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AND SILENT LEFT THE PLACE
A young woman stands naked and afraid in the South Texas dark. Miles away, a silent old man climbs into his secret hole, burdened by his Great War bargain. On this night in April 1963, the burden of silence passes from old to young in this debut novel by Texas native Elizabeth Bruce. And Silent Left the Place is a lyric tale of violence, redemption, and love reclaimed in the cruel, dry land of Texas.
by Author Elizabeth Bruce
Beyond the Song
“Beyond the Song,” is an autobiographical novel, and readers are introduced to the author\’s alter ego as she carves her niche into the music industry during the sixties and seventies. Each chapter begins with original lyrics that Carol still performs today.
Carol Marks lands in a series of dangerous situations and narrow escapes – hitchhiking in California at the time of the Manson murders, attending anti-war demonstrations that turn violent, and nearly being arrested when her boyfriend is nabbed in a drug raid.
In her journey, she also meets two important mentors who help her sort her priorities and take her goals seriously. One, based on Music Hall of Famer Rose Marie McCoy, helps her develop her talents; and the other, a fictionalized psychoanalyst, helps her establish the self-assurance to stand on her own two feet.
by Author Carol Selick
Before the #MeToo Movement, Magenta Rave sought justice for sexual assault survivors. When she couldn’t get that, she got even. Like Lisbeth Salander in The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo, she doesn’t kill the perpetrators. She just makes them wish they were dead. But who is Magenta Rave? Is she more than one woman? Eyewitnesses describe her as a petite blonde, a loud buxom redhead, and an awkward boyish brunette. Detective Simone Rosenberg and her good-hearted, good-old-boy partner, Marty Sloan, are assigned the case. Their investigation leads them into a world of shattered women, paramilitary wackos, and the outer boundaries of their own hearts and minds. This fast-paced, character-rich, and often darkly funny novel will keep you guessing as it careens wildly towards its startling conclusion.
by Author Janna Zonder
By the Hands of Men, Book One: The Old World
A soldier fights for his soul in the trenches of France. A field hospital nurse battles death every day. Are duty and honor alone enough of a reason to go on in the hell of a world at war?
A mere mile from the blood-drenched front lines, Russian refugee and nurse Charlotte Braninov encounters English Lieutenant Robert Fitzgerald, who helps her save the life of another soldier. Robert’s calm, courtly manner lingers in Charlotte’s mind, a comforting memory amid the deluge of suffering that surrounds her when she returns to the hospital.
Wounded during an unauthorized mission of mercy, Robert Fitzgerald finds himself demoted to a Medical Supply Officer, where he once more meets the brave young Russian nurse. When Charlotte volunteers to help the Lieutenant learn about his duties in this new life of service, a quiet friendship blooms and love grows in that harshest of soils, even as the war rages on. But human cruelty and endemic disease claw at their lives. Can love survive in a world torn by warfare, greed, and deception?
The Old World, a novel that readers are calling “deeply moving,” “stunning,” and “magnificent,” is the first volume of the By the Hands of Men series. Epic historical fiction by Roy M. Griffis, the saga sweeps across four continents in a gripping tale of fate, loss, redemption, and love.
by Author Roy M. Griffis
Untethered: Faith, Failure, and Finding Solid Ground
When Laura Whitfield was fourteen, her extraordinary brother, Lawrence, was killed in a mountain climbing accident. That night she had an epiphany: Life is short. Dream big, even if it means taking risks. So, after graduating from high school, she set out on her own, prepared to do just that.
Laura spent her first summer after high school on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, a magical few months filled with friendships, boys, and beer. There she met a handsome DJ whom everyone called “Steve the Dream,” and risked her heart. When September came, Steve moved to New York City to become a model —prompting Laura to start thinking about modeling, too. After just one semester of college, still seeking to fill the void left by her brother’s death, she dropped out and moved to New York to become a cover girl. But while juggling the demands of life in the big city—waiting tables, failed relationships, and the cutthroat world of modeling—she lost her way.
