“We called it The Sleddin’ Road, but Track of Death would have been more apt…”
One of the kids under the school ground jungle gym claimed The Sleddin’ Road was haunted by a monster ghost toboggan. Another kid said it scared the crap out of his cousin…literally. Folks in town gossiped about it at the local store and whispered its tall tales around Ray’s gas pump – tales and gossip filled with twisted up limbs swollen like ginormous sausages and record-long lines of injured sledders crowding hospital emergency rooms. But a handful of fish hatchery kids – the author, his brother, his sister, a foreign exchange student, and three Vikings – still braved The Sleddin’ Road’s slopes.
Share in the laugh-out-loud adventures, from guinea-pigging younger siblings on experimental sledding stunts to sled racing pro-wrestling style. Watch the author’s friend Jack rocket himself over a Kelly hump on a set of antique cross country skis and just try not to laugh (we dare you!) as the family’s Colombian foreign exchange student takes one wild ride down a cliff-steep sled run.
1862 – The Great Salt Lake City. Mormon convert, Jean Baptiste, confesses to grave robbery. Citizens are infuriated and want Baptiste punished by death for his crimes. Instead, Baptiste is banished to Fremont Island in the Great Salt Lake where a worse fate hungers for his soul. Will Jean keep his vow to mend the damage done and finally find forgiveness? Or will the shadows of his past catch up with him? Find out in this story based on true events.
The novelette Retribution is James’s second published story.
A collection of laugh-out-loud humorous short stories from author James D. Beers.
Have you ever wondered why a thrown flat rock never flies straight? Spent a long and sleepless night in a den of snorers? Did you ever blow up cuisine in the microwave and then try and hide it?
Follow the author and his family and friends in their rollicking adventures as they sled down the dreaded Sleddin’ Road, ride in a Volkswagen Rabbit that smokes more than a steam locomotive, and practice Premeditated Bear Situation Thinking while out in The Woods. Just try not to laugh as you read about the cutthroat cookie decorating contest from Christmas 2007 or as the author guinea pigs his younger brother in a game of spit wads.
Born in Idaho, raised on ice cream, and schooled in calamity and disaster, author James D. Beers writes the stories of his life from a unique and humorous perspective in A Knack for Embarrassment, his first collection of short stories.