TJ Bainz

Biography

Sometimes touching, sometimes laugh-out-loud funny, TJ Bainz knits together oddball tales that take place not so far from your own doorstep.

His stories run the gauntlet from a beleaguered ex-rock star in ‘Wrecking Ball,’ to a misused – or should that be abused? – middle-aged sports reporter (‘Fire in Autumn’) all the way to more sobering tales such as ‘Father’s Watching’ or ‘When the Prime Minister Sneezes.’

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Where to find TJ Bainz online


Books

Boring People, Spectacular Clothes
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,670. Language: English. Published: November 26, 2014 by DIB Books. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
Marian only wants to design clothes. She wants to produce spectacular works of art. Items to be remembered—and regarded—through the ages. But she must also contend with the boring people. Those who, in lieu of skill, craft and taste, make demands of her. A story which collides practicality and creativity. Boring People, Spectacular Clothes: A Short Story.
The Hamfists
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,860. Language: English. Published: November 19, 2014 by DIB Books. Category: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
The Hamfists: a guerrilla-gig playing band in only the strictest sense of the term. Which is to say that guerrilla gigs are all they play. But with no audience, and no set lists, is there any hope of success? An off-beat story of music and fun. The Hamfists: A Short Story.
Blankety White
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,810. Language: English. Published: November 12, 2014 by DIB Books. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
Angeline just wants to get shot of the pain in her mouth. Isn’t that the reason anybody goes to the dentist’s? But, instead of finding a solution, a simple dentist’s visit drives her to despair. A farcical story about frustration and regret. Blankety White: A Short Story.
Mediterranean Arms
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,400. Language: English. Published: November 5, 2014 by DIB Books. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Joan lands what seems the greatest summer job of all time. The only problem? It’s unpaid. But, surely, seeing as she gets to lie in the sun all day, topping up her tan for free, it can’t be all bad? A story of sun, sea and reflection. Mediterranean Arms: A Short Story.
Holding Patterns
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 24,740. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2014 by DIB Books. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Friendship lost. An early-morning period of reflection. Intense classmates. Something new, something needed. And old age on the brink of blowing up. Five short stories: Another Month, Another Death, Jumped-Up Kids Most Likely On Drugs, Don’t Tell Me I’m Not Okay, An Invention Hopefully Not Too Late For Its Time, Blood At Night. Holding Patterns: The Fifth Short Story Collection.
Don’t Tell Me I’m Not Okay
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,860. Language: English. Published: October 22, 2014 by DIB Books. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Tara lives for maths. And she loathes human contact. But on one chilly afternoon in a lecture hall, she finds herself the centre of attention. For better or worse. An odd-ball story of the socially awkward. Don’t Tell Me I’m Not Okay: A Short Story.
Another Month, Another Death
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,610. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2014 by DIB Books. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Ferguson, a septuagenarian, lives out his golden years in a humble bungalow. His wife? Gone. His family? Gone too. All he has left: his best friend Digger. So when a glitzy widow arrives in the neighbourhood it surely brings a newfound optimism. Or has death already arrived? A story of mortality and surrender. Another Month, Another Death: A Short Story.
Jumped-Up Kids Most Likely On Drugs
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,560. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2014 by DIB Books. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Bianca finds herself distracted. A stranger to herself. And in the wrong job too. And when she sits down to study for an important exam late into the night, she hears a kerfuffle out in the street. And, unlike her curtain-twitching neighbours, she decides to go investigate. A story of destiny and self-discovery. Jumped-Up Kids Most Likely On Drugs: A Short Story.
Slums of the Heart
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 22,620. Language: English. Published: September 24, 2014 by DIB Books. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
An argument out of control. Giving up gracefully. Man versus nature. An existential experience with a neighbour. And a dynamite breakup waiting to happen. Five short stories: Death to Reductionist Cinema, Nobody Likes a Quitter, Bless the Bunnies, Heavy Hangs the Hammer, Nobody Thinks About Factories. Slums of the Heart: The Fourth Short Story Collection.
Nobody Thinks About Factories
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,170. Language: English. Published: September 17, 2014 by DIB Books. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Joan readies to leave her beau of five years. But who, really, holds the strings? Will he take his chance to manipulate her one more time . . . for old time’s sake? A story of rightly, and wrongly, taken revenge. Nobody Thinks About Factories: A Short Story.
Heavy Hangs the Hammer
