In Susan Thomas’ humorous first-place story “The Business of Finding a Husband,” Rebecca man-watches from a bench in Friendship Park two days a week, confident she will find the perfect husband. Each prospect is eliminated after closer examination reveals his faults. Finally, in the ethnic food aisle she finds him asking for her advice about artichoke hearts. A man that cooks. He has to be perfect, doesn’t he?
About the author: Susan Elizabeth Thomas lives in Moscow, Idaho, with her husband, Aaron, and their three children—Yesenia, Dakota and Novik. She loves to write, quilt, speak Spanish and help out at her Southern Baptist Church and at various local charitable organizations. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in philosophy at the University of Idaho and is president of an ACW writers’ group, called We Is Writers. She has previously written for Keys for Kids, The Secret Place and Focus on the Family.
Jennifer DeCamillo’s second place romantic mystery “Hungry Man Special” involves murder at Waffle Barn. Sexy Santiago cooks the Hungry Man Special and Anita serves the customers at Waffle Barn. A customer reports a dead body on the sidewalk, and the police are suspicious of Anita’s soiled dress. She and Santiago have been way too busy serving up tall stacks to kill anyone, haven’t they? Where the heck is the night dishwasher anyway?
About the author: Jennifer DiCamillo is an award-winning writer, playwright, poet, and current President of Missouri Poets and Friends. She has won over 160 writing awards including an Honorable Mention from Writer’s Digest, a CAPA nomination, a third place in an RWA contest, an Honorable Mention from ByLine Magazine, and last, but not least, is an Eppie finalist. Her works have been featured in publications such as: Grist, Turquoise, Museletter, The Poison Pen, Ozarks Monthly, Ultimate Horse Lovers Guide, Stride Magazine (U.K.), Storyteller Magazine (U.S.), The Binnacle (Univ. of Maine Press), Taj Mahal Review (Cyberwit, India), True Confessions (Dorchester), Cup of Comfort for Women in Love and Cup of Comfort for Cat Lovers (Adams Media).
In Janet Sunderland’s well-written third place story “The Shifting Night,” Jennie the bartender is tired of hearing, “Do you know who you look like?” Dino is a regular, full of bad jokes and unwanted conversation. Just another night at the bar, like any other, until a charming stranger and death drop by for a drink.
About the author: Janet Sunderland grew up on a farm in Marshall County, Kansas, but lived throughout the U.S., in Europe, Mexico, and the Caribbean. She now lives in Kansas City with her husband Cliff Kroski. She received her M.A. from St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her work has been published in The Chicago Tribune, The Kansas City Star, The Writer, KC Voices, The Rockhurst Review, When Last on the Mountain Anthology and other publications. She’s a member of the Kansas City Writers Group and a board member of Whispering Prairie Press. She’s a professional actress and teaches writing at Avila University.
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