From the author of Girth and Not Going Gently comes the hilarious tale of someone finding life a little tough at the top.
Gentle giant Jacob Waxman probably isn’t the right person to be overseeing the ethics of a voracious international bank.
It was never his dream job and he’s giving it his best shot, but when he gets trapped on the top floor of the building, Jacob’s going to find out that truth is the first casualty.
Because he certainly can’t tell his boss Brittany. She thinks she’s finally seen a spark of ethical passion in him and had only just asked him out on the date he now can’t attend.
Nor does he feel he can tell his colleague Helen and that’s more painful. She and Jacob are the best of friends, but there’s always a lot unsaid between them and she’s prone to panic, so this could be another truth she can’t handle.
Somehow though, he does feel he can tell his online delivery driver. Which leads to some very unorthodox outsourcing solutions.
And yet this new approach to the truth he’s forced to live with may just fix Jacob’s failing career and his non-existent love life. Hell, it might even help fix some of the other problems in his life that need to be addressed.
Just so long as he can keep everything under control.
When Alanis McLachlan learns that her mother’s been murdered, she’s completely unsurprised. Not that Alanis had been given a glimpse into the future. That would be crazy, right? It’s just that her con-woman mom, Barbra, was bound to cross the wrong people sooner or later. It’s why Alanis was lucky to get out of her childhood alive – and why she hadn’t spoken to her mother in decades.
But there is a surprise in store for Alanis. Barbra left her something in her will: a New Age shop in the tiny tourist trap town of Berdache, Arizona. The White Magic Five & Dime.
After going to Berdache to claim her inheritance, Alanis is drawn into the mystery around her mother’s death. Did one of Barbra’s customers finally get wise to her con-artist ways and take revenge? Alanis thinks she knows how to find out: She’ll make those customers her own until she can find the killer. Alanis McLachlan, cynic and unbeliever, is about to become a tarot card reader.
With a little help from her mother’s teenage apprentice and a snarky tarot how-to book called Infinite Roads to Knowing, Alanis begins bluffing her way through phony readings. But the more she gets to know the cards, the more she sees real meaning in them…and the closer the murderer comes to making her the next victim.
“Hilarious.” -Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A clever and compelling tale filled with colorful and engaging characters.” -Foreword Reviews
“Hockensmith, author of the award-winning Big Red/Old Red series, and coauthor Falco deliver a charming comic mystery.” -Booklist
“The story is fun and light, and the mystical background and details of tarot reading are treated with good-natured skepticism.” -Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine
GEORGE MANLEY political novice and computer hacking entrepreneur, runs for US President and wins-The public, and his family don’t know he’s a cross-dresser appearing as his twin sister “Georgia.” Using his hacking skills SHE saves the US from a Russian plot, risking his being “outed” and losing his family and the Presidency. This fast paced, farcical, quirky comedy takes you to the heart of the presidency and one man’s struggle for the White House, to save America, and for personal acceptance.
In this amazing anti-mystery loaded with dark humor, twenty-three-year-old Monty Hill leaves his Midwestern roots for 1977 Hollywood with dreams of becoming a major film screenwriter. He meets Harry, an unpredictable yet endearing man who in hopes to assist Monty financially, steers him to an apparently dangerous producer of pornographic movies, just as an unidentified pedophile looms in the background, inexplicably relating his own brief narratives. There are shocks and secrets aplenty buried in this intelligent story based on actual events, but it’s up to the reader to figure out where they are hidden before they crash-land with thoroughly unexpected explosions.
This sci fi adventure opens on the crest of a gravity tsunami, when a red dwarf star system punches through the fabric of space-time and barrels toward the Milky Way Galaxy. The Early Warning Centre can only watch helplessly as colonized space braces for impact.
Questions arise. Is it merely a star system? Or, is something else altogether?
The dire situation takes an unforeseen twist in this science fantasy when an SOS transmission from a long-lost experimental starship, The Invictus, is traced to the sole planet orbiting the red dwarf.
Alexandra, Post Office Marshal and living goddess, is in an action-packed race against time when she is conscripted to retrieve either the Invictus itself or, failing that, it’s top-secret data, before the ship is lost to imminent galactic collision, or worse, falls into the wrong hands.
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Bucket to Greece is a delightfully comical account of a British couple starting over in a new country, complete with imported cats, whilst discovering the joys and pitfalls of adapting to a strange culture.
When our hero, Victor, needs a pseudonym to avoid embarrassing his wife after deciding to pen a book about moving to Greece, he dusts off his original name of V.D. Bucket, the name he was stuck with after being abandoned in a bucket as a baby. As Victor adapts to his adopted homeland he battles an obsession with the exacting hygiene standards he demanded during his illustrious career as a public health inspector against the rather less exacting standards of rural Greece. His attempts to master the complexities of the language lead to a number of embarrassing misunderstandings.
Crossing paths with the local undertaker, Spiros, was a stroke of good luck for Victor and Marigold, since he just happened to have a house to sell in the charming Greek mountain village of Meli. Of course Spiros didn’t explain the strange arrangement of an Albanian living in the stone shed at the bottom of the garden, or mention the old lady’s next door filthy habit of burning plastic every morning. He also failed to mention his late uncle had plunged to his death from the roof terrace, but did a wonderful job of selling them on the spectacular views.
If you’re a fan of Greek travel and culture, then this book is a must.
