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Valentine's Horse

NOTE: My publisher, Booktrope, has gone out of business so for the moment Valentine's Seahorse of out of print. In talks with a few indie publishers though so with a little luck it will be back on bookshelves soon. More news on that as it comes.

  • Valentine's Seahorse Cover
  • Short story Valentine's Seahorse, February 2015.

    • About the Story:
      Love takes root in unexpected places. And moments of recovery often come at the most inconsequential of times. The chance meeting of Vicki and Jacob in a Seattle dive bar brings with it books and bus rides. It brings foot rubs and literature adapted for film and not really knowing what the other wants. It also brings a proposition. They've both experienced pain in the past and are seeking to escape it, to create new moments, new nows to replace those that never were. Vicki takes the lead, and Jacob can't help but follow even though he's unsure of where it's all going. There is talk of sex, and of the fear of what it might cost. A date is set for Valentine's Day, but what will they find? Will their connection be a brief moment that leads to fading memories? Or will the now of the date transform into a beginning?

Praise for Valentine's Seahorse:
"Dave O'Leary writes the kind of books and stories I love to read---fans of Richard Ford and Kazuo Ishiguro would also be impressed with the thoughtful and accomplished prose. In Valentine's Seahorse the characters feel the same, share their lived-in lives, questioning, yearning comforts, and sadnesses too. Life, the little moments, are important, and often remain undiscovered. I look forward to O'Leary's next tale." ---Justin Bog, author of Hark---A Christmas Collection and the award-winning suspense anthology, Sandcastle and Other Stories

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