Literary Fiction – Skyline: Tales of Manhattan

Skyline Tales of ManhattanSkyline: Tales of Manhattan
By William Ivor Fowkes
ISBN: 978-1517715502
Pages: 265
Genre: Literary Fiction, Short Story Collection

In SKYLINE: TALES OF MANHATTAN, award-winning playwright and author William Ivor Fowkes presents stories of New Yorkers—gay, straight, and confused—making startling connections and discoveries. On the West Side, a man approaching his 60th birthday tries a new haircut, with disastrous consequences. On the East Side, a Park Avenue Republican gets a taste of life on the “down low” in Central Park. In the East Village, a struggling writer papers his kitchen wall with rejection letters. In SoHo, a graphic designer takes drastic steps to get the attention of her editor. At MOMA, a woman physically attacks a man examining a sculpture she doesn’t like. Downtown, a transplanted New Orleans cabaret singer deals with life and love in the aftermath of 9/11. There are 19 stories in all—enough to demonstrate that Manhattan’s residents are just as striking as the city’s celebrated skyline.



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Skyline Tales of Manhattan Author William Ivor FowkesAbout the Author:
William Ivor Fowkes is a playwright and author based in Manhattan and Connecticut. His short fiction has been published in many literary journals. His plays have been presented in 20 states and the District of Columbia. Several have been published. Several have been broadcast on the radio. His full-length plays include ALL IN THE FACULTY (Dramatists Play Service), SUNSHINE QUEST (Fresh Fruit Festival), PRIVATE PROPERTY (The Players Ring), THE BEST PLACE WE’VE EVER LIVED (Love Creek Productions), COUPLE OF THE CENTURY (Downtown Urban Theater Festival), THE GERMAN LESSON (Great Plains Theatre Conference Playlabs), and others. His short plays include THE DAKOTA (Best Short Play, Downtown Urban Theater Festival), THE BRAZILIAN DILEMMA (First Prize, McLean Drama Company; film version by Collective NY Films), THE NEXT MOVE (Best New One-Act Play, Brevard Theater), THE SESSION (Pushcart Prize Nominee), TABLE MANNERS IN CHICAGOLAND (Winner, Nor’Eastern Play Writing Contest), AN ACCIDENT IN THE PARK (William Inge Theatre Festival), A REMARKABLE MAN (Gallery Players, Brooklyn), and others. He has been a FINALIST for the Reva Shiner Comedy Award (Bloomington Playwrights Project) and the W. Keith Hedrick Playwriting Contest (HRC Showcase Theatre) and a SEMI-FINALIST for the Playwrights First Award (National Arts Club), the Promising Playwright Award (Colonial Players, MD), and the Princess Grace Playwriting Award. He is a graduate of Yale University (B.A., magna cum laude) and Northwestern University (M.A., PhD) and a member of the Dramatists Guild and the Pulse Ensemble Theatre Playwrights’ Lab. He was formerly a philosophy professor and a marketing executive at several media companies, including Showtime and HBO. He is married to Stephen Michael Smith, a music conductor. His daughters, Laura and Julia, work in the fashion industry in New York City.

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Modern Short Stories – Driving In Budapest

Driving in BudapestDriving In Budapest
By Gary V. Brill
Published: March 2016
ISBN: 9781491289235
Pages: 231
Genre: Modern Short Stories

Named to Kirkus Reviews “Best Books of 2016”.

“Elegantly written … Moving, descriptive and seductive urban tales.”

“Driving In Budapest” is about how different people navigate their way through life while trying to also navigate their way through one of Europe’s most interesting and beautiful capitals. It is about love and loss, about hope and despair, about growing and moving ahead or not, about life…..



Driving In Budapest Author Gary V. BrillAbout the Author:
Gary V. Brill spent ten years living in Budapest with his family.  Before that he spent 30 years as a pilot, being fortunate to be able to work and travel all over the world. Some folks say he plays a mean blues rhythm guitar.

