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They're Fake and They're Spectacular

by Judy San Roman

Our Price: $15.00

One woman's story about facing your fears head on and dealing with life and death with passion and courage.

"Judy San Roman's gift for explaining all the details of breast cancer diagnosis and treatment in down-to-earth terms is only matched by her compassion for others experiencing the same journey. Her courage in sharing the truth of her darkest hours as well as her life-affirming joys fill the book with authenticity, and that, coupled with the wealth of medical information and first-hand advice on every page, will inspire and educate women at the same time. Knowing Judy, a radiant beauty inside and out, makes me a better person, and her commitment to helping women navigate all the emotional and physical aspects of this disease makes the world a better place." - Antonia Felix, Author and Editor.

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by Heather Hamilton

Our Price: $16.00

Unsung is a riveting, emotional memoir not for the weak of heart but for all who have wished for hearts capable of enduring in spite of loss. Unsung is about a mother and daughter’s battle to cope with schizophrenia, a disabling mental illness that resists treatment and affects the lives of everyone close to those living with it. Unsung cuts scalpel-like to the rotten core of our current mental health care system, exposing pharmaceutical companies, mental health care centers, and psychiatrists for the often unconscionable role they play in doing everything but healing those who are mentally ill. It is a memoir in which the truth is unbelievable. And the unbelievable is true. Fired with a mother’s fury and passion. Laced with love and laughter. Irreverently reverent about everything from affairs of the garbage industry to Zen, rich with one-of-a-kind friendships, it is one woman’s journey to heal her daughter and to find herself. The journey is both heartbreaking and heartwarming. There is romance so strong some readers will buy the book simply to read and reread Haley’s passionate encounters with Jake Welch—a German Italian bad boy and full-time mechanic, twelve years her junior. But there is more than one love story in these pages, along with many surprises. The memoir takes its readers through cross country moves, an eviction, a car wreck, hurricanes, a near drowning, the loss of two jobs, loss of credit, an audition for a reality TV show, suicides. Women of all ages will read Unsung because it will take them from the place they are and the things they have feared to who they can be. Men will read Unsung for a thoughtful, funny woman’s take on who they are and who they aren't. Those living with mental illness will read Unsung to learn and to grieve and to find hope. Those who love action and suspense, thrill seekers, will read Unsung for an unbelievably believable adventure. Romantics will read Unsung for its unusual love story. Those who love true stories will read Unsung to connect with a mother’s real experience with her child’s illness. Unsung is both timely, with our newfound awareness and appreciation of the fact women do blossom as they age, and topical, since most of our lives are affected in one way or another by mental illness. But it is much more than that. With its honest, often funny, always courageously tender human voice, Unsung is a memoir that urges its readers to hitch hike through stars, to fly through water, to swim the earth, to dive down deep enough to find themselves.

Biography Heather Hamilton wrote her first novella at the age of seven. She is a graduate of the Creative Writing program at the University of North Carolina at Asheville and a recipient of the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Award for Fiction. She is an avid runner. Her daughter Melissa’s courageous struggle with schizophrenia provided Heather with her inspiration for Unsung. Read more and/or contact Ms. Hamilton at

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Surrender My Love

by Lisa Eugene

Our Price: $7.99

Patients are dying at Washington Memorial Hospital and no one knows why…. Nurse Chloe Bennett is a dedicated healer. Her job means everything to her, and she needs it to support her family. When she finds herself in the middle of yet another Code Blue, she questions the unexplained deaths. Doctor Brad Markson is a world renowned cardiac surgeon. Brilliant, powerful, and sinfully sexy! He does not tolerate losing patients. When his patient mysteriously dies, he looks for answer. The two work together to unravel the sinister events surrounding the deaths at Washington Memorial Hospital, and soon find themselves fighting for their lives in this fast paced, erotic thriller. When Chloe becomes the center of suspicion, she is surprised to find she has an ally in the gorgeous Dr. Markson. Shy, sweet Chloe is unable to resist him with his sultry blue eyes and wickedly sexy smile. His passionate kisses ignite her body, and his mere touch induces shivering pleasure. She doesn't know if she’s ready to give away her heart after her traumatic past, and Brad is battling career demons of his own. Can the two learn to trust each other? Will they live long enough to find love and happiness…or will there be two more deaths?

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The Terror of Mapooly

by Moses Solomon

Our Price: $5.99

Eurania: On the Verge of a New Order

In the closing days of the Galactic Revolutions of Eurania, Lord Walmsley must pit his militia, the Greyban Corps, against the powerful Belaanian People's Army of General Mapooly in an effort to rescue the captured High Priest of the Great Temple.

Where is the Monseigneur being held? What does General Mapooly want with a pacifist religious leader? What does Mapooly have in store for the survivors of the long and brutal war?

For Lord Walmsley, it is a mission that will change the course of his life.

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Star Princess: Encounter in the Dark

by Moses Solomon

Our Price: $6.99

"Naive Loose Cannon Does It Again"

Thericia, Princess of the planet Alscras, was only sixteen. She was not involved in the world of interstellar politics, as her older brother, the Crown Prince, was. She was like a younger version of her mother, staying home day after day, finding ways to make herself useful with state dinners, riding exhibitions, and other public relations opportunities.

Was she prepared to leave the comfort of her circle of attendants and their trivial pursuits to join the Prince of the Gearmlian confederation in his dealings with the sinister Lady Ludzenia?

The Emperor — her father — would never approve of this course of action. If he knew.

Her riding haissen, Torrence, stood at attention, awaiting whatever direction she decided to follow. Did she truly belong in her parlor, or did she belong in a bigger world? One thing she knew.

“If I don’t help the Prince,” she said to Torrence, “Lady Ludzenia will become the leader of the confederation. That would mean trouble for my father, and for the empire.” She looked out the door, this time at the larger world outside, and with slow steps, led Torrence out of the stable. “Let’s go.”

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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 easyuntil 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

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 and The Lindenhurst Patch.

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My Journey On Becoming A Nurse: Contribution to the Nursing Profession

by Verlia M. Brown, MA, RN, BC

Our Price: $15.99

The purpose of this book is to chronicle my life's journey from birth to achieving my goal to be a registered nurse. People, in general, take different pathways to fulfill their professional dreams. My pathway took long and winding roads, hills and valleys. My intention is to inspire, motivate and encourage people across the spectrum, that they should pursue their dreams and never give up. In-so-doing, there may be many obstacles and struggles along the way, but, with strength and determination, and help from the community of people around them, their goals can be achieved.

Verlia M. Brown, MA, RN, BC, worked in Critical Care at Kings County Hospital Center in Brooklyn, New York. She retired in 2012 after 38 years working in Intensive Care units. She is past president of the New York State Nurses Association, a member a Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. Brown obtained a Master of Arts degree in Community Health from Brooklyn College, City University of New York. She received a diploma in Nursing from Kings County Hospital Center School of Nursing. She was just elected as one of the board of directors for Nurses House. Read more at

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Healing Roots

by Constance C.F. Golden

Our Price: $9.00

Sometimes to move forward, we need to go back to where it all began. A forgotten but familiar walkway, a lost but savored taste, a forsaken but blessed breath... and suddenly the layers of life seem to make sense again. The key is to find your own healing roots.

On October 29, 2012, Hurricane Sandy hit the south shore of Long Island, New York. Many of the poems in Healing Roots were written during the clean-up process. That process could not have occurred without the love, support and energy of family and friends.

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Adventures of Mom & Daughter Yoga

by Rochelle Katzman

Paperback: $11.99
Cards: $14.99

Through yoga postures, a mom and daughter team travels the world. They meet a prince and princess, see a leprechaun, visit Tuscany, the South of France, and still make it home for Thanksgiving.

"We all want our children to have tools to survive and 'get ahead' in this world. What better time to start than when they are young, teaching them values and giving them experiences that will carry them through life? Adventures of Mom & Daughter Yoga provides a very fun way for a parent and child to stay connected, and a way to start your child on a meditative path from a very young age. This is the type of experience that will give your child a good foundation to relate to the 'Inner Teacher' and a good resource to go to whenever he or she needs guidance. I am very proud of the work Rochelle has done." – Sat Nam. Tej Kaur Khalsa, Los Angeles, CA

"In [Adventures of] Mom & Daughter Yoga, Rochelle Katzman has created a program for mothers and daughters to experience a more enriched, joyful relationship with each other and gain all the wonderful benefits of yoga at the same time. With Rochelle's book and cards in hand, healthy fun and deeper connections between moms and daughters abound! – Shakta Khalsa, Founder & Director of Radiant Child Yoga.

"As a mom and a full time massage therapist, it is important for me to take care of my own wellness. Each week, my daughter and I read one chapter and do the yoga postures from Adventures of Mom & Daughter Yoga and play the yoga cards game, Adventure of Mom & Daughter Yoga Cards. The book and yoga cards game are wonderful. It has given me time to relax and spend quality time alone with my daughter." – Joy Anne, Mom, Long Island, NY

"Rochelle, you're the best yoga teacher ever! I always look forward to Tuesdays so I can spend time with my mom doing yoga." – Diana, 8 years old, Port Washington, NY

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Brood X: A Firsthand Account of the Great Cicada Invasion

by Michael Phillip Cash

Our Price: $9.99

Seth is laid off from work. His wife Lara just found out they are expecting a baby this summer. Seth plans on documenting the entire pregnancy with his brand new digital camcorder. During an evening home watching television, the news reports that a swarm of cicada (Brood Ten) are expected to overwhelm the entire Northeast. Brood Ten is vicious and ready to invade. During a sweltering summer night, Brood Ten emerges and wreaks havoc with the electric grid, phone and cell service, wi-fi, food and water supply. Civilization as they know it is gone. Seth and Lara are thrown back to the stone age in their own home with trillions of cicada trying to deposit their eggs and breed. Fast paced and filled with tension, Brood Ten is the perfect summer read when you’re sitting outside listening to the cicadas sing.

Michael Phillip Cash is a found footage fanatic. Brood X is his first horror novel. He currently resides on Long Island with his wife and children. Read more at and

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Stillwell: A Haunting on Long Island

by Michael Phillip Cash

Our Price: $12.99

Paul Russo’s wife just died. While trying to get his family’s life back in order, Paul is being tormented by a demon who is holding his wife's spirit hostage on the other side. His fate is intertwined with an old haunted mansion on the north shore of Long Island called Stillwell Manor. Paul must find clues dating back hundreds of years to set his wife's soul free.

Born and raised on Long Island, Michael has always had a fascination with horror writing. Earning a degree in English and an MBA, he has worked various jobs before settling into being a full-time author. He currently resides on Long Island with his wife and children. Stillwell is his second novel. Read more at and

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The Hanging Tree

by Michael Phillip Cash

Our Price: $6.99

Seventeen year old Arielle is at a crossroads in her life. Disenchanted with her father, she is testing the boundaries of his trust by dating someone he does not approve. Under the moonlit sky in Long Island, Arielle and her boyfriend meet beneath the infamous hanging tree. The couple's destiny is rooted to the five spirits in the tree whose lives and deaths are determined by an ancient curse. Will her future be determined by the past or will Arielle's choices alter the course of her life?

Michael Phillip Cash has crafted an intense novella that questions whether we are the victims of events beyond our control or do we have the power to determine our own future. This is Cash's first novella and is loosely based on a tree with a haunted past on the North Shore of Long Island. His other novels, Brood X: A Firsthand Account of the Great Cicada Invasion, and his bestselling novel, Stillwell: A Haunting of Long Island, are receiving rave reviews. Cash lives on Long Island with his wife and two children. Read more at and

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The Flip

by Michael Phillip Cash

Our Price: $9.99

Julie and Brad Evans are house flippers.  They buy low, clean out the old occupants junk, and try to make a profit.  Enter Hemmings House on Bedlam Street in scenic Cold Spring Harbor, Long Island.  Too good a deal to pass up, but with an ominous secret.   The old Victorian Mansion has dwellers that do not want to be dispossessed.  As the house reveals it's past, will the couples marriage survive The Flip?

Michael Phillip Cash is an award winning and best selling author of horror, paranormal, and science fiction novels.  Stillwell: A Haunting on Long Island, The Hanging Tree, and Schism: The Battle for Darracia have all been named to Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Awards.  Cash currently resides on Long Island with his wife and children.  Read more at and

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The After House

by Michael Phillip Cash

Our Price: $12.99

Remy Galway and her daughter Olivia are rebuilding their life after a failed marriage in a 300 year old cottage in historic Cold Spring Harbor, Long Island. Little do they know, another occupant is lurking in the haven of their own home. Will the After House be their shelter or their tomb?

"Cash delivers another emotionally rich haunted house tale filled with tantalizing history and Long Island color. The story is often quite funny, the supernatural and romantic elements seesaw back and forth nicely, and the historical scenes enliven both aspects. A charming, uplifting paranormal romance."Kirkus Review

Award winning author Michael Phillip Cash adds The After House to his growing list of titles. Within two years, this prolific writer has published eight novels and four screenplays. Cash loves to write about Long Island, NY, it's rich history and ghostly inhabitants. When not writing, he loves being with his wife and two children exploring the small villages along the North Shore of Long Island. Read more at and

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Grace and Grit: Insights to Real-Life Challenges of Aging for Adult Children and Their Parents

by Fritzi Gros-Daillon

Our Price: $12.95

You are not alone... The challenges of moving from one home to the next are frequently faced by two generations — seniors and their adult children.

