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The Hypnotist's Assistantby Richard DeVall
Thirteen-year-old Gary learns hypnosis from his neighbor who once had a small time magic show. The neighbor is paralyzed and has Gary hypnotize him and he stands up from his wheelchair. Gary believes he has a gift. Both his neighbor and his mother tell him he's not special. As Gary grows older he struggles with love, loss,and healing. Eventually he once again has hope.
You're Welcome: A Dog Lovers Novelby A.J. Arentz
You’re Welcome is an Amazon Best Seller. This heartwarming, inspiring and laugh-out-loud memoir of a dog is inspired by true events, and narrated by our furry best friend. Ludo, a German Shepherd and Melody, a young high-spirited woman, find each other needing one another more than they know to make it through the perils life has in store for them! The pair forge an unbreakable relationship, and with it navigate hardship, depression, and love! If you have ever loved a dog this book is a must read! Grab your dog, a box of tissues, and your copy while it is on sale today!
A Beginning At The Endby Mike Chen
For fans of Station Eleven, six years after a global pandemic, 2 billion survivors are rebuilding. In post-apocalyptic San Francisco, three strangers find their lives intertwined, all connected by chance through a little girl. In the shadow of a new outbreak, the friends are forced to face everything that came before—and everything they still stand to lose. Because sometimes having one person is enough to keep the world going.
The Death of Anyoneby D.J. Swykert
Homicide detective Bonnie Benham uses a unique type of a DNA search to catch a serial killer of young girls. Same type of search LAPD used to catch The Grim Sleeper. and the Golden State Killer. Benham and her partner Neil become inseparable and a love relationship beyond law enforcement develops between them..
My Inflatable Friend (Rollo Hemphill #1)by Gerald Everett Jones
Trying to make your girlfriend jealous with a rubber doll might not be a good idea. A reformed hacker-turned-slacker, twentysomething Rollo Hemphill fantasizes about becoming a top-forty deejay but has more talent than ambition. He's settled for a menial job as a car jockey at The Wuthering Palms, a luxury hotel in Beverly Hills. Proximity to all that glitter and glamour soon stirs his longings for Felicia Ferrulo, the Sicilian hottie who slavers the stars with mudpacks in the hotel beauty shop. When Felicia won't give him a nod, much less a tumble, Rollo devises a desperate plan. It involves dressing up a life-sized sex doll to look like one of the hotel's reclusive megastar residents and conspicuously driving the pseudo-babe around town in borrowed vehicles. Inspiring jealousy is his simple-minded goal, but it quickly gets waaaaaaay out of hand.
Rone Isa: A Dystopian Sci-Fi Novelby Robin Murarka
Set in the futuristic metropolis of Agnus Sistra IV, Rone Isa follows the newly birthed artificial intelligence, 'Enoya', as she learns about the world of man, trying to comprehend abstraction and violence, much as a child would. Dargaud, the engineer that created her, also explores the newfound equity in her abilities, and basks in the carnality afforded to him through her achievements. What secrets reside in her artificial mind? And will Dargaud's excess destroy him?
A Walk by the Seaby Krisztina Csiki
Meriel leads a quiet life in a small seaside town, at a physical and emotional distance from her son Philip. When she encounters Samuel on the beach, her life changes completely. Through her emotional metamorphosis, Meriel alters the lives of both young men. An artist. A mother. A woman. Can she be all? The choice is impossible and in trying to make up for lost time, she is bound to create havoc and hurt people, including herself.
The Green Houseby Dan Lawton
The green house is more than a greenhouse. 7 flowers, 7 colors, 7 meanings, and one 37-year-old secret—the green house is the keeper of it all. Its creator, Girard Remington, is a fragile elderly man whose life was shattered by a tragedy nearly four decades ago. And when tragedy strikes again—this time to his beloved wife—he struggles to cope.
A Reconciliation With Deathby Cody George
An anthology series wherein survivors of a viral infection seek help from therapists who are just as traumatized as they are. Conspiracies run deep within a recovering United States, where a small percentage of its population once suffered from a viral outbreak brought on by infected cats. Seven years later, the imprinted trauma is still fresh as an orphaned boy, a disenfranchised postal worker, an ex-member of a dystopian cult, and a withered old woman seek therapy from professionals who have suffered from their own chaotic experiences during the epidemic.
Beyond The Moonby Catherine Taylor
A strange twist of fate connects a British soldier fighting in the First World War in 1916 with a young woman living in modern-day England a century later, in this haunting literary time travel novel. Two people, two battles: one against the invading Germans on the battlefields of 1916 France, the other against a substandard, uncaring mental health facility in modern-day England. Part war story, part timeslip, part love story – and at the same time a meditation on the themes of war, mental illness, identity and art, Beyond The Moon is an intelligent, captivating debut novel, perfect for book clubs.
