The Weird West

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The Weird West

Ponderosa Principia Third Flatiron’s Spring anthology, “Principia Ponderosa,” is now available on Amazon and free to Kindle Unlimited members.

Flatiron’s anthologies are always packed with wonderful stories, stories that open corridors in your cerebral cortex revealing unimagined colors, scents and occasionally a fart- well it IS the Ponderosa.

So if you’re looking for some quick tales of the Weird West – a place  with witches, monsters, gunmen, dragons, six-shooters and whiskey  you’ve found it.

It’s a place and time that never was, yet somehow we’re all nostalgic for it . A place and a time where Carmel -eating spiders roamed the Gobi, men said “Ayup,” and sweet women shot mean guns.

You don’t have to be a western fan to enjoy this book. I’m not. It’s for lovers of fantasy. It  gave me the odd, somehow comforting sensation of looking forward from an imaginary past into an equitable future , a future that rewards the virtuous and punishes the guilty. As always, I liked some tales more than others, I’m sure you’ll have your own favorites. That is the beauty of anthologies, they’re buffets for the mind. There’s enough diversity to satisfy the pickiest brain; humor, horror as well as useful advice for dealing with the space ship’s cat, gardening in a post- apocalyptic world and that abridged classic The Jpeg of Dorian Gray.


If you or someone you know would like a free copy to review on

Amazon or Goodreads, please let me know. I’d be happy to send one your way, not because I’m in this anthology – though  I have been honored to be in other FlatIrons – But because they do good work.

So pull off ‘yer boots, tie up Bucko, pour yurself an ol’ whiskey and enjoy a good read –



Principia Ponderosa (Third Flatiron Anthologies Book 18)

Welcome to the “Principia Ponderosa,” land of wide-open spaces and dark dreams. This new anthology from Third Flatiron features 17  stories that combine elements of the Western with other literary genres, including steampunk, fantasy, occult, and…





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Paperback copies of One Hundred Voices Volume Two can now be pre-ordered – click on the link. Use my author discount code – it helps me and saves you 10%  Here it is:    100V2V70

My tale in there- The Cheddar Coast – is tale of love and toast – just what you need on cold winter nights.
It was first performed on January 8th, 2012 at the Federal Bar and Grill in NO HO (North Hollywood – we’re so cool)

By Sally Shore’s “The New Short Fiction Series”,
L.A.’s longest running spoken word series- showcasing the West Coast’s best new short fiction performed by Hollywood Actors
They kicked off their 16th season with a Book Launch of my first collection
“Real Conversations With Imaginary Friends,” by E.E. King

Although, sadly the publisher went out of print the book’s still available in audio, (just click the title) read by the amazing Simon Prebble. Simon is one of those fabulous British actors who makes reading a laundry list sound thrilling. You’ll find yourself staying up all night to see what’s happened to the plaid sock. (Spoiler alter – the gnome used it for a hat.)

When the book was first released, my mentor, Ray Bradbury, was still alive – God how we miss him- And he was kind enough to give me a quote:
“These tales are marvelously inventive, wildly funny and deeply thought provoking. I can not recommend them highly enough.” – Ray Bradbury 

James Joyce Would’ve Loved This
… Deliciously funny and heart-wrenching.
Heidi Dvorak

Midwest Book Review
A collection of thoughtful short fiction from E. E. King as she offers humor and thought about life’s dreams and what we hold so dear to us all. .. an excellent collection, very much recommended.
Michael J. Carson

E.E. King is a unique talent whose glittering gems of fiction pack a lot into a small space. Her work combines the O. Henry twist with the poetry and mystery of Ray Bradbury.
Connie Martinson Talks Books

The piece The Cheddar Coast was later performed at the Shelter theater in San Miguel de Allende Mexico.

It was rerelease in my second collection, Another Happy Ending  available on-line, in print and audio

Buy them all! Why not? Food is overrated – The E.E. King Diet plan – a story a day, 99% imagination, Zero fat, gluten free  – feed your mind not your thighs.

