Chris A. MacKinnon

Author of "The Shoeman Curse" – Fiction

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Chris A. MacKinnon

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Can fathers and husbands get out of their own way? Is it possible to survive the curse of infants, teenagers and relationship-stupidity? To get around the “Shoeman Curse”, Dusty Shoeman, a quiet, hardworking man, closet-writes his way to sanity—until he is discovered. But what happens when your dramatic book about a grieving, single mother gains serious attention? Will your kids think you’re an idiot? What will your relentlessly-teasing coworkers say when they find out you’ve written a sappy, for-women, page-turner? Will your wife support you, or will she die a laughing death? Dusty’s book is included in The Shoeman Curse. In his novel, Janet, a single mother, loses her son to cancer. To deal with unbearable pain, she resorts to a cutting-edge virtual mind-therapy, designed to help parents who’ve lost their children. Using a new therapy technique, Janet is transferred to a world where she meets a young boy who reveals a secret. Janet must pass through five doors for the therapy to be successful. Read Dusty’s book to see what the hype is all about…then witness his attempts to break the curse once and for all. Can he do it? Either way, you’ll be laughing with Dusty, crying with Janet, and cheering for them both!

About the Author

Chris A. MacKinnon

Chris lives in Prince Edward Island, Canada, with his wife and four children. His busy and sometimes chaotic life is survived by the lens of humor he chooses to see life through. Years of foster parenting, plus two international adoptions, have helped Chris appreciate life’s crazy twists and turns, and adapt to the good and bad life offers. There’s definitely a little bit of “Dusty” in Chris, and the endearing moments in “The Shoeman Curse” are evidence that he accepts and treasures the uniqueness of every person he meets; well, most people anyway (wink).

Curse Excerpts & Reviews

"We Shoemans seem to have been jinxed since birth. It’s like everything we set our minds and hands to is somehow cursed. We cannot, for the life of us, ungrip ourselves from 'The Shoeman Curse'. I’m not saying it’s passed down through generations, it’s just something I’ve noticed in my own generation of Shoemans. I tell Stella our bad luck is directly related, and she usually laughs it off...but for the past few years I think she’s starting to believe me."

Ashley Simon

Review – The Shoeman Curse

Review of Chris A. MacKinnon’s The Shoeman Curse by Ashley Simon Dusty Shoeman, protagonist of The Shoeman Curse, is a family man with a secret. He loves to write. He’s working on a short story. It’s a thriller about a woman, Janet, who’s recently lost her son to cancer and is undergoing a brand-new therapy […]

Ashley Simon

Review – The Shoeman Curse

D.M. Kirtaime – “I must congratulate Chris for his writing style. One which made reading this book such a pleasure. The story within the main story was ideally placed through the book, I felt. It also gave magnificent strength to the character Dusty Shoeman as an aspiring author. This book of course has two paces. […]

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The Shoeman Curse Excerpt – Can’t Get Home Fast Enough

At this point I’m wondering if I’m the only person who finds it weird that I had to go through this ordeal to find Enterprise, but all seems well to the staff who are standing outside looking like they are expecting me. They are all smiles as I pull up to the curb. As I […]

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The Shoeman Curse Excerpt – Shooting Stars

I sit on the curb to wait for Stella. There are two stars in the sky starting to pierce what’s left of the sun’s glow. A shooting star flies clear across the sky. Shooting stars always amaze me, but this one in particular was almost bionic…faster, stronger, bigger. I decide to make a wish out […]

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The Shoeman Curse Excerpt – Caught in the Act

“Do you know how to start a barbecue?” she asks. “Brittany’s trying to light it now, but it just keeps clicking or something.” “Yeah, sure. It could be out of propane.” “I guess so. We don’t know much about barbecues.” I’d wager they don’t know much about much. “Ah, they’re pretty straightforward, let’s give it a […]

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The Shoeman Curse Excerpt – Therapy Session

Janet uncovered her eyes, and laughed. “You’re amused,” Logan said. “Amused?” she asked, “I don’t know what I am, to be honest. What do you mean the door of denial?” Logan crossed his legs and clasped his hands together on his knees. “This is the easiest door of all. Anyone can get through it because […]

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The Shoeman Curse Excerpt – Teenage Girls

  For some reason, I notice I have a spring in my step this morning. It’s as if I’ve been depressed for years and my new medication is starting to work. I’m whistling as I walk. I’m hearing birds chirping outside, singing songs of happiness. I have purpose. I have ambition. My god, I haven’t […]

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The Shoeman Curse Excerpt – Session Therapy

After working most of his life helping grieving parents, Dr. Koslov teamed up with two Russian scientists who invented a virtual therapy, called “Session Therapy”, where clients are placed in virtual situations and their brains are essentially tricked to think and feel differently about real circumstances in their lives. The therapy consists of a strict […]

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The Shoeman Curse Excerpt – Nitwit

As I pull into my driveway after work, the first person I see is my neighbor, Landon Rossiter. I don’t even know where to begin to describe this pretentious nitwit. Actually, that’s pretty good. Go to any online thesaurus and search for “pompous”. Landon’s a single, kid-less guy in his early fifties, who inherited tons […]

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