Phantom Strays

Phantom Strays

Lorraine Ray

Lorraine Ray

Were you there when "A Hard Day's Night" opened in America? Remember Wolfman Jack? Hit the streets of a desert town circa the '60s and '70s as the teen siblings from A Phantom Herd go mad for the Beatles, dance to rock and roll, and try to give LSD to a cowboy movie star. A zany, nostalgic look at American life in the southwest.Hit the streets of a desert town circa the 1960s and 1970s as the teen siblings from A Phantom Herd go mad for the Beatles, dance to rock and roll, and try to give LSD to a cowboy movie star. After Meredith receives a girdle, she switches her priorities to everything teen, claiming she never disliked Easterners. The narrator struggles to retrieve memories of Rancho Supremo and the phantom herd, the big hook she received from Meredith. Eventually Jack and Meredith abandon the southwest, leaving the narrator to battle library mashers who are determined to stop the process of remembering. This is a second novel in a two-part series and should be read following A Phantom Herd.
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Snake Dance Disaster

Snake Dance Disaster

Lorraine Ray

Lorraine Ray

Two teenage boys participate in a ridiculous Snake Dance enactment at a mansion in 1960s Arizona.Creative expression is an intense means of learning - all of human experience can and should be our subject matter. I would ask you to consider reading The 2012 Um-Yangian. This current collection, a condensation of a lifetime of off and on again writing, is (just like the title says) not quite publishable. For although there are little gems scattered throughout, putting this work into the public realm is akin to going to the beach after a long winter of becoming pale and gaining a lot of weight - it seems like a good idea until you actually get there – umm what was that? No, no really. I honestly thought this was a clothing optional area….As I said in the opening, creative expression is an intense means of learning - you open yourself up to the criticism and ridicule you thought you had long ago learned to avoid in middle school. But what is our alternative? Job, family, leisure time can all be either futile distractions and death bed regrets or opportunities for really living - your portal to self expression, growth, enlightenment, uh disdain, ridicule, pity... So here's to all the fools, life is what we make of it, some day we'll all become wise or dead ...
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I Want My Own Brain

I Want My Own Brain

Lorraine Ray

Lorraine Ray

When you’ve cracked up like Aunt Helen, what you need is a weekend with an irrepressible child like Stephanie Falls. She’ll remind you of what it means to be truly alive. Stephanie makes a monkey of everyone, including her doting grandparents, but her joy for life unburdens the troubled mind of her aunt. A heart-warming, original tribute to the importance of finding the child inside us all.Stephanie Falls, age eight, spends a weekend with her grandparents along with her Aunt Helen, who is recovering from her nervous breakdown after dropping out of economics graduate school. Trapped in a mansion full of creepy artifacts and unappreciated art with her depressed aunt, Stephanie plays with the world. An excursion to march in a Mountain Man parade ends badly for Grandpa Drummond when Stephanie torments an organizer. Her antics inspire Helen to begin life anew with zeal and confidence.
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Genuine Aboriginal Democracy

Genuine Aboriginal Democracy

Lorraine Ray

Lorraine Ray

An anthology of quirky short stories including: Uncertain Trysts, His Faithful Companion, Big Paper Skeleton, Fantasy Artifact, Genuine Aboriginal Democracy, Mother's Woman-Marine Bra, Work Out Your Own Salvation, Consciousness Raising, Metamorphosis of Me, Snake Dance Disaster, and On the Rio Mayo.When Luke Wright moves to the desert oasis LeVir Lake with his mom and sisters, he does not expect much excitement—-the town isn’t even on any maps. But when his new (and, coincidentally, extremely sexy) neighbor Jan informs him of the strange laws he has to live by in order to “survive” in LeVir Lake, Luke begins to comprehend that his family has not moved to any typical small town. Life becomes even stranger when Luke meets the decadent LeVir clan—-especially the gorgeous daughter Colette, who has a knack for getting what she wants, and who takes an instant liking to Luke. The longer Luke lives in LeVir Lake, the more he understands why the strict town laws are in place, and the more he realizes the LeVirs are much more than what they seem. They have a plan for humankind, and it involves Luke's soul. But how do you choose between good and evil when both sides want you dead?
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Squaw Dresses

