Free fiction Kindle books for 30 Sep 12

The Ranch 1982

The Ranch 1982

by Ryan Orr

Sixteen boys come of age in the North Star Region of South Dakota. A closed, yet warm and loving environment, sets the pace for growing up, the hardships, the surprises and the twists of fate that ultimately make life the adventure that it is.



Cafe du Jour

Cafe du Jour

by Lilian Darcy

Love, loss and latté…

“If today is a cup of coffee it has to be a big, piping hot café au lait, served in a bowl the way they often do in France. I drink it with my hands curved around the bowl for warmth… and for safety…”

Susie used to have the perfect sister, the perfect boss, the perfect restaurant kitchen to cook in and a man who only needed a tweak or two. Now, everything is changing and all she can do is take it one sip at a time.

“Warm and witty… an excellent read.” – Dianne Dempsey in The Melbourne Age newspaper

“I loved this book. I was hooked from page one!” – Jane Porter, author of “Flirting With Forty” and “She’s Gone Country”
“Lilian Darcy’s writing is wonderful, and the characterizations are rapier sharp.” – New York Times Best-selling author Mary Jo PutneyLength : 82,000 words



Mountain Treachery (an Elijah Stokes novel)

Mountain Treachery (an Elijah Stokes novel)

by Matt Reid

Three years after his fiancée’s death, Elijah Stokes believes he is following God’s will and returns to his childhood home in Cocke County, Tennessee. Once there, he begins a job search with local law enforcement, finds the church of his youth about to commit large amounts of money to a questionable fund raising consultant and helps some old family friends with an overly aggressive realtor and her clients. Within days, Stokes finds himself, and his friends under attack, police stopping him for no reason, home invaded and set on fire, and a friend’s apartment ransacked. He must find out what he has stumbled onto to put himself in danger and who is behind it before someone ends up dead.

MOUNTAIN TREACHERY is the first in the Elijah Stokes series. The reader gets to see how Stokes draws from his quiet times of prayer and Bible study as he faces struggles and challenges. These quiet times are integral to the plot, but very well could minister to the reader.



GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN

GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN

by Robert Wolff

GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN
Journey Along the 10 Trails of Wisdom

Her name is Gretchen and she comes from a small Midwest family.

For years, Gretchen dreams of leaving the confines of small town life so she can follow her dream of making it big in New York City.

She arrives in the big city and in only a few short years experiences a meteoric rise to the top of her profession.

She has all the spectacular rewards of successâ??fame, fortune, travel, romance, adventureâ??plus all the material rewards one could ever want.

Yet there remains a hunger, an emptiness and a missing piece of Gretchen’s life she has never been able to find.

Until one day.

In a New York City coffee shop, Gretchen meets the woman whose words will change her life and inspire her to do something she has never done before.

The words the woman speaks penetrate deep to the heartstrings of Gretchen’s soul, and for the first time in her life she does not listen to the fear of the unknown.

A spark is lit. No one or no thing can hold back the message of what she knows she must do.

She is about to embark on a journey to a new place, thousands of miles away and deep inside the rainforests of South America.

A place where she will meet the world’s wisest woman and her family.

There, on The Mountain, Gretchen will begin another kind of journey, traveling along the 10 Trails of Wisdom.

On this journey, Nature will teach Gretchen the lessons of life she has always searched for, and the trails will lead her unexpectedly to The Answer.

This is her story.

This is your story.

This is the story the Universe wants us all to know.



Cafe Romance

Cafe Romance

by Curtis Bennett

Café Romance is an intense romantic novel, sprinkled with sadness, joy, adventure, betrayal, sexual tension and emotional excitement. This is a dazzling and exotic and heartwarming, down-to-earth contemporary love story about an independent, self-made woman who discovers she is falling in love with a handsome stranger; a man who rescued her from a very violent and heart-wrenching carjacking attempt. The setting is the balmy coastal city of Tampa Bay, Florida; the city my leading character has recently relocated to. The two strangers serendipitously meet again, and from that point on, by design. In time, they find themselves growing on one other. Problem is my leading lady is being pursued by another love interest, a man she befriended several years earlier. As she wrestles with her feelings for both men, she is unaware that the handsome hunk she has fallen for is keeping an interesting secret from her, and that an old flame of his still has eyes for him as well. Add to this, he has a deep longing to be reunited with his lovely estranged wife. When these issues come to light, and certain characters in my book cross paths, there is an abundance of fireworks the likes you’d expect to find at a 4th of July celebration.



Sex On The Rox

Sex On The Rox

by Johnna B.

Drew and her husband set on a romantic getaway to help renew their love for one another. Drew loves her husband with all her heart but she’s fed up with him not being able to perform in the bedroom. On this trip she finds herself in a situation that she is not sure she wants to get out of. Will her hunger be the end of her marriage?



The Burr Conspiracies

The Burr Conspiracies

by Paul Taylor

A document found in a charred iron trunk at the University of Pennsylvania tells this novella’s tale of pre-Steampunk alternative history. Benjamin Franklin and Alexander Hamilton battle the conspiracies and political ambitions of Vice President Aaron Burr during the presidency of Thomas Jefferson. Franklin uses electromagnetic and other technologies decades before their time to defend against a terrifying variety of threats to the young American republic, from the Barbary pirates to the Hellfire Club, including supernatural creatures from American, European, and Caribbean folklore. Steampunk with a Boston Tea Party twist (or “Teapunk,” if you will).



Bassment Deep

Bassment Deep

by Curtis Bennett

Margo Cassaneto is a freelance journalist who is contracted to do a feature story on an up and coming jazz musician named Ma’Kentu Eu’Tabee and the members of his five-piece jazz ensemble. Having been hand-picked for this impromptu and prize assignment, she finds herself rushing off to join the talented musician and his ensemble, which are presently on tour. Her hope is to get the musical scoop of the year.

Margo immediately puts her proven skills to work as an interviewer to gain Ma’Kentu’s trust. Before long he finds himself sharing, not only his professional life, but personal things he would never have shared with anyone else. Because of their growing bond and her respect for him as a musician, composer, and man, she begins to see him as being more than just a passing front page human-interest story.

Ma’Kentu, a favorite to win this year’s Grammy Award in the best new jazz group category, finds Margo more challenging and more exciting and more appealing than many of the jazzy tunes he has written. It has been sometime since he has met a woman with such beauty, charm, integrity, and grace. And for a while, life is blissful for them, as each day on tour promises new experiences. Spring is in the air, no doubt. And so is love. From afternoon walks in America’s oldest city, St Augustine, Florida, to sharing cocktail drinks at the trendiest nightclubs of Baltimore, Maryland, to chauffeured-driven limousine rides through the granite and concrete maze of government buildings in the city of Washington, DC, the two find themselves carrying on as though they have a new lease on life. Such is love.

But love and sometimes our past has a way of making us forget about the harsh realities of life and the skeletons in our closets, and in time, we all come back down to earth. It is no different for Margo and Ma’Kentu. In time, the two discover there is a lot more going on between them than the love they share. The question is will they ever be able to return harmony to their troubled relationship. Come join the tour.



Triple Shot of Steampunk

Triple Shot of Steampunk

by Tonia Brown

1) Cold Boiler Blues
When the miners of Ironstation go on strike, Otto Von Maxwell must provide wives for his all male staff, or stoop to the low act of purchasing the coal he needs to keep his boilers hot and his science hotter.
2) Calliope
The arrival of a traveling exterminator and his miraculous musical contraption brings joy to a vermin ridden town, until it comes time to give the piper his due.
3) Excellent Service
Harold has fallen in love with his clockwork maid. Unfortunately the act that is not only frowned upon by polite society, it’s against the law.



My Flashy Words

My Flashy Words

by Nancy A Cavanaugh

This is a collection of more than 80 micro and flash fiction stories from 140 characters to under 1000 words. The stories include vampires, aliens, zombies, abuse, murder, love, birth, rebirth and much, much more.



Saving Bobby

Saving Bobby

by Crystal Cattabriga

AWARD WINNING BOOK FOR READERS FAVORITE
GOLD AWARD FOR BEST CHRISTIAN FICTION

When Bobby’s world came crashing down on his thirteenth birthday, he knew his life would never be the same again. After losing most of his family before ever becoming a teenager, Bobby was determined not to lose the only person who ever truly loved him and was always there for himâ??his mom. Struggling with the fear of losing his mother to cancer, Bobby takes it upon himself running away in search for a way to save her. Along Bobby’s journey, he meets Annie, a runaway. Together, they embark on a road where they both find a friendship that will last forever and the true meaning of God. Will Bobby save his mother in time and will Annie go back to the life she had? Experience this journey with Bobby and Annie and feel the power of true determination, and what God can do, if you just let Him into your heart..

In His Honor is the much anticipated sequel to Saving Bobby- Coming December 2012!!



Zadok's Lament or The Rise of the Thaumaturge

Zadok’s Lament or The Rise of the Thaumaturge

by Bazil Ashby

Shot dead while the girl of his dreams watched helplessly on – his life was just beginning.

This story has its beginnings nearly three thousand years ago. In the ancient city of Jerusalem, a man has the power of the heavens bestowed upon him. His choices then, lead us to the birth of a new hero now.

Now, Max, A young man, contemplating the direction his life should take, while on holiday, stumbles across his heritageâ?¦ and destiny.

Through his new found powers our hero discovers the love of his life. Sinister love that sees dark forces working against him. Death, betrayal and heartache test his resolve like never before. He has a lot to live for and has been given a long time to live. The ghosts of his ancestors can guide his mind but they cannot guide his heart.

Claudia, the girl of his dreams, gets him killed several times, but that does not diminish his feelings for her. He can see her true character, even if she cannot. Beautiful, stylish and deadly, she is surrounded by wealth, power and ruthless greed. Can she search her heart before the darkness consumes her?

