Description: "Race, class, family and secrets are all on a collision course in Johnson’s extraordinarily moving, timely read.... A gloriously written, stunning heart scorcher about who we are and what we could be." —Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You and Cruel Beautiful World
"In The Kindest Lie Nancy Johnson takes us both into a bygone time, the dawning of the Obama era, and into the tender heart of her protagonist Ruth. This is a novel that seeks to discover the beauty of our journeys despite the lies we tell each other and ourselves." —Rion Amilcar Scott, award-winning author of The World Doesn't Require You and Insurrections
For fans of Tayari Jones and Jacqueline Woodson, a thought-provoking, page-turning debut about race, class, identity, and the pursuit of the American dream.
A promise could betray you.
It’s 2008, and the rise of Barack Obama ushers in a new kind of hope. In Chicago, Ruth Tuttle, an Ivy-League educated black engineer, is married to a kind and successful man. He’s eager to start a family, but Ruth is uncertain. She has never gotten over the baby she gave birth to—and abandoned—when she was a teenager. She had promised her family she’d never look back, but Ruth knows that to move forward, she must make peace with the past.
Returning home, Ruth discovers the Indiana factory town of her youth is plagued by unemployment, racism, and despair. While her family is happy to see her, they remind her of the painful sacrifices to give Ruth a shot at a better future—like the comfortable middle-class life she now enjoys.
Determined, Ruth begins digging into the past. As she uncovers burning secrets her family desperately wants to hide, she unexpectedly befriends Midnight, a young white boy who is also adrift and looking for connection. When a traumatic incident strains the town’s already searing racial tensions, Ruth and Midnight find themselves on a collision course that could upend both their lives.
The Kindest Lie examines the heartbreaking divide between black and white communities and plumbs the emotional depths of the struggles faced by ordinary Americans in the wake of the financial crisis. Capturing the profound racial injustices and class inequalities roiling society, Nancy Johnson’s debut novel offers an unflinching view of motherhood in contemporary America and the never-ending quest to achieve the American Dream.
Description: Ethan missed the chance to save his brother's life. When his brother's widow reveals that she and her husband were involved in a legal case that threatens the global power structure, Ethan must face his past and join the search for answers to discover how to redeem his future.
Description: In late 2019, paleoanthropologists Madelaine Böhme and David Begun published a study in Nature that described a previously unknown prehistoric ape from southern Germany, dated to 11.62 million years ago.
The ape, Danuvius guggenmosi, combined the skeletal adaptations of apes that hang from branches with those of humans that walk upright.
The Nature study went viral, making headlines around the world, as it suddenly provided a unique model for a common ancestor of great apes and humans.
When a colleague dug up an intriguing tooth in Bulgaria, Böhme made the connection between Danuvius and another ancient European fossil: Graecopithecus freybergi. Initially classified as a monkey, this 7.175-million-year-old find had been gathering dust in a safe for decades. Using modern scientific techniques, Böhme established that Graecopithecus could well have been our very first direct human ancestor.
Together, these two European fossils challenge much of what we thought we knew about human history of evolution—especially in combination with recently discovered footprints left by a mysterious biped on the shores of Crete 6 million years ago. Not only do they predate the oldest human fossil ancestors, they were also found in a completely different geographic area.
Raising the question: Might the great apes that traveled from Africa to Europe before Danuvius’s time be the key to understanding our own origins?
All this and more is explored in Madelaine Böhme's new book: Ancient Bones: Unearthing the Astonishing New Story of How We Became Human. Using her expertise as a paleontologist and paleoclimatologist, Böhme pieces together a picture of great apes that crossed land bridges from Africa to Europe millions of years ago evolving in response to the challenging conditions they found.
Böhme’s narrative takes us behind the scenes of her research and the dig that changed everything. She introduces us to former theories of human evolution (complete with helpful maps and diagrams throughout), and walks us through musty museum overflow storage where she finds forgotten fossils with yellowed labels, before taking us along to the momentous dig where she and the team unearthed Danuvius guggenmosi himself—and the incredible reverberations his discovery caused within the scientific community.
Description: A pioneering scientist solves a pressing climate question: Can we pin the blame for individual extreme weather events on humans?
Massive fires, widespread floods, category 4 hurricanes—weather disasters are becoming more frequent each year, but not everyone agrees on what causes them. Renowned University of Oxford researcher Friederike Otto provides an answer with attribution science, a revolutionary method for pinpointing the role of climate change in extreme weather events. Anchoring her book with the gripping, day-by-day story of Hurricane Harvey, which caused over a hundred deaths and $125 billion in damage in 2017, Otto reveals how attribution science works in real time, and determines that Harvey’s terrifying floods were three times more likely to occur due to human-induced climate change.
At a time when our inability to determine climate change’s role in weather events has impacted everything from how much aid a devastated region receives to the culpability of corporations and governments, Otto’s research laid out in this groundbreaking book will have profound impacts, both today and for the future of humankind.
Description: A dramatic, multi-vocal account of the personal agonies and ecstasies that played out within the walls of Ellis Island, as told by Poland’s greatest living journalist
This is the people’s history of Ellis Island—the people who passed through it, and the people who were turned away from it.
From Annie Moore, the Irishwoman who was the first to be processed there, to Arne Peterssen, the Norwegian who was the last to be taken away from the island via the official ferry boat in 1954, Ellis Island weaves together the personal experiences of forgotten individuals with those who live on in history: Fiorello La Guardia, Lee Iacocca, and other American leaders whose paths led them to the Island for various reasons through the years.
Award-winning journalist Malgorzata Szejnert draws on unpublished testimonies, memoirs, archival photographs, and correspondence from many internees and immigrants, including Russians, Italians, Jews, Japanese, Germans, and Poles. At the book’s core is a trove of personal letters from immigrants to their loved ones back home—letters which were confiscated and never delivered, finally discovered in a basement in Warsaw.
But also brought to life are the Ellis Island employees: the doctors, nurses, commissioners, interpreters, social care workers, and even chaperones, who controlled the fates of these émigrés—often basing their decisions on pseudo-scientific ideas about race, gender, and disability. Sometimes families were broken up, and new arrivals were detained and quarantined for days, weeks, or even months.
All told, the island compound spent longer as an internment camp than as a migration way-point—in addition to filling other roles through the years, including that of rescue station in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.
Now brought back to life by a master storyteller, this is a story of a place and its people, steeped in politics and history, that reshaped the United States.
Description: An award-winning writer reveals a changing China—one conversation and adventure at a time.
When Stephan Orth lands in China, he knows it's his last visit, having lied about his job as a journalist to get into the country. So, he makes the most of it, couch-surfing with locals instead of hitting the nearest hotel. Starting in Macauóa former Portuguese colony and now gambler's paradise—Orth takes on the worldís biggest casino. Next, he visits Shenzen, where more than 200 million sidewalk cameras monitor citizens who win and lose points on Sesame Credit, an app that sends data to Alibaba—and to the government. As his adventure continues, Orth encounters a bewildering mix of new tech and old traditions. Over a steaming bowl of hot pot, he learns ancient chopstick etiquette from a policewoman who later demos the facial recognition app she could use to detain him. He eats dog meat as a guest of honor one day—and finds himself censored on live TV the next. He even seriously considers joining an outlawed sect. Self-deprecatingly funny, compassionate, and observant, High Tech and Hot Pot is a formidable addition to a well-loved series, and offers a timely travelogue of an enigmatic country poised to become the world's next superpower.
Description: THE NATURE OF THINGS weaves together a life full of happiness and sorrow. In these fourteen collected essays, Tommye McClure Scanlin reflects on her artistic journey and how crafting and life are interwoven, two threads that comprise a larger picture. Readers will find themselves lost in Scanlin’s full-color tapestries and comforting writing style as they explore the natural fields and woods of southern Appalachia.
A final part of the book gives an overview of tapestry weaving basics with diagrams and descriptions for setting up a simple pipe loom and weaving a small tapestry sampler. Glossary, simple pipe loom illustrations, and a resource list are included for reference.
Description: American-born artist Chris is forced to reconsider his conception of family during a visit to his mother’s Caribbean homeland.
After a personal tragedy upends his world, American-born artist Chris travels to his mother’s homeland in the Caribbean hoping to find some peace and tranquility. He plans to spend his time painting in solitude and coming to terms with his recent loss and his fractured relationship with his father. Instead, he discovers a new extended and complicated “family,” with their own startling stories, including a love triangle. The people he meets help him to heal, even as he supports them in unexpected ways, through his art.
Told from different points of view, this is a compelling novel about unlikely love, friendship, and community, with several surprises along the way. The story takes place against the backdrop of rural Jamaica, New York City, and Paris, France.
Description: When a young horse and a little girl fascinated by the stars above are brought together by a bit of fate and one shooting star, nothing can keep them apart.
Cheryl Olsten tells the fanciful and delightful tale of a young horse in Belgium and a little girl living in America who are brought together by a bit of fate and a shooting star. When Ella's parents send her to live with her great-aunt in the beautiful Kingdom of Belgium, she becomes lonely and lost. Not far away lives an equally lonely young horse, the smallest in the stable. Little Feat, as he will be known, longs for a forever friend.
