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Kathleen J. Shields is a very creative, highly imaginative and extremely dedicated, hard working individual. She has published two young adult books, and the Hamilton Troll’s Adventures - fully-illustrated rhyming children’s stories. She is writing many more children's chapter books, adult stories and an inspirational Christian story all while running her own graphics and website design company.

Friday Nights Don't Last Forever

Fiction, Sports
The dream of college football propels Casey Clinton into the best and worst times of his life. But when slick college football recruiters offer the small-town high school player the chance for fame and glory, it’s no longer a game. It’s business. And it’s brutal. Lavish promises of money, women, and a spot at the top of the football world take Casey into a violent world he could never imagine. Temptation is great. His life spirals out of control. His world crumbles out from under him. Football, in this psychological drama, is no longer a sport. It’s a fight for survival in a game where every one but Casey knows how to play.
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Secrets of the Dead

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Fiction, Historical Fiction, Suspense.
Ambrose Lincoln is one of the government's prized operatives, a trained assassin, a man whose past is continually erased by mind control treatments. He is dispatched to Baden-Baden after the Night of Broken Glass to find rolls of film that will tell the truth and uncover the lies. The photographs will reveal to the world the sadistic threat that exists for everyone if Hitler's mad march across Europe isn't stopped. Lincoln’s mission is to uncover the deadly secrets that his own government doesn't want him to find, secrets that can change the course of history.
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A Texas Gal Cooks

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2018 Best Book Awards

Cookbooks
A Texas Gal Cooks is a unique cookbook with basic recipes that go back to the 1800's. A Texas Gal Cooks was chosen by Go Texan to sell at The State Fair of Texas 2015. I live in the town where our Santa became Big Tex at the State Fair of Texas. I have written the original story. I have sections on Making Gift baskets, Gift breads, Cooking with Children, Decorative Pies, Mexican Food, Original Soda Fountain recipes plus many others. A Texas Gal Cooks has many award winning recipes, and has gotten rave reviews. This is a " Must Have Cookbook."
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Granny Ozarks Treat’s

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Children 7 & Up, Cookbooks.
Granny Ozarks Treat’s is a delightful children’s book that the children will love. This book is a sweet children’s book that is about having fun at Granny’s house, and having a special homemade treat each day. Granny has ponies to ride, and a fishing pond to catch fish. They play in the snow in the winter and Granny makes them snow ice cream. They make cookies at Granny’s house at Christmas time. Give it to your children for a gift, or other children for a gift. It is an amazing children’s book to have. * Recipes for Granny’s treats are included in the book.
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Arthur Zarr's Amazing Art Car

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2017 Best Book Awards

Children 7 & Up, Art/Photography
Arthur Zarr is a quiet man with few friends. His life is rather plain, and his car is plain, too. But not for long! Mr. Zarr finds happiness and makes friends by building an amazing art car. In this whimsical story, children learn about recycling, community, friendship building, and the power of imagination. The book includes a "History of Art Cars" page for readers who've never heard of this creative form of artistic expression. Suitable for all ages.
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You Have to Laugh to Keep from Crying

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2018 Best Book Awards

Educational, Non Fiction, Parenting, Self Help.
Up till now, you have dealt with life with grace and style, learning from the mistakes you’ve made along the way. You’ve raised your children and enjoyed a successful career. Now, though, you face the challenge of a lifetime, one that may have you feeling like you’ve suddenly been tossed in the deep end of the pool. Sometimes, parenting your parents can be an overwhelming task, one that has you struggling to keep your head above water. In this book, you will find the permission to laugh, to cry, and to make mistakes. You will also find the strength and encouragement to get up and repeat the cycle, all the tools you need to face the new challenge of parenting your parents!
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Belt Buckles and Tiaras

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Fiction, Young Adult Fiction.
Sixteen year old Savannah Conway must choose between following her mother's strict plans for her future in beauty pageants or breaking away to follow her heart into a world of horses and down to earth friends.
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Driving into the Son

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2018 Best Book Awards

Religious, Non Fiction, Inspirational, Devotionals
Moving through your daily life, you often receive a bit of inspiration from ordinary items. Maybe encouragement, or warning, or maybe simple joy and praise, each of these moments are messages from God. Driving into the Son is a collection of such messages. The daily entries rose from one inspiring moment when I was driving eastward in the morning - and became blinded by the sun upon rounding a curve. Each entry is intended to bring uplifting messages especially for those who drive, who make their living on the road. While this writer might receive one message, another person could hear something entirely different. And that's okay.
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Jewel of Veenah, The

2018 Best Book Awards

Steampunk, Fiction.
Kia and her bond sisters survive a surprise attack on their village and find themselves alone in the wilderness with only each other and their long-knives. The prophecy tells of a jewel which will set the people free, but without a Loresinger, they hardly understand the promises and can't hope to unlock the mystery. Set on a quest no one believes in, and facing an unbeatable enemy, Kia leads her family into the wild.
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Touch of Darkness

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Fiction, Dystopian, Sci Fi, Suspense, Young Adult Fiction
Whether you're new to Scythe of Darkness or an established YA fan, this prequel serves as a riveting introduction to the grim reaper novel that "hooks readers until the very end." Wanting to leave his supernatural family behind, seventeen-year-old Thanatos runs away. Against his better judgment, he befriends an ordinary girl. But it won't be long until the darkness he's hiding from comes calling--he can't hide forever.
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Safe

