Short Stories (Various Genres) – Bits & Bites

Bits & Bites
Tales from a Twisted Mind
By Michael S. Vassel
Publisher: BookBaby
Published: May 2020
ISBN: 978-1098312695
ASIN: B0892P9JN2
Genre: Short Stories
Formats Available For Review: PDF, mobi, epub

Welcome to “Bits & Bites: Tales from a Twisted Mind”. Eleven thought provoking stories that will chill your bones while they warm your heart. A grouping of tales that span a multitude of genres including science fiction, urban fantasy, psychological thriller, military fiction, and much, much more. Each story is written to engage and entertain, no matter what kind of tale your mind is yearning.

Just like life, each story contained within is connected … intertwined, leading to … well … wherever the dark halls of your imagination take you.

So, what are you waiting for? Open a door. Find a seat. Strap yourself in and enjoy the roller coaster.

Prepare yourself, if you can, for a ride you’ll not soon forget.

Stories Include:

Mel’s Special Day: For Mel, his Tuesday started like any other. That is until someone threw a wrench into the works.

Disillusionment: Mark, Bob, and the Colonel are on their second mission – an assignment to locate and retrieve a wayward Senator from a drug cartel.

What Is Love?: Two spacemen find a derelict spacecraft. With the use of a memory machine, Bee experiences the owner’s life and love – with some strange revelations.

Hide and Seek: A military man reflects on his past, and a little game that carries the ultimate cost.

I Ain’t Missing You: A man recounts a love story to his psychiatrist. A love story way different than any you’d imagine.

The Devil’s Own: Satan comes home to find that his son, Derrick, is depressed. How will his dad react when Derrick tells him he no longer wants to be the Anti-Christ?

Peanut: Peanut’s best friend seems to have a perfect life. A life he wishes he could live.

Sonja and James: Two fugitives are on the run. Can they escape their sordid past … and ultimately, their future?

Waits: What do you say to the guy sitting next to you when he just won’t shut up?

Heredity: After Emily is transported back in time to 1981, she meets the love of her life, and her destiny.

And, In The End: Is it really the end of everything we know? Everyone is about to find out … especially Mel.

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Fiction/Short Stories – Tales of Charm, Balderdash, and Yarns Somewhere in Between

Tales of Charm, Balderdash, and Yarns Somewhere in BetweenTales of Charm, Balderdash, and Yarns Somewhere in Between
By Thomas Noel Smith
Publisher: Outskirts Press
Published: June 2018
ISBN: 978-1478766384
Genre: Short Stories, Fiction
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Tales of Charm, Balderdash, and Yarns Somewhere in Between is a collection of short stories by Thomas Noel Smith. The tales range from the somber and the strange to the whimsical and wacky. Included in the collection are unique versions of Adam and Eve and Mother Goose tales. The tales are entertaining, captivating, and engaging.

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Women’s Fiction – Satellites Out of Orbit

Satellites Out of OrbitSatellites Out of Orbit
By Chris Wind
Publisher: Magenta
ASIN: B006U1MYAW
Genre: fiction, women’s issues, feminism, philosophy, social issues, popular culture, religion/Bible (section 1), folklore/fairy tales (sections 5), folklore/mythology (section 2), Shakespeare (section 4), short stories (sections 1, 3, and 5), poetry (sections 2 and 4)
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This work of feminist fiction has five parts:

I. Epistles: epistles written by Eve, Cain’s wife, Noah’s wife, Delilah, the Queen of Sheba, Mary, and others – as if they were feminist

II. Myths: the myths within the myths revealed – what might Pandora, Circe, Penelope, Eurydice, Persephone, the Gorgons, and others have thought and done if they had not been the creations of a chauvinist patriarchy?

