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Private Battle and Other Plays By Lynn Manning
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Three fiery plays from the heart of Los Angeles by acclaimed poet and playwright Lynn Manning. PRIVATE BATTLE, UP FROM THE DOWNS and THE LAST OUTPOST paint a searing, powerful portrait of people... More > trying to get by at all costs. With an introduction by Robert Egan.< Less
Elizabeth’s Trials By Barbara Wilhelm
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Elizabeth’s saga continues….. In 1498, Duchess of Bedford Elizabeth Smithfield Holt and her husband, Lord Andrew Holt, heir to the Earl of Northampton, are happily raising their three... More > children. They rejoice in their present calm. The following year is filled with one tragic event after another. When Andrew leaves to lead a band of knights to defend the crown, Elizabeth banishes her frustrations by imagining herself as Sir Quinn, serving with Sir Phillip again. The men return to Northampton, bearing a coffin. They tell her Andrew is dead and their friend Vincent is in a monastery. When “Sir Quinn” investigates, she finds reason to question whose body lies in Northampton. Before she can act, a messenger delivers a summons from a church council. The charges are serious indeed, and Elizabeth stands to lose all. She is sent to the Bedford dungeon. Will she ever clear her name? Will she learn her husband’s fate?< Less
The Hospitalist By Michael Weisberg
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What happens when you are admitted to the hospital as a patient, and the physician assigned to be your doctor has never seen you before and knows absolutely nothing about you? Welcome to Medicine in... More > the 21st century, where the results of having a Hospitalist instead of your own doctor can be disastrous. Specialist Dr. Aaron Bernstein enters the world of the Hospitalist firsthand when he confronts a schizophrenic patient who -- literally -- is a ticking time-bomb.< Less
[empath[QUARTERLY v::1 By Jenny Jung
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This is a literary magazine that aims to further humanitarian causes and promote empathy throughout the world. Ambitious, right?
Chi-Chi's Song By Sandra Lowen
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Chi-Chi's Song is the story of a six-year-old girl's journey on the ‘Trail of Tears’, the march of five Native American tribes from their homes to the newly-acquired and largely unsettled... More > lands west of the Mississippi River. Treachery, deception and betrayal forged the way that would lead to the uprooting of thousands of people unfortunate enough to be at the wrong place and at the wrong time of America’s Western Expansion. Prejudice and the fever for land and gold gave the American government the final impetus to take with impunity that which others already had; and regard, largely with indifference, the Natives’ suffering as their own ‘fault’ for being non-White and less powerful. But this book is intended neither as an indictment nor as an official documentation. It is merely a historical semi-fiction: the story of a little girl’s happiness and fears, her life and death, and how she finally received the song that allowed her spirit to rest happily in the spirit lands.< Less
Beyond the Garden: A Novel By Nolan M. Robinson
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A Chicago nightclub and its employees are forever changed after a cocktail waitress makes a fateful decision with unforeseen consequences.
No Other Rock By Corella Roberts
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In the time of Isaiah the prophet, Jerusalem is in shambles. The temple is stripped to pay tribute, and the people seek answers from gods made of wood and stone. The youngest daughter of a poor... More > potter, Rizpah’s future is certain. She’ll marry whomever her father chooses and work hard until her last breath. But after seeing her sister’s tears at her wedding, Rizpah knows she can never accept the same fate. Her stubbornness—and an act of bravery—land her in a worse position than before: a slave in a vineyard. But perhaps her chance at love hasn’t vanished after all. Rizpah finds herself caught between two startling prospects and the gods they represent. Will her choices lead her to freedom and love or to danger and despair?< Less
Seven for the Revolution By Rudy Ruiz
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Seven characters. Seven stories that capture uniquely American slices of the Latino immigrant experience. Seven explorations of humanity, longing, suffering and hope that beckon for America to... More > reconsider and revolutionize its views of immigrants and immigration. Seven for the Revolution.< Less
HAMLET By William Shakespeare
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Hamlet is Shakespeare's longest play and among the most powerful and influential tragedies in English literature, with a story capable of "seemingly endless retelling and adaptation by... More > others." The play seems to have been one of Shakespeare's most popular works during his lifetime and still ranks among his most-performed, topping the performance list of the Royal Shakespeare Company and its predecessors in Stratford-upon-Avon since 1879. It has inspired writers from Goethe and Dickens to Joyce and Murdoch, and has been described as "the world's most filmed story after Cinderella".< Less
Black Magnolias Literary Journal 8.2 By Editor, C. Liegh McInnis
