A cross between Friday Night Lights and The Atomic City Girls, When The Men Were Gone is a debut historical novel based on the true story of Tylene Wilson, a woman in 1940's Texas who, in spite of extreme opposition, became a female football coach in order to keep her students from heading off to war.
Football is the heartbeat of Brownwood, Texas. Every Friday night for as long as assistant principal Tylene Wilson can remember, the entire town has gathered in the stands, cheering their boys on. Each September brings with it the hope of a good season and a sense of unity and optimism.
Now, the war has changed everything. Most of the Brownwood men over 18 and under 45 are off fighting, and in a small town the possibilities are limited. Could this mean a season without football? But no one counted on Tylene, who learned the game at her daddy’s knee. She knows more about it than most men, so she does the unthinkable, convincing the school to let her take on the job of coach.
Baking a multitude of tartes tatins for local restaurants, an Ohio housewife contemplates her four kids, husband, cats and chickens. Also, America's ignoble past, and her own regrets. She is surrounded by dead lakes, fake facts, Open Carry maniacs, and oodles of online advice about survivalism, veil toss duties, and how to be more like Jane Fonda. But what do you do when you keep stepping on your son's toy tractors, your life depends on stolen land and broken treaties, and nobody helps you when you get a flat tire on the interstate, not even the Abominable Snowman? When are you allowed to start swearing? With a torrent of consciousness and an intoxicating coziness, Ducks, Newburyport lays out a whole world for you to tramp around in, by turns frightening and funny. A heart-rending indictment of America's barbarity, and a lament for the way we are blundering into environmental disaster, this book is both heresy—and a revolution in the novel.
Winner - Best Cover Design: Fiction 2019 Best Book Awards
Wanders Far lived in dangerous times and was faced with one difficult challenge after another. He was a skinny, quiet boy who was raised on the banks of a tributary of New York State's Mohawk River, hundreds of years before colonists arrived. One lifetime was not enough for Wanders Far's old soul.
From a very young age, his wanderlust compelled him down one path after another. No village could contain him.
He was happy living a simple life in the physical world during challenging times. The spirit world had other plans.
A wise, enigmatic shaman mentored Wanders Far and helped him cultivate the supernatural visions that haunted him. His guide could only help him so far.
He set out to become a runner, carrying important messages across the lands of his people and their enemies. He ended up fulfilling a much greater destiny than he ever imagined.
Young Eric Boulanger attempts to save the economy of his depressed Vermont town with a contest that offers a free wedding. But when winner Ryan Toscano, who has lost her fiancé to the priesthood, is urged by her hilarious Jewish grandmother to find a replacement in time for the gala, a web of deception forces three millennials and an entire town to re-examine their notions of faith and death, love and acceptance. Winner of the American Fiction Book Award for Religious Fiction and told with humor and pathos by the award-winning author of THIEVES NEVER STEAL IN THE RAIN.
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“Frozen in time; Frozen in fear: Frozen in fact, but on fire throughout! Grabs you at the Prologue and will not let you put it down from there on after. A great story that quickly builds in suspense and eeriness to the point you are anxious to get to the next chapter and afraid that you will.”
John Hart worked tirelessly to develop a truly advanced technology. Now the U.S. Army is his secret customer, the protector of the greatest advancement in power source technology ever, and source of John’s billions. Having just completed the Hart Compound in a wilderness area outside of Jonesborough TN. John finds that creature like aberrations has been visiting his property every night.
As their numbers grow, John is secretly warned that his financial group is about to come under the eye of one of the world’s most dangerous hunters of secrets; a murderer who uses torture, and kidnapping to leverage information. As John and his friends rally to derail their cyber enemy, John is thrust into a sequence of bizarre events that leads him to a point where he faces the destruction of all they had built, and the murder of all of those he loves.
