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A woman with an extraordinary mind and a dark past demanding revenge. 17 planets divided into four factions whose leaders forgot their inhabitants all arrived from the same place: Planet Earth. A threat that could turn a tool that saves everyone’s life into the worst imaginable nightmare. Elizabeth, a chameleonic and seductive woman, is the only one who can make a difference, but her uniqueness weighs on her shoulders like the world weighs on Atlas’ shoulders.
These are just some of the ingredients of this novel where action scenes alternate with political ones and the relationship between the many characters, as much as the suffering and the claustrophobic anguish, alternate with the human need for love and loyalty. All seasoned with a drop of eroticism and a hint of humor.
In the novel there are a couple of features that I haven’t often found in other science fiction books. First, I worked with an artist to create drawings to add between the chapters in order to clarify the settings, but deliberately not too accurate so that the readers can fill in the gaps with their imagination. Second is the point of view I used. I like to think that science fiction is an excuse to talk about the complexity of human relationships, from an anthropological, philosophical and political point of view. I wanted to touch all the fundamental points for every life story: Power, Value, Freedom, Love, Truth and Justice. I have created the characters using my experience as a psychologist, giving them depth and realism. I also did a lot of research to be as precise as possible about technologies and life in the future on other planets.
The Melancholy Strumpet Master
Every weekend, Gilmore Crowell crosses the border into Tijuana’s redlight district. He’s not there for sex; he’s there to save his failing academic career.
Gil’s anthropological study of Tijuana streetwalkers had his dissertation advisor cheering him on. But that was years ago, before his best sources up and vanished. Now, with no connection to the sex worker community, his research has stalled and the faculty elders are about to kick him out of the grad program. Plus, he’s broke.
He takes a job teaching at a juvenile detention center. The steady income gives him the means to keep making his weekly trips across the border. Now he’s paying the girls to speak with him. In a sudden moment of insight, he realizes that giving them something besides cold hard cash might help him forge a new inroad to the community. But do they want what he’s offering?
In a distant future, where humanity has expanded to the 12 planets of the Dodecahedral, Earth is protected by the elite Dome Militant. Guy Erma, age 13, an unregistered orphan, has a burning desire to join their ranks, but he faces one major obstacle: he doesn’t exist in the official records. With no home, no family, and just a few friends, Guy sets out on a quest to prove his worth and join the Dome Militant.
Meanwhile, Teodor also aged 13, the last surviving heir to the vast fortune of Earth and the 12 planets of the Dodecahedral, finds himself in dire peril. His father murdered, his brother burnt alive, and his cousin crashed to their deaths, Teodor is the only one left to inherit the fortune, but only if he can survive until his 18th birthday.
When Teodor is kidnapped, the stakes are raised higher than ever before. Can he escape his captors and claim what is rightfully his? With danger at every turn, Teodor must fight to survive and find allies who will help him in his quest.
In the year 2315 you will live for hundreds of years and never age past eleven. That is, if you’re one of the lucky ones. But the not-so-lucky ones are disturbingly close, and they’re threatening your safety, security, and even your deepest beliefs. Soon, it will be all-out war.
Pebbles and the Biggest Number
Even the youngest children know big numbers: a thousand, a million, even a billion! But what comes next? A curious butterfly named Pebbles wants to know, too. Follow Pebbles’ globetrotting adventure and meet animal friends in exotic landscapes. From idyllic butterfly fields to scorching deserts, vast oceans, and the splendors of space, Pebbles is always eager to explore. This fact-filled science book for kids is overflowing with vibrant illustrations that pull the story forward. Even as the numbers grow to unimaginable sizes, author Joey Benun finds imaginative ways to help kids grasp the concept. Big ideas feel manageable when compared to relatable, everyday objects, like sand and stars. Reading about math is even more fun with ‘Did You Know?’ trivia, ‘Number Notes’, and ‘Science Spots’ on every page! Pebbles and the Biggest Number is perfect for independent elementary readers or a read-with-me introduction to toddler math. Plus, there’s so much to re-read and explore after the story. Dig deeper with a kid-friendly science glossary, fascinating number visualizer, and supplemental online activities. Will Pebbles ever find the biggest number? Flutter in and find out!
Australia is a surfers’ paradise … but this nefarious surfing is on the ‘net’ … and will destroy the global financial system.
It’s not just a rippling ‘scam’ job. Has Australia been infiltrated at levels they’ve never known? Elaina Williams uses a Cobra Pose in her Yoga studio to boost her energy – she will need it! Elaina’s father, Edward, is in trouble. He’s disappeared.
As a solicitor and now yoga instructor, Elaina drags Ric, a man she’s fallen for, into the bursting web of techno-thrilling intrigue. Ric Peters has just returned from a disastrous trip to Indonesia. Ric bills himself as a photojournalist. Elaina suspects he shoots more than just photographs. Ric has insight into the journey he and Elaina must take. He knows Elaina isn’t ready for what’s going to happen. There are too many moving parts for him to control.
Time is running out before The Cobra and The Wolf strike with their heist. They are extending their fangs towards Australia’s ‘golden coastline’ to bite into and destabilize financial institutions worldwide. The sparkling sub-tropical city of Brisbane, Queensland, is the epicenter of this hacking tsunami of the century! But these hackers are good at hiding. They make a living out of it. They are submerged Phantoms leaving no tracks. Can the burgeoning amateur sleuth Elaina piece this puzzle together before her father’s fate is sealed? How far is Ric willing to go in deciding to save Elaina … or Australia?
Sit Down and Have a Beer Again
The poems and stories that make up Sit Down and Have A Beer, the first chapter here, were in a chapbook published in 1977 by Realities Library. The stories and poems had been published in small press magazines impacting a small cadre of creatives in the country in those days.
The Small Press world of those days was the precursor to the internet – insane editors and publishers who believed that the established publications had simply lost touch with the creative reality of our nation. And, just like the internet, the small presses were eventually bought out by the rich folks who figured out the best way to beat them was to buy them out.
