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Multinational Corporations have been making genetically modified seed for years. They’ve pressured international organizations like the World Bank and the World Trade Organization to force client nations to buy the genetically engineered seed. Around the world people have protested against having to use this seed but there hasn’t been any real organization around the protests. Willa Hays is just an ordinary wife and mother. Her granddaughter is sick and the worlds’ food crops are in danger of being wiped out entirely. What can she do to stop the multinationals from ruining the planet?
Three adult fairy tales from the animal world; Unicorn For All, The Quick Brown Fox, and For Want of Rain, about an African Wild Dog. Tales of greed and arrogance, the stories ask the reader to take an alternative look at the world. In Unicorn for All, during the annual great circle hunt, young Kobi has discovered a rare animal, a unicorn. Killing the unicorn will ensure his fortune and make him famous in the Seven Tribes. But the animal talks and she promises him good luck for his entire life if he lets her go. Now he must choose instant fame and fortune or good luck in the future. In the Quick Brown Fox, the fox kit is smart and fast, but is he smart and fast enough? For Want of Rain takes a look at environmental impact from the point of view of a Wild African Dog.
Hardworking biologist Dr Elaine Sparks knows Dr. Alan Briggs stole the idea for LeanderAll from one of the other doctors in the lab. Elaine’s grandmother has died because of this drug and Elaine wants it off the market. The drug is very profitable so management refuses to issue a recall. With support from his old fraternity brother, the company CEO, Briggs begins a private program of mental and sexual abuse, driving Elaine to the edge of insanity. Can she fight her abuser and get the drug off the market?
A Forward Motion anthology with 17 authors, 17 short stories and one prompt: A Princess, A Boatman, and a Lizard!
Adventures and Creativity can be found everywhere as the 35 short stories of this anthology show. Each author found a different angle for the unifying theme: The Adventure of Creation.
Follow a girl to the Below-World to slay the Sharkshadow, or help a timid girl to overcome the destructive criticism of her art teacher. Witness a solitary drone on Mars or a naive homunculus struggle to become human. Sew with a mother who lost her daughter in a unicorn quilt, defeat bank robbing super-villains with an unlikely superhero, or join a great mage in the fire.
In thirty-five imaginative stories, emerging authors present the diversity of their creativity. Witness the talent nurtured by writing teacher, Holly Lisle. For the 5th anniversary of her first big writing course, How to Think Sideways, this anthology features the best of her talented students in a great variety of genres
“Cat Eyes.” What does it mean?
21 authors took on the challenge and came up with diverse answers. From literal cats, to idols, aliens, marbles, and so many other inventive possibilities. Genres vary from fantasy, science fiction, historical, superhero, romance paranormal, to humor, and more.
The Forward Motion for Writer’s Anthology is an annual showcase of the multi-national writing talent at the venerable writer’s group.
The end of October, the time of year when we all appreciate the chill of goose bumps. A mix of American Old West through a dystopian future, this collection brings together short stories that are a little creepy, a little horrific, and sometimes a little funny.
In Halloween Scare: Beware of a lonely Halloween night. What happens after the trick-or-treaters leave?
In 666 Devil Dog Road: What lurks in the vacant house a young university professor has just rented?
Read these and three other short stories for a chill, a thrill and perhaps, a chuckle.
December is the time of year when we appreciate the feelings of good will toward our fellow human beings. A mix of western, modern and scifi, this collection brings together short stories that explore human kindness and charity. The last story in the collection is a teaser from my upcoming series, Gulliver Station.
In The Welcome: After the death from illness of his parents, Ian Washington is now responsible for his three sisters. Can he make it to the nearest settlement before the winter cold kills them all?
In Gulliver Station Christmas: The building of Gulliver Station is behind schedule, the various teams at each other’s throats. Will a Yule Celebration get Fergus Boylan, the project manager, back on schedule?
Read these and three other short stories for a warm look at how the season can change hearts.
