"A tale brimming over with secrets, betrayals and redemption. Burdick keeps readers riveted."
-RT Book Reviews (4 Stars HOT)
"Moving, surprising, and thought-provoking."
-The Emerald City Book Review
"Burdick brings the sights and sounds of the Paris of the Impressionists to life."
-Historical Novel Society
“A provocative tale of family secrets, betrayal, and the renewal of self-discovery.”
-Heather Webb, author of Rodin's Lover
"Girl in the Afternoon is a love story, a mystery, a tragedy, and a moving study of the human capacity to contain both reckless error and surprising redemption.”
-Carrie Brown, author of The Stargazer's Sister
Born into a wealthy Parisian family at the center of Belle Epoque society, 18-year-old Aimée Savaray dreams of becoming a respected painter in the male-dominated art world; and secretly, she also dreams of being loved by Henri, the boy her parents took in as a child and raised alongside her.
But when Henri inexplicably disappears, in the midst of the Franco-Prussian war, the Savarays’ privileged lives begin to unravel. Heartbroken, Aimée tries to find him, but Henri doesn’t want to be found and only one member of the family knows why.
As Aimée seeks refuge in the art world, mentored by the Impressionist Édouard Manet, she unwittingly finds her way back to Henri. With so many years gone by and secrets buried, their eventual reunion unmasks the lies that once held the family together, but now threaten to tear them apart.
A rich and opulent saga, Girl in the Afternoon brings the Impressionists to life in this portrait of scandal, fortune, and unrequited love.
Qasim, an Arab Muslim U.N. official fleeing family obligations in 1980s war-torn Lebanon meets Dianna, escaping her rural Southern roots to become a researcher at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Will their love be enough in this war-torn, conflict-weary world? Ramsperger's debut novel gives an entirely new perspective on the controversial conflicts in our hearts and in our history.
"A remarkable love story with a deep, powerful and inspiring lesson, highlighting the tensions of our modern world and the power of love."
—NYT Bestselling Author John Perkins, Confessions of an Economic Hitman
"Pitch perfect writing. More than a romance, more than a cultural exploration, this novel helped me better understand our complicated world."
—Author Tami Lewis Brown, The Map of Me
"A poetic and moving love story that uncovers much more than a romance. Although set 30 years ago, The Shores of Our Souls echoes with themes we are still struggling with today."
—100 Pages A Day
"A well-plotted story with great pacing; fluid, seductive, engaging dialogue; and vivid description. Readers will find it hard to stop reading."
Change keeps stalking Edward Stanton. He and his new wife, Sheila, have retreated to his small house in Montana after an unsuccessful attempt at operating a motel in Colorado. That failure has left wounds, especially for Sheila, and now they face a bigger challenge: pregnancy and impending parenthood. Edward begins penning notes to the child (ever precise, he refers to the gestating being as "Cellular Stanton") as he navigates married life with Sheila, who is unhappy and unfulfilled in Montana; a work partnership with his friend Scott Shamwell, whose own life is teetering; and the emergence of a long-buried family secret and the effect of this revelation on his relationship with his overbearing mother. Even as Edward's world expands, he must confront questions about who to let in, how much to give, the very definition of family, the fragility of hope, and the expanses of love. The latest from bestselling author Craig Lancaster (600 Hours of Edward, Edward Adrift, The Summer Son) revisits a beloved character. Whether this is your introduction to Edward Stanton or you've been following him right along, you're sure to fall in love with this extraordinarily ordinary man and his family and friends.
Red-Handed Jill's lovers discover--a kiss is as good as a curse.
Hook and Jill indulge in shore leave on the welcoming sands of the Neverland. But when Jill is caught between husband and paramour, her idyllic days turn into nightmare. Even in this generous land, Captain Hook is a dangerous man.
The lonesome Captain Cecco rescues Raven, an Indian widow who diverts him from his obsession for Jill. But Hook, too, finds Raven tempting. As his need for her heightens, so does the rivalry of Jill's tempestuous men.
Jill's own charms turn against her when a clever hunter from the Indian tribe stalks her heart. As tribal taboo is violated, the balance of the Neverland shifts like an overturned hourglass. Left on her own in an amorous trap, Jill must conjure her most potent magic.
The enchanted isle can be open-handed with hospitality, and with treachery, too. In order to thrive--or survive--Hook and Jill, like their allies and adversaries, may be forced to give as liberally as their Island. Jill's kiss may bring bliss or a curse, yet one thing is certain. Whatever else might be lost, Captain Hook never loses command.
Other Islands, Book Three of the award-winning Hook & Jill Saga, is a worthy sequel to the series' preceding masterworks. Lush with literary elegance, this story explores forms of generosity--usual, and unusual. Andrea Jones re-imagines J.M. Barrie's timeless island, "always changing, yet ever the same."
When vacationing Chicago detectives Nick and Norm witness a tragic accident involving a famous entertainer, the local police chief asks for their help. The duo's investigation uncovers crime and corruption in paradise as they come face-to-face with a ruthless killer...As homegrown eccentrics, drag queens, and dwarves rush to their aid in this heart- pounding thriller!
