Posts Tagged ‘Short Stories’

They call him the Killer Cartographer because he carves the map coordinates of each victim on the femur of the one before

Monday, October 21st, 2019
Ann has been a writer since junior high, but to
pay the bills she has waited tables, delivered newspapers, cleaned other
people’s houses, taught school, and had a stint as a secretary in a rock-n-roll
radio station. She also worked as a 911 operator and a police dispatcher. 


Her fiction began to win awards during her college days. Since then she’s
published several short stories, novels, and novellas. She’s always reading and
always writing, but even if she never sold another story, Ann would not stop
writing. For her it’s a necessity, like breathing. Most of the time, it even
keeps her sane.

 

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carves the map coordinates of each victim on the femur of the one before. Then
he tattoos the information on his skin. 
 
Can Detective Kendra Dean bring him in,
or will she become his next tattoo?
 





 
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Snippet:
The bones were wet and cold. The clay in the
soil trapped the moisture as efficiently as a layer of mulch in a flowerbed.
When Edgar held the femur up to the moonlight, he was thrilled to observe how
fully the dirt and mold had settled into the cuts. It created an inky
labyrinthine abstract on the once-white
surface.            
            He caressed the soil around the bones, and
then lifted the rest of them from their shallow bed. “Welcome back,” he
whispered.

 

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Anybody who loves animated cartoons should be interested in knowing the truth about them

Friday, June 28th, 2019
Nothing
About Us Without Us:
The
Adventures of the Cartoon Republican Army
by
David Perlmutter
Genre:
Fantasy 
 
Anybody
who loves animated cartoons should be interested in knowing the truth
about them. Which is that they have lives after the camera stops
filming, and pretty interesting ones at that. This book will give you
the truth about who they are and what they feel, direct from their
lips. Particularly about how the leaders of the world want them out
of the way, for
good….
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David
Perlmutter is a freelance writer based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
He is the author of America Toons In: A History of Television
Animation
(McFarland and Co.), The Singular Adventures Of
Jefferson Ball
(Amazon Kindle/Smashwords), The Pups
(Booklocker.com), Certain Private Conversations and Other
Stories
(Aurora Publishing), Honey and Salt (Scarlet Leaf
Publishing), Orthicon; or, the History of a Bad Idea (Linkville
Press, forthcoming), The Encyclopedia of American Animated
Television Shows
(Rowman and Littlefield) and Nothing About Us
Without Us (
Amazon Kindle Direct Prime). His short stories can be
read on Curious Fictions at Curious Fictions/David Perlmutter. He can
be reached on Facebook at David Perlmutter-Writer, Twitter at
@DKPLJW1, and Tumblr at The Musings of David Perlmutter
(yesdavidperlmutterfan).
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No matter who dares you, no matter what lures you, do not go in the spooky old house…

Monday, June 17th, 2019
Ann has been a writer since junior high, but to
pay the bills she has waited tables, delivered newspapers, cleaned other
people’s houses, taught school, and had a stint as a secretary in a rock-n-roll
radio station. She also worked as a 911 operator and a police dispatcher. 


Her fiction began to win awards during her college days. Since then she’s
published several short stories, novels, and novellas. She’s always reading and
always writing, but even if she never sold another story, Ann would not stop
writing. For her it’s a necessity, like breathing. Most of the time, it even
keeps her sane.

 

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you, do not go in the spooky old house…
 


When a small planes crashes behind Jase’s rural home, the ghost of the pilot
begins to haunt him. Jase can’t figure out what to do until the day he sees his
classmate, Stevie-girl, enter the legendary haunted house. That’s when he
decides if anyone can help him solve the mystery, she’s the one. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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It was the late 60s. The Beatles had washed across America like a
British tsunami, Vietnam was a grainy, green and black dose of unreality on the
evening news, a bunch of hippies had taken over San Francisco, and there was a
heck of a rainstorm pouring down on Woodstock. But I didn’t know all that then.
I was a little bit lost, looking for something. I swear I didn’t go looking for
a ghost…well, okay, maybe I did. But I didn’t expect to find one. Heck, I was
just a kid. I didn’t expect much of anything.
 

 

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Torn between his ambition, responsibilities, and love, he must now re-examine everything he believes in…or risk losing it all

Saturday, June 1st, 2019
Lovecarnation:
The Promise
Lovecarnation
Trilogy Book 1
by
RKC Puthran
Genre:
Contemporary Romance 
 
Emotionally
complex and gripping, author RKC Puthran brings you an unforgettable
story of the transcendental power of love.

