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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. 

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.

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.

Nick & Amy

Nick and Amy have been married for seventeen years which is a big deal because marriage is hard and messy and a fifty percent divorce rate and all.  Nick and Amy live with their three kids in the middle of the United States, in a place like Iowa or Ohio or some other smallish, flat state with too many vowels, growing corn and soybeans, making it basically indistinguishable from any of the other states around it and uninteresting to anyone that didn’t grow up there.  Nick is a procrastinator by nature which drives Amy crazy and Amy is spicy when she gets annoyed, which Nick adores.  Together they are every marriage still trying to keep it real after almost two decades together while dealing with the not-so-fun parts of everyday life.  

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.

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. 

Every Lover is a Soldier: A Story of Vietnam

In this sweeping tale of one woman’s experience of the Vietnam War and its aftermath, Samantha Sullivan loses her brother to the war only to gain the love of his best friend, Sergeant Jake Westergaard.

When Sam joins the Army Nurse Corps and is sent to the 91st Evac Hospital, Chu Lai in 1967, she is shocked to find Jake is stationed there as a platoon sergeant. Forbidden from fraternizing due to the difference in their ranks, they develop their relationship in secret, supporting each other through the violence and pain of their respective duties. 

They marry in secret—on R&R in Hawaii—and return to Vietnam to serve one more tour each, all the while maintaining the utmost discretion about their illegal marriage. 

Sam works long shifts at the evac hospital, doing what she can to put broken and burned men back together again.  She is haunted by the death of her brother—she sees him in the men she treats—and is terrified that one day Jake will end up on a stretcher laid out before her in triage.

Sam discovers she is pregnant, and despite the death and danger around them, Sam and Jake decide Sam will stay at Chu Lai for the first two months of her pregnancy. Jake’s tour will end six months later, in time for the birth of the baby. But seven weeks into her pregnancy, as Sam is planning to tell her superiors, the Viet Cong and NVA launch the Tet Offensive. Sam is wounded on the first night of Tet and is sent home. 

Two weeks later, Jake’s chopper goes down. No bodies are found, only blood trails. 

Is he alive? Has he been captured? Sam is left to wonder, and to wait. When her son is born--a son who has the same coal-black hair as Jake--she wonders what she will tell him about his father’s fate. And what will she believe for herself? 
 

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 Illustrated Diary of Jane Smith and the Voices in Her Head

Jane's therapist advises her to keep a diary to help her control her thoughts and feelings.

Except the voices in her head don't want to be controlled.

Follow Jane as she records her battles with life, cats, and the voices in her head. 

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?

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...

The IT Girl

What’s it like for a woman working in IT? Kay has been struggling to answer that question for years. Does it mean that she’s often the only woman in the room? Yes. Does it mean she offers a perspective that no one else has? Yes. Does it mean she’s listened to because of her unique take on things? -- hold that thought. As Kay navigates her career and figures out what feminism truly looks like in the workplace - aka do NOT ask her to plan that potluck because she’s the only chick there - Kay also finds humor, inspiration, and friendship along the way. Follow along each week to read stories from her life in the world of Information Technology - and all of the oddities and wonders that a career in tech can bring.

The Crimson Stone

Penelope is an ex-lawyer and a divorced mom. Her teenage daughter, Hannah, who inherited the family gift of premonition dreams, starts having recurring dreams. When a very old friend, Benjamin, shows up asking for her help, Penelope is sure that the things are connected. Reluctantly, she accepts. Her life will get turned upside down, and all the choices she has made will be questioned. Is Benjamin really innocent? Is she doing the right thing in involving her daughter in this? How will this event affect all her relationships?

Temperate Zone

Temperate Zone is an edgy collection of poetry that takes a gritty look at the journey of personal growth. Likened to the development and aging of trees, each poem is woven together to take readers through the stages of Missing Rings, Whorls, Growth Rings. The journey continues on through Tea Leaves. Charged up and penned to stir the soul, these poems are far from the “sip a cup of tea” norm. Now that I have your attention, pull up a seat and settle in for an exhilarating journey through the Temperate Zone.