The second chapter of the book contains the other poems that were published in these mags but never collected till now.
Football, friends and … extra-terrestrials? Just another day on Mars.
Elliot’s a Martian. Although you wouldn’t know it – he’s just like a regular kid from Earth … except he was born on Mars.
Life in a Martian colony can be tough for a twelve-year-old! You can’t just go outside to hang out because, well, you’d suffocate and die.
Elliot lives a regular Martian life. He goes to school, plays football, and tries to avoid the mean kids. But he never gets to leave the colony buildings. That is, until he goes on a science trip where he makes a discovery that could change the course of humanity forever: a strange doorway in a volcanic cave! Who put it there? What’s on the other side?
Join Elliot and his friends as their lives go from the ordinary to the extraordinary. The solar system as we know it will never be the same again.
Diary of a Martian is the first book in a series for fans of action, adventure and science fiction. If you like Harry Potter, Artemis Fowl or Percy Jackson, then you’ll love this series that combines fast-paced action, down-to-earth characters and settings that are out of this world. Perfect for younger readers and adults to enjoy.
Theodosia and her bestie Sam are former high school outcasts who find escapism in a popular TV show called Suffer about a victims’ rights advocate named Marcia Suffer.
When the TV network that owns Suffer announces a contest — the chance to meet the show’s star, actress Roxy DeVine — Theo and Sam pull out all the stops to win. These days, Theo needs a win—any win—because lately life has been dealing her nothing but suffering.
After all, the girl’s got a lot on her plate: attending college, working part-time gigs to survive, and acting as caretaker to both her younger sister and an aging aunt. A little Hollywood magic is just what she needs.
As much as Theo and Sam adore Roxy DeVine, the rest of Hollywood despises the diva actress. In fact, rumors swirl that Roxy’s career is on the chopping block.
Just City is a story of 21-year-old Nathan who dreams about creating a cool start-up with his friend Jack. To get money for the start-up Nathan starts playing a virtual reality game as part of a scientific experiment. The game forces Nathan to discover what it is like to be in the skin of somebody else, for whom the cards have been dealt differently. The depressing experiences of playing the game make Nathan question his belief in meritocracy and pick a fight with Jack. What is just and what do we really deserve? This is only the beginning of Nathan’s search for a new life credo that will have both love and reason at its core.
When the US military decides it’s in their strategic interest to update their nuclear assets, they choose to move the American nuclear arsenal to locations all over the United States. Preventing the currently centralized location from being wiped out too quickly. Even if a 99% success rate is achieved, one failure could occur. A bomb is misplaced, and it’ll take the work of a secret internal government organization and its operatives to bring it back. However, to reduce the number of connections back to the US government they decide to use an inexperienced non-government employee to do most of the work. His inexperience is noticeable. Follow along as they work against the current to return a bomb to its rightful owner in this packed adventure action-comedy.
Told in brief, repetitive episodes, Ichiro and the Great Mountain follows a young, free-spirited boy through the stages of life as he searches for his true self, making this original literary folktale by award-winning author and storyteller W. Nikola-Lisa a story of becoming or, in the Buddhist tradition, a story of self-realization and enlightenment.
Ian Ridgefield thought he was done with the military. He had completed more than he ever expected and did it at a level few will ever reach. Back home and taking care of his mother, even if she didn’t ask for it, while quickly moving up the corporate ladder, his days of being a door kicker and dealing with sand rubbing his skin raw were further and further away.
When Washington D.C. turns into a proverbial hellhole, the Pentagon razed to the ground, within a matter of seconds, he is presented with a request that he isn’t sure he wants to accept. This decision is even more difficult to make when a woman he hadn’t thought about for more than a decade has entered his life and keeping it more than a little interesting.
A demon stole Matthew Carver’s soul. They’re not supposed to do that.
Matt has a terrible life. Seriously—it’s awful. It is so bad that Dan the Demon is shocked when Matt turns down his infernal offer: 10 years of a blissful life in exchange for his soul.
But Dan is a salesman behind on his quota and his demonic managers are running out of patience. He forges Matt’s signature on the dotted line, stealing his soul and thrusting him into a supernatural world he never knew existed. Matt must learn to navigate the hidden society of demons, faeries, demigods, and worse.
Matt has to get his soul back and stop a supernatural war before it is too late…
Dr. Bruce Farmer’s Blood Sapphire’s Revenge is a breakout military thriller starring an elite Israeli special operations warrior battling to overcome trauma, confront her destiny and defeat a diabolical eastern European oligarch hell-bent on the nuclear annihilation of Jerusalem.
Raven, Romda, and Ravai: Malketh and the Undead
Raven, Romda and Ravai are settling into their new knightly duties well. With the Dark Beast defeated, their normal tasks almost seem mundane. Amidst the boredom, Ravai asks, “Why does no one talk about villains from the past?” Romda reasons, “What would be the point?” There is a point. Even though a villain may be defeated, they may still be around, waiting in the background ready to resurface once again. On the edge of Raven, Romda and Ravai’s existence a simple mining excursion has begun. What happens if that dig unearths something very dangerous? What happens if it unearths someone very dangerous? Malketh has returned to the kingdom, but something is different about him this time. He is back with an entire army…an entire army of undead soldiers!
The Villains Who Snapped My Spine
The humor-laced and nostalgia-infused debut memoir follows A. H. Nazzareno in his attempt to make sense of a rare diagnosis. Written in a hospital bed and in the immediate weeks following major surgery, courtesy of Dr. Summeroff, an uncertain yet hopeful future emerges from a villain-riddled past.
Investigate, mitigate, and eliminate any abnormalities that threaten the planet. Former elite soldier, Jonathan Hawthorn has his work cut out for him. In a world where few people believe in the possibility of life existing outside of Earth, his job is to protect humanity—at all costs. Oceanographer, Ariella Marconi is suddenly thrust into the perilous deep when two large crystalline structures were detected on opposite ends of the ocean.
