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by Stephen M GrayThis first novel in The Mark of Wu series opens as the Spring and Autumn Period of the Eastern Zhou Dynasty devolves toward Warring States Period. \tThe Emperor’s grip on the feudal States is over. Brutal rivalries, both new and old now rule, and military clashes lay waste to those who are unprepared. Some men are driven by pure evil, and States either gain power or die. \tState of Chu soldier Yuan stands on his chariot, reining in his team of eager steeds, anxious for a chance to unlea... more
by B. R. BodengravenOn the precipice between a life that is rapidly fading away and a new life in the offing, B.R. Bodengraven orders a pre-fab shed and creates an enchanting retreat in the back yard of her home on Boston’s storied North Shore. Part writing studio, animal blind, sanctuary, and chapel, the shed provides refuge from the “busyness” and distractions of life in the 21st century, but it also provides a sacred space for interacting with the underlying regenerative force of the universe. Inside its walls, ... more
by Joseph Theroux
It's the Kingdom of Hawaii, 1889. King Kalakaua is on the throne, but secret societies are at work throughout the islands. When renowned volcano painter Jules Tavernier is murdered in his Honolulu studio, Robert Louis Stevenson and his step-son Lloyd Osbourne, his writing partner, investigate their friend's death. A secret royal society seeks to preserve the culture and traditions of the past, while a Chinese opium tong uses murder and larceny to control the islands. Stevenson and Osbourne ar... more
by Laurie P. MendozaKids keep saying things that make George mad. No matter how loudly he yells, they just won't stop. Worst of all, George is the one who keeps getting in trouble! His teacher says he's letting other people steal his power. Can Grandma and George's favorite superhero, Silent Knight, help him learn to stay in control and out of the Cool-Down Corner?
The Lion and the Lamb: The True Holocaust Story of a Powerful Nazi Leader and a Dutch Resistance Workerby Charles CauseyStunning new historical account of Hitler's closest male advisor and a brave Hollander woman whose daring faith compels her to hide Jews in a secret room. With years of research into the diaries of the protagonists, Charles Causey's new moral thriller exposes chilling secrets of the Nazi's during the final weeks of the war and chronicles one Christian woman's journey to a death camp for resisting the Gestapo in Holland. Though the book reads like fiction and has been reviewed as riveting, all ch... more
by Michael GoodisonMichael Goodison is a writer and a fighter, and in Muay Thai: Peace, At Last, he documents his travelling adventure to Thailand. Battling an ever-present disinterest with the western way of living, Michael throws off the shackles and dares to live, confronting killer cobras and conversing with Buddhist monks as he prepares for a professional fight in one of the most violent martial arts in the world: Muay Thai. From elephants lumbering along the lush mountainsides to the rowdy backpacking scene ... more
by Craig OwensHave you ever stayed at a hotel said to be haunted and wondered if its ghost stories are true? Have you ever left a historic hotel feeling certain that you had encountered a ghost? Haunted by History, Volume I, by Craig Owens uncovers little known facts about eight prominent historic hotels in Southern California and the origins behind many of their ghost stories. Not only does his well-documented research separate facts from legends, but Owens also keeps the subject matter interesting by interw... more
by Merryl WinsteinSUCCESSFUL CHEESEMAKING®, Step-by-Step Directions and Photos for Making Nearly Every Type of Cheese, tells both home and artisan cheese makers how to use accurate, traditional and professional methods for making the finest cheeses of cow’s, goat’s, or sheep’s milk, using simple home and artisan equipment. Over 800, clear, step-by-step photos beautifully depict every stage of the process. This 670-page book answers questions you didn’t even know you had! •LEARN how and why the same milk and i... more
by Karl Beckstrand(Arctic Humor, sports) “Kids will delight” – Natasha Yim. The adventures of a polar bear who hitches a ride to Antarctica. He’s never seen penguins before; to him they look like something fun to play with. Children (ages 2 – 6) love to make up stories to go with clever pictures created by Ashley Sanborn (The Dancing Flamingos of Lake Chimichanga). Cement vocabulary by describing the action. Snow story by award-winning author Karl Beckstrand (Mini-mysteries for Minors [multicultural/bilingual ser... more
by Brooks Mencher
Helen Oliver discovers an unusual spinning wheel in a Chinatown alley shop. Though the light is poor and the wheel is obscured by a mountain of antique furniture, it seems strangely familiar. She takes a few photos with her cell phone, and tries to buy it with what little money she has. When Helen mysteriously disappears, all that can be found is her purse and phone, discarded amid the trash along San Francisco’s northern piers.
Realizing the photos are the only clue to San Francisco’s ... more
by sharon b-nejadJewels of Persia is a colourful and vibrant cookbook that showcases 80 beautifully photographed Persian (Iranian) recipes. A background to the relatively unexplored world of Persian food and many photos of the regions of Iran are included in this 240 page book. The recipes are true to the uniquely, elegant Iranian culinary style with its flavours of saffron, dried limes, cinnamon, turmeric and rosewater. The recipes have been written with all cooking skill levels in mind and the ingredients chos... more
by Alesa Lightbourne
“Courageous teachers wanted to rebuild war-torn nation.”
With her marriage over and life gone flat, Theresa Turner responds to an online ad, and lands at a school in Kurdish Iraq. Befriended by a widow in a nearby village, Theresa is embroiled in the joys and agonies of traditional Kurds, especially the women who survived Saddam’s genocide only to be crippled by age-old restrictions, brutality and honor killings. Theresa’s greatest challenge will be balancing respect for cultura... more
by Susan Wittig AlbertNYT bestselling author Susan Wittig Albert returns to Depression-era Darling, Alabama, where the ladies of the Dahlias, the local garden club, are happy to dig a little dirt! It looks like the music has stopped for Darling's favorite barbershop quartet, the Lucky Four Clovers—just days before the Dixie Regional Barbershop Competition. Another unlucky break: a serious foul-up in Darling's telephone system—and not a penny for repairs. And while liquor is legal again, moonshine isn't. Sheriff Buddy... more
by Mary-Lou WeismanThe author and her husband love to travel, but they don't like being tourists. They want to explore on their own, at their own pace-- no playing follow-the-leader, plugs in their ears, their eyes trained on a hoisted umbrella. They want to live the authentic local life, shop for food, make friends, and be regulars at their small-town cafe. They want to become so French that even Americans won't like them. As tourists-on-the-loose in a foreign town, they can't resist pausing in front of a realtor... more
by Jean James (& Mary James - co-author)One of WARREN ROBERTS’ SWAT cronies once told him a woman would run naked into the street to save her baby, but a man would stop to put on his pants first. It was an interesting thought, an enigma to ride the back of his mind and wait for a time of future analysis. But time plays tricks and sometimes there is no time for analysis, only for action. Action soon takes on a whole new meaning as he embarks on the most embarrassing job he's ever attempted—working undercover as a movie extra. Just one... more
by H.N. KlettHailey Heartstone’s life is swept into a storm of peril after she stumbles upon an ancient talking book, the book of the legendary Pirate Queen. Once unlocked, its dangerous power thrusts her into a world full of deadly mists and phantom pirates intent on recovering what once was theirs. Kidnapped from her family, Hailey must face true fear as she is forced into a journey to protect the power that she found and seek out those willing to help her save all that she loves before it is too late.