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Commencement of Disharmony
David J Winter
Amid a turbulent period of territorial disputes among the ruling class in Western Europe, the Roman Catholic Church calls for these fighting nobles to Crusade in the Holy Land and ensure free access to Jerusalem for Christian pilgrims. The stress of this expensive endeavor, against the tensions of territorial quarrels, tears at an already fragile relationship between the Pope and the bickering monarchs.
Underlying this chaotic state of affairs is a culture that places a high value on honor and loyalty which are continually put to the test. Effective leadership is at a premium in a period where Kings and Popes may lack the skills to imbue loyalty among followers. One knight, William Marshal, The Flower of Chivalry, exemplifies the character of true reliability and its fortune. Along with other historical figures such as Richard the Lionhearted, the story features friends and family who are knights errant, Templars, priests, and ladies in waiting faced with these vexing choices.
Finally, arising out of the discordant nobility in England, a great charter, the Magna Carta is presented to a recalcitrant King John and Pope Innocent III begins reforms that separate the church from the interfering state.
Publisher: Aberdeen Bay
ISBN-13: 978-1-60830-095-2
ISBN-10: 1-60830-095-1


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Peace of Me: Reflections of Service and Self Discovery
Travis Kumph
Peace of Me: Reflections of Service and Self Discovery provides readers with a unique perspective on service-immersion and the profound impact that these types of experiences can have on both the communities being served as well as on those volunteering. Travis Kumph’s account of his experiences in an impoverished community in Peru, along with the intimate reflections of twenty-two other volunteers serving in the U.S. and throughout Latin America, provides real-life examples of how and why these types of alternative service trips are becoming increasingly more popular. Each story begins with someone’s decision to volunteer, but reoccurring themes of social justice, personal growth, and spiritual enlightenment reveal that this is much more than just an alternative vacation for college students. Readers are left with a better understanding of the value of short-term service immersion experiences and, with any luck, will also be left with the desire to engage in this type of experience for themselves.
Publisher: Aberdeen Bay
ISBN-13: 978-1-60830-085-3
ISBN-10: 1-60830-085-4


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Mother Nature's Son
Pete David
Lee Reynolds, a discontented veteran federal wildlife officer, gets recruited by a mysterious German to help a secret eco-terrorist group that steals from environmentally negligent corporations and distributes the wealth to benefit conservation. Putting his career at risk, Lee gets in way over his head after accepting several dangerous assignments, which complicates his developing relationship with Lucy Douglas, a musician he meets at a local club.

As their romance intensifies, Lee becomes a suspect in the FBI investigation of an international cyber-crime and the possible related disappearance of a U.S. congressman. With Agent Bob Waterman closing in, Lee must rely on his training and instincts to evade the FBI and save his relationship with Lucy.

Publisher: Aberdeen Bay
ISBN-13: 978-1-60830-088-4
ISBN-10: 1-60830-088-9


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Akua
Daniel Pouesi
Samoan chief, Luao Nuulua, is seeing the impact of America’s cultural revolution in his small village of Mu. His rivals want to open up Mu to development. Nuulua resists them, fearful of outside influence. When his son murders an American, his rivals find a way to destroy him. Nuulua’s world quickly unravels when his best friend and daughter-in-law side with his enemy. Behind the scene, Mu’s priest rallies the village for a showdown. Forced into a conflict, Nuulua must choose between following the warrior ways of his ancestors’ akua or his Christian faith. The path he takes has costly consequences.
Publisher: Aberdeen Bay
ISBN-13: 978-1-60830-084-6
ISBN-10: 1-60830-084-6


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Once More a King
Chris Law
Scotsman Jack Lowrie is twenty-first in line for the throne of England. Ancient family ties enable the evil leadership of Clan McLaren to ensnare Jack in a twisted and deadly plot to create a new British Empire.
The vile machinations of Clan McLaren involve kidnapping and blackmail. Key political players in Ghana, Canada, and India are brought under the Clan's control.
As the Clan's influence and wealth grow so does Jack's. The subtle shifts in world economics catch the attention of John Blaylock, a CIA analyst who becomes a willing participant in the Clan's plotting.
The climax to the story brings together the nefarious plots of the Clan and their enemies as they vie for world dominance.
Publisher: Aberdeen Bay
ISBN-13: 978-1-60830-083-9
ISBN-10: 1-60830-083-8


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Murder At The NFR
M. Albert Morningstar
It’s early December and hardly has the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, Nevada kicked off its annual ten-day event for the purpose of crowning the sport’s World Champions when murder strikes down one of rodeo’s own in a most brutal fashion. Chance Boettecher, all set to enjoy the “World Series” of rodeo while pursuing a new romantic interest, is once again called in to assist the police as only he can. With too many suspects and too few clues, it’s Chance’s most baffling case to date.
Publisher: Aberdeen Bay
ISBN-13: 978-1-60830-087-7
ISBN-10: 1-60830-087-0


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The Farmhouse Secret
Nicole Hardison
When a mysterious farmhouse is discovered on the Izetlen family property, Noreen, an adventurous fourteen year old girl, soon discovers it was the home of her ancestors who were protecting an extraordinary secret. Hidden under the floorboards Noreen discovers a jar containing marbles with super powers. Noreen and her friend Harvey try some out and comically find it’s not as simple as fictional super heroes make it look. When word gets out about their unusual discovery, Noreen and Harvey struggle to protect the powers from the wrong hands. Harvey finds himself in mortal jeopardy, while Noreen leads the power hungry villain on a wild goose chase. Noreen can only hope it ends with her and Harvey still alive.
Publisher: Aberdeen Bay
ISBN-13: 978-1-60830-086-0
ISBN-10: 1-60830-086-2


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Turning North
David J Winter
The theft of a religious relic has the village of Durum in an ethical quandary. The theft has also caused trouble within the monastery, the nunnery and St Anne’s church located in the village. The interaction among the brothers and sisters at Durum monastery and nunnery and those charged with overseeing Durum takes these men and women on a journey to and from the towns and villages of the Frankish Kingdom to the center of spiritual power in Rome. The adventure concludes as Charlemagne and Pope Leo III make history on Christmas Day 800 AD.
Publisher: Aberdeen Bay
ISBN-13: 978-1-60830-081-5
ISBN-10: 1-60830-081-1


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Who's Your Daddy, Baby?
Lisa Pell
"Who’s Your Daddy?" is the story of Lori McGuire Pomay, a happily married career woman living in suburban Washington, D.C. Lori undergoes genetic testing for in vitro fertilization and her world is rocked when she is told the dad she always knew could not possibly have been her biological father. This mid-life shocker sends her into an alternately hilarious, heartwarming, and heartbreaking search for truth about her heritage – from Appalachian Cherokees to Purple Kings on a church stage, with high-rolling gamblers, car dealers, dentists, and various confused amnesiacs in their seventies along for the ride. It’s a journey maybe only a mother could create.
Publisher: Aberdeen Bay
ISBN-13: 978-1-60830-077-8
ISBN-10: 1-60830-077-3


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Blue Water & Me
Pendelton C. Wallace
Blue Water & Me is a high-adventure story of Penn Wallace's magical first summer fishing with his father, Blue Water Charlie, at age eleven. The pair begin their adventure by ramming a thirty-thousand ton Japanese freighter.

