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Troy D. Smith was born in the Upper Cumberland region of Tennessee in 1968. He has waxed floors, moved furniture, been a lay preacher, and taught high school and college. He writes in a variety of genres, achieving his earliest successes with westerns -his first published short story appeared in 1995 in Louis L'Amour Western Magazine, and he won the Spur Award in 2001 for the novel Bound for the Promise-Land (being a finalist on two other occasions.) He is currently preparing to defend his dissertation at the University of Illinois Department of History.

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Shadow Tales Vol. 1
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Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 33,800. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2014 by Cane Hollow Press. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
Five tales of horror and suspense! “Hollow Road” by Troy D. Smith. “The Unwelcome Kind of Tenants” by Stephen Thorn. “The Miss Addie” by Lynn Veach Sadler. “Where the Ragged People Go” by Kevin Crisp. "The Stairway" by Charles Whipple
Wolf Creek: The Dead of Winter
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 33,600. Language: English. Published: June 27, 2014 by Cane Hollow Press. Category: Fiction » Literature » Western
Welcome to Wolf Creek. Here you will find many of your favorite authors, working together as Ford Fargo to weave a complex and textured series of Old West adventures like no one has ever seen. The lawmen of Wolf Creek have stymied cattle baron Andrew Rogers at every turn, and he is getting desperate. Desperate enough for one final gamble…
Wolf Creek: Stand Proud
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 32,380. Language: English. Published: June 26, 2014 by Cane Hollow Press. Category: Fiction » Literature » Western
Greedy and ambitious cattle baron Andrew Rogers has caused a lot of trouble around Wolf Creek, hiring a small army of gunmen who have proven themselves capable of almost anything. But now he has set his sights on clearing out a whole town –Matthias, a hamlet near Wolf Creek settled by former slaves. Sheriff G. W. Satterlee has a plan to protect them... but it may be too late.
A Schoolboy's War
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Price: $12.00 USD. Words: 64,590. Language: English. Published: May 26, 2014 by Cane Hollow Press. Category: Nonfiction » History » European
A poignant WWII memoir told from the perspective of a little boy: A School Boy's War is an insightful, heartfelt and well-crafted tale of a young boy, acutely aware and blissfully ignorant of the dangerous world he and his family struggle to survive. Funny and heartbreaking and written in a voice as powerful as Frank McCourt himself. - Erin Holroyd, Literary Teacher, Journalist, Staff Writer.
Fantastic Tales of Science Fiction, Vol. 1
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 46,240. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2014 by Cane Hollow Press. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Exciting sci fi tales by: Troy D. Smith Brooke Kennedy & Briana Gaitan John Schade Anthony Legg
GRID: Book 1, Throwback
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,290. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2014 by Cane Hollow Press. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Military
Jack and Ursula were strangers to one another, from different cities and different generations. Thanks to a malfunctioning top-secret government experiment, they met quite unexpectedly -150 years in the past, in the middle of the Civil War. Without their clothes. And now a highly trained tactical team must go back and rescue them... if they survive long enough.
Haven and the Hunter: An Ethereal Underground Story
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 25,480. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2014 by Cane Hollow Press. Category: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
Sasha was a bounty hunter, one of the best. His latest target: Haven, beautiful daughter of a councilman from the privileged third layer. It should have been an easy assignment... if not for the electricity that passed between them. Now both their worlds will be turned upside down...
Shot for a Dog
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,580. Language: English. Published: December 29, 2013 by Cane Hollow Press. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
"It had been an accident—a trick of the relentless, shimmering heat—that had made Luke pull the trigger. At least, that had been the story he told, and the tale he stuck to in his own mind, until he had almost come to believe the fabrication himself." This tense psychological thriller by acclaimed author Cheryl Pierson begins with envy and makes its way to madness, as a young farm boy on the Amer
A Fire in Brimstone
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,330. Language: English. Published: December 10, 2013 by Cane Hollow Press. Category: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
A new short story from Peacemaker Award nominee Tom Rizzo, author of the acclaimed western novel Last Stand at Bitter Creek. Cass Ryan is the trusted sheriff of Brimstone -but he has a dark secret. Now the past has caught up to him, and there is a reckoning to be faced...
