Drop Out by Neil Ostroff

When the Twin Towers fell, Nathan Cruz saved the lives of dozens of strangers but the one life he could not save was that of his pregnant fiancé. Wracked with survivor’s guilt and unresolved goodbyes, Nathan drops out of society where he lives self-sufficiently on a houseboat in Florida.

A twist of fate lands him into the home of Miriam Kanter, a young, fiercely independent woman with a shocking secret. Alone together in the midst of a raging hurricane, Nathan discloses the nearly unbearable sorrows of his past and finds strength to piece his shattered life back together. Being with Miriam, he feels the connection he’d been missing, stirring up feelings buried long ago. But will Miriam’s own life cut short and plunge Nathan back into his world of reclusive isolation?
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The Tale of Lucia Grandi, the Early Years by Susan Speranza

When an old woman is asked to recount the story of her life, she tells an intense and poignant tale about growing up in and surviving a warring suburban family during the 1950s and 60s.

​Written as a memoir, each chapter describes a particular incident in Lucia’s life which shows the constant struggle between her parents and the perverse effect it has on her and the family. From her complicated and unwanted birth, to her witnessing a suicide at age 3, to her stint as a runaway at age 14, the story progresses to the final crisis where as a young woman, she is turned out of her house and banished from her family forever.

Told in breathtakingly beautiful prose, this is a powerful and timeless story of a dying woman’s courageous attempt to come to terms with her past and the troubled family that dominated it.
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Horizons by Michael Galloway

If God does not play dice, does He ever play marbles? A gambling weatherman finds hope in the heart of a hurricane, amidst mounting losses. An ancient message arrives to a futuristic church…but is it too late?

Here are six short stories and twenty poems whose themes range from rollercoasters to fatherhood to the aftermath of a summer thunderstorm. From an underground library to a remarkable rescue in a Christmas Eve blizzard, each story is a venture to a new horizon. Continue reading

Euthanasia by Mack Mulluncey

She lies on the cold, metal table—clad in a loose, white paper dress—waiting, waiting, waiting, as her lover claims his next victim.

When Alex left the clinic that day, she thought she could move on from the rape that left her pregnant and the agonizing decision to have an abortion. That is, until the child she thought she left behind contacts her. Terrorized by mysterious phone calls and guilt, Alex feels her sanity slipping away as she becomes convinced that she must find the man who brutalized her to make a family for her dead daughter.

Anti-abortion crusader Tobin Bartell wouldn’t have it any other way. As The Leader of The Movement, when he’s not organizing protests or giving speeches, he’s orchestrating a campaign of harassment against women like Alex…and plotting to kill the local abortion doctor.

And Tobin has no shortage of candidates for the job: Paige wants money, Courtney wants love, Derek wants to belong. Tobin just wants it done…and it doesn’t matter to him who does it.

Life. Death. Murder. It’s all the same to them. Continue reading

The Accident at 13th and Jefferson by Brenda J. Carlton

We begin with a middle class American mother, father and fourteen year old son, add a freak accident, and then write three different novels depending on which one is killed. How different would anyone be if this had happened instead of that? Oh, and did I mention that one of the people involved is a presidential candidate? This unique work of fiction is different from anything you’ve ever read.

The story opens on a peaceful summer afternoon in southeastern Pennsylvania at Josh Greenwood’s fourteenth birthday party and then random tragedy strikes. Is Josh’s mother, Bonnie, killed? (Book 1) or his father Tom? (Book 2) or Josh himself? (Book 3). As the survivors in each story attempt to carry on with help from a close friend and neighbor Elaine and her son Max, and interference from Bonnie’s dysfunctional family, their fates and even their personalities turn out very differently. And the degrees of connection extend to Max’s issues with the identity of his real father who, as it turns out, is a Presidential contender. The book ends with Book 4, only one scene, in which the original tragedy is averted. How much do we really know about anyone?
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Ask Me if I’m Happy by Kimberly Menozzi

Sometimes the simplest questions are the hardest ones to ask.

Emily Miller is forced to spend a day in Bologna when she’d rather be catching her flight to the US. Determined to put ten years in Italy and her marriage behind her, she wants to have nothing to do with anything – or anyone – Italian ever again.

For Davide Magnani, chivalry isn’t yet dead. He accompanies Emily to Milan, if only to reassure himself of her safe arrival. The following morning, he’s stunned to realize he’s fallen in love with someone he’s only known for twenty-four hours – and it seems that she feels the same way.

One year later, Emily and Davide reunite. As their relationship strengthens, unforeseen events reveal deeper, troubling connections all around, which drive Emily away from the first man she’s ever really trusted. Can she forgive the lies she’s been told, or the truths which have been hidden from her? And how can Davide prove to her, once and for all, that Italy is precisely where she needs to be? Continue reading

Confessions of a Prime Minister by Fahid Hussain

#1: Downfall – Whether its dancing to Motownphilly with your childhood sweetheart, being prejudice or bringing down a Federation, Arthur Brown takes a look back at the influences of his early life and his downfall.

A fictional autobiographical serial with a setting in the future. Le Très Honorable Arthur Brown makes his most daring confessions, discussing his early life, the women that moved him and his twenty-two year reign as Prime Minister of Canada. Continue reading

Drawing Breath by Laurie Boris

Art teacher Daniel Benedetto has cystic fibrosis. At thirty-four, he’s already outlived his doctor’s “expiration date,” but that doesn’t stop him from giving all he can to his students and his work. When he takes on Caitlin, his landlady’s daughter, as a private student, the budding teen painter watches in torment as other people, especially women, treat Daniel like a freak because of his condition. To Caitlin, Daniel is not a disease, not someone to pity or take care of but someone to care for, a friend, and her first real crush. Convinced one of those women is about to hurt him, Caitlin makes one very bad decision. Continue reading