Harvey Stanbrough

Biography

Harvey Stanbrough is an award-winning writer and poet. He’s fond of saying he was born in New Mexico, seasoned in Texas, and baked in Arizona. After 21 years in the US Marine Corps, he managed to sneak up on a BA degree at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales in 1996. Because he is unable to do otherwise, he splits his writing personality among four personas: Gervasio Arrancado writes magic realism; Nicolas Z “Nick” Porter writes spare, descriptive, Hemingway-style fiction; and Eric Stringer writes the fiction of an unapologetic neurotic. Harvey writes whatever they leave to him. You can see their full bios at HEStanbrough.com.

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Books

Saying Goodbye
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,710. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2016 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
This story, also the first chapter of the forthcoming tenth novel in the Wes Crowley series, opens at a funeral that is very important to Western Z Crowley. In fact, it's one that will change what's left of his life forever. Come along on a last blast as Wes sets out on a vengeance trail.
An Untapped Field of Endeavor
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,500. Language: English. Published: April 29, 2016 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Big Joey Barbosa has decided to invite his long time colleague, Nick Leonisi, in on a very special deal. A new, previously untapped business venture. But maybe Nick has a different venture in mind. Come along for the ride.
Memory
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,960. Language: English. Published: April 13, 2016 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
A wreck is a wreck, right? Whether it's a '72 Lincoln or a life. Come along on this exciting ride through a sleepy small town.
We Feed Them
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,520. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2016 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
A hard-working detective with a great sense of humor follows a would-be kidnapper into a dead end. But is it a dead end for the perpetrator or for the detective? Come along and find out.
Whish Way
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,580. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2016 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Crime
Mobsters, angels, a bar and a busy sidewalk. What could go wrong?
In the Siberian Fields
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 76,540. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2016 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
At 8 years old, Jonathan Kirski escaped the second purge of the Jews. But he is ashamed he didn’t die alongside his father. Now the lunar colony needs an extract from human bones to sustain its construction. To punish himself, Jonathan has chosen to mine the bones of his people in the Siberian fields. The bodies don’t decay. The faces are always there. But Jonathan is prepared. Are you?
An Incident at First and Fifth
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,330. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2016 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
H. Clement Moore is a highly successful businessman who pays a price for his success when his wife admits having an affair. After some thought, he adjusts his priorities. He's on his way home early for the first time in ten years to set things right before he loses her forever. What could possibly go wrong?
Writing the Character-Driven Story
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 17,320. Language: English. Published: February 10, 2016 by FrostProof808. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills, Nonfiction » Reference » Publishing and books
All good fiction is character-driven. Learn where to get story ideas and how to write a hook and an opening. Learn how to write captivating settings, scenes and endings. Replete with examples and containing two extremely important writing exercises, this concise book is all you need if you want to learn to write character-driven fiction.
Lessons Learned
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,570. Language: English. Published: February 7, 2016 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
What is the price of a broken heart? When we're very lucky, it's nothing more than lessons learned. When we aren't? Well, suck it up and get over yourself. But that's a story for another time.
No Better Day
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,900. Language: English. Published: January 28, 2016 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General, Fiction » Adventure » War & military
Three boys on the verge of manhood are hurrying along a two-rut path in a line of refugees. They encounter an old man sitting alongside the road on a rock. With safety several kilometers to the west and an enemy column advancing only a few kilometers from the east, what is he doing there? To top it off, he's blind. What begins as a game for these young teenage boys becomes much more serious.
The Suicide Watch
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,820. Language: English. Published: January 27, 2016 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
In one possible future there is a game show called The Suicide Watch. With teen suicide rates soaring so high even the government can no longer sugar-coat them, that same government teams up with their Hollywood pals to find a way to make money out of the deal. After all, sensational beats tragic, eh?
The Maid's Pulse
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,410. Language: English. Published: January 24, 2016 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
In this intense, funny, terrifying psychological suspense short story, Eugene and Christopher are at odds about only one topic. What to do about the dead maid on their hotel room floor.
The Clearing
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 37,660. Language: English. Published: January 21, 2016 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
The clearing. It was beautiful. It was remote. It was a perfect setting for magic and romance and the plucking of young, ripe, forbidden fruit. And it was a graveyard.
Coffee? Perhaps Tea?
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,740. Language: English. Published: January 20, 2016 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
In this psychological short story, Mr. Wilson appears to have misplaced his mind. But then, why would he appear normal around a pretentious doctor who has completely alienated him? Well, if he could be anymore alienated than he already was.
A Curious Warmth
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,360. Language: English. Published: January 12, 2016 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
A man can be nice to a woman without any thought of having sex with her, right? And vice versa? That's Pamela's theory, but will it hold in the presence of a tall, nice, very handsome man? On the night before the finality of her wedding?
Body Language
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 54,460. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2016 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
In this crime suspense novel, someone is wining and dining women, then feeding them to alligators. But a very special group of people have banded together to stop this person and others like him. Fairly soon we begin to get a clear picture of who the killer is, and even why the killer is on this rampage. What we don't know is how he will eventually be stopped. And by whom.
