Spotlight with an Edge: Tammy Ruggle’s Starsky and Hutch Next Gen

STARSKY AND HUTCH NEXT GENAuthor, Tammy Ruggles sent in an Excerpt to share with readers here at FVP. We’re happy to Spotlight her and other Indie Authors who submit excerpts or short stories to us! Here’s a bit about Tammy and her edgy Starsky & Hutch Next Gen Series:

Some of Tammy’s writing credits include Writer’s Digest, Disney’s Family Fun,, The Good News Network, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Vox, TheMailOnline, American Profile, Newsmax,The Independent Journal, Country Living, House Beautiful, A Cup of Comfort, AOL Rise, and numerous literary journals, photography publications, and art magazines.

Starsky & Hutch Next Gen Series (Each episode is a transformative work that contains no characters from the original TV series Starsky and Hutch, and is not endorsed or associated with Sony Pictures Television, Warner Brothers, or other rights holders).


Not only are Davis Starsky and Kent Hutchinson young, single detectives with the Bay City Police Department in California, they’re brothers only a year apart, as they share the same mother, who died in an auto accident when the boys were young teenagers.

Other characters in Starsky & Hutch Next Gen include Captain Shaw (female superior), Tasha Brown (Huggy’s daughter), her boyfriend Tony (Phys Ed teacher), Mo (Davis and Kent’s snitch and psychic friend who runs a grungy gym), and Lucky (Davis and Kent’s hooker friend trying to go clean).

Davis drives a black Mustang with twin white stripes running down the hood, and Kent drives a white Audi.

Excerpt from Starsky and Hutch Next Gen:

On their way to the Audi, Kent’s phone buzzed in his pocket.


“Kent, my mom was in a car accident and she’s in the hospital.”

Although the voice sounded nasal and weak from crying, Kent recognized the voice of Rico Menendez. “The welfare lady said I could call you. She—my mom. I think she might die.”

“Are you at Bay City Hospital?”


“Sit tight. I’ll be right there.”

“Kent, I’m scared.”

“I know, buddy. I’m on my way.”

Kent hung up the phone, said “See you later” to Mo, then tried to call Lucky, but she wasn’t answering.

He texted her ^Maria and Rico at hospital. Are you sick? Worried about you. Call back^ as they got into the Audi and left Mo’s gym.


Rico’s mother, Maria Menendez, was in ICU.

Rico sat in the hall with a caseworker, who had her arm around his shoulder and was speaking gently to him.

When the boy heard the sound of the elevator, he looked up, saw Kent, then ran to him as hard as he could, slamming into him and bursting into tears.

Kent caught him and rubbed his back.

“I’m sorry, buddy.”

“Me too,” Davis said.

The child welfare worker walked toward them.

“I’m Althea Jones. I know his father is incarcerated, but are there any other relatives we should contact? Grandparents? Aunts or uncles?”

“No, Ma’am,” Kent replied to the older woman as he shook her hand. “I’m Detective Hutchinson. This is my partner and brother Davis Starsky. I’ve known Rico a few years now. We were paired in the BCPD Mentor program. He and his mother live next door to me.”

Davis took some money from his wallet and handed it to Rico. “Let’s go get somethin’ to eat so Kent and the lady can talk, huh?”

Rico looked reluctant to leave, but Kent ruffled the boy’s hair.

“Go ahead. I’ll be right here when you get back.”

The boy nodded and went with Davis down the hall.

Althea looked at Kent, and they were joined by Mrs. Menendez’ doctor.

“It isn’t looking good for her,” the doctor said. “She’s suffered multiple injuries, some of them internal. If we can’t get the swelling in her brain down…we’ll know in the next twenty-four to forty-eight hours.”

Kent nodded.

When the doctor left, Althea said, “Mr. Hutchinson, if she doesn’t make it, and if there are indeed no other relatives, the boy will need to be placed in foster care. At least until his father serves out his sentence, which is, I think in about six months.”

“No foster care,” Kent said calmly. “As long as I’m around, he’ll always have a home . I’ll be his legal guardian. It’s a matter of paperwork, and I can get that in place when she…I mean if she…”

“We’ll need to do a home evaluation, just as a formality. Like you said, it’s all about the paperwork.”

He nodded. “I may have to arrange a sitter for after school and when I have to work odd hours, but that shouldn’t be a problem.”

She smiled warmly and placed her hand on his arm.

“They’re lucky to have you in their lives.”

“No,” Kent said smiling a little. “I’m the lucky one to have them in mine.”

She nodded, then turned with a small smile when she heard the door at the end of the hall opening and saw Davis coming back with the boy.

“Come on,” Kent said putting a hand on Rico’s shoulder. “Let’s visit you mom, huh?”


Rico’s mother looked nothing like her usual pretty self, but her little boy didn’t seem to notice or mind when he put his hand over hers.

“Mom, it’s me. Please wake up. I miss you.”

Kent placed his hand over both of theirs, blinking back tears.

“Maria, I’m here for you, and Rico. I’ll take good care of him for as long as you need me to.”

Rico looked at the machines and monitors surrounding his mother’s bed, and the wires and tubes attached to her body.

“Is that one for her heart, Kent?”

“Yes,” he said softly, ever the mentor. “And this one’s called a pulse oximeter, and it tells how much oxygen is in her blood. And this one is for her blood pressure. And this is a ventilator, which helps her breathe. And then you have this wire here, which is like a little alarm that lets the doctors and nurses know if something goes wrong. This tube here is called an IV, and it gives her nutrition and medicine.”

