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A Daffodil for Angie | Written by Connie Lacy
It's 1966. Mini-skirts are in. Beatlemania is in full swing. And Angie Finley is starting high school with frosted hair and contacts, ready to find a boyfriend. But her dad's in Vietnam as young men burn their draft cards. School integration turns ugly as a black classmate is bullied. Her mom pushes her to be a cheerleader while women demand equal rights. And a pushy anti-war activist is driving her crazy.
But a handsome quarterback thinks her new look is perfect. And he wants to do a lot more than just make out.
Set against a backdrop of the tumultuous 1960s, "A Daffodil for Angie" is a vivid coming-of-age story about a teenager grappling with what kind of person she wants to be. Should she trust the adults who sent her father to Vietnam? Should she try to do something about attacks on the first black student in her class? Should she let her sexy boyfriend score a touchdown?
The 1960s comes alive as Angie tries to make sense of the social upheaval around her, while struggling to keep a lid on her raging hormones.
A Kiss in the Dark | Written by Gina Ciocca
When the lights go out at a Georgia high school football game, senior Macy Atwood finds herself in the arms of a boy who kisses her senseless—but he’s gone by the time the lights come back on. All she knows is that there was something special—and oddly familiar—about her mystery kisser.
Noah Granger, Ridgedale’s resident bad boy and newest transfer student, has no problem taking credit for the kiss, but Macy can’t shake the feeling that he’s lying. Especially since a photograph of Macy and former star football player Joel Hargrove resurfaced online moments before the blackout, a not-so-random reminder of how hard she fell for Joel last year. And how doing so ultimately sent her lifelong friendships with Meredith Kopala and Ben Collins up in literal smoke.
Soon last year’s wounds begin to reopen as Macy realizes the events that unfolded during junior year are somehow tied to her mystery kisser.
But the closer Macy gets to figuring it all out, the more she starts to worry that the boy who kissed her in the dark and the boy who is stealing her heart might be two very different people.
All the Light Inside of You | Written by Keryl J. Oliver
The true story of one woman's quest to understand the unseen presence felt since childhood. Have you ever wondered, what is this extra energy that surrounds us? From where does that wise inner voice come and why is there such love when it presses on a heart? With extraordinary circumstances that read more like a fiction novel, the author takes readers on a journey filled with curiosity, challenges, deception, and unimaginable beauty—all leading to one powerful truth. AUTHOR: Keryl J. Oliver
Dangerous Conjurings | Written by Anne Armistead
Eighteen-year-old Leah Sullivan lost both her brother and her childhood sweetheart on the same Civil War battlefield. Left a spinster, she dutifully cares for her parents while trying to survive on their farm in Georgia after the South’s surrender. With her now-barren mother believing a fertility spell to be the only way she can bear another family heir, Leah acts in secret to obtain the mojo from the dangerous conjurer Kali Despierre.
When handsome veteran Marcus Quinn comes calling to deliver her brother’s last words, sparks fly between the mysterious soldier and lonely Leah. To her delight, Marcus accepts her father’s offer to remain as a hired hand.
Although they are falling in love, Leah keeps from Marcus what haunts her: will her mother’s “conjured” babe be cursed? Her fears seem realized when Elijah is born with the birth sac covering his face. Suspicions plague such newborns, known as caulbearers.
The strangeness of Elijah’s birth convinces Kali that she has conjured a special voodoo babe. She kidnaps him and heads to New Orleans, certain the Queen of Voodoo, Marie Laveau, will pay gold for him. Rumors abound that the Queen sacrifices infants to the voodoo gods on October 31, the Day of the Dead, only weeks away.
Leah, with Marcus at her side, chases after Kali to save her brother from the voodoo underworld. The couple’s passion heats up while sleeping under the stars only inches apart and surrounded by peril. However, through a cruel twist of fate, Leah discovers the devastating secret about Marcus’s past that breaks her heart and jeopardizes her brother’s rescue.