Gulliver Station is brand new and being populated primarily with Old Earth Irish. Fergus Boylan, the Provisional Station Manager, wants to leave the old, corrupt Ireland behind and make station life fair for all of its residents. Conway Gillespie sees a chance to start his own crime family and rule the station like his old boss on Earth. The new residents want a fresh start, free from corruption and violence, that’s why they volunteered to colonize the station. Who will win this tug of wills?
Settled for sixty years, Gulliver Station’s young Erin Gillespie, granddaughter to Conway Gillespie, follows his advice about the crime syndicate, The Family, he founded. Move slowly, he advised, manipulate the elections, take over the unions, slow and steady, don’t be greedy. Her lieutenant, James McMahon, thinks she’s weak and misses opportunities for more power and money. He’s begun to challenge her. Meanwhile Rory Patton, a fan of Fergus Boylan’s vision, still tries to make Gulliver Station a fair and safe society. Who will win?
A short novel with four short stories, Hard Choices looks at life on Gulliver Station in the time after The Challenge. Weather in the Biosphere is a tale about two cousins, who make an ill-timed mistake. Methane Breathers considers communications difficulties between two different species. Growing up is full of hard choices as Cassandra Madison in The Conversion discovers. Barrie has lost his job and must play the game for his family to survive as you’ll read in Dedication Day. The title story, a short novel, takes a look at life on Gulliver Station from an outsider’s point of view. Between ships, Jolene Harris enjoys leave by herself when things go horribly wrong. Will she live to reach her new ship, The Adirondack?
Gulliver station, a byword along the space lanes for corrupt government, where crime and misery is legend, teeters on the edge of revolution. Jolene Harris and the Adirondack return to Gulliver Station one last time. Lemuel Calahan, the Underground leader, needs to balance the need for secrecy against his need for recruits. Kenna Gillespie, leader of The Family, hears reports of unrest and strengthens her hold on the corrupt government while fighting her rivals, James McMahon and his son, Colin, of The Firm. Who will win?
Seventeen years ago, the brown rain started falling without explanation, without excuse. It killed everything it touched.
Then, after four years of death and destruction, it stopped just as inexplicably.
Now Alyssa and Kyra, two young women from a surviving community, are sent out into a desolate world to look for other survivors. Between Alyssa’s unique power and Kyra’s roguish skills, they might just succeed. But what they end up finding in the outside world, despite its veneer of civility, may be slightly less human than they had been expecting.
After their near-miss with the Children of God, Alyssa and Kyra are hesitant to trust strangers again. The world after the mysterious brown rain isn’t what they had been expecting, but they cannot go back. Hunger and thirst drive them onward, and duty takes them into the embrace of another survivor community.
Will they find a more open welcome this time around? Or is the depravity of man more universal than Alyssa and Kyra can comprehend?
Alyssa and Kyra are on the move again, and winter is almost upon them. Finding another community is crucial for gaining shelter over the coldest months, and their prayers soon seem to be answered when they come across the Ogonqwa tribe in Ohio.
There is much to be learned from their new hosts, both for Kyra, who gets an in-depth view into the warrior clan, and for Alyssa, who finds she might have more skills than she’d ever expected.
But not everybody is delighted with the strangers’ arrival in the serene community, and tensions mount as winter approaches. Will Alyssa and Kyra be allowed to overwinter within the safety of these walls? Or will they be put out in the cold?
With winter over, Alyssa and Kyra move on to Harrisburg. They soon find the community they are seeking: A conclave of scientists using their knowledge to assist in their survival. They find much to learn and contribute, and perhaps even finding new love. However, shadows lurk even here. They quickly find that the community is not all that it seems.
Will Kyra and Alyssa be able to stand against the dark side of scientific inquiry? Or will they be tested to failure?
Shamus O’Malley is on a quest to recover the Leprechaun Kingdom’s magic rainbows and gold before the rainbows are lost forever. To do so he must travel to the new world where he finds the evil wizard, David Bannon, intent on using the magic from the rainbows and the gold to conquer the Leprechaun Kingdom. He also finds an ally, Becca Bannon, the wizard’s niece. Can Becca and Shamus recover the rainbows and gold and defeat her wizard uncle?
