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Stunning, diorama illustrations bring to life this lullaby of a picture book about celebrating everyday things that make life wonderful.
I am thankful for a home where I am safe and warm.
Thankful for parents who read me stories and comb my hair gently, gently.
Who whisper the same poem every night when they tuck me in.
When the first snow falls, a little girl writes down the things she’s thankful for on strips of paper and links them together. As one idea leads to another, her chain grows longer. There’s so much good in her life: a friend, things that are warm, things that are cold, color, things that can be fixed. This beautiful story is a much-needed reminder to observe and honor life’s small joys.
When a high school basketball star goes missing, a town’s secrets are exposed in this edge-of-your seat, addictive read.
At 8:53 pm, thousands of people watched as Jake Foster secured the state title for his basketball team with his signature fadeaway. But by the next morning, he’s disappeared without a trace. Nobody has any idea where he is: not his best friend who knows him better than anyone else, not his ex-girlfriend who may still have feelings for him, not even his little brother who never expected Jake to abandon him. Rumors abound regarding Jake’s whereabouts. Was he abducted? Did he run away to try to take his game to the next level? Or is it something else, something darker–something they should have seen coming?
Told from the points of view of those closest to Jake, this gripping, suspenseful novel reminds us that the people we think we know best are sometimes hiding the most painful secrets.
Katie and Ana are the kind of friends who share everything with each other. But there are some things you can’t even share with your best friend.
Katie has always known she was adopted, but recently she’s been wondering about her birth parents and her birthplace. She worries that saying this out loud—even to her best friend—could mess up the perfect family she has now.
Ana’s family has been falling apart ever since her dad left, and it’s up to her to hold it together. But Ana fears no matter how hard she tries, her family may never be whole again.
At a time when they need each other the most, the links between the girls are beginning to break. Before they lose each other, they must work through the tangles of secrets to the shining truth underneath: friendship, just like family, is worth fighting for.
For three ten-year-old girls, their once simple worlds are starting to feel too big.
Painfully shy Grace dreads starting fifth grade now that her best friend has moved away. Jada hopes she’ll stop feeling so alone if she finds the mother who left years ago. And Malia fears the arrival of her new baby sister will forever change the family she loves.
When the girls each find a mysterious treasure box in their library and begin to fill the box with their own precious things, they start to feel less alone. But it’s up to Grace, Jada, and Malia to take the treasures and turn them into something more: true friendship.
They should never have survived…
An ignored people who, despite all odds, were instrumental in the success of John Wesley Powell’s Expeditions. Immortalized in the only existing collection outside the Smithsonian of John Hillers’ 116 original 1872 albumen photographs. Now the photos are preserved and this people’s incredible story of surviving and thriving in the most inhospitable place in North America can be told.
J. Scott Savage
Something monstrous wants to exit Wonderland and enter the real world.
Lewis Carroll, author of the classic book Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, secretly recorded the true story of his actual travels to Wonderland in four journals which have been lost to the world . . . until now.
Celia and Tyrus discover the legendary Lost Diaries of Wonderland and fall into a portal that pulls them into the same fantasy world as the White Rabbit and the Mad Hatter. However, Wonderland has vastly changed. Some of the characters that Tyrus remembers from the book have been transformed into angry monsters.
Helped by the Cheshire Cat and a new character, Sylvan, a young rabbit, Celia and Tyrus desperately work to solve puzzles and riddles, looking for a way out of Wonderland. But the danger increases when the Queen of Hearts begins hunting them, believing the two young visitors hold the key to opening multiple portals to multiple worlds, and she will stop at nothing to capture them.
Will the crazed creatures of Wonderland escape into the real world? Can Celia and Tyrus stop them and save both worlds? Or will they be trapped in Wonderland forever?
For readers who like thrills with their laughs, Case File 13 is a satisfying new series that blends irreverent humor, page-turning adventure, a mysterious narrator, and the kind of authentic characters that will leave young readers convinced this story is about their own best friends.
Case File 13: Zombie Kid follows three monster-obsessed friends who must solve fiendishly funny mysteries in their creepy hometown. Nick, Carter, and Angelo are obsessed with all things monster. And every Halloween they get to show off their monster-knowledge with elaborate homemade costumes. But this year, a surprise trip to the house of an aunt who may have been a voodoo queen throws a major wrench into the boys’ Halloween plans and lands Nick with a cursed amulet that turns him into a real, live (well, undead) zombie.
To Nick and his friends, this is . . . awesome! At first. Then the whole zombie thing starts to get a little out of hand (literally), and the boys have to go on a chilling adventure to reverse the curse. One that involves a talking cat, a skeleton who likes candy corn, and even the dreaded Zombie King himself
Other people may see thirteen-year-old Marcus Kanenas as an outcast and a nobody, but he sees himself as a survivor and a dreamer. In fact, his favorite dream is of a world far away, a world where magic is as common as air, where animals tell jokes and trees beg people to pick their fruit. He even has a name for this place — Farworld.
When Marcus magically travels to Farworld, he meets Kyja, a girl without magic in a world where spells, charms, and potions are everywhere, and Master Therapass, a master wizard who has kept a secret hidden for thirteen years, a secret that could change the fate of two worlds.
But the Dark Circle has learned of Master Therapass’s secret and their evil influence and power are growing. Farworld’s only hope is for Marcus and Kyja to find the mythical Elementals —water, land, air and fire —and convince them to open a drift between the worlds.
As Kyja and Marcus travel to Water Keep, they must face the worst the evil Dark Circle can throw at them —Summoners, who can command the living and the dead; Unmakers, invisible creatures that can destroy both body and soul; and dark mages known as Thrathkin S’Bae.
Along the way, Marcus and Kyja will discover the truth about their own heritage, the strength of their friendship, and the depths of their unique powers.
From Book 1: Lacey Fitzpatrick is an ex-LAPD detective with an axe to grind. Tainted by the betrayal of her drug-dealing cop boyfriend, she’s on a quest to prove to herself—and the world—that she’s still a competent crime-fighter. In order to do that, she teams up with Sam Firecloud, a half-Navajo man who communicates with ghosts. With his talent and her research, they tackle troubling unsolved crimes, but their latest case is the toughest. They have to solve a murder—where no record of a murder even exists. Can Sam glean enough information from the victim’s ghost to unravel the mystery, and can Lacey convince the authorities that the murder actually happened?
2016 Finalist in the New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards
Trish Munroe never planned to be a caregiver, but circumstances have conspired to make her responsible for her elderly Aunt Heidi. Trish does her best to balance the demands of her job, her love life and Heidi’s advancing Alzheimer’s, but the pressure is taking its toll. When Heidi passes away, there’s a bittersweet reprieve until Trish uncovers a family secret of forbidden love that takes her on a tragic yet triumphant journey of the heart.
Marcia L. Gates was an Army nurse and prisoner of war during WWII. As an “Angel of Bataan,” she spent three years in a Japanese internment camp in the Philippines. This is her story, told through her letters and the newspaper clippings, photos and letters collected by her mother. The book was awarded a biography medal by the Military Writers Society of America in 2012 and an Honorable Mention by the Hollywood Book Festival in 2013. It was also featured in the TV documentary, Our Wisconsin: Military History of America’s Dairyland on WKOW-TV in Madison.
