Sixfold Fiction Fall 2013

Sixfold Fiction Fall 2013

Sixfold

Sixfold

Sixfold is an all-writer-voted short-story and poetry journal. All writers who submit their manuscripts vote to select the highest-voted $1000 prize-winning manuscripts and all the short stories and poetry published in each issue.Sixfold is an all-writer-voted journal. All writers who upload their manuscripts vote to select the highest-voted $1000 prize-winning manuscripts and all the short stories and poetry published in each issue. In Sixfold Fiction Fall 2013: Slater Welte What Made Us Leave; Heather Frese The Coffee Table Book of Funeral Etiquette; Gibson Monk The Cedar Orb; Bronwyn Berg Try to Be Normal; Jessie Foley Night Swimming; E. Ce Miller A Shock to the System; Lucy Tan Cachito; Daniel C. Bryant En route; Marc Burgett Armed and Dangerous; Liz Cook Why You Should Never Speak To Your First Love; Eileen Arthurs Investing in Plastic; Barry Bergman This Mascot Business; Katherine Enggass Table; Maria Hummer The Person I Was Yesterday; Tony Burnett Painting Over Stains; Karen Pullen Something to Tell Henry; Catherine Bell Getting Away; Steven Lee Beeber The Box; Jessica Bagwell Melon; Jodi Barnes Six Days of Pritchett
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The Aurora City

The Aurora City

E. R. Mason

Science Fiction & Fantasy

Alien creatures are set to invade and overrun Earth. The secret to stopping them may be hidden within a mysterious computer that can only be accessed through the use of a strange, sometimes deadly sensesuit. Join Cassiopia Cassell and Scott Markman as they are drawn into a dangerous world filled with mystery, intrigue, and well-kept secrets that could save Earth from a bizarre annihilation.Navy Seabee Brad Burgess landed on the island of Okinawa with no regrets and few expectations. He knew a chapter of his life had closed and a new and different life was beginning. Brad easily made friends with all he met and worked with the Okinawans as well as the American civilians who worked for the Army. He discovered the bar girls were not only friendly, but were caring women who through no fault of their own didn't quite fit into Okinawan society.After two short affairs with bar girls, Brad met Tomako Tomanaga an older Okinawan lady who managed a coffee house which was off limits to the GIs. Tomi's parents died during the invasion and she had several bad experiences growing up on war-torn Okinawa. When they first met, Brad and Tomi became close friends but not lovers though Brad stayed overnight in her apartment several times. With Vietnam looming on the horizon, concerned about Brad leaving the island and her, Tomi was forced to admit to herself, and finally to Brad, that they were very much in love and their destinies were connected to each other. Brad had honchoed several construction projects for the Navy and became involved with the US Army's 'People to People' construction projects which gave him a reputation in construction and leadership. With an increase in rank and a successful Seabee career ahead, he reenlisted going stateside then to Vietnam leaving Tomi on Okinawa. Tomi was pregnant but before she could write to Brad with the good news, disaster struck in Vietnam.An Okinawan Affair is a multi-cultural/historical novel of about 88,000 words telling of the plights of the Okinawan people and how their lives were under the rule of the US military following WWII.
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Deceiving the Duke of Kerrington

Deceiving the Duke of Kerrington

Ginny Hartman

Historical / Regency / Romance

When Lady Noelle is forced into an arranged marriage to a man she has never met, she convinces her lady's maid Hope to trade places with her so she can flee to America with the man she truly loves. Thrown into a life she has only ever viewed from the outside, Hope must convince everyone that she is a lady lest her farce be discovered. Guarding her heart will be the hardest challenge of all.Hope Hillburn was born to a life of servitude and never once questioned her role in society. As a lady's maid to Noelle Parrish, she had everything she wanted out of life; a secure and honorable post, a decent room to call her own, and ample time to write fantastical tales of winsome creatures while her mistress, Lady Noelle, attended the various society events offered by the ton. Lady Noelle Parrish knew that her father was anxious to see her wed but she never imagined he'd go behind her back and arrange for her to marry against her will, to a duke with a questionable reputation no less. Disheartened by the prospect of marrying a man she's never met and the possibility of foregoing a lifetime of love, Noelle makes the impulsive decision to flee England with an American gentleman she's only just met. There's only one problem...Lady Noelle's father, the Earl of Brattondale, would never permit her to marry an untitled American, nor was he willing to go back on his word to the duke. In her desperation, Lady Noelle convinces Hope to take her place after noticing an uncanny resemblance between them both. Against her own better judgment, Hope agrees to take Noelle's place when she realizes there's no other way for Noelle to flee to America without causing her family disgrace. Thrown into a life she has only ever viewed from the outside, Hope must convince everyone that she is a lady lest her farce be discovered. She is confident that she can handle society's strict rules of propriety but she soon learns that guarding her heart from falling in love with an incredibly handsome, self assured duke with a penchant for snarling isn't going to be quite as easy.
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Country Bride