Wolf Creek: O Deadly Night
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 44,900. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2013 by Cane Hollow Press. Category: Fiction » Literature » Western
Welcome to Wolf Creek. Here you will find many of your favorite authors, working together as Ford Fargo to weave a complex and textured series of Old West adventures like no one has ever seen. In the second part of our Christmas anthology set, two new people come to town and enter our saga, just in time for Christmas.
Wolf Creek: A Wolf Creek Christmas
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 50,400. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2013 by Cane Hollow Press. Category: Fiction » Literature » Western
Welcome to Wolf Creek. Here you will find many of your favorite authors, working together as Ford Fargo to weave a complex and textured series of Old West adventures like no one has ever seen. In the first part of our Christmas anthology set, several new people come to town and enter our saga, just in time for Christmas.
Wolf Creek: Night of the Assassins
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 38,760. Language: English. Published: October 20, 2013 by Cane Hollow Press. Category: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
Wolf Creek, Kansas, is not peaceful on a good day –but things really escalate when Tsu Chiao, owner of the Red Chamber, decides to edge out his competitors in the seedy part of town with the aid of Tong assassins sent from San Francisco. All-out war ensues, with peaceful Chinese citizens like the Li family caught in the middle.
Wolf Creek: The Quick and the Dying
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 28,290. Language: English. Published: September 13, 2013 by Cane Hollow Press. Category: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
The people of Wolf Creek look at artist James Reginald De Courcey and see an English dandy who couldn’t hurt a fly. But like most people in town, he has a secret; he is actually the infamous outlaw Sampson Quick. Months ago, he left his gang and decided to turn over a new leaf… but they have found him, and need his help to bleed Wolf Creek dry. And they won’t take no for an answer…
Peacemaker Tales
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 91,840. Language: English. Published: August 30, 2013 by Cane Hollow Press. Category: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
This volume includes works by everyone who has been nominated for the Best Short Story Peacemaker in the first three years of its existence, including the winners. You will be hard-pressed to find such a collection of new classics in one book. These stories represent the finest in Old West fiction being written today.
Peacemakers vol. 4
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 32,170. Language: English. Published: August 30, 2013 by Cane Hollow Press. Category: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
Available in one volume- all five nominees for the 2012 Peacemaker Award for Best Western Short Story, including the winner- "Adeline" by Wayne Dundee. Also includes stories by James J. Griffith, C. Courtney Joyner, Cheryl Pierson, and Troy D. Smith
LifeLessons: Book One
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 36,500. Language: English. Published: August 23, 2013 by Cane Hollow Press. Category: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Christian Life / Inspirational
"A delightful collection of essays and observations, filled with laughter, tears, and above all a keen eye for observing God's Spirit working in our lives." -Troy D. Smith, author of Bound for the Promise-Land.
Foxleaf Anthology
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 25,490. Language: English. Published: July 7, 2013 by Cane Hollow Press. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » General
Some of your favorite authors –you just don’t know it yet! This eclectic collection of short stories, poetry, and nonfiction features writers from the Upper Cumberland region of Tennessee. Mystery, fantasy, science fiction, inspirational –there’s something for everybody (and probably several somethings.)
Wolf Creek: Hell on the Prairie
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 59,340. Language: English. Published: June 19, 2013 by Cane Hollow Press. Category: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
In this anthology of stand-alone short stories: Marshal Sam Gardner confronts a notorious gunfighter who hates lawmen; Deputy Quint Croy learns the secrets of Asa Pepper's place; Billy Below learns to be a cowboy; Doc Logan contends with a specter from his past; Derrick McCain faces family secrets; Ben Tolliver gets the shock of his life; and strangers get caught up in the Danby Raid...
