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Literary Fiction
(Fic)
When We Were Innocent: previously Of Birds and Men
by Shirley Holder Platt


Phoebe, the daughter of an ornithologist, has led a normal life until nightmares turn her world upside down. Has she buried a memory, or is it something else? "Sounds interesting!"

Chapter 1
Night Terrors

Some days I wished my therapist insisted that I lie on a couch like they do in the movies. This was one of those days. My body ached, my head throbbed, and I longed to close my eyes and block out the world. Sarah (she insisted we communicate on a first name basis) sat across a round, coffee table from me, in an overstuffed armchair identical to mine. She scribbled in a notebook, causing my curiosity to rise. How I longed to reach across that table to grab that notebook. What was she writing? Was she maki...



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Adventure
(Fic)
Stones in the Road: Book One: The Girl at the Rest Stop
by Jen Lewis


Fourteen-year-old Bryn’s life entwines with the life of a stranger, whom neither believes is God’s answer to her silent plea for help. "Sounds interesting!"

Prologue
Tuesday's Child Full of Grace

“Stop taking drugs,” heart shouted.

“It’s the last pack,” brain consoled.

“Don’t worry, it will be her last time,”

body whispered.

- Ritusree Banerjee

—————

A young teenage girl, a stoner with a big monkey on her back, was in the back seat of an old car going through the throes of drug withdrawal and not looking very healthy. She had received several hit...





Mystery
(Fic)
Sunnyvale: Sequel To "Pins and Needles"
by Barry B. Wright

A rural community is turned upside down with the influx of extremists bent on creating a white ethno-state, the murder of a highly respected police officer, and the fetishism of a person willing to ki ... More ▼


Chapter One
Waiting Until Dark

His approach to the bedroom window is stealthier than previous visits. Though unintended, he had killed. The local newspaper and media reports had put the community on edge. Respected and above suspicion, much was at stake during each intrusion, but a sexual fetish was the driving force. A branch snapped. Frozen in place, only heartbeats marked the passage of time. Finally feeling safe, he drew closer to her home. Huh! The lover’s car is parked in the drive. The light went out in the bedro...



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Romance
(Fic)
Anchor Bay: Stormy Love
by Nancy Vaughn

Lily Brighton was widowed the same day her husband delivered the divorce papers. Tom Chambers ex-wife is an alcoholic who doesn't understand the concept of divorce means she is on her own. Plus someth ... More ▼


Chapter 1
Stormy Love

Lilly Brighton pulled in behind the moving truck stopped in front of her new residence. It wasn’t a new house, but it was new to her. The quaint, two story cottage style, typical of southern coastal Maine, was a far cry from the rambling ranch house she sold when she left Arlington, Texas. The movers rolled up the large door at the rear of the truck, pulling out rolling carts and dollies and began unloading. It didn’t take long for them to fill the front yard with boxes and furniture sta...



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Crime
(Fic)
The Dead of Knight
by Viktor Slater

The death of a wealthy British diplomat on the London Eye, a body discovered at Buckingham Palace, and a terrorist shooting in central London lead to the dark secrets of a family. Secrets that must be ... More ▼


Chapter 1

Young Kelly Jones looked longingly at the playground. It wasn’t far away, but it might as well be a million miles away. Instead, she was stuck in the boring queue with Mum and Dad. It was her first-time visiting London, visiting England even, and they seemed to have been standing in queues all day.

There was a queue for the underground train. When they finally got on, it was hot and horribly claustrophobic in the summer heat. Then they’d had to queue for the Natural History...



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Young Adult
(Fic)
sunflower park
by Sunny Tyler

Riley and Arlo have been best friends for as long as they can remember, but it all started on one fateful day. Can they navigate the drama of family, friendship, and romance as they grow up? What will ... More ▼


Chapter 1: friends

When I was ten years old we got new neighbours. It was a small family - a man and woman who looked to be in their mid thirties, and their son who looked to be about my age. It was a sunny December afternoon when they pulled up in their sleek silver car that looked to be packed to the brim with suitcases and all sorts. At first it didn’t seem like anyone could possibly be sitting in the backseat but sure enough a few moments after the ignition had been turned off, a boy about my age and height emerg...





Adventure
(Fic)
The Story of Prince Arsalan the Famous [Amir Arsalan Namdar]
by Dariush Ahmadzadeh Rezvani

The story is published in three volumes in English and Arabic. Dating back to the 11th century, the story is about a young prince, who starts traveling around the world, who sees a picture of a pre ... More ▼


Chapter 1

The Story of Prince Arsalan the Famous [Amir Arsalan Namdar] (Volume I of III)

Introduction:

The Story of ((Prince Arsalan the Famous[1])) is one of the most famous novels in Persian folklore. This story was told to King Naser al-Deen of The Qajar Dynasty by his storyteller - Mirza Mohammad-Ali Naqeeb Al-Mamalek. At that time, King Naser al-Deen's daughter - Fakhr od-Dowleh - sat behind the half-open door of the room. She then wrote the stories carefully...





Memoir
(Non-Fic)
Plunge: One Woman's Pursuit of a Life Less Ordinary
by Liesbet Collaert


A 30-year-old nomad seeks adventure and freedom at sea, but finds herself at odds with love, work, immigration, weather, and health as she navigates the world and her relationship. "Sounds interesting!"

Prologue
Mid-ocean

For the last ten days, my sweetheart and I have been stuck on our 35-foot sailboat in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Except, there is nothing pacific (or sweet) about this ride, this life, anymore.

Mark steps into the cockpit and cracks his head on the sharp edge of the doorway – again. He lets out a yell of agony. Our floating home had briefly gone airborne and landed with a smack and a groan back into the turbulent sea.

“We’re putting this boat up for sale the m...





Literary Fiction
(Fic)
AKIN
by Robin Murarka

AKIN follows a young boy named Aydan who lives in a small village in the desert. The story takes place in an ancient, archaic past, and follows him as he ventures into the world around him, often refl ... More ▼


Prologue

Long ago, Parus, there was a man named Samad. He lived in a village not unlike ours, although his village was larger and further into the desert. It was surrounded by sands as far as the eye could see.

"The village and its occupants grew up together in close proximity. It was organized by a group of elders who made decisions that affected the entire village. They relied upon a well and farmed the arid land. All were known to each other.

"Samad had a son, and his name was Ionus. Samad adored ...





Historical Fiction
(Fic)
Traces of Evil: Angel Maker Series
by Barry B. Wright

Chapter One
1923

In the poverty-stricken neighborhood where the Gruener family lived, tuberculosis was a well-established part of life. But in the fall of 1918, something new visited their Frankfurt community that remained until 1920. It began as a fever and sore throat. Headaches, body aches, cough and nose bleeds were common. Doctors advised their patients to take up to 30 grams of aspirin per day. For some, this regime appeared to work as their symptoms improved. Days would pass before this mysterious manifestation re...





Memoir
(Non-Fic)
Looking Back
by Leon Stevens


A short story featuring a different perspective on significant life events. "Sounds interesting!"

Chapter 1

“I wish that I could smile, but then I look back at each receding mile.” –from I’m Sorry by Leon Stevens

 

I remember seeing my childhood home disappear behind the climbing tree. As my sister and I got older—and braver—we would climb higher through the prickly, sappy branches until reaching the point where you could feel it sway. We had built forts in it, each one a bit better than the last, but each with its own problems. The branche...





Chick Lit
(Fic)
The Kiss
by Shirley Holder Platt


A collection of short stories and an occasional poem "Sounds interesting!"

The Kiss

A short story, to brighten your day:

"The Kiss"

Sometimes, a kiss is just a kiss. This wasn’t one of those times. I’d been watching Marcus for years, ever since he saved me from bullies in the schoolyard when we were in fourth grade. I was one of the poor kids. My mom dressed me in hand me downs and clothes she found at garage sales. She cut my hair and would have made my underwear if she knew how to sew. My shoes had holes in the soles. Marcus wasn’t like me. His daddy owne...





