Socialbuzz: Directory of Smashwords Users on Twitter

Follow me on Twitter at  H_Kreations Megan Newman
Megan Newman has helped others find their true potential for over a decade. She digs deep, uncovers the hard truth, and helps you re-build your inner self by very strategic yet simple steps.
Latest book: The Price You Pay For Negativity

Follow me on Twitter at  reneglotz Renee Payne
I was born in Washington, DC to an American father and a French Moroccan mother. I lived in DC, New York, California and the Dominican Republic. I enjoy reading and travelling and love animals. My current pet is a 6 year old Tortie-Point Siamese Mix Cat.
Latest book: Pushkin's Trip West

Follow me on Twitter at  cernybt Barbara Cerny
Barbara T. Cerny grew up in Grand Junction, Colorado. She served twenty-two years in the US Army Reserves, retiring a Lieutenant Colonel in 2007. She is an information technology specialist and supervisor for the Air Force and is currently working on her next book. She lives with her loving husband, the inspiration of her romance novels, and their two wonderful children.

Follow me on Twitter at  edensummers1 Eden Summers
Eden Summers is a true blue Aussie, living in regional New South Wales with her two energetic young boys and a quick witted husband. In late 2010, Eden’s romance obsession could no longer be sated by reading alone, so she decided to give voice to the sexy men and sassy women in her mind. Eden can’t resist alpha dominance, dark features and sarcasm in her fictional heroes and loves a strong heroine who knows when to bite her tongue but also serves retribution with a feminine smile on her face.

Follow me on Twitter at  kimwelsman Kim Welsman
Kim Welsman is the author of the Alien Encounter Series. She worked as a high school teacher for several years while she developed her craft. She writes science fiction, fantasy and paranormal romance. The Alien Encounter Series started out as a short story and grew from there. It will be a four volume set. It starts with the first novella Going Home and next ebook in the series, Gone Home, is slated for publication late spring 2013. Kim lives in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia with her husband and a library filled with books. She loves to take pictures for inspiration and paints in her spare time to relax.
Latest book: Going Home (Book 1 in the Alien Encounters Series)

Follow me on Twitter at  Heidi82260789 Heidi Brown
I am a passionate reader and writer. I enjoy reading, writing, being with loved ones and anything that has to do with the outdoors.

Follow me on Twitter at  unity3 Michael Lawrience
Michael is a Holistic Health Practitioner, Self-Esteem Coach, and a Personal Growth Writer, as well as a personal development seminar leader. He has dedicated his life for over 35 years, discovering and healing himself and others emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. He has over 35 years' experience as a holistic health practitioner with a B.A in Sacred Healing. As a certified Bowenwork Practitioner since 2005, he stimulates the body to heal itself of physical, emotional pain, and trauma. Michael, as a Residential Coach and Mentor with over 13 years' experience, taught teen's self-awareness, self-esteem, and self-reliance. Michael created and taught ongoing self-esteem, codependency recovery, and body ima ... read more
Latest book: Self-Esteem: A Teen's Guide for Girls

Follow me on Twitter at  nmlapointe Nathan Lapointe
Nathan Lapointe is a science fiction writer based in Victoria, BC, Canada. When not writing, he is often on bike trips or hikes getting inspiration for his next book. Nathan started writing during the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and enjoys spending time in various online writing communities. Nathan holds his CGA accounting designation and works at a local charity.

Follow me on Twitter at  AlekszPavlenko Alexander Pavlenko
Russian-Hungarian roots. Born in Russia. Presently lives in Budapest, Hungary. Teaches Russian, English and Hungarian in his own language school. Uses his own method which enables his students to speak and think in the language from the very first lessons. Enjoys taking on tough challenges like dealing with elderly people, dyslexic children, students with minor mental disorders. Strongly believes that if the method works for such students, it works for anyone. Has published books based on the method in English, Russian and Hungarian. His latest applications for PC’s, tablet computers and mobile phones Black Jack Comes Back in English and Блэк Джек Вернулся in Russian are designed to develop sp ... read more
Latest book: Russian, Dialogues and Summaries, Elementary Level

