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
A compelling story of hope set against the backdrop of present-day human trafficking and international sex trade, Kidnapped in Kathmandu weaves threads of danger and intrigue with universal themes of... More > lost innocence, loyalty and courage to form a colorful tapestry of vivid and mesmerizing scenes set in exotic lands.
This novella is narrated by Devi, an orphaned Nepali girl who travels to Kathmandu to work in a carpet factory where she makes new friends. After a few months they take a day off to celebrate the popular Daishan festival in the city, but their holiday comes to a sudden end when she and her best friend are kidnapped and sold to a brothel in Mumbai's largest red light district. There, in a world where the worth of young girls is measured only by the thousands of rupees they will earn, Devi and her friend summon strength to survive and determine to escape.< Less
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
Having always conjured her dolls out of used, thrown away parts, Eva never noticed her life imitating art. Orphaned in a censored world brought on by hate-speech and retaliation bombings, Eva thrives... More > among the scene of displaced musicians and washed-up ballerinas, all the while ignoring a constant inkling, that, if admitted to, would certainly destroy everything she’s struggled to maintain. After the disappearance of her cyber-terrorist best friend, along with her often-ignored sister, Eva is forced to consider the effects of abandoning what she loves most, and, as an artist, is made to see that she’s been the one on the drawing board.< 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
Dr. Keith Vintner has more money than he could ever spend, and a lavish lifestyle anyone would be a little jealous of.
Rita Haley, enduring some of life's speed bumps, was finally on the path to... More > happiness. Or so she thought.
Michael Halloran was engrossed in his work, not taking to the dating scene since his wife's death, until he gets talked into signing up with a match-making service.
Follow this trio as their lives get thrown into a tangled web of deception, and redemption.< 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
1934-2002 Born into a family with a violently abusive father and a narcissistic mother, Annie learns at an early age to maneuver the nuances of a dysfunctional family. Her strength of character, as... More > she enters adulthood is honed by skills learned in her environment become increasingly apparent.
This is a selection of short stories written to show the progressive effects of violence on a family. The strength gained by putting one's life in God's hands, along with the help of a friend, and a person's own determination, an individual can overcome at last to resolution and contentment.< Less
1955, NYC: A young black boy's mother dies, and he fends for himself as he grows up with a negligent aunt.
1970, Londonderry, Northern Ireland: A bomb explodes, killing everyone in the pub.
1980's,... More > USA: A highly-successful Midwestern businessman becomes jobless and ends up working for the FBI.
1995, Cambridge, MA: An American novelist begins to write a novel about a small local group that is secretly aiding the IRA. Joining in her new neighbor's Scottish dance group, she finds herself caught up in an actual group of IRA collaborators that the FBI is watching. She then must try to prove her own innocence while also trying to help thwart the collaborators' plans for bombings in England.
It is one of life's ironies that people from very different places and circumstances can come to have a profound effect on one another. Through intense personal relationships, this book explores our various perceptions of, and participation in, right and wrong, and our inevitable entanglement in human emotion.< 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
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
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
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
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