The Severest Inks Shorts

The Severest Inks Shorts collects eight stories from some of the boldest new writers on the scene today. Melding unflinching themes with innovative narratives, these works confront the rawest elements of the human condition through the potent short story form.

This anthology comes loaded with bonus material, including commentaries, special monochrome editions of original cover art and transcripts.

Founded by British writer and graphic artist Khalid Patel, Severest Inks is an independent publishing house based in the UK that seeks to cultivate innovation and originality in the literary scene, with a focus upon narratives that challenge and subvert convention.

The Exchange by Charmaine Pauls

We always want what we don’t have.

A group of South African women from different cultural, social and racial backgrounds meet for a monthly book club. When it emerges that a young bookstore owner has flirted with one of the married women, conflicting sentiments on relationships, sex and marriage arise. The catalysts and implications a seemingly simple flirt can have are exposed, from betrayals of friendship to the revelation of raw truths.

Charmaine Pauls’ thought-provoking debut for Severest Inks, The Exchange, offers an unglossed view into the fragile dynamics of contemporary relationships, from a wholly female perspective.

Summer Thrills, Summer Chills

The fear of being alone and lost. The nerves that come with starting over. Strange visitors. The sense that something, somehow, is off.

Plan to shiver. But not from the cold.

Sit back and enjoy tales from ten very talented authors: A.A. Schenna, Barbara Weitzner, Charmaine Pauls, Cynthia Ley, E.B. Sullivan, K.C. Sprayberry, Margaret Egrot, Penny Estelle, S Cu’Anam Policar, and Silvia Villalobos.

The Bully by Charmaine Pauls

Mildred is the newcomer to town. Her integration into society is complicated by competitiveness between the moms of her daughter’s preschool class. When one of the boys in the course is labeled a bully, the women have to choose sides. Their respective choices unveil bullying in various degrees and dimensions of society.

Propose to Me

Satin Romance presents its first wedding themed compilation of short stories. Propose to Me is an anthology of seven quirky, fantastical, and emotional marriage proposals.

Artificial Tears by Charmaine Pauls
Lourdes faces the split image of the man she is trying to forget when she walks into her new optometrist’s office.

Holiday Hopes

Eight poignant, romantic and quirky stories to enjoy for the holiday, including The Three Gifts of Christmas by Nell Duvall, A Miracle for Christmas by Charmaine Pauls, Deck the Stalls by Shannon Kennedy, Merry Christmas, India Stone by Megan Hussey and Linda White-Francis, The Feast of Yule by Leslie D. Soule, An American Noel by Marianna Boncek, Secret Santa by Terry Barr, and Henry by Aubrey Wynne.

A Miracle for Christmas by Charmaine Pauls
Michael Slanders only wants a steady job and a family of his own, but instead he lives from hand to mouth with his sick mother. Fired a week before Christmas and down on his luck, Mike needs nothing short of a miracle. Sometimes, goodness prevails. Sometimes, magic is made.

Frozen, A Winter Romance Anthology

11 Short winter love stories

The Ice Hotel Wedding Test by Charmaine Pauls
Jess and Derrick have been together for twelve years. When Jess finally gives Derrick an ultimatum, tie the knot or set her free, he proposes a bizarre test to decide their destiny.

 

Brewed Awakenings 2

How should you respond when your neighbors aren’t quite what they seem? How far must you travel to escape the pull of your heart? How much of a barrier does the “digital divide” really present—or, for that matter, the line between life and death? What chaos results when the aggrieved turn the tables?

This carefully curated collection of thought-provoking short fiction includes works by Kesia Alexandra, Jessica Ann Booth, Jean Davis, Chris Galford, Lilith A. Heart, Melanie Meyer, Phyllis H. Moore, Louis Nevaer, Charmaine Pauls, Erika D. Price, Naomi Brett Rourke, Sommer Schafer, Jay T. Seate and Jacqueline Seewald.

Virtual Love by Charmaine Pauls
A gifted but dysfunctional teenager indulges in digital escapism when he creates a cyber personality of the boy he dreams to be. This is the story of the web he spins around himself and the reality where it takes him.

African Short Stories, Volume 2

The best in African short fiction from across the continent brought to you by the International Society of Literary Fellows in conjunction with the International Research Council on African Literature and Culture. Edited by Chin Ce.

Virtual Love by Charmaine Pauls
A gifted but dysfunctional teenager indulges in digital escapism when he creates a cyber personality of the boy he dreams to be. This is the story of the web he spins around himself and the reality to where it takes him.

The Book Club by Charmaine Pauls
A group of South African women from diverse socio-economic backgrounds are brought together by a book club. Conflicting moral opinions regarding a sexual liaison of one of their members cast the spotlight on their inability to embrace each other’s differences. The underlying tension reflects a crisscrossed spectrum of dysfunctional relationships in which choice becomes the pivot point.

36 Hours

Twenty writers from 4 countries got together for a short story challenge and wrote this anthology in 36 hours.

The Day Before by Charmaine Pauls
Zilke Gotenbach discovers who her fiancé really is a day before the wedding.