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With this said below are books recently submitted: ****** CHILDREN'S BOOKS ** AVAILABLE SIMON & SCHUSTER CHILDREN BOOKS ** ****** ** YOUNG ADULT ** TeenVirtue: Real Issues, Real Life? A Teen Girl's Survival Guide Vicki Courtney Reading level: Young Adult Paperback: 150 pages Publisher: Broadman & Holman Publishers (April 1, 2005) ISBN: 0805430563 $14.99 "TeenVirtue" addresses the hard issues teen girls face today from a Christian perspective including the "Big Five Lies about Sex," "Is it OK to be Gay" and "Staying Inline when you're Online." "TeenVirtue" is a survival guide for girls to combat the intense pressure to "fit in." The Sons of Maeve Trilogy Dave and Rose Cox Publisher: AuthorHouse (December 2004) Genre: SciFi/ Fantasy Reading level: Young Adults ISBN: 1420808141 Paperback: 416 pages $18.95 The Sons of Maeve Trilogy follows the adventures of Than and Gimble as they trek through a mysterious mountain near their village home. Spurred by hopes of finding Than’s lost father, the boys stumble into an unusual world filled with dangerous creatures and strange civilizations, each on the brink of chaos. Thrust into the midst of these troubled circumstances, the boys are compelled to fight for their lives and their new friends against a host of wild beasts and the evil Pallig, Shaman of Darmid and leader of the Army of the Allodial. ** SMALL PRESS & SELF-PUBLISHED BOOKS ** When Europa Rode The Bull by Barbara Berot Publisher: Streetcar Books (September 1, 2004) ISBN: 0974889903 Paperback: 664 pages $15.95 The book mirrors some of Barb's life and is one of the most emotional, heart-tugging books that you may ever read with a truly iconoclastic heroine, who was sexually assaulted by her boyfriend in college after experimenting with LSD during the tumultuous sixties. She rides a motorcycle through Europe and finds her true abiding love in St. Andrews, Scotland. Now, as a successful advertising executive, she discovers she has HIV nd goes back to her beloved St. Andrews to overcome her demons threatening her marriage and her life. Book Title: On This Beautiful Island Author: Edwin Fontanez Publisher: Exit Studio ISBN: 0-9640868-6-7 Time travel 500 years into the past and experience the beautiful and fascinating culture of Puerto Rico and its inhabitants through a journey filled with magic and wonderment. Follow Guanín, a young Taíno boy, and his beloved parrot Tahite deep into the forest as they invite the reader along for an adventure filled with the beauty of nature and the warmth of community. See the rhythm of the palm trees as they sway in the wind, smell the salty sea air as waves crash on shore, meet the villagers as they fish and farm, and hear family stories around the evening fire. Walking Away From Texas Sharon Bradley iUniverse (October 2004) ISBN: 0-595-32672-2 $10.95 Walking Away From Texas follows two childhood friends, Katie and Alan, as they adjust to life after high school, struggle with new relationships and question the possibility of moving from "just friends," to more. The two friends must choose between spreading their wings toward independence and new adult relationships, or holding on to the past and each other. Walking Away From Texas addresses many issues of concern that young adults face in their lives, from chasing dreams to choosing the right college to maintaining a relationship with a high school boy/girlfriend. Book Title:Time and Chance Author: Alexander Hopkins Publisher: iUniverse ISBN: 0-595-31036-2 They met and fell in love on unconventional terms. John Moses, a soldier, aimlessly traveling through Amsterdam’s red light district afraid to confront the psychological beasts of war that have left him scarred and shattered after the traumatic impact of extensive combat in Afghanistan and Iraq. And Hannah, a prostitute, battling her own inner demons after a life of tragedy and loss that has left her broken in more ways then one. Each looking to be saved, they come together and find the comfort and solace that they have been yearning for. But their happiness only lasts for so long. Title: Kamikaze Peacocks and Oink: Coming of Age in an Unfunny War Author: Pete Fournier Publisher: Raja Books ISBN: 0-9741136-3-8 The Viet Cong and North Vietnamese weren’t the only trouble for the United States military during the Vietnam War. Attack peacocks, a 3-legged dog named Oink, Saigon “tea parties” and heavily inebriated officers are only some of the humorous troubles GIs face in author Pete Fournier’s witty, true-life book, Kamikaze Peacocks & Oink, Coming of Age in an Unfunny War. Every soldier, marine, sailor or airman who served in Vietnam was deeply affected by the experience. Not every memory each soldier brought home, though, had