When twelve-and-a-half-year-old Nickole Martino’s best friend Sally Malone is brutally murdered in a park in Bedville, Illinois, in October of 1938, Nickole is devastated. The two girls did everything together and shared their innermost secrets. But Sally’s murder is just the beginning of Nickole’s nightmare. A late-night trip to the hospital in Chicago to visit a dying man turns her life upside down.
Nickole discovers the truth about her birth and her real father, Nick Colletti, a man deeply affiliated with the mob. When Colletti dies, Nickole stands to inherit his money and his estate. But before Colletti can die a natural death, someone pulls the trigger. Nickole vows to stop at nothing to avenge not only her father’s murder, but Sally’s as well. What follows is a trail of crime and terror that frightens even the heartiest of the mob men.
A story of crime and revenge, Mafia Queen follows Nickole Martino as she shows everyone who’s boss.
It is 1997 when retired attorney, Austin Wells, receives a desperate phone call from his former friend, Adele Ogden. Her brother, Frankie, has been reported being murdered in Ensenada, Mexico. After Austin reluctantly agrees to accompany her to Mexico to temporarily help sort things out, he has no idea he is about to walk into a complex mystery mired in malice, greed, and betrayal.
With nothing to go on but a phone call from an unknow caller, the two leave San Diego for Mexico to determine if and why Frankie was killed. After finally locating a body in the morgue, Austin and Adele begin gathering facts from the locals and the American Embassy that soon leads them to believe Frankie’s death was part of a larger conspiracy. But it is only when the pair returns to San Diego that they discover that Frankie has bequeathed his property to unlikely recipients, further complicating a mystery that ultimately leads them back in time to World War II and into the depths of the Catholic Church where they uncover a shocking truth about Frankie.
In this murder mystery, the past and present collide with ethical ironies as a secret is unveiled and a tenacious attorney attempts to piece together a conspiracy in time to save its innocent victims from a bleak destiny.
Derek has just spent his sixteenth birthday locked inside Farmstead, a behavior correctional facility for troubled teens. Now, he devotes every waking minute waiting for his girlfriend, Emma, to visit. But when she does not appear day after day, he takes out his frustration on an orderly and the steel door that separates him from everything he knows and loves.
Emma has no idea what has happened to Derek. When she finally learns where he might be from a beloved school counselor, she works through her grief by writing in her journal—addressing Derek as Phoenix. She lovingly wraps a birthday gift for him and takes it to his parents to deliver. As time slowly passes, Derek and Emma attempt to go on with their lives without each other. She thinks he has forgotten her: he thinks she has forgotten him. Six months later when she finally receives a clue as to Derek’s whereabouts, Emma pens a personal ad in the newspaper, hoping he will see it. But as she waits for his response, Emma has no idea that there are people determined to do whatever it takes to alter her destiny with Derek.
Letters to Phoenix shares the tale of a rebellious teen and his one true love as they battle seemingly insurmountable odds to be together.
It has been two years since a tragedy shattered Amanda’s perfect world. After her husband died suddenly, Amanda wondered how she could possibly raise their teenage son, Brett, on her own. But with the help of friends and family, Amanda has survived and Brett has entered college. Now there is just one thing missing in Amanda’s life: love.
When Amanda’s best girlfriend invites her to the Hamptons for a girls’ weekend, she happily embraces the idea of experiencing something new. The morning after Amanda arrives, she heads to the beach for a run and meets Colin, a handsome divorcé who lives two doors down. Their attraction is undeniable, and despite their previous emotional wounds, they jump with both feet into the possibility of love. As the weekend comes to a close, they reluctantly part, not knowing if they are truly ready for each other. But as Amanda heads home and contemplates a future with Colin, she has no idea that someone from her husband’s past is about to appear in her life and change everything.
In this poignant novel, a woman journeys from loss to the chance of love to a tangled web of deception in order to find a new definition of family and inner strength.
One day after her owners open their garage door, Clarabelle, a feisty, sneaky Scottie dog, pushes through their legs, bolts across the driveway, and disappears into the horizon. She is gone!
Clarabelle, who has a mind of her own and does what she wants all the time, loves the dangerous feel of her newfound adventure as her owners make every attempt to wrangle her back into the yard. But before long, they grow tired of Clarabelle’s antics and decide to make dinner. But just as Clarabelle slowly approaches the porch and her owners think they have finally caught her, she teaches them once again that a Scottie is happiest when she is causing mischief.
In this charming picture book, a cute, sneaky, and curious Scottie embarks on a quest for adventure, much to her owners’ dismay.
Former Navy SEAL turned CIA operative, Ryan Parker, is ordered to investigate a threat against the United States government. He is part of a specialized unit of the Counterterrorism Center, and he must track down whoever is responsible for the threat before it’s too late. As he digs into the case, Ryan makes an unfortunate discovery.
