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The Clock Tower

The clock tower outside town has terrified Simon all his short life, but when Eliza, convinced the tower is harmless, forces him to climb it with her, he must face all his nameless terrors. This short story percolated in my brain for several years and finally made its way onto…

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The Unremarkable Squire

A squire’s oath is to be of service… but to whom? In the kingdom of Basileon, an unremarkable and emotionally detached young man named Obed Kainos is about to stumble into adventure—quite against his will. When the knights of the realm gather in a quest to search for the lost…

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The Wheel Is Broken

He stopped to dig the pen from behind his ear. He wrote in the margins of that age-old book these words: The Wheel is broken. Yes–yes, that was the center, the thesis, the seed. If the structure which they had created, if the rules and systems which guided Jalseion, if the…

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The Select’s Bodyguard

The first three novels of Bron & Calea — The Select’s Bodyguard, The Doctor’s Assistant, and The Well’s Orphan–are now available in one print volume on Amazon! I wrote The Select’s Bodyguard and The Well’s Orphan. The back cover copy: When Bron, bodyguard to the Select, is jolted awake by an explosion, he quickly discovers…

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House of the Living

When scientists stumble across the perfectly preserved body of a Tyrannosaurus Rex, the first question is: How? But as one scientist spends his life studying the extraterrestrial crystals that caused its preservation, his questions become deeper, touching his deepest fears of life and death. “House of the Living” is a…

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Vienna, USA

Summary: Vienna is a small Midwestern town like a hundred others, but if you look closely, it has its stories. Collected here are five stories from Vienna, where ordinary people encounter the big questions of life. In “Transitions,” a young man has to decide whether he’s ready to grow up. A…

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Another World: 50 Snapshots

Summary: Nick Hayden presents a print version of his first 50 flash fictions as originally published at www.worksofnick.com. Along with the original stories, this book contains new author notes on the processes and ideas that helped in the creation of 50 different “worlds.” Proceeds from this print version go toward the…

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Dreams & Visions

Summary: Nick Hayden presents a collection of five of his favorite short stories. Holding the collection together is a sense of wonder, desire, and mystery–a sense that something exists that we haven’t quite found yet. Features the Stories: The Memory – It was a memory more precious than any other she had,…

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The Day After

Summary: Natalya is an American mom and wife with a Russian name working as a spy for the Brazilian government in a Midwest American town. Balancing dual identities is dangerous–and sometimes comical–especially when her husband hasn’t a clue. Morana is on a suicide mission to transmit a bestial virus to her…

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The Isle of Gold

Summary: Adventurer Fitzwilliam Fitzwallace sails into unknown seas in search of wonders, women, and wealth. But after wrecking upon a lonely island,  all he wants is a drink of water. Excerpt: I had willingly joined the legions that dove into the unknown. The romance of this world stirs my soul; I…

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The Story Project: The Journals – Year 2

Summary: When they joined the Story Project, they shared only one thing: a desire to tell stories. They didn’t know that they were the story. In the wake of Cassandra Talbot’s sudden departure, Katrina takes charge in her no-nonsense manner, but the other members forget that she has issues of her…

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The Story Project: The Journals – Year 1

Summary: The Story Project is the dream of one man, but it is the lives of thirteen others brought together over the course of one year. Their journals chronicle loneliness, longing, and love as a house of strangers struggles to become a community. But it seems everyone hides a secret…. They…

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