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PARABLE OF STONES & OTHER STORIES
The Bulgarian poet and literary critic Valentine Dishev defines Zdravka Evtimova's fiction is mythical realism and argues that it is based on the capacity of the writer to create contemporary myths. Through gritty realism and subtlety, Evtimova gets at truths about our present day that are rooted in the past yet project startling insights into the future. Parable of Stones is a short story collection that touches your spirit and mind, a book that takes you to a country where talent is synonymous with loneliness, love is multidimensional, and each dimension is a door to another world. Uproariously funny at places and profoundly sad a few pages further on, this work of fiction is a labyrinth that teaches the heart to endure and the mind to be victorious.
BEYOND THE RIVER OF SHAME
"One hundred English pounds," bellowed a new bidder in a voice that echoed from the high curve of the dome.
Sam hadn't planned on attending a slave auction. He was, after all, on his way to unravel the riddle of the Nile River's sources. Seeing the beautiful and proud Florie offered on the auction block strikes a chord deep within. Sam quickly realizes that his noble attempt to save her presents a dilemma: the scandal will not only destroy his family and reputation in Victorian-era England, but will jeopardize his dreams of fame.
Young Florie von Sass is stunned when British explorer Sam Baker thunders the winning bid for her. Even more shocking is when Sam suddenly abandons her. With the Ottoman governor's slave catchers determined to return her to bondage, Florie desperately follows Sam on a haunting and perilous journey from the savage shores of the Black Sea to the uncharted heart of Central Africa.
Ken Czech's fictionalized account of this true story of Sam Baker and the woman he comes to love follows this unlikely pair into the depths of unknown Africa where they are enmeshed in a struggle against wild beasts, killer diseases, and the horrors of a slave trade that has spread its tentacles to the very headwaters of the Nile.
Mick's adult life is not turning out the way he'd hoped. His twenties are over, and instead of being the acclaimed novelist and family man he thought he'd be, Mick is stuck running a second-rate California motel and fumbling through an endless succession of hilarious dating misadventures. Most of his friends are married with children, and he feels they look down upon single people like him as being merely a fraction of a whole being.
During his version of the modern single man's search for what completes him, Mick must contend with a cast of quirky and memorable characters that both frustrate and sustain him as he navigates his way toward having to make a momentous career decision that will affect all of their lives.
Accidental Adulthood is a coming-of-age story for the Tinder generation. As Mick begins to face up to his own flaws and struggles to ascertain his place in the adult world, some universal truths are illuminated about family, ambition, responsibility, loyalty, and relationships.
While Remembering to Take Care of Yourself First
AMANDA DOBRA HOPE
Do you know what it means to Hold Space? Many people don't, though most people have done it at least a handful of times in their lives. Others may have a special talent for holding space, but don't even realize that's what they are doing since the term is not in popular use yet.
This book first defines and clarifies what is meant by the term Holding Space, and then takes the reader on a journey through the life of a spaceholder (one who holds space). The journey will cover initial stirrings of awareness, spiritual considerations and self-care, as well as holding space in relationships, in business, for your dreams, and for the world at large. You will learn where in your life you are already holding space, and how to honor yourself for very beneficial service you are providing. Most importantly, you will learn how to honor your own needs and boundaries first, so that you can be of even greater service to yourself and the world around as you hold space either personally, or professionally.
GRIMM'S AMERICAN MACABRE
Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm were the famous Grimms Brothers who penned fairy tale collections. Their books outsold everything but the Bible. There have been multiple movie adaptations and a TV series.
While Lizbeth Grimm cannot claim direct descent from these famous brothers (only one of whom married and had children), her father grew up in Grimms, Wisconsin, a limestone-laden area, in the house on the cover. The house was built by a limestone/cement company around 1883. Grimms was a company town, named for the several immigrants from Germany who settled there. One was Lizbeth’s great-grandfather, Jacob Grimm.
Lizbeth found out she was a Grimm as a child, and began to envision having her own fairy tale collection someday. She has been gathering these stories for a long time.
The limestone business was booming in Grimms, Wisconsin in the 1930s, when Lizbeth’s grandmother, who raised nine children there, became a widow. The town even had a Speed Queen Washing Machine Company— lime quarrying was dirty business. Grimms today is an unincorporated village within the township of Cato, its ghostly presence known by a road marker and a few still-standing residences. This house, however, did not fall naturally. It had to be torn down for fear of injury to the youth having parties there. Evidence of one of those parties can be seen on the cover with close inspection.
Lizbeth often visited with her extended family in the aging house that had no indoor plumbing but boasted a big cast iron stove that crackled and hissed, always hot and ready to cook. Her job was helping to gather firewood and an occasional cow chip from the herd up on the hill.
In later years, after her grandmother moved away, Lizbeth felt the house was haunted, or, at least, had stories to tell.
The twenty-four stories are linked by the recognition that there is a world outside our five senses. They are stories that will make you laugh, cry, think … and maybe understand the human journey a little better. They are stories taken from the gut of the soul, modern fairy tales for the young at heart of all ages who still hunger to explore life, technology, nature, and all that’s still spiritual in the world around us.
Journey with the misinformed mom, the thief who learns respect, the woman so involved in her own illusions that she cannot recognize what’s real, and a young girl’s wrongful intrusion into the world of magic. Open your mind to the girl who transforms for love, the sister who sacrifices for her brother, an otherworldly father trying to do the best for his family, and the no-longer-living girl who hasn’t figured out she’s dead. Even the animals have something to offer, like the bear that transforms, the cat leading a revolution, and the giraffe on a quest to save two deserving humans.
There’s something for everyone within these pages, even a couple of historical tales with messages for the future.
Of course, nature wins in this collection—as it should.
Come in … these tales are waiting for you.
ODDITIES & ENTITIES 2
Sometimes you need to be broken to be made whole.
With Oddities & Entities 2: Vessels, multi-award winning author Roland Allnach returns to the strange and surreal path forged by his critically acclaimed Oddities & Entities. Consisting of nine new tales spiced with elements of horror and speculative fiction, Vessels explores the communion of spirit, substance, and the eccentricities of flesh between those conjoined realms.
"Allnach is a master storyteller with a powerful pen." Cynthia Brian, New York Times Bestselling Author
SCARECROW ON THE MARSH
A Cape Cod Thriller
When the mutilated body of renowned cosmetic surgeon Randall Landry turns up at a secluded bayside marsh in the town of Sandwich, Police Chief Thom Burrough's life is turned upside down. While investigating the murder, he and Barnstable County coroner Abby Rhodes will uncover a plot more sinister than anything they could have imagined.
On the outskirts of Chatham, a group of terrorists has assembled to unleash destruction on Cape Cod.
Leila Payson, affectionately nicknamed "Miss Pacer" by her students, is always pushing the boundaries in her efforts to achieve her goal of becoming a better teacher and human being.
Before settling in to her life as a Social Studies teacher and volunteer at the local playground, Leila spent a year teaching in South Africa where she met an occupational therapist and others working within the disability community. Now, years later, when a student discovers he is going deaf and asks her for help, Leila embarks on a pivotal journey that calls on her to employ everything she's learned and earns her both allies and rivals.
And while she juggles work, family, and adventures with her diverse group of friends, a mysterious man with a book keeps appearing at her favorite places.
Come along for the ride as Leila Payson faces challenges and opportunities with spirit and courage ... and a bit of humor, too.
A return to his native Romania offers a unique opportunity for Boston architect Luca Leontin to come to terms with his past; instead he becomes enmeshed in the vengeful designs of a man with whom he shares a life-long history of passion for art, as well as an indelible bitterness over the love of one woman. Luca finds himself drawn to the Circe, the infamous Bucharest night club, where the illusion of erotic fulfillment could cost him
From a totalitarian society that crumbled in December, 1989 to a contemporary world gripped by fear of international terrorism, Adrift is a study of cultural dislocation and the ensuing alienation that triggers both our yearning to return to our origins and the hopeless need to find what is lost forever. This is a story of obsession and revenge, and, above all, the survival of love despite the corrosive action of lifelong mistrust and suspicion.
LENGTH OF DAYS
LOUISE LENAHAN WALLACE
Zane and Larissa Edwards, rearing their children Mac and Rose on the family farm, foresee the future spinning out as contentedly as their past. Civil War erupts, shattering their lives and dreams.
Zane joins the Sixth Ohio Volunteer Cavalry and is sent to Fort Laramie in Nebraska Territory. His friend Ethan Michaels, a widower with a young daughter, Charity, having promised Zane he will help Larissa with the work, moves to the farm as a hired hand.
Ten-year-old Mac begins studying medicine under the town's crusty doctor.
Will Zane survive the horrors of war? How will Ethan reconcile his growing love for Larissa, the wife of his best friend, both of whom trust him implicitly? Will Mac return Charity's childish love that becomes deeper and more mature with the passage of time? Will Mac's dreams of becoming a doctor turn to ashes when the war threatens to destroy all he holds dear?
DANCING IN CONCRETE MOCCASINS
The old stories tell of the great frigid lake, now known as Superior, that has swallowed many an Indian paddling out to find honor, redemption, or love. The City of Minneapolis has its own way of swallowing up Indians, too, and Jack Bordeaux, a young Ojibwe college student, wonders if he might become the next tragic hero of a modern urban Indian legend.
Poverty. Abuse. Ignorance. Is a tribal scholarship Jack's escape? When another wave of Bordeaux family violence hits, a university professor, facing his own past and present challenges, provides refuge for Jack and his orphaned nephew. Soon after, Jack meets Isaac TwoBears, a Lakota carpenter, and Desiree Stark, a sensual powow dancer with a trickster's dark secret, who ompetes with Isaac for Jack's heart.
With a chance at love and a functional family life in reach, Jack must return to the broken home where it all began for the answer that will save him from drowning and finally set him free.
Sharia Exposed deals with Sharia as a rule of law and its fabrication by Fiqh as human
understanding of Sharia. Islam, being the child of Christianity and the grandchild of Judaism, comes alive in this book as the sum total of oneness.
Based upon quotes from the Quran and the Hadith, Sharia unveils itself as the emblem of mercy, compassion, and benevolence when rescued from under the heap of distortions concocted by extremists. IS, ISIS, ISIL, and Boko Haram, among others, are exposed with news excerpts with the intention of saving young Muslims from the lure of hypocrites raping their way to damnation through murder, torture, and beheading.
The aim of this book is to clear the cobwebs of Sharia that have corrupted the fabric of Islam,
cutting through it with naked blades of hatred and intolerance.
Each quote in this book is selected as a guide and a challenge, supplementary reading in the disciplines of Islamic culture, world religions, and Islamic jurisprudence.
STAIRWAY TO FREEDOM
The Biography of God
Who wrote the script of life? And, more importantly, why? The unstoppable desire of a human soul to know the answers to the eternal questions Who are we? Why are we here? brings Satan and angels
together to deliberate yet another question: Is the soul mature enough to know the truth?
After passing a multitude of initial tests, the soul earns the chance to know the answers. But
Satan has one final condition: the soul must overcome all fears, temptations, insecurities,
and attachments in no more than thirteen reincarnations. Is the soul strong enough for such a test?
There is listening, and there is listening truly. Phibby Venable's is the second kind, and her poems a true telling of what she has heard.
Listen to these poems. Believe the earth is singing, intent as any bird would be before a shake and flight to trees. ~George Wallace, writer in residence, Walt Whitman Birthplace
I would like to affirm that this is poetry that not only delights but, through its instinctive perception of, as well as insight into the human experience, is also inherently wise. A volume of poems so rich in imagination, poetic intent, and the very making of poems, their creation and, by extension, creation itself, that I do not hesitate to recommend it to every serious lover of poetry, as well as to other serious poets, as a book to read, reread, and keep nearby for that random, ravishing experience of catching life's essence on the wing! ~ Marya Berry
IN SEARCH OF THE GOLDEN CITY
Akim is a boy who has a rare gift of communicating with spirits. He finds himself at odds with the physical world where power reigns and duty has the final say in matters of love. His conflict with the material world explodes when he falls in love with the king's daughter, a girl named Matima. Interests of power clash and the two lovers flee the kingdom to find a legendary city where they will be free to love without restraint. Their quest takes them into a mystical landscape where the border between the physical world and the one of imagination can barely be distinguished. When they are separated by a band of gypsy women, Akim faces a terrible ordeal which he has to conquer on his own.
PAMELA SMITH ALLEN
In Paris, France, during the tumultuous '60s, Jessica, a young art history student from London, falls in love with Joseph, an architect from Boston.
While Joseph struggles to reconcile the rigid requirements of his chosen path ~ the Catholic
priesthood ~ with his own inner truth, Jessica embarks on a spiritual journey that includes a trip to Chartres Cathedral, where she walks an ancient labyrinth and encounters the Divine Feminine.
Gifted photographer Andre grows up on a vineyard in Provence, content with his life until he receives a gift that throws his world into turmoil and sends him on a quest he's not certain he's ready to undertake ~ until he meets Holly, a highly intuitive, outspoken young artist from California who helps him unravel the deep secrets contained within the necklace he's inherited.
Inspired by a dream, and spanning generations and continents, this tender and intriguing love story will warm your heart and keep you turning its pages until the very end.
ERASE THE PROBLEM OF BULLYING
JILL AMMON VANDERWOOD
Bullying, discrimination, teasing, and abuse are harmful. Some violate your civil rights, as well. And all of them are wrong.
Bullies nearly kept NBA All Star James Donaldson from a successful basketball career. Abby was bullied by her friends' parents because of her mom's occupation. Federal prisoner Cedric Dean learned at a young age to bully others to get what he wanted, but now works to educate troubled youth. Their stories, along with many others, offer insight into bullying from the perspective of both the victim and the bully.
Experts, from authors to retired court judges, share information and resources to help both kids and parents learn their rights and ways to protect from bullying.
Others have survived bullying and built successful lives.
You can, too!
THE BLACK ANGELS
The well respected Judge Daniel Adams is murdered in the mid-1950s, seemingly by his daughter Carrie. Police officials circumvent their own investigators and have her committed to the Elm Hill Psychiatric Hospital for Women, instead of being arrested. However, Carol Mason, Director of Nursing, spots several clues which indicate that Carrie may be innocent and that people in the hospital are involved in a cover up. She works to solve the murder and uncover Elm Hill's dark secrets with an informal team of associates who call themselves the "Black Angels."
Their efforts uncover a conspiracy of sex and greed that explains the murder of Judge Adams and culminate in a night of discovery and danger for Nurse Mason and Andy Russell, a university student who is her temporary assistant, in Elm Hill's Violent Ward.
The Wheel's Final Turn
In The Wheel's Final Turn, the sequel to The Turn of The Karmic Wheel, Angela, Euclid, and Karman once again find themselves thrust front and center into the battle between good and evil.
One man finds pleasure in torturing animals; another fights the demons of past hate crimes. From the governor's mansion to the highly competitive beauty industry to the hidden closets of memory, no one is safe from the grasp of the darkness that wants to take over the world.
Can the forces of Light find the inner strength to save humanity, or will the world fall eternal victim to evil as the karmic wheel makes its final turn?