Charlie regales Penn with old-time fish stories. Penn swims with dolphins and explores desert islands. As the summer passes, Penn's undying belief in Charlie slowly erodes as he sees his father's feet of clay.

Finally, they get caught in an out of season hurricane. They fight for their lives in hundred mile an hour winds and thirty foot waves.

Blue Water & Me is a story of father-son bonding that every father and son, or anyone close to a father or a son, should read.

Publisher: Aberdeen Bay
ISBN-13: 978-1-60830-072-3
ISBN-10: 1-60830-072-2


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The Upside To Murder
Marshall Frank
After 16 year-old Cassandra is gang-raped, shot and left for dead, her father, Orville Madison, embarks on a stealth campaign to protect his daughter from reliving the terrifying ordeal through the justice system. His obsessive pursuit drives the Miami physician into a spiral of anguish as he desperately tries to resolve inexplicable conflicts between love of child and love of God.

Besides emotional struggles and unending suspense, Upside To Murder offers engaging sub-plots linked to forensic investigations, social controversy and the power of love. A gut-wrenching drama pitting good versus evil which brings out the worst in the best of people.

Publisher: Aberdeen Bay
ISBN-13: 978-1-60830-078-5
ISBN-10: 1-60830-078-1


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Southern Discomfort
Heather Daughtridge
At thirty-five, Samantha London must reevaluate her entire life when she uncovers the secrets that her newly deceased grandmother desperately tried to hide. Lost and confused, Sam desperately attempts to put together the pieces of her past that could derail her perfectly planned future with her endearing husband and story-book two children.

Sam and Matt’s marriage and family don’t just seem perfect, they are perfect. Or at least that’s what Sam thought. As Sam begins the journey of closing her grandmother’s estate and parsing through her final belongings, Sam is faced with reevaluating her past as well as future.

A ghost from long ago appears at Sam’s wedding boutique, je t’aime, not as a visitor but as a customer. As pieces from the past begin to unfold, Sam realizes this encounter with her prior lover and best friend are not happenstance. As secrets are revealed and the past is uncovered, Sam must face that her beloved Grandmother is no longer alive to pull her to the surface.

While Matt pursues a professorship opportunity in Savannah, Sam must decide if her heart will move with her if they relocate to Georgia. Her experiences as established business owner, PTA volunteer of the year, and fixer of all boo boo’s, never prepared her for the discovery and heartache that would be coming next.
Publisher: Aberdeen Bay
ISBN-13: 978-1-60830-080-8
ISBN-10: 1-60830-080-3


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Caves of the Watchers
Lori Hines
The second in The Ancient Ones series, Caves of the Watchers brings the reader into yet another underground realm—this one near Wickenburg, Arizona. Lorelei Lanier and the Arizona-Irish Paranormal Research Society discover more questions than answers when they come across four caves, different levels of passages, pictographs of enigmatic eyes, a tunnel recreating the near-death experience, and bed-like chambers that provide additional evidence of an extraordinary race.

The team helps Lorelei as she struggles to find out even more about who she is and what she’s capable of. In the process, they end up taking a journey into the Four Corners and beyond their imagination.

Publisher: Aberdeen Bay
ISBN-13: 978-1-60830-073-0
ISBN-10: 1-60830-073-0


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Nine Inning Murder
Matthew Kastel
Kevin Jenkins dreams of becoming baseball’s next hotshot executive. That dream is crushed in a gritty minor league stadium when his boss and owner of the Westernport Keystones dies violently in his arms.

Two decades later, a cryptic letter is read at the funeral of Wally Northcutt, friend and former coworker. Kevin fears dark tentacles from their past had caught up with them.

In Westernport for the first time since the killing, Kevin tries to resurrect his career, while at the same time piecing together Wally’s murder. He soon learns all the Keystone employees had motives to do away with Wally and fears one of them has their sights on him.

Publisher: Aberdeen Bay
ISBN-13: 978-1-60830-074-7
ISBN-10: 1-60830-074-9


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The Messenger
K. M. Deal
The prologue of The Messenger begins with a funeral in Decatur, Georgia. A man observes from a distant hilltop. He is known throughout terrorist networks as Al Ustadh, the Teacher. Born in Egypt and educated at Oxford, he is as comfortable in London and New York as in Cairo.

The story begins one month prior to the funeral. Dr. Sami Nasser, a Palestinian born neurologist practicing at Emory University Hospital, is passionately involved in his work and married to a beautiful American woman. The Teacher is his nemesis, a man who craves violence as much as Sami abhors it.

As the plot unfolds, the beliefs and experiences of both men reveal a radically divergent interpretation of Islam. The Teacher dispatches three acolytes to extract information from Sami—at any cost. Khalid ibn Ali is the messenger. Haunted by self doubt and past shame, he is determined to prove himself worthy of command. Mahmoud, rescued from the squalor of Beirut, pledges allegiance to his benefactors in Hezbollah. Abdullah, bred in the mountains of Yemen, vows to avenge the destruction of his tribe.

The ensuing action takes place in Decatur, GA, historic Savannah, and the exclusive enclave of Haig Point on Daufuskie Island, South Carolina. A brutal murder triggers a frantic chase up I-95 and culminates in an explosive climax in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

Publisher: Aberdeen Bay
ISBN-13: 978-1-60830-070-9
ISBN-10: 1-60830-070-6


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Blood Night
James Rahn
For boys becoming men, this Jersey shore resort town was a violent place. By the 1970's, tourist dollars had dwindled.
Parents whose futures had dissolved took their disappointments out on their kids. Kids, in turn, punished each other.
Growing up meant hustling, and learning how to be tough. To prove yourself you had to do almost anything.
Boys wanted to be men. That ambition could destroy them.

