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The Lottery Curse – #1 Hot New Release on Amazon!

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What the Reviewers Said

“Consisting of three scintillating stories that are superbly written page turners, The Lottery Curse takes the reader on an emotion filled ride, with twists and turns, that leave the reader wanting more. Story telling at its finest!   Eric S Mondschein, Author

The Lottery Curse is based on a premise that is both unique and compelling. Its novellas undertake a well-crafted exploration of the pitfalls and consequences of sudden wealth. These cautionary tales, well-researched and well-told, will keep readers engaged from beginning to end.” Eleanore D. Trupkiewicz,Author, Poet, Freelance Editor and Proofreader

“Fantastic! Compelling stories that kept me guessing until the end!”Jeanne Willson, co-author of Market Write Market.

Winning the lottery may seem like a blessing, but when millions are suddenly yours, it can be a curse. Winners must navigate to a new distant shore without drowning and virtue is not often a sufficient lifeboat. These five stories present a conundrum through the lives of people who dream of wealth and freedom, but find a hellish side to their windfall.

Book One — Winner-Cheater-Murderer
Book Two — A Broken Heart
Book Three —  Peter’s Poison Powerball

 

 

 

 

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Halley’s Gift, And Eight Other Extraordinary Tales


 Contents:

Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Halley’s Gift.  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
The Barn Clipper. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  27
What’s Worrying Will?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49
Final Notice. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81
Lucky McGregor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  105
How About That?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  125
Branded for Life. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  151
A Flawed Life. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  177
The Secret Tunnel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  205
Good Judge of Character. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  231




 

Uncommon Heroes and Cars

Excerpt from “Uncommon Heroes and Cars” Published Fall 2014:  Rachel’s Whispers

Three words defined Rachel’s life: horses, horses, and horses. She loved everything about them. Her dad often kidded her, “Rachel I think you have horse hair in your blood.”

She had grown up around horses, horse trainers, and the racetrack. A professional racehorse trainer, her dad had many credits to his name, and “Rach,” as he called her, spent as much time with him as she could. She loved watching and, when possible, helping him with the horses he trained. In fact, all she ever seemed to talk about were horses.

However, Rachel hadn’t exactly lived a charmed life. A crushing loss at a tender age had changed everything in an instant…

Table of Contents

Introduction. . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
The Stories. . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
The Tuxedo’s High-Speed Chase. . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Rachel’s Whispers. . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Hey, Old Man,You Wanna Race?. . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
If You Listen Closely. . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
The Platoon Leader’s Cobra. . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
Caravan Mishaps and Adventures. . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
An Improbable Duo. . . . . . . . . . . . . 49
Comet Goes the Distance. . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
The Hatchback and the Gas Tanker. . . . . . . . . . . . . 63
Mowgli and the Bear. . . . . . . . . . . . . 69
A Different Future. . . . . . . . . . . . . 73
Back in the Day, a Perfect Getaway. . . . . . . . . . . . . 85
A Clutch Decision. . . . . . . . . . . . . 99
Franklin’s Circuitous Journey. . . . . . . . . . . . . 109
A Warrior’s Sled. . . . . . . . . . . . . 123
Bad Luck ’55 Roadmaster. . . . . . . . . . . . . 131
Bernoulli KO’s an Intruder. . . . . . . . . . . . . 139
Hornets Win Races. . . . . . . . . . . . . 151
Space Invader. . . . . . . . . . . . . 159
Firehouse Chili. . . . . . . . . . . . . 173
And Finally, This. . . . . . . . . . . . . 185

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Editorial Comment: “I really enjoy your writing style and the kinds of stories you create…”

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New Title On the Horizon: Kaitlin’s Mooring

I’m finishing on a new novel titled Kaitlin’s Mooring and if anyone would like a preview I’d be happy to provide an excerpt. Simply email me at cazzara@gmail.com with the subject line: Kaitlin Excerpt.

This a book about a family in Maine that spans five generations of challenges, heartache, and joy. The story is lyrical, poignant, and draws the reader into the Deveau family’s world. The description of the storm was vivid starting with the first image, “an arena of whitecaps.” Followed by “…the gulls swooping over the Reverend at a funeral and the “kaleidoscope of color” of the flowers on the water. I think you’ll fin this novel engaging with scenes varying from weddings to Naval encounters.

Early reviewer said: “I was delighted with your story. I found the characters, at their essence, touching and warm, and I rooted for them when I should. I think readers will love the family.”

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Great news my Blog Interview is live:

Listen to my Radio Interviews on:

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Click Here for:  Bernoulli KO’s Intruder and Here for Franklin’s Journey

Published Titles

Here are titles that have been published:

Newest Release: The Lottery Curse

Want to review The Lottery Curse? Contact me for details on how to get a free copy.

A 2nd edition is coming soon:  Halley’s Gift, And Eight Other Extraordinary Tales

If you’d like a Signed Copy send an email to cazzara@gmail.com and provide your mailing address. Signed copies direct from the Author are only $12.95 including shipping!

