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Come Backby Sally Crosiar
''I was hooked from the first chapter -- couldn't put it down!'' Vi Masters would rather eat nails than go back to the small town she fled at 17. But this time, she can’t say no. How bad can three days be? Four narrators expose manipulations, and worse that sent Vi packing, and the changes her return to Freedom, Iowa, wreak on their lives. Will a marriage survive? Will Vi save other girls from her fate even knowing Nate will never be able to accept what she did to survive? Will he? ''Our book club loved this novel!''
Tupelo Honeyby Lis Anna-Langston
GRAB A COPY of the Award Winning book Tupelo Honey for the book lover in your life. ''Set in rural Mississippi, with a cast of colorful southerners, it stars one pretty dysfunctional family at the center of which is Tupelo Honey. Lis Anna-Langston gets into the head of her title girl completely, taking readers on a ride of a sort of haunted but beautiful mess. Tupelo Honey does not have an easy life, on the surface. Her mother is a drug addict, and mental illness lingers in her grandmother Marmalade's house like a hot humid August cloud. Yet Anna-Langston still fills it with gems. It's certainly not a dull life, one full of heartbreaks big and small, but this tough sweet girl pulls it off with aplomb. It's a treat from start to end. Langston has written rich, vivid characters, and painted a vibrant mosaic of a year in one girl's life. It's a hard book to put down.'' ~ Teresa D
Children of the Enemyby David Swykert
Jude St. Onge is a man on the run. He is an addict who has stolen a large cache of drugs from Detroit drug kingpin Mitchell Parson, who is determined to retrieve the drugs and take his revenge on Jude. After the torture slaying of Jude’s wife, and the kidnapping of Jude’s daughter, Angelina, the last thing Mitchell Parson expected to hear when he picked up the phone was: ''I have your sons.'' Raymond Little, with a murder conviction in his past, and newspaper reporter Ted Rogers have become unusual allies in an attempt to rescue Jude's daughter. Together they kidnap Parson’s two boys, hoping to secure Angelina’s release. Risks for both hostage-takers skyrocket as the two sides square off, while Detroit Homicide Detectives work the case unaware of all that is at stake in the investigation. Only Ray and Ted can save the endangered children in Children of the Enemy.
This book contains scenes of: torture
A Very Furry Christmasby John D. Ottini
Finalist in the 2016 Royal Palm Literary Award Competition. (Florida Writers Association) This book contains four heartwarming Christmas stories about our feline friends and the humans who love them. Slipper's Last Breath: A story about love, companionship and triumph over tragedy. Some might call it a Christmas miracle, but I call it the power of unconditional love. The Unwrapped Gift: Sometimes the best gifts are the unexpected ones. When she least expects it, Beth rediscovers love and the magic of Christmas A Charcoal Christmas: A bittersweet tale of survival, hope and loving companionship. Christmas Mourning: When Father Pedro decides to provide warmth and shelter for the lost creature, he has no idea how this simple act of kindness will impact his life forever.
Hauntsby George Jansen
It is 1976 in freewheeling San Francisco, California. Robin Jenks, a young woman in her mid-twenties, is in an unhappy marriage. She and her husband, Mac, live along Skid Row in a rundown industrial building that they -- along with a bisexual redhead and a lame ex-beach bum -- have converted into living space and a rehearsal studio. Punk rock blasts at all hours. Wine flows like water. Musicians trade cocaine for rehearsal time. As the pressures mount, Robin begins to see spirits.
Among the Brandedby Linda Smolkin
What if a 70-year-old letter from World War II changed the course of your life? While attending Valor of the ’40s, art director Stephanie Britain stumbles upon a flea market selling letters from the war. She buys a handful, hoping they’ll inspire the redesign for a client’s website. She’s drawn by the lost art of penmanship, but soon discovers a treasure nestled inside declarations of love from homesick soldiers. Stephanie enlists a coworker to translate one and realizes it’s not a love letter after all. When a shocking discovery about a client causes Stephanie to question her principles, she’s forced to make a difficult decision—one that could give her peace of mind, yet ruin her career in the process. Among the Branded explores family life, an unexpected friendship, and moral conflicts that make us wonder what’s more important: our livelihood or our beliefs.
Nikolai Delovby James Dante
Nikolai Pavlovich Delov is a New Russian, one of the fortunate who acquired wealth since the breakup of the Soviet Union. At forty-eight, Nikolai is at the height of his career as head of the now-nationwide company that his father, brother, and he had started in 1993. Unfortunately, all other aspects of his life are a wreck. One morning a foundation director named Inessa Zorina goes to his office to solicit money for a new rehab house in the Moscow region for sex-trafficking victims. She soon tricks him into assisting her with the rescue of a seventeen-year-old girl held captive by a violent pimp. Gradually, Nikolai and Inessa’s relationship draws him into a dark world that he would’ve preferred to ignore. He recognizes only two possible outcomes: the complete happiness he’s always sought or the destruction of his own life and the lives of those he loves.
