Women's Fiction

In a Brooklyn hospital, in 1954, five babies, four girls and one boy, were born on the same day. In Sweden, on that day, another baby girl was also born. This is the story of how these individual’s lives eventually intersect, and how they not only become acquainted with one another, but become lifelong friends. All of these individual lives are viewed through the lens of Adina Claudette Saville, whose dreams are unlike the others. Amelia, Anna, Alice and Astrid, together with Adina form an alliance of cherished friendships.

Six Sisters, three stories, one theme: Know Thyself. A Gathering of One: Twins, Patrice and Danielle began battling in the womb. When hard-headed, 5-year old Danielle drinks Drano while Patrice watches in horror, unable to stop her, the battle becomes a war. Anger, jealousy, and indignation may have sparked their dysfunction, but duty and familial obligation keeps them tethered long after the bonds of childhood have morphed into the shackles of adult responsibilities. May the best sister win.

Benedict Marshall is a charismatic, articulate, award winning playwright. At 62, his life is altered dramatically in one week by two events – being diagnosed with Parkinson’s and meeting Nell, a much younger, out of work actress. They form an instant and unlikely close friendship.  As they grow closer, Benedict valiantly battles against his Parkinson’s with black humour and charm, while trying to deny to his family and himself, his unspoken love for the young woman who everyone warns him can only be after his money.

On the evening of her twenty-second wedding anniversary, Katherine Price can’t wait to celebrate. But instead of receiving an anniversary card from her husband, she finds a note asking for a divorce. Fifty-five and suddenly alone, Katherine begins the daunting task of starting over. She has her friends, her aging mother, and her career to occupy her, but the future seems to hold little promise—until, after a winter of heartbreak, Katherine is persuaded to try a home exchange holiday in the South of France.

Grace thought she had it all. Living in the beautiful village of Little Ollington, along with head teacher husband Mark and gorgeous son, Archie, she devoted herself to being the perfect mum and the perfect wife, her little family giving her everything she ever wanted. Until that fateful day when she walked in on Mark kissing his secretary – and her perfect life fell apart. Should she take back Mark and reunite the family that Archie loves? Or risk it all for a new chance of happiness? 

It was the fifties, that prosperous decade following a tragic war. Experience life in a small town in North Dakota through the eyes of a child. The challenging winters and stifling summers create a community of hearty souls that fill the pages with delightful stories of her early years living in a basement house, the county sheriff’s house complete with a jail and finally, an apartment on Main Street. This coming-of-age tale will make you smile, shed a tear, and escape to another period in time. Hold on to your hat, we’re on our way! Proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to Rady Children’s hospital in memory of Emma Mahatsachan Pease.

Thrillers & Fantasy

When inventor Martin Tirabi builds a machine that converts trash into oil it sends shockwaves through the corporate halls of the oil cognoscenti. Weeks later, Marty and his wife, Ruth are killed in a mysterious car accident. Their son, Gil, a 10-year old physics prodigy is the only one capable of finishing the machine that could solve the world’s energy problems. You’ll find murder, mystery, and humor as black as fine Arabian crude filling the pages of Oil and Water. The characters are fictional, but the technology is real. What will we do when the oil runs out?

Detective Sean McGovern discovered his empathic ability as a child – he could see and hear the dead – until his strict Irish Catholic mother forbade him from listening to the voice of “the devil”. Years later, a woman is found dead in an apparent suicide, but something is off, and McGovern is called to work on the case. At the scene he starts to feel that old familiar pang in his gut. Why? McGovern must resurrect his gift in order to listen, to see the subtle clues that lead him to the reason she did this to herself. If not, a dark soul will continue to go on to hurting others.The Suicide of Sophie Rae is a tale of lies, deception and misguided faith.

When a bank president is found dead, all the evidence points to a fired employee of the bank and recent client of Chris Watterman’s outplacement firm. Convinced of his innocence, Chris must now choose between helping her client and putting her firm in the cross hairs of a murder investigation. In over her head, she calls on the assistance of friends and business owners to level the playing field. When she refuses to back off her quest to find out who is really behind the elaborate scheme, Chris finds out just how far she will have to go to protect her company’s reputation.

In each of these eight lyrical and baroque tales, Melissa Pritchard transports readers into spine-tingling milieus, from the astounding realm of Robert LeRoy Ripley’s “odditoriums” to the courtyard where Edgar Allan Poe once played as a child.