Children's
(Fic)
The Godmother
by Cathy Cade


Cinderella's story as seen by Buttons the dog, Alfie, a reluctant Prince, and Euphemia Ffinch, Cindy's globe-trotting Godmother. "Sounds interesting!"

Chapter 1

The Godmother

Euphemia Ffinch focused on her target, knowing she must shoot quickly. Her quarry had taken cover in the acacia but might be off again at any moment. Her hand was steady as she adjusted her aim… and shot.

Satisfied, she relaxed back into the one comfortable chair on the wooden veranda and replaced the camera on the low table beside her.

Picking up the gilt-edged card that lay there, she re-read the invitation. It had arrived today from a former life live...





Chick Lit
(Fic)
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 unfortunate inc ... 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 in England. The event is run by Move Makers Gym, based in LA. Their trainers work with the Hollywood elite and the winner of the competition would get to work in their gym for three months. I didn't win but I came close; Patsy and Rae, who own...





Literary Fiction
(Fic)
Welcome to My Garden
by Barry B. Wright

“Welcome to My Garden” is multi-themed in its content. Short stories are a venue for discovery. As a writer, they provide a wonderful playground to experiment and to learn. The value of words and ... More ▼


Chapter One
The Decision

Four hours he had made her practice! Four goddamn hours! Until she defiantly screamed out: “Papa! I don’t want to be a ballerina! I will never be one! Do you hear? Never!” Stomping her foot, she crossed her arms tightly across her chest and purposely took on a belligerent stance.

The room flooded with anger so palpable it almost smothered her with its intensity. Attempting to flee ahead of him, she lost as he caught her in mid-flight and began to shake and hit her.

Too ...





History
(Non-Fic)
kənˈspirəsē: Conspiracy theories about U.S. Government
by Marcus M. McGrew (MMM)


This is a thought provoking attention grabber. None of this is original writing just information and research. "Sounds interesting!"

Executive Order 13603
Martial law

Federal Register

Vol. 77, No. 56

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Title 3—

The President

Executive Order 13603 of March 16, 2012

National Defense Resources Preparedness

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the Defense Production Act of 1950, as amended (50 U.S.C.&nbs...





Historical Fiction
(Fic)
The Butterfly Necklace: A Magical Time Travel Story
by A. C Paradiso

Allie inherits a butterfly necklace from her grandma and magically travels back in time to when her grandma was a teenager in the 1950s. Allie and her best friend Holden must figure out how they trave ... More ▼


Chapter 1 - The Pink Lace Shoes

If you had told me last year, that a box of my grandma’s old belongings would change my life forever. I wouldn’t believe you. I would tell you that nothing extraordinary happens here in my hometown of West Linn, Oregon. Now everything has changed and this is my story of how it all happened.

  Last year (2015) in mid-May my best friend Holden James Finch asked me to our junior prom. Neither of us had dates, nor were we ever the type for the perfect prom experience. I had j...





Memoir
(Non-Fic)
SURVIVING THE ARMY DURING THE COLD WAR: Serving for 22 years on a wing and a prayer.
by CORA ANN

I was born in New Orleans, La. I joined the Army in 1977. I arrived in Heidelberg, Germany in 1979 as a single parent with two small daughters. After many tours in Germany during the Cold War, I retir ... More ▼


CHAPTER 1 - ENLISTING IN THE UNITED STATES ARMY
Basic Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina

EACH CHALLENGE STRENGTHENED ME

I found a picture of my Basic Training unit on the internet!!! How cool is that? 

I joined the Army to escape from a violent, abusive ex-husband. I had to sign my two kids over to a guardian while I completed basic training. That was an extremely difficult decision. I knew I had to do something to make a better life for my kids and me. I didn’t know what to expect at Basic Training. I soon realized that I was stronger than I ever thou...





Satire
(Fic)
You Can't Blame That On Me
by Larry Thompson

These are stories that I wrote in response to things that happened in my life while I wasn't in my right mind. Some of them are lies! Yeah, I know, that's outrageous, but, I'm an author. I make thing ... More ▼


Title Page

  

 

 

 

 

 

You Can’t Blame That On Me!

 

 

 

 

by

Larry K Thompson

 

TEXT EDITED BY

       DAVID OSTERHOUT

...





Romance
(Fic)
Regina Della Mafia
by K. M.

As the new Donna of the Luciano Crime Syndicate and the New York mafia, Marsia has a lot to work through. One thing she didn't expect? Three hot as hell CIA operative infiltrating her organization and ... More ▼


Prologue

A group of men sat around a conference table in a dimly lit office space in Paramus, New Jersey. The group of four were unnervingly large and fit. A slideshow of brutal murders was playing, each body more grotesque and disfigured than the last. Heads were stuck on spikes in front yards with their tongues and eyes missing, mutilated bodies hung from street lamps in abandoned alleyways and entire rooms of men were displayed with their throats slashed and bodies riddled with bullet holes. 

The el...





Fantasy
(Fic)
The Gilded Knights: Heroes of Aezeria
by Elizah Godswood

The Order of the Four Winds has stood against Chaos and His followers for millenia, defending the world from darkness. When the Titan, Mons, a powerful fire elemental, threatens to conquer and destroy ... More ▼


Chapter 1
Like Old Times

So what happens now? Am I packing up and moving to another city?" 

   Seida turned as the office door shut behind her, surprised to find a young man waiting outside the Overseer's office. Maera had mentioned that he would be brought to the house later that day, and yet here he was. He slouched against the wall, arms crossed with his fingers drumming on his arm. He refused to meet her eye, keeping his gaze focused on the two bags at his feet. A curtain of coiled dark ha...





Fantasy
(Fic)
Waveborn
by Mikayla Whitaker

The small coastal town in South Carolina was supposed to be a chance at a new life. It wasn't supposed to turn her whole world upside down. When a merman named Delmare arrives she must choose to prote ... More ▼


Chapter 1

I slammed the door of my truck with more force than I intended as the rhythmic sound of my caution lights blinked a soft orange, shining stark against the deep blue hue of the truck's exterior. I cursed under my breath as I grabbed the spare tire and tools from the back of the truck, hurling it all over the side and rolling the tire over to the front near the driver's side. I sighed, dropping the toolbox with a loud thud as I followed after it, getting down on my hands and knees as I placed the jack unde...





Romance
(Fic)
Beyond the Deep Water
by Karla Martinez

More than a romance, there is a message I want to give to anyone who can relate to the feelings of the main character. Camille Laitner is beautiful and elegant but a clear example that beauty does ... More ▼


Fears

The sun shines brightly in the middle of the blue sky. Heavenly.

The countryside is always sunny, blue, and radiant, thanks to the sun that touches everything with life. Landscapes are full of pasture, which looks like a yellow ocean of buttercups when they bloom to its full wonder. This is what Camille enjoys the most about springtime. The season of rebirth and restart.

This is the perfect time to feel the gleaming sun on her skin, burning it enough to give her a little color, which also hel...





Speculative Fiction
(Fic)
Horror Collection: A collection of short stories
by Steve Boseley


A number of speculative, dark fiction and horror short stories "Sounds interesting!"

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 talk to strangers’ drummed into her from an early age, but now, if she was lost, would she know what to do? Would she ask a passer by? Mrs Lawson looked around. People were moving in all direction, in th...





Children's
(Fic)
You, me and the Bubblegum Tree
by Tiffany S. Doran

Join me as we meet a curious little boy whom has been given a task by his mother to use his imagination. Follow him on his magnificent travels as he goes in search within the brinks of his imagination ... More ▼


Chapter 1

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 the shore selling knick-knacks in three's and beside that sat a bubblegum tree. I opened my eyes and told her what I'd seen, how the breeze smelled salty but the sand was clean, about the shack by the shore se...





