A pair of Red City Reviews for author Anton

New Frosty Cover 2Red City Review:  5 Stars for Frosty and the Nightstalker

A great book for horse lovers of all ages, Backyard Horse Tales 2: Frosty and the Nightstalker by Jackie Anton is a well-put together book that both entertains and informs. The narrative follows Frosty, a playful Appaloosa colt who begins to undergo strange experiences when he has visions of an earlier time. Switching from the late twentieth century to the 1870s, the reader is taken to witness the life of another Appaloosa who lives with the Nez Perce Native American tribe. While Frosty has been told he has an old soul, the story of the horses in the late nineteenth century live very different lives from what Frosty does. Are these visions coming as a result of the collective memories of Appaloosas? Or is something more complex causing the horse to undergo this strange incidence of fluctuation?
This book is enjoyable for multiple reasons, the main one being the different viewpoints, settings, and timelines that take place in the lives of the horses that are depicted. By following both Frosty, and Nightstalker, we are able to see how horses existed throughout the course of the United States history. Young adults, to whom this book seems to be targeted, will learn a great deal about the history of the west and the Native Americans themselves. Anton has written a one of a kind book, as this piece seems unlike anything else we’ve ever seen in the realm of horse books. The illustrations by Sandy Shipley complement the words very well, and the appendix and vocabulary pages at the back of the book are nice touches that offer up even more helpful information to the reader. All in all, this is an original book that was clearly put together with love, dedication, and great care.


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Jackie Anton pens her adult works as J.M. Anton.

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4 Stars for
Wind River Refuge by J.M. Anton

Jax Duncan is a girl on the run – from adulthood, from pain and rejection, and from the nightmares of her past that dog her footsteps to this very day.  But in trying to evade the past, she ends up barreling straight into a new fearsome enemy.  After flying across the country to stay with her foster parents at the Double D Ranch in Wyoming, Jax’s life is placed in danger by an unknown assailant.  The prime suspect is Garrett McBride, a Vietnam veteran with a volatile temper and a dubious history.  Jax first meets Garrett as he picks her up from the airport.  He seems innocent enough – could he really be her attacker?  As both parties battle their inner demons, Jax and Garrett end up forging a connection that, for better or worse, will never be severed.
Set in the 1970’s, Wind River Refuge is the second work of adult fiction from J.M. Anton, and clearly Anton has put plenty of skill and heart into this story.  Jax and Garrett are compelling characters who the author steers deftly away from being stereotypes of themselves, and the chemistry between them is almost palpable.  And Jax!  That girl is funny!  With trademark wit and innuendo, she taunts Garrett with her brand of suggestive humor and, simultaneously, becomes the book’s winning character.  Not to say that Garrett isn’t also a great catch; after all, he’s a war veteran with a heart of gold.  Much of the pleasure from reading Wind River Refuge is derived from watching these two great characters interact with each other and attempt to dispel the dangers lurking in Jax’s past.  For lovers of romantic or historical fiction, this book comes highly recommended!
To purchase a copy of Wind River Refuge, click here to find it on Amazon.

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Death has a Daughter by Candice Burnett


Cendall, history’s first female Grim Reaper, has until her eighteenth birthday to prove she’s worthy of the role. The only obstacle in her way are those pesky Guardian Angels who protect human souls, but Cendall is certain she can handle any Guardian who gets in her way. 

However, nothing could have prepared Cendall for Lacie—a soul that is protected by multiple Guardians, wanted by Demons, and, most startling of all, can see Cendall. 

Cendall uses every trick in the book to try and slip past Lacie’s Guardians and collect her soul, but a Demon interferes at the last moment. In the chaos, Cendall accidently saves Lacie’s soul, along with one of the injured Guardians. Realizing Cendall fears termination for her mistake, the Guardian blackmails her with an offer she can’t refuse: in exchange for his silence, Cendall must keep Lacie’s soul safe from the Demon, until he recovers from his injuries. Cendall agrees—with the intention of checking Lacie’s soul off her list, the instant the Guardian is healed. But as the three of them are forced to work together, Cendall begins to question why Lacie is wanted by the Demons and if her name actually belonged on Cendall’s list in the first place.


