Recent Publishes

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The Corner of East and Dreams

By Joan Connor

A collection of stories that are off center in some way and range from the comic to the absurd to the relentlessly tragic.

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Fay S Men

By Perle Besserman

Fay’s Men traces the adventures and misadventures of Fay Watkins, a Texas-born dancer and spiritual seeker, on the poignantly funny, circuitous path to self-realization. Prompted by her naïve, almost quixotic idealism, Fay’s quest inspires hasty decisions in love and a disillusioning spiritual encounter that nearly knocks her off course. Undaunted, she boldly pursues her goal, journeying from home to an initiatory stint as a revolutionary in Mexico, then to New York, where she leaps into marriage with a wacky psychiatrist, then to an Israeli Zen center and a Japanese monastery, followed by a hilariously disastrous trip to Paris with her Zen master, and an unintended admission as a patient in the psychiatric ward of her husband’s hospital—an experience that finally propels her to self-discovery on a palm-fringed beach in Hawaii.

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This Then Is What Counts

By HJ Brennan

This Then Is What Counts” renders an unlikely, contemporary couple bound in love and forced into a tragic odyssey. James is thirty-something and emotionally adrift when he encounters a tall, heroic and deserted June. They work and sweat side-by-side on a historic construction project in the forest along the Chesapeake. Their mutual passion is lit, June’s secrets are revealed, and love and life are threatened. Twenty-five years later, James is alone. He reflects on that short time he and June shared. It seems like yesterday, and she was bigger than life and the only love he’s known. It was a physical year of working with their hands and enjoying their bodies, and they took hold of those days and swung them over their heads. When June’s troubled past showed up, she laid out her options: “I either fight hard, run hard, or I’m screwed.” They ran. As James tells the story in his darkly comic and unsettled retirement, a mystery builds as to why he’s alone when his memories of that single year with June present such a wide-screen love.

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Song of the Samurai

By C. A. Parker

Japan, 1745, is a land under the iron grip of the Tokugawa shoguns. Roads are monitored, dissent stifled, and order maintained through blackmail and an extensive network of informers. Amid rumors of rebellion, Kurosawa Kinko–samurai and monk–is expelled in disgrace as the head music instructor of his Zen temple in Nagasaki. He begins an odyssey across Japan, dogged by agents and assassins from an unknown foe. Along his journey, Kinko encounters a compelling cast of merchants, ronin, courtesans, spies, warriors, hermits, and spirits, on a quest to redeem his honor. Inspired by the life of the historical Kurosawa Kinko (1710-1771), master of the shakuhachi flute and founder of the Kinko-ryu school, Song of the Samurai takes the reader on a richly-textured exploration of feudal Japan and the complexities of the human spirit.

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Thirteen Tunnels

By Barbara Lockwood

On September 17, 2022, the literary world, indeed the whole world, lost a unique voice with the passing of Suzanne “Hammer” Samples. Her final journey began in 2014 with a brain tumor diagnosis. She chronicled her struggles and triumphs even as she worked through post-surgery rehab including regaining the loss of arm and hand function. Suzanne’s rare courage and candor gave us a brutally honest and unflinching view of her life. Though she “nagged” her editor and publisher to get her first book into print before she died, Suzanne outlived her prognosis. The memoir, “Frontal Matter: Glue Gone Wild” went on to be named among the best books of 2019 by Kirkus Reviews and sent Suzanne on a phenomenal book tour where she wowed listeners with her experiences, stellar personality and dark wit. She continued on to write two sequels, “Stargazing in Solitude” published to acclaim in 2021, and the “13 Tunnels”, even as she returned to teaching and started a literary magazine. Her trilogy offers insight, comfort, and understanding to the patients, caregivers, and loved ones dealing with this and similar devastating diagnoses. Suzanne lived life to the fullest and gave us great gifts along the way. She will be missed. -- Barbara Lockwood and Lisa Kastner

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The Serpents of Eden

By R.W. Goldsmith

Clay Middleton has made a career as a wilderness artist with his paintings of the American southwest. His remote desert journeys have also earned him the reputation of a deranged man who is best avoided. The reputation suits him, however, as other than for his immediate family, he prefers the company of cacti, coyotes, and sidewinders to the company of man. His idyllic life comes to an end when his wife dies, and his daughter abandons her son to his care. He believes things cannot get worse. He is wrong. His grandson is kidnapped by three supernatural beings, and Clay alone possesses the means to rescue the boy. But to do so, he must endure the incessant chatter of a young paranormal investigator as they pursue the kidnappers across alternate post-apocalyptic Earths in a race against the countdown to universal destruction.

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Wolf-Boy

By David Fitzpatrick

A coming of age story set in Provincetown, Truro, and Dennis Cape Cod during the summer of 1979. Sixteen-year-old Danny Halligan is seeking to define his sexual identity, struggling to navigate his feeling toward 18-year old childhood friend Liam Preston. Their lives spiral out of control when they meet 21-year-old Gracie Rose, a charismatic photographer and Yale dropout with a vision of a flesh festival on film. Danny finds his mind unraveling as he is caught up in a torrent of drugs, sex and photography. Entire days are lost in drug fueled grappling and flesh wars in a massive tree fort known as the Palace of the Palpable Pines. Gracie’s vision includes masking her subjects to maintain their anonymity. Liam becomes Lone Ranger while Danny’s fur covered mask transforms him into Wolf-Boy. Danny is left mentally and physically ravaged as Gracie gains ever more fame for her ground-breaking photographs, known as Transfiguration Photos.

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Rize Short Story Anthology, Volume 1

By Feng Gooi, Tony Martello, Porsha Stennis, Derek Weinstock, Brianna Ferguson, Inbal Gilboa, Alexandria Hulslander, Makani Speier-Brito, Tom Marrotta and Benjamin White

There Will Come A Train by Feng Gooi During World War Two, the Japanese forcibly sent prisoners deep into the wild mountains to build the Siam-Burma Railway now also known as the Death Railway. A party of Malaysian prisoners find that freedom may be possible when one of them starts receiving strange visions of the future. Virgil in Kingman by Inbal Gilboa “Virgil in Kingman” is a whistle-stop tour of the state of Arizona and a katabasis to the Underworld, beginning in Phoenix and ending past the Salt River. At the helm of this roadtrip, Sleeper Car, the driver, and her navigator, a talking tarantula by the name of Jacob Schwartz, travel from one end of the state to the other in search of the entrance to Hell through a copper mineshaft, seeking to fetch the soul of Sleeper Car’s companion. Meditative and surreal, the only guarantee for this journey is that they will not, by any means, stop at the Grand Canyon. Welcome to Hicksville by Porsha Stennis They often say down in Hicksville, you’ll never make it out alive. Either a gun, jail or poverty will kill you, and seventeen year old Tobias is on the verge of finding out his fate. Just days before his senior graduation and summer approaches, he begins to take a good look around at how he exists in this place he once called home and questions everything he’s ever known; his mother, his race, and the one unresolved mystery since birth – his father. This is only the beginning of a summer filled with life altering events. Welcome to adulthood, Tobias. Welcome to Hicksville. Death After Life by Alex Hulslander After death, there is judgement to determine if one is worthy of Heaven or damned to Hell. But Hell is not what everything thinks it is, as for many it is simply a continuation of life without worry. However, for one woman it is a place of confusion. Without her memories, she must navigate this new life with the help of Lucifer to determine who she was before death and who she is meant to be.

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The Harvest

By Diego Rauda

After a nightmare about a disembodied, skinless head calling him from under the bed, Daniel woke with a jolt, but managed to fall asleep again with little effort. He was used to these hellish visions—while asleep. Now the visions have started to cross over to his waking life, and it’s game over. As he tries to bury the feeling that he’s being stalked by an unseen force, one of his closest friends takes their own life in front of Daniel, but only after blaming him and the dragon he carries. While he races to elucidate a mystery that recedes before him, the people closest to Daniel continue to die in perverse circumstances. Against his better judgment, Daniel follows the thread which connects these deaths in order to discover the truth.

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The Mango Chronicle

By Ricardo José González-Rothi

In an entangled exodus to freedom during a nuclear missile crisis, a young boy’s Cuban Huck-Finn-childhood is upended. After a decades-long struggle with identity, he transitions from refugee to “good” American, returning to his roots for redemption. He left his birthplace during a nuclear missile crisis. As a refugee in a foreign land he struggles to adjust to a new set of life circumstances. The author recollects his childhood in his Cuban barrio from the eyes of a child, and then decades later, from the vantage of a grown adult. From stealing a rowboat and being nearly capsized by a Russian tanker, to befriending an old fisherman who tells him a haunting tale, to being bullied by a neighborhood thug, to cockfights gone wrong, to witnessing the plight of political prisoners during an invasion, to dealing with the injustices of growing up in a machismo and homophobic culture, he led a Cuban Huck Finn childhood. Arriving in a foreign land which is at times unwelcoming, he struggles to assimilate while preserving his native soul. Eventually he finds redemption upon circling back to his roots when he returns to the island.

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Far Out

By Khaled Talib and Benjamin White

Screenwriter Blake Deco’s life is upended when his Hollywood movie-star wife, Goldie Saint Helen, comes out of a coma after a car accident with a makeshift identity. Her lawyers see her condition as an opportunity to swindle her.

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Map Of My Escape

By Cheryl Reed

The shooting of a homicide detective is captured on film by a mysterious figure from a second-floor window, implicating Riley Keane, an anti-gun activist and a school shooting survivor. Riley flees Chicago for a frozen island in Lake Superior. A race to find her ensues between her secret lover—Chicago politician Finn O’Farrell—a corrupt police lieutenant, and the mysterious cameraman who extorts Riley’s family and Finn. Finn’s entanglement with Riley and the extortionist threatens his ambitious political career. On the island, Riley ingratiates herself into the close-knit community, but when she witnesses both an islander’s murder and another death in a suspicious boating accident, the local sheriff starts asking questions that begin to unravel her true identity. As the sheriff and the FBI are closing in on Riley, Finn faces media pressure to reveal his mysterious role in that long ago school shooting. If the facts come out, Finn may go to prison, but his biggest fear is that the truth will forever sever his relationship with Riley.

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Mickey: Surviving Salvation

By Robert Shafer

Mickey: Surviving Salvation’ is the story of a boy shaped by abandonment and abuse, who returns to his estranged mother at age 12 and has to figure out how to survive in her new life. Based on the author’s real-life childhood, Mickey tries to find his place amidst poverty, suffering and religious self-righteousness in the 1950’s. From Chicago to Mormon country in Ogden, Utah, where religious intolerance strikes deep, and finally to California, the honest and raw voice of young Mickey takes the reader on an emotional journey of adolescence, in which the determination to survive creates unlikely moments of hope and triumph. -Sequel to ‘Mickey: The Giveaway Boy.

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Undetectable

By Casey Charles

Undetectable is a story of love, loss, and viral loads, a memoir of long-term survival with HIV. From New York graduate student in 1989, who contracts the virus from the love of his life to Montana writer in 2018 visiting the slums of Nairobi, the author finds his own drama intertwined with the astonishing stories of his HIV+ peers, narratives that intersect the path of his travails and act as foils to the foibles of a gay man who comes out, falls in love, and faces a death sentence at the beginning of his career. In his fight for drugs, friends, and support, Charles learns the power of linking self to other as he confronts stigma, heartbreak, and fear with a visceral resilience. By discovering the power of community, Undetectable explores a generation of long-term HIV survivors who have lived to tell the story of an AIDS pandemic now in its fifth decade without cure or vaccine.

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God Is A Tequila Worm

By Tim Rousseau

Peter is terrified—aware of his losing battle with Alzheimer’s and unable to communicate with his loved ones gathered around him. While they fight over what is to be done with him—nursing home or home care—he grapples with the deteriorating threads of memories distorted by time, fear, and the fragments of outside conversation he can manage to follow. Elsewhere, Johanna’s employer takes possession of a fully autonomous, simulated universe she’s created on their equipment with plans to turn it into a luxury resort for disaffected citizens of her own universe. She cannot stand for this. In this story of family obligation, existential terror, and revolutionary optimism, Peter and Johanna must struggle against their given lots in life for something greater—an overcoming of despair and an indestructible hope for a more human future.

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How We Were Before

By Jonathan Kravetz

When a savage home invasion results in the death of a town most glamorous couple, the surviving friends and relatives of the victims must navigate the emotional aftermath: Exasperated high school Vice-Principal Zachary Rivers makes a final effort to reach a troubled student. Town librarian, Shelby Blythe—the eldest daughter of the murder victims—begins a correspondence with Billy Lawson, her parents’ murderer. Evelyn Kavanaugh, a retired marketing manager and beloved family friend of the Blythes, embarks on a luxurious cruise as a prelude to suicide. Noam Russell, Billy Lawson’s best friend, returns to Benfield to claim a share of his deceased father’s estate. Samantha Blythe’s maternal attempt to help an employee evokes a renewed desire to connect with her own family. The spaces between stories are haunted by echoes of the deceased couples life—from the ignorant bliss of first impressions and great expectations to the tumultuous troubles of middle age, and, finally, an undying hope for reconciliation.

