Other Side explores the duality of personality, character and actions of people. The main character faces his conflicts and value propositions through four relationships that are juxtaposed and contradictory. His pursuit of validation and truth is explored through his mother, wife, mistress and a sex worker. His fall from grace as a corporate lawyer to disgrace and drug addiction are all captured in an intimate and realistic portrayal. The main characters in Other Side are ethnically diverse. Racial identity is not as prevalent as gender and socio-economic status. The reader is introduced to an array of other characters and backgrounds. The anecdotes from each encapsulate a broad perspective of political and social issues in a multi cultural American society. Although presented through the prism of a male protagonist the women’s stories of relationship struggle and maturation provides the platform for all the characters development.
In this funny, fast-paced novel, 1940s Washington DC is the main character, not just the setting. As the adolescent world capital fills up with trainloads of hopefuls, you’ll get to know a naive, adventure-seeking girl from small town Tennessee, an idealistic congressman from the Midwest, and a cop not quite right for the job.
The fun begins when the DC police and the FBI try to outdo each other in waging a war on vice. They set their sights on a classy, expensive call house occupying the top floor of an apartment building on ultra-respectable Connecticut Avenue.
C.P. Stiles’ crisp writing and sharp eye for detail keep you smiling as you take in a Washington that never dreamed of today’s scandals-but was on its way to them.
Love is the one thing so many of us desire to have in our lives, and yet, it is the one thing we so often fail to achieve. Sometimes we think we have to do or say something to earn someone’s love when what we fail to realize is that love, first and foremost, comes from God. Every kind of love we feel and share with others is a result of our spiritual connection to a power much greater and stronger than all of us.
When reflecting on the nature of this book, I wanted to share many poetic works I have drafted in the realm of love and friendship. I feel they are two sides of the same coin and the very things we need to sustain us and give us life. When it comes to matters of the heart, I have truly had some interesting experiences, so many of which I did not understand, yet the lessons I learned were profound.
The one thing I have learned is that love exists in many different ways and in many diverse forms in the areas of spiritual connections.
If you feel a lack of love in your life or feel you have not experienced the power of spiritual love in its greatest form, I sincerely hope you will enjoy this book, Magical Love Messages Between Kindred Spirits, as each chapter contains a special message of love that will transform your life and your connections with those to whom you feel special ties.
Until the outbreak of the First World War, young Cameron Blair would have liked nothing better than to stay in Edinburgh and marry his childhood sweetheart. As the call to arms goes out, Cameron and his pals sign up to fight for their country. They are soon delivered into the nightmare of war, and there Cameron more than meets his maker.
The story follows Cameron as he comes to terms with his new ‘life’, from his first days as a hapless vampire in war-torn France to the glamorous modern day setting of the Cote d’Azur. Along the way, he develops a distinctive taste for the finer things in life: jewels, yachts, small dogs and champagne-infused human…
This is a dark comedy, not suitable for the faint-hearted. Cameron, our vampire, has an unusual diet.
Severe introvert by day, misguided dating guru by night, Harold workshops elaborate strategies for seducing Emma on his Youtube channel. But when he finally works up the courage to ask her out, he discovers Emma is only using him to get fodder for her own dating blog – the one she’s set up to seduce Leopold.
From a writer “whose novels continue to reveal that he is likely to become one of our premiere writers,” (Literary Aficionado) comes a thriller about the second American civil war, alternative energy and demonic possession. A semi-finalist for the Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize, with more than 100 four- and 5-star reviews on Amazon and Goodreads, WINDFALL is the story of Seth Tatton, a corporate attorney with a side job – killing people for a cabal of politicians, magnates and military leaders. And even in his secret life, things aren’t what they seem, because there’s something inside him, something with big plans. But when Seth is assigned to watch a troubled young woman, all of those plans start to fall apart…
“WINDFALL is not your typical political thriller. Dodds deftly weaves in a solid paranormal thread that explores ambition, myth and morality in an indifferent America without resorting to pulpit thumping or cardboard villains.”
