Gary Weston

Biography

Hello again. As you know, I'm always up to something new. For now I'm on a space opera serial, called Davron. Just my usual bit of fun. Good guys, bad guys, and aliens who could be either or. It will probably be in about 5 or 6 parts, about 10,000 words each. Three parts out already and more to come. It is FREE for the series, then I'll probably make a single book out of it, if it has proved popular. We shall see.
I've also been adding some of my short stories and novellas to a site called booktrack.com.
http://cdn.booktrack.com/studio/index.html#!/bookshelf


And what is this about, Gary? I hear you ask. Well. Imagine ebooks with sound effects. Background music, ambiance, and sound effects like doors slamming, or cars driving off. It could be the next best thing. Some of my little horrors are proving popular on there, such as Character Stains. Think it's a little bit radical? Go check it out. There are some classics on there, such as Sherlock Holmes, etc. It is all FREE at the moment.
I have also created 10 audiobooks by narrating my ebooks. Some, like the All Mixed Up series, have several stories in one book. 1 to 4 and 5 to 8. If you would like to "Hear" Detective Senior Morris and the team tell the stories you'll find hyperlinks in the ebooks to take you straight there. Other audiobooks are Last Flight For Craggy. The Amazing Abbey Jones, Starlight Army and many others all at distribly.com. They are in MP4B format, ok for apple and others smart phone devices and free samples are available to try out. A free version of Starlight Army is available for a short time. Hope you like them. Gary

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the Black Country of the industrial midlands of England. I now live in a rural town in New Zealand, which is one heck of a contrast. Apart from general experience, the Black Country had little influence on my writing, but in Starlight Army, my memories of the place were used to describe the setting.
When did you first start writing?
I started seriously about eight years ago. I entered a couple of short stories in a local newspaper competition. One heck of a transition to full length efforts, requiring a different mind set. Now, shorts are something I write whilst waiting for inspiration. I'm still waiting.....
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Books