Dystopian, Fiction, Sci Fi, Suspense, Young Adult Fiction.
Compelling, fast-paced, and skillfully written, SAFE is a captivating dystopian novel with a "hold-on-to-your-seat climax." What if the one place that's supposed to keep you safe is the one place that could kill you? After the world is nearly destroyed, an island is preserved for survivors. Eighteen-year-old Penelope Evans lives in the Colony along with hundreds of other islanders. An impenetrable perimeter surrounds their homes and keeps everyone protected from the outside world. But when an unexpected meeting is scheduled, requesting all citizens, Penelope is on alert. This meeting springs a series of events that leaves her running for her life, leading further from normality and toward an epic truth. Can she survive inside a sealed perimeter?
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Scythe of Darkness

Dystopian, Fiction, Sci Fi, Suspense, Young Adult Fiction.
Bold, irresistible, and beautifully written, Scythe of Darkness is a riveting grim reaper novel that "hooks readers until the very end." For Mia Hieskety, surviving high school means focusing on exams and avoiding stupid parties. After breaking up with the only boyfriend she ever had, dating is off the agenda. That is, until Thanatos comes along. Inexplicably drawn to Thanatos, she's determined to find out more about the mysterious boy. Something's off about him. And it's as if she can feel him when he's near. Without warning, she's thrust into a sinister world and discovers a truth that she never expected. When a supernatural connection puts Mia's life at risk, she doesn't know who to trust--especially Thanatos. But what if she's in love with him?
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Aquasaurus

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2017 Best Book Awards

Fiction, Horror, Suspense, Supernatural.
Rules are set in stone – that is until someone shatters that rock and all hell breaks loose. A determined oil driller uses an illegal fracking method, causing a devastating earthquake and fire which destroys much of San Antonio. Cave explorers, Jesse and Jake, are trapped in the dark with a monster crocodile, long thought to be extinct – Aquasaurus – a forty-foot, 8-ton descendent of Carnufex – “The Butcher”. World-class rock climber, Rita, must overcome her lifelong fear of darkness to rescue her boyfriend Jesse. A state senator must juggle her fear losing a child, with the greater need of thousands of disaster survivors. A businessman must deal with the fear of losing a business his dying father spent a lifetime building. Why is Rita afraid of the dark? What happens when Aquasaurus escapes from the cave system and runs loose among disaster survivors? What will happen if the dangerous crocodile escapes into the Gulf of Mexico? Fear can cause people to react in unpredictable ways. Fear can distort judgment, and cause likeable people to commit irrational acts. Fear can masquerade as bravado. Fear can paralyze. Fear can provide a cover for the truth. The problem with fear, is we think fear is the problem. Everyone has a fear of something. What are you afraid of?
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Where the Wild Rice Grows

Poetry.
Ernie Lee is an award winning poet living at Canyon Lake, Texas with his wife Donna. Ernie’s poetry has been a lifelong habit. Originally a songwriter (BMI) Ernie had some success in music before turning his attention to the written word. His poems explore the breadth of life. Ernie won the New Braunfels Arts Council Lynne Elliott Award for poetry in 2014, and won the adult poetry division in 2000. He appears at area poetry meetings and books shows around the state. He is known far and wide as the Bard of the Blanco. These poems are typical of Ernie’s unique style. Each tells a story. The Bard of the Blanco section contains poems of the Texas hill country where Ernie makes his home. It is a land of beautiful hills, spiny plants, and deep canyons. Water is the major need, and the Bard section of poems illustrates the position of this valuable resource in area. The Mesquite Bean War is a decades old project that has not come to fruition yet. It is a novel length poem about the Tonkawa tribe pushed into the hill country by warring horse tribes of the plains, and crushed between advancing white settlements and the Mexican culture to the south. These five poems show Ernie’s depiction of life in those early days. Ernie’s famous line, “Between white and right, and red and wrong, the Tonkawa ceased to be,” has been used in numerous references.
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HIM

Fiction, Horror, Suspense.
From December 1884 to December 1885, a series of murders occurred in Austin, Texas, which became known as the Servant Girl Annihilator murders. One of the suspects was a Malay cook, known only as Maurice. Before he could be apprehended, Maurice disappeared. It is presumed he went back to the ships to work. He told his employer at the Pearl House on Pecan Street that he was going to work his way over to London. When Maurice was gone, the murders mysteriously stopped. Three years later, in 1888, the Jack the Ripper murders began. Among the hundreds of suspects was a Malay cook who called himself Maurice. A seaman named Dodge, told London police that the cook threatened to kill every prostitute in London as revenge for having been robbed by one. This is Maurice’s story, from his point of view. However, Maurice is innocent, but he slowly begins to realize that the true killer is his friend and life-long companion named Mawken. How far will Maurice go to stop the bloodshed? In this fictionalized account, the author provides fresh information on the actual Austin murders that has not been previously published.
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Eclectically Criminal: Eclectic Writings Series

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Police/Crime, Suspense.
This second volume of the Eclectic Writings Series is an anthology of short stories from a variety of genres and authors all of which revolve around a crime. From a funny tale of a bank robbery gone awry to the poignant pain of a young girl's rape, each tale is well-crafted and sure to entertain.
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The Smiley Face Blatoon

2016 TAA Best Books

Children 7 & Up
Have you ever watched balloons float away into a bright summer sky? Ever wonder where they go? What they see? In this book, six smiley face balloons escape from students on tour at the Statue of Liberty and take a trip around the world. Follow their journey on the map included and then expand your thinking with the activities on the last pages. Join the Smiley Face Blatoon on their cultural tour of our planet!
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Eclectically Carnal: Eclectic Writings Series

