Meet Mark Comstock
Being a first responder has its positives and negatives. It seems like Mark Collins experiences more of the negatives than most.
Family relations? It’s hard to explain to a nine-year-old daughter why you can’t make it to her soccer game tomorrow. Or Thanksgiving Day dinner for the fourth consecutive year.
Companionship? The trust held in his teammates is like no other. Those outside his career field never truly understand. And contending with inept leadership in the workplace can test the bonds of a team.
Alone time? It happens. Not often, but it happens. With limited time around those you love, pushing yourself to find time for the things you want for yourself is often taxing.
As Mark makes his way through a life of camaraderie and work, he questions his sanity many times over. However, he does find a small beacon of light on his side. His wife, daughter, and teammates. With these priceless pieces of support, he pushes on with the headache and heartache found all too common in the first responder world. And with a new and daunting challenge tossed at their feet, Mark and his squad will need to keep sight of that beacon to emerge unscathed.
Athena is born at the wrong time, to the wrong parents, . Her parents are Greek immigrants trying to find their way in America. Athena bounces between two countries, two cultures, eating Greek eyeball stew and lamb’s brain on the one hand, and ice cream cones with sprinkles on the other.
Humorously told, Athena must survive her vicious mother, a shaming nun, bullying classmates, and an abusive babysitter. Her mother blames Athena for the family’s troubles and Athena comforts herself by sneaking Greek delicacies. In Greek culture you’re supposed to be pretty and skinny, basically perfect. She is neither of these things. Things go from bad to worse and Athena is sent away to a school for disturbed kids.
Athena’s only hope is to break free from her mother’s explosive volatility and smothering vice grip. She finds support along the way from an unlikely lot of total strangers, including a Portuguese family, an art teacher, a psychic granny, gang members, and a hooker. Without them Athena doesn’t stand a chance. But will she take the final leap and flee up north before her mother destroys her?
A literary anthology.
A literary flight of fancy, a collection of stories as convoluted as the mind of the author who wrote them.
Vivid, descriptive writing with twists and turns that will leave the reader wanting more.
A cornucopia of prose coupled with speed of light delivery.
A full-throttled bullet ride through imagination and beyond.
This… is the Potion Peddler’s Almanac by Colin R. James.
Rain, rain, go away, DON’T come back another day…..
After a spell in jail for the manslaughter of her abusive husband, all Brooklyn Lewis was wanting was an escape. She heads off to the Sierra Mountains to stay in her parents’ idyllic cabin in the Sierra Mountains where she’s just planning on having some quality R & R.
Cole Denvers – he’s on his annual camping and fishing trip, set up camp on the shores of the Old Ridge Lake and is counting on catching some quality fish
But when the skies suddenly darken and the wolves begin to howl, Brook and Cole realise that the blissful break they were looking forward to is fast turning into an ordeal from hell rather than an idyll of a heaven.
As the nightmarish horrors clash around them, Brook and Cole find themselves thrown together. Now their only goal is to make it home alive, but with acid falling from the sky and wolves haunting their shadows, will the two be able to make it out of the mountains alive?
Find out if Brooklyn and Cole can survive when the world is falling apart around them in Burning Rains, book one of the Mayhem & Madness Series by upcoming author Sam J. Fires.
Maxy Awards “Book of the Year” 2019
Pencraft Awards “Best Fiction Book of 2019”
“Witty, occasionally crass, and an unqualified delight.” –KIRKUS REVIEWS
Is it too much to ask that a managed care facility refund a year’s advance payment when your grandfather dies before he can move in? Frank Johnson doesn’t think so, which is why the thirty-three-year-old now lives in a nursing home, locked in a chess match feud with management that doesn’t occupy nearly enough of his time.
When foster kid Elroy is thrust into his life, Frank decides to turn this forced relationship to his advantage – launching a string of absurd decisions, inappropriate behaviors and unexpected glimpses of tenderness that ultimately turn a New Jersey suburb upside down. A laugh-out-loud celebration of bad choices for good causes, Managed Care is an offbeat story about three misfits on the social fringes of suburbia and their ridiculous campaign to introduce an unfiltered version of intimacy to their stale, impersonal community. Because, according to Frank, it’s probably what Jesus would have wanted.
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Some vampires are destined for greatness. He’s not one of them.
When truckstop diner cook and mediocre bowler Herb Knudsen becomes a vampire, his once simple life gets a bit more complicated. Herb’s not even sure how it happened. He wasn’t bitten by a vampire, which means there’s no one around to help him learn the ropes. With no one to guide him, Herb fumbles into his newfound abilities, courting disaster with every step. Despite learning each new lesson the hard way, being a vampire isn’t all bad. He’s stronger, a little sexier, and a heck of a lot better at bowling. Even Lois, the girl of his dreams, is starting to notice him. But he can’t drink beer, the bodies are piling up, and his best friend Dallas isn’t just getting suspicious – he’s getting jealous. When Lois is caught in the middle of the two friends’ escalating rivalry, keeping his dark secret becomes the least of Herb’s concerns.
Booze, bowling, bake sales, bar fights, babes, blood and karaoke… Who would have thought that being undead would make life so exciting?
About the Monsters in the Midwest series: Herb, Dallas, and Stanley live in northern Wisconsin, where life is nice and simple. Until Herb becomes a vampire. And Dallas becomes a werewolf. And Stanley becomes a zombie. Join the three friends on their hilariously awkward journeys as they learn that there really are monsters in the Midwest, and that’s not always a bad thing.
Meet Scott Burtness
People say you should write what you know. That’s damned good advice, so Scott writes about ordinary Midwesterners making an extraordinary mess of things. Hey, if the flannel fits…