The great town of Rhinestone boasts the best breakfast this side of the Mississippi. Just ask anyone who’s ever eaten at the Starlight Cafe. But life for the owner of the cafe, Mona Bridges, hasn’t always been easy. Times are tough and they’re about to get even tougher when a mysterious stranger rolls into town. Mavis Montgomery moved back to Rhinestone, the town she grew up in, a few years back. She’s been enjoying a lucrative enterprise while minding her own business in town until the past comes back to haunt her. Opal Tyler and Maude Haywood are a little off their rockers, but that doesn’t stop them from always showing up and showing out at the wrong time. Mavis is up to her ears in drama, all the while trying to keep track of her beloved dead grandmother’s two best friends. Join Mona, Mavis, and rest of the Rhinestone gang as they navigate their way through a town scandal and mystery in this southern comedy.More info →
"Three best friends and the trip of a lifetime!"Ruby, Maude, and Opal call themselves the Stone Sisters after their beloved hometown of Rhinestone.Ruby Lawrence wants nothing more than to settle down and start a family with her high school sweetheart, Jameson. When Jameson puts a pause on their relationship, Ruby is brokenhearted. Her two best friends, Opal Tyler and Maude Cooper know the only way to fix a broken heart is the wide open road. They encourage her to accompany them on a summer adventure that leads them halfway around the world.Hilarity ensures along with a few hiccups along the way, as the Stone Sisters come of age in this raucous southern comedy. Join Ruby, Maude, and Opal as they embark on the trip of a lifetime!More info →
"There’s nothing you wouldn’t do for family!"Pete Reynolds is nothing but a layabout drunk. It wouldn’t be so bad if he didn’t have such a sweet and polite son who suffered from his abuse. When Opal comes across Pete’s son, Wilbur, in the woods one morning, she invites him back to the Manor for lunch. Wilbur becomes a regular and eventually moves in with the Montgomery family after his father is thrown in jail yet again. In between Opal’s sold out plays and Maude’s prank war with her annoying neighbor, Ruby finds herself balancing the excitement of the upcoming holidays with the tension of a potential custody battle. The Stone Sisters find themselves at a crossroads when Wilbur’s happiness suddenly comes to an abrupt halt. One thing after another rocks the small town until one night changes the course of all of their lives.More info →
The Beaver Crossing Holy Church for the Faithful are in desperate need of a new fellowship hall and the Ladies Auxiliary Club of Rhinestone are more than happy to help! They have searched far and wide for the best and most unique recipes this side of the Mississippi, complete with a few choice comments Nadine Waters, the club's self appointed editor in chief. Now you too can make Big Mama's famous tea cakes or whip up a batch of the fish tacos Mavis simply can't get enough of. All the favorites are here. Plus, everyone's burning question is finally answered: what exactly does Opal put in her Jello salad?More info →
"Arrested for what?" It’s been ages since the Stone Sisters have gone away together for a vacation, and all three are in desperate need of a road trip. When Maude Cooper reads about Graceland finally opening up to the public, she knows that is an event they must be at. Ruby Montgomery is exhausted. Between raising her toddler granddaughter and worrying about her wayward daughter across the country, she barely has any time for herself. When Maude proposes a spur of the moment trip to Memphis, Ruby is initially hesitant to go. Opal Tyler is on the cusp of fulfilling her lifelong dream of entrepreneurship. Ms. Belva is about to retire and leave Opal the most prestigious salon in Rhinestone. As the new owner of The Comb Over, Opal is set to become the next premiere female entrepreneur this side of the Mississippi. Maude convinces her that a trip to Elvis’ mansion is the best way to celebrate. As they set off to celebrate The King, the Stone Sisters find themselves mixed up in one shenanigan after another. Memphis may never be the same again after the Stone Sisters leave their mark!More info →
Don’t Forget You Love Me follows the stories of two high school sweethearts, Erin Williams and Tyler Henderson, as they navigate the consequences of their life’s choices. Erin and Tyler spend all of their days on the South Carolina beach headfirst in love until America’s War on Terror pulls Tyler into the fray leaving Erin behind to pick up the pieces of their once perfect life. Surrounded by her friends and family, Erin must grow up quickly and create a life of her own. Tyler, thrust into the raging war in Iraq, must learn how to survive in such a hellish nightmare, cut off from everyone and everything he has ever known. Until one day a postcard arrives in the desert and turns Tyler’s new life upside down.More info →
“You get a strange feeling when you're about to leave a place, like you'll not only miss the people you love, but you'll miss the person you are now at this time and this place, because you'll never be this way ever again.”