When Ella and Little Feat are brought together, their devotion to each other grows. Their awe and love of the night sky with sparkling stars and constellations takes them on a journey that will change their lives forever. Big Wishes for Little Feat is a wonderful tale that will ignite the imagination with its rich, colorful illustrations by award-winning Italian illustrator Paolo d'Altan. Central to the book's charm is the imagery of stars and constellations to which a little girl and her horse both look for inspiration, confidence, and faith in themselves, as they learn how to turn disappointments into achievements. A quirky aunt adds to the fun of this tale of happy endings and new beginnings. For young girls who love animals with a special fondness for the magic of horses.
Cheryl Olsten was formerly the publisher of two New Jersey Magazines, New Jersey Life and New Jersey Life Health and Beauty. She resides in Pennsylvania with her husband, while their grown children are living their happy lives on different parts of the globe.
Description: After the death of a police officer, assassin Kahllah (a.k.a. the Black Lotus) is forced out of retirement in an attempt to clear her name while outrunning a mysterious enemy.
What would you do if you were accused of a crime you didn’t commit, and not even those closest to you believed that you were innocent? This is the dilemma that Kahllah El-Amin, a.k.a. the Black Lotus, finds herself facing.
It’s been months since Kahllah hung up her pistols and retired from the murder-for-hire business, leaving behind her days of dealing in death and espionage in favor of a quiet desk job. While working a nine-to-five proves to be less exciting than jet-setting around the world executing bad guys, it’s at least a lot safer. After so many years of searching, Kahllah has finally found peace—or so it seems.
When a police officer is murdered and a familiar flower is left at the crime scene, all signs point to it being the work of the Black Lotus. Someone is trying to frame her! Things get even more complicated when the case is handed to Detective James Wolf, a former adversary who has since become a friend to Kahllah. The department’s most skilled tracker, Wolf’s orders are to bring in the Black Lotus, dead or alive.
To clear her name, Kahllah is forced out of retirement and once again must don the mask of the Black Lotus. She races against time to catch the real killer while trying to outrun her most formidable rival. Their deadly game of hunter and prey leads to a shocking truth buried under a mountain of lies, as Kahllah attempts to find justice in a world devoid of light.
Description: In a near-future world ravaged by climate change, who will win in the struggle between humanity and nature?
A thick fog rolls in over Shivering Heights. The river overflows, the sky is streaked with toxic green, parasites proliferate in torrential rains and once safely classified species – humans included – are evolving and behaving in unprecedented ways. Against this poetically hostile backdrop, a biologist, Laura, fights to understand the nature and scope of the changes transforming her own body and the world around her.
Ten lush and bracing linked climate fictions depict a world gorgeous and terrifying in its likeness to our own.
Description: This long-awaited sequel to 2006’s best-selling Miami Noir offers classic noir from Elmore Leonard, Zora Neale Hurston, Damon Runyon, Lester Dent, and many more.
Akashic Books continues its award-winning series of original noir anthologies, launched in 2004 with Brooklyn Noir. Each book comprises stories set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the respective city.
The best-selling original Miami Noir, edited by Les Standiford and published in 2006, featured brand-new stories from some of the city’s best living writers. Now, in Miami Noir: The Classics, Standiford has turned his eye toward the outstanding noir fiction of yesteryear.
Featuring classic noir fiction from: Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Elmore Leonard, Lester Dent, Zora Neale Hurston, Brett Halliday, Damon Runyon, Edna Buchanan, James Carlos Blake, Douglas Fairbairn, Charles Willeford, T.J. MacGregor, Lynne Barrett, Les Standiford, Preston L. Allen, John Dufresne, Vicki Hendricks, Christine Kling, Carolina Garcia-Aguilera, and David Beaty.
Description: Her mother has died and her father is missing. In despair, twenty-year-old Emiko abandons her factory job to go searching for her father in Tokyo. It is 1969, and her father has helped with student protests against the war in Vietnam. This gives Emiko a lead to start her search.
To survive in Tokyo, she stays at a hostel in the seedy Sanya neighborhood and takes a job as hostess in a bar where she’s required to “talk cute,” which goes against her grain.
She’s previously refused an offer to become the second wife of the rich Genji, twice her age, who had been in love with her mother, but when she’s fired and out of money, in desperation she goes to Genji’s office, hoping for a loan. Genji has something else in mind.
Emiko nearly gives up the idea of finding her father. And then she meets Juan, an American soldier recovering from a battle injury. Now she’s in love with a soldier in the war she and her father have been denouncing for years.
Description: Brain-Based Learning With Gifted Students combines relevant research in neuroscience with engaging activities for gifted elementary students in grades 3–6. This book:
-Teaches how development and learning processes happen in the brain. -Helps students and teachers explore specific brain-based concepts together. -Includes a concise research overview on why each concept works and matters. -Offers extension ideas to deepen the activities and strategies for applying each concept to other content areas. -Aligns to gifted programming standards.
Through the lessons in this book, students will learn how to cultivate curiosity, neuroplasticity, metacognition, empathy, and well-being. Grounded in research on the latest findings in neuroscience, this book empowers gifted education teachers with relevant information on brain-based learning.
Description: College Success for Students With Learning Disabilities (2nd ed.) offers students the knowledge, guidance, and strategies they need to effectively choose a college, prepare for university life, and make the most of their collegiate experience. This revised edition:
-Outlines the rights and responsibilities of students with learning disabilities. -Gives advice on talking to professors and peers, getting involved, and asking for and receiving accommodations. -Helps students utilize their strengths to meet and exceed academic standards. -Provides additional information on autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and ADHD. -Includes a handy guide to universities with special programs and advice from current college students with disabilities.
Planning for college can be one of the biggest moments in any student's life, but for students with disabilities, the experience can be challenging on many different levels. This book will empower future students and provide them with hope for success.
Description: Embrace the Scandinavian style of childrearing: practical, egalitarian, and free from outdated myths.
Expectant parents will be relieved to hear: Put away the vacuum—dust does not lead to allergy. Breastfeeding protects against allergies? Never has done, never will do. Stop boiling bottles and pacifiers—sterilizing is unnecessary in most industrial countries. Think you shouldn’t drink alcohol when breastfeeding? Plain moralism.
Pediatrician Cecilia Chrapkowska runs the country's most popular parenting blog and is a specialist on vaccinations. Dr. Agnes Wold has been named Sweden’s Woman of the Year for her tireless work in women’s health. Together they present cutting-edge research from around the world which can guide you to make better parenting choices. But unlike so many books, they focus on the parent just as much as the child. Drawing on Sweden’s famously generous parental leave and enlightened social policies, they demonstrate the importance of equal parenting and provide practical tools for parents everywhere to share responsibility equally.
From the progressive land in the North, this is the fact-based, feminist guide to parenting you have been waiting for.
Description: In concise and distilled prose, Lemus presents a collection of still lifes, landscapes, and portraits of a challenging year that threatened all she loved most.
Particulate Matter is the story of a year in Felicia Luna Lemus’s marriage when the world turned upside down. It’s set in Los Angeles, and it’s about love and crisis, loss and grief, the city and the ocean, ancestral ghosts and history haunting. Nature herself seemed to howl. Fires raged and covered the house Lemus and her spouse shared in ash. Everything crystallized. It was the most challenging and terrifying time she had ever gone through, and yet it was also a time when the sublime beauty of the everyday shone through with particular power and presence.
Description: The Language of Liberty: A Citizen’s Vocabulary is a substantive lexicon of 101 political terms. These are not simply definitions, but explorations of each term’s meaning in the broader context of American life and history. Addressing nearly every aspect of our political system, and doing so in a non-partisan, accessible, manner, The Language of Liberty will appeal to anyone wanting to understand our political system more fully. It amounts to an owner’s manual for American government. The book is timeless, yet needed now more than ever.
Description: The breathtaking firsthand account of two Yellowstone wolves and their remarkable bond.
Wolf 21 and Wolf 42 were attracted to each other the moment they met in Yellowstone Park—but Wolf 42’s jealous sister hindered their relationship. After an explosive insurrection within the pack, the two wolves came together at last as alpha male and alpha female of the Druids, the most successful wolf pack in Yellowstone history. Rick McIntyre recounts their fascinating love story with compassion and a keen eye for detail, drawing on his many years of experience observing Yellowstone wolves in the wild. This remarkable work of science writing offers unparalleled insight into wolf behavior and Yellowstone’s famed wolf reintroduction project.
Description: Understanding Twice-Exceptional Learners offers an in-depth look at the needs and lived experiences of students who are twice-exceptional. This book:
-Includes detailed examinations of co-occurring disabilities commonly found in twice-exceptional populations. -Features studies of ADHD, dyslexia, dyscalculia, autism spectrum disorders (ASD), anxiety, OCD, and more. -Bridges the divide between research about and practical strategies for teaching gifted students with learning challenges. -Is Ideal for university teacher preparation courses and graduate programs. -Provides strength-based strategies that focus on students' unique gifts and talents.
Each chapter includes a comprehensive literature review, suggested interventions, resources for further exploration, and vignettes that highlight experiences of twice-exceptional students and the behaviors and needs that practitioners might commonly see in the classroom.