Of the Mist
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,350. Language: English. Published: January 2, 2016 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
In this intense short story, the narrator relates a story to his friend about being kidnapped by another mobster. A strange and ironic look at those who live and die by treachery.
Makilak Crismazizzle
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,760. Language: English. Published: December 12, 2015 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire, Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
This is not your typical Christmas story. The unnamed speaker is unnamed for a reason that becomes clear later in the story. But what he has to say is more interesting than who he is anyway. Why won't he get in the Christmas spirit and just go along? And what's he doing with that shovel?
The Wes Crowley Saga
Price: $18.99 USD. Words: 414,230. Language: English. Published: December 11, 2015 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
The Wes Crowley Saga contains every original novel from the Wes Crowley series in order, as well as the original book covers. This is effectively an electronic "boxed set" of nine novels. The Saga spans almost 30 years. It chronicles the adventures of Wes from before he joined the Texas Rangers until he ended up a hero in Mexico.
Wes Crowley and the Bank Robbers
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,600. Language: English. Published: December 10, 2015 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Literature » Western
Not long after Wes Crowley is promoted to corporal, as he's leaving the Amarillo Inn one morning, three bank robbers back out of the bank across the street and directly into his lap. Not a good place to be when you're on the wrong side of the law.
Dr. Zimmer in the Amazon
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,920. Language: English. Published: December 10, 2015 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
This is a silly short story about a pompous ass who believes himself hopelessly lost in the Amazon Rain Forest. He allows his thoughts to run before he meets up with a group of natives. Then things get very interesting.
The Scent of Acacias
Series: The Wes Crowley Novels. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 40,720. Language: English. Published: December 9, 2015 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Literature » Western
In this final installment of the Wes Crowley Saga, Wes has one last opportunity to "ride wild on a strong horse in a good cause." Then he's planning to retire. But will he lose everything that's most important to him?
Saving Egregio
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,750. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2015 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Western, Fiction » Adventure » Action
This short story is excerpted and adapted from the novel Leaving Amarillo, the fourth novel in the Wes Crowley series. Western Z Crowley has left the Rangers and is searching for his errant lifelong friend, Otis "Mac" McFadden. As he's riding from El Paso to Las Cruces late one night, would-be banditos are lying in wait. Wes solves the current situation in a manner not entirely expected.
How It Feels to Be Water
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,530. Language: English. Published: November 24, 2015 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
In this intense psychological suspense sf short story, paramilitary fireman Jim Schofield and his men have been tasked with destroying a rebel headquarters. The insertion and the job itself go smoothly enough. The extraction? Not so much.
Gods & Other Mortals
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 31,470. Language: English. Published: November 16, 2015 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
I can't write an adequate description for a 10-story collection in so few "characters," but Smashwords is too anal to let the book through unless I fill this space so let me just say YES, ENOUGH ALREADY. I KNOW NOT TO PUBLISH A NANOWRIMO BOOK HERE, OKAY? So how about take down the stupid shield already? Jeez, I mean Seriously? Okay, I think maybe that's enough.
Sanctified
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 17,830. Language: English. Published: November 16, 2015 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
five short stories for the price of two.These are five intense short stories. This short description apparently was too short to get into the premium catalogue so i'm adding this. If Smashwords were realistic, I mean how do I compact a description of a five-story collection without just saying it's five stories? I can't even give just the titles in this stupid space. Seriously, lighten up a little
The Benefit to Breathing
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 14,020. Language: English. Published: November 16, 2015 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
These are five intense short stories. This short description apparently was too short to get into the premium catalogue so i'm adding this. If Smashwords were realistic, I mean how do I compact a description of a five-story collection without just saying it's five stories? I can't even give just the titles in this stupid space. Seriously, lighten up a little bit. Okay, I'm guessing maybe that's en
Rarities About Town
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 27,750. Language: English. Published: November 16, 2015 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
These stories run the gamut from SF to horror, a hit men to humor, outer space to street gangs. There is ego, a coffin and a very strange baby. murder, mystery, terror and psychopathy. Even a twisted psychiatrist, a helpful mob guy and a great deal more. Come along on the ride.
About Town
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 14,790. Language: English. Published: November 16, 2015 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
Short Description: These stories run the gamut from SF to horror, a hit men to humor, outer space to street gangs. There is ego, a coffin and a very strange baby. murder, mystery, terror and psychopathy. Even a twisted psychiatrist, a helpful mob guy and a great deal more. Come along on the ride.
Whirlwinds I Have Known
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 16,870. Language: English. Published: November 13, 2015 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
These five stories run the gamut of the near erotic to the pure romance, from the wild west to murder for hire. The common thread? They're all about the women.
No Deposit No Returns
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 19,810. Language: English. Published: November 13, 2015 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Adventure » Action
These five stories run the gamut from one foolish man to another through an incredible future to a morgue to a pastoral home.
