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Flying Blind: A Cropduster's story Luanne Oleas

Fleeing Texas (and a jealous husband) in 1972, unemployed cropduster Tony Damascus takes a temporary job as a flight instructor in California’s Salinas Valley. Somewhere between the bad take-offs and landings, fast-talking Father Antonio becomes his worst student. The priest tries to discuss love and purgatory with the young pilot whose only religion is flying.

Tony finds a good friend (Bill), cheap women, cheaper bars, and a spraying job. 

Somewhere between stealing his own motorcycle and waterskiing his plane on the Salinas River, he loses control and nearly kills his wife and Bill. Tony drinks to solve his problems and love isn’t in his vocabulary. Is there any hope of rectifying a broken friendship? Maybe, but don’t count on a reluctant priest to help.

Shackles & More Gripping Tales James Hanna

In the spirit of Kafka and Hunter S. Thompson, James Hanna presents twenty-one tales of darkness, wry humor, and cryptic light.

The Hangings: An elderly couple ponders a dystopian world while awaiting the hangman’s noose.

Little Darling: A playboy bonds with the tortured ghost of a woman who died long ago.

The World Baseball League: Two brothers fall prey to calamitous visions while playing fantasy baseball.

Plus 18 more short stories!

General Douglas MacArthur’s interracial, May-December love affair with Filipino actress Isabel Rosario Cooper comes alive. The turbulent relationship, which broke all the taboos at the time, jeopardized MacArthur’s career and led to Isabel’s tragic end.

MY MAC ARTHUR
IN THE SHADOW OF WAR

In the Shadow Of War  Colleen Adair Fliedner

Josette and Curtis are both traveling to England on the RMS Lusitania when Josette suspects there is a spy ring on board. Were they sent to divulge the location of the Lusitania?

The Burden of a Daughter  Megan A. Clancy

Set in contemporary rural Nepal, The Burden of a Daughter tells of a mother's journey through childhood after a tragic accident market her as damaged. Future marital prospects are slim and so she is sent into an unfortunate marriage. Next, we follow her daughter into a life where her hopes and dreams are frequently discarded. When her father promises her away in marriage, the girl runs away from her small mountain village to Kathmandu where she is met with both trials and adventures that test her will to survive. The Burden of a Daughter not only explores the beauty and wonder of Nepal, but chronicles the reality of being a woman in such a society.

A mother hopes for love... while a daughter hopes for freedom.

The Last Innocent Hour  MARGOT ABBOTT

It is 1946. Berlin is a ruined city, the Nazis vanquished, but memories of the city in 1934 haunt Sally as she returns as an army intelligence officer.  Then, she was the naïve daughter to the American ambassador, but she is no longer innocent of the evil done by the Nazis. 

Pictures surface documenting an SS atrocity and Sally recognizes the Obersturmbannfuhrer as her husband, Christian Mayr.  Once she loved; once they loved each other. Now, in 1946, she understands love does not always triumph, but how could Christian have become the man in the photograph?

And is he still alive?

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Winner of IPPY Gold!

Fanny Newcomb and the Irish Channel Ripper  ANA BRAZIL

Gilded Age New Orleans is overrun with prostitutes, pornographers, and a malicious Jack the Ripper copycat. As threatening letters to newspaper editors proclaim, no woman is safe from his blade. Desperate to know who murdered her favorite student, ambitious typewriting teacher Fanny Newcomb launches into a hunt for the self-proclaimed Irish Channel Ripper. Fanny quickly enlists the help of her well-connected employers—Principal Sylvia Giddings and her sister Dr. Olive—and together the women forge through saloons, cemeteries, slums, and houses of prostitution. Fanny’s good intentions quickly infuriate her longtime beau Lawrence Decatur, while her reckless persistence confounds the talented police detective Daniel Crenshaw. Reluctantly, Lawrence and Daniel also lend their talents to Fanny’s investigation. As the murderer sets a date for his next heinous crime, can Fanny Newcomb and her crew stop the Irish Channel Ripper before he kills again?