Fan Fiction
(Fic)
Back to Donkey Island: A fan tribute to Monkey Island
by Gilbert Gallo

A terrible curse ruined your royal wedding, placing your soul into your pirate grandfather's body. To lift it, you must lead a crazy crew through countless hilarious challenges in this adventure inspi ... More ▼


The cursed maiden

The [b]curse[/b] weighs like an unbearable burden on you.

*line_break

This body you're [i]in[/i] is a torment and a mockery: it does not belong to you, nor does the hateful name associated with it: [b]"Guy"[/b].

*line_break

You want your former body and your former life back and you are ready to do whatever it takes.

*line_break

After a terrifying journey aboard a rickety coffin-shaped boat, you finally come to the heart of Scuffle Island’s rotten swamp: the skul...





Inspirational
(Fic)
Never Judge A Book By Its Cover
by VirgoWriter20


Life, Love and Substance Abuse "Sounds interesting!"

Chapter 1

Be Careful of What You Ask For..

 

I remember as a kid we all couldn’t wait to be grown. To our friends we talked about what we would do, who’d we become and how we would be in personality as moms and wives and usually after we were chastised by the elders in our family and put on punishments I can remember crying and sobbing and mumbling under my breath that “I couldn’t wait to be grown” and in my mind I couldn’t wait ...





Thriller
(Fic)
The monster I've become (working title)
by Steven Derwin


Growing up in the eighties and nineties. Daniel has to navigate life at the hands of an abusive father, the loss of a loved one, and a deadly mistake. "Sounds interesting!"

Chapter 1
The End

The rancid smell of stale urine and weed hung in the air. You could tell that nothing had been done with the house since the eighties maybe even the seventies other than being a refuge for local junkies and squatters. The carpet was damp and rotting away at the corners. It was old and thickened with years of dust, grime, and dirt, littered with little balls of rolled up tin foil, used syringes and empty aerosol, and beer cans that were gathering dust among the stains and rat droppings. The odd used condo...





Autobiographical Fiction
(Fic)
Fish Business
by GB Rangoon


It's a story about entrepreneurship, opportunities, decisions that along with happenstance decide where your life leads you. "Sounds interesting!"

Chapter 1

Chapter 1* *

The Restaurant

Georgia moved from table to table taking orders and refilling coffee cups. She talked and joked with the customers, most of whom she knew by first name. 

“Hi Fred”

“ Hi Georgia.” Fred responded putting his menu back between the wall and the napkin holder.

How’s Anthony? He must be getting big.”

“He’s fine. Pretty soon he’ll be riding on your school ...





Crime
(Fic)
The Midnight Call
by Jode Millman

Could you ever suspect that your mentor was a cold-blooded killer? Attorney Jessie Martin couldn’t– at least not until she answers the midnight call. Late one August night, her mentor/conf ... More ▼


Deleted Chapter
Meet Miri Shtern, MD : Psychiatrist to a Killer

 

                          

 

Miri Shtern’s eyes were wide open, staring straight ahead. Her hands firmly gripped the handle of the Smith and Wesson revolver. Her feet spread apart to stabilize her slight frame, she took aim at the target and squeezed the trigger in rapid succession until she’d discharged the six chambers. Spen...





Fantasy
(Fic)
OSKAR: A Rock Opera For Children
by B. L. Peterson

A young Black man goes around telling people he is from Mars and he has an extremely important message for the people of the earth: It is of a grave matter but he forgot what it was! So to humor their ... More ▼


Chapter 1 - Oskar Arrives

"An unenlightened man is like a man in a cave with his hands bound.

He is looking at the wall and seeing the spot of light from the entrance to the cave which is behind him.

You step into the dark cave, out of the light and try and tell the man there is more to his life than this.

But he exclaims almost like a madman that "He sees the light! He sees the light!",

looking at the beam of light on the wall...





Thriller
(Fic)
Forbidden Desires-Sequel to Desires of the Heart: Sequel
by Tiffany S. Doran

Daisy May has everything she could ever ask for; a mom who loves her with her whole heart, a dad who is a hard worker and supports them and a grandpa who is second to none that teaches her everything ... More ▼


Chapter 1

It was a blissful day in the Calhoun home. The weather was once again warm, and the flowers were all growing around the farmhouse. Katie woke up to the rich aroma of her dad making coffee. She sat up in bed and stretched, trying to fully wake from her night’s sleep. Katie turned and placed her feet on the plush carpet as her dad made it up the stairs with her coffee and knocked on her door. She gave her half asleep greeting.

 

 “Yes?” She mumbled.

 

<...





Science Fiction
(Fic)
Taking Power: Book Five of the DiaZem Series
by Dacia M Arnold


THE FINAL BOOK!!!! "Sounds interesting!"

Chapter 1
Valerie

Valerie Russell took four long strides towards her new captor and punched him square in the jaw. Needle like pain erupted in her hand and shot through to her elbow. The impact, no doubt, broke more than one bone. Tears blurred her vision. Rage boiled in her chest releasing a battle cry of pain, frustration, and targeted hate. She pulled back again and took another swing. This time Tony blocked her arm and maneuvered to hug her into him. Valerie screamed and thrashed against his arms, fighting with e...





Fantasy
(Fic)
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. "Sounds interesting!"

Chapter 2- (Revised)
Plane Ride

The Airplane rides

  Margo hands the air hostess both plane tickets. Cleo sits quietly next to the window seat in first class. Margo looks around the airplane cabin. No witches here. It has been only six hours since Cleo had been awakened. Her energy force had clearly not been deciphered yet? The airplane glides down the tarmac and takes off the end of the air strip.

  Cleo wakes up refreshed. For the first time in at least twenty years her legs felt strong, in fact, ...





Fantasy
(Fic)
Progenies of the Great Apocalypse
by Justin Thoby

The world is freezing. Once idyllic Elistar is cast into war and endless winter. Old kings and new are forced to put the bloodfeuds of the past behind them for the survival of all. And high above, ... More ▼


Prologue: Sleeping Stars

The road was composed of ribbons of starlight. It rose up away from the world into the vast emptiness beyond, ancient as the distant suns that cast it, winding out of sight in every direction through the darkness. The horse raced across the plane of the star system, sure of its direction, heading outward, away from the warmth and the light. There was only a single world in this system worth mentioning. Further out were dead worlds, small and frozen and dark, hidden from the sun's blessed light by...





Horror
(Fic)
Pray for Night
by E.T Hanson


A desperate cop and a pack of werewolves try to find common ground in their mutual hunt for a serial killer terrorizing San Francisco. "Sounds interesting!"

Chapter 1
Luther

It was the last Tuesday before Christmas, and the halls were peppered with art projects full of trees, presents and snow, which was funny to Luther since it never snowed in San Francisco.

That’s what he thought of to distract himself as he ran onto the first floor of Miraloma Elementary School.

When he reached the first floor, Luther nearly slammed into two of his teachers. There was his English teacher, a strange man named Mr. Webb. Mr. Webb always wore his hair long and often came to...





Mystery
(Fic)
Killing Time In LA: A James St.James Mystery
by Kenneth Lawson


1949 LA. James St.James is pulled into the investigation of a a professors wife who has been shot. The Husband confess. But the facts don't add up. "Sounds interesting!"

Chapter 1: Day One Thursday. June 9, 1949

The smell of coffee woke me up.

I followed the smell into the kitchen. Where  Brenda stood at the stove frying up some bacon and eggs.

“Smells good hun.” As  I  headed for the bathroom. I came back into the kitchen a few minutes later partly dressed. Taking my usual chair at the small round kitchen table. I poured myself a cup of coffee.

 By now Brenda had finished the frying and handed me a plate of food.

 While we ate  I turned on the sm...