Hal Thompson is a pretty ordinary guy. A widower who owns his own small business, he’s doing his best to raise his two nearly adult children alone. When they convince him to undergo a hypnotic past-life regression, he is unimpressed that his “memories” reveal the hiding place of ancient Aztec gold. Other people, however, take it very seriously and when his family is threatened, he is forced to plunge into the jungles of Mexico, battling treacherous terrain, lethal wildlife and the haunting feeling of a love that spans centuries. Can he find the gold before it claims more lives? Or will he lose the love of his life … again?Madison.
Robbin J. Peterson
For eighteen months, Elder John Miller has served faithfully as a missionary in the jungles of Peru. Everything seems to be clicking, including his easy camaraderies with his companion, Elder Kaai, and his girl waiting for him back home. But when Kaai passes away unexpectedly, John is overwhelmed with grief, and his faith is shaken to the core. Why did God let this happen? John returns home to heal from the devastating loss. Determined to leave the past behind him, he struggles to move forward with life—to pretend Peru never happened. But Peru did happen, and the memories continue to haunt him, not to mention the confusion he feels over his relationship with his girlfriend.
It isn’t until an old friend reaches out to him that John finds the lifeline he needs. Now he must decide if he can put aside his fears and love more deeply than he’s ever loved before.
Cairn J. McCormack
It’s about reaching for goals while the body is quietly, behind your back, sabotaging those goals.Living with a chronic, progressive neurological disease (MS), a geologist explores some of the confounding questions of our time. The difference between wellness and illness, the different, but complementary roles modern science and alternative traditions like naturopathy play in healing, the pot-holed approach to accessibility and affordability of health care in our great country, the role of resilience and opportunity in answering the time-honored question each of us ask: “Just who am I?”
Hummingbirds are fascinating and beautiful. This is an alphabet book about the amazing world of hummingbirds. Using a two-tiered approach, readers young and old will be informed about what makes these tiny birds unique. Each letter focuses on a different aspect of hummingbirds’ lives using both poetry and informational prose. Spectacular photography accompanies each page, bringing the reader close-up to many hummingbird species from North and South America. A kaleidoscope of colors partnered with facts and information makes this a delightful book for anyone who enjoys or wants to learn more about “nature’s jewels.” Award: Purple Dragonfly Award – Children’s Non-fiction 2019
This fun animal identification book features wild African animals. Delightful to thumb through, read alone or with someone else. Readers are shown a close-up of an animal’s eye along with four clues. After guessing what animal it is, a turn of the page will reveal beautiful photos and details about each animal. The book uses a two-tiered text approach allowing readers young and old to learn interesting facts about elephants, leopards, giraffes, rhinos and more. Also included is additional information about how animal eyes work, endangered species and a fun matching quiz to review animals from the book.
Brock Dethier runs the composition program at Utah State University, writes books for composition teachers and students, and each fall prepares a new group of graduate instructors to teach the courses that so many students dread. He has published a poetry chapbook, Ancestor Worship, and individual poems in venues from Mothering to The Epigrammatist to Sugar House Review.
Reclamation begins with a childhood trauma that reverberates throughout the book and especially the first section, “Why Worry.” The second section, “The Horns of Perception,” chronicles the vagaries of trying to turn trauma (or anything else) into art, while the third section, “Trying Not to Limp,” tackles addiction, alcoholism, and the dissolution of bodies and relationships. Finally, “Bag Full of Stars” details attempts to put the trauma aside to find contentment and moments of joy.
Much of the emotional content of Reclamation is anything but easy, but readers are likely to, in the words of the final poem, “find ourselves in flow, / reach the other side and cheer.”
In this classroom-tested approach to writing, Brock Dethier teaches readers how to analyze and write twenty-one genres that students are likely to encounter in college and beyond. This practical, student-friendly, task-oriented text confidently guides writers through step-by-step processes, reducing the anxiety commonly associated with writing tasks.
In the first section, Dethier efficiently presents each genre, providing models; a description of the genres’ purpose, context, and discourse; and suggestions for writing activities or “moves” that writers can use to get words on the page and accomplish their writing tasks. The second section explains these moves, over two hundred of them, in chapters ranging from “Solve Your Process Problems” and “Discover” to “Revise” and “Present.” Applicable to any writing task or genre, these moves help students overcome writing blocks and develop a piece of writing from the first glimmers of an idea to its presentation.
This approach to managing the complexity and challenge of writing in college strives to be useful, flexible, eclectic, and brief—a valuable resource for students learning to negotiate unfamiliar writing situations.
We can all make a difference.
Elementary-school teacher Diane Trull’s life-defining moment happened when her fourth-grade reading class saw a photo of a cardboard box overflowing with homeless puppies. Her young students were determined to save these lost pups and others like them. In that moment, the Dalhart Animal Wellness Group and Sanctuary—known as DAWGS—was born.
How Trull and her fourth graders started their own animal shelter is a story of dedication, commitment, and perseverance. Trull shares inspiring stories about animals and animal lovers of all ages in this moving story of hope and compassion. DAWGS is a testament to how love and a strong measure of determination can offer second chances—one animal, one child, and one day at a time.
Carol Pratt Bradley
Nine-year-old Susanna Hutchison witnessed the massacre of her mother and seven siblings before being taken captive by the tribe who slaughtered her family and burned their home to the ground. Eventually, she found a place and a family in the Indian village.
When a group of Dutch discovered her years later, she begged to stay with the Indians. But they and the Dutch traded goods for the white girl, and Susanna was forced to leave the village.
Returned to Boston and to her brother, Susanna finds everything strange. Now fifteen, she is an outsider among her own people. John Winthrop and the other local authorities are watching her and her brother closely. They have determined that Susanna will conform to the strict society and not become like her outspoken, renegade mother Anne Hutchison.
Susanna is not even sure she wants acceptance back into Puritan society, where she feels like an object of pity and scorn. And she certainly does not welcome the attentions of their tall young neighbor, John Cole.
Caught between two worlds and belonging to neither, Susanna wonders how she can possibly build a new life out of the ashes of what went before.
Young English noblewoman, Anne Ayscough, lived during the turbulent times of Henry VIII, when Protestant reformist ideas clashed violently against entrenched Catholicism.
Yet many, especially the wealthy, owned William Tyndale’s New Testament, including the household of Sir William Ayscough in Lincolnshire. In her family home, Anne grew in an atmosphere of openness, gleaning new ideas from her brothers who were educated at Cambridge, a hotbed of Protestant ideals.
At the age of fifteen, Anne’s life changed drastically. Her older sister Martha, betrothed to a son of a family staunch in the Catholic faith, contracted a fever and died. With the financial arrangements for the marriage already in place, Anne’s father ordered her to stand for her dead sister, forcing his daughter to enter a loveless marriage.
England’s religious war became Anne’s as she clung tight to her own ideals in her husband’s house. This eventually brought her into the center of the vicious political and religious battles where she was faced with a choice.
Anne could deny the truths she had embraced as a young woman and live, or hold fast to her beliefs and be put to death.
As a young nobleman at the court of Jerusalem, Daniel’s life is one of privilege. His childhood friend, Sarai, is betrothed to him. Sarai’s future also stretches securely before her. She will marry the boy she loves and they will live together in their beloved homeland.
But outside the city gates waits Judah’s conqueror, Nebuchadnezzar, prince of Babylon, who demands a heavy price for peace. He takes treasures from the great temple of Jerusalem and hostages from among the promising young scholars, who will serve him in the court at Babylon.