Incandescent Visionsby Lee Hudspeth
Having written numerous works of nonfiction, this is Lee Hudspeth’s debut book of poetry. Incandescent Visions explores the meaning of the human experience, as the author encourages his readers to ponder the universe and their place within it, and to catalyze their own creative potential. From the sublime shores of the Mediterranean to the majestic expansiveness of deep space, this book contemplates nostalgia, perspective and the gift of love. Through five short yet powerful, thought-provoking chapters of contemporary poems—and a dash of elegant, evocative haiku—Hudspeth takes his readers on a journey across the inner landscape of struggle, triumph, self-realization and imagination.
Out of the Desertby Betsy Ashton
When Todd Mathieson, the oldest of four children who grew up on the Mojave Desert, closes in on his 50th birthday, he wonders what happened to the little boy who wanted to be a spaceman. And a famous writer. The desert anchors the book, eventually bringing Todd home to evaluate his life. He wonders what happened to his childhood persona, Toad the Dreamer. Can he unlock secrets of his youth to push him forward to the next stages of his life? Will he decide that his professional achievements are enough, even though his life isn’t fully satisfying? Can he reconnect with a special childhood friend to help him chart his path?
Unlikely Return: A Novelby Nina Atwood
Three men shipwrecked on an island. Three women back home with broken hearts. Ben, Stuart, and Paul, passengers on a boat that sinks, find themselves stranded on a deserted island. Struggling to survive, they re-examine their lives, discovering a common history—past relationships they wrecked. If they make it back, can they restore their lost loves? “An insightful slow burner of a book which I relished sinking my teeth into!” Love Reading, UK
Leo Tolstoy's 20 Greatest Short Stories Annotatedby Andrew Barger
''Anna Karenina'' along with ''War and Peace'' solidified Tolstoy as one of the greatest writers in modern history. Few, however, have read his wonderful short stories. Now, in one collection, are the 20 greatest short stories of Leo Tolstoy, which give a snapshot of Russia and its people in the late nineteenth century. A fine introduction is given by the award-winning editor, Andrew Barger. Annotations are included of difficult Russian terms. There is also a Tolstoy biography at the start of the book with photos of Tolstoy's relatives. The classic stories include: A Candle, After the Dance, Albert, Alyosha the Pot, An Old Acquaintance, Does a Man Need Much Land?, If You Neglect the Fire You Don't Put It Out, Khodinka: An Incident of the Coronation of Nicholas II, Lucerne, Memoirs of a Lunatic, My Dream, Recollections of a Scorer, and The Empty Drum.
Shackles and More Gripping Talesby James Hanna
Twenty-one stories written in the tradition of Kafka and Hunter S. Thompson. Most of these stories were previously published in journals that prefer stories ''written in blood'' over tales that are politically correct. This book is recommended to readers who like stories that are both literary and bizarre. It is not recommended to readers who are easily offended.
The Fall of Jack Edgertonby Robert C Lee
SUCCESS; INFIDELITY: DETERIORATION; DESTRUCTION. An exciting new novel about one man's success as a General Manager of a typical US family department store, his deterioration, infidelity, and resulting consequences that lead to his tragic destruction. This is an emotionally descriptive story of a hard-working, well-respected business and loved family man and his demise into a psychologically complex unwinding of his life. An ill-fated love story with a touch of mystery and an unexpected twisted ending will appeal to all readers who look for well-developed characters and a storyline, that will take them for a literary roller-coaster ride.
A Second Less, Capable Head and Other Rogue Storiesby James Hanna
A Tea Party activist discovers that he is growing another head. A playboy befriends a fickle woman only six inches tall. A lonely librarian answers a matrimonial ad from a demonic farmer. Darkness abounds in James Hanna's cryptic stories. In these nineteen piercing tales, Hanna skewers the human comedy and makes reading dangerous again.
Blood and Sand (The Collected Stories of Ramsbolt #1)by Jennifer Lane
A tiny town. A broken tavern. And one woman searching for a place to belong. Logan Cole is used to getting her way. More than anything, she wants her father to get out of jail and restore her wealth and home in New York. Out of options and low on cash, she takes a bus north looking for anonymity and stops in the smallest town she can find. When she stumbles into Helen’s Tavern, she finds a place in need of a make-over and a grandmotherly woman who could use some help. Soon, she finds herself growing fond of the bar, Helen, and the town. She’s even found a friend in Grey, the local plumber. The tiny town puts her at a crossroads: keep hiding her identity to preserve her new reputation or let down her guard and reveal her true self to the people she’s grown to love. But the choice is ripped from her hands when tragedy strikes the bar and saving it requires every tool at her disposal.
