We all like stories or you wouldn’t be reading my blog to see what the Words on My Mind are today! If I didn’t like stories, fiction and non-fiction, I wouldn’t be a voracious reader or an active writer. I’ve been writing mostly about my own adventures in this blog, and for the past ten years plus, I’ve helped create, edit and rewrite books about the personal lives of others. In my years as a journalist, I interviewed and wrote about at least 500 people. What a journey it’s been! As I’ve said before and will say again, on this beautiful planet we all have more in common than not.

My adventures have inspired me to write; a few of the most intriguing ones  have become short stories. On Amazon’s Kindle site, they call these short stories “Singles” and I’ve taken the opportunity to publish a few that I believe my readers will enjoy. They are all based on true stories; like most writers, I’ve taken a few liberties with the cast of characters. Although most of them are my own experiences, Angels in Uniform happened to a good friend.

If you follow the link,   you’ll end up on my author site at Amazon and you can download the books onto a Kindle device. If you don’t have a Kindle and are still interested in reading them, you can download the Kindle software to a PC or a Mac and then download the stories.

Weird Dates and Strange Fates features two stories.

The world of dating and personal ads can be an odd one. Sandy, in A Single Gal’s Guide to Cross-Dressing, wonders what’s up when her mild-mannered date answers his front door in a leopard print caftan. He had told her he liked costume parties, but the caftan was just a preview. Before he served her his homemade brunch, he changed into a French maid’s costume and put on a blond wig and four-inch heels. For dessert, it was a lacy negligee and a G-string.

The Dark Side is a financial story, or is it? Derek was considerate, imaginative, gregarious and highly intelligent.  Barbara thought she had met the perfect man. Then one day he disappeared from his apartment, leaving most of his clothes and a downloaded empty computer behind. Barbara could hardly believe the secret he was hiding.

Angels in Uniform tells Samantha’s story of Divine intervention. Ohio-born, Samantha’s ambition was to work in Hollywood and meet the rich and famous. She attracted a powerful film producer, but just when her life seemed to be working, she got cancer. She fled Los Angeles, ready to end it all but her persistent lover and an angel in a uniform had other ideas. Was the angel real?  Make your own decision about this true story.

The divorcees in the chic Los Angeles bar/restaurant were attracted to Will’s spirited zaniness mixed with a gentle nature. He was wearing Pink Glasses and they had no idea what mental turmoil the glasses masked. Far from rich, Will, a former Navy pilot and Viet Nam vet, had to rent a room from one of his new friends, yet he bought a brand new Porsche and held onto his old Porsche.  What was he concealing?

I hope my readers enjoy the stories as much as I enjoyed writing them. It’s wonderful to finally share them. I want to thank my son, Hans Giraud, who designed the unique book covers. My daughter, Heidi Giraud, has always given me excellent feedback. Fortunately, she’s my greatest fan!






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