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SUKI: What Does Love Really Look Like?
by C.F. Winn
Our Price: $12.99
Life offers one guarantee…death.
SUKI tells the story of Savannah, an independent go getter who allows fear to keep her from being completely happy, and Dwayne, a softhearted ex-Marine with a talent for creativity. The couple is destined to find each other and carry out a preordained agreement made long before their human feet enter this Earthly plane. Their connection is tangible and their lives easy — until they are presented with one challenge that shakes them to their cores. The couple’s subsequent struggle to make sense of their imploding world comes to a head in the epilogue, where a shocking secret is revealed in an overdue letter.
We all assume we know what love is, but think again. It comes in many shapes and sizes. If you knew ahead of time that you’d never see “happily ever after”, would you choose to live at all for the sake of love? Read more at ReadSUKI.com.
CF Winn flexes her story telling muscle and shows us why she is an award winning author. SUKI will grab your heart and make you think about your place… and your purpose in this world.
CF Winn is a freelance writer of blogs and short stories when she’s not training others in the art of Market Research. Her day job has led her to places that few of us know exist. Worlds where eccentricity is the norm and even sometimes embraced. Led by several off kilter muses, CF has been graciously guided into the awards arena, most notably, Wordsmitten Storycove for her flash fiction story, “Sunday Drives Done Mojo Style.”
CF Winn is the founder of Winning! Publications, a firm specializing in editing and promotion services for authors. Her latest project is the just released Trailer Trash, With a Girl’s Name, a hilarious and heartwarming story of a boy saddled with a girl’s name and forced into a nomadic existence. Ms. Winn lives in New York with her three brilliant children and is a regular contributor to HumorOutcasts.com and The Lindenhurst Patch.
Tales From a Broad
by Jeannine Henvey
Our Price: $15.95
Forty-two and feeling not-so-fabulous, Lucy Banks allows her older sister to talk her into accompanying her twenty-four-year-old niece on a trip around Europe. In the past year, she has lost her fiancé, her job and her fertility. Embracing her role as spinster aunt seems to be Lucy’s only option, until she embarks on a romantic adventure through London, Amsterdam, Munich, Paris and Florence. Will a room with a view and a handsome stranger be enough to open her heart and mind to new experiences? Tales From A Broad promises to draw readers into a light-hearted tale of emotional development, self-discovery and love.
Jeannine Henvey, a Long Island native, graduated magna cum laude from Hofstra University with a Master of Arts in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. After graduate school she moved to Manhattan where she mastered the art of job hopping. She finally landed in publishing where she had a long stint as a promotional writer for many popular women’s magazines.
Jeannine backpacked around Europe with three of her friends in between undergrad and grad school. Whether in a youth hostel, on the EuroRail, sitting in a pub, or at a sidewalk cafe, she kept a journal throughout the two month trip. Over the years, she had come across the book and put it away, knowing that one day she would do something special with it. It was that journal that inspired her to write Tales From a Broad.
When she’s not traveling the world with her fictitious characters, Jeannine is happily grounded with her husband and three children on Long Island.
A Force for Good
by Samuel Muggington
Our Price: $12.05
Clown’s baby brother was shot and killed at the Courts in East Harlem. Everyone thought that thugs from the Original Young Gangsters (OYG) did it, but they couldn’t be sure. It seemed like no one could stop the violence until a group of teens took matters into their own hands and formed the Force for Good (FFG). Using their wits, survival skills and the latest techie gadgets, the FFG fought the gang bangers in their search for the killer. The truth turned out to be more evil and twisted than any of them imagined.
After travelling the world I finally settled in the New York City area where I have lived for the past twenty years. I am captivated by nature and science and technology. On top of that, I have now found I love to tell wild, crazy stories. Each novel I write is an adventure and I have no idea where or if it will ever end. I hope you will read and enjoy my simple tales. Please read more at SamuelMuggington.com.
Pomroy’s World: Arrival
by Samuel Muggington
Our Price: $16.80
The SUV hit Pomroy and crushed his skull. He never woke from the coma. His doctor gave his parents no hope. Little did they know that Pomroy walked in another strange world. There he met a beautiful girl named Nna. Nna and Pomroy experience wild adventures and hilarious cross-cultural misunderstandings as they try to survive. Pomroy is torn between his love for the exotic Nna and his desire to go home to his familiar world. Meanwhile, a young physicist and her intern make a fantastic breakthrough. They built a sophisticated dark matter device powered by a quantum computer. Eventually they too become trapped in Pomroy’s world. No one knows if the laws of physics will ever let them return.
After travelling the world I finally settled in the New York City area where I have lived for the past twenty years. I am captivated by nature and science and technology. On top of that, I have now found I love to tell wild, crazy stories. Each novel I write is an adventure and I have no idea where or if it will ever end. I hope you will read and enjoy my simple tales. Please read more at PomroysWorld.com.
Between Henry & Clinton
by Francine Richetti
Our Price: $11.00
Life has a way of happening without notifying you first. Teo is living a life he inherited; a life he thought he was responsible for; a life that was brought about by circumstances out of his control; a life he rarely, if ever, talks about. Teo knows what it feels like to love. He knows what it means to be depended on. He knows how to sacrifice. What he doesn’t know is how to trust, how to let his guard down, or how to let himself feel again. Until, one night, on a stoop in Brooklyn, between Henry and Clinton.
Francine grew up the daughter of a New York City Firefighter. As a child, she spent summers on the beaches and waters of Long Island and Cape Cod. A former Litigation Paralegal, she now spends most of her time at soccer fields, baseball fields or dance competitions. She lives on Long Island, New York with her husband and three kids. Read more at facebook.com/BetweenHenryAndClinton.
Eyes of the Soul
by Karen Esposito
Our Price: $17.95
Jack always longed to lift the physical world’s veil of illusion and peer into the reality behind it. His journey, in the afterlife, provides answers to his lifelong quest for forgotten truths. Traversing two worlds with the guidance of a mysterious angel transforms Jack by replacing the ego’s vision with that of the soul’s. He gains an elevated perspective through releasing limiting beliefs and replacing them with liberating insights. The world, and his path, are seen in a magical way.
Did you ever wonder what is hidden behind life’s curtain? What forgotten truths await to guide you through life? Join Jack on a spiritual journey that replaces the ego’s vision with that of the soul’s, and traverses two realms. Be prepared to see the world, and your path, in a magical, new way.
