Sue Lion

Untitled Manuscript

Brother Wind is missing. His friends create different gatherings to encourage him to come home – a splashy pool party, a march in the meadow – but each time, their efforts are thwarted by different rascal, raucous winds. In their disappointment, they begin to understand why they really want him to come back – he is their friend and they miss him.

AUTHOR BIO

I have written, illustrated and/or designed myriad adult and children’s books, including How the Trees Got Their Voices, which has garnished 17 national awards. My years of experience as a graphic designer links the writing, illustration, design and production together from start to finish. My business clients range from healthcare, environmental, and high tech, as well as many book and art clients.

D Nash

Untitled Manuscript

A child in Louisiana suffers abuse and neglect but may be saved by unseen forces.

AUTHOR BIO

First time author. Avid reader and mom

Teresa Pérez

“Joaquín the Hairless Dog”

n/a

AUTHOR BIO

Teresa Pérez is the child of Cuban immigrants. Growing up in Toledo, Ohio in the ‘70s in this environment was rather unusual but being the 6th and youngest child, home alone until she also started school, resulted in a perfect storm for a wild imagination. She was always interested in other cultures, given that her family was considered ‘another culture’, and travel was always in the back of her mind.

Her first experience abroad was in her teens when she traveled to Canada on numerous occasions; after that, the spark was ignited and there was no turning back. After finishing university, she first moved across country to Colorado and then abroad. She has lived in Europe and has since visited numerous other countries; she fervently hopes to continue doing so well into the future.

This love of travel and experiencing other cultures was the inspiration for Joaquín’s adventures. Her sincere hope is to ignite that spark in children and open their hearts and imaginations to what travel and adventure have in store for them.

She currently lives in Argentina with her husband and two dogs.

Amanda Ashburn

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I am writing a novel about what happened to my father when he was shot while working as a doorman in Montreal. It forever changed the course of my life and shaped who I am today. This is a story about the role of nurture in nature.

AUTHOR BIO

I was born in Montreal and grew up in small town Alexandria, Ontario. My life has had a disproportionate number of miracles, of ups and down, wild stories, incredible tragedies and you-wouldn’t-believe-its. All before I turned 30.

Erica Morrill

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Black mirror like book where everyone is rated on every interaction. Uber style

AUTHOR BIO

Erica is a Canadian girl from the prairies completing her degree in social work.

William Zebedee

“Monsters Are Real”

My biography aged 5 to 10 mostly

AUTHOR BIO

Born in 1967, in Guelph, Ontario, now lives in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia with his wife Helen amd their five cats

Brandon Sousa

“Lost & Looking in Luang Prabang”

A young professional man, in his mid-20s hits a wall and personal crisis. With his career, love life and friendships deteriorating, he opts for a drastic change by applying for a job in Luang Prabang, Laos. After getting the job, he moves to this third world communist dictatorship country and falls into the expat family of misfits where each person is a surreal character of their own from around the globe. Instead of finding love, he finds the meaning of being comfortable in his own skin, getting the confidence he needs to escape the track of life he expected from himself only five years earlier.

It was just like every other morning. With a cup of instant coffee in his hand, Matt Ryan got into his late model Volvo and headed to the office, a good thirty-minute commute across town. He was miserable, but for all intents and purposes, he shouldn’t have been. It was an exclusive job that had him on an expedited career path, jumping a few years ahead of his former classmates straight to middle management. At 24, this was no small feat. In an economy only slowly recovering from the 2008 downturn and financial crisis, many of his former classmates from both his undergrad and post-grad were still stuck in rotating internship and contracts, making merely enough to make ends meet in Toronto. But a notable resume was not enough to satisfy Matt Ryan.

He grew up in an average middle-class household in the suburbs of Toronto. His father was the breadwinner, as his mother decided to stay at home and raise his older sister and him. They made ends meet, with financial sacrifices. As a kid, Matt never noticed a different. He wanted for nothing, living a life of ignorant bliss. His devoutly Catholic mother would constantly remind him how fortunate he was whenever he complained about minor hardships, like homework or reading. Matt hated reading; with a passion. Why read when content could be consumed through television, or imagined by playing with toys? His mother would force him to read every night, for twenty minutes, tracking him on a handmade spreadsheet, reminding him every time he complained that the poor children in Africa would love to have books to read.

She once even made him give up his favourite Beverley Hills 90201 lunch box and filled it with toys and books, so they could mail it to their World Vision child that they sponsored in Guatemala. There was no doubt in Matt, and his sister’s mind, that the package was stolen before it ever reached the dirt-poor community of their sponsor sibling.

As Matt and his sister Christine started to reach their teens, their parents decided to provide an opportunity neither of them ever had, a private school education. Both their mother and father were immigrants from Western Europe whose families came to this country for better opportunities and a better life. Neither of their parents had ever gone to college or university. Actually, their mother never technically finished high school, having the guidance counsellor fudge a couple documents so that she could work and support her family’s mortgage. Private school was never in the realm of possibility for either of them, nor was it even a thought of any of Matt and Christine’s cousins.

AUTHOR BIO

Brandon Sousa is a corporate communication professional and a travel writer based in Toronto, Canada. He has published numerous of travel stories in magazines and newspapers with a large readership, but has never made his fiction public. With a collection of short stories in his back pocket, his ultimate goal would be to finish a novel which marries his passion for travel and the search of one’s self.

Scott Hayes

“Down Town”

A homeless man finds himself in the clutches of a crime lord and must escape or else face certain death in this long form free verse narrative poem.

AUTHOR BIO

Scott Hayes is a lifelong aspiring author.

John Kramps

“Untitled”

Mysterious forces follow Davin. He must leave his village and discover who he is and who is after him. All is not as it seems.

Don Gaitens

“Somethin’ Bout a Truck”

Grieving brother encounters the ghost that murdered his brothers.

AUTHOR BIO

Don has been collecting rejection letters for many years across multiple genres – Horror, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Urban and Historical among them. Success in community theatre and spoken word events have kept his hope alive.

Tolu Falaye

“Lydia”

A woman whose sanity slowly degrades as she confronts the man who once gave her hope

Jim May

“Gateworld”

A series of worlds connected by gateways that use elemental mana to use. Due to a mana backlash of power over twenty-five thousand years ago these gateways have been closed but with magic growing again some of the gates are reopening guarded by dragon’s that were the original gatekeepers.

AUTHOR BIO

I live with Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pain Syndrome as well as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and all the side effects that go with it. Since I can no longer do physical work I’ve decided to start writing a fantasy novel that’s been inside my mind for years.

claudia korte

“Abandoned History of Canada”

This book is made for people who love abandoned farms, churches and other buildings etc. from all around Canada. Based on historical facts and new photos.

AUTHOR BIO

Born in Germany 48 years ago and immigrated to beautiful Canada in 2001. Lived in Manitoba (and still is) and British Columbia. Traveled all over Canada to hunt down abandoned history in photo and word.

Sylvia Jordi

Untitled Manuscript

Adventurous youth travels in the shadows after becoming a fugitive due to an unfortunate series of events.

AUTHOR BIO

Novice writer of childrens and youth fiction.

Adriano Marchese

“Prey to the Wind”

North American expats live in Paris and a love triangle forms, as jealousy, competition, and even feigned-indifference intertwine with the world of art and culture.

AUTHOR BIO

Adriano is a journalist and writer based out of Toronto, Canada.

lycia evashkow

Untitled Manuscript

Jennifer, a single mother, moves to a small town with her daughter. She begins to grow suspicious of the people in her town. After an accident, Jennifer comes to find there is more to the town that she expected. She realizes there is something more serious going on in this town and she must endure the fight of her life if she ever wants to see her daughter again.

mary crandall

“Champagne Problems”

a boy and a girl meet in a hospital well caring for their sick family members, and are there for each other through the hard stuff

Diana Jones

Untitled Manuscript

A Victorian love story about a noblewoman who falls in love with a Jewish baker.

Jessica Shaver

Untitled Manuscript

Interpersonal communication – the art of delivery for success.

AUTHOR BIO

A teacher and small business coach with a passion for positivity looking to spread the word about the art of positive communication.

joanie pond

“Shallow Thoughts”

My life in a nut-shell.

Pam and I sat in front, clutching cups of coffee.
Steam fogged the glass
as I followed Bryant’s Pass
and we crossed the double kerthump of track,
headed toward Bridgeport.
We stopped at Dunkin’ Donuts
and saw the dude in the cowboy hat and string tie.
The restaurant, with its lights and white walls
was sterile as a Hopper.
And the man in the hat sat facing the street,
balancing his face in his hands;
staring into the night.
I turned at the light and followed the signs.
Two blocks to Stillman Medical.
One Block to Stillman.
Take a right at Stillman.
Strange, for a clinic to advertise
as an amusement park.
It’s as though we were driving,
to South of the Border.

Ryan Wu

“The TRUE Asian”

An asian boy lives in the 16th century where he faces the challenges of being smart and homosexual.

As I saw the water drops slowly trickle down his muscular chest, I couldn’t stop myself from thinking, “what a man”,

Carole Brantner

Untitled Manuscript

This is a book about real estate investing with advice on how to buy and sell a house.

AUTHOR BIO

30 year career as a real estate agent and investor, now writing about the business.

alicia brown

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This book follows the life if a stay at home mom of 3 whose youngest child is diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy. The book dives into her relationships with her husband, her friends, and her neighbors as she tries to navigate life knowing she will forever be responsible for the care of her youngest son. She also dives deep into her feeling of her life as a special needs parent.

AUTHOR BIO

Wife and stay at home mom of 3. Coffee and tea addict. Music and book lover. Advocate and parent for a child with Congential Muscular Dystrophy.

Dawn Kaestner

“Going to a Brouhaha”

A visit to a land of make-believe once a child closes her eyes.

AUTHOR BIO

Wife, mother, dog rescuer.

Joy Wilkins

Untitled Manuscript

Growing up in a poor home in the Midwest.

AUTHOR BIO

A Colorado fun mom who loves laughter, mountains and all things chocolate.

Nancy Bowers

Untitled Manuscript

Story of my life as a mother of a blind child and how faith allowed us to have victory in otherwise dark circumstances.

Elizabeth Hixenbaugh

Untitled Manuscript

Sci-fyi fantasy where 1 person in an alternate universe controls one person on earth.

Charles Sedano

“No idea”

Have been threatening to write my memoirs for years. It’s been an interesting life and anyone who would be offended has moved on so it’s time.

AUTHOR BIO

Grew up lower middle class in an extremely religious household. Father was a steel worker and we come from a long line of gypsies. Rarely stayed anywhere more than two years during my childhood. Have lived all over the place but wound up settling down in the mid-west.

Casey Kuntz

“Not yet titled”

Recipe/cookbook for snacks, munchies, and impromptu parties

AUTHOR BIO

From Sacramento, CA Grew up in what I call an odd family. I learned how to cook at a young age and developed a strong love and appreciation for food, ingredients, and the cooks who make magic with whats available

linda ricotta

“decendants of solomon tice”

the history of my family tree

descendants of solomon tice

Amy Kasson

Untitled Manuscript

erotic fiction compilation stories

AUTHOR BIO

writer of erotic fiction short stories

CAROL SCHMIDT

Untitled Manuscript

A woman facing multiple crisis in her personal life turns self destructive.

AUTHOR BIO

I am a nurse, writer, and mother.

Jessica Quick

Untitled Manuscript

Struggles with family, romance, and trying to find her way in life. A criminal pregnant sister. Earning for her own baby.

carey cole

Untitled Manuscript

Math workbooks for 5-9th graders

AUTHOR BIO

Private math teacher and tutor for over 12 years.

eugene onihen’cko

Untitled Manuscript

a tour of the cities and villages of Ukraine and the biography of little-known residents of the country

Cameron MacInnis

Untitled Manuscript

A boy who loves trivia grows up to be a jeopardy champion

AUTHOR BIO

I am a law student who enjoys writing

Amala Parasram

“The King of Valhaara”

A foster child finds herself in another world after losing consciousness during a violent episode with her foster mother. With her two other foster siblings along for the ride, she discovers she is the rightful Queen of Valhaara — a land now ruled by a greedy and ruthless King (her biological, younger brother). Lian must overcome her timidness and find her strength as she embarks on her life’s greatest feat.

AUTHOR BIO

I am a twenty-something year old Ad gal with a passion for writing. I love fantasy fiction and also writing lifestyle blog pieces to help others.

Clare O’Brien

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A teenage boy deals with depression and the return of his ex-girlfriend while his younger brother battles a life-threatening disease.

AUTHOR BIO

Clare O’Brien is a Humanities student at the University of Toronto

Courtnay Power

“The coastal diet”

It is sort of a healthy cooking cookbook with research into why a vegetarian or pescetarian diet is helpful to avoiding diabetes and heart disease

AUTHOR BIO

Courtnay Power is an avid health researcher who uses food as medicine as well as plant based nutraceuticals

Delaney Closs

Untitled Manuscript

Sharing my experiences to help people with anxiety/insecurity

AUTHOR BIO

Amateur blogger thinking of turning her writing into a book

Mariah Rossel

“My Journey Home: A Story of Transformation from Trauma and Shame to Em”

My personal journey of going into the mystery to heal from sexual assault and domestic violence.

AUTHOR BIO

Psychotherapist, permaculturalist, and scholar of religion.

Chris Noble

Untitled Manuscript

Southern California Lifestyle cookbook

AUTHOR BIO

I love the Southern California lifestyle and the foods that are native to the area.

Kevin Power

Untitled Manuscript

“Double Blind” – a gay-themed murder suspense stage play

AUTHOR BIO

New playwright, veteran podcast host, 30 year professional theatre, film and television singer/actor. Published composer

Ebonie Becker

Untitled Manuscript

A distopian novel about a girl who is raised by nuns and uses her imagination as an escape as a child. Now as an adult she must adapt to living on her own in the city.

Taylor Barlow

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Rodovan, an elf, opens a computer repair store. Hijinks ensue.

Isaiah Bjorgen

“The scorching storm”

The tale of the tragic fate of a boy, who works hard at cotten plant for the sake of his family, but ends up in the wrong place at the wrong time.

AUTHOR BIO

Isaiah Bjorgen is a student at Bainbridge Island High School, and the oldest child of four. He plays football, and writes constantly as a hobby.

Nancy Sabato

“Jesus:The Word”

Connnecting Old Testament Prophecy to Jesus as Messiah

Edward Teja

“A Firm Offer”

Sherry Lane is a defense lawyer with a grudge against cops. When a op tricks her into taking a case, defending a hooker he arrested who is charged with murder, she has to rethink everything and face opposition from the system to get justice.

The cop was a big guy who was comfortable with himself, used to being out of place in an office any fancier than the kind a bail bondsman would have, or maybe a low rent bookie.

My office wasn’t much, but he sat on the edge of the chair and I could see the tension in his body. He wanted to leave even though he’d just sat down. He said his name was Mark Egan. I thought he looked tough. I mean that in a good way. He didn’t have the in-your-face attitude punks did, acting and dressing the way they think big men should. No he was shifting in my hard chair looking as uncomfortable in his crap suit as a guy like that should look. The toughness was in his eyes. Not cold like those of a killer, but like someone who’d seen some of worst life threw at you. Seen it, dealt with it and moved on, knowing he’d see it or something like it again sooner or later.

If I didn’t dislike cops so much I’d probably have called him sexy, but he was cop and they tended to either be moralists or hypocrite-crooked people who made their living pretending to enforce the law. And Mark Egan was a career cop–a detective.

Even so, I’ll admit that he was easy on the eyes in that rough and tumble way, if you like your men to have an edge instead of an expensive gloss, as I do. This one was in his late thirties, a good age for men. Even though he must spend most of his time behind a desk he didn’t have the kind of softness descending on him or a donut pallor. He looked healthy. Virile and healthy go together in my universe.

Best of all he was asking me for a favor. I’d never had a cop ask me for a favor before. They don’t usually go to criminal defense lawyers hat in hand, especially those with a track record that says they work hard for their crooked clients.

Mostly cops don’t need or want anything a criminal lawyer can give them. This one did. Best of all his favor really came out of left field. He’d walked in an put a folder on my desk and then slumped in the uncomfortable chair I keep for visitors. It was a dramatic gesture. I keep my desk empty, clear of everything except the papers I’m working on, and when he slid the folder across the oak top I slapped my hand down on it automatically, not wanting it there. It was a thin manila folder. Keeping my hand on it I turned it around so I could read the the name Darlene Miller scrawled on the tab in blue ink. Then I looked up at him. He’d waited, giving me the time to take it in.

“I’d like you to take this woman’s case, “he said.

AUTHOR BIO

Ed Teja is a writer a poet, a musician and a traveler. He follows Paul Bowles’ definition of a traveler: “a person who moves slowly over the face of the planet, belonging no more to one place than the next.” His stories and poems are about the places he knows, places that lie in the margins of the world, and the amazing people he meets between the cracks.

John Adam

“Love at first sight”

The book is a story about two people who fall in love at first sight. Juozas is a free Lithuanian artist and writer, and Susan is an online marketing manager from America. They get to know each other on Facebook. In the beginning the couple’s relationships develops on the social networking website prior to their meeting in the Nida resort in Lithuania. The romantic environment of the beautiful resort encourage passionate eroticism, and they make love surrounded by natural beauty. After a bit of passion for carnal love, it transcends to the level of spiritual love and the two people fall in love with each other: the a man and woman begin to interact maturely without losing the power of creative erotic love. Their interaction is becomes more and more complex and paradoxical, but such interaction doesn’t make them a bit, on the contrary, their love’s passion catches fire even more. Both talk about religion in the context of the Christian philosophy of freedom and other aspects of science and art in the universe. Having fallen in love without losing a healthy sense of humor they are completely free to discuss anything and feel happy together with each other, and it seems that their happiness is filled with untapped love for the other participants in the novel. The couple decides to fly to America to Chicago and travel through the whole of Lithuania by excursion bus. The vacation continues in Chicago and at Lake Michigan. Events flow freely as usual during summer holidays…

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terence mealing

“Comping successfully”

An insight into my success as a comper over the years, tips and rewards gained

My most successful year was 2015 when i won more monetary and high tech items than any other year

AUTHOR BIO

I started work after i left grammar school as a trainee accounts clerk ,but after trying more office work in a car dealership and engineering company i settled working at a steelmaking plant in north wales
I stayed in industry for 29 years and was successful as a prolific suggestor , winning numerous prizes, starting me on my comping journey.and winning a car in the companies drum draw cemented my passion I finally took voluntary redundancy and became self employed in the claims industry and carried on entering competitions.I am now retired and have lots of free time for my passion

Janelle Fowlis

Untitled Manuscript

A information book for hospital patients

AUTHOR BIO

I am a aspiring author and nurse working on my first book

Alisha Bowens

Untitled Manuscript

Poetry in the life of military brat and spouse and how I portray it. Both of my parents met as active duty and so I grew up my whole life as a military “brat” and then after they we’re through with the military and I grew up, later in life, I married into the military.

AUTHOR BIO

Born in Fort Knox, Kentucky on May 20, 1990 to two wonderful active duty soldiers in the US Army. Moved around a bit and then her parents separated and divorced. She now is married and lives with her husband in Washington State and is looking forward to what the future has to bring!

Maytha Albadri

“Crystal”

Three friends went out on a journey and they mysteriously disappear into the sea except for one girl who survives.
One month after the incident, the girl moves to a new city when she suddenly found a small box with a blue crystal gem inside it.
Strange events begin to happen, she see repeated dreams of a beautiful door that made of crystal and beside it there is a transparent girl that she can barely see her features sitting and singing a strange song.
What is the mystery that capture her life ??Where are her friends ??What is the secret of the girl in her dream?

Linnea Tanner

“Book 2: Dagger’s Destiny in the Curse of Clansmen and Kings Series”

A Celtic warrior princess, accused of treason for aiding her enemy lover, must win back her father’s trust and love.

AUTHOR BIO

doris crutchfield

“MY STORY”

SEMI BIO OF GROWING UP IN RURAL SOUTH AS A LITTLE BLACK GIRL WITH NO FATHER OR MOTHER, RAISED BY A GRANDMOTHER WHO WAS VERY STRICT, AND SHE HAPPENS TO MAKE IT IN SPITE OF HER UP BRINGING

Jonathan Walker

“Unbent”

A lock picker gains invulnerability through an attempted assassination and must deal with the consequences of being a wanted man who can’t be killed.

AUTHOR BIO

Jonathan Walker is an as-yet unpublished aspiring author of sci-fi novels and humorous situational humor.

William Consiglio

“Gnert”

Despite this fragmentary approach, however, Gnert is never arbitrary or chaotic; its underlying structure is, in fact, quite stable. One of the real pleasures of the book lies in seeing how these apparently unrelated bits and pieces gradually come together to form a coherent, powerful whole.

AUTHOR BIO

williamconsiglio.com

Antoine Chenail

“A night through the stars”

Two brothers live in a peaceful village and live a normal life with their family. One day a pack of savage creature come down from the stars and start striking fear into the heart of the villagers.

While trying to save themselves, one of the brother sacrifices himself to save his younger brother. The younger brother must then learn to live his life alone in this dark place without the support of his family.

Sung-Gi Kim

Untitled Manuscript

A guy is wakes up in a capsule to find out he’s been drafted to fight in a war against robots. Earth is among hundreds of other planets that are just simulated breeding ground lifeforms have created to select candidates to fight in the war. They created the robots long ago, but the robots revolted, making them hesitant against created more robots.

Lachlan Downing

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A collection of photography locations and tips for photographing them at different times of year. Includes some stories about amusing mishaps that have occurred while taking photos there. Locations are mainly within Australia, though there are some stories about travel overseas and how certain techniques were first learnt or discovered

AUTHOR BIO

A photographer based in Melbourne, Lachlan has a somewhat unique gift for finding the some form of water to end up in by accident. In fact, this gift is so strong that friends have described him as being able to find an oasis in a desert by falling into it. Lachlan has taught photography to students of all ages and for a variety of different styles of photography, from technical basics of how a camera works and how to use Manual shooting through to long exposure photography on location. There may or may not have been some tricks with fire involved as well.

Brian Oneil

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Leading with Direction. How do you motivate your employees to generate change without pushing them.

AUTHOR BIO

Brian has been studying and working for 30+ companies, helping them change the workplace environment from a place people dislike to one they love.

Ellwyn Autumn

“Chris Kringle’s Cops The First Mission”

One girl. One elf. One impossible mission. Patty Pringle and Agent 12-25 have until midnight to complete their mission. Senator Claudius do anything to make sure that doesn’t happen.

AUTHOR BIO

Ellwyn Autumn is an American author and a certified teacher with a Master’s Degree in Education. She writes children’s picture books, middle-grade novels, and Young Adult fiction. Ellwyn’s first self-published novel, Chris Kringle’s Cops The First Mission, was a Finalist in the 2016 Reader’s Favorite International Book Contest. Her Kamyla Chung picture book series addresses difficult issues facing young children.

Ellwyn discovered her passion for writing in second grade when she had to write a book report for school. She was so excited to write the report, until her mother told her that she had to write about someone else’s book and not her own story. Ellwyn became indignant and decided that once she finished the book report she would most certainly write her own original story. She has been writing ever since!

Ellwyn lives with her family in Pennsylvania. She loves all things magical, curling up with a good book, writing stories, and almost anything with chocolate in it.

Dan Raabe

“Train For A Reason”

I write to teach and motivate. Train For A Reason is an attack on the misuse of will-power and self-control. Neuroscience plays a prominent role in the accomplishment of goals. Understanding the mechanics of “will-power” and” self-control” is necessary for engaging our mental power to set priorities. Engagement is the word we use to initiate action. An understanding of our executive functions, and how we can influence our decisions and behavior to achieve a successful outcome is the bane of our work as coaches. Think beyond personal training. Fit people do better in the world. Mentally fit people make the world better. Train for a reason!

AUTHOR BIO

Dan Raabe is an athletic coach focused on busy professionals who understand the benefit of physical training and mental strength in their life. He is an author, speaker, and strength and conditioning coach. He also photographed Bob Dylan, Yamaha motorcycles, and developed the online marketing strategy for Smart Car in Japan.

Natalie Watson

Untitled Manuscript

Memoir about my life growing up around parents who are addicts, and my own struggles with addiciton as an adult

Gwen Roy

“Adventures with animals”

The journey of one veterinarian as she develops from pre-vet student to full-fledged wildlife veterinarian. The world of animals and especially wildlife comes with many surprises, heart lifting moments and tragedy.

AUTHOR BIO

When she’s not out in the wilderness chasing deer and ducks for research, she’s spending time with her cats and typing away at her computer. Despite living in the cold North she has a strong interest in scuba diving and goes for dives whenever she gets a chance.

Stephanie Poole

Untitled Manuscript

Two siblings locate a gateway to purgatory. One gets lost inside and the other goes on an adventure to save her. He encounters mystical beings from both heaven and hell in his attempt to find his sister and bring her back.

AUTHOR BIO

Aspiring writer, writing my first piece ever. Have always wished to put my thoughts and dreams into words and finally getting started.

Nora Tomlinson

Untitled Manuscript

I am working on a book that examines current perceptions of bereavement and grief and how those perceptions actually lead to even more isolation and depression for those going through grief.

AUTHOR BIO

This will be my first publication, after having worked as a fact checker and researcher for those in the legal and medical fields.

Lora Leber

Untitled Manuscript

Growing up in a sheltered environment on a farm in central Illinois, the author faces one crisis after another, from losing her mother, to losing her faith, to facing the harsh reality of the real world. Thinking she has finally found a soulmate, she realizes he has only been using her. The author is faced with the daunting decision of how to survive in the future on her own.

AUTHOR BIO

Fledgling first-time author, I have written many manuscripts over the years and thrown them all away. Now in my seventies, I am trying to rival Laura Ingalls Wilder. I am a high school graduate who never had the money or opportunity to pursue a higher education. I have three grown children, all of whom are happily married. I also have seven grandchildren who contribute to the majority of my happiness. I am currently trying to break free from a loveless marriage in which I have very little if any allowed input. When you and your life partner see the world in completely different ways, it is a very sad situation.

Greg Medina

Untitled Manuscript

The story of my life and how Agent Orange has affected my family following the death of my father.

AUTHOR BIO

From Southern California, a musician, lyricist, artist and writer

Jessica Boittiaux

Untitled Manuscript

My life story on all of the things that made me who I am. From grief, to trauma, from triumph to dance parties, my biography aims to help those who have suffered the same and at the same time, to help me.

AUTHOR BIO

Jessica has been a blogger for 15 years. Consistently making a mess of things, she’s either “funny” or “weird”. Botcho usually finds herself awake for too long despite her love of sleep. She’s busy exploring the world with a taste for fashion, concerts, breaking rules, hair dying and pizza. She only calls herself a writer in an attempt for her blog to make sense. For all business inquiries, you can contact her mom.

Carmela Pisano

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I am extremely interested in a crime that was committed over 2 decades ago. It was quite brutal and they apprehended and convicted the murderer. Reading transcripts and studying the photos I believe the murderer might be innocent.

Danielle Wavrin

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I’m writing a manual on everything you need to know about mystery shopping. It will include how to pick the right companies, the best jobs, how to conduct shops and so much more.

AUTHOR BIO

Danielle has been mystery shopping for almost 15 years. She has done over 1000 mystery shops including 5 star hotels to drive throughs. She has the inside scoop on landing the best jobs and making extra cash!

Patricia White

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Kwazi and Biddy adventures. It’s about our cat Kwazi and her best friend Buddy the tortoise. The adventures they go on when no one is home. They love super heroes and Buddy goes on to be the Flash.

AUTHOR BIO

I’m just a mother of a wonderful 8 yr old who enjoys to read. It all started when I wrote him notes with pictures for his lunch box that he took to school. Then it became short stories with a new chapter each lunch. We live our pets and we love camping. Nothing like a good book under the stars with our head lamps. The adventure is in our hearts. Stay tuned because you never know where the story goes next and what will unfold.

Jillian Burton

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Recipes that I love. This will include breakfast, lunch, dinner, appetizers, desserts and mommy and me recipes.

AUTHOR BIO

I am a mother from North Carolina currently in culinary school. I love to cook and come up with new recipes and ideas to cook and love to involve my son.

Jen Esposito

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An only child gets a new baby sitter and he’s unsure about his parents leaving.

Debi Keller

“Please don’t take my home”

Picture book from a ground hog’s point of view where growth of the town is building on the field that he was living in. It is a true story from where I use to work.

This is my home (picture of the field)
These are the people that would feed me ( people on a deck of a house)

Then one day the nice people were gone (picture of empty deck)

AUTHOR BIO

I am a single mom who lives in a small town in VA.

Brenda Hulitt

“My life”

It’s about myself, starting from the age 12 til now the age of 46

Christine McLuckie

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The effects and hardships of borderline personality disorder. What we know about it, treatment and personal experiences.

Heather Camp

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In a world where humans and magic don’t mix, half-human Ber has to learn to wield the curse of innate magic without going mad.

Melinda anderson

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Husband leaves wife, she has 2 kids to raise and gets together with son of her boss from when she worked in a department store during highschool.

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My husband Dave and I have been married 35 years, and I am the mother of three grown children. I love writing, stained glass, sewing and DIY! And of course playing with my three wonderful grandchildren.

Desiree Brickles

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Working on a short novel about a prosecutor who falls in love with the wrong person. What that love does to his career and how it ultimately makes him better.

AUTHOR BIO

New to writing but have a passion for it and looking forward to exploring the desire to write.

Rivie Alldredge

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A savage journey to the heart of the American Dream, featuring a wild hedonist and his 300-pound Samoan attorney. Things such as a suitcase full of drugs and a red convertible are featured in this story. And, maybe some bats. Yes, it is original. I sware.

Melanie Hayes

“Get motivated”

No matter what you plan to do, or achieve you will need motivation to get you there. Be the captain of your own ship. Don’t let motivation show up, and leave haphazardly. Read this and be the one in control.
Motivation begins with how you set your goals and ends with them being completed. It will guide you each step of the way.
This book will help you look at the obstacles’ to your plans, ones that can destroy motivation. Then it tells you how to overcome them. Knowledge is power.
There are many tips and techniques to keep your motivation strong, fresh, and alive. Step by step instructions that are simple to follow will get you moving.
After you read through it once, you can continue coming back for other ideas for other goals. So enjoy and get stuff done.

AUTHOR BIO

Melanie N Hayes is a 53 year old, single mom whose children snuck into adulthood without her knowing. They have three cats and a not so small dog and love animals.
Melanie has worked in the humanities for years. With education in recreation, psychology, creative communications and a lot more, she refuses to stop learning.
She lives in the extreme climate of WPG, MB, Canada and dreams of a more mild climate.

Elaine Silva

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A story about epilepsy

Don’t have an excerpt yet

AUTHOR BIO

A mom of 4, writing about my daughter and her epilepsy

Ron Ablang

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Mine was a variation of Romeo & Juliet. Young star-crossed lovers from warring families just trying to be together to kindle their love.

Parul Wadhwa Saini

“The Masquerade”

Did your ambitions ever scare you?
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Brianna Johnson

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In the small town of Cherry Falls, an out of towner gets more than she bargained for when she accepts a librarian position at a local elementary school.

John Hubbard

“Less than my cat could lick off”

A bildungsroman set in northeast Texas following a family who has glimpses of leaving the redneck poverty but keeps falling back into it. The novel follows three generations in their attempts to educate themselves for entering the world but finds themselves held back by generational religion, smallmindedness and bigotry that cannot seem to be overcome.

AUTHOR BIO

I am a native of Arkansas who has traveled the world living and working for 15 years before recently resettling near my hometown.

Brittany Potter

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College kids are going on a camping trip. What awaits them is horrific carnage and devastation. Each one comes face to face with a mysterious being. After the encounter, they are negatively affected and begin killing one another.

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I am a 33 year old wife and a mother of a nine-year-old son. I live in a quiet little town in Virginia.

Pat Pierre

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Family Meals for those with dietary restrictions. I would like to compile a collection of family favourites that have been enjoyed by my family.

AUTHOR BIO

Mother of 2 who likes to experiment with all types of food from around the world, using healthy choices

R. Cameron Bryce

“Killing Tony”

AUTHOR BIO

I supposed that I should dispense with hyperbole and simply say that I’m something of a curmudgeonous lout who nonetheless enjoys the friendship of like-minded, creative people who, misguided as they may seem to the NRA, envision humanity as a benign, loving community that, despite all indicators, is evolving towards a kind of positive enlightenment.

I like reading more than I like writing, but, despite this, I’ve written nine volumes to date in various genre and under different pen names. Please do not ask me about titles or pen names as some of my books are quite controversial and I prefer hiding behind the pen name subterfuge. In my own defense, I’m medically allergic to litigation and especially sensitive to death threats.

My latest book – sure to attract death threats, or, at very least, a mountain of frivolous litigation – is entitled “Killing Tony, Excerpts from My Diary”, based on a true story that explores the dark underbelly of the community too many of us still rely on for remediation when things go wrong.

My interests are wide ranging, with literature – Spanish, French and English – being only one of them. Life is short. I like to travel. I’m something of an amateur anthropologist. I enjoy traveling on my own terms and have traveled the world in my own vehicle, free from wild-eyed terrorist rant, cranky flight attendants, and dicey flight schedules, while enjoying the co-privileges of sleeping in my own bed every night, eating my own food, and enjoying standards of sanitation to which I’ve become accustomed over a lifetime, no matter where I travel. As privileged as all of this may sound, it has been a spartan lifestyle that has, at least, afforded some protection from dengue fever, malaria and the myriad of other insect-borne diseases from which I’ve been left unprotected since birth.

Narinder Chana

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Vibration Analysis

Sue Brennand

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In 1999 I quit my job, left my husband, sold everything I owned and bought a motorhome. What followed was 4 years of some of the most amazing adventures in most of the US, eastern Canada and Mexico.

AUTHOR BIO

As with everyone, I’ve always felt I had a book in me. Now that I’m retired, I’ve been plonking away on my ancient laptop (when it decides to humour me) writing my story. It’s an interesting journey, both frustrating & joyful.

Tracy Miller

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It is a story about a relationship and how that relationship effects the actions of two people who both have personality disorders. It happens over a time when one of the characters is committing horrible crimes and the other character, the partner of the first, tries to fix him. Someone’s life hangs in balance as the two work on their issues and the story reflects back over the course of their relationship, showing how the three main characters arrived at this point.

Alex Gallegos

“The Reflection Of Me”

My grandchild growing up and his many adventures

This day he arrived with excitement for the day that was about to unfold before him and not to forget his Grandpa
as they were about to take a trip to the museum. Adventure and intrigue before them on their walk to the museum where they would see many wonders.

Elisa Lowe

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To tell my journey through life. Beginning with my childhood, college years, marriage, divorce and life after divorce.

David Lowrey

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In my comedic cozy mystery, Nigel, our inept protagonist – an English expat, recently unemployed – has moved with his wife, Annie, to her hometown of New Antigua Texas so she can pursue a career as a private eye. Nigel, stuck at home with an unbearable to-do list, surreptitiously pursues his own investigation involving the missing dog of an eccentric family. In solving the case, he discovers a drowning victim whom he implicates in a nefarious plot. General mayhem and marital discord ensue as his investigation crosses paths with his wife’s investigations and leads to one public embarrassment after another. Nigel must then repair his marriage while secretly clearing the besmirched name of the drowning victim. In fact, Nigel and Annie have both unknowingly been investigating different ends of the same ongoing murder plot. Nigel unwittingly tips off one of the plotters putting his wife in danger. He unravels the plot and the perpetrators as he watches them kidnap his wife. Nigel acts to save his wife in typically hilarious fashion.

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I am soon to complete my first novel at the tender age of 58. I would have done it sooner but a career as a geophysicist impeded my progress. That barrier has been lifted.

Donna Childers

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A life of childabuse that is not fully confronted and dealt with until my 30s. I am in and out of mental hospitals for years.Finally after the person who abused me passes away I am able to confront my own feelings and deal with it, while dealing with bipolar and cancer.

Donna Cohen

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The crazy things that went on in a rooming house full of weirdos, mental defectives and psychopaths.

AUTHOR BIO

Creative type pursuing her passions while trying to survive in an ever changing and destructive world of uncertainty and chaos.

jason kinnin

“the medical resident”

about my journey across canada while training to be a doctor (radiologist in fact). I have been in montreal, toronto, ottawa, st. john’s and now saskatoon. Plus short stints in every province even up north in labrador! it’s been a very tough journey but have had some cool experiences and even cooler ones planned.

AUTHOR BIO

my name jason kinnin a medical resident in radiology in my first year. I am a self described foodie and entrepreneur. I love to make money any way possible so i got into writing, but I also enter contests, do mystery shops, and buy and resell stuff. Looking forward to sharing my stories with you

Kimberly Lawrence

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A son of a prestigious, powerful family in Asia, born deaf and blind, is hidden away in an upscale healthcare facility. There, he is nurtured by a young, kindly nurse. Though the boy is violent at times, she continues to teach and care for the boy. Years later, a miracle happens…

AUTHOR BIO

Growing up in a very small town, I struggled to find ways to entertain myself since I wasn’t really interested in pop culture or mainstream movies and shows. I loved to create stories and fantasies in my spare time. However, I rarely wrote any of my ideas down because the characters and worlds that I created were very special to me; I didn’t want anyone judging or criticizing them back then. These days, I’ve grown curious of what others would think of those characters and stories.

Brittany Wrenn

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It’s a comic about a young boy who turns into a superhero, he was made fun of a lot but ends up saving and helping out a lot of kids who were mean to him. He is the bigger person by not letting the bullies know who he is

AUTHOR BIO

Brittany wrenn 29 yes old full time working single mother of 1 child who is 6 years old. Interested in publishing comics and books for pre teens and teenagers, focused on helping kids over come bullying.

elliott capon

“AUTHORS REP”

The sleazy agent for the world’s most successful horror writer (a MORON!) provides his client with great mss by murdering the authors of slush pile gems. But when his reader/killer kills the wrong people, he’s left with one great novel and two “authors.” This drips with black humor and savage sarcasm.

AUTHOR BIO

Four books in print: see elliottcapon.weebly.com
Many short story appearances, with several reprints.
One screenplay optioned, another represented by LA-based agent. Details on request!!

Michelle Kouzmine

“EscapeGhost”

Nirvana Stark just wants to get through the school year unnoticed before her mom packs up and moves them on to the next city, the next state, the next life. Friends are not her jam. But, she soon finds herself befriending a ghost boy, Bucky, who is trapped in the school, forever. The only problem is, the school is slated for demolition and neither she, nor Bucky’s only other friend, the school janitor, know what will become of poor Bucky. Nirvana quickly realizes that must make friends with the other kids to find a way to save her best and only friend.

