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The Girl in the Woods
by Cynthia A. Jensen

A couple find a girl in the woods, hurt and unable to communicate.

Prologue

THE GIRL IN THE WOODS

 

PROLOGUE

 

Noli Meyers just wanted a cigarette. She had gone down the road a bit so her dad wouldn’t catch her lighting up. She was too young to buy them for herself, her friend Angela had gotten this p...





Emma Emerging
by Shirley Holder Platt

Saddled with an old fashioned name, Myrna gets bullied at school. As a runaway, she learns early on that life can be harsh. When a burned out sign challenges her to emerge from her fears, she starts a ... More

Chapter 1

Have you ever experienced that slurping, sucking sound as air filled the void left by your boot when trying to extract yourself from wet, boggy mud you’d stepped in? It’s like you know that if you pull your foot too hard and fast, your boot will stay, an...





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Wolcott Rocks
by Robert Albert

Chapter 1
Room 202

 Chapter 1 - Room 202

 Sue Murdock watched from her desk at Wolcott High School as each student in her class stopped to hand in their Algebra quiz results before leaving school for the day. Tom Diorite winked at her and smiled as he dropped his test onto her desk, turned, and walked out ...





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The One
by Devin Thames

Alexis
The Beginning

This story is not the Powers Rangers. We were not superheros, or anything just as cool. We were just high school students, and in my opinion, we were screwed over. But again, that's my opinion, the others might have a different view. But heck, this isn't there story...





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Hello Hell
by Sheila M. Good

When circumstances force Claire Nelson to return to her hometown, after sixteen years of estrangement, She must leave the life she’s built for herself behind, face the painful secrets of the pas ... More

Chapter One
Chance Encounter

Claire’s feet made soft lite taps on the pavement. A swirl of multicolored leaves fluttered across her path like confetti as she rounded the last curve. Grateful Blossom Street Bridge was in sight, she slowed to a walk, pushed stop on the iPhone strap...





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P.A.A.: The choices we make
by Devin Thames

Introduction

Every action has a consequence. This particular situation will have three different choices to choose from. These three choices will then have different consequences of their own. So the question is what will you choose? You have three options: P, A, or A. Here you ...





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Frienemies
by Aleta Kay

Chapter Twenty-Seven

“What do you mean, she’s missing?” Nana demanded.

Jason approached until he was close enough to take the older woman’s hands in his own. “There were three sets of hoof prints. She’s probably with Joel and Angel. You know wha...





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Stage 4 - A Personal Journey: Living Life to the Fullest With Terminal Cancer
by Mary Judge-Hubard

I sat in the doctors office with my Mom and Dad. We had finished what was supposed to be a twenty minute MRI. This one lasted two hours. We knew the news was not good, but when the doctor told me I ... More

INTRODUCTION
STAGE 4

My name is Mary Hubard. I am a 55-year-old wife, mother of two sons, and one grandson. I have stage 4 lung cancer, that metastasized in the bones of the vertebra of my neck and spine. This type of cancer will never go way, or even into remission. I will fight the disease my entire life. ...





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The Cat's Lair
by Mary Judge-Hubard

The Queen of the witches must find and destroy an evil sorceress and her army of killer zombies, in order to save the world from total destruction.

Chapter 1

     It was one of those days, when nothing felt right. All I wanted to do was lye on my chaise lounge and wait for something to fall from the sky. Margaret, my lifetime companion gardened next to me without a care in the world. Then it happened… driving towar...





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Making A Run For It From Berlin To Texas
by Lazarus Thompson

Young Manny Kaiter suffers through being buried alive in bomb devastated Berlin of 1945. He narrowly escapes being strafed by a Russian fighter plane as he hides in an outhouse. he learns notto trust ... More

Chapter 1

As I ran for the outhouse, the roar of the engine on the Russian fighter plane filled the air. I knew he was shooting at me because I could hear the rat-a-tat-a-tat-tat of his machine guns, and I could hear the whack-whack-whack of the bullets as they chewed up the ...





