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The Black West in Story and Song By Michael Patrick
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The illustrations of Keith Conaway and the story-songs of Cecil Williams present the American West as few have known it. Coupled with Michael Patrick’s narrative, a neglected part of American... More > history becomes vivid. The role of African-Americans in settling the West comes alive. The explorers, homesteaders, cowboys, outlaws, cavalrymen, rodeo riders, and town founders are all there, filled with life and energy and telling a complete story of the West. Their living on the plains and in mountains in a free, relatively integrated society is a story that completes the history of a country that is diverse and colorful.< Less
"The All-Wise Being" A Tale of God and Republicans By Laura Reasoner Jones
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The All-Wise Being" A Tale of God and Republicans by Laura Reasoner Jones
BAD RIVER By S.J. King
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Bad River is a tale of two men: One who builds a grass empire of cattle and horses on the vast Dakota Prairie; the other who follows a trail of violence and bloodshed. A gripping western novel told... More > in a way that will keep you in your saddle from beginning to end. King has written a lively and readable novel of action and event, but also of character and situation. The narrative moves along at a great rate, dialogue is particularly well crafted, the main characters carry the novel, they are believeable, and, in particular the ending is effective, as the lone rider moves silently off stage. It is written with drive and conviction. Independent Book Review< Less
Angels Among Us By Kevin Crosslin
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The story of the struggle a father and daughter face after the loss of their wife and mother, and the healing that takes place because of one little yellow dog.
WHEN LIFE JUST HAPPENS, A Book of Short Stories By Earlene Jernigan-Carter
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Short Stories: A Book of Fiction that all family members can read: Goal oriented, realistic life experiences, encouragement and focus on positive ways to work through life challenges.
Another Christmas Carol: A Yuletide Fable By Lee E. Woodard
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Charles Dickens left us with the notion that Ebenezer Scrooge was “better than his word and became as good a friend, as good a master, and as good a man as the good old city knew.”... More > Another Christmas Carol, by author Lee E. Woodard, picks up where Dickens left off. This story chronicles the life and times of Scrooge from the point of his reclamation throughout the balance of his life. As the trials and tribulations of everyday life in Victorian London come alive, Woodard’s continuing story highlights Scrooge’s interaction with the Cratchit family and the other wonderful characters Dickens created. As Scrooge attempts to spread his newfound happiness, he is forced to deal with painful parts of his past and must once again connect with the spirit world to fulfill his destiny. What was true in Dickens’ original classic work is true yet again. Relive the joy of the familiar characters as they grow up, grow old, and live out their lives.< Less
Seven Generations: An American Family By Margaret Martin
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Seven Generations is a historical novel of Native America taking place from 1825-2013. There are seven parts, one for each generation. The first part is the stories of Trees-Told-It; a Shoshone... More > Indian who was born to the “old way” in 1825 then lived a life of change as new people came to the West, until he died on the Wind River Indian reservation in 1910. In six additional stand-alone parts, the family members tell their stories, from polygamist Utah, to the World Wars, to the building of the federal dams that drowned the salmon fisheries, through the federal "relocation" program and as soldiers in Afghanistan. In the last part, the living family members gather back home on the Wind River Indian Reservation where they uncover important secrets that will impact the next seven generations.< Less
4 NIGHTS WITH BETSY By Oscar Fuentes
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4 NIGHTS WITH BETSY by Oscar Fuentes, is a book of poetry, short stories and plays. Written against a Miami background, Oscar Fuentes aka The Biscayne Poet, romances the muse until the sun rises and... More > sets again.< Less
Inner Workings of an Insomniac By Brianna Childres
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A collection of short stories and poetry documenting the thoughts of an insomniac throughout the course of a single night.
