Literary Historical Short Stories – Mistakes by the Lake

Mistakes by the Lake
By Brian Petkash
Publisher: Madville Publishing
ISBN: 978-1948692328
ASIN: B08CBBTFRK
Genre: Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction, Short Stories
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Set in Cleveland, Ohio, from its earliest beginnings as a forested frontier to the urban blight of modern times, Mistakes by the Lake is a collection of ten thematically-linked stories spanning the many faces of the city’s history:

**a motorman navigates his 1920’s back-and-forth trolley until he snaps;
**a stockyards knocker encounters the Virgin Mary during the 1954 World Series;
**a wannabe wrestles his unruly mind along the flammable 1960’s Cuyahoga River;
**in a reinvention of Henry IV, a young man must either stick with his bumbling criminal crew or uncover legit ways to support his mother and transgender Gramps.

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Magical Realism – Morgan and Katrina

Morgan and Katrina
By Morgan Marquette
ISBN: 978-1733470407
ASIN: B086HFZJXR
Genre: Magical Realism, contemporary fantasy, Magical realism, fiction, vampire, supernatural, paranormal fiction
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Imagine a world with no other kinds of music except classical and symphony. A world of upper-class snobbery, a strict and abusive Mother, and a life full of choices made for you without any regard to your personal preferences. This is the world of ten-year-old Katrina. That is, until she meets a kind, yet somewhat odd, mortician named Morgan, who happens to love The Beatles. His peculiar ways of living and new outlook on life give Katrina a different perspective than the one she’s been used to. And together, through a shared interest in music, each of them experiences life lessons they never expected to learn.

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Mystery, Thriller – Not Forgotten

Not Forgotten
Nick Fischer Series, Book 1
By George Lee Miller
Publisher: Frio Press
ISBN: 978-1734156409 (pb)
ISBN: 978-1734156423 (hc)
ISBN: 978-1734156416 (ebook)
ASIN: B081FF8GSZ
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Private Investigator, Crime, Suspense
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Former Marine turned private detective takes on a corrupt politician and a dirty cop with his own brand of justice.

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Literary Fiction – The Bird that Sang in Color

The Bird that Sang in Color
By Garce Mattioli
Published: January 17, 2021
ISBN: 978-0990575191
ASIN: B08GS2D3ZB
Genre: Literary Fiction
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Donna Greco subscribes to a conventional view of success in life, and she pushes her freewheeling, artistic brother, Vincent to do the same. However, he refuses to conform, and she harbors guilt for her supposed failure to ensure his happiness until she discovers a book of sketches he made of his life, which allows her to see his internal joy and to discover the secret to living free!

While this textured story combines serious issues such as alcoholism, death, and family conflict, it’s balanced with wit and humor and is filled with endearing, unforgettable characters. The story spans decades, beginning in 1970 and ending in the present. Readers will be immersed in this tale which poses an intriguing question: “What pictures will you have of yourself by the end of your life?”

“hugely moving, beautifully rendered, and brilliant,” Lidia Yuknavitch

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Historical Coming of Age – Ghost Dancer

Ghost Dancer
By Alan S. Kessler
Release Date: July 2021
ISBN: 978-1-938394-59-1
Genre: Historical Novel, Coming of Age
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Ghost Dancer is an historical novel interweaving mystical elements in a coming-of-age story. It is an eclectic tale with an intriguing outsider; a protagonist grappling with her identity who, though once a sorrowful girl, becomes a young woman able to fight prejudices and overcome self-doubt. There is also a serious subplot, racial hatred in a 1950’s small Midwestern town as its white citizens try to prevent Native Americans from fishing, as guaranteed by treaty, in an ancestral lake.

Age nine, Eleanor Wilson, lives trapped in a marble mansion. Sneaking out, she visits the grave houses in an Indian cemetery, bringing with her the faceless doll she made from wood, a corn husk, and corn silk. Here, among these small buildings, low to the ground, with moon or star shaped openings in the front where relatives of the dead place food and medicine offerings, she plays tag with make-believe cousins then rests on the stone lap of an imaginary aunt who calls her pretty.

Eleanor doesn’t like looking in the mirror. At school a boy calls her fart-face because of her freckles, her mother bleaches her hair. That night, in her frilly pink bedroom, Eleanor hears the doll her mother took from her and burned.

“Cry for your mother.”

Afraid of the voice as a child, in 1958, hearing it again, she searches for its meaning, her journey of discovery taking her to the watery grave of a boy and the bones of a young girl. Lonely, insecure, controlled by the rigid rules of her bigoted parents, Eleanor falls in love with a Native American and then a beautiful Sikh woman, both relationships violating societal taboos.

Her mother cries, but not because of this.

After entering the world of Ghost Dance spirits, Eleanor discovers the secret about herself and how to save our dying world.

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Historical Political Fiction with Romance – Into the Streets: An Antiwar Love

Into the Streets: An Antiwar Love
By Charles S. Isaacs
Publisher: Black Rose Writing
ISBN: 978-1684335824
ASIN: B08MQKHK8M
Genre: Historical Romance, Coming of Age, Political Thriller, New Adult Romance
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It’s the late 1960s. The Vietnam War, the Antiwar Movement and the Black Power Movement are rushing toward their explosive peaks. In the midst of this charged environment, an inter-racial pair of young activists fall madly in love. Awaiting them are excitement, danger, heartache and redemption.

“Into the Streets: An Antiwar Love Story” chronicles these lovers’ challenging journey, their coming of age amidst an unpopular war; a racially polarized Chicago; a hostile mayor and ever-mounting threats, all while working through their own deep psychological issues. 1968 is marked by campus unrest, urban rebellions and assassinations, as well as political violence that thrusts the duo into clashes with the police and the National Guard. The suspense builds breathlessly to a heartrending climax during the street protests surrounding that summer’s Democratic National Convention.

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