The Pub - Chapter One

The tiny beach side town catered to the tourists and snow birds
The tiny beach side town catered to the tourists and snow birds

Trouble at Work

Joe pulled her car into a spot on the far edge of the parking lot and turned off the engine. She took a moment to watch the water shimmer in the morning light as dawn broke over the channel. A lone fisherman readied his boat for the day toiling in a breeze that swept along the creaking dock. She longed to spend the day on the ocean with the wind in her hair, gliding on the crest of the waves. Dick’s boat rested alongside other pilot house boats tied to the dock.

It had been a long time since he invited her out on the vessel, a majestic boat built to ride the rough seas. The recent financial trouble at work took a toll on their friendship and even on her chances of keeping her job. She wondered how things could have gone sour in such a short a time.

She crossed the nearly empty parking lot and unlocked the back door to the restaurant. This early, there were few cars, mostly leftovers of patrons and staff who shared a ride or took a cab. She stopped and flipped on the light at the service kiosk and made a pot of coffee. Carrying her favorite mug with her, she opened the office door and walked into an odor of stale cigarettes and mildew. Flipping on the air conditioner sending a wet cloud of vapor into the dank room.

From the metal filing cabinet, she pulled out the checkbook and started running totals on the numbers written in the ledger. Today, she was determined to track down the error in the books and put a stop to the bounced checks. Once it was after nine am, she would telephone those with past due house accounts. Payroll was due again in two days. She knew it might not cover all the bills for meat, produce and supplies for the bar, but with any luck it would keep the customers coming in and cover the overdraft.

Give Me the Night...

She never understood why Bob let people run up house accounts to the extent where some totaled in the thousands of dollars. Collecting on these was the worst part of her duties here. Her favorites were more like the ones she had at the bank: counting stacks of cash and readying the deposit. Bob always insisted on taking it to the bank himself in Dick’s fancy car while she and Dick ate lunch. The free meal was one of the things that won her over when it came to taking the job. Eating at a fancy restaurant every day was something she could never afford on her bank salary that was certain.

“There’s no such thing as a free lunch,” Dick told her again yesterday. It was among his favorite sayings; that and rattling on about having a Plan B as he called it.

“Yeah, I know,” she answered.

It wasn’t hard to remember why she took the job as the Pub’s bookkeeper. The bank salary left her struggling to meet her everyday bills. Any hope of advancement died when they promoted the security guard to head teller. It made the tellers furious, but, despite their grumbling, most did nothing about it. Joe started looking for a new job and found that in the beach side resort there were few places with regular eight to five hours. Most places in town, with its access to boating and fishing, required working nights and weekends. The people that worked at the area restaurants and lounges were mostly transient, moving around from one place to the next. Joe wasn’t like that. She wanted stability.

At first the bookkeeping job seemed like a dream come true. The Pub was a popular and fun place to work with great food and live entertainment. She spent many evenings there as a patron, enjoying the lively atmosphere that filled her lonely nights. The day the bookkeeping job fell into her lap, she jumped at the chance. These days, she often asked herself why she ever left the bank.

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The Pub, a murder mystery by Peg Cole
The Pub, a murder mystery by Peg Cole

Bob is gone,” Dick told her. “He's disappeared without a trace.”

— Dick Simmons, Pub Owner

Another One Bites the Dust - Queen

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Joe missed the good old days. Lately her working hours were filled with tension and stress. Paychecks were bouncing and people were blaming her. There were rumors that it was her fault; that she wasn’t hired for her bookkeeping skills. The rumors hurt but not enough to make her quit. Over the past week she made up her mind to solve the cash flow problem whether it was an accounting entry like a deposit recorded twice or something else.

Despite her constant reminders to her manager, Bob, the bank statements were still not in the files. There should have been plenty of cash to cover payroll last week with money left over to pay the suppliers. Vendors had the restaurant on notice. They stopped delivering unless she paid them in cash. “I need those bank statements,” she’d told Bob again days earlier. His bloodshot eyes glared as she pushed a bit harder. “What if Ervin shows up? The last time, that was the first thing he wanted to look at.” Bringing up the CPA from Hell turned Bob’s face to a frightening dark red color.