to be tragic. Kamikaze Peacocks and Oink is the story of one soldier who coped by seeing the amusing or tragicomic side of otherwise miserable and gloomy events. Becoming Jefferson's People: Re-Inventing the American Republic in the Twenty-first Century Clay Jenkinson Marmarth Press, 2005 ISBN 1-930806-22-1 $17.95 Thomas Jefferson believed the purpose of America was not to seek glory and profit in the world's arena, but to build a nation of equality, justice and cultural achievement. A Jefferson scholar for more than two decades, Jenkinson brings the third president's vision of America to the 21st century in hope of inspiring Americans to take an active role in the government's direction of the nation. "Becoming Jefferson's People" is a bold call for individuals to dedicate their lives to finding intellectual enlightenment and self-reliance. Title: The Spirit of Romance Author: Justin Luyt Publisher: Luyt Publishing Publication date: TBA Format: Paperback & Electronic Edition. Audiobook in development. ISBN: Pending Price: 14.95 Where does our concept of romance come from? This chapter follows the notion of romance through history and how that notion shapes our ideas of a loved one as a "missing half" or "soul mate." The idea that someone else completes us can get in our way of seeing ourselves as complete. Nautical Contraband C.G. McDaniel April 2005 Aboard a rickety old Catalina PBY-5A flying boat named Lady Orleans, the Krewe takes readers on a surreal journey throughout Southern Florida and into the Caribbean in search of an ancient map and a lost treasure once stolen by Stede Bonnet, The Gentleman Pirate. Title: FOREVER: A Godyssey Adventure Author: JD Howes Publisher: Xlibris Publishing, 2003 Genre: Fiction, Christian Sci-fi / Fantasy Format: Hardback / Softback ISBN: Hardback (ISBN# 1-4010-4196-5) List $36.99 Softback (ISBN# 1-4010-3068-8) List $26.99 Forever: A Godyssey Adventure” is a supernatural thriller that chronicles the misadventures of recently deceased father (Jack Davis) and his annoying guardian angel, Benjamin. Murdered by Agents of Hellunder while trying to help his rebellious son, Gordon, the High King of Heavenland grants Jack a second chance to rescue his son’s dying soul…before it’s too late! The only question is whether these two misfits can manage navigating through eternity without getting lost, defeat the evil Dark Prince in battle and reach Gordon before Hellunder claims his immortal soul. All in all, just another day in eternity... The Hero Perseus - A Mad Myth Mystery Tony and Robyn DiTocco Brainstorm Publications ISBN: 0-9723429-1-5 $11.95 The Hero Perseus incorporates the famous myths of the deadly monster Medusa and the war between the Titans and Olympians into the life of a typical teenager struggling to find his own identity. By reliving the fantastic adventures that comprise the famous Greek myths, PJ must retrace his ancestor Perseus' quests and eventually discover the hero that lives within himself. The Hero Perseus was a top three finalist in the IPPY awards (Independent Publisher Book Awards) for best juvenile/young adult fiction, and was chosen as Advanced Placement reading in some of the United States' largest school districts. Atlas' Revenge - Another Mad Myth Mystery Tony and Robyn DiTocco Brainstorm Publications, January 2005 ISBN: 0-9723429-3-1 $11.95 Atlas' Revenge, the next book in the series, finds PJ four years later in college and settling into the rhythm of classes, surfing, snowboarding, and work. However, PJ must return to the world of myths to complete Hercules' Twelve Labors while the strongman is forced to hold up the heavens for Atlas, who has mysteriously disappeared. Once again, PJ must reach inside himself to find the hero within and save mankind. Both books update the classic Greek myths, combining contemporary characters and issues with timeless themes to educate today's youth. Wealth Odyssey Larry R. Frank Sr. IUniverse, 2005 Wealth Odyssey is for anyone interested in learning how to make wiser investment decisions. I introduce these concepts in an easy-to-understand approach, giving readers sound financial planning advice that they can take to the bank. The Angel’s Key Author: Patricia Little Publisher: iUniverse, Inc. (July 2005) Genre: Romance/Paranormal ISBN: 0-595-33118-1 Paperback: 291 Price: $17.95 It’s 2005 and Amanda Poole should be happy to be alive. She’s got a great job as curator of Portland’s historic Pittock Mansion, and she’s engaged to Leland Worth, one of the wealthiest men in the Northwest. On the way to meet his parents for the first time, she is in a head-on collision. An instant before impact she vanishes from the car, only to reappear seconds later, shocked to see her car crushed and burning. She is unhurt, but