A demon, a queen, a stranger. One chance. A victim, a psychopath, an angel, a beast. One opportunity. To live, to love, to hate…to choose.
Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories was one of the first true children’s books in the English language, a timeless classic that continues to delight readers to this day. Beautiful, evocative and playful, the stories of How the Whale Got His Throat or How the First Letter Was Written paint a world of magic and wonder.
It’s also deeply rooted in British colonialism. Kipling saw the Empire as a benign, civilising force, in a way that’s troubling to modern readers. Not So Stories attempts to redress the balance, bringing together new and established writers of colour from around the world to take the Just So Stories back, to interrogate, challenge and celebrate their legacy.
Including stories by Adiwijaya Iskandar, Joseph E. Cole, Raymond Gates, Stewart Hotston, Zina Hutton, Georgina Kamsika, Cassandra Khaw, Paul Krueger, Tauriq Moosa, Jeannette Ng, Ali Nouraei, Wayne Santos and Zedeck Siew, illustrations by Woodrow Phoenix and an introduction by Nikesh Shukla.
Finalist • PEN / Jean Stein Book Award
Longlisted • Aspen Words Literary Prize
Best Books of the Year: Washington Post, NPR, Buzzfeed and Entropy
Best Short Story Collections of the Year: Kirkus Reviews, Library Journal, the New York Public Library, and Electric Literature
Among its residents—wildly spanning decades, perspectives, and species—are David Sherman, a struggling musician who just happens to be God’s last son; Tyrone, a ruthless, yet charismatic Ph.D. candidate, whose dissertation about a childhood game ignites mayhem in the neighboring, once-segregated town of Port Yooga; and Jim, an all-too-obedient robot who obeys his Master. Culminating with an explosive novella, The World Doesn’t Require You is a “leap into a blazing new level of brilliance” (Lauren Groff) that affirms Rion Amilcar Scott as a writer whose storytelling gifts the world very much requires.
The recipient of numerous literary prizes, including the National Book Award, the Kafka Award, and the Pushcart Prize, Ursula K. Le Guin is renowned for her lyrical writing, rich characters, and diverse worlds. The Wind’s Twelve Quarters collects seventeen powerful stories, each with an introduction by the author, ranging from fantasy to intriguing scientific concepts, from medieval settings to the future.
Including an insightful foreword by Le Guin, describing her experience, her inspirations, and her approach to writing, this stunning collection explores human values, relationships, and survival, and showcases the myriad talents of one of the most provocative writers of our time.
When the powerful patriarch of the Prescott family dies, four brothers are challenged to return to Rosewood Heights and fulfill their grandfather’s last wishes. With each of these compelling and complex men facing their inner demons, they must ask themselves if light can shine in the midst of tragedy and if home is truly where the heart is…
Hunter Prescott… A lone wolf thrives off independence and privacy. Yet, even a wolf excluded from his pack can long for something more. Can Hunter shed his protective shield and open his heart to new possibilities?
Complete Once Upon a Funeral series:
Finding Cooper by Elle Wright
Inspiring Dominic by Sherelle Green
Craving Maverick by Angela Seals
Literary Fiction, Short Stories
Published: January 2021
Publisher: Black Rose Writing
“Dark and twisted a bit like Stephen King,” is how one reader recently described “Jenny on the Street: And Other Tales of Reverence and Revolution by a Very Young Man.”
A desperate young woman lost on the drug-infested streets of London, an insane revolutionary holding the devil in a jar, an indifferent truck driver forced to run over cats and a reverent grandmother looking for God in a rock. All of them are among the unforgettable characters inhabiting these 13 short stories set amidst the magic, majesty, mystery, and mayhem of the late 1960s and early 1970s. It was a surreal era of extreme idealism, exaggerated exuberance, ferocious fearlessness, and foolish folly. A period in which the scent of change permeated every tree, town, and tent. A time, in other words, much like our own.
THE SUN’S TRUMPETER
Mornings you could see him from the boardwalk. See him, that is, if you happened to be up that early. A tiny, upright silhouette bathed by the endless orange of the sunrise over the sea. You couldn’t tell what he was doing all alone on the beach at that hour. Probably nothing, you’d think. Perhaps he was just walking. It’d make a nice photo; wish I had my camera, you’d think. And then you’d hurry on your way because it had been a wicked all-nighter and you were eager to get home for some much-needed sleep.
But long after you had gone, long after you lay dreaming comfortably in the mahogany bed next to your wife, the sad silhouette remained on the beach. Remained, outlined by the increasingly brilliant sunrise, like a stubborn matchstick in the corner of a fireplace refusing to be consumed by the fire it had kindled.
