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General Fiction (including literary and historical)

  • Strangers on the High Seas

    by Carole P. Roman
    Captain No Beard and the crew of the Flying Dragon welcome a new crew member, when Cabin Girl Cayla joins the ship. Responsible for his little sister, Captain No Beard is not very happy because he finds his newest charge a distraction. When faced with danger, the captain must find a way to escape. While learning valuable lessons about strangers, the crew realized not to judge somebody because they are young or small. Strength comes in all sizes!
  • Stuck in the Doldrums

    by Carole P. Roman
    When the wind stops blowing, Captain No Beard and his crew, including First Mate Hallie, Linus the Lion, Fribbet the Frog, Mongo the Monkey and Polly the Parrot, are stuck on a desert island. Maroon with nothing to do, they begin to play and enjoy themselves. However, Captain No Beard has other ideas, bossing his crew around and making playtime cheerless for everyone. Soon, Captain No Beard decides he has had enough and storms off. When his ship is attacked by a giant squid, he realizes he needs... more
  • Pepper Parrot's Problem with Patience

    by Carole P. Roman
    The crew of the Flying Dragon are sailing again. This time, new crew member, Pepper Parrot is having a hard time keeping up with the drills. Captain No Beard and his mates join together to help Pepper achieve her goals with patience and tolerance.
  • Captain No Beard An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate's Life

    by Carole P. Roman
    Captain No Beard and his pirate ship The Flying Dragon set sail for a voyage of the imagination with his fearless crew of four: First Mate Hallie, Mongo the Monkey, Linus the loudmouthed lion, and Fribbit the floppy frog. Normally a young boy named Alexander, his cousin Hallie, and three stuffed animals, once they board his bed their world is transformed into a magical vessel, sailing the seven seas on dangerous and exciting adventures! Captain No Beard - An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate's Life nam... more
  • Hooligans

    by Chaz Fenwick

    The Metalheads – Heavy metal music, partying, drugs, alcohol and sex are the only things that matter to this subculture of teen misfits. When the hottest rocker chick in town, Trisha Williams, is thrown a 16th birthday bash at her father’s house, things take a turn for the worst. The notorious Westside Gangstas, a criminal gang feared for its ruthless street thuggery, gatecrash the party. A brawl erupts and popular teenager Dayne Hetfield is caught having sex with a gang member&rs... more

  • Fragments of Riversong

    by Farah Ghuznavi
    'Fragments of Riversong' showcases a dozen masterfully-crafted tales that bring alive the beauty, chaos and contradictions of contemporary Bangladesh. Here are scenes from lives less often examined. A visa applicant at the US Embassy struggles with her conscience. Strange things happen when a street child finds his life intersecting with those of a wealthy housewife and a teenage schoolgirl. A guava tree becomes a source of conflict between an unorthodox grandmother and her stubborn grandchild. ... more
  • Rama's Labyrinth

    by Sandra Wagner-Wright

    Rama spent her childhood visiting Hindu shrines. She wanted a home. But no. The family wandered until death left Rama alone.

    Twenty years old, erudite and womanly, Rama arrived in Calcutta. She met her husband and was content until death again destroyed her life.

    A single parent, Rama crossed the water to England and the United States, educated herself, and returned to India a Christian. Ready to open a school for child widows, Rama faced prejudice. Could she be trusted?

    At ... more

  • The Secret Drawer Club

    by Barbe Turner
    This is the story of Zim, a fifth grade boy, new to William E. Zane Elementary School, who finds himself embraced by the popular kids in Miss Prudence Poppycock’s class. He was never looking to be popular, but once he is, he finds he likes it. Zim’s life is happy-go-lucky until suddenly, he is confronted with Maralissa Lou, an odd boy with unfortunate physical traits, who is accustomed to being judged by his looks. This does not, however, diminish Maralissa’s resolve to try to make friend... more
  • Across the Water: Tales of the Human Heart

    by Phil Harvey
    Award–winning author Phil Harvey has said, “We rarely recognize the extent to which human happiness requires struggle.” Love and the relationships it spawns—with children, for parents, among friends, and between neighbors—are addressed in a moving collection that explores emotional struggle. From headline–breaking issues to everyday jealousies and acts of tenderness, Harvey’s stories offer a nuanced journey into the human heart.
  • Wisdom of Fools: Stories of Extraordinary Lives

    by Phil Harvey
    Phil Harvey’s short stories won the Antietam Review award and have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. His fiction has appeared in over a dozen literary magazines including Phantasmagoria, The MacGuffin, Natural Bridge, and the Dos Passos Review. His first novel, Show Time, was hailed as “a thinking reader’s thriller and a thoroughly entertaining read.” Follow a hard–driving smoke jumper, seven starving reality game–show participants, a virginal surrogate mother, and an enemy combatant in this ... more
  • Stardust Summer

    by Lauren Clark
    Single mom Grace Mason doesn't believe in miracles, magic, or love at first sight. She likes the quiet life, complete with her eight-year-old son, their tiny house, and her teaching job. For Grace, happiness means that nothing much ever changes in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Then, one thousand miles away, tragedy strikes. A massive heart attack leaves Grace's estranged father comatose in an Upstate New York hospital. While a team of doctors fight to keep Henry Mason alive, Grace and Evan rus... more
  • Dancing Naked in Dixie

    by Lauren Clark
    Travel writer Julia Sullivan lives life in fast-forward. She jet sets to Europe and the Caribbean with barely a moment to blink or sleep. But too many mishaps and missed deadlines have Julia on the verge of being fired. With a stern warning, and unemployment looming, she's offered one last chance to rescue her career. Julia embarks on an unlikely journey to the ‘Heart of Dixie’—Eufaula, Alabama—home to magnificent mansions, sweet tea, and the annual Pilgrimage. Julia arrives, soon charme... more
  • The Storyteller's Bracelet

    by Smoky Zeidel

    It is the late 1800s, and a shameful time in American history. The U.S. Government has mandated native tribes send their young people to Indian schools where they are stripped of their native heritage by people they think of as The Others.

    Otter and Sun Song are members of The Tribe, and betrothed to be married when they turn eighteen. But when they are sent East to school, Otter, renamed Gideon, tries to adapt, while Sun Song does not, resulting in brutal attacks from the school headma... more

  • Conjure Woman's Cat

    by Malcolm R. Campbell

    Lena, a shamanistic cat, and her conjure woman Eulalie live in a small town near the Apalachicola River in Florida’s lightly populated Liberty County, where longleaf pines own the world. In Eulalie’s time, women of color look after white children in the homes of white families and are respected, even loved, but distrusted and kept separated as a group. A palpable gloss, sweeter than the state’s prized tupelo honey, holds their worlds firmly apart. When that gloss fails, the ... more

  • No More

    by M.L. Sanford
    A renowned scientist finds himself at the mercy of an affliction that seems to be incurable despite all his best efforts and intelligence. He will not give up however, trying every observational method and test at his disposal, to get rid of it. In the end, instead of a cure, he discovers something quiet unexpected, something altogether unworldly.
  • The Branch

    by M.L. Sanford
    Pete suffers in silence, mostly. His life is controlled by his wife. He is a self-employed handyman, and the homeowners he works for occasionally are never happy, and never pay the full amount. Yet, he’s content, mostly. Then he discovers his wife’s credit card use is out of control, again. They argue, and then it happens . . .

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