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A Daffodil for Angie | 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 Friend in the End | Katherine Jansen
Building healthy friendships can be challenging, particularly when you’re just learning how. It is easy to feel
left out, and to wonder why it seems no one will play with you, no one will be your friend. But come along on this journey with Little Duck as he navigates the school yard, recognizes a bully for who he is, and makes a wonderful new friend! You’re sure to be inspired and realize that you too can build a True Friendship!
A Kiss in the Dark | 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 | By Keryl J. Oliver
The 6-year child loved her time spent in solitude in the woods near her home. But was she really alone? She didn't believe so. There was always the sense of a loving presence watching over her, delighting in her time in nature. What was that extra something? Why was there so much wisdom when it pressed on her heart?
As the child grew to adulthood, the connection to this extra something would become vital when she invites a near-stranger into her home to help in her battle with cancer. The author takes readers through a riveting series of events that end with a shocking twist, forcing her to draw from all she learned through the seasons to determine what is the truth and what is a lie. Throughout the book she weaves stories of faith that defy human explanation.
All the Light Inside of You is filled with occurrences that remind us we are so much more than physical beings, and we are never alone. Although we tend to focus on the material, physical world that can be seen, heard, touched, and measured, we are a part of a larger, immeasurable whole.
When we choose to connect to something bigger than ourselves, we become amplified with ability, compassion, and fortitude—even in the darkest of times.The discovery of this by an every-day person, through poignant storytelling and unforgettable scenarios, is the foundation of this book.
A Perfect Plan | By Katherine Jansen
In this story, our little adopted Penguin has some big questions for his Mamma Porcupine. So come along and see just how cherished and loved this little one is, no matter what differences there may seem to be. And hopefully you'll see, even more clearly, how loved and cherished you are too!
Apprentice Quest | By Jim Hodgson
A hopeful orphan. An incredible wizard. One boy must do the impossible to change his life forever…
Ozel wonders if he'll ever escape his angry, fat caretaker. As the orphan hopes for a better future, a mysterious wizard gives him the gift of an apprenticeship and some unbelievable magic. But when Ozel discovers he's the lone heir to a massive fortune, he'll need more than a few spells to claim it.
After learning his portly caretaker plans to steal the money first, Ozel races through a forest of blacksmiths, witches, and even the undead to protect his birthright. If he survives the treacherous Tangul forest, the orphan and his wizard may just have to stop a twisted mage to go from zero to wealthy hero.
Aspirations of the Heart | By Katie Hart Smith
Addie Engel is a small-town girl who wants nothing more than to leave her family farm, venture out in the wider world of 1913 Georgia and become a successful nurse. But the times aren't so friendly to a young woman determined to buck society’s expectations and do more than marry, have children, and keep house. If society has its way, she will never leave Hope, Georgia, nor the boy who hopes to be more than just her friend. Then, tragedy strikes, and with it comes an opportunity Addie can't refuse. Thrust into in the rapidly growing city of Atlanta, she's soon immersed in a world of powerful people intent upon their own plans and schemes, including Lester Schwinn, a conniving man hell-bent on making his mysterious cure-all tonic a household name at any cost.
Aspirations of the Heart is the passionate tale of Addie’s self-discovery, but also the city of Atlanta and the growing pains the 20th century brings. Filled with vivid and memorable characters, and replete with historically and socially accurate details, it is a panoramic novel ideal for lovers of Southern fiction and for anyone who enjoys a well-spun, exciting, and colorful tale.
Blood in the Soil | By Carole Townsend
Blood in the Soil is the only book ever written about the story behind the 1978 shooting of Larry Flynt in a small town in Georgia. Many believed that Flynt was a target because of his outspokenness and his publication of pornography. The real story is chilling, and it is a real a threat today as it was in 1978. A cautionary tale that had to be told, and as a nation, we must listen.
Blood in the Soil earned Carole Townsend the honor of FINALIST in the 2017 Georgia Author of the Year in the mystery/suspense category.