Publisher: Aberdeen Bay
ISBN-13: 978-1-60830-075-4
ISBN-10: 1-60830-075-7


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My Imaginary Friend Was Too Cool to Hang Out With Me
Charles Freericks
My Imaginary Friend Was Too Cool to Hang Out With Me is a collection of true comedic stories about one boy’s path from “loserdom” to popularity. Along the way, we experience some of the significant milestones of growing up, like having the police called on our family cat, flooding the dining room and getting away with it, receiving a wedgie from a mob, destroying three cars in a single day, finally getting a date with a girl after a five-year-long crush, and thinking that the strong sensations caused by marijuana were a heart attack. These stories were written over a one-year period, but had been told for decades leading up to the writing of the book. In the end, they are the stories of triumph and success. Along the way, they offer a glimpse into 1970s Northern New Jersey and 1980s Washington D.C. that stir memories and nostalgia.
Publisher: Aberdeen Bay
ISBN-13: 978-1-60830-067-9
ISBN-10: 1-60830-067-6


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Best Friends Forever
Elizabeth Fields
Lynn and her friends have just graduated high school, and the world seems to be opening up all around them. With big changes on the horizon, Lynn and her boyfriend have decided to make the ultimate commitment. Newly engaged and headed for a bright future, things seemingly could not be going better for Lynn, that is until she discovers the she has been betrayed by her fiancé and her best friend. Lynn cuts them both out of her life and tries to move forward, but her efforts are halted when her ex refuses to let her go. Terror ensues as Lynn’s ex continues to stalk her, but when he turns up dead, the horror doesn’t end there. As the nightmare continues to unfold, Lynn is faced with a horrible truth; a truth that could prove fatal.
Publisher: Aberdeen Bay
ISBN-13: 978-1-60830-071-6
ISBN-10: 1-60830-071-4


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Murder at the PRCA
M. Albert Morningstar
It’s Thanksgiving, the bull riding season has concluded until the new year, and Chance Boettecher has returned to his hometown of Uvalde, Texas, where a pair of brutal murders threaten the historic PRCA rodeo circuit. Drawn into investigating the crimes in order to clear a bull riding friend and save the “Major Leagues” of rodeo, he discovers that other friends have motives for murdering the victims, while lacking convincing alibis. Juggling romance with crime solving, Chance finds himself in a life-threatening predicament while en route to uncovering the solutions.
Publisher: Aberdeen Bay
ISBN-13: 978-1-60830-069-3
ISBN-10: 1-60830-069-2


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Invited Guests
Nancy J Ballard
She loves him; she loves him not. He loves her, he always will...
One may need to pluck at a daisy to keep tabs on YC and Martin and their countless escapades growing up during the time of free love and rock and roll that permeated San Francisco in the 60’s and 70’s
Martin and YC’s brother are high school friends and it is only a matter of time before Martin is an invited guest to a family dinner. Although pre dinner cocktails are not mandatory, all invited guests old enough to hold a glass are required to partake in the family wine. Thrilled by the aliveness of this large, quirky, Irish Catholic family, and his love-at-first-sight infatuation with YC (never mind she is engaged to another) Martin is on his way to weaving himself into the hearts of YC and her family.
Within this nostalgic backdrop we hear from them both in parallel dialogues, as their lives intertwine in ever changing, often separate and unusual directions.
They experience the Vietnam War (Martin gets drafted), changes are noted aka YC’s divorce (it was bound to happen), opportunities pass, love abounds, there is another wedding (he’s invited to both), drugs (not YC ever), pregnancies (to Martin’s delight) and many other sordid situations are encountered.
As YC does her best to avoid any real love in her life, Martin searches for the courage necessary to fight for what he has so long desired—the hand, the body, the love of YC.

Publisher: Aberdeen Bay
ISBN-13: 978-1-60830-065-5
ISBN-10: 1-60830-065-X


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Approaching Felonias Park
Katherine Mercurio Gotthardt
A woman in her late twenties reaches personal and professional crises when she acknowledges the unhealthy nature of her love relationship and the unethical tactics used by her employers, owners of a payday lending company. The meeting of a fantastical creature in a city park marks a sea change for the protagonist, as the cameo appearances of clients and antics of other characters quickly move the reader through the compelling plot. Wrapped in magical realism, the book contains strong, relevant themes of poverty, socio-economic inequality and feminism.
Publisher: Aberdeen Bay
ISBN-13: 978-1-60830-068-6
ISBN-10: 1-60830-068-4


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Antlers
Bob Maninger
Dr. Bill Spence joins academia and travels to the state of Washington. While fly-fishing on the Ho River, he discovers the mangled body of a young girl. The main crime scene reveals a serial killer is at work, and FBI Agent Greg Boyd is called in to lead the investigation. The trail of murders take them from the Olympic Peninsula to Seattle and back again. The two men, plus all available law enforcement, are trying to catch up to Derwood Gilliam. Gilliam, ex-CIA, rogue, retired, and now a serial killer is striking with fury. The suspense mounts and the plot twists; Dr. Spence will not know the whole truth until he gets back home.
Publisher: Aberdeen Bay
ISBN-13: 978-1-60830-066-2
ISBN-10: 1-60830-066-8


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Karma Finds the Chameleon
Donna J. Lehl
This modern-day memoir opens at a traditional Jewish burial but hidden behind the age-old rituals are lies and secrets that the non-Jewish widow has felt compelled to keep. The odd location of the grave, behind the used car lot, emphasizes the peculiarities in the situation as the seemingly unemotional widow pays mental tribute to the other women in her husband’s life.

The underlying story begins on an otherwise normal day in July 2004, when bankruptcy attorney Donna Lehl learns that her deaf husband’s recent illness is stage four pancreatic cancer and their reasonably “happy marriage” includes her husband’s Israeli lover.

As soon as Donna and Matty learn about one another, they quickly form a bond and use it to examine and heal their feelings of loss and betrayal. Through e-mail they share stories about the man they each love, and in doing so, learn how they were conned by the once-charming man now battling for his life.

As Donna struggles with her new role, she also cares for her dying husband and prepares for the next stage of her life without him. This is not a typical story of a woman scorned but a tale of tragedy, forgiveness, rebirth, and karmic resolution that is sure to satisfy the reader.

Publisher: Aberdeen Bay
ISBN-13: 978-1-60830-062-4
ISBN-10: 1-60830-062-5


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A Civil Death
Susan Dorsey
Jane, a hairdresser in Knoxville, Tennessee, is shocked to learn that a long-time client was stabbed to death while searching for a Civil War roadside marker. Most of the community is participating in the East Tennessee Historical Society's Civil War contest and Jane is no exception. She unwittingly discovers a clue to the murder while searching for clues from the past. As the killer draws near, Jane must learn the truth before she loses the contest and her life.
Publisher: Aberdeen Bay
ISBN-13: 978-1-60830-057-0
ISBN-10: 1-60830-057-9


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Son of Adam
Don Stanford
After years of verbal abuse and rejection at the hands of his father, young Paul Blythington inherits his father’s fortune and vast land holdings. He is determined to part with his father’s old alliances and practices and lead Southern Kingdom with honesty and integrity. He soon learns that breaking with the past comes at a high cost.

He wonders if he is up to the task. His personal life is in shambles. The sins of his father have touched his life. He must give up the woman he loves. He finds himself attracted to his father’s beautiful and alluring mistress who urges him to avenge himself through her.

The unscrupulous men Adam Blythington engaged while building Southern Kingdom are equally determined to destroy Paul, by murder if necessary, and take all that is his. Paul, with the help of his lifelong friend, Jefferson LeBlanc, fights to save Southern Kingdom and his own life.

Son of Adam is the third novel of the Blythington family saga. The previous novels in the series are Southern Kingdom and Southern Kingdom’s Harvest.

