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Sons of the Great Satan Fiction - General
View Anthony Roberts's bio page

When American teenager Joey Andrews and his family arrive in Tehran, Iran in 1976 they find an expatriate paradise within one of the world's oldest civilizations. Through the bold and imperious leadership of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, this ancient land had been thrust into the modern age bringing great progress to some and seething resentment to others. It is the twilight of an empire, and the last golden hours before the fall of darkness.

Sons of the Great Satan leads the reader through a cataclysmic event as seen through the lives of the Andrews family of Peligrosa, Texas and the Zadehs of Tehran, Iran. Joey Andrews and Farhad Zadeh form a unique friendship amid a naive wonderland of teenage sex, drugs and rock'n'roll, only to see their world explode into a firestorm of violence that rocks a nation.

As a work of historical fiction, Sons of the Great Satan is a tale of culture clash, international politics, heroism, friendship, cowardice and sinister betrayal. Integrity and belief are put to the test as the Shah of Iran, President Jimmy Carter and the Ayatollah Khomeini are engulfed in a whirlwind of chaos and rebellion. From the White House to Niavaran Palace to the streets of Tehran, the actions of the powerful and the dispossessed play out on the world stage forever changing the lives of those who called Tehran home in the late 1970s.

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Undead in the Head Fiction - General
View G.W. Jefferies's bio page

Recently undead, Tim Combes, arrives in a strange and odd place. Nothing is what it seems and the world around him has turned upside down. Tim goes on a journey to find the truth to his new existence and surroundings but strange characters and forces try to stop Tim in his tracks.

Undead in the Head is a short story with a word count of 4,040 words.

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Green Tea Fiction - General
View Sheila Horgan's bio page

The fourth book of the Tea Series, Green Tea, begins where Iced Tea leaves off.

There's a wedding just days away. A time to celebrate and enjoy family and tradition, but Cara keeps her distance as situations outside of her control threaten her in ways she is just beginning to recognize.

Cara and Teagan finally get to the bottom of one mystery, only to find another much closer to home.

Coming soon, the next installment in the Tea Series, Peppermint Tea.

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Against Her Fading Hour Fiction - General
View Isaac Sweeney's bio page

Three heart-wrenching short stories.

In "Handi-Cure," Elisa is a widow looking for acceptance in the world. She tries to find it in men but, after an unusual experience in a nail salon, she makes personal changes.

“Urine Trouble Now” is about a young couple and their overly anxious cat. The cat pees on the floor, which brings up details about the couple's relationship.

In “Lemonade Nights,” after Marco's father dies, he burns down the backyard shed in a fit of rage. Feeling guilty, he decides to rebuild the shed. His wife, Emma, likes having a husband who is good with his hands, but soon feels lonely as Marco spends more and more time on his project.

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Steele The Dead - A Screenplay Fiction - General
View David A. Lloyd's bio page

Steele The Dead - A rare idem is stolen and only hard boiled gumshoe Irvin 'Bolt' Steele can find it. That's if the Zombie apocalypse doesn't toss a monkey wrench into his plans.

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The Breadwinners Fiction - General
View Jan Hurst-Nicholson's bio page

When an ambitious young immigrant opens a bakery in competition with his vengeful former employer it is the beginning of a bitter rivalry that spans three generations of hatred, jealousy, passion and betrayal as the bakeries grow from small family businesses into large corporations.

It is New Year’s Eve 1924 and the fiery and volatile Charles McGill is devastated when Addy Brody, the woman he loves, announces her engagement to Lucas Connelly, his friend and co-worker. Charles drowns his sorrow in drink and seduces Hilde Richter, the unattractive daughter of a wealthy Durban businessman. When Hilde finds she is pregnant her father offers to set up the penniless Charles with his own bakery if he will marry her. Charles readily agrees and, unknown to Hilde, the two men draw up a contract. It is the beginning of a battle for supremacy between Charles, Lucas, and Miles Davenport, their former employer.

As the bakeries grow and prosper, acrimony begins within the families, pitting brother against brother, and Charles becomes increasingly dissatisfied, realising that success means nothing if he cannot have the woman he loves.

The story covers a period of sixty years and leads us through the fortunes, joys and sorrows, successes and failures of the three families as they survive the great depression, the war years and the isolation of South Africa.

THE BREADWINNERS is an epic family saga that explores the adage, ‘from clogs to clogs in three generations’. It is based on the baking industry where the author worked for several years, and gives revealing insights into the growth of Durban and the baking industry. It will appeal to readers who enjoy historical fiction set in exotic locations, and those who read authors such as Barbara Taylor Bradford, Catherine Gaskin and Belva Plain.

