If you were in your favorite place in 2016, touched the handle on an old door and were instantly transported elsewhere...how would you handle it? (no pun intended)
Take a walk in Shelley Lindquist's sandals as she awakens inside a cold, silent castle in Scotland. Bewildered, confused, shivering, she attempts to discover where she is and meets Jakke, a large Irish wolfhound who covers her face in licks after knocking her down.
His master, Nicholas, isn't pleased and demands to know how she entered, accusing her of attempted theft. Cold and authoritative, he is the last of a long line of Scots from his 7th removed grandfather Edward Wodehause.
It soon becomes apparent Edward still lingers on the earthly plane, doing what he can to reclaim Wodehause castle after his devious brother falsely laid claim in 1781 while Edward was away at war in the colonies. Missing wills and history from more than two hundred years ago are needed to restore his rightful lineage and, if along the way, his grandson Nicholas learns to realize his need for someone besides himself, it's an added gift.
Will Shelley adjust to this bizarre interruption in her life? Will Nicholas pull himself out of his hopeless resignation and accept help to achieve his grandfather's wishes? More importantly, where does one search for documents over two-hundred years old?More info →
When Tilly Thompson, a girl from the canal, is caught stealing a pie from the terrace of The Imperial Hotel, Athelstone, the intervention of Captain Charles Thackery, saves her from prison. Tilly soon finds out the real reason for the rescue.
With the Captain Tilly sees life away from the poverty and hardships of the Waterways but his favour stirs up jealousy and hatred among the hotel staff, especially Freddie, the stable boy who harbours desires of his own.
Freddie's pursuit leads Tilly into far greater danger than she could ever have imagined. Can she escape the prejudice, persecution and hypocrisy of Victorian Society, leave her past behind and find true happiness?This is a story of love and loss, lust and passion, injustice and ultimate redemption.
'A cross between Catherine Cookson and Barbara Bradford Taylor with echoes of Dilly Court.'
'A wonderful debut novel from a very talented writer'
When 18 year old Imogen from London meets Jules in the south of France she is painting a view of the river and finds he is an artist too. As a student he earns a little by restoring paintings at the nearby gallery. She extends her three day stay to a fortnight. She loves the warm sunshine and the old town with its Roman remains.
As she becomes increasingly attracted to Jules she is unwilling to return home, where her older boyfriend Luke employs her in his photography gallery, obsessed with furthering his own ambitions. She travels to the airport but then impulsively misses her flight.
Now she needs somewhere cheap to live, and a job. She finds a flat, works as a waitress and helps in the gallery. Jules encourages her to take lessons to develop her artistic talent. As they become close she does not regret her decision to stay even when the rain sets in at the beginning of autumn.
Luke arrives and tries to persuade her to return to London. She recognizes now that he is selfish, and she is falling in love with Jules. Luke returns without her.
As the tourist season ends there is a shortage of work and her position becomes less secure.
Jules family have made Imogen welcome. He lives with them in a cramped flat over his mother’s supermarket. He loves Imogen but cannot afford to support her. He proposes they frame their best paintings and try to sell them. Imogen is thrilled when the dealer buys one of her paintings, but the extra money will not last long.
Dee Burton, Ph.D., is a psychologist who has counseled hundreds of men and women in person on stopping smoking. She developed the American Cancer Society’s FreshStart quit-smoking program and was part of the development team for the American Lung Association’s original Freedom From Smoking program. Her work currently focuses on approaches to help those most vulnerable to the effects of tobacco to stop smoking. Dr. Burton is Associate Director for Research and Evaluation of the Center for Health, Media and Policy at Hunter College. Previously she was Chair of the Department of Community Health Sciences in the SUNY Downstate School of Public Health. She was inducted into the Delta Omega national honorary society for public health in 1999. Dr. Burton’s books have been published by MacMillan; William Morrow; Simon & Schuster; and Sage.More info →
Thirteen-year-old,Trina, has chosen to raise service dogs and have puppy after puppy. But during her seven-day beach vacation with her best friend, Trina discovers Sarah is more interested in meeting guys than being with her. And when a boy named Chase sees the magical connection Sydney makes with his younger brother who has autism, it puts a bigger strain on the girls' friendship. To add to Trina's stress, she finds herself struggling with the idea of returning Sydney at the end of the week. Now Trina fears she'll lose more than her service dog. Will Trina lose her best friend, also?More info →
Jaxon's Magical Adventure with Black Inventors and Scientists is an educational book on Black history for children. Jaxon was finding it quite difficult to relax -- and for good reason. In a week’s time, he’d be playing the role of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in his fourth grade play. He’d been in rehearsals with his classmates and had learned as much as he could about Dr. King, but Jaxon stuttered sometimes, and he was frightened that he wouldn’t be able to perform as well as he’d like.