Country Bride

Ava Catori

Romance / Contemporary / Chick Lit

Kristin Shaw ran away to Wyoming, looking to escape a broken heart. After becoming widowed on her honeymoon, she can barely breathe, and isn’t sure life is worth living. Ty Addison is rough around the edges, and has no interest in falling in love. Finding himself attracted to Kristin, his polar opposite, can the couple see past their differences and admit what they're feeling?Kristin Shaw ran away to Wyoming, looking to escape a broken heart. After becoming widowed on her honeymoon, she can barely breathe, and isn’t sure life is worth living. Moving to a remote area of the country, she wants to hide away and heal her mind. Forced to confront rural life in Wyoming, she faces challenges that make her question her move. Ty Addison is rough around the edges, having grown up on a farm, and now working in the small rural town. He had no intention of falling for the girl from New Jersey, in fact, he wasn’t even sure he liked her at first. Finding himself attracted Kristin, can he convince her to give him a chance? Or will she go back to the safety of suburbia life she once knew?
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Ride With Me (A Quaking Heart Novel - Book One)

Ride With Me (A Quaking Heart Novel - Book One)

Janith Hooper

Christian / Romance / Fiction

He is her dream come to life. She is invisible to him . . .Jessica Harper is a sweet and innocent woman, held back from a life of her own. Clint Wilkins is a cut above the rest, but he’s broken, and emotionally unavailable. When Clint’s vow to never marry and his attraction to Jessie square off, will he take her innocence . . . or her heart, and change both their lives forever.He is her dream come to life. She is invisible to him . . . Jessica is a sweet and innocent woman, held back from a life of her own. Clint is a cut above the rest, but he’s broken, and emotionally unavailable. When Clint’s vow to never marry and his attraction to Jessie square off, Clint finds himself at a life-altering crossroads. Will he take her innocence . . . or her heart, and change both their lives forever. * * *Jessica Harper daydreams of escaping her demanding family. When Uncle Roy begs her to come to his large cattle ranch in Montana to help Mabel, his cook, she jumps at the chance. Problem is, he neglected to tell her she’d be helping to feed over two dozen cowboys with a cook who, in less than two months’ time, has run off six helpers. Once Jessica arrives, the cantankerous cook isn’t her only problem. Right out of the chute she meets the compelling, handsome ranch foreman. Though she recognizes him as her life-long dream, she must face the fact that they are not a matched set. He’s much too . . . everything, for her. Yet, Jessica can’t seem to keep her mind or her eyes off him. Her desire runs rampant, her faith is tested, her courage fails her, and that’s all before an unforeseen disaster strikes.Clint Wilkins, the rugged, stand alone foreman—and Gallatin County’s most sought-after bachelor—has successfully fought off marriage for years. But, before he knows it, Jessie’s sweet nature and strong character burrow under his skin, blazing a path straight for his philandering heart. When he finds himself poleaxed by the wholesome Jessie, he must re-evaluate his calloused lifestyle. But, as he tries to change, he is reminded how damaged and used up he is, and how pure she remains. Yet, he can’t seem to resist her powerful tug on his reins. Their story is one of allure and affliction, but also of soul-tying love. Will they trust the path God has set for them, or turn away from each other for good?
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Reject

