Best of
Short-Stories

2018

The Fifth Science


Exurb1a - 2018
    Standing on those pillars, humans spent 100,000 years spreading out into the galaxy: warring, exploring, partying — the usual. Then there was the fifth science. And that killed the empire stone dead. The Fifth Science is a collection of 12 stories, beginning at the start of the Galactic Human Empire and following right through to its final days. We’ll see some untypical things along the way, meet some untypical folk: galactic lighthouses from the distant future, alien tombs from the distant past, murderers, emperors, archaeologists and drunks; mad mathematicians attempting to wake the universe itself up. And when humans have fallen back into savagery, when the secrets of space folding and perfect wisdom are forgotten, we’ll attend the empire’s deathbed, hold its hand as it goes. Unfortunately that may well only be the beginning.

Lovesong


T.J. Klune - 2018
    If you haven't read both books, this will spoil major events. You've been warned._______________Status: CompleteWords: 6,403

How Long 'til Black Future Month?


N.K. Jemisin - 2018
    Dragons and hateful spirits haunt the flooded city of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In a parallel universe, a utopian society watches our world, trying to learn from our mistakes. A black mother in the Jim Crow south must figure out how to save her daughter from a fey offering impossible promises. And in the Hugo award-nominated short story “The City Born Great,” a young street kid fights to give birth to an old metropolis’s soul.

Christmas Eve


Jim Butcher - 2018
    It is posted to his website and Facebook page. The story is set after Peace Talks and depicts Harry's first Christmas Eve as a dad, as well as a few other familiar faces. As it was released before its predecessor, it does offer some hints as to the happenings of Peace Talks, but no major spoilers.

The Creativity Project: An Awesometastic Story Collection


Colby SharpTravis Jonker - 2018
    When they received their prompts, they responded by transforming these seeds into any form of creative work they wanted to share. The result is a stunning collection of words, art, poetry, and stories by some of our most celebrated children book creators. A section of extra story starters by every contributor provides fresh inspiration for readers to create works of their own. Here is an innovative book that offers something for every kind of reader and creator! With contributions by Sherman Alexie, Tom Angleberger, Jessixa Bagley, Tracey Baptiste, Sophie Blackall, Lisa Brown, Peter Brown, Lauren Castillo, Kate DiCamillo, Margarita Engle, Deborah Freedman, Adam Gidwitz, Chris Grabenstein, Jennifer L. Holm, Victoria Jamieson, Travis Jonker, Jess Keating, Laurie Keller, Jarret J. Krosoczka, Kirby Larson, Minh Lê, Grace Lin, Kate Messner, Daniel Nayeri, Naomi Shihab Nye, Debbie Ohi, R.J. Palacio, Linda Sue Park, Dav Pilkey, Andrea Davis Pinkney, Jewell Parker Rhodes, Dan Santat, Gary Schmidt, John Schu, Colby Sharp, Bob Shea, Liesl Shurtliff, Lemony Snicket, Laurel Snyder, Javaka Steptoe, Mariko Tamaki, Linda Urban, Frank Viva, and Kat Yeh.

The Summer Palace and Other Stories: A Captive Prince Short Story Collection


C.S. Pacat - 2018
    Follow Damen, Laurent and the supporting characters of Captive Prince on a series of adventures set in and around the events of the novels - and beyond, to learn what happens after the final page in the trilogy is turned.

A Very Declan Christmas


Maggie Stiefvater - 2018
    Here’s another one from the Raven Cycle universe." - Maggie Stiefvater

Opal


Maggie Stiefvater - 2018
    An enchanting story from Maggie Stiefvater featuring Opal, Ronan, and Adam from her bestselling Raven Cycle, taking place after the events of The Raven King.

Moment in Time: A Collection of Short Stories


Susan Stoker - 2018
     The Boardwalk- Walking along the beach one day a man meets a woman sitting on a bench. They talk and he takes her to lunch. But as most things in life, there's always more to the story than what meets the eye. The ultimate love story. The Other Side of the Story- Kassie begins messaging Hollywood through a dating site. However, she's hiding way more than Hollywood thinks. Find out the "other side of the story" and why she signed up for an online dating site in the first place. The Gift- Annie meets a new friend in Frankie and wants to give him a present...but she's only seven, and doesn't have any money. She has to wrack her brain to come up with an appropriate present. What she doesn't realize is Frankie is doing the same thing. These were sent out to Susan's newsletter readers in 2017. They include characters from her SEAL of Protection series as well as her Delta Force Heroes series. They can be read as stand alones.

Apex Magazine Issue 105, February 2018


Jason Sizemore - 2018
    New issues are released on the first Tuesday of every month. EDITORIAL Words from the Editor-in-Chief—Jason Sizemore FICTION A Witch's Guide to Escape: A Practical Compendium of Portal Fantasies — Alix Harrow Work, and Ye Shall Eat — Walker McKnight Ghost Marriage — P. Djeli Clark Excerpt: Return to the Lost Level — Brian Keene NONFICTION Interview with Alix Harrow — Andrea Johnson Interview with Cover Artist Justin Adams — Russell Dickerson A Discussion with Tal M. Klein, Author of The Punch Escrow — Lesley Conner COLUMNS Between the Lines with Laura Zats and Erik Hane Page Advice with Mallory O'Meara and Brea Grant

Christmas with the Wrights


Christina C. Jones - 2018
    Enjoy this quick peek into the lives of these beloved families to see what they've gained... and lost.

Good Deeds and Bad Intentions


Caimh McDonnell - 2018
    New York is the city that never sleeps and it certainly doesn’t take days off. Just because it's the holidays it doesn't mean that bad people aren't up to no good. Helena Martinez is trying to start a new life for her and her son but her ex-husband has other ideas. When she is approached by a mysterious woman with an offer of help she has to choose between running again or trusting a ragtag bunch of strangers and their unconventional methods. Good Deeds and Bad Intentions is a festive Bunny McGarry short story. Caimh McDonnell is the author of the critically-acclaimed Dublin Trilogy featuring Bunny McGarry, which melds high-octane action with a distinctly Irish acerbic wit. 

Heads of the Colored People


Nafissa Thompson-Spires - 2018
    Some are darkly humorous—from two mothers exchanging snide remarks through notes in their kids’ backpacks, to the young girl contemplating how best to notify her Facebook friends of her impending suicide—while others are devastatingly poignant—a new mother and funeral singer who is driven to madness with grief for the young black boys who have fallen victim to gun violence, or the teen who struggles between her upper middle class upbringing and her desire to fully connect with black culture.Thompson-Spires fearlessly shines a light on the simmering tensions and precariousness of black citizenship. Her stories are exquisitely rendered, satirical, and captivating in turn, engaging in the ongoing conversations about race and identity politics, as well as the vulnerability of the black body. Boldly resisting categorization and easy answers, Nafissa Thompson-Spires is an original and necessary voice in contemporary fiction.

Young Guns


Remington Kane - 2018
    From REMINGTON KANE - The author of The TAKEN! SeriesYOUNG GUNS - Book 1 of the YOUNG GUNS SeriesAs Tanner rips apart a drug gang in Arizona, he thinks back on an episode from his past.

Romancing Rayne


Riley Edwards - 2018
     Their story began two years ago and left fans begging for more. In this all new adventure we catch up with some of Susan Stoker’s most beloved characters. Keane “Ghost” Bryson met the feisty flight attendant Rayne Jackson while on a layover in London. A chance meeting that proved to be life-changing. Now he's finally got his ring on her finger and he wants to take her back to where it all began. A perfect re-creation of their first trip, but this time with the fairytale ending Rayne deserves. From Big Ben to the Tower of London, Ghost takes Rayne on a holiday she'll never forget, complete with a very royal surprise. But just when life seems perfect, disaster strikes and it'll take a few of Ghost's longtime friends to help him keep Rayne safe.

Friday Black


Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah - 2018
    By placing ordinary characters in extraordinary situations, Adjei-Brenyah reveals the violence, injustice, and painful absurdities that black men and women contend with every day. These stories tackle urgent instances of racism and cultural unrest and explore the many ways we fight for humanity in an unforgiving world.

If at First You Don't Succeed, Try, Try Again


Zen Cho - 2018
    For a long time, things don't go well. Then, it meets a girl. The B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog presents an original short story by Campbell Award-nominated author Zen Cho.