Publisher: Aberdeen Bay
ISBN-13: 978-1-60830-060-0
ISBN-10: 1-60830-060-9


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Confessions of a Love Addict
Jill Williams
How many of us can't bring ourselves to end a relationship that we know isn't going anywhere? Confessions of a Love Addict is a candid portrait of one woman's struggle with this particular dilemma. Our story begins on New Year's Eve when she receives an email from her ex, asking her to give their tumultuous relationship one last chance. It has been an on-again, off-again affair stretching over a period of fifteen years. This will be their eighth attempt at reconciliation. The book is divided into three sections: Hope, Reality, Resolution—where the author uses numerous flashbacks to help her understand (and even change) her love-addicted patterns. Each chapter poses a question she must examine and ultimately answer in order to gain insight into why she has chosen this path. It is hoped readers will discover their own self-truths as well.

Ms. Williams' writing style is conversational. At times, funny. At others, painfully personal. The reader may sympathize with her one moment and be exasperated with her the next. Unlike most memoirs, the final chapter contains practical advice: websites and books on Love Addiction, plus an interview with noted love addiction expert Marc F. Kern (Take Control Now!) For some people in love, enough is never enough.. Even when it should be.

Publisher: Aberdeen Bay
ISBN-13: 978-1-60830-059-4
ISBN-10: 1-60830-059-5


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Wingless Butterfly
Casi McLean
Wingless Butterfly, Confessions of a Recovering Jerk-Magnet chronicles the metamorphosis of a broken child––her struggle to escape the silken chrysalis that cocooned her heart and her life-long search to find self-worth and true love. Casi has few memories of her childhood, and no recollection of the father who she believes abandoned her, but her mother’s warning continues to haunt her, “He’s the kind of man who pulls wings off of butterflies.”

Eerie dreams of a faceless man combine with repeated failed relationships to send her through a portal in time on the journey of her life. Her story uncovers dark shadows that lurk in her soul, and unveils secrets and lies that hold her captive in psychological bondage to men who use and abuse her. When Casi stumbles upon her secret past she realizes she must find the power to let go of deep-seated wounds to heal. She finally understands that she is the wingless butterfly from her mother’s metaphor, and the only way she can take flight in her exciting new world is to obliterate the walls that imprison her heart.
Publisher: Aberdeen Bay
ISBN-13: 978-1-60830-055-6
ISBN-10: 1-60830-055-2


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Brother's Keeper
Jim Waltzer
As crime lords from across the country gather in Atlantic City for a sit-down in 1929, a fisherman hooks a severed human arm in the ocean and police discover that it belongs to the missing local rackets boss, ACE CHAMBERS. The apparent gangland murder, however, soon becomes a personal morality tale of race and revenge.

Among the suspects fingered by the police is WILSON SHAY, a land developer and man-about-town transplanted from South Carolina. Young Negro RUBEN PIERCE, who works as a dishwasher and moonlights pushing rolling-chairs on the Boardwalk, seems to know something that the police don’t. He has the courage to act on his knowledge, but his pregnant wife MARIAN is fearful of the outcome. Chanteuse ABIGAIL MOSS, who divides her affections between Shay and Chambers, also may be hiding something.

Haunted by his family heritage and the horrors of the World War, Shay stays a step ahead of the police until he must come clean with the tenacious Ruben, as their drama plays out at the vintage seashore by turns threatening and beautiful.

Publisher: Aberdeen Bay
ISBN-13: 978-1-60830-053-2
ISBN-10: 1-60830-053-6


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Dim
Jim Metzger
Tom Maloney, also known to the citizens of Harmony, North Carolina as “Preacher,” is the young first-person narrator of this thought-provoking novel. Although Tom has been serving as the town’s Methodist minister for only two months when the story begins, it’s clear that he is the wrong man for the job. It’s not that Tom is not a man of faith (although, as the story progresses, he begins to have doubts); it’s that he has an inclusive outlook that is out of step with the Bible-belt community where he lives and works.

This novel is packed with important issues: homophobia, racial bigotry, hypocrisy, spousal abuse, suicide, patricide, secularism, and biblical authority. Dangers also abound, such as a storm that forces Tom and his girlfriend to abandon their fishing boat and plunge into shark-infested waters, food poisoning run amok during the annual potluck, and hurricane-season weather, which marches into the endgame of the novel as an “act of God.” As rich as this novel is in ideas, it is also funny, sexy, plot-driven, and page-turning.

Tom eventually takes a hard second look at his adopted hometown, his chosen profession, and even his lifelong faith commitments. His ties severed, Tom’s future may be uncertain, but crisis has brought a choice and a change.

Publisher: Aberdeen Bay
ISBN-13: 978-1-60830-051-8
ISBN-10: 1-60830-051-X


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Don't Mess with Tanya: Stories Emerging from Boston's Barrios
Ken Tangvik
As Boston’s demographics shift, a subtle cultural revolution swirls ahead, opening doors of perception. Jazmin, a Latina teen, explores immortality on a basketball court in Jamaica Plain. Tanya, a young black woman from Dorchester, confronts a store-owner over racial profiling. Matt, an Irish thug from Charlestown, learns “what women want” at a Caribbean hair salon in Mattapan. Rosa, a beautiful Brazilian house cleaner in Brighton, tests out a theory with her dueling boyfriends. These characters and others crash, clash, and commune in loosely-linked provocative stories that explore themes of culture, race, immigration, violence, love and spirituality. The engaging urban tales propel the reader into everyday dramas that are transforming Beantown’s social fabric.
Publisher: Aberdeen Bay
ISBN-13: 978-1-60830-054-9
ISBN-10: 1-60830-054-4


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Lady Father
Susan Bowman
“Lady Father” is a narrative account of my journey through the ordination process in the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia of the 1980’s and the subsequent years of ordained ministry. As the first female admitted to the ordination process by the Rt. Rev. C. Charles Vaché, 7th Bishop of Southern Virginia, who was then a strong and vocal opponent of the ordination of women, I was a “reluctant pioneer.” Dubbed “the Lady Father,” I have served the church for 25 years and I am now offering my experiences and the insights I learned from them to others who feel a similar call and who may find themselves a similar journey “against the flow.”

“Lady Father” is filled with anecdotes that will ring true with many clergy, bring hope to those aspiring to ordination, and shed light on the continuing debate in the Church over who should be ordained. “The Process” described in the book is a journey most clergy have traveled, but my story is a unique blend of the obstacles, denials, and rejections I faced and overcame, along with the uplifting moments and spiritual growth that came out of the struggle. It is truthful and so, at times, it is painful; it is often light-hearted, even humorous; it is moving as it deals with real people, real events, and real emotions; and, most of all, it is mine – my story, my journey, my life.
Publisher: Aberdeen Bay
ISBN-13: 978-1-60830-056-3
ISBN-10: 1-60830-056-0


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The Ancient Ones
Lori Hines
Lorelei Lanier is adjusting to the powerful connections she has to spirits. Unfortunately, her medium abilities are only the beginning. While working a dark arts case with the FBI and the Arizona-Irish Paranormal Research Society, she discovers she is the reincarnation of Annie O’Shea, the original owner of the Texas Canyon Ranch where the mystery unfolds.

