Siomai and Friends Fries

"A motor biker nearly wrecked as he stared at the strange American. He looked as he approached, he looked as he passed, and he looked over his shoulder, still humming away at 30 mph. Didn’t turn around until the handlebars started getting wobbly."

Kaon na? In "Siomai and Friends Fries," the reader takes the impressions of an American visiting the Cebu region of the Philippines for the first time. An enlightening and hilarious account from writer Chris DeBrie.
Amazon reviewer: “He puts you right there with him and allows you to feel what he felt.”

Nobody Bats a Thousand

It's good to actually find a book of short stories, but it's great to find a book of GREAT short stories!!!!! The characters are as unique and diverse as the stories. This is a perfect book for your kindle and what a bargain!!!

Revised for Kindle, Nobody Bats a Thousand is a book of stories based on reality. The opening story, “A Bar Story”, showing a typical Friday night seen through the eyes of a middle-aged bartender, deals with conflicts that arise from changing times and generations. In “Home on the Range” a college student becomes reacquainted with his uncle, a famous touring musician, who teaches his nephew to look at life from a novel perspective. “Victims of Circumstance” centers on a young slacker and the 24 hours surrounding his 21st birthday in which he stumbles upon epiphanies about life, sex and his Vietnam veteran father. This book of literary fiction contains eight finely crafted stories about ordinary people involved in unique situations, presented in a style reminiscent of Raymond Carver, Richard Ford and David Sedaris.

On the Beach by Steve Schmale

A fun read that also makes you think! Not an easy feat, but this guy gets it right. I loved it...

Twenty-something Lenny Decker is a man of few plans, and he seems to like it that way. Bumming around a sleepy California beach town, Lenny appears to live a life of Zen-like slacker simplicity. His days and nights are a seemingly endless loop of visits to the local bar and pick-up basketball games, punctuated by long stretches in his apartment with only a twelve pack, a bong, and a TV of questionable quality for company.

But Lenny has a thing or two to deal with: a near brush with success in his past has left him running for the comfort of a life where the stakes aren't just low, they're non-existent. Then there's the woman who sees past Lenny's stoned exterior and is challenging him in ways he hasn't been tested in years.

10 Stacks To Success - a Book Review

Author:  Jerome “Jay” Isip
Reviewed by John J. Kelly

If you find yourself feeling stuck, trapped, suffocating, uninspired and searching for a guide to changing your life for good, there are stacks and stacks of motivational books, guides, workbooks of every possible type and variation. Every library and book store has whole sections dedicated to these types of books. Many of them are, to be honest, a waste of your precious time and completely useless. They can either be too simple, giving easy advice that you either already know or seem parodies of common sense. Others take the other route and make “getting unstuck” so complex and complicated that readers often don’t make it past the second chapter. But there are exceptions that can make a huge difference.

 “10 Stacks To Success: How To Achieve Success One Goal at a Time” by Jerome “Jay” Isip is essential reading for anyone who truly wants to change their lives and find success. Isip’s practical, hands-on approach to change gives you the information you need to know to alter your habits and become the kind of productive and successful person you’ve always dreamed of becoming.  This book succeeds where so many others fail because it is a highly readable workbook that is not only straight to the point, but also extremely easy to read and downright hilarious the entire way through.

This book is divided into (you guessed it!) ten separate sections that give you all the background, tools, and information you need to start improving your life right away. The book also includes inspirational quotes from countless of inspirational individuals from Zig Ziglar to Mother Theresa. And each chapter also includes numerous “Personal Activities” and plenty of room to chart your own course.  Beginning with an explanation that in order to change we must work at our very foundations; changing our mental attitudes, behaviors and habits. Isip maintains that unless we first alter our “non-productive” activities which make up our day, we will not be able to begin practicing new ways of living that will bring satisfaction, success and total happiness.  In addition to changing our foundation, Jay Isip also informs us that we must develop a “positive mental attitude” and “attitude of gratitude,” both of which will lead the way to change.

Other sections of chapters deal with allowing oneself the opportunity to dream of greatness, surrounding ourselves with positive people and pushing past our fears and comfort zones. Isip then offers fascinating thoughts on how to change the way you think about money, specific ways to increase creativity and how to begin to behave and act like a winner. The final section is dedicated to a new understanding of how we experience life and change, which Jay Isip says is integral to “finding your bliss.”  Fresh, frank, funny and full of everything you need to know to change your life for the better, “10 Stacks To Success” is a vital source of information for anyone who wants to go from a zero to a hero!

About Jay Isip
A native of Belleville, NJ, and Filipino by birth, Jay Isip was a professional Mixed Martial Arts fighter for 12 years, teaches a barbering class and operates a men’s salon, owns a fitness facility, investment relations firm, and is an app developer. The last goal he achieved as a measure of success was to write a book, 10 Stacks To Success, which was released in November 2014. For more information and to view the book trailer visit the author’s website:

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Night for the Gargoyles


A legion of demons and imps overrun the city of Trebridge.
But Gillen, leader of the four gargoyle guardians, has more problems than the invading demons. One of his squad plots to usurp his command. With St. Edmund's church--the sanctuary that guards the only known portal from the demon world into city-- scheduled for destruction to make way for high-rise condos, Gillen must decide whom to fight. The demons or his rival.
Dare he ask the angel commanders for reinforcements and prove his incompetence?
A short story set in the world of Andor and the inspiration for the book, There Be Demons, to be published by The Grumpy Dragon in 2014.

