The third monthly bundle in the Stories of 2017 series.The collection contains five locked room mysteries set in the riverine village of Amaravati.
• In A Strange Confession, two men enter a locked room at night, only for one of them to emerge alive the next morning.
The Red Dot tells the story of a painting that reveals the manner in which a young woman's father meets his death.
• In The Empty Tape, a murder is committed using an the unlikeliest of all weapons.
• Can a rubber arrow pierce a man's heart? The Boy Who Played Rama is a story in which it does.
Twice Over is a story of a man killed in two parts that don't seemingly fit at first glance.
A must read for all crime fiction lovers.
The fifth monthly bundle in the Stories of 2017 series.The collection contains five science fiction stories set in a futuristic world where one class of human beings - the Feeders - act as organ banks for a superior, immortal class, the Centurions.
• In Choice, a pregnant Centurion must decide whether or not to have her baby, and the parameters that govern her decision-making are as strange as they are fascinating.
Harmony is a tale of the oldest Centurion of them all, and his love for order in the world.
• In The Chill of Hemlock, a Feeder, on his deathbed, speaks to his Renunciation Counselor who has the voice and memory of his mother.
• Life is all about hard knocks. For All of Us tells the tale of a mother who has to choose between the safety of her son and a new chefmaster.
Life is But a Day is about a 'freelance dispute settler' who is fed up with the fakery of the world
A must-read for all science fiction fans.
Sir Douglas is a knight in medieval Britain. He's been given a castle in the hills of Wales to keep the local aristocracy in check. But a savage beast has been killing the sheep his people raise in the mountains where he's the law. He's a handsome man whose father is trying to arrange a suitable match to propagate their line.
Wulfsdottir is the only daughter of a Viking warrior. He's taught her everything she needs to know to survive on a raid. Now she's deep inside enemy territory searching for a legendary city of gold. She's a big woman who was never been bested in hand-to-hand combat.
Sir Douglas has led a hunting party consisting of himself and two squires into the mountains searching for the murderous beast. He's tracked the creature to its lair when the chatelaine of his castle arrives to tell him the Vikings have landed on the coast. He sends his two squires back to prepare for a campaign and decides to hunt down the beast alone.
Wulfsdottir has spotted the handsome knight ...
Trans Friends are Special
Heather is in trouble. Again. Will Aaron, her straight friend, come to her rescue? Or will her hot mess of a life continue a downward spiral when she meets a rich, older man at the club? They say true love always finds a way, but is it possible between a straight man and his trans friend? Read this racy transgender romance today!
An artificial man in charge of the education of young companions at a quiet seaside resort speaks out against difficulties in the interpretation of that paragraph in Article 4.2.5 which governs the lifespan of his kind.
Journey back to childhood, where the buds of friendship and romance blossom; take a peek into the lives of the primary schoolchildren who would become... The Circle.
'A very sweet short story of blossoming friendships and childhood traumas.'
'... a wonderful, engaging story that made me feel good inside... ?Highly recommended for readers who love richly written characters and clever dialogue.'
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Beginnings is a stand-alone prequel (novella) to Hiding Behind The Couch.
The story continues in Ruminations (Novel) and Hiding Behind The Couch (Season One).
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WARNING: this story deals with themes of child sexual abuse, sudden infant death, and parents' marriage breakdown due to infidelity. All issues are written about sensitively and in a way that is intended to be accessible for children aged ten and above.
Not everyone has a sixty-year friendship with Santa Claus, but I did.
Who would have guessed I'd find a life-long best friend sitting in a faded red canvas beach chair fishing by a small crystal blue lake. A best friend who listened, was patient and always non-judgmental. A friend I know in my heart is the real Santa Claus.
It all started when I was five years old and decided to walk to beach to meet an old man I was sure was Santa. It was a walk that changed my life forever. Over the years I discovered valuable life lessons and created a rare friendship. A kind and jolly man taught me how to find purpose, peace and happiness in my often unsettled world.
The lessons he taught me are simple when you have someone patient, wise and nonjudgmental to guide you.
Here are six invaluable life-lessons I learned from an old man named Kris. Trust me when I say, you are never too young nor too old to believe in the magic of Santa Claus.
A short read you can probably finish in under an hour ...
Genre: Short Stories Length: 50 Pages (565 KB) Lending: Not Enabled Added: Jul 8th, 2020
Joanna boards a flight to visit the Greek island of Sifnos again after twenty years. All this time, despite the distance and her life's circumstances, she's been holding on to precious memories from an old summer love. Now, she's determined to meet again the man she once left behind, hoping for a chance to prove she never forgot their old promise...
"The author writes from her heart and endears the reader to the story quickly. Her writing flows in a comfortable and easy manner making the reader feel right at home." ~Janice Spina, author of An Angel Among Us
The book contains a Greek short story of second chance romance and ten love poems from the Lady of the Pier trilogy. Readers who are not familiar with the series may equally enjoy them.
Genre: Short Stories Length: 47 Pages (1,583 KB) Lending: Not Enabled Added: Jul 8th, 2020
It haunts her.
It hunts her.
It's knocking on her door.
Phoebe grapples with dark dreams and darker memories. Both add to the stress of her deep rooted mental illness. Fear blends into reality and drives Phoebe close to her breaking point.
The sun is lava. The sea of mercury roars below. It is strong, but never strong enough.
The sun mocks. The sea cries. Four iron bars lock in this day.
Reality blends into memory... Memories that she can no longer ignore. Her mother, her family, the police -- no one seems to understand. She burns in a surreal hell of her past, pleading for mercy in her dreams.