The inevitable showdown sees good v evil, love v life and power v passion



The McCollection

The McCollection

by Various

In October 2010, we launched McStorytellers, a website dedicated to showcasing the work of Scottish-connected short story writers. A year later, our little site provides free access to close to 200 stories by three dozen McStorytellers.

To celebrate our first birthday, we’re delighted to publish The McCollection, our maiden anthology. Since the theme of the anthology is Scottishness, we’ve picked out twenty stories that in our mind are quintessentially Scottish. Each piece selected either is emotive (our McStorytellers aren’t afraid to wear their hearts on their sleeves) or it’s powerfully written, with no holds barred, or it’s underpinned by wry Scots humour. It might even demonstrate a combination of all three qualities.

But see for yourself. And enjoy a roller-coaster ride through the Scottish writing psyche.



Public Information

Public Information

by Rolf Margenau

Now a Kindle best seller!

Twenty-year-old Wylie Cypher accidentally finds himself in the raging conflict of the Korean War in 1953. As he sits in a latrine considering his misfortune, a bomb explodes nearby. His only thought is, should he survive this moment, how will he make it through a sixteen-month tour of duty alive?

Fortunately, he manages to avoid immediate front line duty by joining the Public Information Office of an Army Infantry Division near the Demilitarized Zone as the “forgotten war” enters its last months. The author, himself an NCO in charge if an Infantry Public Information Office during the time of the story, blends fact and fiction in an engaging and exciting way.

Wylie comes of age under extreme circumstances. He experiences combat, deals with indelible characters, reports on actual events, falls in love and becomes a point of entry for the author’s take on “the Army way.” Scenes of combat based on actual events enhance the narrative. The treatment of POWs on both sides of the conflict is described. However, those grimmer moments are enlivened by creative incidents of military humor and outrageous behavior by all ranks. For example, Shit Dad Rowe bends every regulation to no serious consequence while a ranking officer rationalizes the propriety of sponsoring a very high-class whorehouse.

As might be imagined, irony is used to strong effect in outlining the interactions among service members and in relations with the “indigenous” population. Incidents occur in both Korea and Japan, where Wylie joins the staff of the Pacific Stars and Stripes.

Although this is a coming of age story with universal motifs, it resonates with veterans of the era. They praise it not only for its humor, but also for its accurate evocation of a special time and place. One reader said, if asked “What was it like in Korea around the time of the Armistice and soon afterwards?” I will quietly tell them, ‘Read Public Information.’ It’s all right there!”



A Twilight for Heroes

A Twilight for Heroes

by David McBride

For decades now neohumans have been among us, those with powers that are fantastic and dangerous. They’ve been the best and worst of humanity, heroes and villains, both. Years ago, the Neohuman Defense League was the shining star of superheroes, but the League was disbanded after scandal tore their ranks apart and questions of their competence and loyalty surfaced. Then came the Report; a detailed medical paper explaining why aging heroes became mentally unstable and eventually lost control of their powers. It was the death knell of super powered teams everywhere.
But now, in Paragon city, where the NDL was born, old threats are rising from the ashes of the past and new ones are making their presence felt. The government is shining a light on possible past abuses of power, a rising star of the military intelligence wing has made it his personal mission to reign in neohumans, and a menace from the League’s past may have gotten back into the game.
It’s a dangerous time to be a neohuman. Never before have the now-retired members of the League needed to come together for the good of humanity. But you never really forget how to be a hero, do you?



How Did I Get Here?

How Did I Get Here?

by D.K. Crush

“How Did I Get Here?” is the story of two people who are college sweethearts who lose their way over the years. They go on to live separate lives while raising their children. And it’s within those separate lives that the story truly begins…



Switcher

Switcher

by George Ebey

Switcher

In the future, technology exists to switch bodies with another person, and new law dictates that prisoners on death row must give up their bodies to terminally ill patients.

Taylor is one of those patients. Long ago he was a decorated police officer. Now he is in a coma, waiting in a silent sleep while his aging body begins to slip away.

But Taylor is about to get a second chance. A young inmate has been sentenced to switch with him. Once resolved to die, Taylor has another shot at life, at youth.

There’s only one catch. The young inmate he switched with was an innocent man, framed for a crime he did not commit.

Now Taylor must decide: does he do what he can to help clear the young man’s name, and risk getting sent back to his dying body, or does he keep silent and seize this opportunity to live again?

Switcher will challenge all that you think you know about honor, duty, and sacrifice. In a world where life is traded, can a dying man resist the temptation to live once more? Would you?

Includes two bonus short stories: Limbo’s Purgatory and Final Authority.



Blood Harvest: The Entourage

Blood Harvest: The Entourage

by RL Young

I was sure of nothing else except that the return of the harvest ships, minus passengers, minus the vampire Entourage that was supposed to keep them safe, could only be bad news.

My own brother, Sven is the leader of the Entourage, and now the leader of the rebellion, which conflicts me and my mother in ways that we hadn’t anticipated.

The rebellion seems to be a catalyst more than an event, and truths will be revealed about the human and vampire condition that will take the entire post-apocalyptic inhabitants of the earth by surprise.

Realizing that things really aren’t as they appear, I must put my own curiosity aside and allow things to unfold and reveal “naturally”. But this doesn’t make the process any less frustrating.

The end though, could never be anticipated, not by me, or any of the others, this perhaps because the end may turn out to be the end of our civilizationâ?¦



The Island of Music

The Island of Music

by J W COLEMAN

Set on the beautiful and enchanting Chinese island of Gulangyu, an Englishman returns after inheriting a villa, revisiting the mysterious disappearance of his wife and children several years earlier.
As a typhoon descends on the island, the experience is more than disturbing for him, it is terrifying.

Please be advised this is a 4,000 word short story.



Destiny Unfulfilled

Destiny Unfulfilled

by Seight Byproxy

BACK COVER: Our advancement, growth and progress happens faster and faster all the time. We continue to advance technologically. Our resources are dwindling. Our population is growing. Political strife threatens to rip our world apart. Our great thinkers are always busy solving the latest problems. There is a strong sense of having to finish before the end. But the end of what? The end of time? The end of existence? There IS an end, and soon. There is specifically a time when our existence is no longer important, and the life we know, the universe we know, this experiment we know as reality – will end. Our creator has given us the information we need to stay alive, and continue. Our creator has provided the author of this book with the answers we need to buy more time. It is simple, really. If THE ONE makes contact with the creator, we live. Fortunately there are examples in these pages designed to bring our civilization to enlightenment. One person among us has been sacrificed as a control subject of the creator. This person has been given both the privilege and restriction of being programmed by our creator, S8. This person has advanced physical, mental and spiritual properties expected of THE ONE in order to achieve contact with S8. The thoughts of the control subject have been harvested and compiled, to be explained to you, so that you may help find THE ONE. If this does not happen before December 21, 2012, then our reality no longer has any meaning, and the experiment – our existence – will end. Can you allow this to happen? Will you ignore this opportunity? Do not leave your……Destiny Unfulfilled
EXCERPT, FROM THE ‘AUTHOR’S NOTE’: I wake up every morning and go to work. I eat. I laugh. I criticize and reason. I enjoy life. Like many of you, I have beliefs, hobbies, and hopes. In so many ways we are alike, you and I. I have to explain to you the very important way in which we are different. Sometimes I slip out. This can last anywhere from minutes to hours. It happens unexpectedly, and there is no pattern. When I slip back in, life and the world around me have continued, and I have participated without incident. Whatever activity I was previously engaged in has continued without me. Whatever I was working on has been accomplished. Sometimes I even slip back in while I am having a conversation, or when I am doing something relatively dangerous, like driving. I used to watch for any suspicion on the part of anyone else, but eventually I quit doing this. Nobody ever notices. When I slip out, I have no sense of time, or that there is any action taking place while I am gone. There is no sense of being somewhere else. There is only a living gap; one minute I am leaving my driveway, for example, and the next I am at work, chatting away with a co-worker. Time itself has no meaning, and nobody misses me when I slip out. What has meaning is the information I bring back with me. When I slip back in, my head is full. The words are crammed into every nook and cranny of my mental space. At first I worried that I needed to sit down immediately and release them. I was concerned that these new intruders would fade or disappear, like so many other thoughts which fleetingly dart in, and then out of our psyche, leaving only vapor trails of missed information. It did not take very long for me to realize that rushing to write was not necessary. Now, after I slip back in, I calmly finish my conversation, or my coffee, or my fishing trip. The words stay trapped, locked in this mysterious state of suspended animation until it is time for me to release them from their bonds. When I do settle in, and begin compiling them for use, there is no rush of information. The sense is not of a creative release; rather it is one of procedure and order. The words don’t tumble onto the page. Instead, they line up and wait their turn, each one accepting their role as a bit of information, and not the star of some creative wave of thought attempting to



The Frankenstein Candidate

The Frankenstein Candidate

by Vinay Kolhatkar

It’s November 2019, and another U.S. presidential election season approaches.

Senator Olivia Allenâ??brilliant and beautifulâ??signs onto the Democratic presidential ticket, unaware of powerful forces that seek either to control her or destroy her.

Her opponents are Frank Kenneth Stein, a billionaire who would rather be forthright than President, and Quentin Kirby, the Republican vice president, whose only passion is personal power.

Their bruising rivalry unfolds against a backdrop of national crises. China dumps U.S. Treasury bonds. Iran threatens nuclear attack. Hyperinflation looms and bloody riots sweep the country.

But for Olivia Allen, the greatest perils lie in the corridors of Washington power, as she finds herself a mere pawn in a deadly game of entrapment, blackmail, and assassination.

Can she turn the tablesâ??for the country she lovesâ??to still have a future?

