"The collection strongly recalls the conflicted, masculine themes and anxieties of John Updike, Saul Bellow, and Phillip Roth, but mostly Updike."-- KIRKUS REVIEW
Witty and transparent, Ackerman uses a bold prose to weave his short stories together. A recurring theme is the aftermath of divorce, which can do a number on the human mind. But overall, love fills the pages---lost love, love between a parent and child, love at first sight, and even forbidden love. Each story will make you think, feel and question.
"Vibiana Aparicio-Chamberlin stories and poetry feed your heart, mind, and soul with the Indigenous, Mexican, and Chicano realities of life for a young girl growing up in East Los Angeles in the late 40’s. The book spans East LA of the past to today’s Pasadena, California, where the author’s ninety-eight year old mother, Chabela, fantasizes that her deceased husband of 35 years comes to her every night for a homemade dinner. The struggle of this Mexican American family with its births, deaths, hunger, and neighborhood gangs is centered around the author’s parents, Chabela and Caro who perplex her with their passionate love-jealous relationship. I couldn’t put it down."
- Rosalio Urias Muñoz, Historian, UCLA
“Saturnian Tonsure” is an anthology of prose poems which explore the topics of God, spiritual conflict, personal dilemma, art and beauty, revolt and integration, and civilization. It is written in the tradition of Villon’s work, Baudelaire’s “Flowers of Evil”, Lautréamont’s “Maldoror”, and Rimbaud’s “A Season in Hell”.
BIG:Crisis begins as the Arab Spring ignites. Duncan Luke is back as head of the newly created Bingham Intelligence Group, working with the frustrating and beguiling Ghislaine Bingham. Duncan's life is in chaos, Bingham's future is uncertain and grave danger lurks in the company's new oil investment. London, Paris and a tiny African island nation take center stage as Duncan must again set out on a trek around the globe while life with his son, Sam, hangs in the balance.
Let’s take a trip down memory lane as this book jogs your memory and helps you relive the special things you shared with your grandma. Be inspired by My Caribbean Grandma and follow her on a cultural journey from the rural hills of Jamaica, to the big city market to sell her wares.
Looking for Clara explores two friendships that deeply affect the life of Clara, a young attorney in search of something she cannot fully explain, something just out of her grasp. The bulk of the story takes place in Siena, Tuscany, and it dances around the themes of life and its complexities, dreams and challenges, love and loss.
Winter in Chicago is a mystery set in 1975 Chicago which pays tribute to women who broke glass ceilings in that era and celebrates the last great days of rock and roll on AM radio. David M. Hamlin’s first novel is filled with a cast of eccentric characters including deejays, broadcast consultants, Chicago’s rich and famous, a couple of cab drivers, a bit-part actress and Mayor Richard J. Daley. At the center of it all, a determined radio reporter employs her considerable talent and skill to chase down an explosive story in the face of adversity at every turn.
This collection of poetry and prose reflects the bleak state of present-day Athens and reminds the reader there is nothing new about Greece’s suffering. Combining present observations with portraits of Greek musicians and writers, Holst-Warhaft’s book is both a peon of praise for the music and poetry the author first discovered in the Greece of the 1960’s, and a reminder of how much the country has changed since it returned to democracy in 1974. This eclectic compilation of poetry, prose, translation, memoir, and songs captures the enigmatic, hybrid nature of Greece, a country that has always had the ability to create extraordinary beauty out of suffering.
“The good spy dies twice,” the cryptic final words from a condemned death row inmate, draw Jake Boxer, one-time king of cable news, out of retirement, setting him on a collision course with a conspiracy involving his secretive wife, a depraved New World Order, and the “guests” at a posh ski resort.
Jason Connor, curator of a Southern California museum, is driven to discover the origin of an ancient statue of Athena that the museum plans to purchase. Connor's search for answers takes him deep into the world of stolen art and fakery on a path that, as he discovers, may cost him his life.
Collection of poetry that digs deep beneath what is seen every day and explores the inner-workings of the soul…By constantly changing her form verse structure, and voice, we get a full picture…one who is delving into her past, trying to gain an understanding of life’s journey through the use of her lyrics and words.
