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The Reluctant Spy

 

Hard Road
by Terry McDonald
Published by Terry McDonald

Fifteen Weeks on Amazon's Top 50 Best Selling Genre Fiction > Science Fiction >Post-Apocalyptic.

Exciting Best Seller from the author of 'DISASTER', 'ANNIE HIGGINS', and 'THE TRASHMAN'.

A Post Apocalyptic Tale wrapped around a Believable Story. In the year, 2017 a plague decimates the global human population with a survival rate of only one in six hundred. One nation after another is infected and accusations of bio-terrorism lead to nuclear war. The Western Hemisphere is spared from any nukes but eventually the plague arrives in the USA leaving only a half million alive. A three-year nuclear winter kills even more. Social structure is nonexistent and anarchy is prevalent.

It is in this world that Jake Markett must travel to a refuge in South Georgia, a bastion of hope and safety for the few survivors who make it there.

 

Lucky Thirteen

 

Lucky Thirteen
by Janet Taylor-Perry
Published by Janet Taylor-Perry

Twelve women are dead, and a thirteenth is missing. Detective Ray Reynolds races time to catch a killer. Nothing ties the victims together, except the way in which they died. What Ray discovers blows him away as the battle takes on a supernatural element. There’s just one small catch — evidence points to Ray as the murderer. From a small town in Mississippi, Larkin Sloan is a dynamic young teacher in the equally small town of Eau Bouease, Louisiana. Abducted, she foregoes common sense and rational behavior in order to stay alive and not become the thirteenth victim of a serial killer.

 

The Flame

 

The Flame
by John L DeBoer
Published by Whiskey Creek Press

When twelve-year-old Craig Fletcher is first attracted to his classmate, Laura Forsythe, he has no idea that his unrequited puppy love will develop over the next twenty years into an addiction to the seductive woman Laura becomes, a siren whose call he can’t resist.

The Flame is the story of Craig’s obsession for a femme fatale, threatening to destroy his reputation, his career, and jeopardizing his very survival. Finally, at the brink of disaster, he looks into the abyss and wonders if it is not too late to, if not save himself, then at least obtain some measure of redemption.

 

The Master: Love, Latitude, Longitude, & Laughter

 

The Master: Love, Latitude, Longitude, & Laughter
by Jan Ferris Koltun
Published by BookBaby

This is about my father's mastery of everything that makes life worthwhile: ships, boats, airplanes, families, oceans, pets, and alcohol. Some of these he managed better than others. A master mariner whose unlimited licenses covered all oceans and any ship's tonnage, he learned to fly airplanes in order to land on docks next to his ship, tamed a kangaroo by playing the organ aboard his vessels, threw good parties and disastrous ones, sailed a 50-foot ketch from Fiji to Juneau, and made "good times" during most of his life, along with a notable failure. He was a Sunset Magazine Chef of the West. He also was a water witch, discovering that he could use dowsing sticks to discover water resources for his community on tiny Orcas Island, off the West Coast, where he treated his friends to cases of Scotch that he dumped overboard in the Strait of Georgia.

 

 

Homeworld

 

Homeworld
by Bonnie Milani
Published by Promontory Press

Centuries of ruinous war have left Earth little more than a dusty tourist world within the star-flung Commonwealth. Now, amid the ruins of a post-apocalyptic Hawaii, Jezekiah Van Buren has found a way to restore Earth – Home World to the other worlds of the Commonwealth – to her lost glory.

The most ingenious prince even the genetically-enhanced, Great Family Van Buren has ever produced, Jezekiah has achieved the impossible: he has arranged a treaty that will convert Earth's ancient enemies, the Lupans, to her most powerful allies. Once he has the treaty sealed, it will not only make Earth rich again, but it will grant him the chance to escape the Ring that marks him as Earth's next ruler. Once the treaty is signed, he will be free: free to create his own future, and free to marry Keiko Yakamoto, the warrior-trained woman he loves. His future and Earth's is assured. Assuming he can convince his xenophobic sister to accept the Lupan's alpha warlord in marriage before the assassin she's put on his tail succeeds in killing him. Assuming he can thwart another deadly uprising by the interstellar criminal organization called Ho Tong. And before his ruling relatives on competing worlds manage to execute him for treason.