AUTHOR BIO

Michelle Jolene has her MFA from Lesley University. She currently lives in Miami where she teaches Composition and Literature at Miami Dade College.

Jordan Young

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nestiel, a priest of his city faces something he has never encountered before. The once immortal elves faced with a disease that affects them. He finds some solice in the arms of Eristion while they look for a cure together. however, what precious time they had is cut short by an elf hellbent on destroying not only them, but their entire race.

AUTHOR BIO

I’m just a simple country girl with a passion for writing. My love for writing developed when I was but a young child. I’m inspired by the nature around me and the simple things in life.

Pauline Milner

“Hinges”

Jamie’s life has undergone horrible tragedy that includes the death of her mother, spouse and daughter. She leaves her home behind in New York with the intention of outrunning her grief. When she arrives in the small town of Elyssium, she discovers she must go through the grieving process to come out the other side.

Laying in bed staring out the window of yet another hotel room, the flashing red sign seemed to mock my attempt to lapse into another fitful night of fragmented dreams. When I closed my eyes, the word ‘vacancy’ intermittently appeared and continued to plague the crucial sleep my body craved. Even the bedside clock added its own taunt with the whirring and click sound that signalled another minute had passed.

Through the open window, a warm breeze brought the balmy, earthy smell of the desert into the room. Curiously, there was no noise of passing traffic or pedestrians to drown out the melody of crickets which would bring comfort to some but, to me, only sounded like a never ending symphony of the same monotonous song.

Just over an hour earlier, as the sun began to descend beneath the distant mountains, a roadside placard indicated “Elysium” was ten miles ahead. Besides the usual road signage, it had been the first evidence I had seen of human habitation for what had seemed like hours. When I reached the town, Elysium seemed to end as abruptly as it began. It appeared ahead of me, looking every bit what one would expect when approaching a small town’s main street, with the usual shop and service venues but after only driving about a half of a mile, I was once again confronted with only the desert road. I needed gas and driving on into the abject darkness held no promise of fuel or lodging, so I did a u-turn and headed back toward the light.

Wayfarer’s Hotel lobby looked in desperate need of redecorating, but was nonetheless clean and the elderly desk clerk had a kind smile and offered a room with a private bath with a price that was surprisingly fair, since it seemed to be the only hotel for miles.

After grabbing my suitcase from the car, I returned to find him reaching to carry my bag up the two flights to my room. He politely declined a tip and told me there was a tavern down the road that also offered breakfast.

I had welcomed the hot shower that washed away the desert sand that had seemed to permeate every pore as I had driven all day with the car windows open in spite of the oppressive heat. I kept cool by running the air conditioning full blast. I guess when you feel like your own world is over, you don’t really feel the need to give a damn about the extra fuel cost or the environment.

AUTHOR BIO

Working as a freelance writer/editor/copywriter for over 15 years, I have finally decided to complete my own works. I have recently written a children’s book entitled ‘Who is Charlie’ and I am working to complete an original screenplay and a short novel.

Ken Willie

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A woman forced to steal from her employer ( a bank) to keep her husband’s business running. While she is taking home a lot of money another employee is discovered stealing and she has to help with that investigation. She learns a lot about investigating while knowing at some point it will be her being investigated and she prepares a way out.

AUTHOR BIO

A retired individual who worked in a bank for many years. An expert in branch operations and lending. I spent a considerable amount of time in bank auditing and discovered more than one staff defalcation. I worked with various police organizations and insurance companies and testified at a number of trials as an expert witness. Worked with Deposit Insurance organizations and a national committee working to head off fraud and credit card thefts. Acted as a trainer for new bank staff and worked with an employee bonding program.

Dimitris Ladikos

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The adventures of a couple, when the man goes for a journey to Rio. Emotional situations messed up their marriage. This novel is about what makes a person happy and liberated. Work and money, marriage and family, or a lonely ride?

AUTHOR BIO

I am a teacher of classics and a writer. I live in Rhodes, Greece, where I studied classical subjects at the Kapodestrian University of Athens. I am thirty-two years old and I have taught for many years in tutorial schools, literature, ancient Greek, Latin, history, philosophy etc.
I have also written many short stories, many of them were published, and others are not. I occupied with writing articles on many sites in Greek or in English.
I love to play the piano and because of that, music is my inspiration.

Robert McClain

“The Angaelic Host”

Allison O’Brien returns to Pennsylvania after her uncle dies and inherits a mansion, a coal company, and 13 million dollars. She tours the home she hasn’t seen in fifteen years and intends to sell until a naked stranger wrapped in a wool blanket appears and chases her through the house yelling at her in a foreign language. He traps her in her uncle’s bedroom, but she pulls out his pistol and fires. But, the gun is empty and the man wrestles her onto the bed. She shrieks at him not to touch her, and he backs away looking terrified because she speaks English, not Angaelic.

She discovers John Doe has no memory of his identity or place of origin, and he begs her not to abandon him. She decides over time to stay and help him, especially after the family doctor examines John, and she overhears him in a telephone conversation, and realizes Doc knows more about John Doe than he let on.

AUTHOR BIO

I am published, two books, the second for the Christian market, published by Splashdown Books, Auckland, NZ called “The Isles of Myst”.

Tracy Jordan

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A teenage girl has a secret place that she escapes to. More and more, she goes there, ignoring everything else in her life. One day, sitting on a riverbank in her escape, she sees someone. No one else is ever here, she follows them. Suddenly, they pop up out of nowhere, and steal something of hers… something that came from inside her. She feels different, empty, and cold. She is determined to get it back, and follows him into an unfamiliar world.

AUTHOR BIO

I’m an artist, from California. I work in several mediums, primarily sculpture and electronic media. I also write, and am part of a writer’s group. I love stories. I read books, watch several television shows, have a catalog of favorite movies, and am subscribed to tons of YouTube channels. I’m drawn to sci-fi, fantasy, and horror the most. I’m very interested in the paranormal. I like reading creepypastas. My imagination is all over the place. I’ve always enjoyed not only writing stories, but telling them. I used to read stories to all the neighborhood children. Any way to tell an interesting story excites me.

Melissa Tobin

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Children’s books that include recipes to encourage children to get into the kitchen and eat more adventurously.

AUTHOR BIO

Wife and mother of one who works full time while also pursuing her dream of becoming a writer. Predominantly interested in writing children’s literature but also working on young adult/teen literature.

Marty Robbins

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Alternate universe, where Native Americans held the Europeans east of the Mississippi and south of the Rio Grande. Independent country made up of all the tribes that survive the invasion of the white man.

AUTHOR BIO

Retired computer engineer, married to the love of his life, with 3 grown children and 2 world changing granddaughters. Loves Science Fiction/Fantasy.

Adam Estrada

“Estrada/Lara Chronicles”

Life as an Estrada and all the foregoings living in my little world full of drama, love,anger and about every emotion you can think of in which this should become a movie.

AUTHOR BIO

Male, Hispanic, Disabled , Married

Krysta Mercer

“Tango with Taste”

Quick simple recipes that make you fall in love with simple cooking on a budget

Carly Chapman

“Traveling Love”

After moving to South Korea, Y/N connects with an old acquaintance, who now happens to be a part of the famous K-Pop group BTS. After about a year of her living in the country he asks her to join all seven of them on vacation, however she’s gained a crush on one of the main dancers. What will happen when they all travel to the beautiful country of Greece?

Brad Harzman

“Masters Thesis”

An educational discussion of brass trios, quintets and quartets for 9-12 grade students.

1962

AUTHOR BIO

Happy to be breathing.

Malle Yeno

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Space colony of humans living on another planet begin a transition towards an anarchist society. Protagonist witnesses the expansion of public consciousness regarding sexuality and gender, and how this grows after the end of the state.

Kristen Prochnow

“Fanged Beauty”

The tale of how Sleeping Beauty was saved from her terrible curse is very well known. In the sleepy village of Barley, no one knows this particular tale better than Gavin, the village baker. Tired of his monotonous life, Gavin dreams of becoming immortalized as the lead character of his own tale of heroism and having his story told by countless traveling story tellers. When Gavin hears a rumor that there is a real life sleeping princess who is waiting to be rescued in a neighboring kingdom, he decides to go on the adventure of a lifetime to find his happily ever after. But, Gavin soon finds that the chaos of life rarely mimics linear fairy tales and that things (and people) are not always what they seem.

AUTHOR BIO

Kristen Prochnow was born in Anaheim Hills, California and jokes that she was the “trial child” as many of her aunts and uncles had a hand in raising her before having families of their own. Because she grew up in a house full of adults, she learned early on that her imagination was very active and she would often entertain herself for hours by creating complex stories and acting them out by herself outside. It was this never ending imagination that lead her to consider a career as an author and followed that path by earning her BA in English from Cal State Fullerton in 2011.

Her first book, “Fanged Beauty”, was a work of love that started from an idea when she was ten and evolved into the novel that is available today.

Stanley Viater

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I am doing research about the possibility that Antartica is the lost continent of Atlantis. An acient map was discovered showing Atlantis was shown east of the Americas, but there was a void where Antartica is.

Jason Cheung

“Why Immigration: Songs of Joy and Lament”

The road of immigration to Canada, my adopted country is never been an easy one. I want to share the joys, the laments, the soundscape, the landscape and the cutlural diversity through poetry.

This is an examination of our country and country building through the eye of a reluctant immigrant who gets more skeptical as the years goes on, but never felt less wonderstruck.

AUTHOR BIO

Jason Cheung is a performance based artist who uses his skills in the past to promote mental health awareness and recovery based in mental health issues. He is a “multipotentialite” and have many interests including the culinary arts, reading, acting, playing the violin and learning about different cultures including the Indigenous culture through attending sharing circles.

Deniece Caballero

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After the death of his parents, he heard the rumour about a hidden treasure deep within blue river valley. He encountered trials and overcame them all. He traveled there and met a monk. The monk asked him what he would do to the treasure. When he heard the adventurer’s reason, he gave him a flower within a bubble. The adventurer went back home and helped his village become posperous and the adventurer became a hero.

AUTHOR BIO

Deniece Caballero is a student inspiring to become an author. She wrote short stories, mostly containing horror, and fan fictions. She wants to inspire people through her works, the same how the other authors inspired her.

Debra Branigan

“Jacob Dooley and his Descendants”

The family history of Jacob Dooley and his Descendants

This is the ancestry of Jacob Dooley and his descendants of Madison County, Kentucky andMonroe County, Missouri and on.

AUTHOR BIO

I have been researching family for over 40 years and am also a retired teacher of English.

Ryan Hite

“Through Minds Eyes”

A book of ethics, history, culture, and spirituality at the core of Epochalism

Dawn Nelson

“DarkIsle”

When Morag MacTavish is put in a dark cellar as a punishment little does she know she’s about to begin a magical quest that will put her in danger but will change her life forever.

AUTHOR BIO

Scottish award winning author of children’s and adult novels. Mum of two. Dog lover.

Anya Zolotusky

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Exploring the North Cascades with a German Shepherd

AUTHOR BIO

Work in tech, live on a small farm, hiking the North Cascades with my dog every chance we get.

Heather Rosen

“Undecided”

Based on letters I found among my grandmother’s things after her death, this novel travels back to the village of her birth, and explores the secrets about her past she held for 50 years

AUTHOR BIO

Sweetkeet, a writer with a background in advertising and corporate communications, lives in Toronto, Canada. She is a fan of film, art, music, bird-watching and parrots.

Shaoni Das

“The Trentis Project”

Every year, a secret mission from the territory of Medin is sent to the territory of Trentis. The purpose of this mission is to gather resources from the richer, more technologically-advanced area of Trentis, whose civilians do not know the existence of Medin, and bring it back to foster the development of the deprived, backward territory of Medin. Kaira looks forward to the mission as not only an opportunity to bring pride and progress to her land but as a quest to find her brother who went into this nation 13 years ago only to never return. As she settles into this new extravagant, advanced yet endlessly wicked land of Trentis, she begins to realize what is at stake for her land, her family and her true beliefs.

AUTHOR BIO

Shaoni Das is an aspiring writer and economist splitting her time between India and Canada.

DEBRA LOWERY

“Als ruined my life!”

Hubby has Als, and ruined both of our lives!! It will be a novel of the extreme hell we are going through; to raise awareness of this horrid disease and the need for a cure

We had the perfect live; true love found; until the small letters destroyed All; A-L-S.

AUTHOR BIO

AAS, BS, Mba, JD: took ill with MS….

Kevin BRUTON

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The life of a young man in the British care system who gets lost and abused… but becomes successful later in life tells his story.

AUTHOR BIO

Kevin Bruton hails from Cleveland, Ohio and is a musician, graphic designer, and video interviewer. This is his first literary effort, hopefully first of many to follow!

Rhonda Eichman

“Bargain on the Prairie”

Annette finds herself stranded on the prairies of the Kansas Territory. With her fiance dead, she knows she will not be able to drive the covered wagon over the mountains until spring. Alone and terrified, there is only one choice… Cole.

Cole knows he can help Annette survive but he doesn’t know if she can fit into the rough life living on a ranch requires. In spite of his doubts, he offers her a bargain in trade for food and shelter.

Can two independent people strike a bargain on the prairie and survive the Kansas winter together?

Trina High

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A cat’s autobiography

Colleen Parker

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A small town girl ends up going to a new private school in the city and falls for the “bad boy” of her class despite her mother’s warnings. Can she save him from throwing away his future or are they meant to part ways sooner than they both want?

AUTHOR BIO

As a pharmacist by trade, this is Colleen’s first venture into the literary world.

Susan Dubovsky

“Lost For Words (?)”

This submission is a very personal writing such as a diary. My memories, thoughts, and life experiences have been written over a period of approximately two years. It includes members of family, friends, relationships, acquaintances, and also explains my passion with and for animals. I have had many companion animals over time, and also enjoy the animals that are in my own back yard. I try to learn at least one new thing a day to keep my mind motivated and healthy. It could be reading or creating something that is made by myself. I like to look at what I have accomplished and share with others. I also have been adding my favorite foods, recipes, and would like to share some recipes that I have put together myself, including the not so tasty ones.

There have been a lot of pages and entries that are not yet fully acceptable to me, probably more changes in the future. And also keeping the memoir as it is at this time is not yet finished.

AUTHOR BIO

I have always liked to read, and decided that someday I would also like to try writing. It is my first work in progress, and learning as I am changing/adding words and sentences occasionally, self-critcal, as I am hoping other people would like to read it.

Muhammad Haq

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A detective who stumbles into the world of supernatural erotic horror

Paul Milbury

“Understanding the Antioxidant Controversy”

The volume is a reference on an important and sometimes confusing topic for those seeking to understand the conflicting messages surrounding antioxidants. The book provides reliable nutritional advice to educate practitioners who advise patients.

AUTHOR BIO

Dr. Milbury is a scientist and educator who has held positions at Massachusetts General Hospital, the Long Range Rsearch Lab at ESA. Inc., the USDA Center on Aging and Nutrition, and Tufts University.

Catherine Armendarez

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Biography of my life living 20 plus years on the streets (homeless)

AUTHOR BIO

I am a 55 year old single mom to a very challenging 15 year old. I spent 20 plus years homeless and have been fairly stable for 12 years!

James Rogers

“n/a”

Primarily family history as I remember it.

Dad bought a mule names Maude from his brother. She turned out to be very stubborn, not reacting to verbal commands.

AUTHOR BIO

Agricultural Engineer with PhD in Soil Physics. Worked 38+ years for USDA-Agricultural Research Service doing researcjh in Soil and Water Conservation.

Liz G

“Project Genesis”

Centers around two youths who are part of a government experiment. Throughout their journey they seek to discover the truth behind the experiments they were put through and get a chance at living life.

Amanda McCarthy

“Amanda Waltz”

The Story of Amanda Waltz.

AUTHOR BIO

Amanda Waltz is a singer songwriter, author and composer.

Karen Voy

“Orphans”

In a world where technology is distrusted and aliens are hunted, this child is not what she seems.

AUTHOR BIO

Stay at home wife who gardens and keeps bees.

Andre Huu

“The Round of Your Life”

What if life was a round of golf? What hole would you be on and what would your scorecard look like? The quest for these answers led me to the fundamental concepts behind my book. In this journey, I share stories and scores and even life lessons that I’ve learned along the way. Readers are also encouraged to apply my unique scoring method to come up with a scorecard for their own life.

If the average life expectancy in the United States is approximately eighty years of age, then imagine splitting that into two parts, with the first forty years of your life as a “front nine” and the remaining forty plus years of your life as a “back nine.” Using this metaphor, which “hole” of golf would you be playing on now? What kind of round have you had so far? And most importantly, how are you going to finish out this round, the one and only precious one that’s been given to you in this one life that you have to life?

The quest for answers to these hypothetical questions is what eventually led me to the fundamental concepts behind this book. The inspiration to actually write a book on the subject first came as I was making the turn one day during a routine round of golf with my usual golfing buddies in Texas and these very thoughts hit me. Certainly, I wouldn’t be the first person to have experienced such profound thoughts on the subject of golf and life. As I looked around to my three partners on that hot, sunny day in Texas, I started wondering how their round might have been playing out and what their scorecard looked like up to that point in their lives.

Had their round been filled with more bogeys, more birdies, or more pars? How many difficult shots out of the hazards had they had to take in life?

AUTHOR BIO

Andre Huu is a jack of many trades: a physical therapist, an entrepreneur, aspiring author, and artist. But mostly, he is a proud husband and father of three. He is also an unaccomplished, high-handicap golfer. Visit Huu online at www.golfroundofyourlife.com, or on social media @TheBackNineAuthor on FB and Instagram and Twitter.

Adam Miller

Untitled Manuscript

The world in the year 3000 AD is much quieter than years ago. Ever since the Great Epidemic the human population has struggled to maintain its existence. Civilization devolved almost back to the stone ages in only a few decades, and the world’s population shrank from 10 billion to less than 1 million in two years. Everything we took for granted disappeared in those two years. Civilization changed from a relatively orderly process to one dominated by a tribal mentality. Strong leaders were continually challenging existing leaders and all previous institutions had fallen into ruins.

AUTHOR BIO

Retired resident of a small town in central Pennsylvania with a vivid imagination about future scenarios of humanity.

Thom Prati

Untitled Manuscript

The Kingdom of Ice, Markshire is situated in a realm based on Norse background merged with medieval feudalism. The country known as Markshire has seen many hardships over the years but her heroes strive to hold back the tides of Chaos.

David Dvorak

Untitled Manuscript

A collection of poems and art about the fight for animal rights.

AUTHOR BIO

43 years old, Stricken with Secondary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis, Married to my soul mate that I met while visiting an online Multiple Sclerosis support website

Daniel Arndt

“A Tharian Tale: The Fugitive Prince”

What is royalty without a kingdom? Torn from his home at a young age and forced to live in a far-from-friendly court, Valente is trapped. His honour-bound duty is tested everyday by nobles, guards, and even his own self-inflicted doubt. The years have turned him away from his roots into a slow anger and entitlement. Though his mistrust is not misplaced as during the coronation, his jailers become his executioners. He runs balancing his uncertainty in life along with a weight of his own kingdom.The forced exodus he embarks on becomes one of self-empowerment. It takes him on a path of understanding other people and learning about a world he had only read about in the books of his royal prison.

AUTHOR BIO

Daniel Arndt is a knowledge-seeker and biomedical student building his long-lasting dream of writing. Having travelled the world he seeks to put his experiences and imagination to paper.

Telesforo Torrez

Untitled Manuscript

The uncertainty is real. The paranoia is unforgiving as a young historian along with her partner, a young scientist, unravel a precious artifact that opens the door to an eerie dimension. The journey is rough as they travel between dimensions. What is real and what is not is yet to be determined as they are uncertain which dimension they are in. As they feel they are living a dream, they realize the key lies in the artifact. Have they ripped a tear in time and space? Only time will tell….

AUTHOR BIO

A loving man that is battling the dimensions in his mind. Travels the world in his dreams but only in his dreams to make his book a reality. He comes from a humble beginning with not much growing up but has managed to stay afloat through the struggles, trials and tribulations of his personal life.

Mark Hesson

“unk”

Traveling around all the worst places in the world, and confronting the horrors therein. Gets nasty.

Elina Feliu

“Glue Factory Whorehouse”

Senior Citizens living in HUD’s Section 8 housing decide to make their last hurrah within the drug and prostitution business. The backbone of their venture is supported by a half-dead building lookout, two senior citizen whores who are either wheelchair dependent or walker dependent, other ne’er do wellers, and a retired federal agent who decided that he was going to make his money off of stupid people instead of protecting them from themselves as he used to.

AUTHOR BIO

Retiree formerly employed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Connecticut. During my own career climb, I also worked within sales and marketing departments as well as public relations, trained people within major Fortune 500 corporations on how to use mini- and micro-computer systems. Right before the Great Recession, I secured my Series 7 license and started my post as an Ameriprise Financial Advisor. The V.P. of Training saved my employability by farming me out to independent Advisors. While this approach allowed me to learn about the business, I also recognized that it was not the time for me to dedicate my efforts to the field.

Jon Hopper

“the library”

about runaways who end up living in an old, abandoned library

Raymond schaff

“4 generations”

About construction ,business

Business

Robert Hawkins

Untitled Manuscript

It is a story about several consenting adults who travel the globe on their ultimate rendezvous.

Just stories about affairs between consenting adults.. it goes on to explain the fantasies of the mb ain character as they travel the globe on their ultimate rendezvous.

Kathleen Delaney

“My cookbook”

Recepies

Menus

AUTHOR BIO

N/A

Marleen Martinez

Untitled Manuscript

Brother and sister enter into a world beyond anything they expected. When Andy discovers she has a magic, which is outlawed, she and her family go on the run. Her brothers life is turned upside down and now he is pitted against his sister.

AUTHOR BIO

Marleen J Martinez is an American author of Puerto Rican descent. She is passionate abut Young Adult Urban Fantasy fiction, kpop, and coffee. She has previously published a short story collection and is currently working on a full length novel.

Kathy Doyle

“Cooks On The Train”

Antique recipes some of which were found from a wagon train headed to Portland Oregon. There are also household quips, quotes and hints some of which are hilarious but also useful. Some recipes were written in “Old English”.

AUTHOR BIO

I am 74 years old. Born in Seattle Washington and now live in Spokane Washington. It took many years to transcribe all of the “found” antique recipes, some of which were written in Gaelic. But it is now done and I am looking to publish before my time runs out.

Adam Asselin

Untitled Manuscript

Set in a dystopian future a young woman is trying to circumnavigate what we once knew as the American dream.

AUTHOR BIO

Trying to figure out when and where I figured out writing was what I was born to do. I enjoy people watching, traveling, art, photography and most of all spending time with family.

Faith Zimcosky

“Home Generations”

LIfe happenings of house built by great grandfather in 1910 to present

E.D. Bird

“Digby’s Diary”

A family adventure suitable for all ages.
A pack of various breeds of dogs set out on a mission to protect two young boys from certain danger, only to find that there is another child who must be rescued from the hands of villains.
Will the boys and hounds succeed in their efforts?
Set in the wilderness of southern Africa where anything can happen, this merry band of two and four-legged beings encounter danger regularly, but rally together in pursuit of their goal.

AUTHOR BIO

E.D. Bird was born in Scotland during 1955, but has lived in Zimbabwe (formerly Rhodesia) since 1957. E.D. once studied law by correspondence, eventually giving that up, but has now just completed an editing/proofreading course, and is awaiting results.

Adam Campbell

“The Dreamer”

A teenaged orphan, having forgotten all, battles a sorceress with half his heart to save the world he once created. With the help of a good tribe, two best friends, and the ability to heal others, he comes to understand his own great worth.

AUTHOR BIO

A recurring brain tumor was found in the author at nine years old. It was surgically removed, whereupon he lost the ability to walk and soon developed double vision. He relearned to walk, had eye surgery, and took medication as a teen to stay chemically balanced. The tumor returned by the tenth grade, and a second brain surgery was performed in senior year, followed by radiation treatment and another eye surgery. Years later, the author was placed in a closed psychiatric ward for a time. He channeled his thoughts, emotions, and convictions into his writing endeavors along the way.

Jason Grove

Untitled Manuscript

A book about birds for kids and their adventures, including identifying common ones in North America (and perhaps with sounds)

AUTHOR BIO

I am a chemical engineer and proud father to two beautiful daughters

Alicia Gee

“none yet”

Coming of age girl finds herself in the middle of a war of magics, not knowing that she is in line to inherit great powers

Arialis found herself listening intently to the music of the forest around her. Totally immersed in the music, she missed the light scent of the predator sneaking up quietly behind her.

AUTHOR BIO

Graduated from Lincoln High, Tallahassee, FL.
BA in Interdisciplinary Studies, USCS, South Carolina.

Lives in rural OK with her husband, 3 children, one grandson, 4 cats and one dog.

JULIEN USCLADE

Untitled Manuscript

A coming-out story

lawrence buchan

“Time warp”

It’s about a family who goes on vacation only to pass through a inter dimensional worm hole taking them to different planets, species, some friendly, others hostile. With the help of friends they meet/make on there journey
they must somehow navigate there way through these worlds to get back to earth/home.
During there trip some friends become enemies and some of there worse enemies help them for there own selfish reasons.

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AUTHOR BIO

Canadian, late middle aged (or so I like to believe). A believer in “if you don’t try it you’ll never know if it’s possible.”
Never published, first time attempt at writing a short novel.
Told many wild and crazy stories to my kids as they were growing up and watch the joy and wonder fill there faces as they listen intently.
Work in the Custodial field for 30+ years, married w/2 kids, boy and girl who are still in school.
Not much else to say!

Mariana Sanchez

Untitled Manuscript

This book is not typical love story, it’s suppose to teach young lovers to take risk in loving, because time turns against you.

Melissa Berger

“The Christmas Pickle”

How a dill pickle becomes a Christmas tree ornament.

AUTHOR BIO

After graduating from York University, Melissa has worked for the post-secondary sector for the past 16 years. Avid lover of the arts, photography and travel, her inspiration for this book came from the birth of her nephew.

Scott Merriman

“The Balance”

A collection of poetry / songs I have written over the years spanning more than a decade.

If life is like a river then I know why we’re all damned
The cold shake and the shivers in the winters of the dead
It could all be so much better
It could all be sacred land
We could float right through the waters if there weren’t so many bends

Laura Andrews

“Don’t have one yet”

woman becomes keeper of portal to akother realm

AUTHOR BIO

Resides in woods, introvert who has survived the stress of a career in 9-1-1 by getting lost in herbimagibation.

Molly Hanson

Untitled Manuscript

I have three book ideas in mind: 1) Rewrite A Thousand Years of Solitude in modern day Detroit (Fiction); 2) Story set in the deep west if non of the great dams had been built and rivers continued to flow in states like Colorado, Utah, Arizona, etc. (fiction); 3) Day in the life of young health care professionals working in rural community health centers and on Native American reservations (nonfiction.)

I don’t have anything written yet

AUTHOR BIO

I am a public health professional that has always loved to read. I would love to some day be a professional writer.

Neu Deen

Untitled Manuscript

A memoir about living in a new world overnight after a drastic shift in the world’s weather

Crystal Evans

“Life of a sruggling mom”

My life hasn’t been a very easy one big a mom of 4 kids wit abused baby fads homeless countless times . I’m on social security and. I have struggled for along time. With receiving the help in supposed to receive living on the streets to the homeless shelter dealt with drug use by going to program and won rights to my kids n custody back so many hoops I’ve jumped n so many things I’ve done just to prove how much I do love n deserve my kids every day is a fight and I willing to keep fighting for the rest my life i just wish my life was a little easier but its not.

I’m not sure what to sayrso I will right this for know Lola.

AUTHOR BIO

Hello my name is crystal evans. Mother of 4 amazing children aunt to many kids and a determined woman fights for what she wants and who she loves and never gives up even when no one believed in me but me and here I stand still the same n still fighting everyday…

Caitlyn Brown

Untitled Manuscript

A novel that incorporates Nigerian history along with a beautiful love story.

AUTHOR BIO

historical fiction, romance writer

Casey-Ann Brown

“The Heart’s Desires”

Another long day at work, over. Tiffany Harris sighed. It was not a matter of her not liking her job. She loved it. It was just in the conveyance of the people she worked with- well, to be honest, one person in particular. It was hard, not to mention awkward. Seeing her ex-boyfriend at work every day. That was what she got for dating a co-worker. It was not recommended, but Tiffany, being Tiffany, who wore her heart on her sleeves, had fancied herself in love. She had jumped head first into a relationship with Craig Myers, her sexy colleague with the hazel eyes and swag that made women swoon. “Women” the operative word because Craig loved women. When they swooned, he picked them up and carried them right to bed. If only she had known what a player, he was from the beginning.
In her defense, he was really a good actor. He deserved a damn Oscar for playing the faithful, loving boyfriend for a year and a half. Even when she had begun to hear things about him two-timing her, she had not believed it. Not her Craig, who brought her flowers for no particular reason and who rubbed her feet after long days of work. She had dodged a bullet deciding not to move in with him. Maybe her subconscious had noticed what a snake he was and that is why she had not taken him up on his offer to share an apartment.
Tiffany scowled. She had been played for a fool again. Her relationship before Craig had ended in a similar manner. It was as if she was a magnet for players. It was amazing how someone as educated as she was, could be played for a fool so many times. Yes, it was time to take her heart from off her sleeves, put it back into her chest and lock it down with bars and chains. She was unlucky, it seemed when it came to love. Therefore, she would put love on the back burner for a while. She could already feel the figurative lock closing around her heart. Tiffany let out a breath.
“How freaking depressing.”
Now was not the time to wallow in self-pity, though. She had to get her shit together. There was no way she was going to show up to dinner at her parents’ house looking like the sun had set permanently in her life. Speaking of which, she should have reached her folks’ place already.
“Damn it, I’m so late.” Tiffany glanced at the digital clock on her dashboard.
She maneuvered her small Honda through the streets of Miami. “Hey, watch it!” She shouted to a driver that abruptly swerved in front of her. She pressed her horn, thoroughly irritated. She gasped when the driver gave her the finger and sped off.
“What a jerk,” she murmured.
Of course, it was a man driving. “Men are jerks.” She winced.

Okay, maybe she sounded a bit too bitter. Surely, not all men were douche bags. She was just never lucky enough to find the ones that were not.
Her cell phone buzzed. “Hey daddy, I know I’m late. I got held up at work,” she rushed out.
“Hurry up and get here, girl. Our guest is already here.” Gerald Harris stated.
“And you’re still not going to tell me who it is?”
Her father laughed, “Nope. It is a surprise. You will be thrilled. Hurry up, but drive carefully.”
“Ok.” She hung up the phone and frowned.
Who the hell was this special guest that her father insisted she come over for dinner to see? For the life of her, she could not figure it out. Tiffany was not in the mood for any surprise, nor was she in the mood for a damn dinner party. She had been on her feet all day. She worked as a medical technician and the clinic where she worked had been packed. Moreover, she had used even more energy trying to avoid her ex. All she want to do, is go to her apartment, shower, pig out on pizza- because it was Friday, and then dive into bed.
“It had better be somebody important,” she grumbled.
Tiffany turned up her radio as Drake’s voice filtered through the speakers.
“Ooh, this is my jam.” She bopped and rapped along with one of her favorite artists. For the moment, her mind shifted from her personal misery.
Twenty minutes later, she turned into North Beach, the neighborhood that she grew up in. Her Father was a lawyer, so she grew up in a nice one family house in a quiet community. Tiffany turned into her parent’s driveway. Before she stepped out of the car, she checked herself in the mirror. She let out a groan. Her appearance was cringe-worthy at best. Her hair was in a messy ponytail and her makeup had long worn off. In addition, she was still in her work uniform.
“To hell with it.” She snared irritated with herself as well as being tired to the bones.
The mysterious dinner guest was probably one of her Father’s old colleagues who would not give a rat’s ass how she looked. She slid out of the car and sauntered up to the house. In the same interim, cocked an eyebrow, eyeing the sleek silver Ferrari parked in front of her with interest. She let out a low whistle and muttered to herself.
“Now that looks out of place in this part of town.”
It was an upscale neighborhood, but not million-dollar car upscale. She suddenly could not wait to see who the mystery guest was. She made her way up the steps and lifted her hand to ring the doorbell. The door swung open before she could press the button.
“Hey sis, get in here quick.” Her older brother Dante, all but dragged her inside. Dante was two years older than she was, and one of her best friends.
She followed him, nearly tripping. “Damn Dante, slow down. I see you were invited to dinner too. Wait; do you know who Daddy’s mystery guest is?”

AUTHOR BIO

I am Casey-Ann Brown and I was born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica. I share a close bond with my mother and the other five siblings. I enjoy art and writing and I am a virtual freelancer who works from home, so I can pursue my passions for writing and graphic designing. I have worked mainly in the writing, printing and marketing industries as an administrative assistant and customer service representative. I am currently in the process of starting my own online business where I intend to sell my graphic designs as a print on demand commodity. Whilst striving to become a published author.

Brahma Sharma, PhD

“Right Drug for Every Patient, Avoiding Adverse Drug Reaction”

Traditional prescribing of drugs Adverse Drug Reaction, the 4th leading cause of death in the US alone…one patient dies every 4 minutes.

A genius yet simple once-in-a-lifetime cheek-swab Pharmacogenetics (PGx) test predicts before a doctor prescribes a drug if is just right or may pose a high risk of Adverse Reaction and should not be given to the patient.

PGx test is a life-saver. Ask your doctor to order the PGx test before taking the next drug.

MINTA THOMSON

Untitled Manuscript

My novel will be sharing my experiences living overseas in a haunted Scottish Castle with 100 other college students.

Jose Rosales

“The winter solstice”

surviving the winter solstice.

it was bitterly cold and it seemed to be getting colder.

John Biondi

“here to the moon”

scientist discover a tornado on the moon which travels thru time.

interesting fun science.

Rissa Barbeau

Untitled Manuscript

Chi and all their friends travel around the galaxy reaking havack until someone comes along and distracts the team the suspicion grows how will they handle knowing that someone they used to trust is going behind their bacl

Caelun Squires

Untitled Manuscript

Manuscript examining the current security environment of the 21st century. The paper has a focus on security studies through a liberal lense and examines the roles of China, America, India, Japan and Australia as well as roots based global order.

Jacob Kunzler

Untitled Manuscript

A treatise on my overall life philosophy

arsalan Esmaeili

“No title”

A contest between the top thiefs and a generous host.

AUTHOR BIO

27, student and a digital artist.

Walter Wojcik

Untitled Manuscript

it is about death, perceptions of death, differing views of death, purposes of life and death, views of existance, and etc.

AUTHOR BIO

a non professional writer trying to find a new aspect of his skills, views, and possible future profession. a 50+ american white male of diverse cultural ancestry. autodidact. nature loving, introverted and introspective. polyglot.

Melanie Sperin

Untitled Manuscript

Good style is traditional. Having clothing and accessories in your wardrobe that have been classic for years and will remain classic is important. In -book name here-, Fashion Institute of Technology graduate and founder of Hampton Ivy jewelry and accessories Melanie Sperin shares her tips and tricks to find the pieces that you’ll love for years and years. (still being worked on)

cheryl avery

Untitled Manuscript

About surviving every day life. Without complete open and honest communication there will be generations of people without a picture of hope. All they really want to know is how to live and survive this life. My genuine hope is to relay a practical living guide to people who need some positive honest feedback. When people are trying to look good and not show their scars we as a people fail the next generations because they cannot relate when no one will show those scars. We have become a generation of cover it up,hide it,and avoid the truth. Only a change in our willingness to just lay it out there,they will not survive beyond us.

AUTHOR BIO

I am someone who has lived my life to help others and not because I want to tell people what I have done. But to encourage others how to share who they are,what they were,and how to move forward.

Ester Lopez

“The Abduction”

Mistaken identity leads to the abduction of an innocent man, but a deal is made between the hero and heroine and his return to Earth depends on their escape and his promise to find her father. Sparks fly, however, as rescue and escape attempts are made and thwarted, while telepathic interventions, along with premonitions and healings bring the hero and heroine intimately closer together. After the real criminal is captured and the heroine’s father is found, she keeps her promise by returning the hero to Earth, but he realizes almost too late that his true happiness lies with her and not on Earth.

AUTHOR BIO

Ester writes sci-fi adventure romances and paranormal romances and lives in the Smokies with her husband and two dogs, Charlie and Ellie.

Stella Douglas

“Adventures of Lopsy”

about a little donkey

AUTHOR BIO

My name is Stella Douglas, I am a homemaker with 4 grown children.

Tihara Ezzo

Untitled Manuscript

I would publish an art book full of my own work.

AUTHOR BIO

I am a freelance illustrator

Christine Gerdes

“Living Happy”

Finding your own inner voice….finding your peace is key.

Lindsay Shirkey

“Sundered”

After an experiment left him without a memory, Daric is once again discovered by his tormentors ten years later. He attempts to run from them, but learns that he needs to sacrifice his life in order to stop the shadows from the underworld entering theirs.

AUTHOR BIO

I’m a fantasy novelist, primarily, but I like to stretch my genre without straying too far away – whether I dabble in political fantasy, erotic fantasy, science fiction, or various other genres. I began writing seriously when I was 18 years old, though I’d been writing stories since I could remember.

Cam Sylvester

Untitled Manuscript

Simple Woodworking DIY for beginners

April Cronin

“Provoking Death”

Book 2 in a series of 4 following Madison and Keith on their journey of self-discovery.

Keith is a Vampire.

Madison comes from a long line of gypsies, and several of her ancestors are powerful lycans. She’s also in a lot of danger.

With the help of some unlikely allies, they’ll face a literal ghost of their shared past life as they continue their journey to uncover the identity of the soul that Madison has inherited.

Time is of the essence of though because they’re not the only ones looking for answers.

I’m beginning to suspect that Madison is in grave danger.

As I sit here and write this, Lucas searches for the answers I’m not even sure I want to know anymore. He says he knows an enchantress in India who may be able to expand on what Keith and I have learned during our trip to Germany.

I’m deeply afraid of what he might find though.

I’ve waited too long to know my little girl, and if she is to be a part of what’s to come, I want to be by her side, I need to prepare her, to protect her while I still can.

I can’t help but feel as though my destiny ends when hers begins.

AUTHOR BIO

I started writing because my dreams haunted me. Characters spoke to me, demanding I tell their story. Their words filled my head until I put my fingers to the keys, and then it all came pouring out.

I had no choice, no say in the matter. These conversations weren’t my own, and the chatter wouldn’t subside until their tales had been told.