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Literary Fiction
(Fic)
Flash Fiction Collection
by Jo Hawk

Tall tales, snippets of conversations, general musing or dark thoughts from a disturbed mind, all retold in a few words. What ideas lurk in the corners of a writer's imagination? You can find out in a ... More ▼


Repeating History

I took the stairs, two at a time, stuffing my gun into its holster as I tried to ignore the heavy strap digging into my shoulder. It was early, and I prayed as I approached her apartment.

“Please, be awake.”

Closing the door softly, I listened. Someone was in the kitchen. Relief washed over me as I peered around the doorjamb. Her small, frail frame bent over the sink. The house-dress hung on her like a worn rag, and white nurse shoes appeared too big for her thin leg...





Romance
(Fic)
Sweet Desire
by Imogen McKenzie

Claire's flatmate is forever late with her share of the rent, but what will Emma do to avoid paying out money she doesn't have? Claire soon finds out that her flatmate has a weird infatuation with the ... More ▼


Chapter 1

It was Friday evening, and it had been a long day at work, Claire couldn’t wait to get home and crack open the bottle of wine she had brought from the shop. The stresses of the week had simply zapped poor Claire of energy, both physically and mentally. She took the lift up to the 7th floor and made her way to the luxury apartment that she shared with her friend Emma. Problem was, Emma was a party animal, and her drinking habits often caused disputes between the pair, she would arrive home late, bri...





Coming of Age
(Fic)
Growing Up Girls
by Deanna Greenway


The coming of age of a shy young girl and her journey through independence. "Sounds interesting!"

Chapter 1
Summer

Mama hung up the phone and called my name, “Sara?”

At 10 years old, I come running when mama calls my name. As the middle child, I have a bossy older sister and a whiny six-year-old sister. Despite my efforts to keep everyone happy, it rarely works out. I ran into the living room so fast; I felt my feet slipping on the freshly waxed hardwood floors. Pushing dark bangs out of my face, I answered, “Yes, Mama?”

“Your Aunt Meg asked us to come for a vi...





Spirituality
(Non-Fic)
Journey Through Lockdown: A Christian devotional for uncertain times
by Jenny Young


My personal reflections on Level Five Lockdown as a Grandmother in South Africa. "Sounds interesting!"

Chapter 1

25 March 2020

Virtual World

 

On Sunday we attended virtual church. Well, it wasn’t quite virtual reality – if you compare it to some games where you wear a helmet and wield a sword, but it was not real church. It was watching videos pre-recorded or selected by our leaders for us to watch at home with possibly a small group. Like video games, there are limits and restrictions. One of the restrictions is my knowledge of technology but the most notable difference is the l...





Speculative Fiction
(Fic)
Zipacna's Legacy ~ Jade
by Cindy Davis


An eight-year-old boy awakens Jade's shocking asset: her seer and healer’s ability. Good thing because she's just inherited a school for advanced spiritualism. "Sounds interesting!"

Chapter 1

“Older and wiser voices can help you find the right path,

if you are only willing to listen.”

~ Jimmy Buffett

 

One

Jade French stepped from the cab transfixed by the tangled mass of vines that nearly obliterated the hotel’s wide front porch. The web seemed even more overgrown than when she was here two months ago. But it sent a heady aroma—not too sweet, not too herbal—into the mid-morning air and helped erase some of the uncertainty rolli...





Biography
(Non-Fic)
DEVIL 63, Vietnam Gunship Pilot
by CWO 2 Sims and Larry K. Thompson, LTC (Ret.)

CWO Sims wants it understood from the beginning: he was no hero. He tells his story from the training that began at Fort Wolters, Texas, and continued through Fort Rucker, Alabama. He tells his story ... More ▼


Devil 63 Title Page

DEVIL 63,

Vietnam Gunship Pilot

 

By

CWO 2 Richard Sims

     As told to

      Larry K. Thompson

________

 

 

 

...





Mystery
(Fic)
Love, Or Something Like It
by L. K. Thompson, LTC (Ret.)

Stunned by the discovery that General Jagwi has not only escaped from his prison, but has been able to return to Korea, Team Reliant is forced to mobilize, seek out the General, and take him down.The ... More ▼


Chapter 1

Front matter:

Love,

Or Something Like It

 

Love, or Something Like It

This novel is a Team Reliant series, Book Four

Businesses, brands, places, products, names, and other Marca Registrada referred to in this book are used fictitiously and are the property of the respective trademark holders. There is no association express or implied between the author and any trademark holder. Use of a term in this book should not be regarded as affecting t...





Literary Fiction
(Fic)
Bowled
by Nicki vanK

The lives of two women (the beautiful, wealthy late 50's Lizzie and downtrodden early 30's Aurora living on the street)become connected through family violence. The local bowling club somehow becomes ... More ▼


Chapter 1

Chapter 1

In the middle of the night Lizzie woke. Her eyes half opening, trying unsuccessfully to adjust to the dark. She moved her hand marginally – just enough to feel if he was still in the bed. He was. She expected he would be asleep after last nights drinking, but she listened hard to hear if his breathing was steady.

When she was sure he was asleep, she quietly slid out of the bed, padded round and felt for the familiar door handle.

She didn't go into the en-suite, instead w...





Crime
(Fic)
First Kill
by Paige Shoop

Emily moved in to a new place. She becomes injured and is forced to stay home. To occupy her time she spies on the neighbors. Jeremy is an interesting. What does he do on those long days away? Will sh ... More ▼


Chapter 1

It was the first time I killed a man. I know killing is wrong. But, killing someone who has done more wrong than right I believe needs to be dead, right? Was I really wrong to kill him? It just had to be done. 

I sat in the enclosed room with the two detectives, Detective Johnson and Detective Quinn for an hour now. I was in shock of what happened. I felt if I told them they wouldn’t believe me. They stood in silence for a moment. A video camera was pointed toward my blood stained f...





Horror
(Fic)
Assassinato Selva: (Murder Jungle)
by Steven Smith


Four friends go on a mystery sight-seeing holiday, they take a dreadful twist through a vast South American jungle, a jungle which it is soon apparent has far too many secrets. "Sounds interesting!"

Prologue

It was late in the night, 1.50am to be precise. A woman sat in the darkness of her apartment living room, her legs resting up on the settee, her back against two large cushions. A white laptop resting upon her thighs was the only real source of light, the subtle light from the screen gave a gentle glow on her face, she stared hard at the screen biting the thumbnail on her right hand. A quick gaze to her left hand and a debit card was clenched tight between her fingers, she quietly read out the long numbe...





Mystery
(Non-Fic)
You did this to yourself: America's plight
by Marcus M. McGrew


In this particular genre we take a deep dive into America's good, bad and ugly bits. No holds barred eye opening look at where we have evolved as a United States. "Sounds interesting!"

The forgotten 13

So yesterday I took a gander at Executive Order 13603 and my brain would not shut off. The next few minutes I'd like to try and paint a picture for you all and where I think we're headed but before I do that I'd like to set the tone by posting the following:

The 13th amendment, which formally abolished slavery in the United States, passed the Senate on April 8, 1864, and the House on January 31, 1865. On February 1, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln approved the Joint Resolution of Congress submittin...





Romance
(Fic)
Never Far Away
by Patricia Elliott

*Published by Clarendon House Publications in their Rapture Anthology* Ryan Jenkins was once a happy husband and father, but a tragic accident took his wife from him; and now, all he can do is wish ... More ▼


Chapter 1

*Published by Clarendon House Publications in 2018 in their Rapture: The Inner Circle Writer's Group Romance Anthology 2018*

------

"Daddy, Daddy!" Jessa, Ryan Jenkins' whirlwind of a daughter, shot into his office, her red pigtails flying. "I saw a mermaid."

Picking up his six-year-old bundle of energy, he set her on his lap. "Did Ms. Peterson put on The Little Mermaid again?"

Every day he had to listen to her ocean-going adventures, despite the fact that he hated the water. It n...





