Piety (Dragon poems, mini collection)

Summary: A 1000-word dragon-themed mini poetry collection by author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott. "Piety" is the prototype for Jess’s London Underground Trilogy (forthcoming dragon-themed urban fantasy series; 2012). * * * Genre: Poetry | 1,000 words * * * By author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott.Summary: A 1000-word dragon-themed mini poetry collection by author/artist/non-conformist, Jess C Scott. "Piety" is the prototype for Jess’s London Underground Trilogy (forthcoming dragon-themed urban fantasy series; 2012).Genre: Poetry | 1,000 wordsReview: "Ever since I came across Jess C Scott's teenage blog novel, EyeLeash, I’ve known that some very talented writers will emerge from the epublishing revolution." -- Joseph Grinton / October 2011===* Jess owns the website, Dragonsinn--these poems are in tribute to The Dragon (a symbol of excellence, and so much more).===Excerpt:[Ravenous Appetite]A dragon, unfed,Thrashing about in a rotIron cage. Unleashed.Author Bio:Jess is an author/artist/non-conformist who’s dedicated to writing original stories that are both meaningful and entertaining. She focuses on style and substance over short-term success with current fads and marketing hype. Jess writes in a diverse range of other genres, such as poetry, YA fiction, and urban fantasy. Visit her website for free samples and more!
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The Chase

Tess Brady is forced to participate in an old pack ritual: the Chase. Unmated male wolves will pursue her and the one who catches her gets the ultimate prize: her as a mate. After seeing what type of matings result from such a ritual, Tess is determined not to be caught, but can she escape such strong and smart wolves? Or will she end up with a male worse than her abusive father?Tess is from an extremely traditional pack. Returning to her pack after four years away at college, as an unmated female, she must participate in an old pack ritual: the Chase.Unmated wolves from her pack pursue her and the one who catches her gets the ultimate prize: her as a mate.However, Tess knows how males treat their mates and wants no part of it, determined to evade capture during the chase… but can she outrun and outsmart such strong males? Or will she be forced into mating with a male as bad, or perhaps worse, than her abusive father?~*~“The Chase” is a werewolf romance short story (just under 10,000 words). It is part of a series, but no other books need to be read in order to understand the events in “The Chase.” Other books in the “Wolves Among Us” series include “Broken,” a novelette, and a sequel to "The Chase" is coming soon!
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The Walk Up Nameless Ridge

On planet Eno, there stands a mountain that has never been summited. Many have tried. All have failed. This climbing season finds three teams making their bid up this murderous peak. And one man among them will discover these ugly truths: There are fates worse than death. There are fates worse than obscurity. To be remembered forever can be its own curse.
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Scrambled Hard-Boiled

Mickey Spillane meets the Canterbury Tales.When you need to hire a bastard to get the job done, contact Jay Dafoe, private investigator. He’s in the Yellow Pages. Dafoe is an unscrupulous, greedy, profane man. His only redeeming feature is that he’s brutally honest both about his amoral nature and in his sardonic observations of the dark side of the world he has embraced. Nothing is sacred.Scrambled Hard-Boiled is out-of-kilter take of American Noir best described as Mickey Spillane meets the Canterbury Tales.When you need to hire a bastard to get the job done, contact Jay Dafoe, private investigator. He’s in the Yellow Pages. Dafoe is an unscrupulous, greedy, profane man. His only redeeming feature is that he’s brutally honest both about his amoral nature and in his sardonic observations of the dark side of the world he has embraced. Nothing is sacred. Dafoe is on a case in a seemingly innocuous small town in North Carolina. What seems like an easy paycheck from a desperate father turns into a bloody killing that threatens the most important person in Jay Dafoe’s world…himself. Scrambled Hard-Boiled isn’t a parlor game mystery. There aren’t any saints in Dafoe’s life, only varying degrees of sinners, some of whom compensate him quite well. So when it comes to murder, Dafoe doesn’t really have a problem with someone getting away with it, just as long he isn’t the victim, and he gets paid.
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Collected Short Stories: Volume 1

