Author Spotlight – Nov 2017

 

Are you in need of some new books to read? Check out these authors, ranging from newly-emerging to veteran writers.

 

 

A lakeside cabin in the Sierra foothills, a canyon village divided between old coots and laid-back hippies, and a bartender who’s as square as square can be. It’s just an all-too-rare escape from the hustle and bustle of L.A for Lenny and his ex-cop friend and landlord, Red Henshaw, when they arrive in Lake Helena for a weekend of rest and relaxation.

Then they notice the couple in the battered van that dogs them everywhere they go…. Still, everything’s calm in the woods—till Red turns up missing. Lenny’s efforts to find his friend succeed in the worst way possible, and it’s up to a motley crew made up of a sex-crazed gallery owner, a squad of gay outlaw bikers, a cop turned short-order cook, and the suave and deadly Uncle Angie—Lenny’s future in-law—to set things straight. If they can.

In this follow-up to The Dust Will Answer, Lenny Strasser, printshop production manager and accidental amateur sleuth, is tossed once more into the deep end of the off-beat to solve a double mystery.

 

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Mike Smith and his robot wife Patience have overcome a great many obstacles in their life together. No obstacle is quite as great as a world war. As the United States, China, Europe and India mobilize against the shadowy Anarchists, who have carved vast swaths across Africa, the Middle East, and Russia, Mike and Patience deal with the fallout at home, and the public’s changing perceptions of robots.

Meanwhile, Mike’s son Lucas finds himself in the heart of the conflict as he takes command of robot soldiers leading America’s war effort. A Great Deal of Patience is the first book of a new trilogy that ties together the previous books: His Robot Girlfriend, His Robot Wife, His Robot Wife: Patience is a Virtue, and His Robot Girlfriend: Charity.

 

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Britain: A nation that keeps a stiff upper lip, takes it on the chin without complaining, plays fair at all times and is by and large: “the gentleman of the world.” Anything else old boy, just wouldn’t be cricket …

This is the image of itself that Britain likes to promote, at home and abroad. However, the idea that the ‘United Kingdom’ plays fair or by the rules is just as mythical as its status as an imaginary fifth nation that replaced four real sovereign countries. This booklet aims to burst that myth and also aims to provide solid proof that the United Kingdom is anything but ‘united.’

 

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If you knew the time of your death, would you accept it or run?

When Kyle French’s father and clairvoyant mother die in a car crash that he alone survives, the question haunts him. Through his grief and survivor’s guilt, Kyle looks for answers and tries to heal with his remaining family.

A story about the choice of either running away from your problems or making the right decisions to carry on, Pamela Harju’s debut novel is an emotional journey about coming of age and moving on even as your world collapses around you.

 

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This Christmas, past will meet present in the clash of wills of one estranged couple.

Dr. Jonathan Kirkpatrick, following the demands of his conscious, set out to join the Confederate forces in the War Between the States, leaving his childhood sweetheart behind.

Emma could not forgive his betrayal, and so in an act of defiance she chose to wed another.

As the years passed, each would travel down separate avenues in the pursuit of completion, only to find the way blocked by tragedy, until that fateful day when their paths would cross once again at an extended Christmas party.

The final ending to their love story would be orchestrated during this gathering, but will it leave them with a happily ever after?

 

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When seventeen-year-old Nora White successfully graduates High School in 1922 Mississippi and is College-bound, everyone is overjoyed and excited. Everyone except Nora. She dreams of Harlem, Cotton Clubs, Fancy Dresses, and Langston Hughes. For years, she’s sat under Mr. Oak, the big oak tree on the plush green grass of her families five acres, and daydreamed of The Black Mecca.

The ambitious, young Nora is fascinated by the prospect of being a famous writer in The Harlem Renaissance and decides she doesn’t want to go to College. Despite her parent’s staunch protest, Nora finds herself in Jacobsville, New York, a small town forty-five minutes outside of Harlem.

Shocked by their daughter’s disappearance, Gideon and Molly White are plagued with visions of the deadly south, like the brutal lynching of Gideon’s sister years ago. As the couple embarks on a frightening and gut-wrenching search for Nora, they are each stalked by their own traumatic past. Meanwhile, Nora learns that the North is not all it’s cracked up to be.

Can Gideon and Molly overcome their disturbing past in time to find their daughter before it’s too late?

 

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Alive! After four years believing her older sister lost and presumed dead in the horrible Breakup of the United States, Lily Barrett gets word from her dear friend, Ai – and Ai’s family of Machine Civilization – that Callie Barrett is very likely alive… but over 900 miles away in Knoxville.

Using the resources of her and Ai’s family, Lily puts together a search party to go find Callie: old, broken, and burnt Orloff – an expert in surviving in the Badlands, Ai’s little sister, Fausta – her machine mind controlling a Combat Android to protect her friend, all together in a cart pulled by their sturdy pony, Clyde.

It’s almost a thousand miles to go, with something very odd trying to limit their ability to communicate over distance and even to cross bridges. A chance meeting along the way in Huntsville, former Alabama, wrecks their plans, and puts all of their lives in danger.

 

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No doctor could diagnose Will’s condition. Given an opportunity to be a part of a study at an institute that might give him answers, he moved to Portland. But, instead of providing a diagnosis or curse, the institute opens a world of mystique and magic to Will.

Kristen has finally had enough of her deadbeat boyfriend. Ditching him, she finds herself with a new roommate, a cute and slightly goofy guy with fantastic date ideas.

Together Will and Kristen enter this new world, figuring out Will’s powers and their budding relationship. They must learn how to overcome past demons, all the while deciding whether the rest of the world is ready for magic to be revealed. And, if not, at what cost will it be to keep it a secret?

 

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Ringing in the ears is no laughing matter. Dr. Bell says whoever finds the cure will be a millionaire. A billionaire. He’s determined to be the one. Too bad he’s not a real doctor. Too bad his Subjects don’t know he hacked his way from the circus into medicine. Horror. Humor. Educational.

 

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Gianna Saldaña is a curious young lady who has had to search on her own to find out information about her family. She joins an after-school Genealogy Club run by Mr. Williams, one of the teachers at her school. Through online research, she can find pictures of her relatives and more conclusive information than she ever dreamed possible.

In Gianna the Treasure Hunter, Gianna helps her friend Stephanie find out about her family as well by delving into the Ellis Island Records and recording her grandmother’s story.

 

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In the tiers of Ellegeance, the elite Influencers’ Guild holds the power to manipulate emotions. Love and fear, pain and pleasure, healing and death mark the extremes of their sway, but it’s the subtle blends that hook their victims’ hearts. They hide behind oaths of loyalty and rule the world.

A child born in the grim warrens beneath the city, Catling rues the rose birthmark encircling her eye. Yet, it grants her the ability to disrupt the influencers’ sway. Established methods of civil control disintegrate before her. She’s a weapon desired by those who reign and those who rebel.

To the Influencer’s Guild, she’s an aberration, a threat. They order her death and thus the betrayals begin. One woman protects and trains her, plotting to use her shield to further imperial goals. No longer a helpless child, Catling has other plans. As chaos shakes the foundations of order and rule, will she become the realm’s savior? Or its executioner?

 

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