I’m all over the place, I write a little of everything, and I love it all with a passion.

Lewis white

Untitled Manuscript

Story of a former slave on the old west. One short story of his adventure

AUTHOR BIO

Lewis White 50 yrs old. Born in New York served a prison sentence for a crime he did not commit. Now just living trying to take care of his elderly parent

Kara Marks

Untitled Manuscript

An obstetrical nurse commits a murder of a woman giving birth to her fourth child, due to her affair with the woman’s husband.

AUTHOR BIO

Former obstetrical RN, now living in a small town in Michigan

Dayna Colvin

Untitled Manuscript

An inspiring, magical, groovy fairy superhero children’s fantasy storybook.

AUTHOR BIO

Dayna Colvin is a holistic natural living self-care writer. She hopes to inspire her readers with her writing to make healthy holistic self-care choices and enjoy a very small carbon footprint on Mother Earth. She is a very active environmental advocate and animal rescue advocate. She and her husband live in the Pacific NW, USA and are happy thankful parents of an adorable little boy and share their home with 2 adorable sweet cats, their furry babies. You can reach her via email at permadeva at yahoo dot com. Dayna shares her ideas and thoughts about holistic organic self-care on her Holistic Organic Self-Care Blog: http://www.daynacolvin.com

Benjamin Dean

Untitled Manuscript

In a time when humanity has colonized the moon, many things change with the lower gravity and isolated air but humanities need to carry on and keep going never stops

AUTHOR BIO

Ben is an accomplished engineer with many years experience in dreaming about what the future offers and the limitlless possibilities humanity has

fred pedersen

Untitled Manuscript

compilation of historical events that led to Adolf Hitlers so called good acts to the german people while in power, along with his bad acts that led to his fall from being the leader of the third reich, which affected the rest of the world as well in some aspects

AUTHOR BIO

author was born in germany during the post war era, with numerous family ties within the country, grandfather was old enough to recollect both world wars and could give a personal comparison, his mother was physically touch by Hilter when she was a child after being shot with piece of bullet schrapnel from an American fighter plane. most of his aunts have immigrated to the U.S. thru marrying American GI’s, while his uncle and others remain in Germany. These aunts & uncles were civilian children at the time of Hilter, some old enough to be in his youth program, while others were still to young. All have their slant as to the relevant events during the time period involved, depending on their age & what was important to them at the time

Leland Griffin Jr

“Don’t know yet…”

Invasion and exodus of the inhabitants of Earth .

Unable at this time as my Microsoft Word program left with my old computer..

AUTHOR BIO

Retired, late 60s, married, 5 grandchildren, log home, 900 feet off road..love books, movies and music, play stringed instruments (some better than others) Spent over 2 years on research and writing this book and can not afford editing costs.

Caitlin Clark

Untitled Manuscript

A young woman finds out that, not only is she a dragon hidden in the form of an elfen tavern worker, she is the daughter of the Dragon Witch, a powerful worker of magic, which apparently, is really rare for dragons, creatures of magic themselves. Who knew?

Mrs.

AUTHOR BIO

A bit of crazy, a touch of daydream, a huge dollop of family, and a lot of stories searing my brain.

Earl McVay

“When times fall”

It’s just a book about the ever-growing changing in times of the world around us. it’s just a book about the ever-growing changing in times of the world around us

Nthatisi Mohlominyane

“Seek First the Kingdom Of God”

Seek First The Kingdom Of God its a book that talks about Christian life and what is expected of us in this world. how to maintain our lifes through Christ and how should we act towards other people who are in different religion. God has taught us to be kind and to love one another, not to judge because judgement is of God.

AUTHOR BIO

Nthatisi Mohlominyane is a Twin she has two siblings which is Nthatuoa Mohlominyane (Twin Sister) and Lerato Mohlominyane Last born she is 26 of Age and she lives at Evaton. she Lives with Her Parents Both mother and Father and she is a Christian.she is a member of Rivers of Living Waters Ministries and she is a youth leader.

Cheryl HayesGassen

“The Witch’s Hideaway”

Charlene comes late to her Witches Heritage. Now she has to make things work with her fiance’ and the world at large.

To come…

Nathaniel Tooke

Untitled Manuscript

A team of 5 women set out as their adopted town is attacked by a virus. They learn more of themselves as their pasts come back to haunt them….

Karen Yurkewich

“The Missing Element”

Are you frustrated because you haven’t been able to reach your full potential? The choices people make can propel them to greatness, trap one in mediocrity or cause one to self destruct. Discover the elusive element that makes the difference. Awareness, proper steps and the time-tested wisdom to maximize your potential. Live the life you dream having but seem to be falling short of.

Perseverance doesn,t demand more than we have but all that we have. It means more than just trying. It means more than just working hard. It is a valued venture. It is a willingness to bind oneself emotionally, intellectually, physically and spiritually to an idea or task until it has been completed. Perseverance demands a lot. Everything you give is an investment in yourself.

AUTHOR BIO

Karen Lee had enough of being told she wasnt living up to her potential and watching others with less talent, weaker skills and far less intelligence become more successful. What worked for them, wasnt such a straight easy procedure in her chosen vocation. After years of study and analysis she can proudly say The Missing Element was like one day compared to 1000 elsewhere.

Lori Davis

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Life of a girl finding her way while dealing with divorced parents, growing up, and sex.

Guy Evans

“None”

A humorous review of the chaos facing America today

None

Suzanne Smith

“Just About”

About someone who gets close but never seems to finish anything.

Procrastination…

AUTHOR BIO

Born in Lebanon, moved to Paris, eastward to London, home in Toronto, flat in Sask, but stomping out the best of me in the Okanagan.

Aaron Robb

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Mabel is an adventurous young girl, like every other normal 11 year old. Other than she hunts for monsters and is on a quest to expose those monsters to the world.

AUTHOR BIO

Aaron believes that no idea is too crazy to write down. He’s a father of two – one boy and one golden retriever, and husband.

Timothy Evans

“Playing both sides of the fence”

This book is about my life growing up during the years of the war on drugs era. Give details of my life in state and federal prisons and my desire to assist my people in the fight against a system design to use us as cattle. And the flip side of me now studying to become a criminal justice major and give back to my community and also continue the fight for freedom and justice.

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Laurie Loveman

“Memories”

In the height of Prohibition, in 1932, after suffering the loss of two firefighter friends in one fire, followed by the deaths of his wife and son in another fire, former New York City Fire Captain Jake McCann is appointed Fire Chief in the small town of Woodhill, Ohio where his twin brother Dave is a physician. The town may be small, but the trouble and turmoil in Woodhill are not.

Jake is joined by his two closest friends, Freddy Pratter and Mickey Justini, who are appointed to the fire department with Jake. Like Jake, they have their own personal demons.

Sharing an interest in horses, Jake falls in love with Laura Darvey, a woman married to a local bootlegger, who is also the operator of a protection racket. The affair causes the three friends to become tangled in a series of horrifying crimes that force them all to unexpectedly face their demons.

Ramona Woodruff

“Secret’s my father never told me”

In 2003 I found out I had a half brother I never knew about. My father had met his mother in the same town where he met my mother. Novel is about how he was found, his life, my father’s life and family history including the fact my brother was a tight rope walker and stunt man.

AUTHOR BIO

I am the writer and family member writing the biography of my family and how I found a missing brother and a sister that even my father never knew about.

Michelle Landry

“Quantum Surfing”

Main character is able to travel to a parallel dimension/multiverse in her own history through the use of quantum physics and chooses to remain instead of return to her own dimension. Discovers others who are manipulating the dimension she is in.

AUTHOR BIO

I LOVE to travel and see new places and meet new people as much as possible. I’ve been very lucky to have traveled to and lived in many states and countries in my life, and those experiences are worth more than gold to me and I’m nowhere near done exploring! I can be a bit of a smart-ass on occasion. I am a geek and occasionally keep odd hours.

Jerome Ellis

“Tapped, yet Unrooted”

My dysfunctional upbringing brought to life through poetry.

Peter Eichstaedt

“Enemy of the People”

When the US President is taken hostage by Islamic terrorists at a secretive political summit in the Rocky Mountains, a journalist and a former special forces operative dismantle a deadly conspiracy.

AUTHOR BIO

Veteran journalist and author of six award-winning nonfiction books and two novels.

Bradley Bubolz

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The story of the course of love told from the man who lived it, felt it and always will throughout eternity

AUTHOR BIO

Just a 40 odd year old man that enjoys writing in my small town home that I share with my girlfriend and our cat

Scott Johnson

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The hero sets out in search of a specific prize, overcoming a series of challenges and temptations. They may have flaws which have held them back in the past which they will need to overcome to succeed.

He or she is usually accompanied by a group of comrades with complementary skills that support him or her along the way. 

Cortney Scott

“The Coin”

A successful young man returns home from an exhausting yet productive business trip. Upon arriving at his home, he feels that something is awry. Once he enters his house, he instantly sees that his strange feeling is confirmed. With his home in disarray, he treks through to take count of all the damage done to his formerly fantastic dwelling. Entering into the bedroom, he finds two individuals kneeling before his bed, blindfolded, feet & hands tied. He barely realizes that the light to his personal bathroom is on. As he approaches the two individuals, a voice from the bathroom casually says, “It appears that they wanted to surprise you just as greatly as I was hoping to do.” The talking individual steps into the room & completely flabbergasts the tenant of the home. The two men staring at each other looks like semi-perfect facsimiles of each other. With the tenant looking all refined & debonair, the other gentleman looked rough & uncaring. The tenant’s hair still perfectly combed back, showing his properly shaven face in the correct manner. The other gentleman’s hair dangled wildly, with a face covered in nearly bread-length stubble. The tenant’s eyes are a mid-toned shade of gray, while the unknown man’s eye color looked like red-tinged amber under the light of a midnight sky’s moon. The tenant’s hair color is black, yet the invading unknown man’s hair looked as though it reflected a fiery overcast. Their height, build, complexion & facial structure were exactly the same. It was like staring into a mirror that reflected an alternate dimensional version of the person before it. “Yeah, I know,” said the invader, “it is surreal. I guess you can call us brothers. We can go further into the details about it, but we need to mosey along before their cohorts come to check on them.”

AUTHOR BIO

A fat man of usually unlucky regards aspiring to become what was wanted since preteen years. No real family left & just rolling the dice in hopes of having things change course positively.

Mahmoud Ragab

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A new approach for the man VS the machine genre with religious background involved.

Aliyu Hassan

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A good man met a bad insolence and an ungrateful woman for a relationship that he thinks will last long till death, but he doesnt know it was for his wealth he will have to strive hard to make billions every day, but those money won’t let him get faithful person

AUTHOR BIO

My name is Aliyu Hassan a student of WAS LAT private college more I am the second born of my family I’m an author of a book on relationships and marriages I am a citizen of Nigeria my aim and objectives is to bring trust to the society, my father name is Aliyu Abubakar he is a Nigerian and my mom is also a Nigerian

Laura Thompson

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Ruth Wideman is a detective for the OPP and they’ve just discovered that a series of hunting accidents weren’t accidents. When her partner suspects a man who Wideman used to date, she gets taken off the case. She knows he didn’t do it and works to discover the real killer on her own.

Ash Mathew

“Better think again about your baby’s name”

So maybe you are reading this thinking you’ve already decided a name for your baby. Or maybe your still looking around. But before you decide on a name, try to imagine what its like for your future child. How is the name going to impact her future and how will the rest of the world respond to her name. You might be thinking, “But hey, does it really matter?”. And my answer is, “Yes future mother, yes”.

Devona Fryer

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A true story based upon my life and the hardship and struggles of growing up as an orphan.

AUTHOR BIO

An orphaned girl who has struggled most of her life. Many twists and turns along the way. Every hardship has made her a strong woman who persevered.

Lindsey Waid

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In the coastal nation of Aurelia, young Queen Lorelei has just ascended to the throne after the surprise abdication of her mother, Amiri. As she struggles to meet the challenges of the crown, Lorelei soon discovers that a rebellion, fomented by decades of her family’s greed and incompetence, is upon her doorstep. Only with the help of those that love her can she hope to survive.

AUTHOR BIO

I am an aspiring author located outside of Boston. I write primarily in the fantasy and sci-fi genres, with an emphasis on emotional realism and twists on typical fantasy elements. My goal as an author is to immerse the reader in verisimilitude while still indulging in worlds of dragons, elves, mermaids, magic and curses. I have been writing since I was young and hope to continue to do so throughout my life. My inspirations include Susan Waters, Jennifer Egan, and Kazuo Ishiguro. Outside of writing, my interests include gardening, cooking, visiting the ocean, supporting animal charities, and playing video games.

Nicole Henneman

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A wronged witch returns

Angela Thomas

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God created heaven and earth first just by speaking it into existence. He then created Adam and had him name all the animals. God saw that Adam was lonely so he performed the first surgery to create woman.

AUTHOR BIO

I am a married homemaker with a 16 year old daughter. I have a vast background in finances and I recently received my real estate licence. I want to be a writer and this is how I will get started.

Tim Yorke

“Unknown”

Based on a comic book series, its a story based in WW2 and introduces several characters that are considered B list characters

Maje Tha

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The fantasy book named the “Death citizen of Star Galaxy” is about a boy named Riot Deathly in his quest to eliminate the alien invaders. He finds friends on the way to help him with his quest to free his nation from the evil alien masters.

Anton Meyers

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Rather than having the environment or eeeeeeevil christianconservative destroy the country….what if we did this to ourselves–willingly? A jounalist looks back 25 years after a constitutional convention leads to the split of the United States in to several countries

AUTHOR BIO

College grad in media, dj/bartender, cigar nut

Lisa Nguyen

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A nice mixture of anecdotes, humor, and cliff-hangers.

A nice mixture of anecdotes, humor, and cliff-hangers.

AUTHOR BIO

I am an Asian American college student. I want to change the world one step at a time.

Jim Clopton

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The story follows the exploits of a disenfranchised noble as he makes his way through perilous times in the dark ages.

AUTHOR BIO

A fan of the science fiction/fantasy realm all of my life, I have written several short stories, and the beginnings of several novels, however as of yet have not finished one.

Charlotte Farrrier

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Christian romance with multiple characters and a lot of different ways in which their faith is used to make them a better person. Main characters are in love and they need to make life work, but life is not as simple as people think it is. The need to work out their problems.

AUTHOR BIO

Married woman with two grown children, with a career and husband that challenge her. Her faith keeps her focused when obstacles are in her way.

Neil Panosian

“A Happy Life for Busy People”

Secrets the average individual can use to reduce stress, increase joy and become the best version of themselves. All while having fun in the process.

It is written in a humorous and conversational tone.

AUTHOR BIO

Neil Panosian is the author of “A Happy Life for Busy People” as well as creator of the website secret2anamazinglife.com. Mr. Panosian has been involved in the field of self-improvement for over 20-years. Recently nominated as Best Milwaukee Author by Shepherd Express magazine, Mr. Panosian has appeared on several podcasts and in local and national publications. He helps individuals and companies reduce stress, increase joy and become the best versions of themselves.

Gregory Bochow

“Nothing’s Wrong, But Something Ain’t Right !”

Life through one man’s eyes on a trip to the soul; his, hers and everyone else’s he would come to meet. NYC-Martha’s Vineyard-St. Barth’s, San Francisco, Paris….Ahhhhhh, Paris. C’est bonne!

Most people walk into a room, she floated. About a foot and a half above the dance floor she moved across the room, her face lit with laughter, her back straight, head held high. She was a dancer, this I was sure of. And from that moment on there was nobody else in that room, nobody else that mattered at all to me. I had waited a lifetime for a woman like her to enter my life, and now fate and destiny paired up on the dance floor as the band struck a few warm-up chords and I readied myself for the most important introduction of my short life.

AUTHOR BIO

Renaissance Man, Political Anarchist, Part Charlie Parker/Erik Satie/Bill Evans. Solid in body topped by a whirling mind. Steaming big bowls of noodles and dumplings soup on a cool rainy Sunday afternoon. Sports Junkie sans rehab, Drug Addict with plenty of them, in fact-just enough.

maria gentry

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The story is based around a group of boys who have adventures through their neighborhood set in the 1800’s. The book will follow their lives and detail life in the early nineteenth century including transportation, family life, town life, social mores, and in a more wide scale, relations between countries at that time in history.

Michael Rockwell

“Potshots at Parishioners”

A book of humorous anecdotes from over 40 years as a pastor and counselor.

AUTHOR BIO

Retired pastor who still does pastoral counseling on a part-time basis.

Jamar Rogers

“The Hand Of Lilith”

2,000 years after humanity’s demise, a matriarchal society is created by Mother Lilith. A young prophetess, astute spy and reluctant warrior must set aside their differences for a common goal: to kill Queen Clove. But will unrequited love, family secrets and whispers of war stand in the way of their goal? Or will they fail and inevitably cease to exist like their patriarchal ancestors?

samantha willette

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About a woman that survives an abusive relationship

Jennifer Gulley

“The Pelican Girl”

Gabrielle Savoy finds herself in New France to make a lofe for herself. She finds love, trials and a steadfast family.

AUTHOR BIO

A southern born and raised lady. I love art in all forms and media.

Alexis Yoakum

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A book about a true story crime that happened to a teenage girl. She learns more about herself and alot more about her boyfriend she thought she knew so well.

AUTHOR BIO

My name is alexis and I’m s mom to three beautiful children. I have been a stay at home mom working part time for the last 3 years. While staying home I found my passion in writing.

Brianna Adams

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I cant tell what the question says because the website is all messed up. Not sure what I am supposed to type here. Sorry

laura lacey

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A college girl who has lost her parents is raising twin younger siblings and has a one night stand with a football player who is struggling to find her true identity

Jelea Caudill

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Great story about a girl would finds she has powers and learns her father is evil and her mother died because of him.

Stephen Donaldson

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Intelligent life didn’t just come from nowhere, at least that’s what Antoine Washington believes. There must be clues to our origins beyond the myths of religious texts and cultural oral traditions. There is plenty of evidence to support microevolution – changes within a species over time – but there is nothing to confirm macroevolution – one species becoming an entirely new one. However, Antoine has spotted a pattern in our DNA that has so far been overlooked, with repercussions that could change our beliefs about everything.

AUTHOR BIO

Stephen Donaldson will have to write under a pseudonym, since he shares his name with an already famous author. He has a degree in Psychology that he has used in his jobs in the area of social work with foster children from chaotic backgrounds.

Trisha McKee

“Around the Mirages”

Josie is a single mother that has endured a nightmarish childhood and is determined to give her gifted four year old daughter better. With Katie’s father, Josie’s high school sweetheart, proving himself unreliable and lacking stability Josie craves, she creates a life with just her and her daughter, determined to not let anyone in. Until she meets Calvin who is just as determined to break through her walls.

AUTHOR BIO

I am a mother of a teenage daughter and two precocious bulldogs. When I’m not daydreaming and typing out inspiration, I’m fishing, reading, or watching scary movies.

Owen Dovenor

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Felicity Russell has the perfect life working as a swordsman in the city and shouting with her grateful girlfriend, Sonya Khan.

However, when she finds a magic blade in her cellar, she begins to realise that things are not quite as they seem in the Russell family.

A holiday leaves Felicity with some startling questions about her past, and she sets off to industrial Amsterdam to find some answers.

At first the people of Amsterdam are modest and gracious. She is intrigued by the curiously brave teacher, Doris Willis. However, after she introduces her to hard roulette, Felicity slowly finds herself drawn into a web of impersonation, sloth and perhaps, even abduction.

Can Felicity resist the charms of Doris Willis and uncover the secret of the magic blade before it’s too late, or will her demise become yet another Amsterdam legend?

Mindy Ausseresses

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My struggles through breast cancer treatment

Amy Cappiello

“The Simplicity of Me”

I can’t share this due to an agreement with possible publisher. It is about my life growing up and surviving in the 80s with heroin addicted parents and my escape to the fantasy worlds that were being offered then with the dramatic advances in science.

AUTHOR BIO

I am a small town girl that grew up in the 80s and have had a huge let down of what the future was promised to me as a kid.

Jamie Olivo

“The life of a single mom to a married mom”

Starting off as a single mom is a huge transition into being a married mom.

Julia Wilkison

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Three sisters living in a mansion finding love in all the wrong places in the south. They ban together and stop fighting when they fall in love with the same man. Read the next book to find out more.

AUTHOR BIO

Wife and mother who loves to write about a variety of topics from romance to horror to politics

Frances Moore

“Thirty year do over”

College student falls for professor but due to death in family doesn’t get to ask an all important question. Thirty years later he comes back to the same college as it’s new chancellor and she has the opportunity to finally ask him.

She was patiently waiting for the semester to end so there would be no conflict as he was her professior.

AUTHOR BIO

I have dabbled in stand up comedy. But always wanted to write a screen play.

Amanda Klaahsen

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A girl who was in an abusive relation and bared child leaves and the man she meets opens her mind and heart after she shut off all emotions.

AUTHOR BIO

I have 3 kids, 2 dogs and a cat. I have a legal administrative degree

Sarah Leatherman

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A book about kids with special needs & their sibling from the perspective of my neurotypical child.

Jessica Justice

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It’s about a girl who has to rescue her deaf daughter so they can save the world, with the help of their friends and animal companions…

AUTHOR BIO

I’m 35 years old, with big dreams and no money.

Tim Yorke

“The Invaders”

Based on the comic of the same name, it will detail the mystery of Baron Blood and allow for the introduction of several second tier Marvel characters.

Patrick E Craig

“The Mennonite Queen”

Princess Isabella has been raised to a life of great wealth and leisure in the Polish Royal Court. She is destined to marry a king. But fate or divine providence intervenes when she meets Johan Hirschberg, the young Anabaptist stable-hand who works for her father. His strength, kindness, and faith win her heart and together they flee to the city of Münster, Germany, where a great revolution is underway. The Anabaptists, under Jan Matthys, have taken over the city and declared it the Kingdom of God on earth. Isabella and Johann are married and Johann joins in the revolution. But the excesses and sins of the leaders soon turn him away to the path of peace taught by Menno Simons. Johan and isabella try to escape, but the city is surrounded by the troops of the Catholic Bishop Prince, Franz von Waldek, who has been paid by Isabella’s father to return the princess at all costs. At the height of the battle, Isabella and Johann and their infant son are captured by von Waldek, and Isabella must make a choice that could change the course of European history.

Bharti Luthra Kochar

“Essentialities of Life”

Essentialities of life comprises of all the things which are actually important and can only give contentment in one’s life. It tells us in detail about the things which lure us but are not good for us and how we can resist ourselves from pursuing the same. Also it tells how much simple the things are and so do life and how much complicated we have made it by upgrading ourself where there is actually no need. It tells us changes and up gradation is not required everywhere but to only important arena’s of life. It also consist of the need of principles in one’s life which are more of a moral education nature.

AUTHOR BIO

My name is Bharti Luthra Kochar and I am 33 years old. I have completed my Masters and also have 5 Years of work experience in corporate sector. Quit my job after an angel came into our life and made it more beautiful than ever. Never felt like joining back the Corporate sector as got engaged happily with my book and I believe strongly that I am born for this. I like to analyze life and live with the best practices and here I found the best platform to share my successful life’s experience and cascade it to the world in order to make it a beautiful place to live in. Real happiness and satisfaction should be the purpose of our life, not the money or a job. Hope to connect here with maximum people as well as complete my search for a literary agent.

James A. Best

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I am writing a Trilogy of an Alien Invasion of earth. Major Tom Arwen is the Team Leader of The Grey Hornets. One time while on days off he heads out into the mountains behind the base. He accidentally comes across a spot where a lot of UFO’s are flying around. He watches them swoop in low and disappear over the edge of the crest.

AUTHOR BIO

I have two books already published under my name James A. Best They are both fictional stories. I also write a multi-Nominated Blog on WordPress.com I have been writing my blog since February 2017. I published my first book in 2010. My second book came out September 2016.

Deeksha Chandra

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The idea is based on the life of a girl who has dreams that differ from her present pattern of life and career. It’s her journey of self discovery where she battles confusions, doubts, insecurities and broken relationships.

AUTHOR BIO

This is deeksha Chandra. An explosion of thoughts and ideas put together as beads in a chain of insecurities and doubts stuffed into a human body that’s finds itself an alien in this broken deranged world. Or maybe it’s the opposite – the world is too normal for a broken deranged alien

Mathius Young

“Conned Fortune: The American Dream”

Book is about organized crime. It has backstories with the Italian Mob, Irish Mob, 1% Motorcycle Clubs, And Personal Organized Crime Crews. It tells the story of how these two friends intermingled among them as professional thieves and con men, eventually building an empire worth millions. It tells their story and how they built themselves into a multimillion dollar legitimate business. It involves A Renowned University and it’s Political Payoffs And Bribes. It’s going to open up some stuff to the public.

AUTHOR BIO

Mathius Young was born in Philadelphia and graduated with honors in high school, as well as college. He has BA in Fine Arts for Creative Writing from Bradford College in Massachusetts. He has worked as an investigative reporter, editor, and publishing editor for various companies. Through meetings, in the industry, he met a few people, who wanted to tell their true stories, and brought their proven stories to him.

Sherry Briscoe

“Mists of Garibaldi – Tales of the Supernatural”

Nothing is what it seems in the small coastal town of Garibaldi, Oregon. From dragons to ghosts, curses to murder, the nine stories of the Mists of Garibaldi will trap you in their web, and haunt you from the firs word to the last.

MOONSHADOWS

Reason will dictate that the only way to escape from misery is to recognize it, and go the other way.

Even the wind, which always blew, was stagnant that day on the courthouse steps. Zoey Jacobs shoved through the crowd as Anthony Todd Pierce, convicted serial killer, made his way into the brutal August sun. With his hands cuffed behind his back and microphones shoved in his face, he showed no remorse for the twelve lives he’d stolen. He smirked at Zoey, his bushy black eyebrows raised, insinuating he knew something she didn’t. Her stomach churned.
Zoey snapped pictures of the man of contrasts, his paper white skin and swarthy black hair. She turned away in disgust. Her steps were halted as the convicted killer whistled a tune from her childhood, Row, row, row your boat gently down the stream, merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, life is but a dream. Each note vibrated through her nerves and settled in her bones.
Bang! Screams and gasps erupted from the crowd as Anthony Todd Pierce collapsed on the steps. Blood seeped across the front of his orange jumpsuit, his eyes fixed on the open sky. Zoey swung around, not missing a beat, and snapped the front page shots of the murderer-turned-victim, the spectators, and the chaos, while police swept through the crowd hunting the shooter.
Zoey snapped another shot of Pierce lying on the cement steps. She stuffed her camera in its bag, slid her press badge in a pocket, and backed away. In the eight years she had worked for the Times-News, she had never witnessed anything like this.
The whistling echoed in her ears as she drove to work.
Zoey sat in the crowded editorial room to type the story, but her shaky hands wouldn’t cooperate. Her mind was clouded with streaks of blood dripping down the courthouse steps. The newsroom was filled with ringing phones and chattering people. She needed to get away from the confusion and the noise. She grabbed her gear and quietly exited out the back door.
The viewing platform at Shoshone Falls provided stability. Zoey inhaled the splendor of nature as a rainbow hovered above the pulsing waters. Shards of colored light dangled, suspended in a bank of mist. Her shoulders relaxed and chest expanded in a more peaceful rhythm. The roar of the rushing water washed away the pandemonium of the morning.
Photography was Zoey’s refuge, a source of sanity against the windy desert of south central Idaho. She studied the water as it tumbled over the edge of the falls. Her mind sorted through photo options. She could catch each drop in perfect clarity, or move the shutter speed just enough to make it a soft blur of motion. Her thoughts surrendered themselves to the dance of light. She adjusted the shutter speed, shot, and did it again.

AUTHOR BIO

Sherry Briscoe is an award-winning author of mystery, suspense, and supernatural thrillers. Her childhood heroes were Alfred Hitchcock and Edgar Allan Poe, and she insists that episodes of The Twilight Zone made perfectly fine bedtime stories.

RICHARD SCHNEIDER

“FRACK: A Vic Bengston Investigation”

Vic unravels the crime behind the the remains of a long lost geology student discovered near a bizarre nuclear experiment site in western Colorado.

AUTHOR BIO

Former journalist Richard J. Schneider is the creator of the Vic Bengston Investigation series of mystery novels.

Miracle Emeka-Nkwor

“HAPPY HOLS!”

Series of accidents have been recorded in Afobiri Secondary School during the past four Christmas holidays. Pamela Lawson goes home for the holidays and soon begins to receive notes that read, “Happy Hols!”
Together with her friends, they embark on a mission to unravel the mysteries behind the so-called accidents.
They soon find out that there’s a murderer on the loose. The question on everyone’s lips though; will Pamela survive this Christmas?

“…maybe, I’m tired Judith,” she snapped as she rose to her feet and walked slowly towards Judy. “Maybe, I am fed up of all this drama,” she opened her palms and stopped an inch away from her. “I mean, have you ever thought of why someone would want me dead? It’s silly,” she scrunched her face as she shook her head. “Maybe, Eche was right. Maybe, this is a prank. Maybe, Jane actually drowned by accident,” she emphasized as Judy shook her head and slapped her forehead.

“This is not a prank and you know it. Those words were written in blood, not ink,” she reminded her and stamped her right foot on the floor.

“I don’t know anything,” she yelled and held her face with both palms. “It has to be a prank,” there was a pleading note in her voice as though she really wanted it to be one.

Judy started to speak but Pam’s eyes were already wet, “If it’s not a prank,” she paused and bit her lower lip. Her voice reduced to a low whisper that was still audible to Judith, “If it isn’t a prank, then I’m as good as dead.”

Judy swallowed hard and furrowed her brows, “What happened, Pam?”

Pamela sniffed lightly and put her hand in her right pocket. She took out a white piece of paper and handed it over to Judy. “Take a look at it, I got this yesterday,” her voice was still low.

Judith stretched forth her right hand and took hold of the note. She held it and let her eyes hover over her friend; she was scared of whatever message the note held. Pam just stood with folded arms waiting patiently for her.

After what seemed like forever, she inhaled and exhaled deeply before she slowly unfolded the piece of paper, her heart beating faster with every passing second. She almost felt her heart skip a bit at the dried thick red bloodied message:

“PAM-PAM,
Your time is almost up.
Let’s hope you find me before I get you.
Happy Hols.
P.S. this is my last wish to you.”

AUTHOR BIO

M. E. N. is a writer who currently specialises in writing creative fiction of the mystery/thriller genre. What began as a miniature means of escapism at the age of nine metamorphosed into an ardour and desire to address life itself.
She holds a BSc in Biochemistry from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. She works as a blogger/content creator and a freelance/ghostwriter for Jimczy Books.
When she is not glued to a computer screen, she spends time sewing clothes, making wigs and listening to music.

Rajarshi Ray

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How an epic love story stemmed from a steamy sex session between two complete strangers, who never met each other before marriage, on their first wedding night!

AUTHOR BIO

Rajarshi Ray earned his master degree in computer networking. Fondly known as the king of Indian erotica among his followers across the globe, Rajarshi is known for a radically different writing style, which does not rely on vividly graphic narratives but teases the readers with implicitly naughty cues thrown her and there.

Musau Kimenzu

“The Next Big Thing: Dropshipping”

Business is life and we all must master its art so as to never lose it. Business like any other human being has external life that without it survival would be next to an impossibility.

John W. Noyes

“Those Deep Below”

Fast moving, page-turner sci-fi thriller! Twists and turns of the story will keep you wondering what will happen next! A terrifying adventure in a world based on the Inca Empire. Rezi was a relatively unimportant member of the King’s household until her unique talent for singing was discovered and she was made a personal attendant to the King. As her friendship with the King grows, rumors begin to circulate comparing her to legendary Nightingale for her ability to soothe the King’s troubled heart through song. Not everyone is pleased by the comparison, especially the King’s wife, Queen Qhush’qunca. The Queen is a ruthless and sadistic person who jealously guards her status as the first wife to the King. Threatened by Rezi’s friendship with her husband, Qhush’qunca decides to take revenge on the girl. However, when the King unexpectedly dies, both Rezi and the Queen are buried alive with the rest of the household in the dead King’s massive tomb. Trapped together underground, Qhush’quenca takes her revenge by repeatedly torturing Rezi and binding them together through an arcane ritual. Desperate to escape both the Queen’s wrath and the Tomb, Rezi must turn to the other denizens trapped with her, including the misshapen priests of the Cults of the Condor and the Winged Serpent. But, can there be any trust between those below? Well placed twists and turns to this adventure will have you practically jumping out of your seat cheering Rezi on!

AUTHOR BIO

John W. Noyes is a world traveler and US Army Combat Veteran. He has spent much of his life in various parts of Europe, Asia, North America, and South America. He has a deep love of culture which has drawn him repeatedly to Peru and Bolivia to study the Ancient Inca. He currently lives in Arizona with his beautiful wife, two rambunctious children, and three crazy dogs.

Laura E. O’Shea

“Journey Forward: One Step at a Time”

It is two years since I moved away, and over the weekend I told my mom and dad I did not want any more communication with them. My friend asked if something had happened a few years earlier. I did not know what to say. I did not think about it at all anymore. When I started to talk to my friends, they convinced me to leave my family. They told me what had been done was wrong. I loved my friends. I listened to them, and I left.

My friends keep telling me it will be okay, that my dad will leave me alone. I believe them but defying him scares me more than anything. In fact, thinking about him makes my mind go blank. When I had refused to meet with my dad privately and only saw him in public, he would play with my necklace or earrings, and I would freeze, scared of his intimate touch. Fear jumbled memories in my head. I want to be around safe people so I will not freeze from fear. Even though I left, I cannot reconcile abandoning my family or being anywhere near them anymore. I feel torn. I want to feel whole.

AUTHOR BIO

Laura E. (Elizabeth) O’Shea was born in Canada. She has a lifelong appreciation of listening to, reading, and writing stories. She will publish the middle book in the Journey Forward Trilogy, One Step at a Time, in 2019.

Latoya Jackson

“Gangsta Boos”

4 teenagers growing up in Chicago had dreams of becoming attorneys. Unfortunately, they given a bad hand when their parents decided to use drugs. They finally meet a man who turned their world around and showed them the finer things in life. One day the man gets killed and the girls go from having everything back to having nothing in a blink of an eye. They decided to avenge his death and take over all his operations.

AUTHOR BIO

An author who enjoys writing in my spare time and family. I was born in Memphis and was raised in Chicago. I love working and spending time with my kids and grandparents. I look forward to expressing my thoughts on paper and sharing all of my thrillers with readers around the world.

Richard Goodship

“The Camera Guy”

AUTHOR BIO

I am a retired Police/Forensic Officer living in the country side north of Toronto, Ontario. The last 23 years of my career have been in forensics the last 6 with the Office of the Attorney General.

Jessie Johnson

“God, Where Is My Joy?”

We live in a world that would like nothing more than to strip the joy of the Lord right out of our lives and leave behind a trail of misery. We don’ have to put up with that. Its time to go out and take back what is rightfully ours. If you have ever lost your joy or feel like your on the verge of loosing it then this book is for you or if you know of a loved on that is going through something similar then this book is definitely for you and them.

Jina Bazzar

“Heir of doom”

Now that Roxanne Fosch is a member of The Hunters, she no longer has to worry about running and hiding. She can relax and enjoy life as much as an ordinary person would – or as much as a preternatural with a dangerous job like hers can.
But her clan has other plans for her, and not even all the might of the hunters combined will be able to save her. To survive, Roxanne will have to choose between being labeled a traitor and get cast as a rogue, or join hands with the darker powers to save her life and the lives of her friends.

Catherine Kelley

“Dust Devils”

In 1935 Kansas Lydia Parker fights to keep her land; from the bank breathing down her neck, from nature trying to bury it. Her husband has left her and their two boys, but a drifter comes along and makes life interesting for her.

AUTHOR BIO

Catherine Kelley has been a freelance writer in the southern Oregon region for over ten years. Her memoir, prose and feature articles have been published in Grant’s Pass Courier, Medford Mail Tribune, Central Point Sun and most recently the Rogue Valley Messenger. In 2012, her first feature length comedy film, Vampire Camp, co-written with director Ray Robison, was released and won Best Feature Award at the 2013 L.A. Vampire Film Festival. She lives in Oregon and is currently completing her first novella.

Mason Bushell

“The Workhouse Restaurant Mysteries.”

Head Waitress Holly Ward has a hidden talent. Her detective grandfather trained her in the art of sleuthing. Follow her as she falls into mysteries just begging to be solved.

AUTHOR BIO

Mason Bushell, is a naturalist, chef, and struggling author who’s written 20 mysteries, He loves archery climbing and his sleuth Holly Ward.

Jeremy Richard

“Krazy”

AUTHOR BIO

Jeremy L Richard, known as JLR-Writer; Is an American Christian Horror/Thriller author. Jeremy isn’t your Traditional writer. His Horror stories come from creative Imagination, mixed with biblical truths, of the spirit realm of Good and Evil. Known for his movie like feel in his books, he leaves many readers running for their lives with the Characters!

Jeremy is also a Theology graduate with his Bachelors degree, he’s aiming for his masters in graduate school very soon. You can find him on Instagram @ jlr_writer. And be on the look out for his 2nd book named “Krazy” out now!!

David Robbins

“In the Torrents: a migrant’s tale”

Matthew Shaudforth bears an emotional allegiance to the country of his father’s birth, and also to the country and continent of his own. But he finds himself torn away from both as the torrents begin to rage. What remains? Nothing can remain, except a small light burning just above the waves. This faint beacon shows a path between the continents that ignores the man-made barriers. Here is a story set in Europe and Africa as the migrant crisis in and around the Mediterranean reaches its peak

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AUTHOR BIO

I am a South African writer who began publishing in 1985. I’ve published 23 books, 14 through commercial publishers, the rest through my own publishing company. I’ve won several major literary awards, and have traveled extensively in Africa, Europe, the Middle East and South-east Asia. As a publisher, I am most interested in encouraging grassroots writers working in the developing world. As a writer, my speciality is so-called literary travel and short fiction.

Sherry Franklin

“Alliance”

The newest Deputy Director of the FBI Samantha Thomas catches the worst case of her career. Dubbed the Handyman, this killer leaves bodies from Quantico all the way to Forest Ranch Ca. As Samantha and her team chase him all over the country, she finds the Handyman has a certain familiarity and now she has got his attention. So who is chasing who?

AUTHOR BIO

Sherry Franklin from NC

Vanessa BUSH

Untitled Manuscript

A story about a serial killer killing spree around Maine

Lisa Long

“Well Now Innocence”

Innocence helps six year old Faith leave a room that she has been trapped in for eleven years.

