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Mable stared at the man in the red coat passed out on her lawn and the overturned sled, ignoring the reindeer munching on her shrubs. Empty beer cans, cookie crumbs, and scraps from her Christmas ham littered the ground. The man’s eyes cracked opened, then slammed shut.

“Hey. Wake up.”

“Turn off that damned light,” he groaned. “Let me die in peace.”

“I can’t turn off the sun,” said Mable. “Get up before a kid sees you.”

“Quit nagging. You sound like Mrs. Clause.”

“Well, she’s probably worried sick about you.

Santa belched. “I doubt that very much. She threw me out after the company party last week. All because of one little kiss. Okay, maybe a bit more than a kiss, but it’s not my fault. Someone spiked my milk and covered the ceiling with mistletoe. I couldn’t stop kissing everyone.”

Mable didn’t believe what she was hearing. This was not how she pictured jolly old Saint Nick. “So explain that to Mrs. Clause.”

“I tried, but she just can’t get past the surveillance video. Neither can the elves. The restraining order says I can’t go within 500 miles of the North Pole.” Tears ran down his face. “I’m never drinking milk again. You have to help. I’ve been set up.”

“Me? What can I do?”

“You’re the one who wants to be a detective. Here’s your chance, detect. Clear my name.”

Instead of being happy, Mable winced. Her first case was going to be a doozy.


Happy Holidays Y’all

Don’t forget to pick up a copy of Star Touched and Wolf Dawn for your special someone.

Star Touched

Startouched front cover2Eighteen-year-old Tatiana is running from her past and her star-touched powers eight years after a meteor devastates earth’s population. Her power to heal may be overshadowed by more destructive abilities. Fleeing the persecution of those like her, Tatiana seeks refuge in a small town she once visited. But this civil haven, in a world where society has broken down, is beginning to crumble. Will Tatiana flee or stay and fight for the new life she has built? Only by harnessing the very forces that haunt her can Tatiana save her friends…and herself.


Wolf Dawn

Wolf Dawn 13


A Hidden Past – A Deadly Secret

Gifted with the ability to wolf-talk, Kara has lived with the wolves since she lost her memories eight years ago. Now at sixteen, snippets of her past send her searching for answers.

But the warm welcome she receives in the human village hides more danger than life with the pack.

About A. L. Kaplan

I am a writer, artist, and parent.
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3 Responses to SPECIAL GUEST

  1. parkermccoy says:

    Excellent story! Old Santa’s having a rough time. I hope he’ll get Mrs. Claus’ confidence back. Thanks for sharing!

    Liked by 1 person

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