Life is short. Jimmy’s life may prove shorter. His gang mates have grown up and shipped out, and the nine to five is grinding Jimmy into a person he no longer recognizes. There has to be more to existence than waking up every Saturday with a half-eaten kebab and empty wallet. The wide blue skies of America sing a siren’s song, and Jimmy decides he’s ready to give life a do-over—even if it means leaving his childhood sweetheart Kelly behind. But Harlem has chewed up many a finer man, and drugs, power and money are fickle friends. If he survives the looming shit storm, Jimmy might just learn that the answers he seeks are waiting to be found in the most unexpected places.
When Sian Tierney wins a major songwriting competition, she senses an exciting beginning on the horizon – but nothing prepares her for the arrival of Donal Redmond. Mona Allard is the kind of girl most girls hate, a natural beauty and a promising artist. Her parents are madly in love, her sister is her best friend and her boyfriend is, well, perfect. She should be happy. But Mona has never been one to follow convention.Two very talented women, leading two very different lives. One finding her way through music, another losing herself in art. The kind of women that would be friends in different circumstances. Instead, the choices each make brings fateful consequences to the other. Loves are lost, lives torn apart, and both women are left fighting for the right to be happy.From Dublin’s cobbled streets to the San Franciscan hills, Never Not Broken reveals the power of promise found, and the danger of talent lost.
Born in Hollywood, Brian is the son of a narcisistic mother and a workaholic father. He is raised by a nanny, Feeling alone allof his life, he joins the army and is sent to Vietnam where he makes fast friends with Jeff, who is killed in action. As he is dying, Jeff asks Brian to make a promise: “Go to Satsuma, Florida…find Molly…help her run Hermit’s Cove…take care of her, Brian.”
When Brian returns home, his dad has died and his mother expects him to stay in Hollywood and take care of her. For the first time in his life, Brian defies his mother and is determined to fulfill his promise to his best friend.
When Brian and Molly meet, there is an instant attraction, which they both deny. Besides feeling guilty about his feelings for his best friend’s finance, Brian also has survivors guilt and suffers from PTSD, involving flashbacks. He believes he is not fit to be loved b anyone.
Things become complicated when Corrine, a wild young woman from Texas who has stolen her daddy’s car, and a man called Bulldog whom Brian met in Vietnam, show up at Hermit’s Cove.
With “fake news” hitting the headlines, I thought it would be nice to look at “truth” and muse on questions such as “what actually is true?” and “what is Truth?” using a fantasy story as a foil for same. In this coming-of-age story Thomas recounts the events of a term at school when his class returned to a new beautiful class teacher, a donation of stuffed animals and birds by an eccentric benefactor which he and his friends subsequently discovered weren’t quite as dead as they looked, an exorcism in which a bell-jar which had contained a bat shattered, and then things, which up until then had been strange, turned to being sinister and frightening.In an attempt to understand what was going on, Thomas found himself reading up on Black Magic, Satanism, the early Christian Church, and the worship of evil, but instead of assisting his understanding this made him more confused than ever. Even a conversation with his local priest failed to resolve the problems he found himself wrestling with. What was true? What was the Truth? And of course, where was the bat?An adult fantasy story for those who like to think about what they are reading.(Warning to sensitive readers; the story does contain references to sex)
Tim’s favorite sports team “The Ragers” finally makes it into the big game. Sitting in a traffic jam, he decides on a whim to take up a bet with a fellow co-worker without mentioning it to his wife. Unexpectedly, in the end, something far greater seems to pan out for him in the right direction.A solid short story right under 4,000 Words…