Warren Christopher – Incremental Courage

About Incremental Courage

Join Warren Christopher on his Truly Inspirational Journey…

Confronting one’s pain, failures, hurt, and disappointments takes courage.

In this work, I share a number of challenging situations and experiences that almost broke me at an early age. To move forward, I had to lean on my faith, unlearn some stuff, consider a new perspective, be vulnerable, and develop the courage to confront and slay my demons. The masks I wore, the pretending I did, and the anger I carried blocked my blessings and my peace and delayed my God-ordained destiny.

The level of transparency I exercise might be shocking to you. I will reveal things that may be trigger issues to those who have experienced trauma, especially sexual trauma.

In the words of Franklin D. Roosevelt, “Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the assessment that something else is more important than fear.”

The only thing more powerful than fear is courage. Along the way, I’ve gained courage incrementally in all areas of my life, and that has made all the difference. In the passages ahead, I’ll share the experiences that forged me into a courageous man. These experiences, and the actions I took, helped move me to a higher level of consciousness. I invite you to consider my perspective on courage, and how I came to be the man I am today. There are many aspects of courage I’ve become intimately familiar with. Here are but a few significant areas I learned to fully embrace.

Much of what I share will not be accommodating or convenient; my sharing may be chilling. It will challenge you and cause significant reflection and consideration.

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About the author

A combat veteran of nearly twenty-five years in the U.S. Army, Warren’s tours of duty included assignments in Europe, Asia, Hawaii, and throughout the continental United States. Combat tours included Kosovo, Bosnia, Iraq, the Philippines, and Afghanistan.
He has served in high-profile assignments including commander, speechwriter, aide-de-camp, congressional liaison, Pentagon staff officer, and human resources officer.
Warren is father to two amazing daughters, a graduate of Purdue University, has a master’s degree from Marine Corps University, and an executive MBA from the University of Georgia. Warren is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Business Administration at Drexel University.
After retiring, he served as a chief of staff and a senior policy advisor for federal executive branch agencies and sought nomination for representative in Congress in Maryland. A small business owner, he’s served honorably on several prominent boards. One of his proudest contributions is as mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters, National Capital Area

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Loic Ekinga – How To Wake a Butterfly

About How to Wake a Butterfly

How to Wake a Butterfly is a collection about transformation and growth. It follows the author’s different stages in life, from childhood memories, trauma, heartbreak, and new-found love. The author wrote How to Wake a Butterfly during the lockdown, when he was forced to look at his life and retrace the many things that have nurtured his character.

Purchase link: https://www.odysseybooks.com.au/titles/9781922311306/

About the author

Loic Ekinga Kalonji is a Congolese poet, storyteller, and a screenwriting student. His work in poetry and fiction focuses on the human experience by adopting a surrealist approach to storytelling. He has been featured in many online publications such as Type/Cast Magazine, Ja. Magazine, Poetry Potion, and The Kalahari Review. His chapbook Twelve Things You Failed at As A Man Today was an honourable mention by JK Anowe for Praxis Magazine Online. His short story ‘Loop’ has been adapted into a short film by Director Vuyani Makausu and is currently in post-production, a finalist of Poetry Africa’s Slam Jam competition. Loic currently resides in the south of Johannesburg where he reads, writes, and daydreams.

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Phil Hore – Golgotha

About Golgotha

1916, the Western Front.

There are some crimes that transcend the horrors of war, and the rumour of a soldier being found in no man’s land crucified to a church door threatens to cause a mutiny in the trenches. To placate the troops, allied HQ orders four soldiers pulled from the ranks of each army to investigate the crime and bring the perpetrator swiftly to justice. What a Canadian ex-Mountie, an Australian beat cop, a constable from Scotland Yard, and their military intelligence commander discover will not only save the lives of the comrades, but may well save the entire war.

Full of factual events and historic occurrences, Golgotha looks into one of the darkest events to occur during the First World War.

“Marvelous read. Absolutely excellent work from Mr Hore. He blends…noir with historical fiction with a master’s touch, weaving his story into the actual events seamlessly.”

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About the author

Born in 1969, Phil likes to point out he was one of the last children born before man walked on the moon. Working at Australia’s National Dinosaur Museum since 2000 and as an educator at the Australian War Memorial since 2006, he has previously worked at Questacon Science centre and could be seen haunting the halls and specimen rooms of London’s Natural History Museum and The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. Here he even played famed palaeontologist O. C. Marsh during the Smithsonian’s centenary celebrations, and when asked why the 19th century palaeontologist was speaking with an Australian accent, happily pointed out that everyone on the 19th century spoke with an Australian accent.

