Fame, Love, and other Lessons by Jo Frances

Jamie Cameron is only a college freshman when she begins a first-love relationship with Chase Reston, the star on their school’s basketball team. Within a year, Chase has been signed to an NBA team and Jamie catapults from the obscurity of being his girlfriend to a model and media darling in her own right. As temptations and distractions grow, Jamie and Chase have to learn to value and trust the love they have, or risk losing each other. Continue reading

Seeds of Anger by Robert Cherny

Seeds of Anger follows the life of a high school junior whose police officer father has been shot in the line of duty and whose mother is dying of cancer. Worst of all, the property that has been in his family for three generations is being split up for development. A renegade botanist on the hunt for new herbal medicines moves in across the street and uses the large open property to cultivate the plants he needs for his research. He takes the boy and some of his friends to work as his assistants and trains them to be scientists. For three years, he mentors them and pushes them to grow beyond what they would have expected of themselves.
However, when the botanist’s past indiscretions catch up with him, everything changes and the boy must decide if he is to take charge and face the danger or walk away. Continue reading

The Not Wholes by Giovanna Pezzulo

The Not Wholes is the short story of Leonardo Ponti, a
castrated boy who lives and studies in an Italian conservatory during
the 18th century. Mean teachers and bullies make his life at school
miserable, but 3 things brighten Leonardo’s days: his best friend
Gianni, an engagement with the famous San Carlo theater where he meets
a gorgeous girl, and the tryout for the king’s new opera drama.
Suddenly, all the good things forsake him and Leonardo finds himself
friendless and without voice.
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Heron Baby Island by Robert Cherny

One of the most popular girls in the high school trips over one of her classmates while he is photographing a rare bird, beginning a relationship that will change their lives and touch many others. To win her love he launches a project to build a wild bird rookery in a large retention pond. Together, with the help of their friends and family, they overcome the obstacles that stand in the way of the project and their love. Driven by a goal larger than themselves, everyone involved learns to strive higher and succeed at a level greater than they would have previously thought possible. Continue reading

Helper12 by Jack Blaine

Helper12 works as a Baby Helper in Pre Ward, the place where babies spend their first six months of life before they’re tracked for vocations and sent to training. She does her job well, and she stays out of trouble. But one day, the Sloanes, Society members who enjoy all the privileges of their station—family unit clearance, a private dwelling, access to good food and good schools—come to “adopt” one of the Pre Ward babies. The Director makes a deal and the Sloanes walk out with a brand new child.

They also walk out owning Helper12—the Director sells her to them, and there’s nothing she can do but go. At the Sloanes, Helper12 enters a world where people should be able to enjoy life—with high position and riches come the opportunity for individual freedom, even the chance to love—but that’s not what she finds. The Sloanes are keeping secrets. So is their biological son, Thomas.

Helper12 has some secrets of her own; she’s drawing, which is a violation, since Baby Helpers aren’t tracked for Art. And she’s growing to love the child she was bought to care for—at the same time that Ms. Sloane is becoming disenchanted with her impulse baby buy.

When all your choices are made for you, how do you make some for yourself? Helper12 is about to find out. Continue reading

Stone Bearers: The Gift by R. E. Washington

“My name is Constance and this story starts the day I was ripped apart.”

Caught in a battle between two supernatural forces, five junior high students are killed. But Constance, Jonathan, Avery, Maria, and Danielle return from the dead — and they’ve changed.

They each carry a piece of a soul stone and with it they have extraordinary powers. Now they can summon weapons from thin air and even start fires with their minds. With these powers comes a connection they never wanted, and coming back from the dead hasn’t wiped away the grudges between them. When one of them loses their mind to the power, they are soon caught in a battle against themselves and an enemy that wants to make sure that this time they stay dead. Continue reading

Dream Traveler by Neil Ostroff

Every time Jamie Richards falls asleep, she’s bounced through time and injected into possible futures. And all of these diverse futures lead to one horrifying conclusion; the end of everything. Can Jamie save trillions of lives, prevent a war that has already occurred, and stop herself from meeting her self, all while attempting to stabilize creation and find her way home? Continue reading

Eldorado by Jay Allan Storey

In an energy-starved future, Richard Hampton’s world is blown apart when his younger brother Danny disappears and the police are too busy trying to keep a lid on a hungry, overcrowded city to search for him. Richard has to make the transformation from bookish nerd to street-smart warrior to survive when he jumps the Food Train for the desolate wasteland that was once suburbia in a desperate search for Danny and his dog, Zonk.

Branded a criminal by a community of outcasts and condemned to death, Richard is rescued by streetwise Carrie, who joins in his search. As they trek across the remnants of civilization, facing criminal gangs, renegade militias, and the hardships of the road, their friendship evolves into something more.

The trail finally unwinds at a deserted complex in the remotest corner of the sprawling suburbs. The incredible secret they uncover there will alter their lives and their world forever. Continue reading

True Friends by Robert Collins

It’s the fall of 1983. David Chalmers is a high school senior who hangs around with a group of fellow science-fiction fans, but feels few attachments to them. Alison Hughes runs with the popular crowd, but she’s as smart as she is pretty, and wonders if they’re becoming predictable.

Over the course of a few weeks events will cause David and Alison to think about what it means to be friends. Are friends just people you spend time with? What does it mean when you’re someone’s friend? Why should any of that be important? Continue reading

Scary Mary by S.A. Hunter

The dead speak to her. She wishes they’d shut up.

Mary just wants to be left alone, but the jocks, cheerleaders, and ghosts won’t stop harassing her. When new student Cyrus starts school, he tries to befriend her. That’s a rare thing for the school freak, but her unusual abilities put a rift in their budding friendship when she has to tell him that his home is haunted and not by Casper, the friendly ghost. Continue reading