Police/Crime, Suspense.
Eclectically Carnal is a collection of short stories of mixed genres with steamy romance scenes. From a 1950s love story to a post-apocalyptic tale of survival, the anthology has hot and yummy fun for mature audiences. It was born at the writer’s retreat in July 2013 sponsored by Julian Kindred of the Gulf Coast Federation of Writers. Five authors spent four days immersed in the writing muse at a beautiful lake house in Huntsville, Texas. The activities provided were designed to push our skills as authors to new levels, and they sure were successful! We came away from the retreat energized and with a collection of short stories that were just begging to be published. And that’s where Inklings Publishing came in. Chantell Renee and Fern Brady set out to start their own small press company with the goal of launching anthologies whose proceeds could be reinvested in workshops and retreats so that more authors could benefit as we had. The Eclectic Writings Series is a product of a publishing house established by authors for authors. The bulk of the profits from our sales will be used to sponsor learning opportunities at minimal or no cost to the author participants. Let’s face it, authors mostly fall under the ‘starving artists’ category. Inklings Publishing will help enrich authors by providing readers great literature. It’s a win-win for all. The theme of our first retreat ended up, by sheer happenstance, to be erotic writing. The stories in this volume of our Eclectic Writings Series all contain steamy love scenes or other sensuous content. It is definitely intended for a mature audience! We at Inklings Publishing hope you enjoy these stories. By purchasing this book you are helping support local artists and small business. Please consider purchasing our second volume -- Eclectically Criminal -- to be released in February 2014.
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Picture Day, Ella

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Ella Peluchie is having a hard time getting her portrait taken. She is tired of sitting and is sure they already snapped her best side. Now she just wants to go outside and play. Join this precocious black lab as she fidgets her way through picture day!
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Saying Goodbye: Facing the Loss of a Loved One

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Non Fiction, Self Help.
Saying Goodbye is hard. How we say it is important. Take heart in discovering what authors Cecil Murphey and Gary Roe have gathered from their personal and professional grief and healing experiences. With sincere compassion and heartfelt concern, they share ways to face this difficult time of life. Take hope in knowing that you can prepare yourself for such a time as this. Learn what to expect and how to gently affirm your loved one's life experiences. Take peace in realizing that you can truly experience beauty, love, and healing in these final days.
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Heartbroken

Non Fiction, Self Help.
2015 Best Book Awards Finalist, National Indie Excellence Award Finalist He was your love. She was your partner. Now your heart is broken. What do you do with all the pain, confusion, and anger? What will life be like? Who are you now? Your heart needs answers. Heartbroken can help. Hospice chaplain Gary Roe has walked with hundreds of spouses through this painful valley. From their stories he has composed this incredibly practical work that will touch your heart and comfort your soul. Open this book, and let the healing continue.
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Surviving the Holidays Without You: Navigating Grief During Special Seasons

Non Fiction, Self Help.
2016 Book Excellence Award Finalist Holidays are difficult, especially when you're grieving the loss of someone you love. You find yourself facing a host of challenges, like how to handle... Unspoken expectations, your own and others' Memories and continual reminders of your loved one Feeling misunderstood, alone, and isolated Unpredictable and intense emotions Taking care of yourself while grieving Making wise choices - what to do, how, and with whom Hospice chaplain Gary Roe has put together a survival kit designed to help you navigate special seasons with hope and new confidence. It's possible to grieve well, honor your loved one, and still love those around you. These holidays will be different, but they can still be good. Let Gary show you how.
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Shattered: Surviving the Loss of a Child

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Non Fiction, Self Help.
"A truly healing book." - Glen Lord, President, Board of Directors, The Compassionate Friends Unthinkable. Unbelievable. Heartbreaking. Whatever words we choose, they all fall far short of the reality. The loss of a child is a terrible thing. How do we survive this? Can we? Shattered: Surviving the Loss of a Child was written to help. Bestselling author, hospice chaplain, and grief specialist Gary Roe uses his three decades of experience interacting with grieving parents to give us this heartfelt, easy-to-read, and intensely practical book. In Shattered, Roe walks the reader through the powerful impact a child's death can have - emotionally, mentally, physically, relationally, and spiritually. - Intense, unpredictable emotions can hijack us at a moment's notice. - Our minds spin. We forget things. It feels like we're going crazy. - Our bodies get hit. Our health can be impacted. - Our souls feel crushed, shaking our faith and what we think we believe. - Our relationships change. A deep loneliness of the heart can set in. - Our plans and dreams are shattered. We're now in uncharted territory. Yes, the loss of a child affects everything. In Shattered, you will discover how to... - Manage the massive changes that are occurring in your life - Take care of yourself during this process - Honor your child with your grief - Love those around you, even with a broken heart - Live life as well as possible while in the midst of great pain - Make your child's life count in deep and powerful ways Shattered is not a magic pill. The death of a child cannot be fixed. But comfort, compassion, guidance, and hope can be found in these pages. We will never be the same, but we can survive. And to some degree, we can heal. Shattered can help. Open this book, and let the healing continue.
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Home at Last

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2016 TAA Best Books

Fiction, Biography Fiction, Women
With empty pockets and a heart full of dreams Luke Stone leaves behind the nightmare of fifteen long years in Leavenworth prison, not giving it a backward glance. Eyes firmly on the future, he boards a Greyhound bus bound for Texas…for freedom…for the one who holds his heart. The unjust conviction no longer matters and revenge haunts him no more. Darlina Flowers, the woman who takes his breath away, waits ahead and with her by his side, nothing can stop him. He is headed HOME AT LAST.
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Convict and the Rose, The

2015 TAA Best Books

Fiction, Women, Biography Fiction.
Luke Stone, a rebel Texas musician, locked behind the forty foot walls and iron bars of Leavenworth Penitentiary, struggles with hate, anger and bitterness. Can he survive the negativity and inch his way back to freedom and the woman he loves? Darlina Flowers, lost and alone without the man who holds her heart, attempts to go on living. Will she wait for Luke, or turn her back and forget him? This is a journey of two people facing struggles of epic proportion from shackles and chains to drugs and gurus with their enduring love being the one constant, their North Star.
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Flowers and Stone

