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I Will Spin Again

MaryElla has just been given the role of The Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker Ballet. After she is injured on the playground, she loses her special part and must summon all her courage and strength to find her way back to health. On her journey she learns the important life lessons of dedication, acceptance, and forgiveness.

Amanda's Civil War In the Great Smoky Mountains

While women's place in the nineteenth-century society was strictly defined, some women transcended those boundaries. My fictional leading lady, Amanda Armstrong was one of those women. Out of food and supplies, Amanda traveled to Knoxville, looking for a way to support herself until the war was over. Along the way, she encountered an orphaned black boy who attached himself to her and would not let go. When she returned home a few months later, he followed her. After conquering her own deep-seated fears, Amanda profoundly affected the lives of many people, including the women of her neighborhood who were also struggling to survive the war. Together they must survive.

Ricky's Desert Adventure

Ricky, a talking cactus, has a dad who is in trouble and he is determined to save the day, but how does a prickly pear cactus do that? Thankfully the desert is full of new friends everywhere he goes. Ricky shares his adventure on his journey.

Bad Love Medicine

Adolf Hitler’s darkest secret is about to cross paths with the time-traveling Bad Love Gang on their quest to save the life of one of their members from a fate of terminal breast cancer. Back from their mission to save the Republic of Azur from volcanic destruction in Bad Love Beyond, the Bad Love Gang are knighted in a royal ceremony and celebration for the ages at the Queen’s Palace on Planet Azur. Blue Nova One gives Bubble Butt the cure for Hannah Lieb’s breast cancer and a secretive rescue device. The Bad Love Gang returns to Earth to deal with the KGB and plan their time-travel trip back to World War II Europe to find Hannah Lieb. Can they triumph?

Andy and the Beats

Andy and the Beats is a story of hope and encouragement in the face of adversity. The goal is to teach kids the importance of being patient and persistent in their journey to understand how to live with a chronic illness. This beautifully illustrated book tells the story that begins as a day like any other for Andy, until a visit from the virus turns his whole world upside down! Diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, Andy sets out on an adventure to find a cure with the magical Beats. Will they find the key that fits the cure?

The Summer the Air Changed

 

Life is right normal for fourteen-year-old Bit Sizemore and her precocious twelve-and-a-half year old best friend, Wisteria Calliope Jones, until Bug Jeter sees Jesus in a rock and changes little Lovington, North Carolina forever. Tourists discover the sleepy mountain town, big-city pretty-boy Palmer Lee Compton threatens the girls' friendship, and the town's pets begin disappearing. That's when Wisteria decides that it's up to her and Bit to solve the mystery of the missing pets, while side-stepping the minefields of hurt feelings and teen crushes.

 

 

 

Scattered Flowers

 

Scattered Flowers is a collection of short stories centering on Appalachian women and the beauty of the Appalachian home-place. These stories have been carefully crafted by an impressive collection of talented authors. Each tale is sure to tug your heartstrings, bringing laughter, tears, and lasting impressions that will keep you coming back to this anthology again and again.

The Joy of Being You

 

The Joy of Being You uses the humorous differences in two dogs and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality preferences to help children find joy in who they are.

 

"In this inspired picture book, Rick Toomey celebrates the differences that make us special through the stories of his last two pets. As you get to know Mia and Beau—two very different dogs—their contrasting yet beautiful personalities will win you over. Their adventures help us see the strengths in not only our unique take on the world, but also that of those around us."

—Micki Bare, Author of The Hubbleville Series

Remembrances

 

The author writes: This book is a collection of true short stories and personal anecdotes about people I've known, experiences I've had, and places I've been. Life lessons and fun tales from a bygone era, these writings afford the readers an opportunity to escape from the busyness of the hectic world in which we live, along with the opportunity to take the time to reminisce about or become acquainted with a more innocent, easier time. All the while, this book encourages readers to seek deeper faith in the One who made us all. Born and bred on the flatlands of West Texas, I've had a blessed life, and I thank you, the readers, for allowing me to share a little bit of it with you.

Andrew Searches for a Forever Family

 

Andrew Searches for a Forever Family tells a story about a little boy named Andrew, a special needs orphan, who is on a journey to find a forever family. This story of adoption is written in poetic form from the view of the adoptive family, as well as the child, expressing the joy of these two becoming one family. We see the patience, labor, and love involved in the process and the joyful ending.