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The Quiet Limit of the World

By Carlos Ramet

San Francisco in 1978 is a place of urban chaos. But for Diego Contreras it represents a dream of artistic success. As a recent college graduate from an immigrant family, he moves from Los Angeles to find something worth believing in and meets Saloma Sevilla, a wealthy Filipino-Chinese graduate student. Diego and Saloma develop an intense relationship through a series of adventures and misadventures. They must overcome the barriers of social class, family life, and past sexual abuse, as well as deal with a cast of quirky 1970s characters—drug-addled creative writing students, pompous professors, hangars-on in a boarding house, and tiresome family members. The City of San Francisco also shapes them. The mayor and city supervisor have been assassinated, an active shooter takes hostages in a downtown office building, the “White Night” riots have engulfed the Castro District and City Hall, and the Weather Underground has bombed a police station. Diego and Saloma must negotiate all this and come to terms with their own quiet limit of the world.

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Family Pack

By Kali Metis

The novel, FAMILY PACK, written by Kali Metis (the pen name for Lisa Kastner) is the follow up novel to CURE and continues the tale of LUNA AUBER as she discovers her own destiny and provides the origins of the two primary lycanthropic organizations, The Lycanthrope Society (TLS) which believe that humans and lycanthropes should exist in harmony while The Righteous Group (TRG) believe that lycanthropes are intended to rule over all other species and Luna’s battle to prevent the dessimation of the world as she knows it.

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Number 12 Rue Sainte-Catherine

By Roberta Gates

Though unexceptional in every way, Klaus Barbie, a mid-level Gestapo chief, ruled Lyon, France, like a medieval tyrant from 1942-44. Crowds parted to let him pass; a table was permanently reserved for him at Le Lapin Blanc, Lyon’s raciest nightclub; and pretty young women slipped him notes inscribed with their phone numbers. But his glory days represented only a thin slice of his life. What prepared him for his role as the so-called Butcher of Lyon, and what became of him after the war ended? In an attempt to answer these and other questions, this collection of nine wide-ranging and skillfully written stories presents Barbie in a variety of guises, from that of a vulnerable young boy, to a preening young man on the make, to an enfeebled old man forced to confront his crimes forty years after the fact. Though wars and their excesses flare up and die down, evil is always with us, promising a god-like dominion over others that seduces those who are weakest. This book is a reminder of that.

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All Her Loved Ones Encoded

By Michael Keefe

All Her Loved Ones, Encoded is a story of personal struggle set against global climate collapse, as one woman risks everything in order to preserve her family. In 2057, near Californias Central Coast, desalination plant worker Kiana Olsen is digging a grave for Javi, her terminally ill husband. Three years earlier, as their daughter Anza succumbed to spectral fever, Kiana and Javi uploaded her mind to Level Up, a virtual worldbuilding program. Now, Kiana is desperate to do the same for Javi. But the government has outlawed consciousness uploads and throttled the internet. When Kiana turns to the black market for the technology she needs, she is arrested and jailed. Her daring escape during a blackout begins her Odyssean journey through the night: a collapsing roof, a confrontation with an armed killer, a Level Up sex party in a condemned mansion, security androids, multiple injuries, and a nocturnal wilderness hike, all with the police on her trail. As Kiana struggles to make her way home to Javi, she finds solace and connection in the virtual histories she has created for her ancestors: a woodland standoff between her great-great-grandfathers in World War Two, her great-grandmothers escape from Cold War East Berlin, her grandparents meet cute in an ambulance, and her mothers own flight from the law. An intimate narrative that resonates globally, Michael Keefes All Her Loved Ones, Encoded, is both an urgent warning of our imperiled future and a heartbreaking tale of love beyond the limits of place and time.

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Forces of Nature

By Gina Wagner

FORCES OF NATURE explores the intersections of disability and loss, nature and nurture, families of origin and families of choice. It begins with the moment the author, Gina DeMillo Wagner, finds out her brother Alan, who had a complicated genetic disorder, is dead. From there, she takes readers along as she is pulled away from the safety of her friends, away from her husband and kids, and thrust back into a family she has been estranged from for nearly ten years. The memoir documents this rewinding and revisiting of the past, plus Alan’s Christmas-themed funeral, an investigation into Alan’s cause of death, Wagners unraveling in the face of complicated grief, and finally the day – ten months later – when her parents divide his cremated remains and bury him in separate states. Within this framework, Wagner weaves in scenes from her childhood that illustrate what it’s like to be a sister and caregiver to a sibling with disabilities, the daughter of a mentally ill parent, and how she forges her own path and find peace by creating a family of choice.

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Animal Husbandry

By Jeff Fleischer

The stories in Animal Husbandry all deal in some way with mythology, from animal fables to imaginary friends to the myths people tell themselves. In some cases, the myths are fantastical: a farmer finds his cow has given birth to a surprising offspring; a guitarist tries to improve his skills with a visit to the crossroads; or a young girl meets with a visitor in the woods to plot against her neighbors. Others concern everyday mythology: a small-town ballplayer struggles to earn a nickname; a man’s clean bill of health arrives at the worst possible time; or a long-retired screen actress receives a letter that makes her confront her past.

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Before You Met Me

By Agatha Sicil

Most people have skeletons in their closet and go through the motions of life meeting new people who are unaware of their past experiences. As a result, a person has more than one life to tell. The purpose of this book is to open the reader’s eyes that the person whom they refer to as their friend, colleague, in-law, or neighbor, is not who they really say they are but their previous interactions begin to make sense.

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Sailing For Grace

By Joseph Bauer

Wilton and Grace Goodbow’s long marriage was frequently marked by political disagreement—she was the progressive activist, he the conservative, successful businessman. But their love was deep and bonded by a common passion for the sea aboard their ocean sailing yacht, The Sails of Grace. About to die, Grace elicits her husband’s promise to set aside his political beliefs and take on her last cause: the reunification of Central American parents separated from their children at the El Paso border. Will risks his own freedom to keep his word. Sometimes the letter of the law and the right thing to do meet head-on. Sailing for Grace is a suspenseful exploration of the intersection of law, morality, and personal choice.

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Running Wild Press Short Story Anthology, Volume 7

By Benjamin White

Run, Sally. Run. Fact and fiction intertwined. Shadows dancing on moonlight walls. She will not sleep, the night is haunted again. Aftermath A cruel twist of fate leaves a married mans future uncertain. Perennials All spitfire and spindle, a white gloved and haired lady, no doubt, a proper Southern peach in her youth— now in the ripeness of years she knew a secret. I watched it slowly, slowly, unfold. Experiencing Experiences Just a girl doing her best while navigating the dumpster fire that is dating in her 30s. The Writer Within Who’s Tale To Tell Is It? The Scent of Orange What makes a place the wrong direction? Wolves in the Woods To prevent an impending loss in his family, a young boy is willing to risk everything. Wolves are the least of his fears. The Badnjak For one woman, Christmas brings joy, sorrow, and ancient gods together in “The Badnjak,” which is loosely based on Slavic mythology. Harvesting the Stars Free will is the gift given to humans but not any other beings. But do all humans deserve the gift and who gets to choose? eros (thanatos) A story about a journey from Chicago to the Indiana Dunes and back again while experiencing the realities of sex in contemporary, post-enlightenment society. They’ll All Be Waiting Two childhood friends, the pot-head Jeff and the debonair Grant, remain friends after Grant comes out—living together, working together, and partying together, remaining close as “brothers from separate mothers” and “sisters under the skin,” until HIV takes Grant’s life. A Cowboy Lost He was a young cowboy from a long line of rough-and-tumble cowboys. Real men. But unless you knew him intimately, you would never know of his demons, demons in the eyes of others, which he ultimately embraced as his own. Pumping Station Road Lloyd is an intense, moralistic runner who plans to make history by running 90 miles across Connecticut in 30 hours. His girlfriend and main supporter fal.

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Crooked Out of Compton

By Ron Dowell

Mention “California,” and most people think of sun-kissed beaches, star-studded glamour, Hollywood success, or Silicon Valley. However, the stories in Crooked Out of Compton expand the narrative to include stories about othered Californians—each story reveals a different facet of the South [Central] Los Angeles community and its inhabitants. “Professor Roach” follows the story of a disaffected young boy who’d rather be an insect. Sheriff’s deputy Daniel Brown finds institutional change difficult when he questions the status quo in “Job Collateral Lies Dead on Compton Creek.” Leland Otis Dunwitty meets Mysteree, his first love, and finds how complicated relationships can be when lovers come from different track sides. At the Watts Towers, Tamara Thomas shares wisdom and teaches her children the facts of life in “The Niggalators.” In “Bruised,” Trina Thomas uses her mother’s teaching when she confronts several obstacles while rescuing her younger brother from his heinous foster mom, Starkaña Wilkerson. The speculative ending story, “Baba Nam Kevelam (My Most Beloved is the Only One),” occurs in 2037. Ulan Mohammed, an unemployed school food service worker, experiences the still unsolved unhoused issue. These gritty stories show how people find hope and joy in lives where basic needs are demanding to be met.

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Red Roses

By Tasha Hutchison

Four girlfriends with an eclectic mix of vibrant personalities plan a trip around the world after drunkenly taking ancestry tests during a wine-filled girls night. It all seems harmless until a long-standing secret is uncovered where they experience enlightenment and revelations in equal measure, joys and traumas, and sometimes madness.

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Going to Maine

By Sally Brooks

From comedian Sally Chaffin Brooks comes a memoir about the thing she cant seem to shut up about— her life changing thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. 25-year-old Sally has no reason to upend her comfortable, conventional life to spend 5 months hiking the Appalachian Trail; no reason except that her charismatic best friend, Erin, asked her to come along. A woefully out-of-shape Sally quickly realizes she may not actually be prepared for the realities of thru-hiking— brutal weather, wrong turns, and painful blisters have her wanting to quit almost as soon as she starts. But out of loyalty to Erin, or maybe the sinking realization that her life needed upending, Sally sticks it out. As she and Erin trek from Georgia to Maine, they collect a ragtag band of hikers and together stumble from one hilarious (and sometimes scary) predicament to another. By the time she reaches Maine— accompanied by Erin, their crew, and a guy shes maybe (definitely) falling in love with— readers will cheer for the stronger, more self-assured Sally that has emerged and wish they could start the laugh-out-loud, life-affirming adventure all over again.

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Terror at the Sound of a Whistle

By Caroline Davenport

A successful career woman, at a juncture in her life, has finally attained the beautiful lifestyle, the security, all she had ever dreamt of during her trauma laden upbringing—only to realize she may have lost the only thing of worth. Fear, drama, trust, grief—and eventually, understanding and redemption dominate this novel-like memoir.

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(Upcoming....2025) Getting Better

By William Carter

On October 7th, 2007, his senior year of high school, Will Carter leaves work and heads home to get sleep before re-taking the SAT the following morning. Three weeks later, he wakes up in a hospital bed, a trach in his throat, covered in IV’s and scars, confused, and with a terrible pain in his head. He learns that he has suffered a brain injury and stroke and that he is waking up from a medically induced coma. Will takes what scraps and bits he has of his memory to reclaim his story, as he takes the reader on a harrowing 7-month journey from his car accident and coma to his recovery and return to high school. Will fights the internal battle of wanting to be the person he was before and accepting who he is now. He must fight to graduate high school, re-learn how to walk, and re-discover how to live his life again. He must strive to figure out what getting better really looks like. Will must come to terms with God and fight to hold onto his faith. He must finally come to see getting better as not something physical but something emotional, personal, and spiritual.

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Pocket Full Of Teeth

By Aimee Hardy

The police have some questions for Eddy Sparrow. Questions about a body found at the bottom of a well. As she answers the officer’s questions, she mentions a mysterious manuscript hidden in her recently deceased mothers desk drawer. The manuscript is about a young girl named Cat who returns home after her own mother’s death to find her house haunted. As Eddy reads Cat’s story, her own secrets emerge, and she begins to experience strange phenomena: wet footprints, phantom phone calls, and nightmares. But a book couldn’t be haunted. At least that’s what Eddy tells herself. As her life slowly unravels, Eddy realizes that her life is inextricably connected to Cat’s story, but can she save Cat and come to terms with the secrets haunting her or will they consume her until there is nothing left?

