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#1
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 lasting effects of the event awakening a dormant gene that sets them apart from the general population, but Valerie’s genes are even more unique and the government is after her for it. Valerie must get home to her son, avoid capture and devise a way to defeat the rising power that needs her in order to complete the transition to a Totalitarian government.

Chapter One

Scott Russell entered his bedroom in his overalls and steel toed boots. Though his footsteps heavy, Valerie did not stir until he knelt by her face and brushed a curl from her head.
“Hon, I got called for work. I’m taking a train to Wyoming. I love y...







#2
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...







#3
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 follows the trail, everything she loves will be at stake in the fight not to become a victim herself.

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...







#4
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 is after the mineral rights to her property. Someone caused the accident that killed her mother and her favorite horse. Who wants the mineral rights and why? Who can she trust? Is it a stranger or is it a friend?

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...







#5
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...







#6
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 had "cancer". All the pain I have been having made sense. The diagnosis felt like a "Scarlet Letter." Now we could get down to business. I turned to my doctor, "Doc, how are we gonna fight this! This is when my journey began "How do I Live life to the fullest with Terminal Cancer?"

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. ...







#7
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...







#8
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 her on sight? And what was going on at the mine outside of town? The answers seemed to lie with a very bossy, telepathic Tabby.

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...







#9
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 imaginrd. With the help of an old high school friend Melanie sets out to find out why her father was killed. She only has a short time to figure out the truth before her father’s killer finds her too.

Chapter One

I watched the clock on the wall closely; each second taking longer than the last, each tick making my heart pound harder. I moved closer to the edge of the chair clutching my purse with red fingers. I was only going to give him five more minutes, if he wasn’t ...







#10
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...







#11
A Crack in the Mirror
by Sibille Rose

Claus has been a thief since the death of his parents when he was seven. Twenty years later, with Daniel's "help" Claus discovers his father's secret and his own true nature. Claus must develop this new ability and face the kingdom responsible for his parent's deaths and which now intent on destroying magic completely. Can Claus save the creatures he has come to view as family and friends?

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. Oh, and his panting breath. It is quite hard to remain silent when fleeing for your life. ...







#12
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 until their minds snap. No one survives a hundred deaths. Sajia is given a last chance to prove herself. Soon, she is leaping from death to death, closer each time to that fateful one hundred, caught up in a whirlwind centered around one man she can't seem to get away from... even if she wanted to. Sajia embarks on an epic mission to change the course of the future, but the price might be too high. Just how much is she willing to sacrifice?

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...







#13
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 William "Buck" Brady, had plans of fixing everything that was in the path of destruction...including Katie.

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...







#14
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...







#15
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...







#16
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 desperate to use to help her detective brother, Jack. We feel for Jill as her entire family is less than sympathetic to her plight, and we admire Jack for being the one family member who understands she was born with a "gift" she cannot help. A murder in Baltimore. A volcano in Martinique. What could possibly be the connection?

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...







#17
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...







#18
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 being posted are "patchwork" style and not necessarily sequential, not are they the start of the book, which is well underway.)

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...







#19
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 encounter that should have let them part ways. Fate disagreed. Suddenly Seryna and Rogue find themselves on an unplanned adventure that will in time, lead them to the purpose they had both desperately sought, but what will the consequences of their actions mean for the people they left behind?

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...







#20
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 attorney. In the ensuing investigation, Jack takes on a seemingly unwinable case, while Jill explores the possibility of romance, and then faces again the nemesis who has been the greatest threat to both her life and her sanity in the past. Can she use her paranormal gift to defeat him once and for all?

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...







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