Coming of Age
(Fic)
Orion's Unveiling
by Odell Scott

Chapter 1

Chapter 1

           

           

           Orion clutched the bench in the changing room. His protective suit, a flattened lifeless skin waited for him. The yearly exam was complete. Odds were this was the last time he goes through this. Now, the wait for results. He smoothed back his brown hair and crept into his protec...





Science Fiction
(Fic)
The Second Body
by Terence Kuch

In the future, it's possible to have a second body - another you - a buddy, a guy to go to work for you when you just don't feel like it, to take risks you might not want to ... but the mysterious com ... More ▼


Back Story 2

[a piece of back story for the novel: The Origin of Anne]

Eric Danegold, a bioscientist, and his wife Lisa, want children. However, he is sterile owing to an earlier lab accident, and she had been advised by a physician that it would be dangerous for her to conceive, owing to an inherited health problem.

They discuss adoption, but want “their” children, as Anne Danegold later put it. They first decide to take his DNA and grow a “junior,” a clone. Then if ...





Fantasy
(Fic)
Mythical Theatre (temp title)
by Sibille Rose


A young stage manager begins her career with a theatre where there is more to the magic backstage than one would expect. "Sounds interesting!"

Chapter 1

      As she turned the key, Astrid could feel the old mechanisms sluggishly turning and falling into place in the door that separated her from her new home. She pushed the door open wide with her hip, walking in backwards to easy the bags and boxes she carried through the doorway. Astrid set the boxes on the floor just inside the door and dropped the duffle bag from her shoulder to survey the space. The bare, white walls and wide open living space greeted her. Sunlight stre...





Humor
(Fic)
Life in the time of Covid19: Or, how to declutter your home
by Shirley Holder Platt


Short story poking fun at being quarantined. "Sounds interesting!"

Short Story

We were doing everything they told us to do. We washed our hands relentlessly. We stayed home and ordered take-out. We started having our groceries delivered. We even had plenty of toilet paper stocked up and stowed away under the sinks. I had always dyed my own gray hair and had a couple of boxes in the cabinet.

Of course, my hair grew into a shag. Not like the old Farrah Fawcett do, more like Phyllis Diller. That was one downside, but really, a rubber band fixed that pretty easily. I'd never been...





Romance
(Fic)
Hook, Line, and Sinker: Hart Brothers, Book One
by Shirley Holder Platt


A man born to privilege. A woman who worked her way up from poverty. One promotion on the line. "Sounds interesting!"

Chapter 1

Zeke stood in the parking lot staring at the back of Darlene’s car. His brothers were on either side with their arms draped over his shoulder. The men remained silent until the car turned a corner and could no longer be seen. The neon sign for Rainy Daze Café buzzed in the humid, dawn air. Crickets called to one another. The sun’s light was just filling the sky with yellow rays. Inside the café, patrons watched through the plate glass windows. Some shook their heads, others whispered to the...





Fan Fiction
(Fic)
Two Harts are Better than One: The Rest of the Story
by Elizabeth M. Bradshaw


Hart to Hart season 5 opener is a fan favorite. What happens after the proposal to bring the fans back to the pilot? "Sounds interesting!"

Chapter 1

Married. Jennifer’s head was spinning with the amazing turn of events. She had been headed from London to New York, trying to figure out what on earth had made Jonathan Hart turn on her so fast when she found herself detained by a detective for the second time. Before Jennifer could object, they were riding a horse-drawn carriage through the streets of London. The fact she was now engaged to the very man who had her arrested made her head spin. The last 48 hours had been an unbelievable roller coas...





Fantasy
(Fic)
The Gods' Own
by Alexis Cunningham

Street conjuror Yasha Alukov wants only one thing, to get even with the rival who put him in prison but when he's released he discovers Djisi City's magical underworld overrun by demigods--and all of ... More ▼


Chapter 1
Preach on, My Brother

‘Remember my brothers, we are the gods own chosen soldiers,’ Preacher hollered, arms raised toward the cafeteria roof. ‘For we have been granted great gifts that we might use them for their glory—‘

‘Get off the Pit damn table.’ Four-Fingered Djan was not a fan of Preacher’s rousing oratory. He threw a stale bread roll at Preacher’s head from the end of the long table.

Preacher snatched the baked projectile out of the air, a snarl twisting ...





Thriller
(Fic)
Starrbodies
by Cynthia A. Jensen


A man kidnaps a fitness guru to help his depressed sister lose weight. "Sounds interesting!"

Chapter 1

STARRBODIES

Chapter One

 

 

           “Merry Christmas, Man,” my brother, Todd, said as he walked in my bedroom carrying a breakfast tray. On it was an overflowing plate full of eggs, hash browns, toast, and bacon. There was coffee with plenty of cream and sugar, and a large glass of orange juice. My name was Amanda, but Todd usually called me by my nickname.

      &nb...





Romance
(Fic)
Moon Dance: Lover's Moon Series, Book 3
by Shirley Holder Platt


A woman who wants to dance. A man whose art is hidden away. Two people with a chance to become more together than they are apart. "Sounds interesting!"

Chapter 1 - Miles

Party goers swarmed around me, laughing, drinking, dancing. I stood still, dead on my feet, wishing I could be home in bed. Tiny lights in the trees twinkled overhead. I wondered who had climbed up into those tall limbs to hang them. The walkway shone with the remains of the water used to wash it clean. My head pounded along with the music, and I felt alone and forlorn. I was determined to finish college that year, so I was taking twelve hours. Three of that included a correspondence course, but still. P...





Fantasy
(Fic)
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 welcome here.”

Sasha trudged blindly along the now-familiar sidewalk towards the white and yellow clapboard house which was nearly as forlorn as Sasha, surrounded only by Joshua trees and hard-packed sand on the outskirts of town. She s...





Romance
(Fic)
Unexpected Happiness
by Cassie


An unexpected happiness found, leading to immeasurable heartache when HE leaves to join the military.. will they're love survive this "Sounds interesting!"

Chapter 1

‘I’m so sorry, I hate that I’m hurting you, but I’m going to hurt you more if I don’t leave now” and just like that I was awake and sobbing. It had been almost a week since he took away the happiness, he just so easily gave me only a few months before and I couldn’t stop reliving the hurt. I never thought that when people told me I would find the person I wanted to give my whole heart to when I was least expecting it, that it was true, but 6 months later, when it...





Autobiographical Fiction
(Fic)
FROM THE MOON TO THE EARTH: AS ABOVE SO BELOW
by Anthony Poindexter


A combination of lists covering different aspects of the Earth, past and present "Sounds interesting!"

Chapter 1
The Zodiac

CHAPTER 1

THE ZODIAC

“The twelve signs of the Zodiac lay down twelve different “paths” of life… Every sign has its own manner of expression, birth in a higher and in a lower sense, and it depends on the person which options to take and how to use them.”

Karen Hamaker-Zondag,

author of Astro-Psychology

ARIES: (March 21-April 20) Ruling planet is Mars. Its symbol is the Ram. Aries basic momentum is Beginnings. They are arrogant, brusque, independ...





Spirituality
(Non-Fic)
In Search of a Soulful Life
by Al Duncan

A tale of courage. Leaving a long conditioned uncomfortable comfort zone with an intention of connecting with like-hearted people. From the Himalayas to rural South East Asia, prepare for an enlighten ... More ▼


Intentions set. Shift unfolds

“If the darkness is followed by the light was simply a belief of the ages.

Then what if the light was ever present.

But our perception remains one of illusionary shadows.

Who decided the shadows were real?

Was it you?

Or was it programmed?

Even then, what if we could perceive it all as a gift,

Then what would it become?

Light.”

He flicked on the bedside lamp. Scrambling for pen and paper.

Wow what a bizarre dream.

He scrib...



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Science Fiction
(Fic)

Buy!
Apparent Power: Book One of the DiaZem Series
by Dacia Arnold


A dormant gene awakens... And so does a rising world government. Valerie Russell is the key. Does she save her husband and son? Or humanity? Buy a copy!

