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
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
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
Insecure and single Alyssa finds her self secretly falling for a guy who soon helps her find her true beauty as their relationship builds Alyssa finds her self sick & ill which later becomes a... More > severe illness in which helps her become more appreciative about her self and inner beauty. But will it be enough to help her over come her illness as she strive to survive< Less
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
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
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
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
Part coming of age story and part dirty realism. The Day The Cloud Stood Still is a sombre novella about a storm-not only the sort of storm that falls from the sky but also the sort of storm that... More > wells within us all, that tears us apart as much as it brings us together."
- Matt Margo, author of When Empurpled
"A meditation of familial disconnect, for Wilson Hart the freak blizzard battering his sleepy Middletown is nothing compared to the crippling storm indoors. Paced with nuance and subtlety. Patrick Trotti captures Wilson's dysfunctional 'in-between' phase with finesse and transitional grace. Suspenseful and engaging, The Day The Cloud Stood Still is a frosty comment on how we battle the wrath of uncontrollable elements, both in nature and in our own homes."
- Lena Olive, poet at The Laughing Heart Blog< Less
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
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
From the introduction:
"The Amazing World of Geology" is a collection of poems, short stories, and “interviews” with scientist written by students at The Young Women's... More > Leadership School of Brooklyn. Each piece shows their expertise on the topic and should teach you about geology in creative ways. You’ll read plays using personification, with earthquake waves as characters, that teaches us which types of waves travel through Earth’s interior. You will playfully answer the Seismic Love quiz to teach us the similarities between types of relationships and seismic waves. You will journey on a “Crazy Field trip” that reminds us of the The Magic School Bus. You will learn why we can only find fossils in sedimentary rocks. Through haiku inspired poems, metaphorical devices, and imagery you will learn geology from the class experts. We hope you enjoy and feel inspired to use your imagination.< Less
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
The Young Women Writers Chapbook is a publication of the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning, whose mission is to empower people to explore and express their voices through imaginative learning... More > and the literary arts. The Young Women Writers Project is a program offered by the
Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning and funded in part by the Kentucky Foundation for Women and Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky. Each year, the Carnegie Center invites young women in grades 9–12 to apply to the Young Women Writers Project, a free series of intensive workshops focused on self-expression through writing.
The selected participants attend six sessions in which experienced writers in their 20’s and 30’s mentor on a variety of genres and oversee creative writing exercises.< Less
Roy L. McKinney reflects on his early life growing up on the family farm in the Young Cove near Bakersville, North Carolina. His charming stories include memories of farm chores, life outdoors,... More > church, neighbors, and of course his family.< Less
Epoch is the literature and art magazine of the Upper School at New Explorations into Science, Technology and Math (NEST+m), a public school in the Lower East Side of New York City. Epoch's mission... More > is to capture with each issue a moment in time in the NEST+m Upper School literary and artistic community.< Less
Shaun Collins and Clarissa Alba are hometown sweethearts who have been separated by life. Clarissa moved east to pursue a career in advertising, while Shaun headed to Los Angeles to record music at... More > the behest of his musical mentor. For five years, they have had no contact—and a lot can change in five years.
Shaun is now a multi-platinum musician, international celebrity, and world-class womanizer who carefully hides the hole in his heart left by Clarissa. Meanwhile, she is an advertising executive in New York City who just ended a relationship with her substitute for Shaun. Much to her dismay, no one can replace her first love.
Circumstances bring them both home at the same time, and when their eyes meet on the Riverside dance floor, old feelings rekindle. But they are no longer the same couple that fell in love years before. They’ve both changed dramatically, and as Shaun prepares to go back on tour, it becomes apparent those differences could tear them apart.< Less
The story is about Mary Magdalen, a repentant sinner, who sets out on a “quest” for a husband following the death of her parents.
Her quest continues after being seduced by her cousin... More > David, on his fishing boat on the Sea of Galilee, the night Jesus is born in far-off Bethlehem.
Mary then becomes involved as a concubine, a sex-slave, adultery, a lover and a mistress.
She is present at the baptism of Christ, Cana, the beheading of John the Baptist, the woman caught in adultery at the Temple in Jerusalem and at the Mount of Olives where she hears Jeshua instruct people gathered there.
Mary finds her long-sought-after spouse at her death, when she is united with her Eternal Bridegroom.< Less
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
KANDAHAR GATE is a new play by Australian dramatist Stephen Sewell. This feverish “dream play” is loosely inspired by Akira Kurosawa’s 1950 film "Rashomon," but... More > transplants the action to contemporary Australia and centres on the death of a soldier in Afghanistan. At the dark heart of the play is an exploration of how ‘truth’ gets buried – by governments, the military and one’s own memory. It is a powerful and deeply political piece of theatre from one of Australia’s great playwrights. With an introduction by Jeff Janisheski.< Less
For many of us, life is about the stories that make up our past, provide context for the present, and give hope for our future. As an art form, storytelling has fallen victim to the smart phone, the... More > computer tablet, and the video game. We just don’t take time anymore to pass along the stories that define our culture, our heritage, and our character. Crazy as a Run Over Dog is one man’s attempt to renew the tradition of legacy building by telling the stories of everyday experiences that remind us we are all more alike than we are different.< Less
Inanna Au-set Oya, a trans-woman, priestess, and storyteller with deep connections to the goddess, emerges from a province in Africa untouched by colonialist hands to find a world twisted with... More > misconception and pain. She and her sisters choose to go forth and correct the imbalances found by ushering in an age of love and worth.
Maryam, mother of Jesus, holds fast to her convictions, when from tragedy is born a new god. Without sisters, or guidance for her choices she finds a world under roman foot and is determined to create a spiritual revolt that will create ripples for ages to come.
Yemaya's daughter’s tells the tale of two different women with one goal in mind: how best to change the world without losing themselves in the process< Less
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