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Trella's Gift

$ 9.95 USD

Humanity’s timeline reveals infinite cycles ushering a dubious future. Present day social contraction stimulates my desire to document hypothesized reasons for ubiquitous social decay. 
My name is Jerrod James; I am forty-five years old and live in New York City, which has become economically and socially disoriented resulting in chaos. The United States foundered from a series of errors. Present conditions occurred from combined corruption, fiscal greed and lack of foresight. Government proved hindrance as it conformed, reflected and enhanced activities responsible for this entangled socioeconomic failure.

The Exploding Elephant

$ 11.95 USD

You won’t find Birch Lake on a Wisconsin road map, but after you finish this book you’ll want to go there. Maybe stop in at Aunt Flo’s diner for a cheeseburger and then up Main Street (you can see where they repaired the hole left by the exploding elephant) to the Bluegill Bar for a cold Bruenig’s Lager. The grumpy looking little guy on the last bar stool might be Uncle Al. You could ask if he’ll guide you on a fishing trip but if you aren’t nice to him, he’ll probably tell you to go to hell. You could go down below the dam and cast around the wreckage of the quarter million dollar pickup truck. There’s not much to do in this north woods Shangri La and most of the people are really nice. Avoid Ethel Warburton–she’s a bitch.

Birch Lake is set in the state of Wisconsin – but it really exists in the state of mind.

Joel Vance has lived in this sun lit little town for decades. Come along with Bobby, his alter ego, and find out what goes on behind the scenes (and often right in front of them).

 

Stalked

$ 14.95 USD

        Twenty-two-year-old Brittany Carlson has just been signed by Baez Productions to star in a film that everyone in Tinsel town is sure will be the next Oscar winner. Brittany should be thrilled, but instead she is terrified. Her life has been turned upside down and she is trying desperately to keep it a secret. Someone is stalking her and yet the police are suggesting this is merely a publicity stunt!

            She is even more horrified when her Pulitzer Prize-winning mother descends on her home in the middle of a party only to find that cocaine is one of the guests.

            Between the efforts of her world famous mother as well as Brittany’s two sisters, life begins to look as though it might just have a chance to get back to normal; at least as normal as any life in Hollywood can be. That is until the stalker makes a lethal threat against her mother and her sisters. Brittany is sure this nightmare can’t get any worse. Now, her whole family is in danger. How do they find this psycho and will they be in time?

Storm

$ 14.95 USD

March 21, 1976

            Family and friends are gathered at Buckingham to celebrate Signe Carlson's 51st Birthday.  Mick McKenna's gift to Signe is a month long cruise on their yacht, The Enickma. Where they would cruise is up to Signe and little did either of them suspect the deadly threats from both man and Nature they would undergo during their vacation.

            From their home in Scottsdale, AZ to cruising the South Pacific attractions of Micronesia to a boardroom in Austin, TX, Signe and her family as well as Mick and his associates must work against time once the schemes of the man they call The Puppet Master are discovered and before he has a chance to turn his plans into catastrophic events.

As the Twig Is Bent

$ 14.95 USD

Follow the life of Jerrod James as he confronts multiple challenges influenced by the intervention of others beginning in his early life. Jerrod’s life intertwines with myriad circumstances and a wide range of characters pertinent to achieve personal goals. His primary goal is to become a certified physician stimulated by Doctor Albert Schweitzer’s establishment of a hospital in a remote region of Africa, in the early twentieth century. The momentum of the story escalates as Jerrod matures and particular goals are accomplished. Jerrod discovers love twice in unusual and unsuspecting ways and these two events offer inspiration, which he carriers throughout his life.

The Fetish Files

$ 11.95 USD

Augustus Drummond is a major leader within the FBI, who heads a special unit of Bureau agents, assembled to deal with the most heinous crimes imaginable. His insights and uncanny understanding about crime have in part been influenced by his brutal childhood, where an incident of violence against him opened his mind to unexpected power and understanding. His team experiences a dramatic change, when Sonia Connelly, a gifted, multi-talented agent, joins their group and becomes Drum’s lover. Their love sustains them, even as they are embroiled in combating crimes that involve cannibalism, abduction and sexual sadism. Strange fetishes that encourage some of the darkest feelings in the human condition fuel many of these crimes. In the face of these dreadful situations, their relationship crystalizes after they experience the loving support of a Navajo holy man who guides them to their “inner warriors.” Valkyrie, a mysterious and disturbing character who chooses that ancient name, provokes much of the action in L M Reker’s novel, which is a blend of stark polarities with love and compassion at one pole, and ferocious violence at the other. It also asks the question, “What’s your fetish?”

