Jackie chronicles the life of a young man born to misfortune. As a child he is labeled as mentally challenged. He suffers an abusive home life and the torment of bullies at school. Soon he is judged... More > uneducable and relegated to homeschooling that is no more effective than the classroom. He is left without a formal education.
Thirteen years later he is reunited with an old classmate, Jimmie, who is now a recent college graduate. Circumstances reunite the old acquaintances when Jackie’s mother becomes ill. Together they discover that Jackie has a secret ability and enormous untapped potential. That ability enables the friends to discover and expose deeply seated local government corruption and create a future for Jackie.
Friendship, luck, and Jackie’s special talent are the springboard that propels him on a journey to fulfill his destiny.< Less
Old beat-up trucks, dive bars, gold-rush towns and the epic beauty of the high Sierra Nevadas are the backdrop to this tale of two women who fly-fish their way through a summer of heart-break,... More > high-jinks, drug-lords, wild men, fish and ghosts. A sweet memoir of deep family outdoor tradition threads through this wild and unpredictable adventure.< Less
Pato’s Cave is the writing studio of children’s author Patrick Jennings. It was founded in 2009, and is located in Port Townsend, Washington. Each week, young writers visit to create and... More > discuss literature. This is the Cave’s first anthology.< Less
In the mid-1970’s Kate Monteverdi, an innocent young wife and Boston’s budding classical pianist joins with her Argentine husband in a daring effort to adopt a child from his... More > Argentine homeland.
Years later Kate’s innocence is shattered as her life turns into one of macabre mystery making her the “Sherlock Holmes” she never wanted to be. To add to the intrigue, at stake is a vast family fortune...The Birthright.
Readers are cautioned to hold on to their seats for a wild ride through the shady maze of characters the nimble author uses to solve Kate’s quest, or does he?< Less
Eight poignant, romantic and quirky holiday stories to enjoy for the holiday, including, The Three Gifts of Christmas by Nell Duvall, A Miracle for Christmas by Charmaine Pauls, Deck the Stalls by... More > Shannon Kennedy, Merry Christmas, India Stone by Megan Hussey and Linda White-Francis, The Feast of Yule by Leslie D. Soule, An American Noel by Marianna Boncek, Secret Santa by Terry Barr, Merry Christmas, Henry by Aubrey Wynne< Less
It has been said that as gentlemen get older they spend increasing amounts of time simply sitting and mulling. The author has found this to be so in his case. Here, then, are a few of the thoughts... More > he has had while sitting in his armchair or on park benches. Some mulls are quite serious, a few are less so. Altogether these form a miscellany suitable perhaps for a bathroom shelf.< Less
Bridgette’s Redemption is about a woman’s struggles to get out of a forbidden relationship.
Bridgette, a beautiful and intelligent daughter of a prominent Pastor strictly follows one... More > rule when it comes to love: never to be involved with a married man or a man of the church. But she finds herself breaking her own rule when a Sunday Night Holy ghost Musical becomes extremely heated leaving Bridgette with more fireworks for which she has bargained. She catches the eye of Leonard Mack: talented singer and musician; and relentlessly the gift and curse to every woman whom he has encountered. To make matters worse, she discovers that he is married just when she is head over heels in love with him and is also pregnant with his child. Though wrong, Bridgette decides to have an abortion.
Everything seems to be going fine when the news about her misdemeanor breaks out. Now with the whole town loathing her, Bridgette turns to the only one who would save her—God.< Less
Embrace the emptiness of a world that has died overnight—A world now spread with terror and the ravenous undead. Within the mind of one man, one can see the horrors endured within seven days,... More > along with the personal hell that dwells within. All the blood, dirt, smoke, and pain—all of it echoes from the aching lust of the undead, begging these questions: To what end does one fight to survive? To what lengths could one maintain humanity? How much blood can be spilled before the mind loses itself, dowsed in fear and the vengeful cries of the relentless undead? When the world seems most bleak, who do you turn to when there is no one left alive? At what point does it no longer matter?
Humanity, it seems, does not come without its own sense of irony.
