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Feminist Flicker - Decoding Sexism In Movies

Meet The Feminist Flicker. She may not have any super-cool gadgets, and she may not be able to leap tall buildings in a single bound - but, she can decode even the subtlest sexism in any given movie, with her Feminist Flicker-Vision.

It is an unfortunate, but inescapable truth that sexism in society is supported and promoted by sexism in the media - especially movies. Indeed, even the most beloved of films can sometimes be unmasked as a hive of insidious misogynist messages. 

But fret not, dear reader. Just as Morpheus revealed the nature of the Matrix to Neo, so The Feminist Flicker is on hand to expose the truth to you - by decoding sexism in movies, one film at a time.

Unorthodox Sympathy

"You fill your eyes to their laurel brims

With the beauty that seeps from the cracks

Of the world, broken

Like shattered pottery."

Minute portraits of ordinary life - mere moments in time - that concentrate on the notion that broken things are beautiful.


Winner of the 2016 Channillo Award for Best Poetry Series

Runner-Up of the 2017 Channillo Award for Best Poetry Series

The Warlock Case Files

It's tough being a warlock in Washington, DC. Magic doesn't pay the bills, and sometimes you have to take on other jobs. 

I'm Dafydd Smith, and I'm a warlock. No, not the "sold my soul to the devil" type warlock. The "male witch" kind. (Everyone gets those confused, so don't feel bad.) 

One day I'm minding my own business, heading out for a bite to eat after a hard day exorcising ghosts, when I run into a vampire. Yeah, you heard that right. A vampire. With his fangs in some guy's neck. It was kind of sexy and scary all at the same time. 

What did I do? Well, read on, and I'll tell you how I got rid of a ghost haunting a vampire. And if you enjoy that one, there will be more stories. Hanging around with a vampire appears bring on all sorts of supernatural stuff. Who would have thought it?

You might be wondering about this new book, Buried But Not Gone, that'e been posted recently. It's not about me, but it is about another warlock who lives in the DC area. He ends up being a buddy of mine, and I do have a guest starring role in his story. I hope you like him as much as you like me.

This series has been on haitus, but it's back. Apparently the woman who writes about me has figured out how to juggle writing and a day job. So check out my newest adventure, The Case of the Collapsing Building!

Cover Image Credit: Captblack76 | Dreamstime.com - Vampire Portrait Photo

"Adrift"

"A ship in harbor is safe.... but that's not what ships are built for..." ~ John A. Shedd

Lucy Foxe’s mother has been missing for six months when her dad packs her off to grief camp in the middle of senior summer. Unable to bear another minute of the place, and unwilling to accept that her mother is actually dead, Lucy breaks out and heads for home the first chance she gets. Unfortunately, a broken curfew is not the only problem she’ll face upon arriving there.  Her dad has now gone missing as well, leaving an inadequate note in the freezer and two threatening thugs in the hallway.

Lucy follows a trail of family lies back to Mackinac Island, Michigan, a home her parents left behind without explanation years ago. The island has long harbored an affinity for the supernatural and it is here that she reunites with her grandparents and eventually uncovers a mind-bending truth that her family has been hiding for centuries.

Lucy will struggle to maintain her moral compass in a world gone crazy, losing her heavy heart along the way. Eli will anchor her to the past and a life free from the madness, but can she forgive herself if she abandons her parents for his promises of safe harbor? Luke is a beacon towards a dangerous and unknown future, full of thrilling possibilities, but is she brave enough to jump into uncharted waters?

In the end she will be dragged back in time against her will to settle an old vendetta, and it will be in the past that she will finally see the future clearly and ultimately face the question of whether she is living a life or creating a destiny.

White Rose

“Mrs Markov, where is your husband?”

Beth’s life is perfect. Newly married to FBI Special Agent Nick Markov and building her career as a forensic botanist, Beth has it all.

Until Nick betrays his fellow agents and abandons her.

Beth is left alone to face the devastation of Nick’s lies. Grilled by the FBI, the only person who believes Beth is innocent is Nick’s boss, Assistant Director Warren Pearce.