– The New Podler Review of Books
“Dodds manages to throw fantasy, horror, and sci-fi into a mixing bowl and stir his readers up a delicious literary cake, cook it, and serve it with a sly and knowing smile. It may be cliche to say, but trust me, you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll want more.” – AE Stueve, editor, EAB Publishing; author, Former
Another Broken Wizard is the story of Jim Monaghan, who didn’t want to go back to Worcester. But unemployment and his father’s open-heart surgery forced his hand. Tending to his father and embarking on an ICU romance in the day, Jim seeks out his childhood best friend, Joe Rousseau. But Joe has problems with a local gang, and his plan to resolve the matter only makes things worse. Jim follows his friend into Worcester nights defined by drugs, guns and fistfights. And as the danger escalates, he makes a painful choice to try to save Joe. And then he has to live with the consequences.
A book about straddling childhood and adulthood, straddling a fading industrial home town and the information-economy world of our attenuated aspirations, straddling the love for a friend and the urge toward self preservation, Another Broken Wizard is a portrait of Worcester, Massachusetts-its place in the 21st century and its past.
“Dodds gets Worcester and shows it in all of its glories and cracks…He runs through the streets of the city and nearby towns and takes the reader with him…Dodds is a master of writing the town life and capturing all of the said and unsaid. His characters are so full of waiting, of pain, and of hope that never reaches past the next day.”
-Worcester Pulse Magazine
It’s a hell of an assignment: Five months on a New Mexico desert compound to cover the next Jonestown. For one reporter, it could be a career-maker. But when a cult member close to him kills herself, he decides to run for it, and begins a dark and comic journey through sex, drugs, cults, suicide, the end of the world, and what comes after it. From the author of the widely acclaimed novels Another Broken Wizard and What Smiled at Him comes The Last Bad Job-a book the late Norman Mailer touted as showing “something that very few writers have; a species of inner talent that owes very little to other people.” “No one has done the Apocalypse better! From the opening scene to the final shocking line, this book is full of gruesome twists, profound insights, and absolutely brilliant writing. Definitely one of the best books I’ve read in the past ten years.” -Boston Literary Magazine “…a kaleidoscope of destruction…it’s difficult not to giggle even as characters tell their horrific stories, the death and destruction nullified by the absurdity of the context. Whether the author is making a statement about apocalypse, religion or about finding meaning in life, I may be hesitant to make a claim. However, I was happy to warm my hands with the bonfire he created and chuckle at the world’s misfortunes…I don’t think I’ll ever look at an apocalypse the same way.” – Papyrus Independent Author Reviews
One night far from home, a mix of alcohol, recklessness and coincidence reunite childhood friends Lynn and Marv with Caroline, the longtime object of their desires. A few weeks later, Caroline is arrested and charged with murdering her husband and infant son.
The murder pursues the friends through their searches for love, stabs at success and self-destructive lapses, in an unorthodox, contemporary mystery in which the protagonists have the means to solve a mystery. The question is: Will they bother?
Can we lose a loved one without losing ourselves? Twenty-eight-year-old Drew Thomson is haunted by a troubled past. After struggling for years with alcoholism and antisocial behavior, he ends a stable relationship with his girlfriend and finds himself without a home, job, or purpose. Just as he learns that his father is terminally ill, he meets a stranger who offers him a flicker of hope for a better future. But is he ready to bury the past? Rich with dark humor and a keen insight into the human condition, this debut fictional release from author Brent Jones delves into life’s most pressing trials-destructive relationships, love, loss, and pursuing happiness.
When Peter Arnold, a teen-age musical prodigy, collapses on the biggest night of his career, he receives crippling news and the prognosis is grim. While in a coma, Peter experiences dream-like flashbacks revealing his journey to piano stardom, and the people who have impacted his life, including Peter’s strange connection to a mystery woman who has haunted his dreams since his childhood. Peter’s life changes forever when the mystery woman steps forward with a secret that could open the door to everything he has been searching for, but first he has to overcome his fear and learn to trust her.
