by Jason Kapcala
ISBN: 978-1-988214-14-6 (paperback)
Lakeville has fallen on hard times. But don't tell that to the locals. Though they’re fond of claiming that nothing ever happens in this corner of Pennsylvania, their stories suggest otherwise. There's the former blues guitar player who never opens his case. The classically trained clarinetist who runs the lakeside bait and tackle shop, even though he hates fishing. The snake wrangler who worries about the bad intentions of his wife’s artsy friends. The firefighter who fears retirement more than death. The grandmother who is determined to hike to the top of Fernridge Mountain. And the alcoholic excavation foreman who whittles toys for his estranged children while investigating the suspicious death of his boss. Their intersecting stories, a full stringer of unfulfilled dreams and missed opportunities, are the kind of "fish tales" best told over a pint at Bebe's Tavern or in boat on Grady's Lake during those quiet moments before dusk.
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by Michael Kula
ISBN: 978-1-988214-12-2 (paperback)
In the summer of 1917, the renowned veterinarian Dr. David Roberts and his socialite wife, Mary, suffer a tragic loss that leaves them both isolated and alone, struggling to find comfort in whatever ways they can. That winter, amid his lingering grief, Dr. Roberts’ prosperous business now faces unforeseen challenges, and in attempt to overcome them, he begins writing a book with the help of a young schoolteacher. While the distraction of the project brings him momentary relief, the secret pain he’s been carrying proves to be too much for him to escape alone. Over time, as his relationship with the young teacher deepens, complicating the troubles of his marriage, he must ultimately face the reality that by trying to avoid hurting those around him, he might be doing just that.
Based on a true story, The Good Doctor draws on a rich variety of sources as it takes readers on a passionate journey through the American heartland at a time of change for both the country and the tragic lives of the characters who inhabit these pages
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by Steve B Howard
From the darkest days shall rise light and healing. The Adamantine River Passage is a story that delivers redemption and healing for a life shattered by tragedy and subsequent alcoholism. We open with the narrator, Lucas, in a skid row motel along the White River outskirts of Portland as he searches for a way out of darkness in the aftermath of a family tragedy. He finds himself in the company of society's outcasts and sees that he is sliding towards their fallen lives with a sense that he is and must be capable of an escape that they are not. Lucas turns to his family's past, towards the passion he left behind in past life, fly-fishing. Amidst the great tributaries of the American West, the Adamantine River is the place of mythic fly fishing and in the spiritual hinterland of the arid Columbia Basin of Eastern Washington. Turning his back to the steady spiral of alcoholism and his last few possessions, it is here that Lucas travels to find his passage from the darkness that his life has arrived at. Fly rod in hand, he enters the Adamantine River basin in search of that which he left behind and a way forward to the world that still awaits him. What awaits him there is a spiritual awakening that will either drive him forever into darkness or save him from it.
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by Jerrod Edson
ISBN: 978-1-988214-09-2 (paperback)
Welcome to seedier side of Saint John, New Brunswick. This working class city on the shores of the Bay of Fundy is home to postman and amateur poet Charlie White. Charlie is a hopeless romantic who rediscovers the woman he longs for with a chance run-in with Prin. When his buddy Eddie Smythe finds himself dangerously in arears to the wrong guys, Charlie and Prin are drawn into a dangerous game of survival in this city on the Bay. Two hit men arrive to deliver a message to Eddie and unleashes a whirlwind of events around the city just as Charlie and Prin learn about a love they never knew they had and nearly left years ago. Full of memorable characters and told from the view of the world from the hard-scramble working class of Atlantic Canada, Edson’s tale shows the extent to which the everyday can spiral into the exceptional.
The original manuscript for The Moon is Real was the winner of the 2013 David Adams Richards Prize
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by Jessica Barksdale Inclan
ISBN: 978-1-988214-04-7 (paperback)
The forests, mountainsides, and grasslands around the Ruby Valley of Nevada are tinder dry and languishing in the cooking heat of a landscape awaiting release from the mounting temperatures and desiccating sun. With just one spark the entire world could go up in flame. With countless generations upon this land and proudly defending their Indigenous heritage, Wanda Mapp and her family find their world and their lives to be at the center of the slow-building firestorm that threatens to release or consume them all. Nick Delgado is on his first tour on a Bureau of Land Management fire crew in the area. Delgado finds himself in the midst of longstanding tensions over the land and resources of the area. The Burning Hour is a novel of the physical and spiritual place that is the Cortez Mountains of Nevada. Moreover, it is a novel about the manner in which the physical world acts to bring many different lives together and shape the people they become and the world they may inherit.
by Stephanie Barbe Hammer
Stephanie Barbé Hammer's debut novel takes you to the eastern United States where strange characters converge to revitalize a small town and discover its history. Henry Holbein, the main player, is a simple man with a unique perspective that accidentally brings objects to life and inspires value within a community.
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