When ten-year-old Genevieve Donovan's Nannie dies mysteriously in the Lowcountry river she's loved and lived near all her life, Genny and her family are heartbroken. In 1960s South Carolina, new industry is encroaching on old country, and Genny fears her grandmother may have gotten in the way of so-called progress. Even Daduh, Nannie's dearest friend and longtime housekeeper, doesn't know what to make of Nannie's death. Was it an accident, or did the drunkard son of a local businessman play a role? What's more, ever since Nannie passed, Genny has been hearing and seeing things she's not sure she can share with anyone except her mother, whose own grief is making it harder and harder to get through to her. Seeking answers, longing for guidance, and unsure if Mama will ever be the same again, Genny gingerly forges a path out of childhood and into adolescence. As Genny struggles to understand justice, healing, and a world in which Nannie is gone but still present, The Truthful Story traces a family's difficult journey through the pain of loss and the survival of love.
TV weatherman Owen Martin is relieved to leave Southern California—the monotonously mild climate and the holistically hip trends—and head home to Iowa, back to the four seasons and the simple life he knew before his father died. But he can’t predict the atmospheric pressure awaiting him: The town his family founded has become the center of the Transcendental Meditation movement and host to all things alternative. There are mass meditations and dosha discussions, a vegan cafe has replaced the burger joint, and all the doors now face east. Far worse, however, is what the meditating mayor has planned for the Martin family’s farm.
In a town divided between “Regulars” and “Roos” (gurus), Owen is sure where he stands—until he falls for a levitating yogi. Before he knows it, he’s caught in a veritable tornado of midwesternness vs. mindfulness. Can he save the farm, get the girl, and reunite the town? Maybe . . . if he’s willing to forecast a change in the weather.
A doctor's religious doubt is shaken by a transplant patient's eerie knowledge of his organ donor's most intimate secret.
Doctors tend to the needs of their patients, but patients give meaning to the lives of their doctors. So it is for Cullen Brodie, a twice-divorced California nephrologist, and Ennis Willoughby, a troubled cross-dresser whose life is saved by a rare heart-and-kidney transplant.
Cullen's bitter disbelief in the afterlife is tested when Ennis begins to exhibit tastes and characteristics uncannily similar to those of his female organ donor--whose first name Ennis inexplicably knows. When Ennis becomes convinced that the donor's soul has inhabited him, Cullen sides with Ennis's psychiatrist, who tells Ennis he has subconsciously confused his emerging transgender personality with the imagined characteristics of his female donor.
Struggling to forget a crumbling marriage, forty-year-old Anna Lucia Lottol comes to Venice to visit an old friend but instead of finding solace, she is dragged into the police station and accused of murdering a money-laundering count with whom she had a brief affair. A US Treasury officer with brains and athleticism, Anna fights to clear her name in a seductive city full of watery illusions. As she works to pry information from a cast of recalcitrant characters sometimes denying what she sees and hears, she succeeds in unleashing a powerful foe bent on destroying her. Will she save herself and vanquish her enemies, including her darkest fears?
A mysterious tapestry of murder, betrayal, and family, Venetian Blood is a story of one woman’s brave quest for the truth, before it’s too late.
Denial is the true-life story of David Wagner, a married father of five children and millionaire entrepreneur. He gives generously to family, friends and causes he believes in, and he is easily the funniest guy in the room. Yet beneath his boisterous, carefree shell the lingering effects of sexual abuse he suffered by a priest at age 12 lure him into a secretive double life that ultimately consumes him.
David prays daily for forgiveness, but never feels worthy of God’s gift of grace. Fear fuels his denial, the fear that even God can’t love the broken, sinful person he has become…until one day the truth will be denied no more.
Denial is a gritty, yet ultimately hopeful true-life story, told to inspire survivors of childhood sexual abuse to break its spiritual stronghold and embrace an abundant life of wholeness and peace.
If Will Fletcher’s severe bipolar disorder isn’t proof he shouldn’t be a parent, his infant daughter’s grave is. Once a happily married, successful veterinarian, he now lives with his sister and thrives as the small-town crazy of Half Moon Hollow. But when a fifteen-year-old orphan claims she’s his daughter, Will is forced back into the role he fears most: fatherhood.
Her biological dad isn’t the hero Regan Whitmer hoped for, but he’s better than her abusive stepfather back in Chicago. Still haunted by her mother’s suicide and the rebellious past she fears led to it, Regan is desperate for a stable home and a normal family—things Will can’t offer. Can she ride the highs and lows of his illness to find a new definition of family?
The Rules of Half explores what it is to be an atypical family in a small town and to be mentally ill in the wake of a tragedy—and who has the right to determine both.
Gripping, suspenseful, and unflinching, Tiger Pelt is a story of rebirth from the rubble of a savage time and a ravaged place: Korea during the Japanese occupation followed by the Korean War. A farm boy embarks on a quest that propels him on an odyssey spanning the Korean peninsula and crossing the Pacific. In a parallel life, a beautiful young girl is kidnapped and forced to work as a comfort woman for the Japanese military. During a raging monsoon, the two souls will collide in a near-death encounter that will alter the course of their lives.
There are three kinds of guys: forks, knives, and spoons. That is the final lesson that Amy York's father sends her off to college with, never suspecting just how far his daughter will take it. Clinging to the Utensil Classification System as her guide, Amy tries to convince her skeptical roommate, Veronica Warren, of its usefulness as they navigate the heartbreaks and soul mates of college and beyond.
Beginning in 1988, their freshman year at Syracuse University, Amy and Veronica meet an assortment of guys?from slotted spoons and shrimp forks to butter knives and sporks?all while trying to learn if the UCS holds true. On the quest to find their perfect steak knives, they learn to believe in themselves, and not to settle in love or life.
Makes the perfect graduation gift for high school or college graduates and a great suggestion for book clubs. Book club discussion questions included. Recommended for graduation presents, spring break book, summer reading and beach reading.