This is the rise of November.< Less
The Williams family is struggling in the wake of their father Neville's death. It takes the return of his outside daughter Donnie to set in motion a chain of events that will change all their lives... More > forever. The Children's Teeth is a tale of love, forgiveness, and redemption.< Less
In 2009, U.S. Marine Sergeant Ron Keller is advising an Iraqi Police unit in Fallujah, when he discovers an ancient Hebrew scroll. Knowing the Iraqis will not be overjoyed at any discovery that... More > reminds them of the presence of Jews in Iraq for thousands of years, he removes the scroll without anyone’s knowledge.
Determined to discover the authenticity and meaning of the scroll, Keller covertly summons help from a navy rabbi and an Iraqi-born professor, unaware that more than 2,500 years ago, two scribes set out to rescue sacred scrolls from a burning temple amid the uncertainty of the Babylonian conquest. After the brothers divide the scrolls and leave on separate journeys to hide them, each experiences triumph and tragedy while attempting to ensure the survival of the parchments until the fortunes of Judah are restored.
In this thriller, the modern discovery of an ancient text reveals both long-held secrets and the identity of the author of the original Five Books of Moses.< Less
Teenagers live passionally in a challenging world of incredible changes and surprising experiencies. Standing between the fantasies of their vanishing childhood and the reality of mature everyday... More > life, they adventure dreamily into the future of desire. Some of them react against the social constraints imposed by tradition, and find in the unbound forces of nature the values missing in the imperfect world of grown-ups. In their conflictive growing process the rebellious teen goes through a surprising metamorphosis that leads him to dramatically develop into his true mature identity.
S. D. Tolson was born and raised in a land of ample sea horizons and high mountains and presently, after having lived in several diverse U.S. regions, resides in San Antonio, Texas, evoking the absent mountains and the distant sea. Literature has been S. D. Tolson’s life avocation.< Less
“Manners, Morals and Myths” introduces us to the people in the ballrooms and clubs of early twentieth-century, mid-western America, but they are not always as they seem. Toni Brownell is... More > groomed from an early age in the fine art of becoming a lady. We meet her parents and the women who shape Toni’s character including her mother’s strong-willed best friend, who will play the most important role in Toni’s life.
She is poised to take her place as queen of Cleveland society when Toni’s husband turns her well-structured life into a shambles of shame and ruin, causing her to take a long, hard look at her life in order to understand how and why she could be so deceived.
Set against the backdrop of one of America’s oldest and most beautiful suburbs, “Manners, Morals and Myths” takes the reader into a gracious, white-gloved era of a time now gone. For many, it will revive old, romantic memories. For others it will provide a glimpse of a world they might never know.< Less
In this collection of stories, predestination and freedom collide, people either grow and change or don’t, and the past indelibly marks the present and future.
A young girl has a history of... More > running from home, but this time she’s not coming back unless her brother can find her.
A railroad man stops for a drink and spins a story that few would believe.
In the darkness under a mountain, a strange castle and cursed throne await a group of adventurers.
A sudden storm rips through the countryside, leaving damage more significant than that caused by wind and hail.
After a terminal diagnosis, a woman decides to create life to replace the one she is losing.
These stories and more await on the dark backroads of the Hard Heart Land.< Less
"Sometimes, darkness illuminates."
From reviews of the original production: "Try the love-hate concept, as applied to siblings, tourism, prostitution, sexuality, religion even, with a... More > comedic touch appropriately placed from time to time, to ease the growing tension and suspense ... by the end of this powerful comedy-drama, the lights have come on, in more ways than one." - Marion Bethel & Deby Nash, The Bahama Journal, March 1990.< Less
Stereovision is a fictional drama about astrophysicist Philip Duke and his family and friends who help shape his life. A thought-provoking read that weaves through the lives of people with varying... More > belief systems that make up the struggle of science vs religion. You'll never look at our universe the same way again.< Less
Set in rural Minnesota in the 1930’s, The Way Back ‘Round follows young Jake Frye, who enjoys nothing more than sitting between his father’s legs while driving a wagon team of... More > horses. However, when a large buck juts across their path and pitches Jake from the seat, his mother, tender from a string of miscarriages, reins him in. Jake’s frustration builds and he makes a devastating mistake.