Animal City
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Price: Free! Words: 63,420. Language: English. Published: September 13, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
Twelve year old Tim Carson and his father were helping reclaim the city. Fifty years ago, three alien ships had crashed into the city. The virus and radiation from the ships which had killed off most of the humans, had gone. Now the wild animals roamed free. These had to be removed from the city so the people could live there. The animals weren't the only problem. What had happened to the aliens?
A Wedding, My Family and Ghosts
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Price: Free! Words: 15,280. Language: English. Published: July 16, 2014. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
Two things were glowing in Violet's life. Her love with Simon, husband and father of the baby to be, and the strange blue light of the family ghosts. Back from their pre-wedding honeymoon, ready to get stuck into the next building project, as Violet plans the wedding. No drama for a "normal" family, but this was the Shayde's. There was one tiny detail to sort out. Harmony wanted to be bridesmaid
Craggy Future Event
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 96,950. Language: English. Published: June 20, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Craggy #6. Following Craggy 5, AND Deep Space Intelligence : Return of the Blackness. The quake killing people in D S I #8 had the Blackness determined to help. She loves Humans who saved her from decades of pain and helped her find a mate in another universe, and has a desire to help if she can. She needs the help of a really old man on another planet, in another time. Craggy.Is there a way?
Deep Space Intelligence : Return of The Blackness
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 60,010. Language: English. Published: May 26, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
(5.00 from 1 review)
Space Opera. Following the complete series. Boss Raven is back on Home with his family. The Interplanetary Council have given the Korvalians Karma Casey's old freighter in exchange for trade of their helium three. Councilor Freeman had ordered Boss Raven to go with the D S I to Korvalia and train them how to fly and maintain the ship. All goes well until the return of the split and the Blackness
My Family and Other Ghosts
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Price: Free! Words: 21,530. Language: English. Published: May 14, 2014. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
Following on from "Ghosts and Other Family". Another short but sweet snippet of the Shaydes. What happened to Violet Shaydes and her weird but wonderful family? Did she make a success of selling real estate? Did she meet more ghosts? And of course, the biggie. Did she ever get a boyfriend?
Davron part 5
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Price: Free! Words: 5,900. Language: English. Published: April 7, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Part 5 and the conclusion of the free Davron serial. The aliens attack the humans.
Davron part 4
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Series: Davron, Book 4. Price: Free! Words: 8,010. Language: English. Published: April 5, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
#4 of this space opera. If love isn't in the air, it could be in deep space. Davron takes them to Spero. They have no doubt that the aliens will be chasing them and they will have to make a stand if they are to survive. Akrins still has his suspicions about Davron but with the odds stacked heavily against them, five humans will put it all on the line and fight as one against a common enemy.
Davron part 3
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Series: Davron, Book 3. Price: Free! Words: 11,320. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Part 3 of the Davron serial. Captain Belle is using the device which can save her and her crew or kill her. But is Davron the evil genius set on destroying the Earth and the Venom, or is there something even more dangerous to contend with? A decision has to be made, but one member of her crew is not convinced. Sides have to be taken and the future of the human race could be determined by one man.
Davron : Part 2
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Series: Davron, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 8,090. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Part 2 of the Davron series. Captain Jazz Belle is feeling isolated, unsure of her own crew, and becoming doubtful of General Burns and the W S A. As her ship streaked through deep space towards Davron in the stolen Romulus, Belle was acutely aware she was on her own. The device called the HATED had killed its inventor but her only chance to survive was to use it herself. And if she survived...?
Davron
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Series: Davron, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 11,010. Language: English. Published: March 22, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Davron. A space opera serial. Davron. Evil genius, or mankind's best hope? Captain Jazz Belle is sent off with the dregs of humanity to destroy him. Contains moderate bad language
Craggy's Home Run
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Series: Last Flight for Craggy, #5. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 63,500. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
#5 in series. He's back and Craggier than ever. This is how the planet Home (Hub of Deep Space Intelligence) came to be the first significant planet Humans colonized after Mars. It almost never happened. One really, really old space hero made it possible. This is the story of that eventful beginning, when Humans ventured out into the unknown, to tame a wilderness and call it Home. Classic Craggy.
The Tool Shed
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 33,190. Language: English. Published: February 9, 2014. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Women's Erotica
(5.00 from 1 review)
Angie Marker had been missing her father, away on a diplomatic mission. He had missed her eighteenth birthday, and now she was away to Stonehaven College. Having to share a room with two teenage girls seemed a great way to make friends, and these two were VERY friendly. Angie was told the secrets of The Tool Shed and Billy Waxford. Now there was no turning back. Hot Sex Scenes. F F, MF, F F F
Deep Space Intelligence : Complete Series
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Series: Deep Space Intelligence, Book 8. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 239,640. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
(4.00 from 1 review)
Deep Space Intelligence : Complete Series #1 to 7. Each story can still be purchased separately.