Close Enough to Touch | By Colleen Oakley
Jubilee Jenkins is no ordinary librarian. With a rare allergy to human touch, any skin-to-skin contact could literally kill her. But after retreating into solitude for nearly ten years, Jubilee’s decided to brave the world again, despite the risks. Armed with a pair of gloves, long sleeves, and her trusty bicycle, she finally ventures out the front door—and into her future.
Eric Keegan has troubles of his own. With his daughter from a failed marriage no longer speaking to him, and his brilliant, if psychologically troubled, adopted son attempting telekinesis, Eric’s struggling to figure out how his life got so off course, and how to be the dad—and man—he wants so desperately to be. So when an encounter over the check-out desk at the local library entangles his life with that of a beautiful—albeit eccentric—woman, he finds himself wanting nothing more than to be near her.
A “heart-wrenching and humorous” (Publishers Weekly) love story for anyone who’s ever wanted something—or someone—just out of reach, Colleen Oakley’s Close Enough to Touch will delight fans of Jojo Moyes’s One Plus One and Graeme Simsion’s The Rosie Project.
Dangerous Conjurings | 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?
Dig Your Grave | 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
Do It NOW! | By Dr. T.M. Wallace
Do It NOW! A 7-Step Plan to Fix Bad Habits
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
Don't You know You are Beautiful Just the Way You Are! | By G.A. Sealy
Destiny was not happy with the way she looked. However, after talking to her Mommy she realizes that she is not only beautiful on the outside, but more importantly on the inside as well. This book was written to teach young girls, that although they may look different than the girls they see in magazines or on television, they are truly beautiful just the way they are. This is the first book in the I Love Me Series of books which are designed to promote self-confidence, self- acceptance, love of self and health in children.
Doll-E 1.0 | 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.
Forgiving Fox | Written by Katherine Jansen
When you’re feeling down, don’t get stuck! Come along on this journey with Donkey and Fox and see how forgiveness opens up new options in life! Learn how its magic works! And maybe you can possess the magic of forgiveness in your life too!
Ghostdrums | By Sherrie Lea Morgan
Marine Veteran, Marcus Lincoln, returns home after almost being blown to bits. His physical injuries are nothing compared to his mental state. He now sees the ghost of his best friend. In need of R & R he rents rooms from a landowner in small town Georgia. However, the landlord looks nothing like he imagined.
Victoria Silvershade is a spirit seeker. She wants to start a foundation that will allow her to help spirits who have not crossed over. And it just so happens, she has her own troupe of ghosts residing in her home. To bring in money, she rents out part of her house to Marcus, but fails to tell him his new landlord is a woman.
When her foundation sponsors begin to turn up dead, Victoria, Marcus, and their combined ghost family try to find the killer. But will they succeed before they become deceased themselves?
Hope Never Rests | By Katie Hart Smith
Hope Never Rests is the second book in the Sacred Heart series. This dynamic story weaves a tapestry of greed, ambition, hope, and love.
After her parents died, the last thing Addie Engel expected upon moving to Atlanta was to take part in uncovering an illegal drug plot, especially one run by her beloved Garrett’s cousin. But now that Lester’s gone for good, Addie’s journey of self-discovery can finally begin in earnest, exactly how she’s always dreamed. With a new inheritance and the support of Garrett behind her, she’s at last enrolled in school and on track to becoming a fully-fledged nurse at Sacred Heart Hospital. The medical center is state-of-the-art, and full of doctors, equipment, nurses, and new friends—everything Addie needs to realize her heart’s aspiration. Not to mention an attractive young doctor who’s taken a liking to Addie…
But the world of medicine in 1914 has its dark side, and that corruption is slowly eking into the hospital and everyone who enters it. With the Great War approaching, illness and tragedy are at an all-time high, and that means the number of children left homeless and orphaned is only growing…unfortunately for them, there are some who are all too happy to take advantage of the situation. When the bodies of young boys begin to appear scattered across town, the police don’t know who or what is to blame. But Addie, as usual, is right in the middle of things, and she has a sneaking suspicion the hospital—and its favored orphanage—is unwittingly involved.