Daniel’s dreams are filled with strange images of things he has never seen. When Daniel’s father ensures that he is one of the young men selected, the dreams become frighteningly real.
The prophet Jeremiah’s dire warnings have come to pass for Daniel, Sarai and for all of Judah–The voice of mirth and gladness are taken; the voice of the bride and bridegroom, and the sound of the millstones and the light of the candle.
Sarai in Jerusalem and Daniel in Babylon will face the same challenge: to keep hope bright as darkness closes in.
Three thousand Jews have been brought as hostages to Babylon, as King Nebuchadnezzar continues his subjugation of the land of Judah. Daniel, now governor of the province of Babylon, is in a position to aid his people as they resettle outside of the ancient city of Nippur.
Daniel and Sarai are briefly reunited after eight long years of separation, but obstacles remain before they can be together. Daniel must secure permission to marry from King Nebuchadnezzar, whose increasingly erratic behavior has Daniel fearing for the king’s sanity and for the safety of his people.
As the Jews strive to adjust and even prosper in the land of their enemies, their future remains uncertain. Daniel, in his position of power, moderates King Nebuchadnezzar’s erratic behavior toward the Jewish captives. But if he loses his position, the people will suffer.
Meanwhile, the young and foolish Jehoaichin, puppet-ruler back in Jerusalem, continues to defy the Babylonian king, whose patience toward the Jews is wearing thin.
Daniel and Sarai face a precarious future, both for themselves and their people.
C. David Belt
In all the 6,000 years that the Children of Lilith have walked among us, there has never been an unwilling vampire . . . until now.
Carl Morgan has lost everything. His wife and children were killed in a senseless accident. Then he witnesses the murder of his sister at the hands of a beautiful and mysterious woman named Rebecca. When the police cannot locate the killer, Carl takes matters into his own hands. But his search for justice costs him everything he holds dear.
Carl is unknowingly transformed into the world’s first and only unwilling vampire. He is cut off from the light, damned to an eternity of darkness, barred from heaven and any hope of a reunion with his family.
Moira MacDonald, a repentant vampire, has roamed the earth alone for centuries seeking redemption. The very existence of an unwilling vampire, something she thought impossible, changes everything. Has she finally found a path to redemption . . . and an end to her loneliness?
Carl and Moira discover that Rebecca’s vampire Master, Michael, plans to unleash a plague of vampires on the city. Can Carl and Moira stop the slaughter of countless innocents?
In 6,000 years no vampire has ever defied Lilith, Queen of the vampires…until now. Moira and Carl Morgan have saved the city from the horror of Michael and his wives, but victory has come at terrible cost. And there are consequences to every choice, every victory. Word has spread that someone has broken Lilith’s power, that someone has defied the ancient Queen. And she’s not happy.
For 6,000 years, Lilith and her Children have walked the earth, hunting, preying, seducing, corrupting, ruling from the shadows…until now. An ancient prophecy, spoken by Adam, Lilith’s grandfather, foretells her doom. She will do anything, corrupt any innocent, murder countless mortals to save herself. To survive, she knows she must destroy Carl and Moira Morgan. The war has begun. And Carl and Moira know, win or lose, it all ends here.
An ancient evil has returned out of the mists of time, and Peggy Carson must risk everything to protect her best friend, Derek. Peggy is smart, funny, geeky… and plain. And Derek has no clue how much she loves him. Derek has discovered a series of old diaries, each written by the same young woman, and each spaced several decades apart-a period spanning centuries. He thinks he has found a time-traveling, fairytale princess-but a princess under an evil curse. Derek is determined to break the curse, to rescue sweet, pretty Elaine from her sister-the evil, disfigured Morgaise. But where he sees fantasy and romantic adventure, Peggy sees horror and death. Soon the ancient evil begins to stalk Peggy. Even if she can save Derek, who will save her?
Roman Britannia, 61 A.D. – Marcus Scribonius-a Christian convert of scarcely five years and an Option in the Roman Army, second-in-command of a century of eighty men-has just survived a horrific battle against Boudicca and her Celtic rebels. Although Roman casualties were astonishingly light, one of those casualties was Marcus’s beloved commander and mentor. Now serving under the command of a new centurion-who, for reasons Marcus cannot comprehend, already hates him-Marcus and his century are given a secret mission: an armed reconnaissance mission deep into hostile territory to investigate the repeated manifestations of a Celtic
god-Arawn, Lord of the Dead.
Marcus possesses the Gift of Prophecy, although for the most part, he is unable to understand the prophecies he transcribes onto his scroll. But he does understand two things-he will face Arawn,
and a great tribulation will come into his life. That tribulation arrives in the form of disturbing young woman-Maelona, the slave of his new commander. Maelona frightens Marcus, because she was once one of the terrifying Witches of Mona before she was captured, used, and enslaved. However, a prophecy states that Marcus must protect her at all costs.
Along their march deep into Cambria (Wales), Marcus and his century camp near an ancient circle of standing stones. During the night, one of the burial mounds near the stone circle opens, and out of it crawls an ancient horror. And legionnaires begin to die.
Llyrica sent Edgar to Hell: Hades Penal Colony on the forbidden moon Callisto. Now Edgar must escape to save her.
Edgar has awoken in Hell–or more specifically, in the Hades Penal Colony on Callisto, moon of Jupiter. The year is 2175, and interplanetary freighter captain, Edgar Kent Cordell, has been sentenced to life imprisonment for a murder he didn’t commit. He was framed by his best friend and business partner, Edmund Reagan, his ex-wife, Llyrica, and Edgar’s cargomaster, Georgie “Goner” Cornwall.
Hades is a hellish place, populated with murderers and rapists, the worst of the worst–all of them male. There is no warden. There are no guards. All sentences are for life. There is no reprieve, no appeal, and no escape from Hades. No ship ever lands there–it is forbidden and illegal. Prisoners and necessary supplies are dropped from orbit. A brutal gang-lord rules–a man who calls himself “Lord Lucifer.”
Within an hour of his arrival, Edgar is savagely beaten and raped. Within days, his face is disfigured and his throat is cut. But Edgar survives.
No ship ever lands on Callisto… that is, until a shuttle crash-lands. There is only one survivor–Llyrica, Edgar’s ex-wife, the one person in all the solar system Edgar hates most–the only woman Edgar has ever loved. No woman can survive on Callisto. There is a plague on the moon that kills all females. When the colony was originally settled, all the women and girls became sick. 80% of them died before the colony could be evacuated. And then there is the danger from the prisoners themselves.
Edgar must find a way to protect Llyrica from the other men, get her off-world, and escape from Hades. Llyrica is blinded in the crash. Edgar, with his scarred voice and face, is unrecognizable to her. She has no idea who her protector is. And Edgar isn’t about to reveal his identity. He assumes the persona of mad Tom Bedlam (his “prison name”). Edgar will save Llyrica, he will protect her, but he desperately needs to know why she betrayed him… and what she was doing on the forbidden moon Callisto.
Paul was a Roman.
