Diane Dettmann’s “Yasu’s Quest: A Tale of Triumph” is a coming-of-age sequel where Yasu Sakamoto continues her journey and the unexpected friendship that develops with Martha, a university professor. Yasu lies about her identity and her past to protect herself and her family. With anti-Japanese attitudes rising, hardships are created for Martha but she remains committed to the friendship with Yasu.
J. Russell Smith’s “Longworth.” While in high school during the Vietnam War era, Carson Longworth wrestles with his own inadequacies about the world and social relationships until he meets Kathy. His personal growth with Kathy shapes him to enlist in the Marine Corps but he becomes a liberal thinker and a skeptic who becomes increasingly frustrated with the inconsistencies that he observes.
Stefan Petties’s “My Thoughts … My Words.” These expressive poems offer a window into the author’s soul and chronicles his path from boyhood to manhood. You’ll find poems of love, lust, and passion; joy and regret…and everything in between. Experience a range of emotions when you indulge in the prose of Stefan Petties who has a passion for letting his voice be heard.
Joe Schmitz’s “The Adventures of Buddy Schmitz.” Even though Buddy Schmitz was born deaf in rural Nebraska during the 1940s, this heartwarming book is really about growing up in a German-American family in rural Nebraska without electricity, indoor plumbing, or other modern conveniences. It also shares a mystery about Buddy and his three closest friends, which they solve together but are shocked to find that the adults are jumping to conclusions about what really happened.
Carol Leslie Bradley’s “Sandpiper Dreams.” In the sequel to The Inheritance, we share the journey of love and painful loss of the beautiful Carlita Mendoza of Belize who evolves into a confident and intelligent woman. She breaks through the veil of sadness, abandonment and depression. This beautifully rendered romance novel is set against the exotic Belizean shoreline where the little sandpiper birds flutter along in life much like their human counterparts.
Fritzie von Jessen’s “Growing Up Ugly.” When eighteen-year-old Orchid Faye leaves her childhood home behind, she takes with her the baggage of a negative self-image imposed upon her by a narcissistic mother. Determined to prove her value as a person and escape her mother’s influence, she heads for New York City where she believes the “impossible is possible.” When she meets the divorced Sam LeVine, a handsome and charismatic businessman, Orchid believes she has found true love but also long-buried secrets.
Bles Chavez-Bernstein’s “Without Rhyme” is a poignant account of the author’s life as a young girl, from growing up in a small rural town to her unexpected adventure in a foreign country that has become her home. Her poetry captures beauty and love, joy and triumph, as well as tragedy, grief, and isolation. It celebrates the spirit of innocence and wonderment, while painting the face of struggle, passion and sacrifice. The author takes you on an earthly journey while in search of a spiritual path.
Russell West’s “The Birth of a Vigilante.” Brilliant, sensitive, and gifted, Titus Booth has the world by the tail. His adoring father runs a thriving mercantile, while his beautiful mother arranges an unorthodox and entertaining education for her beloved boy genius. But the death of his much-loved Granny Tess sets in motion a series of tragedies that make the young boy question his very being.
Michael Springer’s “Red Rover.” It’s the summer of l945 in New Bonn, Minnesota. Thirteen-year-olds Frank Warner, Jack Steiner, and Skeeter Stark are hanging out along the river across from an abandoned German prisoner of war camp on Muskrat Island. Skeeter receives a posthumous letter from his war-hero brother, Buck, which directs him to a treasure map. Risking their lives, they solve the secret of the map, and discover that the word ‘treasure’ has more meanings than they imagined.