Everybody Loves Kamau! (The Real Thing collection)


W. Kamau Bell - 2018
    But so was her grandfather’s prejudice. In this funny, moving essay, W. Kamau Bell, the host of CNN’s United Shades of America, shares his very personal story of culture clash, family tradition, and racial bias.When the black comedian first meets the beloved Sicilian grandfather of his Italian American girlfriend, Melissa, the wrong sparks fly. The most important member of her large family shuns Kamau. What follows is a bracing, true account of conflict and patience, in-laws and family heirlooms, as Melissa and Kamau deal with cold shoulders, rejection, and finally resolution.Everybody Loves Kamau! is part of The Real Thing, a collection of moving, hilarious, and big-hearted essays on the modern realities of friendship, romance, commitment, and love, with art by Geoff McFetridge. Each story can be read—or listened to—in a single sitting.

The Upside-Down King: Unusual Tales about Rama and Krishna


Sudha Murty - 2018
    Countless stories about the two abound, yet most are simply disappearing from the hearts and minds of the present generation.Bestselling author Sudha Murty takes you on an arresting tour, all the while telling you of the days when demons and gods walked alongside humans, animals could talk and gods granted the most glorious boons to common people.

The Last Banquet of Temporal Confections


Tina Connolly - 2018
    The Last Banquet of Temporal Confections is a Tor.com Original from fantasy author Tina Connolly.At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Hope Nation: YA Authors Share Personal Moments of Inspiration


Rose BrockKate Hart - 2018
    To help embolden hope, here is a powerhouse collection of essays and letters that speak directly to teens and all YA readers. Featuring Marie Lu, James Dashner, Gayle Forman, David Levithan, Julie Murphy, Jeff Zentner, Renee Ahdieh, and many more! "The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood."--Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.We all experience moments when we struggle to understand the state of the world, when we feel powerless and--in some cases--even hopeless. The teens of today are the caretakers of tomorrow, and yet it's difficult for many to find joy or comfort in such a turbulent society. But in trying times, words are power.Some of today's most influential young adult authors come together in this highly personal nonfiction collection of essays, poems, and letters, each a first-hand account that ultimately strives to inspire hope.Like a modern day Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul or Don't Sweat the Small Stuff for Teens, Hope Nation acknowledges the pain and shines a light on what comes after.Authors include: Marie Lu, David Levithan, Gayle Forman, Renee Ahdieh, Alex London, Julie Murphy, James Dashner, Christina Diaz Gonzalez, Sarah Mlynowski, Jeff Zentner, Ally Condie, Jenny Torres Sanchez, Romina Russell, Angie Thomas, Howard Bryant, Aisha Saeed, Margaret Stohl, Ally Carter, Nic Stone, I.W.Gregorio, Kate Hart, Atia Abawi, Libba Bray

The Ruins


Brad Taylor - 2018
    Only one man knew of the temple's location, but he was killed before he could relay the coordinates. Now, newly reinstated Taskforce operator Pike Logan has the grid location of the ruins, and he's convinced Jennifer Cahill to travel to Guatemala in search of the Mayan temple her uncle died trying to find. But Pike and Jennifer are not the only ones heading into the rain forest in search of hidden treasure. A Canadian mining company is determined to explore the Biosphere for rare earth metals, even if it means destroying the way of life for local villagers. When they learn that Pike and Jennifer's impending historical discovery might thwart their plans, it sets the newly minted team on a crash course with a group of men hellbent on getting their hands on the prize, no matter the cost. Includes an excerpt from Brad Taylor's latest Pike Logan thriller, Daughter of War.

Jude's Lullabye


Lucy Lennox - 2018
    This is a 6k very short story featuring a quick peek into Jude and Derek's current life several years after the novel Jumping Jude takes place.

Mal's First Birthday


Starla Night - 2018
    YOU REALLY MUST READ THAT BOOK FIRST!!!

Brain Freeze (World Book Day 2018)


Tom Fletcher - 2018
    A little girl discovers that eating ice cream from her grandfather's old ice-cream truck gives her the power to travel through time, in this brilliant, funny and heartwarming story from bestselling author Tom Fletcher.

The King of Fire


Ilona Andrews - 2018
    I just want to know it’s real."It was a long email, the gist of which is that if we write something in the future of KD, then there would be world peace and end of famine and suffering. If only. 🙂I said we were taking a break from KD, but we understand that it’s hard to see the series end, so we wrote a little story for you to show you that the world goes on.Update: this is now a prologue to Aurelia Ryder series.

Target Rich Environment


Larry Correia - 2018
    The first short story collection from nationally best-selling author Larry Correia.Larry Correia, the New York Times best-selling author of the wildly popular Monster Hunter International and Grimnoir Chronicles series of no-holds-barred urban fantasy and the Dead Six trilogy of military adventure novels, now sets his sights on the short story form.Together for the first time, fourteen action-packed tales of demons, monster, vampires, and cosmic horrors too terrible to name--and the men and women who take them all down. Oh, and toss in an interdimensional insurance salesman for good measure.You'll also find: An elven princess from the pages of Monster Hunter International on a mission to redeem her people. A samurai pirate with a blood vendetta against an extremely large sea beast. And a magic-wielding P.I. who walks the mean streets of Detroit.Journey back to the origins of Monster Hunter International in "Bubba Shackleford's Professional Monster Hunters." Uncover the origin of one of Dead Six's central characters in "Sweothi City." And celebrate the holidays with the Grimnoir Chronicle's own Jake Sullivan in "Detroit Christmas."Discover why it always pays to hire the very best when it comes to fighting a war when Correia takes on David Drake's genre-defining Hammer's Slammers series. And find out just how much damage a vampire can do when he was a Green Beret before he became one of the undead as Correia tackles Jonathan Maberry's V Wars universe.Includes three stories never before in print! "Murder on the Orient Elite" and "The Adventures of Tom Strange, Interdimensional Insurance Salesman" have previously only been available in audio format (narrated by Adam Baldwin of Firefly fame). And "Blood on the Water" makes its first appearance.About Larry Correia and the Monster Hunter International series: "[E]verything I like in fantasy: intense action scenes, evil in horrifying array, good struggling against the darkness, and most of all people--gorgeously flawed human beings faced with horrible moral choices that force them to question and change and grow."--Jim Butcher on Son of the Black Sword"[A] no-holds-barred all-out page turner that is part science fiction, part horror, and an absolute blast to read."--Bookreporter.com"If you love monsters and action, you'll love this book. If you love guns, you'll love this book. If you love fantasy, and especially horror fantasy, you'll love this book."--Knotclan.com"A gun person who likes science fiction--or, heck, anyone who likes science fiction--will enjoy [these books] . . . The plotting is excellent, and Correia makes you care about the characters . . . I read both books without putting them down except for work . . . so whaddaya waitin' for? Go and buy some . . . for yourself and for stocking stuffers."--Massad Ayoob"This lighthearted, testosterone-soaked sequel to 2009's Monster Hunter International will delight fans of action horror with elaborate weaponry, hand-to-hand combat, disgusting monsters, and an endless stream of blood and body parts."--Publishers Weekly on Monster Hunter Vendetta

All the Names They Used for God


Anjali Sachdeva - 2018
    Her story "Pleiades" was called "a masterpiece" by Dave Eggers. Sachdeva has a talent for creating moving and poignant scenes, following her highly imaginative plots to their logical ends, and depicting how one small miracle can affect everyone in its wake.The world by night --Glass-lung --Logging lake --Killer of kings --All the names for God --Robert Greenman and the mermaid --Anything you might want --Manus --Pleiades

The Darkest Star Sneak Peek: Chapters 1-3


Jennifer L. Armentrout - 2018
    Armentrout brings her trademark drama and intrigue to this new series with a girl caught up in a world she doesn't understand, secrets long buried, a betrayal that could tear her life apart...and Armentrout's most swoonworthy book boyfriend yet.Seventeen-year-old Evie Dasher knows firsthand the devastating consequences of humanity's war with the aliens. When she's caught up in a raid at a notorious club known as one of the few places where humans and the surviving Luxen can mingle freely, she meets Luc, an unnaturally beautiful guy she initially assumes is a Luxen...but he is in fact something much more powerful. Her growing attraction for Luc will lead her deeper and deeper into a world she'd only heard about, a world where everything she thought she knew will be turned on its head...At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

No Man of Woman Born


Ana Mardoll - 2018
    A clever hedge-witch gathering knowledge in a hostile land. A son seeking vengeance for his father's death. A daughter claiming the legacy denied her. A princess laboring under an unbreakable curse. A young resistance fighter questioning everything he's ever known. A little girl willing to battle a dragon for the sake of a wish. These heroes and heroines emerge from adversity into triumph, recognizing they can be more than they ever imagined: chosen ones of destiny. From the author of the Earthside series and the Rewoven Tales novels, No Man of Woman Born is a collection of seven fantasy stories in which transgender and nonbinary characters subvert and fulfill gendered prophecies. These prophecies recognize and acknowledge each character's gender, even when others do not. Note: No trans or nonbinary characters were killed in the making of this book. Trigger warnings and neopronoun pronunciation guides are provided for each story.