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The Poor Law Inspector
by Frank Parker

Ireland is wracked with famine. Arthur gives up his safe position as an officer in the British army to join the Poor Law Commission. His job: to ensure that one of the most seriously distressed areas ... More

Chapter 1

The court room was crowded, the viewing gallery at the back a jostling mass of humanity. I had been surprised by the size of the multitude outside the court upon my arrival. Surprised, and my heart gladdened by the considerable number that wished me good luck as I p...





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Ghost Counselor: Some of us are haunted from within.
by Cori Laraway

A counselor learns that her patient has been molested for years, and feels compelled to help her, but must track down the young woman, who has begun a killing spree across Texas.

Prologue
Daddy's Little Girl

Bonnie didn't even notice the tears running down her face as she scrubbed her young flesh clean of her father's cheap aftershave again. The only thing different was that the rage she'd felt for so long didn't dissipate into helplessness this time. Instead, it spiral...





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Team Fail-Safe: Thirty Seconds To Critical Mass
by Lazarus Thompson

A team of Army Intelligence Operatives is ordered to find and thwart a North Korean sneak attack aimed against US Army installations in South Korea. At the same time, their commander must split his t ... More

Prologue
Chapter 1

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The Roots of Slavic Magic: Finding Our Way Back to Balance
by Patricia Robin Woodruff

What the cuckoo clock has to do with the Slavic goddess of water, why roosters are traditionally on weathervanes and what Slavic Pagan beliefs have to do with the Phila. Mummers Parade are just some o ... More

Chapter 1
Why this book is different

Online, you will find the same information on the Slavic gods copied over and over again. It is important to understand where much of the information that currently exists on the Slavic religion came from. The pagans themselves had no written records. ...





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Ghost of my Heart (working title)
by Leah Lindeman

Chapter 1

The sheets beneath Evelyn Richardson’s hand were scrunched; the folded layers were not enough of a deterrent for the nails digging into her palm. A brush of skin—Carl was awakening. That had not been her intention. It never was.

Carl gently brushed...





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Angel Maker
by Barry B. Wright

Chapter One

A heavy grey mist had settled over Bournemouth. It was well past the ten o’clock closing for pubs and the last of the trolley buses had been docked for the night. The damp, cold streets were empty, that is for the exception of a young man carrying an over-size...





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Rainbow Killer
by Ashley Fae

It follows the case of a lesbian Major Case detective, Phoebe Greene, who initially thinks she is being pulled in on one case but in all actuality, she's on the hunt for a serial killer--one who ... More

Chapter 1

1.

 

 

 

Although I'd visited Petticoats and Lace on social occasions multiple times, it looked quite different in the early hours of the morning. The police vehicles parked haphazardly out front, yellow crime scene tape all about, the medical examiner's van...





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P.S.
by Liberty Henwick

When agony aunt and magazine journalist Jennifer Pendergast inadvertently uncovers a crime ring in Johannesburg which leads her into the dangerous world of game poaching, she realises that, as she fol ... More

Prologue

‘Cry, the beloved country, for the unborn child that is the inheritor of our fear. Let him not love the earth too deeply. Let him not laugh too gladly when the water runs through his fingers, nor stand too silent when the setting sun makes red the veld with fi...





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Apparent Power
by Dacia Arnold

Valerie Russell is a mother navigating the American dream in central Colorado when disaster strikes leaving her stranded 100 miles from home and her two year old son. A quarter of the population has l ... More

Chapter One

The veil of steam enveloped her in a robe of air and water. Valerie Russell’s muscles loosened as the water flowed over her. Scents of lavender cleared her mind and calmed her senses. The heat awakened her soul.

“Who the hell are you?” Her hu...





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白髪の少女 | The Girl with White Hair
by Bexx Matthews

When Tsukiko helps defend a family that was being attacked by bandits, she offers to take them to her home for respite. However, the family is actually a group of shinobi, who answer directly to the ... More

Chapter 1: On the Mountain
オン・ザ・マウンテン

The mountain was quiet that night.