When Beth disappears, her abduction signals the start of a series of events that no one could have foretold.

White Rose follows Beth’s story through a series of romantic suspense/thriller novels, all rolled into one continuing tale.

windows

poems that offer glimpses into lives, into minds and hearts, into moments

picture walking down the road and glancing into windows, or driving and glancing out, each look offering a snapshot of the scene you've seen

might be good, might be bad, might be nonsense.. but it will be something

Searching For Cereus

“I dream of lost vocabularies that might express some of what we no longer can.” -Jack Gilbert

Uncharted

The world can be funny or terrifying depending on your outlook. Join our hero as he navigates the daily grind, experiencing life so you don't have to.

Cityscapes: Urban Treasure, Urban Detritus

Our city streets contain a multitude of objects that people have left behind, lost, or abandoned—a single tap dancing shoe, a lost lipstick lid, a forgotten mug. These wayward items represent our untold stories, our lost moments stolen by time and place. This poetry collection is a linked series that focuses on those objects that we fail to notice as we walk our sidewalks and travel down our streets.

Carcerated Grammar

In the outside world, writers starve to have their words consumed and considered. On the inside, every 'letter' is sacred and sav(i)ored.

In a nutshell, it's correspondence between a guy and woman in prison... and another guy with the same name... and occasional other characters (you know how destiny and randomness go.)

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Pseudo-accolades for Carcerated Grammer's  Weekly / Biweekly / Monthly 'Cerealized' (sic) Prison Correspondence:

2017 Channillo Awards '1st Place Runner Up' in Best Ongoing Series, Humor and Journal Entries Catagories. 

https://channillo.com/2017-channillo-award-winners/

"'Carcerated Grammer' is... well, what can I say? I've never read anything quite like it. it goes well with pie."

- Larry Jacoby 'The Colored Sightglass'

 

"I feel for Bianca but I suppose, I'd read anything sent to me in prison too."

- Harriette Fairline 'The Long Island Shore Woman Gazette'

 

"the age old adage you can't polish a turd, well the only thing here easy on the eyes is thanks to the yellow paper it's written on.

- Tony Cima 'Hoffman Hot Rods Fanzine.'

And I Remembered

The suicide attempt was supposed to be the end for Elisabeth. Instead, it was yet another beginning for her, but it forced her to look back at every event in the previous five years that had brought her to this point.

Miami was a light, carefree, airy place where Elisabeth thought she had found herself, and found someone else, a professional hockey player who was starting his own adult life - just like she was. Until it took a grave turn.

Chicago was dark and lonely, a place where Elisabeth wanted to find herself, but lost herself. 

Jumping into the ocean forced her to consider what direction she decided to go in next. But it also helped Elisabeth understand how she grew, struggled and nearly gave up. And how she had to put it all back together.

No Vacancy

No Vacancy is a collection of humorous personal essays. Each essay is independent of each other, but together the collection weaves an autobiographical tapestry, at times sad, bizarre, and deeply personal. No skeleton in her closet is safe.

Lisa tackles subjects including grand conspiracies, generation gaps, memory loss, aging, nostalgia, modern technology, Corporate America, airline industry, affairs, addiction, unorthodox relationships, male species, and female anatomy, to name just a few.

Arcamira

When the elfin princess, Atalanta, is snatched from her palace and a vampire crashes a ball at the human castle, all of Arcamira is on high alert. 

To uphold their alliance with the elves and to satisfy their desire for adventure, the young human royals, Andromeda, Felicity, Michael, and Andrew, set out with a search party to find Atalanta.

The young warriors quickly find themselves facing down a monster unlike anything they've ever seen before. The vampires and werewolves they thought were nearly extinct are rising up under the banner of Tyrannus, a hybrid of the two fearsome species. He's raising an army in a campaign to rid Arcamira of humans and elves, and it's up to the young royals and the friends they meet along the way to stop him.

