Well, after a year in the making, the six-novellas project comes to a close. Six brand new releases for Amazon Kindle, B&N Nook, Kobo, Sony eReader (via Smashwords), Apple iPad (Smashwords), Smashwords.com, and I’m sure over the next few weeks a couple of more. I have a wide range of science fiction, fantasy, horror, alternate history, satire and suspense titles available (including the almost-40,000 word A CHILD WEEPS IN MOSCOW), some inspired by authors like George Orwell and Kurt Vonnegut to Stephen King and Ray Bradbury. Quality fiction with characters and plots that boldly go where no other (at least I hope) author has ventured before. I’d like to take this time to thank my cover artist Bob Veon, and fellow editor Edith Marlowe. With that said, these titles below are only 99 cents to $2.99 each, worth the price, and a welcome addition to any eReader. Just click on the buttons beneath the covers to access the ordering page for your favorite reading device. Or go and visit my eBooks & Kindle page (up on top). Most of all, happy reading!
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Story Name: “How Jones Goes”
Price: SCIENCE FICTION (FREE on Smashwords)
In the late 21st century, overpopulation is a problem. There’s also the problem with mental health. In one particularly unusual asylum, there is Dr. Born (psychiatric intern) and Dr. Bloch (sexologist). And then there’s Jones. You have not met anyone like Jones. You see, it’s not every day that patients claim they are from Mars. And it’s not every day they come and go as they please. A science fiction story filled with loads of satire (and lots of oddities that will make you shake your head) by speculative fiction author, Lawrence Dagstine.
Story Name: “A Child Weeps in Moscow”
Alien possession meets alternate history, in this communist tale set in 1923 Russia, about a boy named Abraham (Abe), whose parents suddenly disappear one day. Like many of the adults throughout Russia, they are being taken away in the night by a special police force put together by Lenin’s “new” government, a government put together after the arrival of spacecrafts with biomechanoid origins and higher intelligence and influence. Aliens the citizens simply call, The Invaders!
Klara Izolyev, Abe’s teacher, tells the boy that the only way he can learn the truth about the Invaders is to go to Moscow. There he will learn what they really want on Earth, what role they play in the current socialist movement, and possibly find his missing parents and sister. There he will fight starvation, arrest, combat homelessness, and meet an even more influential figure. Arkady, the leader of a Moscow street gang, whose parents have also been taken away. Together they will all journey to find the people they once loved, discovering just why the aliens are so interested in helping Lenin.
Story Name: “The Mysterious Lady of the Caribbean”
Mercer Hollingsworth is not your typical pirate; he’s more a buccaneer of the freelance sort, with a bit of the old hero in him. No job is too big for his merry crew, so long as it helps bring down the Great Armada and plenty of booty is involved. But when he brings his own wench aboard, members of the crew start disappearing. Who is this mysterious young woman? Why does she sing so much? Why is Mercer still alive? When they find themselves stranded on an island in the Caribbean, blood and death will go hand in hand, as the wench reveals her true form and purpose in this speculative pirate story.
Story Name: “The Paraplegic”
“Doc, I’m telling you. I just woke up in a hole in broad daylight. No memory!”
When Herbert was told he had amnesia, he knew things were bad. When he couldn’t feel anything below the waist, he got scared. When the doctor told him he’d be paralyzed for life, he got depressed and wanted to die. After all, no one wants to be a paraplegic. But what made him crippled so suddenly? Did somebody do this to him? And if so, why? Now in the hospital, undergoing intensive surgery, little does Herbert know that the force responsible isn’t done with him, not by a long shot! Something’s coming back. There’s a little unfinished business to take care of, and it comes in the form of vampires.
Story Name: “Family Reunion”
When Kendra was a teenager, she got raped and knocked up more than once. When she finally found the courage to run away with the children, she went back to school, got a job, and set up a nice life for herself far away. The children are now eight, and Howard has come ‘home’ for what he feels belongs to him. He swears he’s a changed man, he wants to get married and be a dad. Even if it kills! He wants this reunion to be one that Kendra and the kids will never forget… should they live to tell about it.
Story Name: “The King of Trumpeters”
Salamand (Sal) was a slippery donkey, and a troublesome one. Escaping one bad owner, only to find himself in the hands of another. But after being sold to a nice couple, he swore he’d finally escape and start the perfect coup. The one that would help all donkeys take over Jerusalem and the human race. The plan might work, as humans are stupid creatures; might even give Salamand the edge he needs. After all, what could possibly go wrong in a parody?
Story Name: “Overcast”
It’s not every day that a 1920’s flying ace risks his life to bring a plane down safely for a little girl. But when a horribly disfigured Sal and Lillian land in the remote, snowy mountains of Montana, a friendship will occur, a bond like no other. As the winds blow and the snow accumulates, the pilot will do everything in his power to get this child down harsh ravines and rocky slopes. Through darkness and despair they will do whatever it takes to stay alive. A bittersweet story of survival, with an emphasis on the importance of not giving up and working together, no matter what age group you are.
Or purchase the NEW 150-page print version of Child Weeps in Moscow for $5.95.
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If you can’t find a Dagstine story on a particular reader or android device, just get to me at Facebook or Twitter. Every few weeks I will be ironing out formatting issues, adding on stuff, and working out other kinks. Family Reunion and King of Trumpeters will also be available in print sometime in March or April.