Published in newspapers and magazines across the globe, since 2007 Phil has been the paleo-author for the world’s longest running dinosaur magazine, The Prehistoric Times. He has also been a comic shop manager, a cinema projectionist, a theatre technician and gutted chickens for a deli. All of these influences seem to make an appearance in his writing, especially the chicken guts bit.

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Chris Roy – Sad Sally Salad

June Taster Story

We are offering this separately published short story (<8K words) by writer Chris Roy as this month’s “taster story”. If you would like a copy to review, please sign up using the form below, This is not a tour – you are welcome to review at any time, though we hope you will review some time in June! Please let us know when you review, and we will make sure your review gets some publicity.

About Sad Sally Salad

Sally learned to talk to animals as a little girl, and her daddy didn’t like it.

Raised by an old hippie woman on the beaches of Baja, California, Sally was taught to use her sensitivity of animals to bring people back to the Mother. Her presence —a calm and haunted, powerful intensity—attracts the attention of environmental groups eager to war against cattle ranchers. With Sally as the face of their cause, thousands gather in an animal cruelty protest that turns deadly.

“Sad Sally is a prophet for our time. The gentlest message can pose the deepest threat. How should the world react? Follow her? Monetize her? Silence her? Kill her? Chris Roy offers us a haunting allegory about a collision of worlds.” — Carly Rheilan, author of Birthrights

Amazon link http://mybook.to/SadSallySalad

About the author

Chris Roy is the author of Shocking Circumstances, Sharp as a Razor, and Her Name Is Mercie. He is a published tattoo artist (Rise Tattoo Magazine, ATC Tattoo Books app) and the illustrator of two children’s books. Born and bred in South Mississippi, when he isn’t writing, he’s reading, tattooing or looking for prospects to train in boxing.

You can find Chris on Twitter @ChrisRoyCrime.

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K.T.Rose – Claire’s Apocalypse

About Claire’s Apocalypse

Claire’s Apocalypse is a short story (37 pages) by respected horror writer KT Rose.

The world may be doomed by her mistake…unless she has the will to save it.

In the laboratories of the nation’s secret Bioweapons Division, Dr. Claire Lyle houses vials that could trigger the apocalypse. After a decade of neglecting her husband and daughter to develop the virus, Claire has finally created the most infectious microbe known to man. Excited to share the news about her creation, she gives an update on the project to her new superior, only for him to demand it be destroyed.

With all hope of negotiating for the project’s survival gone and a broken promise remaining where an effective vaccine should have been, Claire is forced to choose a different path, one which includes a distraught co-worker who is full of damning secrets.

Amazon link:mybook.to/Clairesapocalypse

About the author

K.T. Rose is a horror, thriller, and dark fiction writer from Detroit, Michigan. She posts suspense and horror flash fiction on her blog at kyrobooks.com and is the author of a suspenseful short story series titled Trinity of Horror, an erotic thriller novel titled When We Swing, and A Dark Web Horror Series. She also writes supernatural and paranormal horror novels and short stories.

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Feind Gottes – Piecing it all Back Together

About Piecing it all Back Together

Our latest is a deliciously brutal serial killer novel by award-winning writer Feind Gottes.

Private Investigator Jamie Windstein has a dark secret: she collects her victim’s heads.When millionaire Thomas Combs hires her to find his long lost friend, Jimmy, Jamie’s world is turned upside down. Ghosts of the past pile mystery atop mystery while ghosts of the present add grim new riddles with no solution.Jamie is determined to get answers even if she has to kill her way to the truth. She must tiptoe a fine line when she learns her only friend’s police officer husband has been assigned to a special task force on the hunt for Jamie and her head collection.Dark secrets abound as the past is dragged kicking and screaming into the light.

It’s serial killer versus serial killer versus the police in a race to the answers.Jamie Windstein’s life will change forever if only she can Piece It All Back Together.

Amazon link: http://mybook.to/pieceitallbacktogether

About the author

Feind Gottes [Fee-nd Gotz] is a horror writing, metal-loving award winning horror author. You can usually find him on Twitter @FeindGottes.

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Lee Matthew Goldberg – Orange City

About Orange City

Book Information: Orange City by Lee Matthew Goldberg

About Orange City

Imagine a secret, hidden City that gives a second chance at life for those selected to come: felons, deformed outcasts, those on the fringe of the Outside World. Everyone gets a job, a place to live; but you are bound to the City forever. You can never leave. 

Its citizens are ruled by a monstrous figure called the “Man” who resembles a giant demented spider from the lifelike robotic limbs attached to his body. Everyone follows the Man blindly, working hard to make their Promised Land stronger, too scared to defy him and be discarded to the Empty Zones.  

After ten years as an advertising executive, Graham Weatherend receives an order to test a new client, Pow! Sodas. After one sip of the orange flavor, he becomes addicted, the sodas causing wild mood swings that finally wake him up to the prison he calls reality.