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(Upcoming....2025) Alterations

By Kate Maruyama

Adriana gets a job sewing for Edith Head at Paramount’s costume department in the early 1940s. Adriana falls in love with a bit player named Rose and the two move in together. Living with a woman goes unnoticed as most people presume they are only roommates. But as Adrianas career blossoms, society and life start to interfere and Adriana makes decisions that affect three generations of her family. 1998: Adrianas granddaughter Laura has left LA on the heels of a failed relationship and a subsequently failed career in film development. She moves in with her grandmother in Baltimore to find some time and space to think. The problem is she always spent time here with her dearest friend and cousin Becca, who died suddenly in a car crash, leaving her 13-year-old daughter, Lizzie. Adriana, in her eighties and wrestling with the past is now suddenly responsible for Laura and Lizzie. In this compelling literary family drama, three lives twine together in the past and the present to take a closer look at how family, wanted or not, makes up who we are.

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(Upcoming....2025) The Language of Mothers

By Rain Wright

The Language of Mothers is a hybrid memoir grounded in the power of prose and poetry. It is an imaginative tapestry of women’s storytelling that punctures narrative craft to illuminate the inheritance of domestic trauma and the voicing of familial stories that are healing spaces that carry through time. The Language of Mothers is about two mothers caught in abusive relationships, impoverished with children, with few avenues of escape. These stories shed light on the culture of American motherhood as a failure for women, perpetuating a system of patriarchal ideals that only values the nuclear family as whole spaces of abundance, love, and worth. At nineteen, Rain Wright’s mother left Dronfield, England, traveling through Europe before landing in New York in the turbulent 1960s. Swept up in the changing societal wave, Elizabeth, her mother travels to California, where she meets her future abuser, Rain’s father. This memoir is the story of Elizabeth’s courageous escape with three young children, and it is the story of Rain’s escape decades later. The Language of Mothers navigates the inheritance of trauma, finding that storytelling and art, for both women, become the impetus for healing. Elizabeth packs her children’s belongings in black plastic bags and hides them in the brush along Elk Ridge Road, in California, making her daring escape with the help of friends and an ex-lover. She flies with her children across an ocean to the safety of Hawai?i, where she finds art, lomi lomi, music, and security. After Elizabeth’s passing from breast cancer in 1996, her stories, inherited from years of car rides around Hawai?i Island, are the language of mythmaking. The Language of Mothers is an intimate look at why women stay too long in abusive relationships and an act of defiance and regenerative love. Rain’s story is a tapestry of early childhood trauma as witness to her mother’s abuse, domestic terror at the hands of her children’s father, and her own escape narrative.

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(Upcoming....2025) End Zone

By David Fitzpatrick

In the affluent, idyllic shoreline town of Gently, quiet Jay Souther, a rising-sophomore at St. Andrew’s Catholic High School for Boys, is prepared for a simple summer of football camp where he’ll try out for varsity and make the team as a third-string punter. On the field, the 16-year-old is immediately enraptured by the charismatic and smooth-as-silk like senior Foster Gold and hulking disciple the Latino All-American for two years running, Bear Santos. Jay is rapidly caught up in the stimulating dynamic of the two older boys, the longed for sense of brotherhood eclipsing the toxicity of Foster’s lifestyle and rhetoric. As summer ends and the school year moves along, Jay finds himself without an anchor caught in a hedonistic spiral of Foster’s design. Foster and Bear’s influence overpowers Jay’s blooming friendship with fellow sophomore, Basil Sous and senior Tuck Reis, despite their ability to see the dangerous path that Jay is obliviously walking. Basil and Tuck combine their efforts to rescue Jay from Foster’s hypnotic, nearly cult-like sway. Will their efforts prevent a horrific Thanksgiving tragedy? Throw in some whirling, twisting sexuality into the mix, and it looks like we got ourselves a ballgame.

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Dispossessed

By Désirée Zamorano

Manuel Galvan is separated from his parents and sister during the mass expulsion of Mexicans and Mexican Americans in the 1930s. He grows from a small, lost and confused boy into a wandering and angry teenager pushed out of high school and into the dockyards. Later as a loyal, passionate husband he is a man searching for a life of value and dignity despite his losses. Set against the backdrop of (Mexican) American history in Los Angeles, forced deportations, the demolition of Chavez Ravine, sterilization of Latinas, student protests and rising political consciousness, this story spans his life, from 6 to 60, and his search for his missing family, the missing pieces of his life.

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(Upcoming....2025) North

By Ann Michelle Harris

A boy who can heal from any injury is destined for a lot of suffering. Kai is orphaned and illegally trapped in slavery. As someone who’s lost everything, nothing is as annoying as the spoiled rich girl who walks into the path of his crossbow when he’s trying to hunt. A girl with a murdered father and absent mother has a lot to deal with, especially when Cara is a princess whose uncle wants to trap her in a political marriage. But Cara is a fierce warrior determined to prove her worth as she helps her kingdom defend continuing attacks from the North. Kai’s sharp weapons skills and rapid healing power make him just the fighter Cara needs. In the beautiful South Kingdom, Kai’s chance encounter with the royal children leads to a very different kind of fairy tale. Life at the palace means danger, prejudice, and political intrigue. But when Kai suddenly disappears, will Cara risk everything to save Kai, and her kingdom, from the queen of the North?

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(Upcoming....2025) Crossing from Shore to Shore

By Jean P. Moore

What happens when a love story turns into a political nightmare? From the moment Amalia enters his shop, the immigrant shoemaker Erasmo imagines she will fulfill his dream of America. And their story begins in promise. The lovers are passionate for life and each other, but they both come to see the truth beneath the surface. Amalia has opened Erasmo’s eyes to inequality and the exploitation of the poor. Against the backdrop of the WWI Red Scare, while the Spanish Flu rages, Erasmo becomes embroiled in the battle between Italian anarchists and the federal government. The dream goes tragically wrong when Erasmo and his brother Giuseppe are framed for murder. The full story is revealed decades later when a great niece visits with the now elderly Amalia and begins piecing together the mystery her family wanted buried with the dead. Through three points of view, those of Amalia, the young Erasmo, and the great niece, the truth emerges: Only when the past is confronted will our ancestors stop whispering to us and finally be at peace.

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Rize Novella Anthology, Volume 2

By Ken Goldman, Rani Jayakumar, Benjamin Toche and M. Amru

Blood Heir by M.A. Amru Jester McNichol manages to escape the conflict that befell the castle-city as the Calhron soldiers cause ruin and despair in nearly every corner. Before the Jester left, under the guidance of the D’ua caste caster, the Jester retrieved a magical sword from the Eastern Library. He intends to reach the Genesis Battalion and help them in this dreadful conflict by finding the sword of Oman the Blasphemy. Soon he finds himself fighting between magic and technology as well as good and evil. However, prophecies will remain as prophecies. Nothing will go the way it should be and this will become the greatest dejection for Jester McNichol. Yesterday Forgotten by Rani Jayakumar A woman who cannot remember her recent past struggles to connect with a husband and children she has never known. As she tries to come to terms with her present, she finds that the tragic events of her past may be the key to fully embracing her future. Desirée by Ken Goldman DON’T KISS DESIREE CHAPPELLE! Yes, Desirée is beyond beautiful. Seductive even as a child, she seems every man’s erotic dream, a fantasy woman possessing charms that no man can resist. And therein lies the problem. Because if you are a young man with bubbling testosterone you had better resist her. In fact, you should run like hell. Whether it’s an innocent kids’ game of Spin The Bottle or a grope fest in the back of an old van, you would be wise to keep repeating... DON’T KISS DESIREE CHAPPELLE! But someone is wise to Desirée. Someone who knows her secrets and who has a very personal reason to uncover the truth no matter what it will take, no matter what it will cost. Someone who knows she has to destroy her... Hector and Achilles: An Aegean Love Story by Benjamin Toche The Trojan War erupts as expected, as we’ve all heard the story: Paris kidnaps Helen, the wife of King Menelaus, and all hell breaks loose. But all of that covers up the real love story of this war, the passionate tryst bet.

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Rize Novella Anthology, Volume 1

By N. D. RAo Nazia Kamali Glenn Mori Rani Jayakumar

Kite Kid by N. D. Rao A cynical hustler rediscovers his inner child during a gig gone awry in Californias East Bay. Can he clean up his act? Fire And Ice by Rani Jayakumar A girl growing up in a small town reflects on her relationship with her dead mother and her alcoholic father as she struggles to reconcile the traditional Indian culture and mythology she was taught with her modern American upbringing, and her own dreams. Multicoloured Muffler by Nazia Kamali Sophia reaches Seoul with no knowledge of the local language and culture. All felt wrong until she meets Yi Soo, an aspiring novelist who works in a café nearby. Their love transcends all boundaries until one of them decides that it is not enough. Water for TsaTsa by Glenn Mori In Water for TsaTsa the expedition sent to negotiate mining rights discovers that the life forms on the planet exist in a manner wildly different from what they expected.

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Fated to Flame

By S. A. Gladden

Jasmine Walters leads a simple life; she goes to work, comes home, and finds another sewing project to dive into on the weekends. But after a fateful encounter with a stranger, she learns that shes destined for something greater than retail. Jasmine is the Prime--a human blessed by a magical Flame to act as arbitrator between the Hellenians and Draconians, two ancient races engaged in a diplomatic dispute that awards the victor access to the human realm. Leon Exousia, the newly crowned Hellenian High Lord, seeks her out in order to maintain the rights of the Flame for his people. But when Jasmine later meets the Draconians, what she uncovers will have her questioning everything she thought she knew about her role, and her weighty decision grows even more daunting than before. Is she only a tool, led by the strings of fate? Or will she be able to forge her own path? The answer lies at Mount Hyperions peak, where the soul of the Flame resides.

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The Valley of Sage and Juniper

By Shay Galloway

Steadfast Genesis and defiant Isaiah are content on their famed grandfathers ranch nestled against the Rocky Mountains. When a mysterious new preacher arrives, called Leader by his congregation, the foundation of their legacy is shaken. Their pious mother, wooed by Leaders commanding presence, becomes a devout member of his fold, pulling the sisters into his reach and revealing that the congregation is more than it appears.

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Shades of Purple

By Nicole Jean writing as Niki Dominique

When having it all wasnt enough, Adrienne McQueen Louden lost everything and everyone she loved in a misguided attempt to gain more success. Homeless, penniless, and with no one to turn to, one rainy day Adrienne finds herself at a random church looking for a reason to keep moving forward when all she wants to do is sit down and never get up again. She finds a kind priest who offers her a roof over her head, a notebook, and a purple pen. This is where her story begins. In the basement of a church with a broken woman who dares to hope that she can turn her life around. The path before her is not easy. She s given up her kids. Her husband is in prison (and its all her fault). Shes stolen money from everyone she s ever loved. And on top of all that, she canot seem to stop thinking about her former lover, who also happens to be her husbands best friend.

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Delivery

By Tomas Baiza

All Daniel Corriente wants is to escape his past and normal,but as he enters his senior year in college, he must face the past traumas that have made him who he is. During his journey, Dani will find himself at the intersections of seemingly conflicting identities -- Mexican/Chicano/Anglo, thug/intellectual, straight/queer, loner/friend. Along the way, Dani will begin to weave toward clarity with the help of a therapist, feuding mentors, an elitist boss, a persistent drug addict, a former love, and an old woman obsessed with his character flaws and the pizzas with extra green peppers. If he has any hope of finding himself, Dani must ultimately answer the question posed by one of his customers--a question that haunts him at every turn

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Red Flags : Tales of Love and Instinct

By Adrianne Beer, Bobby Rollins, Clay Hunt, Christopher GAuntt, Nazia Kamali, Reuben Tihi Hayslett, Benjamin White, Margo McCall, Wendy Lane, Christina Hoag, Rebecca Rush, Amara Phoenix, Stella Almazan, Joseph Beck, PHyllis Peterson Levine

Have you ever been in a situation where all of those internal warning signals went off but you went forward anyway? Or in a situation where you started to drive forward and then something told you to stop? This anthology is a collection of stories of similar situations that our authors experienced. Read on to find out about their own red flags.

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And the Train Kept Moving

By Michael Kiggins

And the Train Kept Moving is about Bryan Meigs, a gay alcoholic with OCD who struggles with the aftermath of getting date-raped and potentially infected with HIV. As Bryan works up the courage to confront his rapist, he must confront his present fears of infection, ghosts from his past, and brutal truths about himself.

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Running Wild Novella Anthology, Volume 7 Book 1

By Russell Carmony Ian Naranjo A.G. Travers Jason Matthew Zalinger

95 North by Jason Matthew Zalinger Myron Oygold has returned home after a tumultuous and toxic relationship with the love of his life. Now in therapy, he recounts how it all began. 95 North explores how we make sense of our decisions in the aftermath of love gone wrong. The Thing in Violet Springs by A. G. Travers When a young family travels into the cold desolate woods of Violet Springs, they are confronted by a vicious monster hell-bent on stalking, catching, and devouring them. Their only hope is to escape the woods before sundown, but with no car, no phones, and the storm of the century brewing, escape from Violet Springs seems further and further out of reach.

