In the small country town of Bon Dieu Falls, Louisiana, Carrigan Whitfield leads a life many would love to have. But this young wife of the much-sought-after and wealthy Jack Whitfield feels uneasy... More > in her marriage. Things have gotten complicated during the last two years, and Carrigan wonders if they still love each other. They seem more like strangers who share a residence. Her days revolve around having fun with her lifelong best friends, the two anchors in her life, Ella Rae Weeks and Laine Landry, playing sandlot softball and juggling an affair … or two. Laine is constantly trying to save Carrigan from self-destruction. But on an idyllic summer day, a shocking and unexpected discovery turns Carrigan’s “perfect” life into a tumultuous storm and transforms a girl into a woman. As the journey comes to an end, Carrigan discovers hope can sometimes be found in the most unlikely places. Save Us a Seat provides a glimpse into both the joys and challenges of... More > friendship.< Less
In a moment of lust or ecstasy, there's always her. She entrances you. Enthralls. Just one smile leads a man down paths of temptation and release to have him by her side beyond death. But, she... More > doesn't want that. She wants more. Just as seductive and alluring this woman can be.. she is also quite deranged. Nothing can extinguish the darkness hiding deep within. She is cursed with more than beauty. To that woman, insanity is divine. Blood is the cure. Flesh is only but a craving. She wants your soul as well. And will stop at nothing to get it.< Less
What happens when a school decides to break a fifty year tradition? What happens when a school ski resort trip takes a turn for the worst? Left to die in freezing snow battling the elements, these... More > misfit teenagers, from different ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds, find themselves in a frightening predicament. Can they learn to work together, or will their ignorance get the best of them? Imagine being left in the snow with a homosexual diabetic, an overweight homophobic bully, an immigrant, a racist atheist activist , a gospel child, a cheerleader, an Asian geek, Muslim, and a Jew. The students have to learn to stick together for survival, but TV, friends, family, and "life" taught them to be rivals. Could the students express an awakening, an understanding, and an acceptance toward others with diverse beliefs. One student makes it at the end. And that’s me the__________ student. “Why does hatred have a sequel when from the beginning we all are Equal?”
This book is about our stories, their power and the promise of forgiveness, healing and freedom if and when we choose to tell them.
For 65 years Ava held onto a secret that tormented her very... More > soul. The day has arrived when she must free herself and her daughter, Almah, from the wretched consequences of that secret, before its too late. As she sets out to finally tell Almah, she finds herself unexpectedly travelling back in time--from the urban streets of Brooklyn, NY to the bucolic landscape of St. Elizabeth, Jamaica-- to the moment the unspeakable occurred. Now 21 years old and faced with her trauma again, she has the opportunity to either change the future or forever keep silent.
Healing begins by telling the untold stories< Less
"Richard Chiem writes of all the weirdness and ooziness and tenderness of young love, with such lucid specificity. Like some beautiful film from the 70s, but also distinctly now. Because I also... More > love how in this book he documents the tremors of contemporary existence, of living and working in a city, measuring days not in coffee spoons but in cigarettes and Simpsons episodes."
- Kate Zambreno, author of Green Girl and Heroines< Less
In Out of the Wild, we meet a Nevada cowboy and a guest ranch owner whose lives are woven together by an injured mustang. When Henry McBride, a cowboy with a drinking problem, comes looking for a job... More > at a guest ranch, the owner, Jess King, thinks it will be good to have an extra hand for the endless work her ranch generates. For Henry, still grief-stricken over the death of his wife and young son 17 years earlier, it’s just a way to get enough money to buy his next drink before he moves on.
It isn’t long before two pivotal events occur: Henry crosses paths with Chad, the ex-ranch manager, and a young mustang stallion that Jess has agreed to train arrives at the ranch.
