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What would you need to lose in order to find yourself?
Growing up in their elite British private school, three girls became inseparable. Decades later and worlds apart, they’ll soon discover that some bonds last forever.
Liz, an ambitious businesswoman, is beholden to nobody and determined to keep it that way. Emily, a homebody with a countryside cottage, is happy to be surrounded by her family and her crafts. Chrissy, a writer turned realtor, is living the American dream in sunny Los Angeles. But are their lives as perfect as they seem?
A sudden tragedy reunites the childhood friends, but just as they begin to reconnect, their lives are derailed. Each will be forced to re-examine who they are and make some life-altering decisions. Can they embrace their chance for true happiness, or will they continue to be molded by those around them?
In this compelling tale of struggle and redemption, three women learn that when your world turns upside down it's your true friends that lead you back home.
My poetry is a reflection on love, connection, and the time and space those things live in. it's not a world of accepting, it's a world of wonder, and finding moments between one another, that bring out the real in each other. - Christian James Madsen
Grace Evans is a Watcher. A Watcher's job is to protect the future and the past, making sure history happens as it should.
Her next mission, given to her by The Council, is her most demanding yet.
Grace must travel back to the Scottish Highlands of 1746 to stop Highlander Euan Cameron from rejoining the Jacobite Army at all costs and dying in battle at Culloden.
It is a task easier said than done, as Euan is dedicated to his chief and his clan and would rather give up his life in battle than walk away like a coward.
Can Grace save him without breaking all the rules and altering their lives and history forever?
Bunker Hill—lofty promontory in downtown Los Angeles—was once home to the city's elite. Eventually it became a dodgy community of cheap rooms, where vice flourished, until the city wiped the Hill clean for redevelopment. Bunker Noir! chronicles the fabled true crime history of this shadowy, now-lost world.
Tom Davenport crafts a poetically styled world of humor and satire. Each poem takes a personally slanted view of the follies and foibles of modern society and infuses them with witty rancor in the vein of Ambrose Bierce or, more directly, a poetic Michael Moore. You may find yourself walking into work with a new set of eyes.
- James P. Roberts, Author of Famous Wisconsin Authors. His recent work has appeared in Rosebud, Weirdbook, Zingara Poetry Review, Sand Canyon Review and Cacti Fur. He also co-edited, with Marilyn Taylor, the anthology Love Affairs at the Villa Nelle.
WINNER OF TWO NATIONAL BOOK AWARDS: 2020 Nautilus Awards and 2020 National Indie Book Awards.
While to most of the world L.A. represents all that is superficial, deep at its core L.A. is the World Center of Spiritual Awakening. This new book by 4-time author Catherine Auman reveals a surprisingly rich and wide-ranging spiritual history that goes far beyond the stereotypical "new age" image evoked when most people think about the City of Angels.
Easy and fun to read, the book is packed with stunning colorful photos of the many locations connected with the spiritual movements, gurus, cults, authors, preachers and teachers who originated in L.A. Auman's latest work unveils a side of the city previously unknown to most Angelenos.
Would you like to learn why Hollywood is considered a spiritual vortex? Did you know that the entire Pentecostal movement was born when the front porch of a little house in Echo Park collapsed in 1906? Or that one of the men who founded Pasadena's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) was expelled for dabbling in the occult? Rich with detail and birthed from years of research, this book manages to both inform and entertain the reader, page by page.
Guide to Spiritual L.A. isn't just educational or entertaining, it makes you dream about when you'll be able to get out and tour. Auman's book is peppered with city trips as well as Day Trips: tours of the various sites of spiritual significance located across L. A. and even as far as the Desert, Santa Barbara, Ojai and the Southland. Readers can get lost in L.A.'s spiritual history for an hour, a day, or a weekend. Take your time, Los Angeles isn't going anywhere. Sit back in your favorite chair or head out on the road, spiritual L.A. awaits.
"What do you see when you look up at this tree?" TREE SPIRITS is a book written in rhyme which encourages children to develop their imagination, creativity and emotional intelligence. "How do you imagine they/he/she is feeling today?" For parents and grandparents and friends and family it is a fun book to read with the children in their lives. It includes an interactive drawing section. (ages 3-8)
The successes and struggles of influential twentieth century artist Tony D'Orazi are detailed in this first-ever biography, The In-Between Artist: The Story of Tony D'Orazi, from his early years as a child prodigy in Missoula, Montana, to his ascension into an award-winning artist by way of New York City and Chicago and his days working for Disney to ultimately becoming the radio and television personality known as Uncle Tony O'Dare, "the first cartoonist of the air." Tony's personal struggles would repeatedly attempt to derail his artistic ambitions, but the art would always find a way to persevere.
Along his ascent, he would also meet his true love, whom he formed a vaudeville act with, which found them entertaining crowds across America. From there, he became a husband and father of four, who constantly struggled to find balance between his roles as a visual artist and family man, all while battling with severe bouts of mental illness.