In the fall of 1953, during the surface calm and prosperity of post-World War II America, the privileged West Texas Randolph family suffers a terrible blow. As a result, a disparate group of strangers become inextricably linked to the family, and to each other, for the four decades to follow. In the aftermath of their life-altering event, the deep-rooted Randolph clan is left vulnerable not only to threats from the outside, but to more sinister ones from within its own ranks. Counting on the aid of those she trusts, the youngest member of the clan, Cady Frances Randolph, from the tender age of six, must rise to a level of maturity far beyond her years, a maturity that she maintains, at all costs, into womanhood. Shining a light on some of the best and worst of human behavior, F.C. Pearce crafts timeless and universal themes deftly and beautifully into a mosaic of rich characterization and backdrop, sparking the imagination and the emotions.
Middle-aged brothers Jason and Tom Prendergast thought they were completely done with each other. Perceived betrayal had burned the bridge between them, tossing them into the icy river of estrangement. But life – and death – has a robust sense of irony, and when they learn that their cruel father has died and made his final request that they travel together across the country to spread his ashes, they have no choice but to spend a long, long car trip in each other's company. It's either that or lose out on the contents of the envelope he's left with his lawyer. The trip will be as gut-wrenching as each expects it to be . . . and revealing in ways neither of them is prepared for.
At turns humorous, biting, poignant, and surprisingly tender, ASHES puts a new spin on family and dysfunction with a story that is at once fresh and timelessly universal.
After twenty years of riding the rails, Alphonse has earned a reputation for being a kindhearted soul always ready to help. When he helps the Sadlers, a young couple seeking a better life in small-town 1950s Indiana, he doesn’t intend to stay. But stay he does, keeping a close eye on the Sadlers and their two young sons, and an even closer eye on the town’s new priest, Father Brennon.
On the surface, Brennon seems perfect for the job, but Alphonse crossed paths with him years earlier in the railyard jungle, and he knows better. Brennon doesn’t recognize Alphonse, but Alphonse has never forgotten Brennon . . . or his crimes. So when Brennon assigns the Sadlers’ son, Francis, who is now thirteen, the thankless task of cleaning and maintaining the church’s bell tower, work that often continues into the night, Alphonse immediately grows suspicious. Soon, he discovers that his worst fears have come to pass, and he races to find a way to protect Francis and reveal the truth to the Sadler family.
Contradictory relationships within troubled families are nothing new, but the award-winning psychological novel written by well-known journalist Diane B. Saxton elevates these relationships and the mysterious heirloom painting that both exposes and unites them to an art form.
Peregrine Island interweaves the stories of three generations of women, one valuable painting, the artist who created it, and those who would do anything to possess it – including kill.
Lush with sensory details, this psychologically complex mystery novel is set on a private island in the middle of Long Island Sound. It begins when the family’s lives are turned upside-down one summer by so-called art experts, who appear on the doorstep of their isolated home to appraise a favorite heirloom painting. When incriminating papers along with two other paintings are discovered behind the painting in question, the appraisal turns into a full-fledged investigation and detectives are called into the case— but not by the family whose members grow increasingly antagonistic toward one another.
During the course of the inquiry and as the summer progresses, the family members discover new secrets about one another and new facts about their past. Above all, they learn that neither people nor paintings can be taken at face value.
In The Serpent’s Disciple, a conspiracy thriller, an ancient evil threatens to take over the Catholic Church and use it to create a New World Order. Peter Romanus, the Grand Master of the secret masonic order known as Propaganda Due, sets in motion the plot to kill the pope and control major world governments through the Church. A family secret and an ancient artifact could save humankind from this diabolical leader many fear is the Antichrist. While visiting their father’s birthplace of Pesaro, Italy, the lives of Anthony and Nelli Andruccioli become entwined with the Grand Master’s plot. They learn of their family’s deep and ancient connection to Saint Anthony and that they are called to protect the Church: Nelli as the Chosen One and Anthony as one of the Guardians sworn to protect her from the false prophet. Together they must navigate the labyrinth of ancient prophecy and Vatican politics to expose the truth before it is too late.
School psychologist Dr. Mary Meyers evaluates students who fail to fit in. While skillfully responding to these children’s emotional needs, she is entirely sealed off from her own. When her mother dies, Mary discovers an artifact from her past, the tattered black hooded coat she had worn throughout third grade. Reuniting with the coat sets in motion a stream of long-forgotten memories of her childhood and her nine-year-old self, a girl with a love of stories who struggled to read even the simplest words. Overwhelmed with intrusions from a past filled with failure, Mary finds her professional practice beginning to crumble as she struggles to separate herself from who she once was. Once Upon a Time a Sparrow artfully weaves past and present into a fabric that reveals the dangers of denying the past, how our imperfections can make us whole, and the abundant possibility of transformation at any stage in life.
Dan McDowell, a thirty-three-year-old portrait photographer happily set to marry his beloved Jane, is stunned when a slip of the tongue about an "ex-girlfriend overlap" of years earlier throws their pending marriage into doubt and him onto the street. Or at least into the second bedroom of their next-door neighbor, Bob, where Dan is sure it won't be long. It's long.
His sister, Lucy, further confuses matters with her "soul mate theory" and its suggestion that Jane might not be his... soul mate, that is. But the tipping point comes when his father is struck ill, sparking a chain of events in which Dan discovers a story written by this man he doesn't readily understand, but who, it seems, has long harbored an unrequited love from decades earlier.