Everyday Adventures

What if you could be a different person every day? A sister with a ghost for a brother, the last human left on Earth, or a fugitive on the run from boarding school. Everyday Adventures is a collection of micro fiction and short stories that explore multiple genres and the art of story telling. 

Firewalkers

Firewalkers are feared by everyone. Powerful and destructive, they have spent the last few centuries in isolation from the rest of the world. But recently they've started emerging from the walls of their cities. 

People around the world fear them, cults worship them, and no one knows what they want.

Adelynn Wardrop, the only person rumored to have ever succeeded in killing a Firewalker, sets out to find answers and pay back an overdue debt. In her efforts to help put the world right, she becomes two things things she never wanted to be: a legend and a killer.

Sleepers

This novel is now complete, and will be published this summer by Netherworld Books.  Please visit the discussion page for this title if you are a subscriber.

Thanks for reading!

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Jack Montgomery is a freelance investigator for the CDC's Global Health Center, and soon stumbles upon a medical mystery that threatens to change everything he thought he knew about the world--and might change everything he thought he knew about himself.  As the pieces of a world-wide conspiracy fall into place, Jack awakens a sleeping giant that could crush him without a thought.  One that has now turned its attention to him.

The machineries of government grind slowly, and one man with nothing left to lose just might have a chance.  A chance to free the sleepers.

Amache's America

Amache's America follows three-generations of Japanese-American women, centering around Angela. On the same day Angela finds out her grandmother has died, she also finds out she is pregnant. Conflicted over whether or not she actually wants to have children, she attends her grandmother's funeral and is unexpectedly gifted a box of old journals and audio recordings. Over the coming days and weeks, she immerses herself in them, learning about what it was like for her mother to marry a white man in the 1960's/70's and what it was like for her grandmother in the Japanese Internment camps. As she grapples with her own biracial identity, and what the cultural identity of her baby will be, she ultimately takes comfort and strength in the stories of the women in her life and rediscovers the importance of her family's rich heritage in this country.

Sand in My Parfait

Somewhere in the wake of all that craziness we call life and living, there lingers on a sweet aftertaste that makes it all worthwhile. Sand in My Parfait is a series of poetic musings on parenting and other forms of slow death.

Every poem in this series takes a humorous jab at life as we know it.

WARNING: 
Many poems in this series are written in classical/formal verse. Reader discretion is advised.

Don't Forget to Write

What happens when life doesn't go as planned? What happens when you have more questions than answers? What happens when you realize you'll never have everything figured out?  Don't Forget to Write examines these adventures into adulthood including high school graduation, college memories, losing her job, love, life and loss. Sarah shares her collection of essays written from personal experience.

But Wait There's More...

A heartsick and hysterical autobiographical account of events; that as peculiar as they sound, have occurred. 

Self-deprecating humor, that allows me to cope with the bewilderment that ended up being my life.

 

Spilled Gravy - Advice on Love, Life, & Acceptance from a Man Uniquely Unqualified to give it

A witty take on recovery, romance, and showbiz—from a gifted comedian and award-winning writer.

Death at Delphi

Whose bones lie in Caroline’s grave?

A mysterious drowning. A dead person seen alive. A secret society reviving ancient rites. Rumours of smuggling, espionage and betrayal.

When a handsome stranger asks Jayne for help, her quest takes her to Greece where a web of lies, intrigue, and jealousy is soon laid bare. 

But how can Jayne unravel the intrigue of her friend’s death, when no one will believe her? 

And where is Caroline now?

Sera Storme

Eight years ago, Sera Storme was forced to give up her baby daughter, Lani, for safekeeping. On the run from the Trillium criminal organization, she became a bounty hunter and mercenary for hire, taking jobs where she could, staying low-key. 

On her most dangerous assignment yet, she and Lani are reunited. Sera Storme is a hotheaded bounty hunter, a crack shot and a master of unarmed combat. Being a mother was not something she was prepared for. 

