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Heart of the Earth: A Fantastic Mythical Adventure of Courage and Hope, Bound by a Shared Destinyby Robin Clark
Where light and dark converge, and reality and fantasy blur, is there another world where mysterious forces can intervene and restore peace back to the earth? A cautionary tale that offers inspiration and hope in uncertain times.
This book contains scenes of: animal cruelty
Picasso's Motorcycleby Marc Sercomb
An unexpected gift of an old motorcycle with a tragically romantic past hurls 15-year-old orphaned Daniel into the thick of things as WWII breaks out in France. Half-French/half-German Daniel must find a way to survive in a world that mercy seems to have abandoned. This book transports the reader to Nazi-occupied France, where Daniel unwittingly and unexpectedly finds himself working for the Resistance, and ultimately to the Russian Front in a twist of fate so startling that no one can see it coming.
Backstory: Behind the Scenes of a Famous Film-Thrillerby Pat Dunlap Evans
Award Winner: 9th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published E-Book Awards! If you like stories told in unique ways, enter the emotional, funny, and scary world of Backstory—a single mom’s quest for new love and Hollywood fame. But wait: Is a serial killer stalking her? Told by a series of letters and screenplay scenes, this novel's dynamic format keeps you guessing, as a pretty screenwriter relocates to Texas after a tragic divorce. Through Merry Mayfield's diary-like notes to her adored professor Roland, you’ll share her pains and passions—especially for the charmer who inspires Merry’s love for drama and film. You’ll also meet her controlling brother and zany sister-in-law, who try to exorcise Merry’s demons. And you’ll be amazed by the offbeat characters who enter Merry’s world, as she struggles to support her three unhappy teens. This literary thriller unwinds with a wry smile.
This book contains scenes of: sexual violence
The Dancer, Her Lover and the Yogi: Chitralekhaby Bhagwati Charan Verma
''What is sin?'' a student in the Mauryan period (about 300 BCE) asks his guru. The guru sends two students to be apprentices to two prominent men, and report back to him after a year. The two men are poles apart. Kumargiri is a yogi; Beejagupta a hedonist who loves Chitralekha, the enchanting dancer. This story of the tangled lives of Chitralekha, Beejagupta and Kumargiri revolves around the student's question. Chitralekha draws on the traditional folk tale format in which two princes set out on difficult journeys, in completely different directions, to seek something rare. Bhagwati Charan Verma’s skilful use of this device, larger-than-life characters, clear descriptions and sensitive use of language made Chitralekha a landmark Hindi novel in 1934.
Ekstasis - The Return of the Sovereign Heartby M.I. Dugast
Together, they are the keys to humankind’s original blueprint. Apart, will they find each other through the pages of time? Mona Devek is driven by an innate knowing. As a walk-in from birth, her life’s unfolding twists and turns serve to awaken her to her potential and identity and to reconnect her with an ancient star tribe. But when she publishes a work of fiction detailing her spiritual quest, something inspires her to fill in the blanks left by her as-yet-unseen interdimensional lover. David Wilkins is a firm atheist and has long given up on happiness. Devastated by the tragic loss of his wife and child, the former award-winning film director shelved an unread book his sister shared on account of its uncanny similarities to his own life. Then on one transatlantic flight home, he finally flips it open . . . and by the time he reaches the last page, he is no longer the same person.
Tortuga Straits and The Parrot Hotelby Kate McVaugh
Tortuga Straits, a tiny village on the coast of a small island, floating in a forgotten corner of the Spanish-speaking Caribbean. The Parrot Hotel, a once prosperous haunt, now rarely sees a guest. Yet those who still reside in town welcome the calm after decades of busier times. It’s the anniversary of the day Trader first arrived in this beautiful, seaside town, some sixty-odd years ago. His plan to stay a few months turned into a lifetime, building The Parrot along the way. And with his hotel came jobs, and friends, and prosperity for the locals as well as the travelers who set down roots in Tortuga Straits. Over food, beer, cigars, and rum, Trader and his friends reminisce about days gone by. Children born and raised and off to a better life in the Capital and beyond. Nature protected and saved from shady developers and ne’er-do-wells.
