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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 is currently on hiatus as my chronicler finishes writing up my next adventure. She's a good writer and gets me but said something about a "day job that gets in the way of writing." Sigh.

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

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Stone of Tantalus

The Dead Zone meets The Talisman!


Jason Callahan wants to go home, and he would if he knew where it was. For years his world has changed around him again and again without warning, leaving him with new jobs, new friends, and new enemies. One of a few travelers, Jason is able to slip between the many universes that make up his life, moving sideways from one reality to another. He just can’t control it. Even worse, another traveler is trying to kill him, and his only assets are his wits, an uncle the family thinks is crazy, and a cryptic alternate version of himself. While many might lose their grip on reality, and others would simply give up, Jason hopes the next jump will take him home to the life and love he left behind. When the universe calls, however, sometimes you just have to make a stand.

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.

Lockheed Elite

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

Anders Lockheed, captain of Elite One,  runs the top crew flying the black. With the council of his trusted first mate, he decides on the work they pick up wether it be scav ops, courier runs, passenger transports or things not necessarily legal. No matter what, they'll take almost any job.

But when he takes on a new recruit to claim a scav job too large for their tight-knit crew, things begin to unravel.

Just before the scav job is discovered by several hostile crews and turns smooth sailing to worse, the crew of Elite One recover an abandoned woman aboard the claim. Now Anders must decide quickly, stay and fight or cut cables and run.

Either way, it’s too late, someone’s made plans for them. The crew of Elite One have been set up, they’ve rescued the woman and taken the bait, and before long Anders and what’s left of his thinning crew must navigate the peril set before them to save his crew from the grips of the military and an especially vile outlaw.

But to what end? The foes of this motley crew of Elite One may have forgotten some things that most know about them. Like how clever they are, or how fearless and fierce they can be.

You should very much like to fly with them.

Because they are Lockheed’s Elite.

 

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. 

P.S. Don't Be Stupid

The first time Bennett Dixon finds a letter offering unsolicited advice from her dead grandmother, she chalks it up to hormones.

The second time she vows to stop sleeping with people who aren’t her husband.

The third time Bennett begins to listen.

P.S. Don’t Be Stupid is a laugh out loud look at the ways we hide our imperfections from the world around us and how when we finally embrace ourselves, stupid choices and all,  we are capable of big, big magic.

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 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. 

 

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?

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. 

The Let Downs

The Let Downs is a series about terrible human beings who do terrible things. It is a series of counter-culture-esque short stories, flash fictions, and poems not meant for the faint of heart. If you like reading about sex, drugs, and alcohol, this is the series for you. From parents to truck drivers to teenage kids, this is a series about all of the horrors in the world, about the abhorred people who are worse than any fiction story can portray, but more importantly, these are stories about us. We are the Let Downs. 

Ivy League

Jamie Brewer has just received the one piece of mail he’s been waiting for his whole life: his college acceptance letter. But when a series of unfortunate events makes paying tuition to one of the most prestigious universities in the country practically impossible, Jamie makes a decision that will not only provide him with the cash he needs, but may end up get him killed in the process…

Selling drugs starts out well for Jamie, but things quickly begin to spiral out of control: his best friend and girlfriend are weary of his career choice, a local police officer is determined to catch him in the act, and worst, his partner in crime, Gabe, may be more dangerous than anyone ever imagined.

What begins as fun and games is about to become much more serious, causing Jamie to question just how far he will go and whose lives he will risk in order to become Ivy League.

2015 Short Story Contest Finalists

This is a monthly series featuring the 12 finalists of our 2015 Channillo Short Story Contest. The stories will be released in random order as follows.

"Green Means Stop" by Opher Goodwin    

"Under the Cover of Dreams" by Lynn Forest

"Beverage Therapy" by Eliza Leone

"The Scar" by Tom Farr

"The Slush Pile" by Ryan Lackey

"Gas Station Flowers" by C.E. Stokes (3rd Place)

"Monster Mash" by Julia Patt (1st Place)

"New Age Digital Hero" by Joe Prosit (2nd Place)

"Hair Dying" by Melissa Algood

"Visitation" by Devan Burton

"The Cricket Breeder" by Justin Overton

"The Children of Muspell" by Katie Drake

**Subscribing to this series will not count toward your subscription limit. This is a bonus series created by Channillo.com

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?

