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“One Wolf, Three Sheep,” by Eddie Joyce

Matty stared out the front window of the Emerald Club, muttering curses into his coffee. On the corner opposite the bar, the Africans huddled, laughter spilling out in front of them in long, frigid plumes.

Only three this morning. The little guy was missing. Sleeping in maybe.

A low rumbling startled him. Declan had left his cell phone on the bar when he went upstairs and the goddam thing was vibrating every few minutes, skittering across the bar like a deranged metallic cricket. He glared at the phone, which soon fell silent.

“SHARD” by Arthur Nersesian

One of greatest tests of self-control is the ability to keep your eyes closed even after you wake up. When I came to I knew he was watching and listening to me, checking to see if I had awoken yet. The gag taped in my mouth forced me to breathe through my nose, which I did steadily. When he started making little sounds, I peeked out: My abductor, a geeky kid in his late teens, was wearing a poncho, a shower cap, and surgical gloves, prepped for my kill…

Weekly Roundup 3/1/13

Every Friday, the Akashic team highlights industry news, reviews, and features from around the web (and the office!). This week’s roundup comes to you from Akashic publicist Kate Bogden and editorial assistant Susannah Lawrence.

Special Sales for March 2013

To celebrate Women’s History Month this March, we’re offering big discounts ($9.95 for paperbacks!) on recent titles by some of our finest female novelists (click HERE for a full list of sale titles), including select works by Nina Revoyr, Elizabeth Nunez, Eliza Factor, Kola Boof, Shira Nayman, and Feryal Ali Gauhar. Additionally, our featured author […]

Denise Hamilton @ Hollywood Heritage Museum in the Lasky-DeMille Barn!

Event Alert! On Thursday, March 14, @ 7:30pm, Hollywood Heritage, Inc. Presents: The Long Embrace: One Writer’s Love Affair with Hollywood Nationally acclaimed author, Denise Hamilton (editor of Los Angeles Noir and Los Angeles Noir 2: The Classics) will speak about her book, The Last Embrace, which is inspired by the disappearance of Hollywood starlet Jean Spangler […]

Elizabeth Nunez Asks, Are We Related?

This February, in celebration of Black History Month and in conjunction with the long-awaited paperback reissue of Nowhere Is a Place, Bernice L. McFadden inaugurated our feature with the wonderful conclusion to her book. Since then, Courttia Newland and Kwame Dawes have contributed stories of their own family history. This week, Elizabeth Nunez similarly asks, Are We Related?