"As far as I know, you can only die once..." But when Aetna Simmons disappears from her lonely Bermuda cottage, she leaves behind not one but ten suicide notes. Ten different suicide notes. And no other trace to speak of, not even a corpse, as if she'd never existed. Drafts of a Suicide Note tells the tale of the darkly enigmatic love letter written by Kenji Okada-Caines, a petty criminal who once exposited on English literary classics and now, marooned on his native isle, nurtures an obsession with Aetna's writing. His murky images of a woman with ten voices and no face launch him into waking nightmares, driving him to confront his lifetime's worth of failures as a scholar, lover, and opiate addict. His wild conspiracy theories of Aetna as an impostor ten times over lead him to the doorstep of the Japanese mother who turned her back on him--and to the horrifying discovery that the great love of his life isn't who she seems to be. Kenji's is a story of dire misunderstandings and the truths we hide even from the ones we love.
“I don’t know how, and I don’t know why, but I think I died today.”
So begins the complex and mysterious journey of Gavin Goode and his family. What happened to Gavin and why? What secrets will emerge along the way? Frankie, his wife and a dress store owner, feels guilty, but why? His son, Ryan, who owns an ice cream parlor, and daughter-in-law, Jenna, who is a bank manager, are expecting their first baby. How will this trauma affect them? And what of Rosemary, Frankie’s best friend? Or Ben Hillman and eleven year old, Christopher? How are they implicated in the events that unfold around Gavin’s misfortune?
This is a story of despair and hope, dreams and reality, uncertainty and faith, humor, secrecy, forgiveness and beginnings.
This is the story of a good man pushed into extraordinary circumstances. In Las Vegas, during the Great Recession of 2008, Greg Downey is faced with an overwhelming desire to exact revenge on those he believes contributed to unnecessary and wholly preventable chaos. Great Paybacks reflects the struggle and spiral many people faced less than a decade into the new millennium. Once you start reading, you will be compelled to follow Downey s creative path to justice.
J.C. Myers' spirited first novel, Junkyard at No Town, captures rural Vermont's land, language, and culture in outrageous and vernacular-rich dialogue, combined with crazy and splendid plot twists and descriptions. You'll find yourself breathless, sometimes wide-eyed, and sometimes laughing, as you follow young Jules' initiation, fresh out of college in the early 80s, seeking a life far from his Westchester upbringing. He buys a junkyard in the rural Vermont village of Iraton--right on the edge of No Town.
Deep-rooted mysteries link incongruous neighbors and illicit livelihoods, impossible loves and unlikely devotions and violent characters -- a house burns, water mysteriously flows and disappears, and people, too, change course, ignite, vanish or die. Readers will long remember the wild, haunting comedy of Jules, Butchy Guyette, Maddy and Byron Peas, Lutheria Tupper, Copeland DeMassey and Aunt Martha, whose intertwined and braided tales reveal Junkyard at No Town's vulnerable secrets, its sins and its virtues - and our own.
Who is it we love and why do we love these people? Toward the end of her life, Judith asks these questions, trying to understand why she chose Elliot Pine to love. Why, for sixty years, did she persist in loving someone who never gave as much as he was given? In her quest for understanding, she writes her story to this exceptional man. Meeting as children in Chicago, they move to opposite coasts. Elliot embarks on a remarkable legal career in Washington and New York while Judith raises her children alone in California, after tragedy. Coming together again and again throughout their lives, their love is never equal, Elliot defining the terms of the relationship.
Inspired by the many frustrations of parenthood and the ever-present fear of failure, SHOES ON THE STAIRS centers around a mother’s struggle to accept what she has left behind after her death. She takes the reader on a journey of both laughter and tears while learning even the smallest of gestures can make a significant and lasting impact.* * *Claire Blackwell can’t find that damn white light. Thanks to a mishap at an intersection, she’s dead and stuck somewhere between Heaven and what seems like Hell as she is forced to watch her husband and children unravel without her. While she struggles to find answers for her limbo state, her family begins to see her, offering what she believes, is a gift of second chances. As she navigates through this new, untouchable world and the challenges it creates, she is forced to face some sad and potentially dangerous truths. Determined, she works to mend her relationship with her family, but her stubborn teenage son refuses to acknowledge her, and when tensions escalate with his long-time bully, her inability to control the physical world around her leaves her fearing for her family’s safety. With her time running out, she must find a way to save them before the progress she has made is lost and she fades from this world forever.