“Karen Esposito addresses the needs of contemporary seekers in this inspirational book. She gives us practical tools with which we can gather spiritual knowledge.” — Barbara Biziou, author of The Joys of Everyday Ritual and The Joys of Family Rituals
“This is a must read! Karen’s grasp of spirituality is comprehensive and inspiring. I encourage you to embark upon this awesome journey. You’ll feel enlightened, elevated, and entertained!” — Louisiana Zinn, Reiki Master, Spiritual Teacher and Healer
Esposito read her poem, What was not Seen on September 11th, at the first 9/11 memorial. Her Columbine poem, A Cry for Help in Columbine, was published in The Denver Catholic Register. She has now turned her capability for healing words into a novel. Karen is a second degree Reiki master. She has a career in the travel industry and lives in New York City.
Digging: Lifting the Memorable from Within the Unthinkable
by Susan Rostan
Our Price: $17.95
GRAND PRIZE WINNER (Nonfiction), 2014 LUCKYCINDA BOOK CONTEST
Have you ever really thought about your ancestors beyond their names and dates of events in their lives? The stories of how they lived their lives can be a source of strength as well as inspiration in your own life. In this new work of narrative nonfiction, Susan M. Rostan invites us to experience her journey as she seeks to uncover the story of her husband’s family, including two courageous but silent survivors of WWII’s Warsaw Ghetto: her mother-in-law Elzbieta and Elzbieta’s brother, Marian Rosenbloom. With the passing of Elzbieta, an aging Uncle Marian is the only surviving link to his family’s history — the stories of tragic loss and heroic survival — that he and his sister had refused to share with anyone throughout their lives. Encouraged by the author and driven by an emerging sense of responsibility to his sister’s namesake and future generations, Marian begins a difficult journey into the memories of his childhood in the Warsaw Ghetto and subsequent survival. As his experiences unfold, he haltingly recalls how he managed to escape the Ghetto and survive, thanks to his courageous rescuers. Out of his remembrances, the author nurtures not only the story of her husband’s family history, but finds herself immersed in an insistent desire to honor Marian’s rescuers. Through her poignant and compelling narrative, she revives Elzbieta’s legacy of hope, caring and laughter for all of us to share.
“As a Pole, I highly appreciate the joint efforts of Susan and Marian to restore the memory of Polish Jews, former residents of my hometown… and the memory of my countrymen who risked their own lives as well as their families’ lives whilst hiding and saving from death their Jewish friends, neighbors and even strangers. With this book, some of them receive the title of Righteous Among the Nations for their quiet heroism.” – Aleksander Kopiński, Polish literary critic, historian and genealogist.
Grand Prize Winner (Nonfiction), 2014 LuckyCinda Book Contest
“An emotionally charged, beautifully written book is how one reviewer described this story and we agree. The story is a narrative of the survivors of WWII’s Warsaw Ghetto and their rescuers. It will remind you how cruel humanity can be, but, too, how resilient and courageous the spirit fighting for survival. A personal story worth reading.” – LuckyCinda Book Contest Judge’s comments
Susan M. Rostan is a visual artist, educational researcher, and the author of Digging: Lifting the Memorable from Within the Unthinkable, a work of creative nonfiction. She has written well-received articles in The Journal of Creative Behavior and Creativity Research Journal as well as chapters in diverse books on creativity. She has an MFA from Long Island University and a doctorate in gifted education from Columbia University. Ms. Rostan has directed the Rostan Art School since 1970, conducted extensive research in children’s artistic development, and has served as an adjunct professor in Hofstra University’s School of Education. Ms. Rostan and her husband Robert live on Long Island. Read more at SusanMRostan.com.
by Philip Schulman, M.D.
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Daniel Whitacore is a brilliant oncologist who discovers a way to use a deadly virus to treat lymphoma. His discovery is a miracle to those who suffer from the devastating disease. Unfortunately, Daniel has enemies. These enemies hope to alter his miracle cure to make it something deadly to harm Daniel as well as the entirety of mankind. Not only must Daniel fear those who mean him harm, but also, he must be wary of those closest to him. John Abel is Daniel’s devoted fellow, but even he soon gets caught up in the plot and becomes an unwilling conduit to its execution. John’s girlfriend, Susan, is a Harvard educated Ph.D. She may be smart, but can she be trusted? An outside force, Peter Sutter, recently lost his son to cancer, and he seeks revenge against Daniel, much like the others who would use his miracle cure to kill. Then, there is Jack Comstock: a jihadist conflicted as to his motivations and the ramifications of his actions. All of these people are soon intertwined by Daniel’s scientific discovery, but will any of them get what they truly want?
Philip Schulman, M.D. is a physician who lives on Long Island with his wife Sherry. He attended Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, New York and has spent many years of his illustrious career treating patients with cancer as Chief of Medical Oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center on Long Island. He currently serves as a Medical Director of Oncology at Eviti, Inc.
by Greg Kemp and Willy Minnix
Our Price: $15.00
In the modern world, the factions of governments, religions, and military powers are scrambling to answer one question: Who controls the Fear that controls all people? Dr. Karol Seguin has been hired by her publishing company to document the day to day decisions of the current president of the United States. He has uncanny intelligence and universal popular regard. And, from his impending resume of distinction, his constituency has commissioned that his life be documented as in line with the great leaders of history. Karol and her acquaintances, Col. Thomas Graile and Justice Mel Sodeq, are bombarded with a flurry of new questions. Is there technology to boldly manipulate the many populations of the world by only one person? Are there secrets of antiquity that give hints and clues to a power greater than mortality? What is a legend? What is a conqueror? Ultimately, three questions exist: Is the world controlled by omnipotence or debilitation? Is it better to be omnipresent or to be continual in spirit? And, the greatest of these questions is: Will the minds of conquerable people fall by the individual who is omniscient or the individual who can impose confusion?
Greg Kemp is a school psychologist, rock guitar enthusiast, and an equal apologist to the use of long words and scheme philosophies in professional football. All is considered mere gust and dust when compared to just spending time with his wife and kids. Willy Minnix is a pastor, musician, graphic artist and author of several books covering topics such as music theory, theology and fiction. Willy has also released several CDs. He lives with his wife, kids and dog somewhere in the world. Read more at facebook.com/greg.willy.775.
People Who Look Alike, Are Alike. It’s In the DNA! Your Biology is Your Biography
by Marcia Stanex Cammarata
Our Price: $13.95
Personality Predictors is the ultimate guide to better relationships and success in like. It will provide you with a pathway to understanding your inner self and relating to others.