Tsukiko had always been sensitive to her surroundings, the prickle of a colder wind that meant winter was on the way or the aroma of the first tiger lily blooming in the summer. Tonight felt the same. It wasn't uncommon for t...





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Frienemies
by Aleta Kay

Fawn Jackson lives in post-Civil War West Virginia in a holler where most of the property is owned by a local state senator. The mineral rights have been graciously granted to the tenants. Someone i ... More

Chapter One
The Funeral

Fawn Jackson stood as straight and tall as her five foot, five and a half inch frame would allow and tried hard not to look as if her black mourning clothes were swallowing her alive. She would not allow her sobs to break forth. If she had learned anything at the fi...





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Wandering Among the Stars
by Wendy Ogilvie

When Wanda Mikos’ ambition of being a celebrity personal trainer in Los Angeles becomes a reality, she is soon reminded of her dad’s advice ‘be careful what you wish for’. An ... More

Chapter 1
LA Jail

I arrived in Los Angeles four weeks ago and here I am in jail. I should mention why I’m here - not jail, LA I mean. I am a Personal Trainer to the stars. Well that's a slight exaggeration but that was my dream when I entered the Main Event Competition at home ...





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The Same Vein
by Tara L. Herweg

Prologue

10 July 1985

I could ride all night. If Gus the Bus needs sleep, I’ll gladly take over, drive this metal goddess into my millionth sunrise. It’s not that the scenery is especially good—the American interstate highway can be a bleak, lonely place at 4...





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Where the Elephants Sleep
by Anton Styles

On the third day after the tragic loss of his family at age 5, Andy slipped into his dream of joining the circus to escape a world ruled by aggression and anger. Challenged by his own brand of torment ... More

Mourning's Nigh

Not before in five years of life did nighttime pass so slowly for Andy. The cracker-box trailer bedroom heightened claustrophobia in wake of the accident that claimed the lives of his family three days before. As the night lumbered into morning, he searched the...





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Hanging Girl
by Sharron Grodzinsky

A girl is found bound and nude, hanging in a mansion in Coronado. Her boyfriend is a former Navy seal with ties to the Middle East. Sgt. Matt Monohan and his partner,Wendy Song work to find out what h ... More

Chapter 1
Matt Monohan is called in to find a girl hanging.

There is something about Sunday mornings in Coronado.

The sleepy southern California town is renowned for its small town charm, laid back beach attitude and lack of major crime. Most people are out walking or are riding bikes on Sunday mornings. Their agenda f...





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DW 1: The Unforgiven
by Leila Miller

Branded a spy, an Oneiroi agent seeks out the real spy, and uncovers a plot to take over Mt. Olympus.

Chapter 2

Roth felt the heat of the blast as he was thrown away from the building they were passing. He could feel Sophia's small hand ripped from his as cries of pain rang from behind him.

Gasping for air, he found himself staring into the clear blue sky, his mind whir...





Nightingale
by Fiona Una

Rogue is an honest thief who for years has only had one thing on her mind: survival. Seryna is the Prince's daughter carrying a heavy burden. Together they agree to help each other out in an enco ... More

Chapter One
Roguish Endeavours

Rogue was dealing with a bit of a dilemma. That was what she called those awkward situations when her jobs went wrong; which she would describe as any job that ended with the captain of the city guard hot on her tail. It should have been easy - replace the usual cup...





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Inheritance
by Megan Baughman

Melanie Michaels wants nothing more than to move on with her life. However, on the anniversary of her father’s death she stumbles onto secrets she never could have imagined. With the help of an ... More

Chapter 1

The dead of night. The heart of winter. That is what her soul felt like.

“This is rubbish.” I said slamming my laptop closed. “I can’t believe I ever thought I was any good!” I laid my forehead against the warm body of the computer and let out a drama...





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Dragon Story: Fantasy
by Bailey Bergman

Chapter 1

“Alright…. Let’s do this again.” I laid my hand against the dead wood and closed my eyes tightly. I was trying to do magic without speaking the enchanting word. I been trying for weeks now and I had failed every single time. I...