Professor Peyton Wilde has an enviable life teaching sociology at an idyllic liberal arts college--yet she is troubled by a sense of fading inspiration. One day an invitation arrives. Peyton has been selected to attend a luxurious all-expense-paid seminar in Iceland, where participants, billed as some of the greatest thinkers in the world, will be charged with answering one perplexing question. Meeting her diverse teammates--two neuroscientists, a philosopher, a dance teacher, a collage artist, and a farmer--Peyton wonders what she could ever have to contribute. The ensuing journey of discovery will transform the characters' work, their biases, and themselves. This suspenseful novel shows that the answers you seek can be found in the most unlikely places. It can be read for pleasure, is a great choice for book clubs, and can be used as unique and inspiring reading in qualitative research and other courses in education, sociology, social work, psychology, and communication.
Finalist - Best Cover Design: Fiction 2019 Best Book Awards
As ancient forces and dark minded people flood into Jonesborough, Tennessee, two members of the John Hart Group are taken. While employing all their resources and technology to find their loved ones, these friends discover a sickening and brutal series of murders. When they end their search, they can account for seventy killings dating back four decades. After setting aside his angst, John Hart is forced to deal with new and startling revelations, while wrestling his own demons. Finally, the evidence persuades him, that one of the most powerful men in the world is the beast behind it all.
Lou Berthelson continues the fast-paced action as John Hart and friends are pit against enemies they cannot defeat. Against all odds, John Hart takes his team to the isle of Crete to stab at the beast.
Finalist - Best Cover Design: Fiction 2019 Best Book Awards
"In the unwritten history of the universe, there is no known beginning. The realm of Euxinus simply was."
Transported to the supernatural world of Euxinus, the Trickster Stingy Jack is uneasy and unprepared to stand witness in the trial of his beloved. Allied only with the soulcatcher Buck, who retrieved him from the mortal realm, he finds himself thrown into chaos as creatures and enemies of all forms stand in their way. Perhaps most dangerous of all, however, is the continual battle within: his wickedness fights to maintain control over his desire to embrace his better nature.
With the trial drawing near, the opposing factions of Heaven and Hell gather in Squabbles Hollow and Jack realizes there is more to being the Eden Wanderer than he initially thought. Under Buck's guidance, he naviagates through the trial's complex puzzle of formalities and deities, servants and masters, armed only with a haphazard plan and every ounce of rhetoric they can muster. But even together, the Breedling and the Trickster may not be enough to win this battle.
On a cold February morning in 1967, Sheriff Coleman Grundy finds Betty Lou Mundy dead in her front yard and her husband on the porch with the gun that killed her. It looks like a classic case of revenge on a cheating wife.Until the next murder. And the next. As Cole desperately searches for leads, he’s forced to come to grips with his own wife’s unsolved murder three years earlier, and in the process, he unearths long-buried secrets that change his life forever.
A second chance at her stolen future. A first chance at love. A long-held secret that could destroy it all...
England, 1800. Lady Catherine Claverton shed no tears over the death of her cruel father. Banished from his household for her crippled leg, it shocks the young woman to discover he'd deprived her of her late mother's title of Countess. Determined to take back her rightful place, she need only find a husband and bear a son.
Convinced none could ignore her disfigurement and truly cherish her, she proposes a marriage of convenience to the charming and cryptic Captain Avebury. Despite her budding feelings for the naval officer, she's petrified her own tawdry past could rip everything apart. And when she conceives, Lady Catherine fears her skeletons will spell exile for her and the unborn child...
Imogen was four the first time it happened. As she flipped through her grandma's dusty photo album gazing into the faded, monochrome faces of her grandma's somber family--relatives with funny names like Aunt Ada and Uncle Paul and Aunt Phyllis and Uncle Gordy, and second cousins Percy and Viola from Missoula--suddenly, the universe tilted, and for a brief instant Imogen found herself inside of one of the pictures.
One of only a handful of individuals who can time travel through photos, she establishes an investigative business to help people recover lost items and unearth the stories and secrets of friends and relatives from the past.
