Staff Picks and Featured Novels
Series: Slow Echoes-Book One
By Kristina M. Serrano
Publisher: Sands Press
Genre: Sci Fi & Fantasy, Teens & YA
Selk Baioumi is Croatian. She’s also Egyptian. And American. Despite her vast heritage, the only family she has known is her mom and late grandfather. Other than that, the closest relationship she has is with her boxing/kickboxing instructor, Cliff. And she’s perfectly happy with her life, until two new men show up in her cozy hometown of Snow Hill, Maryland. The first, Whistler, an ill-reputed boxer with a paranormal secret. The second, Zahid, the Egyptian father who’d left her mother the day after Selk was born.
Zahid’s return brings the truth about Selk’s ancestry and promises of death for many, including Whistler, the not-so-bad boy who’s stolen her heart with his dry smile and effortless empathy. In order to obliterate those promises, Selk and Whistler must enter and survive an alternate Egypt where crocodiles swim in venom, stained-glass labyrinths come to life and mummies can slow your every move, even speech—if overprotective Cliff doesn’t kill Whistler first.
Not For Art Nor Prayer
By Darren C. Demaree
Publisher: 8th House Publishing
PRAISE FOR “NOT FOR ART NOR PRAYER”
“...artful and prayerful... In clear, crisply nuanced lines, Demaree gives praise to small quirky moments, to ordinary human exchanges, to the miracles of quotidian love, to Wednesdays, to Ohio... ...these generously attentive and marvelously whimsical poems repeatedly resist sleight-of-hand poetic transubstantiation, while slyly acknowledging the inevitably transformative nature of language.” --Lee Ann Roripaugh, Author of Dandarians
“Darren C. Demaree’s Not for Art nor Prayer moves deftly through coming-of-age, marriage, and young fatherhood in poems of praise and devotion. There is a poem for the server at a hometown dive, a poem for the teething child, and a series of love poems that is at once refreshingly playful and deeply felt. Then again, these are all love poems—poems that love by giving attention, by being sensitive and generous to their subjects. There is art here in Demaree’s fourth collection, yes, and prayer.” -Maggie Smith, Author of The Well Speaks of Its Own Poison
The Eyes That Moved
By Rachelle M. N. Shaw
Genre: Short Story, Paranormal, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Kendra is a young girl who has a knack for spotting unusual trinkets and abandoned houses that hold treasures of their own. When she meets Adam, a fellow sleuth and collector, they decide to embark on their biggest adventure yet: the Whitson house. The house is a marvel, and its secrets are even juicier than Kendra had imagined. The third and final floor of the house holds something Kendra has been waiting a lifetime for. But she may have signed on for more than she bargained. There’s a darkness in the house that wasn’t there before, a pair of eyes in every corner, watching, waiting for her time to come. And Adam isn’t at all who he claimed to be.
A classic horror short, The Eyes That Moved is an eerie paranormal tale that will leave you breathless.
We Walk Alone
By Mariah E. Wilson
Publisher: Writers AMuse Me Publishing
We each are but a grain of sand on a beach, a cog in a great time piece. We are surrounded, yet solitary, wanting to be part of the whole while aching to be individual. We search for those special connections, reaching out with hope but holding back with trepidation, our hearts wanting one thing when our minds are saying something different. Yet within this battle, despite the scars, we somehow manage to find love, hope, companionship, and purpose, ultimately without surrendering our ability to find that necessary peace within ourselves.
When Stars Die
Series: The Stars Trilogy-Book One
By Amber Skye Forbes
Genre: General Fiction, Young Adult, Science Fiction & Fantasy
The City of Malva is rife with puritanical hatred for witches. It is said they embody the Seven Deadly sins of mankind.
Amelia's only chance of saving her brother Nathaniel, a born witch, is to become a professed nun at Cathedral Reims. Enduring a series of trials including starvation, isolation, physical abuse and blood-sucking leeches, she will sacrifice all that she is to save him. Complicating all of this is the fact that Amelia can see what is lurking in the shadows. Shadowmen, seeking witches like Nathaniel to join their ranks. This group of Shadowmen begin planning. The results could be devastating.
Oliver Cromwell, a dashing priest at Cathedral Reims, is the only one who can protect Amelia, her brother and save Malva. Yet, he may prove to be more dangerous than the shadows themselves.