Set in the maze of mounting social strain and growing pains that is early 20th century Atlanta, Hope Never Rests is a panoramic and masterful sequel to Aspirations of the Heart. Both novels have been placed in Georgia’s Governor’s Mansion Library.
Grey | By Christi J. Whitney
Can you still love with a heart of stone?
Sebastian Grey always thought he was a fairly normal teenager – good friends, decent grades and a pretty sweet job in his foster brother’s tattoo shop.
But when Romany gypsies arrive in town, Sebastian discovers that his world is not what it seems. There is an age-old feud between his family and the gypsies – and this isn’t the only secret his brother has been keeping from him. His life is not his own. The girl he’s been dreaming about has just turned up at school, and he feels compelled to protect her at all costs.
Even if that means life might never be normal again.
Forever, Alabama | 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.
Images from World War II: The Art of Jack Smith | By Rona Simmons
A collection of thirty-six brush and ink drawings from WWII veteran and commercial artist Jack Smith. Each of the stark, black and white line drawings capture the essence of the war in the Pacific, the terrain, the ships, the men. All were drawn from iconic photographs captured by professional and amateur photographers and journalists who witnessed the fighting firsthand.
Rona Simmons added the narrative accompanying each image. Together, Mr. Smith and Ms. Simmons hope to bring broader distribution of the remarkably detailed paintings and to encourage readers to deepen their understanding of the war.
Into the Pond | By Marsha Cornelius
Inheriting Edith | By Zoe Fishman
A poignant breakout novel, for fans of J. Courtney Sullivan and Elin Hilderbrand, about a single mother who inherits a beautiful beach house with a caveat—she must take care of the ornery elderly woman who lives in it.
For years, Maggie Sheets has been an invisible hand in the glittering homes of wealthy New York City clients, scrubbing, dusting, mopping, and doing all she can to keep her head above water as a single mother. Everything changes when a former employer dies leaving Maggie a staggering inheritance. A house in Sag Harbor. The catch? It comes with an inhabitant: The deceased’s eighty-two-year old mother Edith.
Edith has Alzheimer’s—or so the doctors tell her—but she remembers exactly how her daughter Liza could light up a room, or bring dark clouds in her wake. And now Liza’s gone, by her own hand, and Edith has been left—like a chaise or strand of pearls—to a poorly dressed young woman with a toddler in tow.
Maggie and Edith are both certain this arrangement will be an utter disaster. But as summer days wane, a tenuous bond forms, and Edith, who feels the urgency of her diagnosis, shares a secret that she’s held close for five decades, launching Maggie on a mission that might just lead them each to what they are looking for.
Lost in the White Ruin | By William Walsh
Collection of poem that explores the mysteries of the universe and human heart, written with humor, tenderness, vigor, and clarity. These poems address life's complexities without flinching. They are complicated, mysterious, and contradictory narratives because that's the way humans are, the perfect balance to explain the wilderness of the heart.
Lala Thankyou: Dark Homecoming | By Erica Gerald Mason
MURDER IS A DRAG...
From the outside looking in, Lazarus Mercy has it all. He’s a fan favorite on a reality tv show, his career as drag queen Lala Thankyou has never been better, and he’s learned to hide his introversion from his adoring fans…until he’s framed for a murder he didn’t commit.
OUT OF TOWN, OUT OF LUCK, UNDER SUSPICION...
Desperate to prove his innocence, Lazarus turns to an old friend to help bring the true killer to justice. Knowing the police are on his tail, Lazarus must let his stage persona loan him the bravery he needs to solve the crime. ---can Lazarus must fight his inner demons...while fighting for his life?
My Friend Albert | 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.
Inscrutable | By Jeremy Logan
Eli Taylor runs Daneli. He and Victor Majeski, who starred in THE RUBIK MEMORANDUM, take a back seat to Erica Hunter, the chief claims investigator, in INSCRUTABLE. The novels in this trilogy have a lot of things in common – the lead characters, conspiracies, and most of all – a deception. The deceptions have a commonality, don’t assume anything. The disasters Daneli responds to are never what they appear to be. And the villains never expect Eli, Vic and Erica to be a match for their cunning.