 

 

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.

Madness Intact

A young woman undergoes various physical and emotional changes as she clings desperately to her insanity, all the while watching the relationships around her crumble and fall. As time carries on, new truths are revealed and old secrets emerge with the arrival of the nefarious "they". Watch and witness a verifiable plunge into the depths of madness and mania. 

The Resurrection of Gideon

Vampire Gideon Gower was a monster. Ruthless, bloodthirsty, and violent. A swift and brutal death awaiting anyone who happened to cross his path. He existed this way for centuries, until a shocking encounter in the 1930s left him reliving heartbreaking memories of loved ones long dead, touching on a pain that he hadn't allowed himself to feel for three hundred and seventy years.

 

Fast forward to 2018.

 

Eighty-five years have now passed and Gideon hasn't preyed on a single human since that night, instead choosing to feed off of animals in the Everglades and hiding away in a small house in Miami. But the quiet of his self-imposed isolation is shattered by the unexpected appearance of Meegan, a beautiful woman from his grisly past who's determined to return him to the fiend he once was. As Meegan attempts to drag him back down into bloody temptation, Gideon has to decide. With the man and the raging beast within pulling him in two different directions at once, does he continue to fight his instincts or allow the baser, darker part to take over once again, the latter tremendously more appealing.

Eventually Gideon finds purpose in newly forged friendship and rediscovered family, but when a gruesome murder committed by Meegan during Prohibition comes back to haunt her ninety years later, threatening not only exposure for Gideon and herself, but the safety of his family as well, Gideon must do everything he can to protect them. Even if it means unleashing the side that he's tried to keep caged for eight and a half decades.

The question is, can he close that door again once it's opened? Gideon is willing to take that chance. For them. But at what cost to himself?

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.

Destroyer of Darkness

When her world starts to fall apart and half the people in her community start inexplicably dying off or going missing, Kathryn encounters a mysterious stranger and a learns of a birthright she knew nothing about.  She learns monsters are real and that evil runs rampant.  With the help of this mysterious stranger, Kathryn has to seek out these monsters and destroy them, before they find her.  Without her, the darkness will prevail.  Without her, there will be no light. 

Lockheed Elite

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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.

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 what is the purpose of the tests they endure?

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

There are currently 25 chapters in this series to date.

Cover design by Melody Simmons.

 

 

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.

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

2017 Short Story Contest Finalists

This is a monthly series featuring the finalists of our 2017 Channillo Short Story Contest. The stories will be released in random order as follows.

"Last Man to Die" by Rudy Koshar

"The Trail" by Melissa Algood

"Versions of You" by Joe Prosit (3rd Place)

"The County Fair" by Sasha Lauren (1st Place)

"Draw the Other One" by Adam Cook

"Presence" by Rudy Koshar

"The Wish" by Jae Mazer (2nd Place)

"Seconds" by Chance Webb

"Bacia" by Isabelle Reid

"Rum and Tears" by Simon A.C. Martin

"Reunion" by Melissa Algood

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.  

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.

 

Moon House

Moon House reveals the deadly legacy of the CIA's MK Ultra mind control experiments. The story follows the determined and demented exploits of two sociopathic CIA agents: Robert Grady and Adam Holybear. In their mad quest to realize the agency's goal of perfecting mind control, they stop at nothing to succeed—even if it means defying orders to cease and desist.

We also meet the people who Grady and Holybear use as subjects for their unfettered experimentation. These unfortunate souls are ripped away from their regular lives, to be plunged into a distorted nightmare world where reality means nothing.

Some victims of MK Ultra may survive by pure luck or sheer force of will, while the minds of others break under the strain. All of them will struggle to escape from a top-secret facility hidden under a rundown shack in the West Virginia mountains...a place so removed from the outside world that it might as well be on the moon...

Warning: this series contains adult content.

Tania Of Acona: The Chronicles Of Arith

Tania Hanaldi is a young assassin on her first assignment when she meets a Knight Of Creation intent on preventing her from finishing her mission. As the continent of Acona is torn apart by civil war, Tania knows that her role may decide the fate of the rebel army... or her own death. There is no turning back as she is swept up in a conflict that threatens to engulf the entire world. Will she survive long enough to avenge her past?