 

The Reluctant Spy

 

The Reluctant Spy
by Archie Hooton
Published by CreateSpace

Is the Islamic Republic secretly preparing to join the Nuclear Powers Club in defiance of international sanctions? When an old friend commissions Mark McGill to contact an agent of the Iranian opposition he finds the man he is sent to meet murdered, his throat slit from ear to ear. Inexorably, Mark is entangled in the CIA’s investigation of the assassination and its connection with Iran’s clandestine uranium enrichment program. Sent to Iran as an undercover agent, Mark rapidly runs afoul of Hassan Javaheri, The Bloodthirsty Mullah. Will Mark’s hair-raising, makeshift schemes enable him to escape Javaheri’s relentless efforts to find and kill him?

 

Children of Nineveh

 

Children of Nineveh (The Stilman Lind Chronicles)
by Maggie Banks
Published by Yokai Publishing LLP

The Stilman Lind Chronicles continue... With his first term as President of the United States now just a page in the history books, Stilman Lind looks forward to a quiet retirement, far away from Washington, DC. Too bad - that's just what The Bretheren want. But Stilman isn't in the habit of giving them what they want, and, once again, he teams up with his telepathic friends to protect America from destruction within. "An excellent and fast-moving sci-fi psychological thriller." -- Piero Strouvelli, author of "Innit" and "Slings and Arrows of Outrageous Commerce"

 

Fate War Alliance

 

On a Wing and a Dare (Flying Horse Books)
by Linda Ulleseit
Published by Flying Horse Books

Flying horses...it's what comes after the wizards, after the vampires, after the Games. In Tremeirchson, a barn leader’s children are expected to follow their parents into the sky, becoming riders of the magnificent winged horses that are the medieval Welsh village’s legacy. Neither Emma nor Davyd, however, want to follow that tradition.

Sixteen-year-old Emma risks losing her family by following her heart. Eager to take her place in the air, she longs to ride a forbidden winged colt born in barn of her father’s biggest rival. She also dreams of the rival’s sons, not sure which she truly loves. Bold and exciting, Evan will someday lead his father’s barn. Davyd is quieter, more dependable, with an ability to get things done. Her father disapproves of both boys and pushes her toward an ambitious newcomer. He also insists she ride the colt he’s picked for her.

 

Fate War Alliance

 

Fate War Alliance
by E.M. Havens
Published by E.M. Havens

Prince Cole’s first glimpse of his bride-to-be takes place as she walks down the aisle on their wedding day. Though he is reluctant to form this union, the future king knows how much the Arboreal Lands need her dowry that promises air ships and mech defenses.
Samantha appears to be the polished woman expected in a princess. However, Cole soon discovers his new wife has secrets that even she has yet to unlock. Can what’s hidden in the recesses of her mind be the key to defeating the plans of the Fate Sovereign?

 

Invisible

 

Invisible
by Jeanne Bannon
Published by Solstice Publishing

Lola’s not pretty. Lola’s not popular. Lola wishes she could disappear … and then one day she does just that...

For seventeen-year-old Lola Savullo, life is a struggle. Born to funky parents who are more in than she could ever be, Lola’s dream of becoming a writer makes her an outsider even in her own home. Bullied and despised, Lola still has the support of her best pal Charlie and Grandma Rose.

Not only is she freakishly tall, Lola’s a big girl and when forced to wear a bathing suit at her summer job as a camp counselor, Lola’s only escape from deep embarrassment seems to be to literally vanish. Soon after, she discovers the roots of her new “ability”.

