Three girls, Aisha, Susan and Naira have been best friends since they were 3 months kids. Aisha being an Indian, Susan a black girl and Naira a white american makes their trio the most unique of all. But happy days didn’t last forever, a 14yr. old happy friendship turns into a lifetime tragedy when they have to get separated due to the society. A book on racism, which takes you back in time. This book is bound to cast a spell on you as you unfold the events in the book.
Rachaels life had it all, marriage, children, and a career. Then, it all came to a crashing halt. After a dreadful divorce and her career all but done for, Rachael sells the house, packs up the children, and heads out on the adventure of a lifetime. Follow Rachael through her adventures and challenges as she dives head first into unfamiliar territory. More to Life is the journey of a lifetime!
Five years after a pandemic ravaged the northeast, the small New Hampshire town of Dana seems ready for a comeback. The ski resorts are opening back up, the police force is stable, and longtime residents are rebuilding their lives, it all seem to be pointing the town in the right direction. But the restrictions of reconstruction, accompanied by the poverty it brought with it, have combined to bring a resurgence in the drug trade. The very thing that helped cripple the region in the first place.
Former Olympic snowboarder, and new sheriff, Cole Erickson knows the struggle all too well. He grew up in the town, fought for it during the pandemic, and lost too many people in the process. He holds a secret that could blow the lid off the government’s well placed lies, he just needs the perfect time to revel it.
Lizbeth Williams is a survivor. She was one of the few who stayed in Dana, while her husband fought alongside Cole in the last wave of the pandemic, nearly losing his life. Like many who faced the infected and lived, Lucas Williams was forever changed. He makes a deal to ensure his own survival, and Lizbeth is just in the way.
When Lizbeth disappears it sets the stage for the final battle to save Dana, and bring an end to the conspiracy that could very well cripple the nation
Mornings in Jenin, by Susan Abulhawa
This is one of the most disturbing stories I have read. I visited Israel in 1967, shortly after the Six Day War ended. I remember the Israeli taxi driver boasting about how quickly they had won that war, gleefully pointing out captured tanks and other military vehicles at the side of the roads we travelled, and feeling rather disgusted at his smugness. Surely all war was horrible, surely all war implied suffering and death? My 20-year old self was horrified, not impressed.
Susan Abulhawa tells her story with passion and pain. It is the story of a family which grew up in the peaceful village of Ein Hod, occupied by Israelis after the partition of Palestine in 1948, and then was forced to relocate to a camp in Jenin. After bombing, burning, killing, maiming, plundering and looting, soldiers came to claim the land the family had lived on since distant times.
It is nothing short of devastating to read of families torn apart, of life in a refugee camp, of loss, destruction, and oppression. I will never forget the horror I felt reading about a mother having her baby son torn from her arms, lost to her forever to be raised by the enemy.
The story begins in a peaceful, ancient village, and ends with the massacre of so-called terrorists, an incident denied in the US press. One of the soldiers gives the narrator water to drink during the siege, but it’s ‘not enough to wash a mother’s blood from her daughter’s skin.’ Earlier, she felt a strange desire to be a fish, to live ‘inside the water’s soothing world, where screams and gunfire were not heard and death was not smelled.’
It is impossible to read this story without feeling, to quote: ‘sad for the youth betrayed by their leaders for symbols and flags and war and power.’ And sadder still, to know that the conflict rages on.
The life of a rookie beat cop is changed forever when he meets an elderly sage on a routine call. Using wisdom, perspective, and humor, Naked is a journey destined to transform the readers understanding of God, life, and love.
This really was a page-turner! I started reading it at 10.00pm, made myself stop to sleep at 02.00am, then woke and finished it in an hour. That says it all. It’s creepy, disturbing, even scary: I kept trying to find a flaw in the narrator’s logic (how could she be so helpless?) but her tormentor’s ice-cold insanity pre-empted her every bid for freedom and outwitted her every time. A chilling, tension-filled read.
For the past thirty-three years, Angela Gillespie has sent to friends and family around the world an end-of-the-year letter titled “Hello from the Gillespies.” It’s always been cheery and full of good news. This year, Angela surprises herself—she tells the truth….
The Gillespies are far from the perfect family that Angela has made them out to be. Her husband is coping badly with retirement. Her thirty-two-year-old twins are having career meltdowns. Her third daughter, badly in debt, can’t stop crying. And her ten-year-old son spends more time talking to his imaginary friend than to real ones.
Without Angela, the family would fall apart. But when a bump on the head leaves Angela with temporary amnesia, the Gillespies pull together—and pull themselves together—in wonderfully surprising ways….