Together, Ariella and Jonathan delve into the depths, investigating these objects as well as coming to a terrifying conclusion: the planet is in danger of destruction. With the ability to split the Earth in half, Ariella and Jonathan must join forces with unlikely candidates, both terrestrial and other-worldly, to understand what’s within the crystals, save the planet, and uncover their true fate. But is someone—or something—manipulating time and space to keep them from linking their destinies once and for all?
Herb is a fixer, a social media manipulator, an anonymous barracuda in a sea of wealthy marks. Blackmail, character assassination, fraud—it’s all in a day’s work.
When a quick scam introduces Herb to a cold-blooded director on a quest to film the Marquis de Sade’s Justine, Herb enters a world of porn stars and celebrity sociopaths, massage parlors and murder.
Herb is building a family. He’s trying to build a conscience. But most importantly, Herb will get his money, no matter how many lives he has to ruin along the way.
The Fourth Age Shadow Wars: Assassins
In the aftermath of the Great War, the land of Nostraterra lies in ruins. While the Elves, Dwarves and Men rebuild their kingdoms, a sinister plan has been set in motion: the assassination of Alfrahil, Crown Prince of Eldora.
As fire rains down within the city walls, young prince Alfrahil rides for his life and escapes. Braving unforeseen dangers, he is determined to unmask the conspirators and discover the truth.
Clues point towards Alfrahil’s brother, Prince Daerahil, and the scheming First Minister, Mergin. But who is really behind the conspiracy?
Stella Fargo goes to a rural community to close the home of a dear friend’s missing daughter. Stella finds a body dump is across the street, an abused young girl is living in the house, and a woman who may have made children into angels. Her living children are tiny, except for one early-teen who is a rape victim. Physical and psychological violence threatens Stella and the family who were close friends of the missing woman.
This harrowing situation Stella from the area’s lowlife to the most effective family she has ever met. They help Stella while she works her was through the lies and treachery of those whose only concern is the pleasure and profit from other’s deaths.
This book is autobiographical and discusses the author’s quest to answer the puzzling philosophical questions of life through biography, poetry, and personal insights.
What if we could step out of the culture of blame and victimhood into a reality that gave us freedom and agency to pursue our dreams? What if there was a way out of the isolation and polarization that so many of us find ourselves in, toward authentic connections with others, across all divisions and borders? What if we lived in a world that revolved around quality of life, rather than economic winners and losers?
Black, White, and Gray All Over: A Black Man’s Odyssey in Life and Law Enforcement
From shootouts and robberies to riding in cars with pimps and prostitutes, Frederick Reynolds’ early manhood experiences in Detroit, Michigan in the 1960s foretold a future on the wrong side of the prison bars. Frederick grew up a creative and sensitive child but found himself lured down the same path as many Black youth in that era. No one would have guessed he would have a future as a cop in one of the most dangerous cities in America in the 1980s—Compton, California. From recruit to detective, Frederick experienced a successful career marked by commendations and awards. The traumatic and highly demanding nature of the work, however, took its toll on both his family and personal life—something Frederick was able to conquer but only after years of distress and regret.
Meet Caroline McMerritt. Ambitious and driven, with a tongue as sharp as her mind, she is the top advertising executive for a prestigious Manhattan firm- until a particular circumstance takes a bite out of her edge, and she starts down a precipitous path.
Forced to take a hiatus or lose her job, and at the strong suggestion of a trusted brother, Caroline finds herself exiled to the abandoned family cabin in the backwoods of Maine.
Disgusted by her surroundings and enraged by the involuntary break, she vows to be unproductive and miserable, counting the days until she can return to the fast-paced life of her beloved NYC. But a telling moment brings Caroline face to face with her problem, and for the first time in her life, she feels out of control, lost. Panic ensues.
The discovery of a hidden treasure, buried in her deceased mother’s hope chest, helps her reset and restores her strong will. The unexpected gift not only provides the comfort of her mother’s presence but tells of secrets kept, past experiences lived, and lessons learned.
Join Caroline as she embarks on a journey of self-discovery, hard truths, friendship, and love, guided by the advice and wisdom of her late mother.
Will it be enough to save her?
Ela Green and the Kingdom of Abud
Ela Green and the Kingdom of Abud is book one of a trilogy and introduces Ela Green, a fourteen-year-old girl. Her first adventure reveals the mysterious bond she shares with Mother Nature and her encounter with Yggdrasil, the wise-tree, charting her own self-discovery along the way. With the help of her best friend, Jo, and her loving Uncle Archibald, who unwillingly has to lay bare an unbelievable secret, Ela summons all her courage to face the many dangers along the road.
The adventure starts in the present day at Waldegg Boarding School on the shores of Lake Geneva in Switzerland. As Mrs. Green drives her daughter back after the summer holidays, Ela has no idea that the discovery of an ancient bracelet and a scroll she found in an antique desk will change her life forever.
The formidable school is the connecting link in an adventure that will time-travel the reader through continents and centuries in search of the mysterious kingdom and the magical Book of Name, the most powerful manuscript ever written…
And for a prophecy that must be fulfilled.
I Did This: The KiTeku Chronicles
Nathalie decides to end her life when she loses her mother and entire hometown of Mason in an unexplained explosion.
The end becomes a beginning when a stranger she calls Gray shows up to save her from herself. But it turns out that Grey is one of two factions seeking to secure her, both sides displaying decidedly mixed motives and methods.
Rome 1943 …
As war ravages Italy, Rome’s inhabitants are watched and under curfew. Some join the resistance:
Francesca, a talented art student, finds work at Rome’s opera house where nothing is as it seems.
Carlo, a doctor, returns unexpectedly to Rome, unable to escape his past.
Danger lurks in the shadows, threatening Francesca, Carlo and those they love.
Tapestry Of My Mother’s Life is a biographical account of a woman coming of age in Germany during the 1930s. Malve von Hassell explores her mother’s life through the fragmented lens of transmitted memory, and its impact on the second generation.