Will Leah’s love for Marcus be powerful enough to overcome his betrayal? Or will dangerous conjurings doom their future together?
Dark River Rising | Written by Roger Johns
The horrifying murder of a local drug kingpin, followed by the disappearance of a government scientist with ties to the victim, forces Baton Rouge homicide detective Wallace Hartman into an uneasy alliance with a DEA investigator in order to solve a case that grows more dangerous by the minute. Meanwhile, the killer lurks in the shadows with an agenda no one saw coming, and when Wallace gets in the way, the killer proves ready, willing, and able to shatter her world.
Dig Your Grave | Written by Steven Cooper
A killer is on the loose, burying his victims among the dead in Phoenix cemeteries, and leaving ghoulish signs that warn of more evil to come. It’s a crude camouflage that has Detective Alex Mills stumped. As he has done before, Mills turns to his buddy, the reluctant psychic Gus Parker. His visions, as cryptic and baffling as they sometimes are, mean something.
But just as the investigation heats up, and Mills needs him most, Gus Parker goes missing. Rock ‘n’ roll legend Billie Welch, Gus’s love interest, is frantic to find him and turns to Mills for help. Is this a case of a crazed fan who is trying to get to Billie? Is Gus’s disappearance related to the spree of cemetery killings?
There are nefarious secrets hiding in the shadows of the valley’s most well-heeled neighborhoods, and some of the most prominent residents have the most to fear
Doll-E 1.0 | Written by Shanda McCloskey
A STEM-friendly tale of a girl and the doll she upgrades to be her new friend, for fans of The Most Magnificent Thing and Rosie Revere, Engineer.
Charlotte's world is fully charged! With her dog at her side, she's always tinkering, coding, clicking, and downloading. She's got a knack for anything technological--especially gadgets that her parents don't know how to fix! Then, she receives a new toy that is quite a puzzle: a doll! What's she supposed to do with that? Once she discovers the doll's hidden battery pack, things start to get interesting...while her faithful canine sidekick wonders if he'll be overshadowed by the new and improved Doll-E 1.0! With a little ingenuity and an open mind, everyone can be friends in this endearing, modern tribute to the creative spirit of play.
Do It NOW! A 7-Step Plan to Fix Bad Habits | Written by Dr. T.M. Wallace
What have you been putting off that your heart knows you MUST do? Success is your birthright. However, it starts in your mind. In Do It NOW! Dr. Wallace teaches evidence-based psychological strategies and spiritual principles to go from start to finish to accomplish any goal. Overcome mental blocks like procrastination, rumination, perfectionism, and negative thought patterns and finally learn how to DO IT NOW! If you are ready to shift to the next level of success, Dr. Wallace shares these simple, yet effective brain-retraining techniques that work for those who are willing to start, commit, practice, and wait with hope for their dreams to manifest into reality.
Read Do It NOW! if you're ready to:
* Create success in life, work, and business using powerful mind restructuring techniques
* Clarify your intentions to maximize your chances of attaining your goals
* Release limiting and negative beliefs that keep you from success
* Get a grip on challenging thoughts and emotions that block your progress
* Manifest your secret dreams into reality using the power of the superconscious mind
Free of Malice | Written by Liz Lazarus
A thriller that portrays the emotional realities of healing from a vicious, physical attack and the obsession of one woman to force the legal system to acknowledge her right to self-defense.
Laura Holland awakes in the middle of the night to see a stranger standing in her bedroom doorway. She manages to defend herself from the would-be rapist, though he threatens to return as he retreats. Traumatized with recurring nightmares, Laura seeks therapy and is exposed to a unique treatment called EMDR. She also seeks self-protection— buying a gun against the wishes of her husband. When Laura learns she could have gone to prison had she shot her fleeing assailant, she decides to write a hypothetical legal case using the details of that night.
She enlists the help of criminal defense lawyer, Thomas Bennett, who proves to be well versed in the justice system but has an uncanny resemblance to her attacker. As the two work together to develop the story, Laura's discomfort escalates particularly when Thomas seems to know more about that night than he should. Reality and fiction soon merge as her real life drama begins to mirror the fiction she's trying to create.