What transpires is a story not only of redemption—moving beyond our deepest wounds and discovering a life we never dreamed we could live—but also a glimpse into ways of looking at horses, and perhaps even ourselves, with new eyes.< Less
No one ever looks at you the same once Pandora's Box is opened and the true self is revealed. In life one may wish to escape the hard life they are born into but it is up to each of us to find that... More > path that will lead us to liberation. Once someone falls into the hands of death how do the living know what is in the mind of the dead or are they just on the otherside awaiting our arrival? Contemplate life and death and how the living deals with it, and should we follow the ghost and be lead into the unknown.< Less
You described yourself as the least successful writer in the Western World. Going through the box of material you left here I have to say you sure as hell ain't that. You have... More > a real body of work written and rejection hasn't stopped you from doing what you love. What you say about your reasons for writing sound pretty right to me. I'm so glad you've kept writing and hope you never stop. Who knows. Neither one of us is dead yet. Anything is possible.
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
"All I ever wanted was a home. A wee home..." Following their eviction from an English-owned tenant farm, Moira and Barnard Culligan’s search for a home takes them far from their... More > beloved Ireland to rooming houses by the Erie Canal and servants' quarters, railroad camps, and crowded tenements in Worcester, Massachusetts. Throughout their journey they raise children, face down the "Irish Curse," and contend with the prejudice of nativist Yankees who fear the destruction of democracy at the hands of "Papist" Irish newcomers. Overcoming bigotry, backbreaking work, illness, and loss, the Culligans' resolute experience of survival in 19th century New England is a story that still resonates in today’s America, as 21st century immigrants— like their Irish predecessors— similarly struggle for acceptance in their newfound homeland.< Less
My granddaddy used to say, “There ain't no such thing as a Nigga. Niggas are a figment of the imagination; a mental construct. An idea created to keep men down. A way of thinking that only... More > existed in a man's mind.” My granddaddy also picked his lottery numbers from a book of dreams that he kept under his bed. If he had a dream and saw a white rabbit hopping across a freshly cut lawn on Labor Day it meant you played numbers 572. If the dream was him riding on a bus uptown and a guy wearing a purple suit with a red feather in his hat, gets on the bus with exact change, and ask if the bus is heading downtown, you played 769. So we didn't take what granddaddy said too seriously. Besides I live in the hood, and in the hood “Niggas” were everywhere.< Less
Complex, densely textured literary novel, constructed somewhat roughly around a tornado, a mountain lion attack, and several other alternative potentialities, set in Cathar County, Nebraska sometime... More > in the recent past, or present, or perhaps the future. Featuring characters named Faith and A. Jacks and Arch and Parrish and May and Hanratty and Helen and Horton, and others too many to mention, none of whom are less real than any other reality. Faith seeks recovery of a twin captured by a big cat. Arch seeks an elusive frequency. A. Jacks seeks to re-construct a palace collapsed by cyclone. Parrish seeks deliverance in the coming apocalypse. A two million dollar accidental death insurance benefit hangs in the balance. Stream of consciousness constructs a beginning, a middle, and an end.< Less
In the swamps of central Florida during the late 1800's the residents were much as they were everywhere else, there were good people, bad people and worse than bad; but they all had one thing in... More > common, they were all going to die at some point.
Something watched and waited for one of these deaths to occur. This would not be a normal death because this was not an average run of the mill human, this was Leander Timms and he had been called to a higher purpose.
The Maxwell family were the worse than bad alluded to earlier with the exception being the youngest of the family, a girl child named Trudy. Trudy had among others, the misfortune of falling in love and being loved by Leander Timms. Their feelings for each other started a series of events in motion that had been foreseen for perhaps centuries.
All men must face their maker when the shadows of this life finally close in around them, but not everyone takes the same path to that inevitable moment.< Less
When Lacey DeSantis, single working mother of three from a small town in southern Virginia, set out on her annual weekend trip to New York City with her best friend, she never could have guessed the... More > course of her life was about to change forever. In a chance encounter at a crowded night club, Lacey finds herself face to face with hot Hollywood actor Mark Reid, and her world is turned upside down. Fantasy comes to life as their whirlwind romance unfolds then takes a dark unexpected twist into terror, mystery and intrigue that will keep you turning pages to the very end. A debut novel from a bright young author, Already Marked is heartfelt, raw, witty and captivating. Readers of all genres will fall in love with Mark Reid.< Less
"From the first second I saw you, all I knew was that I had to know everything about you."