A stirring memoir about a young woman’s quest to find hope and stability after devastating loss, Untethered is Laura’s story of overcoming shame, embracing faith, and learning that taking risks—and failing—can lead to a bigger life than you’ve ever dared to imagine.
by Author Laura Whitfield
Behind the Magic Curtain: Secrets, Spies, and Unsung Allies of Birmingham’s Civil Rights Days
Behind the Magic Curtain peels back history’s veil to reveal little-known or never-told stories of an intriguing cast of characters that include not only progressive members of the Jewish, Christian, and educational communities, but also a racist businessman and a Ku Klux Klan member, who, in an ironic twist, helped bring about justice and forward racial equality and civil rights. Woven throughout the book are the firsthand recollections of a reporter with the state’s major newspaper of the time. Embedded with law enforcement, he reveals the fascinating details of their secret wiretapping and intelligence operations. With a deft hand, Thorne offers the insight that can be gained from understanding little-known but important perspectives, painting a multihued portrait of a city that has figured so prominently in history, but which so few really know.
by Author TK Thorne
What a Wonderful World This Could Be
What Alex, illegitimate daughter of an alcoholic novelist and an artist, has always wanted is family. At 15, she falls in love with a 27-year-old photographer whom she will leave when she comes under the spell of Ted Neal, a charismatic civil rights activist on his way to Mississippi for 1964’s Freedom Summer. That fall Ted organizes a collective that turns to the growing antiwar movement, but the radical group Weatherman destroys the “family” Alex and Ted have created, and in 1971 Ted disappears while under FBI investigation. When Ted surfaces 11 years later, Alex must put her life back together in order to discover what true family means.
by Author Lee Zacharias
The Flying Cutterbucks
2021 WILLA Literary Award Finalist for Contemporary Fiction
Decades ago, Trudy, Georgia, and Aunt Star formed a code of silence to protect each other from an abusive man who terrorized their family. One act of solidarity long ago lives with them still. With the election of a president who brags about groping women without their consent, old wounds and deep secrets come alive again, forcing hard truths to be told and even harder truths to be left to the dead.
On the outskirts of Pardon, New Mexico, Trudy returns to her mother, Jewel, to navigate an old house filled with haunting mementos of her father who went missing in action over North Vietnam. As she helps her mother sift through the memories and finally lay her father to rest, Trudy will do her own soul searching to say goodbye to the dead, and find her way along with the other women in her family, and through the next election.
by Author Kathleen M. Rodgers
Nowhere Near Goodbye
A mother’s love vs. a doctor’s oath.
Oncologist Emma Blake has dedicated her life to finding a cure for a rare brain cancer. Twenty-five years ago, Emma’s childhood friend Kate died of glioblastoma, and Emma vowed to annihilate the deadly disease. Now, Kate’s father, Ned, is pushing her to work harder to fulfill that promise.
When Emma discovers she’s pregnant, she’s torn between the needs of her family and the demands of her work. While Ned pressures her to do the unthinkable, her husband, Tim, decorates the nursery. Unwilling to abandon her research, Emma attempts to keep both sides of her life in balance.
Emma knows she needs to reconcile her past with her present and walk the fine line between mother and physician. But Ned has a secret, and when Emma discovers what he’s been hiding, the foundation of her world cracks.
Nowhere Near Goodbye is a story of family, failure, and second chances.
by Author Barbara Conrey
Currently Feb. 2022 Bonus Feature: THE SHORES OF OUR SOULS; New for 2022: A THOUSAND FLYING THINGS
She’s a sheltered American. He’s a Middle Eastern diplomat. Can their love lead to lasting peace overseas?
New York City, 1981. Dianna leaves her small southern town for the bright lights and rich culture of the Big Apple and a prime job at the Met. Sparks fly when she crosses paths with a charming Lebanese diplomat. A shared night of passion launches her into an exciting romance and opens her eyes to a bloody conflict far from home. But as warring factions take hold overseas, she can’t shake the feeling that her new love is hiding dark secrets. And she has some of her own.
Qasim has never known peace. When he gets the chance to bring his country’s troubles before the United Nations, he abandons his family obligations to heal his war-torn homeland. But his true mission takes a detour when he falls for a beautiful American woman. Against the urging of his closest friend and mentor, he wants to share his heart and hopes with her.
In the face of cultural barriers and mounting war, can Dianna and Qasim find the strength to stand up for their love and a lasting peace?
