In 1988, Vanderbilt University professor John Page and his wife, Julie, move to Paris to accept a one-year teaching appointment. He decides to take advantage of his European location and do some research into his mother’s life in Paris in the 1920s.
He meets an old friend of his mother’s, who refers him to some of their French circle. Excited to find so many good clues into an enduring family mystery, he and Julie meet several of his mother’s friends in Paris. Then he receives a letter that changes everything:
“If you know what is good for you, you will stay away and stop any attempt to dig up the past.”
Spooked but ultimately undaunted, their investigation takes them deeper into his family’s history. They then hear the heartbreaking news that their new friend Claude Picard has been murdered in his Paris apartment. Inspector Jules Lavin of the Surete takes charge of the case. Despite the increased scrutiny, an attempt is made on the life of Picard’s daughter Lily.
John risks his life in Algiers as part of the investigation.
Professor of psychology Wayne Chisholm has been having bad luck lately, although at least some of that is his own fault. Divorce, a house fire, and the deaths of some dear friends have marked his recent past. And now he awakens to find himself inexplicably in a strange land, guided by a woman named Evie.
Evie explains to Wayne that Earth’s history is not what its inhabitants believe. They have no idea they are subjects in the Earth Experiment, a millennia-old effort by the government of the planet Atlantia to save Earth from itself—and from the clutches of the rival world of Satonia. Recent political unrest and debate has arisen on Atlantia, however, and the Earth Experiment is in jeopardy of being halted—which would leave the door open for Satonia to step in and help itself to Earth’s natural resources. Evie is an Atlantian emissary engaged in a last-ditch effort to salvage Earth before it’s too late, and she is looking to Wayne for help.
Against all odds, caught in the interface between the two planets and their agents, Wayne begins to uncover an incredible truth that will change his life forever and that could save the earth—if he can survive long enough.
Going Home is a story of lost and found, a story of a family torn apart by the depression and poverty of the 1930’s. It tells of their struggle to survive and find a place in a new world of dust and despair. This family travels a lifetime to find the home they once knew. In the end death brings them together once more and points them to the road that was always there all along. This is a story the author knows well because he was one of that lost generation.
I thought of many titles for this novel before I decided on ‘Going Home’. I believe that sometime in our lives we have all wished that we could go home to a simple, uncomplicated, warm and loving place we once knew or always hoped to find. I believe that the two words in this title are both a hope and a prayer; it speaks of a universal desire that lives in all of us. Thomas Wolfe looked into his half full glass and remarked, “You can’t go home again”, but even if this is true, hope still lives. No matter where we go in the world we all long to see home again. Truly, in our hearts we are always going home.
Once, long ago, in the deepest parts of a mighty ocean, beautiful mermaids lived in Merland, a magical place surrounded by all sorts of creatures including every kind of fish imaginable, pods of playful dolphins, the grandest and wisest of whales, magnificent shellfish, and abundant sea treasures.
In Merland, the most sought-after treasure by all mermaids was the magic pearl, held by the elusive great oyster. The magic of the pearl was said to offer any mermaid who found it unimaginable beauty and powers beyond belief. It was the dream and desire of every mermaid to discover the great oyster with the magic pearl.
In The Hunt for the Magic Pearl, three beautiful, smart, and fun-loving mermaids embark on a treasure hunt to find the pearl. During their quest, Shimmer, StarFire, and Little SeaStar experience many exciting and dangerous feats. Together, they must find the courage and wisdom to outwit a monstrous, blood-thirsty shark and its band of mermaid killers.
Filled with colorful illustrations, this children’s fantasy book (1st of a series) shares the journey of three orphaned mermaids in the kingdom of Merland—an interactive story that captures the imagination of young girls, parents, teachers, and the young at heart.
In her collection of short stories that are both poignant and amusing, Eva Alexander cleverly places diverse characters in front of everyday challenges that test their emotions, fortitude, and character. Tommy believes he is doing his best his own way. But what no one knows is that he is battling many personal demons. Vicky, a beautiful and talented singer, is about to realize the consequences of placing her trust in the wrong person.
Condos & Condoms is a collection of short stories that celebrates life, friendship, heartache, and joy through a cast of characters who just want to find their way in a challenging world.
Elmer J. Schmo is a very rich man who has everything he wants. Unfortunately, Elmer is bored. After consulting with his advisors, he decides to hold a contest. Whoever has the best idea to alleviate Elmer’s boredom wins one million dollars.
After placing an advertisement in the local newspaper, Elmer weeds through hundreds of letters until he sees a hastily scrawled message on a brown paper bag that asks if he has ever collected ‘tis bottles. Anxious to find the owner of the message, Elmer hires the FBI and the NSA to investigate. Finally they locate the message’s author Our Hero Just Plain Joe, a penniless man without a home or a family who tells them there are four ‘tis bottles scattered throughout the world. After Elmer dangles a two-million-dollar prize in front of Just Plain Joe’s nose, the unlikely hero embarks on a journey to find the first bottle where he soon discovers the quest may be much more difficult than he ever imagined.
The ‘tis Bottle is the humorous short story of a very rich man and a plain hero who come together in a daring effort to find four bottles hidden at the very top and bottom of the earth.
Fifteen-year-old Essence Imani Harris can’t believe it. Her parents have both been called to a fifteen-month military deployment to fight the war in Afghanistan. She, her older brother, and younger sister must leave their home and friends in San Antonio, Texas to live with their aunt and uncle in Mississippi. Essence, nicknamed CeCe, wrestles with this change and the physical separation from both parents. After moving in with their aunt and uncle, the siblings begin to build lives for themselves in Mississippi. CeCe learns her aunt may be infertile, and the couple desperately want children of their own. This situation creates stress for all in household. CeCe holds things together, overcoming the stress and tension through her faith and examples from her mother and her aunt. Recognizing where she is, and not knowing what lies ahead CeCe re-commits her life to Christ, and she is tested by life’s trials. Seemingly, the gates of hell open and CeCe deals with death, loss, and some of her deepest fears. During this trying period, she bonds with her aunt’s parents who become surrogate grandparents to CeCe and her siblings. An answer to prayer, CeCe’s new grandparents help keep the family rooted in Christ and give them needed reality checks. With all that life throws at CeCe,will she find a ray of hope?