Fiction, Women, Biography Fiction.
From the Texas honky-tonks in 1970, comes a love story so passionate that you feel the heat! Nothing could have prepared Darlina Flowers for the reckless Texas rogue musician, Luke Stone, to come stampeding into her life like a team of wild horses. Their love ignited into an ever burning flame, enduring a cruel twist of fate and injustice. A compelling true story based on the lives of Rick and Jan Sikes.
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Discovery

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2017 Best Book Awards

Biography Fiction, Fiction, Romance, Art/Photography.
Breaths of Life from within a prison cell… When life, as he knew it, was stripped away, left with NO freedom except in his mind, Rick Sikes journeyed deep inside seeking to discover his true self. It took time, but he eventually found the man he’d forgotten existed. Even though they confined his body in an iron cage, they couldn’t lock away his mind. He made a choice to channel all of the creativity inside him to a positive beat. What you’ll find between the covers of this book are expressions of raw emotion…Poems of deep sadness and loss, humorous musings, political wisdom, life observations and tender love from both Rick and Jan Sikes. The pen-and-ink art drawn by Rick, is simply another extension of creativity and partner with the poems. Rick Sikes poured pieces of his heart and soul into these writings and art, and it was his hope that through hard-earned wisdom and insight, he could help others on their soul’s journey.
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Little White Light, The

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Children 7 & Up
Sure to become a family classic, The Little White Light is about an inspiring, delightful and uplifting relationship that will comfort you just as it comforted Penny. The little white light has a special charm about it when it blinks, as Penny discovers at night, in the morning and even during the day. Children of all ages, as well as adults, will enjoy reading along with the help of the delightful and whimsical color illustrations. The Little White Light will become a memorable experience every time it is read for years to come.
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MJ’s New Friend

Children 7 & Up
2015 Book Award, North Texas Book Festival (Children Ages 6-12) MJ’s New Friend is a story of acceptance, friendship and finding the courage to do the right thing. When MJ sees a new boy at soccer practice, he notices there is something different about the boy, but instinctively likes and trusts him. As their friendship unfolds, MJ learns there is more to the boy than he realizes. It is up to MJ to “step up to the plate” and become a leader, stand up for his friend, and encourage the other children to look past their apparent differences and find the heart of friendship in diversity. Appropriate for all ages, MJ’s New Friend encourages positive character traits and helps children understand acts of friendship, courage, love, loyalty, strength, perseverance, leadership, and self reliance.
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An Almost Very Scary Day

Children 7 & Up
Ever since the Little White Light first started appearing to Penny, it showed up in the corner of her bedroom ceiling—both at night and in the early morning hours—and blinked, reassuring her with its presence. But one night, it wasn’t there. The next day, as Penny thought about the Little White Light’s absence, her best friend MJ stopped by. No longer wanting to keep the secret of the Little White Light from him, Penny told MJ all about the light and how very special it was to her. While the children talked and worked in Penny’s garden, they heard a frightening screeching and squawking coming from the side of the house. What could be making such a terrible noise? Facing a scary situation on their own, the children must learn to find courage and compassion in the face of fear. This coming of age story about overcoming scary moments will resonate with children young and old. Beautifully illustrated by Ayuna Collins and David Edward Martin, An Almost Very Scary Day is a wonderful reminder about how magical even an ordinary day can be.
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Dream Big

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Children 7 & Up, Inspirational
One by one, Caterpillar, Tadpole, and Flamingo gaze up at the night sky and wish upon a star for their wildest dreams. Baboon insists these dreams could never come true. But when he sees Caterpillar turn into a winged butterfly, Tadpole into a dancing frog, and Flamingo into a beautiful pink bird, Baboon realizes that a transformative power exists between the stars and the animals once they truly believe in themselves and their dreams. When Baboon tries out this secret, CATCH-M, his Magical, Mystical, Wished-Upon Star, whooshes down from the heavens to wham! ignite the courage in his chest too, and what happens next is fantastic! Dream Big's inspirational message makes it a perfect gift for dreamers of all ages, from children to young adults about to enter a new chapter in their lives. Together we can all be inspired to identify and pursue our dreams, no matter how big or impossible they may seem.
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Mah Jongg Murders, The

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Cozy Mystery, Fiction, Suspense.
In The Mah Jongg Murders, protagonist Lillian Prestridge lives at Leisure Lake, a gated community deep in the heart of East Texas. She loves riddles and receives the puzzle of her life when she discovers the body of an unknown woman lying on the edge of the lake near Lillian's home. Three successive murders, including the assassination of one her Mah Jongg friends, baffle the authorities -- the county sheriff and the head of security at the lake.But Lillian, along with her Standard White Poodle, follow the subtle clues and solve the mystery. However, not every character in the book is pleased with the outcome which leads to the arrest of the murderer.
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Deadly Domineos

2018 Best Book Awards

Cozy Mystery, Fiction, Suspense.
Caddo Lake, with cypress and ancient oaks dripping with Spanish moss, provides the perfect backdrop for murder. Lillian Prestridge and her husband Bill leave the security of their gated community in the heart of East Texas. Lillian looks forward to a peaceful vacation in their brand new RV. The murder of Lillian’s Mah Jongg partner prompted her desire to seek refuge in a new environment. Their first stop is Caddo Lake in the Cypress basin of northeast Texas. Caddo Lake has existed from time eternal and is home to unusual events, including its violent origin. Lillian is puzzled by but ignores the warning: “You’d better be careful. Crazy things have been happening out at that RV Park at Caddo Lake.” Lillian delves into solving the strange events – an explosion and murder. Who is the person or persons leaving dominoes and curses on the bodies of one murder victim after another? And what does the explosion have to do with the game of dominoes or murder?
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ABC's to Ranching, CD

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2018 Best Book Awards

Children 7 & Up
Take Me To The Ranch is an accompaniment song to the lovable storybook, The ABCs to Ranching by Award Winning Author Patty York Raymond. Children will enjoy singing and dancing to the country beat! The ABCs to Ranching is a cultural perspective on ranching in South Texas. It is a humorous account of a mischievous young boy determined to help his father with the chores. “Let’s go,” he yells to his Catahoula Cowdog as his father warns him not to get underfoot. With one mishap after another, the young boy develops an appreciation for nature and a strong connection to his father and their heritage—all centered on the alphabet. The ABCs to Ranching is accompanied by a music CD (Take Me To The Ranch) that is sure to get the children singing and dancing!
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It's Too Windy!

