Rapscallion is a group of accomplished story-tellers exploring a new route to publication.
What if, they imagined, a publisher was not a gatekeeper, barring the way to most new stories, but a curator, lovingly displaying great work?
What if a publisher actively helped to prepare a book for publication and to build a bigger readership, but left control in the hands of the author?
What if, heaven forbid, the publisher served the writer, instead of the writer serving the publisher?
We've a long way to go, and many avenues to explore, but the first results of our work are published here, a collection of short stories - Amoral Tales - to introduce our work to readers, and our first full-length novel, The Lebanese Troubles.
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The Lebanese Troubles
by Alain Miles
Life in this beautiful old city offered everything. Mediterranean sun just two hours away from mountain snow. Exciting new friends - a madcap American journalist and his exotic Palestinian girlfriend. For newcomers to Beirut, Richard and Claire Devine, there was no telling where the world ended and heaven began. Until fighting broke out in the suburbs - but surely that was somebody else's war..
Waiting For Orders
by Alain Miles
It started as a routine training mission in the desert. How was old Gray to know that he would end up changing history?
In this short sharp satire, author Alain Miles reveals the truth about everything - science, religion, terrorism, climate-change, consumerism, and Wordsworth.
To enjoy this product at its best, read it aloud in the style of a young Jack Nicholson.
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- The Rumors Swirling About James Patterson (Story)
on March 31, 2011
Ever wanted to write a best-selling book? Or part of a best-selling book? Or a sentence in a best-selling book? Or maybe just a full-stop?
Stefano Boscutti shows us how - with a fictional journey into the possibly fictional James Patterson's world of fiction.
It's his first day on the job, and there's a lot to learn. No talking, no notetaking, no swearwords (leave that to the profanity department), no interpunts (no, me neither!), no criticism, no smartasses. That's where Stefano could have a problem.
Will he make it through to the end of the day and find out what's behind the black door?
Glorious satire - and a highly recommended read.