Great Granny and Her Yucky Old Cat

 

Molly's Life as she knows it is about to change...

"The scary old house stands looming, staring at me with its creepy dark windows. I am being forced to stay with my old great granny for an entire week! No computer, cable TV, video games or even my cell phone! My life is over! And then there's that pathetic cat of hers. He's always nearby, grossing me out!"

Molly's thoughts run away with her as she realizes her reality for the next seven days. But Molly's reality begins to change as she learns some very interesting things, such as how to gut a fish, and realizes that appearances can be deceiving.

Molly learns many lessons in her visit with her Great Granny!

The Origin Society "Us": Book 2

 

In the first book of the series, THEY, Jess and Jace Grisham survived a harrowing adventure to find their father and expose the truth that aliens have been visiting Earth for years. In Us, "They" have arrived and nothing will ever be the same. The battle for the future of the planet is just beginning

Shell Racers

 

Explore the adventures of these two turtles who chose to race for a mouth-watering head of cabbage instead of deciding to share it. They soon find out that they both lose in the end.

 

A portion of net sales of this book will be going toward ocean and turtles conservation.

Journey to Your Self—

How to Heal from Trauma:

Written by Someone

Who Did

 

Paperback Retail Price: $20.00

Hardback Retail Price: $29.95

 

Journey to Your Self is my story of child molestation, sexual assault, bullying and rape. It is also the story of how I hit rock bottom and from there on out successfully healed my trauma and transformed my life.

Fireflies Dancing in

the Night

 

Paperback and Hardback Available

 

When Luna begins to see the pink petals of the blossoming dogwood outside her classroom, spring fever quickly turns to thoughts of summer vacation and her family's annual trip to visit relatives in the Midwest. They soon pack their car with everything they need, including Luna's pet hedgehog, Thistle, dreaming of watching the flickering fireflies dancing in the night.

Monkey's New Friend

 

 

Life is not always easy when you are a dog named Monkey. Losing a friend always hurts, but losing two can be too much to bear. How do you keep going? Sometimes, you have all you need in your own backyard. The story of Monkey is a reminder to appreciate who and what you have. It reminds you to live in the present instead of focusing on what you no longer have. Learning that everyday is a gift and you never know the surprises of what lies in the next day.

Michelle Meets Her Match

 

 

Michelle Meets Her Match follows Michelle through her pediatric residency at Johns Hopkins University, where she falls in love with a fellow resident who is from South Africa. His father is a diamond merchant, and both he and the doctor's mother meet Michelle before they are married in the USA. As dual citizens the couple travel back and forth between the two countries sharing their families. The two of them are united around the care of critically ill children.

Dark Passion in Eagle Hills

 

 

Newspaper reporter, Madison Pope, begins her well deserved vacation in the coastal town of Eagle Hills, North Carolina. A chance encounter with the local cop stirs her emotions and awakens her hidden desires. Complicated by a heinous murder and a seductive battle of wills, can Madison relinquish her control and satisfy her sexual cravings?

 

Bad Love Beyond:

The Bad Love Series Book 3

 

 

Back from their mission as the Bad Love Tigers to secure the secrets of Area 51 and the White Hole Project, the Bad Love Gang are summoned to the Oval Office by President Gerald Ford. They receive his blessing to use the White Hole Project to attempt intergalactic space travel in search of the cure for Hannah Lieb's breast cancer. But Ford warns them that their arch-enemy, Russian KGB super-agent Borya Krovopuskov, remains at large and a constant threat.

 

Fighting off the KGB and Krovopuskov, the group sets a trap for him as they plan to return to Area 51 in 1942 using the White Hole. They reconnect with their alien friend, Blue Nova One, on Earth's sister planet, Azur, 11.5 billion light years away. The Blue Azurians are facing a dire shortage of blue exotic matter and the Republic of Azur is facing a volcanic extinction event of historic proportions. The Bad Love Gang must deal with dinosaurs, the forces of nature, the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle and alien politics in their race to get the cure for Hannah. Can they do it?

