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Ah, the sturdy trench coat. A traditional mainstay not only in classic wardrobes, but classic literature. Plenty of pockets to hide things in. Water repellent and sometimes, villain repellent. An icon for beloved detectives, inspectors, and spies for generations. (Not to mention flashers, femme fatales, and minor characters who just need to keep dry in the rain.)
The Trench Coat Chronicles, cleverly conceived and superbly assembled and edited, offers the reader far more than a clever way to tie stories together. It provides myriad ideas of how to defy stereotypes, upend the murder mystery genre, and, perhaps, even make wardrobe a character. With varied writing styles from conventional noir to cozy mystery to feminist detective, there is much in this collection to delight and admire.
Engaging for readers, and inspiring to writers. What more could a short story anthology possibly offer, short of being packaged with whiskey?
So settle in for a fun ride. Enjoy the variety of colorful settings and interesting characters. Smile as you watch each coat emerge and work its story magic.
We promise, the next time it rains and you open your closet? You'll never look at those epaulets and belt the same way again.
And who knows what's next from this talented editing team? I, for one, will be advocating for The Go-Go Boot Collection.
--Kelly Simmons, international selling author of suspenseful women's fiction.
Whether you’re sitting around a campfire, or staying up late to read—you’ll eventually have to turn off the light, you know—you’ll love these fifteen tales of ghosts, haunted houses, and spooky goings-on!
Imagine waking every day in an old house, unable to leave the grounds because every time you do you get lost in the gray mist. What if the haunted section in the library was actually haunted? Seeing a ghost in a haunted house would be one thing...but what if it followed you home?
Step into the haunted worlds of the fifteen ghostly tales in Hauntings...if you dare!
But this isn't a normal expedition. When Dirk's head of security breaks protocol and engages with the planet's unexpected humanoid species, Dirk and his crew find themselves, at first, with what seems like a viral breakout inducing a comatose state. With half the crew immobilized and seemingly in a trance, a small team reaches out beyond their original plans in search of the cause and a way to reverse the disease. What awaits them is far beyond anything they've ever imagined, and calls them to do more than they ever believed they could.
Join Dirk and the Ark on this perilous journey among ancient tribes, communion with the planet's sentient nature, and the dangerous forces trying to break free into the universe. Only one thing can stop it, and nobody likes what their last option has become.
A suspense drama that follows the life of the lead character; Clarissa, in her discovery to find out who she really is. She encounters people and scenarios that constantly confuse her, but she is lucky to have a new love interest; Jim, to distract her from her constant turmoil.
She finds herself trapped between greedy people, who see Clarissa as nothing more than a problem that needs fixing. Clarissa doesn't know who to trust, but undeterred she is determined not to let anyone get the better of her.
This book has been written by 19 International Authors, overseen by a Story Coordinator. This collaboration began in August 2014, and took eight months to complete. The dedication of everyone involved has brought something wonderfully new to the market. If you are a fan of collaborative fiction writing, or even a skeptic, you will want to read this book!