Quite simply a fabulous book. The story is narrated by a dog, a dog with more insight into being human than many of our own species could hope for.
This book has everything: humour, heartbreak, philosophy, excitement, and most of all, love. And for me, a bonus: I had never realised just how demanding car racing could be!
What would you risk to chase your true destiny?
Hauntingly beautiful, Sophia is a survivor. After a tragic accident that changes the course of her life, she is struggling to find her way. When she stumbles across a picture of a Caribbean beach in a magazine, she convinces herself that this is the answer to all her problems…Secret desires, personal devastation and obsession torment her dreams.
When she meets a mysterious and worldly businessman, everything starts coming together. Slipping across invisible social lines, she ultimately becomes one of them. Her inexperience leads her away from what she came for, because nothing is as it seems. Trapped in a spider web, she sinks deeper into his world.
Then one fateful night, she meets a free-spirited photographer and everything changes again…Can Sophia ever find the peace she so desperately needs? Or will corruption and deceit destroy her, before she can discover the real truth for herself? An adventure meets grown-up fairy tale, filled with twists and turns you won’t soon forget.
Prepare yourself to experience the real Caribbean, where everything that glitters is not gold…
Almost Mortal is a legal thriller with a metaphysical twist. The plot touches on many unique religious questions and delves into the interplay between forensic science and spiritual beliefs. Mainly though, it is a fast-moving mystery with a lot of surprises.
Synopsis: Emerging criminal defense attorney Sam Young has always known he had a gift. Or a curse. He thinks of them as minor psychic abilities. When Sam is hired by an attractive young nun named Camille Paradisi, he agrees to help discover the identity of a serial killer in order to prevent Camille’s pastor from being exposed for not reporting the man after a confession – thereby allowing another murder to occur. While Sam’s psychic abilities increase as he investigates the case and gets closer to Camille, he realizes that the enigmatic nun is not revealing the complete truth.
Camille shares an old journal anonymously mailed to the church, which she believes may have been authored by the killer/confessor. The journal, which begins in Argentina in the 1940’s, purports to tell the life story of a man with mind control and other special powers who claims to be a descendant of the fallen angels cast out of heaven by God. As Sam learns more about the murders, the journal author, and Camille, he begins to realize the so called “Rosslyn Ripper” case may have ancient implications beyond his imagination.
The Pragashni – Smutts Affair
A wayward schoolgirl is forced to confront the harsh realities of a divided nation, as politics, cultures and families collide in this stirring tale of love, loss and betrayal. Set against the backdrop of South Africa’s notorious apartheid regime. ‘The Pragashini-Smuts Affair’ reveals one girl’s battle to lead a life less ordinary, amid a turbulent struggle that pitches the forces of good against evil as the dark clouds of oppression begin to slowly gather.
In search of a more meaningful life, Jude Knight boards a train destined for the Cave of Lerkus. He soon discovers that he is traveling inside a mysterious world – Lerkus is in control, and he is simply a passenger along for the ride. The only way out is to fight against his inner demons and transform his perception of reality to uncover the enigmatic and supremely powerful Lerkus.
Lerkus is a quest of self-discovery that is quirky and fun, yet deeply symbolic. Journey with Jude in this gripping tale as he questions life and seeks to end all suffering.
A middle aged man sets off to post a letter and ends up walking without money, proper shoes, map, or food, for nearly 90 days, towards a destination over 600 miles away whose exact location he doesn’t even know. His mission: to save a life.
After several of the early pages wondering where on earth this story was going, I found myself drawn towards Harold, his wife, and the terminally ill woman he has decided to visit. Curiosity got the better of me and before long I was turning pages avidly, needing to know the outcome. Would he make it in time? What damage had he done to his marriage? What was the mystery surrounding his estranged son?
And it gradually dawned on me that this story is about living an extraordinary life, about having the courage to live in the unknown, to commit, and to take action, no matter how ‘dull and ordinary’ one’s circumstances are.
Harold is joined and subsequently deserted by a motley crew of well-wishers and fame seekers. Even Dog, who had, as Harold said, ‘chosen to walk with Harold for a while, and then it had chosen to stop, and walk instead with the young girl. Life was like that.’
To quote Alfred Hickling in The Guardian, Rachel Joyce successfully conveys ‘profound emotions in simple, unaffected language’.
And for me, therein lies both its charm and its success.
Svetodar tells the story of his travels to Dea-Earth, the fifth planet from the sun. He speaks of the great war, that took place there and the aftermath that followed. However, Vedomir and Ladomira learn of another purpose for Svetodar’s story, which surprises them even more.