“Intricate and suspenseful plot”–J. Ducie, Cedar Sky Publishing

“Fantastic read. Could not put it down”–T. Thomas, Indus Age

“A captivating novel”–C. Sudarshan, Indian Link Magazine

“Full of twists and turns”–S. Sabhlok, Liberty Australia

“It tells a great story”–Jon VanZile, Editing for Authors



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Estate Planning for a Married Couple with Adult Children

Estate Planning for a Married Couple with Adult Children

by Julie Calligaro

Are your financial and legal affairs in order?
Do you have an up-to-date estate plan that meets your needs?
Do you have a fool-proof plan that will transfer your assets to your children at the death of you and your spouse?
Do you have someone legally in place to make medical and financial decisions for if you become disabled?
Are the beneficiaries of your life insurance policies up-to-date?
Are the beneficiaries of your retirement plans up-to-date?
Do you know that a Will does NOT avoid probate?
Do your assets have the correct names on title? For example, if your spouse bought the house before your marriage, is you name on the deed?
Do you have an up-to-date Inventory or list of your assets and debts including life insurance policies and retirement accounts?
If you’ve answered “No” to any of the above, the Estate Planning for Married Couples with Adult Children will guide you as you:
– Locate and organize important documents.
– Prepare an Inventory of your assets and debts.
– Determine if your assets are correctly titled.
– Decide what documents are best to transfer your assets to your children at the death of you and your spouse. For example: Living trust, will, joint ownership and/or beneficiary designations.
– Determine if you need a financial power of attorney, medical power of attorney and living will to protect you and your spouse if you cannot make financial and medical decisions for yourselves.
– Determine if your children will owe estate taxes (also called death taxes) at the death of you and your spouse.
– Decide how to avoid Probate, if that’s one of your objectives.
– Decide what questions to ask the attorney at your first meeting.
This is NOT a do-it-yourself estate plan.
This is an estate planning guide; NOT a do-it-yourself estate plan. Do-it-yourself legal forms are not included or encouraged. In my 30 years as an estate planning and probate attorney, I’ve seen only heartache and regret from the use of do-it-yourself legal forms. There are, however, 14 forms that will streamline the estate planning process for you.
It’s not practical to deliver these forms in an ebook format so they are available for free download at the website listed in the book. The forms are:

A Personal Note from the Author:
Although I’ve been an estate planning and probate attorney for 30 years, I’m actually in the “Peace of Mind” business. I know without a doubt that once you have your affairs in order and you’ve made things as easy as possible for your children, you will feel relief and peace of mind.
But there’s an equally important reason to get your financial and legal affairs are in order – you will also have made things as easy as possible for your spouse, and your spouse will have made things as easy as possible for you.
Other Benefits You Will Appreciate:
1. Save your time and energy. The book is tailored to a married couple with adult children so you don’t waste time reading estate planning steps that don’t apply to you. Why trudge through 200 pages when all YOU need are 35?
2. Plain English. The book is written in “plain English” and easy to understand.
3. Action Steps. Each Chapter includes the action steps required to achieve the objectives of the Chapter.
4. Connects the Dots. The final Chapter connects all the estate planning dots (action steps) into one concise checklist.
Don’t Wait for a Crisis or an Emergency.
Take action NOW rather than wait for a crisis or emergency. I’m speaking from experience when I say that by the time you’re in a crisis or emergency it’s too late to achieve your objectives.
You already have an estate plan?
It’s probably worth the cost of this book to make certain that all is in order. Think of it as a checkup. The best news will be that your affairs are 100% in order and no action is required. But maybe there is something that needs attention or up-dating. Isn’t it worth your time and a few dollars to make sure?



Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks, and Other Creeps - Volume 3 - New York City (Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks, and Other Creeps - New York City)

Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks, and Other Creeps – Volume 3 – New York City (Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks, and Other Creeps – New York City)

by Joe Bruno

Like The Don said, “Forget the cannoli; but buy this book, or I’ll make you an offer you can’t refuse.”

As were Volumes 1 & 2, “Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks, and Other Creeps – Volume 3- New York City” is filled with delightful vignettes on some of the worse creatures God has ever created.

The most decadent article is the piece on The Old Brewery, located in the Five Points section of Lower Manhattan, where murder and debauchery, including incest, were an everyday occurrence. Close behind is Satan’s Circus, a section of New York City in Midtown Manhattan which displayed a brothel every few feet, and a gambling house on every street corner.

Disasters are covered here too; in the essays on the Brooklyn Theater Fire of 1876, and the General Slocum Paddleboat Fire of 1904. And if you are a fan of the Mafia, you won’t be disappointed in the bios on Carlo Gambino, Vito Genovese, Paul Castellano, and Carmine Galente, the last two of whom died in a hail of gunfire in public places; their gruesome death photos splattered on the front pages of the New York City daily newspapers.

Female reprobates are also featured. Like Sadie the Goat, who made a fine living rolling drunks on the Lower East Side docks, before she made the big-time as a riverboat pirate, plundering and pillaging along the Hudson River all the way to upstate New York. And let’s not forget Evelyn Mittelman, called “The Kiss of Death,” because several of her boyfriends were murdered by her next boyfriend in line.

This book is not for the faint of heart. But if you like reading about murderers, crooks, disasters, and degenerates, you’ve come to the right place.

So flip on your Kindle, press the right buttons, and enjoy. At only 99 cents, you’ll definitely get bang for your buck (minus a penny).



Homeschooling: The Bigger Picture (your conversation with a homeschool graduate)

Homeschooling: The Bigger Picture (your conversation with a homeschool graduate)

by Sarah Hall

Thinking about homeschooling? Already homeschooling? This book covers it all!

Based on multiple interviews with real homeschooling families

Homeschooling: The Bigger Picture, was written by a homeschool graduate, who was homeschooled all the way through high school, and gives you an inside-look into the world of homeschooling in the 21st century.

This book covers some of the most relevant questions about homeschooling today!

Things like:

  • Socialization 1
  • The many new learning opportunities, such as online homeschooling programs 2
  • The benefits of homeschooling in a fast-paced world 3

It also covers basic facts that such as:

Homeschooling statistics
Homeschooled celebrities
A brief history of homeschooling
And what a real day of homeschooling might look like

The homeschooling community has changed dramatically just over the past decade and it is rapidly expanding. Today, the homeschooling families that represent the face of the community are no longer predictable. The families are from all walks of life and will continue to expand and enrich the growing community.

I think parents are the most amazing people in the world! the author writes. She believes that a homeschool education is more than just having school at home.

In fact, she pins what is perhaps the most extreme but relevant question behind any real education:

Who do you want your child(ren) to become?

A question she believes is at the true heart of the homeschooling community.

So if you are unsatisfied with your child’s current education, stop looking for answers. You’ve found it!

Get instant access to your inside-look!

Don’t wait.

Who knows, your child just might be the “next rising star.”



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The Power over Good People

The Power over Good People

by Francesco di Rosa

“Almost all interests in which people lose their way is vanity. A great part of zealous jobs to which the masses from different walks of life dedicate a big part of their lives wouldn’t deserve so much effort. So farâ?¦ “



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warm feet and cold floors

warm feet and cold floors

by j. d. Lynch

Phil knew his father didn’t have much longer to live. As his dad lay on the Hospital bed, the old soldier’s mind began to travel on a sedative induced journey to a time in his life when he was a young man, in the nineteen forties. Join him on his trip through a period in time that changed him and the whole World forever.



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A Journey Into Darkness

A Journey Into Darkness

by Matt Greenberg

This is the story of an ordinary German middle class girl and the members of her family at the time the Nazis, under Hitler, took control of the country. Paula Rentka was thirteen years old in 1933 and lived under the rule of the Nazis for the next twelve years. As she grew from child into womanhood she observed how German Society was changing for the worst and became increasingly disenchanted, especially by the harsh treatment of the Jews and other minority groups. For a long time she could only observe, unaware that her family was in great danger, a secret kept from her by her parents. But eventually all was revealed and like thousands of other innocents they were drawn into into the Nazi’s solution to what they termed ‘the Jewish Question’and sent to the extermination camp – Auschwitz. Paula was a ‘survivor type’, stong of will,pragmatic and desperate to live. This is a story a story of love, of sacrifice and survival amidst the horror that was the Holocaust.

Please note: This is a work of fiction!



Frontier at Three Rivers

Frontier at Three Rivers

by Sam Hossler

The action takes place in the Greater Three Rivers area, known to most as Western Pennsylvania. In the first portion of the book, Fort Pitt is under siege by elements of Chief Pontiac’s army. The Native Americans wanted their land back and were willing to kill every white settler in the territory. Read how a small group, known as the Pennsylvania Rangers, was able to harass the Indians but not stop them. Actual places, events and in many cases people, are depicted in the story.

In the second half of the book it is ten years later. Virginia makes its advance into the Western Pennsylvania territory and claims it as its own. A Virginia militia, led by John Connolly, ran rough-shod over the inhabitants demanding new taxes and allegiance to Virginia. Once again, the Rangers are pressed into service and perhaps the first skirmish of the Revolutionary War was fought right here in the Three Rivers area.

The frontier was seething with bloody tensions as Native Americans, early pioneers, British and French agents and trappers were engaged in a hostile battle for the land. Frontier at Three Rivers focuses on one small slice of history, in two segments that takes place ten years apart. This fictionalized account is historically accurate, describing the bribery, deception, stealing and political intrigue of the time as well as the atrocities and bloody battles between the warring factions.

Fourteen of Jack Paluh’s great illustrations are again between the covers, together with new maps and fast-action stories.



The Reenactment

The Reenactment

by Marc McKeel

When worldly, no-nonsense travel agent Pius Bird attends a reenactment of the 1622 massacres near Williamsburg, Virginia, he gets an event far more realistic than he expects. The actors pull the observers into the assault, and as far as Pius can tell, it’s not an act. The violence forces him and a woman he saves into the woods where they stay hidden through the night. When they return the next morning they expect to find police cars and ambulances. Instead, they come upon a new, pristine world, the year 1622, where all signs of the 21st century have disappeared. They come to believe that they have gone back in time and would have to find a way back to their old world. What follows is an adventure of escape, of staying out of Indian wars, of avoiding battles between vengeful Englishmen and Powhatans. Eventually Pius Bird learns that not all things are as they appear.