Brushstrokes

A story exploring the art and beauty of life and love in vibrant colors. Following a painter, Evelina, through her daily life and her discovery of love.

Evelina and her charming cat, Felix, live in Cincinnati, Ohio where she is an up and coming artist making a living and trying to get her name out there. One day she stumbles across a muse of sorts in the form of a photographer. He will become her biggest mystery and greatest joy.

The Final Round

Billy Miske had a loving family, fame, fortune and he was on a fast track to becoming the heavyweight-boxing champion of the world. He stood toe to toe with Jack Dempsey, battled seedy managers and crooked promoters. Yet, despite his grit and reputation as one of the toughest fighters in the game, there was one opponent he could not beat no matter how hard he fought. 

Based on the incredible inspiring true story of one of the greatest prizefighters of the early 20th century, The Final Round takes you back to a time when family, sacrifice, pride and love drove a man to the ultimate fight of his life.

The Final Straw

An only child, unloved and unwanted by his parents, Colin Bailey is a bitter, emotionally damaged young man, hell bent on exacting revenge on anyone who has stopped him becoming the person he believes he was destined to be. What sets Colin apart is his intellect and meticulous planning. Detective Phil Hounsell pursues his man relentlessly, while trying to avoid the small town in which he works sliding further and further into the grip of two rival gangs.

A devastating event in Colin’s life provides the final straw that herald’s a bloodbath. Can Phil prevent it happening or will he too be a victim?’

This tale of revenge spans almost two decades, yet the police are chasing shadows; it builds in pace and tension to a thrilling climax against the backdrop of a seemingly quiet West Country town.

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...

Z: True Stories of a Cult Kid

“I was taught to believe that humanity was imploding on itself. Only those of us living at the compound were pure, and it was our job to make sure the rest of the world got what it deserved.”

-Ezra Grady

On June 7th, 2009, after an argument with his parents, ten-year-old Ezra Grady ran away from his home in Harmony, Maryland. After years of searching for Ezra with no leads, the Harmony police declared him dead on June 11th, 2016.

On September 1st, Ezra reappeared at his former home, alive and well.

Told through letters, essays, police interviews, and photographs, Z: True Stories of a Cult Kid chronicles the mysterious, frightening, and deadly seven years of Ezra’s life after being recruited by and eventually escaping a doomsday cult based out of Dresden, Illinois.

However, as with every story, things may not be as they seem with Ezra, the cult, and his return home.

Tortum: A Modernization of Old World Fables

Tales of the old world brought back to life. Tortum gathers a series of short stories that explore fables and legends from around the world. From Czechoslovakia to Japan, Norway to Nepal, rediscover the mysteries of fables from every corner of the world as they are brought back to modern society with dark and horrifying new twists.

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

The Last Minuters

When recent divorcee Margaret Ayinger decides to end her life, she wants to go out in style.  For those who have done their homework and for whom money is no object there is only one place for that: The Precipice Hotel.  Like a hospice for the terminally eccentric, it has stood for over a hundred years in a region plagued by yearly forest fires.  Upon arrival, Margaret finds the old place nothing like what was advertised. 

Oh sure, the staff are friendly.  And the food?  Positively four star!  Something about it though just doesn't sit well with her.  For instance, the people who randomly swan dive from their balconies late at night, the impossible thing living in her bedroom, and the automatons in black body stockings roaming the halls.  Oh, and the purple monster named Fred who lives in the gorge.  

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.

Can You Hear Me Now?

Can You Hear Me Now?

They call it The Rocket, this streetcar, but nothing could be further from the truth. It’s a slow boat, a barge on its way down the Limpopo, steamy in summer; in winter, gritty underfoot and rank with the smell of wet wool. On rainy days the windows blur and water from boots and umbrellas pools on the dirty floor.

