My Books

 

Shadows of Tomorrow: 2 Post-Apocalyptic Short Stories

Shadows of Tomorrow features two thrilling, post-apocalyptic short stories, Only One Mask and The Price of Art.

 

Only One Mask:

Nob only trusts two things: his knife and his breathing mask–the latter because he has to.

Ever since the world went crazy, he feels like he’s always on the run. Running from those who want to kill you. Running from those who want your food, your water, and your only way to safely breathe.

Tricia once said he takes things too seriously. That was a long time ago. Now taking things seriously keeps him alive.

He’s used to taking what he needs without an ounce of guilt, but now he’s faced with a moral dilemma that threatens his survival. They’ve never given him pause before, but this time, it’s different.

 

The Price of Art:

Jordyn prefers art to friends.

She remembered thinking that growing up, and it’s still true today. Art never let her down. Art never made fun of her. And art never tried to kill her.

She didn’t ask to live in a world where paintings are used for firewood, but that’s her reality. She’s constantly told to think practically–humanity can’t afford anything but the necessities to survive anymore. But she fought back and finally found a community who lets her keep every scrap of art she finds, anything to protect them from being destroyed.

But the day finally comes where she might have to choose between her survival and the survival of her art. The world isn’t a nice place anymore, and hard choices have become a part of everyday life.

Jordyn makes her choice.

 

Reviews:

“In this collection, Lanz has given us two well-written tales with intriguing plots and compelling, well-drawn characters…I highly recommend these stories to fans of dystopian fiction.” – Catherine M., Amazon review

“A pair of well-crafted, thoughtful, dystopian short stories, investigating what keeps us human in extreme circumstances…the contrast between the settings: individual survival in Only One Mask versus group survival in The Price of Art, presents the reader with different ways to consider the moral dilemmas that are at the heart of all good dystopian fiction. Recommended.” – Marian T., Amazon Canada review

“Anyone who enjoys a well-thought-out story will want to read these stories. They’re powerfully evocative, with daily life mixed in with adventure to create a satisfyingly-immersive reader experience.” – Andrea L., Amazon review

 

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Idea Factory 2 smThe Idea Factory: 1,000 Story Ideas and Writing Prompts to Find Your Next Bestseller

One idea can create a book. One idea can spark a career.

Do you have a hard time coming up with ideas on what to write?

Countless writers love to write fiction. Exploring a plot and fleshing out characters is part of what makes the project fun. However, few things are worse than staring at a blank screen with no clue what to write next.

These 1,000 prompts are designed to give you the combination of the idea itself, as well as concepts to help you create your own. In the introduction, we discuss the different methods for creating story ideas to continue long after you read the last prompt.

You’ll find multiple genres represented, such as:
• Fantasy, Science Fiction, Romance, Horror, Thriller/Suspense, Mystery, Children’s, Middle Grade, Young Adult, Paranormal, Humor, and Historical.

If you need help with inspiration, this is the book for you. Out of 1,000 story ideas and writing prompts, the beginnings of your next book is likely in these pages. Let’s find your next bestseller.

Genre: Non-fiction (Writing Self-Help)

Length: 138 pages

 

Find it here:

“I struggle to come up with ideas for stories and he has a 1,000 prompts and ideas that help with just that. Definitely worth it.” -Katie McCoach, Amazon review

“This book will be of help to someone embarking on writing for the first time, but also to the pro who needs to broaden his horizons.” -Rosanna Leo, Amazon review

“I found myself wanting to write something based on the prompts most of the time I was reading it!” -Marian Thorpe, Amazon review


 

Unknown SenderUnknown Sender

Jessica’s world revolves around studying at college and affording prepackaged meals, which leaves little time for socializing. In fact, she is quite content without being noticed, which only makes the attention of a mystery texter all the more unwanted.

She isn’t unfamiliar with strange advances, but this is something entirely different. This person knows things about her. Things beyond just an average stalker.

Even after all that, Jessica would be much more content to forget than discover who is chasing her, electronically or otherwise. Eventually, she finds out that she can’t outrun her past.

Genre: Horror

Length: 7,870 words

“If you’re looking for a great short story where the ending isn’t exactly what you thought it would be, you’ve found it.” -Lisa T., Amazon review

“Let me preface my comment by divulging that I hold a master’s degree in criminology, have studied serial killers and have read a lot of true crime stories. This novelette was like a strong drink that creeps up on you. The suspense builds steadily and pulls you in.” -Amazon review

“…it genuinely kept me on the edge of my seat wanting to read more, which is perhaps the best compliment I can give to an author. For 99 cents it’s an absolute steal.” -Kdub’s Geekspot Reviews, Amazon review

For an outside snapshot, here are a few external reviews written by official book review bloggers:


 

 

 

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59 thoughts on “My Books”

  1. I just read Unknown Sender and I adored it! I loved the tone of the story, it felt very natural, wasn’t rushed, and brilliantly built suspense.

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    1. Thanks for the feedback, Sarah. I appreciate the sentiment. I’m glad you enjoyed it.
      If you have the time, it would be great if you could leave a review on Amazon. If not, no problem.
      Either way, thanks for reading! : )

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  2. Unknown Sender was a quick read. I enjoyed the lead up to the ending, and was surprised at the conclusion. The ending went too quickly and I’m left wondering why it happened, but, on the other hand it’s not supposed to be explained.

    I don’t think phones send text messages, at all, when there’s no signal.

    Clear writing, but could have used a longer ending, and perhaps some emotions toward Aubrey. The writing was clunky, in places.

    Overall, great characters, suspense, and setting. 🙂

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