Life in a small town often seems idyllic and innocent, “one of those places where everyone knows everyone, and which is more a family than a town,” as Mike Craig describes it. And yet, beneath the veneer of harmony and innocence, a storm of political events is brewing and boiling, until these events culminate in a shocking, unexpected climax which changes everyone’s life. A tightly-written short story with an unforgettable ending. .Mike Craig’s writing has been praised by editors of literary magazines and book reviewers:”Mike Craig creates a hauntingly delightful world . . . [His] fiction will pull you along for a ride into the hearts of his characters, and then leave you wondering if the ride was really into your own heart.”–Michael F. Latza, Editor, Willow Review (Literary Magazine) “Bold storytelling . . . the start of something brilliant.”–Victoria-Lynn Bell, Editor-in-Chief, Helix (Literary Magazine)Also includes “How I Write” in which Mike Craig discusses the writing process behind his new book, Wild Youth.
We were a walking contradiction that couldn’t be understood. Leather and cowboy boots. Rock and country. And the longer we spent together, the more truths we uncovered with nothing but destruction in our wake.
Following the breakup of country music’s hottest couple, Ashton King signs to work on a collaboration with America’s number one rock band Relentless in hopes of bringing good publicity following damaging reputations in the media.
Bass guitarist Dylan Hilton’s constant partying and strained relationships in the press causes scrutiny for the whole band and could cost them their contract with the label. But Ashton can see the truth hidden behind the arrogant facade, a kindred spirit that mirrors her own broken soul masked with a fake smile for the press.
Maybe the collaboration is exactly what the pair needs, sharing moments that will allow them to rise from the ashes they’re buried under. Or maybe the moments they share will only cause more damage that neither can come back from.
A ruthless Latin American dictator, two rebellious Gypsy girls, a tormented man who risks jail in order to visit his childhood home, and a lifelong friend who commits the worst act of betrayal you could imagine are just some of the characters whose worlds brutally collide in Wild Youth. Mike Craig dares to dig deeply into his characters’ innermost emotions as they struggle between opposite courses of action and recklessly follow their innermost impulses, often with life-shattering consequences, when they are forced to choose between right and wrong, loyalty and betrayal, and sometimes even life and death.Set in fascinating locations including the Deep South, Europe and Latin America, these unforgettable short stories have drawn widespread praise from literary publications and reviewers.”Mike Craig creates a hauntingly delightful world . . . [His] fiction will pull you along for a ride into the hearts of his characters, and then leave you wondering if the ride was really into your own heart.”–Michael F. Latza, Editor, Willow Review (Literary Magazine)”Mike Craig’s stories pay attention for us, they slow lives down so they’re allowed to breathe and be seen . . . Details emerge where we would not have noticed . . . Although anything is possible within each world Craig creates, it’s all in the way he handles anything that appears unusual with such graceful nonchalance.”–Paul B. Roth, Editor, The Bitter Oleander (Literary Magazine) “Bold storytelling . . . the start of something brilliant.”–Victoria-Lynn Bell, Editor-in-Chief, Helix (Literary Magazine)”Mike Craig is not afraid to let his characters . . . reveal their emotions. This . . . gives his stories depth.”–Mary Troy, Editor, Natural Bridge (Literary Magazine)”Powerful, succinct . . . Hauntingly revealing and diverse in its experiences . . . Recommended reading . . .”–Diane Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review Click “Look Inside” above photo of book cover to read a free preview.
Despite Eva’s secrets, after ten years of marriage she and Adam are still deeply in love.
All-round adorable Adam – adopted, mixed-race, with a deep social conscience that he shares with his wife – claims to have no issues other than having no issues. Raised by remarkable parents, he has grown up happy and grounded, uninterested in his “other parents” or in why they might have had to give him up.
Having lost her father at fifteen, and still suffering a terrible relationship with “mother”, Eva has more issues than she cares to admit, and it falls to an unexpected visit by two policemen to uncover a secret she has kept from her husband since the first day they met.
