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Swans In Half-Mourning By Vi Khi Nao
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This is what happens when a powerful princess falls in love with a woman and God sits in the grass to count stars. Princes, birds, and glass bottle labyrinths wrap around a spiral of Roman numerals.
Sign On at Sunrise By Steve Newvine
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A young boy is captivated by the image of Elvis during the 1968 television special. He spends his teen years preparing for a dream job as a disk jockey. He works at a local station while going to... More > college in the 1970’s, learns some life long lessons about the broadcasting business, and meets some unforgettable characters who touch his life in special ways. For three years in the mid seventies, the young man signs on the AM radio station to inform and entertain his listeners. In the novel from the author of Growing Up, Upstate and Grown Up, Going Home; the decade of the seventies is the backdrop to the changing world around the main character. The decade of the seventies was about Watergate, disco, the oil embargo, higher inflation, and self introspection. Relive the excitement of Elvis' TV comeback special from 1968, and experience the day when fans around the world learned that the king of rock-and-roll had passed away.< Less
Timely Persuasion By Jacob LaCivita
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What did Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, and my sister have in common? They were all my friends, and they died. Timely Persuasion follows an anonymous music critic on a quest to save his sister from the... More > relationship that ended her life. After a chance encounter at a bowling alley leaves him with the ability to travel in time, our hero uses his musical knowledge to “blink” through the years attempting to keep the couple apart by any means necessary. But is her husband Nelson really to blame? Along the way he launches a new folk rock star, accidentally restructures his family tree, and crosses paths with the likes of Huey Lewis, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, and Billy Joel. Reliving past events through the eyes of his younger selves, he soon finds that correlation and causation are not always what they seem. This story of death, life, love, and rock 'n’ roll defies genre conventions while paying tribute to the classic time travel tales that came before it.< Less
BRIMSTONE HEAD - A Collection of Short Stories By Kevin Penton
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A collection of entertaining short stories of how it was, growing up in the isolated Newfoundland out port of Fogo in the 1950’s & 60’s. Fogo Island was discovered in 1499 by the... More > Portugese and named Feugo, meaning fire after their own Fogo Island in the Cape Verdes off the Coast of Africa. This book also provides background information on Brimstone Head the mysterious geographical dome of ancient volcanic origin seen on the cover. It looms over the Town of Fogo and (according to the Flat Earth Society) is one of the "Four Corners of the Earth." For background to this unique place, there is a section of historical facts about the places on the Island. In addition, there is a Glossary of the unique Newfoundland English used in this book's colourful narration. The famous artist, Robert M. Henry, created the cover and the numerous illustrations throughout the book. ---- For further information about this book, ALL the REVIEWS and the community of FOGO, visit http://brimstonehead.com ---- E-book available< Less
BRIMSTONE HEAD Part 2 plus THE SEAPORT MURDER - Softcover By Kevin Penton
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The first part of this book is a continuation of the entertaining collection of short stories started in Book one – Brimstone Head – A Collection of Short Stories PLUS a brief look at... More > Fogo Island’s history through the years PLUS a small sample of popular stories from Book one about what it was like growing up in Fogo in the 50’s and 60’s, PLUS a 110 page Novella called - THE SEAPORT MURDER – my first work of fiction. It was inspired by a story I heard told at our kitchen table, illuminated by the flicker of the oil lamp and the amber glow of a well-stoked pot-bellied stove. Finally there is a short Glossary of the unique Newfoundland English used in this book’s colourful narration. The famous artist Robert M. Henry who created the art work for Book one, also inspired the cover for this book and created the painting of Fogo on the cover. For further information about this book, book one, all the reviews and the community of FOGO Island, visit http://brimstonehead.com – E-Book available.< Less
Praying in Pamlico By Sam Mordecai
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A small southern town’s tradition of reciting a public prayer before its high school football games has not ruffled any feathers for decades. But when a Yankee lawyer from the American Civil... More > Liberties Union is sent to defend the rights of the unwitting townspeople, turmoil hits the town. Stuck in the middle of the commotion is Assistant Coach Chip Lomax, who does not care about the prayer issue one way or another and has one goal: to lead the Pamlico Pack to a conference championship. Unfortunately, the lecherous head coach; the pompous attorney from New York; a restless, liberal newspaper editor; a drunken, conservative radio station owner; and a ragtag bunch of other townspeople seem to be blocking Chip at every turn. Pamlico and its citizens face thorny questions and unexpected challenges. See how they react when all those feathers do get ruffled, in Praying in Pamlico.< Less
Letters From The Hills By Roger L. Scott