“If he shows up tell him to ask me,” he shouted, spit flying. Tomato juice sloshed over the rim of his glass as he teetered about in the small room, bent over to avoid the sloped ceiling. “Like I said, I balanced them myself while you were wasting time on some other worthless crap.” That was a new one, even for the master of insults. “You don’t need them to do your job,” he yelled, storming out of the room. Through the closed door he yelled, “I need that staff schedule I told you to get done. Work on something useful for a change.” Joe’s mouth fell open. That was the last she’d seen of him the remainder of the day.

The numbers added up to the same balance three times in a row. Two hours flew by as she poured over the totals in the register. Her eyes were bleary when the door squeaked open and Dick stood in the doorway wearing a grim expression.

"Bob’s gone,” he said immediately. His eyes drifted to the tangle of adding machine tapes that snaked across the desk. Joe removed the chewed stub of a pencil from her mouth. It left a black smear on her lower lip.

"What do you mean gone?" she asked.

"He’s disappeared.”

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Applicants flooded in hoping for the vacant position with its lucrative rewards. Beyond the sizable salary, there were free meals, adult beverages and the use of a spacious waterfront apartment. With high hopes of a promotion, the restaurant's assistant manager, Chip, took on the additional duties in Bob's absence. Once Jason showed up among the candidates for the job, Chip's enthusiasm dimmed visibly.

Jason's years of experience running a string of lounges in Jamaica set him far above the others drawn in by the perks of the job. He landed at the top of a short list and when the interview concluded, the two partners stepped away from the table leaving Jason to ogle the waitresses.

"He's the best we've seen so far," Ervin told his partner.

"You want to make a decision this soon?" Dick asked stirring cream into a glass of iced coffee. The other man drew a glass of cold milk from the dispenser. In a well-practiced motion, he pulled a bottle of Maalox from his pocket and took a long swig.

"I've seen enough applicants," he answered. "Let's get this guy on board."

Living on My Own - Queen

© 2012 Peg Cole

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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Awesome start to this series Peg. It sounds as though it is going to have a bit of everything. Can't wait to read the next part.

You have my votes


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hello Rosemay. It's only a rough beginning that I hope to refine a little more as the story goes along. Glad to get it out there so I'll be more inclined work on it. Thank you for the votes and for stopping by.

Cheers!

Peg


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SubRon7 4 years ago from eastern North Dakota

Interesting story, Peg, and that office sounds like it took a bit of courage even to enter. Looking forward to your next installment.


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Thanks SubRon. It's a work in progress and I'm already editing in the morning's light. Added a couple more photos and as I run across new ones will add more. So nice to see you today and I hope all is going well on your home improvement project and the book sales.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

Well, I am already hooked, Peg, and looking forward to the next installment. Hope you and the Pub survive.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota

Can't wait for more chapters on this series Peg. Great beginning that has me excited for more. I hit many buttons.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

You have painted a nice picture here. You have a unique style that will lead your readers along with you.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Wow Peg, the heroine is stuck in a windowless garret counting piles of cash! Thank goodness she gets a free lunch. Setting is vivid, great detail. How does the main character just up and disappear? Where is Bob? What is going on with these people all being let go from their jobs? Why are new employees so eager to join up? Why did the narrator leave her good job at the bank for this? I want answers!!! Now I have to wait for Chapter two. This must be a novel. Peg, you've been holding out on us, awesome! Regards, snakeslane


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hello there Drbj. Thanks for the visit. I really appreciate the encouragement on this one. It's been in the making for a very long time with multiple versions over the years. I'm hoping that seeing it in the light will keep me motivated, chapter 2 to be released once I stop "fixing" this one.


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Sweet Minne Twin, Thank you for reading this first plunge into the story. As it evolves I hope it will be entertaining. I like button pushers. :)


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Mr. Mckbirdbks, so nice to see the real you (speaking of pictures). I was right about the self portrait but was mistaken about where I saw the illustration. It was on Snakeslane's hub, the garden lawnmower guy that you drew. Ah ha! Good one. And I like the suit pic too.

