A Love Story/Thriller Novelette
It’s with a heavy heart that Austin Drummond travels to Bodega Bay, California, to honor his wife’s final request and to say goodbye to a dear, sweet friend.
After spending the last three years of his life in a mental fog clouded by heartache and depression, Drummond believes he’s finally discovered a solution to alleviate his sorrow.
When a meeting with a needy young woman leads to chaotic unforeseen circumstances, Drummond must remain calm in the face of adversity in order to complete his goal.
In the end, he discovers that even when everything goes as planned, there are still things in life that are beyond his control—and that sometimes joy can be found in very unexpected places.
Release Date: March 2018
THE BLACK & BLUE BUTTERFLY TATTOO $2.99
As a professional psychiatrist, Dr. Braydon Ferrell is well equipped to assist his patients in identifying and controlling their addictions. Although he’s regarded as one of the finest physicians in his field, that does not grant him immunity from the follies of human weakness.
When an ill-advised sexual liaison with an unstable associate leads to a world of lies, heartbreak and harassment, Dr Ferrell decides to conceal the affair from his wife and daughter in a desperate effort to save his marriage, family and practice.
Unfortunately, affairs are messy and rarely remain hidden. As the body count rises and the list of murder suspects dwindles, the finger of guilt points squarely at Dr. Ferrell.
When every attempt to maintain his innocence and hide the affair proves disastrous, Dr. Ferrell is faced with the agonizing decision of revealing the truth to his ailing wife and unsuspecting daughter.
Will he prove his innocence? More importantly, can his marriage; family and practice survive the consequences of his foolish actions?
Note to Readers
The Black and Blue Butterfly Tattoo is based on an original story I published as a novella in 2014 under the title The Object of Your Desire.
Like many authors, every time I read the story over (and I’ve read it many times), I recognized places where rewriting would make it better. I felt there were too many gaps in the original storyline and I wasn’t happy with the editing, the character names or the title of the story.
After several years (and several readings) I’ve decided to rewrite the book to its full potential. What you hold in your hands is the final result.
I hope you enjoy the revised, expanded, reedited and enhanced storyline.
JDO – October 2017
When her longtime boyfriend Tyler decides to take Brie to a high-priced French restaurant for a romantic dinner on Valentine’s Day, she naturally assumes that he will at long last propose to her.
What she doesn’t expect is an evening that ends in humiliation. And where will this leave their relationship?
Includes a Bonus Story: A Time to Forgive
Love makes the world go round. But it can also turn spouses into enemies, saints into sinners, and passion into murder. In Deadly Revelations, John D. Ottini crafts five suspenseful stories about troubled relationships, the frayed bonds of trust, and the lengths people are willing to go to in order to preserve the one thing they hold dear.
In “Remorse,” Bradley discovers his wife Sara may be cheating on him. Discovering the truth leads him on a dark and dangerous path that may bring him to an unimaginable point of no return. “Loves Me Not” is the small-town story of Jonathan and Grace, two married New York City ex-pats, and Grace’s disturbing question: did the man that she loves murder the town’s innocent librarian? In “Words to a Kill,” Lucy’s erratic post-accident behavior troubles her husband Sonny. When his brother Marco makes an unorthodox suggestion to help Lucy, can Sonny stand by and handle the alarming result? “Beneath the Roses” tells the story of Gwen, whose grief over her dying mother is interrupted by the woman’s startling deathbed secret. Gwen must deal with more than her mother’s death as she realizes that some secrets can reverberate beyond the grave. And in “A Fool and His Money,” impoverished Thomas mysteriously has his fortunes reversed, including the reappearance of an old flame. When she reveals the dark secrets in her past, will Thomas have to resort to murder to protect the woman he loves?
Deadly Revelations reveals these characters’ gripping tales of jealousy, heartbreak, revenge, and honor. When everything they cherish is on the line, will love triumph above everything else, or will that same powerful force prove to be their downfall?
Released October 2016
Everyone loves a juicy secret—but what if it’s so horrible it could destroy your life?
