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|Mystery of the Black Hollow||theLink||Novel||Young Adult||6||n/a||Apr 6, 2014|
Summary:SUMMARY: Three young friends are determined to discover the truth about the mysterious Black Hollow that plagues their clan. Patrollers near the Hollow are regularly disappearing, but the clan’s Elders seem unable to do anything about it. EOD is the female leader of the group, wise for her age, inquisitive, balanced, and a peace maker. WOC, also a girl, is her best friend. Energetic, impulsive, brave, and intuitive, Woc is the driving force behind their commitment to face the Hollow. STRAH, a boy, is bright, logical, cautious, and fearful. The trio seeks the help and counsel of ODO, an old hermit who long ago lost two offspring to the Hollow. To ensure the three are ready to face the dangers ahead, Odo requires them to meet several difficult challenges, most of which the reader can participate in. After each success, Odo shares a clue about the Hollow in the form of a riddle. Together, the trio faces his challenges, sorts out the clues, and visits the Hollow. They watch in horror as another clan brother is taken by a large beast, they figure out what lures the patrollers into the Hollow, and they face a beast, themselves, head on and survive. They leave the Hollow armed with sufficient knowledge to ensure that no clan member will ever again be taken, but some of the Hollow's mysteries remain for the Elders to decipher. All three come into their own as they together face the hermit’s challenges and the harsh realities of the Black Hollow. In the process, their friendship deepens and matures, and each one is changed. But, as the surprise ending reveals, all is not as it seems.
|THERE'S THIS WOMAN||knighthawk||Novel||Fantasy||4||n/a||Jan 27, 2014|
Summary:Murkana Dawn, Captain of the Rimarran Dragoons, was born to fight, but sworn to justice. Three years ago the fame that came with the poems her comrade and chief scout, Dolos Gyall, composed to celebrate her numerous military triumphs compelled her jealous superiors to banish her and Gyall to the southernmost border of the Kingdom of Rimar, tasked with patrolling the brutal Yanos Desert against incursion by their Abissaran neighbors to the south and the fierce and wild Yanos Clansmen for whom raiding is a way of life. Now Yanos Clansmen have rampaged across the countryside, kidnapped a mysterious girl, and fled back into Abissarra, knowing it is forbidden for Murkana, Gyall, and the Dragoons to follow, but the denizens of the Yanos are about to learn the hard way why they call Murkana and Gyall, Black Dawn and Madlaugher.
|A Sense of Sacrifice (The Law of Eight: Book III)||Nicholas Andrews||Novel||Fantasy||3||n/a||Sep 29, 2013|
Nerris and Len-Ahl continue to traverse the Faery Footpath. But all is not well. Qabala and her minions have stolen the Dagger of Paral, leaving them with no knowledge on how to find the next marker. The only solution is to chase the Yagol queen down, but how to do that when they keep getting sidetracked?
The quest for the Elemental Stone continues in the third part of this epic series. Finding that stone is the only way to stop Queen Qabala and Eversor from dominating existence itself, if they can get to it first. But as they near their journey's end, Nerris must confront the very ghosts of his past and find some way to live with them in the present before they destroy his fellowship for good.
|Trades - the end||Bonnie Milani||Short Story||Science Fiction||3||1.05||Sep 29, 2013|
Summary:THE END at last!
|Trades 5||Bonnie Milani||Short Story||Science Fiction||2||0.00||Sep 29, 2013|
Summary:Sci fi noir - part 5 Big notes only, please
|Trades 4||Bonnie Milani||Short Story||Science Fiction||4||3.06||Sep 29, 2013|
|Trades 1||Bonnie Milani||Short Story||Science Fiction||5||2.18||Sep 29, 2013|
Summary:SUMMARY: this is part 1 of a short story set (for those of you who remember it) in the Home World universe. It's sci fi noir: think Raymond Chandler meets Star Wars in Casablanca. Looking for big notes on structure, plot logic, & character arc. APOLOGIES IN ADVANCE FOR THE FORMATTING! All I can say is that the formatting's FINE until the site demons sink their claws into it.
|Trades 3||Bonnie Milani||Short Story||Science Fiction||3||2.39||Sep 29, 2013|
Summary:Segment #3 Sci fi noir - big notes only, please.