Thanks for the encouragement on this new venture. I'll have to pep it up with some songs and poetry as the story evolves. First I must decide on the era. These pics are just place holders for the moment. Decisions...


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Snakeslane, I should be paying you to write summaries for all my hubs. You nailed every detail and made me take a look at a couple of things as well. Watch out for rewrites. Things change on my hubs. I noticed you do that too! I love finding a good picture of something and adding to old hubs. Anyhow, thanks for the really great summation of the story and I hope over the next few chapters to answer a few of your questions. "Only the shadow knows..." heeheehoooohhaaa. See you for coffee?


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Hi Peg, it's left over from creative writing workshops I participated in. No stone was left unturned, the crtiques were tough, and then it was back to rewriting, I don't think anyone is ever satisfied (the writer especially), But at some point you just have to go with what you've got. I love the editing after publishing mode here on Hub Pages, it is really handy. A good way to work on the rough drafts, as long as readers are ok with it. If they're not they will probably let you know. I was hoping you would be ok with this kind of feedback. Thanks for letting me know it's ok. :) Coffee sure!


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

I like the well paced wording and the crisp clearity now I have to follow because it is a good start..but please if I miss an entry nudge me.... so I don't lose my place okay? Great share


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Randy Godwin 4 years ago from Southern Georgia

A good beginning to an interesting plot this seems to be heading for, Peg. Will be looking for the next episode. Well written with great descriptions so far!

Randy SSSSS


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Frank my detective style friend, I'm glad you took a look at this one. There are some dastardly deeds on the horizon and I hope I can do it the justice it deserves. I shall have to read more of your crime scene prose when the chapter arrives to pump myself up. Thanks again for your kindness. Peg


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Randy, It is such a pleasure to see you here. I am an amateur compared to your style and expertise and truly do appreciate your remarks. Thanks so much. Really.

Peg


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Randy Godwin 4 years ago from Southern Georgia

Ha Peg, I'm merely a beginner at writing fiction but I do indeed enjoy it compared to the info type hubs I usually write here. As long as writing creatively is enjoyable for us, it is worth pursuing. Good luck and thanks for your kind encouragement! :)

SSSSS


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Thank you Randy. I love it too. And you should keep on going. You are definitely a great writer.


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girishpuri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

Peg, a very interesting story and i do indeed enjoy it, voted interesting


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BlossomSB 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

Interesting beginning. I'll look forward to the next instalment.


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Cogerson 4 years ago from Virginia

You have done a fantastic job of painting a wonderful picture at the Pub. A great start and I look forward to future installments. In one paragraph you have me interested in Jason....and if he is someone capable of fixing a problem or making the problem worse...voted up and interesting.


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hello Girishpuri and thanks for stopping in to read and vote. Much appreciated and hope you will return for Chapter 2.


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Thank you BlossomSB. I see that 'a' accolade on your avatar and will be checking you out as well. Nice to meet you.


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hello Cogerson. What a keen eye you have for detail. You have hit on a key to the story that will be revealed as things unfold. Thanks so much for the kind encouragement on this work in progress and for the votes! Cheers. Peg


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Wow Peg, Interesting story. It has it all, a pub, booze, a bank, a good looking Dude, food. Ha, What more could we ask for? Looking forward to the next chapter..


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Sista, I am SERIOUSLY SPELLBOUND...! You immediately caught my attention, the pace is perfect and "dastardly" sounds divine... Oh those blue eyes are treacherous when you least expect...

I am eager to follow this one. I know it's only SIMMERING...

Voted UP and UABI. Love, Maria


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hello my friend Always,

Indeed, what more could we ask for? Thanks for your visit and for your encouragement on this story. I will try to get the next chapter ready quickly. I do appreciate you so much.


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Maria my sista,

I will try to keep the dastardly doings to a maximum as the story moves forward in hopes to keep you "spellbound". What a nice thing to say! Old blue eyes is one bad actor that's for sure. Please stay tuned as the heat goes up in the kitchen. (I couldn't resist...)

