Literary Fiction – Skyline: Tales of Manhattan

Skyline Tales of ManhattanSkyline: Tales of Manhattan
By William Ivor Fowkes
ISBN: 978-1517715502
ASIN: B018YNJ0AU
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
ASIN: B01MR8AVCX
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…..

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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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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
ASIN: B00WYZ2TN0
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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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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Literary Magical Realism – Unpredictable Worlds: Stories

Unpredictable WorldsUnpredictable Worlds: Stories
By Jessica Knauss
Publisher: Açedrex Publishing
Published: May 2015
ISBN: 978-1511707367 (paperback)
ISBN: 978-1937291730 (ebook)
ASIN: B00VU4IC5U
Genre: magical realism, literary, short stories, contemporary women

A teacher controls her students with an edible microchip. A reporter turns into a rhinoceros. A couple’s efforts to eat local go frighteningly awry. If you’re looking to be surprised, puzzled, or just plain entertained, pick up this omnibus. There’s something for everyone!

More than twenty years in the making, UNPREDICTABLE WORLDS contains all of Jessica Knauss’s published and prize-winning short fiction as of March 2015 and a few of her best stories never before seen in print or ebook. Zany plots and outrageous characters will stretch your belief and tug at your heart.

These stories contain exaggeration, elision, disregard for “the real world.” Some even exhibit a tone of blatant optimism. However, they respect human speech patterns, admire good grammar, and hold proper punctuation in the highest regard.

Unpredictable Worlds AuthorAbout the Author:
Born and raised in Northern California, Jessica Knauss is a New Englander by design. She has worked as a librarian and a Spanish teacher and earned a PhD in Medieval Spanish Literature before entering the publishing world as an editor. She has published fiction, poetry, and nonfiction in numerous venues. Her acclaimed novella, TREE/HOUSE, is also currently available, and her contemporary paranormal AWASH IN TALENT is coming soon. Get updates on her writing at her blog: jessicaknauss.blogspot.com.

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