Honey Kasper

“Unpredictable: the walk in and out of darkness”

The author, is writing using a pen-name. She is an over comer and survivor. With uplifting insight in overcoming with grace and faith in God.

THE BREAKDOWN
I know that I had a nervous breakdown, but no one noticed; no one was around to notice. I cared about nothing, because I couldn’t fix anything. I had no control, no rights, no voice. I was just a kid alone in a world, and no matter how many times I asked for help or ran away, I was still invisible. There was no one to come in and tuck me in at night or talk to me or ask me about my day or about the feelings I had.
I would sleepwalk even outdoors in the middle of the night. I would take everything out of the refrigerator and set it on the floor and open the basement door and the other doors in the house and leave them open, and my mother would tell me about them later. I never remembered doing it. One day a neighbor told my mother that I was out in the middle of the night walking down the middle of the street blocks away from home.

I would go to school in a trance state, and I did not care about anything. I know the kids were picking on me, but I did not care. I knew people were around me; I could see that, but I tuned everything out. The words the teachers and the other students were saying didn’t register. I went to the classes and went home. I couldn’t have received passing grades; I was barely alive.

AUTHOR BIO

Honey Kasper Glimpse into my past. There are a lot of bad things that happened in my life, but there is also a lot of good. I hope anyone that reads it can see triumph more than misery.
As you read, you will see my life unfold into something better than it was.
You will see the hand of God steering my life away from tragedy.
I chose to keep my identity a secret because I’m not doing this to hurt my family or to cause embarrassment. I want to try to help others in similar situations. This book will seem fragmented due to my post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). I did find it important to share; I hope my readers will understand.

Leonard Rawlins

“Six-Gun Cowgirl”

Will Lucy’s past help her and Logan in their quest? Lucy is on her own when she sets out to avenge the senseless killings of her parents and the ranch hands of Logan. Will she find the killer, and can she persist in taking revenge?

AUTHOR BIO

I was born and raised in a small mining town in SOuth Africa, where the deepest mine in the world is also situated. Writng intrigued me since childhood. At school I was always the nominated one amongst my friends to write their essays. I submitted a manuscript in 2012 to a publisher in Houston, Texas, who immediately accepted my novel. Since then I’ve written and published seven more novels, mostly Westerns. I’m married and have two children and one grandchild.

Valerie Mores

Untitled Manuscript

Two boys from different walks of life meet while journeying west on the Oregon Trail. They share dreams of lush abundant land free for the taking and a place where they can just be. And along the way, they discover their desires for the future align more than they ever could have hoped.

AUTHOR BIO

Valerie Mores is an author and set costumer based in Los Angeles with a keen interest in storytelling. When she’s not working or writing, she can be found with an e-reader in her hand or in the midst of making costumes to wear to local comic conventions.

M.J. Roberts

“Rock Hard: Chord Brothers”

AUTHOR BIO

Samantha Story

“The Incubus”

Jordyn Styles is a twenty-year old Succubus living in Chicago. None of humans know what she is, and that’s perfect because she barely knows herself. After growing up through foster care system she never had anyone to tell her what she was, that is, until she is caught feeding by three men claiming to understand what she is going through. Not to mention, one of them tells her he is an Incubus. Now she is thrusted into their paranormal world trying to stay hidden and trying to figure out what happened to her kind.

AUTHOR BIO

Samantha Story is a 25-year old trying to make it in the world of writing. She loved fantasy and paranormal writing, creating a world people can escape to, even herself, so she tried to make those worlds a reality.

bewaji elugbaju

“Unrequested Competition”

the novel is based on the struggle a girl trying to match up with her half-sister in order to gain love and affection from their father

AUTHOR BIO

A communication major aspiring to be a writer loves to travel and inseparable from music.

Raghunandan G

“THE INVISIBLE HAND”

What if one day you will realize ,all the famous scientists , leaders you aspired to be were secretly nurtured from their birth by a mysterious organization ? Well, 90% of our brain is programmed during first 7 years of our life . This organization would be using this idea to create leaders and scientists to control powerful nations and technology . From one such nurturing our lead characters emerges . But before the organization could manipulate them ,they would stumble upon a whole new secret .

Oneil Walters

“Queet’s Guide to the Personality and Emotions”

The book provides specific words related to character-building. It omits words that do not describe or touch upon character.
E.g. sitting or seated, but, not chair or rug. It Roget’s thesaurus distilled only into character-building words.

Excitement (including Agitation).

nouns

Agitation – mental excitement.

Ardor – intensity of impetuous emotion; ardency, fire.

Distraction – extreme mental agitation.

Ecstasy – an extreme and overpowering emotion of joy or pleasure.

Enthusiasm – zeal; earnest excitement of conviction; verve.

Exaltation – abnormal sense of well-being; elation.

Exaltation – spiritual elevation; religious excitement; orgiasm.

Excitement – agitation; intensified emotion; heat.

Fanaticism – unreasoning zeal; excessive zeal.

Fervor – zeal; emotional heat; fervency.

Frenzy – violent mental agitation approaching madness; delirium.

Furor – great excitement; rage; overmastering passion.

Hysteria – uncontrollable expression of excitement.

Intoxication – great excitement.

Lascivia – great sexual excitement.

Madness – overwhelming passion; extreme emotion.

Passion – an overwhelming excitement, or, intense emotion.

Perturbation – agitation of mind or feelings; discomposure.

Rage – extreme vehemence of emotion; violent agitation.

Rapture – ecstacy of bliss or joy; madness, transport.

Ravishment – intense emotion; rapture; ecstasy.

AUTHOR BIO

I am a lover of words and collector of rare books. There are 9 more books in my Queet’s Guides series.
I spend a lot of time studying etymology.

Stephen Ajode

“LAST VERDICT”

Ali is a young man in his college who falls in love with a Minister’s daughter, Linda. The family top secret is that Linda has a twin sister who lives with the aunt. Ali is in a new career and the girlfriend accompanies him to Lagos only two have a misunderstanding caused by an x boyfriend. Now here is the real problem, the sister comes to look for Linda and is mistakenly killed and the Minister plans to make Ali suffer so does not disclose about the twins and who is dead. Will Ali make it out of the case. ONLY LAST VERDICT WILL DETERMINE

AUTHOR BIO

Stephen Ajode is a graduate of Moi University. Bed(Arts) and holds a post graduate diploma in Information Technology from Eldoret Polytechnic. He has lived most of his life in Webuye but his grandparents lived in Siaya, Karemo Division in a village called Randago. He hails from a family of 6 children. His father and mother, a Human Resource Officer and a teacher respectively live in a small village in Siaya called Mbaga. Steven has had two broken marriages and two biological children and an adopted child who live with the grandparents. He loves to right most of the time and in his life as a bachelor he has dedicated most of his time to righting the most interesting books of all time.

Carle Taylor

“Merchandise”

Slavery and child abduction

three characters get caught in an escalating web of crime. What started as an innocent act soon became out of control acts of violence.
Based on true facts the story takes a different perspective

AUTHOR BIO

Enjoy writing a mixed genre.

Raghunandan G

“THE INVISIBLE HAND”

What if one day you will realize ,all the famous scientists , leaders you aspired to be were secretly nurtured from their birth by a mysterious organization ? Well, 90% of our brain is programmed during first 7 years of our life . This organization would be using this idea to create leaders and scientists to control powerful nations and technology . From one such nurturing our lead characters emerges . But before the organization could manipulate them ,they would stumble upon a whole new secret .Its tale of love, mystery and magical new world containing fairies and dragons.

Nishant Netaji

Untitled Manuscript

My memorable days from childhood till the age of 32.

Desmond Motiso

“Plant Based Diet- A Complete Guide”

As many people today realize the benefits of a Plant-Based Diet, this book goes ahead to act as a complete guide fully illustrating how one can live on a plant based diet.

AUTHOR BIO

My name is Desmond Motiso and am highly interested in writing wellness articles and creating content to improve people’s health.

Brandon Clark

“The Ranger”

A young hunter finds himself entwined in the politics of the declining Arcadian empire after his exile from the magical forest in which he grew up.

AUTHOR BIO

Brandon Clark was born in Seattle, Washington and never adjusted to the rain. Now, he lives in Montana, America’s last best place, with his two cats and his dog.

Holly Ellis

“Living With the Past”

Margaret, a recent retiree, is ready for adventure, travel, and living out her days how she always dreamed, free from deadlines and obligations. Now that her children are grown, she can finally live. Unfortunately, her adult children see her dreams as a midlife crisis. Desperate to reach her goals, this fierce, independent matriarch will not let anyone stand in her way, even if this means divorcing her oblivious, couch potato husband, Jack, who sees adventure as a hassle, not a thrill.
Margaret realizes she desires something much deeper that she has hidden from her family. Letters kept in secret reveal another life with her high school sweetheart, Lillian. Rediscovering her past could be the key to accepting her true identity but at what cost? Will Margaret’s fear of rejection be validated if she chooses to embrace her truth or will she have to leave her family behind to find happiness?

Gerardo Rosales

“Thaddeus and Yenj: The Fifth Heart”

AUTHOR BIO

Gerardo Rosales is an Edmonton based author, writing fictional tales of adventure, horror and supernatural based themes. He aspires to share all of his nightmares and fears in all of his novels.

Vanessa Bush

“The killer by the railroad”

A story about a young blind pianist that lose his ways and overcome his fears later while going through this weird killing spree murder investigations happening during a study for the blind in Maine.

AUTHOR BIO

Prolific and self-help writer and coach
A frenco-American author that manage a healing art and publishing company

M Kathy Brooks

“Grammy’s Bedtime Bible Stories”

A collection of traditional favorite Bible stories with a modern twist, as narrated by “Grammy” to be read as bedtime stories.The modern twist features current conversational language and incorporates modern ideas such as evolution and intelligent design into the Bible framework.

Chap 4 Noah and the great Flood
After Adam and Eve left the Garden, they had many children and soon the world was full of people. Some people tried to do good but many more did not. God decided to make it rain for so long the world would be flooded and the good people left could start over. Noah built and ark which is a humongous boat for all the animals alive at the time and any good people, which turned out to be only Noah’s family. Water was everywhere and when it dried up,Everything looked different. The flood made lakes and canyons where there weren’t any before. Many cultures today, all over the world, have their stories about a great flood. In fact, you can find tiny seashells in places that are nowhere near water.

AUTHOR BIO

Previously I have published narrative articles for magazines and one children’s short story. This is my first full length book. I have lived in Flagstaff with my husband for 16 years. I have conquered breast cancer and Rheumatoid arthritis with help from God and my doctors and am currently retired. I have written or told stories most of my life and this book came about after a request from my daughter to write about this subject so her children could learn about the God she grew up with.

doris doris

“The Signal”

Historical fiction novel featuring the great city of Detroit. Once dubbed “Paris of the Midwest”, the architectural grandeur, high society and birth of the automobile industry helped the city grow into a sprawling Metropolis.

AUTHOR BIO

Born and raised in the great city of Detroit, my debut novel will take you to back to the era of opulence and ingenuity, featuring a cast of characters that will amaze the reader from first page to last.

Veena Maheshwari

“Darkest Hour”

This book is an anthology of short stories that are based on true events narrated in first person or third person about the close encounters with space and time continuum.

AUTHOR BIO

Veena Maheshwari had always been a science enthusiast and due to her high spiritual growth through scriptures and travels, she aspires to use them to create a world that would inculcate both spirituality and science under one umbrella. She also aspires to form an LLC soon which would help such new authors who would be able to contribute to the world of mystery and science.

Clara Elliott

Untitled Manuscript

Old mysteries are unearthed in the craggy city by the sea in the first part of the Starchild series. Lilita has spent her life running from her past. She has finally settled into Sterling City only to be pursued by a haunting legacy and a power that may just destroy her. Set on rift scarred Heorte at the brink of war with an alien species, the first story in the series lights the fuse of the impending conflict.

Brenda Colbath

“Options (Sequel to Murder on Lake Haverly”

Maye writes a simple lease-option, escrow closes with the stipulation no one knows where the seller is hiding. The ex-husband threatened to kill his wife, the seller, and anyone that helps her. After two murders are connected to her sale, everyone involved gets uneasy. When Maye’s best friend is kidnapped, and the FBI becomes involved!

AUTHOR BIO

Laurel Thompson

“Finding Hollis”

Hollis, met and married Eve after his wife of several years died of complications of MS. His only daughter, Polly, hated Eve from the beginning. Hollis, a musician, disappears the last night of an out of state gig he is playing with his long time friends. Polly, married, and six months pregnant when he disappears, is also a concern during his absence. So begins the quest by family, friends, strangers, and the media to find him.
During the time Hollis is missing, Polly has a baby, and her relationship with Eve changes.

AUTHOR BIO

Laurel Thompson was born in Houston, Texas in 1954. She is the top-middle of six children, all college educated. Writing and art have always been part of her life. An avid jogger, skier, married twice, three children, sadly, one son died of cancer in 2008, then Trigeminal Neuralgia struck her shortly thereafter changing her life radically. She still reads, writes, and creates.

Moo Zong Kim

Untitled Manuscript

Once there was a cat that loved to travel. People say cats love to sit by a window to enjoy sun shine, but this cat travels different cities to enjoy the sun shine. The story begins…

AUTHOR BIO

I am looking to write a children’s book. I am new to writing books. I haven’t studied literature or anything related. This is a new challenge for me.

Adejolu Ibukun

Untitled Manuscript

Ottello

AUTHOR BIO

Action speaks louder than Words
But words goes farther than Actions

Devorah Friedlander

“You See Me”

Ella Heart has it all figured out, doesn’t every fourteen-year-old? She aspires to become both a professional dancer and a doctor. One night, when her brother’s reckless behavior goes too far, Ella is severely injured, with no hope for a future in dancing. But worst of all, Ella must go through the hellish years of high school with a disability and resentment toward her brother.

Charles Morris

“FAITHFUL?”

“Chapter 1
Introduction:
Overcoming Persecution

To say that we live in lawlessness amoral times would be an incredible understatement. Many of us who are over the age of sixty never in our wildest dreams thought that we would be alive to witness the depraved moral decline of nations and uncontrolled lawlessness as we see both in and outside the church today. You have heard the clichés of someone reminiscing about the good old days that may seem overused, and at times a bit trite, but have become all too real in these days of lawlessness. We hear statements like, “”They have taken the 10 Commandments off the walls of our schools and have put policemen in the halls.””
In these changing times and culture, there seems to be a spirit in the air that screams, “”anything goes.”” This lawlessness can make us feel like we are in the middle of a vast ocean on a sailboat that has lost its sail. Without a sail, the small boat has lost its’ will of direction. Without a sail, the tiny craft is at the mercy of the waves and current of the mighty ocean. We need righteous leaders to rise in our unrighteous times to take their place in sounding out against the flood of amoral ideologies and lawlessness. We need believers that would dare to uncompromising stand against cultural pressure to be politically correct.
Who are these righteous leaders, and what price will they need to pay to stand against those who are ready to classify them with a hoard of labels? The honest and moral leaders, while standing in the truth of God’s Word, will be identified as being haters and an anchor of ignorance holding back the liberal progressive freedom of thought, speech, and actions. Who are these few righteous leaders? They are Christian men and women who have surrendered their lives uncompromisingly to the Lord Jesus Christ and dare to stand on the whole Word of God, in the power of the Holy Spirit, while facing intense persecution. These righteous believers have set their faces like a flint towards the King of glory, and will not be moved, bought, compromised, or scared. They are covered by the blood of the Lamb, forgiven, heaven-bound, and know that this earth is not their home. They can stand boldly before man, the sophisticated system of the world, and the demons of hell because they have learned to kneel humbly before the throne of heaven.
I remember watching the news on TV and hearing about shooting deaths, rapes, and other acts of gross violence happening in large cities like Chicago, Detroit, New York, Houston, and Los Angeles. Although I felt sadness for the hurting families, I would have a sense of comfort that I lived in a small town where such horrible acts of inhuman behavior couldn’t reach me. However, now we all live in a society in which there are no completely safe places. The long arm of violence has covered the earth, and the self-seeking, pleasure-driven spirit over humanity must be satisfied no matter what the cost or harm it brings to others.
So, what do we do to live righteous in these unrighteous times and remain faith among the faithless? What does the Word of God say that can help us when the wickedness of humanity comes knocking on my door, demanding that we bow at the altar of compromise? The Apostle Paul, under the direction of the Holy Spirit, saw our days coming and penned great words of warning to Timothy, the young Pastor. This book will give us insight into the coming persecution of true believers and how we can stand righteous in these unrighteous times.

2 Timothy 3:1-5 ESV But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. (2) For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, (3) heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, (4) treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, (5) having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.

I have painted a seemingly bleak picture that is not very warm and friendly, nor filled with hope. But rest assured there is hope in a hopeless situation, there is a victory in the middle of a victimized experience, and there is freedom ready to replace fright and fear. It is a given fact that trials will increase, and persecution is on the rise against believers in the Lord Jesus Christ. The worldly leaders will treat those who stand firm in the faith with a new set of immoral and criminal laws. These unethical and immoral laws will be made out of convenience to silence the Christians and their faith. These laws will not be morally right nor conventional but will be expedient in seeing the fulfillment of the amoral agenda of a lost depraved society.”

AUTHOR BIO

CHARLES MORRIS is a native of Craigsville, Virginia. He is a disabled veteran, having served in the USAF for fourteen years. He has been in the ministry for over 40 years and has traveled extensively throughout the world. After his salvation experience in 1974, he immediately started to preach and teach the gospel. Pastor Charles is a pastor, church planter, evangelist, house church coordinator, and founder/CEO of Raising the Standards International Ministries, who possesses a unique way of using word pictures to paint the truth of God’s Word. Pastor Charles and his wife, Debra, currently reside in Navarre, Florida.

William Burd

Untitled Manuscript

A novel about a man who, in desperation, inadvertently makes a deal with a demon to save his young son’s life. The boy survives his sickness and the man is convinced he shook hands with an angel, and all is well.

The book follows the story of the man as his life unravels: he survives a horrific car accident and sustains a life-altering injury, both of his youngest sons become drug addicts and one of them dies, afterwards his wife throws her life away on booze and dies as well.

Throughout the story, the demon makes a few well-timed appearances, keeping the man convinced that there’s still an “angel” watching over him.

In his old age, the man develops a health condition and is in the hospital after some complication, when the demon appears and reveals the truth about everything, and further reveals that, in fact, the demon has been his son-in-law for the last forty years and will be the only one watching over his angel of a daughter after the old man dies. The news that every bit of hell suffered by his family is his fault ends up giving him a stroke, rendering him unable to communicate the truth to his daughter.

The demon capitalizes on his opportunity to silently torture the old man at every opportunity, using the pretext of caring for him, until the old man finally dies.

AUTHOR BIO

I am a happy husband to a perfect wife, and a proud father of two perfect kids. My wife and I are world-traveling nomads, tied to nothing, and intent on making our lofty goals our lofty reality.

I have a personal writing blog, and my wife and myself have a travel blog, which I write for as well.

I love my family, adventure, drinking, the ocean, and doing whatever I want. I’m also not afraid to try anything once.

Charlene Jones

“My Impossible Life”

I ran from an untenable home life when I was 16 and got into a stolen car with two armed felons. After 3 days I returned but was a completely different person. I met and traveled with Dawson, a man recognized by Tibetan leaders. My adventures in the outer world in New Zealand, Australia, Mexico, Norway and more included Dawson’s focus on healing. Meditation, body/breath, journals, night dreams and the whisper of Angels created the weave of conscious memories that set me free.

Jeff Rasley

“You Have to Get Lost Before You Can Be Found: A Memoir of Suffering, Grit, and Love of the Himalayas”

AUTHOR BIO

Jeff Rasley lives on the White River in Indianapolis with Alicia and Bandit. His first published writing was melancholic-adolescent poetry in the Hanover College Fine Arts Journal. Over 80 feature articles in law, travel, spirituality, politics, and human interest followed in Newsweek, Chicago Magazine, ABA Journal, and other periodicals. Jeff is the author of ten books.

Jeff dropped out of college, saved money from factory work, then hitch-hiked across the USA. Money earned on a road crew financed travels in Europe and motorcycling from Indiana to Mexico City. Marriage and kids lessened travel time, but he leads Himalayan treks and mountaineering expeditions, has scuba dived throughout the Caribbean, and sea-kayaked in Palau, Tonga, and the Greek Isles.

Jeff’s commitment to social activism and philanthropy began in high school when he co-founded the Goshen Walk for Hunger. In law school he fought for renters’ rights and organized the first rent strike in Indiana as president of the Indianapolis Tenants Association. As a young lawyer Jeff founded free legal clinics at two inner-city churches in Indianapolis. He was lead counsel on class action suits for prisoners which resulted in the construction of two new jails in Central Indiana. Jeff was plaintiff in a class action requiring clean-up of the White River after it was polluted by an industrial chemical spill. Jeff is the founder of the Basa Village Foundation, which funds culturally sensitive development in Nepal. He is president of Indianapolis Scientech Club, which promotes scientific inquiry and learning. Jeff is a director of six nonprofits, including the Indianapolis Peace & Justice Center, University of Chicago Alumni Club, and Phi Beta Kappa of Indiana. He is U.S. liaison for the Himalayan expedition company Adventure GeoTreks Ltd. He has taught courses on “culturally sensitive development” and philanthropy at Butler and Marian Universities and memoir writing at the Indiana Writing Center.

Jeff’s BA is from U of Chicago magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, All-Academic All-State Football, letter winner in swimming and football; JD Indiana University Law School cum laude, Moot Court, Indiana Law Review; MDiv Christian Theological Seminary magna cum laude, co-valedictorian and Faculty Award Scholar. He has been admitted to the Indiana, US District, and US Supreme Court Bars.

Jeff describes reading Marcel Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past as great an adventure as climbing Himalayan peaks.

Tracy Collins

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coffee table book with pictures of litter art (kitty litter, not trash) and short poems, rhymes

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Living at Possum Kingdom Lake with my husband and our nine-ish cats. We recently sold our business and are looking for some new adventures

William Silvaneus

“A Certain Mercy”

When his business card turns up on the bodies of two dead homeless men, Stephen Brown, the Director of Social Services at the Salvation Army in Grand Island, Nebraska, falls under suspicion of the Chief Investigator, Laqueta Ellison. The fact that each card contains a message to the deceased raises the stakes. Soon more bodies are found.

Is it suicide? Murder? Some questions must be answered before Stephen Brown and Laqueta Ellison can identify the killer, if there is only one, and prevent further deaths.

An unidentified boy with a torn anus, an eighteen-year-old female incest/prostitution victim, a quadriplegic living in the trees despite being wheelchair bound, a developmentally disabled Native American, and a Mexican family fleeing La Linea. Why are Grand Island’s most vulnerable dying violently?

AUTHOR BIO

We live in a world where the habit of labeling people helps us hide from their humanity, their life stories. William Silvaneus’s whole life, whether writing or working with trauma victims and the disenfranchised, has been spent trying to smash labels and free people from the constraints those labels impose whether on an individual or social level. His other interests include watercolor painting, creating ornamental egg decorations, writing poetry, and loving his wife, four children, and thirteen grandchildren

Brenda Mcdaniel

“My Angel My Hero”

This book is a testament of love, faith and hope. The greatest of these being love. It’s about my special parents and our family. They were the greatest generation. And lived during the depression and WWII.

Humorous episode while dating!!

One time when they went to town, she had to take a bathroom stop. So Henry went into the store for a few minutes, while she was gone . She came back and hopped into the Ford Coupe, Henry Earl’s car. Then another man came back and got inside the car on the driver’s side. Her eyes got big and they both laughed. She realized she had gotten into a car that looked exactly like Henry Earl’s black Ford Coupe. Henry Earl came out and came over and opened the door for her, and all three of them began laughing again. The man said she could stay if she wanted to as a joke, but she just laughed. She said “sorry”, and with a red face, walked over to Henry Earl’s car and hopped in, as Henry Earl continued to tease her and laugh.

AUTHOR BIO

I am retired and have always since childhood enjoyed writing poems and short stories. Have published my first book called My Angel My Hero. Have BS in Psychology and MA in Counseling.

Chris Mckay Pierce

“The Companion”

The Companion is first in a series of three. In this book we meet Heather, a companion. She lives on earth as it has become due to climate change. Most of the people who survived did so in caves. They are starting to venture outside as the mega storms are calming. Earth is reestablishing its balance. Heather is the daughter of the current CEO but a rebel. Only by signing a contract that makes her basically an indentured servant, can she escape her father’s influence in her life. Only women who sign this contract are allowed to have children. The owner of her original contract and the father to her son was murdered. This story starts as she meets the new owner of her contract. He is embarrassed by the situation but pushed into it by the CEO. The story is about them learning to trust each other and escaping the corporation by escaping the planet. They have a great deal to learn about the people who are not protected by the corporation and they have to learn this while avoiding assasination attempts.

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The author lives with her extended family in Minnesota with deer in her backyard and a hawk that torments her calico cat. She has three grandchildren who provide hours of funny stories and fill her life. She has worked in Customer Service or Technical Help for over 20 years.

Lisa Riley

“Understanding God”

In this book Understanding God, it brings light upon what was misunderstood about the God we serve, from the original plan throughout trials we face here that causes us to fall, only to be picked up and stood back up.
It’s a nonfictional view that brings each reader closer to God.

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Lisa Riley is a fictional, as well as a nonfictional author, her love for writing, came to light in her late teens when she became inspired in literary arts, she always believes that ” everyone has a story inside, waiting to come out”.
In her latest novel Understanding God, is the third novel she has written following several short stories.

Paul Sauvola

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Two lovers in a thrilling romance with a trail of mystery unknowingly following them.

Jaheim Wallace

“Call It What You Want”

The first two chapters of the book were what I had written to my girlfriend at the time just to show her how much she meant to me, and the extent I would go just to prove that. It starts
off with how I fell deeply in love with her and acknowledged everything she had concerns about.
Later the story goes on to speak about the trials we encountered due to the fact she lived on another Island. Concluding chapter two, I included as many memories and inspirations to make
her happy and encourage her.
However, Chapter 3 through 5 goes on to speak a little more about the truth. The story went on to include the truth about our relationship and all the trials we encountered and their many negative turnouts and how they left me feeling. It goes on to the point that leads up to our break up and end of our relationship. Chapter 6 merely speaks about what I learned from my experience and some facts for one to consider when entering a relationship.

Nothing in life is more heartbreaking than to fall so passionately in love with someone that doesn’t love you as much as you do them. Most of us have felt the bitterness, deep disappointment and even agony of the violation of trust we had placed in someone who would soon break our hearts. It has been revealed time after time that in our fast-developing, material-driven and web-based communities, it is increasingly difficult to find someone that loves you for who you are and won’t give up on you.
This book came about due to a very problematic and unfortunate relationship I sustained and was eventually forced to discontinue. I was motivated to tell my story, and I too felt It would be great for those of you experiencing the same thing. Therefore, it would acknowledge the fact that you’re not alone. My book includes many characters who are friends and family members. However, their identities were kept confidential because of personal reasons. I also encourage you that in some terrible situations, giving up may seem so hard but is often more beneficial than holding on.
During the journey of writing the book, I’ve learned to stay open-minded and to stop discouraging myself. Moreover, I feel as if this can open doors and bring forth many opportunities for me. Surprisingly, I’ve even developed a passion for writing. Also, throughout this process, I’ve faced many trials and tribulations which may because I’m a student and all of my time may have been focused on school and extracurricular activities. However, I encouraged myself to stay determined and finish what I’ve started.

Leo Bernard

“The Seventh Spark”

SEVENTH SPARK BOOK SERIES in a sentence is “a story of good versus evil which challenges the moral and spiritual beliefs in all of us as humans.” The series whisks you away to a parallel universe where physical and spiritual beings co-exist and interact daily, each impacting the lives of the other, whether they know it or not. A paranormal fantasy thriller full of suspense, plot twists, and elements of horror. The dialogue between characters is intriguing and thought-provoking, similar to Game of Thrones novel series. This gripping saga will appeal to traditional and graphic novel enthusiasts alike with a visual novel concept designed to keep the reader engaged until the very end.

Adefemi Fagite

“Shadows Also Cry”

Ashake was an innocent young girl who started out from the village of Aladesanmi. She lived a simple peaceful life until the day she was molested by her stepfather. From then everything changed. She became a social pariah, her mother died from shock and she flees her village in an attempt to find a new life in the city. What she ended up finding was indeed new but no improvement on the life she left behind. The city opened a floodgate of misfortunes upon her.She finds love, in the midst of people she can’t trust. Through the turmoil, betrayal and abuse, Ashake also finds herself.

AUTHOR BIO

Adefemi Fagite is a Nigerian writer, his debut, Shadows Also Cry was long-listed under the 2018 Quramo Writers Prize. The Inanimate Cocoon; a short story, took second place in the 2TigersLLC short story competition and is available under The Unseen Anthology Volume 2.

Roger Sargent

“TBD”

The book will contain a short real-life story that could be could be considered sad, funny or at least make the reader think.

The story will be connected to a sound business tactic, either operationally or through a form of leadership to complete certain tactical steps and processes to owning and managing a business in today’s market.

The book is based on real life experiences in the author’s life that can be tied indirectly back to the specific message that is being taught.

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Business owner and operator with over 35 years of experience in the development of a new business, day-to-day operations and leadership skills necessary to accomplish and succeed.

Jack Mulcahy

“Healer’s Awakening”

A feminist sword and sorcery novel with an abused woman fighting back against her abuser. Sort of “Conan the Barbarian meets The Handmaid’s Tale.” It’s at the center of a larger saga built (so far) on a series of published short stories.

James Lingard

“THE GIRL WHO DISAPPEARED”

a fact based historical novel
Britain in the 1930s; a novel inspired by real events; eloping; WW2.
Emily falls passionately in love with working class Walter, despite fierce opposition from her class conscious father. She sees marriage as a partnership of equals and resolves to elope to escape such a male dominated society.
Emily’s actions will see her struggle to survive the subsequent devastation brought about by the war, as she and her four year old son are thrown into the midst of danger and death. The family experience rationing and the terror of bombing. Their air raid shelter is destroyed by a direct hit.
When Walter volunteers for the army, Emily and her son are evacuated to a rat infested cottage in a farming community near Hebden Bridge. The war changes Walter into an efficient army officer who demands to be obeyed. Emily worries that she might have a rival for his affections. How can she restore their loving relationship?
The Girl Who Disappeared is a moving love story about one woman’s enduring resilience, a story full of quiet humour and surprising twists and turns.

Mohammad Salman Qureshi

“Parents and Students”

It started off with a high school, where all friends were there. A group of bullies, used to bully the new students who got admission in the school.

Greg Huber

“Claim It”

My experiences as a liver cancer and transplant survivor. What it took for me to survive and how the principals that allowed me to live can be applied to daily living and life successes.

Michele Olson

“Being Ethel (In a world that loves Lucy)”

1979 is getting on Piper Penn’s nerves. Struggling to survive past tragedies, she finds comfort in Old Hollywood movies in her native San Francisco. Seeing no reason to adhere to man-made rules after her first-hand look at the ultimate in hypocrisy, Piper does what she wants, and trouble follows.
An unexpected inheritance on a tiny Midwest island in the Straights of Mackinac provides an escape. The mandated stay at the island’s glorious Grand Hotel gives her spirits a much-needed boost, especially when she catches the eye of a handsome groundskeeper.
When mysterious accusations and headstrong residents send her into a tailspin, she finds friendship from a quirky, I Love Lucy loving nun who challenges her embittered look at life and faith. Can Piper survive the baffling attempts to derail her inheritance before it’s too late or has she fallen for a well-planned ruse while falling in love?

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Ryno Jooste

“Communicate like the Master”

If one could communicate like the Jesus, it could increase the profitability of companies, the performance of teams, the results of students in class, and the intimacy in relationships, to name a few examples.

There was a peculiar quality about the way He spoke to people and the transforming impact He has had on people.

In this book, I want to explore the nature of His approach to communication and influence, and distill some lessons for communicators today, in a variety of contexts, and how they could improve their communications and influence with others.

Communicate like Jesus

Jesus was a master of communication. He knew what was in the hearts of men, had authority unlike the greatest, most educated elite of his day.

In His dealings with people, He exuded a mystical power to change their beliefs, perceptions and view of the world, almost instantly. Indeed, when He spoke they changed and became different people.

Imagine how differently your world couls function, if you could communicate like Him.

A teacher would have a remarkable pass- rate, as s/he would know exactly how to communicate the facts and concepts of their subject to the students.

A manager would be able to improve the rate of compliance to his instructions remarkably, among the team he/she leads.

Similarly, a CEO could see remarkable change in the way that the entire organisation embraces his/her vision. From the broad sweep of corporate success, to the microbial level of individual employee functioning, well- being, job- satisfaction and performance.

A marketer would sell his/her product, with a profound understanding of human nature, and what drives our wants and needs, and win not only the race for more dollars and a greater profit- margin, but also the hearts and minds of those he would connect with through his product and message.

A coach who communicates like the Master, would have not only improved results on the playing fields, but may have a remarkable, even transformational impact on the players, teams, or individuals s/he coaches for improved performance.

A parent would penetrate, with their words and actions, right to the heart of their children, and cause them to change, and remarkably, embrace the values, beliefs and philosophy that Mom and Dad would want for them, as they make their un-erasable mark in the world.

A politician who communicates like the Master would see real change in their nation. Not only in such terms as economic growth, improved support in the voting booth, or greater receptiveness to their message in the public sphere, but would see their role as a leader magnified, from being a mere politician, to being a leader in the truest sense, one that could move a nation towards greater aspirations, nobler ideals, and a greater humanity.

In romantic relationships, each partner would cut to the heart of the other person, lovingly embrace their desires, and develop a greater passion for them, with new insight into the needs, drives and longings of the other person, wanting to satisfy them, letting go of the inate- human- selfish tendencies.

At every level of human endeavour, individually, socially, corporately, or nationally, every person longs to be heard. And when the receiver has heard your message, you long for them to carry out in their wishes.

BEING HEARD
Simply being heard accurately, in our world today is miraculous.

Our world is driven by tainted messaging. Even in our most honest moments, when we say what we want or need, it is with a tainted edge of selfish desire.

We often end the day, in some way disappointed by what someone has said or done, in our relationships, or reflecting on a conflict at work with a colleague, or wishing for a way in which we could better explain our desires, goals, or passions to others.

This writing piece is an attempt to draw inspiration from the most loved and famous figure in human history. He who turned ordinary fisherman into ‘fishers of men’, the rebel Paul of Tarsus into the preeminent write of most of the New Testament, and founded Christianity, whose words still resonate today, inspiring billions of people towards radical change.

Before He became the laeder of Christianity, He came to be known as one ‘whose words had great authority’, who mesmerized the people of His time with his profound command over doctrine and his radical philosophy of life. Imagine if you could communicate the way He did.

How did he communicate? And what can we learn from His words and actions, that would improve how we communicate with, and relate with others in our world?

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I am an aspiring author. I am a Social Studies Teacher, and holder of a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, as well as a Certificate in Biblical Studies

Brad Richard

“Man at 50”

Man at 50, an autobiography filled with Crisis, Revelation & Survival! Follow Robert as he walks through abuse, failed marriages and sexual identities. Robert confronts white magic, dysfunction, judgment and bad choices. His life of questions, fears and uncertainty, leads him to a place of strength and a deeper understanding of life. One man’s journey that will inspire, encourage and give hope to the reader.

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GEORGE ATHANASIOU

“4 Life-changing and Scandalously Simple Secrets to Impact Your Health and Unleash Longevity”

Simple secrets to change your life. Literally. Proven, tested, and incredibly simple habits and actions that will make you a mini High-Lander…

It’s a secret!

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Once upon a time in the military, but now swimming in words…

Gabriel Leal

“Raising Daisy”

Raising Daisy Synopsis

This the story of Daisy Parsons. She is a lost and confused soul who is adrift in life. Not ever really knowing her place or feeling like she belonged in the life she was living. She ran away from home at age 17 and found her way to the city life. She masked her pain and anguish with alcohol, drugs, and sex. Her life comes crashing down after overdosing on pills. She discovered that what she has always felt inside was real. She was not who she thought and that her entire life was a lie. She was kidnapped as a kid and raised by another woman. Her truth is discovered while in the hospital recovering. Thought to be dead, her father who has dedicated his life to finding missing children reunites with his lost daughter. He reveals that her real mother divorced him and blamed her disappearance on him. She remarried and had a second daughter to cope with the loss of her first while in the midst of trying to focus on this new marriage and life. Daisy learns that her birth mother eventually died in a drunken car wreck fueled from heartbreak after losing her. She must deal with finding out about her past and facing who she is meant to be. All the while, dealing with love when she never meant to find it with the doctor who helped treat her addiction. Can she handle her new life or will she return to her self destructive ways? Will she be willing to change for love and a new life? Will her past haunt her forever?

AUTHOR BIO

My name is Gabriel Leal. I am an aspiring author and entrepreneur. I host my own live streaming broadcast that airs five nights a week on various social media platforms. Please check out my YouTube channel for more details and tips for learning to live stream.