This book of compelling stories about this later-in-life event, often unexpected in its timing and scope, delivers points of view from the parents, adult children and professional move managers. You will laugh and cry as you discover your loved ones, your friends and just regular people dealing with the real life issues of communication, personal possessions and sharing memories.  You will see love, compassion, disappointment, perseverance, and truly share the grace and grit exhibited in these true stories.

Fritzi Gros-Daillon, CEO and founder of Household Guardians, is a highly successful entrepreneur in senior move management, environmental consulting and the aging-in-place home safety field.  Her education, licenses and certifications combined with 30 years of business experience allow her perspective and expertise to facilitate the imptrtant changes in the lives of her clients and their families.  The goal is the ability to maximize their time in the home environment of their choice while minimizing the stress and worry.  Read more at

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Standing on Principal 

by Frank Vetro

Our Price: $16.99

On February 8, 2006, Frank Vetro, the young, popular principal of a school in eastern Long Island, saw his life dramatically altered. On that day, he was arrested and effectively labeled a terrorist who had hidden under the guise of a New York educator.

In Standing on Principal, he shares his personal story, detailing his arrest, his nights in jail, the court proceedings, and the subsequent fight to clear his name after the alleged scandal was nurtured into the national limelight. Now he recounts the injustice, and the lack of integrity of individuals who allowed the destruction of his life without a moment's concern for fairness or truth.

Telling a real-life story of deception and scandal, Standing on Principal exposes rogue elements of a system that underestimated the tenacious character of its accused and shows how Vetro sacrificed everything as he refused to be intimidated by a political machine.

Frank Vetro is an Italian American from eastern Long Island.  He pursued a career in education, making a rapid rise to become an educational leader in Hampton Bays, NY.  In February 2006, his promising future came to a screeching halt.  Read more at

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The Other Side of the Island: 52 Spots to Explore Long Island's Natural Places

by M.C. Hayes

Our Price: $14.95

The Other Side of the Island: 52 Spots to Explore Long Island's Natural Places is the essential guide for exploring nature on Long Island. It covers 52 different nature preserves through the seasons, discussing local plants and animals, natural history and ultimately our ongoing relationship with nature.

The book is for people interested in exploring Long Island's natural places.  Each chapter covers a different nature preserve on Long Island.  Starting in spring and going through the year, the book illustrates the subtle changes going on in the natural world as the seasons progress.  The different locations serve as examples of the various habitats found on Long Island.

The Other Side of the Island explores areas untouched by development and places reclaimed by nature after farming, dredging, building and other types of human intervention.  In discussing these places, the book examines our relationship with nature.  The book covers plants, animals and habitats common on and, in some cases, unique to Long Island.  The book includes maps, photographs and leaf illustrations.

The Other Side of the Island is a valuable guide for every hiker, camper, beachcomber, bird watcher, flower fanatic and tree hugger living on Long Island.

M.C. Hayes lives in Massapequa, Long Island, NY and loves exploring the outdoors.  Read more at

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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.

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As Time Goes By

by Benedict Baglio

Our Price: $16.95

Time is relative. That's what Einstein postulated. Philosophers surmise we develop a better sense of the present by knowing well the past, and that the future becomes tangential as a result. But are some of us so taken with questions about how we got to be where we are that knowing the past takes on a fervor that dominates the present, so much so we cannot even think about the future because the path that got us to the present is barricaded with unanswered questions?

Enter Steven Amato, a young man who is beholden to the past, namely the legacy of his World War II hero John Waldron, a Navy pilot who died with his entire squadron save one, leading them in an attack on a Japanese aircraft carrier during the climactic Battle of Midway. Questions have raged for years if Waldron's death was a matter of battle risks, an outdated aircraft, or malfeasance on the part of his commanders.

Amato learns to fly before he can drive. A gifted student and athlete, he spends much of his time restoring World War II aircraft along with Navy veterans. He speculates on the death of Torpedo 8 and learns more about Waldron than any other living human being. His World War II memorabilia collection grows almost daily. He learns to fly a TBF torpedo plane that his World War II veteran friends own in their collection. The one plane he would love to fly is one of the few remaining TBD Devastators in existence. The plane, though pristinely restored, will not turn its engine over no matter who tries.

Amato attends the United States Naval Academy. His senior thesis on the Battle of Midway causes admirals to debate the tragic deaths of the torpedomen. Car dealers descend on Annapolis to sell the graduating ensigns the hottest automobiles in the world, but Amato engages a salesman to find a car from the World War II era he might restore. The salesman takes him to an estate to meet a wealthy but mysterious old man who offers Amato his son's car, a 1939 Ford convertible. Covered with a canvas tarpaulin, the car is worn by time. It was never moved from where his son Raymond parked it when he left with the USS Hornet on its first combat cruise in early 1942

as one of the pilots of Torpedo Squadron 8. When he picks up the Ford from the restorer the mechanic who did the work hands him a damaged Hamilton Chronometer he found stuffed under the front seat. It was engraved: "Dearest Raymond, from Mom and Dad  – Christmas, 1941." He knows the watch was popular among pilots for its durability and accuracy. A jeweler in Newport News immediately recognizes it as the watch his father sold to Raymond Moore's father. Steve Amato's witnesses the brutal death of a friend at the hands of Libyan interceptor. Ordered not to return fire, he has a crisis of faith. The Hamilton watch, however, gives him the chance to meet a hero whose own faith was unflappable John Waldron.

Benedict Baglio has published two novels of historical fiction, and is working on two others to complete a four-book saga of World War II, a period of time with which he is fascinated. He has also written a book on educational reform. He is a retired school administrator, adjunct faculty member, and educational consultant. He holds a doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies. Though he maintains a keen interest in educational issues, the title he favors these days is "grandpa."  Read more at

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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

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Pomroy's World: Arrival (Volume 1)

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

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Hope Points North

by Robert Douglas Spetta

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A compass is a very helpful tool as long as its wielder knows the direction he wants to go. This wasn't often the case in the sixties in America, when many felt directionless, with an unpopular war that had the country’s moral compass spinning. Hope Points North is a coming-of-age experience that takes place on Long Island during this turbulent period.

Of the three boys, Chris McKellar is the conventional one of the group, the glue that binds the troubled Teddy and smart, introverted Charlie together. The story is Chris’s adult recollection of the time when Teddy, Charlie and he decide to travel on their own to the Grumman Aerospace Company, the builders of the Lunar Excursion Model the craft that will eventually deliver man to the moon. Just as the boys embark on their journey, the dark-hearted preacher Lovejoy ambushes them. Teddy’s grandpa has amassed a secret fortune, but it’s no secret to Lovejoy, who is seducing Teddy’s mother and will do anything to get the money. But the boys resist the preacher’s attack in a way that leaves him dead in the creek… or so they think. In shock, they follow their compass toward the fraternity of hopes, dreams and, unsuspectingly, manhood. Read more at

Robert Douglas Spetta writes a novel taking place on Long Island during the sixties, when mothers called children home for dinner with a bell, and children learned life’s lessons without parental supervision. It was a transitional time, when the country was moving from innocence to disillusionment a rich backdrop for his coming-of-age novel, Hope Points North.

An award-winning prose writer at Stony Brook University, Mr. Spetta was born and raised on Long Island, NY and still lives there today with his wife.

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Baby Rocket

by Stephanie A. Smith

Our Price: $19.95

In 1966, a child is found abandoned in a rocket ride on Cape Canaveral. Traumatized, she could not speak when the police found her, only a few yards from her dead mother. So first responders called her “Baby Rocket.” As an adult, this child (Clementine “Lem” Dance) has no memory of this event. She only discovers her past when her adoptive father, James Walter Dance, Jr. has a fatal heart attack. Lem, a women’s historian who is writing a book about the Mercury 9, finds files while cleaning out her father’s apartment that he had been collecting in order to tell her the truth. Without him, she must piece together her story — why was she abandoned? What happened to her parents? How did her mother die? Who is her biological father? Doing so will take her from California back to the Tri-State area, where she now lives; to Florida, where she will find her mother's roots and her mother's life-story; and, finally, to Martha's Vineyard, where she will come to terms with what she can recall and what she has uncovered about the wrenching facts of her early years.

Stephanie A. Smith is the author of Warpaint (Thames River Press, 2012), Household Words (Minnesota, 2006), Conceived By Liberty (Cornell, 1995), Other Nature (Macmillan, 1995), Snow-Eyes and The-Boy-Who-Was-Thrown-Away (Atheneum, 1985, 1987). Read more at

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The Other Side of Goodbye

by Jules Angelina

Our Price: $10.99

Tragic circumstances have thrust Claire Eva Brandt into an unfamiliar new life. Now, she must decide if this new life is one that’s worth living, despite being given an incredible opportunity to begin again. Will Claire pursue this rare second chance? Or will she remain eternally angry with God and choose to live life in the past… alone? This "What if" story, based in Ireland, will keep you on the edge of your seat, and you just might wonder what you would do if in a similar situation.

Jules started her writing career when she was 14 years old. Growing up in Chicago, she fell in love with stories offering profound life lessons, and the Windy City also sparked her deep passions for art, photography, music, architecture, and the world's diverse cultures. A move to New York led to an extensive cable TV and programming career, that included writing and editing scripts, and ultimately structuring her own stories in screenplay and novel formats.

In addition to writing stories about life and "what if" situations, she also enjoys exploring new and challenging ways to stay young and fit, inspired by a statement by a legendary Nike cofounder: "If you have a body, you are an athlete."

The Other Side of Goodbye is her first published novel. Jules lives in New York with her husband and two children. Read more at

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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

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Sacrifice for a Kingdom

by Patricia D'Arcy Laughlin

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An extraordinary, sensual, contemporary romance, that will provoke every emotion, of an enigmatic philanthropic beauty from the exotic island of Trinidad, a socially conscious courageous European Prince, and the other mysterious loves, lives, and lies, that complicate their potentially idyllic life.

Both audacious, Elizabeth gives inflammatory Equality Speeches in which she exposes the origins of patriarchal religions, holds them accountable for damaging all humanity with their oppression of females, and uses them to fund the home she founded for mentally challenged children. Her formidable dilemma is how to save both the opposing "Kingdoms" she astonishingly discovers she loves equally.

Prince Michael believes he can influence World Peace, and secretly negotiates with "dangerous people". He does everything in his power to stop Elizabeth from continuing her daring provocative speeches, and struggles with where his loyalty must lie, between his country, his family, and Elizabeth. Their journeys excitingly cross continents and cultures, places and races, until an assassin’s bullet hits its mark.

The saga begins with the warm sweetness of Elizabeth and Prince Michael falling in love before inflaming with passion, intrigue, danger, controversy, and unraveling shocking mysteries. As past alliances and mistakes become exposed, lives are affected by pathos and betrayals, but ultimately love and enduring friendships. In profound ways, this story epitomizes the resilience of the human spirit to rebound from the depths of heartbreak and despair, and rise again triumphant. It is captivatingly set in the USA, Europe, and the Caribbean.

"Incredibly enjoyable, wonderful, engaging, entertaining and well-written. Captures reader's attention and holds it throughout. Combines adult fairy-tale like story with presentation of substantive and provocative issues involving themes of sexism and developed religions and makes one think. I loved how the author creatively fashioned this juxtaposition of thought. Like a mystery novel, I was kept awake at night waiting to find out what happens next. Mysterious, exotic backgrounds, of well-developed characters, captures your imagination. I cannot wait for the sequel."Dr. Larry Thompson, J.D., M.S., B.A., President, Ringling College.

Patricia D’Arcy Laughlin was born in Trinidad of British and French ancestry, educated there, the UK and the USA. A world traveler and award-winning artist, famous for developing her "Unique Stainings on Wood", although having composed poetry and songs, Sacrifice for a Kingdom is her first novel. Married in her teens, she lives in Florida with her husband, has three children, and is blessed with five grandchildren. Watch for her novel’s sequelKingdoms and Sacrifices. Read more about the author and her work at

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by Oswaldo A. Jimenez

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Poignant and profound. These stories add up to an exciting, eclectic, lively, edgy, collection that push at the boundaries of the short fiction genre. The stories in this collection speak to an intimate connection between the writer and reader.

Oswaldo A. Jimenez began his career as a traveling photojournalist covering conflicts in Guatemala, Haiti, Mexico and Afghanistan. He started working as a photo editor for newspapers in Maryland and Delaware, where he coordinated photography for the bestselling book, America 24/7. After receiving a fellowship from the American Press Institute he founded a website dedicated to photojournalism. He taught Photojournalism at SUNY Stony Brook, and is Photo Editor at a major newspaper in New York. Oswaldo has been writing short fiction for over ten years. Read more at

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A View (As Seen) by a Toilet Seat

by S.T. Young

Our Price: $10.95

A View (As Seen) by a Toilet Seat is a collection of unique free verse writings using personification as my chosen vehicle to enter the literary world. I bring life and voice to the inanimate (i.e., Bra, Medicine, Drain, Glass, Flatulence, Spooning, etc.) by having each come off the page to reveal to the reader about what it is like to be "them". After all, who can better tell what it is like to be "that item, that sense, that look" than that the actual "item, sense, look!" Each is an original piece offering a clever look away from the obvious. Please note, I purposely leave the Toilet Seat "UP" to the reader to create his/her own story; thought it would be more fun that way. Please visit my website to read some selections. Enjoy!

"Brilliantly created and fun stories that will really make you think!"Ron Douglas, New York Times best selling author, Glen Cove, NY

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Eyes of the Soul

by Karen Esposito

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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.

