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FROM HENRY VOGEL: Trouble in Twi-Town: Travis & Trouble Book 1
Get Trouble in Twi-Town for the special release price of $2.99! Regular pricing begins in December.
In a solar system that never was, in a future that never will be, Trouble always finds Travis Barrett.
If Barrett turned away every troublesome person who darkened his office door, he wouldn’t have any clients. And Tina Tate, the Asteroid Belt’s very own glamour girl, has trouble written all over her. Taking her case means a trip to Mercury and incurring the wrath of the richest man in the Belt – Tina’s father.
Who would be foolish enough to take Tina’s case?
Travis Barrett, that’s who.
FROM PAUL CLAYTON: In the Shape of a Man
Rosemary’s Baby meets Revolutionary Road…
On the border between the necropolis of Colma, home to over two million dead souls and 1,794 somewhat live ones — and the gritty industrial working-class town of South City —
At 1015 Crestview, little seven-year-old Reynaldo cowers under the escalating abuse hurled by an adoptive mother who now sees him as a burden.
Allen, a workaholic Silicon Valley techie, seeks relief from domestic conflict by slipping away to sample the sweet brews at McCoy’s, a mysterious pub and Hell’s Angels hangout.
Up the street, young adults Rad and Tawny drift between the worlds of skateboarding and community activism, free love and commitment. Sampling Buddhism and squabbling with the relatives, they avoid thinking about the 15-foot Burmese python in their garage.
Does evil exist? Is it still with us? How would it manifest in modern life? This genre-bending novel of alienation and betrayal suggests that evil, as well as redemption, can come In the Shape of a Man.
FROM SABRINA ROSEN: Child of Antaris
Don’t touch another person except with the flat of your hand
Don’t touch a living animal
You must be married as soon as you are fertile
You must leave home when your mother becomes pregnant
And never leave the women’s settlement, where nothing changes. Ever.
But when Tirzi finds a way to sneak into the forbidden woods, secrets start to spill out.
As she matures, the clock ticks toward a bitter choice. Is there more to life than silence, and blind obedience?
If she wants to survive and get answers, she must leave the sister of her heart, and all hope of family.
But before she can find happiness in an unexpected friendship, she must contend with a past that will not let go.
Follow Tirzi’s story of courage in Child of Antaris today, the first book of the Antaris Cycle.
STILL ON SALE, FROM SARAH A. HOYT: Draw One In The Dark
Something or someone is killing shape shifters in the small mountain town of Goldport, Colorado.
Kyrie Smith, a server at a local diner, is the last person to solve the mystery. Except of course for the fact that she changes into a panther and that her co-worker, Tom Ormson, who changes into a dragon, thinks he might have killed someone.
Add in a policeman who shape-shifts into a lion, a father who is suffering from remorse about how he raised his son, and a triad of dragon shape shifters on the trail of a magical object known as The Pearl of Heaven and the adventure is bound to get very exciting indeed.
Solving the crime is difficult enough, but so is — for our characters — trusting someone with secrets long-held.
FROM FANCES DECHANTAL AND MARK WIEBER: Let’s Get Out of Hell : Loving the Divine Comedy
Looking for adventure? Try this easy-to-read version of the Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri. Extensive quotes from every canto, synopses of important points, annotations and light-hearted commentary keep the action going. Don’t get stuck a third of the way through this masterpiece, reading only about Hell. Travel all the way through Purgatory and Heaven with an amazing poet and his companions.
This book is meant to be a first pass through the entire Divine Comedy. It tries to remain faithful to Dante’s own idea, that the first step in reading a great work is to see the literal meaning of the words on the page. And the literal meaning here is a fantastic journey begun in darkness and fear but ending in love, beauty, and joy. Many people never get past the Inferno, but Dante himself said that he only wrote about the terrible things there so that he could tell about the wonderful things that happened afterward.
BY EDMOND HAMILTON, PUBLISHED BY D. JASON FLEMING: The Fire Princess (annotated): The classic pulp lost civilization adventure novel!
American secret agent Gary Martin was given a task: hunt down the rumors of a warrior princess and her plans to rally the nomadic tribes of East Asia to begin a war of conquest, discern how true they were, and put a stop to it if it was real. The fact that Imperial Japan had already sent their most effective spy in the same direction was worrying.
What Martin did not expect was to find himself in the middle of a lost civilization, captive of a warrior princess who was in love with him, and realizing she had access to terrible ancient technologies that could ruin the world!
This iktaPOP Media edition includes a new Introduction giving historical and genre context to the novel.
FROM ANNA FERREIRA: Christmas at Blackheath.
Agnes Rawlins would never dream of showing a melancholy face to her brother’s guests. She may be a spinster, and treated little better than any common housekeeper, but she is responsible for bringing Christmas cheer into the dark and rambling Blackheath Manor, and she does not shirk her duty, even when she has little reason to celebrate.
William Marlowe, Viscount Claridge, has reluctantly accepted an invitation to spend the Christmas season at Blackheath. It’s not his first choice- how anyone could wish to spend time in the gloomy manor house is beyond him- but when he meets the kind and gentle lady of the house, he finds that Christmas at Blackheath might not be so bad after all.
Vignettes by Luke, Mary Catelli and ‘Nother Mike.
So what’s a vignette? You might know them as flash fiction, or even just sketches. We will provide a prompt each Sunday that you can use directly (including it in your work) or just as an inspiration. You, in turn, will write about 50 words (yes, we are going for short shorts! Not even a Drabble 100 words, just half that!). Then post it! For an additional challenge, you can aim to make it exactly 50 words, if you like.
We recommend that if you have an original vignette, you post that as a new reply. If you are commenting on someone’s vignette, then post that as a reply to the vignette. Comments — this is writing practice, so comments should be aimed at helping someone be a better writer, not at crushing them. And since these are likely to be drafts, don’t jump up and down too hard on typos and grammar.
If you have questions, feel free to ask.
Your writing prompt this week is: TWO