Desires of the Heart
by Tiffany Doran

It had been almost five years since Katie had seen him last. After a fire almost destroyed her daddy's farm, Matthew Fuller destroyed her heart. But a newly hired farm hand by the name of Willia ... More

Chapter One
Love or Lust

She threw herself across the bed and placed her soft face in her hands and her long curly auburn hair fell to the sides. She then rolled to her side. Perplexed, she let out a frustrated sigh. "Do I love him or don’t I?" she said, feeling puzzled. She...





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Angel from the Underworld: Rise of the Winged
by Jo Carter

In a world 1,000,000 years after the end of most of the human race, the remaining tribes are only just beginning to regain dominance on a planet which is nothing like the Earth it once was. The lastin ... More

Chapter 1
Elisia, the Underworld

“I will not do this any longer,” Odette hissed at the frail old man. “You were not born down here. You don’t understand what it’s like to never have seen sunlight, the sky, the stars… I am seventeen now, father. And I am leaving.&rdqu...





Oracle: Vol. 1 of the Peace Keepers Saga
by Kyle Leigh

Earth is guarded by the Watchers, a peacekeeping organization insuring exclusive destruction of anything that threatens that peace. But how will the Watchers respond when a rebellion rises up in the d ... More

Chapter 1

“Catharine?”

“Yes?”

“Where’s Galileo today?”

“Still near New Dublin, 20 miles or so off the coast.”

“How odd… He hasn’t looked up in days.”

The young man sat back...





Spirit of Rain: Book 4 of the Spirit Series
by Arline Chase

Empath Jill Abercrombie and her detective brother Jack, now an attorney, become involved with the multiple murder of a Pigtown family when he agrees to act as the accused father's defense attorne ... More

Prologue
Murder in the Night

Murder in the Night

October 19, 1907

Troubled in mind, Fritz Kraftner left Patrick’s Tavern, the oldest Irish pub in the city, and made his way through the sleeping streets of Pigtown, a district named for the livestock that was sometimes herded through the streets from t...





Spirit of Earth
by Arline Chase

Jill Abercrombie, in the throes of her doppleganger-accompanied visions, tugs at our heartstrings as we join her almong the bouts of her scatterplot clairvoyance, a psychic curse which she is desperat ... More

Prologue
A Champaigne Life

July 14, 1901

“It’s not the champagne!”� Showgirl Eliza Hammond whirled around and danced down the street, while her escort hurried after her. “I’m alive with power and getting higher by the day. I’ve got ’em right w...





The curse
by Jina Bazzar

Wanted neither by the Seelie or unseelie, the Dhiultadh are a proud, secretive mixed breed, half Seelie, half unseelie. They took refuge on earth many centuries ago where they thrived with their anony ... More

Chapter 1
The secret

Chapter 1

The secret…

Yoncey Fosch was a cunning man. A fee, or a Dhiultadh, a half one, since his mother had been a notorious earth witch. He was a man of many qualities, excellent attributes. He was ridiculously rich, having had centuries upon ...





Health and Whatnot
by Scruffy Nerf Herder

This is my rendition of a healthy lifestyle guide as told from my own honest opinion and thoughts. Please enjoy and strap yourself in for some interesting theories and ideas.

Chapter 1

So today a question was posed to me and below is how that went. Friend: So, Marcus, what do I need to do in order to get back in shape? Me: That’s a question that I’ve always asked myself. And after years of thinking about that very thing, I don’t think there’s a true answer …




Boy Soldier: Warlord
by Scruffy Nerf Herder

Growing up he always heard stories of how great men fought to protect this country and that, one day, he would have the honor to do the same. This book twists and turns and leads you through catacombs ... More

Foreword

The energy that brings life to this book comes from a present day Soldier fighting America's war on terror. For many years, growing up as a small kid in Alabama, he always fantasized about becoming a warrior. Fast forward to present day and he has been numerous comb...