When Jean Hays moved to Greyson, Arizona, she thought she’d found the perfect place in which to get away from her sleazy ex-husband and start over, a fresh beginning far from the big city.
But when she discovers the desiccated corpse of local quilting legend Ina Grange in a storage container on the fairgrounds where she’s volunteering, she inadvertently starts uncovering a deadly conspiracy just under the surface of the sleepy town.
Between managing the annual Greyson fair and pursuing the shadowy trail of destruction left by the murderer, Jean has her hands full dealing with drunken brawls and nasty falls, suspicious ex-wives and keen-sharp knives. And that’s not to mention the stubborn Police Chief himself.
Will Jean find the truth before the killer decides enough is enough?
Jean and Karen have found another body, in the heart of the Arizona National Forest. Jean has learned her lesson, and this time she accords Police Chief Nick White all the respect he deserves. Even so, she and Karen find themselves drawn to the story of poor Anson Prentiss and the events that led to his disappearance. Where’s the harm in two middle-aged ladies looking around and satisfying their innocent curiosity? And what are the chances that another lethal conspiracy could be swirling under the surface of little old Greyson? Between illicit affairs, drug dealers and corrupt Army veterans—along with some even darker shadows cast by upstanding members of the community—can Jean reach the right conclusions before she is removed for good?
Jane’s murder-free retirement changes once again when another dead body shakes her small Arizona town, and this time Jean herself is under scrutiny. Corrupt men in power are scheming her downfall, and when Police Chief Nick White tries to stand up for her, he finds himself in the crosshairs too.
Locked in a race against time, Jean must solve this murder to prove her own innocence to those with more power than sense. With the help of her close allies, Jean might just be able to untangle this web in time to clear her name and save Nick’s job. But the truth, as ever, has no intention of being found…
A gang of credit thieves has come to the city, and Zoe is tasked with finding them. She makes some progress in her quest, but who should she tell? The gruff cop who might be her ticket off the streets? Or the underworld crime boss who can kill with a word? Neither side can be trusted, and Zoe is left dangling in the middle with no way out.
But when a young girl from her orphan gang is kidnapped by a ruthless mobster, it becomes personal, and it’s up to Zoe to navigate the treacherous streets and bring her back. Going it alone brings more trouble than Zoe expected, and soon she is forced to rely on her own allies to help even the score… including assistance from the most unlikely of places.
As the debts owed pile up and blood starts to spill, Zoe has precious little time to figure out how to balance the scales and bring justice to Baia Mare. From the rich and powerful in their lofty council halls to the downtrodden folks on the dirty streets, the city is heading for a rude awakening – and at the center of it all is Zoe Ohale
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Delia had spent sixty years as a slave to the Corpets, caravan masters, learning reading, writing and math. Then her master, Corpet, and a local human lord, Traford, told her she was the embodiment of a prophecy and to be the most powerful elf to ever live. Now she’s being chased by her evil great-uncle, bent on taking over the elven kingdom and Delia doesn’t even have her powers. On the run, she must learn to use those powers and get to know her parents. Soon, before great-uncle Iyuno kills them all.
When Zeke Stanford strikes gold in the heart of Arizona, he is elated. Now he can provide for his Mary and prove to her parents that he’s not the no-good drifter they think him to be.
But when news gets out around town despite his precautions, this blessing soon threatens to turn into a curse—between the claim-jumpers and the Apache and other threats, he’s soon forced to get his hands dirty with blood rather than dirt.
It’s when his Mary shows up nearly unannounced from Santa Rosa that the stakes really ramp up, and Zeke will have to find a way to keep her safe in this Wild West tale of one man’s struggle to have it all.
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Orphaned, hungry, and freezing, Lissa finishes her work for Old Bet, then hurries home to her miserable shelter. It’s getting dark and it’s the Winter Solstice. Astarot is known to come out this time of year and many a child has disappeared forever. She doesn’t want to be one, or does she?