The Demon's Den and Other Tales of Valdemar


Tanya Huff - 2018
    These short works are sure to enchant anyone who wishes to experience the land of Valdemar through the eyes, mind and heart of one of its bravest heroes.Contains the following stories:The Demon’s DenBrockAll the Ages of ManLive OnNothing Better to DoThe Time We HaveFamily Matters

Cruel Works of Nature: 11 Illustrated Horror Novellas


Gemma Amor - 2018
    Reality and the fantastic are blended seamlessly in these immersive tales, with plenty of mystery to lead the reader on a thrilling journey. Some stories are dark and macabre while others whimsical and lighthearted, together ensuring constant surprises and terrifying twists to keep you reading until the very last page.Special edition with full page illustrations. Hand illustrated by the author herself, these images will bring the stories to life and give unique insights into the wild unknown.

[Don't] Call Me Crazy


Kelly JensenStephanie Kuehn - 2018
    Because there’s no single definition of crazy, there’s no single experience that embodies it, and the word itself means different things—wild? extreme? disturbed? passionate?—to different people. (Don’t) Call Me Crazy is a conversation starter and guide to better understanding how our mental health affects us every day. Thirty-three writers, athletes, and artists offer essays, lists, comics, and illustrations that explore their personal experiences with mental illness, how we do and do not talk about mental health, help for better understanding how every person’s brain is wired differently, and what, exactly, might make someone crazy. If you’ve ever struggled with your mental health, or know someone who has, come on in, turn the pages, and let’s get talking.

Sweet Meets


Deborah Raney - 2018
     Includes the following novellas and short stories: Going Once Special Delivery Haiti's Song Prairie Lessons Finally Home Circle of Blessings

Close to Perfect


Barbara Longley - 2018
    She gave her promise to one man, and her heart to another, and now that her past has found her, she must choose between her word of honor, and her heart's desire. After losing everything during the war, Mary Stewart is haunted by tragedy and loss. She longs to leave Atlanta behind. Her fiancé--who was bound for Houston, Texas--has left her without a word for more than a year, and she fears the worst. When she learns of Tobias Lovejoy's plans to lead a wagon train to Texas, she's determined to join him. She'll either find her fiancé, or she'll discover what became of him. Until then, she cannot move on with her life, and her growing attraction to Tobias Lovejoy weighs upon her conscience. Tortured by his past, Tobias Lovejoy longs for a fresh start in a place that holds no memories or ghosts from the war he barely survived. When Mary Stewart asks to join his wagon train, he refuses. He doesn't want the distraction or the responsibility of having an attractive single woman in his camp. When he learns of her reasons for heading west, he relents. As he comes to know Mary better, his desire to discover what became of her missing fiancé grows as strong as hers--for entirely different reasons. Tobias wants Mary for himself. He writes to a Texas Ranger he knows, enlisting his aid in finding out what became of Mary's errant fiancé. During their journey, Tobias and Mary learn to lean on each other through one disaster after another. Their feelings for one another grow, and passion ignites. When Mary's fiancé appears, wanting to rekindle what they had, the future happiness of three people hangs in the balance. She gave her word to one man and her heart to another. Now she must choose between her honor, her heart's desire, or walking away.

Catching Orion


Sloane Kennedy - 2018
    Please make sure you haven't already purchased this story as part of that anthology unless your intent is to own two copies of the story. There is no new content.RyanDressed appropriately for quiet night at home? Check.Spoiled, needy cat present? Check.Gorgeous, mysterious stranger randomly showing up at my door claiming to have a date with me? Wait... what?Knox is exactly the kind of guy my ugly past has taught me to avoid, but when the heavily tattooed biker shows up at my door with flowers and a gentle touch, I'm kind of a goner. But agreeing to the blind date I knew nothing about is just the start of a crazy night of ogres, onions, wine and dangly bits.Way too many dangly bits.KnoxI knew letting myself get set up on a blind date was a bad idea, but I can't deny that there's a little part of me that really wants to find Mr. Right. Especially after having been with Mr. Wrong for so long. And everything about Orion "Ryan" Abernathy screams right. But when the cute, young social worker has no idea who I am or what I'm talking about, I know we've both been set up.I fully expect my chance at finding out if Ryan is my Mr. Right to go up in smoke, but when he agrees to go out with me, I'm certain not even the hint of a haunted past can come between us.Problem is, it's not his past that comes between us, but a whole lot of naked old man.Leave it to me to manage to finally find Mr. Right only to scare him off when our first date goes oh so wrong.Or does it?**Please note that this story was previously part of an anthology so it was intended (and required) to be a certain length. Although it is a complete story with an HEA, if you don't care for short stories, Ryan and Knox's tale may not be for you.This story was formerly titled "Atlanta" and was part of the Heart 2 Heart Vol. 2 Charity Anthology. There have been no changes to the content of the story.**

A Small Fiction


James Mark Miller - 2018
    With stories told in 140 characters or less, A Small Fiction delivers brilliant yet brief tales destined to stick with readers long after they turn the page. Through the genre lenses of science fiction, fantasy, contemporary fiction, folklore, and humor, each of these illustrated micro-fictions is a peephole that reveals a bigger world.

Burn Me


Shantel TessierJanine Infante Bosco - 2018
    Burn Me is an anthology to raise money for Hope For Heroes Foundation, which helps military, fire, police, and EMS personnel who've experienced life-altering disabilities while in the line of duty. Follow the antics and adventures of these incredible firefighters in what promises to be one of the hottest compilations yet! This delectable anthology begs the question: Can anyone resist a hero in uniform?

Pyro's Wedding Day


Starla Night - 2018
    YOU REALLY MUST READ THAT BOOK FIRST!!! Has bad boy dragon Pyro really reformed? Or will his craziness turn Amy’s sweet wedding dreams into an out-of-control, groomzilla nightmare?

Kyan's Housewarming Party: A Happily Ever After Epilogue


Starla Night - 2018
    YOU REALLY MUST READ THAT BOOK FIRST!!!

Love Letters Boxset Volume 1


K.L. Donn - 2018
    Welcome to the Love Letters, where each story is intsa-love and to the point! Grab a coffee, some tissues, and a warm blanket to cuddle up with these short stories where falling in love through the written word is more common than a first date! This collection includes: Dear Killian Dear Gage Dear Maverick With BONUS never been seen epilogues for each story PLUS An all new, exclusive short story Dear Lena

Love & Estrogen (The Real Thing collection)


Samantha Allen - 2018
    When she met Corey midtransition, she felt even more like an awkward shape-shifter. Now Samantha shares how taking a chance on that fortuitous encounter meant having the courage to be herself.Love & Estrogen is part of The Real Thing, a collection of moving, hilarious, and big-hearted essays on the modern realities of friendship, romance, commitment, and love. Each story can be listened to in a single sitting.

A Witch’s Guide to Escape: A Practical Compendium of Portal Fantasies


Alix E. Harrow - 2018
    They can smell what kind of book you need, and intuit the size of your fine from the slope of your shoulders. Our narrator isn’t just a witch and a librarian: she’s someone who cares about her patrons. So when a black teenage boy comes in with waves of yearning billowing off him, she does everything she can to help. But how far will she go?Winner of the 2019 Hugo Award for Best Short Story and nominated for the Nebula Award for Best Short Story.

Fly Already: Stories


Etgar Keret - 2018
    His stories take place at the crossroads of the fantastical, searing, and hilarious. His characters grapple with parenthood and family, war and games, marijuana and cake, memory and love. These stories never go to the expected place, but always surprise, entertain, and move…In "Arctic Lizard," a young boy narrates a post-apocalyptic version of the world where a youth army wages an unending war, rewarded by collecting prizes. A father tries to shield his son from the inevitable in "Fly Already." In "One Gram Short," a guy just wants to get a joint to impress a girl and ends up down a rabbit hole of chaos and heartache. And in the masterpiece "Pineapple Crush," two unlikely people connect through an evening smoke down by the beach, only to have one of them imagine a much deeper relationship.The thread that weaves these pieces together is our inability to communicate, to see so little of the world around us and to understand each other even less.

