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I have to apologize to those who offered to help me with my next story after I practically begged for help three weeks ago. I tried to think of what to ask about the story but didn't need an editor as many authors do. The stories I write are simply too ingrained in my mind that I have trouble explaining things properly and in a way that people can help with.

Story 08- The Rival

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Monica Porter sees herself as the top girl in school. She has a huge problem: she isn't. Not even close. For four years she has tried to claw her way to the top only to get knocked down by the seven ladies in her class who actually are the top girls: the Finn Family ladies.

Four years of constant battles and losses mount. As senior prom finally arrives, Monica goes to great lengths to come out on top. Even if it costs her everything she will finally upend her bitter rival.

Class Reunion Part 5

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Melanie and the reunion committee got the reunion in order and went through the speeches that offered lots of congratulations to those in attendance. John got the most thanks as his decorating help saved them hundreds of dollars and hours of time. The fact that he also had two dozen students decorate for them while most of their classmates were busy was singled out with Melanie adding that they were all related to their group in some way.

Story 07: Class Reunion

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Several class reunions are underway with the biggest bringing surprises and lots of revelations to the participants. Juan, John, Katie, Melanie, Paul, and Willie endure a night of intrigue and annoyances as their classmates see firsthand just how the family truly is and just how much or how little their other classmates have changed.

Set between the events of "Real Family" and "The Rival"

Class Reunion Part 3

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The news spread of the engagement of Juan and Lindsay and of Lindsay's pregnancy. As he expected, Juan was called before Louis Reagan to answer why he had proposed to her without his consent. He tried to keep an angry face but seeing the genuine terror on Juan's face showed he didn't have to put on the act and embraced Juan as his new son.

Pains and delays

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I apologize to anyone looking for a new Winnisimmet Tales story. I had to babysit my nephew once again forcing me to lose half a day and a few dollars to his need to see the trains near his house. I then got a nasty surprise the past few days in the form of a foot injury that limited my mobility then I had that further enhanced yesterday by tweaking my hip and back muscles on the other side pretty much leaving me bedridden for the past day.

Writing angry...

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No more writing while angry for me. I can't believe how many simple memory lapses I have had in my stories simply because I was so focused on writing that I wasn't thinking about he characters, the situations, what I had written just two days before, where I wanted to go in the story, etc.

Real Family Part 17- Finale

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Juan's death hit the family hard. Hannah broke down as she cradled Juan's lifeless body in her arms. Ian was angry that he couldn't catch any of the cousins and felt that he let Juan down in not stopping them right away. His wife Sheila could barely contain his rage, he had never failed at anything before.

Real Family Part 16

The real penultimate chapter. Not kidding this time. Part 17 will be the finale as I have finally exhausted all possible avenues of thought.
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The next morning Nancy was dropped off at school while Todd went to work. Mia was scared of what was going to happen but was told that arrangements had been made for her for the day. She was dropped off with her new grandparents, Joshua and Peggy Raymond, in Mattapan while Astrid went to work.

Real Family Part 15

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Things settled down for the next couple of days as the Pierces packed up everything and started the move. Oscar and his best friend Kyle Douglas were put in charge of directing everything while Steven was left to play with Dante, Logan, and the other boys. It wasn't meant to be him being pushed away, the Pierces explained that it was simply felt that he would feel obligated to do everything to earn his keep which he didn't need to do at all.

Real Family Part 14

I figured it best to end Part 13 on a partial cliffhanger than a full one, if you are observant you might see where the intended end of Part 13 was.
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Logan had been dropped off early and talked with Junior, Ethan, and Neil who all wanted to know how he was doing. Logan was feeling a lot better and was eager to move on and talk about anything else. The four walked around with Logan finally asking about how they got used to so many people.

Real Family Part 13

This is the home stretch with a couple of new twists coming. Sorry for dragging the story out, but I won't apologize for trying to write something that is a concept- real family for kids who need it. The situations are different but the root stays the same.
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Real Family Part 12

I broke one of my longstanding personal rules in this part. I was in a bind and thought it best to just do what was right and throw caution to the wind. I didn't like that I did something bad to someone but it was for the greater good.

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Real Family Part 11

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Juan was called over as well as Mark Sylvester, Anne Connors, and Chloe Daniels. This was a serious meeting and one in which the family was calling in the big guns for support. The three DCF social workers were new to Juan but their relationship to the family was strong thus they had clout, Melanie and Dan needed their help right away and Juan needed their blessing that he was in the clear.

Real Family Part 10

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Juan could not believe that his own mother had just threatened his friend, a woman who had never hurt a fly in her life and who was the sweetest person you could ever meet. Linda was a saint, and her kids were just as well mannered. He shook his head as he looked at the shocked Linda while the kids tried to figure out what just happened and why Juan was so upset.