Esther and Jack: Sorrowby Angela Hughes
Esther and Jack have been married for 30 years. They are about to encounter the hardest part of their marriage after they receive a visit from the local police.
Immortal Northby Tom Stewart
He’s known as the trapper and his family has a long history in these isolated woods. Now it’s just him and the boy, and he’ll raise him in the world he knows, the forest, where threats take recognizable forms: harsh weather, peak predators, the encroachment of civilization at odds with their lifestyle. But for those lands and minds with an unsettled past, other dangers may lurk the woods where father and son hunt the timber. One fateful day their woodland life is violently broken—shouldn’t those guilty of such injustice be held to account? Though at times gritty even violent, there is raw grace in these pages like veins of gold running through black quartz.
Ten Thousand I Love Yousby Lisa Slabach
Pregnant and married at eighteen, Kimberly Kirby envisioned a happily-ever-after life with Jay Braxton. But when he blindsides her with a divorce eighteen years later, she goes on an odyssey of lust and love, moving to San Francisco and writing a dating blog for divorced women in search of new endings. Just as she falls hard for a talented young chef, Jay fights to win her back. Torn between her bold new life and the comfort of Jay’s familiar arms, the ten thousand I love yous that have passed Jay’s lips can’t be dismissed but nor can her newfound freedom and the knowledge that her happiness doesn’t depend on Jay. ''The emotions of all the characters involved were beautifully portrayed enabling you to see the unfolding dramas from all perspectives, which isn’t always easy!'' — LoveReading
Journeys: The Archers of Saint Sebastianby Jeanne Roland
It’s the 14th century, and the longbow is king. But in the northern European principality of Ardennes, archery isn’t just the nation’s defense. It’s the national obsession. MEET THE JOURNEYS 12 young Journeyman archers, the best in the country 2 years of public competitions, in which looks count almost as much as ability 6 will win a coveted membership in the Archers’ Guild of St. Sebastian 1 will become the prince’s new Guardsman MEET MARIEKE 15-year-old Marieke is as obsessed with St. Sebastian’s as everyone else in Ardennes. Only it’s the middle ages, and girls just don’t become elite archers. Except Marieke's prospects as a girl aren't promising either, after a well-timed kick from a mule has left her with a face that’s badly scarred and ruined for marriage ...
The Bat: a coming of age story and a search after truth.by Leslie Garland
What is true? What is truth? An old and now sceptical Thomas looks back on the events of his last term at school when his class returned to a new beautiful class teacher, a donation of stuffed animals and birds by an eccentric benefactor and the increasingly strange events which followed. Zoological specimens appeared to be not quite as dead as they looked. A bell-jar which had contained a stuffed bat shattered during an exorcism. Strange events then turned to being sinister and frightening. As a then naive young Thomas searched for the truth, he found himself, questioning ‘good and evil’, realising that his task was not as simple and straightforward as he would have wished and in so doing loosing his innocence and having to accept that truth may have as much to do with belief as facts. An adult, speculative, spiritual and philosophical coming of age story.
The Stone Messiah Vol Iby Anonymous IV
If you lived in a world… where your civilisation could be annihilated; every person you held dear murdered, mutilated or sold into slavery – YOU would need a messiah. Seafarers of Sumerian origin settle south of the Rovuma in east AFRICA, establishing the Uran civilisation, which grows and flourishes for 300 years. 2070 BC, a huge maritime expedition from EGYPT reaches TANZANIA founding an empire. 70 years later, a child is found in the ashes, when they destroy the Uran capital. At twenty, that child unites the gifted men of his generation, against those who brought their civilisation to the brink of annihilation. In an unimaginably cruel and dangerous world, a genocidal war between two civilisations. Beautifully written, Intense, Cinematic, Visceral. The ultimate liberation struggle epic. Life, Death and War. Comradeship, Strategy, Leadership. Triumph and Deliverance.