 

 

Fresh
out of college with an MBA and a job at a prestigious bank in the US,
Rohan Rai seemingly has more than any twenty-five-year old Indian
could have. But he has a different dream for his life, and a
clear-cut plan to get there. A cocky workaholic determined to climb
the corporate ladder as fast as possible in order to achieve his
goals, he doesn’t care who he alienates on his meteoric rise to the
top.

 

 

Then
he meets Shona. She’s everything Rohan’s not—an easy-going
Irish girl who lives in the moment, loves Whitney Houston, and enjoys
life to the fullest. Although there’s no room for any love in
Rohan’s three-year plan, he finds himself increasingly drawn to
her. As their relationship blossoms, Rohan slowly finds himself
viewing life differently, until a past grudge escalates and his inner
demons resurface. Torn between his ambition, his responsibilities,
and love, he must now re-examine everything he believes in…or risk
losing it all.

 

 

Lovecarnation
– The Promise
 is
the heart-wrenching first book of the Lovecarnation trilogy, a
thought-provoking series about fate, destiny, and the timelessness of
true love.

 

 

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RKC
Puthran lives in Dublin, Ireland along with his wife Rashmi and 7
year old daughter Natasha.
Born
and brought up in India, RKC started working as a teenager to support
his family while pursuing his studies. His first job was that of a
salesman for a sewing machine company.
Unable
to sell even a single machine even after 2 months of hard work in the
hot sun, the company refused to pay him his salary and he quit. He
then took up several jobs from working as a cashier in a 5 star hotel
to working for a diamond merchant and in the share market.
Post-graduation,
RKC joined a company in the banking and finance sector as a junior
officer. Through sheer dedication and hard work, RKC rose through the
ranks and managed to get an assignment in London.
He
later managed to move over to London on a temporary contract banking
job along with his wife for a short period before finally settling
down in Dublin, Ireland with a full time job in a bank.
RKC’s
intense passion for writing made him write short stories during his
spare time though he never submitted any of them for publication. He
however wrote articles of general interest which were published in
the newspapers.
He
co-authored 2 non-fiction books but he did not credit himself on the
cover as he wanted his name to be on the cover of a novel first.
‘LOVECARNATION –
THE PROMISE’ is RKC Puthran’s debut novel and the first book in
the LOVECARNATION TRILOGY Series.
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it’s an adult crime piece set in the great Chicago fire, in the 19th century.

Tuesday, May 8th, 2018
  1. Lee McKenzie, where were you born?

 

I was born in California. If I’d been born in the 90’s I would have been called a Valley Girl because my hometown was in one of the largest agricultural areas in the state, Modesto. Fortunately, I wasn’t born in the 90’s (or unfortunately because then I’d be much younger). I lived in a lot of other places, and then returned to my home state where I still live. When we came back to the states, we had the choice between living near the Pacific or living in the mountains with the trees. We chose the trees and drive to the beach.

Give me a brief Bio of you.

 

I write in two categories of fiction. I write contemporary/realistic young adult-crossover stories ( Double Negative, Sudden Secrets, Princess of Las Pulgas and Sliding on the Edge). My middle grade fiction include adventure/fantasies Alligators Overhead, Great Time Lock Disaster, Some Very Messy Medieval Magic (Spring 2018) and Sign of the Green Dragon. I have a lot of magazine articles and stories out and about, and I have several short stories in anthologies. Short stories are a great break from writing novels, so that’s why I jump in to write them once in a while.

 

When I’m not forcing a story into submission, I’m traveling. Give me a ticket and I’m off…anywhere. It doesn’t matter. However, no matter how much I’m excited to see other places, my heart’s here in the USA. With all its faults and chaos, I’ve always called this place home. My background is in Linguistics and Inter-Cultural Communication, so I suppose that’s one of the reasons for my love of seeing other parts of the world. That and I have a lot of family and friends in different places.

 

My family says I’m an exercise nut, and they’re probably right. Writing takes a lot of sedentary time, so I make sure to off-set that with hiking and yoga … a lot. Also I love to cook and to eat, so the only way i can do that and fit in my clothes is to move this body around with some vigor.

 

What is the name of your book?