Two Lives… separated by millennia but nevertheless linked irrevocably. In their respective times, Raven and Mark embark on travels they can no longer avoid, crisscrossing the same ancient lands, although thousands of years apart.
Pregnant and seeking the Neanderthal man whose arm she’d healed, Raven faces her fear of being alone on the steppes. She begins crossing that grassy land-but a woman like Raven isn’t fated to be by herself for long.
In the future, Mark Hyatt takes his own journey when his uncle dies in the Levant. His travels place him firmly in the footsteps of his Neanderthal and Early Modern Human ancestors, as he struggles against the fate a wayward cousin has imposed. He’s a pawn in a cruel game, but when he encounters a woman being held prisoner in a cave, he seeks a way to save them both.
Peoples come and go, one group replacing another over time, and echoes from ancient events have always affected the future, but Mark and Raven discover that in certain environments echoes are able to bounce back and forth, blurring their origins.
Jim Monaghan really didn’t want to go back to Worcester, when sudden unemployment and his father’s surgery forced his hand. Drifting into a dubious ICU romance while he tends to his father, Jim seeks out his childhood best friend, Joe Rousseau, who has problems of his own. Joe’s in a feud with a local gang, and his plan to resolve the matter only makes things worse. Nonetheless, Jim follows his friend into Worcester nights defined by drugs and violence. As the danger escalates, he makes a painful choice to try to save Joe. A book about the threshold of childhood and adulthood, about straddling the expectations of a fading industrial home and the attenuated promise of an information economy, about reconciling the love for a friend with self preservation, Another Broken Wizard is, above all, a portrait of Worcester, Massachusetts.
“… exceptionally vivid characters, a story which sneaks up on you at first, then gathers pace, and the book has tight writing which keeps you turning the pages right until the profoundly moving denouement. Simply put, Another Broken Wizard is brilliant. Read this book!”
-David Gaughran, author – A Storm Hits Valparaiso
“Dodds gets Worcester and shows it in all of its glories and cracks… He runs through the streets of and takes the reader with him… capturing all of the said and unsaid… so full of waiting, of pain, and of hope that never reaches past the next day.”
-Worcester Pulse Magazine
It’s a hell of an assignment: Five months on a New Mexico desert compound to cover what could be the next Jonestown. For one reporter, it could be a career-maker. But when a cult member close to him drowns herself, he flees, setting unimaginable events into motion.
From the author of the widely acclaimed novels Another Broken Wizard and What Smiled at Him comes The Last Bad Job-a book the late Norman Mailer touted as showing “something that very few writers have; a species of inner talent that owes very little to other people.”
Praise for The Last Bad Job
“No one has done the Apocalypse better! From the opening scene to the final shocking line, this book is full of gruesome twists, profound insights, and absolutely brilliant writing. Definitely one of the best books I’ve read in the past ten years.”
-Boston Literary Magazine
“The Last Bad Job is a fantastical trip… I absolutely loved it in a weird crazy way… the characters are what really pulled me into this book… a very realistic post-alcoholic breakdown journalist who is also very introspective and likable all at once… The writing is flawless and the irony of the story is just absolutely fabulous… Colin Dodds has picked up a new fan – I’m definitely going to go back and pick up his prior books and stay on the lookout for more!”
-Kathy LaMee, Tracyriva.com
It is 2012, and thirty years have passed since the Falklands War ended. Fourteen people who suffered through the war carry on with their inadvertently intertwined lives, in different parts of the world. Women and men, spies and nurses, soldiers and psychiatrists: some who are level-headed and some who are crazy. There are British, Argentines and even a Uruguayan. Their stories, from before, after and during the conflict, are told in ten apparently independent narratives that draw together to make up a heartrending novel with the structure of a puzzle and the vertigo of a thriller. That Forgotten Little War cannot be classified as a book about war, love, espionage or manners. It contains all these elements, however, as well as a cinematographic beauty and a touch of the perplexing metaphysics that universal literature owes to Borges.