Deep Space Intelligence : Bad Man
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Series: Deep Space Intelligence, Book 7. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 25,380. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
# 7 Raven badly needs a holiday and Mars it was. For a few weeks as the D S I's five new ships were being built, he was just Tagg Raven, family man. And as they enjoyed "normality" away from Raven's high pressure world as Boss, reality strikes harder than he could ever have imagined. When a murderer makes a break to escape into deep space, Raven's chasing more than a Bad Man. It's life and death.
Deep Space Intelligence : Home
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Series: Deep Space Intelligence, Book 6. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 39,450. Language: English. Published: January 7, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
#6 . A chance discovery by scientists on Home of the last probe launched from Earth before the planet died. After one hundred and fifty years, it still functioned but was on a collision course with a moon. To save the data meant the D S I ships racing against time to catch it. Raven is against the mission until he learns what the probe could reveal. Is this dangerous mission the end for the D S I?
Deep Space Intelligence : Invisible
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Series: Deep Space Intelligence, Book 5. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 36,010. Language: British English. Published: December 12, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
#5 in series. Troy Warner had persuaded Boss Raven a mission to Planet Slug to study the invisible creatures was a good idea. Shorty has other things on her mind, like her wedding to General Millet so refuses to join him on the mission. General Millet thought he had covered all bases with a few new tricks. What hell they encountered needed more than tricks. Could they get off that rock alive?
Deep Space Intelligence : Masters Return
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Series: Deep Space Intelligence, Book 4. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 32,510. Language: English. Published: November 16, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
# 4 in the series. Tagg Raven settles into his new role as Boss of the D S I. Ships and people go missing in deep space, and the first thought is of piracy. If only things were that simple. With no demands for ransom, Boss Raven was powerless to do anything about the situation. General Millet and his ships are sent out to investigate possible hideaway planets. The old enemy returns to haunt them.
Deep Space Intelligence : Raven's Revenge
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Series: Deep Space Intelligence, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 32,220. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
#3 in the series. Tilly Jordan had planned just a pleasant holiday with her mom and dad. But bad things were happening on Tryzon. Young men were disappearing. It had to be linked with drixolate. Tilly needed help and that meant Tagg Raven. The bad guys had it all their own way, but Raven and Tilly Jordan were prepared to put it all on the line for the human race.. Raven needed his revenge!
Craggy. One Flight Too Far
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Series: Last Flight for Craggy, #4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 54,060. Language: British English. Published: November 1, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
#4. in the series Ambassador Dixon "Craggy" Cragg has been "invited" for a visit to Varlindra. Which means adventure is on the cards. The truth about the Blackness is revealed. So far, just another day in the office. Then Craggy and the others have to embark on a dangerous mission to save not Mars, but the entire galaxy. But only if his wife Misty says he can go. Is this One Flight Too Far ?
Deep Space Intelligence : The Masters
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Series: Deep Space Intelligence, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 37,330. Language: English. Published: October 20, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
#2. The war against drixolate runners continues. D S I Agent Tagg Raven is on the case, but who can he trust? The truth about the drixolate runners has eluded him, but the real truth is more shocking than he'd ever imagined. His war against the runners has his life on the line. Joy Dainty meets the disfigured Tilly Jordan. D S I ships are away to engage the runners ships to save the human race.
Ghosts of Nyzon 5
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Series: Deep Space Intelligence, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 38,370. Language: British English. Published: October 5, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
(3.67 from 3 reviews)
#1 in series Something odd is happening on Nyzon 5. Murder. But who or what is doing the killing? Mutated troglonite beetles, something supernatural, or is it even more sinister? Tagg Raven of Deep Space Intelligence is sent to investigate. The helium three extraction workers have their own theories. People are being picked off one by one. If the rumors are strange, the truth could wipe them out!
Oceans Of Death
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Series: A Little Bit Creepy, Book 4. Price: Free! Words: 3,540. Language: English. Published: July 8, 2013. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
(4.00 from 1 review)
I was alone on a yacht when the war wiped out most of the Human race. All life on land had been wiped out, and without food and water, I would soon be sailing the Oceans Of Death. Short Story.
Craggy's Final Last Flight
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Series: Last Flight for Craggy, #3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 48,230. Language: English. Published: June 2, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
(5.00 from 1 review)
#3. Colonization of Mars is tough enough, the Human race hanging on by its fingernails. With deadly enemies and uncertain friends, Humans have to fight for their right to exist. What they thought they knew about Mars or even Earth, was not as previously imagined. Secrets on a Varlindran cone mean either life or death. Is Craggy too late to save them? #4. Craggy: A Flight Too Far available Nov 1
Another Last Flight For Craggy.
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Series: Last Flight for Craggy, #2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 50,820. Language: English. Published: May 18, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
(5.00 from 1 review)