Wolf Creek: Showdown at Demon's Drop
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 33,210. Language: English. Published: June 4, 2013 by Cane Hollow Press. Category: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
The brutal Danby gang paid dearly for their raid on Wolf Creek. But some of them escaped, and their new leader Clark Davis is hungry for revenge -on the town, and on the man that he believes betrayed the gang, Derrick McCain. Seminole scout Charley Blackfeather, meanwhile, wants his own revenge on Davis for his actions in the war...at the Centralia Massacre. Blood is going to flow...
Ruin's Plowshare
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,220. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2013 by Cane Hollow Press. Category: Fiction » Romance » Western
Jack is a young man who lost his legs –and his self-respect –in the Civil War. Sally is a soiled dove who senses in him a kindred spirit. Together they discover the healing power of human hearts, and human hands… A short story from Peacemaker and Spur Award winner Troy D. Smith
Mourning Glory
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,440. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2013 by Cane Hollow Press. Category: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
A lawman and an outlaw –natural enemies. They have only one thing in common: the woman they both loved, murdered in cold blood. Now, together, they will hunt down her killers –if they don’t kill each other first… From 1995: the first published short story of Peacemaker and Spur Award winner Troy D. Smith
Casualties
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,490. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2013 by Cane Hollow Press. Category: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
Two desperate outlaws named Fred Stein and Apache Bill are holed up in a rocky stronghold, holding a wealthy man’s little girl for ransom. Pinkerton detective Thomas Grady has been sent to bring her back safely –but will his haunting memories of another tragic assignment cost the girl her life?
Judah King
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,690. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2013 by Cane Hollow Press. Category: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
The railroads hated Judah King –but the people loved him, viewing him as a modern-day Robin Hood. Judah has a scheme to parlay that popularity into his gang’s biggest score yet –and his ambitions don’t stop there. His oldest friend, and trusted lieutenant, fears that the charming psychopath Judah King may finally be going too far… but what is he willing to do to stop it?
The Day They Got Lance Burns
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,260. Language: English. Published: May 10, 2013 by Cane Hollow Press. Category: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
“Sheriff Dan Roberts was the finest man I've ever known, and it's a shame he had to face up to a seasoned man-killer like Lance Burns. Sheriff Roberts wasn't the wild-eyed killer type, you see…” A short story by Peacemaker and Spur Award winner Troy D. Smith
Mister Maitlin
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,220. Language: English. Published: May 10, 2013 by Cane Hollow Press. Category: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
What do you do when an entire town mistakes you for the notorious gunfighter Joe Maitlin? If you’re the hero of this western noir tale, you live it up while it lasts… A short story by Peacemaker and Spur Award winner Troy D. Smith
Total War
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,660. Language: English. Published: May 10, 2013 by Cane Hollow Press. Category: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
With the nation abuzz over the defeat of Custer, journalist Carlo Nelson is assigned to follow an equally colorful cavalry colonel, Jefferson McClannon, into battle. But Carlo is about to discover that war on the Plains is like nothing he has experienced in his previous travels… A short story by Peacemaker and Spur Award winner Troy D. Smith
Buffalo Talker
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,760. Language: English. Published: May 10, 2013 by Cane Hollow Press. Category: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
Orphaned and mentally challenged, Bobby Devane’s cruel uncle called him “slow and backward.” But Bobby had a very special ability –and the Cheyenne band that takes him in can recognize what no one he knew before ever could… A short story by Peacemaker and Spur Award winner Troy D. Smith
His Face to His Enemies
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,450. Language: English. Published: May 9, 2013 by Cane Hollow Press. Category: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
Strong Bear, a proud Cheyenne Dog Soldier, refuses to be forced onto a reservation. He decides to resist to the last, choosing his own fate –staking himself out in the traditional manner, with his face to his enemies… A short story by Troy D. Smith, winner of the Peacemaker and Spur Awards.
The Confessions of Little Big Man
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,620. Language: English. Published: May 9, 2013 by Cane Hollow Press. Category: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
Little Big Man was once a mighty warrior of the Oglala Sioux Nation. Now, in his declining years, he is haunted by the decisions of his youth –and by the memory of his greatest friend, Crazy Horse… A short story by Troy D. Smith, winner of the Peacemaker and Spur Awards.