Marc Lindemeyr always blamed himself for not stopping Patrick, his lifelong best friend, from leaping to his death during senior year of high school. Haunted by a prickly incident with Patrick six weeks earlier, Marc’s life quickly spirals into despair – and his aspirations of studying architecture at Yale wither and fade.
Now several years sober and living out Patrick’s dream of working on air in radio, Marc continues to work with his psychiatrist to sift through his lingering guilt and shame, to overcome his seeming inability to forge an appropriate and lasting relationship.
All his life, every woman who was important to Gary had a way of leaving, at the most inopportune time: through death, desertion – even amid deception. Through it all, the one constant was the unwavering love and faith-driven support of Edward, his beloved grandfather. But one day – all too soon – that love and support is suddenly stripped away, when the old man dies. Now all Gary has left is memories – and his granddad's rosary beads, which Edward had been clutching when he died. Plus, as the young man soon learns, a tidy fortune and a beach house on the Connecticut shore. In trying to cope with his emptiness and grief, Gary throws himself into his work. And other diversions.
When he meets Michaela, everything changes. Her spitfire assertiveness shines through her somber outer shell – put there, Gary is certain, by her own parents' recent breakup – and they forge an unusual friendship, which eventually deepens into love.
During the course of their courtship, Michaela acquires a terrible secret, which she hides from Gary, for fear of losing him. Over time, a series of revelations – each more stunning than the one before – makes Gary re-evaluate everything he was sure he knew. Everything.
Can Gary and Michaela salvage the tattered shreds of their relationship? Will her finally divulging the awful secret drive a further wedge between them – and can their faith enable them to pick up the pieces? Glimpse of Emerald is a tale of love and loss, betrayal and redemption, hope and faith.
An accident cost Ron Russell all use of his left arm. Some people allow their disability to define them. Others use it to push themselves to their limits. Ron did both. He entered college eight years later; his devotion to physical fitness and martial arts prepared him to handle himself well in a fight. As a freshman he acquired his first girlfriend, but their friendship "with benefits” would go no farther and he gave her his blessing to pursue an old flame that had returned to her life.
Then he meets Audrey. The two fall very much in love, but a year later, Audrey is brutally murdered, and Audrey is not the first victim. The police can gather no evidence, and there may be corruption on the force. Finally, Ron and Audrey’s family decide that something must be done. Plans go awry; Ron barely survives the encounter; but justice is served. Then the story (with the accompanying frame story) skips ahead about twenty years, when Ron discovers something almost unbelievable.
After years of living off their celebrity, Don Quixote and Candide join forces to seek adventure in the modern world. In this re-imagining of literary history the two meet Cyrano De Bergerac, Merlin, Sherlock Holmes, the crew of the Starship Enterprise, Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn, Dean Moriarty , Elizabeth Darcy (née Bennett) Mr. Darcy and multitude of historical figures, and share unexpected encounters with people from their past. While Don Quixote remains rooted in days of yore, Candide is preoccupied with exploiting all things modern. This rollicking fun-filled tale will entertain the well-educated and erudite reader with tongue-in-cheek humor. You are cordially invited to join Don and Candide on their quest to find truth, justice and El Dorado in the digital age. Stefan Soto was raisd by a Romani Princess and a Ukrainian circus performer. He resides on an English Canal and has no known address. His early works were banned by most right-thinking European powers. The author invites readers to investigate Cervantes’ and Voltaires’ original treatments of the title characters.
It is almost too late for the Donohoe family to learn about their past. The mystery is that so few stories had survived. They had been uprooted suddenly, left Ireland and survived the harrowing journey to Canada. Later some of them would settle in the States. It is a single page from an old journal that opens a door, and the path ahead leads to more than an understanding of the family´s past. What they feel is a longing for home. This longing is what they share with those who came before, share in more ways than they can imagine.
Planning A Vacation Was Never So Complicated Or Dangerous. After a traumatic night, businesswoman Kat Jensen de-stresses with shots of Scandinavian aquavit known as ‘water of life’ liquor. With her audit consulting business closing and nothing keeping her at home in New York City, Kat has a few months before starting another job search. She decides to do something special - a cruise onboard an old clipper sailing ship pictured on an aquavit bottle. Despite finding a fantastic voyage and itinerary, Kat is forced to resolve continual issues while juggling dates with three men. After arriving in Copenhagen, Denmark, for the scheduled departure, scary omens and worries threaten all her plans.
Charlie's Moment is an intensely, emotional story of a family held hostage by their love for a son caught in the agony of drug abuse and the tragedy that follows. Stevie Thomas' eighteen-year-old son, Charlie, is missing. It isn't uncommon for him to disappear for a day or two...hiding out with his drugs, but now he has been gone seven days. Something is wrong...call it Motherly intuition or whatever, she just knows. Afraid to go to the police because of his drugs, she searches for him herself and finds him in a drug house...almost dead from a new drug he tried. Rushing to get him to a hospital, she has a terrible car accident and is hospitalized in a coma. Later when she awakens and asks for her Charlie, she is told he wasn't in the car with her. Everyone, including her mother, Maggie, believes Stevie is confused due to her coma, but she is positive Charlie was with her and she is positive he is dead...and in heaven...because she saw him there. In her search for her son, she is forced to join forces with her ex, Rick, who she blames for Charlie's unhappiness and drug use. Who took Charlie from her car and why? Did someone harm him? If he is dead as Stevie believes, where is his body?
