Living in Cleveland with the Ghost of Joseph Stalin

It’s the summer of 1953. Calvin Jefferson Coolidge is thirteen years old when the ghost of Joseph Stalin appears to him in his Aunt Evelyn’s cluttered Cleveland attic and wants to dictate his memoirs to him.
“I want to tell my side of the story,” Uncle Joe tells him. “They’re giving me one year to set the record straight, so we need to get started right away.”
Calvin’s life is falling apart at the seams. He’s a misfit and loner whose only friends are famous dead people. He loves polka music and Westerns and sometimes wonders what it would be like to kiss a girl. His con man father is in Florida looking for his bipolar runaway mother. His cousin Buck is abducted and experimented on by aliens. The lady next door wants to coach him in the ways of love. His pastor thinks he’s headed straight for Hell. His English teacher thinks he’s a savant. The school psychologist wants to have him committed. His shrink thinks he’s just plain nuts. Sometimes, Calvin believes it too.
Everybody’s trying to figure out what makes Calvin tick in this quirky, fast-paced metaphysical romp through the heart and soul of 1950’s America.


Meet Marc Sercomb

A Stormful of Pickles

It’s a week before Christmas, and the worst storm in twenty years is about to descend upon Maidstone.

Fran, youthful dinner lady and regular churchgoer, feels a storm building inside her, too. To escape her overbearing father, she has foolishly married Mr Edward Dobbs, a dull and pious fellow, not a bit like the manly heroes of her beloved erotic historical novels. And now she’s trapped behind walls of her own making. She has accepted her life of grey domesticity with stoicism, the only buffer to the monotony of her existence being her weekly visits to a lavish hotel tearoom, where she can indulge her modest fantasies. 

But this is all about to change. Fran is about to embark on a roller-coaster of sexual frustration, desire and fulfilment. Not necessarily in that order. And she’s going to take the men in her life along with her.

As the storm hits, Fran huddles under a tree, waiting for a bus that doesn’t come. Enter not so Good Samaritan Peter Pearson, head of the school English department, with his warm dry car and his seductive Irish charm. While her dark-horse husband cavorts with a forbidden colleague on the other side of town, can Fran repel the charms of this broken teacher and chart a course back to the tranquil waters of her boring life? Does she even want to? 

This storm is about to throw all their lives up in the air. And where they will land is anybody’s guess.


Meet Elliott Fassbinder

Elliott Fassbinder’s professional life has revolved around finance, in some guise or other. But it was his battle with alcoholism and addiction ( recovered alcoholic, 15 years ) that gave him the ideas, and the fuel, to write this story. He believes his experiences in tackling his affliction and the subsequent search for meaning in his own life has given him a profound insight into the absurdity of the human condition. He lives in Hastings, England.

Across Lviv - ASIN B08HJ8SGR4

Have you ever thought about teaching abroad? Where would you go?
In a country torn apart by corruption and violence, the idealistic Scottish author takes up a teaching post in an English language school in Ukraine circa 1996 determined to make a difference.
Through a series of interconnected stories of deceit, betrayal, love and loneliness before the Orange Revolution and Euromaidan, the author encounters the people of Lviv in a time and place, though harsh, filled with romance, humour, and hope for the future.

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Lady Capers – A Short Story Collection

Lady Capers – A Short Story Collection - ASIN B085RZN4ZS

Lady Capers is a trilogy of short stories woven through the messiness of life. Each piece features a unique female protagonist and a focus on the everyday trials of life in a light, quirky manner. For Mary Jane, is Thousand Island dressing an accessory to her murder? Will Emily try to fake her own death to get out of jury duty? And does Anne really make passionate love to her grilled salmon? Lady Capers will confess the whole story.

Winner of an Editor’s Pick by HUGEOrange.com, Lady Capers was praised as “lighthearted, not heavy reading” and “perfect for that diversion you need sometimes.”

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