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General Fiction (including literary and historical)

  • Forbidden Places

    by Deanna Madden
    When anthropology graduate student Peter Hoenig receives permission to visit five Forbidden Places to observe traditional weddings, he meets 19-year-old Mele, who persuades him to marry her so she can leave her island. Together they travel to Forbidden Places in China, India, Afghanistan, and Kenya, witnessing sometimes shocking customs of the past while struggling to overcome their differences.
  • The Solitary Bee

    by Hannah Holborn
    Nineteen-year-old Epke Van Toorne’s childhood on her family’s idyllic organic apple orchard was darkened by tragedy that left her alone with a bitter grandmother. When illness forces the sale of the farm, Epke is swept into the alien landscape of the city. Her quest for answers about her family’s past leads to stunning revelations. It also brings Epke the younger brother her grandmother always denied existed. The boy and his friends expose Epke to two sides of environmental activism. She’s to... more
  • American Journey: The First Three Novels

    by John A. Heldt
    Meet a mysterious professor, step into a hidden chamber, and take the time-travel plunge! The opportunity awaits in the first three novels of John A. Heldt’s celebrated American Journey series. In SEPTEMBER SKY, a reporter and his estranged son find southern belles, lawlessness, and danger as they travel to Galveston, Texas, on the eve of its devastating 1900 hurricane. In MERCER STREET, a family of Chicago women, representing three generations, takes a sentimental journey to Princeton, Ne... more
  • The Falcon Confession

    by John V Norris

    This is a historical thriller of layered secrets, fickle love, and tests of mettle. The story follows Edith, an ostracized noblewoman, and Aidan, a timid monastic novice, as they strive to protect a mysterious book with a golden falcon on the cover from the conquering Normans.

    Chasing them is the rapacious Bishop Odo. He knows the book would ruin him if it ever came to light and will stop at nothing to destroy it.

    As their world crumbles and as Odo’s grip tightens, Edith and... more

  • Who Lies Beside Me

    by William C. Cole
    Do you really know who lies beside you? It’s a question David Watson struggles with every day. There’s his alluring wife Sandy who led a secretive life veiled by the power of the White House, and his billionaire father-in-law, who wields a different sort of influence. Add into the mix Addison, the stable’s flirtatious new apprentice, who just happens to be the President’s daughter, and David’s dormant liaison with his lead trainer Renée, and you have a recipe for conflict. A daughter’s unc... more
  • My Journey To Crazyland

    by Suse Wilcox
    Justine is a young teen who doesn't seem to fit in with her family. She is about to leave for summer camp when she is inadvertently led on an unusual adventure by a raccoon. Her journey takes her to a place called Crazyland and to Lost and Found Island where she is challenged to identify the influential messages that shape the person she is. She encounters Donovan, a grotesque and manipulative creature, who subjects her to spiritual dilemmas that put the direction of her life at risk.
  • Some Lucky Woman: Jana's Story (Parts 1 - 3) (What's luck got to do with It)

    by Carmen DeSousa

    Some lucky women meet the man of their dreams and live happily ever after. Some lucky women focus on a career and make their own happily ever after. And then some women wake up after fifteen years of marriage and discover that their luck just ran out ... right into the arms of another woman.

    Jana Embers isn't one to sit back, though. The first thing Jana realizes she needs to do is empty the joint bank account, then she's thinking she might take a tire iron to her soon-to-be-ex-... more

  • The Girl Who Hated Australia

    by Jack Thompsen

    "I hate Australia!" Jorie proclaimed."But you've never been to Australia!" Her mother exclaimed.Australia? Surely her father had mispronounced.What on earth was in Australia?Jorie knew it was a place very far away,and the more she thought, the more she was certain she'd rather just stay.

    Whether it's the first day at a new school or a big move, things that are new or unknown to us can seem scary. Big changes have a way of causing anxiety and everyone... more

  • Shillelagh Law

    by Joseph Ferguson
    This eclectic collection of short fiction explores the human condition in all its absurdity, beauty, and heartbreak. Some are simple, uncomplicated tales; others are quirky or filled with symbol and allusion. Some are coming-of-age tales; some funny, some horrific. Still others examine themes of redemption or ruin. Written in a variety of styles and points of view, there are tales for every reader, and hopefully, a reader for every tale.

    by P. Holiday Gardner
    During the colorful 1980s, a 12-year-old child actor, Joey Rogers, reveals his chaotic life while working on a film about 1920s silent film star, Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle's childhood. During the height of the AIDS epidemic, homophobic fillmaker, George Rogers micro-manages the boy's future and also micro-manages everybody involved in Joey's surroundings. When along comes the "possibility of romance" cast and crew, family and friends begin to reflect on their own unhappy lives--all wishing for ... more
  • Confessions of a Crispy Mom

    by Laura Frances
    A frazzled working mom of three, Delia Gray, struggles to keep her career, family, and sanity in tack. During one particularly bad day, she lashes out at everyone around her, including her father who has stopped by to visit. When she goes to apologize to him, he gives her a stack of letters from her mother who died when Delia was ten—something her mother asked him to hold onto until he felt Delia needed it most in motherhood. Delia's conflicted feelings towards her mother and the cancer that sto... more
  • Bullies, Coasters, Hermits, and Heroes

    by Suse Wilcox
    Summer vacation is supposed to be full of fun and adventure, right? Sarah and Jamie would agree. They have just stepped off the school bus and are eager to put their summer plans into action. And their plans would have worked smoothly if they didn't have to contend with the hermit and the neighborhood bully as well as extraordinary circumstances. Join Sarah and Jamie during their summer adventure, and be part of their quest for heroes and for answers to some of the perplexities of life.

    by Bill Reed
    Smith, and then his son Terry, found they were just as snagged on Hindu’s damning wheel as their forebears had been for over 170 years, until the family finally managed to carry on to Australia. The two of them thought they could ride belatedly to the rescue of Terry’s once little-she twin who was simply never handed over at the adoption ceremony those years before… especially since they discovered she had escaped being returned to sender at birth as some sort of yoni-assembled piece of mi... more
  • Rendezvous at Jumbo Pass: A Twisted Tale of Wilderness Survival

    by Nowick Gray
    A mountain cabin becomes a dream-box of catastrophe and survival, in this true adventure with a paranormal twist. Think Groundhog Day in the heart of the Canadian wilderness.
  • Up the Hill to Home

    by Jennifer Bort Yacovissi
    In this story of four generations of a family in Washington, D.C. between the Civil War and the Great Depression, Lillie Voith is the sun around which her entire family revolves. When she is stricken in a fall, Lillie finds herself deep inside the memories of those most closely connected to her.
  • Bowl of Fruit (1907)

    by Panayotis Cacoyannis

    Leon’s past is a labyrinth of truths, half-truths and untruths - not one story but many different stories at once, which Leon has been trying to put behind him. But ghost-writer Anna Tor knows much more about his history than he does, and when Leon reluctantly agrees to meet her, as they begin to trace together the two converging courses of their separate lives since their birth on the same September morning in 1973, the devastating secrets of the past are revealed one by one to bind th... more