Underground tunnels, Stonehenge-like monuments, petroglyphs of the solar system, an alternate dimension, Indian ruins, and a mystical tin box—clues culminating into a new reality for Lorelei. Will she be prepared for what the ancient ones have in store?

Publisher: Aberdeen Bay
ISBN-13: 978-1-60830-052-5
ISBN-10: 1-60830-052-8


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A Shred of Hope
Yuliana Kim-Grant
An inexplicable tragedy striking a young Korean-American woman, Jane Park, and her African American husband, Terence Patterson, defines the endpoint of this exquisite mosaic of a novel. Their murder leads back to the equally heartbreaking emotions that estranged Jane from her parents -- and then forward to the rescue of Terence’s family from a death of an entirely different kind.

The Parks rejected Terence because of his color; the Pattersons accepted Jane without qualification, and yet neither family has the advantage in facing the future. Beverly Patterson wears her grief over her son’s death like armor, even as her daughter fades to a shadow. Mrs Park, so bound to her husband that even her first name seems gratuitous, finally gathers the courage that allows them all to interrupt the cycle that is inexorably cutting them off from each other – Park from Park, Patterson from Patterson. A SHRED OF HOPE is balanced on the intricate, exquisitely delineated interplay of these two mothers, separated by their traditions but united by their loss.

Each moment of Yuliana Kim-Grant’s novel is strikingly unique and recognizably familiar as her characters stray into – and out of – emotional territory that they never wanted nor planned. Her compassionate but unflinting portrait turns the opaque rock of the lives of the Parks and the Pattersons into the translucent diamond formed by A SHRED OF HOPE.

Publisher: Aberdeen Bay
ISBN-13: 978-1-60830-042-6
ISBN-10: 1-60830-042-0


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Exit Strategy
Doug Menning
Captain Mike McCabe’s Army Rangers Special Forces team is ordered in to shore up a forward defensive position. The firebase is deep in enemy territory about to be overrun by the North Vietnamese army. McCabe and his men are just two weeks from being rotated out after a four year deployment in Vietnam. The last five remaining soldiers from his original unit are on the verge of dissent knowing their luck can’t hold out. In retaliation, they steal the supplies for the general’s Fourth of July barbeque and take it to the front with them, suckling pigs, bar, and all. Hopelessly outnumbered and outgunned McCabe takes this camp of defeated soldiers, weary from daily attacks, and attempts to turn them into an offensive army which will turn the tables on the overconfident enemy commander. Under the radar of his commanding officer and strategic command, Mike makes a desperate call for help from some influential friends. He would play every card in his hand to keep his promise to his men that he would get them out alive. When he learns the truth about what they are facing, he knows it will be a hard promise to keep.
Publisher: Aberdeen Bay
ISBN-13: 978-1-60830-044-0
ISBN-10: 1-60830-044-7


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High Strung
Mike Rabon
In 1963, five clean cut, talented, American college boys, signed up for a chance at the emerging and electrifying sixties rock and roll lottery. The impressive grand prize was international adulation and potential riches beyond any young musician’s wildest visions. But the wicked music business licked its’ lips, flicked its’ tail, and patiently waited. The wait would be brief. Impetuous, and naïve, the boys hastily signed away their very souls to become what every pimply faced kid within arms reach of a guitar wanted to be, rock and roll idols. From 1964 to 1969, intentionally using the patriotic stage name, “The Five Americans,” they managed to muscle their way around the British invasion with five consecutive chart topping singles. Egos soared and groupies gathered as they achieved the impossible. But the toll exacted by the “suit and tie predators” during the group’s meteoric rise and the drugs, alcohol, and death after their fall, were beyond anything they could have imagined. In short, the exhilarating road to renown would turn into a highway straight to hell. The fans of “The Five Americans” will be shocked as the book reveals a story that could only now be told. And when the last page is turned, the reader will see the real images behind the clean cut college boys who wrote and performed some of their favorite music of the 1960s. They will also know the depths of human desolation that “success” can bring and yet in the end, the reassuring triumph of the human spirit.
Publisher: Aberdeen Bay
ISBN-13: 978-1-60830-047-1
ISBN-10: 1-60830-047-1


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Battling Bipolar Disorder
Christina Solak-Goodwin
I was twenty-six years old and had just endured my second committed psychiatric hospitalization for suicidal depression when I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. At that time, I had no idea how sick I was—and would later become. Battling Bipolar Disorder, a Memoir chronologically reports the pain, despair and hopelessness of a woman suffering from mental illness for seventeen years. My first-person, present-tense story recounts 11 suicide attempts (that I can remember), multiple failed medication trials, electric shock treatments (a last resort that fails) and numerous psychiatric hospitalizations. Even though during many of these episodes I was—and still am—a licensed professional mental health therapist myself, I continue to deny my illness and often refuse treatment, which, of course, results in reckless behaviors. I continually ride a physical, mental and emotional roller coaster.

Battling Bipolar Disorder, A Memoir is both graphic and seductive. Readers will be intrigued with the inner workings of mental institutions, suicidal plans and relationships between the bipolar patient and both her family and mental health doctors. These physicians fall into categories of the good, the bad and the ugly.
Publisher: Aberdeen Bay
ISBN-13: 978-1-60830-049-5
ISBN-10: 1-60830-049-8


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Sinful Liaisons
JC Gardner
Pretty-boy David Jarconni, born into a privileged home with a silver spoon in his mouth, was expected to succeed his father in running the family business. David, however, chose another path. An excitement and danger junkie, David loved the rules of the streets and the excitement of living near the edge. Finally, yet predictably, his reckless ways almost ruined him and forced him to work for the company and deal with the challenge of clashing wills with his meddlesome sister, who had already staked her claim to the company fortune.

The only sane thing in David's life, his lady love Danielle, provides consequences he never anticipated and could not begin to comprehend. An unexpected run-in with an acquaintance he double-crossed in the old days stirs up a juicy pot of lies, betrayal and deceit with deadly results for all. Can David take over the company, protect his love and, ultimately, save his own life?
Publisher: Aberdeen Bay
ISBN-13: 978-1-60830-043-3
ISBN-10: 1-60830-043-9


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Murder at the PBR
M. Albert Morningstar
Injured bull rider, Chance Boettecher, finds himself the prime suspect in a series of murders plaguing the lucrative PBR bull riding circuit. Reluctantly forced into the position of amateur detective, Chance must break down the veil of deceit and lies in the hard-living, hard-loving world of professional bull riding. Only by exposing that world as one filled with many of the same issues and ills found throughout all of sports and society will Chance uncover the true motives behind the murders and their ultimate solutions.