Yes, the apostle was raised as a devout Jew and later became a Christian, but he was a citizen of the Roman Empire. He lived in a Roman world. In his Epistle to the Ephesians, Paul wrote to an audience of Christians living in a Roman world, under Roman rule. They had all seen Roman legionnaires and were familiar with the armor and weapons carried by a typical Roman soldier. As contemporary Christians, we have a tendency to picture Sir Lancelot on his horse. We are using the wrong imagery. We miss the powerful symbolism of Paul’s analogy. There is deep meaning in each of the symbols that Paul uses –symbols that we gloss over or fail entirely to understand–symbols that Paul’s audience readily understood.
When Supermom joins Dad on his latest project, Morgan is left with her aunt. Instead of dating the cute boy from her high school track team, Morgan will spend the summer in a small town near Kanab, Utah, five hours from home and all of her friends. Her plan is to keep a sane distance between herself and her aunt’s six boys. What Morgan does not expect is being attracted to the neighbor kid who hangs out with her cousins. How can she like two guys at the same time? Just when her life could not get more messed up, Morgan stumbles across an abandoned house and learns she lived there when she was small. The house and its secrets haunt her . . . it turns out she has been dreaming about the place for years. All she wants is to hold onto what she loves. But as the summer passes, she wonders if she is going to lose everything.
A few weeks after he loses a friend in an accident, Preston’s mother announces her decision to remarry. Now Preston must deal with a prying stepdad and three emotional stepsisters. After growing up with six neighbor boys, Preston doesn’t know what to do with glitter, pet mice, drama, and nonstop chatter.
The only thing untouched by change seems to be Preston’s relationship with Morgan, a girl he met during the summer. But he fears that sharing more of his past will scare her away. Juggling everything at once, he reaches his breaking point. Is Preston going to end up like his father after all?
Each of us comes to this world with a divine worth and strength. Yet every person will experience times of doubt and darkness when we need comfort and encouragement. You Are Worth It features thoughtful lessons that will inspire a young woman to honor, love, and nurture herself and others. In a down-to-earth way, author JoLyn Brown teaches about faith and obedience, hopes and dreams, family and friends, and Christlike service, with lessons such as:
Faith to Act
Prepared by God
Voice of the Spirit
He First Loved Us
All Things Bear Record
You Are Not Alone
Beauty that Lasts
The Power of a Friend
Your Divine Nature
Catch a Dream
Miracles and Blessings
Courage to Share
Hands of Service
Praying for Help
Precious in His Sight
Angels Round About You
You Are Worth It is the perfect gift for any Latter-day Saint young woman.
Newlyweds can establish a tradition of family home evening, beginning with just the two of them. Themed around the life, character, and works of Jesus Christ, each of these 52 lessons includes a gospel message and an activity. Each lessons include technology and internet resources and links. Couples will find ideas for developing talents, setting goals, planning meals, doing family history, engaging in missionary work, and more. There are a wide range of activities, from stargazing and rock painting, to taking photos and playing basketball. Newlyweds can write time-capsule letters to each other and find a multitude of service ideas. In addition, there are six lessons to help couples center their holiday celebrations on Christ.
As newlyweds come to know each other and the Savior better, they can develop increased confidence in regularly holding family night. They will also find strength and lasting hope in the power of Jesus Christ and His role in their marriage.
A hauntingly beautiful seaside mansion has been abandoned for decades… and for good reason.
When Abby stumbles on the crumbling estate, she’s uncommonly drawn to it. Even the chilling sight of decaying animals on the back porch or the two million dollar price tag isn’t enough to keep her away. Her boyfriend, Chase can’t understand why she’d want to spend more than two seconds at the dilapidated building, but there’s something calling to her, and she’s willing to risk even their relationship to discover it.
Through a surprising twist, she’s granted a way to purchase the building, and she takes the risk. But even if her wishes are coming true, there may be an ulterior motive behind the mysterious benefactor. Neighbors and friends alike are suspect in Abby’s strange happily ever after. But above all the mysteries, the one treasure she discovers is most important could be the one thing she stands to lose.
A thrilling escape to the wild Northern California coastline and redwood forests. Join Abby as she first enters the mansion with a heart full of dreams and longing, only to realize she may have left the very best things behind her.
After two bad dates, can Emily overlook the flaws and ask Ryan for help?
Abby and Chase leave for a sudden getaway, putting Emily in charge of the seaside Inn. Always ready for a challenge, Emily dives in. But after a power outtage and guest complaints, she wonders if she should call someone for help. Ryan’s number is an emergency contact, but she’s determined not to call him. She’s seen how self absorbed he can be.
After a phone call from the beautiful Emily, Ryan’s hoping to get through the repairs as quickly as possible. It’s clear she’s labeled him as the spoiled, rich-boy type. But as they spend more time together, he’s curious what else might be going on. Something painful is hiding behind her wide eyes, and he finds himself anxious to help.
By the time Emily realizes she’s completely misjudged Ryan, it may be too late. Someone is sabbotaging the Inn, and their intentions run deeper than she could have imagined.
What happens when your stress-free vacay ends up being more than you bargained for?
When paranoid surgeon Jessie LeVan wants to rent the entire Inn at triple the cost, Abby and Chase are thrilled to have the extra income. But, he demands absolute solitude, and one renter never got the message.
Taylor, a corporate lawyer struggling with anxiety and nightmares, is in desperate need of a break. Her week at Poppyridge Cove was a lifeline she couldn’t do without. So when a bossy doctor insists she leaves, she refuses. There’s plenty of space, after all, and she vows to stay out of his way.
But something’s not right in the high profile doctor’s life. With each confusing turn in his behavior, Taylor quickly realizes it might’ve been smarter to leave. When her vacation away from it all begins to feel more like a trap, she’s determined to set things right. And if it means using every lawyer-savvy trick in the book… so be it.
A mysterious gift, and the secret she shouldn’t have kept.
When Abby and Chase celebrate their daughter’s second birthday, they’re surprised to find a mysterious gift on the table. Inside it lies a startling reminder. The ring Abby got when she was young, and a note from Kyle, the boy she feared. Having left the country years ago, she never expected to hear from him again, but somehow he’s found her. To make matters worse, she sees a man who looks exactly like her dad, but he vanishes before she can be sure.
Chase had never heard of Abby’s old boyfriend, not until the gift. But if he wanted to speak with her after all this time, why would he simply sneak a gift onto the table and leave? Curious, he digs deeper into the mysterious person, only to find there’s no trace of him. Could his records really have vanished so completely? Or is there more to this mystery than Abby is letting on? Careful of where his questions are leading him, Chase struggles against the doubts forming in his mind.
When Kyle suddenly shows up on their property, he’s nothing like the person Abby remembered. Sleek and professional, he has a hugely successful business supplying hotels. Hopeful to start up a contract, he claims the gift was sent on a whim, as a nostalgic gesture. Unsure of what to do, Abby and Chase agree to tour his warehouse. But his plans are meticulously set, and they’re playing right into his hands.
One man will bargain her life to save his own, and one will risk everything to protect her.
Loriel’s new job in the sunny, palm tree lined streets of LA is the chance she was hoping for. But her hopes are quickly dashed. She’s left with no real tasks and a vague suspicion that there’s more going on in the quiet halls of the oil industry giant than she could’ve imagined.
After overhearing a heated argument, she’s determined to find answers… and her new friendship with the CEO, Givanni, only leads to more questions. After sneaking a stray paper home, her internet searching leads to a dead end in Sicily. And with two Italian bosses, she can’t brush it off as coincidence.
