“In the Shadow of Paradise” by Jane Ellen Glasser opens with an epigraph by Rumi, “The wound is the place where the light enters you,” a theme resonant throughout her seventh collection. Subjects such as romantic love, aging, disappointment and death are examined through a lens of understanding that loss is both inevitable and necessary in growing a full life. In her poem “Cracks,” she reminds us, “Every scar/ is the shorthand/ of an important story,” each crack “…a door opening/ onto a larger room.” A signature of her work, Glasser views nature as a mirror for human nature. Swallowtails hovering above phlox suggest that “…pleasure/ can only be tasted in small sips.” Another source of inspiration is art. Works by Rousseau, Chagall, Picasso, Rubens are springboards for self-examination. With wisdom harvested by time, the overriding tone of her collection is one of praise, celebrating a life “happily flawed.”
Hot Romance Series Presents A captivating mystery thriller written by Daniel Devine, the acclaimed author of Secrets and Demons. Just barely settling into his new job as an intern, Aiden Price falls head over heels in love with Sterling Saint, the handsome CEO of the multi-million dollar company. Blind with lust and love, Aiden does not realize Sterling’s evil, sadistic side until it is too late. He is faced with the decision of leaving his well-paying job to escape from an abusive relationship, but Aiden feels trapped when Sterling makes it impossible for him to leave, for fear of his own life. Before his very eyes Aiden loses control, piece by piece. He is unwittingly flung into the intrigue and danger that lies hidden in Sterling’s basement.
Will Aiden find a way out of Sterling’s grip? Will he lose the hope of ever finding true happiness? Find out when you read, The Intern, a book that will have you enraptured, laughing, and crying, all in one sitting. You can’t just read one chapter! Scroll up and press the “buy with 1-click” button or join Kindle Unlimited and access for FREE right now.
The poems in DAMAGED LITTLE CREATURES remind us that we can never remake ourselves entirely; we are distilled through the experiences that shape our early selves In direct and spare language, Sevick’s heartrending poems achieve moments of grace and transcendence as they unravel delicate childhood memories, probe complex issues of identity, and wrestle with the impossible work of marriage and parenting.
CARNIVAL celebrates the quirky, the odd, and an audience of participants and voyeurs. The first section contains linked poems that focus on small towns’ annual festivals. The second, “Sideshows,” looks at fictional, mythic, and real characters from a speculative angle. The third, “The Traveling Circus,” centers on one of mankind’s oldest entertainments. CARNIVAL unleashes a vibrant and revolutionary spirit in poems that favor a skewed vision: sometimes effervescent, often dark.
An evening in Roma – By Steph Christina
A standalone * SHORT STORY *
Honey Carter’s parents send Honey on a trip to Europe for summer break. Out of all places, they buy her a ticket to Rome, Italy where she is to go and stay with her long-lost Aunt Nicole.
Honey is full of excitement and has always dreamed of visiting Italy one day. She just can’t wait to take her first trip overseas.
When she arrives in Rome, Honey meets people she’d never imagined she’d meet and her trip steers her life in the direction of a romantic adventure she never saw coming.
A contemporary romance about friendship, family, travel, culture and love.
Divided into three parts, Michael Trocchia’s debut collection of verse is a lyric study on the forms of fate, a haunting discourse on the linguistic fractures between one’s self and substance, and a set of shimmering images and meditations on the constant “guesswork” of understanding the world within us and beyond. The immediacy and sonic play of these poems are met by what is their gravity of thought and, in some, their philosophic irony. Attending to both the magic and logic of our language, Trocchia’s poetry draws the two together, renewing the wonder of existence with greater clarity.
A clean & wholesome romance. Genevieve is waiting for Ryan to meet her in the park on the old, stone bench. Then Holly arrives and throws Genevieve into doubt and uncertainty about her relationship with Ryan, testing her love and trust.
Terry Atkinson writes pure fiction romances, but her readers often comment that there are many self-help lessons to be learned in her books about love, romance and life. If you need a boost to give you motivation to weather the storms of life and relationships, treat yourself to this short read.
As Dewbridge High’s new quarterback, Devin Gibson finds himself the most popular boy in school. His senior year should be the highlight of his life, but his home life is anything but stellar. A transfer student, Dakota Hall, finds herself in another small southern town moved once again by her gypsy parents. Home is a foreign term she’s not familiar with until she finds herself face to face with the boy that may change that forever. Will their paths lead them to the happiness they both deserve or is fairy tales and happily ever afters just a myth?
Megan Maxwell is left pregnant, widowed and alone. Her late husband’s best friends step up to the plate to help take care of her and her baby girl. Year’s later Megan ventures back to her husband’s home town in search for a little piece of him. Instead of finding a part of him in the small town, Megan finds a part of her that she never thought she would have to face again. In a twist of events Megan is face to face with both her past and future. She is forced to look deep inside of herself for strength and maybe, just maybe, she can be strong enough to let herself love again.
Fire fighter Sawyer Prescott has spent the last eight years working around the clock so that he had no time to think. Time to think would mean time to remember and he doesn’t want to remember . Not his parents dying or the only girl he ever loved leaving him unexpectedly.
Suddenly he comes face to face with the very reason why he worked the time away, and is forced to decide what to do next.
Scared to lose the one that got away again, Sawyer must devise a good plan to make sure history doesn’t repeat itself.
When the past comes between them…can they have a future?
Stronger By Your Side is a heart-thumping, page-turning, romance that is riddled with questions about love, loss, hope and fate.
Diamonds & Desire, Book One
Jordana Shaw thinks taking her sister’s place at a charity auction will be a fun alternative for a Saturday night. Little does she know this favor will change her world forever. Before the night is through, she’s got a diamond necklace in her purse, an unconscious handsome millionaire in bed, and an unbelievable story to tell him in the morning.
It’s not every day a man is rescued by a woman he just met. Logan Savant is not only grateful to Jordana, but also surprisingly enchanted, and eager to return the favor. Little does he know it’ll start with a trip to Vegas to stop her sister’s wedding. But that’s just the beginning. Because bringing her into his world is costing more than he’ll ever have in his bank account.
*Warning: this story contains graphic language and explicit sexual content. Not intended for readers under 18*