Seventeen-year-old Despy Boutris wanted to write a book about the things people don't say. Here... More > it is.
In truth, Constellations On Your Wrists is about you, and me, and all of us.
Throughout four distinct sections: Objects, Feelings, Mind, and Body, you will be both charmed and repelled with the thoughts and experiences of its character.
Constellations On Your Wrists describes the truth that is rarely shared. Until now.< Less
This story is an account of the coming of age of a young Native American boy on a bear hunting trip in Canada. He finds himself through personal events and Spiritual awakening that he encounters. He... More > realizes the importance of seeing and understanding the little messages the Universe gives us every day. He has many decisions to make that eventually help form the man he becomes. He carries these teachings with him throughout the rest of his life. He grows in personal strength and wisdom, through the choices me makes.< Less
A collection of gripping tales that display man kind's dramatic trials and will to survive when casted apart from the world we call our own. Told through the eyes of characters not much different... More > from ourselves, we are witnessed to the survivors of a wrecked plane as they traverse through a hostile and unforgiving tundra in hopes of reclaiming touch with anything besides that of which is stalking their every move; a small group of soldiers, stripped and clinging to their last strengths are forced against the wall where a single command could mean their end; a married couple sit inside the remains of an upside down cab, buried deep within the snows of winter as something--not so human--tries to set them free, and not for their own wellbeing. These stories, among seven others portray life and our struggles to keep it from departing us. But when the ice gives, there is no knowing of how long we will truly have it.< Less
El sol también partió relata la vida de unos personajes que tienen que luchar a pecho abierto con los avatares y la miseria de las sociedades que los vieron crecer. El destino, como una... More > línea trazada, marca el camino de dos jóvenes que tienen que huir de su tierra para escapar de la infamia del racismo y la barbarie. A medio de camino, cuando ya creen que todos los obstáculos han sido salvados y que la vida les sonreirá junto a los vástagos y a los amigos, nuevamente el azar juega sus cartas y de nuevo tienen que enfrentarse a las aves oscuras del odio y la perversión. Con bien cuidada prosa y en un estilo reposado, Francisco Sandoval logra introducir al lector en un ambiente sórdido, lleno de paisajes y colores fuertes, vivos. El sol también partió es una historia donde lo real y lo fictivo se unen y cobran vida para hablarnos del Caribe, esas tierras donde la gente lucha de sol a sol por la luz, por la paz y el amor. Una historia de la cual ningún lector saldrá ileso.< Less
Original gangster, John Carter, is a massive player in the city of Boston, Massachusetts. As he is set for the takeover of the south side of the city, He is murdered and sent to his after-life.... More > Before John can enter heaven or is sent to the depths of hell, he must pass a test that has been handed down to him from his guardian angel, Lazarus. John must save the lives of several people that are sucked into the illegal businesses of crime, drugs and prostitution. It all falls on John Carter's shoulders to save their souls, along with his own.< Less
Beulah, by Augusta Jane Evans, was hugely successful at the time it was published in America in 1859. A semi-autobiographical account, the author felt it was her duty to warn readers of the problems... More > she had experienced with religious skepticism. Advances in science after the Middle Ages led to the increasing valuation of reason and objectivity. By the early- to mid-nineteenth century it was quite fashionable to be skeptical, especially about religious matters. The eponymous heroine of the novel passes through several phases of religious faith on her intellectual journey of skepticism before she finally reawakens with a mature Christian faith. She eventually learns to properly balance faith and reason.< Less
Limits and Imaginary lines is a collection of essays about typical people and ordinary moments of quotidian life in Marin County and beyond. It is an exploration of what it is like to live and... More > interact with other human beings without seeing the world only through our narrow windows of perception.
The people, places and events are real. Mostly.< Less