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Running Wild Novella Anthology, Volume 7 Book 2

By Stephanie Weber Jeffrey Doka Rachel Coyne Kaitlyn Rich

Cold Spring, Minnesota by Rachel Coyne Deana knows she needs to run for her life; shes concealing a pregnancy from her now deployed and always violent husband. Its not his. But Cold Spring, Minnesota is where her family is - a teenage sister with a new baby and too many choices and a mother who is coming apart from grief and anger over her sons recent death in Afghanistan. The only home shes known and the family shes trying to save will either save Deana or condemn her. Friendly Ghost by Stephanie Weber Friendly Ghost is about a newly single, shy young woman living on her own for the first time. She quickly finds that she is not actually alone - a ghost haunts her apartment! She and the strange ghost form an unusual bond as they help each other with unfinished business. Truth and Consequences by Kaitlyn Rich What are we looking for on long road trips? What finds us? Sometimes journeys of self-discovery lead us to places we dont want to go. Truth and Consequences explores the reliability of narrative and what happens when we lose control of the stories we tell ourselves. Departures by Jeffrey Doka When a marketer dies and shows up to work the next day, his team discovers that he no longer needs food or sleep. In tech-company form, they exploit their undead co-workers new gifts to climb the ladder. Unfortunately, on their way to the top, none of them realize the true danger closing in on their undead colleague.

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Waiting for Beirut, A Novel

By Rebecca Dimyan

A portrait of the Lebanese-American community in the early1950 s, immigrant assimilation experience over generations, and evocative food culture, this story also explores the tragic tension of a great love that society cannot allow. Against the backdrop of early 1950 s Connecticut and Lebanon, Waiting for Beirut is an account of the suffering of a man who is not allowed to follow his heart and the wreckage caused by broken dreams.

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The Confessions of Gabriel Ash

By Lee Polevoi

The Confessions of Gabriel Ash, a literary Cold War thriller with echoes of John Le Carre and A Gentleman in Moscow, alternates between the glittery backdrop of 1980s New York and the sinister grottoes of Eastern Europe. The story UN Ambassador Gabriel Ash has to tell--in a voice that s sardonic, self-delusional, and uniquely his own--will result either in his release from captivity or the loss of his life.

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Shadowland

By Phillip Hampton

When Aaron Langfords friend, Otis Thomas, gives him a divination tray as a housewarming gift, Aaron thinks nothing of it. However, as weird occurrences begin to happen around him, Aarons life is suddenly thrust into turmoil with the disappearance of his son, Asher, and daughter, Imani. As Aarons marriage and life spiral out of control and the police zero in on him as the prime suspect in his childrens disappearance, Aaron realizes he and his friends may have unleashed ancient supernatural powers that were best left alone. In a desperate attempt to bring his children back and clear his name, Aaron decides to embark on an improbable journey with the help of the divinations tray original owner, Urbi Houna, as his guide. Shadowland explores one mans attempts to overcome death and despair as well as pierce the veil between life and death.

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The Lost and the Blind

By Curtis Smith

Mark Hayes has come up hard. Poverty. Chaos. Hunger. His mother a junkie. His father serving a life sentence. But as his senior year looms, Mark finds a bit of peace with his mother and her girlfriend in a farmhouse outside town. Here, he hopes to escape the upheaval that has dogged him since the day he was born, but as hard as he tries, he cant outrun his shadows. He is lost, but no more so than many of his friends, no more so than the institutions he navigates or his country as it spirals toward another bloody war. Mark doesnt know God, but as he stumbles through his long, violent night, he is guided by glimmers of kindness, the good souls who reach out to this lifes lost sheep. Delivered in prose both terse and lyrical, The Lost and the Blind presents a searing portrait of dopesick, small-town America and a young man desperate to rise above.

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The Charon Club

By Gina Bright

The AIDS Quilt will be on display in June 2021 for the 40th anniversary of the first cases, but it will be its last appearance as ordered by the heavy hand of the President of the United States. Nine nurses who worked with AIDS patients during the early years of the pandemic travel to Washington, D.C. to see the Quilt. While there, they are called upon by the National Health Center to care for patients with a new, unknown infectious disease and racist views, and they are asked to find the clues to its cause so that a VIP patient can be cured. But the nurses discover that even more challenging than this difficult assignment are the memories they begin to share from their painful AIDS nursing past. The Charon Club, a fictional chronicle of AIDS nurses memories and experiences, set in the midst of an emerging infectious disease in the eastern United States in 2021, was written by a nurse who worked on an AIDS unit in New York City during the darkest years of the pandemic. It is the first AIDS novel solely devoted to the work of nurses.

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Shocking Pink

By Stuart Canterbury

In a hilarious blow by blow account of what goes on behind the scenes of X-rated movie production, Shocking Pink provides a riveting glimpse of the colorful characters and outrageous situations in a veiled and fascinating world where sex, money, entertainment and celebrity connect in a billion-dollar global industry. Adult movie producer, Travis Lazar, is a man who will always do the right thing - when he has exhausted all other possibilities. Tiffany West, the hottest porn star in Los Angeles, is hell for him to handle. When Travis is nominated at the bombastic annual awards in Las Vegas, the ceremony is full of unexpected twists, which propel Travis and Tiffany on a collision course. In this romp through the day-to-day life of a porn producer, the savvy dealmaker has to deal with volatile Middle Eastern executives, mutiny by members of the crew, starstruck starlets, rival producers, angry moguls, the mob, the Vice Squad, the FBI, two court cases (one civil, one criminal) as well as the Diva herself and, along the way, engineer the takeover of the biggest studio in the industry. Just when you thought everything had been stripped bare, Shocking Pink is a lively page-turner that reveals more than you could possibly imagine.

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Death Tango

By Lachi

In a Utopian twenty-third-century New York City, where corporations have replaced governments, AI dictates culture, and citizens are free to people-watch any other citizen they choose through an app, this horror-laden Sci-Fi Thriller follows four mis-matched coeds as they attempt to solve the murder of an eccentric parascientist. Only someone or some thing able to navigate outside the highest levels of crowd-sourced surveillance could get away with murder in this town. If the team cant work quickly to solve the case, New York will be devoured by a dark plague the eccentric had been working on prior to his death, a plague which, overtime, appears to be developing sentience.

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Laura from the Valley

By Mark Gregory Lopez

Youre going to go live with your uncle Hector.. The words that change the trajectory of 11-year-old Lauras world. Her days being passed in the hot desert air, seeking money to pay her uncle rent; her nights wandering dark alleyways and deserted streets while Hector entertains women with drug-filled parties. A book that spans two years of a young girls life, Laura comes into her own as a woman, seeking refuge with Luz, a prostitute who works with her uncle; Bea, Lus aunt, who provides work for her in the form of doing her shopping and helping clean her house; and Leroy, the owner of a diner across the street from Hectors apartment who gives Laura free meals for helping out. A tale of survival, Laura from the Valley tells of books, blood, the earth, and the power of a young woman in the most trying of circumstances, making for a story thats difficult, real, but ultimately triumphant.

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(Upcoming....2025) Fallout

By Jordan Rosenfeld

(UNVERIFIED) Fallout by Jordan Rosenfeld is a gripping novel that delves into the complexities of human relationships against the backdrop of a post-apocalyptic world. Set in a society struggling to rebuild after a devastating global event, the story follows a diverse group of survivors as they navigate the harsh realities of their new existence. Amidst the rubble and ruins, alliances are forged, secrets unravel, and moral boundaries blur as the characters confront the challenges of survival, redemption, and the pursuit of hope in a world forever changed. With richly drawn characters and a compelling narrative, Fallout explores themes of resilience, sacrifice, and the enduring power of human connection in the face of adversity.

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The Accidental Patriot

By Joseph Bauer

After the governments first choice to design a secret installation is discovered and murdered by foreign agents, the president turns to a lonely widower from Pittsburgh to take her place. Stanley Bigelows unusual engineering skills and solitary life make him suitable for the work, but Captain Tyler Brew, the Navy SEAL overseeing the project worries that the mans age, weight, and lack of physical fitness will make him vulnerable to his predecessors fate. Despite round-the-clock protection by female FBI agent, L.T. Kitt, and a specially trained German shepherd from the witness protection program (Augie), the SEALs fears prove warranted. All while a terrorist offensive takes shape.

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(Upcoming....2025) Deaf Heaven

By Curtis Smith

The world has broken Jason Driscolls heart. His abusive father. The daughter he lost to cancer. Buried beneath medical bills, he becomes entangled in a scheme that drags him to new depths. Violence. Infidelity. Murder. Having lost all he s ever held dear, Jason stands alone at the edge of the world, and its here he meets an odd, lonely child. A boy he saves from a riptide, and who, in return, saves Jason from his past. Rendered in terse yet lyrical prose, Deaf Heaven is a story of loss and redemption and the truth that salvation sometimes waits in the unlikeliest of places.

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Incurable : Stories from the World of Cure

By Jerry Purdon, Trevor Abbud, Benjamin White, Patrick Scott, Keith Raymond, Katie Ness, Deborah Sullivan Brennan, Christopher Pender, Neepa Sarkar, Scott Chaddon, Cris Morris,

In Bloodlines by Jerry Purdon, a sheriff becomes distraught, taking drastic action after learning of a betrayal beyond anything he had imagined. In THE BULLET by Trevor Abbud, in the aftermath of a world ravaged by the mysterious virus known as “The Bullet,” Luke Hart grapples with the challenges of survival, navigating the feral transformation of his son Jacob and the haunting complexities of his wife’s infectation. In Coyote by Benjamin B. White, born into a mixed breed with a culture of opposing ideologies - which wolves you run with are up to you or are they? In Grey Wolf by Patrick Scott, when the world opens up, you often find there are things you never expected to find in the dark corners or the much wider world. Including those that are truly incurable. In His Time of the Month by Keith Raymond, a werewolf is warned by her second husband, a wizard, that his kind are being hunted down by Templar Knights in Europe. They travel to Poland to take out the hunters. In Kooshti Lollipop Sherbet Cunt by Katie Ness, Stef, a sardonic woman living in London, hates her life. She encounters a strange woman who offers her candied apples and upon taking a bite sets in motion a colourful and brutal metamorphosis. In Skin in the Game by Deborah Sullivan Brennan, nineteen-year old Eve is a typical college student, and also a selkie, or seal shapeshifter, whose family history curses her to misfortune in love. After a bad date leaves Eve’s very survival in the hands of a lycanthrope tyrant, she faces a battle to save her skin. In Stalk by Christopher Pender, a young man travels by train through the night. His destination? A new life. As he travels alone in his carriage through the eerily quiet European countryside he slowly begins to realise that he is not alone. In The Summer of Slight Acquaintances by Neepa Sarkar, Akashi, a doctoral candidate at Harvard, boards a bus in India to reach her twin brother’s destination wedding. However, the bus meets with an unusual accident that makes her fall off the bus and be carried away by Jihan or Mrgam as he is called by his gang. Does Akashi manage to escape or is it all a dream? In The Way of the Kaftar by Scott Chaddon, have you ever wondered what might happen when an American werewolf encounters a pack of native Iraqi shape shifters? Are they brethren under the fur, or will they be mortal enemies on sight? In Wildcat by Cris Morris, lost at night in a foreign city, Peter will come face to face with the monster inside him.

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Antlers of Bone

By Taylor Denton

Lily, an ex-ballerina, struggles to distinguish fantasy from reality. After a disastrous incident shatters her already ruptured family life, she is sent to Meadowlark—a top new-age mental intuition. It is there that she is forced to face the demon that has been haunting her all of her life—the monster she has been running from. She journeys through the surrealistic landscape of her own mind and must decide, once and for all, if her own life is worth fighting for.

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(Upcoming....2025) Wretched

By Sara Hailstone

It begins when Nelle finds two cloth Stars of David in a basement clay canister hidden by her Grandmother, like an Urn. Next, her Grandmother reveals two letters a Jewish man had sent her from an internment camp during the war. The old woman either worked for the underground in Brussels or she was in love. An emotive tapestry featuring salt of the earth characters caught up in crises and with a cross genre appeal, Wretched is a family saga with a strong romantic theme featuring multi-generation stories. Nelle tells the story of intergenerational trauma and the hardships the women of her family have faced to her unborn child throughout the various stages of her pregnancy. The reader enters into the historic and tumultuous life of Nelle’s Grandmother, a name-changer, Amélie then Sophie Cyncad. A woman entrapped by Occupied Brussels, she flees to Canada and finds herself in an isolated and rural village. She faces the struggle of assimilation alone and works through the repercussions of the Second World War amongst the alienation and familiarity of a wild shield.