Recent Yale grad, Alice, wants to be close to her boyfriend in Paris, with enough space to sow a few oats. Rome fits, so off she goes. Her other goals? To make art and find a muse. Instead, she finds herself a muse to various men—including a TV-host dwarf, lonely banker, alcoholic playboy, aging prince, and the disillusioned Oscar-winning film director, Frank Colucci.
The middle-aged Frank is in Rome to film the last of his famed movie series, but longs to get back to making art films. Alice, still wandering Rome, lost and confused, tumbles into Frank’s life, and he hires her as his philosophy tutor.
Although at opposite poles of life with little in common—the bright but broke Alice is just getting started and has few prospects, and the married-with-kids Oscar-winner Frank bored and disillusioned—the two form a bond.
When Sami Amara's father suddenly dies, he is confronted with a past that he never knew existed: a mysterious girl, now woman, and promises unfulfilled. Single mother Petra Haddad has grown accustomed to a life of routine, predictability and...loneliness. When a lawyer calls her up to discuss the will of a man she never even knew, her world is turned upside down. Thrust together by fate, as their lives and histories entangle and intertwine, will they be able to forge a shared future together or will fate once again intervene?
Renowned psychiatrist, Harley Swan, has had enough – enough of the patients with one too many personalities; enough of the psychopaths, sociopaths, depressed, disjointed, and delusional; enough of the wife who can’t stand the sight of him, the colleagues who don’t understand or appreciate him, and the friends who come and go with all the frequency and warmth of a wayward breeze. So, Harley sets out on a journey, hoping to extricate himself from a life so absurdly rooted, and, in the process, rise above the bewilderment and mendacity of a cold and chaotic world. But when the journey leads to a dead body here, and a dead body there, Harley finds himself on the run, trailed only by a long-buried secret, and the deranged cop who stumbles upon it.
It's Berkeley in the 1960s, and all Martha Goldenthal wants is to do well at Berkeley High and plan for college. But her home life is a cauldron of kooky ideas, impossible demands, and explosive physical violence. Her father, Jules, is an iconoclast who hates academia and can’t control his fists. Her mother, Willa, has made a career of victimhood and expects Martha and her siblings, Hildy and Drew, to fend for themselves. Meanwhile, Jules’s classical record store, located directly across the street from the U.C. Berkeley campus, is ground zero for riots and tear gas.
Martha perseveres with the help of her best friend, who offers laughter, advice about boys, and hospitality. But when Willa and Jules divorce and Jules loses his store and livelihood, Willa goes entirely off the rails. A heartless boarding school placement, eviction from the family home, and an unlikely custody case wind up putting Martha and Drew in Jules's care. Can Martha stand up to her father to do the one thing she knows she must—go to college?
A couple at odds, a family in danger, and a boy who doesn't speak. Frank MacBride's intention to keep his family safe is complicated by relationship challenges with his wife Sofia, and by their young son Sam's increasingly unusual and unsafe behavior. No one can figure out why Sam doesn't speak, or why he appears to be aware of things he should have no way of knowing. He seems to think he can heal people, and has his own determined agenda to make that happen. All contributing to his parent's distress. To make matters worse, people who Frank angered in the past may now be looking for some serious payback.
In a future where homelessness is an illegal status, and those living on the streets are registered into "Sponsorship" programs, crime and abuse runs rampant. Keegan Smith rejects the idea of the system, but finds himself inheriting one of the largest Sponsorship programs in the nation from his late father. Faced with bankruptcy, Keegan is forced to begin working in the system and oversee the wicked financial kingdom he had left behind. When he finds an illegal fighting ring linked to sex trafficking and other atrocities within his own corporation, he is trapped between protecting his family and buying in, and adhering to his own morals by fighting back.
The 1950's was a time of new homes, television, astronauts, new cars, and rock and roll. It was also a time of nuclear threats and deadly polio. Out of this challenging decade comes the enchanting story of a ten-year-old boy from the Midwest showing a small town the meaning of toughness and tenacity.
The Shawnee Indian treasure was a myth, they said. Nowhere to be found, except in the legends and tall tales of the region. Despite his polio, despite his poverty, despite his fractured family, Jesse Hall believes the stories and discovers irresistible clues in the courthouse clock tower.