Children 7 & Up
Hooray! Yeah! Yippee! Yahoo! Jessica and David cant wait to swim in their grandparentspool. But how long will they have to wait?
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ABC's to Ranching, The

2018 Best Book Awards

Children's > Children 7 & Up
The ABCs to Ranching is a cultural perspective on ranching in South Texas. It is a humorous account of a mischievous young boy determined to help his father with the chores. “Let’s go,” he yells to his Catahoula Cowdog as his father warns him not to get underfoot. With one mishap after another, the young boy develops an appreciation for nature and a strong connection to his father and their heritage—all centered on the alphabet. The ABCs to Ranching is accompanied by a music CD (Take Me To The Ranch) that is sure to get the children singing and dancing!
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Midnight Marauder

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Westerns, Fiction, Suspense
John Crudder is an ordinary twenty-five year old law school graduate looking for work in the old west. What he finds instead is the love of eighteen-year-old Charlotte and the reality that he cannot have her without placing her in mortal danger. Raised to privilege, Cruder fins life as a cow hand and later as a marshal satisfying. Rather than being about to live that simple life, he finds himself thrust into the role of Midnight Marauder. Unless he stands up for those who have no voice, more lives will be lost and an entire town may be wiped out.
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Return of Midnight Marauder

Westerns, Fiction, Suspense
Driven from his home to protect his loved ones from retaliation from the town council of Bandera, Texas, John Crudder becomes a vagabond. As he moves across the state, each place he stops he sees injustice and so continues his role as the Midnight Marauder. In Huntsville, he finds cruelty worse than anything he has previously seen. And the man responsible escapes justice for murder and lives beyond the reach of the law. Crudder’s stand against such evil is the only way he can get the Scales of Justice to balance. Crudder becomes aware of the role of a politician in central Texas who brings the Ku Klux Klan to the state and sets out to persuade him to change his ways. Crudder is now a wanted man with a price on his head. Everywhere he goes, he reads the wanted posters about the Midnight Marauder. He wonders if he will forever have to live in the shadows.
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Revenge of Midnight Marauder

Westerns, Fiction, Suspense
John Crudder is back as the Midnight Marauder, this time facing his greatest challenge—to rescue Charlotte Hanson, the woman he loves. She has been kidnapped to force her father to sell the H&F Ranch. Only the Midnight Marauder can save her and so far his efforts have proved unsuccessful. The corrupt politicians in Bandera are surely behind the kidnapping but they carry on with life as if nothing is amiss. John becomes aware the corrupt town council has highly placed confederates in the governor’s office. Crudder’s quest takes him to the state capitol where he is determined to weed out everyone who has had a hand in taking Charlotte. With time running out, the Midnight Marauder unleashes a flurry of revenge that may result in not only his death but that of the woman he loves.
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Clint’s Journey Home

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Self Help, Non Fiction.
Meet Clint Hazard, a modern day cowboy who believes he was born 150 years too late. He stumbles into recovery from multiple forms of addiction. His journey is aided by watching the change that takes place in his best friend who took the same journey about a year before. For a man with seemingly unlimited potential, Clint succeeds in making an absolute mess of his life. He risks all for his addiction and is oblivious to the self-destructive path he has chosen.
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Texas Style Justice

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Fiction, Police/Crime, Humor, Women Sleuths
Award winning author Susan P. Baker’s new novel, Texas Style Justice, due to be released on or about June 1, 2018. Devastated by a divorce and death of a child, Torie Van Fleet rebuilds her life around succeeding in the justice system. Her goal is to work her way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Vowing to do whatever it takes, she risks her relationship with her new husband by refusing to bear him a child. Further, she jeopardizes her friendship with her best friend by competing with her for the first major hurdle toward her goal, appointment to the Texas Supreme Court after the sudden death of one of the justices. Not until she realizes what her backers demand of her does she understand what an exorbitant price she must pay to reach her dream. Will she risk everything, come to terms with her priorities, or does she even have a choice?
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Ledbetter Street

Fiction, Police/Crime, Romance.
A mother. A child. A heartrending court fight. Marian Reid was forced by her mother to give up her autistic son, Robert, for adoption. Though she fought in court for him twice in the past, when his current caregiver is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, she must fight a third time or risk losing all contact with him. Trouble is, at Marian’s high school reunion, she has just reconciled with her soul mate, the father Robert has never known. Further, she must break a promise to her best friend, risking their friendship. This is about mother’s love, but also about the love between Marian, her friends, and neighbors, the quirky people who live on Ledbetter Street: Eva, who is fighting breast cancer while trying to keep her coffee shop afloat. Jane, a homeless woman, who is fighting to survive on the mean streets of Galveston. Chloe, who is enmeshed in a violent relationship and fighting to keep her baby. Ledbetter Street is a story of the mothers, the children, the friendships, and the personal tragedies of people who have become a family by virtue of their choice of home, their struggles, and the lessons learned.
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Death of a Prince

