A Preview of Night Shift

Night Shift

by Keith Keffer

Eric sprinted through the pouring rain as the wind ripped at the slender box clenched in both hands. Several bolts of lightning flashed overhead so quickly that the crack of thunder blended into a constant roar, lasting for the thirty seconds it took Eric to reach the warehouse. The side door was propped open an inch by a crushed can of soda wedged beneath it. Shifting his package to one hand, Eric pulled on the handle, but the can held it fast. The door didn’t budge.

“Rob!” shouted Eric as water dribbled down his neck. Where is that guy? Eric kicked the can twice before he knocked it loose. The blockage free, he jerked the door open and jumped into a dimly lit hallway and slid another six inches, as his shoes hydroplaned on water puddling atop the faded linoleum. He caught his balance without losing his one-handed grip on the soggy box.

Behind him, wind snatched the door and banged it against the wall, and then, just as quickly, it reversed direction and slammed shut with a bang rivaling the thunder. When Eric jumped at the sudden noise, this time his feet went out from under him. For an instant, he felt like a cartoon character who just noticed he’d walked off a cliff, but then his butt hit the floor, splashing water in all directions. He kept both arms stretched out before him, cradling the box that he had braved the storm to retrieve.

To read the rest, purchase a copy of Writer Here, Write Now from Amazon.  Almost 40 authors from the Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group contributed to the anthology.  There are short stores, poems and essays. As they say, “Something for everyone.”

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Click on the Preview below to read the introduction and first four stories.

  • Introduction by Christopher D. Ochs
  • The Rickety Cabin  by Peggy Adamczyk
  • Life by Eric Ahrweiler
  • The Golden Glow  by Laurel Bruce
  • Sundays by Jocelynn Cordes




Springing Ahead

I’ve been a little quiet on the Shaper of Fire front.  I’m happy to announce that the third book in The Shaper Series is nearing completion.  I finished the preliminary draft of the ending, which I have to admit I’ve been struggling with, and I’m excited to see how much Devin and Tavi have grown in this story.  I’m planning to post some excerpts in April.

Write-Here-Write-Now-200x300And speaking of April. On April 10th the second GLVWG anthology, Write Here, Write Now will be available for general release.  For anyone in the Bethlehem PA area, you’ll be able to get copies on April 9th at The Write Stuff Writers Conference.  Many of the authors that contributed to the collection will be there to sign copies.  This year’s anthology wouldn’t have been possible without the tremendous effort by Christopher D. Ochs.

karate_fav_iconThere is one last thing that I’d like to mention. Earlier in March, I started a new website geared toward the study of the martial arts. It is called The Martial Arts Journey (themartialartsjourney.com). I’ve been a student of Karate for decades, and I’m hoping that through this website I’ll be able to share the experience with others.  At the school I train at we refer to this as adding a link to the chain with the study of karate being a chain that stretches back for generations. This is my opportunity to add my own link to that chain of knowledge.

I had already started something similar with respect to my writing efforts. I’ve receive a great deal of help from others as I try to improve my own skills, and when possible I like to give back to the writing community.  In this case, that became The Independent Writer’s Support Group (tiwsg.com).  The most recent article is about how to get the most out of a writing conference.

April is going to be another busy month. I have big goals and I’m going to need to stay focused to meet them all.




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