On this long, long journey across the city I’m with you, though you don’t know me. You’re talking on your phone. About your mother, your date last night, what you want for dinner. Or maybe you’re talking about your next court date, your drug problem, your divorce. Your recent sexual enlightenment, the pain in your leg (or your heart) that won’t go away. Can you hear me now, you ask, when your phone cuts out for a second. You’re not talking to me.

But I hear you. I’m listening. Here are some of the stories you’ve told me.

 

Fatizen 24602

This is the story of Delilah Palladino, a dynamic, plus-sized woman and her fight against the formidable Office of Size Compliance in the year 2075. The O.S.C. has just passed the Endomorphic Laws, anti-fat legislation that diminishes the rights of the obese. 

Delilah never apologizes for the space her body requires, but with the advent of a supposed national food shortage, sustenance allotments are monitored and groceries are distributed based on assigned family nutrition profiles. But when she confronts Mimi Masters, the O.S.C.'s national director, Delilah's citizenship is revoked. She’s reclassified a fatizen, denied her rights as a citizen, and sentenced to Calorie Camp, the federally sanctioned weight loss detention center for the criminally obese.

Can Delilah survive her incarceration? Will she ever be united with her family? And how will she spread the news about the secret of H2Off, the O.S.C.’s vitamin water, when no one has ever escaped the camps?

Fatizen 24602 tells of one woman's journey and how she stands up for her rights and inspires courage, hope and a revolution. Join Delilah on her adventure and experience the tenacious human spirit that perseveres in the face of unrelenting adversity.

Published by Branch Hill Publications, March 2015.

Hellbound

"I will execute great vengeance on them with wrathful rebukes. Then they will know that I am the Lord, when I lay my vengeance upon them.” -Ezekiel 25:17

Little does anyone know, the end of the world is about to begin in a small town in southern Indiana, and a sarcastic diner-owner named John may be the world’s only hope to keep from being sucked into Hell…

After a large sinkhole devours Ezekiel, Indiana’s historic gazebo in the middle of the night, John awakens to discover that nearly all the citizens of his small town have begun acting out their most prominent of the seven deadly sins, while those not affected have packed up and abandoned the town with little to no notice at all. Over the next few days, John and his best friend navigate their way through people they once knew acting in unimaginable ways, a group of Bible-thumping citizens convinced the sinners of Ezekiel must pay the ultimate price, and a TV evangelist offering his expertise as a way to cleanse the town of evil… for a price, all while realizing John may be the only person on the planet with the ability to stop the town, and eventually the rest of the world, from going straight to Hell.

The events of HELLBOUND continue in part 2, HELLION:

The end was just the beginning...

It's been six months since a diner-owner from Indiana sacrificed himself to stop the entire world from being sucked into Hell, and things have changed drastically. Faith has been rediscovered, bringing with it mandatory church-attendance laws and dangerously hypocritical hate groups hell-bent on converting everyone to a new form of Christianity referred to by some as “Jesuslam”

But Jude Vale thinks it's all a load of crap.

Having been sent away to a prestigious Christian boarding school in Washington, Jude has made it his life's goal to defy any and all religious laws put in place since "The Ezekiel Incident," to the point of being placed on a watch list by the nation's most notorious religious group, MoOS. It isn't long before Jude finds himself segregated from his peers and questioning his own sanity when everything he says begins to come true and those around him (friend and foe alike) begin dying in inexplicable accidents.

And when a new student with a dark secret appears on St. Dunstan's campus, Jude begins begins to realize he may be the antichrist--the one human destined to bring forth the end times and put the world at risk of apocalyptic destruction... again.

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.

Enter My Darkness

Come, and indulge at your own risk.  Follow me as I explore uncensored, not only my dark feelings and memories, but my darkest dreams and musings.  

A truly grim set of works steeped in torment, anguish and the inability to fit into a world that does not like to gaze into the dark mirror.  Perhaps, we as a society fear that which might gaze back at us through the looking glass?

