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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
Left to Die By Wes Rand
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The story takes place in a northern California town near the Sierra foothills. Neville Stryker, the protagonist, is ambushed and left for dead on the trail. He walks to the next town, Egalitaria,... More > formerly named Bickford, and finds his horse but he also finds a town held captive by a gang of murderous politicos. Major Neville Stryker, now known as Stryker, has had a relentless series of violently tragic losses and he reacts to aggression with a gun or a blade. Most of his enemies occupy graves. Morgan Bickford, the town of Egalitaria’s leading citizen, persuades Stryker to help her recover her assets with the only thing she has to offer, her body. Afterwards she and Stryker cut a deal but only when she agrees to give him forty-percent of the ranch sale proceeds, provided he can get her ranch back. Morgan quickly realizes Stryker is a dangerous and ruthless killer himself. However, her interest is piqued by the complexities of the tall loner and his mysterious past.< 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
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
So the Arrow Flies By Esther K. Chae
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SO THE ARROW FLIES is a political thriller about an alleged North Korean spy and the FBI agent who interrogates her. ​In his introduction, ​David Henry Hwang​ calls the play a... More > "dazzlingly ambitious play, which explores nothing less than the identity of our world today." Written by award-winning actor Esther K. Chae, the solo performance play explores complex political and social issues including America's national security apparatus, global identity and gender roles through modern heroines. This volume contains the English language script and its Korean language translation.< Less
DIXIE Book One: Open Roads By Sybil Watters
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Back when they first called him “Wild Bill,” Billy Pierce was an original redneck, in the truest and least demeaning sense of the word, scalding his skin under the sweltering Georgia sun... More > to put food on the table for his growing family. That is, until he met ol’ Dixie and all hell broke loose. “Dixie” details the deeply haunting and troubled life of a young man in the Deep South in the 1960s-70s, constantly at war with his own demons and promoted by a sinister man in the ways of running shine, driving fast cars, cavorting with loose women and inadvertently gaining sole insight into a secret, southern-style organized crime network, historically known as the “Dixie Mafia” . Always trying to do the right thing by the love of his life; a beautiful, religious and spirited local, he finds himself torn by his angry nature and constantly tormented by his own failures and irresponsible actions.< Less
JUSTICE By Dr. Larry R. Moses
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The story of Thomas Kincade during the Civil War and Post Civil War period in America.
Legends of Areia: Generations By Brent Keath
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Everyone has a story. When we meet someone we see a very small glimpse of them, we have no clue what their past or future is. However, if you could somehow step into their mind you could begin to... More > understand their actions, feelings, thoughts, and spirit. Legends of Areia: Generations allows you to step into the mind of Prince Drake Vengar as he suffers the loss of his father and works to figure out what he needs to do with his life. Thinking he can trust no one, Drake tries to use his power over fire to make a change in the world. The first change: to find and kill the person who killed his father.< Less
The Vixen Scream and other Bible Stories By Nancy Stohlman
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Hilarious, irreverent, twisted, bawdy, brilliant – these short shorts by Nancy Stohlman feel like a series of off-kilter encounters with the strangest characters you swear you’ve met... More > before in a previous, more interesting lifetime. With sly humor and daring, Stohlman weaves tiny tales reminiscent of Etgar Keret, but with her own inimitable stamp. The Vixen Scream and other Bible Stories is an amazing collection. Do not deny yourself the pleasure of reading it. – Kathy Fish, author of 'Together We Can Bury It' The Vixen Scream is a collection of compelling and strikingly original stories – an imagination functioning at full throttle. Nancy Stohlman is a word-alchemist, and here is her book of wonders! – Robert Scotellaro, author of 'Measuring the Distance'< Less
TREMORS: SHORT FICTION BY CALIFORNIA WRITERS By Ken Branch et al.
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Eight writers -- four women and four men -- have gathered together to present this soul-stirring collection of contemporary fiction -- one that is sure to whet your appetite for more from these very... More > talented authors. As one of them reminds us: "Here is the voice inside me which says: 'I am shaking the teardrops frozen in time with my literary tremor from a faraway land . . .' I think everyone has stories that are meant to shake or create waves to the uncharted mind."< Less
The Guilds of Tir Na nÓg: A Collection of Celtic Dream Tales By Sieglinde De Francesca
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Nineteenth-century Ireland was a land of poets and crafters, rebels and dreamers; a nation of a fierce and noble people. It was a mystic land of salt and peat and honey. Find in The Guilds of Tir... More > na nÓg a number of Celtic dream tales to transport you to that fabled time and place. Here are haunting stories of the lives of everyday characters who encounter the unexpected and supernatural. These are stories of life, loss, and redemption, woven with threads of magic, myth, and serendipity. Travel across mist-veiled moors, ride the surly sea, enter poor stone cottages and walk the sooty, cobbled streets of Dublin. You’ll encounter a curious peddler with a magical gift, a changeling child, a ghost or two, a treasure found, a myth turned real, and much more. This collection of stories celebrates a people driven by an obdurate spirit, guided by superstition, hounded by a harsh fate, and bound by a tenacious love.< Less
American Literature By Stuart Matranga
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Selections from the greatest works of American Literature from Anne Bradstreet to Emily Dickinson and including Mark Twain, Edgar Allen Poe, Walt Whitman, Herman Melville, and other great... More > writers. These works are based on the Core Curriculum for Middle School Literature.< Less
The Orphan Sea By Caridad Svich
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THE ORPHAN SEA is a play by Caridad Svich. This is a story of us, here, now, and also of who we were once. It is a story of those that cross rivers and seas and those that wait for them, of a lover... More > who searches for one lost years ago, and of someone called Penelope, who may be waiting for someone called Odysseus. Told in poetry, song, film and dance, a play for anyone that dares to dream.< Less
The Little Flower By Christine C. Taing
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Everyday, children around the world worry if they will fit in at school or make friends. But when a bully lurks in the shadows and eventually pounces, a lonely child’s insecurities can be made... More > even worse. Christine Taing shares tales with moral lessons that will empower children to stop and aptly deal with bullying. Children learn appropriate reactions to bullying through stories that teach them to do the right thing, take a stand, and be a friend to a child in need. A little girl learns to be proud of her family and the meaning of a true friend. A fourth grader decides his bully is a person who needs a friend just like him. A musically-talented high school student discovers that when he sticks up for himself, no one can hurt him. A teenager, with help from a teacher, becomes a confident student who embraces his differences. In this collection of short stories, children learn to stand tall and strong against bullies and ultimately become the beautiful flowers they are meant to be.< Less
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
Bop Dead City By Jeanann Verlee et al.