Colour Runner


Anthony Ashe - 2018
    She wishes bubblegum wouldn't lose its flavour. She wishes school would start in the afternoon. But above all, Sarah wishes she could remain a kid forever. When she receives an invitation to the mysterious House of Vine, a secret dwelling where reside two genii, her wishful thinking becomes all the more real. A once in a lifetime opportunity awaits her, the chance to claim a single wish. But like those before her, Sarah must first agree to play a game. And it is a game of the deadliest kind, where terrors lurk behind every corner, where fiendish puzzles break her wits and where the clock shows her impending doom. Can she overcome it within twenty-four hours? Can she uncover the horrible truth behind the House of Vine and its enigmatic hosts? It is, after all, child's play.

The Sea Was a Fair Master


Calvin Demmer - 2018
    There are tales of murder, death, loss, revenge, greed, and hate. There are also tales of hope, survival, and love.For the sea was a fair master.

Miss Moonshine’s Emporium of Happy Endings


Mary Jayne BakerAngela Wren - 2018
    With her ever-changing stock, Miss Moonshine has a rare gift for providing exactly what her customers need: a fire opal necklace that provides a glimpse of a different life; a novel whose phantom doodler casts a spell over the reader; a music box whose song links love affairs across the generations. One thing is for certain: after visiting Miss Moonshine’s quirky shop, life is never the same again...Nine romantic novelists from Yorkshire and Lancashire, including best-selling and award-winning authors, have joined together to create this collection of uplifting stories guaranteed to warm your heart. This intriguing mix of historical and contemporary romances will make you laugh, cry, and believe in the happy-ever-after.

Maldives & Mistletoe


Bethany-Kris - 2018
     Business in the Maldives brings the Chicago Outfit's boss away for the holidays, but why not bring everyone else along for the ride, too? Wives, kids ... the whole bunch. Nothing can go wrong, right? Join the original crew from The Chicago War one more time as they celebrate Christmas in the Maldives, tinsel and mistletoe included. Meet the babies, and catch up with everything that's happened since the last time we were with them. For once, no one is spilling blood. The war has already been won. Featuring all the original couples, Maldives & Mistletoe is a 20k Chicago War Christmas Novella meant for fans of the series, and is not intended to be read as a standalone novel.

Faking a Murderer


Kathy Reichs - 2018
    C., the last thing forensic expert Dr Temperance Brannan expects is to become a suspect in a murder investigation. When ex-military nomad Jack Reacher hears of Brannan's predicament he comes to her aid. This unstoppable pair team up for the time ever to clear Brannan's name and find the real killer.For more exciting short story pairings, don't miss all eleven short stories in Match Up!

The Blue Moon Day


Santhosh Sivaraj - 2018
    They had no other choice but to take a plunge into their deepest fear and leave the rest to destiny. Their characters was tested out of their comfort zone and it witnessed abstruse results; a PhD scholar fights to win a pizza making contest and a tennis prodigy running for his life in a war torn, bloodied Island. Extreme circumstances and their consequences made these ordinary individuals extraordinary . Was the test imposed on them by someone? Or did they invite it on themselves. The Blue Moon Day is that Once in a Blue Moon day story which questions an individual's priorities, ridicules the worldly routines and finally redefines happiness.

Bones


Andrew Cull - 2018
    Four monsters collected in paperback for the first time. 'Did You Forget About Me?'"He had written to me a month or so before he died. I'd ignored the letter the same way I'd ignored all the others." When Cam Miller returns to the town he grew up in he's heading to clear his estranged father's farmhouse. He's also returning to the house he fled 23 years before. There, among the nicotine stained keepsakes and remnants of a broken life, he'll come face to face with a horror that has waited all those years for his return."It's you he wants."'Hope and Walker'"We were both 10. But he was dead. And I sat drawing him."Em Walker is just like any other 10-year-old girl growing up in the small, outback town of Hope. That is, except for the fact that her Dad runs one of the town's two funeral parlours, and the dead have just started speaking to her...When Hope is rocked by a terrible crime, Em, stubborn, scared of spiders, and with a temper that's likely to get her into trouble, will find herself thrust into the middle of a dangerous hunt for the truth."Being scared's good," Grandpa Walker had told me once. "Stops us from doing stupid things." It hadn't stopped me.'The Trade'That summer should have been filled with laughter, with slip n' slides in the yard, lazy afternoons lying watching ice cream clouds swirling through the blue sky, melting in slow motion. I watched a plane rising high above our house. From the ground it looked completely still, as if it hung suspended in the air, a model on a string. I wished I was on it, I wished I could escape. I was seven and that was the summer death stalked our home.It began with the offerings...'Knock and You Will See Me'"We buried Dad in the winter. It wasn't until the spring that we heard from him again." When grieving Ellie Ray finds a crumpled, handwritten note from her recently deceased father, hidden behind the couch, she assumes that her middle boy, Max, left it there. It has a single word written on it: WHY. But, as more and more letters begin to appear throughout the house, Ellie and her three boys will find themselves dragged into a deeply sinister mystery surrounding her father's death."Dad? I looked down at the scribbled note in my hand, at the words torn into the paper. What had started as a whisper had grown louder, more desperate. The words had been screamed onto the page. Dad? Please. What's going on?"'Bones' Four Stories. Four Monsters.

Circus Folk & Village Freaks


Aparna Upadhyaya Sanyal - 2018
    A texture of swift worldly-wisdom underscores the focus on freaks, but often leaves an invisible message of a reverse lens on the rest of the world. ~Rochelle Potkar, poet and Author of 'Arithmetic of Breasts and Other Tales' Aparna Sanyal Upadhyaya is one of those rare people who are just as funny on the page and in a poem as they are in person. I laughed aloud many times reading about the shenanigans in these charming and quirky twisted tales. - Chandrahas Chaudhary, Author of Arzee the Dwarf and Clouds Meet the beautiful people of the Circus, and the freaks who live in the Village next to them. Mangled, jangled, misunderstood, all find place in the rich tapestry of this book. Siamese twins separate to lose half a heart each, and find snake-man and tiger-taming lovers. A man bitten by a crocodile becomes a God, and a Devadasi woos the entire countryside with her culinary artistry. Fates intertwined lead sometimes to tragedy, sometimes happy summits of fame. A clown finds his place in Hollywood and mute animals break unspeakable chains. A twisted man falls in love with a mirror and a white man is unmade by the Indian sun. In this book are tales for every season and every reason. Tales of human depravity that take innocent lives, and of a murderers’ insanity that follows, a fitting revenge by nature, red in tooth and claw. These stories are told in the form of narrative poems in rhyming couplets. Look inside and you will find, you have been to this Village. Surely, you have been to this Circus too.

All the Fabulous Beasts


Priya Sharma - 2018
    writer Priya Sharma, All the Fabulous Beasts collects 16 stunning and monstrous tales of love, rebirth, nature, and sexuality. A heady mix of myth and ontology, horror and the modern macabre.

Little Birds: a collection of short stories


Hannah Lee Kidder - 2018
    

Catching Murphy


Wilson Ring - 2018
    He was more than a missing dog—he was a target for capture, and journalistic obsession. This is that story.Murphy’s disappearance would unite the dog’s increasingly anxious owners with an impassioned reporter—Wilson Ring, the state’s correspondent for the Associated Press—and an online community of animal lovers. As Murphy kept running, the quest to bring him home, safe and sound, seemed more and more impossible. The search itself takes on an aspect of devotion, as the searchers display genuine resilience and ingenuity—human qualities of an increasingly rare breed.Wilson Ring’s Catching Murphy is part of Missing, a collection of six true stories about finding, restoring, or accepting the losses that define our lives—from the mysterious to the inspiring. Each story can be read—or listened to—in a single sitting.

The Best American Short Stories 2018


Roxane Gay - 2018
    “I am looking for the artful way any given story is conveyed,” writes Roxane Gay in her introduction to The Best American Short Stories 2018, “but I also love when a story has a powerful message, when a story teaches me something about the world.” The artful, profound, and sometimes funny stories Gay chose for the collection transport readers from a fraught family reunion to an immigration detention center, from a psychiatric hospital to a coed class sleepover in a natural history museum. We meet a rebellious summer camper, a Twitter addict, and an Appalachian preacher—all characters and circumstances that show us what we “need to know about the lives of others.”