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The Legend of Mickey Tussler

by Frank Nappi

Our Price: $8.00

In the late 1940s, the minor league Milwaukee Brewers are foundering yet again and manager Arthur Murphy is desperate. When he sees seventeen-year old Mickey Tussler throwing apples into a barrel, he knows he has found the next pitching phenom. But not everyone is so hopeful. Mickey’s autism — a disorder still not truly understood even today — has alienated the boy from the world, and he is berated by other players and fans. Mickey faces immense trials in the harsh and competitive world of baseball while coping with the challenges inherent to his disorder. An honest and knowledgeable book about overcoming adversity, and the basis for the television movie A Mile in His Shoes, Mickey’s powerful story shows that with support and determination anyone can be triumphant, even when the odds are stacked against him.

Frank Nappi has taught high school English and Creative Writing for over twenty years. His debut novel, Echoes from the Infantry, received national attention, including MWSA's silver medal for outstanding fiction. His follow-up novel, The Legend of Mickey Tussler, garnered rave reviews as well, including a movie adaptation of the touching story, A Mile in His Shoes, starring Dean Cain and Luke Schroder. Frank continues to produce quality work, including Sophomore Campaign, the intriguing sequel to the much heralded original story and his first thriller, Nobody Has to Know, which received an endorsement from #1 New York Times bestselling author Nelson DeMille. Frank is presently at work on a third installment of his Mickey Tussler series and his next thriller, Flirting with Disaster. He lives on Long Island with his wife Julia and their two sons, Nicholas and Anthony.  Read more at

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Sophomore Campaign: A Mickey Tussler Novel

by Frank Nappi

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It’s 1949 and eighteen-year-old pitching phenom Mickey Tussler is back with the rejuvenated minor league Brewers in the sequel to The Legend of Mickey Tussler (the basis for the television movie A Mile in His Shoes). Despite Mickey’s proclamation that he will never play baseball again after last season’s violent conclusion, his manager — and now surrogate father — Arthur Murphy cajoles the emotionally fragile, socially awkward boy with autism into giving it another shot. Mickey reluctantly returns to the field and must once again cope with the violence and hatred around him. When a young African American player joins the team, the entire team is subjected to racial threats and episodes of violence, one of which Mickey witnesses firsthand. Struggling to understand such ugliness and hatred, and fearful of reprisal should he tell anyone about what he has seen, the boy’s performance on the field suffers. Mickey now must deal with a side of human nature he scarcely comprehends.

Frank Nappi has taught high school English and Creative Writing for over twenty years. His debut novel, Echoes from the Infantry, received national attention, including MWSA's silver medal for outstanding fiction. His follow-up novel, The Legend of Mickey Tussler, garnered rave reviews as well, including a movie adaptation of the touching story, A Mile in His Shoes, starring Dean Cain and Luke Schroder. Frank continues to produce quality work, including Sophomore Campaign, the intriguing sequel to the much heralded original story and his first thriller, Nobody Has to Know, which received an endorsement from #1 New York Times bestselling author Nelson DeMille. Frank is presently at work on a third installment of his Mickey Tussler series and his next thriller, Flirting with Disaster. He lives on Long Island with his wife Julia and their two sons, Nicholas and Anthony.  Read more at

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Stupidparty Math v. Myth: Unmasking the Destructive Forces Eroding American Democracy

by Patrick M. Andendall

Our Price: $21.99

Help American Politics and Democracy by Removing the Stupid from Stupidparty.

Stupidparty Math v. Myth: Unmasking the Destructive Forces Eroding American Democracy relies on publicly available facts, resources and tools to deconstruct and relentlessly drill down on the numerous misconceptions held by too many Republicans. This exercise will ultimately lead to the unmasking of the real culprits. Substantiated by more than 1,500 hyperlinks to authoritative resources, readers will find...

• Stupidparty positions defrocked on the "Moochers", the economy, climate change, environmental stewardship, racism, religion, "Freedoms", guns and ignorance-based humor.

• The fallacy of Fox News facts exposed, documented and explained.

Also included are 1,055 full color images and 121 graphs and charts.

Once thoughtful, discerning Americans understand the destructive forces manipulating their views, they will begin to call for a stop to the stupidity that has invaded our politics and poisoned our political process. The eradication of Stupid from the Stupidparty is the first step.

This book does not set out to destroy the Republican Party. The U.S. needs at least two parties. But, by exposing the abundance of Myth with the relentless use of Math and facts, the problems and then the solutions become self-evident. Read more at

Patrick Andendall has always had an interest in politics and, being multicultural, he views issues from a more international perspective. In 2004, five days before the election, he flew to Cleveland and pitched in to help with the political process. What he discovered was the dissolution of the American Dream, which he writes about in his book, Stupidparty

Educated at English boarding schools from the age of seven, Andendall went on to graduate from Lancing College. He started by sometimes working three jobs at once, trainee Underwriter/Claim Broker at Lloyd's of London, his own one man cleaning company (cleaning the very offices of a reinsurance company at which he would transact business) plus doing seasonal work on various farms.

Having made some windfall profits by borrowing money in order to be a "Stag" and take advantage of opportunities created by Margaret Thatcher's de-nationalization policies of the mid 1980s, Andendall evolved into an entrepreneur with a core specialty in reinsurance in London and New York where he looks for patterns in numbers. Self-employed in a field not normally conducive to self-employment, he is able remain in control, juggle different jobs, travel and pursue his various interests.

Ending up in New York via romance in the African bush, Andendall now lives on Long Island with his wife, two children and two dogs.

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Remnants of a Life on Paper:

A Mother and Daughter's Struggle with Borderline Personality Disorder

by Bea Tusiani, Pamela Tusiani and Paula Tusiani-Eng

Our Price: $17.99

Remnants of a Life on Paper tells the story of a young woman suffering with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), a psychiatric illness characterized primarily by mood swings, unstable relationships, depression and self-destructive behavior. Pamela Tusiani's copious journals, moving artwork and poetry provide an intimate glimpse of her battle with a personality she could not control. Intertwined with Pamela's voice, Bea Tusiani tells the story of her daughter's struggle and the roller-coaster effect it had on her family. The two points of view present a unique insight into Pamela's state of mind. Based on Bea's and her husband's notes, taken during conversations with Pamela, her doctors and other healthcare providers, this book allows the reader to live through Pamela's day-to-day ordeal and experience the anxiety, love and fear of her family member.

This is not just the story of one vibrant, gifted young woman and her courageous family. It is a real life account of an illness that irreparably changes one's world. It raises questions for family and friends of those plagued by BPD. To whom do you turn? How can you help? What do you do when you can't help? Whom do you trust? Where are the boundaries? How do you keep going? Hopefully, this book will provide some answers. Pamela wrote in her diary, "There I stood, in a hole, deep in the ground. Did I dig it or just get in? Did I fall into it? Did someone else dig it and throw me in?" The hole is still there, but through the telling of her valiant endeavor, Pamela extends a hand to help others climb out. Remnants penetrates the heart. To read it, is truly inspirational.  To read and learn more, please visit

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Digging: Lifting the Memorable from Within the Unthinkable

by Susan Rostan

Our Price: $17.95


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 historythe stories of tragic loss and heroic survivalthat 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

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How May I Serve?

by Karen Mathews

Our Price: $13.99

How May I Serve? is a guide to empower women who are struggling to find a way out of their troubles. I have tortured and abused myself for many years trying to find love, happiness and peace of mind.  Yet, the more I sought these things, the more they eluded me. Then, I realized it was an "inside" job. I had to learn to love myself, forgive myself and make peace with myself. So many women have been brought up with limiting beliefs about themselves from childhood. From the time I was conceived, I was an unwanted pregnancy. From the deep recesses of my subconscious mind, I programmed a tape of being unloved and unlovable. I acted and attracted circumstance after circumstance to validate this belief. I played the victim role very well. I did not know how to get out of my own way. The more I avoided looking at the cause of the problems; however, the worse they got. I hit my bottom upon finding out that my oldest daughter had a heroin addiction. This brought everything full circle. In order to save her, I had to change myself.

Karen Mathews has traveled extensively around the world to find her purpose in life. She has learned and discovered the answers were inside her all along. If she stays present in the moment, serves others and learns from her failures, the answers will reveal themselves. Karen is an empowerment coach, teaching people the laws of the natural world. She also practices reflexology, teaches Nia dance, gardens, and loves to take long walks. She also still travels the world. The greatest significance she can offer humanity is to serve and give her best, to shed light and give value to the world gives her great joy. Read more at Karen Mathews.

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The Forty Years that Created America:

The Stories of the Explorers, Promoters, Investors and Settlers Who Founded the First English Colonies

by Edward M. Lamont

Our Price: $38.00

The names “Jamestown” and “Plymouth” have become synonymous for most students of American history with “founding” and “birth” — both of the American nation and of freedom and democracy themselves. In this book, author Ted Lamont asks us to reconsider our country’s formative years and explore the stories, lives, achievements and failures of America’s earliest founding fathers: those who paved the way for the Colonial Era and the American Revolution. They were explorers, investors, passionate religious leaders and determined developers who struggled for generations to successfully plant the English flag in this strange new soil. Mr. Lamont deftly details the ways in which the stories and struggles of figures like Sir Walter Raleigh, Bartholomew Gosnold, Richard Hakluyt, Sir Ferdinando Gorges and Captain John Smith were not just related, but connected in ways that help us better understand the colonies and culture born of their efforts. The infancy of America — from Roanoke’s founding in 1585 through the firm establishment of Jamestown and Plymouth in 1625 — is where we first see planted the seeds of the rest of America’s colonial, economic, political and cultural history that was the immensely difficult and often overlooked first step toward the New World we are still working to perfect.

"Edward Lamont brings to life the struggle and sacrifice of the brave men and women who founded America. He has given us a well-told tale of folly and brutality, courage and vision — fortunately, more of the latter than the former." — Evan Thomas, former editor of Newsweek, historian and author of Ike's Bluff and The War Lovers

"True to his promise, Ted Lamont honors dozens of unique characters in The Forty Years that Created America. From intrepid explorers, to Pilgrims and Puritans, to Indian chiefs, a feisty John Smith and a valiant Pocahontas, the stage was set for the transformation of His Majesty's plantation into a nation of free Americans." — Phyllis Lee Levin, author of Edith and Woodrow and Abigail Adams: A Biography

Edward M. Lamont was a banker for twenty-three years with the World Bank and J.P. Morgan & Co., Inc. He also worked for the Marshall Plan and North American Treaty Organization (NATO) in Paris and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in Washington, D.C. He is chairman emeritus of the Children's Aid Society in New York City. Mr. Lamont is the author of The Ambassador From Wall Street: The Story of Thomas W. Lamont, J.P. Morgan’s Chief Executive and Ned Miner and His Pioneering Forebears. He and his wife Camille live in Laurel Hollow, Long Island, NY. They have three children and five grandchildren.

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Janet Dexter Storer:

The Consummate Artist of Broadway Celebrities and Maine's Rural Life, 1895-1980

by Dennis Cleasby

Our Price: $25.00

What do Jack Benny, George M. Cohen, Edward G. Robinson and Marion Anderson have in common with Janet Dexter Storer? The gifted artist, Janet Dexter Storer, drew their portraits. These portraits and many other stars of the early Broadway stage are included in a biography about an artist that worked from the lights of Broadway to the rural setting of Maine. Over 80 color plates of Janet's drawings and paintings grace the pages of this informative biography.  Also included is an illustrated novelette written by her at age thirteen.

Almost fifteen years ago, Dennis Cleasby vacationed in Weld, Maine. He returned many years; playing music in the State Park, painting and photographing. He fell in love with the land and the people there. Mr. Cleasby lived in Nebraska before his current residence in New York. He found the people of Maine to be similar in spirit to his native Nebraska rural neighbors. It was serendipitous encounters with the Storer family that lead him to take note of the art hanging on their walls and listen to stories of life from the past. Years later, the need to put this book together was a combination of admiring Janet Dexter Storer's art and amazement that she had passed through this world virtually unrecognized. Now is her time.

Mr. Cleasby holds two Masters Degrees from Long Island University — Fine Art and Master of Computer Sciences. He works as a photography teacher on Long Island, but his background includes three albums of originally composed music, two previously published books, radio and television spots and a life of travel. He has lived in Costa Rica, Pakistan and Panama. To date, he has visited sixty-seven foreign countries... and counting. In 1989, he was awarded a scholarship to the Art Students League by the Pastel Society of America. (Like Janet Dexter Storer, he attended this prestigious art school.) To find more information and see Mr. Cleasby's photography and art, and to listen to his music, please visit

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The Relationship Protocol: How to Talk, Defuse and Build Healthier Relationships

by Debra M. Roberts, LCSW

Our Price: $21.99

Is your relationship in crisis? Are you having trouble communicating with an important person in your life? Are you looking for tools and techniques you can use today? The Relationship Protocol is the easy to use, step-by-step guide on how to communicate effectively in all of your important relationships — romantic, family, business and friendships. Learn how to deal with and resolve real-life conflicts. Navigate tough situations. Take control and defuse heated arguments. Bring up sensitive topics and recover from setbacks. Instill hope when lost, and rebuild trust. Read The Relationship Protocol today to make your relationships more enjoyable and less complicated.