Thanks for the visit and votes.

Love

Peg


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

I am boiling over with excitement... Sista, bring it on!


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Peg I like the changes, you did rewrite didn't you? Or do I need new glasses? This is good! I keep hearing overtones of sinister undertones. Wicked! Cannot wait for next installment!


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Maria dahling, Thank you so much sista. You are such a gem.


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Ms. Lane! Thanks for rereading this and yes I did rewrite (again). I am my own worst enemy on the editing part. Sinister? Hopefully... And yes I truly do appreciate your candid remarks and helpful encouragement. It is quite welcome. You are great!


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello Peg. Having taken the hint that a re-read was in order, I find the story even more compelling. I personally would name the protaganist. This has a ring of truth to it, which is very important for the success of a story.


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Naming the protagonist is a good idea, Mck. I guess people want to know who is spilling the beans or at least have a name for all the characters. Some say to write in 3rd person though some of the modern writers tell it from the first person.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

A reader wants to identify with the narrator, so a naming them helps with that. It could be as simple introduction like Bob calling her by name at the teller.


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Excellent suggestion and I will implement that one, Mck. Great idea. I was trying to squeeze it into Chapter 2 which is in the slow cooker now simmering. I'll be by the cafe later to visit and have dessert. Thanks so much for the help!

Peg


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Hi Peg, evesdropping on conversation here, telling it in first person is great. Narrator could easily introduce herself by telling a little of her background (which would be good) if she is to be a big part of the story we would like to know more about her and her special investigative mind set. Maybe she grew up reading Trixie Beldon or Nancy drew? Maybe her name is Nancy lolol.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Back for a second read and enjoyed it even more the second time around. The new and improved version, awesome. I can see that this is going to take us on a rollercoaster of a trip.


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hey there S. Lane, I like your ideas about Nancy (for the time being she's now Joe) and I will add some of her background in the next chapter or two. Loved bothTrixie Beldon and Ms. Drew and I can only hope to incorporate a degree of that mystery and intrigue we found in those books. V, thank you so much for the ongoing support on this one.


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Rosemay, I hope the volcanic ash has stopped falling on your area. I've been worried about you. Thanks for coming back for another read of this and for your thoughtful and uplifting remarks. Funny. Jim is wearing one of his favorite Tshirts with Star Wars Stormtroopers on a roller coaster ride, arms up in the air. Wheeeeeeeee!


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello Peg. I see people are lining up for your story and to ride the roller coaster with the Star Wars stormtroppers.


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Mr Love Doctor 4 years ago from Puerto Rico

Hey! Just got back from spending a week with family in Sebastian. We had dinner down at Squid Lips, a place for all the world like the Pub in your story. And I could swear, those pelicans look just like the one on the old fish-house piers sticking out here and there from the Indian River. (It's actually a freshwater bay, but the Spanish weren't so bright.) You don't happen to be anywhere near Sebastian, would you?


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hi Mck. Thanks for all the help with talking it up at the cafe. I've been working on the second part hoping for some inspiration, putting some beach pictures in and editing etc.. Even Star Wars stormtroopers like roller coasters. I'm grateful for the positive response so far.


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Squid Lips! What a great name for a place. Maybe they were the same pelicans. This pic was from the other side of the Florida around Clearwater. Thanks for the drop in Mr. Love. That area around the Indian River and Sebastian is beautiful.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

I am hooked on this story now. I hope you are not going to edit it to death. It is wonderful now. I will be heading to part 2 now.


IntegrityYes 4 years ago

I definitely voted up.


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Becky, Thanks for the advice. I am truly guilty of backtracking too much. Will try to move in a forward direction. I really do appreciate your input and your readership. Thank you so much for the encouragement and compliment. That means a great deal to me.


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hello Integrity. Thank you for the visit and for the encouraging vote! Nice to see you today.