#2. Mars continues to turn green and the population is growing like topsy. On the Varlindran ship, they learn of bad news for all of them. It becomes top priority to prepare for all out war, but with resources stretched, life becomes hard just to survive. Dixon Cragg is in the thick of things, and the big question is, just how many enemies do the humans have? Craggy is about to find out.
Switches
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 93,360. Language: English. Published: April 24, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Previously published as Griffin's Witch. In 1645, Agnes Puddle falls foul of the witch finder. She relies on her pact with the Devil to save her. Failing her, he makes amends by taking her soul to the 21st century, and the modern world. She soon embraces all it has including its sinful ways of pleasure. She also finds love when she meets Jack Griffin, and uses her powers to try to get him.
Last Flight For Craggy
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Series: Last Flight for Craggy, #1. Price: Free! Words: 80,540. Language: English. Published: April 20, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(4.67 from 3 reviews)
2095. Freighter Captain Dixon Cragg was unhappy at the prospect of having to take early retirement at only eighty four. But times were changing and he had to play his part. Earth was dying, Moon was the main trading post between them and Mars. The prospect of working as a toilet cleaner seemed all that was left for Cragg. But events were unfolding that were to change the course of history for ever
Go Out With A Bang!
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Series: All Mixed Up, Book 10. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 50,890. Language: English. Published: March 8, 2013. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
By popular demand. A novel length “Ferret” book. Sandra Mitchell is back. Rogue agent with death in her hands. The city is in the grip of a highly professional gang, threatening to blow up buildings worth millions, if the owners don't pay up. They need the Ferret, but he's missing. Sandra is on her own mission. Is the Ferret involved? It's all on the line and they could be going out with a bang!
Let's Get Ghastly
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Series: Just For You Ladies, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 23,050. Language: English. Published: February 10, 2013. Category: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
(4.00 from 1 review)
Francine Finch had her life wrecked by a heartless conman. He broke her heart and stole everything she had. But she wasn't alone and his victims join forces to take their revenge. Can she get back what was hers and find true love as well? First they have to hunt down Ghastly. A fast paced novella
Death Flight
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Series: A Little Bit Creepy, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 36,130. Language: English. Published: January 18, 2013. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
(4.00 from 1 review)
A flight into madness. Francis Drake has a helicopter tour business going to the wall. Needing money desperately, a chance meeting provides a way of making a lot of money fast. All he has to do is kill a few people to get it.
Malevolent Forces
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 66,660. Language: English. Published: January 2, 2013. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
In New Zealand, Detective Senior Sergeant Lance Falconer deals with the worst of society. After twenty years of seeing life's horrors, he has come to the conclusion, there is something more sinister going on. When circumstances brings him his strangest case ever, he comes face to face with the Malevolent Forces. Paranormal fiction. Contains descriptions of brutal violence.
95 Million Killers
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 53,270. Language: English. Published: December 14, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
95 Million Possums in New Zealand. What if they needed to be eradicated? What if it all went horribly wrong and they stopped becoming plant eaters and liked human flesh instead? Contains graphic descriptions of bloody terror. You have been warned.
All Mixed Up The Complete Series
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Series: All Mixed Up, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 83,770. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2012. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
All eight of the series together, including the latest adventure, Hell Let Loose. This time, Detective Senior Sergeant Stanley Morris And the team are embroiled in a deadly occult case. A naked hanging woman takes them into the dark world of witchcraft and demonology. All Hell Let Loose is also available separately. Audio book versions available
Hell Let Loose
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Series: All Mixed Up, Book 9. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,660. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2012. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Detective Senior Sergeant Stanley Morris and the team find themselves embroiled in the occult. A trap is being woven and demonic forces are at work. Number 8 and the finale of the series. Can be purchased separately or as part of the complete series.
The Amazing Abbey Jones
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 50,240. Language: English. Published: September 29, 2012. Category: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
(4.50 from 4 reviews)
Fifteen Year old Abbey Jones is a pencil thickness shy of six feet tall with a body a pro wrestler would be proud of. Never knowing a single day of love or kindness, Abbey escapes her tragic life and embarks on a Journey of action packed adventure and self discovery. This is NOT a kids book. Okay FOR ADULTS and YOUNG ADULTS
Starlight Army
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 66,450. Language: English. Published: August 30, 2012. Category: Fiction » Adventure » General
(5.00 from 4 reviews)
There is a dark and hidden war going on all around the world. It is a war of cruelty against animals and it is happening right here and right now. Su Kane and the Starlight Army ride out with the Revolting Animals Motorcycle Club to fight for those who share our planet but have no voice. Join Su Kane on her journey from a girl into womanhood as she realizes people who care CAN make a difference.
Eyes
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Series: A Little Bit Creepy, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 3,950. Language: English. Published: August 9, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Some things are so terrifying they are never meant to be disturbed. Short story
Fix A Broken Life