In Memory of Self and Comrades | Edited by Michael K. Shaffer
Thomas W. Colley served in one of the most active and famous units in the Civil War, the 1st Virginia Cavalry, which fought in battles in the Eastern Theater, from First Manassas/Bull Run to the defense of Petersburg.
Colley was born November 11,1837, outside Abingdon, Virginia, and grew up knowing the daily demands of life on a farm. In May 1861, along with the other members of the Washington Mounted Rifles, he left his home in Washington County and reported to camp in Richmond. During the war, Colley received wounds on three different occasions: first at Waterloo Bridge in 1862, again at Kelly’s Ford in 1863, and finally at Haw’s Shop in 1864. The engagement at Haw’s Shop resulted in the amputation of his left foot, thereby ending his wartime service.
The first modern scholarly edition of Colley’s writings, “In Memory of Self and Comrades” dramatizes Colley’s fate as a wounded soldier mustered out before the war’s conclusion. Colley’s postwar reflections on the war reveal his struggle to earn a living and maintain his integrity while remaining somewhat unreconciled to his condition. He found much of his solace through writing and sought to advance his education after the war. As one of an estimated 20,000 soldiers who underwent amputation during the Civil War, his memoirs reveal the challenges of living with what many might recognize today as post-traumatic stress disorder.
Annotations from editor Michael K. Shaffer provide further context to Colley’s colorful and insightful writings on both his own condition and the condition of other veterans also dealing with amputations.
Into the Pond | Written by Marsha Cornelius
Lady Be Good | Written by Amber Brock
Set in the 1950s, Lady Be Good marks Amber Brock’s mesmerizing return, sweeping readers into the world of the mischievous, status-obsessed daughter of a hotel magnate and the electric nightlife of three iconic cities: New York, Miami, and Havana. Kitty Tessler is the winsome and clever only child of self-made hotel and nightclub tycoon Nicolas Tessler. Kitty may not have the same pedigree as the tennis club set she admires, but she still sees herself as every inch the socialite–spending her days perfecting her “look” and her nights charming all the blue-blooded boys who frequent her father’s clubs. It seems like the fun will never end until Kitty’s father issues a terrible ultimatum: she may no longer date the idle rich. Instead, Kitty must marry Andre, her father’s second-in-command, and take her place as the First Lady of his hotel empire. Kitty is forced to come up with a wily and elaborate plan to protect her own lofty ideas for the future, as well as to save her best friend, Henrietta Bancroft, from a doomed engagement; Kitty will steal Henrietta’s fiancé, a fabulously wealthy but terribly unkind man from a powerful family–thereby delivering the one-two punch of securing her now-fragile place on the social ladder and keeping her friend from a miserable marriage. Then Kitty meets Max, a member of a band visiting New York from her father’s Miami club, and her plans take a turn. Smitten, but still eager to convince her father of her commitment to Andre, Kitty and Hen follow Max, Andre, and the rest of the band back down to Miami–and later to Cuba. As Kitty spends more time with Max, she begins waking up to the beauty–and the injustice–of the world beyond her small, privileged corner of Manhattan. And when her well-intended yet manipulative efforts backfire, Kitty is forced to reconsider her choices and her future before she loses everyone she loves.
Strong Is the New Pretty: A Guided Journal for Girls | Written by Kate T. Parker
Discover and Celebrate Your Independent, Wild, Silly, Powerful Self
As a follow-up to her internationally bestselling book, Strong Is the New Pretty, Kate T. Parker has written this guided journal to spark confidence and creativity, illustrated with simple line drawings and unforgettable photographs of girls fearlessly being themselves. Interactive prompts inspire writing, doodling, and self-expression—inviting girls to revel in their own strength, individuality, and joy.
