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15 stories unmasking epidemic bright spots

15 ways forward unlocking hearts

15 reasons to take a shot on this book!  



What is a pandemic to you? How do you unmask what happens afterward?

We have faced a disease that rose suddenly and spread throughout the globe quickly. The speed did not allow for much reflection as we focused on survival. The spread was universal as it impacted the globe. This anthology is a glimpse at COVID-19 and the lockdown, but not at its horrors which we already faced, but at us in the aftermath as we continue, lessons learned, dreams deferred, as we aspire for more than survival.

Perhaps you are a mother with adult kids spread across the USA trying to shepherd all of them home. Or you were in the middle of a job search and understand more about your company during this lock down than you had previously. What would motivate an artist during and coming out of the lock down… fish bowls?

Did you drive across the USA trying to figure out what to do next? Or what about moving after a lung transplant and then learning you needed a second transplant during COVID? FOMO anyone?

Develop any skills during the lock down like travelling through time and space? What about starting a new relationship, ending it, or spicing up an existing one? Did you live with someone who took cleaning to the next level? Want to know what someone’s cat thought?

There are so many variations in the shades of this disease that what comes after is just as diverse. See how these authors view their worlds contracting or expanding into a new normal or into an area where things will never be normal again.

Let us go through these growing pains together as we unlock the lockdown with an epidemic of reading.

Take a shot on Shades of Positively Pandemic today!








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Moving, transporting, 

breathtaking

12 stories, 11 authors, 

12 skyscraping journeys

Paving the way to novel Chicago views


This collection of short stories explores Chicago: the city, the myth, the borders, the legend, the infamous, the truth, the fiction. Past, present and future collide as we walk the Chicago streets wondering: Does a city have an identity, or is it only a landscape for us to project our fears and desires onto it?

How would a 13-year-old Venezuelan girl, sneaking to watch movies set in Chicago on TV at work, think about Chicago while she also tries to remain unnoticed during what feels like the start of a revolution in her home country? Or experience how a veteran of the Great War working at a Chicago steel mill in 1937 might view the city. 

Ride the bus, the el, and the Metra and discover how it can be a haven for unexpected encounters. Or perhaps you’re a tourist and you can watch how your connections to the city evolves with every visit to a Chicago friend. Have you heard of a Chicago winter or the troubles of shopping during one? Or have you ever visualized Chicago with supernaturals: dragons, werewolves, and gargoyles (oh my!)?

Does Chicago shift pre-Pandemic versus during the lockdown? How would you choose which neighborhood to rent or own a home? What does the city mean to you when you miss someone? Or how do you feel when you need to move from Chicago to follow your dreams?

Get a bicyclist’s eye view of Chicago without even leaving the couch.

The stories can be sometimes tense and unapologetic, other times intimate and sentimental, or even humorous and confessional, but they’re always moving moments with the city that works. Do people inhabit a city, or does the city inhabit us? 

 

Please be our guest and experience the varied shades of Chicago today!





Universal, Personal, Life altering 

19 Authors, 25 Stories, 

Experience Unlimited Transformations



The stories in this anthology are a celebration of transitions and transformations.  The situation or lesson which inspires, forces, conspires, or demands.  Basically, anything which inflicts or releases movement from within.  The causes may be universal, while the effects are personal.  These stories show the harbingers and potential aftermaths of these adventures in the various ways they color our perceptions… in their many shades.


Try Write Volumes Shades of Transition and Transformation Anthology


Sometimes we only do ‘good’ because people are watching, but is that truly doing good? What if to stop someone from doing bad, you do something bad? Or what if you help someone bad, is that still good? - NO GOOD DEED

The problem isn’t just being hard to understand, but to be misunderstood completely.- FOREIGNER

This city made it all too easy for families to drift apart. Technology fooled everyone into thinking they were more connected than they actually were.- YELLOW LIGHT

I eventually retreated to favorite memories of the past and visions of the future that were unlike any path that actually lay before me.- NEW SHOES FOR AN OLD MAN

Miss Chi-Town Firecracker would not let this little shit out-sassy her.-  SASSY’S SUBS

I respond to Araminta when I want to remember the seed. I answer to Harriet when I want to remember the tree.- HARRIET AND ME

Now unless you've been a real goody two-shoes or a real asshole, you come to my department.-  I AM AN 8-YEAR-OLD JAPANESE GIRL

Well…maybe. I don’t know. This arrangement has worked out better than any other therapy I’ve had so far.- THERA-TROOPERS

That villains were for books, were not me. But I was born a villain.- MY JINN AND I 

Hope and change didn’t quite pan out for her and Maria.-  LOST ITS DIVERSITY





15 writers, 15 stories, 15 ways to scream 



Don’t read this collection of short stories if you don’t enjoy screaming, jumping at every sound, trembling, or looking over your shoulder from now on. From bite size frights to longer bone chilling stories, with 15 different up and coming short story authors, Write Volumes is bringing the color back to horror. What could go wrong? From potentially world ending to life altering individual short stories, view the many shades of fear but don’t say we didn’t warn you. This is only for the strong of heart… and we can’t guarantee your heart won’t burst or break. Adults only and beware, the scare can be for real… and lasting.

Try Write Volumes Shades of Horror and Strangeness Anthology, 

if you dare  

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The man’s inscrutable look— there was no wink or even an apparent gleam—never told James precisely what he wanted to know, but it fueled his obsession all the same. - SLOW DANCE

But this long silence, stretching to a malevolent infinitum, was more than a soul could calmly take. - MONASTERY

I feel a sudden, creeping dread as I realize what this is. What he is. – HOMEGROWN

She wasn’t afraid of this stranger who appeared to be waiting for her.- SHADES OF LOVE

With every step, his body felt gravity more acutely, as if he was carrying the darkness with him, the darkness clutching along his body refusing to let go. - IN THE DARK

The beam of the light reflected over scaly skin with a translucent glow. Round, black, lidless disks stared at me from eye sockets on a face without a nose. - SIREN

People pressed in on him from all sides. Before long, the crowd carried him about like a stranded raft helpless against the ocean wave. - NOT LIKE THEM

But what troubled Yasmine was their silence. All of them, silent. - LUCKY




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