Fiction, Police/Crime, Women Sleuths.
Criminal defense attorney Sandra Salinsky is hired to defend the killer of plaintiffs' attorney Phillip Parker. Salinsky and her mother, Erma Townley, not only are law partners but often sparing partners. Since the decedent was Salinsky's mother's best friend, the case becomes more complicated than it first appears. Although the defendant claims she's innocent, Sandra soon learns that she had millions of reasons to kill Parker, and not all of them were about money. To make matters worse, Edgar Saul, the prosecutor from hell, is assigned to the case. Sandra and Erma put their heads together to try to figure out who really killed Parker, but it seems everyone has a different story of the events on the night of the murder. One thing is certain, someone stole the victim's watch and ring, which could turn a murder into a capital murder, a death penalty offense. Sandra has to find the killer before her client is indicted and put to trial for capital murder. Before the case is over, Sandra risks everything to solve a crime that leads into the very pillars of Galveston society and puts herself in danger to capture a killer who will take no chances in making her the next victim.
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My First Murder

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Fiction, Police/Crime, Humor, Women Sleuths.
Mavis Davis, a likable, new-to-the-job private investigator, not only has one of the wackiest office staffs in mystery fiction, but also goes about solving her first crime in her own, independent, highly interesting way. When greasy-spoon cafe owner Carl Singleton shows up wanting to hire Mavis to solve the murder of one of his waitresses, Doris Jones, a woman with whom he has fallen in love, Mavis reluctantly takes the job especially when Carl confesses that all the other private investigators in Houston have turned him down. But, facts are facts, and Mavis has to face the fact that she has bills to pay that serving legal papers won't cover. Though the Houston Police Department, including Mavis' boyfriend Sgt. Ben Sorensen, get in her face and try to discourage her, Mavis dives head first into the case. What she learns is, there is scandal deep in the heart of Texas. She only hopes she can uncover it before it's too late for her.
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Midinght and the Racehorse

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Juvenile Fiction, Women.
Desert Wind Farm has a problem. Ever since their old pony passed away, the race horses have not been running well. But worse than that, the champion stallion, Govad, has turned vicious. Are these high strung horses simply missing their old friend, or is something more sinister afoot? Annie can sense the terror and pain of the stallion through her magical telepathic connection with the black pony, Midnight, and she suspects animal abuse. Can she unravel this mystery in time for Govad to run his big race, or will the stallion's mean streak force his owners to destroy him Book Two of the Black Pony Adventures carries you into the exciting world of horse racing at beautiful Turf Paradise of Phoenix, and includes a fun gymkhana in Apache Junction. Connie Peck grew up in the shadow of the Superstition Mountains and rode her pony in gymkhanas and trail rides all around Apache Junction. She is a retired teacher living in central Texas
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2017 Texas Authors Best Cookbook

Hamilton Troll Cookbook

Children, Cookbook
Cooking with Hamilton Troll and friends helps young children 5-10 yrs learn skills like measuring, pouring & mixing. Children will learn fun ways to make delicious recipes that are surprisingly good for them. These great kid-tested recipes are a wonderful introduction to the culinary arts. Also included: kitchen safety tips, creative craft activities, and ideas for special occasions.
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Constellation Crimes

Fiction, Middle School, Juvenile Fiction
A giant scorpion, a crab attack and a killer wolf – what do these three have in common? The zits on Jared’s face. The night a red meteorite crash lands in the woods, Jared’s world gets turned upside down. Each time the zits appear his friends connect the dots and discover they create the pattern of an actual constellation. Looking up the myths behind the stars, they realize the stories are coming true! It’s up to them to figure out why it’s happening, how to stop it and how the new red-haired substitute teacher (from Mars) is connected. It’s a crime what’s happening – a constellation crime.
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Hamilton Troll and the Big Race

Children, Fiction, Picture Book
Emotions run high when Starlit challenges Hamilton to a race. Hamilton's certain he can't lose and Starlit's sure she'll win. The characters plan a course that takes the trolls through Hamilton's world. It's an action-packed race. Yet that's when the story takes an unexpected turn. In every good race there will be a winner and a loser. This is an important life-lesson on how to be happy even when you're sad.
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2017 TxAuthors Best Religious Fiction Book

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The Painting

Fiction, Religious
We start our lives as a blank canvas. It's our diverse experiences that add color and definition to our painting. Gerald's world was often harsh and challenging. Feelings of loneliness and isolation were normal for him. The people in his life didn't understand him and as a result, often ignored him, or refused to make time for him. However, the nature that surrounded Gerald inspired the most sympathetic and caring young child you could ever know.
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Our Faith from A to Z

Children's Picture Book, Christian, Faith

Introduce elementary school children to important theology terms and concepts they hear at church, catechism instruction, and home. Our Faith from A to Z invites kids to discover new words with a poem that weaves together 26 terms and explanations in alphabetical order. Each page features one term from the poem, an illustration of that term, and an encyclopedic-style definition. 

Our Faith from A to Z  is labeled as a children's book, but the explanations written on the bottom of each page are helpful for older students and even adults who wish to learn more about the key concepts. An excellent idea for a sponsor or grandchild gift, or for anyone who wishes to learn more about the Lutheran faith.