I was intrigued by the blurb of “Death has a Daughter’ and agreed to review it as part of a book tour. Unfortunately, my computer crashed and I was unable to participate in the tour. My apologies to Candice for the delay of this review post. I enjoyed the fresh approach of the good vs. evil aspect where the author used reapers, demons, and guardians.

Candice Burnett has created a unique heroine who can take care of herself and is determined to prove herself even when so many people are against her. She’s strong and fearless and does what she has to do without complaint. Seeing her journey throughout you watch her learn and want her to succeed in what she’s doing and prove that she’s just as good, if not better, than the guys.

Death has a daughter is extremely refreshing and the story line is interesting keeping reader’s turning pages and wanting to know more and more about the world the author created.

Burnett’s characters were fun and interesting. Cendall’s spirit and determination to be the best Grim reaper the world has ever seen makes it a fun read. Her frustration with the inequities of the system she must live and work under provide some interesting conflicts for Cendall. As if that isn’t enough for a seventeen-year-old girl, the author throws in a couple of heart throbs that threaten our heroine’s focus.

I was supplied a PDF, by the author, for this review. Death has a Daughter rates a solid four stars on my book-o-meter, and I highly recommend it. A good young adult to adult read.

Reviewed by Jackie Anton ….Author of the award winning Backyard Horse Tales series.

About the Author:

MEDIA KIT Author PictureCandice Marie Burnett  graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and Marketing.   She’s loved writing from a very young age, but has only recently pursued publishing her debut novel Death Has a Daughter.  She grew up in Woodhaven Michigan on a small farm with her mother, father, brother and sister.  She now lives in Atlanta Georgia, with two fluffy pugs and her husband, who has an overworked, undefeated, guardian at his side.

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Red. White, and Screwed by Holly Bush

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Political strategist Glenda Nelson is having a meltdown. Her handpicked, very married Congressional candidate was just caught climbing out of the window of the Sleepytown Motel, and her philandering ex-husband seems to have the most to gain from the colossal scandal that follows. As Glenda attempts to salvage the campaign in a hotly contested race, conservative and liberal pundits pounce on the story to further their own agendas.

Glenda’s love life is nonexistent to say the least, that is, until she meets handsome artist Chris Goodrich. Chris’s easy-going, carefree outlook on life couldn’t be more different than the 90-mph crazy train that is Glenda’s, but the more time she spends with him, the more she craves his calming presence, his sexy smile, and his steamy embraces. Is Chris the one to take a chance on?

Between the pressure of full-blown spin control mode, rapidly declining job security, refereeing two teenagers, caring for aging parents, and spending hours on her therapist’s couch trying to get past her ex’s crushing betrayal, Glenda finds love and makes the long trek back to happy.

Cover_Red, White, and ScrewedExcerpt:

Glenda has a surprise meeting with the new man in her life at her daughter Sylvia’s high school art gala.

The doors of the Mansville High School were covered with posters ranging from “Just Say No To Drugs” to a square dance being held Friday night after the football game. After getting directions to the art rooms, I ran down the hallway and burst through the door. The student art gala included a speaker. I smiled at Christopher Goodwich, straightened my skirt and hair, and found a seat. Sylvia was glaring at me.

“Art is about beauty,” Goodwich was saying. “But beauty is speculative. What is beautiful to you and what is beautiful to the student beside you may be two different things.”

I settled into one of those seats with the desk attached. My rear end was not cooperating and hung out either one side or the other. Goodwich was a good speaker and I listened intently. He was patient with the kids, and Sylvia’s art teacher was batting her lashes and giggling.

