Queen Joy is a young ant queen, with a new ant colony at her command. In its first year, this fragile colony is at its most vulnerable state. Josephine, Clara, Tory and all of Queen Joy's workers... More > will do whatever it takes to ensure their colony survives. But it's not just the forces of nature working against them. A whole cast of characters seek to destroy (or devour) Queen Joy's ants. Witness the first year of an ant colony through their eyes, and learn that there truly is a time for everything.< Less
Alfred James and Fannie may long were destined to live together since childhood, maybe even before that. Alfred had been coached to pursue his happiness and prosperity while Fannie May had been... More > taught to give up her dreams if necessary to fit properly into the eyes of society. They tried to predict an uncertain and sometimes very diverse future. What follows is a touching story of a couple that stayed in love for six decades—< Less
Sheppard Schulek has spent his entire life trying to find what it feels like to be “normal.” He lives with the difficulties of having an abusive father, celebrity mother, sexual abuse,... More > and his struggles to find personal peace in a lifetime journey of travel and search. We follow Sheppard’s path through the university experience, to Mexico, Europe, Japan, entry in to his professional world, a first failed marriage to a coffee heiress, and finally—in the most unexpected way—he finds his redemption.< Less
Who said ONLY children need to read fables to "grow up"?!! *** Unspoken - Efil: THE improbable fusion of the modern and primitive world, this soft science fiction is a fantastic fable... More > designed to adult readers - This book deliberately contains very ambiguous settings and highly symbolic characters, as it hides 3 levels of interpretation: literal, symbolic and ethereal. For more info, welcome to visit www.myspace.com/ineskim< Less
Even though the plays range in style from iambic pentameter to high school banter, the core of each work is interconnected. Instead of following cliché concepts and criticisms of an... More > established group or immediately embracing the counter’s arguments, the characters engage the issue through their own life experiences. Whether or not their efforts and struggles affect the issues or are even recognized, the characters with integrity develop and those following the status quo remain unchanged.
In letting the characters speak, the author also becomes an aspect or student of the process. Since one cannot bemoan or speak against the state of education, learning, and intelligentsia while they act as a heavy handed guide endorsing predetermined outcomes with standard villains and striking heroes. If the journey is to be respected, then the beauty of persons without engrained biases is to be celebrated.< Less
ALARM CLOCK DAWN, author Eric Vance Walton's debut novel, is the chilling story of a world only decades ahead of our own. Adam Harkin is an employee of XenTek, the most powerful corporation the world... More > has ever known. Adam begins to question the purpose of his existence in a world where people are no longer citizens; they are merely consumers. Every aspect of a person’s role in society is to be determined by one number—their credit score.
The planet is protesting corporate greed and insatiable consumerism through crippling super storms that erupt without warning.
In a race against time, thousands of people are waking up from this nightmare, burning their Consumer Identification Cards and doing the only thing they can to strike back—dropping out of this toxic society. One by one they join the camps outside the cities. The fate of humanity itself is at stake and the clock is ticking. One question haunts their fragile optimism: Is it already too late?< Less
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
Dr. Keith Vintner has more money than he could ever spend, and a lavish lifestyle anyone would be a little jealous of.
Rita Haley, enduring some of life's speed bumps, was finally on the path to... More > happiness. Or so she thought.
Michael Halloran was engrossed in his work, not taking to the dating scene since his wife's death, until he gets talked into signing up with a match-making service.
Follow this trio as their lives get thrown into a tangled web of deception, and redemption.< Less
The artwork of the Master of Cabestany served as the inspiration and skeleton of this novel. As one of the great sculptors during the twelfth century in Catalonia (southern France and northeastern... More > Spain), the Master of Cabestany is well known today, but nothing is known of his life. Heaven Walker is the fictional account of his life and times.
The location of the novel on the Costa Brava (Spain) and in Roussillon (France) is exciting and real. The sites and cities exist today. The time, the twelfth century, was an essential period in the modernization of Europe. Twelfth century sculpture ranks with the greatest sculpture of all time. It was a time of conflict between the nobility, church, and growing bourgeoisie.
Most importantly, the story is exciting, rapidly paced adventure, filled with intrigue and romance, and addictive from page one to the denouement. The novel will open your eyes to the high middle ages and the men and women who lived during that remarkably important and turbulent time.< Less
Ed Wells, a small town family man and hard worker, gets caught in the wrong place at the wrong time after attending a wedding in St. Louis, one hot Saturday. He witnesses a murder and now the... More > murderers know who he is and where he lives. Ed now has to protect his life and home from a group of gang bangers from the city. Luckily, for a hunter and farmer in his own back yard, it will prove to be much harder to snuff him out than expected.< Less
Some people grow up with silver spoons firmly planted in their mouths. But others have to teethe on life and its misfortunes. Meet Clare de Fontroy, poet, journalist, underground warrior, civil... More > rights activist, mother, lover and most assuredly, no owner of a silver spoon. She is a woman who has witnessed history being carved out of daily lives of ordinary people, as well as those of the rich and famous. Her letters from Paris comprise and narrative about America’s past, as well as its future.< 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
Complex, densely textured literary novel, constructed somewhat roughly around a tornado, a mountain lion attack, and several other alternative potentialities, set in Cathar County, Nebraska sometime... More > in the recent past, or present, or perhaps the future, rich in allusions, poor in punctuation. Featuring characters named Faith and A. Jacks and Arch and Parrish and May and Hanratty and Helen and Horton, and others too many to mention, none of whom are less real than any other illusion one might care to entertain. Faith seeks recovery of a twin captured by a big cat. Arch seeks an elusive frequency. A. Jacks seeks to re-construct a palace collapsed by cyclone. Parrish seeks deliverance in coming apocalypse. A two million dollar accidental death insurance benefit hangs in the balance. Stream of consciousness constructs a beginning, a middle, and an end.< Less
American Masquerade is a coming-of-middle-age book for Generation Xers. The book's narrator brings you into his life during an important transition: from Los Angeles back to his home city of... More > Maryland, from a tumbleweed lifestyle to growing some roots.