Personality Predictors is a guide and the key to empowering yourself and controlling your destiny, enhance your self esteem and find stepping stones to friendship, intimacy and achievement, as well as becoming secure in who you are, so you can find fulfillment and success in life. You can move forward with confidence, accept the challenges life presents and overcome inadequacies once you understand your temperament.
Once you learn to identify the 7 Personality Types through the art of observation, you will be able to navigate through life with less stress and develop the power of positivity. You will see humanity more clearly. There is a correlation between behavior styles and personality types established by numerous studies. This book will help you master the art of observation and analysis in the study of human nature.
Personality Predictors evolved from the ancient historical study of Physiognomy which evolved other centuries. Genetics determine the structure of your character traits from birth. You are an echo of the generation before you. All human development is determined by nature and our ancestral record. Neuroscience and recent studies have reinforced that we are a product of our genetics. It is in our DNA.
Personality Predictors is an analysis system that can be learned. This book will provide you with innovative tools to achieve that knowledge. Whether you are simply curious about yourself and your family and friends or in a profession that requires social interaction, you will benefit by being able to predict personality types of individuals by observing their facial and body characteristics. You will have the advantage of knowing what a person is like behind the mask and develop the skills to communicate with them as well as understand their eccentricities, idiosyncracies and attributes. You can avoid relationship pitfalls and make the best of every situation you encounter.
The 7 Types of Personality Predictors provides you with an innovative and powerful tool that is more accurate and unique than astrology or other methods. It opens the door to better understand and discovery of who you are. Read more at PersonalityPredictors.com.
by Claudia Riess
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Stolen Light is a suspense novel set in the art world and involving the Italian Renaissance, the Cuban Revolution, as well as a love story. Cuba, 1958: the art collection of sugar plantation owner, American born William Delaney, is seized. Delaney is killed during the incident, and his pregnant wife flees Cuba, never to look back. Now, over fifty years later, Delaney’s wife dies, and his daughter, Helen Gilmore, intent on “knowing” the father whose life was shrouded in secrecy, is determined to restore what she can of his legacy. She seeks the help of young Art News writer, Erika Shawn, whose boss hooks her up with a more seasoned hand, art historian, Harrison Wheatley. What begins as an academic endeavor quickly changes character when Helen is brutally murdered and Erika is anonymously warned to give up her assignment. Undeterred, she continues her investigation, Harrison following suit. Their quest leads them to finding what may be a Michelangelo drawing; to unraveling a mystery over a half century old; and to solving Helen’s murder. Their sleuthing is complicated by their burgeoning passion, as irresistible and, in a sense, as threatening as their mission.
“Complex and intriguing” — Kirkus Reviews
Claudia Riess, a Vassar graduate, has worked in the editorial department of The New Yorker and has edited art history monographs. Her first novel, Reclining Nude, was published by Stein and Day. Oliver Sacks, neurologist and author of Awakenings commented: “…exquisite and delicate… a most courageous book, full of daring — a daring only possible to a passionate and pure heart.” Read more about Ms. Riess and her works at claudiariessbooks.com.
Semblance of Guilt
by Claudia Riess
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Ellen Davis’s husband left her for another woman. Post-divorce, she’s trying to reassert her independence and lands a job as a reporter for her local newspaper. One of her assignments is covering weekly items on the police blotter, which is how she gets to know Lieutenant Pete Sakura—a handsome, witty Japanese- American Ellen is drawn to immediately. Another of Ellen’s assignments is interviewing for the paper’s “Around The Town” column, and in this capacity, she meets Graham and Sophia Clarke, newcomers to the community. He’s an administrator at Columbia; she’s his beautiful Greek wife. Ellen and Sophia become fast friends, so it comes as a great shock when Sophia ends up dead. Sophia Clarke is found murdered, and to all appearances, Ellen is the last person to have seen her alive. When Ellen’s fingerprints are found on the murder weapon, she’s arrested, and evidence steadily mounts against her. Ellen takes matters into her own hands as her romantic feelings for Pete intensify. Closing this case could either save Ellen or lead to her destruction. “A determined amateur detective who’ll garner fans with her refusal to either back down or give up.” —Kirkus Reviews. Read more about Ms. Riess and her works at claudiariessbooks.com
Love and Other Hazards
by Claudia Riess
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Love and Other Hazards is a novel about urban singles stumbling toward fulfillment in an odyssey of sex, love, and parenting.
Glenda Fieldston is at the Metropolitan Museum of Art with her seven-year-old daughter, Astrid, when Eugene Lerman comes walking by with his eight-year-old daughter, Meredith, a schoolmate of Astrid’s. The families spot each other, Glenda and Eugene engage in long-range cursory assessments, and then they go their separate ways.
But not for long. Glenda and Eugene cross paths professionally soon after, and circumstances at work bring them into close association. So begins a friendship fraught with complications. Glenda’s independence is self-imposed and fierce. Eugene’s was foisted on him by a wife who left him. Although Glenda’s and Eugene’s personal demons are incompatible, their longings are, confoundedly, in harmony. Their cautious friendship is further inhibited by past and present relationships, and it remains to be seen if they can break out of their set ways to make a break for uncharted love.
Read more about Ms. Riess and her works at claudiariessbooks.com
Medicine Hat Moments Animal Cards
by Darlene Fricchione and P.E. Calvert
Our Price: $24.00
Medicine Hat Moments is an animal deck of cards designed to enhance consciousness, intuition, and dream interpretation. Medicine Hat Moments cards use animal spirits as a powerful tool in sharing ancient Native American wisdom. There are four cards for each animal in the deck, one for each element — air, water, fire and earth. The Lakota name for the animal appears underneath the English (North American) name for the animal. The bottom of the card reflects the herb associated with the animal. Users may ask an open-ended question, shuffle the deck of cards, and choose one through intuition, or find a card that represents an animal they have recently encountered. It is suggested that users consider the animal’s nature, habits, and relationship with Mother Earth. Users may also read the cards in layouts: North, East, South, and West for the Medicine Wheel; or three cards for Past, Present, and Future. There is no specific ritual required to use Medicine Hat Moments Animal Cards. How the user chooses to interact with the animals is their personal choice and the meaning is specific to them. The animal spirits are always with us.