 

Well, I have 7 books in print ( I mentioned them above), so I’m not sure which one to choose. That would be kind of like giving preferential treatment to one of my kids. However, I do have a new one coming out May 15 called Some Very Messy Medieval Magic (a middle grade fantasy published by Dancing Lemur Press), so I can tell you a bit about that one without showing favoritism. The other book (an anthology) that I have work in is Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime. My story is Heartless and it’s a bit a departure for me since it’s an adult crime piece set in Chicago in the 19th century. Actually, I set it during the great Chicago fire.

What genre is it?

 

Some Very Messy Medieval Magic is one of my middle grade fantasy/adventure stories, and Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime is an anthology of mystery and crime.

 

Give us a short synopsis or snippet of your book.

 

Pete’s stuck in medieval England!

Pete and his friend Weasel thought they’d closed the Time Lock on their last time travel expedition. But a young page from medieval times, Peter of Bramwell, goes missing. His absence during a critical moment will forever alter history unless he’s found.

There’s only one solution – fledgling wizard Pete must take the pages place. Accompanied by Weasel and Fanon, Peter’s alligator familiar, they travel to 1173 England.

But what if the page remains lost – will Pete know what to do when the critical moment arrives? Toss in a grumpy Fanon, the earl’s curious niece, a talking horse, and the Circle of Stones and Pete realizes he’s in over his young wizard head yet again.

 

In the short story for Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime, I dabbled in a bit of horror, setting my story, Heartless, in the strict Victorian period where even the word, leg, was considered improper in polite conversation. I also chose to set the story to coincide with the Great Chicago fire, so there’s an element of a race against time and the flames that consumed so much of that city back in 1871.

 

Tell us 3 fun facts about yourself?

 

#1 I like to hike. I take one whenever I can’t put words down that make sense or when someone tells me to.

#2 I iron my sheets. My mother once told me, I had a Princess and The Pea, attitude about my bed. I do. Smooth, white linen sheets make going to bed a treat…those and a book that I can’t wait to return to.

#3 Pickles are my go-to snack when I’m upset. Chocolate doesn’t do the trick. I save chocolate for when I’m happy.

 

How long have you been a writer or known that was something you wanted to do?

 

I’m not sure. Really. But I can tell you how long I’ve been writing fiction for publication. I sold my first book in 2009, so I must have started doing that in 2007 or 8. At least I had the idea for the book about that time, then the nerve to actually tell the story must have come right on the heels of inspiration. Using my trusty calculator (fingers and one toe) that makes it about eleven years. I’m still not sure it’s what I want to do. I just know writing fiction is something that I want to get better at doing before moving on to my next great adventure.

 

What else might pique the reader’s interest in your book?

Readers might like to see the trailer. It’s fun. I love those mini-movies. They make me crave popcorn. Here’s the link/embed code to the trailer for the adventures of Pete and Weasel.https://youtu.be/h59dYGrVQvs/ <iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/h59dYGrVQvs” frameborder=”0″ allow=”autoplay; encrypted-media” allowfullscreen></iframe>

 

And if they like knights and medieval castles with moats and magic, the story has all of that.  I’ll be posting some great pictures of castles I visited last fall where the story took place. I even got to see King Ricard II’s private quarters, his personal toilet (a noble privilege) and some motes that I describe in the story. I’d only looked up all of that during the writing, but seeing them first-hand was great fun and I knew I’d written the descriptions accurately.

 

In Tick Tock: A Stick in Crime, the readers are going to find eleven very different, but riveting tales about crimes and mysteries and really dark hearts.
Where can we find your book? 

 

All of my work is here. http://cleemckenziebooks.com

 Some Very Messy Medieval Magic can be found here:

https://www.amazon.com/Some-Very-Messy-Medieval-Magic/dp/1939844460/ref=sr_1_1

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/some-very-messy-medieval-magic-c-lee-mckenzie/1127622061

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/766665

 TickTock: A Stitch in Time can be found here:

https://www.amazon.com/Tick-Tock-Stitch-Gwen-Gardner/dp/1939844541/

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tick-tock-gwen-gardner/1127886068?ean=9781939844545

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38227821-tick-tock

https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/tick-tock-a-stitch-in-crime

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/book/tick-tock-a-stitch-in-crime/id1341413711?mt=11

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What if King James VI of Scotland didn’t succeed in amalgamating Scotland with England?

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

 

There are so many possibilities that affect the course of history. One change, one small item overlooked, can make a world of difference, not only in a person’s life, but in the history and well-being of an entire nation. And then there are those multiple scenarios of what if? 
 