Linda Breedlove

“Embrace the Change, Be a Rebel on Purpose”

Embrace the Change, Be a Rebel on Purpose bc
Linda Breedlove didn’t consciously start out with the intention of writing a book.
In the beginning, she began posting positive and uplifting messages on social media to motivate herself. She was on a journey to find contentment in her life. Linda had a deep desire to affect change within herself and wanted to be held accountable with her choices. Social media seemed to her to be a good way to do this.
Along the way, she discovered that she was not only helping herself, but she was inspiring many

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Juma Chacha

“A moment to be successful”

Today am gonna tell you a beautiful story about one village which was really blessed by being have a minerals which were only found there. One day a got a story from o ne of the famous magazine which truly tried to explain how that village use that minerals in their rituals and taboos and truly I was very much attracted with that story and from there I started to think on how to get a chance to see those minerals. The village was founded in the far east and was known as nyakabasungu, I noticed my friends about those minerals and that villages and both of them became very much attracted and promised me that they will accompany me in journey.
After two to three days we got our Visa from our embassy to China and our journey to china was now ready, but before my departure I remember my parents told me that i better be very much care from the day i departure till the day am gonna return, in really sense i didn’t new what my parents meant by then but I agreed and promised them that agonna be very much care. We arrived at the airport and we got our aeroplane, when we was on air I truly was how the sky is really beautifully and very much attractive to see. I do remember that I told one of my friend who was known as john that” I think this is the beautiful thing that I ever seen and do ask both of to look over some of the clouds how beautiful they are arranged” both of John and Juma responded and told me that it really looks so amazing and yet we together responded by saying that good is a professional. Looks at me and hear what am talking man and remember to sit still coz am gonna drive you till where you want coz am gonna gonna drive too fast, it was one of the conversations that we heard once we arrived at the Shanghai airport, form my head I heard someone of the asked me that ” do you see how this airport arranged??? How about beauties?? My friend I do remember that I ended up by saying YESSSS. One of my friends asked me that he Ibraju wat happened to you???? But I answered by saying nothing. Oky let’s get back to our tax which was already found. Our driver asked that were she should take us to and we answered by saying to one of the famous hotel around there, after reaching to the hotel john got robbed my one of the street boy and he returned to the room empty. We get laughs once we saw John the way he was blaming and even the way he was angry. After two days someone who was known as Lee min came to take us to the village which was known as nyakabasungu. My friend let me tell you what I saw once I reached to that village, hardworkers and very cooperative people, pretty women, gentlemen, successfully trade and well arranged houses and markets. From there I ended up by being very much astonished and standing on the same place, Lee asked me that ” hey wat u doing???? Let’s go”

He tooks us to the one house which was already prepared for us and he told us that we should live quietly and peacefully till next day when we will be having a chance to visit mining area.
After some moment i heard Juma said that ” now we are at nyakabasungu village and we are already seen what found outside but next day we expect to see how God blessed this village”
While we was inside arranged some of our staffs we heard someone knocking our door and as a leader I asked one of my friend to open the door and frankly Juma responded my request by doing so,………… please may you allow me to make a food preparation for you?????( it was a request from one the woman from that village after greeting) both of Juma and John delayed to answer the request of that woman because they remain silent and mouth open after seen how cute she is.
We used our remaing to time to look around the village were we therefore saw a lot of people with their beauty while working cooperatively. I do remember it was night we sat together during dinner time where we fed up our stomach and started some shit stories which were provided by both Juma and John.
Time went and we both decided that it’s too late therefore we should rest by having beautiful and fun dreams. We both agreed to have fun and beautiful dreams by not knowing the hidden meaning of it, I do remember that night was the starting point of bad luck to me. While was in deep sleep I started to have a dream which was showing I was at the lake shore with one of my friend and we were really having fun but after sometimes I become moth open after saw him he is in the middle of the lake and he is really asking for my help from there risked my life so as I can save him but after starting swimming into the water nothing was found into the water rather than myself, I started to call The name John,,, John,,,, were are you my friend….. don’t leave me alone……. please don’t die John. While am in the water I heard voice from other side of the lake which was also calling me by saying Ibraju don’t go there you will die…… please come back, ibraaaaaaaaaa, I decided to look were the sound come from but nothing were found rather than sound only.
My God, I started to pray to my God to show where john is but while swimming I noticed that john is calling me from where we were and he asked me to turn back coz I might die. I decided to turn back as i was asked by My friend but while turning back i ended up tired and therefore i started sinking while asking for some help…….. Joh help me pleas…. help me please
…….. please
I woke from that bad dream with a lot of questions which were having no answers and decided to go out so as I can get fresh air so as i can be out of stress and bad dreams. While sitting outside of the house in the middle of night I proceed to noticed other strange thing after seen one person running with high speed from one side into other, I liked to ask him the reason behind his running but failed coz he was really fast. I sat there for sometimes and when I decided to move from were i came from where from I witnessed other 6men running too fast to were the 1man went. You know coz I was guest I failed to know were they are going and decided to take my time.
After turning back into my room the strange things proceed to happen after experience of everything that I left in the room including my friends and mya staffs while thinking about it I heard sounds of strong man behind our room saying this is the work that I was only thinking to do so as my life will be smoothly. I decided to to go out so as to as to see who is speaking and at least I can ask her about the disappearance of my friends but no one were also outside.
From that moment I felt as if I live in a lonely world with no one around because everything I see is a dream and no one is around to help me in translating those dreams, delusions proceed to come and go coz was the only thing that decide to show me at that night.
From that moment I stay at the corner of the house with no one to ask and nearly crying. But when I was thinking about that I heard a voice calling to to wake up,hey ibrah wake up …… wake up coz it’s time. I woke up so fast and realized that i was still dreaming and after around the room i notice that everyone is around, coz of the bad dreams that I experienced a strong hug come from my from heart towards my friends while crying . They asked what is going on but I told them nothing. Hope you can imagine how really stressful I was.
Everyone of us made a preparation so as we can take a leave and after few moments everyone was ready to leave and from fro there we both entered the car coz mr lee min came with so as he can take us to where we want to go.
While we were on the road I felt like coz during the night I experienced bad sleep and there without losing a time I felt into a trap of strong sleeping but after few moment same things as what happened during the night started to happen after that our is In the middle of the ocean and no one is around but only myself, my God what is this….. while I was thinking and asking myself about the current situation I heard a voice of my beloved voice which was said” our son you better be care from the day you depart till the day you return”. Without knowing what is going I heard someone calling my name and saying THIS IS WHY YOU ARE HERE. My gosh this really makes me crazy coz I do know what to do and even no one around is around me.
Again I woke up from my dream after hearing someone calling me and telling me that we are already arrived at nyakabasungu minerals grounds. I was nearly crying and denying to step out of the car but after sometimes and did what I was told by one of my friend. While working towards the minerals ground I saw one of the old man around 80yrs who truly looking at and ask for help, i asked john ” did you see that old man” but john answered me by saying no old man around but only young men. I asked myself what wrongs with me????? Is it a delusion or I got some infection since I ate their food???? No answers found even though I asked myself a lot of questions. After reaching Into the mining pool we witnessed a very attractive minerals which were only found at that village and nothing else. We took various pictures with high celebration and everyone congratulated me for knowing such kind of thing.
While we was

Do you know that everyone around the world has his or her own dreams in which she or he wants to accomplish before his or her last journey????…….
Not you and even not me who knows when his or her dreams gonna be successful. Men like bill gate used as an example show young people on how to be successful but yet those young men failed to be .

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Jumcha is a story writer, books and also scripts. He has accomplished his bachelor degree as an expert of special education in 2019 at the university of dodoma

Todd McGuire

“The Convergence of the Chosen”

When Cal is shipwrecked far from his home, he is set on a journey he couldn’t have imagined. Chosen by the Mother with a tree tattooed on his back, he has been told all his life to hide his mark, to just be like everyone else. As he makes his way north, he helps protect some people and use his understanding of being a healer to nurse them back to health. As he fights to protect his friends, holy people begin seeking him, drawn because of his mark. When Jess, another of the Chosen, arrives the question of the tattoo and their identity becomes a mystery to unravel. Unfortunately, the window for them to discover the answer is closing, the threats of the Green Witch and the Prince’s advancing forces soon threatens to overrun their friends, and sweep from the region of all of Her Holy temples. When they discover more Chosen, they realize each has a part in the struggle against bold ambition, greed, and dark magic. The Chosen must learn what the world asks of them and rise to the task or be obliterated. All things have a price, a burden, and a blessing.

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Published The Skate Park Owner’s Manual
Masters in English
Teacher of English
Writer, Cook, Father, Husband

Lynelle Clark

“Love at War”

Whisked to picturesque Valetta, a lonely nurse met her soul connection. It set the bar in a stirring plot of spiritual and physical survival as a determined warlord in Africa and a cunning wife in America trapped them in time. The healing sands of Iraq their only hope.

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The desire to write was a silent wish I rarely talked about, keeping personal journals year after year. In my late forties, I found myself overwhelmed by life’s experiences.

This became a trigger that launched me into a new season. I have discovered much about myself and explore the many facets of writing, finding my peace within the walls of books and paper.

I have self-published 4 books so far, and write short stories in my native tongue on a regular basis which can be read at Ink in Afrikaans and my blog, Vanuit my pen.

More books are waiting for me and I plan to publish at least two in 2020. The stories in my mind an ever-growing source of creativity.

Brenda Mcdaniel

“My Angel My Hero”

This book is about my special parents. And about hope, faith and love. They both lived during the depression and WWII.

Snowe Mann went to the Psychiatric ward at the local hospital. She rushed from school to Earl’s side. And couldn’t believe this strong, loving man had a nervous breakdown and schizophrenia.

Debbbie Bradford

“Boxes in the Lake”

Jill wasn’t sure what happened to her Dad but then she and her family Anne solved the mystery

Mystery story, page turner to see what happens next.
Can you solve the mystery.

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Been writing since I was 17,New to being published. Write in 3different genres mystery, poetry and children’s books.

Steve Gunn

“Do You Wonder about Dreams”

Have you ever seen your pet lying on the floor, kicking it’s legs as they sleep? Ever wonder what they are chasing or what are they dreaming about?
Do You Wonder about Dreams wonders just that. This, roughly 300 word, rhyming picture book, takes the reader on an adventure imagining what different creatures might dream about when they lay down to go to sleep at night.

Do you wonder what its like when a dragon dreams?
Gnawing on knights and hearing their screams.
Flying through the sky, flying in all ways.
Flying over castles and setting them ablaze.
Exploring new caves and new mountain tops.
And valleys down below, their dips and their drops.
Dreaming of gold and guarding their treasure.
A dragon’s dreams are beyond measure.

Or what is it like when a goldfish dreams?
Swimming around in crystal clear streams.
Zipping around, free as can be.
Follow that stream all the way out to sea.
Too fast for sharks and too smart for whales.
Swim circles around marlins with their spears and sails.
Tonight, the goldfish is the king of the sea.
The goldfish dreams so peacefully.

AUTHOR BIO

My name is Steve Gunn. I love to write and spend time with my family. I have a German Shepard named Hero and a cat named Rocky.
I live in Cedar Lake, Indiana with my loving wife, Marie, and my three equally loving children, Joey, Nina, and William. Some of my favorite children’s books include anything from Dr. Suess and other types of rhyming books.

Hubeyb Mohammed

“Notes from the Cloud”

About the right moment that is late in attendance. About hidden beautiful things that no one knows. About the short moments when we come across something nice, then it fades away quickly. About the truth that no one knows. A wandering guide for those who are lost.

AUTHOR BIO

A young poet from Ethiopia.

Henry C. Duggan,III

“SILVER’S ODYSSEY”

SILVER’S ODYSSEY- PG-historical fiction adventure.
A Spanish soldier’s survival trek throughout Florida, after surviving the 1622 silver-laden galleon Atocha(actual) – sinking off the Florida Keys. Becoming self-reliant in a foreign wilderness, he strives to return home, honor intact, aided by a sharp Toledo sword. Washed ashore, only to be captured by the fierce Calusa Indians, he faces challenges in every chapter. His betrothed in Spain knows not if he’s dead or alive. He constantly dreams of her, motivating his will to survive.

Lotte Lavender

“The Giants 2”

The second book in The Giant Series. (Urban fantasy)
Sal, a young man, has discovered who he truly is;
a superior human with alien DNA. A Giant.
After the death of his biological father, Sal is going on a journey of revenge while he slowly discovers the truth about his true origin.
The rest of the Giants is covering their tracks in the most violent of ways.
We learn the dark background of Sal’s lover Seth, the clan leader Darwin and some of the other Giants.
Questions from the first book are getting answered.
The Giants view themselves as rulers of humankind, but their brotherhood is put to the test as they turn out to have different agendas.
It is a book with funny dialogue and a fast-paced mystery.

AUTHOR BIO

I am a Danish/American.
My first book “Meet Alice” was published by a publisher in Hong Kong.
I have self-published a book on Amazon.

T.M. Chalon

“KINGDOMS COME”

Born a dusky, part-dwarf noblewoman in Carsia, a land of men, few think highly of Morabeth Gracelent. However, when circumstances force the strange, fiery yeoman’s daughter to take her father’s place in battle and save King Reginald from the traitorous knights’ attack, she finds herself in a powerful position. Having earnt the king’s friendship, Morabeth hires the dangerous, dishonoured Sir Gidaon the Wolf to defend her person. With her newfound political influence, Morabeth must learn to fight for herself and her loved ones, despite how Carsia’s customs contradict her. Yet once her outspoken protests see Gidaon gravely wounded in her stead, Morabeth is left deeply shaken.

Then dwarvish princes Therrien and Kyre arrive in Morabeth’s small rural thorp. Morabeth -now grown into a notable speechmaker- joins their quest; the possibility of freeing the mountains and saving her kingdom too compelling for her to deny. Together, they must break the curse which transforms the princes into wolves every sunrise and sunset, and reclaim the mountain kingdom from the foreign trespassers threatening Carsia. Facing prejudice, outlaws, her own faults, and even Death Herself, Morabeth and her companions must unite their people and go to war before Carsia falls as the Spinelands did.

AUTHOR BIO

Kingdoms Come is my first completed original manuscript, however I do have other stories in progress that I would eventually love to publish. I would like a career as a novelist and an editor, specialising in fantasy and historical fiction. My dream is to tell meaningful, escapist stories that take readers on emotional adventures and develop a safe, supportive community. I have an online Marvel and Hasbro fanfiction readership. I am a poly-ethnic, demisexual woman with High-Functioning Autism/Asperger’s Spectrum Disorder and other physical disabilities. I was born and raised in Australia, and am currently studying English and History at university.

Avimanyu Datta

“The Time Corrector-Genesis”

Since childhood, Vincent Armstrong, an orphan, can sense his past and future converge through his dreams. Currently, he heads a center that researches Artificial intelligence, Quantum Computing, singularity, and Machine Learning. Vincent wants to take his center to its pinnacle, rid it of the University’s Red tapes. He needs a pathbreaking invention. Yet, the arrival of a brilliant Post-Doc, Emika Amari, gets in the way. He believes that she is his childhood friend, Ahane, who he lost to a metaphysical phenomenon, time-turbulence. Vincent falls for Emika, and they start a life together. He finally strikes a rare equilibrium of accomplishment and joy that has always dodged him.
Soon, Vincent finds himself in the middle of a political investigation surrounding a corrupt senator, a defense contractor, and a reclusive billionaire who lived through two time-turbulences. He gets deeply invested but conceals the details from Emika to protect her. His involvement and silence frustrate Emika, and she leaves him. Vincent gets his invention, charters a course for his center, and takes a deep dive into his work to get Emika off his mind. Does he accept an Emika-free fate? After six months of silence, he calls her. Will that be enough, or does he create an alternate reality, an ability suppressed by his headmaster by order of someone powerful?

AUTHOR BIO

I am a Professor of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship in the College of Business at Illinois State University. Also, I am the Director of George R. and Martha Means Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, College of Business, at Illinois State University. I had my doctoral education (Ph.D.) in Business Administration from Washington State University. I did my undergraduate studied at the University of London and my Masters from Hawaii. I was born in India and a citizen of the US. I live with my wife, Priyanka, and Dog: Bruce the Magnificient.

I have extensively published in top academic journals. I am regarded as a foremost scholar in fields like radical innovations, management of technology, management of design, technology strategy, and strategic entrepreneurship. I can be easily googled.

jaylen pearson

Untitled Manuscript

In a world where a machine allegedly proves there’s no afterlife, journalist Onyi Richards navigates her life, as the world tears itself apart over this discovery.

After a personal tragedy, Onyi finds herself in the center of this conflict and deciding the fate of humanity.

AUTHOR BIO

I’m an unpublished author currently residing in New York City, looking to make his debut in the publishing world.

Bede Ehiogu

Untitled Manuscript

When Elegbe has a fainting fit it is discovered that he is dying. His brother Tabu, Nna and a girl called Buchi go to seek out spirits to save his life. Before they can get help, they discover that Elegbe has died, but they insist on bringing him back to life anyway. They do, but only with the caveat that Tabu dies after a year. He accepts and they return to the village.
On the way, they come across numerous obstacles. There are boggles, spiders, ghommids, grave-wights and Elsi (Elsé), not to mention Onwu, the king of Death, and the lord of the Land of the Dead, and Udimé, the king of the Half-foots.
They also visit the chief of the Cross-roads and the Cross-roads daemons (they show direction).
Anata, the Great Traveller, the Lord of Gifts, is the one who tells them of how they can save their brother and friend. He also helps them on their mission.

AUTHOR BIO

Bede Ehiogu is a budding writer from Africa. Having read vast and engaging fantasy tales from famed authors such as J. R. Tolkien, J. Rowling, G. Martin and Terry Goodkind, he has become interested in writing his own. Bede has a great liking for the creation of myth, or mythopoeia, for which he creates supernatural and extraordinary characters. To him, fantasising about these worlds of his os a favourite pastime.
Bede Ehiogu graduated in English (and literature studies) from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria.

Massiel Alberto

“We’re All Lost”

A short stories collection based in the experiences of different characters dealing with the struggles of mental illnesses

AUTHOR BIO

Massiel Alberto is a writer from the Dominican Republic. For as long as she can remember, she has an affinity for the written word, not just fiction, but expressing her opinion through essays and reviews. From an early age, she started writing short stories and she finds she can express herself better through her writing, rather than with the spoken word.
She is a nature lover a cat lover, a sky watcher and loves metal music. She spends most of her time drinking coffee and inventing stories in her mind.

Kundai Pfumayaramba

“Ruffling the Hornets nest. Reawakening of a slumbering giant”

A mad dash to save his loved ones

Ronald Frye

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God can & God will….is simply my testimony on how God rescued me from a very distorted mind-set. Inside-Outside is about my upbringing on the deadly streets of Chicago, and the 22 straight years I spent in prison.

Both books in a nutshell are stressing the importance of love, and the joy that follows once you truly implement it into your life!!!

Megan McGreen

“The Girl Who Swallowed a Star”

AUTHOR BIO

I worked as a journalist for weekly papers in California for five years, wrote a column for teenagers and their parents for five years and a column called Tools for Transformation for two years.

Lane Everett

“Always in August”

Always in August is the story of two friends with a mutual secret crush, whose romance unfolds as they unravel a missing persons mystery that has linked their families together for generations.

Edward Hutton is a smart and ambitious local boy who dreams of one day becoming a doctor and escaping from small town life on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where he is teased mercilessly for not fitting in with the crowd. When the precocious but lonely Claire Callahan moves in next door to Edward, the two become fast friends, though secretly they see more in each other. Together, Edward and Claire discover a hidden stash of anonymous love letters, sending them on a hunt for the answers that will tie them together for the rest of their lives.

Claire and Edward’s love story is interwoven with a historical love story that parallels their own and gives readers a glimpse of what life and love was like in Northern Michigan in the early 20th century. The historical romance reveals uncomfortable truths for Claire and Edward about their own families’ pasts, which they ultimately need to confront in order to allow true love into their own lives. In a tale that spans almost forty years, each chapter alternates narrative perspective between Claire and Edward, revealing snapshots of their lives every five years in August. As they navigate love, loss and the mounting romantic tension between them, the pair is continuously drawn together until finally their lives collide.

Maria Cardona

“Lares”

Salome is a young girl awakening to the realities of her country. It’s 1868 and Puerto Rico is awakening to the realities of Spanish colonialism. A dreamer and poet, her world is shaken up when she meets Sebastian – a young revolutionary who steals her heart. Can they change the fate of their world together or will they be doomed to exile?

AUTHOR BIO

Maria Cardona is a Puerto Rican writer. She has published eight poems and two short stories. She earned her BA in English and Creative Writing from Ashland University. Her main genre is historical fiction.

Sabina Khan

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Research in neuroscience is making it clear that cognitive decline with age is a natural part of life, but researchers have identified factors that may help protect you from cognitive deterioration. What is perhaps most compelling about age-related cognitive change is its variability. Cognitive decline is not inevitable.

AUTHOR BIO

Sabina Khan, PhD, is a research scientist, clinical professor and freelance writer of brain health, nutrition and scientific articles in Miami, FL. Dr. Khan’s research falls at the intersection of neuroscience and women’s health and is focused on how our genetics, diet, environment, and lifestyle shape the brain.

Sujit Ghosh

“Hidden Treasures of Bali”

Synopsis of Hidden Treasures of Bali
Bali , a treasure trove of ancient sculpture and artifacts, scattered around in its centers of religious worship , that have existed over hundreds of years , needed the assistance of an expert archaeologist to study and evaluate its ancient archeological ruins and artifacts and trace their origin and link them to ancient religious practices and traditions . Ratri , a Doctoral student at the National University of Singapore, with an envious record of conducting serious research in the field of restoration of ancient sculptures was selected and deputed by Singapore to Bali to assist the Balinese govt in their restoration process . While on her quest to hunt and identify the artifacts, she along with her aides, two budding young archaeologists of Bali have to overcome hurdles and confront threats of not only the theft of the artiifacts but even to their lives. The story is a scintillating account of Balinese customs , their cuisine and the discovery of their cultural heritage amidst threats and dangers lurking at every corner while the young team of archaeologists hunt and seek the much coveted treasures . .

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Ratri stepped out of the Archeological laboratory atop the Kent Ridge in the National University of Singapore campus and walked down to the Food Court next to her hostel at Prince George’s Park Residence. It was time for lunch and she was famished and therefore decided to head straight for the food court rather than to her hostel ! As she made her way along the boulevard , thickly lined with trees with dense green foliage, she was ruminating about her impending visit to Bali .She was rather looking forward to it , having heard and read about the place so much , an island in Indonesia set apart from its neighbouring states and countries , by its history rich in culture spiritualism and steeped in the natural beauty of its serene beaches and turquoise hued seas , the bucolic countryside , replete with verdant green terraced paddy fields, thick forests and steep hills many of which had active volcanoes at the top , it’s very endearing and colorful people endowed with a rich and flourishing tradition of practising art , sculpture and music from ancient times .
Ratri , a researcher of ancient religious practices, who had made a name for herself thanks to her advanced work on the subject and many publications in prestigious journals of archeology the world over, had been devoting time of late in studying the collection of artifacts and archeological finds from Bali that were available at the Archeological Museum in Singapore, related to Hindu practices in Bali from the Middle Ages . Bali was strewn with remnants of temples and rock carvings that bore the traces of the old Hindu civilisation , and Ratri could feel the palpable excitement one would undergo , savoring history while strolling along the ancient pathways there !
In a bid to conserve the precious history and culture of its rich past in Bali , the Indonesian Govt had invited the NUS Archeological dept to send its emissary to Bali , to study its ancient archeological ruins and artifacts and devise an optimum method of dating all of the finds and carve out a story reliving the past and put it up for display in a museum ! All of the collected artifacts were to be evaluated for their value in the market and then listed in a catalogue.
Ratri had been assigned the onerous and very prestigious responsibility of handling this project. She would have to leave for Bali the very next week and she was brimming with excitement in anticipation of the trip . Ratri entered the food court , ordered for a portion of Hainanese Chicken and Rice and a cup of green tea and settled down for a quick lunch .

To be continued

Early next week , Ratri was aboard a Jet Star flight , that took off from Changi International airport late in the morning on a rain soaked Monday . It would cover the aerial distance of over 1600 km in less than 3 hours. Ratri occupied a window seat and as the flight took off , taxiing along the runway , attaining decision speed V1 first and then the final take off speed V2 , with the co pilot shouting ” rotate” above the din of the engine roar , and the pilot pulling back the aft lever so the nose of the plane turned upwards and the ship was airborne!
Ratri , peering through the plexi glass window had a final look at the receding shoreline of her country and the Changi airport giving way to the vast expanse of endless sea and settled back on her seat , determined to enjoy the flight and catch up with her reading ! She recalled how in the middle of an archeological conference, the previous week, where international luminaries in their respective fields enlightened the participants on the novel means of recent vintage that were being employed in the conservation of ancient monuments ,and the preservation of artefacts , that Bali’s rich heritage and legacy of still intact temple structures , rock carvings and artefacts came up for discussion and how the Indonesian Govt sought help from the fraternity of Archeologists in Singapore for their conservation , preservation and safekeeping! In the course of the discussion , her name as a young archeologist of repute who had contributed significantly with her pioneering seminal work on conservation was proposed and agreed upon by all to carry out this project of conservation in Bali . The conference was well attended by experts from all over the world , and those involved in the business of artefacts and antiques. One such antique dealer approached Ratri during intermission, commending her on her achievements and for being chosen for the Bali project.
” John Thinh is my name, call me John if you like ! ” He was a Vietnamese turned Singaporean ; since childhood, when his parents emigrated to the City State , seeking greener pastures, he’d been schooled in Singapore, eventually evolving into an entrepreneur in the business of dealing in artefacts and antiques. Over the years, John carved out a substantive space for himself in the antique business , as much through his diligence as his ability to network with men of influence in the government machinery. He invited Ratri to visit his showroom on Orchard Street , theuat his business card to her and left
Little did Ratri know her life would encounter a tumultuous turn in the next few weeks.

Emma Amos

“Witches Tomb”

Emily had always wanted to be a witch and when she got into the greatest academy there was for the supernatural she had no idea destiny wouldn’t be far behind. A school filled with betrayal and lies and secrets that go back decades. No one could have seen her fate coming.

My dear child,
I’m so sorry for what I did to you my dear Electra. If only I knew of the truth, I promise I never would have sent you to such a place. I should have told you about what your father did a long time ago. I had to let you believe he was alive because I needed him to be. Your father worked for a very secret organisation for a long time. All of the rumours were true about the secret organisation of time police and it was your father that was in charge of them. You always saw your father as the kind caring man that he was but when he left for work and never returned one night, I had to take care of things. He left behind a box and specific instructions for me to follow if this would ever happen and I got to a point where I couldn’t follow them anymore; not without arousing suspicion from you. At the time I thought I sent you to the best school for magical beings but I’ve come to a point in your fathers work where I see that I have made a grave mistake. I have put you in so much danger that I am afraid nothing I can do can atone for what I have done. You must listen to me very carefully Electra. Whatever you know of that school’s history is a lie. Everything they are teaching you is a lie. You must not believe a word of it. That place is no paradise for the supernatural creatures that reside in it nor is it even a prison to keep you away from the humans that find themselves superior to us. It is something far worse!!! I am afraid I can’t even sneak in there to help you. Listen to my instructions very carefully. Inside your library is a restricted section filled with staff books. I’ve been over the maps of the school that your father left behind and if you go past there you will come across the spa. You won’t be aware of it because staff like to spread rumours about there favourite places so no student dares check it out. Once you find the swimming pool there should be a loose tile under one of the chairs. If your fathers research is correct then there should be a book hidden there. It should have more answers than you will find anywhere else. I have to be on the run for a while so no one finds what your father found but there are some things I need you to remember for me.
1. I will always love you
2. No matter what happens you must fight as I will on my end
3. After this is over, I will come and take you away from this world to the place your father may well be at
4. Find the fudge girl. Her parents may be evil but she is only pretending to be out of fear
5. Find your other half. I know he is in there with you somewhere. The more originals you find the stronger you will all be. I hope he has not been lost yet
6. Emily has used her original power once before when she was very young. Your father was the only witness to it and you must under no circumstances let her use it again. No fight or war will EVER be worth it. Never forget that!
Your parents love you so much child. I have faith that your father is out there somewhere fighting for a way home. Now we must all fight for our tomorrow. Until we meet again. Let this not be a goodbye.
Love
Sora Lumina
Xxx

AUTHOR BIO

Witches Tomb is the first novel I have worked on since losing one to a scam beforehand. I have put so much into this book and I will continue to do so for each and every book I write in the hopes that others can enjoy my work.

Cendrine Marrouat

“Seizing the Bygone Light: A Tribute to Early Photography”

AUTHOR BIO

Cendrine Marrouat is a French-born Canadian photographer, poet, and the multi-genre author of more than 30 books. In 2019, she founded the PoArtMo Collective and co-founded Auroras & Blossoms with David Ellis. A year later, Ellis and she launched PoArtMo (Positive Art Month and Positive Art Moves) and created the Kindku / Pareiku, two forms of poetry. Cendrine is also the creator of another poetry form (the Sixku) and a type of digital image (the Reminigram).

Cendrine writes both in French and English and has worked in many different fields in her 17-year career, including translation, language instruction, journalism, art reviews, and social media.

Anthony Doyle

“Reluctant Seductions The Red Light Stories”

A collection of thought provoking sensual poetry.

Bede Ehiogu

Untitled Manuscript

When Elegbe has a fainting fit it is discovered that he is dying. His brother Tabu, Nna and a girl called Buchi go to seek out spirits to save his life. Before they can get help, they discover that Elegbe has died, but they insist on bringing him back to life anyway. They do, but only with the caveat that Tabu dies after a year. He accepts and they return to the village.
On the way, they come across numerous obstacles. There are boggles, spiders, ghommids, grave-wights and Elsi (Elsé), not to mention Onwu, the king of Death, and the lord of the Land of the Dead, and Udimé, the king of the Half-foots.
They also visit the chief of the Cross-roads and the Cross-roads daemons (they show direction).
Anata, the Great Traveller, the Lord of Gifts, is the one who tells them of how they can save their brother and friend. He also helps them on their mission.

AUTHOR BIO

Bede Ehiogu is a budding writer from Africa. Having read vast and engaging fantasy tales from famed authors such as J. R. Tolkien, J. Rowling, G. Martin and Terry Goodkind, he has become interested in writing his own. Bede has a great liking for the creation of myth, or mythopoeia, for which he creates supernatural and extraordinary characters. To him, fantasising about these worlds of his os a favourite pastime.
Bede Ehiogu graduated in English (and literature studies) from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria.

Kathlyn Jones

“The Imprudence of Morals”

NATALIE NOVELLA, a twenty-one-year-old secretary, is conflicted about her quiet life. She lives alone in a twelve-bedroom villa on the outskirts of Port Royal, Jamaica. Recently rejected by her mother and overcome with grief over her drug-dealing father’s death, Natalie is at a vulnerable place. That place is about to become more vulnerable when she agrees to rent her beach house to a total stranger.

THOMAS STRIDER is a full-time priest from Park City, Utah. He is about to unravel NATALIE’s carefully constructed virtuous life. Her impeccable reputation, her trust, her father’s warnings to never trust a white man, and the truth that she was the victim of abuse at the hand of BISHOP LIPSCOMBE, the local Mormon minister.

Son of a senator, and heir to a billion-dollar fortune, THOMAS STRIDER has a reputation to protect, and his overly-religious, bigoted, pedophilic father, STRUM STRIDER, will stop at nothing to keep Thomas and Natalie apart, even if it gets Natalie banished or killed.

Thomas is dangerously imprudent and white-hot. So when he attempted to seduce Natalie, he thought nothing of it. But soon, Thomas realized Natalie is more than he’d bargained for. Her father, RALSTON NOVELLA, the famed hotelier, was a drug lord and gun runner who’d raped Natalie’s best friend, SAMANTHA POLAR, in Natalie’s mother’s room.

Betrayed by those she trusted, Natalie is not looking for love. Still, the first time she saw Thomas, she was stunned by the deep attraction and sexual desire he’d awakened inside her. She was a virgin. How could she feel these things?

For Natalie, that first encounter when Thomas touched her is proof they are both smitten. While Natalie attempts to conceal her feelings, Thomas is vocal, even sexual about the mutual attraction. Natalie is nearly defenseless against the all-consuming passion that Thomas had ignited inside her. Natalie must come to grips with the need she has long denied. And Thomas must find a way to escape the legacy of hatred, his father’s threats, and his engagement to HALEY SMITH that would force him to walk away from the woman he had grown to love.

AUTHOR BIO

Kathlyn Jones can usually be found expressing her views, and those views will more likely than not be about the law. Writing a novel was always on her to-do list, and finally, with Confessions of a stay-at-home-mom, it became a reality. When not absorbed in the latest Supreme Court controversy, Kathlyn is a Harvard student, loves cooking, hiking, and enjoys jogging in the canyons. She lives in Utah with her husband and children.

Ajimisogbe Tola

“The Pathology And Management Of Organizational”

This book is a management science textbook for proper management of resources

The Pathology And Management Of Organizational Sickness is a book written with thinking outside the box philosophy of resources administration. It is a scientific analysis of the maladies of companies and corporate organizations to achieve the set goals of such business concerns. No wonder, another name for the book is `CEO`s Companion`. In other words, any Chief Executive Officer or Chief Operating Officer of company who knows his onions must adopt the book as Bible of Business Organization or Manual for Industrial Success. The book is indeed a dependable COMPANION. AND I DARE TO ASK:

HAVE YOU GOT A GOOD COMPANION?

At times, life activities require that we continually fraternize with partners, associates or helpers. This is because some activities of life can be tedious and dynamic. Some has multifaceted heads. God Himself was alleged to have recommended a Companion for His first man.

To entrepreneur or the “boss” in an office, having a dependable companion is a sure way to solving difficult tasks. It is even much more rewarding if your companion is forward looking and problem solvers. This is because there are times that competition in the market makes your night a sleepless one. At other times, new technology made it look as if you have not been in the market ab initio. What if you have planned to be your own boss but the fear of scratching the rock is your own nightmare. Getting the needed start-up skill then becomes the most expensive asset. Many other times, unplanned disaster has forced you to either gone bankrupt or making your products to remain on your shelf for God knows how long. Have you seen a hired enemy in your fold? It does happen that your manager is your “enemy”. Making your workforce to be hugely demoralized. Him/her being incompetent or out rightly wicked.

All of the above scenarios are negative occurrences that have plugged many companies into acute paralysis.

A Forward Looking Companion would hold a TORCH that can SPOT dangers even in years to come. This is exactly what the author of The Pathology And Management Of Organizational Sickness rightly achieved in the book.

The Pathology And Management Of Organizational Sickness is a thoroughly prepared COMPANION that CEOs and Managers should have to help in the management of their organizations.

It is an Applied Management Science Principle book that treated Types, Causes, Symptoms and First-Aid Treatments of Organizational Sickness.

AUTHOR BIO

Adm. Tola O. Ajimisogbe, born on 25th October, 1974, is a Nigerian lisenced Chartered Administrator in accordance with Cap C7 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004. He is a passionate writer and public speaker. He is famous for his research paper on ERA 1 and ERA 2 theories of resources management upon which he wrote his widely circulated paper, Administration O Natural Resources For Sustainable Development In Contemporary Nigeria: Challenges And Improvement Template. A one time senior executive officer with the Delta State Public Service before his voluntary retirement in 2015. He is currently the Principal Consultant of T. O. Ajimisogbe & Associates. A firm of Corporate Healthcare Consultants, with operational base in Asaba, Delta State, Nigeria. He is married with children.

Emma-Jane Barlow

“Darkness & Light”

First came the darkness, then came the light. Darkness & Light is a poetry collection documenting the emotional journey of overcoming mental illness and finding the strength to be whole again.

AUTHOR BIO

Emma-Jane Barlow is a 27-year-old poet, writer and mental health advocate from the UK. She has been writing poetry since the age of seven and finds comfort in writing about her life experiences. She has a BA Hons Degree in Creative Writing and plans to do her Master’s in writing. She is a spiritual and sensitive soul that loves to create. Emma-Jane shares her work on her Instagram page @emmajanepoetry and is also the project leader of the First Line Poets Project (@firstlinepoets) on Instagram. Darkness & Light is her first poetry collection, and she is already working on her second collection. In her spare time, besides writing, she loves reading, stitching, yoga and playing her guitar and ukulele.

Diana Coombes

“It Won’t Happen Again”

Martha has been married to Thomas for thirty years and he has been abusive from the beginning, but Martha has always blamed herself and tried to keep the peace, even to the detriment of her relationship with her only child, Laura. She has been totally isolated, confined to her home and in permanent fear of imperfection – which won’t be tolerated by Thomas

AUTHOR BIO

I am a mother of two grown up children and one baby granddaughter. She has been writing since I was a child. My first book
Sticks and Stones, was written ten years ago and I look forward to many more years writing.

Dylan Night

“Him and Her: A story by Dylan Night”

A modern day tragic love tale of two star-crossed lovers that try as they may, could never quite figure it out. It’s a story of family dysfunction and dynamics; loss and struggle; hope and triumph in spite of life’s litany of obstacles.

AUTHOR BIO

A previously unpublished poet and novelist with a background of putting back together broken people.

C.W. Trisef

“Oracle – Sunken Earth (book 1)”

Ret Cooper is a simple young man with mysterious origins, unique physical features, and no memory of his past. His new family and friends discover he is truly extraordinary, with supernatural powers and strange scars on the palms of his hands. But what is his destiny? The Oracle is the key to Earth’s unity and full potential, too perfect to be man-made. Legend claims it can unleash limitless power when filled with Mother Nature’s six, pure, original elements. But where are these elements? And which of our planet’s ancient secrets will be explained in the process of locating them?

AUTHOR BIO

C.W. Trisef has created a fun, wholesome, and educational adventure series. In his spare time, he visits schools to promote literacy and creativity. Please visit OracleSeries.com and CoyManor.org for more information.

Ahana C.

“Mahayodhya: The Legend of Sita”

Pekham Acharya, a fatherless girl living in the slum is suddenly oppressed and ostracized by her school and surroundings. Struggling to find her place, she ends up finding a secret passageway to another world behind an ancient painting.
She just starts liking the place and think she actually belongs there, when she learns the horrifying truth: she was being treated well because Navarupa, the demon king, wanted her as his wife.
And thus the preteen Pekham’s journey begins… a journey to discover her inner Sita – the raging fire which she’d tried to oppress seems like the only way to get out of this mess.

AUTHOR BIO

A Bengali preteen author who loves her mother’s chocolate Oreo Rolls, Ahana C. has written twenty unfinished drafts and seventy-three blog posts in her tiny life of ten years. She mainly writes fiction, but has a knack for writing how-to guides and debates as well.

Doreen Berger

“The Captain’s Daughters”

For most adolescents, growing up is hard enough when one has both feet planted firmly on the ground. But for mischievous, twelve-year-old sisters Diane and Robin, life is complicated further by the fact that their father, Captain William Marsh, is the commander of the Starship Polaris. Living among the stars provides a never-ending realm of creative possibility for the free-spirited girls’ pranks and adventures.

When aliens bent on profit and revenge kidnap Diane and Robin, only their indomitable spirit, ingenuity, and a common love of trouble allow the pair to escape the alien vessel. Finding their way home seems assured until the sisters realize they have been taken further from home then they could ever have imagined, and that they must evade an enemy who will stop at nothing to get them back into his evil clutches. Blocked by interstellar battles, malevolent creatures, and overwhelming obstacles, the sisters fear they may never find a way to return to their own universe and to the father they love.

AUTHOR BIO

The Captain’s Daughters is Doreen D. Berger’s first novel in a series about the Marsh sisters, Diane and Robin. Doreen, known to her family and friends as Diane has based the series on her relationship with her lifelong friend, Robin, and their spirited childhood adventures. Doreen lives on Long Island with her family and pets.