Publisher: Aberdeen Bay
ISBN-13: 978-1-60830-041-9
ISBN-10: 1-60830-041-2


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The Left Side Of The Stairs
Julie Egert
A reporter in over her head…
Meet Shelby Norris, a small-town reporter without a beat. Shelby wants to write CNN-caliber news, not stories about new park benches in town. But she’s unprepared for the devastating crash course in “real” journalism she gets with her husband’s sudden death. A snap decision to start over at a popular Atlanta paper brings her one step closer to the big stories she’s been craving, and a life-altering friendship…

A girl in crisis…
19-year-old heroin addict Miranda Linn is a girl who wears a Lord’s Prayer cross around her neck and a chip on her shoulder. When Miranda’s chance at a future starts to slip away, her family will look for help in the unlikeliest of places…

A recipe for healing…or disaster?
With one controversial article Shelby finds herself dragged into Miranda’s world, and a vicious public backlash. After getting caught up in an emotional tug-of-war between Miranda’s devastated parents and angry boyfriend, Shelby’s on a personal mission to help them heal. But first she’ll have to survive her daily crash course in being a “real” journalist, sort out some complicated feelings for a doctor with a connection to Miranda, and save herself from her own small-town baggage. Shelby’s about to learn what it means to no longer walk on the left side of the stairs.

Publisher: Aberdeen Bay
ISBN-13: 978-1-60830-038-9
ISBN-10: 1608300382


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Reticence of Ravens
M. M. Gornell
Time and events have turned Hubert James Champion III into a morose man trying for the last year to escape into California’s Mojave Desert— somewhere a little north of Route 66 on the way to Arizona . No longer a practicing psychologist and FBI collaborator, Hugh now owns Joey’s mini-mart, a half-defunct gas station with no gas, no supplies, and little food for customers. Opening hours variable.

He has become a man hiding out from the world, and himself—trying to seek redemption among the creosote and Palo Verde trees. His main companions these days are an aged desert dog, and the unkindness of sometimes raucous, but usually reticent ravens.

But Hugh soon senses that he can’t escape—especially when a “special” young woman with red Medusa-like hair, and covered in her father’s blood is brought to him one Sunday evening. Turner Jackson has been murdered, and LoraLee Jackson is the main suspect. In quick order Hugh is drawn into proving LoraLee’s innocence by both locals and unwanted East Coast intruders. Add the sudden appearance of LoraLee’s previously unknown brother, a bulldog FBI agent with an agenda of his own, and Hugh’s cousin Della’s love-sick ex-husband—not to mention multiple shootings, exploding drug-labs, and most importantly, Hugh’s past demons rearing their ugly heads once again.

No, Hugh cannot escape having to find a murderer— or his own past .

Publisher: Aberdeen Bay
ISBN-13: 978-1-60830-039-6
ISBN-10: 1-60830-039-0


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Carny: A Novel in Stories
James Hitt
In 1949, Warbling Brothers Road Show and Circus travels the back roads of Southern California, playing towns from Lompoc to Palm Springs. As it breaks winter camp and heads south from Richmond, THE BOSS hires Sojourn Parker, just released from San Quentin, to work with the gazonie, those potheads or winos or ex-cons who were the part of every such circus / carnival, big or small. But when Parker begins to take advantage of the other gazonie, the Boss deals with him in the carny way, having the ex-con tossed off the train while moving at full speed. Later when Parker reappears, he complains that he was only fleecing the gazonie. “Yeah,” the Boss answers, “but they’re our gazonie.”

In this the Boss sets up a reoccurring theme. The carney is family, and family takes care of its own.

Each narrator possesses a different voice. The Boss, who opens and closes the book, is a hardboiled realist who is not above murder to protect his people; Becky, the ticket taker, is a lonely widow and a sucker for a man on the make; The musclehead who wrestles all comers discovers that helping a man is not always the best option; Dali the Hunchback wishes he were more like Benji, the Wolf Boy; and, Bobby falls in love with the hoochie koochie dancer only to realize the deception of romantic illusion. These and many others are the people who populate Carney.

The novel opens with the show heading south for the season and ends with the show heading back north for winter quarters. At the beginning the Boss protects his gazonie from an ex-con, and in the final story, he seeks revenge for Lily, a bareback rider raped by a county sheriff. Days after Warbling Brothers has left the area, the Boss returns to settle the score. One dark night he slips into the sheriff’s house and slits his throat. As the sheriff lies dying, the Boss draws up a chair beside the bed and tells the crooked lawman: “I want you to listen carefully so you can understand. When you did what you did to that girl, it was like you did it to my sister--or my daughter. We’re carny, and carny are family, and family is the most important thing in the world.”

Publisher: Aberdeen Bay
ISBN-13: 978-1-60830-040-2
ISBN-10: 1-60830-040-4


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Heir to the Throne
Chris Berhalter
Fred Downey is a powerful and well-liked United States Senator who is considering running for President. With his loving wife and children by his side, he is thought by many to already have it won. The son of middle-class parents, he is about to fulfill the American Dream. However just prior to making this decision, his beloved mother passes away. In dealing with the loss, he was in no way prepared for nor could he have imagined what he would find.

Millions of dollars in his mother’s accounts that he never knew existed. Upon further searching, he is amazed to find even more accounts worth hundreds of billions of dollars and safety deposit boxes filled with gold bars. More accounts that he never knew about even though they are listed in his and his late father’s name.

In a desperate search for answers on how his father obtained this fortune, his efforts are rewarded. Yet in his blind search for the truth, he finds answers that are beyond belief. Everything he knew about his father was wrong. History itself was wrong. These answers also have the power to destroy his political career and they put him and his family’s lives in danger.

Armed with this horrific information and now being threatened and pursued by those who know these secrets, he must make a fateful decision. Should he expose it all and destroy his future and his family’s? Should he keep it quiet and just give the money to those making the threats, even though it will fund their evil plans? Or is there another way?

The man who has never failed to do the right thing, regardless of the consequences, now faces his greatest test.
Publisher: Aberdeen Bay
ISBN-13: 978-1-60830-033-4
ISBN-10: 1-60830-033-1


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The Fall and Rise
David J Winter
Servius had an uneasy feeling deep within, and it wasn’t due to his expected participation in the impending battle of two powerful Roman armies. His wife, Appia, looked forward to a reunion with her hero husband, yet loved her new-found freedom with friends. Gaius, her father, the Magistrate of Milan, mediated bothersome claims against Christians, and dealt with inept traitorous challenges plaguing him and his family. Their friends, Marcus and Vibia tried to maintain their own good fortune while helping Servius and Appia to work through a destructive chain of events.

The characters’ choices, both impulsive and innocent, often proved harmful to loved ones. Yet, their intentional and sometimes unwanted help, also built up, and transformed those around them. These dynamics are examined through the lives of the five characters as they encountered one another, and others, on the battlefield; in the baths and villas of Milan; Como; Ilyria, and finally, the new Rome in Byzantium.