Winner of Ben Franklin Gold
Winner of Reader's Favorite Silver

Tears and Trombones  NANCI LEE WOODY

A depression-era boy wants badly to become a classical musician against the wishes of his hard drinking, heavy equipment operating father. His long-suffering mother wants him to escape the kind of life she’s had and supports his musical dream.  He convinces himself that music is the most important thing in his life and marries the woman is willing to support his musical obsession.  Joey winds up in the symphony and performing in Hollywood, backing up the likes of Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison, The Beach Boys and Frank Sinatra.  But he lets the love of his life, the high school beauty that he adored from the first encounter, slip away. Tears and Trombones is a roller coaster of highs and lows with humorous twists and poignant turns as we watch Joey pursue his dream.

The Berkeley Girl, in Paris, 1968 - ELISE FRANCES MILLER

It’s Berkeley 1967 and the Vietnam War is waging. Freshman Janet McGill watches as her brother leaves for Vietnam and knows her boyfriend will be next. When her parents see her photo at an antiwar demonstration, they immediately send her to Paris for a semester abroad. That’s when Janet runs headlong into the 1968 May Revolution and disappears.

The Berkeley Girl: Rendezvous in London - ELISE FRANCES MILLER

Have you ever wondered what the 60s were all about? The Berkeley Girl: Rendezvous in London, a sequel novella to The Berkeley Girl: In Paris, 1968 plus the three other stories concerning the 1960s in this unique collection will give you a good picture of the times. In Rendezvous in London, Janet McGill heads home to the US with a stop-off in London and a romantic interlude with her Berkeley boyfriend, Aaron. While Aaron pursues a job and a residency so he can keep out of the Vietnam War draft, Janet meets some unusual people--all of whom irritate him. Janet and Aaron clash over politics and world events, events that are affecting their lives. In the following three entertaining stories, we see different facets of the 1960s, the influence of the hippy culture, the rise of drugs, the dissonance between parents and children, the difficulty making moral choices. The seeds planted in the 1960s are still blooming today

The Engine Woman's Light - LAUREL ANNE HILL

A mystical vision of an airship appears to fifteen-year-old Juanita. The ethereal captain commands her to prevent California's thrown-away people--including young children--from boarding trains to an asylum. That institution's director plots murder to reduce the inmate population. Yet to save innocent lives Juanita must take lives of the corrupt. How can she reconcile her assignment with her belief in the sacredness of all human life? And will she survive to marry her betrothed?

Juanita sets out despite inner trepidation to sabotage the railroad. Her ancestor Billy guides her. Then bit by bit, she discovers the gut-wrenching truths all of her ancestors neglected to reveal.

Come visit Juanita's world--an alternate nineteenth-century California--where spirits meet steampunk, where both love and anger emanate from beyond the grave.

Award-winning steampunk tale about California's alternate history. Popular YA.

What Remains unsaid - AUDREY KALMAN

In a placid California suburb, a mother ends up at the wrong end of her son’s Colt .45.

Sean Masterson takes Ginny hostage in her own kitchen. “I don’t want to hurt you,” he says. “I want you to listen for once.” With the tuna salad spoiling on the counter, he tells her things about his life she never knew. And, finally, coaxed by fear and desperation, Ginny reveals the secret at the center of their family.

Searching For Julia- MARTIN F. SORENSEN


1980: Carolyn Stuart's life is about to begin as she plans to enter graduate school at the prestigious UC Berkeley Art Institute. But her dreams are shattered when she is rejected and then comes home to find her boyfriend in bed with another woman. She runs in tears to her high-powered executive mother, only to be met with cold eyes and I-told-you-so. She reluctantly agrees to go to New York to stay with her Grand Aunt Beatrice in the ancestral home, and to visit the grave of her grandmother Julia. Her mother expects Carolyn not to study art, but to study the business of art. Carolyn believes in New York she can break free of her mother's influence and make her life again.
At her aunt's house, Carolyn is thrilled when she discovers that her grandmother was a painter, too, but saddened to read her gravestone. It shows she died in France during the war. With her Aunt Beatrice, Carolyn investigates the family home and finds a painting in the attic and some letters. She is shocked to learn that her stern mother Elizabeth is really little adorable Lizzie in the photos. Carolyn decides to travel to Paris to find out what happened to her grandmother back in 1940 when the Germans took over the city. What will Carolyn find out about her grandmother's struggle to get back to America?