The first time Sean ever saw the gleaming trumpet, it had been sitting in the window of George’s Loan & Music Co. on King Street. The boy’s eyes had lit up, but he said nothing. Sean seldom did say anything. But it was enough to catch the attention of his grandfather, who stayed finely attuned to virtually any emotion that clawed its way to the surface of the young boy’s face. “Do you like that trumpet?” the old man asked. “Would you like to take it home?” As usual, nothing erupted from the boy’s mouth. But the light in his eyes seemed to flare for an instant, just long enough to spark a decision on his grandfather’s part. “Let’s go in,” he said. “Let’s take a look.” And that was the beginning of Sean’s obsession with the ancient trumpet someone had hawked, and his grandfather had bought.
About The Author
David Haldane, a former Los Angeles Times staff writer, authored the award-winning 2015 memoir “Nazis & Nudists.” In addition to his journalism, essays and short fiction, Haldane has written and produced radio features for which he was awarded a Golden Mike by the Radio & Television News Assn. of Southern California. He currently divides his time– with his wife and two children–between homes in Joshua Tree, California, and Northern Mindanao, Philippines, where he writes a weekly newspaper column called “Expat Eye.”
A Country Temptation is a limited edition of BWWM western romances that will rope you in and never let you go.
Come ride away with these sexy cowboys. The stories in this compilation are swoon-worthy reads that will leave your heart thumping. This collection of tales has something for everyone, from sweet and sassy, to dark and tempting.
Don’t be afraid to fall for these heroes. Lots of fresh air, open country skies with plenty of cowboys—er, horses—to ride.
The stories in the compilation are exclusive and can’t be found anywhere else. Don’t wait, this box set will only be available for a limited time before it is gone forever!
Note: This collection contains material for mature readers (18+ and older) only.
Author L Loren
Six Word Stories, Book 2
Poetry, Short Stories
Release Date: February 18, 2021
Publisher: Hebe Publications
Six Word Story is a collection of stories, jokes, memoirs, and poems, all written in only six words.
Find horror, romance, thriller, hilarity, and tragedy all bundled in a few tiny words.
This collection of micro-fiction gives readers a chance to get an instant dose of story.
Six Word Story by Doug Weller includes the winner of the 2020 Six Word Wonder Contest, with over 1000 stories were entered. As well as publication, the winner receives a $50 prize as the Six Word Wonder 2020.
This is the follow-up book to Six Word Wonder by Doug Weller. Over 500 six word stories to surprise, entertain, and amuse.
@SixWordWonder has over 10,000 followers. You can find out more at dougweller.net
Here are a few six word stories to spark your interest:
– Undertaker paused when he heard tapping
– Today, I remembered I had dementia.
– Slowly completed her father’s bucket list
– Dear diary, he’s outside the door. . .
These stories and many more are played out over ten movements in Six Word Story.
Release Date: June 18, 2020
“Six words to tell a story.
Not three, or eight, or twenty.
You may ask – is six enough?
Well, trust me, six is plenty.”
A collection of over five hundred stories, each one exactly six words long. Some stories are funny, some poetic, some vulgar, and some are a little disturbing. Each story has been lovingly crafted to amuse and entertain you in six words.
Doug Weller’s Six Word Wonder is a social media sensation, with over 10,000 followers on Instagram.
Now, for the first time, Doug brings his best tiny stories together in one collection.
Unlocking the cage, she stepped out.
Cupid. Tomorrow, aim for his head.
Home alone, but toilet just flushed.
Baby loves whining. Mother loves wine.
…reader. I’m a very gifted mind…
I poured two glasses… then remembered.
Take a moment out of your hectic schedule to enjoy these Six Word Wonders.
About The Author
Doug Weller is a writer of psychological thrillers and creator of the Six Word Wonder. His mission is to entertain, educate, and amuse.
His new book, Six Word Story, bring stories, jokes and poetry together. Each written in only six words.
Six Word Wonder is a social media sensation, with over 10,000 followers on Instagram @sixwordwonder
You can find Doug at https://dougweller.net
The much-anticipated release of Sinners & Saints Anthology is FINALLY HERE!! I’m thrilled to announce this impressive lineup of award winning, best selling, and up and coming authors as they’ve come together to compile a multi-subgenre Romantic collection. From Romantic fantasy, to Romantic Drama and everything in between, the Sinners & Saints collection offers something for everyone! There are 17 authors total bringing to the table 17 novellas that are sure to leave you feeling hot, shocked, and perhaps even craving a little sin of your own. Not only that, but there are some pretty cool pre-release purchase incentives, and an Amazon giveaway that will CONTINUE THROUGH RELEASE WEEK! (incentives available until Jan. 17th)
Sometimes it takes a Saint to love a Sinner.
