Thursday, May 31, 2012


It's our great pleasure to announce that "Transcendence" has won the 2012 National Indie Excellence Book Award for visionary fiction.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

The Calamari Kleptocracy



Authored by Nicolas Sansone

Peace-loving Thor Gunderson has to make a choice when A Panini for Your Thoughts, the Fascist-themed Italian restaurant where he works, devises an incendiary plan to eliminate its competition. Should he swallow his pacifism, trust in his jingoistic boss, Alan, and stand behind his restaurant-nation? Should he dredge up the fortitude to speak his convictions to Alan's nefarious "business associates"? Or should he run off with the German homosexual who has offered him two million dollars in exchange for his assistance in tracking down a set of pilfered Tintoretto paintings?
When Thor falls in love with a new hire, Ms. Barbara Hackbush, whose internet doctor has diagnosed her with a troubling array of expensive "ailments," he makes up his mind: He will join the German on his "adventure-quest," make millions, and return to save Ms. Barbara from penury. However, as Thor is double-crossed by those he trusts the most, he begins to understand that blissful naivete is the surest path to ruin.

 About the author:
Nick Sansone holds an MFA in fiction from the University of Massachusetts and is the author of the novel Shooting Angels. His short fiction has appeared in a large number of journals, including PANK, Pear Noir!, Bartleby Snopes, NANO Fiction, Word Riot, Denver Syntax, and The Los Angeles Review. His work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the AWP Intro Journal Award. Learn more at his website:

Human Trial III

 Human Trial III


The Final Conflict

Authored by Timothy N. Stelly Sr.

Twenty-three years after climate-altering attacks on Earth, Americans begin rebuilding. Battle-tested Tawanna Chenier is sent across the country to recruit legendary military strategist
Adam Turner to head up the country's fledgling armed forces. After the assassination of the President, Adam
and Tawanna feel duty-bound to defend the country against a larger plot. Former drug lord Jorge Barbosa, engaged in exploiting alien-human hybrids as enslaved soldiers and laborers, also has possession of a nuclear weapon ... and seeks to detonate it on American soil. Facing a potential nuclear strike, 200 raw recruits go into battle, but their efforts are hindered by lack of resources, traitorous allies, and nightmarish logistics.
The attraction between Adam and Tawanna builds, but their focus is on attaining victory in the western hemisphere's most important fight for survival.

About the author:
Timothy N. Stelly is a poet, novelist and screenwriter from northern California whose 2008 novel, HUMAN TRIAL is the first part of a sci-fi trilogy that tells the story of an alien attack that decimates nearly all human, animal and plant life on earth. Subsequently, a small group of every day Americans who are forced to cooperate after an alien attack that elevates the earth's temperature to lethal levels and decimates the population and food supply. The central characters, Daron and Regina Turner, hold together a ragtag group of survivors, while trying to raise a child born from unusual circumstances.
In 2009 the work was nominated as a SORMag (Shades Of Romance Magazine) Book of the Year.
The sequel, HUMAN TRIAL II: ADAM'S WAR, was released in 2010 and raised the question, "What is the bigger threat to man, a foreign invader or man himself? It deals with tribalism and the flaws of the individual-such as greed, racism and the sometimes insatiable thirst for power. At the same time it is a story of hope, love and the American spirit as families, cities and the country attempts to rebuild, all the while struggling to hold on psychologically as they worry about threats real and imagined.
The final chapter in this American saga, HUMAN TRIAL III: THE FINAL CONFLICT, blends sci-fi, human dynamics, warfare, and romance set against the backdrop of a rebuilding, but fragile, America.
Stelly is also the author of an erotic comedy, NATHAN'S COUGAR (2011) and is currently at work on his next novel, a crime drama titled UNDER COLOR OF AUTHORITY which he hopes will find the bookshelves in 2013.

Misguided Sensitivity

Authored by Philip Nork

The journey we are on is a difficult one, even more so for those from a broken family.
Follow one boy as he searches for the two desires we all have in common: to be accepted by others, and to be truly happy.
Life continues through the good and the bad, and each and every person you meet along the way leaves pieces behind, like a jigsaw puzzle, for you to piece together as you grow and learn. And as you put those pieces together, you hopefully become a better person for it.
We are indeed all connected, and everything you do really does matter and will always affect someone else in one way or another.

 About the author:
Philip Nork was born in Chicago, Illinois and is the oldest of three children. His early years were devastating as he endured the divorce of his parents, the death of his beloved great-grandmother, and the resulting feelings of isolation and loneliness. While these events took their toll, they also shaped the man he grew up to be.
Phil had a different perspective than his friends and his experiences were totally unique. As his young male friends were busy playing baseball, defending their turf, and hitting on girls, his time was spent reading, listening to music, writing his feelings down in his journal and trying to understand the differences in people and to figure out how "we can all get along."
Philip Nork resides in Henderson,
Nevada with his family, where he mixes writing
with life.
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