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Josh Rosen and Bubbe by L. A. StarksJosh Rosen is a recurring character in the Lynn Dayton thriller series. This story about Josh and his grandmother was inspired by a former neighbor who was a Holocaust survivor.

From the author: I worked on this story over a period of years. I kept setting it aside because it didn’t fit the narrative arc and pace of my thrillers. I recently found several versions of it and revised it again to be a stand-alone short story. While we are supposed to be somewhat immune to our own works particularly after countless revisions, the last paragraph of “Josh Rosen and Bubbe” can still bring tears to my eyes.

JOSH ROSEN AND BUBBE is available from Amazon.


STRIKE PRICE, Starks’ second Lynn Dayton thriller, won best mystery/thriller in the Texas Association of Authors 2014 awards.

As in 13 DAYS: THE PYTHAGORAS CONSPIRACY (Lynn Dayton #1), STRIKE PRICE combines Starks’ technical and writing experience for authentic, realistic action. STRIKE PRICE and 13 DAYS have both received five-star reviews.

L. A. Starks was born in Boston, grew up in Oklahoma, and has lived in New Orleans, Chicago, New York, and Texas. She trained in engineering (BS-chemical engineering–Tulane) and economics (MBA-finance, University of Chicago). After working more than a decade for well-known energy companies, today she consults for a select number of clients, speaks to professional groups about energy economics, and analyzes energy policy and investment choices at her website and for Seeking Alpha.

Two of her short stories, “Robert and Therese Guillard: Choices,” and “A Time for Eating Wild Onions,” were accepted and published by the Amazon Shorts program in 2007 and are now available on Kindle. “A Time for Eating Wild Onions” is a follow-on to STRIKE PRICE. The story reveals more about tragic past entanglements between Jesse, Pete’s father, and Pete.

Starks played intramural basketball for the Efficient Mockettes, holds a US patent, has run nine half-marathons, and chairs the investment committee of the board of directors of the Friends of the Dallas Public Library, a funding and advocacy group for Dallas’ 29 public libraries.