It's the slow grind of teeth at midnight.
The bleak whisper of despair at sunrise.
Which parts are real, and which parts are nightmares? Phoebe stumbles through her waking hell, desperate to find a way out, a perfect path for her daughter and her family and her sanity.
I hear Dad's voice in the woods.
"Time for a limo ride!"
Another shotgun blast.
To get through the monsters and madness, ...
When I walk into the party, my skirt is too tight. My heels are too high. The buttons on my sweater are about to pop off and shoot someone's eye out. It's been years since I first laid eyes on the tall drink of eggnog that is Cole Rudolph, and my panties haven't been the same since.
Never mind he's my overly protective father's best friend.
And business partner.
And he's twenty years older than me.
He's top of my Christmas list, but there's no way he would ever see me as anything other than his best friend's chubby daughter, right?
Only, tonight something feels different. The way he's looking at me, the way his eyes linger on my curves a moment too long. When we end up driving home together, my sugarplums and his jingle balls get all tangled up in the tinsel.
There's about a million reasons this will never work, but I'm throwing caution to the winter wind and seeing just what sort of twinkle I can put in his eye.
And everywhere else.
Author's Note: When ...
Genre: Short Stories Length: 95 Pages (4,096 KB) Lending: Not Enabled Added: Jul 8th, 2020
A collection of stories written between 2016 and 2020. Disturbing, unnerving and uncomfortable, these stories were written to make all readers feel the way Brian feels every night when these story ideas haunt him.
Orphaned. Alone. Starving.
The land is dying. As resources dwindle, the population is placed at the mercy of a secretive government, which operates on its own agenda. Critical top-level scientists researching the ecological disaster have gone missing, their disappearance a cold case file that haunts the local constabulary.
Desperate for answers, the police captain hatches a plan to recover a critical key to the land's survival. What they need is an experienced thief, and they know just the girl. Avalon is not just any burglar; she is an uncommonly good one. Caught in the act of stealing, she is recruited against her wishes to pull off the boldest heist ever: to raid the high security government facilities.
Can one young girl pull off the theft of a lifetime? Failure is not an option, for it will mean starvation for all.
Don't miss out on this exciting new dystopian series! Download your copy today!
An older man younger curvy woman contemporary cowboy romance
A stand-alone tale of finding love at Lone Wolf Ranch.
I've had my heart broken
before, and I won't let it happen again.
Just when I think it may be a while
for true love to find me --
there she is. Olivia Snow.
And just like that I know
that Olivia is my destiny.
We'll buy our own ranch
and raise the very big family
I've always wanted.
I have to go back to Chicago.
I can't stay on my friend's couch forever.
But then I meet him --
Billy. He's an old-fashioned cowboy
that time forgot
and something tells me
that I'll be his.
This cowboy has fallen fast,
and so have I...
Genre: Short Stories Length: 42 Pages (740 KB) Lending: Not Enabled Added: Jul 8th, 2020
Child Support Drama * Baby Momma Craziness * Dire Consequences
Introducing the lives of three families... and their mangled messes...
Being all alone is no big deal for Amanda as she has always been for most of her life. Growing up in a foster home taught her some valuable lessons on survival, but not even her time at the foster home taught her how to deal with James, her son's deadbeat father. Amanda has been battling James in child support court for years and has always been slapped in the face by the Judge's orders.
James and his mother, Evelyn, want nothing more than to see Amanda down and destroyed so they work on a plan to take Amanda's son away from her. Sparks fly between Amanda and her son's family that causes a reign of devastation, ending in someone's death, changing everyone's life forever.
Striving to be the perfect "boy next door", Preston has lived his life as his church grounded family and friends felt that he should, as a married man with a ...
The short prequel novella to 20 Minutes On The Tube, following the fates of 4 characters in London before they go underground.
Fast paced, edgy and humorous this is a teaser novella and the gateway to the beginning of the 20 Minute Series.
The Wrong Spirit
It's a mother's worst nightmare: from birth, there was no bond with my daughter, Amelia.
As soon as she was old enough to speak, I discovered why: she insisted I was not her mother.
The doctor said it was classic autism, her disinterest with human connection. But I believed we had a problem far more sinister than that: the only thing Amelia was connected to was an eerie, hand-knitted doll, 'Mandy,' that we acquired by mistake after Amelia's birth.
That doll, Amelia's obsession, was the bane of our lives. But it was also the only clue we had to understanding a mix-up so unreal that no one else would ever believe it.
The Wormhole and Me
Ronan is an astronaut through and through: everything else in his life comes second. So when he is offered the first ever solo mission to Mars aboard Varlet 6 - even though his wife Sonia is pregnant with their second child - the choice is a no-brainer.
But something happens out there, in the depths of space, and when ...
A mystery thriller novel you will not forget.
A gripping novel full of action, suspense, mystery, plot twists.
Do you love stories that are packed full of mystery, suspense, twists and turns? Then you will love this mystery thriller novel.
Enjoy this gripping story with enough twists to keep you turning the pages.
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Sleighing Mr. Right
An Alpha Older Man and Curvy Younger Woman Romance
I'm looking for Mr. Right and he needs to check off everything on my list.
I think I found him... that is until I find out there's something he's not telling me.
He lied to me because of my crazy list. But maybe what I thought was a "big no" is actually a "big yes."
Now, I have to figure out how to make him my Mr. Right... instead of my Mr. Right Now.
I had given up on women. She had given up on Christmas. We both take a risk and find out we are exactly what each other needs.
But when I keep something hidden from her, something that is a "big no" on her list, she walks away.
If she gives me a chance, I'm going to prove to her that I want to be her man... her family... her forever.
