A career soldier who survived a deadly riot in Cairo, and a reclusive mythology expert from Montana, race against time to find the product of ancient myths and legends that’s cutting a bloody path across the continent.
This discovery leads him to elicit the help of his crazy Uncle Ulus, who is not so crazy after all, and it leads him to the lovely Cassandra. She’s not just beautiful, pretty and kind, but there’s something “magical” about her, too. Throw in some intergalactic bad guys with superpowers, an underground shelter, and the metamorphosis that’s happening with Joe every time he places his hands or eyes on that mysterious box, and buckle up for the ride of the twenty-first century….
One snowy evening, a stranger with a horribly scarred face stomps on the porch of Stella Hunter’s house, holding her latest book of myths and legends. He points to the bloody fingerprints of the book’s now deceased owner, marking a passage of the Peacetaker myth. When she asks how he came by the book, he tells her he took the controversial book from the lifeless hand of a traffic fatality in Cairo. And suddenly, Stella could swear that somewhere a clock started ticking down to doomsday. After all, the fate of humanity depends on whether she was right or wrong when she wrote her infamous book.
Can you escape the wrath of the Spirits?
Sandy Jacobs and Ben Rush are back on the trail of another mystery. The head archaeologist in charge of excavating an important Anasazi ruin on Pueblo land turns up dead. The San Sebastian people, long opposed to the dig because of its potential to disturb a sacred site, believe their ancestors were behind this murder. They want the excavation immediately shut down and sealed off.
Sandy and Ben turn to the police for answers to these questions, but they are of little help and might be protecting the authorities. Unable to sit by and do nothing, Sandy is again thrust into the role of detective, but without Ben’s backing. She’s determined to discover who stands to benefit from the archaeologist’s death, even though Ben isn’t so certain it’s a who, but rather a what. Cultural differences they’d put to rest arise anew and marital conflicts surface to complicate an already complex situation.
Are the ancestors truly opposed to the excavation and willing to wreak havoc? Will Sandy be able to discover the person…or spirit…behind the crime before it is too late? And, in the midst of all the confusion and contention, will whoever is responsible for the crime strike again?
While fiction about the 1950s Civil Rights era is far from rare, few capture the period and struggles from the perspective of a white child.
A storm is brewing in the all-but-forgotten back country of Kentucky. And, for young Orbie Ray, the swirling heavens may just have the power to tear open his family’s darkest secrets. Then Like the Blind Man tells the story of a white youth cast aside in the segregated South of the 1950s, and the forces he must overcome to restore order to his world.
Nine-year-old Orbie already has his cross to bear. After the death of his father, his mother Ruby has off and married Victor, a slick-talking man with a snake tattoo. Orbie hates his stepfather more than he can stand, a fact that lands him at his grandparents’ place in Harlan’s Crossroads, Kentucky. Orbie grudgingly adjusts to life with his doting Granny and carping Granpaw, who are a bit too keen on their black neighbors for Orbie’s taste, not to mention the local Pentecostal congregation of snake handlers. Soon, however, he finds his worldviews changing, particularly when it comes to matters of race, religion and the true cause of his father’s death.
g-NAts: Another Daily Recovery Message Novella explores the lives of seven people of struggling to get clean and sober. Their stories give rise to daily messages meant to inspire, commiserate, give hope, and challenge people struggling with addiction, or even life in general. An excerpt follows:
Cat and mouse
“I did something I shouldn’t have done,” Hoodie said, smiling. “I stole Nora’s cat.”
“Is that what the kids are calling it these days?” Mike asked.
Hoodie laughed. “No! I stole her cat. You know, a cat – a grown kitten. He looked skinny and there was no food in his dish. Nora said he ran out of cat food, but she let him outside to hunt mice. I told Nora I’d take the cat, but she wanted to sell him to me. That was Saturday. Sunday morning I went to her apartment, opened the door and the cat came to me.”
“Awww,” Barb purred. “What’s the cat’s name?”
“Mouse,” Hoodie said with a chuckle. “I gave Mouse to Kitty. She just loves him.”
“So now he’s Kitty’s cat, Mouse,” Barb pointed out.
“I feel bad about stealing Mouse, but I doubt Nora will miss him. If she does, I’ll have to pay her, and I know what she’ll do with the money,” Hoodie said with a sigh.
Today I will accept doing the right thing can bring complications.
A WWII mystery based on actual events Greece and the Aegean Sea have been the stage for countless legends of war and adventure. In 1944, the Germans pledged to leave the Greek Jews in peace in exchange for a head tax. The ransom was paid but the Germans herded the Jews to the death camps just the same.
That’s when an OSS commando parachuted into occupied Greece. The soldier, a Greek himself, turned the Nazi plot on its head then disappeared with the loot.
Seventy years later, the soldier’s grandson searches for the truth, his father’s murderer, and the fabulous missing fortune bringing the decades-old mystery to an explosive conclusion.
The Nomad slaughtered his girlfriend and framed him for murder. Now, Billy Gamble, a drifter turned fugitive, will stop at nothing to find and exact his revenge on the sadistic serial killer traveling the world and sowing chaos wherever he goes. His search for the nomad will take Billy to the exotic islands of Thailand, the old colonial towns of Malaysia and into the darkest jungles of Borneo. But the real question is… who is hunting whom and why? To find the answers, Billy must delve into the mind of a madman and question his own sanity.
Two strangers escaped to the heart of Ecuador to make the world a better place, having sworn off the possibility of love… until disaster brings them together. Jane Russell is certain she’s had enough heartbreak for one lifetime, and love is the last thing on her mind when she arrives in Ecuador to study the cats on the local jaguar preservation. Devon McAlister, the wealthy and handsome son of a well-known corporate mogul, has broken his share of hearts, but he found a new purpose in life when he opened a fair trade rose plantation in Ecuador. When the jaguar preservation comes under attack by what appears to be a group of angry locals, Jane’s search for the missing animals leads her to Devon’s backyard. As they sort through the destruction, an unexpected visit by a charming yet secretive U.S. senator reveals the identity and motives of the attackers to be much more sinister than she could have ever imagined. Through it all, Jane finds her desire for Devon growing stronger. But will she ever be able to trust him enough to truly love?
Stella Hunter has stumbled onto an archeological find of a lifetime. If her suspicions are correct, her tanked career will come out of cold storage and heat up like a rocket and professional redemption will be hers! The Legend of the Peacetaker is true and now she can prove it. The only thing is…she’ll have to live to tell the tale.