“Savva” by Leonid Andreyev can be called a tragic comedy. It is definitely a strange drama. The author begins with the presentation of the plight of the educated people in Russia. The... More > educated people are confronted by the abject superstition of the peasantry. Savva, a fanatical revolutionist, endeavors to wipe out this superstition by blowing up a monastery full of drunken monks. But the plot is revealed to the monks, who carry out the ikon, or sacred image, before the explosion, and afterwards carry it back into the ruins. The peasants, arriving on the scene and finding the ikon uninjured, hail a supreme miracle; the whole country is swept by a wave of religious frenzy, in the course of which Savva is trampled to death by a mob..
The play succeeds in drawing the audiences’ sympathy.< Less
Crime, passion, ghosts, obsession, hope, faith, and new beginnings—you will find all these things, and more, within these pages. A mixed collection of short fiction, by the prolific writer,... More > Maria Savva, who has been praised for her story telling abilities by fellow authors as well as her fans. Sit back, relax, and begin your journey with a story of deep love, and follow through to read insightful tales reflecting our world today, but at the same time taking you away to a world of fantasy. Thought provoking and eventful stories written to entertain and inspire. Maria Savva's latest collection is sure to please, with haunting and psychological tales, blended with romantic and humourous ones. A diverse assortment, brought together by 'fusion'.< Less
Love and Loyalty (and other tales), is Maria Savva's second collection of short stories. This is a diverse collection of stories, written over a period of ten years. Many of the stories were... More > short-listed in various short story competitions.
These are thought-provoking, memorable tales of life and love, luck and loss, deceit and lies, the unexpected and the true to life.< Less
'Pieces of a Rainbow' is a collection of seven short stories, each one based on a different colour of the rainbow. You will find a full spectrum of emotions within the stories. Some are sad, some... More > uplifting. There are not always happy endings, but the tales reflect the real world, and the forces of nature at work in our lives; sometimes beyond our control. The stories are diverse in style, and the characters, although fictional, are true-to-life. There is something for everyone in this inspired collection.
Excerpt from 'Forever Blue':
'...Some people are lucky; they just carry on going, keeping up
with the current, riding the waves. Others find a ship they can sail
in forever; but some are left to drift alone, battling against the
waves, and hoping they can get to the shore in one piece.'< Less
Set in London, in the noughties, sometime after the smoking ban, and before the great 21st century recession...
James has always believed in happy ever after, and he plans to get there one day. He... More > is doing okay. At the age of thirty-three, he has a top job, dream house, two healthy children, and a wife who always stands by him. These things, James can rely on, until one day, when everything changes, and he realises that he has spent so long looking towards the future, that he has neglected the present.
Feeling unloved, his wife, Pamela, has left him, leaving nothing but a brief note. She has taken their two children.
How far will James go to save his marriage?
What can Pamela do to stop the past haunting her life? Will it be enough?< Less
Secrets, lies and coincidences abound in this story of a young girl looking for her father. Alice, now twenty-one years old, is determined to find her father who left home when she was just a baby,... More > despite a warning from her mother that she should not look for him. Her mother's secretiveness over the subject is because of the guilt she feels about keeping the truth from Alice. It will take all of Alice's courage to persevere in her search. There are doubts and uncertainties at every turn. Coincidences is a story about following your dreams and staying on the path no matter how difficult the circumstances may become.< Less
Twelve stories of betrayal, greed, revenge, deception, dreams, and courage.
We all struggle to find our way. What you see isn't necessarily all there is. This collection takes you into the grey... More > area, because the world is never just black and white.
Life is all about perspective. One person's delusion is another person's dream.< Less
A trio of short stories.
Memories from the past can haunt the present.
Never To Be Told - Tom and Amber are on a romantic date... but the past is always present.
The Bride - In this paranormal... More > short, Olivia makes a chilling discovery.
What The Girl Heard - Victoria revisits a place that holds a dark reminder of an incident from her childhood. She had vowed she would never return.< Less
Lynne cannot shake her feelings of dread; her dreams tell her she is making a terrible mistake, she must not marry Adam. But, how can she believe the dream? Lynne and Adam have shared their lives... More > for three years now. She is certain she loves him.
It is not that love, which her dream warns against.
It doesn't matter that she loves this man she will soon marry. If she marries him, the voice in her dream says her soul mate will die. Her true love will perish.
Soon, Lynne's world is transformed and becomes almost unrecognisable, except for the déjà vu. Time doesn't seem to mean much anymore, and things are not quite as they seem. As her world spins out of control, Lynne must sort out what's real and what isn't to fulfill her destiny.< Less
Faye is no ordinary eight year old girl. Her parents have always told her that she is 'special' and now she is starting to believe it herself as the latent gifts inside her are rammed to the surface.... More > It is the brutal murder of her brother that acts as the catalyst and compels her to reassess her very identity as she struggles to uncover the reason for her brother's untimely death. Was John the loyal brother he made out to be or was his moral fibre comprised of a material far more sinister? Follow Faye on her chilling journey to discover the truth that will allow her to lay her brother's bones to rest. The truth will shake her world and have such a devastating effect on Faye that it will cast a mould for her entire life.< Less