Homicide: A Year On The Killing Streets

Baltimore Sun reporter Simon spent a year tracking the homicide unit of his city's police, following the officers from crime scenes to interrogations to hospital emergency rooms. With empathy, psychological nuance, racy verbatim dialogue and razor-sharp prose, he offers a rare insider's look at the detective's tension-wracked world. Presiding over a score of sleuths is commander Gary D'Addario, "connoisseur of survival" who grapples with political intrigue, massive red tape and "red balls" (major, difficult cases). His detectives include Tom Pelligrini, obsessed with solving the rape-murder of an 11-year-old girl; Rich Garvey, whose "perfect year" is upset by a murder case that collapses in court; and black, cosmopolitan Harry Edgerton, a lone wolf, son of a jazz pianist. This hectic daily log reveals the detective's beat on Baltimore 's mean streets (234 murders in 1988) to be brutal, bureaucratic and, occasionally, mundane.
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Thunder and Rain

Third generation Texas Ranger Tyler Steele is the last of a dying breed-- a modern day cowboy hero living in a world that doesn't quite understand his powerful sense of right and wrong and instinct to defend those who can't defend themselves. Despite his strong moral compass, Ty has trouble seeing his greatest weakness. His hard outer shell, the one essential to his work, made him incapable of forging the emotional connection his wife Andie so desperately needed. Now retired, rasing their son Brodie on his own, and at risk of losing his ranch, Ty does not know how to rebuild from the rubble of his life. The answer comes in the form of Samantha and her daughter Hope, on the run from a seemingly inescapable situation. They are in danger, desperate, and alone. Though they are strangers, Ty knows he can help-- protecting the innocent is what he does best. As his relationship with Sam and Hope unfolds, Ty realizes he must confront his true weaknesses if he wants to become the man he needs to be.
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The Bullcatcher

A Detective Jack Miller Short StoryA bushfire has swept through the Coomalie Shire in the Northern Territory leaving a path of destruction. Working round the clock, Detective Jack Miller and Forensics Technician Kate Bowen investigate any deaths that have occured in a race against time to save vital evidence.The Ruling Elite and Other Stories is a collection of short fantasy from Xina Marie Uhl and Janet Loftis. Here you'll find a slave-mercenary struggling to save the life of his mistress, a palace guard defending his city against the destroyer of prophecy, a wanderer who brings more than just past grief into the lives of four sisters, two men who go on a dangerous hunt to kill the witches destroying their village, an outcast trying to outwit the village oracle and get justice for her murdered mother, and a captain who discovers how high the cost is to return the dead to their rightful homes. Come read stories which fuse fantasy with history and anthropology by two of XC Publishing's most talented writers.
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Razorback

RAZORBACK is a story of the weird and unnatural from the author of PATASOLA. A young boy, uprooted, unschooled, alienated, comes of age on a self-sufficient smallholding on the Yorkshire Wolds. For the first time he ventures out into the wider world. His simple assumptions are torn down and he finds himself running wild.If nobody tells you, how can you know? You can guess, you can assume, but without anyone to share your assumptions with, how can you be sure you've guessed right? The arrival of the twins tore a massive hole in Stephen's young life. Uprooted from London to a self-sufficient smallholding in Yorkshire, taken out of school, ignored by his mother, unable to bond with his submissive father, Stephen is truly alone. Then, just before he turns sixteen, his father falls ill and Stephen has to take on a man's role in the wider world. And now, for the first time, his assumptions are challenged.RAZORBACK is a story of the weird and the unnatural. From the author of PATASOLA.
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Signs & Wonders

Signs is a noun (as in DO NOT DISTURB); Wonders (as in "with furrowed brows"), a verb. The couplet that leads into Charles Martin's fifth collection of richly inventive poems suggests that the world is to be read into and wondered over. The signs in this new work from the prize-winning American poet of formal brilliance and darkly comic sensibility are as stark as the one on a cage at the zoo that says ENDANGERED SPECIES, as surprising as those that announce the return of irony, and as enigmatic as a single word carved on a tombstone. Renowned for his translations of Ovid's Metamorphoses and the poems of Catullus, Martin brings the perspective of history to bear on the stuff of contemporary life.
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The Fifth Elemental - Shepisode 6 - Water and Fire

