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In 1866, Peter Baxter’s misfortune ends the day he leaves Badgerys Creek orphanage. Unsure of what to do next, Peter finds himself on a farm run by Mr. Brown. An aging man, Brown needs help and is happy to give Peter a place to live in exchange for his labor. Unbeknownst to Peter, Brown’s past is riddled with dark secrets tied to the same orphanage, which he has documented in a red folder.

During a chance encounter, Peter meets Rose. Peter cannot help but fall in love with her beauty, grace, and wit but fears that his affection will go unrequited as a result of his crippling poverty. But fate changes when Peter joins the search for gold in Hill End, New South Wales. Striking it rich, he returns to Rose a wealthy man. Peter is changed by his new found affluence, heading towards the mire of greed. Will Rose regret her relationship with Peter? 

Meanwhile, Rose has her own troubled history. One that is deeply entwined with Brown’s past and Peter’s future.

Rave Reviews for The Pacifist!

"A deftly crafted and consistently entertaining novel, "The Pacifist" reveals Australian author Mehreen Ahmed's exceptional flair for narrative storytelling and compellingly memorable characters. Original, compelling, skillfully written from cover to cover, "The Pacifist" is very highly recommended"  -- Midwest Book Review

"This is the kind of book that after you have finished reading it, you continue to think about it." -- Brena Mercer

"Ms. Ahmed’s pen has made powerful strokes in a tale that will hold readers captive from start to finish. " -- Tome Tender

"The delicate way Ahmed weaves the histories of the families together and surprises us with huge details that were missing before, adds quite a special, and unforgettable touch to the book."  -- The Book Looters

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Once Upon A Dystopia

If someone observed us from afar, they could claim that our civilization was a civilization of walls. That was its main purpose. Such observers would likely not be able to explain why. I cannot either. Walls do not protect. They just trap and kill. 

Three short stories about a dystopic future, about people turning into machines, about walls and fences, about the way history works. Three short stories about now.

Once Upon a Dystopia is available on Amazon!

About Mileva

Mileva Anastasiadou is a neurologist living and working in Athens, Greece. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in many journals, such as Menacing Hedge, the Molotov Cocktail, Fear of Monkeys, Infective Ink, Ofi press, Maudlin House and many others. She has published two books in Greek.

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Resumes That Work: Writing to Avoid The Job

Need help with cover letters, resumes, interviews, and other job-related queries?  Enter booze-fueled Dave Doolittle – expert at looking good while doing little.  He’ll show you all the hilarious tips and tricks to antagonize employers.

With a strong disdain for pseudo-politicians like George Bush and Donald Trump, expect this fiery parody to mock all that is unjust.  But most of all, expect sound advice for staying away from that unwanted Holy Grail – work. 

Need proof?  Just read former iron worker, Joe Ping’s, unquestioningly true testimonial:  “I don't have to worry about any crap no more. Reading the Want Ads is a thing of the past since I followed Dave Doolittle's Real Resume Plan.  Now I'm on the Gravy Train.  I sit around the house all day watchin' tube. An' everybody thinks I'm doin' my damnedest ta find a job.  I tell ya.  It's great!”

Cosmic Teapot Publishing's sixth release will keep you laughing right to the end!

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Mehreen Ahmed's stream of consciousness masterpiece, Moirae.

Nalia is trapped in a strange lucid dream.  Pressured out of their homes in the Lost Winds, every step threatens them with persecution and death.  Set in a real time, stream-of-consciousness narrative, this story takes you on a sweeping literary journey. 

Moirae is available on Amazon!

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Dylan Callens finds comfort in satire, Operation Cosmic Teapot

God, Nietzhsche, and Freud walk into a consulting room.  Insert jokes here.  That's the basis of Callens' debut novel, written with heaps of blasphemy through an existential lens.  There is a slight chance that sensiitive, religious folks will be offended.  

Operation Cosmic Teapot is on Amazon!

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Humor Writers Come to Together for Ellipsis

When comedic minds come together, you get this: an anthology of seventeen short stories that promise to delight, inspire, and educate you—or at least make you groan in discomfort.  All proceeds go to Doctors Without Borders.

Ellipsis is available on Amazon!

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Mehreen Ahmed's worldly stories, Snapshots

On a trail of relics and ruins, Snapshots is a travel diary of Mehreen's travels through four major continents.  Travel through the ancient, the medieval, the renaissance and the modern.

Snapshots is available on Amazon!

Interpretation

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Dylan Callens' second novel, 

Interpretation.

Due out early in 2017, Interpretation will delight science fiction readers with a new take on mind control.  Check back for updates and details. 

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On the crossing of Victoria and Harriet Street, stood a massive block of grey apartment building. Up in the front of each flat, balconies jutted out like open match boxes, creating a blind spot for the incoming traffic. It posed an undeniable threat to the traffic on the road. Notwithstanding, the building had much to offer in the way of charm.

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The road is black and unsure as the future. Out beyond the headlights looms dark quantum plasma; a world ruled by flux and uncertainty. Trees, road signs, and other cars burst into being, then as suddenly, pop from existence. Hills become open space, and open space, solid walls. Adam shakes his head and watches the LED on the dash clock change from 9:30 to 9:31.  He smiles. Lately his life seemed malleable as the memories of eyewitnesses. Hell. The story’s always been the thing. Just exactly who did or said what, where, when, and how, was subject to whim; fickle as subatomic fluctuation.

The guardrail curves space to the left, then twists it right again. Snow begins to fall, feathering even the small triangles of light to indistinct blurs. Some kind of cat moves from one box of blackness to another. A deer materializes in mid-hop, then vanishes before touching ground.

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