|Trades 2||Bonnie Milani||Short Story||Science Fiction||4||2.35||Sep 29, 2013|
Summary:Sci Fi Noir - Part 2 Raymond Chandler meets Star Wars in Casablanca
|The Sorcerer's Progress, Vol 1: Children and Beasts||njc||Novel||Fantasy||5||n/a||Aug 27, 2013|
Summary:More of the story's themes are going to come out as I continue to post, so I'll give you the full (provisional) titles so far: The Sorcerer's Progress/Account I: Original Sin/Section 1: Ceremony of Innocence/Volume 1: Children and Beasts. Sorry to confuse all who've reviewed it so far. The repub's and new chapters forthcoming will bring in Mellaen's activities while her daughter is in training. Massive action will still wait a while. This story is (still) in its early project stage. I'm working on the outline of a story that should WELL exceed 200,000 words. As I go, I write episodes and sections to see how they work--and to see if I can actually handle the material. So these "chapters" are episodes, connected or disconnected. I'll try to give you enough background to follow along with things. Although it's under the fantasy genre, I prefer to call it a story set in a fantasy world. It's quasi-medieval; sorcery is a surrogate for medicine and technology. This isn't the magic of Harry Potter; it's the manipulation of Elemental Power present "naturally." I quote the word because there is a creation myth involved. I'm not sure how far into the story it will be presented.
|Five boys and a Dolphin named Sona||Kay Lovell||Novel||Action and Adventure||0||n/a||Jul 27, 2013|
Summary:A young Adult adventure, as the title says five boys and a dolphin who was washed up on a cornish beach. They call her Sona, then the find that the Navy are responsible for the disruption of the dolphins radar system as they are off shore testing a submarine. The boys go all out to stop the trials, becoming a nuisance to the naval ship that is off shore; buzzing them in a powerful rubber dinghy. Eventually meeting up with the Admiral who is based at Plymouth. Dolphins were washed up on the shore causing distress to them and to their saviors, people who care. Naval trials off the Cornish coast were responsible for the deaths of Dolphins in the late 1990's early 2000. This is a fictional story based upon facts. Our young hero can talk to the dolphins, he saves the calf of Sona who is entangled in part of a fishing net. Alls well that ends well, the boys are given recognition for the part they played in making the navy aware of the damage they were causing.
|Talon: The Pack||Jordan04||Novel||Young Adult||9||n/a||Jun 18, 2013|
Summary:Five hundred years from now… Sixteen year old Talon and her crew were created as part of a genetic experiment; each member of The Pack has the ability to morph into a specific animal. Subject to cruel emotional and physical experiments, Talon sprang her crew from the lab. Now, the kids work as thieves for hire for anyone on the continent who pays. Pulled apart by war, the United States is a distant memory and the continent of North America is divided into 63 countries. But the tensions between countries are building, and the abduction of a president’s children could draw the continent into war. Talon and her Pack are hired in a last ditch attempt to rescue the kids and prevent an all-out war. But the job may be more than Talon bargained for, as their biggest secret, their ability to morph, could be revealed to the very people Talon is trying to hide from.
|The Jada Agenda||Mark S Goldberg||Novel||Action and Adventure||4||n/a||Jun 6, 2013|
Summary:Aubrey Carlisle is a First Grade teacher. She's also a masked, 6'2", leather-wearing, motorcycle-riding, vengeance-driven killer of pedophiles. She finds them before the cops do. Then she calls and has them clean up after her. All of Miami thinks Aubrey is a man. That's why the papers have mis-labeled her Mr. Vengeance. But murder is still murder. Can Aubrey continue to evade the police, while carrying out her brand of justice? In The Jada Agenda, Aubrey's favorite student is abducted. With the help of Aubrey's seventeen-year-old computer genius, Source, she sets out to find the pedophile; a man who is closer than she realizes.
|The Mandates of Magic||amy s||Novel||Fantasy||9||n/a||Oct 9, 2012|
Summary:As a half-elf, Kha was just moving into his prime. He was a Master at largest school of magic in the Known World. He could pursue his interests, teach the upcoming generation and influence the world. That all changed after the Earthwound. After a hellish disaster in that cave, Kha and his friends scattered to the winds, each injured in their own way. Alone, they each have a set of skills. Together, they compliment each other and potentiate each other's gifts. The story begins with Kha's attempt to reunite with another one of the "Wolves". He doesn't have much time, either. Kha is dying. However, he knows that magic can make miracles. Let the games begin! Thanks in advance for any and all feedback. Feel free to rip this apart and point out any and all flaws. I'm not looking to be complimented. I want you to be truthful. I dare you!