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Series: Three 4 U, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 24,410. Language: English. Published: July 8, 2012. Category: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
(4.00 from 1 review)
Doris Marsh's life was a mess. With her marriage of fifteen years behind her, it still broke her heart to see her ex husband with his new young love. She knew she had to get away from the small town and the constant reminders. Was she being brave or a coward running away? Would she find happiness in Fairhaven? And after a terrible event, who will be there to help her fix her broken life?
Strange Dimensions
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 82,900. Language: English. Published: June 6, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Complete Strange Dimensions saga in one one great book. Professor Vane was under pressure. The International Space Federation wanted a return on the five years and billions invested in the project. He had six months to make it all work before the I S F pulled the plug on the project to open up a portal between the dimensions. Vane had no idea his two engineers would be going to strange dimensions.
The Ancient eBook Reader
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Price: Free! Words: 970. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2012. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(3.00 from 2 reviews)
Written an ebook? Join the club. Will it be read in hundreds of years time? Maybe this flash fiction will be the future.
Three Blind Eyes
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Series: All Mixed Up, Book 8. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,670. Language: English. Published: May 26, 2012. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Another all meat and no potato adventure for Detective Senior Sergeant Stanley Morris and his team. The Ferret returns from honeymoon to find a case is already well underway. A mechanic, a popular family man, meets a horrible death. The deeper the team dig, more questions are revealed than answers.
Don't email When Drunk
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Price: Free! Words: 700. Language: English. Published: May 24, 2012. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
We all get ticked off from time to time, but responding by email when intoxicated is not the way to go. A few of my examples should be a warning to you all! Anyone who can expand on this by adding a few more examples has my blessing to take over. All I ask is that you keep the title and cover (add your own name to mine) and keep it free. I look forward to the additions. Call me on facebook first.
The Phone Never Rings
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Price: Free! Words: 1,730. Language: English. Published: May 21, 2012. Category: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Life has to have purpose and meaning. Sometimes, it doesn't. Short story
Outside The Box
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Series: All Mixed Up, Book 7. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,530. Language: English. Published: May 17, 2012. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Senior Sergeant Stanley Morris and the team are in the thick of it again. A terrorist organisation has targeted some of the country's top people. To try to save the hostages the team need to think out of the box.
Beyond Our Love
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Series: Just For You Ladies, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 27,720. Language: English. Published: April 29, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
A gentle romantic story with a paranormal twist. Karen meets writer George Randolph, and gets more than her book signed. She falls in love. But being second fiddle to George's writing as he totally immerses himself in his creative world, she wonders if their relationship can survive. Then the greatest story of George's career takes them into the dark realms of the paranormal. Audiobook available
One Way To Mars 3
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Series: One Way To Mars, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,900. Language: English. Published: April 20, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Andrew Foreman is still stumbling his way across the solar system, and he has to wait until he gets all the way to the moon for news that will stun him. But the bad guys are at it again, ready to hold the world to ransom. Thank goodness there's a veterinarian to sort things out!
The Fix It Lady
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Series: Three 4 U, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 20,280. Language: English. Published: April 15, 2012. Category: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
A strange and mysterious woman walking along the highway from town to town, changing the lives of the people she meets forever. Who is she and where does she come from? An enigma who will enchant you. Welcome her into your life and she will change it. For both adults and young adults. Audio versions available
One Way To Mars 2
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Series: One Way To Mars, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,490. Language: English. Published: April 8, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Andrew Foreman was looking forward to meeting the visitors from Earth. He expected a few surprises, but got more than he bargained for.
Ghosts and Other Family
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Series: Three 4 U, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 12,690. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
(4.00 from 1 review)
Violet Shaydes discovered that after tragedy, sometimes came adversity. With one of the oddest families around, somebody had to try and sort the mess out. Available as an audiobook
Explain That To A Martian 3
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Series: Explain That To A Martian, Book 3. Price: Free! Words: 2,700. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2012. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
It's good to stay in touch with friends, even when they live on Mars!
Sick
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Series: A Little Bit Creepy, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 4,720. Language: English. Published: March 25, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
(4.00 from 1 review)
If you had a bottomless pit of money and a very sick body, just how far would YOU go to have another chance at a healthy life? Sir Charles Wynstanton-Tawneycroft was prepared to go all the way!Short story
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Smashwords book reviews by Gary Weston

