In the latest prequel to Desperate Times you are introduced to Jon. With the world unraveling around them, Jon and his friend, Kyle, find themselves at a crossroads. People are already looking at the world in a different way; very much aware that everything they take for granted is about to disappear, perhaps forever. Goodbyes need to be said, but is there enough time before things get desperate?Available for the first time complete in one volume. Previously published in two volumes as Daughter of Darkness and The Dadouchos. In 480 BC, fifteen-year-old Melaina's biggest worry, she thinks, is wishing to follow Artemis and remain virgin when her mother and grandfather want her to marry and became a priestess. But when the Persians invade, the gods themselves have plans for Melaina, including carrying a divine child and divining for the Greek fleet in a battle to determine the salvation or ruin of all Greece.
Zombies - ravening, mindless monsters? Or just misunderstood?Zombie Variations collects three short stories from the zombie's point of view, and three very different types of zombies.2795 wordsZombies - ravening, mindless monsters? Or just misunderstood?Zombie Variations collects three short stories from the zombie's point of view, and three very different types of zombies.2795 words
VOLUME 1: The year is 2219; Erin Conyers suspended in animation deep in space for 52 years aboard her ship "Discovery." Her mission given to her all those decades ago; “Find the alien life forms who prophesized the coming apocalypse soon to occur on the planet Earth.” As she dreamt her mind wandered back to 2073, when the world collapsed in a hail of nuclear destruction on an unimaginable scale.The Apocalypse – Doomsday – Armageddon. It had been called so many things, always an ever-present possibility in the back of mankind’s collective psyche. Our story begins in the far distant future; Erin Conyers suspended in animation for over 52 years, further out in space than any had ever been. Ten years prior to the catastrophe that changed the face of the planet forever, mankind had been forewarned by an unknown intelligence of an impending disaster. One of the relatively few to survive, these are her remembrances of those very dark days, when the world collapsed in a hail of nuclear destruction occurring on an unimaginable scale.
It’s Olivia’s first day at TechCorpEx and already she finds out about an opportunity for a promotion, but her co-worker, Seth is also trying for the job. Another one of her co-workers, Ethan, is all too eager to help her. Olivia gets an opportunity to dance at a local club, but finds out what really goes on there.It’s Olivia’s first day at TechCorpEx and already she finds out about an opportunity for a promotion, but her co-worker, Seth is also trying for the job. Another one of her co-workers, Ethan, is all too eager to help her. Will she get the job and please her mother, or will she pursue her life-long passion to dance? Olivia gets an opportunity to dance at a local club, but finds out what really goes on at the Not Pizza Club.
A retelling of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" through the eyes of a less bumbling Puck...A dark retelling from a character out of Shakespeare’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream,” "Playing Puck" is just that - playing with the character of Robin Goodfellow, known also as Puck, servant fairy to the fairy king Oberon.Originally written as a bumbling fairy, the Puck we meet in this retelling is intentional in his mistakes. For as Puck creates hostility between the characters of this story, nature itself is damaged or destroyed.Eventually, of course, Puck must be left to sweep up the pieces of his own existence as well, an existence mandated and controlled by something that is the very essence of evil itself.
Shortly after his arrival up at the family cottage on Lake Superior, Stan Goobash watches in horror as a mammoth sinkhole opens in the middle of the lake. Moments later, the greatest of all the Great Lakes is nothing more than a memory. Stan vows to get to the bottom of this mystery.Shortly after his arrival up at the family cottage on Lake Superior, Stan Goobash watches in horror as a mammoth sinkhole opens in the middle of the lake. Moments later, the greatest of all the Great Lakes is nothing more than a memory. Like others, Stan is drawn across the dry lakebed to the circular chasm that has swallowed one tenth of the world's supply of surface freshwater. An avid skydiver, Stan quickly formulates a plan to get to the bottom of this mystery, or die trying. At the edge of the great sinkhole, Stan is joined by two others. They jump, but will soon learn that Lake Superior doesn't like to give up her dead.