I also urge you to buy One Hundred Voices Volume Two for less than $14.00 with my discount code:    100V2V70      and

One Hundred Voices Volume One – use this code to get 10% off Volume I   100V38

My story in that one, “The Rewards of Hospitality,” is about a squirrels with Alzheimer’s… every wonder where those forests came from?

Christian Lee, founder and publisher of Centum Press  pays additional royalties to me when they use my code- Christian is one of the most delightful and on the ball publishers I know – of course I only know three – but still-

Get my tale and 99 other stories – or Get both Volumes and get 200 storys – Feed that imagination – we need it!.


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New Editions Available

New editions of
Dirk Quigby’s Guide to the Afterlife

The short story Collection,

Another Happy Ending

Available now- on sale on Kindle

also – for Halloween and Dia de Los Muertos

Ain’t Superstitious (Third Flatiron Anthologies) (Volume 13)

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Kindra Sailers of Best Financial threatens legal action if I continue to write about my financial experiences or the continuing adventures of bad reviews

Years ago I hired a lawyer, Jerry Hill to represent me in an auto accident-
He wanted me to hold out for more money than I thought was honest. He wanted me to pretend to be more injured than I was.
There was a very ugly scene in the mediation when I disregarded his directions and settled.
I then wrote a bad review of him on yelp. He threatened legal action.
Since I was living in Mexico at the time, I said, “go ahead – Make mi dia– get an extradition treaty.”
Obviously he didn’t, but he did complain to yelp and got them to remove the review.
What I said was true but that never stopped anyone from crying slander, especially not a lawyer!

As readers may know, after my mother’s death I invested my money, inheritance and savings, with Kindra Sailers at Best Financial and Insurance Solutions.
I was not in a good mental state. Besides the death, job, marriage, home and family had all dissolved in a confluence of disasters.
Kindra confided in me and became my friend (I thought) I trusted her completely.
Three years later I want to three different Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) in Utah.
They went over my finances and we discovered that my investments were very bad for me.
It took me a long time to believe that.
However even the most gullible, when faced with numbers and understandable explanations must understand.

I wrote a blog
and have posted various warnings for a few reasons.
Mostly I wanted others to avoid my mistakes – Stay away from people who do not have a long track record and only have minimal licenses-
Kinda holds a 65 Securities license. – This requires ONE exam!
Even becoming a hairdresser requires a 9-month educational program …which is 9 months more than a 65 Securities license
Series 65
“In other words, the sad reality is that meeting the legal registration/licensing requirements to become a financial advisor is simply about understanding the relevant laws and products, and never actually involves demonstrating any competency in financial advice itself. Educational programs in financial planning and advice, and certifications like the CFP marks (or post-CFP educational programs beyond that), are purely optional, and while they are viewed as a “best practice” for advisors to have, the only actual requirement is a fairly minimal licensing exam. Which means there’s actually no such thing as a certified financial advisor (just a licensed financial advisor who has voluntarily completed the Certified Financial Planner designation), and you can technically become a financial advisor with no experience at all!

If you want a planner, you need to find a CFP – certified financial planner or a ChFC – Chartered Financial Consultant. They are trained to help you make the best investment decisions.

The best is a CFP or ChFC who is also a RIA – registered investment advisor.

Sadly, almost anyone can call themselves a “Financial Advisor”.

I had been a CPA for many years with little knowledge that there were significant differences between those who call themselves “financial advisors”.”

All the CFP’s as well as the California Commission told me – That what Kindra does is not illegal – it’s just not good practice. It’s unsavory and (in my opinion) immoral, but legal.

Annuity sales people are coached to say you can “Participate” in the stock market.
That word is all important – it means if the market goes up (or too far down) you will not see gains because of the caps on your account.
If the caps are low are, it means NO GAIN for you… but you are still “participating” in the market.

Here are things to look for when getting financial advice, I’ve learned the hard way!
Look for CFP’s with a long history and addition education!
Avoid anyone with a single license.

Be wary of people who take commission up front. Good financial advisors take a percentage on profits, so their fortunes are tied to yours.

Be careful if they make everything seem impossibly complex. Good CFPs explain everything so that it is understandable.

They can give you a broad range of options. People A single license Cannot.
If this information can help a single person not lose money, it’s been worth writing.