Once Upon a Zoo | Written by Maggie and Rosalind Bunn
A Princess is searching for the “perfect pet”. She quickly learns that it is not what you “look for”, but what you take the time to see.
Our Curious World of Mirror Images | Written by Titus Joseph
First, the author reflects on the abundance of symmetry everywhere and its importance to the laws of science. We are then briefly reminded of some of the earliest thoughts on the nature of reality by ancient philosophers before even Socrates. We then look at space & time, & relativity, and gain a quick overview of the Cosmos as a whole. We briefly discuss the strange features of quantum theory, then use these very important understandings of the true workings of reality to construct a new model that incorporates all of these amazing features and serves as a new lens on reality. A lens that obliterates polarity, separation, the dualism that plagues us with so many social ills and skews our perceptions.
With this model you will be able to conceive of how planet bodies form, how 'trees', 'fruits', vegetables, and living beings exists. Added benefits include a sense of well-being as your understanding is affirmed because you will see it everywhere. Another beautiful thing about this paradigm is that despite the strong scientific foundation and naturalisitic argument, it invokes deity implicitly. Introducing a new universal theory confirmed by the laws of science and ancient philosophical paradigms that invokes a spiritual impulse naturally.
Plea for Justice | Written by Liz Lazarus
A psychological thriller that depicts the journey of a paralegal striving to reveal the truth about her estranged friend’s incarceration, and leading her on a parallel path of self-discovery.
Aaron and Jackie were an odd pair in high school. He was the cool jock and she the introverted geek, but their friendship endured, at least until graduation when he suddenly abandoned her with no explanation. Ten years later, Aaron reaches out to Jackie from prison after taking a plea deal for one of the most notorious murders in recent history.
Jackie is drawn into the case and the opportunity to reconnect with her estranged friend, yet the conflicting evidence and bizarre clues leave her wondering if she is helping an innocent man or being played for a fool. It wouldn’t be the first time.
South of the Etowah | Written by Raymond Atkins
Novelist Raymond L. Atkins offers a lighthearted change of pace in this collection of humorous essays. He explores a diverse range of topics as seen from the porch of his home on the southern bank of the mighty Etowah River in northern Georgia. From this lofty height he holds forth on holidays, parenthood, cars, home ownership, aging, travel, medicine, technology, ballet, movies, marriage, Shakespeare, dogs, cats, music, swimming pools, vintage television, nicknames, amusement parks, restaurants, school projects, language, computers, hair, bad jobs, William Faulkner, weddings, advertising, Broadway plays, yard work, hospitals, cooking, Elvis Presley, moving, money, art, college, dinner theater, and a variety of other subjects. Atkins lives and writes on a river, and the view from South of the Etowah is unique. It is funny, irreverent, wise, and well worth the trip. So come along! There is plenty of room on the porch, the coffee pot is on, and a cool breeze is blowing up from the river.
Precious Cargo | Written by Linda Sands
After helping a frightened girl who flagged down their Kenworth in Austin and delivering her to safety, trucker Jojo Boudreaux and co-driver Gator Natoli believe that's the end of it. Until they find her again in Oklahoma City, and this time she doesn't want to be saved.
They soon find themselves pulled into dangerous territory. Somali Mafia territory. A place where powerful people manipulate a hundred-billion-dollar industry of prostitution, drugs and international sex trafficking. A place where innocence dies at a cost no one should have to pay.
It's not long before Jojo is drawn in deeper, fighting for her own life in this violent world of corruption, abuse, and addiction. Armed with her wits and will, the only way to survive is to trust others, accept help from unexpected places, and never, ever give up hope.
Running with Lions | Written by Julian Winters
Bloomington High School Lions' star goalie, Sebastian Hughes, should be excited about his senior year: His teammates are amazing and he's got a coach who doesn't ask anyone to hide their sexuality. But when his estranged childhood best friend Emir Shah shows up to summer training camp, Sebastian realizes the team's success may end up in the hands of the one guy who hates him. Determined to reconnect with Emir for the sake of the Lions, he sets out to regain Emir's trust. But to Sebastian's surprise, sweaty days on the pitch, wandering the town's streets, and bonding on the weekends sparks more than just friendship between them.