This a story of greed, revenge and deceit. An explosion starts out looking like a typical mechanical failure on a gas pipeline. Two people are killed. The operator of the pipeline is suspicious that the cause wasn’t so typical, so he hires Eli Taylor and his company of sleuths to investigate. Settlement of claims is Erica Hunter’s specialty, and as she investigates their validity, she smells a rat. Victor Majeski, who investigates the causes of the disasters and is the chief conspiracy advocate in the firm, also suspects that the cause wasn’t an accident.
The problem is who would do such a thing, and why. Whatever it is, it feels big and dangerous to Daneli. Mysterious murders of key witnesses keep occurring, and nothing seems to add up. The most diabolical of masterminds is soon matching wits with Erica and Vic, as they become targets as well. The two sides are on a collision course where one side is doomed to destruction.
Oh My Stars | By Sally Kilpatrick
A heartwarming, hilarious Christmas story with a Southern twist.
Like most things in Ellery, Tennessee, this year’s Drive Thru Nativity is a little unconventional. The Dollar General parking lot doubles as a Bethlehem stable, and widowed writer Ivy Long, who’s been roped into playing Mary, sure as heck isn’t a virgin. But then comes an unexpected development: a genuine, real-life baby left in the manger, with only a brief note. And somehow, in the kerfuffle that follows, Ivy finds her life is about to change . . .
The holidays are a bittersweet time for Ivy—filled with memories of her beloved late husband and reminders that life doesn’t always offer the happily-ever-afters her readers expect. So when Ivy ends up with custody of the baby, she can only chalk it up to a Christmas miracle. She doesn’t know if it will be forever, but with help from family, she’ll make little Zuzu’s first Christmas a good one. The nativity’s Joseph, aka Gabe Ledbetter, has a pediatrics background that’s coming in mighty handy. In turn, Ivy is helping Gabe find his place in the quirky community. If that place turns out to be somewhere near Ivy, well, maybe this particular Christmas story will turn out to be merry and bright after all . . .
Lum | By Libby Ware
Lum is an intersex woman living in the Virginia mountains during the Depression. She has no home of her own and stays with relatives when they need her. She secretly collects postcards of sideshow performers and imagines their stories. When the Blue Ridge Parkway is slated to come through her family's farmland, everything is turned upside down. As people take sides, the community begins to tear apart, resulting in an act of violence and a betrayal. For Lum, however, the Parkway brings loss as well as an unexpected opportunity.
I Wish | By Katherine Jansen
In this colorful, imaginative story, be swept away as a little sugar glider dreams out loud with her Mamma, and Mamma tells her just how much she is loved!
In Memory of Self and Comrades | 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.
My Sweet Vidalia | By Deborah Mantella
On July 4, 1955, in rural Georgia, an act of violence threatens the life of Vidalia Lee Kandal Jackson's pre-born daughter. Despite the direst of circumstances, the spirit of the lost child refuses to leave her ill-equipped young mother's side.
For as long as she is needed--through troubled pregnancies, through poverty, through spousal abuse and agonizing betrayals--Cieli Mae, the determined spirit child, narrates their journey. Serving as a safe place and sounding board for Vidalia's innermost thoughts and confusions, lending a strength to her momma's emerging voice, Cieli Mae provides her own special brand of comfort and encouragement, all the while honoring the restrictions imposed by her otherworldly status.
Vidalia finds further support in such unlikely townsfolk and relations as Doc Feldman, Gamma Gert and her Wild Women of God, and, most particularly, in Ruby Pearl Banks, the kind, courageous church lady, who has suffered her own share of heartache in their small Southern town of yesteryear's prejudices and presumptions.
My Sweet Vidalia is wise and witty, outstanding for its use of vibrant, poetic language and understated Southern dialect, as well as Mantella's clear-eyed observations of race relations as human relations, a cast of unforgettable characters, an in-depth exploration of the ties that bind, and its creative perspective. My Sweet Vidalia is a rare, wonderful, and complex look at hope, strength, the unparalleled power of unconditional love, and a young mother's refusal to give up.