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Be the change you want to see in the world – how many times have we heard that? But do I do that… well sometimes, but not enough –
So, here is a list of things in no particular order I’d like to share with you – It’s not a complete list – not even a partially complete list… but these are stories, websites and etc. I will add to and share with you because they have enriched my life and maybe, just maybe they will enrich yours.. Here goes…

Lady Bird Johnson
Bet you didn’t expect that!
Most people don’t know, or don’t remember, that Lady Bird, started the Wildflower Center in 1982 to protect and preserve North America’s native plants and natural landscapes.
It’s a comprehensive and condensed field guide .

“The Appropriation of Cultures” by Percival Everett, read by Ruben Santiago-Hudson.
This is a fabulous reading of one of the most brilliant shorts ever.

Parallel Lives With Guest Host Ruben Santiago-Hudson

Thank you Percival Everett!

Mariana Williams
Author, producer of Long Beaches Search for the Greatest StoryTeller –
Mariana is a comedian, writer, producer and all around force of nature – so glad to have her in my life

Best Friends
and the Utah Humane society pet=MFZZvbrLvHNchGGBL7jNFGz2E5VGs3FZ&activated=1
This group Pawboost has been wonderful and helpful – They send out emails – many for free – I STILL have a missing kitty ((((
El Tigre and I’m very sad, but hopeful – however I want to give praise where it’s due – THESE GUYS ARE GREAT!

Find Your Lost Pet
We email a copy of your missing pet’s flyer to local shelters, vets & volunteers for free! We’ll also email you a printable copy.

for helping animals

more graditude to follow

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Financial Warnings! Kindra Sailers of best interest financial gives you the WORST interest & Security Benefit is Neither

I am writing this Blog to help others to avoid my financial mistakes.
Specifically I’m strongly advising you to avoid -titled “financial advisor” Kindra Sailers, Founder and CEO of Best Interest Financial & Insurance Solutions Inc. and Security Benefit Annuities
The years between 2013- 2015 were very difficult for me. My job of sixteen years was over, my marriage was over, my friends had moved, I had no place to live and my mother was dying. I cared for my mother, but when she died the family broke apart. It’s sad, but not uncommon.

My sister introduced Ms. Sailers to me after my mother died. She had bought an annuity from Mrs. Sailers and had been given a big signing bonus. Later, after my problems she discovered it was a bad deal, but that’s a side issue.

I inherited a little money from my mother, and also had a mix of investments including IRAs, mutual funds, and cash.
Most of my money was tax-free and penalty free. Now it’s not.
Ms. Sailers sells annuities, which, in my opinion, and according to the three Certified Financial Planners I have talked to, are very beneficial for her and very bad for the investor.
She invested all of my tax free- penalty money in annuities with heavy penalties and taxes and no growth.
My fault for trusting her – for not doing are research – but that’t why I sharing the info.
Ms. Sailers has a 65 Securities License. That means passing one exam.
Even hair dressers take a 9 month course.

These programs take a few hours, or at most two days. In other words, Ms. Sailers graduated from the class of three o’clock.

I was not wise. Ms. Sailers completely convinced me she was my friend and could invest my money so that I could get a monthly income, which would increase and was safe.
Ms. Sailers told me that, if I should need it, most of my money was in “liquid cash.”
When I tried to access my money, Mrs. Sailors said, “I said that was what you have to pull from, not what you can take.”

My advice is, don’t let someone with only a single license plan your retirement or invest your money
There are good insurance agents in your community. A few of them do offer a wide assortment of investment products. Most don’t. The same could be said of stockbrokers who are generally selling stocks and not doing planning.
If you want a planner, you need to find a CFP – certified financial planner or a ChFC – Chartered Financial Consultant. They are trained to help you make the best investment decisions.
The best is a CFP or ChFC who is also a RIA – registered investment advisor.
The “alphabet soup” of financial credentials and confusing terminology such as fee-only vs fee-based (sounds similar, but actually very different!) is enough to make your head spin! Sadly, almost anyone can call themselves a “Financial Advisor”.

If this information can help a single person not lose money it’s been worth writing.

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