|A Season in Cape York||silver_pencil||Novel||Young Adult||0||n/a||Jul 11, 2012|
Summary:This novel is set in a remote indigenous mining town in Cape York Australia. The book is a coming of age story about a young women, Sam Tucker, and her friends. For Sam's 18th birthday, rather than another backyard party gatecrashed by everyone, she convinces her closest friends to going camping at Deadman's Crossing and the events that unfold change their lives forever. The story is about finding adventure, friendship, loyalty, love and betrayal. It confronts issues that face every day teenagers living in Australia and especially in Cape York such as drugs, alcohol, and the complications of relationships and cultural pressure. I've never written anything before. My recent addiction to blogging sparked an interest in writing and a sense of purpose(http:/firstname.lastname@example.org) I found this site to be be a fantastic avenue to learn and mature my literary skills. All feedback - absolutely everything - would be greatly appreciated. Don't hold back.
|Stolen Destiny||TELawrence||Novel||Fantasy||2||n/a||Jul 9, 2012|
Summary:To impress a girl, an ugly young man undertakes a robbery, and inadvertently kills someone. This sets off a chain of events which changes the course of history. This is an early work of mine which has undergone significant rewrites, and I am on the verge of sending it to market. I would like some honest opinions about its readability, characterizations, idea content, and literary merit (if any).
|Northern Extremities||martin m. meiss||Novel||Commercial Fiction||2||n/a||Jun 19, 2012|
Summary:-- Strongest Start Six entry -- A floatplane leaves comedian Kenny McIntyre at a remote northern lake. He is fresh out of drug rehab and needs time and solitude for healing. Instead, he finds a brutally tortured woman behind his cabin. Maureen is naked, covered head-to-toe with tar, and dying. Kenny saves her and learns that she killed one of her attackers before escaping through the woods. How long before the other kidnappers track her to the cabin? What will Kenny and Maureen do when they show up?
|Into the Fog, Dawn of the Tiger||C J Driftwood||Novel||Commercial Fiction||12||n/a||Jun 12, 2012|
Summary:Kelly Broden is a ten-year-old with a knack for trouble, but a fresh perspective on the world around her. In her wanderings she befriends the town drunk (an ex-BOI agent), witnesses a blackmailing by a mobster, and becomes a prime witness in a murder investigation. Life in small town Middleton may seem quiet and secure, but an undercurrent of evil runs through both its past and future. Chief Broden, Kelly’s father, must discover the source and put the pieces together as a rash of murders plague the nearby train depot and eventually a citizen of his town. However, he doesn’t know his daughter is hooked into this undercurrent. In her nightmares the killer presents himself as a tiger out for blood...in the end, her blood. This is the first of a Trilogy. It has not been professionally edited. I would appreciate any feedback.
|The Seraph Contingency: Anael's Tale||J_A_Fales||Novel||Fantasy||2||n/a||Jun 6, 2012|
Summary:This is a novel I'm working on currently. I'm about eight chapters in- the first is fairly short. The other chapters are a bit longer (around 2500-3500 words each). My goal is 15 chapters, trying to average around 3750 per chapter to have a 300-ish page paperback novel. - My main characters are Anael and the transporter demon (Gaap) that the bar owner contacts for help at the end of the first chapter. It's romance, fantasy, and adventure all rolled into one - and takes place between Hell and Topside (the living world), with a little bit of Purgatory pulled in here and there. As for your feedback, anything constructive is welcome. The obvious things would be typos and any phrasing that feels awkward. Anything you'd like to see expanded in any chapter (descriptions, etc), or anything you feel is missing in images, tone or content, and comments on what you like about the scene or my style are all welcome. Note: I have a vivid imagination, and a strong sense of humor and I tend to thread serious and funny together at times That's just how my mind works, because of how my life is and has been over the years. Tragedy and comedy are often close acquaintances in life. You laugh, you cry, you learn, and you try your darnedest to have fun ... that's what it's all about.
