A smart man once said…..

I love this quote.

“There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.”

— Ray Bradbury

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Happy Thanksgiving!

This Thanksgiving Day, I’d like to say …………….. to anyone who has read one of my books, followed my Blog and supported my writing endeavors throughout the year.

Thank you from the bottom (and top) of my heart.


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Literary Humor

Sadly, it’s come to this!


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Show, Don’t Tell: Cat Style

I‘m in the pet store today and decide to buy my cat Bella a special treat. I pay 1.99 and buy her a can of yummy sounding, highly recommended organic cat food.

When I get home, Bella is on the kitchen counter standing next to her food bowl. She meows once to let me know that she is hungry and a second time to remind me that I’m late feeding her.

I quickly remove the can from the bag and say, “You’re in for a real treat, sweetie.”

Bella rubs her head against my arm as I open the can and scoop a generous portion into her bowl. I expect her to attack and devour the food in a show of appreciation, but I forget that I’m dealing with a cat, not a dog.

Bella bends down to sniff the food, and then she looks up at me as I stand there with a big grin across my face. She stoops down again to give the food another whiff, then stands upright and settles back on her hind legs.

“What’s wrong?” I ask, disappointed at her reaction.

She stares at me with an odd expression on her face and I imagine that if she could speak she would probably say, “Do you honestly expect me to eat this shit?”

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My feelings are hurt for a second, and I hear myself say, “What’s the matter girl? Are you trying to tell me that I just wasted two bucks on this new food I bought you?”

Rather than meow and acknowledge the truth in my statement, she stands up, turns her rear end towards the bowl, and makes a clawing motion with her right front paw against the kitchen counter in a feeble attempt to bury the contents of her food bowl.

My brief moment of anger turns into hysterical laughter, as I watch her jump off the counter and head towards her litter box.

I shake my head and say, “Sooo….tell me what you really think?”

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Where can you purchase my books?

There are more options than ever to purchase my books. Here are three big ones!

Barnes & Nobles – John D. Ottini

Books A Million – John D. Ottini

Amazon – John D. Ottini

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Literary Humor

Glad I’m not the only one who suffers from this misunderstanding!    🙂


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The Twisted Road Ahead – Print Edition

Our journey through life rarely follows a straight and narrow path. The road is filled with unexpected twists and turns and sometimes things are not as they seem.

In The Twisted Road Ahead, John D. Ottini leads us on an excursion through eight suspenseful tales, each filled with joy, heartache, mystery, intrigue and a pinch of humor.

In “Tormented Heart” Austin Drummond discovers that fulfilling his departed wife’s final request is more than he ever bargained for.

When tragedy strikes, Blake Thomas is left with a broken heart and a guilty conscience. Rather than searching within his heart for the forgiveness he needs, he decides that sometimes it’s easier to just “Blame it on the Weather.”

In “One Shot to the Head,”* Brie’s longtime boyfriend takes her for a romantic dinner on Valentine’s Day, so she naturally assumes that he will at long last propose to her. What she doesn’t expect is an evening that ends in humiliation.

Diana is having a difficult time coming to grips with the loss of her only child. If that isn’t enough of a burden, “Disturbing Conversations” are leading her to believe she’s losing her mind.

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?

“A Toast to My Sorry Life” finds Lena Dancer coming to the sad realization that her life is nothing like she thought it would be. Sometimes when dreams vanish into thin air, the only thing that remains is a desire for cold, hard revenge.

Also includes: “Forgiveness” and “The Beckoning Sunrise”

* Finalist in the 2018 Royal Palm Literary Awards Competition – Short Story Genre (Florida Writers Association)

The Twisted Road Ahead:An Anthology of Short Stories   $7.99 USD

Now available at Amazon.com

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The Twisted Road Ahead – Coming Soon

A new paperback is coming in November, just in time for the holidays!

The Twisted Road Ahead: An Anthology of Short Stories contains 8 short stories, previously published in eBook format.

Two of the stories were finalists in this year’s Royal Palm Literary Awards Competition (Florida Writers Association) **

The theme running through the stories in this book is…..that our voyage through life rarely follows a straight path and sometimes things are not what they seem.

The Table of Content

  1. Tormented Heart
  2. Blame it on the Weather
  3. The Beckoning Sunrise
  4. One Shot to the Head **
  5. Disturbing Conversations
  6. Forgiveness
  7. A Toast to My Sorry Life
  8. Words to a Kill **

I know that some of you may have already read all or some of these stories in eBook format when they were originally released. If that is the case, then please take that into consideration before purchasing the print version of this book.

If you haven’t read any of these stories or if you’d like a print copy of these stories for your personal library, by all means, purchase a copy. 🙂

Remember, the holiday season is just around the corner, so why not purchase a copy for friends, associates or family members?

The paperback version will be available in early November and can be purchased at Amazon.com for only $7.99. It will also be available at other Amazon sites in the weeks to come.

An eBook version ($2.99) might be released (I haven’t decided yet) later in the month.

I’ll post more about the release very soon.

Thank you so much for all your support, past and present.

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2018 Royal Palm Literary Awards Ceremony

Unfortunately, neither one of my (finalist) short stories won an award at this years Royal Palm Literary Awards ceremony, but my wife and I had a wonderful  time.

Here are a few photographs I took at the event.

Me on the big screen. Woo Hoo!

The 2018 Award Program.

And last, but not lest, the wonderful designer-themed desert, made with white chocolate and filled with raspberry mousse. It was absolutely yummy.




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2018 Royal Palm Literary Awards Competition

…..and the winner is?

It’s hard to believe that it’s only 10 days before the 2018 Royal Palm Literary Awards banquet where two of my entries, “Words to a Kill” and “One Shot to the Head” are finalists in the Short Story Genre.

My wife and I attended the banquet two years ago when my book, A Very Furry Christmas made the finals, and although I didn’t win an award, we had a wonderful time.

Hopefully, this year will be just as much fun, and who knows, perhaps the gods will smile on me and I’ll come home with a little something extra.

In any case….exciting times are just around the corner.  

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