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General Fiction (including literary and historical)

  • Emma's Tapestry

    by Isobel Blackthorn
    Emma’s Tapestry tells the story of a German-American private nurse coming to terms with her husband’s disappearance. She sits at the bedside of Jewish heiress Adela Schuster who reminisces over her dear friend Oscar Wilde. It’s 1939 and war has been declared. Terrified her true identity will be discovered and she’ll be interned, Emma destroys all her papers. In 1914, Emma struggles to fit into the colonial lifestyle of Singapore with her export-manager husband Ernest. War is declared. Emma is ... more
  • The Rape of Persephone

    by Monica Brillhart
    Crete, 1694 BCE. They call her Kore, nameless term for girl. But Kore is no mere girl. She is the blossoming daughter of Demeter, High Priestess of Knossos, and Zeus of Olympus, famed liberator who led the Titan War. Stripped of identity at birth, Kore was sworn to the gods as a virgin priestess. When Kore vanishes amidst the turmoil of a quaking earth, Demeter launches a desperate search for a girl who does not wish to be found. For Kore has not vanished. She has escaped. Her quest for... more
  • Basil's Quest, A Tale of Dogged Determination

    by Gracie H. Vandiver
    Life is complicated whether you’re a human or a dog, and it’s no different for Basil, a mixed-breed Labrador retriever. Basil doesn’t want much: just a forever home where he can love and be loved in return. Told from a dog’s perspective, this children’s chapter book by Gracie Vandiver, is packed with humor and adventure. When lovable Basil escapes from his yard in search of a better life one too many times, his owner surrenders him to the care of a neighbor. Jolie, who’s involved in animal... more
  • GOLD!—The Kincaid Saga

    by Thomas Greenbank
    GOLD! is an 80,000 word novel that would appeal to fans of gritty family saga/drama. It is set against the backdrop of the Western Australian gold mining industry, circa 1975-2005. The central character, Malcolm Kincaid, is a ruthless and self-centred businessman who runs roughshod over friends and family alike in his pursuit of wealth and power. When he allows the pollution of an Aboriginal settlement’s water supply, however, he faces justice of a kind he could never imagine. The story b... more
  • Portrait of a Woman Madly in Love

    by Boman Desai
    Farida Cooper is too shocked by her husband's treachery even to talk about it, but in hiding her shame succeeds only in denying the damage to herself and making casualties of others, among them an infatuated 17-year-old boy. Farida is vivacious, intelligent, beautiful, talented, rich, spoiled, and selfish, but her life is hardly as rosy as it appears. Her father's affairs render her mother frigid. Her saving grace is her Kaki with whom she lives after her sixth birthday, but this also heightens ... more
  • Bethlehem Barn

    by Debra Westgate-Silva
    Ancient legends tell us that for one hour on Christmas Eve, animals are given the gift of speech. If we could have heard the animals on that very first Christmas Eve, what do you think they would have said? From the discovery of something in Cow's hay, to the realization of what--or who-- it is, Bethlehem Barn is a light-hearted, fun retelling of that very first Christmas from the animals' point of view.
  • The Quarry Bank Runaways

    by G J Griffiths

    In the early 19th century, when it was the policy of many of the poorhouses and workhouses to deter paupers from applying by making the conditions inside harsh and unpleasant, two boys set out on a journey to Hackney Workhouse in London. Their starting point was in the pleasant Cheshire countryside, where they were apprenticed to the cotton mill built by Samuel Greg in 1784. Children as young as nine would be employed there as scavengers, piecers, mule doffers or can tenters. These jobs could... more

  • Breaking Lucky

    by Bruce Mitchell
    Danny ‘Lucky’ Thornton cursed his middle name. Born in 1895, asthma almost killed him when he was four, but he survived to be among the first volunteer lifeguards on Sydney’s Coogee Beach. Danny’s sister Cath dreamed of becoming a doctor at a time when they told women to ‘know their place’. She didn’t listen, and broke through the walls of prejudice to graduate from Sydney University the only woman in her class. Danny came home from the war with a crippling wound and a shattered mind. Cath st... more
  • Wide Sky People

    by Bruce Mitchell
    Wide Sky People – Volume 1 of the Thornton Series Wide Sky People is the journey of the Thornton family from Ireland to Sydney, over the fabled Blue Mountains to the town of Orange in Central Western New South Wales. The story starts in the 1840’s when Mick and Cate Thornton and their two boys survive four months at sea to encounter false arrest, bushrangers, crooked cops, working the land and a devastating bushfire, to name just a few. Their sons Michael and John take us on a journey thr... more
  • Father War

    by Thomas Doherty

         Young John Spenser sets out to follow in the footsteps of his missing father - duty, honor, country - only to discover decades later that coming face to face with a flesh and blood idol can have dreadful consequences -- for him, his idol, and the woman both men left behind.

  • Hula Girls

    by Eric B. Miller

    Claudia Wyler is a young navy wife living in Hawaii in 1941, striving to be the perfect helpmate to her ambitious husband. She believes devoutly in the dictates of “The Housewife’s Pledge” and embraces the gender roles, social mores, and cultural norms of pre-feminist America. She seeks guidance in The Newlywed Cookbook and Woman’s Home Companion, and finds solace for her failings in the weekly delivery of Life magazine.

    Spanning wartime Hawaii to mainland Americ... more

  • If Only

    by Matthew Tree
    In Saint James' Park, London, the police apprehend a young man who is carrying a bag full of high explosives in one hand and a collection of letters sent to his grandfather by the writer Malcolm Lowry in his inside pocket. In the course of the following interrogation, we discover the strange past and secret phobias of the detainee, and the emotional link between his actions and the Lowry letters. (The book's author really did have a grandfather to whom Lowry wrote on a regular basis).
  • Kraylos

    by Shaid Williamson
    Kraylos-Yellow Finds His Purpose is a whimsical story about a crayon that has lost his way in the world. Through the help of friends and self-reflection, Yellow comes to understand his purpose and place in the world, in the process finding the joy he sees in those around him. Every page features hand-drawn colored pencil art, telling a story about purpose and hope.
  • Gugulu, The Little Bear Dares

    by Srividhya Lakshmanan

    Mom and dad won’t allow Gugulu to go to school on his own, so he does something—one that involves encountering troubles, BIG TROUBLES.

    Gugulu, the sloth bear, lives with his mom and dad, high above the sea in a pretty spot in the Western Ghats. He wants to go to school on his own, and one day, he decides to be cool... he runs ahead of his parents!

    Gugulu beams and cheers, but that’s until he reaches the river... can naughty Gugulu deal with the p... more

  • Terriers in the Jungle

    by Georja Umano

    Small and clever California street dogs, Roxie and Romeo, get adopted by a wildlife conservationist. The two adore each other, their home, and their mom Kate. But Kate decides the family will move to Kenya to help save endangered elephants. The dogs must now learn to survive in the midst of wildlife, dangerous people, and challenging circumstances. Told in their own words and based on real-life experiences.

  • Leah's Legacy

    by Cara Skinner
    The week before her graduation from the University of Texas, Caitlin Rhodes goes with her mother, Leslie, to the small community of Friendship to clean its little country church for her family's annual Memorial Day celebration. While cleaning the pulpit, she makes a startling discovery; an ancient scroll that provides a totally new perspective on the life and teachings of Jesus. This fantastic discovery soon leads Caitlin and Kyle, her boyfriend, on an exciting and dangerous adventure throug... more