Now Sera must track down and defeat Xane Mori, a dangerous psychic from Mars, in the Sol system, while keeping eight-year-old Lani safe from the Trillium soldiers hunting them. Her only ally is the icy Sabian Delain. Sera’s mission will force her to confront her past, and to find a way to forge a bond with the daughter she left behind.

Conversations with Beethoven and Bach

Music inspires creativity and creation.

 

Feedback:

Emily Vieweg, in her chapbook collection Conversations with Beethoven and Bach, evokes an image of the poet who, deeply entrenched in the complexities of 21st century life as a mother, reaches across time to link with wit and grace her experiences with classical musicality. In her vignettes, so much turns on a single word such as “frolic” that evokes love and fear and changes in both society and environment. 

~~ Clifford Peterson, 2017
Taleamor Park Residency Director

Tearing Down the Playhouse

Meet the Parkers, a family of four living in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C.:

Michael, a Vietnam vet and artist haunted by the choices he's made;

Jean, a woman at the crossroads of feminism and traditional family values;

Nate, a comic-book-loving boy who just wants to be cool;

and Jen, a Generation-X girl trying to grow up gracefully.

This collection of interlinked stories of love, loss and coming of age are told in their voices, from Cold War America to current day. 

trees like paintbrushes

trees like paintbrushes
dipped in yellow, red, orange
left on end to dry

 

this collection celebrates nature, in every aspect.. come see the world with me..

 

*cover painted by kathie nooms saxby, inspired by my haiku, above.. which then inspired this collection

The Blossom of the Soul

The year is 1615. In a Benedictine convent in Northern France a woman named Mary Seton, who was once lady-in-waiting to Mary, Queen of Scots is nearing the end of her life. 

She wants to tell you her story. 

 

A Run in My Tights

A Run in My Tights

Stories and Vignettes of Women Finding Their Way

Step into the lives of girls on the brink of finding themselves through a flickering stream of college antics, new jobs, incendiary friendships, new men, parties and music, familial memories and financial obligations—all the things that make us desperate and anxious and homesick for a life we’ve barely built yet. We know where we are. We know where we want to be.

We just don’t know if we can get there from here. But dang if we won’t find out.

Through stories and quick glimpses, read how women starting out in the world juggle the jigsaw puzzle pieces they call their daily existence and force it to make sense.

The Extra-Terrestrial Toilet

Larry and his alien buddy, Nittix, travel through the universe in a time-travelling bathroom going from one misadventure to the next.

But, what mysterious power had put these two unlikely travelers together, and why?

Written in the humorous style of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

There are currently 14 chapters in this series.

Cover design by Melody Simmons.

Lockheed Elite

**Your subscription to Lockheed Elite is donated to Worldbuilders.org**

After Anders Lockheed unwittingly hires an undercover operative, he takes the bait that draws the attention of the very mastermind he’s been avoiding.

Now Anders must flip the military and use them to pull off a monster heist to extract his crew from the heat mounting from both sides of the law.

A Touch of Noir

A Touch of Noir is a collection of short stories written in "noir" style, featuring immoral, desperate, and sinister characters set in the foggy, shadowy and hilly landscape of post-WWII San Francisco, as well as Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Manhattan, and Chicago.  The stories are primarily told in first person, using language typical of 1940s-1960s.

**Update: A Touch of Noir was released in paperback and ebook format on Amazon (+Kindle), Barnes and Noble (+Nook), iBooks, Kobo and Googleplay. Six new tales not available on Channillo are available in this version.

Ghosts of Eagle Valley

Ask anyone in Eagle Valley, Virginia, and they’ll be happy to tell you the history of their little town. After all, it’s a fascinating story. Way back in the 1700s, some of the town’s bravest young men marched off to fight in the Revolutionary War. Later, Eagle Valley’s mill brought the American Dream right to their doorsteps. During the Civil War, families were split between staying loyal to Virginia or re-joining the Union. Even as recently as World War II, Eagle Valley locals fought for victory half a world away. The town of Eagle Valley is proud of its long history, and even more proud of the ancestors that built their town.

