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Stories currently for sale, but only as eBooks.

 

Vanguard_Cvr_big  The Vanguard

How do you lead people when nobody will even listen to you? And when you are not even sure what you are doing? This is what Matt Dodds is trying to figure out. He finds himself unexpectedly made the leader of his scout troop, which has been sent by billionaire recluse Roderick Tyler on a nine-month cruise aboard the Vanguard Observer, a research vessel that is also part school and part leadership academy. Nothing Matt does seems to work and he only gets himself and his troop into more trouble. Worse yet, the only guy he can turn things over to is little more than a bully. Things come to a head when one of Matt’s troop is almost lost.

Meanwhile, there are mysteries to be solved. Who is the last-minute visitor, Mr. Greyson, and what is his relationship with the elusive Mr. Tyler? What are those two metal suitcases he brought aboard and why does Captain Hughes need them? Why does the resident scientist, Professor Holmberg, hate Mr. Tyler and his corporation so much? Why has the Vanguard suddenly changed course for the dead center of the Atlantic Ocean? Who are the two thugs who sneak aboard in the middle of the night and who or what were they after?

Mystery and adventure surround the crew of the Vanguard, while they travel halfway around the world.

Amazon  |  Smashwords

 

Lifeboats

LIFEBOATS: Tales from the Evacuation

LIFEBOATS: TALES FROM THE EVACUATION

Excerpt:

“So, here I am, telling you about the end of our world and a mad dash to move ourselves to a place of comparative safety.  Are you frightened by all this?  If so, you can count the First Lady and me among you.  This is a frightening time.  Even if you do not expect to be alive fifty years from now, it is still an uncertain future.  But this is not the time for fear; there is work to be done and you all need to do it.

“And of course you can do it.  You are all the descendants of survivors, people who came through situations as desperate to them as the ones we now face.  It is time to show our forebears that we can do it too.  It is time to show ourselves what we can do, if only we have the will to do it.  It is time to overcome hardships with grace and humor.  You and your children must not have your futures taken away by an expanding sun.”

The president got a sly look on his face.

“We must not become the victims of inflation.”

Amazon  |  Smashwords

 

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ONE MAN BAND

Short Story: Holly Heart is an entertainer, arriving on Habitat Liberty for a one-week gig at a nightclub in the orbiting police state. While she is all smiles on the outside, inside she is a girl with a mission. The only question is, can she stay away from the mayor’s goons long enough to get it done?

Amazon  |  Smashwords

 

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IRON MAN

Short Story (and nothing to do with the comic book character). Terry Morris is having a very bad day. His house is leaking and he does not trust the house to deal with it itself, a beautiful attorney has just walked into his office and threatened to sue him, his assistant has gone girl-crazy, the Iron Man space probe he is in charge of is threatening to self-destruct with thirty years of hard-won data, and his very expensive briefcase is being oddly unhelpful. What’s a bureaucrat to do?

Amazon  |  Smashwords

 

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DAY IN THE LIFE OF A GYPSY

Short Story. Tip scratches a living as a gypsy cab driver, shuttling people between the hundreds of orbital habitats. There are not enough cabs as it is, but the medallion system makes it hard to stay in business. Maybe it is time for a little labor action?

Amazon  |  Smashwords

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