33 Ermine Street is a touching yet confronting novel, set against the backdrop of a heavily polarized Britain. The book carefully unravels all aspects of immigration through the eyes of Shen – a young second generation Chinese immigrant. When he becomes witness to a traumatic incident on his usual route to school, he soon finds himself hurled into turbulent world driven by fear, prejudice and social injustice.
Reminiscent of the writings of Anne Sexton, Najwa Zebian, Nayyirah Waheed and Rupi Kaur comes the debut poetry collection by Deena Mehjabeen. ‘Mind Verses’ is a collection of poetry and prose that is born from the author’s experiences, musings and in moments of joy, insecurity, grief and the feelings that are sometimes hard to voice.The deeply personal and confessional tone of the words would surely touch your core and resonate with you.
America was a far different place in 1540 when Hernando de Soto and 600 Spanish soldiers crossed the Savannah River into what is now South Carolina and thus entered the empire of the Chicora, the largest and most powerful Native Indian civilization in the American Southeast. A great civilization led by a beautiful queen, a magnificent temple covered in pearls, a ruthless conquistador lusting for gold, who were the Chicora? What happened to them?
Moments is a collection of short stories and poetry outlining characters facing the joys, perils and mysteries of everyday life. Stories range from romance to issues such as stigma and marginalization in today’s societies. The stories are influenced by the writer’s experiences and observations living and traveling around the world through different continents. Each story is preceded by a piece of poetry. This is the first collection of short fictional stories and poetry by Shashank Mane.
Shashank Mane is a writer previously published in Every Writer Magazine, Indiana Voice Journal, Vignette Review, Diverse Voices Quarterly, The Creative Truth and Gravel for flash and short fiction stories. He was nominated for the Sundress Publications “Best of the Net-Fiction 2016” award. His favorite writers include Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck, Franz Kafka, Jhumpa Lahiri and Fyodor Dostoevsky. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
When Zane Hollister returns home to Las Vegas after two years in prison and discovers his showgirl-lover is with another guy, he goes ballistic. After stalking and taunting the couple for months, his toxic jealousy takes a darker turn. To wipe out Colton, Zane masterminds a devilish zip line accident and a terrifying car crash. When those fail, he resorts to kidnapping Jen and forcing her to marry him. And it gets even worse when Zane shoots Colton’s boss, Matt, by mistake as he aims for Colton in a horrific drive-by shooting.
With Matt lingering in a coma, Jen’s cocktail-waitress mother, Brandi, absorbs a seismic shock of her own. After hearing Matt’s name on the local news, she realizes he’s her first love of decades past—and Jen’s real father.
Will Matt emerge from his coma to reunite with Brandi and Jen? Do the cops nab Zane, who’s hiding out in Hawaii? And can Jen and Colton’s love survive Zane’s lethal jealousy?
There’s a happy ending for some, but not for all, in Pop-Out Girl.
Socrates sits chained to a wall in a small prison cell. In a month he will die of hemlock poisoning. At night, by the light of a tiny oil lamp, on rolls of paper smuggled in by loyal friends, he tells his three sons the story of his life.
He writes vividly about the people and events that shaped him as a person. The mother who encouraged his questions. Teachers who promoted the Greek ideals of courage and glory. Bloody battles. Lifelong friends lost and enemies made. Being proclaimed the world’s wisest man.
Fearing his sons may follow in his ill-fated path, Socrates honestly reveals his thoughts and feelings, his successes and his failures, and his search for the answer to the ultimate question—how can I be happy?
An ambitious Tom Marsh, looking to expand his gold rush freight business, finds himself falsely accused of murdering a young girl and is tossed into the Sonora, California hoosegow along with a Mexican hombre who is himself accused of a murder he did not commit, but who could well be the most infamous bandito in California, Joaquin Murrieta.
At the bottom of a well, a frog sits, in solitude, documenting his thoughts and observations about life in the form of poetry.
His writing, although seemingly random, revolves around topics relevant to people of any age: losing weight, the “me” generation, airplanes that disappear in mid-air, stereotypes about Chinese people, a gorilla that gets shot, and even fashion. It is his wish to present a different perspective, and he does so by using well-known characters, like Jack (and the Beanstalk), the Tortoise and the Hare, and Barbie. He also contemplates the meaning and power of technology in today’s society. He occasionally tries to offer a positive message to readers, and yet at other times, there is an underlying tone of sarcasm, perhaps even cynicism, in his writing. Ultimately, he wants to make you think about the issues that matter, the issues you may not have time to think about in your everyday life.
The students in Dee’s therapeutic writing course are an eclectic group. The oldest is Dee’s former colleague, a renowned professor against whom she has held a grudge for many years; the youngest, an inner-city teenager whose brother was killed by the police. Despite their diversity, which often divides them, as seen in their heated arguments about racial profiling, affirmative action, and sexual abuse in the military – topics recently debated in the press, Congress, and the Supreme Court – their experience of grief draws them together in unexpected ways.