Next Exit: Purgatory

At the end of a man's life, he starts a new and unexpected journey. Struggling to make sense of where he is and why, he must also battle the strange and unknown world.On the rugged, wild, eastern shore of Barbados, Cindy and Clint are enjoying their dream honeymoon, when paradise quickly turns into hell. Cindy finds her newly beloved taken away from her, drowned in a freak accident in the ocean. The local police are quick to declare it an accident, to insist that he was caught in a sudden riptide. But Cindy, left all alone, is not convinced.Cindy must return to her and Clint’s now-empty home in New York and face her in-laws, who never wanted Clint to marry her, and who did everything to make her engagement and wedding hell. She must deal with all of these women’s backbiting, gossiping and unspoken accusations, while she tries to get a handle on her own grief and to get clear on what really happened to Clint.Cindy is mailed an anonymous photo of a woman she had never met, addressed to Clint. As she tries to unravel the mysterious package, as she begins to dig deeper into Clint’s emails and files, she realizes how many secrets Clint had been hiding from his past. She realizes that she didn’t really know the man she loved. And she also realizes that Clint was murdered.She digs deeper, into the depths of Clint’s massive corporation, DGB oil, and as she starts to unearth information she shouldn’t, she goes too far. Soon her own life is in peril. On the run, she realizes that the only way to get answers, and to save her own life, is to return to where it all began: Barbados. As she heads into the dark underside of the island, into the heart of the local villages, she is shocked to discover what really happened to her husband on their honeymoon.But by then, it may already be too late.
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Tom Collivander and the Order of the Thunderbird, A Potter Parody

Tom Collivander, nephew of the legendary wand maker Garrick Collivander, joins Hogwash in his 5th year as a transfer student from Durmprang. He's exceptionally talented but mostly unheard of. Albus Dumby takes advantage of the oppourtunity and uses Tom as a spy in his master plan to rid the world of Lord Moldywart.Tom Collivander, nephew of the legendary wand maker Garrick Collivander, joins Hogwash in his 5th year as a transfer student from Durmprang. He's exceptionally talented but mostly unheard of. Albus Dumby takes advantage of the oppourtunity and uses Tom as a spy in his master plan to rid the world of Lord Moldywart. Along the way, Tom has to deal with the idiot boy that is Harry Trotter and becomes best friends with the most unlikely creature imaginable.This book is a clear parody of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. I just created it for fun. I'm not trying to make any money or devauled the original works in any way.
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Crated Glory

A member of the infamous Denish family, Nadine knows how to keep her smuggling business off the radar of the Factor. She's worked hard to gain a favorable reputation outside of that of her father and brothers. But at a refuel stop during a particularly dangerous mission, Nadine gets some information that leaves her ready to throw all that aside.Part of the Blyssfully Abnormal Anthology; What happens when you take a group of writers, the most talented & twisted that you can find, and put them into one publishing house? They form into the strangest dysfunctional family we've ever seen. No one asked the question, but Charity found the answer. So she wondered, what would happen if she gave us a list of seemingly normal situations and asked us to give them our own unique twist? The answer is the Blyssfully Abnormal anthology, a collection of stories that gives the reader a peek into the somewhat abnormal minds that bring us together.In Crated Glory a member of the infamous Denish family, Nadine knows how to keep her smuggling business off the radar of the Factor. She's worked hard to gain a favorable reputation outside of that of her father and brothers. But at a refuel stop during a particularly dangerous mission, Nadine gets some information that leaves her ready to throw all that aside.
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The Piano (Paul Angstrom Stories) #1

A story of marriage, divorce, a piano, and a different, yet justified, kind of emotional catharsis. No pianos were harmed in writing this story. Originally appeared in the collection, Special Editions.collection of 14 stories, perfect for the Holiday, along with bonus material. Collection includes, The Bainbridge Witch, The Vampire Bureau, Ol’ Jack, Witch’s Brew, The Dress’s Curse, Retribution, Trapped, The Dragon’s Claw, Hide and Seek, A Prank Gone Too Far, Temptations, Dare, Ageless and Reverie, A Graystone Manor Short.Bonus Material gives you free sample reads of Progeny, The Second Wave: A Post-Apocalyptic Tale, Blood Lust and Undead Ahead, a collaboration of stories by Lisa McCourt Hollar and Jeffrey Hollar.
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Half Way Home

