Sherwyn and his brother toil to earn the brideprice Sherwyn needs in order to marry the woman he loves. But the nobles have their hearts set on owning the village, and they have no intention of letting any man remain free. A story from The Unshut World. Part of The Ridge of Earth Collection. (~11000 words)
From a very humble beginning filled with hardships, the sixth child in a family of fourteen, I was born on a small impoverished farm on the Gaspé Peninsula, in Quebec, Canada, just a tiny dot on the map as I say, and had a very unusual and fulfilled life. Living in ten major Canadian and us cities, always accidentally, I met unforgettable people such as a Roman Catholic Cardinal, Representatives of Governments in Canada, the Governor of Florida, as well as meeting internationally known singers such as Elvis Presley and Julio Iglesias, a WWII naval officer, hockey players, wrestlers and many more prominent people. I lived through illnesses, three earthquakes, car accidents, robberies at gun point and knife point, the Italian and Cuban exoduses and through the 9/11 collapse of the Twin Towers by the terrorists, in ny. In my youth I even realized my dream of skydiving. I dedicate this book to Dr. Maria Pedro for saving my life in 2013, without whom there would not be a book to leave as my legacy to future generations, and to my dear sister, Françoise, who is always there for me.
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Includes Dean Koontz’s short story “The Neighbor”! This ebook edition contains a special preview of Dean Koontz’s The Silent Corner. Dean Koontz is at the peak of his acclaimed powers with this major new novel. A young boy, a musical prodigy, discovering life’s wonders—and mortal dangers. His best friend, also a gifted musician, who will share his journey into destiny. His remarkable family, tested by the extremes of evil and bound by the depths of love . . . on a collision course with a band of killers about to unleash anarchy. And two unlikely allies, an everyday hero tempered by the past and a woman of mystery who holds the key to the future. These are the people of The City, a place where enchantment and malice entwine, courage and honor are found in the most unexpected quarters, and the way forward lies buried deep inside the heart. Brilliantly illumined by magic dark and light, their unforgettable story is a riveting, soul-stirring saga that speaks to everyone, a major milestone in the celebrated career of #1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz and a dazzling realization of the evergreen dreams we all share. Praise for The City “Beautifully crafted and poignant . . . The City is many things: serious, lighthearted, nostalgic, courageous, scary, and mysterious. . . . [It] will have readers staying up late at night.”—New York Journal of Books “[Koontz] can flat-out write. . . . The message of hope and depiction of how the choices you make can change your life ring true and will remain with you once the book has been closed.”—Bookreporter Acclaim for Dean Koontz “Perhaps more than any other author, Koontz writes fiction perfectly suited to the mood of America: novels that acknowledge the reality and tenacity of evil but also the power of good . . . that entertain vastly as they uplift.”—Publishers Weekly “A rarity among bestselling writers, Koontz continues to pursue new ways of telling stories, never content with repeating himself.”—Chicago Sun-Times “Tumbling, hallucinogenic prose. ‘Serious’ writers . . . might do well to examine his technique.”—The New York Times Book Review “[Koontz] has always had near-Dickensian powers of description, and an ability to yank us from one page to the next that few novelists can match.”—Los Angeles Times “Koontz is a superb plotter and wordsmith. He chronicles the hopes and fears of our time in broad strokes and fine detail, using popular fiction to explore the human condition.”—USA Today “Characters and the search for meaning, exquisitely crafted, are the soul of [Koontz’s] work. . . . One of the master storytellers of this or any age.”—The Tampa Tribune “A literary juggler.”—The Times (London)
Ever felt yourself to be alone in your feelings? In this collection of poems, I share my struggles with depression, death, love, dreams and gender dysphoria; also included is a short story of fiction. This collection spans several years of heartaches, pains and triumphs; exploring my world as a man fighting to escape the bonds of being born female. "There is no greater burden than one that can not be shared". Don c. Morton
Dr. Suryabala is a highly established and widely acclaimed writer, endowed with creative talent, sensitivity and vision. The canvas of her writing encompasses villages, towns, metros and even foreign lands. She exhibits the open mindedness required in a writer and rises above the narrow considerations of any particular ideology, class or literary movement. Her creative genius thrives on newer milieu and themes with changing backgrounds and, consequently, enables her break new ground in her stories and novels to bare the ever existent human afflictions and anguish. Stories of this collection take their inspiration from our inner emotions which are far more profound, vigorous, comprehensive and genuine than the expressed ones. The anguish of deteriorating cultural and moral values pierces Suryabala to her very heart and is the main source of her creativity. Her craft and style of writing, enriched with lyrical language, is ever fresh and draws readers with its own magnetism.
The Songs I Could Not Sing is a collection of heart-gripping pictures and poems of love, friendships, beauty, and hope. It is a selection of words that reflect a spirit in search of acceptance and inclusion. They are thoughts that freed me from resentments and directed me in the pursuit of forgiveness. Many of us on this journey need to forgive our entire past transgressors and their transgressions. It is the healing of a heart, which begged for love, acceptance, and the coming of age. The discovery is that there was never a true separation. It's the celebration of an inner child achieving and acknowledging self-acceptance that she was a very significant part of the whole. These pages contain thoughts, pictures, and stories of a life that has touched, shared, loved, and healed. It is an offering that embraces the belief that this act of sharing will lead others in the discovery of their true selves and to their own inner and outer rays of beauty and hope.
These short stories are set primarily in the farmland of County Antrim in Northern Ireland during the author=s youth in the nineteen forties and fifties, but some feature Scots Irish in America and England during that same period. County Antrim has strong residual connections to Scotland that are reflected in the manner of speech and in the social values that the author experienced during his youthChard work, religious belief and valuing family connections. Long before television entered the home, family and neighborhood get-togethers were common, often around the hearth fire, especially in the winter months. During those times it was common for older members to mention their escapades in not just the Second World War but the First World War and even the Boer War. The very human lives of these wholesome people, their sorrow, happiness, humor and futility, are picturesquely captured in the author=s sensitive, homespun stories.