Live Like Grunt

 

Hardback and Paperback Available

 

Live Like Grunt is a story about a yellow lab who gave the Burdine family unconditional love and loyalty for about a dozen years. Grunt was his name and love was his game. Miles and Denise Burdine brought Grunt home for their three girls, Nikki, Laura and Alyce. His name came from Miles, who is a USMC Colonel, also known as a "Grunt." They do the hard work, the dirty work, the groundwork...the Grunt work. Grunt Dog also adorably 'grunted' quite a bit as a puppy. Grunt followed the girls wherever they went, did whatever they did and was always happy to do so. The feeling was mutual. But the girls slowly learned, it was Grunt's attitude that was worth emulating.

Over the Circumstances

 

Paperback Retail Price: $15.00

 

Over the Circumstances is a book of engaging, relatable, true stories and observations about life that help the reader to learn biblical truths through human experiences. The author shares insights the Holy Spirit has opened to her as she observes the lessons that God has hidden in His creation and the everyday, mundane occurrences of life.

 

Pete's Angel

A Story of Self-Love

 

Pete's world is sad and lonely. Not only does he not like anything about himself, but he doesn't fit in with the other kids. It isn't until Pete's misfit guardian angel, T. J., teaches him the art of loving himself that Pete becomes happy and fulfilled. The book is beautifully illustrated with vibrant colors and wonderful facial expressions. Easy to read and the message is heartwarming. With a love based message, adults will enjoy reading the book too!

These Haunted Hills:

A Collection of Short Stories, Book 2

 

Paperback Retail Price: $15.00

 

With the Appalachian region as a backdrop, each story brings fictional characters to life with intertwining moments of mystery, humor, the supernatural and a reality check of the beating heart. A group of talented authors has created a delightful, haunting read in a non-cookie cutter, invigorating style that each reader will enjoy! Each story brings its own intriguing and engaging moment of excitement and thoughtfulness.

Carla: The End of Reason

 

Paperback Retail Price: $16.95

 

Carla had been on the fringes before. She was once a hired killer for a domestic terrorist organization, a position that allowed her to pay for her grandfather's medical bills. This time, the powers that be want her on the extremes to stop a mysterious mastermind who wants to destroy the very idea of reason.

Tweets From Another Donald

 

Paperback Retail Price: $15.00

 

Written from the heart, author Donald Umbarger uses Tweets from Another Donald to share his humble beginnings. He was molded and shaped by his surroundings, and his personal stories-- set in Ceres, a small community nestled in the mountains of Southwest Virginia--will resonate with anyone who has grown up in a small, rural community or in the Appalachian Mountains. His stories, experiences, and views reflect his journey of growing up in a hardworking family and finding peace in his Christian walk. Marching to his own beat, his "tweets" take readers through different stages of his childhood and adulthood. Step back in time with him as he takes you through the good times, the sad times, and the conflicting times of being a member of a small, poor farming family. You may discover that you don't always agree with his opinions and his commentaries; however, you will be educated on how to walk the road less traveled.

Gorgeous Georgia

 

Gorgeous Georgia: A Story of Inner Beauty is about a giraffe who brags on herself to the other animals, calling herself Gorgeous Georgia. She eventually learns that beauty comes from within your heart. The other animals learn that you should never judge others because you don't know what they are dealing with.

Kodiak: King of the Grizzlies

 

Paperback Retail Price: $16.99

Hardback Retail Price: $30.00

 

A 15-year-old city-boy moved into a remote forest cabin on Big Bear Mountain and realized his connection to nature after discovering the 100-year-old journal of a grizzly hunter. The California Grizzly Bear was hunted into extinction 100 years ago, and was the most terrifying monster the early pioneers had ever faced. The journal tells the untold story about the extinction of the bears and describes an epic final battle between the grizzlies and the US Army. It even has a talking bear from outer space! Kodiak was a fierce, giant grizzly with special powers who was sent by the Great Creator to help the bears survive their impending doom. Battles raged and the bears were pursued but one clan escaped total annihilation with some unexpected help. This book has stories within stories as you read the entries in the journal, the boy's reaction, and how it affects events in his modern life. It is written in a way that mixes natural science with war and fantasy to create a roller-coaster adventure with many surprising twists.

