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Opium of the Almond Tree: tale of a royal daughter

Ilona Parunakova

A direct descendent of survivors from the Ottoman genocide against the Armenian people during WWI, Ilona Parunakova grew up hearing stories of how her great-great-grandparents were slaughtered before the eyes of her great-grandmother. She herself witnessed the collapse of the Soviet Union and survived wartime in the Republic of Georgia immediately following 1991-1993.

Growing up with a Ukrainian mother and Armenian father in the Republic of Georgia she endured ethnic discrimination for much of her life,  rejected by her grandparents, mocked by relatives, and refused entrance to universities. ​

Opium of the Almond Tree speaks to the warriors, the survivors, the determined and the broken in spirit as Ilona takes them through experiences that reveal the power of even a spark of an idea, and what it can lead to, as Ilona takes you on an adventure in search of passion for life and the essence of our identity. We are on a journey of discovering the joy that delivers us from devastation of trauma and crisis, and provides victory in times of loss and fear. Joy is not the absence of suffering, fear or anxiety. Joy it is not an idea. It is not a conviction. It is not a persuasion or a decision. It is the presence of the divine assurance and extraordinary strength everyone deserves to experience.

Deception

Lyn Miller LaCoursiere

He shot the SOB and didn’t care if it was the middle of a quiet winter day and the town would hear the blast from his silver plated .38.  He even stood there and watched the bastard slide down the wall and then as he hit the floor, he died.

...when Steve Loren's niece disappears, it's personal.

Startled by: NATURE 2020

Our second annual anthology will be coming this summer. We are currently accepting submissions. Please see our ANTHOLOGY page for details if you would like to submit.

Dark Carnival

by Keith Ferrario

"The small town of Arkham awakes to find a traveling carnival outside its borders. Lilith's Carnival seems a simple diversion. Or is it—for those special enough to receive a red ticket? It's good for any show, but of course, it's their choice to use it—it's always their choice.
Sheriff Jim McNee finds it odd a carnival would appear overnight. The owner, a tall, black haired, beauty, explains that in the darkness they simply took a wrong road and, since she loves playing to small towns, decided to setup. However, the disappearance of several townspeople and the brutal death of one teenaged boy soon cast a dark cloud over the carnival.

Johnny Solom, a man on the run, convicted for the disappearance and assumed murder of his girlfriend, followed the trail back to Lilith's Carnival, the last place he saw her alive. Johnny doesn't know of the dark evil that awaits him—an evil that could consume him—an evil that knows who he is.

These men, destined to meet—one man running from the law, the other is the law—both have one thing in common: discovering the secret of the Dark Carnival."

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