Sample short stories, essays, excerpts, and more by Fresh Ink Group’s indie authors.
Holler Song Short Fiction By Stephen Geez Retta danced the willy-nilly, grabbed at slick branches, then lost
Ten minutes till. The clock beside my mattress flings every spent second into my lap, nudging me so much closer to whatever is
Jimmy McNamara’s hand lingered atop that skinny shifter, eagerly awaiting the jump from second to third gear, and the growing
HORIZONS (Inspired by a vision from my little yacht-cockpit lying anchored in the river on an Autumn Evening) Oh Flight of
1013 Baker Street By McKenzie Swenson Look away, close your eyes, run back to the graveyard. Don’t
A Dream (From To Brave a New World) On their first meeting - upon he saving her from having walked out of her Teaching career
KRAB KAPER Short Fiction By Stephen Geez Some lettuce just leaves a bad taste. I don’t know why, but this
The Sorceress of Mhur First Place, Fresh Ink Group Short Story Contest 2012 We are who we are. We know what we know.
Dance of the Lights Now Just 99¢
Frank relishes fast success and early retirement, but struggling to preserve his life’s work thrusts him into a desperate battle to protect the people he cares about most. Beverly seeks a new beginning in Tarpon Springs—until those she trusts steal control of her destiny, forcing a fight for her very survival. All twelve-year-old Kevin wants is attention from the only man he respects, yet murder and the wrenching indifference of a callous legal system toward one vulnerable child proves even friendship might never be enough. Riven by tragedy, consumed by grief, all three must confront the wondrous possibility that our indelible bonds may somehow transcend even death, that a cherished soul truly can find the way back. Through it all, they are teased by the mystery of those dancing lights, a million pinpoints in every imaginable color swirling to form brilliant images of extraordinary lives.
Jazz Baby Now Available in Hardcover!
While all of Mississippi bakes in the scorching summer of 1925, sudden orphanhood wraps its icy embrace around Emily Ann “Baby” Teegarten, a pretty young teen. Taken in by an aunt bent on ridding herself of this unexpected burden, Baby Teegarten plots her escape using the only means at her disposal: a voice that brings church ladies to righteous tears, and makes both angels and devils take notice. “I’m going to New York City to sing jazz,” she brags to anybody who’ll listen. But the Big Apple–well, it’s an awful long way from that dry patch of earth she’d always called home. So when the smoky stages of New Orleans speakeasies give a whistle, offering all sorts of shortcuts, Emily Ann soon learns it’s the whorehouses and opium dens that can sidetrack a girl and dim a spotlight…and knowing the wrong people can snuff it out. Jazz Baby just wants to sing–not fight to stay alive.
The Hippo Campus Coming Soon!
Coming in September 2017! The Hippo Campus, an interactive educational tween book, by psychotherapist Helen Borel, PhD, RN, teaches about the brain in both a serious and lightly comic verbal and visual vocabulary. Here, the hippocampus, one of the brain’s memory centers, is transformed into a college where learning about the brain is fun.
Into Spring Out Now!
Out now, book 2 of Larry Landgraf’s Four Seasons series: Into Spring. Twenty years after Into Autumn, Sean and Robbie leave Peaceful Valley for Corpus Christi, hoping to find women who will join their fiercely protective group back home. What they find is a fight to survive the violent dictatorship of ruthless Sandra Hawkins. Meanwhile, a new family joins the group in the Valley, except that what seems like a safe addition might bring the worst kinds of change. Into Spring continues the Four Seasons saga about building a new life in Texas after the collapse of civilization.