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Table Of Contents
"Introduction"
By Patrick Witz

"Dedication"
By David Loofbourrow

"The Legend of Zacharias Bean"
By David Loofbourrow

"WEEP for Humanity"
By David Loofbourrow

"Infatuation"
By Patrick Witz

"Botones del Oro"
By David Loofbourrow

"Opportunity"
By Patrick Witz

"Pearlies"
By Jane Haworth

"Button Lip"
By Patrick Witz

"Vacation Destination"
By Patrick Witz

"Stranger in Town"
By Evelina Dunn

"To Have and to Hold"
By Patrick Witz

"Lifelong Companion"
By Patrick Witz

"Button Betty"
By D.L. Kent

"Button Up a Life"
By Kathleen Coleman

"The Exchange"
By Patrick Witz

Excerpts from "Through Button Eyes - A Collection of Short Fiction"

Botones del Oro

Botones del Oro

Author: Anne Marie Olsen 

Genre: Swashbuckler 

Synopsis: A handsome, mysterious stranger whirls into town weaving a spell with tales of heroism, gold and adventure. Can the spellbound barmaid win both his heart and his treasure?

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Button Betty

Button Betty

Author: D.L. Kent

Genre: LGBT Fiction

Synopsis: For Martin, fresh off a Nebraska farm, coming out in the 70s should have been easy. He lives with a gay uncle in New York City, attends film school at Columbia, and has two eccentric great-aunts who take his love life all too seriously. But after three years, the shy young man still hasn’t been on a single date – until the Aunties give him a very special gift…

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Button Lip

Button Lip

Author: Patrick Witz 

Genre: Horror Comedy 

Synopsis: A wild party, lots of alcohol, an act of kindness, unforeseen revenge, prize money and the ghastly un-dead, conspire to unlock doors that probably should have remained closed.

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Button Up a Life

Button Up a Life

Author: Kathleen Coleman 

Genre: Memoir 

Synopsis: Button, button, what's in a button? Sometimes it's threaded into a lifetime.

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Dedication

By Co-Editor David Loofbourrow

Only one of the other writers in this anthology got the opportunity to meet my mother, Elizabeth Stifle Loofbourrow, before she passed in December 2014. But they all got to know her through her creative work. Several of our writers are artists in various mediums, and so were interested when I shared some of the hundreds of displays Elizabeth had made of her extensive button collection – which became the inspiration for our writing.

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Infatuation

Infatuation

Author: Patrick Witz 

Genre: Romantic Thriller 

Synopsis: Cynthia meets Jerry in a bar and they instantly become infatuated. Could their chance rendezvous be love at first sight or simply a one-time fling?

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Introduction

By Co-Editor Patrick Witz

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Lifelong Companion

Lifelong Companion

Author: Patrick Witz 

Genre: Tragedy 

Synopsis: Catastrophic events can strike at a moment’s notice. One young family was diligent in their disaster plans and emergency preparations. However, when caught in the path of a menacing tornado, there are times when even the best-planned defenses just don’t go far enough. (Warning: Some readers may find the premise of this story disturbing.) 

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Opportunity

Opportunity

Author: Patrick Witz 

Genre: Science Fiction 

Synopsis: NASA J.P.L. Engineers Kevin and Frank have faithfully managed the day-to-day operations of the Mars rover "Opportunity" by the book for years. A chance glimpse of something odd leads the two engineers to break protocol and secretly investigate the anomaly on their own. Going to management too soon would definitely jeopardize the mission, their careers and retirement.

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Pearlies

Pearlies

Author: Jane Haworth 

Genre: Coming of Age  

Synopsis: A mysterious envelope arrives with an all-expenses-paid overseas trip enclosed. Teenaged Trisha reluctantly embarks on a surprising journey that leads her into tangled threads of family history still knotted with hostilities.

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Stranger in Town

Stranger in Town

Author: Evelina Dunn 

Genre: Romantic Fantasy  

Synopsis: On a quiet weekend at the coast away from her lackluster life, she meets a suave stranger. A dangerous mix of mystery and excitement at the water’s edge - yet she feels unthreatened. She is mesmerized, even after being warned. She can’t help but be drawn into his world.

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The Exchange

The Exchange

Author: Patrick Witz


Genre: Literary Fiction

 

Synopsis:  As Alzheimer disease scrambles Grandma’s memories, the old woman hints at a shocking tale. Annie, in secret, investigates her grandmother’s past. What she uncovers thrusts Annie into a heart-wrenching dilemma. Should she reveal her discoveries to the family or let the secret perish with Grandma’s fading memory?

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The Legend of Zacharias Bean

The Legend of Zacharias Bean

Author: Anne Marie Olsen

Genre: Tall Tale

Synopsis: An unusual friendship develops between an ancient gold miner and a feisty freckle-faced girl.

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To Have and to Hold

To Have and to Hold

Author: Patrick Witz 

Genre: Mystery  

Synopsis: When the economic bubble bursts, Harry suddenly finds himself in a world of financial chaos. Job opportunities dry up and his house investment turns into a disaster of overwhelming debt. He desperately needs a little luck to survive. Is there really such a thing as a lucky charm? And if there is, can Harry hold on to it long enough to turn his life around?

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Vacation Destination

Vacation Destination

Author: Patrick Witz 

Genre: Literary Fiction 

Synopsis: What makes a vacation memorable? Typically, it boils down to one of two things: an immensely thrilling time or a catastrophic letdown. This young family’s vacation destination does not live up to their travel agent’s propaganda. Happily, it ends well for them, but not for others.

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WEEP for Humanity

WEEP for Humanity

Author: David Loofbourrow

Genre: Dystopia

Synopsis: The quiet community life of an Israeli kibbutz offers Abram Meir, a young veterinarian, the support he needs to heal from the loss of his family to a Hamas bomb. But a world-wide disaster thrusts him into the center of a secret international plan to save the human race from complete annihilation. Abram has lost everyone he cared about. Can he find the strength to make the ultimate sacrifices that might give humanity a chance to start over?

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