Shadow of the Lions | Written by Christopher Swann
(Price reflects paperback, available for sale July 31, 2018.)
How long must we pay for the crimes of our youth? That is just one question Christopher Swann explores in this compulsively readable debut, a literary thriller set in the elite—and sometimes dark—environs of Blackburne, a prep school in Virginia. When Matthias Glass’s best friend, Fritz, vanishes without a trace in the middle of an argument during their senior year, Matthias tries to move on with his life, only to realize that until he discovers what happened to his missing friend, he will be stuck in the past: guilty, responsible, alone.
Almost ten years after Fritz’s disappearance, Matthias gets his chance. Offered a job teaching English at Blackburne, he gets swiftly drawn into the mystery. In the shadowy woods of his alma mater, he stumbles into a web of surveillance, dangerous lies, and buried secrets—and discovers the troubled underbelly of a school where the future had once always seemed bright.
A sharp tale full of false leads and surprise turns, Shadow of the Lions is also wise and moving. Christopher Swann has given us a gripping debut about friendship, redemption, and what it means to lay the past to rest.
Son of a Bitch | Written by Jason Sheffield
Immaturity, simmering anger, and years of therapy – budding defense attorney, Benjamin Scales owes it all to his mother. She dragged him through hell while clawing her way to the top of the sexist, male-dominated legal profession, sacrificing everything to build a life for herself and her son – a bizarre and broken life, but a life. Under her ferocious veneer, Carter Scales is a shattered and lonely woman. They haven’t spoken in years, but when she is caught in flagrante delicto with her star client, the leader of the notorious Salucci Crime Family, Carter turns to the one person she thinks should always have her back. But why should he help her?
Switch and Bait | Written by Ricki Schultz
We switch. I bait. Let me help you snag a date.
All through college, Blanche Carter was known as the love doctor in her sorority. Now she's parlayed her talent into a unique consulting business: she runs the online dating profiles of Washington D.C.'s most eligible women.
Armed with a battalion of rules, Blanche expertly helps her clients optimize their profiles and ace that first date. Although she'll happily message handsome strangers (and fend off dick pics) for other ladies, Blanche's most important rule is the one she has for herself: no relationships. She's seen too much heartbreak to believe in real love anymore.
When a former fling pops up among the matches for one of her favorite clients, Blanche gamely messages him on her behalf. Blanche is definitely over him, and this is how she'll prove it. But if she doesn't watch out, she might end up not only screwing over a client – and possibly tanking her entire business – but breaking her rule about love as well...
The Moaning Bench | Written by Larry Copeland
".... exquisite storytelling."
Atlanta homicide cop Cleveland Mock, bitter over being booted from the task force investigating the city's Missing and Murdered Children, is given a perplexing case: The murder of civil rights legend Jimmy Lee Hightower. Mock struggles to confront his own demons before coming face-to-face with a killer unlike any he's ever known.
River of Secrets | Written by Roger Johns
Herbert Marioneaux, a Louisiana politician infamous for changing his mind on hot-button issues, has been murdered. DNA and a combative history with the victim implicate Eddie Pitkin, a social justice activist who specializes in making the wealthy and powerful uncomfortable with their past. When homicide detective Wallace Hartman unearths a potential alibi witness, along with evidence of a troubled relationship that puts a cloud of suspicion over the victim’s son, her polarizing investigation into the dark heart of the political establishment sparks waves of escalating violence across Baton Rouge. Facing the prospect of sabotage from inside her department, Wallace is forced to go it alone as she untangles a web of old and disturbing secrets.
