It's Christmastime, 1950, in the affluent Manhattan suburb of New Canaan, Connecticut. Bennie Grant leaves her life as a trophy wife of a successful man to follow her dream of being a director on Broadway. The rub is a custody battle over her young daughter. There are hurdles: Will's meddling mother, Bennie's confessed affair with her best friend, Alice, and Will's fight to keep Bennie at any cost. What could make things more complicated? Bennie meets a charismatic woman, Laura, to whom she is irresistibly attracted.
The stone-age, cave-like beings of Zeon have certain death coming straight at them in the form of the neighboring planet Tareon. Zeon and Tareon orbit their sun in opposite directions, and every time they pass each other, Tareon draws Zeon closer and closer to Tareons own orbit path. With no technology and only just beginning to discover electricity, the Zeons have no chance for survival. Follow the family of Kairn; his wife, Rayelle; teenage daughter Evene; and younger son Trillo as they and the other two million Zeons try to survive the convergence of planets. When Gods War (Roman Candle) is a war of worldsnot between the peoples of those worlds but between the planets themselves. And the two million simple beings of Zeon are caught in the middle. With no technology and no hope, all two million Zeons just might die, until one day, a lucky few of them discover something that just might change everything.
"Suicide: A Critical Inquiry" is a selection of 3 essays and 1 prose poem centering on the subject of suicide.
Four men conspire to come up with a scheme - that really only empties their bank accounts - so each can go out on an extravagant date with Clover, the Woman of Their Dreams.
During the dates, each masquerades as a rich and important man to impress Clover, hoping she will fall madly in love with one of them.
As each man arrives at Clover's apartment to pick her up for their date, the poor guy is sabotaged by Clover's next-door neighbor. The four unsuspecting, tea-totaling men are given substances that alter their already peculiar personalities. As a result, while on their dates, each man displays buffoonery that's so bizarre, silly, and shocking to everyone present that each date turns into comic disaster.
Payback comes swiftly during a dinner party hosted by Clover. The four men play a series of practical jokes on Clover's next-door neighbor, resulting in the man's humiliation, as well as comic relief for the other guests at the party. But will any of the Romeos end up with the girl?
Jack Metzger is fleeing from Singapore, hunted and on the run. Landing on Molokai, he steals another man's identity. With that new life he finds redemption and purpose. But will those who have trusted him forgive his years of deception?
Peter Wells discovers an old portrait in a Washington, D.C. antique store that he believes has not only been painted by John Singer Sargent, but the Victorian lady's delicate features so intrigue him that he offers to buy it. The antique dealer refuses to sell the painting until it's authenticated. Thus, Peter begins a quest to learn more about this breathtaking beauty. Is this the face of someone he recognizes? SARGENT'S LADY is a story of love, sacrifice, and survival from the late 1800's - 1950's throughout the United States and Europe. After a clandestine love affair in Paris, Maud Driscoll, a Boston debutante, finds herself alone and pregnant, only to learn the baby's father has been murdered. As an aspiring young artist, Maud is forced by Victorian convention to relinquish her baby at birth. She continues studying and painting until the outbreak of the Great War when she returns to the United States. Several years later, Maud marries a prominent Boston scion but discovers her marriage a farce. Not wanting to face any public humiliation or gossip, she returns to Europe, this time to Italy. The subsequent years bring her worldwide fame through her artwork. She finds love and marries a baron. At the onset of WWII, the Nazis commandeer their home, destroying all the vineyards, and the winery. Maud and her husband, Giovanni, work as servants to survive the shattering onslaught. They stay alive, dreaming they can begin a new life in California. Post war, Maud's life takes a dramatic turn. She finds her son and discovers he married the daughter of her best friend. The families unite in love and in common interests as they plant vineyards, and build a winery. Will history repeat itself?
Upon hearing that a freak wave has destroyed a nuclear research facility across the ocean, most people would be unconcerned. Well, concern might be the least of one's problems, particularly if the destruction caused by the wave leads to a radioactive debris pile floating all the way across the ocean, only to hit the west coast of our beloved county at the exact time and location a gigantic, devastating storm slams into a modern metropolitan city. As one would expect, cows and seagulls are mutated, and a night of bizarre battling ensues. The new book, Cowphoon, recounts the adventures of that horrific and hilarious event, in an absurd tale of mooing and mayhem. Readers will be captivated by the fast-paced battle between cattle, gulls, humans, and yes, even aliens They'll delight in the comical adventures of the kindly beat-cop and his sunglasses-laden citizen-deputy. They'll marvel at the amazing mutations of both bovine and bird. And, in the end, be enthralled by the thrilling showdown at the Cow Palace, where farmers, bikers, celebrity impersonators and surfers gather in an attempt to save the day. Cowphoon is the latest addition to the burgeoning Comedy, Horror, Adventure, Ridiculous Novella category, and is guaranteed to be a wonderful read for folks of all ages. Plus, see how many of the more than 230 cow references; masterfully woven into and hidden throughout the next, great comedy adventure novel, you can find.
