“Everyone thinks they're entitled to their 15 minutes of fame. And it's that narcissism that makes people, who have no business writing a book, think they can write a book.”
- Oliver Markus Malloy (self-published author)
Everything dies. From grey-haired grandmas to heavy rainstorms to old youthful passions for roller blading and everything in between. Somewhere on the list of things death's greedy fingertips touch are stories. In fact, what you're about to read are my dead stories. My dead darlings.
Forty-two short stories dead at the hands of rejection from publishers. But now, you, the reader, have the ability to resurrect my darlings. To give life to the dead. Inside this book, you'll read stories from an assortment of genres and decide whether their fate ws truly unfortunate, or perchance, you'll find them worthy of death after all.
DOMINIQUE FRANCIS IS DONE WITH CHURCH.
There's just one problem: He's the pastor at Christ First Always Church...
Thinning gray hair, bags under the eyes and complete exhaustion. These are only a couple of the results from punching the clock of God. Dom loves the people he serves (sometimes) yet can't help but be distracted by a picture of the Hotel Al Ponte Antico on his computer. While wondering if there's a third act written for his life, Dom navigates through Elders plotting against him, his reasonably resentful children, troubled churchgoers, a small group he'd rather not attend and more that continues to stir the debate in his mind if he should leave it all behind for The Floating City.
The one thing not up for debate? It's one hell of a view from the Hotel Al Ponte Antico.
WELCOME TO THE OTHER SIDE OF SURVIVAL
It's been five years since the infection spread and even though Hal is safe within the New World's walls, the nightmares haven't stopped. The Dead Days cast a shadow over everyone, in one way or another. The things they did, the things they didn't do. But the people in power have a plan to make everything right again.
With plans to bring the infected back into society, Hal and the rest of the New World are left to decide which side of the fence they land on. As a power-hungry leadership directs reintegration to begin with a questionable newly designed 'cure', Hal wrestles not only with reintegration but also the blood on his own hands and if there's such a things as forgiveness in this New World.
WINDEX is a collection of poems spanning from the first trimester of Blake's first child, Cash, all the way until his first year birthday. There are numerous poems about the anxiousness of expecting, the stress of the arrival and learning how to adapt to having a child. In between these are a mixture of thoughts on a plethora of topics ranging from lonely old men feeding birds to traveling around in Switzerland and the longing desire for being published to the power of the word "no". Open up the cover and read along to find out how an impatient, overthinking and insecure boy tries to process the life of an adult man becoming a father.
Imagine yourself as a house, nothing fancy though. Maybe you're just an average house with some paint chipping and fading, grass in need of some trimming and maybe your trashcan is still out on the curb four days after the designated pick up day. Now look through the windows of this house, what do you see? Different rooms and perceptions of what this house is all about. Well, as you read this you are standing on the welcome mat of a metaphorical house that is me. Feel free to peruse the grounds, I've left the curtains open on some of the windows for you to peek in. Open these pages and take a look if you wish, I hope you enjoy what you find in this book of poems.
What began as a journey through a poetry class turned into a compilation of word frame windows peering into someone's life. With contributions from significant others, friends and family Blake navigates through the thoughts of his brain. Looking through these windows you will see a transformation of skill, the working out of personal insecurities and scars, but ultimately you will tag along on a messy love story.
One man who has fought for control most of his life, and has the dead bodies to prove it, learns that eventually the steering wheel loosens from your grip. Another man learns redemption is a hard task to accomplish alone, especially being a drunk detective set on revenge mission. These two stories intertwine, as one of the greatest symphonies comes together and plays before us.