Kristen Collins

“Bluebonnets in the Spring”

Clyde is just a lonely widow cowboy living out his days in peace on his ranch in Texas. Faith is a hybrid reaper on the run from a band of fallen angels.

When Faith stumbles onto his land one night injured, she unwittingly pulls Clyde into a manhunt that could change his life forever.

Two secrets and one fateful night could change everything for them. Was it destiny that brought them together or will the secrets they harbor be their demise?

AUTHOR BIO

I’m a Native Texan, born and raised close to the heart of the great Lone Star state. I was born in January of 89′ and got to grow up during a great time, I honestly don’t consider myself a Millennial, and really hate that title. Also I’m a part-time working secretary and a full-time mother/housewife, as well as a Lupus Warrior.
Having Lupus, means a life of inside living, and the sun is known as my arch-nemesis, my personal kryptonite. I wanted to leave a legacy behind, sometime my kids could one day look back on and say, yeah my mom did that.

Thanks to the encouragement of friends and family, I found a passion in writing paranormal romance books. Anything fantasy usually suits my novels and me tend to be able to reach anyone in multiple genres. Most of my story ideas come to me in the most unexpected time and places, such as my dreams. They will plague me non-stop until I get my rear up and write it out.
I like to explore to new types of characters such as Sandmen and Boogeymen for example. I really wanted to give them their own world, such as A Sandman’s Forbidden Love.
God has granted me success that I never imagine was possible., which lead me to my obsession with the paranormal. Now, I know shifter aren’t real but Angels are another story. So Angels are also a part of my obsession, I will sit on the computer doing extensive research on both Sandmen and Angels trying to get my facts straight.

Then, on the side, I create Art Journals that can be cross generational from thirteen to sixty years younger, My goal with these types of books are to reach people who need that extra feel good in their lives.

omosalewa Omowumi

“THE ADVENTURES OF THE AND GOI”

My stories center around a little girl called Tei and her friendship with an old lady called Miss Goi who owns a garden.
Their friendship did not start on a friendly note, but with patience and persistence, Tei was able to develop a relationship with Miss Goi and teach many things about life, love, and friendship.
But during their friendship, Miss Goi comes to discover more about Tei and the secret she kept from all her friends.
The characters and location of my book are influenced by my living and studying in Malaysia

Mary Simmons

“Why the swan echoes”

Why the swan echoes is about life in general and how God uses ordinary people to bring about deliverance, change, restoration, and renewal to those who believes and are willing to live extra ordinary lives.

The best is yet to come

AUTHOR BIO

Evangelist Mary is an ordained Minister in the House of God for 35 plus years. The founder of Women of Faith and Power Ministries, Inc. starting in 1989 which is a Social Service organization to the homeless population in Beaufort County SC

Larry Jaggard

“Stories of a Black Cat & the Supernatural”

Lair of the Red Wolves
Remnants of an old Soviet penal colony destroyed long ago, and a commander long thought dead, haunt an American family sent to manage Russia’s new hotel in Siberia.

Saber-Toothed Cat
A little tomboy’s mother wants to rid the family of her daughter’s beloved undomesticated cat until the mother faces the jaws of a vicious dog.

Black Cat Moon
A young independent spirited woman helps a heart attack victim caught between the living and the dead bring his father’s killer to justice with the aid of Halloween’s favorite pet.

The Pixie Detective
A pixie detective wannabe finds something quite unusual about her black cat when she stumbles on an illegal operation at the abandoned shipyard next door.

AUTHOR BIO

Lawrence Anthony Jaggard is a book publisher, screen-writer, photographer and website builder from Southern New Jersey. Larry has several books on Amazon and his photos and videos can be viewed on Youtube.

Frank Hyden

“Small Town Crime Cabal”

A brother and sister run a drugs and gambling crime ring in their hometown. They hope to expand and go beyond the limits of their small hometown and become more powerful. Everything comes with a cost, though, and they have to be willing to pay that price. Aided by their friends they’ll try to climb the ladder of success and reach their goal.

Tavian, Drew, Antonio, and Keith have all been searching for Evan for a little over an hour to no avail. They split up to cover more ground, and each took a quadrant. They also all called in some other friends and acquaintances to help. A growing sense of desperation grows in them as each minute passes. The police are helping to look as well, but with such a potentially wide area to check, it’s going to be hard.
Evan has propped himself up against a tree and has his shirt off and pressed firmly against his stomach, trying to stop the bleeding. He’s seen enough television to know to do that. He’s also seen enough to know that if he doesn’t get help soon, he’ll die. He’s trying to slow his vital signs down as much as possible, anything to help. He slowly breathes, in then out. He’s also thinking to himself, going over events of his life. He thinks about the time he beat up the guy who attacked Keith with a baseball bat. He also thinks about when he and Tavian stole 5 kilos of cocaine from a dealer in Indianapolis and got chased across 3 counties. They also had product stolen from them before but hopefully, that doesn’t happen anymore in the future.
“If I even have a future…” Evan weakly says.

“I don’t know, I’m not seeing anything.” Tavian is talking to Keith over the phone as she drives. Neither one is having much luck. As she’s talking, a text from Drew pops up. He’s not finding anything as well. The police search parties aren’t having any success either. “I’m really starting to wonder if they came this way or not.” Tavian tells Keith. “I’m debating whether to keep going or turn back?” Suddenly, a black compact SUV comes screaming past her on the road. “You son of a bitch!” Tavian screams as she flips the vehicle off and honks her horn.
“What’s going on?” Keith asks over the phone.
“Oh, some asshole in a black SUV just blew past me!” Tavian curses.
“Wait a minute, I just got a text from Antonio.” Keith says. “Shit, that might be him! It says he’s got a lead that they came north, where you are.”
“What the hell? Why didn’t he text me?” Tavian takes off after the black SUV. “Screw it, I’m calling him!” Tavian hangs up on Keith and calls Antonio. The phone rings and rings, but he’s not picking up. This only annoys Tavian even further. “Damnit!” Tavian notices the SUV slowing down, then speeding up, then slowing way down before turning into a parking lot near a wooded area. Tavian intently watches as the SUV pulls into an empty space and Antonio gets out. She whips her metallic blue sedan into the lot after Antonio and jumps out. “Hey, asshole! Why didn’t you text me?”
“I did.” Antonio calmly says as he starts looking around the parking lot. “Didn’t you get it?”
“Uh, no! Are you sure you sent the damn thing?” Tavian starts looking around too.
“Yeah.” Antonio continues looking.
“Bullshit! I think I would know if-…” Suddenly, Tavian’s phone chimes to signify a text. Antonio shoots her a bemused look as she reaches into her pocket and pulls out her phone. “Well, there it is. I guess you did send it. Wait a minute…” Tavian looks at her phone closely. “Someone told you Evan was out here?”
“Well, kind of.” Antonio is checking everywhere. “One of my guys saw somebody who looks like Evan driving out this way, in a car that’s not his. So if that guy dumped him somewhere, he might be…” Antonio trails off as he spots something and walks over to pick it up. “Look at this.”
“Wait, that’s…” Tavian rushes over just as Antonio picks up a watch. Antonio starts looking around as Tavian takes the watch. “This…this is Evan’s!” Antonio takes off running into the woods.
“Hey, over here!” Antonio yells at Tavian. He’s found Evan and rushes over to him. “Shit, call an ambulance!”
“Oh God!” Tavian runs over as well. She starts crying as she sees all the blood and how pale Evan is. She drops to the ground and starts cradling him, sobbing uncontrollably. Antonio pulls out his phone and calls 911, telling them where they’re at. However, not wanting to wait, Antonio picks up Evan and carries him to his SUV. He tells Tavian to keep pressure on the wounds and they take off driving like hell to get to the hospital. Antonio tells the 911 operator that they’re driving to the hospital. Within a few minutes, they pull into Goshen Hospital and people are there waiting. They put Evan on a stretcher and immediately take him to the operating room. Antonio holds Tavian as she cries in the waiting room, where they’re soon joined by the rest of the family and friends.

AUTHOR BIO

I’m a lifelong fan of sports, music, video games and more. My goal is just to bring life to all the crazy characters I’ve had running around in my head for a long time. I do what I do for my family.

Sarah Schreiber

Untitled Manuscript

A woman who has a baby deals with the crippling effects of mental illness as he ages

AUTHOR BIO

I studied English Literature at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, and fell in love with writing. I have worked on several short stories and novels, but not until this one have I felt a real connection to my work.

Abiodun Nathaniel Folorunso

“Glorious Destination”

YOUR PROMISE LAND AWAITS!
Whether you call it your Moses, Aaron, or Joshua that would lead you to your promise land, you are absolutely correct. You can still call it your David in front of Goliath, Solomon in wisdom to direct and judge right or Christ in the middle of your storms. Whatever you could tag it, know that this book in your hand is more than just a brochure that helps in achieving one’s dreams. It stands as a manual guide on what to choose, follow, do, use, and apply to achieve your biggest goals and overcome your challenges in the journey of life. It will help you in becoming the best version of yourself. As you read through, begin to count yourself among the successful people in the world because you would surely be.
You are welcome on board! Please, sit tight.

AUTHOR BIO

Abiodun Nathaniel Folorunso is an Author and Scriptwriter. He developed his passion for writing through reading and his leadership act from a tender age through the opportunity given to him to preach to the congregation and lead the youths of his church. He is the author of Objectives (Making choices that guarantee a happy and successful life) and My choice & I.

Douglas Moore

Untitled Manuscript

collection of short, humorous essays

AUTHOR BIO

I was raised by old men. I spent my youth working, hunting, fishing, and hanging out with farmers, outdoorsmen, and other ornery old troublemakers in a small, rural community.

Heena Prabhakar

“The last letter”

A letter,can change lives of many. Believe it or not but its true. Sometimes reality is far more than imagination. And there are many ups and downs which are never in control of anyone’s life. Their life changed suddenly and just a letter made it possible for love,sorrows,emotions,trauma and many things enter their world.How,when and where…??

A story full of drama. A heartful of emotions and feelings. Every chapter has different twists and turns.

Jeanette Hancock

“The Blue Rose of Dauphin”

Story about a magical place (children’s fantasy) about two villages one that consists of an elf village and fairy village and the lives therein It consists of 5 chapters 6,787 words and the adventures of an Elf named Winks and Fairy named Buttercup and their lives and adventures in the land of Dimpleton and how they finally united in their Kingdom.

In the mystical land of Borealis, exists a dark magical forest called Grenwald. In this forest exist 3 brown seeds that lay hidden on Grenwald’s forest floor. Every hundred years these seeds sprout. One of them will sprout and produce a fragile blue rose that will live one night.
During this night the rose renews its life force to protect Borealis along with it’s forest and elf and fairy towns called Dauphin and Chrysalis. The shimmering blue rose has thorns of silver, stem of gold and roots of Crystal.

AUTHOR BIO

Poetry Writer 1976 – 1990. Poetry in the Library of Congress.
Diary Writer since 6th grade.
1990 Wrote first manuscript for a childrens Novel but did not get it published. But got it criticized from a Writers Connection group. Still would like to see it published eventually perhaps along with 2 others TBD like a trilogy.

Dave Heyman

“Goodbye Bipolar, Hello World”

This is the story of my life. My struggles with bipolar disorder and being underconfident and shy for the majority of my life. This is about how I overcame it with the help of God and people I’ve met along the way. Talks about my numerous jobs that I’ve had and what I’ve learned from them. It’s very uplifting.

AUTHOR BIO

I currently work as the manager of a self-storage company. It took me over 20 years to finally overcome my struggles with bipolar disorder and keep it in check. I like to sing karaoke, play volleyball, and ski in my spare time. I’ve taken acting classes and performed in theatrical productions. I’ve worked as an extra for a couple of years and got a good role in Orange is the New Black. Out of college I started a program of DNA testing for lymphoma and leukemia at a NY hospital.

Joshua Hathaway

“The Song He Strummed”

Charlie, a Bernese Mountain dog born with the ability to interpret music, believes that his fear of the dark and health problems will not last forever as he is bound for a place called “heaven,” an eternal paradise for the souls of animals that were loved on Earth. He is more concerned for the fate of his master, Chris Abernathy, a budding rock musician on the brink of stardom. Knowing his master’s sinful tendencies, Charlie vows to mold Chris’s inner goodness in hope that they will be together forever while holding out faith that Chris’s time to shine will come. But when unexpected tragedy strikes, Charlie’s world is rocked, his resolve and beliefs pushed to a breaking point. He realizes he must rely on his grit and endurance to finish his journey and achieve his destiny.

Hopeful and inspirational, The Song He Strummed is a heart-wrenching tale of a dog who will show what it means to persevere in times of adversity for the ones we love and that with enough credence, hope, and determination, there is no obstacle in this life that cannot be overcome.

AUTHOR BIO

I was born and raised in Northwest Ohio, where I live with my family. I am a graduate of Northwest State Community College in Archbold, Ohio, and will graduate in December with a B.A. from Bluffton University in Bluffton, Ohio. I discovered a passion for writing about three months ago and now want to create stories that will transform the way people think about themselves and the human condition.

Sara Frances

“Unplugged Voices 125 Tales of Art and Life from Northern New Mexico, the Four Corners and the West”

In speaking at museums and gatherings about my “Fragments” book and its New Mexico setting, I unearthed dozens of verbal histories and experiences of the western region from a wide variety of people and professions that simply demand to be heard. Part memoir, stories over generations, experiences, epiphanies, the compendium tops 100 “voices,” all illustrated in an oversize, coffee table presentation.

Lavishly illustrated coffee table gift book: 125 personal stories of the West from adventurers, survivors, historians, musicians, seers, ranchers, artists, entrepreneurs, scientists, advocates, writers. A sparkling anthology of captivating mini-memoirs, each in a 5-minute read.

Family Matters (Esther Luben)
I had eight children; my mother had eight, and also my grandmother before her. I am twenty-four percent Native American on my father’s side, who was an orphan after his father was killed in a case of mistaken identity, and forty percent Hispanic. Plus three percent Russian, miscellaneous European, and two percent African. I think everybody’s got some of that! My first husband’s name, Mondragon, is both Spanish and French, from the mountainous, Pyrenees border region. When I visited there years ago, they said, “Oh you don’t speak like a Spaniard, you speak like a Mexican!” I said, “Sure, that’s the Spanish we hear, because Mexico is right next door.” But when Gene came back from Vietnam, he was much changed with drink and abuse, all fired by PTSD. Ours was not to be a lifelong marriage; yet these are the things that build your stamina. I know what I can take both physically and mentally; I am a strong woman. I’m OK.

Cutting Edge (Nicholas Arndt)
There is something about a new knife. I have several. Actually, at this point, I’m not really sure of the full count of the collection that I’m bequeathing in toto to one of my brothers who understands both utility and collection. Is it a masculine thing? Perhaps. Certainly the “snick,” as a folding knife opens or closes or comes out of a sheath, is a liquid note that commands attention, evokes a culture of identity. Certainly all other interests stand aside when a man brings out a new knife to show his friends—in reality to show to anyone of even the slightest acquaintance in the vicinity.

It’s not boasting or ego. It’s a ritual; the rest of the world stills while heft and weight are balanced, jiggled in the palm. While we hold the blade up to the light and squint down the edge to assess taper and hone. While we admire a carved handle or fine detailing. While we test the sharpness with a gentle, obliquely caressing stroke on the thumbnail. While we pass the new acquisition back and forth in admiration. Other knives come out to compare. This activity lasts for some minutes.

AUTHOR BIO

After considering fighter pilot, diplomatic service, and archaeologist, Sara Frances settled on photography because it created a bridge to know people, discover cultures, and discuss politics and sociology. She is a Master photographer, grad of Lighthouse Poetry Collective, and board member or volunteer or judge for a number of publishing, writing, and image making organizations.

Recent Books: Unplugged Voices 125 Tales of Art and Life from Northern New Mexcio, the Four Corners and the West; Fragments of Spirit: 60 Years: A Photographer’s Recollections of Tale Pueblo, the Region and its Arts

Shruti Pandey

“The Power To Manifest And Change Your Life”

‘THE POWER TO MANIFEST AND CHANGE YOUR LIFE’ is a book on how we can introduce little changes in our life to achieve great results and highlights the importance of following the green lifestyle to truly feel connected with life and this universe. Through subtle imagery and plenty of affirmations thrown in, you would be able to see why it is so important to create a positive space around yourself and how you can benefit from it. The book takes you on a journey to explore the little things that keep on happening around us all the time and hide the magic that we are looking for within them. Have a closer look at how it is so simple to create more appreciation for the self and enjoy the process of things. Get rid of all the anxiety, fear and doubts clouding your mind that could hinder your daily life and see how powerful and liberating it can be when we are truthful to ourselves and are genuine in our communications. Your soul has the ultimate power to guide you through every difficulty.

Nothing changes, if nothing changes.
The secret to turning your life around and bringing in a rush of positive things starts with a determined mindset and a will to accept good things inside your heart and to fill it up with it. Change is not just physical. Change is multi-dimensional with a plethora of aspects to look closely upon.
You cannot just move things around a little bit, shake up your usual routine and expect shining results. No. For that to happen, you’d have to abandon fear, hesitation and doubt. Then and only then will you be able to project the resulting positivity over any other happenings and new changes in your daily life. When you mentally achieve a stable land, you also gain the ability to improve every other thing in your life.
So turn around, do a 360° check and get to work.
Start with taking a stock of your entire routine from morning till night and focus on the parts that you feel have grown old and the structure that you now feel frustrated of. What is that one particular thing you would like to erase? Are you finding yourself not getting enough time to focus on your well being? Do you feel socially isolated because of your obligations? Do you find it hard to connect to other people?
All these questions and some more, we will tackle in this segment and focus on how we can build a healthier lifestyle for ourselves, all the while feeling contented and happy with the state of things.
Change is both mental and physical. A result of these two is what gives rise to a happy soul and a liberated lifestyle.

AUTHOR BIO

Hello to You, wherever you are in the world!
Writing has always been a way for me to express what goes on inside. I don’t believe much in the perfection of the script. For me, it has always been about the idea that is conveyed. I believe art is without perfection. But also the truest form of the self. That is the message I want to put forward with all my books. Now that I am in this field, I want to explore all my limits and every corner of my heart with my books. So every time you pick up a book of mine, you are getting an insight of my brain. I cannot wait to share all these little pieces of me with all of you. I hope you find it easy to connect with my words. My only desire is to create something that resonates with you. Writing is my passion and here I am liberated!

Landon CLary Eason

“Bullied: My Family Taught Me Hatred”

Bullies are raised; I am living proof. Sober 14+ years now and utterly mortified, remorseful, and haunted by the victims I abused, I work hard daily to heal my mental health. I have made significant progress over the years. No longer the insecure, incestuous, promiscuous, insecure, needy, self-destructive, self-loathing alcoholic I was. I do everything in my power to better my writing and to reach fellow addicts hoping to help them, and my victims to make amends.

Along my way over the years, I gained a deep understanding of how overwhelming stuffed rage, life-sustaining unmet needs and damaged self-esteem take a toll on the human spirit.

I have devoted my life to share the details of becoming an addict, how I acted out, and all I do to do better, hoping to reach others like me.

Today, more than anything, I want people to see how a life that began in unspeakable child abuse and domestic violence can be turned around into a sober, happy, productive life. I am living proof of that also, despite my mental and physical health problems.

No match for the three savages who abused me, they infested my childhood with violence and amnesia.

My family bullied me so much I not only ended up clinically depressed and burdened with complex p.t.s.d., I became learning impaired and have amnesia. I have written out what I remember from my childhood and it didn’t even take 3 pages. I locked the rest up in my memory I may never retrieve.

They taught me to bully. And when I did, the behavior came out of nowhere. I remember one neighborhood girl I was horrid to when we lived in Huntsville, Texas. I cannot remember my words, but I remember repeating to her what my mother and sisters said to me day in and day out. I made that poor child cry. I thought her behavior justified my talking to her the way I did. No one had taught me to apologize.

That is just one snapshot of my background. I am not looking for sympathy. I am sharing why I became a bully, like my mother and my sisters. I was their victim first, but I became a bully too.

I would give anything if I could go back and change it.

As best I can remember, my abusive acting out started in the 2nd grade. My teacher, a miserable nun named Sister Rosetta, would tell us sickening accounts of kidnapped and murdered children thrown onto the church’s roof. She said birds ate them. That triggered uncomfortable feelings inside me. The demented monsters abusing me at home never allowed me to voice my feelings. They forced me to stuff and pile them on top of other depressing and destructive feelings, also unexpressed, building an iceberg of abuse and rage.

So, saturated with self-loathing, I followed the examples I learned at home.

I took out my staggering hatred by writing a nasty message to my teacher in one classroom story-book. Plus, I blamed someone else by signing one of my classmate’s names. My teacher confronted her, which made that innocent child burst into tears. She denied writing it. Simple handwriting comparisons revealed me as the culprit.
My school called mother to the principal’s office. I can picture Sister Bonita, the Mother Superior of St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Fayetteville, Arkansas, in my mind. She told mother what I had done. The faint snapshot I remember shows Sister Bonita sitting at her desk, my teacher standing nearby, and mother close to the doorway.
I remember Sister Bonita’s angry, dark expression, but not what she said. Mother said nothing, and the fear in me swelled with dread.

What would she do to me when we got home?

We drove home in silence. I expected a monstrous beating when we got inside. Instead, mother headed straight to her room without a word.
Why didn’t she punish me?

In school and everything on TV repeated over and over, a mother is the one person a daughter can depend for comfort, safety and unconditional love. Mother’s Day is their own special day of the year. Yet, at home, I witnessed demented abuse because my family seemed driven by hatred and rage.

My abusers modeled hatred and cruel arrogance in my face every day. They never comforted me or protected me. They never told me they loved me or were proud of anything I did.

No one sat me down to explain why those three thugs abused me or what the house rules were. Those changed whenever they wanted to suit their insane needs. I did as they told me, but it made no difference. They always criticized me and ripped me to shreds.

That is how I learned. And with no one to help me heal, I got stuck.

No one told me that even though those three strung me along, giving me the illusion that approval was right around the corner, it was unachievable. That strengthened their control over me, a vulnerable child dependent on their care for survival.

AUTHOR BIO

Sober 14+ years now, more than anything, I want people to see how a life that began in unspeakable child abuse and domestic violence can be turned around into a sober, happy, productive life. I am living proof.

Jim d. Jordan

“The Deadly Redhead”

The Case of the Deadly Redhead is a murder mystery featuring a wise-cracking and tough private investigator, Drew Diamond. The novel opens when he is approached in a bar by a voluptuous redhead named Claire Honeycutt who wants to hire him claiming she believes her husband, Walter Honeycutt is going to kill her. Against his better judgment, Diamond accepts her case and begins to look into Walter Honeycutt’s professional and personal life.
Walter Honeycutt is a rich and powerful businessman whose business practices are often ruthless, and he is currently trying to keep big corporations such as General Motors, American Transportation, and others from taking over his public transportation system and replacing it with their own interest.
Diamond visits Mrs. Honeycutt at her home while her husband is at work and learns that the residents in the home include Walter and Claire Honeycutt, their teenage son Allen Honeycutt, Walter’s older sister who suffers from dementia, and the servants, a maid, and butler/caretaker. In the course of learning about Walter Honeycutt’s homelife, Mrs. Honeycutt seduces Diamond into an afternoon of intimate relations.
Things get complicated when Walter Honeycutt appears later at Diamond’s office insinuating he knows about his wife and Diamond’s indiscretions. When Diamond is informed in the middle of the night by his associate, Don Buel, that there has been a murder at the Honeycutt mansion, Diamond arrives on the scene to discover it isn’t Claire Honeycutt that has been murdered, but her husband, Walter Honeycutt.
Drew Diamond must consider that Claire Honeycutt may have murdered her husband even though she claims to have been upstairs in bed when the murder occurred. The list of suspects includes Claire Honeycutt, Business Rivals of Walter Honeycutt, and anyone in the household.

AUTHOR BIO

mika bee

“broken”

growing up with her abusive mom, Asia has never experienced the love of a family. but when a massive argument broke of between them, Asia is left with no choice but to leave her home. that’s when she happens to bump into Tyler. a quiet, teenage boy who suffered from a childhood trauma. the two quickly befriend each other and grow inseparable. but can Asia protect Tyler from this cruel world while dealing with her own problems? or will she buckle under the weight of her destiny?

i stare at Tye.” you let it go. “
he turns to go. ” you shouldn’t harm anyone. either its a human or a insect.”
i look back at the butterfly, no more then a golden speck in the sky. ” but it was so beautiful. “
Tye picks up a flower and lets it fall into the water below. ” sometimes we have to let go of beautiful things.”
the words cut me down to my soul, and my heart seems to melt. tears form in my eyes and i throw my arms around his waist. ” I’ll never let go of you Tye. ” i whisper.

AUTHOR BIO

i am a Asian American author, who has been writing stories since i was ten. i always found books fascinating, and one day i decided, i wanted to write one myself.

Julie Loar

“Symbol & Synchronicity: Learning the Soul’s Language in Dreams and Waking Life”

A book about ancient dreamers, modern science, and the powerful symbolic language of dreams to use as guides in life and on the spiritual path

The inspiration for the wider lens of this book comes from a story in Synchronicity, by Swiss psychoanalyst Dr. Carl G. Jung. It’s a favorite story of mine about a golden scarab, which is a stunning example of how dream symbols and synchronicities conspire to wake us from a state of unconsciousness. The event in the story was also key to the genesis of the now-famous concept of synchronicity. Dr. Jung tells the story of a young woman patient who was at a critical juncture in her treatment.

Victoria Amante’

“Odessa”

A scorned woman. A beautiful beach destination. A desirous man. A dangerous ally. An unlikely steak of luck. A web of mystery. And how it all comes together for those that matter most.

AUTHOR BIO

Victoria Amante’ is an up and coming erotica and erotic poetry author with a focus on serialized fiction on social media and author websites.

S Choudhury

“The Dice”

Mona had no idea that her world was going to turn upside down on her eighteenth birthday.

Its 2030, and the world is evolving rapidly. With human dependency on technology increasing with every passing second, people are keen on letting go of the past like never before.
But what if your forgotten childhood memories chase you into your worst nightmares?

Trapped in a deadly version of everybody’s favorite childhood game – its a trial of fate and luck with a lingering question.

How far would you go to survive?

AUTHOR BIO

S Choudhury is an aspiring author, published poet and highschool student. Having a profound love for words and literature, she started writing at the age of five and never stopped since then. Through the years, she has been awarded numerous accolades and in the year 2021, she published a collection of her poems “Crimson Lights”. Still, the dream of creating a story of her own remains and she hones her craft daily so that her stories reach the world and brings them joy.

Miller Thomas

“Wolf Hunter Inquisition: The Freeing of Chiropteran”

A first person account of the life of one Danny Roberts, a detective who wakes consumed by thirst, finding his life changed forever, thrall to a Vampire calling herself Mistress. She can read his thoughts, control his body, converse with him telepathically, and bewitch him with her otherworldly charm.
He must learn to harness his Will, the source of Vampiric power, while seeking to understand his place in this shadow world. Will he succeed?

AUTHOR BIO

Miller Thomas is a self-published author of fiction. His current project is the Wolf Hunter Inquisition series, a melding of Urban Fantasy, mystery, and suspense.

Ann Driscoll

“Rosa’s Monarch Butterfly”

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Charlie Brenneman

“BECOMING THE WORLD’S TOUGHEST LIFELONG LEARNER”

Whatever idea or passion you pursue, you’ll face obstacles, mess and doubt. I know because I’m chronicling the ups and downs in real time as I build my life and career: TOP 7 ranked UFC fighter, reality TV champion, nationally-ranked Division I wrestler / 1st Team All-Academic, podcaster with 1200+ episodes. This book is a combination memoir and how-to for hanging tough as you find the best way forward. In it, I share 11 principles that have helped me transition from professional fighting into podcasting, speaking and writing. I hope you’ll join me in trying to live them out and learn from the best. In the first three years of my podcast, I’ve recorded 128 talks with world-class guests, and I’ve systematically shared insights from studying 89 books. This is how I pursue my mission to embody and inspire lifelong learning that will help you make the most of your life. I’m out to sharpen the same hunger in you so you can take my title: World’s Toughest Lifelong Learner.

The World’s Toughest Lifelong Learner is an idea. It’s the manifestation of everything I aspire to be: Physically strong, mentally tough, well-read, open and aware of perspectives that exist in the world and where I fit into them. It’s the aim of being the smartest, coolest, toughest, nicest, most helpful, funniest person on Earth. It’s a commitment to a never-ending quest to get the most out of life and yourself. To me, it’s the point of being.

AUTHOR BIO

I’m a former junior/senior high Spanish teacher turned UFC fighter (ranked #7 in the world, 2007), reality TV champion (Pros vs. Joes on Spike TV, 2006) and Division I wrestler/1st Team All-Academic. I currently speak on stages/virtually, write books and host a podcast with a mission to embody and inspire lifelong learning.

About my mission/message: Learning is the foundation of everything you want in life. It’s your pathway to your hopes and dreams. I bring the discipline and mindset of wrestling and fighting to learning through the systematic study of books and conversations. My goal is to quip you with the knowledge and tools to knock out any obstacle you face (pun intended).

Patricia Greasby

“Fourth Generation”

Fourth in a series – Nathan sets out to find his estranged, biological mother, Lisa Brookes, and discovers she is entangled in financial fraud. Lisa has sensitive information which places her and Nathan in danger.

Matt Ingwalson

“Chatterhat”

His name is Bob and he delivers the milk. He doesn’t need the money. It’s just something to do.

One night, Bob hears a story. A story about a mass shooting and a girl too good to be true. A story he can’t let go.

Next thing you know, Bob’s doing a deep dive into the suburban weird. Along the way he’ll encounter a cat-munching goat monster. A possibly mythical criminal mastermind. A half-faced man who’s a whole lot of trouble. Some curious neighbors. A masked typist. And the clues to a mystery Bob may lack the imagination to define, the courage to pursue, and the acuity to solve, assuming a solution exists.

Chatterhat is a countercultural comedy and a paranoid meta-mystery. Have fun. Don’t drop the milk.

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Angela Thompson

“How We Get From Here to There”

It’s a rhyming book about transportation. It is written in a humor mode and I wanted it to be fun to read, yet an easy way to learn about transportation. It was inspired by my grandson’s love of big trucks. He was so excited when saw them while traveling and he likes books about big trucks.

AUTHOR BIO

Angela Thompson was born March of 1960 in Lumberton, North Carolina. She loves to write, especially children’s books. Recently she has completed her second book titled “How We Get From Here to There”. As a child she remember growing up copying and rewriting stories that she read as a child. Her dream is to see her books in public and school libraries and bookstores around the world. In the near future she hopes to publish another book titled “In Santa’s House” Retro St

Peri Heft

“52 Macro-friendly Recipes for the Mindful Eater”

“PeriFitFoodie’s 52 Macro-friendly Recipes for the Mindful Eater” provides nutritious, healthy and tasty macro-based meals and recipes for the mindful and conscious eater. The cookbook is based on the principal of consuming higher-protein, moderate-carbohydrate, and lower-fat meals and snacks, allowing the health-conscious eater to reach personal health and fitness goals while increasing lean muscle mass, burning fat, maintaining proper energy levels, and improving sleep. Helpful tips, swaps, and notes from the author allows the reader to understand the “why” behind each dish, and ultimately, helps support the reader in reaching their goals!

AUTHOR BIO

Peri Heft is a 360-degree health and wellness coach who educates, encourages, and inspires others to improve their Meals, Movement, and Mindset. As a certified nutritionist, yoga and fitness instructor, personal trainer, and lover of all things health and holistic wellness, her knowledge and experience surrounding food and its effect on the body plays a large role in her success as a leader, educator, trainer, and author. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, working out, creating artwork, enjoying live music, exploring the outdoors, and spending time with friends and family.

Tyler Baras

“Home Hydroponics: Small Space DIY Growing Systems”

Grow your own delicious food literally anywhere. In Home Hydroponics, hydroponic-growing pro Tyler Baras (aka Farmer Tyler) shows you how easy it is to build your own soilless growing systems to cultivate greens, veggies, herbs, and more.

AUTHOR BIO

Tyler Baras has a range of urban agricultural experience from homesteading to commercial hydroponics. While completing his B.S. in Horticultural Sciences at the University of Florida, he traveled overseas to study Organic Agriculture in Spain and Protected Agriculture (greenhouse production) in China. After graduation, he worked as a grower for 3 Boys Farm Inc., one of the first certified organic hydroponic farms in the United States. In 2013, Tyler moved to Denver, Colorado where he worked as the hydroponic farm manager at The GrowHaus. He managed a profitable urban farm while creating a successful hydroponic internship program with a 90% job placement rate for graduates. While at The GrowHaus, Tyler started creating educational videos and blog posts about farm tech which are available on his website FarmerTyler.com. In 2015, Tyler moved to Dallas, Texas where he managed the Dallas Grown hydroponic greenhouse and worked as Special Projects Manager for Hort Americas, a commercial hydroponic equipment distributor. While in Dallas, Tyler wrote one of the best-selling hobby hydroponic books, DIY Hydroponic Gardens: How to Design and Build an Inexpensive System for Growing Plants in Water. In 2017, Tyler wrote Roadmap to Growing Leafy Greens and Herbs, an educational book for new growers and investors interested in commercial hydroponic production of leafy greens in greenhouses and indoor farms. In 2018, Tyler moved to San Francisco, California where he worked as the New Product Development Senior Grower at the indoor vertical farming company Plenty. In 2020, Tyler relaunched FarmerTyler.com offering horticultural consulting services and education video content available on Urban Ag News YouTube and Farmer Tyler YouTube.

Steve Dragon

“Were You Born a Dragon?”

Story of brotherly love and standing up to bullies. This is based on bedtime stories I told my now 35 year old daughter.

AUTHOR BIO

Volunteer firefighter and retired commercial truck sales manager.

Jennifer Publicover

“The Magical Bicycle”

Toby has been passed down a bicycle from his grandpa. He gradually learns the ins and outs of the magical bicycle throughout his adventures to faraway places. He can save whatever he wants in the world, but within his daily life he goes through struggles holding him back from going on adventures and sometimes returning home again. His final adventure takes him to China to save what his grandpa couldn’t do many years before. As Toby opens up his magical world, he makes enemies that set him back and friends to move him forward.

Trisha Watson

“The Spiritual Adventures of Russell the Dog”

Russell is no ordinary dog. His unique story is filled with twists and turns leading to many surprising lessons. By choice he has come into this life with a dual purpose: to experience his present life as a dog and to review his previous life as a man named Pete. One of his special abilities is to telepathically hear and communicate with other animals, his Spirit Guides, and even people when necessary for his growth. In the process, Russell learns about the common threads of each incarnation that weave the fabric of his destiny. From a dog’s point of view and that of a soul who has had many previous human lifetimes, he is taught about reincarnation, karma, grace, love in all its forms, and forgiveness.
You will laugh, cry, and possibly find answers to questions you may have contemplated in your own spiritual adventure.

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Jesse Darnay

“THE FOURTH WALL”

It’s 2010, Chicago. Evan Whorwell is a materialist escaping his family’s Lutheran myopia through stimulants. He meets Sara Monely, a sexually curious Deadhead fled from her Coral Gables upbringing. Their soured fling erupts into a feud entangling us in millennial fringe culture. Meanwhile, years later, Timothy King is striving to posit a controversial thesis on this very novel in a final essay for his American Fiction module at Lancaster University. Speaking outside THE FOURTH WALL and within it, challenging readers to reimagine this narrative, Timothy will reveal Evan and Sara’s story to be the reenactment of my trauma.

AUTHOR BIO

After many years spent in writing workshops at UCLA Extension, I earned my MA in English Literature from DePaul University. In 2012, I self-published THE HISTORY OF NOW. My poems have appeared in the DECADENT REVIEW and NEOLOGISM POETRY JOURNAL.

Rick Whitaker

“Who’s Your Daddy?”

Essay about discovering the identity of my biological father using 23&Me. My mother has been married six times; the man I thought to be my father was her second husband. Growing up, I thought he hated me because I was gay, but “there’s more to it than that,” my mom told me when, at 35, I asked.

Jacquelyn Brennan rivers

“Patriotic legacy”

Grandparents story in WW2
Historical romance

Nick Lee

“Flight MH 370 Revisited”

Story explained the how, why, where and who of the mysterious missing Boeing plane.

AUTHOR BIO

Author is retired O & G engineer and is now part time sci-fi writer.

Matthew Birdzell

“Just as Human”

Ellexis and her older brother Nolan investigate a bombing rumor on a colony planet during war, while their mother slowly succumbs to a rare illness. Rumor opens doors to what looked like an answer to the pain, however, an encounter with powerful, otherworldly beings leads to difficult choices. Save her mother, or the colonies razed by interplanetary war?

AUTHOR BIO

Matthew is a work-in-progress writer from Portland, Oregon. From his imagination come space battles, character studies, investigations into human error and victory, and the opportunity for redemption. Don’t forget the jokes along the way.

He has videogame analyses published for Love Thy Nerd.

Judy Ringer

“Turn Enemies Into Allies: The Art of Peace in the Workplace”

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Anne Carroll

“Secret Lane”

A modern-day “Stepford Wives” tale of a seemingly perfect couple moved into a perfect neighborhood. And then everything starts to go very wrong.

AUTHOR BIO

i am an author

Dan Paul

“Oooogadoodogoo”

Brother Wind is missing. His friends create different gatherings to encourage him to come home – a splashy pool party, a march in the meadow – but each time, their efforts are thwarted by different rascal, raucous winds. In their disappointment, they begin to understand why they really want him to come back – he is their friend and they miss him.

AUTHOR BIO

I have written, illustrated and/or designed myriad adult and children’s books, including How the Trees Got Their Voices, which has garnished 17 national awards. My years of experience as a graphic designer links the writing, illustration, design and production together from start to finish. My business clients range from healthcare, environmental, and high tech, as well as many book and art clients.

Scott Williams

“Off The Rails”

Off the Rails is a gamebook where you are emersed into adventures that you control. Every few pages, you are presented with options that change the outcome of the story, taking you down different paths, leading to fame or peril.

This particular book is roughly 400+ pages long with 90+ different endings.

Recommended ages 10+

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AUTHOR BIO

I am a Colorado adventurer who enjoys sharing stories with the world. From children’s books to satire pieces, I just want to share words with others and bring some fun into your life.

