Tag: Short Story

Lost and Found: Free Inspirational eBook for Christmas

Editor’s Note: LOST AND FOUND offers a series of heartwarming short stories, sure to get you in the Christmas spirit! 

Book Description: Written over the years by Reverend Wendell Mettey for his congregations, this collection of short stories has a timelessness that appeals to readers of all ages. Like us all, these characters struggle with doubt, fear, resentment, and loss of hope. But in the end, they discover the true meaning of Christmas and the gift that comes with faith. 

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Lost Tales of Power: Free eBook

Everything was going great for Vydor. He was on his way to gaining a high-ranking position in the Imperial Navy’s security forces and was recently assigned to the flagship, the Dragon Claw. His life changes when the Dragon Claw and her command fleet are sent into deep space to investigate an unusual incident. Suddenly Vydor finds himself confronted with powerful enemies, new friends, and knowledge that turns his world upside down. 


Clean Teeth, Dead Breath (Ennis Fletcher Short Story Murder Mysteries series 1): Free for Kindle

Editor’s Note: First in the Detective Ennis Fletcher Short Story Murder Mysteries, this easy reading is reminiscent of The Readers’ Digest condensed book series.  

Book Description:  Something went terribly wrong in the city of Savannah, Georgia. Italian-born Carla Romano is the veterinarian-assistant at Rick’s Pet Clinic. She is held responsible when a little dog’s routine teeth cleaning goes awry, resulting in a shooting death at the clinic. Detective Ennis Fletcher, along with his two deputies, set out to solve the murder and along the way discover a small-time drug smuggling ring.

Author’s Inspiration:  The inspiration for “Clean Teeth, Dead Breath” came out of nowhere when I was giving my doggie some minty gel to aid in cleaning her teeth. I thought “If anything happened to my dog at the veterinarian’s during a teeth cleaning, I’d kill the vet!” (Obviously I wouldn’t — but the thought was there!

I watch an awful lot of TV shows that are “good old crime-detective” based – you can’t beat a mystery! Thing is, I didn’t want to write an eBook that takes days to get through; it’s too easy to lose the plot. I decided to do a series of short stories instead. 

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Alexa Cossington loved the Readers’ Digest condensed books. Why? She says she could finish reading a story in “one sitting.” She set out to recreate that idea in her first series starring Detective Ennis Fletcher, along with his two deputies, Hanes and Markham. Having visited the historic city of Savannah a few times, Alexa decided to base her book series there. We’re glad she did, and we hope you enjoy reading her stories too!


Incarcerated : Free Kindle eBook

Editor’s Note: Looking for a quick read? We’ve found a zombie story that may be short on length but long on action and entertainment!  

THe gruesome story will keep you on the edge of your seat! 

Book Description: Bill Sanders is an innocent man on death row being wrongfully accused of killing his wife. A new inmate enters the prison with a bite mark on his hand that triggers a zombie outbreak inside and outside of the prison. How will Bill choose? Should he should stay secure in the prison or get back his freedom amongst a zombie apocalypse?

Fans of Max Brooks will love INCARCERATED! 

Author’s Inspiration: A friend of mine is a corrections officer at the prison in Pittsburgh. He would tell me stories of the violence that took place on a daily basis by the prisoners and the danger he had to experience. This gave me a good vision since I have never been in jail. Months later I was watching Stephen King’s “The Stand” on Netflix. There was a scene where one of the villains (Lloyd Henreid) was trapped in a prison cell and there was no one left alive to get him out. I had a cool scene pop in my head of zombies reaching through the bars and immediately started writing.

Actor Who Would Play the Main Character: Dylan McDermott



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James Straka


I’m a big fan of horror whether it’s on television, movies, or reading a good Stephen King book. When I write, I try to cram in as many scary scenes as possible to create a piece of writing that people will find difficult to put down. I live in Monroeville, PA with my wife Julia and our daughter Jillian. Our house is minutes away from the Monroeville Mall, where “Dawn of the Dead” was filmed.

Favorite Food: My favorite food would have to be either Mexican or pizza.

Favorite Place to Write: I write in a spare bedroom that my wife and I converted into an office. I love sitting at my desk and drinking a hot cup of coffee while listening to some 80’s glam metal. For some reason this relaxes me to write more than sitting in silence.