The Shores of Our Souls is a moving, romantic multicultural novel that dares to defy convention. If you like star-crossed chemistry, accurate historical details, and tales of redemption, then you’ll love Kathryn Brown Ramsperger\’s award-winning tale of love against impossible odds.
by Author Kathy Brown Ramsperger
A Strong and Steady Pulse
This is a collection of stories about patients with medical and cardiovascular conditions, their diagnosis and treatment, which depicts their humanity and courage, and shares meaningful information. Published by the University of Alabama Press, A Strong and Steady Pulse is currently ranked #1 on Amazon for Medical Essays.
by Author Gregory D. Chapman, MD
And I Thought Divorce Was Bad
When your life changes where do you find yourself? How do you find yourself?
This is a collection of short stories and poems describing the
journey of these women as they cope with life, accept the changes, and discover
their new selves.
In the first of the And I Thought…series.
by The And I Thought Ladies
The Illusion of Leaving
Jamie Wright hates her West Texas hometown of Silver Falls, its small-minded people, the reminder of her childhood there and her failed first marriage—the source of her daddy’s eternal disappointment. Jamie’s in town to plan his funeral, sell the ranch, and never look back.
The funeral goes as planned, however, the reading of the will does not go as planned. The night after the funeral, Jamie and two former classmates go for a nostalgic ride to reminisce about high school. When a tornado system blows in, they drive to a nearby storm shelter. There, fueled by vodka, the secrets erupt.
The tornado razes part of Silver Falls as well as the ranch. Jamie realizes that she is not immune to the pull of the land, the way its vast barrenness manages to sustain flora and fauna. In the process of helping clean up the tornado damage to Silver Falls, Jamie finally becomes part of the community.
by Author Jeannette Brown
Our Eyes at Night
A spellbinding novel of the hunter and the hunted, defiance and survival, for fans of Jennifer McMahon and Simone St. James
In a climate-ravaged town in the remote Utah desert, a house remodels itself, a cemetery is rearranged, and an ancient valley is suddenly haunted by a glimmering visitor. Called in to “clean” the unwanted dead, ghost hunter Philip Pratt finds himself in territory at once familiar and unfamiliar, stalking the spirit of Emma Rose Finnis, a one-hundred-year-old phantom who has never let his own spirit rest.
Yet Emma has come to this blazing desert for her own reasons—to see just how far a ghost can go in a changing world. And if a living man bars her path, she must find a way through him, even if it means risking her heart and soul. Joined by other ghosts of the West, both old and new, she will make her stand for the unexpected chance at love and home, far from the cold ocean grave where she began.
A boldly imaginative tale of loss, hope, and danger by the award-winning author of the Last Ghost series, Our Eyes at Night is a journey through a stunning landscape of inescapable consequences, for both the living and the dead.
by Author M Dressler
At First Sight
Oxford, England 1993. An awkward American grad student runs into a gorgeous English undergrad with her bicycle. She’s embarrassed. He’s intrigued. They go their separate ways, but neither forgets.
Chicago, Illinois 2013. When Cress Taylor starts receiving anonymous threats, the successful novelist feels her world crashing down. Max Grant turns up at a book signing and wants to renew their fleeting acquaintance. Is the timing coincidental or suspicious? Should she fall into his arms or run like hell? Then the plagiarism accusations start.
A former spy now working for a global security company, Max Grant has always steered clear of relationships—until now. When he sees Cress in a TV interview, his curiosity ignites. Will the spark he felt twenty years ago burst into flame? Cress is a magnet he can’t resist. As threats escalate to physical danger, Max feels driven to protect Cress. They must learn to work together if they want to stop her nemesis and find their happy ending.
by Author Sharon Michalove
Rabbit in the Moon: A Memoir
Blame it on Hawaii’s rainbows, sparkling beaches, fruity cocktails, and sensuous breezes. For Heather Diamond, there for a summer course on China, a sea change began when romance blooms with Fred, a Chinese ethnomusicologist from Hong Kong. Returning to her teaching job in Texas, Heather wonders if the whirlwind affair was a moment of madness. She is, after all, forty-five years old, married, a mother and grandmother. Rabbit in the Moon follows Heather’s multiple mid-life reinventions alongside the logistical and cultural challenges the couples must face to disentangle from their pasts and create a new life together in Honolulu.
Hawaii is the perfect setting for an intercultural marriage, but when Fred goes on sabbatical, Heather finds herself on the Hong Kong outer island of Cheung Chau with his large, boisterous family. For an independent, reserved American, adjusting to his extended family isn’t easy.
