FrostProof808

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FrostProof808, an imprint of StoneThread Publishing LLC, publishes short fiction and novels by Harvey Stanbrough and his personas, Eric Stringer, Gervasio Arrancado, Western Z Crowley, MJ François and Nicolas Z Porter.

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The Professional Fiction Writer | A Year in the Life
Pre-release—available January 15, 2017. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 505,030. Language: English. Published by FrostProof808. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills, Nonfiction » Reference » Publishing and books
This Journal began as a daily diary of sorts to hold myself accountable as a fiction writer. After all, if you don't write, you aren't a writer. But it grew into a valuable resource. Whether an aspirant or a part-time or full-time writer, whether you want to begin or enhance your journey, you can't do much better than to make the investment in this book.
Being Martha Ramis
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,090. Language: English. Published: November 22, 2016 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
Martha Ramis, church secretary in a small town in South Dakota, ruminates on the new pastor as she goes about preparing the next church newsletter.
The Consensus
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 38,450. Language: English. Published: November 10, 2016 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
On future Earth, there are only six nations, governed by a compendium of delegates to the World Dominion. Enter one man’s desire to rule the planet, an inadvertent war and his discovery of long-traveled extra-terrestrials. Will the war be turned off in time? Who will take control of Earth?
Ice Scream
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,730. Language: English. Published: November 5, 2016 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Crime, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
CAUTION: Ice Scream is a tale of sheer terror and horror. It's the first chapter of my current WIP, a novel about a serial killer. It contains necessarily harsh mental images. That being said, here's the professional skinny: A young woman wakes confused and alone from a nightmare. Or is she waking INTO a nightmare?
The Spring
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,310. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2016 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Political, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
Mark Smith, an old retired Marine, is not happy with the state of the nation. But he's only cleaning his rifle, a weekly ritual held over from the old days. He leans one way, his wife the other. Protector and protected, neither able to exprience the other's worldview. Will it matter?
Harold Cranston's Final Trip
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,490. Language: English. Published: October 23, 2016 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Harold Cranston, 87 years old minus 1 day, is packing at his wife's direction for a trip to see their son in Colorado. He works in the Mustang Mountain tracking station. Helen and Harold live outside of Huntsville, Alabama, the home of Redstone Arsenal. Like the epigram says, When the missiles are launched, who among us will know? This story is derived from the forthcoming novel, The Consensus.
The Man with the Finger and the Rank
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,750. Language: English. Published: October 14, 2016 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
Mr. Kristen dreams of world domination. Finally his chance comes. He finds himself in a launch bunker with the red button before him. Yes, that red button. And what he launches will not soon be forgotten.
Curious Shapes
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,530. Language: English. Published: October 7, 2016 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Some boys are reared by cruel fathers. For them, the beatings don't stop until they're old enough and large enough to fight back. Carson McCullers once wrote, "The hearts of small children are delicate organs. A cruel beginning in this world can twist them into curious shapes." Duffy Griswold is just such a boy.
The Wes Crowley Saga: Part Two
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 233,980. Language: English. Published: October 2, 2016 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Western, Fiction » Adventure » Action
The Wes Crowley Saga: Part Two contains the last five novels from the Wes Crowley series in order, as well as the original book covers. This is effectively an electronic "boxed set" of five novels. If you've ever wanted to "ride wild on a strong horse in a good cause," you will love this saga.
The Wes Crowley Saga: Part One
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 235,190. Language: English. Published: October 2, 2016 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Western, Fiction » Adventure » Action
The Wes Crowley Saga: Part One contains the first five novels from the Wes Crowley series in order, as well as the original book covers. This is effectively an electronic "boxed set" of five novels. If you've ever wanted to "ride wild on a strong horse in a good cause," you will love this saga.
The Day the Earth Shuddered and Went Dark
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 95,640. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2016 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
In the early morning hours of a May 20, 2108, a collective of microbes slaps into the Pacific Ocean near California. And billions upon billions of microbes are jarred loose. Within hours they cover the United States, Canada and Mexico. Within days they spread around the world. They hunger, and they eat. Voraciously. Mammals die within minutes of contact. Including humans. Well, most humans.
If Mama Ain't Happy
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,680. Language: English. Published: September 30, 2016 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Crime, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Johnny Marsden sets out for home after a few hours' fishing. His grandfather becomes concerned and goes out looking for him. But what happens with Johnny and his grandfather is far from anything you might expect.
Turning Points
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 28,520. Language: English. Published: September 22, 2016 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Western, Fiction » Adventure » Action
This 5-story collection includes 4 short stories and a novelette. All are westerns. Four are historical and one is contemporary. The contemporary one also has a touch of magic realism. Enjoy!
Psych!(Otic?)(Osis?)
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 35,260. Language: English. Published: September 21, 2016 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
This 10-story collection is all psychological suspense. Some of these storie are humorous, some perhaps a bit frightening, and at least one is somewhat lascivious. All delve into the human psyche.
S, F & H
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 30,270. Language: English. Published: September 20, 2016 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
This collection of ten short stories spans science fiction and science fantasy with a dash of horror tossed in for good luck.
Mobster Tales
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 30,460. Language: English. Published: September 20, 2016 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
This 10-story collection runs the gamut from the hokey to the humorous, the wannabes to the would'a-beens, the chilling to the childish to the deadly serious. There are 8 stories from Harvey and 2 from his borderline psychotic persona, Eric Stringer. Come along for some fun.
Line of Duty
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 3,030. Language: English. Published: September 19, 2016 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Crime
The mob boss wants to test a rookie driver and maybe teach him a lesson too. How to Get the Boss Out of Harm's Way 101. Surely nothing will go wrong. Surely.
A Turning Point for Charlie Pilsen
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,950. Language: English. Published: September 19, 2016 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Western, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Charlie Pilsen is on the top of his game and the top of the world as an outlaw in the 1880s Texas panhandle. He'll visit with his only living sibling, then hit the score that will make him wealthy for the rest of his life. Then it all begins to come unraveled.
Terminus Loop
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 34,170. Language: English. Published: September 17, 2016 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Is Time, like Space, a maleable factor? With Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle disproven and set aside, the way is clear to test the Theorum of Interspatial Travel Through Miniaturization and Recovery (ITTMAR). And Adam Trenton is ready to pick up where the first Traveler left off. The Guide’s calculations are precise, so the trip should be routine. But it isn't. It's far from routine.
The Shaman
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 3,600. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2016 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Literature » Literary
Two men are on a camping trip in their favorite remote spot. Nearby is an ancient pueblocito in a crevice in a cliff above the Gila River. Was the pueblocito home to a shaman? It's a great place to explore, theorize and slather philosopy across the desert. Especially after the shaman makes an appearance.
No Kind'a Time