Sanctioned
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,700. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2015 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
In "Sanctioned" the reader is drawn into a seventh-floor walkup. About fifteen minutes before midnight, the telephone rings. The gentleman in the apartment is annoyed, waiting for his favorite state-sanctioned program to come on television at midnight. But this is a phone call that will change his life. Or maybe give it back.
The Overall Effect of Them
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 36,300. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2015 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
These ten stories run the gamut of the near erotic to the pure romance, from the wild west to an incredible future, nfrom murder for hire to a pastoral home to a morgue. The common thread? The women who drove them
Family
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,210. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2015 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Crime, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
There are families, and there are families, and family members come in all kinds. Some are good to talk with, some to hang out with, and some will kill you. The characters in this story use strong language.
Barbecue
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,180. Language: English. Published: October 22, 2015 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Two buddies on a camping trip in a remote desert location. A town full of women nearby. Fantasies abound. But is it all fantasy? Or is some of it sheer terror? Come along for a surprise.
Ink
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,630. Language: English. Published: October 17, 2015 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Angela is very very good at her job. Still, there are some places in which a woman just shouldn't play. Aren't there? Some of the men in the story think so. Will she change their minds? Will they be alive to know it? Come along.
Sordid & Organized
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,370. Language: English. Published: October 17, 2015 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological, Fiction » Horror » General
As Hallowe'en approaches, take a guided tour through the prep room of a mortuary. Let the mortician himself explain how difficult or easy is the preparation for each person. Well, former person. Don't miss his take on the delivery people, those of fewer skills who bring his clients to his place of business. And don't miss his knowledge of the various kinds of waste. And why it often is a shame.
About Mrs. Featherberry
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,420. Language: English. Published: October 17, 2015 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
Why is the waitress in this small town opening up to this newcomer? What do rotten sardines have to do with homemade pie?
There's No Fool
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,060. Language: English. Published: October 17, 2015 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Reginald Cranston, senior partner in the lawfirm of Cranston, Cranston, Swain and Devereaux, is about to lose Devereaux. And he doesn't want to lose her. She's the junior partner at only 29 years old, but she's also his fantasy.
The Day They Came
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,320. Language: English. Published: October 17, 2015 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
An alien invasion. Freedom fighters caught and held in a rainy, drizzly prison. To wait. But for what?
Desecration
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,560. Language: English. Published: October 17, 2015 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
Only a god could walk forever without leaving anything behind or approaching anything else. But how? And why?
Exotic
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,540. Language: English. Published: October 17, 2015 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
A meek, mild accountant from Cleveland finally, finally gets a break when he lands a big client for his firm. But he gets an even bigger one when he gets to Louisiana.
The Advent of Simon Stark
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 57,190. Language: English. Published: October 16, 2015 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Political
The Solgrens have long since forgotten the burden and the pleasures of having a physical body. They are entralled with humans' ability to focus the physical, the mental and the emotional on one project at one time. Will their bodymeld insert accomplish what they put him on Earth to do, or will humanity overtake him? And if it does, what then? Destroy the planet and move on, or opt for Plan B?
Harold Nickel's Last Dime
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,710. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2015 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
For a boy born and bred in Florida, hanging out in the drizzly, frozen northwest is far from ideal, or even possible. Even if he is in witness protection. What will Harold Nickel risk to feel the sun on his face again, smell the salt air. And how far will he go? And go? And go?
The Old Jenkins Place
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,580. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2015 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
There's something about the old Jenkins place, but what's the allure? Is it the dead body in a living house? Or is it the chance to live forever?
Finding Harold
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,840. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2015 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Mavis sets out to find her husband, who's been gone longer than she thinks he should. Who can blame Harold for wanting to disappear? But she finds him. Boy does she find him.
Paper Hearts
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,650. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2015 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
In a story reminiscent of Hemingway's work, a waiter works his way through a shift at an all-night café. On the table in the back booth he finds a pair of paper hearts. But when exactly did he find them?
The Battle of Tres Caballos
Series: The Wes Crowley Novels. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 52,110. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2015 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Western, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Life and fate have a great deal more in store for Wes Crowley. He is surprised to meet two people from his long-ago past. One is a powerful friend and a force for good in the region, and the other is an enemy he didn’t even know he had. Wes accepts a special appointment, battles a cunning and vicious enemy, and experiences the magic of Mexico first hand. Enjoy!
Pete & Repeat
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,960. Language: English. Published: August 22, 2015 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Humor
C'mon, everyone knows the old non-joke about Pete and his buddy, right? Still, seems like there's always one more young'un wantin' to put an old timer to shame. Only it doesn't always happen just that way.
The Marshal of Agua Perlado
Series: The Wes Crowley Novels, Book 7. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 56,200. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2015 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Western, Fiction » Romance » Western
In Book 7 of the Wes Crowley saga, Wes is in Mexico and wondering what he should do with his life. The one thing he knows for sure is he won't go back to being a lawman. Then some banditos come along. They murder a member of this peaceful fishing village and Wes realizes he must protect those who deserve it... in his new job as the marhsal of Agua Perlado. The ride isn’t over quite yet.
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