Over the last 20 years, and Darlene Fricchione and P.E. Calvert have proudly been involved in diverse groups of self-healers, shamans, and visionaries; exploring the art of spirituality and self-growth. The wisdom and tools of these magical practitioners helped inspire the idea for Medicine Hat Moments. For many years, Darlene Fricchione traveled the world with a famous Native American holy man. She is a certified teacher of Conscious Dreaming techniques and interpretations. Darlene is also a certified astrologer and a practitioner of the ancient Hawaiian teachings known as Hooponopono. Darlene incorporates all her learning tools as a spiritual coach. Learn more about Darlene by visiting sageastrologer.com. P.E. Calvert is a spiritual mentor and leads workshops in guided meditation, automatic writing, and Shamanism. These studies are designed to be a gateway to Shamanic states of consciousness, power animals, dream interpretation, visioning, and a practical understanding of the medicine wheel for a modern culture. She has also served as producer and writer on various projects for film, television, and theater, including Teen Tone, a youth fitness DVD. Learn more about P.E. Calvert by visiting pecalvert.com.
The Dirty Little Secrets: Getting Your Dream Job
by Don Raskin
Our Price: $22.95
Don Raskin owns and operates MME, an advertising and marketing agency in New York City. During his twenty-five years at the agency he has interviewed hundreds of new college graduates for positions within his agency and has placed a strong emphasis on entry-level recruitment for positions in creative, account management, traffic, and production. Raskin has also mentored countless students and their parents on best practices for the job search. Over the years, Raskin has kept exceptionally detailed notes on the interviews he has conducted, observing the good, the bad, the ridiculous, the irreverent. He also has a treasure trove of over-the-top cover letters, resumes, interviews, and post interview follow-ups he has conducted and received. Now, he wants to share all the wisdom and insider secrets he has gathered to help students and first-time job seekers find a job in this economy.
Based on his remarkable expertise, Raskin’s book provides exclusive insight into the job search process and lets readers in on all of the dirty little secrets to landing their first job—or a new one—and finding career success.
Turning Blue: A Life Beneath the Shield
by Lawrence Hoffman
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As a kid growing up on Long Island, I struggled with an unknown psychological need to wear a uniform and a strong desire to be a part of an organization. My search would take me through Little League, Cub Scouts, and various fraternal organizations. This desire would only be fulfilled after joining the NYPD in February of 1984. Somewhere during my twenty-year career, I was transformed from that kid into a veteran New York City police detective. This is my evolution from a middle-class suburban kid with simple values who naively thought the “projects” were a homework assignment into a veteran detective working in some of the most unforgiving neighborhoods of New York City. With this transformation comes the ability to separate the daily exposure to the dark side of human nature from your own life-sustaining core beliefs. Many will fail to acquire this ability and fall victim to drugs, alcohol, divorce, crime, and even suicide. This is a process which I have come to call Turning Blue. This is my story of how I dealt with life-changing experiences at home while my gun belt and uniform hung safely in my locker. In my twenty years of experience as a police officer, I can honestly say that I have been scared and feared for my life. Could you go back to work after crying yourself to sleep, reliving your partner’s screams as he lay bleeding to death in the backseat of your unmarked car, and the only thing keeping your heart in your chest was your department-issued bulletproof vest?
Who’s the Lucky Guy?
by Samuel Muggington
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When he’s fired from his Wall Street IT job, Borden Duffield is certain things couldn’t possibly get much worse. But then, after his air guitar antics make him the star of a viral video, a call from his doctor brings even more cause for concern.
Suddenly, Borden is unemployed, overwhelmed, and facing the reality that he might not live another year. But when fate guides him to an Indian cooking demonstration, he suddenly sees hope in the form of the world’s most valuable spice—the little purple flowers of the saffron plant.
Joined by his wife Helen and his best friend Hill, Borden does everything he can to set his new idea in motion—including firing paintballs at local speeders and experimenting with “liquid ass.” Their destination? Amish country, Pennsylvania, where they’ll learn the secrets of growing saffron and begin gathering intel for their hopefully lucrative operation.
But when a clandestine group of criminals begins enacting its own dastardly plan, Borden could be out of luck yet again—and it’s not long before the group’s moneymaking venture transforms into a high-tech international caper.
by Jean Mellano
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This is a memoir about a gentle soul who gave so much love and joy to others in spite of his own depression. Steve Tarpinian took his own life on March 15, 2015. He was a beloved coach, swimmer, entrepreneur, friend and companion. His vision established the landscape for triathlon on Long Island. Steve’s true legacy is the lives that he positively impacted while on his journey. Slipped Away exemplifies Steve’s journey and the lives he touched along the way. It include tributes from his soul mate of 33 years, his colleagues, his students, the triathlon community as well as his own writings. The intention of this book is to have Steve’s depth of spirit and compassion live on and continue to have a positive impact on the lives of others.
by Carolann C. McGrath
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Twelve men from different religions and walks of life receive a plain white envelope that contains just one word: COME. Each must respond immediately to the request and give up their way of life. They are a Wall Street broker, a British lord, a homeless person, a poor taxi driver from India, an oil tycoon from South America, a doctor, an archeologist, an engineer, a rock star, a prince from Saudi Arabia, a jeweler from Israel, and a priest from Italy. Their beliefs are in several different gods. There is a Buddhist, one who believes in Allah, some who believe in the one God, and an agnostic, who believes in nothing. Each of these men do not know where they are going. They just go because they are called. They are taken to a monastery where their journey begins. When they arrive at the monastery, they find that they have been called to search for some of the rarest artifacts known to man. Each is given a task that they must complete within one month. They are sent to different parts of the world in search of these artifacts. Among some of the places they will travel to are Brazil, Turkey, India, Egypt, and China. Each man or team of men searches the world over to bring the artifacts back to the monastery. When they find the artifact and touch it, they are forever changed. They cannot believe what they have found. Many will be brought to tears. All will find inner peace. They have been called at a time of complete turmoil in the world, and what they find will bring about peace. This is a story that may make you cry, may make the unbeliever believe. Hopefully, it will bring joy and inner peace to those who read it. Please join with me on the journey of these twelve very special men.
A Journey Through Time
by Mary Ann Dratch
Our Price: Paperback $18.98/ Hardcover $27.98
Driven by her desire to know more about her Italian heritage, twenty-two-year-old Gina MacLeary reaches out to her mother who leads her to eight boxes of journals she kept while growing up in Bologna, Italy. For the first time in her life, Gina possesses the answers to the many questions that have been plaguing her for years. As Gina turns the journal pages and devours her mothers words penned from 1938 to 1945, she witnesses a true glimpse of the human condition during wartime. As her familys experiences are revealed, Gina learns how they coped with the pressures of war, the stress of hiding a family escaping the Jewish ghetto, and their struggle to make it to America. Through it all, Gina gains a new perspective of her family as they endured, sacrificed, and found the strength to overcome adversity. Inspired by real-life stories and conversations, A Journey through Time shares the fascinating tale of an Italian familys struggles as they lived through the horrors of World War II.