A Collection of Inspired Stories: “Uncommon Heroes and Cars” 

Short Story in Storyacious:  Hey Old Man Wanna Race

A Serious Text:  Questionnaire Design for Business Research  Tate Publishing

Help With Marketing: Is My Current Marketing Helping or Hurting My Bottom Line?

A Whimsical Kindle: A Hundred and One Reasons I Cannot Exercise Today




 


Editorial Comment: “ I really enjoy your writing style and the kinds of stories you create…”

Short Story Collection: Heroes, Dogs, and Cars, A Collection of 18 Short Stories. – Out of Print

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Waggles Knows the Way  (Unpublished Draft) 

By Carey Azzara

Did you know Greyhounds have excellent eyesight and can run up to about 40 miles per hour? The Greyhound we rescued was in a shelter supported by the Greyhounds of America an organization that does great work finding homes for retired race dogs. As we found out, Greyhounds make wonderful companions. Many years ago before adopting our American Bulldog, we rescued a Greyhound.

At the time we were considering two dogs, but we picked Waggles because my wife fell in love with him, she said, “He just speaks to me.”

We considered ourselves fortune to find Waggles, a brindled colored dog with a handsome face and a sweet disposition. We were instructed by the Greyhound rescue center folks never to let him off the leash. They told us he could see small animals a quarter of a mile away. Combined with the fact he can run at up to 40 miles per hour if he decides to run after a squirrel or rabbit it would be a long time before we could catch up to him.

More importantly, Greyhounds are not street smart, which is to say that in his or her enthusiasm for catching prey most dogs would not be mindful of street traffic. Therefore, for the protection of the dog it is imperative that owners keep them on a leash or in a confined area.  We heeded their warning without exception.

Luckily for us we had access to an enclosed area. We live close to the local high school’s sports field, which includes a track. On days when it wasn’t in use we were able to let Waggles run until he completed his workout and was content.  We let him run in the enclosed space where he was safe. It was always a thrill to watch him. His speed and his gate were magnificent, but I digress.

While there are many stories to tell you about this wonderful animal and one in particular that I will tell. I’d like to first describe one rather frightening experience. The event occurred while he was staying in a kennel. We were on vacation and somehow the poor dog broke his tail. Believe it or not that can be a life threatening problem.

Fortunately, with patience, great veterinarian care from the Brookline Animal Hospital, and the dreaded neck cone (dogs wear these cones to keep them from chewing their bandages) we were able to help him heal, but it took a long time and Waggles was not happy.

Once his tail healed, he looked a little odd. However, the time spent to get him healthy did have a positive side. We developed a stronger bond with him and it lasted his whole life.

The next story I think you’ll find endearing and it sort of defines Waggles. It begins when my parents come to visit us. They live out of state and one summer they were staying with us for a whole week. Mom loved Waggles and although he weighed over 95 lbs, which was not much less than she weighed, she could walk him on her own. He was always a perfect gentleman.

He heeled on command, did not tug on his leash, and waited patiently for the command to cross streets. He did not growl at other dogs; and unless he sensed something negative he was pleasant to people he met. On occasion, Waggles seemed to sense something about a person he did not like. He would warn us with a low growl. We never understood what he sensed, but we trusted him and avoided anyone he seemed to think posed a danger. However, I digress so let’s get back to the story.

It was a wonderful summer day and mom and Waggles were gone for a long time on this particular walk. I guess it was such a pleasant day that they decided to explore the neighborhood.  They walked taking right and left turns here and there with no thought to ending up in any particular place. They met several people and stopped to talk.

Usually the conversation was about Waggles. “What a handsome dog” and “He is so well behaved” were the typical comments that they heard.

Finally, after their walk had taken many twists and turns, my mom stopped and looked around. Keep in mind she lives in New Jersey and is visiting our new home in Massachusetts for the first time.                             

She looked up the street and down. None of the street signs looked familiar. Then she looked up the street and down again. She looked at Waggles and then up the street again. A slight wave of panic washed over her as she realized she did not know where she was. Worse yet she did not know how to get home.

Again looking at Waggles she said, “Hey boy we should go home but I’m lost, do you know the way?”

She thought to herself, “I hope so because I don’t have a clue.” She was reasonably certain she would have to wave down a police officer or perhaps a cabdriver.

She once again looked down at Waggles. He looked up at her and gave her hand a friendly lick. Then he calmly turned around and started walking slowly he knew she was probably tired and he walked slowly, but with confidence.

She said to him, “Waggles you seem to know the way. Go ahead, lead the way boy.”

Without one misstep he led mom back to our house. She was pleasantly relieved and gave him a loving pat on the head, “Good boy Waggles you got us home boy!”

She also gave him some of his favorite treats. He knew he had done well, but he was nonchalant about it as if to say, “It’s really no big deal.”

Then she told us what had happened. She was excited, but also relieved. When she was finished telling the story, she remarked, “And I am not exaggerating like I usually do, not even a little bit.”

She retells this story whenever we are reminiscing about how great Waggles was and all the other fun we had with him. “Yes sir. You’re a good boy Wags!”

 

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