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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
New Roses By Stephen Rak
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New Roses is a work of experimental prose that explores the relationships between madness and addiction, consciousness and language. Written by an anonymous drug-addled paranoid schizophrenic, New... More > Roses offers a window into the shattered mind of a young man doomed to a lifetime of persecution. This book is his statement, as he writes to investigate the existential questions of meaning, life, and death. Honoring his friend's will, Stephen O. Rak has accepted the author's request to be the sole representative of the published text of New Roses.< 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.
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
Obligations By Al Karon
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They did not know their lawyer. So, Skip and Miranda met the lawyer’s friend Val, as their guest host at Antoine’s in New Orleans in 1976. Skip had been arrested for no good reason at... More > Mardi Gras. Skip was a black Creole and an accountant. Miranda was a Jewish nurse from Philadelphia. Was Skip arrested because their skin colors clashed? What kind of man was this lawyer? Would he represent them well and willingly? After all, he was a white Southern lawyer. What could Val tell them about this unknown lawyer helping an interracial couple? Val started, “I am a friend of Roman Aime.”< 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
Seven Cities and other Journeys By Stephanie Fielding
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These beautiful stories hover on a dreamlike border between fiction and memoir. A woman fleeing a disastrous marriage finds God on a bus to Phoenix; a Mohegan family, scattered as far as Hawaii,... More > reunites on ancestral ground; an elderly men's home is brought to life by the appearance of a mysterious toddler. Stephanie Fielding hails from a long line of spiritually- minded Mohegan authors, as she writes about different cultures, about faith, and always, fundamentally, about love.< 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
Second Act By Rhonda Strehlow
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“When Cassie’s husband dies she takes a trip to Northeastern Wisconsin to decide what to do with the rest of her life. During that journey she meets three men who influence her future. ... More > However, her relationship with one of them nearly ends her life.”< 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
Skagen: a short novel By Jean Coqt
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A novel for readers with short attention spans, set in and around the village of Skagen on the northern tip of Jutland, Denmark, in and around 1980. Postmodern fiction, probably.
Tarifa: a short novel By Jean Coqt
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The second section of the eccentric novel Skagen a novel of Europe by the reclusive 20th-century writer Jean Coqt, translated into a haunting, lyrical series of meditations by Charles Lunaire.
Three Mormon Missions: A Novel By Terry Cook
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Three Mormon Missions is a fictional and heartwarming story of three Mormon missionaries-Bradly Cooper, Justin Miller, and Neil Young. Feel and experience their vivid emotions, personal struggles,... More > and triumphs, as they prepare to leave their loved ones and serve the Lord by serving a Mormon mission. These three Mormon missionaries come from entirely different backgrounds. Mormon missionaries for the most part look alike; white shirt, scuffed shoes, dark tie, and a black missionary tag. After reading Three Mormon Missions, you will know that each of these well-mannered young men has a unique and beautiful personal story.< Less
Sophie Monroe By Andrew Cannon
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One young woman's war keeps her from experiencing the life she yearns to have. Other than the ensuing depression and the struggle to learn who she really is, Sophie Monroe finds herself in a conflict... More > with an unseen enemy. Until this unseen enemy is defeated, Sophie feels she will never know who she really is or who she wants to be. To her, this is life or death...< 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
A Dream of India & Other Mystic Stories of Radiance and Darkness By Charles Frode
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14 STORIES EMERGED FROM MYSTICAL INTERSECTIONS of humanity, reality, and magic. Author CHARLES FRODE has ushered these worlds of radiance and darkness into life for those who have lost love or long... More > to love; for those traumatized by broken family; for those warring between mind and feeling; and for those who relish a life that is a wonderfully harmonious feeling-flux of darkness and illumination— male and female, animate and inanimate.< Less
American Macbeth: The Overthrow of Abraham Lincoln By James Theres, Tim Schnese
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In November 1862, Union General George McClellan marches on Washington and overthrows President Abraham Lincoln not to save the country, but to save his wife.
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 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
Hot Fudge Sundaes For Breakfast: With One Reason Not to Hurl Myself Off of the Roof of an Atlantic City Casino Parking Garage By Kevin Mcconaghy
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This book depicts only fictional people, places, and things. Any similarities between anything written on the pages of this book and any actual event that may have occurred since that moment when the... More > first human indirectly crawled out of the ocean to proclaim him or herself the first King of Earth and began subjugating the “others,” is 100% coincidental. Furthermore, if you honestly believe that anything in this book is about you, then you are likely suffering from some form of schizophrenic or narcissistic personality disorder and need “help.” But for the sake of argument, I’ll play along with your delusional vanity. Let’s say that this book is 100% about you, like everything else in your self-deluding mind. So what! In a little 100 years, no one will remember that you ever existed! So stop whining about everything! All you do is whine about everything, and feel sorry for yourself!< Less
Prairie Avenue Writers: an anthology By Park Ridge Writers
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This collection of poems, stories, and essays is written from the hearts and minds of ordinary men and women who step deeply into everyday existence. The members of Prairie Avenue Writers, a writers... More > group in suburban Chicago, invite the reader to sit back and journey along with them through the events and circumstances of life.< Less
Takeoff: Seeing Beyond the Clouds By Austin Jackson
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Austin, a young boy, in a rough neighborhood, grows up to be a Senior pilot for Dal Airlines. After a buzzer goes off on his flight, some old emotions are triggered that cause him to make some tough... More > decisions that could ruin his family. As if things weren't bad enough, a man enter's their lives that could not only ruin his marriage, but divide his family. Will he be willing to fight for his family, or go to prison for murder in the process? Or will he be so blinded by what he can see, that he goes deaf to his own family? Or maybe he'll be able to see beyond the clouds.< Less
Coffee Smuggler: An Adventure Based on the True Story of Gabriel De Clieu Who Brought Coffee to the Americas in 1723 By Dave Holman
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Coffee Smuggler is based on the true story of Gabriel De Clieu, a French soldier who stole a coffee plant from King Louis XV in 1723 and smuggled it to the island of Martinique. There was only one... More > coffee plant in France, locked in the King's botanical garden. The King and many nobles had refused De Clieu's petitions for a cutting of the plant, so De Clieu seduced a noble woman with a strange illness. She had access the royal doctor Chirac who secretly gave a cutting of the King's plant to De Clieu. With the plant in hand, De Clieu boarded the ill-fated Le Dromedaire and faced pirate attacks, a hurricane, and starvation in the doldrums to bring this precious plant back to his home on Martinique. I invite you to set sail on this swashbuckling adventure of the man who brought coffee to the Americas.< Less
O-Dark-Thirty v.3.1 By ron capps
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Volume 3 Number One of O-Dark-Thirty, the literary journal of the Veterans Writing Project.