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Past, Present, Future Blitz

 

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Stories that Haunt

 

Short Stories

Published: April 9, 2021

Publisher: Manor House Publishing

These tales operate at three levels. First, the characters are all of “US.” Their stories are the One Human Story of struggling to live in this world. Dig deeper, and you’ll find the rich metaphor pointing toward truths about the way our species has evolved and why our permanent dominance of the Earth is a fiction that will not stand up to any real scrutiny. At their root, Dr. Ian Prattis has pointed out that “reality” is not action-over-time but it is simultaneity. These stories take their place with other great cultural myths as a shaman’s call to the central village fire asking us to listen, engage and imagine.

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I wrote this book PAST, PRESENT and FUTURE because I had to. My responsibility of holding the pen was a mere posture to place words in a sequence that would resonate in the reader’s mind. I had a sense of reciprocity about what I felt was necessary to heal the world from climate emergency and pandemic. The chapters play their part throughout as a sort of call and response meter that leans on kinship and community rather than corporate greed. The chapters become as seeds in the mind of the reader, so my work cannot be buried or lost. There is a strong emphasis on Indigenous Wisdom that pulls chapters together while displaying how easy it is to fall into destruction.

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About the Author

Ian Prattis


Poet, Global Traveler, Founder of Friends for Peace, Guru in India, Zen teacher and Spiritual Warrior for planetary care, peace and social justice. Ian Prattis presently lives in Ottawa, Canada and encourages people to find their true nature, so that humanity and the planet may be renewed. He mostly stays local to help turn the tide in his home city so that good things begin to happen spontaneously. His poetry, memoirs, fiction, articles, blogs and podcasts appear in a wide range of venues. Beneath the polished urban facade remains a part of human nature that few acknowledge, because it is easier to deny the basic instincts that have kept us alive on an unforgiving earth. Prattis bravely goes there in his outstanding literary work. A stone tossed into the waters of life.

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Jenny on the Street Blitz

 

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And Other Tales of Reverence and Revolution by a Very Young Man

 

Literary Fiction, Short Stories

Published: January 2021

Publisher: Black Rose Writing

“Dark and twisted a bit like Stephen King,” is how one reader recently described “Jenny on the Street: And Other Tales of Reverence and Revolution by a Very Young Man.”

A desperate young woman lost on the drug-infested streets of London, an insane revolutionary holding the devil in a jar, an indifferent truck driver forced to run over cats and a reverent grandmother looking for God in a rock. All of them are among the unforgettable characters inhabiting these 13 short stories set amidst the magic, majesty, mystery, and mayhem of the late 1960s and early 1970s. It was a surreal era of extreme idealism, exaggerated exuberance, ferocious fearlessness, and foolish folly. A period in which the scent of change permeated every tree, town, and tent. A time, in other words, much like our own.

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THE SUN’S TRUMPETER

Mornings you could see him from the boardwalk. See him, that is, if you happened to be up that early. A tiny, upright silhouette bathed by the endless orange of the sunrise over the sea. You couldn’t tell what he was doing all alone on the beach at that hour. Probably nothing, you’d think. Perhaps he was just walking. It’d make a nice photo; wish I had my camera, you’d think. And then you’d hurry on your way because it had been a wicked all-nighter and you were eager to get home for some much-needed sleep.

But long after you had gone, long after you lay dreaming comfortably in the mahogany bed next to your wife, the sad silhouette remained on the beach. Remained, outlined by the increasingly brilliant sunrise, like a stubborn matchstick in the corner of a fireplace refusing to be consumed by the fire it had kindled.

The first time Sean ever saw the gleaming trumpet, it had been sitting in the window of George’s Loan & Music Co. on King Street. The boy’s eyes had lit up, but he said nothing. Sean seldom did say anything. But it was enough to catch the attention of his grandfather, who stayed finely attuned to virtually any emotion that clawed its way to the surface of the young boy’s face. “Do you like that trumpet?” the old man asked. “Would you like to take it home?” As usual, nothing erupted from the boy’s mouth. But the light in his eyes seemed to flare for an instant, just long enough to spark a decision on his grandfather’s part. “Let’s go in,” he said. “Let’s take a look.” And that was the beginning of Sean’s obsession with the ancient trumpet someone had hawked, and his grandfather had bought.

About The Author

David Haldane,


David Haldane, a former Los Angeles Times staff writer, authored the award-winning 2015 memoir “Nazis & Nudists.” In addition to his journalism, essays and short fiction, Haldane has written and produced radio features for which he was awarded a Golden Mike by the Radio & Television News Assn. of Southern California. He currently divides his time– with his wife and two children–between homes in Joshua Tree, California, and Northern Mindanao, Philippines, where he writes a weekly newspaper column called “Expat Eye.”

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Pimping Out My Sister-In-Law* (This is NOT Erotica) BLITZ

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A Collection of Short Stories That Has Absolutely Nothing to Do with the Title or Cover Art

 

Short Stories

Published: December 2020

Publisher: Valkyrie Spirit Publishing

An anthology of short stories selected to provide you with a brief escape from where you find yourself right now. Each will allow you to leave this reality and take a quick trip into a different one. Have no fear. It’s a nice place. Even better, they know you there.