Of course, if you ask the ghosts that still haunt Eagle Valley’s streets, you just might hear another side of the story. In this four-story collection, the ghosts of Eagle Valley set the record straight. Every town has its secrets, and these skeletons are ready to come out of their closets.

Ghosts of Eagle Valley is the companion short story collection to Ellen Smith’s debut novel, Reluctant Cassandra. Available only on Channillo for Charity, proceeds from Ghosts of Eagle Valley will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. 

Hamster Stew and Other Stories

Hamster Stew is a diary-style comedy serial about the adventures of an Irish mom, Trish McTaggart, struggling with her teenage son, a scary ten year old daughter, and an out of control life which lurches from disaster to chaos. All she wants is a part-time job, more passion with her Scottish husband, and a hands-off mother-in-law but life, and her daughter, are conspiring against her dreams.

Perhaps the lessons her friend is giving her in "how to say no" will help?

Flying Bobs and Other Stories of Shadow and of Substance

Flying Bobs is a collection of twelve short stories written in the tradition of The Twilight Zone.  The stories explore the human condition with all its triumphs and tatters.

Ghost

Life was simple, until I kidnapped her.

Ghost. The name of a man who is known for his ability to do the impossible. Of course, a hitman of his caliber is hard to find and his skills do not come cheap. Ghost has trained himself to be cold. A necessity when eliminating his victims. Take a job, complete it, get paid. Nothing more. Do as you're told. He has been successful with every hit he was assigned. When living in this hellhole some call a town, a man finds him and asks Ghost for his services. Accepted. First target, a girl. Heiress to the White family. Easy. A simple hit. This girl, that when he puts the gun to her head, intrigues him more than she should. He hesitates. What to do? Follow orders? Or take the first step down a road that could destroy him?

*If you do not wish to wait for the full story, "Ghost" is available for sale at your favorite eBook retailer

December Dead

From an amazing discovery in the jungles of the Amazon, to the serene mountain village of Hogsback in South Africa, something deadly has been unleashed, and the responsibility of ensuring humanity survives this unbelievable event has been placed in the unprepared hands of single parent Amanda Hoyer and her twelve year old son, Jimmy. Lost in the unforgiving mountains of the Amatola, and up against a relentless military force led by the cold-hearted General Peterson, Amanda and Jimmy will have to dig deeper than ever before in order to find the courage to overcome the mounting odds! With Jimmy possibly the only thing standing between the world as we know it and total annihilation, Amanda has no choice but to ensure she protects him - at whatever cost! This December may be the last...

Tales From Midhgardhur

Tales from Midhgardhur is a series that expands the stories of the world of Midhgardhur, setting of the novel The Saga of Asa Oathkeeper: A Midhgardhur Fantasy. The setting is a Norse fantasy world, and its stories are retellings of Norse mythology, or stories that put a fantasy spin on Norse history and legend and folktale, or completely original stories that share that setting. If you like fantasy, Vikings, shieldmaidens, Norse mythology, and the like, you'll love Tales of Midhgardhur!

Betweens

Too often we think of our lives as timelines, in terms of the dots along the way that represent highlights and low points.  This poetry collecton explores the moments in between, the small moments that connect everything and show us what and who we are.

Vulpine One

Andrus Ovega is accused of murdering his own parents. He is a fugitive from Earth and AWOL from the space army of the International Space eXploration Commission. Left for dead aboard a burning ship, he is forced to assume the role of a notorious mercenary, "Vulpine One." But as he hunts for hope for the future, his past chases him through the cosmos. He'll need all the weaponry, cunning and help from the artificial intelligence "Foxtrot" to survive the criminal underground, corrupt government agencies, evil secret societies and space mutated monsters as he searches for revenge and clues to the origins of the mysterious order of Vulpine. 

Chrysalis and Clan

This series is the complete first part of a novel, Chrysalis and Clan, that is due to be published in March 2017.