Wilderness Trail (Pantera)

Wilderness Trail (Pantera)

by Robert Larrison

Exiled from Palestine for the murder of his step-father, Yeshu Pantera joins a band of Roman soldiers as they venture into the Sinai Desert, headed for Alexandria in ancient Egypt. Beset with misfortune, they find their real assignment is a little to the south, a lot more south to be exact.

This short story of approximately 4900 words is an excerpt from the first book of the Pantera series of novellas, “The Man They Call Jesus.” Follow Yeshu and his companions as they learn to live and fight in a region of the world hostile to all inhabitants.

Note: “Wilderness Trail” is included in the “Slipstream Anthology,” “The Man They Call Jesus,” and the full length novel “Pantera.”



The Road to the King (The Kingdom Series)

The Road to the King (The Kingdom Series)

by Stephen Wayne Greene

Having lost his father to an enemy arrow, young Joseph Asher of Rishown risks his life to deliver a message to the King. Impressed by the young man’s bravery and honesty, the mysterious monarch grants him the gift of education. Though poor and shunned by the wealthier students, Joseph learns much and grows into a skilled man of integrity and uncanny intelligence.

Through peril, strife, battles and strength Joseph Asher wins honor, love and a place in the cloaked and secretive King’s guard, the Shamar. Thirteen chapters. Book One in he series.

16th Century Fictional setting; Family-friendly; rated ‘T’ for violence & battle-scenes.



The Boy Who Vanished

The Boy Who Vanished

by Heather Ferrier

Moorfield, Lancashire 1903
The departure of an encampment of gypsies coincides with the disappearance of four-year-old Mark Hollin. His sister Maisie, traumatised by her role in the vanishing, blots the incident from her mind. For years her demons lurk just out of reach until, in her mid-twenties, family circumstances begin to reveal details of the episode.
In desperation Maisie jeopardises the well-being of her son and relationships with her family . . .



Shadow Child: Tales of the Georgia Coast

Shadow Child: Tales of the Georgia Coast

by Stephen Doster

Praise for Shadow Child:

“Stephen Doster is a master in narrative storytelling. This moving testimony to coastal Georgia’s history tells the story of survival and growth with tales of high-spirited valor and bold tenacity. The tone of the book shifts in interest as Doster describes the danger and treachery of the early Native Americans, Spanish and English settlers to the tenderness and integrity of slave families, to the often humorous Gullah-Geechee voodoo stories. Some of the characters (and even a Spanish bell) flit from one tale to the next. Told with delicacy and inspiration, Stephen Doster’s craft and keen insight as a native Georgia historian will make you weep (Tides Turning), laugh uproariously (Casagrande) and marvel as you absorb his writing. When you get to Kiss the Rim, it’s pure magic! A FIVE STAR read!” Pamela Bauer Mueller/Author Neptune’s Honor, An Angry Drum Echoed, Splendid Isolation
“Having immersed myself completely in non-fiction recently, I’d totally forgotten how delicious historical fiction could be until I read Stephen Doster’s new book, Shadow Child. As a Saint Simons resident, the stories have a special meaning for me, like a box of candy for a sweet tooth. Whatever you’re looking for in your next read, this book has it all. I highly recommend it.” Tom Dennard — Author of Discovering Life’s Trails, Born a Ramblin’ Man, and Daily Words to Inspire You



Stolen Heiress

Stolen Heiress

by Chris Edward

Henry Garrick (Hal to his friends) is a young English wine merchant on a visit to southern France in 1789, to arrange contracts for the purchase of wine from producers, when news reaches them of the fall of the Bastille. It is the beginning of the French Revolution, and the country goes mad. Hal and three companions see smoke rising from a chateau behind a small woodland, and ride through the trees thinking to help. What they see is a mob of peasants attacking the chateau. A young woman is running from the blaze, chased by several men. Hal gallops down the hillside to rescue her followed by the others. It is an encounter which will eventually lead both Hal and Annette, the girl, into deadly danger, in both France and England, as the French Revolution grows progressively more violent.



The Tales of Elgolan (The Aspen Series)

The Tales of Elgolan (The Aspen Series)

by Daisha Marie Korth

Before there was Thorne and Aspen, there was Vatric and Lyndsay…

Before Aspen discovered the village of Cliffehaven, there was a small settlement camp called Little Harbour where death and poverty overshadowed those who live there. But there were two who dared to break free of the gloom move on to promised paradise. Together, Vatric and Lyndsay embark on the journey that would shape their lives as they fight to remain just beyond the clutches of the greedy Earl St. Michael.

Before there was Noble Courage, there were the Tales of Elgolan.



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The Ghost Of A Ninja (Tipsy Sensei #2)

The Ghost Of A Ninja (Tipsy Sensei #2)

by Richard Auffrey

Several men who stole some Japanese antiques, which might possess magical powers, have been slain under mysterious circumstances. Is the ghost of a ninja responsible for these deaths? Nate, a sake expert, is asked to help a friend who is worried that he is going to be murdered next for his involvement in the theft.

Can Nate solve this mystery and save the life of his friend? How far is Nate willing to go to save his friend’s life? Or will they all succumb to the deadly intentions of an ancient Japanese legend?

This murder mystery is a sequel to Yurine’s Pot & the second story in the Tipsy Sensei urban fantasy series.



The Convert

The Convert

by William Marantz

BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR
A lecherous rabbi is taught by an enticing female pupil that you CAN have too much of a good thing; an ambitious transplant surgeon puts his heart into his work, literally; a young man “born to be rich” dies in the gutter–this buffet of literary delicacies, that run the gamut from stark realism to outrageous fantasy, from the kitchen of William “Wild Bill” Marantz will, once again, have you laughing out loud, wiping away a tear, licking your lips. and echoing the words of the immortal Oliver Twist: Please, sir, may I have some more.



the king

the king

by ryan joyce

a story of a power hungry king



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Poesy

Poesy

by Jeff Howe

If you enjoy poetry, then you will enjoy this book. Jeff Howe has compiled all his favorite poems from his published books into this ebook format. There are award-winning poems in this collection which include Horses in the Mist, Nowhere Passed and She Swish and Sway.

This 115-poem anthology is exclusive to the Amazon Kindle Direct Program.



Echoes from the Antechamber

Echoes from the Antechamber

by Jeff Howe

Echoes from the Antechamber caps off a five-year exercise in writing and expression. It takes a look back at childhood memories that I want to keep, but also contemplates issues of aging. A combination of poetry, short stories and essays, it is similar to Hallucination of Majestic Elephants in many ways, but carries observations and personality in a unique way.



Addict

Addict

by Delia Ann Scott

A poem about life on drugs.



As the sun shines through the darkness of my Heart

As the sun shines through the darkness of my Heart

by Lisa McGregor

As a woman who suffers from Bipolar, I have had many days of darkness. Poetry has always been my outlet . My poems are dark, gloomy, intense, thought provoking, and humorous I write of abuse, grief, death, love, and many other subjects. most reader will be able to relate to the sadness and the joys that I have put to words.
I choose to right in Lyrics and Rhyme, making it easy for the readers to feel apart of the emotions as they are simple to follow .
I’m sure you will cry and maybe laugh out loud !



Upon the Steps of a Compass (The Poetry of Tanner Brockwell)

Upon the Steps of a Compass (The Poetry of Tanner Brockwell)

by Tanner Brockwell

I know that creativity is drawn from a deep place, and I’ve come to believe that sharing it with the world enriches everyone! I know we all can share this experience and that whether this is nurtured or discovered on your own it is true to our own being. So we must share this creative spark; share it with the world. You will find what you need deep inside now come explore with me! I am a creative soul, willing to explore the world. These words are my documentary telling of what I’ve seen or experienced or felt. I am a writer. I have been writing, it seems like forever. It has been a very long time, and this is the transitory record of those words. If I spoke them, in the air the syllables would fade as a wave. These are slightly more permanent. Though only just, this is a long now. The electrons spun into the sense and semblance of what I said, what I thought.



Night Walk in Beirut

Night Walk in Beirut

by Philip Cooper

A book of 21 poems which are themed around the writers experiences during the Greek civil war in 1946 and the Lebanese civil war during 1976. The emotions range through familiar feelings of love, loss of a loved one and the toils of war. few of these poems end happily so if you like happy endings these are not for you.



THE UNTASTED DAY

THE UNTASTED DAY

by Mark Murray

A book of selected poems by the author.



Chaos to Order and Back Again

Chaos to Order and Back Again

by Rob Krabbe

This is a collection of short stories, poetry and other writings by Rob Krabbe. The words jump off the page, as you travel through the book, from poetry to short stories, and is a glimpse into the mind, humor and life of the author. Rob Krabbe is a singer, professional musician, songwriter and author of thirty years, and currently resides with his family in the Upstate of South Carolina.



Newfoundland and Labrador ,Poetry, Interesting Facts,and Me Mudders Old Ditties and Sayings

Newfoundland and Labrador ,Poetry, Interesting Facts,and Me Mudders Old Ditties and Sayings

by Margaret high

Jigs Dinner and other Newfy Delights

“A Newfoundland Meal” is but one of the poems in Newfoundland and Labrador: Interesting Facts and Me Mudder’s Old Ditties and Sayings by Margaret High, an award-winning author and poet. Other delights include “Mummers”, “Nanny’s Homemade Bread”, “The Blue Puttees” and many others.

Inspired by her upbringing on Bell Island, Newfoundland, Margaret’s latest book of poems is about all things Newfy: interesting facts, historical events, and unique customs – some long forgotten.

Her first book was a collection of inspirational and personalized poems titled Heartstrings for which she received the 2010 E-lit Poetry Award from Illuminating Digital Publishing Excellence.

After leaving Newfoundland, Margaret lived in Cambridge, Ontario for many years before moving to Kitchener where she resides with her husband and her cat, Miss Prissy. She is now working on her first novel based on an incident that happened on Bell Island in 1978. Her own twists will make it an exciting read!



