Athena is born at the wrong time, to the wrong parents, . Her parents are Greek immigrants trying to find their way in America. Athena bounces between two countries, two cultures, eating Greek eyeball stew and lamb’s brain on the one hand, and ice cream cones with sprinkles on the other.
Humorously told, Athena must survive her vicious mother, a shaming nun, bullying classmates, and an abusive babysitter. Her mother blames Athena for the family’s troubles and Athena comforts herself by sneaking Greek delicacies. In Greek culture you’re supposed to be pretty and skinny, basically perfect. She is neither of these things. Things go from bad to worse and Athena is sent away to a school for disturbed kids.
Athena’s only hope is to break free from her mother’s explosive volatility and smothering vice grip. She finds support along the way from an unlikely lot of total strangers, including a Portuguese family, an art teacher, a psychic granny, gang members, and a hooker. Without them Athena doesn’t stand a chance. But will she take the final leap and flee up north before her mother destroys her?
A literary anthology.
A literary flight of fancy, a collection of stories as convoluted as the mind of the author who wrote them.
Vivid, descriptive writing with twists and turns that will leave the reader wanting more.
A cornucopia of prose coupled with speed of light delivery.
A full-throttled bullet ride through imagination and beyond.
This… is the Potion Peddler’s Almanac by Colin R. James.
Rain, rain, go away, DON’T come back another day…..
After a spell in jail for the manslaughter of her abusive husband, all Brooklyn Lewis was wanting was an escape. She heads off to the Sierra Mountains to stay in her parents’ idyllic cabin in the Sierra Mountains where she’s just planning on having some quality R & R.
Cole Denvers – he’s on his annual camping and fishing trip, set up camp on the shores of the Old Ridge Lake and is counting on catching some quality fish
But when the skies suddenly darken and the wolves begin to howl, Brook and Cole realise that the blissful break they were looking forward to is fast turning into an ordeal from hell rather than an idyll of a heaven.
As the nightmarish horrors clash around them, Brook and Cole find themselves thrown together. Now their only goal is to make it home alive, but with acid falling from the sky and wolves haunting their shadows, will the two be able to make it out of the mountains alive?
Find out if Brooklyn and Cole can survive when the world is falling apart around them in Burning Rains, book one of the Mayhem & Madness Series by upcoming author Sam J. Fires.
“An exciting conspiracy thriller charged with intrigue and action”
Everything’s under CTRL.
A Storm gathers. The lines between fiction and reality blur.
Small-time blogger Jane Harlow doesn’t want to believe. She lives in a world of hard facts, but when a mysterious stranger arrives alleging shocking secrets about her father’s murder, Jane’s life quickly unravels. She is in danger. Friends and family are indistinguishable from agents of a shadowy Cabal.
She must choose–believe or die.
Businessman John McCarthy wants the simple life–fishing in the tropics. But no matter how far he runs, he can’t escape the controversy over the company he founded. Halfway around the world, a disaster unites him with a young woman who could open his eyes to the truth, or she might be the death of him.
The harrowing trail of clues left by a killer leads Jane on a desperate chase to the ends of the Earth–and to the part of her past she can’t escape. The FBI and one determined detective pursue her every step of the way. Each revelation is more unnerving than the last. Each one challenges the reality they think they see. Everyone is a threat now.
The world is coming apart. To survive, Jane must reckon with the greatest lie in human history.
Everything she thought she knew was wrong. Where one goes, they all go.
The Sunless Sea will reveal the truth.
“An engaging story with a complex plot that kept me guessing until the very end…The plot’s pace and intensity build as the story progresses, snowballing to a smashing finale.”
-Readers Favorite Reviews
“A riotous, explosive adventure novel—as hilarious as it is action-packed”
– Joelene Pynnonen, Independent Book Review
There’s trouble in paradise…and hilarious fun!
Dick Wiener traveled back in time and saved the world. Now, he just wants some rest and relaxation. But there’s trouble lurking beneath the turquoise waters near Cayo Pene.
A mutiny on Dick’s prized new yacht, the Salty Surprise, leaves the toilet-salesman-turned-hero marooned in the tropics, with his family missing. When Dick crosses paths with benevolent drug smuggler and foodie Chavo Cortes, their stories intertwine over a cheeseburger, a half-ton of cocaine and a misplaced hand grenade.
They’re joined by Busty Bixby, an adult film star and assassin, and Father McKill, a hitman for Jesus, who show up in a storm of bullets with Wiener’s name on them. But nothing is what it seems on this imperfect getaway. They’ve all plunged neck deep into a sinister Caribbean conspiracy masterminded by a shadowy figure from Dick’s murky past. With his family in jeopardy and the birthday of the Lord approaching, Wiener must enlist a band of heroic misfits, murderers and fools to fight back.
Facing pirates, profiteers, a drug kingpin and the world’s most dangerous man—a deranged nuclear sub captain—who all aim to scuttle Dick’s dream vacation, how can Dick save Christmas, and save his family from a watery grave? The answer is to kick some ass…again.
If you enjoy the tropical vibes of Jimmy Buffett, the seat-of-your-pants action of Clive Cussler and the oddball comedy of Douglas Adams, this is the epic adventure you’ve been waiting for…
“A bewildering feat of mayhem, madness and turbulent tumescence wrapped-up in one of the most exhaustingly funny books I’ve ever read.”
– Jonathan Harries, Author, “Killing Harry Bones”
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Meet Luther Banks
Luther Banks is a television producer and lifelong storyteller who now devotes his energies to fiction writing. His stories aim to capture the human condition in all of its aspects, including those that mainstream literature conveniently ignores. In his free time, he enjoys the beach, spending time in nature, and doing the three W’s of life: woodworking, wine tasting, and writing (and wizardry).
He is the author of two books in the “Dick Wiener” series. His latest work is entitled “Dick Wiener’s Caribbean Christmas: An Overstuffed Sequel”
In a world obsessed with diet, food, recipes, what to eat, what not to eat, fat, carbohydrate, being overweight, wouldn’t it be great if there was a simple solution? Maybe some magic ingredient that could be added to food to make us all thin? Surely it would be wonderful if we could all eat whatever we wanted to and not worry about it? But maybe we should be careful what we wish for. Perhaps we can’t have our cake and eat it! This darkly humorous cautionary tale of love, betrayal, jealousy and of course calories explores what could happen when one man decides to solve the obesity problem, culminating in a dystopian nightmare he could never have envisaged.
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Maxy Awards “Book of the Year” 2019
Pencraft Awards “Best Fiction Book of 2019”
“Witty, occasionally crass, and an unqualified delight.” –KIRKUS REVIEWS
Is it too much to ask that a managed care facility refund a year’s advance payment when your grandfather dies before he can move in? Frank Johnson doesn’t think so, which is why the thirty-three-year-old now lives in a nursing home, locked in a chess match feud with management that doesn’t occupy nearly enough of his time.
When foster kid Elroy is thrust into his life, Frank decides to turn this forced relationship to his advantage – launching a string of absurd decisions, inappropriate behaviors and unexpected glimpses of tenderness that ultimately turn a New Jersey suburb upside down. A laugh-out-loud celebration of bad choices for good causes, Managed Care is an offbeat story about three misfits on the social fringes of suburbia and their ridiculous campaign to introduce an unfiltered version of intimacy to their stale, impersonal community. Because, according to Frank, it’s probably what Jesus would have wanted.
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