LOCKED AND LOADED (AN ARIES NOX DAWSON SHORT STORY)
Hey say, what’s happening? I’m Aries Nox Dawson and I’m a 6’5”, 350-pound ex-football player who loves to eat, hates early mornings and bodyguards some of the craziest people in the world. Now, I do have a bit of a gut. I’ll admit that. But it’s solid, though. And I’m real handsome so the ladies don’t seem to mind.
But anyway, LOCKED AND LOADED is a story about how I have to protect these wannabe, fake gangster rappers from some real goons in this hole-in-the-wall club with one way in and one way out. But did somebody pay those goons to attack my clients? Is it that sexy club owner who hates the group’s manager for breaking her heart? Is it the bouncer—this muscle-bound clown wearing Kurt Angle-looking weightlifting pants? Or are the goons out for blood because my clients are just as soft as apple sauce?
You wanna know whodunit? Well, read LOCKED AND LOADED to find out. Come take a ride with your boy. I’m inviting you into my wild and crazy life. Can you handle it?
THE DARKEST LOOP
Dallas Anderson is stuck in a time loop that repeats Labor Day 2001 to September 11, 2001. He thinks he must prevent the terrorist attacks to break the loop. But each loop challenges that theory, igniting a fiery romance between him and his best friend's sister and exposing the dark truth behind Déjà vu.
A nasty divorce is about to destroy Marco and Venice Goldsmith. Bitter arguments, and slammed doors have plagued their three‐month long marriage. And when Venice proclaimed her hatred for Marco divorce seemed inevitable.
Then a marriage expert named Garfield Moody offers the Goldsmiths a solution to save their marriage: a 14‐page contract that includes step by step marriage instructions. Their contract even includes safeguards for noncompliance like “Chill Therapy” and “The Tip‐Out Clause.” Everyone thinks the idea is crazy. However, Marco and Venice think it’s just crazy enough to work.
Will Fourteen Pages be enough to save their marriage?
He said he would never marry her. The splinter said otherwise.
Aisha Elian is NOT in love with the man of her dreams. Her boyfriend Graham isn’t spiritual and he never ever wants to get married. Aisha says she’s okay with that but she’s lying to herself and Graham.
Enter the Splinter.
The Elians believe that they are descendants of Simon of Cyrene. Also, they possess a splinter they insist was pulled from Simon’s hand after he carried the cross for Jesus. If the splinter resides in their home, it will give them what they desire. Aisha wants to marry Graham. But will she use the splinter’s power to do it…even when she thinks it is killing him?
Can a man and a woman be best friends without somebody catching feelings?
Travis Barber and Sade Styles are best friends of the opposite sex. Despite what everyone thinks, they are not getting busy...yet.
Co-owners of a popular barbershop/salon in named CoEd, Travis and Sade spend the bulk of their days together. But when Sade’s apartment lease runs out and Travis offers her the spare bedroom of his newly built house, will they end up sharing more than just the utilities?
This witty, fast-paced romance seeks to answer the question: can a man and a woman be best friends without crossing that fine line into the land of lovers. Best case scenario, nothing happens. Worst case scenario, they get to know each other a little too well and end up hating each other!
Are Travis and Sade making the best move for their friendship?
HEART OF STONE
Are the deacons of Shalom Bethel invincible? Legend has it that in the 1940’s, they came out of a gunfight with holes in their clothes but not their skin. Bullets bounced off of them. They walked through buckshots like water. That story is passed down by every deacon. The legend of Stephen Stone. That legend is about to be tested.
On the heels of a nightclub triple murder, a mysterious blizzard hits Shalom, a city normally warm year round. The blizzard brings with it bitter memories and ghosts Deacon Oak East thought were long gone: his prior drug conviction, his on and off relationship with his wife, the gruesome murder of his father and the role he played in it. But it's not just the past that haunts him. In the present, a homicide detective wants him and the deacons for the nightclub murders. And a gangster named Cap Morgan wants revenge. The snow is falling. But soon, it will be raining bullets. Is the legend true? Are the deacons of Shalom Bethel bulletproof?
THE MENDED FENCE (Short Story)
Grey Harrison cheated on his wife. To make amends, he works overtime so he can buy her a $14,000 diamond. But when he comes home early from work and sees his wife cheating on him, what follows is a folly filled night of gunshots, damaged property, and a bank robbery. Grey discovers that when he saw his wife cheating on him, he only saw what he needed to see. And ultimately he finds out that he would not be able to mend the fence that was broken on his own.
CLOSE THE DOOR (Short Story)
Mark Morris was a monster bent on revenge. Armed with hatred, brass knuckles, and a glock pistol, he traveled to his hometown to harm those who harmed him so long ago. But every act of revenge only moved Mark closer to the edge. In the end, Mark finds out that the only person he is harming is himself and that happiness had always stood before him like an open door. But by then, would it be too late for him to walk through that door? Would he be able to close the door on his past so that he can truly embrace his future?
AN ODE FOR ORCHIDS
Meet Dawn, Brook, Cicely and Karen: four cousins raised under the Southern sun. Their grandmother called them orchids and taught them to be independent, intelligent, chaste and courageous. So why does Dawn depend on a drug dealer? Why canʹt Brook see that her husband is cheating on her? Why is Cicely so promiscuous? Why is Karen so afraid of rejection? But most importantly, why does Cicely hate Karen enough to want her DEAD?
An Ode for Orchids is the story of four beautiful young women who want to love and be loved. But will their love outlive the lies and abuse? Is their love strong enough to survive the hatred?
THE SECRET BRANCH (Short Story)
Sergeant Harold Hobbs returned from a yearlong tour of duty in Iraq to find that the baby boy that he and his wife Tracy conceived before he left looks exactly like his best friend, Peter Beasley. Of course Harold believes that the baby is Peter’s and not his own, no matter how much Peter and Tracy deny it. Did his wife and his ace really commit the ultimate betrayal? Or are there secret forces at work that aim to rob Harold of his sanity as well as his family?