You're Dying

You’re Dying

by A. Starkey

“You are dying, and so am I…” begins the author’s opening letter to readers of this collection of poetry.

The book really isn’t that dire or serious. Some poems are about retreating into imagination. One is a call to dancing. A few are inspired by old classic blues songs. Some tell a short story. A few are insights into love. And many confess a call to wanderlust and the never-ending drive to make the most of our short lives. One poem is about knowing gnomes.

The cover photo was taken in Oklahoma from the back seat of an old ’76 Jeep Wagoneer.

Visit A. Starkey’s page below for a link to the paperback version.



Garbage I Found on My Hard Drive - Selected Poems 1999-2002

Garbage I Found on My Hard Drive – Selected Poems 1999-2002

by William Laws

Collection of poetry written as a young man in his early twenties. Themes range from simple observations on life and society to love, fatherhood, and bourbon.



Infinitum

Infinitum

by C Ryan Loga

Developed and published chronologically, Infinitum serves as a poet’s work in progress. It is meant to be taken as an ongoing venture; later editions will be published including more poems. However, for the time being what is read within Infinitum is that which has been written over a period of time that is ongoing and seeming unending. It is a live work that is as much about what the poetry says as it is about the method of eternal writing.



Letters to an Imaginary Friend

Letters to an Imaginary Friend

by SonnyGoten

When 16 year old M. writes an open letter to God, the teen unwittingly starts a chain of verse letters, and not all of these are from mortals…

Sometimes dramatic and emotional, sometimes sharp and witty, the contents of these poems speak for themselves. One thing is for certain – at least one person’s life will change through this battle of pens.



A Look from My Eyes

A Look from My Eyes

by Steven Schake

Poetry
A compilation of poetry written over the years. From a world view to the depths of love and betrayal, these poems lay bare parts of my heart and mind.



The Sound of a Breakdown

The Sound of a Breakdown

by Darren. R. Jones

‘After the heartache of the news, He did all he could do… He wrote the sound he wanted you to hear… The sound he made when he cried’ “The Sound of a Breakdown” is the third book in this emotional trilogy. Released before the second, it runs effortlessly on from “Selected Emotions for Her” taking the reader into a very dark place…



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A Love Worth Waiting For

A Love Worth Waiting For

by Nikki Walker

Chris Howard moves back home with his baby daughter to heal after losing his young wife in a car accident. Months later, while healing from loss he has learned not to take life for granted. Time is precious, every gift should be appreciated and he is learning ….

Sometimes Love grants a second chance.



The Scribes

The Scribes

by Peter Rodgers

This book traces the fortunes and misfortunes of a group of scribes in the late second century Christian Church. Justin and Marcus are scribes for the Church of Rome. Juliana is a scribe of the Alexandrian church, and a member of the Catechetical school. The story begins when Juliana visits Rome, and she and Justin discover that they have different readings in their Gospel manuscripts. The story develops as Justin and Marcus travel to the churches of the Roman Empire, delivering letters for their bishop. Their final destination is Egypt, where the differences in readings and methods of copying intensifiy, as does Justin’s growing affection for Juliana. Discover all the dangers and challenges faced by scribes and their manuscripts. Will Justin find the true text? Will he win his true love?



Flame of Resistance

Flame of Resistance

by Tracy Groot

Years of Nazi occupation have stolen much from Brigitte Durand. Family. Freedom. Hope for a future, especially for a woman with a past like hers. But that changes the day American fighter pilot Tom Jaeger is shot down over occupied France. Picked up by the Resistance, Tom becomes the linchpin in their plan to infiltrate a Germans-only brothel and get critical intel out through Brigitte, a prostitute rumored to be sympathetic to the Allied cause.D-day looms and everyone knows that invasion is imminent. But so is treachery, and the life of one American pilot unexpectedly jeopardizes everything. He becomes more important than the mission to a man who cannot bear to lose another agent and to a woman who is more than just a prostitute, who finally realizes that her actions could change the course of history.



Amari's Love

Amari’s Love

by Connie Wolters

Since birth, Amari has looked and felt different from the other unicorns. When the life of her human friend, Karel, becomes threatened, Amari realizes that her differences are there for a reason. Now faced with the hardest decision of her life, will she choose the way of sacrifice, or will she forsake her friends? This book is intended for readers aged 7 or older, but can be read and enjoyed by readers of all ages.



The Extraordinary Happening

The Extraordinary Happening

by Sandra Cheatham Nelson

In 1948, Clay Fenwick, a newspaper journalist, receives in the mail a letter that will change his life. Through his eyes and his typewriter – though some years after the fact – a recounting of what led him to the present time is mysteriously, yet lightheartedly revealed. This is his never-ending story.

The story begins when the invalid, Henry Van Eck, beckons the young man to come sit by his hearth for a fireside chat. There is a need to release a burden. It is up to Clay Fenwick to write the facts and make the decision whether to share the events of ‘The Extraordinary Happening.’

The first three chapters, an autobiography of sorts, centers on three characters: Henry Van Eck, the old invalid gentleman, who pens the letter from the library of his New York brownstone; Clay Fenwick, the young man, who travels on a mind excursion, via the train ride to Brooklyn; and Elbert Smithers, Van Eck’s Gentleman’s Gentleman, who is to pick up the young man, via a New York cabby, at New York’s Penn Station.

The biographical study gives the reader an insight on their lives, past and present.

The theme of ‘The Extraordinary Happening’ is told in the author’s dedication.

In dedication: to those who can master a flight of stairs, and to those who cannot. To those who have achieved greatness, and to those who have not. To those who have kept the inner-child gently within their heart – and to those who know not how. And most sincerely, to those gentle men and women who live, or live not, by the ‘gentle’ prefix.
If I am correct in my assumptionâ?¦.that covers the populace



Heaven's Edge

Heaven’s Edge

by Shirley Baskett

Two realities run parallel. A biker comes off his motorcycle. In one world Jarrad’s mother and an attentive nurse pray for his miraculous healing. In the other Jarrad lives and moves in a spirit world. Why is Meredith so concerned? What is this young biker to her? Can Jarrad live? Can he pull himself out of the blackness and return to reality or will he challenge the faith of his mother and drive the wedges of guilt into his friends for their own lives? Read on to find out.



Frontier Preacher

Frontier Preacher

by Sam Hossler

This book follows the amazing life of John Corbly, circa 1733 to 1803, from the time he was shanghaied in Ireland as a young teenager to the troublesome times of the Whisky Rebellion in frontier Pennsylvania.

Once in America, he experiences some good luck. Indentured to a good Christian family, he learns farming, believing it to be his destiny. But those were not God’s plans for him, and this unassuming young man eventually becomes a lay preacher and evangelist. Persecuted for his beliefs, he moves his family to the wild frontier of Pennsylvania.

Once he reaches this untamed area, like the other frontiersmen, Corbly finds only pain and suffering as crops fail, there is no money, and Indian raids wipe out whole communities in a matter of minutes. The fledgling government has little respect for these rugged frontiersmen. The bureaucrats think this remote province across the mountains is good for only one thing – collecting taxes – that these poor, unfortunate frontier families are not able to pay. More fear and anguish results from the brutal actions of the Federal government who send troops and drag the suspected “insurrectionists” out of their beds in the dead of winter.

Yet, through it all, the indefatigable Rev. John Corbly never loses faith, establishes many churches throughout Pennsylvania, and continues to evangelize until his dying breath.



The Waves of Life

The Waves of Life

by BD Gray

While half way around the world from his farm in Tennessee, Jack Weston battles the forces of a hurricane while in a life raft, meets a group of pagan natives who are not too far removed from head hunting, fights off tropical disease, is charged with piracy on the open seas, and endures numerous other low points in life. Jack comes to see that each of the low points in life is balanced out by an equally high, if not higher, point, and, when taken as a whole, he realizes that these high and low points are no different from the waves of the ocean. Will prayer dramatically change things for Jack, Mary Jane Hammond, her father, and others? Will Jack ever find the peace he is seeking? Will God have His will in and through Jack’s life? These and other questions are answered in this first of the “The Waves of Life” series.



The Latter-Day Church of Tiny Tim

The Latter-Day Church of Tiny Tim

by Robert Bloom

The story:

Whatever happened to Tiny Tim?

The Latter-Day Church of Tiny Tim is the story of his success; a success of which few have ever known. It is about the mystery of life and our part in it, and how we can always make good, even when it seems that we have lost everything. It is about religion, for good and bad and most of all it is about Tiny Tim, and his saying of old, “God bless us, every one!”

The characters:

Tiny Tim – Charles Dicken’s character of old
Edna – She saves Tim when he is made homeless
Emily – Tim’s devoted girlfriend and helper
Charles – A well-meaning cleric, who takes Tiny Tim’s side
Grace & Elsepth – Two kindly members of Charles church
Harry – A sailor who found a home in Charles church
Bonaby – An earnest civil-servant
Robert – Emily’s wily brother
Filer – Trouble and menace
Dr Gento – A sensible doctor of good repute
Various – Street urchins, waifs, troublemakers, church-goers, reformers, prison guards, asylum assistants and Londoners

“A delicate and rewarding look at the human and religious experience, interlaced with humour, drama and good cheer”

The default formatting for The Latter-Day Church of Tiny Tim is set for the Kindle, font size 3, single page, portrait. It looks good on all formats. Set to Sepia for that true Victorian feel.

Available through Kindle and also on the ipad, iphone, mac and pc, through the Kindle app.



Broken Identity

Broken Identity

by Sarah Jae Foster

A Christian woman has an affair.

It’s a betrayal beyond mention.

She stands to lose everything.

Mona Leigh Anderson, a good mother and even better wife, is unaware that her tidy and sheltered world is going to explode into a thousand pieces. And by her own hand, she launches the grenade of destruction.

Brian Anderson is a principled man, a leader in the church. Never in all his days did he believe his marriage could come to such a heart-rending testing of his faith, although this is exactly what he’s about to endure.