Born at her grandfather’s house in Farther Pomerania, 1923, Christa von Hassell had to contend with the increasing and pervasive impact of the Nazi regime. As the child of a German army officer, she moved with her parents often. Through boarding school, university, marriage, the Second World War, life under Soviet occupation, and a new beginning in the West, eventually in America, the biography is an incredible, emotional journey of childhood, survival, and relationships.
Jack Pszcynack is watching his world and his town practically burn down in front of him. It was something else to grow up as a kid in the eighties, yet time is hardly on his side. Jack does not only have to live with a last name that no one can pronounce; yet he also endures a verbally (and occasionally physically) abusive family; who are all but him increasingly hysterical concerning the prospect of their neighborhood having a black family move into one of its houses, or worse yet, more than one. Jack finds himself at the epicenter of that American phenomenon known as white flight.
Emotional Intelligence at Work
Even though it is seldom acknowledged, the truth is that business runs on emotion—yours and almost everyone else’s. And that emotion is often negative, leading us into bewilderment, dysfunction, and failure.
This book explains how to face up to this reality and respond by building street smarts and business emotional intelligence (BEQ). It supports your business success by developing your ability to recognize and effectively manage the destructive emotional tendencies, hidden agendas, and behaviors that exist all around you, and sometimes within you, that block business progress.
When Ben Sanna, a contemplative retiree with a penchant for helping people, and Samantha Beckett, a secretive New York City hedge fund manager, meet by chance in a small Vermont town, they enter into a tenuous relationship. Over several weeks, Samantha and Ben open their pasts inch by inch, sift through their futures consciously, and come to terms with the strength and depth of their bond.
A meditation on redemption told in alternating chapters of musings and scenes, Cenotaphs is about platonic love; the ways we close ourselves off in reaction to pain and what happens when we open ourselves up again; and the deep, painful legacy of loss.
In an intellectual clash of galactic proportions, the biggest mystery in the Universe encounters the smartest girl from Earth. Na-Yeli Maya is humanity’s champion exploring the forbidding Enigmatic Object. She’s not truly alone, as her exosuit is armed with the most advanced quantum computer—and obnoxious digital assistant—ever, and her tri-schizoid condition enables her to call up her ultimate warrior and lateral thinker personas in times of dire need.
She has to traverse six different layers—each a world of its own—with unique wonders, challenges and dangers. Along the way, she partners with a stranded Moiety Alien and adopts a group of Hypersounders, as they make it all the way into the Core, where a naked singularity distorts reality. Why is it there? If only they could find a way to use its other-worldly qualities for their own purposes. . .
The Rise and Fall of the Traditional Theories of Creation and the Science of Creation For Our Universe
Two Theories of Creation exist in the West, the Hebrew and the Greek. These are the rise of the traditional theories. David Shaw details both theories including the terms used and a drawing of each that illustrate the terms. The Hebrew theory has the terms firmament, the waters above and below the firmament, the floodgates, and the passage of water.
The Greek theory has the terms the sphere of the fixt stars, within this outermost sphere there are the spheres for the Sun and Moon and spheres for Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn. Earth occupies the center of the universe and one of the four elements together with water, air and fire.
When the provisional leader of the Mokuteki people is subjected to the brutal challenge of a lifetime, Kai soon realizes much more than just his title is at stake. To prove himself worthy of a leadership role he does not want, a torturous testing phase begins, one designed to break both body and spirit. As part of this challenge, while blindfolded and chained, Kai learns his betrothed, Asher, has been abducted.
In his search for Asher and truth, trading deeds for information, Kai has not only to face the Thrakens–the alien invaders who had nearly conquered his world two-thousand years before–but also must fight against both time and space. Believing his future and that of Asher are inexorably entwined, he discovers his only hope is to unlock the ancient technology and secrets that lie within The Hall of Skulls.
Atlanta Stories: Reconstruction
Reconstruction features nine interconnected stories about a diverse group of people living in Atlanta, Georgia in the early part of the 21st century. These individuals must deal with changes in their lives which cause them to come to terms with their past actions and confront the obstacles before them to rise from the ashes and move forward. The themes of family and reconciliation predominate. Reconstruction features many types of families, those to whom one is born and those one forges in life as circumstances dictate.
It’s Memorial Day weekend 1986 and Ellie Pincrest, logo designer to the most important companies in the world, needs to get out of town right now after some shocking news. She books a flight on a seaplane from the East River in Manhattan to fly her out to her grandmother’s vast oceanside home on Long Island. One of the two passengers with her on the seaplane is found dead the next day and Ellie is catapulted into chicanery, misdirection, and a fight for her own life as she solves a baffling mystery.
From the humble perspective of Vancouver, British Columbia Canada, The Road To COVID-30 seeks to smash through the barrier that holds you back from your future: Yourself. For you see, you must shift with the paradigm or else be left abandoned, alone, to simply turn to dust. Self-preservation and reclamation are interchangeable, and with newfound grace, now apply to your soul as well as your workplace environment.
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In the midst of The Great Famine of the Fourteenth Century something is awakened in the nearby woods…
As hunger and fever grip Matilda’s village, theft, madness and starvation follows quickly. People are attacked by something powerful and frightening. Then a new enemy emerges; fear.
As accusations are hurled will a newly arrived stranger be Matilda’s salvation or downfall?
Short Stories of Space takes readers on a fascinating, reflective journey into seven essential, real-life space and astronomy events of the past year.
Could ancient life still exist in the atmosphere of Venus? Does our understanding of the Universe’s history need to be revised? What are the implications of the first private launch of astronauts to the International Space Station for our future in space?
Each story delves into the science, politics and history behind the news headlines, while bringing to life the space research you may have missed. Author Piers Horner provides fresh perspectives on what these exciting topics mean for our society; for science, and for the nature of human wonder, making them suitable for both a general audience and seasoned enthusiasts alike.
An elusive ex-CIA financial analyst known only as Daemon has stolen billions from the Russian Federation, and now he’s determined to plunder the richest prize of all-the U.S. Federal Reserve.