Description: The full-color, hardcover book, illustrated by award-winning artist Yoko Matsuoka, tells the story of a little girl named Riley with “magical” ponytails that have a hidden power: With a flip, a swoosh, and a twirl, they can transport her to spectacular adventures and even different places and times.
Thanks to Riley's magical hair, she is empowered to experience a world of possibilities while helping neighbors and animals in need, tending to self-care and learning to embrace the magic within.
Description: Explore what it means to be all grown up!
All newborn mammals—whether they have hooves, flippers, claws, or wings—rely on mother’s milk to help them grow. In order to survive, every cub, calf, and kit must eventually figure out how to find their own food. From bats learning how to fly to elephants gaining control of their trunks, animal families help their young develop the tools they need to hunt, forage, or scavenge. Open this book to explore the incredible variety of skills baby mammals must learn in order to survive and thrive.
This award-winning animal book is now available in Spanish!
¡Explora lo que significa ser grande!
Todos los mamíferos recién nacidos — ya sea que tengan pezuñas, aletas, garras o alas — dependen de la leche de sus madres para poder crecer. Para poder sobrevivir, todos los cachorros, terneros y crías deben descubrir cómo encontrar su propia comida. Desde los murciélagos que aprenden a volar hasta los elefantes que aprenden a controlar sus trompas, las familias de animales ayudan a los pequeños a desarrollar las herramientas que necesitan para cazar o buscar comida. Abre este libro para explorar las diferentes habilidades que los mamíferos bebés deben aprender para poder sobrevivir y prosperar.
Description: Take a peek inside the mysterious world of living things! Learn alongside inspirational women biologists whose innovations changed the world.
Discover the power of curiosity and resilience through a conversation between a spunky young protagonist, asking questions about the world around her, and a scientifically astute narrator, whose answers are both accurate and understandable to young minds. Women in Biology is the perfect place for children to start their own journeys of discovery and wonder.
¡Este popular libro ahora está disponible en español!
¡Explora el misterioso mundo de los seres vivos! Aprende junto con las biólogas inspiradoras cuyas innovaciones cambiaron el mundo.
Descubre el poder de la curiosidad y capacidad para adaptarse por medio de una conversación entre una protagonista joven y valiente que hace preguntas sobre el mundo a su alrededor, y un narrador científicamente astuto cuyas respuestas son exactas y comprensibles para las mentes jóvenes. Las mujeres en la biología es el lugar perfecto para que los niños empiecen sus propios viajes de descubrimientos y maravillas.
Description: Take a peek inside the mysterious world of living things! Learn alongside the inspirational women who've changed the world with their scientific discoveries. This fun story of biology is a perfect place for young scientists to start their own journeys of discovery and wonder.
Discover the power of curiosity and resilience by following a conversation between an spunky young protagonist, who ask questions about the world around her, and a scientifically astute narrator, whose answers are crafted to be both accurate and understandable for to a young mind. In this way, learning the basics of biology, chemistry and physics becomes an effortless outcome of enjoying the story.
Science Wide Open is a series of scientifically accurate children's books, with a mission to teach young kids about Chemistry, Biology, and Physics while highlighting many of the some of the mind blowing achievement of many of our Women of Science!
Description: Like his earlier book, Before I Forget, 80 Poems is the compilation of a life. The number of poems is significant, Jacobs is at once celebrating and lamenting his 80th birthday. Consistent with that, the poems among the 80 focus on the function and content of memory, and the uncertainty of life, particularly at advanced age. Throughout the book there is a spiritual tone of faith in the goodness of life.
In 1962 Lloyd Jacobs was honorably discharged after four years of active duty in The United States Marine Corps. After undergraduate study at Miami University of Ohio, Jacobs attended The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and postdoctoral study at three institutions. He practiced Surgery for twenty years, becoming Professor of Surgery at The University of Michigan. He was appointed President of The Medical College of Ohio in 2003 and became president of the combined institution when the Medical College merged into The University of Toledo. He served in this role until 2014. At that time, he renewed his commitment to poetry and now writes poetry daily.
Description: A bittersweet tale of a young man's existential odyssey.
Pony thought life was finally turning around. He just landed a great job and he was finally rid of Olivia, his long term girlfriend; they drifted apart, as many young lovers do. However, Olivia has something else in mind.
Can Pony continue on the path to adulthood or will he be side-tracked by an ill-fated romance and the strong call of his past.
Description: The 27 stories in Michael Fedo’s collection are whimsical, satirical, and laugh-out-loud funny. They are wide-ranging: a chance meeting in Hannibal, Missouri of the James Boys where Frank and Jesse encounter William and Henry; Mozart in the mosh pit; a mortuary tv infomercial; quilting as an Olympic sport; a working-class bar at which patrons’ harangues center on poetry and art instead of pro football or monster truck competitions: a nursing home where modern residents demand punk and classic rock music from visiting entertainers, rather than the syrupy standards of decades past. Interspersed throughout the book are witty riffs on media critics of music, literature, and art, along with other surprises and guffaws.
Description: As the chaos of Loki covers the earth again, will the Seeker awaken to save us all?
When Sonja Michaelson’s hot date turns into something out of a horror movie, she wakes up with a chunk taken out of her neck, and her body going through strange changes. Her attacker has disappeared, leaving her a mysterious note to meet him in Montana.
With her senses tipping over into the freaky, she is left with no choice but to go after him.
Instead of her attacker, she finds Tyler Viðarrson, an alluring man who claims he’s been sent to teach her how to survive the transition into her new life. Ty informs her that she’s been bitten into a line of werewolves that trace their lineage back to an ancient pack of Icelandic Vikings.
Now, several packs are fighting for her to join them. If she doesn’t learn to control her wolf by the full moon, she could lose what’s left of her sanity. But with such a tempting teacher, she fears her sanity may be the least of her worries.
Sonja soon discovers there is a larger and more sinister plan at work. She is not the only one who has been changed against her will, and whoever is changing the others, wants her for what she can awaken – an ancient power that may endanger the entire world.
Description: Escaping an assassination attempt, the underground figure El Buscador lands in Brooklyn’s Gowanus, home of a toxic canal. His mortal adversary, developer Timothy Tolland, has proposed for Gowanus a magnificent canal district, featuring humpbacked bridges, majestic ramps, and inspired industrial architecture.
Distrustful of Tolland’s intentions, El Buscador works to undermine the project. Soon, he understands that the only way to succeed is to become the thing that he hates. Complicating his maneuvers is the presence of an eight-foot sturgeon that has made the contaminated canal its new home. Nicknamed the Gwaken, the sturgeon draws great interest in Gowanus, adding to the carnival atmosphere of a community indulging in new-age Ganja desserts and frequenting a shady establishment that serves Brooklyn’s worst pizza.
Secret meetings, floods, and the opening of long hidden channels lead to a spectacular climax along a canal whose toxicity can lead either to its resurrection or to its demise.
Description: Would their love be doomed before it even had a chance?
Sonja Michaelson has a monumental taste for bad men. So when Raul Anderson walked into her bar all clad in his motorcycle gear and plucked a dart out of the air that had been thrown at his head, she fell so fast and hard her impact could have leveled a small city. Whether it would turn into love, or remain just lust didn't matter. The damage was already done.
Raul’s mission: Find the girl, convince her to turn, bring her back to Hemlock Hollow, and in doing so, save his sister's life. She had been primed by a father who loved the lore of their culture and their kind, so it should have been easy. He expected a half-Swedish, half-Cherokee princess used to having everything handed to her, one who would jump at the chance of quintupling her lifespan by becoming a werewolf. But when he saw the black-haired beauty holding her own behind the bar, working her butt off to pay her way through med school, it threw a wrench firmly into his plans hooks deep into his heart.
Description: With the help of his human and non-human allies, Colton has accomplished the impossible; he killed the Overlord of the Dark Ones, crippling their offensive - for now. The battle is won, but the war has just begun. Three weeks later, the nightmarish creatures from another dimension are back. And they're stronger and more vicious than ever. If that isn't bad enough, Colton is suffering from a mysterious, life-threatening illness. To save him, his friends bring him to the enigmatic Academy- a conglomerate of cyber-enhanced scientists. Here, the shocking truth about Colton's identity is finally revealed. Meanwhile, Vincent, a powerful entity disguised as a human soldier, falls for Eurydice, an ice-cold enforcer for the Dark Ones. He must choose which side he's on. A momentous decision that could destroy the world as we know it... Fast-paced, action-driven, and cinematic, Dark City takes place in the heart of the eternal war between good and evil, told in a way you've never heard before.
Description: A story of love, loyalty and loss.It is 1878. British troops are preparing for the invasion of Zululand. Walter Williams is among them, a gunner in the Royal Artillery, who no longer has any illusions about soldiering. He strikes up an unlikely friendship with young Davy Cochrane, a driver in his battery, a friendship that binds them for life.When Walter returns home to civilian life, he returns to a London that is poorer, dirtier, meaner than he remembers. He wants only a peaceful existence in the bosom of his family. However, the landscape has changed since he was last home. Edie, his mother, a towering figure from his youth, has been shunted off to an institution and Walter’s manipulative sister, Lil, with her husband Art, has plans for Walter that involve a match with Art’s sister, the sullen-faced Agnes.For her part, Agnes, traumatised by an episode from her past, carries with her a devastating secret that will greatly impact on Walter’s future happiness.Meanwhile, Walter strives for his ideal. Along the way, he makes a new friend, Jem Cresswell and reunites with an old one, Davy Cochrane. Both men will have a role to play in subsequent events. For just as Walter is close to achieving the life he wants, Grundy, a ghost from his past re-emerges, threatening to destroy everything. Now, more than ever before, Walter must engage fearlessly with the enemy . . .
