The Whole Wide World Sweetycat Press presents: 80 authors from around the world combine their talents to write the greatest episodic criminal manhunt anthology ever written. Follow Detective Curly Knucklewad and his assistant, Wanda Wowzer, as they pursue leads and clues around The Whole Wide World in search of the thief who stole a secret Limp Noodle Sauce recipe. From comic to chilling, each episode offers a fresh perspective and new eyes on the greatest heist ever pulled off. ~ Lisa H. Owens' excerpt: “Wowza! Wowza!” We all heard it. A hush fell over the crowd, as collectively, the heads belonging to a group of women, angry at one of them having been objectified—again—turned toward the offender. Sheesh. The nerve of him. And in the midst of a heavily populated Starbucks, of all places.
I shook my head and smiled, “Settle down, ladies. I've got this.” I was thirty-eight years old and five-foot-two, at a stretch; but having been bullied one-too-many times while attending Bowzer High (home of the terrifying Bowzer Bulldogs), I'd learned to defend myself. I was well versed in the art of Taekwondo, but also in the finer things in life—such as the robust flavor in a good Sumatra bean. I rose abruptly, menace in my eyes, and sauntered up to the offender, who had terror in his eyes. His hands shook as he slid two steaming venti lattes across the counter, each with an extra shot of espresso; and his voice cracked, revealing youth, as he begged for mercy. “Jeeze, Miss Wowza…I mean Wowzer, could you just tell the barista that you're Wanda next time?”...[read more in the anthology]
Journeys: The Writer's Journey Blog Elaine Marie Carnegie-Padgett and Stone Pony Publishing present: A tribute to 42 authors, the authors of The Writers Journey Blog. This Anniversary Edition of short stories and poetry will take you on Journeys by train and plane, through Spain and to China. From heaven to hell, ride along on the unlikely journeys of a cow, a friendship, and a tureen of soup. Journey through the mind and heart, through time and space. One journey with no end, and yet another ... with no beginning. Contributing Authors: Mehreen Ahmed, Susan Sams Baggott, Gabriella Balcom, Amanda Jane Bayliss, David Bowmore, Bernie Brown, Cheryl Burman, Eva Marie Cagley, Steve Carr, Vonnie Winslow Crist, Tim Curry, P. C. Darkcliff, Dawn DeBraal, John Drudge, J. D. Edwards, Natalie Gasper, Nancy Lou Henderson, Kerri Jesmer, Shawn M. Klimek, Tim Law, Ruth Littner, Lynn Miclea, Lady C. E. Miller, Jack Mulcahy, P. A. Oneil, Shiloh Osheen, Lisa H. Owens, A. L. Paradiso, D. A. Ratliff, Paula R. C. Readman, Bruce Rowe, Mark Scheel, Sue Marie St. Lee, Ann Stolinsky, Christine Tabaka, Mike Turner, Virginia Watts, and Justin Wiggins. ~ Lisa H. Owens' excerpts to three stories: Digging to China: I remember, as a child, using a rusty trowel to dig down to China. It was on the exact opposite side of the world from my weed-laden backyard...[read more in the anthology] ~ Thank you for Choosing BOSSJourneys: "Hurry, Bunny. We can't be late." The link had instructed us to be ready to log in a few minutes before the official time. Lateness would not be tolerated. "I made the optional cookies this morning, so we'll get a small discount. We were assigned oatmeal raisin, not nuts. I think the link said he had a nut allergy, which was surprising really. He didn't seem like an allergy kind of guy. Are you getting ready?"...[read more in the anthology] ~ Christmas in Four Parts: Part I: The Dummy Please allow me, if you will, to spin a terrifying tale. Our story starts at a city mall, a two-bit show, a clown, a doll. The victim and her family, drove to town so they could see, a clown pulling on a string, to make a dummy talk and sing. The dummy caught the daughter's eye, she laughed and said, "Oh my, oh my! Anon I must own this prize." She stamped her foot and rolled her eyes. "If you won't buy him for me, I'll ask Santa. You will see how I always get my way," she frowned and huffed, then stomped away...[read more in the anthology]
Around the World: Landscapes & Cityscapes Sweetycat Press presents:A poetry anthology representing 200 poems from poets around the world. From mountaintops to sea resorts, from highrise buildings to subways, across continents, on islands, in large cities, and at small and large landmarks, 200 poets from around the world take you on their journeys around the world. ~ Lisa H. Owens' "Haleakala: House of the Sun" excerpt: It was dark when we stepped outside the hotel lobby, 4 am Maui time. We ate power bars and drank water while we waited for the vans. And the other people.
We were going to Haleakala Crater to watch the sunrise at the summit (10,013 feet at its highest peak); then we'd drive down a little lower (6,500 feet) to set up for the 23-mile bike ride).
We'd traverse endless switchbacks, stopping for lunch somewhere along the way, our adventure ending eight hours later at the beach in Paia...[read more in the anthology]
A Love Letter (or Poem) to... Sweetycat Press Presents: Love in its many varieties, expressed in letters and poems from 202 writers worldwide, written to the object or objects of their affection, adoration, romantic passion, esteem and fantasy. Letters and poems to wives, to husbands, to children, to parents, to grandparents, to boyfriends, to girlfriends, to pets, to literary and film idols, and more. This is a book for anyone who loves love. ~ Lisa H. Owens' excerpt: Dear Granddaddy... It's been so long since I've written you a letter. The last time was 1969 when I sent you a handmade Get-Well card...[read more in the anthology.]
Whos Who of Emerging Writers 2021 Sweetycat Press presents: The bios of 128 writers worldwide are included, along with seven essays by professionals in the writing field that should be of interest to every writer at all stages in their careers as writers. An emerging writer is one who has reached a level of proficiency and publication to be deemed a professional writer but not yet reached the level of fame and recognition they deserve. Their bios are as interesting as any story or novel. In this Who’s Who are bios of novelists, short story writers, poets, playwrights, screenwriters and journalists. In this 2021 issue discover WHO the 128 emerging writers are, WHAT they have written, WHERE they live, WHEN they started writing, and WHY they write. Many of them have websites where you can find out even more about them. Open the pages of the Who’s Who of Emerging Writers 2021 and enter a world of unmatched writing talent. ~ Lisa H. Owens excerpt: Lisa H. Owens is a freelance writer who began her writing career at the ripe old age of 56. Her first short story, Star of the Show, was born out of an emotional dream, a side-effect of taking melatonin as a natural sleep aid. Upon waking, she recreated her dream on paper and never looked back. She began to write stories inspired by the numerous cross-country moves made with her oddball family as she grew up...[read more in the 2021 issue highlighting emerging writers]