III. Letters: letters that might have been written by Lady Godiva, Milton’s daughter, Rubens’ model, Mozart’s mother, Freud’s wife, Plato’s students, and others – assuming a feminist consciousness

IV. Soliloquies: soliloquies delivered by Juliet, Ophelia, Lady MacBeth, Kate, Desdemona, Regan, Miranda, and others – protesting the role given to them by Shakespeare

V. Fairy Tales: the classic fairy tales retold – what would have happened if Gretel, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, and others had been strong and critical girls and women living today?

(Reviewers should note that each of the five sections is available as an ebook; only Satellites Out of Orbit is also available in print.)

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Crime/Mystery Short Stories – Severed Heads

Severed HeadsSevered Heads
By William Goodman
Publisher: Lulu
Published: July 2017
ISBN: 978-1483473024
ASIN: B074JH26PX
Genre: Crime Fiction, Short Stories, Mystery
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Three short stories that form one cohesive story within the intermissions.

Story one: The Hearts of the Helpless, is a butterfly effect. It shows the destruction of five main characters. Each character is indirectly harmed by the character’s before them.

Story two: We DIE in gray Skies, is a story about a rapist. He uses his childhood to justify his actions. Gray resembles the contrast between right and wrong.

Story three: The Wicked Within, is a collection of stories. It’s about all the horrific acts we do or think about doing on a daily basis. Central theme centers around vanity.

It’s wrapped around an opener, closer, and two intermissions that tell a completely different story. It’s a hopeless romantic love story of finding your lost or severed “head”.

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Women’s Fiction/Short Stories

What She Was SayingWhat She Was Saying
By Marjorie Maddox
Publisher: Fomite
Published: March 2017
ISBN: 978-1942515685
ASIN: B06XBGPLTG
Genre: Fiction, Short Stories, Women’s Fiction, Literary Fiction
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In these powerful stories, What She Was Saying softens the already thin line between hope and hopelessness, between perseverance and despair, between what can and cannot be said. Throughout the collection, diverse women startle, question, comfort, and proclaim, compelling readers to confront a company of others: a young woman who mistakes a Jehovah’s Witness for her therapist; a mother who shields an ill daughter; an elderly artist who sculpts her adopted family; a daughter of an itinerant preacher who plays her role; a lonely copy editor who fakes bruises; and—in front of many witnesses—a parachutist who jumps to her death. This collection also echoes the historical and literary voices of Rachel Robinson, Nora’s daughter in A Doll’s House, the wives of famous men named Peter, Lot’s daughters, and soldiers Jessica Lynch and Lynndie England. You will hear voices raised in prayer, lowered to whispers, slowed by fear, and silenced by anger. A finalist for the Katherine Anne Porter and Eludia book awards—as well as a semifinalist for Black Lawrence Press’s Hudson, Eastern Washington University’s Spokane, and Leapfrog Press’s book prizes—What She Was Saying gives voice to the lives we all need to hear.

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Mystery – Thomas Haftmann, Private Eye: The Short Stories

Thomas Haftmann, Private EyeThomas Haftmann, Private Eye: The Short Stories
By Robb White
Published: February 2017
ISBN: 9781945734090
ASIN: B06W5M773C
Genre: Short Stories, Mystery, Detective
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“Thomas Haftmann, Private Eye” collects 15 hardboiled stories of the series character of that name, featured in three full-length novels.  Ex-cop Thomas Haftmann, formerly of Cleveland Homicide, works as a private investigator in the resort town of Jefferson-on-the-Lake. You will follow his cases in these 15 short neo-noirs. Among them are “The Kneeling Woman,” “No Escape, No Turning Back,” “The Riding Boy,” “The Slave Master’s Dungeon,” “Archangel’s Daughter,” “A Woman With Tea-Colored Eyes,” and “The Dog Returneth to His Vomit.” These have been collected from a variety of outstanding publications and blog sites, ranging from Powder Burn Flash to A Twist of Noir to Sex and Murder Magazine. Thomas Haftmann’s dark world of murder and madness is not for the cozy mystery reader.

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