This is a Steamy, Sweet, Short Story Romance. No Cliffhangers.
This is the first book in the Curves For Christmas Series.
If you love short romances with insta love, hot love scenes, and a sweet story, then this one is for ...
Robert Bedick's new collection of nine short stories, An Argument In Favor Of Television and Other Stories, reaffirms everything we learned about him from his well-regarded first novel, Tomas. That is, he is a writer who knows how to write. From Microwave, A Love Story (On Twitter) - a story that originally appeared in installments on Twitter - to The Eden Project - a story where two twenty-somethings attempt to re-create the Garden of Eden on a Twister mat within their Brooklyn apartment, Bedick shows that he knows how to bend all the usual rules to create a style and voice that are all his own. But he also proves with stories such as One Dead Grandfather and Limousines and Violins, that he knows how to use the classic elements of plot, character, and dialogue to create stories steeped in realism.
An Argument In Favor Of Television: A writer finds it difficult to keep autobiography and fiction separate.
The Loneliest Monk: A cross country trek where one of the travelers may or may ...
The picture of demure elegance, Lady Corinna Field is renowned among the ton for her great kindness and impeccable moral character. And it is because of her great sense of moral responsibility that she accepts an offer of marriage from Lord Stanley Clairefield, a friend of her family for whom she holds no great affection--and even less attraction.
The most handsome and charming nobleman in all of London society, Lord Ronan Hart is a notorious rake who always has restrained himself from charming and romancing his dear friend Corinna Field; thinking her too prim and proper to reciprocate his sinful charms. He respects this avid writer and philanthropist a great deal, and wants to do nothing that would sacrifice a beautiful friendship.
Yet when he realizes that his beloved Corinna is about to marry a man she doesn't love, he realizes--and almost too late--that he himself is deeply in love with her. Using the secret knowledge that he garners from a peek at his friend's closely held ...
A Sweet and Steamy Insta-Love Medical Romance
I've had my fair share of heartbreak and trauma.
Being a heart surgeon isn't for; no pun intended "The faint of Heart".
Most days I feel like I'm walking in circles.
That is until I saw her, and everything disappeared.
A raven-haired beauty standing before me ready to put her life in my hands.
I'm her only hope, her last chance at a normal life.
Maybe she's my only chance as well.
Could she be the one to save me from myself when I'm usually the one that does the saving?
Cooking has always been the only thing that has kept me from thinking about the fact that I'm living on borrowed time.
That is until I was given a chance to change my fate.
Dr. Anderson Davis is his name, the miracle worker with two last names and dimples that he could stop a woman in her tracks.
I didn't expect to fall so hard especially with my heart being broken in more ways than one.
Two people two totally different worlds, it would never work.
Lose yourself in a collection reminiscing on first love, regret, and passion.
In FIRST DATE, when Alice gets invited to a ball on Christmas Day she is bowled over. No-one had ever asked her out on a date before, let alone invited her to a ball. However, the bubble bursts too soon. It turns out she is filling in for an ex-girlfriend. Even so, she puts on a brave face and heads for the ball. She can have a good time even if it does not lead to love. A ball is still a ball after...
In CARELESS CUPID, a mission becomes harder than expected... you are not supposed to fall in love with the person you are trying to help.
In THE ENGAGEMENT PARTY, Rachel might get a lot more than she expected on her big day. A stranger from the past flushes out feelings she had put aside. A lost love is hard to forget...
In PRECIOUS, different generations appreciate the timeless value of a book.
In BLACK WARNING, an innocent child makes a choice others ignore.
FIVE STAR REVIEWS:
"... easily devoured in ...
Hank Nolan is a dreamer. His plans to play Major League had him leaving his Texas home after high school. He's had a few years of fame and fortune, but all that changed one night. Injured and retired from baseball permanently, Hank is at a crossroads and he has no idea what to do. His parents ask him to come back to town for an extended stay, while he finishes healing and visits with family and friends. He hasn't stayed in town for more than a day or two in the ten years since he left. The family ranch is calling, but Hank isn't sure if he wants to become a rancher.
Tricia Quinn came from the wrong side of the tracks. Her daddy was Hank's family's stablehand, and she was never the right "sort" for him. She and Hank were attracted to each other all through high school. But then the offers of college scholarships came rolling in, and Hank left to follow his dreams. He did, and she always wondered what might have been.
Tricia is older now, and a lot wiser. She runs THE bakery in town. ...
A STORY ABOUT REDEMPTION, LOVE, AND FORGIVENESS!
Reminiscent of the prodigal son, a bold young woman travels a downward path of self-discovery.
From a tender young age, Charlene and her best friend Latonya have been dying to escape their closed off town. Lured by what the city might offer, they flee in hopes of starting anew.
They slowly begin a sickly descent to depths into which they would never venture, but Charlene soon learns that despite the route, God will ultimately order your steps.
Laney is down in the dumps.
After finding out her ex cheated on her, she goes to a bar to drink herself stupid.
She goes to a tattoo bar on the bad side of town, where the leader of the gang The Ravens, a man named Stephan, worked. He gives her the tattoo, and suddenly, Laney wants so much more.
But, does Stephan want the same thing?
As the leader of a successful gang, the only thing he's known is to work a hard life and to take out the enemy. His goal is to stay on top and to get retribution for the actions that his enemies lay on his friends. But, when he meets Laney, he begins to question himself. As a gang leader, he knows nothing more than to fight and kill.
But, will he let Laney in despite all this?
This alpha bad boy romance involves the leader of a gang, and his own personal vendetta against his enemies, and his desire to seek out the truth. But, along the way both of them learn to fall in love in their own way, and question their true feelings.
