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by D. Dubois
Heritages of Prejudice, by mysterious new author D. Dubuys, is a
saga of imaginary personages and interracial relationships
founded on historical data from civil records. Told in a
mini-series format that spans over two hundred years, it begins
in 1746 when Honoré Antoine de la Chaise leaves France to settle
in the Louisiana Colony, a place of exiled criminals and
prostitutes, and ends in 2005 with Hurricane Katrina affecting
the lives of his descendants and those of slaves.
The beauty, danger and history of the region come alive in this
novel filled with lush landscapes, episodes of suspenseful
events, and affairs of love, hate, desire, lust, incest, and
homosexuality. Characters that evolve from the forced
commingling of races are presented in such a way that humanizes
their existence and justifies their heritages of prejudice.
A MOTHER'S LOVE
by Erin Doran
Mother’s Love is an incredible story of hope
for every parent whose heart has been broken as they helplessly
watch a sometimes tough and unforgiving world demand things that
their sons and daughters simply can’t deliver. This beautiful
book will restore peace to the anxious hearts of the parents who
will never stop fighting for their beloved “underdog.”
Contact the author at
Lec2@mindspring.com for ordering information. The cost of
the book is $10. A portion of the proceeds go to
sponsor a child for Sensory Integration therapy.
by Pamela King Cable
is a detailed, expertly plotted mystery/suspense/ romance
novel; the gripping tale of a young woman, Andie Oliver, trying
to keep faith in her handsome husband, Joe, and their marriage.
As Joe spends more time with a local Televangelist, the
Godfather in a Mafia of holy men, her faith is shaken and her
suspicion of the Reverend Calvin Autry deepens. As this
brilliantly paced novel unfolds, Andie is tested in every way a
woman can be, until she decides to fight back! Evading ruthless
adversaries who will go to any lengths to protect Reverend
Artury, Andie confronts the very definition of sin, shaking the
Christian evangelical world to its core.
by Robert Noonan
first in the Orphan Train Trilogy,
is a riveting tale that
deftly portrays everyday life in a small American
milltown and the abuse of child laborers at the end of
the nineteenth century.
Eleven-year-old Hillary Cook
and her widowed mother, Laura, must both work to
survive. Hillary works twelve hours a day, six days a
week at the Alton Textile Mill. On Sunday afternoons,
she and her two friends pick flowers, dream and play
pretend in the nearby countryside. The girls pledge to
be friends for eternity and call themselves
In this difficult world,
innocent children are forced to operate dangerous
machinery at the mill and even darker abuses are
committed against them. Mill owner Frank Dragus has
young girls sent to his office for whatever he
pleases--and he is interested in Hillary. When tragedy
befalls Hillary and her mother, Hillary is forced into a
situation that may have disastrous consequences.
From busy factory floors and
bustling portside pubs to tragedy, murder and intrigue,
integrates the nostalgia of historical fiction with the
wit of modern-day drama.
INTO THE LIGHT
by Dr. John Lerma
Into the Light is a life-changing book
of insight into life and what is on the other side of life. The information is given by angels to patients who are
dying. They discuss life-lessons, the future, Jesus, and what
awaits us on the other side - heaven.
THE LOST SYMBOL
Along with the basic story of revenge, Dan
Brown's latest book is filled with historical information about
Washington, D.C. and the spiritual men who designed it's
buildings and monuments. It is also a story of hope for America
with a new understanding emerging: Noetic Science, simply
described as how thought affects our life and our world. I
highly recommend the book. There are a few grisly scenes, but
the main theme of the book and all the wonderful historical
information make it a great read.
by J. D. Hylton
During the 1890s, the Midwest was
a bustling thoroughfare of trade, commerce, expansion, and
investment. Like the Northeast in its heyday, it was also
fertile ground for con men.
Charles O. Davies—perhaps an assumed name—arrived in Peru, Iowa
in the mid-1890s to a hero's welcome. Appearing to be a wealthy
financier, he bought the local bank and stood ready to invest in
local businesses. A few short months later, Davies was convicted
of robbing banks, forging checks, murder, and a host of other
crimes. His alleged actions were front page news sensations in
Iowa. The bank robberies and fraud caused grave economic impact
on the region, and many wanted Davies to hang for these crimes
alone. Which crimes, if any, Davies actually committed was never
proved in court.
evaded authorities for months after becoming a suspect. He was
captured by bounty-hunters after a cross-country chase, then
sent to jail in Iowa to await trial. With the help of fellow
inmates, Davies escaped from jail the night before he was to be
sent to the gallows. What were the true circumstances
surrounding these crimes? Did Davies have any accomplices? What
were his motives? Was he falsely accused? Author and former
journalist J.D. Hylton crafts a compelling reconstruction of
these events based on years of research. Many questions remain
unanswered, and Hylton has skillfully blended fact with
supposition to create an utterly believable drama.
by J. D. Hylton
presents a hilarious look at coming of age and life in a small
Iowa town. Hylton's homespun humor reminds me of Tom (We'll
leave the light on for ya'!) Bodette. The story resolves
enigmatic issues. For example, why do cows wear necklaces?
