Author Sharon E. Cathcart presents ten short stories of various genres, each taking place in a different location. With subject matter ranging from paranormal to historical fiction, urban fantasy to literary fiction, there is something in this sampler for everyone. Continue reading
Gilgamesh, king of Uruk, epitomizes masculine physical perfection, but his character falls far short of the mark. His subjects fear him because he’s become a tyrant. Priestess Shamhat wants to free Uruk from oppression, but she fears the repercussions if she acts against the brutal king. Then Uruk hears of a desert wild man, Gilgamesh’s equal in size and strength. Gilgamesh thinks the man, Enkidu, can relieve his boredom; Shamhat hopes Enkidu can humble the king. Enkidu becomes a pawn in the struggle between Gilgamesh and Shamhat, and the future of Uruk hangs in the balance. Continue reading
#1: Downfall – Whether its dancing to Motownphilly with your childhood sweetheart, being prejudice or bringing down a Federation, Arthur Brown takes a look back at the influences of his early life and his downfall.
A fictional autobiographical serial with a setting in the future. Le Très Honorable Arthur Brown makes his most daring confessions, discussing his early life, the women that moved him and his twenty-two year reign as Prime Minister of Canada. Continue reading
It was the summer of 1985, and she was young and inexperienced, but longing to love and to be loved in return, when he entered her life.
At the same time, while she was desperately seeking the love and approval of a mother who never wanted her in the first place, events totally beyond her control claimed her as their victim, leaving those she left behind unable to cope with the enormity of her absence.
“WHY SHE LEFT US” is written as a series of diary entries, the events seen through the eyes of several different people.
But at its center is a love story chronicling a romance that transforms the lives of two people who, for too brief a period of time, experienced the greatest happiness they had ever known.
THE LIVES OF THREE UTTERLY HOPELESS ADDICTS CONVERGE FOLLOWING AN ACCIDENTAL AND HORRIFIC DEATH.
Monty Miller, a self-destructive, codependent alcoholic, is wracked by an obsession to drink himself to death as punishment for a fatal car accident he didn’t cause.
Dave Bell, a former all-American track star turned washed-up high school volleyball coach, routinely chauffeurs his bus full of teens on a belly full of liquor and head full of crack.
Angie Mallard, a recently divorced housewife with three estranged children, is willing to go to any lengths to restore the family she lost to crystal meth.
All three are court-mandated to a drug & alcohol rehab high in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. There, they learn the universal truth among alcoholics and addicts:
Though they may all be sick…SOME ARE SICKER THAN OTHERS.
“The Club” takes place in Vietnam in 1965 and 1966. Once again the United States is engaged in a land war in Asia. Soon there will be 500,000 American military personnel in Vietnam. The soldiers go on endless patrols and suffer casualties almost daily from ambushes, firefights, sniper fire, and booby traps. The soldiers constantly talk about their longing to return to what they call “the Real World,” the United States, where they can be with their girlfriends or wives or their friends from high school or college, see Mom and Dad.
One soldier does not long for the United States. He has found a gold mine. Master Sergeant Johnny Ray Yates is the manager of an NCO club. He runs the club as though he owns it. He exercises great power, operates outside of the law, and is accountable to no one. With all the U.S. soldiers arriving in Vietnam, the NCO clubs are doing great business.
Master Sergeant Yates has always been careful when it came to wheeling and dealing, in the States, Germany, and South Korea, but one night, he makes three fatal errors. One error has to do with a personal vice. Two of those errors involve Corporal Martin Paulson, who works at the club, and a soldier Yates does not know, Sergeant E-5 Aaron Edelstein.
[This ebook is a single short story with 20 pages, 6,836 words. Book cover by Alan Lamberg. WARNING: The story has many obscenities, because, from my experience as a soldier, many soldiers talk that way. ] Continue reading
Tired of living in her older sister’s shadow, Tina enjoys the attention of her mum’s new boyfriend, Trevor. He treats her like an adult, introducing her to alcohol and drugs. But Trevor has an ulterior motive, the consequences of which will tear her life apart. Continue reading
If God does not play dice, does He ever play marbles? A gambling weatherman finds hope in the heart of a hurricane, amidst mounting losses. An ancient message arrives to a futuristic church…but is it too late?
Here are six short stories and twenty poems whose themes range from rollercoasters to fatherhood to the aftermath of a summer thunderstorm. From an underground library to a remarkable rescue in a Christmas Eve blizzard, each story is a venture to a new horizon. Continue reading
Seventeen year old Anna is a naive American orphan, delighted to find herself on a tour of Europe in the spring of 1939. A feeling of camaraderie with all mankind thrills her as she mingles with throngs of foreigners, but her joy is short-lived. WWII shatters the world. As fathers and sons, husbands and brothers dive grimly into the trenches, Anna is left stranded in England, disillusioned and afraid. However, this worldwide catastrophe may be the perfect catalyst to mature Anna into the brave young woman she longs to be. Even as the world is shadowed with disaster, Anna finds friends in the kindly Bertram family. In the midst of all that threatens to tear her world apart, will she find a place to truly belong?
Joe is a small-town Oregon guy. He’s madly in love with Lynnie … who has a huge crush on David Bowie. Joe will do almost anything to get Lynnie’s attention, but there are always consequences.
“The Rock Star in the Mirror” is a double nominee in the 2013 Global eBook Awards, for Best Short Story and Best Cover. Continue reading