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Mighty Big and Super Great: Texas Is The Lone Star State

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Genre Educational Series.
Get ready to take an entertaining and educational stroll through Texas history while learning some fun Texas facts along the way!!
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Have You Seen My Egg

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Genre Children 7 & Under, Animals.
Have You Seen My Egg? opens with the main character, Red the rooster, awakening from a dream. It is a dream that he has often and believes to be true, but roosters don't have eggs. Convinced that he does, Red goes on a quest that emerges from his dream to his heart to find his egg. On his farm a group of hens try to discourage Red by explaining that having eggs is simply a hen's job. Refusing to believe the news, Red goes on a journey. During his adventure, He runs into fellow farm friends who are eager to help him find his missing egg. Red encounters many challenging obstacles along the way, but refuses to give up despite life's unforeseen hurdles.
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Bali and Blu: Friends of a Different Color

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Genre Children 7 & Under, Animals
Bali and Blu: Friends of a Different Color is written and illustrated by Andrew Fairchild. Bali is a little elephant who has an unusual best friend. Not another elephant, but a tiny grasshopper. Bali thinks he needs to change for it to be acceptable for him to have a friend who is so different to an elephant. He tries various ways to change, including painting himself another color, or making himself look like the grasshopper by having wings. However hard he tries, he realizes it won’t make any difference. But the real difference is only in size. That doesn’t stop the two creatures still being friends.
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Baby Buddy, The

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2017 Best Book Awards

Genre Children's, Children 7 & Under, Spanish Language.
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Happy Campers, The

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Genre Children's, Children 7 & Under.
The Dino-Buddies are indeed happy campers as they go on a camping adventure with Pap. Read along as these Dino-Stars learn how to be safe and also keep the campsite clean. They catch lightning bugs, enjoy a campfire, swim in the lake, and more. These adorable dinosaur characters experience the basic fun of the outdoors and nature. Onid Valley (that’s “DINO” spelled backward) is the magical land where the adorable Dino-Buddies live and play. “Friends of Distinction . . . Not Extinction,” the Dino-Buddies are indeed Dino-Stars! The Dino-Buddies are of a non-violent nature and enjoy wholesome activities, but sometimes they have to watch out for their not-so-very-nice neighbors, the Dino-BuLLies! Subtly sharing family values, safety tips and how to cope with bullying, the Dino-Buddies Book Series focuses on positive and wholesome activities, offering examples of good manners, safe habits, and above all, kindness (SEL - Social Emotional Learning). Each book is creatively written by the Award-Winning sister/brother team of ‘Aunt Eeebs …and Sprout!’ With 24 pages of colorful airbrushed artwork, each eBook is highlighted with a unique melodic, rhyming verse that children delight in hearing again and again. All are educational, entertaining and colorful. The DINO-BUDDIES are featured in a Children’s Book Series, 3D Animation, Interactive eBook Apps, Plush, CDs, Apparel, Accessories and other associated products (Ages 2-7). The Dino-Buddies collection will captivate your child’s imagination and attention for hours… especially with the memorable, ‘fun-to-sing-along-with’ musical Dino-Buddies songs.
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Dinosaur Debut, The

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Awards 2016 TAA Best Books

Genre Children's, Children 7 & Under,
The Dinosaur Debut is the first book in the series and introduces the adorable Dino-Buddies characters. Baxter is having a party and wants to invite all his pals. As Baxter writes his invitation list, each of the friendly Dino-Stars is featured. Onid Valley (that’s “DINO” spelled backward) is the magical land where the adorable Dino-Buddies live and play. “Friends of Distinction . . . Not Extinction,” the Dino-Buddies are indeed Dino-Stars! The Dino-Buddies are of a non-violent nature and enjoy wholesome activities, but sometimes they have to watch out for their not-so-very-nice neighbors, the Dino-BuLLies! Subtly sharing family values, safety tips and how to cope with bullying, the Dino-Buddies Book Series focuses on positive and wholesome activities, offering examples of good manners, safe habits, and above all, kindness (SEL - Social Emotional Learning). Each book is creatively written by the Award-Winning sister/brother team of ‘Aunt Eeebs …and Sprout!’ With 24 pages of colorful airbrushed artwork, each eBook is highlighted with a unique melodic, rhyming verse that children delight in hearing again and again. All are educational, entertaining and colorful. The DINO-BUDDIES are featured in a Children’s Book Series, 3D Animation, Interactive eBook Apps, Plush, CDs, Apparel, Accessories and other associated products (Ages 2-7). The Dino-Buddies collection will captivate your child’s imagination and attention for hours… especially with the memorable, ‘fun-to-sing-along-with’ musical Dino-Buddies songs.
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Who Stole Second Base?

Children's, Children 7 & Under
Ty Bobb and the other Dino-Buddies prepare for the first baseball game of the season, which is against the not-so-very-nice Dino-BuLLies. These adorable Dino-Stars quickly realize that the Dino-BuLLies do not play fairly. Trey’s baseball glove offers a special message regarding confidence and courage that enables the Dino-Buddies to overcome the bullying tactics of the Dino-BuLLies. Onid Valley (that’s “DINO” spelled backward) is the magical land where the adorable Dino-Buddies live and play. “Friends of Distinction . . . Not Extinction,” the Dino-Buddies are indeed Dino-Stars! The Dino-Buddies are of a non-violent nature and enjoy wholesome activities, but sometimes they have to watch out for their not-so-very-nice neighbors, the Dino-BuLLies! Subtly sharing family values, safety tips and how to cope with bullying, the Dino-Buddies Book Series focuses on positive and wholesome activities, offering examples of good manners, safe habits, and above all, kindness (SEL - Social Emotional Learning). Each book is creatively written by the Award-Winning sister/brother team of ‘Aunt Eeebs …and Sprout!’ With 24 pages of colorful airbrushed artwork, each eBook is highlighted with a unique melodic, rhyming verse that children delight in hearing again and again. All are educational, entertaining and colorful. The DINO-BUDDIES are featured in a Children’s Book Series, 3D Animation, Interactive eBook Apps, Plush, CDs, Apparel, Accessories and other associated products (Ages 2-7). The Dino-Buddies collection will captivate your child’s imagination and attention for hours… especially with the memorable, ‘fun-to-sing-along-with’ musical Dino-Buddies songs.
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Attack, The

