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  • A Perfect Companion

    A Perfect Companion

    Here for you is an entertaining collection of five short stories. For starters, how about a little hand-to-hand combat with Arab terrorists and then, how about attacks by pirates? Maybe also survive horrendous storms at sea. Then—How about some fantasy just to try something different? Maybe you would just like to travel to interesting places with interesting people?

    No social messages included here. No problems to solve, just good, old fashioned entertaining adventures with a touch of humor here and there.

    Of course, of course, of course, there have to be pretty girls around somewhere, right? What is a good adventure without some? I (Your Author) always say: you can never have too many ladies/girls around! Every story here has at least one, somewhere—guaranteed.

    Maybe for some of you, you would like to go back to yarns set in a previous era or maybe at times, something current is what you are looking for; it’s all here—somewhere, I do believe. Take a look. Anyway, how can you not have a good and an interesting time when you are lucky to have with you, “A Perfect Companion”?

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  • Different Coins in the Fountain Volume I

    Different Coins in the Fountain Volume I

    Dear Reader,

    If you consider yourselves a busy person, one that goes from task to task with little respite in-between, then this book is made to order for you. On the other hand, if you do not have time constraints, you will have the luxury of reading and discussing these stories with your friends. I believe my book is full of bang-bang short stories with multiple plots that might fit into your on-the-move regimen.

    If entertainment is your motivation, you, too, are a splendid candidate to keep “Different Coins in the Fountain” by your favorite chair or by the side of your bed.

    Any lifestyle can benefit from minutes or hours of reading stories that are succinct. Since we come from different cultures, flipping “coins” onto a fountain represent our hopes to obtain the similar things in life that we all cherish. We are inclined to be tempted to be at the “fountain”. How would you sum up your story? Everyone has a story, and, at different stages of life, there’s a different story.

    Sincerely,

    Carlos V. Cornejo

  • Different Coins in the Fountain Volume II

    Different Coins in the Fountain Volume II

    Dear Reader,

    If you consider yourselves a busy person, one that goes from task to task with little respite in-between, then this book is made to order for you. On the other hand, if you do not have time constraints, you will have the luxury of reading and discussing these stories with your friends. I believe my book is full of bang-bang short stories with multiple plots that might fit into your on-the-move regimen.

    If entertainment is your motivation, you, too, are a splendid candidate to keep Different Coins in the Fountain by your favorite chair or by the side of your bed.

    Any lifestyle can benefit from minutes or hours of reading stories that are succinct. Since we come from different cultures, flipping “coins” unto a fountain represent our hopes to obtain the similar things in life that we all cherish. We are inclined to be tempted to be at the “fountain.” How would you sum up your story? Everyone has a story, and, at different stages of life, there’s a different story.

    Sincerely,

    Carlos V. Cornejo

  • NASA: Behind the Scenes Snippets

    NASA: Behind the Scenes Snippets

    One could only begin to speculate the significance of those words spoken nearly fifty years ago by the late astronaut Neil Armstrong. As a commander of the Apollo 11 manned lunar landing mission, Armstrong along with Lunar Module pilot Edwin (Buzz) Aldrin, became the first earthlings to step onto another celestial body, while Command Module pilot Michael Collins orbited the moon.

    Planet earth figuratively stood still. To my understanding, that moment became the only time in history of mankind that the whole world stopped and marveled at what human beings had just accomplished.

    Even though this first in-a-lifetime event took place in a highly scientific technological arena, it was interesting to witness episodes of mundane human behavior from time to time, proving you can place man in an exotic, futuristic environment but you can’t always expect exotic, futuristic behavior from him.

    No matter the environment we may be placed in, we never move afar from who we really are. The snippets described in the body of this short story exemplify some of those down-to-earth behaviors, no matter what the circumstances may be.

    Sad events, humorous events, even bizarre events can and will arise.

    About the author:

    James A. “Jim” Henrie is a veteran of the United States Project Apollo: NASA’s manned lunar landing program. Reared in the Greater New Orleans Area, Jim resides with his wife, Linda, in Covington, Louisiana, across Lake Pontchartrain from New Orleans.

    After attending both Tulane and Louisiana State Universities without graduating, he pursued a career in public relations/public affairs in the New Orleans, Mississippi, and Alabama areas. While serving with NASA during the 1960s and early 1970s, Jim’s assignments included serving at the George C. Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama; the Mississippi Test Facility (now Stennis Space Center), Hancock County, Mississipi; the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans and during the Apollo missions at the Manned Spacecraft Center, Houston, Texas; and aboard NASA’s Primary Recovery Ships in the Pacific.

  • The Boy Who Gave Away His Mother's Shoes

    The Boy Who Gave Away His Mother’s Shoes

    TO THE READER

    So many hats we must wear in today’s complex society! Even under a single hat or head covering, our thoughts are conceived, varied and fast-paced. I love the way our society functions and how determined we usually are to be part of the way it works. I also appreciate that many of us still can find comfort in personal, quiet time. For me, and hopefully for you, reading is precious time. The wonder that books and stories captured in our minds lets us travel far and near and permits us to go beyond the past or into the future as our minds allow. In reading stories, travel is done with comfort and satisfaction. For some of us, good story telling also promotes diverse cultural understanding.

    The stories in this book allow us to forget about the hat we usually wear at the time we pick up a book. We can be introduced to familiar or unique persons with whom we may have a symbiotic experience. With any good read, you can change to mix with the characters when they become introduced into your life.

    Since reading is such an individualistic endeavor of choice to achieve enjoyment and distraction, it is probably the best selection to add entertainment to your day. This may include new thoughts that take us away from the structures that trap us with responsibilities.

    These stories are like having a friendly companion who distracts us from chores or the dwelling on more mundane callings. Rethinking the plots in these stories may also add to some of your personal recollections. I say this because, for me, writing stories triggered thoughts about other experiences I have had. I find that the more I have to think about, the more I have in my head to record. Enjoy!

    Carlos V. Cornejo

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    The First Two English Words I Learned

    This book contains twelve short stories plus a few short thoughts. Every story is based on a true story. Every story focuses on a different theme of life.

    From that day forth, everybody that rented that house would leave it terrified. Some did not even last one day. Forty years later, all the houses on the block have been improved made bigger and better but that house stands in black and white with no improvements, with no one living in it. The house is falling down but no one dares to come near it, no one dares to tear it down.

  • Underground Stories

    Underground Stories

    Blaring sirens broke the stillness of the night. Fast-running footsteps are heard through the dark. Oh, what crime is happening now?

    Underground Stories is a collection of gritty tales of crime that will make you stay wide awake at night. Fill your time with hair-raising tales about crime drama, political suspense, edgy literature, and even poems that are sure to keep you engaged. But always beware: some of these stories are not for the weak of heart.

    With the turn of every page, ready yourself to be kept at the edge of your seat.