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M. K. Theodoratus has been intrigued by fantasy since she discovered the Oz books. She has traveled through many fantasy worlds since then. When she's not reading about other writer's worlds, she's creating her own -- mostly that of the Far Isle Half-Elven where she explores the social and political implications of population genetics on a hybrid people.A sixth grade English assignment introduced her to story writing. The teacher asked for a short story. She got an incomplete, 25-page Nancy Drew pastiche which turned into a novel the next summer. Theodoratus has been addicted to writing stories ever after.You can learn more about the world of the Far Isles Half-Elven at half-elven.comMy author website is There you can learn about my other writing, including There Be Demons which is scheduled for publication by Grumpy Dragon Press. It's in the middle of edits as I write this. 

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Vincent Macraven, a pen name, is a self taught writer, painter and musician. the cover art of two of his books are paintings by the author. Turning to the classics for inspiration Macraven penned over fifty short stories, including novellas.After falling short on his dreams of beinig a professional musician because of a drug induced mental breakdown Macraven fell in love with the written word, finding inspiration from Poe, Rand, Sartre, Fowles, Hugo and many others. Being on permanent disability, and diagnosed a Paranoid Schizophrenic Macraven spends most of his free time reading and writing. Currently putting together three novellas that will by ready for publacation by 2014. also in the works is a novel titled "Testament of the Dead" which should be ready by spring 2014. With all his works he hopes the reader will be entertained and come away with a different perspective, invoking independent thought.

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UNSETTLING by Vincent Macraven
Fresh, original horror in three bone-chilling novellas.
This set of novellas takes readers into the frightening corners of haunted homes and possessed minds, as Macraven (A Diverse Gathering, 2012, etc.) explores man’s most intimidating fears. The tour begins in “Where the Dead Dwell” in an old Victorian home that once belonged to the Wilcox family back in the 1930s. The family is the first that the house watches, “absorbing feelings and deep emotions” from the parents and their daughter as they grow and change. Over time, the house ceases to be a mere structure and instead transitions into a container of evil, filling up with the spirits of the previous owners and haunting the new ones. Weaving among the generations of owners, family conflicts, secrets and fears rise to the surface as the house haunts its inhabitants with voices and images of lost loves. Each inhabitant must face down the evil that the house contains or live a life of terror. In “Watching Black Mountain,” a man rather than a property sets the reader’s fear in motion. Zachariah Prophet, a disturbed and troubled man, believes himself to be God. He devotes himself to brainwashing others into believing the same and furthers his own illusions with the assistance of illegal drugs. But as intoxicating as the power is, Zachariah is unknowingly headed to a tragic end. The collection ends with “The Devil Incarnate,” a brief story centered on Merrick, a detective haunted by the victims he couldn’t help. As he slips into a sort of madness, he finds himself drawn further into the world of his unsolved mysteries. Hypnotic in its delivery, this bold set of stories stalks the reader with haunting images and ideas that could stir up deep-seated fears. Ghosts, demons and spirits abound, as well as the frightening thought that we can be our own worst enemies.
Three riveting stories of evil, revenge and death.

In his latest short story collection (Tales from the Mind of a Schizophrenic, 2011), Macraven spins tales of murder, religious fanatics and people on the brink of insanity.
This book offers the variety of stories teased by its title, and many have recurring themes. Religion, for example, plays a part in many stories, including “Monk,” in which the titular character questions his faith. Lost souls torment a priest in “When Our Demons Come,” and in “Caught Up in the Devil,” a home invasion is believed to be the “devil’s work.” Several stories address mental turmoil, such as a schizophrenic’s internal struggle while attending a party in “A Case of Madness.” In the unexpectedly engaging “Irreversible Damage,” a psychologist discusses a patient’s years of drug abuse. But while the collection’s overall tone is bleak—most stories end in murder or imminent psychosis—Macraven keeps the book from drowning in unadulterated gloom. Several stories, such as “File 349” and “After the Fact,” have darkly humorous twists. He also judiciously handles religious issues, as when the nameless narrator of “My Rant” makes it a point to blame humanity, not God, for the world’s dismal state of affairs. Macraven’s style is often abstract but in an old-fashioned, romantic fashion reminiscent of Edgar Allan Poe. Sometimes the Poe influence is overt, as in the 1832-set “Prior to My Madness,” which has a protagonist named Edgar Bellows; other times he uses it with more finesse, as in the Poe-esque opening line of “Murder”: “It was a warm Friday night when I first decided to end the life of Chet Williams.” Stories such as “Feeding,” “12:01” and “A Birthday Party” are quite unsettling, but the author surprises with the good-natured, poignant “Longing,” featuring a widowed woman living alone, and “Henry,” about an elderly man getting lost on his drive to a doctor’s appointment.
A standout, frequently profound story collection.