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by jonathan fosterWhen you pull at the thread of questions woven into the fabric of institutionalized thinking, you get a collection of short fictional stories called The Hope and Melvin of Humanity and Other Surprising Short Stories. In the title story, Hope must consider what she believes as she uncovers common denominators between the powers of big business and big religion. It's a story that might offer a more expansive image of love, a more interesting picture of God, and a better way to be human. ... more
by Ross DavisFriendship’s Gallop is a short story about a homesteader’s son and a Lakota Indian boy who become steadfast friends through music, horsemanship, and simple adventure. However, their friendship is ultimately tested as they are forced to choose sides amid the Cavalry’s attempt to purge the Indian boy’s tribe from the frontier.
by André CostaUpon the brutal murder of his childhood friend in the hands of extremists, David Callaghan, a young Catholic priest in a small Irish town, begins to question his faith in humanity. When he stumbles across an article on the identification of the most ancient humans on Earth - the San people of the Kalahari - David makes it his mission to find out what went wrong in the human odyssey. He then takes a sabbatical from the priesthood to join an anthropological mission among the San in Africa. The ine... more
by Jeanne FortuneFrom a complicated Haitian life to heart surgery to homelessness, Cynthia Josaphat’s struggles to survive her new life in the United States seem endless. After she’s taken from the only home she’s ever known by a domineering yet distant father, Cynthia’s life takes a sudden turn towards despair. Away from her mother for the first time, the Haitian teenager resolves to make the best of a difficult transition to America. Life in Haiti wasn’t perfect, but it was the only life she knew. Now, sudden... more
by Candace ValekWhen Logan finds his dad's old watch in the attic, all it does is flash orange and blue. Orange and blue. He thinks it's broken until all his toys come to life! His pirate doll, Captain Orangebeard, explains it's because the watch has chosen Logan to help rescue a toy who's been kangaroo-napped by the evil, Pinky Pirate. Logan may be just a boy, but he's about to go on the adventure of a lifetime. (Thankfully, he has his best friend, Lilly, by his side.) Join Logan and Lilly, as they sail t... more
by Allyson ChapaBound by her father’s gambling debts, Antonia “Annie” has spent her youth picking cotton in Big Spring, Texas. When a worksite welfare check takes the workers by surprise, the truth of Annie’s repression is unveiled and changes her perspective forever. In her desperation to experience a free life and create a foundation for her future children, Annie fiercely sets her eyes on dreaming big and daring to learn. With hopes to one day become a writer, Annie’s journey is nothing short of extraordin... more
by Andrew D. DoanA small town makes a big deal out of the last few burial plots in a local cemetery.
by EAShieldsAll children are born into an ancestral heritage, rich with tragedy, joy, and a touch of magic. No two stories are alike, yet encouraging an appreciation for cultural diversity, creative problem solving, and ecological respect as well as protecting the timely development of the contemporary child are daily readers challenges faced by parents and educators. And these concerns, among others, are what inspired the author to write her stories. Different people react to trauma differently. Even the ... more
by T SatterfieldGood guy Gabe Mendes is certainly passionate. He thinks love will make his life worth living. So he’s made a deal. In exchange for access to the universe of love he agrees to slay the black ram. But soon he learns, being unlucky in love isn’t his only problem. Turns out—love isn’t what he thinks it is. By the time Gabe stumbles across the website of the alluring, though mature, Pythia—mystic and high priestess—he’s already failed miserably in love yet again. Raised by a hardworking single mom... more
by Lin WilderI’m called Esther—a Persian name, and yet I’m a Hebrew. Had I been able to do so, one of the questions I would have asked my mother and father when I grew older was, “Why did you give me this name?” But now, of course, I know why. The story of the orphaned Jewish girl who saves the Jewish nation from extinction is the stuff of fantasy and legend. Did such a person exist? Could an anonymous girl have been selected to be wife of the ancient Persian king of kings? “Esther, soldiers will soon b... more
by Justin WebbJourney down the rabbit hole of the internet through the eyes of Charlie, a creative kid who loves to play drums and hang out with friends. Charlie meets AL, an algorithm who can promise Charlie everything and anything, but at what cost? Follow Charlie on a path of self-discovery and the realization that the online world isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be….
by Kimberly Greer
From being denied by her birth parents to marrying the wrong man, Alexa Winston has learned to cope with disappointment and heartache by masking her true self from the world. Divorced and finally living on her own terms, she shrouds herself in half-truths and bravado, content to live her quiet, predictable life – until she finds the job and the man of her dreams. As she falls deeper into both, and into a world ruled by powerful players jockeying for influence and dominance at all costs,... more
by Vanessa MorrisThe Secrets here in Verdant Glen are expected, they come along with the deeds. Lisette and Natalia are perfect. What all the other girls want to be. Beautiful and famous as their alter egos online, they revel in the joy of sexual exploration, and exhibitionism online. The views, the likes, the followers. It's addictive. Almost as addictive as the forbidden fruit of their new teacher, John May. With a dark past of his own, he sees Lisette for exactly what she is. Both tempting, and troubled... more
by Greg BarronHow can I rest until this story is told? Can I let such a tale slip unnoticed into history? Or allow men to take liberties, inventing lies about that which is precious to me? I, Luis Pereira, Dom Sebastian’s friend and confessor, can alone let the truth stand for posterity… Dom Sebastian, the deposed king of Portugal, after losing the battle of Alcácer Quibir in Morocco, flees to the East on board the Nossa Senhora dos Anjos. After months on the ocean, her crew ravaged by disease and starvat... more
by Barry Robbins
Can’t stand Trump? Love making fun of him? Well, this is the book for you.
***Gold Medal award winner for Fiction - Humor/Comedy in Readers' Favorite 2021 International Book Awards***
Democrats, liberals, progressives, independents, even many Republicans – combine your feelings about Trump with the “Oh Daddy Chronicles” unique brand of humor for a side-splitting ride through the Trump White House. If you’re a fan of satire, especially when it’s aimed dir... more
by Michelle Lander FeinbergA kind-hearted dog and rabbit who are best friends learn that differences are what make us special. Cooper the affable and friendly dog is back, and he’s looking to make a buddy. In this second title in the award-winning Cooper the Dog series, Please Don’t Tell Cooper That Jack is a Rabbit, Cooper and his best friend rejoice in silly escapades together and learn that having differences is the best part of friendship. When Uncle Stephen takes Cooper out in the yard, the winsome hound bounds a... more