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It Gets Easier: A Short Tale of Comical Catastropheby Justine Avery
Jake's loved and lost, suffered failed relationships and felt real sorrow, but the new girl in his life may just be the one to finally put an end to that life. His girlfriend Samantha is sweet and kind, full of joy, and the kind of girl Jake can be perfectly content sitting in complete silence with. It's so comfortable, so easy, to fall completely for her. In fact, Jake would do anything for Samantha, anything at all. Just returned from attending Samantha's family reunion, Jake's high as a kite, basking in the realization that he's been officially accepted as one of the family. He can't believe his luck, especially as he's driving off into the sunset with Samantha herself and so looking forward to those precious, anticipated moments alone with her. What could possibly go wrong? Thump thump resonates from the trunk of the car as they speed along the highway together. Thump thump.
City in a Forestby Ginger Pinholster
Hidden in the heart of Atlanta, a pristine forest shimmers with magic, but an unscrupulous developer plans to flatten Silver Park—unless two brave women can stop him. Arden Collier risks losing her home. Parker Gozer owns most of Arden’s secret forest, which is rooted in Atlanta’s rich African-American history.
You Can See More From Up Hereby Mark Guerin
In 2004, when middle-aged Walker Maguire is called to the deathbed of his estranged father, his thoughts return to 1974. He'd worked that summer at the auto factory where his dad, an unhappily retired Air Force colonel, was employed as plant physician. Witness to a bloody fight falsely blamed on a Mexican immigrant, Walker kept quiet, fearing his white co-workers and tyrannical father. Lies snowball into betrayals, leading to a life-long rift between father and son that can only be mended by the past coming back to life and revealing its long-held secrets. You Can See More From Up Here is a coming-of-age tale about the illusion of privilege and the power of the past to inform and possibly heal the present.
A Dog’s Luckby Liora Barash Morgenstern
Ellie, a young woman writing her philosophy dissertation, becomes disrupted by echoes from her past. The voices replaying in her mind lead her to an introspective examination of her childhood and adolescence within her extended family. This intimate inspection of relationships between family members – and the family's dogs – leads her to uncover three generations of the family secrets and the focal points of tension in the family's history. A Dog’s Luck is a unique, moving and thought-provoking work of literary art that deals with existential issues in a heartfelt, high-tempo and dynamic style. It touches on love, separation and longing, in an expressive, multi-layered language that provokes the readers to reflect upon subtle nuances of their own inner worlds. A story of love, separation and longing; about people and dogs, and what lies between them.
Finn Againby Lynda Meyers
Finn McCarthy is half Irish, half English, and fully fantastic. Raised in the pubs and educated at Oxford, he never did know which half to favor. His Irish half loves women and booze, while his English half is wicked smart and damned polite. And then there's Regan, the one girl who never did succumb to his charms. When a world at war beckons, Finn answers the call, but there are some casualties even a soldier can't prepare for. To heal his wounds he must banish his demons, a journey that leads him to a sleepy fishing village where the mysteries of his Celtic roots take hold. He begins to accept his past, only to discover that his greatest battle might take everything he's got left.
Daddy 3.0: A Comedy of Errorsby Rob Armstrong
2017 Independent Author Network Winner - Best Comedy / Satire Novel What a mess. This was not supposed to happen. This isn’t where Nick Owen thought he would be by this point in life. He used to be a busy web programmer. Now he spends most of his energy trying to stop his three-year-old twins from playing in a dirty sand pit. Nick thinks of himself as Daddy 3.0, a stay-at-home-dad—but he just wasn’t programmed for this.
Buzz Books 2020: Spring/Summerby Buzz Books
Buzz Books gives you 44 chances to find your next great reads, providing exclusive early looks at the next big thing from favorite authors and hot new discoveries. Read samples of new work from bestselling authors Brit Bennett, Sue Monk Kidd, David Nicholls, and Veronica Roth, along with thrilling debuts.
Please Not Again!by Eli Reuven
A young New York couple are trying hard to do the right things in order to get ahead in life. Even when stressful social and personal complications stand in their way, they are willing to push themselves to the limit, and do anything in order to achieve the goals modern society dictates, without giving any consideration to what they truly desire. When everything seems to be going as planned, a single critical decision drastically changes life as they knew it. In this bitingly humorous tale, Eli Reuven presents his modern version of the Adam and Eve story and the wonders of relationships between the sexes who can’t get along together, but can’t live without each other either.