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Suspense/Thriller Short Stories – Short Stories Includes ‘Ruth’ and ‘Nightmares’

Short StoriesShort Stories: Includes ‘Ruth’ and ‘Nightmares’
By Thomas Ryan
Publisher: Far and Wide Publishing
ISBN: 978-0473257217
Pages: 138
Genre: Short Stories, Suspense, Thriller

Award winning thriller novelist, Thomas Ryan, is a prolific writer of short stories. Ryan’s short story’s span the spectrum of human emotions, from the creepy ‘Nightmares’, to the fun and humour of ‘The World’s Biggest Bun’. Ryan believes all good short stories should have unexpected twists and turns. Applying his thriller writing skills he manages to achieve this end and readers will find Ryan’s short story writing gripping but also easy to read. Quoting a recent review, ‘these are very intriguing, original stories, all well written and enjoyable. Ryan really gets inside his characters and makes their world our world, whatever its moral code or unwritten rules. These stories are powerful and stay with you once you’ve finished them.

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Short Stories 2Short Stories Volume 2
Incudes ‘John Wayne’ and ‘Gerry’
Publisher: Far and Wide Publishing
Published: February 2015
ISBN: 978-0473318017

Award winning thriller novelist, Thomas Ryan, is also a prolific writer of short stories and he brings more of his sense of fun and adventure to his new collection, Short Stories Volume 2. From the creepy ‘Gerry’ to the humour of ‘Holmes for Christmas’ and the human drama of ‘The Best of Times’, there is more than enough variety to keep readers captivated.

Ryan believes all good short stories should have unexpected twists and turns and be entertaining to read. Applying his thriller techniques he manages to achieve this end with the suspenseful ‘Wooden Sword’ and ‘The Chest’ but it is in one of the short story’s ‘John Wayne’ Ryan displays his accomplished storytelling skills as he follows an episode in the famous actor’s life where he almost brought about an end to the Second World War and walked on a beach with Eva Peron.

Quoting a recent reviewer of Thomas Ryan’s work, ‘these are very intriguing, original stories, all well written and enjoyable. Ryan really gets inside his characters and makes their world our world, whatever its moral code or unwritten rules. His stories are powerful and stay with you once you’ve finished them.’ Readers will find Ryan’s short story writing gripping and easy to read. Short Stories Volume 2 by Thomas Ryan are a must read.

Short Stories 3The Field of Blackbirds
A Jeff Bradley Thriller
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Published: May 2015
ISBN: 978-1477830093

Former SAS soldier Jeff Bradley thought he had left warzones behind when he inherited a vineyard in rural New Zealand. But now his vineyard manager, Arben Shala, has gone missing in his native Kosovo. An enigmatic message tells Jeff that his friend is in grave danger.

Determined to find Arben and bring him home, Jeff travels to Kosovo and finds a lawless state in the grip of criminal gangs. Corrupt officials obscure every lead. With the help of USAID director Morgan Delaney, Jeff delves into the province’s seedy underworld and uncovers a conspiracy of terrifying scale. A web of dark connections links the captors with a terrorist bombing campaign across Europe, and now it is no longer just Arben whose survival is at stake.

Double-crossed by allies, watched at every turn, can Jeff get to the heart of the conflict before the warlords get to him?

Short Stories 4The Mark of Halam
A Jeff Bradley Thriller
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Published: August 2015
ISBN: 978-1503946422

USS Ulysses: State-of-the-art nuclear submarine. Deterrent. Target.

When an Olympic medalist is the subject of an attempted assassination, former SAS trooper Jeff Bradley knows his past is once again casting a shadow over his new life. A note left by the assassin confirms his suspicions: Bradley made an enemy back in Kosovo, and the man is out for revenge. But Jeff knows the killer is not working alone: higher up the ranks sits Avni Leka, a terrorist warlord who will stop at nothing to achieve his bloody goal.

And it’s not just Bradley who is under threat. A hijacking leads him to sense something bigger is being planned—a plot that, if successful, will end thousands of innocent lives, and could light the touchpaper of global conflict.