The challenges facing the characters are juxtaposed against a background of crisis and change in the 4th century Roman Empire. As Constantine, an emperor to be, converted to Christianity, and the persecution of Christians ended, the first instance of state involvement with the church occurred.
Publisher: Aberdeen Bay
ISBN-13: 978-1-60830-034-1
ISBN-10: 1-60830-034-X


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Honest Faces
Steven Donkin
During the autumn of 2008, Frank Allerton, lifelong resident of the small eastern Ohio town of Vernen, is visited by a brother whom he has not seen or heard from in forty-seven years. This bittersweet reunion, however, has a pall cast over it: Frank can’t help being reminded of the family tragedy that originally drove the brothers apart. Meanwhile, several of Frank’s neighbors and friends are struggling to cope with their own pasts and uncertain futures. These include crusty retired Army colonel Conrad Haygood; his mentally challenged yet curiously perceptive middle-aged daughter Ruth; devout but suffering waitress Cora Roeder; Cora’s adoptive niece Gretchen, an aspiring poet and elementary school teacher wavering between idealism and cynicism; and Malcolm Peters, himself a retired teacher recently transplanted from Washington, D.C. and the town’s only black resident. When violent death suddenly intervenes in Vernen’s quietly conservative community life, it sends the residents into confusion as they try to make sense of an apparent suicide that actually may have been something more. Taking it upon himself to find the truth behind the tragedy, Malcolm discovers that some people may not be as they appear, for, as Gretchen observes in one of her poems, sometimes “craft and guile…sport honest faces.” Malcolm’s investigation leads him to some unsettling revelations as he encounters Frank’s manipulative sister-in-law in New Jersey and a shadowy drifter of undefined identity and motivation who may be the key to the puzzle.

A tense drama of deceit, disillusionment and hope, Honest Faces examines the age-old dilemma of maintaining a moral center in an amoral universe, and the challenge of reconciling one’s closely held principles with outward action.
Publisher: Aberdeen Bay
ISBN-13: 978-1-60830-035-8
ISBN-10: 1-60830-035-8


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Flying Fish
Vern Hobbs
Fishing is suddenly banned, but the hard scrabble fishing village of Juniper Key, Florida refuses to die quietly...

As hope fades, “Smiley” Randolph, editor of the town’s weekly newspaper, finds himself face to face with the ghost of a long dead community icon! The ghost insists that Smiley must steer the locals away from deep-seated prejudices and convince them to embrace the teachings of two unorthodox strangers. Will quiet and shy Smiley find the courage to become a leader? Only the ghost knows for sure!
Publisher: Aberdeen Bay
ISBN-13: 978-1-60830-032-7
ISBN-10: 1-60830-032-3


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Southern Kingdom’s Harvest
Don Stanford
Set in south Louisiana shortly after the Civil War, Southern Kingdom’s Harvest takes you back to a time of intrigue and upheaval. Opportunities abound for the man who has the ambition, foresight and temerity to make the most of the turbulent times.

Adam Blythington is sure that he is that man. He relocated from London to Opelousas, LA with the dream of purchasing land and living as a country squire. In only a short while he is successful beyond his expectations, but his success is quickly overshadowed by his lust for even more.

He amasses land, power, riches and beautiful women, becoming one of the most powerful and envied men in Louisiana, but nothing will satisfy his desires. Only a few brave men dare to stand in his way. Murder and mayhem are his allies as he strives to eliminate all obstacles in his quest to build his empire.
Publisher: Aberdeen Bay
ISBN-13: 978-1-60830-030-3
ISBN-10: 1-60830-030-7


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Flint
Bob Maninger
In the small Oklahoma community of Flint, Dr. Bill Spence pursues a ruthless serial killer. The murderer is determined to make these crimes appear as though the Cheyenne are responsible. Diamond Oil Company refinery workers have gone out on strike and the tension is mounting. The evidence at the crime scene is a graphic replication of Native American battlefield mutilations. Bill Spence’s area of expertise leads him to uncover the killer’s intended scenario replicating the Greasy Grass battlefield. Bill receives assistance from his good friend and Cheyenne insider, Ben Freeman, as he navigates each terrifying crime collecting clues to help the local police solve these grisly murders. Ben is implicated even though he appears to be above such a crime spree, because he keeps showing up at the scene at the wrong time. The Cheyenne decide it is time to step outside the law and perform the Sun Dance to purify their people. Bill relies on his friend Kristine to keep him focused on the terrible discoveries he makes as the killer seems to be focusing on Bill and intending to clue him in on the next move. Bill Spence starts to put the elements of the crimes together when he runs into an old high school sweetheart who has mysteriously moved back to Flint to date a man that suddenly becomes a person of interest in Bill’s mind. Bill swings by Kristine’s place to see her and discovers that she is missing. The police chase that ensues takes them to Tommy Nash and the Diamond Oil museum housed in the old family mansion. Can Bill make it to the serial killer before he ends Kristine’s life or will she be his latest victim?
Publisher: Aberdeen Bay
ISBN-13: 978-1-60830-027-3
ISBN-10: 1-60830-027-7


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Standing in Two Places: A New Landscape of Motherhood
Ashley Dyson
Standing in Two Places is a moving memoir that tells the story of a journey through the controversial practice of surrogacy. Ashley Dyson is the intended mother who, after enthusiastically entering a surrogacy arrangement with Norah, suddenly finds herself stuck in a sort of motherhood purgatory: she is a mother of a three-year-old daughter and an unpregnant mother-to-be of a baby growing inside the womb of another woman four states away; she and Norah have formed a close friendship, but they are also business partners, the ‘business’ being carrying Ashley’s baby; there is the traditional role of ‘mother’ and there is this new, ambiguous role of ‘intended mother,’ which for Ashley feels more like the father’s role, the man who goes about his business for nine months then—Voila! a baby appears in his arms. Ashley finds herself in the middle of what she calls “an actual transition in human evolution,” where she’s in the passenger seat of a car, driven by a friend who also happens to be five months pregnant with her baby. This is motherhood with a twist, and it is complicated.

With honesty, humor, and heartbreaking insight Ashley shares her experience of navigating through this new landscape with no guidebook, no map. “My generation and our children are the subjects of this reproductive revolution, how we live through it must be figured out on a trial and error basis,” Ashley writes. And like motherhood, which demands responsibility and love, Ashley is determined to figure it out, thereby shedding light and possibility on an uncharted place. In the end, Standing in Two Places is a memoir about love. If not for love, what other reason is there to willingly throw oneself headlong into the unknown?

Publisher: Aberdeen Bay
ISBN-13: 978-1-60830-014-3
ISBN-10: 1-60830-014-5


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Southern Kingdom
Don Stanford
The setting for Southern Kingdom is the nineteenth century; however, its theme is as ageless as the rising and setting of the sun. Ambition, anger, bravery, cowardice, greed, hate, love, lust, selfishness, and the struggle to survive are timeless. This novel chronicles the life – and the lives of the people his life affects – of a man who allows those forces to blacken his heart and empty his soul.