Goodwich would never go for her type, I thought to myself. The overt artsy-craftsy, caftans-are-still-in-style, kind of a woman. And her hair was long. Why doesn’t someone tell women over forty to cut their hair? What kind of woman would Goodwich go for? Meg did say he wasn’t gay. Everyone was clapping. I stood up enthusiastically and took with me the desk still attached to my rump. Sylvia pulled at the seat, and markers went flying. Christopher Goodwich was heading my way.

“It’s nice to see you again, Glenda.” Goodwich looked at the desk stuck to my hips. “Can I help?”

The desk plopped off my ass with a thump, and I ran a hand through my hair. “Chris! What a surprise.”

AuthorPic_HollyBushAuthor Bio:
Holly Bush was born in western Pennsylvania to two avid readers. There was not a room in her home that did not hold a full bookcase. Holly has been a marketing consultant to start-up businesses and has done public speaking on the subject.

Holly has been writing all of her life and is a voracious reader of a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction, particularly political and historical works. She writes historical romance set on the American Prairie and in Victorian England, and more recently, Contemporary Romance and Women’s Fiction. She frequently attends writing conferences, and has always been a member of a writer’s group.

Holly is a gardener, a news junkie, has been an active member of her local library board and loves to spend time near the ocean. She is the proud mother of two daughters and the wife of a man more than a few years her junior.

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Dream Huntress by Michelle Sharp

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Detective Jordan Delany has a gift. Through her dreams, she connects with dead victims of violent crimes. Her isolated life as a drug cop is perfect for hiding the freakish visions, until her newest investigation has her posing as a cocktail waitress in a down-and-dirty strip club. When she’s saved from a drunken customer by a handsome stranger, the heated chemistry is exactly why she intends to keep Mr. Arrogant at bay. But learning he’s the new bouncer for the corrupt club she intends to bust just might be the one reason why she can’t.

Tyler McGee suspects a drug ring operating out of the local club is flooding the streets of his hometown with heroin. Determined to get answers, he plays the part of a fallen cop and lands the job of head bouncer. What he discovers is that the club owner isn’t the only deadly obstacle he’s facing. His attraction to an intriguing cocktail waitress with a penchant for danger just might kill him first.



“I told you I could be downright romantic if you give me a chance, city girl. I realize this isn’t a hot night out on the town or anything, but my options were limited considering you’re undercover, and we can’t be seen together.”

“Ha.” She laughed and pulled her head from his shoulder long enough to smile up at him. “Cowboy, your options were limited, because we’re in a town the size of a peanut, and the most interesting thing here is a strip club.”

He chuckled. “Perhaps, but what any self-respecting small-town boy knows,” he whispered, moving them both to the music, “is that it’s not where you take your dates that’ll rock their world. It’s what you do to them once you get ’em there that’s important.”

She stopped moving and stroked his cheek. “Thank you. Everything is beautiful.”

He stood silent and still for several moments. Too many emotions passed across his face for Jordan to figure out what he was thinking. His soulful stare never wavered from her, but he didn’t kiss her, didn’t pull her closer.

“You are, by far, the most beautiful thing in this room. I’ve pictured you here, like this. Candlelight. Flowers. Music.”

“Well then, I guess this just went from being my fantasy to yours. Because howeveryou pictured me, I’m happy to oblige.” She lifted her sweater up and over her head, then tossed it aside, exposing a black camisole and bra. He wasn’t the only one who’d done a little shopping. After popping open all the buttons on his shirt, she wrapped her arms around him and nuzzled into his neck.

“Damn, woman. Way to play hard to get.”

Michelle Fielden PhotographyAuthor Bio:

Michelle Sharp is a romantic suspense author from the Midwest. Although she has a degree in journalism from Southern Illinois University, she finds weaving tales of danger, deception, and love much preferable to reporting the cold, hard facts. Her goal in life? To team resilient, kick-ass heroines with the sexy alpha’s who love them. As most writers probably are, she is an avid reader. Her husband and kids would call it obsessive—but whatever. Her first choice is usually a story with a thrilling combination of danger and love, but any book with a great voice and intriguing story will keep her turning pages well past any reasonable bed-time. Her debut novel will be published with Entangled Ignite in summer of 2014. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and Missouri Romance Writers.


