In a moment of lust or ecstasy, there's always her. She entrances you. Enthralls. Just one smile leads a man down paths of temptation and release to have him by her side beyond death. But, she... More > doesn't want that. She wants more. Just as seductive and alluring this woman can be.. she is also quite deranged. Nothing can extinguish the darkness hiding deep within. She is cursed with more than beauty. To that woman, insanity is divine. Blood is the cure. Flesh is only but a craving. She wants your soul as well. And will stop at nothing to get it.< Less
“Watching The Skies & Other Beastly Tales” is Jim Marquez’s 14th self-published book in 8 years! A departure of sorts for Jim as he leaves the grimy confines of Downtown Los... More > Angeles and takes us on a surreal journey across the alien landscape of a forbidden Nevada desert (through the eyes of a ‘young Jack Morales’), tumbles alongside the inebriated canals of Amsterdam, looks for love in all the wrong places in Scotland, and has to run for his life in London! This collection of ‘Beastly’ tales of life on the rocks then returns to the warped sensibility of L.A. for a wicked homage to Nathaniel West’s “Day of the Locust” (illustrated by artist Emmeric Konrad), and finally comes to a crushing halt in Jim’s hometown of East L.A. In between, for how could he resist (?), Jim examines the base nature of man back on the wee-hours-streets of a changed & vanishing Downtown arts scene: Booze. Sex. Racism. Violence. Madness. Family fun for all!< Less
An hallucinogenic mid-life crisis/adventure, and homage to Malcolm Lowry and Hermann Hesse. An American expatriate and his Japanese wife set out on a journey to Europe to retrace a path from his... More > youth. What lies ahead--a trip through the Magic Theater, a sudden death, an encounter with Lowry's ghost, and a descent into the Capuchin Crypt in Rome--will change their lives irrevocably.
"A journey in miles and of states of mind. The reader travels through Europe with an American expatriate who recapitulates his past in a transcendental and evocative fashion.... An insightful and very enjoyable read."--David Echt, author of Messenger from the Summer of Love.< Less
Daryl Duwe takes us on a wild, wicked, yet laugh-out-loud-funny ride through the intersection of backstabbing politics, dirty money, perverted sex, unbridled greed, racist attitudes and senseless... More > murder in Florida.
You’ll never look at politics the same way again after political veteran Daryl Duwe lets you peek behind the curtain!< Less
In Out of the Wild, we meet a Nevada cowboy and a guest ranch owner whose lives are woven together by an injured mustang. When Henry McBride, a cowboy with a drinking problem, comes looking for a job... More > at a guest ranch, the owner, Jess King, thinks it will be good to have an extra hand for the endless work her ranch generates. For Henry, still grief-stricken over the death of his wife and young son 17 years earlier, it’s just a way to get enough money to buy his next drink before he moves on.
It isn’t long before two pivotal events occur: Henry crosses paths with Chad, the ex-ranch manager, and a young mustang stallion that Jess has agreed to train arrives at the ranch.
What transpires is a story not only of redemption—moving beyond our deepest wounds and discovering a life we never dreamed we could live—but also a glimpse into ways of looking at horses, and perhaps even ourselves, with new eyes.< Less
No one ever looks at you the same once Pandora's Box is opened and the true self is revealed. In life one may wish to escape the hard life they are born into but it is up to each of us to find that... More > path that will lead us to liberation. Once someone falls into the hands of death how do the living know what is in the mind of the dead or are they just on the otherside awaiting our arrival? Contemplate life and death and how the living deals with it, and should we follow the ghost and be lead into the unknown.< Less
"Richard Chiem writes of all the weirdness and ooziness and tenderness of young love, with such lucid specificity. Like some beautiful film from the 70s, but also distinctly now. Because I also... More > love how in this book he documents the tremors of contemporary existence, of living and working in a city, measuring days not in coffee spoons but in cigarettes and Simpsons episodes."
- Kate Zambreno, author of Green Girl and Heroines< Less
The Obsessive Chronicles is a coming of age story, told in a conversational first person voice, recounting a young man’s trials in overcoming mental illness. The novel follows Jordan Fineman's... More > descent into severe obsessive compulsive disorder while working in an Alaskan salmon cannery through his attempt to integrate into the New York City work force as a paralegal in the late 1980's. A tale as humorous as it is harrowing, sure to provide hope and encouragement to all who must follow a similar path, and to those who can identify.< 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
"All I ever wanted was a home. A wee home..." Following their eviction from an English-owned tenant farm, Moira and Barnard Culligan’s search for a home takes them far from their... More > beloved Ireland to rooming houses by the Erie Canal and servants' quarters, railroad camps, and crowded tenements in Worcester, Massachusetts. Throughout their journey they raise children, face down the "Irish Curse," and contend with the prejudice of nativist Yankees who fear the destruction of democracy at the hands of "Papist" Irish newcomers. Overcoming bigotry, backbreaking work, illness, and loss, the Culligans' resolute experience of survival in 19th century New England is a story that still resonates in today’s America, as 21st century immigrants— like their Irish predecessors— similarly struggle for acceptance in their newfound homeland.< Less
What happens when a school decides to break a fifty year tradition? What happens when a school ski resort trip takes a turn for the worst? Left to die in freezing snow battling the elements, these... More > misfit teenagers, from different ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds, find themselves in a frightening predicament. Can they learn to work together, or will their ignorance get the best of them? Imagine being left in the snow with a homosexual diabetic, an overweight homophobic bully, an immigrant, a racist atheist activist , a gospel child, a cheerleader, an Asian geek, Muslim, and a Jew. The students have to learn to stick together for survival, but TV, friends, family, and "life" taught them to be rivals. Could the students express an awakening, an understanding, and an acceptance toward others with diverse beliefs. One student makes it at the end. And that’s me the__________ student. “Why does hatred have a sequel when from the beginning we all are Equal?”