He can’t allow it to happen. But events are spiralling out of control. Bradley knows he must reach the eye of the storm before it tears his world apart.

Short Stories AuthorAbout the Author:

Award winning novelist, Thomas Ryan, has been a soldier in a theatre of war, he has traded in Eastern Europe, trampled the jungles of Asia, and struggled through the trials of love and loss. Armed with these life experiences Ryan turned to writing thriller novels and short stories. Ryan considers himself a story teller, a creator who has enthusiastically plunged his psyche into the world of creativity and fantasy. With the reader in mind he weaves colourful characters into the threads of his riveting storylines. Taking readers on a thrilling journey is what motivates Ryan as a writer. Find out more about Thomas Ryan and his books on his official website

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Historical Sci-fi Short Stories – Sergeant Stone

Sergeant StoneSergeant Stone
Sentinel of the Crescent City
By Daniel Barker
Publisher: iUniverse
Published: April 2015
ISBN: 978-1491766774
Pages: 242
Genre: Short Stories, Historical & Science Fiction

Sergeant Stone, Sentinel of the Crescent City follows the adventures of a superhuman time traveler’s adventures through history as he struggles both to protect Earth’s timeline from malevolent outside interference and to understand humanity itself.

The inimitable Sergeant Stone returns with fifteen new short stories in this exciting follow up to Sergeant Stone, NOPD! He still guards the Crescent City against threats both ordinary and otherworldly, but that is not his only beat. Journey with him from the wars of ancient India to a dystopian future where a one-world state wields irresistible weapons against a rebellious populace. Along the way he will lay down the law in the Old West, join the French Foreign Legion in a desperate stand, explore the seas in a Viking longship, fly a fighter plane over war-torn Europe, battle the Mafia, train with Shaolin monks, duel Nazi commandos, and witness the tragic final hours of the Byzantine Empire. There are adventures within New Orleans as well, a place so colorful that it is a microcosm of the world. It is there that he will meet the daunting challenge of marriage! And it is there that he will face the fight of his life when his deadly enemies finally find him…

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About the Author:
Daniel Barker is a New Orleans native with a BA in History from UNO.  As an Air Force C-130 Navigator and AC-130 Fire Control Officer, Daniel served in Afghanistan/Iraq and earned a Master’s in Military Science.  Daniel resides in Florida with his wife and four children.

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Humor Short Stories – Lensfogger’s BEST

Lensfogger's BESTLensfogger’s BEST
A Super-Hero’s Collection of Humor, Satire & Short Stories
By Roger Blake
Published: May 2015
ISBN: 978-1511665513
Pages: 232
Genre: Fiction, Humor, Satire, Short Stories

Every super-hero has an alter-ego. Dodger Lensfogger, who is our narrator through most of these stories, is no different, except that he has multiple identities and speaks with many voices. Dodger’s characters routinely surface in response to situations or people who interest him, whether he finds them stimulating, challenging or even offensive. He writes about himself or others in the first person or third person, whatever feels best for the story. He also allows no limits to his inspiration or writing style. Each work, whether whimsical, a touch off-color or intensely serious must be appreciated on its individual merits and intent.

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Roger Blake (a.k.a. Dodger Lensfogger) started writing the earliest of these stories, How the World I Saved, over 35 years ago in 1988. He remembers typing away on his word processor in the converted loft of an old railroad depot. Dust would shake off the rafters covering him and his work every time a train rumbled through. Some stories were conceived in the sleeping compartments of semi-trucks as he crisscrossed the country during the late 1990s through 2005.

Blake’s life has been a pursuit of creativity wherever he could find it. Another apt description would be “a tattered masterpiece of jobs and careers that should have worked but never did.” His careers have included flying in the Navy, commercial real estate and truck driving – all interspersed with periods when he dropped out to survive doing other things – like being a waiter, jeep tour driver, cabbie, bartender, inn keeper, gallery owner, car salesman, photographer and artist. None of his many, many jobs ever compared to the passion and fulfillment that he receives from art and writing.

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