Wicked South: Secrets and Lies

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“A collection blazing with seduction, trickery, conflict, and grief, Wicked South: Secrets and Lies is a saga of bitter deceits and breathtaking victories.” -Heather Ezell, author of Nothing Left to Burn

For good or ill—on the page or in life—few things are more alluring than the siren song of a secret. Secrets can bind us together or rip us apart—but one thing’s for sure: they make a great story.

At the heart of each story in this genre-crossing collection lies a secret. A boy who is not a boy at all, a neighbor with a mysterious ability, a first love that isn’t what it seems, a girl who leaves her scarred and broken heart at the bottom of a river.

Friendships, first loves, revenge and betrayals—the characters in these stories are tortured by the secrets they’ve kept and the lies they’ve told—can they each find redemption as they learn to separate the wicked from the wise?

Wicked South: Secrets and Lies is an anthology featuring young adult stories by authors from North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. Contributors are New York Times Bestselling author Emily Colin, Elizabeth DeVido, award-winning author Lauren Faulkenberry, Amy Hyatt Fonseca, Lauren Fulcher, award-winning author Robin Kirk, John Klekamp, Karissa Laurel, and Katie Rose Guest Pryal.

A portion of the proceeds from Wicked South will benefit literacy programs at El Centro Hispano (elcentronc.org) in Durham, North Carolina.

“Menacing fairy folk and locker room monsters. Forbidden love and time-traveling adventures. The nine twisty tales in Wicked South: Secrets and Lies take readers to atmospheric corners of the American South (and beyond) filled with heartfelt characters and alluring mysteries.” -John Claude Bemis, award-winning author of The Wooden Prince and The Clockwork Dark Trilogy

Deceptive Visions

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3 Stories by master science fiction storyteller Daniel McMillan, author of Eve of Ascension, that remind us –

DON’T BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU SEE…

Sanctuary -After Mary Russell has her ingenious proposal rejected by the tech company she works for, she decides to move on and create her vision without them. In realizing her life’s ambition, everything else in her world is torn apart. She should have been more careful what she wished for.

Komodo -A battle hardened Galactic war veteran whose reason for living has been taken from him faces off against impossible odds. He could be reunited with his dead wife sooner than he thinks.

Mantle -An anonymous, mysterious hero from a desolate future passes down what he has learned to the next generation of saviors, a boy he encountered while responding to a “calling”. What he doesn’t know about his powerful young student surely couldn’t hurt him, right?

Undead of Night

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Three short tales of things that go bump in the night.

Under the Bed: Allison is trapped in a frightful game of hide and seek with the monster under her bed.

Night Creature: Stacey’s relaxing weekend takes a terrifying turn when a determined werewolf tries to have her for dinner.

Haunted: Seventeen-year-old Mikala must confront her fear of the dead to help a ghost child in need.

Allison, Stacey and Mikala may not be brave, but they’re no damsels in distress!

Twenty Miles West of Branch, Texas and other stories

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From a desert highway in West Texas to the plains of frontier Kansas to an abandoned mine in New Mexico, from a courtroom to a high school girls’ speech contest to a nursing home, from the side yard of a suburban home to a youth revival to the halls of an urban high school, K.C. Knouse puts the main characters of the thirteen short stories and novella included in this collection into circumstances that challenge assumptions they have made about themselves, their lives, and the world in which they live:

The mother who is estranged from her son.
The young woman who has doubts about her relationship with an older man.
The widower who struggles to accept the death of his wife.
The young man who is fearful of becoming his abusive father.
The homesteader who fights to redeem his pride.
The aging salesman whose livelihood is threatened by technology.
The father who relives his past at the expense of his relationship with his son.
The boy who discovers that having money creates as many problems as it solves.
The veteran teacher who crosses an emotional boundary in spite of herself.
The teenage boy whose relationship with God is complicated by a pretty girl and a misunderstanding.
The woman who doubts her decision to put her husband into a nursing home.
The man whose faith in the justice system is shaken.
The high school girl who is self-conscious about a birthmark on her face.
The middle-aged insurance adjuster who receives more than he bargained for when he comes to the aid of an attractive woman.

K.C. Knouse uses compassion, humor and an eye for detail to bring these characters to life and bind their stories to your heart.

Short Beats: A collection of Micro-Tales

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“Short Beats” a collection of Micro-tales.

In just four or five lines you get the whole story.
In the tales, we have tried to capture the different moods and emotions, from the happiness of being a parent to the sadness of a mother parting from her only child, from the love in the old age to the unrequited love.
The story telling style is inspired – but not limited to – haiku, tweets, and tiny tales. Some stories are written like poetry in prose and some are just in form of dialogues.
The book doesn’t conform to any fixed style of writing or narratives; it is as free flow as life itself.

This book is a perfect companion for short journeys or when you want something quick and pleasant to read.