This first volume of Somerset Maugham's collected short stories includes the famous story 'Rain', the tragedy of the prudish missionary Mr Davidson and Sadie Thompson, the prostitute. The collection contains thirty stories that take us from the islands of the Pacific Ocean to England, France and Spain. They all reveal Maugham's acute and often sardonic observation of human foibles and his particular genius for exposing the bitter reality of human relationships. Somerset Maugham learnt his craft from Maupassant, and these stories display the remarkable talent that made him an unsurpassed storyteller.
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Spacer Tales: The Space Monster of Sector 17

Welcome to Kluskey's spacer hangout. Here, spacers swap yarns of ghost ships, space monsters, the weird and wonderful and the downright daft.In this story, spacer Pell tells of a mysterious encounter.Ten years ago, Pell Argood saw something that has haunted him ever since.Can he convince the cadets in Kluskey's bar to stay away from Sector 17?
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I Love You I Hate You

A short story about a wife who hates her job and has a dream of being a published author. Her husband does not support this dream at first. Together they must work through the complications.Ken Blowers has developed a firm following of readers from the first three collections in his continuing set of Short Stories. Now he entices old friends and new to the world of mystery and intrigue in perfect bite size pieces for ‘Smoko’. You can join Ken for ‘Smoko at East Seaham’ and be transported across time in a short space of time to tales of merriment, mystique and manslaughter!Yet again Ken entertains readers with a smattering of subjects across a smattering of suburban settings to take us on a short journey out of our humdrum day. This volume of short stories covers everything from the perils of online communication to touching insights of loving relationships and as usual, has something to offer everyone. All you need to do is be ready for the unexpected (like any good Scout!) and you will survive the rollercoaster ride of reading Ken’s latest offering.With ‘Smoko At Seaham’, your ‘appetite’ is assured of being well and truly sated as you keep up with Ken's next compelling volumes of short stories, with the next one coming soon…
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The Witch Box

Young Joshua Hildebrand tries to recover his memory after a serious illness, only to find himself in the middle of a conspiracy of small town witches. A series of deaths brings him closer to the truth about his own dark gifts.The Spark That Ignites The Flame.Seventeen years ago an entire generation of aliens were sent to Earth in order to save their home planet and integrate into the human population. Now, those aliens are being hunted.Amery Jones is finally allowed to go to camp for the summer. With her best friend Lola by her side, she is expecting awesome times ahead.Unfortunately, Lochie, her charming mortal enemy and the only guy who can get under her skin, seems to have made it his mission to annoy her for the entire summer.When one of the campers goes missing, Amery finds herself teamed up with Lochie in the search mission. Now, more than ever, her alien status has to remain a secret.Also in the Project Integrate Series:Ignite (Short Prequel)UniteDivideConquerSoarRiseBroken
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Forge of Stones

In a world dominated by a theocratic regime, a revolution is about to erupt. A rebel seeks out a curator's apprentice on the run. They will soon be carried away in a mysterious place, entangled in an adventure that will reveal an earth-shattering truth. In the meantime, a strange sort of pilgrim from afar will meet with a man seeking knowledge and power, changing their world for ever.Rob Hamilton, a disaffected insurance lawyer, and Toni Haast, a quietly ambitious claims clerk, are sent to Exmouth, a small town on New Zealand's West Coast, to investigate the suspicious death of Artemis Washburn. On family holidays in Exmouth, Rob's father had filled his young son's mind with ideas of the fifth season - the time when things don't quite fit, like rain when it's sunny. As they delve into the truth behind Artemis's death and their relationship develops, Rob and Toni glimpse life in the fifth season. Meanwhile, back in Wellington, the gilded life of Andy Wu, the Dependable Insurance Company’s stellar CEO, starts to tarnish. Can his marriage to Samantha survive his jealousy of Owen Huntly, top salesman and Lothario? Against a background of modern corporate culture and a tragic death, this bitter-sweet comedy weaves stories of love and relationships, ambition and folly.
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Lovecraft's Fiction Volume I, 1905-1925

Fan-compiled eBook collection of (almost) all Lovecraft stories.
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The 13 Collective: Bound by Fate and the Universe

Thirteen, a long forgotten superhero, finds himself trapped in an alternate world. Trying to make the best of it, he joins an organization called the 13 Collective. Led by D-13, an retired American Spy, he and his superhero partner investigate a new string of space-time loopholes that causes a chain reaction of violence and chaos among the population.Robena takes her friend on a journey that helps her see the light of hope in her sad life through a series of guided meditations in nature. Affirmations of life.
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The Plagiarist

