MAD QUEEN’S CHESS
by Joe Sweeney
Science Fiction- Alternative History
GOD SAVE THE QUEEN!
Inspector Chloe Robson is New Scotland Yard’s newest rising star. But her brilliance begins to ebb when she’s assigned to Kolkata to assist the local police in solving a number of cases oddly connected by a common theme: the game of chess. Members of an underground society, identified only as chess pieces, are subtly influencing powerful members of the British nobility, often using the Checking Piece Courier Service to carry obscure messages. As she strugles to adjust to Hindi culture, she must work with the sedate Inspector Vinay Banerjee of the Kolkata Police to answer two puzzling questiions: who are these “chessmen” and what is there objective?
Joe Sweeney was concieved in Alabama and born in Upstate New York (a relative location). He spent the next 18 years in the tow of his Air Force family, living in all four corners of the States- Florida, Arizona, Northern California and Maine- and picking up five more siblings along whe way. As a child he loved to write, but high school had somehow transformed him into a geek. He spent the next 30 years programming computers, at first as a hobby and in later years as a career. Now living in Arizona and approachaing 50, he has decided it’s time to return to his first love- Writing
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ANYWHERE BUT L.A.
short stories by Daniel A. Olivas
ANYWHERE BUT L.A., Daniel A. Olivas’s latest collection of short stories, ranges from contemporary narratives to more traditional cuentos de fantasm, giving us a vivid and honest portrait of modern Latinos in search of their place in the world. Funny yet poignant, Olivas’s characters frequently amuse, sometimes dissturb, and often remind us of our own vulnerability. People who on the surface appear to be ordinary and uncomplicated reveal their deepest secrets and anxieties related to a variety of issues, such as race, gender, sexual orientation, and the human condition in general. We are given a glimpse into the complex emotions and attitudes of characters who are trying to cope with the mystries of life. These stories ring with humor, insight, and power, and, like the city they describe, they shift and slide and refuse to be pinned down as they drive the reader to the very core of human existence through the colorful mural of a thriving Latino community.
Daniel A. Olivas is the editor of LATINOS IN LOTUSLAND: AN ANTHOLOGY OF CONTEMPORARY SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA LITERATURE (Bilingual Press, 2008) and the author of DEVIL TALK: STORIES (Bilingual Press, 2004), ASSUMPTION AND OTHER STORIES (Bilingual Press, 2003), THE COURTSHIP OF MARIA RIVERA PENA (Silver Lake Publishing, 2000) and a children’s book, BENJAMIN AND THE WORD (ARTE PUBLICO PRESS, 2005). He has written for numerous publications, including the LOS ANGELES, MACGUFFIN, THEMA, EXQUISTE CORPSE, LA BLOGA, the EL PASO TIMES, and the JEWISH JOURNAL. Since 1990 he has practice law with the California Department of Justice. Olivas makes his home in the San Fernando Valley with his wife and son.
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A FLICKERING LIGHT and AN ABSENCE SO GREAT
by Award-Winning JANE kIRKPATRICK
Drawn from the author’s historical family album
The fact-base story of an early twentieth-century woman pioneering her way into the male dominate world of photography. When she finds herself increasingly attracted to her married employer, she flees to new opportunities. But the photography that was supposed to fill her heart is instead exposing its emptiness.
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