Sean and Frances, happily married with two lovely twin daughters, Tania and Juliana, had been enjoying the bliss of Christmas for years.However, Ron, Sean's friend of twenty years, ruined the bliss the Sean and his family have been having. But there was an "11TH Hour miracle" that surfaced suddenly...
Despite conflicts with his efforts as a playwright, and complications in personal relationships, a young man tries to help his dog satisfy his sexual needs and discovers endless difficulties, some amusing, some bizarre.
Meredith is a struggling young writer. To be more successful, she is told to write about what she knows. Methodically Meredith prepares to become published. When she writes of murder it seems her dreams, may come true.
Against the backdrop of the Viet-Nam War, a young girl struggles to understand the turmoil the war has created in her Brooklyn neighborhood and learns that in war, even those who stay home and wait are prisoners.
The old sea Captain sits by his window overlooking the river port as a storm blows up. He watches the sailing ships mooring up for a safe anchorage; his heart heavy with nautical adventures and nostalgia. The storm has damaged a ship in the estuary and his expertise is called to lead the rescue.
A fetus who has a male and a female apparition of its future self battling over who the fetus will be after it is fully formed and born. The story satirizes "gender wars" and give some social commentary about how each gender is treated.
After seven years in prison, thanks to a betrayal that earns him a plea-bargaining reduction from a life sentence, Angelo Conte returns home to an empty life without money, self-respect, or Melanie the wife he loved. And there is more to lose.
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Poetry Space Competition
POETRY SPACE COMPETITION 2015 is now open for entries. Deadline will be June 30th, 2015. More details on shop page. Prizes: 1st £250, 2nd £100, 3rd, £50. Entry fee: £5 per poem. Friends of Poetry Space (i.e poets who have paid for annual membership) One poem free for every paid entry. Three first place winners, seven highly commended and ten selected top create an anthology of 20 poems. The top twenty poems selected will be published in a beautifully produced competition anthology and all selected will receive a complimentary copy. For more information, please visit the Poetry Space website.
International Author and Editor Frank Joussen from Germany is taking submissions for the following project: Familie (er)zählt
"Familie (er)zählt" - a pun meaning "family matters" and "family tells a story" - is a new project by one of the co-editors of the international anthology "Family Matters" by Indian publisher Nivasini. The stories will be translated into German, therefore the editor is only asking for first-time publication rights in the German language. All rights remain with the authors and the English original version can still be considered unpublished. Previously published pieces are also more than welcome. Word limits: 500 - 3,500 words; deadline: July 1, 2015; Payment: one complimentary copy incl. postage; Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted submissions so far include work from: published and awarded Irish authors: Mary T. Bradford, Teresa Sweeney, Barbara Leahy, Patrick Doherty; Chinese-American multiple-Pushcart nominee Changming Yuan (editor: Poetry Pacific, Vancouver); Oscar- and Grammy-winning Indian songwriter, scriptwriter and poet Gulzar and many others!
The Sex Diet
By A. R. Alan
If you're anything like me, you've tried every diet there is, and swallowed every pill promising to be the new fat-burning, no-exercise wonder drug. Not only didn't any of those diets work for me, but I found it created awkward side effects. Either I was constantly running to the toilet, or I was taking laxatives because I couldn't. Either way, it seemed like I was always shopping for toilet paper.
Then one day, I radically changed my life when I got up the guts and filed papers to divorce my loud-mouthed, cheating husband, Howie. I figured I'd start all over again. Unfortunately, as soon as I did that, depression took over. How could I start over? Who would look at me when I couldn't stand looking at myself? I was nothing more than a middle-aged, over-stuffed sausage, I thought.
That evening I sat down with a pint of Ben and Jerry's Chunky Monkey ice cream, and had a long talk with myself.
"Shirley." I said aloud. "The hell with the way you look. Go for it! Do all the things you always wanted to." Suddenly, I had a brilliant insight: the one thing I never experienced was good sex, let alone great sex!
The following morning, I joined an Internet Dating Service and advertised: "Older Woman Looking to Fulfill Younger Man's Dreams."
The very same day I got on line, I was inundated with emails from men of all ages telling me they were looking for a meaningful relationship. Meaningful relationship? Who the heck needed that? What I wanted was to shed my extra pounds by having sex. Wild, thumping, bumping, uninhibited sex, seven days and seven nights a week. I wanted to scream and howl in ecstasy.
After corresponding with at least 50 men, I narrowed it down to Jake, Richard, and Hal, each more handsome and virile looking than the other. The men were perfect for me, because each was willing to come over to my house for an organic salad, followed by an evening where they acted out the part of my love-slave. Not only did my experiment turn out to be great fun, but I discovered I had lost a whopping 10 pounds by the end of the first week. Well, I've lost 50 pounds now, feel fantastic and have added 2 more men to my harem.
Last week I went to see Doc. Henderson for my regular 3-month checkup, and he was concerned about my rapid weight loss, so I told him the truth. Not only did he think my sex diet was brilliant, but he gave up playing golf on Wednesday afternoons and now spends that time between my sheets.
In fact, Doc. Henderson is so thrilled with HIS weight loss; he wants to collaborate on a book. We've decided to call it: "The Sex Diet For Dummies."