Trying Anyway is a collection of short stories. Some are humorous. Some are haunting. Some are impressionistic and a little obtuse.
They’re all weird—
It’s a book for book weirdos—
Are ya weird? Need something else weird to reflect on instead of your weirdness for a change?
Read these stories. They’re about the Philadelphia area. I don’t think there is enough literary representation of our Delaware Valley. Our strifes and philosophies are relevant. Not everything worth writing down happens in New York City. But these stories don’t happen in Philadelphia. They happen in the wilderness and in the dark. They happen in the quiet spaces where you just want to be alone. They’re still happening—right now. Open this book, and they could be happening to you.

These are stories about monsters chasing and people falling down. Everyone’s always crying and hurting each other. I’m troubled by them. I’ve collected them for you. I’m publishing them for you. These weird and wiry tales are unbefitting a standard press. They are lopsided and crude. Worrying. They go too far. They leave without saying goodbye.

If you are from Philadelphia, you will recognize the agony within. The temperature of this book is unbearable. The smell is choking. There is garbage everywhere. Philadelphia is built on a dank swamp that freezes in the winter. The days and nights are loud with illegal construction. The police are corrupt. The crooks are contemptuous. This city is a disappointment to its parents and a shameful catastrophe to behold. We are covered in filth and suffer from mental decay.

Profit made from this book’s sales go directly toward feeding and sheltering a person with clinical mental illness.

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Meet Justin Kirk Engard

Justin Kirk Engard has been trying to write a book this good for a long time. Reap the rewards.

A book about life, travel, survival, and awareness of mistakes.

Escape to Myself is the first book in the Big Little Stories series from Ukrainian writer Ivan Kuznietsov. Each book in the series is an independent, complete story and can be read in a free sequence. All stories have something in common—they are all about change. You will discover the adventures of different characters, but all of them, just like you and me, are essential parts of the big little story of our world.

This book tells the story about a conscious transition from the life of a highly respected person, the heir to the royal throne and everyone’s favorite, to the life of a vagabond who sleeps wherever he has to and lives on alms. Once life circumstances prompted him to leave his safe home secretly and went to wander the world in order to get to know people better, and most importantly—himself. Each chapter of the book is one day in the life of the protagonist. Each day describes important events that happened to the main character and the conclusions he made. This journey, filled with discoveries and shocks, is led from the protagonist’s perspective, giving the impression that you are becoming a big part of this exciting story!

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Stay safe from the Evacuation Zone with Peanut Butter and Jelly while visiting the Isolation Worlds or Planet Loreia in Gamma Zaria. Molly’s Second Chance in the Meadow Race leads to Summer on Solar Life.

While I Don’t Mean You is intended to be encouraging, it often leads to Better Forgotten Memories as the Status Quo, or No shifts. Nerissa’s Legacy gives us A Fair Beginning with Prince Charming, in a life where the Safe Place is home.

As our world struggles to survive, and to find A Measure of Life, filled with Painted Paper, will we build Glasses Houses, or Cycle through our lives? Adult Orphanages, and Finally Family may become reality, instead of Second Place.

Will Broken Dogma lead us to Cluster? Or will The Gift allow us to encourage Going Hunting while Saving the Family Farm with (or without) the Written Word?

Stories slip between ten categories. Delve deep into forty stories about an altered past, a dreamed of future, and perhaps, even a present we don’t recognize under the surface. Meet aliens, and cultures you don’t know exist.

40 Short Stories

57,453 Words

6 X 9 – 243 pages

7 X 10 – 281 pages

Stories slip between ten categories. Delve deep into forty stories about an altered past, a dreamed of future, and perhaps, even a present we don’t recognize under the surface. Meet aliens, and cultures you don’t know exist.

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What connects one intelligence to another?
What is it to be a human?
Would a being from another planet have a very different way of behaving from us?
And what about a robot? Without their own intelligence, they would be just a programmable tool. But when we endow them with it, the need for free will immediately arises. And in that case, for what reason would they assist us?
What would prevent them from seeing us as limited beings? Or perhaps, this reasoning is wrong, and they would be just another intelligence to deal with.

These and other questions are developed here throughout thirty-five short science fiction stories. including some fantastic tales.

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Caged Boy Sings: A Memoir

NEW EDITION

In this raw and oftentimes brutal experimental memoir, Cameron Beyrent paints a vivid landscape of mental illness as he recounts the terrifying reactions he had to the pills meant to cure it.

Caged Boy Sings is a mind-altering, stiletto-throwing, unmedicated look inside the brain of author Cameron Beyrent.

As the story of Caged Boy Sings goes off the rails right out of the gate, the narrative dips into universes filled with characters that you never expected to meet—rent boys, mental patients, strippers, 20-somethings and more. The line between fiction and nonfiction is frequently challenged as the author guides the reader throughout the fragments of his imagination, searching for the shattered pieces of the truth throughout the rooms of his mind.

