Robert L. Arend

Biography

Robert L. Arend is known as 'The Robert' among his multi-circle of Facebook friends and much of the online community of writers. He is the former short story editor of the Circle 8 Writers Group anthologies and a contributing writer. The Robert is currently the short story editor and contributing writer for 7 Fates Writers ( https://www.facebook.com/SevenFatesWriters). His short stories have also been published in anthologies of Twin Trinity Media. Many of Robert's short stories are available as single story Kindle downloads on Amazon. Robert favors short stories that reflect the genre popularized by his idol, the late Rod Serling.

Smashwords Interview

Me#1: Robert—or should I call you Bob?
Me#2: No. But you may refer to me as ‘The Robert’.
Me#1: You are the editor and short story contributor for the 7 Fates Writers anthology "Stories for the Dead of Night"?
Me#2: Available here at Smashwords. And, yes, I had a hard time choosing between doing that or writing speeches for President Obama....
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Books

Deadbeats
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,140. Language: English. Published: February 16, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American, Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays
Reed loved his debt collection job. Sure he broke some consumer protection laws, but only when he needed to in order to remain ICS's top collection agent. Or at least he was on top before he berated the wrong deadbeat....
Twins
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,200. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Eight years before, sitting alone on the school bus (nobody ever took the seat next to her), Renee had been seventeen, thinking about the senior prom she would not be attending. The face of a boy appeared in the window glass, his smile somehow radiating the most wonderful feelings of joy and love. He kissed the cheek of her reflection before fading away, taking her momentary bliss with him....
Do You Fear What I Fear?
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,050. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
For Abigail, Christmas was not a time for cheer, but a holiday to fear-- from the past, the present, and into the future--for old women all alone in the world....
The Little Drummer Zombie Boy
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,090. Language: American English. Published: December 1, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas, Fiction » Horror » Undead
All Little Jared wants for Christmas is a drum set, and Mommy and Daddy’s brains….
Born to Run
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,640. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
"Born to Run" is the story of a man on the run from an unintentional murder, who, guided by a voice in his head, leaves a trail of bodies in the wake of his desperate flight from justice. The fugitive, Michael, races over winding rural back roads into the climactic moment that will compel himself--and the reader--to question the very definition of reality...
The Engagement Game
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,030. Language: English. Published: July 23, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories
A fun story about a homemade game where the Heart Cards mean yes to marriage but too many storm cards mean no. Will love go the way of the storm?
What's for Dinner?
Price: Free! Words: 1,710. Language: English. Published: July 22, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
Zombies Benjamin and Vivian want to marry, but can’t while Vivian’s human husband remains alive. What’s that have to do with dinner? You’ll have to read the story (with an empty stomach) to find out....
Under The Tree That Owns Itself
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,630. Language: English. Published: July 22, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Children are vanishing in Athens, Georgia, yet parents of the missing seem apathetic. FBI agent Lawry is determined to uncover what those women know and why none of their children can be traced to a father, unaware a mysterious tree holds the truth about all those missing kids, but the tree stopped talking.
David and the Outside
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,880. Language: English. Published: July 12, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Thirteen-year-old David spends too much time in his favorite virtual world, and too little time studying. He irritates his parents and virtual teachers with his daydreams of the Outside. He'd rather be out fishing, but he can only wonder what fish tastes like. Daydreams can come true, but at what price?
The Butterfly
Price: Free! Words: 2,980. Language: English. Published: April 20, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
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It’s about a woman who thinks a butterfly she finds on her dead husband’s pillow is him reincarnated. The love scene will knock your socks off.

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  • Get Off the Couch with Joan on Oct. 24, 2010
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    Love this book. And I've read and thoroughly enjoyed Joan's humorous but beautiful narratives in "Get off the Couch". At 26 pages, it is more a pamphlet than a traditional travel book, but the photographs are charming in tone with each adventure depicted. I can confidently say I would buy this book in a bookstore, even though I rarely hike any trail except the well-worn carpet path to the bathroom. This collection of 10 newspaper outdoors/trail hiking essays are nothing less than a pleasure to read. My favorite of Joan’s 10 adventures is this depiction in episode 4: “East of the Ozarks”, originally published July 4, 2009, Ludington Daily News: “But hikers know that you rarely get more than one perfect element at a time. I had a hard time feeling that lovely air on my skin since it was coated with five layers of insect repellant, often topped with long sleeves and a head net. I don’t know how a scrap of gauze that weighs less than an ounce turns into a iron mask the minute it is placed over the face, but it does. Oh, did I mention that the mosquitoes had friends? With the reinforcement provided by deerflies, gnats, ticks, and biting ants I was diving into my tent before 7 pm every lovely evening– that little scrap of a tent– 2 pounds, 11 ounces. It’s great, except that I can’t sit up in it. Lying down for 12 hours out of 24 gets tiresome, even with a book. Two hundred mosquitoes lined up on the screen waiting for me and humming tunes they mistakenly believed to be seductive.” At a digestable 26 pages, this ebook is dressed with some of the most beautiful photographs of the great outdoors amid the humorous and often poetic personal narrative. All hikers and nature lovers will adore this small but gorgeous volume. You will feel like you’re right there with Joan. So get off the couch and buy this ebook.
  • Get Off the Couch with Joan on Oct. 24, 2010

    The Robert rates Get Off the Couch with Joan 5 stars, because it won't take long to read, but it will live inside you forever.
  • Paisley of the Eternals Short Story Collection on May 09, 2013

    First the necessary disclosure: this reviewer was the editor of all the enchanting Princess Paisley tales in this volume, with the exception of “The Gift”. More drawn to serious adult literature, nevertheless I was delighted with author Amy Browne’s down home narrative that spices these stories with a mischievous and adventurous Princess Paisley that will make you think of the most exasperating moments your own children so often spring upon you. Indeed, the only difference between the kids of this mortal world and Paisley’s is our princesses and princes may long for magic in their lives, but Princess Paisley is too full of the magic she is too immature to be cautious enough with. Hey, all of you mature readers, want to just let your brain relax for some deliciously sweet and magical entertainment? Purchase “Paisley of the Eternals” for fun reading both for your children and even for yourselves. A sigh of nostalgia may escape for a more innocent time when you believed in wishes and magic. Princess Paisley will bring that exquisite wonderment back to you, and you will adore her for it.