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My Favorite Stories on HubPages -mckbirdbks
This is the second in a series of short story reviews of stories that are here on Hub Pages. I am only reviewing the hubs that are currently published. I can't put these in order of liking them as it would be too hard. I am just writing them as they come to mind. No one should feel offended for not being at the top of my list. I just love to read stories and let my imagination soar.
Mike has won the Best Fiction writer award for 2012 on HubPages. Congratulations Mike, I can't think of anyone who deserves it more. Your hubs are a warm reflection of you.
Emerald Wells Cafe
mckbirdbks has a series that he has called Emerald Wells Cafe. This is a beautiful story of a 1950's cafe and the people who work there, eat there and visit there. It is a warm and welcoming place due to the wonderful character Em, short for Emerald Wells. It is her name, not just the name of a place. The happenings in this series are common small town things. Mike presents them in a beautiful format with music, videos, pictures and references to famous people who were around at the time.
The series has gone through many things in the life of a small town. Public Trick or Treating, Thanksgiving parties, falling in love, romance, weddings, and now a pregnant bride. He writes a Speakeasy night hub about every month with poems from each of the characters, each with the personality of the character showing. This is not a one or two day hub to write. It is intensive work to get this out. Mike does detailed research and makes sure that all of the things that happen, the characters, the actions, and the music are period correct. This makes it feel like you have stepped back in time to a simpler time.
The warmth comes from Mike as well. The visitors to the Cafe order coffee, food and talk about our lives. We all gather there and Mike is our encourager. He helps us figure out formatting problems so we have computer class in the comments of the hub. He ends up with comment sections 500 comments long. We all enjoy the camaraderie and friendships we have made there. We feel a sense of community while we visit with Mike and the others.
mckbirdbks planned to write just the first three but was convinced by another hubber to continue the series. He has a hit on his hands and has written 31 episodes now. He is always at the top of the list for fiction. This series is hot. Check it out and you will not be disappointed.
Published by Mike, mckbrdbks
Congratulations Mike, on publishing your first eBook, Murder Once Done. It is available on Amazon for those who would like to get it.
This is a short story set in Mexico in the days after selling out of the United states to a foreign power. Follow Paul Maddock as he flees the country.
Mike has written about the younger years of the characters in the Emerald Wells cafe stories. He calls them Emerald Wells Cafe Stories: Pear Blossom Lane. They are even more evocative of the time and start out with one of the characters telling a story of when they were growing up. These tell how they all came to be such good friends. They also found some letters written by a WWII airman that they are reading one at a time. http://mckbirdbks.hubpages.com/hub/Emerald-Wells-Cafe-Stories-Pear-Blossom-Lane-Gabby
Quinn Moosebroker Mysteries
Mike has written a beautiful series of mysteries featuring a retired detective and his girlfriend Betty. They are wonderful stories and very good mysteries. He has published them and they are available on Amazon.
The Carriage Driver
These stories are stand alone short stories with a common theme and set of characters. Nuelle and the carriage driver. They are uplifting and beautiful stories. They are also published and available on Amazon. He is also writing a sequel to this story on HubPages.