Chapter One

The electricity flew from her fingers to the shower door handle. Valerie Russell yanked her hand back. The shock had not hurt, but the burst of light caught her off guard. She reached again, slowly. This time, nothing happened, and she stepped into the shower. The water flowing over her face was satisfying in that it woke her senses far better than her alarm. Startled out of her thoughts by her husband clearing his throat, she took a breath to tell him what had just happened when he cut her off.

&l...





Spirituality
(Non-Fic)
HOW MY THOUGHTS CAME TO LIFE: TRUTH ABOUT MANIFESTATION
by J. S.

Chapter 1
First love

Growing up, I felt different out of all the kids. I don't know why but I just feel off. Felt like a mature being in a kids body. I don't understand why people are the way they are. I don't understand the need for anger and violence. Maybe one of the reasons why I hate watching news. And so because of that confusion, I grew up being cynical. I had trust issues. I don't easily trust people. I had very few friends. I do what my parents tell me to do because, literally they are the ones who I only trust. I ...





Fantasy
(Fic)
Harbinger: Sphinx: Book One of The Shadowminders Series
by Nicolle A. Jenos

Set on an alternate Earth where Atlantis never vanished and technology has advanced faster than in any other reality. But there is one major difference. Myths and legends are *real*. Those who ... More ▼


Prologue

Laying on the ground, blood trickling from her many wounds and slowly pooling around her body, Rosabel wondered where their group had gone wrong. So very and horribly wrong.

The acrid smell of iron filled her nostrils right up to the point where she could taste it and no amount of swallowing rid her of it. Wherever her eyes roamed, she saw bodies lying prone, lifeless, in the streets as rivulets of blood converged together to paint the pavement in the very essence of life. Men, ...





Romance
(Fic)
Sea-renity on Sandy Shores (Novella): A Sandy Shores Novella
by Shirley Holder Platt


A straight-laced woman betrayed, seeking solace. A man whose defense against a cruel world is to party like there's no tomorrow. Can these two lost souls find healing in one another's arms? "Sounds interesting!"

Chapter 1 - Joan

I wiggled my toes in the hot sand of my favorite beach and wished I could stay. If ever I needed a break, this was it. The rental I’d be living in for a month was called Sea-renity, and it promised the serenity I needed after what had happened in my life recently. I’d been coming to Sandy Shores for vacation since I was six years old. Dad would load the whole family into the car and drive across country to get there as fast as he could. I remember being lulled to sleep by Disney movies I&rsqu...





Fantasy
(Fic)
The Curse of Steel
by John Alleyn

In one fateful day, Kráva comes into possession of a sword of legendary power, and is claimed by the gods as a hero. She soon learns that there are problems she can't just cut her way through. Not to ... More ▼


Chapter 1

Deep in the night, Kráva sensed a presence. She snapped awake, one hand already gripping the knife beside her on the pallet. Then a familiar shape and scent put her at ease for a moment.

“What is it, father?” she murmured.

Derga grunted. “Some trouble outside. Arm yourself, and come.”

He withdrew. Now Kráva could hear voices and movement, from elsewhere in the hall. The Wolf-clan and their guests were beginning to stir. Men and women rose from sleep, seized the...





Fantasy
(Fic)
The Wicker Basket
by RS Potter


A short story (less than 3,000 words) about an aspiring writer who utilizes an unlikely source to become published within one year, or get a real job. "Sounds interesting!"

Chapter 1

They leered at each other like a standoff between two gunslingers waiting for the other to make the first move — Edwin knew he’d have to pull the trigger first. He brooded behind his 1950s Hermes Baby typewriter with the clattering of dishes in the next room. The blank paper was a frequent visitor in their quaint apartment. Then like a flash, an idea sparked — his fingers twitched on the keyboard. “Ed, a little help might be nice,” barked Elizabeth from the kitchen.

&l...





Mystery
(Fic)
Love's Critical Ploy
by L. K. Thompson, LTC (TXSG, Ret.)

Ordered to prepare a clandestine mission to Europe, Team Reliant's task is to prevent the transfer of deadly radioactive material to terrorists. They must kill General Jagwi. Things were going well un ... More ▼


Dedication

 

Dedication

 

This novel is dedicated to the following:

 

SSG John Thompson for his Army experience, foreign service, and honest reflections of events.

Amy Stell for her steadfast and keenly insightful copy reading.

Sharon Henderson for enduring friendship and willingness to read my work for errors.

COL David Osterhout for his eye for detail and because he isn’t afrai...





Horror
(Fic)
Daisy: First Scene
by RS Potter


While on a camping trip, a group of friends are confronted by a young girl bent on revenge for her murder seventeen-years earlier. "Sounds interesting!"

Daisy
The Fork in the Road

Melissa Fredrikson glanced up from petting Princess, a three-pound Yorkshire Terrier, and found Mike piercing into her from the rearview mirror. “Mike, look out!”

He slammed on the brakes and screeched the Blazer to a stop. “Mel, it was just a squirrel.”

Jeffrey, Melissa’s ten-year-old brother, shook his head. “Was a squirrel.”

Melissa marveled at the fragrant charm of the San Bernardino mountains and its flora. The quaint log cabins tucked in p...





Mystery
(Fic)
Love's Critical Ground: Team Reliant
by L.K. Thompson, LTC (Ret.)

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. The strange love story is set against the sometimes ... More ▼


Prologue

OPSEC: Operations security is a process that identifies critical information to determine if friendly actions can be observed by enemy intelligence, determines if information obtained by adversaries could be interpreted to be useful to them, and then executes selected measures that eliminate or reduce adversary exploitation of friendly critical information.



Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

The Pe...





Mystery
(Fic)
Love's Critical Deception: Team Reliant
by L. K. Thompson, LTC (TXSG, Ret.)

Mrmbers of Team Reliant continue their hunt for the elusive and cunning General Jaqwi, Washington has ordered a hit on Jaqwi. The General continues his dogged pursuit of supplying the Middle Eastern t ... More ▼


Chapter 1

Dedication

 

This novel is dedicated to the following:

 

SSG John Thompson for his Army experience, foreign service, and honest reflections of events.

Amy Stell for her steadfast and keenly insightful copy reading.

Sharon Henderson for enduring friendship and willingness to read my work for errors.

COL David Osterhout for his eye for detail and because he isn’t afraid say, “This is not your best. Fix it!”

  

And t...





Chick Lit
(Fic)
Lady Bug Rebelution
by PJ Colando

Upon release from prison, a young woman wins a mega-lottery. Will she forgo the revenge she's desired and plotted for 2000 days of incarceration? Or, will she yield to her friends' view that 'living w ... More ▼


Chapter 1
Book #4 in Faith, Family, Frenzy! series

 

Chapter One: REVENGE INTENDED 

Amy’s Traverse City entrance was not as quiet as she’d intended. While the trucker accepted no payment beyond his leer and failed attempts to paw her shoulder, his truck’s brakes had screeched, the exhausted belched and fouled the air, and she felt like Sousa’s Band had announced her arrival. 

As always in life, some elements of the ride upstate were good, some...





Fantasy
(Fic)
The One World Saga: The World of Power
by Gregory Nimmo

Ezra Vosk is the Prince of Amaathos. A world in which is divided amongst those who can tap into the worlds natural energy and those that have been granted it by Ezra's father. There people are the ... More ▼


Chapter 1
The King's Truth

Ezra Vosk had never always hated being a prince.

           He hadn’t left the palace grounds since he was a young boy and from what he remembers of the outside world, it was magical, in every sense of the word. He remembers the cacophony of voices in the market every Sunday when his mother, Osla, the Queen of Amaathos, would sneak out of the palace grounds with him tucked under her cloak. He could never see that well in...