Allow me to open my window a crack and show you the midnight blackness I have inside myself.  A truly therapeutic set of ramblings laid down by a psychopathic sociopath, sure to if not amuse and entertain, perhaps entice you to peek at your own demons or montsters?  

         For are we all not a little bit insane?

        Is reality not like beauty, in the eye of the beholder?

         Please, do come walk with me......

Warning: Series Contains Explicit Adult Content.

Vlad the Conqueror

Set in the majestic Carpathian Mountains, this epic features Wallachian Prince Vlad Tepes (Vlad the Impaler) as he defends Transylvania against the invading Ottoman Empire.  In the midst of the struggle, he meets the stunning Willomina, his future queen.

However, treachery abounds, from the wealthy merchants of his own kingdom to greedy former allies, and even Vlad's own family cannot be trusted.  Against overwhelming odds his small army begins to push back the invaders, only to have personal tragedy lead Vlad into a downward spiral that results in his damnation and begins his dark journey as the historic Count Dracula.

Legend of Alrum

Since he was a child, Alex Sith has vowed to one day slay the king of Alrum and avenge the death of his father. Now as a young man Alex leads a group of outlaws as he exacts his revenge by raiding villages and attacking innocent people, all in an attempt to force King Mana off of the throne. After years of evading capture, and taking his revenge out on the citizens of the kingdom, Alex finally meets his match in the form of a new type of challenge. A challenge he's not prepared for, the heart, of princess Kiaya.

Taking Comfort

Leanne had Cara when she was still a teenager.  Now that her daughter is sixteen she wants her to understand.  She writes about her past in a book, but nothing is straight forward.  Who was Leanne before she had Cara?   

THE RED AND THE GOLD

THE RED AND THE GOLD is an epic that spans two millennia, from Hadrian’s Wall to the Halls of Justice in Chicago.  As four prominent families of Britain struggle to survive, one name ties them together.  Their victories and heartbreaks are laced with intrigue, murder, and more than one Royal Banquet – menus included.

Chapter I - AN ORDINARY OCCUPATION

Chapter II - KING TAKES BISHOP, QUEEN TAKES KING

Chapter III - THE FOOTSTEPS OF KINGS

Chapter IV - THE RITE OF SCOTTISH KINGS

Chapter V - BEYOND THE BROKEN BRIDGES

Chapter VI - A ROSE SO WHITE

Chapter VII - TO THE MANOR BORN

Chapter VIII - WE BRAVE PUBLIC MONUMENTS

Chapter IX - THE CANNON'S EYE AND A KISS GOODBYE

Chapter X - FROM BLOODY SOIL AND FRESH COMPROMISE

New Episodes are posted every Thursday at 10:00 am CST (GMT-6)

All illustrations, photos and cover art are by Douglas Black.   (c) 2016

LILY'S SECOND CHANCE

As her dementia symptoms progress, Jenna Kiely begins writing letters from her bed in a nursing home to her niece Lily Robinson, relaying the tales of her harsh life growing up on the South Side of Chicago during the thirties and forties.

Jenna recounts the deaths of many loved ones including the racially motivated murder of her boyfriend. Later she must watch as her sister slowly becomes controlled by her fiancé. In her attempts to avenge the crimes committed against her loved ones, Jenna commits a crime so heinous, she begs for Lily’s forgiveness before she dies.

Seventeen years later, Jaymi Robinson has just moved from Los Angeles to Chicopee, California after the deaths of her Grandma Lily and her father. During the move, she discovers her Great-Great-Aunt Jenna Kiely's letters and quickly sees the parallels between the life of her aunt and her own. With the help of her best friend, Jaymi discovers that she is her Great-Great-Aunt reincarnated. She then realizes that she must use the letters if she is to stop tragic past events from reoccurring in her lifetime. Problem is, while they share the same soul, their lifetimes couldn't be more different.

The Gulmohur Tales

East meets west in these tales of honor, intrigue and humor as the lives of everyday characters intersect only to become inextricably intertwined. The result is a tapestry celebrating one humanity.