Mystical Aria: Seeking the Gallion Queen | By Jean Neff Guthrie
Psychic tween Aria Vanir of Virginia Beach trusts only her mother with the knowledge of her visions until she connects with peaceful aliens, the Gallions. Then Aria confides in her best friend, Tommy Manger. His surprise doubts and anger threaten to end their friendship. When the Gallions beam Aria, Tommy, and Aria’s tomboyish older sister, Jackie, aboard their superspaceship, Aria’s mother makes a bold move to save her daughters. None of them realize that the Na vy has sent Aria’s SEAL father, William, on a mission to capture the Gallions or destroy their superspaceship. Worse, William has no idea that he’s putting his daughters in harm’s way.
Nashata, Queen Supreme of the Gallions, leads the diplomatic mission to make first contact with Aria, the only human she trusts with the secrets of her people. Can Aria succeed in her quest to meet the queen in person, despite the fears and disbeliefs of those closest to her?
Mystical Aria: Starship Diary (Vol. 2) | By Jean Neff Guthrie
First contact with Queen Supreme Nashata, Galactic Mother of the Gallions, transforms tween psychic Aria Vanir into Earth Ambassador to the Gallions. Can Aria summon the courage to tell humans about the Gallions’ peaceful messages of love, infinity, and prosperity? For this, she turns to her most trusted companion: her diary.
Aria’s space adventure unfolds through her innermost thoughts as she journals her visions, dreams, and inner conflicts. What happens on the starship stays in Aria’s diary, from mishaps to fave memories with her teen spy sister Jackie, best friend Tommy, and galfriend-for-life Princess LeSom. A futuristic youth show, "Aria’s Universe," emerges with exclusive alien interviews aboard the starship Rama XI. Why does Princess LeSom like Elvis so much? What initiation did Peakte endure to emerge as the Gallions’ greatest inventor? How did alien queen Nashata meet her favorite communicorn, Shemuse, and accept her royal destiny?
Stories from these good aliens inspire Aria to believe there might be a safe place in the world for her secret, psychic talents.
Lady Be Good | 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.
Once Upon a Zoo | 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 Prince of Scribes | By Jonathan Haupt
New York Times best-selling writer Pat Conroy (1945–2016) inspired a worldwide legion of devoted fans numbering in the millions, but none are more loyal to him and more committed to sustaining his literary legacy than the many writers he nurtured over the course of his fifty-year writing life. In sharing their stories of Conroy, his fellow writers honor his memory and advance our shared understanding of his lasting impact on twentieth- and twenty-first-century literary life in and well beyond the American South.
Conroy’s was a messy fellowship of people from all walks of life. His relationships were complicated, and people and places he thought he’d left behind often circled back to him at crucial moments. The pantheon of contributors includes Pulitzer Prize winners Rick Bragg and Kathleen Parker; Grammy winners Barbra Streisand and Janis Ian; Lillian Smith Award winners Anthony Grooms and Mary Hood; National Book Award winner Nikky Finney; James Beard Foundation Award winners Nathalie Dupree and Cynthia Graubart; a corps of New York Times best-selling authors, including Ron Rash, Sandra Brown, and Mary Alice Monroe; Conroy biographers Katherine Clark and Catherine Seltzer; longtime Conroy friends Bernie Schein, Cliff Graubart, John Warley, and Walter Edgar; Pat’s students Sallie Ann Robinson and Valerie Sayers; members of the Conroy family; and many more.
Each author in this collection shares a slightly different view of Conroy. Through their voices, a vibrant, multifaceted portrait of him comes to life and sheds new light on the writer and the man. Loosely following Conroy’s own chronology, the essays in Our Prince of Scribes wind through his river of a story, stopping at important ports of call. Cities he called home and longed to visit, along with each book he birthed, become characters that are as equally important as the people he touched and loved along the way.