Mystery
(Fic)
BlackWater
by C S Caspar

Five friends arrive in Hawkins County. They intend hiking through Blackwater mountains. However, before they leave the unusually quiet town, they are repeatedly warned to stay away. What secret lives ... More ▼


Chapter 1

22 YEARS EARLIER

In the early hours of the morning, while it was still dark. A black Cadillac pulled into the Sydney Memorial Hospital car park. Two men wearing long black coats, dark sunglasses, and black hats exited their vehicle and entered the building. No one noticed as they walked through the halls making their way to the maternity ward. Here, they found the night nurse quietly reading a magazine. She lifted her head as the two men passed, but she didn’t see them. A mom...





Romance
(Fic)
Cinder-Cookie
by Tiffany S. Doran

Victoria Bronx wants to purchase a brand new building on the lower end of town to fulfill her dreams of owning her own bakery, but a corporate giant, Bradley Parson, moves in and threatens to tear it ... More ▼


Chapter 1

The alarm rang loudly against the silence of the dark room. Groaning, Victoria Bronx rolled over and laid her hand hard against the off button. She longs for her snooze button but it no longer works. She rolled onto her back and pulled the covers over her head. Victoria hasn’t ever been a morning person. Her mom had to start waking her up as a child about an hour ahead of time just so she would have time to procrastinate before she got up.

“What are you going to do when you grow up, Vic...





Chick Lit
(Fic)
Return to Sandy Shores
by Shirley Holder Platt


A woman who'd just been canned. A kitten needing a home. A new start for both. "Sounds interesting!"

Chapter 1 - Sam

Cold rain blew under my umbrella until I was drenched and shivering. It wasn’t bad enough that I’d been laid off unexpectedly, I’d missed my bus and had to wait for twenty minutes in the storm. My Louboutin’s were ruined, my mascara ran down my cheeks, and my hair frizzed from the roots. I repeated to myself, this is a change, a reason for a new start. Don’t look at it as good or bad. It’s an opportunity, that’s all. I pressed toward my house with my eyes squinte...



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Fantasy
(Fic)
Ralph and the Prince
by Jo Hawk

This story began as a piece of Flash Fiction. There is where it would have ended, except for the characters. The Prince and Ralph are persistent. They want to tell their story and demand I tell it. ... More ▼


Into the Night

Ralph’s legs burned. He clutched his ribcage and rubbed the twitching muscle which begged him to stop. The intercept lay two hundred yards ahead. Holding the flaming torch higher he inhaled, hardened his resolve and pushed himself forward.

His blood beat in his ears and he struggled to quiet his breathing. He slowed, as he approached the archway. Moving with caution, he allowed the flames to illuminate his surroundings and he checked the shadows. No one lurked, no sign of ambush. Be...





Young Adult
(Fic)
Gator Girl: Episode One
by Steven Smith


A dark comic-book hero style novel. A young girls world begins to spiral out of control, and a web of lies is soon uncovered. "Sounds interesting!"

Intro

My name is Melanie Wilson. I have always been a good swimmer. Actually that is a lie, as far back as I can remember I have been an excellent swimmer. My father tells me that there were times when I was younger that I was awful at swimming. Funny thing is, I don't remember my childhood beyond the age of about nine. 

When I was just eight years old I fell into a coma, I was severely ill and spent almost a year in hospital, undergoing tests and operations. Doctors are amazed I survived at all. Bu...





Autobiographical Fiction
(Fic)
No Malice Intended: (working title)
by Lorene Albers

This is Stephanie’s story. The story of an ordinary stay at home mom, living an ordinary life in small town USA. But not everything is as idyllic as it seems. Out of nowhere, life changes drama ... More ▼


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Adventure
(Fic)
Windy Day: Days are windy
by Stan Wick

Wind
Blustery

Blustery days are ahead. Today is one of them. Many days are going to be windy. Winds are chiming the chimes and the wind is going to occupy the times. Wind and rain will contnue to occupy the day as it is blustery. Blustery days ahead will continue to occupy the wind and the rain. Wind is the most important in this blustery day.

Wind will continue to bluster away at this day. This day will be windy and blustery. Ending this day will be wind. Wind will end this day and it will be blustery. Wind and...





Spirituality
(Non-Fic)
Cadence: The Rise & Fall through Music, Mental Illness and Spirituality.
by Elizabeth Levine

This book is about my personal journey through Mental Illness and co-occurring substance abuse, Spiritual Awakenings, Music, Mind-Bending Universal Twists, and how all are interconnected and integrate ... More ▼


Chapter 2
Spiritual Emergency

(Insert Spirit Science Bit Here) - W.I.P.

...





History
(Non-Fic)
It Is Over: A tribute to Dick Gregory's brilliance
by Marcus M. McGrew (MMM)

Richard Claxton Gregory (October 12, 1932 – August 19, 2017) was an American comedian, civil rights activist, social critic, writer, conspiracy theorist, entrepreneur,and occasional actor. During th ... More ▼


Too few know

Do you know who you are? There are nine planets to the Universe you

just happen to have nine holes in your body do you

think that’s an accident? That’s because you are the

Universe, you are nature. You got twenty-six thousand

billion cells in your body, sixty-two thousand miles of

blood vessels in your body that blood makes a complete

cycle every thirty seconds which means your blood

travels 104,000 miles a minute. You know how strong

you are? D...





Religion
(Non-Fic)
The Book Of Satan
by Bert LaVey


You want to know the TRUTH about Satan? He's not the devil, nor is He the opposite of Christianity. "Sounds interesting!"

Chapter 3
Aspects Of The Soul

 

   Aspects of the Soul

 

 There are several different aspects that make up the human soul. The aura, the light body, the chakras, the etheric double, [the ghost that takes on the image of the physical body], and the intelligence/conscious ness. The human soul is also made up of the elements fire, earth, air, water and quintessence. 

In doing research, I ...





History
(Non-Fic)
BLACKOLOGY: The True Unknown History of the Black Race
by B. L. Peterson

The Unknown, Unwritten, Unheard of True History of the Black Race. If you do not know your past, not only do you have no real identity, you have no real future. A must read for all people, but espec ... More ▼


BLACKOLOGY
The Greatest Story NEVER Told

Preface

An Open Letter

To All Good Black Men

First of all there are no good men in the world according to Jesus in the New Testament.

Seeing how he ‘corrected’ the man for calling even him a good man, saying,

‘Why call me good? There is none good but God.’

Again, even Jesus,a son of God, confessed as the son of man that he was not...





Memoir
(Non-Fic)
Memoirs of a Dacia: Life Happens For Me, Not To Me
by Dacia M Arnold


The life journey of author, mother and US Army Veteran, Dacia M Arnold "Sounds interesting!"

What's In A Name?
Thanks Dad

I hated my name growing up.

 

Like most kids with unique names, I tried my best to anticipate the substitute teacher’s grimace and squint as the trigger to give her the answer to such a mind boggling question... “How do you pronounce Dacia?”

 

Thanks to my quick wit, the title of this book alone has prompted me to write a memoir and answer the age ole question (age by which will remain a secret). Dacia rhymes with Geisha.

 

If you have...





Autobiographical Fiction
(Fic)
Man Eats Elephant
by Jimmy Marlin Epperson III

Chapter 1

God must be insane.

Or he has some untapped power that I don’t. I wonder where he hides it, or if he does at all. The reason I say this is because when I try to create something, it’s a maddening process. Anytime I try—like the great artists of the past who expanded the human psyche—I go insane.

All I ever wanted to do was help people. I don’t know that I ever did or that I ever will. And it is difficult to help folks when you are leading church services on aci...





Psychology
(Non-Fic)
Nobody Wants Me: How You Rob YourSelf Of Your SoulMate
by B. L. Peterson

You heard it all before the dating advice, do this and don’t do that and you built up the courage to date again and guess what? YOU’RE STILL ALONE! OK, you know you are not an angel but you ... More ▼


Intro
Are You Sabotaging Yourself?