Favorite TV Show: My wife Julia and I are big fans of “The Walking Dead”, “American Horror Story”, True Blood”, and most recently “Bates Motel”.

Amidst Traffic: Free Kindle Book

Editor’s Note: This is a collection of literary and theological short stories, compiled from the author’s best work over the years. If you’re looking for a bit of Christian Fiction to read, grab this one!

A unique collection of engaging symbolic poetic prose that challenges the reader to reflect on the potential impact of one life on another.

Book Description:
“Amidst Traffic” is a collection of high-caliber, interconnected short stories with a literary flair:

A short-order cook digs a hole in his back yard to escape nightmares of mutilated children; A woman covers her body in tattoos to hold on to emotions that continue to slip away; A soldier who returns home from Iraq struggles with the idea of gratitude, which, if resolved, may save his marriage; A man begins a game of watching strangers to see what it feels like to play God.

All of these stories, and others, are linked somehow. With each tale, more lines and connections begin to form. What initially feels like chaos, gradually begins to take order. A purpose exists that is unveiled by the end.

Every story is crafted with a sense of compassion for the human spirit, while seeking answers about the conflicts we live through in everyday life. The characters in these stories will make you care about their struggles and hope for their redemption.

Those who like Cormac McCarthy, Richard Bausch, Tobias Wolff, Raymond Carver, or Tim O’Brien will like AMIDST TRAFFIC.  

Author’s Inspiration:  This collection was written in reaction to the existential movement in contemporary literary fiction. These stories show the meaning behind human connections and the impact people have one the lives of others.

Actor Who Would Play the Main Character: Jared Leto

From the Book:  Lyonya defined her life by the tattooed words scribbled on her skin. They ran like trails of broken thoughts. Idioms lost, clashing against one another like cars mangled across a stretch of highway. Those tattoos. They were a habit among her many.

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Michel Sauret


Michel Sauret earned the title of Army Journalist of the Year in 2008 for his writing in Iraq. His short stories have been published internationally and included in the “Best New Writing” anthology. He is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh’s English Writing department and writes in a style that evokes strong emotions with compelling characters who often battle inner struggles.
What is your favorite food?: You can’t go wrong with Pizza. But the best pizza is the Neapolitan style, of Naples, which is the birth place of the best and most-consumed food on earth!



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Little Terrors : Free Kindle Book

Editor’s Note: LITTLE TERRORS is a collection of chillingly scary short stories sure to make you shiver in fear!  

Little Terrors is a thrilling and fascinating amalgamation of literary genres and intuitive storytelling!

Book Description: A unique, thrilling, and haunting compilation of horror and ghost stories. From the psychotic and sociopathic monologues of Polystyrene Man and Last Words; the eerie tales of The Sleepover and When the Reaper Smiles; to the bitter sentiments of Wipeout and the redemptive misery of Ante Up, Little Terrors offers an eclectic mix of the horror genre.

Those who love Stephen King, Joe Hill, and Clive Baker will love LITTLE TERRORS.  

Author’s Inspiration:  I’ve always loved to read and write short stories. The first thing I ever had published was a short story and since then (ten years ago) I always find time away from novel writing to pen a few shorts. Writing novels can be a frustrating business, it’s a long and sometimes tedious process, but with short stories you can get the story idea fleshed out quickly and have an end product within a day or two.

From the Book: Extract from “Wipeout” a story about a bitter old woman and her problem neighbour:

As she sat and listened to the song she clenched her jaw and ground her hardened gums. 

Frankie, her next door neighbour, was an utter contemptuous bastard. There was no denying it. If the past few nights, and indeed the last ten years, was anything to go by, then this repetitive hippy bullshit wouldn’t let up for another hour. By then she’d be wide awake; her tablets worn off, her day ruined.

She grabbed at the phone, dialled 999.

“The bastard’s at it again,” she told the operator straight away. 

The operator sighed. She recognised the voice and the number showing on her screen. “Mrs Henderson, I’ve told you–”

“You’ve told me nothing,” she interrupted aggressively. “I’m sick of this. I’m seventy-fucking-five years old. I shouldn’t have to put up with this shit!”

“Listen, Martha, may I call you Martha?”

“Noyoumayfuckingnot,” she hissed in one breath.

“Mrs Henderson. We’ve sent the police out far too many times, we’ve told you before, this is an issue that you need to resolve with–”

“Fuck you!” Martha spat.