What would happen if a politician decided to tell the truth—the whole truth? Richard Youngblood, aspiring Congressman, is about to find out. He’s running on a platform of honesty and transparency—and against the advice of his friends and advisers he’s decided to start with himself. His autobiography will lay his entire life bare before voters just days before the election. And what a life he’s had. Born in a commune and named Richard Milhous Nixon Youngblood as an angry shot at his absent father, Richard grows up in the spotlight, the son of an enigmatic fugitive and the grandson of a Republican senator. He’s kidnapped and rescued, kicked out of college for a prank involving turkeys, arrested in Hawaii while trying to deliver secrets to the CIA…Dick Nixon Youngblood’s ready to tell all. He’ll even tell his readers about the Amandas—three women who share a name but not much else, and who each have helped shape and define the man he’s become. Are voters really ready for the whole truth? Are you? Pianist in a Bordello is a hilarious political romp through the last four decades of American history, from a narrator who is full of surprises.
“You never know what day your kids are going to remember most about growing up.
You hope that it is a good day, a day when you performed well as a parent. Your greatest fear is that it will be a bad day, a day when you lost your temper or let the dog run out in front of traffic, or a day when something happened that is only talked about in front of high-priced therapists.
In my case it was the day my dad bought sod.”
Thus begins Donald J. Bingle’s award-winning short memoir about his father, a heart-warming, surprising, and humorous tale about how a single incident on a single summer day can become one of a child’s favorite memories of his parent.
This short, simple tale will bring both laughter and tears and create a lasting memory that no mass-produced Father’s Day card can ever duplicate. Pre-load it on your dad’s Kindle for a perfect Father’s Day gift. At about 2,000 words, it is a delightful short read, not a lengthy chore.
“Father’s Day” won 1st Place in the California Literary Arts Society Memoir Contest (2009) and 2nd Place, Non-Fiction, in West Suburban Living’s Annual Writing and Photography Contest (2005). It is also available as part of a deluxe 3-pack edition.
Best known as the world’s top-ranked player of classic role-playing games for fifteen years, Donald J. Bingle is an oft-published author in the science fiction, fantasy, horror, thriller, steampunk, romance, and comedy genres, with three published novels (Net Impact; Forced Conversion; GREENSWORD) and more than forty stories, primarily in DAW themed anthologies and tie-in anthologies, including stories in Time Traveled Tales, Sidekicks!, The Crimson Pact, Steampunk’d, Imaginary Friends, Fellowship Fantastic, Zombie Raccoons and Killer Bunnies, Time Twisters, Front Lines, Slipstreams, Gamer Fantastic, Transformers Legends, Search for Magic (Dragonlance), If I Were An Evil Overlord, Blue Kingdoms–Mages & Magic, Civil War Fantastic, Carnage & Consequences, Future Americas, All Hell Breaking Loose, The Dimension Next Door, Sol’s Children, Historical Hauntings, and Fantasy Gone Wrong.
Many of Don’s stories are electronically available, individually or in genre collections, including “Writer on Demand: Tales of Gamers and Gaming,” “Writer on Demand: Tales of Humorous Horror,” “Writer on Demand: Tales Out of Time,” “Writer on Demand: Grim, Fair e-Tales,” “Writer on Demand: Tales of an Altered Past Powered by Romance, Horror, and Steam,” “Not-So-Heroic Fantasy,” and “Shadow Realities.”
His story “Gentlemanly Horrors of Mine Alone” was the ninth story in Mike Stackpole’s Chain Story Project. His original short stories, “Season’s Critiquings” and “Running Free: A Tale Inspired by Patsy Ann,” are available for just 99 cents each..
Donald J. Bingle is a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers, the GenCon Writers Symposium, and the St. Charles Writers Group.
? The Snake That Ate Its Own Tail – A Short Story From Dystopity ?
In the year 3220, a ruthless multi-global holding company called the Syndicate rules the known worlds through a series of proxy corporations. On the lush green planet of Tremaine, a group of corporate mercenaries have kidnapped the lovely princess Diahsees in an attempt to finally force their king into submission, allowing the Syndicate to finish taking control over every aspect of Tremanian life in total domination of the planet.
Micah Jovich, a veteran mercenary and brilliant computer scientist and programmer takes charge of the Transition, an interstellar battleship with the help of his trusty android and protector Debian. Micah and Debian along with the help of Diahsees give it their all to deliver the final finishing blow to the Syndicate and wrestle back independent control of Tremaine’s little corner of the quadrant. As if anything were ever that easy, the ruthless chief occupation officer of the Syndicate, Trilian Six, expertly captures Micah sending all their plans into a tailspin.
Debian and Diahsees are placed in a difficult situation and forced to use every single trick in the book to save Micah his creator and restore freedom to the citizens of Tremaine. The entire future of the galaxy rests in their hands as they desperately try to save Micah and restore balance to the quadrant.
About the Author
Adric Laser (born March 07, 1983) is an American novelist, critic, public speaker, essayist, and columnist. He writes in several genres but is known best for his literary contributions in the science fiction genre. His full length novel Dystopity – The One-Eyed Man (2020) and the shorts associated with the series A Rebel Was Born (2020),The Snake That Ate Its Own Tail (2020) and Redrum on Reba (2020) made the franchise a huge success.
Laser was born in San Francisco, California and grew up in Seattle Washington. Laser’s works have been influenced by classic literature, popular fantasy, and science fiction; he often uses tropes from genre fiction. His background working in the entertainment industry gave him a strong character-focused approach, which many say contributed to the realism in his published works. His fiction often features characters that are highly skilled while at the same time coming from very troubled backgrounds and are forced to make difficult choices, often with odds that affect the lives of many.
Laser’s experience as a teacher of English and History to secondary students in Southeast Asia gave him a profound opportunity to better understand the motivations of a more youthful generation. As such, this is why his writing is so appealing to younger generations. He has written three books on creative writing and is a prominent member of the Furry Writers Guild, a group dedicated to promoting quality writing in anthropomorphic fiction and informing, elevating and supporting its creators.