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The World's Best Coffee Fiction - General
View CDReimer's bio page

Diving for the world's best coffee is a simple affair for Mark. When the store is crowded with people ordering and waiting for their coffee, he waits for the right order to be announce, steps forward to pick it up, and walks out the door to enjoy. That is until Georgia follows him all over the shopping center to get back what belongs to her.

A 1,000-word short story that was first published in The MacGuffin (Fall 2009).

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Richard: It's In His Blood Fiction - General
View Linda Rae Blair's bio page

Part 3 of Ms. Blair's Chicago Trilogy, "Intersections: Love, Betrayal, Murder."

Richard hails from a family of cops. Richard's father is murdered and he discovers his mother is sleeping with the man Richard believes is the killer. Unable to continue working on the same police force with his father's killer, Richard relocates to Chicago.

A new job, a new friend, and a new love bring joy and challenges to his life.

Chicago is not the best place for an honest cop in the early 20th century. Richard must work with and around a series of crooked mayors, police chiefs, and cops. Then there are the days of Capone, Moran, and the other hoods that made a cop's life interesting and certainly could make it shorter!

Enjoy this completion to the stories of Mary, Claire, and Richard.

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Secret Language of Crows Fiction - General
View thea atkinson's bio page

Olivia needs to escape the abusive same-sex relationship she finds herself in. When her father suffers a stroke, she recognizes a chance to start fresh. The problem is in order to avoid self-destruction, Olivia must find a way to resolve her mother's suicide, her brother's addiction, and her father's need to be understood-- even if it means she must delve into the darkest parts of her psyche.

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Clutter Fiction - General
View Donna Butler's bio page

Although Kitty and Misty were raised as sisters, they couldn't be more different. Kitty, an over-achiever, plays by the rules, following the traditional path on her journey to the American dream, while Misty, an unapologetic tramp breaks every rule she can. Kitty basks in the glory of one success after another while Misty sulks in background until tragedy turns the tables in a surprising way. Clutter takes a satirical look at America's obsession with materialism and class consciousness as it follows one woman's journey into hoarding and the tragic consequences that result from her inability to cope with loss.

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Three Stories About Eccentricity Fiction - General
View DanielKoehler's bio page

Three stories with three memorably unbalanced narrators. Meet Brose, a professional legal entity for hire, who suddenly finds his lucrative anonymity threatened when a friend buys an RPG for him on Avenue C and 13th Street. Then there's Ophelia, whose fetish is the NFL, and finally you won't forget Ray, whose politically-incorrect father's in the hospital for standing up for his black employees.

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Natural Selection Fiction - General
View Fred Bubbers's bio page

A short story about a corporate manager on the verge losing it all. Office politics, a growing drinking problem, estrangement from his family, and a looming layoff are pushing him to the edge of a personal abyss.

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The Meteoric Rise of Simon Burchwood Fiction - General
View Scott Semegran's bio page

On his way to New York to celebrate his impending literary success, Simon Burchwood is the prototypical American careerist. But a quick detour to Montgomery, Alabama to visit a childhood friend sends Simon on a bizarre journey, challenging his hopes and dreams of becoming a famous writer. This is a character study that delves into the psyche of a man who desperately tries to redefine himself. Is Simon pompous? Yes. A jerk? Yes. Will you like him? Absolutely! "The book is told entirely from Simon's viewpoint. Simon is not a very likable guy; as a matter of fact, he is a self-centered, pompous jerk. But for some reason, it's pretty fun to be inside his head, mainly because he is an inadvertent, oblivious jerk. . . you will learn Simon's views on smoking, cleanliness and going to the bathroom, just to name a few. There were times that I laughed out loud. . . A very good novel that was humorous throughout." Red Adept Reviews

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The Old Mermaid's Tale Fiction - General
View Kathleen Valentine's bio page

Before the Edmund Fitzgerald there was the Carl D. Bradley, the Willaim B. Davok, the Betty Hedger, the American Sailor and many more...
In 1959 the St. Lawrence Seaway opened to international commerce creating a problem for seaport towns bordering the Great Lakes. Within the first year over a thousand barges and tankers from all over the world arrived at these seaports to unload, re-outfit and reload. While waiting, the crew, that had been at sea for weeks, went ashore looking for fun and companionship. Restaurants, bars, pool halls, rooming houses, tattoo parlors, and rumors of other - less savory - forms of entertainment sprang up in the blocks surrounding the commercial docks. Those parts of town acquired a deservedly terrible reputation.