El sol también partió relata la vida de unos personajes que tienen que luchar a pecho abierto con los avatares y la miseria de las sociedades que los vieron crecer. El destino, como una... More > línea trazada, marca el camino de dos jóvenes que tienen que huir de su tierra para escapar de la infamia del racismo y la barbarie. A medio de camino, cuando ya creen que todos los obstáculos han sido salvados y que la vida les sonreirá junto a los vástagos y a los amigos, nuevamente el azar juega sus cartas y de nuevo tienen que enfrentarse a las aves oscuras del odio y la perversión. Con bien cuidada prosa y en un estilo reposado, Francisco Sandoval logra introducir al lector en un ambiente sórdido, lleno de paisajes y colores fuertes, vivos. El sol también partió es una historia donde lo real y lo fictivo se unen y cobran vida para hablarnos del Caribe, esas tierras donde la gente lucha de sol a sol por la luz, por la paz y el amor. Una historia de la cual ningún lector saldrá ileso.< Less
Original gangster, John Carter, is a massive player in the city of Boston, Massachusetts. As he is set for the takeover of the south side of the city, He is murdered and sent to his after-life.... More > Before John can enter heaven or is sent to the depths of hell, he must pass a test that has been handed down to him from his guardian angel, Lazarus. John must save the lives of several people that are sucked into the illegal businesses of crime, drugs and prostitution. It all falls on John Carter's shoulders to save their souls, along with his own.< Less
Beulah, by Augusta Jane Evans, was hugely successful at the time it was published in America in 1859. A semi-autobiographical account, the author felt it was her duty to warn readers of the problems... More > she had experienced with religious skepticism. Advances in science after the Middle Ages led to the increasing valuation of reason and objectivity. By the early- to mid-nineteenth century it was quite fashionable to be skeptical, especially about religious matters. The eponymous heroine of the novel passes through several phases of religious faith on her intellectual journey of skepticism before she finally reawakens with a mature Christian faith. She eventually learns to properly balance faith and reason.< Less
You described yourself as the least successful writer in the Western World. Going through the box of material you left here I have to say you sure as hell ain't that. You have... More > a real body of work written and rejection hasn't stopped you from doing what you love. What you say about your reasons for writing sound pretty right to me. I'm so glad you've kept writing and hope you never stop. Who knows. Neither one of us is dead yet. Anything is possible.
Life for superstar Adam Jerry is far from prefect. His manager's not the preson everyone thinks he is; only showing his true colors when he's alone with Adam. Adam's brothers are practically AWOL,... More > with one being married and the other a rising star on broadway. Adam feels like he had nowhere to turn.
When Adam reaches his breaking point, will he ever be the same? Will he find his way out of the darkness that's suffocating him?< Less
This book is about our stories, their power and the promise of forgiveness, healing and freedom if and when we choose to tell them.
For 65 years Ava held onto a secret that tormented her very... More > soul. The day has arrived when she must free herself and her daughter, Almah, from the wretched consequences of that secret, before its too late. As she sets out to finally tell Almah, she finds herself unexpectedly travelling back in time--from the urban streets of Brooklyn, NY to the bucolic landscape of St. Elizabeth, Jamaica-- to the moment the unspeakable occurred. Now 21 years old and faced with her trauma again, she has the opportunity to either change the future or forever keep silent.
Healing begins by telling the untold stories< Less
In the small country town of Bon Dieu Falls, Louisiana, Carrigan Whitfield leads a life many would love to have. But this young wife of the much-sought-after and wealthy Jack Whitfield feels uneasy... More > in her marriage. Things have gotten complicated during the last two years, and Carrigan wonders if they still love each other. They seem more like strangers who share a residence. Her days revolve around having fun with her lifelong best friends, the two anchors in her life, Ella Rae Weeks and Laine Landry, playing sandlot softball and juggling an affair … or two. Laine is constantly trying to save Carrigan from self-destruction. But on an idyllic summer day, a shocking and unexpected discovery turns Carrigan’s “perfect” life into a tumultuous storm and transforms a girl into a woman. As the journey comes to an end, Carrigan discovers hope can sometimes be found in the most unlikely places. Save Us a Seat provides a glimpse into both the joys and challenges of... More > friendship.< Less