Times To Try The Soul Of Man
What do an overweight stripper, the CIA, corruption in New York City, the Israeli Mossad, ancient Inca civilization, terrorism, political intrigue, mad dashes across America, and a waste-case of a teenager have in common? They are the ingredients of this action-packed crime and coming-of-age novel. Much of this story is based on true events, perhaps too true to be believed. Guaranteed to make you think and probably to shudder as you relive 9/11.
"In his book Times To Try The Soul Of Man, Kenneth Weene paints a vivid portrait of the peripatetic freelance journalist peering from the outskirts of mass corruption at an American horror show." (Anthony Flacco - NY Times best selling author)
CHILDREN OF THE DAY
LOUISE LENAHAN WALLACE
Larissa and Ethan's marriage has combined their families. Now they must cope with one of the most
difficult assignments given a parent: stand aside and allow their rapidly coming-of-age children the
freedom to forge their own destinies.
Larissa's son Mac, now a full-fledged doctor, plans to marry Amity Terrill and return from Philadelphia to Fairvale to practice medicine in his hometown. Ethan's daughter Charity has loved Mac since she
was five years old. Unable to accept his intention to marry Amity, Charity leaves home to teach
school in far off Wyoming Territory.
Through drought, blizzards, and an encounter with a rattlesnake, Charity learns that, unlike the snake's ability to slough its skin, she cannot shed the pieces of her past, her present ... or her heart.
TO A STRANGE SOMEWHERE FLED
After the sudden end to her collaboration with composer Alessandro Stradella,
Donatella moves from Genoa to join her parents in a small village in Oxfordshire, England.
The gift of a sonnet, 'stolen' music, inexpressible secrets, and an irrepressible spirit have stowed away on her journey.
Haunted by whispers and visions, angels and demons, will she rise out of grief and aimlessness? Her father's friendship with the residents of Wroxton Abbey, who are
important figures in the court of Charles II, offers new possibilities, especially as music and its masters ~ including the 'divine' Henry Purcell ~ have not finished with her yet.
The ABCDEFG Disorder
A loving family's struggle with developmental disabilities and a dysfunctional education system.
As I drove down the thruway the day of the appointment, I did all that I could to distract myself from any sense of reality. Derek and I sang silly songs ... My son was the most precious thing in my universe and that was how it was going to stay. I began counting all of our visits to doctors during the past five years, trying to come to terms with Derek's disabilities.
We'd trusted the opinions of doctors all these years. It only took ten minutes to come up with a diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy. Driving home, I started to cry. Derek reached over, patted my arm, and said, "It's okay, Mommy."
I looked at him, shook my head, and said, "I know, Derek, everything fine."
"What was she talking about? What do I have now?"
I thought for a minute and said, "Derek, as far as I'm concerned you suffer from what we will call the ABCDEFG disorder from now on."
"Let's face it kiddo. It doesn't matter what it is. CP, ADHD, ADD, or PD, you're a good person. We both know that you're smarter than everyone thinks and this doctor says you're moving on."
PART OF THE GAME
When small-time bookie Chuck Holiday tries to collect from one last deadbeat gambler before he closes his business forever, his retirement plans are chewed up by a couple of disobedient pit bulls. Instead of going straight and taking advantage of an offer to play professional basketball overseas, Chuck ends up indirectly involved in the bloody death of an Irish crime boss's nephew.
In this inventive crime thriller, Chuck and his palm-reader girlfriend navigate San Francisco's seedy underbelly and pull their own scam on the mob boss and a couple of ruthless Chinatown gangsters, who also have an interest in the dead Irishman.
PATRICK S. LAFFERTY
Nothing's free. Especially success. Everyone has to pay the price some time. For Mitchell Treadwell, that time is now.
Mitchell is president of an international conglomerate. He has a gorgeous house in the affluent suburbs, a loving wife and kids who adore him. Then one day his son goes missing, snatched off a street corner that's been the location of several recent abductions. Mitchell has a pretty good idea who's responsible, but by revealing what he knows to the police, he may inadvertently put everything he has in jeopardy. Now, Mitchell must hunt down his son's abductor and save his boy's life, all while keeping the police at arm's length.
Commuters is a neo-noir thriller that explores how a good man, motivated by his love for and devotion to his family, can do unconscionable things while dealing with the internal strife his actions create.
Mid-life mom, Colleen Gallagher would do anything to protect her children from harm. When her daughter's husband falls ill with ALS, Colleen rolls up her sleeves and moves in, juggling the multiple roles of grandma, cook, and caregiver, only to discover that even her superhuman efforts can't fix what's wrong.
When teacher Roberta Allen, walked into her middle school principal's office, she encountered sisters Valentina and Selena Diaz, who were to be removed from their mother's home once again by the Department of Families. The girls, after suffering years of physical and emotional abuse at the hands of their mother and sexual abuse by their mother's male friends, are soon to be placed in the care of newly approved foster parents, Roberta and Hal Allen. The Allens must learn how to cope with the state bureaucracy even as Valentina, the younger sister, bonds with her new "Mom" and "Dad." This is her story of persistence, love and survival as she bravely confronts the people who had brought harm to her in the past.
CONVERSATIONS AMONG RUINS
Conversations Among Ruins is a portrait of a descent into madness, and the potential of finding salvation there.
While in detox, Daniel Stavros, a young professor, meets and falls in love with the cryptic Mimi Dexter. But Mimi has secrets ... and, strangely, a tattoo identical to the pendant Daniel's mother gave him right before she died.
Drawn together by broken pasts, they pursue a twisted, tempestuous romance. When it ends, a deteriorating Stavros seeks refuge at a mountain cabin where a series of surreal experiences bring him face to face with something he's avoided all his life: himself. Miles away, Mimi's actions run oddly parallel to Daniel's.
Will either be redeemed, or will both careen toward self-destruction?
OUT OF CRYSTAL ICE
Book 1 of the Ice King: The Last Messiah
The year is 635,039 A.D.
The primitive Homo sapiens 'bowlheads' are just a bad memory. Their remnants have split into six species, only one of which chooses to call themselves human.
Like the wolf and the eagle, these new humans have learned to live sustainably with the planet.
But trouble is brewing. The rival species are advancing, hell-bent on eradicating the last of the humans.
Adam Windreath Gale is a young Scavenger from a village lost deep in the glaciers of the new ice age. He has the gift of speaking with the Spirits, but he despises it. Only his handicapped sister Lissa can
help him control the chaotic voices that threaten to drive him insane.
The Gods have chosen Adam to become the ultimate messiah. His task: deliver humanity from certain extinction and usher in the eternal order. But how? Adam has no leadership ability, no training ....
BEYOND INFINITE HEALING
The Diary of Mary Bliss Parsons
Beyond Infinite Healing is the third volume in the non-fiction series The Diary of Mary Bliss Parsons.
In Volume One, The Strong Witch Society, a dire warning is given to the inhabitants of this planet that if two very specific cultural behaviors were not changed, humanity would be destroyed in the not too distant future.
Volume Two, The Lost Revelation, provides a hands-on practical guide for the renewal of the mind, as well as the soul, for those who truly wish to assist in correcting the damage done to Earth's life-sustaining Creation Frequency, and clearly emphasizes the personal accountability of every person on Earth.
Volume Three reveals three more of the promised ten who willingly offer their aid to humanity, leaving the identity of one very powerful Being still unknown.
Each word found within this book is charged with attainable healing miracles. There is also never before revealed information about the state of mankind and what humans must do to survive. It is up to the reader to decide how much of this Truth they will welcome into their personal life so as to do their part in saving Earth.
What will YOUR decision be?
A SURVIVOR'S TALE
By the mid-twenty-first century time travel had become possible via energy "umbilicals" that tie one
era to another. However, due to social factors and over-specialization, science begins a slow decline,
and, by 2148, technology is at a standstill and there are only a handful of people left who know how to operate the time chambers.
Against a backdrop of regressing civilization, a new and terrible disease arises with a nearly one hundred percent mortality rate. Medicines developed to treat the disease have only made it more virulent. When brilliant but troublesome biologist Janis FitzHaven notices a connection between the current plague and the Black Death of the fourteenth century, she and her lover, Stone, abscond with one of London's few remaining time chambers. Janis claims the answer lies in medieval England. But is she really looking for a cure, or does she have something else in mind?
And does it matter? The idealistic Stone has rescued a peasant girl from degradation and death, an act of altruism that could render Janis's plans moot ... and have devastating repercussions for the entire future of humanity.
A Survivor's Tale is a small book about big choices.About confronting the evil consequences of a force that is not evil.About love, and a hope that survives the end of the world.
PAUL J. STAM
The weather is good, the ocean is beautiful, and the ship traveling from South Africa to Argentina is fast enough to outrun any submarine. But it's not fast enough to get away from a shipload of desperate passengers.
It would have been a pleasant passage, but the accidental death of a child, attack by a German destroyer, and a murder made it otherwise.
Hatred, distrust, rage, love, romance, and kindness all come together in an encounter with the enemy, and desperate people must take desperate measures to survive when They get caught up in a war that rages
around the world.
Prism presents the best of Roland Allnach's newest stories together with his most acclaimed published short fiction. These selected stories fracture the reader's perceptions among a dazzling array of genres and styles to illuminate the mysterious aspects of the human experience.
Roland Allnach has been described as a "star on the rise" (ForeWord Clarion), "a master storyteller with a powerful pen" (Cynthia Brian, NY Times Bestselling author), with writing that is "smart, elegant, and addicting" (San Francisco Review).
SCHOOL FOR LOVERS & OTHER TALES
"In the four narratives that make up 'School For Lovers & Other Tales' Kal Wagenheim has adroitly and entertainingly managed to give us lessons in American history and the latest in energy technology, as well as an appreciation of opera lyrics and a thriller plot. He has brought to literary life none other than Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr and a host of other captivating and empathetic real-life and fictional characters."
Papa's Footsteps: From Italy to "Little Italy"
ANTONIO GIUSEPPE CANINO
This is a story of an Italian family, their trials and tribulations of coming to America and the struggles they endured building a new life. It is a story of love, laughter, heartache, and passion as the author grew up in North Denver's Little Italy, served in England in WW II, his first love, his wife and his family. Follow his ancestors and his growth as a young Italian boy in the 1920's, to a soldier in the 40's, and to a husband and father. See how this Old Italian views the world and a generation gone by. Papa is quite the character. It is for this reason that the publisher has minimized the editing of this book. We wanted to preserve the style, tone, and mannerisms of this Ninety year-old author. His memoir is a slice of Americana whose journey takes us from late 19th Century Italy, through several world wars, to present day Little Italy in North Denver Colorado. We hope you enjoy his journey as much as we did.
GRACE IN THE GARDEN:
Thirty Years of Blunders and Bliss
The gardening lexicon is crowded with books describing how to garden. In these twenty-nine short chapters, Grace Peterson captures the essence of why we garden.
A self-proclaimed graduate of the School of Hard Knocks, Grace never hesitates to entertain with stories drawn from her own missteps and catastrophes. However, she is also a certified Master Gardener, so make no mistake, she knows her stuff.
Read this book and let Grace carry you on a river of words. You will explore tributaries where she will tease you with her wicked wit before surprising you with unexpected outcomes. In Grace's capable hands, gardening becomes an irresistible metaphor for life itself. Through it all, she will convince you that gardening is just plain fun.
~Ricki Grady, author of Bebop Garden, Riffing and Jiving in the Plant Kingdom and blogger at "Sprig to Twig"
TOM GUMBERT & APRIL KAUTZMAN
"Have you ever looked at a shooting star and wondered where it came from, how far it has traveled, and how much farther it has yet to go before its journey ends?
I have come to believe that my time spent on this earth was for a purpose greater than I myself could ever have imagined.
I am a cat."
In Nine Lives, authors April Kautzman and Tom Gumbert explore the historical application of tolerance and intolerance through the ages from ancient Egypt to a new beginning for mankind as witnessed by a cat through nine unforgettable lives.
As our narrator takes us through this remarkable journey, it reminds us ...
"Chief Dan George, a very wise man, once said, 'If you talk to the animals, they will talk with you and you will know each other. If you do not talk to them, you will not know them, and what you do not know, you will fear. What one fears, one destroys.'
Talk with me so that i may share my journey with you and we may know one another.
Walk with me ..."
FIRST AMERICAN BACK
ABE F. MARCH
First American Back is a story about the author's entrepreneurial pursuits that took him to Beirut, Lebanon. He got caught up in Lebanon's civil war that led to his abduction and financial disaster. He departed Lebanon when the civil war's 27th cease-fire failed to hold. Trying to recoup his losses, he returned one year later and was hailed as "The First American Back" by a British journalist. His travels throughout the Middle East reveal the difficulties encountered by westerners doing business in that region along with misconceptions associated with their culture. His thoughts and concerns are as relevant today as when they were first written.
ANOTHER STONE TO CARRY
In the small Midwestern town of Bear River, soft-spoken, shy, Kassandra Hayes lives a very sheltered life governed by the church and her goal to become a missionary. Things drastically change when she is sexually assaulted and her life begins spinning out of control.
To numb the pain she runs away and finds herself homeless in Chicago. For years, she embraces a life of exotic dancing, drugs, and sexual bartering until an unexpected encounter with an old friend lands her back home where she is brought back to the fold.
Her congregation embraces their prodigal daughter, and she acts and dresses the part, but her story is just beginning. Torn between desire and conventional morality, she goes on another journey of self-discovery and finds love in the most unexpected place, shocking the town and herself.
WHITE HORSE REGRESSIONS
The soul is eternal, and no more so than in Steve Lindahl's White Horse Regressions, the story of a group of individuals destined to share their lives throughout time, be it in ancient China during the Han dynasty, in 19th Century London during Jack the Ripper's reign of terror, or in a small town rocked by murder in present-day Vermont. It's been almost a year since Hannah Hersman's
girlfriend was killed, and the police still have no leads, no suspects, and no one in custody. Undeterred and longing for closure, Hannah calls in Glen Wiley, a renowned hypnotist, as a last resort. Glen quickly discovers that in a past life Hannah was a prostitute in Victorian London named Rose and her girlfriend was Annie Chapman, a victim of Jack the Ripper. In fact, many of Hannah's friends and acquaintances were similarly connected to her, not just in then London but in multiple lives and multiple places throughout history. And, in all these incarnations, their existence is tied to a murderous plot that Hannah and Glen must uncover to ensure their future lives can avoid the pain and misery of losing their loved ones.
"White Horse Regressions is a compelling supernatural thriller that drops you down the rabbit hole and spits you out into the filthy streets of a not-too-long-ago London, the palatial estates of a long-forgotten China, and the seedy underbelly of small-town America."
~Patrick Lafferty, author of Anno Domina, Thinking Out of the Box, and Miller Time
HONEY FROM A LION
The Sequel to South Wind Rising
Frederick W. Basset
Honey from a Lion is Fred Bassett's love song to the American South. From the backwoods of rural Alabama to the Mountains of North Carolina, Bassett journeys through the bruised, beautiful heart of his homeland and into the hearts and minds of those who've gone before him - poets, novelists, historians, and philosophers. Part love story, part travelogue, part philosophical conversation, this is a 'novel' that transcends the parameters of the form. Readers who met the unforgettable Barsh Roberts as a boy in South Wind Rising will be pleased to find him all grown up and living on his own terms - a man of honor, integrity and refreshing self-awareness, a new kind of Southern gentleman for a new age.