Words Ever Unspoken

Years have passed since Carson and Melissa broke up. Even though time has passed, both still dwell on the last time the two were together. Was that night a way of marking the end of their relationship, or was it a desperate attempt on both their parts to prevent their breakup from being permanent? Neither of them said a word during that last time together. Will either of them be able to find the words to express what is going on inside their minds and hearts today?

It’s a Surreal Thing

He was deep into that summer between being a kid and being a teenager. She was the kind of woman that was the building block of a young man’s fantasies. As he sat there alone, she walked up behind him unnoticed and for a brief moment became the center of his universe when she made a simple request… a swig of his Coke.

Just Down from Rimpy’s Bait Shop

Peter’s grandfather brought him to live on his farm during his most turbulent years. As the man he loves succumbs to the deterioration of age, Peter is increasingly frustrated as he is forced to deal with the aging man’s belligerent and sometimes dangerous behavior. Fertilizing a section of the lawn should be a simple chore, especially when there are explicit directions. But then again, maybe not.

A Scents of the Virus

A sleepless night filled with the boredom of the COVID19 lockdown, a distracting ad on the Internet, and a credit card leads to the purchase of a Hollywood star’s latest vanity project: A candle with a unique scent. The first time Munro smells it, he begins to recover a memory. It is a memory he suppressed for years of a woman and relationship his heart and body cherished. Now, whenever the aroma surrounds him, he is immersed in a world where she and the relationship still exist.

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About the Author

Sheldon Charles

Sheldon Charles is a decorated Air Force veteran, whose career has taken him around the globe, and given his writing a unique international flair. He is the author of the Evan Davis tales, which currently includes Three Paperclips & a Grey Scarf, Blood Upon the Sands, and From Within the Firebird’s Nest. His last two books earned Amazon bestseller badges after being ranked Number One for War Fiction and Middle East fiction, respectively. His latest novel is Ferdinand’s Gold. Sheldon currently resides in Michigan and can be contacted at shel@valkyriespirit.com or via www.valkyriespirit.com

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Six Word Story Blitz

 

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Stories, Memoirs, Poems and Jokes all written in only six words

 

Six Word Stories, Book 2

Poetry, Short Stories

Release Date: February 18, 2021

Publisher: Hebe Publications

Six Word Story is a collection of stories, jokes, memoirs, and poems, all written in only six words.

Find horror, romance, thriller, hilarity, and tragedy all bundled in a few tiny words.

This collection of micro-fiction gives readers a chance to get an instant dose of story.

Six Word Story by Doug Weller includes the winner of the 2020 Six Word Wonder Contest, with over 1000 stories were entered. As well as publication, the winner receives a $50 prize as the Six Word Wonder 2020.

This is the follow-up book to Six Word Wonder by Doug Weller. Over 500 six word stories to surprise, entertain, and amuse.

@SixWordWonder has over 10,000 followers. You can find out more at dougweller.net

Here are a few six word stories to spark your interest:

– Undertaker paused when he heard tapping

– Today, I remembered I had dementia.

– Slowly completed her father’s bucket list

– Dear diary, he’s outside the door. . .

These stories and many more are played out over ten movements in Six Word Story.

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Six Word Stories, Book 1

 

Release Date: June 18, 2020

Six words to tell a story.

Not three, or eight, or twenty.

You may ask – is six enough?

Well, trust me, six is plenty.”

A collection of over five hundred stories, each one exactly six words long. Some stories are funny, some poetic, some vulgar, and some are a little disturbing. Each story has been lovingly crafted to amuse and entertain you in six words.

Doug Weller’s Six Word Wonder is a social media sensation, with over 10,000 followers on Instagram.

Now, for the first time, Doug brings his best tiny stories together in one collection.

Unlocking the cage, she stepped out.

Cupid. Tomorrow, aim for his head.

Home alone, but toilet just flushed.

Baby loves whining. Mother loves wine.

reader. I’m a very gifted mind…

I poured two glasses… then remembered.

Take a moment out of your hectic schedule to enjoy these Six Word Wonders.

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Doug Weller is a writer of psychological thrillers and creator of the Six Word Wonder. His mission is to entertain, educate, and amuse.

His new book, Six Word Story, bring stories, jokes and poetry together. Each written in only six words.

Six Word Wonder is a social media sensation, with over 10,000 followers on Instagram @sixwordwonder

You can find Doug at https://dougweller.net

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Hello, Everyone Has a Story Blitz

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Short Stories

Publisher: Christian Faith Publishing

 

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Wonderful stories of life in our modern world with messages of hope,
forgiveness and faith.

During daily walks, I have gathered a lot of thoughts about my fellow
walkers. Oftentimes I have thought, “What’s their story?” as I
have passed by them and said hello. The manner in which a person responds to
a greeting is quite telling. Watching a person’s mannerisms, eye contact,
and general facial expressions tells a passerby a lot. These 40 short
stories are a fictional reflection of the day-to-day stories that anyone
could be experiencing as they walk the daily walk of life in this modern
time in America, in the beautiful park with the oaks. Hello won the Pinnacle
Book Achievement Award for 2020 for Short Stories.

 

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 About the Author

Sheila Kovach lives in Cora Wyoming, and has stories to tell. With her
positive attitude and sense of humor, she drew upon many life experiences to
create these stories. She won the NABE Pinnacle Book Achievement Award for
Short Stories for this book.

 

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