Reject

ToClark

Art / Nonfiction / History

This book is not for everybody! It is a somewhat cynical, if amusing tale of the working life of a scientist in the chemical industry. Set in Britain in the '60s 'White heat of the technological revolution' it is a fairly accurate record of how it was to be employed in one of the 25 major companies that Prime Minister Harold Wilson wanted to Nationalise. Thank goodness he didn't!Ireland has many secrets... this is one of them.For sixteen years, my life has been normal. Piedsville, Oklahoma isn't the tourist mecca of the world, but it's where I live. It's my junior year and I've known everyone since Kindergarten, everyone except her, Pru Phelan. She walked into my English class, my heart stopped. I'd never heard the name Phelan before, so I Googled it and found Phelan means wolf. What I didn't know, she was a werewolf and soon my destiny would change. This is the story about the prophecy of the Great Wolf and how it relates to me. I'm Abel Casey, and I am the Great Wolf. The Legacy of Kilkenny is a young adult story about werewolves, friendship, family, and fear. Other works by DevynThe Light Tamer TrilogyThe Light Tamer - Book OneEnlightened - Book TwoAmber's Faerie Tale - Book 2.5The Legacy of Kilkenny - Book OneMalevolence - Book TwoThe Seduction - Book 1.5The Great Wolf - Jan 2014New Adult BookSapphire - A Werewolf Love StoryAdult ContemporaryCry Me a RiverCry Me a River PG-13"The Legacy of Kilkenny is a fantastic read. Devyn Dawson has created one amazing urban- fantasy world. The storyline is strong and fresh, with different werewolf packs, vampires, dream walkers, and seers—and that's just the tip of this awesome adventure." Debbie at I heart young adult books"This book was such a fantastic read. I started and couldn’t stop. It had one of those storylines that got you involved right from the start and didn’t let go till the end." Book Reviewer"I thoroughly enjoyed The Legacy of Kilkenny. Devyn Dawson created a fun and unique world with our favorite shifters..." Book Reviewer"It was nice to see two main characters with their own storylines that cross into each other then watch the two of them grow and mature. A great coming of age story." Book Reviewer
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Secrets Are My Sanity

Secrets Are My Sanity

Isabelle Arocho

Romance / Paranormal / Mystery

After being bullied all through high school, Nick Sheldon is looking forward to college life. It’s going well until an unforeseeable complication is tossed his way in the form of Shane Gregory. Nick has been trying to hold a secret in all his life but the longer he’s around Shane, the sooner the façade starts to crumble.Dragons, griffins, and BNPs (Bugs of Nightmarish Proportions). Never in their wildest dreams could they have imagined what was in store for them. After learning he had inherited an enormous mansion and a huge tract of land from a reclusive set of relatives, Steve Miller, along with his wife Sarah, decide to take a few days off to investigate their new-found fortune in the quiet resort town of northern Idaho, Coeur d’Alene. While taking inventory of the vast manor, they discover a unique set of doors on the top floor. Mistaking them to be an ornate decoration, the doors are accidentally activated, presenting the two new homeowners with a tantalizing decision: step through or ignore? No harm could possibly befall them by simply walking through an open door, right? Curiosity getting the better of them, they step through and both are sent on a one-way journey to a land of unimagined wonder! Realizing they were now stranded on a world populated with creatures that should exist only in one’s imagination, they enlist the aid of the local king and queen. Their troubles continue to escalate, however, as it is revealed their arrival had been long foretold by an ancient local prophecy, bestowing upon them the status of Royal Bodyguards to the young crown prince. Stuck on a foreign world where mythical creatures abound, trying to avoid being attacked by griffins, and hoping to impress a living, breathing dragon, the newly appointed babysitters must find a way to return home soon before harm could befall the young prince.Some days it didn't pay to get out of bed.
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The Road To Price

The Road To Price

Justine Elvira

Romance / Humor and Comedy / Contemporary

*Revised/Edited with new cover- May 2014Original publication: March 2013Mia Dechino is running from her traumatic past and the death of a loved one. Sebastian is cocky, arrogant, and a womanizer, but he might be what Mia is searching for. Can Mia move past the pain she has in her heart and finally begin to be happy? Or will the guilt of a loved one’s death destroy her. .*Recommended for 17+*Revised/Edited with new cover- May 2014Original publication: March 2013Your life can change when you least expect it but the love of the right person can make those changes bearable.Mia Dechino is running from her traumatic past and the death of a loved one. Heartbroken and numb, she packs a bag and is ready to escape the small town in Georgia where she grew up. Heading off to Miami to start over, she meets Sebastian Price on an interview from hell. Sebastian is cocky, arrogant, and a womanizer, but he might be what Mia is searching for. Mia tries to keep her distance from Sebastian but the connection between them is unavoidable. Their attraction slowly builds as the line between employee and employer blurs. At twenty-three years old, Mia has gone through more than most people have in a lifetime. Can Mia move past the pain she has in her heart and finally begin to be happy? Or will the guilt of a loved one’s death destroy her. .*Recommended for 17+ due to subject matter and sexual content.
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John Gone