Of Metal and Earthby Jennifer Lane
Seven ordinary lives are changed by their extraordinary relationships with a little green Jeep in this tale of restoration and redemption. James hides beneath his Army Jeep to survive a fierce Vietnam battle. The lone survivor, he returns home and buys a little green Jeep of his own, hoping it will lead to salvation again. But the fortune it brings tarnishes, and James must sacrifice the one thing he can trust for the people who need him most. Over the next thirty years, the Jeep passes between friends, family, strangers, and lovers. A soul mate is gift with purchase when a single mother buys a car for her son. A college student finds the best lessons are the ones he never signed up for. A torn family learns that love can be the hardest road to take. And an architect must choose between the simple fix or a full restoration if he plans to save his heart along with a rusty old Jeep.
The Siege: A Prison Uprising Redefines Justiceby James Hanna
Bronze medal winner -- 2017 Readers' Choice International Awards (Literary fiction category). One hundred inmates hold twelve guards hostage in the laundry dorm of the Indiana Penal Farm. Emergency squads are massed along the fence, awaiting the order to attack. Tom Hemmings, a dorm counselor, has been conscripted to defuse the standoff. But the inmates are divided into rival gangs, the guards into feuding unions. And the prison administration has sparked the standoff by forcing cut-rate services upon the facility. As he enters the prison, Tom's heart starts to hammer. Who are the good guys? Who are the bad? And how will the nightmare end? Note: The Siege is a literary thriller written in the tradition of William Faulkner and Joseph Conrad. It is best suited to readers who like textured writing and nuanced characters.
The Moon is Missing: A Novelby Jenni Ogden
A daughter who cries “Who am I?” A mother who can’t tell her… A hurricane called Katrina… A family secret exposed… An island at the bottom of the world. From Jenni Ogden, author of multiple-award-winning 'A Drop in the Ocean,' comes a gripping new book-club read. Writes Jacquelyn Mitchard, #1 New York Times bestselling author of 'The Deep End of the Ocean,' the book that began Oprah's Book Club: ''Jenni Ogden is a beautiful writer. In her newest, a tale of domestic suspense, Ogden tells the story of a neurosurgeon bedeviled by her own sophisticated brain and the memories of a long-ago tragedy that still has the power to destroy her and her family. Pick up 'The Moon is Missing'. You won’t put it down.''
The One Apartby Justine Avery
Only one obstacle stands in his way of enjoying a normal life. He remembers—every life he's lived before. Tres is about to be born... with the biggest burden any has ever had to bear. He is beginning again—as an ageless adult trapped in an infant body. He and his teenage mother face life filled with extraordinary challenges as they strive to protect, nurture, and hide how truly different he is. But Tres alone must solve the greatest mystery of all: who is he? The answer is linked to the one question he's too afraid to ask: why am I? In his quest, Tres discovers that all is considerably more interconnected and dynamic than he could ever imagine—and fraught with far more danger. He cannot hide from the unseen threat stalking him since his birth. Life as he knows it—as all know it—is in peril. And Tres is the only one aware.
How Fires Endby Marco Rafala
A dark secret born out of World War II lies at the heart of a Sicilian American family in this emotional and sweeping saga of guilt, revenge, and redemption. A ''beautiful, mesmerizing'' novel (Alexander Chee), that is ''a moving depiction of multigenerational loss and love, grief and gratitude, heartbreak and hope.'' (Kirkus Reviews).
Celebrating Nakedby Lindsey Averill
''A captivating story.'' - Kirkus Reviews. How do you break a death bed promise to your best friend? Sissy, and leaves behind a legacy so vibrant the family’s grief threatens to break them. Liz makes a promise: she'll celebrate Sissy, not mourn her. She won't let her sorrow show. Cliff clings to a secret that brings him both joy and pain. Their son, Michael prays to be normal. Their daughter, Clara grapples with coming-of-age without her “second mother.” And Sissy's son, Artie discovers a love that could cause him to lose everything. They're all celebrating Sissy's life... but can they go on without accepting her death?
The Other Side Of Carrie Cornishby Kate Jay-R
Who or what is the other side of Carrie Cornish? And who is the woman who ends up critically ill in hospital? Set against a backdrop of austerity and cuts, Carrie and Sandy have health problems and are struggling with welfare reform policies as well as having to deal with noise on a daily basis. Alternating between first person (Carrie’s diary entries) and third person, Carrie’s thoughts and diary entries reveal something much more than a neighbourhood dispute. But just who are the victims and who are the perpetrators? An account of an all too familiar situation we all dread – having our peace and lifestyle shattered from next door neighbours.