kINK By J. Maynard Carr
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Emma Reynolds is beautiful and young and smart and has almost everything she’s ever wanted: a wealthy husband, a charming home, and a successful career. But something is missing. Erotic... More > memories—scenes from a few lustful weeks in college—consume her thoughts. Emma’s conservative husband no longer measures up to the breathtaking pleasure of her dreams. She wants the fantasy. She wants the fairy tale. But fairy tales were first meant to frighten. Emma acts shamelessly on her wicked desires and finds herself drawn into a dark world of surrender and lust that even her wildest imagination could never have conjured. kINK is a shocking tale of deception, blackmail, sex, and kidnapping: a catastrophic collision between hedonistic fantasy and sadistic depravity. When Emma’s wanton actions force her to choose between her reputation and her staid husband, she makes a fateful decision, leading to a disturbing climax so twisted it will take your breath away. Includes a shocking alternate ending.< Less
Treasure in Paradise By Thomas Cleare
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Treasure in Paradise is a suspenseful adventure through Key West and the Florida Keys by a group of young middle school friends. Join the Torch Club on the adventure of a lifetime as they unravel a... More > series of clues to solve a 250 year old mystery. Louden, Cort, Kate, Johnny, and Henry will have to outsmart and outrun modern day pirates to solve a mystery that dates back to the American Revolution and find the treasure before it is too late. A picturesque setting serves as the backdrop where secret hideouts and hidden messages lead to exciting chases on foot and over water as the Torch Club tries to stay one step ahead in the race to find the treasure.< Less
Harvey By Maeghan Jo Kimball
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Harvest Smith, better known as Harvey, has been the lead singer of the band Harvest Moon since she was 17 years old. As she turns 30, she begins to question what has she accomplished with her life.... More > There is the number one hit when she was 19. Is that all she is ever going to be, a One-Hit Wonder? As she starts to question the things in her life, it spirals out of control. Her manager and ex-fiance, Mitch believes that she is faking the medical issues that may force the band off the road. Her band thinks that she is suffering from exhaustion. She doesn't know what is happening, but she knows that there is something wrong. She is convinved that whatever killed her mother in her thirties has come to kill her. But what about love? Can she gain enough control of her life to see what is really there before she runs out of time? Or should she continue to blindly except what life has given her since she is convinced her days are numbered?< Less
Count Every Star By Nancy Elvira
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Just days before Alex Wagner leaves town to begin a highly anticipated new chapter in his life, he stumbles upon a lost holiday tradition hidden in the history of an aging lakefront bungalow in urban... More > Cleveland, Ohio. With guidance from assorted locals, including a mysterious neighbor, he brings the old house back to life and finds he has unknowingly mended lingering emotional wounds from the past, magically reigniting the spirit of the season for the entire city. A journey into the human spirit and the power it holds, Count Every Star is an uplifting tale of love, loss, aspiration, vision, hope, brotherhood and ultimately, faith.< Less
TREMORS: SHORT FICTION BY CALIFORNIA WRITERS By Ken Branch et al.
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Eight writers -- four women and four men -- have gathered together to present this soul-stirring collection of contemporary fiction -- one that is sure to whet your appetite for more from these very... More > talented authors. As one of them reminds us: "Here is the voice inside me which says: 'I am shaking the teardrops frozen in time with my literary tremor from a faraway land . . .' I think everyone has stories that are meant to shake or create waves to the uncharted mind."< Less
Last Look Back By Lara Sean
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On the eve of her college graduation, Octavia “Vie” Steele is thrust back into a world that she thought she left behind. To many, she appears to be a normal college senior with a future... More > of possibilities ahead of her. In reality, she’s a spy, a top member of S.E. a spy organization that only few know about, or at least that’s who she used to be. Four years ago, a botched mission in Switzerland forced her to question her loyalties and the people she thought she could trust. Now, hours before her graduation, Vie is forced to take a requalification exam to see if her spy skills are up to par. But, this is not a simple pencil and paper test and Octavia is everything but ready for it. With her past staring her in the face, Vie will need to make a choice. By the end of the night, she’ll need to decide who the real Vie is: the college student or the super spy. Of course, that’s only if she has what it takes to survive one of the most dangerous nights of her life.< Less
American Literature By Stuart Matranga
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Selections from the greatest works of American Literature from Anne Bradstreet to Emily Dickinson and including Mark Twain, Edgar Allen Poe, Walt Whitman, Herman Melville, and other great... More > writers. These works are based on the Core Curriculum for Middle School Literature.< Less
AMANECER By Ale Marrero
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“Amanecer”, es una compilación de cuentos cortos sobre los más distintos tópicos de la vida cotidiana y no tan así, pues entre ellos se cuela alguno de ciencia... More > ficción. Aunque entre los más de 60 cuentos solo hay dos con un tema claramente político, en todos se refleja el sentir del cubano a raja tabla y los problemas del criollo actual. La nostalgia por el terruño, el amor a su pueblito, se ve reflejado en “Mi novia de antaño” . Gracias a esta edición, podemos disfrutar de atrevidos cuentos como: “Para Olvidar”, mitad prosa, mitad verso, “La mujer de las botas de goma” sobre un amor entre prisionero y celador en plena selva, “Bendita” sobre los re-encuentros en esta era digital o “La ultima maldición” sobre una bruja pueblerina.< Less
Chasm Gorge By Jim Heck
