An excerpt to celebrate National Rhode Island Day

National Rhode Island Day is one of those obscure national days that no one has ever heard of, including people from Rhode Island. Celebrated on October 5, it recognizes Rhode Island as the last colony to join the Union. My son attends college near Providence, RI, where a pivotal scene … Continue reading

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An excerpt in celebration of National Hot Dog Day

The smell of the butter-toasted buns drifted from the orange and white lobby of the fast-food restaurant, luring the two companions in for a taste. Sal fished out a couple of dimes and gave them to the boy behind the counter who handed them two hot dogs and two orange drinks in return.

“Nathan’s may be a New York institution, but Nedick’s is far better,” he said, biting into his frank.

Piper looked at the hot dog and gave him a skeptical look.

“What’s the difference? A hot dog is a hot dog.”

But when she sank her teeth into the bun and its tasty contents, Piper’s mouth exploded with glee. She savored it for a few seconds and then with a full mouth she declared, “If they served Grape Nehi, this place would be heaven.” Continue reading

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Piper website wins 2017 Bronze IPPY

About the Award The Independent Publisher Book Awards (the “IPPYs”) are intended to bring increased recognition to the thousands of exemplary independent, university, and self-published titles published each year. The awards are open to all members of the independent publishing industry, and to authors and publishers worldwide who produce books … Continue reading

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Review Piper and get a free signed Beavis and Butt-Head #1 comic book

For a limited time, when you write a review for one of the Piper Houdini novels at Amazon.com, you will get a free copy of Marvel’s Beavis and Butt-Head (1994) signed by editor Glenn Herdling and color artist Bob Sharen. $10 value–limited supply! Continue reading

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Women’s History Month: The Flapper Squad

Already a police officer in Washington, D.C., Irene McAuliffe sat for the civil service test in Boston in 1921. Along with two housewives, a nurse, and a social worker, she was among the first women to join the Boston Police Department’s ranks as a member of its vice squad. Continue reading

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Black History Month: Zip the Unsung Hero

Zip the What Is It, whose real name was William Henry Johnson, was a freak show performer famous for his tapered head. Dressing in a suit of hair and sheering most of his head to accentuate its unique shape, barkers would proclaim Zip as a creature from Africa who had lived with the apes. But he was actually born in Liberty Corner, a community located in Bernards Township, New Jersey, in 1842. He was one of six children born to former slaves. Continue reading

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