The Vice Sutra

The Vice Sutra is the story of Alex, a young man whose lies and base drives lead him on a journey through hidden sub-cultures and the world of day spa hopefuls searching for beauty. Along the way he must confront his father’s con-man legacy, shifting moral philosophy, a young woman who sparkles with new-age belief, and Dolly Harness, a self-styled Desire Educator who pushes him to follow his desires to an end. His story examines the constructs of belief and want, the power of words, and whether it is possible to emerge as a new creature through a drastic physical change.

Throughout the novel the reader must answer whether or not Alex will go through with his rebirth, if secrets are the only true power in the world, and if the words they hold dear deserve their devotion. It is a story of loss and redemption.

This novel is meant for readers interested in the existential questions raised by an increasingly impersonal world, and those who want to explore where desire and reality intersect. As this novel moves from the serious to the absurd often, the ideal reader for this book would be one who appreciates both Foucault and John Waters equally.

The Fun House

Five tickets grant five strangers access to the newest attraction at America's hottest tech-themed amusement park, CyberLand.  With just a drop of blood, players are able to explore The Fun House to create realistic worlds transformed by mind power and imagination. Worlds that seem far too real to just be computer generated. 

Despite years of work on the project, there's one thing the programmers forgot to factor in: fear and dark pasts cannot be controlled. As programmers desperately work to fix the haywire attraction, the trapped strangers must face their own secrets and each others'.

And one of them is not what they seem...

Frank the Vampire Cleaner

Everyone has a story, even the janitor, but do you really want to know what he's seen?

Frank is the sort of person that fades into the background of everyone else's life. Shuffling through the corridors of the business building he works in, the streets of his city, and tending to the daily messes that people usually don't think twice about.

To anyone and everyone, he is simply a janitor. 

 

*Warning ~ Adult language, some sexual situations and commentary, some violence and graphic descriptions. 

TL;DR

TL;DR (or "Too long, didn't read") is a mostly autobiographical work with more than a hint of exaggeration, extrapolation and pure fantasy thrown in.

From railways to romance, horses for courses, mountains to molehills and the odd hiccup along the way, join our protagonist as he finally works out that being a man of few words is better than a man of many words.

TL;DR: read this book.

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 Calamity

What if all the ancient stories about dragons were true?

Dauria was never one of the Elders, The Long Sleep wasn't her decision, but she stood by it as the best plan for the salvation of the Earth and its denizens. But when she's awakened from her millennia-long sleep by The Watchers, she has to make a choice:

If she lets The Watchers move forward with a plan to destroy humanity and take back their places in the world, she'll lose everything she once fought for. But she's only one dragon, and not even an Elder. What chance does she have of stopping them?

The Days Beyond

When Lionel Hesse awakes next to the body of his dead wife, Jackie, bleeding profusely from a knife wound, he has no idea how he got there or what happened! Accused of her murder, and suffering from amnesia which covers a two and a half year period, he escapes from police custody after an assassination attempt on his life goes wrong! On the run from both the law and an unknown and sinister enemy, he finds himself teaming up with a strange woman. He has to prove his innocence and find those guilty of his wife's murder! He soon discovers that everyone he cares about is in danger, and when they start dying around him, he realizes he has to fight back! However time is running out, and as the truth about his missing past is slowly uncovered, he soon realizes that time, and a strange metal object he nicknames "The Eye" may be his only ally! Set in modern day South Africa, this rollercoaster of an adventure will entertain, frighten and have you cheering the unlikely hero as he transcends the boundaries of time in an effort to clear his name and save his loved ones!

The Flexibilizer

A novella. Based on a true story.


I read your story holding my breath. It's beautiful. Very different. - Theo Horsten (author)

The feeling of isolation is palpable. I admire the way you employ time in the story. By not giving exact dates and jumping to unspecified periods in time creates in the reader's mind a continuum that matches the state of mind of the main character. - Bart Besamusca (linguist)

 

Remembering First Love - The Rivera Sisters Series -Book One

Only ten months apart and often mistaken for twins, Amelia and Carina Rivera are well known in the tight-knit Cuban American community of Hialeah, Florida as the Rivera sisters.