Damaged by deception and infidelity, Mona and Brian seek to repair the mistrust between them because that is the right thing to do. But can they truly let go of the past and of the most egregious of marital sins, and survive in this world of seduction?



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A Deal With Satan

A Deal With Satan

by Damian Fredericks

Living the fatal consequences of a deal with Satan gone wrong, a priest is left to survive a zombie outbreak. The undead walk executing horror, violence and death upon those in their path. Patient zero must be stopped at all costs, no matter how bad it hurts.

“In Damian Fredericks “A Deal With Satan” Father James is found holding a bedside vigil for a dying man. This vigil is different than any he’s had to sit before. This one is for his best friend. Praying that his friend lives, Father James is surprised when a man enters, offering a deal. One small favor and your friend can live.

No One Should Make Deals With The Devil

Upon waking up in an alley with no memory of how he got there, Father James finds that this deal with Satan has unleashed monstrosities of death upon the city. Zombies now walk the streets. The mindless corpses appear from every direction. What has Father James done? What has he agreed to…and what is the favor that Satan needed?

BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU ASK FOR



Buried

Buried

by Matt Shaw

I’ve stopped panicking now. Not because I’m not scared. I just know panicking won’t help the situation. It’ll only serve to make it worse. Need to try and remain calm for as long as possible. Control my breathing. Save my oxygen. I breathed in and coughed. The air in here is stale. I hope I’m not in here for long. Please, dad. Don’t let me be here for long. Please. I started to cry. Helpless.

* * * * *

The day after his 21st Birthday Party, Todd woke to find himself trapped in a box with nothing but broken memories for company. Told through his eyes, live his fear and feel his claustrophobia as he frantically tries to peace together what happened, who buried him and why in Matt Shaw’s new horror novella.

Cover Design: Yaryshev Evgeny (www.yd84.deviantart.com)



Jim Loves Halloween

Jim Loves Halloween

by Jennifer Mccullah

This is a very short story about Jim, a man who might enjoy Halloween more than he should.



As Life Goes On

As Life Goes On

by Larry Webb

While mowing the lawn, Jeremy has an intuitive flash of a hit-and-run accident killing Scott, his lifelong neighbor and best friend. The reality of the accident leaves him devastated beyond belief. He finds no relief until he visits the cemetery for the first time a week after the funeral. When he arrives, he sees Scott’s ghost along with Mooshy, the ghost of his long dead dog sitting on the mound of dirt waiting for him. After initially freaking out, Scott calms him down and reveals that because of the closeness the boys have had throughout their lives, his guardian has given them the opportunity to find out what exactly happened and why.
The two boys set out on a series of adventures attempting to solve the mystery. Once they consider that the case is closed in their own minds, it is time for Scott to leave for good. However, he tells Jeremy that all he has to do is call for him, and he will be able to come if the situation warrants it. As life goes on for Jeremy, he bumbles his way through adolescenceâ??parties, sex, and booze problems.
Suddenly, his new friend and classmate, Marty Johnson, disappears for no apparent reason. Marty lives with a step father, Bruno Bashore, who is mean, horribly abusive, and unstable. Jeremy calls in Scott and together they unravel Marty’s problemâ??saving his life and momentarily, at least, getting Bruno out of his life.



Who is Audrey Wickersham?

Who is Audrey Wickersham?

by Sara Shrieves

I know everything that’s happened is my fault. I try to tell myself that it’s okay, I never wanted a normal life to begin with. But then I think about who’s been hurt, and I wish that I could go back to the beginning. Back to when I was just a nobody wandering the halls of my high school, alone and unnoticed. Back to when I was completely oblivious to what killing somebody felt like.

You have to understand though, I had no choice.



Black Damask

Black Damask

by Anna Rossi

A supernatural novel set in Tudor England: At the age of ten, in the turbulent reign of Mary Tudor, Annabelle discovers a frightening ability. In a fit of revenge she prays to the Devil for the death of the Earl of Welton. The Earl dies and Annabelle, terrified, vows never to pray to the Devil again. Sadly, she does. And as the years pass and the fires of religious intolerance sweep across the land, the consequences grow more disastrous – not only for Annabelle, but also for her younger sister, Margaret. When they are forced into marriage and go their separate ways, Jarnel Rohan causes disruption in both their lives. As does his friend, the mysterious and sinister Simon Andras, who involves Annabelle in a plot to kill Queen Elizabeth the First. Will the sisters, against all odds, achieve eventual contentment, or will Annabelle’s dark ‘gift’ destroy them both?



The Witch (The Witch Trilogy)

The Witch (The Witch Trilogy)

by Cheryl Potter

She was alone…
1664-1666: years of plague, fire and superstition. Katharine Gurney is the daughter of an executed witch, a shepherdess with latent powers.
And then he came…
Francois Borri is a cunning man, an apostatized priest turned sorcerer, who seeks to use her as he has used others before in his brutal quest for wealth and status.
The Witch is a tale of murder and manipulation; a story of cruel domination and ultimate vengeance. It is the account of one woman’s struggle for survival in a world which executed nine million women as witches … and of the man…



Triple Shot of Unnatural Nature

Triple Shot of Unnatural Nature

by Tonia Brown

Tonia Brown brings you three tales of terror from the wild outdoors.
Hissy Fit: Poor Steven falls into a snake pit and tries not to panic. To his dismay, the situation gets weird when the snakes start calling him by name.
Mrs. Trillby’s Garden: Kids have gone missing all over a small town. But that won’t stop this trio of boys from seeking some late night summer fun by sneaking into the local witch’s garden. Once they’re in, they might have some trouble getting back out.
Waste Not, Want Not: A backwoods roadkill connoisseur comes across an almost perfect deer carcass. She thinks she’s getting a free meal, but will she become the dinner instead of the diner?



Triple Shot of Werewolves

Triple Shot of Werewolves

by Tonia Brown

Tonia Brown brings you three werewolf stories. Enjoy!
1) Moonshine:
Carson discovers the cure to his unfortunate curse in an old woman’s still.
2) Beauty of a Beast:
An inventor learns the truth of his beautiful assistant’s secret life. Will he abandon her to her hairy fate, or rescue her with his own well guarded secret?
3) House Rules:
A werewolf and a vampire walk into a bar â?¦



The Empty Heart: A Collection

The Empty Heart: A Collection

by Derek Murphy

A collection of short stories by Derek A. Murphy. A man learns that a succubus has removed his capacity to love, leading to unhappiness for both of them. What if Charon, the Boatman on the River Styx, really existed? A past life intrudes on a man’s plans, What happens when Wild Weasel Wilson meets the Banshee Chicken? A lonely boy meets a girl from an alternate world and they become fast friends. A short story based on the occurrences in my novel, Gulf of the Plains, but unrelated to the action in that book. A man and woman experience reincarnation because of vows they made in an earlier life. Thirty years after the fact, a man finds a way to make amends for something he did as a young man, but isn’t sure he wants to do so when he learns what is involved. A blizzard and a drug deal bring a down and out company drone and a has-been model together. A house grows beyond its bounds, bringing forth denizens that cause a man to risk everything to rid the world of the house. 59,191 words, 177 pages.



Everlasting Exposure ((Stahl Novella Series))

Everlasting Exposure ((Stahl Novella Series))

by Jay Wilson

In the deep darkness of the cold summer nights, Alcott preys on those living in the small town of Kings River, Arizona. From the shadows she watches, waiting for her moment to viciously murder in ways only perceived in the darkest of nightmares. After their friend is torn to shreds, Brian and Maya must do everything in their power to stop Alcott’s reign of terror before anyone else becomes a tragic victim of the murderous monster.



Triple Shot of Strange

Triple Shot of Strange

by Tonia Brown

Tonia Brown shoots for the weirder side of horror with this collection of strange tales.
1) Ten Good Reasons:
Mike finds a strange satisfaction in his own disfigurement. Unfortunately, everyone else thinks he has lost his mind. Which he probably has.
2) Shoes:
A young woman discovers a single shoe off the coast of Florida, with a single foot still inside. As it turns out, she’s not the only one.
3) Phisherman:
Small time con artist and email phisher, William Benthic, has hooked himself a big one. Could it be he’s swallowed another’s bait at long last?



Triple Shot of Zombies

Triple Shot of Zombies

by Tonia Brown

Tonia Brown brings you a triple shot of zombie fiction!
1) Naked Fear:
Howard is forced to face his worst fear by going nude in public. But before his therapy is over, he’ll acquire a whole new phobiaâ??fear of the living dead!
2) The Very Best:
A southern woman gets her revenge on a band of marauding soldiers when they make the mistake of raiding her farm a second time.
3) The Worms Crawl In:
Brandon regrets not honoring his mother’s funerary wishes when she returns from the grave to ask him why.



The Birth of Vengeance (Thorn's Needles)

The Birth of Vengeance (Thorn’s Needles)

by P.A. Ross

Jonathan Harper is an innocent teenager who is harassed by bullies all his life. Jon finds love, but bullies beat him and humiliate him worse than ever.

During a seemingly chance encounter with a beautiful imprisoned vampire, Jon is offered a vampire formula that works for just one night. He can have his revenge.

On the run with the vampire, his path of vengeance forces him into a decision, the life of a vampire with his new companion, or a normal life back with his girlfriend?

He must decide.

Is he night or day, dark or light, vampire or human?



After The Night Descends - A Short Horror Story (Nights of The Wampyrs)

After The Night Descends – A Short Horror Story (Nights of The Wampyrs)

by Kiti Lappi

What would you do if you found out that some supernatural monsters really do exist? And are hunting in your neighborhood?

Matti had a weakness for damsels in distress, so when he found one standing forlorn on the side of the road in the middle of the night his first instinct was to help.

Bad idea.

This short story is a sequel to ‘Raven’s Night’.



The Black and White Box

The Black and White Box

by Craig Saunders

The Black and White Box

*New introductions by the author*

Featuring short fiction from the mind of Craig Saunders.