Slowly, with Charlie’s help, Lola learns to control the new super power. The possibilities are endless. Yet power can be abused, too…

Then, when tragedy strikes, Lola must summon her inner strength, both at home and at school. She has to stand up for herself, despite the temptations and possibilities of her newfound super power.

 

 

Dead Girls Never Shut Up

 

Dead Girls Never Shut Up
by Susan Stec
Published by CreateSpace

Toni's grandmother is a psychopath.
Her sister is a ghost.
Her boyfriend is possessed.
And she has no idea who she is.

Summer vacation is ruined when Toni's twin sister, Sara, dies. Instead of walking into the light, Sara stomps directly away from it, totally pissed she didn't die in her skinny jeans. That's when Sara finds out their grandmother has a gift for talking to dead people, and two spritely spirits and a nasty soothsayer named Bartholomew are all working their angle with Toni's future caught in between.

Dear old Granny's determined not to be the last necromancer in the family, but with the death of her promiscuous granddaughter, her only option is Toni, who must remain a virgin until her eighteenth birthday without any ghostly interference from Sara.

Sara's not having any of it; especially since the guy Granny's conspiring with is the same guy that assisted in Sara's demise. Toni needs help! But protecting her sister is complicating all the ghostly fun on the other side!

Can death stop a twin? Maybe not, but Granny knows Dead Girls Never Shut Up.

 

Twenty-Five

 

Twenty-Five
by Rachel Hamm (TNBW screenname rach_elle)
Published by Pick Up A Pen Books

Abigail Bronsen is sure her life is going nowhere when she turns twenty-five and realizes she hasn't done anything on a list of goals she made for herself as a teenager. Ben Harris is looking to find "the one" after his last girlfriend cheated on him. When they crash into each other, it appears they've both found exactly what they wanted.  A year of firsts follows: first date, first kiss, first “I love you’s.”  The first fight is inevitable, but neither of them saw a breakup coming.  When Abigail is offered a job overseas, they’ll discover that no relationship is perfect and even true love sometimes finds itself separated by time and distance.

 

Epiphany

 

Epiphany
by Christina Jean Michaels
Published by Christina Jean Michaels

"I had my first psychic dream when I was nine. Psychic implied power, and powerful wasn't a word I'd use to describe myself. I couldn't foretell the future or conjure visions at will, but I couldn't think of a more fitting word to describe what I sometimes saw in my dreams."

For 23-year-old Mackenzie Hill, tossing her life down the garbage disposal is easy after a painful incident shatters her life. Her heart is bleeding, and moving to Watcher's Point is a chance to start anew, only she isn't prepared for the guy who walks out of her dreams and into the flesh. Literally . . . because she's been dreaming about this sexy stranger for years.

Mackenzie is even less prepared to face the dark nature of her dreams. They've turned disturbingly gruesome, full of blood and murder, and when they begin to coincide with the media's headlines, she and Aidan realize her visions might be the key to stopping a madman from killing again.

Only Aidan has painful secrets of his own, and perhaps the biggest danger of all is falling for him.

 

Rants, Raves, & Ramblings

 

Rants, Raves, & Ramblings
by Daniel Lobe
Published by Amazon Digital Services

This is a series of short stories, essays and bizarre satire that will send the reader into a personal reflection regarding their own lives. It is a frank exploration of family, and life experiences seen through the eyes of Daniel Philip Lobe.

 

10 Short Stories

 

10 Short Stories
by Ron Van Sweringen
Published by Ron Van Sweringen

10 riveting experiments in imagination from humor to horror.