Christmas Bride - A Very Special Christmas Baby (Brides For All Seasons Volume 4)


Terri Grace - 2018
    They are locked up in his store because of an earthquake and by morning he knows that he can’t let them both go. Elizabeth Donovan can’t believe that her baby is about to be born on Christmas Eve, and in a small alley behind a department store at that. When the owner rescues her and helps her bring her baby into the world, she knows that she has received a Christmas miracle in more ways than one. Christmas Bride - A Very Special Christmas Baby is part of the Brides For All Seasons series - a festive collection of historical holiday romance guaranteed to warm your heart and fill your season with romantic cheer. Buy it today and enjoy the timeless gift of love!

A Whimsy of the World


Amor Towles - 2018
    

One Perfect Christmas and Other Stories


Paige Toon - 2018
    Will a Christmas wedding help convince her that love conquers all? Or will the life she’d be leaving behind be too much to lose?   In this irresistible collection, Paige Toon reunites a much-loved cast from across her sixteen bestselling novels. Catch up with Johnny Be Good’s rockstar Johnny Jefferson and his wife Meg as a shocking family secret is revealed; see what happens when Pictures of Lily’s leading lady gets the exclusive chance to photograph Hollywood’s hottest new couple; and find out whether Bronte from Thirteen Weddings chose the right man to spend her life with after all . . .  This Christmas, Paige Toon brings you NINE witty and heartfelt romantic stories PUBLISHED IN PRINT FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME, as readers are whisked across the globe from movie premieres in LA to frosty Christmases in England. The perfect gift for you or someone you love!Praise for Paige Toon: 'Tender, heartbreaking and magical' GIOVANNA FLETCHER 'You'll love it, cry buckets and be uplifted!' MARIAN KEYES 'Poignant and lovely, warm and wise' MILLY JOHNSON 'Gave me all the feels . . . I loved it' LINDSEY KELK 'Filled with warmth and poignancy' CATHERINE ISAAC 'Wonderfully heartfelt'  HEAT 'Witty, fun and impossible to put down'  CLOSER 'For smart, romantic fiction look no further than the new book from bestselling Paige Toon'  RED MAGAZINE 'Simply gorgeous'  SUN *Includes A Christmas Wedding, One Perfect Christmas and Johnny's Girl, previously published as eBooks* *Includes content exclusive to The Hidden Paige*

Many Are the Dead


Anthony Ryan - 2018
     For decades the brothers of the Sixth Order have fought a savage war against the Lonak clans amidst the frozen peaks of their Dominion. When word reaches the north of a fresh outbreak of the dreaded Red Hand, Brother Sollis, the finest swordsman in the Order, leads a small band to a long-abandoned castle in search of a potential cure but discovers a far greater threat lurking in the mountains. Enemies become allies as Sollis leads an increasingly desperate fight against an inhuman enemy steeped in the power of the Dark.

Bigfoot Terror in the Woods: Sightings and Encounters


W.J. Sheehan - 2018
    Sasquatch Chronicles... Beyond Reality Radio...Passion for the Paranormal...Where Did the Road Go?...Lost River Legends...The Confessionals and Late Night in the Midlands. This book is a compilation of sightings, encounters and evidential findings as they pertain to Bigfoot in North America and those who have encountered them.

Christmas Tales with the Schwartz Sisters


Hannah Schrock - 2018
     Katie, Elizabeth and Hannah Schwartz are three sisters that love their Amish lives, but one by one they are tempted by the outside world and love. When their mother died Katie, the eldest, took it upon herself to take care of her sisters and her father. At the age of twenty-six Katie yearns to love and to have a family of her own but she isn’t sure her sisters will manage without her. In a twist of events, Elizabeth and Hannah plan a trick to prove to Katie that they can. Will Katie find love this Christmas after all? Elizabeth had always enjoyed the company of her bible but when the Bishop’s wife is in a brutal buggy accident, she offers to find their son. Jacob and Elizabeth had been friends before he left the ordnung, when Elizabeth finds him and takes him to see his mother, she can’t help but wonder if they will ever be friends again. Will the bishop’s wife recover, will Jacob revisit his decision to leave the ordnung? Hannah had always been the curious one, younger than Katie by almost ten years, she is excited to go on rumspringa. When Hannah disappears without a word, Elizabeth and Katie are grief-stricken. But what they don’t realize is that Hannah had returned and was hiding out in their barn with the help of their farmhand Paul. What happened to make Hannah hide from her family? Can Hannah reunite with her family in time to enjoy an Amish Christmas?

An Unconventional Love (Falls Creek Western Romance Book 1)


Emily Woods - 2018
    She’s not your typical western belle. Can an unconventional love bring them together? A Sweet Western Romance from #1 Best Selling Author Emily Wood Maddie has never been a traditional lady, even for the western frontier. More comfortable on a horse than in a kitchen, she immediately dislikes Cole who has never worked a ranch yet presumes to own one someday. Despite the clear friction, they may learn that an unconventional love is just what they both need. An Unconventional Love is a clean western romance from #1 Best Selling author Emily Woods. If you like clean, historical fiction about women who must overcome tragedy in order to love again, you will love this sweet romance! Buy An Unconventional Love and get lost in another sweet western romance today. Always FREE on Kindle Unlimited

Josh


Lucy Lennox - 2018
    Little does he know, that his own true love may not be someone new after all. Could it be that The One That Got Away is finally back for good?It’s been eight long years since Cyrus Dimakos had to leave the love of his life to take care of his great-grandmother on a remote island in Greece. A family obligation may have kept his body away from Josh all this time, but his heart never left him. Despite having broken things off with Josh shortly after leaving him, Cyrus hopes it’s not too late to convince Josh to give him a second chance at forever.10,000 word short. Josh’s story takes place after A Very Marian Christmas and can be considered Made Marian 7.5.

Tales of Ever After


H.L. BurkeD.G. Driver - 2018
     The authors of the Fellowship of Fantasy tackle fairy tales from once upon a time to happily ever after. Explore twists on old tales and brand new magical stories. Meet feisty mermaids, friendly lampposts, and heroes who just might be monsters themselves. This fourth anthology from the Fellowship of Fantasy will lead you on a quest for entertainment and storm the castle of your imagination. So make a wish and enter the deep dark woods to find stories that will make you laugh, shiver, and maybe even fall in love.

Night Flights


Philip Reeve - 2018
    A key character in the Mortal Engines book and upcoming film produced by Peter Jackson (December 2018), this is your chance to learn more of Anna's thrilling past. Night Flights includes Traction City, Philip Reeve's 2011 World Book Day Book.In a dangerous future world where gigantic, motorized cities attack and devour each other, London hunts where no other predator dares. But Anna Fang -- pilot, adventurer, spy -- isn't afraid.The three stories show gripping, moving, exciting moments in Anna Fang's life: her childhood as a slave aboard the moving city Arkangel, a showdown against a robotic Stalker that is terrifyingly out of control, and her free life as an intelligence agent for the Anti-Traction league ...

Meat and Salt and Sparks


Rich Larson - 2018
    A futuristic murder mystery about detective partners—a human and an enhanced chimpanzee—who are investigating why a woman murdered an apparently random stranger on the subway.At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

My Mamma Mia Christmas


Annie Robertson - 2018
    But as the festive season draws closer, Laurel begins to wonder if Christmas on Skopelos can ever live up to the cosy Yorkshire Christmases she spent with her beloved grandmother, Marnie. And with a travel writer arriving to review the Villa, Laurel needs a touch of festive sparkle - and a little help from some old friends... With critics to impress, Greek feasts to cook, and an ABBA-themed winter wedding on the horizon, can Laurel throw the perfect Christmas for everyone? And will she find her own romance underneath the mistletoe...? Escape to Greece this Christmas for this joyous sequel to My Mamma Mia Summer.

A Little Taste of Murder


Carolyn L. Dean - 2018
    With only her beloved doggie as a companion, even the promise of hopping a ferry for the beautiful San Juan Islands seems like an impossibility when everyone is trying to point fingers at each other. Right in the middle of it all, Claire has to convince the tight-knit town that she’s not the murderer, even if the clues tell another, horrible story. Originally published as part of a three-book collection of classic cozy mysteries, THREE CAROLS OF COZY CHRISTMAS MURDER. If you've already got that book (which has been newly edited and updated, too), this book would be a duplicate.

