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Lucky People
Price: Free! Words: 6,600. Language: English. Published: September 11, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
A short story focused on three people, one tragedy, and one foggy night on a bridge. Lucky People is a story of great loss and overwhelming guilt.
In The Stars Part II, Episode 9: Virgo
Series: Hiding Behind The Couch. You set the price! Words: 22,860. Language: English. Published: August 25, 2014 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Virgo is Ep 9 of In The Stars (Hiding Behind The Couch 4&5), following the 'The Circle', through the 9th of 12 eventful months. Kris struggles with his own demons to reconcile with Ade; Shaunna and Andy fight their desires, increasingly drawn together; an unwelcome guest turns up to bid on old friend farewell. As The Circle battle their grief, can they support each other through the other side?
Safe and Secure in Atropia
You set the price! Words: 4,960. Language: English. Published: August 17, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Political
A couple recently moved into a master planned gated community, kept up to exacting standards by aerial surveillance, "helpful" bureaucrats, and of course the vigilant HOA. But having to worship a parking meter seems a little much. This farcical satire of suburbia illustrates that totalitarianism isn't always an iron-fisted dictatorship (yet), and it may be closer to home than one might think.
The Write-In
Price: Free! Words: 34,810. Language: English. Published: August 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Political
Who told Rev. Joshua Evans he could sidestep the political machines and run for the Texas House as a write-in candidate? Monday through Friday, Joshua Evans drives a garbage truck for the city of Houston. On Sunday, he ministers to a small church. Why defy the professional politicians? Because it needed to be done to save his community.
The Shadow's Embrace
Price: Free! Words: 2,440. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
A short, emotional, story about the inevitability of aging.
The Fires of Autism
Price: Free! Words: 6,930. Language: American English. Published: July 24, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Family sagas
Just as fire destroys wood but hardens steel, a child's autism diagnosis can either rip apart or strengthen a marriage. Calvin and Laura Wygant struggle to accept their son Todd's new diagnosis and to keep their marriage intact. This story, written by the mother of a child with autism, depicts both the heartache experienced by parents of a newly-diagnosed child and the hope that endures.
In The Stars Part II, Episode 8: Leo
Series: Hiding Behind The Couch. You set the price! Words: 40,040. Language: English. Published: July 24, 2014 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Leo is Ep 8 of In The Stars (Hiding Behind The Couch 4&5), following the 'The Circle', through the 7th of 12 eventful months. Life is getting serious, blurring the line between love and loss: It’s Toby Brown’s first birthday, and he’s not the only one in for a surprise; Josh abandons his professionalism to help a desperate client; Andy treats himself to something he’s wanted for a very long time.
The Story Continues...
Price: Free! Words: 2,340. Language: English. Published: July 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Spiritual & metaphysical
"The Story Continues" is a cute little collection of micro stories that do not have a formal ending. This book of three stories counts as the next free short story installment to follow the success of "The Soul of an Author." Thanks for reading!
A Late Monsoon
Price: Free! Words: 5,970. Language: British English. Published: July 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » European, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Family sagas
(4.00 from 1 review)
On the shaded veranda of a post colonial Bombay hotel, two men shelter from the pre monsoon heat. Their generations and ideologies differ but they share the same turbulent moment in time. As they muse on the consequences of their changing world, they confront each other with questions affecting each of their personal worlds; questions they would prefer not to face.
The Interview
Price: Free! Words: 2,650. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: July 12, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Technological
(5.00 from 1 review)
‘You really want to do this?’ Tim asked his wife, Joanne. ‘I mean, what’s wrong with doing it the old fashion way so it’s more of a surprise. People have been making babies without clicking and dragging for thousands of years.’ What would you ask if you could meet your son before he was born? What would he ask you? Winner 'Highly Commended' in The Port Stephens Examiner Literature Awards 2013.
Meet Jack
Price: Free! Words: 4,760. Language: English. Published: July 10, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
Meet Jack provides a sneak peek into the first of the Acts of Justice series, Melancholy Jack. You'll meet Jack briefly through the eyes of Nina (his mother), Jason (his best friend), Allie (his wife) and Dr. Ellen Foster (his psychologist). Melancholy Jack, the first in the Acts of Justice Series, is available. The second book, And So He Plays His Part, is scheduled for release June 2015.
Land For Peace
Price: Free! Words: 1,400. Language: English. Published: July 6, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Spiritual & metaphysical
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
The oldest war story of all, revisited from a radically different perspective: One that assumes nothing about the attributes or characters of the combatants. In any war, it’s not the propaganda that matters but the outcome of the final battle. Don’t be alarmed. It's just a fantasy. No statement of belief about...well, anything...is expressed or implied.
Remains to be Seen
Price: Free! Words: 4,330. Language: English. Published: July 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
Short story, 12 pages approx. Undercover narcotics agents Michael O'Neill and Baby Johnson, still suffering PTSD from the Vietnam War, quit the Australian Bureau of Narcotics and move to the far north coast of New South Wales. Johnson hopes to renew his relationship with Star. O'Neill thinks settling down with long-time girlfriend Azure might be the solution - but that remains to be seen.
Wheels
Price: Free! Words: 20,530. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Legal
Wheels are meant to turn, but what if they don't? Sometimes wheels take us to somewhere we'd rather not be. Each of these nine stories is written around wheels and they are sometimes not what you would expect. All the authors' proceeds go directly to Sea Shepherd, a charity devoted to protecting our seas and oceans and the life within.
In The Stars Part II, Episode 7: Cancer
Series: Hiding Behind The Couch. You set the price! Words: 38,410. Language: English. Published: June 28, 2014 by Beaten Track Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
Cancer is Episode 7 of In The Stars (Hiding Behind The Couch 4&5), following the longstanding friends, 'The Circle', through the seventh of twelve eventful months. Dan is about to find out that being a careful driver is sometimes not enough; An old lover’s return rekindles fond memories for Alice; Sean works his psychology magic on the ever-stubborn Jess. The story continues in Epi #8 (Leo).
The Mountain that Slept Around and Other Stories
Price: Free! Words: 13,580. Language: English. Published: June 24, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Spiritual & metaphysical, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
What happens when the citizens of a small Western town awaken to find a mountain next to them that wasn't there the night before - and what happens when it leaves again?
Clara: A Short Story
Price: Free! Words: 3,270. Language: English. Published: June 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Spiritual & metaphysical, Fiction » Coming of age
Catholic school kid Clara Cooper wants to go home. She has some unfinished business to attend to, and really needs God to give her attempt at truancy a bit of heavenly aid. When she fails to convince the nurses, the principal, and her mama that she is sick enough to leave school, she decides to take matters into her own hands.
Katherine Talbot
You set the price! Words: 1,540. Language: English. Published: June 6, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Crime
One resident at Forestwood Care Center has been waiting a long time for payback.
Every One Fight
Price: Free! Words: 10,370. Language: Canadian English. Published: June 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
Masurani was set to run professionally when her father dies in a terrorist attack. Between puberty and grief she pursues the martial arts only to refuse a invitation to join the government backed KnightsMage. Entrapped by a devious street fighter and forced to turn professional, Petulant promises to reveal the nature of her father's death, but can she survive this match and learn the truth?
Issues
Price: Free! Words: 2,500. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: May 23, 2014 by Marcus Foxwell. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Spiritual & metaphysical
Issues, is the first puppy perspective tale of a dog whose unrelenting hard life leaves him begging for death. Can he find a reason to live in a world of human cruelty? Contains scenes that some may find to be uplifting.