 

God of Burden: Epic's Story

 

Shadow Play
by Debbie Lampi
Published by North Star Press of St. Cloud

Psychiatrist Grace Rendeau struggles to make sense of her husbands untimely death. Left a widow with two children, Grace forges a new life for her family, abandoning her private practice and moving to Minnesota to take on a prestigious position at the Rochester Forensic Center for the Criminally Insane. In striving to heal her patients, she finds healing, a new strength, and a sense of possibilities. Among the possibilities is a budding romance with Alex Sawyer, a divorced doctor engaged in humanitarian work. Grace accompanies Alex on a medical mission to Indonesia and they return committed to a new life together. But their joy is short lived. Grace returns home not to her children, but to an empty houseand a chilling kidnappers note. Enemies known and unknown haunt Graces every waking hour. Graces story illuminates the hopes and fears of every wife or husband, mother or father, woman or man, caught in lifes turmoil and striving to overcome it.

 

God of Burden: Epic's Story

 

God of Burden: Epic's Story
by D.L. Tabor
Published by She Dead Press

A malevolent force has invaded the medieval English countryside.

The year is 1381. Four adventurers happen upon the dwelling of a horrific demon, discovering the legend of a celestial golden object and the powerful effect that it holds upon evil. Epic, the philosopher and self-appointed leader is joined by his eclectic group of friends: Sadeep, the quiet sneak and thief; Ambrosio, the grizzled and foul-mouthed soldier; and Thomas, the larger than life, scythe-wielding monk.

Abaddon, a fallen angel, seizes the village of Dorking and, along with his faithful minions, infiltrates the southern English landscape. Will the adventurers pursue the prized object for wealth or use it to abolish the evil decimating the land? Along their daring journey, the group encounters: sharp-tongued old women; friends and foes, small and large, and sometimes magical. They will not only question each other's intentions, but their own intentions and faith. In victory or defeat, their lives will never be the same, but nonetheless their story will be epic.

 

Four Fathers and Eleanor

 

Four Fathers & Eleanor
by Autumn Rosen
Published by John Hunt Publishing

Thomas Walling, a man with Multiple Personality Disorder, learns to balance his mental illness and unconditional love after one of his other personalities fathers a child and he is forced to raise her.

They say it takes a village to raise a child, unfortunately Thomas Walling has the whole village in his head and they all want to lend a hand!

 

Impetuous Heart

 

Impetuous Heart
by Nadine Gallo
Published by Leveller Press

Nadine Gallo brings us to the countryside of Ireland in 1917. Nora, Gallo’s feisty, romantic protagonist, plunges us into the atmospheric intrigue that was Ireland during the years preceding the Irish War of Independence. The homespun dress she wore seemed the color of a distant hill. She was shoeless as usual. The colors woven into her dress were like a rainbow trout’s. When they all blended together they were like mist over a lake. Through this fifteen-year old adventurer, we see the misty hills of Eire, hear the brogues and turns of phrase and explore the politics of the times.

 

Poison, Perennials, & A Poltergeist

 

Poison, Perennials, & A Poltergeist
by Tina D.C. Hayes
Published by Grey Gate Media, LLC

When you buy an old house, you don't always know exactly what you're getting ...

Darci Shelton has just one year to make her new flower shop a success, but she must come to terms with the store's resident ghost while struggling to put Petal Pushers in the black.

Customers in the small Kentucky town keep Darci busy with flower arrangements and landscaping jobs. She also has to watch over her pregnant employee, and puts herself in jeopardy trying to help the sheriff crack a murder case.

While all that's going on, the ghost heals puny plants, entertains the parakeet, and her cold spots keep the cooling bill down, but a dead woman who pops up beside floral displays just isn't good for business. Financial ups and downs are hard enough to deal with, plus Darci needs to find out what the apparition wants, before it scares everyone away . . . or worse.

 

Echosis

 

Echosis
by Odin Roark
Published by iPOV BOOKS

Transcending the headlines today that suggest political and military solutions to world problems, ECHOSIS, working with the premise that “everyone is creative,” presents an eclectic group of characters exercising artistic expression that proves to be a potent weapon against a world populace wishing to function with independence, but feeling impotent in a growing terrorist world. As such, ECHOSIS questions the value of unbridled imagination and the consequences of its loss.

