Jane Bernard lost her 12-year-old twin daughters to a religious hijacking perpetrated by their father, Reverend Logan Churlick. Jane is heartbroken and embittered by the loss, causing her to jeopardize her once-happy marriage with her great love, Bolivar Bernard. When the twins are 18, Bekah reaches out to her mother. Darcy spurns Jane and wants nothing to do with her sister. Churlick thwarts Jane’s attempt to reunite with Darcy and his obsession to possess Jane grows more twisted. Will Churlick be successful in keeping Jane and Bekah from reconnecting with Darcy? Will Jane regain her daughters only to lose Bolivar? Will the strategy Jane sees as her only chance to save the marriage she has all but destroyed work?
“Second Chances may be an issue-laden novel, but it weaves these issues seamlessly into the book by virtue of the strength of Cole’s characters. The novel manages to be both entertaining and eye-opening. It will make you feel more socially aware and connected by book’s end.”
“Second Chances leads the readers on a roller coaster of emotions while simultaneously reflecting on problems that face today’s society”
“It makes you dream of a better world for us all; one where we are not defined by race or gender, but rather by our skills and capabilities. One where we all get along as equals, irrespective of race or status.”
– Faridah Nassozi, Reader’s Favorite
BOOK DESCRIPTION: Nichole, a young black woman, is caught in a tough position. She is juggling too many responsibilities as her world falls apart around her. When her mother turns up missing while performing an errand, Nichole is left picking up the pieces of her shattered life and taking care of her younger siblings. She isn’t sure where she can turn to for help, and she is facing a lot of harsh realities about how life works and how much prejudice can hold her back.
Richard is a lawyer who lost himself in corporate law. He wants to help Nichole through her heartbreaking situation, but he makes mistakes and loses her trust. He discovers that he’s been doing the right things for the wrong reasons for a long time. Everything begins to fall apart as he realizes he’s swept problems under the rug for so long he might no longer be able to fix them. After meeting a young alcoholic who is struggling to take control of his life, Richard wakes up to just how far off-course his life has become and attempts to right it. He asks Nichole for a second chance to help her overcome her obstacles, and he hopes it isn’t too late.
Can Nichole and Richard overcome their prejudices and get a Second Chance?
Second Chances is a contemporary novel set in Middle America that delves into Social Issues people deal with on a regular basis. It features a strong female protagonist standing up to the world and pushing back against commonplace wrongs. It tells a hopeful story about facing up to our own prejudices and coming to terms with who we are today, who we want to become, and what it will take to get there.
Sean Grayson is a firefighter that also fights the demons and mistakes of his past. As he tries to put a life back together from the pieces that flew apart over his addictions, the world loses its gravity at the very moment he is in the heat of a fire rescue. Without gravity, he must rescue a small boy and make sense of a world that may be coming apart or maybe it is all just in his head. Sean finds himself keeping secrets again.
A scientist in an isolated observatory sees clue that tells him what is happening to the world may be bigger and more deadly than a few earthquakes and a few floating objects. Dr. Paulo Restrepo will have to race against time and the doubts of a world used to gravity behaving the same everywhere at every time. By the time he figures out the cause and what that means for the final approaching event, it might be too late, but he has to try.
Shakel Shakelovitz is a giant poodle who lives in Caesarea, Israel. One day, Shakel chases a ball onto the beach and discovers a buried treasure of ancient gold coins. When he brings the treasure to his owners, Gila and Ami, they report the wonderful find to the Antiquities Authority.
The man from the Antiquities Authority can’t wait to meet the person who found the treasure. He’s quite surprised to find that the hero of this story is a large, black poodle.
Who can blame him for being shocked? After all, not many dogs have a first and last name.
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The well-known film director Vincent Adair arrives in Stilton Fields in the mid-1950’s looking for subject for a movie that will revive his career. He decides to adapt the story of Lydia Bowstreet, a woman who was involved in a 17th century theological controversy and spent her last days in semi-exile in and near Stilton Fields.
“The Opinionists” tells two alternating stories, one about the controversy that Lydia was involved in, another about the making of the film. The novel explores various aspects of the quest for freedom in North America.
About A Life Singular – Parts One to Three:
Set in Melbourne, Australia, “A Life Singular” is a six-part novel serial following a successful rock star while he writes his autobiography. A contemporary love story, the story begins when the love of Jeff’s life is murdered, leaving him and his children to pick up the pieces. Part One sees Jeff unable to escape the outpouring of public grief in the aftermath of Lynn’s death, so he sets about documenting their spectacular life in an autobiography.
Part Two takes the reader back to when the couple first met and fell in love, Lynn a privileged child-star born of aristocratic stock and Jeff a nobody from Sydney’s western suburbs who bears the physical and mental scars of a violent childhood. The widowed author recalls how both teenagers fought for their freedom, only to be ultimately torn apart by circumstances beyond their control.