Sitting by the bedside of her dying mother, Gwen is told a secret so startling that she can only hope that what she is hearing are simply the delusions of an over-medicated woman in her final hours of life. But in the weeks and months following the funeral, that hope crumbles as more pieces of evidence come to light, threatening everything Gwen holds dear. Then tragedy strikes once more.
Desperate to move on with her life, Gwen sets out to discover the truth—only to be confronted with a question that is far more difficult to answer: Are there some secrets that are best left secret?
Released February 2016
This book contains four heartwarming Christmas stories about our feline friends and the humans who love them.
1. Slipper’s Last Breath
For most people Christmas is a time for reflection, a time to share and celebrate with family and friends, but for some it is a time of sadness and quiet desperation. What if your soul mate, best friend and lover is no longer around to share in the season of joy and you are about to lose the last remaining link to a life you once knew and loved. Would you find the strength to survive?
Slipper’s Last Breath is a story about love, companionship and triumph over tragedy. Some might call it a Christmas miracle, but I call it the power of unconditional love.
2. The Unwrapped Gift
Sometimes the best gifts are the unexpected ones. After enduring the heartbreak of a bad marriage, Beth is in no mood to celebrate the Christmas season. It’s sad enough spending the holidays alone, but watching Spice, her five-year-old Labrador retriever, mope around the house was more than she could bear. A visit to Miller’s tree farm to cheer up her canine companion leads to an unexpected find and the possibility of a new found relationship.
When she least expects it, Beth rediscovers love and the magic of Christmas.
3. A Charcoal Christmas
She was born under the loading dock behind Johnson’s Market and lost her mother when she was only five weeks old. One of a litter of six, she and her siblings had to learn to fend for themselves at a young age. The life expectancy of a feral cat is short, but thanks to the generosity of a compassionate store owner, the kittens were well fed and enjoying their lives. Then one day a stranger appears and takes her away from the safety of her kin. Confused and frightened, she is forced to endure an uncaring human and ultimately the forces of nature, in hopes of returning to the ones she loves.
A Charcoal Christmas is a bittersweet tale of survival, hope and loving companionship.
4. Christmas Mourning
A troubled priest struggling with doubts about his faith and vocation has an unexpected encounter with a stray, weather-beaten black cat. When Father Pedro decides to provide warmth and shelter for the lost creature, he has no idea how this simple act of kindness will impact his life forever.
Released November 2015
What do you do when the love of your life tells you he no longer loves you? This 2,400 word fictional short story is about surviving a broken marriage and finding the strength to move on with your life.
NOTE TO READERS: This is a 2,400 word short story. Please keep this in mind when you consider purchasing this e-book.
Released May 2015
|The Beckoning Sunrise – Amazon.com|
PEOPLE BEHAVING BADLY: A Collection of Short Mystery Stories 2.99
People Behaving Badly is a collection of thirteen short mystery stories exploring the folly of criminal behavior. Welcome to a world filled with strange and quirky characters where murder, vigilantism, jealousy, infidelity, sex, violence and people behaving badly are the norm.
These short mysteries were written as individual bite-size stories that can be devoured in one sitting. Perfect reading for your bus, train or subway commute to work, while you’re waiting at the doctor’s or dentist’s office, having your car serviced, enjoying a latte at your favorite coffee shop, or whenever you have a few minutes of free time.
Easy Pickings: A cocky thief meets his unexpected match.
Dumpster Rose: The face of murder may not appear evil.
True Confession: A code of ethics which condones murder.
A Shoulder to Die On: A jealous wife discovers more than she bargained for.
Killer Karma: What goes around will more than likely come around.
The Auditor Cometh: What you say, can and will be used against you.
And much more!
Released March 2015
|People Behaving Badly – Amazon.com|
All the e-book stories you love combined into one book.
My Journey To Hell
A Fool and his Money
The Object of Your Desire
Released January 2015
|A Reason To Kill – Amazon Kindle Store|