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Spinstered the Novel By Sharyn Kopf
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Three friends. Three stories. Three women trying to figure out how they ended up over 40 and still single. Committed to her job and pushing fifty, Catie Delaney has almost given up on her dream of... More > love and marriage. Maybe, she tells herself, she’d be happier just embracing her singleness. Maybe that's been God’s will all along. Catie's friends, Jolene and Uli, have their own struggles with men, careers, and family. Then into this mix of feminine angst walks Brian Kemper—the latest GWP (Guy With Potential) to join their church’s singles group. But just as something seems about to happen between him and Catie, her world falls apart. With their hearts on the line, these three friends search for hope ... and find it in unexpected places.< Less
Amigo: Small Stories and Tall Tales of Hope By J. Stephen Jorge
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A vibrant world of microfiction from J. Stephen Jorge with cover art by Nate Silva. For fans of Amy Hempel, B.J. Novak, Nick Hornby and Paul Thomas Anderson. All royalties derived from this book... More > will be directed to the Aidric Hunt Assistance fund in honor of the deeply-missed Larsen Hunt.< Less
Shadowlands By Mark E. Prior
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Two tours of Afghanistan have left Matt Graydon, 28, shattered by battle. Now he must return home to his family’s farm to care for his estranged mother Shirley, who is fighting her own war of... More > early-onset Alzheimer’s. Yet while the struggle with their demons threatens to unravel them both, Matt and Shirley come to discover each other in a way they never could have imagined. A commanding and emotionally volatile novel of war, fear, and love, Shadowlands is an enthralling and touching exploration of a man and his mother’s battle with their enemies, both known and unknown. Unpredictable and explosive, it is ultimately a story of strength and forgiveness. "A lovely and haunting story that bridges time and generations in a way that, at times, can feel almost religious." - Douglas Coupland< Less
Jackie By Sam Newsome
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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
GLORIFY THE GIRL By MARK BADE
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MILA HAS A GREAT GIFT. SHE CAN REVIVE THE DEAD SIMPLY BY FALLING IN LOVE WITH THEM. THE GIRL DISCOVERS HER TALENT AFTER AFFAIRS WITH THREE FAMOUS GHOSTS. ONE IS AN EIGHTIES ROCKSTAR, THE SECOND A... More > FAMED OLYMPIAN, THE LAST A SURREALIST PAINTER. THE WORLD DISCOVERS HER HIDDEN POWER AND WORSHIPS HER AS A GOD. BUT THE FAME IS TOO MUCH AND A PUBLIC BACKLASH ENSUES, FORCING THE GIRL TO SURVIVE AMONG A CRUMBLING PLANET AND A PLOTTING SECRET SOCIETY.< Less
The Furthest Thing From Perfect By Tierra Thompson
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The Furthest Thing From Perfect is a Realistic Fiction about a Teenage girl going through life's obstacles. She faces Sex, heartbreak and college for the first time. Contrary to what society makes... More > her believe, No matter how you live your life, always be prepared to expect the unexpected.< Less
The Amazing Adventures of David Walker Blackstone: Special Edition Prologue Issue By Kevin Sipp
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SPECIAL EDITION PROLOGUE ISSUE Born into slavery in 1840, on the Amelia islands off the coast of Florida, David Walker Blackstone is an initiate of a host of African and world indigenous mystical... More > traditions. Having settled in Boston after traveling the world and fighting in the civil war, Blackstone secures a job writing about crime and spiritual matters for a Boston newspaper. When a secret society of former abolitionists and post slavery freedom fighters, headed by Frederick Douglas, come looking for his spiritual services, Blackstone soon finds himself at the vanguard of a war between men, demons, and gods for the soul of the world. The Amazing Adventures of David Walker Blackstone: Special Edition Prologue is the debut graphic novel installment in a series of high adventures inspired by classic pulp fiction stories of the past.< Less
The Day The Cloud Stood Still By Patrick Trotti
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Part coming of age story and part dirty realism. The Day The Cloud Stood Still is a sombre novella about a storm-not only the sort of storm that falls from the sky but also the sort of storm that... More > wells within us all, that tears us apart as much as it brings us together." - Matt Margo, author of When Empurpled "A meditation of familial disconnect, for Wilson Hart the freak blizzard battering his sleepy Middletown is nothing compared to the crippling storm indoors. Paced with nuance and subtlety. Patrick Trotti captures Wilson's dysfunctional 'in-between' phase with finesse and transitional grace. Suspenseful and engaging, The Day The Cloud Stood Still is a frosty comment on how we battle the wrath of uncontrollable elements, both in nature and in our own homes." - Lena Olive, poet at The Laughing Heart Blog< Less
How to Unfeel the Dead: New and Selected Fictions By Lance Olsen
