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  • 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 . . .
  • Cutter's Fall

    by M.L. Sanford

    Young Ben and his mother escape from the city to a small mountain town in the middle of the night without any belongings, and little money. Somehow they survive, and Ben thrives. His interest in all things mechanical leads him to form a unique relationship with the local train engineer and the old steam locomotive as well. All three find themselves in a life and death adventure. Some survive it, some don't.

  • Because

    by Jack A. Langedijk

    Robert had reached the summit of many mountains. His adventures took him to unimaginable heights, yet his greatest achievements were not in conquering these majestic beauties, but in his ability to reach people in need. That is, until he's the one facing the toughest climb of his life.

    Roberto Sanchez is living the dream; one could say the man had it all. He is blessed with a beautiful wife and daughter who complete him. A career that reaches at-risk kids that brings him true joy. ... more

  • Kung Fu Kitty: Laying Down the Law

    by Lauri Bortz
    In this sequel to her previous book, the critically acclaimed Kung Fu Kitty, Ms. Bortz completes a poignant yet playful retelling of the Biblical story of Exodus, set in ancient China and featuring animal characters. Kung Fu Kitty: Laying Down the Law begins in Henan Province, the birthplace of Kung Fu and the cradle of Chinese civilization, and continues with madcap adventures in outer space. Like its predecessor, this book is family friendly, suitable for readers of all ages. It is charmingly... more
  • Kung Fu Kitty (Book + DVD)

    by Lauri Bortz
    The story of Kung Fu Kitty is based on Exodus, though it features original Chinese characters rather than Hebrew biblical heroes. The video is enacted by not only Frick-the-Cat but by her Fuzzy Wuz She bandmate Bony, as well as Abaton newcomer Diamanda. The cats are joined by a cast of inanimate furry friends, an elaborate assortment of semi-realistic stuffed monkey, in a whimsically hand-painted cardboard set. Kung Fu Kitty will appeal to folklore fans of all ages--entire families, possibly the... more
  • 2 Great Plays

    by Lauri Bortz

    To-Night at 8:00 features Lauri Bortz's first published works, two one-act tragicomedies, A Modicum of Passion and Fixed. These plays explore a bizarre yet familiar world imbued with mutant social codes and jolted by rude awakenings. The book is illustrated with 24 pen and ink drawings by New York artist J.D. Fleishman, who has exhibited internationally.

    Avant garde composer Elliott Sharp scored a chamber opera based on A Modicum of Passion, which... more

  • Playbortz: Skirting the Issue/Catfight

    by Lauri Bortz

    Two tragic farces, Skirting the Issue and Catfight, exploring themes of gender in language, role playing, role modeling and the education of the American youth; illustrated with mock vintage ads by the author and Brazilian artist Roberto Cabot. Skirting the Issue was awarded first prize in the 2001 Pen & Brush playwriting competition.

  • BATTY BWOY

    by Max-Arthur Mantle
    The coming of age story of Mark Palmer, a black, gay, Jamaican where “Boom bye bye inna batty bwoy head” has replaced the island’s motto “Out of many one people.” The son of an overbearing, absentee, neglectful mother, he is thrust in an environment that requires a thick skin from torments and socio-economic disparities. Suppressing his “gay tendencies” to detract being bashed or murdered, he migrates to America and breaks free from the closet to a world where he is disenfranchised and arrested.... more
  • In the Blood of the Greeks: Intertwined Souls Series, Book 1

    by Book Buzz

    Historical Lesbian Romance in War Ravaged Greece

    Secrets. Passion. Destiny.

    In the Blood of the Greeks is set against the backdrop of World War II. The novel begins in a most troublesome period of human history, where subjugated by the might of Nazi Germany, two women meet under extraordinary circumstances. This is the story of Eva Muller, the daughter of a German Major, in command of the occupying force in Larissa, Greece in 1942. Through the intervention of the village priest sh... more

  • Cross Trained

    by H. Amore

    When life's scales tip in any given direction, knowing who you are and who you belong to, make all the difference. Caleb Cohen has returned to Colter Bay Wyoming for a year-long internship that will secure him a position as a forest ranger for the National Park System. His life-long goal lay at his fingertips. The prettiest girl in the Bay wears his ring, and they need only wait for her eighteenth birthday before they say their vows. He walked in God's favor; he knew it and appreciated the gr... more

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