Life on Cheung Chau is overwhelming but also wondrous. Heather chronicles family celebrations, ancestor rituals, and a rich cycle of festivals like the Hungry Ghosts Festival, Chinese New Year, and the Bun Festival. Her descriptions of daily life and traditions are exquisite, seamlessly combining the insights of an ethnographer with the fascination of a curious newcomer who gradually transitions to part of the family. Along with learning to appreciate Chinese family values, Heather learns the value of being able to laugh at herself.
After immersing in her new Chinese family, Heather undergoes reverse culture shock with her own family. She compares her immigrant grandparents’ mixed marriage to her own, finds American funeral customs empty when her father dies, and reassesses her relationship with her mother through the lens of Chinese filial piety.
Moving between Hawaii, Hong Kong, and the continental US, Rabbit in the Moon is an honest, finely crafted meditation on intercultural marriage, the importance of family, and finding the courage to follow your dreams.
by Author Heather Diamond
Seeing Eye Girl: A Memoir of Madness, Resilience, and Hope
From a young age, Beverly Armento was responsible for her blind, artistic, and mentally ill mother. Though from the outside she seemed to excel at school and in the world, inside Beverly was cowed by her mother’s rage and delusions. Seeing Eye Girl is the harrowing story of growing up in an abusive, dysfunctional home, and also a story of inspiration about the teachers who empowered her and gave her the resources and spirit to survive and thrive.
by Author Beverly J. Armento
The Visiting Girl
“The Visiting Girl” is inspired by the life of movie star Katharine Hepburn’s mother, also named Kate and an early Bryn Mawr graduate and leading suffragist.
Upon graduating from Bryn Mawr College, class of 1901, Lily Paxton finds herself out of funds and at loose ends. With no immediate family, not raised to work, and without a prospective husband in sight, she becomes a “visiting girl,” going from home to home among her married friends in Philadelphia, organized by her best friend and college classmate Caroline Crawford.
After a year and a half, the visiting circuit pales and soon becomes impossible. Lily disappears one day, leaving Caroline a note saying she is off to an adventure out West, thanking Caroline for everything, and not to worry about her. Lily keeps to herself that she is three months pregnant and has left Philadelphia with a man she barely knows and who is not the baby’s father.
Twenty years later, Lily writes to Caroline from Portland, Oregon, where she is dying of leukemia, asking Caroline to come to her in her final days. Caroline, widowed by now, leaps at the opportunity for an adventure of her own and to reconnect with her long-lost friend.
The two women have a joyous reunion, but Caroline soon discovers that Lily has a hidden agenda which, if not handled with supreme care, threatens to destroy both their families.
“The Visiting Girl” is a heartwarming story with sympathetic characters and a historical bent. The novel’s time-frame includes the Great War, the Spanish flu pandemic, Prohibition, and women’s suffrage, all of which affect the characters’ lives.
The story deals with issues women have always dealt with, most of which still affect us today: unwanted pregnancy, miscarriage of a wanted child, cultural restrictions on women’s lives, disappointing and/or controlling men, and troubled children.
The love story of Lily and Marco, the man she runs away with, and the friendship of Lily and Caroline keep the story upbeat and positive. Suspense builds through flashbacks, as the reader learns why Lily ran away and anticipates the ultimate threatening revelation. How and when Caroline finds out creates the story’s dramatic denouement.
by Author Madge Walls
Little Orange Honey Hood: A Carolina Folktale
Little Orange Honey Hood: A Carolina Folktale brings a Carolinian spin to the classic Brothers Grimm Little Red Cap and Charles Perrault’s Little Red Riding Hood folktales. Illustrated and written by Lisa Anne Cullen, this story follows young Blossom on her journey through the river swampland to deliver mosquito-fever medicine to her ailing grandmother. During an unexpected encounter with a hungry alligator, Blossom realizes that she must fight to save Grandma from more than just mosquito fever. (University of South Carolina Press/Young Palmetto Books, Columbia, SC)
by Author Lisa Anne Cullen
New Beginnings: from behind the iron curtain to America
The book is an inspiring story of a young woman leaving her home to escape to freedom from communism. Subsequently, at the fall of communism she is invited to assist with the built up of a new system in her homeland as a representative of US Treasury.