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 48,450. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2016 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Superiors order a Border Patrol captain to stand down regarding gun shipments across the border. But when he receives a hot tip from a contact regarding a gun-runner, he sets up an ambush with a few friends. But nothing is what it seems. Manuel Vallejo is not hauling guns. He is there to deliver a chilling personal challenge. And Arizona Ranger Dale Crowley has no choice but to accept.
The Necklace
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 3,410. Language: English. Published: September 8, 2016 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
A routine interview with a murder suspect. Given the preponderance of evidence against him, probably he'll either lawyer-up or confess. Either way will mean an early day for the detective. But sometimes there's more evidence than you expect.
A Special Treat
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 4,340. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2016 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
A weary man sits in his recliner in his living room. He's waited all week for his special TV show, and it's on. It's the first episode of a new season. Then someone starts knocking at his door. We can forgive him for not answering immediately, can't we? Well, can't we?
The Bad Man and the Boxer
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 2,850. Language: English. Published: August 22, 2016 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Horror » General
In this intense short story, when Basilone Thompson's fight manager dies, a new manager shows up to take his place. The Big Bass can hardly believe his good fortune. His rise through the ranks is meteoric. But is anything ever quite what it seems?
Pete and the Angel
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,710. Language: English. Published: August 18, 2016 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
It's a scalding hot day in Mexico when Pete sees something fall from the sky. Moments later a beautiful blonde woman is coming up the road behind him. Is she an angel? Maybe, maybe not. Come along and find out.
What It Was, Was Gunsmoke
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 2,980. Language: English. Published: August 18, 2016 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
In this frantic short story, as opening credits roll and Matt Dillon sets up for the opening showdown, gunfire sounds in the front yard. What do you do? Probably not what this guy did.
Going Onward for the Moment
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 3,220. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2016 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
What's a guy to do when he just narrowly avoided taking a bullet in the skull? Where can he hide? What can he do? Maybe he should sit in a dumpster for awhile and mull his future.
Pearlized
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 2,980. Language: English. Published: August 2, 2016 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Crime, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
What's a mobster punk to do when the detective he's talking with about an attempt on his life turns and walks away? Or worse yet, simple fades out and disappears?
As Long as We're Wishing
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,280. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2016 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Literature » Literary
Many of us wish it were a month ago or a year ago, but of course, with the stipulation that we know then what we know now. But what would it really be like to know then what you know now? Actually, there are some very good reasons time works as it does.
Authenticity
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 3,610. Language: English. Published: July 27, 2016 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
This is an intense short story. As man lay dying in the hospital, he thinks back over his life and his twelve children. He has divided them into two groups, The Needy Greedy gang and the good kids. By the end, he comes to some new conclusions.
That Ain't Right
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 2,620. Language: English. Published: July 21, 2016 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
This is a political spoof. A career politician gives an inspiring campaign speech, sort of, and has the audience eating out of her hand, until something wholly unexpected but richly deserved happens.
The Right Cut
Series: The Wes Crowley Novels. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 54,690. Language: English. Published: July 20, 2016 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Western, Fiction » Romance » Western
This is the 10th and final book in the Wes Crowley saga. A group of bad guys, out-of-luck drifters, screw-ups and wet-behind-the-ears boys head south, lured by the promise of gold and adventure. The final Talbot in the line is the instigator, driven by his warped perspective of history. Will he succeed where others have failed to bring his nemesis, Wes Crowley, to his knees?
Nothing for Nothing | an account of a war in another place
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 44,200. Language: English. Published: July 18, 2016 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure, Fiction » Adventure » Men’s adventure
An American expatriate takes a chance wandering the streets of a foreign town. He's looking for a contact for a local Resistance group who needs help. These are men who go to the war most days and stay home with their families on other days. These are men who are called on when other men simply will not do.
There Will Come Hard Rains
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 2,460. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2016 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
What happens to the earth when we're attacked by aliens from outer space? Independence Day? But what if they don't come in space ships, ray guns blazing? What if they are much smaller than the millions of mibrobial creatures we breath in every day? And what if they're deadly on contact?
Johnny Baby
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 2,630. Language: English. Published: July 12, 2016 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Johnny's about to get luckier than he's ever gotten. And with the new girl in school, a leggy wonder who sends his imagination to places it's never been. When he finally gets her alone, she's even more than he hoped for. Up to a point.
Dave
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 2,600. Language: English. Published: July 10, 2016 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Two officers stop by a party to ask the revelers to quiet the music and they do. But one officer, a new guy on the force, is flirting with one of the partygoers. Or is she flirting with him? Perhaps Julie isn't quite the nice girl she seems to be. Perhaps Dave isn't what he appears to be either.
Draped Like Muga Silk
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,080. Language: English. Published: July 8, 2016 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Charley Bradstreet is a snappy dresser. For a mob guy, he also has strange ideas about how women should be treated. He's always been loyal, but some things go beyond what he's willing to accept.
The End Game
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 4,060. Language: English. Published: June 28, 2016 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
When a hit man is recalled from Chicago to meet with a high-ranking politician, his new client, he suspects nothing. But should he? Maybe he should have considered her record.
The Trouble with Trimble
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 4,660. Language: English. Published: June 24, 2016 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Western
Johnny Trimble rides his cayuse into a western town, on a mission to replace the sheriff. The sheriff isn't all that he seems. But then, neither is Johnny.
One Early Evening in Mexico
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 3,750. Language: English. Published: June 16, 2016 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
He wanted to take a very special "directed immersion" deep into Mexico for his senior trip. But he got considerably more than he bargained for. Come along and see what you think.
Incident at El Charro Café
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 3,930. Language: English. Published: June 7, 2016 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
What happens when two writers head out for a camping trip in the Gila River Lower Box wilderness? Well, they have to eat. But neither of them eats alone. Each has a full array of characters from which to draw when necessary. Come along and see what happens when these two stop in at the El Charro Café for a bite of breakfast.
Blue Bell and the Roses
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 3,610. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2016 by FrostProof808. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
Everybody needs friends. But friends come in all shapes and sizes. When World War II aviator Archibald "Packy" Burkhalter seeks out a long-lost friend, he gets a great deal more than he bargained for.
Saying Goodbye
Price: $1.99 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: $1.99 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: $1.99 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: $1.99 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: $1.99 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: $6.99 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: $1.99 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.
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Smashwords book reviews by FrostProof808