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Smashwords E-Book Summer/Winter Sale Promotion! July 1 – 31, 2014

J.M. Anton’s Adult contribution to Smashwords E-Book Promotion.
Please note: The sale ends at midnight on July 31, 2014 Pacific Time.
Follow this link https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/jackieanton to find all my e-books on sale.


Uncharted Storm FINALUncharted Storms is Free thru July.

Weather is our constant companion, and when it behaves like a benevolent parent we pay little attention to it. Angry or out of control it becomes terrifying and can change the landscape as well as lives. So I asked my characters to take a ride on the wild side ofweather. “Uncharted Storms” takes readers on a journey from a gentle summer rain to raging storms in the cosmos.

What If???

What if? Erica’s world didn’t come to an end in 2012 while she was in middle school? She manages to make it through college before an apocalyptic event changes her life forever. The science fiction story Terra Beyond 2012 shares Erica’s voyage.

What if? You and your best friend were traveling down the highway on the way home from an extended trip when you are caught in a blinding thunderstorm, and then are hit by lightning? To make matters worse you are injured, and wake in a strange world. Find out what happens to Chris in the tale Riding Lightning.

What if? You were on your way to meet a friend for dinner and caught in a flash flood? That is exactly what happens to Alexandra in the story Flash Flood Texas Style.

What if? A boy you haven’t seen in two decades winds up sitting on your front porch? Find out what Casey comes up with on A Rainy Night.

What if? You were caught out in a winter storm on icy, drifted, walks and streets when a skidding car comes directly at you? Find out what happened to eighteen-year-old Annie when she is hit from behind in the short story A Tumble in the Snow.

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Wind River Refuge at 50% thru July

Jax runs for her life and is apprehended by the police.

She is sentenced to a juvenile detention facility, at the tender age of twelve. Lock up becomes an unexpected sanctuary for the traumatized child. It affords a safe harbor from her abuser, but she’s plagued by  nightmares well into adulthood. Fate and her grandmother step in to successfully reducer her sentence, and she’s paroled into a distant cousin’s custody, and relocated to a cattle ranch in Wyoming. The young parolee finds the transition difficult at first. She spends the next nine years learning the ropes, making friends, and a couple of powerful enemies.

Wind River Refuge is a Crime Thriller with a touch of romance. It is intense and not for the squeamish. Adult 18 +.

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Follow Melinda Potter and Alexandra Parker, across the country, as the friends travel from their homes on the shores of Lake Erie to the drought-stricken state of Texas. Following he graduation from The Ohio State University, Melinda has a date with an online Romeo. Alexandra, who is supposed to exert a moderating influence on her friend, winds up in a hospital. She wakes to everyone calling her Mrs. Ross. She doesn’t have a clue how she got there, or who Mr. Ross is.


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The Girl Who Believed in Fairy Tales by Heidi Garrett

Product Details

Review: Three contemporary fairy tales.


Half – Faerie Publishing

Copyright: Heidi Garrett 2014

“The Girl Who Wished for Elves” Ms. Garrett weaves a tarot card reading into the recollections of a young woman’s dysfunctional and warring family. The result is a unique blend of realism and fantasy.

“The Girl Who Dreamed of Red Shoes.” There are a lot of twists and turns in this story of a young woman who’s sprit is disconnected from her body. Or is it? Find out how the heroine’s hunt for a pair of red shoes changes her life.

“The Girl Who Couldn’t Sing.” The author deftly applies the signs of the Zodiac and planetary alignments to add tension to Heather’s lifelong quest. She dreams of singing on stage. Will she be the next American Idol? Be sure to pick up this e-book for yourself to find out.

The trio of short stories in “The Girl Who Believed in Fairy Tales” won’t disappoint young adult or adult readers. All of the tales are well written and unpredictable. I highly recommend this collection of short stories and give it four and one half stars on my Book-O-Meter.

