Hostage Night | Story Sample

The following is a sample from my current work in progress. It is unfinished so the final product may look different.

A 4,112 word short story about a date night gone wrong. Joe and Sally go to the movies but the theater is soon under siege.

“Oh wow!” said someone nearby. “You guys are seeing Dragon Reign?! That movie was great! I really liked the part when…” A holographic gag appeared over his mouth with the word “Spoilers” written across it. Even though he continued to speak, we couldn’t hear him.

Sally glanced over at me while the man waved his arms in excitement. “I love the new spoiler warning feature added during the latest Omni-Cuff update.”

Finally, the spoilers gag disappeared. “I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.” The man waved then faded into the crowd.

Copyright 2020 Joe Rover. All rights reserved.

Who wouldn’t want a spoilers gag feature added to their mobile device?

Until the next wormhole…thanks for reading.

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News Update

I’m going to start having new content published every Friday at 10 am PT/5 pm GMT on one of the following places:



A Side Quest eBook–Available at many online retailers, such as Barnes & Noble, Apple Books, and Kobo

Online game site


It’ll only be one post on one site (for example, only a YouTube video). Follow me on Twitter or Facebook for post updates and links.

There will be some random publications at various times, which will also be posted on Twitter and Facebook, but the “official” publication will be on Fridays. When a longer eBook (i.e. The Wizard of New Town, The Life of Ace Journeyman, or Dogboy Reborn) is released it’ll be on a Tuesday.

Upcoming Publications (subject to change)

April 5: Just a Random Thought | Blog

April 12: Character & World Development | Blog

April 19: Sparks of Rebellion releases–available for preorder | Side Quest eBook

April 26: Alliance sample reading | YouTube

May 3: A Five Night’s at Fridays post | YouTube

May 10: Mystery writing tips | Blog

Status Update


Since it’s been awhile since I worked on my work in progress (or WIP), I’m going to have to redo some of it. I’m hoping to save most, but there is much that needs reworking. So, the Alone story has a bit of a delay.

Side Quests #5, Freaky Furry, will be out April 1. Available at many online retailers.

Side Quests #6, Sparks of Rebellion, will be out April 19. Available at many online retailers.

I have begun the rough draft process for Side Quests #7.


A few YouTube videos have been released, such as a new comic video and a Frozen 2 theory based on the trailer.

Another comic video will be released on March 27.

I am also working on a couple tips and tricks projects which might be a video or a blog post.

Finally, I am working on another “Read by the author” video–this time focusing on my Alliance story.


Along with the possible tips and tricks project, I am working on a post about the Google Stadia announcement. It should come out March 26.


I’ve finished the main gameplay part of the next text adventure game. I am now working on the fine details, such as images and sound. Once this is done, I’ll work on testing the game.