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A Secret in Ash Brooke – Chapter Twelve Continued –  A broken feather hung down, and stuck forward out-of-place. The feather protruded from the far side of the curtain, before the back of the fan was hidden. There is no way a switch takes place behind this curtain. He also discerned the fan did not jiggle, as it would if handed off from one person to another. The fan moved behind the curtain [...]

A Secret in Ash Brooke (12b)

Eric sat in silence for a moment after shutting off the truck. An aging mother pushed her loaded cart with one hand while pulling her little girl along with the other. She quickly transferred her groceries from the cart to the back of her SUV. With a shake of the head to clear the cob webs, Eric hopped out of his truck and walked into the store. Grabbing only the [...]

A Night in Hartford microcerpt1


If you like all things supernatural: ghosts, witchcraft, sorcery, alchemy, then ‘Alicia Bewitched' (Book Three of the Carlos Mann Trilogy) is for you. Although a series, each book in the trilogy stands alone on it own merit. In ‘Alicia Bewitched’ the authors’ writing style keeps the reader engaged in a supernatural, suspenseful adventure in which Dr. Carlos Mann sets out to finally put an end to that murderous, sex-trafficking, beauty, Tiger [...]

Alicia Bewitched (Book Three Of The Carlos Mann Trilogy) - by Nick Iuppa and John P. Mendoza


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He was nearing the end of his meal when a man strode up next to him at the counter and slammed down a large wooden mug. The smell of stale beer and body odour washed over Aiden, making him glad he was just about to finish eating. “Beer me,” the man said in a low, gruff voice. The innkeeper strode over to the counter from where he was preparing some food and looked the newcomer straight in the eye. “Alright, but this is the last one, Colt.” “It's the last one when I say it's the last one,” the gruff man explained. “Now [...]

Nature Abhors a Vacuum, Chapter One - Out of Beer

(Year 3476 AD - Somewhere in the Nu2 Lupi Star System) “What I am trying to say is that operating at a baser level will allow Aason to detect, translate and refine his mind-reading and communication skills more quickly. I can instruct you on the exact procedures you must use but I cannot force you to do this.” Aroline thought about it for a minute then stood up. “Will it help me get my father back?” she asked. “I have computed that our best chance to resolve this situation is to communicate. So to that degree, yes.” “Then I’ll do it,” she said. Aason whipped [...]

How do you find an invisible planet? Part 8 of 8

Spindly legs pumping, Jetsam raced for the garden’s outer wall.  The canine ran by his side.  Tramp gazed at Jetsam, his pink tongue flapping in the night breeze.  He smells the meat in my pocket.  Paws and leather boots thumped the thick green grass.  In a moment, they’d reach the garden wall, and Tramp would not jump the six-foot high rampart.  I guess you’re coming with me, Jetsam decided. Familiar baritone shouts of “halt, knave!” told Jetsam the sentry spotted him again.  This time though, his escape path was clear.  Climb the wall and head for the well house.  Once over [...]

Climbing the Wall (A microcerpt from Crimson & Cream by C.M. Skiera)

:: The Ambrosia The Ambrosia was situated in the heart of the city, a few steps away from the Parliament. In a cosmopolitan atmosphere, foreign chefs concocted dishes challenging the imagination, as expensive as pieces of jewellery. A hot and cold buffet was offered from 12.00 – 16.00, with exotic sandwiches, salads and desserts. The restaurant closed at 17.00 and opened again at 20.00 with a different menu. It was closed on Tuesdays. Avra Nessou managed the goldmine, assisted by the film director Basil Goddard. An ex-boxer guarded the door with clear instructions as to “who was welcome” to enter. For [...]

The Ambrosia (part 7)

"The fact that I haven't been sleeping well lately may be contributing to the general deterioration in my mood. I definitely need  to see a therapist. I've narrowed the search down to two candidates (Lily and Olivia) and will pick one of them tomorrow.   There's a lot on my mind in general, but exaerbating everything is the fact that my nightmares seem to have gotten worse - like how they were a few years ago. Sleep has become more difficult because I've been waking up gasping for air at 4 a.m., throwing the blanket off me in terror..."

Julien's Nightmares

Have you ever felt drawn into a moving thread of energy that is beyond yourself and seemingly beyond this earthly plane? Burl Benson Hall began his journey into this universal energy thread around the age of four. His mystic guide, named “Sophia” in Greek mythology and early Christian writings, teaches Burl to experience and understand the feminine and the masculine forces that make up the energy in our universe. Mystic, philosopher and author Burl Benson Hall brings his experiences, vision, passion and mission to heal our individual inner wounded nature, the natural world around us (our planet) and all of humankind in [...]

Sophia's Web: A Passionate Call To Heal Our Wounded Nature – by Burl Benson and Merry Stetson Hall

:: A Stranger  The interrogation of the accountant had stalled; it appeared he was unable to think. To switch things up, Jason decided to send him back to Rose’s office to help Stephen with the search. Hurt asked to call his wife before leaving. Beads of sweat gathered on his brow as he dialled the number. Her screams trumped his explanations. He waited for her to take a breath to voice the words that would give her pause. “ROSE DIED,” he finally managed to say and explained the situation - that is to say, he lied to her. His request to [...]

:: A Stranger (part 4)

It is refreshing to read a romance that not only satisfies the readers desire to read this genre, but also teaches an important life lesson. ‘The Second Time Around’ is the first book in the Belanger Creek Ranch series. Well-developed characters like veterinarian Frank Lamonte (Female), Dr. Jason Winters (DVM) and Colt Thompson (Owner of the Belanger Creek Ranch in Saskatchewan, Canada) to name a few, bring real life issues into normal life settings where the reader can relax and relate in one or more ways. When courage comes before comfort to assist a friend, co-worker and employee to seek the help [...]

The Second Time Around by Gloria Antypowich

:: The Ex-model Magda’s posh demeanour melted into that of a youthful schoolgirl at Savvas’ firm handshake. This policeman was the exact opposite of what she imagined the police to be. She led him into a tan sitting room crammed with valuable furnishings, settled herself among some silk cushions and scrutinised him, completely at ease. Although she resembled a doll in lavish packaging, she was actually down to earth, spunky and easy to approach. She suggested using first names and cut to the chase: “I guess you found those damned notebooks? Yes! … Throw them in the fire, if you want to [...]

:: The Ex-model (part 6)

The Roads Dead End is another great paranormal romance adventure by Jennifer Robins. This short story begins as Ginger who works at a medical center and her husband Clark who is an airport fight coordinator is destined to take a vacation to Alamo Lake Park. The brochures and vacation video has convinced Clark and Ginger that this desert resort is the vacation spot that they have been dreaming about. “Soon they were on their way with the sun in the lower western sky still radiating heat to the earth in shimmering waves across the roads that led to the outer city limits. [...]

The Roads Dead End by Jennifer Robins