Author Blog: http://heidigwrites.blogspot.com

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Freaquancy by Caddell Brown


Tell us a something about yourself, Caddell, that is not in your author bio.

I believe I mention film or filmmakers in my bio. One thing I didn’t mention is that my favorite film is Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. As a child, I would watch that film over and over, at least once a day and a couple times a week. I was very fascinated with Han Solo’s ship The Millenium Falcon. I loved the interior of the ship. This love of interior, of structure almost led me to pursue a degree in interior design and/or architecture, but I settled on Literature & Languages instead.

Do you have a specific place you like to write/music you listen to, etc?

I love my desk at work and I have written there when I find the time. At home I do most of my writing on my laptop. I have a chair in my living room. I was told it is called a deacon’s chair. It has a very high back and low arms and a wide seat. I’m able to cocoon myself in the chair and write. I don’t like music or the television. The noise is a distraction. I can deal with ambient sounds. For the most part I like the quiet–me alone with my thoughts.

Do you have any authors that have influenced your writing?

Dan Simmons. I have read his Hyperion Cantos many times. I love how he is able to put the reader in the moment. His writing is very descriptive but no overtly so. He utilizes setting, plot and dialogue in a rhythmic way so that the stories flow beautifully and seemingly effortless. There’s a poetry to his prose that I seek to emulate in my own works.

When did you decide that you wanted to be a writer?

I made the connection that I should write during the time I took a creative nonfiction course in college. It was in the beginning of my graduate study. The course generally titled: “Composition and Rhetoric” was a requirement for my degree. I had attempted to take the course before under one professor and was completely lost. The second time around a different professor focused on the genre of creative nonfiction in which we studied various works such as The Liars Club: A Memoir by Mary Karr, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard, and New Jack by Ted Conover. I was blown away having never connected nonfiction (which I thought meant things like manuals and how-to books, etc.) to memoir, nature writing, and narrative nonfiction. One of the first assignments my professor ordered was for us to write about a moment in time in our childhood. I knew immediately what I wanted to write about and so began a series of personal essays.
How do you come by your ideas?

I usually form ideas after seeing something or someone. I’m a visual person by nature, so it could be something as simple as seeing a fashion ad in a magazine, a runner in the park, a shopgirl at the mall, or the cast sheet of a new television series of film. I see first then wonder “what if?” and proceed then to create something new or change something I disagree with.

What made you decide to write in your current genre?

I feel like horror writing as well as writing that includes the supernatural and/or is dystopian or even apocalyptic help to depict the human condition in a way that is beyond just a straight-forward narrative. Incorporating ghosts or spirits or demons or serial killers in an erstwhile dramatic piece of fiction, just makes it better for me as a writer coming into her own.

Have you ever started writing something and then scrapped it?

Indeed. I had a story inspired by a picture of a tiger which prompted me then to title it even before writing the work and creating an outline. The title would have been “yon tig ti bebe se toujou yon tig” which translated means “a baby tiger is still a tiger”. I was so excited about the phrasing (which according to Google translate is Haitian Creole) that I stumped any and all further development for the tale. It remains in my pile of stories that could have been. This taught me a lesson to not be so quick to title a work. Create the story first and the title will come.

Tell us about your current release/or new release?

Freakquency by Caddell Brown. Let’s see. This story was borne out of an interest in the supernatural, the genre as well as the television series. I have a love for New Orleans and have spent time in the city as a tourist. I love Cajun and Creole cuisine and have an interest in the culture. I love the history of Louisiana, particularly the coastal regions where culture is made up of many cultures and nationalities. With Freakquency I wanted to create a tale that incorporates my interest in the area, the countryside the state and its peoples while including some supernatural element, in this case a demon who grants Faustian bargains to those who are desperate enough to take them. I also wanted to create a history with the demon–Freakquency is the beginning of that, of understanding the connection to the past while living in the present. And I wanted to humble down a rockstar/popstar whose ego was in need of reigning in, hence Rick Chamberland and his downfall.

What made you decide to write about this particular subject?