First Friday: How Virginity Almost Killed Me - TORY HARTMANN

Agnes Anne O’Neil, 28 and still living at home, mounts a five point plan of escape from her ultra Catholic parents. Thwarted by bad memories of a high school attack by the man who became her brother-in-law, she is plagued by a stutter, an unfortunate nose, and low self-esteem. Nevertheless, her brother-in law is besotted. He now claims he married the wrong sister. Ignoring Bruno’s advances and his fixation with her virginity, Agnes prays to the Virgin Mary for guidance and strength and bravely works toward her goals. But after each part of her plan is enacted and she becomes better looking, the harassment gets worse. And when she begins to date a nice Jewish accountant, her parents explode and lecherous Bruno can’t control his jealousy. We applaud Agnes’ transformation, but can it happen fast enough to save her

 

The Seige: A Prison Uprising Redefines Justice- JAMES HANNA

On November 23, 2000, one hundred inmates hold twelve guards hostage in the laundry dorm of The Indiana Penal Farm. Emergency squads are massed along the fence, awaiting the order to attack, while sharpshooters are perched like crows on top of the administration building. Tom Hemmings, a dorm counselor, has been conscripted to defuse the standoff. But the inmates are divided into rival gangs, the guards into feuding unions. And the prison administration has sparked the standoff by forcing cut-rate services upon the facility. As he enters the prison, Tom's heart starts to hammer. Who are the good guys? Who are the bad? And how will this nightmare end?

Window on Pike Place - MARTIN F. SORENSEN

Rachel McAlister saves Joshua Todaro’s life on an Afghanistan battlefield. Back home in Seattle, he asks her to marry him. But someone murders Joshua in his Pike Place apartment and frames Rachel. On trial, she holds on to the only two things in the world that she can trust: her love for Joshua, and the battlefield bullet he gave her. She has to hope she can figure out who set her up before it’s too late.

 

Novelmania: My Ticket to Crazy Town - BARDI ROSMAN KOODRIN

Trez Evans is so drunk and so sick of her novel that one hot September morning, she sets up portable barbeques on her tennis court and burns all 5000 pages. Not only does she set fire to various drafts written over the past ten years, but she also tosses in the props she’s collected along the way. Children’s shoes, a dress or two, pedal pushers typical of the 1950s. Her life takes a 180 when the cops come to investigate the smoke. Coincidentally, a child has gone missing nearby. Is Trez Evans just another crack-pot writer, or is there something she’s not remembering?

The Miranda Affair - MARGARET R. DAVIS

It’s San Francisco, 1989. Ambitious 39-year old Katie Carlisle works for a large corporation that is threatened by greatly increased competition. When the story starts, she is optimistic about the future. She is being groomed by her manager to take his place when he retires, and is secretly developing a strategy to make their company more competitive.
But then her dreams are threatened when the CEO hires ruthless efficiency expert, Barry Bryce, to do basically what Katie had planned to do. A hostile rivalry develops between Katie and the new “hatchet man” and Katie finds herself losing the battle.
Further complicating the situation, their CEO insists the company find a position for his current love interest, Miranda Peabody. Miranda is attractive, seductive, and not too bright. Although both Katie and Barry initially regard her as an annoying but temporary distraction, her hiring turns out to have serious consequences for them all. Then comes the October earthquake which, paradoxically, throws all options open again.

I'll Never Tell: Odyssey of a Rock & Roll Priest - MONSIGNOR HARRY G. SCHLITT

Forward by Kevin Starr
“Slyly humorous, engaging and illumined with lightning bolts of religious insight" – that's what Kevin Starr had to say about the new memoir by Monsignor Harry G. Schlitt, just out from Sand Hill Review Press. I'll Never Tell: Odyssey of a Rock & Roll Priest chronicles encounters with Paul Lynde, James Brown, Joan Crawford, assorted cardinals and a handful of popes, including one emeritus. Set against the backdrop of world capitals, this social historic narrative spanning fifty years depicts the epic journey of a Catholic priest through changing mores and contemporary life.