Caged Boy Sings is a book about the misplaced losers who are constantly wondering about who they’re supposed to be—and the unsung heroes who were put here to help us piece together the puzzle of our identities.

Portions of this book were originally published online and in literary magazines under the moniker “Caged Boy Sings.”

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Fun Stories Greatest Hits

Enjoy the biggest laughs, the craziest stories, the most comedy. 40 greatest hits! 

Featuring multiple tales from the top 10 of the iTunes comedy chart 

The ultimate destination for humorous short stories. TV and radio personality R. Scott Murphy takes you on a wild ride through office pranks, romance fails, commuter clowns, parenting problems, and the day he quit Cub Scouts. No topic is safe from his off-the-wall comedic sense of observation. 

Fun Stories Greatest Hits is a must-have collection of laugh-out-loud life stories sure to please humor readers, comedy connoisseurs, and fans of sitcoms such as Seinfeld, Friends, and The Office. 

Make Fun Stories Greatest Hits your next comedy adventure. Get it now. 

PRAISE FOR FUN STORIES:
“Five big stars. The funniest book I’ve read in a long time!”  

“Murphy is funny and charmingly off the wall. I love all five Fun Stories books and these are the greatest hits!”

“There are rollicking adventures in every chapter. It’s my go-to gift for friends and family.” 

“Hilarious book. Witty humor like Dave Barry, Trevor Noah, Nick Offerman, and Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader.”

INCLUDES ALL OF THESE POPULAR STORIES & MANY MORE:
“Chick-fil-A Makes Me Feel Like Leonardo DiCaprio” 
“The Least Amount of Fame Possible (Old MacDonald)”
“Cub Scout Dropout”
“Not the Next Carrie Underwood”
“Bigfoot Popcorn”
“Gatorade For Your Soul”
“Shamelessly Suggestive City Names” 
“I’m the Freakin’ Michael Phelps of Googling” 
“Alright, Alright, Alright!”
“Mind Game of Thrones”
“Happy Friday (Mr. Pee Man)” 
“Clown Commuter Award”
“How NASA Thins The Herd”
“Crunchy Roads, Take Me Home” 
“Good Folks, Bad Coaching”
“Ultimate Waitress Revenge”
“Battle of the Bands”  

Get a free Fun Pack of stories at www.mentalkickball.com.

The Fun Stories family also includes:
Fun Stories For Your Drive To Work
Fun Stories For Your Drive Home
Fun Stories: Random City Limits
Fun Stories: Searching For More Cowbell

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Athena: Tales of Love, Magic, and Sheer Madness

At last, it’s here!

The very first anthology of Dastaan World …

Sixteen of the finest and most underrated writers gather from around the world. Each of them weaves a tale that would entangle you and not let you go till you’ve devoured every word of it.

Intriguing characters, shocking plot twists, and climactic endings will leave you playing these stories out in your mind for days after you’ve read them.

Discover:
•What secrets await Effigy after her father loses her in a game of poker?
•Why are Alijah’s parents disgusted at his plans to save his family from the Magi?
•How will Norris deal with his wife’s dead body in his car?
•And much more …

This collection of short stories features both real-world and fantastical settings, ranging from the Appalachian Mountains in North America to the Faraway Hills of Africa to realms mankind has yet to discover and explore.

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Unchained Words

Life gives you surprises, as the song says. It applies in these twenty stories about human relations. The reader will be able to verify it throughout the stories, some of which mutate in unexpected situations. From very realistic stories to oneiric events, they are all connected by the leitmotif of this book.

With an appreciable thematic diversity and sometimes a certain narrative brutality, they can be listed as:
– A company with employees like any other, living situations that seem absurd.
– A boyfriend who mutates more than his messages, throughout the relationship.
– An unexpected call, with an even more unexpected situation.
– A very peculiar plant, with a logical result for it.
– A woman hesitates just at the time of marriage.
– A short story where he shows us what is most valuable to a survivor.
– A couple in which the lack of communication plays havoc.
– A story about that inner voice that makes us be. For better or worse.
– A typical everyday situation that seems endless.
– The time we do not want to give ourselves and its consequences.
– An extreme turn showing disconnection during the exchange of physical words.
– Here the page shows us a very short story; you have to read it like a child.
– A police story based on what we do not speak, with words of caliber.
– Really, a script for the protagonist.- A story with a tremendous turn in it.
– Brief tribute to my doubly stubborn dog. You will see why.
– A mixture of reality with poetic turns, or at least that was the author’s intention.
– A sad story that we will not understand when we finish reading it but at the end. The meaning of this phrase will become clear to us with its history.- Who did not shake with two big eyes, in this case is not what it seems either.
– Finally a husband who comes out with a typical excuse and shows us an oneiric reality, leaving us a disturbing sense of reality.

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