Monday, March 30, 2015


I had a story unaccepted today when a publisher cancelled a line of books, so now I'm back to only 8 acceptances for the year.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Published 2x

My story "Alone on Mother's Day" appears in the May True Confessions, and my story "Can Mom Remember?" appears in the May True Story.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Reviewed: "Quarryville, Texas"

Jochem Vandersteen at Sons of Spade reviewed The Private Eye Writers of America Presents: 50 Shades of Grey Fedora. Though my story--"Quarryville, Texas"--wasn't mentioned by title, it was mentioned:
"Some tales are a bit raunchier than others, Bracken's probably the more hardcore one. If you don't like that kind of stuff, don't worry, it is at the beginning but not indicative to the rest."
Read the entire review here.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

8, 9

I received my 8th and 9th acceptances of the year this evening.

Monday, March 16, 2015

One of six

Glynis Scrivens asked six writers which writing how-to books they thought most influenced their short story writing, and she included their responses in "The Best Books for short stories," published in Writers' Forum #162.

I discussed How to Write and Sell Confessions by Susan C. Feldhake and Confession Writers' Handbook by Florence K. Palmer and Marguerite McClain. Without the jumpstart these two books gave me, I might never have become a confession writer.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015


I received my 7th acceptance of the year this morning, this time for a reprint written by one of my pseudonyms.

Monday, March 09, 2015

Published: "Beneath Still Waters"

My short mystery "Beneath Still Waters" appears in the just-published anthology And All Our Yesterdays (Darkhouse Books).

Learn more at Amazon.

Sunday, March 01, 2015


My story "Flyboy" appears in the recently released anthology Best Gay Romance 2015 (Cleis Press).