|The Legend of Draconis, Book I: King Satin's Realm (Much Revised)||Janet Taylor-Perry||Novel||Fantasy||5||n/a||Jun 5, 2012|
Summary:Aidan O’Rourke never dreams that talking to old Diggory Danaher will take him on an adventure of a lifetime. After months of stories about a mythical island and his father, Aidan decides to find out for himself if his father is alive and living as a panther on the mythical island. Stowaway wives, a lost father, bewitched human beings, a wicked witch, pirates, and friendly dragons combine to draw Aidan into a web of intrigue of good versus evil as he becomes the champion of a land that only exceptional men can reach. Aidan proves how exceptional he truly is through the power of faith and unconditional love. Set between sixteenth century Ireland and a timeless, mythical island kingdom called Draconis, King Satin’s Realm relates the saga of four generations of the O’Rourke family as they battle evil in a strange world after finding it in turmoil. The O’Rourkes seem to be called to this enchanted world to be its champions. However, not even a place of such mystery can quell the wanderlust born in the O’Rourke family. Feedback on dialogue, character development, readability, description, and appeal to the audience. Yes, the word is SATIN. I can spell; it is not Satan. This story is as much family saga as fantasy, but there is no family saga category. King Satin's Realm is the first in a series of four books, which will span 600 years in the lives of The Clan O'Rourke and the unbreakable connection of mind and spirit to the dragons of Draconis. This is the first novel I ever wrote in 2000. It has sat on the self and is now ready to sprout wings and soar. This story was my salvation at the darkest point of my life. Enjoy.
|The Imagination Book||RaphiHails||Novel||Young Adult||1||n/a||May 14, 2012|
Summary:All feedback welcomed Zachary is a little boy that is always disappointed by his father, Timothy. Timothy has allowed himself to be overrun with responsibility that prevents him from spending time with his son. When Zachary finds Timothy's old "Imagination Book", it leads the two on an exciting adventure.
|Secrets of the Stonechaser (Book I of The Law of Eight)||Nicholas Andrews||Novel||Fantasy||3||n/a||Apr 8, 2012|
If you decide to review, please start from Chapter 1.
At one time, Nerris Palada had been part of the Thrillseekers, an adventuring group legendary throughout the continent of Tormalia. After many years of winning the hearts of the people and being immortalized in song and story, they went their separate ways. Now a mercenary, Nerris has become deeply involved in the civil war gripping the country of Yagolhan, and is in a very dark place within his own soul.
But when evil forces emerge, Nerris is driven out of his army and left to fend for himself. When a chance encounter reunites Nerris with his friends in their home village, the Thrillseekers set off for one last grand adventure. Joined by the mysterious fledgling sorceress Len-Ahl, the fellowship soon finds itself on a mission much bigger than their own desires. What they seek could free the world from a dark threat that has gripped it since antiquity.
When the dust has settled between gods and godlings, kings and commoners, and magic and mystery, Nerris may sink back into darkness or come to relearn the joy, happiness and love he had forgotten.
|Pomegranate||Keen||Novel||Historical Fiction||5||n/a||Mar 14, 2012|
Summary:This romantic adventure story with dark undertones is very much in the style of Arabian Nights in that it has stories told, from many characters, within the main story about a young woman called Bidi Baba. My main fear is whether it comes across as a bit Mills & Boon - something that is easy enough to do with a desert story. And is it compelling enough... I would love any general feedback and impressions and please bear in mind its written in UK English. Many thanks in advance, Keen
|Space Mission||a.y.anouchi||Novel||Action and Adventure||0||n/a||Feb 26, 2012|
Summary:The free world industrial revolution is endangered by the earth’s fast consumption of rare earth elements. Professor Avner Amram’s scientists develop a sophisticated spectroscopic instrument that can remotely detect the presence of critical rare earth elements in outer space. CIA, KGB and Mossad agents are entangled in spying and counter intelligence while searching for stolen plans and technology secrets related to space missions. Drawings and software are stolen from the Jet Propulsion Laboratories, copied and sent to the Kremlin. A mole recruited by a foreign country is arrested. Avner and his associates are drawn into the mayhem. They encounter industrial espionage and intrigues as they prepare for unmanned space probes. Secrets leaked to Russia result in a race of unmanned probes to Mars and asteroids. Avner’s team reaches a resolution with unexpected conclusions.
|The Chilli is Not the Whole Curry: One Woman, One Prophecy, Two Countries, and Two Adoptions||Sarah in India||Novel||Memoir||1||n/a||Dec 17, 2011|
Summary:My story is a novelistic yet factual account of my personal journey of moving to India with my husband. I am in search of adventure and motherhood, but as I struggle to find my feet in a foreign land, I also traverse a rocky path to parenthood. It is a fortuneteller’s prophecy of a “dark-skinned child” which proves my hardest test; my emotional battle with infertility in a developing country makes me contemplate my need for birth children. India’s poverty (her street children, orphans, and child labourers) influences me to question my priorities, and I follow a path of personal growth that is lined with uncertainty and fear. When my husband and I decide to adopt a child we face another set of hurdles. Our touching journey leads us to Cambodia where the clairvoyant’s prediction comes true.
