Lee Carey
Lee Carey


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New Year's Day is the time when hope for a bright future abounds. However, the opposite is true for a rescue dog and a high school senior. Their lives are dramatically changed.
Adam's father is killed in Afghanistan during a rescue attempt of fellow soldiers under fire from the Taliban.
Angel is beaten and thrown out to die by her owner's jealous boyfriend in a rural section of Virginia Beach.
Frigid temperatures and several inches of snow lambaste Sandbridge Beach. The unusual weather becomes the catalyst that brings Adam and Angel together.
This story of a young man and his dog is nothing short of a roller-coaster ride as these two strive with determination to overcome adversity, broken dreams, and heartache on their paths to success.

Who saves who?


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Two 5-Star Reviews on Amazon

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The author has done it again with another sweet story about a boy and his dog overcoming misfortune, cruelty and loss. The author explores the range of human behavior from senseless cruelty to animals to selfless kindness, from crushed dreams to new beginnings, and along the way his love of Sandbridge, his home in reality as well as featured in his fiction, shines through. He describes a young man’s baseball games so vividly that the reader is drawn into the game. His love of animals, particularly dogs, gives him an inside track to how a dog thinks and reacts. There are no explosions, (well, maybe one small one) or bloody battles, or gunfights, but there is plenty of action and suspense. The author draws the characters so well the reader comes to care about what happens to them next. I look forward to reading his next book. Gene Byrge, author, MI


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You can't fail to like this author's writing. I was lucky to read an ARC of this story chapter by chapter as it was created. The depth of character is Lee's forte as an author I think.

I'm a sucker for stories about dogs, especially dogs that have suffered at the hands of humans. Their determination to seek out a better life for themselves is set out beautifully in this emotional book. Angel stumbles across the kindest of families, the Comleys, and that where her fortunes turn. No longer beaten and regarded an outcast, Angel grows in stature when she benefits from the family's love and attention. In the end she blossoms into a dog with a true mission in life.

Great read for animal lovers and mystery lovers alike. Mel Comley, author, France



A beagle puppy is discarded like trash on the Eastern Shore. He lived in fear and hopelessness – until the day Scooter and Gabby pulled into the country diner where he hid out. Little Flash suddenly found himself relocated to Sandbridge Beach, becoming a member of their little family of three.
Flash and Gabby bonded, despite completely different personalities. Together, these two uniquely talented, compassionate canines brightened Scooter’s days as the trio became an unbeatable team.
Their many humorous and heartwarming adventures will touch the reader. Gabby stars in a Disney movie, Scooter’s debut novel’s published and Flash accompanies him on the book tour, and special-needs children are treated to “beach camp”. Along the way, events full of suspense and mystery add intrigue to the beach trio’s lives.
Once Flash fully realizes he is loved and has a real home, he grows into a daring, brave dog that exhibits a sincere concern for others, including Scooter and Gabby.
This novel, the sequel to ‘Gabby…All About Me’, fits the bill for dog lovers of all ages.


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Love Lee's laid-back style!


I've read all Carey's books and must say I love them. They don't make my heart race or my muscles tense up or keep me awake at night - but they do tweak my tear ducts. His obvious love for dogs shines through, and you can't help getting involved with the characters. In "Flash" the protagonist has conversations with his dogs - fantasy, yes, but heartwarming also. If you're looking for blood, sex and violence, you're in the wrong place. If you enjoy a quiet read that will tug at your heartstrings, you will definitely enjoy "Flash", and Carey's other books.




Flash...the Humble Hero brought a smile to my face. With a story line straight out of a Frank Capra movie (Pocketful of Miracles comes to mind), Flash...the Humble Hero calls upon the reader to completely suspend reality and accept as fact that two dogs, Gabby and Flash, can talk and communicate with their owner, Scooter. And why not? As a lover of cats, I can affirm that my two babies, Callie and Cassie, most certainly commune with me!
More than likely aimed at a young adult audience, "Flash" goes to great lengths to avoid what most every other book embraces: four-letter words and abusive language. Kudos to Mr. Carey for his steadfast integrity and resistance to taking the easy road; the high road is infinitely better!
Young adult or senior citizen, if you're a lover of fun fantasy where things turn out the way they ought to, you'll most certainly enjoy Flash...the Humble Hero. Joe Perrone, author, NC


*Amazon Rating - 4.9 (18 reviews)

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Hollowell County has been run by the Baddley family for generations using corruption fueled with illegal money. Howie Higgins is called back to his hometown for the funeral of his long-time friend and mentor. All hell breaks loose as Howie learns of this family's cruel and deadly actions and decides to clean up the county.
Justice in Hollowell County is set in rural North Carolina during the late '60's during a period of racial unrest. As a private investigator from Virginia Beach, Howie will not sit back and allow the Baddleys' to use and abuse others for their selfish gains. When Howie's grandfather suddenly dies, the fuse is lit and the Baddleys will have justice served on them.
A fast-paced story with touches of heartwarming moments, and with a past revealed to Howie that digs deep into his heart and soul.
Justice is best served 'hot'.

*See what one reviewer, a highly-rated author, said about 'Justice'...


"Tense Mystery With A Heart"


Take a step back in time...

When the evil in the world was confronted and dealt with by heroes. Men and women that still valued morals, manners and kindness. A time when tradition, honor and family still meant something. When the spoken word was enough to seal a deal when promised by an honorable man.

Or seal your death when spoken by a dishonorable one.

Welcome to Hollowell County, North Carolina. There you will find a true hero by the name of Howie Higgins. One not afraid to die for a friend during times of war or days of peace. A man of strong moral character that isn't afraid to express his emotions to others. A man that finds himself caught in a deadly game of cat and mouse with the county's deadliest family.

