Free Fiction Monday: Gold Rush

Gold Rush was a flash fiction story I wrote for an online competition in 2013. It won the competition and has gone on to be included in An Anthology of Short Stories: Summer 2014. A futuristic glimpse of an age-old era that time has forgotten. This short story is offered free on this website for one week only. It’s also available in ebook and print, along with six other short stories here.   Gold Rush Paul B Kohler The man across the table was a codger … Read more

Free Fiction Monday: Words That Were Left Behind

Words That Were Left Behind is a short story that has stuck around in my mind for a while. It certainly has legs that can grow into a full novel, but for now, it’ll remain a short piece. Here’s a quick synopsis: Mick and Yvonne’s difficulty communicating with each other spell for troubled waters on their relationship front. Frustration leads to anger—anger leads to abandonment in this mild science fiction tragedy. This short story is offered free on this website for one week only. It’s … Read more

Free Fiction Monday: Linear Shift, Part 1

Linear Shift, Part 1 was my first published book. After meeting Hugh Howey in 2013, I was inspired to write a serialized novel. This is the first part of the four-part novel. This story stands alone but is the introduction to the complete novel. Here’s the book description: A distraught widower on his last leg. An unexpected mission back in time. When Peter Cooper has a bizarre encounter with a desperate Army general, he’s suddenly catapulted to the year 1942—World War II is in full swing. Peter … Read more

Free Fiction Monday: Alone

Alone is a short story I wrote nearly 15 years ago. Although this story isn’t packed full of action, I feel that many people can relate to in some way. It was first submitted to be included in Something to Take on the Trip – A Charity Anthology (no longer in print). It was accepted and published in March of 2014. Here’s a quick synopsis: A sleepless night forces Rob McArthur to question what is causing him to lose sleep, life, and whether he’s alone … Read more

Free Fiction Monday: The Hunted Assassin-Excerpt

the hunted assassin; paul b kohler; science fiction; sci-fi; thriller; spi-fi; jason bourne; hunted assassin; near-future; outer space; space station; taloo station; space battle; cartel; drug cartel; human trafficing; kidnap; kidnapping; assassin; special ops; black ops; space ship; moon landing; moon base; luna city;

I wrote The Hunted Assassin a few years ago and submitted to the now defunct Kindle Scout. Although it was well received, it was not selected in the end. With the rejection letter in hand, I had the manuscript edited, and about a month later I published it on my own. Since its publication, I’ve worked up outlines for two sequels for Jaxon Rasner, with many more possible in his near-future world. Here’s the book description: His name is an alias. His pretense is a disguise.  … Read more

Free Fiction Monday: Rememorations

The Immortality Chronicles (September 2015) was a collection of short stories centered around a common theme: Immortality. There were 12 total stories in the volume, with varying views on the topic. What you are about to read was my contribution to the volume. The Anthology won the award for The Best Anthology Of The Year as voted in the 2016 Preditors and Editors Readers Poll. Rememorations was also nominated for Best American Science Fiction. Here’s a quick synopsis: Is living forever all that it’s cracked … Read more

Free Fiction Monday: Hunter/Hunted

In honor of what some (ok, no one really) would call a “national holiday”, I’m going to share my romantic suspense short story with you during the week of Valentine’s Day. I wrote Hunter / Hunted in just a day back in February of 2015, inspired by the then approaching Valentine’s Day. Although it’s not a terribly long story, it was fun to write and has been a favorite of my readers for some time. When I’ve shared it in my newsletter, or when people read it … Read more

Free Fiction Monday: Afterlife

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If you’ve read The Borrowed Souls, here’s a nice little “prequel” that I wrote a few years back as a character study for the novel. If you’ve not read it yet, (Come again? What are you waiting for?) then this short piece will not spoil anything in the novel. It was simply a tool for me to expand my knowledge of Wilson and Hauser, and how their unique dynamic could propel the story. It is a short scene early in Wilson’s career as a Soul … Read more

Free Fiction Monday: Gateway

gateway, alteruvium expance, sci-fi, short story

Robert Paulson and Paul Robertson have real a problem. Each of them have suffered physical or mental injuries, causing moderate cases of amnesia. Hypnosis and other experimental devices are employed—with varying levels of effectiveness—in restoring their memories. As their past and present lives are revealed, it becomes alarmingly clear that they each think they’re in the wrong person’s body. In the end, only one can exist. Gateway was originally written to be part of a multi-author anthology, with each contributing tale worthy of being read … Read more

Free Fiction Monday: Perplexia

Free Fiction Monday: Perplexia

Who is Evan Mitchell? Is he a doctor, or a mechanic? An author or a cruise director? A terrorist or a thief? Your guess is as good as his.  His mind bending adventure begins when he materializes in a most unusual place with no idea how he got there. His identity is a mystery, and besides the need to discover his very existence, there’s nothing that he wants more than to break free from his unforced confinement. His only obstacle: fear of the unknown … and his lack of clothing. Perplexia is a … Read more