Never Fear the Reaper: Books 1 to 3
by Ashley Pagano
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The Huntress, The Medium, The Sharp Shooter, The Fallen, The Hybrid, and The Reaper . . . Who will prevail when lives are at stake?
Never Fear the Reaper: When Chase hires the mysterious ghost exterminator, Ryder, to cleanse his house from a pesky poltergeist he gets way more than he’s paying her for . . .
Never Fear the Reaper 2: The Bargaining They say, when one door closes another one . . . lets out a whole, hell fire of demons. However this is just another day in the lives of Chase and Ryder.
Never Fear the Reaper 3: Acceptance She’s been to the other side and back again . . . But she’s never met anyone like him. He can see things no one else can . . . But he only sees her. From the moment he witnessed her do the impossible . . . he was obsessed. But this time, he’s not the only one. In a world filled with darkness . . . can true love spark just enough light to save it?
My Living Memories Project Journal
by Meryl Ain
Our Price: $15.00
My Living Memories Project Journal is an inspirational, interactive and comforting workbook designed to help readers keep alive the memories and legacies of loved ones. A companion to the award-winning book, The Living Memories Project: Legacies That Last it empowers and inspires readers to transcend grief with a simple message. By remembering the lives and legacies of loved ones, we can take concrete steps to heal ourselves. By remembering and celebrating how they lived, rather than how they died, we can enhance our resilience, compassion and creativity, and renew our desire to live happy, productive, and meaningful lives. The journal features soothing artwork, as well as inspiring and comforting quotes from the original book and other sources. Interactive questions and activities are designed to trigger reflections and writing activities that will keep the memories of loved ones alive. The book is an appropriate gift for those who are missing loved ones. It has also been recognized by professionals as a valuable tool to console and help the bereaved move forward after loss.
The Living Memories Project : Legacies That Last
by Meryl Ain, Arthur M. Fischman, and Stewart Ain
Our Price: $19.00
The Living Memories Project, published in 2014, is an award-winning book that features a unique collection of inspiring stories that celebrate the lives and legacies of loved ones. Coauthored by Dr. Meryl Ain, her brother, Arthur Fischman, and her husband, Stewart Ain, it details through interviews, anecdotes, essays, poems, and photographs the many ways that both celebrities and others have transcended grief to incorporate the presence of their loved ones into their lives. The Living Memories Project provides numerous proactive, creative, comforting, and concrete ways to focus on how loved ones lived, rather than how they died. It was awarded a Silver Medal in the 2014 Living Now Book Awards.
Among the 32 individuals whose stories are featured in the book are: TV personality Nick Clooney; singer/songwriter Jen Chapin; actor Jack Klugman; Lynda Johnson Robb, the daughter of President Lyndon Johnson; and Liz and Steve Alderman, who lost their 25-year-old son Peter on 9/11.
Coming Through the Flames: My Life in the F.D.N.Y.
by Chris Edwards
Our Price: $17.00
- Chris Edwards, a retired FDNY firefighter and first responder recounts the tragedies that he faced throughout his career in the F.D.N.Y. This book is a candid history that allows the reader to experience what it’s like to be part of the FDNY. The author recalls his experiences that led up to 9/11 and the spiritual journey that followed. This book is a memoir dedicated to his children.
by Peter McHale
Our Price: $12.00
When Irish immigrant Alex McKay is interviewed by a reporter in 1911, McKay cheerfully relates that America has given his family everything. This historical novel, based on a true story during WW1, shows how the McKay’s of Greenpoint, Brooklyn stood tall with America and paid the ultimate price of citizenship.
Greenpoint Doughboy, written by McKay descendent Peter McHale, shows you the many sacrifices Alex, his wife, and their four children make during World War I.
The Great War rages in Europe, and the McKays are all eager to do their part. Alex’s son John McKay, at the age of twenty-one, joins the Fighting Irish Sixty-Ninth Infantry Regiment of New York City.
During basic training in Manhattan, John befriends Dick O’Neil, a young man with a bright future, and Daniel Buckley, an Irish soldier with a tragic past. The three will face enormous challenges as they cross the Atlantic and join the fighting in Lorraine. Not everyone will make it out alive.
McHale takes you from the bustle and vibrant city life in the Brooklyn Irish community to the muck- and death-filled trenches of France. His story paints a vivid portrait of one family’s loyalty and love.
Duck and Cover: A Memoir of My 1960’s Brooklyn
by Rosemary Neri Villanella
Our Price: $17.00
Duck and Cover is a memoir born of Rosemary’s desire to transport readers back to the beloved 1960’s Brooklyn of her youth, with its familiar streets and stoops, during a more innocent time in this fabled borough. Yet Duck and Cover is also a coming-of-age tale, spotlighting the universal struggle of a young girl forging an individual identity- and trying not to attract too much attention-while carefully navigating her way across that crucial border between childhood and adolescence.
What Was I Thinking?
by M.E. Mattel
Our Price: $12.00
The year was 1963. John Lennon had written a new song and was eager to share it with his bandmates. After John sang, “I want to grab your breasts,” self-proclaimed sixth Beatle Mike Campbell gently suggested, “I want to hold your hand.” Thank God.
So begins a series of profoundly absurd and absurdly profound musings from M. E. Mattel. What Was I Thinking? is a collection of short stories, poems, and song lyrics that include philosophical reveries, satirical scenarios, and even a bawdy limerick.
One story satirizes gender dynamics by suggesting we won’t achieve true equality until we see more female serial killers. One poem takes a snapshot of a poor old man pushing his cart down a cobblestone road. One song sings the lamentations of a Vietnam War vet, drowning his sorrows in a bar. Regardless of form, each piece of writing has the capacity to move you to laughter, to tears, or to deep introspection.
Decoding the Phoenix
by M.D. Tchaves
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I know the answer to the world’s deepest secret,” Graham Newsdon, a functioning alcoholic and Harvard medical student and the protagonist of Decoding the Phoenix, declares in the novel’s opening page. After stumbling across a puzzling communication from his deceased Navy Seal brother, Graham must work to unravel a litany of secrets sobering in their implications not only for himself, but for the past twelve-thousand years of human history, the secrets of the universe, and even the nature of God.