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Genre: Short Stories Length: 60 Pages (1,767 KB) Lending: Not Enabled Added: Jul 8th, 2020
"It would be easier to bear her if she wasn't so damn sexy... "
An Alpha Male Cowboy and Younger Curvy Woman Instalove Romance
Rose Haven is just about the perfect town, except for one thing.
I'm investigating a drug ring, brewing at the farthest outskirts of town.
The problem is, Ellie, the Assistant Mayor is making things very difficult.
She wants to build a clinic, dangerously close to where the ring's base is.
I'm all for a clinic, but I can't let her secure that plot.
I refuse to let anything happen to her.
I'm the Assistant Mayor in Rose Haven and I'm not afraid to go for what I want.
I'm going to get that clinic built, whatever it takes.
Unfortunately, Ranger Rhodes Port keeps getting in my way.
He is determined to remind me at every opportunity that I have very little power.
I just don't understand why he has to make my life so hard.
It would be easier to bear if he wasn't so damn sexy...
Rhodes is a super-hot, enemies to lovers insta love romance featuring ...
Genre: Short Stories Length: 47 Pages (2,458 KB) Lending: Not Enabled Added: Jul 8th, 2020
Hester is a woman who has accepted an offer of marriage from a rancher in a place called Clearwater Springs. Colorado. It's 1875 and Hester's relocating from Denver where she worked as a saloon girl at a beer hall. Hester doesn't want her future husband to know about her former profession, so she's told him she worked as a seamstress.
Jasper is a rancher on the way to meet his future bride at a train station. He's owned his ranch for years, but everyone thinks he's crazy because he barely earns a living from it. Most of the water on the land is supplied by sulphur springs and can't be used for anything. However, Jasper knows something few other of the local people do about the future. The springs on his land may turn out to bring him more money than anyone could conceive.
Hester and Jasper are married at the train station. He takes her home to his ranch house. But he discovers his new bride knows little about household management. She eventually shows him what she does know and ...
Based on the true life atrocities that occurred in the Rakhine State of Myanmar a young boy and his family set out on a journey of hope that leads to death destruction and murder. This tense short story moves quickly as it twists and turns right through to the final page. A great read only available on Amazon.
After her partner at FBI, who was her dear friend and lover, was brutally murdered and the case went unsolved, she wanted to get away from it all. Until she got a phone call from an unknown number saying they had evidence about her partner's murder. Which makes her return to her hometown Wolverine Harbor. But, the comforting feeling of the familiarity and warmth of her hometown is short-lived when another woman goes missing, her body to be found in the woods a day later. Were the two murders somehow related? Was it just a coincidence?
The piece of evidence that is left on her front door, is it taking her in the right direction, or is it meant to throw her off the tracks? The shot that grazed by her head was it only a warning shot or was she plain lucky to have missed it?
Read on as Salem Montgomery navigates the rural landscape of Wolverine Harbor chasing the murderer and putting her life at risk. Will she be successful or end up dead like her partner?
HOW DO YOU GET A SECOND CHANCE WITH YOUR BEST FRIENDS SISTER?
YOU BECOME A BILLIONAIRE
THEN YOU MAKE HER HAPPY
THERE IS ONE THING SHE WANTS MORE THAN ANYTHING
SHE DESIRES A LITTLE ONE
I GUESS SHE READ MY MIND
I WANT THE SAME THING
I NEED HER TO BE MINE AND MINE ALONE
HER DATE HURTS HER
HE IS A FOOL
SHE WILL SEE WHAT IT MEANS TO BE WITH A REAL MAN
AND SHE WILL GET HER WISH AND A LOT MORE... SWEET GORGEOUS OLIVIA WELCOME TO YOUR NEW BILLION DOLLAR LIFE.
As always, if you love grey books you will love this one. BBW, Sweet Romance HEA no cheating second chance romance with an Alpha Male that will make you swoon! Enjoy.
Genre: Short Stories Length: 36 Pages (2,321 KB) Lending: Not Enabled Added: Jul 7th, 2020
When Stuart discovers that his physical touch has far more implications than just the sensation of feeling, he goes to immeasurable lengths to save his fraternal twin sister, Alice, from a tragic fate that is out of her control.
Legal Disclaimer: Stephen Hawking was not harmed in the writing of this short story.
OK, the disclaimer isn't really necessary, but after you read My Sister's Keeper, you'll understand. Besides, it's all just made up worlds inside my strange mind. My Sister's Keeper is my first foray into the world of twins, and it's a good one. Not sure if there's more to come for these characters, but there are certainly more ideas in my mind for other works. So much more.
A debut collection that is both tender and unhinged, Boring Story unloads the reader into a landscape strewn with odd occurrences and dead animals -- where a man tangles with the fantastic dissolution of his mother's mind, while a wannabe Anthropologist violates his code of ethics, and in another part of the country a lonely woman photographs dismembered wildlife. Simple and soluble, these stories follow characters as they wander a morbidly kooky world full of small but aberrant beauties.
5 SHORT STORY GEMS is a compendium of short stories written by New Zealand author Lance Morcan and published by Sterling Gate Books in 2019/2020. The stories, which have also been released as standalone Kindle ebooks, are aimed at lovers of thrillers, adventure, romance and historical fiction. Details follow...
ONCE WERE BROTHERS - Life will never be the same for young Benjamin Thomas after disaffected Maoris abduct his identical twin brother in this moving short story adventure set in Nineteenth Century New Zealand.