This book contains scenes of: torture
Hot Airby Charlie Suisman
''Hilarity in the Hudson Valley’s oddest small town...alive with quips, wit, misunderstandings, amusing local-isms, and an overall sense of irresistible momentum.'' —BookLife. It's summer in Arnold Falls, where's the more than enough hot air to go around. In book two of the series, there's a proposal to change Arnold Falls' name (for a cash payout). Town memorabilia is going missing in the dark of night. And what is happening at the hospital? Something definitely not good. Will the town get its memorabilia back? Will it get its name back? Will it get its mojo back? Probably, but, as always in Arnold Falls, they'll take the long way home and they will definitely stop for doughnuts.
The Viceby Jennifer Jensen
The Vice Harper’s unhealthy coping mechanisms of meaningless sex and excessive drinking is starting to catch up to her—as is her avoidance of the past. At 28, she has found herself stuck in a cycle of perpetual anger, unrelenting loneliness, and constant self-loathing—something she isn’t positive she can come back from. Her mirror reflects a girl that she no longer recognizes, and she has done everything she can to push away the ones she loves. But a sudden chain of events leads her to face the traumas she has been trying to keep buried with the vice that has kept her numb. And although the nagging voice in her head continues to poke at her insecurities and drag her down, Harper sees that there might be a light at the end of the tunnel—an end to the chaos in her life that she is desperate to reach.
This book contains scenes of: sexual violence
The Anarchist Thing to Doby Michael Raship
The social changes that convulsed the United States from the sixties to the eighties are brought to life in the story of a single eccentric family: When six-year-old Skye Moullay-Finster's hippie family moves from a commune in the Vermont woods to the New York suburbs on a hopeless mission to spread their homemade version of anarchism to mainstream America, Skye never doubts that her parents are heroes whose political beliefs are going to spark a revolution. But as Skye grows up over the next ten years, she painfully comes to realize that her parents are the town laughingstock and that the revolution they have dedicated their lives to is never going to happen, and when her increasingly New-Agey parents suddenly become fanatical believers in ''the healing power of the mind,'' she begins to fear that her mother is rejecting the conventional medical treatment that her life depends on.
Harriet: A Jane Austen Variationby Alice McVeigh
HARRIET is an intriguing and original ''take'' on Jane Austen's immortal EMMA, by Publishers Weekly’s 2021 BookLife Prize quarterfinalist, Alice McVeigh. Emma, a privileged young heiress, decides to mentor Harriet Smith, a pretty boarding-school pupil, and to matchmake her as eligibly as she can… But how is she to guess that Harriet has a secret?... Meanwhile, the brilliant, penniless Jane Fairfax consents to a clandestine engagement with Frank Churchill – though not daring to confess, even to him, that she is being relentlessly pursued by her best friend’s husband…HARRIET sidelines Emma herself in favour of the ingenious Harriet and the fascinating Jane Fairfax… It is EMMA – but an EMMA with a surprisingly believable twist in its tail.
A Nocturnal Museby Kamilla Reid
''I am literally stunned by this gorgeous debut!'' View Literary In the middle of soaring success, young theatre darling Kit Lasslin suddenly vanishes from the spotlight and slams shut the door on her dreams, leaving the wagging tongues of her peers to the burning question of “What on earth happened?” Sixteen years later, when a former castmate comes to town, bringing Kit’s secret with him. It’s all she can do to steer clear of him and keep the ghosts at bay. But when an old script is unearthed, and history is poised to horrifically repeat, Kit must at last reconcile the shocking truth of her past, even as it quakes the fortresses of art and power, and brings her tight knit theatre community to its knees. ''A laugh out loud comedy...a courageous tragedy. Bring the tissues.'' Lit Service Magazine
The Eclipse Dancerby Laura Koerber
Andy, the trailer trash daughter of an alcoholic, met a nature spirit and learned that she, too, was part of the magic of the forests and rivers, a member of the Wild Hare Clan of fairies. With her fairy relatives, she found the wonder and delight that had been missing from her home life--and experienced her first teen-aged crush. From Reader Views: ''Combining elements of fantasy with hard-core human issues, many relevant in today’s world, Koerber takes the reader on a magical journey as down-to-earth as it is out-of-this-world. I highly recommend “The Eclipse Dancer” by Laura Koerber to anyone who wants to get lost in an amazing, unforgettable story.''