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A wonderful story that is told through letters wrtten by the two main characters...who eventually meet to fall in love and wed... it is very humerous in content thus making it a true joy to... More > read...The characters introduced in this book are fascinating, bizarre, and loveable. You will cherish each and every letter and grow to love the marvelous community of Hogwaller and all its unique, amusing, and charming residents< Less
Hotel Damascus By Vincent Gordon
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Existential voyage of a young African American Creole who finds himself in Damascus, Syria in the summer of 1995, where he is drawn into an intriguing underworld of politics, spirituality, romance... More > and magical realism until he has an epiphany.< Less
Prism By Carolina Ramirez Bertling
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German-born American, Peter Klaus Henschel trained to serve as a US Air Force pilot, but instead, he is recruited to become a spy. Blackmailed by a corrupt secret service Colonel, Peter is forced... More > to accept the post of double agent to save his honor. His undisguised contempt for the war profiteering Colonel earns him a vicious enemy. Like a man trapped in a glass prism, caught between the American and the Nazi sides, Peter, now known as Günter Acker straddles the middle, helpless to claim his former identity or the girl he left behind. Will Peter lose his identity, his best friend Andy, and Laurie the girl between them…or is love stronger than war? Prism, the author's second novel, honors the memory of her German-born husband, Peter Claus Bertling in a fictional story based on his experiences during WWII.< Less
Lord, Can You Please Help A Nigga Out By Gary scott
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My granddaddy used to say, “There ain't no such thing as a Nigga. Niggas are a figment of the imagination; a mental construct. An idea created to keep men down. A way of thinking that only... More > existed in a man's mind.” My granddaddy also picked his lottery numbers from a book of dreams that he kept under his bed. If he had a dream and saw a white rabbit hopping across a freshly cut lawn on Labor Day it meant you played numbers 572. If the dream was him riding on a bus uptown and a guy wearing a purple suit with a red feather in his hat, gets on the bus with exact change, and ask if the bus is heading downtown, you played 769. So we didn't take what granddaddy said too seriously. Besides I live in the hood, and in the hood “Niggas” were everywhere.< Less
ONE FOOT IN ONE FOOT OUT: A NIGHTMARE FOR SOME BUT REALITY FOR MANY By LeSohn Reagans
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This is a story about a 22 year old Black male named Jay Johnson, born and raised in West Harlem who is faced with a huge decision of his young life. He has to choose between his family’s... More > beliefs and his neighborhood loyalty. What would you do if you and your father, who happens to be a Correction Officer, were possible witnesses in a shooting involving your childhood best friend?< Less
The Women's Den By Elizabeth g. Arthur
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“What's the difference between love and lust?” Louise slid some photographs across the bench. Her eyes dashed all over the man's images. Her fingers followed. “This is lust,... More > Chris.” Five women, living in a coastal holiday town, are at crossroads in their lives. Beneath their public faces lie fears, ambitions, truths, secrets. Gradually, their paths cross. Unlikely friendships form. Conformity is challenged. Brave and outrageous behaviour ensues. And one woman's final fate is sealed. There are risks you can't afford to take and there are risks you can't afford NOT to take.< Less
Lies of the Forgotten By Ciera Michele, Ciera Nichele
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Looking back into the past can be deadly. Sometimes what looks good is actually poison and not every lie is intended to be bad. London Jackson has to find out who she really before she loses her... More > life. Fooled by the people closest to her she must find out the lies and truths of her past. Between a husband, lover and child that she never knew about she has to get answers fast before she loses her mind. Secrets unfold and lives are lost as she journeys down this rabbit hole to reclaim her life. Will she survive her past in order to gain a real future? Or will she stick with the existence that has come so easily to her? London has some big decisions to make for not only her well being but for her loved ones as well. For every choice she makes other life has to be lost.< Less
Consider the Night By Paul Maurer
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He fought in a war. He loved a woman. He fathered a son. Then he sought the happiness he believed was a birthright. But the horrors of Vietnam and a life of discontent leave a scar that transforms... More > him into a recluse in an unforgiving land. When a natural evil, a return from the past, and an unexpected arrival clash in the Wisconsin northwoods, a new path is set before him. It is then he is given one last chance for absolution. CONSIDER THE NIGHT is an unforgettable story of friendship, family and the redemptive power of forgiveness.< Less
Steel Toe Review, Volume 3 By M. David Hornbuckle, editor
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The third print issue of Steel Toe Review. This edition includes fiction by Cathy Adams, Lis Anna, CL Bledsoe, Justin Brouckaert, Katie Burgess, Jackson Culpepper, Tyler Dennis, Brenna Dixon, Lauren... More > Eyler, Jody Hobbs Hesler, Christopher Lowe, and William Trent Pancoast. Essays by Deborah Gold and Ian Hoppe. Poetry by Maari Carter, Tobi Cogswell, John Davis, Jr, Michael Diebert, Matt Dennison, Mario Duarte, Brandi George, Hastings Hensel, Donald Illich, Ray McManus, Claire McQuerry, Karla Linn Merrifield, Emily Porter, Colleen Powderly, Esteban Rodriguez, and Anna Lowe Weber.< Less
227 Reasons to Poke the Dragon By Writer's Block
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An anthology of young adult writers' short stories and poems.