Mr. 100% - When New York defense lawyer Madison 'Mr. 100%' Harley secures a Not Guilty verdict for a client who confides that he is guilty of the ghastly crimes he was accused of, he sets out to ensure that justice is done.
A GLADIATOR'S LOVE - In this short story set in Ancient Rome, dashing Greek gladiator Leonidas is one fight away from winning his freedom. Throughout his trials he is sustained by the love of Fatuma, a beautiful gladiatrix.
THE LAST TASMANIAN ...
Maude Caulkin finds out the hard way that if you're poor and female in Victorian London, you are powerless.
After continued beatings from her stepfather, she tries to escape his fists, working for a pittance, and starvation. But, she soon finds herself facing even worse. Hired by Ned Hicklin, a prolific photographer and publisher of dirty books, he introduces her to one of his customers: the sadistic Charles Courtney-Duff.
After a devastating encounter with him, she turns the tables, and Courtney-Duff finds himself in her power. Maude has learned a lot from the freak shows she loves to frequent. But sometimes, you can go too far...
Meet the superhero Spleen Squeezer, discover the true story of Eden, and travel to the safest city in the world in this 3rd collection of unclassifiable ultra-short pieces by K.M. Halpern. But wait, there's MORE!!!! For the same price, you get twice the wisdom, twice the wit, twice the heartpounding absurdity. Learn the danger of having ears, the importance of being unlikable, and how to achieve quality as an executioner. But it's a limited time offer. Delay and it could be too late. Since that's true of all things, it must be true of this. Don't condemn yourself to an eternity of unrelenting regret. Buy now, Now, NOW. Operators are standing by. Don't you realize how inconsiderate it is to keep them waiting?
Based on true events, this urban legend needs to be told. Angelica and her friends may not survive the night in Battery Langdon, for there is a creature that lives there and the moon is full. Nail biting action, memorable characters mixed with a bit of blood, make for a frightening tale.
Diane hasn't seen Cort in years, not since leaving her colony for a university several states away. Though she and Cort had been in love, she'd been "encouraged" to go away and after college, Diane never came home.
When Cort runs in to Diane, who has been requested back to town for his crowning, he can't believe his eyes. The gorgeous curves that won't end are on the woman of his dreams -- the same one who broke his heart years ago. Cort probably should avoid her, but one look at his beautiful friend and her gorgeous voluptuous body and he can't help being attracted to her .
Diane is just as drawn to gorgeous Cort, who is about to ascend to leadership of their werebear colony. She'd expected the soon-to-be leader to have a mate, someone suitable. Someone not Diane. What the elders didn't know was how she and Cort fought their explosive attraction to each other a decade ago and how they could only keep thinking about eachother.
Time may have healed the emotional wounds, but it has ...
When Pang breaks a bone in her foot, falling down the steps outside a bar, she is frustrated by how long it is taking to heal. The hospital can't seem to speed things up. Should she take the advice of her Western husband, brought up a rationalist, or of the man who sells sausages outside the temple?
A Sci-Fi Gender Bender Adventure
James Thornwell the third is your not your average man. One day while minding his own business, his entire world falls apart. On the run across the universe, he learns a lot about human nature, especially questions about gender. Will he be able to survive the Pink Panic? Can he find somewhere to call home in the universe?
Sudden (and Slow) Gender Swap Transformations
The universe is a really large place. Even if you sat down and thought about it for half an hour or more, you might not realize everything that's capable in said universe. When James Thornwell leaves planet Earth for the first time, he quickly learns a lot about what it means to be a man, a woman, and both at the same time.
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'CONNECT THE DOTS'
By Author Steph Christina
*** An interview style psychological thriller *** the whole story is told by the protagonist Cleo from the channel 9 studio as she is interviewed by reporter Sandra Smith on the 'A current affair' news program talk show ***
Cleo felt like something had changed in her marriage. Things just weren't the way they use to be. She grew suspicious of her husband Lincoln as he suddenly seemed to have become extremely time poor. She wondered if Lincoln really had just been busy or whether there may have been something else going on behind the scenes.
So she contacted a qualified private investigator named Richard-Dexter Jones to keep an eye on Lincoln's personal activity.
But little did Cleo know that she was in for a bitter twist.
Is Charlie Cobb really a tough old hero? And how heroic is the young woman in the old green truck? What about the old pro who's reliable, but never reached his dreams? And how does a young man make myth reality? Mark Hayes Peacock lays out those questions--and more--in time for you to get back to work.
Kress's new client is a millionaire with a superstar daughter. Naturally, when Joy Saranya seems to be heading for matrimony with a politician, her father wants to know if the man's motives are honourable. What's called for is an interview with the politician, a briefcase full of money and Kress wired for sound and video. Someone is bribing someone, but who?
Written over a period of twelve years, The Sunbed of Malcolm Todd transports the reader from the author's very mundane present to his difficult past, and then into his future. Unusual and poignant, and yet intensely uplifting and incredibly funny, these 35 short stories will give you an insight into the mind and life of a very ordinary Englishman.
"Brilliant characters, and well written short stories," - HJO, Creative Life
"Whacked out and tender - like a good steak!" Pete Haines, Venue, Bristol.
In this riveting short story of betrayal, one good turn does not always get another in response. The most harmless looking of them all can always turn out to be the deadliest.
Life seems to be sweet and utterly perfect for the Lord Lloyd McGrath and his wife, the Lady Minerva. After all, they are having their first time child. While still reeling from the intoxicating feeling of being a first-time father, an ominous message with his name on it finds Lloyd. He cannot seem to find who the message is from but it leaves him rattled because it bears an undertone of vengeance from a blood-thirsty creditor.