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(Upcoming....2025) Stranded

By Don J. O’Donnell

While fishing in a remote Canadian wilderness park, a former U.S. Army captain, Roger Cummings, witnesses the murder of a man and the abduction of a woman. The woman escapes her captors and asks for Roger’s protection. Roger and Janeene flee by canoe but are pursued by a killer. In a gruesome battle the killer is critically wounded, but vanishes into the wilderness, while Roger and Janeene are rescued by U.S. Park Rangers. In Ely, Minnesota, Roger must explain the circumstances of the murder. An exhaustive search for facts proves inconclusive, and the killer is not located and remains a lethal threat. While there, Roger’s relationship with Janeene becomes romantic. The killer escapes from the park and ambushes Janeene’s family, taking her and Roger hostage. In a merciless conclusion, Roger and Janeene must face the most difficult decision of their lives.

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(Upcoming....2025) But the Wicked Shall Perish

By Catori Sarmiento

But the Wicked Shall Perish follows Tziporah Curiel, a young Jewish woman, as she is brought back to life in 1920s Venice, Italy, and as she struggles to come to terms with her existence and to enact justice on her murderer. The novel incorporates Jewish mythology and beliefs into the first-person narrative through Tziporah Curiel’s perspective as she searches for the reason why she died and to bring the person responsible to justice. However, to continue her reborn life, she must absorb living souls, or she will cease to exist. Her decision to strive for justice leads her to accepting a perilous offer from the demon Azazel. With his help, Tziporah follows a path through the fraught political and societal landscape of 1920s Italy and Austria that leads to her discovering the meaning behind her death and justice for her murderer.

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Too True to be Good

By Joseph Bauer

When aging DC police detective Jack Renfro first enters a room in the Willard Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue and sees a body on the king-size bed, it initially appears the murder is a probable organized crime hit. But this time, his instincts tell him something doesn’t add up. After he secures the scene, he asks his young partner, Audrey Sanderson, to contact Homeland Security. Fearing possible terrorist involvement, Renfro has no idea that the victim looks eerily similar to an FBI agent. As a meticulous assassination plot begins to unfold, US President Del Winters and her father, Henry, are forced to go into lockdown at Camp David with Henry’s friend, Stanley Bigelow, and his German shepherd, Augie. Renfro partners with anti-terrorism chief, Admiral Tyler Brew and FBI agent, L.T. Kitt to understand the planned attack. But little do they know how much influence a K-9 hero will have in their efforts to take down an evil mastermind.

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The Patriot’s Angels

By Joseph Bauer

On the eve of a midterm election, unconventional terrorists use technology to commandeer military aircraft and infiltrate voting machines in a critical US Senate race in Georgia. Who is behind the attacks and how can they be stopped? While the nation worries about the integrity of the election and the security of military aircraft communications, the first female president of the United States must deal with both crises. After turning to Stanley Bigelow, an ordinary but brilliant civilian engineer from Pittsburgh and his German shepherd, Augie, for help, a chain of events ultimately unfolds with the potential to create horrifying consequences for Stanley and his beloved canine companion. The Patriot’s Angels is a story of love, loyalty, and bravery as an unassuming engineer and his extraordinary dog work together with military experts and law enforcement to unravel terrorist plots.

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White Oaks

By Jordan King

Ten years after Jason Miller killed his best friend in Afghanistan, another drug overdose results in him being sent to White Oaks Mental Hospital to be evaluated as a suicide risk, or so he believes. Soon, Jason realizes the one thing he has in common with the other patients: they are all alone in the world, with no one to follow up on anything being done to them. What, at first, appears to be a chance to finally get clean and start rebuilding his life becomes a desperate struggle to save himself and the other patients from the horrible realities waiting for them behind the walls of White Oaks.

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Whales Swim Naked

By Eric Gethers

Years ago a friend told me a story about his son who was an air traffic controller. He married the woman every parent wants their son to marry. She was intelligent. She was kind. She was beautiful and couldn’t have treated him better - the type of love that makes all the silly country songs into pearls of wisdom. Every day she drove him to the railroad station so he could take the shuttle to work. Every night she picked him up when he returned. On their first anniversary they were sitting around sipping champagne, listening to music and laughing. Before they went to bed she casually told him she picked up between one and three men after he left for work, brought them home and had sex with them. Every single day. Obviously, he didn’t take this well. They got divorced but he was so heartbroken he didn’t want to live any more. He wasn’t the type who could kill himself in any of the traditional ways, however. He wouldn’t take pills. Wouldn’t slit his wrists. No gun in the mouth or hanging. So, he decided to kill himself the only way he could. He loved to eat, so he would eat himself to death, going from 150 to 300 pounds in less than a year. While he was eating himself to death, he met a woman who was eating herself to death. They fell in love. And thus became Whales Swim Naked.

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Turings Graveyard

By Terence Hawkins

An online affair that isnt what--or with what--it seems. Jesu last thoughts on the Cross. The birth of science in ancient Sumeria and its death in modern West Hartford. These stories are driven by dark humor as well as ideas, as we see in the miseries of a middle-school boy drafted into his stepfathers Civil War re-enactments, or The Sopranos as written by Raymond Chandler. This is fiction for people who like to think. And laugh, too.

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Tough Love at Mystic Bay

By Elizabeth Sowden

Grace Haddonfield is a four-star chef with a bitter past. At 14, Grace finds herself at odds with her controlling mother who has her kidnapped in the middle of the night and taken to a boarding school for troubled teens. Grace spends several months at Epiphany Lake Academy where she must rise through the ranks of a cult-like program. When she realizes that the program has set her up to fail, she attempts to escape from Epiphany Lake and winds up somewhere even worse: Mystic Bay, a barbed-wire facility in the Dominican Republic. Grace’s defiance against her captors lands her in solitary confinement, where she gets through the long hours by indulging in vivid fantasies about food. As an adult, Grace is successful but lonely and struggles to reconcile her triumphs with the injustices she has endured. When she meets a woman named Jess in a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class, she has the chance to make the kind of connection thats been missing from her life. Tough Love at Mystic Bay follows Grace as she unlearns harsh lessons and rediscovers friendship.

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The Resistors

By Dwight L. Wilson

The Resistors is a parallel sequel to 2018’s The Kidnapped. It focuses on blacks, whites, and Native Americans resisting pre-Civil War oppression while attempting to establish dignified identities. It is also in the voice of Sarah, one of the author’s direct ancestors. She was the daughter of Esi and Kofi two fictionalized Fante kidnapped from West Africa in 1795. With the help of Quakers, together with two brothers, Robin and Dan, Sarah escaped from being enslaved in Culpeper, Virginia and settled in Warren County, Ohio where she met and married the Scots-Irish Quaker, Charles Ferguson. It is imagined that Sarah was primarily educated by her father who himself was taught reading and writing by Nathan Prescott, his slave master, and secondarily through two years of education at Goose Creek Friends School, a Quaker school in Northern Virginia, renown for being integrated prior to Nat Turner’s revolt which led to state laws forbidding the education of people of color.

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The Re-Remembered

By Dwight L. Wilson

An enthralling collection of short stories based on Dwights own family history. He takes us through the lives of African Americans and Native Americans in the early parts of the United States. A must read.

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The Recon Trilogy + 1

By Benjamin B. White

A cross between Alice in Wonderland and Apocalypse Now, Triggerfish 1-2 (the first novella) is a journey through the Central Highlands of consciousness.

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The Newly Tattooeds Guide to Aftercare

By Rebecca Dimyan And Aliza Dube

I’m shaking my head at the little girl who thought she could control the story. She doesn’t understand that you can’t control the story, the story controls you. At twenty, Liza still sleeps with the lights on. In this alcohol fueled narrative, filled with tattoos, family lore and short biographies, Dube shares her raw and graphic coming of age tale. This is a story about ink, on the page and on skin. The Newly Tattooed’s Guide to Aftercare is the love story you never saw coming and only now realize you need.

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The Many Deaths of Cole Parker

By Taylor Grant And Lisa D. Kastner

Each of his killers are different people, yet they are equally relentless in their desire to end his life. Each time Cole dies, his psyche is somehow transported into a new reality. Sometimes the reality is similar to his previous life, and other times it is shockingly different. And each time, the cycle of cat and mouse begins anew.

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The Magpies Return

By Curtis Smith And Peter Wright

Kayla perceives her world in vectors and variables, in quantities given and determined. Shes a prodigy. A genius. Yet there are equations she cant solve. The vexing interactions of high school. The religious and populist politics that engulf the country. The nuclear exchanges that have darkened half the Earth. When the terrible tides crash into her life, Kayla is whisked from all shes known and deposited in a home for abandoned girls. Here, she finds love and acceptance and a sorrowful kinship-and also, the same violent divisions that tore apart her old life.Rendered in lyrical prose and vivid imagery, The Magpies Return paints a picture of revenge, redemption, and the quest for survival of one strong soul lost in a world gone mad.

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The Kidnapped : Collection of Stories

By Dwight Wilson

Dwight Wilson researched for more than a dozen years to ensure this brilliant historic fiction collection portrayed the very nuanced history of African Americans in the United States. These stories span initial capture of Dwights ancestors to those who broke the laws in the name of truth, humanity, and kindness.

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Take Me With You

By Vanessa Carlisle

Kindred Powells youth is marked by a secret that her white mother and Black father kept from her. After her father Carls unjust incarceration and her mothers death from illness, Kindred moves from Los Angeles to New York in a desperate search for peace. There, she finds her girlfriend Nautica, a career in sex work, and a kinky boy toy named Griffin. But when Carl goes missing from LAs Skid Row, Kindred must drop everything to find him.

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Stargazing in Solitude

By Suzanne Samples And Barbara Lockwood

The follow up memoir to the bestselling FRONTAL MATTER: GLUE GONE WILD. The reader continues on the cancer treatment and recovery journey with Suzanne Samples. Her honesty, candidness and humor enables the reader to turn each page with empathy and hope.

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Something is Better Than Nothing

By Alicia Delory And Benjamin B. White

This riveting memoir shares the rarely told account of a military wife living with a combat veteran suffering from PTSD. Narrating with blunt-force honesty and irreverent dark humor, Alicia Delory weaves the tale of her Army husband\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s heartbreaking return from Afghanistan with scenes from her experience as the daughter of an alcoholic. Through vignettes of both past and present, Delory takes the reader along on her journey as she learns to cope with a husband gripped by trauma and a father tragically succumbing to addiction.

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Sodom & Gomorrah on a Saturday Night

By Christa Miller

When all of society is privatized, profitable crimes become legalized while empathy is banned. How far will people go to connect? Could their defiance lead to revolution? These are the underlying questions within this novella collection.

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Running Wild Press: Best of 2017: AWP Special Edition

By Lisa Diane Kastner

This collection highlights our best stories from 2017 as defined by our readers. You will laugh, you will wonder, and you may even gasp. Your imagination will definitely run wild. Featuring the stylings of AJ O’Connell • Christa Miller • Keith Fentonmiller Lisa Diane Kastner • Elaine Crauder • Aimee LaBrie and previewing Dwight L. Wilson

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Running Wild Novella Anthology, Volume 6: Book 1

By David Claeson, Syrena Clark And Samuel Bollen

An engaging collection of stories that will keep you enthralled. Each with its own unique voice, this is a must read.

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Running Wild Novella Anthology, Volume 6: Part 2

By C. H. Rosenberg And Jodie Keenan BA

This phenomenal anthology of novellas will keep you at the edge of your seat, from a post-apocalyptic zombie story to the single female at the edge of the world to a world where all you have to do is step over a barrier to end your life, each is told with humor, darkness, and a good dash of fantastic writing.

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Running Wild Novella Anthology, Volume 5: Book 2

By Katrin Gibb MFA, Sarah Russell And James Cunningham BA

The Ballerina Swan Lake Mobile Homes Country Club Motel: Wanda, a single woman in her early fifties, is the owner of the motel at the base of a water-starved mountain. She’s hardened by circumstance, morally honest, outspoken, and stuck in her life. When she rescues a stray pit bull, and then a defiant teenage girl, Wanda’s life will never be the same. Beyond the Door of Darkness: NYPD officer, Larry Petals, couldn’t cope with being a cop anymore after the morning of September 11th, 2001. After leaving the force and retreating to his hometown on Long Island without many options, he became a Private Investigator. Everything had become kind of normal… until his phone rang. Soap: A twisted love-story in a stark and surreal world, \\\\\\\"Soap\\\\\\\" is at once a journey, a mystery, and a psychological puzzle where Eliza must find herself.

