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.
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.
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.
Cy and Rane McCormick are on vacation when an unfortunate encounter with a group of hoodlums causes Cy to rely on his military training to escape. But when the thugs follow his family to their remote cabin getaway and begin shooting at them with M16s, Cy puts in a desperate call for help to his friend, recognized jazz saxophonist and fellow marksman, John Skinner. Hours later, John slowly creeps toward the cabin where his friend is held at bay, knowing he is Cy’s only hope for survival.
John is a devoted family man and owner of a music repair business who has a strong sense of right and wrong. With weapon in hand, John expertly wounds the three thugs surrounding Cy’s cabin. After the incident and before they part ways, John confesses to Cy that his urge to avenge injustice has led him to participate in several covert CIA missions. Now that Cy is safe, John continues on a dangerous journey where he is determined to use his sniper expertise for the good of mankind.
Takin’ It Out shares the tale of a marksman’s mission to overcome injustice as he courageously protects his friends, family, and country from hostile forces and is led to places he never expected.
As creatures from different worlds, Tesla and Lynx should never have met. The A-ones and Underdwellers don’t mix in the Dome, but Tesla is no ordinary A-one. She isn’t afraid to question everything.
Her entire life, she had been taught that the Underdwellers lacked the basic capacity to love or understand the high moral ground of loyalty. Something in her always questioned the absolute truth of this kind of prejudicial thinking. Then, quite by accident, she witnesses something that shakes her already shaky faith in these beliefs. Captivated, she watches Lynx, an Underdweller, defend a friend—an act she was told was impossible for these brutish creatures. In that moment, she knows that she doesn’t know the truth. Tesla saves Lynx from certain death and, in a moment of inspiration and fear, asks him for a favor that puts them both in danger. It’s a favor that could be the undoing of the Dome itself.
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.
Even though Rita knows that life has its ups and downs, she still wishes she could change her circumstances. So far, Fate has left her to live with her grandparents full-time with occasional visits from her mother, Coral, that are never quite enough to quell Rita’s sadness. Rita just wants some semblance of a normal existence, but when her grandmother passes suddenly, she has no idea just how drastically her life is about to change.
Now stuck in the care of her once beautiful mother, who has declined into a walking disaster, Rita attempts to sort through her grief and dysfunctional situation, with the help of prayer. In the meantime, Coral moves them from place to place, as she searches for a man she hopes can save them all. When her mother becomes pregnant, Rita mistakenly thinks her prayers have been answered once her baby brother, Toby, arrives in the world. A series of bad choices then causes her family to become homeless and lead a nomadic existence that eventually lands them in Nevada, where Rita is happy that her life seems like it might finally begin to settle down—until the unexpected happens.
A Circumstantial Chance is the poignant story of a young girl who must rise above seemingly insurmountable obstacles and find comfort and hope in God’s love and grace
Dr. Christine Eastman is a rising star in analytical chemistry who has always wondered what it would be like to have a child growing inside of her. Abandoned by her husband, Eastman takes a job as head of analytics for an archaeological company and heads to Antarctica, where scientists have discovered the body of a man preserved in ice for at least five thousand years. It is not long before an intrigued Eastman begins secretly speculating whether the frozen man’s sperm could become a viable component in her mission to become pregnant.
After overcoming ethical hurdles, Eastman relies on chemical skills to extract the man’s sperm and impregnate herself. Nine months later, she gives birth to an ancient man’s baby boy, suddenly transforming both her and Jemmy into reluctant scientific celebrities. Eventually an unhappy Eastman secretly travels to Rio de Janeiro with Jemmy to begin an anonymous life. Years later when she finally returns to America with Jemmy so he can attend college, he learns the truth about himself—and his inherited abilities. Unfortunately, Eastman has no idea that the decision she made long ago is about to lead to lethal consequences.
In this science fiction tale, a chemist who ingeniously utilizes modern science to help her achieve a lofty goal unwittingly unlocks secrets from the past with the power to change everything.