The Purification of Jim Barnes
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,840. Language: English. Published: May 9, 2013 by Cane Hollow Press. Category: Fiction » Literature » War
U.S. Marine Jim Barnes survived Vietnam, and has returned home to the Maricopa Indian Reservation… but can he survive the memories that haunt him? His grandfather has a solution, if Jim is willing to listen to him, and trust the old ways… A short story by Troy D. Smith, winner of the Peacemaker and Spur Awards.
The Sin of Eli
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,180. Language: English. Published: May 6, 2013 by Cane Hollow Press. Category: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
Robert Darnell's son is scheduled to hang in Wichita. Darnell would give anything to reach him in time, including his own soul... so he sets out on a race against time to carry out his desperate plan. Winner of the prestigious Peacemaker Award for best western short story.
Blackwell Down Under
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,420. Language: English. Published: May 2, 2013 by Cane Hollow Press. Category: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
Caleb Blackwell found no luck in the California gold mines... but there is a new rush, in a place called Australia. Unfortunately, Blackwell arrives just in time to be caught up in one of the most violent uprisings in that land's history... Read the whole Blackwell series! "Blackwell's Run" was nominated for the 2011 Peacemaker Award for best western short story!
The Blackwell Gang
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,570. Language: English. Published: May 2, 2013 by Cane Hollow Press. Category: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
Duke Blackwell, California outlaw, is trying to go straight -but his efforts are complicated by a string of stage robberies by someone impersonating him. Now he has to catch "the Blackwell Gang" before the law catches him... Read the whole Blackwell series! "Blackwell's Run" was nominated for the 2011 Peacemaker Award for best western short story!
The Blackwell Raid
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,780. Language: English. Published: May 2, 2013 by Cane Hollow Press. Category: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
Army sergeant Max Blackwell and his brother, Texas Ranger Jake Blackwell, lead an expedition to rescue a woman and her daughter who have been taken captive by Comanches. The pursuit will lead them across the Llano Estacado to Ransom Canyon -and the notorious comanchero leader Dutch John...
Wolf Creek: The Taylor County War
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 39,690. Language: English. Published: April 13, 2013 by Cane Hollow Press. Category: Fiction » Adventure » Action
Ambitious rancher Andrew Rogers will stop at nothing to eliminate his rivals and initiate his broader, nefarious plans –and he has a small army of hired guns to prove it. Can the cowboys of the T-Bar-B, and the lawmen of Wolf Creek, stand in his way, or will the prairie be soaked in blood?
Lines of Blue and Gray: Tales of the Civil War
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 43,550. Language: English. Published: December 11, 2012 by Cane Hollow Press. Category: Fiction » Historical » USA
The American Civil War was by far the most dramatic time in U.S. history. No one could escape its influence who lived in America while it was fought; indeed, we can still not escape its influence today. It was a contest for the soul of the nation, to define who and what America was to be. This volume is a collection of several Civil War short stories I’ve written over the years, as well as stand-a
Christmas Comes to Freedom Hill
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,720. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2012 by Cane Hollow Press. Category: Fiction » Christian » Western
A touching story of faith, hope, and love by award-winning author Troy D. Smith
The Blood of Patriots
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,050. Language: English. Published: August 16, 2012 by Cane Hollow Press. Category: Fiction » Horror » Undead
A SHORT TALE OF TERROR by award-winning author Troy D. Smith Colonel Jeffords has more to worry about than the Confederate Army. He has chosen to employ an infamous Union guerrilla band led by the mysterious Captain Vincent Caine -a band so bloodthirsty that the enemy may not be enough to satiate them. Vincent Caine has a secret, you see -a terrible, terrible secret. And a terrible hunger...
Blackwell's Star
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,080. Language: English. Published: August 16, 2012 by Cane Hollow Press. Category: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
"Pike's Peak or Bust" is the rallying cry for the Colorado gold rush -and veteran prospector Caleb Blackwell is busted. Busted, and growing disenchanted with the mining business. Then he wanders into a town that is tightly controlled by a gang of vicious thugs -and sees a new option...
