Memoir/Family Relationships – When Love is Not Enough

When Love is Not Enough: Chronicles of LauraJo
By Pat Engebrecht
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 978-1461185789
Published: August 2012
Genre: Memoir, Family Relationships

When Love Is Not Enough Chronicles of LauraJo is a first-person account of a young woman suffering from the emotional disorder Borderline Personality (BPD.) The story is told by LuaraJo (LJ) from meticulous journals she kept during the ten years of her ordeal (1976/86) and her mother’s commentary. It has taken her mother, a partner in her daughter’s journey, over twenty years to get the courage to read her daughter’s journals, all numbered in preparation for this book, the one LJ intended to write. The journal entries included in this book have been selected to illustrate the different aspects of LauraJo’s personality, and experiences: emotional, humor, sexual, medical and religious. Her personal artwork, sculptures, poems, songs as well as pictures of family and friends are included. This is a family journey…a family who loved when love was not enough.

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Poetry & Stories – Stray Thoughts/Winged Words

Stray Thoughts/Winged Words
By Zakiah Sayeed
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 978-1468090109
Published: July 2012
Genre: Poetry, Stories

An autobiographical collection of poems and flash fiction exploring the author’s distinctly Indian perspective, welcoming readers to a world of raw beauty, true emotion, and sometimes painful reality.

For author Zakiah Sayeed, baring her soul to the world, releasing these intensely personal thoughts and feelings, is a freeing experience. Within these pages is solace and inspiration, happiness and sorrow, and a warm feeling of connection and shared understanding. Free verse poetry and flash fiction, it relies on stream of consciousness and ethereal connection cascading into awareness rather than preconceived rhythm and rhyme, her words true to the cadences of being, each a pulse—a reflection—that when viewed in their whole portrays a stunning breadth of emotion with resonance and beauty. Combined with prose and artfully crafted letters that provide insight into her life, her children, and her grandchildren, her fearless honesty displays for all to see the truth of her being.

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YA Fantasy – Catalina

Catalina
By Danny Fahey
Publisher: Dragonfall Press
Published: September 2012
ISBN: 978-0985251727
Genre: YA Fantasy

One day the orphan Catalina is taken home by her lone surviving relative, Aunt Griselda. Unfortunately for Catalina, all does not quite go as expected. Her aunt hates her and makes her life miserable. She learns she is to be sold to Stefano the Knife-thrower and used as a human target. To escape a certain death, Catalina leaps through a mysterious crossover point and ends up in a new land called Arboroth. There, she is encounters a wolf-boy and a talking rat. She is beset by a cruel and inhospitable landscape, and all the while hunted by a pack of relentless hounds. Then Catalina discovers her aunt is also in Arboroth. And Griselda isn’t happy.

This is a fantasy tale of magic, of an evil witch and a little girl who just wants to know who she is.

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Fantasy – The Tree Singer

The Tree Singer
Danny Fahey
Publisher: Dragonfall Press
Published: April 2012
ISBN: 978-0985251703
Genre: Fantasy

Jacob is trapped in a dying village. No hope, no friends, no future. But when Simon the Healer appears everything begins to miraculously transform. The lake, the land and even the villagers themselves blossom into what they should have been all along: beautiful, strong, vital. All Jacob’s dreams seem to be within his reach. Dreams, however, are powerful things and often deliver a future in ways unexpected. For every rise there is a fall, and for every fall the path rises to meet us once again.

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Young Adult – Battle Cry

Battle Cry
J.L. Snyder
Publisher: Bookstand Publishing
ISBN: 978-1618632968
Published: July 2012
Pages: 186

Sixteen year old Kaí-Ling was raised in the ways of the sword. The child of a former samurai warrior and an American mother embarks on a journey to right the wrongs life has dealt her. The lifelong lessons and skills she acquires as well as the friends she makes along the way aid her in her quest to fulfill her destiny. Robbed of her father’s love before she was born, Kaí-Ling now seeks vengeance upon those who took him from her.

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Contemporary Historical Fiction – The Cobb Legacy

The Cobb Legacy
J. Conrad Guest
Publisher: Pulse Publishing
Published: 2012
Pages: 324

Cagney Nowak is writing a novel around the 1905 shooting death of baseball legend Ty Cobb’s father, William, by his mother a week before Ty was called up by the Detroit Tigers. Although she was acquitted by an all-male jury on the grounds that the incident was accidental, the townspeople of Royston, Georgia, thought otherwise. Gossip had it that Amanda Cobb, at age thirty-three – and twenty years her husband’s junior – was having an affair and that William, having told her he was going out of town on business, returned to catch her with her lover. At her trial, the questions were never raised as to why she had locked her second story window on a hot August night, or why she’d shot twice – surely she knew, after firing the first barrel of her shotgun, at whom she was shooting? A boyhood friend of Ty’s was first on the scene that night, claiming years later that he knew that Amanda had had a lover with her that night, and that he even knew who it was…

When Cagney begins to relive the night of the shooting in his dreams, more than a century later and in the guise of Amanda Cobb, he is led to discover his father’s deepest secret. More than a mystery, The Cobb Legacy is the story of a man’s efforts to connect with his dying father, a World War II veteran suffering from what today is known as Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, and to come to terms with his obsession over the Cobb legacy as well as his own adulterous affair and impending divorce, while doubting that love with an old friend can be his.

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