1. Hooghly's Child
A young member of a growing Indian resistance finds himself and his toddler stalked by assassins in 1876 Calcutta as a Swedish couple seeks distraction from a sorrow that unites them.

2. The Appointment
It is 1987 and seven-year-old Niyaz has the chance to emigrate to America. The future holds endless possibilities.

3. Bus To Triplicane
John Perry and his local guide, Asif, take a bus ride in the Madras metropolis of South India. John runs into a spot of trouble.

4. A Mall Encounter
Vinod Belchada sees the killer of his parents in a shopping mall, or so he imagines.

5. Lunch On Lower Wacker
Little Zeenat makes a trip to the mosque downtown to join her Girl Scout troop in packing lunches for the homeless. She has a heart-warming experience as she gives away the last of the lunches.

6. The Wager
Young India is finding its voice in this little story set in 1904. William Mortimer makes a wager with his wife, but the Indian boys he engages to win his bet have a wager of their own.

7. A Change Of Heart
A suicide bomber in a Chicago cafe has a change of heart, but his plan is set in motion and his body is trained to execute. 

8. Living
Age and mental illness have taken their toll on a veteran, but he still recognizes love and service when he sees it.

9. The Sound Of Bangles
Matthew Lambton is robbed of his merchandise and left wounded on a dirt road in 1763 Agra, India. A sweet village girl takes him to her home where Lambton matches wits with the girl's grandmother and finds himself at a loss for words.

10. For Here Or To Go
A young and bright programmer experiences the stresses of American acculturation on his first day in the States.

View a complete list of ongoing and completed series here.



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


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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. 

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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.

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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.

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“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.

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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.

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The Dead Zone meets The Talisman!


Jason Callahan wants to go home, and he would if he knew where it was. For years his world has changed around him again and again without warning, leaving him with new jobs, new friends, and new enemies. One of a few travelers, Jason is able to slip between the many universes that make up his life, moving sideways from one reality to...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. 

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

Anders Lockheed, captain of Elite One,  runs the top crew flying the black. With the council of his trusted first mate, he decides on the work they pick up wether it be scav ops, courier runs, passenger transports or things not necessarily legal. No matter what, they'll take almost any job.

But when he takes...View Series



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The first time Bennett Dixon finds a letter offering unsolicited advice from her dead grandmother, she chalks it up to hormones.

The second time she vows to stop sleeping with people who aren’t her husband.

The third time Bennett begins to listen.

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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



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. 

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Whose bones lie in Caroline’s grave?

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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



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.

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Jamie Brewer has just received the one piece of mail he’s been waiting for his whole life: his college acceptance letter. But when a series of unfortunate events makes paying tuition to one of the most prestigious universities in the country practically impossible, Jamie makes a decision that will not only provide him with the cash he needs, but may end up get him killed in the process…...View Series


This is a monthly series featuring the 12 finalists of our 2015 Channillo Short Story Contest. The stories will be released in random order as follows.

"Green Means Stop" by Opher Goodwin    

"Under the Cover of Dreams" by Lynn Forest

"Beverage Therapy" by Eliza Leone

"The Scar" by Tom Farr

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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



A story exploring the art and beauty of life and love in vibrant colors. Following a painter, Evelina, through her daily life and her discovery of love.

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Billy Miske had a loving family, fame, fortune and he was on a fast track to becoming the heavyweight-boxing champion of the world. He stood toe to toe with Jack Dempsey, battled seedy managers and crooked promoters. Yet, despite his grit and reputation as one of the toughest fighters in the game, there was one opponent he could not beat no matter how hard he fought. 

Based on the incredible...View Series


An only child, unloved and unwanted by his parents, Colin Bailey is a bitter, emotionally damaged young man, hell bent on exacting revenge on anyone who has stopped him becoming the person he believes he was destined to be. What sets Colin apart is his intellect and meticulous planning. Detective Phil Hounsell pursues his man relentlessly, while trying to avoid the small town in which he works sliding further...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


“I was taught to believe that humanity was imploding on itself. Only those of us living at the compound were pure, and it was our job to make sure the rest of the world got what it deserved.”