With the past at last explained, and the worst of it now apparently behind them, today has been a day of good news, which Eva is looking forward to sharing with the friends who have invited them to dinner. But their hosts seem to have very different plans for the evening, and the air is thick with tension as gradually the reason for their invitation begins to come out…
People in the village gossip about Grace’s son, Alfie. He’s a lonely boy full of secrets, lies, and obsessive thoughts.How far can a mother’s love go? Will she ultimately sacrifice her life for his?Set in Nottinghamshire, this family drama follows the lives of Grace and Alfie as he transforms from a naïve, young boy into a teenager spiralling out of control.Love, Secrets, and Absolution is a coming of age story with a difference.Deceit, betrayal, love, and addiction, a family falling apart in the midst of teenage angst and torn loyalties; will anybody find absolution?
The Wakemans Face a Nasty Challenge as they Strive to Make Improvements for Themselves and their City In this novel, members of the well-established and privileged Wakeman family strive to expand their influence on Botolph, the city they live in, and at the same time pull themselves out of mental, physical, and spiritual low points. Along the way, they learn about their own natures and what significant action in the world involves. Caleb who teaches at the city’s largest university and longs to create a masterpiece of scholarship Amos leaves a good job in business to work with homeless children. Their sister Mary is a musician who craves a break from her demanding career; Their half-brother Stephen runs for mayor. Their external adversary is a gang of youthful toughs. Other difficulties arise from their conviction that they are always doing good. As a bonus, the story contains three novella-length interludes filled with paranormal antics set in a distant country that’s awash in farfetched technology and a fear that reality may be breaking down. If you like literary fiction, you’ll surely feel at home with “The Wakemans”, which a reviewer compared favorably with Dostoevsky’s “Karamazov”, for “characters painstakingly built from the ground up upon the minutia of everyday life.”.Buy this family saga that explores spiritual and worldly dilemmas.
An eclectic collection of prose and poetry which offers a brief escape into a variety of worlds and characters, Threads Rewoven is the ideal coffee-break companion.
Sparked by a series of writing prompts, the threads of inspiration became short stories and poetry. Gathered together in this omnibus, Threads Rewoven features the complete collection of our prompted musings.
With tales ranging from post-apocalyptic science-fiction to childhood fantasy, macabre tales of death and loneliness to the pure love of a child; Threads Rewoven presents the best from an adventure into flash fiction for three British authors.
Thirteen short stories make up this book: from the romance of ‘The Angel of Tobruk’ to the deadly battles of ‘The Third of August’, ‘Staying Alive’, ‘Horace the Horse’, to the nostalgia of ‘My Grandfather the Soldier’, ‘Suburban Hero’, ‘Homecoming’ and ‘The Light in the Window’. Plus some history of the 2nd/43rd battalion in World War Two, who fought at Tobruk, El Alamein, New Guinea and Borneo. The ‘Rats of Tobruk’ fought, died, were wounded, and won many battles in that time. But, many stories are about the women who became nurses, stayed home, repaired the damage their men sustained both physically and mentally after the services were finished with them. Although, the stories are fictional, there are many historical facts of great interest to many who had loved ones who served in the war.
Pianist in a Bordello
What would happen if a politician decided to tell the truth—the whole truth?
Richard Youngblood, aspiring Congressman, is about to find out. He’s running on a platform of honesty and transparency—and against the advice of his friends and advisers he’s decided to start with himself. His autobiography will lay his entire life bare before voters just days before the election.
And what a life he’s had. Born in a commune and named Richard Milhous Nixon Youngblood as an angry shot at his absent father, Richard grows up in the spotlight, the son of an enigmatic fugitive and the grandson of a Republican senator. He’s kidnapped and rescued, kicked out of college for a prank involving turkeys, arrested in Hawaii while trying to deliver secrets to the CIA…Dick Nixon Youngblood’s ready to tell all.
He’ll even tell his readers about the Amandas—three women who share a name but not much else, and who each have helped shape and define the man he’s become.
Are voters really ready for the whole truth?
Pianist in a Bordello is a hilarious political romp through the last four decades of American history, from a narrator who is full of surprises.
Some people call Eritrea the “North Korea of Africa.” But to two friends Chenkelo and Misghe, it is home.
In the picturesque capital of Asmara, these two educated young men are forced to choose between poverty and hustle as they hide from a national service conscription that would send them to the front lines. Charismatic Misghe is a charmer, a philosopher, and a loving son who is capable of having any woman in the city. But he’s about to flee his oppressive homeland—putting his longtime friendship with Chenkelo at stake.