“Excuse me?”

“You heard me.”

She slammed the phone down, muttering obscenities under her breath.

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This book is free 3/22-3/23.

David Jester


David Jester is the pseudonym of a novelist and short story writer living in the North East of England. Author of several comedy and horror titles including the best selling comedy An Idiot in Love and the Forever After series, David has been a professional writer for over ten years and also writes under a popular Thriller/Suspense pseudonym. 


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The Hankering (A Short Story) : Free Kindle Book

Editor’s Note: THE HANKERING is a short story full of the three d’s for a good quick read : drinking, debauchery, and double-dealing!

You are drawn in to the lives of the characters and their surroundings. I just wish it didn’t end so soon!

Book Description: The Hankering is a short story about a 1920’s juke joint and the chaos that arises between the corrupt cops that raid the establishment and the hot-tempered owner. Lots of drinking, debauchery, and double-dealing.

Those who enjoyed Terry McMillan’s Mama and Toni Morrison’s Sulawill enjoy THE HANKERING.  

Author’s Inspiration:  I wanted to try to capture the essence of a colored barrelhouse during the early 1900’s.

Actor Who Would Play the Main Character: Jada Pinkett Smith

From the Book: Buford Tee thought back to the first time he ever saw Miss Carmelia. It was at the Hankering the night her ex-husband was killed. The Hankering was located down by the railroad in Wayne County, open only on weekends, the only time most coloreds had off work. It was a place for them to get away from the weightiness of the workweek, and particularly, from their white employers, to enjoy a night or two of drinking, of course, but gambling, a little sex, or rather a lot of sex, and dancing also satisfying the desires of the patrons.

Locals made their way to the Hankering in a variety of ways: on horseback, by horse-drawn wagon loaded down with patrons, and even on tractors on loan for the evening from their employers, which pulled flatbed trailers filled with men and women desiring an evening of unbridled pleasure and unadulterated entertainment.


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This book is free 3/20-3/31.

Katrina Parker Williams


Katrina Parker Williams is the author of historical fiction and southern short stories. I love the short story medium because I want to try to capture the realism of the characters and southern locales as I am a southern gal, born and raised in the South. My writings reflect my southern heritage

Favorite Food: I love spaghetti and meatballs, lasagna, fried dill pickles, and deep-fried pecans.


Favorite Place to Write: My favorite place to write is in my bedroom late at night when everything is quiet. 


Favorite Music: I love Motown classics as I was raised on that kind of music, and it is incorporated into my writings at times. 


Favorite TV show: Law and Order



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Rizen: Free Kindle Book

Editor’s Note: We just can’t get enough of good Zombie stories- and there are FOUR in this collection!

A great collection of zombie stories for horror lovers!

Book Description: RIZEN is a short story collection set in a universe where a plauge has instigated a zombie apocalypse. These stories are chillingly scary…

Readers who liked World War Z will like RIZEN.



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This book is free 3/1 – 3/3.

Kirk Anderson


They smell awful, can’t talk and possess a single-minded hunger for human flesh. Zombies are the stuff of nightmares. Or if you’re like Kirk Anderson, they’re the kind of monster you daydream about. Kirk has always been fascinated with science fiction and horror, writing short stories in school and during his free time. Over time, his fascination has grown beyond simple tales of biting and being trapped in a confined space. Kirk’s desire to explore all stages of a zombie apocalypse is what drove him to publish RIZEN, a haunting collection of four loosely connected zombie short stories set in reverse chronological order and taking place over the span of 10 years.

Seeing Trouble: Free Kindle Book

Full of thrills and chills, a fun rollercoaster ride of a book!

Love the DEADWOOD MYSTERY SERIES? This short story is the perfect addition to your collection. It’s full of the characters you love – but no spoilers, so if you haven’t read them yet, no worries! Dive in!

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This book is free 12/26 – 12/27.

Ann Charles

A member of Sisters in Crime and Romance Writers of America for many moons, Ann has a B.A. in English with an emphasis on creative writing from the University of Washington. She is currently toiling away on her next book, wishing she was on a Mexican beach with an ice-cold Corona in one hand and her Kindle in the other. When she is not dabbling in fiction, she is arm wrestling with her two kids, attempting to seduce her husband, and arguing with her sassy cat.


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