Most of us long to share our lives with a special someone. Twenty-five-year-old Violet Swift is no different. She lives a fulfilling life for God and runs the family business with her mother. But while she is mostly content, Violet yearns to meet the man God wants her to spend the rest of her life with. Actor Chris Davidson is just looking for a little peace and quiet when he meets Violet. Could they be God’s match for each other?
In Coming Home, author Marjorie A. Harrison tells the story of a couple who learn the real meaning of true and sacrificial love. On the surface, Violet and Chris may seem not to have a lot in common. And their potential relationship doesn’t come easily. When God places Chris in her path, Violet must choose to follow God’s leading or be influenced by others and her own prideful heart. As for Chris, his world is turned upside down when he meets Violet. Will he listen to the still quiet voice of God, or will he let his sinful nature blind him to what God has planned for his future.
Coming Home is a tale of trial and uncertainty, but it is also one of love, hope, and most important, faith. Trust that God will let you know who the right person is for you. You just have to listen and have faith.
For more than two hundred years, the Tsar’s private and elite soldiers have been the core of order and stability in civilized Russia. The Imperial Life Guards were formed in 1690, and their reputation is legendary.
In southern Ukraine in the 1850s, however, the historic canvas of decay and poisonous alliances are weakening traditional monarchies and governments. Political unrest abounds, and medieval processes are giving way to contemporary acts of insurrection, greed and disloyalty.
Growing up in a small village, young Samuel Orloff is obsessed with learning everything he can about his father’s secret past, the Imperial Life Guards, and their mission. Amid a sea of chaotic change, Samuel’s father rescues Charles Kovnik, an injured Imperial Life Guard, from a creek near their home and nurses him back to life. Now mentored by Charles and bound by inseparable events beyond his control, Samuel discovers life paths are not always chosen as revelations about his family’s history become just as important as the realization for his future.
The Tsar’s Guard is the compelling story of a boy’s coming-of-age journey in mid-nineteenth-century Russia as he attempts to fulfill his dream of becoming one of the Tsar’s trusted Imperial Life Guards.
In a world overrun by demons, the few humans that remain alive face an impossible fight. In the midst of this battle, Father Helder Pont, a young priest finds his way to safety in a church on the East Coast of the United States with two other men of the cloth, Markus Rossi and Gideon McElroy.
Although their situation is desperate, Helder has a plan. He has a medallion with half of an ancient prayer that will eliminate the demonic threat. The other half, unfortunately, is in Rome. Somehow they must make their way across the world to the Vatican. As the men prepare to leave, they encounter a young woman fleeing the demons—and to Helder, at least, she is no stranger. Sita Taylor is the love of his youth, lost when his father sent him to seminary. And now she joins them on their quest to reach Rome—a love that both strengthens him and pulls him in many directions.
Along the way, the group faces danger from both pirates and demon hordes. Only time will tell whether they’ll reach the Vatican alive—or whether the answers they seek will be there if they do.
Katherine Steward’s life takes a tragic turn when her husband is killed in a fiery car crash. A burned body is found inside the car, and it is presumed to be her husband—but the evidence is inconclusive. The police department calls it a case-closed accident, but Katherine can’t move on until she is sure her husband was in that car.
It takes a break-in at the lonely Steward residence to shed additional light on her husband’s death. A new investigator takes her case: Detective Mark Lancer. He will not rest until the break-in culprit is caught. Further suspicions arise when Katherine realizes nothing was taken. What was the motive for the crime?
Both Katherine and Detective Lancer believe that, somehow, the death of her husband is connected to the break-in at her house. The car crash case is reopened, but Katherine is not prepared for the dark secrets further investigation unveils. She follows a sinister, twisted path into a nightmare she never could have imagined.
On the Great Plains, boys nearing manhood have to grow up tough even if their hearts are tender. In this collection of stories based on true events from his boyhood, Gary Reiswig leads others back to the time when the last homesteaders—like his own family—arrived in the Oklahoma Panhandle to claim their pot of gold in the great land rush, the last westward thrust of Manifest Destiny.