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Black Magnolias Literary Journal is a quarterly that uses poetry, fiction, and prose to examine and celebrate the social, political, and aesthetic accomplishments of African Americans with an... More > emphasis on Afro-Mississippians and Afro-Southerners. We welcome pieces on a variety of African American and Afro-Southern culture, including history, politics, education, incidents/events, social life, and literature. All submissions are to be made by e-mail as a Word attachment to Each issue costs $12.00, and a year’s subscription is $40.00.< Less
Save Us a Seat By Fletcher McHale
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In the small country town of Bon Dieu Falls, Louisiana, Carrigan Whitfield leads a life many would love to have. But this young wife of the much-sought-after and wealthy Jack Whitfield feels uneasy... More > in her marriage. Things have gotten complicated during the last two years, and Carrigan wonders if they still love each other. They seem more like strangers who share a residence. Her days revolve around having fun with her lifelong best friends, the two anchors in her life, Ella Rae Weeks and Laine Landry, playing sandlot softball and juggling an affair … or two. Laine is constantly trying to save Carrigan from self-destruction. But on an idyllic summer day, a shocking and unexpected discovery turns Carrigan’s “perfect” life into a tumultuous storm and transforms a girl into a woman. As the journey comes to an end, Carrigan discovers hope can sometimes be found in the most unlikely places. Save Us a Seat provides a glimpse into both the joys and challenges of... More > friendship.< Less
The Birth of Prudence By Ryan Andrews
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What if you had to choose between the person you loved, and the world that made your love possible? VDare’s first work of fiction wrestles with the conflict between the head and the heart, the... More > choice between what feels good – and what is right. Author Ryan Andrews presents the wrenching tragedy of a man who learns what’s most important in life from a woman named Prudence – but comes to see his relationship as threatening everything he’s come to treasure. It’s a story about love, loyalty, and the meaning of identity -- and once you experience it, you’ll never be able to forget.< Less
The Temporary Typist By Timothy Merrill
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Set in Bathington, a small town in Iowa (1952), The Temporary Typist is the story of Carlton “Coop” Cooper, a widower recently retired from the railroad. After his church loses its... More > secretary, Coop volunteers on a temporary basis. When a Chinese girl and two young men show up offering to set up a Publications Ministry, his problems seem to be over. But not all is as it seems. Who is this girl? Why is she in Bathington? What exactly are they printing in the back room? After the former typist is found dead, the town is rocked by a several revelations that threaten to publicly humiliate Cooper, a descendant of the original Bathingtons who founded the town and whose centennial he is helping to organize. Meanwhile, Coop’s granddaughter, Frankie, is writing an essay for the centennial. When her research paper reveals a shocking new detail about the town’s ancestors, Coop is uncertain what will happen. With many twists and turns, the story comes to its exciting conclusion, not in Bathington, but a Chicago cemetery.< Less
You Are Special: A Story About a Boy With Albinism By Dario A. Perkins
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Albinism is a genetic condition that affects 1 out of 17,000 people worldwide. As children, we are mentally incapable of coping with negative feedback from others. Philippians 4:13 “I can do... More > all things through Christ that strengthens me.” Not only for people with albinism but people with any medical condition, have to deal with criticism of this world and that’s unfair. Albinism only affects the eyes, hair, and skin but not our brains. I get very good grades in school with the help of visual devices. Please learn about albinism so you can get a better understanding about our condition.< Less
14 Shorts & Other Dirty Laundry By Joel Reiff
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The end of the world is probably the best thing that happens in these fourteen tales of life, death, and everything in between. Meet a man who refuses to accept his fortune; a loser who... More > doesn’t want to win; a cripple whose miracle cure is his downfall, and a dreamer who cherishes love more than life. Not since The Twilight Zone has such a riveting collection of stories with a twist (or just twisted) been collected. If you relate to any of these characters you may need therapy. If not, you’ll surely learn something you never wanted to know. Either way, it’ll make you think…at least twice.< Less
Fenceline and Other Stories By Jeremy Sayers
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Though it may be difficult to believe, the eleven stories in this collection are based in truth. Author Jeremy Sayers hails from a family of adventurers and farmers. His father’s family came to... More > America in 1715 and settled in Virginia. His mother’s family arrived much later, immigrants and migrants. All together, these people were coal miners, blacksmiths, and cowboys. Most of all, they were believers in whatever it was that let them survive one sunrise to another. And they were storytellers. Fencline and Other Stories brings some of those tales to life. Like the myths of ancient cultures, the Greeks, Hindus, Hebrews, and Native Americans, these stories tell about a particular time and place. But, they also contain something timeless. These stories give us reasons to laugh and to mourn. And the characters in these tales teach us something about coping with strife as we share little parts of their lives.< Less
Treasure in Paradise By Thomas Cleare