Chenkelo is a consummate hustler, resentful of his lot but in love with his city and his country. He has a poet’s heart whose passion will soon fuel activism and a belief that Eritrea’s beloved national project can yet be saved.
Caught between the temptation of the Western dream and duty to their stagnated nation, Misghe and Chenkelo epitomize and transcend the trials and tribulations of an entire African generation. Amid the Chaos depicts the unflinching reality of a restless Eritrea in search of a meaning.
Kat has been too busy fighting the demons of her past to focus on love. But when she meets an intriguing new man, Will, in London her world is turned upside down. She feels she’s seen him before, but knows she hasn’t. Or has she? An enigmatic woman named Destiny, saying she has a secret to share, whisks Kat and Will off to midnight parties where champagne flows freely and nothing is what it seems. And then there are those dreams that unfold in an elegant 19th century English castle…
Visit the twisted worlds within the court of King Henry VIII. Told by Henry’s beloved fool William Somers you will witness a court saturated with betrayal, deceit, and even murder. But within the darkness you will also find the light of sweet love and tender friendships. Let William tell you the stories of those within the castle walls. But be careful for things are not always as they seem and danger lurks in the shadows.
Steven Porter had a mostly charmed life, one that most people would envy, that is, until it all vanished. He was far from home on the day his world changed forever. How far does the devastation reach – the whole country, the world? Millions of people are fleeing the cities trying to find safety. Steve finds himself as one of those lost souls wandering the highways. Each step forward is fraught with peril. What will he find if he even makes it back home?
To survive the dangerous journey he must battle hunger, thirst and the relentless attacks by others as well as brutal response by our government that raises more questions than answers. What’s left of his world? Normal is a fading memory, survival is all that matters. His challenge is simple, adapt or die.
American Exodus is a companion novel to the popular Catalyst series. This gritty stand-alone “Get Home” journey offers an intimate view of one man’s harrowing mission to return to his family.
A transgenerational family saga and action adventure, Titanic: Answer From The Deep, is set in the 20th Century and tells the historical story of a socially prominent, yet emotionally crippled medical family and their struggle to find fulfillment.Packed with characters from upper and lower class society and reminiscent of the TV series, Downton Abbey, or Upstairs, Downstairs, the novel sweeps the reader across the Atlantic from England to America on the doomed Titanic in a great Naval adventure.After the Titanic sinking, the beautiful Anne Elizabeth Taylor-Downs moves to Rochester, Minnesota home of the famous Mayo Clinic to raise her family. Later her son, Robert, finds himself in a troubled marriage, but while serving in the Navy in the Pacific, he meets a nurse and begins a great doctor/nurse romance with a woman who loves him, but spurns him because he is married.They enjoy the broken historical romance of the 20th century as they later search for and spurn each other. The years pass and they both grow old. Will Robert overcome the subconscious demands of generations of his family which held him crippled? What could happen in his life to make him change? To find out read Titanic: Answer From The Deep.
Reece Pocock has written an authoritative and intimate story of two families brought together by war and peace; in the process, he creates a fine study of how ordinary people are swept along by political and military events over which they have no control but which continue to colour their daily lives.
In North Africa in the 1940s, two men – Bill, an Australian and Rolf, a German – confront each other in a one-to-one fight in the vicious battles around Tobruk. Both are forever scared physically and mentally. Later, when Rolf is fighting in Italy, he learns of the Dresden fire bombing, deserts and returns home to find his family dead or dying. Rolf flees Germany and takes the identity of a dead companion, winding up in a displaced persons camp in France, from where he eventually migrates to Australia. The Australians meanwhile are withdrawn from North Africa and fight in the Pacific. In Papua-New Guinea, Bill is exposed to the horrors of jungle warfare and is invalided out of the army.
Five years after the War, Bill and Rolf meet each other by chance in Australia without knowing who the other is, and strike up a working relationship. Some of the locals resent the arrival of German migrants and Rolf is the subject of abuse and violence. When Rolf and Bill’s sister Elaine fall in love, family resistance is strengthened. Rolf eventually realises that it was Bill who wounded him in North Africa and must decide whether to forgive and forget or whether to seek revenge.
Pocock evokes powerful imagery of the viciousness of war in both the desert and the jungle as well as convincingly portraying how men respond under enormous stress.
