Twenty four year old Raymond Bell came to sometime before sunup. He was on the porch with the limp body of his wife cuddled in his arms. The last thing he remembered saying was, “I’ll hunt you down, Gus Brimhall!”
With a Colt in her purse and a price on her head, Calamity Jane was fair game for every bounty hunter in the Territory--until she hooked up with the Floating Outfit's "best-dressed man," Mark Counter, the segundo of the Rio Hondo Gun Wizard himself. Counter was a man to be reckoned with. A man whose second name was trouble!
Book One in a series: Lainey Harkin is a prosecutor who's on the rise. Sort of. Her boss handed her a gift - a felony prosecution before her first year anniversary. The perfect distraction from the search for her sister who left the family ten years ago.
But felony child abuse is not the case for Lainey to cut her teeth on. The case barely begins before heading south. The girl's father is not who he appears, the mother is insane and to top it off Lainey's instant connection to the abused girl, Ella, hinders her better judgment. Lainey Harkin hoped this case would propel her career and provide justice to an abused child. If the office investigator, Nick Rossi, could help her, it just might do that. Spending time with Nick is a distraction Lainey doesn't need but she must have his help and reluctantly asks him for it. She vows to keep her relationship with Nick professional, but ends up falling for him anyway. Lainey's faith in God is tested when she discovers that Ella's father is not Ron Michaels, a poor man in need of a public defender, but Vinnie Mancini, son of a powerful crime lord. The Mancini family has eluded prosecution for years which makes Lainey more determined than ever to put the abuser behind bars but the case takes on a life of its own. Disturbing events occur as Lainey builds her case against Vinnie and continues the search for her sister. Is she being targeted by a violent family or by someone who doesn't want her sister found?
Skye Jordan seems to have it all together but when she gets fed up with her long time boyfriend, Omar, things quickly spiral out of control. Omar lets his insecurities get the best of him and instead of saving his relationship he pushes Skye away.
Feeling rejected Omar seeks attention elsewhere which leads to a whirlwind of problems. Damisha loves her single, kid-free life until she meets Jerell. He is the man of her dreams except for one thing -- he refuses to turn in his player card. Sick of the games, Damisha seeks comfort from Chris, who is the total opposite of Jerell. Will she fall in love with Chris or turn into the exact thing she ran away from? Kori aka Coco owns a hair salon and is married to Jerome, a real estate agent. They try to make their blended family work, but there's a problem. Jerome's ex girlfriend Shameka uses their daughter to create drama within his marriage and Coco's hot temper sure doesn t help. Naive to Shameka's tactics Jerome falls into a compromising situation that is hard to explain. Who should CoCo believe? Her husband or his bitter ex? Jamyya is a devoted wife and mother of four. Bored of the housewife routine Jay sets out to spice up her life with a new career. Just when her life is at its best, Jay s mother is released from jail and moves in with her, turning her house upside down Jasmine aka Jazz starts a new romance with Shawn and is completely swept off her feet. Living out her dreams, Jazz is having the time of her life.
When secrets surface about Shawn, Jazz has to decide if she can deal with the man that she no longer knows. Laugh, cry and feel these sistas as they go through experiences that come close to home for many. Is there a light at the end of the tunnel or does a relationship of uncertainty leave one on a rollercoaster of darkness forever? Everyone will become clean when you're airing out dirty laundry...
After eighty percent of the world’s population is destroyed by a plague delivered by an alien race, a group of survivors build the ultimate underground civilization known as So-Cal.
They wait and prepare for the impending war against the invaders. What they are not prepared for is the arrival of the crew from the Galaxy, a ship long lost in space. Galaxy’s joyful arrival is thwarted by a last second alien attack at the gates of So-Cal. The not only leaves members of the crew seriously injured, but one is missing. Vanished into thin air. While the crew of the Galaxy struggles against life threatening injuries and trying to understand what has happened to their world in their absence, Robi Pierce, leader, recounts to them how So-Cal came to be and the hardships they endured in getting there.
The Drum Tower is Farnoosh Moshiri's fourth work of fiction concerned with the deleterious effects of the Iranian Revolution of 1979. This novel, told by a mentally ill, 16-year-old girl, depicts the fall of Drum Tower, the house of a family descended from generations of War Ministers. Rich in characters-Talkhoon, who struggles to control the winds she hears inside her head and who tells the story; Assad, a man made evil by his love for her; Anvar Angha, Talkhoon's grandfather who has devoted his life to writing a book about the Simorgh (the mythical bird of knowledge; the Persian Phoenix) but never completes it; Soraya, Talkhoon's mother, whom we never meet but about whom myriad and contradictory stories abound-and rich in family secrets, this novel chronicles the early days of the revolution, the ruthness and opportunism of the competing factions, the rise of the Revolutionary Guard, the chaos and murder in the streets of Tehran, the arrests and executions, as experienced by the members of this family. The Drum Tower may be compared, favorably, to Gone with the Wind. It has already won two Barbara Deming Memorial Fund Fiction Awards and a Black Heron Press Award for Social Fiction. It has been licensed to the United Kingdom's Sandstone Press which will publish the British Commonwealth edition simultaneous with the Black Heron Press edition.
The Barnes & Noble Review January 1998 Mukiwa: A White Boy in Africa is the story of Peter Godwin's experiences growing up in Rhodesia. He recounts the story of that country's violent transformation into Zimbabwe, as well as his own personal metamorphoses from privileged boy to reluctant soldier to investigative journalist.
Godwin's story begins, "I think I first realized something was wrong when our next door neighbor, Oom Piet Oberholzer, was murdered. I must have been about five then. It was still five years before the real war would start." The Godwins enjoyed a typical genteel existence in 1960 rural Rhodesia, their household including a "garden boy," a "cook boy," and a nanny. Peter's father managed a wood- and sugarcane-processing plant. His mother, a rural government doctor, was often called to pronounce deaths or conduct autopsies, for which she brought along her "assistant," five-year-old Peter, who was responsible for shooing away the flies. Godwin's plans for attending college were squashed when he was drafted into the Rhodesian army and assigned to the "Anti-Terrorist Unit," which proved to be an important experience in his life. When he later looked at himself, he saw a man "coursed through with anger and despair. It was the face of someone who would kill an unarmed civilian for withholding information." Disturbed by what he had become, Godwin left Rhodesia after he got out of the army, only to return in 1981 as a journalist. Rhodesia was now Zimbabwe, and the "terrorists" he had reluctantly fought against were now the country's rulers. Godwin reported on theutterbrutalities in Zimbabwe and the fate of Matabeleland, a black minority region in Zimbabwe.
He described the army style of interrogation, in which "before they even began to question you, they would break one wrist," and wrote about the old mines where bodies of the dead were buried.
When Godwin's writings received worldwide attention, the Zimbabwean government tried to discredit him, and he received numerous death threats, escaping the country just hours before the police came looking for him. Mukiwa is not only a memoir but also a compelling adventure story that tells a personal saga that needs to be heard.