With a powerful enemy on her heels, and not a single answer, Loriel has to decide once and for all if Givanni is a man to be trusted.
They said everything would be okay.
But watching Givanni as he’s dragged away by police was hardly the welcome they’d expected. Loriel is left to scour any resources she can to get him back. She’s up against an enemy that has never played by the rules, and it’s clear they think they’ve already won.
Determined to find him, she’s willing to sink to their level, and break every rule in the book to do it. The only problem is, after scaling a mountainside to finally look into his eyes, she sees an emptiness that signals defeat. But with his confidence and optimism vanished, can she somehow find enough strength for both of them?
Fans of Nicholas Sparks will love the deeply felt emotion in Too Deep, and will have the reader devouring each delicious page.
What would you risk for your last chance at happiness?
For Givanni and Loriel, skipping the country and living off the grid didn’t have the effect they were hoping for. Instead of riding out the chaos, their vanishing act has only added to it. Fans engulf them the moment they return, leaving them wondering when they’ll ever be free to be together.
Italy is suddenly a dark spot in the limelight with no real news going in or out, it’s clear the Italian Mafia has an entirely new plan in mind. A this one might wipe modern Italy off the map.
If Loriel and Givanni return to Sicily, will they be able to right the wrongs they feel they’ve caused? Or will they wish they’d stayed hidden away?
In this final battle that leaves you with fingers crossed that our heroes might somehow find their way back to each other, you’ll finally witness the moment you’ve been aching for.
If they weren’t so stubborn, they just might fall in love…
Elayna’s helping nature isn’t doing her any favors. Worn thin, she vows to say no to any additional commitments for the day. How could she have foreseen that Kayson Blake, the billionaire owner of her company, would show up in need of a simple favor?
Kayson needs to prove himself soon, and he’s willing to cut a few corners to do it. The only thing standing in his way is the alarmingly beautiful, although strangely rude, lens designer, Elayna Vega.
An adorable tale of kindness and fault that will have you giggling. What’re you waiting for? Enjoy this delightful read today!
Julie Coulter Bellon
Former Navy SEAL Jake Williams is the newly appointed head of a task force assigned to rescue a kidnapped American diplomat. Their only hope is Mya Amari, the daughter of a notorious Algerian hostage negotiator, but she is full of secrets and complications—something Jake takes as a personal challenge. As they grow closer, the threat to the mission escalates and time runs out for the hostages. Can Jake unravel the web of deception to save them all without getting caught in the crossfire?
Mya Amari has been in hiding nearly her entire life to escape her father’ s enemies. But when her sister is kidnapped along with an American diplomat, she’ll do anything to bring her home—including walking into the enemy’s lair. She doesn’t trust anyone, especially the too-handsome-for-his-own-good Commander Williams, but when all her careful plans explode out of control, he’s the only one she can turn to with the truth about her family. Is it too little, too late?
Captain Colt Mitchell is part of the elite Griffin Force team hunting down terrorist Nazer al-Raimi. After an attack on the Canadian Parliament buildings, the team gets good intel on Nazer’s whereabouts. They plan to grab him, but when the mission goes wrong, Colt is captured and dragged away. Bruised, restrained, and disoriented, Colt is stunned to see Brenna Wilson, the Canadian intelligence officer who broke his heart years ago, standing next to Nazer. But how deep is she in the operation and can she help Colt escape? death.
A daring rescue. A need for vengeance. Everything is on the line.
Julian Bennet, head of Griffin Force, finally finds love with Zaya Altes, but the day he buys her an engagement ring, international terrorist Nazer al-Raimi abducts her. Getting her back consumes him, yet it takes nearly six months to find her. The daring mission to extract her from a hidden prison in Afghanistan is successful, but Zaya has suffered during captivity. Though she’s grateful to Julian for breaking her out, she wants nothing to do with him. Before he can show her how much he still loves her, Nazer finds them and vows revenge. Can Julian keep Zaya safe and still stop Nazer once and for all?
Zaya Altes nearly gave up hope of ever being rescued, but when Griffin Force finally finds her, returning to life is harder than she imagined. While her feelings for Julian are as strong as ever, she feels too broken to recapture what they once had. Instead, Zaya jumps at a chance to trap Nazer, wanting vengeance for what she’s endured. As the final showdown draws near, however, Zaya will have to make an unimaginable choice to let Nazer close to her again. But when a shocking web of betrayal is uncovered in their own ranks, their one chance to capture him is compromised. Julian and Zaya will put everything on the line, but can they survive this ultimate test and finally reach for their chance at happiness?
When the most wanted terrorist in the world escapes from a high security prison, Nate Hughes is part of the task force sent to recapture him. During the mission, he meets Abby, a fellow investigator that seems to have it all together. He’s drawn to her and hopes they can join forces, but when her past is revealed, loyalties are called into question. Could she have turned against the country she once held dear?
The CIA wants her captured and interrogated, but with a terrorist attack imminent, Abby may be the only person in a position to help them stop it. Nate must make a choice to either trust her or turn her in—but the wrong decision would clear the path for the largest attack on freedom the world has ever seen.
And time is running out.
Lord Christian Wolverton―known as Wolf in a covert group operating during the war against Napoleon―has been called home from his military duties. For the moment, his family responsibilities require him to suspend his more clandestine activities. But information falls into his hands that a traitor will soon try to tip the scales back into French favor and Christian doesn’t have much time to stop it from happening.
Going to the one person who can help him, the powerful Duke of Huntingdon, Christian comes face to face with Lady Alice. She’s a beautiful member of the ton with a very big secret―she’s also a trained agent and already on the case. Forced to partner with her to lure the traitor out of hiding, Christian wants to quickly close the case himself, before Lady Alice is more closely involved. But Lady Alice has ideas of her own and she’s going to prove her theories correct―with or without him.
Danger is closer than they think, however, and it’s a race against time to expose the traitor’s identity before British lives are endangered. Both Christian and Alice have strong opinions on who he is, but which one will be proven right?
Edward Rutledge, the newly minted Viscount Carlisle, has come back from war a changed man. The echo of the battlefield and the death of his best friend Marcus haunt him to the point that he decides to break his betrothal to Charlotte—the only woman he’s ever loved. When he’s summoned home to Hartwell Manor, he comes face-to-face with her. Slowly, her strength and love make him see that he might be able to reclaim what he thought was lost. But when word reaches him that Marcus might not have died in Spain and yet lives, Edward will do anything to bring his friend home. As the mystery deepens, however, Edward is drawn into an intrigue that forces him to confront the demons that have plagued him since he returned to England. Will he have to sacrifice everything he’s built with Charlotte in order to keep her safe?ning out.
A duke’s daughter. A Highland warrior. And a love worth fighting for.
Lady Elizabeth, daughter of the Duke of Barrington, has done her best to secure an advantageous match, but a shy nature, combined with a stutter, hasn’t helped her cause. After two Seasons, her father won’t wait any longer and promises her to a man she despises. There doesn’t seem to be anything Elizabeth can do beyond wish for a freedom she’ll never have—until a charming Highlander appears and makes all her dreams of a love match seem within her reach.