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,620. Language: English. Published: September 10, 2014 by DIB Books. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Single-minded career woman, Terri, puts up with the rest of the world. But, one unsuspecting Saturday morning, she realises that no longer will she get away with standing on the side lines. An off-beat story of loneliness, breakdown and despair. Heavy Hangs the Hammer: A Short Story.
Bless the Bunnies
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,440. Language: English. Published: September 3, 2014 by DIB Books. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Floyd Maveksson lives for his garden. For his lush lawn. Blossoming flowers. Rich soil. So when rabbits make their designs on his domain, he determines to send them packing. But will he find a limit to his ire . . . a nagging conscience perhaps? An account which examines just how far one man will go to preserve what he loves above all else. Bless the Bunnies: A Short Story.
Nobody Likes a Quitter
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,620. Language: English. Published: August 25, 2014 by DIB Books. Category: Fiction » Literature » Coming of age
All his life, Ben played football. Till one day he decides to, quite simply, up sticks and do something else. Give something else a try. But what will his best friend think? A story of friendship and hidden depths. Nobody Likes a Quitter: A Short Story.
Death to Reductionist Cinema
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,640. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2014 by DIB Books. Category: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
When Tracey finds herself in that most precarious of situations—caught between her roommate and a would-be lover—she bails out the only way she knows how. With both barrels blazing. A light-hearted story of friendship, and argument for argument’s sake. Death to Reductionist Cinema: A Short Story.
An Invention Hopefully Not Too Late For Its Time
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,670. Language: English. Published: August 13, 2014 by DIB Books. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
On the biggest day of her career, Henrietta Davis finds herself running late. But nothing will stand in the way of her march to success. Not even a car horn. A tale of disaster, and carefully calculated revenge. An Invention Hopefully Not Too Late For Its Time: A Short Story.
Blood at Night
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,850. Language: English. Published: August 6, 2014 by DIB Books. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
A fireworks night shouldn’t arouse feelings of resentment. But, for Justin, there’s really not much else left. Old. Tired. And ready to show the Youth of Today where they’re going wrong. A couple of rounds ought to do it . . . A story of ageing disgracefully. Blood at Night: A Short Story.
Kindness & Happenstance: The Third TJ Bainz Short Story Collection
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 28,030. Language: English. Published: July 30, 2014 by DIB Books. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Addiction. Doomed love. Graveyards. Unconventional extracurriculars. And shelves of lonely books. Includes the short stories: Speaking of Angels, Another Night, Another Occasion, The Lunch Crowd, The Divisive Chorus, Library of Love Stories to charm, surprise, and devastate. Kindness & Happenstance: The Third TJ Bainz Short Story Collection.
Library of Love
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,350. Language: English. Published: July 23, 2014 by DIB Books. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Nobody believes Sophia when she claims that she goes to the library only to pore over Russian Literature. They all believe that she really goes there in search of love. She laughs them all off. Until one day. When she finds herself stumbling into a chance meeting with a dashing, dark-haired fellow. A goofy story with its heart all over the place. Library of Love: A Short Story.
The Lunch Crowd
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,540. Language: English. Published: July 16, 2014 by DIB Books. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
At the office, Kirstee watches The Lunch Crowd from afar. But she lives with the fear that ‘afar’ will, one day, not suffice. And so it proves, one fateful lunch hour. A story which deals with loneliness and inner peace. The Lunch Crowd: A Short Story.
Another Night, Another Occasion
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,460. Language: English. Published: July 10, 2014 by DIB Books. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Jacob Butterly feels that oddest of emotions on the night he meets his girlfriend’s parents: Optimism. He knows that meeting-the-parents plays into a nightmarish stereotype. Made out to be much worse than reality suggests. Surely? A story which explores that most uncomfortable of moments, and how badly wrong it really can go. Another Night, Another Occasion: A Short Story.
Speaking of Angels
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,730. Language: English. Published: July 2, 2014 by DIB Books. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
A lonely afternoon stroll brings on many things. Remembrance. Decay. Memory slipped loose. And—in the case of a graveyard—mortality. A story which examines our lives, and those of the departed. Speaking of Angels: A Short Story.
The Divisive Chorus
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,750. Language: English. Published: June 27, 2014 by DIB Books. Category: Fiction » Literature » Urban
At forty-nine, Jennifer lives the life of an addict. Alone in a four-bedroom house. And no recollection of the past. But one day, she knows for sure, it will all burst apart. A story of isolation, despair and false hope. The Divisive Chorus: A Short Story.
Hearts & Nothing Else: The Second TJ Bainz Short Story Collection