|The Midnight Man||Linkun Chen||Novel||Mystery and Crime||2||n/a||Dec 5, 2011|
Summary:My first novel about a Seattle writer who seeks to unravel the mystery behind his bizarre dreams.
|Red Tears||Cartophylus||Novel||Fantasy||5||n/a||Jun 5, 2011|
Summary:Kyrie Riddel and Cartophyllus Le Nécromant working as investigators for Prime Minister Spencer Cavendish, Duke of Devonshire and Coregent of the Kingdom of Ghaescagony discover Kyrie's former business partner, a smuggler named Edsal Halleck, murdered after she threatened to kill him because of his failure to pay a debt. But Edsal Halleck was murdered by magic that melted his eyes into red tears, burned out his pineal gland. When Cartophyllus attempts to speak to Halleck’s dead soul to lean what happened he discovers that in violation of the laws of magic, Halleck's soul has been destroyed. In a race against time, the two begin to search for clues to who might have wanted Halleck dead, who would have the power to destroy his soul, and who might have the motive to destroy him in that way. With the city watch intent on finding Kyrie guilty, and Eight Lords Inquisitor increasing concern that Cartophyllus is committing the darkest acts of blasphemy, the two follow a trail of clues across the city of London into the office of the Prime Minister himself to stop a plot to murder the Prince of Wales and so that Spence Cavendish can ascend to the thrown. I am looking for help with plotting, pacing, characters, and any other problems with the novel
|The Valley of the Dry Bones||radley||Novel||Young Adult||5||n/a||May 6, 2011|
Summary:This is a story about some teenagers who head out on a camping trip over the weekend. They run into some other teens who they know from school and, together, they come upon the 'Valley of the Dry Bones' that one of them's dad had warned them about. This is a story of adventure, young love, teenage discovery, redemption, and salvation. This is my first writing, so let me have it! :) But, please be gentle, it is sort of my baby and has some meaning behind it. One thing I know, in particular, that I need help on is that I've never written fiction, so I'm not sure if the way I've done the dialogue is correct. Also, I know the language is a little stilted in places, but I wasn't sure how to shore it up. So, I am giving you my virgin draft and I will appreciate your thoughts, ideas, corrections, and advice. Thank you - Radley
|Simon Shaw: The Beginning||Christopher Kent||Novel||Action and Adventure||8||n/a||Dec 12, 2010|
Summary:Simon could never have guessed that waking up late for college would change his life forever. A globe-trotting adventure combining action, science fiction and just a little humour!
|Babyface Fire||Nicholas Andrews||Novel||Fantasy||8||n/a||Dec 9, 2010|
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This is Babyface Fire, a work of comedic fantasy, the second book in the Adventurers series. This book involves a new story many new characters, so while it is not necessary to have read The Adventure Tournament.
All Loebo wants in life is to lead the best team of adventurers in the kingdom, get filthy rich, and marry the prettiest lady he's ever met. Is that so much to ask?
But when Loebo and the Chosen Squad set out to rescue his love from her overprotective father, he finds out a bounty has been placed on his head, courtesy of his own grandmother!
While the Squad tries to unravel this mystery, Loebo comes across a wrestler-turned-adventurer named Bleg, who agrees to protect Loebo from the bounty hunters. But first, Bleg is hired to escort a young woman named Seren to her new job at OWW, Bolognia's premier wrestling league. As Bleg confronts a bitter past with the company's powers-that-be, Loebo finds himself the focal point of the biggest wrestling storyline of the year.
|The Yankees - Voyage Around Cape Horn||becket||Novel||Historical Fiction||3||n/a||Nov 23, 2010|
Summary:The Yankees has multiple protagonists and is written in two parts, prior to the voyage and during the voyage. It is set in Victorian New England in 1872. It's a story about a ship's master, an Irish American suffragette, and a sixteen year old boy. While historical fiction, the novel contains adventure, romance and self-discovery. This is an American story and breaks from the trend of nautical novels about naval officers and the Napoleonic wars. The sailors swear, chew tobacco, drink, and, given the opportunity, fornicate. The women are courageous, intelligent, and real. The story would appeal to John Ford and John Huston and, I hope, to you.
|Pollo 13||TeddyP||Novel||Young Adult||2||n/a||Aug 23, 2010|
Summary:A chicken, a cat with nine tails and a dog with a candy stripe coat come together as friends in an cosmetics testing lab. This is the story of their great escape from the barn and their subsequent adventures in space. This is my first attempt at writing novel so any feedback on structure, style and content would be most appreciated. Thank you.
