A far-future Moby-Dick by the author of Schismatrix: A desperate addict on a bleak, arid planet boards a whaling vessel to hunt the drug he craves. The powerful narcotic syncophine, commonly known as Flare, comes from only one source: the oil of the gargantuan whale-like beasts that swim the dust sea of Nullaqua. It was John Newhouse’s addiction to the substance that made him a dealer and forced him to move to this airless, inhospitable planet But when the all-powerful galactic Confederacy declares Flare illegal, the needs of Newhouse and his clientele leave the desperate off-worlder no choice but to sign on as an able seaman aboard a dustwhaler and hunt the giant creatures himself. Joining a crew of junkies and misfits, including a mad captain with his own dark and secret agenda and a bewitching, batlike alien woman who is pained by human touch, Newhouse sets out across the silica ocean at the bottom of a seventy-mile-deep crater in search of release and redemption . . . and sails toward a fateful confrontation between man and beast that could lead to catastrophe. Bruce Sterling’s debut novel is a remarkable feat of world building—imaginative, provocative, and smart, featuring an unforgettable cast of colorful characters. If Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick unfolded on Frank Herbert’s Dune, the result might be something akin to Sterling’s extraordinary Involution Ocean.
When Amy gets a gift certificate to a fancy restaurant, she looks forward to treating herself to a relaxing evening. The evening, however, becomes even more a treat when she meets a rich, handsome man, Collin. Although she has never seen him before, he seems to know her and with his charms, he easily seduces her. …But what will happen when they both find out he has mistaken her for the wrong woman? BONUS! This ebook contains a preview of the hot novella "Conflict of Desire" by Sandra Sinclair. WARNING: This 4,917-word story is a steamy read that features sensual interracial lovemaking between a black woman and a white man, steamy romance, billionaires, and explicit scenes that may be too hot for some readers to handle!
Previously published in the print anthology Murder in the Mews: Four Cases of Hercule Poirot.
Hercule Poirot attends an auction and gets much more than he bid on: a disputed will, gunshots, and ancient Egyptian spirits. This might be Poirot's strangest case yet.
If you loved the movie The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, then you should read the short story-because apart from the title and the fact that Benjamin ages backwards, they are nothing alike. So it saves you from having to decide whether you prefer the book or the movie.
In the story version by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Benjamin Button is born an old man who fancies smoking his father's pipe and reading encyclopedias rather than playing with toys. As he gets younger he reaches the right age to start working, then to go to college, then to fight in the war. Finally, when he's grown (emm, shrunk) to a baby, Benjamin enjoys playing with children's toys. In the book version you don't get to see Brad Pitt, but you do get to enjoy some fantastic Jazz Age prose from the master Fitzgerald.
Billionaire Vince Buchanan is all about his wife, Emma, but when the last few weeks of pregnancy has Emma on edge, and the East Coast Buchanans are a constant source of irritation, Vince has to find a way to remind his pretty wife that she’s the love of his life.
But sometimes things never go quite as planned.
And that’s the best part.
This is a 10,000 word short story featuring VInce and Emma Buchanan of the Bought By The Billionaire Brothers series.
These stories are linked by humor, setting, themes and recurring characterscat lovers, murderers, gamblers, ghosts and foolsbut mostly by the movie stars, gods and goddesses who look down on us struggling mortals with a mixture of benevolence and wrath. From Scarlett Johansson to Joan Crawford, Clint Eastwood to Jerry Lewis, they represent the impossible ideals to which lesser beings turn for hope in an otherwise baffling world.
When Sergeant Daniel Butler met Major Claire Kirkland in the heat of the Iraqi War, it was love at first sight. After a harsh attack on the base Daniel was hurt and he swore to find her after their tours ended. Little did Claire know he meant every word until he showed up in her office with a dinner invitation. The attraction was there and soon the whirlwind stateside romance began. It was cut short by his next deployment and her heart broke watching him leave for conditions she knew all to well. Retired from service, Claire continued her work and all the while she worried about the man she loved. Claire hoped that the bond they created would bring him home while Daniel in the midst of war longed to be in her arms. Will Daniel survive his dangerous missions to take command of their passion once again?