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Under the Phone

 

Sci-fi Short Story

Published: January 2021

Publisher: SFS Publishing


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Everyone loves their phone, but when phones start connecting to people’s brains, the effects aren’t what they expect….

Jack and Stacy are settling into Sherly Pointe, a small old mining town with conspiracies and stories beyond belief. Jack soon notices strange activity on his phone with a new mind-reading software that just came out. Jack investigates and the true adventure begins.


 

About the Author

 Nicholas Leonard Ivey is a software developer and writer from Florida. By day he develops apps and programs and by night he develops stories that take readers to a different realm.


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THE MYTH OF SURRENDER by Kelly O’Connor McNees



Publisher : Pegasus Books (March 1, 2022)
Language : English
Hardcover : 336 pages
ISBN-10 : 1643139304
ISBN-13 : 978-1643139302

Praise for THE MYTH OF SURRENDER

“McNees has written a powerful, cinematic, and very beautiful novel about the miracles and catastrophes of motherhood. The women who inhabit this story are all so gloriously alive! Humane, compelling, sharp, and sensitive, The Myth of Surrender will stay with me for a very long time.” —Amy Dickinson, “Ask Amy” advice columnist, New York Times bestselling author of The Mighty Queens of Freeville

“A brave and important book. McNees’s literary acumen is on full display in this beautiful, deeply affecting novel. She explores what it meant to be unwed and pregnant in mid-century America with sensitivity, erudition, and first-rate storytelling. Impossible to put down, this is a spell-binding tale of deceit, abuse, and ultimately, reclamation.” ―Lori Nelson Spielman, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Star-Crossed Sisters of Tuscany

“Both an illumination of the past and an indictment of the present, The Myth of Surrender is McNees at her best—giving voice to women who could not speak for themselves.” —Eleanor Brown, New York Times bestselling author of THE WEIRD SISTERS and THE LIGHT IN PARIS

“A timely and powerful tale of motherhood, loss, and second chances. Kelly O’Connor McNees’s unforgettable novel illuminates an era that all too many people tried to forget. The scars are there—brava to McNees for also revealing the beauty.” —Siobhan Fallon, author of YOU KNOW WHEN THE MEN ARE GONE and THE CONFUSION OF LANGUAGES

What if the most important decision of your life was not yours to make? This vivid and powerful novel follows two women whose paths intersect at a maternity home in the “Baby Scoop Era.”

In 1960, free-spirited Doreen is a recent high-school grad and waitress in a Chicago diner. She doesn’t know Margie, sixteen and bookish, who lives a sheltered suburban life, but they soon meet when unplanned pregnancies send them to the Holy Family Home for the Wayward in rural Illinois. Assigned as roommates because their due dates line up, Margie and Doreen navigate Holy Family’s culture of secrecy and shame and become fast friends as the weight of their coming decision — to keep or surrender their babies — becomes clear.

Except, they soon realize, the decision has already been made for them. Holy Family, like many of the maternity homes where 1.5 million women “relinquished” their babies in what is now known as the Baby Scoop Era, is not interested in what the birth mothers want. In its zeal to make the babies “legitimate” in closed adoptions, Holy Family manipulates and bullies birth mothers, often coercing them to sign away their parental rights while still under the effects of anesthesia.

What happens next, as their babies are born and they leave Holy Family behind, will force each woman to confront the depths and limits of motherhood and friendship, and fight to reclaim control over their own lives.

Written by the acclaimed author of The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott and Undiscovered Country, The Myth of Surrender explores a hidden chapter of American history that still reverberates across the lives of millions of women and their children.
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Kelly O’Connor McNees’s award-winning novels transport readers to pivotal moments in history as seen through the eyes of the resilient, fascinating women who lived through them. Whether it’s a “moving and intimate glimpse” (Publisher’s Weekly) of Eleanor Roosevelt’s love affair with Lorena Hickock in Undiscovered Country, or the tough decisions of Clara, a mail-order bride broker, in In Need of a Good Wife, or Louisa May Alcott’s excruciating choice between love and her writing career in The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott, readers are immersed in riveting stories often overlooked in American history.

O’Connor McNees’s forthcoming novel, The Myth of Surrender (March 2022, Pegasus), is the story of an unlikely friendship forged between two young women navigating the secrecy and shame of unwed pregnancy at a home for wayward girls, at the height of the Mad Men age.