Less than sixty kids awaken on a distant planet. The colony ship they arrived on is aflame. The rest of their contingent is dead. They've only received half their training, and they are being asked to conquer an entire planet. Before they can, however, they must first survive each other. In this gritty tale of youths struggling to survive, Hugh Howey fuses the best of young adult fantasy with the piercing social commentary of speculative fiction. The result is a book that begs to be read in a single sitting. An adventurous romp that will leave readers exhausted and begging for more.
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9 Days of Madness: Things Unsettled

The second volume of hair-raising tales of Madness from the pages of The Leaky Pencil. Read stories that question the unsettling borders of reality, and plumb the depths of depravity.Features new work by Amber Taitague, Richard Godwin, Jodi MacArthur, Benjamin Sobieck, Marissa Giambelluca, R.S. Bohn, S.K. Adams, Christopher Grant, Laurita Miller, and Erin Cole.The second volume of hair-raising tales of Madness from the pages of The Leaky Pencil. Read stories that question the unsettling borders of reality, and plumb the depths of depravity.In "Tap", a young girl left home alone in the house is hoping it's just the wind playing tricks. It's not."Schizo Numericus" introduces a man whose obsession with numbers threatens to crack his world wide open.The wife of a "Bookworm" gets a frightening lesson about respecting the written word.All these, and much more lie within the 9 Days of Madness. Features new work by Amber Taitague, Richard Godwin, Jodi MacArthur, Benjamin Sobieck, Marissa Giambelluca, R.S. Bohn, S.K. Adams, Laurita Miller, and Erin Cole.
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Revenants Abroad

Life as a vampire is pretty good for Andrej Vojacek, keeping a low profile and getting involved with the wrong sorts of people for fun. But when his games endanger his human assistant, Anne-Marie, they pull up stakes and move to Prague, the city of Andrej's birth. It's there Andrej attends to some long-unfinished business, with the aid of a high level fallen angel from Hell.Life as a vampire is pretty good for Andrej Vojacek, keeping a low profile and getting involved with the wrong sorts of people for fun. But when his games endanger his human assistant, Anne-Marie, they pull up stakes and move to Prague, the city of Andrej's birth. It's there Andrej attends to some long-unfinished business, with the aid of a high level fallen angel from Hell. Just as things finally seem to settle down, Anne-Marie draws the attention of the great vampire lord, a nameless entity with horrifying power.
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Bond of Sisters

In this Blyssfully Abnormal Short Story, a group vacation takes a fatal turn when an afternoon boat trip claims the life of Ann's husband CharlesPart of the Blyssfully Abnormal Anthology; What happens when you take a group of writers, the most talented & twisted that you can find, and put them into one publishing house? They form into the strangest dysfunctional family we've ever seen. No one asked the question, but Charity found the answer. So she wondered, what would happen if she gave us a list of seemingly normal situations and asked us to give them our own unique twist? The answer is the Blyssfully Abnormal anthology, a collection of stories that gives the reader a peek into the somewhat abnormal minds that bring us together.In Bond of Sisters a group vacation takes a fatal turn when an afternoon boat trip claims the life of Ann's husband Charles
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The Dreamer

As a teenage orphan in 1920's Manhattan, Olivia knows how to dream big. Life on the streets is easy to gloss over with stars in her eyes and Charlie, the orphan gang's leader, by her side. But when Charlie leaves to pursue his own dreams, Olivia's strength of character will be put to the test as everything she's ever wished for is suddenly within grasp.Jazz music, night clubs, and slinky dresses—Olivia wants it all. As a teenage orphan in 1920's Manhattan, she knows how to dream big. Life on the streets is easy to gloss over with stars in her eyes and Charlie, the orphan gang's leader, by her side. But when Charlie leaves to pursue his own dreams, Olivia is in danger of losing herself forever in her fabricated fantasies. Pulled from her imaginary world by a locket, Olivia will soon come to realize big changes come in small packages. Her strength of character will be put to the test as everything she's ever wished for is suddenly within grasp.This book is also available in the LOST LOCKET OF LAHARI ANTHOLOGY. Save 50% versus buying the five books in the collection individually, plus receive an additional BONUS ORIGIN STORY!
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A Son of the Gods, and A Horseman in the Sky