-Ezra Grady

On June 7th, 2009, after an argument with his parents, ten-year-old Ezra Grady ran away from his home in Harmony, Maryland. After years of searching for Ezra with no leads,...View Series



Tales of the old world brought back to life. Tortum gathers a series of short stories that explore fables and legends from around the world. From Czechoslovakia to Japan, Norway to Nepal, rediscover the mysteries of fables from every corner of the world as they are brought back to modern society with dark and horrifying new twists.

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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



When recent divorcee Margaret Ayinger decides to end her life, she wants to go out in style.  For those who have done their homework and for whom money is no object there is only one place for that: The Precipice Hotel.  Like a hospice for the terminally eccentric, it has stood for over a hundred years in a region plagued by yearly forest fires.  Upon arrival, Margaret finds the old place...View Series


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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Can You Hear Me Now?

They call it The Rocket, this streetcar, but nothing could be further from the truth. It’s a slow boat, a barge on its way down the Limpopo, steamy in summer; in winter, gritty underfoot and rank with the smell of wet wool. On rainy days the windows blur and water from boots and umbrellas pools on the dirty floor.

On this long, long...View Series



This is the story of Delilah Palladino, a dynamic, plus-sized woman and her fight against the formidable Office of Size Compliance in the year 2075. The O.S.C. has just passed the Endomorphic Laws, anti-fat legislation that diminishes the rights of the obese. 

Delilah never apologizes for the space her body requires, but with the advent of a supposed national food shortage, sustenance allotments...View Series



"I will execute great vengeance on them with wrathful rebukes. Then they will know that I am the Lord, when I lay my vengeance upon them.” -Ezekiel 25:17

Little does anyone know, the end of the world is about to begin in a small town in southern Indiana, and a sarcastic diner-owner named John may be the world’s only hope to keep from being sucked into...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


Come, and indulge at your own risk.  Follow me as I explore uncensored, not only my dark feelings and memories, but my darkest dreams and musings.  

A truly grim set of works steeped in torment, anguish and the inability to fit into a world that does not like to gaze into the dark mirror.  Perhaps, we as a society fear that which might gaze back at us through...View Series



Set in the majestic Carpathian Mountains, this epic features Wallachian Prince Vlad Tepes (Vlad the Impaler) as he defends Transylvania against the invading Ottoman Empire.  In the midst of the struggle, he meets the stunning Willomina, his future queen.

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Since he was a child, Alex Sith has vowed to one day slay the king of Alrum and avenge the death of his father. Now as a young man Alex leads a group of outlaws as he exacts his revenge by raiding villages and attacking innocent people, all in an attempt to force King Mana off of the throne. After years of evading capture, and taking his revenge out on the citizens of the kingdom, Alex finally meets his...View Series


Leanne had Cara when she was still a teenager.  Now that her daughter is sixteen she wants her to understand.  She writes about her past in a book, but nothing is straight forward.  Who was Leanne before she had Cara?   

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THE RED AND THE GOLD is an epic that spans two millennia, from Hadrian’s Wall to the Halls of Justice in Chicago.  As four prominent families of Britain struggle to survive, one name ties them together.  Their victories and heartbreaks are laced with intrigue, murder, and more than one Royal Banquet – menus included.

Chapter I - AN ORDINARY OCCUPATION

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As her dementia symptoms progress, Jenna Kiely begins writing letters from her bed in a nursing home to her niece Lily Robinson, relaying the tales of her harsh life growing up on the South Side of Chicago during the thirties and forties.

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East meets west in these tales of honor, intrigue and humor as the lives of everyday characters intersect only to become inextricably intertwined. The result is a tapestry celebrating one humanity.

1. Hooghly's Child
A young member of a growing Indian resistance finds himself and his toddler stalked by assassins in 1876 Calcutta as a Swedish couple seeks distraction...View Series

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