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Seven Year Summer
Part memoir, medical guide and spiritual text, Seven Year Summer is the story of two women destined for death. While in her early 30s, Anna was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of lymphoma and spent over 2000 hours in Canadian hospitals. Seven years later, she met Eleanor, a woman in her 70s dying of renal failure. The two formed an unlikely friendship. Written largely while sitting bedside during the four weeks of Eleanor’s dying, Seven Year Summer seeks to uncover how a person can remain emotionally, psychologically and spiritually intact when bodily survival seems improbable. Explored through the nuances of individual illness, the narrative arcs towards the pattern of life, loss and renewal that is the structure and sequence of the natural world and human life.
by Author Anna Byne
Suspense that will curl your hair; romance that will curl your toes… Calliope Garland’s newsdesk assignment was fairly straightforward—dig up the dirt on the sketchy CEO of a Wall Street hedge fund. But when the man is murdered and valuable data destroyed, a simple investigation turns deadly. Calliope is unwittingly in possession of vital financial information and a priceless work of art; either of which may get her killed. With an ever-growing list of people who want to harm her, Calliope must set aside her reservations and turn to the one man she knows she can trust.
Miller “Tox” Buchanan is a study in contradictions: kind but lethal, passionate but distant, self-possessed yet hesitant. He knows he should keep his distance, but when Calliope is hurled into danger, Tox will stop at nothing to protect her.
by Author Debbie Baldwin
The Madwoman of Preacher’s Cove
THE MADWOMAN OF PREACHER’S COVE tells the story of Lucy Addams, a woman who was horribly disfigured in a fire that claimed the lives of her husband and children. After the tragic loss of her beauty, her voice, and her family, Lucy became an artistic genius, sculpting lifelike dolls—replicas of the children of Preacher’s Cove. Lucy, and her workshop, are hidden in the back of the local resort—a hotel and restaurant complex owned and operated by her sister, Libby. Following a series of deaths by lightning strike in Preacher’s Cove, a handsome investigative reporter arrives to solve the mystery of the coincidental accidents. Lucy and Libby find themselves facing yet another enemy. As keepers of an ancient treasure—a secret that binds them—they alone know why the deaths have occurred, and more importantly, how to stop them. With the eventual help of Libby and Lucy, the reporter finds a sacred place in the woods called The Hallows—where Druids once roamed, and where his answers are deeply buried. After months of investigating, the death toll rising, a bit of romance, and otherwordly harbingers of Lucy’s dolls, the mystery of Preacher’s Cove begins to unravel.
by Author Joy Ross Davis
Disassembly Required: A Memoir of Midlife Resurrection
After a small-town southern girl turned New Yorker watches her American Dream implode, she musters the courage to begin again—resurrecting the powerful woman her daughters had glimpsed during their family’s darkest times.
by Author Beverly Willett
Success Is The Best Revenge
One woman starting her life anew finds herself involved in a new relationship that leads her down a dangerous path. Will she be able to rise above the challenges and find her authentic self? Readers are set to find the answer in Kathy Sechrist’s debut novel, “Success Is the Best Revenge” (published by Archway Publishing).
Based on true events, the story follows the life of Sara Matthews, a middle-aged woman who feels like she has lost her life compass as she faces challenges in her finances and relationships. Abused since age 11 by both her stepfather and mother, she lived with feelings of inadequacies and low self-esteem which became her normal way of living through adulthood. In this book, readers follow Sara as she begins the difficult work of starting her life over. This leads to Thomas Hunter, a suave, sophisticated Englishman who becomes her business partner and eventually her love interest. But all too quickly, the relationship becomes life-threatening, causing Sara to search for her authentic self — the one hidden by an entire lifetime of living for others.
This is a story of a victim turned survivor, This story is about a woman’s struggle to overcome abuse and how it molded her to become empowered and successful in her decisions.
by author Kathy Sechrist
RISING STAR Book One of THE RISE AND FALL OD DANI TRUEHART series
In the first book in THE RISE AND FALL OF DANI TRUEHART series, RISING STAR, fifteen-year-old Dani Truehart is living a life that is not quite her own. Driven by her mother’s desire for fame and fortune, she has spent her childhood dutifully training for a career as a pop star. On the brink of discovery, doubts begin to creep into Dani’s mind as she questions her own desire for fame, and she wonders whether she can trust the motivations of the adults who are driving her forward.
Following a brilliant audition arranged by her vocal/dance coach and former ’80s pop icon Martin Fox, Dani is thrown full-force into the music industry. She leaves her friends, family and scheming mother behind to move with Martin, who has become her legal guardian, into the Malibu compound of her new manager, Jenner Redman. Jenner, the former swindling manager of Martin’s boy band, leverages what’s left of his depleted fortune to launch Dani’s career.
