Short Stories - Fiction

Triumph of the Skies <bR>Book Two of the Trilogy: Ghost Words and Puppet Plays <br>By: Thomas Hoffma
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ISBN: 978-1-60862-685-4
Edition: Paperback, 149 Pages
Publication Date: April 19, 2017
Each volume in the trilogy is a series of interlocking sketches or stories intended to give a view of a period in human history. It is a trilogy about human nature and thought. Triumph of the Skies has eighteen scenes set in those complex centuries known as the Middle Ages when much of humanity lived under the revealed authority of the skies. It begins with the state closing of the Platonic Academy in Athens (529) and ends with the final version of Chartres Cathedral (1235). Among the many historical figures are: the Byzantine princess Anna Comnena; Caliph Harun al Rashid; Du Fu, China’s greatest poet; and the adversaries Peter Abelard and St. Bernard of Clairvaux.
Every Mother’s Son <BR>Book One of the Trilogy: Ghost Words and Puppet Plays <BR>By: Thomas Hoffman
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ISBN: 978-1-60862-633-5
Edition: Paperback, 110 Pages
Publication Date: March 3, 2016
Each volume in the trilogy is a series of interlocking sketches or stories intended to give a view of a period in human history. It is a trilogy about human nature and thought. First we see the ancient world where the seeds of philosophy, science and religion are sown. Every Mother’s Son has sixteen scenes from the Greco-Roman world. It opens with letters from an Ephesian clergyman in the service of the Mother Goddess (500 B.C.) and closes with a letter from a cantankerous Christian clergyman who has just survived the Council of Ephesus (431 A.D.) where amid the hostilities Mary was declared “Mother of God.” Among the historical figures are: Alexander the Great, Mo Ti, Lucretius, Saint Paul, Nero and Marcus Aurelius.
Choices - Stories for the Sleepy Reader <BR>By: Henry M. Schmidt
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ISBN: 978-1-60862-536-9
Edition: Paperback, 247 Pages
Publication Date: June 25, 2014
As the title suggests... this book is a collection of stories about choices. Sometimes we have our eyes wide open and can clearly see the result of the choice we are about to make. At other times the path into the future is murky and where a choice may lead is uncertain and perhaps frightening. It may be a seemingly unimportant choice that completely changes your life, a major choice that circumstances thrusts upon you, or something in between... the only certainty is that life is a series of choices….

Sit back, relax, and enjoy this collection of stories. When you have turned the last page, put the book aside and consider the choices you have made....
A Life of Dreams and Memories <BR>By: Henry M. Schmidt
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ISBN: 978-1-60862-529-1
Edition: Paperback, 282 Pages
Publication Date: December 14, 2013
Short Stories of Reflection About Folks Trying to Just Get Along

I am a writer. Such a bold statement deserves some clarification... I don’t claim to be the next rising star in the literary heavens, nor do I claim to be a prophet providing life changing insights. However, I believe these stories inspired by my past and present dreams, illusions and delusions will provide entertainment for most readers and, perhaps, some thoughtful introspection about similar personal experiences.

The central theme of these stories is something everyone can relate to... just trying to get along... usually in the finding, keeping or losing of someone to love. As you enjoy these stories, keep in mind the old Beatles song... “It Don’t Come Easy”...
Smitten... And Then Some <bR>Stories About Unrequited Feelings <br>By: Henry M. Schmidt
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ISBN: 978-1-60862-501-7
Edition: Paperback, 303 Pages
Publication Date: July 26, 2013
Your author hopes you will find some interesting reflections as you read Smitten... And Then Some. He has used names that may, or may not, sound like some you have heard in the past.

Please read his work and enjoy his perspective on the good and not so good relationships he has written about.

We all have had our good days and even better nights as we aged and found that maturity is not always the answer to a satisfying period of time spent with a loved one....
Flying... The Fun... The Fear... And The Fantasy <BR>By: Henry M. Schmidt
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ISBN: 978-1-60862-448-5
Edition: Paperback, 241 Pages
Publication Date: December 1, 2012
Off we go into the wild blue yonder... with Henry M. Schmidt as your pilot. He presents a collection of stories with a flying theme that range from those giving an unsettling feeling they could be all too real - to ones so humorous they make you wonder if his cockpit compass is still pointing due North... Fasten your seatbelt and enjoy your flight of imagination!
Southern Mystical Moments <BR>By: Patricia H. Graham, Ms. Verna C. Humphrey
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ISBN: 978-1-60862-438-6
Edition: Paperback, 137 Pages
Publication Date: October 11, 2012
Mystical Tales of the South is comprised of a collection of myths, legends, and folklore situated in Western North Carolina. This is Patricia’s 3rd collection of short stories.