Squaw Dresses

Lorraine Ray

Lorraine Ray

A society maven with a small dress factory uses intimidation to sell her leftover squaw dresses.Luke Fletcher asks himself one simple question. Is she worth dying for? His answer is yes.When Hannah Walker rolls into her new town on fumes, she doesn’t expect her past to catch up to her so quickly. But the moment her card is declined for a lousy cup of coffee, she realizes nowhere is safe, and her life on the run has just gotten more complex.Luke Fletcher has made it his mission in life to protect. When he meets Hannah Walker, she makes it clear that his services aren’t needed and neither is he, but there’s something in her eyes that tells another story. Once he begins investigating the woman with many names, he realizes one thing is clear. Whoever, she’s running from won’t stop until she’s dead.Determined to gain Hannah’s trust and break down her walls, Luke begins to share his own history, but where that leads could cost them more than their hearts as the sins of others threatens to destroy them both.
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On the Rio Mayo

On the Rio Mayo

Lorraine Ray

Lorraine Ray

Conflicts between a father and son come to a head when an air conditioning repairman named Harry and his son Frank meet a Mayo Indian early one morning at a fishing camp on the Rio Mayo in Sonora, Mexico. This short story takes place shortly after World War Two.Harry, an air conditioning repairman, and his son Frank have journeyed to a fishing bungalow on the Rio Mayo, fulfilling a prior promise Harry made to his son. Frank has returned to Arizona from Chicago where he worked at a Naval hospital during World War Two. Their early-morning encounter with a Mayo Indian brings the father and son into conflict when Frank refuses to believe the man's story. Will they resolve their differences or remain at odds?
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Consciousness Raising

Consciousness Raising

Lorraine Ray

Lorraine Ray

A young girl who endures a badgering at a consciousness raising foolishly marries a scolding, caustic husband.Brenda Bennett is treated rudely during a consciousness raising in 1971, but she realizes belatedly that she should have learned to distrust intellectual snobs from that incident. Instead she marries a cruel husband who is without charity toward others.
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What Remains of Teddy Redburn

What Remains of Teddy Redburn

Lorraine Ray

Lorraine Ray

The disappearance of a multi-millionaire in the small town of Los Hombres triggers a comic and horrifying search for his briefcase stuffed with cash.Teddy Redburn returns to his hometown of Los Hombres after selling his mattress factory in Las Vegas. On his first night home, several townspeople glimpse Teddy's satchel which is crammed with cash. Teddy subsequently vanishes and this triggers a crazed search of his childhood mansion and the town environs.
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Bewitching  Earth

Bewitching Earth

Lorraine Ray

Lorraine Ray

Love for the world, and its many beautiful niches, heals a young girl's heartache after a short affair with an older man.Have you ever wondered why you were born? You know deep in your soul that life has purpose, but answers to your questions are illusive. We are all searching. A million years before the Florida peninsula existed, a chain of small islands arose from Earth’s primordial oceans. Today, people call it the Florida Ridge. It was there an ancient and highly advanced civilization established a final sanctuary containing an underground library with historical records and remnants of technology. The archaeological site was discovered in 1930 by French explorer Claude Gautier, but remains a closely guarded secret to this day. Sleep was difficult for Haley King. For as long as she could remember, her nights were filled with recurring dreams of a strange civilization. Everyone in her community knew her. They all loved the little blind girl, everyone except Brian. He learned of her true identity from a strange old man with glowing eyes, but he didn’t dare tell anyone; they would laugh at him. She was the biological offspring of two full-blooded Hopi Indians, but her DNA was very different. Her eyes were fluorescent yellow, hair blond, and her skin was pale. An ancient Hopi legend predicted her birth, but the tribe’s partial conversion to Catholicism in the late sixteenth century resulted in a serious misinterpretation of what to do with her. The medicine man took Haley from her mother and gave her to the Catholic Church. Haley was adopted and moved to Florida when she was twelve years old. She became close friends with five boys who had the suspicious happening of all being born on the same day. While the boys were on a fishing trip celebrating their sixteenth birthday, their boat was struck by lightning. Four of them (including Brian) were nearly killed. A tattoo of a leafless tree was burned on their feet. The fifth boy experienced a vision of the future. They were all changed by the incident and their lives became more intermingled with Haley.
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Dastardly

