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Sub-Prime (The Love In A Hopeless Place Collection Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Emma Calin
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Book Description

A #1 Kindle Best Seller in Short Stories - comes with FREE audiobook.

Two powerless beings are swept together in a transient struggle for survival. Could the human spirit transcend the brutality and indifference of their brief experience before they are once again swept helplessly apart? Far more than a love story - this is a story about love.

Sub-Prime: a short story of our times.

All purchasers are entitled to a FREE audiobook of Sub-Prime in MP3 format. Available by emailing the author (authorname@hotmail dot com) or following the instructions at the end of the book.


'Sub-Prime is not a fun tale, but it's truth, and truth, even well stated, is stark, in-your-face, and eye opening'

'Although the story is short, it is well-written, quite intense and very realistic'

'Powerful condensed full-flavoured shot of reality'

Product Details

  • File Size: 164 KB
  • Print Length: 11 pages
  • Publisher: Gallo-Romano Media; 4 edition (May 24, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0052N1XN8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #589,701 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars intense and real February 15, 2012
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with a family to feed and mortgage payments to meet, Mike settles for "casual labor" at Celestial Farms. for Mike, the working conditions are not that bad but the job requirements are - preparing and slaughtering prime live turkeys.
the term Sub-Prime refers to loans or mortgages supplied to those with lower credit ratings. according to Yahoo Answers, Sub-Prime could also mean stay away, corrupt, better luck next time, a sucker's born every minute and clean up your act.
i find these other definitions interesting because they aptly describe Mike, the factory and the people he meets there.
although the story is short, it is well-written, quite intense and very realistic. it deals with the human condition, the choices one makes and how far an unemployed person would go to survive.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed this book February 5, 2013
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Book was an ok read. Like the forensic information...interesting daughter recommended this book series to me. Will probably read rest of series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four stars September 4, 2012
By Danie
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A well written little tale. Serves to remind that under the right circumstances people will do anything and that no matter how low you think you've gone there is always someone worse off.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Humanity in Crisis May 28, 2012
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Emma Calin's short story, Sub-Prime, has equal shades of the bleak economic times found in both the past and present day. Her lead character, Mike, is a man reduced to a place of destitution after being unemployed for two months. In order to provide for his family, he must take a job slaughtering turkeys at Celestial Farms. Here he meets a poverty-stricken young woman. These contrasting characters present a contradiction in appearance and internal fortitude. The working conditions and sociology in this story have shades of works by Charles Dickens and Hannah Tinti, except they are set during present day. The spark of a reciprocal connection lending support between two people in dire straits is endearing. The language barrier between them shows loving hearts need no words. This five star short story leaves you wanting it to continue.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A dark tale of Christmas May 11, 2012
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It's been a long time since I found a short story worthy of mention. That's sad. I always loved them. O'Henry. L'Amour. Thurber. There were so many greats who used the medium so well. Emma Calin joins those illustrious ranks with Sub-Prime. She also obligates herself to us now to provide a collection of them. Sub-Prime is a Christmas story that that could become a classic of its genre. It tells the sad tale of a man at the end of his rope, out of work and out of money, trying to provide for his family during the holiday season. There is little hope in this story which is somehow appropriate in these dark economic times in which we live.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spontaneous Combustion Likely May 11, 2012
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When Mike loses his job, and can't find another after long searching, he swallows his pride and goes to work in one of those "farms" where turkeys are slaughtered and plucked. It's a big comedown, especially when this big strong man discovers he is unable to kill a bird. "The neck was warm and living. He could feel its pulse as if it were his baby son."

Mike gets help from a Roma waif working alongside him at the plant. This plain girl, who speaks almost no English, does his killing for him while Mike takes over most of the plucking. They have an unspoken contract, as Mike sees it.

Mike embarks on a curious mental journey in this single week of day labor, with this innocent yet highly suggestive relationship with a co-worker and with his gradual transformation into a killer. There is the intimation that darker things lurk beneath the surface, and all these elements threaten to combust at any moment in this intricate and beautiful story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a slaughter of love May 10, 2012
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Emma Calin's Sub-Prime is a haunting short story about the compromises people make for even an uncertain love. Calin takes a grotesque setting and mines beautiful diamonds from it. I would love to see Calin apply her formidable literary gifts to a full length novel that uses this story as its centerpiece.

It only takes twenty minutes or so to read the entire piece. I guarantee the reader will find the time spent on this story well-worth the effort.