Table of Contents

The Dude in the Hat
How to Tickle a Zombie
The Convocation of Planets
Broken Diesel
The Hole in the Fence
Caterpillar
The Bogie Man
Hiding Behind the Sun
The Eternal Circle(squared)
Last in, First Out
My Life as a Crisp Packet
Refrigerator
The Unknown Warrior
Bill

About the Author:

Craig Saunders lives in Norfolk, England, with his wife and three children, who he pretends to listen to while making up stories in his head.

He has published more than two dozen short stories, and is the author of many novels including Spiggot (Grand Mal Press), The Love of the Dead (Evil Jester Press) and A Stranger’s Grave (Grand Mal Press).

He blogs at www.petrifiedtank.blogspot.com.



Fantacia (Voxian series)

Fantacia (Voxian series)

by Ruth Watson-Morris

Imagine being able to use any superpower possible! Voxians can…
Kathos, Angel King is fighting his Demon enemy, a race with powers that mean they can adapt and change.
With the threat of Earths destruction who better to have by the side of the Humans than immortal aliens with power beyond our comprehension.
Fantacia a lost princess of Vox who took sanctury on Earth with her children finds her true identity. SHE IS VOXIAN!
A mixture of Mythology and Occult all set in a futuristic time.
WHEN ANGELS, DEMONS & IMMORTAL SUPERHEROES COLLIDE!



SPUN VINYL

SPUN VINYL

by Chris Abraham

Why does vinyl endure?
Because of its potential for magic.
Because spells can be etched into the run-out grooves of records and
when they spin, they can drag the listener into their worlds.

Why does extreme music exist?  Because minds crave the challenge of aural
incantations – they crave the stretching of their boundaries.  And because of the need to mosh, cleanse,
have spazzgasms and to go elsewhere.

 
It’s a few years back, and a dying metal witch has created 12
portals from 12 vinyl records; his last act before his murder.  His killer steals them and falls through
their sleeves into the spinning black vinyl’s other-worlds.  Inside, he powers up on concentrated magic
and brings back with him both a distorted strength and a demon bent on revenge
and destruction.

Who stands up to this threat? A superstar? The police? A
superhero? The man?

Or just Paul, Hoof and Vince; three music obssessed metal freaks with latent magical
powers, getting old and bored driving cabs and running Spun Vinyl, the second
hand record store in a large town in the English Midlands?

It was they who dispelled that same demon
twenty years before, after it was last on the earth, where it caused tube-fires
and slow, body decaying comas.  They
smashed a hell-warped slug, wedged into the casing from a bullet belt, into its
spinning eye.

The three lifelong friends need to reclaim their other-world
potential, and so with the aid of the dead witch’s protege, they create and
enter other vinyl-portals.  They fall
into their worlds to find what they have lost, to hunt down a killer, and to
repell a demon.

There’s Spaghetti Westerns, Ancient Egypt, Urban Decay and
Hell.

There’s Mangascapes, Entertaintment and Incantations etched
into grooves.

There’s EXTREME MUSIC -DOOM/BLACK/DEATH/NOISE/THRASH/HARDCORE……

There’s friendhips, succubbi, death metal witch-bands and
the Return of Magic

 
BRING BACK THE VINYL REVOLUTION!



Best Teacher

Best Teacher

by Will Granger

When everyone’s favorite English teacher, Ms. Johnson, sticks around a bit too long instead of retiring, shadowy forces take control of her with horrifying consequences.



Vampire Truths

Vampire Truths

by Will Granger

Being a vampire is not so great. There is no romance, or love, or even a chance at happiness. In this 2000-word short story, an old bloodsucker faces the truth of his miserable existence. The story follows him on a hunt as he struggles to find the strength and desire to kill again and again, while driven by his overwhelming hunger for more blood.



The Calacorm

The Calacorm

by Tim Reed

A man sits in his study, opening a book to read, but bloody words crawl forth from the pages – inexplicable, terrifying, obscure. He tries another, the same result.

What do the words mean? Is there hidden meaning?

The Calacorm is a dark tale revolving around the title’s words, and one man’s quest to find answers within his library of literature. Clue piles upon clue, and the appearance of a ghostly, teasing moth only adds to the chaos – an omniscient interloper, whose presence is important to the words, the man, and the dreadful, inevitable truth that is waiting at the end of the search.

A short story taking influence from Poe’s ‘The Raven’, The Calacorm is a weird tale sure to send shivers up the spine, and black thoughts dancing through the head, but above all, it is a concise, spirited journey through one man’s torment.

Will he find peace at the end of it all…or will madness claim him?



The Paper Garden (and other stories)

The Paper Garden (and other stories)

by Sally Quilford

A collection of 12 speculative fiction and horror stories by Sally Quilford. Each story is perfect for reading in one sitting.

Includes award winning and previously published work alongside never before seen stories.

Keep Off The Grass
Karel lives in a future where the robots and machinary aren’t as evil as SF stories would have us believe. They just do what they’re programmed to do… Story came 2nd in The British Fantasy Society’s Short Story comp.

Network
When Rom inherits a computer from his friend, Data, he’s thrilled. Even more so when he finds a new game. But the only way to win is to become the computer… Previously published in Thirteen magazine.

The Unknown Soldier
An armchair general plays with his tin soldiers in the attic. As he glorifies war, he soon finds that even he can’t remain untouched by the bloodshed.

Then I Went Home For My Tea
George writes to the editor of the newspaper constantly, especially since the aliens landed. The letters detail his trials and tribulations, from missing out on his benefit payments to life under the yoke of the Martians.

Invitation to the Dance
When a doctor is asked to help the daughter of his late friend, he presumes she’s insane. But his life and hers are more bound together than he realises. Previously published in Bridge House’s Going Places collection

The Six Grandfathers
In a post-apocalyptic landscape, death is an every day occurrence. But when a fertile young woman dies, no one can ignore it.

The Window to the Soul
Valerie is determined to outdo Cissy in The Adult Toy Society (no, not those type of adult toys!) But is a working robot going just a little too far? Previously published by That’s Life Fast Fiction

A Thousand and One Nights
When Darryl is injured in a drunken car crash, he finds himself in a hospital from which he cannot escape. Previously published in Bridge House’s Scream anthology.

The Paper Garden
When Kitty is convicted of killing her two children, she is sent to prison and then to The Wilderness for a Biblical punishment. Whilst there, she finds powers she did not know she possessed. Meanwhile, on the outside, Anne Sullivan searches for answers and her own means of escape. Shortlisted in the Aeon award and commended in Dark Tales Competition and published in Dark Tales magazine.

The Tollbooth
The tollbooth across the river has been in the family for years, but the means taken to own it leave them cursed.

The All-Night Diner
A cannibal is on the loose in the village. As Paula hides in the diner, she thinks over the events that led her there.

The Piano Man
When yet another lover leaves Melody after she has given up everything for him, she finds solace in a club she never noticed before. Previously published in The Weekly News.



Theron and the Curse (The Theron Series)

Theron and the Curse (The Theron Series)

by L A Morgan

In this fourth book of the Theron ghost series, a witch that was burned at the stake in colonial days comes back to fulfill the curse she put on the village. Theron must pit his paranormal powers against those of this demon from hell. An old friend arrives to amuse and annoy him as he works to save his hometown. Here’s his Halloween tribute to the occasion. This gets gritty.

Once again, Theron starts a new journal to continue to relate his afterlife activities. This time, he writes about an ancient curse that forces him to investigate a suspicious death in his village. Could a witch have actually come back from hell to murder a future relative on the same spot where she was burned alive? When the curse moves on to include the next oldest relative, it appears that this is so.

New surprises arrive that will keep you laughing. At other times, you’ll be horrified. The suspense continues to grow until you’ll have to wonder if Theron can find a way to escape the witch’s clutches without destroying the fabric of the afterlife he has achieved.

Soon to be released:

THERON AND THE DENTIST, the fifth book in the Theron Series. As an spinoff of the series, I’ll also be releasing ASHER ST. JAMES, the personal memoirs of one of Theron’s friends. If you are familiar with the tri-state area of New York, this will make you fall off your chair laughing.



Derilium

Derilium

by John Stearn

Welcome to Ambleton, a lovely coastal town full of charm, character and gratuitous violence.
Dr Adam Monk has perfected a virus, that reanimates the dead into Ultra Violent killing machines.
Joseph Bishop kills for the rush of energy he calls Derilium.
When he has tasted flesh his Derilium rush surges through him and he kills everyone who gets in his way.
Joseph’s violent escape from a police raid unleashes the walking dead.
Alice and Bethany are nine years old and have to fight off one zombie after another to reach their mother in time before she turns in to a zombie.
Who will survive as the town descends into mayhem.
Derilium is a story of revenge and ultra violence. Experience the bone crunching, gut ripping and eye popping killing in the sick depraved world of Joseph Bishop.
This is a Horror / Action /Urban Fantasy.
Warning!! This book contains acts of gratuitous violence and explicit language.
Derilium is the first book from John Stearn.

****Please note this book has been extended and re-edited since the two three star reviews were left in May****



Graveyard Tales

Graveyard Tales

by Elissa Drake

Graveyard Tales is a collection of four short stories of the supernatural.

Night in the Cemetery:
Amy and Jenna are locked inside St.Michael’s cemetery for the night. Amy is writing an article about the hauntings that have occurred there and brings along Jenna, her skeptic friend and photographer. As the night progresses, they find that not only is the cemetery really haunted, but that there is an evil lurking in the graveyard that is more terrifying than the ghosts.

Premonition:
Charlie plans a romantic weekend trip for his wife, Emma, but she has a premonition that something bad will happen. When Charlie convinces her to go, tragedy strikes

Vandeveer’s Box:
Day after day, Lois Draper sits on a rocking chair in front of her window, keeping tabs on everything that happens on Locust Street, where residents can’t keep their secrets hidden from her. That is, until the mysterious Mr. Vandeveer moves into the house across the street. A strange box delivered to him in the middle of the night piques nosey Lois’ curiosity and she goes to great lengths to find out what is inside, putting both of their lives in danger.