O, The Oprah Magazine “Title to Pick Up Now” & Oprah.com Book of the Week | San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year | Library Journal Best Stories Collection of the Year

New Orleans journalist Maggie McBride is fired from her job one hot summer afternoon for no apparent reason except being over 50. As she struggles with her anger and tries to figure out her next move, a devastating hurricane threatens the city. In its aftermath, both she and her longtime housekeeper and friend Eloise Jackson must deal with unexpected tragedies and a world they never anticipated in their worst nightmares. The New Normal deals with issues of racial discrimination, loss, betrayal, faith, and love.

Hallo’wed’s path is anything but usual… one might even say supernatural. Edom, Hallo’wed works for Genii Corporation, a business which deals with strange and otherworldly phenomena. A mysterious force rises, which threatens to disrupt the balance between the natural and supernatural realms. It’s up to Hallo’wed and Genii Corporation to discover what is causing the disturbance, but they may have taken on more than they can handle.

Non-Fiction

When her husband was appointed by President Barack Obama to be U.S. Ambassador to Spain and Andorra, Susan Solomont uprooted herself. She left her career, her friends and family, and a life she loved to join her husband for a three-and-a-half-year tour overseas. Part memoir and part travelogue, Solomont learns the rules of a diplomatic household; goes on a culinary adventure with some of Spain’s greatest chefs; finds her place in the Madrid Jewish community; and discovers her own voice to create new meaning in her role as a spouse, a community member, and a 21st century woman.

Sure, helping others seems like the right approach, but your reward is often to feel unappreciated, unseen, frustrated, and unimportant. If you have any sense that you may be a helpaholic, this book is definitely for you! The author takes a 12-step approach to help you understand why you do what you do and the steps you need to take to start setting boundaries and making yourself a priority in your own life. For example, you’ll learn the importance of proactively waiting, how to actively receive, and how to do things differently, so you only do what you love!

Iva Mae: The Book of Mom tells the story of a young girl on the Kansas farm in the 1920’s and the changes she made throughout her lifetime. Beginning in the rural areas of Southeast Kansas and Ozark Mountains of Missouri, Iva Mae traveled the country and Europe while she experienced different cultures, social environments and venues including dinner at the White House. Iva Mae lived her ninety-one years with the attitude that she did the best with what she had to work with at the time.

If you are contemplating a move abroad, follow me as I make that decision, do the necessary research, plan and prepare for a year before I move to a small town near the largest lake in the country of Mexico. This book is based on my experience moving to San Antonio Tlayacapan, by myself in December of 2017. I was a 54-year-old retired school teacher when I made the move that changed my life entirely mind, body and soul. I wake up every morning with a smile on my face and joy in my heart. After arriving I began a journey of self-discovery with no end in sight.

Rossy provides an innovative and proven-effective program to help you slow down, savor each bite, and actually eat less. This unique, whole-body approach will encourage you to adopt healthy eating habits by showing you how to listen to your body’s intuition, uncover the psychological cause of your overeating, and be more mindful during mealtime. If you want to embrace exuberant health and truly enjoy your food, the easy-to-use strategies in this book will show you how—one mindful taste at a time.

Out in Front Speakers are a group of talented, passionate and award winning speakers I have collected along my journey- who are changing the world one speech and one audience at a time. Now more than ever – the world needs words and voices raised in the spirit of holding each other up instead of tearing each other down. Lessons from the Ledge – Volume One is the first of many books we hope to publish which endeavors to spread positive, uplifting messages about perseverance, resilience and grace in the face of these challenging times.

A courageous journey into the heart of one woman’s most profoundly life-altering passage. –MaryJo Gooding
We may never know why we were chosen to live our fate. However, we always have the courage to face it and the strength to conquer it. –Karen Hendry, Author
It’s the remarkable story of an “unexpected journey” by a remarkable woman. My admiration for you is boundless. –Dr. Radic

Floundering in her second career, the one she’s always wanted, forty-eight year old Cheryl Suchors resolves that, despite a fear of heights, her mid-life success depends on hiking the highest of the grueling White Mountains in New Hampshire. All forty-eight of them. She endures injuries, novice mistakes, and the heartbreaking loss of a best friend. When breast cancer threatens her own life, she seeks solace and recovery in the wild. Her quest takes ten years. Regardless of the need since childhood to feel successful and in control, climbing teaches her mastery isn’t enough and control is often an illusion.

Silhouettes of Abuse is a collection of real stories. They shouldn’t be real, but they are. Every minute of every day, dozens of people are abused by members of their families or intimate partners in the US alone. The victims are your neighbors, your friends, members of your family, maybe even you. You are not alone and there is help for you. I believe that some of that help could come to you by taking a martial arts class. This book will show you not only what others have survived, but also how the martial arts that I practice and teach could help victims not only to defend themselves, but also to regain a sense of control over something in your life as well as your self-confidence.

