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You would think that being the last wizard left on the planet would be a good-paying gig for Milo, but it's not. Instead, the half-wizard was cursed by the Prime Wizard and trapped in a short chubby body with anxieties. As if that wasn't bad enough, Milo was born with Muddy Magic.
Sometimes Milo's magic works as it should, and sometimes it doesn't. Unfortunately, most of the time, it doesn't, which gets him into trouble. The only gift he has that consistently works is that he can find anything, provided it's more than a mile away.
Compounding his problems with muddy magic are his familiars, who sometimes hinder him more than help.
Harry, a former action figure, is a bumbling Trorc (part troll and part orc) that Milo's muddy magic made into his familiar.
Anna is the sexy vamp who was formerly Milo's blow-up doll—another example of magic gone awry.
Mackenzie (Macke) is a talking mini dragon from an alternate reality who blows colored bubbles instead of breathing fire. Macke thinks he's a male dragon trapped in a female dragon's body.
Together they make up the crew of Finders Incorporated and hire out to find hidden objects, people, or lost animals for money. They all live in a structure called "The Werehouse." The building is a shape-shifting entity conjured up by Milo's father, a Master Wizard. You never know what room you will walk into when you leave another.
The pandemic came and the world changed. Lives have changed; work has changed. The boundaries between reality and fantasy have become as blurred as those between life and work.
Corporate Catharsis: The Work From Home Edition explores the impact of the COVID pandemic on everyone's personal and professional lives through speculative fiction.
Ah, the sturdy trench coat. A traditional mainstay not only in classic wardrobes, but classic literature. Plenty of pockets to hide things in. Water repellent and sometimes, villain repellent. An icon for beloved detectives, inspectors, and spies for generations. (Not to mention flashers, femme fatales, and minor characters who just need to keep dry in the rain.)
The Trench Coat Chronicles, cleverly conceived and superbly assembled and edited, offers the reader far more than a clever way to tie stories together. It provides myriad ideas of how to defy stereotypes, upend the murder mystery genre, and, perhaps, even make wardrobe a character. With varied writing styles from conventional noir to cozy mystery to feminist detective, there is much in this collection to delight and admire.
Engaging for readers, and inspiring to writers. What more could a short story anthology possibly offer, short of being packaged with whiskey?
So settle in for a fun ride. Enjoy the variety of colorful settings and interesting characters. Smile as you watch each coat emerge and work its story magic.
We promise, the next time it rains and you open your closet? You'll never look at those epaulets and belt the same way again.
And who knows what's next from this talented editing team? I, for one, will be advocating for The Go-Go Boot Collection.
--Kelly Simmons, international selling author of suspenseful women's fiction.
Jon, "JT" Thomas selects his victims as he travels across the country, posing as a fix-it man. Sometimes he's a benevolent guardian, but mostly he's a stone-cold killer motivated by his delusional state of mind.
This self-appointed hunter believes that demons escaped from hell and impregnated human women. Now these 'Demon-Spawn' roam the Earth. JT stalks and kills the people he perceives as demon-spawn or just plain evil people. In his travels, JT meets and interacts with other hunters, some of whom he gets along with. The ones he doesn't tend to disappear.
However, it's all about eliminating evil for the Fix-It Man. Eventually, those he recognizes as evildoers all fall victim to JT's railroad spikes or straight razors.
The Fix-It Man doesn't just repair things; sometimes, he 'fixes' people too.
Why does a writer need a descriptive word reference containing so many words and phrases? For the same reason, a painter needs 344 plus colors. To create a more captivating painting, a painter selects colors to pull the viewer into the picture. To create a more engrossing story, a writer chooses descriptive words to draw the reader into the story.
Practical Wordsmithing isn't just about learning how to use words to paint a picture in your reader's mind. With chapters on Visual Imagery, Tone, Mood, Atmosphere, Emotion, Creating Backstory, Plot, and Storyline, and How to Weave a Believable Lie, it's also a writer's how-to book. One that will help both experienced and novice writers immerse their readers in a sensory experience.
Keeping the peace on the galactic fringe is like trying to walk a cat on a leash. It's all about dodging claws, avoiding bites, and listening to your gut. Out on the fringe, death can come quickly from a spear thrust or plasma blast, or slowly from an alien's poisonous bite. It was a perfect match for Tor, and like a Siren's song, the danger beckoned to him.
The tour was for six months, and the survival rate was one out of ten. Tor did four tours of duty on the fringe before he was recalled.
Upon his arrival back on Earth, the adventure-seeking giant is told he is being reassigned as an emissary to the planet Elysia. Emissaries have to follow protocell, and Tor would rather stick pins in his eyes than follow protocell.
And so the adventure begins...
Twins are said to share special bonds, understand each other's unspoken communication, speak their own languages, even possess powers of ESP. Their doubleness continues to fascinate the rest of us. Adored or abhorred, sheltered or shunned, twins have universally and perpetually aroused attention and curiosity. It was that fascination that inspired this collection of twin-themed stories. In them you'll find all matter of twins: the good, the bad, the fantastic, the fearsome, the magical, the envious, the secretive, the devious, and more. Being a twin. Fun, right? Think about it. What could go wrong?
The Twofer Compendium contains 36 short stories based on the theme of twins, written by 34 international authors. The tales in The Twofer Compendium leap across genres, from science fiction to whimsical, to downright creepy. Enjoy!
Each story in "Brainfire" begins with an introduction by the author, giving the reader insight into the story and its creation.
These amusing interrelated, whimsical, and sometimes outrageous, action and adventure short stories are recounted by some of Pomegranate Town's most colorful citizens.
On an alternate Earth, the men and women of Pomegranate Town get together at Charlie's Tavern every evening after work. There they drink, socialize, and tell stories of their adventures with the odd creatures that inhabit their newly colonized continent of Ionia.
The stories get funnier and more intense, as the taletellers compete to see who can get the greatest number of free drinks.
So, pull up a chair and order a mug of your favorite beverage, sit back, and relax while the local characters entertain you.
One reviewer wrote: "Great fun... keeps you guessing… a perfect blend of comedy, suspense, intrigue, and a little skullduggery to boot. It’s a fast and easy read."
Do you know how to survive a violent attack?We live in a time when a trip to the mall or a movie theater could bring you face-to-face with a mass shooting or terrorist attack. Incidents involving mass shootings, muggings, terrorist attacks, home invasions, and other attacks on the general public are no longer the exception. They are on the rise and becoming more violent and deadly.
When it comes to surviving an attack, you are either prepared or unprepared; there is no third option. It's a fact that the first people to take action during any type of attack, usually survive it.
"Fight or Flight" instructs the reader on how to avoid and survive these attacks at home, at work, or on the street. It also teaches the reader how to prepare for, avoid, and survive a violent personal encounter anywhere at any time.
Real self-defense and survival skills are not reactive, they are proactive. Most people don't react to a dangerous situation until it's too late. Being a survivor means practicing situational awareness, and being physically and mentally able to defend yourself.
Staying alive in a dangerous situation begins long before any physical confrontation takes place. "Fight or Flight" tells you how using situational awareness can give you an advantage in dangerous situations, regardless of your physical ability or skill level.
Alexander Malkin discovered werewolves were real when they killed his parents. Only the intervention of a weretiger saved Alex from the same fate, but his salvation came with a price. A few months later, Alex was shocked and terrified when he morphed into a weretiger for the first time.
When he was told that weretigers were created to hunt and kill lycans (werewolves), he was curious. After his first taste of lycan blood, Alex was all in.
From then on, revenge was all about hunting and killing werewolves, and Alex was a natural at it. Then he met Cassandra, and everything changed.
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