Rock is collection of seven music-inspired short stories across multiple genres, including dystopian, light sci-fi, contemporary and fairy tale YA.
The Engine Driver
Brig has never been allowed to hear a sad song in her entire life. Her personal Playlist Treatment Plan, designed to control her emotions by playing appropriate songs in her head, isn’t working for her. But when her friend Annaby is chosen to go to Musician’s School and is given a Permit to Carry a musical instrument, Brig might have her one chance to hear a sad song, a love song – or a song that matches what her depression feels like, instead of what her feelings should be.
Don’t Haunt This Place
Seventeen-year-old Amanda has just learned that she’s pregnant by her crack-dealing boyfriend. Estranged from her family and most of her friends, the pull of the drugs, Billy, and her old way of life is strong. But she can’t do to her baby what her mother did to her. She has to find a way to break the cycle.
Lover I Don’t Have To Love
Thanks to a runaway best-seller, the world thinks that Greg Hanlon fell in love with the beautiful Angeline while sailing the open seas, and lost her before they could marry on the beaches of South Africa.
Though the book started out as a bet between Greg and his best-friend Darrin, the project has taken off like neither of them expected. As Greg’s mother sees the money roll in, Greg starts to see nothing but Angeline – his fictional, dead fiancé. In this absurdist short-story, one young adult must come to terms with fame — or infamy.
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Ryan is convinced that the thing that stands between him and the most popular girl in school is his ride. Specifically, his bicycle. But what seemed like one night of easy work for the town’s dealer, Crispy, has turned into a series of shady warehouse visits and familial betrayal.
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The Sound of Settling
After a whirlwind romance, Rinnah has been dumped by her girlfriend, Merrin. When her best-friend suggests a vLife game to take her mind off things, Rinnah happily plunks down the money for an opportunity to be anybody other than her newly single, burger-flipping self. As she finds solace – and a new girlfriend – in the virtual world, Rinnah has to decide if this is the type of life worth settling for.
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Alex is the grandson of the great Ramón Díaz, world-renowned violinist. A chance encounter with a busker on the corner of 28th and Broadway brings Alex down to the East Village and into Magical Transportations, an out-of-place music shop with an equally odd proprietor. Alex is handed a violin that feels like it was meant for him, and that night he finds himself transported back in time. He is playing with a younger version of his abuelo – but only until the sun rises. As Alex learns the rules of the violin, he also runs out of time. After three nights, he’ll owe Magical Transportations the violin or payment – and he’s pretty sure that a time travelling violin costs more than he can afford.
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Hello, My Treacherous Friends
Perpetual sidekick Katie finds herself in a fairy tale world where she is feted as Queen Arachnia’s Chosen Guest. She finally feels like she’s being truly appreciated, but as the festival wears on she can’t tell if the spider queen is as benevolent as she seems, or if she’ll end the festival as the Queen’s chosen meal.
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Praise for Rock shorts
An indie short story worth checking out
The fact that a 6,000 word story has a flipping subplot should be an indication that Marchini has a knack for story-telling.
I hope this is the first of many forays that Marchini takes into Brig’s life. I would happily read an entire novel set in the music-controlled world she lives in.The Canary Review talking about The Engine Driver
I read this story and my heart hurt and my stomach got those little butterflies of discovery and I loved everything about it. I want more books like this one. I want more short stories like this one. Beautiful and anything but simple, this story touched me and hit all the right notes.One A Day Y.A. talking about The Engine Driver