With each twist and turn, Jesse learns to overcome all that life can throw at him. He leads his Boy Scout pal, his nineteen-year-old nurse, and the local county historian in a quest for the mythical treasure - a hunt that yields a most unexpected discovery.
Ramona Strong is besieged from all sides. Still grieving the disappearance of her estranged business partner and lover Nate Ferguson, she's also fighting those who want to claim her land and dealing with her feelings for John Finch, a rival attorney looking to take her down in court--and to find a way into her affections.
Meanwhile, Nate is struggling to piece his life back together, desperately trying to figure out how to win Ramona back--but his old rock star friends have other ideas, ones that could potentially land Nate in deep, deep trouble.
Separated by half a continent, Ramona and Nate must overcome their differences to defend themselves and their loved ones from business rivals, hired guns--and maybe something even more sinister.
At once a painful coming-of-age novel, an exciting amateur sleuth tale and an intriguing narrative involving social issues (immigration and wealth disparity), Money Matters has mystery at its core. This emotionally charged debut novel is firmly embedded in Los Angeles culture over the 2010 mid-term election.
Jenny, the 27-year-old inexperienced protagonist, faced with the tragic disappearance of a friend, is forced to take on financial tycoons, corrupt politicians and the treacherous Baja drug cartel in her search to uncover the truth. Jenny’s investigation takes her into the twilight world of undocumented immigrants, which leads her to seek the help of the handsome director of an immigrant rights organization to whom she is strongly attracted. But will the deadly enmity of the rich and powerful thwart her search and end her budding romance?
When severe introvert Willow is cunningly lured out of hiding by her arch nemesis, Chloe, a wildly comic ride ensues that uncovers more than she bargained for when she's confronted with a devastating incident from her past.
Terminally shy but highly sarcastic Willow has never been able to connect with people. (“I’m a raging extrovert stuck in an introvert’s body!”) From a non-existent love-life, to a dad who vanished on her tenth birthday, to an overbearing mom who won’t move out, every facet of her life brings her slightly more aggravation than joy.
But there’s one person she’s willing to re-join society for: Somewhat-Square-Jawed Bailey, the nut shop clerk. So, to prepare for the scariest act of her life, actually talking to him, Willow sets up a Youtube channel to workshop her seduction strategy.
The United States of America is a nation of racial intolerance and has been for centuries. In the imagined near future of K 3: The Divided States of America, the KKK has terrifying power over the country. Resistance seems to be a futile effort, and American citizens adhere to and adapt to their new realities.
But Americans of the past, who did fight for equality, left clues to help their descendants again take up righteous causes. Mikela Flanders is from one such family line. With the help of her friends and a young American Indian, along with an army of wolves, Mikela brings the United States of America back to reality.
From new authors, Pamela Gail and Denise Samples, comes a story wrought in anger and tribulation. Sometimes They Fall is the story of brothers living in a small, beach town on the Georgia coast.
The Oliver boys know how to hide, lie, and cheat to get what they want. The ties that bind even the closest of families aren't always enough to keep a family whole.
Told from multiple points of view, the brothers fight through trials of a broken family unit, and tradegy. They each struggle to find their way and wade through the broken pieces of their lives, both past ans present, just and unjust.
One problem after another slowly unravels their bond until one choice changes the course of everyone's life.
In search of a new land--some place where they may be free of man's violence and wars--a colony of dragons sets out on a great journey across a vast ocean. The dragons settle in what is known today as Northern Michigan, and they are delighted with their new home. Dune warrens provide the perfect shelter for their long winter naps, and there are plenty of delicious fruits and nuts to eat. In the spring, the frozen lake thaws, and great sheets of ice pile up on shore, creating iridescent towers for younglings Chryllis and Jilly to play upon. During the lazy days of summer, the two best friends compete in games with the woodland animals or dune-slide into the turquoise lake, while Dra teens soar overhead on upward drafts. In the fall, when the trees are ablaze, there are cherry-pit-spitting contests, and popcorn popping with dragon breath. But when a ragtag band of humans comes ashore to establish a settlement, the idyllic life of the Dune Dragons is threatened.