Alias Adam
by Robert Lambert Jones III

A mixture of science fiction, mythology, and social commentary, Alias Adam is ultimately a love story on multiple levels. A young man with four biological parents is a virtual outcast in a culture wh ... More

Prologue

Prologue


We live among monsters. Some are invisible, agitating that lower part of ourselves to distort the ways in which we think. Others move in human guise but remain unaware of their strings and the hidden fingers which pull them. Then there are those t...





They Call Me Nothing
by Jenny Young

Chapter 1

Coming to the church was probably a mistake. What if they know? What if they call the Police? I listen intently, ready to run. No gunshots, no running feet, only the uneven pounding of my heart. I feel exposed. For seven years I have been invisible, a nothing. Nobod...





Who Stole the Corporate Sausage: Journal Entries From The Work Place
by Dee Alexander

If you say my boss's name backwards, babies cry, mirrors shatter, and volcanoes erupt. Snarky tales about a narcissistic boss, questionable business practices and a woman who doesn't know wh ... More

In The Beginning

What happens if you play around in college, finally graduate and don’t get a job for the next five years? If you’re parents have enough money, they buy you a business. What happens if you graduate on time, work for the next five years and don’t hav...





Sasha's Journey: Book One of the Transition Series
by Sheri Conaway

All her life, Sasha had been part of a close-knit community. So why did her parents suddenly uproot her to move to the middle of the desert where they were unwanted outsiders? Why did the locals hate ... More

Chapter 1

The blazing desert sun offended Sasha with its efforts to raise her mood above abject misery. The voices in her head had been getting louder, but each carried the same hostile message: “Go back where you came from, Girl. You and your family aren’t welcom...





Breaking the Spell
by Naomi Pedneault

A witch. A werewolf. An ancient spell. For five hundred years, the witches of the world have lived magically bound to a priest determined to rid the world of vampires. When Gretchen breaks a rule a ... More

Chapter One
A Chance Encounter

Gretchen knelt over the vampire and watched the light fade from its eyes. She yanked the stake from its chest with a shake of her head and stepped back from the body. The vampire had done nothing to her, and she didn’t understand why it had to die other than s...





A Million Laughing Souls: from "Did You Have the Time of Your Life?" a collection of short stories
by Alisonn Rose

Two young girls meet as one intervenes when the other is bullied. They form a lifelong friendship, not without its troubles, but despite miles, years, and misunderstandings, they manage to keep their ... More

Untitled Chapter
first part of short story

Judy Bones, as she was called, wanted to be old. Judy Skelton was her real name but because she was so thin, kids at school had started calling her Judy Skeleton, which naturally led to Judy Bones. It was catchier, and somehow, more insulting. She had been bothered ...





Two Candidates Walk Into A Bar
by Nick Edinger

Two comedians, each best friends, are hired as digital strategists by rival presidential campaigns. Their jobs are to create the memes that sway the election

Chapter I

PART I
The Setup
or
Holy shit, this stupid comedy book has parts?!?



Chapter 1
This was the last happy night Amal would experience until two years later, after the 2024 presidential election. He spent most of that night at an Arizona...





UK2080: Welcome to your future
by Steve Boseley

The UK has left European Union. The world has turned its back. The Government is in danger of losing control. One family, torn apart, dares to challenge the increasingly brutal regime.

Chapter 1
A Queue

“Hey!” Joe pushed the man standing in front of him.
“Sorry, buddy.” The man turned around. “There’s no space.” He shrugged indicating the crowd.
“Why the hurry? We can’t go in until they open the doors, any...





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When Yesterday Becomes Tomorrow
by Barry B. Wright

Chapter One

Along the way, Tom Kedry had changed. It wasn’t one of those “Oh, Tom, what’s happening?” sort of things because it was barely noticeable. But, Louise, his wife, had noticed. Moodiness and dark thoughts, so unusual for him, had transitioned i...





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Surviving La Bestia
by Sharron Grodzinsky

With nowhere to run from the Mara Salvatrucha gang in Honduras, Javier Salazar and his little sister, Ana, set out on a perilous journey to join their mother in America. Along their journey, they endu ... More

The Barrio


 

They were after him.