Smoky Mountains, the Wild Side

$ 9.95 USD

Smoky Mountains, The Wild Side is a story of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park from the Cherokee to the present where the call of wilderness draws people to a life and spiritual experience never to be forgotten.

Killbear Park, the Wild Side

$ 9.95 USD

Killbear Park, the Wild Side is the story of a small area that is part of one of the largest wilderness regions in the world where the land is natural, water is clean and visitors can receive a tonic of rest and healing from the spirit of the wild. From the rugged, rocky shoreline mixed with numerous sand beaches, the views of windswept pines on rocky islands, canoeing and Georgian Bay sunsets, Jake Hayes has time to look at his life, his ever increasing connection with nature and the ramifications of that connection in all its twists and turns.

Porch Stories

$ 9.95 USD

Bruce Nelson grew up in a small black community where he pitched watermelons, picked cotton, swam in the neighborhood canals, and attended the segregated Booker T. Washington School, in Mesa, AZ. The neighborhood was known as North Town. In 1994 Bruce stumbled into Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center located in Venice Beach, California. The eclectic atmosphere nudged him into attending their weekly writing workshops and performances. He was always eager to share his poetry and short stories with classes. So, when Nelson secured the position as Artistic Director for Saban Free Clinic’s Project ABLE (An educational theater troupe) he was primed to write one-act plays. During his six years as Artistic Director he received three LA Cultural Affairs grants to write a series of one act plays that were performed in Los Angeles County for adolescents in alternative schools, youth hostels, prisons, homeless shelters, middle schools, high schools, and youth conferences. His one act play Anansi and the Sky God was accepted into the Play Lab at Last Frontier Theater Conference in Valdez, Alaska. Porch Short Stories is Bruce Nelson’s first book

A Hinterland Narrative

$ 11.95 USD

Literature affects our world in many ways, historically dating far back in human history. Before the written word, an assigned orator told stories and ancient cave drawing depicted narratives using figures and symbols. The stories and essays presented in this book represent my personal cave wall and my symbols and figures are letters forming words. Readers will create their own mental images. It’s the beauty of the written word—writers create, readers clarify the creation.      

Hostage

$ 14.95 USD

            In 1972, the political situation in Nicaragua is far from stable and Signe Carlson is worried. The corrupt dictator, Anastasio Somoza Debayle, controls the National Guard that acts as both police and army. The leftist guerilla group, The Sandinistas, is waging a covert war against the current regime. Mick McKenna and her daughter – Jenna Carlson – who has become one of Mick’s top operatives at McKenna International are both on assignment in Managua as are several other of Mick’s senior agents.

            Signe’s sixth sense is in overdrive and when her daughters, Lia and Brittany, unexpectedly show up at her home, she finds out that her intuition was correct: Mick is missing. His plane made a forced landing in the mountains of Nicaragua and although his operatives got to the site in less than thirty minutes there was no sign of either Mick or the pilot.

            Signe goes into action and within three hours of receiving the news, she is on her way to Managua in her corporate Learjet. She has a plan and she intends to find Mick. An old friend from her days in the OSS, Maria Dolores Díaz Aguero, lives just outside Managua and Signe knows that she and her family are highly involved in the politics of their country. Although Signe plans to commandeer Jenna as well, if anyone can help her to locate Mick, it is Maria. 

 

Survivors

$ 14.95 USD

Signe Carlson’s eccentric Aunt Anna, the Countess of Larsborg, descends on Buckingham for the Christmas holidays.Although delighted to entertain Anna, Signe is distracted by the grief of her youngest daughter, Jenna, who is trying to recover from the murder of her long-time paramour, Jared Amory.In addition to the crisis that Jenna is precipitating, Mick McKenna is given an undercover assignment by the CIA and he can’t tell even Signe where he will be going.Despite the 3-ring-circus already going on at home, matters take on an even more deadly turn that leaves Signe in the hospital fighting for her life.

