Fiction & Literature

The Root Of All Evil

The Cardwells have all the money and prestige many people could only dream of having. Everything has gone well up until now. They've never had any reverence for God or felt the need to give Him any of their time, nor any of their money. Will lies, murder, and utter deceit change all of that? Will they cry out to God for help, or will they trust their money to save them from all evil? 


Fiction & Literature

Jerusalem Stone

On September 15, 2008, Julie Wasserman’s life collapsed. In the morning, she lost her job at Lehman Brothers. That afternoon, she lost her twin brother, Jack, in a car crash. A year and a half later, she returns home to Pittsburgh to start a new job and live up to a pledge to visit her brother’s grave every day. With six weeks to wait before the start of the new job, she steps out of character and purchases a plane ticket to Thailand, the one place her brother dreamed of visiting. She arrives in Thailand, focused on trying to figure out how she is going to live in the world without her twin brother and best friend. But an interruption in the form of a sexy Israeli, Avi, distracts her from this goal. As he tries to make her see that their meeting was beshert, meant to be, she insists that she must return home to live up to her promise to Jack. Feeling responsible for Jack’s death, Julie believes that he wouldn’t want her to be happy, but would expect her to mourn for the rest of her life. Can Avi find a way to convince her they are bashert and Jack wouldn’t want her to stop living, or is Julie doomed to a life of guilt and unhappiness unless a higher power steps in?


Fiction & Literature

Boy in the Hole

Boy in the Hole is a story about Jacob, a boy growing up in the seventies from the Deep South who emerges from a family of sexual deviancy and alcoholism masked by religion and wealth. 



Aided by a tribe of mentors, he learns to define who he is but struggles to find the balance between religion and sexuality. To embrace his true identity, Jacob must go on an exodus to face his demons and overcome the pressures to conform.



Boy in the Hole is a gripping account of a boy wrestling to understand himself, his family, and the world in which he lives. It is a cathartic tale of an adolescent refusing to accept his parents' toxic beliefs and the messages of self-hate from religion and society. 


Fiction & Literature

A Bolt From The Blue

The Halifax Explosion 1917- Published by blazingheartpublishing.com This is historical fiction which is also on smashwords.

Although of course this is a true story of a tragedy that happened many years ago ,I have woven a story around the subject using fictional characters throughout.Each and every year at 9am December 6th the bells ring out in Halifax Nova Scotia in rememberance of those that perished in the explosion,a explosion that reduced the snowbound scenery to become blood begrimed before the day ended.A story of courage and bravery we can only admire in this modern age.A story I hope that has not relived memories for the living relatives of that fateful day?.

 


Fiction & Literature

Inside

1987 “Does it burn in the dark?”



Reid is a bully, but he’s still Alex’s best friend. When Reid pushes Alex and their friends into invading a historically haunted Massachusetts house, Alex knows it’s a terrible idea, but indulges his friend. What could go wrong?



Inside, a mysterious Shadow looms in the darkness. The door to the house vanishes, leaving them trapped. The group flees through the tiny, one-roomed house that defies logic, constantly shifting, presenting them with new doors, hallways, and rooms that seem to be plucked from their memories and fears. One by one, the Shadow hunts them, intent on burning them all from within.



Is there any way to escape? Or will they be burned from the inside out?


Fiction & Literature

Wounded

Samantha Miller didn't have an easy start. Molested as a child and subsequently forced into prostitution by her drug-addicted mother, Samantha learned at an early age that men were not to be trusted. Being constantly preyed upon taught her to be a predator. Her target was women¾ straight or married.



As the headliner at a local strip club, Samantha capitalizes on the gifts she was cursed with. In turn, her life quickly spirals down a dangerous path of violence, seduction, and exploitation. When Sasha is brought on as the new bartender, she becomes Samantha's newest target. The last thing Samantha anticipated was falling in love. When tragedy strikes, what was once a challenge may prove to be her downfall. Can Samantha heal from her abusive past, or will she always be Wounded?