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 27,740. Language: English. Published: June 20, 2014 by DIB Books. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
An out-of-touch game show host. A grieving prime minister. Failure at school. An instinctive reunion. An overwrought footballer. Includes five short stories: Back in Touch, All These Adoring Multitudes, St Clerk’s, Last Giant, When the Prime Minister Sneezes. Stories of life, love and politics. Hearts & Nothing Else: The Second TJ Bainz Short Story Collection.
Back in Touch
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,980. Language: English. Published: June 13, 2014 by DIB Books. Category: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Are some best off left behind? Are others worth bringing back? And, can things really turn out the same? Or will the same mistakes reappear? A story which explores separation, and growth. Back in Touch: A Short Story.
When the Prime Minister Sneezes
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,300. Language: English. Published: June 3, 2014 by DIB Books. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
The prime minister has everything he needs. Bodyguards. A chauffeured limousine. And various assistants in charge of his appearance. He’ll need all the help he can get for his wife’s funeral. A story of grief and gleam. When The Prime Minister Sneezes: A Short Story.
Last Giant
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,710. Language: English. Published: June 3, 2014 by DIB Books. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
When professional footballer, Peter Jones, throws in the towel, he shocks the world. With the world demanding an explanation, Peter denies them. And he turns his attention to what he still loves in his life. And he finds it much closer than he might have imagined. A story which proves that honesty and integrity may still exist in the modern world. Last Giant: A Short Story.
All These Adoring Multitudes
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,010. Language: English. Published: June 3, 2014 by DIB Books. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Convinced of his talent and universal popularity, TV presenter Troy Lewis comes across a piece of hate mail and determines to find out what sort of person would send it to him. But will he find a shallow, maladjusted individual . . . or something else? A story of fame and delusion. All These Adoring Multitudes: A Short Story.
St Clerk's
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,590. Language: English. Published: June 3, 2014 by DIB Books. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Supply teacher extraordinaire, Felicity Naddlewick, readies for her latest challenge: St Clerk’s Progressive Education Centre. Armed only with her navy blue jacket, a long skirt, and her pillbox hat, she must do battle with some of the most unruly students she has yet to encounter. A story of youth and ever-retreating boundaries. St Clerk’s: A Short Story.
Wrecking Ball
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,170. Language: English. Published: June 3, 2014 by DIB Books. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
Retired rock star, Sam Gax, looks out from his well-won mansion. He has his teenage girlfriend. His beach hut. And an ex-wife with an axe to grind. Will he ever find peace? An offbeat tale of subtle retribution. Wrecking Ball: A Short Story.
Sports Agent
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,530. Language: English. Published: June 3, 2014 by DIB Books. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
James Butler lives for his clients . . . well, more to the point, he lives for his percentage. And when one of his clients readies for retirement, James cannot help but see that the well will soon run dry. Time to cut his losses. A light-hearted tale of the loss of fortune and fame, and those who prey on it. Sports Agent: A Short Story.
Playground
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,340. Language: English. Published: June 3, 2014 by DIB Books. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Lizzy dreams of a day when her son can play in peace. Without fear of bigger kids ruining everything. But it seems that no one else shares her dream. And will that alone stop her in her tracks? A story of hope and altruism. Playground: A Short Story.
Fire In Autumn
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,680. Language: English. Published: June 3, 2014 by DIB Books. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Journalist Alan Thompson lives for sport: Football. Sometimes cricket. Rugby when he must. So when he gets the order from on high to cover a male fashion show, he just about hits the roof. But the worst of it? He might have no choice but to accept. A laugh-out-loud tale of finding yourself in the wrong place at the right time. Fire in Autumn: A Short Story.
Father's Watching
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,750. Language: English. Published: June 3, 2014 by DIB Books. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Kerri Johnson fights back against all the troubles in her life. Because she has someone to fight for: Her granddaughter. A tale of inheritance both physical and spiritual. Father’s Watching: A Short Story.
Wings Without Air: The First TJ Bainz Collection
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 25,650. Language: English. Published: June 3, 2014 by DIB Books. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Insuperable responsibility. A horrible mix-up. Somewhere kids can be safe. A retired athlete refuses to call it a day. And a trouble-making beach hut. Includes five short stories: Father’s Watching, Fire in Autumn, Playground, Sports Agent, Wrecking Ball. Wings Without Air: The First TJ Bainz Collection.

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