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Praise for Lance Olsen’s Fiction: "In the world of contemporary fiction, Lance Olsen is a rock star." —Brooklyn Rail ... More > "Olsen is a master of an evocative, expressive prose."—Publishers Weekly Lance Olsen’s more than 20 books of and about experimental fiction include the novels Theories of Forgetting (2014), Calendar of Regrets (2010), Head in Flames (2009), Nietzsche’s Kisses (2006), and Girl Imagined by Chance (2002), as well as the anti-textbook Architectures of Possibility: After Innovative Writing (2012) and critifictional meditation [[ there. ]] (2014). His short stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in hundreds of journals and anthologies. A Guggenheim, Berlin Prize, N.E.A., and Pushcart recipient, and Fulbright Scholar, he teaches innovative narrative theory and practice at the University of Utah.< Less
Grace at Spirit Lake By Colin Mustful
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Along the wintry landscape of a pristine and hopeful frontier, tragedy struck and strife followed. Joseph Campbell is a thirty-one year old, mixed-breed interpreter who finds himself helplessly... More > intertwined in the real life actions, events, and people of a harrowing, but largely unknown struggle in the history of Minnesota. Joseph grew up along the expanding western frontier and he developed an intimacy for the people and places along with a deep seated knowledge of the varying cultures and languages. Following a massacre incited by Inkpaduta and the Wahpekute Indians in March of 1857, Joseph becomes torn between his duties as a U.S. Interpreter and his deep understanding, compassion, and kinship ties for his Dakota brethren. Joseph struggles desperately to uphold the rights of the Indians while at the same time seeking to capture and punish the guilty party. All the while, Joseph discovers a brooding conflict within himself that he longs to understand and finally overcome.< Less
Virgil's Epiphany and Other Nonsense By Monk Mollange
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Step out of your comfort zone and into Virgil's warped world, where he wreaks wild madness with his depraved troupe and searches for the greater secrets and truths of a play character's existence... More > everywhere he goes. Expect to witness some of the darkest corners of the human mind, but expect to have a few inappropriate laughs as well. Also enjoy the poetry collection at the end. Not for the squeamish or easily offended.< Less
Beyond the Garden: A Novel By Nolan M. Robinson
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A Chicago nightclub and its employees are forever changed after a cocktail waitress makes a fateful decision with unforeseen consequences.
Acadian Passage By Jeanne Register
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“Acadian Passage, a tale of flight and rendezvous, love and loss, is rich with detail. The story of Acadia and the beauty of the place are vividly drawn as the tale unfolds. Readers will savor... More > this seldom revisited corner of history, now brought to light.” —Elizabeth Pomeroy, historian and author of John Muir, A Naturalist in Southern California “An enjoyable blend of history, romance and anthropology. Register brings the idyllic- then brutal- story of the Acadians to life.” —Steven A. LeBlanc, author of Constant Battles: The Myth of the Peaceful, Noble Savage Jeanne Gleason Register is descended from French Acadians through her mother Marie Daigle. She began writing ACADIAN PASSAGE after she retired from teaching history and eleven years as Head of Mayfield Senior School. She graduated from Wellesley College and lives in Altadena, California.< Less
Aufra By Erick Vega
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A narrow path to the breadth to the human spirit. A collection of science-fiction short stories in English and Spanish.
The Last Dragon-Child By Mikaela Steele
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Dragons have long since faded into Legend... The Great War between humans and Drakes has been over for nearly 700 years. Since then, Plyn has experienced an uneasy peace. For many, the Officers are... More > their guardians, fulfilling their oath to the King; but for April, they are nothing but power-hungry tyrants. They claim to keep the peace but behind their walls of stone, they are just as manipulative as the Anakalan rebels they fight. April knows this first hand. After a traumatic experience as a child, she distrusts and hates the Officers, avoiding them as much as she can while living in the shadows. But when one break-in attempt goes wrong, April is pulled into an amazing journey across Plyn, facing the Officers, making friends, and finally coming to terms with her past. Mikaela wrote this book as a sixteen year old junior in High School. The author invites you to journey through time to the universe of Itxaro where Dragons, Drakes, and humans intermingle in a land shrouded in mystery and legend.< Less
Inky Squib 2014 By Butte College Student Creative Writing Journal
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Original creative writing by community college students in Northern California; selections include fiction, poetry, and one-act plays.
WIND PICKS UP WHERE SUN LEFT OFF By Joe Bastow, Anne Bastow Heraghty
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Brother/sister writers from Alpena, Michigan, collaborate on their second collection of poetry.
