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“Corrida de Toros”, a short story by Sam Hawken

February 16, 2017

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“The Bull” by Gérard Ramon (mixed media)

“He wanted to be out of Mexico, and he never wanted to come back.”

This story is part of our anthology BORDERLAND NOIR, edited by Craig McDonald

Read the story here: http://www.samhawken.com/?p=10948#more-10948

 

Excerpt from Gifts: Bittersweet Christmas Stories by Kevin Stevens

December 4, 2014

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From “The Return of Eddie Sloan” by Kevin Stevens:

“She checked on Wardell. He was fast asleep, dreaming of sugar plums. All the doors were locked. The backyard was deserted and the thin cover of fresh snow showed no footprints. In the parlor, the Christmas tree stood lightless and lonely, the angel on top askew. She pulled her robe tight around her shoulders and returned to bed. Passing the threshold, she examined the smudge of ash on the pinewood floor. It was in the shape of a heart.”

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Excerpt from Gifts: Bittersweet Christmas Stories by Craig McDonald

December 2, 2014

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From “Echoes” by Craig McDonald

“You two are the closest thing to family I have, Hem, and it’s Christmas and that’s about the giving. You’ll just have to live with the receiving, you righteous son of a bitch.” Hector pointed to the gift for our son. “I’ve got no brother or sisters, so I’ll never have nieces or nephews, either. I’m afraid Bumby fulfills that need for me. Christ, Hem, please let me have my Christmas. Without it, I’m left to decorating trees in the gardens with fallen women. What kind of Yule is that? You can’t appreciate family, truly, when you have one. When you don’t, it’s all you think about.”

 

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Excerpt from Gifts: Bittersweet Christmas Stories by Donald Finnaeus Mayo

December 1, 2014

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From “No Truce for Christmas” by Donald Finnaeus Mayo:

“She thought about how much easier it was to learn English if you’d grasped Portuguese first, about the badminton tournament in which she was currently a promising quarter finalist with a very good chance of going all the way, and, of course, about rehearsals for the Christmas Carol service which had the added attraction of involving boys from neighbouring St Michael’s. Then she allowed her thoughts to wander to Miguel; his long, sensuous fingers delicately wrapped around a pen as he wrestled with a mathematical problem.”

 

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Excerpt from GIFTS: Bittersweet Christmas Stories by Jackie Mallon

November 29, 2014

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From “Blue and Unassuming under a Christmas Star” by Jackie Mallon:

“In Sean Kat recognizes not a point of conversation anymore but the repository for all her frustrations. “Give that money back, you little shit. Go on, hand it over.” She holds out her hand and several shoppers gasp. “Come on, it’s Christmas, let it go,” says one, “you won’t miss it.” “You mind your own business,” she hisses, bracing herself menacingly at the passers-by who walk on, shaking their heads and muttering, “Some people have no sense of charity, and at this time of year…”

 

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Donald Finnaeus Mayo on our Christmas Collection: “The perfect Gift for anyone who loves writing!”

November 28, 2014

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GIFTSx2700 Take the pain out of giving this Christmas – look no further than Betimes Books’ Gifts

In many ways, it was born out of frustration. Frustration with editors who want the same formulaic junk that sold by the bucketload last year, frustration with editorial decisions being made by accountants, frustration with marketing departments who reserve their entire budget for the same half dozen or so big names, frustration with being constantly depressed by the gloomy state of the publishing industry.

People still like to read good books, don’t they? I know I do. They can’t all want the latest ghosted biography from some C-list celebrity or yet another Andy McNab knock-off.

So I was delighted to join the list of Betimes Books, a new imprint designed to retain the best elements of publishing (good taste, rigorous editing, high production values) whilst taking advantage of the digital revolution that, frankly, caught…

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Excerpt from GIFTS: Bittersweet Christmas Stories by David Hogan

November 27, 2014

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From “Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White” by David Hogan:

“It’s because of this spark that Mary called her brother, Brendan, back to Boston just before Christmas when he’d have preferred to be with his own family. It’s because of this spark that Brendan is now gathering leaves on this grey and bitter December morning. Today will be their final gift as children, a Christmas gift of sorts, and there will be the leaves and an unknown woman and water and a window.”

 

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Craig McDonald on GIFTS: our free Christmas Short Story Collection

November 25, 2014

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“My piece is structured as a believed-to-be Ernest Hemingway-penned lost chapter of his Paris memoir, A MOVEABLE FEAST.” – Craig McDonald

Read more: http://craigmcdonaldbooks.blogspot.ie/2014/11/betimes-posts-free-christmas-short.html

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