There’s something for everyone in this collection of 17 romance stories from today’s USA Today bestselling, award-winning, and rising star authors. From reluctant billionaires to displaced gods, century old vampires to young lovers just about to graduate high-school, love strikes where it will, and who’s to say a Sinner is any less deserving of happiness than a Saint?
Let us tempt you to take a walk on the wild side, unleash a little bit of the sinner inside you to find that romance you’ve always been waiting for.
These original stories are packed with unforgettable characters, amazing romances, and intense emotion that will leave you on the edge of your seat waiting for more. From sweet to sultry, these stories will have you reading long into the night.
Fans of Mary Higgins Clark, Stephanie Meyer, Danielle Steel and Suzanne Collins won’t wait to misbehave for Sinners & Saints.
Don’t miss your chance to get this set before it’s gone! The sins will stack up and the saints won’t stay forever, so make sure to grab your copy of these 15+ titillatingly delightful stories when you scroll up and one-click today!
With stories from: Shaunna Rodriguez (AW), MA Abraham, Hannah Earl, AnnaMarie Gardner, Deborah Garland, Madison Granger, BK Harrell, Angelina Kerner, CA King (USAT), Darlene Kuncytes (AW), Megan Kuykendall, Andi Lawrencovna, Didi Oviatt, Crystal StClair, SE Winters, Tricia Daniels and Payne Craven
NOW FOR INCENTIVES: The Sinners want to thank all you Saints for ordering SINNERS & SAINTS on Nook and Apple, so they’re giving thank you gifts!! (available until Jan 17th)
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LAST BUT NOT LEAST: The Authors of the Sinners and Saints Anthology would like to extend a personal invitation to everyone reading this to join them on their Facebook party page, for all of release week there will be loads of excitement! https://www.facebook.com/groups/966180393837734/?ref=share
Narrators: Jakobi Diem and Wesleigh Siobhan
Publication Date: December 29, 2020
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Love is the music between the notes. What happens after fame and success? Take a Glimpse into the lives of The Prototype as they explore a new rhythm and navigate love and life after breaking big.
Bam+Cassie (Glimpse 1): They’ve found their rhythm. Prototype keyboardist Bam Mosley and Cassandra James have put the drama that defined their early relationship behind them. But what happens when decisions are made that threaten to disrupt the calm they’ve worked so hard to create? Will they falter in their love and the life they’ve built together?
Devin+Willow (Glimpse 2): Passionate and intense, Prototype founder/drummer Devin Walker and Willow Harden’s relationship has always been push and pull. But one thing has always been for certain—they can’t be without each other. When a situation arises that puts that to the test, they’re both forced to make some hard decisions about their marriage, and themselves.
Travis+Kennedy (Glimpse 3): Their connection has always been otherworldly, magnetic… even spiritual. Prototype guitarist Travis Broussard and lead singer Kennedy James know their love for one another surpasses understanding. But when outside forces threaten the sanctity of their bond, they have to decide how far they’re willing to go to protect their love.
Zay+Jersey (Glimpse 4): Beautiful and complicated, absorbent and fated, Prototype singer Isaiah Broussard and bassist Jersey Kincaid are more than lovers, more than best friends, more than life partners… they are kindred spirits. Over the years, they’ve proven that their love for one another is bigger than any obstacle that threatens to separate them. But when life circumstances arise that make them examine their individual truths and desires, they must decide if their love is truly big enough to overcome anything, or if their decisions will place them on separate paths, possibly for good.
Jay+Sasha (Bonus Glimpse): Jay Little knows what he wants. As the even-tempered manager of The Prototype and founder of a successful indie label, Jay’s level-headed nature has always played to his advantage. The only person who’s ever been able to knock him off-balance is his label’s publicist, and his longtime friend, Sasha Baptiste. After Jay’s self-control is put to the test one night, Sasha and Jay have to decide what they really mean to each other. Friends? Lovers? Or somewhere in-between?
A longtime culture and music journalist and lifelong music lover, Jacinta Howard lives in Atlanta. For years, she’s worked as a writer and editor, mostly covering hip-hop, soul, R&B, entertainment, travel and art. She is the author of New Adult, Women’s Fiction, and Contemporary Romance, and a two-time RONE Award nominee. Her stories often explore the intricacies of relationships, healing, and the bumps we experience along the road to real intimacy.
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