Adam Griffey is living two lives. By day, he teaches literature. At night, he steals it. Adam is a plagiarist, an expert reader with an eye for great works. He prowls simulated worlds perusing virtual texts, looking for the next big thing. And when he finds it, he memorizes it page by page, line by line, word for word. And then he brings it back to his world. But what happens when these virtual worlds begin to seem more real than his own? What happens when the people within them mean more to him than flesh and blood? What happens when a living thing falls in love with someone who does not actually exist?
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Spacer Tales: The Haunted Hatchway

Welcome to Kluskey's spacer hangout. Here, spacers swap yarns of ghost ships, space monsters, the weird and wonderful and the downright daft. In this story, spacer Biz Cooper tells of a ghostly presence on board the freighter Colestar 24. A 4,500 word story.Biz Cooper comes into Kluskey's bar with an urgent tale to tell. Two thirds of the Colestar 24's crew have left the ship as it comes into port. The second hand hatchway they had fitted three months ago has been acting up ever since it was installed. The crew of the space freighter has figured out why.The Colestar 24 will shortly be advertising vacancies for crew.You may want to hear what Biz has to say before you consider applying.
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Crystals of Consequence

The balance between the sun and the fog crystals has been destroyed. The ancient peace between the crystal miners and traders has been usurped by the betrayal of the fog crystal's ancient protector. His desire for power will lead the world into death through conformity. How will the spreading fog be stopped and balance returned to the world?(3,737 words)Four decades had passed since the last Relic war ravished the oppositional lands of Windpass Isles and Gaedia – a war that ceased in a bloodied truce.Drewth is a Light Elemental and Commander knight under Western Gaedia’s lordship, Syndirin - a high wizard and the king’s Arbiter. Syndirin, with questionable and unclear motive, promotes Drewth as his apprentice, and commences the personal training of Drewth in the ways of magic. Drewth then becomes the unwitting subject of Syndirin’s experimental meddle with the mythical powers of Darkened Light, despite the danger, and despite what sacrifice.Torius, a castle knight in Southern Windpass Isles kingdom and Mundane-born, is taken captive by a conspiratorial clique under Lord Syndirin, where he discovers from these captors their insidious campaign to rekindle the long dead Relic war, in pursuit of Relic’s power.Enflamed by an unforgivable betrayal of Syndirin, vengeance transforms Drewth forever within – his Element undergoes a rare alteration, he turns renegade to Gaedia, and allies with Torius, the escaped prisoner of Syndirin’s clique. Together they battle for their lives out from the now enemy territory of Gaedia.They find themselves fatefully party to a band of peasant prisoners with rare abilities invoked from the trials they face in their likewise escape from the treasonous Arbiter, Syndirin.And if odds turn to favor in their fight for survival, there is still threat to hand of a devastating magic war, a campaign in itself to acquire both kingdom’s all-powerful Relics in the wake of their mutual destruction.
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The New York Stories of Henry James

Henry James led a wandering life, which took him far from his native shores, but he continued to think of New York City, where his family had settled for several years during his childhood, as his hometown. Here Colm Tóibín, the author of the Man Booker Prize shortlisted novel The Master, a portrait of Henry James, brings together for the first time all the stories that James set in New York City. Written over the course of James’s career and ranging from the deliciously tart comedy of the early “An International Episode” to the surreal and haunted corridors of “The Jolly Corner,” and including “Washington Square,” the poignant novella considered by many (though not, as it happens, by the author himself) to be one of James’s finest achievements, the nine fictions gathered here reflect James’s varied talents and interests as well as the deep and abiding preoccupations of his imagination. And throughout the book, as Tóibín’s fascinating introduction demonstrates, we see James struggling to make sense of a city in whose rapidly changing outlines he discerned both much that he remembered and held dear as well as everything about America and its future that he dreaded most. Stories included: The Story of a Masterpiece A Most Extraordinary Case Crawford’s Consistency An International Episode The Impressions of a Cousin The Jolly Corner Washington Square Crapy Cornelia A Round of Visits
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