“THESE DAYS, A Tale of Nostalgia on a Burlesque Strip”

an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Prize-winner

“As original as it is addictive… a truly compelling read that is worthy of high praise.”  Publisher’s Weekly

Available on Kindle E-book

0_0_0_0_195_293_csupload_64538658Fueled by a passion for 1940s movies and her jazz musician father’s tales of a time when “every hole-in-the wall bar had a band,” 14-year old Becky Shelling dreams of a career in show biz. When her beloved dad disappears, Becky finds solace in Carolyn Kibble, upstairs neighbor and barmaid at her dad’s former haunt, the Half-Mile Bar. But it is the attention of smooth-talking businessman Lenny Moss that she really craves.

Taking Becky to work for him on Baltimore’s World-Famous Block, Lenny inadvertently leads her down a path of self-discovery on a once-stylish, now-decrepit adult entertainment strip where everyone has a tale about “the good old days,” but nothing is quite as it seems.

Other publications:

UMBC Magazine  featuring the essay, “Life on the Edge (With a Safety Net)”
Loch Raven Review  featuring “More than Drinks,” a flash fiction piece
Baltimore Post-Examiner featuring “The Top Hat Bar and Grill”  (Excerpt from THESE DAYS)
What Weekly  featuring “On the Shoulders of Legends”  (Excerpt from THESE DAYS)
Smile, Hon, You’re in Baltimore featuring “Once Upon a Time in a Bar on the Block,” a short story
Berlesker: A Literary Journal  featuring“The Top Hat Bar and Grill”  (Excerpt from THESE DAYS)