Grave Ties

Grave Ties

James Bailey

James Bailey

Lost, thirsty and sunburnt, Frank sees a petrol station in the distance, gleaming like an oasis. All Frank wishes to do is resupply and head back where he came from so he can find his brother and give him the proper death he deserves rather than leaving him a mindless creature roaming the countryside for new victims.What really makes one human, is it a fact of birth, the right of passage that is growing up, is it societies' influence on young impressionable minds, or is it something else? Is Humanity and all that goes with it in fact programmed into our DNA?These are questions that have plagued Shiva all her life. For most people, for Normal people, these are questions with easy answers, after all they were born human, raised human, and have always been 'Human'. But Shiva is not 'Normal', she might not in fact be 'Human'. She is or perhaps was a Weapon, she was created as a weapon, trained to be a weapon, and she sees the world as a weapon. But all that changes one day when she meets a girl and for the very first time, she feels something that defies all logic and all reason. Can a weapon fall in love, or this something reserved only for those who are humans?But there are those in her world who have never doubted these answers, to them she is a powerful tool created for a war not yet fought, and they cannot allow that tool to slip from their grasp. So from the shadows they strike at the very thing that threatens to take that weapon from their grasp, that person who might be the key to unlocking the heart within the weapon.
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Wishful Thinking

Wishful Thinking

James Bailey

James Bailey

Jack is convinced that vampires are real, determined to find one and convince him to transform him into an immortal. Unfortunately Jack might not be ready for the world he is trying to enter.A Short Story-Bill Tompkins is a retired high school science teacher turned novelist and indie author. Frustrated at the lack of sales for his AWESOME book, he turns to extreme measures.Nar Schmidt is Bill's 15 year-old neighbor, former student and computer prodigy whose favorite pastime is roaming around in the elaborate computer systems of large corporations.Bill enlists the teenager in a wild scheme to exact revenge on unfaithful readers- forcing them to buy his book at the point of a gun.
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Night Caller

Night Caller

James Bailey

James Bailey

Gary appears to be a normal man, bit of a night owl but friendly with his neighbours. Gary, however is a vampire who spends his evenings trawling the city for just the right person to feed on. Returning to his apartment in the city to watch some television before retiring for the day. A new neighbour has moved in next door however, who intrudes into Gary's life a little more‘Artan’s Night’ is the first in a series of short stories serving as prelude to the novel ELADRIA. Artan is a young man with a secret. He has the ability to read people’s minds and hear their thoughts. Struggling to survive in a war-torn, poverty stricken town, he’s been using his newfound power to cheat in casinos; a game that soon backfires when he gets caught. But the worst is still to come. In the middle of the night, the town comes under seige by marauding Ha’shon warriors. Artan is forcibly taken from his home and led on a journey that will change his life - and the fate of his world - forever.
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Infiltration

Infiltration

James Bailey

James Bailey

John is a prospector on the moon of Callisto. While on a surveying trip he finds a derelict ship at the bottom of a valley. Checking out the wreck he realises that this vessel has no business being anywhere near the moon. As he explores the interior the real reason for the crash becomes clear.Pick-me-up, a young adult problem novel, tells a heroic story of Katelyn fighting back against the dysfunctions of her family and her friends. While she tries to live in the right, Katelyn falls into her own problems when she hooks up with a boy full of trouble and his own addictions. This rural-Iowa teenager keeps making decisions that would lead her to the same fate of her two high school dropout sisters. Katelyn fails classes, skips school, and at one point ends up with reserved seating in the Principal's office. Katelyn’s friends back away as she begins to live up to the troubled legacy left by her family. Home life proves no better. Katelyn’s dad disappears and ends up in jail, again. The fragile relationship she has with her mother nearly breaks as Katelyn is dumped with the responsibility of caring for all her older sister’s abandoned children. Katelyn gets her own pick-me-up in the form of a charming older boy with a criminal history. Her friends and scene change as she follows him back into his bad habits. Just as she keeps faith in her family, she keeps giving Tim another chance. Only after she suffers because of her misguided love does she start to take care of herself. She's able to salvage her dignity and rebound to break the dropout streak in her family.
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The Last Man

The Last Man

James Bailey

James Bailey

The universe is dying, slowly each star is petering out until everything goes dark. The last civilisation has entrusted it's future to one ship searching for a planet that can still support life. Elim is the sole remaining pilot and is running out of resources to bring his people back to existence until a glimmer of hope appears in the distance.The macho barbarian Typhan-Knee was hit by a gender-swap spell. Tiffany's search for answers have brought her, the princess Peonie, and the baby dragon Denver, to the World's Edge. While taking a moment to relax Peonie has a theory of Tiffany's past before the white spell was cast... Exiern: November 2013 collects 8 color pages, including a two-page splash, posted during November 2013. Contains Mature Themes.Written byThomas KnappIllustrated byShipeng LeeEdited byScott T. HickenCreated byDrowemos
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A Gnomish Invention

