In April 1924, airship pirates descend on the luxury liner S.S. Paris and make off with a bounty of young female captives. When the various authorities appear powerless to act, one man steps forward, pledging himself to recover said booty and thereby render American womanhood secure.
Unfortunately for all concerned, that man is E. Pluribus Van Slyke...
Motivated by his twin appetites for personal enrichment and female companionship, this transoceanic con man and cashiered naval officer deftly persuades a succession of equally ignoble characters of his suitability for the task. Then, given command of a decrepit airship, Van Slyke heads into the empyrean with a crew of half-wits, misfits, and felons.
But this voyage into the unknown is doubly so, for it soon becomes obvious the pirates who raided the Paris descended from fictional skies. In this parallel world our would-be hero finds himself at the mercy of rum-running cutthroats and throat-cutting buccaneers. Will he survive his ...
Hollywood Behind the Scenes
A novel set in the 1980s, completed in the 1990s but speaks volumes of where we are today. 'Reaching for the Gods' exposes Hollywood in a similar hard-hitting way that 'The Devil Wears Prada' exposes the fashion industry.
It is 1984, the year of the Los Angeles Olympics, and Merle LaBrune plans to remain young for however long it takes for her to ascend a pantheon of Hollywood idols and be worshipped as a goddess. However, she has the unerring feeling she is about to be dropped from the long-running soap opera in which she stars. Her life is further complicated by her live-in lover's decision to bring his daughter, Heidi, to come live with them. Heidi does her utmost to make Merle's life a living hell.
The story starts at the very beginning, so to speak, with a dream sequence of the archetypal Eve and ends with Merle's ambition of godhood almost realized: banged up in jail as she atones for the sins of mankind. But her delusions are finally shattered ...
A young man awakens from a coma after a near-fatal accident. Over the next year, he makes many life choices including picking a name (Billy Bob Bahama), a place to live, and forming new friendships.
He then embarks on several sailing adventures in the Bahamas. The many new experiences are viewed through the eyes of
a somewhat naive, but very likeable, amnesiac!
*What happens when Seattle is destroyed in a nuclear holocaust?
*When all a young boy wants for Christmas is the left hand he lost in an automobile accident the year before?
*When a woman travels to San Diego to commit suicide after the overdose death of her only son?
*When a young man plots to humiliate his attorney father, running for public office, by taking a job in an adult shop?
*When a psychiatrist's bipolar patient invites him to become his copilot when the aliens come back for him in their time-space ship?
*When a priest hears the confession of a serial killer and is helpless to prevent him from killing again?
These and ten other stories are a smorgasbord of short fiction, inviting the reader on a journey of droll humor, philosophical contemplation, suspense, and terror.
Pour yourself a glass of Oregon Pinot or a cup of hot black coffee and enjoy!
It's nearly Christmas... and Izzie Firecracker is dreaming of a hot sexy holiday in Bora Bora when her new husband summons her to the Scottish Highlands. The family business, a castle hotel on the Isle of Scree, is short on funds and can't turn down a wealthy and glamorous American family who wants the 'Full Scottish Castle Experience' - complete with ghost.
But there is no ghost. Or is there?
And none of the guests is intent on murder or embezzlement? Or are they?
What Izzie presumed would be a quiet Christmas is anything but, and she finds herself in a race against time to save the hotel - and a guest's life.
A festive feel-good romantic romp, with a good sprinkling of dark intrigue to spice up the Christmas punch.
(A novella of approx. 19,500 words)
Michael Sandels's unique, hilarious, novella The End of the Word as We Know It is the epic story of humanity's journey from 1960 through 2020, and how we arrived at where we are now. In a work that took 34 years to write, Sandels inventively explains it all.
Who or what is responsible for Earth's problems?
This fun, surreal comedy attempts to provide the answer to this question. It is 1960. And as the human race struggles blindly onward, the discovery of a dark, new presence transforms the world and threatens all human life.
All is not right on Earth. The planet has become mankind's worst nightmare. And in its long history, it had never before faced such a disastrous threat. What needs to be done next is revealed in this surprising, twisting tale, which is presented in such an unorthodox fashion, it's a little unlike any book you've read!
Existential in nature, the book tests the boundaries of reality, and the written word. And as the fate of humanity hangs in the balance, who ...