- Azar Nafisi
In the 1960s, Bryce Hospital was the best kept secret on the campus of the University of Alabama, tucked behind rows of aged oak trees. In a time when Bear Bryant ruled southern Saturdays and George Wallace’s fiery policies still loomed in the background of daily life, Bryce Hospital was stained with the blood of thousands of patients left to the wayside.
The Long Way Home takes you on a journey through one woman’s search for independence and acceptance. Join Molly as she tells her story through the pages of her personal journal that chronicles racism, women’s rights, and mental health reform in 1960s America. You will find a cast of characters that do more than just enlighten your soul, they will steal your heart.More info →
Jimmy Watson dreamt of retiring to a small farm in the country. After a lifetime of building a successful business, his dream becomes a reality. He has traded in the stress of deadlines for the calm grazing cows in a summer field.But when Jimmy suddenly becomes plagued with a series of nightmares, he must decide between his peaceful life and a path he cannot yet understand. It is a choice that will eventually lead to the most important question of his life: which is greater, life or love? Will Jimmy choose tranquility or unimaginable pain?The answer lies beneath the mulberry tree.More info →
Maggie Arnet has never been afraid of monsters. She’s known them all her life. In many respects, they are her closest friends, the constant companions she can always count on. She has never considered life without them until she moved in with Carmen Peterson, a beautiful and gregarious co-ed who sees no obstacle too challenging. With little more than her beloved viola, Maggie finds a way into the hearts of her classmates. And with Carmen’s help, she’ll face the greatest test she’s ever known. Will she finally confront the demons that surround her or will she remain forever locked inside her prison walls?More info →
“Do you love me?” Ethan Murray knows his answer to that question, but he has no idea how those four little words will change his life forever and set off a chain of events that will reshape who he is as a man. If he can survive his greatest struggle and discover the strength to heal the broken pieces, he may find a way to break free from the scars that hold him prisoner. Is love strong enough to bridge the distance between the past and the future? Who will Ethan love ‘til the stars stop shining?More info →
Yadira Sandoval Rodríguez es promotora cultural por el Instituto Sonorense de Cultura, maestra en Ciencias Sociales por el Colegio de Sonora y estudió creación literaria en el Taller Internacional de Escritura Narrativa. El presente libro de cuentos supone un paso gigante en la carrera literaria de la autora, consagrándola como una de las voces principales de la narrativa contemporánea. En esta impagable joya literaria, Sandoval Rodríguez teje historias, cose diálogos y dispone maravillosos personajes que nos atrapan a través de una escritura diáfana y luminosa, sumergiéndonos con exquisita maestría en las contradicciones de la naturaleza humana.More info →
This is a book of beginnings. Some are familiar. The beginning of a gothic cautionary tale, the beginning that they never tell of a fairy tale, the beginning of the end. Some are unfamiliar. The beginning of an alliance, the beginning of a new mythology, the beginning of a doomed adventure. They are all beginnings, and they all tell tales of "once upon a time." It may just not be the time we know. It's time to start. Stories included:The Graveyard Sometimes It's Quiet What Lies Beyond An Apple A Day The Manor Bored Abri and The Village Girl The Myth of Fountains The Chest The Transformation The Screams It Shouldn't Have Been EmptyMore info →
The USS Alpine One is in orbit around planet Earth. It is set for a one-year mission to research the plausibility of life outside of our atmosphere. Its crew is small:Rose and Matt are on the ground, overseeing patterns and reports, interfacing with their higher-ups, and keeping the in-flight crew connected to home. Roger is a top-of-the-field programmer and software engineer. Celine is the best pilot NASA could find, and adores the stars she finds herself sailing through. And then there's Roger's pet project. He calls it the Jungian Artificial Central Kinesthetic Monitoring System, lovingly nicknamed Jack. Jack is a learning program, the most complicated artificial intelligence ever created, and the most convincing, which leaves them all wondering... Where does artificial intelligence end, and consciousness begin?More info →
A truly riveting story about the depths of human emotion and how love endures and carries us through even the worst of times. With characters so relatable, tensions so visceral, and passion so palatable, you won't be able to put this book down. – Anna Kenney
One moment can alter a lifetime and a lifetime can be altered more than once…
A year and a half after her husband was killed in a helicopter crash, Kacie Parker was going through the motions, telling herself she’s content with her life. Work, gym, sleep, repeat. But when she opens the front door to her old friend, she is knocked off her axis, unable to grasp which way is up. Should she follow her heart and act on the intense attraction or her head that tells her Todd was the only man she has ever needed?