Zaremba, or Love and the Rule of Lawby Michelle Granas
Cordelia is disabled and painfully shy but none of that matters when a stranger needs her help. Shaken out of a routine that centers on caring for her odd family in Warsaw — her father is an academic with no life skills, her brother never leaves the villa, and her mother has dementia — she is forced to act. Zaremba, a wealthy businessman, is fleeing arrest when he stops to save her father’s life. He claims to be innocent and wants a favor as he seeks to turn the tables on the authorities. Cordelia is grateful but wary. Is he truly being persecuted or is he deceiving her? Her reluctant agreement to aid him plunges her into new realms of emotion. It is when he disappears, however, that she must gather all her courage and pursue the truth. Touching on human rights issues and real events in Europe, this is a heartwarming love story and an Amazon bestseller. Free for Kindle Unlimited members.
Romance With Deathby Albert Jabara
In my last two books, Prophecy On Ice, and Love Moments Don't Rust with Age I played the poet and the narrator. In this book, son and father are the third persons. Death is the abstract guest and the romantic half in the story. The father stands on the borderline between life and death. On life‟s side he moves freely; on death‟s side, he imagines a crystal wall thinner than onion skin, but stronger than a thousand mountains anchored together. He doesn't barricade himself to stop death. He doesn't like to fall without a struggle. For death, dying ends the novel that started half a century ago. For the father, dying begins a new life in a new world. Father‟s interest in the other life has been his wish since first grade. He envisioned a wall between here and there.
When Love Risesby Michelle G. Stradford
No. 1 New Release Poetry Book. When Love Rises is an emotional poetic thriller taking you on a journey through the multiple stages of love. Prepare to experience the initial spark of romance, deeply felt love, heartbreak, healing and rediscovering self-worth, and ultimately finding the courage to move on and try love again.
The American Governessby Kay Bell
Young American backpacker, Chase Miller, arrives in Far North Queensland seeking work and adventure. Glen Eira cattle station takes him on as a station hand despite his lack of experience. But he is less interested in spending time with the ringers than talking with the station’s cook, Nellie. He is particularly intrigued by the reclusive ‘Boss Lady’, Miss Becky, who is also American. Miss Becky, disturbed by the young American’s presence, finds herself reliving the days of her youth – her life in New York, her arrival in Australia and her early days as a governess in the outback. The story of ‘the American governess’ unfolds through her memories. As Chase listens to Nellie’s version of the story, he comes to realise that he too might never leave the outback.
The Book of Joe B: A Love Storyby Michael Winn
Why do bad things happen to good people? Middle School gym teacher Joseph Bustamante more than meditates upon this ageless question, he demands an answer! Within this whimsical, humorous, and ultimately uplifting story, our gentle, big-hearted lug is forced by circumstance to stand-up and confront the universal truths that affect us all. ''There are some laugh-out-loud moments in this story. It's a delightful read.'' -- IR.
The Whisper of a Saintby Richard Maddox
The Whisper of a Saint is an awe-inspiring spiritual novel. If you like Enlightenment quests, ancient Indian spiritual guidance, and vibrant portrayals of the Himalayan wilderness, then you’ll love Richard Dietrich Maddox’s empowering tale.
Daughter of the Townby Miriam C. Crouch
Claire Chastain comes of age when she confronts family loss, conflict and betrayal with her lifetime best friend in small-town Texas in the 1950s. Personal growth and redemption triumph in a heart-warming story of the power of love and forgiveness.
The Last Sutteeby Madhu Bazaz Wangu
Kumud has no choice but to return to the town of her birth where a young woman has decided to immolate herself on the pyre of her dead husband. Can Kumud stop the cruel and savage centuries-old tradition of the Suttee?
Chance Meetings: Stories About Cross-Cultural Karmic Collisions and Compassionby Madhu Bazaz Wangu
In this collection of stories twelve different people from different walks of life discover how one chance meeting with a stranger can change a person forever. Madhu B. Wangu eloquently draws from her own Indian-American heritage and examines the lives of ordinary people facing challenging circumstances—cruelty, prejudiced minds, twisted family relationships, unhappy marriages—and demonstrates how these situations transcend ethnicity and background as interactions with strangers force each character to look deep within themselves, often acknowledging painful truths and long-held secrets, in order to seize control of their own destinies and forge their own paths to independence and happiness. Wangu poignantly weaves a universal message that ties the characters in these stories together, one that applies to anyone who has experienced poverty, jealousy, fear, prejudice and disillusionment.