When Ethan Allen was first drawn into the world of The Elementals, he had no idea of the importance he played in their existence, now how different he truly was. Thrown in the middle of a civil war, a vital key to the stability and freedom of his kind, he fights not only for his survival, but for the survival of a world that has been seeking peace for thousands of years.Losing my mother at 18 was the worst experience of my life. Although this story is fiction, the spirit behind the story is very real.
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Curse of the Death Maiden: Book One - My Thoughts of You

This is death, I thought, but I do not want to go. I remember thinking. Sinking down to the ocean floor, I could feel my thoughts slipping, lungs filling with the sting of salted water as it took me, I drowned… I died. I became death; I became a slave to the darkness. I became a victim to my own pride, a pirate to my own ungodly misdeeds…My thoughts of you never relenting…Welcome to the new fantasy, sci-fi and supernatural fiction E-Zine Bad Moon #1 - New Moon. We bring you fascinating tales to enthral and amuse you every full moon that rises, writing them in between the changing phases in a flash of inspiration or the attempt to raise mild amusement, at least.We have stories of abstract futures and mysterious pasts, yet all pertinent to today. We will meet characters from a far future Tokyo, a near future Europe, some spectral apparitions who haunt unexpected places, reimagined Grimm Tales, amongst other mangled fairytales, myths, parables, legends and steampunk fun.Enjoy the rocking ride, and hold on tight!
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Onward and Upward

Onward and Upward - the continuing adventures of our ‘reluctant billionaire’. He loses the new love of his life, only to replace her with a Hawker Hunter or 2, or 3, …,(a fair swop I think). He takes on Drug Barons and the paparazzi, and goes back in time – in the desert, before blowing a fuse. Just a few of his adventures as he moves onward and upward.After tragically losing his wife, and becoming the twelfth richest person on the planet at the same time, in the first book in the Andrew Michaels trilogy – 'Road to Recovery' – Andrew continues 'Onward and Upwards' as he loses the new love of his life, only to replace her with a Hawker Hunter (the most beautiful jet aircraft ever to take to the sky’s) or two, or three, …. Along the way he takes on drug smugglers, the paparazzi, and Farnborough Airshow as he starts to flex his new found financial muscle, but why is the President of the United States ringing him up?, and where did the twins come from? To find the answer to where the twins went, then follow his adventures in the third in the series – 'Above and Beyond', and it wasn’t on board a nuclear powered aircraft carrier.
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Wessex Tales: "Julia" (Story 11)

This story in the "Wessex Tales" collection—"Julia" (Story 11)—is sequel to "The Face in the Floor" (Story 10). It was Julia’s parents who commissioned their villa's magnificent mosaic floor in the previous tale; as a child, she watched the master-mosaicist lay it. As "Julia" begins, Julia is a young woman angry at life, angrier at expectations, and resisting marriage. (circa 335 CE)Another gem from the Japanese maestro of storytelling Kenji Miyazawa. Gauche plays the cello in the town orchestra, but he needs to do a lot better if he wants to keep his place. He realizes he is going to have to practice every spare moment if he is going to improve in time for the big concert. But will that be enough? Just when he is getting into his rhythm a visitor drops in - and then another. This beautiful short story (around 5,000 words) by Kenji Miyazawa explores themes of passion and music. Is there music in nature? Can there be music if there is no passion?
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The New Pot Enlightenment

With legalization sweeping the world, what's needed is a more mature attitude toward cannabis. Steven Hager has spent a lifetime on the front lines of the legalization movement and has long stressed responsible use. Cannabis has always had a very close connection with spirituality, along with math and music.Unfortunately, the image of the average stoner is not particularly attractive for people outside the culture, and for good reason since stoners are most often portrayed in the mass media as dumb slacker slobs. But this was not always the case. In the 1930’s, vipers were actually daper cats with refined taste in fashion and a deep understanding of blues and jazz. So what's required is a path back to this forgotten past, a time when cannabis use was cool and carried zero negative stigma. And the route is through the harmonization of all religions, which will end the manipulation of religion to manifest war for profit.
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The Fifth Elemental - Shepisode 1 - The Coming Storm