|The Adventure Tournament||Nicholas Andrews||Novel||Fantasy||15||n/a||Aug 21, 2010|
The novel will be released for sale on my facebook page and on Amazon on August 2, 2011. As such, I have disabled everything except the first three chapters. If you are interested in purchasing, please like my facebook page:
This is a work of comedic fantasy, so be prepared for a lot of crude, rude and "dude" humor. This is the first book to take place in my world of Geffia. Brief synopsis:
Remy Fairwyn is an enthusiastic youngster, whose ambition is to travel the land in search of fame and treasure, righting wrongs and winning glory along the way. Unfortunately, he's currently enrolled in a seemingly neverendi...ng program of education at Foeny University. And he has a father who disapproves of such pursuits. And he happens to have a mind more suited to a pack mule than a great warrior. But that all changes when the kingdom's powers-that-be introduce an Adventure Tournament, with instant fame being the prize at the end.
This story contains (1) corrupt organization looking to use the kingdom's woes to swell its own coffers. Contains your daily requirement of Feminist Healers, Professional Wrestlers, Drama Kings, Pompous Asses, Narcoleptic Thieves, Overbearing Fathers, Ambiguous Relations, Runaway Treasure Chests, Flying Shoes and a pinch of Cute Kitty Monsters Willing to Devour Any and All. Also contains one (1) Remy, perhaps the most ill-suited adventurer to ever wield a big piece of wood. Stir the brain well before reading; side effects may include side-splitting laughter, mild cases of forehead slapping and erectile dysfunction. Do not read if pregnant.
Will Remy be able to confront all these elements and cook up an unlikely victory? Or is his participation a recipe for disaster?
|The Horizon Conspiracy and a Bag of Bones||Mister Mustard||Novel||Young Adult||1||n/a||Aug 16, 2010|
Summary:Teenager Moon(y) River Horizon tells the story of his escape from his Luddite (anti-technology) parents and his quest to become an astronaut, find his missing sister, and start a new life in a world he doesn't understand. Along the way, however, he discovers some upsetting secrets about his family and somehow gets sucked into an underground rebellion to take down the Pentagon.
|The Girl With Sand in Her Hair||Keen||Novel||Romance||1||n/a||Apr 5, 2010|
Summary:I hope this novel will appeal to all who enjoyed Arabian Nights as it has many exotic stories hidden within the main plot. I wrote it after a trip to Jordan, when I fell in love with the redness of the desert and the landscape made famous by Lawrence of Arabia. It's set in 1201, a year when a terrible famine hit Egypt and there were cases of people resorting to cannibalism to survive. I would love any general feedback and thank you in advance. Keen
|Aaliya's Song||JHawk||Novel||Action and Adventure||4||n/a||Jan 15, 2010|
Summary:Mankind faces Armageddon as terrorism, war, and the reality of civilization gone mad is thrust upon the world when atomic weapons fall into the hands of Al Quida terrorists. That is the motivation that transcends religious belief, culture, and the foreign affairs of nations as Aaliya’s Song unfolds against a backdrop of a world living in fear. Aaliya’s Song, is a historic novel in the classic style that captures the essence of America’s Middle East experience and blends it against its own mélange of violence and political intrigue in a manner similar to how James Clavell’s Shogun romanced the conflict between the divisions in European Christianity and Samurai Japan, and how Tai Pan epitomized the struggle of racial and political extremism. Spread across the panorama of greed, revolution, political difference, and religious cataclysm, Aaliya’s Song brings home the fears and half-truths of a half century that has cast a pall of terror and evil across the planet. But in this chilling environment, heroes arise and overcome their religious and political beliefs in an effort to save mankind from nuclear holocaust. Aaliyas Song brings this powerful endeavor to life as it tells its story through the eyes of two very different main characters. For Major Brian Scanlon, a U. S. Marine Corps aviator, the Islamic world was an alien and hostile place filled with zealots, fanaticism, and oppression. For Aaliya bint Qudamah, Princess of Dar and Noori, and daughter of the Emir of Rabeè, America is a foreign dogma that threatens to bring her father and her nation to its knees. Thrown together by the intrigue that surrounds a country’s civil war, and a world grappling with the dark cloud of terror, Scanlon and Aaliya join their forces and lives in an effort to stop the death of her country, and a coup de état in the United States; acts that can only lead to a worldwide Jihad . . . a third world war. To win, they must overcome the Iraqi military, the schemes of Islamic clerics bent on returning the world to fundamentalism, an ages-old family of assassins, treason at the highest levels of the United States government, and the transfer of atomic weapons to Al Quida zealots. Eventually, these two young patriot-warriors find themselves questioning their beliefs, their religion, and their heritage, but never that which, above all else, they must have faith in . . . each other. Aaliya’s Song introduces and maneuvers a rich and fascinating cast of characters in Ryanne Littner, the first female President of the United States, and Jamie Simmons, U. S. Secret Service agent. These characters, along with Prince Rashid bin Qudamah, and Qudamah Abu Shareef, Emir of Rabeè spin a web of intrigue and ambition that the world is obligated to live or die with. Virulent nationalism, and ancient ethnic and religious hatreds fan the flames of war, this time with nuclear weapons in the hands of Al Quida as the ultimate threat. The story of a love so powerful that it transcends religion, politics, and the hatred born out of difference, Aaliya’s Song has the immediacy and punch of today’s fears and tomorrow’s headlines. Exciting, frighteningly plausible, and absolutely believable, Aaliya’s Song is an ambitious and explosive story of life, love, and intrigue.