Zeb's ParaNORMAL Life

 

Paperback Retail Price: $15.00

 

Zeb's ParaNORMAL Life is the story of fourteen-year-old Zeb, a medium who refuses to accept his ghost communicating abilities until he forms a strong friendship with a new girl at school, who only he can help. Zeb is forced to attend Eusapia Palladino Academy, a high school in rural Pennsylvania devoted to helping students develop their medium abilities. Zeb is different than the other students in that he doesn't just see ghosts, but he can touch them, too. Zeb ends up befriending, Karen, a spunky girl with a stubborn attitude. Karen helps Zeb start to see his abilities as being a gift. However, their friendship takes a turn for the worse when Zeb discovers that Karen may actually be dead. In order to find out the truth about Karen's past, Zeb will need to use all his psychic abilities that he's been too scared to try.

Buddy

 

Paperback Retail Price: $15.00

Hardback Retail Price: $25.00

 

Buddy will serve as a teaching/learning tool. It is a book about seasons, science, color appreciation, and family. The teaching tools are demonstrated through Buddy, a beautifully illustrated leaf who seeks adventures and struggles to learn patience and acceptance of his situation. He learns the importance of responsibility to his family. This book is rich in vocabulary. Little imaginations will take flight, and their observance about the active world around them will be greatly enhanced.

Silent Cries

 

To young Randy Collins, the only thing he could do was run away. He was sure his dad was involved in dogfighting, and Randy had to protect his dog Cookie, a Pit Bull. Follow Randy's adventures through the foothills of Central Pennsylvania. Learn how he threw the search party off his trail, how he hid on an Amish farm, and how he hooked up with a mountain woman who had an agenda all her own.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Silent Fears

 

Someone is stealing horses, but who and why? So many horses from the same surrounding farmland are disappearing. Follow the trail of these stolen horses bound for slaughter in Canada and find out how a team of rough riders is called into action.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Silent Suspicions

 

Dr. Susan West had her hands full. Many of her equine clients were anemic even though they had no other health issues. Dr. West had no clue what was going on until she confronted her vet tech. Find out what Adelphi Labs was sending to the old abandoned school building where a bizarre horse experiment was in progress behind locked doors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Burrito the Donkey

 

Burrito the donkey is a very curious critter. He lives on a large farm with several other farm animals. He enjoys his job keeping them all safe, and he is definitely the barnyard boss. Each colorful illustration demonstrates his loveable characteristics.

 

My Brother's Keeper

A Pale Woods Mystery

 

Seventeen-year-old Jerrod has struggled with the guilt of his actions for an event that took place almost a year ago. His friends have abandoned him, his family ignores him, and he lost his best friend. To make matters worse, he was unable to access records that may have revealed his father's whereabouts. His sister, Ella, guides Jerrod as he tries to learn and accept secrets his family has tried to hide. However, a sinister spirit may be influencing Ella's actions, and it has an agenda of its own.

Bad Love Tigers:

The Bad Love Series Book 2

 

 

Fresh off their mission to rescue Holocaust victims in 1944 Poland, the Bad Love Gang assemble at the White Hole Project to celebrate New Year's Eve 1975. At the stroke of midnight, they are ambushed by a Russian KGB agent bent on stealing the secrets of the White Hole Project. Faced with telling the authorities or going it alone, the Bad Love Gang travels back in time to meet with President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) for his advice and direction. FDR appoints the Bad Love Gang to protect the future integrity and security of not only the White Hole Project, but also America's top-secret Area 51. To accomplish FDR's directives, the Gang must undertake a dangerous road trip across 1945 WWII America from Warm Springs, Georgia to Area 51 in Nevada. Russian, Chinese, and Indian espionage forces stand in their path. Their mission ends in June, 1942 WWII China, where at FDR's mandate, the Bad Love Gang volunteer for the famous AVG Flying Tigers under General Claire Chennault. In the forests of southern China, they must protect the secrets of Area 51 and keep those secrets in America's hands. Can they do it?

Three's a Crew

 

Paperback Retail Price: $15.00

 

Each family has its unique foibles and in this wonderfully illustrated book, Three's a Crew, the author shares a family story and how they work together as a family. Written in an easy to read rhyme, the family of two boys became a family with three boys, and this is the beginning of the story.

