Author John D. Ottini’s novels are both thrilling and poignant pieces of literature that always captivate his readers. This is an impressive collection that is sure to entertain. Enjoy!
A Very Furry Christmas: Holiday Cat Tales
by John D. Ottini
Genre: Literature & Fiction | Holidays | Short Stories
Finalist in the 2016 Royal Palm Literary Award Competition. (Florida Writers Association)
Dear Reader: Please be aware that this is not a children’s book.
Slipper’s Last Breath
For most people Christmas is a time for reflection, a time to share and celebrate with family and friends, but for some it is a time of sadness and quiet desperation. What if your soul mate, best friend and lover is no longer around to share in the season of joy and you are about to lose the last remaining link to a life you once knew and loved. Would you find the strength to survive?
Slipper’s Last Breath is a story about love, companionship and triumph over tragedy.
Some might call it a Christmas miracle, but I call it the power of unconditional love.
The Unwrapped Gift
Sometimes the best gifts are the unexpected ones. After enduring the heartbreak of a bad marriage, Beth is in no mood to celebrate the Christmas season. It’s sad enough spending the holidays alone, but watching Spice, her five-year-old Labrador retriever, mope around the house was more than she could bear. A visit to Miller’s tree farm to cheer up her canine companion leads to an unexpected find and the possibility of a new found relationship.
When she least expects it, Beth rediscovers love and the magic of Christmas.
A Charcoal Christmas
She was born under the loading dock behind Johnson’s Market and lost her mother when she was only five weeks old. One of a litter of six, she and her siblings had to learn to fend for themselves at a young age. The life expectancy of a feral cat is short, but thanks to the generosity of a compassionate store owner, the kittens were well fed and enjoying their lives. Then one day a stranger appears and takes her away from the safety of her kin. Confused and frightened, she is forced to endure an uncaring human and ultimately the forces of nature, in hopes of returning to the ones she loves.
A Charcoal Christmas is a bittersweet tale of survival, hope and loving companionship.
A troubled priest struggling with doubts about his faith and vocation has an unexpected encounter with a stray, weather-beaten black cat. When Father Pedro decides to provide warmth and shelter for the lost creature, he has no idea how this simple act of kindness will impact his life forever.
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A Fool For Love & Money
by John D. Ottini
Genre: Suspense | Thrillers
Love and Money are two important ingredients in a man’s recipe for happiness. Unfortunately, those same two ingredients under the wrong circumstances can be a man’s recipe for disaster.
Unlucky at love, unemployed and drowning in debt, Thomas Murphy is a man in need of salvation.
When an unexpected gift arrives from an unknown source, Tom is confused, yet elated about his new-found fortune. His luck continues when he runs into an old flame he hasn’t seen in years and sparks begin to fly. Strange how a man’s fate can change when he least expects it – one moment he’s miserable and struggling to make ends meet, and the next he’s back on his feet and looking forward to a bright future… or so Tom thinks.
Then Tom’s rediscovered love reveals the shocking skeletons in her closet and he must decide to forgive and forget or turn his back and walk away. An innocent search on the internet turns up a problem that could stand between Tom’s good fortune and ultimately, him and the love of his life. If he chooses to stay, he must find a way to live with what he has to do to keep her in his life.
They say that love is blind and money is the root of evil, but sometimes you don’t realize the truth of those adages until it’s too late.
A Fool for Love & Money is a novel about love, desire, greed, murder and forgiveness.
INCLUDES BONUS STORIES: Things You Can’t Control and No Return Address
NOTE TO THE READER: The original story of ‘A Fool for Love & Money’ was published as a novella in 2014 under the title ‘A Fool and His Money’. Like many authors, every time I read the story over (and I read it many times), I recognized places where rewriting would make it better. After several years I decided to rewrite the story to its full potential. What you hold in your hand is the final result. I hope you enjoy the revised, expanded and enhanced storyline.
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