The Rhyme’s Library by Kristy Tate

Crazy Aunt Charlotte is missing again. Blair Rhyme, Rose Arbor’s young librarian, doesn’t bother to check Charlotte’s regular haunts — the Veteran’s of Foreign Wars lodge, the Four H-Club, or the bins behind Milton’s Fish shop – because Charlotte is dead. Blair discovered her body amongst the boxes of what-nots and whatevers in the library’s basement. Unfortunately, when she returns to the library with the police Charlotte is missing. Again.

Desperate to prove that she doesn’t share her aunt’s mental illness and that Charlotte really has been murdered, Blair tangles with a former lover, a disturbingly handsome stranger and a wacky cast of Rose Arbor characters.

At first Blair tries to dismiss the skin-pricking sensation of being watched, but as small disturbances grow increasingly threatening, she must confront the enemies, real or imagined, that drove her aunt to madness and death in the Rhyme’s Library. Continue reading

Chasing China; A Daughter’s Quest for Truth by Kay Bratt

Mia is beautiful, talented and has the world at her fingertips. But what makes her different than the average college student who juggles a heavy workload and a rat of a boyfriend? Many years ago she was born to an unknown family in China but soon discarded to fend for herself in a busy train station. Fate stepped in when Mia was taken to the local orphanage and adopted at the age of four by her American family. Life has been good for her, or at least as much as she has allowed it to be while pushing her deep feelings of abandonment to the back of her mind. Finally she has decided that in order to move forward, she must confront her past. Mia takes a journey to the mysterious land of her birth and embarks on a mission to find answers. As she follows the invisible red thread back through her motherland, she is enamored by the history and culture of her heritage–strengthening her resolve to get to the truth, even as Chinese officials struggle to keep it buried. With her unwavering spirit of determination, Mia battles the forces stacked against her and faces mystery, danger, a dash of romance, and finally a conclusion that will change her life. Continue reading

Must Love Sandwiches (The Bartonville Series – Volume 1) by Janel Gradowski

Emma has never wanted to be like her mother. After being dumped by her boyfriend she realizes she needs to make some drastic changes to her life or she’ll end up just like dear, old mom. However, changing isn’t easy, especially when her best friend doesn’t think she needs to and there is a luscious food truck chef tempting her with his tasty sandwiches and mischievous smile. Continue reading

Swedish for Beginners by Susanne O’Leary

When her father dies, Maud learns that her mother, the beautiful Eleonore, whom she had never known, was from Sweden. She travels to Stockholm to meet her Swedish family and discovers both a new country and a mysterious past.

Maud also learns that Lukas, the handsome older man she meets, was deeply in love with Eleonore in his youth. Maud’s attraction to him is marred as details of Eleonore’s past emerge from family letters.

The story that is revealed, that of a rebellious and somewhat immoral young woman, shatters Maud’s fantasy of the fairy tale princess she had always believed her mother to be.

Only when Maud reads her mother’s final letter does she learn the truth about her own parentage, and Lukas.

Set in Stockholm, its beautiful archipelago and Australia
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The Ex Files by Kelly McClymer

As an editor at a hip woman’s magazine, Diana Hudson’s job is to spot mistakes and erase them. But when her boss discovers she’s been applying the same critical eye to her love life, she decides it’s time for Diana to re-edit her style manual for love. She offers Diana the chance to write her first story for the magazine–the EX files–a series of articles about whether spending time with old flames can kindle new fires. For the aspiring writer it’s an irresistible, though admittedly awkward, opportunity — especially when her photographer and BFF Nick is sent along to document whether “Mr. Wrong Then” might be “Mr. Right Now…” But as Nick focuses his lens on Diana’s love life, she’s not the only one who begins to see things from a different angle… Continue reading

The Bridge by Kay Bratt

In present day China, an old woman’s house sits opposite an ancient bridge. Not just any bridge–but a special one because it has always been known as The Lucky Bridge. In olden days it was said that to walk over it during a marriage ceremony, or at the beginning of the New Year would bring the traveler good luck. Because of its reputation, over the years it has also become a popular place for young mothers to abandon their children. What to some may seem cruel is in reality their final gift to their offspring–one last chance to send them off to their new destinies with luck on their side. Jing, an old woman, is the unofficial and often reluctant guardian of the bridge. When no one else will, Jing steps in to prevent the children from frostbite, abuse and hunger, and then she delivers them safely to the orphanage. This has been her routine for many years, but what does Jing do when the latest child, a blind boy, burrows deep into her heart?