*This series contains explicit content, and some trigger warnings. Please be aware it is not for everyone.*

 

There is a war festering that threatens life as we know it, but it is a war we will never see. It is cloaked beneath the skin of our loved ones, our neighbors, and the strangers on the corner. And it is all consuming.

 

Beth is successful, grounded, and happy. That is until a disasterous visit with her mother, Ava, who is suffering from dementia. This visit, the final visit with her mother, plants seeds of doubt in Beth's mind about who she really is or, rather, what she really is. Beth chooses to indulge her doubt and curiosity by entertaining her mother's ludicrous claims.

 

But there is another side to the story. A side that not only believes Ava's tales of lineage, but is hell-bent on stopping them.

 

Chrysalis and Clan is a tapestry of ghosts, of extraterrestrial creatures, and of demons that will make you shudder each time you see the back of your eyelids.

 

Which side are you rooting for?

View a complete list of ongoing and completed series here.



Meet The Feminist Flicker. She may not have any super-cool gadgets, and she may not be able to leap tall buildings in a single bound - but, she can decode even the subtlest sexism in any given movie, with her Feminist Flicker-Vision.

It is an unfortunate, but inescapable truth that sexism in society is supported and promoted by sexism in the media - especially movies. Indeed, even the most...View Series



"You fill your eyes to their laurel brims

With the beauty that seeps from the cracks

Of the world, broken

Like shattered pottery."

Minute portraits of ordinary life - mere moments in time - that concentrate on the notion that broken things are beautiful.


Winner of the 2016 Channillo...View Series



It's tough being a warlock in Washington, DC. Magic doesn't pay the bills, and sometimes you have to take on other jobs. 

I'm Dafydd Smith, and I'm a warlock. No, not the "sold my soul to the devil" type warlock. The "male witch" kind. (Everyone gets those confused, so don't feel bad.) 

One day I'm minding my own business,...View Series


"A ship in harbor is safe.... but that's not what ships are built for..." ~ John A. Shedd

Lucy Foxe’s mother has been missing for six months when her dad packs her off to grief camp in the middle of senior summer. Unable to bear another minute of the place, and unwilling to accept that her mother is actually dead, Lucy breaks out and heads for home the first...View Series



“Mrs Markov, where is your husband?”

Beth’s life is perfect. Newly married to FBI Special Agent Nick Markov and building her career as a forensic botanist, Beth has it all.

Until Nick betrays his fellow agents and abandons her.

Beth is left alone to face the devastation of Nick’s lies. Grilled by the FBI, the only person who believes Beth is...View Series



poems that offer glimpses into lives, into minds and hearts, into moments

picture walking down the road and glancing into windows, or driving and glancing out, each look offering a snapshot of the scene you've seen

might be good, might be bad, might be nonsense.. but it will be something

 View Series


“I dream of lost vocabularies that might express some of what we no longer can.” -Jack Gilbert

 View Series


The world can be funny or terrifying depending on your outlook. Join our hero as he navigates the daily grind, experiencing life so you don't have to.

 View Series


Our city streets contain a multitude of objects that people have left behind, lost, or abandoned—a single tap dancing shoe, a lost lipstick lid, a forgotten mug. These wayward items represent our untold stories, our lost moments stolen by time and place. This poetry collection is a linked series that focuses on those objects that we fail to notice as we walk our sidewalks and travel down our...View Series


In the outside world, writers starve to have their words consumed and considered. On the inside, every 'letter' is sacred and sav(i)ored.

In a nutshell, it's correspondence between a guy and woman in prison... and another guy with the same name... and occasional other characters (you know how destiny and randomness go.)

---

Pseudo-accolades for...View Series



The suicide attempt was supposed to be the end for Elisabeth. Instead, it was yet another beginning for her, but it forced her to look back at every event in the previous five years that had brought her to this point.

Miami was a light, carefree, airy place where Elisabeth thought she had found herself, and found someone else, a professional hockey player who was starting his own...View Series



No Vacancy is a collection of humorous personal essays. Each essay is independent of each other, but together the collection weaves an autobiographical tapestry, at times sad, bizarre, and deeply personal. No skeleton in her closet is safe.