Charley loved Kacie even before she was a widow and when he walks back into her life, his heartstrings are pulled even tighter than before. He wants to be the man who puts her broken heart back together. With patience and understanding, it’s up to him to show Kacie there is life after loss.
Will guilt push her back into a life of constant mourning, or will she give in to the fierce magnetism she feels toward Charley and take a chance on happily ever after?More info →
As generations come and go, memories leave also. Most of this book takes place from the late 1800’s to about 1940. It is a true story and tells how a typical family lived and enjoyed life back then. Adults can read this and recall what their grandparents told them about what happened in their childhood. Children, today, are living a different life from what children lived back then, but they need to know about times long ago. They will enjoy this book as well!More info →
Amelia Wardman has graduated from nursing school and is ready to make her own way in life. She has never been gifted with any magical powers, at least not like her parents. Her father, Daryl, and mother, Clarisse, are gifted in ways she could never hope to measure up to. That was what drew her to nursing. She could help people in the only way she knew how. Her excitement for her new career has barely begun when suddenly her world is turned upside down. She is thrown through her family’s ancient magical portal to a world she has never seen before. Her father’s pleas echo in her mind as she faces challenges beyond her wildest nightmares. Will she be able to find help along her journey? And more importantly, is there any way to save her family in time?More info →
Amelia Wardman has one thing in mind: she has to free her parents from Queen Heretia’s wrath. Her journey to Heretia’s Kingdom is difficult enough, even without Death as her trusty sidekick. Missing her beloved Theo, Amelia must face her greatest fears, all the while learning how to control her magic.
Just when she thinks she has everything figured out, Amelia is faced with yet another set of unknowns. Everything she has learned about the Ancient Kingdom gets called into question when the real villain shows his face.
Will Amelia be able to finally save her parents, or will she lose everything and everyone she has ever loved?
