Lackadaisy

Lackadaisy

by Tracy J. Butler

St. Louis – 1927. Times change. Laws change. People still want booze. For the better part of a decade, hidden beneath the inconspicuous Little Daisy CafĂ©, the city’s best-kept secret has slaked the thirst of a prohibition-wearied populace.

Lackadaisy.

Unfortunately, the once raucous and roaring speakeasy now rests at a crossroads, its golden age seemingly at an end. Lackadaisy’s remaining loyalists are left with few options. But with all the cunning, tenacity, and sly ingenuity they can muster, they might just have a chance.

And if that doesn’t work, fire does.

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The Phoenix Requiem

The Phoenix Requiem

by Sarah Ellerton

The Phoenix Requiem is a Victorian-inspired supernatural fantasy story about faith and love, and life and death.

On a cold December night, a gentleman stumbles into the town of Esk, gunshot wounds leaving a trail of blood in the fresh snow behind him. Despite making a full recovery at the hands of an inexperienced nurse – and deciding to make a new life for himself in the town – he is unable to escape the supernatural beings, both good and bad, that seem to follow him like shadows. While the initial encounters seem harmless enough, more malevolent forces would soon come into play.

As her hometown becomes haunted by grotestque spirits and her townspeople are ravaged by a new and deadly plague, the young nurse, Anya must question her beliefs and risk her own life in order to protect her family, her friends and everything that she loves.

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The Meek

The Meek

by Der-Shing Helmer

Everything changed after the death of the old world. Now, a thousand years later, the last three peoples left in Dia are forced to share the strip of livable land between the glacial wastes of Borea, the impenetrable Southern jungles, and the poisonous mountains to the East. But as the cities fill and the last boundaries are crossed, conflict threatens to tear the world apart once more. A new kind of war is just around the corner.

In this troubled time, a young girl named Angora appears with a miraculous power that she is barely able to control. If she can solve the riddle given to her by her monstrous Grandfather, avoid her many powerful enemies and believe in herself despite all of the odds, she may live long enough to influence the fate of all humanity – to destroy or inherit the earth!

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Knite

Knite

by Wenqing Yan

The night sky is black, shrouded with a fog of soot and toxins. The gears of China’s industrial revolution turn, unceasing, manufacturing the wants of a world, forcing the consequences upward, until the lights of the heavens have dimmed, and vanished…

But there will be stars this night.

The Knites have made it their mission bring the stars back to the night in China, hanging from the tails of kites. Some call it foolishness–the personified ideals of a naive young dreamer. Others will find hope in the Knites’ work, beyond dreams, that someday the shroud will lift, and people will see beyond the towering factories and monoliths of industry and gaze upon the true stars once more.

Until that day arrives though, the hopes and dreams of those who dare will be carried upward to the sky, set aloft by the wards of hope–The Knites.

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1000 Words

1000 Words

by Wenqing Yan

A touching story of a young girl’s efforts to mend her broken family through the power of art. Though fiction, this story’s plot is often all too true for children in the modern world, and provides hope for growth, inner strength, and a brighter tomorrow.

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Hanna Is Not A Boy’s Name

by Tessa Stone

Hanna Falk Cross is a paranormal investigator. Or at least, that’s what his card says. But as people get to know him, one finds that there is not a lot of detective work in Hanna’s daily life, but rather more of a mad scramble to get out of whatever mess he so wonderfully landed himself (and others) in.

Having previously worked solo, Hanna now finds himself with a new partner; a man dead for at least a decade with no memory of his life and no desire to unearth it. Shockingly, the dead man has more sense in him than Hanna ever did and begins to dutifully keep track of all of their cases together, all while trying to guide the over-eager boy gently through every day without getting himself killed.

It should be easy enough, but seeing as the man is dead in the first place, he can’t vouch for how good he is at staying alive.

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