The Omega Sequence Novella

     Nelson King

The Omega Sequence Novella

This novella introduces two of the main characters in my full-length novel THE OMEGA SEQUENCE. The novel is a stand-alone work so the novella is extraneous to a full and complete understanding of it. I hope you enjoy this introductory NOVELLA!Nelson KingThis novella introduces two of the main characters in my full-length novel THE OMEGA SEQUENCE. The novel is a stand-alone work so the novella is extraneous to a full and complete understanding of it. I am offering this novella in the hopes I might capture your imagination, and perhaps your interest in my website and travel blog.Regards,Nelson King

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    Glacial Dreams

     Erik Black

Glacial Dreams

Here are poems from nature, family, love, loss, and life. From one who finds poetry everywhere, as a gift to the world.My poems are written for myself alone. As such, they are now given freely to the world.I find that elements of the natural world run through my poetry, and it is in Nature that I am most deeply inspired and connected to the Creator.It is my hope that everyone who reads these poems will find many that resonate with them, and express something they feel in a different voice.Poetry is the voice of the heart, and runs through all the Arts. Here my little voice may join with all the others, great and small.Hold on to the good!

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    The Job: A Darklight Chronicle

     Greg L. Turnquist

The Job: A Darklight Chronicle

What if a pickpocket had a change of heart?Snitch and her partner in crime decide to knock over a pawn shop. But something goes wrong. What should she do next?Nuclear war has made it so that no person is able to live above ground. This caused humanity to all live beneath the earth’s surface, down in the tunnels built in preparation for a nuclear attack. The men who used to call themselves Americans find the existence difficult but bearable. Their predicament has them yearning for other possibilities. Will they find them? Or will they be doomed to live in tunnels forever?

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    The Room: A Tale of Murder in the Social Networking Age

     Gavin Bell

The Room: A Tale of Murder in the Social Networking Age

An incapacitated student gets more than he bargained for when curiosity leads him to join an online self help community. At first the members of The Room welcome him with open arms, but things take a turn for the deadly when one of them confesses to a murder...He had two problems: a broken leg and terminal boredom. The long days and nights alone in his flat after an accident lead an incapactitated young student to renounce his aversion to the internet and take his first tentative steps into the world wide web.Before long, he finds himself entering a new kind of social network: an online self-help community called simply 'The Room'. The experience of eavesdropping on the lives of others quickly becomes addictive, and the members of The Room seem welcoming enough.But then something changes: a man called Bryan confesses to a murder. It could be a fantasy, or a sick joke, but it's not. And the terror doesn't stay online for long... The Room is a tale of murder in the age of social networking. A dark psychological thriller of curiosity and killing that has been called a Rear Window for the Facebook generation.Short story length: 4000 words approx.Also includes as a bonus feature the first chapter of Gavin Bell's full-length thriller: Halfway to Hell.

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    How It All Began

     Kendra Cooper

How It All Began

How It All Began is the story of girl named Ryan Medis. Ryan solves mysteries that happen in her town of Slave Lake. Her friend Miranda has died. Ryan believes she was murdered. Follow with her as she tries to find who committed this terrible crime. No one is safe, not even Ryan from the terror stalking her townTim didn't exactly lie to me when he offered to help me achieve my impossible ambition. If I hadn't been dazzled by my dream, I'd have realized what I could be letting myself in for. He gave me a simple job that wasn't so simple. After all herding cats is simple! I never wanted to be a dictator. I never wanted to be the commander of a rag tag military defense force. I never wanted to be forced into a position where I could be considered a hero. All I ever wanted was to get to space! He didn't tell me that he'd help make me number one on the list of people that earth wanted annihilated.

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    A Stalker's Game (Short Story)

     John Hennessy

A Stalker's Game (Short Story)

The first day of winter approaches, and with it the dwarven celebration of Nypha. Included in the celebration is a Stalker's Game: a search and destroy for the highest bidders. Six dwarves pit themselves against eight well-armed and hostile human slaves, out on the brutal mountain slopes, where the fate of all will be decided. The rule for the slaves is simple: survive. Who will live and die?The first day of winter approaches, and with it the dwarven celebration of Nypha. Included in the celebration is a Stalker's Game: a search and destroy for the highest bidders. Six dwarves pit themselves against eight well-armed and hostile human slaves, out on the brutal mountain slopes, where the fate of all will be decided. The rule for the slaves is simple: survive. Who will live and who will die in this most treacherous game of all?A short story set in The Cry of Havoc.