A fling. That’s all it was supposed to be. But then he changed the rules. How does a divorced, single mother rationalize a short fling with one of Atlanta’s Hottest Bachelors? By telling herself no one would ever know, and since he's moving, she would never see him again. What could go wrong? After finding out her husband of twenty years was sleeping with his secretary, real-estate agent Liza Adams is leery of a long term relationship. Which makes a short fling with Kevin Calhoun the perfect opportunity to break out of her ordinary life. Before she realizes what's happened, one night turns into the weekend. Not a problem. She can handle this. Make some memories. Feel alive again. Then move on. But she soon realizes Kevin is after a whole lot more than just her body. When she agrees to help him sell some property before he leaves town, Liza doesn't realize she's in for the ride of her life. Can the sexy bachelor convince her they can make a go of things despite their completely different lifestyles? With less than two weeks and three houses full of beds, Kevin will do anything in his power to convince her he's in it for the long haul, and he’ll do anything to make her wildest dreams come true.More info →
Caught in the vortex of a nuclear attack, John and Samantha Worthington manage to take cover and survive the blast but emerge to find that their town has been virtually obliterated. In their search for survivors in nearby cities they soon discover that these attacks have taken place on a grand scale. John's health begins to deteriorate as a result of exposure to radiation, but when they finally discover a secluded group of mysterious survivors he is offered a revolutionary form of treatment to be administered by their physicians. The effect of this procedure will put their relationship to the ultimate test. As they both confront their own nightmares, they also discover that their new, pristine community is hiding a dark and terrible secret. A secret that will change the course of humanity.More info →
John and Samantha's worst fears have been realized as they discover that Frederick Mueller, the Supreme Commander of the New Atomic Order, has established bases in every corner of the country. In order to defeat him, their core group must divide and conquer on all fronts at once. Each of them will be tested beyond measure in this fight against tyranny. In the midst of it all, John and Samantha receive news that will change their lives forever.More info →
Danger is Detective Jake Jezreel's business. In the first-century AD, Jake's profession as a private detective makes him a rare breed. Jake lives in the very large shadow of his famous detective father who has provided investigative services for King Herod and, more recently, for the Romans. Making a name for himself as a detective is all-important to Jake to live up to his renowned father's reputation. As Jake sits at his desk, one fateful day, a very politically powerful client comes to hire him. From that moment on, Jake is plunged into the supreme case of his life when he is hired by the pompous, self-righteous Jerusalem Pharisee named Obadiah. The Pharisee wants Jake to dig up as much dirt as possible about a dangerous and mysterious troublemaker named Jesus of Nazareth. After listening to the charges leveled at Jesus by Obadiah, Jake accepts the case.
The next day, the adventure of his life begins as Jake accompanies a group of Pharisees, who are traveling to Galilee, to investigate firsthand the disturbing rumors about the mysterious Jesus. From this point on, Jake is swept up into the swirling onslaught by the religious leaders to crush Jesus. The investigation comes to an explosive apex when a major conflict detonates between Jesus and the Pharisees when the Nazarene heals a man on the Sabbath. The enraged Pharisees immediately begin plotting how they can murder Jesus. Jake realizes he has been dragged into this vicious vendetta against Jesus by the powerful religious leaders. And he can feel their icy fingers clutching at him like a pawn of their malicious political machine.
How will Jake proceed in his investigation, knowing that Jesus is innocent of any crimes and is the target of the deadly religious/political machine? What can he do to protect this good and godly man he has been hired to destroy? The religious leaders want results from their detective. They are squeezing him hard to deliver the incriminating clues they salivate for.
Only a final, unimagined finish can answer these frightful questions.More info →
For first-century private detective, Jake Jezreel, it was the best of times. He had just wrapped up a scintillating investigation he called "The Case of Trailing the Bloody Footprints." Jake had met Jesus Christ in the midst of that investigation. He had surrendered his life to Christ. And Jake's life never would be the same again.
But suddenly, in the afterglow of those joyous days after Jesus's resurrection, the world collapsed in on top of Jake. It abruptly became the worst of times. Religious persecution descended upon the Christian church in Jerusalem, led by the chief priests and zealous leaders, wreaking havoc upon all Christ's believers.
In the midst of this persecution, a new and savage animal sprang up, whose name was Saul of Tarsus. Saul attacked the Christian church with a vengeance, aiming to wipe the Christian "cult" from the face of the earth. Jake found himself and his faithful secretary, Hannah, caught in the onslaught and on the run. The persecution was crashing in all around them. Christians were being imprisoned. Some were being brutalized. Some were being killed. For the moment, Jake and Hannah stayed one jump ahead of the devouring enemy. But how long could they avoid the clutches of the vicious mob chasing after them?