Follow me on Twitter at  rileyks3 Vicki Green
Vicki Green grew up in Overland Park, Kansas and currently resides in Olathe, Kansas. Along with her husband and two teenage boys, she shares her home with her cocker spaniel’s Shadow and Mocha. She works full time and has been at the same Company for 35 years. Her life has been filled with the most loving and caring parents who are both in Heaven now but are still in her heart and mind daily. Vicki enjoys reading, with too many on her Kindle and Nook to count, which is what inspired her to begin writing. One day she decided to sit down and put to paper a story that has been in her thoughts and dreams for over a year. The next book in the series is already plaguing her thoughts. Visit Vicki on her blog and ... read more

Follow me on Twitter at  bythistime Danna Pycher
Danna Pycher ​is a certified Neuro-Linguistic Hypnotherapist specializing in chronic illness and trauma. She is also a motivational speaker and coach. She enjoyed many years in broadcasting as an on-camera host, reporter, and producer working in the fields of health reporting and corporate productions. Her curiosity about the nature of human beings is what guides her professional pursuits.
Latest book: 3rd Generation and Beyond

Follow me on Twitter at  SP_Stanfield Sherry Stanfield
Sherry Stanfield is a Registered Nurse and a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant by day, an author by night. She resides in Louisiana with her two children. She enjoys paranormal fiction, mystery and erotica. Encompassing it all in her own imaginary world left her embarking on a new journey, one she never envisioned for herself. Having finally put fingers to keyboard, her characters came to life and wouldn’t let her go. Temptation Unleashed is the first book of The Temptation Trilogy.

Follow me on Twitter at  andernesser Ander Nesser
Ander Nesser wrote his first novel in high school. He labored in several factories before getting a Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies, and then worked in Japan. Back in the USA, he became a paralegal and continued to write. In his spare time, Ander practices digital sculpting.
Latest book: Tower of the Lost Ways

Follow me on Twitter at  nwinter Nick Winter
Nick Winter was born, did nothing for eighteen years, and then had much catching up to do. After college, he said to his friends George and Scott, “Dudes, let’s not get jobs and instead just start our own business.” They pulled it off with, and afterward Nick had to learn how to have a life. The Motivation Hacker is part of his answer.
Latest book: The Motivation Hacker

Follow me on Twitter at honea byrne
If you haven’t heard of honea byrne yet, you soon will. He has been circulating globally on internet social net works and entertainment sites for the past decade. What started out as a very emotional introspective philosophical fictional memoir titled “0” has manifested itself into a practical modern day superhero saga “Fearless.” What makes his works fresh, unique, and extremely raw and cutting edge is that the reader is always asking, “Did this really happen?” To support his building of modern day folklore he provides evidence through social net works and entertainment sites, such as facebook, twitter, youtube, and myspace. He invites you to type his name in your search engine. Through his fail ... read more
Latest book: “0”Fearless entire series bonus book TellMeVision including book covers from whole series

Follow me on Twitter at  mjcareyb M.J. Carey
I write erotica. A lot of it has been written on my commute to work on the train. I've been wrting for about 9 years in earnest, I just dabbled before the train journey gave me the time. In the last year or so I've polished off the raw material and I'm publishing in ebooks and in paperbacks. The themes of my stories are usually around BDSM. In the Sisterhood series, the themes revolve around female domination. In the House of Penheligon it’s female domination in an exclusively female world. Of course there are men who want to get into the house, and members of the household who want them there, working against the regime to achieve what they want. A third strand of writing revolves around female submission ... read more

Follow me on Twitter at  ojackiebook Mercedes King
Like many fans of history and pop culture, Mercedes King has had a life-long admiration for the Kennedys, as well as an interest in conspiracy theories. With a B.A. in Criminology from Capital University and a passion for writing, she meshed her skills to create O! Jackie, a story that explores Jackie Kennedy's private life and blends fact with fiction. Most recently, she's launched The Kennedy Chronicles, a series of short stories that depicts Jackie and the Kennedys before the Camelot era. A founding member of Sisters in Crime Columbus, Ohio, she writes in a variety of genres and is currently at work on her next book.
Latest book: Arrangements

Follow me on Twitter at  FaithAnnaBrown Faith Anna
Hi! I am an author, blogger and language instructor. I live in BC, Canada. I have worked in universities, non-profit and the government. When I am not working, I like to write, read, watch movies, and do a variety of other fun stuff. I love harleys, jeeps, and horses.
Latest book: Ocean's Daughter