While he sat in his room thinking about these things, a strange and unsettling thought occurred to him. What if there were no Black people in the world? The very thought was mind-boggling and made Jaxon feel so confused and upset that he began to jump on his bed to release some of the building anxiety.
His sister heard him calling for his mom and came running in to warn him off the bed-jumping before his mom found out. When Jaxon began to tell Raimy about his upsetting thought, she gasped and made him stop saying it. She knew he had said the magic words ‘just imagine’.
The next morning, Jaxon discovered why she tried to stop him and the results were stunning.
This is an educational book on Black history for children. Jaxon's Magical Adventure with Black Inventors and Scientists, begins a series of books devoted to teaching kids about the contributions Black people have made to American history, technology and culture. In the story, Jaxon’s father shares how unfortunate and sad it is that children aren’t aware of the many contributions Black people have made to the growth of this country. Each of the mini-biographies presented in this book should be mentioned in history and science books, and I hope the series helps to address those omissions.
Infinity: The Secret of the Diamonds, a science fiction by Tejas Mathai, takes us into the imaginative world of space and fantasy. The novels centers on eighteen-year-old Jack Stone, his father Sam, Uncle, Bruce and friend, Wayne. Sam, the gifted scientist who invents Rift Tunnel Machine (RTM), has developed a peculiar nature and has started behaving strangely with his son and brother who are unaware of his inventions. Circumstances lead them to meet the Infinity Corps, a galactic reconnaissance group who is on a mission to save the five Infinity diamonds and the galaxy from the cosmic tyrant named Tarvin Genesis. Trapped in such situation where they have no other option except to fight with Tarvin's army, they work to save New York City. However, there is a darker secret being kept from Jack, one that could change the history of Earth.More info →
Annabel Martin dreams of winning a Melbourne Cup—the highest honour for any jockey in Australia. When a top trainer offers her a ride on the stallion, Reckless Night, Annabel hesitates only because her friend, James McKenzie is the usual jockey. But not only is James’s leg broken, but the trainer offers her a sweetener: if she wins the race, she can ride the horse through the Spring Campaign and on to the Melbourne Cup. Chasing her dreams earns Annabel an enemy in Damon Black—the man second to James, and the jockey who should have been in line to ride Reckless Night.
As Annabel begins her new job, a shady trainer drags Annabel’s father into the middle of a horse swapping scam. Because of her connection to both horses, Annabel is implicated—just as Damon Black begins to become dangerous, and just as she and James become more than friends. A fire at the stables sends James to the hospital, where Annabel’s possible involvement in the scheme is laid out in front of him. Not only was his dream of the Melbourne Cup snatched from him, but the woman he loves may not be who she says she is.
As Annabel’s world implodes, she faces her father’s shady connections, a possible riding ban, and losing the man she loves. But Annabel’s a woman who has survived as a top jockey in a man’s world, and she has no intention of letting her dreams be lost—no matter how high the bets are against her.More info →
“Snugs The Snow Bear” is the first in a magical series of stories about a lovable, snuggable, huggable polar bear, and his tales of derring-do, along with a menagerie of animal friends. Come and meet Snugs, The Two Moose, Mrs Merryweather, Carla and James, as they take the voyage of a lifetime to a lighthouse on The Isle of Wight, a sunshine island off the South Coast of England, and miles and miles beyond! This first adventure will warm your heart as Snugs, in his own unique way, leaves a radiant, magical impression, especially on one little boy and girl.More info →