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.
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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.
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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