 NOBODY WANTS ME

  How You Rob Yourself

Of Your Soulmate

by

B. L. Peterson

Copyright © 2020 by B. L. Peterson for

FUTURENOW PUBLICATIONS.

All Rights Reserved.

INTRO: ARE YOU SABOTAGING YOURSELF?

You heard it all before, you know the dating advice, do this and don’t do tha...





Coming of Age
(Fic)
They Call Me Nothing: There's a hidden hero lurking in the least of us.
by Jenny Young


A homeless housebreaker consults a counselor from another culture in a quest to uncover the hero he longs to be. "Sounds interesting!"

Chapter 1
Lutho

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 really willing to give up my only protection? It seems to me now, in the light of day, that my decision of last night was only a dream. A foolish, childish dream.

I picture in my mind what might happen…...



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Young Adult
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Don't Let Go
by Karla Martinez

Like a princess, one day Samantha is awakened with a kiss from her crush, Cameron. Someone dreamy and gorgeous which, of course, can’t be any good for her. Samantha finds herself torn by her painful ... More ▼


Proloque
August 20, 2010

Prologue 

August 20, 2010 

 

 “Cameron, where are you going?” she asked as he quietly made his way out the room. He stopped at the sound of her voice, making him hesitate for a quick second. Her eyes were already finding an answer in his sweet tortured face, an answer he wouldn’t admit to, for her own good.

“I’m going for a ride,” he answered after some thought.

She knew the only thing she could do was smile and let h...





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Lost
by Rey Aura


A Adventurous journey of a youth in finding out about the mysteries about himself while fighting for peace as a royal guard of the country. "Sounds interesting!"

Chapter 1
Start of a tragedy

A Teenager lying near a river with a body half wet, the sun was high enough to be seen. He was surrounded by large and tall trees, with his head bleeding and pain all over his body.

“Where am I ?"

He could not remember anything, He was in the middle of nowhere with no memories, all he could hear was the sound of birds and flowing sound of water. He doesn't have any belongings, his clothes were badly torn. He was not in a good situation and he could not understand a thing.

&ld...





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Tales of Teal: Not Another Origin Story
by Erica Roberts

Liz is just trying to survive college. She's quiet, focused and keeping her head down. Yet, she pops on a mask and becomes Teal. Teal is outgoing, sarcastic and a tad narcissistic. With the crimes clo ... More ▼


Chapter 1

RAAANNGGG---RAAANNNGG---RAANNNGG.

Reaching over, Liz smacked at her alarm clock. 0900. That devil warned her that another boring ENG 101 was on the horizon for today. Maybe she could skip again. Or sleep in the back. Good plan. Good plan. 

Elizabeth Nicole Young, Liz-if you didn’t want to get a scowl, was not a morning person, Her higher education of community college often demanded she rise before noon, but everyone knew a lady needed her beauty rest. Not to mention her roommate a...





Romance
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Home
by Sabrina Garrison

Going home is never easy especially when you walked away from everything you've ever known at twenty. When life throws a major curve ball at Cadance Castillo she must decide if going home is what is b ... More ▼


Chapter 1

Prologue

 

Dear Diary, 

How did we end up here? That seems to be the question of the year. Two months ago I had my family together, a home, a job and as much of a social life as one can have with two active teenagers, a husband and a full time career. Today, we have nothing and my husband is missing. 

 

Chapter 1

Present

 

That’s it? That’s the best I can do writing in my own diary? Maybe journal writing isn't my thing a...





Fantasy
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Born of Stone: Gargoyle Masters Book I
by Missy Jane


Two men who turn to stone when protecting the realm fall in love with the most unlikely women. "Sounds interesting!"

Chapter 1

Born of Stone

 Missy Jane

Copyright © 2019 by Missy Jane

Chapter One

Astrid trembled in fear as she approached the large stone table. Around its massive frame sat nine of the twelve gargoyle brothers, so deep in conversation they took no notice of her. She silently stepped up to the head of the table and filled Master Kephas’ flask with red wine. He continued speaking as if she didn’t exist, waving his arms in emphasis. One meaty paw nea...





Spirituality
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The Stoner's Bible: The Crystal Flowe
by B. L. Peterson

The Goddess/God of the Weed is SHIVA. In ancient Africa, the Dagga Tribe believed Ganja came from the Gods and was given to man as a gift of His grace and peace. Ganja came from The Two-Dog star whi ... More ▼


Chapter 1

The Story Never Ends.

...





Biography
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MAKING A RUN FOR IT FROM BERLIN TO TEXAS BOOK THREE
by Manfred Kaiter and L.arry Thompson

Manny returns to Insel Ruegen and completes his stone mason training. He joins with four of his friends, and they set out to begin their careers as a brick layers. They are approached by Western Intel ... More ▼


Chapter 1

CHAPTER 1

 

 

 

As things turned out, after our escape from the village Communist thugs, Dad fixed up Schultz's old pickup, and he, Mom, and Luther left for Oranienberg. My brother, Siegie, boarded an east bound train back toward Peenemunde and went back to his job, welding at the ship yard. He had vacation time owed to him, and he wasn't penalized when he showed up for work a day late on Tuesday.

I boarded a north bound train and went back to Sassnitz on Inse...





Politics
(Non-Fic)
The Satanic Codex 2020
by /Bert LaVey

Satan and the Devil are not the same as the bible teaches you. Matter-of-fact, you have no idea what a monotheist society can do to bring about your personal downfall. Read this book and find some a ... More ▼


Intro
The Major Problem and The Final Solution

THE SATANIC CODEX

2020

by

Bert LaVey

Copyrighted @2020 by Bert LaVey.

For FutureNow Publications.

All Rights Reserved.

Table of Contents

Intro

The Vision of Social Collapse and Rebirth

Chapter 1

The Denial of Supernatural Divinity (and initial reinterpretations of Satanic mythology)

Chapter 2

The Inversion of Morality (The Crimes of God)

Chapter 3





Coming of Age
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THE GREAT AMERICAN BLACK HERO: Little Angels: "Pappa wasn't a rollin' stone. Mamma didn't sing the blue!"
by B. L. Peterson

You are growing up, and there is a strange new world around you. And you notice you ARE different! And some people like you for it, and some don't. But life couldn't be better! It is 1950's Mid-Eas ... More ▼


Intro

THE GREAT AMERICAN BLACK​ HERO Part One: Little Angels 

 

by  B. L. Peterson 

 

The Great American Black Hero Part One: Little Angels

Copyright © 2012-2020 by B. L. Peterson

For FutureNow Publications.

 All rights reserved.  

 

 

DEDICATION  

 

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Night Watcher (First Chapter Only): Please provide some feedback
by Alexander Smith

Chapter 1
Night Watcher

***Feedback is wanted desperately and areas to improve on***

Will Chambers knew he was being watched. The phantom set of eyes tracked him as he walked along the sands. The breeze cooled around him as the waves of Merewether Beach lapped on the shoreline. Someone was looking. He just didn’t know who. 

The black Mercedes-Benz van drove around the corner, approaching the deserted carport of the surf lifesaving club. There were two tall men inside. They parked their va...





Young Adult
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The Tale of Captains Woods: A Harry & Dev Adventure
by Nunan Bibi

Billions of light years away on Planet Niburu Eight Deities send Count Edwin D Godrifle, a flesh eating Wendigo, and his army to Captains Woods. They are on a mission to cull humans to stop them dest ... More ▼


Chapter 1

Chapter One

In the beginning..

 

 

If you were to look through a telescope into the night sky what would you see? Well I guess it would depend on how good your telescope is and whether the moon is full or if there is cloud cover, or rain even. Of course you will see the moon and stars but way up there, far away deep in that blackness lays an extraordinary universe of planets, stars and solar systems that have been there since the very beginning of time.

Le...



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