An intriguing mystery with great twists and turns, a bit of payback for unjust deeds, and a lot of heart and soul. A great read!

Ashley Fontainne, author.



This YA/Crossover novel has been read by more 'baby boomers' than young people, and has become a hit. This story is set in WV in 1957, a time when family was family and friends were essential. You will quickly relate and bond with Keith DeLong and his best friend, John 'Flea' Summers, two normal teens growing up in a rugged coal mining town.

For a summer job they decide, instead of working as gophers around the mine, to work outdoors in fresh air and sunshine. They apply for the caddy job at the Bluefield Country Club, without their parents' knowledge. This move will not set well with Keith's coal-mining father. Keith's best friend Flea is struck with a serious illness. Keith is also swamped by waves of decisions and increasing heartaches in the midst of his dreams.


This story will pull you in and have you rooting for these two teens in their struggles and determination. Have a tear-wipe handy. Oh, and then there's the sequel "Out of the Rough".
Both novels are suitable for all ages, especially those of us who recall the late 50's and how times were.



To say that this book is an excellent read is a gross understatement! Having grown up in the late 50's, I was immediately invested with Keith and "Flea" and couldn't wait to turn each page and follow their exploits. The author writes in such a crisp, clear and flowing style that you're at the end before you know it. I especially liked the fact that he chose not to introduce too many characters which would have cluttered this wonderful story. His development of the main characters was seamless, making it that much easier to understand each as individuals. After 180 pages, I wanted more! I can't wait to begin "Out of the Rough". Bravo for a delightful slice of Americana - keep 'em coming. Rita Dulina, VA


This collection of 7 short stories, plus 1 bonus story, are set around the beach where I reside. They contain humor, compassion, ocean mammals, beach animals, tourists, and sunny days. You will spend time on the coast, so be sure and apply a nice layer of sunscreen....and set back and enjoy: 'Ocean Therapy' - 'NATs & TOTs' - 'Risky Gamble' - 'Sandy Returns to Sandbridge' - 'Gone Fishin'...' - 'Sheila & Sammy' and 'The Unwelcome Nasty Arrival'.
Thank you and keep smilin'...
PS. Some stories are true while some are not...I'll leave it to you to decide...it's more fun that way.




Lee Carey is an accomplished author with eight published novels to his credit. He lives at Sandbridge, which is the Outer Banks of Virginia, and in 2014 he published a collection of his short stories called Beach Shorts. These artistic tales capture a wide range of emotions, ranging from the heart-warming to the humorous to the grotesque. They depict the beauty of the beach region, including stories written from the point of view of the various natural beach citizens of the wildlife population, such as loggerhead turtles, sandfiddler crabs and sharks. Challenging events such as tsunami waves, riptides, hurricanes are featured. Mr. Carey also writes stories about the impact of human intervention on the outer banks, including not only tourism but also marine science experts. Perhaps you heard of the large number of dead dolphins that so sadly washed ashore last year? Ever imagined what might happen if a huge whale washed ashore? Mr. Carey tells you, in arguably the best whale story since Melville’s Moby Dick. Did you ever lie to your parents or cheat on your grades? Mr. Carey has a story about that, called The Report Card, a tale reminiscent of Mark Twain. Ever heard the words “finders keepers”? Well, beachcombers look to find stuff all the time, and so Mr. Carey has a new twist on the tale called Gone Fishin. And the therapeutic effect of the ocean waves, sea breeze, digging in the sand, picnicking and sunbathing – they all are covered in these stories. Great fun to read - for young and old alike. Beach Shorts is a must-read for those taking a beach vacation at the outer banks, or those who might want to live by the sea. The cover shows an avid reader studying Mr. Carey’s manuscript while sunning on the beach – you should, too!  David Keith, Falls Church, VA




After reading Lee's other short stories, all of which touched me in a way other short stories haven't, and believe me I've read quite a few over the years.
Beach shorts has a wonderful mixture of humour/humor mixed with thought-provoking situations. Loved the term NATs and TOTs, I'd never heard of anything like that before. I used to live in a holiday town in the UK and every year we would get invaded by GROCKLES so I could totally relate to this story! LOL
I'd love to visit Sandbridge in the future because of the images running through my mind at the moment, thanks to Lee's wonderful writing.
Great job, Lee. Keep smilin'.  Mel Comley, author, France


When we lose a pet, the experience is heartbreaking and emotional. In this pet novel, we get a peek into 'their' Paradise, along with a glimpse of what they are up to. One thing is for sure...we never forget them and they never forget us. This is not a depressing novel, it's a heartwarming novel that will lift your spirit and have you recalling any of your pets who are now having a fun time in Paradise with all types of animals.


This is a story that everyone who loves animals should read - from the moment they can read, to the day they forget how to read - in other words, every age group. It's written well enough to entertain adults, and all the kids I know would love it. It won't make you shudder in horror, bite your nails in suspense, or gnash your teeth about political stupidity. It WILL touch your heart, and I suggest you have tissues nearby, as the author expertly conveys the emotion involved in losing a beloved companion animal. Somehow, I find great comfort in imagining my beloved furry friends cavorting through a meadow in Paradise, chasing butterflies and comparing notes about the humans they spent time with. I'd give it ten stars if I could. G. Byrge




An unexpected and fantastical journey over the Rainbow Bridge. One can only hope that our beloved friends who have crossed the Bridge find such enchantment and wonder. I choose to believe that they are always watching over us mere mortals. This is an uplifting 'tail' of a very different kind.




Lighthearted, yet written with deep adoration for the animal kingdom. The explicit descriptions of the pets' capers and gestures deliver laughter and pure reading enjoyment!
Marney Sanders, Va. Beach, VA

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