Javier dared to look back and saw they were close behind, still chasing him. The Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang was trying to recruit Javier Salazar, and if he didn’t join them he knew they would probably beat him senseless or kill ...





That Halloween Night
by Dawn Edwards

Do you believe in other dimensions? I mean, besides the one we live in? You know, the 3rd? 5Th? People don't like to think of life in terms of dimensions and when they do, they think of Rod Serli ... More

Chapter 1

Sitting in the driver's seat, I waited impatiently for her, honking my horn every five minutes to remind her that not only were we late, but that she was pissing me off. I glanced down at my watch and shook my head. Finally, I spotted Nikki walking down the driveway...





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The Book (Working Title!)
by Tabitha Bennedict-Downes

One woman’s journey from almost settling for ‘good enough’ to rediscovering her lost sense of adventure and falling in love with her own life again. (Please note that the chapter ... More

Untitled 06.03.17 (Part Chapter)

“How’re you holding up?” Tina asked, “And I’m so sorry it’s taken over a week to make contact, it’s all been a bit nuts here.”
There had been an initial flurry of indignant emails when Lucy had told Tina about Har...





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AIDAN
by Barry B. Wright

Chapter One

It is I who is to blame. AYOH, the land of my ancestors, burns. Screams of my subjects still assail my ears. Their ghosts continue to ride the late night air. I am haunted by their unyielding reach.

I can see the fear in Ennea’s face through my tear f...





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Sunnyvale
by Barry B. Wright

Prologue

Darkness surrounds him and lies deeply within him. Tonight, his approach to her bedroom window is stealthier than his previous visits. Because he has killed, the community has become alerted to his presence but they do not know who he is.

He draws closer to ...





The Kitten and the Cactus Catastrophe
by Tiffany S. Doran

An ordinary day of lying around the house and being lazy, soon turns into a prickly experience when a curious grey tabby kitten named Memphis gets into mischief and finds that the cactus in the window ... More

Chapter

It was early morning and the sun was shining through the window. Awoken by a stream of light, Memphis stretched and yawned like only a curious little grey tabby kitten can do. She rolled on her back and then over again. She batted around her favorite stocking for a...





You, Me and the Bubblegum Tree
by Tiffany S. Doran

Who doesn't love bubblegum and what better way to enjoy it than from a tree. Learn how to rhyme while learning to use your imagination all at the same time. Come explore all the places you yourse ... More

Chapter

I was sitting outside with my mom one day and she told me to think of a land far away. So I moved closer to her and closed my eyes real tight, I thought and I thought, with all my might. I saw a bright sunny day filled with birds in flight, the breeze blowing trees ...





Grandmama: Tales From Hell
by Bert LaVey

i'M nine years old. Mom is taking me to the church to kiss grandmama on the forehead. She is DEAD. I do not DO dead people well! What if she moves? I am not looking forward to this!

Grandmama

They want me to kiss Grandmama.

She is dead. I am only nine. No thanks!

What nine-year-old kid wants to go to a funeral?

At nine-year-old kid wants to go to a funeral?

Even it if was Grandmama's wake.

...





Born to Die: Book 1 of the Born to Die trilogy
by Kat Frost

Sajia Tiet'fa would give anything to die. She is an Eternal, cursed to come back to life each time she dies. Eternals are forced to fight battles not their own, and die over and over again unt ... More

Prologue

“From beyond the reach of mortal plains, I summon you, Varak, ancient demon of darkness! Speak!”

The demon sighed, no more than a shadowy outline in the red smoke in the summoning circle. “Really, Lamaar, less drama, please. You know you ca...





The Boy Who Could Be A Hero: The Ancient Magic Book Series, Vol 3
by Evelyn Frederick Moll

The boy who could be a hero...Josh Sparkins...discovers a portal in time. Lured through the portal by a beautiful voice, he finds himself with people who will be sailing with Christopher Columbus. Th ... More

Chapter 1

Chapter 1

 

         Josh Sparkins stretched as he sat on the edge of his bed. Getting back into a morning routine on the first day of his sophomore year proved harder than he thought it would be.&nb...