Alec Ramsay unexpectedly inherits an earldom and must leave his beloved Scottish Highlands to present himself in London and settle the estate affairs. After meeting his new neighbor, Lady Elizabeth, he feels a connection to her that he’s never felt with any other woman. Alec makes every effort to further their acquaintance, but soon finds out that Elizabeth could be swept out of his reach before they have a chance to explore the feelings between them. With everything at stake, can he risk all for a chance at love−−before it’s too late?
Have you ever said, “I don’t have time to market my books and I don’t know where to start?”
As a busy mother of a large family, best-selling author Julie Coulter Bellon was trying to balance kids, writing, and getting her books in front of the right audience. Some days it seemed impossible until she developed a system of marketing that harnesses the power of just fifteen minutes. Through proven patterns that have increased her visibility and sales, Julie will teach you her system of fifteen minute marketing techniques with tools that any author—from beginner to advanced—can add to their marketing toolbox.
When Tinseltown hits a dry spell, a down-on-his-luck drifter and his lightning bug buddy turn 1930s Hollywood upside down for the next big headline. Join Don and Shutterbug on a romp through cinema’s Golden Age as they shake up the town!
When Jordan MacDonald goes behind his mother’s back to get his pilot’s license, he soon finds out that a life full of dishonesty attracts more turbulence than he’s ever faced in the air. Set against the majestic backdrop of the Hawaiian islands, this heartwarming story of romance and self-discovery will take you to new heights with each turn of the page.
It’s no secret Jordan’s mom doesn’t want him to marry Kehau; she’s already tried to stop their engagement once. But would she really fake a sudden, mysterious illness just to sabotage the wedding?
Kehau thinks she would; Jordan’s not so sure.
The ensuing headwinds are enough to ground their relationship, and threaten to keep it grounded forever.
Eleven stunning new tales from well-known authors and fresh voices. This is the seventh in the prestigious BEYOND THE STARS space opera anthology series, and inside are intrigue and passion, aliens, battles, and a bit of intergalactic romance.
Join these authors who are exploring the… Infinite Expanse!
* Precious Cargo (C.H. Hung)
* Antecedent (R. A. Steffan)
* Chrysalis (G. S. Jennsen)
* Imperatrix, Redux (Nemma Wollenfang)
* Mirage and Shadow (R.K. Thorne)
* Coffin Rider (James Rossiter)
* Oresa (R.J. Howell)
* Malfunction (Jack Lyster)
* Enemy Within (J.M. Thomas)
* For Your Eyes Only (Ethan Freckleton)
* Terminal Candidate (David Bruns
Lights! Camera! Monsters?
Sometimes you go to the movies. And sometimes, the movies–and their monsters–come to you. At any moment, without notice, monsters once relegated to the screen become a reality. Aliens and demons, dragons and ghosts, werewolves, vampires, zombies, and seemingly ordinary people who are just plain evil.
Join award-winning authors Jonathan Maberry, Fran Wilde, David Gerrold, Rick Wilber and others for 23 all-new tales of haunted theaters, video gods, formidable demons, alien pizza, and delirious actors. Each story takes you to the silver screen with monstrous results.
Funny or grim, unsettling or cozy… You’ll laugh! You’ll sigh! You’ll scream!
Grab some popcorn—and good running shoes—and enjoy the show!
Take stories detailing all the nastiest parts of human behavior, from theft to murder to mayhem, throw in some of the “lesser” darkness that humans can provide during the holidays, and assemble them into one volume—welcome to Bloody Christmas.
These stories, dark and vicious, form the perfect antidote to the holiday season’s sugary sweetness. So, consider this the savory part of the holidays for those whose reading tastes get darker in the darkest part of the year.
As Alfred Hitchcock used to say, read these stories with the lights on—and the doors locked, curtains drawn, and protective gear at hand. One never knows what lurks in the darkness.
The devil’s daughter wants nothing more than to stay in Hell, where it’s cold and lonely and totally predictable.
Sixteen-year-old Desolation Black is an expert at keeping her emotions locked down tight. The last thing she wants is to return to Earth where there’s a girl she’s compelled to save and a boy whose touch ignites a terrifying spark of goodness deep inside of her.
But the future of Asgard depends upon the choices Desi makes. If she follows in her father’s footsteps, she’ll undo Odin’s great plan and everyone who’s ever lived might never Ascend. If she rejects her father, it could mean the end of everything and herald the prophesied Ragnarok. If Desi could, she wouldn’t choose at all.
Fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Lucifer will love this coming-of-age adventure with a touch of romance.
When Minnie said she was dying for the perfect first kiss, she didn’t mean literally.
Minnie Kim blacks out during her first kiss, so she figures it must not have been a very good one. Shouldn’t she remember such a momentous occasion? And to make things worse, she thinks the jerk gave her the flu…but no. It’s vampirism.
Post-kiss Minnie is taken into the Aristos family of vampires to learn all the rules of her new life—and there are a lot—so she can continue to live her old one. That’s right, she’ll be going right back to school just as soon as she can learn to control her bloodlust. But there’s a lot more to it than that—her parents won’t have anything to do with a gangshi, and the kids at school don’t want to become her next victim. Not that Minnie would ever do that. Ew.
But Minnie doesn’t intend to let a little thing like death keep her from living. With the help of her totally hot and completely arrogant mentor Philo, who’s been seventeen since the days of Sparta, she plans to totally rock this vampire girl thing. And maybe, if she’s lucky, she’ll get a do-over on the perfect first kiss.
Vampire Diaries meets To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before in this funny coming of age series with vampires and other nasties.
Humanity nearly went extinct 100 years ago. Now, if your heartbeat goes over 140, you die.
At least, that’s what the New Chapter preaches. But Nik Granjer knows they’re lying about the Bug. Sure, it was the Bug that wiped out more than ninety percent of humanity a hundred years ago, but that’s ancient history.
The Bug has to be gone by now.
Except everyone thinks that the Bug still kills anyone whose heart rate goes over 140 beats per minutes. Which is why the Prime Administrator gave citizens the Papas: digital wrist monitors that knock people out when their heart rate gets too high. The Papas saved the last of humanity.
But one night after curfew, on the border of New Frisko, Nik tampers with his Papa with terrible consequences. And when a brutal, high-tech enforcement squad from the city shows up, Nik goes on the run.
Outcast and desperate for allies, Nik’s only hope is to unearth the truth about the Prime Administrator and the origin of the Bug. And stay alive in the process. If he fails, he could be the only witness to the final extinction of humanity.
They thought they had won.
They were wrong.
Two months after the attack on New Frisko, Nik returns to camp to discover that Prime Administrator Holland’s assassins have killed or captured most of their group- including Nik’s parents. Barely escaping with their lives, Nik and his friends race to save their loved ones.
Chasing clues and legends, they discover people and a world they only knew through distorted propaganda. Desperate to free their families and stop Holland, Nik and his friends travel through what’s left of America’s west coast, unearthing an old, dead city that might hold the key to humanity’s survival.
But with brain-modified assassins on their heels, unimaginable technology being thrown against them, and what seems like an entire world out to kill them, can Nik and his friends make it in time to save what’s left of humanity? Or will the Bug and the New Chapter complete their stranglehold on mankind?
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A lonely, grieving young man desperate for freedom from an abusive cult.
Josh is trapped. Born and raised in the Fundamental Faith in God- a cult started by his mother- all Josh knows is abuse, neglect, and life in a house bursting with angry adults and lonely children. His only friend is his oldest brother, Malachi. He and Malachi have spent countless hours in the woods, building a rough cabin and planning to escape together.