"This model is user friendly and can have profound results with any relationship. I have seen many couples who are 'stuck' at an emotional impasses make real progress, real fast." — Dr. Kristin Brunning, Psychiatrist

Debra M. Roberts, LCSW, is a licensed certified social worker in private practice in New York. She received her master’s degree in social work from Virginia Commonwealth University. For many years, Debra worked in nonprofit organizations in the areas of mental health, poverty legal services, health, and youth programs. She has been in private practice for more than twenty years, specializing in working with adults in individual, group, and relationship therapy. Debra’s communication model grew out of her extensive experience working with struggling relationships. She is also EMDRIA certified in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), a form of psychotherapy that helps people overcome trauma and past negative experiences. This is her first book in a planned series.

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Getting Off the Street: Sane Investment Advice from One of the Nation's Leading Wealth Managers

by Charles Massimo

Our Price: $22.95

There are secrets Wall Street doesn’t want investors to know...

• Working with financial advisors at large brokerage firms does little to enhance your wealth. In fact, it may diminish your wealth to a point from which you can never recover.

• Financial advisors at most big firms are salespeople first and foremost. They are motivated to sell products that will make their company money—not those that make the most sense for their clients’ needs.

• Most fees paid to financial advisors go toward activities that do nothing to improve their clients’ investment portfolio.

Charlie Massimo knows what Wall Street is hiding, because he spent nearly twenty years on the front lines at major financial firms. Feeling disillusioned by the difference between his employer’s goals and those of his clients, Massimo left Wall Street to start a firm that puts its clients’ interests above everything else. Since 2003, his company, CJM Wealth Management, has been doing just that.

Getting Off the Street offers honest, realistic investment advice based on Massimo’s experience helping hundreds of clients achieve their financial vision. His method, called structured investing, eliminates big risks and ensures solid returns through a simple blend of patience, discipline, diversification and goal-setting.

Structured investing is designed around your best interests, but you won’t hear about it through major Wall Street firms, because they can’t make money from it. Yet, Massimo’s proven strategies have weathered even the most devastating market crashes while Wall Street giants — and their clients — suffered major losses.

Massimo also uncovers a side of investing we rarely stop to considerthe emotions that influence our decisions. We often make poor choices, because we’re convinced that, in order to be savvy investors, we must regularly buy and sell our assets. In reality, quite the opposite is true. Massimo reveals that the smartest investors avoid the big risks that aren’t worth the risk to take. They embrace the long-term philosophy behind structured investing over the erratic behaviors that many financial advisors scare us into trusting.

Getting Off the Street is the investment guide Wall Street hopes you’ll never find. Told with Massimo’s signature warmth, clarity and wisdom that can only come from three decades on and off “The Street,” this book will help you achieve your financial goals and build the life you desire.

Charles Massimo is the president and founder of CJM Wealth Management, named top wealth management company on Long Island (NY) by NABCAP. Charlie’s financial insights have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Fox Business, among other outlets. He lives on Long Island, NY with his wife and triplets. Read more at CJM Wealth Management.

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Shattered in a Split Second

by Vanessa Richardson Bagby

Our Price: $16.95

In the summer of 2005, one of the most awful things that can happen to a family happened to the Bagbys. Their 25 year-old son Atiba, a motorcycle enthusiast, was clinging to life after a hit-and-run accident on the highway. As Atiba's family huddled together for support and sought comfort in their faith in God, they prayed that he would make it through the night. What they never expected was an enduring family saga that would stretch to every corner of their lives. Would his parents' marriage survive? How would his two kid brothers cope? What secrets did this family hold that would finally come to light? And who was driving the car that hit Atiba in the first place? Through her unbearable pain, a mother relives those awful moments in this heart-throbbing, true-life account of her family's survival. She teaches us all that with the Lord's good grace and the courage to stand tall, anything except death can be fixed. Part mystery, part love letter to her son, Shattered in a Split Second asks, when the world shuts down on you, and there's nowhere to turn, what do you do? Do you crumble to your knees, or do you stand tall? For more information please go to

Vanessa Richardson Bagby was born and raised in Mount Vernon, New York. She is a graduate from University of Phoenix and holds a Master of Arts in Education, a Bachelor of Science in Human and Community Services, and an Associates of Arts in Human Ecology/Fashion Design. She is currently a Crisis Support Mentor, a Inspirational Speaker and a Vocational Teacher in upper New York State where she teaches adolescence in the juvenile foster care system the life-skills needed to become productive skillful, purposeful and caring citizens. She has worked in two Rockland County, NY Educational School Districts, and one Educational School District in Bronx, NY. Her work includes the design and implementation of educational programs for students with special needs.

As a certified vocational educator, Vanessa sees greatness and potential in young people. She exhibits the ability to encourage students to be caring, supportive, decision makers, as they master their problems and invest in their futures. She is a visionary that many seek out for advice.

Presently, Vanessa resides in upstate New York with her family.

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Death Logs In

by E.J. Simon

Our Price: $27.99

Some of the most powerful people in the world want to kill Michael Nicholas. Only his brother Alex can save him. The problem is that Alex is dead. It's been almost a year since Alex Nicholas, a Queens based underworld Boss, was gunned down. After Alex's brutal murder, Michael inherited not only his brother's business, but his enemies. Michael is now a key player in a world he once feared. By day, he is the head of a Fortune 500 company; by night, the CEO of Tartarus, one of the worlds largest illegal gambling operations. Before his death, Alex invested heavily in breakthrough artificial intelligence software so that he could live forever. It worked. In his virtual form, Alex can communicate with Michael and monitor informationand peoplein ways the NSA would envy. It is Alex who discovers Michael's life is in danger. He detects plots that reach from the darkest corners of Queens to the highest officials in the Vatican... and they all want Michael dead. Michael is now in a race to save his life, but he is never alone. Alex is there to help him navigate through this maze of life and death. Also protecting Michael from the forces closing in around him is Sindy Steele, a beautifuland lethalbodyguard. How far is Michael willing to go to save his own life and that of his family? Guided only by a familiar face on a computer screen, will the information Alex discovers allow Michael to go from being the hunted to the hunter?

"E.J. Simon brings the future of artificial intelligence to present day in Death Logs In. This is a new breed of crime thriller. A must read!"Vito Colucci, Jr., author of the true crime book Rogue Town, A City Under the Stranglehold of Organized Crime

"A fine technological thriller that only gets better as it goes along."Kirkus Review

E.J. Simon is the author of the best-selling thriller Death Never Sleeps and the recently released Death Logs In. He is the former CEO of GMAC Global Relocation Services (a division of GM) and the Managing Director of Douglas Elliman, the largest real estate company in NY. He is a world traveler, food enthusiast and lives in Connecticut.  Read more at

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Moonbeam Through the Magnolia Tree: A Memoir

by Diana Crocker Nouri

Our Price: $16.95

Very few lives are epic in scale. Diana Crocker Nouri is one of them. The great-granddaughter of the California "Big Four" Charles Crocker, Mrs. Nouri weaves her memoir with graceful candor, humor and glimpses of the profound faith that sustained her during tumultuous times. From a glamorous childhood in the 1920s and the halls of Radcliffe College in the 1940s to the locked wards of New York City's Bellevue Hospital in the 1980s, Mrs. Nouri unfolds a story of alcoholism and schizophrenia raging beneath an otherwise idyllic life, eventually finding peace of mind.

Diana Crocker Nouri lives on Long Island, NY. This is her first book.

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Popology: The Music of the Era in the Lives of Four Icons of the 1960s

by Timothy English

Our Price: $18.95

Popology: The Music of the Era in the Lives of Four Icons of the 1960s is the first book to examine how the music of those days impacted the lives of John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Robert F. Kennedy and Thomas Merton. While there have been numerous biographies of all of the subjects and countless books on the music of the 1960s, Popology brings the era to life by letting the readers share in the precise listening experiences of the subjects. In addition, Popology explores the favorite songs of each of the subjects and gives readers new insights into their characters by explaining how these songs resonated in the way they lived their lives. No reader will finish Popology without learning new and often surprising facts about four of the most inspirational figures of the 1960s.

Timothy English is the author of Sounds Like Teen Spirit: Stolen Melodies, Ripped-off Riffs, and The Secret History of Rock and Rock. The author and his work have been featured on BBC Radio 2, The Howard Stern Show, NPR's "All Things Considered" and in the Chicago Tribune. For more information about the author and his book, please visit

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Deadly Motivations

by Philip Schulman, MD

Our Price: $21.95

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 PhD. 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, MD 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.

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Monks, Meatballs and Machine Guns

by Greg Vitrano

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The humorous inside story of America's most famous military high school which housed the "juvenile delinquent" sons of major corporate, political and crime figures since 1883. Greg Vitrano was a student there from 1972-1976. This is his story.

It's 1972. In this story which is part, Ridgemont High and part Sopranos, we follow the adventures of 13 year old Greg Vitrano. Greg was one of four boys in an Italian American home in Brooklyn that had more visits from the police than books in the home. It was concluded that his immediate family was a bad influence on him, so Greg's parents offered him two optionsfull time construction work or an all boys military academy. He chose the latter.

Situated on over 200 acres on The Great South Bay on Long Island, LaSalle Military Academy was run jointly by the Army ROTC and the Christian brothers. LaSalle was renowned for harboring and educating the sons of notorious Central American dictators, New York Mafia families, drug cartel heads, famous athletes and the Forbes 100. Discipline was enforced, but in a place where you cage 350 teenage boys, many who have had delinquency issues, all sh*t breaks loose. To survive, Greg leans on his sense of humor and wit.

Greg Vitrano is a native New Yorker. Greg has a wife of over 30 years, three (almost adult) children and two wonderful Brittany Spaniels. He is now back on Eastern Long Island, NY where he spends most of his time fulfilling his lifelong dream... writing.  To read more about Greg, please visit

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Losing the Dollhouse: A Memoir

by S. Jane Gari

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When nineteen-year-old Jane finally works up the nerve to expose the truth about her stepfather’s sexual advances, her mother is outraged. But not at the stepfather. Her mother takes his side — a betrayal that threatens to destroy the family and leaves Jane struggling to forge her own identity as she enters adulthood. Once marriage is on the table, Jane packs up her life and resolves to stare her demons down. Losing the Dollhouse offers a slice of dysfunctional Americana complete with divorce, stepfamilies, eating disorders, mental illness and the search for true love.

"This is a work of intelligence, sensitivity and honesty that at times is spellbinding. It is more than a coming-of-age story. It is a psychological portrait, richly detailed but never tedious." — Ira Claire Gabler, author of the critically acclaimed short story collection Unexpected Returns

S. Jane Gari lives in Elgin, South Carolina with her husband and daughter. Her nonfiction has been nominated for three Pushcart Prizes. She has also co-written Flush This Book, a collection of humorous essays. Without a good laugh now and then, we'd all need to be institutionalized.  To read more about Ms. Gari and her works, please visit

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B-Movie Blues

by Terry Woods

Our Price: $10.00

A New York auteur assembles an odd-ball crew of dreamers and wanna-bes for Jersey's Revenge, the next sequel to his low-budget horror franchise. High hopes for a breakout hit are devastated by blown stunts, incompetent special effects and bad acting.

B-Movie Blues is the story of an aspiring filmmaker working on a low-budget horror movie in New York. Based on Mr. Woods' experiences as Script Supervisor for Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz on three Troma Films, including two Toxic Avenger sequels, B-Movie Blues is a hilarious romp through the trials and tribulations of working for one of cinema's great iconoclasts.

Born on the island of Manhattan in the City of New York, raised in the suburbs of New Jersey, and educated in The Bronx at Manhattan College, the author is currently a stagehand for corporate events in the tri-state area and a musician in the local bars of his adopted home town of Long Beach, NY. To read more about Mr. Woods and his works, please visit

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Yo God! Jay's Story

by June Capossela Kempf

Our Price: $15.99

"Yo God! You got me into this, now get me out." That tough FTW, in-your-face attitude masks a TLC softie who meets his fate with courage, dignity and style. He was no ordinary poster kid. Jonathan's story will leave the reader questioning how he could manage all his conflicts, especially those dealing with faith.

June was educated in parochial schools in Queens, NY where a strong religious ethic was cultivated. She attended St. John's University seeking a BA in English. She switched to Music after winning a partial vocal scholarship to the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music. After her marriage to best friend Ron, she moved to Long Island, NY where she split her time between raising three children and working a potpourri of part time jobs ranging from substitute teaching to banking.

When her youngest son developed a serious life threatening disease, June was forced to deal with challenges to care giving, schooling, sibling rivalry; as well as threats to relationships with extended family, friends and God. Seeking more community support, June and her husband eventually discovered the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), where they went on to devote thirty years, volunteering for Jerry's Kids.

For June, coping meant writing. She soon began cranking out articles for the MDA newsletter covering subjects of interest to Suffolk County chapter kids and their families. She wrote poems and stories, some of which were published in the Canine Companions for Independence publication and appeared in the National Library of Poetry. She received a second prize award from the Angel Animal Network for a story about her son's service dog. During this period, June also wrote a humorous column for a church newsletter, but was terminated after two years when she wrote a tongue in cheek item about the first woman Pope. Most recently June received an acknowledgement from Reader's Digest resulting from a contest entitled My Life In 150 Words.

When Jonathan died, June dedicated herself to giving meaning to his life. In his memoir, Yo God! Jay's Story she pours out her heart and soul describing her continued connection with Jay in an effort to fulfill his wish — to make a difference. After 16 years, the book has been published.