|The Guardians: Witch Child||LouLou S||Novel||Fantasy||22||n/a||Sep 26, 2009|
Summary:UPDATE: 29/10/13 Story is being edited and should be completed in a fortnight if not before. I'm also waiting for the cover and a map. There are many changes that I have not posted here. So it's exciting. I can't wait to get this off my hands! If you would like to read and comment you are more than welcome!!
In the First Age a gifted race called the Felwarn, were created to guard mankind from the evil god of that world. Over the ages the Felwarn withdrew from humanity and eventually became distant legends from an ancient world.
~~~~~~~~~ Now, in the Fifth Age, a new generation of Felwarn are leaving their safe homeland to take the traditional road of initiation. The rebellious Avare of the IronWolf Keltar, Jett Stormheart, must lead his group of eager and talented Felwarn through foreign lands, endeavouring to uphold the decree they must keep their identity and powers hidden from humans. It's not long before they discover how hard this is, as their unique powers are needed in the world around them.
This story was in the Finals of the Strongest Start Four (2010) Fantasy genre. Thank you!
|The Magic Chip Shop||Keen||Novel||Young Adult||4||n/a||Jun 7, 2009|
Summary:Thirteen-year-old Tyler Bradley is sent to stay in Moon Bay at his aunt and uncle's chip shop. Nothing in the antiquated seaside town is what he expected. The chip shop is decorated with strange symbols, there are gigantic, primeval birds nesting in the cliffs and, worst of all, he discovers a sad and horrible story attached to the gothic mansion at the tip of the headland. When Tyler meets skateboarder, Jenner, they join forces to get to the bottom of the mysteries permeating the town. The problem is working out just which townfolk are working for the agents of good and which are working for the agents of darkness. And in this confusing atmosphere, how does Tyler know he can trust his aunt and uncle, after all, their chip shop is called, Wish and Chips... This novel is intended for 10-14 year olds and I would value any feedback, thanks.
|What Are You Going to Do with a Latin Degree? (Part I of the Memory's Musings series)||D.H. Nawar||Novel||Literary Fiction||5||n/a||May 12, 2009|
Summary:This is a semi-autobiographical work of fiction, in the likes of James Joyce. It is told in the first person, and the protagonist relates his adventures around Boston and New York. The hero of the story is a young man who has already gone through his Bildungsroman and knows who he is - a scholar of Greek and Latin - he just doesn't know what to do now, or what kind of job he'll get. While everyone else is in the 21st century, the protagonist views the world through a prism of marble and papyrus. The novel is divided into five parts. Part I begins in medias res (flashbacks throughout the story fill in prior details), with the protagonist graduating college and admittedly preparing to go to graduate school because he does not know what to do with his degree. Many characters are introduced, as well as preliminary Latin Grammar terms. Part II takes place during the summer before graduate school, and it ends with the protagonist moving to New York to begin the program. The main character feels trapped living in an apartment with his longtime girlfriend, but finally escapes to New York – the girlfriend representing a postmodern version of Calypso from The Odyssey. Other themes of Part II include how the Classics have influenced modern math, science, and medicine. Part III covers the first year of graduate school, introduces characters in New York, and overwhelms the reader with all the sights and sounds of America’s modern Rome. The theme of Part III is how the Classics have influenced modern art, architecture, theater and music. Part IV covers the second year of graduate school, with the main character feeling burnt out by school and living in New York. The theme of Part IV is how the Classics have influenced modern government, politics, and law. Part V concludes with the protagonist moving back to Boston and finding a job as a Latin teacher. The theme of Part V is how the Classics have influenced modern religion and philosophy. The irony is that, while the protagonist understands that his degree encompasses so many areas of knowledge, he realizes that the entire story he has been educating the reader. In the end, he becomes a teacher. Throughout the novel, allusions and references to Greek and Latin abound.