When Clair Wagner begins college in Port Presque Isle she dreams of meeting a "handsome sailor with the constellations of the Northern Seas in his eyes". Into her life comes Pio, a beautiful Italian fisherman, who dreams of life on the big lakes under the aurora borealis. She meets Gary, the dashing son of a wealthy shipping magnate, who introduces her to Canal Street where she encounters The Old Mermaid Inn, a tavern that, as Gary tells her, "deserves its reputation".

But The Old Mermaid Inn, with its giant painting of a seductive mermaid, is home to some fascinating people including Tessie, the owner and original mermaid, and the intriguing Baptiste, a Breton mariner injured in a shipwreck, who earns his living as a musician.

With Pio, Clair discovers passion, with Gary she gains entry into the world of the commercial waterfront, and with Baptiste she discovers all-consuming love. But as her relationship with Baptiste grows she discovers he is far more complex and mysterious than she could imagine. He has secrets and his secrets will alter her life forever.

Set against this background - and that of the maritime and sea legends of the Great Lakes - The Old Mermaid's Tale weaves a romance that pays homage to the importance of stories in our lives.

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Notes from Nadir Fiction - General
View LisaMaliga's bio page

"Notes from Nadir" is Lisa Maliga's fictionalized tale of discovering that the past is never quite through with you -- even if you think it is. She's a determined writer who leaves her Midwestern home to become a Hollywood screenwriter. After years of working a series of temp jobs and almost making it in Los Angeles, financial troubles force her return to the flyover country she's renamed Nadir.

Lisa moves in with her ailing Mom, tries to find work, meets her relatives, and attempts to adapt to a much smaller city filled with memories of her younger, more hopeful self.

If noon is Zenith then Nadir is 6:30. And it was 6:29 and counting down. Way down.

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Spoon-fed Addiction Fiction - General
View Silvano Williams's bio page

Spoon-fed Addiction is a transgressive fiction novella detailing the last moments in the life of Adiran P. Battlefield, a young, seemingly apathetic yet charismatic drug dealer. It is a story about love, loss, revenge and pain, which takes the audience on a front seat ride through the darkest places of the protagonist's mind. Allowing the reader a glimpse into an almost familiar world, dreams soon become nightmares, plans become failures and flawed perceptions of reality give way to horrible consequences.

This is the story of Adiran's last night alive and the impact he had on those he left behind.

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love, murder, etc. (short stories) Fiction - General
View Kathleen Valentine's bio page

Four love stories, four stories about murder including: "Sailor's Valentine", "The Mermaid Shawl", "Mardi Gras Was Over", "Arthur's Story: A Love Story", "Home-made Pie & Sausage", "Killing Julie Morris", "Just An Old Fashioned Murder", and "A View From the Lighthouse".

"Kathleen Valentine's stories are like scrimshaw pieces, encompassing a wealth of detail within a small space. We learn everything about her characters in tales whose compact composition never diminishes their vividness, depth and sensitivity.

From the first few lines of "Sailor's Valentine," the reader is drawn into an intriguing and moving story of two loners, one with a dark secret, and into the world of the fishermen of Port St. Magnus, with all its strong smells, sights and sounds. "The Mermaid Shawl" weaves romance with the realities and hopes of Great Lakes island life, reminding us that knitting is not just a hobby or a job, but an act of love.

"Arthur's Story" surprises us with a change of scene, to turn of the century New York, in a quietly wonderful story of a lost boy that brought tears to my eyes. "Mardi Gras Was Over" shows how our own maturity can take us by surprise. Darker surprises are in store in the "Murder" section, where the intimacy of first-person narrative reveals the dangerous tensions brewing in seemingly placid places, a small town diner, a needlework club, a lighthouse.

Overall, this is a superbly written collection of stories and very much worth having." - Review by Clare Higgins

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Where's Harry? Fiction - General
View Linda Rae Blair's bio page

Part 1 of/included in Intersections:

In 1906 rural Minnesota, Katherine Larsson, only three years old, weeps uncontrollably when neighbors find her outside her family home, a house that has just burned to the ground. The only family she knows is her mother, who is lost in the fire. Neighbors care for Katherine until a woman, claiming to be a social worker, takes her away to be placed in an orphanage.In Oak Park, Illinois, Mary Ross is raised in an unloving home with a couple whose hearts are filled with greed, self-importance and secrets. Her family life is deplorable and she longs to be rescued by Harry, the older brother she never met but heard so much about from her mother. Nightmares haunt Mary, especially after she's been in the company of a businessman whose presence leaves her trembling in fear. In Chicago, a new, young Bureau of Investigation agent has just been assigned to work on a case involving diamond smuggling and espionage. He works on the case, but also secretly works to complete a private investigation he's been working on for years. He'll stop at nothing to find the answers he seeks.Their lives are about to collide.

