By Arnold Mountcastle de Wees
A four-book series about a boy’s worldwide travel and adventures from age 15 to 84.
He ran away from his family’s Blue Ridge Mountain farm at age 15 and lied about his age to join the Marines at age 16 and served in China from 1946 to 1949 when the communist assumed control of the country and foreigners had to leave. He commanded a Marine infantry platoon during the Korean War and was plagued with violent dreams for years after wartime experiences. During some years in New York City while working as a journalist and later as a publicist he battled himself out of a severe alcohol problem. His university sweetheart rejoined him him after he transferred to Chicago and they soon became expatriates in Europe. After he death he ridded himself of possessions and became a worldwide nomad. At age 84 he still travels mostly throughout Asia with his only possessions in a backpack and has returned to China several time to witness unbelievable changes since his teenage years in the country before the Revolution. He vows to keep traveling until his last breath.
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By John Biggs
Imagine if, right now, clattering underneath your feet was a secret train system that could take you anywhere in minutes. Imagine a trip full of mystery and excitement from New York to Barcelona to the wind-swept coast of Italy to the edge of space. Imagine dangerous strangers, amazing friends, and high adventure.
The first book in the Mytro trilogy, this thrill ride of a story follows Turtle and Agata as they learn the secrets of a mysterious group trying to control the world and the strange creatures that could destroy it. Written by a tech blogger turned YA author, this tale is full of old fashioned adventure, steampunk cool, and clever code breaking. It’s a real romp and great for boys and girls (and adults) of all ages.
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By James Peters
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Telling one young woman’s struggle for social integration, House of Tables is the first novel by Ileen McDuring. Set in Dallas-Fort Worth two years after the Great Recession, it tells of orphan Cadie Walsh, robotics engineer and guitar virtuoso, after she survives St. Fina’s, a girls’ orphanage renowned for abuse and sex-trafficking. Socially stunted by her experiences and continually shadowed by the voice of deceased Sister Mary Trea, Cadie wants nothing more than to find a family. In a brave move to find one, Cadie participates in National Geographic’s Genographic Project. With results in hand, she embarks on a local journey to connect with four groups, representative of cultures along her ancient ancestors’ unique route out of Africa.
As Cadie connects with her new acquaintances, a chance discovery allows her to engineer Fala, a robot able to recognize expression and interact emotionally. Inspired by Fala’s abilities and determined to challenge her own damaged social traits, Cadie devises an experiment to test and overcome her limitations and, thus, catalyzes the ultimate recipe for failure or success in her acquisition of family, self-expression, and love.
You can purchase the book online from Amazon or Smashwords in multiple eBook formats at http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/391983.
By Tony Maxwell
An African Adventure Story
“Hello Aunt Emma, I’m glad to be here too.” She was tall and beautiful, with a fine figure only barely concealed by a diaphanous nightdress and a carelessly open dressing gown. Her long dark auburn hair cascaded over her shoulders and her pale, attractive face, wide set eyes and full sensuous lips took his breath away. Robert could not help staring at her in frank amazement. He found it difficult to equate this alluring woman with the tall, awkward girl he vaguely remembered while a young boy at Fairlee Manor in Scotland.
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Action, adventure and erotic entanglements loom large in young Robert Hamilton’s future as he seeks to make his fortune in the rough and tumble world of the Johannesburg goldfields in the closing years of the nineteenth century.
Robert’s business interests and adventures in the wilds of South Africa, bring him into close contact with the Boer peoples of the Transvaal Republic. As the threat of a British invasion looms large over the country, his support for the Boer cause finds him on the opposing side to his fellow uitlanders – foreigners. He is dismayed to discover that both of his brothers have enlisted in Canadian regiments ready to fight on the side of Britain in the Anglo-Boer War.
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By Christopher and Anne Ellinger
We all want to get along…but how?
The skills of getting along are among the most important you can develop in life. In this guide you’ll find potent tools for sustaining and deepening relationships, whether you’re single or coupled… straight or gay…happily in love or hitting a rough patch… or simply wishing to get along better with friends, family and colleagues.
Inside find tools to help you:
• Step out of upsets
• Feel more fully appreciated and understood
• Make joint decisions and solve problems with ease
• Tackle “hot topics” for couples:
sexuality, money, parenting, working together, and aging
You can purchase the book online from Amazon or Smashwords in multiple eBook formats at http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/385399.
By Jude Berger
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In a story that has been called “heartbreaking and heart-healing,” Eleanor Vincent shares an inspiring true story of courage, creativity, faith, and sheer tenacity as she seeks to find balance after unthinkable tragedy.
A New York Times Best Seller (#9 on Nonfiction e-Book List 8/4/13), Swimming with Maya demonstrates the remarkable process of healing after the traumatic death of a loved one. Eleanor Vincent raised her two daughters, Maya and Meghan, virtually as a single-parent. Maya, the eldest, was a high-spirited and gifted young woman. As a toddler, Maya was an angelic tow-head, full of life and curiosity. As a teenager, Maya was energetic and independent – and often butted heads with her mother. But Eleanor and Maya were always close and connected, like best friends or sisters, but always also mother and daughter.