~Margret Shinn Evans, Editor of Lowcountry Weekly
Married with an eleven-year-old daughter, Barsh Roberts had eased into middle age as a professor of religion and philosophy at Cooper College in Upstate South Carolina. Although his relationship with his wife Debbie is lackluster, he is totally committed to his family. The marriage, however, is doomed along with the daily joys of parenting their precocious Hannah. Without any premonition, Barsh is shaken to the foundation when Debbie asks for a separation with plans to take Hannah to Louisville, Kentucky. As he struggles to prepare their daughter for the separation and to discover a new direction for his own life, he finds himself drawn inextricably into the life of Angela Kundera, the new English professor from New York.
THE CAPTIVE DOVE
There is that part of our childhood which is bathed in mystery and suspense, tempered with the promise that all things will be revealed in time. For children of war there is no such promise. They are waiting still.
In 1964, six-year old, Nasser and his fourteen-year old sister, Sureia are sent with their grandfather to a small village in the West Bank from their home in South Chicago. As second generation Americans, it's the intention of their parents to save them from the mean streets of the city by learning the ways of Islam from their aunt and uncle. Issues arise for Nasser from competition with his cousins, and while Sureia is immersing herself in the culture and in secretly learning Christianity, things around her are unwinding fast.
Within a few months their grandfather departs after falling ill, and Sureia is sent home just before Christmas in the midst of her tailspin. The next two and a half years are harrowing for Nasser who is alone in a family disintegrating from within and in a land destined for war.
On June 5th, 1967, Nasser finds himself lost in Ramallah at the start of The Six Day War with his mentally challenged cousin, Adli. The result of his struggles to find his way back home have shaped the rest of his life.
The Captive Dove is based upon actual events in the lives and childhood of several extraordinary people whose spirit transcended the madness of the day.
TALLY: AN INTUITIVE LIFE
It is raining love in Greenwich Village. . . When Erin, a young poet, reads these words on a piece of folded paper in the garret of Paul Johnston (PJ), an elderly Bohemian artist, she does not know she is on the threshold of a life-changing adventure. She is brought together with PJ by Rogue, another poet, who has known PJ for a decade. Her presence creates tension between the two men. And PJ confides in her that he needs the female perspective in his study of human nature.
PJ is a living example of Greenwich Village's "revolution of consciousness." Coming to the Village in 1919, he took in the full flavor, substance and style of the Bohemian philosophy of life. Over the years, through his heightened awareness, he created his own philosophy. He and Erin embark on a journey through the human psyche. Erin learns of PJ's death and rebirth after an operation at the age of 40, in the skeleton of the man he had been. He is reborn into a second innocence, but has the mind and memory of a grown man. In his search for new reasons to live, he forms new identities: The Artist, the Professor of Love, and The Old Man, among others. But who is PJ? And who will Erin become?
WETLAND AND OTHER STORIES
Wetland & Other Stories, a collection of three novellas and eight short stories, is an unflinching glimpse into some of the issues at work today. With its backdrop of the Pacific Northwest, these modern tales conjoin themes such as hope, drug abuse, homelessness and redemption. Running the gamut from general narrative to crime to horror, Wetland & Other Stories is sure to please those with a taste for variety and an affinity for contemporary fast-paced fiction.
Grace's turbulent childhood, with father's violent temper and mother's apathy, their divorce, and her relocation with her mother and siblings to Hawaii, where she experiences racism and violence, sets the stage for this incredible real-life tale of abuse, brainwashing, and ~ ultimately ~ the long journey to recovery.
At seventeen, Grace experiences love for the first time, but is soon unable contain the traumas of her past. Seeking a remedy from what she perceives as a spiritual problem, she enlists the aid of Brock, a charismatic exorcist and cult expert. Grace stumbles into a world of esoteric rituals, Luciferian doctrines, and New World Order conspiracies.
This gripping narrative illustrates how children adapt to a hostile environment, can grow up misreading their untreated traumas, and, while searching for answers, fall prey to unscrupulous charlatans who heap more damage onto an already wounded soul.
A RIVER THAT IS CONGO
OF CHIEFS AND GIANTS
PAUL J. STAM
Kusala should have been chief. He was the firstborn and many in the tribe knew it. He and Kitomolo were born on the same day but of different mothers. Because Chief Ronzozo knew that it will be hard to establish exactly which of his sons was born first, he decided that the one who became a man first in the traditional way of killing a leopard, would be chief after him.
On the day of the hunt they both throw at the same time, but Kitomolo, knowing he is not as good as his brother, damages his spear and then has his friends say that they saw Kusala tampering with Kitomolo's weapon during the night. Kitomolo is named chief to be because of his cunning and guile, not his ability and skill.
Harry VanVeldt and some others missionaries are the first white in that part of the Congo. Kusala goes to them expecting that he will be able to use them to help him get his birthright, but instead they use him to learn the language and get established.
A THOUSAND TINY CRACKS
There were a thousand tiny cracks in her protective coating, but it only took the right one for the entire shell to fall away...
Stella Maddox is approaching forty. After sacrificing her career to become a stay-at-home mom, her marriage and life disintegrate. Birthdays don't bother her, but screaming kids, superficial friends, and grey hairs do.
She compromises her spirit over and over, and finds herself slipping through the cracks as her family's lives take priority over her own.
She strikes up a friendship with her neighbor's college-age son, Tad. Stella desires his company, but faces the possibility of destabilizing her marriage and family for an outlet to ease her loneliness. As the bond with her husband frays, she must decide when a
connection becomes an affair, what actions she can live with, and which pieces inside she can still claim for herself. Stella is trapped in a cage that she worked most of her life to build.
THE WAY THE STORY ENDED
And other stories
CARI LYNN VAUGHN
The Way The Story Ended and Other Stories is a trio of tantalizing thrillers. Car chases, sex and death fill these sizzling pages which will keep you guessing at how each story will end. A murder in a small town is investigated by reporter Paige Lynn in the 'The Way The Story Ended.' Jack Noland threatens to take over the town of Clover, Ohio. Can Paige stop him? In 'Out of Control' Anderson Carryout is robbed and the clerk, Tea, is taken hostage along with two customers. Can they escape without paying a terrible price for their freedom? And in 'Uncontrollable Urges,' Lorena explores her sexuality, but her lovers keep turning up dead. Who is behind the trail of bodies? So go ahead, see the way the stories end!
DONNA M. CHUBB
Talk about over reacting. Danielle knew when she got in trouble that her parents would ground her. What she didn't expect was that they would take her away from everyone and everything she knew. She and her family have left Earth and now she's living on planet Logos as part a settlement team. Danielle misses her best friend-and French fries. She just wants to go home. A discontent Danielle once again breaks the rules, but the consequences this time are both terrifyingly dangerous and surprisingly wonderful. The early surveys did nothing to prepare them for this adventure. To Danielle, it's like the planet is on steroids. Everything is super-sized; from the poison of the smallest insect to an enormous hurricane. When tempers flare and personalities change, it seems as if the viciousness of planet itself is infiltrating the team members. Then Logos reveals its most intriguing discovery of all.
THE HUMAN ACT and OTHER STORIES
Angela Lam's short story collection explores the multifaceted lives of diverse people struggling to connect in a disjointed world. Lam delves into sexual identity, poverty, romantic love, parenthood, eating disorders, infidelity, and family relationships, effortlessly carrying the reader from the ghettos to suburbia. From the tough-talking,
lipstick-wielding girl in "Lips," to the love struck lesbian artist in "Fistful of Love," to the stoic single mother raising a disabled son and the infatuated widow trying to relive her past, Lam illuminates the hope, fear, and longing of what it means to be human.
SAFE TO SAY
Packed with humor and insight, Safe to Say explores the gut wrenching absurdities of life in corporate America. Set in the 1980's amidst the decline of an iconic company, the story centers on the eventful careers of two characters - Harmon Wolcott and Riley O'Brian. Harmon, a young man raised in the farm country of upstate New York, joins the company to fulfill his father's great wish; Riley, a young woman raised in Jersey City, New Jersey, is intent on fulfilling her own high expectations, instilled by her strong-willed Dominican mother. Despite their differences in background, Harmon and Riley share the traits of intelligence, ambition and an aching desire for approval. Their paths converge and the stakes are raised when both are assigned to a select group charged with pleasing upper management. The story of their accomplishments, disillusionment and ultimate chance at salvation reads like a cross between Catch 22 and The Firm. If you have ever had the corporate experience, or just wondered about it, you will find Safe to Say smart, touching and funny.
FOR THE LOVE
MEGHAN K. BARNES
FOR THE LOVE OF GOD tells the true story of a young girl struggling to find her identity during the confusion and deaths that followed the sudden boom of legalized gambling. She witnesses the city crumble as it is swept away by the growing casino industry of Atlantic City. An accidental fire burns down a neighbor's house, leaving nothing but their new-found gambling and alcohol addictions behind. Many are fired from their jobs and forced to leave the area, and are replaced by cheaper workers living in the newly built slum housing in the once-safe neighborhoods and parks of her childhood. Her close relationship with family and friends who also struggle with the same issues of redefining what home means to them are explored throughout this thought-provoking story.
BEBE & FRIENDS
Tails of Rescue
Meet the formerly unwanted, abandoned, and abused who, through the miracle of human love, found their forever homes.
Jean Rodenbough, retired Presbyterian minister,
former English and ethics teacher, poet and critically acclaimed author ~ and confirmed lover of animals of all kinds ~ presents a collection of "tails" that are poignant, inspiring, smile-provoking, and, in some cases, tearful; but they all carry the message: "All things share the same breath - the beast, the tree, the man ... all things are bound together. All things connect." (Chief Seattle, chief of the Suquamis)
TALES OF EARTH
Inside this book is a collection of very different stories, ranging in length from flash fiction to novella, in genres from mystery, fantasy, alternate history, experiments, and others, set in time from the distant past to the present ... and a little bit beyond. What are contained in these tales? Tornadoes pop up here and there. Jack the Ripper stops by a couple of times, sort of, along with other persons of ill or odd repute. There's a pet cockroach; healing in the silence of a muskrat; a farmer who finds meaning in fireflies and rain. Then there's the escaped slave who meets his former master, the Civil War prisoner who just wants to go home, and the doctor's wife who shows the power of a small act of kindness.
These are stories of odd connections: A winter storm conjures up images of the past and future; a drainage tunnel reveals the truth of domestic abuse and, ultimately, death. A chicken, a cannon, Christianity and Native American religion. Old Norse
mythology and Christianity. A diary from the future, found in the past. An assassination that unites a divided country. And the last story ... who in this world can know
what connections are happening there?
PHILIP F. HARRIS
BRIAN L. DOE
NOW IN ONE VOLUME!
The Waking God Trilogy is not about the doom and gloom that organized religions would have you believe. It is not about an Armageddon style ‘end times’ that pits good against evil in some final battle where religious dogma is triumphant. Yes, there is a final battle of sorts, but as Mantrella says, “It is not about saving humanity, it never has been.” While the Trilogy comes down hard on organized religion and its ‘worn out dogma,’ it is not atheistic. Instead, it totally rejects the idea of some schizophrenic super-being that loves to punish and reward its servants, and recognizes a Universal consciousness of which we are all a part. It acknowledges that within each of us there is a ‘god seed’ that is waiting to experience an awakening brought on, as in any major evolution, by not only environmental, but also social, economic, and political stress that will help to create a spontaneous evolution in humanity. Or, if allowed to remain dormant, this same seed will be our undoing. The prophecies all speak of a choice. Nostradamus, the Hopi, the Mayans, the I Ching, the Riddles of DaVinci, and the Tarot speak to a time of choosing. Hidden codices, books of revelation, and ancient sacred texts also speak of this time of choosing. That time is upon us. The elements are all there. From bursts of energy from the center of our galaxy to the scientific discoveries about the true nature of our reality, the puzzle nears its completion.
Andrew, the young comparative religions professor, knows what he needs to do. He needs to give the still sleeping Adam flesh, by mating with a young and mysterious Middle Eastern woman known as Mara. The time is right at last, so what can possibly stop Andrew and Mara from coming together in fulfillment of prophecy? Well, for one thing, there's Michael. And then there are those who follow Michael, the great archangel who's made it his mission to keep humanity in its current ignorant and deluded state. Ranged on the looming battle's other side are Mantrella, Bringer of Light, and those who follow him. Meanwhile, Earth itself convulses as its inhabitants endure the plagues of Revelation. Will those who can stop Michael act in time? And even if they do, will they prevail?
Focusing on ‘worn out religious dogma’ as one of the leading causes of human strife, the Trilogy turns the mythical world of good vs. evil on its head. Mantrella, a.k.a. Lucifer, is the champion of humanity, while the Archangel Michael fights to suppress human evolution by preventing the physical birth of the biblical Adam. Human destiny is placed squarely on the shoulders of where it belongs: choice; our thoughts create our reality.
The Battle of Armageddon has already begun, but not the one religion portrays as the End Times. Can Michael stop the physical birth of Adam? Do the forces of good and evil battle it out for humanity’s soul? Is Lucifer really the ‘great deceiver’ or is he humanity’s guardian? Who can truly save humanity, if indeed it needs saving? All that is hidden is revealed between the lines and beyond the words. Will the ‘dreamer’ awaken? You must decide! In these times of economic, political, social and religious upheaval, the TRILOGY is required reading, now more than ever!
“…make the Da Vinci Code look like a church hymn…. It should make you think. Calling it provocative is an understatement. ...groundbreaking and revolutionary ideas …. Epic in scope ….”
A RIVER THAT IS CONGO
OF RULERS AND RULED
PAUL J. STAM
Pierre d'Entremont was the pampered youngest son of a successful French banking family. With an older brother to carry on the family tradition, Pierre is enrolled in the E'cole Militaire with the thought of a political career to follow his military service. But
when the chief cashier embezzles all the bank's money and escapes to the Americas, Pierre suddenly has to earn a living. He has heard that a fortune can be made in King Leopold's Congo Free State.
Although he has heard stories, mostly told by the British and Americans, of atrocities perpetrated on the natives by King Leopold's agents, stories the King denies, Pierre concludes that, given his military training, his best option is to enter King Leopold's Congo military service.
Pierre arrives in the Congo in 1902. Within the first month, he becomes sick and nearly dies; makes an enemy of Harou, Leopold's most powerful man in the Congo; and, on the way to his posting, must always keep his gun within reach.
Of Rulers and Ruled is an historical novel of one man's heroic struggle against the greed, cruelty, and terror of a corrupt government in colonial Africa. Pierre d'Entremont went to Africa to seek his fortune, and stayed to fight an evil regime.
THE LOST REVELATION
The Lost Revelation is the second volume in the non-fiction trilogy The Diary of Mary Bliss Parsons.
In Volume One, The Strong Witch Society, a dire warning was given to the inhabitants of this planet that if two very specific cultural behaviors were not changed, Earth would be destroyed in the not-too-distant future.
This volume provides detailed instructions on how each and every person can do their part to make those changes before it is too late.