He believes the men behind the terrorist plot are his ex-comrades, former Navy SEALs attempting to restore order and balance to corrupt Washington DC. The only way to do so is through violent means— means in which these warriors are frighteningly well versed. Ryan knows from personal experience what these men are capable of.
Ryan has only three days to identify the elite warriors involved and stop their plot. Yet, the further he gets into the investigation, the more Ryan starts to believe the Navy SEALs are in the right. The treasonous conspiracy he is charged to prevent may actually be justified and necessary. With this new information, Ryan must decide which side he’s on.
“ Colter Bostick develops an all too believable tale of conspiracy within the government of the United States… So believable, in fact, that this reader actually wonders if a violent act of sedition might not be possible. Certainly such trained intelligence agents as Bostick presents exist in our time of tension and instability.”
—Frank Kersnowski, author of Conversations with Robert Graves
It is 1934, and Mary Elizabeth Barrett is the youngest of four growing up in Benkleman, Kansas. In a town where there are few secrets, it is quite a surprise when her father, George, uses his wife’s jelly-making money to buy a secondhand touring car and announces they are moving to California. Despite his wife Ruth’s protests, the touring car is packed in a week’s time. Whether they like it or not, the family is on their way to a new beginning.
Five days later, after the family stops in Minton, Colorado, for lunch, Mary Elizabeth’s father hops in the old touring car and tells them he will be right back. While the sun lowers in the sky, Ruth finds a note from George in her pocketbook, telling her that although he has decided to head to California alone, he will be back to get them all eventually. With just over one hundred dollars to their name, Ruth and her four children make a decision: they will stay in Minton. As Mary Elizabeth and her family begin anew, they soon realize that happiness comes in the simplest of moments as they learn to look at challenges as stepping stones and face the harsh reality that George may never return.
The Last Apple on the Tree is a story of trials, perseverance, and family togetherness as a mother and her four children find beauty in their own little garden of life.
Bill Potter, once a hardworking railroad engineer, has fallen on hard times. Despite being disabled from an accident that robbed him of a life free of pain, Bill never forgets to give thanks, even for his meager meals. Without any friends but Tim, a neighborhood boy with a big heart, the old man realizes he is growing tired of his challenges in life and contemplates suicide. But all of that is about to change the day Tim leads Bill to an injured stray dog lying in an alley, seemingly left for dead.
After Bill summons help from a police officer, he and the officer take the dog to a vet, where it appears the prognosis is grim. But the dog’s will to live is stronger than anyone ever imagined, despite losing one of his legs. As the dog slowly improves, Bill finds a place in his heart and his home for the furry animal he names Pete. Almost immediately Bill and Pete become family and share each day with love and dedication, eventually proving that total devotion transcends even life itself.
Three Pete is the unique tale of a poignant relationship between an old disabled man and a three-legged dog as they prove to each other, and the world, that there is no better love than unconditional love.
With one child already at home, Valerie Branch is surprised when she delivers twins on Labor Day of 1961 with her second pregnancy. Rod is predestined to be a mighty hunter, while his sister Carla, is born with the gift of healing. With a strong connection to her brother, she senses when he is in pain or trouble, a gift he doesn’t reciprocate—even when she needs him most.
Challenges arise when this over-protective mom and simplistic father Daniel don’t always see eye-to-eye on raising their free-spirited children. But the family bond holds tight through every new trial and their faith grows stronger even when tragedy brings them to their knees and evil invades their community.
Holding Her Hand narrates a family saga that takes place in rural North Carolina when tobacco farms still ruled the South, when attending church on Sunday morning was the norm, not the exception and when most families were struggling to make it to middle-class status.
Biblical evidence suggests that the Jerusalem Temple ran spies and that spies were involved in following Jesus. From this idea comes the story of Darmud, an agent of the Jerusalem Temple’s spy network whose target is Jesus of Nazareth. In his quest to nail Jesus, he devises the plan that ensnares Judas Iscariot and eventually leads to the Crucifixion.
Darmud is the first in a series of narrators sharing firsthand accounts of encounters with Jesus. Also presenting the viewpoints of a Sanhedrin member, an adulteress, a slave, the Roman procurator, and others, the narrative examines the enemies arrayed against Jesus of Nazareth, as well as the doubters and sinners who eventually supported Him. The story is set against a backdrop of competing cultures—Roman, Jewish, and Greek—that both enriched and corrupted first-century Palestine. It explores how the sophistication and political acuity of Jewish and Roman leaders reacted in the presence of Truth itself.
With humor and insight, this unusual retelling of the Gospel from the standpoint of fallen humanity manages to highlight the struggle between good and evil raging in every man.