In My Mailbox


In My Mailbox is a weekly meme from The Story Siren



Bernice Babbitt, a sexually inhibited, thirty-nine-year-old woman, leads a peaceful life in the tiny resort town of Valentine, Nevada.  Living only two miles from the famed bordello, The Honey Bunny Ranch, she can’t imagine what goes on inside its closed doors. 

Things begin to change when Bernice buys an old, black-lacquer makeup case in an antique shop.   The case once belonged to Blissful Night, the most famous and powerful concubine in Hong Kong.  According to legend, Blissful Night could give a man more pleasure in one night than he would have experienced in an entire lifetime. 

Inside the makeup case, Bernice discovers a forgotten jar of face powder with magical properties, the secret to Blissful Night’s success.  Thinking the face powder is an herbal concoction that will beautify her skin, Bernice begins to use it, only to find that the powder causes her to see visions of other people’s sex lives. 

Bernice is horrified to discover that the only way she can rid herself of the visions is to blurt out sexual advice.  Soon the entire town is in an uproar.  But it isn’t until she learns more about Blissful Night’s past that she knows what she must do. 

The Concubine’s Gift is a delightfully sexy novel in which Bernice is drawn into a seductive world she never knew existed.  A provocative and entertaining Pandora’s Box of a tale!


Author Bio for K. Ford K.

I became a storyteller by accident. It all began in Mexico where I attended university and where I learned to accept the supernatural as a normal part of life. From the revered opinions of the local witch, to the preparation of meals for dead grandmothers, I learned to see the world through different eyes and I came to understand that things are not always what they seem.

Later, on my way to attend a university in France, I traveled to Morocco. I stopped at a marketplace in Marrakesh and while eating my lunch of dates and oranges, I watched a tattered beggar transform himself into a storyteller. He moved with the practiced gestures and fantastic expressions of his trade, surrounded by a growing circle of people who listened to him with eyes wide open, their own lives forgotten. In another culture, at another time he might have been a rich man, but here he was selling beautiful tales for coins in the dusty marketplace. I longed to be like him, this mendicant from Marrakesh.

Years later, I moved to Tokyo to teach and write articles for The Tokyo Weekender Magazine. Every day I traveled the crowded trains, sharing space and breath with millions of strangers.

There amid the crushing humanity, I watched the surreal combinations of east and west in language and life, the painful and beautiful growth that occurs when two cultures collide. I witnessed two public suicides, and felt firsthand not only the temporality of life but also the beauty of a single moment.

The time spent crushed between strangers, doors and windows of the train became a quiet meditative place where I learned to accept life and death. There on that Tokyo train, I began to write novels in my head, while that tattered beggar from Marrakesh, who had captivated me years before, whispered in my ear like a nagging dead man, “Tell me a story.”



David was caught in the middle of the city when the zombie outbreak started. His wife and daughters were at home, stranded on the roof as zombies waited below. He would have to fight through hordes of undead, merciless other survivors, and a series of death defying stunts to get home. However, even if he makes it there, how can he be sure they’re safe?


Deadlocked puts you into David’s head as he struggles to get home. Then a final confrontation occurs that will guarantee his family’s survival, but at what cost? 



The world can be a bit negative sometimes, which is kind of like saying rain is wet. Smiles have been replaced by cell phones and cynical is the new normal. The pursuit of happiness has been changed into the pursuit of dollars and in a tough economic climate, it’s a race most of us are losing. Comedian and author Bryan Cohen thinks that it’s time to remember what happiness is all about. He believes that normal people like you without diamond wearing Chihuahuas can still be happy with a few changes to your attitude, your beliefs and a short training routine to build up your joy. 