Violet Willoughby and the Book of the Damned:
Erin had heard from her grandmother the story of the witch, Violet Willoughby. Eccentric and mysterious, the old woman was rumored to have been buried with a dress full of valuable gemstones and a legendary book of spells, the Book of the Damned. When Erin, her boyfriend Jason and his brothers decide to dig up the grave of Violet to claim her treasures, they encounter more than they bargained for.



Schlock! Webzine Vol 3 Iss 17

Schlock! Webzine Vol 3 Iss 17

by Merita King

This week sees the beginning of Lovecraftiana II: Beyond the Wall of Sleep, with the eponymous tale. “What strange, splendid yet terrible experiences came to the poor mountaineer in the hours of sleep?â??a story of a supernal being from Algol, the Demon-Starâ?¦”

We also have a grisly tale of jungle exploration and the horrors of The Potato Plant by Stephen Hernandez; a story of apocalypse, The Seers, by comedian and philosopher Brian T Shirley, whose books Make Love Not Warts, Four Score And Seven Beers Ago, and A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Club can be bought from Amazon; another gruesome story from Merita King, Tenner An Hour; and Conan Doyle’s classic tale of hermetic experiments and truly ancient Egyptians, The Ring of Thoth.

Rob Bliss’ novel, Daniel’s Dream, reaches Chapter Five, while Richard Jefferies’ seminal sci-fi classic After London comes to close. Varney the Vampyre continues, as seemingly immortal as its villain. And I’ve included another tale from Norse myth, the story of The Cursed Swordâ?¦
See you next week for more thrills, spills and Schlock!



Stranger To The Mind

Stranger To The Mind

by David Whistance

One mans desperate quest to discover his own sanity!
A dark supernatural thriller with an additional twist.
If you love supernatural and horror genre be sure to check out this novel.
Ryan Hunter is a thirty year old man who has relocated to London from his home city of Cardiff where he currently works for a large software company.
He is a conceited, self centred man who surrounds himself with equally supercilious friends.
He believes that he has everything in life, a high earning job, an exclusive apartment, flash car and women at his feet until one day his life dramatically changes.
He awakes in a neglected bed sit next to a beutiful young woman who believes him to be somebody named Steve.
Rewind to the previous day when strange occurences begin to happen to him, firstly with the appearance of a strange man that would once haunt him as a child in his nightmares.
Followed by an unexplained knife wound upon his person, on his return from a work he finds himself drawn to a dilapidated council estate.
He doesn’t know what brought him to the estate although it does feel familiar to him, on his arrival to the estate he is shocked to discover that the residents of the estate believe him to be a man named Steve.
After meeting Steve’s best friend Mark he discovers that the elusive Steve shares the same birthday as himself.
Wrongly believing the mysterious Steve to be his long lost twin brother he later discovers that both he and Steve were born to different parents although they share the same likeness and date of birth.
Which leads Ryan to a frightening path of self discovery as he desperately searches for the mysterious Steve hoping to end his horrific ordeal.
During the journey Ryan experiences violent unexplained outbursts.
Enlisting the help of University Professor John Vincent he hopes to discover the source of his on going nightmare, not being prepared for what he is about to discover.
And what is the connection of the mysterious man from the childhood nightmares Bryan Willard to Ryan and Steve?



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Memoirs of a Gas Station: A Delightfully Awkward Journey Across the Alaskan Tundra

Memoirs of a Gas Station: A Delightfully Awkward Journey Across the Alaskan Tundra

by Sam Neumann

Early one May, Sam Neumann arrived in the breathtaking wilderness of Denali, Alaska with a smile on his face and adventure in his heart. But less than 24 hours later, both had evaporated as he stood behind the counter of a filthy gas stationâ??his new place of employmentâ??and tried to piece together what exactly had gone wrong.

MEMOIRS OF A GAS STATION is a quirky personal account of a summer trapped in a convenience store on the edge of Denali National Park. It is a journey across the Alaskan tundra and headlong into the ridiculous world of seasonal employment. The summer began with shock, horror, and denim shirts as Sam struggled to accept his new role as a gas station employee. To escape it, he took to the forests of Denali at every free moment, soon finding himself face-to-face with an angry adult moose, shivering numb trying to last the night on a frigid mountainside, and being seduced by a Mormon divorcee.

Often satirical, sometimes introspective, and always brutally honest, MEMOIRS OF A GAS STATION takes you on a raucous ride through the best and worst summer of one man’s life. From booze-soaked employee parties to one very awkward romantic episode in a tree house, Sam learned more than he ever planned about the Last Frontier. But weekends spent stumbling through seedy Alaskan bars and hitch-hiking to remote destinations gave him a unique perspective on life, and led him to find friendship, adventure, and love in the most unexpected places.



24 Days in Egypt

24 Days in Egypt

by Skipp Galythly

A humorous travelogue detailing the wonder, excitement, and annoyances of Egyptian tourism. Whether planning your own trip, wondering what it is like to visit Egypt, or you just want to read about Egypt while waiting for everyone to calm down over there, this book paints a picture of what it is like to travel in Egypt. (An actual picture would require a great deal of tan colored paint.)



Around the world in 90 days

Around the world in 90 days

by Eddie Allen

Tuk-Tuks, Bartering, Spooning with the locals, extortion bears, the wettest night in a desert for 64 years, possum pies, a tropical cyclone and coping with Fiji time!

Looking for a different travel book? Planning a career break or just a nice long holiday. 90 Days around the world was a collection of blogs for family and friends that has been turned into an alternative and somewhat dry humoured, subjective view of the globe from a grumpy 30-something Yorkshireman’s eyes.

90 Days, 8 Countries, hundreds of ridiculous early starts but a whole lot of fun. A once in a lifetime trip for two people looking for one last big adventure before dreaded mid-life boredom kicks in.

Don’t think of this as a travel guide, that’s why lonely planet write books. These are stories I wrote to keep my mother happy 🙂



Vagabond: Travels in America

Vagabond: Travels in America

by Andy Steinmetz

From the golden fields of Nebraska to the volcanic peaks of Washington and from the Pacific Ocean to the Deep South, two friends hit the roads of America in pursuit of a lifelong dream.



Why Are the French So ...

Why Are the French So …

by Dick Blankenship

This little short story is part whimsical and part scholarly as it looks at the sometimes strained relationship between Americans and the French.  Roses are so beautiful, but there are the thorns, and that’s how it seems sometimes with France.  The country is so enjoyable to visit, but …



Do the Swiss Alps (and more)

Do the Swiss Alps (and more)

by Dick Blankenship

This book is not for people looking for a cheap ticket to Europe, and it’s not for armchair travelers.  It’s for people who want to plan a terrific getaway and then do it!  The planning is a lot of work and a lot of fun.  Learn how to plan your own terrific vacation. 

If you’re not completely satisfied, you have seven (7) days from the date of purchase to request a full refund from Amazon.



Pakistan seen through my eyes, A photographic journey around Lahore (Travels in Pakistan)

Pakistan seen through my eyes, A photographic journey around Lahore (Travels in Pakistan)

by Dr. Abdul Rahman Khawaja

This book is about my visit to Lahore. I wanted to write something different to the average travel book. My intention is to make it a narrative of my travels around the city, just as if I am talking to you in person. Not a dry text book. I know text books have their uses but they are impersonal and generally only show the monuments and museums. I have several thousand photographs and it was very hard making the decision which ones to use.
I want you to see Pakistan as just like anywhere else, where you would go to a café or restaurant, buy ice cream as you walk in the park or go on the rides in the funfair. The people only want to live their lives and enjoy themselves in their leisure time like anyone in any country of the world. There is a lot of bad press about Pakistan and we are always being warned to stay away. But the Pakistanis themselves don’t want us to stay away. They welcome us. Wherever you go, people want to speak to you or have their photograph taken with you.
I never felt so at home anywhere else on holiday as I did when I was in Pakistan. I hope you like my book and it inspires you to make a visit there yourself. You will be happy you did.
This is the first in a series of books I am writing about Pakistan.



Essays on Australian Culture (including mateship, anzacs, anzac spirit and diggers)

Essays on Australian Culture (including mateship, anzacs, anzac spirit and diggers)

by Australianbeers

This book contains a large number of enjoyable and accessible essays on many aspects of Australian culture including:
– mateship;
– the Anzac spirit;
– barbies;
– politicians;
– sport;
– fair go;
– what it means to be Australian;
– Australia’s relationship with the English and New Zealand;
– big noting;
– and many others.

The essays draw from the previous writings of Australian cultural writer David Downie.

This book will be helpful both to high school and other students looking into aspects of Australian culture, as well as Australians with an interest in themselves or people of other nations who are interested in Australian cultural traits (ie Aussie lovers!).

The essays are intended to be easy and fun to read, while also raising some serious issues. There is almost 80,000 words of them.

I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I did writing them.

David Downie
Tallebudgera Valley, Australia



The Journal of Jimmy and Jo's Journey to Virginia (Horsey and Friends)

The Journal of Jimmy and Jo’s Journey to Virginia (Horsey and Friends)

by Catherine Jaime

Join us on one of the latest journeys in the “Horsey and Friends” series.

In this story, our stuffed animal friends, Jimmy and Jo share with you the story of their trip to Virginia — where they watched Shakespeare, toured Woodrow Wilson’s home and museum, and spent the day at James Madison’s home…complete with pictures.



A Gringocua Travels Puerto Rico Guayanilla (Pueblos of Puerto Rico)

A Gringocua Travels Puerto Rico Guayanilla (Pueblos of Puerto Rico)

by Greg “Froggy” Boudonck

The gringocua and his wife, the boricua are on the road again. This time to Guayanilla, Puerto Rico. Learn the history, find sites to visit and see some pictures. The Gringocua Travels set will show all 78 pueblos of Puerto Rico. Collect them all and come visit Puerto Rico.



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