Under the guidance of the Strong Witches, descendents of the original Beings who seeded this planet over three million years ago, mankind has the chance to save itself and enter into an incredible age of perfect health, indescribable technology, and spiritual development, the likes of which have not been seen since the very first civilization, called Annica, was established.
With each volume of the trilogy, a number of Strong Witches are "Awakened" by reading the book. Are you one of those? Read The Lost Revelation and listen to your heart.
We are waiting for you.
HARRY POND LOOKS HOMEWARD
The Spiritual Adventures of an Ohio Farm Boy
A HOUSE NEAR LUCCOLI
Over three years since the charismatic composer, violinist, and singer Alessandro Stradella sought refuge in the palaces and twisted alleys of Genoa, royally welcomed despite the alleged scandals and even crimes that forced him to flee from Rome, Venice, and Turin, his professional and personal life have begun to unravel again. He is offered, by the very man he is rumored to have wronged, a respectable if slightly shabby apartment and yet another chance to redeem his character and career. He moves in to the curiosity and consternation of his caretakers, also tenants, three women whose reputations are of concern only to themselves.
Donatella, still unmarried in her mid-thirties, is plainly irrelevant. Yet, like the city she lives in, there are hidden longings in her, propriety the rule, not cure, for what ails her. She cares more for her bedridden grandmother and cats than overbearing aunt, keeping house and tending to a small terraced garden, painting flowers and waxing poetic in her journal.
At first, she is in awe of and certain she will have little to do with Stradella. Slowly, his ego, playfulness, need of a copyist and camouflage involve her in an inspired and insidious world, exciting and heartbreaking as she is enlarged by his magnanimity and reduced by his missteps, forging a friendship that challenges how far she will go.
Life Is A Balance
It isn't only about you
The journey of self-discovery is a lifetime trip; and just like the fingerprints you possess, yours will be uniquely different than anyone else's. There are things that are common in each-such as good and bad times, emotional highs and lows, and choices that will need to be made.
These choices that are presented to you can greatly define how you live your life. They may be influenced by the people you meet, symbols that are strategically placed along your journey, and especially by however you choose to worship your idea of God. Being that no choice ever comes without consequence, there really is no right or wrong answer; either road taken will eventually get you to where you're supposed to be. Although some roads take longer than others in order to reach your final destination.
PATRICK S. LAFFERTY
The year is 2030, and the most important decision of Damien Driver's brief tenure as governor of Arizona is to decide whether or not he should stay the execution of a heretical cult leader. Damien's conservative constituency - and just about everyone else with an opinion - wants the treasonous woman dead. However, the party's single largest contributor, the Bishop of Phoenix, as well as the prison chaplain plead with the governor for clemency: the bishop citing the Church's stance against capital punishment; the chaplain believing she is the second coming of Christ. Already convinced that the woman is wholly innocent, Damien searches frantically for a legal loophole to justify a stay of execution only to discover that there are forces at work trying to make the decision for him.
TIME TO MOW and OTHER STORIES
Take an unforgettable literary journey with the winner of the Gencho Stoev Literary Award, the Razvitie Literary Award, Best Bulgarian Novel Award, the Anna Kamenova National Fiction Award, and the Cosmos Short Story Award. "Vassil" was one of 15 award winning stories in the BBC world-wide short story competition.
GLENN OLIVER PARKHURST
Davy doesn't let Down Syndrome stop him from living a normal life but when one of his hikes in the mountains brings him too close to a subterranean creature, ulasiga, the mind controlling creature uses Davy's love of children to send him on a mission. The ulasiga projects the dark underground as a safe haven for abused children. It uses this to send Davy out to bring him this endless supply of food.
Justin knows another beating is coming, he can hear it in his drunken mother's voice. His decision to go with the nice man to a safe place may have come too late. Even if he escapes the whipping, he may end up as dinner for the dark creature.
SPIKED PUNCH IN SKY CASTLES
Spiked Punch in Sky Castles is a collection of four interwoven tales; each of which touch on the most important elements of human life and our shared existence on this planet. It details the true essence of happiness and acceptance, albeit occasionally in a dark and subtle way. Through time, through love, through mental illness, through abuse, through prejudice, through enlightenment, and though haphazard adventure; the entwined lives of protagonists within four sagas illustrate the surprising impact of even the most minuscule and seemingly irrelevant of encounters. This book depicts the significance of living mindfully and acknowledging the presumably random meetings, trivial conversations and subtle moments which may change your life and the lives of all you come into contact with ... often in ways you could never have foreseen.
The Calamari Kleptocracy
Peace-loving Thor Gunderson has to make a choice when A Panini for Your Thoughts, the Fascist-themed Italian restaurant where he works, devises an incendiary plan to eliminate its competition. Should he swallow his pacifism, trust in his jingoistic boss, Alan, and stand behind his restaurant-nation? Should he dredge up the fortitude to speak his convictions to Alan's nefarious "business associates"? Or should he run off with the German homosexual who has offered him two million dollars in exchange for his assistance in tracking down a set of pilfered Tintoretto paintings?
When Thor falls in love with a new hire, Ms. Barbara Hackbush, whose internet doctor has diagnosed her with a troubling array of expensive "ailments," he makes up his mind: He will join the German on his "adventure-quest," make millions, and return to save Ms. Barbara from penury. However, as Thor is double-crossed by those he trusts the most, he begins to understand that blissful naivete is the surest path to ruin.
HUMAN TRIAL III:
THE FINAL CONFLICT
TIMOTHY N. STELLY, SR.
Twenty-three years after climate-altering attacks on Earth, Americans begin rebuilding. Battle-tested Tawanna Chenier is sent across the country to recruit legendary military strategist Adam Turner to head up the country's fledgling armed forces. After the assassination of the President, Adam and Tawanna feel duty-bound to defend the country against a larger plot. Former drug lord Jorge Barbosa, engaged in exploiting alien-human hybrids as enslaved soldiers and laborers, also has possession of a nuclear weapon ... and seeks to detonate it on American soil. Facing a potential nuclear strike, 200 raw recruits go into battle, but their efforts are hindered by lack of resources, traitorous allies, and nightmarish logistics. The attraction between Adam and Tawanna builds, but their focus is on attaining victory in the western hemisphere's most important fight
The journey we are on is a difficult one, even more so for those from a broken family.
Follow one boy as he searches for the two desires we all have in common: to be accepted by others, and to be truly happy.
Life continues through the good and the bad, and each and every person you meet along the way leaves pieces behind, like a jigsaw puzzle, for you to piece together as you grow and learn. And as you put those pieces together, you hopefully become a better person for it.
We are indeed all connected, and everything you do really does matter and will always affect someone else in one way or another.
"Are you telling me she's gone?" The doctor nodded yes. On October 29, 2007, my world came to an end when Debbie, my only child, died.
I tried to tell the doctor about the car's turn signals going off automatically at the exact moment of her passing, about the voice I heard telling me to check the time on the dashboard clock.
I tried to tell him I had just met my first angel ... but he was looking at me like he was going to send me someplace very quiet and very dark.
So I shut up, went home, and prayed for help.
ANGEL TRACKS is the story of a mother's journey through grief and despair, a story of being pulled out of that dark hole by God and his angels. It's a story of recovery, of truth ... a story about angels and what they'll do for you ... if only you ask them.
THE WITCH'S HAND
"You are my heiress now." Malaxia, the most formidable witch on earth,
chooses young Liana as her successor.
But does Liana want to be the most powerful and destructive
witch in the world? Liana gets help from a most unlikely source:
Jettaret: Vicomte. Crusader. Murderer.Lost soul.
Annie's World: Jake's Legacy
DANIEL LANCE WRIGHT
THE YEAR IS 2208 AND THE WORLD IS IN NEED OF A SAVIOR.
Two centuries have passed since global economies collapsed with little hope of resurrection. Jake Henderson wanders the former State of Texas foraging for food, and witnesses the murder of a young woman. The ten-year-old girl traveling with
her is traumatized and left speechless, orphaned by the violent act. From that day, she begins changing Jake's life in ways he could never have imagined. Annabelle, as he chooses to call her, is descended from failed genetically manufactured prototypes of
the early Twenty-first Century. The delicate-appearing child is anything but, and is destined to become the salvation of a world out of control.
ODDITIES & ENTITIES
"THERE'S MORE TO THIS WORLD THAN FLESH AND BONE."
Set in the mysterious space between the everyday world and an existence just beyond reach, "Oddities & Entities" traces a path through the supernatural, the paranormal, and the speculative. With moments of horror, dark humor, and philosophical transcendence, these tales explore a definition of life beyond the fragile vessel of the human body.
DANCING on MARS
This is EveryWoman's book - every age, every experience. You will laugh, cry and learn through this fascinating, honest and courageous journey to one woman's truth - but you won't put it down. Dancing on Mars is a feast, not an appetizer. Like a memorable meal, Dancing on Mars is deeply satisfying and leaves you wanting to experience it all over again. A lively mix of memoir and exploration of love, relationship, and lifestyle. There's even a handful of original poems.
Beyond the Battlefield:
A Message from the Fallen
In the confusion of a pre-dawn encounter with enemy troops, four men are killed by friendly fire; the most devastating and haunting killed in action their loved ones can experience. But the war dead have a message and, through repeated
visitations, they are determined to deliver it.
What if the war dead have something to tell us? What if, after making the ultimate sacrifice, their mission is incomplete? Why are the dead not resting in peace?
TALES FROM THE DEW DROP INNE
"Tales from the Dew Drop Inne" reads like a darkly humorous sitcom. The tone is both heartfelt and deliciously irreverent, showing that one does not need to hate humanity to appreciate the humor of life. Here are tales of drifters, alcoholics, religious renegades, veterans, and drag queens set in pub that is at once a confessional, a circus, and a psychiatric hospital. --Marina Julia Neary, author of "Martyrs & Traitors: a Tale of 1916"
NIGHT FALLS ON CHICAGO
For millenia, "The Code" has protected vampires from discovery. It has maintained the balance of power and provided the guidelines and laws by which all vampires must live.
IT IS ABOUT TO BE SHATTERED.
THE BIGGEST DOOR
Ken Sabino is a middle-aged businessman living in a wealthy Chicago suburb with his college sweetheart. When he discovers that his manufacturing company is on the verge of bankruptcy, his lingering feelings of inferiority surface. Ken turns to an unlikely
source for help: Debra, a dream therapist.
Although she knows little about boardrooms, her unconventional approach helps Ken confront his failing business and longstanding feelings of inadequacy with renewed hope.
a supernatural eco-thriller
PATRICIA L. MEEK
A quirky, action-packed roller-coaster ride that takes the reader through science and religion, technology and indigenous wisdom. Noah's struggles are those of humanity as we attempt to find meaning in universal paradoxical patterns.
Noah is a wisdom tale for wise folks.
A JOURNAL INTO THE STORY OF YOU
COMPANION TO THE AWARD WINNING, BESTSELLING: SIX WEEKS TO YEHIDAH
Bursting at the seams with joy and truth, My Yehidah leads you through one of the most important adventures you can take: the journey to the center of your very own self.
Filled with writing and drawing prompts and beautiful illustrations to color, this book is the perfect jump start for meaningful, creative exploration for people of all ages.
My Yehidah is great as a standalone, but for even more fun, explore it alongside the bestselling, award-winning novel, Six Weeks to Yehidah.
SUFIS AND MYSTICS
OF THE WORLD
Love holy and enshrined
From the string of each heart
Serenading beloved with a song divine
On the harp of frolicsome breeze
OUT OF THE BOX
A Soul's Surprising Journey
BARBARA LUCERNE WOOLLEY
Out of the Box: A Soul's Surprising Journey chronicles the 25-year modern-day odyssey of the soul now known in the spiritual realms as Lucerne. This saga of actively lived soul retrieval and karmic resolutuion begins with the author's sudden transcendent remembrance of being born into this lifetime. Through direct, ongoing, laser-like experiences, she is able to recover parts of her soul that had been "frozen in time," offering the reader a glimpse into the lessons of karma and how karmic residue comes up for redress in present time.
Through intercession by her Divine Self, her tireless spirit guides, and Mother Mary, the author benefits from a broad-based spiritual curriculum that literally took her all over the world. To continue her spiritual adventure, this soul must first let go of long-held anger, and must truly forgive herself and others.
At times hilarious, at times shocking, every word is true!
DARK IS THE SKY
It's been twelve years since Olivia and Joel Cameron last invited the family to spend the weekend at their country home; a visit that ended in tragedy. Scott, Joel's outrageously sexy youngest brother, was found dead. The repercussions have torn the family apart.
Olivia's sister Violet has persuaded her to host a reunion so that they can finally lay their ghosts to rest. However, there are some secrets too destructive to remain hidden, and Violet, still grieving for the man she loved, is determined to uncover the truth.
As the web of hostility and deceit begins to unravel, family ties are tested to the limit.
E. JOYCE MOORE
Her book is about life, the good, the bad, the shameful-but the truth.
STEALING ANDREW JACKSON'S HEAD
Charles D. Rodenbough
Assisted by Ryan Ray Rodenbough
In his obituary in 1899, the New York Times called Samual Worthington Dewey "one of the most picturesque characters in American history."
For most of his life, Dewey was referred to in public as a sea captain, but his 92 years were much more eclectic. He collected knowledge and was attracted by persons who shared his acquisitive thirst for experience and learning.
Based in the true-life experiences of Samuel W. Dewey, Stealing Andrew Jackson's Head is a fictionalized account of those events, as told by Dewey to eleven-year-old Jake Cooper.
RANDY K. WALLACE
Sold into slavery by his foster parents and smuggled out of Alberta, Canada, Daniel is
held captive by Terrance McMaster, a greedy and sadistic farmer. While he toils in a mine, Daniel discovers an ancient geode and a forgotten civilization. Though the discovery would change the known history of the world, the world is not ready for the crystals' amazing powers. #9 Grundpark Road is an inspiring tale of perseverance and heroism. Will Daniel be able to survive a power that has destroyed everyone who has come in contact with it? Will he discover the true meaning of family?
MARTYRS and TRAITORS
A Tale of 1916
MARINA JULIA NEARY
Dublin, Good Friday, 1916
Kidnapped and held at gunpoint by his former IRB comrades, Bulmer Hobson, the misunderstood antihero of 1916, denounces the ill-fated Easter Rising he had tried to prevent. While his captors joke about shooting him and dumping his body on the railroad tracks, his terrified fiancee roams the chaos-ravaged city in search of him. Fifteen years of political rivalry, international conspiracy, botched love affairs, and taunting promises of glory culminate in a bloody showdown. Once branded 'the most dangerous man in Ireland' by the police, Hobson is about to be
deleted from history.
Based on historical accounts, Martyrs and Traitors is an intimate glance into the conflicted and shattered heart of Ireland's discredited patriot.
WE IN PIECES
Tales From Arctic Alaska
Welcome to Arctic Alaska, a land of twenty-four hour darkness and twenty-four
hour light, poverty in the midst of unfathomable wealth, 4,000 year-old
traditions, and the latest gadgets, raw whale meat, high fructose corn syrup, pristine
beauty and gum wrappers. Follow the lives of nineteen souls in a rare
existence where ancient meets present. Some are the original Inupiat Eskimos, some
are Outsiders. Some subsist on the bounty of the land and sea, some are outdoors only for the 20- second trot between the car and the building. But all are dependent on what lies beneath--oil, until something happens that threatens to destroy this existence
IN SHEEP'S CLOTHING
EDWARD P. CIESIELSKI. JR.