Cohen has laid out 35 exercises that you can use to create a happiness workout plan to help you in the following areas: 


• Keeping your negative thoughts at bay and learning to control your emotions


• Finding things to like about the job you hate and how to quit it to start a job you love

• Loving the one you’re with and strengthening your family’s happiest memories

• Learning more about yourself and what you’re good at without requiring a masters degree 

• Embracing silence in a world overrun by digital doohickeys 

• Finding time and energy to embrace your creative side and live your dreams

• Making your beliefs inclusive and turning to spirituality for health and wealth 


Whether you’re just graduating from college or headed into retirement age, The Post-College Guide to Happiness will help you turn that pessimism upside down and put you back on the path to a happier life. After years of joyous research, Cohen has found the most effective happiness boosters from all sorts of places, including business books, self-help audio programs, autobiographies, spiritual classics and even his experiences to get you out of your funk for good. If you’ve had no luck looking for happiness in all the wrong places, pick up this book and learn how to look forward to life again. 


Bryan Cohen is a comedian and an author of several books, including 1,000 Creative Writing Prompts: Ideas for Blogs, Scripts, Stories and More and Writer on the Side: How to Write Your Book Around Your 9 to 5 Job. Cohen has been giving people happiness advice since middle school and he hopes this book will spread that advice to the world slightly beyond the lunchroom. He lives in Chicago.




The Story The Return is an action thriller that challenges us with the possibility that Jesus Christ is returning now. “The world currently in a state of upheaval and getting more chaotic everyday,” states Carter Vance, author of The Return. “Many of the prophesized signs of the end times are here, now, and are an indication of the possible return of Christ.”

What if the Knights Templar never disbanded  and have amassed, over the centuries, virtually unlimited resources in anticipation of His return?
Aided by the manpower and financial, technological, and military resources of the Knights Templar, the parents and their unborn son face challenges from the most evil of the dark forces in society.
“The grail will be found in the thistles, but it’s not there./If you break it, victory is yours./Else, you battle the first son for 27 revolutions for the prize of a thousand years.” 
Their nemesis races to solve this riddle for the prize, but where the answer lies is a mystery to him and his minions. Always aware and on the move, the First Family never rests until the ultimate battle is waged with fleets of the most advanced vehicles and armaments known to man. Who will be left when the battle ends and who will know it ever happened? 
About the author. 
Carter Vance is a financial executive who has extensive knowledge of prophesies, religions, relics, and the esoteric. Drawing from actual rare, ancient, secret prophesy records in his possession, and the work of his staff astrologer, Carter has written his debut novel, The Return. The story is a spellbinding account of how the prophesies may be fulfilled in the return of Christ to our modern world
“Move over James Bond. It’s Rex Randall in the 21st century.” This is what Vince Carter says about his
new novel, Rex Randall and the Jericho Secret. This action thriller is about an adventurous author and the
5 beautiful women with whom he lives. 
The Story
Rex Randall is the world famous author, known for his Incognito series of books and movies.
His main character, Jason Hendrix, has a loyal following around the world, eager to read about his next
exploits. This is especially so, since it is widely known that his life is modeled on the real lifestyle of Rex. 
It is an unusual lifestyle, only dreamed of by most. That’s because, in real life, Rex lives with five beautiful
women in a polyamorous, non-monogamous relationship. It is also a luxurious lifestyle, fueled by the
enormous wealth generated by all those books and movies. They want for nothing and enjoy the many
pleasures of life. They work hard, play hard, and rest easy. 
In his series of thriller books, Rex’s alter ego, Jason, is a chameleon-like investigator that assumes
numerous identities to pursue his assignments. In order to give the stories an increased level of realism,
Rex spends countless months, himself, thoroughly researching key elements of the story concept by
accepting assignments in real life and donning various cover identities. 
Then, with exacting detail, Rex would be able to convert his actual experiences into an exciting series of
scenes for Jason in the novels. It is the distinguishing factor that gives his books that air of authenticity, no matter how unusual the premise. 
In preparation for his next novel, Rex and his five female loves, engage in their reality based research by
going undercover and posing as security consultants to the U.S. Secret Service. In the process, they
discover the Jericho Secret. 
This secret, unknown even to the Secret Service, is so explosive that, if revealed to the world, could put the
President of the United States in mortal jeopardy. 
Author Vince Carter is a financial executive and not a professional basketball player. He has authored a
number of books under different pen names. 
This is the first book in a series of the adventures of Rex Randall and his family.
On the cusp of the new millennium, James fulfills a promise. Reenacting a childhood ritual, he places a mud pie upon a grave. This simple act triggers powerful memories. 
Meet the people that shaped James’s life. Shannie, who among other things, introduces him to the sport of dodging freight trains. Count, the cemetery caretakers son, helps James navigate the minefields of adolescence until destiny is met in Desert Storm. Russell, an aging blind African-American, guards a horrifying secret behind a cloud of cigar smoke. Diane, Shannie’s mother, a college professor dispels the notion of tweed jackets and elbow patches. Steve Lucas, a mortician’s son, who despite bizarre obsessions, stands by James during his most challenging times. 
Laugh, cry, and blush as James recounts events of late twentieth century American life 
Uncover the secrets of a Jewish love triangle, why the IGA checkout lady trashes a car, why a trip over the coffee table is better than Novocain, and more importantly, the difference between a Canadian Passport and a Kentucky Waterfall. Hop on board with Maistoinna for a crazy forty-eight hour ride through the world’s most dysfunctional trailer park. 
WARNING! Don’t read if your are: A) easily offended B) politically correct C) like everything nice or D) believe in the Easter Bunny!  







