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Maureen McMahon

"Despite the flasher, the marching band and Uncle Frank’s unexpected dousing in the duck pond, could it still be The Perfect Wedding? Is old Emaline really as forgetful as she seems, or is she fully aware of the Legacy she will be leaving behind?"

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Maureen has been publishing short stories and articles in Australia and the U.S. for many years. She was a staff writer for Australian Runner Magazine for three years. Her novel, Shadows In The Mist, a mystery suspense, is published by Avid Press, LLC. A romantic modern gothic novel, Return Of The Gulls also from Avid Press, while an anthology of her short stories and poetry, A Nightingale In The Sycamore is now available from DiskUs Publishing in electronic format. She is currently working on a third, a mystery suspense entitled Apollo Moon with a sequel to Return Of The Gulls a possibility. An historical romance The Sea, The South, The Storm, and a creative writing teacher’s manual are currently completed and are in the process of being edited.

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INTRODUCTION: Despite the flasher, the marching band and Uncle Frank’s unexpected dousing in the duck pond, could it still be The Perfect Wedding? Is old Emaline really as forgetful as she seems, or is she fully aware of the Legacy she will be leaving behind? When bigoted George Barker refuses to accept his new Jewish neighbor, what is the catalyst that triggers The Battle Of Bell Boulevard? What fate awaits such Star Crossed lovers as the iguana and the mermaid? Will Bridgette ever overcome her weight problem -- and what tragedy of fate is in store for her? What arrangement will The Devil and Beano McDuff come to in order to win Shady Grove Rest Home’s beanbag tossing championship? Read these stories and many more in A Nightingale In The Sycamore. Humor, intrigue, romance, inspiration ... author Maureen McMahon provides it all in this fine collection of short fiction.


It was the perfect wedding. The park is such a beautiful place in the autumn with the leaves vivid orange, red, yellow and all the shades in between and the grass so rich and green with new growth. It's really just the most romantic setting. They'd erected an arbor covered with twining ivy and roses under which the bride and groom were to stand during the ceremony. In front of this was a small podium for the minister. The guests stood about under huge oaks and pines. Still, it's taking a bit of a chance holding such an important event in such a public place. You never know who belongs and who doesn't. That's why it probably never occurred to anyone to question the grey-haired man who took his place at the podium. I'm sure we all just assumed that he was the minister. The bride was waiting some distance away for her cue and the groom was fidgeting -- much too nervous to notice. I suppose someone should have wondered why the minister was wearing a raincoat; after all, the sun was quite bright without the least hint of rain. By the time we all realized that he was NOT the minister he had already whipped open his raincoat. It was one of those rubbery affairs, (the raincoat, I mean) and I wondered how he could stand to wear it right next to his skin with nothing to prevent chafing. I couldn't help but feel sorry for him and the thought crossed my mind that someone should take up a collection to help him purchase a more practical raincoat. The episode itself wasn't so bad. He did have quite a nice looking appendage (as far as they go) and no one could have said he wasn't well built. He was gone in a flash (excuse the pun) so no one was offended for long. Sister Beatrice was quite all right after she came to -- she was only out for a few seconds anyway and by that time, the ceremony was nearly ready to start.


Read the rest of this and many more short stories in:
A Nightingale in the Sycamore
ISBN: 1-58495-802-2

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Shadows In The Mist, Avid Press, LLC, A Nightingale In The Sycamore, DiskUs Publishing, Return Of The Gulls, Avid Press, LLC, Crumbs In Your Keyboard, Avid Press, LLC,
Instructor for Novel Advice, Instructor for Writer's Online Workshops,
EPPRO: The Electronically Published Professionals Maureen McMahon, Director