cynthia e. wines

Author of Halfway

Yeah, well

I have been kicking myself a lot lately due to my lack of writing.  I have been witing a little here and there on two different books. I didn’t think I had made much progress, but turns out I got 5000 words written.  Still not enough to get over writing burnout, but it’s a good start

Also, the original version of Halfway is available amazon. 


Halfway is on vacation

Halfway is not going to be available temporarily while I spend some time looking for publishers.  Some publishers require unpublished works, so I figure better to take it down while working on my submissions.  I will update everyone when anything changes.  Thanks so much for your support.

P.S. – I am still working on Book 2, don’t worry.  Not taking a break from that.

Friday Reads

Everyone needs something to read over the weekend.  Its summer, time to sit back in your lawn chair and read a good book.  Unless you live in Phoenix like me.  Then you should sit back Halfway2 (1)on the sofa and read a good book in the air conditioning.  Today, for Friday Reads, I am running a promotion on amazon.  Halfway will be at the low low price of Zero Dollars.  If you haven’t read it yet, get your copy and let me know what you think!

Coming soon….Nook

So, the terms and conditions with amazon wont allow me to sell Halfway anywhere else until the free for Kindle period is over. That day is June 1,  look for Halfway then for nook.


Nook lovers rejoice!

Halfway is now available on Barnes and Noble!  The Nook App is available for Desktop and Android devices.  Sorry Apple lovers, not available in iTunes.

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Selfie deaths and a short story

2ed77935-8179-4d2e-b343-c332c1629416I took a short break from working on book 2, thanks to a statistic on selfie related deaths and my friend Dr. Tisdon.  A conversation turned into a one page short story.  I read somewhere that there are more selfie related deaths than deaths due to shark attacks.  Most of the people fell while trying to take pictures of themselves near something scenic and a few were people posing with their loaded handgun.  My favorite, although all tragic, is the guy who tried to take a selfie with a rattlesnake.  Everyone knows snakes do not like paparazzi, especially if they have venomous fangs.  Anyway, enjoy.


Dana thought it would be cool to download the app.  “Selfie Russian Roulette”.  It’s probably nothing, just some junk files to make you think you have a new app on your phone.  Her co-worker Ty had mentioned the app in passing.

There had been a few odd deaths reported, cellphones suddenly exploding, killing the user instantly.    When you work in technology, you hear all sorts of things.  When Ty said he had found clues to find it on the dark web, she figured it would only be a matter of time before he had it.  It didn’t take long.

She laughed at him.  “You are insane.”   

Every time Ty took a selfie, he would wink at her.  It peaked her interest.  She loved a cool app just like everyone, but she got busy at work and forgot about it.

Ty had been taking selfies for weeks, his mantra after each one “See, nothing happened”.  Finally she had him install it on her phone.  What were the odds?

The news started reporting more odd deaths related to cell phones. The government tried to ease the concern, blaming it on terrorists.  

“Dont take photos” a government official declared.  

Cellphone manufactures took no responsibility in the deaths.  “Our phones are not killing anyone.” For every press conference saying phones were safe, a dozen people were killed around the world using them.

Ty and Dana got scared.   Ty had stopped taking pictures.  He said he had tried uninstall it, but it didn’t work.  Dana found an old flip phone for sale and bought it.  She could go without photos, video chat and the rest.  Picture taking was no longer appealing.  

Dana left her old smartphone on the table and went to the garage to grab a shovel. Best to bury it in the forest behind her house.   Destroying it may set off the app.  What if it exploded on impact.  

“Dana, it’s me!” her brother Marc walked in the front door.  Dana called to him from the garage. “I’ll be right there.  

Marc grabbed her and pulled her close as she came into the house.  “Say Cheese!.”  He held her old phone in his hands.




Who is making it into book 2?

This guy…

I had already started writing about a new guest that had an ‘encounter’ with an alligator when I found this gem.  Mr. Lacrosse, the gent in the video, is still alive and well in Florida.

Thank you Darwin Awards for giving him an Honorable Mention.

Where did the dog come from?

One of my friends who did some proofreading for me loved the dog in the book.  She told me she got a little sad when he left the house.  I think I made her cry when I told her who he was.


Charlie is/was my old dog.  He died while I was in the middle of writing Halfway so I decided to immortalize him appropriately.

He was a good dog.  He watched the front door and did a security sweeps through the house before he came to bed at night. He barked when someone came to visit.  But, like all dogs, he got old and had trouble doing his route and hopping on the bed.  He did his best to make sure he was keeping us safe.  We could tell he was getting old when he started sleeping through the doorbell ringing.

Charlie is just the same in Halfway as he was in life.  Mostly sleeping and waiting for his people to come home so he could use all of his enthusiasm just to say ‘Hey, where ya’ been?’

Thanks for proofreading Jessica and sorry I made you cry 🙂

Halfway is available on Amazon:

Darwin Awards


Writing about the afterlife as a comedy, does leave a lot of room for coming up with creative ways for people to die.

I thought this was going to be a more challenging task than it is.  Fortunately or unfortunately, depending on your perspective, the Darwin Awards provide ample humorous (yet tragic) examples for me to pull from.


  • Using a chainsaw to turn a grenade into fireworks
  • Trying to fight a lion
  • Using homemade bungy cords

I don’t think I will even have to come up with something original for my next book.  I think the human race has most likely beaten me to any idea I could possibly imagine.


P.S. David Bowie will not be making an appearance.  He didn’t seem like the type of guy who would have had any regrets.

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