Epimetheus dreams of homecoming: of a life-giving career, of affordable housing, of shelter beyond refuge in his beloved '68 Ford Falcon ...
Quite by chance, I uncovered family secrets that had been buried and skillfully guarded for close to a century. Yet hidden beneath the lies and secrets -- and far more startling -- was the truth. Acquiring that truth, was a journey of discovery for me, which led me to write, AMAZING GRACIE. In the telling of my grandmother's story, I reveal a woman far more complex than I ever could have imagined. A woman, much to my surprise, I barely knew, despite what I had believed to be the closest relationship in my life.
Covering all aspects of the kidney transplantation process, in easy to understand and patient friendly dialogue, this engaging book will allow the reader to make a well-informed decision in their health care. Discussion of the evaluation process for pre-transplantation for the recipient as well as potential living donors, cadaveric donor options, the transplant hospitalization course, and post-transplantation expectations. This book elaborates on everything that the patient needs to know in terms of the issues, benefits, and potential complications, of pursuing the option of renal transplantation.
“People think Alcoholics Anonymous is for drunks. It’s not. It’s for us, the real drinkers. The blood drinkers. All the rest of those meetings are just for show.” Los Angeles, 1948. Detective Jack Strayhorn is killed while chasing down a suspect in the Black Dahlia murders all by himself. Los Angeles, 2010. Jack Strayhorn is back in L.A. as a private investigator with a simple mission: catch the bad guys and try not to kill any innocent people along the way. To him and his kind, human blood is the strongest drug in the world. Fortunately for Jack, he found the secret group within AA dedicated to helping Vampires survive the madness and destruction of their disease. When a city councilmember with ties to a drug-dealing Fae clan is found dead in his home and the woman lying next to him is Jack’s current missing person’s case, tracking down the ghostlike hitman will test him like nothing before. But this time, Jack won’t be alone. With the help of his unique powers of investigation, his magically talented friends, and a Medical Examiner with a few secrets of her own, Jack will face down a gang of outlaw biker werewolves, spell-casting Fae high on pixie dust, and an underground order of Vampires intent on ruling the world. As Jack learned long ago, the only way to get through eternity is one death a time.
Peril awaits siblings Hans and Esther Bernsteen as the threat of a fascist Europe looms over 1939 Amsterdam. Separated by the choices they make, each lives a life of secrets and lies in the search for a path to survival. In a fit of temper, Esther destroys her U.S. Immigration Visa and consigns herself to years in Bergen Belsen where she seduces her SS captor from lust into love. Her brother Hans seeks his fortune in the U.S. and discovers his gift for investigation. Hans becomes a lone wolf, dropped by the U.S. Army into Axis territory with a camera, no ID, and no weapon. Their twisted trails intersect as espionage and treachery follow brother and sister to a new home.
Imagine living in a land of gardens, in a place called Whispering Gardens. One day you discover that the myths and legends your grandfather told you are true. Fairies are real. Nature is ruled by magic. And we all possess magical powers that we may discover - if we just learn how to listen to “the Whispers.”
After spending a few years in America, Lloyd Fox, a classical pianist, has returned to England in the year 1922 to study music composition at Oxford University. Upon his arrival, he reunites with Charles Atwood, his arrogant and affluent friend who served with him during the war. To Lloyd's dismay, Charles insists that in a post-war society, jazz music is going to revolutionize the future of all entertainment in England. Lloyd, however, is not convinced and takes quietly to transforming his experiences from the war into haunting compositions. Full of remorse from the war, a war in which his younger brother died in the deadliest battle of The Great War, The Battle of Somme, Lloyd tries to find the happiness that the rest of society has seemed to find so easily. It isn't until Charles takes an interest in a spunky and well-educated girl from Ireland, the independent and musical Cherry, that Lloyd begins to face his deepest and darkest secrets from before and during the war. In a series of unforeseeable events, Lloyd and Cherry are forced to face a secret of their past that intertwines together in a way that neither of them could have ever predicted. As Charles takes to touring with an American jazz band all throughout England, Lloyd will have to determine whether he will live in the past or move forward with the times.
How many sounds rhyme with "oo"?
From the rooster's crow in the morning until Mommy tucks her son in at night, "Ooo" takes the young reader through a day of words ending in "oo."
In 1889, a teenage seminary student in the Basque Country of France receives a letter from his powerful uncle in California to come join him and quickly agrees. His uncle, a man referred to as The King of Calabasas for his control of thousands of acres, needs an heir. Unfortunately for the young Jean Baptiste Leonis, his uncle is killed shortly after his nephew's arrival. The young man was left without any benefit of his uncle's estate and must start again in a land of strangers. Fifteen years later, the young man, now known as J. B., starts a unique city--first focused on booze and sports then on building factories and jobs, but like so many, he was never interested in the family homes and neighborhoods of other developers. His rise to power in twentieth-century California and the riches that came with his hard work and vision were met with praise, attacks, and family scandal. He remained stubbornly true to his vision till his last breath.