A Gnomish Invention

James Bailey

James Bailey

Trouble has come again to the town of Stolten as an elf maiden collapses inside Durban's Inn, the last member of her party that had gotten lost in a blizzard. Durban goes out into the storm to rescue her friends with the unwanted help of his gnomish friend Foggle. However, once again Foggle shows his worth in the strangest of ways.
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Pale Reflection

Pale Reflection

James Bailey

James Bailey

In the near future death is little more than an inconvenience, a mind can simply be transferred into a new body upon death. Sam, a young boy, watches as his mother slowly passes away in front of him. He struggles to understand how her mind and consciousness will be transferred into a new body and that she will be the same mother he grew up with.The author's mother has always been present in her daughter's consciousness, manifesting in front of her eyes at times. In this second story in the series mom tells her own story, luring her daughter into a world created to the daughter's liking, made of childhood fairytales, memories, and dreams. Mom tries to encourage her daughter, disheartened by the harsh realities of her surrounding life, to adapt a different point of view towards life, one in which the future is more bright and colorful. Will the mother succeed?
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False Impression

False Impression

James Bailey

James Bailey

Bron and Rast thought it would be an easy pay day, kill a wandering party of orcs that are harassing a nearby village then reap the rewards. The battle might just be harder than they thought though with some unexpected allies helping out.Wannabe secret agents and gumshoes rejoice! By now everyone knows that the Government doesn’t really spy on its own citizens, right? And even if they had the audacity to orchestrate such a devious scheme, what stealthy means would they employ to get the job done? Meet Bruce 5, ordinary domesticated house pet by day, covert four-legged operative by dark. After nearly exposing a clandestine plot to snoop on the public via RFID tags, one cheeky beagle and an unlikely crew of rogue agents must elude capture by an underground organization known as the MUTTS (Mobile Underground Transponder Tracking Specialists). In their madcap bid to escape the powers-that-be, they will encounter bohemian foes, cryptic codes, killer bees, and beaver drones—that’s right, beavers! It’s a chaotic derby of espionage and conspiracies galore, where one dog holds the microchip to save the people from an evil entity lurking in their midst.In the zany spirit of parody, Bruce 5 utilizes his newfound verbal skills to spoof over five decades of iconic films and television shows. No one is spared from an onslaught of innuendos and double entendre that this crude-mouthed canine unleashes. The dossier for frenzied fun is now in the readers’ imaginations. Adventure abounds for all those intrepid sleuths who wish to decipher the truth. And don’t forget to help the renegades interpret an anagram they find along their mission--it represents a vital clue in the wordplay at bay.
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My Own Universe

My Own Universe

James Bailey

James Bailey

Simon was a successful student with a promising career ahead of him. However, a new immersive video game has been released where he is able to create his own world and shape and destroy it however he wishes. Simon grows addicted to this game and as his addiction grows worse he begins to lose touch between what is real and what is just part of the game until tragedy results.Simon was a successful student with a promising career ahead of him. However, a new immersive video game has been released where he is able to create his own world and shape and destroy it however he wishes. Simon gradually grows addicted to this game until slowly but surely his addiction ruins his college life and he becomes a recluse back at home with his parents. As his addiction grows worse Simon begins to lose touch between what is real and what is just part of the game until tragedy results.
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Brainjack

Brainjack

James Bailey

James Bailey

A space station around Mars has suffered a series of strange murders. Jack, the security chief of the station, must struggle against the odds to find out who or what is causing these deaths before he becomes a victim himself.In a desperate measure to add excitement to Sam’s boring and crumbling marriage, he arranges an exotic sailing adventure, but it’s more than he bargained for when he and his family are abducted in the Gulf of Mexico, forcing them to endure a nightmare to escape their fate awaiting them in a foreign land.
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Atonement

Atonement

James Bailey

James Bailey

A man sits on a bench in front of his old school remembering the place where one particular day changed his life and those of many others dramatically years earlier.By 2050 the country has gone through some slight changes thanks to a dramatic shift in the makeup in the country's populace giving liberals, referred to by various uncomplimentary names, control over Washington. In that thirty years the country becomes the veritable paradise moonbats have long sought to create, but more resembling a third-world banana republic where English is replaced by twenty-five variations of gang slang, no one gets beyond third grade, rioting and something resembling football with hockey sticks are the national pastimes. There is now a "Forever President," welfare moms have replaced small business, corn is the cornerstone of industry, and people drive around in either battery-powered bubble cars or Latino lowriders. All the while, non-thinking Schwartz is led around on a doggie leash, and has become a 'pinball,' with names ranging from Vic to Dick to Bic, and spends his day bouncing around the fenced playground of a former elementary school turned asylum for the insane. One fine spring day the gate to the compound suddenly opens and Schwartz, along with a hundred or so inmates, unthinkingly escape. While walking aimlessly down a highway, he is struck by another truck (an electric bus) and suddenly awakens from his long sleep to find the liberals' variation of paradise has really arrived in America! Schiessen!
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Two Shorts (High Fidelity & Christmas Oratorio)