Straight Into Darkness | Written by Megan Volpert
Straight Into Darkness: One Tom Petty Redemption Song
Of all the Heartbreakers tracks available to come through her headphones as Megan Volpert stood over train tracks preparing to surrender to the psychedelic blindness of simple human misery, “Straight Into Darkness” is the one that did. In this highly philosophical and deeply personal exploration of one obscure Tom Petty song, Volpert’s essays comb through the musical, historical, rhetorical and sociological implications of a forgotten gem in a legendary c atalog with satisfying results.
In the face of powerlessness, we rebel anyway. She judges the forty years of Petty’s career with one finger on the pulse of Bob Dylan and an occasional whiff of Bruce Springsteen, looking at the sometimes violent mob scene of concerts as a type of transcendence. Straight Into Darkness offers a compelling vision of rock and roll fandom where the songwriter’s hardworking sense of humor is enough to save us from absurdity. All you need is Albert Camus and a couple of chords. Long after dark, Petty and Volpert each emerge as modern mystics.
My Friend Albert | Written by John Sheffield
Young French conman, Albert Duvalier, helps college student, Simon Blackstone, overcome his self-consciousness and find the girl of his dreams in 1960s London.
Sweetwater Blues | Written by Raymond Atkins
Rodney Earwood and Palmer Cray had been best friends for as long as either could remember. They were brothers in all but the genetic sense, each born late in the lives of good women who had given up on the dream of motherhood by the time their respective miracles occurred. They wandered the hills of North Georgia, hunted the pine woods, fished the cool, green streams, and camped under the stars. They shared each other's clothing, each other's families, and each other's homes. They grew into tall young men, and on a hot May afternoon right after they turned eighteen, they both graduated from Sweetwater High School, numbers seven and eight in the crooked, sweaty line that held a class of thirty of Sweetwater's finest. Shortly thereafter, Rodney and Palmer flew a Camaro into a tree, Palmer flew into a haystack, Rodney flew into the great beyond, and nothing in Sweetwater was ever the same again. Follow Palmer in the aftermath of his one great mistake as he confronts regret at his own fallibility, endures punishment for his actions, finds unexpected redemption in unusual places, and is given a second chance to try to make it all right. He is joined in this journey by an unlikely cast of associate--including a methamphetamine dealer named Cheddar, a junkyard owner named Ottis Lee, a coffee-can addict named Bay-Annette, and an Alzheimer's patient who was once Rodney's mother--as they face each day and try to overcome their Sweetwater Blues.
The Allies: Roosevelt, Stalin, Churchill and the Unlikely Alliance That Won World War II | Written by Winston Groom
This fall marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of Winston Groom’s bestselling and beloved novel Forrest Gump, as well as the release of his twentieth book. Out in time for Veteran’s Day, and well in advance of the 75th anniversary of D Day, THE ALLIES: Roosevelt, Stalin, Churchill and the Unlikely Alliance That Won World War II vividly portrays an alliance that changed the course of World War II and shaped the world of today.
By 1945, fifty-nine nations were arrayed against the Axis powers of Germany, Italy, and Japan. But three great Allied leaders—Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Joseph Stalin—had emerged to control the war in Europe and the Pacific. THE ALLIES is their story, revealing the personal lives and professional styles of three remarkable, yet dramatically different men who were able to put their differences aside to win the largest – and deadliest -- war in history.
At a time when our country has become increasingly polarized, it can be enlightening to look back and understand how battles were fought and wars were won -- not only through military might, but through the power of diplomacy and civilized discourse. In these colorful pages, Groom plumbs more than 2000 letters to document the changing course of the leaders’ relationships over the course of the conflict, revealing each man’s often veiled feelings (including Stalin’s estimation that Churchill was an open book but that Roosevelt hid his true objectives.)
Groom is a remarkable storyteller, and in these page he brings each man vividly to life. Alluring details from their personal lives, such as Stalin’s fear of plane travel, Roosevelt’s romantic entanglements and Churchill’s youthful difficulty at school, provide the backdrop for their fascinating and often complicated interactions. Taken together with riveting tales of battles won and lost, and illustrated with more than thirty contemporary photos and maps, THE ALLIES is history that both enthralls and enlivens.