What if King James VI of Scotland didn’t succeed in amalgamating Scotland with England? What if there had been another heir to the throne of Scotland? One who would secure its independence? Would Scotland have remained free and independent and a nation of its own well into the twenty-first century? And would Scotland, this independent version, make its own decision to join the European Union when its southern neighbor was choosing to pull away?
 

 

“Queen Mary’s Daughter” presents another plausible timeline, one that incorporates both historical fact and fiction with the endless possibilities of time travel.

 

 

 
 

 

 

Emily-Jane Hills Orford is an award-winning author of several books, including Gerlinda (CFA 2016) which received an Honorable Mention in the 2016 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards, To Be a Duke (CFA 2014) which was named Finalist and Silver Medalist in the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards and received an Honorable Mention in the 2015 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards. She writes about the extra-ordinary in life and her books, short stories, and articles are receiving considerable attention. For more information on the author, check out her website at: http://emilyjanebooks.ca

 

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  1. my family,
  2. my dog (though he’s really not a thing),
  3. my garden,
  4. chocolate,
  5. books,
  6. piano,
  7. music,
  8. painting,
  9. nature,

10.life

 

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It’s survival of the fittest, but first you have to fit in

Thursday, December 14th, 2017
Sanctuary
Shifter
Chronicles Book 1
by
Melle Amade
Genre:
YA Dark Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
 

It’s
survival of the fittest, but first you have to fit in.

 

Shae
is sure the icy rage that claws at her is driving away her friends
and pulling her closer to the wrong boy. After all, it’s Aiden she
has always secretly wanted, not Callum, who has barely spoken to her
in the last year.

 

 


But,
as her protected life unravels, she discovers the violent
supernatural world that lurks in her quiet hometown and the ancient
feuds that threaten to destroy both her friends and her family.

 

 

To
save those she loves, Shae must succumb to her own fury and take on
the Ravensgaard, the renegade warriors of the Order, but as the
battle approaches her deepest fears are coming true, she’s becoming
just like them. Shae’s not sure she can afford the price she’ll have
to pay—her own humanity.

 

 

Sanctuary
is a teen paranormal romance for fans of shifters and Gothic romance.
Fans of Flightless Bird and White Raven will be enchanted by this
strong female seeking truth in a world of secrets and mystery.

 

 

 

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Remnants

 

Shifter
Chronicles Book 2


 

 

Now
that she understands the rules, she wants to change them.

Shae’s
body is betraying her and she’s terrified. Though she’s joined the
ranks of her shifter friends, she knows inside she’s not like them.
Her unstable cells won’t let her control the shift. 

As
Topanga grows crowded with suspicious shifters, aligned with the
fascist Order, it becomes clear they have been living in a tiny haven
on the edge of an intolerant, militant shifter society. Even worse,
Shae’s formal presentation to El Oso, the Order’s Berserker Supreme
Leader, is only days away. Without full control of her powers or her
body, she’s not sure she’ll survive the inspection.

As
Shae discovers the dreadful truth about her family heritage, she’s
faced with a severe choice: break with the Order and lose her friends
or submit to a life of subjugation and lies. 

No
matter what she chooses, she’ll be left with only Remnants of the
life she had.

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Harvest
Shifter
Chronicles Book 3


In
the shifter world, one law holds true; you will reap what you sow.

Shae
underestimated El Oso, the tyrannical leader of the Order. Now,
banished, flightless and living on the dangerous edge of the shifter
world, she finds it impossible to pursue her one goal, finding and
freeing her father. Without the support of her friends, who are torn
by loyalty to their families, Shae is forced to attempt the
impossible…alone.

A
hidden group of shifters with unexpected powers swoops in to help
Shae. They want nothing more than to discover El Oso’s magic and
destroy the Order completely, even if it means sacrificing Shae’s
father. Too late, Shae discovers she has sown the seeds of
destruction for herself and her family. The defenses of her refuge
are breached, not by El Oso, but by the enemy very enemy he has been
desperate to protect them against. An enemy intent on massacring
every known shifter. Shae must find a way to escape her
self-inflicted fate and empower her friends to unite if they are to
find a way to survive the harvest. 

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Deluge
Shifter
Chronicles Book 4


First
comes the rain, then follows the flood.

 
Escaping
the Order by engaging the Hunters was only the beginning. Now, with
their safe haven destroyed Shae and Roman are left hiding in a remote
village with no chance of ever finding her father or making a
difference in the shifter world. That is, until a strange Hunter
seeks Shae out and gives her hope she can find her father and
possibly the tool to find El Oso. 

