the Story Shop

the Story Shop

Peter Ponzo

Peter Ponzo

A collection of short stories: Mystery, SciFi, Romance, Children's, Fairy Tales, Fantasy, etc. etc.A collection of short stories: Mystery, SciFi, Romance, Children's, Fairy Tales, Fantasy, etc. etc.I keep adding as I generate enthusiasm :^)P.S It looks best in pdf and rtf formats.(I don't spend a lot of time massaging the various formats.)
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the Runner

the Runner

Peter Ponzo

Peter Ponzo

About a future world threatened by a time-space anomaly that eats galaxies.The hero is a black youth, Runr, found living alone on a strange planet.He grows to become the keeper of the Afrian people and, together with his unruly daughter, possesses the power to divert the star-eater.Jessi hung up the phone. That was the fifth time she tried calling home with no answer. She had just started eating lunch when she remembered she had forgotten to call home. It was something she would never forgive herself for.It was something she would never forgive herself for…It wasn’t until lunchtime that Jessi remembered to call home. No answer. She tried calling several times while she ate her lunch. Still no answer. She closed her eyes and rested her arms and head on her desk. She breathed deeply, wishing she had remembered to call earlier. Until Forever is a story of a young family that is torn apart by the devastating effects of alcoholism. Can healing take place in a relationship when an unforgivable act is committed? Will Jessi's pain and Mark's guilt keep them apart forever, or will unforeseen circumstances bind them together? Author BioDarlene Shortridge attended Alderson Broaddus College as a voice major. She found she was more passionate about her writing classes than her vocal classes. She left college early and since that time has written various projects such as Bible School Curriculum and poetry. She has also written and recorded a CD of original music. She lives abroad with her husband and two children. Until Forever is her first novel.
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Weed

Weed

Peter Ponzo

Peter Ponzo

A miracle weed, to cure all ailments, revitalizes dormant genes ...An agent for the Afterworld’s Bureau of Investigation, Ben Parker spent decades undercover on earth, searching for the wife he left behind when he died. Just when he decides to give up hope, and move on with his existence, he learns his soul mate was found. Now, reviewing her case file, he understands what she endured those years without him. More importantly, he knows what the future has in store for her... but there’s nothing he can do to change it.
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Godship

Godship

Peter Ponzo

Peter Ponzo

The alien ships are uninhabited by any lifeforms. Are they religious objects? Are they messengers of some God? Why do they roam the galaxy? Why are they here?For years, hundreds of alien vessels hover over major population centres about the globe. Eventually these "Godships" become objects of worship.There are no lifeforms on board; the ships are sentient automatons.When they leave, they abduct several humans, including Gordon Blend.Gordon describes their journeys through the galaxy, debates the purpose of the Godships and the role, if any, of God.Eventually, they return to planet Earth. Because of space-time anomalies and time dilation, the planet has changed dramatically.
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Digger the Worm: a Big Dig

Digger the Worm: a Big Dig

Peter Ponzo

Peter Ponzo

Digger is some worm! He fascinated my kids; now he can fascinate yours!The Message is a psychological thriller. Olivia Radford-Wickham is a prominent surgeon with searing career ambition. Her husband Tom, in stark contrast, is one of life's drifters, currently parading as an author. His true dedication, however, was caring for their six year-old son. Kieron was born with neurological abnormalities, and has special needs. After a blazing row between Olivia and Tom, a single phone call changes their lives forever. The police investigation kicks grit into an already delicate situation, as the unfolding events defy belief. A sinister explanation gradually emerges, together with a potential ticking time bomb. However, all is not as it seems to be.
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whither Willow?

whither Willow?

Peter Ponzo

Peter Ponzo

On her twenty-first birthday, Cassandra entered into unholy alliance with the devil, dedicating herself to sacrificing the souls of the unborn in an attempt to reanimate her twin sister who is buried among the roots of a willow tree.Bryan Laker has researched the eighty-year history of the witch Cassandra. He knows of her grisly quest for the unborn. He is terrified ... his wife is pregnant.My name is Justin Hauten. My friends call me Hotten. So do my enemies. I’m a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army and for the last few months I’ve been deployed to Afghanistan on a sensitive reconnaissance mission, along with my best friend—and troublemaker—Sean “Nebraska” Walker. I’m not the smartest guy in the room and I’m certainly not a badass, but when the company commander puts a bullet in my shoulder and orders me to hand over the evidence, my life goes from boring to stupid in about five seconds. And guess what? Nebraska’s having the time of his life. While all of this is troubling, something else has happened that’s throwing my life out of balance: I’ve been receiving love letters from an admirer. A male admirer. This is all new for me. My heart flips when I read his letters because, maybe, it is possible that I feel the same way.Warning: this story contains hot men, jail cells, guns, hot men kissing, a funny sidekick that enjoys embellishing the truth, men in uniform, government conspiracies, hot men kissing, creeps wearing sunglasses at night, secret camera images, and hot men kissing.The Leading Men Are:** Staff Sergeant Justin "Hotten" Hauten... Isn't the smartest guy in the room. He just wants to be a regular soldier but finds himself mixed up kidnappings, government secrets, and the desire to figure out his feelings for Aaron.** First Lieutenant Aaron "Texas" Parris... Has had feelings for Justin for quite some time and he isn't going to hold them in anymore, even if that means getting involved in whatever mess Justin is in -- which is some pretty messed up crap!** Specialist Sean "Nebraska" Walker... Is a tall, lumberjack-ish redheaded, loyal friend to the end. He happily enters into scuffles just for the hell of it. It's possible that he is the cause for some of those scuffles... Being a former semi-pro boxer does have its perks.~*~*~*~It is HIGHLY recommended that you read the series in order.FALLING FOR YOU, Vol 1HUNGRY FOR YOU, Vol 2READY FOR YOU, Vol 3FALLING FOR HIM (The Complete Series), which is priced much lower than purchasing each novella individually.~*~*~*~Need some fine print?* This is a love story between two men. On a scale of 1-5, 1 being "vanilla" and 5 being "this is so hot, I'm dying"; I would rate FALLING FOR YOU a 3.* This series has been published in "Episodic Form" aka, Installments. This means Novella #1 isn't the complete story. It stops at a good spot (cliffhanger), but not at the final conclusion. I know this bothers some folks, so I feel it is best to be upfront about it. This particular novella is about 50 pages long.
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Pink

Pink

Peter Ponzo

Peter Ponzo

Murders, mysterious and curiously associated with the color "pink". Guess who dunnit.Murders, mysterious and curiously associated with the color "pink". Guess who dunnit.Terry Cleaver and his sometime girlfriend, Rita, on the trail. Wish them luck!
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The World of Sharlain

The World of Sharlain

Peter Ponzo

Peter Ponzo

The Dark Lord, the devil of the World of Sharlain, seeks to conquer all worlds. His messenger is sent to Earth to contrive the conquest. A small band of humans hopes to save the planet.The Dark Lord, the devil of the World of Sharlain, seeks to conquer all worlds. His messenger is sent to Earth to contrive the conquest. A small band of humans discovers the Door of Monash through which they enter Sharlain in the hope of saving the planet. There they find the winged Beasts of Filope and the friendly Miriens, who wait for an end of their oppression by the Dark Lord ... and they sing:When the stars appear the story begins anew.And the birds shall sing, the sky shall blue.Flowers and laughter amid fields of grain.For the world begins again, the World of Sharlain.
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