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Fiction, Police/Crime, Suspense.
A terrorist team has just set off four explosive devices in an international airport close to New York City. The leader of the terrorists, Ahmad Khalin, survives the attack and plans to attack a second U.S. airport within the month. As Khalin makes his escape from the New York area he is involved in a shooting in Connecticut. Clint Smith, a U.S. government agent assigned to an ultra-secret agency, is at a restaurant across the street when the shooting occurs. He responds to the scene to see if he can help, but Khalin is gone. On a hunch, Teresa Deer, Smith's boss, sends Smith after Khalin. Smith's pursuit takes him to Bar Harbor, Maine; Wiesbaden, Germany; the Costa Brava, Spain; Northern Scotland; Lake of the Woods, Ontario, Canada; and finally into Saskatchewan, Canada, where the final confrontation takes place. Throughout the pursuit, a number of interesting characters add to the subplots and try to survive their involvement in the chase.
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Caffeine Can Kill

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Fiction, Police/Crime, Suspense.
This Jim West mystery/thriller, the sixth in the series, finds Jim traveling to the Texas Hill Country to attend the grand opening of a friend's winery and vineyard. Upon arriving in Fredericksburg, Jim witnesses a brutal kidnapping at a local coffee shop. The next morning while driving down an unpaved country road to the grand opening, he comes across an active crime scene barely a quarter mile from his friend's winery. A Fredericksburg policeman who talked to Jim the day before at the kidnapping scene recognizes Jim and asks him to identify the body of a dead young woman as the woman who was kidnapped. Jim does, and as a result of this unwelcome relationship with the police is asked the next morning to identify the body of another murdered person as the man who had kidnapped the young woman. A third murder throws Jim's vacation into complete disarray and draws Jim and a female friend into the sights of one of the killers.
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Enchanted Coin, The

Fiction, Police/Crime, Suspense.
Retired Air Force Colonel and Senior Federal Agent Launches New Action Adventure Fiction We have all heard of tales of UFO's, ghosts, people who say they can talk to the spirits, ancient curses, and magical talismans. Most of us automatically dismiss them as false, figments of people's imagination, and understandably so. However, might not just a few of them be true? I don't know, but I heard this story from a young man the other day who swore the fascinating tale I have set forth in this book really did really occur, because it happened to him. You be the judge. Fourteen year old Greg Worling's life changed the day he found an eight sided coin along the edge of a pond on his parent's farm. The coin sparkled as though it reflected the sun's light even in the shade. Drawn to it, Greg discovers an inscription on the coin that read, "Greg, drop this coin into the fountain in front of the tree of life." Weeks later, his little sister by his side, Greg tosses the coin into the small fountain and is instantaneously transported to a strange land.
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Cold Winter's Kill

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Fiction, Police/Crime, Suspense.
COLD WINTER'S KILL is a fast paced thriller that takes place in the scenic mountains of Lincoln County, New Mexico and throws Jim West into a race against time to stop a psychopath who abducts and kills a young blonde every Christmas... It was one of those phone calls Air Force Special Agent Jim West never wanted to receive--an old friend calling to ask if he could drive down to Ruidoso, New Mexico to help locate his daughter who has disappeared while on a ski trip with friends. Jim found himself heading to Ruidoso even though he believed, much like the local authorities, that if she had gone missing in the mountains in December, her survival chances were slim. He didn't want to be there when they found her, but still he drove on. Once in Ruidoso, Jim discovers a sinister coincidence that changes everything. It appears that someone is abducting and killing one young blond every year around Christmas. The race is on--can Jim locate his friend's daughter in time? But why is this happening and who's doing it? Jim can't wait for the local authorities to raise the priority of their search, or for the pending blizzard to pass. In his haste he puts himself in the killer's sights. Will he, too, suffer from a cold winter's kill?
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Back Side of a Blue Moon

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2018 Best Book Awards

Fiction, Sports
Times are hard along the Sabine River, and the little East Texas town of Ashland is crumbling under the weight of the Great Depression. Families are broke and hungry. For many, their last meal may well have been their last meal. Families are giving up and leaving town. Everyone knows the fate that awaits the scattered farms. No one can save Ashland. It is as isolated as the back side of a blue moon. Into town comes Doc Bannister wearing a straw boater and a white suit. He is the miracle man. He has a homemade doodlebug machine that, he says, can find oil and make them all rich. Oil, he swears, lies beneath the blistered farmstead of Eudora Durant. She thinks Doc is a flim flam man. The Sheriff believes he is a con artist. Both are convinced that Doc has come to town to swindle every dime he can get before hitting the road again. Ashland knows Doc may be crooked, but he has brought hope to a town that had no hope. Eudora has everything Doc wants. She is a beautiful woman who owns cheap land. In Ashland, she is known as the scarlet woman. Whispers say she murdered her husband. No one has seen him since the night they heard a shotgun blast on her farm. The town wants oil. Doc wants Eudora. But Eudora is too independent and stubborn to fall for the charms of a silver-tongued charlatan. She holds the fate of Ashland in her hands. Will she let Doc drill? Is there really oil lying deep beneath her sun-baked land? Can Doc find it? Or is he more interested in finding love than oil? What happens when a man with a checkered past comes face to face with a woman whose past is as mysterious as his?
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Conspiracy of Lies

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Fiction, Historical Fiction, Suspense.
It is a mad race for the bomb, and a stealth operation within the U. S. Government has dispatched Ambrose Lincoln, their man with no memory, to Los Alamos where physicists, chemists, and scholars are frantically trying to build the Atomic bomb. He knows he must uncover and silence those who are stealing America’s most vital secrets and selling them to Russia and Germany. If he fails, America may well lose the war, and Lincoln finds himself embedded in a conspiracy of lies where nothing is as it seems to be. Perhaps even the love he finds with a beautiful woman is nothing more than a lie.
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