Adam Blythington relocates to America with the ambition of buying cheap land in the defeated south and living the life of a country squire. In only a few years, with the aid of a corrupt land speculator, he finds himself the owner of two vast plantations. When he acquires his first plantation, Hannah LeBlanc, the beautiful and sensuous housekeeper, offers herself as his mistress.

Although he marries the beautiful daughter of a wealthy landowner for convention’s sake, and has an affair with his brother-in-law’s wife, Hannah remains steadfastly loyal to him. Together they forge the future of his empire, Southern Kingdom. They ruthlessly battle anyone, even resorting to murder, who threatens their dream of wealth and power.

Although he amasses land, riches, and power, the gratification he desired remains elusive.

Publisher: Aberdeen Bay
ISBN-13: 978-1-60830-008-2
ISBN-10: 1-60830-008-0


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Falling
Clint Pearson & Ursula Pearson
At 18 years of age, Clint Pearson was a rock climber and local track star, and despite his long hair and carefree dress, he was maniacally driven. Even after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), he continued to climb mountains and take risks, unmindful of the dangers. He shunned commitment and saw women as trophies, that is, until he met Ursula. A South African of East Indian descent, Ursula had grown up under the shroud of apartheid and had nurtured a healthy supply of caution in the process. At first she sought to maintain her distance from the brash and disheveled American, but after Clint and Ursula found themselves in a car, at night, inside a redwood forest, nuptials were soon to follow. Their differences were extreme but so too were their feelings for each other, and as Clint plodded through medical school, becoming emotionally entangled in the poignant dramas of his patients, the marriage remained strong. Then during residency training, financial pressures intensified, leisure time vanished, and Clint’s MS progressed despite several medicines. On one occasion, MS medication even precipitated a high fever, and Clint’s body had to be packed in ice. The marriage ultimately survived both Clint’s declining health and his residency, but the MS continued to progress, making Clint’s mountain-climbing ambitions increasingly unrealistic. Yet he remained an adventurer, a climber at heart. Would he push ahead only to stumble and fall or could Ursula and his patients somehow teach him to climb mountains of a different kind?

Publisher: Aberdeen Bay
ISBN-13: 978-1-60830-012-9
ISBN-10: 1-60830-012-9


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Death of a Perfect Man
M. M. Gornell
Jada Beaudine has lost her husband Terry in a tragic and mysterious boating accident--and she badly needs a change. She leaves her home in Puget Sound to get away from the horror, the memories, and the relentless glare of publicity that surrounded her husband’s death.

Alone, she drives south and by the second evening finds herself taking a wrong turn in the stark Mojave high desert of interior Southern California. While mesmerized by the bigger-than-life beauty of a desert sunset, she nearly runs out of gas in the middle of nowhere. Amid mounting apprehension, she manages to find the odd “Red Rock Inn & Café,” a lost, creepy old resort from some other place and time--where, Irina, a strange emerald-eyed woman materializes and convinces her to stay the night.

She’ll check out early in the morning and be on her way, right?

But by morning, events unravel quickly and Jada finds herself pulled straight into the scene of a bizarre murder. As she reluctantly tries to make sense of this murder, it’s soon followed by yet another. And all the while, Jada is being followed by people with varied, surprising and even sinister agendas of their own.

Yes, she may have a knack for solving murders—as psychic Irina seems to know—but in this off-kilter scenario, Jada has her own powerful hunch that the next victim will be her. And every time she tries to leave this otherworldly place, she finds that somehow she can’t…

Publisher: Aberdeen Bay
ISBN-13: 978-1-60830-007-5
ISBN-10: 1-60830-007-2


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Uncle Si's Secret
M. M. Gornell
Belinda “Bella” Jones and her brother Bernard, owners of the Cedar Valley Residence, have put their hearts, souls, and a ton of cash into this dream endeavor. Now, after five years of hard work, their charming home is almost full of a lovable cast of residents and there’s just one more building addition they want to do.

But then Lana Norris, a beautiful area resident is brutally murdered on Cedar Valley Trail just a few feet from their property line, and their world turns upside down. Things like this don’t happen in Cedar Valley, and their residents are shocked—and afraid. Overnight their happy place has turned into a jumbled, unfamiliar world. Indeed, residents are checking out, belongings are mysteriously disappearing, the county government is on their back about raspberries of all things, and it seems that nothing will be right again until this homicidal maniac is captured.

Quickly, and to everyone’s relief, the police arrest and charge Kirby Norris, Lana’s husband. He has an alibi, but all the physical evidence points his way; and for motive, there’s a million dollar life insurance policy. It’s enough for the DA to indict, arraign, and bring to trial.

But Kirby swears he’s innocent, and so does his mother, the eerily persistent Olive Norris. She engages a slick defense lawyer, but she also calls in Belinda, a past part-time investigator to find the real killer.

Belinda has had several modest successes in the crime arena, and her possibly psychic chef-brother thinks Kirby is innocent, and worse yet, the real killer is still loose and she should take the job. But once Belinda begins, she enters a turning labyrinth that not even she could foresee. Suddenly there’s another gruesome murder, and some sudden surprises, and Belinda knows that she must solve this one fast—before she, or someone dear to her, becomes the next victim.

Publisher: Aberdeen Bay
ISBN-13: 978-0-9814725-5-3
ISBN-10: 0-9814725-5-9


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When Summer was in the Meadow
Betsy Hamlet Nichols
When Summer was in the Meadow records and preserves a time that is receding all too quickly into the lost pages of the last century. Based on actual events of the 20's and early 30's, the work is the real-life story of Evelyn Johnson, a child who in her own voice draws us into a magical world of backyard circuses, church picnics, and friendly neighbors. As she matures, her narration reveals with poignancy and humor life as it was lived by ordinary people during a critical period in American history. The story has historical appeal in its evocation of life in the South and in its recall of actual places, events, and persons of the time–from the talkies and Lindbergh to FDR and the Great Depression. In a larger sense, however, this is a story about ourselves and the power of remembrance to shape our lives and the lives of those who follow us.

Publisher: Aberdeen Bay
ISBN-13: 978-0-9814725-3-9
ISBN-10: 0-9814725-3-2


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Memories of an Eastern Sky
Andy Zhang
Memories of an Eastern Sky is an intriguing original fiction based on a true story that chronicles the extraordinary and disturbing life experiences of the main character. Born into a loving family in the freezing, lawless, and foreboding part of the Communist China, the main character quickly learns of the crushing power the government wielded. His father is suspected of being counterrevolutionary, and the family makes the courageous decision not to succumb to the nefarious will of the ten-year Cultural Revolution that will eventually claim over thirty million innocent lives.
Publisher: Aberdeen Bay
ISBN-13: 978-0981472508
ISBN-10: 0981472508


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