Christmas tree farm owner Charles Gibson and Iris, his twelve-year-old granddaughter don’t even know each other, but both are stumped by their family trees. Charles is ill and discouraged, without his sons to help or inherit his legacy. Only a few hundred miles away, Iris only wants a few more blocks filled in on her middle school genealogy project—was that really too much to ask? There are books about kids who want to know about an absent parent, about Christmas tree farms at Christmastime, and about communities pulling together for a neighbor in need. The Family Tree begins in Los Angeles and ends in California’s Gold Country, where a spirited young girl named Iris weaves all of these elements together when she sets out to discover the truth about her father.
Christmas is on trial and time is running out. Attorney Thad Raker represents an eccentric client living in a house with a Christmas secret. When the county goes to court to take the client’s property, Raker must battle conspiring adversaries, a cantankerous judge and his own personal feelings and doubts. If he loses the case, Christmas won’t come for hundreds of thousands of children. Can Raker save Christmas, and in the process, save himself?
When seven ordinary citizens are unreasonably detained by the TSA, they bond over their upset with the government and decide to launch a second American Revolution. Instead of horses and artillery, they rely on media distractions, scams, and hacking. They take on green energy, deregulation, Citizens United and other issues with whimsical yet hopeful results. We the Peeps is a fun read for all who are interested in politics, civics, democracy and the American experience.
Mellis, a courageous and resourceful young woman, is kidnapped from the human world and taken to the Space Between by a tribe of faeries called the Penitents. Because of guilt over an ancient sin committed by their angel ancestors against the Maker, the Penitents have cursed themselves with grotesque physical disfigurements. Mellis can help them reunite with the Maker and find their way back to redemption, but she would need to give up the life she’s always known to remain in the Space Between. As she struggles with this heart-wrenching decision, one of the Penitents, bent on revenge, commits a gruesome attack against the tribe, and they learn he has taken Satan—the Maker’s greatest enemy—as his ally. All in the Space Between are facing grave danger. Will a long-awaited act of vengeance save them?
Susan Rooke builds a rich and fantastical world of angels and demons, monsters, faeries and dragons. Abounding with spirituality and humanity, this faery tale for adults has a cast of vivid characters you won’t soon forget.
Caught up in the turmoil of her own problems, Fez is oblivious to the struggles of her family members, who each face serious challenges—and things are only getting more complicated.
Fez, now fifty-two, never knew she had a sister—until one day, sixty-four-year-old Penny, a woman with special needs, has nowhere else to go and must move in with Fez and Fez’s teenage daughter, Hazel. But Penny hasn’t had to deal with change for a long time, and neither sister is sure how this new life will affect her. With her estranged husband living elsewhere, Fez is too distracted to notice the changes in Hazel, who has been falling into dangerous patterns of substance abuse.
The reunited sisters delve into family history to gain closure on a dark past, but before they find a satisfying answer, tragedy strikes—and their priorities finally start coming into focus.
Rage is an International Political Thriller. Fifteen American naval officers unexpectedly seize control of a USS-Ohio class nuclear submarine. In possession of the most formidable war machine ever create, the mutineers form a new terrorist organization that threatens to attack extremists and their supporters around the world. In a race against time, the FBI and the US military try to stop the deciphered missile launch codes from reaching the nuclear submarine and unravel a conspiracy that permeates the very foundations of the US government. Replete with sophisticated characters, international intrigue, murder and mayhem, RAGE confronts terrorism with a new western form of itself that threatens the entire world order.
When we grow up, we leave the world of magical creatures and mystical places behind. But when youre young, magic is all around you. Whether its a special book, a tiny crown, or even the creatures in your favorite garden, magic and friendship can help you do anything.
Family caregivers are oftentimes ruthlessly challenged by uninvolved family members who are quick to condemn, but reticent to offer assistance. Such is the case for Colleen Strand, a widow who recently found her own footing who takes on the task of caring for her father, Patrick Quinn, recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
Her older brother, Jonathan, criticizes Colleen at every turn and verbally abuses the father when he has the gall to exhibit symptoms of his disease. In short, Jonathan travels down the road of denial, leaving Colleen to deal with all matters regarding their father’s care.
Connected tenuously to a father who barely remembers her and a brother who has become an enigma, Colleen faces the moving target that is Alzheimer’s disease, determined to clothe her father with the dignity he deserves, while capturing the far too fleeting moments of time with him.
"One son walked out the door never to return as another son walked in." So begins the second volume in this trilogy as we pick up this outlandish family saga in the 1970s, recounted through a series of interwoven chapters featuring the many colorful characters. The story opens with a family tragedy as we see how far the Pendergasts have fallen from their days of fame and fortune. Through a series of flashbacks, we learn what became of Henry, Albert, Eve, Ned, Lucy, and the servants. We observe them facing an endless parade of obstacles, mostly overcome through humor and perseverance. Much of the novel focuses on the Asperger’s brother, Albert. Albert is intellectually brilliant but emotionally stunted, which presents unique parenting challenges for his mother. With her death, Albert is cast off into the world on his own, until he reaches the point where his siblings must try and rescue him.
"As a past sufferer of panic attacks, depression and anxiety, Charlie Elliott captures the real and emotional complexities behind panic disorder along with the tragedies of both mental and physical illness--all wrapped up in one page-turning novel. Tears and chuckles along the way."
As Wade Hampton's phobias almost render him housebound after a swift break-up, he decides to move from Arizona back to his hometown in California. Once there, Wade meets Sophia Syros. He is immediately attracted to her, but a severe panic attack on their first date almost does Wade in. A relationship forms between the two from opposite upbringings and Sophia agrees to help with his affliction from panic attacks, depression and impending agoraphobia. Their unlikely bond transforms abruptly to a future in doubt when Sophia is faced with a life-threatening crisis. With little support from her divided family, Wade has no choice but to tend to her. The struggle of coping with Sophia s condition unintentionally helps Wade handle the psychological battles plaguing him. Life Unbothered is a dramatic story of personal redemption.