John Gone

Michael Kayatta

Science Fiction & Fantasy / Young Adult

After finding a mysterious wristwatch buried in the sand, sixteen-year-old John suddenly finds himself teleporting farther and farther away from his home each day when the hands strike 3:14. Unable to deactivate the device or remove it from his arm, John must do what he can to survive when its dangerous creator comes looking for his lost invention. John Gone is Book One of The Diaspora Trilogy.Sixteen-year-old John has stumbled across an abandoned wristwatch half-buried in the sand behind his house. Curious, he places it on his wrist; to his surprise, it won’t come off.Suddenly, each day at 3:14 P.M. John begins to uncontrollably teleport around the world. He might materialize anywhere--a burning African desert, a Canadian forest, even a Siberian prison--and must do what he can to survive until 3:14 A.M. when the watch takes him home again.But John's adventures come with a price ...When a scientist mysteriously trapped far below the surface of the Earth makes contact through a hologram in the watch's face, John learns that his travels will eventually kill him. Soon, he's faced with an impossible choice: continue to endanger his life by using the watch, or switch places with the scientist and risk losing his freedom forever.
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The Captain of Her Heart

The Captain of Her Heart

Anita Stansfield

Christian / Fiction / Romance

The year is 1777. As the brooding mists of war settle over a stark American battlefield, Captain Ritcherd Buchanan yearns for his native England—and for Kyrah Payne, the woman he loves. Wounded and disheartened, he eventually returns home, only to have Kyrah torn cruelly away from him and deported for a crime she didn’t commit. An exceptional love story by bestselling author Anita Stansfield.The year is 1777. As the brooding mists of war settle over a stark American battlefield, Captain Ritcherd Buchanan yearns for his native England—and for Kyrah Payne, the woman he loves. Wounded and disheartened, he eventually returns home, only to have Kyrah torn cruelly away from him and deported for a crime she didn’t commit. Desperate to bring her home, he joins a band of privateers and finds himself embracing the American patriot cause—a cause he’d once sworn to defeat.All alone in a country at war, Kyrah becomes a victim of the breach between her own impoverished circumstances and the aristocratic upbringing of the man she loves. They had been best friends and confidants for more than half her life, but now she wonders if Ritcherd will ever be able to find her—or if he’ll even try. And she fears that the chasm between their worlds can never be bridged.A powerful and deeply moving saga, its intricate plot expertly woven and guaranteed to keep any reader turning its pages. The only disappointment is that the book ends!The Captain of Her Heart may be the finest novel yet by bestselling author Anita Stansfield.
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Agent with a History

Agent with a History

Guy S. Stanton III

Fantasy / Science Fiction / Thriller

It’s been one long day for Lisa and her headache is living proof of it. Things always got crazy this time of the month, but this month was exceptional. She needed sleep bad and only hoped the nightmares that haunted her would leave her alone for at least one night. They don’t. She wakes up as usual screaming only to find out that her nightmare has just begun, because she’s not alone in her room.One man has been gruesomely tortured to death in a ritualistic killing. An entire police precinct has been reconstructed down to the smallest detail in an abandoned warehouse and a mysterious stranger known only as Flint seems to be the cause of it all. It’s a case that is fast turning into one big headache for Lisa Tauranto a detective for the NYPD, but it gets much worse when her past, that she’s tried so hard to bury, rises up to engulf her in its golden grip once again. Lisa is ripped from the existence that she so pain stakingly built for herself into a mixed up world of intrigue, where nothing is as it seems. It’s a fight to survive and to protect what she is sworn to, but will love conquer all? Will she betray her oath to be happy? Does she even have a choice anymore or does a several thousand year old mystery hold enough weight in treasure to drag her down with it? Everyone wants her dead, everyone that is but for one man who is the cause of all her upheaval in the first place. He’s an agent working for someone, but she doesn’t know who. She only hopes he’s as good as his kisses make her believe him to be.
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To Catch a Bad Guy (Book One of the Janet Maple Series)

To Catch a Bad Guy (Book One of the Janet Maple Series)

Marie Astor

Romance / Mystery / Romantic Suspense

When Janet Maple lands a job at an investment firm in New York, she begins to hope that her luck is finally turning for the better until she discovers alarming facts about her new employer. Dennis Walker is a top-notch white collar crime investigator, but when he meets Janet, Dennis finds himself torn between his professional obligations and his personal desires.Janet Maple’s stellar career ended with a layoff and her boyfriend of five years told her that he wants to be just friends. When she lands a job at one of New York’s premier boutique investment firms, Janet begins to hope that her luck is finally turning for the better. Not only is she happy with her new paycheck, but things also seem to be looking up on the personal front, as the company’s handsome attorney expresses keen interest in Janet. However, her euphoria is short-lived, as Janet soon discovers alarming facts about her new employer’s business tactics. When her boss dismisses her suspicions as groundless, Janet finds herself confiding to a cute IT engineer, Dean Snider. The closer she gets to Dean, the more Janet is tempted to break her rule of not dating co-workers, but what she doesn’t realize is that everything she knows about Dean, including his occupation and even his name, is a lie.Dennis Walker is a top-notch white collar crime investigator who will stop at nothing to put culprits away. When an opportunity for an undercover assignment at one of New York’s premier boutique investment firms comes up, Dennis jumps at the chance, adopting a persona of geeky IT engineer, Dean Snider. While he may be an ace at his job, years of experience fail him when Dennis meets Janet Maple and finds himself torn between his professional obligations and his personal desires. Will he have to choose between his feelings and duty, or will he find a way to satisfy both?
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The Academy - Introductions (The Ghost Bird Series #1)