“In a world of presumptuous people, irony is alive and well,” concludes James Morrison, the narrator of this touching coming of age novel. A view Shannie Ortolan – James’s longtime friend, sometimes lover, and full-time obsession – wouldn’t argue. From their first encounter as teenagers until Shannie’s death, experience the twists, turns and enthralling characters that populate Cemetery Street.


If an Indian falls in the woods, can you hear him scream? Dora Shear did, and her life was about to get interesting. After Maistoinna Standing Bear tackles a tree, Dog Shear Dora – as she’s known in the trailer park – is left to pick up the pieces. Only she’s up to no good. 




When Riga Hayworth finds her new client dead, she smells a set up of metaphysical proportions. Now, to find a killer, Riga must travel from San Francisco to the underworld – and make it back alive…

When Riga’s parents named her for silver screen goddess, Rita Hayworth, they had no idea she’d grow up to be a dead ringer for the actress. It’s just one of the many oddities that the metaphysical detective has had to learn to live with – along with blacking out streetlights and dealing with wisecracking ghosts.

Riga’s new client, Helen Baro, believes her husband is trying to kill her. One problem: Helen’s husband is dead. Riga isn’t sure what to think. Is Helen mad? Is someone else trying to harm the woman? Or is this really a case of attempted murder from beyond the grave? But then Helen is found dead, leaving a strange haiku and tarot for a clue, and Riga is hurled into an investigation that threatens the detective and those she loves. 

A noir paranormal mystery based in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Metaphysical Detective explores the power of the archetypes through the double lens of tarot and Greek mythology.





The night I met Cade I never would’ve thought that two years later, after we were homeless street musicians in Hawaii, we would have a little girl and another baby on the way. Our son was born with the type of birth defects that make televangelists cringe. As his health waned, my own breath evaded me, like I was the one who needed the ventilator—the life support. The “death home” gave him a really nice funeral, the kind I’d never wished to attend. When they tried closing his casket, I nearly fell on my face, not wanting them to shut the lid on my baby. 

We lost it after that, totally cemented in our grief. Cade got into drugs, joined a rock and roll band, and even grew out his damn hair. At the time, I was sick of “the oatmeal option” (the only food we had), so I kicked Cade out of the house, and started modeling and working as a diesel mechanic. That was how I met Earl, an old man and unlikely best friend; the “big sag,” a middle aged woman who still flashed folks, and “The Cowboy” a man who fell in love with me. 

It was slow at first, but Cade reverted to the man I’d busked with years before. It wasn’t until I killed a rogue skunk, and my daughter nearly choked on a fry, that I gave my husband another chance. But could our marriage recover from the death of our son?


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