This compelling story begins on June 6, 1944 when Corporal Paul Pinski of the 101st Airborne Division is killed in action after he covers a hand grenade with his body during the D-Day Invasion. At the same time in Highlandtown, the blue-collar section of east Baltimore, Paul's wife Lucy gives birth to their first child who learns at an early age the benefits associated with limited competition. Drama is found on every page of this story as the Dexter-type anti-hero follows his natural instincts that lead him down a road to success paved with the bodies of his rivals.
Six Weeks to Yehidah
Move over, C.S. Lewis; Melissa Studdard is here!
Annalise of the Verdant Hills is one of the most delightful protagonists to skip through the pages of literature since Dorothy landed in Oz.
Join Annalise and her two walking, talking wondersheep as they travel to ever more outlandish places and meet outrageous and enlightening folk on their journey to discover interconnectedness in a seemingly disconnected world.
Discover with them how just one person can be the start of the change we all strive for.
A book for all ages, for all time: wonderful, wacky, and bursting with truth!
MY FATHER'S BLOOD
"Darkness: the place where light best reveals itself."
In the potent and poignant language of fine literature, this stunningly honest autobiographical novel grants candid views of chronic illness, blindness, and Native American racial identity, against the backdrop of a world often determined to demean, degrade, and disenfranchise.
Though Amy Krout-Horn's inheritance brings illness, it also brings strong medicine, medicine remembered on a cellular level, derived from the profound wisdom of her Lakota ancestors. But can the ancient council fire's "spark" that ignited within a young girl's heart continue to guide the woman, even as the monster drags her into the
Like the reverberations of a native drum, Amy Krout-Horn's visceral voice resounds, imparting the message that, sometimes, our bloodlines become our lifelines.
ANNA MARIA KOLOJACO MULLINS
Texas in the 50's, 60's, 70's to the present! This
autobiography-memoir contains it all. Drama, humor,scandal, sex, inter-racial relationships, greed, oil, money,religion, family dysfunction. What a ride!
"Confessions of a Crazy Fox" is the culmination of almost a decade of trying to write my strange life story as honestly as I can remember. It took some extremely stressful events to make me finally realize I didn't care anymore what anyone thinks about the way I think. It happened...and it was sometimes just
outright bizzare...so that's the way I wrote it.
Anna Mullins has a great voice...She pulls no punches, whether talking about sibling relations, race relations, feminism, or herself. As she says, "You can't undo the wrong you do by trying to make someone appear worse than you. That's why I'm confessing my worst sins, not just others'." And boy does she!
~Mike Stiles-Oklahoma City, OK.
"This is an extraordinary tale about an extraordinary life, told by an extraordinary writer." ~John M. Daniel, author of THE POET'S FUNERAL
MARCO BERNARDINO, Sr
Young Marco, blissfully living with his grandparents, is whisked away to a new school when his parents re-enter his life. Befriended by Father McCool, Marco is groomed with methodical precision, exclusive indulgences, and thrilling sports outings. Slowly, he is introduced to alcohol and porn, molested, and programmed for life with sexual perversions.
Years later, Marco self-medicates in a subconscious attempt to suppress the lurid memories of dark secrets hidden behind closed rectory doors and to control an insatiable appetite for morally depraved behavior. He struggles to prove to himself there is a virtuous self hiding deep inside. When he finds a patient and understanding therapist, the reconstruction of his twisted life begins. But by now the rippling effect of abuse has spread throughout his dysfunctional family. Marco crawls, wobbles and falls, gets back up, and continues on his painful yet heroic journey to separate himself from the shameful creature he'd become ... all the while juggling single parenthood and his career along with his internal battles.
And God said, "let there be evolution!"
Charles M.Wynn, Sr.
Arthur W. Wiggins
This book answers "YES!" to the question, "Is it possible to reconcile the Theory of Evolution with the Scriptures?" Accepting evolution does not require abandoning
one's faith. Created in response to 9/11, this book addresses
the continuing conflict between science teaching and religious beliefs, the dangerous effects of scriptural literalism, and heightened interest in
A JEWISH scientist (David Kay, Conservative Rabbi in Florida), CHRISTIAN scientist (Howard Van Till, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Astronomy and Physics at Calvin College in Michigan), and MUSLIM scientist (T.O. Shanavas, M.D., pediatrician in Michigan)
present scientific evidence for the Theory of Evolution and then explain how they reconcile that theory with the scriptural sources and beliefs of their religions.
WAKING GOD BOOK III
THE SECOND COMING OF HUMANITY
PHILIP F. HARRIS & BRIAN L. DOE
The Second Coming of Humanity is Book III of the WAKING GOD TRILOGY; Book I is titled The Journey Begins and Book II, The Sacred Rota. The series has been called "epic in scope," and New York Times bestselling author Piers Anthony says, "It will make you think." Focusing on 'worn out religious dogma' as one of the leading causes of human strife, the Trilogy turns the mythical world of good vs. evil on its head. Mantrella, a.k.a. Lucifer, is the champion of humanity, while the Archangel Michael fights to suppress human evolution by preventing the physical birth of the biblical Adam. Mantrella's basic view is summed up when he says, "It is not about saving humanity, it never has been." Human destiny is placed squarely on the shoulders of where it belongs: choice; our thoughts create our reality.
The Second Coming picks up after the 'end of the world' in 2012. It shows how humanity has brought itself to the precipice where it must decide whether it survives or becomes a part of the current '6th great extinction.' Further evidence and guidance of the ancient Tarot Code is revealed as the characters find themselves on their final journey to Jerusalem. Eli knows that the Battle of Armageddon has already begun, but not the one religion portrays as the End Times. Yet the trip must be made in order for the pieces of the Apocalypse to be revealed. Can Michael stop the physical birth of Adam? Do the forces of good and evil battle it out for humanity's soul? Is Lucifer really the 'great deceiver' or is he humanity's guardian? Who can truly save humanity, if indeed it needs saving? In The Second Coming of Humanity all that is hidden is revealed between the lines and beyond the words. Will the 'dreamer' awaken? You must decide! In these times of economic, political, social and religious upheaval, the TRILOGY is required reading, now more than ever!
Master of the Flash is back! In his new collection of 200 short-short stories, Salvatore Buttaci introduces us to characters hard to forget. In less than 1,000 words they tell stories of humor, hidden emotions, love, nostalgia, violence, time and space travel, and downright horror. The author's flashes appeal to all readers in search of a good read worth the purchase price. It won't be so easy putting this book down.
THE SHOCK OF LOVE
THE SHOCK of LOVE is a book about spirit. It is a book within a book. The book found
within is a manuscript entitled THE SHOCK of LOVE. It is purportedly written by Paolo
Cellini, Professor of Romance Languages and a student of the era of the troubadours
and courtly love. Based on the idea of a book of the heart, current during that time,
it is divided into nine chapters that give allegorical detail of the journey of love, a
love that completes the spirit in a person. There the reader follows the courtship, the
'alchemical' marriage, and the dark gestation before emerging transformed and
completed. The outer book, the book that encloses the found manuscript, tells the
story of Cellini as well as speculating on why it came to be written.
Katie Rosa was ready and eager to start a family, so when the pregnancy test from the local pharmacy told her she was expecting a tiny tax deduction, she was thrilled. Since this was her first pregnancy, she had no reason to imagine that
things might go terribly wrong.
Five months into her pregnancy, Katie was thrust into the scary unknown world of hospital maternity wards, high-risk doctor's offices, and the tedious life of the bedridden.
Through the course of her ordeal, Katie experienced times of overwhelming fear, moments of intense happiness, and learned that humor, family, and friends really do make the difference in a crisis.
OUT OF DARK
For Lukas Willow, the only fate worse than death ... is life.
Once a musical prodigy, Lukas' life took a vastly different turn when he discovered that he possessed unexplainable clairvoyant powers.
Haunted by troubling visions, he becomes an alcoholic recluse, his life suspended in a stagnant state of paranoia and self pity. When the mysterious Katie Reiker, a beautiful but emotionally scarred young woman, shows up on his doorstep, an unconventional relationship begins to develop that might just save them both. Time is running out, however. An impending natural disaster that only Lukas knows about forces him to make a difficult decision, one that will affect the lives and futures of everyone in his town.
This poignant, captivating novel explores the importance of making connections, and the paradoxes of finding hope, forgiveness, and redemption, even when faced with the fatal condition of being human.
TO BEGIN AGAIN
** 2011 WINNER THE NEXT GENERATION INDIE AWARD**
~Beth Hoffman, bestselling author of "Saving CeeCee Honeycutt"
"Jen Knox has put her unique characters in situations with twists
and turns that constantly surprise..."
~Steve Lindahl, author of "Motherless Soul"
"Knox explores the human condition with wisdom, subtlety, and the
understanding that sometimes just asking the question is answer
~Dave Hoing, author of "Hammon Falls" and "Voices of Arra"
"Knox has once again proven to be a skilled weaver of words..."
~Kenneth, author of Widow's Walk" and "Memoirs from the Asylum"
THE SACRED ROTA
PHILIP F. HARRIS & BRIAN L. DOE
Andrew, the young comparative religions professor from Book I, knows what he needs to do. He needs to give the still sleeping Adam flesh, by mating with a young and mysterious Middle Eastern woman known as Mara. The time is right at last, so what can possibly stop Andrew and Mara from coming together in fulfillment of prophecy? Well, for one thing, there's Michael.
And then there are those who follow Michael, the great archangel who's made it his mission to keep humanity in its current ignorant and deluded state. Ranged on the looming battle's other side are Mantrella, Bringer of Light, and those who follow him. Meanwhile, Earth itself convulses as its inhabitants endure the plagues of Revelation. Will those who can stop Michael act in time? And even if they do, will they prevail?
THE JOURNEY BEGINS
Philip F. Harris, Brian L. Doe
Welcome to the Third Edition of Waking God: The Journey Begins. The Waking God Trilogy is not about the doom and gloom that organized religions would have you believe. It is not about an Armageddon style 'end times' that pits good against evil in some final battle where religious dogma is triumphant. Yes, there is a final battle of sorts, but as Mantrella says, "It is not about saving humanity, it never has been." While the Trilogy comes down hard on organized religion and its 'worn out dogma,' it is not atheistic. Instead, it totally rejects the idea of some schizophrenic super-being that loves to punish and reward its servants, and recognizes a Universal consciousness of which we are all a part. It acknowledges that within each of us there is a 'god seed' that is waiting to experience an awakening brought on, as in any major evolution, by not only environmental, but also social, economic, and political stress that will help to create a spontaneous evolution in humanity. Or, if allowed to remain dormant, this same seed will be our undoing. The prophecies all speak of a choice. Nostradamus, the Hopi, the Mayans, the I Ching, the Riddles of DaVinci and the Tarot speak to a time of choosing. Hidden codices, books of revelation, and ancient sacred texts also speak of this time of choosing. That time is upon us. The elements are all there. From bursts of energy from the center of our galaxy to the scientific discoveries about the true nature of our reality, the puzzle nears its completion.
"...makes the Da Vinci Code look like a church hymn.... It should make you think. Calling it provocative is an understatement. ...groundbreaking and revolutionary ideas .... Epic in scope ...."
Voices of Arra
Dave Hoing, Roger Hileman
Welcome to Arra, a harsh yet strangely beautiful world. From a frozen northern outpost to a tropical rainforest, from marshy hinterlands to volcanic
islands, from great cities to architectural ruins, Voices of Arra depicts people, ordinary and extraordinary, who tell their stories in their own words: A girl forced into a life of poverty and degradation finds hope in the unlikeliest of places; a teenager on the cusp of a terrible disease races to complete one final task; another must choose between his culture and his own individuality; a beautiful courtesan who sides with the enemy learns the price of treachery; a spiritual man must give up his heart's desire to discover his soul's inspiration; while investigating an apparent suicide, a woman finds herself at the center of a government conspiracy; a dying man makes a deal with a fabled healer who is wrestling with his own demons ... and more. The tales examine emotions, intrigue, and the consequences of choice. Stripped of most of the usual trappings of the fantasy genre, they are by turns graphic, lyrical, vulgar, and philosophical, but always realistic and intensely human.
The Strong Witch Society
In 1675, Mary Bliss Parsons, the author's great grandmother nine times removed, was tried for witchcraft during the Salem witch trials. She was acquitted only because her husband, Joseph, was able to purchase her freedom. Such is the known history of Mary Bliss Parsons. What is not so well known is that Mary was a member
of a small but powerful group of witches, The Strong Witch Society.
After her death in 1712, it became Mary's purpose to somehow "awaken" in the mind and spirit of one of her future descendants in order to reinstitute The
Strong Witch Society. The author is that grandchild. What unfolds on the pages of this book is a rollercoaster of supernatural events and 'lessons' designed with the express purpose of calling together the remaining Strong Witches in order to divert an impending world disaster.
THE LAST FENIAN
Based on true historical events, "Brendan Malone: The Last Fenian" is a folkloric satire examining the dark, destructive side of paternal love.
Roscommon, Ireland-1910. A string of crop failures and
botched rebellions had left the country a pitiful wasteland. Brendan Malone, a struggling Gaelic landlord and memberof the secret Irish Republican Brotherhood, succumbs to a midlife flare-up of nationalism, while his two sons climb the academic Olympus at University College Dublin. Dylan, primitive and compliant, clings to his overbearing father, while Hugh, anglicized beyond recognition, harbors his own ambitions that do not include liberating his native land.
"M.J. Neary has added a well-crafted and finely researched novel to the genre."--Kenneth Weene, author of "Memoirs From The Asylum"
"gripping read from beginning to end"--Gary Inbinder, author of "Confessions of the Creature
The author has brought a difficult period of Irish history to life through a combination of historical and fictional characters.--Jim Dougherty, President of "The Wild Goose"ORDER FROM AMAZON
ECHOES OF HER
Determined to make something of herself, Tulsey Winslow moves from a small farming town to a golf course community in the Mid-Atlantic region. Here, minivans and lattes reign supreme, and proper grass height seems to earn better rewards than human decency. When rumbles of deep discontent come from inside every household on Nacre Court, Tulsey becomes the neighborhood's secret confidant and the voice of reason that ultimately unites a community. Along the way, she battles some demons of her own. Echoes of Her is a tale of identity, what's missing in suburbia, and the costs of chasing the American Dream. It is also a story about love, compassion, and the little ways in which people can make a big difference.
DAY UNTO DAY
LOUISE LENAHAN WALLACE
With the Civil War behind them, Ethan Michaels, a widower with a young daughter, and Larissa Edwards, whose husband was killed in the war, look forward to living out their days on the family farm in Ohio. Fate, however, has other plans. Larissa's
daughter survives a deadly illness, but with tragic, far-reaching consequences.
Larissa and Ethan have planted their marriage in the rich soil of shared love, but when someone from Larissa's earlier life appears, the roots stretching deep into their separate pasts yield heartbreak that threatens to destroy their new-found happiness.
"... an international team of researchers...has finally come to the conclusion that the cat is the manliest pet."