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Fiction & Literature

The Poetic Bond IX

The Poetic Bond IX features 43 poets, of which 14 are new to series. There are 91 poems divided into seven chapters entitled; Love Lost Love Kept, Man's Place in the Natural World, Social Conscience, Resonance and Recollection, Social Ambivalence, Of Maturity and Mortality, and, On the Beat Off the Beaten Track. REVIEWS “Poetry, both reveals and shares our humanity” (Trevor Maynard, editor The Poetic Bond Series) "The poetry that fills this book is moving, deep, and affirming" (Nicholas Chiarkas, USA). “Trevor Maynard combines complicated thematic material and unites fractured images with a sure hand" (The Stage )MEET THE POETS OF THE POETIC BOND IX: Ann Huang (USA), Annette Gagliardi (USA), Anthony Frobisher (UK), Bonnie J. Flach (USA), Brian M. Falconer (UK), Carrie Magness Radna (USA), Cathryn Glenday (USA), Chris Barras (UK), Christine Anderes (USA), Christopher Maloney (USA), Cigeng Zhang (China), Diana Wend (UK), Diane Burrow (UK). Edna George (UK), Helen H. Moore (USA), Henry Bladon (UK), Ian Colville (UK), J.M. Greff (USA), Janette Bendle (Australia), Janice McLauglin (USA), Jim Wilson (USA), Joseph Sinclair (UK), Jude Neale (Canada), Kayla Matheson (USA), Kewayne Wadley (USA), Linda Mills (USA), Luke Zachary Maynard (UK), Lynne Zotalis (USA), Madeline Heit Lipton (USA), Maja Herman Sekulic (USA/Serbia), Mariangela Canzi (Italy). Marie Youssefirad (USA), Marli Merker Moreira (Brazil), Richard Smith (USA), Robert Rubino (USA), R.H. Peat (USA), Stephen Kirin (UK), Stuart Forrest (USA), Tania Melick (Lebanon), Trevor Maynard (UK), William Di Benedetto (USA), Wybrig de Vries (Canada). Each year, the poets published in the new edition of The Poetic Bond Series, are eligible to vote for The Poetic Bond Poets' Choice Awards; a small cash prize given to the three poems that they feel most inspire and entertain. 2019 saw Henry Bladon win for "Path to the Beach", with Helen H Moore's poem "Papaya King" second. Third place went to "I Was" by Brian M Falconer. More reviews: "It has been a joy to read all of you wonderful poets and thanks, once again, to you Trevor, for creating this bond and for including me in it." Neetu Malik (PA, USA)"I am forever grateful, Trevor, for your hard work. I know this project takes much professional/love time out of your personal time. Thank you!" Bonnie Roberts (AL, USA)"I have been reading a lot of the work that has gone into the making of it & am very impressed with much of the excellently crafted writing" Robin Hislop (UK, artvilla.com)"The poetry that fills this book is moving, deep, and affirming ... A beautiful publication that will rest on top of my favorite books of poetry. Nicholas Chiarkas (WI, USA)“A wonderful collection of poetry that is made extra special in the fact its writers come from all over the world. Readers will feel joy, sorrow and every emotion in between within each chapter.”MB (Amazon)Trevor Maynard has gathered fascinating poems under the themes nature, love, and myth; from award winning artists, writers, bloggers, a Jungian psychotherapist, a linguist, college professors, a spiritual minister, young and old; from USA, South America, to Europe and on to Asia. A book to carry with you for moments of meditative thought.Diane Jardel (Eire).

Fiction & Literature

Cigars and Coffee

Five year old Jamie has just lost her mother to suicide, and she has left a note for their sixty-six year old, recently widowed neighbor to raise her. Though close with Jamie and her mother, he and his wife had never had children, and he has no clue how to raise a little girl but he refuses to have her anywhere but with him. Harvey and his brother own a successful chain of Cassel's Grocery stores, started by their late father, which has gifted them wealth. The family views Jamie as a threat to the business and will stop at nothing to oust her from Harvey's life as she is preened to take over half of the stores.


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Fiction & Literature

Return to Life: Chaos Reins

After a world-impacting apocolyptic event occurred, Morgan Russell "Russ" Turner a rancher in Montana, is determined to maintain a certain amount of order for those who have turned to him for protection.

As chaos engulfs the world, Russ faces the challenge of protecting those dear to him and trying to set the world right again. He is a man with an ingrained sense of duty and of right and wrong. Facing challenges that would cause most men to give up, Russ meets each new challenge with skill and determination.

Refusing to give up or quit, he forms a group of survivors called the Golden Eagles. The Eagles come from all walks of life, united by the most basic human principle … survival. Russ must set aside his personal fears and feelings in order to ensure the Eagles survive. They urgently gather equipment and materials before they can be destroyed or taken. Salvaging everything possible from the towns around them pits them against gangs, thugs, and other human trash. Russ must decide the fates of these enemies while balancing the lives of those who have turned to him for protection and safety.

The Eagles work quickly to become self-sufficient and self-reliant. They work together to protect their families in order to preserve a semblance of normal life. Their children and grandchildren attend school, everyone works, and criminals within the Compound are not tolerated.

Action/Adventure/Post-Apocolyptic


Fiction & Literature

ABSOLUTELY-An intriguing story

Two brothers in South Dakota found an artifact which led to a meeting with two lovely women. They married both women, one servived marriage , the other didn’t. Adventure, love and disaster are all in this story.  (Amazon &B&N)


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