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Book Preview: Trials of the Chief by Stephan Morse

Excerpt from chapter 1: The wet sound of a fist colliding with flesh with incredible force rang throughout the room. Cheers followed. A giant metal cage housed two men pounding each other. People in suits screamed at the sides, cheering and jeering in equal measure at those inside. Ladies who wore more on their heads […]

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Book Excerpt: Descriptions of Heaven by Randal Eldon Greene

As a child, I shinnied the coarse trunks of trees, carrying a book in a backpack or clamped resolutely between my chin and chest. I’d sit in the boughs of shady retreat and dappled light up there where the wind blew through leaves, and the leaves were an instrument, accompanied by birdsong, and I’d read […]

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Book Excerpt of Plexi: Adversity by Kwame Opeyo

One Battle Lines Olena Darsus screamed like an animal being flayed alive. Beside her in bed, her husband Prenius was being torn apart by a sharp-clawed golem as if he were a child’s play thing. Blood splattered the sheets and the side of her face as Prenius’ flesh was torn from its bone and scattered […]

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Book Excerpt: The Twilight Tsunami by Shelby Londyn-Heath

CHAPTER ONE The Hospital GREY STOOD QUIETLY next to the hospital bed. “Mrs. Jaspers, your baby has tested positive for cocaine.” Grey knew from experience that talking in a low voice helped hold back the negative emotions of a child’s removal, before anger and defiance from parents swept around him like a dangerous tempest. Mrs. […]

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Book Excerpt: Whislin’ Dixie: Book One in the Tempered Steel Series by Maggie Adams

CHAPTER ONE   Mac Coalson drove his black GMC truck through his hometown, the tiny riverside community of Grafton, Illinois, and onto the blacktop road that headed toward Jerseyville, the local county seat. He gripped the wheel firmly as he tried to control his anger. The last thing he needed was to wreck his new […]

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Book Excerpt: What Lies Beneath by Laura Greenwood

“What are you doing up here? Not avoiding me are you?” He asked smiling slightly. I sighed, even though he was partly right there was no way I could avoid him now.  “I’m trying to work out the steps for Masquerade. I know how it’s supposed to look in my head but in reality…” I trailed […]

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Book Excerpt: Dominic’s Nemesis by D. Alyce Domain

Prologue Italy (1800s) He lay on the pit floor, limbs stiff from lack of movement. The crawl space no longer accommodated his length. With no light to guide him, he planned each movement to avoid scraping against the granite. First, he shuffled his legs, then rolled his shoulders to bring back the circulation. His skin […]

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Book Excerpt: Hawthorne: Chronicles of the Brass Hand by Christopher C. Meeker

“…intellects vast and cool and unsympathetic, regarded this earth with envious eyes, and slowly and surely drew their plans against us.” — H.G. Wells, The War of the Worlds Prologue They think me mad and perhaps well so, for at times I believe myself quite mad and would accept with impassivity, had I not recorded in […]

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Book Excerpt: By the Hands of Men, Book Three: The Wrath of a Righteous Man by Roy Griffis

It was another sailor who was able to help them locate Nikolai.  The tar was a sunburned fellow with strongly muscled forearms on which danced inked images of mermaids, dolphins, and sailing ships.  He was using a metal tool to chip paint from a bulkhead, a task he readily put aside when approached by Charlotte. […]

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Book Excerpt: By the Hands of Men, Book Two: Into the Flames by Roy Griffis

Beginning the Great Game Robert Fitzgerald sat gazing out the window of his second-floor room at the Oxford and Cambridge University Club on Pall Mall.  He was playing a game of sorts, hoping he might see someone.   He was looking for a girl.   In the afternoon’s growing twilight, pedestrians hurried along the walk […]

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Book Excerpt: By the Hands of Men, Book One: The Old World by Roy Griffis

The Casualty Clearing Station The new girl was peering about the tent when Charlotte and Kathleen stumbled in at the end of their shift that July day in 1917. The work itself was exhausting – twelve hours of standing, bending, folding, feeding, bandaging, debriding, cleaning, and sterilizing;  only to repeat it all again. Add to […]

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Book Excerpt: Glacier by Beth Lynn

Chapter 30 I desperately pointed at the alarm clock. “It’s after curfew.” I said, “Jamie, you should probably get back. I don’t want another gargoyle at our door.” “Why are you trying to kick me out? Do you have a problem with me or something!” Jamie demanded. “Yes,” Mel concurred, “you’ve been acting weird all […]