This gem of wisdom, and many, many others, are embedded in the search of one man - and his cat - for the Truth.
Join them as they travel from "healer" to "healer" in their
quest for wholeness.
"When all that's left is broken, which piece do you pick up first?"
So the question stands, and seeks fulfillment- a path reaching from the shores of a doomed paradise, through an illusory reality, and ending in a devastated future. Remnant, a collection of three novellas, is both the sum of these tales and the element that binds them together.
Travel along with Manny Markovitz and his guide, Abis -- part Native American, part madman -- as they take you on a wild, always funny, sometimes poignant journey from the wilds of Greece to the bogs and barrier islands of south Georgia, USA in search for Abis's boss, Willy Love. Enter with them into a world of imagination, wild adventure and absolute delight as Manny wakens back to life and love after a great personal tragedy. Perhaps you will, too. Critic Erwin Ford calls Revelations "a Candide for the 21st century."
PRAISE FOR SANDY COHEN AND REVELATIONS:
"I love it! And I'm jealous. . . you're quite a writer. Such pure, unadorned dialect; good strong story. Your characters live."
-- Janice Daugharty, author of Earl in the Yellow Shirt (nominated for the Pulitzer Prize)
"Moving . . . powerful. . . ."
-- Elizabeth S. Morgan
"A fine prose-poem."
-Wayne Brown, author of On the Coast (winner of the Commonwealth Prize)
What happens when God develops a split personality, takes a vacation, is reborn as Spencer Perry, Gabrielle/Gabe Stevens, and Vrum, ends up in San Francisco, and forgets who S/he is?
Hell breaks loose!
Spencer Perry becomes Chairman and CEO of the
Global-Government and Business Alliance, and the most
powerful man on Earth. His government rules with an iron fist;those close to him call him Father.
Gabrielle Stevens gets a sex change and becomes Gabe. He lands a job at Upside Down Books, meets Carlos Martinez, and falls in love with a beautiful Jewish woman named Naomi Peterson. They join the revolutionary movement to take on Spencer Perry's fascist regime.
Vrum, a member of a race of androgynous aliens called the Ekawa, discovers the Focal Point is located in San Francisco and travels across the galaxy to bring Gabrielle and Spencer back together, but fails. The problem is, they don't want to be God.
Legend says there's another way to put God back together, but it's a long shot. If 144,000 people can become wholly enlightened at the same time, they can insist that God become whole, and S/he must comply.
GOD'S VACATION is a fast-paced, off-beat dystopian thriller set in 2031 when global warming has wreaked havoc and outsourcing has left most people jobless and hungry. It is complex, political, philosophical, psychological, and satirical. It is a new take on an old story. It is timely and empowering.
FLASHES from the OTHER WORLD
JULIE ANN WEINSTEIN
Magic without the hocus pocus, these stories explore the ethereal blur between reality and not, between dream and sleep, between love and 'other than' love. They present relationships with a tender wackiness. Tossed into the mix are mischievous ghosts, who give the talking plants and even the seductive and vocal grains of sand a run for their money. Quirky and offbeat, these stories will touch your heart, although they may tug at your funny bone first.
WOMEN of the ROUND TABLE
Women of the Round Table centers on a group of friends who meet regularly around a kitchen table. Nothing is as it appears, and none of these women
are ordinary. Each of these characters shares a common ground which gradually becomes invested with greater meaning ... bound together by
generations of birth, death, and the miraculous ... a crystal has been handed down to a pair of sisters. It has power in it: each holder can make one wish.
Surviving the Second World War
The stories of warfare as experienced by children may take a lifetime to understand and describe. For some it took many years before they were able to reflect upon the
meaning of the war as they lived through it. What happened to children across the world during the Second World War, in the years 1930 to 1945, shows a common
theme of emotional upheaval, fear and hunger. The author was a child living in Hawaii when Pearl Harbor was attacked, and remembers what the war years were
like. She has gathered accounts from others to include along with hers. These are their stories.
SOUTH WIND RISING
FREDERICK W. BASSETT
"South Wind Rising" is a deep, rich portrait of a boy coming of age in a South graced with the power of nature but troubled by lurking dangers. Bassett's forthright narrative is direct and compelling, and Barsh Roberts's sexual education is by turns funny, sweet, moving, and filled with surprises.
- Valerie Sayers, novelist and Professor of English, Notre Dame University
SHAMROCK AND LOTUS
CASSIE PREMO STEELE
A compelling novel that intertwines the stories of people from Ireland, India, and America, their lives touched by the untold stories of global immigration. Claire is the
American wife of an executive in the World Bank, living in Dublin during the economic boom times. Brigid is a single Irish woman who, after spending
most of her adult live working as a midwife on Native American reservations, is now returning home to Ireland. Padmaj is a man, originally from
India and now an Irish citizen, who owns a
restaurant in Dublin. As they connect with each other across cultural differences and learn to face their histories of violence and immigration with honesty and love, they learn that all people share common dreams of a renewed world.
IREM OF THE CRIMSON DESERT
Irem of the Crimson Desert is a Zodiac splendor, sparkling like one dream-jewel while unveiling the Muslim Paradise built on earth by King Shedad. Destroyed by God's wrath this sacred and fabulous Garden became a dark hole inside the heart of the Arabian Desert. As mentioned in the Quran, Irem is the city of lofty towers, many-columned palaces and exquisite gardens. Lawrence of Arabia called it the Lost Atlantis of the Arabian Desert. Archeologists have discovered this dark hole and are still making discoveries amidst the ruins of the city of Ubar where many-columned Irem once boasted of its palaces grand and enchanting. All that grandeur of the past now comes alive in this single book of historic tides which has kept the city of Irem alive through the lips of the troubadours and storytellers. This book would surely stencil the glorious Irem over the hearts and minds of the bibliophiles while inspiring the archeologists to unearth this replica of Paradise.
Dost thou not consider how thy Lord dealt with many-columned Irem? The like of which was not created in the lands. And with the tribe of Thamud, who clove the rocks in the Valley. Quran 89:6-9
BEWARE THE DEVIL'S HUG
MARVIN D. WILSON
What if a homeless, smelly, ugly, unkempt old man had a hug so powerful it could cure cancer? Cause a prostitute to stop hooking and seek true love? Shake the demons of addiction free from a junkie? Make a Christian want to embrace and love a Muslim
and vice versa? But rare is the beneficiary of his divine embrace -
nobody wants to come near him out of fear.
THE SINGULARITY POGROM
In the tradition of 1984 and 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, 2031: THE SINGULARITY POGROM explores humanity's next great evolutionary challenge. Set in a violent near-future where human and artificial intelligence threaten to merge, 2031 is a clash of wills between software genius Ray Brown, his gifted but troubled son David, and megalomaniac Dianne Morgan, Ray's one-time lover.
David Brown's unique ability to mentally communicate with Sentinel, the artificial intelligence running the Internet, marks him as a prime candidate for Dianne's experiment to integrate human and artificial intelligence. Then the tipping point arrives; in a gruesome delivery, David's beloved wife dies birthing a son who seems barely human. The antagonism between father and son grows into hatred as the boy matures. By age six, Martin Brown's powers already exceed David's, and he plots to kill his father in order to claim Sentinel as his own.
Human evolution hangs in the balance as David, Ray, Dianne, and Martin clash in an epic conflict that comes to a startling and unexpected conclusion in 2031.
This is a revolutionary book that serves as an exciting roadmap for people everywhere, offering advice on how to gain more control over their lives at both the
individual level and also in their local communities. Encompassing diverse areas such as health, education, careers, economics, and spirituality, it points a clear path for individuals to gain self-empowerment, leading to more security and happiness in their lives, which will, in its own turn, lead to stronger local communities.When we decide to live our lives with truth, integrity, passion, and optimism, we are then building Cities of Gold, our version of heaven on Earth, a place we all know can exist.
MONICA M. BRINKMAN
Abortion, politics, and religion come head-to-head! The Accident is a gripping novel presenting current controversial political and moral conflicts.
The husband of a woman who loses her unborn child wants the politician responsible for her loss to pay the full price; jail time.
An activist lawyer vies for higher office and commits all of his family's savings into the campaign. Does he best represent his constituents' agenda or his own self-importance? He is the hands-down favorite and is supported by a national organization. When what has become an all too common moral character flaw surfaces, should it prevent him from fulfilling this goal? Will this case ensure his success?
A Catholic Bishop is challenged by the hierarchy to withdraw his support of the accused on moral grounds, what choice does he have?
When the laws of society and moral precepts of religious teachings collide in a court room, only one can prevail. Which will a jury decide?
Which will you decide?
"The Accident truly rivals the great Grisham books for action packed pages and a real life story that will touch all of your emotions. It will make you think about the Life issues facing society and truly challenge you and your convictions."
Armand Brunelle III
SONG OF GEORGE
PORTRAIT OF AN UNLIKELY HOLY MAN
JESSE S. HANSON
Suppose you were standing, like a tourist protected by a guardrail, over an opening into the pit of hell, when suddenly the rail gave way and you tumbled in. You
wouldn't know why - consumed with fear or anger, and surrounded by utter misery, it wouldn't make sense to you. Yet the fate of many of the poor souls in our prison mental facilities is not so very different from that scenario, their crimes often resulting from the effect of some form of mental illness. Who can help them? Enter George.
Set in rural Vermont during the 1968-69 academic year, Gemini is the story of one man's effort to salvage his life. Jack Scanlon returns to his hometown after an 18 year absence, taking a position as a high school science teacher, and moving in with his uncle and his wife after losing, due to his excessive drinking, his wife and young daughter, and his job. Scanlon's ambivalence extends to his views on the war in
Vietnam, the hippie culture, and his own identity. After an incestuous dream, he is driven to seek counseling. His counselor, with the unlikely name of Robert Kennedy, whose somewhat unorthodox therapeutic method includes whiskey
drinking during sessions, becomes not only Scanlon's counselor, but his alter ego. Their relationship becomes fundamental to Scanlon's continuing struggle for a better life.
SHAWN P. MAY
Appalachian Uprising chronicles the May Family through a decade of hardship and humor. The author weaves together a story of their triumphs and their losses told largely through the mischievous exploits of four boys. The story is told through the voice of the youngest brother, who both admires and mimics his older siblings. The family goes through many changes, such as their hardworking mother marrying a much younger man and moving from one home to another, but the real meat of the story is the hilarious exploits of four young boys left to their own devices in an Appalachian world of hills and hollers.
From their homemade flying machine, to hairspray flamethrowers and death-defying sleigh rides, the reader is led along a humorous odyssey of growing up that makes one not only long for childhood, but sometimes makes the reader wonder how we managed to survive...
THE SECRET LIFE
Freedom! Security! This serio-comic novel, set in 1959, dramatizes the conflict between two human yearnings. Walter Mott, a shy, lonesome bachelor, lives secretly in his office, in order to save money, retire early, and travel the world. But life gets complicated when he falls in love with a young coworker. Oh, and after a late-night fling with a striptease dancer, he winds up giving the crabs to hundreds of his coworkers!
“Kal Wagenheim brings back brilliantly those mind-deadening days of closed corporate life in
DAVID HOING & ROGER HILEMAN
When George Hammon's teenaged wife dies in childbirth in 1914, he flees small-town Iowa for Europe and the horrors of the Great War. Surviving battles, homelessness, and disease, he squanders his days on women and wine, trying to forget his lost love.
But life is not idle in Iowa during his absence, and when a bitter and weary George comes home twenty-two years later, he finds a web of murder, suicide, and shocking revelations. The future of his family rests on one terrible choice...but is he prepared to make it? Spanning the years 1893 through 2009, "Hammon Falls" weaves a tapestry of estrangement, loss, love, sacrifice, and redemption.
When high school English teacher Sean Cullinan comes across a specialty publisher looking for fresh African-American voices, he decides to submit his latest manuscript. One problem: Cully is white. Enter Janine Russell, black lieutenant in the San Francisco fire department and long-time friend of Cullinan. Together, they create a literary hoax that eventually fuels a national race debate. In Shadow Lessons new author Tim Reardon delves deep into the heart of the volatile American race conversation in a work that overflows with humor, honesty, and courage.
"Don't let Reardon's breezy style fool you. Underneath the humor and crackling dialogue is a well-crafted novel. It also just happens to be an off-beat examination of race in America. Don't let that fool you either."
-Stephen McFeely, screenwriter, The Chronicles of Narnia
THE LIFE OF A THIEF
Sean Edward La Roux, AKA Shrimpy, whose life bears an uncanny resemblance to a certain knight of the round table, is just twenty-four years old when, with the help of four friends, he engineers one of the greatest crimes ever committed- the embezzlement of eight million dollars from a bank outside of Boston. Shrimpy heads off on an incredible journey, one which takes him across the country and around the world, but no matter how far he travels he can never leave the memory of Jenny, the only girl he ever loved behind him. When Shrimpy meets the exotic Elanya at a hotel in Venice, it seems like he may finally have a chance to leave the past behind him, but a phone call from Jenny informing him that his best friend has been arrested may mean that it's time to do the unthinkable- turn himself in. It's a long road to redemption, but anyone can get there, even a devious little Shrimp.
HUMAN TRIAL II:
TIMOTHY N. STELLY, SR.
Daron Turner leads his small army of thermal war survivors in a cross-country battle to Big Springs, Nebraska. Their hope is to rebuild America as members of a larger human colony known as The New Frontier. The colony is led by megalomaniacal J.D. Cooks, who has other plans: To male himself the ruler of a burgeoning world empire.
Cooks and Turner engage in an epic clash of wills, and when Daron reveals that his nemesis is collaborating with aliens to destroy human life, the MMD again prepare for war. This time the army is led by Daron's son, the now twenty-one year-old Adam. After a fierce battle at Big Springs, Adam leads his charges south of the border to engage in a showdown that will determine whether or not mankind survives.
MEMOIRS FROM THE ASYLUM
What is it like to work inside a state hospital or to be a patient in such a hospital? What is it like to live inside the mind of such a patient? This tragi-comedic novel takes the reader inside the asylum, inside the worlds of three central characters: a narrator who has taken refuge from his fears of the world, a psychiatrist whose own life has been damaged by his father's depression, and a catatonic schizophrenic whose world is trapped inside a crack in the wall opposite her bed. This is the interwoven story of their lives, a story that includes love, sexuality, violence, deaths, celebrations, circuses, and surprising twists. As the plot unwinds, the reader learns a great deal about the nature of futility, frustration, and freedom.
MICHELLE KAYE MALSBURY
How easy is it for an investment broker to deceive clients? Very, particularly if his personal hero is Bernie Madoff.
Skip Horowitz, along with his old pal A.J., has created what they believe is a foolproof scheme using commodities trading, bookmaking, and various other businesses as covers. Their plan has served them well for decades, surviving the scrutiny of government agencies lacking solid proof to support any allegations of wrongdoing. But luck can't hold forever...or can it? Catherine O'Reilley, newly sponsored in the high-risk world of investment strategy by Skip Horowitz, is about to find out.
Tom Bodett once said that Homer, Alaska was "the farthest place you could go without a passport." The colorful cast of characters that inhabit this collection of interconnected stories live at the very end of the westernmost highway in North America, driven there by love and loneliness, God and greed. In the shadow of the snow capped peaks and ancient glaciers, they live out their lives-both comic and tragic-in hopes of getting through just one more day of salmon season.
