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General Fiction (including literary and historical)

  • The Call of Jeremiah McGill

    by Joseph Moore
    In a slow-paced 1970s Missouri, a young black son of a pastor searches for his place in the world. Eleven-year-old Jeremiah McGill is at a cusp in his young life. It’s 1971 and America is in a historical transition with sons in the Vietnam War, fundamental changes in civil rights, protests, and political tumult. As the young boy wants only to pass his time reading comic books and galivanting with his friends, his preacher father has a different divine destiny in mind for him. Feeling removed ... more
  • Outliers, Outsiders and Others

    by Andrea Kampic
    Sometimes you just want a little light reading before you close your eyes at night: Outliers, Outsiders and Others would not be those kind of stories and poems. Rather, these are a bit unsettling, sometimes asking you to look deep and wonder what the heck has happened to us, where are we going (and why are we in this handbasket?), perhaps question whether we need to stop and retrace our steps before things really get out of hand. And yet we can appreciate that we still have our humanity and can ... more
  • Starling

    by Mary Vensel White
    Gina S. lives an orderly life, commuting to her secretarial job in Chicago, watching movies, or visiting her elderly neighbor, until a rainy weekend when unexpected events disrupt her routine. A blind date, a mysterious envelope, and a voicemail from Korea-each pushes Gina to confront a secret she's been hiding for twenty years. Does she have enough strength for the journey ahead? STARLING is an exploration of the bonds of family and the illusion of memory, and ultimately, it's about giving and ... more
  • Bellflower

    by Mary Vensel White
    At a party thrown by his wife’s PTA friend, Glen Hanley makes a reckless choice. Terri Moore’s life has finally settled after an unexpected divorce, until her son reveals stunning news. Elderly and alone, Mrs. Hallowicz finds solace in her flowerbeds and pet turtle, but the pain of a long-buried tragedy threatens to unhinge her. Mary Vensel White’s kaleidoscopic novel-in-moments spans the lifetimes of these three characters and the network of family and friends connecting them. On the shaky g... more
  • The Qualities of Wood

    by Mary Vensel White
    The house brought them together, but secrets will tear them apart. When Betty Gardiner dies, leaving behind an unkempt country home, her grandson and his young wife take a break from city life to prepare the house for sale. Nowell Gardiner leaves first to begin work on his second mystery novel. By the time his wife Vivian joins him, a real mystery has begun: a local girl has been found dead in the woods behind the house. Even after the death is ruled an accident, Vivian can’t forget the girl,... more
  • My Year At The Good Bean Cafe

    by EA Luetkemeyer
    An unlikely and inexplicable event prompts Adrian Lomachenko to quit his high-paying job in the financial district of San Francisco and pursue a career in writing, his long-repressed true calling. Determined to write a novel that examines the nature of unlikely and inexplicable events and how they impact our lives, he relocates to the quaint artistic community of Jacksonville, Oregon, where he will seat himself daily at 6:00 am at the same table in the town’s eclectic coffee shop, the Good Bean ... more
  • Monster Tea Party

    by Ellie Campbell
    Sam doesn’t think there are creepy creatures living in his closet. He knows there are. They wait for darkness to come, for his parents to say good night and leave him alone in his room, and then they emerge…. Nobody believes him. Not his parents, his grandma, or even his best friend, Evie. Sam is sure the creatures will come for him if he’s alone, but he may end up learning that there’s more to these so-called monsters than he thinks.
  • This: A Simple, Complex Love Story

    by Naomi Rivers

    Baltimore’s iconic Inner Harbor is known for its historic port, picturesque beauty, and tourist attractions. Can it also be the perfect setting to make a love connection?

    Jasmine, a pragmatic social worker, struggles to keep her long term relationship intact. T, an art teacher by day and an elusive artist by night, gave up on relationships a long time ago. When the two meet at the Harbor by chance, their unexpected chemistry challenges their ideas about life and expectations for l... more

  • Scar Songs: Stories

    by W. Royce Adams
    SCAR SONGS contains nine stories dealing with male protagonists at various life stages in life who experience events that leave either a psychological or physical memory scar. The stories cover dilemmas such as struggles with family loyalties, guilt after catching a shoplifter, suffering the loss of a loved one, the inability to forgive, and the breakdown of a professor while teaching his class. W. Royce Adams has published over a dozen college textbooks and academic journal articles. His f... more
  • Robotastic! Sleep Mode

    by Sari Karplus

    When it comes to bedtime, sleep is the last thing Hazel wants to do. But with the help of her friends and her best robot pal, Hazel’s nighttime routine gets a robotastic reimagining.

  • Islanders: The Pacific Chronicles (Book 1)

    by James Eldridge
    When eleven-year-old Kilikina and her brother, fourteen-year-old Kaimana, are unknowingly given access to a hidden and legendary world in their native O’ahu in the Hawaiian islands, they are also gifted with an unexpected set of magical abilities. Soon, they find themselves on an adventure, one in which they experience the interconnectedness of the world around them and begin to learn firsthand about the islands’ vast history and traditions. Guided by a quirky and silly duo from a mythical ra... more
  • Mask of Dreams

    by Leigh Grant
    In 15th-century Venice, Caterina struggles against an arranged marriage to a man her father's age. Powerless, she is consumed by dread. The betrothal fails. A letter meant to manage future suitors goes astray. Out of the violence of the Balkans comes Rade, a lawless, charismatic Slav. Having won the letter at cards―containing a belief that the soul's beauty is reflected in the beauty of the face―he sees it as the hand of fate. Though scarred, Rade attempts through the artifice of a lifelike mask... more
  • Trintarious - A Prodigal Son Story

    by JR Bray
    The parable of the prodigal son is familiar to most of us. In Luke 15 Jesus tells of the son that went to his father, asked for and received his inheritance then squandered the money on drunkenness and prostitutes. He then came to his senses and realizing his father’s servants were better off than he was went crawling back only to be embraced by his father who threw a party for him. The brother then became angry and the father had to explain it all to him. It is a great passage and has many teac... more
  • Secrets of Hollins Castle (Turtle Brothers Forever)

    by J.N. Christianson
    When Prince Garek is born in Hollins Castle that cold winter morning he should have been loved and cared for like any other newborn prince. The problem is his birth is against the law and his father, King Denzel, is forced to condemn little Garek to die. For over three years, the King is tormented by his guilt and struggles to keep the secret of Garek’s birth from his uncle, Lord Raymond, Duke of Hindersburg, who can use the information to capture the Kingdom of Hollins Shire and condemn the roy... more
  • What Is Wrong With Me?

    by Kristin Hammoud
    Anna's life is depicted from early childhood adverse experiences and how this leads to how Anna makes decisions around what she has normalized. She starts to learn about her mothers childhood and how patterns are repeating with her own decisions. She rejects a healthier partner and marries someone similar to her abusive father and has a baby. She discovers puzzling information about her deceased mother-in-law and tries to uncover the truth about her death, assuming her father-in-law is somehow ... more
  • Two Measly Spots!

    by Elaine Gast Fawcett and Sue Schwartzman
    In the misty mossy morning, deep in a redwood grove, Lulu ladybug has a nagging feeling that she doesn't have enough spots. Other ladybugs have many spots, but she only has two. Two measly spots! Try to keep up with Lulu on her search for more spots. Will she ever have enough? This picture book includes questions and activities for kids to gently consider what self-worth and "having enough" means to them.