This is a portrait of an artist and entertainer which also includes later chapters of his life, in which he went on to become a successful salesman and character actor, all while still pursuing his need to create. In the end, despite all these roles he played and the countless hurdles he faced, Tony remained an artist in between. Ultimately, his story proves that no matter what obstacles he faced, his art always found a way.
“Transitions” is a book of mainstream fiction, written in the tradition of the short stories classics. Like Joseph Conrad, the author of “Transitions” put fictional characters in situations different from his own experiences but suitable to trigger the same or very similar set of emotions when dealing with those situations.
Blending beautiful art and profound insight, this book is a treasure - penetrating, amusing, and sometimes provocative. Its gentle whisper resonates in our hearts, and helps remind us, ground us, and open us to new ways of seeing and experiencing.
“…a celebration of life in all its infinite possibilities" - Lois Henderson, Readers’ Favorite
“… reminiscent of classics such as .. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, The Complete Works of Carlos Castaneda and The Way of the Peaceful Warrior… “ - Lee A. Gooden, Independent Book Reviewer
“Life embracing, visually reflective, thought provoking, spiritually inspiring” - Paul T. Vogel Midwest Book Review
Jeff Chase got caught up in a little supernatural trouble back east a few months back, like big time. Getting bitten by the First Werewolf was as big as it gets. After a period of adjustment, he returned back to his own tea and spice shop in Huntington Beach, California to start life over. But more importantly, he wanted to find others of his kind. After all, werewolves have been around for as long as humans have existed. Surely they're everywhere Maybe hiding. And then he finds them. But they weren't too happy to be found. Jeff soon discovered that having deep roots in the werewolf community is the only thing that matters to a pack, and he has no pack at all. And to make matters worse, he thinks they're responsible for a string of murders being blamed on a local surf gang. He thought he'd get some help from a local Voodoo coven, and one of them in particular is the most beautiful woman he's ever seen... And old Jeff has seen a lot. But he can't reveal his own terrible secret when he learns that werewolves are killed on sight in Haiti where the Voodoo coven comes from. It's up to Jeff to find a murderer, make a choice between joining a pack and belonging somewhere...or falling for a Voodoo witch with deep secrets.
During the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, writer Elizabeth Sobieski transformed her time in isolation into a triumphant expression of style, grace and play while promoting the fashionable use of masks to save lives.
Her book of photographs and essays is historical and will be included in the Costume Institute Library at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Lin Benedek crafts a poetic score, both grand and intimate, in her latest collection, Singing Lessons. I'm awed by her meticulous eye for detail, and what a testament to her powers of recall and observation that she's able to weave an opulent tapestry of examined gesture, dialogue, and mise en sc ne with brief philosophical turns that ground her handiwork in a richly, dark terrain. This book is sumptuous repast for ear and imagination as Benedek pulls us in close to her contemplated world of things and sings us through.
Michelle Bitting, Broken Kingdom
On the brink of a crumbling marriage, Kate Pineda-McDowell runs away from the only life she has ever known-straight into the heart of the Philippines where her estranged father lives. As she waits for her connecting flight from Tokyo to Manila, she meets Liam Walker, whose disquieting stares express deeper things than his reluctant words. Unbeknownst to both, their chance meeting circles back to a closely linked past that holds little hope for new beginnings.
Shortly after arriving in Manila, Kate finds herself drawn to seek out Liam. In a span of a few magical days, what began as a spark ignites into an electric affair that compels Liam to let someone into his silent world while Kate confronts her heartbreaking sorrows. But falling for each other means opening old wounds and revealing their most intimate yearnings.
Emotionally gripping and endearingly hopeful, A Hundred Silent Ways examines the many different paths people take to obtain a second chance at happiness while asking the most heartrending question of all: How much are we willing to endure to keep love alive?
Everyone who's ever seen Shawn Callahan, 12, play baseball is convinced that he'll become a professional pitcher when he grows up. It's his dream. But when Shawn loses his pitching arm to cancer, his hopes for the future are shattered. Because Shawn's health battle has been difficult on all of the Callahans, they rent a lakeside cabin for the entire summer in the hope that spending time away together will help their family get back to normal. While they're there, Shawn attends the local county fair and notices a young woman named Thora Hilliard cutting out silhouettes. In addition to making portraits, pale and silent Thora seems to have a supernatural ability to create silhouettes that depict memories, wishes, and predictions. As Shawn cautiously become friends with this mysterious stranger, he begins to suspect that Thora, too, may have suffered a tragic loss-about a hundred years earlier. If he's right about Thora's seemingly impossible past, Shawn might be the only one who can help her find true happiness again. But, first, he'll have to let go of the anger he's felt ever since his surgery and allow Thora to help him. If he can.
Los Angeles 1929. A beautiful young white woman is found murdered in a house in a poor black neighborhood. The police immediately suspect the black musician who owns the house. But the woman’s past leads Officer Mathieu to suspect the rich and powerful are involved in her death. Will truth or power win out?
