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Book Excerpt: Real Love by Sheena Binkley

When I first stepped foot on the campus of Shaw University, I didn’t know what path I wanted to take in my career. I was an undeclared major, just taking things day-by-day. I never imagined I would be where I am today, a reporter for a national news network. I can’t help but smile at what I’ve accomplished. […]

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Book Excerpt: Lustful Priorities by Francis Toussaint

Chapter 1: Percy’s Lounge Boom, bam, boom, rhythmic sounds like African drums echoed! They came again: boom, bam, boom, much louder, purposeful and penetrating. My repose was rudely awakened. A grease-speckled white paper plate with a half-eaten slice of pizza rested on the coffee table to my left. On the floor to my right, within […]

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Book Excerpt: The Ribbon Tree by Jeffrey Aaron Miller

Chapter One The Forest of Stray Dogs “We’re too old for this, dude,” Hao said. “Seriously. Playing chicken with stray dogs is a game for kiddies. Come on. Don’t go in there.” The fence creaked in protest, the sun-warped boards threatening to give way beneath all one hundred and ten pounds of anxious thirteen-year-old boy. […]

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Book Excerpt: Xenosaber: Fury of the Stars by Jedaiah Ramnarine

PRELUDE 60,000 Years Ago, An Ancient Advent   WAR PLAGUED THE ANCIENT LANDS of Star World and her Moon, instigated by The Dark Lord, a spectre, reigning from the shadows as the master puppeteer. Noble men had lost their fair forms, becoming monsters, hell-bent on bloodshed and chaos. Battles raged night and day without end. […]

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Book Excerpt: Deadly Sins by Laura Read

Chapter 1 – Sacrifice   A shower of silver liquid flowed from a rouge-tinted bottle onto taut skin – neck, collarbone, shoulders, wrists. The stench of strong perfume clogged the air. She felt the cocaine surge, suppressed emotions simmering beneath her skin. Reality transformed into elated numbness. The stopper penetrated the bottle, obstructing the fluid […]

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Book Excerpt (First Line of Defence) from Threads of The War by Jeremy Strozer

First Line of Defense “Go left… toward the water!” Erich screams out. The steering wheel lurches, first to the left, then to the right, and then back to the left as our little Kubelwagen (bucket car) bounces and bumps over the sandy beach at over 40 kilometers per hour. “Ok, ok,” I reply, knowing that […]

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Book Excerpt: Rarity from the Hollow by Robert Eggleton

Chapter Nine: “Lacy Dawn Goes To the Movies” Scene Prologue: Lacy Dawn, the eleven year old protagonist, is a most unlikely savior of the universe. Genetically manipulated by Universal Management for millennia, at this point in the story, we have learned that the universe faces an imminent threat and that an android named DotCom (a […]

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Book Excerpt Confessions of the Very First Zombie Slayer by F.J.R. Titchenell

1. Why They Call Me That   When you think about it, there’s no way Mark was really the first case. First one broadcast on American TV, sure, but not the first altogether. On average, nearly 300,000 people die every day, and that stat is from before all this started, so even if you narrow […]

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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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