From Twisted Roots


S.H. Cooper - 2018
    My sister was not most little girls.Inside you'll experience intimate first hand accounts of modern day murders, kidnappings, and violent revenge. Other stories are heart-warming with whimsical mysteries, gothic fairy tales, and supernatural monstrosities.

Dead over Heels


Theresa Braun - 2018
    On their first meeting, they encounter the ghosts of their past that threaten to tear them apart. The couple decides to face the evil that stands between them--but will they make it out alive?

Queer


Seth King - 2018
     He's here, he's queer, and for the first time, this is his story.

Broken Promise: A Solomon Creed Novella


Simon Toyne - 2018
     One lie could save them. The brilliant prequel to The Boy Who Saw, a gripping thriller from Sunday Times bestseller Simon Toyne, featuring the enigmatic Solomon Creed.A strangerSolomon Creed is an outsider with an unknown past, travelling through a remote part of Texas. He doesn’t look for trouble – but trouble finds him.A familyAt a roadside diner, he runs into a worn-down family whose ancestral land and home is about to be auctioned. But when Solomon suspects it’s worth a lot more than they think he decides to take things into his own hands.A secretAs Solomon races to find hard evidence of the land’s true value, he uncovers a dark truth – hidden for generations – that changes everything. But how far is he willing to go to save a family from potential ruin? And how far will others go to stop him?

Mother Country: Real Stories of the Windrush Children


Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff - 2018
    They made the long journey across the sea, expecting to find a place where they would be be welcomed with open arms; a land in which you were free to build a new life, eight thousand miles away from home.This remarkable book explores the reality of their experiences, and those of their children and grandchildren, through 22 unique real-life stories spanning more than 70 years.

The Immortal Chronicles, Volumes 1 - 5


Gene Doucette - 2018
    All of the stories are interesting, many involve alcohol, and five are collected for the first time in The Immortal Chronicles! The books in this collection take Adam from the Barbary Coast of the 1500's, to England at the turn of the 19th century, Vienna of 1815, Chicago in the 1930's, and 1950's New York. He spends time with pirates and assassins, a succubus, a shape-shifting monster, a madman who can see the future, and Santa Claus. The Immortal Chronicles is an ongoing series of novellas from Adam, the star narrator of the Immortal Novel trilogy (IMMORTAL, HELLENIC IMMORTAL and IMMORTAL AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD.) Collected here for the first time: IMMORTAL AT SEA, HARD-BOILED IMMORTAL, IMMORTAL AND THE MADMAN, YULETIDE IMMORTAL and REGENCY IMMORTAL. Catch up with Adam now!

Driving to Geronimo's Grave and Other Stories


Joe R. Lansdale - 2018
    Lansdale returns with a pack of stories for your consumption and enjoyment. There's even killer machines, a big ole grizzly bear, and entertaining story notes. Joe R. Lansdale has been writing novels and stories, as well as screenplays and comics, for over forty-five years, and this is his latest concoction, encompassing stories informed by a variety of genres, but not quite comfortably fitting into any of them. The reason is simple. Joe R. Lansdale is his own genre.

Joyful Noise: The Hot Mess Choir


She Nell - 2018
    She must pull together four choirs that hate each other for her husband, Pastor Myron Jones’ Pastor’s Anniversary Celebration. The Holy Missionary Mass Choir is filled with characters like Shonda, a single mother of six trying to keep her oldest son alive. Then there’s Donnell, the church playboy who is torn between three women. And no one can forget Mother Willie Mae Odell; whose sole mission in life is to take down Lady Deidra and the choir. First Lady Deidra Jones has a Hot Mess on her hands but will God be able to bring them all together or will they crash and burn like fire and brimstone?

Witch, Please!


M.Z. Andrews - 2018
    Both Detective Mark Whitman and Sorcerer Merrick Stone have expressed a desire to woo her, but she’s had to put them both on the back burner while she and her son have gotten their thriving restaurant and B&B up and running. But now that things at Habernackle’s have settled down a little, Linda is at a crossroads. It’s time to pick which man has her heart! Unable to make up her mind, Linda enlists the help of local matchmaking witch Sweets Porter to help. But when everything goes haywire will Linda be forced to start back at square one again? Or will she finally choose one of the men to call her own? ​ This is a Witch Squad Cozy Mystery Short-Story. It falls after Witch School Dropout and before The Witch Within in the series. If you haven’t read the series yet you may discover a few character spoilers.

Late Breaking


K.D. Miller - 2018
    Exploring the vulnerability of the elder heart, and proving that love and sex and heartbreak are not only the domain of the young, this gorgeous linked collection of short fiction offers up a strong whiff of Jackson-esque gothic. Each character appears in at least two stories, in a greater or lesser role, the most common being a ghost who “haunts” the book throughout. Death is a constant, in both peaceful and violent forms. Together, the stories crystallize into something more than a novel, and confirm its author as one of the country’s best.

All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages


Saundra MitchellKate Scelsa - 2018
    Seventeen of the best young adult authors across the queer spectrum have come together to create a collection of beautifully written diverse historical fiction for teens. From a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood set in war-torn 1870s Mexico featuring a transgender soldier, to two girls falling in love while mourning the death of Kurt Cobain, forbidden love in a sixteenth-century Spanish convent or an asexual girl discovering her identity amid the 1970s roller-disco scene, All Out tells a diverse range of stories across cultures, time periods and identities, shedding light on an area of history often ignored or forgotten.StoriesRoja - Anna-Marie McLemoreThe Sweet Trade - Natalie C. ParkerAnd They Don`t Kiss at the End - Nilah MagruderBurnt Umber - Mackenzi LeeThe Dresser & the Chambermaid - Robin TalleyNew Year - Malinda LoMolly`s Lips - Dahlia AdlerThe Coven - Kate ScelsaEvery Shade of Red - Elliot WakeWillows - Scott TraceyThe Girl with the Blue Lantern - Tess SharpeThe Secret Life of a Teenage Boy - Alex SanchezWalking After Midnight - Kody KeplingerThe End of the World as We Know It - Sara FarizanThree Witches - Tessa GrattonThe Inferno & the Butterfly - Shaun David HutchinsonHealing Rosa - Tehlor Kay Mejia

Port William Novels & Stories (The Civil War to World War II): Nathan Coulter / Andy Catlett: Early Travels / A World Lost / A Place on Earth / Stories


Wendell Berry - 2018
    1934) has created an indelible portrait of rural America through the lens of Port William, Kentucky, one of the most fully imagined places in American literature. The river town and its environs are home to generations of Coulters, Catletts, Feltners, and other families collectively known as the Membership, women and men whose stories evoke the earthbound pleasures and spiritual richness of what Berry has called the three-dimensional life, a time before industrial agriculture, pervasive technology, and unrestrained consumerism began to unravel the deep bonds of community that once sustained small-town America.Taken together, these novels and stories form a masterwork of American prose: straightforward, spare, and lyrical. Now, in an edition prepared in consultation with the author, Library of America presents the complete Port William novels and stories for the first time in the order of their narrative chronology, revealing as never before the intricate dovetails and beguiling elegance of Berry’s larger construction. As one of his narrators puts it: “their stories are all added finally into one story . . . bound together in a many-stranded braid beyond the power of any awl to pick apart.”This first volume, which spans from the Civil War to World War II, gathers the novels Nathan Coulter (1960, revised 1985), A Place on Earth (1967, revised 1983), A World Lost (1996), and Andy Catlett: Early Travels (2006), along with twenty-three short stories, among them such favorites as “Watch With Me,” “Thicker than Liquor,” and “A Desirable Woman.” It also features a newly researched chronology of Berry’s life and career, a map of Port William and a Membership family tree, and helpful notes.

Meet Behind Mars


Renee Simms - 2018
    For example, in "Rebel Airplanes," an L.A. engineer works by day on city sewers and by night on R-C planes that she yearns to launch into the cosmos. The character-driven stories in Meet Behind Mars offer beautiful insight into the emotional lives of caretakers, auto workers, dancers, and pawn shop employees. In "High Country," a frustrated would-be novelist considers ditching her family in the middle of the desert. In "Dive," an adoptee returns to her adoptive home, still haunted by histories she does not know. Simms writes from the voice of women and girls who struggle under structural oppression and draws from the storytelling tradition best represented by writers like Edward P. Jones, whose characters have experiences that are specific to black Americans living in the late twentieth and twenty-first centuries. One instance of this is in "The Art of Heroine Worship," in which black families integrate into a white suburb of Detroit in the 1970s.The stories in this collection span forty years and two continents and range in structure from epistolary to traditionally structured realism, with touches of absurdity, humor, and magic. Meet Behind Mars will appeal to readers interested in contemporary literary fiction.

