The challenge is that I'll write and publish 20 short-stories/novelettes before 30 October 2012.
Upon finishing a story and publishing it, I'll announce it on twitter and I'll put an description of the story here with a coupon for a free copy at Smashwords valid for a week after publishing.
I'll be selling the unedited short stories for $0.99 and edited for $2.99 on Amazon, Smashwords, and Kobo.
Pamela Pearson, a young green police detective, knocks on the door of an old house at Silvermine street 20 to follow up on a missing person lead. Little does she knows what is waiting for her behind that door.
What we feared happened, World War III happened, Nuclear war happened.
In its aftermath the world has been left in rubble, with pocket of resistance fighters still fighting the good fight against the invaders, the Sino-Russian Alliance.
Nick and Tina, two rebels, just having escaped an ambush, need to find a way to escape the area cordoned of by the invaders.
Will they get out? Will Nick and Tina, manage to do deal with the hopelessness of it all, surviving in a gone world?
Eventually death will call us all, but in the meantime it will send a postcard, or visit someone close to us, or invite you for a showing. Death likes to be remembered, however sometimes there is a limit in how much to hold death in your thoughts.
Ben Dawson, unemployed, lonely, his life in a crisis not having met any goals he set out for himself. With the last of his money he buys a ticket back to his home town to attend a funeral.
Melvin Armstrong in his first year working as a journalist for the Metropolitan News Agency, uncovers a secret that may become the story of the year and propel his career sky-high. However it won't be that easy as he thought it would be. Secrets exist to stay hidden and certain people will go to great lengths to keep it that way.
What will the price be to get this story out and is Melvin willing to pay it. Will they stop him? Or will he get the story out and claim his moment of grandeur?
Professor Charles von Richthoff an eccentric inventor left an inheritance behind for his nieces, Carissa, Susanah, Bethanny and his nephew Ian. However, the inheritance is not what the inheritors thought it to be. Their fates are sealed on the paper it was written on.
'Do Not Open' a 2771 words short story.
With the economy gone downhill, murders in town have increased where it used to be non-existent. Brandon Thompson struggling with his own economic problems takes the Friday off for a much-needed rest after a long stretch of overwork. Sleep turns into something he had never expected, the outcome disastrous to his being. Will he be able to cope with this? Is everything really what it seems?
A gripping tale of a man facing a horror no one of us would want to face.
Brian is a happily married man, working a mundane job as a paper pusher. This changes after he's kicked out of his home after a heated argument with his wife. Left with unanswered questions, he wants to confront his co-worker Tom about his alleged dealings with his wife. However, it may not be as easy as Brian would like: everybody at the office claims to have seen him, but it has been weeks Brian saw him last.
In his search to solve the mystery of Tom's absence and finding answers to his questions, Brian stumbles on more trouble than he expected; a job deadline, a weird intern, and an unexpected turn of events.
Will he ever get the closure he seeks? Or is his destiny set in doom?
In the aftermath of a nuclear war, war still rages on between the different parties vying for supremacy over the earth.
Brick Johnson, a U.S. Army sergeant, fought the war from the beginning. On a major push against the Russians, his unit gets ambushed instead. Fleeing, he stumbles upon an unknown combatant near a city occupied by the Russians, and things get deadly.
With his brigade shattered, his unit dead, and the fate of the war unknown, Brick has to decide if he will go on with the fight or lay down his arms.
#9 + #10 + #11
Ambos Thorne, a renowned warrior who fought many battles, saw atrocities committed in a war waged in the name of the king and glory, and stared death in the face many times, gets the menial task of escorting Lady Christine.
Faced with superstitious beliefs and orders that make little sense to him, he comes to a cross roads in his life. Follow through with his orders based on superstition or save the life of an innocent woman.
What will he choose and will he regret it?
Tired and desperate, James, a farmhand, is chasing a heavily armed group transporting a woman.
Night is closing in fast and the trail is getting cold.
Will he catch up with them? And if he does, will he be in time to exact the revenge that threatens to burn him alive?
THE DARK WANDERER
In a time that traveling is dangerous, especially for a woman alone, two knights escort a young woman through a forest known for its wild beasts.
Man fears nature, the beasts that roam the world, but sometimes it's not these that fills us with fear. Sometimes, it’s that from beyond the things we know that brings terror to us.
Robert, a young knight, will soon find this out.
Lyna D'Ang, a lady, daughter of Lord Robert, lives a sheltered and privileged life at castle Perring along with her siblings. This quickly ends when darkness descends upon the castle.
Death comes knocking in a familiar form that rips her world apart. She is cast out to the lions to face the world alone.
Wounded, shamed, betrayed, she fights the darkness set upon her life. Enduring all thrown at her, she struggles to come out on top, but will she ever get her life back? Will she even survive?
RED IMPISH DEMON
Lance Magon, a librarian who lives his life as best as he can, is happily married.
However, things change for the worst, and he finds himself in a shady town and in a shadier building standing in front of a door to an apartment containing a nightmare.
Opening the door will change his life drastically, for the better he hopes, but since when did making a deal with the devil ever improve one's life? Maybe, just maybe, Lance will outwit the demon, but at what expense?
WHAT TO LIVE FOR