Joe is a twenty-something slacker who suddenly discovers that his simple life isn’t as simple as it might appear. The continuation of the world rests in his hands. Called to action by the Prophet and aided by his drug dealer roommate, Danny, Joe must find the missing Prophet — a man the world knows as Troy McCluresque star Jack Connelly.
This book contains three short stories set in the Italian province of Campania. “I am Super Legend” is about a group of men headed to a championship and somewhat cursed. “The Child Comes Home” is about a runaway and the mother who refuses to give up on him. “Look at Me” is a story of a boy helping his father’s best friend who he assumes to be mute find love.
In Finding Mother by Anne Allen, Nicole has lived a tumultuous romantic life with a man who has simply been unable to stay faithful. She ends her marriage and leaves her mostly comfortable life and sets out on a journey to find her biological mother. Nicole’s journey reveals secrets long held but will they be destructive or transformative?
Landon and Seven have had troubled backgrounds. Landon seems to have life figured out, but his traumatic early life has left a mark as did his mother’s inability or unwillingness to protect him. Seven has problems with anger management and involves herself with people who exploit her weaknesses.When they meet at the beauty shop that belongs to Landon’s cousin, there is an instant connection. Landon is everything Seven has never had. Suave, wealthy and in control … or so it seems. Can their relationship develop and love bloom despite the odds or will their past catch up with them?
Just Like Other Daughters by Colleen Faulkner, Alicia Richard’s 25-year-old daughter Chloe meets a man named Thomas. They fall in love during their first meeting, and Chloe ecstatically anticipates the wedding and marriage they pledged to have. What might be a happy day for a mother, sends Alicia into a panic? Chloe has the Downs Syndrome. From the moment she was born Alicia loved her and not for a moment did the diagnosis ever change how she felt about her daughter, although she knows that Chloe needs extra help. Can Alicia learn to let go?
In Hannah Strong by S.J. Matthews, Hannah’s marriage is crumbling. She sits alone with the marriage therapist waiting once again for her husband to show and knowing she can’t do this much longer. She has plans to attend the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles with her father, a man who fell into a bottle when his wife died, and the only thing she’s sure of is that it’s imperative that they make the plane. Is Hannah’s marriage truly over? Will she decide not to go to L.A.?
This short story is the prelude to Matthew’s upcoming novel Miracle at Santa Anita. A preview of the novel is available at the end of Hannah Strong.
In Shadowlands by Alan Steven Kessler, Steve Goldblatt has had a rough childhood. His parents are abusive and his view of trusted friends is shaped by that treatment. Shadowlands is a dark journey into the soul of an abused child.
In A Door Unlocked by Calvin Dean, Bobby Ray, a brutal recently released ex-con in need of ready cash, thinks he’s hit the jackpot when he finds an unlocked door in the upscale Memphis suburb of Olive Branch, Mississippi. After killing her father and seriously injuring her mother, Bobby Ray takes 8-year-old Lydia Fitzgerald on the run. When Lydia’s mother comes out of her medically induced coma three days later, she has a tale to tell of help from her husband on the other side. Can a renowned doctor of parapsychology help Vanessa Fitzgerald save her daughter in time?
In Water’s Edge by Jane Riddell, Magdelyna, a hotelier, gathers her four children for a reunion in Switzerland she has no idea of the unseen baggage they bring with them. Water’s Edge is a story of choices made and life disappointments. Can any of them rise above?