Rejected by his mother and wracked with guilt, Jake hops a freight train joining the thousands of men and boys riding the rails during the depression. He meets Franz, another runaway, and they become brothers. Picking fruit in California, and cotton in Texas, they beg at back doors, eat in soup kitchens, sleep in “jungle” camps – all under the threat of brutal railroad “Bulls” who patrol the tracks. While Franz dreams about marrying a red-headed girl, Jake yearns for his family. When a farmer tells them about Roosevelt’s Conservation Corps camps set up to help young men like themselves, they head to California and join up.< Less
Vagif Sultanly is one of the foremost representatives of modern Azerbaijani prose and his latest book expresses moral and ethical features specific to modern society such as estrangement, alienation,... More > oblivion, negligence and feelings of uselessness.
The main part of the book is a novel entitled “The Dream of Death” which expresses the excitement and anxiety reflected inside the internal human world by the destruction of a town’s cemetery to make way for a new highway and the consequent need to relocate the corpses from the old cemetery to the new one. A chaotic unfolding of the events and circumstances around this profoundly unsettling action in the novel allows the author to create a powerful view of a modern tragedy.
The short stories entitled “The Morning Mist”, “Motherland”, “Mirage”, “Polar Night”, “The Cave” and “A Blind Tie” describe the moral and ethical changes imparted by the social environment to the human characters who are turned into objects of art description.< Less
The Re-Making Moby-Dick project is an international multimodal storytelling performance instigated and enacted during 2013 to 2018. Poets, writers, artists, schoolchildren, scholars, dancers,... More > curators, and sailors were invited to engage the project and participate via the means most natural to their expressive practice. The 135 chapters, along with the extracts, inscription, epigraph, and epilogue, of Herman Melville’s 1851 novel serve as prompts for responsive work created in multiple forms, here collected in print form but still referencing the other media used in the project. Multiple creative expressions contribute to Melville’s already unwieldy and materially eccentric text, supplying new means by which to capture and release the essence of the “white whale” at the core of the text.< Less
American Masquerade is a coming-of-middle-age book for Generation Xers. The book's narrator brings you into his life during an important transition: from Los Angeles back to his home city of... More > Maryland, from a tumbleweed lifestyle to growing some roots.
Smiling I lifted my hand to assure her it was all right as I stepped towards the bar to get something to wash the food down. This wouldn’t have been the place to do so, but I wanted to ask her a few things. I wanted to ask how long she held out before blowing party guests in hopes of some sort of break. I could see in her eyes the look that only comes with complete belief that it would all mean something someday. She had drank the Kool-Aid of this city and asked for more. I watched her as she moved through the crowd until I felt Murray’s hand on my shoulder.
“You can’t save everyone, we’re lucky to save ourselves.”< Less
St Albas University might as well be Neverland.
Drunk at dawn on the first of May, the students of an elite university in Scotland prepare to run into the frigid sea in a centuries-old tradition.... More >
Among the third-year students are Catriona Darlington and Julie Lovejoy: observers to and participants in their peers’ wealthy madness. Between two Mays, they devolve from strangers to enemies as they navigate the social rules of a generation without them and the pressures of life in a suffocatingly small cosmopolitan town.
Tangled up in the chaos of the girls’ gradually intertwining lives are the boys who wouldn’t grow up: a priest-to-be; an oil sheikh-to-be; a cousin and friend who is the keeper of each girl's destructive secrets; and the immoral moral philosophy student whose years-long relationship with Catriona is taking its time in dying.
When the sun rises over the sea on May first of their fourth year, nothing and no one is the same as they were the year before.
But has anyone grown up?< Less
Ian is alone and trapped in a dark depression. He struggles to find his purpose, but is lacking motivation. When he falls for his next-door neighbor, Ian becomes even more ashamed of his character. A... More > sudden strange encounter with an unsettling old woman then throws Ian's life into disarray and leaves him feeling threatened. Ian realizes that he must confront his own unhappiness as well as the inner darkness of the person he loves the most to discover his true significance.
Additional story: "Thus Is Life" is the tale of one individual's journey to hope.< Less