He has to revisit the things he has buried deeply under the rug. He has to unearth the secrets that has made him the Lord of the north, from being just a stranded young man caught up in a storm...
I went for a walk in the wilderness to find inspiration for my paintings. But after a few wrong turns, I found something else: him.
He's like his mountain -- strong and mysterious. He saved my life and offered to get me home. But when his hands touch me, I think I might already be there.
I left my life behind to carve out a new one. Alone. But the moment I see her, it's like the first time I saw my mountain. I know I have to make her mine.
She came to my mountain for inspiration, but she just might be my muse instead.
Kings of the Mountain is a series of steamy, sweet, insta love short story romances. Check out BROCK if you like curvy heroines and alpha heroes who fall hard and fast while carving out their happily ever after.
Genre: Short Stories Length: 41 Pages (4,063 KB) Lending: Not Enabled Added: Jul 6th, 2020
I've never gotten, or needed, anyone's help in life and I've learned that the only person I know I can truly depend on is me. While it can be lonely, there's a certain element of safety I feel in it. So, being self-reliant is something I have always insisted on from myself.
That is, until the car accident.
Jake's been amazing at helping put my body back together and he's truly been a god-send.
He's also hot, gorgeous and certainly has a way with his hands. Getting to know him has been amazing. But I will never allow him to use me as his latest pet project; I don't care how sexy he is.
I love fixing things; show me something broken, and I'll show you a good time. In fact, my passion for putting things back together is probably why I became a physiotherapist.
When Amanda came into my office, I thought she was just another patient.
But it wasn't long before her visits to my clinic were all I could think about. She's beautiful, sexy and... guarded.
The feeling of wanting to ...
I need a hero. Now.
My mother always told me not to walk home alone, and this is why:
Three guys, waiting for me at the alley. And by the looks of them, their intentions are not pure.
I'm in huge trouble...
Right up until a mystery hero swoops in and sweeps me off my feet. Literally.
He's massive, muscled, ex-military, and... my old high-school crush?
I thought I was over him.
I thought wrong.
Happy 4th of July!
Welcome to Milltown, Colorado, population 15,000, where the only things hotter than the annual fireworks show are the men in uniform and the women who want to light their fuses.
Join the authors of Flirt Club in The Fireworks Series of stories that celebrate small-town summers, bbqs, and all things that end with a bang!
Where will you be when the fireworks start?
She was meant to be for one-night-only.
A way to forget about life for an hour or two.
She distracted me, but now I can't forget her.
Leaving her hotel room while she was still sleeping wasn't my best move, but my need for this woman is enough to have me running as fast as I can.
That is until I find her making herself comfortable in my dad's house.
The fiery redhead wasn't just a one-nighter.
The fiery redhead is my new stepsister.
And I want her something fierce.
Happy 4th of July!
Welcome to Milltown, Colorado, population 15,000, where the only things hotter than the annual fireworks show are the men in uniform and the women who want to light their fuses.
Join the authors of Flirt Club in The Fireworks Series of stories that celebrate small-town summers, bbqs, and all things that end with a bang!
Where will you be when the fireworks start?
Genre: Short Stories Length: 70 Pages (6,960 KB) Lending: Not Enabled Added: Jul 6th, 2020
Rise of the Gender Clones in a World With Only Men
Jon Berringer is your typical male in the year 2240 - smart, comfortable, and very confused by the sudden announcement that females will be returning. After females stopped being born in 2042, the world quickly became dominated by the male population. At some point, someone realized no new women were being born, and that's when the New World Order Initiative began.
After the last female on the planet died in 2173 at the age of 131, the program to fix the problem took off in earnest as it was realized that with no women on the planet, the human race might die off. Jon signs up to help by having a female clone made from his DNA. Will his consciousness be able to survive the rift in his life?
Even more importantly, will the gender battle that erupts destroy everyone?
Emily wants to be sure that Santa gets her Christmas wish, and according to schoolyard rumor, that's a job for snow angels. Trouble is, there's not much opportunity to make snow angels in Florida. So Emily has to come up with a Plan B...
A short, short story.
Genre: Short Stories Length: 11 Pages (361 KB) Lending: Not Enabled Added: Jul 6th, 2020
Lisa and Mark have known each other since they were eight. Bullies brought them together, and a stray dog might change their lives, their dreams, and their future... "I said you were not getting past us." Sam began to laugh. Just as Mark stood up again he heard a voice come from behind him.
"Leave him alone!"
What now? He turned and noticed a small girl standing there.
She was about Mark's age, eight or so, standing there pointing her finger at Sam and Bobby Jenkins. Sam just scowled at her and then they both laughed. "What are you going to do about it?"
What happened next was a shock even to an eight-year-old boy. She said, "You'll be sorry."
Another gripping short Polly Park mystery.
Polly is called for jury service which means she misses work. This good news quickly turns sour when a fellow juror is murdered. Unfortunately for Polly the dead man took her for lunch and his killers are on her trail. Luckily she has good friends to help her out.
You'll turn the few pages quickly in this original short mystery thriller full of suspense.
Genre: Short Stories Length: 11 Pages (685 KB) Lending: Not Enabled Added: Jul 5th, 2020
Everyone loves a time travel story. Jack is a time traveller. He has some amazing adventures through history after he learns how to control his abilities!
He is guided in part by his Uncle Stan, who is on a quest to find his long lost parents. Jack sees sights and meets people he never thought he would.
