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  • Keep Your Songs In Your Heart: A Novel of Friendship & Hope During World War II

    by Carolyn Summer Quinn
    Boisterous 11-year-old aspiring singer Ruby Carol Rafferty's happy life in Seattle is turned upside-down after the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor in December 1941. Suddenly America is at war, Ruby's longed-for Christmas trip is cancelled, her father wants to join the Army, and her Japanese American best friend is getting shipped away to an internment camp just because of her heritage. A new friend's family fled from the Nazis in Europe and can't find out what happened to the relatives they left be... more
  • Waldwick

    by Kenneth Linde
    Achievement! Everyone wants it, no one knows how to get it. Yet beneath the belly of the dream lie four critical components…opportunity, ability, desire and dedication. Oppression! The curtailment or elimination of opportunity that eradicate dreams and obliterate the chance to achieve. “Waldwick” is the story of oppression and what people are willing to do, simply to be given the opportunity. Imagine sacrificing your values, your morals and your dignity simply for one chance at life. Wha... more
  • Cryptid

    Cryptozoologist Mike Kellogg studies the creatures of folklore and legend: cryptids. Some are well known—Bigfoot, Loch Ness Monster—some are simply local myths. Still others are known animals mistaken for unknown creatures of legend. The exhibit Mike and Liz Newcastle are currently involved with for his Chicago museum features melanism--what causes some animals to be born unnaturally black. Sara Williams, orphaned from an auto accident, schemes to get Mike to adopt her so she can remain close... more
  • Piasa

    Do you believe in fate? After suffering separate personal tragedies, Cryptozoologist Mike Kellogg and teen-aged Sara Williams are thrown together in Alton, Illinois when Mike goes to investigate reports of the reappearance of the unproven-to-science creature known as the Piasa. The mural of the Piasa, which according to early Native American residents meant ‘the bird that devoured men, is painted on thebluffs near the town of Alton, Illinois. The dragon-like depiction overlooks what the Ojibw... more
  • The Gates of Eden

    by Nadene LeCheminant


    When Josephine Bell discovers how quickly one can descend from middle-class Victorian comfort to the slums of Liverpool, she makes a fateful decision.

    Seeking escape from desperate poverty, the girl joins a community of kindly strangers and embarks on an epic journey across a treacherous ocean and into the North American wilderness, pulling a two-wheeled handcart over the Rocky Mountains to a remote desert kingdom.

    In he... more

  • This Won't Take Long: 100 Very Short Stories of Dangerous Relationships, Impaired Presidents, Frustrating Jobs and More

    by Matt Pais

    One hundred really short stories you can read on a commute, during a lunch break or in the bathroom, not that anyone ever reads anything there.

    The pieces are divided into seven categories (Relationships, Politics, Family, Pop Culture, Work, Travel and ?) and were each written during a 15-minute bus ride to work.

    Some are funny, some are sweet, some are disturbing. They're all intended to be entertaining, thought-provoking and leave you wanting more. Start from the beginning o... more

  • Andrew Murray: Destined to Wait

    by Olea Nel

    A true story about facing the challenges of Christian leadership in a volatile environment of political intrigue and church secession

  • Andrew Murray: Destined to Wait: A Biographical Novel

    by Olea Nel
    Hankering to go, but needing to stay A true story about facing the challenges of Christian leadership in a volatile environment of political intrigue and church secession against the backdrop of South Africa between 1856 and 1860. Twenty-eight year old Andrew Murray has just married Emma Rutherfoord, the girl of his dreams, and is looking forward to resuming his ministry in Bloemfontein with her at his side. But he is barely back in town, when trouble strikes. The small, land-locked Orang... more
  • How To Have A Habit

    by S. Todd Stolp
    Cabot heads out to go fishing, but calamity strikes when he loses his fishing pole and gets bored. He begins to pick up one crazy habit after another from the other creatures, a victim of all manner of peer pressure. As the story unfolds, readers will ask themselves, “Is there any such thing as a “good habit,” if it is something we do without thinking?” Finally, a withered snake even teaches him to smoke cigarettes! He keeps it up, even after a disgusted frog tries to tell him about the dangers... more
  • Stroll

    by Todd Stolp
    A collection of illustrated whimsical poetry resulting from ruminations during 36 years of fatherhood and patient encounters. Intended for older children, the topics span biology, zoology, medicine, mental health and social commentary, seasoned with a fair amount of humor.
  • The Germ Patrol: All About Shots for Tots...... and Big Kids, Too!

    by Todd Stolp
    When Trudy tries to hide in her tree house to avoid her appointment to get vaccinated, her sprightly Grandmother finds her and explains the importance of vaccines. Then Super Nurse parachutes into her hideout and takes Trudy on a tour to explain how vaccines work inside her body. The immune system is the law enforcement (AKA the Germ Patrol), germs are the bad guys, and the vaccines are wanted-posters that tell the Germ Patrol what the bad guys look like. In the end, the whole town turns out to ... more
  • What's In A Doctor's Bag

    by Todd Stolp
    Take the fear out of going to the doctor. The 9" X 11", 35 page book is full-color & shaped like a doctor's bag with a carrying handle. The story is about a child who is left alone in a doctor's office & who accidentally knocks over the doctor's black bag. The instruments fall on the floor & turn into characters... including Otis the Otoscope, Lubba Dubba, & Ms. Kneeknocker, Woody, Tempo, & Mr. B.P. Cuff. These creatures give away their secrets & demystify medicine. The cold, sterile instruments... more
  • Sentencing Silence

    by Kathleen Cecilia Nesbitt
    Sentencing Silence weaves poetry and prose to tell the stories of three personae of one woman struggling to reclaim her identity after escaping intimate partner violence and navigating the crippling, lifelong effects of incest. Set in 1980s Chicago, June is a young housewife determined to create the safe home she never had by replicating the dollhouse fantasies into which she escaped as a child. While denying the escalating memories of her past and patterns she is doomed to repeat, she submer... more
  • The Ride

    by Nancy Demme
    In 1952, El Paso, Diego Ramirez torches the barn where his abusive stepfather is working. Believing he has killed him, he flees the ranch, taking with him his mother's paltry life savings, dimes and nickels, and hitchhikes through Texas accepting rides from anyone who offers, a bigoted truck driver, a woman who only gives rides to children of crippled spirit, a salesman who feeds Diego's dreams of success, and a lonely widow, who takes him in only to let him go. It is through these drivers and... more
  • The Moonstoners

    by Barbara J. Dzikowski

    Set in the crucible of the stunning 1960s when the quest for love as the supreme panacea was stilled by assassins’ bullets, this is the story of two families whose journey mirrors the times—the volatile Trudeaus, who flee their Louisiana home in the aftermath of a heinous murder, sparked by a secret that will shadow them for the rest of their lives—and the staid Ziemnys, living in the cloistered Polish-American neighborhood of a rugged Indiana steel town, threatened... more

  • "Eagles' Leap: A 9/11 Poem, A 9/11 Libretto, A 9/11 Opera"

    by Craig Gardner Walker

    "Eagles' Leap" uses its three forms to grapple with the murderous destruction of September 11, 2001 from the points of view of pastoral characters facing choices before and after the attacks. The beautiful, often romanticized writing supported by mythology and symbology examines human hopes, beliefs, strengths, and vulnerabilities as the principals look for and question their life directions in dialogue-driven action, often with ... more