Author Archive: Dorlana

The Ghost of Christmas Past inspired short story: The Gift


The Gift by Dorlana Vann 1873 At first Cynthia was afraid to look out the window. She was afraid she would see the ghostly figure out by the horses again, stirring them up, making them run and complain. But she was expecting someone; she had to look. The speck of hope that the person riding …

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Short Story: Forbidden Beach


Thumbelina + Mermaids = Forbidden Beach by Dorlana Vann   I knew what lurked beyond the trees even before I opened the car door: the forbidden, barricaded beach. Even though I lived only a few miles away, I had never stood so close. Leaning against the car, the wind ruffled my hair as nerves tangled …

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Short Story: Muse


Muse (Inspired by Prince Ariel from, “The Fairy Tales of Madame D’Aulnoy.”) by Dorlana Vann   Since Jackson couldn’t channel his frustration onto the blank page, he used his fist to pound it into the desk. “Ahhh,” he cried, swooshing his fountain pen and several loose pieces of writing-paper to the floor. His caged birds squawked …

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October 2017 Book Club Review: The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper


October 2017 Theme: Spa Book Club Set Up: Each member of our group (women ages 24-49) draws a month and a theme. Whosever month it is, gets to choose a book in their category and host the meeting. The group has approximately 3 weeks to read the book and then we get together for themed …

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“The Little Mermaid” Inspired Short Story


His Soul Inspiration by Dorlana Vann   “Have you read this?” My husband, Philip, held the book of fairy tales I had bought from a used bookstore for my niece’s ninth birthday. “Well, not that one, but I’ve read fairy tales before,” I said as I shut the door and stepped out of my heels. …

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“The Trouble with Scarecrows” is now available in paperback – & a Giveaway!


Hi Friends, The second book in my Trouble with Men series, “The Trouble with Scarecrows” is now available in paperback. To celebrate, I’m giving away 2 copies on Goodreads. I find second books in series interesting because without the first book they would not have existed. And even though this book is its own story, that …

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The Trouble with Scarecrows is available to Pre-Order


To achieve the future he planned, Neal must play by Brenda’s rules. Hi Friends, The Trouble with Scarecrows (The Trouble with Men book 2) paperback is now available to Pre-order on Amazon.  Click here to reserve your copy for September 30, 2017 .     A scarecrow is the opposite of a wingman, a dating decoy …

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