Description: Private eye,Sam has seen it all, that is until he meets Jasmine. She's no ordinary damsel in distress and their tale is no ordinary romance. When Sam Melody, a hardworking private detective, meets the beautiful Jasmine Pellitier, the consequences could be deadly. Although Jasmine seems like the perfect woman, she is actually a 2,500-year-old witch... and is being pursued by ancient enemies who will stop at nothing to learn the secret of her powers.A fascinating marriage of witch-tale and detective yarn, Darkness and Light takes the reader from Sam and Jasmine's adventures in modern-day New York City to her ancient European beginnings and back again, as they try to elude their enemies in a running battle between good and evil. From ancient times though the Crusades to the Salem Witch Trials and beyond, follow Jasmine and the man she loves into a final showdown between the powers of Darkness and Light.
Description: When Fancy sent Richard from Barbados, she did not tell him her plans. Richard arrives unexpectedly after she and Kirk go to Ireland. Richard discovers she has adopted Kirk's daughter, and he concludes she will never abandon Kirk. Brokenhearted, Richard returns to the future before Fancy can tell him her marriage to Kirk is void. Richard’s departure allows Kirk to woo Fancy again in earnest and they remarry. The couple sail to Bermuda, where Kirk leaves Fancy and the children at Spring Haven to sail to Barbados. A hurricane destroys the Spring Haven house. Fancy takes the children to the mainland and on to the safety of McCarron’s Corner. En route, she learns Kirk’s ship was destroyed in the hurricane and Kirk is believed to be dead. At McCarron’s Corner, Fancy manages to go forward in time, where Richard finds her. She gives Richard another chance. They fall in love again, marry, and she writes a best-selling memoir, which attracts unwanted attention. Will they survive when a stalker’s dangerous obsession threatens to destroy their future?
Description: Sam Marsh’s beloved Palm Springs hotel is hanging on by a string. Sam is running out of funds and he’s looking down the barrel of a prospect he doesn’t want to imagine, selling his stake to his ex-wife. When his friend, Tony, suggests a Nigerian multi-million-dollar deal, Sam forgets that deals that seem too good to be true often are. In Duped, a novel of high-stake schemes, suspense and sex, Sam and Tony travel to Nigeria to arrange the movement of $37 million to Switzerland. Between his dealings with the nefarious Dr. Kidogo and his run-in with an American lout, who’s in Lagos to carry out his own scam, Sam doubts whether the profit he stands to earn is worth it, especially with a new woman in his life, the beautiful and enigmatic Dina.
Being a Sparrow child has never been simple. Olivia, Sherman, and Morgan all have their faults, and they all cope with their tumultuous childhood in their own unstable ways: Olivia leads an excessive lifestyle, Morgan cycles through risky behaviors, and Sherman dabbles in morally precarious business practices. Up until now, they have kept their family from completely crumbling; but the cracks in their relationships are about to be unearthed. As their shaky foundations collide, an earthquake levels their city.
Olivia treks across a mutilated Portland to reach her family; Sherman finds it in himself to protect his siblings from militia looters and thugs; and Morgan uncovers the past wrongs of her parents. To make matters worse, their shelter is in the path of a mass of loose earth repeatedly shaken by aftershocks.
When the siblings finally reunite, their new task is to survive long enough to be medevaced from their childhood home in the face of an impending landslide. Previously separated by secrets and resentments, they realize they are now united by survival. If resources don't run out, if sickness doesn't overtake them, if alt-right militia members don't intervene, and if the wet mass of land speeding toward their makeshift shelter doesn't bury them, they will have to navigate their past traumas and their parents' mistakes. Only then can they honor those they have lost—and survive as a family.
Description: Raffaela Schlotter's father has just told her that he planned to kill himself six years ago. He'd had it all planned out, even crafting a lengthy suicide note titled HALLELUJAH explaining the decision.
The only thing that prevented his suicide was the death of Raffa's mother a few weeks before the date he'd chosen to end it all. Now, he expects Raffa to smile through a family vacation after he 's shared the contents of his suicide note.
Description: From award winning international author Vance Huxley comes a gem in children's books - Harriet the Hornet. Harriet the Hornet loves to sing. Join her as she shares her talent with others and follows her dreams. "A dazzling celebration of talent!" - Blue Sky Reviews "A whimsical, rhyming tale of a Hornet that loves to sing!" - Edith Larson, Reviewer
Description: When dealing with vampires, expect betrayal at every turn…
Mage private investigator Alice Worth’s life has changed dramatically. On the plus side, she has a new home to share with alpha werewolf Sean Maclin and her ghost sidekick Malcolm. She’s also gained an office with her name on the door, a fearsome ally, and dark magic inherited from a defeated enemy.
On the downside, a dire prophecy hangs over her head, she’s uncovered a terrible betrayal, and the new magic is killing her.
When the ancient head of the Vampire Court calls in a favor, Alice is forced to put aside her own problems to hunt a stolen treasure. She and Malcolm travel to realms full of wonders and nightmares in their pursuit of a thief consumed by need for vengeance. To survive and return home, they must rely on a motley group of highly unusual allies.
In pursuit of justice, Alice and Malcolm face many terrifying adversaries. Unfortunately, some are much closer to home than they could imagine…
Description: Heaven and Other Zip Codes follows the complicated relationships between lonely, thirty-something-year-old mother Searcy, her awkward preadolescent son Theo, cheating husband and disingenuous stepfather Hoit, and young, attractive, painter-turned-after-school-tutor Emerson.
When anonymous letters accusing Hoit of infidelity start to arrive on the doorstep, Searcy takes her flirtation with her son's tutor to the next level, and the family begins to fracture in the sunny Southern California suburb they call home.
Will Searcy and Emerson act upon their feelings? Will Hoit’s adulterous exploits come back to haunt him? Will the boys at school stop bullying Theo? Who is writing the mysterious letters? And where exactly is the location of Heaven and Other Zip Codes?
This contemporary novel explores family, guilt, manipulation, betrayal, and love.
Description: The shocking story of the doomed Donner Party expedition is told through the eyes of a brave young pioneer in this powerful survival adventure.
From multi-award winning Ellie Crowe and Scott Peters.
15-year-old Zeke is thrilled to be heading west with over eighty settlers on the famed Oregon Trail. But when their wagon train takes an ill-advised short cut, the pioneers find themselves trapped in a frozen mountain pass. As howling winter storms rage around the Donner Party, there’s no way forward or back. Faced with starvation, Zeke must attempt to walk out of the wilderness on sheer willpower alone. Can he ever hope to make it to California? Can he ever hope to escape?
Based on actual survivor accounts and hours of research, this inspirational story is exceptionally vivid, swift-paced, and stirring. The Westward Expansion is a tale of Indians and pioneers, mountains, deserts and places where the buffalo roamed, of covered wagons and horses and a new country taking shape.
This is the 5th children's book in the I Escaped Series about brave kids who face real-world challenges and find ways to escape. Sure to appeal to fans of books like I Survived by New York Times Bestseller Lauren Tarshis, Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales, stories about America’s West for kids, and Bound For Oregon by Jean Van Leeuwen.
Packed with a special section on facts about the Oregon Trail and much more. Includes survivor photos.
An adrenaline-charged tale of bravery, fellowship and non-stop action about one of the most poignant tragedies in American history.
Description: eBook format is .pdf Claire Stanfield became a lawyer to make her father proud, but after a troubling case leaves her shaken, she escapes to Alaska and immerses herself in the world of dog sledding. Dillon Cord became a police officer to serve his community, but he moves to Nome in the wake of a life-altering incident. For both, the Iditarod—the toughest sled dog race in the world—offers a chance for forgiveness, redemption, and healing. After meeting unexpectedly just ten days before the race, Claire and Dillon are drawn together by the shared challenge of surviving the merciless Alaskan wilderness out on the trail. With the help of their strong-willed sled dogs, the two mushers navigate treacherous mountain paths, as well as their own budding relationship. If they can come to terms with their pasts and stay focused on the dangerous trail ahead, Claire and Dillon might have a chance to create something special—but only if they reach Nome in one piece.
Description: A socialite and a cub reporter join forces to solve a thirty-year-old cold case in this gripping mystery from USA Today bestselling author Adrienne Giordano.
Hollywood socialite Rose Trudeau understands loss. As a survivor of the legendary—and unsolved—Grande hotel fire thirty years ago, she still mourns her closest friend who perished in the blaze. And now, the sudden death of her beloved husband forces Rose to once again battle grief.