In this vivid memoir, David as an adult has recreated for you what this simple town was like back then: the people, the customs, bullfights and flamenco, the sudden influx of hard partying expats, the celebrities, the pretty and even the not so pretty parts. He has reached back in his memory to a time and place long gone by, to give you a chance to experience what life was like in coastal Spain back then, through the wide open eyes of a bewildered would be All-American kid.
A cascading adventure of discovery, intrigue, and romance, He Can See Heaven tells the tale of Ellen Shea, an intrepid graduate student on a perilous search through exotic locales for a trove of lost scrolls. Penned by Saint Papias and known to history as the Logia, the scrolls are the first record of Jesus, eyewitness accounts older and truer than the New Testament. They unveil a new perspective of the man-god and predict the coming of a doomsday prophet, the Hierophant, the one who can see heaven.
"I love adventures like this one where the kids figure it out! And I love the world you created. I love your writing style. It is always easy to tell when an author spends time with their writing. It is obvious that you have done a significant amount of planning and preparation in crafting your work. Throughout your story you keep the reader engaged, slowly making your way through your story with details and a voice that allows your reader to interact with the characters (who are nicely developed and easy to identify with). So many authors rush through their stories without really developing them. Without good characterization a story is flat and lifeless. This is not the case with your work - you have crafted an excellent piece here."
- Rae Morgan, Manuscript Review from Outskirts Press, Inc.
In Liberation Is Imperative, Kevin Knight goes beyond the practical guide to achieving success in your life by providing enlightening and innovative principles that challenge and empower you to overcome obstacles, run after your dreams and fulfill your divine destiny. If you are ready to pursue your greatness, Liberation Is Imperative is an essential resource for you to escape the mediocrity within your life and to start living on purpose.
This is a story about love and loss. This full-color book is a collection of poems and landscape photographs--all written, shot, and arranged by the author.
Composed in the style of a memoir, she shares her experiences through words and photos. This window into her emotions reveals the dark side of love as it narrates the journey through relationships, friendships, it's-complicated-ships, and self-identity. But really, it's a story about finding beauty in pain through growth.
Photographs include: Yosemite NP; Antelope Island SP; Anza-Borrego Desert SP; Death Valley NP; Glacier NP; Grand Teton NP; Lake Tahoe, CA; Los Angeles, CA; Olympic NP; Pacific NW beaches; Yellowstone NP; and more.
All proceeds from the first year of publication through Sep 2017 will be donated to:
- National Parks Conservation Association
- National YoungArts Foundation
Together, actress Dee Wallace and Keith Malinsky have created a gorgeous children’s book about heartfelt wishes fulfilled and the true meaning of happiness. Although this delightful tale (complemented by Emily Owen’s whimsical illustrations) is basically about a little girl making a profound wish on a magical dandelion seed, the real story is about sharing your light with the world, and how it all comes back around to bless you.
With beautiful uncrowded beaches, citizens who are happy to say hello, Carlsbad California seems like the ideal destination. But the winds of change have picked up a devilish "Santa Ana" that will play havoc with the various townspeople to force them to make choices they would never consider.
A book of tanka poetry with photos and illustrations inspired by the poetry. The illustrations can be colored in by readers.
"In this fun and whimsical book, Genie Nakano has collected 21 tanka sequences that are lighthearted and playful, written in a tone that should appeal to both young and old. The cherry on top: graphic artist Alvin Takamori’s delightful, “ready to color” illustrations, creating a book that is interactive on more than one level. Color me engaged."
a fresh page
to turn and write on
coming soon . . .
clear the air
I’m sprouting wings
—from the opening sequence “A New Year”
- Margaret Dournas, Reviews, editor of Ribbons Tanka Journal
Harriet the hamster and her family have been living at the pet store for what seems like forever! Philadelphia is a sweet eight-year-old girl who's been yearning for a hamster companion. Both Harriet and Philadelphia share much in common, including the love of shopping, dancing, and spending time with family. Will the two of them ever meet? Here's their story.