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Book Excerpt: A Fateful Melody by Megan Rivers

Preface It was one of those days in May when the trees of New York no longer carried the promise of green buds on its branches, but the beginning of summer leaves instead. It made me smile as I climbed out of the taxi and walked into the airport. Traveling had become a routine. Every […]

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Book Excerpt: Poet of the Wrong Generation by Lonnie Ostrow

Johnny Elias stared at the photograph with bittersweet regret. Four suntanned faces smiled back at him; a precious memory from the best day he could ever remember. The blazing sunshine. One enormous stage. Soaring music. Scores of people dressed in summer clothes lined up for miles on the Great Lawn. A perfect day when all […]

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Book Excerpt: A Character in Reality by Nicholas Bridgman

“So this time try doing Tree,” the narrator said, Robert having rejoined him the next evening in reality in his attic.  “Start in Mountain pose, then bend your right knee, bringing your foot to your inner thigh.” “What does this pose do?” “It improves concentration and balance.  Now let’s wrap up with Corpse pose.” “What’s […]

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Book Excerpt: The Lion Prophecy by Alexander Grant

When the two men clashed, the shouts from the crowd covered the clang of the blades. Leandros was surprised to discover that the Shark didn’t aim to strike him but instead attacked his sword. He attempted to hook Leandros’ sword with his blade’s teeth, trying to draw his opponent near him and smother him with […]

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Book Excerpt: The Secret Life of Thomas Commons by Brittany Weekley

I move my attention to the streets. I listen to carriage’s ride by, men arguing, and the sound of rain approaching. The sound of rain pounding onto the trees in the distance often reminds me of my childhood. I recall standing outside of my home as a young boy watching the clouds turn dark and […]

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Book Excerpt: Human by Hayley Camille

Ivy’s footsteps rang out from the cloistered stone, echoing off the great sandstone walls that surrounded the courtyard. Large archways threw light across her face and she closed her eyes for a moment, savouring the fresh air. She glanced at her companion habitually as occasional suits hurried past, shooting furtive glances their way. Ivy straightened […]

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Book Excerpt: What About Her by TNae Wilcox

TNae Wilcox The Missing Loved Ones: A Short Story Collection

There  was  talk  of  home  invasions  again. Another  family  was  taken  from  Akron,  Ohio. I  stood  and  tried  to  listen  to  the  report  as best  as  I  could  with  all  the  noise:  little  Suzy yelling  at  the  dog,  the  loud  squeak  of  Mama’s rocking  chair,  and  Rhonda’s  ridiculous phone  chatter. The  family  that  was  abducted […]

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Book Excerpt: The Mist Stage Two – The Culmination by Nagwa Malik

The Mist Stage Two: The Culmination by Nagwa Malik Book Excerpt

‘If it wasn’t for the army interfering and keeping tabs, this country would have been bought and sold a hundred times over by especially this family. They seem to think they own the whole damn place because the US is paying them to expand their business.’ ‘Actually it is everyone- not just the US. China, […]

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Book Excerpt: Finding the Raven by Patty Dickson Pieczka

Patty Dickson Pieczka Finding The Raven

Julia dreamed of sewing. Stitches formed footprints, a road, she followed them to the river, miles of rippling blue silk like the coolest, clearest water. She dove in but found it was a river of smoke. Pulled by the rushing current, she breathed a lungful of soot, her mouth full of ash. She swam to […]

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Book Excerpt: Micah: The Sword of Malachi by Lee DuCote

Lee DuCote The Sword of Malachi

Chapter 1 Deep within a hellish cavern, six towering beings merged from the depths of its heated core and gathered at the opening. They were beautiful creatures with physically striking features and the physiques of warriors, clothed to resemble the upper crust of the society they would soon infiltrate. Their eyes glowed with a fierce […]

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Book Excerpt: The Migrant Report By Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar

Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar The Migrant Report

Chapter Three Manu knelt, bowing his head to his mother’s feet for what might be the last time, the bluish-green veins on the back of her hand trembling under his lips as if the pulse of life inside her were buoyed by his. If this were a Bollywood movie, he forced himself to think of […]

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Book Excerpt: The Little French Guesthouse by Helen Pollard

Helen Pollard The Little French Guesthouse

I wish I could tell you it happened like it does in the movies. You know the kind of thing. The heroine standing proud, oozing restrained fury. The audience’s satisfaction as she delivers a reverberating slap across her lover’s face. Her dramatic but dignified exit from the screen. Believe me, there was nothing dignified about […]

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