  • Not at all Rhinocerus on Jan. 07, 2012

    Insanely fun. Dare I say 'Spike would like?' I suspect reading a novel by this writer would leave me mentally scarred, but i may recover from this...eventually!
  • Cab Driver on Jan. 20, 2012

    Mildly amusing, even with the huge plot hole
  • Mimosa (Cocktail Series #1) on Feb. 20, 2012

    Well written with just a couple of tiny fluffs, hence 4 stars. Good dialogue and nice interaction.
  • A Little Bit Elephant on Feb. 26, 2012

    For lovers of the strange I think, this could drive us all to drink, For Barnaby has Wilde ideas, worthy of applause by his peers, for your collection is a must, to be enjoyed, not covered in dust!
  • Tunnel Vision on Feb. 27, 2012

    Only Barnaby could write about a whale that's flying, or wonky dining tables with things so very trying, Or dancers having strange affairs, though I'm sure about that, nobody cares,the main thing is it made me smile, and I'll read the rest, in a while.
  • Tales of the Absurdid on March 04, 2012

    Addictive. If there's a typo,it's escaped me so far. Slightly odd formatting, which only adds to its quirky (an overused term, but it sits well here)style. I'm not reminded of anyone, which is a good thing, because Gord has a refreshing uniqueness that will amuse us for years to come. If this is Gord's first outing, (I sincerely doubt!)then I look forward to reading much more by him.
  • Red World on March 12, 2012

    Melissa takes us into her own strange world with strong characters, great dialog and had me become a fly on the wall, watching the action unfurl. By use of her words, we can almost smell the people. The writing is excellent, with her own unique style. I look forward to more by this clever writer. (Jason?')
  • Wicked Things: Five Tales of Horror on March 12, 2012

    An excellent collection of horror stories. Also enjoyed her book red world.
  • In The Shadow of Pan on March 14, 2012

    Melissa can bring the dark side to any fable. She has a captivating and contagious style, and I have no doubt she will become a major player with an army of followers, me included. I look forward to watching her journey to becoming established and acknowledged as a talented writer.
  • Stories From The Pumpkin Woods on April 13, 2012

    Once in awhile, a significant writer comes along. Melissa is that writer. Although a good read for any age, any young aspiring writer, or any writer of YA stories, must read this. Not only is it an engaging story, but the purity of the writing shines out in every line. If you want to know how it's done, this is the story to show you the way. It is that good. It is also the start of a series that will captivate and entertain for a very long time and I can't wait for the next installment. If there were six stars, i would give it six.
  • LMAO The First on April 21, 2012

    I needed de-stressing and this hit the spot. I'm two hundred and forty three years old and haven't heard of 99 percent of these jokes. As this is the first, I look forward to the second. Good Job.
  • Existence on May 12, 2012

    You, Ms Stewart, are a terrible, terrible person. There I was, falling into your beautifully written world, and you burst my bubble....So neatly done, but so desperately crying out to be a biggy. Loved it anyway. (five stars if you make a book of this, okay?) I will even pay good money for it.
  • Childhood Dreams on May 20, 2012

    I found Sandra's story a nice little gem with almost "Hitchcock" atmospherics. Excellent visualization and very well written. I hope she will forgive me giving the four stars and spoiling her perfect fives. Good job.
  • Literary Dynamite on May 24, 2012

    Writers! Just read this. Brilliant. 'nuff said.
  • Yitzi on June 03, 2012

    A pure delight. Perhaps i am biased because I have a four legged princess, but i connected with this. A few typos away from a five star review. I don't give out accolades freely, but i saw the story in my mind and if a writer can do that, he can write. Zvi has a vivid imagination and a purity of style that should be enjoyed by many. I look forward to reading more by this writer.
  • The Ad Agency on June 03, 2012

    Did I say delightful for his last book? Such visualization. Zvi draws us into his world, containing a richness and flavor that the first beverage of the morning hits us with. With a tweak here and there and a full length effort, Zvi will be a major player. I'll enjoy watching him become the prominent player in his field.
  • Cinema Detectives: Man at the Top on June 11, 2012

    So i said to myself, because nobody else was listening, 120 words? This damn review will be longer!!! Just go get it, ok?
  • A Ghost's Guide to Haunting Humans on June 17, 2012

    Right. Chocolate flavored ghosts. Plain or milk?
  • Just Dandy on July 09, 2012

    I got a Dandy, only her name is Minnie. Would she help me? Yep, if she wanted her dinner!!! Nice story.
  • Barnaby's Shorts (Volume One) on July 22, 2012

    I enjoyed the diversity of these amusing stories. Wilde is always a good read.
  • Hitler's Youth - An Analysis of Mein Kampf on July 28, 2012

    I always wanted to read Mien Kampf. Not because I subscribe to any of the concepts, quite the opposite. I am opposed to any national feelings of superiority. However, isn't it important to understand why we feel certain things are abhorrent? Through study comes understanding and enlightenment. I am not going to believe every opinion stated in this book, but applaud the attempt to explain the rational of Hitler's thinking. Hitler was born in 1889, and yet here we are in 2012 and there are people who still see him as a figurehead. Why? What is so compelling about the man and his philosophy? Although I hate separatism and racism of any kind, I think any dissection of this ideology helps us with a fundamental insight into the human condition. Lets hate Mien Kampf, but understand why we hate it. I hope there is more to follow.
  • All Except One on Aug. 07, 2012