Dodging Satan: My Irish/Italian Sometimes Awesome, But Mostly Creepy, Childhood - KATHERINE ZAMBONI McCORMICK

Dodging Satan is a humorous coming-of-age story. Bridget Flagherty, a student at St. Michael’s Catholic school outside Boston in the 60s-70s, takes refuge in wacky misunderstandings of Bible Stories and Catholic beliefs to avoid problems in her Irish/Italian family life. Her musings on sadistic nuns, domestic violence, emerging sexuality, and God the Father’s romantic life will delight readers.Bridget creates glorious supernatural worlds—with exorcisms, bird relics, Virgin Martyrs, time travel, Biblical plagues, even the ‘holy’ in holy water—to cope with a family where leather handbags and even garlic can cause explosions. An avid Bible reader who innocently believes everything the nuns tell her, Bridget’s saints, martyrs, and bony Christs become alive and audible within her. While the nuns chide her sinful ‘mathematical pride’ and slow eating habits, God answers her prayers instantly by day, but the devil visits nightly in the dark. Scenes run the gamut from laugh-out-loud Catholic brainwashing of children, to heart-wrenching abuse, to riveting teenage excursions toward sex.Young Bridget tries to make sense of a world of raging men and domestically subjugated women and carve a future for herself, wrestling with how God and men treat women.

Awards for Dodging Satan
  • Foreword Reviews Gold Medal in Humor
  • Finalist in Religious Books
  • EVVY Gold in Humor
  • EVVY Silver in Religion and Spirituality
  • Illumination Award, Bronze in Catholic books (Pope Francis won the Gold!)
  • E-Lit Bronze in Humor

A second, Less Capable, Head - JAMES HANNA

James Hanna's short stories make reading dangerous again.

A Tea Party activist discovers that he is growing another head. A playboy befriends a fickle female only six inches tall. A rape victim confronts her assailant in a maximum security prison.James Hanna is a prolific writer whose stories have appeared in over a dozen literary journals. Drawing from his experiences as an adventurer in Australia, a counselor in an Indiana prison, and a San Francisco probation officer, James offers a variety of themes and genres in these nineteen aberrant tales. His stories range from a bizarre experiment (“Fruits”) to a manhunt in the dead of winter (“The Break”). From a flasher in search of the perfect pose (“Exposed”) to a diseased schizophrenic mind (“Hunting Bear”). Darkness abounds in James’ cryptic stories. And reading becomes dangerous again.These stories inside…A Second, Less Capable Head, The Guest, Exposed, The Stalker, Fruits, The Outback, The Sicilian, Breaking Vials, Honey Bunny, Jimmy Likes Mermaids, The Dress, Hunting Bear, Cheating the Jail Out of Time, The Break, The World Baseball League, The Wall, Hunter’s Moon, Another Will Take Your Place, The Body In The Bay

Call Me Pomeroy - JAMES HANNA

Pomeroy, a towering street musician on parole, is out of the clink for the upteenth time and wants to become another Bob Dylan. With fame and fortune in mind, he heads to Occupy Oakland, hoping to get on television, attract an agent, and score a million dollar contract for Ants in My Pants, his marathon ditty. Pomeroy is a skirmish-loving, dumpster-diving, narcissistic crazy who thinks he can sing like Pavarotti and that all women want to jump his bones. His parole officer, a street-smart Hispanic woman, tells Pomeroy to quit looking at her alligator pumps and to get himself a real plan. But Pomeroy has schemes of his own and more wisdom than we'd like to admit. You may find his egocentric opinions politically incorrect. ("There ain't a dyke alive ol' Pomeroy can't turn straight.") You may find yourself laughing when you shouldn't. ("A good strong piss is better 'an sex. Lasts longer too."). But don't blame yourself if you start rooting for this anti-hero. You'll have lots of company. (Note: Adult language and situations. Satire.)

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NADINE IN THE TENDERLOIN

Nadine In The Tenderloin- Jo Carpignano

A gifted child in San Francisco's Tenderloin wants an education, but to get it she'll have to divorce her mother.