The Battles and Campaigns of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest | Written by John Scales
The Tennessean was one of the most intriguing and controversial characters to emerge during the Civil War. Books and articles on the man span the gamut from hero worship because of his remarkable battlefield victories, to condemnation for his involvement with the slaughter at Fort Pillow and later, his association with the Ku Klux Klan. Retired Special Forces brigadier general John R. Scales plows entirely new ground with The Battles and Campaigns of General Nathan Bedford Forrest, 1861–1865, a careful and unique examination of Forrest’s wartime activities and how his actions affected the war in the Western Theater.
Each chapter covers specific raids or campaigns, all arranged chronologically. After describing the environment within which Forrest operated, which helps readers understand the larger situation within which his movements were made and his battles were fought, Gen. Scales narrates the decisions Forrest and his opponents made and the actions they took. Firsthand sources, including heavy use of documents and reports from the Official Records, coupled with 109 original maps, make it easy to understand the often complex background, movements, and engagements involving Forrest and his command.
Scales’ study is also a meticulous guide to Forrest’s campaigns. For example, each action is augmented with detailed driving directions to allow readers to examine his battlefields and the routes his cavalry took during its famous raids. For the first time, students of Forrest’s campaigns can follow in his footsteps, experiencing the terrain much the same way he did. A detailed review and assessment of each raid or campaign follows the description of the actions and the associated driving instructions. Throughout, General Scales relies upon his own extensive military background to help evaluate and explain how and why Forrest grew in command ability and potential as a result of his experiences—or didn’t.
The late award-winning author Albert Castel asked two major questions about Nathan Bedford Forrest: “Exactly what impact did Forrest’s dazzling raids and victories have upon the overall course of the war?” and “Had Forrest been given a higher command and/or greater opportunities, what would have been the potential outcome as regards the fate of the Confederacy?” The Battles and Campaigns of General Nathan Bedford Forrest makes it much easier to answer both.
The Best of the Nest | Written by Robin Conte
The Best of the Nest:Robin's Nest Columns from the Reporter Newspapers
Robin Conte has entertained metro Atlanta readers for years with her award-winning column, Robin’s Nest. Written with warmth and wit, her essays explore family life in the 21st century. This suburban mother of four identifies her parenting style as “laissez-authoritarian-it’s-not-faire,” claims to have spent twenty-four years bonding with her kids over disgusting things, and says she takes yoga because it’s the only way she can justify lying flat on her back for five minutes in the middle of the day besides getting an MRI.
Forty-nine of her favorite columns now are available in the collection The Best of the Nest. Touching on topics that range from mastering Bitmojis to pureeing pumpkins, The Best of the Nest offers something to appeal to every reader.
The Hidden Light of Northern Fires | Written by Daren Wang
Rooted in the history of the only secessionist town north of the Mason Dixon Line, Daren Wang's The Hidden Light of Northern Fires tells a story of redemption amidst a war that tore families and the country apart.
Mary Willis has always been an outcast, an abolitionist in a town of bounty hunters and anti-Union farmers. After college, she dreams of exploring the country, but is obligated to take over the household duties and management of her family’s farm, while her brother Leander avoids his own responsibilities. Helping runaways is the only thing that makes her life in Town Line bearable.
When escaped slave Joe Bell collapses in her father’s barn, Mary is determined to help him cross to freedom in nearby Canada. But the wounded fugitive is haunted by his vengeful owner, who relentlessly hunts him up and down the country, and his sister, still trapped as a slave in the South.
As the countryside is riled by the drumbeat of civil war, rebels and soldiers from both sides bring intrigue and violence of the brutal war to the town and the farm, and threaten to destroy all that Mary loves.
The Siege: A Novel | Written by Marilyn Baron
Artist Theia Constas receives a tour of Italy from her grandmother as a college graduation present. Before she departs, her ya-ya's deathbed revelation of a cache of WWII photographs and love letters extends Theia's itinerary to Crete in search of her unknown grandfather, a promising artist who studied under Chagall but didn't survive the war.
