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Freak City

by Tom Lichtenberg

Book Two of the Dragon City Series: It’s hard to control your destiny while you’re waiting for the bus. The trouble for Argus Kirkham began when a stranger pushed his way through a crowd at a bus stop and...

Why I Document (Two Free Short Stories)

by Hallett German

These two very special short stories are a thank you gift to the readers that supported the author's effort throughout the year. This includes: * Why I document -- A reader wants to know why a particular prolific...

The Girl in the Trees

by Tom Lichtenberg

Twelve year old Miranda Amelia Harden has lived all her life on her grandfather's ranch in the mountains. All she wants is to stay there, but the rest of the world can't seem to leave her alone. She has only...

So Far

by Ray Weeks

"What's the worst thing you've ever done?" These are the words that launch a man into his past, forcing him to recall an event that changed his life forever.

Raisinheart

by Tom Lichtenberg

Three stories of a lonely youth. Jimmy Kruzel's bad luck is that his worst enemies are always his best friends, or is it the other way around, and that sometimes his darkest hours seem to come right after the...

The Story of the Wayward Dragon

by Chong Shipei

Dragon was able to break free of the cave of darkness after many years of being trapped in that place. In his new found freedom, he challenged all mortals to a duel, in which the fate of the world of Gideon...

Short Fiction: The English Patient, Dr Zhivago and the Purposeful Stride, and Other Stories

by Ivana Hruba

A collection of amusing short stories about the human condition revealing the absurdity of our existence. Please note: the novels 'The English Patient' and 'Doctor Zhivago' are NOT included in this collection...

Rusty

by Mike Ramon

A short story. Rusty and Bobby spend a day looking for their father.

Land of Balloons

by Jenue Brosinski

Chapter One – Island life. Yara remembers how much fun she used to have with her family and friends. She especially missed her cousin, Elsie, who was her guide and ally in every childhood mischief.

My Thomas

by Roberta Grimes

The world is full of evils. I cannot bear to hear the stuck hogs squeal, nor see a horse ill-used, nor think there could be anywhere an unloved child. The differences in human station seem to me not even the...

The Book of Kings and Queens

by Robert Earle

Brilliant but paranoid, Herod the Great does not kill Antipas, his natural son by Malthace the Samaritan, or Jesus, his illegitimate son by Mary of Bethlehem. But these are among the few family members who escape...

The Part Time People

by Tom Lichtenberg

DeBarrie's Stationery Store needed help again. Somehow, the part-time people never worked out. It was a problem. One after another, the part-time people came and went, and sometimes, nobody ever found out what...

The Road From Langholm Avenue

by Michael Graeme

A story of unrequited love, of unexpected love, of love lost, and found again. With divorce and redundancy looming, our hero, Tom, is left facing middle age with the feeling that he made a wrong turn somewhere...

Letter from Money

by Roberta Grimes

Although Liz Lyons and Jack Richardson never stopped loving one another, their lives have taken them in different directions. Liz remains in Atlantica, a tiny island far removed from Western civilization, while...

Renegade Robot

by Tom Lichtenberg

It's the end of the world as we know it, when the dreaded Singularity finally occurs and happens to be captured, live on tape, by agents of the Frantic News Network, which freaks out, as usual, and causes a...

Secret Language of Crows sample

by theaatkinson

Olivia needs to escape the abusive same-sex relationship she finds herself in. When her father suffers a stroke and requires 24-hour care, she recognizes an opportunity to start fresh. The problem is that she...

Deus Ex Machina

by Christopher Cruz

Deus ex machina ( /ˈdeɪ.əs ɛks ˈmɑːkiːnə/ or /ˈdiː.əs ɛks ˈmækɪnə/ Latin: ”god out of the machine”; plural: dei ex machina) is a plot device whereby a seemingly inextricable problem is abruptly...

Thick as Thieves

by GrantFieldgrove

They say your life flashes before your eyes right before you die. Finnick Hollins might be finding that out the hard way. With a gun pointed at the back of his head, he retraces his life starting as a child...

The Ghost on the Wall

by Tom Lichtenberg

"Jimmy Kruzel finally found true love where he least expected it, in the moldy corridor of an old hospital emergency room. The timing wasn't so good either. He'd been brought there to die. That should have been...

Letter from Freedom

by Roberta Grimes

Jack Richardson carries himself as though he owns the world. In reality, he is laying claim to an increasing portion of it. A thirty-six-year-old multibillionaire, he has purchased a tiny island, Atlantica,...