  • Hitting Back on April 10, 2011

    Linda, If I hadn't known better I'd have thought I was reading Hemingway. "Hitting Back" is clean, concise and bristling with page-turning suspense. I'm going right after I file this review to purchase Mad Money, and I look forward to The Next Ex.
  • A Texas Elegy on April 27, 2011

    I've used the opening paragraph of this novel to teach other writers how to write a great beginning. The language and dialect of these characters are true to life, the situations taken as if from the brush country of Texas, and the simple poignancy of this story will linger with me all my days. As a result, I will be in very good company.
  • Brasada on April 27, 2011

    I am fortunate to call Don Johnson my friend. When others write about his "authentic voice" they attribute it to research. I suppose it is if you can consider life research. Don has lived these situations first hand as a man can live them only in the brush country of Texas. He's lived them in this lifetime, and it wouldn't surprise me in the slightest to learn he lived them in a previous lifetime about 160 years ago. Brasada is a tough book about tough characters in tough country. Only Don Johnson's deft hand could tame such a story. If he hadn't it might well have attacked the reader upon being opened. Bravo, Don, for yet another brilliant offering.
  • Graceful Blur on Aug. 10, 2011

    This is a strong story, filled with action, that's over entirely too quickly... then again, that's the whole premise. Wonderfully done.
  • In His Majesty's Postal Service on Aug. 10, 2011
    (no rating)
    This is an exciting, wonderful story that seems almost a collection of vignettes, glimpses into the particular, peculiar mini-worlds that are part of a larger world located on a single street of a town. A great short story. I wish Mr. Healy would collect some of these so I could purchase several at a time.
  • Flash of the Pen on March 12, 2015

    This is an absolutely great collection of very short stories. If you don't get this book, either free or priced, you are missing a great bet for some quick entertainment.