In this vivid, moving collection, Mark Lewandowski brings us the tough poetry of the Alaskan fishing industry, an end-of-the-world ecosystem of Slime-Line Queens and drunks, Born-Agains and sinners. Like the fish workers he describes, Lewandowski knows how to eviscerate. He peels back his characters' thick skins and removes their still-beating hearts. Halibut Rodeo is an arresting collection of stories about lonely people trying to find each other and hold on.
-- Lili Wright, author of Learning to Float
LIES AND PERCEPTION
SEX, MONEY & POWER...just ways to keep score in the Garbage Game, a Bloodsport where LIES are expected, cheating is routine, and violence is a matter of PERCEPTION.
Gordon Palmer operates a huge landfill. Illegal is OK: Cash only. Jim Stevens, environmental inspector, discovers lethal waste, and stumbles between right and wrong.
Southern States Garbage is minting money. A teenage girl is only one of their victims.
Governor Clifford Elias needs to maintain his environmentalist image.
Bobby Kuchefski is County Leader of Holt County. He wants to be Governor.
Daniel Snyder builds incinerators. Alliances with the devil do not concern him.
Monsignor Robert Szathmary thinks he knows the risks that accompany his environmental terrorism.
Monika Frantangelis is heir apparent to a paper recycling empire. Beautiful and wealthy is not enough.
Attorney Phillip Spazutta is Guru of Garbage. Spazutta has unwritten rules...not found in law books.
Curtis 'Weasel' Weiss wants to win a Pulitzer...a little too much.
This psychological detective novel explores the once largely unacknowledged-not only soldiers get post-traumatic stress disorder: that child abuse whether it is overt or covert incest, is a time bomb. Lily's Odyssey unfolds with the inevitability, impact, and resolution of an ancient Greek play. The dialogue rings true, the journey conveyed with moods and half-tones, to portray fragmented Midwestern characters with poignancy. From child to grandmother, Lily's voyage is told with lyricism, humor, and irony through a poet's voice to distill American life in religion, marriage, and family. A contemporary odyssey without maps by a woman short listed for the 2009 Eric Hoffer Award for Best New Writing, a National Federation of State Poetry Societies Award Winner.
In New Orleans following Katrina all bets are of; all masks dissolved. "Don't forget the sham in shaman," Jacob Laguerre lies to his new apprentice, Alex Hampton. When Alex, a twenty-eight year-old anthropology professor goes on field-study to post-Katrina New Orleans, he enters a chaotic and altered landscape where he's psychologically, physically and spiritually challenged by the sarcastic mentoring of the mulatto, Laguerre, a current day voudou shaman.
Both Laquerre's and Alex's psyches struggle through stages of transition and rebirth as their lives are enmeshed with a group of quirky fringe-dwellers, as colorful and eccentric as the New Orleans itself. Lily Hampton, a sculptor, torn between her love for both men; Mavis, an artist who spent nights in her attic, but survived the floods; Perry Laguerre, Jacob's hermaphroditic twin, and Bad Jacqui, lesbian owner of a French Quarter bar: are pulled together to form the cynical but ultimately idealistic team who vow to stay in post-Katrina New Orleans.
They all follow a taut path between madness and redemption in the no man's land of Refrigerator Town as they assist in the aftermath and healing of both the city and those who remain.
FLASHING MY SHORTS
Writing stories under 1,000 words is certainly challenging. Called flash fiction, micro-fiction, sudden fiction, and postcard fiction, these quick writes have become quite popular today. They succeed in accommodating readers on the go who lack the luxury of sitting down for long periods of reading. Like patrons at a smorgasbord, they can taste a little of this fine dish and a little of that. They can leave the table without fear of being still hungry.
"With dry humor and a deep sense of irony, Salvatore Buttaci has delivered a book of sparkling gems. These quick stories make us laugh, think, and at times cry. They take us to the core of reality and at other times to the wonders of fantasy."
-Kenneth Weene author of Widow's Walk
Clayton Longley, a successful businessman, has returned to his hometown when his family's small cattle ranch is threaten by a contrived eminent domain claim. The local political clique, former schoolmates of his, has a land grabbing heritage and the ensuing conflict degenerates to murder.
To complicate matters, Clay encounters his old love, now married to one of his adversaries. He fights back with his own defense or is it old-fashioned frontier justice? The Longleys are distant relatives of the famous Texas outlaw Wild Bill Longley and Clayton has to cope with the bad blood of his own heritage and a secret he can never share.
Eminent Murder is a thriller set in Byar County, Texas, complete with longhorns, a Texas Ranger, modern outlaws, guns, aircraft and the men who wear white hats.
ONCE UPON WISCONSIN
After the death of a wife who never loved him and son who meant everything, Bill Ennis travels to Wisconsin in pursuit of a vague yet stirring memory of his long dead father somewhere near the Dells. He forms ties with a small community of people while falling in love with the beautiful Trudy Pas'cal and bonding with her son. The arrival of Trudy's rogue ex-lover and father of her only child shatters this new beginning. The ensuing turmoil and tragedy leads to a poignant and profound discovery from the past that determines a new course in Bill's life journey.
NANCY LEE SHRADER
"Poetic Melodies" takes the familiar Haiku to a new level. Each seventeen syllable haiku is able to stand alone, but when joined with other haikus,
they tell a story, a truth, a rant or a tribute. You will find 101 First Place HAIKU STRINGS and six of these have placed FIRST a second time. Five of the Haiku Strings have been featured in "All Things Girl Magazine" and eight others have
received Titled Awards. Other Japanese forms added to this collection are Senryu, Inversed Haiku, and Hay (na) ku.
THIS BOOK IS DEDICATED, IN LOVING MEMORY, TO:
DENNIS GUY "BUB" SHRADER
Musical Chairs explores one family's history of mental health diagnoses and searches to define the cusp between a '90s working-class childhood and the trouble of adapting to a comfortable life in the suburbs. In order to understand her restlessness, Jennifer reflects on years of strip-dancing, alcoholism, and estrangement. Inspired by the least likely source, the family she left behind, Jennifer struggles towards reconciliation. This story is about identity, class, family ties, and the elusive nature of mental illness.
For example, he thoroughly enjoyed the present book – Musical Chairs, by Jen Knox. But he can’t really tell you – the all-important reader – why. So he reverts to his usual deductions. It’s well-written, which means Jen Knox knows how to string words together into comprehensible sentences. And her ‘voice’ is honest, unapologetic and – vital! – likeable. In other words, she’s like the Apostle Peter in the Bible. She’s a weak, frail, vulnerable human being, who makes lots of mistakes. Which means – thank God – that she is human. Which means that despite all her flaws and failures, she is not a fraud or a charlatan. She’s not pretending to be someone who has their ‘shit’ together....It’s downright refreshing to read a book that acknowledges what most people know is true, but are afraid to confess: Most people are one brick short of a load. Which is what makes them and life so interesting.
Which means that on the reviewer’s Read-O-Meter, which ranges from one star (yucky) to five stars (a wonderment) Musical Chairs scores a 4 and a half in the mini-astral department.
A NASA Space Shuttle plummets to Earth. A team of eight rescue workers plunges into a treacherous Texan wilderness to recover the wreckage, and become entwined in a cosmic conspiracy. An uncouth disembodied head enslaves an elderly rancher and uses his cellar as the war room of its campaign
against God, a noir-style slickster with a buxom blonde wife and a taste for margaritas, rockets down from the suburbs of Heaven on a comet to do battle with metaphysical evils. "Shooting Angels" races from the jungles of Texas, to the dark corners of undiscovered space, to the innermost reaches of the
human mind, to the smoggy streets of Central Heaven, where people are free to give in to their most detestable urges. The novel asks its characters to confront their ordering theories of the universe, and raises questions of how we are to envision divinity in a technological age.
Emily Vinson's entire life was impacted by the loss of her mother when she was 2years old. At 82 Emily contacts a hypnotist hoping to draw out hidden memories and discover as much as possible about the short time she spent with the woman who gave her life. Glen Wiley, the hypnotist, teaches her more about herself than she had expected. He helps her bring out memories of many past lives, including an experience that took place on a smoke filled battlefield. All of Emily's lives have had the same tragic outcome, the loss of her mother at a young age. Her soul is caught in what Glen calls circularity, meaning that the tragedy will occur again and again unless she can break the pattern. She and Glen must revisit her past lives and use what they learn to find the other souls who are part of the circle. They must use the past to change the future. Emily's stubborn desire to know her mother is realized in intricate and unsettling ways no one could have imagined possible.
Jack Scanlon, at the threshold of his sixtieth year, finds himself in an uncomfortable recliner in the corridor of Day Surgery at a local hospital, hooked up to an IV tube. He is receiving three units of blood, a process that will take the better part of eight hours. He has all but convinced himself that he is a terminal case, a victim of colon cancer. If a drowning man is capable of witnessing the sum of his entire life before his eyes at the instant before he goes under for the last time, Jack Scanlon has the luxury of witnessing his at his leisure, and in chronological order. His meditations focus largely on his early childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood, which covers roughly the years 1944 through 1961, with a few brief detours into more recent history, a history that involves the deaths of his younger half-brother Keith, and his mother, as well as a short description of his own recent medical struggles.
SHADES OF LUZ
Shades of Luz is a modern day Don Quixote, a picaresque rich in characters searching for love and meaning in an otherwise manic-paced world. Grad School dropout Benny Fluke goes from stuffed animal peddler to thumb-wrestling champ. He is a monkey trainer, philosopher, wine snob, and a strip club connoisseur. Above and beyond all that he is a romantic at heart and is desperate to win the love of Luz the hot-blooded, ambitious beauty who keeps boomeranging into his life. Something from Luz's past inextricably bonds them together and Benny will not stop until she is his. Their delightful repartee is crisp, witty, and sumptuously engaging.
Shades of Luz is a whimsical love story with a touch of comedy. Gorman’s quirky little novel is certainly entertaining for those with a sense a humor. Packed with suprises, Gorman displays his skill as a writer with this refreshing, yet somewhat unusual coming of age story. I would say Gorman’s writing is compatible with Ben Winters and his quirky novels, Pride, Prejudice and Zombies and Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters.Gorman manages to keep this story going. Although many of the themes in this novel are a bit peculiar, and at times, a little eccentric, he does a fine job in keeping the interest of the reader. The characters are certainly rich...
THE HEROES AND OTHER STORIES
Set against the colorful, yet sometimes strangely cold, backdrop of Manhattan, the stories in this collection are peopled with a very particular breed of heroes, not quite what they're fighting for. Here you will find characters in progress, people still getting to who they are: a self-conscious student who feels incomplete without a partner, a talented artist blind to the beauty of his own work, a couple who can't bring their love of an idealized past into the present, and an unstable woman whose breakdown causes those around her to realize their own frailty. These everyday heroes all have their own flaws and failings, all fall short time and time again, but struggle on, after worthy but elusive ideals: a sense of self, and a connection to the world around them.
Mary Flanagan, caught between her sense of religion and obligation on one hand and her very human desire for love and life on the other, is in emotional limbo. When she meets Arnie Berger, who becomes both her lover and philosophic guide, Mary's world seems to be transformed.
Changes also come for Mary's children, who have been trapped in their own dilemmas. Sean, a quadriplegic, is looking for a fulfilled life. Mary's daughter, Kathleen must cope with infertility and anger in her search for happiness.
The lives of all three Flanagans are turned upside down by happiness and tragedy.
A collection of short stories that deal with life, death, the esoteric, human nature, the mundane and the world-at-large. Hugh Fox at his finest, and perhaps his last.
Hugh Fox was born in Chicago in 1932. He spent his childhood studying violin, piano, composition and opera with his Viennese teacher Zerlina Muhlman Metzger. He received a M.A. degree in English from Loyola University in Chicago and his Ph.D. in American Literature from the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign). He met his first wife, a Peruvian woman named Lucia Ungaro de Zevallos, while at Urbana-Campaign and was a Professor of American Literature from 1958-1968 at Loyola University in Los Angeles. He became a Professor in the Department of American Thought and Language at Michigan State University in 1968 and remained there until he retired in 1999. It was at MSU that he met his second wife Nona Grimes. They were married in 1970. He received Fulbright Professsorships at the University of Hermosillo in Mexico in 1961, the Instituto Pedagogico and Universidad Catolica in Caracas from 1964 to 1966, and at the University of Santa Catarina in Brazil from 1978-1980. He met his third wife Maria Bernadete Costa in Brazil in 1978. They've been married for 28 years. He studied Latin American literature at the University of Buenos Aires on and OAS grant and spent a year as an archaeologist in the Atacama Desert in Chile in 1986. He was the founder and Board of Directors member of COSMEP, the International Organization of Independent Publishers, from 1968 until its death in 1996. Editor of Ghost Dance: The International Quarterly of Experimental Poetry from 1968-1995. Latin American editor of Western World Review & North American Review, during the 60's. Former contributing reviewer on Smith/ Pulpsmith, Choice etc. currently contributing reviewer to SPR and SMR. Listed in Who's Who: The Two Thousand Most Important Writers in the Last Millenium, Dictionary of Middlewestern Writers, and The International Who's Who. He has 85 books published and has another 30 (mainly the novels and plays and one archaeology book) still unpublished on the shelves.
MIDWEST REVIEW-JAMES COX
“Stories need inspiration and Hugh Fox has a lot of inspiration to draw from. “Revoir” is a collection of short stories from this man as he discusses many subjects and gives readers a fine glimpse into his mind through fiction. The stories wide and varies, he discusses many subjects while entertaining the reader, making “Revoir” a read to be considered.”
A HITCH IN TWILIGHT
20 TALES OF WARPED IMAGINATION
20 short stories in the tradition of The Twilight Zone and Alfred Hitchcock. Dreams, Nightmares, schemes, past lives, war, high-rolling and mayhem...tales that will have you on the edge of your seat.
"I can't take it anymore. Love, L" writes Paul Embry's wife of less than a year on the envelope of an electric bill. Thus begins the late summer and fall of Paul Embry's discontent as he struggles to come to grips with the ambivalence he feels about his marriage that this act of his young wife generates in him. In phone conversations with her, later, Paul learns that she has fled to San Francisco, California; he comes to discover that her motive is to catalyze a change in their lives, to induce him to pull up roots from the town where he was born and lived all his life, to begin a new life in a new city, far from the stultifying influence of the depressed New Hampshire mill town where they had married and were living.
GABRIEL HORN & AMY KROUT- HORN
Transcendence is a mesmerizing book of magical realism seamlessly woven with threads of primal wisdom. It will reacquaint readers with the profound beauty of our mother planet, while turning their mind's eye to rarely realized realms of possibility.
Gabriel Horn (White Deer of Autumn) is an award-winning author and professor of literature and creative writing, as well as an activist for the spiritual rights of indigenous people, and an outspoken defender of the natural world
Amy Krout-Horn (Last Word Woman) has resided in two worlds; the world of the sighted and the world of the blind. She has been a writer in both of them.
“Transcendence is a special book that shares indigenous wisdoms that come from the authors’ native hearts. Each page is like a shell bead of our sacred Quahug-Clam wampum, when woven together, they provide an important message to all of us during this critical time on Mother-Earth.