The Safety Deposit Box Shock: Your Secrets Will Find You Out

 

Paperback Retail Price: $16.00

 

A Sophomore track star falling in love with the Senior campus sweetheart rocked the University of Kansas with scandal. Their love produced a little girl who thought her father was dead. The secret about her father lay deep at the bottom of a safety deposit box. This is a biography—a true story of the life of Paul Bryan Patterson, PhD, and his legacy, written by his daughter. It explores his family's genealogy, his life at the University of Kansas, his married life, his secret, and the tragedies that colored his life.

Where are the Goats?

 

Paperback Retail Price: $15.00

Hardback Retail Price: $24.95

 

The author recounts an event with the family as a child in Oklahoma and creates an adventurous journey for the reader. A family looks for a place to live and they find a fix-it farm. The mother, father, and a young boy find a place on a goat farm and it becomes an adventure with the goats as the goats try to burn down the world. Beautifully illustrated.

Mile Markers: A Memoir

 

Paperback Retail Price: $15.00

 

Author Oberg opens the doors to anyone who has ever questioned aspects of their upbringing. The reader will find that Mile Markers is literally one question after another from different points in the author's life. The reader will share her experiences and her desire to "learn beyond" and walk forward towards unexpected horizons. If you have ever questioned family ties rooted in religious teaching, this book is for you. Told with raw emotion, the author's personal story takes you, the reader, through her turmoil to her wellness. Her journey can provide healing, be insight and encourages readers to listen to their "still, small voice".

Women Ready to Rise

 

Paperback Retail Price: $15.00

 

Women Ready to Rise is empowering, thoughtful, and inspiring as twenty-two women share their secrets, stories, and survival voices. All women share their experiences, with each being so different but at the same time, there is a common thread that ties them all together. Their voices will resonate with all women. From suicidal thoughts, depression, extreme anxiety, social anxiety to acceptance of who they are, every reader will walk alongside these women and feel their contagious triumph and power.

Rich Girl

 

Paperback Retail Price: $17.95

 

Kathy is a small-town girl in the 1980s who is desperately seeking to escape her dismal life. As she comes of age, she learns that escaping one set of problems only leads to new ones. Her journey to discovering herself takes her down an unlikely path that will keep you laughing and cheering for her along the way.

Secrets in Paris

 

Paperback Retail Price: $16.99

 

Marcia had to learn how to survive. To do so, she was introduced to the life of the escort service. After escaping that line of work, she decides to spend a year in Paris to rebuild her life. She meets Stephane, an heir to a wealthy family fortune and falls in love with him, but to her horror, she discovers that Stephane's sister, Etienne, is engaged to marry Mason, a former dysfunctional client. Will he expose her past life? Or should she confess to Stephane and chance losing him to protect Etienne? Does all come to a crashing end?

Greezy Creek

 

Paperback Retail Price: $29.95

 

Kentucky's Appalachian Highlands (circa. 1930's) is a world where habits and customs often bewilder: where the ties of kinship and ancestry hold to unswerving lines, where moonshiners leave incipient trails and the strains of hard times too often coalesce into the empty-eyed face of hardscrabble. It's where Bobby Yonts and Rubin Cain (as good as brothers) come of age and test the limits of things new and out of bounds. But it's the odious hand of cruelty that underscores the unraveling of their naivety and binds them to the unwritten code of the mountains, one which guarantees you're going to get what's coming to you. A first-person narrative, Greezy Creek tells of an Appalachia honed by the unacquainted ways of the Scot-Irish hybrids cloistered in its deepest regions. The story follows two childhood friends, Bobby Yonts and Rubin Cain, as they learn and grow into adulthood. Character-driven with rich historical insights, Greezy Creek takes readers behind the veil of a family known for its fierce ingrained independence; a family bound by self-determination and all that's necessary to survive. Yet, even from their bittersweet and ill-famed existence comes the imprint of their wit and wisdom, the uniqueness of their wilderness ways, and what it means to be bound by blood.

What Do Police Officers Do?

What Do Police Officers Do? is a beautifully illustrated children's book detailing acts of kindness, community participation and the many services that police officers perform to protect and serve their communities. A useful teaching tool showing children how police officers help people and protect people in their line of duty.