A dynamic mash-up of 1984 meets LOST, Orange City is a lurid, dystopian first book in a series that will continue with the explosive sequel Lemonworld.                                                               

Praise for ORANGE CITY:

“In his compelling novel, ORANGE CITY, novelist LEE MATTHEW GOLDBERG, has crafted a unique dystopian thriller that manages to reveal our greatest fears about emerging technology and our anxieties at what the future holds.” – Raymond A. Villareal, Author of A People’s History of the Vampire Uprising.

About the Author:

Lee Matthew Goldberg is the author of the novels THE ANCESTOR, THE MENTOR, THE DESIRE CARD and SLOW DOWN. He has been published in multiple languages and nominated for the Prix du Polar.

As well as the sci-fi novel, ORANGE City, his first YA series RUNAWAY TRAIN is forthcoming in 2021.

After graduating with an MFA from the New School, his writing has also appeared in The Millions, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, LitReactor, Monkeybicycle, Fiction Writers Review, Cagibi, Necessary Fiction, the anthology Dirty Boulevard, The Montreal Review, The Adirondack Review, The New Plains Review, Underwood Press and others.

He is the editor-in-chief and co-founder of Fringe, dedicated to publishing fiction that’s outside-of-the-box.

His pilots and screenplays have been finalists in Script Pipeline, Book Pipeline, Stage 32, We Screenplay, the New York Screenplay, Screencraft, and the Hollywood Screenplay contests.

He is the co-curator of The Guerrilla Lit Reading Series and lives in New York City. Follow him at LeeMatthewGoldberg.com

Media links:

Website: http://www.leematthewgoldberg.com/bio/

Twitter https://twitter.com/LeeMatthewG/

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Tobin Marks – Ark of the Apocalypse

About Ark of the Apocalypse

Earth is on the verge of becoming a dead planet.

The polar ice caps melted long ago, and it’s been decades since the last raindrop fell. Ocean levels rise a dozen meters, and forest fires rage on a global scale. Eleven billion people dying of thirst wage water wars against each other as extinction looms.

Humanity needs a new planet. As Earth deteriorates, the nation states desperately work together to build a mechanism for recolonization. And so the Magellan II is born, the first starship capable of interstellar travel.

The future of the human race is tasked to ten thousand colonists — now homeless but for the vastness of space and the decks of Magellan II. A distant planet offers hope of survival, but it’s a strange, watery world inhabited by giant reptiles.

Humanity is starting over, but survival isn’t guaranteed.

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About the author

Marks is a world traveler who grew up in a household of rocket scientists. As a boy he had a front row seat observing many NASA and NOAA projects. He writes science fiction novels from his home in north west Baja, and you can usually find him on Twitter @tobinmarks.

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Aime Alley Card – And Beneath It All Was Love

About And Beneath It All Was Love

Shortly after moving from Boston to the intensely competitive environment of Silicon Valley, Aime received the news: she had stage two breast cancer.

Aime had known of friends with cancer. Generally, they dropped out of sight, reappearing months later looking tired and wan, with thinning hair and waistlines. Suddenly she was that friend—the breast cancer patient.

Anger, fear, and anxiety threatened to take over Aime’s life. But with the support of her sister, friends, husband, and children, Aime would discover the love hidden just beneath her fear.

And Beneath It All Was Love recounts Aime’s journey through treatment and into recovery. Her young age and pathology report indicated aggressive treatment. Aime would endure debilitating chemotherapy, two surgeries, and radiation therapy. She had to almost die to give herself the best chance to live.

Honest, raw, and ultimately uplifting, Aime’s story pulls no punches when describing the mental and physical toll of breast cancer treatment. She is not the same person who heard the dreaded words “You have cancer.” That person is gone forever. In her place is a stronger, more resilient woman who learned to treasure life as a daily gift and embrace love over fear.

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About Aime Alley Card

Aime lives on the North Shore of Boston, balancing family life with writing and working in the community. Coming soon will be a novel based on the true story of a women’s track team in Tennessee. She keeps a blog on family issues, and is a reader for Pangyrus literary magazine. She has also been a guest speaker at various local wellness events in relation to this memoir. You can usually find her on Twitter @aimealleycard.

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Alexandra Knight – Fast Forward

About Alexandra Knight

Alexandra Knight, the blogger from England, United Kingdom, is an expert at her craft and has a thing or two to say. She is an independently funded writer that takes great pleasure from writing, and understands how much of a privilege it is to do something you love. Her mission is to find the most tantalising literary content out there and create punchy, sizzling blog posts to tell the world about it.

You can usually find her on Twitter @R_Alexandra_K.

About Fast Forward

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