Highly recommended.
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More About the Author

Emma Calin was born in London in 1962. She currently lives in France and the UK.

She has been writing since childhood and has won numerous local, national and international prizes for poetry and short stories.

Emma currently writes action romance novels and gritty short stories in digital e-book, paperback and audio book formats. She has recently announced a series of illustrated children's modern-day fairy tales - the 'Once Upon a NOW' series, which includes 'ALF THE WORKSHOP DOG', 'ISABELLA'S PINK BICYCLE' and 'KOOL KID KRUNCHA AND THE HIGH TRAPEZE'.

As part of the HitLitPro team, Emma is proud to donate her short story 'CHAMPIONS' to the 2014 Movember anthology 'LET'S HEAR IT FOR THE BOYS' published by ThornBerry Publishing UK. Nine Mo-Sistas - all romance authors - have embraced the moustache baton and joined forces to support their menfolk. All profits from the sale of the book will go to the Movember charity.

'KNOCKOUT!' is the first in Emma's Passion Patrol' series. A love story set against a backdrop of international gambling corruption and deception. Interpol cop Anna Leyton finds herself torn between love and duty when her professional and private life intersects. 2 video teasers for this book are available in the right hand column of this author page, below the blog. This book is now available in both paperback and Kindle formats.

'SHANNON'S LAW' the second stand-alone novel following the 'Passion Patrol' theme of hot cops, hot crime and hot romance. Shannon is a witty but feisty inner-city wild-child cop, brought up on the wrong side of the tracks. Her unconventional methods and quick wit bring her success - but not without upsetting the bosses, who move her out to a rural patrol beat. She rapidly discovers there's more going on in this sleepy village than meets the eye. The son of a local aristocrat arouses suspicion of drug crime activity - but his widower father arouses more animal instincts! Their social differences mean nothing to their passion and need. Already in the mix is an upper class female rival - who has long plotted her way into the Earl's bed. The jealousy is an evil shade of green and the anger is a violent scarlet. Could she really mix with the British royal family? Can she risk her heart and career on yet another high risk unauthorised investigation? Can she get justice for an innocent boy? Dare a kid from the gutter dream of being a countess?

'COP'S KITCHEN' a companion cook book to 'SHANNON'S LAW' - read the romance, feel the passion TASTE the love. Emma Calin provides photos and recipes for all the meals shared in the story. Food ranging from items for a buffet luncheon in the marquee at the local manor house, for an intimate breakfast for two or for a traditional British fish and chip dinner.

The 'LOVE IN A HOPELESS PLACE COLLECTION' - a complete 'boxed set' of 5 gritty hard-hitting novelettes and short stories which explore the human quest for love, compassion and survival. Available in July 2013 in print, digital e-book and audiobook formats.

'SUB-PRIME' is a prize-winning hard hitting short story about courage, exploitation and love. It is a raw and brutal exposé of life at the bottom in the aftermath of recession. Available in e-book formats for Kindle and Kindle Reader Apps. This is the first in Emma Calin's novelette and short story series and is available as a single title or in the 'LOVE IN A HOPELESS PLACE COLLECTION'.

'THE CHOSEN' - the second publication in the 'LOVE IN A HOPELESS PLACE COLLECTION' - is a short story set in modern times where working people struggle to keep their dreams alive. A world where the promise of love motivates desperate measures. Available as a single title in e-book format for Kindle and Kindle Reader Apps, or as part of the collection.

'ESCAPE TO LOVE' is a novelette set in an urban landscape, the third in Emma's 'LOVE IN A HOPELESS PLACE COLLECTION'. A mother and her autistic daughter are trying to start a new life. They have escaped an abusive relationship only to now find themselves tangled in further drama and controversy. Can she trust her instincts and make the right choices for her child? Their future depends on it. Available as a single title in e-book format for Kindle and Kindle Reader Apps.

'ANGELA' is a very short story of a late night taxi ride where the final passenger may not be all that she seems. The fourth story in the 'LOVE IN A HOPELESS PLACE COLLECTION'.

'LOVE IN A HOPELESS PLACE' is a novelette which is the fifth and final book in Emma's 'boxed set' and gives the name to the anthology - THE LOVE IN A HOPELESS PLACE COLLECTION. A mature woman finds the truth of herself. She cannot go back even though physical and emotional violence erupt around her. Dare she give in to love? Will sexual passion and fear overwhelm her stable life? Who can she trust to love her for herself? Available as a single title or as part of the collection.
Emma Calin is a featured author and editor on and Venture Galleries Authors Collection.

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