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by CK SobeyA Collection of Tiny Stories: Diminutive Tales from the Tip of My Imagination presents prose and art that represent an inspirational celebration of the spirit, gathering “tiny” works “born out of moments of whimsy, mystery, and longing.” Add “and magic” to that list, because CK Sobey’s works employ a magical element that gather tales both fantastic and reflective into three sections: “Inspiring Odysseys,” “From the Heart,” and “Fanciful.” These short works don’t require linear reading. Readers c... more
Clementina has epic plans for her sixteenth birthday. Sun, sea and sand on the sun-kissed party island of Ibiza with her two besties; she’s been looking forward to it all year.
Until her dad ruins it all by sending her away to spend the entire summer with her grandparents in middle-of-nowheresville. No Wifi, no Instagram, no Netflix... no way!
If only her mum hadn’t died eight years earlier, if only her workaholic dad would lighten up—she wouldn’t be spendi... more
by Stephen CohenBerlin 1939 - 1943 From the smoking ruins of a bombed Berlin brothel, three shocked and injured female survivors are taken to a secluded training facility by Nazi officer, Gruppenführer Walter Schellenberg. They’re not there for official business but for medical treatment. Trained by the SS officer in all aspects of espionage, the women are desperate to survive. They turn the tables on their armed captors and kill them. After covering their tracks, the women return to ply the only trade they kno... more
by Avery YearwoodA tale of unrelenting ambition that explores what happens when a person has to choose between the life they always wanted and the person they were destined to be with. Peyton is born to a teen mom in the hollers of West Virginia. After he lands a football scholarship to a Boston prep school, he knows this is his chance to climb out of backbreaking poverty. Determined to make something of himself, he excels on the field and in school. No one can stop him. He falls in love with Isabelle, a f... more
by Herlinde CayzerA photograph runs like a leitmotif interweaving the fates of three protagonists over a period of seventy years. Beginning at a time of political extremism, the issue of indoctrination resulting in a fatality in 'sepia' was as topical during Germany's Third Reich as in present times. Parallels to Herlinde's story will surprise readers. The tissue box should be handy for the sadder moments brought about by a war many of the day's youth did not understand nor willingly participate in. Yet, the huma... more
by Crissi McDonaldLeaving the Chinkapin oaks of her native Texas for a cabin nestled in the Sitka spruce of a Pacific Northwest Island, divorced Nolee Burnett is ready for life on her own terms. Her plans for independence, however, are challenged by her mysterious neighbor, Keet Noland. His secret nighttime dives into the frigid Salish Sea puzzle her, as does the large male orca who swims in the bay close to her cabin. Combining grounded characters with a mythical twist, this love story plunges into magical wa... more
by Robert LevinStories that run the gamut from the very funny to the darkly serious.
by Minda GomezLet your imagination soar in this exciting illustrated adventure! Rico, Diego, and Araceli Martinez’s road-trip to Mexico just got a lot more exciting, thanks to an incredible gift that turns them into Arctic animals! As they scurry, fly, and lumber through the Arctic, will they work together to complete Don Toño's challenge in time? You will love following the adventures of these spunky bilingual siblings, and will savor their deliciously warm Navidad celebration in Mexico!
by Matthew MinsonA Heart Warming Recipe for Fun Take one old farmer, a salacious genius chef named Betty Crocker, a former CIA operative turned counterculture warrior, a mob boss in witness protection and a 14-year-old boy and girl who just want to make movies. Add a coven of clog dancing Wiccans, a corrupt corporation, and a pack of feral hogs. Mix in a cache of hyper-engineered government pot seed and bake to perfection in the Texas heat. What do you get? A delectable dish called Sun City, a positively addict... more
by Catherine Peebles
Set during the American Revolution with historical true events and romance.
by Werner NeffThe United States was founded in the late 18th century, as the first republic based on modern democratic rules. The texts of The Constitution and The Bill of Rights dominated the ruling of the country with separation of powers to legislature, executive, and judiciary. What the Founding Fathers learned from the Greeks and Romans shaped this country. America created the model for modern democracy, which was later copied by countries around the world. Today, we are struggling to maintain the de... more
by Dee MillerA promise is a promise…. until it’s not. This is a story about a woman making a promise to herself to find her father, no matter who or where he is. Betty (Betz) Doyle was born in the late 1920s. She is raised as an only child to a single mother. On her mother’s deathbed, she hopes the identity of her birth father will finally be revealed. When it isn’t, her desperate search begins. Betz embarks on her hunt in the small town she grew up in. There has to be someone who knows the facts surroundi... more
by Garth HallbergThe Eleventh Grieve is a story about the professional and romantic redemption of a climate change denier set straight by two strong women. It’s the third decade of the twenty-first century, and the extreme weather events that are battering and broiling the country are getting harder to ignore. Jake Krimmer is a brash, thirty-something profiteer who's making a fortune reselling electricity to power companies whose operations have been disrupted by “weird weather”—the way Jake stubbornly refers... more
by Brian StormThe Monkey on My Brother's Back is a metaphorical cautionary tale describing what can happen when children don't listen to their parents. Told from the perspective of his younger brother, the story illustrates how Zach defies his parents and winds up getting a monkey stuck on his back! This story can help young children who witness older siblings suffer from substance abuse, offering hope and a better understanding of the issue.
by Anne Supsic
The legendary Marquis de Lafayette,
A forgotten Moravian woman who became his nurse,
And a bookmark with a secret. . .
The Bookmark combines a historical love story with a modern-day mystery as the discovery of an eighteenth-century bookmark reveals what really happened between the legendary Frenchman and the Moravian maid.
by Rhys McCarney
This peek into the future is mostly humorous. Looking back at the Covid19 period, 2019-2022, do you feel relieved that it’s finally fading and normal life is re-emerging? Was that stressful period full of strange and anxiety-ridden events? Do you feel relieved that it’s finally, maybe, over? Well, wait until you see what the next pandemic is like. It makes the period dominated by COVID19 look idyllic. Fortunately, America can find guidance from those elements of society with supre... more