FREEBIE: Stainless Steel by Robert Eggleton

Rachel Tsoumbakos

Stainless Steel by Robert Eggleton

I have a very special gift for everyone reading this blog – a free short story! It has been penned by Robert Eggleton and you can find out more about the author after the story. You can also check out the “5 Minutes With…” interview with him on Wednesday, August 12 😉

The story starts in a children’s mental health facility and progresses to the premeditated attempted murder of an abusive father with the assistance of an android. I hope you enjoy it!

STAINLESS STEEL by ROBERT EGGLETON (Length: Approx. 5,300 words)

Shelly and Faith had become the best of friends. They were roommates at a children’s mental health institution on Earth, the planet with the highest sentient incarceration rate in the universe. Twenty-six girls shared the same dormitory at the facility, but Shelly was the only one that Faith had trusted with her secret.  Faith hadn’t even told her therapist.


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What really hurts-

Randoms by a Random

What really hurts,
Sticks far deep,
Is missing someone;
And knowing-
They do not think about
Not even a little bit.
While you-
Miss the memories
The laughter
The smiles
The silence
The hopes
The dreams
The forevers;
And you wonder-
What went wrong?
You find the answer;
And other times,
You don’t;
And that’s life,
And it’s okay;
Because someday,
One day-
You’ll wake up;
The memories-
It won’t be the first thing
That comes to mind.

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“Double Forte” (Gus LeGarde Mystery Book 1) by Aaron Paul Lazar

Another great book from Aaron Paul Lazar. Definitely a must-read.

Viv Drewa - The Owl Lady

double forte


Gus LeGarde’s life essentially ended four years ago, when his beloved wife, Elsbeth, leapt from the Letchworth Gorge cliffs. These days, the music professor plays endless Chopin etudes on his antique piano and lavishes love on his family and dog–but nothing buries the pain or answers his burning questions.

What made her jump?
Why didn’t she say goodbye?
And how will he be able to live without her?

Trouble comes to Gus and his daughter, Freddie, when her arrogant husband, Harold, is caught in several love affairs, and begins to verbally abuse her. To protect his daughter and two-year-old grandson, Gus threatens to throw Harold out himself the next time he messes up.

But when Harold’s law partner goes missing, a police search in the woods on Gus’s property reveals a shocking find. The mystery deepens as Gus’s innocent friend is set up to take the…

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…Authors, yeez seek ’em here, yeez seek ’em there… Literary Agents… but is it WURTHWHILE?…

Seumas Gallacher

…far be it from this ol’ Jurassic to stir up any sort of controversy… but a wee bit of ‘productive agitative discussion’ never goes amiss… following the example of tons and tons of fellow scribblers before me, I ventured into the self-publishing universe jungle around seven years ago… buoyed by the unbelievably euphoric pink cloud that attended the typing of ‘The End’ on my very first swaddled crime thriller masterpiece, visions spun in my head of multi-gazillion-dollar liereray contracts, TV series, and yes, the bright neon strips in Hollywood…


…all I had to do as acquire an Agent…. simple enuff gig… yeez buy the Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook… then thumb through to the  section with the names and addresses of these Agent Gods and Goddesses… absorb the ‘submission requirements’, and pop ‘em in the mail or, with some advanced technology-users, bang ‘em out online, with said attachments… then yeez…

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Bette’s Blog is featuring inspirational author Mary McCleary. Her books sound like something I definitely need on my “shelf” (Kindle).

Bette A. Stevens, Maine Author

Mary McLeary is the author of two Christian inspirational/devotional books.  Heart Whispers from the Old Testament is her latest—it’s great to have Mary with us today to tell us all about it.

Mary McLeary PICHi, Mary. Welcome to 4writersandreaders. I’ve just downloaded your latest book to my kindle and look forward to having some fresh inspirational readings on hand when I’m on the go. Can’t wait to find out more about you and your writing. First, tell us a little about yourself.

I grew up in a family that loved music and good stories. We listened to my folks play music from the 1940’s and share stories of friends and family. From them we learned there is a lesson in everyone’s life. Some lessons teach you what to do and some teach you what not to do.

When I was in third or fourth grade, my most exciting adventures happened on…

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