Isolated from her life at home and trying to stay apace with her demanding schedule, Dani struggles to keep in touch with those she loves, connect to her withholding mother and find her voice as an artist. With Martin and Jenner at odds over their rocky past and finding herself unprepared to handle the pressures of her future singing career, Dani’s debut album and future stardom are at risk of falling apart.
by Author Michele Kwasniewski
The Safecracker, a tongue-in-cheek legal thriller, and QL 4, literary fiction set in the Mekong Delta in 1970
The Safecracker: Idealistic young lawyer Patricia Egan has a housemate she doesn’t like and a client she doesn’t want—a professional safecracker who seems far removed from the well-heeled civil clients her firm has been representing. But the safecracker and her former clients are closely linked in their respective criminal enterprises, something they want no one to discover, certainly not Patricia or her fellow lawyer and housemate, Jack Alexander.
QL 4 was a highway in South Vietnam. Set in the Mekong Delta, QL 4 the novel is a tale of intrigue, betrayal, and crime among soldiers on the same side in an unpopular war.
by Author James Garrison
Mickey Dubrow’s debut novel is a dystopian tale about a young couple’s life after opportunistic U.S. politicians abolish the wall of separation between Church and State. Seth and Maggie Ginsberg do their best to navigate an oppressive theocracy where fundamental Christianity is the only legal religion, and abortion, homosexuality, and adultery are outlawed. When a co-worker outs Seth as a Jew, Seth escapes to Mexico, while Maggie is sent to a Savior Camp. American Judas mixes political satire, suspense, and family drama.
by Author Mickey Dubrow
Dying isn’t just hard on the ones left behind, the regret of unfinished lives weighs heavily on the terminally ill. That’s where Dire’s Club steps in, a specialty travel agency that takes a small group of dying people on one final adventure—so they can be free of guilt, be more than a diagnosis, and find a way to confront life…and death.
Life Coach Charlotte Claybrooke built a successful second career guiding people out of grief, but the impending tenth anniversary of her own heart-wrenching tragedy sets her on a journey to find life among the dying.
Staring death in the face was Jimmy Dire’s business. He met it with a warm hug, a kind word, and a smile. Dire’s Club gave the terminally ill one final, bucket-list adventure before passing on, but dying was expensive. The bills, like Jimmy’s lies, were piling up. It’s only a matter of time before he’s forced to face a different type of death.
A rock god, a telenovela star, a grandmother living her life-long dream, and a young tech genius round out this group of strangers facing death together. But when tragedy strikes, their bond is shattered. Lies and fraud surface, forcing the dying to come together to save someone’s life.
Everybody dies. The lucky ones have fun doing it.
by Author Kimberly Packard
HOLLYWOOD LIGHTS, NASHVILLE NIGHTS: Two HEE HAW Honeys Dish Life, Love, Elvis, Buck & Good Times in the Kornfield
The title and subtitle describe the book as “HOLLYWOOD LIGHTS, NASHVILLE NIGHTS: Two Hee Haw Honeys Dish Life, Love, Elvis, Buck & Good Times in the Kornfield,” which is a first person account of ten years in the lives of the co-authors Victoria Hallman and Diana Goodman (Ms. Goodman’s part ghost-written by Ms. Hallman).
by Author Victoria Hallman
DUTY AND DESIRE (Book 1, Winds of Fire series)
To uphold family honor and tradition, Sheetal Prasad is forced to forsake the man she loves and marry playboy millionaire Rakesh Dhanraj. As her world splinters into a web of lies, deceit and betrayal, Sheetal must find a way to ally with the stranger she married in order to protect their infant son from his family’s tyranny.
by Author Anjana Gattani
To Squeeze a Prairie Dog: An American Novel
This is the story of J. D. Wiswall, a sincere young man from a small town, who joins a state government agency in a data entry department comprised of quirky clerks. Quickly endearing himself to the diverse group in Unit 3, J. D. learns his coworkers have a pact to share the $10,000 prize if they win a cost-savings program for a suggestion that could save the government money, in turn helping them rise above their own personal struggles. A multimillion-dollar cost-savings suggestion is accidentally discovered by J. D.’s supervisor, the goof-off alcoholic Brent Baker. This lucrative discovery catches the attention of crotchety Governor Dwayne Bennett, a media-hungry demagogue, who turns the coworkers of Unit 3 into props for his selfish political reasons. The publicity surrounding the clerks piques the interest of a newspaper reporter, Esther Jean Stinson, whose investigative reporting threatens to reveal the governor’s career-ending secret, as well as jeopardizes the prize that the clerks so desperately desire.
A few blocks away from the agency that houses Unit 3, Governor Bennett, a smarmy politician who whizzes around the Governor’s Mansion on a gold-plated wheelchair, parades the unwitting clerks in front of the local media in an attempt to raise his sagging poll numbers. But reporter Esther Jean sees through the governor’s bald-faced motives and uncovers secrets not meant to be revealed. Will her revelations keep Unit 3 from receiving their elusive prize?
From award-winning writer Scott Semegran, To Squeeze a Prairie Dog is an American, modern-day tale with working-class folks—part fable, part satire, and part comedy—revealing that camaraderie amongst kind-hearted friends wins the day over evil intentions.
by Author Scott Semegran
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