Alex Daugherty may be autistic, he may be dysfunctional, but he's a genius; and he's come up with a brilliant website that will match you--or anyone you've ever loved and lost--up with an exact double. With seven billion people on the planet to choose from, he's convinced he can do so with amazing accuracy. Ah, but what will happen to you and to your perfect double when they are found? Ben Atherton, the celebrated billionaire venture capitalist, a newly recruited backer of Alex's company, is about to find out. FaceMate is a fast-paced tale of self-discovery populated by authentic, evolving characters and presented in polished prose that verges on the poetic without being baroque. It fits best into the upmarket fiction category, but is appropriate to and enjoyable by all segments of the reading public.
Rusty Morgan remembered well the photo his bandmate and best friend Terry had taken on their trip to Ireland years earlier. The brokenness of the arch depicted in the photo had haunted him long after they'd returned home.
He'd had no idea then that he and his Odysseus bandmates would one day face an irreparable brokenness of their own.
Brokenness came in many ways in heavy metal music world. Substance abuse, failed marriages, and the loneliness of long months spent touring were common among their peers. Rusty, Steve, Dave, rick and Terry had won some of those battles, lost others but always stayed connected, their brotherhood forged by the passion for music they shared and the inner battles they'd waged.
Her life has turned into a nightmare. Her wedding is nearing, and Crystal is petrified of the future she sees lurking around the corner. Keith Dean is a dashing young man with cold eyes and a colder heart. If a future with Keith isn’t terrifying enough, sharing a life with his mother and sisters is. Her attempt to remove herself from the engagement has dire consequences. As war nears, Kentucky and its citizens find themselves caught in the middle. With fine horseflesh and a lifetime of experience in the saddle, Crystal’s cousin Bobby is convinced war will bring him glory. He joins the cavalry led by John Morgan and settles into the life and chivalry of a cavalryman.
When Adamson Henry’s family strands him in America during his final semester of high school, he must navigate a strange land. A young Englishman, Adamson faces dating, a cross-country adventure, Woodstock, antiwar protests, college, tragedy, and more, all while avoiding the draft. Welcome to Adamson's 1969.
Athena Alexander never thought her savior would come in the form of a traveling circus, let alone one that she suspected to harbor illegal activities. While trying to fix the mess of her life, Athena ends up hitching a ride with the Roadside Paradise troupe. However, it is no ordinary traveling circus. Along with the normal circuit, the troupe performs privately for anyone with enough money to pay their fees. They have a reputation for being the best, and the young, charismatic owner, V, is sure to maintain that reputation. Athena’s instincts as a former police officer tell her that there is something amiss. Among the flashing lights and delighted screams, certain people who visit Roadside Paradise find their own version of hell. V’s hypnotic power draws people in, but if they hold dark secrets, they soon find themselves trapped. But V’s targets are never innocent. Karma is in town.
She was born the day America declared the Second Revolutionary War over, but for Amelia Grant, the war was far from over. At eighteen years of age, she decides to answer her call to Mandatory Civil Service with her best friend Bethany. But rather than be thrilled to be working with Bethany every day, Amelia is terrified that her secret crush for her best friend will be discovered--after all, in post-revolution America, such a relationship is grounds for arrest. A chance meeting changes Amelia’s life when she comes into contact with the newest American domestic terrorist group, the Coalition. Startled to learn that her sister is already a member, and eager to meet others like her who are considered “undesirable” by the Central Government, she seeks out the group. Enraptured by the charismatic leader, Amelia finds herself pulled easily toward the Coalition. However, her involvement puts a larger target on her back, and she soon finds herself at the center of scandals and nefarious dealings. Amelia must decide if she wants to live a lie, or fight to dismantle the corruption in the new government.
A whimsical tale of a love-starved youth who came to the United States as a grumbling child many years ago. One day, he meets a beautiful girl who really makes him feel like he’s living inside an everyday paradise. She doesn’t care about his looks or the depth of his pocket, and she shows him warmth and companionship like he’s never known
before. As time flies by, the boy swears to dedicate himself to tying the knot with her once he starts making money. However, he fails to realize that the girl he loves now has a suitor and is scheduled to be married soon before returning back to her country. So
with time running out, this hopeless romantic tries to frantically convince the girl that he’s really the “Chosen One,” and that he’s truly dedicated in consistently bringing her happiness, and joy. But the problem is…this boy is nearly 30 years old!
