Electric Elizabeth: A Novel

      Vincent C. Martinez
Electric Elizabeth: A Novel

On a clear day in Blackbridge, Pennsylvania, where ghosts roam the streets and mysterious lights float through the forests, Milton Conroy's beloved wife is vaporized by lightning into nothingness . . . or so he thinks. Soon, Milton begins a frantic and obsessive search for his wife only to discover truths about her, and himself, that will change his life forever.Blackbridge, Pennsylvania. Ghosts walk the streets, mysterious lights float through the forests, and Milton Conroy thinks he's finally found happiness in his wife, Elizabeth.... Until lightning out of a clear sky vaporizes her into nothingness. Or so he thinks. As Milton begins an obsessive search to find the woman he loves, he discovers truths about Elizabeth--and himself--that lead him to examine his own life and the dangers of trying to find happiness in others. In his debut novel, Vincent C. Martinez combines the Bradbury-like strangeness of the supernatural with the emotion of reality to ask: What do we do when we lose the one thing that makes us whole?Recipient of 5-star reviews on numerous online bookstore websites, the completely revised edition "Electric Elizabeth" will make you feel the power and the pain that love and its loss bring.

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    Christmas in Culm: Three Stories

      Vincent C. Martinez
Christmas in Culm: Three Stories

Three supernatural tales of three people bound by sadness and hope in Pennsylvania's dark coal mining country. A young girl and her mother attempt to escape her abusive father, a lonely mailman receives a letter from his long-dead parents, and a retired woman finds a mysterious locomotive waiting for her in her backyard. Three tales showing that even in darkness, light can shine.In Northeastern Pennsylvania, the scars of coal mining lie in black fields and mounds of waste coal called culm. And the people who carry the scars of heartbreak and desperation during one Christmas season find hope in the strange and the supernatural: A young girl and her mother attempting to flee an abusive father find help in the form a mysterious abandoned semi-trailer. A lonely young mailman who delivers mail to a strange, isolated cottage and who feels his life has been a complete failure receives a letter from his long-dead parents. And a retired woman contemplating life after losing her husband and living alone awakens one morning to find a black train sitting on abandoned railroad tracks behind her house, waiting for her to take the next step. Three tales bound by the black fields of Pennsylvania coal and the light of life that exists even in the darkest of shadows. Three tales of a Christmas in Culm.Downloaded thousands of times and recipient of five- and four-star reviews on multiple online bookstores, Christmas in Culm has been fully reviewed and revised to provide a chilly Christmas experience that you'll never forget.

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    Gods of the Neon Age: A Short Story

      Vincent C. Martinez
Gods of the Neon Age: A Short Story

During the Atomic Age and into the New Frontier, a boy and his mother drive aimlessly state to state in a stolen pickup truck, where they manage an existence on temporary jobs, spare dollars, and spare coins in the search of a home that they can one day call their own. As money and choices dwindle, the mother must choose between two paths that can bring a new life, or bring ruin upon them both.As America crashes through the Atomic Age and into the New Frontier, a boy and his mother drive aimlessly state to state in a stolen pickup truck, where they manage an existence on temporary jobs, spare dollars, and spare coins in the search of a home that they can one day call their own. As money and choices dwindle, the mother must either choose a dark path that can bring ruin upon herself and her child, or continue forward in the hope that their days ahead will be brighter. In this short story from writer Vincent C. Martinez, the reader is taken through Pennsylvania Coal Country, the Midwest, and the sun-blasted Southwest of electric cities and atomic testing as a mother and son attempt to find their place in a nation on the turbulent edge of change.Now, fully revised, the hope and darkness of Gods of the Neon Age radiates brighter than a neon sign under a dark, starry sky.

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