Laerka is Southern Gothic tale of rescue involving a group of teenagers and a Russian crime ring that sells girls to night clubs in Savannah, Georgia. One particular victim, Laerka, is a Danish girl who transforms into a mermaid when in water. The Russian crime boss who masterminds the trafficking changes into a "Vodyanoy" dragon when he hunts girls for the illegal skin trade. Savannah native, sixteen-year-old Stella Delaney finds Vodyanoy's first victim floating face down in the marsh. Can she save Learka from this fate? Is she in danger, herself? Could Laerka be a crook, herself? She and the traffickers share the same prison tattoo so who in this forbidding landscape can be trusted?
Remembering Paleface Ski Center and Dude Ranch... This historical novel tells the story of a family-owned resort in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains and the struggle to thrive alongside the rugged, spectacular, and majestic Whiteface Mountain. It is the story of a dreamer, Boylan Fitz-Gerald, who fought Mother Nature, Father Time, and a dwindling checkbook balance and wound up creating a business with a lasting legacy-a business that left a deep imprint on the souls of many people. In the Shadow of a Giant is about a place, and also about an entrepreneur, his wife, their family and friends, the proprietors of other nearby Adirondack attractions, the communities of Wilmington and Jay, New York, and the local heroes who lived there. Take a trip back in time and enjoy a one-of-a-kind, vintage Adirondack vacation experience.
Nick Rivera is an ex-Marine and Martial Artist. Leaving his job in Law Enforcement after becoming disillusioned, he begins to drift. And just when his finances bottom out, like his personal life, he receives an unusual offer. A chance to find an undiscovered treasure of Gold, a treasure that could be nothing more than a legend. But, to even have a chance, Nick will have to overcome the heat of the desert, Indian Spirits, guardians of the Church, government agents, and ruthless drug dealers. He’ll have to put together a trusted team to help him in his search. Along the way, he’ll delve deep into Native American Spirituality, and confront issues he was unprepared for, such as reincarnation, and Soulmates. His search could change his life forever, and uncover a secret the church has been hiding for centuries.
In Washington D.C., a newly-elected president promises, in his inaugural speech, to “make America pure again.” What follows is the murder of a white supremacist and a young Muslim-American woman accused of the crime. Zachary Blake is retained to defend the woman and her family in criminal and immigration court, but can this family expect justice in this new, "pure" America? Or will they experience a Betrayal of Justice?
In Dearborn, Michigan, Arya Khan watches President John’s acceptance speech in horror while a young white supremacist just a few miles away watches the same speech with joy. To honor the new president, the young man fire bombs a local mosque. The Dearborn Police promise to investigate, but Arya fears that these cops are indifferent to the Muslim community and will let the crime be swept under the rug, so she takes matters into her own hands. Arya identifies a suspect, follows him, and witnesses his brutal murder. But when all evidence points to Arya as the murderer, she’s arrested, jailed and formally charged.
The novel relates the story of a group of non-polygamous Mormons who flee to the north when their prophet and leader, Joseph Smith Jr., is assassinated in 1844. Leaving their city of Nauvoo in Illinois, they make their way to Voree, Wisconsin, where a man named James Strang has declared himself to be their new prophet. Rusty Manning, a blacksmith, is part of this group, along with his wife Marie. Marie's brother, Gabriel Romain, a physician, is the leader and driving force behind the group of friends. He gets them north to Wisconsin and eventually to Beaver Island in Lake Michigan, where they hope to be safe at last from persecution. Their years on the island, where James Strang proclaims himself king and begins to practice plural marriage; their trials and persecutions; and their unsuccessful attempts to pacify their neighbors are depicted and described. Unable to leave the island without abandoning all their material possessions, they are eventually driven out by the non-Mormons when Strang is assassinated. They are put on boats, with some separated from their families, and dispersed all along the Michigan and Wisconsin shorelines. The persecution and treatment of these Beaver Island Mormons is considered by most historians to be one of the darkest periods in Michigan history. How Rusty, separated from his wife and his family, finally manages to reunite with them is an integral part of the story.
Over a hundred years after the death of Magnus Blackwell, Altmover Manor sits abandoned.
Lexie Arden and her fiancé, Will Bennett, are determined to rescue the neglected Mount Desert Island landmark. They want to make Altmover Manor their home. But Magnus has other plans.
A spirit bound to his former residence, Magnus finds himself inexplicably drawn to the young woman. She has a supernatural gift; a gift Magnus wants to exploit.
As Lexie and Will settle in, secrets from Magnus's past begin to surface. Compelled to learn all she can about the former owner, Lexie becomes immersed in a world of voodoo, curses, and the whereabouts of a mysterious dragon cane.
Magnus's crimes won't be so easily forgotten, and what Lexie unearths is going to change the future ... for everyone.
It's the night before the SAT test. The forces of darkness are stirring.
Twin brothers, Bing and Ron Slaughter, know they've got to cram like their lives depend on it because their college plans sure do. If they don't ace the test, they'll be doomed to spend the rest of their days flipping burgers at the McDonald's their parents run. That's why they hatch a plan to meet up with the members of their punk band, the Ephits, spend the night studying at a secluded cabin in the woods, and maybe squeeze in a little jamming. What could go wrong with a brilliant plan like that?
