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** AVAILABLE SIMON & SCHUSTER CHILDREN BOOKS **
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TeenVirtue: Real Issues, Real Life? A Teen Girl's Survival Guide
Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 150 pages
Publisher: Broadman & Holman Publishers (April 1, 2005)
"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
The Sons of Maeve Trilogy
Dave and Rose Cox
Publisher: AuthorHouse (December 2004)
Genre: SciFi/ Fantasy
Reading level: Young Adults
Paperback: 416 pages
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)
Paperback: 664 pages
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
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
iUniverse (October 2004)
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
Book Title:Time and Chance
Author: Alexander Hopkins
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
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
Marmarth Press, 2005
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
Title: The Spirit of Romance
Author: Justin Luyt
Publisher: Luyt Publishing
Publication date: TBA
Format: Paperback & Electronic Edition. Audiobook in development.
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
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
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
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
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.
Larry R. Frank Sr.
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)
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
Publisher: Dutton Adult (June 16, 2005)
Hardcover: 368 pages
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
Paperback: 144 pp
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.
TurnKey Press, March 2005
"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)
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
Paperback: 165 pages
Publisher: Pygmalion Press (December 15, 2004)
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
Publisher: Time Warner- Center Street (April 13, 2005)
Hardcover: 256 pages
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.
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)
"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
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 Letter Writer
Author: Robert Mercer-Nairne
Publisher: Gritpoul, Inc.
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
An Audience For Einstein
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?
Publisher: Mundania Press LLC (January 2005)
Paperback: 248 pages
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.
Caroline Coleman O'Neill
Broadman & Holman (May 2005)
Paperback: 294 pages
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
Reality Checked: Life Through Death
TurnKey Press, 2005
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.
Publisher: E.J. Cockey & Company (February, 2005)
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
The Revelation of a Star's Endless Shine
Author: Shirley Cheng
Publisher: Shirley Cheng
Genre: Nonfiction, autobiography, inspirational,
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
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
Too Many Secrets
TurnKey Press (April 2005)
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
Glenn P. Marcel
Invisible College Press
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.
Bellwood Press (February 2005)
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)
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
Leathers Publishing, 2003
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
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.
Turnkey Press (February 2005)
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
Title: Baring it All
Author: Gena Garrison
Publisher: Publish America (May 2005)
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)
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
Publisher: PublishAmerica (December 2004)
Paperback: 292 pages
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)
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)
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.
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