The Ghoul of Grassville
by Chris Wood

Two brothers with sibling rivalry issues go in search of an urban legend. What they find will change their relationship forever.

Chapter 1
Tweakers

The 8-cylinder engine of the 1970 Plymouth Barracuda hummed as the jet black vehicle cut a swath down the lonely highway. Behind the wheel, Logan Adler turned his gaze from the road to give his younger brother Jacob "the look".

"You're doing it again," he sai...





Jungle
by Steve Boseley

A pair of children purchase a book that allows them to sample life in the Rainforest without leaving their bedroom.

Jungle

“Ellie!” Bernadette Lawson shouted, spinning around. She looked at the many faces that hurried past. She had taken her eyes off her daughter for only a moment. Mrs Lawson worried that her daughter wouldn’t know what to do. She was a bright gir...





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A Crack in the Mirror (working title)
by Sibille Rose

A young man fights to save magic from extinction in a world that is quickly developing new technologies that renders magic useless.

Chapter 1

His heart pounded away in his chest as his feet thumped against the leaf-covered ground. The forest was silent except for the nighttime sounds of the creatures who lived here. Silent except for his panting breath and pounding feet and the crunching leaves beneath hi...





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Into The Night
by Barry B. Wright

Chapter 1

SHE WAS DEAD, THERE was nothing he could do about it, now; he had to accept it. But there was more. He had stumbled badly; he had come up short. He knew that he had unwittingly failed in what he had come to realize was the only worthwhile endeavor. Still, there must...





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A Test of Loyalty
by Laurie Stewart

Part 1
Samantha

Beginnings

Samantha
We moved on a Saturday in late August. I hated the place from the moment the U-Haul pulled up. I couldn’t believe how filthy it was; there was graffiti everywhere, even on the steps. At the bottom, they sunk into the ground lea...





Waiting in the Wings
by Stevie Turner

Chapter 1

When did that subtle change occur? When did that capable, strong woman I had grown up with retreat into the wings from centre stage? Somewhere along life’s rocky road I have missed the opening night of my mother’s fall into dereliction and decay. Age ...





Shared Empathy
by NooryaK

Chapter 1

She burst open the door and ran out of the building, she was in, for the past 4 hours. Without seeing around, she walked straight ahead, her steps fast and hurried. Her heart was beating fast and breaths




The Devil Was Once A Human
by Menna Ashraf

Chapter 1

I woke up with a heavy head, as if I had been in a coma for years. It was hard to open my eyelids, but after struggling for some minutes, I did. I was lying on my back and all I could see was a hole in a strange, rocky ceiling. I hastily got up on my feet and with ...





The Chocoholic Confessions
by Nada Shahin

Introduction

Adulthood can be the hardest time of your life and the transition phase from childhood to adulthood (your twenties take or give a few years) can be the most hectic, stressful and confusing one. You're starting to become an adult and suddenly it's you against the wor...





Hiren's Journey
by Rebecca Onkar

Prologue

The wails of mourning reachedHiren’s ears long before the news of her husband’s death did.

Brightly clad women, their faces covered in grief by thelong colorful folds of their sarees, stumbled their way on to the open groundin fro...





One Fine Beast
by Elizabeth Courtright

Chapter 1

August 1885

The walls of the hospital corridor were stark white, blindingly so, but they didn’t bother him anymore. Neither did the tangy, overpowering smell. He was used to it. He’d been here five long months. This morning they’d taken his ...





Legend of the Blood Raven
by Devon Mclaughlin

Prologue

“I will wipe them off the face of the earth! The infestation must be dealt with.”
The air inside the spacious tent crackled in sinister energy.
Savas-Zev was in a foul mood. He stalked about the tent in anger, garments swirling in his wake—n...





Pursuit of Darkness: Unearthing Sarkoczy
by Kasey Hill

Chapter 1

“Thank you for your purchase,” the cashier said handing a bag to a young blonde female.

“No, thank you! My mother is going to love this purse! It’s so chic!” the girl replied dropping the bag into her larger carrying bag. “...





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