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Ohio Congressman Talvich – destined to be the next President of the United States – takes a profound gamble hiring African safari guide, Len Willy, to find his kidnapped son, Cassidy.... More > Talvich, perhaps the most hated man in Africa, knows his action will put his son in further danger. But his Party’s nomination hangs in the balance: America does not pay ransom and PACS do not support candidates with kidnapped sons. Veteran safari guide Len Willy locates Cassidy in a terrorist’s lair in Africa, but the boy refuses to return home and instead demands a ransom for himself! As Cassidy plays his privileged upbringing against his captivity by a feared jihadist, Willy realizes his own life is in danger and not just from the terrorists. If the planned ransom at Chasm Gorge goes awry, everything in the world will change. In this gripping thriller, the son of the world’s most powerful man becomes his most powerful enemy as an unknown safari guide attempts to stop the world from turning upside down.< Less
Brand on the Rocks, The Privatized Super Spy Parody Thriller By J. Curtis Cook
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Twenty years after being forced into early retirement by a feminist staff rebellion, England's greatest Master Spy bottoms out financially and spiritually. The long-term effects of reckless behavior,... More > unhealthy relationships, too many martinis and too little success at the gaming tables have come home to roost. At 69 years old the iconic super spy, who repressed and channeled his humanity to serve principles no longer relevant in a changing world, faces foreclosure. However, his skills still fetch a high premium in the murky nexus of government-contracted private espionage. He is dispatched to Saddam Hussein's Baghdad to recruit a Russian physicist and salvage an American aerospace company's investment in a high-tech missile defense system. The mission does not go smoothly.< Less
Star Readers: from out of the east By D.A. Nygaard
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Ancient star readers are amazed by a conjunction of wandering and royal stars, and connect the mysterious event with a long-ago prophesy by an exalted member of their order. Their quest to uncover... More > this mystery becomes a dangerous marathon into a slave empire. Deceit surrounds them and a frightening entity haunts them. The journey carries the star readers through storms, battles, crossroads and palaces before finally leading them to a one-room mud hut in an insignificant village. Darker questions then confront them. Meres, a young man of noble birth, and Jenu, a servant-healer, are swept up in this quest, and it changes their destiny. What they witness will change the world. An innovative re-telling of the journey of the wise men to Bethlehem. Respectful of the ancient text and historically accurate, Star Readers offers a logical rationale behind one of the world’s most mesmerizing stories.< Less
What Goes Around: Stories of Love and Karma By Ginny Fite
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No matter how well you plan, you never know when something or someone may turn your life in a new direction—or even completely upside down. Whether it’s the physics of fate or simply bad... More > timing, every action produces a reaction—and no one can escape destiny. This collection of short stories explores these twists of fate against different backdrops—in real and imagined worlds, in the past, present, and future. In What Goes Around, three generations of a West Virginia family survive domestic abuse, coping in surprisingly disparate ways. “Year of the Vampires” describes a group of friends battling outsiders wreaking havoc on their island. In “Learning by Heart,” a family confronts their youngest son’s addiction. Covering terrorism, grief, and murder, these stories reveal that sometimes, well after hope is gone, life rewards you for simply surviving. What Goes Around examines the wheels of destiny as they turn, bringing rewards and punishments to those who must face their demons.< Less
The Second American Civil War: Book One the Red and the Blue By Bill Daugherty
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Think It Can’t Happen Here? Think Again: Operation Vigilant Eagle HR 347 Million Vet March IRS Targeting Bundy Ranch Ferguson Patriot Act Partisanship is on the rise, the economy is in a... More > downward spiral, and there is a steady erosion of civil liberties. These factors all contribute to a plotline that is as unthinkable as it is inevitable. A Second American Civil War. From the backroom deals in Washington D.C. to the front lines of the battlefield. Daugherty offers an unflinching view of how a modern war on American soil would play out. A nightmare scenario which will come true.< Less
Where Is My Sister By Amin Sadeghpour
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Sarah Anderson's carefree days come to end the year she is thirteen with the murder of her older sister Alexis. A car at the scene of the murder is traced to Ryan Davis, an eighteen year-old boy who... More > has been dating Alexis. In spite of Sarah's young age she has doubts about Ryan's guilt. Her gut feeling tells her something is being overlooked. However, Ryan is convicted at his trial and is sentenced to death. Ten years later Ryan Davis is still on death row and is about to be executed. Sarah, now a young law student, is still haunted by her sister's murder and is convinced something went wrong the night it happened. Then, a number of murders happen, and Sarah and Richard, her law school boyfriend, must join forces with the police and F.B.I. What Sarah does not know is that her sister's killer is not a complete stranger, but a ghost from her past and he has targeted Sarah as his next victim.< Less
The Fixer By Terry L. Harris
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Jon is a modern day Sherlock who is charming, attractive and charismatic and likes the life style that goes with it. He hires his talents out to failing Fortune 500 corporations. Using his Sherlock... More > talents and his eye-catching, sexy and specialized team, they investigate for months bringing the company back from it's lowest depths. Nothing escapes or eludes Jon . . . in the corporate world. Jon has a sibling with simular Sherlock intuitive talents who took their skills into the world of sports. An area Jon vows never to go near . . . until they have to join forces with their Sherlock skills to turn around a sports program, bringing in an odd collection of people to help them. It is a story of unlikely individuals, an X-team of sorts that end up coming together for a common goal. A story about the underdog with splashes of hidden romance and some old fashioned morals and values thrown in.< Less
Project Nirvana By Pyotr Patrushev
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A kidnapped Indian guru becoming a chess wizard, sexy Russian spy Anna seducing American security expert Richard Snowden, state-controlled drugs enhancing productivity when used with meditation...... More > this and much more provide a practical recipe for reaching world peace while simultaneously ending the futile war on drugs...Project Nirvana is a satire with cleverly concealed thought memes that will guide social and drug reform world-wide for years to come...< Less