But when Malachi finally snaps and gets away, he leaves Josh behind. Betrayed, more isolated than ever, and finding solace only in his books, Josh starts planning his own escape. Then tragedy strikes and Josh spirals – with nothing to catch him – and a grim, abused future all he has left.
That all changes when Josh finally talks to one of the other cult kids, Mary, and a friendship blooms from their shared love of books. As his relationship with Mary deepens into something that might save both of them, Josh’s eyes are opened to the plight of the other children and he feels something new: fury. These children need his protection – even though Josh still yearns for freedom.
But is escape an act of betrayal? And when the time comes for Josh to face his abuser, will the battle destroy any hope for peace and freedom?
Beyond the Cabin is a tale of a young man seeking connection, love, and freedom while coming of age in a real-life, infamous Scientology splinter cult. Based on and inspired by the author’s life in The Process Church of the Final Judgment.
An ancient prophecy.
A young man reeling from loss and yearning for meaning.
An ancient cloak of great power.
On a dig in an Egyptian tomb, graduate intern Nathan Eckhoff finds the mysteriously preserved cloak of Joseph, the betrayed and enslaved dream interpreter who became the Grand Vizier of all Egypt, trusted adviser to an ancient pharaoh. Wearing the cloak, Nathan gains a terrifying power – suddenly he can see into the hearts of the people around him. Struggling to understand this new ability and what it means, the hopes and fears and dreams of all whom he sees assault him.
And then he looks into the heart of a cursed madman who is bent on mass murder.
Now Nathan must decide, is he the fulfillment of the prophecy of the Lamed Vovniks, the Thirty-Six righteous people upon whom the fate of the world rests? Or is he just a young man who must give everything to stop a murderer corrupted by a cursed relic of ancient power?
Nathan had better find the answers soon, before the assassin on his heels catches him, or a cursed madman kills thousands of innocents. But will he be fast enough to rescue the love of his life?
Wounded and left for dead. His family murdered. His sister enslaved.
His blade will bring justice upon his king…
When the king’s guards slaughter Lakhoni’s people, they leave him for dead. Lakhoni regains consciousness to find his sister, Alronna, has been taken captive. First, he will do the Dance of the Flame, then he will rain justice upon those who have brought this evil.
Armed with only a bow, Lakhoni must traverse a brutal wilderness, face deadly warriors, and battle legendary tattooed assassins, all to save Alronna’s life. Along the way, he discovers his parents were not the simple villagers they seemed. They were hiding a secret that goes back to the First Fathers.
But Lakhoni isn’t the only one who wants the king dead. Ancient enemies are poised to strike while traitors poison the kingdom from within. The life of the king and the fate of the kingdom hang in the balance. And Lakhoni’s blade can free his sister – or destroy an entire civilization.
A wicked blood priest.
A sister and brother who will see justice done.
Battered, broken, and branded a traitor to his people, Lakhoni races after Molgar, the treacherous snake who seeks to rule through murder. Together with Alronna and Ree, they battle through arcane caverns, vicious warriors, and mortal injury to catch up to Molgar, who knows the hiding place of the last ancient Relic of power. And if Molgar secures the Sword while he possesses the Guide, his reign will corrupt two nations.
At the same time, Simra, betrayed and abandoned, seeks a place she can make a difference, a place apart from her lonely search for the boy she thought she loved. Her loyalty and compassion take her on a path that could change the destiny of the known world.
As the journeys of Lakhoni, Simra, and Molgar converge, an ultimate showdown looms. But when the time comes to end the conflict once and for all, Lakhoni will have to decide if he can ally with his nation’s most ancient enemy to stop an even greater evil. If they fail, the entire continent will run with the blood of innocents.
Usurper is the non-stop sequel to the bestselling fantasy Lakhoni. Set in an alternate world with a fantastical twist on Meso-American history, it drinks deep from the wellspring of American fiction to deliver a swashbuckling adventure in the tradition of Edgar Rice Burroughs.
An ancient evil’s avatar spreads terror and death.
A family of heroes who will not be stopped.
Lakhoni and his family are in search of a home away from the blood, evil, and memories of Molgar and his plans to rule two nations. Alronna’s dreams are leading them north, to a land of abundance and peace.
But when they come upon a slaughtered village, the chase begins anew. Gadnar, Molgar’s, powerful brother, escaped the showdown at the end of Usurper and is spilling blood everywhere he goes. He seeks the final ancient Relic, certain it will give him power over the land.
Setting aside their quest for peace, Lakhoni, Alronna, Simra, and their companions track Gadnar, determined to end his reign of terror. But as the source of his power becomes clear, they will have to face down an evil as ancient as creation. If they fail, monsters beyond imagination will enshroud the land, putting all the people under thrall. But to succeed, they will have to pay the ultimate sacrifice.
Red Prince is the non-stop third book in the Guide and the Sword trilogy. Set in an alternate world with a fantastical twist on Meso-American history, it drinks deep from the wellspring of American fiction to deliver a swashbuckling adventure in the tradition of Edgar Rice Burroughs.
The rugged expert tracker and psychologist, Carson, and his wacky shaman friend, Hub, race from the high desert village of a missing 7-year-old autistic girl, Seronia, to the jungles of ancient Mexico following a disappearing trail. As more children disappear without a trace and wild girls try repeatedly to kill them, their search intensifies. The journey becomes sinister and somewhat mystical as they discover an isolated newly build Mayan communities run by a self proclaimed re-incarnated Mayan Queen. Seronia’s life hangs in the balance as she giggles unknowing of her fate.
Annie’s sister, Tia, is missing. The police have basically given up, the PI she hired was worthless, and Annie decides Carson is her best, and last, shot at finding her sister. Carson’s not so sure he’s interested; he was looking forward to a long stretch of alone time on his ranch, enjoying starry nights and the mesmerizing glow of a good fire. Reluctantly, he allows himself to be pulled into the fray.As a psychologist and uniquely trained ex-Marine, Carson has uncommon skills for ferreting out missing persons. His best friend, Hub, is an incredible computer hack, and a shaman who occasionally receives inspiration from a dead rock star. Carson is highly skeptical. Annie’s sister, Tia’s, story evolves alongside Carson’s, revealing glimpses of a beautiful young woman. She initially clings to her latest loser boyfriend but develops into a brave, though reluctant leader with grit and courage.A simple absent sister evolves into a far more sinister plot as Carson and Hub encounter confrontations, political intrigue, cross country drama, and a Jamaican climax in a race against time to rescue Tia.
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Just as life seemed picture perfect the nail ripped from the wall and the frame shattered on an unforgiving floor. The author’, Jef Huntsman’s youngest son’s life spiraled into the unknown after a massive seizure on the kitchen tile. Then, with the family still reeling from the shock of that, Jef has a massive cardiac arrest while doing nothing more strenuous than taking his son to school. But it’s more than that. He shares his story to hopes the reader will find your own positive coping mechanisms during times of great tragedy, holding on to the belief that things can get better. We as humans seek ways to cope with disaster—the death of loved ones, loss of legs, debilitating diseases, or feelings of mortality. Jef used humor, laughter, smiles, and sarcasm to pull him from the reality that things in life are not always fair. Those gifts provided short, then eventually longer breaks from the the tragedies that had struck. Think about this: one-third of his heart was nothing but dead, black muscle. He was given three to five years to live. Twenty years later, the author’s still pounding in fence posts at his ranch and singing every morning.Here’s what that says to you: Never abandon hope. Never forget that there is a shinning star even in the most desperate of human trials.