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50 Caliber 4 years ago from Arizona

Ms. Peg, a most inviting beginning that I had to drop back to catch after having my notifications on vacation and relying on the RSS Feed that has been lost on the new page format for some reason. (I've not changed and hope we are allowed to keep the old as I don't care much for the layout, I'm one of many though so before it is done I may be forced, but that's OK after all it is a free site that is in business and I understand changes to draw more in)

Back to you and this writing, I love good fiction and the wait of a sharp hanging end to one chapter to the next and you did a fine job. Ms.Snake did a good job with her reply and I must mail her and Mike as well to get their opinion of a re-write to a piece I started but didn't seem to catch the fire to drive me onward with it, Maybe too long and needs broken up, or maybe it just plane sucked! LOL

I get to go straight to part two now as it was in my mail.

May the Blessings Be,

dust


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cygnetbrown 4 years ago from Alton, Missouri

I'm enjoying the story, I can't wait to see chapter 2! (which I am going to read now!)


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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Perfect prelude to a mesmerizing story line, Peg. I love your original photographs, as they add so much visual interest to your story. I found the top photo so interesting I couldn't help but wonder who the attractive people in it are. Of course, I put Joe's name to the beautiful blonde. You write like a dream and I feel like I'm in the little joint watching the story unfold like a film. I'm looking forward to reading what's to come. Thank you


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Dusty my friend, I do thank you for your gracious visit and kind compliments on this story. You are such a master story spinner that I am not in the same league. I certainly hope that you will pursue the review of our esteemed collegues, Mckbirdbks and Snakeslane for the help they will give on your work. Thanks so much for the visit and I hope things straighten out on the RSS feed and such. I just keep on plodding through it best I can. I loved your comment.

Peg


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Cygnet, What a pleasure it is to see you here. How is the book writing going? Hope all is well with you. Thanks for the encouragement on this. It almost feels like your NaMoWriMo challenge to crank out this volume of words. It has been like a flood after several decades of drought.


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cygnetbrown 4 years ago from Alton, Missouri

Hi Peg, I am still working with my editor friend--Megan. She's finishing the chapter by chapter, and I'm assessing her changes. I should be done in a couple of weeks, then she goes over a final edit. I've got a cover designed, so it's just all about the editing process. I look forward to sharing the finished product with you.


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hello Amy. So sorry for the delay in responding. My internet blew a tire and I was off line for most of the day yesterday. I must tell you how much your comment means to me and what a fantastic lift to my day it was to read your words. The lady in the picture is my Aunt Inez who was much like this character, Joe. She was ahead of her time and quite a pistol. I spent a couple of summers with her in my teens.

You are the reigning Queen of words and get to wear the tiera all day and sit in the owner's booth with Dick watching the drama! Later a placque will be hung in your honor on the wall with the stuffed marlin. lol. Thanks, Amy.

Peg


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

That sounds great, Cygnet. Good to hear you have a professional editor! Cover design? Wow. Terrific. Way to go!


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

Okay, you have an audience hooked on your writing and your story. Just enough information to have us wondering, and enough detail to make us want more. Well written and intriguing. As soon as I get time I'm reading chapter two!

Voted up, awesome, and interesting.


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hello Mary, Congrats on winning "best avatar" award. You deserve it! That is a good one. Thanks for the follow. Your new profile design displayed a few hubs of yours that are calling to me as well. I appreciate your visit and the kind words. Thank you so much and hope you will have time to follow along!


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vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

I'm left wondering what havoc Jason will wreak on the characters in the little pub! This is very descriptive and I can imagine both the characters and the scene you've set. Voted up!


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hello Vespawoolf. Thanks for the visit today and for reading chapter one of this story under development. I do appreciate your comments and your time. All the best to you.


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

Well, you have me hooked! Great job with "Chapter 1". I will be back to read more right away! Voting up and more! :)


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hello SG. Thanks! So glad to see you here. I'm still working on publishing Chapter 8 so it is a slow go from my end. Hope you'll stick around! :)


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Intriguing beginning to this story, and I am ready to get caught up with the 11 chapters to go! Watch out, Jason has arrived from Jamaica. It's going to be good. Love your photos.

Excellent write here.

In His Love, Faith Reaper


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hello Faith and welcome to The Pub series. Thank you for stopping in here and I hope you will find the next chapters as "intriguing". I very much appreciate your thoughtful comments and kind words.

