled as the story just kept getting better and better and was quite pleased to discover that it’s just the first volume in a trilogy.” – Jack Magnus, Reader’s Favorite

“At times haunting and mysterious, and other times horrifying, the tales in Joe DeRouen’s Odds and Endings will draw you into a weird, often macabre world where things dark and paranormal masterfully coexist with the everyday. Every story has an ending, but not all of them are happy.” – Brooke Johnson, author of The Brass Giant

“Small Things has a Stephen King feel to it…I was listening for things that go bump in the night!” – United Indie Book Blog

“I found myself having a hard time putting the book down. I enjoyed getting to know each of characters and how everything fit together.” – Platypire Reviews

“This is a heartwarming, creepy story that you will not be able to put down.” – Madeline Francisco, Top Amazon Reviewer

“I found myself flipping pages, over and over, getting deeper into the story, and losing hours.” – Mountain Book Reviews

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