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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 Foreground By Grant Archer
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A loosely autobiographical portrait of a young displaced American artist that spans coast to coast. Direct, cynical, and casual; Grant Archer's first collection of microficton and poetry touches on... More > issues concerning masculinity, self esteem, heritage, and romance. In six acts and over the course of five years, The Foreground illustrates an honest account of what it means to be a young man without answers in 2013 and his celebration of that failure.< Less
No More the Bugle Calls By Tony Lamke
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NO MORE THE BUGLE CALLS is a story about a young couple who were married the same month the American Civil War broke out, April, 1861. James Allen and Jemimah Phillips Allen were expecting their... More > first child and James was working on a house in South Webster, Ohio that they planned to move into before the baby’s birth. However as the news of the war grew worse, James began to feel pressure to join the Union army. In 1862 he enlisted and their lives changed forever. As a member of the Ohio 91st Volunteer Infantry, James was first a soldier but he also began to tend to the wounded on the battlefield and work with a surgeon who became his close friend. Moving with the 91st through West Virginia and into Virginia, James was captured at Lynchburg in 1864 and was sent to Andersonville prison in Georgia where he died. The story follows the actual travels of James and the 91st infantry as well as his wife's life in Southern Ohio.< 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
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
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
Encroachment By Josh Rittenberry
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A mild-mannered college football coach looking for an outlet to vent the infertility frustrations he and his wife share, begins to do so on an obscure blogging site. When a few cryptic and... More > disturbing comments are posted to the site, he begins to suspect the people nearest and dearest to him. What soon unfolds afterward is a thrilling twist of Hitchcockian Proportions.< Less
You Are Not Asleep By Melody Sumner Carnahan
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Melody Sumner Carnahan has nine books in print, including two award-winning story collections, with dozens of short works published in national and international periodicals and anthologies,... More > including the City Lights Review, Five Fingers Review, Rampike, At a Distance (MIT), The Closets of Time (Mercury Press), and Permission to Speak (Teksteditions). Carnahan's first novel, Only A Messenger, is part of a five-book boxed set of "debut novels by seasoned writers," The Quadrants Series (Burning Books), which won a Bronze Medal from the IPPYs, Independent Publisher Book Awards 2013. She received an MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College where she began collaborating with composers and musicians to present her writing as intermedia works for installations, video, live performance (notably the widely praised “performance novels” of Laetitia Sonami), and on recordings from NonsuchElectra, Tellus, Mode Records, Frog Peak Music, et al. Visit her website (by googling her name) for more information.< 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
Have You Checked the Time Lately? By Heath Michaels
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A Hollywood Movie Star Discovers That The Biblical Predicted Rapture May Be Getting Ready To Occur! David De Mille, and his Hollywood friends enjoy living the good life of Celebrity, and the... More > Entertainment Industry. Some of their activities include, skydiving, motorcycles, and of course the Hollywood night life. After a chance encounter with a homeless man and some street thugs, David recalls a childhood memory which causes him to embark on a search for truth. This vision quest leads him to believe that the Bible’s Rapture may be getting ready to occur. A few scary surprises develop along the way as the story builds toward it’s “Dramatic Conclusion”! Note: There are supernatural occurrences in this story that are based on true life events. (This book contains a Bible verse in which Jesus may have been hinting, as to the identity of the antichrist.)< Less
Torn Pages By Josephine Wolf Heyden
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The war years of 1943 to 1945 took their toll on a small farming town in rural Wisconsin. “Torn Pages” is a loosely based story on the real life experiences of the author Josephine Wolf... More > Heyden, during her 2 years as the young sole teacher in a one-room schoolhouse. The story is based on real people and real events that happened, both tragic and joyous during her life growing up on a farm with 7 brothers and sisters. The authentic adoption of her life flows through the words as colorful images of romance and tragedy. During those war years a single girl was often left to date soldiers while never knowing their of outcomes. The story is full of Joesphines passion for teaching, her family, life on a farm, and the many loves that came through her life.< 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
kINK By J. Maynard Carr
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Emma Reynolds is beautiful and young and smart and has almost everything she’s ever wanted: a wealthy husband, a charming home, and a successful career. But something is missing. Erotic... More > memories—scenes from a few lustful weeks in college—consume her thoughts. Emma’s conservative husband no longer measures up to the breathtaking pleasure of her dreams. She wants the fantasy. She wants the fairy tale. But fairy tales were first meant to frighten. Emma acts shamelessly on her wicked desires and finds herself drawn into a dark world of surrender and lust that even her wildest imagination could never have conjured. kINK is a shocking tale of deception, blackmail, sex, and kidnapping: a catastrophic collision between hedonistic fantasy and sadistic depravity. When Emma’s wanton actions force her to choose between her reputation and her staid husband, she makes a fateful decision, leading to a disturbing climax so twisted it will take your breath away. Includes a shocking alternate ending.< Less
Taste of Old Wine By C.A. Lindsay
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In this sequel to LILY AMONG THORNS, Dr. Candice Harris, daughter of an international corporate mogul and his Boston socialite wife, confronts both corporate and political fraud through a story that... More > touches numerous human emotions. After losing her defense engineering job, she becomes a European reporter for the Harris newspaper and penetrates the international political machine. Using a false identity, she interviews heads of state, kings and queens, exposing herself to deceitful corporate control that dominates U.S. politicians and the world economy. Because of threats to her life, she is forced to return home where she is a witness in a trial that exposes American corruption that she discovered in Europe. Conflicts arise between Candice and the District Attorney who attacks her credibility. Rumors are then spread about an affair between her and a U.S. Ambassador who had financial dealings with a corrupt company.< Less
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
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
The Road to Normal By Craig Fowler
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It's Spring Break 1976. Gerald Ford is in the White House, Barry Manilow is writing the songs that make the whole world sing and a guy named Steve Jobs is about to form Apple Computer Inc. out of his... More > garage. Deep in the heart of the south, four college freshmen are heading back home and about to catch a curve in the road. Stuck on the highway and forced to abandon their 1968 Chevy Malibu, these four teenagers must make it back to the Land of Lincoln the only way they can: with their thumbs up as cars go by. In this coming-of-age tale, find out how these four friends are forced to put their trust in one another and total strangers, very possibly risking life and limb in each desperate situation on the road to Normal.< 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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
[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?