Decisions and destiny in lush Northeast Texas…Everyone knew the Murdocks of Murdock Mains were a fractured family, so when life circumstances reunites them along the banks of the Sulphur River in Northeast Texas, it’s not a question of when drama will erupt; rather, what the toll will be. With a special needs son, independent daughter Maren bore enough responsibility even before being pressured by elder brother Price to help him deal with their angry, embittered father. Cap has suffered a bad accident, which uncovers another health issue that will force him to be forever reliant on the very offspring he abused and rejected.
Tripping the Field: An Existential Crisis of Ungodly Proportions is a wild ride through some pretty unstable literary terrain! Empiricist scientist, Professor Michael Huxley tumbles, stumbles, strides, and crawls through the jungles of South America, the mountains of Tibet, and the backwoods of Colorado in search of enlightenment and the hope of saving the world from a religious cult that has discovered a dark shortcut to the power of quantum realities.
Huxley finds himself drawn into an adventure with his best friend, fellow professor Eden Jessep, a group of Special Forces commandos, a stunningly beautiful Peruvian special agent, and a precocious little girl from a mysterious tribe. Massacres, monsters, translocation, love, and a pit filled with skulls all get tossed into the teapot to brew as the group struggles to find a way to stop the cult's leader before he gains godlike power.
Lexie Cooke didn't know her husband, Stan, was a cheater when she married him. Actually, she didn't know much about him at all. It had been a whirlwind romance. But when she realizes his lying and manipulation is much deeper than sexual affairs, she understands she needs to escape imminent danger.
With her three children and her best friend, she hides in a vacant house in the hills of Oahu. The house becomes her refuge. Her fears never leave her, but the house possesses a wonderful healing power for them all. Afraid of being found, she moves her family to Europe. Her instincts always lead her back to the house in Hawaii, where she learns of its history and its previous occupants while also discovering her future.
From sunrise to sunset, season to season, we do not know what hardship will fall upon our path. It is by faith and grace we do not stumble. And when we do, it is by faith and grace we rise again.
SO BEGINS the Mahari love story, at once a keen and fertile legend of a noble people who live by the Maker’s truth, mercy, loving-kindness, forgiveness, and resilience. Survivor of Hu Mani, the Great Ruin of invasion and pestilence, ancient and wise King Hamrabi scribed the Word Tree to preserve the Mahari Way, in faith as a confident foretaste to coming generations: Learn the Words. Love the Words. Live the Words.
Paradise Cove was never much of a paradise for Sean Oliver. Loss and tragedy forged his childhood. Anger fueled his life. Abandoned by those who should have stuck by him, Sean had to find his own path. He searched for purpose, hope, love - anything. What he seeks most is someone to want him, someone to love him unconditionally. He may have found it in the most unexpected place.
New authors, Pamela Gail and Denise Samples, return with Book Two in their Light in the Darkest Hours Series. Dive deeper into the lives of the Oliver boys in The Fighter's Stance, a story of hope and hopelessness, defeat and triumph, love and hate, good and evil.
Follow Sean through possibly the toughest year of his life as he learns to overcome hardships, adversity and heartache.
Lizzi Young lives in a small New England town with her husband, two teenage sons, and four dogs. At forty-four years old she finds herself living the life she dreamed of, but something has been stirring beneath the foundation of safety and security on which she has built her life and family. A passing spring storm reveals a hole in her beautiful backyard, and Lizzi begins to question the solid foundation she has depended on all these years. Roots from a large oak tree, cut down several years earlier, have finally disintegrated, collapsing within and exposing the past devastation to the light of day.
This discovery comes on the heels of her extended family becoming bitter and estranged after the death of her grandmother, Gigi, three years earlier. As they attempt to drag her into the latest family saga that creates a clear divide in the ones she loves, it quickly becomes the most difficult decision she has ever had to make.
