Bard and Book
Bard and Book Publishing represents an incredible new vision for connecting publishers, authors, and readers. How does it work? Those who subscribe to our reader community get access to every creative piece our authors generate, for as long as the reader maintains his membership- at no additional cost to them! The authors in turn receive the vast majority of the funds received by subscribers, allowing the readers to directly support writers. Moreover, the authors receive a share of all the revenue that the publisher receives, as well. There is no better publishing model in the market today for authors.
The readers make out well, too. Not only do they receive 5-10 new short stories or poems each month and every 3-5 months the latest novel one of our authors has completed. That’s less then a dollar per book! Beat that! But we’re not done: in many cases, readers get to ‘watch’ as the stories are actually written, providing feedback throughout the process. For example, an author may make available installments of novels that they are writing and solicit comments.
Readers get exclusive access to the authors in ‘member area’ only sections of the site and instant access to every work that has been produced by the author, past and present. Depending on the subscription plan the reader chooses, the reader may also get one or more soft or hard cover editions of BBP’s books, again, at no further cost to them, but also making sure that BBP isn’t a collection of ‘starving artists’!
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The Deep Cove Investigation
It is 1978, and there is a genetically engineered monster on the prowl in the waters of Deep Cove in the heart of Texas. Sheriff Blake doesn't know that yet, but he is putting the pieces together. Will he learn the terrible truth before the beast kills again?
In “Wednesday’s Commute,” the commonplace is highlighted in a group of people getting to work on a bus in the same, old way. But when something very unexpected happens on-board, the commuters are changed forever.
Chronos and Old Facts
A budding scholar gets sent to a hidden building on the campus to meet Chronos, the keeper (and destroyer) of old facts. What he learns from Chronos will make him re-think everything he thinks he knows.
Is it chronological snobbery, or is it just good scholarship?
The Last Message
Lois can't stop listening to the last voicemail her daughter left before she was killed by a drunk driver. A technological blunder drives her into deeper despair until something unbelievable happens.
PAIN...In some lives it's the only thing that matters.
Regina is immersed in a cocoon of pain. The teasing of your classmates, the uselessness of her life leaves her numb and in search of pain as the only legitimate feeling. She is alone and spiraling toward disaster until hope steps in.
The Forge of Gleipnir
Physical and spiritual danger accompany Martin McMichaels in his well-meaning charitable work on Ritman's Planet. Can he leave the planet with his life and reputation intact?
As a University professor, Riley could see that the girl’s creationist views were nonsense and his evolutionary reasoning was reasoned. What he couldn’t see, was the chain of events about to unfold, leading to a man standing scared and a platypus swimming blind.
Sometimes nature preaches silent sermons.
Arnulf the Destroyer
A new three story anthology from Robert W Cely
Included in this anthology is "Arnulf the Destroyer", a story of a young man struggling with his identity and his place in the world, and the woman who loves him enough to believe in him. Also included are two award-winning stories, "The Faceless One" and "Reading Wine".
The Deep Cove Lineage
In the late 1960's an ambitious and brilliant scientist begins work on a frightening project that will have dire consequences for one small Central Texas town on the shores of Deep Cove. The birth of the Deep Cove monster began as a controlled government experiment, but it will end with terror.
The Tallest Tale
Prairie Dog Pete was the rootinest, tootinest, shaking his bootinest cowpoke in the whole Wide West. He could leg wrestle a cougar with his bare hands, square dance with a pack of grizzlies from sunup to sundown, and drink a cup of sarsaparilla standing on his head while leg wrestling a cougar and square dancing with a grizzly.
Cerberus and the Hound of Heaven
The police discover a gruesome scene: a pro-life advocate and his son are found dead in a road-side cabin. Perplexed, and without any obvious explanation, the detectives are forced to turn to the nightly news for clues. As well they should: last night the world learned of a miracle cure... for death itself.
Three stories in one collection.
Buying Time - Quin gets the offer to buy the world’s most precious commodity - Time. But can he afford the price?
Forgotten Songs of Avalain - the tragic downfall of the Lethe, once the most gifted and beautiful creatures of Earth
The Lonely Levite - the last man alive, along with a world-controlling supercomputer struggle to restore a near-extinct humanity.
An Introduction to Shadow
The door between our world and shadow has been opened.
When he is saved at the last moment from a monstrous attack, Malcolm, a homeless teenager, follows his savior into a foreign, new world of soldiers and monsters, of masters and mad men, where good and evil clash over the fate of the world.
A Force of No Equal
Three waves decimated the earth. In the First Wave: Snow Day, they came with the snow to destroy as many of us as possible. During the Second Wave: A Trip to the Zoo, they took over our government, our armies and our own bodies. And finally, in the Final Wave: A Hike in the Mountains, one of the last members of the human race tries to run for a place to hide and wait out the invasion.
City on the Edge of Tomorrow
An autistic boy is taken in the middle of the night by something made from blackness that drags him into the attic and through a portal to a different world. His father is not two steps behind, struggling through an alien landscape where every thought, every whim can be turned into reality. As he searches desperately for his son, he faces an enemy intent on stopping him no matter the cost.
Beneath the surface, the wolf roams.