The story is set in New York City, a remote island off the coast of Maine, the isle of Jamaica, and European locations of Mikonos, Greece and Lisbon, Portugal. Renowned sculptor, thirty-five-year old Derek Turrel, looks at himself and other artists around him, and finds the proliferation of mediocrity in the arts and entertainment world is more than can be ignored any longer. He sets out to create Echo Life, an independent organization of artists whose primary goal is to empower. He convinces an initial group of artists to join him on an island off the coast of Maine. There, a new paradigm for coping with the world’s chaos is initiated. Realized as an alternative to mainstream media’s offerings, Echo Life’s collective approach and compelling message is realized by millions through satellite TV, radio, streaming video and interactive networking on the Internet. Millions of everyday people as well as professional actors, poets, composers, et al, evolve from being skeptics, to staunch believers in Derek’s philosophy…and themselves.

Seeing Echo Life as a major threat to his bottom line, Stoppard Denning, the founder and CEO of OST, the world's largest media conglomerate, sets out to destroy their existence.

 

Consensual Infidelity - Swinging Memoir

 

Consensual Infidelity: The True Story of One Ordinary Couple's Experiment with Swinging
by Kaysee Smart
Published by WorldMaker Media

In the suburbs, swinging isn't just for the playground.

Kaysee Smart thinks she is content with her life of driving the carpool, enjoying play dates and trying that exciting new recipe for the next potluck. But when her conservative husband, Justin, casually suggests inviting someone else into their sex life, a new version of Kaysee emerges. Increasingly intrigued by the idea of a threesome or foursome, Kaysee questions her own identity, wondering if she truly is the “good girl” she has always proclaimed herself to be. Searching Internet sites for sex partners and Googling “how to be a swinger” plunge the couple into a taboo world that most people imagine but few actually visit. As Kaysee and Justin begin to live out this fantasy, they experience a sexual re-start they didn’t know was still possible. They also find that experimenting outside the norm can have unanticipated consequences.

Consensual Infidelity is the true story of an all-American, suburban couple's experiment with swinging and how the experience redefined their beliefs about marriage, love, sex, and fidelity.

Available ebook, paperback, and Kindle.

 

Heart of the Witch by Judy Goodwin

 

Heart of the Witch
by Judy Goodwin
Published by Diamond Print Press

Zerrick Dhur holds a dangerous secret. As the Pastor's son, it is his duty to uphold Iahmel's ways, the ways of the church. But he practices magic, feels it singing to him through the jungle outside the colonial town walls. As witch burning fever strikes his home town, Zerrick must decide whether to stay true to his father's words, or follow the calling of his heart. In his journey, darkness and madness threatens. An untrained witch can lose his or her grip on reality.

He meets several other lost souls in his search to tame the wild magic. A young woman with visions. An old native scout. A hidden city of magic users. As he draws nearer to the truth, he fears he will also have to face his greatest nightmare, the Ravenger, a demon of unspeakable power.

In the end, Zerrick must decide whether witchcraft will lead him to goodness . . . or to evil.

 

 

Banned

 

Banned
by M. K. Mafi
Published by CreateSpace

After being expelled from Abe Lincoln High School in Baltimore City, Luke Bowens runs away from his dysfunctional family to live in the confinement of his grandparents’ house in the suburbs. He soon finds solace in the arms of his beautiful math teacher, Ms. Blanc, and suddenly his life changes as he trades his thug existence for a much more satisfying life of forbidden love. Luke never thought he’d end up in a complicated relationship with Ms. Blanc, one filled with violent jealousy and secrecy, as he fights to keep his affair on the down-low. But is Luke the master of his fate, or is he still just a boy—the victim of an older woman’s criminal seduction?

In the end, Zerrick must decide whether witchcraft will lead him to goodness . . . or to evil.