Today, June facilitates a library adult writers group while putting finishing touches on a new work. When not tethered to the word processor, June enjoys her grandchildren, singing in the choir, reading, walks on the beach, seagulls and Yellow Labs romping in the sand. Read more at

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ClanDonnell: A Storied History of Ireland

by David K. McDonnell

Our Price: $34.95

True Tales of an Irish Clan from Ancient Times to the Twentieth Century

ClanDonnell is the epic story of Ireland told in a unique way through the lives of the people in Celtic Ireland's McDonnell clan and their descendants into the 20th century. Because the first McDonnells were mercenaries often called to service in all corners of Ireland, the clan's history is intertwined with the history of the entire island.

Descendants of these McDonnell mercenaries included nobles and farmers, landlords and peasants, soldiers and poets, coffin ship victims and survivors, Protestants and Catholics, constables and revolutionaries. Some immigrated to North America and others fought in foreign armies. Many were killed or had land confiscated by the English. Still others adapted well to British Ireland. Collectively, the stories of these McDonnells during critical periods in Irish history tell the story of Ireland.

More than 640 strategically placed images combined with crisp, witty writing make Ireland comprehensible to the non-historian. By the end of ClanDonnell, readers will understand more about Irish history (and more than a wee bit of Irish language and culture) than they likely ever thought possible from a single source.

"David McDonnell tells Ireland’s history through a unique lens. [He] has a story-teller’s voice, though his richly textured and layered 900-plus-page book is factual. It’s a mesmerizing book that feels like a personal journey through Ireland’s history. 4½ of 5 Stars!" — San Francisco Book Review

David K. McDonnell is an Irish-American with a passion for both Irish and American history.  Read more at

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April 1861: Historical Fiction As Told Through the Poetry of Donald E. Allen

by Donald E. Allen

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April 1861 by Donald E. Allen is a piece of historical fiction as told through poetic verse. Each poem recants a day of the month of April in the year of 1861. Poetic license mixing with historical fact makes for a very interesting collection. Second Place Winner in the Local Gems Press NaPoWriMo Contest 2014.

Donald E. Allen is an internationally known author of fiction and poetry.  In this collection, Mr. Allen combines both elements with his appreciation of our forefathers sacrifices to produce a fictional chapbook that will appeal to both lovers of history and devotees of prose and rhyme. So, join us and follow Donald E. Allen on a poetic journey through one of the most pivotal months in the history of the United States of America, April 1861. To read more about the author and his works, please visit

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by Greg Kemp and Willy Minnix

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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

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The Small Change Solution: A 52 Step Guide to Getting the Naturally Healthy Lifestyle You Want

by Kimberly Petrosino

Our Price: $12.95

Quick diets are a thing of the past. Getting the tools you need for a lifetime of health and happiness with The Small Change Solution!

Are you tired of counting calories and grams of fat? Find out the secret to becoming radiantly healthy, living simply, and finding inner peace — with absolutely no disruption to your everyday life! This step-by-step guide will help you enhance all of the areas of your life, from the food on your plate to your loving relationships. Learn simple ways to pamper yourself on a daily basis, spend less time in the kitchen while cooking healthier than ever, manage your stress and, most importantly, have fun doing it! Kimberly Petrosino will show you how taking small steps will help you achieve greater results in the long run. A healthier new you awaits! Start making every second count and begin your Small Change journey today.

Read more about author and Holistic Health Coach Kimberly Petrosino and The Small Change Solution at

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Christy Street

by Bart Allen

Our Price: $16.00

Christy Street is the story of the McTyre family from 1980 through 2001. Finn, the father, and Joan, the mother, care for three energetic, successful and challenging boys — Mike, Tommy and Jack. Through 21 years, you see a family experience, that which every family does, from joy, success, love to confusion and disappointment. Christy Street moves from Bayside, Queens to Port Thomas, as well as visits to Tully, from where Joan is originates. Beyond that, the boys lead us to many other places. The book captures the distinct experience of growing up on Long Island in the 1980s and 1990s.

Bart Allen grew up in Northport, Long Island and attended SUNY Geneseo where he majored in English and Secondary Education. After teaching for a year, he left the United States and attended the University of Edinburgh, Scotland to complete a Masters in Creative Writing. He has poems published online and in print and attends many poetry readings. This is his first novel.

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Forever & Always Destiny

by Cindy Springsteen

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"An epic love story of how destiny isn't always what it seems."

A mesmerizing and powerful true story about young love, the choices that we make and where those choices take us. When Cindy meets Danny, they become inseparable. Cindy believes she has found her true "soulmate" and that they would live happily ever after. What she didn't know is that being a teenager and being in love isn't that simple. There were constantly things being thrown in their path that would cause them to break up. They both move on, find new love and, yet, somehow they would wind up together again. They would believe this was the time that they would last forever. They are older now and decide to take things slow. They are truly happy together, everything is as it should be, and they begin planning for their future when a shocking jaw dropping event takes place. What will happen now? Were they destined to always fail? Is there anyway to recover? Can there be a Forever & Always or has Destiny set it's path for them?

Cindy Springsteen tells her all in a true story with the storytelling ability and ingenuity of Jodi Piccoult. She shares and goes to secret places that most authors dare not to go! She takes us in a maze of her imagination to the deepest depths of her being. Her lifelong compassion for young love flows in her writing like that of Ann Tyler and the subtlety of Alice Munro. Springsteen offers us a raw look at her life in this debut novel that feels like it came from a seasoned novelist. She is not only a gifted portraitist, but also an author to watch in the future. Cindy introduces us to a mesmerizing world of lifelong love and draws us into her life, from teen to adult.

Cindy Springsteen lives on Long Island with her husband and two children. She has had a passion for writing since she was in her teens, starting with poetry, which won her numerous awards and which were published in various publications. She has spent many years researching and writing about parenting teenagers for many publications. She is presently a virtual assistant for a well-known author. Read more at and at

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Cheating to Survive: Fix It or Get Out

by Christine Ardigo

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Can Cheating on Your Husband Bring Unimaginable Pleasure or Completely Destroy Your World?

To her three daughters, Heather is a fun-loving, silly mom. Her co-workers at Norlyn Plains Hospital think she has it all, including a handsome lawyer husband. But when a flirtatious new doctor chooses Heather to spend his down time with, he reminds her of the man she regrettably gave up so many years before. Each interaction breathes new life into her and she gives in to the doctor’s seductions, threatening her fifteen year marriage. Her co-workers Victoria and Catherine, are stunned by her actions, but when they see the positive transformation in Heather and question their own crumbling marriages, they wonder if she has the right idea. Can cheating on their husbands bring the three of them happiness? Or will they be destroyed by the consequences?

"I loved reading as a child, and looked forward to my father taking me to the bookstore to buy a new book. At 10 years old, I was obsessed with Nancy Drew and collected over twenty of her books, devouring them in less than four hours, unable to wait for my next one. In 6th grade I wrote two novels, I called them The Linda Wells Mysteries. I wrote them in a battered spiral notebook, complete with several hand drawings! It was then that I decided I wanted to write a real novel one day. But when I graduated high school, the thought of majoring in English scared me. What would I do when I graduated? Sit home all day and write books? I was afraid, and with no guidance, I chose Nutrition as my major, and received a Masters in Exercise Physiology. My two other loves. Although I went on to love activities like weight lifting, rock climbing, white-water rafting and jumping out of airplanes, there was something missing: no real goal, no end point to reach for. One boring Saturday evening in September, I sat in front of my computer and decided to write. It became an obsession. Something I buried away for years had finally unleashed. It was my passion. Storytelling. Something I lost sight of as I traveled down my conveyor belt of a life. It was all I wanted to do. So here I am today, to let you know that I wrote two contemporary romance novels. One is now published and the other I plan to publish at the end of August with the hope that someone will love them as much as I loved writing them. Enjoy the Ride!" — Christine Ardigo. Read more at and at

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Every Five Years: Heather & Nicolo's Story

by Christine Ardigo

Our Price: $11.99

Curious About What Really Happened Between Heather & Nicolo?

After watching her parents struggle financially for years, Heather Di Pietro, the zany, non-conformist, is persuaded by her best friend to date the rich and popular Lance Milanesi, believing he is the path to her happiness. But when Nicolo, a vibrant new employee starts at her job, she second-guesses her choice. The close friendship that develops between the two of them is quickly destroyed before their true feelings are revealed, but a chance encounter reunites them five years later. Nicolo has spent his entire life making others happy, while taking the back seat to his own happiness. When Heather's dynamic personality finds a way into his heart, she makes him believe he can conquer the world, something no one else has been able to do. Torn between losing each other again and the emotions they can no longer suppress, they launch into a love affair more powerful than they ever imagined. Spending their days on the beach and their nights in each other’s arms, Heather discovers what love is supposed to feel like and knows now that she must leave Lance. With love this perfect, what tears them apart a second time? Heather and Nicolo cross paths Every Five Years, giving them the opportunity to recover what they lost. Will they ever reach out and grasp what was meant to be or will their fears continue to keep them apart? (We recommend reading Cheating to Survive first.)

"I loved reading as a child, and looked forward to my father taking me to the bookstore to buy a new book. At 10 years old, I was obsessed with Nancy Drew and collected over twenty of her books, devouring them in less than four hours, unable to wait for my next one. In 6th grade I wrote two novels, I called them The Linda Wells Mysteries. I wrote them in a battered spiral notebook, complete with several hand drawings! It was then that I decided I wanted to write a real novel one day. But when I graduated high school, the thought of majoring in English scared me. What would I do when I graduated? Sit home all day and write books? I was afraid, and with no guidance, I chose Nutrition as my major, and received a Masters in Exercise Physiology. My two other loves. Although I went on to love activities like weight lifting, rock climbing, white-water rafting and jumping out of airplanes, there was something missing: no real goal, no end point to reach for. One boring Saturday evening in September, I sat in front of my computer and decided to write. It became an obsession. Something I buried away for years had finally unleashed. It was my passion. Storytelling. Something I lost sight of as I traveled down my conveyor belt of a life. It was all I wanted to do. So here I am today, to let you know that I wrote two contemporary romance novels. One is now published and the other I plan to publish at the end of August with the hope that someone will love them as much as I loved writing them. Enjoy the Ride!" — Christine Ardigo.Read more at and at

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Conquer the System: "The Difference Between Failure and Success Lies Between Two Fingers"

by Vincent Scialli

Our Price: $9.99

Vincent Scialli’s Conquer the System provides an insightful perspective of a blue collar guy who was raised by immigrant blue collar parents who sent him into an unknown white collar world. It is written with simple words… simple words that make up simple stories. With no connections to America’s corporate system growing up, everything was a new experience for Scialli… from his first day at work to asking for a raise, nothing came easy to him. Scialli’s sheer determination, coupled with an unfailing work ethic, brought him a very successful career in the corporate world and later as a small business owner. His detailed accounts of personal experiences has led to many easy to remember stories and given birth to a well-organized written analysis of what the "system" is and how to identify its major components.

Whether you are a recent college graduate or a seasoned employee tired of mediocrity, Conquer the System provides a detailed road map to navigating today's corporate world. Each chapter caters to your specific needs and is carefully packaged into easy to read "how-to" guide for personal success. Conquer the System is a valuable asset not only for the employee but also for the bosses for they work. Any boss or business owner can use Conquer the System as a motivation tool to ignite a passion to succeed within their own workforce. Read more at

Vincent Scialli grew up in Westbury, NY and was the only son of two Italian immigrant parents who came to this country with little to no money in their pockets. His father, Aniello, was the owner of a small plumbing business and his mother, Josephine, taught herself how to read and write English, which eventually led to a career in the mortgage industry. Vincent was not only the oldest sibling in his family, but also the oldest of all his cousins born in America. With no one to guide him, Vincent had to teach himself the basics like learning to speak, read and write English at an early age. That perseverance continued throughout his entire childhood and culminated in 1996, when he earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Manhattan College. Shortly after graduation, his introduction into America's corporate world began as a plumbing and fire protection consultant for one of the largest engineering firms in NYC. In a short time, he climbed the corporate ladder through hard work and dedication, making a name for himself in the industry as a man who knew his "stuff". During his time at the firm, Vincent carefully identified what components of his company made it so successful and categorized that corporate architecture in what he called a "system". Once he figured it out what made his company tick, navigating through that system for his own success became easy. Determined to one day implement a "system" of his own, Vincent studied and passed the NYC Master Plumbers exam in 2003. Shortly thereafter, Vincent exchanged his suit and tie for work boots and founded Scialli & Sons Inc., doing business as Scialli Plumbing & Heating located in Hicksville, NY.. Combining his parents work ethic and his experience of that which he had learned at the firm, Vincent began creating a "system" of his own. In less than five years, his plumbing contracting firm had grown from one van to one of the largest in the area. Today, with the economic divide between the "have" and "have nots" growing exponentially, Vincent wants more than ever to share his methods to help you identify your company's "system" and maximize it to your own personal success.

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Dear Babies: Crazy Life, Simply Explained

by Amy Denby

Our Price: $16.99

"There is a short list of obligatory books you read when you're pregnant; and then there are those books you read because they stir your soul. Dear Babies, with all of its warmth and endearing wisdom, is a standout among the latter." — Bethany Meyer, contributing author of I Just Want to Pee Alone

When Amy Denby discovered she was pregnant with twins after two years of fertility treatments, she handled her overwhelming emotions the way any writer and self-respecting Carrie Bradshaw-wannabe would: She began writing to her unborn children. What unfolded is Dear Babies, Crazy Life, Simply Explained, a blog of snappy letters that captured readers' hearts for being so tender and raw and laugh-out-loud funny. Here as a book, Dear Babies offers a collection of stand-out entries that are part life lessons and part side-splitting anecdotes mixed with blush-worthy confessions, that paints the most intimate and entertaining portrait of pregnancy today.