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Running Wild Novella Anthology, Volume 5: Book 1

By Gabrielle Rupert, Riva Rile And Brian Katzy And

The Ballerina Swan Lake Mobile Homes Country Club Motel: Wanda, a single woman in her early fifties, is the owner of the motel at the base of a water-starved mountain. She s hardened by circumstance, morally honest, outspoken, and stuck in her life. When she rescues a stray pit bull, and then a defiant teenage girl, Wandas life will never be the same. Beyond the Door of Darkness: NYPD officer, Larry Petals, couldnot cope with being a cop anymore after the morning of September 11th, 2001. After leaving the force and retreating to his hometown on Long Island without many options, he became a Private Investigator. Everything had become kind of normal... until his phone rang. Soap: A twisted love-story in a stark and surreal world,Soap is at once a journey, a mystery, and a psychological puzzle where Eliza must find herself.

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Running Wild Novella Anthology, Volume 4 Book 1

By Peter Wright

A fantastic anthology of novellas that dont fit neatly in a box. Includes The Witch Girl and the Wobbly by Michael Cooney, Please Listen Carefully As Our Options Have Changed by Eric Aldrich, Hearts In the Dark by Christopher Woods, Allure by Ed Burke, Eternal Spring by Cora Tate, Shipped Off by Gordon Blitz, and Shangri La by Mark Williams.

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Running Wild Novella Anthology, Volume 4 Book 2

By Christa Miller

Ever craved stories that you can read easily in a day? Ones that will transport you to worlds and make you say, Now that was damn great. If you answered yes, then this is the anthology for you. Pick up Running Wild Novella Anthology Volume 4, Books 1 and 2 to experience some of the best novellas available from 2020.

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Running Wild Novella Anthology Volume 3 Book 1

By Lisa Diane Kastner

The Astral Plane by Kate Aldridge Template for a Story of Food, Sex & (Improbable) Restitution by Joe Davies The Twenty and One Nights by Barbara de la Cuesta The Mountain by Taylor Denton The Not-So-Chinese Wedding by Dorie LaRue The Patriot by Timothy P Lynch It May Have Been a Dream, It Might Just Be My Life by Kate Macdonald Resurrection Blues and Queen of Sheba by Christa M Miller Sweet Gulf by C. R. Resetarits I Was a Teenage Popstar and I Lost It All by Sean M Smith Broken Soul to Broken Soul by Audra Supplee All Right, Be Safe by Talia Tucker What the Blood Tells You to Be by Kami D Westhoff Triggerfish 1-2 by Ben B White Thirty Seconds to Kill by Peter A Wright

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Running Wild Novella Anthology Volume 3 Book 2

By Lisa Diane Kastner

Our editor declared these novellas the best of the best among this collection. If you must only pick up one book of this volume, then this is the one to choose. Although, in all fairness, they are all pretty amazing. Dont choose. Get them all.

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Running Wild Novella Anthology Volume 3, Book 3

By Barbara Lockwood

Before you pick up Book 3, please tell us you have already read Book 1 and Book 2. Yes? Good. No? No. Why not? They will only make you feel like you have never felt before. Introduce you to worlds you never knew existed. And make you more joyful than you thought possible. Why? Because these are great stories and great writing that simply do not fit neatly in a box.

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Running Wild Novella Anthology Volume 2, Part 1

By Lisa Diane Kastner

In Running Wild Anthology of Novellas, Volume 2, Part 1 includes eleven stories that are trigger worthy. We are not kidding. You ll find cannibalism, racism, sexism, death, dismemberment, beatings, zombies, ghosts, emotional abuse, physical abuse. For fun we threw in self exploration and self discovery. Because it seemed to cut through the spice and make the broth richer. In this novella collection, we feature: Randall Brown, Ben White, Eric Lehman, Ben Slotky, Michael Washburn, Kevin Baggett, Kristen Edenfield, Richard Westley, Jordan Morille, Christa Miller, D. R. Blakeman

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Running Wild Novella Anthology Volume 2, Part 2

By Lisa Diane Kastner

In Part 2, a smattering of the novellas are a young Irishmans escapades as he experiences that the local legend isnt really a legend in The Washerwoman; help a young orphan find her biological parents and unearth her familys secrets in Looking for Home; experience the lives of a prisoner and his torturer in The Inquisitor; find out what Horatio really thinks of Hamlet in Horatio; and check out the follow up to Newly Minted Wings and salty French Fries in You Want Me to Clean What?

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Running Wild Novella Anthology Volume 1

By Lisa Diane Kastner

Follow these fantastic stories of revenge, timetravel, alternate universes, a mysterious train ride, and body augmentation to restart a womans life. They will take you to new worlds and amazing stories.

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American Cycle

By Larry Beckett

American Cycle, a sequence of long poems inspired by our folklore and past, was written over forty-seven years. Its themes are love, local mythology, history, justice, memory, accomplishment, time. The books are extraordinary, sustained explosions of authentic American language and energy. Each is entirely different from the others in style, voice, form and narrative content; each so rich in imagery and nuance and texture and event and so finely crafted. . . --Paul Williams, author of Bob Dylan: Performing Artist. Its styles are connected to our speech: Spanish words loaned from Old California, rough colloquialisms in Paul Bunyan, the power of African-American vernacular English in John Henry, bare oratory in Chief Joseph, old west phrases in Wyatt Earp, circus ballyhoo in P. T. Barnum, aviation jargon in Amelia Earhart, backwoods dialect in Blue Ridge. As Walt Whitman says, I hear America singing, the varied carols. .

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Broken Petals

By Tasha Hutchison

Brooklyn Monti is dying. Or at least she thinks she is. Ever since Brooklyn was diagnosed with Huntingtons Disease at 19, she s used it to give up on herself. Huntingtons has affected her career, her friendships, and her love life. But will she let it control her future? When Brooklyn meets the man of her dreams she must decide whether Huntingtons is going to take away the one thing she s always wanted: a family. Broken Petals is the story of a young woman dying to live as she is forced to face her reality and embark on a journey of self-discovery that will change her life forever.

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Bughouse Blues

By Peter Thompson

This is a tale of a problematic girlfriend and a much greater quandary: which fork in the career path beckons the young hero? A story of horrible bosses in both directions, and a summer at a mental hospital hoping--amid violence and sloth--to make a difference.

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Build Your Music Career From Scratch

By Andrae Alexander

A Step-By-Step Guide to Becoming a Successful Artist with tactical and strategic guidance. A how-to with personal anecdotes and experiences to reinforce the techniques and guidance.

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Christine, Released

By Ea Burke

This engaging, heart wrenching story of a young woman lost in a society thats not built for her family nor her life, Christines story will keep you at the edge of your seat and leave you with feelings of hope, relief, and awe.

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Cure

By Kali Metis

Stunned by her brothers apparent suicide, LUNA AUBER, discovers that he has not only left her the keys to his apartment but also trip to Sweden. Per his instructions, LUNA is to explore their unexpected heritage of the Birke, an iconic female Viking warrior. Following her beloved brothers lead, LUNA will soon discover that the terrible shakes he suffered from were misdiagnosed. The shaking was in fact the early stages of his transformation. Her brother was a shapeshifter. A lycanthrope. And her own shaking has just begun. LUNA will be forced to make a choice that could either transform or destroy the world as she knows it. CURE by Kali Metis is a howling romp that seamlessly blends various voices, genres, and time periods without losing its effortless style. An amalgam of myth, historical fiction, romance, folklore, and horror, Metis cooks delicious conflict into every page as her main character, Luna Auber, bakes cupcakes by day but shifts into something slightly more sinister by night. Fans will surely hope this is the initial book of a series because CURE is worth reading by moonlight and sinking ones teeth into. -Suzanne Samples, author of Frontal Matter

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Dance Among the Flames

By Tori Eldridge

Passion. Horror. Betrayal. From the national bestselling author of the Lily Wong thriller series comes a stunningly original (F. Paul Wilson) dark journey into Brazilian mysticism about a desperate mother who rises from the slums to embrace Quimbanda magic amid her quest for the ultimate revenge. Across forty years, three continents, and a past incident in 1560 France, Serafina Olegario tests the boundaries of love, power, and corruption as she fights to escape her life of poverty and abuse. Serafinas quest begins in Brazil when shes possessed by the warrior goddess Yansã, who emboldens her to fight yet threatens to consume her spirit. Fueled by power and enticed by Exú, an immortal trickster and intermediary to the gods, Serafina turns to the seductive magic of Quimbanda. Its dangerous to dance in the fire. But when you come from nothing, you have nothing to lose.

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Dark Corners

By Reuben Tihi Hayslett

Its pleasing to see such a diverse array characters be so presented in such a normal way. Each individual is not presented as a token, but rather just another human being who has some real life issues that are often rendered invisible.-- Wagatwe Wanjuki, feminist writer and activist The stories in this collection, written before and during the 2016 election, function as a kind of lodestar. They are not explicitly political, but politics hover unmistakeably in and through all of them. They are not realist, but realism pervades even their most magical elements. This is their abiding strength. -- Assam Ahmad, editor

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Deliriums Muse

By Michaël Wertenberg

Deliriums Muse - the minds frightening yet fascinating ability to rationalise the irrational, to grant an escape from the ravages of reality into the more comforting cradle of delusion, where addiction is anthropomorphized, attacked, and defeated; where wellness is a product of will; where safety and sanity are but seeds to be sown in the fertile ground of fantasy Deliriums Muse is a collection of stories of flight, of fugitives of reason who set out on a fugue from the torments of truth into the more hospitable terrain of madness.

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Detached

By Alisa Burris

After a sudden fire almost burns down one of their units, neighbors Wanda Lindstrom, Charlotte Murray, and Marcy Seele are thrust into immediate turmoil. But the trauma only worsens when a brutal murder is discovered within the ashes. As details of the homicide unfold, white nationalism and the various relationships to this controversial victim intertwine, heightening the womens complicated reactions. Wandas hidden identity as a Jew and Marcys decision to convert to Judaism cause an unstated terror to build as they each confront their underlying fears. Meanwhile, Charlottes assumed ties to neo-Nazism and well-documented criminal background help make her a prime suspect, an automatic label shes powerless to overcome. Told from the womens vastly different perspectives, Detached explores an emotional fusion of their guilt, apprehension, and anger. While they each lead very separate lives, Wanda, Charlotte, and Marcy find themselves attached to each other in complex ways over the course of an unpredictable murder investigation.

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The Durbars Apprentice

By Remington Blackstaff

17th century northern Nigeria. A royal messenger has died under suspicious circumstances. Tasked with investigating the death, a Durbar warrior and his young apprentice must endure trials of loyalty, betrayal and sacrifice to solve the mystery and prevent the bitter rivalry between two kingdoms from descending into a bloody war.

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Escape Route

By Elan Barnehama

Elan Barnehama has given us a powerful coming of age story set against the tumult of the 1960s, the War in Vietnam, and the power of memory and Jewish identity in a family of Holocaust survivors. This is a beautifully rendered novel, populated by unforgettable characters in an unforgettable time. Barnehama is a literary craftsman at the top of his game. Superb.-- Frye Gaillard, author of A Hard Rain: America in the 1960s, an NPR Great Read 2018 The novel is totally charming, completely engrossing, moving, real. I love those characters- Zach, because of his way of throwing out those witty remarks and he has so much heart and courage. And Samm, because she is so cool and holy smokes, if I could only have been anything like her at that age. And the grandfather, of course.-- Kiki Smith, Professor of Theatre, Smith College, Obie Award winner for Costume Design With nearly incandescent prose, Barnehama deftly stitches the readers heart to his glowing characters, then gently tugs and tugs and tugs- Marvin J. Wolf, author of Abandoned In Hell, and They Were Soldiers, also a motion picture.

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The Faith Machine

By Tone Milazzo

A fantastic niche, psychic espionage. Think Legion season one meets The Men Who Stare at Goats, or the X-Men in the X-Files. A must read for anyone who loves a good laugh, a great read, and implausible but completely engaging characters.

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Frontal Matter: Glue Gone Wild

By Suzanne Samples

A fun, funny, and heartbreakingly real memoir of a womans fight against terminal brain cancer. The writing is honest, charming, and full of cuss words.

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Gaijin

By Sarah Z Sleeper

The Japanese word gaijin means unwelcome foreigner. Its not profanity, but is sometimes a slur directed at non-Japanese people in Japan. My novel is called Gaijin...

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Giving the Devil His Due

By Kelly Armstrong, Stephen Graham Jones, Nisi Shawl, Kenesha Williams

Edited by Rebecca Brewer, formerly of Ace/Roc (Penguin Random House), Giving the Devil His Due features sixteen major names and rising stars in Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Horror today.