Veterans: Stories From America's Best | By Pete Mecca
I have interviewed over 400 of my brothers and sisters from all branches, all ranks, and all wars. My book is the first in a series of 10-12 books, the first book contains 33 stories, including Lt. Col. Bob Cole, Jimmy Doolittle's copilot on the April, '42 air raid on Japan. Roy Reid, copilot of the first B-17 and possibly the first American plane shot down in WWII, at Pearl Harbor, on Dec 7, 1941. Joe Galloway, AP reporter who was with Col. Hal Moore at the first major Americ an/NVA engagement at the I Drang Valley. Joe wrote the book "We Were Soldiers Once...And Young." Mel Gibson starred in the movie version. And many more.
Sweet Fatalities | By Sherrie Lea Morgan
The kitchen has always been Hannah’s happy place, but as she prepares to compete for prize money any aspiring baker would drool over, she notices something weird. Weird even for a culinary student who still talks to the ghost of her dead roommate. As competitors are eliminated through illness and mysterious deaths, the contestant list is starting to look like a hit list—and she’s on it. It figures the only cop she can trust is the one who investigated her roommate’s death. An ill-mannered detective with an overly suspicious mind. Neil Garrett’s is haunted by a meddlesome ghost that inhabits his new/old fixer-upper, and by the memory Hannah’s hot curves, fiery curls, and equally fiery temper. No one knows better than he what it costs her to ask for his help, and this time he won’t let her down. She's the only woman he's ever wanted for his own...she could also be the next target of a madman with a taste for murder.
Set List | 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.
Our Curious World of Mirror Images | By Titus Joseph
From ancient philosophy to the big bang, quantum physics, and cosmology; "Our Curious World of Mirror Images" takes us on a mind-stretching journey through time and space, to unveil a new theory that explains how all things and the universe itself, comes into existence. This amazing reality is explained through the curious symmetries found everywhere in nature.
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.
Running with Lions | 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.
Plea for Justice | 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.
The Almost Sisters | By Joshilyn Jackson
Apowerful, emotionally resonant novel of the South that confronts the truth about privilege, family, and the distinctions between perception and reality---the stories we tell ourselves about our origins and who we really are.
Superheroes have always been Leia Birch Briggs’ weakness. One tequila-soaked night at a comics convention, the usually level-headed graphic novelist is swept off her barstool by a handsome and anonymous Batman.
It turns out the caped crusader has left her with more than just a nice, fuzzy memory. She’s having a baby boy—an unexpected but not unhappy development in the thirty-eight year-old’s life. But before Leia can break the news of her impending single-motherhood (including the fact that her baby is biracial) to her conventional, Southern family, her step-sister Rachel’s marriage implodes. Worse, she learns her beloved ninety-year-old grandmother, Birchie, is losing her mind, and she’s been hiding her dementia with the help of Wattie, her best friend since girlhood.
Leia returns to Alabama to put her grandmother’s affairs in order, clean out the big Victorian that has been in the Birch family for generations, and tell her family that she’s pregnant. Yet just when Leia thinks she’s got it all under control, she learns that illness is not the only thing Birchie’s been hiding. Tucked in the attic is a dangerous secret with roots that reach all the way back to the Civil War. Its exposure threatens the family’s freedom and future, and it will change everything about how Leia sees herself and her sister, her son and his missing father, and the world she thinks she knows.
Shadow | By Christi J. Whitney
The second volume in this incredible YA trilogy. When stone hearts break they shatter.
Sebastian Grey used to be a normal teenager. Now he’s a creature whose sole purpose is to be a guardian for secretive gypsy clans.
When the Romany gypsies need his help, Sebastian is given a second chance to protect Josephine Romany – the girl he loves. But this is no easy task when some of them think he’s as bad as the shadow creatures attacking their camp.
Yet to keep Josephine safe, Sebastian might have to embrace his darker side. Even if that means choosing between his humanity and becoming the monster everyone believes him to be.
Precious Cargo | 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.
Sweetwater Blues | 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.
Strong Is the New Pretty: A Guided Journal for Girls | 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.
Shadow of the Lions | 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.
The Moaning Bench | 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.
