A Single Round : A collection of short stories from a HARD PLACE

A SINGLE ROUND, is a collection of short stories from a HARD PLACE. Stories of moonshine and shotguns, obsession and transcendence, love and darkness, and the blindness of human desire. Each tale follows a painful path to one ultimate realization: the devil’s deal always ends badly, often with a single round.

The head that was found on the blacktop tells a tale in Johnny Fucking Carson.
Tommy watches his dream love become a nightmare in Together Forever.
Fame has a dark side, Becoming Famous echoes the age old warning, ‘Be Careful what you wish for’.
A story of realization, loss, and transformation takes flight in Redwing.
Never judge a book by its cover, even one with fangs, as a surprise awaits in Doc’s Choice.
The Grounded, sometimes the dream of escape should remain a dream.
A tale of a man who fell in love with a woman who forgot him in The Dog Walker.
The Ride will make you second guess what you thought you were sure of.


Meet R A Jacobson

After leaving the north forests and farmland of Saskatchewan, Rick headed to Calgary and the Alberta College of Art. After 4 years of hard work, he came out confused and somewhat lost. Now what?

Rick has been a bouncer (1 week), he has been a radio switcher (1 night) he worked at the CBC (1 month) he was a stuntman (2 action movies that he never saw but he’s not alone in that) he modeled briefly (he was the Jolly Green Giant for a time). Rick has built houses, packed groceries, cut grass, he has written children’s books (4) illustrated children’s books (19). He has worked as an illustrator, a writer, a designer and a painter.
Rick has won awards for his work in advertising and publishing including the Ruth Schwartz Award, the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award and numerous national and international awards including the Toronto Art Directors’ Awards, Communication Arts Magazine’s Award of Excellence, American Illustration Award of Excellence, and the New York Art Directors’ Award of Excellence. He has been featured in Smithsonian magazine and in The Artist’s Magazine. His commissioned portraits include Margaret Atwood, Robertson Davies, Christopher Ondaatje, and David Thomson.

Rick will be releasing his first collection of stories from a HARD PLACE, ’A Single Round’ on October 24th
He is currently working on the soon to be released “Hard Place” novel.
Both the novel and the graphic novel are scheduled for release in 2021 as well as another collection of short stories, “A Lead Pill”.
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Belial’s Teachings

Living alone and forgotten by almost all those he loved, life does not seem to have much in store for a depressed writer. That until one day, when a mysterious apparition from outside the physical world decides to show him new ways of thinking through intelligent and sometimes humorous observations that challenge the status quo, which will bring change to his life forever. A change that, as he will soon learn, comes first and foremost from within himself.


Meet Vlad Tudosie

Pharmacist turned corporate slave turned editor, who also happens to have spent one of his studying years writing a book, because pharmaceutical chemistry just wasn’t that interesting.

The road to Hell is paved with deadly desires.

Lucifer Morningstar’s thoughts have always been consumed with visions of a dark-haired beauty. She is the key to stopping the darkness that is coming. She’s the key to his heart, if he still has one.

He saved her from death then set her free. Still, he didn’t gain her trust.

She is the only woman he has ever loved.

And now war is brewing. Hell cannot survive without her.

And neither can Lucifer.

She’s the mother of all vampires.

Lilith used to be human before Lucifer changed. He made her to be the most powerful woman in existence.

But power comes with many costs.

For hundreds of years she fought her attraction to the King of Hell. Even though he saved her. Even though he gave her everything, including a son.

Unfortunately, Lucifer also took away Lilith’s humanity. He turned her into a demon.

Despite her best efforts to resist him, Lucifer convinces Lilith to return to Hell.

He needs her, after all. And perhaps it is time to accept her fate.

Can she truly be happy being the devil’s consort?

Saga of Darkness, Book I

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In the wee hours of one fateful night Olivia finds herself in the middle of a battle with demons. She assumes it’s a nightmare; a young astral warrior, Liam, convinces her otherwise. Olivia discovers that she is an evolved human who can travel between dimensions and is also capable of killing demons; a fate which was destined before her birth.

An innocent first-love blossoms between Olivia and Liam. They become partners in the astral army against demons and other forms of evil. Liam is in charge of her training; they are college students by day, demon fighters by night. However, there is a small glitch in their happiness: They are forbidden by the Astral Masters to see each other on Earth. They can only be together in their astral form. As much as they love each other, they cannot be together in their physical forms. However, everything is destined for a reason.