When pain-in-the-rear cub reporter RaeLynn Demming shows up at Rose's Bel-Air estate begging for a scoop on the Grande fire, Rose can't help but admire the young woman's gumption. Hungry for justice, she agrees to be a source, but she wants more than a fluff piece. She wants an arsonist and murderer caught. Even if it means revisiting the Grande.
The investigation takes the pair to the island of La Paradisio, where sun and sand do nothing to calm the local police. They want these wannabe detectives gone, urging them to leave the sleuthing to the professionals. The whole thing screams cover-up.
Undeterred, Rose and Rae chase leads that turn all-too-personal when Rae finds herself the victim of a threat.
Will their investigation uncover secrets an arsonist will do anything to protect?
Description: The American Revolution never happened. Armies wage war with steam-powered tanks, zeppelins, and a host of mechanized beasts. The British Empire dominates the globe, planting colonies and controlling nations and resources. Now, in the time of Queen Victoria, England struggles with a growing global Resistance movement. A British colonial family is caught in the crosshairs when one of their own, Anne Goulden, is kidnapped by South American Resistance forces. Her brother Edward, his wife, and her cousin travel to Cartagena to search for Anne and find out why the local magistrate closed the investigation and declared Anne dead. Edward and his family follow their sister’s trail deep into the South American rainforest. There, an epic showdown awaits with a fleet of British battleships, a Resistance army, and a cast of imaginative characters.
Fifteen-year-old Laurel Summers couldn’t tell you the last words she spoke to her mother and siblings if her life depended on it. But she will never forget the image of her mother’s mangled green car on the freeway, shattering the boring world Laurel had been so desperate to escape. Now she can’t stop seeing the ghosts of her family members, which haunt her with memories of how life used to be back when her biggest problem was the kiss she shared with her best friend Hanna.
After the accident, Laurel and her dad are left to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives. Her dad is struggling with his grief and depression, unable to cope with the loss of his family. He seeks a way out of his pain, leaving Laurel behind while he struggles to cope with his own mental illness. She is desperate to find a way to hold everything together again and help her father come to terms with the loss so he can come back to her.
Laurel tries to make sense of her pain with the help of her grandparents, her two best friends, and some random strangers. As she struggles to understand who she is without her family, she must come to terms with the items on her List of Things Not to Talk About, learn to trust her dad again, and—on top of it all—keep her heart open to love in the wake of her immense loss, eventually learning that it’s OK to not be OK.
Description: High school soccer star Lindsey Anderson kicks the winning goal for the state championship, drops dead on the soccer field, and wakes up in the body of a teenage sex trafficking victim. No one believes who she really is. Not even her dad. Chased by her new body's drug-dealing pimp wanting his stolen money back and rabid parapsychologists hoping to dissect her, Lindsey begins a desperate search to get her body and her life back before graduation day. Too bad her dad had her body cremated.
Description: Jory Post has been an educator and writer for 40 years as well as making handmade books and journals with his wife, Karen, as JoKa Press. He participates in a playwriting group, a fiction writing group, and a poetry workshop with Santa Cruz County poet laureate, Danusha Laméris. He is the cofounder and editor of phren-z, an online literary magazine, serving Santa Cruz County writers for 8 years. His fiction and poetry have been published in Catamaran Literary Review, Chicago Quarterly Review, Porter Gulch Review, Red Wheelbarrow, 82 Review, and upcoming in The Sun.
Of Two Minds is the second in a trilogy of poetry books dedicated to the thoughts and meanderings of a born-again poet who carries with him not only a desire to hunt and gather and collect everything he can but also a persistent pancreatic tumor that provides a hauntingly realistic filter through which to observe the world and the people and animals that inhabit it.
“More than any book I can think of, Jory Post’s prose poetry collections incant the brief and brilliant present moment. Illness is the dark side of the dharma of now, and Post takes us along to the oncologist and the operating room while also surging through days with the artist’s eye, missing no bloom or bowl of oatmeal or vicarious mountain hike. Each poem sends out a blinking light that sets the next one in motion, and the work becomes a remarkable record of the way a mind recovers the pieces of a life as a daily practice, the way it multiplies and holds an accordion of thought. In these compressed narratives befitting of urgency, he floats above canyons, is a burning star, a search light, beckoning us to make a bright spectacle of ourselves, one more time. Of Two Minds is an invitation, an ephemera room, a memory garden, a singular moment where a cabinet of surprise awaits.” —Jennifer K. Sweeney
“Jory’s second book of poems astonishes with the lightness with which it lands on heavy subjects. It takes the smallest observations of the world—the medical rigamarole of chemo treatments, unusual number correspondences, overhead phrases, an invasion of butterflies, French toast with real maple syrup at the Silver Spur, a friend’s tomatoes, seeing faces in the pot de crème—and turns them to see what light they’ll refract. These poems are fearless, whimsical, and deeply spiritual. For instance, ‘Buzz,’ starts as a meditation on a saw’s new gizmos, invented to protect life, turns towards one thing the saw might make, and then dismantles it: ‘For my next project, I’ll take the coffin I’ve been imagining, cut it into small strips. Carve matchsticks. Add sulfur tips. Burn my future into something new.’ Such imaginative leaps surprise with the happy rightness of their discoveries. These poems face death but celebrate life, with all its quirky, quotidian joys, pulling us in to celebrate what writing can conjure—both in the speaker, and in all of us willing to slow down and listen. Dip in. Travel with Jory. His words hold us. Together.” —David Allen Sullivan, Poet Laureate of Santa Cruz county
“In Jory Post’s Of Two Minds everyday objects and animals set the poet’s mind in motion, leaping from memories to the measurements of the body to the stories of the stars. This collection of prose poems knows how to savor the repetitions of the daily. Acutely aware of time and its passage, these poems remind us to ‘take a look inside, watch the then, now and later.’ Post is a collector who searches through flea markets and conversations and gives everything—bright or dull, new or used, present or timeless—a second look.” —Traci Brimhall
Description: “When a high-pitched scream perforated my peace at the National Botanic Gardens in Dublin it seemed that it was not only audible but almost visible. It was as though the sound had made the light there vibrate – as though the plants and trees were altered by it.”Court stenographer Beatrice Barrington is at the National Botanic Gardens, Dublin, when a woman runs screaming from the Palm House.A man has plunged from the high walkway inside onto the flagstone floor below. He’s identified as gardener Paddy Hogan. An accident? Or could it be suicide? Examining the scene, Beatrice believes neither is likely. She begins to suspect Paddy has been murdered, though the local gardaí seem to believe otherwise.Paddy’s sister Ava begs her to find the truth about his death and, though Beatrice has promised herself not to get involved and has been warned off by Detective Inspector Rebecca Maguire, she agrees.And when her former lover, ex-detective Gabriel Ingram, returns from a long recuperation in Donegal, together they get drawn into the case. Investigating the lives of staff and visitors at the gardens, they uncover lies and deception but a motive for murder remains elusive . . .
Description: In the summer of 1963, seventeen-year-old Eddie Strull goes off to Europe with a supervised camp group of New York Jewish kids. But Eddie, ever the rebel, has other plans. Eddie wants to live as an adult. A writer. Right now. When they arrive in Paris, the last stop before heading home, Eddie sneaks out of the youth hostel and disappears into the bohemian labyrinth of the Left Bank. There he encounters a colorful array of artists, writers, actors, and one extraordinary prostitute, who draws him into a risky adventure. Ultimately, he becomes a wanted man. Instant adulthood turns out to be much more than Eddie bargained for.
Description: Blaze never cared about her culture. Not the people. Not the land. And certainly not the past. When life brings her one heartache after another, Blaze nearly gives up until a magic journal—written by Chief Black Raven hundreds of years ago—is un-buried. A magic ritual performed on a full-moon night sends Blaze spiraling into the past. On her own in a time she knows nothing about, Blaze must face her fears, embrace her Sioux heritage, fall in love, and become She Cougar—the Sioux maiden destined to save her people’s legacy.
Description: For ages, war has raged between humans and demons. For demon hunter Sionna Kyte, it was just another routine mission. Instead, she awakens from death in a pool of her own blood and comes face to face with the very demon she was sent to eradicate. Instead of being killed, Sionna realizes she’s been soulbound—stuck with a powerful demon. She is changed—part human, part demon—feared and hated by the humans who once loved her and, at the same time, regarded as an enemy by other demons. She sets out to undo what’s been done to her, while trying to keep her curse a secret. Forced into a soulbound alliance with her enemy, she faces overwhelming odds against her survival and finding a second chance at life.
Description: Officer Valarie Garibaldi, cancer survivor and heir to her cop father’s legacy, seizes an opportunity to fulfill his dream and earn her gold detective’s badge. A vacancy in the Ft. Lauderdale Police Department’s Homicide Unit is the twenty-six-year-old’s chance to prove to herself that she’d made the right choice between college, the beach, and the police academy. Partnering with veteran Detective Deesay Becerra, their first case together starts with a dead macaw–stuffed with millions in diamonds, and a murdered hooker–filled with heroin balloons. The body count ratchets up with the killing of two Miami Dolphins players, leaving the detectives no choice but to use one of their suspects as bait.
Description: The fate of the Supernatural world lies in the hands of the Trinity. Now that their powers have awakened, they are one step closer to putting an end to the Darkness surrounding them. Perhaps with a little help from the past, a winged guardian, and some new friends – the Trinity can persevere and rise against the Darkness.
