I hope you realize the chain of events you cause. One word. One whisper. One promise. Could lead to a domino effect that ends with blood on your hands. ‘Blood’ doesn’t have to be literal in this case. Ten years ago I made a promise. I would have etched the words on this vessel that I call ‘skin’, to make it true. I would have slit my wrists and poured myself out to stand by my word. Alexis Pavette is a seventeen year old girl with an addiction to the next obsession. The only way to get rid of an obsession is by getting a new one. And oh, what a hot, sinful obsession Hunter Reed is. Maybe in his eyes, I was the one who barged into his life, but i’d call it kismet. You reap what you sow, and sweetheart, if you think you’re gonna have the last laugh with me then yeah, kismet is a bitch to send me to you. I’m immune to your cruelty. You can’t break me any more than I already am. That honors went away to my first victim. Who is Hunter Reed? He’s the son of my mother’s lover. Adultery isn’t as sexy when it’s your mother doing it. Well, technically it’s not adultery when your parents are separated, and you just didn’t know about it. The only question now is, who’s gonna burn the house down first? And if I knew what was lying ahead of me, would i stay and burn?
Denise Baer is a native of the South Side of Chicago, Illinois, and currently resides in Germany with her husband and fur-baby, Shakespeare. She can be stubborn and downright finicky; the last one doesn’t apply to food though. Perseverance is a trait she often equates with her college degree, but she’s still waiting for her Pulitzer Prize nomination. Denise is a blogger, poet, and multi-genre author of two published books: a dark, psychological suspense thriller, NET SWITCH; and women’s fiction / romantic comedy adventure, FOGGED UP FAIRY TALE. Currently she’s working on a crime mystery series, and a humor novel to tame her unbalanced side.
Mat Blackwell is a multi-award-winning writer and reclusive bearded troglodyte. He has written jokes for performers as varied as Waleed Aly, Paul McDermott, Corinne Grant, Amanda Keller, Sammy J, Wil Anderson, and Barry Humphries. He also co-created and co-wrote the hilariously grotesque sharehouse-convict-black-comedy BRUCE (brucetheseries.com), which was the 3rd-most awarded webseries of 2017. When he’s not cranking out the gags for TV, or penning satirical novels for discerning adults, Mat writes philosophical essays on music, art, humour, and morality. BEEF is a contemporary satire about love, meat, and infidelity, set in an Australia of the incredibly-near future. It is a multi-generational tale of unseen consequences, and the pressures of legacy. But most of all, it’s the tale of an awkward middle-aged sociophobe’s attempts to not have an affair with a wildly attractive psychic, who insists they are going to end up together, like it or not, because “it’s destiny”.
‘To Kill A Mocking Dog’ is the first novel in a series of mysteries aimed at adults/young adults with a daft and slightly dark sense of humour. Marty Hollis, recently deceased, is faced with the chance to live again – only now he must travel back in time and save lives.
As if the saving lives thing wasn’t bad enough, he is given a partner; a talking dog from Glasgow, Scotland, named Weedgie.
And they don’t exactly get along…
William Bradshaw, King of the Goblins
Desperate for work, Will Bradshaw makes the mistake of accepting a job as manager offered by the law firm of Cickam, Wender and Downe. Too late he learns his job is to ‘manage’ the goblins on the world of Other Place as their king. His goblins are short, stupid and a little crazy, and they consider his orders helpful suggestions.
As if that wasn’t enough, Will accidentally starts a war with the fashion obsessed human monarch Kervol Ket. Goblins haven’t won a war in recorded history and have no intention of starting now. In spite of this Will isn’t giving up. It’s going to take stealth, subterfuge and a seemingly endless supply of detonating outhouses, but Will Bradshaw is determined to win.
What is Planet Lazy? None of the scientists have heard of it, and there’s no record of it ever existing. Yet people swear that they’ve been there. One day, they vanished from Earth and wound up in a place where everything was free, and they didn’t have to, you know, do anything. Join the fat, socially awkward, will-probably-die-a-virgin Karturian as he navigates our strange universe of starving giants, nit-picky zombies, talking cats, a whole planet of women who have never seen a man before, and much much more on his voyage to the mythical Planet Lazy. – What is the answer to 7 + 7 ÷ 7 + 7 x 7 – 7 = ? – How do you hide cigarette smoke from your parents? – Does Cheese Whiz go better with pancakes or waffles? – What are cats really thinking? – How do you become the richest being in the universe by doing half of the work most people do and utilizing Facebook likes? – What do you do if you’re out in space and really have to use the bathroom? …just a few of life’s more pertinent questions that Karturian hopes to answer on his journey.