Book pulled for screwup, sorry!

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I tried to publish my new book, "New Beginnings" and Amazon had a hiccup with the file. I screwed up initially and put the wrong file in but because I had done the preparations two weeks ago I caught it before it went live. I fixed the error but Amazon's system didn't register the changes. It reverted the edition to the original version, one that was another story altogether. Sadly that wasn't caught in time before someone bought the book and I had to again change the book to the right file and republish it. But the poor unfortunate reader was stuck with the wrong version.

Real Family Part 7

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Ella had tears streaming down her face while Logan was ready to protect her. Linda was afraid for the kids and moved the kids to the bedroom until it was safe for them. Rachel and Miles went in with them as Kennedy sat down with Valerie, Juan, and Ricardo to talk about what was going on and why.

Real Family Part 5

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The agents took Juan to another room to talk. Valerie joined them as Juan's legal adviser, with Ricardo overseeing the information extraction from the office computers. Juan was advised of his rights but it was simply a formality as he was felt to be the scapegoat now not an actual participant.

Real Family Part 4

More twists and turns, a third unexpected thread joins the mix. I am debating a fourth one, but it might be too farfetched even by WT's standards.

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Dan let out a laugh at the whole turn of events. Jorge wasn't one to be so manipulative but when he was he did it for all of the right reasons. Dan shook his head and told the others "Jorge can be thanked later, I think the kids need to get home for lunch while we make arrangements for Juan's move."

Update on Winnisimmet Tales

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Two weeks ago I posted the finale of my most recent book. I haven't done much if anything on here as I have chosen to stop causing problems and being the snarky jerk that others have grown to hate. I am writing this to tell others that I haven't left but rather have simply chosen to do a lot of thinking and soul searching while trying hard to keep busy with other things while my anger an frustration subsided.

Book 15: Real Family

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Julio is the unwanted young son of a drug addict. In his short life he has never experienced love or friendship. Juan is a brilliant lawyer who tries his hardest to isolate himself from his family. Logan and Ella are young kids who don't know just what is really going on with members of their family. Dante and Steven are two kids with a bum rap who have never known the warmth of parental love. Mia is trapped in a world of hatred and anger at the hands of people who are supposed to be family. All of them know what it is like to have family yet have never experienced it.

Diego Part 10

I started writing this series unaware that I would have a chance to give Snowfall's amazing The Nightmare Rider a shoutout. I also continue the story that originated in The Road Phantoms with her blessing. Consider this the final act of that storyline as no further mention will be made.

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Diego Part 9

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The media was in a frenzy at the district court when Angela got there after conducting the searches. The fact that a prominent businessman and a principal were being arraigned was big news. The fact that both carried similar charges was bigger. They were arraigned separately but both would be covered.

True Friends And Family- now available on Amazon

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After some procrastination, presenting True Friends And Family, the second book in the Winnisimmet Tales saga.

Available for purchase at Amazon in e-book. In a day or two it will be available on Kindle Unlimited and in printed form.

The first book, Someone Who Cares, is now available in printed format as well.

The final book, New Beginnings, will ble available on April 17th

Diego Part 7

Todwell was named by Snowfall at my request because she give me help getting this story pointed in the right direction. Todwell is based on the right hand man of the former mayor of my old hometown. Greedy, amoral developers do exist and really do hide in plain sight.

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Diego Part 6

Special thanks go out to Snowfall for helping with the major storyline that is about to start. Without it this story would be vastly different and nowhere near as interesting.

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In the morning the boys started to do their shower routine. Kyle was first then Oscar. As Kyle was getting dressed Diego entered and caught him naked and caused both to blush deeply. Diego walked out, his face red and apologizing to Kyle.

Diego Part 5

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As the law arm was working their magic Diego went right to school. Ricardo and Alex happily presented the court orders with Alex happily telling her "Diego is now officially Diego Vincent, our son and is legally male and asks that the school continue to accommodate his needs."

Diego Part 4

This is a work of fiction and a hopeful take on what would happen with the police and courts. Real life is anything but hopeful.

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Once the five 7th graders were truly out of earshot Valerie admitted "Diego told me something horrific that happened last Thursday. He was the victim of a sexual assault in school that was perpetrated by four boys. He fought back but his principal blamed him for it."

Diego Part 3

Please, no comment about spelling, grammar, or content. I get enough crap for being the site's resident snarky jerk and troll I don't want my contribution to the site to get picked apart becauses I lack the top level education of others.

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Diego Part 1

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The Worcester Hills are a cold and windswept place in the fall. Walking home from school can be tough for many. It's even tougher when you are trying your hardest to not get noticed by the crowds of students walking in the same direction after hiding out all day.

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