 
They
risk everything to return to Topanga and reunite with their friends,
who are the only ones who might just believe Shae’s adamant theory
that one of the murderous Hunters is actually on their side. As they
test loyalty and strength they uncover the very power that has made
the Hunters mortal enemies to the shifters for over a thousand years.
Their new-found power is a beacon to the Order and the Hunters, who
descend like a flood to drown out the spark of light rising in the
shifter world.

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Heritage
Shifter
Chronicles Prelude


In the dark shifter world, they
prepare for a summer of fun, but find they must battle against the
Hunters who are afraid of the supernatural world. Dutch born,
Matilde, the estranged niece of Lord Van Arend, barters with her
scheming mother to spend the summer with the only friends she’s
ever had, the Ravensgaard at Castle Brannach. But if Matilde gives
her mother the information she will break her friends’ trust and
begin the downfall of the regime; a regime the shifters may need to
protect them from the Hunters.

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Since
I was eight I have been writing stories that capture the adventures
in my head and the characters strong enough and flawed enough to have
them. When I look at an empty field I see a formidable citadel. When
I meet a vulnerable old man, I greet an emeritus warrior. When I walk
through city streets I feel dimensions hiding around every turn. It
has been my lifelong passion to explore these worlds that reveal the
pain of loneliness, the joy or self-actualization, and the hope of
magic.

I
grew up in a place called Potter Valley where the Milky Way is held
aloft by a circle of mountains and the central business district
consists of a bait store and a saloon. At 19 I moved alone to London
and spent the next ten years exploring the world, even becoming an
Australian citizen, before I returned to California and found a new
home in Los Angeles. My world revolves around my two wee children and
my love of travel.

My
days are spent in an office overlooking Los Angeles International
Airport where I work as a Director of Marketing for a data center
technology firm, which wouldn’t make you think I had an MFA in film
with an emphasis on writing from Chapman University. However, I also
have degrees in visual communications and global communications,
which allowed me to work for some of the finest technology firms in
the world. In my spare time I have penned six screenplays, four stage
plays, an opera libretto, numerous short stories, and five
manuscripts for novels. My heart lies with my manuscripts, which are
focused on YA and New Adult audiences and range in subject from
Vikings in Iceland to Knights Templar in Italy to Aborigine mysticism
in Australia to shapeshifters in Los Angeles.

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Betrayed by mind or body, these people struggle to survive in a grim world that takes no pity on the weak (Adult)

Thursday, November 9th, 2017
Different,
Not Damaged
by
Andy Peloquin
Genre:
Dark Fantasy Short Stories
 
Strength
from Weakness
Disability
becomes Power
Some
call them disabilities, but for others they are gifts:

 

– A
voiceless child painting visions of death.


– A killer with a
deadly message plagued by a burden of guilt.
– A priestess
divinely empowered to absorb others’ pain.
– A soldier fighting
for courage in the face of fear.
– A broken warrior-priest on a
mission of vengeance.
– A thief desperate to escape the burden of
his memories.
Betrayed by mind or body, these people struggle to
survive in a grim world that takes no pity on the weak. Yet they will
discover that they are simply different, not damaged.
This
collection of dark fantasy short stories will keep you turning the
page as you experience life through the eyes of the
differently-abled.

 

Pick up this uniquely heart-wrenching
book today because you want to feel what it means to live with a
disability.

 

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Readers Are Saying:

 

This
collection of stories keeps you engrossed right through to the end. –
S.S.


These
stories about people trying to overcome, or at least come to terms
with, the hardships of their lives. Worth the read! – T.E.

 

This
is one of those books that leaves you wanting more. – S.S
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I
am, first and foremost, a storyteller and an artist–words are my
palette. Fantasy is my genre of choice, and I love to explore the
darker side of human nature through the filter of fantasy heroes,
villains, and everything in between. I’m also a freelance writer, a
book lover, and a guy who just loves to meet new people and spend
hours talking about my fascination for the worlds I encounter in the
pages of fantasy novels.

 

 


Fantasy
provides us with an escape, a way to forget about our mundane
problems and step into worlds where anything is possible. It
transcends age, gender, religion,race, or lifestyle–it is our way of
believing what cannot be, delving into the unknowable, and
discovering hidden truths about ourselves and our world in a brand
new way. Fiction at its very best!

 

 

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