Write With Your Eyes Closed? Not Exactly…


by Josh Langston

While visiting our daughter recently, my wife produced a tattered box of keepsakes–mostly old letters and photos. A dainty envelope, yellowed with age, lay among the treasures spread out for review. It contained a handkerchief which belonged to my grandmother who passed away many years ago.

On seeing it, I recalled how she took it (or one just like it) everywhere, either in her hand or tucked in a pocket of her ever practical clothing.

“It’s scented,” my daughter said, surrendering it to me. I held the scrap of linen to my nose, took a whiff, and wham! The fragrance instantly brought my grandmother back into my life. I sat at the table weeping like a lost child and feeling like an idiot.
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Legends of the Tall


by Josh Langston

In its forty-six hundred million years of existence, the blue orb had been host to life of unimaginable variety. Of all these living things, the most patient, and yet most passionate, were the mountains.

Appala stretched in mist-clad splendor from south to north along the eastern edge of a great, rambling land mass called Noram. Though outwardly calm, inside she seethed with grief at being separated from her twin sister, Pyrenalp, by an ever-expanding ocean. Though they could still communicate, the distance between them grew with each passing eon.

Unlike the odd, new animals which had recently crawled from the sea — and about which they knew nothing — Appala and Pyrenalp had only rudimentary senses of sight, sound, taste, and smell. Their world was defined by touch, the special province of the gigantic, who only seem to live immobile and forever.

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Stative Verbs — the Palmetto Bugs of the Literary Landscape

by Josh Langston

Palmetto bugs.  You’ve seen the nasty things: creepy relics of an era predating the dinosaurs and allegedly immune to the effects of radiation.  No wonder they seem to flourish everywhere, including our writing!  I use the term “palmetto bug” for two reasons: 1) nobody wants to read about roaches, and 2) because these disgusting crawlies have so much in common with what should be a writer’s arch nemesis: stative verbs.

For my purposes, any form of the verb “to be” is a stative verb.  What’s wrong with ’em?  Plenty.  Laziness tops the list, because writers use them in lieu of real verbs, i.e., verbs that actually do something.  Remember the old adage, “Show, don’t tell?”  Well, stative verbs tell; real verbs show.  It takes time and effort to eradicate them, but if we don’t, they’ll creep into our work just like palmetto bugs: behind the woodwork, up in the cupboards and into the drawer with the silverware.  Bleah!
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Under Saint Owain’s Rock (Novel)


by Josh Langston

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DESCRIPTION:
An 800-year old secret threatens the peace of a tiny village in North Wales. Not only does it put at odds two lonely people who seem made for each other, but it draws the attention of the entire world to a scandal that’s just too delicious to ignore. Bestselling authors Josh Langston and BJ Galler-Smith bring their considerable talents to bear in this madcap romantic romp.

This lighthearted contemporary romance tells the story of a high-powered ad man who, in order to save his job, must devise a tourism campaign based on the patron saint of a tiny village in Wales. In the process, he falls in love with the only woman who can prove the saint was a fraud.

The supporting cast of eccentric characters provides a non-stop feast of fantasy, fun and foolishness as competing interests drive everyone to extremes.

This charming mixture of ancient history, small town values and big city schemes will keep you both intrigued and smiling from beginning to end.

Mysfits (Collection)


by Josh Langston

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DESCRIPTION:
A six-pack of urban (and suburban) fantasies. “Mysfits” delves into the lives of several unique people in extraordinary situations–from an autistic child with a healer’s touch, to a small town witch who volunteers at a local hospital. In between you’ll meet a retired super-hero, a man who argues with his gods, and yet another who manages his magic by mail. All in all, a charming set of mysfits.

“Mysfits” is a collection of six never-before-published short stories by best-selling author Josh Langston.

The South has an abundance of fascinating folk, and none are more interesting than those populating the contemporary fantasies contained in this quirky volume.

Six from Greeley (Collection)


by Josh Langston

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DESCRIPTION:
Greeley, Texas–a frontier town with a bad attitude and a reputation to match. Who lived in such a wicked place? Several compelling answers spring to life in this short story collection spanning more than a century of life, love and lust in the west Texas dust.

Greeley plays host to six short stories, each focusing on a special time, not just for this hardscrabble frontier town, but for the entire country. The time line stretches from the Civil War to the aftermath of Vietnam. Sin, it seems, never goes out of style.

Some characters come and go; others appear in multiple stories, and some of the most memorable aren’t even human.

“Six from Greeley” will take readers on a tour they’ll enjoy from beginning to end, and leave them hungry for more from this up and coming writer.

Dancing Among the Stars (Collection)


by Josh Langston

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DESCRIPTION:
A six-pack of Science and Speculative fiction stories. Meet aliens from other worlds and other dimensions. Some are friendly, and some… Well, just imagine how many dark alleys there might be in outer space.

Ever wonder why that one game you hoped to watch on ESPN didn’t show up *when* and exactly *as* promised? There could be a host of reasons. One in particular stands out in “Channel Zero,” just one of the six attention-grabbing tales in this collection by award winning tale spinner, Josh Langston.

Tired of the same-old, same-old bug-eyed monsters? Take a gander at “Symbiote,” one possible answer to the eternal question of what goes bump (Slither? Slurp?) in the night. (With apologies to Marvel Comics. It’s a whole new ballgame, folks!)

Or maybe you’re looking for something a little more Earth-centric. Perhaps something with an heroic theme. Try “Hardguys” which gives an entirely new meaning to what it means to be brought back from the dead….

“Dancing Among the Stars” is a collection with a little something for everyone: at the very least, six never-before-published short stories from a master writer you’re going to love.