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Rachelle Reese

Rachelle Reese has been making up stories for over 40 years. Her earliest stories were acted out by Barbie, Skipper, and Ken. Now her stories are acted out by the voices in her head. She has an MA in English from San Jose State University, where she wrote poetry and fiction. She ran the Art @ 8 open poetry readings and performed frequently at galleries and other venues. She is a self-taught programmer and was the first student at SJSU to complete her thesis as an interactive work of fiction. After meeting her husband and frequent co-author, John E. Miller, she began role-playing. Many of their story ideas and characters emerge during a game of Dungeons and Dragons, Call of Cthulhu, or World of Darkness. However, the mythos of their world is their own. Rachelle writes fantasy, paranormal urban fantasy, and a bit of horror. She and John are the authors of two short story collections: Bones of the Woods and Mind of a Mad Man. They are also the authors of the Dime Store Novel urban fantasy series. Rachelle has published several short stories in anthologies. Her latest was "The Rescue," published in The Bitter End: Tales of Nautical Terror. Rachelle also writes training courses and certification prep materials for programmers, network administrators, and computer support professionals. Rachelle lives with her husband in rural Missouri. They raise cattle and donkeys. They are devoted to their dogs...who pretty much run the household. She enjoys a good dry wine, immersing herself in a book, dancing, long walks in the woods, and, of course, sledding. She has recently taken up quilting. She blogs at The Dime Store Novel characters blog at

Story: The Big Hill


Lisa Rose

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This is a beautiful and heartfelt story. You have a wonderful way with words and transport your reader to another world. Your dialogue is terrific and spot on. I was with Jenny as she watched over her dying and husband and felt her struggle to keep the smile he loved on her face. Someone always has to cut the rut; to go first. This time it was Vern. The scene I loved the most? "Well, why don't we do that today?" "Do what?" "Slide down the Big Hill." "You're a crazy old man." Vern grinned. "Yes, but you love me. Do you think you can drive that old truck home in the snow?" "Vern, you're crazy. The doctor's not even here to sign you out." "So I sign myself out or I just leave. And I'm not crazy, I'm serious. This might be the last big snow I see and I sure as don't plan to watch it out a hospital window." At the end of there life people should be allowed to live it how they want to, not spend their last moments on Earth hooked up to some machine. Very good story! If you have the time please read my story 'Drift Away' and leave a review to let me know if you liked it.

A L Motsy

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A very touching love story. Although sad, I found it also inpiring.'Flawless writing and imagery. This is one of the best entries I've read so far! Well done.


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Beautiful story! I really enjoyed and appreciated all the precise, vivid details that allowed the reader to experience, vicariously, the down-to-earth, farming life this old couple had shared for years and the deep with memories and love they have had for each other--now in its last hours, even moments. The conclusion is such a perfect, if bittersweet, ending for the story: the adventure and the decision to do, one last time together, a special activity they had so loved, even it it killed them both....


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I loved the imagery of the snow. Great writing that caught me up in the drama immediately. Just two curious moments - first, when they walked out of the hospital and into the snowy truck without stopping. Was Vern still in his hospital gown? I couldn't get that image out of mind. Second, the mention of "Don't leave me" when she was dying. Was Vern alone on the sled and only thought that his wife was with him on the Big Hill? Was she already gone and all of this was a morphine dream? I love a story that makes me think. Thanks!


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Well done. I think you captured mannerisms and speech patterns particularly well. These characters make sense.

Book lover

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So let me get this straight...the old lady basically commits suicide in the end? I struggle with this because I see that as a sign of weakness...if my husband died, I would be heartbroken. I am not sure how I would make it through each day...but I would force myself to continue with life. It was a very sweet story...until the last paragraph or so...then it kind of took a morbid turn that was definitely unexpected and not that great according to me...


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Very touching. Love the story about the last days of love, the dignity of making choices on how to end a life, with tenderness, fun, and dignity. The elements of nature and a life outside of the 'big city' bring the reader back to basics. What is important. More than anything - it is the love between people and the memories of loved ones gone, and loved ones that we will one day join again. Thank you for the lovely story Rachelle....

Francy MysteryCozy

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I was in a very stress filled place when I read Rachelle's story...but it captured me and lead me up and out of my own worries into a fun read...the best, thanks Rachelle...francy


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I loved reading this story. Very heart warming and reminded me of the life long love of my great grandparents. Author has a grasp on endearing love.....


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Such a touching story...have read it twice already. Beautifully worded and a very REAL love story. Take the time to discover this truly talented writer.


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A must read... very touching

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