Follow me on Twitter at  jimmurdoch Jim Murdoch
From Belfast, Northern Ireland, Jim Murdoch faced a paradigm shift which gave him a new world view. He views everything and everyone being connected. A path of self development studies followed where he delved into many subjects including metaphysics and, yes, dragons. With his wife, Katharina, he co-authored their self-help story Wings of Change. This got him thinking about writing fiction instead of boring self-help books. Taking inspiration from The Alchemist and The Celestine Prophecies he waited for the inspiration. 'Pursuit' is the result. Jim lives with his wife in Switzerland.
Latest book: Pursuit

Follow me on Twitter at  hinesandbigham Jennifer Hines
Jennifer Hines was born in Missouri, grew up in upstate New York, and currently resides in Texas. She is married and has four children, two boys, along with twin girls. She has been employed with the same company for over thirteen years, which is where she met her best friend and co-writer/editor, Mindy Bigham. She loves spending time with her family, going on road trips, and camping. Mindy Bigham was born and raised in Texas. She is married and has four children, two daughters and two step-daughters. She loves spending quality time with her family, shopping, and vacationing anywhere there is a beach. They both have a love for reading and writing fiction. It is this shared interest that made them first decide ... read more
Latest book: Warrior's Oath (Sacred Promises ~ Book 2)

Follow me on Twitter at  Lourack1 Aidan Stone
Aidan took his first job at the age of eleven, shining shoes in the local barbershop. Some of the stories he heard there would make fine books. He broke his back at meaningless tasks until 1992. Aidan found art in 1992, several media of art. As one of the lucky few who managed to make a living as an artist, Aidan enjoyed himself until 2009. That's when Aidan threw a hissy fit! He swore never to work in those media again. After the boredom of retirement set in, someone he trusted suggested he try his hand at writing. Aidan began to write Reah Leah the White-From Cat to Queen, which quickly became a trilogy because of his propensity for long-winded stories. A teller of tall tales, Aidan imagines himself surrounde ... read more

Follow me on Twitter at  dldauthor D'Ann Lindun
Falling in love with romance novels the summer before sixth grade, D’Ann Lindun never thought about writing one until many years later when she took a how-to class at her local college. She was hooked! She began writing and never looked back. Romance appeals to her because there's just something so satisfying about writing a book guaranteed to have a happy ending. D’Ann’s particular favorites usually feature cowboys and the women who love them. This is probably because she draws inspiration from the area where she lives, Western Colorado, her husband of twenty-nine years and their daughter. Composites of their small farm, herd of horses, five Australian shepherds, a Queensland heeler, two ducks and cats o ... read more

Follow me on Twitter at  Wyrdwoman Lucinda Sage-Midgorden
Lucinda Sage-Midgorden grew up in a family that shared stories of all kinds, from fairy tales to movies. Talking about the stories as a family became not only a fun pastime, but a great way to learn. Lucinda loved story telling so much, she got a BA, then a MA in theatre. She’s worked as an actor, stage manager, and director, taught English and drama in public school, and theatre classes at the local college. Telling the stories of other people was fun, but she longed to tell her own stories. For many years, she wrote only for herself and her family. Now she writes from the home she shares with her husband in Southern Arizona.
Latest book: Scottosaurus The Little Dinosaur

Follow me on Twitter at  intojaded Jade Edwards
Hi! I'm Jade and I was born in Australia around thirty years ago. My friends describe me fondly as 'colourful' and everyone else gives me disapproving stares. I've called eight countries home and travelled to many dozens more for business and pleasure. During my late teens I moved to the UK and began working in glamour and then later porn. I'm never going to tell you the names I used in the industry so don't ask. I settled in California for a while and opened a specialist fetish club with a woman I met along the way but I'm getting long in the tooth so have settled back in lil ol England. I write adult/erotic fiction but take a huge influence from past experiences so I guess every piece I write is like a mini ... read more

Follow me on Twitter at  KacieJi Kacie Ji
When she’s not writing or sleeping, Kacie can be found discussing plot twists with her cat who usually seems to enjoy being a part of the process. On the days he’s not she usually finds herself wishing there was a way to mainline coffee while she writes, deletes and tweaks until she sees something that makes her smile.
Latest book: Demigoddess 101