Had he not, in his hungover state, opened the e-mail, Graham could have continued on his predetermined successful, if dysfunctional, path and never embarked on the paradigm-shifting journey that so loosens his grasp on reality and obliterates not only what he chooses to believe but what he trusts as fact. With the help of his long-term girlfriend, his quirky Mensan best friend, and his wild and athletic best girlfriend since childhood, he sets out to decode this complex cryptogram, which he soon discovers is charged with the potential to unhinge the very control that certain government officials are intent, at all costs, on maintaining.
In the vein of Dan Brown, MD Tchaves takes the reader on an electrifying hunt for what is real and what is possible, encountering along the way politics, conspiracy, fringe medicine, history, and language, and what it means to survive—thrive, even—when you have the weight of the world on your shoulders. Decoding the Phoenix is a 50,000-word thriller that proves that love and humor may not be the answer, but that without these variables there is no worthy solution to any challenging problem or improbable situation.
MD Tchaves is a storyteller who blends fact and fiction and religion and secret societies. Decoding the Phoenix is a natural outcropping of the author’s degree in Language Literature and Criticism from Hunter College and interest in religion, politics, and fake news. The book is the first in a planned trilogy that offers readers the ability to engage with a codex distinct from the narrative and interpret a letter that possesses real-world relevance.
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Spiritual Prayers for Animals
by Lynn Tomaro
Our Price: $9.95
Lynn Tomaro earned a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice and has had a career in Law Enforcement for over three decades. Inspired by her Maltese, Tessa, who was rescued from a kill shelter in Alabama, she found a new passion to write a book devoted to animals with the need to speak for them and bring to the forefront that God’s loving embrace encompasses all creatures. Reaching out to parishes across the country, she has hoped to inspire the ‘Blessing of the Animals’ services with her book.
The symbol of the‘Love for Animals’ depicting a heart of love has been trademarked and registered so a permanent impact will remain for all those animals who cannot speak for themselves.With the goal of having this effort recognized, this keepsake prayer book is filled with
inspirational quotes and meaningful prayers to provide comfort, reflection and daily
reminders that animals are no different than us, they also need love, hope and charity.
The Book of All Lovers
by Bruno A. Ribeiro
Our Price: $14.50(black and white) $30.00(color)
This illustrated book plunges you into a dark fantasy full of brave heroes, beautiful damsels, and loyal allies. Dyosphir will face many challenges as he quests after the Rose of Sharon.
At the end of his adventure, he will be confronted with a choice that will change everything for his people and his land. This epic poem from Bruno Ribeiro presents you with a new kind of fairy tale. The love story between Dyosphir and Ivalisee is a dark fantasy full of lush settings, chivalrous adventures, true love, and unimaginable peril. Ride along with Dyosphir as he and his companions plot to save his love and kingdom.
The Book of All Lovers is an epic poem adapted for a modern audience with modern tastes.
Elder Law Estate Planning
by Michael Ettinger
Our Price: $24.95
Too many people think that a will is all the “estate planning” they need. Yet wills often fail to take into account the majority of a client’s assets. Wills do not govern assets passing by beneficiary designations, such as IRA’s, life insurance and annuities. Furthermore, clients are increasingly using POD (pay on death), TOD (transfer on death) and ITF (in trust for) designations to entirely bypass the will and the antiquated probate system. As a result, in many cases the bulk of a client’s estate is actually “unplanned”, except to avoid probate. By this we mean that the assets may still be unprotected from a Medicaid “spend down” if the client one day needs nursing home care; the assets are not protected from the heirs’ divorces, lawsuits and creditors; the assets are not structured to stay in the bloodline to the client’s grandchildren and the assets are not protected from a spouse’s later remarriage.
Perhaps the biggest drawback to relying on a will as an “estate plan” is that it utterly fails to address the senior client’s most important issue – planning for disability. Absent a plan for disability, the state has written a plan called “guardianship”. In guardianship proceedings a judge chooses who will handle your legal, financial and sometimes even medical affairs if you become disabled. Elder Law Estate Planning avoids guardianship proceedings – virtually guaranteeing you will get the person or persons you choose to handle your affairs if you become disabled – usually one or more of your adult children, instead of a state appointed guardian. With the high costs of nursing homes today, clients who don’t plan for disability to protect their assets risk losing everything they’ve worked for.
“Elder Law Estate Planning” emphasizes the use of trusts rather than wills to solve the myriad legal problems arising from disability and death. “Elder law” is disability planning to put the people you choose in charge and to protect some or all of your assets from long-term care costs. “Estate planning” is death planning to make sure your assets go to whom you want, when you want and the way you want. Estate Planning includes protecting assets from children’s divorces, lawsuits and creditors, and from a spouse’s possible remarriage while keeping those assets “in the blood” for generations to come.
The Ghosts of Raynham Hall
by S.G. Taylor
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There’s been talk about a ghostly boy appearing in the Long Island town of Oyster Bay. When two brothers and their two cousins go searching for the ghost at the historic Raynham Hall, they stumble upon not one but two apparitions. They also find something even more unbelievable—a portal to the past. The brothers approach Grandpa George, who reveals his knowledge of the otherworldly beings.
This starts a chain reaction of supernatural events unfolding. Grandpa George explains about a battle through time fought between malevolent forces that want to alter history and those who aim to protect it. With the advice of Grandpa George, the children vow to save history from being changed for the worse. They step back in time, to embark on an adventure during the days of the Revolutionary War.
As they familiarize themselves with a whole other way of life, they are put to the test. While on their journey, the children encounter dangerous characters and situations, but they also meet new friends who help in their quest. As time runs out, it is solely up to them to protect the past to keep life in the present intact.
by Martin Brown
Our Price: $14.95
Jack McKenna is a hockey prodigy in Canada’s fabled Juniors. Expected to follow the normal path of hockey stardom, Jack eschews a sure NHL-bound path to be the first one in his family to graduate from university. Born to a Western Canadian family that prides itself on passion of purpose and patriotism, Jack enrolls at McGill University and falls in love with a daughter of an affluent Quebec family whose moral compass is questionable. While he leaves the game as a player, he still holds on to the virtues he embraced in the game: dedication, commitment, belief in purpose, and holding on to a dream. Graduating from McGill, Jack takes his strength of purpose, along with his new love, to a new country, in pursuit of a new dream.