Blackwell Unchained
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,350. Language: English. Published: August 16, 2012 by Cane Hollow Press. Category: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
Jake Blackwell left the Texas Rangers to fight for the Union. Captured in battle, he finds himself in a makeshift Confederate prison called Camp Henry. Now he is in for the hardest fight of his life -the fight to stay alive in the disease-ridden prison, when a sadistic guard has marked him for death...
Blackwell the Highwayman
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,940. Language: English. Published: August 16, 2012 by Cane Hollow Press. Category: Fiction » Adventure » Action
Good-natured bandit Duke Blackwell meets a beautiful Mexican damsel-in-distress who informs him that he has become a local legend for preying on corrupt merchants. And she desperately needs the help of the famous highwayman, for a noble quest--but Blackwell has a feeling all is not as it seems...
The Sword of the Raven
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 17,750. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2011 by Cane Hollow Press. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Wulfstan of the Hinterland had come of age, and was determined to cross the barren Winterberg Mountains and find adventure in the realms beyond. The mountains themselves would give the youth more than he bargained for, however: enemies from another world, sorcery, dark gods, and a mysterious protector calling himself the Raven. A stranger with secrets, and a solemn charge…
Mister Tree
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,290. Language: English. Published: November 19, 2011 by Cane Hollow Press. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
A fantasy short story by award-winning author Troy D. Smith The Dark Wood was a haunted place, everyone said, an eerie thing with a thousand living eyes, which mysteriously sucked up all who entered it. Nikki did not want to be sucked up. She only wanted to find her squirrel. But the trees were watching...
Amber
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,110. Language: English. Published: November 19, 2011 by Cane Hollow Press. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
A fantasy short story by Troy D. Smith The halfling Jod Gleefellow had not expected to find adventure in the Dark Wood; he had only hoped to find a rabbit for his supper. He had certainly not expected to find an Elven maiden, imprisoned for centuries by an evil sorceror.
All That We See or Seem
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 47,790. Language: English. Published: October 16, 2011 by Cane Hollow Press. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
"All that we see or seem... is but a dream within a dream." History teacher Will Shaw embarks on a surreal odyssey to the edge of virtual reality and very real madness. He, and the government agent assigned to spy on him, will discover that truth, like sanity, is in the eye of the beholder. And they will learn the terrible secret that their government is willing to kill to protect...
Idylls in Darkness: Selected Poems
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,710. Language: English. Published: May 25, 2011 by Cane Hollow Press. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Poetry - general
A selection of poems by the award-winning novelist Troy D. Smith. Although primarily known for his historical fiction and mysteries, Smith has been publishing poetry since 1986.
That Distant Eden
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,820. Language: English. Published: May 24, 2011 by Cane Hollow Press. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
The passengers and crew of the generational ship Thoreau are finally nearing the end of their centuries-long journey to colonize the uninhabited Gordon's Planet. It will be a new beginning, an opportunity to avoid the mistakes of their ancestors who ravaged Earth. There's only one problem. Gordon's Planet isn't uninhabited after all. And its indigenous people do not wish to be colonized...

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Hollow Road
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,000. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2014. Category: Fiction » Horror » Undead
A chilling story of love and terror… Tom Jarvis felt certain that no man had ever loved a woman as deeply, as truly, as fully, as he loved his wife. This is why Tom’s decision had been so long in coming. Marcia had been dead for over six months before Tom finally—reluctantly—admitted to himself that he was going to have to kill her...

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  • Big Enough: A collection of stories on March 25, 2012

    Chuck Tyrell has been writing for a long time- and in the last few years people have started to find his work. In short order, he is becoming regarded as one of the brightest "new" western authors. In this collection, you can find out why. His characters come alive- whether they are cowboys, young girls, or vengeful samurai. As an added treat, there is an excerpt from his acclaimed novel VULTURE GOLD. If you like westerns, you need to check this out.