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Giving the Devil His Due: Special Edition

By Lee Murray, Stephen Graham Jones, Kenesha Williams, Nisi Shawl, Linda D. Addison, Kelley Armstrong

What if a young girl had the power to stop her tyrannical father from battering her mother ever again?What if a student had a secret weapon to end sexual assault by her predatory professor permanently?What if a housewife had unusual means to get back at her controlling husband and walk away from her marriage alive?In Giving the Devil His Due, the Pixel Project\\\\\\\'s first charity anthology, sixteen acclaimed fantasy, science fiction, and horror authors take readers on an unforgettable journey to alternative worlds where men who abuse and murder women and girls meet their comeuppance in uncanny ways.Featuring stories from Stephen Graham Jones, Christina Henry, Peter Tieryas, Kelley Armstrong, Linda D. Addison, Hillary Monahan, and more, Giving the Devil His Due presents sixteen stories that will make you think about the importance of justice for the victims of gender-based violence, how rare this justice is in our own world, and why we need to end violence against women once and for all.

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Heather Finch

By Jenny Benjamin

At forty-two, Heather Finch has cared for and buried her husband after strokes and brain injury; now she embarks on a writing retreat in a cottage in the Scottish Highlands. When Heather believes her small writers cottage is haunted, she must face her past and present fears - real or imagined - that populate her mind. Chapters are set three years before juxtaposed with ones set in present day. The Remember chapters recount her husband Marcs stroke, the three years of caretaking she shares with her teenage children, and the end-of-life decisions leading to Marcs death.

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Jersey Diner: Say You are Only For Me

By Lisa Diane Kastner

In 1985, twenty year old Lauren has a dead end job as a waitress at the Oaklyn Diner. Alone and with no direction, Lauren becomes ecstatic when the diner is chosen to be the focal point of an upcoming movie, *Jersey Diner, * starring Jonathan Pearce. Scouted to be a part of the local crew, Lauren builds a relationship with Jonathan Pearce. When filming ends she moves to California to start a new life with Jonathan. In need of cash, she joins her friend Lena Harlow to run Lenas food truck and catering business when Lauren discovers that all that she thought was real and true are in question.

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Legendary

By Amelia Kibbie

A rousing story of love and sacrifice. -- Kirkus Reviews admit, this isnt the sort of M/M story that Id normally seek out. The main relationship is already established, and you learn about mid-way through the story how they became a couple when they were younger, and if you are set on your M/M stories being hot and heavy, this is much more focused on the plot and character connections than heat on the page - but oh that plot, these characters, how it all comes together at the end. Legendary indeed! I was initially intrigued by the connections to Arthurian Legend, as a lifelong fan of those stories, and the parallels here are handled very uniquely and tongue in cheek in a really satisfying way. James and Arthur embark on their own quest to solve a mystery that brings up the past, welcomes new friends, and threatens to upset the balance of trying to live a quiet life in a time that it was very dangerous to be homosexual. Theres tension, I cried, I sighed relief, I shouted for joy, and at the end, all the tidbits that I thought would have obvious conclusions still ended up surprising me in the best way. Especially with the epilogue that just left me warm and fuzzy and excited for Kibbies next tale. A definite recommend for those looking for M/M stories driven by plot and character relationships over time in the bedroom, especially if you enjoy King Arthur, historical romance, and post-WWII England in particular.-- Amanda Meuwissen, M/M Romance - Paranormal Romance - Urban Fantasy author.

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Mickey: The Giveaway Boy

By Robert Shafer

For nine-year-old Mickey, the early fifties were not the Ozzie and Harriet fantasy of love and security. Instead, they were years of abandonment, unimaginable cruelty, and virtual slavery. This memoir reveals Mickeys devastating experiences of being handed off from one abusive person to another ... all in the name of survival.

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Morlocks in the Basement

By Carolyn Colburn

Morlocks in the Basement is an irreverent, bittersweet, often outrageous chronicle of accidental motherhood in the age of fractured families. Love story, soap opera, play-by-play of a train wreck, Carolyn Colburn debut memoir is not quite like anything youve read before. Its a treatise on housekeeping, a primer for roller skating on acid to Canada and back, a how-to for dodging calls from the county jail concerning an incarcerated loved one,your daughter. Throw in a cabin in the woods, the howling of wolves, a flying pig, and a couple of incongruous recipes, and you have the ingredients for this riotous odyssey of a memoir. The little voice in your head might be muttering wtf?!?, but you keep hanging on to find out whats coming next. Written with humor and pathos in equal measure, Morlocks in the Basement takes the reader on a hilarious and heartrending ride from a 1950s childhood through the mid 2010s, in a series of connected stories that jump around in time. Part Chelsea Handler, part Erma Bombeck, part nail-biting outlier crouched behind the furnace taking notes, Morlocks in the Basement is a read you wont soon forget.

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No Molasses in Rhum

By Jude Duval

Port-Au-Prince born and street-raised, Ti Zoot finds himself in 1990s Brooklyn, having to set aside values as he solves the murder of his best friend. Reliving thoughts and dreams of the macabre event, he cant find peace until he faces the murderer and deals with an unbearable secret. Culture, friendship, a slice of Brooklyn.

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Obsidian Waste

By Rudolfo A. Serna

Obsidian Waste is a psychedelic dark fantasy space odyssey born out of a mysterious technology transmitted from a universal mind that takes root and grows as the Earth is reseeded by the new technology. Growing and inhabiting all those receiving the message of Peace and Love as remnants of their mother world disappear in budding forests and fields, resisting the plagues and radiation that finished off what once was once under control of Earths tyrants and their governments. A poetic journey grounded in the harsh echoes of modern society, seeking hope, a utopia that could not exist without its reflection, as bodies are split and joined in the psi-tronic mixing boards of the seers. What was once called human seeking eternity in the heart/mind of giant animal ships filled with biomechanical hybrids striving to survive without the anger that destroyed Earths dream.

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Open My Eyes

By T.E. Hahn

T.E. Hahns debut Open My Eyes follows the story of Eddie, who in the present day is breaking free from the psychotropic drugs that have held him captive through much of his young life. As he goes through the physical symptoms of withdrawal, he reflects on key memories, including the death of his father, his complicated relationship with his mother, and events surrounding the relationship with his first love and high school sweetheart, Elizabeth. Eddie is a broken soul, plagued by grief and unresolved trauma regarding his fathers death and the subsequent effect this has on the relationship he develops with his mother, a controlling and unwell woman in her own right. All of this plays a role in the blooming relationship with the naïve Elizabeth and the relationships eventual downfall. It is this relationship, with all the passion and excitement of first love, that takes center stage in Eddies jumbled memories. As Eddies withdrawal symptoms thrust him deeper into a surreal state and memory and fantasy begin to blur together, Elizabeth becomes the light that guides Eddie through his complicated past and hopefully into a more hopeful future, if he can only open his eyes to see it.

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The Paper Pirate

By Dawn McIntyre

As if the looming deadline to pay off a balloon mortgage isnt enough to worry about, the five partners who own the small town book store The Paper Pirate find themselves menaced by a stealthy crook who systematically searches first the shop, then each of their homes. Because he takes nothing and barely leaves traces of his presence, the police cant be of much help, and simply promise to keep an eye on Charlie Santorelli, Lavinia Vinnie Holcomb, Al Rockleigh, Felicia Cocolo, and Lenora Stern. Its a mystery to them but the reader knows that Rick Foster, a shady rare-books dealer and his sidekick Nina Bartov are on the hunt for a particular old volume that sits unnoticed on a shelf in The Paper Pirates used book section. Its an obscure early work of the not-terribly-successful author Benjamin Conway, and its badly defaced--but a very wealthy man is willing to pay Rick a half a million dollars for it. Seems an ancestor of his eluded the henchmen of a nineteenth-century dictator by escaping to New York, and eventually took refuge in the northeastern Pennsylvania countryside. Before he was captured and killed, hed scribbled as much evidence of the tyrants sins as he could fit into the blank spaces of a copy of The Stargazer at Dawn and hid it where he hoped his comrades would find it. They never did. The five friends also are members of a writers group, and each of them has a secret. One is penning an erotic novel on the sly, another hides a painful estrangement with an only child, and a deadly teenaged mistake causes a third to sabotage her every chance at happiness in the present. A partner who claims to be unpublished actually is a one-hit-wonder with a thirty-year-old best-selling novel followed by a crippling literary failure, and the last has a family with criminal connections--hes spent half a lifetime avoiding them.

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A Purpose to Our Savagery

By Tomas Baiza

A mother struggles with what it means to be Chicana as she searches for her son at a powwow. A delivery driver has a fateful encounter with a voracious customer at the end of the world. A grieving father learns the true identity of the hummingbird that hovers outside his kitchen window. A Mexican cowboy--who might or might not be the Messiah--orders a pepperoni pizza on a Friday night. And a troubled young man develops an unexpected bond with his neighbors racist yard ornament. In his debut collection, Tomás Hulick Baiza explores the poetic and mythic spaces between light and dark, where Aztec gods and more contemporary obsessions fight for dominance. With characters who jump off the page, A Purpose to Our Savagery takes readers on a journey through tragi-comic, hallucinatory, and even nightmarish landscapes where he exalts the resilience of outsiders in a world inclined to leave them behind. In the end, Baizas stories highlight the extraordinary and mundane challenges that we overcome to make it to the next day.

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Running Wild Anthology of Stories: Volume 6

By David Fitzpatrick, Emily Castles, Aimee LaBrie, J. T. Townley, Benjamin B. White, Anastasia Jill, Jonathan Maberry, Andy McQuestin

Featuring fantastic stories by the likes of Jonathan Maberry and David Fitzpatrick, Running Wild Anthology of Stories, Volume 6 will blow your mind.

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Running Wild Anthology of Stories, Volume 5

By Benjamin B. White

For the fifth year in a row, Running Wild Press brings together fantastic stories from well-established to up-and-coming authors to bring you the best cross genre stories that dont fit neatly in a box. This collection is comprised of 39 stories that arrived at Running Wild Press from all over the world from Hawaii to India, from Indiana to Scotland, and represents an eclectic gathering of storytelling talent. With twists and turns, these stories will take you through shared - and unshared - experiences of human endeavors, possibilities, impossibilities, and imagination.

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Running Wild Anthology of Stories Volume 1

By Lisa Diane Kastner

This gripping collection of stories - fiction, nonfiction, and narrative poem - will make your imagination run wild! Featuring stories by Sarah Smith Ducksworth, Elaine Crauder, Luanne Smith, Keith R. Fentonmiller, Lisa Montagne, Ann Stolinsky, A.J. O Connell, Aimee LaBrie, Kristan Campbell, Jack Hillman, Bill Scruggs, Joshua Hedges, Gary Zenker. You will travel alternative planets, run away away like teens in search of adventure, solve a murderous mystery, come to grips with your fears, and much more.

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Running Wild Anthology of Stories Volume 2

By Lisa Diane Kastner

Over twenty stories that will make your heart race, make you joyful, fearful, thrilled, inspired, and horrified. These are stories that will make your imagination run wild featuring Gemma L. Brook, Lorna Walsh, Jasmine Wade, Laura Nelson Selinsky, Carol Dowd-Forte, Tone Milazzo, Julie Doherty, Tori Eldridge, Ken MacGregor, Nick Mazzuca, Andrew Adams, Susan Helene Gottfried, Amelia Kibbie, Lexis Parker, Rebecca House, Elan Barnehama, Gary Zenker, Suzanne Grieco Mattaboni, Joe Nasta, Cindy Cavett Featured in swag bags for the 2019 Golden Globe presenters and nominees.

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Running Wild Anthology of Stories, Volume 3

By Barbara Lockwood

Our editor scoured the planet to find the most engaging, fun, varied stories to entertain you. Then he worked night and day with the authors to shine these little bits of narrative to make sure that the results were great stories, great writing, that dont fit neatly in a box.

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Running Wild Anthology of Stories, Volume 4 Book 1

By Peter Wright

A cornucopia of stories that span genres and styles. Our editor spanned the globe to find every style and type of story to keep you engaged and make sure that we never, ever fit neatly in a box. Must read.

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Running Wild Anthology of Stories, Volume 4 Book 2

By Barbara Lockwood

Our editor scoured the planet to find the most engaging, fun, varied stories to entertain you. Then he worked night and day with the authors to shine these little bits of narrative to make sure that the results were great stories, great writing, that dont fit neatly in a box.