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Bop Dead City, a cheap, tawdry literary magazine is on its ninth issue and the theme is escape. Featuring stories by Zach VandeZande, Cory Weimken, and Maya Gutierrez, plus poetry by Shanti Weiland,... More > Rachel Nix, Jeanann Verlee, Bobby Steve Baker, and Benjamn DeVos.< Less
The Breach House Anthology Volume III By Edward Lemond
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A third volume of poetry and prose from the Breach House Gang of writers, based in southeast New Brunswick, Canada.
Brand on the Rocks, The Privatized Super Spy Parody Thriller By J. Curtis Cook
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Twenty years after being forced into early retirement by a feminist staff rebellion, England's greatest Master Spy bottoms out financially and spiritually. The long-term effects of reckless behavior,... More > unhealthy relationships, too many martinis and too little success at the gaming tables have come home to roost. At 69 years old the iconic super spy, who repressed and channeled his humanity to serve principles no longer relevant in a changing world, faces foreclosure. However, his skills still fetch a high premium in the murky nexus of government-contracted private espionage. He is dispatched to Saddam Hussein's Baghdad to recruit a Russian physicist and salvage an American aerospace company's investment in a high-tech missile defense system. The mission does not go smoothly.< Less
Secrets of The Bending Grove By N. Maria Kwami
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SHIKA AMENYO, a sensitive, inhibited woman from a respectable family, discovers that her cousin, SEFA GAMELI, has been keeping a terrible secret that is killing him. She embarks with him on a journey... More > that is replete with shocking family scandals, betrayal and deep loss, but also restitution. Shika's friends — MIYO, a fragile, unreachable soul, and SWEETIE, a shrewd spitfire on a mission — buttress her with much-needed support. The resilience of these three women comes from mastering the survival traits of the grove. They are bound by painful secrets from childhood that drive their relationships with the men in their lives: a pragmatist whose generosity will touch many women; a traitor hiding behind a priest's collar; an ambitious man living a lie in order to secure his career; and a green-eyed wanderer who must allow himself to be tamed if he is to obtain the one thing he desires from this foreign land.< Less
Thunderstruck By Madeline Cariglia
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Lacey doesn’t know what she’s in for. Faced with sudden demands from her guardian Alayla- a fairy- to embark on a journey to stop the violent storms that are threatening the world... More > around her, she’s unsure of where she’s meant to go. After a chance encounter with fate and a distant, unheard of village, she meets and joins forces with Fawn and Garnet, two sheltered, yet intuitive girls who guide her, not only on saving the dying world around her, but on having faith in herself and others. Told from a riveting triple perspective, Thunderstruck is an enlightening, powerful tale of friendship, blind hope, and discovering how to find strength in even the darkest of times.< Less
2013 ArtScope Anthology By COMPAS ArtScope
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The COMPAS ArtScope Anthology contains creative work by youth who worked under the mentorship of writer May Lee Yang during the summer of 2013. ArtScope is an arts based job preparation program for... More > young people. While working alongside professional artists, youth obtain real-life experience in the arts sector from art-making and exploration, to administration and networking. The writing program that produced this anthology engaged eight youth in a four day a week writing intensive. Youth were driven to experiment with different varying genres and writing styles including prose, poetry and storytelling. They learned the challenges of writing and editing their own work, and providing constructive feedback to peers. The pieces included capture creative writing that truly encapsulates the thoughts and emotions of being a teen.< Less
The Second American Civil War: Book One the Red and the Blue By Bill Daugherty
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Think It Can’t Happen Here? Think Again: Operation Vigilant Eagle HR 347 Million Vet March IRS Targeting Bundy Ranch Ferguson Patriot Act Partisanship is on the rise, the economy is in a... More > downward spiral, and there is a steady erosion of civil liberties. These factors all contribute to a plotline that is as unthinkable as it is inevitable. A Second American Civil War. From the backroom deals in Washington D.C. to the front lines of the battlefield. Daugherty offers an unflinching view of how a modern war on American soil would play out. A nightmare scenario which will come true.< Less
Where Is My Sister By Amin Sadeghpour
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Sarah Anderson's carefree days come to end the year she is thirteen with the murder of her older sister Alexis. A car at the scene of the murder is traced to Ryan Davis, an eighteen year-old boy who... More > has been dating Alexis. In spite of Sarah's young age she has doubts about Ryan's guilt. Her gut feeling tells her something is being overlooked. However, Ryan is convicted at his trial and is sentenced to death. Ten years later Ryan Davis is still on death row and is about to be executed. Sarah, now a young law student, is still haunted by her sister's murder and is convinced something went wrong the night it happened. Then, a number of murders happen, and Sarah and Richard, her law school boyfriend, must join forces with the police and F.B.I. What Sarah does not know is that her sister's killer is not a complete stranger, but a ghost from her past and he has targeted Sarah as his next victim.< 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
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