Martin Brown is an English teacher and high school track coach on Long Island, NY. A former “Salesman of the Year” for a major sporting corporation, Brown has been named” Coach of the Year” fourteen times in the past two decades. He was named ” Newsday’s Track Coach of the Year” in 2012 and 2013. His article “While Athletes May Dream, Their Hard World Is Hardly for a Child ” was published in the New York Times. He is happily married and the father of seven.
Aren’t We All…
by M.H. Gallagher
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On the pages of this book you will find the story of a young boy, who as a child received a quarter while vacationing on the Jersey shore. With that quarter, he decided to take a carousel ride, A ride which lasted 67 years with all of its ups and downs as the carousel spun in its continuous circle.
This is the story of a vacations with his family, on that very same Jersey Shore.
This is the story of growing up on Long Island in the 1950’s. A more simple time, enjoying life’s simple pleasures.
This is the story being a Mets fan, but more importantly how the game of baseball can be used to mark time as the years pass.
It is the story of a proud Irish American, and the love story he created with his Italian American high school sweetheart.
This beautifully written nonfiction story is the retelling of the events of a brother, father, grandfather and friend. From a devastating stroke until his death, told by his eldest son, the author writes with use of flashbacks and memories to tell the story of one man’s life and the family he created.
It’s the story of one man’s family but more importantly the story of family because when it comes right down to it, “Aren’t We All…”
Michael Gallagher has been a physical therapist for over 32 years with practices in both Mineola and Huntington. He His wife Dr. Eileen Gallagher who has been practicing internal medicine in Huntington for the past 25 years have five children who have previously and are currently attending the Cold Spring Harbor schools. His Family remains an Integral part of the Huntington community.
Mom, You’re So Annoying!
by Michelle Weinberger
Our Price: $11.00
Parenting is one of life’s greatest joys–and greatest challenges. From the first moment of holding a newborn baby in your arms, having children absolutely changes your life. This new life is your responsibility: not only to keep safe and healthy, but to teach the child right from wrong, good from bad, and to give him or her everything needed to grow into a happy and successful person.
Then the child gets old enough to talk–and talk back! Before very long, this child who depended on you for everything, and looked up to you in wonder and amazement, is rewarding you for your concern and your good intentions by rolling their eyes and saying, “Mom, you’re so annoying!” From Chef Mom to taxi driver to detective, Mom, You’re So Annoying! covers all those thankless jobs moms do every day–with a dash of humor to keep you sane!
Michelle Weinberger was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, and has been married to her husband Larry for over thirty years. Her children, Gabrielle and Derek, say she was put on this earth to be a mom–and she couldn’t agree more! Motherhood has been the best job in the world!
Goodnight Loon : Poems, Parodies, and Jokes to Survive the Trump Presidency
by Howard Altman
Our Price: $9.99
Donald Trump is an ignorant, arrogant, racist, witless, heartless, hopeless, narcissistic, nihilistic, vulgar, vile, hate-spewing, press-attacking, Nazi-loving, Hillary-obsessed, tiny-handed, orange-tinted moron. This is a collection of original poems and parodies lampooning everything from the Mandarin Mussolini and his GOP enablers, to failed Senate candidate Roy Moore. This is a much-needed laugh at what could otherwise make us cry.
Over the Hill on the Yellow Brick Road
by Cathi Turow
All those who live “Over the Hill on the Yellow Brick Road” are growing older and figuring out where they belong in the world. In this whimsical collection of adult conversations, silliness is woven around the heartfelt thoughts and painful feelings we have as we begin to wrinkle and crinkle. The conversations take place in an allegorical land, where The Old Woman Who Lives in a Shoe is now an empty nester and has mixed feelings about downsizing to a sandal. The aging Tooth Fairy talks about slowing down and becoming an Implant Fairy. A five-hundred-year-old tree still wants to feel part of the world, though he’s too fragile to carry birds on his branches, and a loaf of stale bread faces age discrimination and searches for ways to continue to bring out the best in herself. Each conversation strikes a brilliant balance between humor and spirituality.
Author Cathi Turow, a former, longtime staff writer for Sesame Street, brings a clever tone to a mature, mystical land that will make you laugh, cry, and never look at aging quite the same way. It’s a transitional place. A place to find your spark and a place to uncover the force within us that carries us through all of life. The result? Maybe we’re all still evolving and part of something bigger.
Hillbillies to Heroes
by S.L. Kelley
It was the 1920s, 30s and 40s in the American South, and up in the Tennessee hills a mysterious mountain hid a true history as colorful as the Wild West and nearly as lawless. It was a place of secrets and danger–full of illegal moonshining, drunken shootouts, old gold mines, racial prejudice, and unpunished violence. But by the time of World War II, the way of life on that mountain was destined for change as many young men from the area answered the call of duty and became part of the U.S. Army. They overcame culture shock 3to serve with people from very different backgrounds as they fought together in the biggest armed conflict the world had ever seen.
Journey through what was a simpler time, with one back-hills boy who sees the world with fresh and honest eyes as he leaves isolation behind to discover America from one end to the other, and ultimately, to fight with General Patton’s Third Army in Nazi Germany. This story is told in the voice of the man who lived it, from his firsthand accounts taken from a series of interviews as he recalls his transformation from boy to man during a time of great conflict in American history. What emerges from this Sherman tanker’s memory are vivid experiences of courage, close calls, tragedy, compassion, and regret. By the end, the narrator is proud to share his thoughts on war, family, fathers, freedom, and why America is a great country.
This memoir is an epic tale in the classic sense: the coming of age of a boy, a region, and an entire nation as World War II is fought and won. Immersive and richly detailed, Hillbillies to Heroes is an uplifting true story and a reminder of the priceless gifts handed down from one generation to another.
The Helpful Planner
by Portia Ingram
This little planner is intended to condition brains towards “help awareness.” When growing, planning, and executing our ideas, it’s important to understand where our resources lie and what we can self source. The Helpful Planner was created to help get your dream out of your head and prepare it for take-off! Let this planner take away the intimidation of manifesting those magical ideas so you can bring them to life!
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Below the Bottom Line
by Eric J. Engelhardt
Our Price: $18.99
Meet Bob Stone, a small business tax accountant from Long Island with suspicious clients. His marriage is on the rocks and he is seeking a fresh start in life, both personally and professionally. After a forced recruitment by HPAT 21, a secret governmental agency linking the IRS and Homeland Security, he finds himself part of a small team tasked with following the flow of dark money through a global network that finances criminal conspiracies through banks from New York City to Toronto, Istanbul, and beyond.