The Fall of Jack Edgertonby Robert Lee
An ill-fated love story with a touch of mystery and an unexpected twisted ending. Fully developed, memorable characters that linger as part of your personal history and a story line that will take you on a literary roller-coaster ride. You'll never forget Jack, Susan and Mrs. Gladstone. Must read.
A Sparrow Fallsby Vicki Olsen
Doors were never locked, in Tolerance, Arkansas in the 1950's. Everyone went to church on Sunday and the grocer extended credit, never asking for a credit card. Things were good --the age of innocence in America that laid the foundation for the sexual and Cultural Revolution that was to explode onto the scene in the sixties. But for Sarah Jones, a glimpse into the shadows snatched away her childhood innocence. Her way of dealing with the despicable acts committed against her threatened to destroy who she truly was. Can she find the inner strength to overcome her past? Can she see that letting go of the desire to punish oneself is often the hardest act of forgiveness?
This book contains scenes of: sexual violence
Undertonesby L.S. Popovich
Dane was a reliable guitarist until he got addicted to ants. Now he’s just a giant anteater with an abysmal grade point average. On a date with lead singer, Serena, they witness a gruesome incident. When the lead guitarist gets on the wrong side of the mob, an all-animal jazz band bites off more than it can chew.
Crooked Fences: A Novelby C.J. Heigelmann
An injured Marine returns home to find the war lives on in his head and heart. The night of the ambush changes everything for US Marine Todd Goodson. Now returning home, Todd struggles with a deep sense of guilt over his role in the attack and worries that his prejudiced comments are ultimately what led his team astray. On top of his guilt, he’s battling relentless PTSD nightmares and rising tensions with his girlfriend. To escape his troubles, Todd travels from New York to Tennessee to visit an injured war buddy, and takes a job managing a troubled low-income housing community in Nashville. Will Todd survive the war abroad only to lose the war within? Crooked Fences is a fiercely honest story about a returning war veteran’s battle to overcome the debilitating effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and depression while confronting the hatred instilled in him by his father.
The Winterby Robert Spielman
Climate change is altering lives in Willow River, Minnesota—people are fleeing, dying, and killing because of it. An unexpected and unending Winter haunts former-police officer John Anderson with visions of his dead son and abusive father, becoming a living entity to his fragile psyche, an adversary that pushes him with a bitter wind into the town of Willow River. Once there, John’s fragmented memories demand that he protect old acquaintances Madison Livgaard and Father Tom from the violent and greedy Livgaard men, all the while becoming close to Madison and her daughter. After an unsuccessful truce to stop the Livgaards from stealing fuel, John, Madison, and Father Tom are forced to stand against them, to fight them to the death, succumbing to the insanity brought on by the constant cold and bringing them all closer to the goal of escaping the fury of the Winter.
An Exaltation of Larks (Venery Book 1)by Suanne Laqueur
September 11, 1973: Eleven-year-old Alejandro Penda watches from his apartment window as Santiago, Chile falls to a military coup, destroying his family and his childhood. Arriving alone in America, he's taken in by the Larks: a prominent family in the town of Guelisten. Though burdened by unresolved grief for his disappeared parents, he becomes fiercely loyal to the Larks, eventually marrying one of their daughters, Valerie. September 11, 2001: Javier Landes watches from his apartment window as New York City falls to terrorism. As one of Manhattan's top-paid male escorts, this professional lover has never lacked for company and is loyal only to himself. But in the wake of 9/11, Jav is named guardian for an orphaned nephew in Guelisten and must open his carefully-guarded heart to pain he's long suppressed.
Perfect New Worldby Jacob Lavi
What would you be willing to do in order to live in a perfect world? After 40 busy, demanding years of hard work, all Kobi wanted to do was live in peace and quiet. His grand plan to spend more quality time with his family, faces imminent danger. The Earth is on the brink of total destruction and the future of the entire world is hanging in the balance. Everything is about to change when an unexpected meeting sets before him a challenge—to save the Planet from annihilation. During his efforts to save plant earth from distraction caused by environmental abuse he encountered surprising facts about the creation and the history of humanity. The countdown has started. Will Kobi succeed in the mission of a lifetime or has the fate of the humanity already been sealed?