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Sweet Tea Fiction - General
View Sheila Horgan's bio page

The second book in the Tea Series, Sweet Tea takes up immediately where Hot Tea leaves off.

Things haven’t gone quite as planned for Cara and her sister Teagan. The plan was simple - Cara decided to quit her boring job and find something a little more exciting. Being Irish, she knows that you need to be careful what you wish for, all superstitions aside, granted wishes don’t always resemble the outcome you'd envisioned. Knowing that, Cara wished for excitement anyway. The details are in Hot Tea, the first in this series.

In Sweet Tea, Cara and Teagan are dealing with wishes come true. The good news is that each of them has found the man of her dreams. The not so good news is that they have to break that news to their mother; and as we all know, old fashioned slightly over involved mothers can be a challenge to deal with. They have also fallen into the middle of a serial murder investigation and worse, Cara may have come to the attention of the murderer. Not good. And then there's the whole thing with the weird cop, and the secret room...

With their lives spinning slightly out of control, some of it good, some of it not, Cara and Teagan depend on each other, humor, their family, and their not so common sense, to keep them going. Who knew things would get so complicated?

Sweet Tea leads directly into the next book, Iced Tea.

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Arrival Fiction - General
View VH Folland's bio page

A short story set in the remote town of Brooke's Vale and its small airstrip. When Jim heads home after losing the plane he'd set his heart on, he's expecting to spend the remains of his leave getting drunk. The flying club, and his brother, have other ideas. Arrival is about the arrival of one of Brooke's Vale's more unusual residents, and set several years before Fire Season.

Arrival is a free e-book short story, available through Smashwords.

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Coffee @ 4:00 Fiction - General
View Kavita Nalawde's bio page

In an ideal arranged marriage, parents choose partners for their children; boy and girl get married, have kids and live happily. However, things are much more complicated in real life.

Ria is married to Sunil. She feels that her existence is boring and routine but then suddenly things take a different turn when she starts getting strange clues about Sunil’s life.

She has two very special friends Geeta and Ryan who she meets every Thursday in a cafe. They both are victims of circumstances and had to overcome a lot of hurdles in the past to reach where they are now. They think that they have seen it all but destiny changes their path and they come face to face with their inner reservations.

Will these friends be able to cope with what life has to offer?

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Four Trails: A Quartet of Country Tales Fiction - General
View Anthony Roberts's bio page

FREE at Smashwords! Four Trails is a quartet of stories with country roots that stretch beyond the cowboy genre. Included are three short stories and the novella, "Honky Tonk Gal." These aren't your grandfather's campfire tales. From knocking at heaven's door to beer drinkin', hell raisin' and wrasslin' with deadly vipers, these wild west stories run the gamut of emotions. Each story is completely different from the next but all are tied to the land. A 92 year old Japanese Hawaiian paniolo dreams of unrequited love, a small-town loser entertains a stranger with tales of rattlesnake hunting in the badlands for Texas, a preacher's grandson confronts his lack of faith as he stares into the abyss, and when push comes to shove, a cowgirl's gotta do what a cowgirl's gotta do. Four different trails, four different tales. All for FREE at Smashwords. Enjoy!

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Feed The Enemy Fiction - General
View James Everington's bio page

Attempting to flee the capital on a day dominated by the threat of terrorism, the wife of a prominent civil servant discovers that the real source of her fears might be closer to home...

A story about terrorism - not the act of terrorism itself, but how the constant threat of it affects our lives and relationships.

"The real strength of it is in the way that this character's anxiety comes across in the structure of the story... It's infectious - you feel the same anxiety building as you read it"

'Feed The Enemy' is a standalone short story available on Kindle (US & UK), Nook and PDF.

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Three Stories About Extremity Fiction - General
View DanielKoehler's bio page

What bubbles up in your consciousness when faced with the extremity of death, either yours or others with whom you interact? The theme of the individual in extremis links these three stories, each singular in its account of the moment we all know we have coming.

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Donny Joe Snell loves the high life, and he takes shortcuts to get there. When Sarah Corham, who has aspirations to model, meets him, he promises to open doors for her by introducing her to the party crowd in Dallas. Family life with a son spirals downward into cocaine addiction, and a tightening hold of crime, drug dealers and crooked cops. That's when Donny Joe decides he has one chance to live.

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