Nietzsche’s Bitch By Michael J Halloran
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Out of the depths of their own traumatic experience, two nasty and contemptuous men find redemption through each other. Nietzsche’s Bitch is a contemporary and profound story about the downfall... More > of Sam and Moses who lead otherwise successful lives where they spread acrimony and spit venom at the world. When each faces a humbling event, Sam and Moses come together to reveal a truth about their existence and value; a truth that ultimately saves them. Alongside their story, the narrator wrestles with a question about the value of human life invoking and divining the voices of God, Evolution, and ultimately Nietzsche himself. Blunt to a point, but laced with ironic and humorous twists, Nietzsche’s Bitch weaves and layers together seemingly disparate lives, texts and narratives into a perfect circle where hope springs eternal.< Less
The Dragon Mother By Mikaela Steele
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A world of color gone Black… April’s world has been shattered. It’s been three days since the battle at the Fort of Sages and she is no closer to coping with her new world. With... More > the Anakalan scattered and nowhere else to go, April and her friends find themselves fleeing for their lives yet again. When it seems as though all hope is lost, April discovers a hidden strength, a power that could have only come from suffering. On the other side of the world, a different journey takes place for the most unlikely of people. When the youngest of the Half-Moon Brothers finds himself stranded in Frostfell, a frozen wasteland riddled with dangers, he soon learns returning home brings more challenges than he may be able to overcome. The Dragon-Mother is the second book in the Legends of Hope series. In this thrilling sequel, friendships will be tested, orders will be questioned, and life on Plyn will never be the same. When world collide and histories come forth, what will thrive and what will fade into legend…< Less
Limits and Imaginary Lines By Jennifer Berit
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A complete stranger at the airport. The longest line at the grocery store. Falling in and out of love. Though our days are often made up of a series of ordinary moments, these moments can offer us... More > extraordinary insights. Every interaction we have with every person is a chance to learn a lesson, gain perspective, and understand a new truth. In her first collection of essays, Limits and Imaginary Lines, Jennifer Berit explores lessons learned and truths discovered from these perfectly ordinary moments in life. The people, places and events in the stories are real. Mostly.< Less
Bavaratose By Charlotte Springfield
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Seventeen-year-old Eleanor Ellingson is at the top of the social ladder at her school in Coseville and engrossed in adolescent drama until the night she realizes someone is watching her. Even though... More > she is naturally creeped out, Eleanor has no idea that her life is in danger. Isaac Vokel is hiding a dark secret and he is tired of being bullied by Eleanor. After he secretly follows her one night and he reveals that he is a vampire, he transforms her into one as well. But not just any vampire. A Bavaratose. A Bavaratose vampire is stronger, faster and hungrier than most. Unable to control her emotions and supernatural ways, Eleanor flees Coseville, away from the pressure, the humans, and the blood. Bavaratose is an electrifying tale of teenage vampire romance as a high school student must determine whom she can trust in a world of bloodthirsty Bavaratoses.< Less
Fragments from 5th Ave By Ryan P. C. Trimble
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In the fall of 1922, David Moran returns to North Carolina to finish his studies following a less than satisfactory six months spent in Paris. In search of a place to stay for the semester, he... More > answers an intriguing classified ad and soon moves into a house with three complete strangers. What follows are five wild and eye-opening months in that unforgettable house as the four, formerly unknown to each other, bond and grow during the last summer before their adult years take hold.< Less
THE ZONE By Ed Kennedy
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Many tales have been told of places like the Zone - stories centered around homicides, drugs, prostitution and crimes in general. What makes this story different is that its focus is on a handful of... More > longterm residents who lived in this fictional neighborhood of Detroit and were not corrupted by the filth and ugliness surrounding them. At its center is a white boy and a black girl born in the Zone, one minute apart, their mothers lying side by side on a small bed. The mother and son share a home with a black family located in the middle of this dangerous environment. Then we follow the adventures of those who survive and leave the Zone. The experience gained by living and growing up in such a difficult place serves them well as they become successful writers, scientists, and business executives. But the Zone never leaves them.< Less
After June By Thomasin Heyworth
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Sixty-seven-year-old Ben Willows prefers the company of a dog to that of most people. So, now that his wife June, an exception in the people category with whom he's shared most of his life, has died,... More > he assumes he'll live out his days keeping to himself and making the best of what a solitary life has to offer. But one day he encounters Rose, a young pregnant woman who works in a local grocery store. Something about her seems familiar, and as the days go by and events unfold, he discovers that he's been making some inaccurate assumptions about life as well as misjudgments about people, even June, about whom he thought he knew everything, for a very long time. And he begins to understand why making connections with others can often change our lives for the better; we only need to allow ourselves to be open to the possibilities. Book Club Discussion Questions included< Less
Jump Camp By Larry Blamire
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Dr. Lorraine Bouddreau tracks a missing psychiatrist to a remote desert ghost town and finds not just a mystery but something more bizarre than she could have imagined. Available in print for the... More > first time, Larry Blamire's critically acclaimed play is part dark comedy, part thriller; an exploration of the mutability of identity and the nature of truth and reality. 4f, 6m, Performance rights and royalty contact info: see book, page iv. "A tapestry of mirth, in which the playwright's colorfully warped language--a blend of surrealistic gibberish and Mad Max primitive futurism--supports the bizarrest woofs of a superbly madcap ensemble." -BOSTON PHOENIX "A potent, sometimes dizzyingly audacious blend of elements from comic strips, nonsense poetry, B movies, television, rock, tabloid headlines, pop sculpture and who knows what other influences... -BOSTON GLOBE< Less