Today's The Day

      Clare Tanner
Today's The Day

Life can be cruel, but help can come from unexpected places, at the most surprising times. We learn the most from the things that go wrong in life.Bacoria is a land where the gift of magick still lives, where savage monsters stalk the night and hunger for human flesh, and where in death, all men vanish into oblivion.Luca knows the darkness of Bacoria well. For as long as he can remember, he has traveled the untamed corners of the land with his father, Lodin. Endlessly fleeing from vague shadows of the past, Luca is eager for answers his father will not give.His questions are answered in the form of faceless men who do not speak, who come with fire and steel upon the small village Luca and his father are staying in. They are led by a powerful man with a single red eye, with some connection to Lodin's past, and the implication that this is who Lodin has been running from.Helpless, Luca is able only to watch as his father is slain before him.The sole survivor of the massacre, Luca manages to escape the mysterious man and his silent army. He finds himself in an abandoned town very far away, where a strange girl is able to save him from a mortal injury with a spell that links his soul to hers.Now bound to this girl, Luca sets out on a journey, following the few instructions his father left for him. With the ultimate goal of revenge in his heart, and his father's blade in his hand, Luca will uncover the mysteries of his father's legacy, while building his own.

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    Do You Think I Should Feel Guilty?

      Clare Tanner
Do You Think I Should Feel Guilty?

Sometimes the ripples from world events can cause waves in our own lives...Strange Fruit: Prologue is five shorts that set the stage for a story about fallen angels, malicious demons, and the humans stuck in the middle.The Fates know the world is more than what it seems; the supernatural: vampires, witches, werewolves, and the things that lurk in the dark, have for centuries woven themselves into the fabric of all that is Normal. But that is changing. Three teenagers, who can see the future, know something is coming, that a power is gathering in their quiet city of Starfield, and not even they can predict what that means.When Ephraim, a young man who is violently protective of his twin brother, and just a little bit crazy, finds an angel missing a wing collapsed in an alleyway, his act of kindness sets off a chain of events that endangers everything he loves, and may bring about the Apocalypse.

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    Oil On Troubled Waters

      Clare Tanner
Oil On Troubled Waters

Communication becomes so hard in the teenage years. Families can fall apart over misunderstandings. If only we could all learn to listen to each other.Erin began drawing dragons on her clothes to hide the stains from free-box finds. Now they are her trademark as she walks the halls of Hamilton High School. She’s puzzled by the actions of the students around her, especially Tony and David, cousins who are constantly fighting. Her own mysteries catch up to her unexpectedly and the consequences will change Erin’s life forever.

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    A Christmas Carol For Modern Times

      Clare Tanner
A Christmas Carol For Modern Times

Evergreedy Squeeze is a wealthy banker, out of touch with the age of austerity. At Christmas he receives visitations from three spirits, who attempt to show him the truth of his situation.Will he heed their lesson?Apologies to Charles Dickens for this affectionate homage to his famous story in his bicentenary year.A group of random strangers are invited to take part in a mysterious lottery with an intriguing premise. Twenty-seven accept the offer.But what begins as an unusual social experiment quickly descends into something much more sinister. The contestants receive more than they bargained for, and the dark side of human nature reveals itself.As the lottery spirals into a life-and-death struggle for survival, Alice Kato is left searching for answers. How far are ordinary people willing to go to win this extraordinary amount of money? Is there anyone she can trust? Is there any way out?And just who exactly is pulling all the strings?Everyone has their price. Most just don't know what it is yet.

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    Happy Anniversary, Darling

      Clare Tanner
Happy Anniversary, Darling

A 25th wedding anniversary is a wonderful occasion. It is especially sweet when the odds have been stacked against you....Faced with the rite of passage that makes him an adult, Gnak seeks out a suitable sacrifice to the gods of his people. Deciding to capture a human, he finds himself injured and at the mercy of the very prisoner he sought to put to death. Through a series of unforeseen events, Gnak finds knowledge into the workings of the world, and the gods, that he has never before fathomed. Above all, he finds that his hatred of the other races is little more than his own ignorance and Orcish pride. Against all he has known, and all he once believed, Gnak is forced to defy those of his kind with hope to change their ways and lead them to a better future. With so many lives on the line, will he succeed in time to save those closest to his heart?

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    Freedom From The Past

      Clare Tanner
Freedom From The Past

Lost opportunities from the past can drag us down and prevent us from enjoying the present and the future. Sometimes we have to revisit the past to escape from it.Tea, Drums And Speed is just one of a set of short stories; it tells of a 1960s pop band metamorphosing. Elsewhere, there's a story speculating on how those bizarre rumours about 'celebrities' actually start, another about what flashes through the mind in the moments before a car accident and the tale of an Olympic athlete.These and others contribute to a whole that has been described in flattering terms – challenging, thought-provoking and enjoyable are just some of the terms that have already been used.The author would be very pleased to share these interesting little tales with you!

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    Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary

      Clare Tanner
Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary

A personal crisis might seem like the end of the world, but sometimes it is a catalyst for change and renewal.Piper yearned for a new life. School was a disaster, and home offered no comfort. One day, when she finds herself abandoned, it seems she's gotten her wish, but things couldn't be worse. Hopeless and destitute, Piper commits a grand act that, one day, could cost her even more than her unsatisfactory life.After a series of trials, Piper manages to get her life back on track. In a new city and at a new school, she meets friends who help her to be the person she'd always imagined herself to be. In the end, Piper reconciles, in her own way, a destructive relationship between herself and her unstable mother, and then goes on to live a happy life.

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