A traveler comes to our Earth after being absent from it for thousands of years. He finds an unexpected guide in Los Angeles and they begin their quests to heal this world and to return it to as it was all those thousands of years ago. Throughout their journey, the traveler displays unimaginable gifts and talents of teleportation, mind control, telepathy and others, which he agrees to teach his guide and their companions they meet along the way.
In Argentina, a group of scientists make an accidental and shocking discovery, which is sure to change the world. In Boston, a self-made billionaire is contacted by an unknown being. A contact, which broadens his world and puts him in the direct path of danger. Who will survive, escape danger and live to tell about it; only time will tell.
A Child’s Story is memories transformed into an exciting story that impacts all of your emotions. Too True For Lies has volumes of twist and turns. It will make you look back and forth through the pages and you will say at the end “No Way!” The main character David tells his story as he struggles through an ever changing environment. We can agree life isn’t all ways trouble-free but it has more than its share of troubles for the child that goes through it in the absence of an adult.
“I wondered why the sex in those books looked a lot different than the other books. These books had pictures of famous cartoons. I remember looking at pictures of Betty Boop, Superman, and Archie and the Gang. In one of these books, I remember that the people were having sex everywhere. One boy accidentally stuck another boy in the butt. I thought that was weird.”
A first novel from a self published author that takes you on an journey that will bring you to your emotional knees. A book that goes beyond any description you could possibly try to give it, it just becomes something you live in, feel in and deal with your fears in, unable to put the book down for a second. Think you had everything figured out? Read this and you’ll think again. Amazing debut, beautifully written and not to be missed.
It was described as a literary EP on the author’s website. The Little Black Book is a pocket book of four short stories, each dealing with self identity through a magical/supernatural filter. It is a gritty, short read, with powerful imagery.
Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She’s even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. ‘Jess and Jason’, she calls them. Their life – as she sees it – is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy.
And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough.
Now everything’s changed. Now Rachel has a chance to become a part of the lives she’s only watched from afar.
Now they’ll see; she’s much more than just the girl on the train…
Eve: Where are you? by Robin Peet
The second book in the Eve series we join Tony Leyte as he has just relocated to Germany and living with his folks again. Starting afresh is unimaginable and psychologically daunting if you were half way through what seemed like an illustrious career. This is the dilemma Tony faces, but in a country where he cannot speak the national language, it is clearly impossible. It all seems to move towards the better and getting back on track, when suddenly, his daughter disappears. Being the only thing that’s left and matters to him, time is of the essence and is rapidly running out as he soon realises that she has been abducted. Where could they have taken her in a world slowly being consumed with plague, and why?
Eve: My Favourite daughter by Robin Peet
Tony Leyte the head of the household is caught in an unnatural dilemma. Does he drop and leave everything he has built up over a lifetime now that systems crash and so many are dying? Does he stay to mourn the losses of his loved ones within his known comfort zone and fight for his share against salvaging vultures? Or does he venture out with the family he has left and try finding a way out of a country that is under border lock down due to an aggressive natural disaster of epidemic proportions. With every second accumulating against them, it’s time to move as your neighbour, friends and family, could be your very enemy. Enclose yourself in Tony’s reality.
My Mother’s Kitchen: A novel with recipes by Meera Ekkanath Klein
“My Mother’s Kitchen” is an enchanting place filled with promise, change and good food. If the weathered walls of this magical room could talk they would tell the story of Meena and her childhood life. Meena’s story takes place in the fictional town of Mahagiri, nestled in the mountains of south India. Meena narrates the events of her life with humor, energy and innocence. Each chapter is a slice in her young life and depicts her spunk and youthful spirit. A visit to the local Fruit and Flower Show becomes an adventure as told by Meena. Her distress at finding out that her aunt’s dark secret or her joy of making a new friend are all told in her naïve, yet pure voice. Her mother is a central character in her life and it is no wonder that the kitchen is a special place of healing and rejuvenation, not only for Meena but for other characters like Kashi and Ayah.
“My Mother’s Kitchen” is a delectable read that brings the smells and tastes of a south Indian kitchen to life. Each chapter ends with a recipe from amma’s (mother) kitchen. Easy recipes like Mother’s Lemon Rice or Aviyal (vegetable stew) are an additional delight to this deceptively unsophisticated tale of growing up. Come into “My Mother’s Kitchen” for tasty meals, quirky characters and innocent pleasures of childhood.