A farm boy learns to drive a tractor when he’s nine, castrate and dehorn calves at twelve. After his father points out old trails, the boy realizes that Native Americans hunted buffalo on the very land his family owns and has fenced, where they now pasture their cattle. 2 A strong-headed boy attends a box supper with his parents, and unwittingly helps a tobacco-chewing neighbor, despised by his mother, recognize her box so he can buy it. 2 A boy, small for his age, discovers unexpected danger when he visits the Grand Canyon and hikes the Bright Angel Trail. 2 A beloved uncle heads to Korea to fight in the war leaving his nephew to care for his two-door hardtop. No one has any idea how drastically this separation will alter their relationship.
The stories in Land Rush provide an unforgettable glimpse into the time and place where only the strongest survived and a handshake sealed the deal.
“Gary Reiswig’s strong, unsentimental voice carries us to a time—the fifties—and a place—the Oklahoma Panhandle—that is at once exotic and home with its hard, wounded, beautifully evoked mothers, fathers, and sons trying to survive one another’s love.”
—Robert Lipsyte, author of The Accidental Sportswriter and The Contender
Livie Dunn thinks there could be nothing better than spending the day with Lucas, the hottest boy in school who just happens to be her boyfriend—until her best friend, Molly, is gravely injured in a waterskiing accident instigated by Lucas’s stupidity. As Livie frantically tries to revive Molly on the lakeshore, a stranger suddenly materializes and, with a seemingly magical touch, brings Molly back to life. As quickly as he appears, the handsome stranger vanishes without an explanation.
Left to question her roller coaster relationship with Lucas, Livie cannot stop thinking about the mystery man. After a bizarre dream leads her to encounter the man again, Sam politely asks about Molly and departs, leaving Livie with more questions than answers. But when bad things start to happen around Livie, Sam appears again and tells her she has been chosen. As people begin dying one after the other, her family suddenly disappears. Now it is up to Livie and Sam to save them—that is, if Lucas does not get in the way first.
In this young adult thriller, a teenage girl must rely on her inner-strength and guidance from a mysterious stranger to bring her family back home and somehow survive the evil that has enveloped her town.
“In this family drama, the struggles and triumphs of life are laid bare. The reality and honesty will touch you. Lisbeth Thom has delivered a delicious bedtime read, as effective as coffee and leftover cheesecake — but with none of the calories.”
--Larry Larance, author of
Choctow Bluff, A Better Looking Corpse, and Skidaway Scenes
It is 1955 when sixteen-year-old Tessa Steinbrucker suddenly finds her life turned upside down after her unpredictable, alcoholic mother, Eva Mae, decides to leave their stepfather. Tessa and her older sister, Claudine, sit together on a bus bound for Indianapolis. Upon arrival Tessa realizes she is nothing but a tiny dot in a big city.
As Tessa and Claudine attempt to acclimate to the frenzied Indianapolis pace, their grandfather helps their mother secure an apartment and a job. Introverted Tessa desperately desires a closer relationship with gregarious Claudine. Unfortunately, the only thing they seem to have in common is their concern for their mother, who often pits her daughters against one another. Over the years Eva Mae remarries more than once and continues on a rocky path. But when their mother goes missing, the sisters must decide whether to accept the sordid details of her disappearance. Now only time will tell if their relationship is strong enough to survive this latest tragedy.
Tessa and Claudine is the poignant tale of two sisters and their tumultuous relationship with their troubled mother as they battle their differences and attempt to find acceptance within themselves—and with each other.
This ‘memoir’ is told the best that I remember. The narrator --- that’s me, Jeff Holmes ---will, of course be an ego-alterer. Others, from principals to walk-ons will have a resemblance to real people that may or may not be coincidental.