Brilliant and magnetic as are these two studies by Ambrose Bierce, and especially significant as coming from one who was a boy soldier in the Civil War, they merely reflect one side of his original and many-faceted genius. Poet, critic, satirist, fun-maker, incomparable writer of fables and masterly prose sketches, a seer of startling insight, a reasoner mercilessly logical, with the delicate wit and keenness of an Irving or an Addison, the dramatic quality of a Hugo,—all of these, and still in the prime of his powers; yet so restricted has been his output and so little exploited that only the judicious few have been impressed. Although an American, he formed his bent years ago in London, where he was associated with the younger Hood on Fun. There he laid the foundation for that reputation which he today enjoys: the distinction of being the last of the scholarly satirists. With that training he came to San Francisco, where, in an environment equally as genial, his talent grew and mellowed through the years. Then he was summoned to New York to assist a newspaper fight against a great railroad, since the conclusion of which brilliant campaign eastern journalism and magazine work have claimed his attention.
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The Vampire Across the Hall

Daisi Malone lives in the Presidio Building in Newtown, Sydney, Australia. The building is mysterious and its residents even more so. There is the couple with lots of children, the Glee Club and the English Backpackers- although not for long. In this, the first story by Daisi Malone, she meets her neighbour, Madden, the Vampire across the hall.Daisi Malone lives in the Presidio Building in Newtown, Sydney, Australia. The building is mysterious and its residents even more so. There is the couple with lots of children, the Glee Club and the English Backpackers- although not for long. In this, the first story by Daisi Malone, she meets her neighbour, Madden, the Vampire across the hall.The Second book in the series, The Vampire Across the Hall 2- The Murmuring Lift, has been published under the name Daisi Malone.
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Advanced Chemistry

Excerpt - There is a lot of entertainment and also a great deal of truth in this story. We recommend it highly. PROFESSOR CARBONIC was diligently at work in his spacious laboratory, analyzing, mixing and experimenting. He had been employed for more than fifteen years in the same pursuit of happiness, in the same house, same laboratory, and attended by the same servant woman, who in her long period of service had attained the plumpness and respectability of two hundred and ninety pounds.
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The Devil's Pretty Daughter

An Australian backpacker hitches a ride across British Columbia with Canada's worst serial killer.A teenager who has always found himself involved in mysteries and unusual situations decides to move to the town where his only friend (a girl he met online) lives and starts living by himself. At first he is unsure whether it’s going to be a place where he can finally lead the normal life he always dreamed of or if it’s going to be just another place he’ll eventually run away from. The town turns out to be everything the doctor prescribed and he starts falling in love with his friend, making new (and unique) friends and getting the support he has craved for so long. After a tricky first week, things seem to finally start working out for him.They don't.
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The Europeans

One of Henry James’ main themes was the interaction between the Old World and the New. Restless Baroness Eugenia Munster and her charming bohemian brother Felix are visiting their American cousins in Boston, New England. The effect these two extravagant characters have on their austere Puritan relations forms the substance of the book and is told in a series of scenes or‘sketches’. The author writes with subtly observed good humour which accelerates and escalates into higher comedy as Felix, the main protagonist, manipulates his cousin’s emotional affiliations.
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Desire Under the Big Oak Tree

A short play in one act, in which a couple considers their present and past."There was nothing unusual about the night everything changed. No flashing lights in the sky, no searing fire in my belly; no sign whatsoever to suggest the shift which was to come…Nora Brice did strange things to me. Strange and awful things…" Paul Colt has a problem, and it is not one most teenage boys face. Yes, he likes a girl; one he’s pretty certain he’ll do foolish things for, given the chance. But he can’t go after her, or any other girl for that matter. That’s what he gets for being an Averter; forced to toe the line for the propagation of the collective. He knows some rules are okay to trifle with, and there are some which should never be broken. The gravest of them all? Don’t fall in love. Ever. This is the story of how Paul breaks that rule.This prequel novella to the Mentalist Series can be read before or after Aversion, Book One of The Mentalist Series.
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