Only one man stands in his way-disgraced former FBI Agent Tyler Jackson, who is destroying all he loves in his feverish attempt to capture Daemon and prevent a worldwide economic collapse.
Jackson has been chasing Daemon for two grueling years. But can Jackson and Dixie, a female hacker wanted for unleashing a deadly computer virus, find Daemon before he makes his next big move?
Gene Hull is a premed student who will stop at nothing to win back the love of his life. Unfortunately, she’s not buying it, and Gene must figure out how to move on.The novel takes flight with a family vacation as Gene’s father, an anesthesiologist driving through the torrid Arizona desert, stops at an accident scene. The accident leaves young Gene horror stricken, but deeply imprinted by his father’s heroic efforts to save an injured child.Years later and hoping to follow in his father’s footsteps, Gene, a college student, scrubs and gowns up for the “Heart Room,” an operating theater of chilling cold, bone saws, smoke, and macabre humor.As intimacy and affection slip back into Gene’s life, he must confront his own mistakes and untangle the braided strands of love, loss, and reconciliation.
When former Texas Ranger scout Pete Horse agrees to join his old friend Charlie Goodnight’s first trail drive across Texas to the New Mexico Bosque Redondo Navajo reservation, he knows the way will be fraught with danger. He expects to encounter bandits, hostile Comanche, bad weather and stampedes, and he’s not disappointed.
It was just a simple car accident and Detective Fisher closed the case easily. But why did he remember things that had never happened, and who was the “most beautiful woman in the world” who haunted his dreams?
NYPD Detective Ray Fisher thought it meant he was going mad, but there was enough of the Detective left to see that the weirdness had started after he’d investigated a car that had been driven into the river. It was a trivial case but it opened his eyes to a shadowy elite who used people like pawns.
Ray thought he had all the answers until the NYPD suspended him and he realized that the only thing worse than the elite was the vast government Conspiracy concealing it.
This novel-in-stories chronicles the early colonists of the Planet Dharma in the distant Andromeda Galaxy. Some are driven by hope, others by trauma and heartbreak—they have come to begin a new and simpler life on an uninhabited world. Then comes the harrowing discovery of an ancient alien technology.
A woman leaves her husband and her planet behind chasing her religious faith, while a hundred-year-old atheist encounters an alien consciousness beyond her comprehension; A priest is given a terrible burden and faces his own capacity for violence; In the wake of tragedy, the Ankharra colony rends into pro-tech and anti-tech factions while a pair of young lovers try to navigate the divide; As the years turn to decades, a secret society forms that will shape the future of the Andromeda Colonies.
What begins as a series of separate tales converges to weave a web of human loss and love at the edge of the known universe.
The Rise and Fall of the Traditional Theories of Creation: And Community the Next Emergence
David Shaw proposes a new theory of creation. He gives four arguments for community as the next
emergence based on the statements of four great thinkers: Plato, Thomas Jefferson,
Martin Luther King, and Michael Sandell. These thinkers do not propose community
as the next emergence, but they do identify community as a central process in human
A description of his experience with community-building projects is included. While
writing this section, the importance of civic fabric in building community confronted him.
Community does not flow from civic fabric. Community does not flow without civic
fabric. Civic fabric is the foundation for community.
90 Days to Your First Real Estate Investment Purchase
90 Days to Your First Real Estate Investment, for beginners allows you to begin real estate investing sooner than you thought. This book provides the road map you need to take from the thinking to the doing stage of wealth building. It arms you with the know-how you need to take that leap and score big in residential real estate rental investing.
False Heroes: Held Hostage by Heritage
‘False Heroes: Held Hostage by Heritage’ is the true story of Diana, a survivor. It tells of her struggle to free herself from the bondage of her authoritative European heritage and her account of a war-ridden childhood, Germany WWII. Her story compels the reader to examine issues from their own past. It ponders the question, “Can we be held prisoners within our own souls?” This book is about reconciling the past with the present in one’s life. A liberating experience, it spans continents and conflicts.
8-Second PR is a fun public relations for dummies guide with case study examples and publicity tips based on the author booking thousands of media interviews.
In the early 1900s, Lena Harvey, a bright-minded farm girl, wants to graduate from high school. She hopes to attend nursing school or become a midwife. Having no interest in complicating her life with intimate relationships, she plans to focus her efforts toward her calling.
But in a country where people believe they can grow up to become anything they want to be, her dream is crushed. Discover how Lena resolves to make the best of what has been thrown at her, hoping that she can make a difference in the world. As she struggles through the frustrations of her life, can she ever find blessings that bring her joy? Will she ever know true love?
Lena’s story is an inspiration for those of us whose lives have gotten in the way of the plans we made. For us all, there is hope….
It’s 1972 and the Sixties are over. Or are they?
When the house they are renting outside of Oneonta, New York, burns to the ground, twenty-four-year old Jeffrey Hesse and his wife, Jane, split up, launching Jeff on a wild journey of self-discovery and sexual awakening. Inspired by an angel calling herself Isadora Duncan, Jeff sets out to see the world and find his place in post Sixties America.
Kaji Warriors: Shifting Strength
Atae is a hybrid, a Kaji half-breed, living on the capital planet of the Kajian Empire. In a culture dictated by strength and honor, Atae’s father pushes her to prove herself worthy of being Kaji.
At the elite Sula Academy, hybrids like Atae compete alongside the Kaji purebreds, warriors with the ability to transform into savage battle beasts.
Bound, like many other strong words, finds its meaning in the perceptions of those it affects. To the Van Sheltons, it is positive and deep-rooted, defining their ties to a vast amount of land abundant in the timber, cattle, and silver that make them the wealthiest and the most powerful family in the town of Wyandotte and influential throughout the state of Nevada.
The sleek Sea Breeze, staggered by the point-blank fusillade, now leaned like a drunk on a lamp post. Fireworks spewed from the engine room. Then it slid under the waves, the gold in its hold plunging towards Blackbeard’s wreck whence it was wrested many years before.