The Immigrant Wife: Her Spiritual Journeyby Madhu Bazaz Wangu
As a girl on the brink of womanhood in 1960s India, Shanti Bamzai has big dreams. Rather than enter into an arranged marriage like her sister, Shanti embarks on a journey into the unknown, leaving her family home behind for an education and a chance to chart her own destiny. While India experiences an upheaval of cultural and societal changes as old-world traditions collide with the modern global era, Shanti navigates college, a marriage of her own choosing, and motherhood, fighting a constant battle between the pressures of traditional expectations and her own burning desire to be an artist and an independent woman. A move to America presents exciting new opportunities, but Shanti is disappointed to find herself still hemmed in by the restrictions of her Indian upbringing. Shanti must find the courage to step out of her husband’s shadow and into the life she’s always dreamed of.
Crown of Fireby Lisa King
''It is as he said, I have spoken, and the whole world is falling apart.'' Young Lady Ashling destroys more than her chains when she defies all she has known to save the life of an innocent man. Her public accusation sets off a murderous chain of events and forces her to flee the imposing walls of Brennyn Hall into a society she’s never experienced. Hunted by the Hall and armed with nothing but a cryptic clue, Ashling finds herself at the center of a legend that demands she stand against the Hall’s power. With her hopes pinned on finding answers in a mountain village, each step she takes exposes wounds and lies as confusing and destructive as the land around her. Can she untangle herself from the legend, before the truth it reveals finally breaks her? The Hall demands her silence. The people listen for her voice. Will she find it before they find her and silence her forever?
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.
Swans Are Fat Tooby Michelle Granas
In this heartwarming Amazon bestseller, an overweight pianist travels to Warsaw for a funeral, but unexpectedly finds herself looking after two neglected children and helping a disinherited prince with a history project. Hania fears the children need more care than she can give them and that her feelings for her employer will cause her to suffer, but she does her best for everyone. Described as ''beautiful'' and ''thought-provoking,'' the story contains an outline of Polish history and is about seeing beyond the conventions. Free for Kindle Unlimited subscribers.
Nineteen Hundred Daysby Florence Osmund
When twelve-year-old Ben’s parents don’t come home from work one day, he doesn’t know what to think—they’ve shown lack of responsibility before, but nothing like this. His six-year-old sister Lucy is more scared than he is and clings to him for support. Unwittingly fearful of the police and Child Protective Services, the children don’t want to end up in foster homes and will do anything to avoid being separated. Their journey—fraught with obstacles and people who may not have their best interests at heart—plays a significant role in building Ben’s character and eventually determining his fate.
The Contagion of Lossby Helen Ryan
One night, Kim, a lonely, troubled young woman attends a party and is viciously attacked. In the aftermath of the assault, all those close to Kim are forced to examine their relationship with her. Kim's sister, Sara, suffers a toxic combination of guilt, grief and anger, the outcome of which has profound consequences for her. Perhaps it is only when the worst happens that we discover who we really are.
The Art of the Kissby Holly Schindler
A young photographer, an old camera, and a bit of magic disturb the dust, setting in motion events that will reawaken a love story fifty years in the making. Showing—in black and white—that in a town named Fairyland, the dream of forever is but a snapshot away.
The Blue Moon Dayby Santhosh Sivaraj
Things were never the same for five ordinary individuals who got struck at cross roads and there was no way they can run back. They had no other choice but to take a plunge into their deepest fear and leave the rest to destiny. Their characters was tested out of their comfort zone and it witnessed abstruse results; a PhD scholar fights to win a pizza making contest and a tennis prodigy running for his life in a war torn , bloodied Island. Extreme circumstances and their consequences made these ordinary individuals extraordinary. Was the test imposed on them by someone? Or did they invite it on themselves. The Blue Moon Day is that Once in a Blue Moon day story which questions an individual’s priorities, ridicules the worldly routines and finally redefines happiness.
Looper: A Coming of Age Novelby Michael Conlon
Life Sucks. Big time. Fourteen-year-old Ford Quinn has read The Outsiders, Robert Frost poems, and knows the song lyrics to every single Springsteen song. As he heads into high school, star-gazing poet Ford has fallen hard for an Egyptian princess and become a caddy at an exclusive country club. With an amazing summer ahead of him, what could go wrong? Everything. His family can't afford life in the affluent Detroit neighborhood of Kensington Hills, and his dad's get-rich-schemes are getting as old as his mother's fervent self-improvement pop psychology. To top things off, his chances of gaining entry into the popular Lund Gang appears as far away as the stars he sees through the telescope in his bedroom. Will Ford's quest to earn a caddy scholarship change the soundtrack of his life? Or will his encounters with cruel foils shatter his dreams and ruin his summer of firsts?