Revisiting the past is hard to do when you’re a child of domestic violence. Jessica Thomas-Shell comes from a long line of people who suffered from domestic violence, childhood abuse, emotional abuse, and mental disorders. But she is resilient.
Her life was moving full speed ahead until a family tragedy reopened old wounds. The hidden scars that simmered beneath the surface began to manifest in weird ways. Going through the grieving process and confronting a shameful past was the least of her worries. This family tragedy forced Jessica to look deep into her roots--the daughter of a miser and a murderer, the paternal granddaughter of a root worker and an adulterer, and the maternal granddaughter of a lonely man who harbored too many secrets.
Her search starts with the American flag. Those vibrant colors of red, white, and blue will become a dark hue for Jessica when she discovers the truth about her family’s history, revealing the ugly side of life. A story of self-discovery and closure. Jessica’s journey rocks her Edgefield community, and at the same time throws a boomerang back to the Keystone State.
This is the story of a man brought up on a Connecticut farm who decided to specialize in environmental law.
While attending college and law school, he worked for a tree surgery firm and learned all he could about physiology, anatomy, pathology, and the survival and reproductive strategies of trees. He particularly enjoyed visiting a botanical garden for trees near his school and read as much about trees as he did about law.
After graduating, he was lucky enough to join a firm in White Plains, New York, where he worked on numerous cases involving environmental issues that included trees.
Yearning to do more, however, he founded a nonprofit organization and made it his mission to protect trees: His first case involved Mr. Elm, a majestic elm tree in the Town of Carpen.
Mr. Grevis, the landowner, wanted to chop down the tree because of its falling leaves and sap droppings. But the lawyer refused to back down, taking him to court to save Mr. Elm.
The stakes are high in this courtroom drama, and the final decision rests with the jury in The People Versus the Tree.
Eighteen-year-old Annabelle Lewis has been haunted by nightmares ever since she can remember. When she was young, her mother kept the terror at bay. Unfortunately now that her mother is gone, no one can help Annabelle but herself as the monsters who haunt her nightly step into reality and test her sanity. Something dark is rising in the small town of Wells Park.
When the Cohine family moves into town, Annabelle’s long-held beliefs are soon altered. Captivated by the youngest brother, Jaden, who speaks of worlds unknown to her, Annabelle quietly wonders whether she can trust him. But Jaden is not the only one seeking her; darkness is fighting just as hard. After she learns her blood could be rare, precious, and powerful, Annabelle soon finds herself torn between two worlds--one good and the other evil--and a choice with the potential to change her life and the future. Now only time will tell if she has the courage to take on her destiny or whether she will live long enough to find out.
In this young adult thriller, an intensifying darkness tests a teenager’s beliefs, courage, and strength as she faces the monsters in her nightmares and the biggest decision of her life.
Iran’s mullahs will do anything to possess a nuclear missile that can destroy Israel and with it, the reputation of its ally, the United States. Confronted with an indecisive American president, the mullahs move to implement an international financial strategy to fund their nuclear program, assisted by their ally, Turkey, whose leaders have decided to play their own foreign policy game.
United States intelligence agent, Adam Chin, and his soul mate and Indian operative, Colonel Supriya Lal, have been unstoppable—at least until now. During the stakeout of a warehouse suspected in housing human trafficking in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, the duo stumbles across evidence that Iran is engaged in a secretive gold mining operation to fund their illegal nuclear weapons program. The trail of these illicit activities takes Chin and Lal to Istanbul and then Tehran, where they must determine how to thwart an imminent nuclear launch with the power to create a second Holocaust for Israel and alter the balance of power in the Middle East forever.
In this political thriller, as two agents race against the clock to stop an evil mission, they are unwittingly caught in the political crossfire from Washington as the fate of democracy in the Middle East hangs in the balance.
In June of 2012, two young shepherds tend their sheep in Basra, Iraq, west of Sumer. Bored, the two siblings ignore their parents’ warning to stay out of Sumer and the Mound of Tiamat. It’s said that Sumer and Tiamat are mystical and spiritual places, the home of the ancients who come from the heavens. Soon, the children are in the midst of an amazing and deifying encounter, one they never spoke of again. But, someone else was watching, one of the most powerful national security agencies on earth.
Intelligence determines that not only is there enemy involvement in that area, but evidence points to some kind of extraterrestrial event. Navy Seals are deployed to investigate, and what they discover makes them question everything they thought they knew.
The Beginning, a science fiction thriller, explores the origin of man and the existence of alien life in the universe and its connection to earth and the origin of man. It tells the story of how a top-secret, quasi-government committee consisting of members from powerful corporations, intelligence agencies, scientists, and the President of the United States are involved in numerous cover-ups of close encounters throughout history.
Geoff is a man of 50, a man destroyed. In the chaotic circumstances of a Pride party in San Francisco he is given an opportunity to meet, Elizabeth Cromwell, a professional dominant. He asks her to find a woman named Prescott who is to apologize for events at a hotel, Tors Lake. A week later Elizabeth receives Geoff’s gift of a valuable comic book collection. Elizabeth meets Geoff’s mother’s lawyer to ask that Geoff cease and desist his interest in her, but Geoff has disappeared. Soon after, Elizabeth is at a July 4 labor rally at San Francisco City Hall with a lawyer, Sheila Prescott. A huge explosion kills hundreds and spares Elizabeth and an old blind man’s dog. They set off in a series of encounters. Each links a moment to a moment before and a moment after, weaving a thread of bizarre connections to a California Historical House. Upstairs is an old photograph of a railroad boxcar with the name, Tors Lake.
This is the story of a power-hungry woman who almost brought down a country destined to become a superpower.
Tzu-hsi—the empress dowager of the Manchu dynasty—manipulated her way into the heart of the palace almost a century and a half ago, using her charm, looks, and intellect to get what she wanted.
It wasn’t long before she was hiding in the Summer Palace in Peking, running the government behind the curtain and scheming to grow her power at the emperor’s expense.
But when foreign intervention and internal strife combined to threaten her empire, she enlisted the help of a devious eunuch and resorted to extreme tactics to deal with the crisis.
The emperor sought help from the intelligentsia in a bid to stay in charge and reform the government, but he made a critical mistake by placing his trust in an ambitious general who had the power to ruin everything.
Filled with colorful imagery, forbidden liaisons, sneaky maneuverings, heroes, and villains, this novel tells how one woman sought to rise to the pinnacle of power in a male-dominated society—and how a dedicated emperor tried to stop her.
Tania Abu Ali is just thirteen years old when she and her family are forced to flee their home in Damascus, Syria, during a violent civil war. They gather everything they can carry, join the masses, and seek safety in a refugee camp in Lebanon.
But life in the camp promises no secure future. It’s not safe and food is scarce. Tania’s mother sends her four children on a journey to a better life. The siblings are instructed to go west in search of the great sea called the Mediterranean. By wit and perseverance, they venture forward through civil wars, ethnic and religious clan conflict, assault, slave traders, border barricades, and death. They experience the goodwill of many, overcome the malice of few, thus discovering a world of hope and promise, inspired to go forward to the mystery of the next plateau.
A work of historical fiction, Odyssey of Innocents provides an intimate look at the struggles and dreams of people caught in the chaos of the Syrian civil war.