Learn about the traditions and local myths of Fontana Lake’s man-eating monster, the Boojum of Swain County, or the Healer of Tuckasegee, and much more.

Discover the mystery behind the Brown Mountain Lights, the Clurichaun, and the birthing of the Smoky Mountains. Grab a cup of coffee and settle in for an eye-opening experience.

Magic under the Willow Tree is a short story written by Verna Humphrey. This is her third published story.

Dreams occur within our sleep and sometimes our dreams are motivated by things that trigger the subconscious mind. Sometimes, our dreams can be manipulated, in which this case is of manipulation through magic. In this story, set around New Orleans, unseen forces are at work within the dreams of two people. The reader can only imagine how these unknown forces will span across time and affect this couple.
Heroes or Villains? <BR>Stories About Facing Adversity <BR>By: Henry M. Schmidt
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ISBN: 978-1-60862-402-7
Edition: Paperback, 254 Pages
Publication Date: May 23, 2012
Henry M. Schmidt has written a variety of stories about people that will enlighten some readers and entertain most. He writes about those folks who wander aimlessly thru life not thinking about having a purpose or a plan for success, and others that do.

There are stories that show the best side of individuals and some that can’t hide the fact that there are unfortunately those who are beyond saving and lead dangerous and often sad lives. The struggle to just get along with society is an ongoing fact of life... some succeed while others are almost certain to fail.

He hopes you will understand and accept the honest feelings that he has included in each and every tall tale about life.
Past, Present, and Promises <BR>By: Patricia H. Graham and Verna C. Humphrey
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ISBN: 978-1-60862-374-7
Edition: Paperback, 138 Pages
Publication Date: February 23, 2012
Our first story is called White Shine of Appalachia. Take a journey, with our nameless narrator, through the towns of Baconton, Georgia to Rabun Gap, Georgia. Our narrator struggles with domestic violence, moonshining, and a somewhat voluptuous school teacher accused of sleeping with her husband. The ATF and DEA are hot on her husband’s trail for attempted murder. She now must a make a decision in order to survive her husband’s rampage, which ends in the mountains of Appalachia.

Our second story is called Small Town Girl. A young divorcee, Gwen, is trying to make a new life for herself. Gwen leaves the only life she has ever known to take a job in another state. Unforeseen events bring about some twists and turns, and Gwen has to face her past once again.
Hillbilly Tales from the Smoky Mountains <BR>And Other Homespun Remedies, Proverbs, and Poetry
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ISBN: 978-1-60862-283-2
Edition: Paperback, 124
Publication Date: April 18, 2011
By: Patricia H. Graham

Hillbilly Tales from the Smoky Mountains includes several short stories based on the folklore of the Appalachian Mountains. Before the time of cell-phones, computers and television, family members would gather on the front porch and offer up stories through simple oral traditions. These stories were to provide simple forms of entertainment to their children. With each generation, the stories become more elaborate and creative. These yarns became known as Appalachian folklore. Mountain people have always led a difficult life; but how they dealt with their struggles is a unique perspective on Appalachian people.

Also, in this book you will find a small section on mountain medicinal treatments and hillbilly proverbs, which were carried over from mother to daughter down the family line. Knowledge of apothecary, or also known as mountain medicine, was necessary to treat family members who became ill while the local doctor was away visiting two towns over. Most importantly, no decent self-respecting mountain folk would ever go unprepared without offering up advice to help their fellow neighbor. Wise sayings or hillbilly proverbs go hand-in-hand with mountain medicine and is given to anyone who might need guidance in their daily life.

The second part of the book includes a special story written by one of the original descendants of the Crowe Family, Ms. Verna Humphrey. This short piece of fiction centers around a light romance based right after the end of the Civil War. The setting takes place in Green Cove and it presents a time of struggle and death while a young girl, Charlotte, struggles to regain her birthright during these trying times. When a young lawyer enters upon the scene, Charlotte’s interpretation of birthright takes on a whole new meaning. Now she must make some hard decisions that will alter the course of her life.