Does Bob have what it takes to unravel the catastrophic plots about to unfold and match wits with players in the arena of worldwide weapons trafficking and unthinkable acts of terrorism? He’s in a race against time to foil a series of terrorist plots to cause monumental destruction hatched by the nation’s enemies.
If you like fast-paced, high-octane adventure, you’ll love the twists and turns in this suspenseful action novel starring the new smart-witted and life-loving everyman hero, “tax man” Bob Stone. Everything’s going to hell in Bob’s personal life due to his poor choices and their far-reaching ripple effects. This may be his last chance at redemption. Along the way, he is looking to find a plate of good pasta for lunch and an authentic Middle Eastern dinner.
by Amy Blmenfeld
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Twenty-five years ago, a group of ninth graders produced a Saturday Night Live–style videotape to cheer up their ailing friend. The show’s running time was only ninety minutes, but it had a lasting impact: Becca laughed her way through recovery, and the group―Jordana, Seth, Holly, and Lex―became her supporting cast for life.
On the silver anniversary of Becca Night Live, the friends reunite over the Fourth of July to celebrate Becca’s good health―but nothing goes as planned. The happy holiday card facades everyone’s been hiding behind quickly crumble and give way to an unforgettable three days filled with complex moral dilemmas and life-altering choices. Through humor, drama, and the alternating perspectives of five characters, The Cast explores the power of forgiveness, the importance of authenticity, and the immeasurable value of deep, enduring friendships to buoy us when life plays out differently than expected.
One Day At A Time: A Timeless Keepsake
by Charisse Marei
Our Price: Paperback $22.99/Hardcover $27.99
To compliment the series One Room at a Time, Charisse Marei created a timeless journal to keepsake precious memories, the present, and what has yet to come.
Memories form lasting impressions within our heart, our mind, and our value systems. Elevate the grandeur of recollections. Transfer thoughts into written form.
Each memory recall brings forth an unexpected gift to your soul. As you take the journey grand emotions will flourish.
You may laugh, you may cry.
You may connect the dots to unfold a fuzzy truth.
You may choose to open the journal to share memories
or hold them secretly close to your heart.
You hold in your possession a sacred book personalized and secured with your inscription. You decide when to open, turn, and design the pages….
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One Day At A Time: The Bathroom
by Charisse Marei
Our Price: Paperback $39.95/Hardcover $44.95
This whimsical yet informative guide is not just your typical design book-it was created to help you unveil your unique personal style and authentic flair! Author Charisse Marei helps you focus on achieving the home of your dreams, starting with creating a sanctuary in one simple room: the bathroom, where you begin and end each day. With its interactive workbook and countless eco-tips, recipes, and shopping lists, this book will gently encourage you to:
– Remove toxins from your life
– Design with purpose
– Declutter, organize and tidy to create harmony
– Manifest a treasure chest of well-being
– Do breathe-able cleaning
– Share stories
– Welcome greater purpose
Along the way to self-discovery you will acquire the tools of the trade to be the interior designer and client of your own project, discover new words to replace the negative word “stress,” and uncover the five keys to staying on the clutter-free path.
Transform your wishes and desires into an action-inspiring journey to Release, Renew, Revitalize (3 Rs) yourself, your home, your furry friends, and our Earth….
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by Frederick W. Hill
Our Price: $ 15.00
Bank Notes is a novel about Wall Street and how ethical lapses, vengeful behavior, and manifestations of lust and revenge all impact that institution, often with unintended consequences. The story reminds us that our pasts always influences our future, many times in ways we never could have imagined. Nearly twenty years ago, Ellis Hord, working an undercover drug detail, crossed paths with an infamous Russian drug dealer, Nicholai Sidorov. During a bloody fire-fight with Ellis and his partner, Nicholai’s son was seriously injured and subsequently imprisoned. Today, Ellis is an investment banker at the largest financial services firm in the world and positioned to become the head of his division. As he deals with corporate politics and putting deals together, Nicholai is plotting to destroy Ellis life by killing everyone dear to him, including his dog. Ellis’s wife, Maggie, is a Manhattan ADA who works with the NYPD prosecuting violent felonies.
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It’s Not Too Late Baby: A Kundalini Love Story
by Eva G. Kane
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When singer/songwriter, Eva G Kane discovers her husband’s secret life outside of their 24-year marriage, her world is thrown upside down. Feeling hopeless and uncertain, Eva undergoes a grueling process of self-discovery, navigating through her darkest times by writing songs of lost-yet-hopeful love and fit-to-be-tied love. After stumbling into her first Kundalini Yoga class, Eva finally connects with “that silly breathing,” the ever-elusive meditation, and a way to balance her energy and emotions. Follow Eva’s love story as she weaves in and out of childhood conflicts, early life, and adult relationships in her quest to regain happiness.
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Half the Child
by William J. McGee
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HALF THE CHILD takes place over four consecutive summers in the lives of Michael Mullen and his son Benjamin, who ages from 2½ to 5½. The novel chronicles the separation, divorce, custody battle, and abduction that threaten to tear apart father and son. Mike is a 34-year-old air traffic controller at New York City’s LaGuardia Airport who is also pursuing a graduate degree in Psychology. He and Ben’s mother were married for less than five years when she suddenly decided to seek a divorce. Throughout these four summers the legal stakes keep dramatically increasing, as mediation devolves into litigation, and her romantic and career aspirations spur her to first take Ben to Indiana, and then to abduct him and resettle outside the U.S. For Mike, the cost of asserting his rights as a father and Ben’s rights as a son continues to escalate. Over the course of the four summers, the battle for Ben negatively affects Mike’s career, education, financial state, friendships, romantic life, physical health, and emotional well-being. Ultimately, refusing to relinquish his parental rights leads Mike to personal bankruptcy, temporary homelessness, potentially catastrophic errors at work, and suicidal depression. Yet Mike steadfastly refuses to consider a life that consists of him living apart from Ben. Thematically, each of the summers is marked by a key stage in Ben’s development: • Book One, 2013: A Summer of Colors • Book Two, 2014: A Summer of Numbers • Book Three, 2015: A Summer of Words • Book Four, 2016: A Summer of Concepts For both Ben and Mike, these are years of unparalleled growth. But with courts continually ruling against Ben’s father, it remains uncertain if their bond will survive. Ultimately, they will write their own love story. HALF THE CHILD was a semi-finalist in both the 2017 James Jones First Novel Competition and the 2017 William Faulkner Creative Writing Competition.
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