Two Shorts (High Fidelity & Christmas Oratorio)

James Bailey

James Bailey

Two Shortsby André JutecomprisingChristmas Oratorioa tiny tale 1050 words&High Fidelitya Christmas flash242 wordsbothextracted from his work-in-progressScenes from a Bizarre LifeTwo Shortsby André JutecomprisingChristmas Oratorioa tiny tale 1050 words&High Fidelitya Christmas flash242 wordsbothextracted from his work-in-progressScenes from a Bizarre LifeAndre Jute is the author of such bestsellers as the novel IDITAROD a novel of The Greatest Race on Earth, the literary biography STIEG LARSSON Man, Myth & Mistress, and the handbooks WRITING A NOVEL and GRIDS the Stucture of Graphic Design.Reviews of André Jute’s novels“Wild but exciting. A grand job with plenty of irony.”New York Times“So bizarre, it’s probably all true.”London Evening News“This is an important book.”Sydney Morning Herald“Keeps up such a pace and such interest that it really satisfies.”Good Housekeeping“A masterly story that has pace, humor, tension and excitement with the bonus of truth.”The Australian“Jute has clearly conducted a great deal of research into everything he describes, investing the novel with an air of prophecy. His moral and ecological concerns are important.”Times Literary Supplement Andre Jute's Iditarod is the finest piece of fiction that I have read about The Greatest Race on Earth. Packed with adventure at every turn, nail-biting suspense, touches of endearing humor and the fine, subtle thread of romance, this tale speaks to what readers crave. Margie Myers-Culver/Librarian’s Quest
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Lonely Child

Lonely Child

James Bailey

James Bailey

John is a young boy of ten years, inquisitive, playful, mischievous much like any other ten year old. John was born and brought up in zero gravity however, never able to walk on Earth. An opportunity has come up for John to talk to some other children on the surface and John must wrestle with his own envy of their life while realising they envy his life in outer space even more so.“Lonely Child” is a sci-fi story of a young boy’s wish to be able to walk on our planet’s surface. He was born in zero gravity and has lived there since birth with his parents on a mining and transport vessel supplying Earth. The boy has the opportunity to start talking to school kids his age on the surface and eventually realises that despite how trapped he feels on the ship, to the children on the planet he is the one free and living an adventure.
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My Last Train Ride

My Last Train Ride

James Bailey

James Bailey

A short story of the last train ride a Jewish person takes until their arrival at a death camp.A short story of the last train ride a Jewish person takes until their arrival at a death camp. Written from a first person perspective, this story tries to convey the despair one would feel as one's fate was realised.
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A Gnomish Solution

A Gnomish Solution

James Bailey

James Bailey

The town of Stolten is a quiet Dwarven town occasionally interrupted by the odd explosion from the nearby Gnomish village. Durban, the local Innkeeper, finds he must enlist the help of the local gnomes and their contraptions in order to save his town from an impending invasion. Unfortunately their solution could be more dangerous than the horde of creatures that are about to attack.Charlie has taken ill at the North Pole because the magic that lies within the string of “Magic Jingle Bells” has been broken and now Christmas might be lost forever. The, “The “Missouri Rats” and Squint-Eye Pete are no good crooks who have devised a sinister plan take over the daily operations of Santa’s Village from Charlie and steal Christmas’s future from all the children of the world. Louis, Chug, and Hot Tamale Molly (a neighborhood girl) have been by fate, decreed to be the saviors of the future of Christmas and have been given the daunting task of returning the magic back into the string of “Magic Jingle Bells”. The three brave friends must embark on a long and very dangerous trek to the North Pole to reach Santa’s Village before Christmas Eve, before the dwindling magic that is keeping Charlie alive, is no more. The three young adventurers with help from “Jupiter the Show Horse” and his best friend Apollo get help from the strangest of characters through out their arduous journey. With each giving all the help they can to save Christmas, but mostly they all try to give little Louis the courage that he will need to succeed, at the dramatic and climatic ending.The first book in the series is now ready: The Journey to Northumberland and the Rise of the Undertoads.
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