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The Runners (2009)

The young woman opened the bag and took out one of the bananas. It had black spots on it. It was very ripe. Bobby hated them with black spots. He preferred them a little bit green. They were a bit drier and didn’t have as much of a banana taste off them. He couldn’t eat them at all if they had a ...

The Runners (2009) by Fiachra Sheridan

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.docx

Unfortunately, he knows no better than to obey orders of his malevolent aunt and her son. But then a magical twist of fate occurs and Harry starts to receive mysterious letters and his life changes forever. This is how Harry Potter’s adventure begins. He is undoubtedly the most famous character c...

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The Sundering (2005)

“I’ve never seen you out of uniform,” he said as he took her hand. Clattering in her blood was the anxiety that drew her smile taut. “I thought I’d give you a surprise.” “I hope it won’t be the last surprise you’ll give me tonight.” He put her arm in his and drew her toward the refreshments. Sula...

The Sundering (2005) by Walter Jon Williams

War on Whimsy

Nobody had been able to find Henry Sweet. He’d finally been discovered in the studio of his cottage painting a giant canvas bright orange. “I have an idea for a new painting,” he said, with a feverish light in his eyes. “That’s wonderful, darling!” said his wife. “Well, in that case, we must leav...

War on Whimsy by Liane Moriarty

Under the Jolly Roger: Being an Account of the Further Nautical Adventures of Jacky Faber

It is the first time we have been alone together since he was released from the brig. He comes up to me and takes my hand and holds it to his lips. "I don't care about my first command. All I care about is you. Why did you not send Jared or Harkness back with the prize? I want to..." "I know what...

Under the Jolly Roger: Being an Account of the Further Nautical Adventures of Jacky Faber by L. A. Meyer

Finding Darcy (2009)

Bailey, Dylan and Ava cracked up. I smiled and bit into my sandwich. A shudder slithered down my spine at the Vegemite that was layered on as thick and black as road tar. ‘Darcy, that was funny,’ said Laura, frowning. ‘Yeah, but my lunch isn’t.’ I checked Loz out, trying to see her as Misery did....

Finding Darcy (2009) by Sue Lawson

Disobedience (2006)

If the truth is innocent, they declare, why can it not be revealed? The very existence of a secret indicates malice and wrongdoing. All should be open, all exposed.But why, if this is so, is God not only the God of truth, but also the God of secrets? Why is it written of Him that He shall surely ...

Disobedience (2006) by Naomi Alderman

A Complicated Marriage (2012)

It wasn’t even ajar. It was more like a revolving door. I took nothing at first. Then, over the next weeks and months, I took some clothes, books, records, which I threw into the back of the car. All the chattels passed down through the matriarchies of my family, all the things Clem and I had acc...

A Complicated Marriage (2012) by Janice Van Horne

Comstock Cross Fire

“Gawddammit!” Holt shouted into the dawn. “Who are you and what do you want?” “We’re from Perdition and we want what you stole as well as that breed for hangin’!” “I didn’t steal anything!” Holt shouted. “Yeah, you did! You didn’t see that old woman rockin’ while she knitted in the back of the st...

Comstock Cross Fire by Gary Franklin

Pomegranates full and fine

The only illumination came from the far-apart maintenance lights and down from the streets above through ventilation shafts. Miranda depended on her ability to see in the dark. Tango held Miranda’s hand and depended on the vampire to keep her from stumbling in the deepest shadows. They walked wit...

Pomegranates full and fine by Unknown Author

Witch House

No small coincidence, I imagined, as the proximity to each other likely worked well for reciprocal referrals. Still, I found it strange that he chose to set up shop in this manner. Dominic Spinelli said that Kemper was once a highly regarded up and coming defense attorney. I would have thought he...

Witch House by Dana Donovan

Mortal Lock

By the time I started school, everyone was telling me I could be anything I wanted, do anything I wanted to do. At home, too—I had very supportive, encouraging parents. But there was only one thing I ever wanted to be: a writer. Just a writer. That’s the wrong word, “just.” It trivializes somethi...

Mortal Lock by Andrew Vachss

Round-the-Clock Temptation (2005)

This particular brand had showed up in tight jeans, a flannel shirt and cowboy boots. And he was looking at her as though her hair had caught fire. “You’re Nita Windcroft?” “That’s what it says on my birth certificate.” He shook his head, as if he couldn’t believe it. Connor may have been Jake’s ...

Round-the-Clock Temptation (2005) by Michelle Celmer

The Buenos Aires Marriage Deal

Remembering the first time she had seen it, having already been bowled over by the size and beauty of Marisa and Diego’s spectacular residence, just a few lanes away, Briana could still recall her jaw dropping at her first glimpse of the dazzling white mansion with its secluded drive lined with a...

The Buenos Aires Marriage Deal by Maggie Cox

The Cellar Beneath the Cellar (Bell Mountain)

Even better, he eagerly preached whatever message the First Prester wished him to preach. This morning, in front of the crowd that packed the great chamber of the Temple, he was at the top of his form. “I want you all to take a good look across the river today,” he said, the high, curved ceiling ...

The Cellar Beneath the Cellar (Bell Mountain) by Lee Duigon