On the seventh night of a Holy Ghost revival a six-year-old boy has just received the Gift. He is autonomous, he is content, and he is speaking in tongues. He’s been told the Gift would lead and guide him into all truth.While instability, confusion, and rage surround his family and home, the boy grows older and must experience unthinkable acts of violence, and the uncertainty of moving from place to place. The troubled boy seeks refuge in books and learning but oceans of questions flood his mind and he is forced to reckon with a world of myriad coexisting, coequal truths.As years pass, he begins to receive “visitations.” Unwilling to seek council regarding these occurrences, deeper questions emerge: Is it possible that there be a solitary, absolute truth? Is that truth so obvious that it is obscured only by its sheer enormity? Author B.B. Jacobson takes you on a remarkable journey into the life of an unassuming boy in this coming-of-age story of how the power of a calling exceeds the affect of circumstance. The Protocols of Ambiguity is a modern day statement that reveals the potency of a planted seed; it defies the mainstream and lays the challenge at the feet of the avant-garde to return to the root.
“… Hawkins … delivers a novel that mixes the streetwise lingo of vintage pimp fiction together with scathing satirical commentary about the spread of global capitalism, the Hurricane Katrina disaster, and the AIDS crisis in West Africa. A classic worthy of the “Sweets” series.” —Dr. Justin Gifford, Professor of English Literature, University of Nevada, Reno
Peter Wright is clinging to a chimney surrounded by dirty water after Hurricane Katrina hits New Orleans when he first learns that the man he calls his father is not his real daddy. As his mother relays his shocking biological story, Peter discovers that his father is Sweet Peter Deeder II, a master pimp with a well-known reputation.
Eventually rescued and sworn to secrecy by his mother, Peter grows into a street-smart fourteen-year-old who has an overwhelming desire to get to know his biological father. After his mother quietly arranges a month-long visit with his father, Peter heads to Chicago where he begins unveiling his biological history. As Sweet Peter Deeder II introduces Peter to fine cognac, expensive dinners, and his luxurious condo, Peter is provided a glimpse into the lavish lifestyle of a big-time pimp. Now known as Lil’ Sweets, Peter begins a journey through the world of pimping that leads him from Chicago to West Africa to Spain and back again as he explores his options and contemplates his future.
In this multi-layered urban tale, a young African American on a quest for the truth must decide whether to embrace his unusual destiny or return to his old life.
The face and the body with a reflection,
but to life no one is there.
A beating pulse,
a heart of visceral emotions,
warm tears to cry,
a mind of relative thoughts.
As real as an image but unviable to touch,
it must be a human,
it must be a hologram.
Eve Lauren Chilicas invites others to take a cosmic journey into the metaphysics of the mind and soul while she explores the unknown, truths, and phenomena through lyrical verse.
In a style as diverse as her collection, Chilicas brings to life her poetic visions in a broad range of topics that progress through the duality of fact or fiction while uniquely delving into the inner world of thoughts, feelings, and emotions. From a mystic dream to a shooting star and from biblical allegories of our Savior Christ to angels and dark forces to the cosmic universe and spiritual awareness, Chilicas encourages others to cross the dimension into a new world of relative conscience and open their minds to the endless possibilities.
Supernatural shares a collection of poetry that innovatively intertwines personal themes and science fiction elements that offer a means to view the universe in a new way.
Thirteen-year-old Faith Clancy knows there is something mysterious happening at Hollow Hills Middle School, even before she walks through the doors on her first day. But as she begins her eighth grade year, Faith has no idea that something mysterious has been walking the halls of Hollow Hills since the beginning of time.
Faith, whose parents have just divorced, is happy to be rid of the bullies that tormented her at her former school and begin a new chapter in her life. As she eases herself into a routine, Faith is soon recruited into the Hollow Hills Explorers club by her new friends, Dalton, Finn, and Oliver, who tell her their mission is to explore the unknown. One night while on a scientific adventure to observe the blue moon, the explorers unexpectedly encounter an apparition that apparently only Faith has the ability to see. As the group investigates the apparition’s origins, Faith realizes the ghost has taken up residence in her school and dislikes bullies more than she does.
In this young adult mystery, a teenage girl who relies on help from her new adventurous friends and a ghost to take on bullies soon discovers the true meaning of trust, friendship, and believing in herself.