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An eclectic collection of poems ranging from silly, to touching, to thoughtful.Bald Cats and Deaf Elephants will make you laugh at the human circumstance.
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Take a feisty aunt, an alcohol-laden father turned scripture-toting Mormon, a missing mother who abandoned the family years ago, a fun-loving sister with a mean right hook, and a prowling sensual ex-girlfriend from Ben’s teen years, and mix them all together. The results are at times lighthearted and fun; at others, deeply touching. It’s a contradiction of joy and sorrow, human drama and pure entertainment. Will Ben forgive his father? Will the two of them find civility? Will the sarcastic barbs ever be put back into their holsters? Will Ben’s mother somehow make amends? Read this heartfelt humorous novel of family love and loathing and find out.
Cindy R Williams
Beautiful full color picture book with large printed words that tells the story of a boy who didn’t want to get out of bed.
TV Reporter Noelle Frost enjoys life now that she’s free of her abusive ex-husband. She and her young daughter are doing quite well without a man in their lives. Then she meets a giant of a man, six-foot-ten Zave Trayce, a basketball legend. Her trust in men is damaged. Zave seems like the ultimate player on and off the court. She will have to decide if she’s brave enough to risk her heart in the game of love.
The Christmas Frost Series–Finding Joy, Noelle’s Kiss, Holly’s Heart, and Chrissy’s Catch–tells the stories of the four Frost sisters, who overcome heartache, betrayal and ghosts from the past to find true love and bring back the magic of Christmas.
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This is a short story, for a quick spooky read.
Gibbs, a monster destroyer, and his family, move to Arizona, the home of the majestic saguaro cactus. His monster senses kick in the moment he sees the giant cactus living in the front yard of his new house. He knows the towering Saguaro is going to be trouble. A new friend, Caleb, shares the story of a tragic mystery of the disappearance of the entire family that lived there before Gibbs.
Strange and menacing things begin to occur. Gibbs wakes up at midnight, “the monster-hour” to find two burning golden eyes staring at him through his two story high window. Those eyes are attached to the giant saguaro. By the morning, the cactus is back in it’ usual spot in the middle of the front yard.
The next day, a Frisbee knocks off one of its six arms. Gibbs grabs a shovel to scoop it up, but the arm has disappeared, leaving a large dog in it’s place. Caleb identifies the dog as “Cowboy”, the dog that went missing along with the family who used to live there.
Unusual things continue. The lives of those all around them are in danger. Gibbs and his brother must solve the mystery and find out just how tough one has to be to take on a Midnight Cactus.
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NO SUCH THING AS GOBLINS is a short story, for a quick spooky read.
Bracken is a bright ten-year old with an exaggerated fear of goblins. He imagines goblins swarming around outside during thunderstorms. He hates to take showers each evening because everyone knows goblins come out at night. They look for opportunities to get you, especially when you are alone. . . and he is very alone in the shower one stormy night.
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WELCOME TO THE MOTHERHOOD is written by an everyday mother of five children. Learn about key points in parenting through humor and love. A real mother’s guide to getting through motherhood with a smile and some of your wits about you. Pointers on how to get through turbulent times with your children, advice from several generations of mothers, and humorous tried and true mothering techniques.
“BIOHAZARD AREA! Enter at your own risk!” printed on plain white paper with black marker is taped to my teenage son’s bedroom door.
Signs are common in my home, since one of my Motherhood Mottos is “Talk is cheap, signs are priceless.” I have created many signs during the past 33 years of mothering—the kinds of signs that one hangs most often on walls, fridges, doors and occasionally bathroom mirrors.
My fascination with signs started in the early years of raising my five bright and busy children. I drew pictures instead of words, such as hands covered with bubbles to remind them to wash, a half-made bed to prompt them to make their bed and even a picture of a smiling face, meaning “the day will be better if you smile.”
I also made many a chore chart with various point systems. My children used shiny star stickers to mark their own achievements, once they were old enough to not eat the stickers. The most successful system I created was a colorful weekly chore graph where each child could earn brightly wrapped dollar-store toys from a basket. I learned early that the reward system, more commonly known as bribery, is a valuable parenting tool.
As the years have flown by, I have collected witty signs of our time that often became house rules, such as “If you are mean, cranky or irritating, there will be an extra charge for just having to put up with you.”
An old Mother Nature saying that may or may not be true comes to mind:
“Teenagers are why some mothers eat their young.” I did not post this one, although I thought about it a few times.
I’m also a believer in using signs for guests and extended family. One very useful notice reads:
“If you want to see me, drop by any time.
If you want to see my house, make an appointment.”
I’ve also framed quotes of my own creation that I’m convinced, or deluded, will change the course of each of my children’s lives, including:
“Seek the Truth! Tell the truth! Live the Truth!”
“When tempted, ask: What does it do for me? What does it do to me?”
“Tears are the diamonds of life.”
I’m greatly inspired by quotes from Abraham Lincoln. I post them on cupboards and bathroom mirrors. These four speak volumes about what I want my children to identify with and make a part of their personal value system:
“Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.”
“We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it.”
“You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.”
“Whatever you are, be a good one.”
“Return with Honor” a common sign seen in many homes, hangs on the inside of the main door, so the children have a reminder of expectations every time they leave.
Other good, solid, children building quotes that hang in our family room include:
“Faith, Family, Friends”
“Happiness is being married to your best friend.”
“Forever, for always, and no matter what.”
My expertise in sign making seems to have gravitated to signs for bedroom doors. I have often looked into my children’s jungles—I mean bedrooms—and thought how much easier it would be for me to tidy up rather than battle with them to do it themselves. Each time, however, I came to the same realization—I wouldn’t be doing the little darlings any favors if I jumped in and bulldozed the place. I arrived at this ultimate truth a long time ago: I would be derelict in my duties if I did not teach them to take care of their own space.
Prayer and patience are major tools for Moms. Motherhood is one of the greatest most rewarding and worthwhile sacrifice on this planet.
Shailey loves bedtime, especially reading with her dad. But her dad starts a new job, and it gets in the way of their bedtime routine. So Shailey takes action! She fires her dad, posts a Help Wanted sign, and starts interviews immediately. She is thrilled when her favorite characters from fairytales line up to apply. But Sleeping Beauty can’t stay awake, the Gingerbread Man steals her book, and Snow White brings along her whole team. Shailey is running out of options. Is bedtime ruined forever?
When her best friend’s house is threatened with foreclosure, young Annie Jenkins is full of ideas to save the home: selling her appendix on eBay, winning the lottery, facing down the bankers . . . anything to keep Jason from moving. But Jason’s out-of-work dad blows up at the smallest things, and he’s not very happy with Annie’s interventions, which always seem to get them into more trouble. But when Annie tracks a lost treasure to Jason’s backyard, she’s sure the booty will be enough to save Jason’s family. Pirate treasure in the Midwest seems far-fetched, even to Annie, but it could be the answer to all their problems. Now all she has to do is convince Jason. As the two hunt for answers and the pressure gets to Jason and his family, Annie discovers that the best-laid plans aren’t always enough and there are worse things than moving away.
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