Tragedy strikes in a Balkan mountain village when a young boy is murdered. The grieved mother flees to New York City in the hope of healing in the arms of family. Renewal looks possible until the... More > predator’s identity is discovered and the desire for revenge drives our heroine back to her homeland to even up the score. Civil war, passion, love and hate drive the characters to an unpredictable yet inevitable destiny.< Less
A family saga as seen through the eyes of Franc, their pet pussycat. A recollection of events that brings tears to your eyes and makes your heart ache. A story without a happy ending, yet rewarding... More > because it brings love, and with that love the acceptance of an unforseen situation through the simple philosophies Franc offers as a way to improve life.< 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
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
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
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
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
Catherine never anticipates that her marriage to Jonah Dusant would be a death blow to the Dusant business empire. Amid the heat of a brewing war between 19th-century Germany and France, her union... More > with the powerful family exposes deadly secrets.
From the high court of France to the pristine shores of the U.S. Virgin Islands, Blood and Parcels crosses five generations and spans a continent to tell the story of the inescapable bonds of family and ancestral duty. It weaves a riveting tale of love, lust, daunting loss, difficult decisions, betrayal and murder.< Less
Agent Wyatt Jacobs is sent to the small west Texas town of Pickett Springs to investigate the large number of missing persons cases that has surfaced in the last five weeks. He is also commissioned... More > by the president himself to fulfill a secret misssion. Wyatt may be Washington’s toughest agent but if the legends of monsters and mysteries in Pickett Springs are true, they just might be enough to break Wyatt.< Less
Any anthology worth its salt should be a mix of personalities as much as it is of genres. This collection is just that. It is a mix of stories and poems from members of the San Diego Writers/Editors... More > Guild. We thank our contributors who strut their literary stuff across the stage of your imagination. A cast of characters as different as day and night bring you their work. Whimsy, true life, futuristic, sci-fi, horror and romance. Whether memoir or made-up, these stories will incite a thought, tickle a laugh, or induce a tear or a sigh. The 2nd Edition of"The Guilded Pen" will remain with you long after you've put the book down. Isn't that what literature is meant to do?< 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
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
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
This spirited anthology by “Wild Bill” Lindau, comprised of poems, memoirs, a short story and a novella, gives us a taste of North Carolina history and Bill’s far-flung imagination... More > — along with a healthy dose of irreverent humor.< 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
Inanna Au-set Oya, a trans-woman, priestess, and storyteller with deep connections to the goddess, emerges from a province in Africa untouched by colonialist hands to find a world twisted with... More > misconception and pain. She and her sisters choose to go forth and correct the imbalances found by ushering in an age of love and worth.
Maryam, mother of Jesus, holds fast to her convictions, when from tragedy is born a new god. Without sisters, or guidance for her choices she finds a world under roman foot and is determined to create a spiritual revolt that will create ripples for ages to come.
Yemaya's daughter’s tells the tale of two different women with one goal in mind: how best to change the world without losing themselves in the process< 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
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
Queen City Flash, a collection of short-short stories from 32 writers tied to Western New York, a region known for snow, the assassination of President McKinley, and the invention of the chicken... More > wing. But Buffalo is largely forgotten as the first city lit by electricity or as the birthplace of the windshield wiper, the dedicated cancer laboratory, air conditioning, sponge candy, the electric chair, the pacemaker, the grain elevator, Cheerios, kazoos, Mentholatum, Keri lotion, and non-dairy whipped topping. A region with so many wonderful stories stitched into its skin couldn’t help but produce so many storytellers with wonderfully divergent voices and styles.
So relax. Reflect. Laugh. Gasp. Shiver. Sigh. Smile. Enjoy.< Less
THE CHEST OF DRAWERS is the poignant account of pioneer life in the 1880’s. Although the characters and the plot of this story are pure fiction, the time and the place are not. They are stark... More > reality. Edgington’s grandfather was one of a small group of Swedes who settled in northern Maine.
They were pioneers. They cut down the trees.
They built log cabins. They plowed the land and they planted potatoes. Life was hard in Aroostook County. When Edgington researched their story, she uncovered an overwhelming picture of deprivation and hardship.
But the settlers were a hardy stock. They survived.
Some flourished. All had a story that needed to be told. This is Matilda’s.< Less