When Ethan Allen was first drawn into the world of The Elementals, he had no idea of the importance he played in their existence, now how different he truly was. Thrown in the middle of a civil war, a vital key to the stability and freedom of his kind, he fights not only for his survival, but for the survival of a world that has been seeking peace for thousands of years.There's a world we know nothing about. There are those who walk among us with powers beyond anything we comprehend. There's a war happening right in front of us and we know nothing about it. When Ethan Allen was first drawn into the world of The Elementals, he had no idea of the importance he played in their existence, now how different he truly was. Thrown in the middle of a civil war, a vital key to the stability and freedom of his kind, he fights not only for his survival, but for the survival of a world that has been seeking peace for thousands of years.Welcome to Season One of The Fifth Elemental.
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Wessex Tales: "The Face in the Floor" (Story 10)

The earliest known mosaic floor to depict Christ was laid in a remote Roman villa in Dorset around 325 CE. (Discovered under meadow grass in 1963 it was moved to the British Museum.) The larger end of this mosaic measures 17 feet by 15, the smaller end, 16½ feet by 8. Why lay this magnificent floor in rustic Dorset? “The Face in the Floor" gives the origins of this floor an imaginative history.When his ship is damaged after being caught in a crossfire, Billy is left to drift across the blackness of space. His calls for help are finally answered, but by the one thing he would rather not get help from.Disclaimer: Strong language.
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The War of Wars

James Shinoman, a young Spaceflight Participant goes on a voyage with a team of space explorers. He finds love along the way, however, things get out of control and he is left to make sense of his experience during their mission.Tommy spends his days riding his bicycle on the dust-drifted streets of Woodward, Oklahoma, delivering the chemical compositions of his adoptive father Sal to the few customers that remain. The fields pull up little but dust and poison, and the majority of the citizens have departed for greener pastures in resurgent post-war California. On his last day as bicycle courier/drug mule, Tommy makes his rounds - but with one vital difference. 9th Street Blues originally won the top prize in Chapterfy's inaugural short story contest.
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All Access (Chasing Cross Book One) (A Brothers of Rock Novel)

With ALL ACCESS, a contemporary romance series begins that explores, life, love, and music. Join the five band members of Chasing Cross as they find that there's more to life beyond the stage.BOOK DESCRIPTION:Jess is caught off guard when a sexy stranger buys her a cup of coffee and asks her to sit with him. He's mysterious, nice, and even though he says the right things at the right time, JesWith ALL ACCESS, a contemporary romance series begins that explores, life, love, and music. Join the five band members of Chasing Cross as they find that there's more to life beyond the stage.BOOK DESCRIPTION:Jess is caught off guard when a sexy stranger buys her a cup of coffee and asks her to sit with him. He's mysterious, nice, and even though he says the right things at the right time, Jess can sense that there's something hidden about him.*As Johnnie sits across from the beautiful woman, he can't believe she doesn't recognize him. Everyone does. It comes with the territory when you're the lead singer of one of the hottest bands in the world, Chasing Cross. With one more show to go before taking a small break in touring, it feels like luck is on Johnnie's side. That is, if he can find a way to tell Jess who he is, without scaring her off.*After her best friend begs her to come to a concert, Jess finds herself standing in the middle of a crowd. The lights are off, music begins, and the crowd erupts in cheers. She doesn't know much about the band, but that's all about to change. When the lights come on, Jess can't believe her eyes. The lead singer of the band is the man from the café.*Plucked from the crowd during the show, Jess makes her way backstage. The encore may have ended on stage, but the real show is just about to begin. Johnnie's passion quickly turns to romance but the more time he and Jess spend together, the more things get complicated. Johnnie has a big decision to make about himself and the band, testing his loyalty and love for the music, and when Jess's dreams start to come true, she starts to realize that true love exists, but it's not always an easy path to take.
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The Dominant Hand

An end-of-the-world cult forms around a charismatic, troubled rock musician who leads his followers deep into the woods east of Oklahoma. A mysterious series of events leaves 250 people dead and 4,238 people missing with no official explanation emerging from months of investigation. The Dominant Hand assembles the stories of those affected by Jim Jacobs and his doomsday cult. This tell-all utilizes revolving perspective to reveal the events that led to the mysterious catastrophe whose true meaning has yet to be fully understood. Record shop owners, journalists, Jacob’s estranged wife and other witnesses are all pulled into the cult’s downward spiral. They must unravel the twisted conspiracy in order to escape from the woods where the believers have assembled for the culmination of Jacob’s apocalyptic vision.
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