Smiling I lifted my hand to assure her it was all right as I stepped towards the bar to get something to wash the food down. This wouldn’t have been the place to do so, but I wanted to ask her a few things. I wanted to ask how long she held out before blowing party guests in hopes of some sort of break. I could see in her eyes the look that only comes with complete belief that it would all mean something someday. She had drank the Kool-Aid of this city and asked for more. I watched her as she moved through the crowd until I felt Murray’s hand on my shoulder.
“You can’t save everyone, we’re lucky to save ourselves.”< Less
This 5.5" x 8.5" perfect bound ISSN# book is the November/December 2013 issue (v120) of Down in the Dirt magazine (http://scars.tv/dirt, with Janet Kuypers as the Editor), published by... More > Scars Publications. Writers included in this issue are MCD, Marlon Jackson, Kerry Lown Whalen, Liam Spencer, Jason D. Cooper, Steven Wineman, Roland Stoecker, Hannah Thurman, S. R. Mearns, Peter McMillan, Carol Smallwood, Kelly Haas Shackeford, Ryan Priest, Graeme Scallion, Eric Prochaska, John Ladd Zorn, Jr., Eleanor Leonne Bennett (with art), Mike Cluff, Darcy Wilmoth, and Janet Kuypers.< Less
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 number 572, and if he had dreamed he was 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 play 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
Ian is alone and trapped in a dark depression. He struggles to find his purpose, but is lacking motivation. When he falls for his next-door neighbor, Ian becomes even more ashamed of his character. A... More > sudden strange encounter with an unsettling old woman then throws Ian's life into disarray and leaves him feeling threatened. Ian realizes that he must confront his own unhappiness as well as the inner darkness of the person he loves the most to discover his true significance.
Additional story: "Thus Is Life" is the tale of one individual's journey to hope.< Less
Chloe and Ness make a new friend. So naturally they get caught up in secret plots involving atomic weapons and Cabinet secretaries.
They're still breaking codes, but these codes are coming from a... More > cult. Or is the cult a front? And is it a front for some airhead drug users, or a foreign intelligence service?
"Maggie, I hope you're sane, 'cause I really like you." Chloe smiled.
"You're brave, Chloe. You know how few people would say something like that?"
"She was taken because her parents can build bombs.
She'll have seconds to tell where she is, but you're the
only ones who'll understand it."
Willie gave Maggie a knife.
"It's sharp. It's the sharpest thing you've ever handled. If you get clumsy, you can lose fingers,or cut an artery."
"What makes it so sharp?"
"I do." Willie never blinked.
Ness nodded, "The good news is, she works at a coffee house.
There's no such thing as too much coffee!"< Less
THE CHEST OF DRAWERS is the poignant account of pioneer life in the 1880’s. Although the characters and the plot of this story are pure fiction, the time and the place are not. They are stark... More > reality. Edgington’s grandfather was one of a small group of Swedes who settled in northern Maine.
They were pioneers. They cut down the trees.
They built log cabins. They plowed the land and they planted potatoes. Life was hard in Aroostook County. When Edgington researched their story, she uncovered an overwhelming picture of deprivation and hardship.
But the settlers were a hardy stock. They survived.
Some flourished. All had a story that needed to be told. This is Matilda’s.< Less
Sorcery is an evil magic, and that's just the way Mira intends for it to stay. Two best friends, two alluring guys, one common enemy... or could she be a friend? Serenity Lockhart and Hazel Burk get... More > trapped eight hundred years apart and struggle not only to find the ones they love- maybe even to sacrifice them- but to find each other and defeat one wicked sorcerer who could just be the key to their survival.< Less
I wrote this story for my family for Christmas. Charming and quirky and written by a newbie. Not professional by any means. Every character is a piece of me and I can't stop reading it. I seem to... More > like hanging out with myself!< Less
The intellectual offspring of Ionesco, Beckett, and Pinter, Walter Wykes is known for his intense roles and dark subject matter. In this play, he takes us on a deliciously depraved tour de force as... More > Murray, a celebrity author in the middle of a very public (and messy) divorce, finds himself unable to write. He has nothing more to say—that is, until he meets Emma, the wife of an obsessed fan. In Emma, Murray recognizes the possibility of a new muse, someone to inspire him, to get the words flowing again. In a dark, half-lit bar, he attempts to seduce her, to draw her, like a fly, into his web, but Emma has an agenda of her own. She enlists Murray's aid in curing her husband's obsession. Still intent on seduction, Murray plays along. His presence in the young couple's home, however, is the catalyst not for any cure, but rather for a violent explosion that will propel the play towards its inevitable conclusion and raise the question ... who is the spider and who is the fly?< Less
Set in Istanbul in the late 1990s, These Lions Have Wings tells the story of Michael (or Mikail) Arslanoğlu as he grapples with the events that unfold between his mother’s engagement and... More > her remarriage and how those events came to play a part in what may or may not have occurred at the wedding. In the process, Michael must navigate through the layered history of the city, of his family, and of his own heart as he becomes involved with two very different men who both will play a part in the possible tragedy at the wedding.< Less