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    All The Way Under

     David Kearns

All The Way Under

Delorean Harper has a gym bag full of cash, a new identity, a cabin on the Oregon coast, and a beautiful girlfriend. He also has a small army of assassins on his trail. What his hunters don’t know is that Delorean had his first encounter with a killer when he was twelve years old, and he hasn't forgotten how to take care of himself in a fight to the death.The second in the Delorean Harper series. Delorean Harper has a gym bag full of cash, a new identity, a cabin on the Oregon coast, and a beautiful girlfriend. He also has a small army of assassins on his trail. What his hunters don’t know is that Delorean had his first encounter with a killer when he was twelve years old, and he hasn't forgotten how to take care of himself in a fight to the death.Rejected by the government witness security program for being dangerous and unstable, Delorean is on his own against an El Paso drug cartel who wants to punish him for testifying against one of their top lieutenants. Delorean gets assistance from a sympathetic federal marshal, Eric Fullmeyer, who offers Delorean a new identity and place to live if he'll agree to leave town without starting a shooting war with the cartel. After a heated confrontation in an El Paso bar with a pair of cartel killers, Delorean agrees to Eric Fullmeyer's offer, and Delorean escapes to a remote Oregon beach town to shake the cartel from his trail. He isn't there long before he's asked by Eric Fullmeyer to protect Bonnie, a beautiful woman who has her own problems with the cartel. Keeping her safe isn't easy - the cartel's relentless hunters know Delorean's moves so well that he suspects that the federal marshals are leaking information about his location. As professional killers track Delorean and Bonnie through snowy forests, in small towns, and on isolated beaches, Delorean is forced to become as ruthless as the cartel assassins just to stay alive. This isn't the first time he's had to defend himself against hired killers, though, and he knows how to fight dirty to keep himself and his girlfriend alive.Eventually Delorean's luck runs out when he's ambushed on a secluded beach and Bonnie is kidnapped by the cartel. She's taken back to El Paso and held for ransom. The price of her freedom: Delorean's life. If he wants her back, Delorean's going to have to go to war with the cartel on their home turf of El Paso. Delorean likes his odds. He knows that the most dangerous creation of society is the man who has nothing left to lose.

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    The Shadow Knows

     Kenneth Rosen

The Shadow Knows

While this novel begins and ends in a sophisticated and very pleasant little pub called the Free Press in Cambridge, England, the main character must decide whether or not to accept a somewhat ambiguous job offer in the light of some particularly problematic memories of deception, violence and death.While this novel begins and ends in a sophisticated and very pleasant little pub called the Free Press in Cambridge, England, the main character must decide whether or not to accept a somewhat ambiguous job offer in the light of some particularly problematic memories of deception, violence and death. These memories are generated by events in Panama, Cuba, Greece, Cyprus, and the Peopleʼs Republic of China, but their authenticity or validity are often a matter of mystery or conjecture.

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    All The Way Back

     David Kearns

All The Way Back

Delorean Harper's past catches up with him when the body of the man who killed Delorean's parents is found in a shallow grave. Soon Delorean's the prime suspect, and the investigating detective is relentless. As if that wasn't enough trouble, Delorean agrees to protect an unstable woman in the witness protection program who's sure she's being stalked. Delorean's the one who should be worried.Delorean Harper would like to sit on the deck of his beach house and watch the surf, but the body of the man who murdered Delorean's parents is found in a shallow grave in Oklahoma City, and the police finally have the chance to solve the crime that made Delorean an orphan. Evidence in the grave points to an Oklahoma City loan shark who's since become a powerful casino developer on the Oregon coast, and also to a twelve year old named Delorean Harper. It isn't clear who's going to go to jail or who's going to die in the cat and mouse game between a relentless police detective, Delorean, and the casino developer. As if that wasn't enough trouble, Delorean is asked to babysit an unstable woman in the witness protection program who's sure that she's being stalked. With her movie star good looks it's not an unreasonable fear, but Delorean can't find any evidence that anyone's following her and he starts to fall for her himself. As time passes he realizes that she's tougher than she looks and that her favorite toy is a loaded gun. This time Delorean's got a target on his back and nowhere to hide. He's going to need all the help he can get if he wants to survive.

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    Young Dick

     John Jarvis

Young Dick

Richard is the son of a sea captain sent to a boarding school in North Yorkshire. He is rescued from the cruel environment by a friend of his father and becomes a cabin boy on a pre Captain Cook private venture to discover the great southern continent.Richard is the son of a sea captain sent to a boarding school in North Yorkshire. He is rescued from the cruel environment by a friend of his father and becomes a cabin boy on a pre Captain Cook private venture to discover the great southern continent. His ship battles storms, becalming, pirates and Richard is marooned on what would become known as New Zealand. He is rescued by a whaling ship becomes involved in America's war with the French then Britain, finds love in England only to incur the wrath of his love's father. Returns with his wife to an America fighting for independence and becomes involved with questionable naval tactics. Young Dick is a ripping good yarn.

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    Trouble Is...

     Anne Knowles

Trouble Is...