Amanda Hoock

“The InBetween”

Nellie Jo Russell experiences a devastating loss when her soon-to-be fiancé, Joshua, dies in a tragic car accident with his best friend, Bryan. One year after the tragedy, Nellie discovers two things about herself, she’s a talented writer and she’s psychic. On Nellie’s journey of developing her supernatural skills, she is contacted by the one person she blames for Joshua’s death, Bryan. The unlikely duo believe Joshua is missing and hope to find him but instead uncover something sinister in the cemetery. In 1961, a never-caught serial killer, Frederick Lee Russell, was buried in Hickory Grove Cemetery. Afraid of what came next, Frederick concocted a plan to stop his fate from overcoming him. Everything is all set for Frederick, until Nellie begins snooping around in the cemetery, threatening all that Frederick created. What starts as a way for Nellie to grow her gifts and connect with the love of her life, evolves into a pursuit she never imagined she would have to undertake.

One year and two months later.

Nellie was finding ways to get through the day. Many days she felt numb, some days felt unreal, others anger infused throughout her muscles and bones. Now almost thirty, she was no closer to coming into her own than a year earlier. If anything, the past year set her back significantly. If she got up in the morning and dressed, she considered that a good day. Trying to give a shit about what she needed to do for the day tended to be hard. Most mornings her waking impressions consumed her mind and heart; the phone call, the doctor’s words, Officer Grant handing her the ring. The moment Joshua’s parents walked through her front door, scooping her up into their arms.

Grief was not enough to describe the first year after Joshua’s death. There wasn’t a day that went by without her feeling as if a knife punctured her chest and twisted around inside her heart. Her throat would tighten and squeeze whenever she would find something he had left for her. Those unintentional reminders. Things that accumulated over time in her apartment. His black socks, he thought, were too dark for a swanky work engagement they had a couple of years ago. His sweatshirt he let her borrow one evening when they went to the drive-in, and she didn’t layer up enough. Cigars he was going to give his friend, Bobby, for the arrival of his first baby.

Nellie aimed to give Bobby those cigars, but she couldn’t bring herself to do it. Partly she didn’t want to upset him, feeling the timing of it all might be a little too painful, but primarily she didn’t want to give any of his things away.
As time went on, the proverbial “they” told her things would get easier. She didn’t care what others assumed would happen, inwardly calling them inconsiderate assholes. She knew they meant well; she just wasn’t interested in their half-hearted condolences. For her, she saw no way this pain would ever go away. She craved for his arms to be wrapped around her, wishing to smell his scent again, a combination of cedarwood and sandalwood. The way he would make her laugh by tickling her side or teasing her for all her gaffs. Now all she wanted to do was roll over, throw the comforter and sheets over her head, and make the day disappear. Unfortunately, or fortunately, depending on how someone looked at it, she had a job and that job required her to show up.

Another successful day, she pulled herself out of bed, even made the bed this morning, took a shower, shaved her legs, and grabbed coffee before heading into the office. For the past year, doing any one of those things would be considered an achievement, completing all of those made it an extremely triumphant day.

AUTHOR BIO

An idea popped into my consciousness over fifteen years ago, morphing slightly over the years, but still capturing the original idea; to help people reach their inherent potential. As a coach with a background in psychology, I strive to help others see the world differently, and sometimes there is no better way than through fiction.

Evan Ward

“Reporting Live”

21-year-old Arthur Williams yearns to follow his late father’s footsteps and create music that moves people. However, his duty to his mother — a renowned news anchor— has a firm hold on his psyche.
Plus, it’s tough pursuing your goals in a crooked city… and San Francisco is a pirate’s paradise, where drug dealers and con men hold hands and dance. However, when a drunken night goes off the rails, Arthur meets some unlikely allies – two marvelous, gun toting black trans women who are both hungry for a large helping of sweet revenge. The three join forces in hopes of making their dreams a reality. Will their relationship blossom into a fantastic send-up for all of them? Or crash and burn into a sinking pile like the ones which litter the streets of SF…

21-year-old Arthur Williams yearns to follow his late father’s footsteps and create music that moves people. However, his duty to his mother — a renowned news anchor— has a firm hold on his psyche.
Plus, it’s tough pursuing your goals in a crooked city… and San Francisco is a pirate’s paradise, where drug dealers and con men hold hands and dance. However, when a drunken night goes off the rails, Arthur meets some unlikely allies – two marvelous, gun toting black trans women who are both hungry for a large helping of sweet revenge. The three join forces in hopes of making their dreams a reality. Will their relationship blossom into a fantastic send-up for all of them? Or crash and burn into a sinking pile like the ones which litter the streets of SF…

AUTHOR BIO

E.C. Ward is a author and screenwriter from San Francisco. He is a former journalist at Kron 4 News and a former communications aide to SF Mayor London Breed.

George Blake

“The Sun Sets in the West”

The Sun Sets in the West is an intriguing and creative novel set in Southern California mingling reality-based events with larger-than-life fiction.

The story takes the reader through the journey of a virtuous man who seeks to set things right. The plot combines science fiction, romance, history, mystery, murder and intrigue. The theme entails justice on a grander scale. The novel depicts a hero who strives to find happiness in life—a man who takes extraordinary measures to achieve it—risking everything to improve the world.

The book will appeal to fans of Jules Verne’s and William Gibson’s stories with contemporary settings, William J. Bennett’s and Vigen Guroian collections, and Audrey Niffenegger’s story of time travel and love as well as Ronald Mallett’s sense of purpose and mission.

“At that moment, the siren stopped. Dr. Thurman stood motionless, Mrs. Thurman was immobile on the patio. I heard only the sound of the curtain at the kitchen window whipping in the wind. We would soon learn through news reports that we had been enshrouded in a radioactive cloud. I must have muttered some sort of inquiry to Dr. Thurman during the incident, because he replied about not having enough time, and I reacted by flying from room to room around the house shuttering as many windows as I could, though not without first gently moving Mrs. Thurman inside and to a corner of the breakfast booth. I had no clue what had happened, but I spent the rest of the evening going back to the guest house and the barn to check windows and livestock and taking precautionary measures on the pre-supposition that the air might be harmful. In the days and weeks ahead, Theodore and Jenny Thurman were beside themselves; Dr. Thurman was perturbed, and Mrs. Thurman was dazed. Thus began an unusual journey in time.

My name is Mabus.

This is not my story—this is his. It is the tale of a man who sought to set things right—and quite decisively—or is it quite possibly?—did.”

AUTHOR BIO

George Raymond Blake was enthralled as a boy by reading novels and serialized stories such as Analog, Omni, and others. Mr. Blake took an interest in science and engineering when he was nine years old, examining old machines and manmade technology to see what made them work, often repairing the machines and, ultimately, re-configuring and re-designing them.

Growing up in Southern California’s San Fernando Valley, he was afforded the opportunity to be mentored by engineers, scientists, and technicians from top aerospace companies at the peak of the Cold War.

Brent Carlson

“No Afraid”

“Never Afraid”
Stories of the life of Brent William Carlson

By: Brent and Cheyenne Carlson
2022

Born in a log cabin
Born 1956, in a little Wyoming town, the county seat of the least populated county in the least populated state in the Union. My father swore I was born in a log cabin, although my mother tries now to disagree and make it sound more respectable. Either way, my birth wasn’t in a hospital setting as the closest was 100 miles away.

Mi Huerta
I’m currently living in a farming community, close to Colina in Chile. A couple years back, through one of my stupid “take it to the limit” ideas, I broke my neck while swinging into a tree. Unable to work in my demanding profession, I’m surviving financially by growing and selling weed, quite illegal I must admit. My two young boys, Gabriel and Billy, live with me along with a couple cats, an English mastiff named Jagger, a coop full of chickens and a damn rabbit one of the cats brought home as a present. My 90-day Chilean tourist visa has been expired for three years, so you might say I’m an illegal resident.

Let er buck
Between 1956 and now it’s been one hell of a wild, unexpected, and sometimes painful rodeo. My path led me to work, live, and travel extensively in 47 countries. My 35-year career in the oilfield started when men were made of steel and rigs were made of wood. My passions were the freedom of the outdoors, from rock climbing to fly fishing and pretty much everything in between. I pushed the limits in every facet of my life. I lived as though laws didn’t particularly apply to me. Made fortunes and spent more. I’ve had three wives, Brigitte, Gro, and Barbara, and a partner, the mother of my two boys here in Chile, Denisse.

These are some of my stories.

George Blake

“The Sun Sets In The West”

The Sun Sets in the West is an intriguing and creative novel set in Southern California mingling reality-based events with larger-than-life fiction.

The story takes the reader through the journey of a virtuous man who seeks to set things right. The plot combines science fiction, romance, history, mystery, murder and intrigue. The theme entails justice on a grander scale. The novel depicts a hero who strives to find happiness in life—a man who takes extraordinary measures to achieve it—risking everything to improve the world.

The book will appeal to fans of Jules Verne’s and William Gibson’s stories with contemporary settings, William J. Bennett’s and Vigen Guroian collections, and Audrey Niffenegger’s story of time travel and love as well as Ronald Mallett’s sense of purpose and mission.

“At that moment, the siren stopped. Dr. Thurman stood motionless, Mrs. Thurman was immobile on the patio. I heard only the sound of the curtain at the kitchen window whipping in the wind. We would soon learn through news reports that we had been enshrouded in a radioactive cloud. I must have muttered some sort of inquiry to Dr. Thurman during the incident, because he replied about not having enough time, and I reacted by flying from room to room around the house shuttering as many windows as I could, though not without first gently moving Mrs. Thurman inside and to a corner of the breakfast booth. I had no clue what had happened, but I spent the rest of the evening going back to the guest house and the barn to check windows and livestock and taking precautionary measures on the pre-supposition that the air might be harmful. In the days and weeks ahead, Theodore and Jenny Thurman were beside themselves; Dr. Thurman was perturbed, and Mrs. Thurman was dazed. Thus began an unusual journey in time.

My name is Mabus.

This is not my story—this is his. It is the tale of a man who sought to set things right—and quite decisively—or is it quite possibly?—did.”

AUTHOR BIO

George Raymond Blake reads novels and serialized stories such as Analog, Omni, and others. Mr. Blake took an interest in science and engineering when he was nine years old, examining old machines and manmade technology to see what made them work, often repairing the machines and, ultimately, re-configuring and re-designing them.

He is currently an Electronics Engineer for an industrial firm, has traveled to 8 countries, always striving to study, create and invent. Mr. Blake holds a U.S. Patent.

George Raymond Blake possesses a general-class license in amateur radio (W6BDD).

Lisa Grantham

“Soul, Eclipsed”

An 80,000-word alcoholic memoir, Soul Eclipsed is a love story that revolves around my overcoming an incomprehensible mental illness that almost costs me everything, including my newborn son. It’s the story between HBO Max’s The Flight Attendant and CBS’s Mom.

As a conceited yet insecure party girl at the University of California, Santa Barbara, I think life is all about me—that I’m calling the shots. I’m unaware that a cunning and powerful antagonist—the disease of alcoholism—dictates my decisions until a “speedball” overdose upends my future and sets me on a dark trajectory of self-sabotage and despair.

Then, convinced my salvation lies in romance, I pursue the man of my dreams, another addict, to the brink of insanity until he vows that he’d rather die than spend another minute with me unless I get sober.

Alone and destitute, I learn I’m pregnant. Still unable to abstain, I begin to grasp my hopelessness, but pride won’t allow me to admit the truth. I deceive my true love, risking our unborn baby’s health for a shot at happily ever after. As long as I remain under the influence, I believe our baby will be healthy despite me—until his heart stops during our last

Luke and I are in the doctor’s waiting room forever. I feel sick as we wait for my last prenatal exam. Every cell in my body is shrieking for another drink. I shift uncomfortably in my seat, sweaty and shaky, a fraud disguised as wholesome in an American flag T-shirt. I smile at Luke, who grins back. Our knees touch.

Luke has never been more handsome. He’s gained weight and appears younger, his face fuller. His muscular shoulders and chest are broader than ever like he’s proud to be a daddy. I want to feel close to him, but my deception and fear are bricks and mortar, an insurmountable wall between us. I am alone, even when we’re together.

I fetch a small Dixie cup of water, look around at the eager, happy couples and imagine the Crate and Barrel nurseries in their cozy homes—a different image from the dingy halfway house room where I live.

“Lucy Delaney?” a medical assistant calls.

As Luke and I follow the nurse to an exam room, I calculate the minutes between me and my next drink. She takes my vitals and then the baby’s.

“Everything looks good. We’ll leave the fetal heart monitor on for the doctor. She’ll be with you shortly,” the nurse says as she leaves the room.

Luke and I listen to our baby’s heartbeat, a rhythm that would connect us if I weren’t obsessing over my next drink. Instead, the heartbeat’s steady cadence keeps time with my foot treads as I walk to the liquor store in my mind, panhandling along the way because I’m flat broke. I should be captivated by the life force beating within me, but I’m agitated by the wait. I want Luke and this baby more than anything, but I need another drink.

Dr. Sahai knocks and enters with a beaming smile. Suddenly, an alarm tears through the stillness. The steady rhythm of our baby’s heartbeat disappears. Dr. Sahai presses her icy stethoscope into my belly. An ominous frown mars her pretty features as she listens. She moves the stethoscope and listens again.

Oh, God, what have I done?

“It’s back,” she says. Her shoulders soften, but the worried look remains. “But it’s slow and irregular.” She removes the device from her ears and takes my hand in hers. “Your baby is in crisis, Lucy. We have to get him out of there now.”

I’m never going to get that drink.

A whirlwind of technicians hustle me into a wheelchair. Luke stands against the wall, watching, his face colorless beneath his tan.

“Call my mom,” I say over my shoulder as an aide races me to Labor and Delivery. The techs hoist me into bed and hook me to an IV of Pitocin, a drug to induce labor.

I’m so sorry, I think for the thousandth time.

AUTHOR BIO

Lisa Grantham’s debut memoir, Soul, Eclipsed, was longlisted for the 2022 Memoir Prize for Books. Excerpts have been published in The Write Launch, Waxing and Waning, and Tangled Locks and shortlisted for the Lascaux Prize in Creative Nonfiction. She is currently querying agents and building her author platform.

Lisa has been in recovery since 2004, and her husband since 2005. They’re active in recovery communities in Northern California, where they live with their son. Lisa works as a substitute teacher and enjoys hiking with her family.

Amanda Hoock

“The InBetween”

Nellie Jo Russell experiences a devastating loss when her soon-to-be fiancé, Joshua, dies in a tragic car accident with his best friend, Bryan, someone Nellie never liked. One year after the tragedy, Nellie discovers two things about herself, she’s a talented writer and she’s psychic. On Nellie’s journey of developing her supernatural skills, she is contacted by the one person she blames for Joshua’s death, Bryan. The unlikely duo believe Joshua is missing and hope to find him but instead uncover something sinister in the cemetery. In 1961, a never-caught serial killer, Frederick Lee Russell, was buried in Hickory Grove Cemetery. Afraid of what came next, Frederick concocted a plan to stop his fate from overcoming him. Everything is all set for Frederick, until Nellie begins snooping around in the cemetery, threatening all that Frederick created. What starts as a way for Nellie to grow her gifts and connect with the love of her life, evolves into a pursuit she never imagined she would have to undertake.

One year and two months later.

Nellie was finding ways to get through the day. Many days she felt numb, some days felt unreal, others anger infused throughout her muscles and bones. Now almost thirty, she was no closer to coming into her own than a year earlier. If anything, the past year set her back significantly. If she got up in the morning and dressed, she considered that a good day. Trying to give a shit about what she needed to do for the day tended to be hard. Most mornings her waking impressions consumed her mind and heart; the phone call, the doctor’s words, Officer Grant handing her the ring. The moment Joshua’s parents walked through her front door, scooping her up into their arms.

Grief was not enough to describe the first year after Joshua’s death. There wasn’t a day that went by without her feeling as if a knife punctured her chest and twisted around inside her heart. Her throat would tighten and squeeze whenever she would find something he had left for her. Those unintentional reminders. Things that accumulated over time in her apartment. His black socks, he thought, were too dark for a swanky work engagement they had a couple of years ago. His sweatshirt he let her borrow one evening when they went to the drive-in, and she didn’t layer up enough. Cigars he was going to give his friend, Bobby, for the arrival of his first baby.

Nellie aimed to give Bobby those cigars, but she couldn’t bring herself to do it. Partly she didn’t want to upset him, feeling the timing of it all might be a little too painful, but primarily she didn’t want to give any of his things away.
As time went on, the proverbial “they” told her things would get easier. She didn’t care what others assumed would happen, inwardly calling them inconsiderate assholes. She knew they meant well; she just wasn’t interested in their half-hearted condolences. For her, she saw no way this pain would ever go away. She craved for his arms to be wrapped around her, wishing to smell his scent again, a combination of cedarwood and sandalwood. The way he would make her laugh by tickling her side or teasing her for all her gaffs. Now all she wanted to do was roll over, throw the comforter and sheets over her head, and make the day disappear. Unfortunately, or fortunately, depending on how someone looked at it, she had a job and that job required her to show up.

Another successful day, she pulled herself out of bed, even made the bed this morning, took a shower, shaved her legs, and grabbed coffee before heading into the office. For the past year, doing any one of those things would be considered an achievement, completing all of those made it an extremely triumphant day.

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An idea popped into my consciousness over fifteen years ago, morphing slightly over the years, but still capturing the original idea; to help people reach their inherent potential. As a coach with a background in psychology, I strive to help others see the world differently, and sometimes there is no better way than through fiction.

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Here comes a beautiful Sunday morning. John is taking morning mind devotion as have trained himself. This makes his thoughts and doings distinguish among his peers of the surrounding. In the poverty shrieked compound, he found himself and where a young beautiful lady has just packed in following her newly secured job around the place. Both are not knowledgeable to background outside the very physical one adhered with. What is going to be the fate of the both in securing a mutual relationship in the context at the time. The two promising people would soon get to talking. John who is an introvert couldn’t keep to the dedicative attribute this time, hence, he is going to make the first talk of the feelings. Though, Janeth is an open-minded and interactive lady. Janeth is not too unsecured with the situation at hand. John do so much. What is going to happen henceforth as both are ignorant of realities behind each’s secret lives? Invariably, the both have sensed something peculiar against one another. Each of them is trying to secure prestige. John is very painstaking and intelligent in making activities now that the both ae in the same compound.

Life we see is so ridiculous in some occasions as we get involved of things having capacity of damaging our future gladly.

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Idegu Ojonugwa Shadrach is a Nigerian Author and Activist with over 58 self-published books spanning all genres of literature. He has also published political articles on some of the popular Nigeria’s Newspapers and on some reputable international journals.

I am currently looking forward to see my published books translated to some of the world popular languages, marketed on plenty reputable platforms and have the published books in audiobook format.

Monique Fisher

“Where There is Smoke, There is Fire”

When Aaron “Smoke” Tompkins and Kara Matthews first meet sparks fly, but Kara isn’t looking for love having just ended things with her boyfriend. Aaron isn’t willing to give up, and their occasional casual hook-up quickly evolves. After a grave mistake that almost ends their relationship, he decides to fight for Kara. There’s no way he’s walking away now.

Aaron may not be the type of man Kara saw herself falling in love with—a tattooed, strong silent type who’s rough around the edges–but he proves himself to be the type of man she needs. Their steadfast commitment to each other gets them through life’s rough patches and takes them on a journey they never expected…

Where There is Smoke, There is Fire is a Black, contemporary take on the epic love story. Aaron and Kara’s journey is what happens after the “Happily Ever After.”

Seated on the edge of her bed, Kara shoves a foot into one of her Nike running shoes. She stands and looks at herself in the full length mirror. Her grey sweatpants hug her slim but curvy frame. Her naturally curly hair is pulled back into a ponytail without a hair out of place, her lips are glossy and full and her brown skin glistens thanks to her shea butter lotion. She’s so put together one wouldn’t think she’s going out for a jog.

Kara runs her fingers along the red letters of her white Lakeside High School t-shirt. The Fighting Rams. She stares at the illustration of the school mascot for so long it appears to be moving. The shirt takes her back in time to when things were simpler. It was only two years ago, but it feels like a thousand lifetimes. The plan to go cold turkey and throw out all traces of her high school track career hasn’t worked. Truth is Kara can’t bring herself to get rid of any of it. She rolls her eyes at her misplaced nostalgia. If her classmates could see her now they’d think she was one of those pathetic losers who can’t move past their high school glory days, but that wouldn’t be fair. Kara never even got to experience any glory days.

Her eyes travel to the framed photo booth pictures on her vanity table. The memory of the carnival years ago makes her smile. While taking silly pictures in the booth, Bryan told her he loved her for the first time and they had only been dating for a month. A warm feeling surges through Kara’s body. This warmth has been one of her main sources of strength lately. She picks up the picture and runs her fingers across Bryan’s handsome, silly face. The edges of the photos are getting worn. If she gets the good news she’s hoping for, she’ll ask Bryan if they can have some new pictures taken. The last time she mentioned it he rejected the idea, insisting that a camera could never fully capture her beauty.

“Why waste time with a picture when I can just stare at you all day?”

Dating in high school should have been a nightmare. Countless unsuspecting girls had their reputations sacrificed every other day, all so some average, mediocre guy—of which there were many–could feel like a man around his boys. Bryan wasn’t even close to being anything like those assholes. He was never average or mediocre. Nope! Her man has always been a rose amongst a shitload of thorns.

Junior year, the two of them found each other and fell in love. This was nothing short of a miracle as far as Kara was concerned. Her belief in miracles was shaken a year into their relationship but thanks to Bryan’s patience and love, it is now held firm.

Chimezie Ihekuna

“Don’t Look Down On Me”

Don’t Look Down On Me discloses how poor Antonia would always come to school late, looking dirty, unkempt and performs poorly In exams. She is always being mocked by her classmates. Antonia starts to change for good after Sam, her teacher, decides to take a special interest in her.

Antonia was far from being raised with a silver spoon. He dad dies when she was barely five years old. Margaret, her mother has been taking care of her through her petty trade business.
At school, Antonia was always a laughing stock. Her clothes were always torn. She would always put on a pair of worn-out shoes for almost a session! Peter and Pamela, best students in Antonia’s class, were most fond of making jest of her.
Every term, particularly at the beginning, Antonia would always be sent home; she hardly can meet up with the term’s tuition fee. She escaped through the eye of the needle of not being sent out of school because of her hardworking mother. This disturbed her academic performances. Although Antonia’s brilliance was seen by her class teacher, Mr. Sam, her results in various tests and examinations were nothing to write home about.
Added to Antonia’s challenges was the fact that she was always fond of coming late to class. When asked the reason behind her lateness, the ten-year-old would answer, ‘I have to help my mum set up her shop and get the goods ready for sale before I trek down to school. My mother can’t afford the transport fee.’ Most times, Antonia would get into class few minutes before Break Time.
On a certain occasion, Antonia came to class an hour before break. Mr. Sam was observing his mathematics teaching period. As soon as he was done and left the class, Peter and Pamela headed straight to where Antonia sat. The rest of the class looked on, laughing her to scorn, as usual.
‘’Antonia, it’s quite fascinating you came quite early today’’ Peter said, laughing.
The rest of the class suddenly became quiet to hear more of what Peter world say. Some were seen holding their mouths with their hands while the rest were mocking her torn clothes.
‘’Peter, Antonia has now discovered lateness can’t be forever’’ Pamela added. ‘’She’s even good-looking today!
‘’Pamela, why have you chosen to make that statement? Don’t you know that Antonia’s lifestyle is lateness?’’ Peter responded, shaking his head and laughing at Antonia.
‘’You’re right. My apologies. Oh I forgot! She came earlier today! This time, an hour before Break Time!’’
The rest of the class busted into uncontrolled laughter. Antonia had been silent all the while. But, this time, she could not endure the shame meted on her. Tears were seen rolling down her cheeks. That didn’t stop Antonia from courageously responding to both Peter and Pamela, and the rest of the class, who seemed not ready to go for break.

‘’Peter and Pamela, don’t look down on me’’
‘’Do you think so, Antonia? We know you’re down…And, of course, out!’’ Peter reacted.
‘’I agree with you all the way. But let’s hear what our latecomer friend has to say.’’
Antonia told them a piece of her heart.

Link https://www.shortkidstories.com/authors/chimezie-benedict-ihekuna/

Pat Spencer

“Story of a Stolen Girl”

Story of a Stolen Girl by Pat Spencer is an international thriller in which ordinary women do extraordinary things, including risking their own lives to help each other.

UCLA freshman Darby Richards remembers sitting at the tables of a private LA gambling club, but not how she ended up in Ankara, Turkey. Her life is in danger. Everyone searches for her, yet authorities are baffled. Her mother is desperate.

Darby tries to escape at each twist and turn. Her widowed mother, a successful architect, does something no other mom has ever done. If she fails, her daughter will be lost forever.

Story of a Stolen Girl is about a mother’s love and how far she will go to rescue her only daughter. As a fast-paced read for ages 14 through 100, this novel contains no sex or violence. It focuses on the intricacies of human trafficking, facts unknown to most Americans, and the relationships between the characters, including how their roles evolve under the greatest of stressors—the potential loss of a child.

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Darby Richards—Day Two—Sunday, March 18

A door slammed and reverberated like a gunshot through a tunnel. Darby hugged her knees to her chest. When the vibration spent its energy and fell silent to the floor, she opened one eye, a tiny slit, to a room engulfed in darkness. She thought she called out, yet no sound escaped her lips. In the distance, muffled voices… men… talking, laughing. She strained to hear what they were saying. Their accent was familiar, not Spanish, maybe Middle Eastern, but she didn’t comprehend a single word.

Darby’s body convulsed. Whether from fear or cold, she was unsure. Her breath came in raspy spurts. Heavy footsteps moved her way. She covered her mouth and prayed the men wouldn’t hear her whimper. No… please… no…

When the flutter of her heart accelerated into pounding, she pressed her palm against her heart, afraid the men might hear. She contracted her muscles to force her body still, but the tension made her quiver more.

Darby didn’t know where she was, only that it wasn’t her choice. Thoughts coming at the speed of sludge, she slipped her fingers through her tangled hair and massaged her aching head.

Every limb weighed heavy and awkward. She labored to sit. With flailing arms, she probed for something on which to anchor, then cringed when her hand rammed into a wall. Her fingers dug into its roughness and latched onto a ridge. She told herself, Pull harder.

Pain knifed toward her elbow. Thick liquid oozed from her fingers. Her vision blurred and blackened as she crumpled onto the oily mattress.

“Mom…”

Darby couldn’t tell how long she remained unconscious, and no one was there to care, yet she understood instinctively she was safer alone. Her hand throbbed. Three fingernails hung loose. She rubbed off the blood crusted into rivulets on her hand and arm.

I must get out before the men come back….

Darby braced against the cot’s iron head rail and staggered on wobbly legs to the far side of the boxlike room. She ran her hand across the scaly metal, searching until she found the doorknob. When it turned, her anticipation soared, then sank as the mechanism clanked and froze.

Who would lock me in here?

Darby collapsed against the door and slid to the floor. Rusty metal slivers cut through her blouse, and spots of blood rose warm on her back. She whispered into the gloom. “Why am I here?”

Snippets of sounds and faces flitted. When a mental picture formed, she saw herself standing on the sidewalk with her psychology professor, then looking around for her roommate, Esma.

But it was her mother’s voice Darby heard. Never get into a car with a stranger.

Now that it happened, she knew she shouldn’t have let it, but couldn’t remember how or why she did. A confused thought formed but evaporated before she grasped it. When she pressed against the pain slicing through her forehead, the vision returned.

Maria Lindberg

“Wolfman”

Evelyn

When Evelyn is forced to leave her last home, she experiences a mixture of emotions; betrayed by those closest to her, her mind is in turmoil.

But when they arrive in the unfamiliar town of Bluehills, Evelyn senses something mysterious going on. Her senses become heightened, and the locals are inquisitive. Whatever it is, even her father won’t tell her what’s happening.

Jake

I never thought I would find my destined mate, but one day she was suddenly there in front of me looking like a goddess. I wanted to mark her as mine right away, yet I knew patience was required. She is human after all, or is she?

Chapter 3

Jake

I almost overlooked our typical get-together with my entire pack this evening. But the moment I stepped out of the car, I knew that the evening at diner was going to be special. I had an indescribable feeling that something was going to happen here, something extraordinary.

I was in the middle of my conversation with my friends, discussing future plans, when my heart skipped a beat. Perplex about the physical reaction I suddenly had, I looked outside through the window. I stopped in my tracks as I watched a woman step out of the car. She was the most beautiful woman I had ever seen. Her golden locks cascaded down her back, her curves just right. She looked like a goddess—one I would gladly worship. I was mesmerized. As if the surrounding air had become thick. I couldn’t breathe. My heart was beating widely. She was the one. The one for me. It was something out of a fairytale; me finding her here.

My heart raced as I watched her, my palms already sweating. I could tell even from across the parking lot she was special, that she was the one I had been waiting for. My mate, the one the moon goodness paired me with. I wanted to make my way to her side, but my feet were rooted to the ground. The feelings she brought up in me, a mix of excitement and fear, overwhelmed me. My wolf’s side and my human side were wrestling to comprehend the situation before me. My mate was standing here. Not in a dream, but here. It was everything I have wished for all my life.

I trembled with a combination of excitement and desire. My fangs elongate and my nostrils flare as I caught a whiff of her scent from outside.

Our smell was extraordinary. I had heard tales of wolves being able to sense the presence of their mate from miles away. All the stories I heard about finding your true love seemed like a fantasy, since our packs had suddenly stopped being able to find their mates for some unknown reason about twenty years ago.

Everything around me vanished—when the scent of my mate, the golden-haired beauty striding towards the restaurant, reached me. She was here with me. I was about to meet her face-to-face for the first time.

The moment she stepped through the door of the diner, all eyes in the room were on her. Lightning must have had struck me, and my breath caught in my throat as I found myself unable to move or speak. She glided gracefully through the space, looking around with wide eyes as though searching for something.

Robert Middeke-Conlin

“Scribal Lore: A Life of an Ancient Mathematician”

In the late 18th or early 17th century BCE, a scribe was at work. Under the Babylonian sun he was busily writing on a clay tablet. The tablet he wrote on is called YBC 4698 today, so named because it is the 4698th tablet housed in the Yale Babylonian Collection. On this tablet, the nameless scribe presented a series of economic problems that baffled modern historians and mathematicians for years. Some problems are still unsolved. The tablet has been studied, but modern research has largely ignored the brilliant mind behind this tablet. This book examines that scribe and the intellectual backdrop in which he wrote. It takes the reader on an intellectual journey from the origins of writing and mathematics in the fourth millennium BCE, through the third millennium, and into the Old Babylonian period when our author lived. History, mathematics, lexicography, philosophy, education, and so much more are encountered on the way. The story of this brilliant mathematician becomes the story of knowledge in its earliest days. Scribal lore is the story of a nameless mathematician whose work baffles and intrigues us even today.

An ivory tower comes to mind when we think “academic”. Perhaps like me you imagine something like Vittore Carpaccio’s, Saint Augustine in His Study. The Renaissance Augustine sits at his desk in a harmoniously proportional room – an ideal of rationality under a coffered Venetian ceiling. Sanctity abounds, dressed in the ecclesiastical trappings of piety. Yet, this is no simple episcopacy. It’s the study of a great academic mind – the last of the ancients and first of the medieval scholars. Augustine, ornate stylus in hand as if to write, is surrounded by a disheveled array of objects and books, some opened, others closed and stacked one atop another or propped against the wall. together with other objects. The divinely inspired scholar gazes out the window while unlit candles adorn the room. Lighting is unnecessary because the sacred and miraculous illuminate this study. The messy desk and unlit study is a familiar trope still to this day. Albert Einstein’s messy desk is a famous example of a modern scholar’s disarrayed shrine to reason.

Carpaccio’s Augustine certainly captures an image of the scholar in his element, both in the fifteenth century and today, but his view is not a universal truth. Scholarship does not always take place in the tower. Neither was this universal to the renaissance, nor to today, and certainly not when our author was putting his problems to words. There was no ivory tower for our author’s escape, nor would he want to escape. Cuneiform is meant to be read, preferably under the bright Iraqi sun. Sunlight illuminates the tablet, clarifying through light and shadow hundreds or thousands of small wedges. These wedges were deftly impressed by the ancient scribe using a simple reed stylus, its edge cut into a triangular shape – not the ornate tool of Augustine. The characteristic triangular imprints gave name to the script, cuneiform, from the Latin cuneiformis, or ‘wedge-shaped’. Modern ceiling lights do not render the same effect on these wedges as the bright sun. The modern specialist in cuneiform will often cast lamplight over the lefthand corner of the tablet in an attempt to produce something akin to that brilliant sun, but I prefer a window when reading from the tablet – lamplight is saved for the dark of night. Our ancient author would have read, calculated, and written in the light, not in some dark study. There was certainly no ivory tower – the script precluded that. Our author was part of his world.

Rich Larsen

“Salvation in Solitude”

Joan O Neill

“Freedom from the Lie”

To all who have suffered abuse of any description, this book will support you and give you aid and guidance to what you absolutely need to hear right now. This is where you begin the journey to reclaiming your personal freedom. This book is based on fact and close personal experiences of the harrowing effect of Domestic Violence and its result on all family members.

This is where you will see clearly, instead of listening to the constant doubt drummed into your mind by the action of the lie .My promise to you is that this book is written with a genuine heart and a fervent wish that I may help you find that peace within your heart. Even just for today. My wish is to give you the burning desire to find that peace and finally step into the authentic life of you! The wonderful unique you that was placed upon this earth at this precise moment in time.

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“Dark Green”

Mangas County has a wolf problem.  Special Deputy Jessie Torres spends her days examining wolf-human and wolf-domestic animal incidents in the rugged backcountry of western New Mexico. Despite the heartbreak of having to deal with the death of a valued ranch dog or a favorite rodeo horse, she enjoys her work. She’s outdoors, by herself, doing a job that needs doing.  But lately there’s been too many kills, too much blood, and too many wolves involved. Just what is going on? 

Now the isolated county is being invaded for the long July 4th holiday weekend. Jessie’s been pulled from the wilderness to deal with human beings instead of critters. Thousands of hippies are gathering in the National Forest, tourists and locals are pouring into Largo Creek for the parade and other events, and the sheriff is telling his deputies to hush up about the suspicious and bloody death of someone Jessie knows all too well. Juggling all this plus the demands of her grandmother, an Apache curandera and the unofficial ruler of the area, will try Jessie’s strength and ingenuity to the limit.

“Shut up!” a deep voice boomed.  Jessie turned towards the source.  A burly female with a purple crew cut plowed through the other women.  She shoved her hand at Jessie.

“Linda Conley.”  The woman’s grip was crushing.  Jessie knew how to play that game.  She crushed back, just enough to show she could do more if she wanted.  A grin flashed across Linda’s face.  “I’m the shooter but don’t worry.  I’ve got a carry permit.” 

“The shooter… um… okay.”  If Linda had shot someone here, no one seemed particularly concerned about it.  What the heck was going on?

“Shut up!” Linda bellowed again, though no one was talking now.  “The cop’s got something to say!”

Jessie coughed into a fist to hide her smile.  “Ladies, I’m Deputy Torres.  I’m sure the ambulance will arrive any moment but I’m going to make a quick phone call to check on their ETA. After that I’ll be asking you all some questions.  I’d like to start with whoever actually saw what happened.  And, of course, Linda, who… um… fired the shot.  Everyone just take a seat until I get back to you.  Please.” 

Laura was in the kitchen chopping apples on the cooking island.  The knife would be very, very sharp, and at the rate Laura was going, she’d end up with applesauce.

“You want to give me a quick overview before I go back out there and talk to them?” 

Laura shook her head.

“Did someone really call an ambulance?”

Laura ground her teeth.  Jessie took that for an affirmative.

“Nateh called me three times—is she okay?”

“I suppose so.  She’s in her room,” Laura muttered.  She glanced up from the mound of fruit on the well-worn chopping block.  “She better be.”

“Why’d she call?”

“You’d have to ask her.”

Though not especially forthcoming, at least Laura was talking now.  She was perfectly capable of saying nothing for hours, even days, when she was mad. 

“One of them out there, Linda,” Jessie said, using her chin to point, “she claims she was the shooter.  What the hell was she shooting at?”

“That… that person shot holes in my floor!” 

The knife thumped into the wood.  Another slice of apple fell away.  Jessie knew better than to worry Laura would cut off a finger.

“Okay, but why was she shooting in the first place?  What was she shooting at?”

“The wolf.”

“The wolf?” 

“The wolf that attacked Tick.”

“Shit.  Where did that happen?”

“Right inside the back door.”

“Inside?  What was a wolf doing inside the lodge?” 

The knife whacked the wood. 

“It was Edith,” someone said from the kitchen doorway.  Jessie turned to face the purple-haired Linda.  “She’s batshit.  She opened the door so a damn wolf could come in.”

“You’re saying Edith let a wolf into the lodge?” Jessie confirmed.  “And then you shot it?” 

Laura’s knife thumped extra hard. 

“You betcha,” Linda replied. 

Cynthia Hoard

“Spirit Rising: My Winding, Tumultuous Odyssey with Depression”

Spirit Rising: My Winding Tumultuous Odyssey with Depression is a memoir by Cindy Hoard blended with self-help; lived experience, treatments of depression, and the evolution of personal Spiritual life in the process. There is a unique integration of her professional knowledge as a psychologist; and her personal insight and involvement with depression. The two sources inform and impact each other.

Spirit Rising will let you travel with her as she manages ongoing challenges including earning her doctoral degree, treatment for endometriosis, breast cancer and caregiving, with the ever-present undertow of treatment-resistant depression. Expansion of her knowledge base and daily survival with depression provides an inspirational saga with highs, lows and intermittent hope.

Each reader will have a unique trip on this journey with benefits for patients, family members dealing with depression, physicians, friends, professional therapists, spiritual directors, professors and anyone curious about the multiple issues, insights and approaches to the adventure with treatment-resistant depression.