“Transcendence is an expression of Inaadiziwin; our cultural/spiritual way of life as people of Mother-Earth. Transcendence is like listening to elders share stories that serve to teach and guide us as we walk our sacred Earth journey.”
Oannes A. Pritzker, ecologist/journalist/educator, Director:
JOURNEY INTO THE PAST
When fate decrees that the paths of a vacationing American architect and a retired German businessman cross, the soul-mates embark on a journey through time that takes them into the past, a journey triggered by a series of mysterious, hidden love notes written centuries before. Would this be the lifetime their love would finally be allowed?
It's about a simple body/mind practice that creates a moment of perfect stillness in the body and in the soul. In that moment, we can rest and heal from any troubles we might have, whether physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual. StillPoint is easy to learn, but so interesting and useful that you won't get tired of it, even after a lifetime of using it.
OPUS DEI: LETTERS TO MARK
RICHARD LEE ROANOKE
This book concerns the battles and wounds of a war that took place in one individual.
It's a strange, intense tale about good and evil comets; good and evil people; Saint Catharine and witches; hallucinations and visions; living on the streets and long hermitages in the forests; good castles and evil towers; abandonment and forgiveness. This is a medieval journey through a graceless modern world in search of grace, wisdom, light and chivalry. It is a search for a castle of refuge -- a disturbingly intense Dark Night of the Soul.
BETWEEN THE STORM
MARVIN D. WILSON
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L.M. Ross, poet and author of Manhood and The Moanin' After
THEY PLOTTED REVENGE AGAINST
ABE F. MARCH
An American attack on Baghdad leaves heartbroken and angry survivors. Two families, one Muslim and one Christian, are wiped out; their young adult progeny are determined to avenge the loss of their loved ones. David Levy, an Israeli Secret Service Agent with a grudge of his own, knows just how to tap into the vulnerabilities that grief leaves, and organizes the training of select individuals whose desire for vengeance is strong enough to consider a deadly covert mission in America. Trainees will learn to blend in, disappear in the multicultural mix of the US and then infest the food and water supply with a deadly flu virus capable of mutating and infecting the human population. The antidote – if it works – will only be revealed under strict demands. Some team members come to realize that they could ultimately be responsible for millions of innocent deaths. Their actions could break the stalemate between the Israelis and Palestinians – or bring on unparalleled tragedy.
They Plotted Revenge is an intriguing read, and one that left the hair on the back of my neck standing up. It’s one thing to think of a war “over there” that is more out of sight and out of mind than we care to admit. It’s another thing altogether to realize that the actions that have led us to this point in history could actually be unstoppable. This story – part fiction and a whole lot of real – is about an attack set to take place in the US, right under our noses. It isn’t about bombs going off, or folks firing guns and rockets at one another. This is about getting at the very foundation of our own survival. Iraqi youths from different backgrounds within their own country are recruited as covert operators of a frightening army. They are trained to blend in, become part of the society that they are preparing to unravel. They are tasked with infecting America’s food and water with a deadly virus that can mutate to humans, and for which there may not be a ready cure in time, or at a price that we can afford. Working for someone who turns out to be a double agent, at first glance they seem just like young couples anywhere, and all of them are prepared to give up their lives for their cause. As they get to know the Americans that they hide among however, some of them lose heart and decide not to go through with the plan, but in the world that we live in, there will always be someone that will see a project through to the end, even after the battle has ended. Author Abe F. March provides us with a safe haven – a good book – to read, discuss and explore what’s really happening, and this is a book you’ll want to make time for. By Pam Robertson, Ph.D. Author of Marching Across the Heart, and the newly published short story Catch You Later.
TIMOTHY N. STELLY, SR.
What happens when all that remains of the world is fear, distrust and desperation?
Daron Turner is the leader of a ragtag collection of small town Americans who've managed to survive a thermal war waged by intergalactic attackers. The survivors have gathered together in a sporting goods store, where they not only endure the heat, but ward off marauders, rabid animals and overcome their own fears and in-fighting.
Aliens hope to manufacture a new race that becomes acclimated to earth's environment. With time running out, Daron and his cohorts must force a confrontation, as the fate of mankind rests in their hands.
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THE PUNJABI'S WIFE
During changing American social conditions in 1968, a naïve nineteen year old Midwestern girl marries an older Pakistani man and moves to Lahore where she lives as a Muslim wife for almost two years. This young girl does not realize that her new husband married her to gain American citizenship and return to the United States. Her life in Pakistan is filled with adventures shopping bazaars, dancing girls, an Islamic red light district, historical Moghal architecture and social turmoil. Slowly these Pakistani real life experience begin to teach this girl how Muslims control and mistreat their women. The danger of fanatic Shiite religious practices and exciting road travel are all balanced with her status as a blond American woman in a foreign land at the mercy of her Muslim husband. This true story unveils an informed observation of Muslim women’s status in Pakistani society. The Punjabi’s Wife is a book that asserts itself as a true American odyssey, a brave young woman’s adventure story and lessons for western women contemplating relationships with any Muslim man.
THE GRACE NOTE
BRIAN L. DOE
Alexander Brogan, New York Philharmonic violinist and Julliard instructor, could not have imagined that his fiancée Charlotte would be murdered at Lincoln Center, nor could he have fathomed abandoning his elite Manhattan lifestyle and retreating to a small town in upstate, New York. Determined to fade away into a quiet, isolated existence as a high school music teacher, he encounters a wily ten-year-old violin prodigy named Kelly, whom he vainly tries to ignore. But through the arm-twisting antics of her straight-shooting, Louisiana-born grandmother, he agrees to teach the child. Ultimately, the experience forces him not only to rediscover his passion for the violin and music, but also to realize that love may very well linger in a heart that only Kelly’s beautiful Aunt Grace can open.
BOOKPLEASURES.COM BOOK REVIEWThe Grace Note, by Brian Doe, explores the themes of love and loss from a man’s perspective. Alex Brogan, a gifted violinist with the New York Philharmonic, has found happiness in his life’s calling as a composer and musician and in his relationship with his fiancée, Charlotte. But, like the butterfly that flits through this novel, happiness is fragile and a tragedy soon shatters the happiness in Alex’s heart.
Mimicking the form of a musical composition, Doe creates variations on his motif of life-love-loss-love-life through interesting and well-developed characters. Contrasting the glittering culture of professional musicians in Manhattan against the atmosphere of a small town in upstate New York, Doe sets the stage for a wide range of emotions to be played out.The novel did keep my interest throughout and it was refreshing to see intense emotions from a man’s perspective. It is a love story told in an unusual context that is well-supported by good writing and a satisfactory ending. FOR THE COMPLETE REVIEW GO TO: http://www.bookpleasures.com/websitepublisher/articles/415/1/Review-The-Grace-Note/Page1.html
NANCY LEE SHRADER
Haiku is a poetic form and a type of poetry from the Japanese culture. Haiku combines form, content, and language in a meaningful, yet compact form. Haiku poets write about everyday things. Many themes include nature, feelings, or experiences. Usually they use simple words and grammar. The most common form for Haiku is three short lines. The first line usually contains five (5) syllables. Haiku doesn’t rhyme. A Haiku must paint a mental image in the reader’s mind. This is the challenge of Haiku – to put the poem’s meaning and imagery in the reader’s mind in ONLY 17 SYLLABLES over just three (3) lines of poetry
At 157 pages, Nancy Lee Shrader’s Haiku Smiles makes for excellent reading because it succeeds in presenting haiku according to the way the ancient haiku poets meant them to be: galaxies of meaning packed in the space of a raindrop.
Haiku Smiles will delight readers in search of poetic entertainment that touches on so many topics and themes: brief 5-7-5 syllabic encounters that satisfy like lengthy visits offered by much longer poetry.
Nancy Lee Shrader’s pen is a mighty one! Obviously an attentive student of poetry, she has honed her craft insightfully well as indicated by the poems in this collection. Brilliantly observant, she has translated her awe of the world around her into the lines of her haiku with which readers can relate with their own wonder about nature’s beauty and power. With strong word choice and vivid imagery, Nancy is able to capture a sliver of the natural and preserve the moment in the form of a haiku. No easy task!
Here are two haiku from Haiku Smiles:
Dances in crimson
Roses blush in the garden
Caustic rivers run
Deceitful rocks hide below
Corroding the shore
As a published poet myself, a conductor of poetry workshops, and a longtime judge of poetry contests, I can with much pleasure and assurance recommend Haiku Smiles to anyone in search of uplifting poetry. As expressed in Nancy Lee Shrader’s own words from her haiku “Kettles and Conversation”: “Dreams are voiced here.”Salvatore Buttaci
WHERE THE FENCELINE RUNS
A collection of poetry related to life and living that was written over several years. I've poured my heart into these pieces - so many of them are about raising a daughter in this age.
Not normally a reader of poetry, I was pleasantly surprised when I read David Barber’s latest eBook. The book is titled Where the Fenceline Runs, and includes a good number of poems by my now favorite poet.
The simple reality is that good poetry is rare. Sure you can find lots of decent poems related to love, loss, etc, but poetry related to all topics in life (that actually makes you stop and think) is hard to find.
In the eBook Where the Fenceline runs, good poetry is exactly what you’ll find. Dave doesn’t follow one style, or cover one topic, rather this collection of poems deals with many aspects of life, and almost all of them will move you and/or make you think. Poems like For some reason, Horizons, Kingdoms, and Keepers truly convey feeling, and they really make you stop and consider.
For anyone who enjoys a good poem, I am highly recommending this eBook. The book contains close to 100 poems, and at $6.39 for the Kindle book, it is a great investment in excellent reading material.http://www.ebookguru.org/index.php/2008/12/poetry-ebook-review-where-the-fenceline-runs-by-dave-barber/
RAMBLINGS THROUGH THE ATTIC OF
E. JOYCE MOORE
Poetry Book Of The Year
Ramblings Through the Attic of Thought – E. Joyce Moore
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There are always at least two sides to every story. Somewhere in between is where the truth is hidden. Those who seek the truth, even when it is not what they want to hear, will live the most genuine life. Your decisions may be the same, but they will be based upon an unadulterated integrity. If there is a small voice inside you whispering questions, have the courage to seek the answers, lest your personal truth becomes counterfeit by omission. Decisions made, actions taken, judgments ruled -- sans listening to every faction with as much objectivity as humanly possible -- will always be based upon warped evidence, ultimately causing those who continue stand upon such flawed reality, to fall.
UNENTITLED LEGACY leaves me speechless. I read this piece shaking my head, resisting the urge to wave one hand in the air. Beautifully scribed Joyce....Your poem GLASS: I don't know whether to shout or to cry. This is truly powerful Joyce. Hard-hitting, truth baring, in your face daring you to slink away without giving serious thought to that last question.
— Jackie Young, Author - Love's Reparations
Your poem, GLASS: Joyce, what a great documentation of the "love" I saw growing up...witnessing the decades of non verbal incommunications...the roar so loud that the house becomes shredded shards glittering in the light...and the ultimate question, "how much do we spend living a lie?" High fives, snaps-snaps, and literary TKO for this offering. — Walee, Author, Poet
Wow. THIS – LEGACY — more than any other piece I've read here, should be posted EVERYWHERE. It reminds me of the saying, "The best thing a father can do for his child is love the mother." This is a very important statement that ALL men, especially the younger one, need to read and absorb.
—Timothy Stelly, poet, writer
JESUS TAUGHT IT, TOO: THE EARLY ROOTS
LAW OF ATTRACTION
PHILIP F. HARRIS
In JESUS TAUGHT IT, TOO! THE EARLY ROOTS OF THE LAW OF ATTRACTION, Philip Harris examines over 70 quotes from the Master. He shows that, contrary to recent claims and "revelation," The "Law of Attraction" has not been a "Secret" after all. Instead, it has been there for all to see for over two thousand years. THIS TITLE HAS BEEN IN THE TOP 2% ON AMAZON SINCE OCTOBER 2007. It was previously published by Avatar Publication but is now HOME with ALL THINGS THAT MATTER PRESS.
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COLLECTED MESSAGES I: GUIDES FOR
PHILIP F. HARRIS
We live in a time, a world, of uncertainty. Our entire reality is being questioned as environmental, spiritual, political, social, and economic institutions are breaking apart at the seams. People are searching for new answers to age-old questions, as the old answers no longer seem to work. They have put their cries for help in a bottle; there are many who have chosen to respond. In this first of a series "messages" we hear from noted authors, healers and mystics as they offer their words of advice and wisdom on topics that will help us achieve personal transformation. In this "bottle":
SHERRY BRANTLEY, Author
STEVEN MAYBER, Healer
SANDI KIMMEL, Songwriter and singer
DR. MICHAEL SHARP, mystic and author
SHIRLEY CHENG, Author, Inspiration
DAN STONE, Channeler
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Collected Messages I
Guides For Personal Transformation
Philip F. Harris
All Things That Matter Press, 2008
Reviewed by Debra Gaynor for ReviewYourBook.com, 2/09
I was immediately struck by the cover of this book. The photo of a bottle with a message speaks a thousand words. This book contains the opinions of six different people on the similar topics. The connecting thread is the word “healing”. The concept of light spectrum and healing was new to me. Michael is a mystic that discusses the “Thing” that is going to happen. Each interviewee encourages people to look inside for their healing.
I would consider most of this book New Age.
COLLECTED MESSAGES II:
GUIDES FOR PERSONAL TRANSFORMATION
PHILIP F. HARRIS
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COLLECTED MESSAGES BOOK II continues to bring humanity rays of light and hope. Author Ed Rychkun addresses financial and complete body, mind and spirit connections. Linda Walker shows the spiritual side of weight reduction and how your mind set creates your appearance. Ken MacLean talks about the “Big Picture,” the vibrational Universe and “life solutions. Linda Saper-Bloom takes you down the path of alternative healing. Zoë Routh discusses how she won her battle with cancer using spiritual laws. These ‘messengers’ also discuss the law of attraction and the use of basic spiritual principles to create your own reality.
Want to get off the financial hamster wheel?
Never “lose’ weight again!
The “Big Picture” and the Law of Attraction!
Do you really need to keep taking all of those pills?
Beating cancer with a state of mind!
THE PARABLE OF THE RUT
F=ma AND THE LAW OF ATTRACTION
Collected Messages II
Guides For Personal Transformation
This is the second volume of interviews with Philip Harris. Harris is a mystic. His latest book ,Collected Messages II: Guides For Personal Transformation, is very New Age. The five interviewees discuss their views on healing. Much of this book is on positive thinking. While I do not agree with Harris’ beliefs and teachings, I do believe he has done an excellent job putting his book together.
WHAT'S WRONG WITH US ANYWAY?
COMMENTARIES ON A TROUBLED WORLD
PHILIP F. HARRIS
In the “old days” the works of essayists started revolutions and altered the course of history. Today’s essayists are called “bloggers” and they, too, are shaping public opinion on a world-wide scale. Bloggers are creating a written snapshot of world events and shaping opinions and public policies. This collection of essays, written as blogs, asks the important question, “What’s Wrong With Us, Anyway?” in the areas of politics, religion, the environment, health, our society and our economics.
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