Three things made me decide to write about a fake rockstar/popstar with affiliation with the occult: 1) the movie Angel Heart (1987), 2) the television series “Supernatural” (2005-), and 3) urban legend, Robert Johnson and the “crossroads demon”.

Are you currently working on a new project? If so can you tell us what it will be about?

I’m working on nothing new at the present; however I do have a story in mind for my next release. I can’t give a date on when it will happen. I’m on sabbatical from publishing now. But the story contains supernatural elements and involves family and relationships with the setting of a coastal city in the northeast United States. Also, there is a lighthouse and a library, both locales significant to the plot.

Where can readers find you?

Website: http://www.caddellbrown.com
Blog: http://caddellbrown.com/blog/
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Caddell Brown


“In other entertainment news, after two months of rumor and speculation, international
pop star Rick Chamberland filed suit against British gossip rag, PopStarPress, for libel.
The suit is regarding his alleged involvement in the murder of twenty-one year old Chastity Wilson, an Oxford University student whose body was found in a downtown London hotel
—the same hotel housed the singer, as well as his entire entourage, following one of Chamberland’s concerts.
Wilson was one of three fans who won an opportunity to meet the superstar backstage.
Many have speculated that Wilson not only met Chamberland backstage, but accompanied him to his hotel after the show.
Notorious for his party-boy image, Chamberland denied ever meeting privately with Wilson, although there is footage of them together backstage at a fan meet-and-greet.
Early this morning, he was seen at Heathrow boarding a flight back to the United States
after performing last night at a world AIDS benefit for her majesty, the Queen.”
Rick woke from a nap, having drifted in and out of sleep as the jet soared into the air.

The sounds of his team, management, and the jet’s crew once a faded rumble as he slept, now soared dramatically. He heard the deep bass voice of his manager Arnie from behind. The other members of his team: his stylist, Maddie, and her assistant, Jett, spoke in hushed tones. They were seated across from Rick and had maintained a quieter voice unlike his manager. But their conversation stalled at the sound of the new scast that blared loudly from Jett’s device. It was this sudden eruption that woke him. He sat up in the seat, stretching, yawning.
“What’s up?” He asked Maddie, but looked to Jett, who attempted to hide the screen of
the computer.

“Sorry to wake you, Rick. Jett and I were trying to sync my laptop to her iPad to
exchange some sketches she conjured for the American leg of your tour. We got side
-Tracked with a blog-site. Apparently, you’re dating again.”
“Dating?” Rick sat forward. He looked to the front of the jet and motioned for the flight
attendant. “Who am I attached to now?”
The attendant approached holding a tumbler with ice. She fixed his drink. He watched her
pour. She smiled at him and held his gaze a little too long. He smiled back. She was a pretty lady with red hair.
“Former Teen-star, Courtney Hynes.” Maddie said.
Rick looked over. “What? That’s ridiculous. She’s nuts. So I hear.”
“Indeed.” Maddie answered.
Rick took the drink from the attendant and sipped then slurped the vodka tonic. He
nodded his approval to the attendant. She backed away, leaving. He watched the sway of her hips as she moved along the aisle. He wondered if there would be time later to visit with the attendant. The interest was there and he was always up for a good time. He
drank again, allowing the smooth tonic to soothe his throat.
“There was something else.” He remembered now while wiping his eyes. Maddie and Jett
had begun to speak again. “What was that other thing about the police and my show? Did
something happen?” He saw Jett put the device away into a holder. He met her gaze, black-rimmed blue eyes. She smiled and seemed about to answer before Maddie cut him off.
“Something did happen after your show, but it’s not something I should speak to you
about. Arnie.” Maddienodded to the back of the jet. “I’m sure he’ll inform you.”

