You Can't Use Your Cell Phone in Here

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About the author:
Kevin Beck, a native of New Hampshire who has extensively traveled the country, has been a professional writer since 1997. A contributing editor and senior writer for Running Times magazine for over a dozen years, he is the editor of the 2005 training book Run Strong. Formerly the editor of Healthcare Review, he has also written for Competitor Running, Men's Fitness, Marathon & Beyond, the Concord Monitor, the Roanoke Valley Sports Journal, the New York Road Runners Club, and other online and print health- and fitness-related publications. He has a 1:08 half-marathon and a 2:24 marathon to his credit. This book is his first official foray into fiction. Visit him at his Web site,

Lize Brittin, a lifelong resident of Boulder, Colorado, is the author of the 2012 eBook Training on Empty, which chronicles her ferocious struggles with, and recovery from, anorexia nervosa. She has been published in, Competitor Running, Thrill Magazine, Fit Cities USA and Boulder County Home and Garden Magazine. Rated one of the top mountain runners in the world in the 1980s, she has worked in careers ranging from teacher to chef to assistant manager of an art gallery, and has also hosted her own radio show. She can be found online at, a companion blog to her eponymous memoir.

You Can't Use Your Cell Phone in Here

A Book of Short Stories

Authored by Mr Kevin Michael Beck, Ms Lize Felicie Brittin

You Can't Use Your Cell Phone in Here is an eclectic assortment of a dozen short stories written by two authors over a period of fifteen years in at least three different parts of the United States. Confronting themes ranging from the farcically satirical to the darkly evocative,

The collection opens with a fast-marching account of a pair of childhood friends attempting to pull off the prank of the century while somehow finding meaning in their lives through their genial treachery. Next comes the sad and alcohol-driven dissolution of a relationship -- as seen through the eyes of a loyal pet. Then, a self-righteous blowhard gets his comeuppance in a most unusual -- and entertaining -- way. On the heels of that, a troubled bus driver literally races toward a terribly destructive end, a load of hostages in tow. Following these male-dominated accounts emerges a steamy tale of a woman in a shredded marriage finding solace in a most adventurous manner.

Next, an embittered newsroom employee delves into an unseen world to exact revenge on a co-worker -- and the cosmos as a whole. After this, the book's true feel-good story, as a chef with unimpeachable style and grace tests his abilities to the limit. Then, a cycling accident brings an affably deluded man in touch with the world he wants but can never have; an ultramarathon runner engages in a hellishly solitary mortal struggle; and a gaggle of fifth-degree misfits stumble into a wee-hours, madcap confrontation with mischief. The book's final two stories are its shortest and longest; both involve haunted souls of a sort, but the presentation of their unlikely circumstances could not be any different.

All told, the only genuine motif linking these thought-provoking stories -- two of which approach near-novella length -- is the authors' shared quest to resolve their characters' inevitable dilemmas -- sometimes slapstick, sometimes morbid -- in a way that reflects their own soft yet gritty humanity.

Publication Date:
149219767X / 9781492197676
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Fiction / Anthologies

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