Rico didn’t say anything, he just took it in. Kent decided that it was better for the boy to have too much information than not enough.

“Kent, can we sit and wait with her?”

“Sure, buddy. Let’s send Davis on his way, then we’ll stay here for as long as you want.”


Davis called Captain Shaw to tell her what was going on, and Shaw gave both of them the rest of the day off. Since it was Friday, they’d have Saturday and Sunday off as well.

“Thanks, Cap. See you on Monday.”


Davis stopped by Lucky’s shop to check on her as Kent asked, but the assistant manager said she left without saying where she was going. He also drove past Kent’s house, hoping to find her car there, but there was no sign of it.

This left Davis heading for Chief’s Tavern for an early lunch, where he took a stool at the bar.

The Native American smiled as he approached him at the counter.

“Davis!” he said as he set a cold root beer in front of him. “It’s been a while. Where’s your fair-feathered friend?”

“Hospital with Rico’s mother. She was in a serious car crash this morning.”

Chief was quiet a moment, then said, “Sorry to hear that. She seems like a nice young lady.”

“She is,” Davis said taking a drink. “But, according to the caseworker, if she doesn’t make it, Kent is about to become the kid’s legal guardian.”

Chief gave a thumb’s up. “Sounds tricky. But do-able.”

“Man, I feel for Rico. His dad isn’t around to help him through it. Kind of a loser.”

“He has Kent, though. Can’t get much better than that.”

“Yeah. One thing about my brother. He walks the walk.”

By Tammy Ruggles, All Rights Reserved

You can find more about Tammy and her works at the links below…

Note…Here’s the Edge to this spotlight: Tammy sent FVP a PG rated excerpt, as we asked, but she says about the full length material: It’s a very strong R rating, but not X. It’s mostly the subject matter of crime and victimization (domestic violence, rape, murder, etc), so it needs a strong R rating and may not be right for those under 18.

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Starsky and Hutch Gen book trailer at YouTube

Author Cristie Coffing Honored by King County Library System

FVP Featured Author, Cristie Coffing’s literary fiction novel, Carnival Man, has been chosen by Friends of the Library and endorsed by King County Library System for their Community Reads program for Spring 2019 in the Snoqualmie Valley region.

Cristie Coffing Valley Reads flyerCarnival Man attempts to answer the question – if you can see the future, can you change it? Set in a logging town in the Northwest, a river town in the post Vietnam era, it is the story of Emma, a young girl coming of age, who has the ability to read nature. Emma finds the river her sanctuary while struggling in her love/hate relationship with her mother Rosalene, a tarot card reader and seer.

Rosalene lives her life with complete acceptance of impermanence and abandonment, until she is forced to confront the burning question, when does a gift become a curse?

Emma’s best friend Kimmy, has the ability to raise the dead with the melodies of her flute and is a captivating siren for the men surrounding her. She is driven by the desire for physical touch and affection.

Three women bound in their relationship to one another, drawn together in their search for love and their struggle for survival. Each forever touched by the magic of the traveling carnival and its underlying grittiness…

Community Members can get a FREE copy of this print book at North Bend Library -starting March 11th until supply runs out – to read before the April 18th Meet the Author and Community Book Club event. Cristie will do a Reading from Carnival Man and then lead the attendees in a Group Discussion of this thought-provoking and moving story of Emma, Kimmy and Rosalene.

You can also find your own copy of Carnival Man on Amazon. CLICK HERE! 

Spotlight on Author, Stephanie Center

FVP loves to share the works of other independent authors with readers. Here’s a bit about Stephanie and the links to a couple colorful books by Stephanie Center.

Author Stephanie CenterSince early childhood Stephanie has dreamed of being an author, she was recognized early on for her writing skills and throughout her teen years, published different works through various poetry books.

She is on a mission to help others on their life’s journey through her books to learn faster what took her a lifetime to find out. Through different mediums of art, her messages of happiness, choices, and love, seem to jump from the pages.

Besides being creative, she loves to dance, sing, volunteer and wish for everyone else’s wishes to come true. The one thing people don’t usually know about her is she LOVES to swing on the swings!

 Visions To Dream:

Visions to DreamFor any age, Visions to Dream is a classic sleep aid, creating visions to start your dreams… Do you ever have a hard time falling asleep at night? In Visions to Dream, you will find a collection of scenes to hold within your mind as a way to relax and drift off to sleep peacefully… Imagine sitting at the top of a castle right in front of the starting line for an extreme skiing event. As you follow your heart’s desire and turn down the slope, you start to dream for real and this is how it starts!

 Unicorns a Magical Coloring Book:

Unicorns a Magical Coloring BookUnicorns is a magical coloring book for all ages. This unique book was designed for you, the artist, to step fully into the art of meditation while distracting the mind with color. Deep within its pages are Unicorns with a depth of beauty which mystifies all who never seek it. The longer it takes you to create your masterpiece, the more alive you become within yourself. Each moment you spend coloring is a moment you are creating harmony between you and your art. Just add color to the pages and watch the unicorns magically become beautiful with your unique style, patterns, and colors. Stephanie is an advocate for self healing and helping others to discover their own strengths. She has been through many awakening life events and wishes to share her knowledge with others. Through UNICORNS, she turns from being informative to becoming the explorer. You will find her best healing work in the pages of this book as you open it and discover the colors of your dreams, finding their way inside these magical unicorn drawings. Love. Dream. Art.

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