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The Multifarious Mystique of Big Dan Rob

One Man, Two Lives, a Myriad of Evil

by TK. Watkins

In a world where people harbor split personalities, meet one man whose life goes beyond the ordinary, operating in two completely separate worlds — one mundane, one dark and monstrous. His opposing selves ultimately clash, leading toward a potentially devastating outcome. Will he overcome his grisly half before it’s too late?

It is called the Peerage and “Big Dan Rob” Wroblewski — sales executive, husband, dad, and ultimate go-getter — finds himself caught in a nightmarish world where he unknowingly engages in a secret occultist circle, snaring innocent victims and performing esoteric acts of brutality, all for the sake of their master, Don Lope de Barón — the Wolf Baron.
His shadowy persona finally rears its ugly head, penetrating his professional life, with shocking and deadly results. How he grapples with this truth eventually lures him down a path that threatens all that he’s worked hard for, including his most cherished blessing — his family.




Terminal

by TK. Watkins

Things aren’t what they seem.

What happens when a successful businessman’s identity is tampered with, leading to the risk of exposing a secret he’s been desperately trying to bury? Meet Patrick, a man who seems to have it all, yet faces the frightening possibility of throwing it away because of his own hubris and ignorance. How far will he go to protect his identity and keep his secret hidden?

He’s minutes away from boarding his flight and saying goodbye to his previous life as an overworked, privileged financial executive, but when Patrick Heliher is stopped at the gate and denied from boarding, his plans to start over come unraveled, setting up a series of bizarre and disturbing events that cut him off from the outside world and threaten to reveal a secret he’s been desperate to leave behind. Though mild-mannered and sophisticated on the surface, his ordeal exposes cracks in his personality, bringing out the worst in him as he sees his whole world collapsing before his eyes.

See how far Patrick goes to protect his identity while he cunningly schemes to get to his destination and shakes off his murky past. While things may not appear as they seem, Patrick fights to keep others from discovering the truth, only to be vanquished and humiliated in the end.

Terminal is a story of arrogance, paranoia, and malignant narcissism — in the face of a deeper reality few can bear to fathom.




The Entrenched and the Eternal

by TK. Watkins

A slow afternoon at Sal’s Tavern ends with a pair of long-time barflies at odds with each other, leading them to reveal a much longer feud that connects them to a mysterious and seemingly dubious past they share. Are their stories to be believed or are they just putting one on?

Merle and Herb have been frequenting Sal’s Tavern for years, mingling and mixing it up with the other regulars who’ve pulled up to the bar, knocked down a cold one, and shot the breeze. But today is no ordinary day — it quickly devolves into a weird and unsettling muddle. As both men erupt in a fiery dust-up with each other, Merle candidly sheds light on an allegedly long, sweeping past they shared, one entangled in arcane mysticism and hidden, far-reaching secrets concealed from the world. But when he mentions their history goes back centuries, it’s enough to write them off as just another couple of windbags spinning folk tales. However, for all the hot air generally spewed at Sal’s, one thing becomes clear: if you think your life is a drag, just listen to the guy sitting next to you. It can be a whole lot worse — even the epitome of hell.

The Entrenched and the Eternal is a story of lost ambitions, egomania, and unquenchable greed.

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Don’t Look Back

A Man Confronts His Past to Save His Son’s Future

by Chris Lee Taylor

Nobody knows what they are, but they have a name: Reptids. And they are about to exterminate an entire town…and beyond.

Early synopsis: something is lurking beneath the waters of Bethany Bay, and when the mysterious and ravaging Reptids emerge and threaten to wipe out the entire town, it is up to Daniel to make a choice if he is to save himself and his beloved son. Readers: check back on this website for the latest news of this book and its impending publishing date.

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The Proprietor

by TK. Watkins

Times are changing fast for George Pavlikis. Will the outer world threaten his own secretly guarded inner world? Not if he can stop it.

Early synopsis: a comic book store owner faces an uncertain future and is desperate to keep a dark, hidden secret from being revealed.





Big League Balderdash

Tall Tales of Dandies, Thugs & Cheats Who Forged Our National Pastime

by Tracy Tomkowiak

Baseball’s Origins Reimagined... Complete with Dozens of Player Profiles and Over 100 Illustrations!

Forget Abner Doubleday, the Elysian Fields and the rest of those antiquated chestnuts from the past—Big League Balderdash turns the myth of baseball’s origins on its head and replaces it with a fresh, satirical revamp flavored with a twist of biting humor and irony. Follow the game from the mid-1800s as it hurls headlong through its first four decades, beginning as a rustic diversion in a logging camp and culminating with the first-ever “World’s Series,” a winner-take-all contest between industrialist J. Barron Sterne’s prim and proper American Association League and pugnacious National Frontier League headed by chirpy beer baron Pete Schnockerd. Along the way you’ll encounter the ballplayers: the swilling, gambling, fighting and bamboozling characters who turn the game into America’s pastime. Big League Balderdash is a rollicking tale that’s as true as a legend ever is.