The Battles and Campaigns of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest | 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 Allies | By Winston Groom
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.
Son of a Bitch | 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?
Straight Into Darkness | 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.
The Hidden Light of Northern Fires | 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.
South of the Etowah | 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.
Switch and Bait | 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 Strange Journey of the Confederate Constitution | By William Rawlings
The Strange Journey of the Confederate Constitution is a collection of seventeen articles and essays on events great and small in Southern and Georgia history from the 1790s through the 1930s. Featured articles include The Great Yazoo Fraud, the fate of the fabled Confederate Treasure, The Lost Stone Mountain Memorial, the Reign of Terror of the Ku Klux Klan, the Freedman's Land Insurrection of 1875, and others. Written for the general reader interested in our shared past, this is an enjoyable and informative book sure to fascinate young and old alike.
The Half Wives | By Stacia Pelletier
Over the course of one momentous day, two women who have built their lives around the same man find themselves moving toward an inevitable reckoning.
Former Lutheran minister Henry Plageman is a master secret keeper and a man wracked by grief. He and his wife, Marilyn, tragically lost their young son, Jack, many years ago. But he now has another child—a daughter, eight-year-old Blue—with Lucy, the woman he fell in love with after his marriage collapsed.
The Half Wives follows these interconnected characters on May 22, 1897, the anniversary of Jack’s birth. Marilyn distracts herself with charity work at an orphanage. Henry needs to wrangle his way out of the police station, where he has spent the night for disorderly conduct. Lucy must rescue and rein in the intrepid Blue, who has fallen in a saltwater well. But before long, these four will all be drawn on this day to the same destination: to the city cemetery on the outskirts of San Francisco, to the grave that means so much to all of them. The collision of lives and secrets that follows will leave no one unaltered.
The March of the 18th | By Kevin Horgan
In 1864 the fate of the Union Army's Veteran reserve Corps rested on the courage of its soldiers crippled by the war, whose only desire was dignified service, even after harrowing personal sacrifice. The Veterans Reserve Corps was created during the Civil War to allow invalid soldiers to serve effectively, thereby freeing the able-bodied for combat.
THE MARCH OF THE 18th is the first of a two book series.
The Policeman's Daughter | By Trudy Boyce
The “captivating” (Publishers Weekly) third novel featuring Atlanta police officer Sara “Salt” Alt, Boyce takes readers back to the beginnings of Salt’s career, before her promotion to the Homicide unit. Boyce “vividly captures the toll that working such a beat takes as she fleshes out Salt,” says Booklist, “with her imperfections, humanity, and strong moral sense.” With an uncompromising authenticity drawn from her own thirty-plus-years career with the Atlanta Police Department, Boyce proves with THE POLICEMAN’S DAUGHTER that she is unmatched in creating a police procedural that hums with the cadences of rhythms of the precinct and the streets.
At the beginning of her career, after suffering a head injury in what should have been a routine traffic stop, Salt eschews a desk job in favor of being reassigned to the streets—and facing Atlanta’s poorest, most dangerous public housing project, The Homes, rife with gang warfare and drug deals. As she nears the end of her first night back on patrol, Salt encounters a strung-out addict, Shannell, who reports that she has knifed her man. This kind of domestic is fairly routine, and when the wounded man is found and Shannell is taken into custody, the case seems closed. But soon after, Salt answers another call—and this time finds Shannell the victim, dead and discovered by her young daughter. Now, Salt is swept up in a homicide investigation that will lay the groundwork for her career, as well as force her to face her own ghosts; her beloved father, also a cop, killed himself when Salt was ten. And, like Shannell’s young daughter, it was Salt who found the body.
As she puts her instincts to work, Salt meets the cast of misfits and criminals who will profoundly impact her later cases: Man Man, the leader of the local gang on his way to better places; street dealer Lil D and his family; and Sister Connelly, the observant matriarch of the neighborhood. What’s more, her simpatico partnership with fellow police officer, Pepper, solidifies, and Salt draws close to homicide Detective Wills—even though their budding romance is complicated by their respective positions on the force.