The Pool Boy's Beatitudeby DJ Swykert
The Pool Boy’s Beatitude convincingly portrays a life of romance and addiction by a dropout physicist filled with the temptations of drink, drugs, and sex, broken with the miseries of ruined relationships, and balanced on the needle of false hope. Somehow through it, all the story is hopeful, positive, humorous and oddly enticing. The question is not so much will Jack survive as how will he survive, because surely, behind all this science, there has to be a truth worth living for. A thinking readers novel, The Pool Boy’s Beatitude creates a character you long to hate and makes you love him.
Summer with Michaelby Tom Bierdz
Stuck with his schizophrenic brother, a teacher takes him to Florida for the summer.
Sympathetic Peopleby Donna Baier Stein
Both the beauty and frailty of human connections are seen in the thirteen stories collected in Sympathetic People. Here are women and men struggling to find love, meaning, happiness in marriage, adulterous affairs, art, meditation, and even the passage from life to death. Longing generated by loss is everywhere -- in the death of a son, the end of a marriage, the slide from hope ignited by Neil Armstrong’s moon walk to hopelessness after President Kennedy’s death.
Atlas of Menby David Sklar
Files from a secret research project show up on Dr. Robert Thames's doorstep, forcing him to think about something he's been avoiding -- the degrading ''study'' at Danvers Academy, especially the naked photos of each student, including himself, taken at his prep school. He tracks down four close friends from school, and together they uncover the terrible truth of what was buried by the faculty, the school, and the boys themselves. ''An inherently compelling novel by an author with a genuine flair for narrative driven storytelling.'' -- Midwest Book Reviews.
Come the Morningby Jeannie Burt
In 1883 orphan Ezekiel Harrington is removed from remote Nebraska to live with relatives in Philadelphia. They steal what little he has. He flees their treachery, and sets out to make his way on his own in the strange city. A chance encounter reconnects him with a childhood friend, Robert Henri, now studying art. Henri introduces Ezekiel to a cadre of striving artists, among them a crude Bohemian woman of tremendous talent. Ezekiel immediately despises her. Ambition drives Ezekiel but still he nearly starves. Life and his changing feelings for the illicit woman thrust him on an intense and remarkable course. _ “Evocative, reflective. A top recommendation” —The Midwest book review “Burt is skilled at portraying...a time in which Henri rose as one of America's most important and inspirational creative leaders.” —The Robert Henri Museum “I loved it.” —Tim Bazzett, author Booklover
The Fish Tank: And Other Short Storiesby Maria Elena Alonso-Sierra
SILVER MEDAL WINNER--READERS' FAVORITE 2018 INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDS SILVER MEDAL WINNER--2018 FEATHERED QUILL BOOK AWARDS 2018 B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree. Short stories about women, exile, ghosts...and a murder. An unexpected treasure handed over from an ex-spouse via the divorce lawyer; a classic mother-son bonding experience on a roller coaster ride; tragic tales of survival of ordinary Cuban citizens in the 1960s; a paranormal happening in the Museum of the Weird, the Sad, and the Wretched; and a complex murder mystery; a short fanciful poem – all of these stories in one volume from the mind of award-winning suspense author Maria Elena Alonso-Sierra. ''The Fish Tank is a gracefully-written, varied collection of entertaining, touching, suspenseful, and thought-provoking short stories.''' -- NY Literary Magazine.
Autism Goes to Schoolby Sharon A. Mitchell
After suddenly receiving custody of his five year old son, Ben must learn how to be a dad. The fact that he'd even fathered a child was news to him. Not only does this mean restructuring his sixty-hour workweek and becoming responsible for another human being, but also Kyle has autism. Enter the school system and a shaky beginning. Under the guidance of a gifted teacher, Ben and Kyle take tentative steps to becoming father and son. Teacher Melanie Nicols sees Ben as a deadbeat dad, but grudgingly comes to admire how he hangs in, determined to learn for his son’s sake. Her admiration grows to more as father and son come to rely on Melanie being a part of their lives.