Now… only a lifeboat with six survivors, all lost in the sullen silence of their shattered lives. Amelia Beach confronted her own torments: three lives lost, her family fortune gone, the Confederate cause probably scuttled as well.
She ached to follow the ship down….to quiet oblivion and relief from remorse. But even this meager reverie was thwarted by nuisances of remaining alive: a queasy stomach, the roll of the lifeboat and the sloshing of greasy bilge water into her shoes and icy feet.
The Descendant: Baltin Trilogy
She wants her world back; he wants her heart.
Tilly Morgan and her four-legged companion, Kodiak, are just trying to survive the alien arrival. Two years ago, the visitors unleashed devastation—a world-wide EMP followed by a deadly virus that wiped out more than half of humanity.
Hannah and Soraya’s Fully Magic Generation-Y *Snowflake* Road Trip Across America
Hannah and Soraya are in the business of making rock music with a social conscience. The way Britain currently works, that means they’re ‘snowflakes’, ‘social justice warriors’, ‘virtue signallers’. They’ve learned to live with the mudslinging, but not happily. Worse than that. It’s starting to overwhelm them. Then, out of the blue, they suffer a string of personal and professional crises. Their solution? A change of scene designed to keep the lid on a looming family cataclysm and draw artistic inspiration from the pre-musical roots of rock (but without the Beats’ misogyny, plus in an eco-friendly car).
A high school senior, Jack Duncan dreams of playing college baseball and leaving the political turmoil of the agricultural town Delano behind. Ever since his father, a grape grower, died ten years earlier, he’s suspected that his mother has been hiding the truth from him about the suspicious circumstances surrounding the death.
Scientifically combining Eastern mysticism and Western metaphysics with miracles and magic, and elements from near-death experiences, death-related visions, proven accounts of reincarnation, archaeological evidence, and an esoteric grasp of the arcane mysteries, Three Empirical Proofs shine forth. This structure of empirical evidence proves, to a “statistical certainty,” that all of these diverse phenomena are the intricately interrelated workings of the “Non-Mechanical Universe,” the Cosmic Consciousness that we call God.
Eighty years from now mankind has discovered the secret of eternal life. Human souls can be moved from one body to another through the process known as transference. Control of this new technology has fallen under the dominion of Jovian, a powerful prophet and head of the Church which governs every aspect of existence.
The Golden Cord of Arram is a psychological thriller. There are high-action sequences and battles, plenty of suspense, and shadowy aliens in the periphery, but the actors on this stage are almost entirely human. Some are caught in the miasma of fascism, and hate-based conspiracy theories, willing to do or say anything to satisfy the drives thrust upon them by their dark will, while other actors fight to preserve individual rights based on love, truth, harmlessness, and the rule of law.
In the greatest mid-life crisis ever, Joe Kerson steals a boat from a mob boss and sails around the world with a group of college party boys. As he navigates one bonkers situation after another, will he manage to outwit revenge seeking gangsters?
Prepping For Success: 10 Keys For Making It
Prepping for success is a guided journey that equips you with the principles you need in order to take advantage of your innate inner talents to achieve true success.The 10 keys allow you to not just understand yourself, but they also teach you how to express your best self to others.
Darkness stirs in a world that is ill-equipped to confront it.
A prophesied king is born, but not all will benefit from his foretold conquests.In a realm where only clerics are permitted to practice magic, Kibure, a mere slave, draws the attention of much more than just his master after wielding an unknown force in a moment of desperation.
A dark force plagues the town of Brettville, Alabama, clawing at its victims and sending them into states of delusion, fear and paranoia. It looks for guilt and grief, trauma that smells and tastes so very sweet. While feeding on these painful memories, it lures its victims into a trap of endless waking nightmares.
Andreas, an apprentice falconer at Castle Kragenberg, cannot bear the thought of killing the young female falcon and smuggles her out of the castle. Soon he realizes that his own time there has come to an end, and he stows away, with the bird, in the cart of an itinerant trader, Richard of Brugge. So begins a series of adventures that lead him from an obscure castle in northern Germany to the farthest reaches of Frederick von Hohenstaufen’s Holy Roman Empire
Micromium: Clean Energy From Mars
The year is 2038. Earth’s biosphere is on the brink of destruction from the effects of global warming and pollution. The World Energy Council has awarded a lucrative contract to a major US corporation to mine a precious ore discovered by the first manned mission to land on Mars. One kilo of Micromium can power a large city for a year without environmental side effects. Micromium promises to provide clean energy to a thirsty planet far into the future.
California, 1922. A growing coastal city is gripped by terror. The savaged remains of a third victim are discovered in the central park. Police find no suspect or motive to explain the violent deaths, nor any link between the victims. Signs are posted throughout the city’s neighborhoods to warn:
CRIMINAL BEWARE – You Are Being Watched
What would you do if the world was going to end in ten years? For Jennifer Epstein, a by-the-books senior researcher at SETI, there is only one answer: prevent the apocalypse from happening. Pluto, Neptune, and Uranus were destroyed by an alien threat. The deck was stacked against humanity before the cards came out of the box.
A Cinderella-ish tale with not-so-charming princes in the edgy setting of 1920s and 1930s Berlin during the rise of the Nazis, Farewell My Life spins an operatic tale of dangerous love, obsession and loss; of crumbling, dissolving and nothingness, that revolves around Grace, a shy 17-year-old whose fabulous talent for the violin promises a shimmering career.
Roads to Meaning and Resilience With Cancer
The book tells the stories of 39 patients with incurable lung cancer. It aims to help patients, families, and healthcare providers understand the experience of living with cancer. It also invites reflections on the essential questions of meaning, resilience, and coping with adversity in life.