not unchanged. Amanda now possesses strange and unwanted abilities, and she knows that someone, or something – wants her dead. COVER THE BUTTER Carrie Kabak Publisher: Dutton Adult (June 16, 2005) ISBN: 0525948767 Hardcover: 368 pages $23.95 Kate Cadogan, a middle-aged housewife who finds herself wondering how she got stuck in an endless rut and loveless marriage. Kate doesn’t quite know the answer until one Sunday morning when she discovers the callous destruction visited upon her home—her teenage son threw a party the night before and Rodney, her husband of almost 20 years, is too busy watching sports on the television to care. A few glasses of wine later, Kate finds herself falling down a hole and landing in 1965, in the moment she got her first bra. What follows is an exhilarating series of adventures with two spirited and devoted friends, an Irish mother who dishes out equal amounts of love and loathing in an effort to control her daughter, a weak-minded and smothering father, a couple of wayward men, an unsatisfying job, a few unwanted pounds and an unflattering outfit or two. Through it all Kate learns to pull away the blindfolds and emotional clamps that have repressed her true passions for years and finally embrace a life without rules. A captivating exploration of love, friendship and family, COVER THE BUTTER is a novel that proves it’s never too late to move to Provençe and start all over. Heal and Forgive Nancy Richards May 2005 ISBN: 1-57733-158-3 Paperback: 144 pp $13.00 This thought-provoking illustration offers new hope to those who have given up at the prospect of forgiving. Many survivors of abuse long to forgive their abusers; however, many common approaches to forgiveness are not appropriate for situations involving abuse. This work demonstrates to the survivor the additional steps necessary to achieve forgiveness in the face of abuse. Araujo's Stone Peter Roderick TurnKey Press, March 2005 ISBN: 978-0-9754803-9-7 $14.95 "Araujo's Stone" tells the story of a bitter relationship between a stoic immigrant and the illegitimate nephew he raised as his own son. Augustino Araujo is a deeply religious sailor from Cape Verde Island of Fogo, a group of Portuguese-speaking islands off the coast of West Africa. Haunted by a secret tragedy, he emigrates to America with only one possession: a strange, volcanic stone. In Search of a Brilliant White Cloud Simon van der Heym Hardcover: 364 pages Publisher: Pentland Press (NC) (February, 2005) ISBN: 1571974202 $24.95 The story follows the riveting life journey of Eric van Polls, who as a young boy does not find out he is Jewish until the Nazi occupation of his country. His family’s dangerous escape to Switzerland and their harrowing survival of World War II, leaves a lasting imprint on his life. After the war, we follow Eric as he emigrates to North America, but he can't escape his past. As he grows older, Eric continues to struggle with the fallout of his childhood war experiences in his quest to understand his spiritual identity as a Jew. When Eric is diagnosed with cancer, he must finally face the issues of death and injustice that have haunted him all his life. Will he find healing in confronting the trauma of his past? Blood & Tequila William Self Paperback: 165 pages Publisher: Pygmalion Press (December 15, 2004) ISBN: 1888292180 $9.95 The idea of one person’s obedience to another man’s will, raises the question: is it a weakness to love and obey completely? Or is the greater weakness to forsake love? This story plunges deeply into the blind alley of obedience, and the high cost of revenge. It proves that life is short, and that men often become beasts in their desire for vengeance. However, there is in human nature a conductive quality and an undeniable bond between love and fear. A Thousand Tomorrows Karen Kingsbury Publisher: Time Warner- Center Street (April 13, 2005) ISBN: 0446529672 Hardcover: 256 pages $18.95 Cody Gunner has no use for real love. Abandoned as a child by the person he needed the most, he swears he will never allow himself to lose again. Ali Daniels denies love as well. Carrying a terrible secret, she lives life to the fullest, taking risks and refusing relationships. When Cody and Ali meet, their first instinct is to hide behind their emotional walls, seemingly doomed to repeat the patterns they have established for most of their lives. But their attraction is too strong, and soon they’re doomed in another way--for neither can avoid falling in love, regardless of the consequences. Only after three years--a thousand tomorrows later--do they realize at what cost their relationship comes. In the end, they must decide if love is worth the ultimate price. Title: Briana Author: Tammy L. Boulds Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press (August 2005) Genre: Historical Romance (Western) Format: Trade Paperback & E-Book ISBN: 1-59374-294-0 (E-Book) ISBN: 1-59374-293-2 (Trade Paperback) Red Junction, Texas (1880) Briana McBride is unhappy after learning her father hired a new man to run the family ranch - a job she wanted. Then to make matters worse, her father sends her to the train station to meet him. After meeting him, she discovers he is nothing more than a drunk. Nicholas McMurtry is a man with a tortured past, and a young son to care for. So, he accepts a job on the Silver Lining Ranch, but after meeting his new boss’ daughter, he starts having second thoughts. Soon after their return to the ranch, a string fo suspicious accidents bring the couple closer together. Then Briana learns miracles come in many forms, even the form of a drunken ranch foreman. Title: A Dedication Author: John Zaiss Publisher: Synergy Books (June 2005) Category: Fiction ISBN: 0-9755922-3-8 $21.95 "A Dedication" tells the story of a rebellious, underachieving teenager, Quinn Marshall, who finds an unusual mentor in the form of a former Marine whose casual confidence masks a shattered past. The friendship that develops offers both a chance for redemption from past mistakes, until cancer changes their relationship and ignites an urgent attempt to reconnect with estranged family members. Title: Eczema and Atopic Dermatitis: The Best Websites Author: Lisa Anne Sanderson Publisher: Windstorm Creative (August 2005) Format: Trade paperback ISBN: 59092-173-9 Price:$7.99 About a tenth of the population of the United States suffers from eczema or AD. This book helps people with these debilitating skin conditions by providing them with the most informative sites on the Internet. The Letter Writer Author: Robert Mercer-Nairne Publisher: Gritpoul, Inc. ISBN: 0-9748141-0-5 It is June 2000 in a prosperous Seattle suburb and material life could hardly be better for four local families. A young divorcee, a retiring professor, a successful restaurateur, and a woman running largely on a diet of sex and Jack Daniels each encounter a free copy of The Rich Man’s Investment Letter published by the irrepressible David Dulalley. They each sign up for one of his Golden Cruises and plunge into the stock market for the first time-just before the crash of 2001! An Audience For Einstein Mark Wakely Publisher: Mundania Press (March 2005) Human cloning, test-tube babies, and now stem cell research are real life science experiments creating heated debate and new medical-ethics questions. Do advances in the manipulation of human life truly improve life. or debase it? How far do we go and what do we lose in the process? Is it man playing God or God’s will? Amanda’s Rib Cyndia Depre Publisher: Mundania Press LLC (January 2005) Genre: Romance/Suspense ISBN: 1594260141 Paperback: 248 pages $14.00 Attorney Jack Lindsey has mixed feelings about Carlisle, Illinois', newest resident. When he discovers Amanda was recently acquitted of murdering her husband, he thinks that is the cause of his unease. Is Mandy a killer? Mandy. He never has nicknames for people, so why does he think of her as Mandy? Why does he think of her at all? She's not his type. Still, the killing has piqued his interest. He wants to learn more, even if that means frequent contact with Amanda. Loving Soren Caroline Coleman O'Neill Broadman & Holman (May 2005) ISBN: 0-8054-3089-X Paperback: 294 pages $14.99 Set in Copenhagen and the Danish West Indies in the mid-nineteenth century, LOVING SOREN is the true story of Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard, told from the point of view of his fiancee. It is about a woman who tries to save a man from himself, and ends up losing her self in the process. And it raises the issue: can you ever get over your first love? A historical novel of faith, love and identity about one of the most regarded philosophers of the modern era. Reality Checked: Life Through Death Victor Waller TurnKey Press, 2005 ISBN 0-9764981-0-3 $19.95 Catherine Brown, a middle-aged woman who finds herself in a moral dilemma while suffering from a fatal disease that causes her to age rapidly. A triple homicide leaves her wrongfully accused of murdering her father and she is imprisoned for 30 years. On the night of her father's death, the man responsible also takes the lives of her uncle and sister. The killer's real identity haunts her and she makes it her life's mission to end the life that ultimately ended hers. Gertrude's Cupboard Elizabeth Cockey Publisher: E.J. Cockey & Company (February, 2005) ISBN: 0975886916 Paperback $12.00 What do Alzheimer's, suicide, and poverty have to do with hope, laughter, and renewal? Elizabeth Cockey reveals that the connection in this incredible