Introductions

C. L. Stone

Young Adult / Romance / Suspense

With an agoraphobic mother and a barely-there father, Sang abhors the isolation keeping her in the shadows. The only thing Sang craves is a fresh start and to be accepted as ordinary by her peers, because for her being different meant being cast out alone.With an agoraphobic mother and a barely-there father, Sang abhors the isolation keeping her in the shadows. The only thing Sang craves is a fresh start and to be accepted as ordinary by her peers, because for her being different meant being cast out alone.When her family moves to a new school district, Sang infiltrates a group of boys nearly perfect in every way. Grateful for an influence outside of her parents’ negativity, she quickly bonds with the boys, hoping to blend in and learn from them what it means to have a natural relationship with friends.Only the boys have secrets of their own and they’ll do anything to keep her safe from the knowledge of the mysterious Academy that they've sworn allegiance to. Bit by bit, Sang discovers that her friends are far from the normalcy she expected. Will her loyalty change when she's forced to remain in the dark, or will she accept that she's traded one house of secrets for another?Meet Kota, Victor, Silas, Nathan, Gabriel, Luke and North in a story about differences and loyalty, truth and mystery, friendships and heart-throbbing intimacy.The Academy, ever vigilant.
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For King and Country

For King and Country

Oliver Ma

Poetry

Told from the eyes of Charles Stuart, the Prince of Wales, For King and Country is set in England during its Civil War. Follow the young prince as he tries to balance his loyalties to his house with his loyalties to his people against the backdrop of the European enlightenment.Prince Charles Stuart seemed to have his future laid out for him: he is the heir apparent to the English Throne and his father rules over a prosperous British Isles, enjoying the bounties of the recent Renaissance. When the prince travels north to confront the rebellious Scottish Noble Archibald Argyll, however, he realizes the British Isles were neither as well off nor as loyal to the crown as he has been led to believe. As a religious discord uproots old sentiments between the English Parliament and the English King, war looms on the horizon; Charles must find wisdom beyond his years, or witness his world torn apart by a bloody, civil war. In a tale of trials and hardships, Prince Charles endures tragedy after tragedy that threatens to bring the Royal house to the brinks of extinction. Struggling to come to terms with realities outside the Palace walls, Charles is exposed to a plethora of ideas that shakes his loyalties to the core. As the King wages war on his own people, one of Europe’s greatest eras, the Enlightenment, is dawning. Prince Charles, loyal to both his house and his country, must leave the world his father had built for him, and forge a new Britain, one where the interests of the king and the people compliment each other, in order to succeed the British Throne.
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Dawn of the Valiant (The Valerious Chronicles: Book One)

Dawn of the Valiant (The Valerious Chronicles: Book One)

Julian Saheed

Fantasy

The darkness is drawing near. For centuries the Alliance has kept their enemies at bay. But the rise of a tyrant in the East has set in motion events few could have foreseen. Strange creatures stalk the shadows and the laws of magic are being sundered. Brothers Christill and Thibalt will learn that their childhood woes are insignificant. Their part in this struggle will shape the fate of all.The tyrant King Zephra has waited nineteen long years to meet his destiny. In the deepest corner of his hidden lair he has finally found a way to break the laws of magic. His malevolent scheme will forever ensnare the world. And the Feldonian nation will be powerless to stop him.Yet destiny comes in twos. For on the very eve of Zephra’s rise to power nineteen years ago, two brothers were kidnapped from their homeland by the savage Miirvkin. Brothers who, growing up amongst their hated foes, are fated to return to Feldom at the turning point of this ancient struggle.Now, whilst strange creatures stalk the shadows, and the darkness encroaches, destinies will clash. Thibalt and Christill will find that they have a larger part to play in the fate of their homeland. Yet the salvation of an entire race will weigh a heavy burden on them.
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