When the chips are down, and they certainly are in these desperate times; friends and family stick together. Julie finds this out in an unlikely fashion. As the economy is crumbling around them, people are forced to make hard choices as to where they want to make their stand. They also must choose who to stand by. Julie's life is about to change, but not without a little help from a friend.When Victor Frankenstein crafts his infamous creature in Mary Shelley’s masterpiece, he creates something that is a patchwork not only of men but of ideals, of emotions. Out of many, he is one. Indeed, this anthology you read now is something similar, though I do say quite a bit more pleasant to encounter than the fruit of Victor’s labors!What precisely does the word creature conjure in the imagination? Something frightening? Something unknown? The authors of the stories you are about to read had this question to consider and not one of them came up with exactly the same answer as another of their collaborators. The initial reaction to such a question might be to recoil, to think of something unsettling or scary. But then one must consider the creature itself. How does it react to its state of being? It’s surroundings? Does it enjoy killing men or does it loathe violence? Is it predator or prey? Do humans simply fear it or try to combat the creature themselves?It’s the reaction that makes the creature, not the state itself of being an outsider to mankind. You will read in these pages about various supposed monsters, and they all behave differently. The creatures in these stories are everything from horrifying killers to sympathetic lovers to misunderstood beings trying to fit into human society, each one with its creator’s personal stamp placed upon it. This anthology was born out of a desire to come together as authors, out of a sense of community, and the reader can certainly feel this as well. Despite the occasionally-gruesome or unsettling subject matter, this is a labor of love, we promise!The idea to create a compilation was posed by author B.C. Sirrom on the Paranormal and Horror Lovers group on Goodreads in May of 2012. The idea took off immediately, with eight writers contributing to the work and several others offering to help with editing and cover art. But what was to be the topic of such an anthology?After much deliberation, the topic of creatures was chosen, an emphasis placed on the unique and the cultural. The rules were simple: the story must be in the paranormal or horror genre and between five and ten thousand words. While mature content was allowed, it was not required, and contributors had to be willing to assist with editing. With the ground rules in place, the authors set out to craft their tales.This specific topic is one that not only fit the overall theme of the group itself, but also one that allowed the authors room to breathe, room to create and thus, room to craft a collection of well-fitted stories that will entertain, thrill and horrify.No matter what the word ‘creature’ initially brings to mind for you, the reader, that is only the beginning
Everyone wishes sometimes - for things to be different, or easier, or better. But when a wish is granted, can you ever get what you really want? The Trouble With Wishes collects five short stories about wishes granted - or not - to amuse a being of power rather than to fulfill the wisher's desire:7,229 wordsWhat you consider to be the most ordinary about you is often the extraordinary others see in you. We commonly take our gifts for granted and inadvertently inspire others with what comes naturally to us.When the young soul Kalakas had an opportunity to incarnate to be the consciousness of a large volcanic mountain on Earth, he jeered at the offer, believing that he was going to be doing nothing.Succumbing to some gentle provocation from his mentor, he did indeed end up spending eons on Earth doing nothing.Was it going to be the most agonizingly boring life review ever when he returned to the spirit realm, or was there a lesson as monumental as the legacy of the Rock?
This is a very short romance story. Approximately 1700 words. File includes excerpts from two full-length romance novels - Maggie Undercover and The Baby Race.Erica Brier gave up on love a long time ago, but a chance meeting at a bridal show changes her world.This is a very short romance story. Approximately 1700 words. File includes excerpts from two full-length romance novels - Maggie Undercover and The Baby Race.To promote her floral business, love-phobic Erica Brier reluctantly participates in Council Falls first bridal show. When she's conned into modeling the show piece wedding gown for the charity auction, Erica's life takes an interesting turn when she meets another woman's groom.
A young married couple, with a five year old daughter and a baby boy on the way, set out on a shopping trip to an out of town mall. Just as they reach the mall an EMP blast knocks out every electronic device in sight including every cell phone, automobile, and every plane flying in the sky. Their only choice to reunite with their family is to embark on a long and desperate walk home. As the hordes of refugees pour out onto the highways, some seek to merely survive while others seek to profit amidst the chaos. Out there on the road they face challenges and obstacles that they could never have imagined as they witness the collapse of society happening all around them.
The Empire of Twelve is at war with itself. An army of Xaosian invaders move forward with a plan to take the Empire for their own, targeting the planet Raan. But it is clear that the Xaosians are not working alone; something else is pulling the strings and its army grows every day.When the dust settles, nothing will be the same again.The Empire of Twelve is at war with itself. An army of Xaosian invaders move forward with a plan to take the Empire for their own, targeting the planet Raan. But it is clear that the Xaosians are not working alone; something else is pulling the strings and its army grows every day.The planet Narcsia is dying. Storms and quakes ravage the world, leading to a world-wide evacuation. However, when a few of the Scalimen natives look to the storm, they see strange gas creatures demolishing their world.The pits of Rat'hak are deadly fighting arenas. Accepting that he may never who he used to be, amnesiac Ash must fight in the pits in order to survive.Meanwhile, a survivor of a long-thought dead race clings to the hope that his race is alive, and vows to do anything it takes to find them once again. Even if it means helping the Xaosians build their world-crippling super-weapon.When the dust settles, the Empire will never be the same again.