Author Guest Post: Andrew Joyce

What you are about to read is a true story. It’s from my book, Bedtime Stories for Grown-Ups. It came about because my editor hounded me for two years to put all my short stories into one collection. Actually, it was supposed to be a two-volume set because there was so much material. I fended her off for as long as possible. I didn’t want to do the work of editing all the stories. There were a lot of them. But she finally wore me down. Instead of two volumes, I put all the stories into a single book because I wanted to get the whole thing over with. I had other books to write.

Bedtime Stories is made up of fiction and nonfiction stories and some of ’em are about my criminal youth. I must tell you, I never thought any of these stories would see the light of day. I wrote them for myself and then forgot about them. By the way, there are all sorts of genres within its pages, from westerns to detective stories to love stories and just about anything else that you can imagine.

There are a whole lotta stories in the book—700 pages worth. Enough to keep you reading for the foreseeable future.

Here’s one of my hitching adventures. By the way, in the hitching tales, I use my real name, Billy Doyle—Andrew Joyce being my pen name.
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Destitutio Quod Remissio by Brett Armstrong

26523458Roman Senator Marcus Servius is a powerful, wealthy, and admired individual, respected for serving his country both militarily and politically. He spends his days in relative ease and luxury, until one day his whole world is suddenly brought crashing down around him as he is outed for being guilty of a crime Rome detests beyond measure: Marcus is a Christian.

After losing his home, possessions, and worst of all his wife, Marcus is forced to go into hiding along with the other members of his church, where he seeks answers from his spiritual mentor and leader of the church, Benjamin Truvias. As Christian persecution becomes more and more severe, Marcus spends his time bringing aid and comfort to his fellow believers. But helping the church has also placed him in a position to learn the identity of the person responsible for his ruin, and as he gets closer to the answers he so desperately seeks, he finds himself faced with a decision that will impact not only himself, but the future of the church within Rome- Will he seek revenge, or will he choose to forgive?
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