Any expecting woman will laugh, cry, smile and nod in agreement as she reads, while any person, pregnant or not, will find in these pages an inspiring story about life and what it means to be growing. Dear Babies is about beginnings, endings and what we think we know about the elusive in-between.

Amy Denby is a former entertainment editor of Seventeen and More magazines, where she wrote book and movie reviews. She was also a staff copywriter and photography producer for J. Crew. Amy spent her summers at an exclusive family resort in New York's Catskill Mountains. Her family expected her to join the Peace Corps and save the world before marrying a doctor, like her father. But she become infatuated with the camp's dance instructor, Johnny Castle, and one summer she... Oh, sorry, that's not her, that's Baby Houseman from Dirty Dancing.

Amy Denby writes and cleans goldfish off the floor like it's her job, which, as a mom, actually is her job. Pre-kids she wrote book and movie reviews for famous magazine publications. She used to shower a lot more then, too. For more about Amy and her crazy life, please visit her website at

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Pannino is Dead

by Marc Zirogiannis

Our Price: $10.99

Rikers Island is home to 20,000 inmates, employees and visitors every day. It is the largest penal colony in the world. When one of its most senior, and most notorious, Correction Officer ends up murdered, it unravels a web of lies and deceit. John Sebastian is a man whose life is back on track — beautiful, young wife, two young children and a career headed in the right direction. He had everything going for him until a dark secret from his past comes back to haunt him and he stands to lose everything. Pannino is Dead is the first, unforgettable, crime drama from the mind of Marc Zirogiannis.

Marc Zirogiannis holds a B.A. from Long Island University and a Juris Doctor from Hofstra University’s School of Law. Mr. Zirogiannis has practiced the martial arts for over 25 years and earned a World Taekwondo Federation recognized 1st Dan under the supervision of Grandmaster Yeon Hwan Park in Levittown, NY. He has published numerous best selling books on a variety of subject material, including the law, philosophy, meditation, business consulting, and, of course, the martial arts. He is currently the lead correspondent for an international Tae Kwon Do print publication. He lectures on a variety of topics, including suicide prevention, business development, and matters of the martial arts. His latest book, Hitler's Orphan: Demetri of Kalavryta, a historical novella, has been met with critical praise and he has been nominated as "The Best Author on Long Island" for 2015. Mr. Zirogiannis is currently a 2nd Dan Candidate at the Y.H. Park Taekwondo Academy. Read more about the author and his books at

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Three Black Boys: Tomorrow After Supper

by Zangba Thomson

Our Price: $15.00

Three Black Boys: Tomorrow After Supper is a two-part, emotional drama about three teenaged friends who spring into dangerous action to obtain financial aid for a near-death Indian immigrant plagued with the deadly black fever disease. The setting is Southside Jamaica, Queens, NY. Babita Harris is sick and only has a month to live. Her only hope of survival is a costly liver transplant. But with no health insurance, the chance of a surgery is slim. What she needs is a quarter of a million dollars in cash. So Barnes, her only son, along with his two friends, Demus and Baker, spring into dangerous action to get the money. Although their road is paved with good intentions, the brothers in arms will experience more than they have ever experienced before. More action, more excitement, more everything.

Three Black Boys: Tomorrow After Supper is an urban fantasy novel by Zangba Thomson that is as intense as it is pointed and dark. This vivid, savvy and altogether street-smart masterpiece is the first installment in Thomson's Three Black Boys book series. "Thomson's ear for street-slang vernacular is effective in bringing his characters to life and creates a chillingly real backdrop." — Kirkus Discoveries Review

Zangba Thomson is an author, screenwriter, and creative director at Bong Mines Entertainment LLC. His creative works deal mainly in the realms of hip hop, spirituality/metaphysics, and love and drama. His published works have been seen on major media outlets such as Fox 5, NBC, Today, Fox & Friends, ABC, Centric, and more and they have been discussed in Vibe and Essence magazines, and other major publications. For more information about Zangba Thomson, please visit his website at or email him directly at

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For Children and Young Adults...

Surviving Curtis Hall: The Lure of Blood

by L. A. Matthies

Our Price: $16.95

Attempting to avoid the violence and drugs at Hibernia High, 16-year-old Tristen McCoy and his friends have transferred on a sports scholarship to the elite Curtis Hall boarding school. Hometown lacrosse heroes, the boys are tested as they attempt to assimilate into a student body where excelling is the norm. Tristen hones his leadership skills and sense of humor while finding his way in this new environment. He and his friends must rise to the challenge of competing with peers whose skills equal and perhaps surpass their own. Tristen's attention is soon captured by the beautiful and alluring Marcella Venier. Despite their different origins and upbringings, the two are drawn to each other. Marcella, compelled to live a clandestine life with dark secrets and a covert research mission, struggles with her desire to further her own designs and still remain in Tristen's world. Events spiral out of control, and a student is lost in the subterranean tunnels beneath the school's campus. Tristen and his friends stand accused of foul play, and in an effort to make things right, he enlists Marcella's help in organizing a search party. During the perilous rescue attempt, danger threatens to not only sever the bonds of friendship of the group, but take their lives as well. They hope they can survive until graduation.

Young Adult/Fantasy wins NABE 2013 Pinnacle Achievement Award! Read more about Linda and Surviving Curtis Hall at

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Sammy the Tin Man

by Lisa C. Ockun

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This book is dedicated to all the young boys and girls who have lost a mother or father at such an early age in their lives. I have been a teacher for 27 years and have come across so many saddened children who longer had a parent who they loved and missed dearly. This is a difficult subject for children to deal with, and a lot of people do not want to broach the subject. As a former teacher, I feel this subject needs to be dealt with. I want to let young children know that life does go on when they lose a parent, but they are still part of a family unit and are very much loved. It is difficult to lose a parent at any age which I have recently discovered, but dealing with the subject and talking about it can be therapeutic. Death is a part of life, and there are no rules about when a person's time is up.

Sammy was a real character who was a student of mine. His father died when he was 10. Sammy did play a part in our fifth grade production of The Wizard of Oz at P.S. 162. Our principal, Mrs. Durando, always encouraged the arts in our school. Sammy was a cheerful boy with a little sadness about him. He seemed to fight this sadness with his out going behavior. I promised his mother I would take good care of him as I did his brother a year before. Sammy did a super job as the scarecrow, was noticed by his peers as being a wonderful performer, and shocked all the teachers in the school including myself, with his special talent. His mother had no idea, he had no idea, and if it weren't for this fifth grade performance, no one would have realized the great talent this young man possessed. Thank you P.S. 162 and Mrs. Durando for helping this one young man. His goal after graduating high school was to pursue an acting career and attend college. We saved a family. The creative arts are so important for children for many reasons. I, myself, had school phobia and only seemed to come out of my shell when I was performing. Children read better, focus better, socialize better, and seem to thrive when they have this type of outlet. The system is failing in this aspect. The education system needs to see the arts as an integral part of education, not as an extra curricular activity. I have seen the difference in children, children who were falling by the wayside, failing, being labeled as learning disabled or a behavior problem, suffering, or whose multiple intelligence happened to be in the area of the arts.

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Beautiful Eyes

by Lisa C. Ockun

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Beautiful Eyes is a story that takes place in the early 1960's in an apartment complex in Bellerose, Queens, New York. Two next door neighbors, twelve year old Dougie, a boy with a genetic condition called Down Syndrome, and eight year old Lucy become best friends and spend an entire summer together. Sitting on the porch of their apartment complex becomes the highlight of their summer, until one very horrible day when Dougie becomes the target of two boys in his complex. They call him retard and make fun of his eyes. Though Dougie does have Down Syndrome, Lucy thought he had the most beautiful eyes in the world and never realized that he was different than most children his age. Lucy is confused and angry at how the two boys had treated her very best friend. With the help of her mother, Lucy learns a life lesson about diversity.

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Jack Out of the Box: Self-Esteem Elevation for Children

by Dawn Krohberger

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Jack Out of the Box is a story about a character known for centuries as Jack in the Box. Through self-love and self-actualization, he finds a way to choose life out side of his comfort zone helping children find a way to choose life outside of theirs.

“Dawn Krohberger’s Jack Out of the Box is a children’s story of empowerment, encouraging children to go beyond their comfort zones. Well illustrated and entertaining, it contains an important message of self-esteem elevation for all children.” — Dr. Joe Rubino, Creator of and

“Dawn Krohberger is a personal and professional friend of mine. Her stand for assisting our youth to gain full expression and courage to live their lives is unwavering. In the story Jack Out of the Box, I can hear the soft yet confident voice that Dawn possesses as she gently nurtures children into the creative conversation that they need to grow and expand their lives. Bravo for her efforts in writing this book as it is a perfect and colorful communication tool for parents, teachers and guardians and the children they love.” — Reverend Laura Tria, Founder of New Light Sanctuary

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Lines That Rhyme

by Mark Tepper

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Lines That Rhyme is a collection of rhymes whereby children try to guess the answers to questions via clues presented within the rhymes. Lines That Rhyme inspires the child to draw on acquired knowledge and guess the answer before looking at the picture answer on the back of the page. It also gives children the ability to associate words with pictures.

Mark Tepper, the author of Lines That Rhyme, and his spouse live in Plainview, NY where they raised their two children. Mark works for Winthrop Hospital in Mineola, NY and the U.S. Postal Service. He spent three and a half years in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War, and attended Nassau Community College in Garden City, NY and Hofstra University in Uniondale, NY. In his spare time, Mark writes children's stories, thus allowing him to keep in touch with his child within.

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Captain No Beard: An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate's Life

by Carole P. Roman

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Captain No Beard and his pirate ship the Flying Dragon set sail for a voyage of the imagination with his fearless crew of four: First Mate Hallie, Mongo the Monkey, Linus the Loudmouthed Lion, and Fribbit the Floppy Frog. Once they board his bed, their world is transformed into a magical vessel, sailing the seven seas on dangerous and exciting adventures! "Roman charms with an imaginative, whimsical picture book that will entertain even the oldest pirates." – Kirkus Reviews

Named to Kirkus Reviews' "Best of 2012" for Children's Indie Books for her first book, Captain No Beard: An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate's Life, award winning author Carole P. Roman started writing as a dare from one of her sons. Using an imaginary game she played with her grandson as a base, Captain No Beard was born. Captain No Beard: An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate's Life has also received the Star of Remarkable Merit and has won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award for 2012.

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Pepper Parrot's Problem with Patience
A Captain No Beard Story (Series Book #2)

by Carole P. Roman

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The crew of the Flying Dragon are sailing again. This time, new crew member Pepper Parrot is having a hard time keeping up with the drills. Captain No Beard and his mates join together to help Pepper achieve her goals with patience and tolerance.

Captain No Beard, his First Mate Hallie and the crew of the Flying Dragon pirate ship are excited to welcome a new crew member – Pepper Parrot – today. But the drills are a major problem for Pepper Parrot to complete correctly since she does not know her left from her right. Her new friends show her some understanding, patience and a special trick that encourage her to have the confidence to become a real crew member. Her new discovery makes her look at herself in a more positive, confident way.

Teamwork and helping each other is the theme of this humorous children's book which also includes a subtle teaching tool for dyslexia. The crew of the Flying Dragon shows young readers that there is no need to be sad or frustrated over situations since we each have the ability to overcome when others around us are willing to patiently help and guide us towards progress and success. While we may not yet have the skills we desire at this time, each of us is able to improve and learn with confidence and guidance. So, when we find patience is needed and getting help looks bleak, the solution-oriented crew of the Flying Dragon can uplift anyone's spirits.

Pepper Parrot's Problem with Patience, the second book in the Captain No Beard series, received 5 Stars from ForeWord Review-Clarion Review.

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Stuck in the Doldrums: A Lesson in Sharing
A Captain No Beard Story (Series Book #3)

by Carole P. Roman

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When the wind stops blowing, Captain No Beard and his crew, including First Mate Hallie, Linus the Lion, Fribbet the Frog, Mongo the Monkey and Polly the Parrot, are stuck on a desert island. Marooned with nothing to do, they begin to play and enjoy themselves. However, Captain No Beard has other ideas, bossing his crew around and making playtime cheerless for everyone. Soon, Captain No Beard decides he has had enough and storms off. When his ship is attacked by a giant squid, he realizes he needs his crew more than ever. Captain No Beard and his crew show young readers it's important to cooperate and share your belongings. The crew teaches us that if you want to have friends, then you must be a friend too.

Captain No Beard and his crew are at it again, but when the wind stops blowing, The Flying dragon gets stranded on a desert island. With his First Mate Hallie, Linus the Lion, Fribbet the Frog, Mongo the Monkey and Polly the Parrot, Captain No Beard has to find a way to use teamwork and understanding to solve the problem at hand. However, when Captain No Bread gets bossy and make playtime miserable for his crew, he soon finds himself alone and helpless when a giant squid attacks. Just when the Captain is in over his head, his faithful crew reunites and teaches him an important lesson.

Full of adventure and silliness, this lighthearted children's book teaches the importance of compromise, cooperation, taking turns and sharing. The crew of the Flying Dragon also demonstrates that even when there are disagreements, friends support one another. In additional to valuable lessons, Captain No Beard's adventure is full of the type of danger and excitement that's sure to keep young readers captivated and attentive from beginning to end. With undeniable charm, Captain No Beard and his crew teach young readers valuable lessons in life that can keep anyone out of the doldrums.

