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“A RISING TIDE OF PEOPLE SWEPT AWAY,” BY SCOTT ARCHER JONES.
A small boy flees a toxic family – all the way across the alley to Rip’s Bar and to a vivid troupe of broken people in the Albuquerque Bosque. They hide him from his car-thief drunkard father, his cocaine-freak mother, and his ganged-up abusive brother.
The boy trades family for a hodgepodge of drinkers and losers. But it’s bad timing. A new bridge proposed across the Rio Grande will wreck the neighborhood. The barflies share responsibility for the child while their Bosque crumbles. They collect misery like small change and rally to keep their ghetto alive.
“LOVE AND THEFT,” BY MICHAEL SPRANKLE.
After a series of encounters with the law, a young man yearns for a better life and escapes his past as he heads to New York City where his pursuit of happiness and success sends him on a series of well-intentioned misadventures that lead him into the dark side of the criminal underworld and revenge. A marriage of real events and fiction, Love and Theft pulls from the author’s personal experience to create a man whose life path is no more his own fault than the color of his hair.
“RELEASED FROM THE SHADOWS,” BY DONNA CANTOR
Robert Zarro has spent the last three years of his life locked up in a Massachusetts prison, convicted of selling drugs on his college campus. When he is offered the job of warehouse manager in Sunnyside, Queens he leaps at the chance for an opportunity to reinvent himself. His past, however, has a chokehold on him, and he must learn how to free himself from the prison of his own design. Maggie Ocampo, one of Zarro’s undocumented workers, is anxious to leave her heartache back in her native Nicaragua, enticed by the promise of a fresh beginning in a new country. But Maggie’s new life comes at a price. She owes money to a sadistic gang who hesitate at nothing to use any means necessary to collect it. Haunted by their troubled pasts, Robert and Maggie guard their secrets closely. Until they don’t… Released From the Shadows is a tale of love, humor, and redemption, set in a gritty urban landscape.
“GETTING RIGHT,” BY GARY D. WILSON
Suppose your more than mildly irritating leech of a sister calls you, as she usually does wanting money, only this time she says instead that she has cancer and in the course of the conversation challenges you to write the story of her life. You say, sure, you’ll do that but you’ll tell it the way you see it. The tale that emerges involves not only the dying sister, Connie, but brother Len as well. And it’s also about “me,” the sibling invited to narrate their shared story and whose interplay of memory and imagination raises the question of whether “the truth” of Connie’s life – or of anyone’s for that matter – can ever be known.
The story grew from when I visited my sister in the hospital and saw the PICC line in her arm. The skin was puckered around the insertion point of the line. It was like a little mouth sucking, and I couldn’t get the image out of my mind, even after I’d come home. It was keeping me from getting anything else done, so I thought maybe if I wrote it out of my system I could get on with my life. I wrote what came to be the first section of Getting Right, and I found I couldn’t stop. The story kept coming and coming and I became more captivated by the momentum of the piece and its primary diving force, the narrative voice.
“JOSH WHOEVER,” BY MICHAEL GUILLEBEAU.
Josh was an army veteran, but a maneuver-turned-massacre cover-up threw him into a hero’s harsh spotlight. After walking away from it all, Josh, who’s been pulling scams for a living, takes refuge in the bottle and tries to stay invisible. But his latest con puts him in the sights of a Russian mob family convinced that he is a private detective—and the only one who can find missing reality star Kiev Romanov. As Josh digs at this mystery, he is joined by unemployed newspaper editor Marci, who’s hoping to use this scoop to relaunch her writing career, and Kiev’s killer brother, Yuri, who believes he is Batman. In pursuit of the heiress, Josh uses his con man skills and tangles with Confederate zealots and a paramilitary group. He knows if he does not save the girl, he can kiss his last drink goodbye—along with his life.
“WATCHFUL REALM,” BY LYNN SPITERI
Lyssa belongs to a generally peaceful population of otherworldly and gifted beings who occupy a world above our own. Invisible to us, they witness and record the lives of the humans below. Lyssa is a Watcher, assigned to document all incarnations of Jasper’s existence, and at the end of each life, she visits and assists her charge through their reincarnation. With each rebirth, Jasper forgets Lyssa.