This is not your average science fiction story. Planet Lazy is a satire of the 2010s that takes place in the future. It has flying saucers, space gizmos, aliens, and all that good stuff, but really it’s a mirror reflection of the absurd world we live in today. Eating disorders, low birthrates, cell cryopreservation, patriarchal and matriarchal societies, intercultural relationships, global warming, unethical technological and medical advancements, volunteering in impoverished nations, free-range farming, the robot apocalypse, lazy entrepreneurship, everyone’s obsession with cats, Karturian encouters it all in his adventures! With a dry sense of humor and a pinch of the surreal, Kilgore Trout (Kurt Vonnegut) and Douglas Adams fans will find this a very fun read! Each chapter is its own mini-adventure complete with plenty of surprises and weirdness. Gulliver’s Travels in space!
Abby, Toby, and Billy are ordinary detectives with extraordinary clients: G-G-Ghosts! It’s just another summer day of hunting frogs for twelve-year-old Billy, Abby, and Toby, when they stumble upon a deserted lake cabin and meet Mary, a real live ghost, searching for her lost locket. The trio offer to help her find it and the Fantastic Phantasmic Detective Agency is launched. But when the youthful sleuths enlist the help of the grumpy medium, Mr. Monsento, to help them with their second case, locating a ghost’s missing ghost brother, a mysterious visitor from the UnderWorld appears…
Gabriel Bacopa has been called one of the best authors of the 21st century. “This Generation’s John Steinbeck.” “The most prescient author of the 21st century.” He was born to a Palestinian Muslim father and an Israeli Jewish mother in the Suburbs of Orange County, CA.
In a small Wisconsin town filled with professional wrestlers, toilet-scrubbing doctors and convenience store owners named Big Poppa, Steve tries to warn his wisecracking friends about the impending robot apocalypse before it’s too late.
Typos are lethal to 98% of the population. Be thankful Typo Squad is on patrol …
Richard Shonnary was a Typo Squad legend. He had a gift for seeking out and destroying errorist cells, and was almost singlehandedly responsible for bringing about the end of errorism. But one night, a single errant bullet fired by his brother prematurely ended his career.
Convinced to come out of self-imposed retirement after five years, Richard unknowingly gives rise to his greatest enemy — Anton Nym. Will he and his new partner be able to stop this latest threat before deadly typos are unleashed upon an unwitting world?
Josef Matulich counts himself as having at least three and a half jobs. He has his day job in a Large Insurance Company Call Center, helping the frontline troops from the Help Desk. He is also the co-owner of The Alley Vintage & Costume which sells vintage from Victorian to 1980s and is only semi-haunted by the clothing’s previous owners. He has been a free-lance writer since 17, creating plays, novels, RPGs and screenplays. In a different creative vein, he has been a make-up artist and prop maker for theater groups, local film-makers and haunts. In his copious free time, he endeavors to be a decent husband, father and friend, though perhaps the worst uncle in recorded history. Wait a minute, the numbering’s off…
Moristoun is an island Scottish people are sent to in the afterlife when they have died by suicide. Buchan, a lawyer who has been there for 200 years, finds out he can escape the island by helping modern Scots steer clear of suicide. He decides to bring one of these mortals, McSorely, to Moristoun to boost his self esteem by working as his legal assistant but it doesn’t quite go as planned.
Drip: A Gothic Bromance
“A hand wearing a fancy watch parted the office blinds, and J.D. felt nauseous with despair: suddenly he knew—even though he could not explain how—that all of his mojo had been permanently taken away.”
J.D. and George: thick as thieves since the fourth grade. J.D., the troublemaker, the stud: the alpha. George, the sidekick, the misfit: the loser. Upon graduating college, J.D. has convinced the only job creator in rusty Middlestop to hire them. BrewCorp, the hot new coffee and retail chain, is offering a vice presidency to the employee with the boldest plan for growth, and J.D. is determined to be the guy. When not sleeping with co-workers, he hatches his pitch for a one-of-a kind data pipeline. He is unbeatable–until George grabs the promotion. Now J.D. wants answers. His quest to find them—and to deal with the monstrous truth—is the subject of indie filmmaker Andrew Montlack’s wry debut novel, which features the same biting satire that made his mockumentary, The Devil’s Filmmaker, a cult classic.