Description: Nicky Covo is a Holocaust survivor. In 1990, Nicky – a Brooklyn psychiatrist – receives a letter from Abbess Fevronia, the head of a women’s monastery in Greece. Although Nicky believes the rest of his family died at Auschwitz, he learns that Theodora, a mysteriously silent nun who’s lived at the monastery since 1944, may be his baby sister, Kal. With his old friend and new love, Helen, Nicky returns to Greece – to harrowing memories of his fighting with the partisans and to a reunion with his beloved sister. The Flight of the Veil explores the intersections of guilt and memory, faith and tragedy, fate and miracle.
Description: And deep within that wispy wood, where ancient ferns unfurl, There dwelt a most unusual, enchanted little girl…
A little girl lives alone in a fantastic forest where all her wishes are instantly fulfilled. All except one: she yearns for a human friend. And then one day her wish comes true when Polly Porter wanders into the woods. The girl delightedly follows Polly home. But what will she gain—and what will she lose—by entering the world of people?
Description: From the Land of Genesis is a profound collection of short stories centered on veterans whose lives have been permanently affected by the wars of Afghanistan and Iraq. Based on research and interviews that O’Shea conducted himself, these interwoven stories offer insight to the struggles that veterans face upon returning home. However, the stories also feature glimpses of hope amidst the despairing truths that make for beautiful stories veterans can relate to, and for civilian readers to experience vicariously the extremes of the human condition.
Description: Would you risk losing everything for love?In 1936, eighteen-year-old Esther Muncie marries Scottish landowner Fraser McAllister, twenty-four years her senior.By 1946, Esther is the mother of two children, wife to an absent husband and is running the estate of Kirkmore. With her Scottish labourers still helping to rebuild Europe with the British Army, and desperately needing workers, Esther takes delivery of twenty German prisoners of war.Amongst these ‘enemy aliens’ the residents of Kirkmore find friends. They find craftsmen, farmers, ordinary men and boys.And Esther McAllister finds a German academic by the name of Michael Petersen.
Never leave someone behind: it’s a promise easier made than kept, especially when seventeen-year-old Pip takes the headstrong twelve-year-old Iris under her protection in the wake of an earth-shattering plague.
After an unspeakable tragedy, the duo must negotiate the complexities of their own identities amid the nearly unrecognizable remains of Spokane, Washington. When they're captured by a violent gang, Pip and Iris meet Fly, a stubborn and courageous older girl. When their captors exchange them for supplies at Thistle Hill Orchard, an idyllic farm turned commune, it seems that the girls' luck has finally changed for the better. But the proselytizing of Veronica, Thistle Hill's leader, and the looming presence of her right-hand man, Granville―who is more snake than cowboy―make the trio’s circumstances more perilous.
As Pip, Iris, and Fly weigh the precariousness of their lives at Thistle Hill against the uncertainty of life on the outside, they simultaneously grapple with the secrets that make their situation all the more tenuous. Pip’s vow to never leave someone behind may have made survival more difficult for her, but this promise could also be the key to finding meaning in the ashes of what came before.
Description: Chosen of the Moon Goddess. Destined to rule. Fated to marry.
A quest to save her family, kingdom, and heart.
For the past five years Princess Eira has run from her impending wedding. As much as she loves her goddess and kingdom, she’s searched the kingdoms for another way to rule as queen someday while also choosing her own husband.
Yet, Eira’s claim to the crown falls into jeopardy when her father, King Brennus, is poisoned and fated to a sleep of living death and Eira is next on the assassin’s hit list – who happens to be her stepmother, Queen Amelia.
After Eira escapes Queen Amelia’s clutches she journeys to the northern Paravian mountains in search of an enchanted cup to save her father.
Her quest is more than she anticipated with evading Queen Amelia’s guards, traveling with the one man she shouldn’t be with, and having to bargain with the ancient dragon guarding the enchanted cup.
She’ll have to decide how to save her family and kingdom, even if it means sacrificing her heart and all she’s wanted her whole life.
A fantastical retelling of the classic Snow White fairy tale.
Description: Juanita is beautiful and brilliant. She carries the hopes of her family, her neighbors in the village and the local priest as she takes up scholarship studies at the University of Guanajuato. There she is charmed by the sophisticated Geraldo who invites her to meet his family in Tenancingo, where to her horror, she is enslaved and sold into prostitution. Government Agencies, NGO’s, the Church, her family, and even former victims on both sides of the border between the USA and Mexico are involved in the search for Juanita. Selfless, dedicated and passionate in their purpose, they are beacons along Juanita’s dangerous and painful path. Is there hope for victims like Juanita even if rescued?
Description: Trapped on an alien ship, Beebi is preparing for the barrage to come. Nine rockets are bringing a second wave, almost four hundred fighters promised huge bonuses for killing any survivors and taking control of the ship for their bloc. Even if the mutineers weather this storm, Earth's corporate blocs will send an unending stream of rockets and Troopers to stamp out the rebellion before it can spread. As if that isn't bad enough, the spaceship AI informs the Basteds and Putes they are the last chance of survival for the human race.
Beebi only knows one answer to overwhelming force and impossible odds - attack. Beebi's Bigger Basteds are heading for Earth, and they're bringing the homecoming party from hell!
Description: This collection is all about the magic of ordinary things, darks clouds and silver linings, the beautiful things found in both the natural and the manmade world. The point of writing, for me, has always been to transport me to a time or place, and to share those times and places with those who read my work. Poems from this collection have appeared in publications around the world, including Art:Mag, Spindrifter, and Palace Corbie.
Holly Day has worked as a freelance writer for over 30 years, with over 7,000 published poems, short stories, and articles and 40 books and chapbooks. Her writing has been nominated for a National Magazine Award, an Isaac Asimov Award, a 49th Parallel Prize, nineteen Pushcart awards, five Best of the Net awards, and a Rhysling Award, and she has received two Midwest Writer’s Grants, a Plainsongs Award, a Sam Ragan Prize for Poetry, and a Dwarf Star Award from the Science Fiction Poetry Association.
Description: “You’re right, Tiger. Sometimes, it just takes Mommies and Daddies a little bit longer to get here.” Tiger and Lily patiently wait for their forever family, dreaming of what the future might hold. Even though they are worried, Tiger and Lily know that together, with love, they can learn to be a family.
Description: In sixteen short stories and a novella, Anne Leigh Parrish explores the magic of life, love, and the soft boundary between fact and fantasy. The wife of an artist disappears under mysterious circumstances; a woman has the gift of taking away sorrow; another finds inner strength through writing poetry; and a great-grandmother spends the day sitting on a folding chair in a grocery store parking lot, contemplating the nature of the human heart. What Nell Dreams is Parrish's eighth book of fiction.
Description: Katarina is a woodland fairy with butterfly wings, a crown made of twigs and leaves, and a silk dress of green and shimmering gold. One day, peering through the forest trees, Katarina spies a girl sitting in the grass, crying. Young Evelyn tells the fairy she’s sad because she doesn’t think she’s good at anything. Katarina teaches Evelyn that everyone is born with unique talents. Our talents are like gifts we unwrap and use to help ourselves and others and we all need a little help figuring out our special gifts. Katarina takes Evelyn on a journey of self-discovery, presenting her with beautifully wrapped packages from which each talent magically emerges in a burst of fairy dust. Children will be delighted as they join Evelyn to discover their own unique gifts and work with a parent, teacher, or caregiver to build their TalentStory™ to increase their confidence through self-awareness.
Description: While all readers want to be entertained and captivated by stories that sing, this collection of five novellas, all set in the deserts of the American Southwest, are stories that zing. A zinger is an amusing remark, and even more than that, refers to an outstanding person or thing. Come on this journey that stretches from the shores of the ill-fated Salton Sea of Southern California, all the way to greed riddled Las Vegas, Nevada, and every arid region in between. This cast of characters that ranges from the lowly and destitute to the richest of the rich real estate developers also includes guerilla marijuana growers, star crossed lovers, and professional gamblers. Whether the conniving or the innocent, all are weaved together by one thread of commonality: they are subject to the whims of a harsh desert environment that paradoxically torments and nourishes them at every turn.
John C. Krieg is a retired landscape architect and land planner who formerly practiced in Arizona, California, and Nevada. He is also retired from the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) where he was a certified arborist. Krieg currently holds seven active categories of California state contracting licenses, including the highest category of Class A General Engineering. He has written a college textbook entitled Desert Landscape Architecture (1999, CRC Press). John has had pieces published in A Gathering of the Tribes, Alternating Current, Blue Mountain Review, Clark Street Review, Conceit, Homestead Review, Line Rider Press, LOL Comedy, Lucky Jefferson, Oddball Magazine, Palm Springs Life, Pandemonium, Pegasus, Pen and Pendulum, Saint Ann’s Review, Squawk Back, The Courtship of Winds, The Mindful Word, The Writing Disorder, and Wilderness House Literary Review. In conjunction with filmmaker/photographer Charles Sappington, John has completed a two-part documentary film entitled Landscape Architecture: The Next Generation (2010). In some underground circles, John is considered a master grower of marijuana and holds as a lifelong goal the desire to see marijuana federally legalized. Nothing else will do. To that end he has two books coming out in 2020 from Red Dashboard LLC Publications: More Marijuana Tales and It’s Just Marijuana.