    A very enjoyable story with an atmosphere so thick you can stir it with a spoon
  • For God and Country on Aug. 26, 2012

    So refreshing to read such a well written and compelling story, intricately woven and told with the eye of a first rate story teller. Engaging from start to finish, this is a book that goes the distance. I love books that "stay with me" and this one will. Enjoy.
  • Vet Bites Dog on Sep. 02, 2012

    Written with the care and precision that a man in this profession would be expected to have. An entertaining glimpse into the world of a veterinarian working for an animal charity.
  • Adrift on Oct. 12, 2012

    An impeccably written and accomplished work; intriguing and sensuous in its language. Dark and brooding, with a tang of hidden menace. Delightful imagery, with an old world sense of mystery.
  • Senga on Oct. 22, 2012

    Hi. I read this because I saw A one star review on barnes and noble and decided to check this out. The review said it was badly written. Well, that is crap for a start. I know I am king of the typo's but i spotted only one. A y missing off a they. Confused it said. I don't think so. This book has a serious message. This is an underated story. Okay, if i was going to kill myself, I might read this so i went through with it, which is the opposite of what this writer intended, I'm sure. Ms schulz is a gifted wordsmith with a deeply personal message of hope to convey. I read this story impartially and I saw much technical ability in her writing that merits more credit than she is getting. Margarete. please lighten up; inspire us with your ability as a gifted writer and make us fans of yours. God bless, Gary Weston
  • Barnaby's Shorts (Volume Three) on Oct. 28, 2012

    This is Barnaby Wilde in top form. His humour and original style captures the essence of telling it short and telling it well. Very moreish, like having a big packet of chocolate biscuits, hard to stop once you've started.
  • Rows (A Flash Fiction Story) on Sep. 06, 2013

    I read both Rows and Spirit Board. Both obviously written by a writer who is an excellent wordsmith. Both stories are very good in their own right, but I had the feeling both could have been developed into full length works, especially Spirit Board. I hope Chuck publishes something full length soon as he has a gift to share.
  • Outgrowth of the Brain on Sep. 19, 2013

    An ok read. A little abrupt at the end. Could have expanded out into something more interesting, I thought, but nicely written.
  • An Artist's Freedom on Oct. 26, 2013

    When a writer with an in-depth understanding of his chosen genre writes as well as John Muir does, a story that haunts long after the last line has been read is inevitable. Muir has crafted a well written, disturbing piece in this tale, and this I'm certain is just a taste of more to come. A writer to watch.
  • Humans and Their Creations on Nov. 08, 2013

    New to smash, not new to writing. Perfect technical writing, and Exceptional imagery in this collection of shorts. A natural for sci fi / horror. I would like to read more full length work, to see how dialogue is handled, but have no doubt it would be equally well crafted. Assuming Alyssa Hubbard is teasing us and perhaps testing the water at smash (?) I expect to see a small (perhaps large) army of fans building up here. Allow me to be your first.
  • Time Is of the Essence on Nov. 16, 2013

    Anyone combining sci fi with humor gets my vote. Anyone doing so this good, also gets five stars. I look forward to reading more.
  • Ray Was Right on Nov. 16, 2013

    A touch surreal, and a fun read. Perhaps a jostling of ideas worthy of a novella? But hey, it is space opera and there's nothing wrong with that!
  • The Star Travelers Episode 1 - Ships and Swords on Dec. 14, 2013

    I love discovering writers I just know have a huge potential. I find Mary has a unique and quirky style and will gather many fans of this genre. Can't wait to read the next episode. And what a cool cover!!!.
  • One Last Delivery on Dec. 14, 2013

    Hi. I enjoyed this, but then I'm weird. Atmospheric and flowing well, the story pulls you in. A couple of typos need addressing, like think steak instead of thick steak. And was it meant to be Mars or marks on the fridge? Could have been chocolate, I guess??? A couple of layout issues, but nothing that detracted from the overall enjoyment of the story. I'm betting that by the time the next person reads this book, the tiny issues mentioned above will have been addressed and they'll be wondering what I was on about. Another little tidy up and here is a five star story. For prospective readers of this creepy horror, I recommend you indulging in this "Tasty" offering. Keep going, Mr Bystry. The world deserves to be checking under their beds before they go to sleep and you will have them doing that! Good Job. (review of free book)
  • Heaven Inc. on Dec. 15, 2013