Oh God, Your Babies Are So Delicious By Vi Khi Nao
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In this first anthology of Vi Khi Nao's stories, the intelligence of cutting-edge fiction playfully twists around fruit, suburban disorders, grim butterflies, and intimate glimpses into the author's... More > dark and fantastic imagination.< Less
The Striker By Luis L. Tijerina
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Tijerina’s frank portrayal of comradeship caught in the inexorable sweep of war in “Sunrise in East Prussia” glows with an intensity unrivaled in modern literature while his... More > description of the fights between soldiers in “Heat and the Cornfield” can stand next to the great moments in literary history like for instance Hemingway’s “A farewell to arms”. It is the gloriously pragmatic, unpredictable genius of Tijerina’s narrative gifts and his vigorous style that makes these intellectually playful stories - about love and pain, loyalty and desertion but even so about soccer and photography- unforgettable. I think of Tijerina as the great modern descendent of Alberto Moravia. - Michiel Dockx, Master Degree in Economics and Diplomacy from the University of Antwerp Brussels, Belgium< Less
Stereovision By Steve Eggleston
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Stereovision is a fictional drama about astrophysicist Philip Duke and his family and friends who help shape his life. A thought-provoking read that weaves through the lives of people with varying... More > belief systems that make up the struggle of science vs religion. You'll never look at our universe the same way again.< Less
A Dreamer's Handbook By Skye Dreamer
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The Art of Dreaming is the ability to expand one's awareness into novel potentials of creativity and the capacity to manifest a dream's vision into reality. A Dreamer's Handbook is a visual journey... More > through the thirteen gateways of dreaming and provides Dreamers with insights, directions, affirmations, inspirations, intentions, and allies to assist with both waking and sleeping dream states. This handbook is intended to aid in the identification, healing, transmutation, and release of the learned barriers that keep a Dreamer from using the imagination's paintbrush to create with vibrant colours on life's canvas. Using symbolic visuals, both in image and in word, A Dreamer's Handbook serves as a remembrance of our collective capacity to create beauty and wonder on Earth. We dream the new dawn together.< Less
A New Beginning By Brenda Kennedy
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Angel Perez had a second chance at a new beginning. After the death of her Aunt Rosie, Angel followed the instructions of her aunt and packed up only a few of her belongings and headed to Florida.... More > After moving into her Aunt Rosie’s small cottage on Siesta Key Beach, she was quickly adjusting to her new life. After finding a job at an insurance company, Angel became friends with the two owners, Sara Roberts and Brea Kinsley. Sara and Brea made it their mission to fix Angel up on a blind date with their very handsome and single friend Mason Myles. Afraid that her past would catch up with her, Angel lived a very private life. When she met the tall, dark, and handsome Dr. Mason Myles, she knew she wouldn’t be able to resist him. He swept her off her feet with his sexy, dimpled smile and charm. Living on the run from a very abusive boyfriend, Jim Davis, Angel lived in fear that Jim would somehow find her. After she revealed her abusive past and fears to Mason, Mason vowed to protect her.< Less
napkin Stories By Sami Richardson, Joe Baumann
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The Thursday Night Reading Series of the Graduate Program in Creative Writing at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette features two students in our MA or PhD program community who read their work... More > each week. During TNRS we hold an open mic series called Napkin Stories in which members of the audience are given the opportunity to write short pieces on bar napkins we provide and read them. A secret judge from the audience selects a winner, who receives a trophy and a prize. Throughout the year, we have been collecting napkin stories and compiling them in the hopes of creating a year-end anthology to give to our contributors, our devoted audience, and the larger creative community both at our university and in the community as a whole as a show of thanks for their participation in the written and spoken arts and their faithful support of our reading series.< Less
THE PURE LAND By Jonathan Howard
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After an unknown plague has decimated mankind, the survivors begin to build the world anew. But in one small Texas town, everything is somehow different. When a young refugee stumbles into town, he... More > struggles to learn the town's important secrets. But the terror that chased him to this place is following inexorably in his direction. Can the refugee prepare the townsfolk to face the coming menace? Or will this small paradise be crushed, its secrets lost forever?< Less
Tampa Heat By Ray Spengler
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Doctor Benjamin Dalton has always been plagued by severe headaches, but given several recent strange occurrences concerning his Tampa, Florida, home and wife, those physical pains newly pale in... More > comparison. Being a psychiatrist, he knows he should never let mere suspicion take over his life, but even with what little evidence he has, he’s soon convinced that either something or someone purely evil is out to destroy both him and his family. Then the unthinkable happens and Anne Dalton becomes desperate to learn who or what her husband has become, and just who or what is sleeping in their bed.< Less
Cerulean Skies By Creative Writing I
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The literary magazine of Blue Ridge Community College produced by the students of Creative Writing I--Spring 2014--Editor and Faculty Advisor, Katie Winkler