Lead formed in his stomach. He swallowed a long draught, topping off the cocktail and
motioned to the attendant for another. He got up from his seat, stretched again and turned to his manager who sat waiting, with a cell phone pressed to his chest and a sour look on his face.
“Is it that bad?” Rick asked Maddie though he looked to Arnie. Arnie’s face was huge.
He was a big guy. His jowls fluttered as he blew out a breath. “What, I can’t take a nap
and wake up to good news for once?”, Rick asked no one as he began to make his way to the back. He fell into the seat opposite Arnie and waited for the attendant to pour another drink for him before readying himself for bad news. Something was always happening with his fans, but he usually found out after the fact. Arnie and the rest of his team tried their best to shield him from the bad so that he could focus on performing. Since retiring his mother as his manager his “luck” had been equal parts good and bad.
“Leave the bottle.” He touched the attendant’s hand. “What’s happened now?” He asked
his manager. Arnie sighed, shook his head and began to explain the news Maddie and Jett had tried to conceal.
As a rule of thumb he tried not to watch the news or read the gossip pages. He didn’t
want to see himself in the light that others saw him. Even with this latest news of a murder of a woman who had been present at his concert, he wanted to hear nothing
more than necessary.
Did he personally know the victim?
No. Had he met her backstage that night?
Yes, along with a number of other adoring female fans.
Had she come with him back to his hotel room?
Had he killed her?
No way. It was a ridiculous assumption.
“Was she the only one with you?” Arnie asked, summing up the series of questions that
needed to be asked.

“No. Yes. I . . . I don’t know.” Rick answered while reflecting back on that night.
Drunk on the finest champagne, he more than likely seduced the young miss, took her to bed in an additional suite—not the official one for him and his entourage, naturally—and fucked her into oblivion.
Waking the next day, he would find her sleeping and in true rockstar form, he would step out without waking her to say goodbye. That was his standard modus operandi when
picking up groupies after shows. He could only assume that’s what happened in London.
“She was found in the suite with a large amount of blood and viscera on the bed and
walls and floor of the room. It was a very gruesome sight.” Arnie said.
“Am I gonna be arrested?”
“No, no. I’ve spoken to the police. Apparently there were a number of females in your
room and a couple of males all from an after-party. Tony there found you the next day in your hotel room still asleep.” Arnie motioned to the left to one of Rick’s bodyguards. “Tony
Can vouch for you. The whole situation is crazy but you know, your fans are crazy. Poor girl.” Arnie shook his head. His phone rang. Arnie answered. Rick drained the last of his drink.
Arnie handed the phone over. “Your mother.”
He rose, elevated the seat to an upright position, and took the phone.
“Rick, baby, is that you?”
“Well, hello to you too.What has it been now, almost a week since I heard from you?
Won’t you call and check on your poor Mama sometime?”
“You’re anything but poor. I’m sorry I haven’t spoken to you. I’ve been very busy.
He rubbed sleep from his eyes, feeling a slight annoyance at the call. He wanted to
continue the discussion with Arnie and plan how to make the bad publicity go away; especially before his mother would hear about it.
Poor girl, indeed. Poor me, Rick thought.
“You need to come home.”
“Buster died. You need to be here for the funeral. Now Arnie told me you’re on your
way back to the States. Change your flight so you can come home.”
“Buster died?
“It was his heart. Those damn pills. I think he knew I put them in his food, so he stopped
eating, would scrounge around in the garbage after dinner and eat our leftovers.
I didn’t find out until a couple days later; one of the cleaning girls found him out back,
Told Lucretia and she told me.”
“Listen, I’m sorry to hear that Buster died. I’m sorry about that.
He’ll be missed. But I have two shows lined up as soon as I
land. What with rehearsals and all I don’t think I can make it—”
“You can spare some time out of your busy schedule for Buster.
I won’t hear no to this. I mean it.
He was such a good dog and your only real friend growing up.
Show a little respect and bring your butt home.”
“All right, all right.” He agreed with an exasperated tone, glad for the distraction from
his latest troubles. “When do we bury him?”
“As soon as you get here.”
“Fine, I’ll switch my flight once I land in New York.”
“Good. After all I’ve done for you, don’t you
dare ever say no to me, young man. All the riches you got coming your way are because of me and don’t you forget it.”

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