Increasingly disturbing Christmas decorations from a stranger. Simple phrases with sinister implications. A childhood monster that is all too real and lies waiting. These are some of the seventeen new horror stories by Brandon Faircloth, all of which connect to each other and to the realm of Incarnata–a wondrous and terrifying place filled with miracles and monsters. By the end, you will find yourself in the dark and silent halls of a cursed hotel, standing before a door that simply reads “The Halloween Room”.
When the patriarch of a New Orleans crime family dies in a fight-to-the-death with a Chanas Indian chief on the banks of the Mississippi River, little does he know his direct descendant, William Laveaux, will seek revenge 75 years later.
The book is about what it is really like to be a flight nurse. Kurtis Bell brings over twenty years of flight nursing to bare in this no holes barred account of life working on a medical helicopter. With the most common question asked of him, “What’s the worst thing you’ve ever seen?” He answers that from his experience and perspective. He is brutally honest and direct. He tells of the early days in Native American AIr Ambulance, when the company was just getting started. It is graphic, vivid and uncensored.
Wracked with guilt over the tragic deaths of her husband and young son, Kate Cavanagh leaves 1939 Britain to start a new life in Burma, where she falls in love and marries teak plantation manager Jack Bellamy, a widower with two young children.
The 1942 Japanese invasion destroys their idyllic life in Burma. With Jack away fighting the enemy, Kate must embark on a perilous 250-mile journey, on foot, with her children and their Indian ayah.
In the summer of 1862, Cage Carew is a self-admitted odd duck and soft handed academic living just north of the Ohio River. Immersed in his studies, he remains steadfastly disinterested in the growing Civil War. However, his indolence is shattered when sadistic slave catcher Francois Devol and his menacing band of outlaws, making accusations and issuing dark threats, invade the community in hot pursuit of a fugitive fleeing north on the Underground Railroad, When two young women are found viciously murdered, the immediate suspects are Devol and his gang who have suddenly vanished into Dixie.
The Art of Hunting Humans presents key aspects of the human mind. With straightforward language, weird metaphors and practical examples, it enables readers to understand human behaviour and evaluate their lives from an outsider’s perspective.
Ryder, desperate to forget his past, throws himself into touring life and writing music. When Lexi joins the band, Ryder’s life becomes almost tolerable. Until one day when the rest of the band isn’t there and Ryder and Lexi have to share a hotel room: with only one bed.
Effective Leaders and Leadership
In this book, Effective Leaders and Leadership are talked about in almost every facet of life such as: Real Life Situations, Business, the Workplace, the Political Arena, (Spiritually) the Home, and Christian backgrounds.
The 28-Day Relationship Rehab Handbook
Over a period of time, even the strongest connections can begin to fray. With The 28-Day Relationship Rehab Workbook, Mary Delaney presents a series of solution-oriented worksheets to help restore awareness, kickstart communication, and grow appreciation.
My Uncle Makes Dolls to Replace Souls in Hell
When Cora unwittingly brought her Uncle Teddy back from Hell, it was just the start of her problems. She’s entered a world of magic and horror filled with evil occultists that want to kill her, demons and monsters lurking around every corner.
Anka has believed the stories since childhood: the alien relics bring ruin and madness. Ancient pieces of technology that seem to have minds of their own, the relics interface with human psychology, granting the power to bend space and time. When the colonists of Andromeda first discovered the relics, long before Anka was born, humanity was plunged into chaos.
Entertainment Fundraising: From $0 to $10,000
Entertainment Fundraising is a detailed step-by-step guide to promoting a show and/or Dinner Theater. The amount you’ll earn is limited only by your willingness to put the suggestions to work.
Our country is divided in so many ways, with a growing chasm between men and women. The news cycle is discouraging. Emotional and physical toxicity is affecting our health and well-being. There are words for what is happening. We are suffering from an empathy deficit disorder.
The stakes couldn’t be any higher. Stephen Parkes, a former Airborne Ranger and law school graduate, has been charged with a brutal crime. A career prosecutor has made him an offer of thirty years in return for a guilty plea. He has a hanging judge and his own public defender wants him to die in prison.
A dead body that never decays. A magic trick with horrific consequences. An apartment with a unique roach problem. Finding a serial killer’s cell phone. Visiting a childhood friend who insists you really must see what’s in a nearby tunnel. This book contains twenty-five terrifying new horror stories by Brandon Faircloth, all of them short enough to be enjoyed a bite at a time.
A war without end. The woman who began a revolution. All Zena wants is a life beyond her home planet, the North Star. The life of a soldier. When her brother is drafted into the Holy Army, Zena impersonates him to save his life. But women are forbidden from fighting in the army, and she will be killed if she’s caught. Her love affair with the High Priest’s daughter only makes matters worse.
In December 1944, P. Frank casually walked into the Pharamcie De La Nation in Paris and met Sophie, a frenchwoman. At the time, P. Frank couldn’t have imagined this chance encounter and friendship/marriage would lead to a ten year ” international war,” involving the use of private detectives.
Fifteen year old Rosaletta Guiterrez finds things turning from bad to worse after witnessing the tragic accident that takes her brother’s life. Estranged from the only family she’s ever known, Rosaletta is sent to a foster home, to live with a couple she can’t relate to as she struggles to get on with her life.
Everyone we love, everything we know, is going away…and only an autistic boy can stop it.
Giant screen televisions appear all over the city. The programming is addictive. People have to watch, but Alex cannot.
Cane was supposed to be out of sight. His most important asset has always been his anonymity, spanning back to his days as an assassin for the U.S. government. But when he finds a cassette player taped to the bumper of his vehicle, he realizes someone not only knows what car he drives, but the routes he takes, as well as what’s most important to him.
When Thomas’s family is annihilated in a raid, his life changes forever. Wandering for days, starving and hopeless, he is rescued by a monk and is taken to live at the abbey of Eynsham. There he receives a curious education, training to be a scholar, a merchant and a spy.
An 80 year old retired jurist, Kim has lived through World War II, the Korean War, and the Cold War. Read as he walks us through his life filled with rich tradition and turbulent waters.