"His crew's frankness in explaining how to be both a friend and boss will teach children to speak up when their friends aren't being as considerate as they should be. Honesty and a genuine apology help heal the misunderstanding, giving way to cheerful fun and a beautiful lesson for kids. Once again, Roman delights with whimsical pictures, clever test, important lessons and plenty of pirate lingo." – Kirkus Reviews

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Strangers on the High Seas
A Captain No Beard Story (Series Book #4)

by Carole P. Roman

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Captain No Beard and the crew of the Flying Dragon welcome a new crew member when Cabin Girl Cayla joins the ship. Responsible for his little sister, Captain No Beard is not very happy, because he finds his newest charge a distraction. When faced with danger, the Captain must find a way to escape. While learning valuable lessons about strangers, the crew realizes not to judge somebody because they are young or small. Strength comes in all sizes!

When the Flying Dragon gets a new crew member, Captain No Beard soon discovers that every person is valuable in his or her own way. Responsible for his new crew member and baby sister, the Captain becomes unhappy with his situation and begins to think that being the Captain is hard work. However, when the dreaded Barnabas the Scurvey Dog begins to chase the Flying Dragon, the fearless Captain has to put aside his problems and keep everyone safe. In their race to escape, the Captain, his loyal First Mate Hallie, Mongo the Monkey, Linus the Lion, Fribbet the Frog and Polly the Parrot soon find out that help can come from the most unlikely of places.

The Captain's new adventure is the charming fourth entry in the Captain No Beard children's book series. With a delightful message that teaches children not to judge a book by its cover, this exciting journey will excite young readers as well as teach them valuable life lessons. While stressing the importance of never marginalizing someone because they don't look like they can help or keep up, the adorable crew teaches children the importance of not talking to strangers. Filled with thrilling adventure, this amusing book will teach children the important lessons of their lives, all while keeping them riveted from the very beginning.

Strangers on the High Seas has won second place in the Rebecca's Reads Choice Awards 2013. "Another victory on the high seas for Roman." – Kirkus Reviews

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The Treasure of Snake Island
A Captain No Beard Story (Series Book #5)

by Carole P. Roman

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After a fierce battle with a storm, the crew goes in search of treasure. Alexander, that is, Captain No Beard uses a map to locate it on the ominous sounding Snake Island. Bravely they dig until they find the best treasure ever!

The crew of the Flying Dragon is together again exploring the vast and beautiful oceans in search of treasure. A colorful sunrise sparks talk of how important books are in learning things. This is followed by a search for treasure, danger and a great reward. Once again, the crew learns that through teamwork, friendship and cooperation there is nothing that can stop them from exploring and discovering the treats the world has to offer.

Writing for children has opened up a whole second act for Carole. While she is still working in her family business, writing this very successful series has enabled Carole to share her sense of humor as well as love for history and culture with the audience she adores. Roman lives on Long Island with her husband and near her children.

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The Crew Goes Coconuts!
A Captain No Beard Story (Series Book #6)

by Carole P. Roman

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There is a storm brewing on the Flying Dragon, and it's not about the weather. When the crew finds themselves parched and not enough juice to go around, blame falls on Hallie's friend Matie the goat. Divided, they square off, ready for a fight and Captain No Beard must teach his crew that not only is bullying wrong, they must learn to value and respect each and every member of the crew. Watch the crew of the Flying Dragon learn an important lesson about being a true friend.

Author Carole P. Roman has just added another gem to her lineup of children's books in the Captain No Beard series. Roman's stories are swashbuckling adventures with a heartfelt message, and her new book is no exception.  In The Crew Goes Coconuts!, children learn how to confront bullying in a healthy manner that seeks to educate rather than shame. Roman's book empowers children to resist peer pressure by understanding that everyone has both strengths and weaknesses.

As the imaginations of cousins Hallie and Alexander bring their stuffed animals to life, the crew of critters is stranded alongside a desert island. The friends wish to refresh their thirst; however, the newcomer to the ship makes a critical error that draws the negative attention of the other shipmates. Miffed by Matty the Goat's mistake, the parched crew turns on the hapless greenhorn with cruel taunts and personal attacks. Captain No Beard steps in and expertly navigates the rough waters of bullying with sensible leadership that leaves everyone with a good taste in their mouths.

Learning to achieve success is complicated for children when schoolmates begin to taunt, bully and tease. The Crew Goes Coconuts! gently explores this ubiquitous issue in the safe environment of a fantastical story with familiar and approachable characters who quickly discover how to turn the situation around.

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I Want To Do Yoga Too

by Carole P. Roman

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Hallie and her mother go to the yoga studio. Hallie wants to join her mom's yoga class, but she isn't allowed. She complains to the babysitter, who gently guides her through four yoga poses. Hallie learns that not only is yoga easy, but fun as well.

Motivated by her love of yoga, Roman has written a book that not only teaches four poses, but shows how easy and accessible yoga can be.

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If You Were Me and Lived In... Mexico... France... South Korea... Norway... Kenya... Turkey... India... Australia... Russia... Portugal... Greece...
Peru... Hungary... Scotland...

by Carole P. Roman

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If You Were Me and Lived In... A Child's Introduction to Cultures Around the World is an exciting new children's series that focuses on learning and appreciating the many cultures that make up our small planet. Perfect for children from Pre-K to age 8, this book is a ground-breaking new experience in elementary education. Interesting facts and colorful illustrations help children realize that although the world is large, people all over the globe are basically the same.

Awarding winning author and former social studies teacher Carole P. Roman has combined her love of teaching with a fun new way to learn about people and different cultures around the world. If You Were Me and Lived In... combines Carole's teaching past with her love of exploration and interest in the world around us.

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Whaley's Big Adventure

by Alexander Luke

Presented by Carole P. Roman

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Join Whaley on his big adventure in the ocean as he meets whales of all different sizes.

Written and illustrated by 5 year old Alexander Luke, and presented by his grandmother, award-winning children's author Carole P. Roman, this oceanic adventure of whale-sized proportions will teach youngsters about the different whales that live in the oceans.

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A Day with Degas

by Sima Levy

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A Day with Degas is a fun, adventurous and interactive art history book for children. Paris is excited to paint her ballet dance trio in her mom's (Ms. Simone's) art class. Her inspiration was the style of the artist Edgar Degas. She was able to capture her own movements, but had difficulty illustrating the gracefulness of her friends Justine and Mary. She wished to meet Monsieur Degas for artistic guidance. Together with her best friend Manet, they say the magic word three times: "Wackadoey, wackadoey, wackadoey" and then away they blewy to the past to meet Degas in Paris, France. Degas teaches them to draw, erase, perfect and redraw. Although the artist is an impressionist painter, he takes his time completing his works and Paris learns that she should do the same. She returns to ballet school to sketch Justine and Mary and the outcome is perfection! Read A Day with Degas and you will experience a "Manet Day", learn to use your imagination to improve your art and feel coo-cooey, wackadoey. So what do you say?

Sima Levy was born in Tel Aviv, Israel and moved with her family to New York at the age of eight. Sima was inspired to teach art history to children in a way that encourages their creativity and interests, rather than being intimidating or boring! Seeing the children's eyes brighten and their ideas form is what motivated her to create Mothers Art World (MAW) and its series of art history books, teachers' curriculums, songs and videos. Art helps children use both sides of their brain, embracing expression and imagination to create a beautiful masterpiece! She studied economics and sociology at Queens College in New York, followed by an internship at Lehman Hutton on Wall Street. Her passion for the arts began when she was a buyer and merchandiser for Le Firme and later for Akris's at Bergdorf Goodman in New York City. Sima co-runs a program called "Learning to Look" at the Schechter Day School. She introduced MAW to Cohen's Medical Center and has the absolute joy watching children immerse in art and experience their own "imaginative ways". The characters in the book, Paris, Manet, Mary, Justine, Mays and Ms. Simone, all derived from her wish to bring the gifts of imagination, music, fun and facts to children. Her daughter Paris has inspired the character Paris. The rest of the MAW kids were inspired by her sons and students. Ms. Simone is a reflection of how the author teaches and displays art throughout her classroom. Sima is dedicated to her charity works. She's a member of the Women's Health Committee at Katz Women's Hospital, a member of the Autism Committee, and a member of the Sunrise Day Camp, a camp dedicated to children with cancer and their siblings, and a member of the UJA-Federation. Sima enjoys spending time with her husband Jason and her children Jordan, Logan and Paris. Most evenings, she can be found sitting in front her the computer dreaming about the next adventure for Paris, Manet and the gang. Read more at

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A Rendezvous with Renoir

by Sima Levy

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Ms. Simone’s art class is studying the life and works of the impressionist artist, Pierre-August Renoir. Mary is fascinated with Renoir’s paintings of cafés and outdoors sights. She wishes to meet with Renoir and his friends in France to capture her own Parisian scenes and truthful moments. Together with her friend Manet, they say the magic word three times: “Wackadoey, wackadoey, wackadoey" and then away they blow to the past to meet Renoir in Montmartre, Paris, France. The artist teaches them how to capture snapshots of real life quickly with fluid brush strokes before the moment and light are lost. Mary and Manet also learn how the artist observes and paints flickering lights, children, women and very happy folks. Mary returns to her art class and paints what she observed in France. To her illustration, she adds her friends Renoir and Manet in a candid position. The outcome is superb! Read A Rendezvous with Renoir and you will experience a "Manet Day", learn to use your imagination to improve your art and feel coo-cooey, wackadoey. So what do you say?

Sima studied economics and sociology at Queens College in New York followed by an internship at Lehman Hutton on Wall Street. As a buyer and merchandiser for Le Firme and later for Akris at Bergdorf Goodman in New York City, Sima returned to her more creative passions. Sima teaches and co-runs an art program called “Learning to Look” at the Schechter Day School. She introduced Mothers Art World (MAW) to Cohen’s Medical Center and has had the absolute joy of watching children immersed in art while forgetting their pain and their illnesses even if just for two hours. Watching them experience their own “imaginative ways" impresses in Sima the power of creativity and artistic expression. Art helps children use both sides of their brains, embracing expression and imagination to create something wonderful. Teaching art history to youngsters in a way that encourages their creativity and interests rather than being intimidating is what inspires Sima to teach. The love she has for seeing their eyes brighten and their ideas form is what motivated the creation of MAW and its series of art history books, teachers’ curriculums, coloring books, songs and online projects. Paris, Manet, Mary, Mays, Justine and Ms. Simone all derive from Sima's wish to bring the gifts of imagination, music, fun and facts to children. Her own daughter with the same name inspired the character of Paris. The rest of the MAW kids were inspired by Sima's boys Jordan and Logan as well as the children that she has watched learn and grow while teaching them about art and creativity. Ms. Simone is a reflection of how Sima teaches and displays art throughout the classroom. She wants children to be able to experience art history in a way that inspires them to begin their own creations. All children (and adults too!) should have the experience of being told, “Great job,” “You can do it,” and “Bravo!” Making art gives children just that opportunity: to express, learn and feel a sense of accomplishment. Charitable work is a central part of Sima's life. She is a member of the Women’s Health Committee at Katz Women’s Hospital; a member of the Autism Committee on Long Island; is involved at Sunrise Day Camp, a camp dedicated to children with cancer; and a member of the UJA-Federation. She enjoys spending time with her husband and children. Most nights, when all are asleep, Sima can be found sitting at the computer dreaming about the next adventure for her six characters that she now calls "family". Have a fun and wackadoey experience! Read more at

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A Visit with Vincent Van Gogh

by Sima Levy

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Mays is a poet and artist in Ms. Simone’s art appreciation class. The class is learning about the history and works of the Post-Impressionist artist Vincent Van Gogh. As Mays gains knowledge about the style of Van Gogh, he realizes he has a lot in common with the artist. Like Van Gogh, Mays uses his feelings to guide his painting and writing, but he has a dilemma: he doesn’t know which to do first compose his poem or illustrate. Mays’ classmates Paris and Manet have a secret magic word that takes them to “The Land of Artists” and they decide to share their secret with Mays. They say “Wackadoey” three times and then bingo! They’re in the Netherlands with Mr. Van Gogh. The artist teaches them to quickly capture their feelings of real life situations with heavy paint and thick brush strokes. He assures Mays there is no set order when one is expressing oneself. Find out what happens when Mays returns back to art class. Read A Visit with Vincent Van Goghand you will experience a "Manet Day", learn to use your imagination to improve your art and feel coo-cooey, wackadoey. So what do you say?

Sima Levy created Mothers Art World (MAW) to give all children access to the world of art. Art is an essential part of every child’s development, helping them use both sides of their brain while embracing expression and imagination to create something wonderful. Studying art helps children understand the connections, shapes, colors and ideas that exist in every artist’s work. Teaching art history to children in a way that encourages their creativity and interest rather than being intimidating (or boring!) is the inspiration behind MAW’s Meet the Artist Series. Sima introduced MAW art appreciation to Cohen’s Medical Center and runs, trains and teaches at the Schechter Day School of Nassau County. Ms. Simone is a reflection of how Sima Levy teaches and displays art throughout the classroom. "I want children to be inspired by art history in a way that encourages them to begin their own creations. All children (and adults too!) need to experience being told ‘great job,’ ‘you can do it’, and ‘aren’t you awesome?’ Art gives children just that opportunity to express, learn and feel accomplishment. Charitable work remains a central part of my life. I’m a member of the Women’s Health Committee at Katz Women’s Hospital, a member of the Autism Committee, involved at Sunrise Day Camp, a camp dedicated to children with cancer, and a member of UJA’s Connection." Read more at

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I Love Going to the Butcher

by Lee Seelig

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Lee Seelig, third generation owner of his family’s meat business, brings to life a treasured tradition of journeying to the butcher shop in this fun and heartwarming children’s book. Children tend to look forward to an approaching event — the barbecue with drinks and family and friends and, most importantly, food! But Seelig reminds us that an essential part of the magic comes from the meat market.