A single mom of two small children loses her job two weeks before Christmas. Enter Maggie, an angel in training, who is sent to help Ellen. Magic, romance and holiday cheer are Maggie’s solution to getting her wings. Sometimes you have to stop believing in the things you understand and start believing in the things that you don’t understand.
Mind Games: A Brick City Story by Ikish Mullens
Sex, Drugs, Love, Lies, and Betrayal are just a few things Des encounters on his road to redemption.
Sworn to secrecy about his inheritance, Des secretly began making plans to leave his life in the streets behind, only to open Pandora’s Box, and unleash a wave of chaos and destruction in the lives of those he love.
Moreover, caught in a bloody drug war – with outside forces plotting his downfall – Des must look to the past, and remember the lessons he’d learned along the way, if he planned to outsmart his adversaries.
Because the only way to survive in this game, you must keep your enemies close, and your friends even closer. . .
The Man in the Red Jacket by Michael Reeves
It is 1855, and Fourteen-year-old Hassan Qaderi arrives in London’s East India Dock from Bombay. His only possessions are a beautiful jewelled dagger, a copy of The Pickwick Papers and two handwritten letters which promise him riches ‘beyond the wildest dreams of men’. With him is Ahmet, his Afghan uncle.
Hassan has only fleeting memories of his early life: a beautiful woman, the heat and icy cold of Afghanistan, blood-soaked snow, a pair of shiny boots and a man who always wears a red jacket. What is Hassan’s connection with England’s dangerous and alien land? Why has Ahmet brought him here, and why is he always so watchful? Most importantly, how will Hassan make the most difficult choice of his life?
In this gripping tale, an orphan on a quest for riches may soon discover a treasure worth much more than he ever imagined.
Ain’t Life Sweet by Davey Joyce
If you enjoy Mad Dogs and the Inbetweeners, you are sure to like Tony James in Aint Life Sweet. This happy go lucky chap will be sure to bring a smile.
Edge of Extinction by Kristen Stone
Deep in the Amazon jungle a tribe of Indians are facing extinction from pollution from a mine. It is up to Kianda Mala, the godlike leader of the tribe, to save them.
The King of Sunday Morning by J B McCauley
The King of Sunday Morning is a geezer. Not in the traditional sense of the word as in old man. This geezer is a face, a wannabe, a top notch bloke. He is the greatest DJ that never was. He should have been. Could have been. Would have been. Now becoming a has-been.
Tray McCarthy was born into privilege but with the genetic coding of London’s violent East End. Having broken the underworld’s sacred honour code, it is only his family’s gangland connections that save him. But in return for his life, he must deny that which he has ever known or ever will be and runs to Australia where he is forced to live an inconsequential life.
But trouble never strays far from Tray McCarthy and eventually his past and present collide to put everyone he has ever loved in danger. He must now make a stand and fight against those that are set to destroy him and play their game according to his rules.
Set against the subterfuge and violence of the international drugs trade, The King of Sunday Morning is the tale of what can go wrong when you make bad decisions. Tray McCarthy has made some of the worst. He must now save those he holds dear but in the process gets trapped deeper and deeper into a world where he doesn’t belong.
“I want three pump-action shotguns, about twelve sticks of dynamite and a blowtorch”
Transforming Pandora by Carolyn Mathews
You don’t have to be a New Age flower-child to enjoy Pandora’s correspondence with her supernatural penfriend. She’s a newly single lady of a certain age and romance is still very much on the agenda. But who to choose? And can her spiritual buddy help her satisfy the longings of both her heart and soul?
Gris-Gris by Jay Halpern
Gritty realism merges with magick in NYC: a wild ride from the way upper west side to the end of the universe: puppets, strippers, politics, love, tears, and laughter: this book astounds!!!!
My Memories of a Future Life by Roz Morris
If you were somebody’s past life…
What echoes would you leave in their soul?
Could they be the answers you need now?
It’s a question Carol never expected to face. She’s a gifted musician who needs nothing more than her piano and certainly doesn’t believe she’s lived before. But forced by injury to stop playing, she fears her life may be over. Enter her soulmate Andreq: healer, liar, fraud and loyal friend. Is he her future incarnation or a psychological figment? And can his story help her discover how to live now?
A novel in the tradition of The Time Traveller’s Wife, Vertigo and The Gargoyle, My Memories of a Future Life is much more than a ‘who was I’ tale. It is a multi-layered story of souls on conjoined journeys – in real time and across the centuries. It’s a provocative study of the shadows we don’t know are driving our lives, from our own pasts and from the people with us right now. An examination of what we believe, what we create and how we scare and heal each other. Above all, it’s the story of how one lost soul must search for where she now belongs.