Follow me on Twitter at  Vince524 Vincent Morrone
Born and raised in Brooklyn NY, Vincent Morrone now resides in Upstate NY with his wife. (Although he can still speak fluent Brooklynese.) His twin daughters remain not only his biggest fans, but usually are the first to read all of his work. Their home is run and operated for the comfort and convenience of their dogs. Vincent has been writing fiction, poetry and song lyrics for as long as he can remember, most of which involve magical misfits, paranormal prodigies and even on occasion superheroes and their sidekicks. As they say in Brooklyn: Yo, you got something to say? Vincent would love to hear from you at
Latest book: Vision of Shadows

Follow me on Twitter at  BrendaTNYC Brenda Tobias

Latest book: Dear Auntie Mame:The Romance Guide

Follow me on Twitter at  MeganSlayer Megan Slayer
When she's not writing the stories in her head, Megan Slayer can be found luxuriating in her hot tub with her two vampire Cabana boys, Luke and Jeremy. She has the tendency to run a tad too far with her muse, so she has to hide in the head of her alter ego, but the boys don't seem to mind. When she's not obsessing over her whip collection, she can be found picking up her kidlet from school. She enjoys writing in all genres, but writing about men in love suits her fancy best.

Follow me on Twitter at  osieturner Osie Turner
Writer, Blogger, Eccentric.
Latest book: The Alchemist of Light: A Biography of Georges Méliès

Follow me on Twitter at  CynthiaSax Cynthia Sax
Some girls dreamed of knights in shining armor. Cynthia Sax dreamed of dragons, magnificent flying dragons. Being a bloodthirsty little thing, Cynthia usually dreamed of these dragons eating the damsels in distress. Now, she dreams of them doing... ahhh... more pleasurable things. Cynthia is happily married. Although her hubby has not yet shown any shapeshifting abilities, he does buy her medieval princess costumes to wear around the house. Cynthia's rather traditional mother-in-law now always calls before visiting.

Follow me on Twitter at  zenobiarenquist Zenobia Renquist
Whether as D. Reneé Bagby or Zenobia Renquist, Reneé lives in her imagination. When not traveling through her fantasy worlds, she can be found in Maryland living with her husband and two cats. She is an Air Force brat turned Air Force wife, which means she's accustomed to travel and does it whenever possible (so long as she doesn't have to fly). Her favorite pastime is torturing her characters on their way to happily-ever-after for the enjoyment of her readers. On the few occasions her muse flees the scene of the crime, Reneé likes to read (comics, manga, and romance), go to the movies, play a few levels of whichever puzzle game has hijacked her interest or experiment with a new chain mail weave.

Follow me on Twitter at  NgartoF Ngarto Februana
NGARTO FEBRUANA was born in Batu, Malang, East Java, Indonesia on 4 February 1967. He completed his primary and secondary education in his hometown. Ngarto graduated from Indonesian Literature Department, Faculty of Letters, Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta in 1995. He is actively writing short stories between 1986 to 1997. Some of his short stories have been published by Yogyakarta local media and national media, including several teen magazines. A number of his short stories published in an anthology of short stories. Lorong Tanpa Cahaya (Aisle Without Light) is his first novel, was first published in 1999.His second novel, Menolak Panggilan Pulang (Reject Call Home), published in July 2000. The third novel ... read more
Latest book: Harga Seorang Wanita

Follow me on Twitter at  KristinaKaine Kristina Kaine
Kristina Kaine has worked with people all her life: during her early career in medical sales and staff recruitment, and for the last 20 years in her own business which matches people in business partnerships, as well as for home sharing and home minding. Through this rich interaction with people, Kristina has observed the struggle for self identity from many angles. She was awakened to the ideas of Rudolf Steiner by Rev Mario Schoenmaker, attending all of Schoenmaker’s lectures for 14 years. After Schoenmaker's death in 1997, Kristina realised the need to explain the knowledge of the threefold human being in simple terms that could be applied easily in daily life. As well as her weekly reflections that are r ... read more
Latest book: I AM the Soul's Heartbeat Volume 3