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Treasure in Paradise is a suspenseful adventure through Key West and the Florida Keys by a group of young middle school friends. Join the Torch Club on the adventure of a lifetime as they unravel a... More > series of clues to solve a 250 year old mystery. Louden, Cort, Kate, Johnny, and Henry will have to outsmart and outrun modern day pirates to solve a mystery that dates back to the American Revolution and find the treasure before it is too late. A picturesque setting serves as the backdrop where secret hideouts and hidden messages lead to exciting chases on foot and over water as the Torch Club tries to stay one step ahead in the race to find the treasure.< Less
REVERSE FLOW By Vagif Sultanly
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The novels and stories included in this book literally express the moral and ethic problems alarming the contemporary world including the destruction of traditions, feelings of uselessness and... More > indifference. The writer tries to reflect the torments and suffering, the alienation problem penetrating to society’s morality, through the characters in these stories, representing various social levels. The subjects and problems of the novels and stories differ, however, the author’s style of view and attitude to the described events and manner of literal generalization make them closer at a certain level.< Less
Storylets By Jan Spurgeon
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STORYLETS are beginnings of ideas, infants whose growth can result in short stories, novels, etc. Ideas come from everywhere–nothing new, just different uses and approaches. Some of these were... More > born in brainstorming sessions in monthly writers' groups. Others were created to serve as models for point of view, character development, use of dialog, and other aspects of good writing. Obviously, each is intended to begin a longer work in the same style and with components already in place.< Less
Veritas By Jon Milton
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This story takes place 200 years after the Apocalypse, when the world has separated itself into two distinct factions: the intellectuals and the outsiders. Following the account of a citizen of... More > Veritas, you will find yourself questioning the foundations of what you believe to exist. What is just? What is right? What is truth? What is Veritas?< Less
Beneath the Grid By B. Iver Bertelsen
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Christopher O’Brian, a disgruntled EPA staff attorney, is already plagued by nightmares and job insecurity when he learns that his chemist colleague, Ronnie Chapman, has been crushed by a... More > train. O’Brian, devastated by his friend’s death, has no idea that Chapman’s unfortunate accident was actually murder. O’Brian, immersed in the details of a global warming scientific breakthrough awaiting approval by the EPA, soon discovers that Chapman was about to reveal something huge. When another colleague is murdered, O’Brian and his coworker Sonja Voinovich band together with others to uncover Chapman’s secret and its connection to a powerful international conspiracy. Only time will tell if their actions will come too late to save thousands suffering from mysterious symptoms halfway across the world. In this environmental thriller, a government attorney and a group of misfits set out to unveil the truth and stay off the growing list of victims murdered while attempting to right a wrong.< Less
When The Angel Deserves To Die By Florent FSan PORTE
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"When The Angel Deserves To Die" is a compilation of three short stories by FSan PORTE, mixing fantasy with horror as well as giving personal point of views on various topics. Each story... More > is illustrated by FSan himself in a sketchy, minimalist style, unlike his usual artwork. The book also includes a preview of FSan's next project. Warning. The stories and some illustrations contain subject matters that may not be suitable for younger audiences. These subject matters include violence, gore, sexual themes, drug references and mild nudity.< Less
Old Shorts and Poetree Book One By Ron Runeborg
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An anthology of short stories and poetry; some factual, some fiction, and some trueish.
Children of Ohm By Alton Campbell Jr.
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Children of Ohm is the first book of the series written by author Alton Campbell Jr. With a global cast of characters, a dystopian future is explored. An event known as the Crash has struck the... More > world, creating a place, where widespread terror and death has run rampant. This has caused governments to turn to a world organization called the Phoenix Foundation, to exercise it's carriages of justice. The Phoenix Foundation employed many methods to bring the world back from the brink. The new frontiers of fringe science and extant technology are used as a means to create soldiers to combat the chaos of this new world.< Less
Peaks, Valleys and Mule Train Letters By Leslie Gardner Hankey, Leslie Ord Hankey
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This set of letters is the correspondence between one young woman while she lived and worked on a California Conservation Corps Backcountry Trail Crew in Yosemite National Park and her mother who... More > missed her from afar. Why would a young woman apply for a job where she had to live off the grid for five-and-a-half months without a cell phone, computer, blow dryer, reality television and Panda Express? Ask AmeriCorps. Ask the California Conservation Corps. Hundreds of people apply for these backcountry positions every year. As you will read, it's rather amazing what can happen in six months, both on the home front and on the peaks and in the valleys of Yosemite National Park.< Less