A baker’s dozen of short tales certain to tickle anyone’s fancy. Each story includes an introduction written specifically for this volume.In early 2014 I started writing short stories and publishing them for free on my website. I wrote science fiction and fantasy, stories both quirky and quaint. And then I wrote a story set in the military romantic suspense world of my popular novel series “The Night Stalkers.”Fans raved and begged for more until in mid-year the “Ides of Matt” was born and a new, original short story launched on the 14th of each month.Inside this volume I collected the first year’s worth of short stories. Come join me as the Night Stalkers fly to the defense of deep space, as lonely souls sit in high mountain lookout towers and watch for forest fires, and as my writerly notions wander down varied and curious paths.