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(Upcoming....2025) Campfires

By DC Rivera

In 1969, eighteen-year-old Kaylen and her workaholic father move into a house with hidden secrets on Crystal Lake. Kaylen befriends Luke, Lane, Schaffer, Bran, and Tony, employees of a nearby Florida campground. As the summer unfolds, relationships develop. Kaylen and Lane are BFFs. Luke and Kaylen are dating. But insights emerge; the mens mistreatment of Lane and Lukes womanizing. Amidst the idyllic setting, Kaylen finds herself drawn to Lukes frequent-visitor, charismatic, twin cousin, Raymo, who introduces them to wayward activities and is nothing but trouble. Raymo manipulates Kaylen, subjecting her to blackmail. The tug-of-war between Raymo and Luke for Kaylens affections, ensnares her in a twisted game. Retribution from strangers wronged by the group uncovers a horrifying truth. When Kaylen threatens to involve the police, her friends resort to an unspeakable act to secure her silence, exposing a web of violence, dark secrets, and betrayal. This coming-of-age story set in the late 60s early 70s in central Florida will keep you guessing. A story of love, lust, and betrayal will have you on the edge of your seat until the very end. DC Rivera has a way of seamlessly blending the lives of teenagers during the countrys most tumultuous time. ~ Harmony Stalter, Author of The Big of Shorts. DC Rivera holds a doctorate degree, is a native Floridian with country roots, and lives on the water with family and pets.

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(Upcoming....2025) What The Water Remembers

By Elyse Welles

Small town charm takes on new meaning in Witch on the Juniata River, a paranormal mystery novel perfect for cozy autumn reading. Modern witch Kendra Hill knows from the first swing of her pendulum that she needs to help the ghosts of her Victorian home - Clara, and the dark-haired woman. Before even closing on their new home in Newport, Pennsylvania, Kendra and her husband George encounter a malevolent male ghost in unexpected ways; but in the face of a difficult housing market and feeling confident in Kendras witchcraft, they move in. Jarred by dreams that feel like memories, Kendra sets out to uncover the connections between these ghosts and the Johnstown Flood of 1889, the abandoned cemetery, and the jar of teeth they find hidden behind the bathroom sink - before the hauntings push them out of their dream home.

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Running Wild Novella Anthology, Volume 8 Book 1

By Ronald Van Rees,Jeffrey Hantover,Erin Jamieson

Running Wild Novella Anthology, Volume 8 Book 1 invites readers on an exhilarating literary journey through a collection of captivating novellas that span a myriad of genres and themes. Within the pages of this anthology, readers will encounter a kaleidoscope of narratives, each offering a unique and compelling glimpse into the human experience. From heart-pounding thrillers to poignant dramas, from speculative fiction to historical epics, these novellas showcase the incredible range and talent of both emerging and established authors. As you delve into this diverse anthology, prepare to be transported to worlds both familiar and fantastical. Each novella offers a rich tapestry of characters, settings, and emotions, drawing readers into its spellbinding narrative and leaving them eagerly turning the pages to uncover its secrets. Running Wild Novella Anthology, Volume 8 Book 1 is more than just a collection of stories; it\'s a celebration of the power of storytelling to entertain, provoke thought, and stir the imagination. Whether you\'re seeking thrills, romance, or thought-provoking insights, you\'ll find it within these pages. With its eclectic mix of voices and perspectives, Running Wild Novella Anthology, Volume 8 Book 1 is a testament to the enduring allure of the novella form. Whether you\'re a seasoned reader or new to the world of novellas, this anthology promises an unforgettable literary experience that will linger in your mind long after you\'ve finished reading.

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Running Wild Novella Anthology, Volume 8 Book 2

By Stephen J Kimber,Don Tassone,Andrew MacQuarrie.

Running Wild Novella Anthology, Volume 8 Book 2 is a captivating collection of novellas that transport readers to diverse worlds filled with intrigue, emotion, and adventure. Within the pages of this anthology, readers will discover a mosaic of narratives, each offering a unique blend of genres and themes. From gripping thrillers to heartwarming romances, from speculative fiction to historical dramas, these novellas showcase the immense talent and creativity of emerging and established authors alike. With its eclectic mix of stories, Running Wild Novella Anthology, Volume 8 Book 2 promises something for every reader. Whether you\'re craving pulse-pounding action, thought-provoking drama, or immersive world-building, you\'ll find it within these pages. As you embark on this literary journey, be prepared to be swept away by the power of storytelling. Each novella is a gem waiting to be discovered, inviting you to lose yourself in its captivating narrative and unforgettable characters. With its rich tapestry of voices and perspectives, Running Wild Novella Anthology, Volume 8 Book 2 is a testament to the enduring allure of the written word. Whether you\'re a seasoned reader or new to the world of novellas, this anthology is sure to leave a lasting impression, lingering in your thoughts long after you\'ve turned the final page.

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(Upcoming....2025) The Bequest

By Suzy Vitello

THE BEQUEST Destitute after being conned by a recent beau, Nadine Bishop learns shes been named in a will under the condition she monitor the sobriety of the dead mans twenty-nine-year-old son, Remmington. The catch? The dead man was her first married lover. The caveat? If Remmington cannot remain sober and gainfully employed for the six months leading up to his thirtieth birthday, Nadine will inherit the sizeable estate. Meanwhile, Remmington has no intention of allowing his inheritance to be scooped up by his late father s mistress. Nor does he intend to succumb to the conditions of the bequest. When legal maneuvers fail, he turns to Caroline, a cartel-adjacent con artist from his past, along with a disgraced former high school teacher, Ed. With their help, he intends to thwart his late father s meddling, and reclaim his birthright. When a freak winter storm forces the unlikely foursome together, and Carolines felonious ex-husband further complicates things, Nadine and Remmington must come together, forging an unlikely unified front. Things turn violent, however, and when their newfound partnership is tested, they must overcome their biggest obstacles yet to redeem and rebuild their individual lives. SUZY VITELLO writes and lives in Portland, Oregon. She holds an MFA from Antioch, Los Angeles, and has been a recipient of an Oregon Literary Arts fellowship. Her previous novels include Bitterroot, Faultland, The Moment Before and the Young Adult Empress Chronicles series.

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(Upcoming....2025) I Am Was Spiderman

By Scott Leva

I Am Was Spiderman is a poignant and thought-provoking memoir that chronicles the extraordinary journey of a man who grapples with identity, heroism, and the complexities of real-life heroics. The book follows the life of the author, who as a child, idolized the iconic superhero Spiderman. With dreams of swinging from skyscrapers and saving the day, he finds solace and inspiration in the pages of comic books. However, as he grows older, he is confronted with the harsh realities of adulthood and the pressures of conforming to societal expectations. Through a series of candid and introspective reflections, the author recounts his struggles with self-doubt, insecurity, and the loss of innocence. As he navigates the challenges of adolescence and young adulthood, he grapples with the question of what it truly means to be a hero in the real world. I Am Was Spiderman is not just a story about a fictional superhero, but a deeply personal exploration of identity and self-discovery. Through his journey, the author learns that true heroism is not defined by extraordinary feats of strength or bravery, but by the everyday acts of kindness, compassion, and resilience that make us human. With its raw honesty and heartfelt storytelling, I Am Was Spiderman is a testament to the power of hope, courage, and the enduring legacy of childhood dreams. It reminds us that while we may not have superpowers, we all have the capacity to be heroes in our own lives.

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(Upcoming....2025) THE FIRST LIAR

By MC Rising

The First Liar is a gripping psychological thriller that delves into the intricacies of deception and the consequences of buried secrets. Set against the backdrop of a small, picturesque town, the story unfolds with the discovery of a shocking crime that shakes the community to its core. At the center of the narrative is protagonist Emily, a young woman with a troubled past and a penchant for uncovering the truth. When a prominent member of the town is found dead under mysterious circumstances, Emily becomes embroiled in a web of lies and deceit that threatens to unravel everything she thought she knew. As Emily digs deeper into the case, she soon realizes that everyone in the town has something to hide, and the line between truth and fiction becomes increasingly blurred. With each revelation, she finds herself questioning her own sanity and the motives of those around her. The First Liar explores themes of trust, betrayal, and the lengths people will go to protect their secrets. As the tension mounts and suspicions rise, Emily must navigate a treacherous maze of lies to uncover the truth before it is too late. With its twisty plot, complex characters, and atmospheric setting, The First Liar keeps readers on the edge of their seats until the very last page, challenging them to question their own perceptions of reality and morality.

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Love from an Alien Sun

By Ameena Mayer

Burned-out activist Medea Mendez thought she was done battling evil when she and other humans fled from a dying Earth with the Atralians. But once she arrives on the planet Euphora, she learns these aliens are using the humans they save as test subjects in a deadly experiment. Medea\'s only solace comes from her lover Jules, a former heroin addict who is stuck in prison for a mysterious crime. Each time they meet in virtual reality, the fire between them grows stronger. Together, they realize the only way for Medea to defeat the Atralians is to do the unthinkable. Medea is desperate to find another way, but if she doesn\'t act fast, she will fall victim to the experiment before she has the chance to save everyone. With beautiful prose and unforgettable characters, Love from an Alien Sun is an immersive adventure centering on a woman\'s courage and passion.

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Blue Woman Burning

By Lâle Davidson

On the Altiplano, the high plain, between Chile and Bolivia, Fallon\'s family witnesses their mother magically disappear. The inexplicable nature of their loss marks each family member in a different way. For Fallon it is the first step toward adulthood. For her brilliant and troubled older brother, it is an abandonment from which he never recovers. Thirteen years later, back in the United States, Fallon is about to conquer self-doubt and apply to medical school, when another mysterious event shatters her reality. The crisis catapults her across the country on a quest to find the truth. What she discovers changes everything.

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(Upcoming....2025) Terra Firma

By Andrea Dejean

The day after my cousin Treat ran away, my life took on a stillness that descended over me like a glass dome, separating me from a world I could still see but from which I felt isolated. Treat and I had always lived next door to one another. Our fathers were brothers. His family’s farm and ours were literally side-by-side. We spent most of our free time together. During that summer of 1967, he’d agreed to let me hang around with him and a friend his age, Erik, if I didn’t ask any All-Time Stupid Questions. Treat would turn sixteen in October and I would turn fourteen in March. He tormented me mercilessly, the way an older brother might, and I loved him like the sibling I’d never had.

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(Upcoming....2026) The Enemy Within

By Greg Player

THE ENEMY WITHIN : What would the world look like in the grips of a highly contagious virus causing mental illness? What if that virus, created as a weapon by our own government, leaked before completion of a crucial antidote? When faced with that very situation in The Enemy Within, the US military activates a brutal containment strategy-a grisly soldier named Fox. As Fox hunts contacts of the virus, he also becomes infected. His only hope for a cure is to protect the two people he was sent to kill, Jack and Claire. The trio hide away to buy time for Jack, an imminent virologist, to develop an antidote. As a trained psychotherapist, Claire attempts to keep the group grounded while the virus leads them all further from reality. Time runs thin and paranoia mounts as the group faces multiple threats. But which threat will prove to be fatal? The military tasked with hunting them down or what lurks within causing an inevitable psychosis?

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(Upcoming....2025) Running Wild Press Short Story Anthology, Volume 8

By Nathaniel Farcas,Ken Goldman,Joseph A. Schiller,Jerry Purdon,Elizabeth Devecchi and Dalton Mire

The question of why he was drawn to the house was one that he could not answer, but since there was no one around to ask it, he felt that it was irrelevant, and so continued his ambling walk up the driveway. The season was turning to fall, and the leaves were turning to gold and red, crunching beneath his shoes with every step he took; a brisk breeze nipped at his skin and the air smelled of rain. Stark against a cloudless blue sky loomed a house that looked as if its owners had left hundreds of years ago, and perhaps smashed it with a bulldozer a few times on their way out. The windows were cracked and caked with a thick layer of grime, the walls had gaping holes with only spider webs to fill the gaps, and the door hung crooked on its hinges. The paint might once have been a lovely cream color, but was now a faded, filthy gray. Still he went on. He reached the porch, where the stairs were slanted and the wood was rotted through, and with great care, he tiptoed across the fragile boards and swung the door open. It creaked, and groaned, and then detached from its rusty hinges and clattered to the ground. For a minute, he puzzled over how to reattach it, then gave up, and stepped into the house, instinctively reaching to shut the door behind him before remembering there was none.

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(Upcoming....2026) A Slight Curve

By Anatoly Molotkov

With growing concern, Ruth watched a white car headed toward her on the highway below. Instead of following the highway’s slight curve, the car kept going straight. Ruth couldn’t see the driver through the windshield’s glare. She stood on a hill over the highway, her hands on her hips, her long hair horizontal in the wind. The ocean’s mass danced in shades of gray beyond the rows of cars parked at the Cliff House. Its elegant white pavilion, home to a small museum and a restaurant, stood sharp against the backdrop of the waves. Brakes screeched—too late—the truck was upon the white car, then over it, subsuming the small thing with its massive body. The crunch of metal and the scream of breaking glass mixed in Ruth’s ears. Her nails dug into her palms. She couldn’t breathe. Gigantic tomatoes painted on the truck loomed, obscenely red. The car lay on its back, one of the wheels still spinning. Ruth shivered, managed a short breath. She could not accept this, not so soon after her father’s passing. But it had happened, she could not un-see it.