Follow Jack on his exciting trip through time and space, during which he will see many amazing sights, and get into, and out of, trouble in different places and different times. Laugh as the time-coincidences (Proincidences) land him in some hilarious and sticky situations. See him learn to use his travelling ability to meet Oliver Cromwell, Robin Hood, King Richard and a whole host of coincidentally named people who help and hinder his quest.
It's an ideal children's 'Bed-Time' read with chapters of approximately ten pages.
*Thrilling Paranormal Short Story
On her sixteenth birthday, Stella took a walk on the wild side. She and her invisible angel were on a secret mission. The first target for her specialized talents was a False Prophet. The miserly man of God had been holding Sold Out meetings in many major cities. His Faith Healing show was coming to town tonight.
Stella filed into the huge auditorium with about twenty thousand other believers. Every man, woman, and child was excited to see a movement of God. Her guardian angel stalked the perimeter like a seasoned soldier of war. He signaled her with a high piercing whistle that no one else could hear. The False Prophet entered with his wicked spouse, swarthy entourage, and assorted cohorts.
Stella laughed as she watched hundreds of angels whisking back and forth from heaven to earth. It was just like God to honor the wishes of His faithful children, even in the face of the dastardly wolf in sheep's clothing. At the crux of the big show, Stella stood ...
*Inspirational Thriller Short Story
The war hero returned to America on a stretcher. The veteran's spirit came home from the war, but he was trapped in a ruined body. And worse, he was tormented by his tortured soul.
The enemy's bomb did not end his life. But this was not living. He stared at his deformed reflection in the medical equipment that littered his bedroom.
A male voice spoke inside of his head. He assumed that it was his conscience. But he could not shut it off, so he listened.
The voice mocked him, "Are you really alive? Why don't you get up? What kind of man are you? Are you a hero or a coward?"
The veteran's lone caregiver was his bride of three years. She was still as hot as the day he married her. But he knew that she should not be alone like this.
A month later, the voice in his head returned. This time, it also appeared with a faceless body. For the veteran's spirit, it was like living within a nightmare. The dreamscape forced his spirit, soul, and body to confront ...
The Invisible Man doesn't get along with anyone in society: he didn't get along with anyone before he was invisible and now things have only gotten worse. He thinks the laws shouldn't apply to him and eventually he gets killed by a mob. Epic fail, Invisible Man.
Nominee: TopShelf Book Awards 2020.
An unexpected wedding invitation spins Pippa's world off its axis. The bride-to-be's sexy brother, Alex, is sure to be there. Seven years ago, he jetted out of Pippa's life, oblivious to her teenage fantasies. This time she's determined to lasso his heart.
The calorie countdown is ticking, Pippa has only ten weeks to become 'slimmer'.
If you've ever struggled to lose a few unwanted pounds, you'll empathise with Pippa's theatrics!
Emily has been having an affair behind her husband's back. But when he finds out she will find herself a pawn in a game he enjoys, and she will discover the darker part of herself. Will she surrender or will the Chess Man win?
"Ride with me."
Three simple words. A seemingly perfect solution after my car breaks down.
So why am I so nervous about this? Sure, I've harbored the biggest crush on him for over a decade. But one road trip isn't going to clue him in on that well-kept secret.
I can't put my finger on what's making this ride feel like a big deal. That is, until he pulls me close and revs the hard rumbling engine of his bike.
Okay, things are definitely different.
And the ride hasn't even begun yet.
The Untouchable Curves Collection
Curvy Attraction (Aiden & Cecelia)
Curvy Seduction (Owen & Gemma)
Curvy Perfection (Cayce & Ashley)
This collection of steamy friends-to-lovers standalones contains hot & dirty alphas just wanting to give their sweet curvy girls the HEAs they deserve.
Previously published as Riding Curves (c) 2012 with revisions throughout, newly added content, and an extended ending.
Genre: Short Stories Length: 176 Pages (3,549 KB) Lending: Not Enabled Added: Jul 4th, 2020
Things are getting messier and more complicated. The romantic attraction increases by the minute.
Danger keeps coming for Ben and Tara as they try to stop the mysterious stranger willing to end their lives for the treasure they're carrying.??
Brief Summary: Tara Samuels, the gorgeous museum curator, is sent on a mission by her boss Dr. Barrett to pick up and deliver some very valuable artifacts, an ancient Egyptian dagger and scabbard (cover) for an upcoming major exhibit. The Museum of Vintage Arts (MoVA) hired the Whitestone Agency. Benjamin Reynolds, 6'2 of solid handsomeness, is assigned to the case. Hunky Tate Calhoun, Ben's best buddy, and fellow Whitestone agent is sent in to give Ben support. Well...
Tate gets hurt, Tara gets hurt, Ben gets hurt, and all because of their continued underestimation of the man on a quest to steal the priceless artifacts. ??There's a target on their backs, but the hope of love and a job well done push him to keep going, no matter the cost. With ...
Genre: Short Stories Length: 61 Pages (2,487 KB) Lending: Not Enabled Added: Jul 4th, 2020
What happens when ten-foot-tall and bulletproof asks you to spend thirty days alone with him?
Tinsley Abernathy never thought she'd have to ask herself that question. And Ash Ford isn't just any run-of-the-mill, drop-dead-gorgeous stranger, he's the soldier she's been exchanging letters with every week for the last three years. And now he's back in town. And he's ready to meet her.
After all, Ash has a proposition Tinsley would be crazy to refuse...
Warning: Ash is one sticky, sweet, military muscle-man in camo cargos. He's set his sights on one woman only, and he won't stop until her heart is Under Siege. Enjoy one of my favorite soldier stories ever!