The dissonance between men at war and men in peace is a central theme of the book
“Leather squeaked as the men mounted their horses…
By Don KidwellTOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 19, 2018
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…The sounds of galloping horses and the smell of Colorado dust blew through the batwing doors.”
1) Why I chose this book : Title caught my attention as I had owned a dog for a number of years and have fond recollections of the time spent
2) Any course language present : In author’s own words “There will be no graphic sex scenes or offensive language in my books. There may be an occasional damn or hell.”
3) Type of book : Classic Western by the books
4) Formatting/Editing : Well done
5) Best/Worst aspect of book : Standard fare tho ending did surprise me some
6) Favorite Passage : “Trial’s over. Bar’s open!”
7) Bottom-line : Overall, I liked the book so went on to grab “The Old Ranger” as well. ‘Nough said, give ‘er a read!
This book is one man’s ambition to show the American people, that people of color are not the enemy. To hopefully provide a vision for people of color, to rise above the situation their born into. Using a mixture of poetry and real-world perception. Mark Alan brings you a book about being black in America.
This isn’t a book about self-racism. A book of a man trying to supersede expectations placed on black men without choice. Why does society negatively view black men regardless of their educational and social status? Is black America to blame for some of the backlashes they receive? Why does the color black automatically cause people of color to have an unfair playing field in the eyes of the world? These are my thoughts on something we need if we are going to overcome these obstacles in life.
Black Americans are shot by police at a higher rate in America. The numbers show we are shot twice as much as whites. Figures also show that twenty percent of people that are shot by police are unarmed. Half of them were black. All of those black men that survive being shot by police say the same phrase.
“I wish I wasn’t black.”
Fifteen-year-old Lacey Mayford has been infatuated with Matthew since she was a little girl. Matthew, a half-breed Indian, doesn’t see her as anything more than a little girl cousin. How can she convince him that she is growing into a beautiful young woman he should consider?
In the frontier town near the turn of the century, Matthew Thorton is blamed for Luther Hannibal’s murder after an altercation with Luther over stolen furs. Lacey defends Matthew with the help of a teacher, Felix Grackle. They look into other suspects who could have killed Luther Hannibal. Matthew’s father Luke and his best friend Jacque Pierre are looking for the person responsible for stealing the furs. They believe the thief might have something to do with Luther Hannibal’s murder.
Will Lacey be able to clear Matthew’s name? Will Luke and Jacque Pierre find the man who stole the furs? Will the vigilantes stop the Whiskey Rebellion without bloodshed? The truth is far more sinister than anyone could imagine.
The book will be FREE at Amazon February 3rd-4th. If a poll was taken, who would be crowned the greatest superhero of all time? Would it maybe be Superman? Possibly Batman? It could of course be any number of the contenders who have populated the superhero stage. Well, I do believe it would surprise the reader to learn that the winner of that contest would actually be Man-Man, Defender of Man, and it would surprise the reader because Man-Man is, without any doubt, the absolute worst superhero ever in history. This book contains the first ten episodes of the superhero parody saga of Man-Man. Buy the book and you will experience the excitement and heart pounding action of episodes such as, where it all began “Episode 1: The Battle Against the Evil Tree” or maybe “Episode 3: Behold the Supermoon”, as well as “Episode 5: Man-Man Meet Medusa”. or the reader heaven of “Episode 7: Man-Man Vs. Mr. Tsunami”, and if you don’t buy the book you would be missing the story that ends it “Episode 10: Commemoration”. I would say that with Man-Man on the case you have nothing to fear, but, with Man-Man on the case you really, really do.
Eight years after the 9/11 attacks, Samia-Al-Sayyid an Iraqi immigrant is living a quiet life in New York City after she fled her home to avoid eminent death.
She works hard for her cold, heartless, high-strung boss, loves her seventeen-years-old-son, and cherishes the close friendship she has formed with her best friend Susan.
Nothing can go wrong, or so she thinks – until the estranged brother she left back in Iraqi shows up on her door step. Then she finds herself in a cab, on her way to the hospital to identify her son, a terror suspect who has blown the city, and with it her boss’ husband, and her best friend’s son. With everything lost, she is forced to flee to Iraq where she confronts her past. Will she make peace with her past? Can she get forgiveness for all the damage she has caused?
Full Circle is a contemporary fiction tale of friendship, family, and hope. It explores the devastation of loss, the great capacity to forgive and the lengths our loved ones will go to protect us.