Although Amelia and Carina are almost identical in looks, their personalities couldn't be any further apart. 
Religious, hard-working Amelia has always been obedient to her mother, while strong-willed Carina seems to be a magnet for trouble, especially with men.

"Remembering First Love"(Book One of The Rivera Sisters Series) is the story of Carina Rivera's struggle to become the kind of woman she wishes she could be. 

Carina has been through the trauma of being molested as a child by a neighbor man.
 Now in her early twenties, she battles with feelings of low self-worth, finding it difficult to overcome the guilt and shame that have weighed her down her whole life. She's made bad choices, especially in her teens, but now she's ready to turn her back on her past and mend her tainted reputation within the community. But Carina's hopes of going forward into a new and better way of life are quickly shattered when she's thrust into the heavy responsibility of being her family's sole breadwinner.

When Carina meets Aaron Mendoza, her handsome, womanizing supervisor at the garment factory, she forgets the vow she's made to herself and to God to change her ways. There’s something dark and forbidden in Aaron's eyes calling to a part of Carina’s soul that doesn't want to say no.

Can Carina find an escape from Aaron's allure or will her relationship with him prevent her from 
becoming the woman she longs to be?

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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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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



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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Nick and Amy have been married for seventeen years which is a big deal because marriage is hard and messy and a fifty percent divorce rate and all.  Nick and Amy live with their three kids in the middle of the United States, in a place like Iowa or Ohio or some other smallish, flat state with too many vowels, growing corn and soybeans, making it basically indistinguishable from any of the other states...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



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


In this sweeping tale of one woman’s experience of the Vietnam War and its aftermath, Samantha Sullivan loses her brother to the war only to gain the love of his best friend, Sergeant Jake Westergaard.

When Sam joins the Army Nurse Corps and is sent to the 91st Evac Hospital, Chu Lai in 1967, she is shocked to find Jake is stationed there as a platoon sergeant. Forbidden from...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. 

She wants to tell you her story. 

 

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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



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



Jane's therapist advises her to keep a diary to help her control her thoughts and feelings.

Except the voices in her head don't want to be controlled.

Follow Jane as she records her battles with life, cats, and the voices in her head. 

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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...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



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


What’s it like for a woman working in IT? Kay has been struggling to answer that question for years. Does it mean that she’s often the only woman in the room? Yes. Does it mean she offers a perspective that no one else has? Yes. Does it mean she’s listened to because of her unique take on things? -- hold that thought. As Kay navigates her career and figures out what feminism truly looks...View Series


Penelope is an ex-lawyer and a divorced mom. Her teenage daughter, Hannah, who inherited the family gift of premonition dreams, starts having recurring dreams. When a very old friend, Benjamin, shows up asking for her help, Penelope is sure that the things are connected. Reluctantly, she accepts. Her life will get turned upside down, and all the choices she has made will be questioned. Is Benjamin really...View Series


Temperate Zone is an edgy collection of poetry that takes a gritty look at the journey of personal growth. Likened to the development and aging of trees, each poem is woven together to take readers through the stages of Missing Rings, Whorls, Growth Rings. The journey continues on through Tea Leaves. Charged up and penned to stir the soul, these poems are far from the “sip a...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



A young woman undergoes various physical and emotional changes as she clings desperately to her insanity, all the while watching the relationships around her crumble and fall. As time carries on, new truths are revealed and old secrets emerge with the arrival of the nefarious "they". Watch and witness a verifiable plunge into the depths of madness and mania. 

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Vampire Gideon Gower was a monster. Ruthless, bloodthirsty, and violent. A swift and brutal death awaiting anyone who happened to cross his path. He existed this way for centuries, until a shocking encounter in the 1930s left him reliving heartbreaking memories of loved ones long dead, touching on a pain that he hadn't allowed himself to feel for three hundred and seventy years.