Wade Bingham, an actuary who always follows the rules and calculates the odds, finds himself alone on his honeymoon trip, wondering why his fiancée jilted him at the last minute.
In the wrong place at the wrong time when their hotel in Florence, Italy, is besieged by terrorists, the two strangers find themselves thrust together in Wade's honeymoon suite. Immediately attracted to each other, Wade conducts a siege of his own to win Theia's heart.
The Trigger Effect | Written by Jeremy Logan with Brenda Sevcik
Two seventeen year-olds, honor students found murdered behind the supermarket, execution style - drugs were no involved. Their parents were affluent. Sarah and Blair were in love, headed for college. Lieutenant Reed Pascoe and Detective Denise Smith are tasked with finding the killer.
Their investigation leads them to many dead ends, they both become targets of the killer. He kills other random victims with the same pistol intent to throw them off.
The detectives arrest him, but that when it gets weird. Although they find evidence that proves he's the perpetrator, the court intervenes. It's discovered that their suspect is not who or what they think. They truth solves little, leaving all the affected parties, the victims families, the detectives and the city with more questions than answers.
The Weight of Sound | Written by Peter McDade
The Weight of Sound_ covers twenty years in the life of singer-songwriter Spider Webb. Through rotating points of view, the book traces the ways Spider and his music affect the people in his life: family, fellow musicians, girlfriends, fans, roadies, and music industry lackeys.
Set List | Written by Raymond Atkins
Set List begins in 1970, when Blanchard Shankles and John Covey come together and start making music in a rock and roll band named Skyye. They were two young men from Sequoyah, Georgia, with limited prospects and big dreams, who were joined in their quest for fame and fortune by their friends Ford Man Cooper, Chicken Raines, Jimbo Tant, Tucker McFry, and Simpson Taggart. These fledgling musicians set out upon a musical voyage that spanned four decades, fifty states, and uncounted miles as they pursued the elusive success that was always just one song ahead of them.
Along the way the band played bars and clubs, carnivals and dances, dives and festivals, and together through good times and bad, sickness and health, romance, marriage, divorce, birth, and death, they each built two lives: the one out under the lights that they were drawn to like moths to a flame, and the one they came back to when the music stopped and the crowds went home.
The story alternates between present-day North Georgia and the 1970s and is the story of a bar band as told primarily through the eyes of its lead guitar player, Blanchard Shankles, and its bass player, John Covey. Each chapter is built around an original song in the band’s repertoire plus an iconic song from the archives of rock and roll, and together these songs and these chapters form the set list of the band members’ lives.
Where's Wilson? | Written by Kelly Young-Silverman
It’s time to go to sleep. But one of the counting sheep from the Sweet Dream Team has gone missing. With bedtime soon approaching, and the town in a fuss, they need to find Wilson. They have to! They must!
Where’s Wilson? is a whimsical, illustrated story about Wilson, an important member of the Sweet Dream Team, who wanders away from the team. With bedtime rapidly approaching, the whole community bands together to find Wilson. After all, how can anyone manage to fall asleep if there aren’t enough sheep to count?
Children will love the sing-song verses and discovering new objects and characters in the multi-layered pictures.
Where’s Wilson is the second in a series of Evie & Knox night time story books.
Forever, Alabama | Written by Susan Sands
Everybody loves local attorney and favorite son, Ben Laroux. Well, at least everybody of the female persuasion–until he meets Sabine O'Connor. She loathes him and makes no secret of her feelings, even when he pours on his famous charm hoping to thank her for helping his family. Ben has never been told no, and if there's one thing he's never walked away from, it's a challenge.
Sabine hopes she’s finally found peace and safety in the small town of Ministry. She’s changed her name to escape her painful past and her shameful family secrets. Ben Laroux is a gorgeous and sexy complication she can’t afford, but also can't resist. However, when her past threatens to derail her present and future, Ben might be the only man she can trust.