The following are excerpts from various different parts of the book.
*The fabric of my life has been ripped and torn into pieces by episodes of depression. I can’t even decipher some of the pieces. Review of previous lessons in the present moment increased my determination to weave a new and magnificent tapestry more beautiful than the tattered-and-torn version.
*Breathing happens naturally and automatically unless I intentionally try to stop it. Becoming aware of my breath is as simple as paying attention to where I am physically, feeling my breathing (nostrils, chest, and/or abdomen), how long I spend taking in a breath (something I can control), and how long I take to release a breath. The deeper I breathe, the more I slow down my heart rate and am enveloped in release and calm. I can do this anywhere! Standing in line at the grocery store, sitting in traffic that is not moving, waiting for an appointment in an office, etc. Even taking three deep breaths can help reduce feelings of stress I experience. Notice I said “reduce”—not “completely get rid of” the stress or tension.
*When I entered an episode of the “Dark Night of the Soul,” I felt completely stranded. In the fullness of the “Dark Night,” I did not know where I was ”Spiritually”, except that I felt persistent separation from God. I did not know where to turn or what I was supposed to learn. I found each “Dark Night” was a journey worth taking, with the offer of something unexpected and richer in my “Soul,” and my relationship with “Spirit.”
*My perspective of my “hamster wheel brain” transformed into an invaluable asset, in addition to its liability status. Instead of ignoring stresses as maladies of body and mind, I started to pay attention to them as worthwhile signals and reminders of what self-care I needed in a given moment. The development of self-compassion became an antidote to my tendencies to beat myself up. Along with that realization, I internalized that self-compassion is not “selfish.”
*I started to invite and integrate the overwhelming depression into my whole being. I shifted my attention to consider the gifts of depression I’d gained, like practicing patience. I still felt helpless, hopeless despair, but I saw it on a continuum, which seemed to help me keep my depression in perspective versus solely as a view of me being torn to shreds.

KEITH GUERNSEY

“Living Well with Cancer”

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In “Living Well With Cancer,” Keith Guernsey, the author, shares a compelling narrative of his experience grappling with a profound diagnosis and the obstacles he encountered while striving to heal, endure, and prosper. Despite contending with both cancer and obesity, he demonstrated unwavering resilience, refusing to succumb to self-pity.
Through this book, Guernsey imparts practical advice, offering valuable insights to fellow survivors on their own journeys.
I wholeheartedly recommend this book to individuals currently confronting or who have faced a cancer diagnosis, as well as those providing support to cancer survivors.
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Douglas Joe Guy

“THE GIRL FROM THE BAR ROMA”

Italian-American Vietnam veteran Jake Altieri goes to work for a world-wide adult beverage company as a sales rep working out of the home office in Southern Italy. In 1972 while making sales calls in Vicenza, Italy, he meets an auburn-haired beauty named Samanta Biaggi. Jake believes in love at first-sight. Samanta does not, but she does believe in needing to meet and marry a man with means who can take care of some family debts and in doing so, save her father’s life. Love grows between the two, debts are paid and children are born. They are living a life they never dreamed possible.
On 2 August 1981, Samanta and her parents are in the Bologna train station at 10:30 A.M. At that moment, a terrorist bomb destroys the station, killing 80 people and seriously injuring hundreds more. Jake and his children are a block away at an ice cream stand when his world as he knows it comes to an end.

At ten-twenty-five, Jake and the children were throwing their napkins in a handy-dandy little garbage pail mounted on a short pole. Little Tony liked that word as much as easy-peasy. Their hands were still a little sticky when he took one of theirs in each of his hands. They had just turned for the station when an explosion detonated that was as terrible as anything that Jake had seen or heard in Vietnam. He knew what it was the moment it sounded, and it came from the direction of the station. He wasted no time.
He pulled his children to the little door of the ice cream kiosk and pushed it open and put his kids inside. A frightened teenaged girl who had served them their ice cream was screaming and crying. She had no idea of what might be happening, but she was scared to death. So was Jake. His wife and her family were in the station. He wasn’t sure the girl even realized the kids were in there with her. He put his hands on her shoulders and shook her for a moment. Her eyes were large when she turned to look at him.
“Sii calma, signorina. Guarda i miei figli e scoprirò cosa è successo. Mi capisci? Torno subito. prometto. Per favore, fallo per me. Bene? Be calm, Miss. Watch my children and I will find out what has happened. Do you understand me? I will be right back. I promise. Please, do this for me. Okay?” She took a deep breath and nodded. Then she bent over to the children and pulled them down to the floor with her. Jake smiled at her and patted her on the head.
“Sei una brava ragazza. Tornerò presto. You’re a good girl. I will return soon.”
“Be good kids. Maria, help the lady. She’s very scared. You can help her be brave. I love you, Baby. I have to go find Mommy.”
“Okay, Daddy. I’m not scared.” He kissed her cheek, and then Tony’s. He was just as scared and hadn’t said a word. He kissed the teen’s cheek’s also. Then he left the kiosk and started running. He was just as scared as the kids and the teen.
Before he got close to the station, he was enveloped in smoke and dust and could hardly see. It had only been three or four minutes, it seemed, but there were already some police on the scene, and he could hear fire trucks somewhere. They could have been ten yards away and he would not have seen them. His eyes were watering, and then he started coughing and sneezing. The part of the building containing his exit from the waiting room was blocked by fallen pieces of the structure. His vision was still blurred by the dust from the explosion. Jake knew for sure that was what had happened. He did not know the cause, but he knew what an explosion was when he heard it

Leigh Belrose

“The Gimmicky Gadget”

As the Campton family set out on their annual summer holidays to Lake Liraz; unfortunate circumstances arise, when father’s hand gets trapped inside a wolf trap under the family station wagon. Brother and sister duo, Noah, and Ava, come to the rescue as their mother instructs them seek out help, but instead, find themselves stumbling upon a dark mysterious cave with an odd rectangular drawing on the wall that transports them back to prehistoric cavemen times – this is where their real summer holiday adventures begin!

Back in time, Noah and Ava help free ‘Maca’ the macaque monkey from his slave owners, by playing funny tricks on the caveman and cavewoman with their newly discovered gimmicky gadget; teaching the couple a lesson or two on how to treat themselves as well as others right, while casually, getting themselves into crazy awkward situations!

“Wow, I’ve never seen so many hands in my life!” replied Ava.
“Looks like they belong to three people,” said Noah, who counted three pairs of hands. “There’s one big pair, here,” Noah continued to shout, as he pointed to one pair of large hands.
“It must be a man. Perhaps a father,” replied Ava.
“And this slightly smaller one must be his wife,” said Noah, pointing to a slightly smaller pair of hands.
“And who do you suppose, those smallest hands belong to?” asked Ava.
“Probably, their child?” replied Noah.
“So, a family of three, who left their handprints permanently, all over the wall. Do you think if we did that on our walls at home, mum and dad would approve of that?” asked Ava.
“I know at this place in time, dad certainly wouldn’t,” said Noah. Within a moment, Noah and Ava burst into laughter.
Ava grabbed the pinecone torch from the floor and as she glided the flame across the handprints along the cave wall, she landed on a peculiar image of what looked to be a rectangle and inside the rectangle, another small rectangle, and in between the big rectangle and the small rectangle, there was a round circle.
“Hey Noah, look what I found!” shouted Ava.
Ava’s curious discovery interrupted Noah’s laughing, and immediately, he ran over to Ava, who had been staring at the odd object for some time now.
“Another handy addition to their collection of hands, I suppose?” said Noah sarcastically.
“Enough with the hand jokes, Noah, or else I’ll slap you,” replied Ava.
Here, Ava slapped Noah’s arm with great strength.
“Ouch, now, that really hurt!” replied Noah, rubbing his sorely, bruised arm. “Looks like a drawing of a box with a dot inside,” squinting his eyes to take a closer look.
“Yeah, but what do you suppose it means? Why would a rectangular shaped object, appear amongst all these handprints?” asked Ava, curiously.
“I don’t know. Maybe they got bored with their hands and got inventive, so drew a box with a dot, just to make their wallpaper look a little more interesting,” replied Noah. It was probably the most ingenious thing Noah had said that day, judging by the large smile, which appeared suddenly on his face.
“You don’t want to leave your little fingerprints all over this wall, Ava. So, in the future, someone can discover what a mess you left, one hundred thousand years ago!” continued Noah, mockingly.
Noah grabbed Ava’s hand, quickly, he pulled out her index finger. Ava began to scream, squiggling her little finger to prevent him from controlling it, but the force of Noah’s hand was too powerful to fight against and just like a heavy weight boxer coming towards his opponent with his large boxing glove, pressed Ava’s little finger onto the round dot; and within the stroke of a lightning bolt, Noah and Ava were suddenly, transported back in time.

Alethea Rudolph

“The Exciting Escapades of Goliath”

A little grey cat is challenged by her grandmother, and she meets the challenge with flair!

Goliath’s mother laughed as the grandmother dashed all over the house with bird cages.

6 Orioles were hypnotized as Goliath waved her tail back and forth.
Aas she sang, “Meow meow meow,”

7 Nightingales followed Goliath into the house.

Rebecka Vigus

“Let’s Write Fiction: Tears, Fears, Confidence, Book”

Often people don’t know where or how to start writing a novel. They may fear being ridiculed if they do. In this book, Rebecka Vigus, gives all the tools needed to begin writing and finish a book. It’s as simple as finding a writing space, keeping a daily journal, and setting a deadline for yourself. Make the time to start and finish the story/book, sittting down to write regularly, and keeping track of how you are progressing. Before you know it you’ve accomplished your dream.

Before you can do any writing, you must face your fears.

1. What is keeping you from writing?
2. Why haven’t you begun the novel you want to write?
3. Are you afraid of failing?
4. Are you afraid you won’t be taken seriously?
5. Are you stuck in a rut?
6. Are you telling yourselfm you don’t have time?
7, Is it something else?

All of those can be overcome. The question I’ asking is do you want to write a novel? If the answer is yes, we will work on your fears. If the answer is no, stop here.

Yes, the last sentence seemed harsh. It is, however, the truth. If you don’t want to write a novel, this is a waste of your time. I am not her to waste time. I’m here to help those who want to write a novel get it done. So, let’s look at these fears.

Time in a huge factor in writing. You MUST make time to write. You should be writing every day, even if it’s only Morning Pages to start, I used to tell peopel to mark out writing time on their calendars. I’m going to tell you to write when you have time, during your morning coffee break, at lunch, if you commute by transit; write during your commute. Write after the kids have gone to bed. Just as long as you are writing. Don’t skip date night with your significant other to write.

You may choose to write only five days a week and leave your weekends to spend with family and friends. Super, fantastic! You may be the person who only wants to write on Saturday and Sunday, and you are planning to block out time to do this. Go for it! You are in charge when you write.

You are also in charge of where you write, at the kitchen table, in a small office, in a park, library. a special spot in the backyard, your favorite coffee shop, or even in a cemetery. Pick your spot. You might even dictate your story for later transcription. As Michael Jordan would say, “Just do it!” Now we have taken care of the time and place issue, find what works for you.

Rosa Lee Ranson

“Still Waters”

Poetry is my passion and I love it.

Doing something that I truly love to do with my spare time to make others smile and laugh through there struggling or situations to feel special.

Quan Williams

“Return of the Tyrant”

Princess Aleka lives a quiet life with her husband Zion on his farm. She ran away from her kingdom with him after saving the world from the mad tyrant Vladimir. That all changes when Vladimir reappears, begging for help. Vladimir has had visions of an eldritch horror coming for their world. His resources are depleted, so he is seeking help from the strongest warriors he knows: Zion and Aleka. Vladimir wants to rule the world, not see it destroyed.

To deal with the threat, they must first neutralize a growing death cult that worships this horror and seeks ways to summon it. They need reinforcements, but for Aleka is not ready to return home and ask her mother for help. Instead, she urges her party to find the home of a legendary legion of errant knights, and enlist their services against the cult. This means a trek through a ravaged, war-torn countryside, full of ruins of lost civilizations and relics of extinct species. But the cult is also looking for these knights, and Aleka must warn them of an impending onslaught by the cult that would use their souls to send a summoning beacon to their dark god.

My leader was never one for formality. He once told me that he did away with all of that when he was forced to abandon his old life. Still, I approach him slowly, with my head bowed. It is my show of respect for the man that has reawakened my life, the man that has just recently summoned me to his side. “My leader, what is your wish?”
He does not look back at me as I approach his side. He maintains his gaze, his red, black and white-painted armor gleaming in the morning sun, watching out over the multitudes of followers training in the death arts before him. “I want you to build a new battery to add to the ones you are already tasked with building.”
His new request intrigues me. “A new battery?”
He nods, still not looking at my direction. He clasps his massive hands behind his back, striking a statuesque pose befitting of his position. “Yes. I have been given a revelation that will aid our cause.” He finally turns to look at me, his gray eyes full of purpose. “When I was in my past life, my lands often had visitors from The Order of the Fang.”
The Order of The Fang. The very mention of that name sears my soul and stirs up a new wellspring of anger and hate. “Yes, I know of the Order. I know them well.”
I wonder if my leader heard the venom in my voice when I responded. “Then you know that the Order is a symbol of hope in this world. That hope must be crushed for the people to accept the coming of Nagoth.” I nod. I think I know where he is going with this, and I eagerly anticipate his next words. He points in the distance, towards the Zerf Ara mountain that we can see even from our distance across the plains of Murdagh. “Their headquarters is in Jeta Sheta, in the southwestern lands. I want you to build a battery in their headquarters and power it with their souls.”
This is what I was anticipating, and it was a task I relished in. The Order has come to symbolize everything I have sworn to eradicate. Their ideology is a lie, and we will deliver the truth to them and their followers in a message of blood and pain. This is a mission I will personally enjoy. But there is one snag. “The headquarters of the Order has always been hidden. How do you know where to find it?”
My leader looks back out towards the mountain, as if trying to see their lair with his own two eyes. “In my past life, I was once an honored guest of the Order, and my lands were amongst the most welcoming for their errant knights. They often came and recruited new soldiers for their legion from our towns. I was given an honorary banquet at their headquarters. I remember the location and the scenery.”

Abdul Ithyla

“The Killer Doctor”

A doctor named Akira Satō is killing off his patients. A detective by the name of Daisuke Matsumoto is investigating him. Will he catch him or will he escape?

Dr. Satō charming bedside manner concealed a sinister secret: he used his medical expertise to carefully administer lethal doses to unsuspecting patients. His clinical precision and intimate knowledge of pharmaceuticals made his sinister acts almost undetectable, casting a chilling shadow over the once-trusted healer’s profession. As authorities raced to unravel the mystery, the line between healer and executioner blurred, leaving a trail of unnerving questions and shattered trust in his wake.

Abdul Ithyla

“The Killer Doctor”

Akira Satō is killing his patients and a detective called Daisuke Matsumoto is chasing him. Will he escape or will he caught?

Dr. Satō charming bedside manner concealed a sinister secret: he used his medical expertise to carefully administer lethal doses to unsuspecting patients. His clinical precision and intimate knowledge of pharmaceuticals made his sinister acts almost undetectable, casting a chilling shadow over the once-trusted healer’s profession. As authorities raced to unravel the mystery, the line between healer and executioner blurred, leaving a trail of unnerving questions and shattered trust in his wake.

Abdul Ithyla

“The Killer Doctor”

Akira Satō is killing his patients. He is being chased by a detective called Daisuke Matsumoto. Will he escape or be caught.

Dr. Akira Satō a brilliant yet sinister figure in the medical world, harbored a chilling secret behind his impeccable reputation. Beneath his white coat and gentle demeanor lay a calculating mind that orchestrated a series of meticulously planned murders. As unsuspecting patients sought his care, they unknowingly walked into his web of deception, making him not only their healer but also their executioner. The hospital’s corridors held whispered rumors of unusual deaths, leaving investigators puzzled by the absence of a common thread. Little did they suspect that the one connecting factor was the very person they turned to for salvation – a killer in the guise of a doctor.

James Roby

“The Random Affair”

A criminal Jordan Noble took down years ago is trying to kill him.
Good thing the UrbanKnights Detective Agency’s got his back.

When Noble left the Defense Intelligence Agency, he gave up on the international intrigue along with it. Now, Cody Random, international criminal is back for revenge and threatens the entire nation with his monstrous drug: crush. And for good measure, the CIA is warning Noble to steer clear.

But that’s not how things get done in Detroit, a city used to the odds being against it. Noble formed the UrbanKnights to tackle the crimes no one else will touch. But they’d never squared off against odds like this.

Will they have the skill to stop this Random Affair?

As one, all three men drew down on their opponents and gunfire filled the air. Random had some pistol, but the goon sported a FN P90 personal defense weapon spitting out rounds at fully automatic. Everything on the table between Jordan and his two targets exploded – glass and beakers, a continuous shrill of music in the highest octaves. Jordan continued to his left, toward the elevators, while Random and his man went the other way. It wasn’t so much either party had a destination as much as they just were getting out of the way of all the flying lead. Jordan kept low putting as much of the tabletop between him and the P90 as he could. He was picking his shots, mostly waiting for one sound in this orgy of noise and panic and smoke and fire. Finally, he heard it.
Click.
Jordan popped up to full height at the sound of the P90’s trigger pull on an empty magazine. He aimed his own weapon over the destroyed landscape the workbenches had become and fired twice. Twin rounds found their way into the gunman’s skull. Jordan switched to Random and saw Random’s gun on him.
Click.
Click.
It was almost funny – poetic, really. No quick end to this affair.

Asif Ashiqali

Untitled Manuscript

Leadership psychology, intentional leadership, and influential tactics.

Not yet developed.

David Fleming

“Dominarium”

As AI evolves into Singularity Intelligence (SI), an underground humanitarian hacker movement hatches a plan to take over the world. But will their Global Operating System and its Android loyalists devise a peaceful plan of their own? This is the story about what happens when good people create infallible technology that knows more than they do. Ultimately, this is not a stereotypical dystopian tale. For the humanitarians, the future never looked so good, even though it didn’t turn out exactly as they planned.

2030 – Boston
Sitting on a sidewalk curb outside a Starbucks that sunny Monday morning was a stoned anomaly. A handsome beggar, dressed more collegiate than urban-destitute, sat behind a milk crate where a plastic cup sat ready to rake in the big money. As people passed by, he held up a large cardboard sign that read: “SPARE CHANGE FOR WEED. ALL HAIL DOMINARIUM A.I. AND GOD BLESS THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT.”

Passing by the friendly beggar on her way out of Starbucks, Harvard Freshman, Cory Finnigan tucked a five-dollar bill into his plastic cup, prompting him to bow and sweep his hand regally, open palmed from left to right, “Your Grace.”

Rolling her eyes back, Cory headed over to the subway as she wondered aloud, “Dominarium?” As she started to reach for her phone to Google the name, she thought better of it—paying attention to the busy traffic around her seemed like a wiser move. After all, it was her first day of classes and a good day to avoid decorating the front of a bus.

Standing on a subway platform in Boston, Cory smiled, intrigued by what she was learning about this hot new app called, Dominarium. Impulsively, she tapped on the free trial button and was quickly seduced by its compelling humanitarian message, coupled with its jaw-dropping pledge to give away $1000 to early adopters in what was described as some sort of Universal Basic Income pilot program.

Watching her bedazzlement, Akando Wind Walker, a Navajo tribal member with long braided hair, couldn’t resist asking, “Good news?”

Holding up her phone so he could see the app, Cory said, “Oh! You mean this?”.

Leaning forward, Akando grinned, “Dominarium! Yes, I’m familiar with it. Interesting propositions.”

Cory, “Is this even for real?”

“As unbelievable as it sounds, yes, it is.” Offering a handshake, Akando added, “By the way, my name is Akando.”

A bit embarrassed, Cory answered, “I’m sorry. I’m Cory and—Hey, I think the train’s supposed to be here pretty soon, but I’d like to learn more about why you think this is for real. Where are you headed?”

“Harvard.”

Excited, Cory said, “Me too!”

Seated next to each other on the train, Akando helped Cory navigate through some of the key Dominarium features. Practically hyperventilating, blurted out, “So, they really do enroll you in this sort of Universal Basic Income program, and do you really get the initial $1000 right away?”

Taking his phone out, Akando showed her a record of a deposit listed on his Dominarium App, “Yes, they do. Check it out.”

“Wow!” said, Cory. “But what about all these rules?”

Akando, “Once you join, you’ll get the first payment for free—which you can keep—and after that, you have to commit to the rules if you want to continue to join the program and earn more money.”

“That’s crazy cool! What’s the catch?”
Calmly and credibly, Akando replied, “Well, the interesting thing about this app …

Mitch Ditkoff

“ONCE UPON A TIMELESS: Bedtime Stories for Waking Up”

“Once Upon a Timeless” is a book about the innate human quest for love, fulfillment and complete enjoyment of the present moment. More specifically, it features “moment of truth” stories and reflections from my own life that spark the reader’s often unacknowledged need to experience the very best of what life has to offer — not outer wealth, but inner wealth — the experience that it is possible to live a life of gratitude, purpose, and consciousness, regardless of external circumstances. This experience does not exotic spiritual practices, austerities or religiosity. The only pilgrimage required is the one from head to heart. My book encourages people to make that journey.

DADA, DO YOU HAVE TIME TO CATCH MY BUBBLES?

One morning, 29 years ago, I found myself standing in my closet, madly searching for clean clothes in a last-minute attempt to pack before yet another business trip when I noticed my 4 year-old son standing in the entrance. In one hand he held a small plastic wand, in the other a plastic bottle of soapy water.

“Dada,” he said, looking up at me. “Do you have time to catch my bubbles?”

Time? Whoa! It stopped. And so did I. At that moment, it made absolutely no difference whether or not I caught my plane; I could barely catch my breath. The only thing happening was my son and the soulful look of longing in his eyes.

For the next five minutes, all we did was play – him blowing bubbles, me catching. His need was completely satisfied – his need for connection, his need for love, his need for knowing beyond a shadow of a doubt that his dada was there for him and everything was perfect just the way it was.

Jesse is 29 now. His bubbles are digital. But his deepest needs and mine remain very much the same: love, connection, and the full enjoyment of the present moment.

Frank Victoria

“The Founders’ Plot”

Synopsis
When newly elected California Governor Michael J. DiGrasso pushes through a tough immigration law, the U.S. Supreme Court declares it unconstitutional. But the decorated Afghan War veteran ignores the ruling and continues to enforce the law, igniting a clash between federal, state and judicial power that threatens to jar the nation’s political and justice systems.This leaves the governor’s long-time friend, United States president Martin W. Ballard, to decide whether or not to federalize the California National Guard to enforce the Court’s ruling.

Battling the governor is Senate Minority Leader Elizabeth Stern. Sshe’ll go to any lengths to force DiGrasso to obey the Court decisionShe plots a possible impeachment and even blackmails the governor over a romantic affair he had years earlier.

In an attempted assassination of DiGrasso, his close friend and confidant, senate majority leader, John Stone, is killed. House Speaker Manuel Mendoza is badly wounded and DiGrasso’s wounds leave him partially paralyzed.

As this transpires, tragedy befalls two Mexican families in the country illegally. Carlos and Marisol Castellano and Julio and Carmella Perez struggle to survive in the hypertensive environment created by DiGrasso’s immigration law.

His intercom squawked. “They’re ready in the press room, Governor,” his secretary said.
He’d lost track of the time. Putting on his suit coat, he walked through his large outer office and headed for the press room.
Flood lights switched on, hand-held cameras clicked, and flash bulbs popped. Television cameras whirred. He stepped to the podium with the Seal of California embossed on the front. Stone and Mendoza stood behind him. More than forty reporters sat in neatly arranged chairs.
Copies of the legislation had been given to the press yesterday, but he quickly summarized its major provisions and opened the forum for questions, pointing to the AP correspondent in the front row.
“Governor,” she asked, “people are already saying this legislation is too harsh and too far reaching and that it may affect your standing in the Mexican community. What’s your reaction?” “I frankly don’t see anything harsh about this law,” Mike answered. “Its intent is to prevent undocumented immigrants from entering this state, to identify those who are here, then work with the federal government to deport them. Anyone who houses or employs them will face stiff penalties.
“And I doubt that it will affect my standing with my Mexican-American constituents. Remember, there are many Mexican-Americans who spent years following the process of getting here legally, and they resent their former countrymen bypassing the system.”
He turned and motioned with his head to Mendoza. “House Speaker Mendoza is Mexican-
American, and he was one of the main architects of the bill.”
He looked back at the reporters and pointed to the one from the Sacramento Gazette sitting at the far right of the first row, a comely blond with a traffic-stopper figure.
“We’re already hearing comments that this law is anti-immigrant and racist,” she said.
“Is that a surprise to you? Because it isn’t to me,” Mike said, pointing to himself. “Some people can find a racial motivation behind almost anything. It’s the first thing they fall back on when they have no real argument.
“The race card is an emotional response, not a logical one, and I’d like any of those critics to specifically pick out any provisions of this law that are racist. What illegals are doing is unlawful, and we will enforce the law regardless of race or nationality.”
Mike chuckled. “As far as being anti-immigrant, suffice it to say that my grandparents were immigrants. And it’s a good thing they came here, too, because if they hadn’t, I’d be trying to grow tomatoes someplace in Sicily.”

Jalona Jones

“The Last Black Sheep.”

Angela Johnson is trying to navigate life and figure out why the whole world seems to be against her. Can she find herself while healing and uncovering family secrets without falling apart in the process ? Follow this coming of age story of truth and enlightenment.

“To jail? why would he go to jail?” I asked. “If you tell your daddy, he’ll kill Greg then he’ll go to jail. Then it’ll be your fault. You don’t want that do you?” mama asked. I looked at my brother to back me up but what came out of his mouth were words I’d never thought I’d hear. “Juju must be mistaken, she probably dreamed it. Right Juju? “ My mother and brother stared at me awaiting a response. I immediately shut down, I said, ” Yes ma’am.” Then I went to my room, for in that moment, my soul died.

Steve Bragg

“Hillbilly Redemption”

Two lifelong friends waste a lottery fortune before changing their attitudes and reinventing themselves as social media superstars. They use their newfound fame to bring attention to the inaccuracies the world has about their home and those referred to as hillbillies.

Hillbilly Redemption uses stereotypes, humor and satire to tell the story of Goomer and Junior. The stereotypes are presented within the context of real-world situations of both men and their families, showing the foolish and incorrect nature of these ideas.

I’ll fill this in later

Dora Martinez

“The Apple Tree”

Raised in the budding capital of Arizona we follow the adventures of lil Ann. Back in the day, when The Vato locos were called “Family”. And a girl had to choose between home and freedom. Unsure where she belongs its partially a dream and 😉 partially reality. After the life long confusion, and striving for survival. She see’s the story was not even one bit a mystery. But actually, meant to be. After all, everybody knows the fruit doesn’t fall far. . .from the apple tree.

Hello everyone I’m Ann and I’m an alcoholic. I recently lost my life due to this stupid addiction. I honestly feel alone, hopeless, depleted and tired of the reality of letting it control me 😭. I have to start anew. I am taking a step back to share this insanity with you. Its a shame that while I lived all I could do was take, take, take. I was so so stupid and selfish too. So, before I go I am giving all that I took. Call it a trade of sorts. If you don’t mind. Take on my life journey and carry it with you. I don’t need it anymore. Life has nothing left offer me. It’s like that book y’know with the giving tree. I sucked it dry. And no matter how I try. I can’t take more when there is nothing left. I didn’t know until now that I hadn’t made the wrong choice nor the right. I never had the faintest idea there was never actually a choice at all. Like Eve wasn’t prepared to take on the serpent. I wasn’t created to take it all. But, we did. We did it all. And passed it on generation one on to generation two. By the third generation there was nothing else I could do. Then Magically, suddenly from out of the sky came a rainbow. A blessing that told me why. Just before my final days. I recognized myself in the sunshine’s rays. How did it happen? What did I do? Well, take a seat my dear. . I will tell you!

Matt Standish

“You can Smile some more!”

More stories from my own experiences that made me smile mixed with over 40 short articles about local Veterans and active duty members.

We really do have an amazing Son! Zach started working for a local company about two months before Hurricane Michael ravaged our lives and homes. He had worked as a bagger at an Air Force Commissary for about 9 years and although it was great experience for him and really brought out his social skills, I was looking forward to seeing him in something more permanent that would also involve more life skills. You see, baggers at military commissaries only get paid tips so there is no payroll, taxes, insurance. It is all basically “under the table.” With this new job he would have benefits, medical insurance, payroll taxes, and all the new life skills involved with that. This was a huge regress point in his life! Well, when Michael was bearing down on us, Zach decided to evacuate to Pensacola. His office let him take his work laptop with him so he could keep working remotely. Well, after the hurricane, it turned out that for a couple of days he was the only employee that could still work! He kept the company going when nobody else could! When the office came back together, he got a $4,000 a year raise! I guess he’s doing a pretty good job there! Four months after the hurricane, I set up my Outreach Table at an annual job fair to talk to as many Veterans & Troops as I could. I noticed that the company that hired Zach had a table there. During a slow period I wandered over to their table where they began telling about their company, what they did, what they were looking for. I stopped them after a bit and told them that I was really only there to say thank you because they hired our Son and he really seems to be enjoying it and doing a good job. Just then one of the ladies noticed my nametag and said “Oh, you’re Zach’s Dad! We love him! We wish we had six more just like him!” I just started smiling and enjoying the nice “pats on-the-back.” I was so proud to hear someone else talk about him that way! We really are so very proud of Zach! He still has some challenges and we are working through them as a family, but he has a tremendous future ahead of him.

William Turner

“The Universe Accepts You: An Introduction to Buddhism”

An introduction to Buddhist practice.

One important way in which Buddhism is not a religion, at least as most people understand that term, is that it emphatically does not offer any dogma. The Buddha was very clear: again, do not believe anything just because he said it. Try it out for yourself. If it works for you, great, keep on keeping on. If not, fare thee well, and best of luck in finding something that does work for you.

Thanissaro Bhikku, in an essay entitled, “Faith in Awakening,” pointed out, being Buddhist does require a specific sort of faith. One has to believe in the enlightenment, or awakening, of the Buddha. What would be the point of following some dead Indian guy except that you choose to believe he accomplished something truly extraordinary? Thanissaro (“Bhikku” means “monk”) also distinguishes between two types of faith, blind faith and aspirational faith. Blind faith is the kind in which one believes something just because some authority figure told you so. Again, Buddhists do not do that. Aspirational faith is the kind of faith in which you choose to believe in some future possibility and take steps to bring that possibility to fruition. This is what Buddhists do when they choose to believe in the possibility of achieving enlightenment and take steps to bring it about.

Again, whether this is a valid or possible enterprise is up to you. No entity exists, according to Buddhism, that will inflict pain or punishment on you for not becoming Buddhist. One teacher who offers meditation courses to corporations will not work for any entity that requires employees to attend. One important way in which Buddhism is fully consistent with the thought processes of most modern Americans is in placing considerable emphasis on the individual and her/his responsibility to make her/his own choice about what to believe. Again, Buddhism appeals especially to those of us who are tired/suspicious of what look like authoritarian attempts to tell us what we have to believe on pain of some horrible future consequence.

Madeleine Turkovi

“Redshift: Quadrant 7”

The Chamber Dynasty is on the brink of compromise and planetary divide through increasing conflict of nations. There is a joint military effort sanctioned to protect a foreign diplomat; a key successor in the ruling classes and component in vexing operations. A further crisis emerges as the Co-Ax airship the diplomats are on is reported missing.

Atlas Grover, captain of a contracted fleet, and his childhood friend and right hand, Sam Smith, are assigned recon to locate the missing vessel and any survivors, due to his crews experience in harsh environments, Co-Ax tech training, bandit underworld dealings, and relatively low profile. His crew, although unruly, and at times questionable, has carried the weight many times over.

The truth that emerges in his crews discovery however, will test the limits of their abilities, and ultimately their loyalty to each other, as they unravel the true origins of Co-Ax and the world hierarchy….and it all started with Quadrant 7.

NA will begin writing today. Have all characters, story board, and plot points set.

Stellar Aster

“The whispering woods: a tale of forbidden romance”

In a secluded forest shrouded in myths, a cursed mythical creature, rumored to be a guardian and a curse-bearer, roams silently. Amidst the trees, a curious and adventurous girl stumbles upon this enigmatic being. Despite the warnings and superstitions, she is drawn to the creature’s mysterious allure.

As they spend time together, the girl learns of the creature’s tragic past and the burden it carries. Despite their differences, a deep connection blossoms between them, leading to an unexpected romance.

However, their relationship faces numerous challenges as the outside world intervenes. Rumors spread, and fear grips the nearby village, leading to conflicts and misunderstandings. The girl must confront her own fears and doubts while fighting to protect her love from those who seek to harm it.

I’m decideding to keep the ending as a cliff hanger for now.

Evelyn gazed at the creature with compassion “You’re not what they say you are. I can see it in your eyes.”

The beast’s voice tinged with sorrow, “But they fear me, shun me… I am a creature of the shadows, cursed to walk alone.”

Evelyn’s gaze melted, softening at the newfound tenderness of the creature.Despite the warnings she reached out to touch the creature’s hand,”Their fear blinds them to the beauty within you. I see beyond the curse, to the soul that yearns for nothing but warmth and love.”

Within the creature’s lifeless heart, a faint glimmer flickered,its eyes meeting hers with a mixture of disbelief and hope “How can you look at me with such kindness, when all others see is a monster?”

Evelyn smiling softly “Because love sees beyond the surface, into the depths of the heart. And in your heart, I see a gentle spirit longing for connection.”

Creature tentatively returns the smile, touched by her words “To be loved… to be understood… it is a dream I dared not hope for, a dream which I fear would turn into a nightmare.”

Evelyn’s heart radited with ache,as if she shared an unspoken bond with the creature, feeling his pain as intimately as her own.

Evelyn cupping the creature’s face in her hands, their locked gaze with implicit understanding,”Then dare to dream with me.I vow to stand by your side, through menace and curse, even if it means braving the darkest nightmares.Together, we will face their fears and defy the darkness that threatens to consume us.”

James McPhail

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John Kirksey

“MidKnight Screamer”

it’s about a young Asian female who plays violin and takes a very scary and creepy walk threw a partially darkened park with her parents late at night around Halloween. As there walking through this park the park gets very quiet and the young girl hears her father’s voice in front of them. She thinks its’s weird since her father is behind her, they walk further and then a wendigo appears. it eventually winds up killing her parents. The girl then moves in with her grandparents, and notices her violin acting strange. its glows and pops a large blade at the top. few days pass by and it does this again when she’s in the woods and another dangerous creature appears. Then a figure with a skeleton face appears and stops time, it goes on to tell her that the violin she owns now used to be his when he was mortal, and it has supernatural powers. it also contains a necklace that gives her 4 powers of her choosing to be the next protector in her world against darkness and evil.

An unknown figure appeared in front of me just before the creature attacked me. He had a skull for a face and my eyes got big because i knew then who stood before me was none other than “Death” himself. At, that moment he spoke to me and said ” Your not ready to die just yet”.

H spoke again “The violin you carry and own is no ordinary violin, when i was mortal and alive that was my violin. This particular violin is a monster slayer that keeps away the darkness from the world.

That violin was used to fight in wars and battled very evil and demonic creatures. But your violin also holds 4 powers other than a mystic cryptic blade, it holds a necklace that grants you 4 powers for yourself . When those powers are chosen the necklace will return to me and in its place you’ll get a tattoo of my symbol that wont every be able to come off. it states you are a chosen fighter against evil and darkness and fights for me and justice.

Louise Glass

“Dream Lover”

Intimate, thought-provoking, and utterly unique, Dream Lover is a boundary-breaking contemporary urban paranormal romance packed with a hilarious blend of steamy hot love scenes, female friendship, and the paranormal. Follow the three friends in New York City as they juggle handsome, sexy boyfriends, fancy restaurants, ghosts, dreams come true, and visions of what’s to come. Adult content is tempered by the humor and love flowing through the book.

Ali, Lizzie, and Suzanne are best friends through thick and thin – even when reality turns to utter chaos. Inexplicably, Ali knows her neurotic and witty friend Lizzie cannot step onto the elevator in her building for fear of certain death because Ali has suddenly become psychic and more. Meanwhile, the hopeful and overly trusting Suzanne picks the wrong man and experiences the unimaginable life after death.

Jack held Lizzie’s hand in his and kissed the knuckles. The feel of his lips was making her melt faster than butter in the sun. “I love the ring. It’s so beautiful,” Lizzie told him. “But it’s way too soon for my birthday.” “I know.” Jack was grinning. Something was up, and Lizzie was beginning to get nervous. “Why did you put the ring on that finger?” “Oh, I think you’ll figure it out,” he told her, smiling all the while. It finally began to dawn on Lizzie, and she started to panic. Without considering Jack’s feelings, Lizzie went ahead and said what was on her mind. “I think this ring means that you want to take the big step, but I’m not ready for that kind of a commitment yet.” Jack felt his heart had been ripped apart by Lizzie’s words. She sure had him fooled. All this time, he believed that she loved him. “Don’t you love me, Lizzie?” he asked. Why couldn’t she think before she spoke? That had been a problem her whole life. Lizzie was lucky because her friends loved her despite her propensity to blurt out whatever she thought—the hell with the consequences. How could she possibly make Jack understand without adding more salt to the wound? In a million years, she had never expected him to want to get engaged that early in their relationship. “You know how much I love you. It’s just that marriage is such a big step. I told my girlfriend that neither one of us was rushing into an engagement. So let’s consider the ring as an early birthday present.” Jack’s fist came down hard on the table, causing water to splash out of the glasses. Lizzie saw the pain and the anger in Jack’s eyes, and she knew that she was the cause of it. “I didn’t realize getting engaged was rushing things when two people were in love. I didn’t know we needed a timetable before committing to each other and sealing that love with an engagement ring. What a schmuck I am!”

Stacey Harder

“Second Reality”

Hope is struggling with life. Her parents torment her, her friends don’t value her, and the anxiety within is cutting through to the surface. Traumatized by her existence, she could not know that through this long, lonely time, someone would eventually come to save her.

Yet escaping an abusive home doesn’t magically erase years of pain. And in this case – there are more years than she can even remember. Hope is confronted by a claim that her whole life is a sadistic game, orchestrated by a powerful man from her past.

Someone who had erased her memory.

Someone who had reversed her biological age.

Someone who threw her, as if a newborn, into a house of horrors.

If a second chance at life is where hope comes to die, then a second reality must truly be a whole new world.

Thump, thump, thump…
Have you ever felt impotent? Powerless? Scared?
I was sitting on the edge of a windowsill as two voices found their way to my ears.
“Clean it up!” My mother, Shannon, shouted maliciously through gritted teeth. “Get off your ass and clean up your own shit.”
While society considered it normal for parents to scream about cleaning, there was a secret seeping into the hard-wooden floorboards in the next room over. My half-naked father was lying panic-stricken on the ground. He had literally shit the floorboards. The bitter scent of his faecal excrement was poorly covered by lavender moisturiser. I puddled this sad blob of dollar lotion into the palms of my hands and I held it closely up to my nose.
“Give me something then! Give me a cloth!” He shouted back to her, mildly slurring his words.
“You can clean that shit with your own hands, you idiot!” She spat back sharply. Her voice slapped him just as hard as the back of the hand that followed.
My eyes darted back out the window.