Peg


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

I started reading this series a while back and then got distracted. I am back and going to get caught up. Thank you for the link! On to chapter 2! Up and more, again. :)


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hi Sgbrown. Thanks for returning to pick this series up again. It gives me a reason to review and make improvements when I read it over after new comments arrive. I saw your hub on "The New Pub" this morning and it was so perfect to add here. Maybe I'll have to make a trip to OK and get some pics for The Pub. Smiling at your comment and thanks again.


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa

Peggy, I have postponing reading your novel because I prefer reading novels when all chapters are published, but curiosity got me this time. I like your background and characters, writing style and the way you hook your readers.

Absolutely excellent. I'll be back soon to read on.....


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hi MartieCoetser. Thank you for starting into this novel in progress. I understand your reluctance to read an unfinished work. Somehow it keeps me moving forward to complete this as I publish my ongoing chapters. I hope you will come back when it gets nearer to a finished work. Thank you for the wonderful comment and for the kind visit.


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AliciaC 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

This looks like it's going to be a very interesting series, Peg. I have so much reading to catch up on! I'm looking forward to reading all the other chapters in your novel.


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hi AliciaC. Thank you for coming by. Welcome and I hope you will have the time available to read the rest of the story.


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epigramman 3 years ago

Well my precious Peg I really must start reading your Pub 'book' series - the titles intrigue me and you are what I often call Mike , a writer's writer with an evocative narrative style which immediately transports me to a time and a place with finely etched characters.

I will madly and gladly share this on my FB wall for all to see and read and I am sincerely sending to you my warmest wishes and good energy from Colin and his cats Little Miss Tiffy and Mister Gabriel at lake erie time ontario canada 2:09pm on a beautiful summer's day with a lovely southwest breeze off the water.

And thank you so much for your support of my 2 books - and coming from someone special like you really means a lot to me.

And I couldn't have done it without Mike and Vicki


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Darling Epigramman. Oh what a thrill to find you opening Chapter 1 of this novella that I finally concluded. And for you to share it on FB for all to see is more than generous. I've been over on Amazon just this moment trying to decide on the download for PC Kindle or if I should just bite the bullet and buy one. I am such a techno phobe. But if I ever get there my first purchase will be your new e-book, Funny Thirty. You are so special and I'm thrilled for you to get published. Congratulations on your 1st, 2nd and many many more books.

So long to you for the moment and I hope to see you for coffee after the next few chapters of The Pub.

Love

Peg, Tony, Cookie and Brian Williams (my feral cat who used to be known as Ms. Kitty)


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Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago

Peg, this is so interesting, is there a follow up, will we find out what happened to Bob?

I love Eagles video.

Voted up,UABI and shared.

Shyron


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PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Shyron, So nice of you to find this one and leave such a fine comment. Yes, there are several more chapters still published. I have unpublished the others for rewrites, but the story is now completed with 20 something chapters. Waiting for motivation to publish as an eBook.


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Motivation - I saved up my allowance to buy a copy.


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PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Mike, you are such an inspiration. I will try to finish my edits soon. I keep finding stuff that I want to change. Guess I'll never finish at this rate.


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello Peg - Get the story the way you want it. You are getting to be a pro at this writing trade and are honing your craft.


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marcoujor 5 weeks ago from Jeffersonville PA

"I am eager to follow this one. I know it's only SIMMERING..."

From four years ago, dear Peg. And your meticulous efforts are most obvious in your 'finished' product... :) I love "The Pub"!

So wonderful to see your supportive comments from friends of our past...drbj, Dusty, Rosemay and epi, to name a few...

Now you can't go wrong with a QUEEN backdrop - thanks for my morning jam! Love you, mar


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PegCole17 5 weeks ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Thank you, Mar, for all your supportive efforts in the production and release of the book. I will ever be grateful for your wonderful foreword and positive comments. Love You friend. I'm glad you stopped in again today! I'm about 1700 words into a sequel! Aftermath - The Pub Crew. I hope the mood strikes to keep going and that it doesn't take four more years. LOL

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