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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
Seven Generations: An American Family By Margaret Martin
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Seven Generations is a historical novel of Native America taking place from 1825-2013. There are seven parts, one for each generation. The first part is the stories of Trees-Told-It; a Shoshone... More > Indian who was born to the “old way” in 1825 then lived a life of change as new people came to the West, until he died on the Wind River Indian reservation in 1910. In six additional stand-alone parts, the family members tell their stories, from polygamist Utah, to the World Wars, to the building of the federal dams that drowned the salmon fisheries, through the federal "relocation" program and as soldiers in Afghanistan. In the last part, the living family members gather back home on the Wind River Indian Reservation where they uncover important secrets that will impact the next seven generations.< Less
4 NIGHTS WITH BETSY By Oscar Fuentes
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4 NIGHTS WITH BETSY by Oscar Fuentes, is a book of poetry, short stories and plays. Written against a Miami background, Oscar Fuentes aka The Biscayne Poet, romances the muse until the sun rises and... More > sets again.< 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
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
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 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
Chasm Gorge By Jim Heck
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Ohio Congressman Talvich – destined to be the next President of the United States – takes a profound gamble hiring African safari guide, Len Willy, to find his kidnapped son, Cassidy.... More > Talvich, perhaps the most hated man in Africa, knows his action will put his son in further danger. But his Party’s nomination hangs in the balance: America does not pay ransom and PACS do not support candidates with kidnapped sons. Veteran safari guide Len Willy locates Cassidy in a terrorist’s lair in Africa, but the boy refuses to return home and instead demands a ransom for himself! As Cassidy plays his privileged upbringing against his captivity by a feared jihadist, Willy realizes his own life is in danger and not just from the terrorists. If the planned ransom at Chasm Gorge goes awry, everything in the world will change. In this gripping thriller, the son of the world’s most powerful man becomes his most powerful enemy as an unknown safari guide attempts to stop the world from turning upside down.< 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
American Macbeth: The Overthrow of Abraham Lincoln By James Theres, Tim Schnese
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In November 1862, Union General George McClellan marches on Washington and overthrows President Abraham Lincoln not to save the country, but to save his wife.
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
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
Hot Fudge Sundaes For Breakfast: With One Reason Not to Hurl Myself Off of the Roof of an Atlantic City Casino Parking Garage By Kevin Mcconaghy
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This book depicts only fictional people, places, and things. Any similarities between anything written on the pages of this book and any actual event that may have occurred since that moment when the... More > first human indirectly crawled out of the ocean to proclaim him or herself the first King of Earth and began subjugating the “others,” is 100% coincidental. Furthermore, if you honestly believe that anything in this book is about you, then you are likely suffering from some form of schizophrenic or narcissistic personality disorder and need “help.” But for the sake of argument, I’ll play along with your delusional vanity. Let’s say that this book is 100% about you, like everything else in your self-deluding mind. So what! In a little 100 years, no one will remember that you ever existed! So stop whining about everything! All you do is whine about everything, and feel sorry for yourself!< Less
Prairie Avenue Writers: an anthology By Park Ridge Writers
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This collection of poems, stories, and essays is written from the hearts and minds of ordinary men and women who step deeply into everyday existence. The members of Prairie Avenue Writers, a writers... More > group in suburban Chicago, invite the reader to sit back and journey along with them through the events and circumstances of life.< 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