The Thousand-Vodka Stare by Julian Pollard

When Andrew Black takes up a teaching post in Warsaw shortly after the death of Princess Diana, he knows he is a man desperately trying to escape from his past. He arrives in a ‘city of graves’; a city still struggling to come to terms with its own ghosts of war and communist oppression as it faces an uncertain future. It is not long before the broken people Andrew meets put first his heart, and then his life, in danger. Continue reading

Emma’s Choice by Loretta Porter

Emma has her perfect life, complete with an adoring husband and two children. However, when tragedy strikes, Emma must decide how she can possibly pick up the pieces of her shattered heart and continue on. She pushes all outside help away and moves halfway around the world to forget her problems.

Being lonely is harder than Emma ever imagined, for the ghosts are constantly there in her mind. Not wanting to betray her family, but still wanting to live her life, Emma is faced with some big decisions. With some help from two new friends, Emma is able to find her way back out of the darkness. Continue reading

The Journey by Bruce A. Borders

Who knew Running Away Could Be So Hard?

When a teenage boy, who thinks he knows it all, leaves home in search of a better life, he finds out the hard way what everyone must learn – growing up isn’t an easy thing to do.
Leaving home at fifteen, Kyle Davis’ path to adulthood takes him on an eventful ride, and at times a dangerous one. His firsthand experiences with the cruel realities of a callous world drive home the point that he has a lot to learn and a long ways to go.
Unwilling to admit his mistakes, he flounders a while before finally accepting life for what it is – hard work. It takes considerably more time for him to reach the point of going home and apologizing. That’s when he discovers the world didn’t stop to wait for him. Home isn’t quite the way he remembers it, and he sees how drastically things can change.

Still, certain things remain the same; principles and values are a constant. It isn’t a persons age, location or where they are in life that determines when they’ve become an adult. Kyle realizes The Journey is more than merely miles traveled. The road to maturity, whether literal or figurative, takes a person only as fast as they are willing to go. Yet, at some point, everyone has to make The Journey. Continue reading

More than Mischief (The Hurley Vance Series: Book 1) by J.D. Nock

Torture, brainwashing, and obedience are common. Questions are not.

A few among the subservient population strive for something more. Son of a senator and brutalized for his beliefs, Hurley Vance desires to be his own person. Wicked statesmen want Hurley contained and the ideas he cherishes suppressed. Evangeline Street, an opposition leader who rejects State enslavement, asks that Hurley join her countermovement.

After visiting his friends one night, Hurley saves a woman from a Watcher’s cruelty. As a result of his actions, he discovers an underground society living in Building 86.

Now, he must choose between a safe life of government protection or one of danger and revolution. Continue reading

Missing Grace by Bonnie Davis

Missing Grace is about two young girls growing up in a poor, northern California town in the seventies. The town is still divided by race so the friendship between these two girls, one black and one white, is difficult at best. Missing Grace is told in the past tense as one of the girls who became a famous music star is reminiscing with a reporter who is interviewing her. You will find the story of Grace and Natalie both heart warming and sad and I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it! Continue reading

The Night Porter by Mark Barry

THE STORY The Night Porter is set in a hotel, in November, in the fictional town of Wheatley Fields, (based on Southwell, near Nottinghamshire, deep in Sherwood Forest). It takes place over two weeks, underneath steel grey clouds and icy rain. Four writers, all nominated for an upcoming awards ceremony, come to stay. One mega successful romance author, a top US thriller writer who sells in seven figures, a beautiful young YA tyro on the brink of world wide stardom… …and a degenerate, nasty, bitter, jealous, trollish, drunken (but brilliant), self-published contemporary fiction author. The eponymous, pseudonymous and anonymous Night Porter is instructed by a secretive and powerful awards committee to look after their EVERY need, to ensure they make it through the two weeks to attend the ceremony. At the same time as keeping an eye on their wishes, antics, fights, relationships and never-ending ego explosions. And trying desperately to avoid getting involved himself. It’s a comedy drama about writers (and Night Porters!) with twists and turns, nooks and crannies, shadows and mirrors, alongside some of my bizarre preoccupations and obsessions. It casts a sometimes shadowy light on modern publishing, the writing business – and the people in it. Writers who like to read about writers and writing will enjoy the book. Continue reading