Ancient evil. That's what.
As a cataclysmic lightning storm rolls in, Bing, Ron and the rest of the Ephits find themselves tangled in a sinister plot to summon a demon. Yes, demons are real. To survive the night, the band must find a malevolent artifact, battle bloodthirsty monsters and stand against the most dangerous and powerful foe humanity has ever faced...the Golfer's Association.
Fish Wielder is kind of like Lord of the Rings, set in Narnia, if it was written by the guys who made Monty Python and the Holy Grail while they were listening to the music of They Might Be Giants.
In ancient times, the Dark Lord Mauron cooked the most powerful magic chocolate dessert ever made, the Pudding of Power. One thousand and two years later, the evil leader of the Bad Religion, the Heartless One, is trying to recover the lost pudding in order to enslave the peoples of Grome. Only the depressed barbarian warrior Thoral Might Fist and his best friend, Brad the talking Koi fish, have a chance to save the world of Grome from destruction, but that's going to take a ridiculous amount of magic and mayhem. Thus begins the epically silly epic fantasy of epic proportions, Fish Wielder—book one of the Fish Wielder Trilogy.
It is the early 1900’s in rural Mississippi along Cohay Creek, where people are scarce and stately virgin pine timber is plentiful. Caleb Smitherlin, a talented blacksmith, has a wife dying of cancer and a teenage son who tries every way possible to please his critical father. Caleb is torn. On the one hand, he loves Mathilda with every bone in his body, but on the other, he needs the company of another woman. The Gypsies he allows to camp on his land near Cohay Creek receive hate and distrust from the people of Taylorsburg. Walthere, the Gypsy leader, and Rosalie, his wife, become close friends of the Smitherlin family, even though Gypsies rarely mix with people outside their clan and especially not gentiles. Esmeralda, the Gypsy fortune teller, encourages Red Felty’s idea that his wife Ruby and Caleb Smitherlin are having an affair.
When his doctor mistakenly types the wrong code into his electronic medical record, Myron Moskowitz—Mike, to the entire world except his mother Celia—finds life, or at least the one he's grown used to, suddenly turned tush-over-teakettle. With that single dodgy digital diagnosis, a chain reaction is set in motion leading Mike to lose his job, accidentally get all trace of himself wiped off of every computer in the known universe, and seriously contemplate buying a Harley. And Mike isn't exactly what you'd call a motorcycle kind of Moskowitz.
Somehow Mike must find a way to get back on the grid and get his old job back, all without his wife finding out about any of it.
Hiding in Third Person is the story of friends who help each other during desperate times. Ricky, a flippant orderly befriends a mental patient at an asylum he refers to as the spa and dude ranch. He listens to the man, the other orderlies call Mr. River, tell a dubious tale of two teenage boys on the run from an assassin.
In River's story the boys, Malachi and Doc, take refuge at an abandoned military base, BOMARC, nestled in the heart of the idyllic New Jersey Pinelands. The killer, known to the boys as The Finder, hesitates to follow them into the facility because it was once the site of a plutonium spill.
Marine biologist Ellen Upton gives up on love to study jellyfish at a Cape Cod facility. Her ultimate goal is to make a difference through her research, but the ocean would rather mystify than reveal its secrets. When her funding is threatened, her future will depend on the success or failure of an upcoming research cruise.
During the cruise, she discovers what could be a new species. Every discovery only leads to more questions. She is driven to learn the truth behind its existence, even as the truth continues to change. Either her dreams of recognition are within her grasp or her research is slipping into obsession.
Reverberating with mysteries of life and love, Ocean Echoes is a journey into the unknown.
A percentage from the sale of this book will go toward nonprofit organizations working to protect the world's oceans for future generations.
"An intricate and moving examination of the challenges of aging, anchored by a memorable heroine of indomitable pride and courage." Kirkus Reviews.
Tidy Bourbon is a ninety-two-year-old who, despite cognitive challenges, is hoping to live out her remaining days as the independent woman she has always been. Unfortunately, there are those who would like nothing more than to thwart that goal.
First, there’s her tenant and sometime care provider, who is arrested and thrown in jail, leaving Tidy improvising to fill the financial and social void left behind. Next, a social worker appears and attempts to get Tidy to move to a senior facility, which will never happen. And then there are the “bums down the street,” who have a special interest in her personal and financial vulnerability.
Will Thompkins is fearless in the ER--he can sink his hands wrist-deep into the wound of an accident victim and wrestle down a crazed addict without flinching--until his parents are killed in a fiery crash and he's left to raise two orphaned siblings. Riddled with pain and convinced the world is no longer safe, he moves back into the Berkeley home of his youth and dives into parenting the only way he knows how--commando. At his side is his boyhood friend, Lee, who sheds his bat-shit crazy stripper girlfriend to help his friend raise two small children and stitch up his own gaping wounds. Will battles his wealthy grandmother, aching to take custody of her dead son's youngest children, a pre-nup signed by his younger brother that threatens the whole family, and a love life littered with failed relationships. Then Samantha Parrish lands in his ER. She reconnects him to the charmed galaxy of Berkeley in which they all orbit and offers Will one last chance for redemption. But he can only be saved if he can banish the specter of his parents' death.