In the eternal battle between dark magic and light, brothers Coinin and Marrok Wulf are called by an ancient Brotherhood to fulfil a great prophecy that will tip the fate of their world forever.
You Saw Something You Shouldn’t Have
You step into the dark for a thrill. To be entertained. Then you find yourself in a school where a group of friends have brought something terrible to life. You meet a family whose extraordinary luck comes at a horrific price. You write a letter to yourself and get a reply that leads to death and madness.
Productivity Equation: The Four Step Process to Accomplishing More of What’s Important to You
Do you feel that you have tried every time-management tool available with no real increase in your productivity?
In Productivity Equation, you will learn a simple, four-step process to improve your productivity permanently.
Finding Santa: The Adventure of Greedy Elf
What happens when one of Santa’s elves doesn’t want to share anymore? Using magic, Greedy Elf shrinks Santa and takes over Santa’s workshop. Solve the clues that a pixie leaves behind and break the spell. Told by Ellie Elf, Santa’s photographer, her story illustrates the transforming power of love.
Set in Regency England in the year 1811, A Price of Blood continues the saga of the Anowen Coven’s growing family in a story of the triumph of true love and happiness amid supernatural conflict and political intrigue.
The brutal murder of a friend leaves lawyer John Coleman stunned and sends shockwaves through the city of Cleveland. The technique of the killing recalls memories of the Torso Murderer, who dismembered at least twelve people decades ago and then vanished–eluding even legendary crime fighter Eliot Ness.
In the 70s, Maria Jordan is a Pastor’s daughter who follows her dream and moves to Atlanta. Though the college grad is making mega-money in a corporate job, she’s ready to settle down, marry, and begin a family. Then Mark enters her life. A handsome, intelligent man, Mark seems like the answer to Maria’s dreams. Instead, he becomes her nightmare.
When Jason saw his grandfather, the renowned surgeon Dr. Patrick Barron, carrying a woman’s lifeless body into the woods, he was terrified. When Dr. Barron admitted to it and started explaining why it was necessary, Jason’s life would never be the same.
Sage Stone: The Magic Between the Worlds
Sage Stone and his twin sister Hanah have no idea how their lives will change on the day Sage is chosen by the Thunder Beings. He is brought back from the brink of death by their Grandfather Jack, the shaman of the Tachi nation.
When We Sleep chronicles a four month journey through the subconscious and waking life of a prolific dreamer and the events and dream scenarios described are so bizarre that you really couldn’t make them up.
Owen McPhalan’s Mockingbird Valley Ranch is still a thriving family business in 1959. But when his wife, Marian, leaves Mockingbird to follow her dream of becoming a successful artist, she ignites a firestorm that impacts the descendants of three families.
Melissa, a shy teenage girl, feels lost in a transnational high society world that drives her to the depths of despair. But her attraction to the very human Kasho, who has snippets of philosophy to impart, eventually enables her to develop her own strengths. But Kasho doesn’t dwell physically on Earth.
Detective Roger Viceroy, divisional head of the Midwest Region Special Crimes Unit, awakes one morning to a bombing in a wealthy suburb of Milwaukee. As he and his team dive into the investigation, a mysterious clue launches a manhunt with scant other evidence to point them in the right direction.
A devastating earthquake that rocked Southern California turns Jill Cassidy’s life upside down, but the quake is nothing compared to what looms on the horizon. Armed with determination and an incomplete graduate degree in geology, Jill embarks on a dangerous journey through a world of elves and monsters she had no idea existed.
With a perfect twin sister and friends who have everything, Zoey Song can’t catch a break from quirky mishaps and hilarious accidents. Trouble follows this mischievous redhead everywhere. Can Zoey find a place in her world where life isn’t unbearable?
Ursula LeCoeur’s The Perfect Partner is a Victorian romance set in New Orleans in the Gilded Age. In a city that knows pleasure—from elaborate balls to decadent food and drink—true love can be elusive. Of course, there’s always a love potion from the local voodoo priestess.
Willow Armstrong was a successful business woman in the world of weight loss and fitness until it was all suddenly upended following a devastating divorce. Now Willow must take a journey of self-discovery to learn the truth about her past as she sets about reclaiming her life.
What if the worst thing isn’t that they don’t believe you? What if the worst thing is that they just don’t care? Seventeen year-old Emily has accepted the truth of her past trauma and made peace with her battered egos. She’s won the first battle… barely… but the war in her psyche still rages.
Even as hope begins to dawn, the Legionnaires wonder if they can ever be free of the darkness that haunts them… if their master, the beautifully treacherous Imperial Praetor, will ever really let them go.
Murdered parents. A busted spaceship. Stories that horrified the therapists and terrified the space stations. The tentacles of a corrupt Earth reach out to strangle the near-earth stars. The single person who can stop it is Meriel Hope—if only she can remember.
When a Natural Disaster visits Martine’s colorful little neighborhood, she thinks of a brilliant way to help people get back on their feet!
In this incredible story, International Award-Winning Author Jesse Byrd teams up with Master Illustrator Anastasiia Ku to Create a Picture Book of Laughter & Hope.
In The Simple and Easy Manager: What Managers Need to Know Before They Need to Know It, business consultant and executive coach Ned Parks illustrates that management problems can often be solved with easy-to-implement solutions.
Alexa is discovering that her whole life has been a lie. As her nineteenth birthday approaches, her true identity is revealed. The incredible world of witchcraft and Otherworlds come to light. Pulled into a prophecy centuries old, her existence takes a turn for the surreal.
While researching the cause of beehive demise across the country, scientific prodigy Javier stumbles onto a breakthrough discovery—a virus carried by bugs that insecticides can’t eradicate. It explains a string of human illnesses and deaths, and it means a vaccine is possible. But instead of his achievement being celebrated, his bosses try to murder him.
Everything about brothers Terry and Yuri is a lie—their lifestyles, their careers, their behavior, right down to their friendly smiles. Beneath the veneer of luxury, lurk two killers with a lethal skill-set that was taught to them by a legendary subculture long-thought extinct.