 

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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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When her world starts to fall apart and half the people in her community start inexplicably dying off or going missing, Kathryn encounters a mysterious stranger and a learns of a birthright she knew nothing about.  She learns monsters are real and that evil runs rampant.  With the help of this mysterious stranger, Kathryn has to seek out these monsters and destroy them, before they find her. ...View Series


**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.

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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 what is the purpose of the tests they endure?

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

There are currently 25 chapters in this series...View Series



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



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



This is a monthly series featuring the finalists of our 2017 Channillo Short Story Contest. The stories will be released in random order as follows.

"Last Man to Die" by Rudy Koshar

"The Trail" by Melissa Algood

"Versions of You" by Joe Prosit (3rd Place)

"The County Fair" by Sasha Lauren (1st Place)

"Draw...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


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



Moon House reveals the deadly legacy of the CIA's MK Ultra mind control experiments. The story follows the determined and demented exploits of two sociopathic CIA agents: Robert Grady and Adam Holybear. In their mad quest to realize the agency's goal of perfecting mind control, they stop at nothing to succeed—even if it means defying orders to cease and desist.

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Tania Hanaldi is a young assassin on her first assignment when she meets a Knight Of Creation intent on preventing her from finishing her mission. As the continent of Acona is torn apart by civil war, Tania knows that her role may decide the fate of the rebel army... or her own death. There is no turning back as she is swept up in a conflict that threatens to engulf the entire world. Will she survive long...View Series


The Vice Sutra is the story of Alex, a young man whose lies and base drives lead him on a journey through hidden sub-cultures and the world of day spa hopefuls searching for beauty. Along the way he must confront his father’s con-man legacy, shifting moral philosophy, a young woman who sparkles with new-age belief, and Dolly Harness, a self-styled Desire Educator who pushes him to follow his desires...View Series


Five tickets grant five strangers access to the newest attraction at America's hottest tech-themed amusement park, CyberLand.  With just a drop of blood, players are able to explore The Fun House to create realistic worlds transformed by mind power and imagination. Worlds that seem far too real to just be computer generated. 

Despite years of work on the project, there's...View Series



Everyone has a story, even the janitor, but do you really want to know what he's seen?

Frank is the sort of person that fades into the background of everyone else's life. Shuffling through the corridors of the business building he works in, the streets of his city, and tending to the daily messes that people usually don't think twice about.

To anyone and everyone, he is simply...View Series



TL;DR (or "Too long, didn't read") is a mostly autobiographical work with more than a hint of exaggeration, extrapolation and pure fantasy thrown in.

From railways to romance, horses for courses, mountains to molehills and the odd hiccup along the way, join our protagonist as he finally works out that being a man of few words is better than a man of many words.

TL;DR:...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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What if all the ancient stories about dragons were true?

Dauria was never one of the Elders, The Long Sleep wasn't her decision, but she stood by it as the best plan for the salvation of the Earth and its denizens. But when she's awakened from her millennia-long sleep by The Watchers, she has to make a choice:

If she lets The Watchers move forward with a plan to destroy humanity...View Series



When Lionel Hesse awakes next to the body of his dead wife, Jackie, bleeding profusely from a knife wound, he has no idea how he got there or what happened! Accused of her murder, and suffering from amnesia which covers a two and a half year period, he escapes from police custody after an assassination attempt on his life goes wrong! On the run from both the law and an unknown and sinister enemy, he finds...View Series


A novella. Based on a true story.


I read your story holding my breath. It's beautiful. Very different. - Theo Horsten (author)

The feeling of isolation is palpable. I admire the way you employ time in the story. By not giving exact dates and jumping to unspecified periods in time creates in the reader's mind a continuum that matches the state of mind...View Series


Only ten months apart and often mistaken for twins, Amelia and Carina Rivera are well known in the tight-knit Cuban American community of Hialeah, Florida as the Rivera sisters.

Although Amelia and Carina are almost identical in looks, their personalities couldn't be any further apart. 
Religious, hard-working Amelia has always been obedient to her mother, while...View Series

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