Vs.

An Old-Fashioned Baseball Yarn

by Tracy Tomkowiak

An Old-Time Baseball Grudge Match — Chock Full of Brawls, Foul Language, Cheating and Loads of Tobacco Juice Flying Everywhere!

Chester Deevers and Bill “Spit” Mullansky, two hard-scrabble baseball veterans in 19th century Toledo, pit their teams against each other in a no-holds-barred playoff series. Both men will pull out every stunt in their bag of tricks—bending and breaking the rules—to win the prize money and beat their hated rival. Who will win? And will either survive the series to blow their winnings on gambling, booze and women?

Vs. is a raucous companion to Big League Balderdash, complete with colorful characters and language, sudden bursts of violence and over-the-top antics that turn a city upside down and keep the reader wanting more. This is vintage baseball the way nobody remembers it!

Barnstormin’

A Journey of Baseball's Worst Team Ever

by Tracy Tomkowiak

A Madcap Dash Across the Country in Search of Their Next Game…and next meal.

From the series American Flim-Flam, former 19th century baseball star Flynt Doyle, banned from the sport for habitual drunkenness, receives one last chance to stay in the game—by managing the Baltimore Federals. But he soon discovers his new club is designed to lose, a miserable ensemble that can’t win a single game, boasting a gawky, wild-throwing bumpkin for a pitcher, a teenaged drifter with a lively bat and a chip on his shoulder, a slow-footed, lumpish center fielder with a distaste for physical exertion and a Bible-spouting, geriatric catcher. When they are locked out of their own ballpark, Doyle drags the team on a cross-country barnstorming trek, playing pick-up games, hoping to pull it all together before the coveted baseball tournament in Kansas City. Along the way they run into eccentric characters including an inept train robber, a shady riverboat captain, Wild Bill Cody and a hodgepodge of hooligans, ruffians and rascals. Barnstormin’ is a funny, farcical weave of buffoonery, unending calamities and redemption.

Bad Luck Don’t Rest

A Short Tale of a Killing

by Tracy Tomkowiak

The Old West...with a slight twist.

Merklund Grimes is having an ordinary day, idling away in his barbershop in late 1800s Junction Springs, Kansas. Things are quiet in this sleepy little town until his life is turned completely upside down when an enigmatic figure steps through his door and threatens to unearth a dark and buried secret. What follows is a string of peculiar events that leads Grimes to commit an act he’s ill-suited to perform, one with dire consequences. Just when you thought you’ve read it all, here comes a Western tale unlike any other, one that stretches the normal boundaries of convention.



Screwballs & Short Hops

Four Classic Base-Ball Stories

by Tracy Tomkowiak

The History of Baseball Turned on its Head—Four Vintage Tales in One Volume!

Welcome to American Flim-Flam, where we poke fun at the game of baseball during its early and formative years in the 1800s. With two full-length novels and two shorter works, Screwballs & Short Hops features a cast of quirky characters in humorous and oftentimes farcical situations as we take aim at satirizing our national pastime. The stories: Big League Balderdash A rollicking tale of the first four decades of baseball with dozens of player profiles and in the center of it all a colossal clash between the rich and powerful industrialist J.B. Sterne and the pugnacious beer baron Pete Schnockerd—with the entire future of the game up for grabs. Vs. Speaking of clashes, two hard-scrabble baseball rivals, Chester Deevers and Bill “Spit” Mullansky duke it out with their teams in a no-holds-barred playoff contest to see who survives each other’s blatant cheating. Chock full of foul language, over-the-top antics and sudden bursts of violence, this is vintage baseball at its finest! Barnstormin’ Flynt Doyle is down on his luck. Once a star outfielder for the Chicago Unions, he’s now been kicked out of the game for his habitual drunkenness and his only way back in is to manage the hapless Baltimore Federals, the worst team ever to play. Follow Doyle as he drags the team across the country on a barnstorming tour in search of a way out of their misfortune. Left Field The baseball era of the 19th century has long been forgotten but an odd bit of memorabilia has managed to pop back into the present day.

Effervescent Elixirol

Strongmen and Their Fanatical Pursuit of Excellence

by Tracy Tomkowiak

An Offbeat Tale of Foibles, Folly and the Drive to be the World’s Strongest Man.

He’s the champion weightlifter of his time…the Stout Powerhouse…the Germanic Juggernaut…the Great Reinhard! Unbeaten for years, Humbert Reinhard faces his greatest challenger yet and it couldn’t come at a worse time as his overworked body begins to betray him. Determined to uphold his title, he resorts to consuming a dubious quack medicine that promises to rejuvenate him but instead jeopardizes his future and further strains his relationship with his manager brother, Julius. Follow the Great Reinhard as he attempts to steer his fate from ruin to glory—risking life, limb and ligaments along the way.