Wherever they hid, the terror prowled right outside the door. Could Jake and Hannah somehow dodge the relentless menace? If they were caught, what brutal tactics would the authorities savage upon them? Jake knew that in a crossfire, there is nowhere to hide. He also knew that time was running out and the walls were slowly closing in upon them.More info →
First century private detective Jake Jezreel is drawn into a mysterious case involving a rare black jewel. The case begins rather simply with a request by James, the head of the Jerusalem church, to locate a missing fellow minister in the church. This puzzling disappearance has the entire Christian church in Jerusalem concerned and praying for their missing pastor. Soon, the investigation for the missing person diverts Jake into a more elaborate course, that of trailing after a jewel known as The Black Diamond. Detective Jake Jezreel had never heard of The Black Diamond. And yet this mys-terious object will plunge him and his wife, Hannah, into an adventurous investigation like he had never experienced before. What kind of power did this lustrous, gorgeous diamond have over men? How could it make men hate and attack each other to own it? Will Jake be drawn into the powerful, magnetic influence this black beauty possesses? Only a nerve-racking climax at the Hip-podrome in Caesarea can bring the answers Jake is searching for.More info →
Gabriel’s life is about to change. He lives in a world where change never happens. In Harmony, a tyrannical mayor dictates everyone’s lives without opposition. Gabriel makes a plan to change the routine of such a boring, regimented life. In his quest, he never expected to find himself in an unfamiliar place. And, unfortunately for him, his past is hot on his trail.More info →
Kate Hanley, singing star of Angel and the Devil’s Band, collapsed after their last concert. Under doctor’s orders to rest away from fame, Kate Hanley arrives at a pensione in a small Italian town where she finally learns to take life easy. Love is the last thing on her agenda—until she meets Alessandro Rossi, a neighbor who produces the best olive oil in Italy. He knows her as Kate from North Carolina, his beautiful fairy-tale princess. His mysterious disdain for pop stars keeps her from revealing her true life. Then her cousin arrives with a shadowy secret, bringing danger to Kate’s sanctuary and demanding revelations that test Kate and Alessandro’s love.More info →
Grace O’Malley resigned her accounting job in North Carolina after turning in her boss for embezzlement. She packed her tiny travel trailer to camp her way to her hometown outside Atlanta. After a few weeks, she stops on the banks of a big stream in Laurel Mountain, Georgia not knowing the land belongs to Irishman, Ethan Donovan. He starts to kick her off his property before he decides he really likes this girl.After agreeing to temporarily help Ethan’s friend, Jack, with his company’s record keeping, she tells Jack about her boss. When he goes online to see if her boss was convicted, the news bulletin says Grace is the accused embezzler.Will Ethan trust her or will she go to prison?More info →
Four sisters who are giving a new meaning to the expression, The Struggle Is Real, have, yet again found themselves dealing with more teenage and preteen issues. This third book of The Struggle series gives us a peek inside their daily journal entries. Their play by play of their everyday lives is funny, witty and sincere. New drivers, growing pains, school and parenting issues, what could go wrong? You can't help but agree or sympathize with them, even if they are talking about you. The actions of their sisters, teachers, parents, and everyone else is revealed! Will you see yourself in the pages? Will you feel sorry for the girls? Will you laugh at their "supposed" struggles? Yes, yes, and yes! Pick up this book to put a smile on your face.More info →
The Struggle: 4 Girls & 1 Bathroom is the sequel to the book entitled The Struggle: Mom and the Summertime Blues. It is also about the lives of four sisters, Diamond, Shelia, Crystal, and Felicity. Previously, these sisters wrote about having to endure a long summer with their mom and her never-ending lists of chores and schoolwork. Now they are back to discuss their upcoming school year. But this time, no one is safe from their complaints!More info →
The story of four sisters-Diamond, Shelia, Crystal, and Felicity who dread their summer break because of their mom. A timely and hilarious read told through the eyes and voice of adolescent authors about their perspective of Mom's summertime "fun".
Young readers will empathize with the youthful perspective of parents and “their ways”. Parents will enjoy reading about the feelings of the four girls in the story, nodding in agreement from the beginning to the end. The entire family will enjoy this book. Instead of those great summer trips and long lazy days of summer, the four sisters complain about having to eat healthy and exercise, do homework and chores, and more. Throughout the book, the girls tell of important life lessons taught by their parents. These lessons are told in a comical way.More info →