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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-sized potato-sack across his shoulders...


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


Chapter One: Book One Johannesburg - A Weekend in October 2004

Jennifer Pendergast had twenty two pairs of heels - one pair of shoes for each working day of the month plus two extra. And twenty two different lipstick shades – which she picked not according to their colour but only if they had interesting names. It was her Granny who had taught her to f...


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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 welcome here.”

Sasha trudged blindly ...


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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 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. ...


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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

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 of course, was talking about Will...


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The Flood
by Selina Leclair

Gayle's life changes when she meets her brother Artax for the first time. Artax is trapped in the body of a dog and unable to explain what happened to him, or why he carries a mysterious book. A stranger named Xian explains that Artax hired him to find her. Now Artax needs Gayle's help. Gayle must restore Artax to human form and uncover the cause of the devastating magical flood that drives them down the Waska river, all while surviving its perils.


Before: Before

Gayle liked to imagine what it would be like if she could shrink down small enough to fit between the pages of a book and disappear there forever. To enter the world of its pages and never return. It comforted her to know that if she did disappear, no one would miss her or even know she had gone....


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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 and her sister is punished for it, she falls into despair. But an encounter with a werewolf and an ancient witch shows her that life in the monastery is not as perfect as she believes. When an opportunity to be free presents itself, will she risk everything to save her sister?


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 she had to follow orders. The va...


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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 connection. This series of stories drops in on them as well as others close to them at different points in their lives, and we see a journey unfold for each of them, from young girls to elderly woman.


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 by it at first but then had dec...


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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 comedy club, looking for, and dre...


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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 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?


Prologue

The snare was set. Now he just had to be patient and wait. He had the clear fishing twine looped around the hornets’ nest. It wasn’t tight yet. That would come later. He trailed the trip on the ground and across the dirt road, then tied it to a sapling. When the buckboard got close enoug...


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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, anyway.” Joe shouldered his ...


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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 into his daily life. To put a finge...


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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 endure incredible hardships and dangers, and wonder if they will ever make it across the border. They develop close friendships with other migrants, and encounter gang members who care nothing for the lives of those traveling through their country, except to rob, rape, and extort them. Traveling on La Bestia, the train of death, they quickly learn how treacherous riding the train is. It is a hazardous journey, and one that many do not complete. Javier and Ana risk everything, including their lives, to reach the promised land.


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 him....


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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 Serling's “The Twilight Zone”. Let me tell you, life does have other dimensions and we managed to step into one that Halloween night.


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 towards the car.



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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 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 Harry and Juliette, Tina responding with:

“I wondered why ...


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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 filled eyes. She cradles Alyakim, o...


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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 her home. Her lover’s car i...


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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 cupbearer who served wine to the capt...


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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. Blood pounding in the ears, ras...


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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 windowsill isn't what she bargained for.


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 awhile and then made it to her bowl...


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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 yourself can find...a bubblegum tree.


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 and the sand so white. A shack by ...


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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 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: A Long Commute

      He leaned down and kissed her forehead, “Hon, I got called for work. I love you. I’m going north. I’ll call you in when I get there.”

           “Mmmm, what time is it,” Valerie mumbled as...


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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

GRANDMAMA


They want me to kiss Grandmama.

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


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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

October, 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 B&O yards to the...


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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 cannot summon me unless I wanted to come...


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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. These people need a hero to help them escape from pirates, and sail a mean, unforgiving sea.


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. A backpack, notebooks, pens ...


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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 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 back by then I was leaving. Th...


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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


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 where I want ’em, hon, and I’m gonna ...


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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 said, peering through his Oakley sung...


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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 girl, that had ‘don’t ...


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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. Nobody sees me. Nobody knows me. Am I r...


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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 have been signs before she, they,...


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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 leaving a quarter step on one side an...


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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 and infirmity have cast their vile...


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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
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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 bewilderment of the scene, I looke...


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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 world and you have no idea how on Ear...


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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 ...


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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 bandages off for good. This aftern...


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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—not precisely wizard’s robes ...


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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. “I promised I would bring her somet...


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Danny's Girl
by Frank Parker


Chapter 1

“Better get moving. There's a brawlunderway down at O'Shaughnessy's.”


Danny groaned inwardly. The last thinghe wanted this night was to be kept away from the dance by the needto break up a fight ...


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