Description: A Red Door is an honest and moving story about the unraveling of a marriage and the breakup of a young family during the late 1980s AIDS crisis, a time when most people who had the disease kept it a secret for as long as possible. Seemingly, happily married, and mother to two young children, Kathryn is confronted with the possibility of infection and later the knowledge that her husband, who is diagnosed with HIV has been untruthful for a number of years, risking hers and their children’s lives. As the story unfolds, we see the anger and destruction brought about by betrayal and loss of trust in a time of crisis, but also the resilience and love that ultimately hold us together.
Description: Visit all 54 African countries with an adventurous American guide who has spent over half a century on the continent.
Africa Memoir tells the incredible lifetime story of Mark G. Wentling, a boy from Kansas who grew up to travel, work, and visit all 54 African countries. Derived from over a half century spent working and living on the African continent, Wentling devotes a chapter to each country describing his firsthand experiences, eye-opening impressions, and views on future prospects.
Original and authoritative, this one-of-a-kind, three-volume work deserves a special place on the bookshelves of anyone interested in Africa.
Description: Based on over 40 interviews with women artists, explains the relationship between Flow and Mindfulness Meditation through the words of the artists themselves. The book begins with the history of mindfulness in its Buddhist context; each chapter demonstrates an aspect of this state of consciousness and how a given artist, most of whom are not meditation practitioners, has intuitively entered this autotelic state. They describe their experiences with their own personal vocabulary. Eventually they all experience Emergence, the natural arising of creative ideas, once they are fully involved in the creative process. The last chapter summarizes the conditions that foster creative solutions to art and life.
“In this intimate book of interviews with a fascinating array of artists, Rosie Rosenzweig’s experiences as a scholar, poet, playwright, and Buddhist practitioner find a creative stream of original analogies among Buddhist practices of mindfulness, ethics and compassion and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s theory of flow. Provocative and fascinating!” —Carolyn Dille, Founding Editor, Leaping Clear, Poet, Soto Zen priest.
“Diving deep, Rosie Rosenzweig disentangles the term ‘mindfulness’ from its distortions and dilutions, restoring the concept to its fullest and most dynamic meaning. Examining the twin processes of meditation and artistic creation, Emergence is nothing less than a guide to harnessing ‘the innate energy in the plasma of life.’ Cogent, persuasive, and useful, this little book will be a welcome companion to any artist, no matter their discipline.” —Richard Hoffman, author of four poetry books including Noon until Night, two memoirs, and a short story collection. He is a senior writer-in-residence at Emerson College in Boston and an assistant professor at Columbia University in New York.
“I enjoy Rosenzweig’s work as creative writer immensely. As a meditator, she is uniquely placed to bring insights to research exploring the intersection of meditation and arts practice, and I value her contribution to the field.” —Sherre DeLys, Meditation Teacher & Australian International Sound Artist and Broadcaster researching mindfulness meditation and the creative arts.
Rosie Rosenzweig, Resident Scholar in the Brandeis University Women’s Studies Research Center, is also a Boston theatre reviewer. Her travel memoir, A Jewish Mother in Shangri-la, explores her son’s introduction to his Buddhist teachers in America, France, India and Nepal. This exploration began her studies in Buddhist and Jewish meditation. Her published articles and poems have appeared in numerous anthologies and publications about these topics and the role of women in contemporary life.
Description: With fantasy sports and sports video games growing each year, the appeal of working in the sports industry is perhaps greater now than ever before. Whether it's going online to discuss the latest trades and free agent moves or going behind a screen to take control of a virtual franchise, the business behind the game is often as intriguing as on the field of play.
You’re Hired: A Guide to Working in Sports gives an inside look at working in the upper-level roles of the billion-dollar sports industry. Relying on interviews from 17 current and former professional general managers and coaches as well as Division I collegiate athletic directors and coaches, You’re Hired provides everything you wanted to know about working in sports — such as the hiring process, the process of making transactions and much more.
Chicago: 1845. I&M Canal gravedigger Enda Hughes buries a hanged man on Suicide Hill. A priest dies of a sudden heart attack.
When a curse is found pinned to the church door from a stranger claiming he was denied alms, it sets off a chain of mysterious events that begin to plague the town of Keepataw.
When the canal foreman alerts Enda to an order of phantom monks seen wandering the cemetery, it calls everything she and her apothecary husband, Keir, know into question.
As revengeful deaths, ancient visions, sinister monks, and visitations from unsettled spirits plague their town, the Hughes and encamping Native American tribe must use their medicine and magic as a barrier to save themselves from the unholiest of brotherhoods.
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Description: Appalachian teen Rowan Slone has left her dysfunctional, violent past behind. She’s ready for her senior year in high school, she has a new job that she loves, and a safe place to call home. Rowan is close to achieving everything she’s ever wanted—a sense of family, a sense of purpose, and a sense of self. But there are cracks in Rowan’s new life as relationship issues threaten to send her future crumbling to the ground, including managing self-harm impulses. When her long-held secret is discovered, Rowan must find the courage to fight for the most important thing yet—herself.
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Description: Homeless and shy teen Peggy Dillan is on the run from a secret past. After daring to save a stray dog from a tormenting gang, she finds herself running right into the Farroway Animal Shelter and into something unexpected. There she meets an eccentric group of misfits in charge of the abused and neglected animals: no-nonsense, allergy-ridden Betty; cantankerous cat lady Clara; caring animal cop Joe; and Terry—the optimistic, patient, and diplomatic warden. Enlisted into their ranks, Peggy learns to navigate the run-down, problem-ridden shelter while searching for a way to save the stray dog, Lucky, from his abusive owner. As Peggy struggles to help save the sinking shelter, she learns it’s possible to change the world “one corner at a time” with courage and conviction.
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Description: The twelfth dimension is a realm of pure invention, where the combination of song and DNA sequences bring forth creations of beauty and excellence. It is here that the angelic, otherworldly being Tsera resides as the Main Creator. But when her position is challenged by Lerion, a confident young novice who dreams of ruling the universe, Tsera must place her hope in a human being named Eleanor who lives on planet Earth.
Eleanor is a timid girl who lives at the abbey. Like her mother before her, she has an incredible gift of song, and her singing can yield food from barren land—a gift Mother Superior doesn’t want to lose.
When mysterious mists and sinkholes begin threatening her planet, Eleanor discovers she is the key to her world’s survival. With the help of her friends and her pet goat, Eleanor must embark on a journey to find the perfect tear and save Earth.
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Description: Urban magical realism novel for fans of Haruki Murakami, Toni Morrison, and Junot Diaz
Deserted by his father at the age of four and raised by his voodoo queen mother on the fringes of Skid Row, Los Angeles street artist Virgilio Santos believes it his mission to save the down-and-outers in his neighbourhood. But when he crosses paths with Beatrice Schein, an alluring Westside art collector with an aim to promote him to the international art world, Virgilio is tempted to turn his back on his friends. That is, until he discovers that Beatrice’s father is the principal financier of organized crime in his neighbourhood with plans to tear it all down for redevelopment.
Rendered with urgent intensity, The Savior of 6th Street is a literary tour de force that confirms Orlando Ortega-Medina as one of the most original storytellers of our time.
“Gritty and unexpected...The Savior of 6th Street is Orlando Ortega-Medina's lucid and engrossing new novel about a man who grows up in Los Angeles's dark, 1980s underworld" -Foreword Reviews
Description: Fans of Jodi Picoult and Elizabeth Berg will enjoy this story of hope and healing.
Psychologist Cary Taylor’s life just isn’t what it used to be. She dreads her job and no longer finds it exciting. Her family barely spends more than a few minutes together in the same room. She and her husband are drifting apart, and their fifteen-year-old daughter has developed an attitude.
When Cary discovers her daughter is pregnant by a boy from the wrong side of the tracks—and he is the son of one of her clients—her already out-of-control life suddenly gets more complicated.
Cary’s never imagined having a relationship with a client beyond the fifty-minute hour, much less someone so different from her. Cary must come to terms with her own fears if she is going to salvage her already rocky relationship with her daughter—and piece their family back together.
Told from the perspectives of both mothers and the young couple, Trailer Baby gives us a refreshingly honest, yet uplifting story of hope and healing, and how the heart can open up to love.
Description: From ferrets to horses, to rabbits and dogs, animals have incredible healing power. In her new collection of essays, pet-sitter Stormie Conway looks at how animals have impacted her life and shares the antics of her furry and feathered animal friends. From hilarious to heartfelt, Conway’s essays not only entertain, but also remind us how much humans connect with animals.
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Description: Recruited by Major Winters and his mentor, “The General,” Jamal Muhammad is one of ten American agents whose mission is ruthless by American standards, and could only be conceived in a post 9/11 world.
Following the invasion of Iraq in 2003, he is sent into the war zone as a sleeper agent. His mandate-infiltrate al Qaeda by any means necessary.
Jamal faces threats from all sides while trying to stay committed to his faith and adopted country. He even finds love in the brutal war. Will it be enough for him to complete his mission and ascend the ladder of terror on America’s behalf?