The Long Way Home


Richard Chizmar - 2018
     Eerie, suspenseful, poignant, the stories in The Long Way Home run the gamut from horror to suspense, crime to dark fantasy, mainstream to mystery. This brand new collection features more than 100,000 words of short fiction, as well as more than 5,000 words of autobiographical Story Notes. Chizmar's previous short story collection, A Long December, was published in 2016 to starred reviews from Library Journal and Kirkus, and was included on numerous "Best Books of the Year" lists. Entertainment Weekly gave the book high praise: "Each tale is a magic trick, luring you toward the light while leading you down an ever-darkening path. There is hope mingled with horror, and that's Chizmar's secret power. His storytelling always beats with a huge, passionate heart." Stephen King says he writes "terrific stories served with a very large slice of Disquiet Pie," and with The Long Way Home, Richard Chizmar has taken his evocative and compelling storytelling to an entirely new level.

The Beach Wedding


Dorothy Koomson - 2018
    Will your past always catch up with you?Tessa Dannall is excited and happy when her daughter, Nia, arrives at their family’s tropical beach resort to get married.Tessa is also trying to forget the last time she went to a wedding on this beach and how that day changed her life for ever.But as the big day draws near, Tessa realises she must face the deadly ghosts from her past – or they may ruin her daughter’s future... Praise for Dorothy Koomson: ‘Terrifically addictive’ Good Housekeeping‘Beautifully written’ Closer‘Koomson just gets better and better’ Woman and Home

The Last Hedgehog


Pam Ayres - 2018
    Pam Ayres’ spiky and wonderful creation reminds us that unless we take steps to prevent it, they will soon be far from ‘common’ indeed: beautifully illustrated by Alice Tait, the poem sees our hero tell of all the terrible ends his family come to at our own hands - and exactly what we can still do to keep them alive, and see them thrive once more.

Rational Creatures


Christina BoydJessie Lewis - 2018
    "But I hate to hear you talking so, like a fine gentleman, and as if women were all fine ladies, instead of rational creatures. We none of us expect to be in smooth water all our days." --PERSUASION Jane Austen: True romantic or rational creature? Her novels transport us back to the Regency, a time when well-mannered gentlemen and finely-bred ladies fell in love as they danced at balls and rode in carriages. Yet her heroines, such as Elizabeth Bennet, Anne Elliot, and Elinor Dashwood, were no swooning, fainthearted damsels in distress. Austen's novels have become timeless classics because of their biting wit, honest social commentary, and because she wrote of strong women who were ahead of their day. True to their principles and beliefs, they fought through hypocrisy and broke social boundaries to find their happily-ever-after. In the third romance anthology of The Quill Collective series, sixteen celebrated Austenesque authors write the untold histories of Austen's heroines, brave adventuresses, shy maidens, talkative spinsters, and her naughty matrons. Peek around the curtain and discover what made Lady Susan so wicked, Mary Crawford so capricious, and Hettie Bates so in need of Emma Woodhouse's compassion. RATIONAL CREATURES is a collection of humorous, poignant love stories set in Georgian England that complement and pay homage to Austen's great works and great ladies who were, perhaps, the first feminists in an era that was not quite ready for feminism. "Make women rational creatures, and free citizens, and they will become good wives; --that is, if men do not neglect the duties of husbands and fathers." --Mary WollstonecraftStories by: Elizabeth Adams * Nicole Clarkston * Karen M Cox * J. Marie Croft * Amy D'Orazio * Jenetta James * Jessie Lewis * KaraLynne Mackrory * Lona Manning * Christina Morland * Beau North * Sophia Rose * Anngela Schroeder * Joana Starnes * Caitlin Williams * Edited by Christina Boyd * Foreword by Devoney LooserMATURE CONTENT RATING as per EDITOR ALL STORIES CONTAINED HEREIN HAVE A HEAT INDEX RATING OF 1-3.(1) Chaste: affection and possible kissing (2) Mild: kissing(3) Moderate: some sexual references but not explicit

Retablos: Stories from a Life Lived Along the Border


Octavio Solis - 2018
    Southwest. Humble ex-votos, retablos are usually painted on repurposed metal, and in one small tableau they tell the story of a crisis, and offer thanks for its successful resolution.In this uniquely framed memoir, playwright Octavio Solis channels his youth in El Paso, Texas. Like traditional retablos, the rituals of childhood and rites of passage are remembered as singular, dramatic events, self-contained episodes with life-changing reverberations.Living in a home just a mile from the Rio Grande, Octavio is a skinny brown kid on the border, growing up among those who live there, and those passing through on their way North. From the first terrible self-awareness of racism to inspired afternoons playing air trumpet with Herb Alpert, from an innocent game of hide-and-seek to the discovery of a Mexican girl hiding in the cotton fields, Solis reflects on the moments of trauma and transformation that shaped him into a man.Praise for Octavio Solis's Retablos "Unpretentiously and with an unerring accuracy of tone and rhythm, Solis slowly builds what amounts to a storybook cathedral. We inhabit a border world rich in characters, lush with details, playful and poignant, a border that refutes the stereotypes and divisions smaller minds create. Solis reminds us that sometimes the most profound truths are best told with crafted fictions--and he is a master at it."--Julia Alvarez is the author of How the Garc�a Girls Lost Their Accents, /p>"The murky flow of the Rio Grande River, the border patrol we call la migra, demons, a petty crime of stolen candy, street urchins, family squabbles, eccentric neighbors, and bike rides in which dust envelops a skinny kid named Octavio Solis. When he stops peddling years later, he'll spank the dust from his clothes, but not all of it. Some of it clings to his very soul, and will cling to us, the reader, in this tender and perceptive memoir. This is American and Mexican literature a stone's throw from the always hustling El Paso border."--Gary Soto, author of The Elements of San Joaquin "Octavio Solis isn't a painter, but he ought to be. He's not a poet, but he could be. His isn't fiction or memoir but, like dreams, might be either. His vision of El Paso and the border is as though through an undulating haze of desert heat."--Dagoberto Gilb, author of Before the End, After the Beginning: Stories"Solis has written beautifully about his youth on the border, never flinching from his childish blunders, nor failing to find soul in the frailties of others. These stories soar and shimmer with poetry and a playwright's gift for dramatic compression, comedy and pathos running through them arm in arm. Retablos is deeply moving, and a joy."--Elizabeth McKenzie, author of The Portable Veblen: A Novel "To enter into this book is like walking into a shrine, walls lined with beautiful paintings, each one colorful and visceral, depicting memories, life on the border, death and sadness and joy. This is one of the most memorable books written about the borderlands in years"--Daniel Chac�n, author of Hotel Ju�rez: Stories, Rooms and Loops"The short-short format is often called flash fiction these days, but Octavio Solis' stories are more like slow fiction: a moment unfolds, revealing a life, a way of life, generations. He explores the borderlands, not just the streets of El Paso where he grew up, just across the Rio Grande from Mexico, but also those liminal zones between fiction and nonfiction, childhood and adulthood, and magic and melancholy. Small but mighty, these stories will stay with you long after the moment has passed."--Frances Lefkowitz, author of To Have Not: A Memoir"A retablo is a devotional painting, playwright Octavio Solis tells us. In this poignantly written, heart-warming coming-of-age memoir, Solis pays tribute to those cornerstone moments in his life, negotiating borders at once personal and cultural, with such color that the reader is left spellbound. Astonishing, what more can I say?"--Greg Sarris, author of How a Mountain was Made: Stories