Dastardly

Lorraine Ray

Lorraine Ray

Obnoxious, impoverished author Marc Viglietti suffers in his job at a museum while he dreams of fame and fortune from the innumerable, ridiculous vampire westerns he can't stop penning. When he takes money from his chief foil, Marsha, a romance author, he believes she has developed a crush on him after years of him babysitting her daughter Bailey. Will Vig learn anything about love and decency?Obnoxious, impoverished author Marc Viglietti, known as Vig, suffers in his day job at a museum of carriages and carts while he dreams of fame and fortune from the innumerable, ridiculous vampire westerns he can’t stop penning. Faced with eviction, Vig fools Marsha, his chief foil in the local writing community and the author of unsuccessful romances, into believing he’s just gotten out of the hospital after a bout with pneumonia. Marsha gives Vig a thousand dollars to stop his eviction because of his one good deed, five years voluntarily babysitting her daughter Bailey, who Vig genuinely likes. Vile Vig then believes Marsha is crushing on him. Within weeks of getting the money, Vig discovers Bailey needs expensive dental work, and Vig has spent the thousand on car repairs to join an old coot Vig met at the museum on a search for the lost gold of Cochise. Will Vig’s years of friendship with Marsha and Bailey finally wrench some decency from him?
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A Phantom Herd

A Phantom Herd

Lorraine Ray

Lorraine Ray

Nostalgic for a lost America? Was Chester from Gunsmoke your first crush? Visit the desert Southwest circa 1960 as refugees from Indiana and Ohio cope with cacti and tamales, and a family of kids lie and bluster their way through a frightening adult world. A gentle novel full of wonder and beauty. This is the first novel in a two-part series.A herd of phantom cattle stampedes into the fertile imagination of a young writer. She corrals stray stories and stampeding images until she realizes a rustling folklorist has wrested control of the most important memory, the Phantom Herd. Join her for adventures in the desert Southwest, and witness the mysterious rustling of her fantastic livestock from Rancho Supremo. Mashers, and an attempt to give John Wayne LSD, are saved for the second part of her narrative, circa 1970.
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Juan and Willy

Juan and Willy

Lorraine Ray

Lorraine Ray

Who hasn't imagined finding a fortune in gold? Juan and Willy dream big like everyone, however their thinking is somewhat inadequate. After searching for a truck and struggling to babysit an 8-year-old who lives in the house with the gold map, this ridiculous pair blunder into danger at a toxic tailing pond. At least they have each other--as punching bags. A buddy comedy with a duo of dimwits.After a wild fight with air hoses, foul-mouthed Juan and Willy are fired from their jobs as car handlers at a dealership. The pair find work as kitchen helpers at the restaurant of Juan's cousin where dreams of gold possess them. Locating a lost mine, however, means they have to outsmart an eight-year-old, a huge challenge for this pair. With an idea of where some lost gold might be, they search for a truck with an intact transmission that isn't full of feral cats. Of course, abandoned mines aren't safe places either, a fact especially true for these sorry, but sweet, buffoons.
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Last Days in the Desert

Last Days in the Desert

Lorraine Ray

Lorraine Ray

Stacie, Tiffany and Yadira hope to shut down their rental house and get back their security deposit before leaving town, but first they have to fix the gaping hole in the adobe wall and rid themselves of unwanted graduation "presents," both the result of an uproarious final party. This comic co-ed romp will keep you chuckling.After Tina crosses paths with Damon Blackdart, she discovers that her soul houses another, dormant soul, Trinity, Damon’s Beloved, who died centuries ago. Damon tries to draw Trinity forward and when he succeeds, Tina befriends her and learns that Damon is part of the Lueeshareteers (Bloodeaters), powerful creatures old as time itself, whose three clans live in seeming peace and rule the world from shadows. After she is swept from Damon’s grasp by the Dumes, Trinity’s children, she also learns that vampires are not at the top of the food chain.Excerpt:Damon went up the stairs and stopped three stairs beneath her. “You better get back to your room and put on some slippers. You are going to get a cold running around barefoot.”Was he joking or being serious? Not that Tina cared. The only thing she cared about was getting out of this house, away from him and from that creature. “I know what you must be thinking.” He stepped up.She stepped back.“What is he going to do?” He advanced on her.She maintained the distance of three stairs between them. “Is he going to hurt me?” Damon took another step up. “Is he going to rape or even kill me?” She had run out of stairs. She turned on her heel and was about to run down the hallway, when she bumped into something. She looked up and there he was, standing before her. “How did you --”He grabbed her arm, holding her in place. “But you see, if I intended to do any of that, I would have done it already.”“Then what do you want with me?” She tried to wiggle her arm out of his grasp. “You have something that I want.” His fingers crawled up her arm. “Something very special.”“What?”He smiled down on her, a soft, friendly smile that made him look like an innocent young boy. “Stay here, you have nothing to return to.” He gently caressed her shoulder. “I have been in your mind, I have seen how you live. Looking for a job, worrying about when the money your grandmother left you runs out and in the meantime trying to live as modestly as you can. I even felt your loneliness. Is this life?”Tina looked at those green eyes that knowingly waited for her reply. A beautiful face, such an innocent smile, but there was cruelty behind it, she could feel it, but she could also feel that that cruelty wasn’t directed at her, that if he conveyed any feeling at all toward her, it was... fondness. “Will you let me go, if I ask you to?”“I’m sorry, I can’t do that.”Why had she even asked? She bit her lip, chewing on it, before she spoke. “But what do you want? What is so special that I have and you want?”“A fragment of your soul.”
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Maelstrom