Follow a mother and child in an errand-turned-adventure, as they visit the butcher shop on Main Street, full of friendly butchers who share treats and cheerfully show off their slicing and prepping skills of the myriad of meats and cheeses in their shop. They know that the secret to perfect steaks and hamburgers is the artistry of the cut!

Then, it’s on to what we’ve all been waiting for — the grill, where Daddy takes over to create the most amazing smells and tastes. This draws out family and friends who gather in the backyard, eating and laughing and telling stories.

Mr. Seelig’s is a sweet story that reminds us to cherish the little things — like a juicy burger, a yard full of loved ones, and sliding under the bed covers with a full tummy.  Read more at

Lee Seelig is the third generation owner and president of Farmingdale Meat Market and Main Street Wholesale Meats (Est. 1946). Reading to his two children at night and wanting a children’s book to sell at his meat market inspired him to write I Love Going to the Butcher. Mr. Seelig lives in Huntington, NY, with his two delightful children, Zoe and Jonah, and his amazing wife, Lainie.

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Jacob & Astor

Written by Leslie McGuire and Illustrated by Steve Haefele

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Jacob & Astor — The gift that keeps on giving!

Introducing Jacob & Astor, two silly dogs who never look, and, even worse, they never listen. They’re always getting into trouble. But they don’t mind, because they always have lots of fun. Of course, everyone else seems to get really mad at them. They upset cows, cats, mules, chickens and people. Naturally, they think they’re being smart, helpful, noble, strong, brave and protective. Sometimes they even get mad at each other. However, they always forgive each other — and always with hilarious results.

The important messages we need to send children are ones such as, "Even if you are small, you can overcome big things by using your brain," and, "It’s always better to be yourself." Since children are our future, we have no more important task than to make sure they grow up with these messages firmly embedded in their psyches.

Author of more than 200 children's books, Leslie McGuire has always wanted young people to know the immense joy of reading for pleasure. Editor for some of the largest publishers in the U.S., Leslie has worked for Golden Books, Grosset & Dunlap, Simon & Schuster, and Disney. Leslie has also been a consultant to Disney, Harper Collins, LeapFrog,, ETSK-12 Works, and an illustrator of fourteen children’s books. Also, she has been a pop-up book designer of many exciting pop-up books, including the best-selling Brush Your Teeth, Please!, published by Reader’s Digest, and a lecturer at The University of California at Irvine on such subjects as Children’s Book Writing, Children’s Book Illustration and Marketing, as well as at the university's Conference on Guided Dreams. Leslie is Winner of the Parent’s Choice Award and the Teacher’s Choice Award. She resides in California.

Steve Haefele has had a long and distinguished career in children’s books. He has worked on several Dr. Suess, Magic School Bus, Clifford the Dog, and Berenstain Bear books. You may have also seen his work in many national magazines including Field and Stream, Golf Illustrated, and Reader’s Digest. He has illustrated Yachting Magazine’s popular Telltales column for the last 18 years.

Leslie McGuire and Steve have collaborated twice before, on Mad Dog and Mad Dog in the Big City for Hooked on Phonics.

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A Bed A Buck A Buddy: Cici's Amazing Birthday

Story by Selena Schulz

Illustrated by Jomary Schulz

Our Price: $10.00

Join Cici, an animal lover, as she begins her many adventures. In this book, Cici faces a true to life dilemma. Will she be able to help save the future of Caring Paws animal shelter? What will she decide to do and will she find a new friend along the way?

Selena Schulz is an eight-year-old first time author. Cici's Amazing birthday is her very first book. Selena wanted to write a book to share with others her passion for animals in shelters and the wonderful thing she did for her 8th birthday. Selena is donating to her three favorite animal organizations from the sales of these books. She is also aspiring to be a veterinarian one day and hopes this will help her get there. Selena's organization, A Bed A Buck A Buddy, started because she wants shelter animals to find forever homes. She wants everyone to know that "Shelter Animals Make Great Pets!" Everything helps; you can donate a bed, some bucks, or make a buddy by adopting or volunteering at your local animal shelter."  Read more at

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Can You Buy Me the Wind?

by Steven Schoenfeld

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"Like love and friendship and the wind, too... The best way to get them is to be the best you."

When Sammy's grandparents arrive to babysit for a few days, she is surprised to find that they haven't brought her anythingno toy, no teddy bear, no book. Grandma and grandpa propose a deal: if she works for it, they will get her something special. She works to earn a kite, but something is missing to make it flythe wind! Read more and learn the inspiration behind the book at

Steven Schoenfeld grew up on Long Island, NY, where he still lives with his wife and two children. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland, a part time writer of children's books and has had a successful career on Wall Street for the past 17 years.

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Beverly Kills

by Sean McDonough

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Tips for surviving high school: 1. Hang a whiteboard in your locker. 2. Water bottles are a dead giveaway... Keep your vodka in a fast food cup. 3. No matter what... Always make sure you hide the corpses.

Beverly Kilbourne has it all. She's beautiful, she's popular, and she gets to kill whoever she wants. The problem is that Beverly doesn't want it all. She doesn't want to be a friend, daughter or cheerleader anymore. She just wants to be a killer. And, if she can get through just one more year of high school, then Beverly can leave home for good and stop pretending that she's anything but a butcher. Anthony has nothing. He's a loser. A nobody. But he's got one more year to muster up the courage to tell Beverly that he loves her and he's determined to do it before they graduate and she leaves his life forever. After a senior year filled with drama, confessions and decapitations, the clock finally runs out on graduation day. As the diplomas get handed out, the question still remain... Will the geek get the girl? Or will the girl slaughter everyone? Read more at

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Year of the Cat

Written by Natasha Lynn Rabin and Illustrated by Josie Yee

Our Price: $12.99

The Chinese calendar is based on the cycles of the moon. Each year, the Chinese New Year begins sometime between late January and early February, unlike the Western calendar which begins on January 1. Years are named after one of the twelve animals in the Chinese Zodiac, and in a twelve-year-cycle each animal has a whole year named for them! In China, you might be asked, "What animal are you?" rather than "How old are you?" What animal-year were YOU and your family members born? There are several folktales and myths about how these twelve animals were chosen. This book tells the story of one of them. Maybe it will inspire you to create a myth of your own.

Year of The Cat is an enchanting and informative new book for all children interested in other cultures, places (like New York City’s Chinatown) and cats! For juvenile readers, the story follows 8-year-old Ying as she celebrates the myths, customs and excitement of Chinese New Year while trying to turn the ancient Chinese Zodiac on its head. Ying shares her own observations and opinions about what makes Chinese New Year the best, introduces us to her family (including cats) and takes us along on her Year of the Cat campaign, all captured in Josie Yee’s colorful, exquisitely detailed illustrations. It is truly a book about the joy of holidays with family, with the extra, added anticipation that surrounds the arrival of a new sibling.

Natasha Lynn Rabin (Year of the Dog) has been a marketing consultant for major motion pictures, zoos and aquariums, and cultural organizations, to name a few, as well as an exhibiting artist. She finally listened to the persistent voice in her head prompting her to write children’s books. Year of the Cat is the debut title in her new series of Chinese-culture themed books with collaborator and award-winning illustrator, Josie Yee. Natasha has also written a series of forthcoming books entitled, Being Esmerelda. She lives next door to eleven cats with her sweetheart, Kenneth (Year of the Dog), overlooking the Hudson River.

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Max & Voltaire: Getting to Know You

by Mina Mauerstein Bail

Our Price: $16.95

Max and Voltaire is the first in a series of illustrated books about how embracing both the familiar and the different can make our lives continually interesting and rewarding. The messages about making new friends, adapting to change, tolerance, lending a helping hand and getting along with others are gently handled through the filter of a cat, Max, and a dog, Voltaire, and a supporting cast of furry friends and bipeds. Their touching and humorous adventures in a small town in France and in other countries challenge us to think about how special every day can be and that no matter how bad a situation is, it can change for the better. A fun read for children and animal lovers of all ages, Max & Voltaire: Getting to Know You, is a middle grade (8-12 years of age) illustrated chapter book about how embracing both the familiar and the different can make our lives exciting and rewarding.

"In her first in a large format illustrated chapter book series for early fluent readers, author Mina Mauerstein Bail has written a two-part story (each with six chapters) that encourages readers to get along with others.

In part one, readers are introduced to a kitten named Max that has been adopted by the Cupcake family. The Cupcake family has a dog at their home, so Max resides permanently in the bakery they own. While he enjoys the company and snacking on croissants during the daytime, he becomes lonely during the evenings when the Cupcake family returns home to their dog. Madame Cupcake finds him a new home with a lovely customer, Madame Rosemarie, who already has three cats. Each cat has their own personality and, through mutual respect, all of the cats learn to adjust to each other’s traits so that they can all get along. Something they all have in common, however, is a fear of dogs.

In part two, Madame Rosemarie adopts a dog that was in need of more attention than his family could offer. This dog is aptly named after a famous French writer, Voltaire, who wrote about tolerance and respect for others. Once again the cats must adjust to this newcomer and in doing so they learn that there is no need to be afraid of others simply because they are different.

The author has used short sentence structures for beginner readers; and color illustrations break up the text of the easy to digest chapters. While taking in a story of new beginnings and the power of kindness and helping others, children will enjoy the fun names (Madame Cupcake), the snippets of humor that are injected throughout, and the French backdrop and glossary of French words.

Max & Voltaire: Getting to Know You would make a nice read-aloud for a group setting and is also suited to individuals who are newly independent readers."The Children’s Book Review

Mina Mauerstein Bail, a mother, grandmother and sociologist, was born in Italy and grew up in upstate New York. She has traveled extensively and has lived and worked in many countries around the world. She resides with her husband and family in New York City. This is her first children's book. Read more at and

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The Fairy Friends: Counting Hide and Seek

Written and Illustrated by Karen E. Lieblein

Our Price: $11.49

The Fairy Friends in this book are teaching counting skills in a unique and fun way. They are playing hide and seek, and teach at the same time how to count both backward and forward. Play along and learn with the fairies... "It makes their hearts grin, because the fairies know that when you learn... You ALWAYS win!"

This is Karen E. Lieblein's first book as an author and second as an illustrator. She also illustrated How Ilana Found Happiness. Karen has an M.S. in School Counseling and an A.A.S. in Early Childhood Education and has worked over 18 years with children of all ages and many different backgrounds. As a preschool teacher, she always used books as a part of her curriculum and found that some math concepts, like counting backward, were absent from books. This is how her first Fairy Friends was born. She is currently working on a children's book with science concepts about a little osprey whose seasonal home is on the eastern end of Long Island, NY. To view samples of Karen's artwork, please visit

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Cereal Soccer

Written by Lynn Hefele

Illustrated by Steve McGinnis

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It's breakfast time!

Teach your child the basic skills and strategies of soccer with Zander, Niya and the rest of the kitchen mice as they dribble, pass and shoot the delicious cereal nuggets past the crazy cat to safety! (Ages 5-9)

Lynn Hefele is a physical education teacher in the Huntington Union Free School District in Huntington, NY. She is Vice President of the NYS AHPERD Suffolk Zone. A graduate of Springfield College in Springfield, MA, Lynn holds a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and a Master of Science in Movement Science with a concentration in Biomechanics. She lives in Greenlawn, NY with her husband Steve, sons Harrison and T.J. and their dog Buckets. Lynn is founder and president of Literature Enhanced Physical Education (LEPE, Inc.). Lynn also manages the Linkedin group Elementary PE+ and writes for She published Clean Up Your Backyard in 2009, Ziny’s Driving School in 2011, Cereal Soccer and Bugs and Bubbles in 2012, and Widget’s Batting Lesson and P.E. Under the Sea in 2013. Read more about the author, her other books and LEPE at

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Written by Lynn Hefele

Illustrated by Steve McGinnis

Our Price: $12.95

It’s the first day of basketball season and Kacin is practicing his skills with his basketball, "Swish." Teach your child to dribble, pass, pivot and shoot through the imagination of a boy, his ball and the neighborhood superstars! (Ages 5-9)

Lynn Hefele is a physical education teacher in the Huntington Union Free School District in Huntington, NY. She is Vice President of the NYS AHPERD Suffolk Zone. A graduate of Springfield College in Springfield, MA, Lynn holds a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and a Master of Science in Movement Science with a concentration in Biomechanics. She lives in Greenlawn, NY with her husband Steve, sons Harrison and T.J. and their dog Buckets. Lynn is founder and president of Literature Enhanced Physical Education (LEPE, Inc.). Lynn also manages the Linkedin group Elementary PE+ and writes for She published Clean Up Your Backyard in 2009, Ziny’s Driving School in 2011, Cereal Soccer and Bugs and Bubbles in 2012, and Widget’s Batting Lesson and P.E. Under the Sea in 2013. Read more about the author, her other books and LEPE at

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