Psychological suspense / family ties / child labour
Theo, a dispirited workplace humanitarian, audits a child worker at a cardboard factory, in a port city somewhere in Asia. He is impressed by young Malak’s maturity and grit. When that boy, the same age as Theo’s own son, disappears, he cannot let it rest. His quest for answers only raises more questions about the traps of structured help and acquired privilege.
An unsettling novella quietly told by multiple awards-winning author Michèle Laframboise.
Length: 11 660 words
ISBN 978-1-988339-22-1 (mobi)
ISBN 978-1-988339-19-1 (epub)
ISBN 978-1-988339-21-4 (Smashwords)
Mystery / humor / older woman protagonist
Collection: WOW Stories
Equipped with her Sibley guide, explorer hat and field glasses, Amanda Byrd fearlessly pursues the most elusive bird species.
Following on her late husband’s footsteps, she explores a beautiful canyon, along with a gaggle of tourists led by Ed, a very patient native guide. As a majestic California Condor swoops overhead, Amanda discovers that their group has been trapped at the bottom with their only way to climb back up sabotaged. Ed fears that the canyon will become a mortal cauldron as the day progress.
Who did it, and why? The canyon keeps many secrets, linked to her husband’s past…
A short-story introducing fearless and feisty Lady Byrd!
Length: 8000 words
ISBN 978-1-988339-02-3 (epub)
ISBN 978-1-988339-11-5 (smashwords)
Coffee and Chocolate
true story / memories / horses / all-ages
A passenger on board a fast-moving train glimpses a couple of brown horses in an unkempt field. She sees them again the next year, and the year after. She wonders if they are neglected or loved for by their owner. That small field may be the horses’ last protection against a one-way trip to the slaughterhouse…
A very short but haunting true story by Michèle Laframboise, Canadian multi-award winner author. The tale is complemented with a list of horse rescue centers and a few horse sketches from her hand.
Length: 1400 words + Horse rescue centers’ annex
ISBN 978-1-988339-05-4 (epub)
ISBN 978-1-988339-06-1 (mobi)
ISBN 978-1-988339-09-2 (smashwords)
Women are from Mars, Men are from Venus
Collection: WOW Story
Science-fiction/ humor / adventure
Translated from the French by Sheryl Curtis
An overweight Martian geologist copes with day-to-day harassment as the sole woman in a prospecting team, while the specter of an all-out war looms over the red planet.
To endure the lonely hours of exploration, Ligia dreams of the floating cities of Venus, scientific havens where she could never go.
When a freak accident leaves her stranded far from base camp, she must draw upon her willpower, her anger and her scant resources to face the incoming sandstorm.
But what is mere survival worth on a dying world where low-wage females outnumber available males three to one?
This quirky and sarcastic story was originally published in TESSERACTS 10 (Edge Publishing).
“…a story about human resourcefulness in the face of an otherwise certain death on the surface of Mars.” (Paul Lappen, Dead Trees Review)
“…an account of a resourceful fat (this is a plot point) female protagonist stuck on Mars.” (Can. Lit. Reviews, no 200)
Length: 8800 words
Formats: EPub, Kindle
ISBN 978-1-988339-01-6 (epub)