Then at age 19, Maya mounts a horse bareback as a dare and, in a crushing cantilever fall, is left in a coma from which she will never recover. Eleanor’s life is turned upside down as she struggles to make the painful decision about Maya’s fate.
Ultimately Eleanor chooses to donate Maya’s organs. Years later, in one of the most poignant moments you will ever read about, Eleanor has the opportunity to hear her daughter’s heart beat in the chest of the heart recipient. Along the way, Eleanor re-examines her relationship with her daughter, as well as the experiences that shaped Eleanor as a woman and as a mother to Maya.
An inspirational/motivational true story recommended for anyone who has experienced tragedy, who is grappling with traumatic experiences of the past, or who wants to better understand the strength and healing power of the human spirit.
Praise for Swimming with Maya:
“Vincent’s poignant decision to donate Maya’s organs will resonate with even hard-boiled readers.” Booklist
“Powerful prose with a meaningful and memorable message.” Lee Gutkind, Founder, Creative Nonfiction Magazine
A “Pick of the Month” for June 2013 from Alan Caruba, founding member of the National Book Critics Circle and author of Bookviews.
“An important addition to the literature of loss and restoration.” Maxine Kumin, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and author of Inside the Halo and Beyond: The Anatomy of a Recovery
“Anyone interested in memoirs in general and mother/daughter relationship in particular will find this a moving saga.” Midwest Book Review
“Heartbreaking and heart healing, this compelling story of surviving the death of a child will stay with you long after you’ve closed the book.” Ellen Bass, author of The Courage to Heal and The Human Line
“Every reader who has had to deal with traumatic loss will ﬁnd wisdom and healing in these brave pages.” Chana Bloch, author of Mrs. Dumpty and Blood Honey
“Riveting, poignant, and utterly honest… It shows that one can recover from the loss of a child.” Judy Tatelbaum, author of The Courage to Grieve and You Don’t Have to Suffer
“Eleanor Vincent chronicles her grief and the healing that came with helping others.” Carol Lin, CNN
“Blows the reader away with its clarity, its unstinting honesty, and the searing accuracy of its vision of the medical and emotional complexity surrounding the tragic death of a young woman. Highly recommended.” John Ruark, MD, FACP, author of Dying Digniﬁed
“Thoughtful, honest and beautifully written… a fabulous story about what it means to be a mother.” Wendy Lichtman, author of Blew and the Death of the Mag and Secrets, Lies and Algebra
“Life trumps death in this beautiful memoir.” Linda Joy Myers, author of Don’t Call Me Mother–A Daughter’s Journey from Abandonment to Forgiveness and Power of Memoir
You can purchase the book online from Smashwords in multiple eBook formats at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/348274.
By Mike O’Mary
“Travel pieces that capture the exterior world and offer a vivid sense of personal reflection.” Brevity
“More of an experience than mere reportage; I truly was there instead of here.” Marginalia
The stories include the tale of an amateurish kidnapping in Nicaragua that could have been told by Woody Allen, and a David Sedaris-esque tale of two ships passing in a Paris art supply store. Existential stories from a man lost on the flooded Amazon River at night, and from a woman who encounters a grizzly–in the same area where her father and stepmother were killed by a bear. Insightful stories about a woman’s spiritual journey in Peru (complete with hallucinogens!), and about a female journalist’s friendship with an Iraqi translator in Syria. And stories about endangered species in exotic locales, including helping a sea turtle lay its eggs on a Costa Rican beach, and taking a blind man to visit the mountain gorillas in Rwanda.
Be There Now is travel writing at its most authentic–real people sharing real stories of awe and insight, fear and laughter, humility and humanity as they explore the world around us and seek footholds on their own inner journeys. In a world that often demands that we “be here now,” it is nice to take a break, daydream, and “be there now” with thoughtful people who take us with them on journeys that lead to inspiration, insight, humor, and deeper meaning.
Be There Now is part of a series of anthologies of creative nonfiction on various topics from Dream of Things, which strives to publish anthologies that fill the gap between popular collections that can be regarded as “short and sweet,” and the Best American Essays series, which tend to be longer-form. The goal for Dream of Things anthologies is to be not short and sweet, but short and deep.
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By Jade K. Scott
Liz and her husband Aaron had been talking about having a threesome with another woman for years, but it was never more than a fantasy. Then one day Liz ran across an online ad that intrigued her.
The ad read:
“SWF, 23, seeking open-minded couple for threesome. I’ve never had a threesome before, but I’m dying to try it! I’m 5’7”, 130 pounds, busty and blonde. I’d prefer an older couple with experience, but since this is my first threesome, I don’t mind if it’s yours. Please be drug, disease and drama free!”
After writing the young woman, they arrange a meeting at a hotel, and Liz, Aaron and their new toy have an outrageously explicit menage a trois! Fantasy becomes reality in this truly erotic story!
This is an explicit story for adults only!
You can purchase the book online from Amazon or Smashwords in multiple eBook formats at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/385423.