In addition to her five novels, Kelly’s writing has appeared in The Millions, The Washington Post, The Toast, and in Rust Belt Chicago: An Anthology. She has also written for The Boxcar Children series. Kelly is represented by Kate McKean of the Howard Morhaim Literary Agency. Born and raised in Michigan, she lives in Chicago with her family.

        
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THE MYTH OF SURRENDER BY KELLY O’CONNOR MCNEES EXCERPT

Margie had already filled one of her composition notebooks

full of letters to Timothy she had written over the years, fragments

extracted from the radio static that played in the background of her mind

at all times. But she couldn’t imagine sending one of those. Instead, she

wrote to Sister Simon, who was still, no doubt, telling the story of the bad

girl who kept her baby and the good girl who gave her baby up. “e story,

she now understood, of Doreen and Margie. Except that the rewards of

being that good girl had never materialized, and that made her wonder

about the consequences of being the bad one. Was Doreen living on the

street, turning to prostitution to keep body and soul together? Somehow,

Margie doubted that. She waited weeks for Sister Simon’s reply, but it

never came. Being ignored stung, but had she expected anything else?

Margie’s resolve hardened.

She thought about how, on the rare occasions when Verna was

unhappy with the service at Field’s, her mother went up the chain and

demanded to speak to the department manager. Margie needed to go

up the chain, she had realized, to the archdiocese that oversaw Holy

Family and who knows how many other homes like it. She drafted

her request in plain terms: access solely to any information that would

confirm Timothy’s current health and well-being, and nothing more.

And here was the reply.

Margie waited through the rest of Professor Butler’s lecture, imagining

what she would do if the letter actually contained good news. Timothy

would turn five in a week. He might be living anywhere in the country

now, watching spring take hold in a city park, in the desert, on the prairie.

If she could only know that the people who had him, wherever they were,

made sure his coat was warm enough, made sure his shoes weren’t too

tight. In her reverie she saw a comb passing through sandy-blond hair,

a cowlick, long slender fingers that were a miniature version of her own.

Would she ever get to see his picture?

When at last the other girls fled out of the room, Margie stayed at

the table and tore the rest of the envelope away.

Dear Miss Ahern,

This is a response to your inquiry of February 3 requesting

information on a baby born at Prairie Creek General Hospital and

surrendered for adoption to the State of Illinois. In accordance with

the Illinois Revised Statutes of 1945 on the Adoption of Children,

all petitions, decrees, and all other papers and records relating to

the adoption have been impounded by the clerk of the court. !e

archdiocese has no authority to supersede the dictates of this law.

therefore, we must deny your request.

It was the only answer that made sense, of course, perfectly predictable,

and yet it landed like a punch in her stomach.

“Margie?” Professor Butler paused in gathering her books and papers

and turned to her in concern. “Are you all right?”

Why was it that, anytime someone asked that question, you couldn’t

tell the truth?

Copyright © 2022 by Kelly O’Connor McNees

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Title: Misteria
Author: Cameo Renae
Genre: MG Fantasy
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Approached in the woods by a rather hideous, three-foot tall man-creature, William and Anna Archer, are given a message from their mother via a crystal ball. They are to follow the messenger through a magical portal to find her.

 

In this modern-day fairy tale, the twelve-year-old, telepathic twins uncover a world hidden behind an enchanted mist conjured by five sorcerers to protect all magical beings from the human world. A world that is now terrorized by a dark and destructive force sweeping across the land, threatening their very existence.

 

The twins embark on a perilous quest to save their mother and the grandfather they never knew existed. Fantasy has turned into reality for the Archer twins, and the safety of all magical beings now rests in their hands.





Cameo Renae, was born in San Francisco, raised in Maui, Hawaii, and now resides with her husband and children in Las Vegas.

She’s a daydreamer, caffeine and peppermint addict, who loves to laugh, and loves to read to escape reality.
One of her greatest joys is creating fantasy worlds filled with adventure and romance and sharing it with others. It is the love of her family and amazing support of her fans that keeps her going.
One day she hopes to find her own magic wardrobe and ride away on her magical unicorn. Until then…she’ll keep writing!

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