Murder in the Parador

$ 11.95 USD

Only one thing was certain: John Donne was dead. That fact was verified after the wedding. Marco, former police officer, currently private detective and police consultant, must follow clues from Southern Spain to Morocco to determine if the brilliant scientist on the verge of one of the world’s greatest discoveries, the cure to the insidious disease of cancer, had been murdered. Marco had been assigned to work with Alberto Flores, a detective from the police force of Malaga, Spain, a member of the blue wall that had betrayed him. How could they work together? Moreover, Marco and the straight-laced Flores employed different modus operandi for solving crime. During this journey of discovery, Marco also finds out about himself and his relationship with his own culture, and to his family. He is also forced to examine his relationship with his live-in girlfriend, Belen, a Spanish flamenco dancer. Murder in the Parador introduces you to a diverse array of characters unlike any you’ve ever met. The various threads of the intricate plot ultimately align to reveal the startling circumstances at the heart of this compelling mystery.

Love and Venom

$ 14.95 USD

Love and Venom introduces Julie Crawford and Wayne Stoneman, who are studying fetish-driven obsessions and criminal behavior with their odd fixations at the FBI academy in Quantico. They team up with Sam Hickock, a sheriff loving in an Arizona town, Superstition Mesa, who is investigating a mysterious Russian woman, Marina Dubchov. She is an art dealer obsessed with snakes and collects their venom for unknown purposes. There begins a tale of passion, exotic animals, mysterious deaths and the confusion of love with its complex interactions.

Memories

$ 11.95 USD

The main character, Ann, is born into poverty in 1947. It shows how her family controls her and keeps her in poverty through their attitudes regarding gender inequality, immigrants, and minorities. We learn from her how to break this cycle to get out of poverty. She grows up in Brooklyn with a single mother and an absentee father and tells the story through her memories. You hear about the three generations of women who were chained to poverty because of ignorance, attitude, low self-esteem, gender inequality and dependence, under the control of men. Then you will see how our main character starts to believe she needs to break free. You live with her through adolescence, where she does something she regrets for the rest of her life. Then on to young adulthood where she, unbelievably, goes to college and breaks out of the attitudes of poverty and makes it on her own. She learns to see things in a new light and starts to question her old world teachings and the meaning of right and wrong. You see her married, divorced, remarried, and then in old age. It teaches us how one can reeducate oneself out of a poverty attitude and into the middle-class.

Al and the Moon Dogs

$ 11.95 USD

Al and The Moon Dogs is Steven G. Farrell's fictional alternative historical novel the early days of the Beatles before they became internationally famous. When Gerard Moran flies over to Ireland to bury his Uncle Al, he discovers an old and battered manuscript among his uncle's papers. Al Moran has left behind his memoirs. What a memoir it is! It is the story of Al Moran's many adventures with Ginny Browne, a beautiful and independent woman from Liverpool, and a rebellious student by the name of John Lennon. This tough lad is also the leader of a struggling rock n roll band. Fact or fiction. Of course, it's fiction. The novel is a tribute to Liverpool, the Sixties and the Beatles.

Queenie; a Novella

$ 9.95 USD

Queenie is one of six rescued wolves. “Walking slowly to the den, dug out under a large boulder, I crawled in using my flashlight. There they were, six of them, staring at me. They did not seem frightened but whined a little. I picked each one up and looked them over one at a time and they seemed in pretty good shape, staring intently at me with their penetrating eyes.

This was such an amazing experience. It’s likely the bounty hunters poisoned their parents and siblings, and these were the survivors. I was their savior. I have never felt such instant bonding, overwhelmed with desire to make a life for these beautiful critters of the wilderness.

Millie and Ami

$ 9.95 USD

The story of Millie and Ami reveals how a young girl entrapped in dreadful hopelessness discovers fulfillment through unforeseeable circumstances. Millie was plagued with hampering physical birth defects, which caused social rejection during formative years. Her birth parents were dysfunctional alcoholics and added no positive dimensions to Millie’s life. Millie displayed uncanny instincts to transcend social barriers. Fateful events combined with Millie’s resilience opened unperceived opportunities. Millie’s adoptive parents foisted the power of profound love lifting Millie to a living standard, which she was unaware existed. Her love bond with her adoptive parents created an atmosphere leading to serendipitous events including the precious gift of her beloved Ami. Millie’s journey exposed a myriad of challenging circumstances testing her physically and psychologically.