|The BFC||Sherman Law||Short Story||Memoir||6||1.35||May 10, 2009|
Summary:A day I will always remember when my Goddaughters were just 8 and 5 years old.
|Twilight INC.||dracognan||Novel||Commercial Fiction||5||n/a||Oct 17, 2008|
Summary:How dangerous could an assistant librarian job be? Thomas is a regular 15 year old when he accompanies his grandfather on a job hunt. Not only he gets the job his grandfather wanted, he also becomes the center of a struggle that takes place between science and magic every 500 years. Twilight Inc. is intended for the teenage market. All comments appreciated especially about grammar since I really suck at it. Spanish is my first language so I struggle at english sometimes, especially punctuation and autocorrect software will only take me so far. I have a thick skin so you can take it apart if it needs it. Saludos! Julian
|The Search for Wimpy Bumbuster (rewrite)||opsimath||Novel||Literary Fiction||0||n/a||May 5, 2008|
Summary:This is a spoof of the career of a notorious fugitive and his mistress and of the attempts of the FBI to find them, and also of aspects of contemporary U.S. life such as our preoccupation with and ignorance of nutrition and exercise, and a banking industry that facilitates easy movement of proceeds from criminal activity. Although I hope it is funny, I changed the genre from humor to literary fiction because deeper meaning emerged in the first 18 chapters. I very much appreciated reviews on the first submission, hope this is improved, and welcome any and all suggestions.
|KEN CARTER AND THE EMERALD POOL MYSTERY Chapter one||rlvs||Novel||Young Adult||4||n/a||Sep 25, 2007|
Summary:An adventure story for young readers when Ken Carter and Allison Smith discover the secret mystery of the emerald pool.
|Redemption, Junior Walker, & Me||knighthawk||Short Story||Horror||8||2.49||Aug 2, 2007|
Summary:Redemption, Arkansas is a small country town where things aren't always what they seem and the people never are...
|Catching Hell or The Ultimate Celebrity Roast||raconine||Novel||Humor||9||n/a||Mar 13, 2007|
Summary:Beloved, aging comedian Buddy White signs a deal to play Vegas for one final performance, a fantastic send-off segueing into a well-deserved retirement. He wants to give his loyal audience a last memorable performance. Without warning he is shuffled off to Hell by mistake. When the misanthrope demon that grabbed him realizes the error, he abandons him outside the gate. Buddy can't get in. So he sets off to find his way back home. He follows the Acheron upriver on a journey that grows increasingly bizarre. Meanwhile, Hell's authorities learn of the blunder and send out a posse to round up the errant comedian. At the same time, Heaven discovers the mistake and dispatches a Chorus of Angels to find Buddy and rush him to Heaven. Buddy is determined to elude them all and get back to Earth. He's never missed a show or broken a promise in his entire professional life and he isn't about to start now. The prospect of a dead comedian playing to a live audience in Vegas would badly upset the status quo so Heaven and Hell join forces, determined to stop him. As Buddy perseveres, his natural cheer and success at evading the bungling bureaucrats of the afterlife begins to bring hope to the damned. By degrees he finds himself at the head of a revolution. All Buddy wants is to go home.
|The Zigon Project - Book One: Breath of Life||D.L. Rankin||Novel||Young Adult||2||n/a||Feb 18, 2007|
Summary:What makes a human, human? Are heroes born, bred, or created?
|THE PEOPLE'S CHAMPION||knighthawk||Novel||Fantasy||6||n/a||Feb 4, 2007|
Summary:To whom does The People's Champion belong? The people or himself? That's the question foundling(orphan) Jakund Frey'lnd, a gifted young swordsman and war hero dubbed "Kid Blade," struggles with as he battles the ferocious Gothari and learns that his fame as warrior makes him a target for those looking to make a name for themself as well as an unwilling player in the games of the powerful. This is a Young Adult Fantasy, filled with humor and action, designed to appeal to all ages.