Rebel Without a Clue (Planet Hy Man series)
Mex had been looking forward to a well-earned retirement after saving planet Hy Man from men. But now, thanks to Beryl, she has been sent on a mission that will ruin her career with a robot who rubs her up the wrong way… Beryl is the leader of planet Hy Man and fighting to remain so. Beryl is desperate, the planet’s energy is on its last legs and chapping at her heels to take over is the ruthless Hilda. A woman with a personality as bad her haircut and will do anything to get her way…
Haris Orkin is a playwright, screenwriter, game writer, and novelist. His play, Dada was produced at The American Stage and the La Jolla Playhouse. Sex, Impotence, and International Terrorism was chosen as a critic’s choice by the L.A. Weekly and sold as a film script to MGM/UA. Save the Dog was produced as a Disney Sunday Night movie. His original screenplay, A Saintly Switch, was directed by Peter Bogdanovich and starred David Alan Grier and Viveca Fox. He is a WGA Award and BAFTA Award nominated game writer and narrative designer known for Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3, Call of Juarez: Gunslinger, Tom Clancy’s The Division, Mafia 3, and Dying Light, which to date has sold over 7.5 million copies.
“You Only Live Once” is a comic thriller: a contemporary take on Don Quixote about a mental patient who believes he’s a super spy.
Charlie Hong is on the run from both sides of the law. He’s spent the last year in hiding, cultivating one last hair-brained scheme to escape his troubles: a clandestine marijuana operation. Just as he’s about to cash in, his cash crop is stolen by a bright light appearing in the night sky. After catching a ride with one of his plants, he finds himself thrown into a world far stranger than anything he could have possibly imagined. Does the stoned stowaway have what it takes to free the Starseed, a massive living spaceship overflowing with bizarre life forms, from the clutches of a mysterious force field trapping it in Earth’s orbit? More importantly, before he decides anything, does he have time to light one up?
In a mere seven years Maura has published four novels, won two national book awards and critical acclaim from the Midwest Book Review. In her spare time, she serenades her cat.
My book, “Mostly Rapscallions,” proves beyond reasonable doubt that learning history can be fun. It is real history, but also biography and humor.
Set in Stone is a multi-part fantasy/comedy series that tells the tale of Jonas and Maiko, two friends that travel to the icy North is search of Maiko’s father. It’s an epic adventure that doesn’t take itself too seriously, but with a nice and tight story element. This is the first part of the story. The story is going to be free for the next three days as a promotion. Otherwise it costs 2.99$.
“Through Button Eyes” is a multi-genre compilation of fifteen previously unpublished short stories that will most assuredly take readers on a thrilling emotional roller-coaster ride of excitement, fear, laughter and tears. The stories range from tender coming of age to sci-fi adventure; romantic moments to brutal murder; magical fantasy to family tragedy… and one humorous zombie. This exciting anthology embraces a spectrum of genres where the seven authors skillfully integrated one seemingly innocuous plot point into every story, a button! (Genre Blends: Science-Fiction, Thriller, Dystopia, Fantasy, Horror-Comedy, Speculative-Fiction, Swashbuckler, Action/Adventure, Tragedy, Literary Fiction, Romantic Suspense, Memoir, Coming of Age, LGBT). “Through Button Eyes” was selected from thousands of national and international entries as one of the five medal finalists in the Anthology Division of the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards (NGIBA). Authors: Patrick Witz, Annemarie Olsen, David Loofbourrow, Davin L. Kent, Jane Haworth, Evelina Dunn, Kathleen Coleman
Patrick Witz has from his youth always been fascinated with science, strange discoveries, technology, earth and other worldly places presented in National Geographic and Popular Mechanics. He is a steadfast believer that knowledge and imagination are a powerful combination and readily admits he will forever be a student of the arts, be it creative writing, photograph, or any other artistic interest or endeavor. In his writing, Patrick likes to blend genres and his eclectic nature leads him into a labyrinth of fictional paths. Patrick’s writing goal is to bring his written words to life in reader’s minds… therein to strum emotional cords; sculpt intriguing characters; create captivating dialogue; and paint intricate colorful settings. One can say Patrick’s diversity is the spice of his writing – sometimes sweet, every now and again bitter, often mixed with a sprinkle of humor, a pinch of peculiar flavor, and finished off with an unsuspecting or emotional twist.