Lisa tackles subjects including grand conspiracies, generation gaps, memory loss, aging, nostalgia, modern technology, Corporate America, airline...View Series



When the elfin princess, Atalanta, is snatched from her palace and a vampire crashes a ball at the human castle, all of Arcamira is on high alert. 

To uphold their alliance with the elves and to satisfy their desire for adventure, the young human royals, Andromeda, Felicity, Michael, and Andrew, set out with a search party to find Atalanta.

The young warriors quickly find themselves...View Series



What if you could be a different person every day? A sister with a ghost for a brother, the last human left on Earth, or a fugitive on the run from boarding school. Everyday Adventures is a collection of micro fiction and short stories that explore multiple genres and the art of story telling. 

 View Series


Firewalkers are feared by everyone. Powerful and destructive, they have spent the last few centuries in isolation from the rest of the world. But recently they've started emerging from the walls of their cities. 

People around the world fear them, cults worship them, and no one knows what they want.

Adelynn Wardrop, the only person rumored to have ever succeeded...View Series



This novel is now complete, and will be published this summer by Netherworld Books.  Please visit the discussion page for this title if you are a subscriber.

Thanks for reading!

_________________________________

Jack Montgomery is a freelance investigator for the CDC's Global Health Center, and soon stumbles upon a medical mystery that threatens to change everything...View Series



Amache's America follows three-generations of Japanese-American women, centering around Angela. On the same day Angela finds out her grandmother has died, she also finds out she is pregnant. Conflicted over whether or not she actually wants to have children, she attends her grandmother's funeral and is unexpectedly gifted a box of old journals and audio recordings. Over the coming days and weeks,...View Series


Somewhere in the wake of all that craziness we call life and living, there lingers on a sweet aftertaste that makes it all worthwhile. Sand in My Parfait is a series of poetic musings on parenting and other forms of slow death.

Every poem in this series takes a humorous jab at life as we know it.

WARNING: 
Many poems...View Series



What happens when life doesn't go as planned? What happens when you have more questions than answers? What happens when you realize you'll never have everything figured out?  Don't Forget to Write examines these adventures into adulthood including high school graduation, college memories, losing her job, love, life and loss. Sarah shares her collection of essays...View Series


A heartsick and hysterical autobiographical account of events; that as peculiar as they sound, have occurred. 

Self-deprecating humor, that allows me to cope with the bewilderment that ended up being my life.

 

 View Series


A witty take on recovery, romance, and showbiz—from a gifted comedian and award-winning writer.

 View Series


Whose bones lie in Caroline’s grave?

A mysterious drowning. A dead person seen alive. A secret society reviving ancient rites. Rumours of smuggling, espionage and betrayal.

When a handsome stranger asks Jayne for help, her quest takes her to Greece where a web of lies, intrigue, and jealousy is soon laid bare. 

But how can Jayne unravel the intrigue of her...View Series



Eight years ago, Sera Storme was forced to give up her baby daughter, Lani, for safekeeping. On the run from the Trillium criminal organization, she became a bounty hunter and mercenary for hire, taking jobs where she could, staying low-key. 

On her most dangerous assignment yet, she and Lani are reunited. Sera Storme is a hotheaded bounty hunter, a crack shot and a master of unarmed combat....View Series



Music inspires creativity and creation.

 

Feedback:

Emily Vieweg, in her chapbook collection Conversations with Beethoven and Bach, evokes an image of the poet who, deeply entrenched in the complexities of 21st century life as a mother, reaches across time to link with wit and grace her experiences with classical musicality. In her vignettes, so much turns on a single...View Series



Meet the Parkers, a family of four living in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C.:

Michael, a Vietnam vet and artist haunted by the choices he's made;

Jean, a woman at the crossroads of feminism and traditional family values;

Nate, a comic-book-loving boy who just wants to be cool;

and Jen, a Generation-X girl trying to grow up gracefully.