Sixteen year old Ricky Chavez is in trouble. Suspended from school, he has to face his older brother and legal guardian, Frank. Trouble is, Frank meets him with a belt. Bruised and depressed, Ricky drags himself to his evening job. His co-worker, Maria de Leon, reaches out to him, and he falls in love. Trouble is, she belongs to a gang.Sixteen year old Ricky Chavez is in trouble. Suspended from school, he has to face his older brother and legal guardian, Frank. Trouble is, Frank meets him with a belt. Bruised and depressed, Ricky drags himself to his evening job. His co-worker, Maria de Leon, reaches out to him, and he falls in love. Trouble is, she belongs to a gang. Being in love with Maria means hanging around Locos 18, her gang. Trouble is, that means ditching school and ending up with a report card full of C's, D's, and an F. But a bad report card is the least of Ricky's troubles. Maria's gang, Locos 18, comes in conflict with another gang, Westside Raza, when a Locos girl flirts with a Westside boy. When he beats her up, Locos goes looking for him. In the violent showdown, Ricky recognizes the conseequences of his association with Maria and Locos 18. He's left with a decision. Trouble is, he doesn't like either one.

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    A Living: Three Stories About Killers

     Gavin Bell

A Living: Three Stories About Killers

Sometimes making a living is murder... three short stories of crime and punishment.In A LIVING, a solitary man contemplates life and death and thinks about exactly what it takes to make a living. This story was shortlisted for the Quick Reads 'Get Britain Reading' prize.Two bored detectives investigate an unattended death in KITTY. The only witnesses were a harmless old lady and her cat, so it looks like an open-and-shut case. As a quiet afternoon escalates into an ordeal of dreamlike terror, the detectives discover how wrong you can be.And finally, in A JOB WORTH DOING, a repair man providing a discreet service to a niche market thinks he's discovered a way to make some easy money from death. * * *Three stories of mystery and suspense, with a twist of urban horror, in one great package. This trio of chilling noir tales draws on influences as diverse as James Ellroy, Stephen King, Stanley Ellin and Alfred Hitchcock.This collection also includes an exclusive free sample of HALFWAY TO HELL - Gavin Bell's full-length thriller novel.Book Length: 7,000 words (plus exclusive sample of Halfway to Hell); includes active table of contents for easy navigation between stories.

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    Never Forgotten

     Robert Martin

Never Forgotten

... a "feel-good" holiday short story about one man's journey to recover lost memories and his discovery that nothing is ever forgotten; it is only misplaced!Coping with the traumatic experiences Ava endured with the Kakos is more challenging than she ever imagined it to be. She finds herself struggling to remember the details of her time kept away with Damien Kakos and when the memories assault her mind, she is plagued with crippling fear. There is something in the back of Ava’s thoughts screaming at her, telling her that the fight with the devil’s brood has not yet ended.Newly married, Ava and Ari deal with issues involving trust, honesty and faith in one another and as they plot their course for a new life together, they discover that their individual wants and needs don’t exactly match. Ari’s promises to Ava begin to break. Some of the Alexander’s family secrets are revealed and Ava realizes that she needs to keep her friends close, and her enemies even closer.A Broken Fate, the second novel in The Beautiful Fate Series, dives further into Ava and Ari’s nail-bitter of a story and adds even more suspense, mystery, romance and thrills. This series is impossible for any reader to resist.

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    Diamonds by Brian Ritchie

     Brian Ritchie

Diamonds by Brian Ritchie

Between the years 1977 to 1989 I had several friends and seemed to be out every night with one or all of them. The thing that didn’t occur to me then was they were all female but I had no intention of being anything other than a platonic friend with all of them and can’t think why.Each Sunday I would meet 3 girls at the café across the street from the church we attended and we would decide what adventures we would ‘get up to’ each week. If it was hot and sunny we could go to the seaside if not – which was more likely coming from Glasgow – we would visit places of local interest or just ‘hang out’ together.Being friends with them brought me into contact with several of their ‘other’ female friends and I found myself getting emotionally involved with them as well - but I had ‘fairly steady’ girlfriends most of the time so never thought of any of these girls as anything other than platonic acquaintances. One girl was Jewish – she rebelled against everything, her father, her religion, the world in general (when it suited her) and regarded the holocaust as a personal insult - although she knew nobody involved.One was a lesbian – the other girls tolerated her, because she was very funny and entertaining, as long as she kept her sexual preferences at a distance from them.One was a nymphomaniac – it wasn’t her fault, she often told me, she hated to sleep alone –and seldom did.One I met when she was 5 years old, then later when she was 11, and the last time when she was 16 and on her way to join a convent. She confessed she had a massive crush on me when we first met, which was re-kindled when my friends and I had helped her out when she was 11. She promised, the last time I saw her, to remember us all in her prayers.One was twice the age of the others, including me, and had been a ‘bit of a girl’ when she was younger and tried to convince all who came into contact with her that she ‘still had it’. Several of the girls doubted she ever had ‘it’ and no matter how hard she tried she was never likely to find ‘it’ again.One was, without doubt, the most beautiful girl I had ever met. A few years after I left their group she turned up in the local press and was lambasted by them when it emerged she was the mistress of a local businessman and dared to go to a prestigious function on the arm of a famous millionaire. They slaughtered her for about a week until the famous man quickly married his childhood sweetheart and she was never mentioned again. Each ‘Diamond’ in this adventure is based on several aspects of these ‘friends’. Their stories once told, their secrets once kept. Hopes and desires often shared - confessions and fantasies seldom overheard. Could it be it was all so simple then (The way we were)?

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