Chris A. MacKinnon

Author of "The Shoeman Curse"

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Chris A. MacKinnon

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Book Description: Dusty Shoeman, a committed family-man in his mid-forties, strives to be a great father and husband. Wading through a wild and crazy family of six, and a job that barely gets him to the next paycheck, Dusty relies on a secret obsession as his coping mechanism. After winning a local writing contest, he discloses his secret to his family and also reveals he’s been writing a novel. In Dusty's novel, Janet, a single mother, loses her son to cancer. To deal with unbearable pain, Janet resorts to a cutting-edge 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. Will Janet find a way to cope? Will the therapy help? Dusty must use every resource to make his book-dream become a reality. This book engages the reader through funny and endearing everyday life events, as Dusty tries to get his family on board with his dream, and hopefully break "The Shoeman Curse".

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

"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."

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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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The Shoeman Curse Excerpt – Family Fun

I can almost touch the tension as everyone gets ready for school and work this morning. All I want to do is escape from having to save everyone but myself, as the arguments spew from Stella and the kids, whizzing by me like bullets on the beaches of Normandy. The argument enemy is powerful. I […]

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