THIS SIDE OF CENTER - ORIGINAL STORIES
The First Short Story Collection
All illustrations are original and created or chosen specifically for this publication.
A selection of the Author's art is available as prints at FineArtAmerica.com
ACROSS THE UNIVERSE
The British Invasion of the 1960's happens but without The Beatles leading the charge, and it leaves John Lennon struggling to make sense of a life that centers around gardening for a living while all his friends make music and move on to fame and fortune. A 12,000 word short story Buy for 99 cents
by J.A. Willoughby & Rebecca L. Willoughby
A woman re-mortgages her home to pay for three trips back in time to 1968 to get the one photo of her deceased husband that she thinks will define what he had once said was the happiest time in his life. Buy for 99 cents
GOD'S WORK IS NEVER DONE
Avid church-goer and community advocate, Miriam, never doubted her lot in life was doing "God's work" until she meets a mysterious stranger who just moved to her hometown.
THE PROMISED LAND
At 127 years of age, the last living citizen of the former United States of America, is invited to his hometown university to speak about his once-great nation's fall into a state of complete and total societal and economic collapse. But more interestingly he describes its transformation back into a new and very different country. Buy for 99 cents
THE CURE FOR DEATH
Bringing the dead back to life, even if only temporarily, has become the latest trending industry and cultural phenomenon in the United States. And it's all strictly controlled by the federal government. What could possibly go wrong? Buy for 99 cents
A BEAUTIFUL DAY FOR AN EXECUTION
With the advent of time travel, reality shows take on a whole new level of viewing entertainment when a popular program takes the viewing audience back in time to witness famous executions throughout history - live as they happened . Buy for 99 cents
SAVIOR by Rebecca L. Willoughby
An inter-dimensional long range probe records and translates a conversation between two entities in a mysterious area of space/time known as The Void. They are heard to discuss in amusing detail what awaits one of them should it decide to be born as a human being.
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Life, and even the threat of death, look amusingly the same through the eyes of an innocent four-year-old child. Inspired by an actual event.
THE LAST TIME
What happens in a society when all your choices are no longer your own and the only ones left are illegal ones? Things get ugly. LISTEN TO THE STORY READ BY THE AUTHOR
THE SPELL OF THE SEVEN STITCHES by Rebecca L. Willoughby
An imaginative young girl finds that the supermarket can be a magical and scary place all at the same time, where she unexpectedly receives a 'gift' for life.
THE OASIS by Rebecca L. Willoughby / Story by J.A. Willoughby
When his car breaks down along a remote highway, a man is forced to spend the night in a strange but eerily familiar abandoned cabin in the desert where he finds solitude and a gains a different perspective of his life and the world around him. LISTEN TO THE STORY READ BY JENNIFER L. MacISAAC
A girl is obsessively compelled to create and share beautiful art that mirrors the world around her even if it means suffering painful consequences in the process.
When necessary, the pen really can be mightier than the sword and leave even more deep and lasting wounds.
THE FIRST STEP
In a future time, with fossil fuels depleted, the world's two superpowers are in place in a politically compromised nation to battle for control of a huge cache of unique crystals, the world's last major source of energy-even if it means destroying everything and everybody in the process.