The Hidden Light of Mexico Cityby Carmen Amato
American Dirt meets The Cartel in a riveting novel longlisted for the 2020 Millennium Book Award As presidential elections near, Mexico City attorney Eduardo Cortez Castillo uncovers a scheme between a powerful government official and Mexico's most dangerous drug cartel. The conclusion is terrifying. With deep state help, a ruthless druglord is poised to buy Mexico’s presidency. As he digs for evidence and violence spills across the US-Mexican border, Eduardo is marked for death by cartel assassins. Instead of abandoning the dangerous investigation, he follows the money trail deep into drug smuggling territory where violence buys loyalty and the odds are against survival. Back in Mexico City, a woman whose name means Light of Mary faces a painful choice. Wait for Eduardo or join the immigration caravan to El Norte? But the cartel is looking for her, too.
The Hidden Light of Mexico Cityby Carmen Amato
American Dirt meets The Cartel! Longlisted for the 2020 Millennium Book Award. As presidential elections near, Mexico City attorney Eduardo Cortez Castillo uncovers a scheme between a powerful government official and Mexico's most dangerous drug cartel. The conclusion is terrifying. With deep state help, a ruthless druglord is poised to buy Mexico’s presidency. As he digs for evidence and violence spills across the US-Mexican border, Eduardo is marked for death by cartel assassins. Instead of abandoning the dangerous investigation, he follows the money trail deep into drug smuggling territory where violence buys loyalty and the odds are against survival. "Enthralling" - Literary Fiction Review
The Intersectby Brad Graber
When Dave and Charlie relocate to Phoenix, Daisy shows up at their door after a long illness unaware relatives have sold her home. Charlie assumes the older woman is Dave's aunt from Chicago and settles her into the guest room. Tales of the City meets As Good As It Gets in this heartwarming page-turner about love, friendship, and the family we choose.
Lithium Dreams And Melancholy Sunriseby Carrie Lowrance
These poems tell the story About a road littered with heartbreak Heartache Obsession Unrequited love Tears Anger Frustration Sadness And finally letting go
Tailwinds Past Florenceby Doug Walsh
A tale of adventure and love spanning two continents and multiple lifetimes, Tailwinds Past Florence is a love story for the ages. When Edward and Kara embark on a tour around the world, they inadvertently shatter the boundaries of time -- and encounter mysterious men with a connection to Kara's soul. After getting blacklisted from the rich world of venture capital, Edward Vaughan will do anything to avoid telling Kara what happened. Even if it means agreeing to her dream of bicycling around the world. Kara, tired of being married to a workaholic, was readying for divorce. Now, she’s packing her bags for the trip of a lifetime. Together, they pedal away from Seattle, headed east on the open road across America to Europe. As the deceptions mount with each passing mile, Edward finds himself trapped in a battle with a past life over an eternal love.
The Great Mongolian Bowling League of the United States of Americaby Ed Borowsky
''A joyous, uplifting, and uniquely rendered first novel. It is a testament to kindness and friendship and has readers falling in love with Harold Kushner, a man for all seasons. Sit back and drink in some warmth, wit, and wisdom.'' —Ken Eulo, Author of The Brownstone Trilogy
The Great Cyprus Think Tankby Larry Lockridge
The Great Cyprus Think Tank is narrated by Bart Beasley, a dejected Canadian author of cultural memoirs who yearns to return to Cyprus, where he spent his youth and where he might shake off his ennui. He forms a think tank of renowned but flawed experts to tackle crises still besetting the fabled island in 2024. The birthplace of Aphrodite is parched, its famed sea turtles face extinction, its songbirds are swallowed whole by native epicures, and Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, if no longer dispatching one another, rarely send over a bottle of wine. A string of felicitous adventures and seeming successes follows, while romantic liaisons spring up within the think tank’s ranks.