 

 

Active Shooter

 

Active Shooter
by Douglas John Moore
Published by CreateSpace

Lanesboro College has been asleep in the Berkshire Mountains for decades. But it is sent reeling when a sexual predator descends on the campus. Jake Paris has been hired to manage the many risks facing the college. His new job immediately blows up in his face when the crimes begin on his first day. Now he must guide the college as it deals with one horrendous event after another. Not everyone wants him to succeed. Detective Dave Cawley thought he could escape his past by relocating to the mountains. But the past follows him as he hunts down the sexual assailant. He has always been at odds with the state police, but forms an uneasy partnership with a female officer that could lead them both into a relationship neither wants. As the pressure on campus builds, Jake Paris tries saving Lanesboro College from itself. Dave Cawley tries to save it from a psychotic criminal. But worse things can happen to a college than its students becoming prey to a sexual predator. And that worse thing is about to step onto the campus…

 

 

Mirror Deep

 

Mirror Deep
by Joss Landry
Published by Joss Landry

Danger and romance roll like thunder through horse whisperer Kat Bonner’s world, when a known felon comes to the ranch to drop a bomb about her past. Kat turns to Pierce for help; the same Pierce who bucks her every chance he gets, and whose feverish investigation lands them in trouble with the law and directly in the path of a serial killer.

Mystery deepens, fraught with wrong turns, bumbling detectives, old murders, and Kat’s doppelganger no one sees but her, just as she never sees the change in Pierce’s feelings toward her, brewing, mounting, until she can no longer deny them.

 

 

Caprice by Edward Aubry

 

Caprice
by Edward Aubry
Published by WorldMaker Media

What if your office crush almost killed you with a kiss?

Danny Marx has an innocent infatuation with the cute, quirky new girl, Caprice. When she meets him in the stairwell one day and surprises him with an unprovoked, yet passionate kiss, he thinks his fantasies have finally come true. That is until moments later when he becomes violently ill and collapses.

He awakens in a hospital where Caprice tells him that the kiss contained an exotic virus designed to intentionally make him sick. She breaks him out of the hospital claiming that both of their lives are in extreme danger.

Fleeing with Caprice, Danny embarks on an adventure in which nothing is what it seems. Exactly who or what is Caprice? Why are their lives in danger and who is chasing them? Can Danny trust the girl of his dreams…or has she just tossed him into a nightmare?

Caprice was a Top 10 Novel on TheNextBigWriter.com.

Available ebook, paperback, and Kindle.

 

The Bum Magnet by K.L. Brady

 

The Bum Magnet
by K.L. Brady
Published by Simon and Schuster Pocket Star

Charisse Tyson’s got it all going on . . .

She’s a savvy, successful real-estate agent with a quick wit, a low tolerance for BS, a gorgeous size-14 body, and a thirst for top shelf vodka. Despite her dream house, luxury car, and appetite for life’s best—like fine dining and hot men—she seems to have her own special talent for attracting players. Why do all of her ex-lovers belong in the Losers Hall of Fame?

There was Lamar, the hazel-eyed Adonis who sowed more wild oats than Quaker. . . Sean, an expert at juggling relationships . . . Marcus, whose lips wandered as often as his eyes . . . and others, too.      But just as Rissey swears off sex and vows to dump her emotional baggage, she meets house-hunting client Dwayne Gibson. There’s no way she can resist his seductive smile and rock-hard body. . . . Will Dwayne turn out to be the biggest bum of them all? Or will this time be different?

Available ebook, paperback, and Kindle.