Among Wolves by Derek Elkins
Love is a many splendored thing. It's big and splendored and covered with warts and all kinds of stuff, like emotions and big fluffy hair, like the kind you saw in the Eighties or whatever. For a single price, you get not one, not two but four stories about this crazy little thing called Love.
The Lottery Ticket
A young man on the run shows up at a strange old man's country store in the middle of a blizzard and his situation suddenly goes from bad to worse.
It's About Time
Three separate short stories about the passage of time and pastoral theology.
Invitation To The Game
It is America’s Sunday-the day that millions gather to watch the Superbowl. From militant Pittsburg fan Joe to football pacifist Esther and pom-pom baring airhead Janelle Sterns floating somewhere in between, track two characters as they make their way through this special day responding unknowingly to the invitation to the game.
The Driving Dead
What's worse than an infestation of zombies? How about zombies who can drive...
Second Wave: A Trip to the Zoo
With the first wave, they took out a third of the human population. With the second wave, they make us take out the rest.
Mister Reynolds Makes His Case
Darryl Reynolds, somewhat intoxicated, has a point. In times of vulnerability and need, the God people unquestionably worship was simply a no-show.
First Wave: Snow Day
They came with the snow. They came for us.
Roger, left alone in the middle of a blizzard, thought he had a leisurely day off of work. He had no idea he'd be spending the day fighting for his life against the things that came with the snow.
The first wave was meant to weed us out.
Deep Cove: The Party Crasher
Deep Cove: The Party Crasher is a sequel to 2012's initial story about the Deep Cove Monster. The story continues to develop as this time the monster attacks a group of teenagers at a beach party in 1978.
Dinner for the Dead
Michael died a coward's death and guilt keeps him tethered to the land of the living. But even in death some wrongs can be righted.
Mordecai is presented with a unique opportunity: the chance to kill Hitler, before he does his worst. A vision from God compels him to take action, but a second vision gives him pause. What will Mordecai do?
Bright, circling lights are seen in the skies around Farnoth. Could this be an encounter of some supernatural or otherworldly kind?
Pretty Much Just One Shade of Brown (Part 1)
What does it look like when an author rage-quits her or his culture? It probably looks a lot like this parody of Fifty Shades of Grey. I'm so sorry. (With special appearances by Justin Bieber and superchef Bobby Flay.)
Get Acquainted With Mr. Grief (Pilot Episode)
Paul is a messenger from God, but he is not an angel. At least, he doesn't think he is. In this Pilot Episode, his mission to an Atlanta megachurch brings him face-to-face with an out-of-control Pastor whose crapulence forces him to confront his own tragic past.
A Man’s Got To Believe Something
A stranger, evidently an executive type, walks into a barber shop. A Southern barber makes conversation and cuts the man's hair. Who is the real person in the story? And who is the one who still can’t seem to find the person reflected in the barber shop mirror?
Law Abiding Citizen
What happens to a town when a man with a gun refuses to stop another man with a gun from killing people, just because it was against the law to bring the gun on school property?
Forgotten Songs of Avalain
The tragic story of how the Lethe, once the most beautiful and gifted of all the sons of man, became the pragmatic and sad people they are today.
Reverend Bob’s Sermon
A pastor of an unresponsive church with the best of his life behind him and little to show for it, Reverend Bob spends his week preparing yet another sermon that will not be heard. Does a life of failed good intentions necessitate a sentence of isolation and futility?
Interview with the Bigfoot
A bigfoot hunter wakes up in the woods to find that the object of his fascination is willing to sit down with him and have a conversation.
Better Than Sex
A pair of scientists perform a simple experiment and make not one, but two, earth-shattering discoveries that will transform society as they know it... or will it? It's hard to imagine anything 'better than sex' but this duo found it. Now what?
A parody of detective stories with the requisite damsel in distress, double crosses and confusion.
Tastes Like Chicken
Hannah and Carla are out to save the world, one person at a time. They are particularly pleased one day to find an old man, oppressed by society, who needs their saving. Never was a man so happy to be saved.
During a zombie apocalypse, eight seemingly random people take shelter in a spooky chapel in the middle of the woods.
Seriously, it's like Lovecraft meets the TV show LOST with a backdrop of zombie hordes. If you're not interested in that, then there's something wrong with you.
A Devious Halloween Scheme
It's Halloween and Cassie Clark and Maddy Roberts have a little trick in mind for their single parents. The two little girls are just sure that if they can get Cam Clark and Kimberly Roberts to spend a little time alone together, they'll fall in
love. The girls don't realize that their scheme has set off a chain reaction of events that will leave their very lives in danger.
Having built a time machine, a scientist travels to a distant future where religion has been eradicated and men of science rule.
On a hot summer's night in 1978 Randy and Jimmy discover that catfish and turtles aren't the only thing living in the murky waters of Deep Cove. Their discovery makes for a riveting, action packed short story.
Tale of the Twelve Part II - Sir Ronceval's Tale
Sir Ronceval and his squire join up with three enigmatic knights to hunt a strange and powerful beast that always manages to stay one step ahead of them. On the way they discover the heart of true knighthood, and that things are rarely what they seem.
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