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The Ice Cream Addiction: A mysterious herb takes over a country town. [Kindle Edition]

J.Z. Pinder

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Book Description

"MA" CARNEY AND BORIS

This lengthy story focuses on Lorna Carney, a middle-aged widow, who owns a small family dairy farm called Good Acres. Just about everyone calls Lorna, by her nickname, "Ma." The Carney farm is located near -the small country town of Colton Hollow. Ma has a mentally challenged son named Boris. Six years after the death of her beloved husband, Caleb, Ma decides to open an ice cream shop in the Hollow. The townspeople react enthusiastically when they find out that their town is to have its first ice cream shop.

One day Boris inquisitively asks Ma about a strange herb growing down by the Creek in the field where the cows graze daily. Ma tells him it doesn’t concern him and that he is not to speak to anyone, except her, about the special field, or the herb.

                                               THE SHOP OPENING

The opening of Ma’s Delicious Ice Cream Shoppe is a momentous event in the Hollow. Mayor Beasley gives his usual boring speech and the festivities are enjoyed by all. Ma is overjoyed at the first day’s ice cream sales and even more so when she realizes the first week’s sales far exceeded expectations. She knows that the business is going to be successful, for Ma’s ice cream is very special.

                                     THE MYSTERIOUS HERBAL PLANT

A few months before his death, Caleb Carney bought an old book in a used bookstore in the city. The book’s title was "The Qualities of the Analexium Fisticium Plant." It seems that the herbal plant has mysterious qualities. After reading the book, Caleb feels he has discovered a huge moneymaker for him and Lorna.

A short time thereafter, Caleb finds a distributor, orders this unique Analexium herb, and plants it in the field near the creek. Within a year it spreads like a weed. Boris notices that the cows are acting strangely after they graze on the mysterious herb. They are staggering around and banging into each other. He mentions it to his mother and she tells him not to pay any attention to it. She tells him the cows unusual behavior is harmless to them.

                                    Mabel Dotson is the owner of the town diner. One afternoon her friend, Paula, drops in to have a piece of Mabel’s delicious pie and a cup of coffee. The conversation soon turns to a mutual concern that they both have for their children. The kids are acting in a strange manner, and neither Mabel or Paula is able to understand why.

"It's another world look. I mean the girls are only seven and nine. It's like they are controlled by something way out there that I don't know anything about. When they get like that I am almost afraid of my own children. Isn't that crazy? Fearing my own kids."

Many of the elders in the Hollow soon become aware that something sinister is occurring in their town. As a reader, you will find yourself becoming lost in the pages of this gripping story, the town’s problem reaches crisis proportions. ( 9,694 words).


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 188 KB
  • Print Length: 30 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Barclay Associates; 1 edition (16 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008XUGKNA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,075,080 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

I have just created my U.K. Author page. I must say that I'm pleased that Amazon now has such a page so that I can communicate with my friends in the United Kingdom. I hope you will enjoy my stories and Ronda and Richard, my first novel.


In the brand-new, marvelous age of digital self-publishing, I can write a story and have it available for sale within days. Only a few years ago, this was an impossible dream. Recently I decided to start writing short stories of between 7,000 to 10,000 words, most are lengthy, close to 10,000 words. I call them "long stories," since most short stories are under 5,000. I try to include a lot of suspense in my stories.
In early August of 2013, I published my first novel, Ronda and Richard, a full length erotic romance set in the mid-seventies. Hopefully you will return to my author page on a regular basis to review my most recent work. I encourage you to write a review after you have finished reading one of my stories or the novel. Thank you.
J.Z. Pinder

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5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining 21 Oct. 2013
By RFY - Published on Amazon.com
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Hilarious tale about an entrepreneurial widow, wobble cows, and the best ice cream the kids of the Hollow have ever tasted. The characters were delightful, even slow Boris who must be reminded to bathe lest his aroma frighten the flies away from the garbage bins. Thanks to Ma's now deceased husband, her farm plays host to a barely known herb that boosts milk production in cows. Blessed with such abundant production, Ma decides to open an ice cream shop, never once imagining that her delicious ice cream will have such a profound effect on the town's children.

I really enjoyed this fun story and its engaging characters. Initially I'd assumed the magic herb was garden variety weed, but instead it turns out to be something much more interesting and creative. Good job all around on this story and I can't wait to read more by the author.
3.0 out of 5 stars quick anti-gmo read...lol 8 July 2014
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Ok...clear anti gmo moral. Finished it in about an hour. Kid friendly book. I need five more words so there. Done...lol
4.0 out of 5 stars Short and Sweet! 3 July 2014
By grammyk - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a cute short story about a farmer's wife who has 25 cows that makes an over abundance of milk each week. Lorna Carney then decides to go into the ice cream parlor business and things get a little crazy after children eat and enjoy her ice cream. This story is funny and a little bit strange. It has the usual small country town politics, rowdy and behaved children, a son who is a little slow (not quite sure what his role really was in the overall story), and a woman with a secret! This was definitely worth the read...
3.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant read 30 Jun. 2014
By Margaret Lyons Moore - Published on Amazon.com
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A quirky little tale with a good ending, but, oh, it had the potential for so very much more. Too bad it wasn't more fully developed.
2.0 out of 5 stars Took the easy way out with the ending. 4 Jun. 2014
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Trying not to give away the ending if you do decide to read this. Needed more character development, less cliche ending, Not the worst book I have read, and absolutely not the best.
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