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Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

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1:27p
Release -- Boarding Action
I just had a new story released, "Boarding Action," in the pirate themed anthology Walk the Plank.

Walk the Plank is a Taste Test, a short anthology with three stories all on a theme. Short stories sold alone cost $1.29; Taste Tests have three and sell for $2.49, so it's a little better than getting one free. :)

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Cam and his friends plan a pirate themed prank to play on their friend Marsha Donovan and her father. They dress up and go out in their motorboat with their pirate costumes, plastic swords and water guns, hoping to stage a fun, fake pirate attack on the Donovans' yacht, then spend the afternoon swimming and cruising. Of course it all goes wrong, and Cam's friends bail on him, leaving him to face an angry -- but hot -- man with a gun who wants to know just WTF he thought he was doing.

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Cam had been out with Marcia's family on their boat a few times and knew where they usually went. There was a series of beaches up the coast where Mr. Donovan liked to anchor and fish. They cruised by, keeping an eye out for the distinctive white hull, but didn't have any luck. Next, Cam directed David out to a cluster of islands Marcia liked; the tiny beaches there were quieter than the mainland, and sometimes she could persuade her dad to go there, even thought the fishing wasn't as good.

They cruised around the wooded islands for half an hour or so, then Ted yelled, "There! Hah! Gear up, me hearties!"

Cam snickered and made sure his head scarf was straight, then dug his hat out from behind the cooler where he'd stuck it to keep it from blowing overboard or getting stepped on. David aimed the go-fast right for the Donovans' yacht and the other three all pulled their plastic swords and waved them around, smacking each other a few times in the process.

He happened to be on the right side of the boat when David pulled up to the swim platform at the stern of the anchored yacht, so Cam was the first off. He hopped over while Ted bellowed from behind him, "Ho the yacht! Come out with yer hands in the air and bring yer valuables, arrr!"

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