Follow me on Twitter at  2clarityin30 Michele Harvey
Michele Harvey is an inspirational author, published poet, and journalist, on a mission to promote positive change in people’s lives and in today’s world. Her own life experience which includes the loss of a child shows us through the use applied spiritual principles, that by simply changing the way we think, we can drastically improve every aspect of our lives. Michele’s writing competence consists of writing books, poetry and online publications. In her most recent book, From Confusion to Clarity, Michele combines her eloquent story telling style with her beautiful poetry to take the reader on a journey of spiritual rebirth. Michele is a talented public speaker, TV personality, and radio show guest. ... read more
Latest book: From Confusion To Clarity: Vital Personal Growth in 30 Days or Less

Follow me on Twitter at  UlrichMewes Ulrich Mewes
1955 in Berlin West geboren, in München, Bielefeld und Hamburg aufgewachsen, war ich ein Ohne-Handy-ohne-Fernseher-Kind. Danach Abitur in Hamburg, Zivildienst in Hamburg, Uni in Erlan- gen, Kunsttischlerlehre in Nürnberg. Seit 1979 über Frankreich, Baden-Baden, Ägypten, Kenya, Maledi- ven, Australien, Oman, Thailand lebe ich zur Zeit auf den Philippi- nen. Den Rest meines Lebens gehen nur Freunde etwas an. Philippinen 2013
Latest book: Bisher

Follow me on Twitter at  jonpew1 Jon Pew
I am a soldier with the US Army and my job is flying on Chinook helicopters as a crew chief. I have written and published one book and am releasing another 3 this summer. I am a proud father of three wonderful kids and a happy husband to the most beautiful wife in the world.
Latest book: Genesis

Follow me on Twitter at  katieweasley Kate Sermon
Kate lives in a ramshackle farmhouse in deepest Devon, UK with her husband, three kids and two cats. She's done a bit of journalism, writes a bit of poetry and is currently ensconced in an MA Creative Writing. As a teenager Kate traipsed the moor imagining herself in some version of Wuthering Heights. Nothing much has changed.
Latest book: Dark Sleepers

Follow me on Twitter at  Guillermo_ZAMOR Guillerm Zamor
ZAMOR, Guillerm, artiste-peintre, sculpteur et écrivain a un long parcours tant dans le domaine de l'Art Plastique comme dans les Lettres. Pour mieux savoir sur lui, lisez l'article écrit en wikipedia à son propos:
Latest book: Le Quêteur d'âmes

Follow me on Twitter at  jthomasbeaton J. Thomas Beaton
I was born in Toronto, Canada and have since moved around the United States and Europe, living most of my adult life in southern England, which is currently my home. I love Science Fiction and fantasy with some of my favorite authors being George R. R. Martin, Raymond E. Feist and J. R. R. Tolkien to name just a few. I grew up with heroes from Star Wars and Star Trek equally weighted (No I won't join in a debate about which is better, choosing the middle path between them, though I will mention that J. J. Abrams' remakes rock the house). I Write in my spare time between work and my writing means a lot to me and if you appreciate it I'd love to hear about it because producing something that entertains others ... read more
Latest book: Duality Inc.

Follow me on Twitter at  eddie845 Ed Marishta
Ed Marishta was born and raised in the small town of Gramsh in Albania to a working class couple. He has four other siblings, all of whom live now outside Albania. Growing up in a fairly big family and poor country, it was usually his imagination that compensated for what they materially lacked, and imagination he had plenty. As early as 10 years old, Ed tried to write his first piece, a fantasy story about a little boy with psychic powers, which he titled “The Adventures of Ren”. Sadly, that manuscript was lost and he never got to finish it or any other work until many years later, when he picked up working again on several different projects. He does not consider himself to be a writer and will probably ... read more
Latest book: Endërland

Follow me on Twitter at  SergeySorin Sergey Sorin
As the founder to the Power Principle, and a board certified physician with experience in family practice, the emergency room and bariatrics (weight loss medicine), my initial interest in Mind-Body-Spirit Approach to Health and Wellness started early in my carrier. As a cancer survivor, I became interested in knowing more of how all these elements worked together. While oncologists and surgeons focused on my physical body for healing, my own inner journey was into my own power center, ultimately drawing strength to overcome cancer. I quickly learned the power to heal was within the Mind-Body-Spirit connection, and no one element of the connection was more important than the other. As I studied more in this fie ... read more
Latest book: Are You Really Healthy?