2054


J.T. Lawrence - 2018
    Learn your past might not be what you remember. Take a bot into your marriage bed, and fall in love across an impenetrable divide.You’ll love this riveting cyberpunk-fuelled box set of science fiction novellas.This box set includes:Deep Ocean Blues – Yudhanjaya WijeratneIn the Bay of Bengal, no one can hear you scream.When Parul signed up to work on Rig #443 thousands of feet beneath the ocean, she expected to make it out unharmed. But bitter truths lurk in the depths … and soon Parul’s survival is at stake.The Memory Hacker – JT LawrenceBe careful what you remember.A robodoctor shocks Talia by telling her she's given birth before. Talia's sure the AI is glitching, but it's stirred something deep in her memory. Will she risk remembering?Melting Shlemiel – Jason WerbeloffWhat would you sacrifice to be free?Shlemiel discovers a way to melt his impenetrable skin, but at a terrible cost. How will he choose between sacrificing his happiness and the safety of those he loves?The Camille – Colby R. RiceSome toys just shouldn’t be played with.When tech genius and mogul Andrea Daanik Ramoni invited the sex bot into her marriage bed, she knew it’d be trouble. What she didn’t know was that it would also be murder.---"Imagine a future that is at once amazing, terrifying, and breathtaking… Imagine no more—the future is now. Welcome to 2054." — Samuel Peralta

A Bright and Pleading Dagger


Nicole Rivas - 2018
    A pizza shop worker goes on a series of visceral dates with her gynecologist; a slighted lover coughs up a forgotten childhood toy; an artist unknowingly becomes the subject of an intrusive admirer’s lust; a woman has a heated staring contest with the world’s oldest man. Powerful and precise, Rivas’s stories highlight the unreality within the real, simultaneously evoking humor, outrage, and awe.Contest judge Rigoberto González writes: “With this marvelous collection of short stories, Rivas places her finger on that pressure point, where adventure and dangerintersect, where fantasy and reality cross wires, and where desire ebbs and flows to the delight—or chagrin—of her female protagonists. Each story, unpredictable and startling,leaves a lasting impression. A Bright and Pleading Dagger is truly a compelling and unforgettable journey into the dark but poignant experiences of women.”

The Lines That Make Us: Stories from Nathan's Bus


Nathan Vass - 2018
    The Lines that Make Us is a collection of thirty stories and thirty photographs by Seattle bus driver Nathan Vass (The View from Nathan’s Bus).“Read this beautiful book about junkies and hookers and bankers and lawyers in the last place in America they can’t avoid each other.”—Paul Currington, Fresh Ground StoriesNathan “...describes the riders—often poor, often not white, often going to bad news, often just being in the world—with a prose that’s at once elegant, rhythmical, and clear.”—Charles Tonderai Mudede, writer, editor, filmmaker, cultural criticWith an introduction by Paul Constant

The Dogs of Detroit


Brad Felver - 2018
    The 14 stories of The Dogs of Detroit each focus on grief and its many strange permutations. This grief alternately devolves into violence, silence, solitude, and utter isolation. In some cases, grief drives the stories as a strong, reactionary force, and yet in other stories, that grief evolves quietly over long stretches of time. Many of the stories also use grief as a prism to explore the beguiling bonds within families. The stories span a variety of geographies, both urban and rural, often considering collisions between the two.

Surprise


Charlotte Byrd - 2018
     Ellie never wanted a child or a husband. She didn’t spend her childhood dreaming of those things. But when the pregnancy test comes back positive, Ellie has some decisions to make. She loves Aiden, but is she ready to marry him and have a family with him? Especially, since she’s busy adjusting to a surprise visit from her sister and trying to sort out what happened to Caroline? WARNING: This is a HOT, modern-day, dark erotic romance with a bad boy alpha billionaire for fans of EL James. It contains light bondage, NO CHEATING, No Cliffhanger and a Happily Ever After, for now. Auctioned to Him 8 also contains free BONUS steamy standalone billionaire romance novels.

Harlem


Eric Jerome Dickey - 2018
    I dubbed myself after that dangerous neighborhood that I’d never seen. I read life is rough in Harlem, and a black man isn’t expected to live to see twenty-five. I was twenty-three. The clock was ticking.”When Harlem gets off on a murder charge due to insanity, the asylum he’s sent to feels worse than death, with one exception: the beautiful nurse Daphane. As their relationship grows, so do the stakes: she has the ability to help him escape, and he has the ability to set her free from her abusive relationship. Yet Harlem has one big secret: he was perfectly sane when he committed his crime. But in the end, Daphane’s own secret may be the deadliest of all. . . . Includes an excerpt from Eric’s upcoming novel, Before We Were Wicked, coming April 2019. Harlem was previously published in the 2006 anthology Voices from the Other Side.

That Time I Loved You


Carrianne Leung - 2018
    But in a Scarborough subdivision populated by newcomers from all over the world, a series of sudden catastrophic events reveals that not everyone’s dreams come true. Moving from house to house, Carrianne Leung explores the inner lives behind the tidy front gardens and picture-perfect windows, always returning to June, an irrepressible adolescent Chinese-Canadian coming of age in this shifting world. Through June and her neighbours, Leung depicts the fine line where childhood meets the realities of adult life, and examines, with insight and sharp prose, how difficult it is to be true to ourselves at any age.

I Do, I Do: An All or Nothing Short Story


Felice Stevens - 2018
    As best man, Rico has everything planned, including a surprise for his boyfriend that Adam never saw coming. So sit back, grab a glass of champagne and join two of your favorite couples as they finally reach their hard-fought Happily Ever After. This is a 6,000 word short story that contains several nervous grooms, parents who couldn’t be prouder, bagels and lox and a whole lot of wedding night sexy times. It has never before been published.

Wild Life: Collected Works from 2003-2018


Kathy Fish - 2018
    Her characters — patchwork families, scrappy siblings, unraveling couples, strangers, neighbors, and women confronting the violent self-annihilation that attends motherhood — are wracked by their actions and inactions. Surreality may be the only way out. If she did not coin the term flash fiction, we have her to thank for singlehandedly growing and elevating the dynamic form, securing its indelible place in the literary canon. With Wild Life, Fish demonstrates time and again why she is one of the most exciting and influential writers we have. Her range is on full display in this brilliant, comprehensive collection, an absolute must for students and teachers, for writers and readers across the genres." Sara Lippmann, author of Doll Palace

Shadow on the Stairs: Urban Mysteries and Horror Stories


Blair Daniels - 2018
    Atwell knows. He knows how everyone will die, even the ones he won't kill himself.   He also knows about all your clones. You didn't really think you were the original, did you? He's even traveled back in time to bring his daughter back from the dead. SHADOW ON THE STAIRS is a collection of short thriller, horror, mystery, and suspense stories. Each bite-sized page turner is a quick, exciting read, made more so by Dr. Atwell's elaborate narrative subtly woven between the stories.Supernatural and paranormal encounters. Deranged murders and master assassins. Mad experiments and profane rites... Delve into these mysteries and join the hunt to discover the truth.    Praise for Shadow on the Stairs:    "This book is filled with quick and easy-to-read horror stories that pack a punch."★★★★★ Review"Blair has the incredible ability to weave the most mundane passing thoughts into creepy nightmares. She does this without evocative shock and gore and instead builds imagery and cadence that lead you there. She manages to build a world of existential dread that is not too unlike our own and doesn't waste time."★★★★★ Review"I devoured it in a day and a half. Blair's writing is in that perfect Goldilocks zone where it's accessible and easy to read but not dumbed-down or too simple. I got chills more than once reading this!" ★★★★★ Review Read now to see the full-page illustrations.  Exquisite original illustrations from the author make this collection truly unique.   About Haunted House Publishing:  We're passionate about publishing horror stories for adults, scary books for teens, and all sorts of dark fiction. We've got new horror kindle books every month, specializing in supernatural stories, supernatural book collections, and paranormal books for adults. We've got zombie books, demonic horror, ghosts and specters, angels and demons, gothic novels, and haunted houses and ghosts novels. We promise some of the top horror books 2018.

Out of Focus


K.M. Neuhold - 2018
    You won't want to miss this special moment!Get a sneak peek into Liam with this short prequel to Liam's upcoming full length book.

Wait


Charlotte Byrd - 2018
     Attacked and nearly killed, I am still standing. I’m a fighter. A survivor. This baby in my belly is going to have a mother who is much stronger than she ever imagined she could be. But what about Aiden? He has been shot for trying to protect me. He’s lying in a hospital room. Everything is going to be okay, right? But what if it’s not? WARNING: This is a HOT, modern-day, dark erotic romance with a bad boy alpha billionaire for fans of EL James. It contains light bondage, NO CHEATING, No Cliffhanger and a Happily Ever After, for now.

Santa's Little Helpers (Rawhide Ranch)


Allysa Hart - 2018
    Master Derek asks his best friend, Jared, to fulfill the role and he hesitantly agrees, but no one can predict how this one Christmas will impact the ranch for years to come.