Wine industry icon and author, Susan Sokol Blosser, writes about aging as the next frontier for her generation, whose first frontier was restructuring relationships between men and women. Now, years later, they’re finding that conventional retirement has lost its relevance. The Baby Boomer generation has taken on the challenge of making aging meaningful to them. Her 7 lessons will inspire and motivate you. Drawings by famed editorial cartoonist, Jack Ohman, enhance the reading.

Thousands of women with passion and commitment, in all aspects of the movie industry, they collaborated with others to create memorable images on the screen. With more than 1200 women featured in the book, you will find names that everyone knows and loves—the movie legends. But you will also discover hundreds and hundreds of women whose names are unknown to you: actresses, directors, stuntwomen, screenwriters, composers, animators, editors, producers, cinematographers and on and on. Stunning photographs capture and document the women who worked their magic in the movie business.

Business & Career

In Authentic Inclusion™ Drives Disruptive Innovation, thought leader, speaker, strategy advisor, and women-in-technology trailblazer Frances West proposes new ways that business leaders can affect sustainable and scalable change—and tap into tremendous opportunities—by viewing inclusion as strategic and by addressing diversity proactively.

“Pritchard’s essay collection is one to keep by your bedside to read again and again. Like Lewis Hyde’s The Gift, Pritchard plumbs the depths of why we write, in order to uncover the important reasons we need to write. Keep nearby, because in the darkest depths when you are confronted with the beautiful pain of the blank page, Pritchard will remind you how words can create light.” ―Atticus Review

Random Thoughts is a collection of short individual writings looking at the variety of life and embracing the areas our existence and daily decisions. Life is continual learning and by applying new actions or reactions to everyday living you can achieve balance and satisfaction for the future. Random Thoughts encourages living each day to the fullest and to engage in life’s journey. Random Thoughts…to become engaged, learn, grow and achieve more in life.

Dr. Shirley Raines, now a much sought after speaker, consultant, and author, earned her way from a humble farm in Tennessee to the office of the President of the University of Memphis as the first woman president of that institution. In this frank and heartfelt volume, Dr. Raines shares how this unlikely journey transpired. She describes challenges she faced and lessons she learned along the way that may encourage other young women to pursue careers as leaders, whatever the leadership title.

If you’re one of the many businesses who want to give back to the community and be sure it makes a difference, read this book. After reading Give for Good, you will: Give back to the community with more meaning and impact;  Most effectively engage your employees; More easily say ‘no thanks’ to solicitations. Give for Good provides a step by step guide to help businesses most quickly and easily build a smart strategic philanthropy plan that is both good for business and creates a fulfilling community investment,

At the height of her career, after building and leading one of the most innovative wineries in America, Susan Sokol Blosser made an extraordinary decision – to step away from the work she loved and transition control of the winery to her children. LETTING GO speaks to universal themes: transforming family dynamics as the older generation cedes power to the younger; thriving as a woman in an era of changing gender roles; facing aging and staying vital while no longer climbing the career ladder. Contrary to the “having it all” mind set, Sokol Blosser’s story proves that LETTING GO can be the most fulfilling life choice.

This book chronicles the personal journey of pioneering female winery owner Susan Sokol Blosser, from deciding on a whim to grow wine grapes in the early 1970s, to the trials and tribulations of starting her family-owned winery, Sokol Blosser, in the then little-known Willamette Valley, to the transfer of leadership from the first generation to the present. The themes of feminism, love, and loss are woven throughout the candidly rendered tale, which is interspersed with delicious recipes representing key moments in the author’s life.

Cookbooks

This is a primer about Ayurveda , a food memoir, and a glorious cookbook with 108 vegetarian recipes. The majority of the recipes teach home cooks how to apply the balancing principles of Ayurveda to American-style cuisines. Only 10 reflect traditional Ayurvedic cooking of India. More than 60 full-page color photos make the food pop of the page, so even omnivores want to eat more vegetables! Most of the recipes have vegan options. All but 2 are gluten free.

It’s easy (or easier) to become a wine expert when you narrow the field down to ten grapes. For the wine drinker who loves Pinot Noir but doesn’t know what to try next, wants a French Chardonnay but isn’t sure what to look for on the bottle, or needs a little support before they open the wine menu at lunch with a client, Master Sommelier Catherine Fallis’s authoritative but inviting introduction to wine is an indispensable guide.

Paula Lambert, the owner of the Mozzarella Company, comes this collection of delicious, creative, and modern recipes celebrating one of Americas most beloved foods. From soups and salads to entrees, appetizers, and even desserts, these recipes explore a wide array of varieties and flavors of cheese. Whether you are serving a casual lunch or a festive dinner, there are many options to please any cheese lover.

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