A terrific set of stories, created by a wonderfully talented group of individuals, working together exclusively on-line to publish this book.
Started by Dennis Batchelder, held together by Ellen George, managed through the difficult implementation stages by David Blankinship, and finally released by Don Fowler, this collaborative effort is unlike any I've witnessed. The resulting product is a remarkable anthology from a writing team, most of whom to this day, have never personally met!!
It's been a sincere privilege watching this artful creation come to life.
Grant U. Mobielle
eclectic and sometimes electic, May 31, 2009
i'm one of the writers in this volume. so much for disclosure. nevertheless, i'm entitled to comment on the wonderful contributions of my colleagues-in-writing. this little volume has some gems.
we discovered each other on an amazon forum. the thread, "shamelss self-promotion" was funny, witty, and pugent. we soon discovered a kinship in discussing writing problems and the morons we encountered in the traditional publishing industry. that led to 10,000 postings before amazon made us start over; we're already past 5,000 on the new thread.
we had disagreements (we're writers) but discovered that we liked and respected each other.
so what does that have to do with your decision to spend 99 cents?
you will be treated to a wide range of excellent writing. stories that run the gamut of human experience. some humor. some thrills. some mystery. but all my colleagues have contributed material worth reading at many times the price.
even if you are one of the three people on the planet who won't like this anthology, you should know that we did it as a labor of love. any proceeds will go directly to a charity to promote education and literacy in east africa.
we have to develop readers everywhere, i guess
robert isham auler
keep and bear arms
A very different short story anthology, May 27, 2009
Born of an Amazon discussion forum created by talented author Dennis Batchelder, author of Soul Identity, an assembly of authors wanted to create a joint effort and brought forth short stories and wanted to not only place on Kindle, the wave of the future - but have as well in printed form. Also instrumental in this venture were Don Fowler, Dave Blankinship, and Pete Grondin, and many others, including Gary Val Tenuta's clever cover.
Eighteen authors, whose backgrounds are as varied as their stories offer their imaginations for you to see, and perhaps, go to their other (and future) work, and see if you'd like to read more from them.
This is a group, who, for the most part, have never met, but have become best of friends.
Not all stories may be for everyone - that is true of every writing venture.
But I hope you will consider purchasing this humble short story anthology and find yourself wanting more!
Proceeds from this fine venture will go to charity - 99 cents - such a deal!
Feedback is most welcome!
Below is the Table of Contents for Shameless Shorts:
Headed For Home by ROBERT ISHAM AULER 3
The Sad Case of Cassandra by JOEL M. ANDRE 7
Big Little Teenie by ROBERT ISHAM AULER 12
Jewel's Friends by D. A. BLANKINSHIP 22
Justice for All by D. A. BLANKINSHIP 32
The Junk Man by BENJAMIN BLUE 48
The Odd Man by BENJAMIN BLUE 54
A Gift From Above by JOHN PAUL CARINCI 74
Autumn by ERIN COLLINS 90
Thirst by ELLEN GEORGE 91
The Price of Gas by DONALD GORMAN 103
The Story of Del by P. J. GRONDIN 109
The Uninvited Guest by SUSAN MCLEOD 118
Changing Times: by GRANT U. MOBIELLE 122
The Dive to Hell by MIKE MONAHAN 126
Day of the Clowns by LILA L. PINORD 136
"Blasphemy" by STEVEN RAGE 153
Third Rail by LORNA RAINEY 163
A Bite Out of Time by GARY VAL TENUTA 171
The Hero and the Fiend by GLENN G. THATER 185
Author Biographies 197