A father’s disappearance never solved, a mother’s secret taken to the grave, a daughter deceived… Kathryn Landry thinks her life is just about perfect. She is the owner of a successful interior designer business in Newport Beach, California, and she has an attentive, supportive husband. But her world comes crashing down when her husband, Neil Landry, vanishes without a trace… in a situation almost identical to the disappearance of her father twenty years before. With her father’s disappearance still a mystery, Kathryn is skeptical that the detective assigned to her case will be able to find her husband. Determined to uncover the truth, Kathryn is plunged into a world of politics, high-priced call girls and wealth. As she begins to search for her husband, a decades-old secret her mother took to the grave threatens to destroy all she holds dear. Caught up in a web of betrayals and deceit, and not knowing who to trust, Kathryn must find a way to survive as she discovers the past has a way of repeating itself.
Alex Jardine, a Mesoamerican archeologist, is a woman in hiding, working in a non-descript Mexican restaurant at a small airport in the middle of the Yucatan. While with an archeological field study group at the Mayan ruins of Palenque, in Chiapas, Mexico, she discovered she had become a target of the U.S. District Attorney’s office in San Francisco due to a drug smuggling sting against a prior boyfriend. Caught between fear for her life and fear of the U.S. government she stayed in Mexico, hunkered down, and moved to the famous archeological site of Chichen Itza, on the Yucatan Peninsula. Grant Covington, a recent widower, is winding down an offshore corporate formations and private banking business in the West Indies. Since 9-11 and the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, offshore activities have been branded by aggressive three-letter agencies of the U.S. government as sinister plots to undermine the US tax and economic system, and therefore a conspiracy against America.
Experience the story of Norbie, a homeless person who has lost hope in having a loving and joy-filled life after living through hateful and cruel incidences. Although the story is fiction, it contains events and feelings that could be experienced by hundreds, if not thousands of individuals, many living in our own communities. The story includes historical events and locations that are real. The characters experience emotions and wounds that are real. In Norbie’s search for hope, he remembers stories his Father and Grandfather shared about owls, especially their belief that all owls imply wisdom, foresight, transition, and keepers of sacred knowledge. Throughout his life Norbie believes that an owl always appears to him when a life transition is near. He also meets Pastor Smith, another Voice of Wisdom. Following Norbie as he grows into his “true self” is a journey each of us can learn from as we walk our own personal path to a joy-filled life.
In the not distant future, Erik Hanssen, an Ojibwe-Norwegian CEO of a high tech company, keeps a routine doctor’s appointment. Without warning, Erik finds himself on a mini-bus headed for a government-run euthanasia center—the fate of older, chronically ill citizens. The US health care system has collapsed under the weight of a last ditch war against global terrorism. With less than a week until Erik’s scheduled death, his daughter, cardiologist Meredith Hanssen, desperately seeks a way to save his life. Her journey takes her from the Northern Ontario wilderness to a military hospital in Chicago where organs are harvested from healthy enemy insurgents to save essential personnel. While Meredith races against time, Erik is on his own journey—a mysterious encounter with his departed Ojibwe grandfather. Memory, tradition, love and obligation—all serve as lures, drawing Erik to a final and surprising resolution.
DEADLINE introduces the men behind Phantom Force Tactical, a private security firm made up of former Navy SEALs and other covert operators. All books in this series can stand alone.
He’s a relentless homicide detective. She’s an uncompromising journalist.
Neither desires to work together—but they’ll never uncover the truth alone.
Landing a front page headline isn’t why reporter Caitlin Sparks is investigating a string of suspicious deaths connected to the U.S. State Department. She has a personal stake in finding the killer.
Detective Blake Madison has a connection to the murders too, and will risk anything to uncover the truth. But a journalist is the last type of person he’d rely on to help him solve a crime—especially one whose trail of evidence leads back to him.
Joining forces becomes essential as the body count continues to grow. Someone powerful doesn't want the truth to come out—and will stop at nothing to make sure no one talks.
On the run with nowhere to turn, the couple devises a plan to expose the killer. The risk is great and the chance of success small, but the ultimate outcome is something neither one of them envisioned.
In the thrilling conclusion to the Wall Street Journal bestselling Kingfountain Series, a conflicted champion must navigate a treacherous world to secure the peace.
A devastating disaster has left the Forbidden Court in ashes, its fountains destroyed, and its magic at risk. It was destined as the site of Trynne Kiskaddon’s coronation as empress. Now, all Trynne can imagine is the roar of flames, the cries of Gahalatine’s people, and the smell of cinders in a city gone dark. Tragic as the threat to Kingfountain is, it’s nowhere near as foul as the treachery posed by Morwenna. Saboteur, conspirator, and full-blood sister of the king, she is prepared to set forth a wave of destruction that will eliminate everything that stands between her and possession of the throne.
But Trynne has her weapons, too—her magic, her resilience, her skills at intrigue, and especially, Fallon. The man who once swore his allegiance to Morwenna now stands by Trynne’s side as they venture into the unknown to protect those they love, reunite with a family scattered by diabolical forces, and safeguard a kingdom…as well as the destiny the Fountain has for each of them.
Heidi Wagner is only thirteen years old when she discovers the secrets and lies that have plagued her family for three generations. She learns about her father’s biological mother and aunt --- The Bauer sisters who are forced to grow up fast when their mother dies in childbirth and their father abandons them to their strict Grandfather and timid Grandmother. Looking for greener pastures, the sisters learn just how harsh life can be for women in the 1920’s. Older sister Gladys learns how to survive and take charge until she makes a choice that will bring her to her knees. Younger sister Martha just wants to be loved and she will look for love anywhere and everywhere regardless of who gets hurt along the way. Will Gladys and Martha find what they are looking for as they navigate through life in the next five decades and make choices that sets them on a course that will shatter the family for generations to come? Who will have to pay for them keeping the family secrets and lies?