Follow me on Twitter at  bobtropicals Bob Walsh
My name is Bob Walsh. I have been growing tropical plants in Chicago, USA, plant hardiness zone 5, for more than 20 years. The past 10-plus years I focused on developing successful growing techniques for plumerias, frangipani, both indoors and outdoors, which resulted in the publication of my step-by-step illustrated plumeria plant care book, How To Grow Plumeria - Frangipani Anytime Anywhere!. New and seasoned gardeners alike are given everything they need with pictures and descriptions to successfully grow plumerias year round indoors and outdoors. I share with the reader my tried and tested methods which I use in successfully growing plumerias and other tropical plants, indoors and outdoors, year round ... read more
Latest book: How To Grow Plumeria – Frangipani Anytime Anywhere!

Follow me on Twitter at  @tedheller Ted Heller
Ted Heller: Born in, raised in, beaten up in, arrested in, still lives in New York City. I've had three books published: Slab Rat, Funnymen, Pocket Kings. The exact number of books I have written which have NOT been published is known only to God: I myself lost track about twenty novels ago. Or maybe it was twenty-four. I have held many jobs in my life but being an author is my favorite. You get to make your own hours, begin and end when you want, be alone and snap at anybody who interrupts your writing or your napping, and after about thirty years of this you are immune to rejection, bad reviews and lousy sales. WHAT A LIFE! I have worked at the New York Times as a menial copy boy, in the clothing business, ... read more
Latest book: West of Babylon

Follow me on Twitter at  sharonr69 Sharon J. Richardson
Sharon Richardson was born in Manchester in November 1969 and raised in Bury. Her passion for writing has existed since an early age. Whether it was writing stories on her own or music with her elder brother, she has followed a dream for fulfilment. Throughout her adult life, she has worked in various jobs before deciding to work for herself nine years ago as a business consultant and interim manager. The Goodtime Girls is her first published book and she is currently writing her second book. She lives in Lancashire with her crazy little black pug, Archie.

Follow me on Twitter at  iGOeBooks iGO eBooks
Under the pseudonym of iGO® & iGO eBooks™ is a catalyst for innovation in the eBook iBooks ePub pdf iba mobi rtf pdf lrf pdb & eLearning industries and is instrumental in the positioning within niche markets specialising in specific disciplines of fundraising & governance for the voluntary sector and synergies with corporates in events management, (with networks nationally & internationally), creating a hotbed of new and strategic initiatives. A dynamic, multi-faceted, and proactive assiduous individual with demonstrated transferable skills. Proven background and record of achievement. A personality that is tenacious, positive, determined and professional. Motivated, committed and has a strategi ... read more
Latest book: Introduction to Fundraising Presentation

Follow me on Twitter at  annvictorauthor Ann Victor
I write short, contemporary erotica. My stories focus on passionate women who often let daily routines get in the way of their passions…until they take charge of their lives and make passion their priority!

Follow me on Twitter at  doctorktweets Khandee Ahnaimugan
Dr Khandee Ahnaimugan(Dr. K) is a medical doctor, weight loss expert and best-selling author. He is based in London, England and at his clinic, he helps women over 40 lose weight without dieting, using a unique behavioral program. Dr. K also writes about weight loss for the Huffington Post.
Latest book: The Blossoming of Hope in the Desert of Diet Despair: Losing Weight without Dieting for Women over 40

Follow me on Twitter at  smellebrities Susan Pickup
I am a member of the Crewe and District Branch of Parkinson's Uk as a fund raiser. My husband was diagnosed 10 years ago with Parkinson's and I have been helping to raise funds since then. I have completed two 10K runs, held fund raisers including frock exchanges and Big Band nights with Sandbach School Big Band and Matthew Ford. I work in the NHS and my job involves helping staff improve the experience for patients and carers, something I care passionately about.
Latest book: Smellebrities

Follow me on Twitter at  franklindiazl Franklin Díaz Lárez
Escritor por vocación; maquetador y publicador de libros electrónicos por negocio; y abogado, docente y especialista en inmigración porque algo debía estudiar.
Latest book: Crónica de un suicidio

Follow me on Twitter at  changelingpress Changeling Press
Changeling Press publishes the best in Erotic Sci-Fi, Futuristic, Paranormal, Dark Fantasy, and Action Adventure love stories.