Read ‘The Bridge’ to see how Fei Fei’s life is changed by the love of a lonely old woman. The Bridge is a short story of 17,000 words, approximately 72 pages. Fei Fei’s character is based on a real orphaned boy that Kay Bratt met during her time in China.
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Laying Low In Hollywood by Jean Marie Stanberry

It wasn’t the first time she’d had to pick herself up and dust herself off, but after her husband of more than twenty years announced to her he wanted a divorce, Lane Jensen thought she might never recover from this cruel blow.

With her husband gone and both kids away at college, Lane decides it is time to do something life changing and unexpected.

Unwilling to let her sadness destroy her, Lane accepts an offer to work on a fledgling reality TV show, “Fire on Ice”. The whole prospect sounds like a bit of a disaster, but at this point, what has she got to lose?

Lane’s challenge will be to take retired star quarterback Ron Brannon, and pair him with professional figure skater Elena Denkova in an attempt to make a pairs team out of the two of them and ultimately win a pairs skating competition.

Not only does the team’s seriously mismatched talent seem intimidating, but Lane is soon finding herself attracted to her gorgeous co-star Ron, who is married and completely off limits. Will Lane be able to hide her budding attraction to her co-star when the cameras are rolling constantly? Will coming to Hollywood be the diversion she had hoped for, or the straw that finally breaks the camel’s back? Continue reading

Don’t Tell Anyone by Laurie Boris

Based on a true incident, the story of Don’t Tell Anyone begins when, landing in the emergency room nearly unconscious from pneumonia, 65-year-old Estelle Trager is forced to admit that she’s been living with potentially malignant tumors in both breasts…for five years. But now her son Adam and his wife, Liza, know about her secret. Adam is outraged, but Estelle, who watched her mother and grandmother suffer from breast cancer in the days when no one dared speak its name, has no intention of putting her family or herself through the horrors of cancer treatment. Estelle decides there is only one solution: ask Liza, the 33-year-old daughter-in-law she once called a godless hippie raised by wolves, to kill her.

A horrified Liza refuses and keeps the request—among other things—a secret from her furious husband. But she tells his younger brother, Charlie, a close friend from college with whom she shares her own confidences, despite Adam’s serious case of sibling rivalry. Armed with nutrition textbooks and her neighbor, a savvy nurse, can Liza win over her mother-in-law and convince her to consider other options before the cancer, the secrets, and Estelle’s determination to end her life win out?
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Midnight and Holding by Joyce DeBacco

Sometimes we wish we could stop the clock and rewind time. Maybe to savor a happy moment, take back words spoken in haste, or fulfill an ambition. Other times we want to turn the clock ahead, hopeful of better times or fortunes. Midnight and Holding is a collection of short fiction reflecting those desires. A mix of humor, pathos, and serious observations in approximately 12,000 words.

Rubies and Other Gems – the Short Story – A woman’s trip back in time puts her present problems in perspective. (This is the short that inspired my novel of the same name.)

The Shed – A newly erected garden shed is the catalyst that reconnects a driven executive with his neglected wife and children.

Harvey’s New Suit – A woman buys her husband his first new suit in years.

Rainbow Years – A carefree youth calls to mind a woman’s own dreams and desires.

Mad Dogs and Fishermen – A humorous account of an innocent suggestion taken to extreme.

Midnight and Holding – A parent’s rite of passage.
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Playing On Cotton Clouds by Michela O’Brien

When arty Livy falls for her sister’s boyfriend, she knows her dreams are unlikely to come true… Sensitive Seth thinks he has hit the jackpot when the girl of his dreams finally looks his way… While laidback Aidan is every girl’s hero.

Fast forward twenty-five years as carefree youth turns into adulthood responsibilities, relationships begin and end, music and fashion change, and life moves on with its successes, failures and heartaches. As the friends grow up, they discover life rarely turns out the way you imagined it at fifteen.

The rites of passage through years are eerily familiar to every 1980s teenager in this moving, heartfelt novel.
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