"An entertaining and atmospheric detective story with a noir feel. The fast-paced action features unexpected twists that add complexity but not confusion, and the dialogue is brisk and often amusing." - Kirkus
It's 1973. Our nation is torn apart by the Vietnam War, and the massacre of unarmed students at Kent State. The Vice President has resigned for bribery and tax evasion. The President is being investigated for engaging in criminal activity.
At twenty-three, David Reed has become embittered by political strife and corruption. Disenchanted with his future, he wants out. Along with new friends Rusty and Susie, David leaves everything he knows to cross the United States with little more than his bicycle and camera.
The trio gets more than they bargain for, with menacing animals, extreme weather, and astonishing encounters. Uphill and Into the Wind recounts an odyssey that spans 5420 miles on bicycles. It chronicles the sudden and surprising glories of nature, the raw beauty of the land, and the majesty of the mountains. But that is just the start. Through it all, the three are changed forever, in ways they did not expect, by their long journey into the unknown.
Dear Parents, When was the last time your children asked to help around the house? Folding laundry, gardening or washing your car? Did you hesitate? Did you picture the worst? Those little faces, full of confidence and determination, "I can do it!" - it made your heart melt! You want them to help and you love it when they ask... BUT... sometimes helping turns into a bigger mess and more work. Find out how Mia and Mateo are going to help their Dad washing his car and all the adventures of the day!
In this satirical journey through the chic lunch spots in L.A. in the 1990s, newly-divorced Danielle Wiffard navigates a maze of romantic, sexual, and musical encounters with celebrities and socialites, from a symphony maestro to a big-hatted country crooner, from a self-obsessed TV talk show host to a has-been teen idol, and a series of fleeting ecstasies and personal and natural disasters. Her lunchtime liaisons and a gaggle of gossips keep an eye on her and an eye on the gar on's hindquarters as together they refine the Art of Lunch.
HIGHER TEST SCORES WITH LESS STRESS - HERE ARE THE TOOLS.
This is an essential book for students in high school and college and anyone preparing for an important exam.
Many students struggle with test taking: distractions, stress, fear, and trouble concentrating are the chief culprits. Even if you don't struggle, you may still want to improve your test scores.
Researchers have found that practicing mindfulness can boost your performance and test scores. And this book will show you how.
In this groundbreaking book designed for busy students, you will learn exactly how to use mindfulness to:
- Improve your focus
- Overcome test anxiety
- Release stress
- Increase your test scores
By following the simple steps in this book, you can study smarter and perform better on every test and even enjoy the process.
Lights. Camera. Revolution.
Stephen Krawczyk is a Hollywood dreamer. He's on his way to Belgrade, the Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia, to direct his first feature film, the start of his career as Stephen Crawford, Director and Hollywood Legend.
The production is his first-and possibly his last-chance to make something of himself as a filmmaker. He's also in a struggle to redeem himself with those he loves.
The movie he'll be directing is an ultra-low-budget horror flick that he hopes to turn into a cinematic masterpiece. However, with the rise of Slobodan Milosevic and the fall of Communism, the country behind the Iron Curtain in which the shoot takes place is about to explode into brutal warring fragments. Revolution, duplicitous producers, rebellious actors, colliding cultures-a maelstrom of conflict lies ahead. But worst of all, this stranger in a strange land must face the consequences of betrayal.
A rich exploration of friendship and heartache in the Midwest." - Kirkus ReviewsVal Van Dyke has just won a cruise to Alaska - and it couldn't come at a better time for this rural Wisconsinite. On the verge of turning the big 5-0, the former world traveler has found herself constrained in recent years - by her job and her marriage to a much younger husband, who has grown as distant as the far-flung places to which she once traveled. Her lifelong friends are facing similar ruts. Former prom queen Crystal Brenner now tips the scale at three-hundred pounds and has to balance taking care of a child with Down syndrome and a verbally abusive live-in-father. Penny Hansen, who has that typical "middle child" mentality of appeasing everyone, finds herself constantly at war with her obstinate teenage daughter. So, when Val invites Crystal and Penny to join her on the cruise, it offers the friends a welcome respite from their daily routine and the exciting chance to revisit the carefree days of their youth. But as they prepare to embark on their vacation, things begin to unravel in their personal lives, leading them to reassess choices, reveal long-held secrets and confront a life-or-death crisis that will change their friendship forever. "Alternately humorous and heartbreaking, the novel is an incisive triple portrait of the way small choices shape the courses of people's lives." - Kirkus Reviews.
Fiction. Poetry. California Interest. It's California in 1983. A woman pulls an IV out of her arm, walks out of the hospital and starts driving north. She is bleeding and nauseous. There is something in the trunk of her Datsun and it's rotting. FUGITIVE ASSEMBLAGE is lyric noir pieced together from remnant words and the blind turns of Highway 1. This haunted and haunting novel renders sensation through images and evokes grief in a dis/harmony of ghostly voices conjured from geology texts, poetry, family history, personal trauma and from women's diaries of the "westward journey.