The book is inspirational, encouraging people not to be afraid of new beginnings and to value their freedom.
by Author Antonina Duridanova
In All Good Faith
A historical novel set during the Great Depression in Virginia, Boston, and Washington DC, IN ALL GOOD FAITH is a stand-alone sequel to ETIQUETTE FOR RUNAWAYS (2020) and follows the story of May Marshall Craig and Dorrit Sykes, two strong women who meet and find support and friendship following the events of the Veterans Bonus March in the summer of 1932.
by Author Liza Nash Taylor
Panda Demick is a heartwarming picture book that teaches children about the pandemic in a life-affirming manner by teaching the importance of family and friendships during difficult times. Panda Demick can do something that no other panda has ever been able to do before. He can talk to animals, children, and the itsy-bitsy Coronavirus. Panda Demick is a good friend who reminds us what is important to grow happy and healthy together. Beautifully drawn illustrations by Jenny Zandona make Panda Demick an instant family treasure reflecting our time that will be handed down for generations.
by Author John Shay
RELATIVE CONSEQUENCES tells the story of a retired teacher who is on a mission to find the truth about her past no matter what the cost.
Jessy Tate buries her husband on a chilly day in October 2005. That’s when the nightmares begin again; but this time, the scenery is clear, and the fear is real. However, the puzzle pieces in her head don’t make sense. These vivid flashbacks reflect what her mind has forgotten—a drama starring a childhood friend and a giant banyan tree. The dreams take her back to when streets were safe at night, when nearby beaches remained pristine, and when most folks ate their breakfast at the local diner. It was a time in history when little towns kept big secrets.
by Author Jody Herpin
Reservations for Six
An entertaining and insightful page turner about modern marriage and a tight-knit group of friends navigating their 30s and beyond.
It’s tradition that on everyone’s birthday, the three couples gather to celebrate. They’ve toasted each other’s big life milestones, and been there for each other through loss and disappointment, too. Nathan is the first to turn 40, and when the cake arrives, he makes a shocking announcement. The birthday ritual, and the group of friends, will never be the same again.
Confessions follow, and secrets get revealed. One couple’s crumbling marriage forces the other two couples to reexamine their own marriages, and the fault lines that lurk beneath. Will their bonds be strong enough to survive issues like infidelity, infertility, and waning passion, plus a series of crises that push each relationship to the brink? The answers may prove surprising. A year after Nathan’s big declaration, as the group gathers for the year’s final birthday celebration, every person and every relationship will be fundamentally changed.
Perfect for fans of Emma Straub, J. Courtney Sullivan, and Rebecca Serle, Reservations for Six is a deeply satisfying novel full of wisdom, humor, and heart. It shines a spotlight on the phase of marriage when the fabric has started to fray, and deftly observes how couples cope, grow, and eventually thrive-together or apart.
“It’s not often you find a book that so perfectly captures the messy complexities of modern mid-life marriages and manages to also be a riveting page turner, yet with Reservations for Six, Palmer somehow pulls it off. I inhaled this book in two days, but these six characters so fully came alive for me that I’ll be thinking about them for much, much longer. Absolutely brilliant.” –Colleen Oakley, USA Today bestselling author of The Invisible Husband of Frick Island
“Thought-provoking and full of heart, a portrait of friendship, three marriages, and the importance of discovering one’s true path through the myriad complexities of life. Not to miss!” –Julie Valerie, author of Holly Banks Full of Angst
“It’s often said that it’s impossible to know what’s really going on in someone else’s marriage, but you can get deliciously close in Reservations for Six, Lindsey Palmer’s smart, compelling, and completely believable novel. Palmer portrays these marriages with great wisdom and empathy–and well-placed shots of anger and humor. I thoroughly enjoyed spending time with this ensemble of intelligent, well-meaning, and often confused friends as they struggled to know when to compromise and when to dare change.” –Karen Dukess, author of The Last Book Party
“Reservations for Six is a wonderfully wise, acutely observed story of love, lust, relationships and marriage. Palmer’s insight into the variegated wants and whims of the human heart is revelatory. This is a fun, fast, and insightful read.” —Jessica Anya Blau, author of Mary Jane
by Author Lindsey J. Palmer
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