THE HUNGER SAINT is a story of hope and survival set in post-WWII Italy. Hailed by Kirkus as "a well- crafted and affecting literary tale," this historical novella follows the journey of Ntoni, a twelve-year-old boy forced to labor in Sicily's sulfur mines to support his family after his father's untimely death. Faced with life-threatening working conditions, Ntoni must choose between escaping the mines and abandoning his family. As a series of unforeseen events soon complicate his plans, Ntoni realizes that all is not what it seems and to trust anyone might prove to be as fatal as being trapped inside of a cave-in. The Hunger Saint draws from years of historical research and was informed by the oral histories of former miners still living in Sicily today.
Are sea otters as cute and clever as they seem? Miranda Jones is as captivated by their sweet faces as she is spellbound by their antics. She can hardly wait to interact with them on her kayaking expedition off California's Central Coast. Yet nothing could be more surprising than the controversy they've caused in the sun-drenched Santa Barbara waters, nor more disturbing than the vehement hatred they seem to inspire among local fishermen. Are the otters really so adorable? Or is there more at stake . . . When Otters Play? Though the book stands alone, it also introduces Book 3 of the Milford-Haven Novels, the critically acclaimed, best-selling series, a multi-generational saga. Based on Purl's BBC Radio drama Milford-Haven U.S.A.
The urge is rising. The urge to kill. Meet Vanessa, a serial killer who's gone straight, until something makes her snap. Now Detective Candice Blake is obsessed with solving the Napa Valley murders, but it makes her question everything she believes.
When a computer matchmaking service connects her to “Nick,” a man with an astonishing secret agenda, Margo Sanchez is drawn into the most bizarre courtship of all time. Finding herself falling for Nick, she is stunned when he claims to be Santa Claus and wants to make Margo the next Mrs. C.
Disbelieving, Margo challenges Nick for proof. Abruptly, she is transported from her San Francisco home to Nick’s magical realm at the top of the world. There she encounters elves hiding ancient secrets and engages in bristling debates with her suitor, while surprisingly being drawn to him and his enchanted world.
Despite Nick’s gallant courtship, Margo turns him down and returns home. But shortly before Christmas, a calamity in Nick’s world summons her back. There she is alarmed to learn that the crisis threatens cataclysmic global devastation—and that only Margo might be able to stop it.
Before she can act, however, the previously untold secrets of Santa’s realm, its elves, and their true mission on earth must be revealed to her. These shocking realities impel her on an unprecedented odyssey—an epic round-the-world journey that provides a surprising climax to a most remarkable holiday romance.