Part Three follows Jeff’s transformation from rejected, hot-headed adolescent to a celebrated rock musician intent on changing the world. Finally a “someone”, he forces himself back into Lynn’s own successful world to find that her love has endured despite her parents’ every effort to keep the pair apart. The autobiography is proof-read by the couple’s two children, who see the prelude to their young lives from their father’s perspective.
Parts Four to Six are still works-in-progress, due for release at six-monthly intervals from December 2014. The story weaves Lynn and Jeff’s life singular through triumphs and challenges, driven by the endless pursuit of love and wisdom, until the serial reaches a most unexpected conclusion.
Sales proceeds go to two Australian charities for disadvantaged children: The Smith Family (http://www.thesmithfamily.com.au) and the School Volunteer Program (http://www.svp.org.au).
About For the Love of Rose: A Journey in Three Worlds:
FOR THE LOVE OF ROSE is the haunting love stories of two Northern New York dairy farm brothers in the mid-1930s. Frank Barbury loves trains and wants to be an engineer. But then he meets and literally falls head-over-heels in love with Rose, a Long Island artist who is five years his senior. Frank and his younger brother Jake have been raised in a strict “no guns, no anger, no killing” atmosphere, so when Rose and her doctor-father become lost in Spain, Frank innocently volunteers to search for them. The country is embroiled in a bloody Civil War where people are being executed for belonging to the opposition party. In his hunt for Rose he volunteers for one of the most dangerous wartime jobs there is – ambulance driver rescuing the wounded from battle zones.
Jake Barbury misses his big brother and attempts to trace him by turning to the study of Spain and International News. He starts writing regular thought provoking columns on war which are picked up by American newspapers. It is through Jake that the story fits into historical events between 1936 and 1940. Frank finds Rose but the cost is far beyond what a teenager should endure in achieving adulthood. Does he ever return to Barbury Farm in Three Mile Bay? And what is the legendary and mystical Sunset Train connection with the old stone bridge?
The author studied the 1930s lifestyles of Northern New Yorkers, the Civil War in Northern Spain and visited various Basque Country battle zones including Urkiola and Elgeta along with Durango, the innocent city terror bombed on March 31st 1937 by the Luftwaffe staffed Condor Legion.
About Sunspinners 1,2:
This BookClub edition includes the first two novels in the urban fantasy Sunspinners series:
Demonspell, or Curse of the Everlasting Relatives. is the first novel in the Sunspinners series.
Along with a big house and income, Elaine inherits five immortal relatives who need constant attention. Try keeping a husband with that set of in-laws. Yes, she has tried. Twice. And failed. Now, just when she meets a new guy, a band of demons demands that Elaine and her family leave Seattle immediately, alive or dead.
Demonhold, or Blight of the Deadly Demons, is the second novel in the Sunspinners series. A new wave of demons decides to kidnap one of the elderly relatives. Guess who has to figure out how to save him.
About The Bed and Breakfast:
Once you open the pages of this book, you will be taken on a vacation from your everyday life. What you will discover here, is one filled with romance, mystery, and humor. Be aware you may encounter some ghostly spirits during your stay. Some you might find playful while others have a more sinister attitude.
The many guests which come and go throughout the book, will titillate you as you learn about their various interesting lives. The many friendships that arise will arouse your curiosity as you enjoy the relationships and encounters that happen at the Inn.
Your host and owner of the Inn will delight your palate with fine cuisine, and the tale of the spirit which dwells at the Discovery Inn. Allow yourself the luxury of this encounter, and embrace the experience of this magnificent house. You may encounter a few surprises along your way, as a long forgotten mystery is slowly revealed.
About Mazie Baby:
When Mazie Reynolds was a young girl, she believed monsters lived under her bed. Now a grown, married woman, she discovers one sleeps in her bed. Mazie schemes to save herself and her daughter. Her plan will work, if she can out-maneuver the monster who is a master of manipulation and control. She’s got one thing going for her, the one thing she truly owns. Mazie has moxie to the bone. But will it be enough? When his attentions shift to their twelve-year-old daughter, Mazie knows it’s time to get the hell out. She hatches a plan to escape. But can she outwit the man she vowed to obey until death do they part?
“Told in third person, MAZIE BABY hooks you first with its descriptive sentences and believable characters, who right off the bat you can imagine being your own next door neighbors. Then it hooks you with the truth. Author Julie Frayn does not beat around the bush when she describes Mazie’s fear when her husband comes home and loses himself in liquor and rage; nor does she shy away from building up the tension in the house, from the second Cullen gets upset until Mazie, now bruised and bleeding, tucks Ariel into bed.
While the story isn’t definably a happy tale, it is an honest one that makes you fly through the pages in the hopes that Mazie makes it out free of her past in the end. The story truly is a tale of how “sometimes innocent people must defend themselves” and that opening up yourself to trust again is the best way to mend a battered soul.
The dialogue is raw, the character development happens at a life-like pace, and the story line – though depicting a desperate mother – never wavers on the edge of fantasy. Though fiction, MAZIE BABY could arguably be a firsthand autobiography for someone.” Jessica Czarnogursky for IndieReader.