This...View Series



trees like paintbrushes
dipped in yellow, red, orange
left on end to dry

 

this collection celebrates nature, in every aspect.. come see the world with me..

 

*cover painted by kathie nooms saxby, inspired by my haiku, above.. which then inspired this collection

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The year is 1615. In a Benedictine convent in Northern France a woman named Mary Seton, who was once lady-in-waiting to Mary, Queen of Scots is nearing the end of her life. 

She wants to tell you her story. 

 

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A Run in My Tights

Stories and Vignettes of Women Finding Their Way

Step into the lives of girls on the brink of finding themselves through a flickering stream of college antics, new jobs, incendiary friendships, new men, parties and music, familial memories and financial obligations—all the things that make us desperate and anxious and...View Series





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After Anders Lockheed unwittingly hires an undercover operative, he takes the bait that draws the attention of the very mastermind he’s been avoiding.

Now Anders must flip the military and use them to pull off a monster heist to extract his crew from the heat mounting from both sides of the law.

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A Touch of Noir is a collection of short stories written in "noir" style, featuring immoral, desperate, and sinister characters set in the foggy, shadowy and hilly landscape of post-WWII San Francisco, as well as Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Manhattan, and Chicago.  The stories are primarily told in first person, using language typical of 1940s-1960s.

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Ask anyone in Eagle Valley, Virginia, and they’ll be happy to tell you the history of their little town. After all, it’s a fascinating story. Way back in the 1700s, some of the town’s bravest young men marched off to fight in the Revolutionary War. Later, Eagle Valley’s mill brought the American Dream right to their doorsteps. During the Civil War, families were split between staying...View Series


Hamster Stew is a diary-style comedy serial about the adventures of an Irish mom, Trish McTaggart, struggling with her teenage son, a scary ten year old daughter, and an out of control life which lurches from disaster to chaos. All she wants is a part-time job, more passion with her Scottish husband, and a hands-off mother-in-law but life, and her daughter, are conspiring against her dreams.

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Flying Bobs is a collection of twelve short stories written in the tradition of The Twilight Zone.  The stories explore the human condition with all its triumphs and tatters.

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Life was simple, until I kidnapped her.

Ghost. The name of a man who is known for his ability to do the impossible. Of course, a hitman of his caliber is hard to find and his skills do not come cheap. Ghost has trained himself to be cold. A necessity when eliminating his victims. Take a job, complete it, get paid. Nothing more. Do as you're told. He has been successful with every hit he was...View Series



From an amazing discovery in the jungles of the Amazon, to the serene mountain village of Hogsback in South Africa, something deadly has been unleashed, and the responsibility of ensuring humanity survives this unbelievable event has been placed in the unprepared hands of single parent Amanda Hoyer and her twelve year old son, Jimmy. Lost in the unforgiving mountains of the Amatola, and up against a relentless...View Series


Tales from Midhgardhur is a series that expands the stories of the world of Midhgardhur, setting of the novel The Saga of Asa Oathkeeper: A Midhgardhur Fantasy. The setting is a Norse fantasy world, and its stories are retellings of Norse mythology, or stories that put a fantasy spin on Norse history and legend and folktale, or completely original stories that share...View Series


Too often we think of our lives as timelines, in terms of the dots along the way that represent highlights and low points.  This poetry collecton explores the moments in between, the small moments that connect everything and show us what and who we are.

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Andrus Ovega is accused of murdering his own parents. He is a fugitive from Earth and AWOL from the space army of the International Space eXploration Commission. Left for dead aboard a burning ship, he is forced to assume the role of a notorious mercenary, "Vulpine One." But as he hunts for hope for the future, his past chases him through the cosmos. He'll need all the weaponry, cunning...View Series


This series is the complete first part of a novel, Chrysalis and Clan, that is due to be published in March 2017.

*This series contains explicit content, and some trigger warnings. Please be aware it is not for everyone.*

 

There is a war festering that threatens life as we know it, but it is a war we will never see. It is cloaked beneath the skin of our loved ones,...View Series

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