Still Black Remains

Twist has a problem. His Newark, New Jersey neighborhood is under siege in a bloody turf war that has spun out of control, and he is caught in the middle.  In a landscape filled with desperation, anger, and futility, there are only violent choices, and one of them is Twist’s: as one of the leaders of the Skulls, he is the architect of his gang’s decision to kidnap an organized crime mobster in a last-ditch attempt to end the war.  But the plan doesn’t turn out as expected.

When the negotiations deteriorate and the violence escalates, the only recourse left is the execution of the hostage.  Read More

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The Pirate’s Bride

All Sophie Bellard wants is her freedom, freedom to sail the seven seas, and freedom to be her own person without interference from some controlling husband. But an arranged marriage to handsome and dangerous Captain Andre Dubois derails all her hopes. After a disastrous wedding night where a ruinous secret is discovered, the two go their separate ways with hopes of never meeting again.

Sophie becomes a pirate, while Andre sets off for the Orient where he makes a murderous enemy. After escaping with his life, Andre returns to home waters, and in an unexpected twist of pirate fate, reunites with his estranged and unwilling wife. Read More

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Ghosted

Hannah wants to relocate herself and her cat, Jimi, to the countryside of Calgary. So, when she finds a turn-of-the-century home in a small town at a good price she jumps at the opportunity.

Shortly after she moves in, strange noises, disturbances, and slamming doors hamper her efforts to make any changes in the house. Jimi starts acting odd, and the disturbances only increase in intensity. But Hannah is no quitter. By talking with long-time residents of her town, and with the help of a psychic, Hannah pieces together the tragic story of her resident ghost.

Will this new home and its non-corporeal occupant be exactly what Hannah needs to move on and find new love? Read More

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Apocalypse All the Time

Apocalypse All the Time is post-post-apocalypticism. The apocalypse happens on a weekly (if not daily) basis and Marshall is sick of it. Life is constantly in peril, constantly disrupted, but nothing significant every really happens as a result. It’s always handled. Marshall wants out; he wants it all to end. In short, the book explores what about the end times holds such fascination for humanity and what impact such a fascination has on the way we live our lives.

David S. Atkinson’s interview with Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers.

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Not Quite So Stories

 

Not Quite So Stories showcases the idea that life is absurd, ultimately beyond comprehension. In each story, people try to understand and explain the world. They may be able to come to terms with small pieces, but existence as a whole is beyond their grasp. Life isn’t explainable, and the best people can do is continue on with their lives in the face of that fact. The stories in this collection proceed from this idea, examining how different characters manage – and/or fail – to do this.

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Mexicali Blues

Set on the Mexico-California border, Mexicali Blues is a moody collection of 10 short stories that illustrates how the small choices we make every day bring redemption or loss, salvation or downfall.

In the Foreword, John Hemingway, grandson of Ernest Hemingway, says “The image Joseph gives of the California-Mexican Border and the people who live there is at the same time realistic and romantic, poetic and matter of fact. Tables are often turned and the strong and the weak are defeated by a culture that knows no pity, no remorse.”

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