    For those in the know, I write a little bit. This is me giving this one a standing ovation. So. What do I like about it? It is fresh, unique, very well written, entertaining, amusing, easy to read. I could go on. I'm sure there is much more to come from this talented writer and I'll be following Mary with interest as she blossoms and gathers many fans. Kudos, Mary.
  • Spot on Dec. 15, 2013

    It seems now is my time to be doing reviews. Loved this. I would give it four and a half stars, were it allowed. Only one typo. Ceased / creased. So easy to miss, and I bet rectified in no time. It grabbed me, as a once hopeless professional cleaner turned terrible writer, because i could almost smell the chemicals. Gimme some screaming at the end, (why not?) and you would have nailed a five...Yeah! gimme some screaming, claws, teeth, wild glowing eyes...something. Work it...work it hard...harder than that...Oooh, that's better. I knew you could do it. But, good job. Thank you.
  • Hungry Earth on Dec. 15, 2013

    Oh, come on Edward!! Only two g's in google. But you do the creepy so well, I love your stuff, anyway. You do Creeeeeeeeeeeeeepy so well! Readers. Grab this guy's stuff, But check under the bed before you go to sleep! Yep, Another typo bites the dsut!
  • Hickory Dickory Dock on Dec. 16, 2013

    I'm trawling and reviewing at the moment. Writers beware!!! Mr Strange. If Poe were alive, (and who says he isn't?') He would be writing this way. A delight to read for the purity of the writing. The ending isn't bad, but needs a rethink. A few less 'Paul's' and a little more grit. So damn close. Just more GRIT. I wanna love this, because you suckered me right in. Make me love it even more. I'll check this out again in a couple of weeks when I'm sober and review it again. Make me shiver at the end just that tad more, you get a five. (review of free book)
  • I Am on Dec. 16, 2013

    Nice. Nothing wrong with it.
  • They Who Wear the Bird Masks on Dec. 16, 2013

    Finally, I understand. The two most painful experiences they say, are childbirth and gallstones. I'm a man, so can only experience one. It is a debilitating, rolling around on the floor in agony kind of pain. Kudos, E I B. Thanks for the memories...Screw you, I'll give you four stars anyway...
  • This isn't Happening on Dec. 16, 2013

    Ok. Nice, in a sick way. Delicious in its execution. Don't we like delicious executions?? Crap cover, (I've a thing about covers, lately) But I'll go with delicious...
  • Chorus on Dec. 16, 2013
    (no rating)
    Stop it!!! Covers? You can't be bothered, I can't be bothered to read it. Get real.
  • Day of the Dead on Dec. 16, 2013

    Ah! There's creepy, then there is this. Love the cover, (and I've not said that much lately) But the writing is delicious and appreciated. I loved the fact the writer wrote from experience. He's been there, done that and it showed. Google will only tell you so much. Yes. An enjoyable romp, Angus, and I've made your morning when you read this five star review. Kudos. The sun is shining and all is ok with your world. Have a nice day.
  • Uchiki on Dec. 16, 2013

    A nice flash satire and food for thought
  • Love & Secrets on Dec. 25, 2013

    Nice idea, but needs serious head hitting. And I should know as the self proclaimed king of the "pytos". Then / Than. Commas. Still worth a four star, but...!!! No excuse in a story of a thousand words. Hmm. I'm just saying.... And while I'm banging on, I like the cover, just up the font on the text. Nice story. Do it justice.
  • Rehab on Jan. 09, 2014

    I quite liked this. Atmospheric. I could "hear' the facilities heavy steel doors clanging. Nicely told. Perhaps just me, but I thought the use of the italics slightly overdone. But a good premise and concept. Thought provoking and entertaining. Good job.
  • Recipes from the Kitchen of a Frugal Non-Cook on Jan. 25, 2014

    As a bloke alone, I have to cook or starve. Fortunately, I survive the experience. Ria has a sparkling wit which shines out of her book and it is a pleasure to read. It is written in a simple way, as is her philosophy with cooking. I did learn a few things from her tips, and I look forward to making her mug chocolate cake. If I become addicted to those, I suppose I can always buy larger size jeans (again). I recommend this to newbies in the kitchen, living on a tight budget. A good way to gain confidence in the kitchen and grow from there. Good Job, Ria.
  • The Man on the Corner on Feb. 22, 2014

    Delightful imagery, with a "story teller" feel. Always a pleasure to read stories by an accomplished wordsmith.