Zenora Knight is a master story-teller. In THE CURSE OF THE BAILEY WOMEN, she weaves romance, unforgettable characters, triumph and tragedy into a multi-generational saga that has impressed critics and readers alike. Overshadowing the entire story is the sense of dread that a strange curse hangs over the women in the Bailey lineage, sometimes destroying their efforts at finding true love and at other times threatening their lives and those they care for. Read one chapter of this book and it will quickly find a place on your nightstand--if you can put it down at all. And remember the name Zenora Knight. No doubt the saga will continue!
"...skillfully manages an extensive and diverse cast of characters to illuminate a complex, multicultural Roman world... A lavishly detailed, character-driven tale" -Kirkus Reviews
In the first century BC, under the backdrop of actual historical events, a series of characters from all walks of life struggle with their circumstances:
Their old life destroyed, a young Numidian and his nephew sign up as auxiliary archers for the Roman legions and ship out to Hispania
Their homeland overrun, the fierce Celtic men and women warriors of a small clan of the Gallic Aedui nation see Caesar and his legions as the last hope for them and their families
A young freed-woman in the Italian countryside needs her brother the most when he's far away, fighting for the Ninth Legion in Gallia
The early loss of his father, persecution by Sulla, the kidnapping by pirates and ever-growing debt are what shape a young Julius Caesar into the person the world will come to know
As disparate storylines interleave, the need for community and belonging unites people across different cultures, ultimately allowing them to triumph over their hardships. From Darkness is epic historical fiction set in the last years of the Roman Republic.
Wherever life is found, there is darkness looming near sunlight. Where truth resides, deception hides in the shadows. When joy presents itself, suffering is not far behind.The Southie Pact is about the damage that drugs do to ordinary people and to their community. How drugs ruin the lives of those who succumb to their unyielding grasp and the lives of those left behind to suffer the pain.It’s also a story of hope and our faith in each other as we travel through life and face each new day with renewed strength and optimism.
Jerry Burkley is a Deputy Sheriff in a fictional town and county in Wyoming. Jerry and others tell about his military experiences in Vietnam as a Warrant Officer Helicopter Pilot. Jerry meets, among other interesting people, an Army Officer who becomes President of the United States. Jerry's Story intertwines with a modern day western, chasing bank robbers through the mountains by airplane and on horses, Jerry's progress as a Deputy to becoming the Sheriff of Banner County, Wyoming, with a little bit of romance thrown in.
The golden years have escaped Walter. Waking up is merely an inconvenience to an end he yearns for. Harboring a secret that slowly chips away pieces of him every day, he struggles to fit in to a society he no longer deems worthy.That is until an unexpected romance with a long time friend, gives him a reason to smile again. Struggling with his inner demons, he fights to hold on to his new love and resolve the pain that threatens their relationship.
Enjoy this adorable story about April the Aussie who relishes her Saturday excursions with her mother all around the beautiful city of Naples, Florida.
In this adventure, April learns about loggerhead sea turtles, and a surprise at the end will leave you wanting to read more about this beloved pet. Learn some of the history of Naples and enjoy some of the beautiful landmarks which makes it a great place for locals and visitors to savor.
This is about a dialogue between Conscious and Unconscious, seen as two celebrated performers of the most celebrated of the shows: that of life. An animated, bold and revealing dialogue between two entities entrusted with the greatest of responsibilities: making choices. To speak or remain silent, love or hate, fight or flee. Oscar and Felix—not coincidentally like the names of the characters of "The Odd Couple" by Neil Simon—give voice to the Conscious and the Unconscious of George Martini, a New York scientist of international renown. The two meet in the only moment in time when this is potentially possible: while their "landlord" is kept alive by machines after a spicy "hiccup".
They can refuse to look and choose not to believe, but the threat is real, and the probability is rising. Five college students discovered that atmospheric energy could predict mass acts of human violence. Nine years later, they reunite under a cloud of mutual contempt and buried affections. As they strive to protect their heartland, they must finally challenge their conflicting philosophies and the inevitability of fate. “Don’t you see? Uncertainty can be either the root of fear or the cornerstone of hope. It all depends on the observer.”