Crawfrere the Crawfish lives on a Louisiana bayou and dreams of winning a spot for him and his very special friends on a float in the Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans! His pals/classmates, Creole the Catfish, Saute' the Shrimp, Pecan the Pelican and Oculo the Oyster are different than the other kids. Their adventure encompasses the qualities of compassion, love, acceptance, caring and tolerance that we all have in ourselves. The sky's the limit when hoping to attain your dreams. Enjoy their adventure!!
Crawfrere the Crawfish lives on a Louisiana bayou and dreams of winning a spot for him and his very, very special friends on a float in the Mardi Gras parade. Now famous, they're on their way to Carnival in Rio!
Prepare yourself for this raw and honest account of the author’s experience of caring for his mother in his home for ten years, including the end of life sequences involved. This emotional testimony is the definition of love itself, demonstrated in the care provided, but also shows the stresses and strains put upon the caregiver. The goal of this book is to help caregivers avoid the negative effect of these feelings and to assure that the family member receives excellent care until the very end of life.
The future belongs to those who dare...to envision the future, treat their vision as fact, and take responsibility for translating their vision into reality!
Those provocative words spoken by Raymond Rood, Founder of The Genysys Group, set author Priscilla Rose on an unexpected journey of self-discovery, vision, and choice. Rose shares the tools of Strategic Futuring—anchored in sociological research, human development principles, and adult learning theories—through her own story, as a way of both passing forward the wisdom of Genysys Founder Raymond Rood and inviting others to engage their own daring stores.
What does it take to survive, to create possibilities and a future when it seems like there is none? Those are the lessons Amin shares with us through the pages of his book. He paints a picture of his stark reality as a street boy in India. But there is so much more. Both his determination and his dreams linked with the compassion and generosity of others give birth to new life and hope. “I Am Because of You” is a testimony to this journey? It speaks of the possibilities that can be born out of darkness and the lesson of what a positive spirit can achieve.
Young girls and young boys often dream of owning a pony or learning to ride their very own horse. Midway Dreams is a story about a young pony that dreams big dreams, which will hopefully encourage young girls and boys to chase their dreams.
In 1877, with the Civil War’s depredations still a distinct memory for much of America, the U.S. Senate adjourned for a day so that its members might attend a horse race, one that pitted the best runners in the North against a legendary thoroughbred from Kentucky, a former slave state. The Great Sweepstakes of 1877 tells the story of those difficult days in America, and of an iconic sporting event that made front-page headlines throughout the nation.
Payback is a powerful thing...
Actor and bartender, Tyler West experiences a sudden streak of luck -- winning poker games. Determined to change his life, he enters the World Series of Poker. His life is suddenly turned upside down when the Russian mafia fronts him 1.5 million dollars to play at the tables. And then...he loses.
Now on the ride of his life, deceit and deception are his key to uncovering the truth. He must recoup the money, but will it come at a price? Can he stay alive long enough or will his time run out?
An entertaining collection of Ghost Stories, each with a different twist. Lilly the Witch, casts a secret spell. You Burnt Me, a Crime, thriller. The Bartender’s Aperitif, It’s Happy Hour with World War II ghost stories. Shadows, in the Dragon’s Triangle,and Sara solves a cold case.
Check It Off! Pave Your Way through College to Career is an excellent resource for high-school students entering college and a great read for parents too. Vera Teller, a college lecturer of first-year seminars, shows readers what they need to do in college to prepare themselves to seek employment and obtain a career once graduated. Check It Off provides a proactive approach to career planning that steers the student to explore activities in preparation of a career and career direction.
In this second book of the Langsford series, LORD LANGSFORD visits San Francisco where he encounters SALLY BAXTER, a beautiful ranch girl who packs a pistol in her purse, seeking justice for the murder of her brother. Langsford discovers politics behind the guns, setting the wheels in motion for this fast-paced mystery.
In this gripping and intimate, self-told account, Corinna Yeager recounts in vivid and engaging narrative the trying, emotional, and sometimes dangerous process she experienced of attempting to make a new life for herself and her young daughter. A Filipino native, Corinna chose to leave the Philippines and come to the United States as a result of her childhood and young adult years full of pain and heartache. That decision launched her into an encounter with the U.S. government that was life-changing and resulted in a new path covered by the hand of God and leading to amazing graces.