In Everybody’s Got a Story by Heather Wardell, Alexa was living in New York City when she was brutally attacked and mutilated by her boyfriend, Christophe. Alexa’s parents want her to return to Alberta to live with them, but when Alexa’s employer gives her the chance to work in the Toronto office, it’s an offer she can’t refuse. In a new city and with new co-workers, will Alexa feel more alone or will she reclaim her life? Everybody’s Got a Story (Toronto Series) (Volume 12) is the twelveth book in the Toronto series.
This is a story played out by way of excerpts from Michael Thorn’s journal. Michael and his friends share an interest in lucid dreaming. When they discover that medically induced comas enhance those dreams, they cannot anticipate the havoc their experience will wreak and the toll it will take on this tight group of dream explorers.
The Clock of Life by Nancy Klann-Moren is a coming-of-age story that takes place in the 1970s and 1980s. Jason Lee Rainey’s father was a hero. The senior Rainey was a man who strongly believed in the Civil Rights movement and fought in Vietnam. He died when young Jason Lee was only eight months old. Living in Hadlee, Mississippi with his mother and uncle, Jason Lee must decide despite the anti-black sentiment that lingers if he will pursue a friendship with Samson Johnson. When he meets him at the school the first day, Samson bears the taunts and beatings from the other white children. Over time, Jason Lee learns more about his father, Vietnam and the Civil Rights movement and also that sometimes you have to work to make your world a better place.
In Rain on Your Wedding Day by Curtis Edmonds, the ex-NFL player, Will Morse, lost one daughter and was arrested and charged when another died. For five years he’s been living the life of a hermit and getting a yearly phone call from his only surviving child. When his daughter decides to visit, Will knows that she has big news. She’s pregnant and getting married. Will is happy for her and agrees to come to the wedding but knows he can’t face his ex and family alone, all of whom blame him for his daughter’s death. Dot Crawford comes into his life at the perfect moment. While building his relationship with Dot, he finds that she’s not all she seems to be. Can he put his life back together or will he choose to go on alone?
Such a Life by Jeri Walker-Bickett contains five short stories exploring varied aspects of modern life. In Pretty Girl, a young girl meets up with a Carny Worker and in For the Love of Dog, a woman’s connection with her dog proves stronger than any bond of moral code.
In Evergreen Girl by Sybil Powell, Fran is the black sheep of the family. Since the day of her birth, her mother has hated her for not being a boy and she has never measured up to her older sister Becky. When Fran’s mother kicks her out of the family home, she must make her way in the world. And, she makes her way in spectacular style until she realizes one day that sometimes works satisfaction isn’t enough. Follow Fran on the adventure she calls life in Evergreen Girl (Volume 1).
In It Isn’t Cheating if He’s Dead by Julie Frayn, Jemima Stone’s fiancé Gerald has been missing for four years. She’s been going about her life, feeding the homeless in the park and hoping that one day she’ll see Gerald. Her weekly updates with Detective Finn Wight give her the confidence that someone is looking, and he might be found. Sadly, he is found. Dead in Montreal. Gerald’s mother blames Jem for his mental illness and to some extent, she blames herself for his leaving and feels as though she’s sullying his memory when she and Finn give into their mutual attraction. Can she cleanse her soul by helping a newcomer to the park reunite with his family? He won’t talk to her, but she knows someone is looking for him as she looked for Gerald and she, with Finn’s help, is determined to return him to his loved ones.
In Diary of a Heretic by Kathleen Maher, coffee shop owner Malcolm Tully wants a life with something to anticipate. Everything is the same as it has been every day. He wants companionship and people saying things that should be said, but no one ever gives voice. When he vents his frustration to his baker Carlos, Malcolm never suspects how his life will change. All he wanted was a forum for people to talk freely, and suddenly he’s caught up in a whirlwind of bread blessings and audience attended éclaire glazing. He’s on a ride to the top that will open his eyes to the world around him.
In Betrayal by Serpent by Judith M. Kerrigan, Anna Kinnealy has been struggling since the death of her husband seven years ago. When her husband is officially declared dead and a settlement is looking likely, Anna expects it to all end and for her life to become peaceful again. Little does she know about the dark forces working against her. She’ll face the worst and best that humanity has to offer in her journey from Wisconsin to the Yucatan.