Ghosts on the Red Line by Peter David Shapiro

Commuters see their Departed on the Boston subway…

Consultant Harry West is hired to investigate by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. His project turns personal when his ex-wife Alexandra Ben-Tov meets their beloved daughter on the Red Line, who looks like the teenager she might have become if she had lived.

Are the visitors on the Red Line ghosts or hallucinations? Either way, when Harry’s team discovers the source of the visitations, the MBTA declares it will bring them to an end.

Alexandra has a brilliant idea: Build Visitation Rooms that replicate the features of Red Line train cars so that people can continue to meet their loved ones.

But not everyone approves. The Archbishop of Boston seeks to get Visitation Rooms banned in Massachusetts. And a gangster who frets that his victims might return from the dead warns Harry and Alexandra: Cancel Opening Day for the first Visitation Room, or else! Continue reading

Jasper, Amazon Parrot: A Rainforest Adventure by Sharon C. Williams

Jasper, the Amazon parrot, is no ordinary bird. He lives within the rainforest, whose secrets he’s eager to explore. He loves his life, his home, and his family – grateful for the blessings he’s discovered. He’s in charge of his younger brother, Willie, a responsibility Jasper takes very seriously.

Learning how to fly, he learns to appreciate the world around him. When he meets a spider monkey with a penchant for food and a laid back attitude named Charlie, he realizes he’s in for an adventure he never thought possible.
Jasper, the Amazon parrot, is no ordinary bird. He lives within the rainforest, whose secrets he’s eager to explore. He loves his life, his home, and his family – grateful for the blessings he’s discovered. He’s in charge of his younger brother, Willie, a responsibility Jasper takes very seriously.

Learning how to fly, he learns to appreciate the world around him. When he meets a spider monkey with a penchant for food and a laid back attitude named Charlie, he realizes he’s in for an adventure he never thought possible.

Exploring the boundaries of the forest, Jasper soon understands that there is more to the world around him. Most especially the strange new creatures that have come to live there. Are they safe the young parrot doesn’t know. With Willie and Charlie by his side he will soon find out. Continue reading

The Little Girl Who Made God Laugh by Preciada Azancot

An entire generation has lived enamoured of The Little Prince written by Antoine de Saint Exupéry and continues to dream about him. And now, taking over the torch – since she was born almost when he disappeared into the sky – the author of this short novel for children of all ages – especially the age of grandparents – arrives to bring us The Little Girl Who Made God Laugh. A great admirer and lover of the Little Prince, she has created a Little Princess for him, so that he never has to leave our world again.

Preciada Azancot, renowned as the creator of MAT (Metamodel of Transformational Analysis), whose books are available from the same Publishers, has made the Little Prince’s dream for this world a reality: finding the harmony, clarity, corporality, metamorphosis, soul and spirit, lost on this planet.

The story tells how a little girl, fallen from the kingdom of the angels, brings the laws of heaven to this earth and searches for her little prince, her twin soul, in order to build with him that paradise for two called a couple.

To do this, she seeks him in the desert, then in Paris, then in New York, then in Peking, then in Benares, then in Rome, finding him at last, at the end of the tale, where she least expects it.

While she seeks her loved one, the girl gives each capital and its inhabitants the keys she brought from Paradise.

From the stars, The Little Prince provided the elements that man has to supply to make this world better. In a century illuminated by hope in womanhood, The Little Girl provides the keys that woman has to supply, so that together and united they may return, without having to die, to the Garden of Eden.

A story that is moving, entertaining, educational and above all takes us back to the origins and essences that all angels share, enriching our lives.

A wonderful and wise book for all ages. Continue reading