story of triumph and healing. Cockey's experience with her son’s disease, complicated by financial problems, led her to question the direction of her life. Yet, when one 90-year-old woman, suffering from dementia, shows her there is a higher power in the universe, Cockey sees that help is available. This experience leads Cockey on a road to renewal, ultimately igniting an intense passion in her to work with those suffering from Alzheimer's and dementia. Through art, she helps patients realize that hope is never lost. The Revelation of a Star's Endless Shine Author: Shirley Cheng Publisher: Shirley Cheng Genre: Nonfiction, autobiography, inspirational, health/medical ISBN: 1-4116-1860-2 Trade paperback: 700pp Price: $27.95 from the author; $36.99 Replete with fifty photographs, The Revelation of a Star's Endless Shine unveils the gripping, never before told tale of child prodigy Shirley Cheng--a blind and physically disabled victim and survivor of severe juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA) and more so of falsehood in American medical system--and her loving mother, Juliet Cheng. Enter a world of terrors, struggles, dreams, and triumphs in this true-life story spanning twenty years as mother and daughter travel the world seeking care and compassion. Title: Dance with Your Heart Author: Shirley Cheng Publisher: Shirley Cheng Category: Fiction, anthology, inspirational, fantasy, poetry, short stories ISBN: 1-4116-1858-0 Trade paperback: 225pp Price: $14.95 from the author; $17.99 on Amazon.com Most of the stories take no more than a few minutes to read, and yet they allow the reader to discover and visit worlds never before visited. Inch alongside a tiny snail as she goes through a journey of self-discovery in The Gift of Uniqueness, and learn that cooperation is the key to working successfully, yielding desirable fruits in the story, The Raging Sun and Rain. Too Many Secrets Laura McClendon TurnKey Press (April 2005) ISBN: 0-9764981-2-4 $13.95 Private Investigator Cassandra Masters maintains a secret inventory of nonlethal weapons, including multiple kinds of stun guns, for protection in her line of work. Due to the New York state law banning the weapons, she must keep them well hidden and disguised Chasing Elvis Glenn P. Marcel Invisible College Press ISBN 1931468206 Paperback: 264pp $14.95 In 1982 an Elvis impersonator clumsily robs a bank, and incredibly all of the evidence points to the supposedly deceased Elvis as being the robber. A detective hot on the trail of the robber is convinced that he is chasing Elvis, but is killed in an accidental car crash near Moscow, Tennessee, leaving behind a five-year-old daughter. Twenty years later, the daughter is a tabloid reporter for Weird Magazine, a shameless, check-out counter rag. She is assigned to cover an Elvis Festival in Moscow, discovers her father’s notes, and quickly stumbles onto the Elvis-robber’s trail. Wave Watcher Craig Johnson Bellwood Press (February 2005) ISBN: 0-87743-707-6 A gifted young "man" writing through the night, weaving random memories, fragmented images and stories to form a pattern. As dawn approaches, he is forced to come to terms with a tragic event from his past. Hidden Under the Corporate Ladder J. K. LaMay TurnKey Press (April 2005) ISBN: 978-0-9754803-6-6 $19.95 Jackie Weatherby is a talented saleswoman hired by one of the most prestigious housing companies in the nation to turn around an unproductive field office. She expects to find an apathetic staff that just needs a little energizing. However, when she arrives she finds much more than she bargained for. Her supervisor, Tom Kerakasco, and his ruthless staff maintain an intolerable environment of abuse, sexual and aggressive behavior. Then she makes a terrible discovery. Her supervisor, Tom Kerakasco, is a career criminal now in the witness protection program, and threatens her life if she attempts to walk out. Shifting Sands: Life in Arabia with a Saudi Princess T.L. McCown Leathers Publishing, 2003 ISBN: 1-58597-220-7 $19.95 The increase in gas prices right before the busy summer travel season has turned the attention of many in the U.S. to the East and Saudi Arabia. For the most part, Westerners do not know much about this country and stereotypes abound when images of veiled women and oil refineries flash across the TV screen. The culture that exists in the desert is rich in tradition, guided by religion and is wary of outsiders. There is also a royal class in this country whose life of privilege is closed off to most, including many Saudi citizens. Book Title: If Warriors Wept Author: Judith Bird Publisher: Publish America Genre: Romance ISBN: 1413729827 Book blurb: Special Forces U.S. Marine Bryn Lucas is seriously wounded while serving as an