What's the best defense against an attacking casket? What future
does life hold if you can't be a midget? How can an Iowa town of
200 souls dispose of its dead whale? How can a croquet set and a
suit of long winter underwear aid the attempt of three small
children to bombard Madison County's courthouse with a Civil War
cannon? And, why wait three days to invite a burglar to
BLOOD AT THE BOOKIES
by Simon Brett
Love all of Simon Brett's Fethering
Mysteries! In Brett's charming ninth Fethering mystery (after 2007's
Death Under the Dryer), retiree Carole Seddon must solve a
murder at the local betting shop. Jude, Carole's West Sussex
neighbor and friend, discovers the body of recent Polish émigré
Tadeusz Jankowski at the bookie's office. No one knows why Tadeusz
was in Fethering, though his sister, Zofia, guesses he may have been
in love. Carole and Jude scope out the local college, where Tadeusz
was reportedly seen, and encounter a drama professor lothario who
falls for Jude. Help comes from unexpected places, as Carole
discovers a new friend in one of the town's habitual gamblers as she
and Jude scramble to unmask the killer. Brett continues to flesh out
his characters with a subplot about Carole's desire to see her new
granddaughter while avoiding her ex-husband. With Brett's usual
flair for smalltown snobbery and a dash of college politics, this
latest cozy whodunit is sure to please longtime fans of the series.
MURDER MAKES WAVES
by Anne George
Those hilarious southern sisters,
who prove that sibling rivalry never ends, are heading for a
vacation at the beach. Mary Alice's flamboyant behavior aside,
serious, sensible Patricia Anne looks forward to relaxing at her
sister's beachfront condo in Destin, Florida, so she kisses her
ever-loving spouse Fred goodbye, reminds him to water the plants
and feed the dog, and the girls head south for some fun in the
sun. Watching the sun go down on the beautiful shores of the
Gulf of Mexico is a welcome respite for Patricia Anne is
concerned...until a dead body washes up in the waves and the
victim turns out to be one of Mary Alice's friends. With no
witnesses to the crime except a few great blue herons, the
sisters have no choice but to bypass the clueless police and
follow their own instincts to find the killer. Before long
they're on a murky trail of dirty real-estate deals, giant
turtle habitats, and a sea of evidence pointing to a mammoth
motive for murder.
DINNER WITH A PERFECT STRANGER
by David Gregory
This is one of the most
wonderful books that I've ever read--it touches the heart and soul!
Cynical but successful businessman Nick Cominsky faces a dilemma
when he accepts an invitation to join Jesus of Nazareth for dinner
at a local restaurant. Nick is convinced that his friends at work
are pulling a prank. But the man sitting across from him appears to
be quite serious, introducing Himself as “Jesus. My family called me
Nick accepts his dinner
companion’s suggestion to suspend his disbelief and “proceed as if I
am Jesus.” What follows is a fascinating conversation that covers
family relationships, world religions, and the afterlife, among
other topics. Along the way, Nick confronts his own unfulfilled
longings, spiritual uncertainties, and anger with God and he begins
to wonder if the man across from him holds the answers to his
THERE IS A
SPIRITUAL SOLUTION TO
by Dr. Wayne T. Dyer
Dyer’s book deals with finding the solutions to our problems
within ourselves – our spiritual selves. He gives examples of
how negative thoughts can reduce our energy and strength levels.
His all-encompassing book deals with spirituality, psychology,
self-help, philosophy, religion, and health.
by Christopher Vogler
is the first book on writing that was recommended to me by my
writing instructor, Jimmy Butler. It is a wonderful book that
describes the elements and character types necessary for a good
by Stephen Lewis
book, recommended by Dr. Wayne Dyer, describes how balancing
energy within the body can restore individuals to wellness.
I love this book!
JOURNEY OF SOULS:
by Michael Duff Newton
a hypnotherapist, shares therapy sessions with us where he has
regressed clients to lives between lives. (I am neither
endorsing nor ruling out reincarnation. I am keeping an open and
curious mind.) The
book is a mind-opening-and-expanding read!
by Jack Finney
is a wonderful time travel storyteller. I am a firm believer in
time travel. Just wish I knew how to do it!
by Jack Finney
book of short stories about time travel by Finney is delightful,
especially if you are a time travel nut like me.