Maya Cartinelli's job as a claims adjuster takes her from Oklahoma City to Austin and everywhere in between. She loves her job helping people put their lives back together, and loves driving the winding country roads.
It's Valentine's Day, and she's headed for home to make a last attempt at salvaging a relationship that was past time to call it quits. When she stays too late helping a client, she gets dumped by phone, somewhere on a little road outside of Georgetown.
Maya's pride is hurt, but her heart's not really broken, and it's the wild Texas storm that blows her off the road and into a ditch that makes her mad. Wet and frustrated, she makes her way to the nearest farmhouse in the driving rain.
Maya gets a welcome surprise when hunky Miguel Rios opens the door.
Is this Valentine's Day about endings or does she have a chance at a new beginning?
Unexpected is a steamy short story featuring stormy nights,old farmhouses, and a happy ending.
A. J. Alan was the pseudonym of Leslie Harrison Lambert (1883-1941), an English magician, intelligence officer, short story writer and radio broadcaster. He was hugely popular in the '20s and '30s for his radio broadcasts, when he performed his own humorous and often macabre short stories, which he always delivered wearing full evening dress.
"The Photograph" is a short story about a photographer who is hired to take pictures of an old historical house. When the negatives are developed, there are some strange and very eerie images on the film....
Herbert George Wells (1866-1946) was a prolific English writer of science fiction stories and novels and is credited as being the father of science fiction.'The Cone' is a sinister story of betrayal, revenge, murder and horror. The ironmaster who manages the huge blast furnaces outside Newcastle shows the friend who has betrayed him with his own wife around the ironworks. A very dangerous environment to be alone with an enemy....
“An important and rewarding collection.” —Houston ChronicleThe short stories from In the Country of the Young feature characters struggling to find hope and connection—or just escape—through art, work, and love. The title story, a moving account of an angst-ridden seventeen-year-old nearly overwhelmed by his family’s aspirations for him, is a paean to the brief moment when the promise of youth and selfhood are untarnished by the disenchantments of life. In “Foxx Hunting,” a widower travels to LA to find a porn actress, though the movie he saw her in was shot decades earlier. “Lunch with Gottlieb” captures a young man of ambition hunting for the legendary advertising genius Gottlieb, lost in the jungles of business lunch.Garnering comparisons to the work of Bernard Malamud and Saul Bellow, the stories of In the Country of the Young are written with the rare empathy and skill of a short fiction master.
William Fryer Harvey (1885-1937) was an English writer of short stories, particularly in the mystery and horror genres."Dead of Night" is a creepy tale set during a Zeppelin raid during the first world war. Athelston Digby goes out during a raid to check on a fire at a factory of which he is a shareholder. While he is out he is involved in an accident and is take to the local infirmary. The hospital is operating under blackout conditions with a skeleton staff... and under these circumstances it is quite possible for mistakes to take place... terrible mistakes....
Arthur Machen (1863 – 1947) was a Welsh author and mystic, best known for his influential supernatural, fantasy, and horror fiction.
"The Ceremony" is the eerie tale of a standing stone which exerts a supernatural pull towards young females and draws them fearfully to make offerings there. Strange and mysterious offerings, at secret erotic ceremonies.
A collection of science fiction stories and novelettes by the Hugo and Philip K. Dick Award–winning author of Desolation Road and Luna: New Moon.
Published in conjunction with his Locus Award–winning debut novel, Desolation Road, Empire Dreams collects some of Ian McDonald’s finest early short fiction, including a several stories that first appeared in Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine.
In “Vivaldi,” an astrophysicist contemplates the death of the universe as he hurtles through space to investigate a black hole. A beach bum in Morocco encounters a woman who is curiously full of life in “Radio Marrakech.” An Irish scientist prepares to make contact with aliens as his daughter dreams of fairies in “King of Morning, Queen of Day.” And in the title novelette, a boy is given an experimental treatment that allows him to fight his cancer via virtual reality gameplaying.
As Asimov’sScience Fiction declared, Ian McDonald is “the Frank Herbert, William Gibson, or arguably even Thomas Pynchon of the early 21st century.”
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