advisor in Colombia, South America. He can no longer be who he is - a warrior - and is angrily trapped in a civilian world. He meets Tessera Sawyer, a vibrant, life-affirming physical therapist who opens new emotional doors for him he had wanted to stay closed. Through a romantic passionate relationship with her, he finds he must go back and deal with the emotional trauma from childhood that has caused him to destroy life rather than hold it sacred or lose the only woman he has every loved. Only then can he begin to construct a new identity and sustain the kind of loving relationship he never knew he wanted until now. Spiritual Perversion Steve Sanchez Turnkey Press (February 2005) ISBN: 0-9754803-3-2 $16.95 At the age of 21, with the burden of supporting a wife and child weighing heavily upon him, Steve Sanchez had no direction in life. He sought spiritual enlightenment from the Spiritual Rights Foundation (SRF), a self-proclaimed psychic church and unbeknownst to him, a cult. He joined the church, where he studied to become an ordained minister. After some time, Sanchez suspected that this church and its leader were not as spiritually sound as he had originally thought. Title: Baring it All Author: Gena Garrison Publisher: Publish America (May 2005) Format: Paperback ISBN: 1-4137-5298-5 $19.95 Love between a sinner and a saint, turns into a roller coaster ride of sex, lies, and murder. Gambling on Magic Christopher G. Moore Heaven Lake Press (October 2005) ISBN: 974-93108-7-X Paperback $39.95 Gambling on Magic is set in Bangkok where life is more than good for Joey Balfour, expat gambling king, former TV personality, and the current owner of the mysterious and exotic Feng Shui Flower Shop in downtown Bangkok. Then ex-chief of security arrives in Bangkok to reopen an old unsolved Las Vegas casino theft. The thief has disappeared in Thailand and the conventional wisdom has it that Balfour holds the key to tracking him down. Caught in a web of deception and betrayal, Balfour discovers that other forces – more sinister and deadly – are slowly entangling him. The stakes are high, the odds are long, and for his greatest gamble, Balfour bets his own life on winning. Into India, Out of Africa Alistair Caldicott Publisher: PublishAmerica (December 2004) ISBN: 1-4137-4108-8 Paperback: 292 pages $24.95 Be transported from the relentlessly chaotic assault on the senses that is India to the cool Himalayan magnificence of trekking to Everest Base Camp. Through the vastness of Australia, unable to escape the predictably painful experiences of England's cricket team, before plunging into the outdoor activity challenges of New Zealand. Then, perhaps most compelling of all, the continent of Africa from the bottom up. Letters to Virginia Woolf Lisa Williams, Ph.D. Hamilton Books (June 2005) ISBN: 076183205X Paperback: 92pp Letters to Virginia Woolf is both a lyrical memoir and meditation on Woolf’s life and writing. Starting with the events of 9/11, Williams examines Woolf’s anti-war views and their relevance to our present time. In her pacifist manifesto, Three Guineas, Woolf wrote, “A common interest unites us; it is one world, one life.” This book explores the events of 9/11 within the context of Woolf’s passionate cry for a world without war. In six concise parts, Lisa Williams writes letters to Virginia Woolf that reflect on Woolf’s ideas about war, memory, and childhood as well as her own experiences with these very issues. Title: Mirror II the Soul Author: Deborah Pujoue Publisher: Publish America (April 2004) Trade Paperback ISBN: 1413706878 Price: $19.95 What if you found yourself wanted for a murder that you weren't entirely certain you didn't commit? Sonia Madison thought that leaving her hometown of New Orleans would make her life easier. Since the deaths of her father and sister and the subsequent depression of her mother Isabell, Sonia felt certain that her life was cursed. She headed to Mississippi and her friend Sheldon for peace. Instead, Sonia found herself right in the middle of a murder investigation. The South is riddled with family secrets, and Sonia's is no different. It is one plagued with death and madness. Sonia learns that the demons from the past have a strange way of resurfacing at the worst possible time. To stay alive long enough to clear her name, Sonia is going to have to learn one of the South's truest lessons: nothing is ever what it seems or portrays itself to be. ** AVAILABLE WARNER BOOKS ** **** Once a book has been selected it will be removed from this page. NOTE: -If you remain inactive for a period of time, I'll assume you do not wish to review any longer. I will however send an email asking such and any information will be removed from the website. *We do however hope you will stay.