Jake Summers is a 25 year old young gun on the PGA Tour. From Pinehurst, NC, he's a strong, sexy, carefree and blessed professional golfer. His life is ideal, being ranked #1 in the world and reigning champion for the past year and a half. He turned pro straight out of college at 22.
Then he unexpectedly reunites with Melanie Brooks; a gorgeous brunette with a passion for sports, who he hasn't seen since senior year at Pinecrest High School.
Jake has an instant attraction to Melanie and the confident, self-assured ways she learned during her years as a reporter for The Golf Channel, where she currently works.
However, when another old high school friend tries to steal Jake's heart, Melanie has to make a choice. The pressures of her job as a sports reporter/semi celebrity leave Melanie little time to appreciate Jake's affections toward her. So Jake takes to subtle and oftentimes humorous ways, in an attempt to win her over.
With shopkeeper Crystal Cummings threatening to come ...
Stole in the dead of the night I forged her signature on an unbreakable contract.
She would become my wife.
She would give me an heir.
She would help me destroy her father and get my revenge.
**This is a prequel to Savage Beginnings which is a +100,000 words standalone dark mafia romance novel.**
Genre: Short Stories Length: 41 Pages (2,433 KB) Lending: Not Enabled Added: Jul 4th, 2020
Is Maggie Lake afraid to take a second chance on love, especially when the guy, Rick Morton is hot and the romance skyrockets?
Maggie endured the horrific loss of her husband and precious six-year-old son in a tragic helicopter crash. She makes the bold move to Dayton to claim the house her grandmother left her and start over. Rick has a construction business and finally agrees to update the house for her. Their close mutual friend and matriarch of Dayton, Rosie Dawson has a heart attack, which brings them closer together.
The chemistry between them is electric. Maggie and Rick find their way into each other's arms. Afterward, Rick tells Maggie, "I love you." His declaration of love freaks her out. She gives in to her fear and in a panic, coldly turns away from him, rejecting his love with an icy shoulder.
Maggie wants to be with Rick, but issues threaten to keep them apart.
Rick's fling with Carol explodes.
Meanwhile, a reporter is skulking around town asking questions and ...
Genre: Short Stories Length: 57 Pages (4,797 KB) Lending: Not Enabled Added: Jul 4th, 2020
There's a new publisher in town... will he ruin everything?
Angelica and Kevin are two reporters who have never taken part in the activities in the basement of the building where they both work. That doesn't stop them from investigating the shenanigans happening below the newsroom.
Will Kevin prove his love to Angelica? Or will they both succumb to the pressures of working in the largest trans-friendly news organization in the entire world? Find out in this next exciting installment of TG Newsroom Chicago!
VENGEFUL. DECEITFUL. SPITEFUL. SINFUL.
Following the success of Sins: New Irish Crime Stories, the seven writers from the3percenters take us back to the dark side of life. Edited by Ferdia Mac Anna, these new stories hit new highs in crime fiction while bringing us new lows in human behaviour.
An evil presence stalks the beauty of the Irish countryside. A debt collector receives a most unwelcome present. An aggrieved farmer, cheated of his inheritance, develops a taste for killing. A once-besotted lover turns to revenge.
Seven deadly writers, each with their own distinctive voice. Together, they are Sinful.
the3percenters is an authors' collective and publishing partnership formed to promote emerging writers. The group were originally associated with the annual Dalkey Creates Writing Festival. Sinful is the second in a scheduled trilogy of short story collections from the3percenters.
PRIDE, ENVY, GLUTTONY, LUST, ANGER, GREED, SLOTH
Seven Deadly Sins. Eleven Killer Stories.
Nothing matches the Power of Seven. In this anthology, seven writers tempt you with a modern take on the Seven Deadly Sins, unleashing eleven riveting new crime stories, edited by Ferdia Mac Anna.
Take a walk on the dark side.
A woman seduces her boss and considers murdering his wife. A case of mistaken identity leads to disastrous consequences. An unexpected visitor arrives with a camera but takes more than photos. A bitter sixth-former at an English public school exacts the ultimate revenge.
the3percenters is an authors' collective and publishing partnership formed to promote emerging writers. The group were originally associated with the annual Dalkey Creates Writing Festival.
A woman sits on a city bus, reflecting on her life -- do both need change in direction?
Is it possible that a single pea left on plate can change one's future?
What dark secrets are revealed by an old suitcase?
And will the surprise for Christine go according to plan?
Eileen Thornton's A Surprise for Christine is a collection of twelve sweet, lighthearted, and romantic stories sure to brighten even the darkest of days.
- "A delightful treat."
- "Great assortment of enjoyable short stories."
A sneak peek into the Elite Dark world of the Redwood Shores Elite Academy, where rules are rules! But she will break the rules. The Elite boys of Redwood Shores are no ordinary Well-heeled Trust fund scions. No, they are more than that. Tech hedge fund billionaires, and she wants to break their rules? They don't think so!
This binge-worthy series will leave you on the edge of your seat.
So if you are in for a suspenseful fun ride, then Redwood shores elite academy is here to make you wonder, will they choose her?
Or will she choose one of the silicon valley billionaire heirs? And why should she?
Genre: Short Stories Length: 23 Pages (1,491 KB) Lending: Not Enabled Added: Jul 3rd, 2020
Something is spreading in the peaceful town of Amberfall.
Something that threatens the whole of humanity.
Something is going viral.
20 Minutes. 20 People. 20 stories that will make you want to stay inside and never greet another human being again.
This is a short novella about a viral outbreak in a small town in the Lake District and shows how quickly disease can spread amongst the population. This isn't the Coronavirus. But it's just as scary.
Humans. Viruses. Panic. Fear.
There goes the countryside...