Maelstrom

Lorraine Ray

Lorraine Ray

On Christmas Eve a pregnant woman recalls being rescued by a vagrant when she was a child.A Jewish family possesses an instrument that has been passed down for generations; it endures time and travels over the sea from the Middle East where it was first created. Once on American soil the family becomes successful and loses interest in the family loom and leaves it when they move to California. The person that finds the instrument sells it at an auction on EBay. The man Todd that wins the auction fell in love with the mosaic designs that were placed on the outside. After it sits in his garage for years he brings it out to show a friend, while examining the pieces to the mosaic he discovers a code, his friend a professor at UNC helps him with his connections at the University, to discover how to decipher a few of the many codes. Before they get started good, the black suits from the dept. of Homeland Security confiscate the instrument and Todd ends up in jail. Once out of jail Todd discovers that by stroking the strings on the instrument, he has heard Sacred notes that has triggered activation of dormant DNA. Which will prove to be a life changing event that will lead to him attending the school of Melchezidec during meditation? Upon which he will learn the Secrets of the Universe, which have been hid from mankind since ancient times. In the meantime he is instructed by Enoch an ancient one to stop eating meat, Todd begins hearing people’s thoughts and seeing in other dimensions, having visions and déjà vu. Which in most cases immediately following these, the visions happen in real life exactly as Todd had seen them. Once Todd hears a person’s thoughts he figures out that he has made a connection through a galactic energy source of sound and vibrations that have always been here. He then can hear that person speak or think at anytime he wishes, which will prove to be quite hard to adjust to. Join Todd as he starts the school of Melchezidec and learns the sacred knowledge, which will prove to be a true Pandora’s box in his life, as well as the United States Government that will end up putting Todd on a list “Public Enemy Number 1”. Because Todd refuses to work with them after they learn he has found what they presume is supernatural powers
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The Good Librarian

The Good Librarian

Lorraine Ray

Lorraine Ray

An Air Force lieutenant gives his copy of a Walt Whitman book to his sister-in-law for safekeeping during the McCarthy Era, but she refuses to return it.The Sea, they say, is a harsh mistress. But she gives as well as takes, and the tiny fishing village nestled between the towering cliffs depends on her good graces for survival.James Fairweather has always been beloved of the sea, right from his early, unusual entry to the village. But the winds are changing, and the tides are turning, and perhaps James is not as well favoured as everyone had thought.The air is heavy with the tang of salt. On the horizon, clouds are gathering. And something is stirring in the deep, below... Storm Watch first appeared in 'Tales from the Asylum: A Steampunk Compilation', published by The Last Line in 2010. 'Tales from the Asylum' is the first volume of 'The Asylum Chronicles'.The AsylumIt was built like a fortress; yet no-one questioned why. It had hundreds of uniformed wardens; almost no-one noticed.It held strange and dangerous inmates; no-one knew.Built in the 1870s, yet seeming to endure forever, the Asylum has seen governments rise and fall, has witnessed wars and riots. It has stories to tell, strange twisting stories of past and future. These are just a few of those stories; these are the Asylum Chronicles…
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