Description: Andrew Hook sees the world through a different lens. He takes often mundane things and coaxes the reader to find strangeness, beauty, and horror in their form; he colours the world in surreal shades and leads the reader down discomforting paths where nothing is quite as it should be.
Frequencies of Existence features twenty-four of the author’s finest stories, including four that are original to this collection.
In “Interference” we meet Matt, who sees the world in reverse and carries a hand mirror with him at all times in order to fit in, while “The Caged Sea” delivers a cross-cultural love story that culminates in a trip to Japan’s Aokigahara forest, famed as a suicide spot, where déjà vu and jamais vu collide. In “A Knot Of Toads” we visit the picturesque Lake District, where a most particular serial killer quietly plies their trade, and “The Abduction Of Europe” takes us on a pilgrimage, following in the footsteps of Salvador Dali.
“Andrew Hook is an undisputed superstar of strange fiction” – Neil Williamson, author of The Moon King
“A rich slab of Andrew Hook’s trademark understated darkness: measured, careful, but ruthless in its own quiet way.” – Chris Beckett, Arthur C. Clarke and Edge Hill Prize-winning author.
Contents: Your Golden Hands The Universe At Gun Point Kodokushi A Knot of Toads The Abduction of Europe The Aniseed Gumball Kid Eskimo The Last Mohican Bullet A Life In Plastic Burning Daylight Making Friends With Fold-Out Flaps The Frequency of Existence The Stench of Winter A Pageant of Clouds Always Forever Today The Caged Sea Interference Softwood My Naked Man Tokyo In Rain The Day My Heart Stood Still Drowning In Air White Matter About the Author
Description: Thirteen stories that look to the future of this diverse, multi-faceted city, London; stories that invite the reader to consider different perspectives. Stories that draw you in to possible tomorrows and suggest what may lie just beyond the city’s ever-changing skyline. Militant A.I.s, virtual realities, augmented realities and alternative realities; a city where murderers stalk the streets, where drug lords rule from the shadows, and where large sections of the population are locked in time stasis, but where tea is still sipped in cafés on the corner and the past still resonates with the future...
Neal Asher opens the anthology with a story set in his Polity Universe, Dave Hutchinson gives us a novelette from his Fractured Universe milieu, Jeremy Szal takes us to the world of his debut novel Stormblood, M.R. Carey, Aliette de Bodard, Geoff Ryman, Aliya Whiteley and a cast of equally talented writers transport us to Londons near and far...
Contents: 1. Introduction by Ian Whates 2. Skin – Neal Asher 3. The Good Shepherd – Stewart Hotston 4. Infinite Tea in the Demara Café – Ida Keogh 5. War Crimes – M.R. Carey 6. Fog and Pearls at the King’s Cross Junction – Aliya Whiteley 7. Nightingale Floors – Dave Hutchinson 8. Something Went Wrong in Heaven – Geoff Ryman 9. A Visit in Whitechapel – Eugen Bacon 10. Herd Instinct – Fiona Moore 11. Death Aid – Joseph Elliott-Coleman 12. A Dance of Dust and Life – Aliette de Bodard 13. Commute – Andrew Wallace 14. Scream in Blue – Jeremy Szal 15. About the Authors
Description: A mother’s love vs. a doctor’s oath.Oncologist Emma Blake has dedicated her life to finding a cure for a rare brain cancer. Twenty-five years ago, Emma’s childhood friend Kate died of glioblastoma, and Emma vowed to annihilate the deadly disease. Now, Kate’s father, Ned, is pushing her to work harder to fulfill that promise.When Emma discovers she’s pregnant, she’s torn between the needs of her family and the demands of her work. While Ned pressures her to do the unthinkable, her husband, Tim, decorates the nursery. Unwilling to abandon her research, Emma attempts to keep both sides of her life in balance.Emma knows she needs to reconcile her past with her present and walk the fine line between mother and physician. But Ned has a secret, and when Emma discovers what he’s been hiding, the foundation of her world cracks.Nowhere Near Goodbye is a story of family, failure, and second chances.
Description: Across many worlds and many timelines, these stories depict the moments when people see the fascism in front of them for what it is, accept it as real, and make the choice to fight it. Who are the canaries in the coal mine? When can the long-hidden voice no longer be ignored? Anti-fascist rebellion can take many forms. A transgender woman living on an artificial satellite learns to reject oppression via poetry. A machine ethicist finds a way to dance with her gods in a surveillance state. An unlikely golem hears a new call to action. A jailed musician rediscovers the music of rebellion. Will you recognize fascism and join the revolution?
Table of Contents: "A Disease of Time and Temporal Distortion" by Jennifer Shelby "The Scale of Defiance" by Nina Niskanen "May Your Government Be the Center of a Smelly Dung Sandwich" by Justin Short "The Company Store" by Kiya Nicoll "Scholar Miaka’s Brief Summary of Memories Imbued in Memory Object Exhibit 132.NW.1" by Jaymee Goh "Just an Old Grouch" by Laura Jane Swanson "A Brilliant Light, An Unreachable Dawn" by Phoebe Barton "Octobers/October" by Leonardo Espinoza Benavides (translated by Julie Capell) "That Time I Got Demon Doxxed While Smuggling Contraband to the Red States" by Luna Corbden "Go Dancing to Your Gods" by Blake Jessop "Brooklyn" by Jonathan Shipley "Sacred Chords" by Alexei Collier "The Three Magi" by Lucie Lukacovicova "The Body Politic" by Octavia Cade "In Her Eye's Mind" by Selene dePackh "What Eyes Can See" by Lauren Ring "We All Know the Melody" by Brandon O'Brien "Chicken Time" by Hal Y. Zhang "Notes on the Supply of Raw Material in the Bodies Market" by Rodrigo Juri "The Sisterhood of the Eagle Lion" by Sam J. Miller "The Turnip Golem" by Dianne M. Williams "Today is the First Day of the Rest of Your Life" by Meridel Newton
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Description: In Royal Protection, five emerging authors reveal what lies behind palace walls. A future queen and her protector engage in a clandestine love affair; a prince and his bodyguard succumb to temptation; and an unseen enemy threatens the life of a princess. Despite their inner yearnings, the royal protectors must put the safety of the royal family above all else, but when the armor is shed, the passion intensifies. Which steamy story will be your favorite?
Shanjida Nusrath Ali ♦ Wolfgang Domino ♦ E. W. Farnsworth ♦ D. K. Kayne ♦ and January Wren
Description: When one of the largest earthquakes in history hits Lisbon on All Saints’ Day 1755, Cecília de Santa Rita e Durante’s life is turned upside down. With her family possibly dead, she must wade through the ruins that were once her home with the help of John Bates. The English Protestant represents everything she was taught to hate, but he is her only hope of making it through the newly destroyed Lisbon.
Faced with both unspeakable tragedy and an unexpected miracle at home, Cecília leans on John for support. When he leaves, she is forced to reconcile her feelings for him with her long-held beliefs. Left carrying a torch for a man she never should have met, she's cast into a web of deception, religious upheaval, and political intrigue that leaves her on even shakier ground.
The Stars of Heaven explores a clash of cultures between the European Age of Enlightenment and the Portuguese Inquisition as Cecília navigates the uncharted waters of her new life.
Description: The Blue House Raid was a lesser-known conflict of the Vietnam era that played out in Korea, testing American and South Korean resolve when North Korea launched a daring attack to assassinate South Korean President Park Chung-hee in his residence near Seoul. However, this novel of the same name is more than a description of a failed incursion. The author, a former U.S. Army soldier who spent 13 months along the DMZ, develops fictional characters who enable a grander weave of the relationships of the American and Korean soldiers along the DMZ, as well as the Korean people impacted by the soldiers' presence, especially the working girls in the scattered villages nearby. Even the North Korean soldiers in the invasion are brought to life with crisp clarity in The Blue House Raid, allowing a hint of empathy for these young men who were controlled by their propagandist government.
Author Robert Perron culls from his vivid familiarity of the time and subject as well as those of his fellow South Korean friends to paint not only a gripping and sometimes tragic story, but in the process narrates a fascinating military history of those forgotten times, which are as dire now as they were then.
Description: Book #3 in the Hanley & Rivka Mysteries series. As Chicago recovers from the Great Fire of 1871, the Civil War continues to haunt its residents. What begins for Detective Frank Hanley as the simple case of a missing railroad clerk quickly escalates into something much more complex. Ezra Hayes, who has made a daring escape from forced servitude on a Louisiana sugar plantation, brings to Chicago proof of nefarious doings in the South. His information implicates the missing clerk’s employer, a major shipper of sugar. As Hanley struggles to untangle the web of circumstances surrounding the railroad’s role in the clerk’s disappearance, Rivka Kelmansky faces her own personal struggle. Her brother is pressuring her to marry a young man from her tight-knit Jewish community, but she still dreams of forging a new life with Hanley. When her mulatto sister-in-law is wrongfully accused of murder, Rivka turns to Hanley for help. Facing opposition on multiple fronts, they must race against time to save Ada’s life and uncover the shocking truth. (EPUB, MOBI, PDF available)