 

Static Mayhem by Edward Aubry

 

Murder & Mayhem in Goose Pimple Junction
by Amy Metz
Published by Iconic Publishing

An Old Mystery In 1932, John Hobb, father of four, is a witness to a bank robbery. He identifies the robbers and testifies against them. They are later pardoned by the governor. In 1935, Hobb is found in his idling car by the side of the road, dead from a gunshot wound to the head. The circumstances surrounding his death are a mystery, and the killer is unknown. In 2010, John Hobb's murder is still unsolved when Tess Tremaine moves into his former house. She finds a job at the local bookstore, which is owned by Lou Stafford, the youngest daughter of John Hobb. During renovations to the old house, Tess finds a mysterious old key, labeled "trunk." Mayhem ensues when she attempts to find the owner of the key: Her house is broken into twice, but nothing is taken; she finds cigarette butts and footprints outside a bedroom window; she gets threatening phone calls and ominous messages in the mail; she and a friend are attacked on the street. All of this has the opposite reaction than was intended--it doesn't scare her away, it strengthens her resolve to find John Hobb's murderer.

 

 

Static Mayhem by Edward Aubry

 

Static Mayhem
by Eward Aubry (TNBW pen name Sherman Bierce)
Published by WorldMaker Media

Harrisson Cody is driving home from work when the world as he knows it suddenly ceases to exist. In a blink, everyone disappears and the landscape is reduced to a smattering of random buildings and fragments of highway.

Harrisson appears to be the sole survivor and he spends his days cruising I-91 in New Hampshire, finding dead dinosaurs, advanced technological gadgets, and lights that function without any apparent source of electricity - but no other people. This all changes one day when he hears a woman's voice on the radio, urging all survivors to head towards Chicago. What follows is an epic journey through a bizarre landscape populated with advanced technology, dragons, magic, and destruction.

Through the journey, Harrison learns that scrambling the world was just the first part of a horrific plan. The second part of the plan will destroy every remaining survivor. He is the key to stopping it but doing so will come at an unbelievable sacrifice. One he might not be willing to make.

Static Mayhem is a #1 Novel on TheNextBigWriter.com, a semi-finalist in Amazon.com's Breakthrough Novel Award contest in 2008, and the 2008 Winner of the Strongest Start Novel Competition.

Available ebook, paperback, and Kindle.

 

The Cloud

 

The Coffee Diary
by Caroline Kellems
Published by MacAdam/Cage

Two years after her father's brutal murder, Veronica returns to Guatemala to decide whether to sell her family's coffee farm. Stumbling upon the journal from her teenage years, she recalls crucial events from the past, in particular the arrival of her younger, illegitimate half-brother. This trauma changes her, and forever links her family to Jaime, the man who later becomes the town's corrupt mayor. Born into the lower class and yearning for respectability, Jaime turned to illegal activities to break the inevitable cycle of poverty. Now he is determined to have Veronica's farm by any means possible. During the years she lived away, memories of her country faded: the haunting landscapes, the beauty of the coffee farm, traditions, and faith. Upon returning she discovers, despite corruption, violence, and organized crime, a sense of belonging not experienced elsewhere. The country casts its spell on her and she realizes that Mayor Jaime, the villain she thought threatened her, is just a man shaped by the unforgiving nature of Guatemalan society.

Available in Harcover and Kindle.

 

For the Love of Babies by Sue Hall M.D.

 

For the Love of Babies
by Sue L. Hall, M.D.
Published by WorldMaker Media

What takes place in the neonatal intensive care unit is the high drama of real life. The author pulls back the curtain to show the inner workings of this area in the hospital that is unfamiliar and frightening to most people. Hall, a longtime neonatologist and former social worker, writes with caring and compassion about the challenges each fragile baby must surmount in order to survive and thrive, all the while conveying a sense of life-and-death urgency that permeates neonatal intensive care. She expertly weaves the social and emotional threads of each family’s journey into their baby’s story, and also speaks candidly about the stresses and difficult decisions that neonatologists and their tiny patients’ parents routinely face.

This book is for anyone who has wondered how doctors and nurses work under intense pressure to diagnose and treat the smallest of patients, and how parents of these infants cope with the emotional ups and downs that are part the daily rhythms of life in the NICU.

Available in Harcover and Kindle.

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