Atsa

$ 11.95 USD

This story traces the life of a half Navajo infant boy abandoned by his birth mother on the steps of a Catholic Navajo Mission School. The mission’s staff cared for him during early childhood. Betty, the school’s cook was Navajo and named the abandoned child Atsa. Interpreted definition is eagle. Atsa was born mute causing social challenges he was forced to confront. A retired college professor widower eventually adopts him. Atsa displayed high level academic prowess and this trait combined with sign language and written responses allowed him to transcend his disability and achieve a medical degree from The University Of New Mexico on a full academic scholarship. His adoptive father adds significant input to Atsa’s life combined with his formative years, as Sister Cynthia served as Atsa’s surrogate mother at the mission school and influenced Atsa’s progression through adulthood.      

The Mexico Incident

$ 14.95 USD

In 1992, Mexico was undergoing a radical inflationary spiral that resulted in the devaluation of the peso. Americans in Mexico profited from this situation with their uninflated dollars. The resulting situation made products and homes cheap for Americans but impossible for Mexicans, causing lawlessness that approached anarchy in some resort cities. The Mexico Incident chronicles the human fallout from the financial crisis. Air Travel is halted in Puerto Vallarta, remedied initially by US Air Force assistance, and then by the U.S. Navy. While largely successful, a naval confrontation, the US vs.Mexico, halts all evacuations, creates an international incident and abandons a small group of Americans. Two of these Americans, Tony Ward and Mike Genard attempt a treacherous overland trip to Guadalajara. Meanwhile, the Mexican government makes plans with American authorities to apprehend the radical group creating most of the problems. However, the escape by these radicals is coincidentally identical to the route of Ward and Genard as they make their trek to freedom. That accidental route ends in a military response to atrocities in the small colonial town of San Sebastian, high in the Sierra Madre Mountains. The US President and his cabinet begin negotiations with Mexico, shifting a small action turning into an international fiasco. The novel brings into play ordinary Americans caught in the grip of chaos, the disenfranchised Mexicans, an international wire service news organization, the US Navy, the US Marines and Mexican special forces, and controversial meetings in the oval office. This is a fast moving and complex integration of these many forces.

Banff; the Wild Side

$ 9.95 USD

Banff; the Wild Side is a story of the struggle that went into making Banff National Park a famous center of adventure amid towering beauty of one of the special places on earth where people today can come to experience the spirit of wilderness. Rugged characters—dreamers, builders and adventurers—were drawn by the call of mountains, rivers and forests that those who came earlier respected as gardens of the Creator.

Yellow-stone; the Wild Side

$ 9.95 USD

Yellowstone; the Wild Side is a story of Yellowstone National Park where a pageantry of rugged characters interacting with each other have created legends repeated around evening campfires through countless years. Some people have hollered with pure joy of beholding such splendid scenery and above all there is the spiritual presence that for each visitor today can emblazon a memory never to be forgotten.

River of Forgiveness

$ 11.95 USD

“ i fear no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)…” Painted against the backdrop of e.e.cummings poetry, Chopin’s Nocturnes, and the unleashed passions of the times, River of Forgiveness is a coming-of-age story set at the close of the Second World War. Eighteen-year-old Sydney Archumbault’s chance encounter with an older British stranger awakens her longings to the exuberant power of her one true love, forever altering the course of her life. Intrigued by this educated, artistic man, whom she later discovers is an escapee from an internment camp, Sydney impulsively embarks into a complex and tumultuous relationship, finding herself embroiled in a love that can never be.

Our Path Leads to Readers

$ 9.95 USD

Professor Steven G. Farrell has published more writings with The Path, A Literary Magazine since the first volume appeared in 2010 than any other author. “Stories Told on The Path” are his very best pieces culled from the magazine's archives. The professor has carefully selected twenty-two of his best writings published by The Path, including one poem, thirteen short stories, five essays, one interview and three book reviews.