James Flynn is an expert shot, a black belt in karate, fluent in four languages and irresistible to women. He's also a heavily medicated patient in a Los Angeles psychiatric hospital. Flynn believes his locked ward is the headquarters of Her Majesty's Secret Service and that he is a secret agent with a license to kill.
When the hospital is acquired by a new HMO, Flynn is convinced that the Secret Service has been infiltrated by the enemy. He escapes to save the day, and in the process, Flynn kidnaps a young Hispanic orderly named Sancho.
An LA Parent Magazine Editor’s Pick
A story about a little girl, who through her love for photography, discovers herself to be a hero.
There's a hero in all of us.
Welcome to the exciting world of Dasha Flash®, where anything can happen! Today Dasha is having fun at the park with her two best friends. She's taking pictures of everyone and everything. Click. Click. Click. Oh no! There's something wrong. Will this adventurous girl save the day? Find out in this compassionate and endearing story about friends, family, community and discovering the hero within us all.
"This book is changing the narrative of the superhero into one that's more accessible for kids and the people in their everyday lives." - LA Parent Magazine
Hanna Krusher, a sixteen year old girl, starts to have tremors throughout her body. The family physician and Optometrist Dr. Myron Quiggley notice abnormalities in Hanna's MRI scan and seek the expert advice of Neurologist and ESP expert Dr. Cloe Steinbek. Upon inspecting Hanna's scans, Dr. Steinbek becomes suspicious of high level telepathy and requests further testing and a meeting with her. A mysterious stranger gives Dr. Steinbek an Egyptian style pendant and odd dreams and occurrences follow. Soon the lives of Dr. Quiggley and Dr. Steinbek spiral into a dangerous new direction. Eventually the truth is revealed; several alien races have been intertwined and living among humans for thousands of years. It is also revealed that many lives on the Planet Earth are in immediate danger and Hanna Krusher is the only person equipped to save the human race.
Jess is the international personal branding expert, who is the creative force behind Media 2x3, a U.S. based media-company that develops and packages personality, entrepreneurial, and media talent. His celebrity insight stems from extensive experience as a producer and interviewer for celebrity-driven television programs. Creator of The A FactorTM, Jess coaches individuals to tap into their own star qualities, including creative and corporate executives, TEDx speakers, celebrities, and on-air presenters from Disney, HGTV, ABC, and other entertainment brands. He lives in Los Angeles and works throughout the U.S. and Asia.
Stage Fright Free talks about how many musicians, athletes, public speakers, and other public performers have dealt with jitters. To understand what to do when you have an adrenaline rush, ways to make it your friend and use it as a positive force. Many people can get the shakes, diarrhea, head rushing and feelings of faintness and overall nervousness. We need to understand many of these feelings are part of performance and can actually press us into doing "supernatural things." This book has tips for performing or just speaking out loud to a room full of people that perhaps no one ever told you.
"This is a Woogilyboo. This is HOT lava. This is the Woogilyboo standing on a rock surrounded by hot lava."
Enter the lava-filled world of the Woogilyboo Follow his crazy journey as he navigates past weird creatures, up through lava caves and into new and unknown lands. This funny tale, co-written by a father and young son, is a highly original story sure to delight little (and big) readers.
A man who robbed banks to eat on the mean streets of San Diego no longer needs banks because of his steady success in Bitcoin trading and other cryptocurrencies. Richard Stanley was known as the "Skinny Bandit"-a bank robber who targeted San Diego area banks. Meticulous and calculating, he continually evaded capture and grew brazen with each additional heist in the early 2000s. Another man who resembled the Bandit was even taken into custody and almost charged.
The robberies continued, and it appeared that the FBI would never catch the elusive yet polite robber who went from teller to teller saying, "Put the money on the counter..." and walked away with thousands in cash in a clear plastic bag. Upon his sudden arrest, the shocking truth was finally revealed when this criminal mastermind who repeatedly outwitted authorities turned out to be eighteen-year-old Richard Stanley, a whiter-than-cocaine kid from the Hispanic gang-filled streets of Otay in San Diego.
Today, the Skinny Bandit is a successful entrepreneur, in legit business in the adult marketing world, and a day trader in bitcoin cryptocurrency.
In this revealing memoir the author, a psychotherapist specializing in eating disorders, adds to the knowledge about hunger by tracing her own struggles, and in the course of this journey she redefines for herself and the reader the meaning of wanting more.
For years, Kirk Preston, a practicing criminal defense attorney in downtown Los Angeles, has focused on his career, when out of the blue, the love of his life who jilted him long ago, calls to say her brother has been arrested for murder. Does he risk being wounded again or does he jump in and try to help?